Karin's Note: Friday, October 17, 2014

Karin's Note: Friday, October 17, 2014
-Ward 3 Events
- Community Support Needed
-Citywide Events
-Did You Know?
Dear Tucsonans,
Marriage Equality
I celebrate today, along with tens of thousands of other LGBT Arizonans, the newly granted right to marry the person I love.
For far too long our relationships and our families have suffered stigma and harm born of ignorance and bigotry. The personal impact and community significance of this turning point in history offers great hope for me, my sweet family, my LGBT community, our state and the nation. Indeed, I would hope all of us would pause to appreciate these extraordinary moments in history when, without a doubt, freedoms rings.
Inspiration in the Community
Every day I get to learn more about inspiring groups and individuals making Tucson a better place. Just recently I attended the Community Mental Health Arts Show sponsored by the Community Partnership of Southern Arizona and also found out more about the Autism Alliance for Tucson.  Check out the work of this Ward 3 resident "Toto": The Awesome Music. I can barely manage to record video using my phone/computer. He's putting up five-screen splits (I made that phrase up to pretend I could attempt any of this); his creativity and humor shine. His channel is copyrightmoviestvsongs funnyvideos guy and he's aiming for 400 friends/fans...so join him as he, and so many others in Tucson, overcome challenges and offer their talent for others to enjoy! If you're in the market for some art, check out the ongoing creations available through the Cafe 54 Arts Foundation. And be sure to send me information on other examples in Tucson that highlight how people overcome tremendous odds to create and inspire!
Thank you to all,
Ward 3 Events:
- Celebrate the Legalization of Marriage Equality in Arizona TONIGHT! – Friday, October 17th 6:00 pm at Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church 2331 E. Adams. Come celebrate!
- 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/
- Wingspan for Domestic Violence Awareness - Saturday, October 25th 4:00 – 8:00 pm at 2902 N. Geronimo. Wingspan Anti-Violence Project Event for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Entertainment, Food, Free Raffle, Information Tables. No charge! Contact Pat at 520-547-6113.
- Keeling Neighborhood Cleanup for Cyclovia! – Saturday, October 25th. Your neighbors in Keeling need help getting the neighborhood ready for Cyclovia! They especially need folks with trucks who can help haul furniture and other big stuff to their roll-offs. Contact Leslie Carlson lacarlson@cox.net
- 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 the Ward 3 office at 520-791-4711 for more info and visit https://www.facebook.com/events/801842059867295/.
- Celebrate Dia de los Muertos at Rain Crow! – Rain Crow Gallery 204 W. Grant Rd Saturday,  November 1st  6:00 to 9:00 pm. Stop by Rain Crow Gallery to take in artworks by La Valentina, Timothy Schirack and more. The art show features Milagros, Angels, Calaveras and Demons for Dia de los Muertos. They will also be serving Cafe Mexicano brewed especially for the event and traditional Dia de los Muertos foods. Bring offerings for the community altar. The altar will be open to the community to share ofrendas to loved ones beginning Wednesday, October 29th.
- 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 in 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!
Community Support Needed!
Help cleanup for Cyclovia! This is the first fall Cyclovia – it will be going through a few of our neighborhoods and we have some fantastic neighbors who are working to make everything look great. Please join them on the following days to help with the effort:
Saturday, October 18th  8:00 – 11:00 am Meet at the NE corner of N 6th Ave and E University, house with big porch!.... nearby street cleaning for Cyclovia
Saturday, October 25th 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Meet at the corner of E Alturas and N Fontana, and we will clean the north area of the Cyclovia route.
Wear work clothes and gloves if you can, Contact Mike Birrer for more info at mbir@juno.com or 520-461-4741
And Cyclovia is in need of volunteers for the event! There are morning and afternoon shifts available. The bulk of the shifts open are for intersection volunteers to help make sure that the cyclists move along the route safely. They are also in need of an organization that can provide a group volunteers for the day at the Glenn and Fontana intersection. Please contact Gary Mason at gary@livingstreetsalliance.org if you can volunteer. There will be two volunteer training sessions: Tuesday, October 21st and Thursday, Oct 23rd at 6:00 pm at the Donna Liggins Center 2160 N. 6th Ave.
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 Vilá-Henninger at 520-791-4711 or brianda.vila@tucsonaz.gov to get involved.
TIHAN has a number of great volunteer opportunities that can fit into any schedule! Do you have four hours a week? They are looking for some warm and friendly volunteers to help answer phones and greet visitors to the office. Do you only have a couple hours every month? They need community ambassadors to attend community events as distribute TIHAN materials.
TIHAN's last Volunteer Orientation of 2014 will take place on Tuesday, November 18th from 1:00 - 5:00 pm at Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church (2331 East Adams, near Speedway and Tucson Blvd.).
Volunteers are needed for PAG's Annual Bicycle & Pedestrian Count from October 18th to November 1st! During this two-week period, please help PAG (Pima Association of Governments) make walking and bicycling better in our region by volunteering to count bicyclists and pedestrians. To sign-up for a count location, please read PAGs volunteer info sheet, then visit PAGs interactive web map at: http://gismaps.pagnet.org/BikeCountSignup/. Weekday counts occur between 7:00 and 9:00 am and 4:00 to 6:00 pm, typically conducted on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Weekend counts occur from 7:00 to 10:00 am on either a Saturday or Sunday morning. You must attend a brief training session on October 15th or 17th if this is your first time volunteering. For more information, contact Sam Sanford ssanford@pagregion.com
Citywide Events:
- The Figure Examined Art After Dark Opening Celebration at TMA! - Friday, October 17th 7:00 – 10:00 pm at the Tucson Museum of Art.  Join the celebration of this amazing new exhibit at the TMA! Picasso will be there. So will Renoir. And Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, Auguste Rodin, Diego Rivera, Jackson Pollock, and Andy Warhol. The Figure Examined exhibition features some of the greatest and most renowned artists of the last two centuries. The party is this Friday and features Tiempo Nuevo Big Band, Cirque Roots, Don't Blink Burlesque, food, wine, and all the good things in life in one convenient location. Join TMA for this unprecedented exhibition. Find out more by visiting https://tucsonmuseumofart.org/
- Kidical Mass - Saturday, October 18th 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm starting at Howell Elementary School 401 N. Irving Ave. Join for this FREE family-friendly bike ride leaving from Howell riding to Himmel Park and back with stops along the way. Includes El Grupo Youth Cycling leaders accompanying smaller riders and helping guide the ride, FREE bike repair and support by BICAS, FREE ice cream from Isabellas Ice Cream, FREE helmets for youth under 18, and bike maps for all! https://www.livingstreetsalliance.org/event/kidical-mass/
- 37th Annual Pride in the Desert - Saturday, October 18th 12:00 - 5:00 pm at Kino Sports Park, 2500 E. Ajo Way. Tucson Pride's signature event features live entertainment, more than 100 exhibitors, the ever-popular IBT's Drag Depot, a dance tent, fun for the kids, and more at the south soccer fields 11 and 12 at Kino Sports Complex. The 2014 Grand Marshall for Tucson's "Pride on Parade" and Pride event "Pride in the Desert" is Tucson's own Daniel Hernandez Jr. $10 admission for adults. www.tucsonpride.org
- Mission Garden’s Second Membrillo Fest – Sunday, October 19th 2:00 – 5:00 pm at 927 W. Mission Lane. Come join Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace for the quince harvest festival at Mission Garden! Learn to make cajeta de membrillo, win a Kino Heritage Fruit Tree, and enjoy refreshments. This event is free and open to the entire community! Contact missiongarden.tucson@gmail.com or 520-777-9270 for more info and to RSVP.
- All Souls Art Auction – Saturday, October 18th 4:00 – 8:00 pm at 424 N. 4th Ave. Pop-Cycle and The Surly Wench Pub will be holding their 4th Annual Silent Art Auction to benefit the All Souls Procession. The auction will feature art from some of Tucson’s most talented artists and goods and services from some of the best shops in Tucson!
- Idea+Space Beta Launch – Monday, October 20th 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library 101 North Stone, 2nd Floor. Starting a business or non-profit? Looking for a job? Bring your ideas for a new collaborative workspace where you can learn and get things done. Come, bring your big ideas, and check out what is in the works. Your ideas are wanted to help create the space you want.
- KIDCO Presents Lights on Afterschool – Thursday, October 23rd 6:30 pm at DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center at Reid Park. The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation and KIDCO is taking part in the 15th annual National Lights On Afterschool event promoting the continued need for after school programs in the Tucson community.  The theme of the night will be Shine and Grow in Fitness. Come, bring a blanket or a chair and relax in the cool evening air while enjoying the singing and dancing performances by our KIDCO and IBC stars.  There will be food available for purchase. For more info, call KIDCO at 791-5912
- Tucson Fire Fighters Chili Cook-off! – Saturday, October 25th 10:00 am – 10:00 pm at Reid Park. The Tucson Fire Fighters Local 479 chili cook-off benefits the Tucson Firefighters Adopt-A-Family Program, which assists needy families and children with clothing, food, basic necessities and toys throughout the holiday season. Every year we serve over 750 gallons (which is over 24000 servings) of chili, and attract more than 10,000 people to the music and food festival. Firefighters from all over Pima County join us for bragging rights to the best chili. There are 30 booths in this friendly competition, each decorating with their own personal touch. We also judge the best decorated booth and the team spirit award. There will be a wide variety of chili from spicy hot to veggie.  All proceeds benefit the Tucson Firefighters Adopt-A-Family Program. This Year's Activities/Attractions include food (chili, kettle corn, roasted corn, tamales, nachos, sweets, quesadillas, Eegee's, BTO frozen yogurt), Live music, Kids zone 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Fire Trucks, and Trick or Treating for children.
Did You Know...?
that Tucson has been recognized as a potential future hub of entrepreneurship by Entrepreneur magazine? Startup Tucson, a local nonprofit, sees Tucson as a sandbox for business innovation and is nurturing a startup ecosystem here. Next Wednesday, October 21st, a demonstration evening will show off 10 participants in their Thryve Social Impact Incubator. Invite at
If you want to see more information about the funding infrastructure in place to support startups, check out the Monsoon Fund: http://monsoonfund.org
that throughout October and November there will be over a dozen community forums to discuss Federal HUD funds and programs? The public is encouraged to participate in a series of City of Tucson and Pima County meetings to discuss community needs that can be addressed with annual entitlement funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The City of Tucson receives approximately $8 million per year under the CDBD, HOME, ESG, and HOPWA federal programs. Please consider joining these conversations to learn and provide input on a range of topics such as Multi-Family Housing Design, Fair Housing, and Public and Subsidized Rental Housing. The next forums will take place on Thursday, October 23rd. Check out https://www.tucsonaz.gov/files/media-releases/Public_Meetings_on_HUD_Funds.pdf for the schedule and more detail.
about Tot Time Open Gym? Tots ages 2-5 and their parent/guardian are invited to come to the Marty Birdman center, 2536 N. Castro Ave. on Mondays and Wednesday from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm for Tot Time Open Gym. Tots and parents can explore a number of different activity stations including music, painting, dress up, little Tyke Play and healthy snacks.  $1.50 per day includes one adult and 2 children.  $1.00 for Each additional child or parent. For more info call 791-5950!  Session Dates: October 20- November 21st and December 1-19th