Sonoran team wins regional Legos tourney

A team from Sonoran Science Academy has earned first place in the Arizona Southern Region Showcase Tournament, also known as the regional Lego League competition.

Students competed Dec. 5 at Wakefield Middle School.

Members of the Sonoran Science team, named the Leading Engineers of Robotics (LEnGrO), are Adam Jesionka, Alex Bharucha, Bleu Hazel, Dannin Henson, Evan Lincoln and William Rockwell.


Northwest Rotarians giving to after-school food, education

A Northwest Rotary Club has pledged $4,000 to support an after-school nutrition and educational support program at the Pascua Community Center.

At its regular meeting Friday, Tucson Foothills Club 55 presented its gift to Rebecca Tapia of the community center. Plans are to use it to "establish and sustain" the program for Pascua neighborhood students.

President Jan Aalberts Waukon made the presentation, with Ernie Montague, incoming governor of Rotary District 550, looking on.

Tucson Foothills Rotary Club meets the first four Fridays of each month at noon at the Metropolitan Grill.



Local church resumes free classical music, with donations for charities

Dove of Peace Lutheran Church's free series of classical music concerts resumes in the new year with Baroque wedding favorites on Sunday, Jan. 3, at 2 p.m.

The concert, featuring professional instrumentalists and vocalists from the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Tucson Chamber Artists, benefits Interfaith Community Services. At intermission, Dove's famous church ladies will serve "wedding cake" and coffee, also free.

The program includes "Trumpet Voluntary," Jeremiah Clarke (sometimes attributed to Henry Purcell); "Air on the G String," J.S. Bach; "Canon in D," Johann Pachelbel; "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba," G.F. Handel; and "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," J.S. Bach.

Also on the program are three Italian love duets for two sopranos by G.F. Handel, which were later re-worked as choruses in Part One of The Messiah. The duets, sung by April Wilde and Robyn Rocklein, were transformed into popular choruses.

The concert and annual series is paid for by the congregation as a gift to the community, and concertgoers are invited to make a freewill contribution to a local, non-sectarian charity at each event.

On Jan. 3, all contributions go to Interfaith Community Services, which provides more than 45,000 services a year to more than 24,000 disadvantaged people, disabled individuals and seniors.

Dove of Peace is located at 665 W. Roller Coaster Road, just west of Oracle Road, between River and Rudasill. For more information, contact the church office at 887-5127, or go to



OV employees given extra days off, town hall closed

Town of Oro Valley employees will get a pair of extra days off.

Interim Town Manager Jerene Watson notified employees last week that she intends to give them the additional paid days off over Christmas and New Year's.

"In appreciation for all the extra efforts you give in serving our community and the public, I would like to grant extra vacation days for all City employees on December 24th and December 31st," Watson wrote.

The days were given in addition to days off for Christmas and New Year's days.

She told The Explorer the extra days would not cost the town any additional money.

Town hall and the Oro Valley Public Library will be closed Dec. 24 and 25, and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Normal weekend hours apply.

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