Karin's Note: Thursday, November 1, 2012

-Ward 3 Shred-It Tucson Event at Jacobs Park

-Neighborhoods Bike to Beer Saturday!

-Lend A Hand Fall Yard Sale

-Keeling on the Move

-Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance November Meeting

-Ward 3 Cyclovia Tucson 2013 Information Night

-Cabrini Neighborhood Dedicates Mural

-Future Neighborhood Meetings

-Free Movie Night at Reid Park

-All Souls Event is Sunday

-Open Studio Tour

-Stand Up For Education! Celebrity Spelling Bee

-Upcoming Ward 3 Neighborhood Meetings

- Did you know....?


Dear Tucsonans,

It’s voting time. I don’t have to tell you how much is at stake in this election. My only message is this: participate.

 You might remember that in 2009 I won re-election by just 175 votes out of the 70,000+ votes cast. I had two worthy opponents and we shared a spirited exchange of ideas leading up to electionday. Needless to say, the 2009 end tally proved what remains true today: every vote counts.

If you have a mail-in ballot in hand it must be received at the Pima County Elections Division by 7pm on Tuesday, November 6. You can hand deliver your mail-in ballot at any polling location (find full list here: http://www.pima.gov/elections/PDF/General%202012%20Polling%20Place%20List%20-%20By%20Precinct.pdf ) between 6am and 7pm on Tuesday or deliver it directly to the Pima County Recorder’s Office (115 N Church downtown—they’re staying open until 7pm Tuesday for this purpose).    If you opted to receive and cast your ballot on election day,  you must do that at your specific polling location (please go to: http://www.pima.gov/elections/polling/ for your polling location).

The Arizona League of Women Voters has published a guide to the propositions on the ballot that you can find on their web site: www.lwvaz.org . Since the ballot is a long one, it’s going to take some time to complete. It’s time well spent on shaping the future of our community and country.

Thanks (most especially to those particular 175 voters of 2009…you know who you are; oh wait, never mind ;).


Note: Be sure and visit Judith Anderson, from my staff during the Open Studio Tour next weekend (see information in Events section below).  She will be participating in the studio tour displaying her jewelry at the Sanctuary Garden Arts, 2500 N. Stone Avenue. Congratulations Judith!


Ward 3 Events:

-Ward 3 Shred-It Tucson Event – Saturday, November 3 from 8:30 a.m. to Noon at Jacobs Park, 3300 N. Fairview Avenue. Join Ward 3 and Constable Bernal and bring in your important papers that need shredding—first box is free, 2nd is $5 with donations going to Gospel Rescue Mission and Lend-A-Hand. More info: Ward 3 Council Office, 791-4711.

-Bike to Beer – Saturday, November 3 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Neighbors join together to create an Urban Excursion.  The event begins in the parking lot of the Ward 3 Council Office, 1510 E. Grant Road. Ride your bike through Jefferson Park, El Cortez, Northwest, Feldman’s and West University Neighborhoods. Event showcases Tucson’s grassroots efforts in urban agriculture, water harvesting and traffic design. Free event, but you’ll want to bring along funds for food and drink. Riders end at Borderlands Brewing Company, 119 East Toole (at 7th Avenue). More info: 690-1888.

-Lend A Hand Fall Yard Sale – Saturday, November 10, from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 3646 N. Prince Village Place (north side of Prince, east of Campbell). Books, clothes, household items. If you’d like to drop off items for sale, please leave them on the porch of the address above between November 1 and 9. More info/questions: 323-2142.

-Keeling on the Move Events – Sunday, November 11. Free bike repair help with BICAS from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. at Keeling Desert Park (on Glenn, west of Fontana). In addition, there will be a one mile guided neighborhood walk beginning at 1:30 p.m. starting at the Park. Everyone is welcome to join. More info: Ruth Reiman at 792-1093 ext. 482.

-Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance Meeting – Wednesday, November 14 at 6:00 p.m. Woods Memorial Library. Topics include TPD’s quarterly discussion on crime prevention, Pima County’s Cam Juarez will introduce the Pima County Neighborhood Leadership Institute and Alliance leaders will review neighborhood participation in the new Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance Non-Profit. For more info: bleu55@gmail.com

 -Ward 3 Cyclovia Tucson 2013 Information Night – Thursday, November 15 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Ward 3 Council Office 1510 E. Grant Road. Join in to learn more about Cyclovia Tucson, including dates for two events next year and the unveiling of a new route. The organizing team will be on hand to answer questions and listen to your feedback. More info: www.cycloviatucson.org

-Cabrini Neighborhood Dedicates Mural – Saturday, November 17 at 11:00 a.m. South side of the 3000 block of Presidio Road, across from St. Francis Cabrini parking lot, just east of Country Club. Many thanks to merchants and neighbors for their donations. More info: Marc at 881-4582.

-Upcoming Ward 3 Neighborhood Meetings:

Feldman Neighborhood Association – Thursday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m. St. Luke’s Home, 615 E. Adams.


City Wide Events:

-Free Movie Night at Reid Park – Saturday, November 3 at Reid Park’s DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center, NW corner of Country Club and 22nd Street. Sponsored by Cox Communications and the Southern Arizona Arts and Culture Alliance. Activities begin at 4:00 p.m. with family-and-pet-friendly kids’ activities sponsored by the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. A mini-film fest begins at 6:00 p.m. followed by the main feature at 7:00 p.m.—“Madagascar 3—Europe’s Most Wanted” a 3D presentation.

-All Souls Procession – Sunday, November 4 beginning at 6:00 p.m. East Toole Avenue and East Congress Street. Annual parade held in memory of lost friends and family. The procession winds through downtown Tucson and ends at the Mercado San Augustin on the west side. More info: http://www.allsoulsprocession.org/

-Open Studio Tour – Saturday and Sunday, November 10 and 11. 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This free event offers the opportunity to view work from more than 200 Tucson and Pima County artists when they open their studios to the public. More info: www.tucsonpimaartscouncil.org or call 520-624-0595 X 14.

-Stand Up for Education! Celebrity Spelling Bee – Wednesday, November 14 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Avenue. The Sakin Foundation invites you to this fun evening to benefit Voices for Education. Local politicians, business people and media personalities are the “contestants” and tickets are $10. More info: larry@sakinfoundation.org


Did You Know…?

…that the children’s book “Born to Wear Blue”, about the life and job of a firefighter, is available through the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation?   The book costs $10.00 and can be ordered through the author Patty Vallance at www.borntowearblue.org.

…that the Tucson Celtic Festival and Scottish Highland Games is this weekend, November 2-4? Event kicks off Friday night with a “happy hour at the Celtic Rose” and hosts highlands games throughout the weekend at Rillito Regional Park, 4502 N. First Avenue. More info: www.tucsoncelticfestival.org

….that Child and Family Resources will host their 25th Annual Lobster Landing fundraiser this Saturday, November 3? From 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. lovers of lobster and authentic New England clam chowder will gather at the Windmill Inns and Suites at 4250 N. Campbell Avenue in St. Philip’s Plaza to enjoy the fare. To order your lobster call 269-2634 or www.lobsterlandingtucson.com

….that the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is calling on the public to provide your input on a major Passenger Rail Corridor Study regarding alternatives for linking Tucson and Phoenix.  They want to know what you think of the seven alternatives that have been selected for further study, including six different passenger rail alternatives and one bus rapid transit alternative. You can learn more here: http://www.azdot.gov/passengerrail/Alternatives.asp

…that there are five ways you can Report Graffiti Tagging?

1.  Email graffiti@tucsonaz.gov.

2.  Call 792-CITY and leave a message for the Department of Transportation.

3. Through a SmartPhone application called MyTucson.  That app was developed by GPC, the company that abates graffiti for the City of Tucson, so when you use this method you are submitting the report in real time.

4.  Click the link on the Tucson Police Department website: http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/graffiti/report

5.  SeeClickFix, another SmartPhone application, is a nationwide system that can take a couple of days to filter back to Tucson.

If you can, send pictures. Graffiti Protective Coatings (GPC) is working with TPD and DOT to create a photographic database of images that will speed identification and prosecution of taggers.