Karin's Note: Friday October 13, 2017

Karin's Note:  Friday, October 13th, 2017
  • Ward 3 Events
  • Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
  • City-Wide Events
  • Did You Know?
Dear Tucsonans,
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Councilmember Uhlich is proud to partner with Emerge! Center Against Domestic Violence to get out the word.  Let’s Paint Pima Purple!

Learning the Signs of Abuse
When we think of domestic violence, acts of physical aggression that cause bodily harm are usually what come to mind immediately. However, someone using abusive behavior may never need to physically hurt their partner as long as control can be maintained otherwise. Abuse is a pattern of behaviors used to gain power and control over another person and includes behaviors that may not be illegal.
Some signs of an abusive relationship may start out as very subtle and not feel concerning a partner, but can escalate over time. In some cases, behaviors that are controlling can be misunderstood within the context of the relationship. For example, jealousy can often be misunderstood for love, care and concern about a partner's well-being. Most abusive relationships start out feeling as though there are acts of kindness, charm, and affection that make it difficult to see underlying patterns of behaviors that are intended to coerce or control a partner.
Signs of abuse can be detected in this early phase of the relationship and can often take the form of the following behaviors or tactics:
  • Controlling behaviors that make a partner feel as though they cannot freely make choices
  • A history of violent behavior in past relationships or with friends or family
  • Isolating a partner from individuals or activities that may serve as a support system
  • Jealousy (expressing ownership of a partner) or false and irrational accusations
  • Minimizing the impact of behavior on a partner and/or blaming a partner for abusive behavior
  • Disrespect in the form of name calling, ridiculing and criticism in private or public
Independently, one of these red flags may not be indicative of an abusive relationship, but when several are present it could be a strong indication of a pattern of abuse.

What can we as family, friends or colleagues do support those experiencing abuse in their lives? In the video below, community members discuss the importance of being educated about the signs of abuse, being more aware of interactions we observe and broadening our understanding of what domestic abuse can look like.

The Signs of Domestic Abuse
Next week's video addresses the importance of listening to and believing survivors.
Help us Stuff the Truck!
With help from Two Men and A Truck, Emerge! will collect supplies for survivors of domestic abuse on two different dates this month.
Friday, October 13, from 7am-1pm at
Canyon del Oro Baptist Church (9200 N. Oracle Rd.)
Friday, October 27, from 7am-6pm at
Rincon Congregational UCC (122 N. Craycroft Rd.)
  • Gift Cards - grocery stores, Target, Walgreens, Walmart, Amazon, etc.
  • NEW Bath & Hygiene Items: shampoo, conditioner, soap, body wash, toothpaste, toothbrushes, lotion, deodorant, razors, tampons/pads, hair brushes
  • NEW Undergarments (all sizes): socks & underwear for women, boys & girls, sports bras
  • Misc. NEW Items: umbrella strollers, flip flops (all sizes), pillows
We CANNOT accept used donation items.
Get Involved!
There are many ways to show your support for Domestic Violence Awareness Month!
* Get a purple hair extension at Salon Nouveau (call 323-0770 for an appointment)
* Come to our Stuff-the-Truck events
* Share this email with your friends, family & colleagues
* Attend the Emerge! Volunteer Info session Wed. Oct.11 from 5:30pm-7pm at our Administrative Office. RSVP to theresau@emergecenter.org or call 795- 8001 ext. 7024
Community-Sponsored Events
Saturday, October 14, 8-11am - Tucson Clean & Beautiful, The City of Tucson, Tucson Police Department and Pima Community College are holding a cell phone collection drive for Emerge! Recycle your old cell phones for survivors of domestic abuse at the Desert Vista PCC Campus (5901 S. Calle Santa Cruz) or call the Recycling Info Line at 520-791-5000.
Weekly Contest
Emerge! invites everyone to answer the call to end domestic violence in our community. We can all be part of the solution. For this week's contest we ask that you share how or why you answer the call to end domestic violence in your life. Write down a response to the following prompts on a piece of paper and take a photo of yourself holding the sign (or just the sign itself) and share it:
"I answer the call by..." or "I answer the call because..."
For inspiration, please watch this Answering the Call video.
This week's prize is a $20 gift card AJ's Fine Food.
To Enter: Send your photo to amys@emergecenter.org or post it to your Facebook, Instagram or Twitter account and tag @EmergeTucson. Be sure to tag Emerge or we won't be notified of your entry! Photos may be shared on Emerge! social media, website or emails. By submitting your photo you are agreeing to your photo being shared publicly.
The winner will be chosen at random and announced next week!
CONGRATS to last week's winner, Rebecca Erikson!
Ward 3 Events: 
YMCA Dog Day
Saturday October 14th, 9am-2pm
Lighthouse YMCA, 2900 N Columbus Blvd
Bring your dog to swim in the pool at the Lighthouse YMCA.  There will also be a doggy bake sale.
$5 per dog.
Grant Road Corridor Planning Task Force Public Meeting
Thursday October 19th, 5:30pm
Donna R Liggins Recreation Center, 2160 North 6th Avenue
This meeting is intended to provide updates on Phase 2 of the roadway construction project and land use planning efforts. If you are unable to attend, you may send your questions or comments to share with the Task Force. Following the meeting, meeting materials will be posted on the Planning and Development Services Department Website at https://www.tucsonaz.gov/pdsd/grant-road-land-use-planning. Contact Rebecca Ruopp or Dan Bursuck with any questions. Rebecca can be reached at (520) 837-6973 or Rebecca.Ruopp@tucsonaz.gov. Dan Bursuck can be reached at (520) 837-4984 or Daniel.Bursuck@tucsonaz.gov.
Fall Plant Sale
Friday October 20th-Sunday October 22nd, 10am-5p
Native Seeds/Search Retail Store, 3061 N. Campbell Ave in Tucson
With cooler temps arriving in the southwest, many gardeners are taking trowel to soil. Native Seeds SEARCH is excited to bring back the fall veggie plant sale to help Tucson gardeners fill their beds. There will be an array of leafy greens, herbs, and other cool season plants that do well in Tucson’s climate from fall into winter.  As usual, the sale will open at 9am on Friday for members only and members get 10% off. The sale will be open to the general public from 10am-5pm Friday through Sunday.
2nd Annual Samos Home Tour
Saturday October 21st, 12:30-5pm
Samos Neighborhood
This is the 2nd Annual Samos neighborhood home tour.  Tickets are $10; there will also be raffle tickets and the book Samos: Stories That Built a Neighborhood available for purchase.  Proceeds will benefit projects in the Samos neighborhood.  Tickets can be purchased prior to the event by calling Jane at (520) 427-4532 or on the day of in front of Salpointe High School on Copper St.
Dedication of the Feng Shui Walking Path
Saturday October 21st, 12noon – 2pm
Limberlost Family Park, 400 E. Limberlost Drive
A one-third mile perimeter path illustrating the concept of Feng Shui energy zones will be dedicated at Limberlost Family Park. The path provides a safe and serene alternative to city streets for walkers of all ages and abilities. The pathway development was initiated in 2014 by members of the Limberlost Neighborhood Association. The event will feature a dedication walk around the Feng Shui walking path with Mayor Jonathan Rothschild at 1pm.  Kevin Walters of Feng Shui Urban Design will describe the energy zones that walkers pass through as they walk the path.  A new Little Free Library and upgraded three bay swing set also will be featured. Music will be provided by Curt Beall on acoustic guitar. Refreshments, balloons and flowers will be provided thanks to Starbucks, Fry’s and Trader Joes. The walking path was built with funding from City of Tucson development fees, made available through the Ward III Council Office.  Kevin Walters of Feng Shui Urban Design led the Feng Shui design. Additional event support came from Do Happy Today, an all-volunteer collaborative community effort dedicated to encouraging personal and community happiness and well-being.
Mountain/1st Neighborhood PorchFest
Saturday October 21st, 3-6pm
Starts at Mitchell Park, 1100 E Mitchell St
Mountain/1st neighborhood is holding its second annual PorchFest. Come enjoy live, local music from over 15 different artists and groups, in a neighborhood setting. Musicians will play on front porches and there will be something for everyone. This is a free, family-friendly, walkable event, with music located at several houses within a few streets of Mitchell Park. Start at the park to grab a map and musical line-up. Major cross streets are Mountain Ave and Mitchell Street. Bring the family, a chair, cash to tip the bands and celebrate Tucson's great music scene.
Valley of the Moon - Sherlock Holmes
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and the last Monday in October, Every 20mins from 6-9pm
Valley of the Moon, 2544 E Allen Rd
Do you believe in magic? Sherlock Holmes, the greatest detective the world has ever known, is coming to Valley of the Moon to finally put this silly magic business to rest! What will he discover? This October you're invited to an all new magical adventure. Join Valley of the Moon as we present Sherlock Holmes and the Logic of Magic: an all-ages immersive experience through Valley of the Moon. At Valley of the Moon the story comes to life around you and you become part of the story in turn! This is the BEST way to visit Valley of the Moon for the first time, so don't miss out. Sherlock Holmes is a 45 minute walking theatrical adventure through Tucson's historic enchanted fairyland. ASL interpretation will be provided by University of Arizona ASL students Sunday, October 15th.
TICKETS: $10 General. $5 Students. Kids 7 and under FREE.
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings:
Dodge Flower Saturday October 14th 2pm, Catalina Heights Church 2741 N Dodge Blvd
Richland Heights East Monday October 16th 6:30pm, 1990 E Prince Rd
Samos Tuesday October 17th 6:30pm, Salpointe HS Trophy Rm 1545 E Copper St
Flowing Wells Thursday October 19th 6pm, Ellie Towne Center 1660 W Ruthrauff Rd
Mountain View Thursday October 19th 6pm, Habitat for Humanity 3501 N Mountain Ave
Grant Road Coalition Tuesday October 24th 6pm, Ward 3 City Council office 1510 E Grant Rd
Jefferson Park Wednesday October 25th 6pm, Ward 3 City Council office 1510 E Grant Rd
City-Wide Events:
Congress Street “Great Street” Press Conference
Friday October 13th, 5pm
45 N 5th Ave
October is National Community Planning Month as designated by the American Planning Association (APA). Included in this month's celebration of planning is APA's announcement of the 15 "Great Places in America" designees. APA describes these as places "that celebrate stories of exemplary planning that has resulted in stronger, healthier, and more just communities.  This year APA has named Congress Street a "Great Street."  There will be a press conference and celebration on Friday, October 13th, at 5:00pm, 45 N. 5th Avenue, which is the vacant area diagonally across from the Congress Street Hotel and in front of the Martin Luther King apartments.
Call for more information 791-4865
Tucson Meet Yourself
Friday, Saturday and Sunday October 13th, 14th, and 15th 11am-10pm (6pm Sunday 15th)
Downtown Tucson
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.
29th Annual AIDSWALK Tucson
Sunday October 15th, 7am
Joel D. Valdez Main Library – Jácome Plaza – Downtown Tucson
2017 marks the 29th Annual AIDSWALK Tucson, a fundraiser for the care services, prevention programs, and LGBTQ initiatives of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation. SAAF can’t do any of this without the generous support of walkers, their furry friends, sponsors, and donors. And of course, the dedication of 300 volunteers who help to make this event possible! Please join us for this year’s event on Sunday October 15th and help make a BIG difference in the lives of many.
Talk to a Mediator
Week of October 15th – 23rd
Various locations
Join The Center for Community Dialog for free “Talk to a Mediator” events, which will be held the week of Oct. 15-23. As “drop-in” events, we invite you to come any time during the posted hours to hear a brief presentation on “The Neurobiology of Conflict,” or to sit down privately with Center for Community Dialogue mediators to discuss tense situations, disagreements, or tough conversations you need to have.  For more information about Talk to a Mediator, contact Christina Medvescek, (520) 323-1708 ext. 122, or cmedvescek@ourfamilyservices.org.
Sunday, Oct. 15, 1 - 4 pm, Ward 2 office, 7575 E. Speedway Blvd.
Monday, Oct. 16, 5:30 - 8:30 pm, Ward 1 office, 940 W. Alameda
Tuesday, Oct. 17, 10 am - 1 pm, Woods Memorial Library, 3455 N. First
Thursday, Oct. 19, 5:30 - 8:30 pm, Ward 3 office, 1510 E. Grant Rd.
Friday, Oct. 20, 1 - 4 pm, Martha Cooper Library, 1377 N. Catalina Ave.
Monday, Oct. 23, 5:30 - 8:30 pm, Ward 6 office, 3202 E. First St.
Annual Health Fair
Thursday October 19th, 9am-12noon
Armory Park Center, 220 S. 5th Ave.
Vision • Hearing • Dental
There will be various exhibitors with information, services and referrals for the senior community. Walgreens will be offering flu, pneumonia and shingles vaccinations. Please bring your insurance card. Call for more information 791-4865
Boo Bash
Saturday October 21st, 4-7pm
Lincoln Park Soccer Fields, 4325 S. Pantano Rd
Join the Parks and Rec staff at Lincoln Park Soccer Fields (4325 S. Pantano Rd) on Sat. October 21st from 4-7pm for this free fun Halloween event. Come dressed up and inter the costume parade, play fun games, jump on the inflatables, and enjoy the trunk or treat event.  This is always a fun time out with the whole family. 
Refugee 101 and 301
Monday October 30th, 6-8pm
Seema Community Center, 2843 N. Alvernon Way.
This interactive workshop focuses on global, national, & local aspects of refugee resettlement; ways in which Iskashitaa enhances our community through food-based programming; and how to become a volunteer (though, no volunteer commitment is required). RSVP to 520-319-2128 or go to the Iskashitaa Facebook Page for a link.
Did You Know...?
January 8th Memorial  Gets Financial Boost
The January 8th Memorial Foundation has announced that Raytheon and other major donors will match contributions up to $1 million to help fund construction of the memorial to honor victims of the Jan. 8, 2011 shootings in Tucson that left six dead and injured 13 others, including former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Even if the foundation gets the entire match by January, it will still be a bit short of the $4.5 million needed, but it will have enough money to start building the memorial. Construction of the memorial in El Presidio Park downtown is part of a public/private partnership between Tucson's January 8th Memorial Foundation, Pima County, and the City of Tucson. Supporters hope to begin construction sometime next spring.
From Tucson News Now: http://bit.ly/2fZvVz2
Tucson's January 8th Memorial Foundation: http://bit.ly/1uDUHFf
Iskashitaa Refugee Network harvests over 150,000 pounds of edible tree fruit and produce primarily from Tucson resident backyards. If you have tree fruit and/or produce that you'd like to donate and/or can't harvest please fill out a donor fruit form at http://www.iskashitaa.org/donate-your-fruit/.
Volunteer With Lend-A-Hand
Just a few hours a month can bring happiness to the life of a senior neighbor. Services are free to Lend-A-Hand clients. Drivers are needed to take seniors to doctor appointments, shopping, physical therapy, etc. You can receive mileage reimbursement.  Help now, and Lend-A-Hand will be there for you when you need help. Contact LEND-A-HAND, 248-6882, www.lahseniorhelp.org."
Grant Rd Improvement Project Phase 2
The traveling public can expect delays when driving in this work area. Please obey all traffic control signs and watch for construction personnel and equipment in the work zone. If you have any additional questions or comments, please call the Grant Road Information line at (520) 624-4727 or email information@grantroad.info
For Details on work and restrictions: http://www.grantroad.info/pdf/Traffic_Alert_7_27_17.pdf Information on Grant Rd Improvement Project: http://www.grantroad.info/home