Next DM bluegrass jam Thursday

Pickers and grinners are gathering this Thursday, March 4, for the next Dove Mountain Bluegrass Jam.

The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. on the patio at Vero Amore restaurant, in the Dove Mountain Retail Center at Tangerine Road and Dove Mountain Boulevard.

"The weather is lookin' good," a release said. And there's pizza for the musicians afterward.

The public is invited; lawn chairs are encouraged. Call 579-2292 or 579-5918 for more information.



It's time for artists to apply for Art in Oro Valley contest

Artists' applications are being sought for the ninth annual Art in Oro Valley Competition, put on by the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance.

This year's theme is "cultural diversity," a release said.

Each artist may enter two works for consideration. On their applications, artists must explain how their two-dimensional pieces relate to the contest's theme.

There is a $20 entry fee per work submitted.

Participating artists must reside or work within the "greater" Oro Valley region, which includes areas north of River Road, east of Interstate 10, south of the Town of Oracle and west of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

Artist applications must be postmarked by March 19 to receive consideration.

The 2010 Art in Oro Valley Competition winners are being announced at a private reception held March 31 at the gallery at Ventana Medical Systems Inc., 1910 E. Innovation Park Drive. There will be first-, second- and third-place winners as well as two honorable mentions and a People's Choice Award-winner. All winners receive ribbons. Cash prizes are $400 (first place), $200 (second) and $100 (third).

An exhibit featuring the winners and works by all participating artists will open to the public free of charge beginning Thursday, April 1, on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon and Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m., and run through June 30.

Artists can download the 2010 Art in Oro Valley Competition application at For additional information, call SAACA programs coordinator Pat Deely at 797-3959, ext. 9.



Plaza goes to dogs Saturday

Casas Adobes hosts 'Paws on the Plaza'


Casas Adobes Plaza is going to the dogs this Saturday, March 6.

The Ina and Oracle plaza is hosting a pet celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, with the proceeds to benefit the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.

Pets and their owners can find "all kinds of special treats, "from the essential to the extravagant." Pet-friendly vendors are meeting owners, and there are animals available for adoption from the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.

Free refreshments, ample water bowls, a savenger hunt, pet pictures, a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree and other prizes are available. Raffle tickets are $10, or six for $50.

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona is using the proceeds to help house, feed and care for the nearly 13,000 pets cared for by the shelter each and every year.

For more information on Paws in the Plaza and to buy advance raffle tickets, visit



Marana Police to hold free auto theft awareness event


Free VIN number  etching, 'Watch Your  Car' enrollments


Arizona law enforcement agencies, including the Marana Police Department, plan to hold free events to increase awareness about auto theft and burglary prevention.

Departments throughout the state plan to offer free Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) etching and enrollment in the state's Watch Your Car decal program.

The Marana event is scheduled for Saturday, March 6, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Safeway shopping center located at Silverbell and Twin Peaks roads.

Arizona's auto theft rate is at its lowest level since the mid-1990s. The Arizona Auto Theft Authority reports that statewide auto theft reduction strategies are helping drive down our state's numbers.

Last year, 37,000 vehicles were stolen in Arizona, which represents a 25 percent decrease from the previous year. Still, Arizona ranks No. 5 in the U.S. for total vehicle thefts. 

For a complete listing of event locations and hours, visit the AATA's Web site,, or call (602) 364-2886.


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