Sonoran science academy student to challenge top math minds

Sonoran Science Academy 10th-grade student Joshua Sloane will take on some of America's smartest juniors at the annual United States of America Junior Mathematical Olympiad.

Joshua qualified for one of the 222 slots based on his American Math Competition score and the result of his American Invitational Mathematics Examination.

The USAJMO competition will be held April 27-28. It will be Joshua's last hurdle on his way to being selected for the national team.

"While people know Sonoran Science Academy because of its many math and science successes, this kind of student success is particularly noteworthy," said Nizamettin Yildiz, Joshua's math coach and teacher. "Competition from schools in certain states is incredibly fierce, and it is great to see an Arizona student representing his state so well."

Cycling enthusiast sought to serve on county committee

The Town of Marana is seeking a resident to fill a vacant position on the Tucson-Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee. The new member will represent the Town of Marana and serve as a voting member on the committee.

TPCBAC serves in an advisory capacity to local governments on issues related to bicycle recreation, transportation and safety. The committee is involved in promoting the development of a safe and viable bicycling environment across our diverse community.

It meets in Tucson on the second Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m.

Anyone interested in promoting and advocating for better bicycle facilities, cleaner air and a healthier community is invited to join the Tucson-Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee. Candidates need not be experienced bicyclists, just committed to improving conditions for cycling in their community. The successful candidate will be appointed by the Marana Town Council.

Marana residents interested in serving on the committee should contact Brian D. Varney at 382-2612 or

For more information, visit

Prep under way for OV La Cañada overlay project

Pre-construction, blue stake and survey activities have begun on La Cañada Drive between Lambert Lane and Naranja Drive in Oro Valley. The project is funded by the Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act; the Arizona Department of Transportation will be performing the construction administration.

Major construction activities will begin on May 2 and are scheduled to be completed May 13. Work will include milling, applying asphalt rubber concrete, and permanent striping.

This project includes traffic control in the work zone. Lane shifts may occur on a daily basis. Motorists should watch for construction personnel and equipment and, if possible, use alternate routes.

For additional information, call Jose Rodriguez, DIS Engineering Division Manager, at 229-4872 or

Deadline nears to submit project for Keg funding

In honor of its 40th anniversary, The Keg Steakhouse & Bar is donating $1 million to the communities in which it does business. The Keg's Thanks A Million campaign will donate forty $25,000 grants to fund community-based projects or initiatives in Keg communities in select states and in Canada.

The deadline is April 30 to submit ideas for community enhancement projects. Then, the public can vote between May 16 and June 14 on the entries they believe should receive grants.

Winners will be announced June 29.

The opportunity is open not only to charities but also to other organizations and individuals who need funding for a community project or initiative. Projects can be submitted for any Keg community. They can be charitable, community-focused or educational in nature.

For rules and a submission form, visit

Lions collecting used eyeglasses, hearing aids for White Cane campaign

The Catalina-Oro Valley Lions Club will solicit donations during its White Cane campaign on April 22-23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Walmart in the Oro Valley Marketplace, 2150 E. Tangerine Road.

The campaign helps people with eye problems in Oro Valley and underdeveloped countries.

Lions Club members will accept cash donations as well as used glasses, hearing aids and eyeglass cases.

For more information, call Betty Cook at 825-7566.

Marana BaZaar fundraiser is this Saturday

The 4th Saturday Marana BaZaar will return Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Continental Reserve Park, 8568 N. Continental Reserve Loop.

The family-friendly event features vendors that sell "just about anything and everything," according to organizers.

Vendor space is free.

Marana BaZaar collects donations of new and recycled arts and crafts for Marana-area schools.

The event is hosted by A.C.M.E. studio, a nonprofit organization that provides art education for people of all ages.

Program offers low-cost shade trees to TEP customers

As Earth Day (April 22) approaches, Tucson Clean & Beautiful is offering low-cost desert-adapted trees for Tucson area residents to plant at their home and in community public spaces through the Trees for Tucson program. Trees for Tucson continues to accept applications throughout 2011 for home shade trees as well as community project requests on a first-come, first-served basis.

To qualify for the Home Shade Tree Program, residents must be customers of Tucson Electric Power Co, and agree to plant the trees within 15 feet of their home on the west, south or east side of the home. Residences built in 1979 or earlier qualify for a maximum of four trees, and newer homes built in the 1980s or later qualify for up to two trees.

Area residents who have received trees from this program in the past, may now reapply if they have space for additional trees. Applications are accepted one time per calendar year, per residence.

A printable application form is available at or call 791-3109 to receive a copy by mail or fax. The application lists a variety of native and desert adapted trees, from which applicants select their preferred types and quantity. Trees are delivered for $8 each. Planting and care instructions are provided with the trees.

The Community Tree Program is also available for schools, nonprofit organizations, and associations to shade buildings, common spaces, neighborhood streets, parks, washes, and other public areas. To qualify, call 791-3109 to coordinate your project.


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