Sun City blood drive coming

Sun City will be hosting a blood drive on Aug. 16 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Social Hall Auditorium, located at 1495 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd.

Appointments can be made by calling the Red Cross at 230-7295, or visiting

The Red Cross blood supply has reached emergency levels with 50,000 fewer donations than expected in June.

All blood types are needed especially O positive and negative, B negative and A negative.

Individuals who are 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and are generally in good health may be eligible to donate blood.

More than 38,000 blood donations are needed very day.

The deadline for voter registration approaches

For information about polling place ID requirements, please contact the Pima County Division of Elections at 724-6830, or visit their website at

Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez announced that the cut-off to register to vote in the Aug. 28 Primary Election is rapidly approaching. The cut-off is midnight, Monday, July 30.

A new voter registration form must be completed by anyone who has moved (even to a new apartment number in the same complex), changed their name since their last registration, is a new Pima County resident, or would like to change their party affiliation.

Forms may be obtained at the Pima County Recorder’s office, any Arizona Department of Motor Vehicle branch, all post offices and libraries, political party headquarters, and city/town halls. Voters may also log onto the Recorder’s office website at and download a form to complete and mail in, or click on the link called “EZVOTER” for the online Motor Vehicle Division voter registration system. Or, voters may also log onto to access the site directly. For more information, voters may call the Pima County Recorder’s office at 724-4330. Out-of-town residents may call 1-800-775-7462 and ask for extension 4330.

OV Parks & Rec announces free outdoor movie series

Oro Valley Parks and Recreation is proud to present the summer outdoor movie series at James D. Kriegh Park, 23 W. Calle Concordia. This free, family-friendly series is the perfect opportunity to relax and enjoy a safe and entertaining night under the stars.

 Movies begin at 7 p.m. Please bring blankets or lawn chairs to sit on. Snacks and beverages will be available for sale.

Film schedule:

Sat., August 25 – Kung Fu Panda 2

Sat., September 15 – TBD

For more information, visit us online at or call 229-5050.

Tax workshop

Learn your rights and responsibilities for Transaction Privilege (Sales) Taxation by attending a Tax and License Workshop sponsored by the City of Tucson Finance Department.  

Questions will be answered and written materials will be available.  Samples of sales tax records, worksheets, and monthly returns will be explained.  Example returns can be completed.  It is recommended that you bring a calculator and a pencil.

The workshops are free and open to the public. The workshop for contracting will be held Tuesday, July 31, from 10:30 a.m. to noon

 Send an email to the, or call 791-4681 for information about either of the City of Tucson workshops.

Oro Valley Police holding citizen police academy

The Oro Valley Citizen Police Academy is a 36-hour block of instruction designed to give the public knowledge of the OVPD. It consists of 12 classes, taught by sworn police personnel and civilian staff, who work in the different divisions.

The instruction is comprehensive and each week a different area of the department is covered, including many activities.

The academy allows students to experience a ride-along, see a SWAT demo, watch the K-9 in action, hear about criminal investigations, meet Oro Valley officers and understand their work.

The goal is to provide the citizens enough information to dispel suspicions and misconceptions and to increase rapport through an educational process. The citizens, in turn, enable the officers and civilian staff to learn of their feelings and concerns.

The hope is that the graduates of each Citizen Police Academy will take their new knowledge out into the community, educate others when the opportunity arises and make good decisions, which affect the Police Department and the Town with heightened awareness and better information. Together we can build a safer, stronger community.

A new round of classes begin on Tuesday, Sept. 4, and will last through Nov. 20. Classes are between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Oro Valley Police Tangerine Substation, located at 1920 E. Tangerine Road.

There is limited seating available. Sign up today by calling Jodi Stevens at 229-2900.

Participants must be 18 years of age.

SAACA concert series ongoing

The summer concert series, hosted by the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance continues with Bernstein’s “Quiz-Concert” which asks “How Musical Are You?” provides many orchestral and pianistic opportunities to find out.

The showing, on Saturday, Aug. 4 at 10 a.m., marks the last of the Young People’s Concert four-part series at Town of Oro Valley’s Council Chambers, 11000 N. La Cañada Dr.

The free summer showings, presented by SAACA, have been made possible by the generous program underwriting support from the Oro Valley Community Foundation.

Bernstein’s sense of humor shines through trick questions and in the probing inquiries, only his love and understanding of music could unveil. This final screening involves the audience to whatever degree they would like.  

 True-or-false questions, fun with musical terms, identifying musical instruments and other quiz categories, some of which offer prizes, all make for a great visit with the New York Philharmonic and their conductor.

 The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance and Oro Valley Community Foundation hope to recreate this experience for all who attend during the summer presentation of the series. A panel of high school and middle school students chose the Oro Valley programs from the 25 currently available.

 Event sponsors also include Arts for All, Toscana Art Studio and Gallery, Arts Express and Tower Theatres, all offering arts and film programs for youth this summer and beyond.



Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts with the New York Philharmonic

When: First Saturday of each month, May through August, at 10 a.m.

Where: Town of Oro Valley’s Council Chambers, 11000 N. La Canada Dr.

Cost: Free


Phone: (520) 797-3959


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About the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance

The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) is a not-for-profit organization that exists to ensure that, through engagement in arts and culture, our communities produce strong, inspired citizens. SAACA enlists artists, businesses, governments, and individuals to expand artistic and cultural opportunities in their respective communities. To enhance access to the arts and to promote cultural awareness in the communities it serves, SAACA presents large-scale festivals, events and other programs. The Alliance also promotes educational opportunities in the arts and culture for both the young and the old.


Organization History  The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) grew out of the Greater Oro Valley Arts Council (GOVAC), an organization established in 1997 to provide artistic and cultural opportunities for residents of northwest Tucson. GOVAC eventually became one of the largest arts organizations in the region. In 2009, owing to its success, the group expanded its mission to include creation of partnerships with business, governments, and communities throughout Southern Arizona that would encourage innovative, creative cultural expression in the arts for years to come.


For more information about programs and events produced by the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, go to

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