Karin's Note: Friday, September 25, 2015

Karin's Note: Friday, September 25, 2015
  • Ward 3 Events
  • Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
  • Community Spotlight
  • City-Wide Events
  • Did You Know?
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Ward 3 Events: 
 
Shred-It!
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!
 
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.
 
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!
 
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.
 
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, games, food, giveaways and more!
 
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.  
 
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:
 
Keeling NA
Monday, September 28th 7:00 pm
Cornerstone Fellowship 2902 N. Geronimo
 
Hedrick Acres NA
Tuesday, September 29th 6:30 pm
Mountain Avenue Church of Christ 2848 N. Mountain Ave
 
Grant Road Task Force
Wednesday, September 30th 5:30 pm
Donna Liggins Center 2160 N. 6th Ave.
 
Feldman’s NA
Thursday, October 1st 7:00 pm
St. Luke’s Chapel 615 E. Adams
 
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.
 
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Community Spotlight:
 
Safety & Justice Challenge Discussion: Racial and Ethnic Equality in the Criminal Justice System
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.
 
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City-Wide Events: 
 
El Rio Theatre Project Presents: Love’s Labour’s Lost
September 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.
 
Pima Community College Theatre Arts presents Henry and Ramona
September 25th– October 4th, Fridays at 7:00 pm, Saturdays at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm, Sundays at 2:00 pm
Pima Community College Proscenium Theatre 2202 W. Anklam Rd.
For the next two weekends, enjoy Pima Community College’s presentation of Henry and Ramona. This family-friendly play, based on the award winning children's book series by Beverly Cleary and directed by Mickey Nugent, follows ten-year-old Henry’s journey to succeed as a paper boy and beautifully captures the everyday trials and triumphs of being a kid. All tickets are $8 with discounts for groups of 10 or more. There will be ASL interpreters at the Friday, October 2nd show. Visit or call the box office at 520-206-6986 for more information.
 
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.
 
Power Through Paris Workshop this Saturday
Saturday, September 26th 12:30 pm
Quincie Douglas Library, 1585 E. 36th St.
With 2015 on track to be the hottest year in recorded history, momentum is growing to stop this climate change crisis and political and religious leaders are beginning to get the message. The United Nations Climate Change Conference will be held later this year in Paris, and 350.org plans to carry on this momentum from the global gathering of governments at the Paris climate change talks, organizing events across the world in November and December. The workshop will help us build energy, learn how movements build momentum, and lay out 350’s plans for Power Through Paris —including how they’re planning now to escalate movements after the Paris climate talks, regardless of their outcome. Sign up for this local workshop, and visit https://350.org/ to find out more and get involved with this climate-centered nonprofit. 
 
Lunar Eclipse Night at Flandrau
Sunday, September 27th  5:00 – 10:00 pm
Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium 1601 E. University Blvd
The grand finale of Moon Week at Flandrau Planetarium will feature a "Lunar Eclipse Night" to mark the full Moon passing through the shadow of the Earth. Don't miss this chance to see it through telescopes (free!) set up on the UA Mall in front of Flandrau. This particular total lunar eclipse will begin with the partial eclipse just as the Moon is rising, starting at 6:10pm, and the Moon will be in full total eclipse starting at 7:12. This early evening moonrise provides the ideal time to see an eclipse and is a relatively rare event. Visit http://flandrau.org/ for more Moon Week and other astronomical events.
 
Informational Pima County Bond Town Hall
Tuesday, September 29th 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Clements Regional Center 8155 E Poinciana Drive
Come join us for this educational, non-partisan meeting hosted by Ward 4 Council Member Shirley Scott this Tuesday at the Clements Regional Center to learn about Propositions 425 - 431 regarding road and highway improvements, economic development, tourism promotion, parks and recreation, public health and welfare, national area conservation and historic preservation, and flood control and drainage. Early Mail-in voting begins October 8th, and polling-place voting takes place Tuesday, November 3rd.  For questions about voting contact the Pima County Recorder's Office at (520) 724-4330 or https://recorder.pima.gov/.
 
Tucson Career Expo
Wednesday, 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.
 
Jo Jo Laali Film Screening to Benefit SAAF
Tuesday, September 29th 7:00 pm
The Loft Cinema 3233 E. Speedway Blvd.
Jo Jo Laali is a beautiful short film about a classical dancer single mother who discovers that her 4-year old son born of a love affair has AIDS, transmitted from mother to child. The devastation of the loss of a child's life is portrayed with gut-wrenching emotion. The agony is portrayed through dance, and the film ends with a note of positivism. A must watch! The director Sundeep Malani and actress Kalpana Pandit will be in attendance to answer questions and speak more about the making of the film. SAAF is honored to be the recipient of proceeds from a one-night only screening of this film. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://loftcinema.org/film/jo-jo-laali-a-heartbreaking-lullaby/.
 
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
 
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! 
 
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.
 
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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.
 
Sign Up for a Free Water Audit to Save Water and Money
Water efficiency is more than just conserving a resource. Tucson Water’s Zanjeros are specially-trained water efficiency experts who have performed thousands of comprehensive inventories of home water use that helped customers lower their water bills. Learn more about your home’s water-using fixtures, water meter, plumbing, irrigation, and more. Request an appointment by calling (520) 791-3242 or emailing TW_CustomerService@tucsonaz.gov.
Tucson Water Zanjero Program: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/water/zanjero-analysis
 
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
 
Ride Streetcar to UA Football Game This Saturday
University of Arizona football fans can ride the Sun Link streetcar to the games. Prior to the 5:22 pm game against the UCLA Bruins (and ESPN's College GameDay from 6:00-9:00 am), fans can experience the dining, entertainment, and retail opportunities at Main Gate Square, Fourth Avenue, Downtown Tucson, and the Mercado District, and then board the streetcar to the UA from any one of the 23 stops along the 3.9-mile route. Once on campus, Arizona Stadium is a short walk from the Second Street and Cherry Avenue stop. Fans can also park in one of the many garages downtown and take the streetcar to the game to avoid UA congestion. Streetcar passengers are encouraged to plan ahead and purchase a SunGO Ticket, load a pass or cash value to a new or existing SunGO card or buy a ticket from the GOTucson mobile ticket app (link below) before game day to avoid lines at the streetcar stop ticket vending machines. A 1-Day SunGO Ticket to ride the streetcar can be purchased for $4 at any one of the streetcar stops or at the Ronstadt Transit Center. In addition, UA Cat Tran will provide free shuttle service to the stadium for fans who pay to park in the Park Avenue Garage. The service begins two hours prior to kickoff.
 
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. TPD will start accepting applications next Monday, September 28th. To find out more about job opportunities at TPD, please visit TPD Recruiting at https://www.tucsonaz.gov/police/jobs
 
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.

 
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