Karin's Note: Friday, October 9, 2015

Karin's Note: Friday, October 9, 2015
  • Ward 3 Events
  • Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
  • Community Spotlight
  • City-Wide Events
  • Did You Know?
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Dear Tucsonans,
 
Mayor and Council Actions
 
This week the Mayor and Council directed staff to work in partnership with the Pima Association of Governments (PAG) and community groups to map the future of our transit system. PAG already has worked with us on a service vision and plan completed this past spring (service changes have already been implemented in accordance with that study). In addition we directed the Manager to audit the system’s performance and finances so we can base decisions on hard data and our shared goals.
 
Mayor and Council also explored “selling” naming rights for the modern street car line, which will generate new funding streams once negotiated with sponsoring entities. Details will be discussed in a future Mayor and Council session prior to the award of any partnership/contract.
 
We also discussed amendments to the Flexible Lot Design section of the Land Use Code which could make it a more meaningful development tool throughout the urban core. A public hearing will be held on November 17th on the proposal, which was unanimously recommended to us by the Planning Commission. I am particularly interested in how these and other strategies could further spark reinvestment in distressed areas of Ward 3 (we’re seeing more and more projects come forward that will help residents and commerce where that investment is needed most).
 
Out and About
 
On Saturday evening I attended the annual Freedom Fund Dinner held by the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Their ongoing work to confront racism and strengthen our community started in 1919 and remains invaluable today. You can learn more and offer or renew your membership at www.tucsonnaacp.org.
 
On Sunday I attended a film event at the Loft hosted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Southern Arizona (NAMISA). The film, Not Kidding, Me Too!, and the NAMISA panel discussion that followed offered powerful testimonies of hope and inspiration.
 
My mom suffered from schizoaffective disorder. She also worked as a nurse midwife, aesthetician and massage therapist for many years. Perhaps through the lessons she learned in her quest to heal herself, she developed an exceptional capacity to appreciate and care for the people around her.
NAMISA offers all of us whose lives have been touched by mental illness the information and the support that can help. You can learn more at:  http://www.namisa.org/ . I hope you’ll join their effort to erase the stigma associated with mental illness, to cultivate greater understanding throughout our community, and to appreciate the gifts held by people with mental dis-ease (the term highlighted in Not Kidding, Me Too! , www.NKM2.org ).
 
I am grateful to the Tucsonans who lead these vital organizations, and the hundreds more who volunteer their time and money to make our community inclusive and strong.
 
I hope you will join me at the Southern Arizona Aids Foundation (SAAF) Aidswalk, Tucson Pride festivities, and Tucson Meet Yourself this weekend to thank some of these community organizations and volunteers, and to appreciate our richness and diversity. 
 
Karin
 
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Ward 3 Events: 
 
The Haunted Ruins: A Witch's Quest
October 9th – 11th, 16th – 18th, 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 12 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. On discount and charity day, Saturday, October 17th, tickets are only $7, and $2 of every ticket sold will be donated to Many Mouths One Stomach in support of the Procession of Little Angels. More details and tickets available online at http://www.tucsonvalleyofthemoon.com/.
 
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, activities, refreshments, and more. Free bike lights and child bike helmets will be available! The CAG will also be recognizing apartment complexes, businesses, and churches who have been great neighbors. Visit https://www.empowertucson.org/benefits/reports/neighborhood/amphi/ for more info about the Amphi CAG and contact. Special thanks to Dairy Queen and GAP Ministries for their generous support as well as to Jon Lanza (Principal at Amphi High School) and Woods Library!
 
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.  
 
Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance GAIN
Thursday, October 15th 6:00 – 8:00 pm
St. James United Methodist Church 3255 N Campbell
G.A.I.N. or Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods is an annual event designed to unite neighbors and communities to help create safer neighborhoods. Join for a big  multi-neighborhood gathering, network with each other, form new alliances to improve your quality of living and have some fun! Meet your neighbors, free display booths, entertainment, lots of fun! Jumping Castle for the kids!
 
Limberlost GAIN
Thursday, October 15th 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Sonora Cohousing 501 E. Roger (Community Room)
Also known as National Night Out, G.A.I.N. encourages residents to get together to promote safety, neighborhood communication and celebrate the successes of crime prevention through community involvement!
 
Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance Ballot Preview
Wednesday, October 21st 6:00 – 7:45 pm
Woods Memorial Library 3455 N. 1st Ave.
We have a number of County and City propositions on which we are being asked to vote this November. The League of Women Voters has prepared an excellent presentation on the County Bond Propositions, including background on their creation and a summary of the specifics on each proposition and the arguments for and against them. Of particular interest to neighborhoods is information about the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program. Representatives from Tucson Residents for Responsive Government will also cover propositions for City Charter changes and salary increases.
 
Donate Starting Over Supplies for Domestic Abuse Survivors
Friday, October 23rd 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
SE corner of Grant and Campbell
As part of the Pima County Attorney’s Office and Emerge! Paint Pima Purple campaign during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, stop by the SE corner of Grant and Campbell (next to Bookman’s) with donations to help provide domestic abuse survivors with supplies for creating a new home. Needed items include: gift cards (grocery stores, Target, Walgreen’s, etc.), NEW bedding (pillows, blankets & sheets), NEW bath & hygiene items (bath towels, deodorant, hairbrushes, tampons, etc.). All cash donations on the 23rd will be matched by the Arizona Lottery! Visit http:// emergecenter.org/ for more ways you can help put an end to domestic abuse.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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!
 
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Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings:
 
Mountain/1st NA & CAG
Saturday, October 10th  9:00 – 10:00 am
Mitchell Park
 
Alvernon-Grant Initiative (AGI)
Tuesday, October 13th  
Emerge! 2425 N. Haskell
 
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Community Spotlight:
 
GAIN/National Night Out 2015
Thursday, October 15th
 
Amphi 6:00 – 7:00 pm at Literacy Connects
Feldman’s 6:00 pm at St. Luke's Home 615 E. Adams
Limberlost 6:30 – 8:00 pm at Sonora Cohousing 501 E. Roger
Vista del Monte 5:00 – 7:30 pm at McCormick Park
Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance 6:00 – 8:00 pm at St. James Methodist 3255 N Campbell
 
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.
 
Several of our local Ward 3 neighborhood associations and coalitions are joining TPD in hosting an evening to bring neighbors together! Enjoy refreshments, activities, and more. Check out the detailed listing for each event in our Ward 3 Events section. Look forward to seeing you out there!
 
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City-Wide Events: 
 
Tucson Meet Yourself
Friday – Sunday, October 9th – 11th
Downtown at Jacome Plaza and beyond!
Get ready for lots of food, entertainment and culture in Downtown Tucson this weekend at Tucson Meet Yourself. The annual celebration recognizes traditional arts of Southern Arizona and Northern Mexico and their diverse ethnic and folk communities. The three-day event began today, featuring hundreds of artisans, home cooks, dancers, musicians, and special exhibits that celebrate diversity. You can easily reach downtown via the Sun Link streetcar from points along the University of Arizona, 4th Avenue, and the Mercado District (west of Interstate 10).
Tucson Meet Yourself: https://www.tucsonmeetyourself.org/
Sun Link: http://www.sunlinkstreetcar.com/
 
Tucson Pride On Parade
Saturday, October 10th 6:00 pm
4th Avenue
Tucson Pride cordially invites the entire community to attend the 15th anniversary of Tucson's official Pride parade! "Pride on Parade" 2015 will again be held on 4th Avenue in cooperation with the 4th Avenue Merchants Association and Sky Bar. The 2015 Entertainer Grand Marshal will be Tucson's own Tempest DuJour.  
Why a pride parade? Even today, with all of the strides that have been made towards equality, LGBTQA2 persons are far too-often pressured into keeping who they are a secret out of fear and shame. The focus of "Pride on Parade" is to allow LGBTQA2 persons the opportunity to be out and proud about who they are. To be part of such an event gives hope and strength to those who are struggling with acceptance, helping them to be honest about who they are when they go to work, go to school, or talk with their families. Together, we can provide our community with a place to come together and celebrate each other in an environment of safety and respect.
Please https://www.tucsonpride.org/ for more information!
 
2nd Saturday Downtown  
Saturday, October 10th
Visit Downtown Tucson tomorrow and enjoy live music, movies, street performers, restaurants, street vendors, and gallery shows. Starting at 6:30 p.m., the main stage at Scott Avenue and Congress Street features musical performances. You can use the Sun Link streetcar to move easily through the downtown area. 2nd Saturdays: http://www.2ndsaturdaysdowntown.com/
 
SAAF’s AIDSWALK Tucson
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! 
 
Domestic Abuse Workshop
Monday, October 12th 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse 2545 E. Adams St.
This free, three-hour workshop provides a thorough overview of domestic abuse. It includes the dynamics of domestic abuse, power and control, effects of abuse on children, how to help, safety planning and Emerge! services. Anyone who is interested in learning more about the dynamics of abuse, those interested in learning about volunteering, people who think they may know someone who is being abused and want to learn more, and anyone working with the general public who may have abuse disclosed to them are all encouraged to attend. Space is limited! To RSVP, please call 795-8001 ext. 7019 or email sarahjv@emergecenter.org
 
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/.
 
Pride in the Desert
Saturday, October 17th 12:00 – 8:00 pm
Kino Sports Complex 2500 E. Ajo Way
Tucson Pride's signature event features local and national live entertainment, more than 100 exhibitors, the ever-popular kids fun area, food, drinks and more at the huge grass fields of the south soccer complex at Kino Sports Complex. Sponsored by Tucson Pride, Arizona's oldest LGBTQ organization - established in 1977. General admission: $12.00. V.I.P. $50.00. Military (active and retired), Seniors (55+) and Students $8.00 (ID's required for all $8.00 admissions). Those age 12 and under free. https://www.tucsonpride.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).
 
Introduction to Social Media Workshop
Thursday, October 22nd 7:30 – 8:30 am
Patrick K. Hardesty Center 1100 S. Alvernon Way
Good Neighbor Ventures is presenting this workshop led by Robyn Gamboa of Rockin' Robyn Consulting, a member of the American Marketing Association. Focusing on proven best practices for attracting more community members through social media and increasing "Likes" on posts, participants will review the most popular social media channels, which ones are best for you, and the Do's & Don'ts. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet and passwords to access your social sites. Light breakfast and coffee will be provided. Participants also have the chance to win free website design services from Good Neighbor Ventures. Suggested donation $5; free to Good Neighbor Ventures CAG members. To register or get more information, contact them at 512-5740 or info@mygoodneighbor.org.
 
KIDCO presents Lights On Afterschool
Thursday, October 22nd 6:30 pm
DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center, Reid Park
The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation’s KIDCO program is taking part in the 16th annual National Lights On Afterschool event promoting the continued need for afterschool programs in the Tucson community. The theme of the night will be “Around the World.” Bring a blanket or a chair to this FREE event and relax in the cool evening air while enjoying game booths and singing and dancing performances by KIDCO and In-Betweeners Club stars. Food will be available for purchase. For more information, contact KIDCO at 791-5912.
 
 
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Did You Know...?
 
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
 
Tucson Festival of Films This Week
Tucson is home to many long-standing film festivals, and the inaugural Tucson Festival of Films features movies chosen by the other festivals, with a few more features added to the mix. You can see shorts, classic movies made in Tucson, documentaries, and more during the three-day festival, Thursday-Sunday at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S Scott Ave. Ticket information and a listing of movies can be found at the link below.
Tucson Festival of Films: http://www.tucsonfestivaloffilms.com/
 
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. To find out more about job opportunities at TPD, please visit TPD Recruiting at https://www.tucsonaz.gov/police/jobs
 
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.
 
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