Paul's Note: Friday, October 19th, 2018

Paul’s Note
Friday, October 19th, 2018
  • Paul’s Note
  • Pet of the Week
  • Ward 3 Events
  • Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
  • City-Wide Events
  • Did You Know?
Paul’s Note
Ballots are out!
If you’re like most Arizonans, you prefer to vote by mail. You should have received your general election ballot in the mail this week. If you haven’t received it or have any voting questions, you can call the Pima County Recorder’s Office at (520) 724-4330 or go online to There you can also check to ensure that your ballot has been received after you mail it!
This election is incredibly important. Priorities for my office and the City of Tucson will be decided by those elected and it’s important that everyone has their voice heard in Ward 3.
There are two important ballot measures that will greatly affect our city’s future: Prop 407, the parks bond, and Prop 463, the Pima County Road Bond. If passed, neither would increase your taxes. Prop 407 would raise $225 million for improvements to parks, sidewalks, soccer fields and much more. You can find out more at Prop 463 would raise $430 million for Pima County roads, $201 million of which would be spent in the city limits. You can learn more about Prop 463 at

This map shows the location of every project that would be funded if Prop 407 is passed. You can get details on individual projects here.
Planting Seeds, Growing Community

Council Member Durham joins Habitat Tucson CEO T. Van Hook and volunteers from Lowe’s, Habitat Tucson and the IRC.

This past Tuesday and Wednesday I had the pleasure of participating in three different events at Literacy Connects, two of which were in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity. At each event I was mindful of the community seeds that Literacy Connects, Habitat for Humanity and the IRC have planted in the Amphi Neighborhood. For that reason, I was pleased to join volunteers from Lowe’s, Habitat Tucson and the IRC to plant 14 trees in the Literacy Garden and at the soon to be completed nine Habitat homes at Minton Court. Both of these sites are on Yavapai Road and are creating a lovely anchor in the center of the Amphi neighborhood.
Educational Enrichment Foundation
I enjoyed attending the Educational Enrichment Foundation’s Ray Davies Award Luncheon honoring Bruce Burke. Bruce has been great asset to our community through his work on the TUSD governing board and his service to the city, including serving on the 2012 Bond Oversight Commission. It was great to see so many members of the community come together to support our students and teachers with resources. There were also wonderful performances by talented mariachi students that kept the event lively!

- Paul D.
Pet of the Week

As Black Cat Appreciation Month continues the Ward 3 office would like to bring your attention to Quentin.  He is another domestic shorthair who is a little kitten this time rather than the more mature cats which we usually feature. He is about 10 weeks old and weighs less than 3 pounds! He has been at Pima Animal Care Center since October 7th. He is already neutered and up to date on his shots.  Did you know that research has shown that cats can promote health?  A 10-year research study suggests that cat owners were less likely to die of heart attacks than people who have never owned one by lowering blood pressure. They even lower stress and anxiety levels.  What great perks of having Quentin come to live with you.
To find out more about Quentin or any other animal at PACC click here.
Ward 3 Events: 
Woods Memorial Library 50th Anniversary
October 20th
1:30-4 pm
Woods Memorial Library
3455 N 1st Ave
The Woods Memorial Library, an anchor for the Amphi neighborhood since 1968, is celebrating its Golden Anniversary with a free, fun, and family-friendly celebration.
Join your Library and neighborhood friends on Saturday, October 20th as they look back at the last 50 years… and party like it’s 1968. Don’t forget to wear your tie-dye!   Activities will begin at 2 pm. There will also be a book giveaway for teens and children, while supplies last, and a Saguaro Selfie Station!
This event is free and open to the public. The Library wishes to thank Antigone Books, Barrio Bread, Bookman’s, The Book Stop, DJ Ricky Washuk, Feast, Kid's Center, The Loft Cinema, Mildred & Dildred, Frank Pella and Caroline Cowan for their generous support.
Please come up and say hello when you see me. 

Thrive in the 05 Community Cleanup and Fall Festival
November 3rd
8-11 am Cleanup
11 am-2 pm Festival
Nash Elementary School
515 W Kelso St

BICAS Volunteer Program
For those that are interested in working with bicycles and in volunteering for this Ward 3 nonprofit:
Contact Xail at 520-628-5970 or email to stay posted on volunteer opportunities.

Valley of the Moon's Haunted Ruins - The Magic of Dawn
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
October 5th - 28th
6 pm – 9 pm
Valley of the Moon
2544 E Allen Rd
Join Dawn the Fairy in an enchanted interactive experience traveling through Valley of the Moon in small groups (maximum 30 per show).
This is an interactive walking adventure through the park. It is 40 minutes long and starts every 20 minutes.
Tickets available online or at the door
Attention Campus Farm Neighbors
Lend A Hand Fall Sale
Friday & Saturday
November 9th & 10th
Cabrini Church
3201 E Presidio Rd
Lend A Hand (LAH) and is looking for people to serve as volunteers for their organization.  This tremendous non-profit group assists seniors helping them to age in place in their homes.  LAH is a volunteer organization serving 13 neighborhoods. They also provide limited transportation, fresh fruit, monthly canteens for seniors, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners and other necessary neighborly services.
LAH has three major fundraising events every year: The parking service at the Greek Festival, and two yard sales. For more information visit the Lend A Hand website here.
Campus Farm is one of 12 neighborhoods in mid-town which participates in this program.  However, to continue helping seniors, they must find volunteers who are willing to give a little of their time. 
Carol Kestler was a moving force for participation in LAH and she believed strongly in their mission.  With her passing, there is a void that they need to fill or else the seniors in the Campus Farm area will not be able to access the free services offered by LAH.  [Below is a request from one of the volunteer participants.]
Please consider volunteering for Lend A Hand today.
The Lend A Hand Fall Sale is at Cabrini Church on Friday and Saturday, November 9th -10th from 7 am-1 pm. They will be setting up on Thursday, November 8th and people can bring items to donate then. If you have something that needs transporting, please let LAH know and they can assist with arrangements. They accept donations of everything from furniture to clothing, but no televisions or large appliances.
Lend A Hand is looking for two board members from Campus Farm Neighborhood. If anyone would be willing to serve, please e-mail Vicki Mills ( The Board meets on the 2nd Monday of every month from 10 am-12 pm. If they cannot find board members from the Campus Farms NA, they will have to drop services to seniors living in the Campus Farm area.
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings:
October 20th
1-3 pm
Limberlost Family Park
4255 N 4th Ave
Dodge Flower
October 20th
2-3:30 pm
Catalina Heights Church
2741 N Dodge
October 20th
5-8 pm
Borderland’s Brewing Company
119 E. Toole
A portion of all sales during 5-8 pm will benefit the ongoing work to preserve Feldman's Historic Neighborhood. There will be a lot of activities going on downtown that evening and at some point you may want to take a break and spend part of your evening with a group of fantastic community activists.
October 22nd
6-8:30 pm
Ward 3 Community Room
1510 E Grant Rd
Jefferson Park
October 24th
6-8 pm
Ward 3 Community Room
1510 E Grant Rd
Richland Heights East Lend A Hand Yard Sale
Friday & Saturday
November 9th & 10th
7 am-1 pm
St. Frances Cabrini Church
3201 E Presidio Rd
This twice-yearly yard sale is one of RHENA’s biggest fundraisers. If you've been thinking about cleaning out your closets, garage or shed, consider donating still-useful items to Lend A Hand for the sale.

City-Wide Events:
Boo Bash
October 20th
4-7 pm
Lincoln Park soccer fields
4325 S Pantano Rd

Tucson Parks and Recreation and Pima Community College East Campus present the Boo Bash at Lincoln Park, a fun-filled night of tricks and treats. Come enjoy carnival games, trunk-or-treat, a costume parade, and more. The costume parade will begin at 6 p.m. Food also will be available for purchase.
For more information, please call the Clements Center at (520) 791-4730, or visit the event Facebook page Boo Bash .
Food Stamp Application Assistance
October 26
Wood’s Library
3455 N 1st Ave
Library Lobby
Let an employee from the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona help you apply for SNAP ("food stamps" or the government nutrition assistance program), AHCCCS (health care) and TANF (cash assistance). To find out what documents you will need, please call the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona at 520.882.3314.
This is a first come-first served event; sign-up sheet will be available at 12 noon. This is not a library-sponsored event, dates and time subject to change.
Disability and Rehabilitation Employment Job Fair
October 30th
10 am-12 pm
Tucson Convention Center
260 S Church Ave
Job Seekers RSVP Here!
Did You Know...?
Join Emerge!  And Turn Purple for Domestic Violence

For more inspiration on how to participate with Emerge! for Domestic Violence Awareness Month click here to view the Emerge! calendar.
Tucson Listed As A Top Bike City
Bicycling Magazine just released its biannual ranking of "The Best Bike Cities in America," and Tucson ranked No. 24 on the list of the 50 top cities. The ranking lists cities that "have built systems and a riding culture that benefits everyone—from the kid who rides to school to the retiree who takes a weekend trip to the grocery store."
Categories in the survey included safety, friendliness, and culture. "Tucson already has a terrific network of off-street paths, including the 130-mile Loop, which circles the city," the survey said. "Now the goal is making the on-street infrastructure as great as what’s happening off road." A 2017 Bicycle Boulevard Master Plan calls for 193 miles of bicycle improvements on residential street corridors, and the City of Tucson has plans for several protected bike lane projects on busier streets in the coming years.
While there is a ranking for best cities for bicycling, the magazine concedes that there is no perfect city, with many fragmented bike networks, nothing besides painted bike lanes, and lack of infrastructure in some cities.
To read more about Bicycling Magazine’s "The Best Bike Cities in America" list follow this link.
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