Karin's Note: Friday, October 10, 2014

Karin's Note: Friday, October 10, 2014
 
-Ward 3 Events
- Community Support Needed
-Did You Know?
-Thank you!
 
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Dear Tucsonans,
 
This weekend will be an active one throughout our community. Check out the happenings and information at the end of our e-note to learn more. In addition, I wanted to share a few quick updates with you.
 
At the Mayor/Council meeting yesterday we were pleased to learn that Pima County has agreed to cover the additional costs for the feral cat trap and release program. We proceeded to amend the City’s ordinances so that returning cats through this program can occur. I appreciate the County’s good faith gesture and their recognition that we can only allocate funds to costs that we have negotiated in our intergovernmental agreements and thus included in our annual budget. I trust we’ll move together as partners to deliver essential and humane animal care/control services for Tucson/Pima County. I have voiced my support for Proposition 415 (Bond funding for the needed Pima County Animal Care Center) and know how important it will be for us to coordinate and prioritize our investments over the coming years. The progress which occurred last night ought to be recognized as proof that that is indeed the path we’re all on now.
 
Mayor/Council also approved moving into the design phase of the Broadway RTA project by approving the six-lane option (prioritizing two for enhanced transit) supported by the Citizen Task Force (CTF). Councilmember Kozachik and I voted against the specific motion; I had concerns about a map that had been included with the motion, and then concerns about proceeding without including any map at all. These items can be extremely difficult to hash out at the table unless there’s clarity and the words in a motion match the pictures offered to depict that motion. All and all I am pleased that design work with the CTF and public can begin and we will be able to set an alignment so the investments and improvements can come to fruition.
 
Beyond the many exciting happenings over the coming weekend, I hope you’ll plan to spend time in Ward 3 with me November 1st and 2nd. See details below about the fun-filled plans for the playground build at La Madera Park and Cyclovia that weekend.
 
Thanks everyone,
 
Karin
 
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Ward 3 Events:
 
- Harry Potter and the Haunted Ruins Premiere –Friday, October 10th at 6:00 pm at the newest Hogwarts Campus: Valley of the Moon 2544 E Allen Road.  The Hogwarts Express leaves the station every 20 minutes. Costumes are encouraged, and every visitor gets a FREE magic wand from Ollivander's Wand Shop. Tucson Food Truck Rally will be on hand. Shows will run from 6:00 – 8:30 pm every Friday – Sunday in October and the whole week leading up to Halloween. $10 if you are over 15 and free if under! Purchase at http://hauntedruins.brownpapertickets.com/ or the gate.
 
- Lend A Hand Yard Sale – Saturday, October 11th – Sunday, October 12th 7:00 am – 1:00 pm at 1545 E. Water St. Please come to this yard sale to benefit Lend A Hand! LAH serves Seniors in several Ward 3 neighborhoods, providing them with free services such a light housekeeping, rides to the doctor, companionship, and more. Services are dependent upon donations and the funds they raise at events like this! They would also appreciate donated items for the sale.  To donate items, contact Jane Hoffmann at 323-9299.
 
- Navajo Wash Clean-up - Saturday, October 11th 9:00 – 11:00 am. Join your neighbors in the monthly care of our green space at the northwest corner of Mountain and Hedrick. If you have any questions, please call Loraine at 327-7587.
 
- Fall in Love with Jewelry – Saturday, October 11th 6:00 – 9:00 pm at Rain Crow Gallery 204 W. Grant Rd. Just in time to start your holiday shopping Rain Crow Gallery is hosting a Jewelry Show featuring lovingly made jewelry crafted by local artists Karen Thompson, Terry Long, Myrna Wilder, Jerald Pederson and Jenn Cabrera.  They will also have beautiful hand dyed scarves from Ann Keuper, a local tapestry artist. http://raincrowgallery.com/
 
- Artstigators - Wednesday, October 15th 3:30 – 4:30 pm at Woods Library 3455 N. First Ave. in the Large Meeting Room. Learn about significant artists and their unique styles that made them famous. Explore a variety of artistic mediums and create your own masterpiece. Presented by Children's Museum Tucson.
 
- Ward III Neighbor's Alliance Meeting - Wednesday, October 15th 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Woods Memorial Library in the Large Meeting Room. The topic will be "Building Climate Change Resilient Neighborhoods", presented by Climate Smart Southwest.
 
- Free Bike Repairs! – Saturday, October 18th 9:00 am – noon at Keeling Desert Park 245 E. Glenn Street. Get your bike all ready for Cyclovia! The autumn edition of Cyclovia will be rolling right through Ward 3 on November 2nd via the 4th Avenue and Fontana Bike Boulevards. In preparation, PAG & GABA are teaming up for free bike repair at Keeling Desert Park. Drop in anytime between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm on October 18th to get your bike fixed up and ready to ride for Cyclovia. This event is made possible by Cyclovia sponsors: Greater Arizona Bicycling Association and Pima Association of Governments. More info at https://www.cycloviatucson.org/2014/08/cyclovia-tucson-november-2nd/
 
- KaBOOM! Community Playground Build – Saturday, November 1st 8:00 am – 3:30 pm at La Madera Park 2700 E. La Madera Dr. We need you to bring play to kids in midtown! Join Tucson Parks & Recreation Department and Lend A Hand Senior Service to build a brand new playground in La Madera Park. Meet us in the park on the morning of November 1st to help build, paint, and create as well as enjoy games, art, entertainment and more! Sponsored by Humana, Inc. Contact Brianda Torres-Traylor at the Ward 3 office for more info and visit https://www.facebook.com/events/801842059867295/.
 
- Cyclovia Tucson! – Sunday, November 2nd 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. The first fall Cyclovia is here and it is running right through Ward 3! Dance, jog, skate, roll, play, smile, laugh your way through streets that are open to people for a day. The midtown route for fall will start around the Warehouse Arts District, run north on 6th Avenue and then take off through the 4th Ave./Fontana Bike Blvd right on up to our very own Keeling neighborhood! Visit www.cycloviatucson.org or https://www.facebook.com/CycloviaTucson for more information and to volunteer. Cyclovia is an opportunity to explore Tucson from a new perspective, get some exercise, and most importantly, have fun, because during Cyclovia, the world stops for you!
 
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Community Support Needed!
 
150 volunteers are needed to help build a new playground at La Madera park! We are looking for individuals, groups and families to come out to La Madera Park on November 1st and help build a new community-designed, inter-generational playground. Breakfast and lunch will be provided plus there will be music, entertainment, activities and games for everyone to enjoy. Many thanks to Humana, Inc. for generously sponsoring this project. The build will start at 8:00 am and continue until 2:30 pm. Please contact Brianda Torres-Traylor at 520-791-4711 or brianda.torres@tucsonaz.gov for more information or to get involved.
 
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Citywide Events:
 
- Tucson Meet Yourself – Friday through Sunday, October 10th – 12th, starting at 11:00 am at 115 N. Church Ave. Tucson Meet Yourself is an annual celebration of the living traditional arts of Southern Arizona's and Northern Mexico's diverse ethnic and folk communities. Each October, the three-day event features hundreds of artisans, home cooks, dancers, musicians and special exhibits that celebrate and honor beauty in all its diverse, informal, and everyday forms. Southern Arizona's diverse folk and ethnic communities are celebrated with performances and demonstrations, food vendors, and more at this family-friendly festival in downtown Tucson. People of all ages come for the food and stay for the culture. More info at 520-621-4046 or https://www.tucsonmeetyourself.org/
 
- Tucson LGBT Freedom Day Parade – Friday, October 10th 6:00 pm at 192 S. Stone Ave. Southern Arizona's second annual parade in observance of National Coming Out Day will be in Downtown Tucson and ending in the center of the 41st annual Tucson Meet Yourself folklife festival. The Honorable Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will preside over the colorful festivities as Honorary Parade Chair. In honor of the outstanding efforts across the United States and beyond to realize Marriage Equality, the official 2014 Parade Theme is Our Love is Here to Stay. Inquiries may be made via the Tucson LGBT Freedom Day Parade https://www.facebook.com/TucsonGFDParade or by email at tucsongayfreedomdayparade@yahoo.com
 
- 2014 Pride On Parade – Saturday, October 11th 6:00 pm starting at Catalina Park at E. 2nd & N. 4th Ave. Over the past 14 years the Tucson Pride Parade has grown to become a central part of the Tucson Gay Pride celebration.  2014 promises to take the event to the next level!  Pride on Parade will begin at Catalina Park, proceed south on 4th Ave. and end at 4th and 8th St. Tucson Pride is very proud to announce that the 2014 Grand Marshall for Tucson’s official Pride Parade “Pride on Parade” and Pride event “Pride in the Desert” is none other than Tucson’s own Daniel Hernandez Jr. The focus of Pride on Parade is to allow everyone to be themselves. Come have a blast with them at the parade or for the block party afterward at Sky Bar from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. https://www.tucsonpride.org/
 
- 2nd Saturday Downtown – Saturday, October 11th 5:30 – 10:30 pm Downtown. For the October 11th event, 2nd Saturdays has many bones to pick, er, present! On the Scott Avenue main stage, 2nd Saturdays is hosting Black Cat Bones & Funky Bonz & Sun Bones. No, there isn’t a theme, as the groups offer an eclectic variety of sounds, but we are definitely into bones in October. Great local bands interwoven among the event’s food trucks, vendors and eclectic Downtown businesses. Get more info @ 2ndSaturdays.com The event runs from 5:30 - 10:30 pm.
 
- AIDSWalk Tucson – Sunday, October 12th 8:00 am starting at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 2014 will mark the 26th Annual AIDSWALK Tucson. This event provides tremendous support to Southern Arizona in helping to provide services like medications assistance, food programs, case management, housing, prevention programs, HIV testing and more and has raised millions over the past two plus decades. This year’s goal is to have 2,000 walkers and raise more than $150,000 to help support the programs and services of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation. Walk with your community and help to support a healthier community this Sunday in Downtown Tucson for AIDSWALK 2014! http://aidswalktucson.saaf.org/
 
- 2014 National Latino AIDS Awareness Day Community Dinner and Conversation - Wednesday, October 15 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm at El Casino Ballroom 437 E. 26th St. Education and outreach are critical to prevent and reduce the spread of HIV in Latino communities, and to assure that those already infected can live longer, more productive and healthier lives. Join this important dinner and conversation to learn more about how you can contribute to this important cause. Silent Auction & Reception at 5:30 with Dinner & Program at 6:30. Visit https://www.facebook.com/TucsonNLAAD or https://www.eventbrite.com/o/national-latino-aids-awareness-day-planning-committee-tucson-4542678707.
 
- Regional Forum on Homelessness – Thursday, October 16th 6:30 – 9:30 pm at Central City Assembly 939 S. 10th Ave. The Regional Forum on Homelessness is the follow up event to the February Panel Discussion on Homelessness. The Regional Forum on Homelessness will be held at CCA, location of Safe Park Dream Center, following CCA’s Thursday Night Family Meal at 6:00 pm and will be free of charge, with $10 suggested donations for food during the event. Much like the previous forum there will be an hour long panel discussion and Q&A, but in addition it will be followed by a concert, and break out session and mixer with Regional Ambassadors. https://www.facebook.com/events/309478082557662/
 
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Did You Know...?
 
...that you may drop off unused medications at any Tucson Police sub-station? Bring your unused pills and tablets (NO liquids or needles) to your local police sub-station Monday through Friday during normal business hours so that they may be safely discarded. Help your family (and our community!) be Rx Safe, Smart and Secure by using these boxes to discard your unwanted medication.
 
that registration is now open for two special trainings with Watershed Management Group? These only come around once a year! Details as follows:
 
Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development – Concepts and Best Practices October 24 – 25th, 2014 in Phoenix. Learn from WMG experts who have led the design, construction, and adoption of Green Infrastructure in cities throughout the southwest. The course blends classroom lectures, discussions, and hands-on site assessments and design exercises. Register here.
 
Urban Stream Restoration January 16 – 17th, 2015 in Tucson. Learn channel assessment techniques, restoration strategies, and try your hand at creating restoration features. Participants will learn how to read the urban landscape from a water flow perspective, and begin to identify the many possibilities for altering existing infrastructure and restoring natural processes. Register here. Early registration discount available before November 1st.
 
For more information on all WMG Certification and Technical Training courses visit their website, and email your questions to tech-trainings@watershedmg.org.
 
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Thank you!
 
Thank you to all our neighbors, officers and firefighters who hosted and joined celebrations for National Night Out and GAIN this week! It was a great success - there were wonderful community-building events happening throughout our ward, including the multi-neighborhood festivities at Balboa Park and St. James United Methodist Church. We hope everyone had a great time and connected with their neighbors. Looking forward to next year!
 
Congratulations to Raksha Bhatti, our longtime constituent and owner of India Oven Cuisine of India, 2727 N Campbell Ave., for 20 years of  service and success. Through great food and service and generosity to patrons and neighbors, India Oven spices up our well-being in Ward 3. The restaurant will celebrate its anniversary on Wednesday, October 15th. To join the festivities, you can make a reservation at 326-8635.