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Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 11:00 pm

SB Rotary golf for kids slated Friday, Nov. 5

For the 13th year, the SaddleBrooke Rotary Club is hosting its "Fore for Kids" children's charity golf tournament.

It is seeking golfers of all abilities.

Proceeds from the Friday, Nov. 5 event benefit youth charities in Pinal and Pima counties.

"Let's not forget our children in these tough economic times," a release said. "They are our future and they need your help now. You can help them while having fun."

The scramble-style tournament is being held at the Mountain View Golf Club in SaddleBrooke. It starts at 8 a.m. Entry fees are $100 per golfer. Entry forms are available at the pro shops in SaddleBrooke and at the Mini-Market on SaddleBrooke Boulevard.

Entry fees include a continental breakfast and lunch. There are more than $2,000 in prizes with hole-in-one cars and a golf cart prize.

Sponsorship levels include golfer entries and signs on the golf course. For additional information, contact Harry Huizinga at 520-241-1043.

The SaddleBrooke Rotary Club meets at 11:45 a.m. Thursdays in the HOA 1 clubhouse.

First platelet drive in OV is Wednesday, Oct. 27

Oro Valley's first mobile platelet drive is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 27, at the Oro Valley Police Department, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive.

The American Red Cross Arizona Blood Services Region is collecting platelets from 6:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. All presenting donors receive a limited edition t-shirt and food provided by Marco's Pizza.

The first 100 new platelet donors to schedule and keep their platelet donation appointments are entered into a drawing to win a "Staycation for Two" at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort. The "staycation" includes a two-night stay, dinner for two, and one round of golf for two.

For appointments or more information, call 520-230-7266 or 230-7267.

To find out if you are eligible to donate platelets, walk in for a 10-minute pre-screen between 6:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Persons will be called with the results in three to five days. Ideal candidates for platelet donation are males with all blood types, except O, and females with AB type blood.

Platelets aid in the clotting process to prevent or stop bleeding, a release said. Platelet donations go to critically ill children and adults who are being treated for leukemia, other cancers, surgery, burns, bone marrow and organ transplants.

Buffelgrass the target of new aid for OV

Oro Valley has received $18,000 in financial assistance and further technical help to control buffelgrass and other invasive plants in public riparian and wash areas.

The money and help come from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, through the Arizona partners for Fish and Wildlife Program.

The partners program supports projects that restore and enhance habitat. The town is working to remove invasive plants that alter the habitat and compete with native species, a release said.

Oro Valley has used the volunteer work of the Oro Valley Buffel Busters. The award "adds another layer to the multi-method approach of control and management of buffelgrass," the release said.

"This award has encouraged us to be more strategic in our approach to control buffelgrass and enables us to work in areas for which we do not otherwise have the resources helping the town to get ahead of the growth curve of this desert invader," said Dave Parker, Oro Valley's storm water engineer.

Sunday 'raiser aids MV high

T-shirts, hats and ice cream are on sale Sunday, Oct. 10, when the Mountain View High School booster club raises funds at the junction of Thornydale / River and Orange Grove.

Proceeds support Mountain Lion football and spirit squads.

The event goes from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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