Just for Kids with the TSO returns to OV

The Town of Oro Valley and Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) have partnered to restore a beloved event, after discontinuing for several years due to lost financial support.

Just for Kids returns to Oro Valley, bringing families a fun, music-filled performance. The program explores interactive ways to connect kids to the arts through music.

Presented with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra (TSO), performances will be held at Oro Valley Town Hall Council Chambers, 11000 N. La Canada, in conjunction with the Saturday Farmer's Market.

Just for Kids is a popular series of fun, informal, interactive chamber ensemble concerts lasting 45 to 50 minutes. The performances use humor, story-telling, demonstrations and participation to introduce classical music and orchestral instruments in an entertaining and kid-friendly environment to families including those with very young children.

"We value the role that arts and culture play in our community," said Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath. "Our residents have expressed tremendous interest in additional programs and events. Through our partnership with SAACA and other supporters, the Town of Oro Valley is now able to provide concerts and children's programs free to the public."

Just for Kids will be held Saturday, March 3 and Saturday, April 7, starting at 10 a.m.

Marana High to host Spring production

On March 14, Marana High School will be premiering it's annual Spring production, which runs the following Thursday and Friday nights as well. This year's musical is "Urinetown," a satirical comedy, which follows the revolutionary story behind a fictional town in which it is illegal to own a private toilet. Last year, Marana High School's production of "Hello Dolly!" was a hit and "Urinetown" this year is hoping to provide even more entertainment.

"Urinetown" is a sharply comedic show with a catchy array of songs fit to entertain anyone and, of course, the students featured in the musical are of the best in the school. Many of the students involved in the play are also MHS students who placed in the Regional Choir, Orchestra, and Band from the festivals held at the University of Arizona in January. The talent is extremely high and diverse this year.

Red Cross and Marana team up for blood Drive

The American Red Cross and Town of Marana are hosting a blood drive on March 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Marana Municipal Complex (11555 W. Civic Center Drive).

Donating blood takes 45 to 60 minutes, and you do not need to know your type in order to give.

To sign up, please contact Marana Public Information Officer Rodney Campbell at rcampbell@marana.com or 382-1936.

OV Councilman Barry Gillaspie appointed to national Committee

Oro Valley Councilman Barry Gillaspie has been appointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2012 Information Technology and Communications Policy and Advocacy Committee.

The committee has the lead responsibility for developing NLC federal policy positions on issues involving telecommunications and information systems, cable TV, phone services, spectrum issues, communications tower siting, universal service, broadcasting, and defense of city rights-of-way from degradation caused by installation of communications facilities.

The appointment was announced by NLC President Ted Ellis, Mayor, Bluffton, Ind.

As a member of the committee, Gillaspie will play a key role in shaping NLC's policy positions, while advocating on behalf of America's cities and towns on Capitol Hill, with the Administration, and at home.

Tucson Clean & Beautiful to host Electronic recycling

Don't know what to do with your outdated computer or television set sitting in storage? Want to recycle it properly and safely? Tucson Clean & Beautiful is hosting an electronics collection event to conserve resources and improve our environment, in partnership with American Retroworks, Bookmans, Cartridge World Tucson, Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse, The Fairfax Companies, and Sony.

The event will be held Saturday, March 31, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fairfax Ina Rd. Reclamation Facility, at 5300 W. Ina Road.

This recycling collection event will accept televisions, computers, monitors, printers and other peripheral items, printer cartridges, cell phones and other small household electronics (i.e., fans, mixers, toasters, vacuums), home entertainment equipment, telephones and other electronic components. All working and non-working electronics will be accepted.

Recycling fees apply for selected items, including $10 per television (whether working or non-working); and $5 for computer monitors without a computer tower (no fee to recycle computer monitors with a tower). There is no fee for other computer components and small electronics. Only small quantities from residential sources are accepted. Commercial origin or large quantities are only accepted with prior approval and an appointment.

This program does not accept large appliances, refrigerators nor air conditioners for recycling.

"SONY is providing TV-recycling coupons at this event to pay for the cost of recycling old Sony televisions to further encourage recycling. Electronic waste collected at this event will be properly de-manufactured and used to help develop markets for electronic waste recycling in North America," according to Douglas Smith of Sony.

In appreciation for your participation, the first 100 households who bring electronics for recycling will receive a $5 Gift Card, compliments of Bookmans.

Tucson Clean & Beautiful is a nonprofit organization now in it's third decade as the flagship for community environmental volunteer efforts in the Tucson area. It's programs address recycling and waste reduction, urban forestry, land stewardship, and beautification. Call 791-5000, visit www.tucsoncleanandbeautiful.org or email recycle@tucsonaz.gov for more information.



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