Karin's Note: Friday, October 3, 2014

Karin's Note: Friday, October 3, 2014
- A Note from Staff
-Ward 3 Events
- Community Support Needed
-Did You Know?
-Thank you!
A Note from Staff:
Please join us tomorrow, Saturday, October 4th for the 7th Annual Historic Miracle Mile Event - An Opportunity to Experience & Explore Tucson's Forgotten Modern Highway!
Information and Historic Lectures at Pima Community College Downtown Campus
Visit the information booth in the parking lot off Drachman, between Oracle and Stone. Pick-up your free program guide, Historic Miracle Mile self-guided driving brochure, and kids coloring sheets and crayons. Enter a free raffle to win a magnet of one of Tucson’s iconic neon signs (drawings every half hour).
Enjoy a series of historical talks at 10:30 am, 11:30 am and 12:30 pm that include The 1950’s: Population Growth, Sputnik & Downtown Developments, The Desert Museum, Past and Present, A Guide to Appreciating Neon Signs of the 40’s, 50’s, & 60’s, and more.
Historic Ghost Ranch Lodge
From 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, visit the Historic Ghost Ranch at 801 W. Miracle Mile to learn about the award-winning rehabilitation of this local landmark, designed by renowned architect Josias Joesler. Check out the iconic neon Ghost Ranch sign with the skull logo that was designed by artist Georgia O'Keefe and tour the famous Desert Cactus Garden, home to the largest Boojam Tree in Arizona.
Monterey Court
Grab lunch at the Monterey Court café at 505 W. Miracle Mile as they feature a special Miracle Mile menu! Site tours to learn about the former motel and its transformation will take place from 2:00 to 3:00 pm and kids can enjoy a special activity learning about the science of neon from noon – 3:00 pm. Stay around for live blues music by The Coolers from 6:00 – 10:00 pm.
Visit https://tucsonmod.com/ for more info or contact us at 791-4711 or ward3@tucsonaz.gov with any questions.
Ward 3 Events:
- National Night Out at Balboa Park – Tuesday, October 7th 5:30 – 8:00 pm at Marty Birdman Community Center 2536 N. Castro Ave. Join this free event to thank Balboa Heights Neighbors for their continued support in keeping our neighborhoods safe! Enjoy a movie night, hot dogs, popcorn, snow cones, activities, and entertainment from Mariachi Inspiracion, Arts for All, and Ballet Folklorico Xochitl. See you there!
-GAIN with the Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance – Wednesday, October 8th 6:00 – 8:00 pm at St. James United Methodist Church 3255 N. Campbell. GAIN or Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods is an annual event designed to unite neighbors and communities to help create safer neighborhoods. Join Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance for a big multi-neighborhood gathering that will include TPD officers, Tucson Fire Department, music and a jumping castle for the kids. Last year, the first year this event was held at St. James, there were 80-100 participants. Help make this year even bigger by joining and getting the word out!
If your Ward 3 neighborhood would like to join the GAIN celebration and have a table with information, please contact Pastor Bob Holliday at 403-4758 or pastorbobh@comcast.net and he will work with you to make arrangements for a space to be available.
- Refugee 101 Info Night – Thursday, October 9th 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Catalina United Methodist Church 2700 E. Speedway Blvd (Room E23). Are you interested in learning more about the refugee population in Tucson? Come learn more about refugees, their native countries, and the journey to resettlement. Learn what Iskashitaa does in the community and how to volunteer. Anyone who wants information can attend and attendance does not commit you to serve. Please email volunteer@iskashitaa.org to RSVP.
- Lend A Hand Yard Sale – Saturday, October 11th – Sunday, October 12th 7:00 am – 1:00 pm at 1545 E. Water St. Please come to this yard sale to benefit Lend A Hand! LAH serves Seniors in several Ward 3 neighborhoods, providing them with free services such a light housekeeping, rides to the doctor, companionship, and more. Services are dependent upon donations and the funds they raise at events like this! They would also appreciate donated items for the sale.  To donate items, contact Jane Hoffmann at 323-9299.
- 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/
Community Support Needed!
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 Torres-Traylor at 520-791-4711 or brianda.torres@tucsonaz.gov for more information or to get involved.
Did You Know...?
…the Moon is becoming accessible at last?  Phase one of the accessible pathways project at Valley of the Moon is complete, just in time for the Halloween run of "Harry Potter and the Haunted Ruins"! Stabilized decomposed granite pathways have been installed all the way from the parking lot (two van accessible spaces included) to the entrance to the historic grounds.  This is a historic improvement to a historic property, and Ward 3 offers congratulations and good wishes with the fund-raising for the second phase, which will make all the grounds fully accessible.  Well done!
Valley of the Moon is located at 2544 E Allen Road. For more information about programming, go to http://www.tucsonvalleyofthemoon.com/event-calendar
Thank you!
Thank you to Angel’s Landscaping, TPD Westside Division, and our neighbors from Mountain/1st, Flowing Wells and Hedrick Acres who worked hard to clean-up the alley at 1st Ave & Copper last Saturday! We cannot thank you enough for all you did to clear weeds and garbage and improve the overall appearance of this troubled spot. We especially appreciate Angel’s Landscaping for joining us - their expertise and commitment to community made such a difference.