Omni Tucson National Golf Resort and Spa is sponsoring a Charity Golf Tournament at 1 p.m. Oct. 10. Funds raised from the tournament will benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Fund.
Donations can be as generous as desired, however a $100 minimum registration fee is required, with 80 percent of the donation being tax deductible. The tournament will be followed by a dinner and reception, to which a $40 minimum donation is required. The event will be held at Omni Tucson National, 2727 W. Club Drive. For more information or to register for the event, call Roberta Quijada at 297-2271.
DINE FOR AMERICA
The Arizona Restaurant Association will be holding a "DIne for America" event Oct. 11. Participating restaurants will donate a portion of their sales to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, The United Way September 11th Fund or to the Chefs Care - 911 Foundation. Call individual restaurants to find out the percentage of sales that will be donated or visit www.azrestaurant.org
Arizona Inn, 325-1541
Barrio Grill, 629-0191
Cafe Terra Cotta, 577-8100
Chili's, 887-7971 or 747-3330
El Burrito Mexican Restaurant, 744-2225
El Charro Cafe, 622-1922 or 745-1922
The Grill at Hacienda del Sol, 622-1922
Janos/J Bar, 615-3334
Jonathan's Tucson Cork, 296-1631
Lotus Garden Restaurant, 298-3351
Molina's Midway Restaurant, 325-9957
Old Chicago, 327-6200
On the Border, 408-9166 or 745-9688
Outback Steakhouse, 323-8892 or 531-1231
Pizza Hut, 886-5271
Romano's Macaroni Grill, 790-0177
Westward Look, 297-1151
THANK YOU COOKIE BRIGADE
Residents of SaddleBrooke have organized a "Thank You Cookie Brigade" to honor local firefighters. The group baked and delivered pastries to all three shifts at Golder Ranch Fire Station, thanking each local firefighter. The group encourages others to start up a local cookie brigade for their firefighting organizations.
"We all greatly appreciate how prompt and willing their (firefighters) help is to us whether it be a matter of health concern or a rattlesnake in the backyard. Thank you in advance," reads a letter circulating to encourage individuals to get involved.
FLY A FLAG
American flags that have been flown over the capitol can be obtained from your congressman. Delivery of flags usually takes at least six weeks. To obtain a flag, visit www.house.gov/kolbe/ or www.house.gov/pastor/ to fill out a form.
COPING WITH TERRORISM
The Common Sense Forum will be holding an open forum to discuss Osama bin Laden and how to cope with terrorism from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 6. The free event will be held at the Tucson Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave.
PEACEBUILDING FOR KIDS
The Amphitheater School District Peacebuilders clubs will be joining forces to discuss the tragedies of September 11 and hold a "Unity Circle." The groups will meet from 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 17 and 9 to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 19 at Harelson Elementary School.
HELPING TRAUMATIC STRESS
Mindbody Therapies is sponsoring free seminars on how to use "Emotional Freedom Techniques" to reduce the traumatic stress experienced since Sept. 11. The first event will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 9 at Rural/Metro Fire Department, 490 W. Magee Road. The second is planned for 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 16 at Northwest Fire Department, 1520 W. Orange Grove Road. Registration is required. For more information or to register for a session, call 575-1497 or visit www.mindbodytherapy.com
STUDENTS STILL SUBMITTING
Two fifth graders at Richardson Elementary School spearheaded a donation drive that has raised over $1500 for the 9-11 Relief Fund.
The two girls and their parents collected the money via donation jars around the school and by urging other classrooms to compete for the largest amount collected. The fund was presented to Northwest Fire/Rescue workers Sept. 28.
Ironwood Elementary School worked to get donations going in Mrs. Fallows' class. Students created posters challenging their peers to donate and started a collection jar in their classroom. Within two days, they had collected over $40. Why? "To help the people!" said student Cristofer Thorson.
HEARING AND HELPING
Oro Valley Audiology and Tanque Verde Audiology are working together to help the relief fund of the Red Cross. For any digital hearing aid sold, the companies are making a $25 donation to the fund. The offer is continuing until Dec. 31.
The financial-services firm Edward Jones announced a $1 million donation to aid the victims of the tragedy, said Rudy Graf. The firm has designated $500,000 to go to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and $500,000 to the United Way's September 11th Fund.
Additionally, the firm is matching every dollar donated by Edward Jones associates to these funds through Dec. 31.
EDUCATORS DO THEIR PART
Apollo Group and its constituent companies - University of Phoenix, Institute for Professional Development, Western International University and the College of Financial Planning - have contributed $1 million to New York City's Twin Tower Fund.
SANDWICHES AND COOKIES
Subway franchises throughout the Northwest and Tucson have worked to collect money for the Red Cross. In addition, they contributed cookies to the blood drive to help keep donaters' blood sugar levels up.
NOT JUST HOME IMPROVEMENT
The Home Depot supported the recovery and relief efforts by donating $1 million to the United Way.
In addition, the company worked with numerous local organizations, including the Amphitheater Educational Association, to raise money in their stores to donate to the September 11th Fund.
The company is also planning blood drives at various stores throughout town. To find out about donating money or blood through Home Depot, call your local store.
THE STORY OF A CALF NAMED LIBERTY
Contributed by school bus driver Vera Wallace
The day after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Towers in New York City, life continued and we were all trying to figure out how to continue with it. I drive a school bus in Southern Arizona, where my route ranges from a large housing development to scattered rural homes.
That morning, life had a special lesson for the junior high school students I take to school, offering some peace of mind for all of us.
The students were unusually quiet that morning, and we decided we did not want to listen to the radio - it seemed inappropriate. This was a time to reflect on the events of the day before and to honor all the people who had lost their lives.
We left the housing development of Continental Ranch to take our daily trip over a small pass into Avra Valley. The first stop in the valley is at the bottom of a hill that opens to a field of several hundred acres where I pick up two boys.
When they boarded the bus, they told me that they had been watching a cow across the street and thought she was about to give birth. I looked over there and, sure enough, a red cow with a white face was in the throes of giving birth. I pulled over to the side of the road and told the children if they were quiet we just might be able to witness a miracle.
Many of these kids had never seen anything close to this and they where absorbed by it. The cow was standing with the calf half way out and still inside the birth sack.
"Should we help?' cried the boys.
"She has horns!"
"Are you sure it's a calf?"
I told them that nature would take care of her and she knew what to do.
Time was running short, after all I did have to pick up three more stops and get these children to school. I prayed that they would be able to take this image with them to school instead of the images of yesterday's horrible events.
Suddenly the calf released and fell to the ground. Gasps of delight and awe came from the respectful group of young people. We could not stay any longer - I was not sure if I should call on my bus radio to the dispatchers and tell them we would be late this morning because we were watching a calf being born.
The rest of the ride to school was full of hope and wonder at what we had all been lucky enough to witness.
On the way home that afternoon, the talk was not of the war but "Had I seen the calf? Was it all right? What color was it?"
As we came back to the place where she had been born that morning, the kids were up and out of their seats looking for her. There she was, a beautiful red calf with a pure white face and one white stocking on her left front foot, all cleaned up and standing by her mother. The kids were ecstatic.
I suggested that they give her a name; after all, we had been there when she was born. After much debate with a variety of "junior high" suggestions, one girl sitting quietly said, "Well since she was born the day after the attack maybe we should call her Liberty." All the passengers agreed with enthusiasm, "Oh, yes let's call her Liberty!"
Although this calf does not belong to us, she is greeted every morning as a sign of hope and a reminder that life will go on and Liberty is alive and well in Avra Valley.