Karin's Note: Friday, September 18, 2015

Karin's Note: Friday, September 18, 2015
  • Ward 3 Events
  • Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
  • Community Spotlight
  • City-Wide Events
  • Did You Know?
Dear Tucsonans,
Full Sun Tran services are now restored as the strike ended Wednesday.
And now there’s a clear majority of elected leaders and community groups agreeing that we should pursue a new form of transit oversight/management. The formation of a Transit Authority will get the scrutiny it deserves over the next six months.
Here’s the Op Ed I wrote in December 2014 posing that idea: Uhlich: Time to Fast-Forward on Transportation. I look forward to working with colleagues and the community to sort through the details and to take concrete next steps soon.
Here are key lessons I think we can take away from this horrible interruption of bus service across the region:
  1. Everyone agrees transit offers an essential mode of transportation for our city
  2. Transit should be handled as an enterprise with a stable General Fund allocation
  3. Revenues from fare/ridership increases should be reinvested in transit
  4. The City/PAG service study completed in April 2015  should shape service changes
  5. We should form a transit authority to improve planning/oversight of transit and pursue new, dedicated funding sources
Mayor and Council has done well during the economic recession to protect transit. We managed to offset cuts in state funding, stabilized the General Fund investment, completed service planning with PAG (Pima Association of Governments) and national transit expert Jarrett Walker (Transit Choices Workshop Report), implemented service changes this year in-keeping with that plan, and improved oversight with the help of the Transit Task Force citizen advisory committee.
After all of that work and the common ground affirmed during the past month’s hardships, we’re poised now as never before to take a giant step. You can be sure I’ll work hard alongside my colleagues to deliver.
Have a great weekend,
Ward 3 Events: 
Live Music at Monterey Court
Friday – Sunday, September 18th – 20th
505 W. Miracle Mile
Monterey Court Studio Galleries and Café hosts nightly live music shows on their courtyard stage Tuesday- Sunday nights. This weekend’s shows will feature pop/rock/country band Adara Rae & the Homewreckers on Friday from 7:00 – 10:00 pm, world beat dance band Baba Marimba on Saturday from 19th  7:00 – 10:00 pm with a $5 cover, and jazz musicians  Heather Hardy, Ed DeLucia, Evan Dain and Fred Hayes on Sunday from 6:00 – 9:00 pm also with a $5 cover. For more information call (520) 207-2429 or visit http://www.montereycourtaz.com/ and check out the events calendar.
Equinox Solar Potluck
Saturday, September 19th noon - sunset
Valley of the Moon 2544 E. Allen Rd.
Citizens for Solar is a local, all-volunteer non-profit whose goal is to encourage the use of solar power through education and solar cooking.  Their annual Solar Potluck is the longest continuously running annual solar event in the world! The Solar Potluck is an all day, family-friendly event open to the public.  Numerous solar cooks, with a wide variety of solar cookers, hand out solar cooked food all day long.  There will also be exhibitors, guest speakers and musicians throughout the day.  The days ends with a solar potluck dinner – a solar cooked feast! Come out and cook, or bring a dish or beverage to share, and your own plate and utensils. Alcohol is not permitted. Entrance into the Equinox Solar Potluck is free. Visit www.citizensforsolar.org and for more information, contact Bruce Joseph at 520-258-8540 or chair@citizensforsolar.org
Ward 3 Roll-Offs Available to Neighborhoods!
Thursday, September 24th – Monday, September 28th
Clean out your house, your alley, your neighborhood! Roll-off dumpsters will be available at the following neighborhoods for public use:
                Amphi 100 Block of W. King St
                Balboa Heights 300 Block of W. Kelso St
                Barrio Blue Moon Francisco Elias Esquer Park
Next up for October 1st – 4th: Coronado Heights, Flowing Wells and Limberlost! Contact the Ward 3 office for more info 520-791-4711 or ward3@tucsonaz.gov
St. Demetrios Greek Festival
Thursday – Sunday, September 24 – 27th
St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church 1145 E. Fort Lowell Rd.
Take a trip to Greece with this annual celebration! Enjoy folk dancing, a market including Greek groceries, folk art, and gifts, as well delicious fresh pastries, spinach pies and gyros. The church will also be open for a tour where you can learn about the Greek Orthodox religion. Special rates for seniors, $3.00 for adults ($6.00 for a four-day pass), children and active duty military are free. Visit http://stdemtucson.org/event/2015-tucson-greek-festival/ for festival times and other details.
Saturday, September 26th 8:00 – 11:00 am
Sacred Heart Church 601 E. Fort Lowell Rd.
Vice Mayor Uhlich and Constable Bennett Bernal invite you to our annual autumn Shred-It event! Get your documents securely shredded onsite. First two boxes are FREE! Drive-thru service and only $5 donation to Lend-A-Hand or Emerge! for each additional box. Call 520-791-4711 or email the Ward 3 office ward3@tucsonaz.gov for more info. Special thanks to the Amphi Community Action Group for their partnership in promoting this event!
Swingin' on the Moon: Compose a Poem to the Moon
Saturday, September 26th 2:30-4:00pm (tickets will be at desk beginning at 3:00 pm)
Woods Library Large Meeting Room – Space is Limited
Write a poem inspired by music and the light of the moon!  Woods Library is celebrating International Observe the Moon Night during the month of September.  We will listen to music that has been written about the moon to get you in the mood. Tony Luebbermann, poet and University of Arizona Poetry Center docent, will lead the workshop. There is a limit of 20 for this workshop.
Please call 594-5445 to register for the program.
Milaflores Grand Re-Opening
Wednesday, September 30th 4:00 pm
Milaflores Apartments 4011 N. First Ave.
Milaflores Apartments, formerly known as Shadow Pines Apartments, will be host a grand re-opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony beginning at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, September 30th in order to inaugurate the newly revitalized apartment complex.
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!
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. Enjoy the autumn midtown route featuring our very own 4th Ave and Fontana bike boulevards! Volunteers needed – check out https://www.cycloviatucson.org/ for more info and route maps!
Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings:
Amphi Community Action Group
Wednesday, September 23rd 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Amphi High School Library 125 W. Yavapai
Jefferson Park NA
Wednesday, September 23rd 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Ward 3 Council Office 1510 E. Grant Rd
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:
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.
City-Wide Events: 
El Rio Theatre Project Presents: Love’s Labour’s Lost
September 18th – 20th, 24th – 27th, and 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.
Guatemala – Una Exhibicion de la Cultura
Friday, September 18th 1:00 – 9:00 pm
100 N. Stone Ave Suite 109
The Guatemalan Consulate in Tucson invites you to join for an exhibition of Guatemalan indigenous art to commemorate Guatemala’s Independence Day. For information call (520) 398-6912 or constucsonlegal@gmail.com
Thriving in the Sand – 14th Annual Prevention Celebration
Friday, September 18th 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Freedom Park 5000 E. 29th St
Thriving is a state of being where prospering and flourishing is a function of everyday life - a challenge in the desert. Our Family Services' Prevention programs empower people to do just that! In collaboration with the 4R Community Alliance (4RCA), Our Family Services is celebrating the 14th Annual Prevention Celebration, themed Thriving in the Sand at Freedom Park in Tucson. Please join OFS, and hundreds of Tucsonans, in celebrating! You will enjoy foods from the different cultures in our community, entertainment by talented young people, and opportunities to connect with the community in healthy ways! For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/thrivinginthesand
BookBike Volunteer Orientation
Saturday, September 19th 8:30 – 9:30 am
Joel D. Valdez Main Library 101 N. Stone Ave.
Do you love books and bikes? Combine these two passions by becoming a volunteer for the Pima County Public Library’s Bookbike – a three-wheeled non-motorized bookmobile project!
For more information or to RSVP contact Karen at (520) 791-4010 or Karen.Greene@pima.gov.
Let’s Get Fit! Health & Wellness Fair - Free Admission Day
Saturday, September 19th 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Children’s Museum Tucson, 200 S. 6th Ave.
Get out, get active, and learn about staying healthy at the Children’s Museum Tucson’s Health & Wellness fair. This event will incorporate live entertainment, hands-on activities, healthy snacks and lots of physical fitness opportunities for kids of all ages. More than 20 local health-oriented agencies serving children and families will bring informative fun to you at the Children’s Museum!
Born & Brewed Craft Beer Weekend
Friday – Sunday, September 18th -20th, 18th 7:00 – 10:00 pm, 19th 1:00 – 5:00 pm, 20th 9:00 – 2:00 pm
Hotel Congress and various downtown breweries
Starting off the weekend is year’s 4th Annual Born & Brewed, which is new and improved and better than ever, is the title for the Tucson’s Beer Cup on Friday, September 18th from 7:00 to 10:00 pm on the Hotel Congress plaza. This exciting inaugural event will be followed by bicycle tours and brew hopping from 1:00 to 5:00 pm on Saturday, September 19th around Downtown Tucson with Tap and Bottle, Borderlands, Pueblo Vida, Ermanos, and Maynards Market in conjunction with Living Streets Alliance, and Bookman’s Sports Exchange sponsoring free bike valet parking. Tickets are $30 and include:  BBQ at the Cup Café, 1 - 8 oz. pour at each stop, a commemorative drawstring backpack, live music & games in Hotel Congress' Beer Garden. A new addition to craft beer weekend is the Beer Brunch hosted at The Cup Café and Maynards Kitchen on Sunday, September 20th. Patrons can enjoy craft beers that pair perfectly with the selection of brunch dishes. Purchase tickets at http:// ticketfly.com/event/919903 or by visiting the front desk of Hotel Congress.
5th annual Arizona Insect Festival
Sunday, September 20th 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
UA Student Union Grand Ballroom, 3rd floor
At this free family event, more than 20 booths of theme-based, interactive activities and exhibits will explore the important roles insects play in our lives, from pollinating native plants to spreading disease. All this insect-related research has been conducted by UA scientists from academic departments including Entomology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Neurobiology. Together these researchers make up one of the largest and most important groups of insect scientists in the world. For more information, visit http://www.arizonainsectfestival.com.
DES Job Fairs
Plus 50 Job & Career Resource Fair
September 25th from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Pima Community College West Campus 2202 W. Anklam, Tucson
Tucson Career Expo
September 30th from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
River Park Inn 777 W. Cushing St., Tucson
Whether you're looking for that perfect job, that perfect employee or information on an industry or workforce, several job fairs are planned throughout Arizona during the month of September. Employers and job seekers are invited to attend. Job seekers are reminded to dress for success and bring several copies of your resume. Employers and job seekers, be sure to also check out the free tools and services on AZ Job Connection and let Arizona work for you.
Passport Day
Saturday, September 26th 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Western Passport Center 7373 E. Rosewood St.
The Western Passport Center is hosting a special passport day on Saturday, September 26 as part of the Department of State’s “Apply Early” campaign for Passport Awareness Month in September, encouraging travelers to submit passport applications well ahead of their planned travel dates in order to avoid delays receiving their travel documents. The event on Saturday is a convenient way to drop off passport renewal applications, apply for the first time, submit data changes, or add extra visa pages. Apply now during the slow season to avoid the rush. No appointment is necessary, and routine and expedite services are available. For information on requirements, applications, fees and other information, please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/news/passport-awareness-month.html or call the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778.
Safety & Justice Challenge Discussion
Tuesday, September 29th 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Board of Supervisors Hearing Room 130 W. Congress St., 1st Floor
If you’re interested in learning more about what’s being done to safely reduce rates of incarceration and address its disproportionate impact on minorities and the poor, you’re invited to attend United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Andre M. Davis’ presentation on “Racial and Ethnic Equality in the Criminal Justice System.” This talk, which is both free and open to the public, will be followed by a panel discussion of the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety & Justice Challenge. For more information email afish@sc.pima.gov or call (520) 724-4219.
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/.
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
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.
Did You Know...?
November Ballot Educational Forums
Tucson Residents for Responsive Government (TRRG) will be sponsoring three 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.
  • Wednesday, September 30th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Ward 2 office, 7575 E. Speedway Blvd
  • 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.
Downtown Tucson eGift Card
Just in time for the upcoming holiday season, the Downtown Tucson Partnership and Local First Arizona have come together to release the Downtown Tucson eGift Card. With this eGift Card, and through an app on your smartphone, you’ll be able to enjoy virtually all of our authentic Tucson downtown in one unified experience, without having to worry about forgetting or misplacing your card. With all of the over 70 partnered downtown restaurants, shops, bars, cafes and more being locally-owned, it’s also a great way to invest in Tucson and our local businesses. To view the full list of participating businesses, check out upcoming events, and purchase a gift card, visit https://www.downtowntucson.org/live-work/gift-card/.
September is National Preparedness Month!
This month marks the 12th annual National Preparedness Month from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). As part of the month, Tucson officials are urging you to be prepared for an emergency, such as a multi-day power outage or an interruption in utilities. Be Prepared Tucson advises all residents to create a 72-hour emergency kit. Each member of your family, including pets, should have a kit. A website (link below) from the City of Tucson, U.S. Department of Energy, Homeland Security, and FEMA has a checklist of everything you need to be ready for an emergency: https://www.ready.gov/september
Be Prepared Tucson: http://www.bepreparedtucson.com/
Watch a Tucson Fire Department/Tucson 12 video on how to prepare for an emergency: http://www.bepreparedtucson.com/videos.htm
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
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.