Looking for breast-cancer survivors and stories

Next to heart disease, breast cancer is the second leading cause of death for women. According to statistics on the Susan G. Komen website, in 2011 there will be 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer, 57,650 new cases of in situ breast cancer and 39,520 breast cancer deaths.

In some way, breast cancer impacts all of us. In October, as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Explorer will be honoring some local survivors of the disease, featuring steps women of all ages should take to either prevent, or seek care for the disease.

In the section, of all the ads sold, The Explorer will be donating 5 percent of the proceeds to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

We are also seeking stories and information. Anyone who knows of a local survivor, someone currently seeking treatment or knowledge of stories and programs of inspiration, please contact reporter Thelma Grimes at tgrimes@explorerenews.com, or by calling 797-4384.

Mark your calendar for health fair

A Rich Experience Massage & Wellness Spa, in partnership with the Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce, will host a free health and wellness Fair on Saturday, Oct. 15 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Sun Center Plaza, 7435 N. Oracle Road, in Oro Valley.

Local businesses focusing on health, wellness and the arts will offer services, new client promotions, products and more. There will be healthy snacks, demonstrations, live entertainment and free services, including chair massage, skin care, naturopathic, health and fitness consultations.

Guests can shop for gifts, such as organic skin and body care products and relaxing spa essentials.

"The purpose of the event is to promote good health, and to create new connections between Tucson locals and health-related businesses in the Northwest community. Please join us for this fun and informative day," said Melissa Rich, owner of A Rich Experience.

Interested vendors may call 544-8086. For more information, visit www.ARichExperience.com.

Deadline extended for art contest entries

Children are invited to create a work of art that represents their perspective on safe practices related to crime and drugs in conjunction with Oro Valley's National Night Out event.

The theme of the safety art contest is "What crime prevention means to me."

The deadline for submissions has been extended to Friday, Sept. 30.

The announcement came after The Explorer went to print, and so the new deadline does not appear in the Sept. 28 edition.

Entries may be picked up and dropped off at these Oro Valley locations: public library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive; police department, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive; and Target, 10555 N. Oracle Road.

Prizes will be awarded for in the following age groups: up to 8 years, ages 9-12 and ages 13-18.

The panel of judges will include Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath, Oro Valley Chief of Police Daniel Sharp, Golder Ranch Fire District Chief Randy Karrer, and Erik Collins from Target Corporation.

Winners will be announced Oct. 4 at Oro Valley's National Night Out event. It will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Steam Pump Village Shopping Center.

For more information, call 229-5080 or visit www.ovpd.org.

With more than 36 million people participating, National Night Out is a special crime and drug prevention event held annually since 1983 in communities across the United States and Canada. Oro Valley's National Night Out, which is being held in partnership with the Town of Oro Valley, the Oro Valley Police Department and Oro Valley Target, will focus on safety and will showcase more than 30 area businesses/organizations that are actively promoting child safety.

Participants will enjoy public safety displays including Pima Regional SWAT, police canines, Golder Ranch Fire vehicles, motorcycle officers, police Explorers, a helicopter from the Arizona Air National Guard and a host of other safety-related booths.

For more information on National Night Out, see: http://www.natw.org/nno/.

OV Democrats to host Arizona List's Cheryl Cage Oct. 10

The Democrats of Oro Valley will present "Moving Women Forward with Arizona List" with Cheryl Cage on Monday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. Cage is the new executive director of Arizona List, which was founded in 2003 to help elect pro-choice Democratic women to every level of office in Arizona.

Women make up more than half the U.S. population, but are dramatically under-represented as elected officials, according to an announcement released by DOV. The public may attend and learn what Arizona List is doing to change the political landscape in Arizona, and to strengthen the voice of progressive women.

The event is scheduled at the Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive, in the large meeting room.

For more information, visit www.demsov.org.

Oro Valley seeks applicants for boards, commissions

The Town of Oro Valley is currently accepting volunteer applications to fill a variety of positions on its boards and commissions. Duties would begin Jan. 1.

Applicants must be residents of the Town of Oro Valley, and must attend the town's Community Academy during their term, if they have not already done so.

Open positions may include:

• Board of Adjustment: two-year term; meets as required, monthly at 3 p.m.

• Historic Preservation Commission: terms vary; meets monthly at 5 p.m.

• Parks and Recreation Advisory Board: two-year term; meets quarterly at 6:30 p.m.

• Planning & Zoning Commission: two-year term; meets monthly at 6 p.m.

• Water Utility Commission: three-year term; meets monthly at 6 p.m.

For applications or more information, stop by Oro Valley Town Hall, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive, or visit http://www.orovalleyaz.gov/Town_Government/Town_Clerk.htm. Click on "Boards & Commissions" in the left-hand menu. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.



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