Karin's Note: Friday October 20, 2017

Karin's Note:  Friday, October 20th, 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!

Listening to and Believing Survivors of Domestic Abuse
Given the prevalence of domestic violence in our society, it is likely that at some point, someone may confide in you that they or someone they love is experiencing abuse in their relationship. Listening to and believing a survivor is an important way to answer the call to end domestic violence in our community.
If someone confides in you they are involved in an abusive relationship, they have trusted you with information that is personal, and they may experience a range of feelings that can make it risky to talk about their situation. Try to be sensitive to this, and remember that it takes great strength and courage for an individual to share this information. It can be difficult to know what to say and do in this situation and you may even feel overwhelmed. It's okay to not have all the answers. The most important thing you can do is listen and show compassion.
Here are some important things to consider when providing support to a survivor:
Call or Refer Them to the Emerge! Hotline - You can support survivors by having our 24/7 multilingual hotline number on hand (520-795-4266). Hotline Specialists are available around the clock to support survivors and community members like you who want to know more about how to help people experiencing abuse.
Be Concerned for Their Safety and Say So - Even if they are not ready or do not want to leave their abusive partner, let them know you are concerned about their well-being and that you will support the decisions they are feel are best in their situation.
Believe Them - This may be the first time they are sharing their experience of abuse with someone and your reaction could impact their decision to tell others or seek help.
Respect Their Choices - Everyone has their own personal response and process in dealing with the abuse they are experiencing. It's up to them to decide the best way to stay safe in their situation. You can encourage them to use the Emerge! Hotline for help with identifying options and safety considerations. You can be supportive in that decision-making, but never tell them what to do.
Seek Support for Yourself - It can feel overwhelming and scary to know someone you care about is in an unsafe and unhealthy situation. You might feel a range of emotions too, and it's important to seek support in order to understand how to care for yourself while supporting your loved one.
In the video below, community members share why they feel listening to and believing survivors is so important if we want to create a safer community for all.
Next week's video addresses ways to take action to end domestic abuse.
Help us Stuff the Truck!
With help from Two Men and A Truck, Emerge! will collect supplies for survivors of domestic abuse this month.
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 event
* Share this email with your friends, family & colleagues
* Put on your favorite purple outfit or accessories on Wear Purple Day, Oct. 19, take a picture and share with us by tagging @EmergeTucson on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram or sending your picture communications@emergecenter.org. You can also come by our Administrative office (2545 E. Adams) between 8:30am and 5:00pm to take a picture in Purple Photo Booth.
Community-Sponsored Events
Wednesday, October 18, 6:30pm - Oro Valley Domestic Violence Proclamation with Oro Valley Town Mayor, Dr. Satish I. Hiremath, (11000 N. La Cañada).
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. Send us an email with your response to the following prompts:
"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 4 passes to the Tucson Museum of Art.
To Enter: Send your response to amys@emergecenter.org
The winner will be chosen at random and announced next week!
Ward 3 Events: 
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 Porch Fest. 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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
Tour Landfill on Halloween
Tuesday October 31st, 8:30am
Thomas O. Price Service Center, 4004 S Park Ave
Spend part of your Halloween touring the Los Reales Landfill and the ReCommunity Recycling Facility. You may see some sights that will haunt you. The City of Tucson Environmental & General Services Department (EGSD) is offering the Oct. 31 tour of both facilities for a limited number of people. Participants will get a behind-the-scenes view and learn how the City manages waste diversion in Tucson. Tour participants also will gain an in-depth understanding of how recyclables collected in the blue barrels are sorted and marketed.  To reserve your seat on the bus, please call (520) 791-3175 by Friday, Oct. 27. Those who join the tour should wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, hats, and sunscreen. Drinking water will be provided.
EGSD: http://bit.ly/2zsTGYE
Did You Know...?
 Northbound Stone Avenue Weekend Closure at Grant Road
Through travel on Stone Avenue at Grant Road will be prohibited beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 20, 2017 through 4 a.m. on Monday, October 23, 2017. Northbound Stone Avenue will be open to local traffic at Drachman Street. No through traffic will be permitted at the Grant Road intersection. The designated detour route for northbound traffic will be eastbound and westbound on Drachman Street; however, local traffic needing access to residents and businesses in the area will be permitted to travel north on Stone Avenue to Sahuaro Street. Southbound Stone Avenue through traffic at the Grant Road intersection will not be permitted. Motorists will be required to turn east or west at the Grant Road intersection. The designated detour route for southbound through traffic will be eastbound and westbound on Glenn Street. Eastbound and westbound travel on Grant Road at Stone Avenue will be permitted, but travel is reduced to one-lane in each direction from east of Oracle to just east of First Avenue. Left turns in the construction zone are allowed only at signalized intersections except for north on Stone Avenue during the weekend closure. Tucson Police officers will be on site to help direct traffic if necessary. Pedestrians are urged to avoid crossing at the Grant Road and Stone Avenue intersection during this weekend closure. For safety considerations, bicyclists should avoid the construction area.
Red Pandas Coming to Reid Park Zoo
Reid Park Zoo is getting a couple of winter visitors. The highly endangered red pandas are expected to reside at the Zoo from November through March. The two red pandas will spend time in Tucson while their permanent habitat in Utah is being prepared. Red pandas, which aren't related to giant pandas, are native to China, India, Nepal, Bhutan, and Myanmar. They weigh between 7 and 13 pounds, and 95 percent of their diet is made up of bamboo. They drink water daily and also eat fruit, roots, grasses, bird eggs, lichens, and insects. The temporary red panda exhibit is funded by the Tucson Parks Foundation.
From the Arizona Daily Star: http://bit.ly/2ystsHz
Reid Park Zoo: http://bit.ly/1dJgCDh
Tucson Parks Foundation: http://bit.ly/2go59UW
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