Town's fifth holiday parade Saturday, Dec. 12

Oro Valley's fifth annual holiday parade is being held Saturday, Dec. 12.

The event begins at 9:30 a.m., following a route from Ironwood Ridge High School east along Naranja Drive to the Oro Valley Town Hall campus. Santa finishes the event.

Entry fees are $10 for individuals, organizations or performance groups, or a shopping bag filled with 20 non-perishable food items for Catalina Community Services.

Commercial entries are $75. There are gold, silver and copper sponsorships as well, priced from $125 to $400. To enter, people may submit applications no later than Dec. 2.

KOLD-TV's Heather Rowe is the parade hostess. Title sponsor is Hiremath Family Dentistry. The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance provides operational support.

For more information, call Jackie Devery at 404-2825, or go to The parade's mailing address is Box 69445, Oro Valley, 85737.

Christmas tree in OV this Friday

The U.S. Capitol Christmas tree has been cut in the White Mountains near Alpine, and it'll be in Oro Valley this Friday, Nov. 13.

Oro Valley's mayor and council welcome the 85-foot blue spruce at a celebration from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Oro Valley Marketplace, located on the southwest corner of Oracle and Tangerine Road. The public is invited to attend. Refreshments are free.

During a brief ceremony, Oro Valley officials present commemorative ornaments to tour officials on behalf of the community. More than 5,000 ornaments from around the nation will adorn the tree when it reaches its final destination on the lawn between the Capitol building and the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C.

The Capitol Christmas Tree is being taken – via two tractor-trailers fueled with biodiesel – to a number of communities in Arizona. Its base is fitted with a plastic bladder filled with fresh water nightly, so the tree can absorb about 65 gallons of water each day.

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Art sought for exhibit at Ventana

The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance seeks submissions for its next fine art exhibition at the Ventana Medical Systems gallery in Oro Valley.

The Roche-owned company maintains an art space open to the public on select days. SAACA annually recruits artists to display their work there.

From Jan. 5 to March 29, SAACA will mount an open-themed fine arts exhibition at Ventana, featuring two- and three-dimensional, wall-mounted artworks.

The deadline for submissions is Nov. 30. Artists seeking consideration should submit digital images of their works to SAACA.

For more information or an official application, contact Pat Deely at (520) 797-3959, ext. 2, or by e-mail at

Weekly radio show about books, writers

Local authors and listeners get the chance to "expand their writing horizons" on a weekly radio talk show.

On the Book Shelf, produced by Literary Partners Group, is an hour-long program airing Saturdays from 11 a.m. to noon on KJLL 1330AM. It is intended to "exclusively promote the writing craft, enabling local authors to publicize their current works," a release said.

Consultants offer tips on how to get manuscripts published, on effective editing and proofing, script doctoring, query letters and book proposals, media relations, literary reviews and publishing options. Plans are to feature local bookstores and local writing groups.

For more information, call Andrew T. Greeley at 990-1872.

Show raises money, spirits

This Sunday afternoon, more than 50 children between the ages of 2 and 18 will walk the runway at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Resort in Oro Valley.

The young people have, or have had cancer, or have helped a sibling through the struggles of life-threatening disease. They'll wear clothes designed by The Art Institute of Tucson, helping them shine in the third annual Runway for Research charity fashion show.

The show's purpose is two-fold:

• To raise money to help support the Pediatric Cancer Research unit of the Steele Children's Research Center at The University of Arizona. "Great strides are being made in this area by doctors and researchers at the Steele Children's Research Center, including better therapies for kids with cancer and an innovative anti-cancer vaccine," a release said;

• And to give young cancer victims an opportunity to feel good, wearing and modeling designer outfits created especially for them instead of the hospital gowns they so often wear. Young models get to keep the outfits designed for them by The Art Institute of Tucson and local designers and seamstresses.

Buffelgrass pull Saturday at Marana park

Volunteers are gathering to pull invasive buffelgrass this Saturday, Nov. 14, at Wade McClean Neighborhood Park in Marana.

The pull runs from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. People are gathering at 8000 N. Silverbell Road, behind Coyote Trail Elementary School.

The town of Marana has identified an area of thick buffelgrass along the Santa Cruz River, where the invasive species "can easily seed upstream and downstream," a release said.

Marana is providing trash bags, digging bars, water and snacks. Volunteers are asked to bring rakes, and to wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, a hat and sunscreen.

Other pulls are planned for Dec. 19, Jan. 16 and Feb. 6. To sign up, contact Rebecca Kunsberg at, or call her at 382-1984.

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