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Posted: Tuesday, July 7, 2009 11:00 pm

Family Life Radio puts on food drive for the homeless

Family Life Radio is hosting a food drive through Friday, July 10 to benefit the Gospel Rescue Mission in Tucson as well as 16 other rescue missions and food banks across the country.

The Tucson-based radio ministry has a goal to collect 7,000 pounds of food for the homeless.

Non-perishable food donations can be made at Bashas' locations at Kolb and Sunrise, River and Thornydale, Tangerine Road, and Oracle Road at Golder Ranch in Catalina.

Donations may also be dropped off at the Family Life Radio National Ministry Headquarters, 7355 N. Oracle just north of Ina.

Family Life Radio and Intentional Living are non-profit Christian ministries of Family Life Communications Inc. Family Life Radio currently has 38 radio stations and translators in eight states. Intentional Living is a nationally syndicated, live program on more than 150 affiliates.

Lifelong learning institute sets its Marana offerings

A lifelong learning institute has set its Marana study group schedule for fall, including topics from film noir to the Roswell Incident.

The local chapter of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at The University of Arizona meets in the Heritage Highland Club House, 4949 W. Heritage Club Blvd. Gatherings begin Oct. 12.

Fall semester study subjects are the Roswell Incident; Early Manned Space Flight; Understanding the Geology and Discovery Histories of Arizona's Copper, Silver and Gold Mines; Slices of Arizona History: Part I; Film Noir; Understanding Numbers; Indigenous American: An Introduction to First Nations and Native American Discourse; Easy Music Composition; and Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.

OLLI is a nationwide, university-affiliated, educational network of adults 50 and older who "embody a love of learning through study groups focusing on an eclectic array of subjects," a release said. Study groups are organized and led by OLLI members, many of whom are retired university professors, teachers, semi-retired working professionals, or knowledgeable and experienced hobbyists.

Membership fees for Marana OLLI are $50 per semester. That entitles participants to free enrollment in all classes offered in Marana, as well as one class each in Tucson, Green Valley and Splendido in Oro Valley. Members are eligible to receive a UA Cat card, which gives them privileges at the UA Main Library and entitles them to a variety of campus discounts.

For OLLI study group and registration information, contact Penny Schmitt at the OLLI-UA office at (520) 626-9039 or ollimail@u.arizona.edu. For additional information about OLLI, visit http://www.olli.arizona.edu">www.olli.arizona.edu.

Oracle kids can get creative at July Kidz Club

Children ages 3-8 can enjoy creative arts in Kidz Club, a program held July 7-9 and July 14-16 at the Oracle Community Center.

Creative arts sessions run from 9 to 10 a.m. each of those days. The program is sponsored by the community center and the Oracle Public Library. Contact Susie Cochran at SCochran333@aol.com for program details.

The Oracle Community Center is located at 685 E. American Ave. in Oracle. People with questions may contact Michael Carnes at Michaelc@copperarea.com (cell 480-620-6989) or call the Oracle Community Center at (520) 896-9326.

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