'Heart of Amphi' awards given March 27 at event

"Heart of Amphi" awards are being presented Saturday, March 27, when the Amphitheater Public Schools Foundation holds its "Boots, Bangles & BBQ" event at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort.

The event runs from 6 to 11 p.m. at The Last Territory, on the Oro Valley resort property.

"Toss the tuxedo, put on your jeans and join us," a release said.

A no-host cocktail hour, silent auction, the awards and dancing to Rancho Deluxe are part of the evening.

For sponsorship information or to receive an invitation, contact the foundation at 696-5147, or by e-mail to amphifnd@amphi.com.



Graphic design contest this Wednesday

High school students from the weekend gather at The Art Institute on Wednesday for the Tucson Area High School Graphic Design Championships.

The competition "provides students with a demanding challenge, much like one they would face in a real working environment," a release said.

Local industry professionals are judging the contest, which has a variety of local business sponsors.

"This event is a great opportunity for local students interested in pursuing careers in graphic design," the release continued.

For more information, contact Mike Srsen at srsenm@flowingwells.k12 az.us.


Botanical gardens shows paintings of Susan Fisher

Paintings by Susan Fisher, focusing on garden imagery, are on display in the Porter Hall Gallery at the Tucson Botanical Gardens during the months of March and April.

Fisher is the director of the art institute at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. She is on the faculty of the Art Institute and Filoli Gardens in California, and conducts workshops throughout the country. She served on the board of directors of the American Society of Botanical Artists, and is the past president. Her illustrations appear in numerous periodicals and books, national exhibits and private collections.

Garden hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. seven days a week. Admission is

$7 for adults, $3 for children ages 4-12, and free for children 3 and under.

Tucson Botanical Gardens is an urban oasis in the heart of Tucson featuring a 5½-acre collection of 16 specialty gardens at 2150 N. Alvernon Way. For more information, call (520) 326-9686, extension 10, e-mail info@tucsonbotanical.org or visit www.tucsonbotanical.org.


Juried fine arts fest this week in SB

A juried fine arts festival is being held in SaddleBrooke this Saturday and Sunday, March 13-14.

The event, with 18 artists, is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the SaddleBrooke HOA 1 Clubhouse, 64500 E. SaddleBrooke Blvd.

"Come enjoy the endeavors of artists from the local area and across Arizona in a wide variety of media — furniture, fusion glass, paintings, sculptures, clothing, metal art, jewelry and more," a release said.

The juried fine arts festival benefits Saddlebrooke Community Outreach's Kids Closet, which provides new wardrobes for children in Catalina, and from the Copper Corridor to San Carlos.

For more information, call 682-7033 or e-mail isrmapes@aol.com.



Free stroke screenings at area hospitals Saturday, April 24

Six hospitals in greater Tucson are providing free stroke screenings to the public on Saturday, April 24.

Stroke Check, in its seventh year in Tucson, is being offered that Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Participating hospitals include Carondelet St. Joseph's Hospital, Carondelet St. Mary's Hospital, Northwest Medical Center, Oro Valley Hospital, Tucson Medical Center and University Medical Center. Other partners in the community-wide effort are Healthsouth and the local chapter of the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association.

On April 24, the public is encouraged to walk in to one of the six participating hospitals for screenings. Screenings are free, and take from 45 minutes to an hour. Results are evaluated on-site and discussed privately with the participant.

"Each year, thousands of people have participated and many have been identified as being in immediate danger of suffering a stroke," a release said. "Their lives have likely been saved by taking time to be screened."

Stroke is one of America's top killers, taking a life every four minutes. "Those who survive may have significant physical and mental deficiencies," the release said.

For more information on 2010 Stroke Check, people may call 520-872-4344.



Mobile Meals available for eligible people through ICS

Interfaith Community Services offers its "Mobile Meals" service to seniors and people with disabilities."

The agency can arrange to have one hot and one cold meal delivered to a home every weekday for seniors, or someone with a disability; those who cannot prepare their own meals, or have no one in the household able to prepare meals; and those who live in the area bounded by Swan Road on the east, Interstate 10 on the west, Roger Road on the south and the Pima/Pinal county line on the north.

ICS Mobile Meals are prepared by local hospitals and residential retirement facilities, and delivered at midday by ICS volunteers, a release said. Special diets can be accommodated per doctor's orders. Meals cost $8 per day; people may qualify for a reduced fee on a sliding scale.

For more information, call 297-2738 ext. 208.

ICS is a volunteer-based nonprofit that provides food and emergency financial assistance to Pima County residents in need and assists seniors and disabled people with Mobile Meals, transportation, home repairs, and health and safety needs. It receives volunteer and financial support from 51 faith communities and the community at large. Its volunteer base has grown to more than 600. For more information, call 297-6049.



Drive starting for school art supplies

An art supply drive is getting under way March 15 in the Marana Unified School District.

Donations of art supplies may be taken to Sunflower Market on River Road, Tompkins Chiropractic on Hartman Lane and the Marana Senior Center March 15-26.

Gifts may also be made on Saturday, March 27, during the Marana BaZaar on the Sunflower Market parking lot. The BaZaar runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The supplies drive is a project of A.C.M.EstuDio, which wants to sustain and support art education in public schools, a release said.



Northern Pima Chamber ramps up March events

A program on the power of and techniques for name recall is presented to the Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce this Thursday, March 11, during its monthly luncheon.

Steve Ochoa of KOLD-TV gives tips on "remembering names with ease." Registration is at 11:45, with the program and lunch from noon to 1:30 at the Oro Valley Country Club. Cost is $25 for members and guests, $35 for non-members. Sequels Upscale Resale is the sponsor.

On Wednesday, March 17, the chamber offers a business builder workshop, "Nine Lies That Are Holding Your Business Back … and the Truth that Will Set it Free," from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Hogan School of Real Estate, 3912 W. Ina.

Vitality Medical & Wellness Center hosts the chamber's monthly membership mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 18, at its 7448 N. La Cholla location.

And the chamber's monthly membership breakfast is Thursday, March 25, from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at Sun City Vistoso. University of Phoenix and the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance are the co-sponsors.

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