Karin's Note: Thursday, April 17, 2014

Karin's Note: Thursday, April 17, 2014
 
-Ward 3 Events
-Upcoming Area Neighborhood and Coalition Meeting(s)
-Citywide Events
-Did You Know?
 
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Dear Tucsonans,
 
 
Reducing Gun Violence
 
This morning I spoke at the local launch of the new national coalition working to reduce gun violence: Every Town for Gun Safety (www.everytown.org). Pam Simon, along with other survivors of January 8, 2011, and Jocelyn Strauss of Moms Demand Action continue to provide courageous and effective leadership on this critical issue. Combined with Mark Kelly and Gabby Gifford’s organization Americans for Responsible Solutions (http://americansforresponsiblesolutions.org/) and many others, the momentum to pass common sense, national legislation to reduce gun violence grows stronger every year.
 
Arizonans for Gun Safety and the Arizona Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence shared a handout at the event asking Governor Brewer to veto the following three of the latest state bills of concern:

HB 2339 allows a person with a valid conceal carry permit to carry a firearm on their person while at a public event or public establishment.

HB 2517 makes statutory changes relating to state preemption and penalties in regard to firearms.

SB1063 exempts a lawful firearm possessor who enters a public establishment or public event from misconduct involving weapons if proper storage is not provided for the weapon.

 
To get the full background and language of these bills, you can go directly to the Arizona Legislature website at:  http://1.usa.gov/RtnJch
 
You can reach Governor Brewer’s office to voice your position at 602-542-4331.
 
I have faith that common sense will trump fear through our democracy and that our rights will be protected even as we enact appropriate measures to better regulate the distribution and handling of guns. I’ll continue to work actively toward that goal, and hope you will as well.
 
 
Budget and Mayor and Council Meeting
 
The community forum held at Ward 6 regarding the FY2015 City Budget was well attended and constructive. My thanks to Councilmember Kozachik, Assistant Manager Kelly Gottschalk, and Budget Director Joyce Garland for pulling it together. Next Wednesday the City Manager will present his formal budget recommendation. I shared my thoughts to date in last week’s enote (http://1.usa.gov/1oV4kzq) and I believe Mayor and Council can work effectively together to provide the final direction needed to shape a responsive and responsible budget. I’ll keep you posted until we take that vote.
The full agenda and associated materials for our April 23rd meeting can be viewed here: http://1.usa.gov/1j9SmJL
 
For the holiday weekend and over the next few weeks, there are all kinds of activities and events happening in and around Ward 3. I hope you will take a look at the list below and come join us.  
 
Have a peaceful weekend,
 
Karin
 
 
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Ward 3 Events:
 
- Marty Birdman Splash Pad & Catalina Park Splash Pad Grand Opening -  Friday, April 18th 7:00 am - dusk. The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department welcomes the Arizona heat and invites you to cool off at one of the splash pads opening Friday, April 18. Get out and enjoy the Marty Birdman Center/Balboa Heights Park splash pad at 2536 N. Castro Avenue with other amenities including a Ramada, playground and basketball court. You can also enjoy the Catalina Park splash pad at 900 North Fourth Avenue, in the Historic West University neighborhood. Amenities include not only a splash pad, but a new, covered playground and accessible walkways. The splash pad has been designed with a manual activation system to allow residents to turn on the water features as desired. The parks will be open and splash pads will be operational from 7 a.m. to dusk.
 
- Yaqui Lenten Ceremonies –  Friday, April 18th through Sunday, April 20th. The Old Pascua Yaqui Community celebrates the Lenten season through the Yaqui Easter traditional ceremonies. Activities began on Ash Wednesday and continue through Easter Sunday. La Gloria will start at noon on Saturday, followed by an all-night vigil and traditional dances. Easter Sunday will be celebrated with Matachinim unbraiding the Maypole at 7:00 am and Mass followed by a final procession at 10:00 am. Activities take place at Capilla San Ignacio de Loyola, Pascua Neighborhood Center, at 785 W. Sahuaro and are open to the public.  NO CELL PHONES, NO PHOTOS and NO RECORDINGS are allowed at the ceremonies.  For more information, please call the Pascua Neighborhood Center at 791-4873.
- EGGstravaganza - Saturday, April 19th from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm at Mansfield Park 2000 N. 4th Ave. The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation and Tucson Water present the 15th Annual EGGstravaganza! Enjoy free family fun with carnival games, egg hunts, prizes and the Easter Bunny. Food available for purchase from local vendors. Bring an empty basket for the hunt! For more details and egg hunt times by age, visit http://1.usa.gov/1jONNI7
NOTE:  Ward 3 needs volunteers to help us set up our EGGstravaganza table and exhibits. If you can give us an hour or two beginning at 8:30 am on April 10th, please contact Judith Anderson at 837-4232 or judith.anderson@tucsonaz.gov.

- Ward 3 Water Town Hall – Thursday, April 24th from 6:00 - 7:30 pm at Ward 3 1510 W. Grant Rd. Karin and Tucson Water invite you to celebrate Water Awareness Month and learn more about water! Meet experts, ask questions, and enjoy light refreshments. Check out this link for more detail: http://1.usa.gov/1g9u7yf

- Shred-it Event – Saturday, April 26th from 9:00 am – noon at Mansfield Park 2000 N. 4th Avenue. Karin and Pima County Constable Bennett Bernal invite you to bring documents that you wish to have securely destructed. Your first box is free and everything after that costs only $5.00 a box! Proceeds to benefit Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse and Lend a Hand. A flyer is available at http://1.usa.gov/1eZdy47 or contact Brianda Torres at 520-791-4711 for more information.

- Fiesta to Benefit Lend A Hand – Saturday, April 26th at 6:00 pm. Join your neighbors for a delicious, fun-filled Mexican fiesta to benefit Lend A Hand, the non-profit organization that provides free services to Seniors in 13 Tucson neighborhoods. Menu includes fresh guacamole, Nando’s mesquite grilled carne asada, coffee flan and more! $35 per person ($25 tax deductible). RSVP to Junie at jhos7@cox.net by April 16th.

- Suppers for Signs – Sunday, April 27th 4:30 pm Reception and 5:15 pm Supper. Join the Jefferson Park neighborhood for supper, Louie’s famous Sangria, a raffle, and a display of historic photos from the oral history project. Supper is $15.00 and JP wine glasses may be purchased for $10. Proceeds will contribute to the purchase of 32 street signs for the Jefferson Park historic designation. By reservation only. Call 623-9044.

 
The Invisible Theatre’s Pastime Players – Monday, April 28th 7:00 pm at Doolen Middle School 2400 N. Country Club Rd. Invisible Theatre's Pastime Players has grown into a prototype of innovative arts education that focuses on ability rather than disability.  Exceptional education students at Doolen have been working with the Invisible Theatre’s artistic staff throughout the year and will showcase their program with The Me Inside of Me, a musical that celebrates ability. Come see this wonderful show and support local students. No reservations necessary – bring the whole family! For more information, visit http://bit.ly/1j9Kl7K
 
- Amphi Action Day - Saturday, May 10th 8:00 am - 1:30 pm at Amphi Park 510 E Navajo Rd. Help out with this great neighborhood event! Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Council Member Uhlich and Graffiti Protective Coatings (GPC) are teaming up to help us abate graffiti and clean-up refuse in the Amphi neighborhood. We are looking for 30 volunteers from the community to help. Breakfast and t-shirts will be provided as well as lunch at the wrap-up celebration in the park. Please contact Brianda or Matt at 520-791-4711 or ward3@tucsonaz.gov for more information or to sign-up to volunteer. Volunteer groups registered by the 27th get their logo on the event t-shirt.
 
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Upcoming Neighborhood and Coalition Meetings:
 
- Amphi Community Action Group – Wednesday, April 23th from 5:30 – 7:00 pm at Prince Elementary 125 E. Prince
- Jefferson Park NA – Wednesday, April 23th from 5:30 – 7:45 pm at the Ward 3 Community Room 1510 E. Grant Rd
- Amphi NA – Thursday, April 24th at 6:30 pm at 240 N. Geronimo
 
 
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Citywide Events:
 
- Earth Day Festival and Watering Hole Happy Hour – Saturday, April 19th from 1:00 – 7:00 pm at 1137 N Dodge Blvd. WMG’s biggest event of the year - the Earth Day Festival and Watering Hole Happy Hour - is this Saturday and they want you to be there! There will be hands-on activities for children and adults from 1:00 – 5:00 pm with the annual donor and volunteer award ceremony as part of this event at 3:00 pm. At 5:00 pm, come out to enjoy Happy Hour at the Watering Hole featuring food trucks, beer, wine, music, and free trees. Drink tickets are just $5 - get $1 off if you bike or bus to the event! Bring your TEP account number and you’ll qualify for a free, native shade tree. You’ll also get to visit WMG’s Living Lab and Learning Center, and see the amazing transformation in progress. Learn more, RSVP, and invite your friends through http://on.fb.me/QijC1V
 
- Junot Díaz at Fox Theatre – Wednesday, April 23rd 7:00 pm at the Fox Theatre 17 West Congress St. The Tucson Pima Arts Council and Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry are greatly pleased to present Pulitzer Prize-winning author and McArthur ‘Genius’ Junot Díaz at the Fox Theatre. Born in the Dominican Republic, raised in New Jersey and currently serving as an MIT tenured professor, Junot Díaz presents one of the most unique and exciting voices in American writing today. His works explore the essence of what it means to be ‘alien’—whether as an immigrant in an adopted land or as an outsider within an immigrant community. Rather than universalizing the ‘immigrant experience,’ Díaz upends stereotype and reveals surprising truths about ourselves as others. More info at http://bit.ly/1ldrWcT
 
- Earth Day with Mayor Rothschild and the UofA’s Campus Arboretum – Tuesday, April 22nd from 8:30 am – 9:30 am at the UA Modern Languages Building. Come Celebrate Earth Day with the University of Arizona’s Campus Arboretum, UA Facilities Management, and Mayor Rothschild! The celebrations will include the planting of a commemorative tree for Earth Day, and a demonstration of how to select and plant your own tree. Mayor Rothschild will be speaking about his environmental programs including his 10,000 Trees campaign. Trees for Tucson will also be there to display tress and educate about their shade tree program. Afterwards, join UA Arboretum staff for a special tour of the campus arboretum. http://bit.ly/1hRgSEn
 
Faith Communities & Mental Illness – Friday, April 25th from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm at Catalina United Methodist Church 2700 E. Speedway. Join Interfaith Community Services for this powerful day-long conference led by noted national and local experts that will encourage discussion, exchange ideas and share real-life stories from those who have journeyed through mental health challenges. Details of the conference including speaker information, breakout session descriptions, and the day's schedule can be found at http://bit.ly/1mb0gsX. $40 each single registrant; $30 each for groups of two or more registrants.
 
- Tucson Glass Festival IV: Young @ Art – Saturday, April 26th from 9:30 am – 10:00 pm at Sonoran Glass School, 633 W. 18th St. Young @ Art is a fun and affordable event where kids, families and the general public explore the glass arts through exciting demonstrations and experiences. Watch glassblowing demos, create glass art through free activities, win prizes, and watch as glass artists transform three children's desert-themed drawings into professional works of 3D glass art throughout the day. Only $5 to attend. Proceeds benefit SGS Youth Education Programs. Visit www.sonoranglass.org for more info.
 
National Prescription Take-Back Initiative – Saturday, April 26th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at TPD Eastside Service Center 9670 E. Golf Links and TPD Westside Service Center 1310 W. Miracle Mile.  The Tucson Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency will again partner to bring the National Prescription Take-Back Initiative to the citizens of Tucson on Saturday, April 26, 2014.  During this event, the public will be able to bring unwanted or unused medications to either of two drop-off locations, where they can be turned over to members of the Tucson Police Department for disposal.  This service is being provided for free, and is anonymous - no personal information will be collected from citizens turning over medication for disposal. 
 
- Alzheimer’s Association Wine to Remember – Sunday, April 27th 3:00 – 6:00 pm at Hacienda del Sol Resort 5501 N Hacienda del Sol Road. Enjoy an afternoon of fine wine and delightful company at the Desert Southwest Chapter’s 4th annual Southern Arizona Wine to Remember event. This event will be held at the award winning Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort in the heart of Tucson's Catalina Foothills. Guests will have the opportunity to participate in both a silent and live auction, both held on the exquisite grounds of the Hacienda del Sol. This event will feature fine wine, hors d'oeuvres and live music. Tickets are $50 per person, or $80 for two tickets. Sunday best attire is requested. Visit http://bit.ly/1mb0lN9 for more information.
 
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Did You Know...?
  
…that the Little Free Library program is a great way to get neighbors greeting neighbors!  Essentially, you set up a little bookstand and take a book/leave a book.  Folks at the Maker House are going to be making a Little Free Library. If you would be interested in getting one for your neighborhood please contact the Ward 3 office at 520-791-4711 or ward3@tucsonaz.gov. If there is a lot of interest perhaps they will make more of them! More information about the program in general can be found at http://littlefreelibrary.org. You can also check out Dunbar Spring’s Little Free Library at the intersection of 2nd Street & 10th Avenue, near the Gila Monster sculpture.
 
…that Ironwood Tree Experience (ITE) is now hiring youth ages 15-20. ITE seeks highly motivated high school students (or "just graduated" youth) to research, make recommendations, plan and improve native habitat in Las Cienegas National Conservation Area (LCNCA) in Southeastern AZ. Project examples may include: wetland habitat restoration, reintroduction of the Chiricahua leopard frog and black-tailed prairie dog conservation. Selected youth must commit to a 9-session program in June and July 2014. Most sessions take place at LCNCA and transportation is provided. Upon successful completion, YES! participants earn a stipend of up to $250.   Apply by May 6, 2014 at http://bit.ly/1tg4YHD
 
…that Mayor Rothschild is committing to save water by taking the Wyland Foundations Mayors Challenge for Water Conservation, and he is challenging all Tucson residents to do the same.  The Water Pledge is a friendly competition between cities across the US to see who can be the most water-wise. Mayors nationwide have challenged their residents to conserve water energy and other natural resources on behalf of their city by pledging at tucsonaz.gov/water/challenge. Cities with the highest percentage of residents who take the challenge in their population category win. Participants in the winning cities are eligible to win hundreds of prizes. Last year Tucson won first prize in our category. It helped raise awareness about water conservation, shed a positive light on Tucson, and a local resident even won a Toyota Prius!  Lets see if we can make it two years in a row.  You can Pledge for Tucson until April 30th at mywaterpledge.com using e-mail or Facebook.  Tucson residents pledge by completing a brief online survey on the ways they can or do save water and energy.
 
…that two members of the City of Tucson’s Procurement Department have received national awards from the Institute for Public Procurement (NIGP). Contract Administrator Victoria Cortinas is the recipient of the NIGP Copper Chapter’s 2014 Manager of the Year award and Contract Administrator Nathan Daou is the recipient of the  2014 Buyer of the Year award. Congratulations!