Karin's Note: Friday, October 18, 2013

Karin’s Note:  Friday, October 18, 2013

-Ward 3 Events
-Upcoming Area Neighborhood and Coalition Meeting(s)
-Citywide Events
-Did You Know?
-Guest Article


Dear Tucsonans,


It's Election Time

Ballots for the citywide election were mailed yesterday by the Clerk’s Office. The Clerk recommends mailing your ballot by October 31st to be sure it is received by November 5th (Election Day).  You can also turn in your ballot at the Tucson City Clerk Elections Center from October 18th through Election Day at this address: 

Tucson City Clerk Elections Center
800 E. 12th Street
October 18 – November 4, 2013, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.,
or November 5 from 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.


On Election Day, if you haven’t already mailed in your ballot, the following locations will be taking them: 

Department of Housing and Community Development
320 N Commerce Park Loop
6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.


Morris K. Udall Regional Center
7200 E. Tanque Verde Road
6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.


Donna R. Liggins Recreation Center
2160 N 6th Avenue
6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.


William Clements Recreation Center
8155 E. Poinciana Drive
6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.


El Pueblo Senior Center
101 W. Irvington Road
6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.


Parks and Recreation Administration Randolph Park
900 S. Randolph Way
6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

The City’s election information booklet, further information on the two ballot propositions up for a vote, and a listing of the all the candidates is available at: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/clerks/elections.  Please note that registered voters may visit any of the voting locations and:

• Drop off your ‘voted’ vote-by-mail ballot, or  

• Bring your vote-by-mail ballot, cast the ballot in person and drop it in the ballot box, or
• Receive and vote through a vote-by-mail replacement ballot.

If you are a registered voter within Tucson, don’t forget to cast your votes in ALL of the three Ward contests (Wards 3, 5 and 6).

Our next City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 22 at 255 West Alameda with the Study Session beginning at 3:30 p.m. and the Regular Session at 5:30 p.m. 

Enjoy the weekend!


Ward 3 Events:


-A Dodge-Flower Neighborhood Event (DFNA)! - Saturday, October 19 at SAMHC parking lot (south side of Flower Street between Winstel and Dodge).  Come out to this community event with Tucson Police Department (TPD), to paint home addresses on the curbs so that TPD can better identify homes when responding to emergency calls.  The DFNA will also be present with information on other community events and city resources. Parents and children can meet TPD officers, and the neighborhood hopes to have a station where
children can fingerprinted for fun or as a valuable tool for emergencies.  For more information, send an email to dodgeflowerna@gmail.com.

- Lend A Hand Yard Sale FundraiserSaturday, October 19 from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 1545 E. Water Street (just north of Grant Road). Here’s your chance to clean out the closets, sheds and garages and recycle all of those unwanted items. Items may be dropped off starting October 13 (court yard gates will be unlocked so items can be put inside during the week). If you have large items that need to be picked up, please call 323-9299 to make arrangements. For more information, contact Alan Adler at ahadler@cox.net or 909-5204.
-Third Annual Watershed Management Home-Scape Tour – Saturday October 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tour demonstrates a wealth of water-harvesting and other sustainable landscape. This is a self-guided, ticketed tour of more than a dozen yard. Our rainwater harvesting xeriscape at Ward 3 is on the tour.  Tickets are $15 ($10 if you ride your bike). More info: 396-3266 or https://watershedmg.org/


-What's happening in the Oracle Area with the OARP effort? - Monday, October 21 from 5:30 p.m to 7:30 p.m. at College Place 1601 N. Oracle Rd.  Join Council Member Uhlich for an update on the completed projects and successes in the OARP area, and hear about the plans that are still in the works!  


Upcoming Neighborhood and Coalition Meeting(s):


-Richland Heights West NA- Annual Meeting – Saturday, October 19 at 3:00 p.m. 1502 E. Lind

-Richland Heights East NA – Annual Meeting – Monday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m. 1900 E. Prince Road


-Prince Tucson NA – Annual Meeting – Sunday, October 20 at 3:00 p.m. Rio Vista Natural Resources Park (at the Rillito River)

-Jefferson Park NA – Wednesday, October 23 at 6:00 p.m. Ward 3 Council Office, 1510 E. Grant Road

-Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance – Thursday, October 24 at 6:00 p.m. Woods Memorial Library, 3455 N. 1st Avenue. Board Member elections will be held.


Citywide Events

-HopeFest 2013 – Saturday, October 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Kino Stadium, 2500 E. Ajo Way. This annual event offered dental and medical care, haircuts, clothing and hygiene items for those in need. Collaboration of local businesses, agencies and individuals. More info: 751-4673 or http://www.hopefest.com/home.html


-Safe Harbor Business Assistance:  Feedback and Idea Workshops – Wednesday, October 23rd from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at Fire Central, 300 S. Fire Central Place (across from the TCC), and Friday, October 25th from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Patrick Hardesty Center, 1100 S. Alvernon Way.  The Safe Harbor working group seeks input from RTA project affected businesses on proposed policies, procedures and strategies that the City could employ to help businesses maintain their viability during public construction projects.


-Court Night: You and the Law –Friday, October 25. Location is the Arizona Superior Court, 110 W. Congress. The Superior Court in Pima County and the Pima County Bar Association invite you to this free event offering two sessions: 4:00-5:30 p.m. and 5:45-7:15 p.m. Topics include child support issues, bankruptcy, probate matters, landlord/tenant issues and more. More info: 724-4200 or www.sc.pima.gov


- National Pharmaceutical Take Back Event – Saturday, October 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Tucson Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency are partnering to offer two drop-off locations for residents to bring unwanted or unused medications for disposal. (No needles, IV meds, glass containers or inhalers, please). The locations: TPD Hardesty Service Center, 1100 S. Alvernon and TPD Santa Cruz Substation, 4410 S. Park. More info: 791-5922.

Did You Know...?

…that October is Domestic Violence Awareness month?  Friday, October 18 join Sun Tran, KGUN 9 and Sam Levitz Furniture for a “Stuff –the-Bus” event benefitting EMERGE! The event will be held at Sam Levitz eastside location at 100 North Pantano Road. Donations accepted from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Needed items include used cell phones, grocery store gift cards, new towels and bedding, baby wipes and diapers. In addition, any cash donations will be match by the Arizona Lottery up to $10,000. For more information check out the website at Emerge! www.emergecenter.org     


…that you can now call 792-CITY (792-2489) to report shopping carts left behind in your neighborhood? Just select OPTION 5 and Environmental Services will take down the location information. The City Council voted unanimously to enact this new ordinance on October 8. Under the ordinance, retailers must retrieve their carts within 72 hours after the City notifies them. Ordinances in similar sized cities have proven effective in reducing abandoned carts on streets.

…that you can pre-order your holiday flowers and make a difference this season? Our Family Services is taking orders now for poinsettias. Your purchase will help to provide shelter and support to homeless children, youth and families and assist elders to live safely with dignity in their own homes. Order now for early December pickup. Online: www.ourfamilyservices.org or call 323-1708 X 416.

…that Monterey Court (505 W. Miracle Mile) has a “Fourth Fridays ARTWALK” at their Studio Galleries? Meet the artists, enjoy live music and light refreshments every 4th Friday from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Next one is October 25!

Guest Article:

UA4U  - By Sarah T. Evans, UA Office of Community Relations  Sevans1@email.arizona.edu

Welcome to UA4U, an occasional communication from the UA Office of Community Relations. Its purpose is to share information of interest with core-campus neighbors and neighborhoods.
Community Volunteer Opportunity  - The Tucson Phenology Trail<http://www.usanpn.org/tucson-phenology-trail> (TPT) has been established to study the phenology, or life cycle events of plants and animals and their relationship to weather and climate, at a number of locations in the greater Tucson area. The USA National Phenology Network<http://www.usanpn.org> (USA-NPN) hosts a professional and citizen science program called Nature's Notebook<http://www.nn.usanpn.org>, to which observations of select species are contributed to a national database and used for research and management decisions. The TPT seeks to link the UA to the community, encourages people to engage in active, outdoor education, ask and answer local science, management and climate questions, and connects like-minded organizations together through a shared project.
We are looking for volunteers to 1.) help us collect observations at the sites along the trail or in your backyard or garden, 2.) be champion educators or docents who will share phenology and scientific education with our community, 3.) create new sites to add to the trail, responsible for hosting their own phenology walk, and 4.) help us host the 2nd annual Phenology Day in Tucson in 2014.
If you are an interested in volunteering with us or would like to add your site to our trail, please consider joining us for a TPT Docent Training Event to be held on November 16th, 2013 from 9am until 1pm.
This hands-on workshop will include:
  *   Introduction to the study of phenology and how it applies to ecology
  *   The basics of setting up a sustainable walk or program at your location
  *   Interpretation skills - hands-on activities related to creating an interpretive walk at your site
  *   A youth component for doing phenology activities with youth visitors
  *   Specifics on how to collect and enter data for our Nature's Notebook program
  *   Curriculum to take with you
For more information or to RSVP call 520-792-0481. The registration deadline is Friday November 1st, 2013 at 4:30 pm. If you have questions about the event, contact LoriAnne Barnett at lorianne@usanpn.org<mailto:lorianne@usanpn.org>.