Karin's Note: Friday, October 23, 2015

Karin's Note: Friday, October 23, 2015
 
  • City Spotlight
  • Ward 3 Events
  • Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
  • Community-Wide Events
  • Did You Know?
 
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City Spotlight:
 
Volunteers Needed for Cyclovia!
 
Please join the Ward 3 staff as we volunteer at the Glenn St and Fontana intersection for Cyclovia Tucson. We will have our booth and fun games for folks! Cyclovia is Sunday, November 1st from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Please email ward3@tucsonaz.gov to sign up or call us at 520-791-4711.  More info on Cyclovia below or visit https://www.cycloviatucson.org/
 
Boo Bash!
Saturday, October 23rd 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Lincoln Park 4325 S. Pantano Rd
 
Join the Ward 3 Council Office in celebrating Halloween at Boo Bash! The annual Halloween Boo Bash is a fun-filled night with tricks, treats, entertainment, haunted hayride, storytelling, food, and more. Some of the activities include a costume contest, carnival games, and storytelling. The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation department and Pima Community College East Campus are hosting tomorrow's event. Admission is free.  We’ll be there handing out treats  - we hope to see you there!
Boo Bash: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/parks/announcement/boobash-2015-lincoln-park
 
Grant Road Improvement Plan Public Open House
Tuesday, October 27th 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Tucson Association of Realtors 2445 N. Tucson Blvd.
 
It's time for a project update! Improvements to the five-mile section of Grant Road between Oracle and Swan Road include widening to six lanes with bike lanes, and streetscape and pedestrian improvements to create a state-of-the-art, multi-modal transportation corridor.
 
This open house, hosted by the Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), will give the public an opportunity to see and ask questions about the final design of Phase II and the 30% design of Phases III and IV. Phase II runs roughly from Stone Avenue to Park Avenue; designed by Psomas, it is scheduled to begin construction early in 2016. Phase III and IV, from Palo Verde Boulevard to Venice Place, is being designed by HDR, Inc., and construction is scheduled to begin in 2018.
 
After a brief general presentation at 5:45, participants will be invited to visit separate stations set up to provide information about specific interests such as alignment, roadway construction, public art, real estate (disposition of property remnants), or landscaping. Representatives from TDOT, RTA, and the Project Team will be available to answer your questions, and City staff will also provide information on the Columbus Wash Drainage Improvement Project.
 
Members of the citizen task force are likely to be at the open house as well. This is your chance to talk to individuals charged with representing your interests as a resident of a neighborhood along Grant or the owner of a small business likely to be impacted. The new project ombudsman will also be introduced. Please come if you can -- your input is important.
 
For more information on the Grant Road Improvement Project, please call 624-4727 or visit www.grantroad.info.
 
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Ward 3 Events: 
 
The Haunted Ruins: A Witch's Quest
October 23rd -25th, 28th – 30th 
Valley of the Moon, 2544 E. Allen Rd.
Continuing a Tucson tradition that stretches back 40 years, Valley of the Moon will present the Haunted Ruins for 6 more nights in October. The 35-40 minute walking theatrical adventure winds through Valley of the Moon following the tale of a young witch who has come here to solve a big problem. Adventures start every 20 minutes from 6:00 pm to 8:20 pm; Saturday and Sunday early show at 5:40 pm. Kids 15 and under enter free; $10 for ages 16 and up. More details and tickets available online at http://www.tucsonvalleyofthemoon.com/.
 
Lend A Hand Yard Sale
Saturday - Sunday, October 24th – 25th 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
1545 E. Water St.
This annual event benefits the non-profit Lend A Hand Senior Assistance Program, a growing coalition of 13 Ward 3 neighborhoods, faith-based communities, and business partnerships. Volunteers support aging at home by providing free services to seniors, including transportation, errands, friendly visits and phone calls, light yard work and housekeeping. If you have something to donate to make a difference in a senior's life, call Jane Hoffmann, 323-9299. Donations are tax-deductible. Learn more about Lend A Hand at http://www.lahseniorhelp.org/about.html.
 
Feldman’s Neighborhood Household Hazardous Waste Collection
Saturday, October 24th 8:00 – 11:30 am
West parking lot at St. Luke’s Home 615 E. Adams St
You and your neighbors are invited to participate in the Feldman's Neighborhood HHW Collection! Please drop off your hazardous materials no later than 11:15 am. For safety, leaking waste will not be accepted. Leaking containers, complete with identifying labels, must be placed inside a second, sealed container.
For details on what HHW can and cannot accept, please check out  the COT Environmental Services
 
Cyclovia Tucson Free Bike Repairs
Saturday, October 24th 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Keeling Desert Park 245 E. Glenn St.
Get ready for Cyclovia the following weekend with free bike repairs, free helmets and other goodies at Keeling Desert Park.
 
Jefferson Park Neighborhood Fundraiser
Saturday, October 24, 9:00 am to noon
International School of Tucson, 1701 E Seneca
Here's an opportunity to acquire original works by local artists and craftspersons including Nancy Lenches, whose t-shirts are sold at museums and upscale specialty stores. Her annual seconds and over-runs sale will benefit the Old Ft Lowell Live at Home Program as well as Jeff Park. To see examples of her work go to sabakuart.com.
Funds raised at this event will help cover the costs associated with running a highly organized neighborhood association -- preparing the nomination for historic status, buying "Historic Jefferson Park" street signs, paying for legal help preparing documents for agreements with developers, and ongoing expenses for the web site, e-news, postage for hard copies of the newsletter, and Neighborhood Information Packets.
 
Grant Road Improvement Plan Public Open House
Tuesday, October 27th 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Tucson Association of Realtors 2445 N. Tucson Blvd.
Please join the Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) for a Grant Road project update. Following a brief presentation at 5:45 pm, representatives from TDOT, RTA, and the Project Team will be available to discuss the overall Grant Road Improvement Plan and answer any questions you might have.
 
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!
 
PCIC Education Talk
Monday, November 4th 6:00 pm
Amphi Middle School
Join Pima County Interfaith Council and the Amphi MS PTA for a discussion about the current crises in funding for public education and what we as a society can do about it!
 
Tucson LGBTQ Community Building and Programs Forum
Thursday, November 12th 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Donna Liggins Center 2160 N 6th Ave
 
A Coalition of community members and supporters of the Tucson LGBTQ community are hosting a Community Forum to discuss current and future programming needs of the LGBTQ community. Vice Mayor Uhlich and Catherine Tornbom of Our Family Services will be the moderators of the conversation.

This three-hour Forum will include a presentation from SAAF updating the community on the status of the Wingspan programs they acquired last year and other developments they are working on. Status updates from other LGBTQ serving organizations and groups in the Tucson area will also be shared, on some of their current priorities and goals. Facilitated discussions will gather the wisdom of the LGBTQ community on what needs are being met and unmet in our LGBTQ community and some concrete ideas on how to address them. The final portion of the Forum will be to focus on potential areas of action the community would like to engage in further.

The small group discussions will be facilitated by the Center for Community Dialogue, a program of Our Family Services. The Center helps Southern Arizonans have meaningful conversations on important issues in a skilled, civil and respectful way where everyone’s voice can be heard.

The results of the conversations will be made available to the public as well as to the City of Tucson GLBT Commission and other organizations and agencies that address LGBTQ needs in Southern Arizona.

Light refreshments will be served. There is no charge for this Forum and feel free to invite your friends, family and colleagues to attend!

Facebook event info at https://www.facebook.com/events/539110102909206/

 
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Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
 
Keeling Neighborhood Association
Monday, October 26th 7:00 pm
Cornerstone Fellowship 2902 N Geronimo Ave
 
Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association
Wednesday, October 28th 6:00 pm
Ward 3 Council Office Community Room 1510 E. Grant Rd
 
Amphi Community Action Group
Wednesday, October 28th 5:30 pm
Amphi High School Library
 
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Community-Wide Events: 
 
10 West Tucson Music Showcase
Friday, October 23rd 7:00 pm
Hotel Congress
10West is a dynamic, week-long, informative festival bringing together a wide range of people and interests to share perspectives and create innovative solutions. Meet our future at the intersection of technology, creativity, and entrepreneurship. Among the 80+ events during 10West is the 10West Tucson Music Showcase at Hotel Congress featuring seven top local acts on two stages. Join 10West today and grow Tucson’s tomorrow. $10/21+. http://hotelcongress.com/music/10-west-tucson-music-showcase/
 
10West Art Walk
Saturday, October 24th 5:00 – 10:00 pm
Borderlands Brewing Company - 119 E Toole Ave,
The finale FREE event of 10West! 10West Schedual: http://10west.co/schedule/ Join the downtown arts district in creating a dynamic and uniquely Tucson arts experience along East Toole Avenue on October 24th. The 10West Art Walk will be a celebration concluding the week-long 10West Festival.
10West.co/Art Surround yourself in creative spaces, live music and interactive exhibits
 
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.
 
The Humane Society’s Sweat for Pets: Walk, Run & Roll
Sunday, November 1st 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
University of Arizona Mall 1200-1900 E. University Blvd.
Join the Humane Society of Southern Arizona’s first annual “Sweat for Pets: Walk, Run & Roll” and show your support for our hometown animal shelter! Bring your well-behaved canine companion, your friends, family, strollers welcome! We’re suggesting each walker donate $1 as part of our UA team’s contribution to the Humane Society, though not required to participate. All ages are welcome!
 
LGBTQ Aging Issues Community Dialogue
Thursday, November 12th 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Abrams Public Health Center 3950 S. Country Club Rd. Suite 100
You’re invited to share your ideas, concerns and hopes for improving the lives of Arizona’s LGBTQ+ elders. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free but seating is limited. Please RSVP online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lgbtq-aging-issues-community-dialogue-tickets-18787058598 or by phone with Serena Worthington at (773) 508-1048.
 
Coffee with a Cop
Thursday, November 12th 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Starbuck's, 4811 E. Grant Rd
Midtown TPD will host their last Coffee with a Cop event of the year. The one-on-one conversations at these gatherings have proven to be stimulating for both the police and community members who participate.  How often do we really get the chance to have a crisis-free encounter (and a latte) like this?
 
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Did You Know...?
 
Donation Drive Underway for Tomorrow’s Hope Fest
The Hope Network today is collecting donations of gently-used clothing, shoes, accessories, canned food, bottled water, diapers, stuffed animals, and personal care items. Today's event, which runs until 7 p.m. at Kino Stadium, 2500 E. Ajo Way, is the precursor to tomorrow's Hope Fest at the same location. From 9 a.m.-2 p.m. tomorrow, the donated items will be distributed free of charge (on a first-come, first-served basis). The 23rd annual event provides needy Tucsonans with free groceries, clothing, medical services, dental services, haircuts, hygiene items, and a number of other services. Hope Network is a nonprofit organization that collaborates with many other Tucson nonprofits, government organizations, and businesses to help people living in poverty. Last year, Hope Fest provided more than $1.5 million of goods and services to 16,000 Tucsonans in need of help.
Hope Fest: http://www.hopefest.com/home.html
Hope Network: http://www.azhopenet.org/
 
 
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month       
October 1st  marked the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Several events are planned throughout the month, including Wear Purple Day on Oct. 23. Meanwhile, Tucson City Court just announced it has been awarded a $497,000 grant from the Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women. Over the next three years, the grant will continue to support the specialized Domestic Violence Court, which has provided access to advocates and services for more than 1,400 victims of domestic violence. 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 community.
Read the news release: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/files/media-releases/Grant_Awarded_to_Domestic_Violence_Court_2015.pdf
Tucson City Court: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/courts/tucson-city-court
Domestic Violence Awareness newsletter from Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse (Intranet only): https://intranet.tucsonaz.gov/files/cmo/Emerge_October_Educational_eNews_Campaign_-_1_of_5.pdf
 
Police Chief Finalists Selected
After a nationwide search, the City of Tucson has selected four finalists to interview for the position of police chief. City Manager Michael Ortega will make the final appointment, which would need approval from the Mayor and Tucson City Council. The City contracted with the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) to conduct the search and help with the three-part hiring process. PERF screened the initial applications and provided Ortega with 60 credible applicants. A competitive interview process was used to select the finalists from the recommended applicant pool. The finalists are Malik Aziz, Larry Esquivel, Rick Gregory, and Christopher Magnus. They want to replace Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor, who is scheduled to retire in December.
 
The finalists will interview with the 15-member City Police Chief Appointment Advisory Committee at a public meeting on Oct. 29 in the Mayor and Council Chambers at City Hall, 255 W. Alameda.. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. and the agenda can be viewed at https://www.tucsonaz.gov/files/clerks/uploads/bccfiles/20055.pdf. Separate interviews will be held with the Tucson Police Officers Association (TPOA) and Tucson Police Department command, as well as the City’s executive leadership team. Please follow the link below to read the resumes submitted by the candidates. Police Chief candidates information: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/home/announcement/police-chief-finalists-selected
 
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