Karin's Note: Thursday, February 14, 2013

-3rd Saturday Art Fair

-Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance Meeting

-Luncheon and Forum on Understanding Depression

-Future Neighborhood Meeting

-59th Annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show Is Here!

-Tucson Water Offering Two Free Workshops Saturday

 -88th Annual La Fiesta de los Vaqueros

-31st Annual Tucson Peace Fair

 -Public Hearing For Plan Tucson Draft

- Did you know....?


 Dear Tucsonans,

Tucson’s a Gem

I must open with a note about the Gem and Mineral Show. I just attended the ribbon-cutting at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society show at the TCC, and it took my breath away. As Mark Ascher, President of the group said, “it’s amazing that all this comes to us from nature”. No kidding! Check out the bright-colored gems/minerals of all geometric shapes, some springing out of rocks like fountains and trees. You won’t regret a special trip this year to the TCC to complement, no doubt, other spots you’re visiting through this weekend. The Tucson Gem and Mineral Society’s all-volunteer-hosted show this year will be their 59th…it’s where our now-internationally acclaimed event all started. Thanks to the entire TGMS organization, as well as the outstanding service being offered this year under the leadership of Captain Mark Timpf, Andy Squire and our TCC team and TPD.

I left inspired once more by the natural beauty of our region and the invaluable effort that community residents and City employees invest in celebrating our unique treasures!

Rio Nuevo

You can almost hear a collective sigh of relief spreading with the news that the City and Rio Nuevo Board have reached a final settlement. We can move forward now on in partnership with key improvements to the TCC and broader economic development downtown. We’ve been fortunate to leverage progress to date, primarily with the installation of the street car tracks and all of the interest and projects drawn along the route. We’ve learned the hard way that any lack of accountability and transparency undermines the future; that using Rio Nuevo as political fodder irresponsibly jeopardized potential success; and that cooperation and integrity can restore our capacity to deliver for the public. The recently agreed upon approach for potential development at the Ronstadt Transit Center offers a good example of how we can get leave the past behind and reach for exciting possibilities together. I’ll keep advocating so that remains the new norm.

Neighborhood Preservation Ordinance

The proposed changes to the NPO can be reviewed here:  http://www.tucsonaz.gov/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=1088&doctype=AGENDA .

Mayor and Council have extended the time for consideration on this, so please continue to send me your thoughts in the coming weeks at Ward 3@tucsonaz.gov.

Ward 3 Alliance

The focus of the February Ward 3 Alliance meeting will be the quarterly Public Safety update by Captain Barrett Baker from Tucson Fire Department and Tucson Police Captains McShea and Stamatopoulos, from Midtown and Westside Divisions, respectively. Using a PowerPoint, they'll clarify roles and activities of safety personnel throughout the ward and invite questions and discussion from all participants. Come at 6 for 15 minutes of networking before the program begins. At the end, Alliance steering committee members will share an update on how the w3na 501C3 process is going.   

Congratulations Sausage Deli

It’s great to see the local Sausage Deli reopening at the SE corner of Grant and Euclid/First. We hope you’ll stop by to congratulate and support them. Your visits and spending with businesses impacted by construction make a huge difference to local entrepreneurs!

City Employees Kudos

Finally, I want to take a moment to appreciate all our City workers, who despite budget cuts over the past several years, have continued to do their best to provide quality customer service and care for our residents and small businesses. Whether it is the brush and bulky teams from Environmental Services, who were out there cleaning and beautifying our neighborhoods even during the hard freeze, efficiently and with smiles on their faces, or the TDOT street teams out there patching roads all across the city as quickly as they can, or our steadfast police and firefighters keeping our communities safe, we are fortunate to have a city workforce that is as dedicated as ours. 


Thanks and Happy Valentine’s Day,



Ward 3 Events:

-3rd Saturday Art Fair – Saturday, February 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Many Hands Courtyard, 3054 N. First Avenue. Vendors, shops, galleries have unique fine art and craft items for purchase (Shop Local!). Food from Asian Bistro (at special 3rd Saturday prices) along with hot coffee, tea, popcorn and cake. Live music and free parking. More info: www.manyhandscourtyard.com

-Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance – Wednesday, February 20 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Woods Memorial Library, 3455 N. 1st Avenue. Topic: Quarterly Public Safety Update—presentations by the Captains from the west-side and midtown Police Divisions. More info: Marc at 881-4582.

-Luncheon and Forum on Understanding Depression – Thursday, February 28 from noon to 2:00 p.m. St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 1145 E. Fort Lowell Road. “Out of the Blue: Understanding Depression” is offered by Interfaith Community Services and made possible by the David C. and Lura M. Lovell Foundation. Cost is $10 (includes lunch). To reserve: Terry Alexander at 297-2738 or talexander@icstucson.org


Future Neighborhood Meetings:

Samos NA – Tuesday, February 19 at 6:30 p.m.  Salpointe High School, 1545 E. Copper, in the Trophy Room.

Mountain View NA – Thursday, February 21 at 6:00 p.m. Water of Life Church, 3269 N. Mountain.

Flowing Wells NA – Thursday, February 21 at 6:00 p.m. Ellie Towne Center, 1660 W. Ruth Rauf  Road.


City Wide Events:

-59th Annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show – through Sunday, February 17. There are 40 venues throughout the City of Tucson. The “Main Show” at the Tucson Convention Center will be held February 14 – 17.More info:  http://www.tucsonshowguide.com/.  The City of Tucson’s ParkWise is offering “GemRide” shuttles to connect to downtown venues, and three passenger vans will run continuously on a route from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. February 2 to 17. For parking and riding info: http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/parkwise/gemshowparking

-Tucson Water Offers Two Free Workshops – Saturday, February 16 at the University of Arizona, Pima County Cooperative Extension, 4210 N. Campbell Avenue. Rainwater Harvesting Workshop will be held from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Gray water workshop held from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Seating for both classes is limited. Call 520-626-5161 to register. Information on all Tucson Water conservations programs and rebates is online: www.tucsonaz.gov/water/rebate.

 -88th Annual La Fiesta de los Vaqueros-Tucson Rodeo-February 16 – 24th. Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly will be the Grand Marshalls for the Rodeo Parade on Thursday, February 21, with Councilmember Uhlich, Mayor Rothchild and other colleagues joining in.  For info and schedule of events: http://www.tucsonrodeo.com/home.html

-31st Annual Tucson Peace Fair & Music Festival – Saturday, February 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Reid Park Band shell at Country Club and 22nd. The Tucson Peace Center invites you to Arizona’s largest gathering of peace, social justice and environmental groups. Music, food, children’s activities. Free for the entire family. More info: mdecamp@q.com or 250-9832.

 -Public Hearing for Plan Tucson Draft – Wednesday, February 27 at 6:00 p.m. Mayor and Council Chambers of City Hall, 255 W. Alameda Street. Interested persons will have an opportunity to express their opinions of the Plan Tucson Draft before the City’s Planning Commission.


 -Did you know….?

that Wingspan, Southern Arizona’s LGBT Community Center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community members is celebrating their 25th Anniversary? Founded in 1988, Wingspan offers a number of Programs in the Tucson Community, i.e. Anti-Violence, Youth, and Senior Pride to name a few. More info at www.wingspan.org

that February is Black History Month? The U of A office of African American Student Affairs invites all faculty, staff, students and community members to a series of events. For more information on upcoming events contact Maria Moore at moorem@email.arizona.edu.  

…that the Tucson Arts Brigade is holding workshops at Woods Library starting February 28? The “Amphi Neighborhood Action Mural Workshops” will include youth ages 11-18 who want to design and paint a mural on the side of the Woods Memorial Library. The workshops will be held every Thursday from February 28 to June 27. Start time is 5:30 p.m. and will run for two hours. Workshop is free and open to the first 15 youth that sign up, but commitment to the entire project is needed. More info and to register: 623-2199 or Michael@TucsonArtsBrigade.org

..that Iskashitaa Refuge Network is in need of your unwanted fruit? Not all citrus was destroyed in the latest cold snap, and volunteers will pick up, harvest and distribute your fruit. Good opportunity to feed families in need in the community. Contact Barbara at 440-0100 or email: harvesting@iskashitaa.org. More info available at www.HarvestTucson.org