Effort tries to clamp on thefts from motor vehicles

A vehicle theft prevention campaign is being undertaken Wednesday, Nov. 18, at an Oro Valley business.

Checker Auto Parts, 7871 N. Oracle Rd., hosts the event from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday. Participants are the Arizona Automobile Theft Authority, Oro Valley Police Department, Winner International (maker of "The Club" vehicle security device), Checker Auto Parts Oro Valley and Pep Boy's Auto stores .

The vehicle theft prevention campaign is "part of an aggressive, proactive program to provide public education on ways to combat and reduce motor vehicle thefts throughout Arizona," a release said.

Free window vehicle identification number etching services and voluntary citizen enrollment into the free "Watch Your Car" program are being offered. Etching appointments are needed; people may contact Officer Yolanda Hallberg of the Oro Valley Police Department Community Resource Unit at 229-5080.

To help "put the brakes" on auto thefts in Arizona, law enforcement urges people to always remove the keys from the ignition of the vehicle; lock all vehicle doors; don't leave valuables in plain view; and use visible deterrents.

Kids can dance with royalty Saturday at OV event

The 16th century meets the 21st century this Saturday, Nov. 21, as artists aim to delight young and old with the wonders of Baroque dance.

The event, "Dancing with Royalty," is the second in an interactive kids' concert series sponsored by the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance and the Town of Oro Valley.

In its eighth season, the Musical Magic for Kids program blends all forms of art, including music, theatre and dance, to create unique, hands-on experiences for children and families. Admission to events is open to the public and free of charge.

Saturday's event begins at 10:30 a.m., and features performances by Claire Hancock, Michael Lich and Robert Matheson. It will take place at the Music and Dance Academy of Oro Valley, 7954 N. Oracle Road, next to Trader Joe's.

To the uninitiated, baroque dance has its roots in the English country and French noble dance traditions circa 1600-1750. Little ones who attend the "Dancing with Royalty" program on Nov. 21 should wear comfortable shoes and be ready to join in the activities.

For more information about the Musical Magic for Kids concert series, call 797-3959.

OV holiday event at new place Dec. 4-5

Oro Valley's 2009 holiday celebration has become a two-day event at a new location, historic Steam Pump Ranch.

The event, with tree lighting, music and dance entertainment by students, a fire pit with s'mores, chili-tasting, Santa and more, is Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4 and 5, at the ranch west of Oracle Road between Tangerine and First Avenue.

It is all free and open to the public.

That Friday night, events from 6 to 8:30 p.m. include lighting of the town's "Giving Tree," holiday performances by local students, the chocolate / graham cracker / marshmallow creation s'mores sponsored by the Golder Ranch Fire Department, and a chili-tasting competition to benefit Adopt-a-Family.

Saturday events run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Santa arrives on a Wells Fargo stage coach, escorted by Golder Ranch Fire and the Oro Valley Police Department. Students provide entertainment, and a musical performance through Tuba Christmas. Crafts and cookie decoration keep the kids busy. A non-profit expo is also planned.

Casino hosting arts festival over weekend

Native American entertainment, arts, crafts and art of the Southwest is on display this weekend, during the 10th anniversary celebration of the Desert Diamond Casino Arts & Crafts Festival.

The event is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 20-21, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at the casino, located at I-19 and Pima Mine Road.

Arts, crafts, music, live entertainment and food are concentrated on the casino's plaza. Jewelry, pottery, wood crafts, stained glass, metal works, paintings, baskets, furniture, clothes, specialty foods and much more will be available, a release said.

'Holidazzle' opening at Oro Valley shop center

"Holidazzle," the annual show and sale of art and fine crafts, is being held Nov. 20 through Dec. 13 in the former Sequels shop at Estrada de Aro Shops, 7961 N. Oracle at Magee in Oro Valley.

The show is presented each year by the Southern Arizona Arts Guild. It reflects "the various talents of guild members: original art, blinding bling-bling, fun fabric, pretty pottery, wondrous woodwork and special stocking stuffers," a release said. "Everything you want to give, even more you want to receive."

A reception is being held Saturday, Nov. 21, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the shops.

Holidazzle hours are daily except Mondays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Dec. 13.

For more information, contact Diane Loving at artladyloving@comcast.net, or visit the guild's website, www.southernazartsguild.org.

UA softball coach is Thursday speaker

Mike Candrea, head coach of women's softball at the University of Arizona, is speaking at the monthly membership meeting of the Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce this Thursday, Nov. 19.

The chamber breakfast is being moved up a week because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

It's set for 7 a.m. Thursday at the Oro Valley Country Club, 300 W. Greenock.

The cost is $20 for members and guests, $30 for non-members.

To register, call 297-2191, or go to events@the-chamber.com.

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