Karin's Note: Friday, October 2, 2015

Karin's Note: Friday, October 2, 2015
  • Ward 3 Events
  • Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
  • Community Spotlight
  • City-Wide Events
  • Did You Know?

Dear Tucsonans,

The Mayor and Council will be meeting next Thursday October 8, so here are the materials.

Have a great weekend.



Ward 3 Events: 
Big Rummage & Yard Sale
Saturday, October 3rd 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Tucson Pastel Society 2447 N. Los Altos Ave.
Stop by and check out this great yard sale: Holiday decorations, file cabinets, sound speakers, kitchenware galore: pots and pans, coffee makers, flatware, plates, cups and saucers, glasses, and lots more! The Tucson Pastel Society recently acquired this property and is raising funds to renovate their new building in Ward 3. For more info, see their website at http://www.tucsonpastelsociety.org/.
Celebrate the Season: Tucson Poverello House Annual Celebration
Sunday, October 4th 5:00 pm
Most Holy Trinity Parish 1300 N. Greasewood Rd.
Join Tucson Poverello House for a warm evening of camaraderie and support in celebrating their seventh year providing daytime hospitality to homeless men in our Northwest neighborhood. The event is always planned for this time of year in conjunction with the Feast of St. Francis, which is celebrated around the world on October 4th.  Enjoy music by Mariachi Milagro, Jose Serrano and Estela Garcia. You can learn more about the event and register to attend at https://tucsonpoverello.com/
Balboa Heights’ National Night Out
Tuesday, October 6th 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Marty Birdman Community Center 2536 N. Castro Ave.
Come meet your neighbors at this free Balboa Heights’ family event hosted by Tucson Parks and Recreation, Gospel Rescue Mission, and the Tucson Police Department in order to celebrate and thank Balboa Heights Neighbors for their continued support in keeping our neighborhoods safe. This free family event will include a movie night with hot dogs, popcorn and snow cones, activities, gently used clothing, , Mariachi Inspiración and Ballet Folklórico Xochitl, singing, dancing, and much more!
Training for Volunteer Tutors of Refugees
October 9th and 16th  9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Literacy Connects building 200 E. Yavapai
Do you tutor or teach English to refugee adults through a refugee organization, church or school in Tucson? Are you looking for additional teaching strategies, resources and support? If so, join us for this two-part training, which provides knowledge and strategies to those who are tutoring refugees with limited first-language literacy. Register online at http://literacyconnects.org or by calling (520) 882-8006.
Amphi Night Out
Thursday, October 15th 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Literacy Connects 200 E. Yavapai Rd
The Amphi Community Action Group and Tucson Police Department invite their Amphi neighbors to illuminate the night with a celebration at Literacy Connects! Enjoy music, games, food, giveaways and more! Visit https://www.empowertucson.org/benefits/reports/neighborhood/amphi/ for more info about the Amphi CAG and contact.
Feldman’s Neighborhood National Night Out
Thursday, October 15th 6:00 pm
St. Luke's Home, 615 E. Adams
Come join your Feldman neighbors for the 2015 celebration of National Night Out, the annual community event aimed at crime and drug prevention. The entrance for the party is on First Avenue between Lee and Adams.  
Viva La Loca Food Festival
Saturday, October 31st 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Rillito Park 4502 N. 1st Ave.
As part of Banner University Medical Center’s Tucson Tandem weekend, the Viva La Local Food Festival showcases more than 25 of Tucson’s top restaurants, 60+ farmers market vendors, local beer and wine, and local music on the East Field at Rillito Park. Admission is $6, and kids under age 12 enter free. Festival goers can shop Baja Arizona’s finest farmers market and conveniently store their fresh purchases at the complimentary Veggie Valet before exploring the mecca of restaurants.
With all plates, wines, and beers priced at $5 each, the event encourages attendees to sample and share a wide variety of culinary offerings while enjoying a festive atmosphere complete with live music.
For those who choose to ride their bike to the festival, conveniently located along The Loop shared-use path, Living Streets Alliance will provide complimentary, full-service bike valet. For more information on Viva La Local Food Festival and to purchase tickets in advance, visit http://www.vivalalocalfoodfest.com/#about.
Cyclovia Tucson
Sunday, November 1st 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
What is Cyclovia? A Spanish word signifying the temporary closure of a network of streets to cars so that they become “open” to people! During Cyclovia anyone can enjoy 5 miles of car-free city streets for walking, biking, and all-out fun as a part of the Banner – University Medical Center “Tucson Tandem” Weekend. Enjoy the autumn midtown route featuring our very own 4th Ave and Fontana bike boulevards, lined with all sorts of free activities, entertainment, food trucks, live music, and more! Volunteers needed – check out https://www.cycloviatucson.org/ for more info and route maps!
Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings:
GAIN (Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods) 2015
Thursday, October 15th
Various neighborhoods
October is Crime Prevention month. Getting Arizonans Involved in Neighborhoods (GAIN) is an event held by police agencies statewide, in collaboration with neighborhood associations, to bring neighbors together to meet with one another and Police Commanders, discuss crime prevention, and forge relationships that strengthen our neighborhoods and communities. This event is celebrated in various neighborhoods throughout Tucson. Contact your Neighborhood Association to see if they are participating and for the time and location of their event. If your Neighborhood Association is not already preregistered for a GAIN event, contact your local Tucson Police substation to register.
Community Spotlight:
Donna R. Liggins Recreation Center
Located at 2160 N. 6th Ave.
The Donna R. Liggins Recreation Center hosts a variety of affordable programs and community events for kids, teens, seniors and everyone in between. Some fun and upcoming events include:
Snack'N Teen Scene -
Every Thursday from October 22nd through November 12th from 4:15 – 6:15 pm, teens ages 13-15 years old can learn how to create (and eat!) affordable snacks and treats. Cost is $2.00.
Friday Fundaze -
Every Friday until December 11th from 4:00 – 5:30 pm, participants ages 11-14 can take part in weekly themed activities such as basketball, floor hockey, mixed media arts, dancing and more. Cost is $1.00.
Pickleball -
Games every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 12:00 – 3:00 pm. Pickleball is one third tennis, one third badminton and one third table tennis, which equals one heck of a fun sport! All ages are welcome. Cost is $1.50, or $1.00 for individuals age 62+ and under 17.
City-Wide Events: 
El Rio Theatre Project Presents: Love’s Labour’s Lost
October 1st – 4th at 7:00 pm
Himmel Park Outdoor Amphitheatre, 1000 N. Tucson Blvd.
Free, suggested $5 donation
The El Rio Theatre Project presents its 9th annual Shakespeare in the Park with William Shakespeare's “Love’s Labour’s Lost”. In this exuberant romantic comedy youthful idealism gets derailed by love. The
King of Navarre and his buddies have plans to immerse themselves in their studies swearing off less civilized pursuits — namely girls. After the Princess of France arrives with her ladies on a diplomatic
mission, the young men’s hearts melt along with their brainy resolve. Playful pranks, witty wordplay and moony wooing give way to more serious matters that reveal the cost of real love. Bring a blanket, a picnic basket, and the whole family, and enjoy an evening of theatre in the park. For additional information call 791-4353 or visit our website at http://tucsonshakespeareinthepark.org.
Pima Community College Theatre Arts presents Henry and Ramona
October 2nd – October 4th, Friday at 7:00 pm, Saturday at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm, Sunday at 2:00 pm
Pima Community College Proscenium Theatre 2202 W. Anklam Rd.
Enjoy Pima Community College’s presentation of Henry and Ramona. This family-friendly play, based on the award winning children's book series by Beverly Cleary and directed by Mickey Nugent, follows ten-year-old Henry’s journey to succeed as a paper boy and beautifully captures the everyday trials and triumphs of being a kid. All tickets are $8 with discounts for groups of 10 or more. There will be ASL interpreters at the Friday, October 2nd show. Visit or call the box office at 520-206-6986 for more information.
The Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation presents Tucson Modernism Week 2015
Friday, October 2nd - October 10th
Various locations
The celebration will feature a series of amazing lectures, tours, parties, exhibits and events highlighting Tucson’s Mid-century Modern design and architecture throughout the city. This year, Tucson Modernism Week highlights the work of architects: Nicholas Sakellar, Sylvia & William Wilde, Arthur Brown and Louis Coon whose work shaped the city in the post WWII era with special lectures, building highlights and tours. https://tucsonmod.com/
Tucson Refugee Ministries Volunteer Information Night
Sunday, October 4th 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Casas Church 10801 N. La Cholla Blvd., Oro Valley, AZ
In response to the media attention on the Syrian refugee crisis and the growing number of volunteers, we are scheduling an extra training. This upcoming Tucson Refugee Ministries (TRM) Volunteer Info Meeting will provide a great opportunity to get a comprehensive overview of refugee resettlement and how you can help. All are welcome, and attendance does not obligate you to volunteer with Tucson Refugee Ministry. The training is free, but if you plan to attend please RSVP to Cherie at cherie@tucsonrefugeeministry.com, and, if needed, ask for childcare sign up info when you RSVP. For more information on the Tucson Refugee Ministry and their activities, visit http://www.tucsonrefugeeministry.com/.
Candlelight Vigil for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding
Tuesday, October 6th 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Reid Park Cancer Survivors Plaza 22nd Street and Lakeshore Lane
As a part of Mental Illness Awareness Week, the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Southern Arizona  will be hosting this candlelight vigil in support of those struggling with mental illness in an effort to replace stigma with understanding. They remind us that mental illness affects everyone. Every year, regardless of race, age, religion or economic status, mental illness impacts the lives of at least one in five adults and one in 10 children across the United States, nearly 60 million Americans. Recovery is possible. Faith communities can play a significant role in the healing process by bringing solace and a sense of wholeness. This event is open to the public, and people of all faiths are welcome. For more information call NAMI Southern Arizona at 622-5582, or visit http://www.namisa.org/mental-illness-awareness-week.html.
Criminal Justice & Mental Health Community Conversation
Thursday, October 8th 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Duval Auditorium – Banner UMC 1501 N. Campbell Ave
Join for this Voices & Choices Community Conversation – come be a part of the solution. Free and open to the public. Hosted by Southern Arizona Peer & Family Coalition. RSVP at  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/criminal-justice-and-mental-health-tickets-18355959168
“Dancing the Bridge to Wholeness” Multi-faith Pride Service
Thursday, October 8th 7:00 – 8:30 pm
St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church 4440 N. Campbell Ave.
In celebration of Tucson Pride, St. Philip’s, through their LGBTQ+A Ministry, will be hosting Wingspan’s 7th Annual Multi-faith Pride Service, which will include guest speaker Vivian Taylor, music from Desert Voices and Reveille Men’s Chorus, a meditation, a  blessing of the Elders by the youth, an offering benefitting the Devereux adoption agency and, for the first time, Muslim participation. In the reception following the service, clergy from different faiths will be offering service goers individual blessings from their tradition.
Sunday, October 11th  8:00 am
Joel D. Valdez Main Library 101 N. Stone Ave.
Southern Arizona Aids Foundation's signature fundraising event, AIDSWALK, is rapidly approaching! Now in its 27th year, this year's event promises to be one of the biggest and best. AIDSWALK is a walk and run through the heart of Downtown. We will kick off the festivities on Jácome Plaza and this year's event will also feature the always cherished post walk Quilt Opening Ceremony. We hope you will join us in the fight against HIV & AIDS by walking or running with us. Everyone who registers for AIDSWALK gets a free, newly redesigned 2015 walker shirt & bag! Register today, get the shirt, and be a part of SAAF's largest annual fundraiser. We'll see you there! 
Pride Screening at Loft Cinema
Monday, October 12th 6:30 pm
The Loft Cinema 3233 E. Speedway Blvd.
Don’t miss this one time screening presented by Wingspan. Inspired by an extraordinary true story, Pride is a hilarious and heartwarming comedy about finding hope and friendship where you least expect it. It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all. Starring Bill Nighy (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake), Dominic West (300) and Paddy Considine (Hot Fuzz). (Dir. by Matthew Warchus, 2014, UK, 120 mins., Rated R)
Rights Restoration Project
Tuesday, October 13th 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Pima County Public Defender’s Office 33 N. Stone Ave. 10th Floor Conference Room
Your past doesn’t determine your future. Restore your rights and set aside your conviction with this free workshop for people with Arizona and Federal convictions. This workshop is intended for people who have already completed their sentences. Please bring all paperwork about your conviction.
Questions? Contact Alonzo Morado at (520) 882-5383 or amorado@primavera.org
League of Women Voters Local Candidate Forum
Tuesday, October 13th 6:30 pm
Temple Emanuel, 225 N. Country Club Rd.
The League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson is sponsoring a city council candidate forum for this year’s election. The candidate turnout is looking good with all six candidates attending. Perhaps that's because the League's forums have always been the gold standard for live, face-to-face discussion among candidates to offset the canned sound bites that can dominate a political season. This year the League is inviting you to identify the issues you care most about. Send your questions to Shirley, 326-3018 or smuney2k@yahoo.com, including contact information for follow-up questions. You'll also have a chance to bring up your afterthoughts from the audience at the forum on October 13th.
WMG’s Homescape Harvest Tour
Saturday, October 17th 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Looking for ideas for your dream yard? Next Saturday, Watershed Management Group (WMG) will be hosting their 5th Annual Homescape Harvest Tour, where you can spend the day exploring some of Tucson’s most impressive and well-designed home landscapes including features to harvest water, energy and food. Experience rain gardens, cisterns, passive & active solar systems, greywater systems, composting toilets, shady oases, lush food gardens, wildlife habitat, and much more. Tickets are $15 (or $10 for bicycle riders, public transportation users, and those who carpool). Proceeds directly benefit WMG's Green Living Co-op program. For more information on this event and the Watershed Management Group, visit https://watershedmg.org/.
Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival
Sunday, October 18th 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
YWCA 525 N. Bonita Ave.
Celebrate Tucson’s unique position of leadership in sustainability with the 5th annual Tucson Sustainable Festival showcasing the many features of sustainable living in Tucson and our desert Southwest! The festival will feature close to 40 local organizations, companies, vendors and demonstrators with exhibits on key sustainability issues, including solar for the home, local and regional environmental concerns, green homes, water efficiency, recycling, school gardens, co-op businesses, clean modes of transportation and much more. This family-friendly event will include hands-on activities for all ages. Delicious local food will be available for purchase. Admission and parking are free, and Living Streets Alliance will provide a Bike Valet service for those who come by bike. For more information visit http://envisiontucsonsustainable.org/ or like Envision Tucson Sustainable on Facebook.
Farm to Table Gourmet Picnic
Sunday, October 18th 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Mission Garden 929 W. Mission Lane
Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace (FOTB) is excited to be partnering with Native Seeds/SEARCH and some of Tucson's most innovative chefs for this Farm to Table gourmet picnic, featuring local heritage foods, local chefs, local music, and local beverages including sangria, beer and lemonade. Chefs will include Janos (Downtown Kitchen), Chris Bianco (Bianco's Pizza), Kelzi (Mother Hubbard's), Ken Harvey (Lowe's Ventana), Desert Diamond, Doug Levy (Feast), Time Market, and Hannah Seyler (Prep and Pastry). There will also be a raffle for weekend getaways! Tickets are $75 for adults and $25 for children under 12. Only 200 tickets will be sold. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.tucsonsbirthplace.org/news-events/, in person at Native Seeds Retail Store 3061 N. Campbell Ave. (622-5561) or via check sent to FOTB, PO Box 1228, Tucson 85702 (with “picnic” in the memo line) (777-9270).
Did You Know...?
Domestic Violence Grant Awarded To Tucson City Court
Tucson City Court was awarded a three-year Justice for Families Grant in the amount of $497,000 from the Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women. The grant will continue to support the specialized Domestic Violence Court calendar, which has provided access to advocates and services for more than 1,400 victims of domestic violence and more accountability and supervision for domestic violence offenders. The grant funding also will be used to educate judges and lawyers assigned to the Domestic Violence Court about the dynamics of domestic violence cases. The grant will continue to provide more access to advocates and services for Deaf victims of domestic violence and offer outreach and education about domestic violence to Tucson’s Deaf community. In implementing this grant, the Court will partner with the Tucson City Prosecutor’s Office, the Tucson City Public Defender’s Office, Pima County Adult Probation, Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse and Community Outreach for the Deaf, in an effort to address the issue of domestic violence in our city as a coordinated community response. 
November Ballot Educational Forums
Tucson Residents for Responsive Government (TRRG) will be sponsoring two more educational forums to inform the public about the processes by which the Charter Changes (Props 403 & 404), Salary Recommendation (Prop 405) and Bond Proposals (Props 425-431) were placed on the November ballot and what these propositions mean to you as citizens and members of our community.
  • Tuesday, October 6th, 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the Quincie Douglas Library, 1585 E. 36th St.
  • Wednesday, October 7th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Ward 6 office, 3202 E. 1st St.
The forums will be presented by members who served on the citizen committees, with opportunities for the public to ask questions. All residents are welcome to attend.
Sign Up for a Free Water Audit to Save Water and Money
Water efficiency is more than just conserving a resource. Tucson Water’s Zanjeros are specially-trained water efficiency experts who have performed thousands of comprehensive inventories of home water use that helped customers lower their water bills. Learn more about your home’s water-using fixtures, water meter, plumbing, irrigation, and more. Request an appointment by calling (520) 791-3242 or emailing TW_CustomerService@tucsonaz.gov.
Tucson Water Zanjero Program: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/water/request-audit
Need help starting or expanding a business in Tucson? Call the Small Business Assistance Line
The City of Tucson's Small Business Assistance Line, (520) 837-4100, is available from 8:00  am to 5:00 pm. Monday through Friday. Help is available in both English and Spanish. Staff members from the City Manager's Office of Economic Initiatives answer the calls. The Small Business Assistance Line is one of a number of City initiatives to make the City of Tucson more business-friendly, along with 21 business incentives, streamlined permit processes, and more. From the City of Tucson: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/business/small-business-assistance-line
Tucson Police Recruiting Community Service Officers
The Tucson Police Department (TPD) is hoping to fill 25 Community Service Officer positions. The job involves driving in marked police cars and responding to calls of burglary, traffic accidents, and found property. TPD is accepting applications as of Monday, September 28th. To find out more about job opportunities at TPD, please visit TPD Recruiting at https://www.tucsonaz.gov/police/jobs
Citizen Police Advisory Review Board Seeks Additional Advisory Members
The Citizen Police Advisory Review Board (CPARB) is seeking applications to fill four advisory, non-voting positions for a period not to exceed two years. Formed by the Mayor and City Council in March 1997, CPARB helps promote a citizen-police partnership, and reviews and comments on police investigation of citizen complaints.
Advisory members must meet the following criteria:
                Must be a resident of the City of Tucson
                Must never have been convicted of a felony
                Must not currently be a peace officer
                Must attend monthly meetings of CPARB
                Must participate in Board activities including appropriate training

People interested in becoming an advisory member to CPARB should submit a letter of interest (not to exceed three pages) with the following information:
                Complete name, address and telephone number
                Brief description of prior and current community involvement
                A brief summary as to what the applicant hopes to accomplish by working
                with CPARB.

Letters of interest should be mailed or faxed to:
City Clerk’s Office (CPARB)
Attention: Karisa McMillan
P. O. Box 27210
Tucson AZ 85726-7210
FAX 791-4017

All letters of interest must be received in the City Clerk’s Office no later than 5 pm on Thursday, November 5th. Call 791-4213 for additional information.