Dear Friends:

The sun is shining and the warm days have returned.  I'm hoping Spring is just around the corner. Last week many residents were without water or natural gas service, as the unusually cold weather affected the delivery of services.  While some Tucsonans had frozen pipes, others faced broken pipes and water leaks.  I would like to acknowledge the hard work of Tucson Water.  Their employees went the extra mile fielding customer concerns, keeping the community informed, and restoring water service to affected areas.

There are still many gem and mineral events taking place throughout town.  Before the shows come to a close I encourage you to indulge your curiosity and visit some of the many exhibits and vendors.  You will see dazzling gems, fossils of creatures great and small, and treasures that will ignite your imagination. Bring the family for a fun-filled day.

Listed below are some upcoming community events I hope you can attend.  Enjoy your weekend.

In Community,



Tucson Has Heart
Sunday, February 13, 11 a.m.
Hi Corbett Field

The event is free and open to the public.  Come and help form a large human heart to honor the victims of January 8th. Wear a red shirt or red t-shirts will be available for purchase. Organizers estimate it will take approximately 12,500 people to form the heart.  Gates open at 11 a.m. with the photo planned for 2 p.m.  Participants can park at El Con Mall and take a shuttle to Hi Corbett Field. Collections will be taken for the Tucson Community Food Bank and the Red Cross of Southern Arizona. No strollers or dogs. For more information visit the Facebook page, Tucson Has Heart.

Common Ground
Sunday February 20 2011, 3-9 p.m.
The roof of the Pennington St. parking garage, SE corner of E. Pennington St. and N. Scott Ave, above Café Poca Cosa

You're invited! Common Ground is a monthly celebration of local community. It’s a direct hands-on experiment, a uniquely creative opportunity for Tucson and... BIG FUN.

We’re inviting every last local group, organization, non-profit, small business, gardener, artist, performer, film maker, inventor, healer, teacher, and anyone else we (and you) can think of to show up and share what they’re doing (trying/wanting/hoping) to make Tucson a happier more sustainable place.

Sunday February 20 2011, 3pm - 9pm, the roof of the Pennington St parking garage, SE corner of E Pennington and N Scott Ave, above Café Poca Cosa

Be a part of it! Visit us at
on youtube at
or call 520-229-6147

Pima Council on Aging
Benefits Enrollment Fair
Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 9 a.m.-noon
Freedom Park, 4880 E. 29th Street

The Benefits Enrollment Fair gives adults 55 and older and their caregivers the opportunity to find out what programs they are eligible for and enroll in programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Food Stamps & financial management assistance.  Sponsored by PCOA, United Way and other community partners. Call PCOA at (520) 546-2012 to pre-register for this event.

El Rio Neighborhood Center & the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy
Annual Health Fair
Saturday, March 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
El Rio Neighborhood Center
1390 W. Speedway Blvd.

The Health Fair offers information and resources to promote a healthy lifestyle for the whole family.  Last year's event was so successful; organizers hope to attract 1,500 attendees.  For more information please contact Mariela Vega or Paul Natividad at (520) 791-4683 (520) 791-5772.

Council Member Regina Romero
Ward I Council Office
940 West Alameda Street
Tucson, Arizona 85745