'Founding Fathers,' Constitution poster given to local school
A DVD, "The Founding Fathers," has been donated to the history department of Mountain View High School by the Presidio Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Members also presented a poster of the Constitution of the United States. El Presidio Chapter regent Roxy Johnson and Virginia Love, Constitution Week chairman, made the presentation to Barbara Loomis, the AP history teacher in the department.
The local DAR chapter also donated Constitution Week educational materials to Wilson and Cross middle schools. U.S. Constitution Week was Sept. 17-23.
OV Library friends' big sale Oct. 20-23
With more than 20,000 books, the annual fall book sale at the Oro Valley Public Library opens to the public Oct. 20-23.
It's sponsored by the Friends of the Oro Valley Public Library.
Book categories include art, children, history, humor, literature, mystery, romance, the Southwest, sports and more. Some rare and collectible books are included. Most books are priced from 50 cents to $4.
CDs, DVDs, videos and audio books add to the offering.
Book sale hours are Wednesday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., half-price day; Saturday, Oct. 23, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., half-price sale; 1 to 5 p.m., $5 bag sale.
All proceeds benefit the Oro Valley Public Library, located at 1305 W. Naranja.
Workshop for mobile home owners Saturday
Little-known but perfectly legal ways by which mobile home owners can successfully resolve disputes with their landlords – without an attorney – are to be revealed at a free workshop and lunch presented by the Arizona Association of Mobile Home and RV Owners this Saturday, Oct. 16.
The workshop starts at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Swan Lake Estates, 4550 N. Flowing Wells Rd., Tucson.
Mobile home owners who rent space in mobile home parks can learn how to take advantage of the Arizona Mobile Home Parks Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, better described as the mobile home owners' "Bill of Rights," a release said.
They can discover how to fully exercise all their legal rights, protect their mobile home investments, enhance their way of life, and enjoy peace of mind with free help from experts at AAMHO – a non-profit, volunteer organization.
Both the workshop and lunch are free, but reservations must be made by calling AAMHO toll-free at 1-800-221-6955.
Early voting has begun; 231K ballots distributed
Early voting for the Nov. 2 general election has begun, with the office of Pima County Recorder mailing more than 231,000 vote-by-mail ballots, more than it distributed before the 2008 Presidential Election.
As requested by individual voters, the recorder is mailing 96,160 ballots to registered Democrats, 76,672 to registered Republicans, 56,428 to unaffiliated voters, 1,238 to registered Libertarians and 521 to Green party voters.
Early voting sites have been opened, among them the Northwest YMCA.
It's located at 7770 N. Shannon Road. There is a modular unit in the parking lot.
The site is open through Friday, Oct. 29, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, and Saturday, Oct. 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information, voters may log onto the Recorder's office web site at www.recorder.pima.gov, or call the Pima County Recorder's office at 740-4330. Out-of-town residents may call 1-800-775-7462 and ask for extension 4330.
Water summit in Oro Valley Friday, Oct. 29
Government, community and business leaders along with the general public have been invited to a water summit presented by the Town of Oro Valley on Friday, Oct. 29.
The event runs from 7:30 a.m. to noon that Friday at Oro Valley Town Hall, 11000 N. La Cañada. It is free and open to the public, but reservations are required because space is limited. To reserve space, contact Arinda Asper at 229-4713. Only those with reservations will be permitted to attend the summit, a release said.
The summit, chaired by Philip Saletta, Oro Valley Water Utility director, is intended to educate local government officials, community leaders, businesses and the public about steps being taken to assure the region's water supply in the long term, the release said. It features speakers from federal, state and local water suppliers and regulators.
Panelists are covering topics such as regional and renewable water resources, and statewide water issues and their impact on the Northwest's future growth.
'Investigate OVPD' set Saturday, Oct. 16
The Oro Valley Police Department once again holds "Investigate OVPD," a fun-filled fair designed to introduce the community to the many programs, services and partnerships that provide for the community's public safety.
The free event is Saturday, Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Oro Valley Marketplace.
The day includes a presentation with Chief Daniel Sharp, along with demonstrations by the OVPD Traffic Unit, K-9 Unit, Explorer Post, Pima Regional Special Weapons and Tactics and Pima Regional Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit.
Police vehicles of all types will be on display. Kids may participate in activities, including Color-A-Cop, face painting and crime scene investigations. Child ID kits and other crime prevention gifts will be handed out. OVPD will also hold several bicycle safety workshops.
All this will be set against the backdrop of DJ Gus D'olide's Jukebox Journey music.
Participants may also make an appointment to have their child seats receive a free safety check. To schedule, call 229-5080.
For more information, including the schedule of events, visit www.ovpd.org.
Oro Valley seeks nominees for top volunteers
The Town of Oro Valley is currently accepting nominations for the 2010 Volunteers of the Year.
The town seeks individuals "who embody the spirit of volunteerism by going above and beyond the call of duty in an effort to better our community," a release said.
Winners are selected based on the outstanding nature of their volunteer efforts on town-sponsored projects and programs, such as with the library or police department, as well as on town boards and commissions. Candidates who volunteered their time on town task forces and project committees may also be considered.
To nominate, you must solicit two letters of support, including an initial letter as well as a supporting letter from a second individual. Nominations will be judged by the town's volunteer selection committee. All decisions are final.
Nominees are notified prior to the volunteer appreciation reception scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hilton El Conquistador.
If you would like a friend, neighbor, co-worker or family member to be recognized as a 2010 Volunteer of the Year, send letters to Mary Davis, communications administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail to 11000 N. La Cañada Dr., Oro Valley, 85737.
E-mail letters will be accepted as long as both letters are received together; the town is not responsible for individual submissions getting lost. All letters must be received by Nov. 1.
Oracle library's Book sale this Saturday at 11
The Oracle Public Library conducts its semi-annual book sale this Saturday, Oct. 16.
The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the library's parking lot at 565 E. American Avenue. There are many good books for sale, plus collectible books on sale at great prices.
The Oracle Library is an all-volunteer library and non-profit organization. It has five public computers and hundreds of books for pre-school, grammar school, young adults, adults and reference materials, along with audio books and "play-aways," which are recorded books, for all age groups.
It's also the exclusive source for copies of The Explorer in Oracle.
Local makes Special World Games
A Marana High School student and Special Olympics participant has qualified for the Special Olympics World Games in Athens, Greece, next summer.
Itzel Apodaca needs to raise $5,000 to make the trip. She is a track and field athlete.
Her fundraising efforts have begun. People can help by going to http://specialolympicsazworldgames.kintera.org and clicking on Itzel's name.
Relay for Life in need of volunteers
Volunteers are needed for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life in the Northwest.
The cause seeks individuals "with a passion for fighting cancer and helping cancer patients and their families," a release said. "Someone with the ability to work well in a group setting, an independent worker, someone with a positive attitude."
ICS has slots for big fund-raising golf tourney Nov. 11
Interfaith Community Services has openings in its 2010 "We Care" Golf Classic, to be held Thursday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day, at the Omni Tucson National Resort.
The fund-raiser generates money to help Pima County families who struggle to make ends meet.
The $150 tournament fee per player includes a Mexican buffet at the end of play. Golfers can register online at www.icstucson.org or call 297-6049.
Last year's tournament, with 205 golfers, was the resort's biggest in 2009.
"We hope to field 288 golfers this year and fill both the Sonoran and Catalina courses," said Mike Mumford, director of nutrition at Oro Valley Hospital and co-chairman of ICS's golf committee.
"New this year is the $250,000 shoot-out," Mumford said. A $10 raffle ticket earns a golfer the chance to shoot a hole in one and win $250,000." Tickets must be purchased by Oct. 31. Four players' names will be drawn on Nov. 1 for the shoot-out on Nov. 11. Shoot-out contenders do not have to golf in the tournament.
Anyone who hits a hole-in-one during the tournament can win a car from the Jim Click Automotive Team. For $25, players can buy 10 raffle tickets for a chance to win gift certificates for foursomes at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Country Club, The Lodge at Ventana Canyon and a dozen other courses.
ICS is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Since 1985, it has provided food and emergency financial assistance to Pima County residents in need and has mobilized volunteers to assist seniors and disabled people with Mobile Meals, transportation, home repairs, calls and visits, and health and safety referrals and advocacy.
Candidate forum Tuesday at center in Picture Rocks
Citizens for Picture Rocks hosts a candidate forum this Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Picture Rocks Community Center, 5615 N. Sanders Rd.
Former District 25 Rep. Jennifer J. Burns is moderating the event.
Invited guests are candidates for the District 25 Senate seat, Democratic incumbent Sen. Manuel V. Alvarez and Republican challenger Gail Griffin; candidates for the District 25 House seats, Democratic Rep. Patricia Fleming, Democrat Ruben Ortega, Republican Peggy Judd and Republican Rep. David Stevens; and candidates for the Marana Unified School District board, Tom Carlson, Graham Glauser, incumbent John Lewandowski, Dean Spencer and incumbent Eric Brandriff.
The event is free and open to the public.
Time to sign up for adult classes at HH
Northwest residents over the age of 50 can participate in Osher Lifelong Learning Institute classes at the Heritage Highlands Clubhouse, 4949 Heritage Clubhouse Drive, Marana.
Among the 19 classes are topics like "How to Explore Your Inner Musician," "What They Forgot to Tell You About History," "The Amazon Kindle" and "Consumer Protection Law." Class lengths range from one week up to eight weeks. Instructors are well-versed, a release said.
The cost to participate is $50 in the October and November classes. Enrolled persons may attend any number of classes during those months, a release said.
In Southern Arizona, OLLI is headquartered at the University of Arizona. It is one of 120 institutes nationwide geared to persons 50 and over "who love learning and want to share their passion," the release continued.
For more information on any class or the registration process, call Mary Tofel at 744-0321.
Project Grad '11 launched Friday, Oct. 22
Project Graduation, the annual safe and sober graduation night, gets its 2010-'11 start with morning coffee and a continental breakfast on Friday, Oct. 22.
Oro Valley Police Chief Danny Sharp hosts the breakfast from 8 to 9 a.m. in the Presidio Ballroom at the Hilton El Conquistador Resort in Oro Valley. It's a time for Sharp, members of the class of 2011, and Project Grad volunteers to share memories from last year, reveal this year's plans and "inspire commitments to support this year's celebrations," an invitation indicates.
Over the last seven years, more than 6,500 students from Amphi, Canyon Del Oro and Ironwood Ridge high schools have benefited from Project Graduation. In this eighth year of partnership among businesses and parents, "we look forward to another year in which our children and our community will be safe on what can be one of the most dangerous nights of the year," the information reads.
People with questions or offering help may contact Cindy Rime at 331-1935, or email@example.com.