Holiday book drive for kids in hospital

Barnes & Noble at Foothills Mall has launched its annual holiday book drive, providing books to children hospitalized in the Diamond Children's Medical Center at University Medical Center.

Customers who donate books through Jan. 1 receive a discount voucher from Tucson Originals restaurants. The 31 participating restaurants have partnered with the UMC's Diamond Medical Center for this event.

"It's a great opportunity for our store and customers to come together to donate new books for children in our community who really need them," said Mary Gilka, assistant store manager. "On a national level, Barnes & Noble will be making donations to charities across the country."

Church collects food from yoga, cardio people

A Casas Adobes church is collecting canned food at its "cardio-tone" and yoga classes to help the Community Food Bank.

Cardio-Tone is held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. at the Casas Adobes Congregational United Church of Christ. EZ Does it Yoga is conducted at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 9:30 a.m. Saturdays.

The church is located at 6801 N. Oracle Road, between Ina and Orange Grove.

Church member and certified instructor Dora Radin is asking for donations of food, rather than fees, at all four classes during the week of Dec. 6-12. Exercise participants are asked to bring 2-4 cans of food for donation to the Community Food Bank. The public may donate as well.

More information is available at 297-1181, or www.casasadobesucc.org.

Mail centers waive postage on military cards, letters

AIM Mail Centers are offering free postage on 1-ounce cards and letters to the U.S. military through Thanksgiving, Nov. 26.

Standard mail packages — specifically, 1-ounce cards and letters — from AIM locations to any APO /FPO military address can be sent at no cost to the sender, a release said. One such center is located in the Safeway Plaza in Oro Valley's Rancho Vistoso community.

"This month, our AIM family celebrates those who serve us," said AIM founder and chief executive Michael Sawitz.

Chamber needs auction items for Jan. 9 gala

Auction items are being requested by the Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce ahead of its annual gala and fund-raiser, "Dancing with the Stars of Northern Pima County" on Saturday, Jan. 9.

This year's event is being held at the new Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain.

Six chamber members are dancing and raising money for both the chamber and their selected charities. Dance instruction and dance partners are provided by American Dance Studios.

Businesses and individuals are asked to help with donated items. Gift cards, travel vouchers, hotel stays, services, restaurant certificates, retail donations, entertainment and recreation donations, tickets and items for themed packages are among the suggested auction offerings.

For more information, or to donate, contact the chamber at events@the-chamber.com, or call 297-2191.

Store grants $2K to Golder Ranch

Golder Ranch Fire District has received a $2,000 grant from its local Wal-Mart for community outreach within the district.

The funds, presented to the department's community services division, should help Golder Ranch provide safety education materials for school and community programs, as well as "supplement programs such as bicycle safety and drowning prevention," a release said.

Sue Golder of Golder Ranch Fire Community Services received the donation from Wal-Mart assistant manager Sandra Olson and Wal-Mart human resources manager Bonnie Parsons.

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