Sun City group's  annual quilt show March 6-7

Sun City Vistoso Quilt Group holds its ninth annual quilt show Saturday and Sunday, March 6-7, at 1495 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd., in Oro Valley.

The show runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

It features quilts, both old and new, and a display of more than 50 aprons from years past.

A raffle quilt is being displayed, along with a silent auction and member boutique. A 38-inch Long Star quilt pattern, made entirely of stained glass, is one of the silent auction pieces.

This year's charity recipient is the Tri-Community Food Bank.

Admission is free, and the show is open to the public.

For information, call Carol Guibert at 818-0441.




Mini-Time Machine works with 'Love of Reading' grant

A national retailer has awarded a grant to The Mini-Time Machine Museum of Miniatures to support its preschool art and literature program Tiny Tales Story Time for Tots during February, which is Love of Reading month.

Tiny Tales Story Time for Tots is a one-hour art and literature program included with paid museum admission for families with children ages 3-6 years old. Held on the second Saturday of each month from 10 to 11 a.m., Tiny Tales Story Time for Tots "provides an engaging and imaginative encounter with books and art," a release said.

Participants in Tiny Tales Story Time for Tots listen to a story read by staff or volunteers from Make Way for Books who demonstrate how to read effectively to children. The literature is chosen to spark the children's imagination. Next, museum staff and volunteers lead an encounter with a miniature, whether it's an urban apartment building, a fairy castle or a mouse's tiny house. The miniature is related to the story, thus bringing it "to life."

Remaining programs in Love of Reading month at the Mini-Time Machine Museum of Miniatures are Saturdays, Feb. 20 and 27, from 10 to 11 a.m.

The Mini-Time Machine Museum is located at 4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive, just west of Swan. General admission is $7, senior (over 65) / military admission $6, youth (age 4-17) is $5 and children under three get in for free.

For more information call 520-881-0606, or visit



Brass quintet from TSO in OV Tuesday

The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance plays host to a rousing performance by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra's Brass Quintet this Tuesday, Feb. 23.

The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Mark's Methodist Church, 1431 W. Magee in Oro Valley.

The five-instrument set-up (a pair of trumpets, horn, tuba and trombone) has a bold, versatile sound, according to TSO trumpet player Betsy Bright.

The group takes the audience on a musical journey that literally spans hundreds of years, with selections by composers as varied as Johann Pezel (1600s) and jazz impresario Duke Ellington.

The quintet performs as part of SAACA's Chamber Music Light program.

Tickets are $12 per person.

For more information or to purchase tickets, go online to or call 797-3959.



OV Rotary honoring its citizen of year this Saturday


Jay Knapp of Sun City Vistoso is being recognized as the Oro Valley Rotary Club's Citizen of the Year at a special event this Saturday, Feb. 20.

Knapp, the retired real estate broker who performs magic tricks for hospitalized, critically ill children, is being honored at a gala at 5:30 p.m. at the Oro Valley Country Club.

Keynote speaker is Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H, FACS, the 17th surgeon general of the United States. Tom McNamara of KVOA News 4 serves as master of ceremonies.

The Oro Valley Rotary Club initiated the award to honor a person who exemplifies the Rotary International motto, "Service Above Self," a release said.

For 12 years, Jay Knapp has driven every week to the Tucson Medical Center to do his magic for critically ill children in the pediatric intensive care unit. "He has brought smiles to numerous children and has gained personal satisfaction from the experience," the release said.

A portion of the proceeds from the award gala will go to the charity of choice of the honoree. Jay has designated the pediatric intensive care unit as his recipient. The remainder of the proceeds support the charitable activities of the Oro Valley Rotary Foundation, to include college scholarships, books to the Oro Valley Library, dictionaries to younger students throughout Oro Valley, and aid to the Catalina Community Services food bank.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. For ticket information, call 818-3068  or 544-5987.



Next 'Solar Power 101' Feb. 25 in Oro Valley


An installment of "Solar Power 101," the introduction to solar power use in the home, is being offered Thursday, Feb. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Oro Valley Public Library.

Solar Power 101 is presented by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the Pima County Public Library system.

The program includes an introduction to solar power opportunities, and comments from three organizations, a release said.

Local solar installer Solar Path is giving an overview of residential photovoltaic solar energy system choices and installation steps.

Solar Energy International is a non-profit educational organization that trains contractors to use renewable energy resources and sustainable building technologies. Its representatives are speaking about training offered, and national solar energy trends.

Officials from the Town of Oro Valley are due to talk bout town steps on solar energy, energy efficiency and conservation.

Space is limited. Interested guests are asked to RSVP by Monday, Feb. 22, at, or by calling 881-3588. For more solar energy information, visit



Northwest Fire open house at #31 Saturday

Northwest Firefighters are holding an open house this Saturday, Feb. 20, at Station 31, 4701 N. La Cholla.

The event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., is a chance for fun, food and safety information, a release said.

Visitors are able to climb up in the fire engine, get a close-up look at equipment, and tour the station. They can also practice home escape under realistic conditions with the "Smoke Trailer," which lets kids and adults practice finding escape routes while surrounded in safe, white smoke.

Firehouse hot dogs and chips, and time to speak with the firefighters cap the day. The public is invited.




Free Marana Farm tours this Monday,  Feb. 22

Tours of the 10-acre Marana Heritage Farm are being offered on Washington's Birthday, which is Monday, Feb. 22.

Free, public farm tours run from 3 to 5 p.m. that Monday at the 10-acre production and education farm. Farm stand hours are 3 to 6 p.m. Monday.

The Marana Heritage Farm tours cover the 10 acres of food-producing fields, an "edible forest," a passive water catchment system, composting, a chicken coop, a cob oven and the Children's Garden. Community members can learn about the local food system "by seeing the connection between the Marana Heritage Farm and the fresh fruits and vegetables they can purchase at the farm stand," a release said.

Local produce selections at the farm stand include citrus, salad and cooking greens, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, radishes, cabbage, potatoes, green onions, apples, fresh eggs and more.

The Community Food Bank's Marana Heritage Farm is located at 12375 N. Heritage Park Drive. It is a partnership among the Community Food Bank, the Town of Marana Parks and Recreation Department and many community members.  Produce grown at the Marana Heritage Farm is sold at the Marana Farm Stand, the Community Food Bank Farmers' Market, and the Santa Cruz River Farmers' Market.

For more information, contact Sara Rickard at 622-0525, extension 242.




Copy of the Declaration can be seen this Sunday, Monday

One of 26 remaining original copies of the Declaration of Independence is being displayed at the Arizona History Museum, 949 E. 2nd St. in Tucson, this Sunday and Monday, Feb. 21 and 22.

Sunday hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The display is free and open to the public. It is accompanied by a video explaining the history of the document and its significance in the events that led to America's independence from England.

"The traveling exhibit provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view one of the original Dunlap broadsides, a rare and precious artifact that dates back 234 years and is, in fact, the birth certificate of our nation," said Dr. Anne Woosley, executive director of the museum.

The document was printed July 4 and 5, 1776 in John Dunlap's Philadelphia print shop. Between 100 and 200 of the poster-size copies, called "broadsides," were quickly distributed by horseback to population centers in each of the 13 colonies. They represented citizens' first view of the Declaration that ultimately resulted in freedom from English rule. King George III is said to have received copies of the Declaration of Independence on two separate dates in July and August of 1776.

The original Declaration of Independence, signed by the members of the Continental Congress, is kept at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Remaining Dunlap broadsides are in the hands of universities, historical societies, libraries and private collectors, and are not available to view.

The discovery of this original copy, and how it came to be displayed in Tucson is, in itself, remarkable. In 1989, a Philadelphia man removed the frame from a painting he had purchased for $4 at a flea market and, to his complete surprise, he found the folded 1776 broadside concealed inside. Eleven years later, TV producer and philanthropist Norman Lear acquired the broadside at auction for $8.14 million, with the goal of bringing the "people's document" to the people of the United States.

The Tucson exhibit is made possible by a partnership that includes AHS, the Pearson Foundation, Declare Yourself and the National Student/Parent Mock Election, together with many local businesses and volunteers.

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