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Posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 4:00 am

Sunday tickets good for Thursday’s game at Kino

Tickets purchased for Sunday’s game between the Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres at Tucson’s Kino Sports Complex can be used for the rescheduled date on Thursday, March 22. Seat locations will remain the same.

The game at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium will begin at 1:05 p.m. Gates will open at 11:30 a.m.

Refunds are available. Tickets may also be exchanged for Tucson Padres regular season vouchers. For every $20 spent on Rockies vs. Padres tickets, fans can receive $30 worth of Tucson Padres box seat vouchers, good for any game except July 3.

Refunds or exchanges must be obtained before Thursday by emailing, calling the stadium box office at (520) 434-1367 or visiting the box office in person between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays at 2500 W. Ajo Way.

Tickets are still available for the Rockies vs. Padres game and for the Chicago White Sox vs. Los Angeles Dodgers game at Kino Stadium on Friday, March 23, with proceeds of that game benefiting the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation. The game will start at 1:05 p.m. Gates will open at 11:30 a.m.

Kino Sports Complex is the largest professional sports and entertainment venue of its kind in Pima County. It includes the 11,000-seat Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, 12 baseball fields (five with lights) and lighted softball and soccer fields. With its panoramic view of the Santa Catalina Mountains, it is a natural fit for youth, high school and collegiate sports. Plus, it makes a great setting for social gatherings, concerts, and community events. To learn more, or to schedule an event, go to

SAACA hosts Cocktails and Classics

Fashion inspired by style icons Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Audrey Hepburn paired with music once played by Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington can be adored once again.

On Saturday, March 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., experience the first-ever Cocktails and Classics, a charity benefit inspired by the swing era of music and retro fashion, food and cocktails.

The event is being presented by the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) and Tucson Mall.

Tickets for the show are $35 per person, and includes hors d’oeuvres and menu samplings from participating restaurants, desserts, cocktails, a runway show, silent auction browsing, an official event goodie bag and live music.

Eight musicians and vocalists from Retro Swing 7 will perform throughout the evening, recreating classic swing, jazz standards and more.

With four horns, four rhythm and vocals Retro Swing 7 brings an unavoidable energy to all their performances. Their swing arrangements sound like the classic recordings of the 1930’s and 40’s, while their jazz standards give old music a fresh sound through new interpretations. In every case, they play the best of its kind.

They call themselves “retro” swing in a goal to preserve the great music of the swing era while, at least occasionally, giving it a more contemporary twist.

Adding to the live entertainment, the Tucson Lindy-hop group will teach swing dance lessons from 8 to 9 p.m. Tucson Swing! is a local community of swing dancers dedicated to their favorite hobby – the vernacular jazz dance of Lindy-hop.

The outdoor, elegant setting of Cocktails and Classics will showcase retro fashions as well, featuring a red carpet runway with styles from the mall’s retailers and salons. Macy’s will fashion the runway show as Toni & Guy styles hair and Bare Essentials designs the makeup.

As models strut down the runway, attendees can also enjoy scenes from the past as classic movies, like Breakfast at Tiffany’s, play against a large backdrop throughout the event.

The benefit will take place in the newly unveiled Tucson Mall plaza, between The Cheesecake Factory and BRIO Tucson Grill at 4500 N. Oracle Road.

This dynamic streetscape-plaza, recently undergoing a major expansion, has added several new restaurants and retailers, making Tucson Mall the largest shopping and dining destination in Southern Arizona.

The variety of cuisine from the mall’s eateries will provide appetizers, desserts and drink samplings for guests prior to the runway show. Menu tastings will be served by The Cheesecake Factory, BRIO Tucson Grill, Sir Veza’s Taco Garage, Mimi’s Café and California Pizza Kitchen.

Attendees can sample eclectic flavors, including an array of salads, farfale with chicken and roasted garlic, pasta davinci, pizza and BBQ pulled pork sliders. Martinis and margaritas will complement the dessert ensemble.

Event to raise money for the forgotten children

In an effort to raise funds for the Forgotten Children, an organization that supports starving children in Africa, a special event will be held on Friday, April 13 at Armory Park.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the downtown ballroom.

The event will be an African/Caribbean night with music from recording artist Richard Noel from Sticks and Fingers, dancing with Uzo Method and her group, and many more.

The goal is to raise $8,500, which is the amount needed to build a shelter.

Anything more than $8,500 will go toward opening a dental office, and would help pay the cost to ship donated dental equipment to Africa.

Organizers have already started receiving dental equipment, which has been donated by local professionals.

To prepare for the April 13 event, organizers are still in need of merchandise that will be part of the silent auction, and raffles.

Organizers are also looking for local restaurants to help with food.

So far, Saffron Indian Bistro has offered services, but more help is still needed.

For more information, contact El Nidoye at, or call 208-5395.

Jazz Society presents event

The Tucson Jazz Society is pleased to present a benefit gala, Time After Time…an intimate night of music, starring Rick Braun with special guest songwriter, producer and keyboardist Philippe Saisse on Friday, April 13, at 7 p.m. at The Stillwell House and Garden in downtown Tucson.

This is the only fundraising event of 2012 for the Jazz Society.

“Many people may not be aware that grants and sponsorships are very, very hard to come by during these difficult economic times,” said Rick Gregson, president of the Tucson Jazz Society. “The arts, in particular, have been hit hard and we must raise operating funds to be able to support our 15 to 22 two concerts we do every year. The benefit gala will ensure everyone will have a great time while we do that.”

The benefit gala is limited to 250 seats, and the Society hopes to be sold out by mid-March.

The performance is a different kind of Rick Braun concert where he will perform some of the Great American Songs, showcasing both his singing and horn playing talent along with a band that includes a string quartet.

Braun has been playing trumpet since childhood, which is not news for his legions of fans, but less known is the fact that he’s been a singer, and a good one, backing Rod Stewart and Sade among others, with vocals as well as his stellar trumpet, for most of his life.

The event includes dinner, a silent auction, a cash bar, and dancing. Silent auction items range from a weekend in the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans, which includes VIP tickets to Preservation Hall, a wine tasting for 20 people, glider rides, Jazz Society 2012 season tickets, and tickets to the Desert Ridge Fall Jazz Festival in Phoenix.

Tickets for the gala are $100 per person. The Jazz Society is a 501(c)3, therefor $75 of the ticket price is tax deductible. For details and online reservations visit

Oro valley receives strong AA-rating from S&P

Standard & Poor’s rating agency has reaffirmed the Town of Oro Valley’s strong “AA-“rating on the Series 2012 Excise Tax Revenue Obligations to fund the Town’s aquatic facility enhancements.

 “We are pleased to receive this strong investment grade rating that reflects the sound fiscal condition of the Town,” said Finance Director Stacey Lemos. “This will contribute to our ability to issue these obligations at historically-low interest rates, resulting in lower borrowing costs for the aquatic facility enhancements project.”

 Town finance staff is making preparations to sell these obligations at market.

OV to host annual HOA forum

The Town of Oro Valley, in partnership with the Arizona Association of Community Managers, will host an HOA forum on Friday, March 30, 1 – 5 p.m. in Council Chambers, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive. The forum is designed for homeowner association board members and residents who want to learn of the latest topics in community association management.

The event is free, but seating is limited. RSVP to Duane Krause at

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