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Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 11:00 pm

'Solar 101' event Oct. 26 in Marana

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is conducting her next series of "Solar Power 101" events, including a session in Marana next Tuesday, Oct. 26.

"These forums are a way for Southern Arizonans to learn more about solar and decide if it is right for them," said Giffords.

Giffords puts on Solar Power 101 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, at the Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr., Branch Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive, Marana. Space at the Solar Power 101 events is limited. To reserve a space, e-mail RSVPsolar@mail.house.gov, or call 881-3588.

The first-ever National Solar Jobs Census shows Arizona has the fourth-largest number of solar energy companies and the eighth-largest number of solar energy jobs in the country, Giffords said in a release.

Resident at MV Care is turning 100

Laura Rogers, a resident of Mountain View Care Center, and her family are celebrating Laura's 100th birthday in style on Thursday, Oct. 28.

The celebration begins at 2:30 p.m. that Thursday at the facility, located at 1313 W. Magee.

There is cake, ice cream, entertainment by Darwin Hall and the sharing of fond memories by her family.

"We are excited to be a part of this very important day," said Maria J. Montion, RN, executive director at Mountain View. "It's not every day you are invited to a 100th birthday celebration."

Mountain View Care Center is managed by Life Care Centers of America. It offers sub-acute, skilled nursing, rehabilitation and Alzheimer's care.

Picacho meet looks at north-south corridor

A scoping session is being held this Thursday, Oct. 21, in Picacho for public input on the proposed north-south corridor study, an analysis to evaluate possible transportation routes for a connection between U.S. 60 and I-10 in Pinal County.

The event begins at 6 p.m. Thursday at Picacho Elementary School, 17865 S. Vail Road. The Arizona Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration plan a presentation at 6:15 p.m.

Parties plan an engineering and environmental analysis to look at the U.S. 60 – I-10 connection. The study should identify "a transportation corridor to provide access to a rapidly growing portion of Pinal County, and to improve regional mobility."

The study area extends from the fringes of Northwest Tucson on the south to Apache Junction on the north, and between points near Coolidge and Florence on the west and east.

Information is available and comments may be made at the project website, http://www.azdot.gov/northsouthcorridorstudy">www.azdot.gov/northsouthcorridorstudy, or by contacting Angie Brown at angie@gordleydesign.com, 327-6077, or 2540 N. Tucson Blvd., Tucson, 85716. Comments are due Nov. 11.

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