Paul's Note: Friday, May 31st, 2019

Paul’s Note
Friday, May 31st, 2019
 
Paul’s Note
Pet of the Week
Ward 3 Gem
Ward 3 Events
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
City Wide Events
Did You Know?
 
Paul’s Note
 
Dillinger Brewing Company
 
Last month, I toured a relatively new business located in Ward 3: Dillinger Brewing Company. It’s a microbrewery founded by two U of A graduates, Eric and Aaron, located at 3895 N Oracle Rd. They distribute throughout Tucson and into the Phoenix market and have a tap room open to the public.
 
They were kind enough to give me a behind the scenes tour and explain how they brew each beer. I was particularly interested in learning more about how they brew their new seasonal mango sour spiced with tajin. After the tour I tasted a few of their offerings and can tell you from experience it’s worth the visit.
 

 
Council Member Durham with Eric Sipe and Aaron Long, founders of Dillinger Brewing Company, in the cooler where the beer is stored.
 
On Thursdays, they have “Teacher Happy Hour,” where educators can get a pint for $4. After celebrating graduation at Flowing Wells and Amphi High Schools last week, I hope Ward 3 teachers will take note of that particular opportunity. You can find out more about what beer they have on tap at www.dillingerbrewing.com.
  
Ward 3 High School Graduations
Speaking of teachers, Amphitheater and Flowing Wells High Schools celebrated the Class of 2019 graduations last week. Congratulations to all of the recent graduates! Your years of hard work has paid off and I wish you the very best in your next step.  I know that this is an exciting time as you make decisions about your future. I would also like to thank all of our hard working teachers and school staff. I hope everyone enjoys their summer.
 

 
Amphitheater High School Principal Jon Lansa offers remarks at the graduation ceremony.
 
Age-Friendly Tucson Action Plan
 
Earlier this month, the City Council voted unanimously to adopt an Age-Friendly Tucson plan after significant outreach and input from the community. The plan outlines goals and steps that we can take to make life better for older adults in Tucson. Pima Council on Aging, the ELDER Alliance, AARP, Steve K and Mayor Rothschild all deserve kudos for their work on this.
 
AARP and PCOA took the time to survey older adults and directly ask what mattered to them and what changes they’d like to see in the community. This is a disproportionately important issue in Pima County, where 25% of the population is 60 or older, higher than the national average. After celebrating Memorial Day last weekend, I’ll note that 19% of the population of Tucson’s older adults is veterans, more than twice the percent for the overall population.
 
The survey data helped us understand the particular issues that the population of older adults cares deeply about. Sometimes the issues they raised are issues that I hear about from Tucsonans of all ages, like the fact that Tucson’s roads aren’t up to par and that there is inadequate pedestrian safety for people who walk or use a mobility device like a motorized scooter or wheelchair. Other concerns disproportionately affect older Tucsonans, like fear of social isolation or fear of losing their home because they can’t afford necessary repairs.
 
Using this data, the stakeholders developed an action plan that will help policymakers make decisions that will benefit older adults. They grouped their recommendations into eight “Domains of Livability” that you can read below.
 

 
There are important action steps they recommend the City take. For example, under the umbrella of Housing, it’s important that we use some of our scare federal housing dollars to help older adults age in place. For seniors who don’t own their own homes, it’s important that we work with affordable housing developers to build quality affordable housing rental units for seniors.
 
The report provides us with an in-depth roadmap. You can read the entire report and its recommendations here.
 
-Paul D.
 
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Pet of the Week
 
Dakota
 
 
Dakota is a 2 year old red and white Siberian Husky. He weighs about 50 pounds. Siberian Huskies are loving, friendly and loyal. Huskies are pack animals and thrive in a family environment. They are also gentle with children and strangers. While they rarely bark, they are known to howl. This doesn’t present a problem if they are socialized and trained.
 
You can find Dakota at Pima Animal Care Center along with over 600 other animals that are looking for a home. There is a pet waiting for you. With all of the choices it shouldn’t be hard to find one that meets the description of your dream pet.
 
Pima Animal Care Center is offering a “name your own price” adoption fee through the month of June on dogs four months and older and 30 pounds and up to help clear the shelter.
 
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Ward 3 Gem: Ronald McDonald House
 
 

 
The Ronald McDonald House located in Southern Arizona is based right here in Ward 3, just off Campbell Road behind the Banner Cancer Center. I had the opportunity to meet with the staff (which does not include the gentleman with the red hair pictured above) and hear about their incredible mission.
 
Sick children from throughout Southern Arizona (and sometimes throughout the country) seek medical care in Tucson because of our excellent medical providers. For a family whose child is undergoing treatment for a potentially life threatening medical condition, the last thing the family should be worrying about is how to afford an extended hotel bill. That’s where the Ronald McDonald House steps in. They provide no-cost lodging for families including home-cooked meals and space for laundry and other children to play.
 

 
When it first opened in 1981, the Tucson Ronald McDonald House was the 21st House in the country. The original house location could only serve up to 16 families, so they built a new, larger building that houses the current operation in 2007. They have rooms for kids to play, a lactation room for new moms, a beautiful garden and stupendous views of the Catalinas.
 
Although the Ronald McDonald House’s largest corporate giver is McDonald’s, the Southern Arizona Ronald McDonald House relies heavily on local support from individuals and organizations that strongly care about its mission. You can learn more about their mission online and how you can get involved at https://rmhctucson.org/.
 
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Ward 3 Events
 
Library Night Out at Old Pascua Village
Wednesday
June 26
3:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Richey Resource Center
2209 N 15th Ave
 

 
It's a Library Night Out, with a special premiere screening of MOLLY OF DENALI, at the Richey Resource Center, in Old Pascua Village in Tucson (near Grant Rd and I-10).
 
Free for all ages.
 
Molly of Denali will premiere July 15thon PBS Kids as the first nationally distributed children’s series in the United States to feature a Native American lead character.
 
Molly of Denali is set in Alaska, and follows 10-year-old Molly Mabary, her dog Suki, and her friends Tooey and Trini on their daily adventures—from fishing and building snow forts, to delivering a camera to friends on a volcano via dog sled.
 
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Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings:
 
Barrio Blue Moon
Sunday
June 2nd
2-3 pm
St. Elizabeth’s
140 W Speedway Blvd #100
 
Friends of Marty Birdman
Monday
June 3rd
5:30-7
Marty Birdman Center
2536 N Castro Ave
 
Feldman’s
Thursday
June 6th
7-8 pm
St. Luke’s
615 E Adams St
 
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City Wide Events
 
Free Swim and Recreation This Summer
 

 
The City of Tucson invites kids ages 17 and under to beat the heat at City pools and recreation centers for free this summer. Throughout June and July, youth will pay no admission fee at 13 City of Tucson Parks and Recreation centers during open recreation hours. Due to other center programming, ages 12-17 are permitted after 2 p.m. and ages 7 and up are permitted after 6 p.m. A list of participating recreation centers can be found at www.tucsonaz.gov/parks.
 
Youth also can swim for free at 19 pools during recreational swim and family swim hours. A fee will still be charged at the Edith Ball Adaptive Recreation Center pool. Fees are $2 for adults (18 and over) and $1 for youth (17 and under). A map and hours of City pools can be found at www.tucsonaz.gov/parks.
 
The fun also continues into the evening. Join us for a pool party hosted at six pools in June and July from 5-7 p.m. There will be lots of games, music, and snacks located outside the pool entrance, with a pool inflatable (if pool size permits) and water games in the pool.
 
Pool Party Dates and Locations:
June 12 – Mansfield Pool, 2275 N. 4th Ave.
June 19 – Catalina Pool, 2005 N. Dodge Blvd.
June 26 – Kennedy Pool, 3700 S. Mission Road
July 10 – Palo Verde Pool, 355 S. Mann Ave.
July 17 – El Pueblo Pool, 5100 S. Missiondale Road
July 24 – Purple Heart Pool, 10050 E. Rita Road
 
Borderlands Theater Presents Barrio Stories Tardeada in Barrio Anita
 
Tardeada en Barrio Anita in conjunction with the grand re-opening of Oury Pool.
 

 
Celebrate the Reopening of Oury Pool on June 8
Saturday
June 8th
1-5 pm
Oury Pool
655 N Hughes St
 
City of Tucson Ward 1 Council Member Regina Romero, Housing and Community Development, Tucson Parks and Recreation, the Tohono O’odham Nation and Barrio Anita Neighborhood Association invite you to celebrate the reopening of Oury Pool with a news conference, ribbon-cutting, free popsicles, refreshments, and open swim. The pool had been closed since 2011 and was recently renovated.
 
The project included roof replacement, restroom ADA modifications, new fixtures, partitions, painting, interior lighting, pool re-plastering, deck resurfacing, and the addition of an ADA drinking fountain. Money was raised in part by a Tohono O’odham Nation Gaming Grant written by Council Member Romero, and a Community Development Block Grant.
 
The pool will be opening for summer swim and lessons from June 1st through July 31st. Pool hours are Sunday-Thursday from noon-6 p.m.
 
Everyone is welcome. For any questions contact Sierra Boyer at Sierra.Boyer@Tucsonaz.gov or 520-837-8032
 
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Did You Know...?
 
Free Summer Meals for Kids Starting Next Week
 

 
The Summer Food Services Program for Children provides free weekday breakfast and lunch during the summer break to children 18 and under. Parents and guardians are invited to eat with their children at a cost of $2 for breakfast and $3 for lunch (exact change requested). The meals are served in school cafeterias or in designated eating areas of the non-school sites. The program runs May 28-July 17, but no meals will be served on July 4.
 
Dates of service and meal times vary by location and are subject to change. Click on the following link for more information and a list of times and locations http://bit.ly/2HiMCAw.
 
Sun Tran SummerGO Youth Pass
 
Unlimited rides with a SummerGo Youth Pass begin this week. Visit a Tucson Parks & Rec center to buy a pass. Passes are valid until August 1st.
 

 
Free Dental Care for Vets
 
Thousands of veterans will receive free dental care on Saturday, June 8th for Aspen Dental’s 6th annual National Day of Service.
 
Interested veterans need an appointment to receive care and should call 1-844-AspenHMM (1-844-277-3646) to find a participating practice in their community and schedule an appointment in advance – space is limited and appointments are filling-up fast!
 
Aid to Asylum Seekers
 
You can touch the lives of migrant families arriving in our community through your donation to Catholic Community Services.
 
Donate online. Monetary donations are needed and appreciated.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us at alitas@ccs-soaz.org or 520-591-6390. 
 
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Council Member Paul Durham is on Social Media!
 
Ward 3 has Facebook and Twitter pages so you can keep up with our Council Member and stay in touch with what's happening in Tucson and around the Ward.
 
Please "Like" us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CMPaulDurham/
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