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Posted: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 3:00 am

Local residents can audition for "The Voice"

Do you have what it takes to compete on "The Voice"?

Tucsonans will have the opportunity to audition for a spot on NBC's newest reality show Tuesday night.

KVOA Channel 4 is hosting the auditions for the talent show's second season from 3 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 23 at Casino del Sol's AVA.

The winner of the local audition will receive a free roundtrip transportation to Los Angeles to audition for the show's casting director.

The shows celebrity coaches - Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton ¬- will not be at the casting call.

For more information, log on to the KVOA Website at

"The Voice" kicks off season two on Feb. 5, after the Super Bowl. Its regular slot is Mondays starting Feb. 6.

Transit update expected for Sept. 7 in OV

The Town of Oro Valley Council transit subcommittee plans to verbally update the town council at its next regular meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 6 p.m.

Throughout August, the town is working to collect transportation data, which includes analyzing the number of trips on Coyote Run, Handi-Car and Sun Shuttle by Oro Valley residents. If any changes are proposed to the transit services currently operated by the Town, a series of open house-style public meetings will be held to explain any changes and solicit input.

Any significant changes would require RTA Board approval and could take as long as six to eight months to fully implement.

The committee is comprised of councilmembers Steve Solomon and Lou Waters, and Town staff. Committee members continue to work with the Regional Transportation Authority to explore sustainable transportation opportunities for Oro Valley community members.

Apps for food bank youth panel due by Aug. 20

The Marana Community Food Bank is forming a Youth Advisory Panel to give young people an opportunity to participate in a positive and significant way by seeking solutions to the problem of hunger in their community. The deadline for applications is Aug. 20.

The Marana Community Food Bank recognizes that young people constitute a significant percentage of food bank clients and want their input in helping address the problem.

Juniors and seniors from Mountain View High School and Marana High School or an alternative learning environment within the Marana area are invited to apply.

Applications for the panel are available at the Marana Community Food Bank or on line at Applications must be submitted by Aug. 20 to Linda Hampton, executive director, Marana Community Food Bank, 11734 W. Grier Road, Marana, AZ 85743 or by fax to 682-4136.

For more information, contact Hampton at 682-3001.

Founded in 1976, the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona provides education, advocacy and food for people throughout Southern Arizona, including Pima, Cochise, Graham, Greenlee and Santa Cruz counties.

Golden retriever rescue group to host meet and greet in OV

Southern Arizona has a new golden retriever rescue organization. The Southern Arizona Golden Retriever Rescue will serve Pima, Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, Santa Cruz, and Yuma counties, along with parts of Pinal County.

Dog lovers can learn more about the group by attending a meet and greet on Sunday, Aug. 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oro Valley PetSmart, 10625 N. Oracle Road.

Although there are other golden retriever rescues, including a statewide organization, the founders of the new group believe there are benefits from having a more localized approach.

"Local organizations are able to offer multiple benefits, including building community, efficiency, and reinvestment in the local economy," said Joyce Sanford, one of the new group's founding members.

SAGRR is run entirely by volunteers, Sanford added, but it uses local suppliers for pet food, dog training, and veterinary care. It also will use local venues for fund raising events, such as golf tournaments.

The group will provide foster care and veterinary attention for abandoned, mistreated or unwanted goldens while it finds suitable permanent homes for the dogs. Dogs will be placed only after home visits with potential new owners.

SAGRR members also are available to speak to civic groups and service clubs about pet rescue.

SAGRR currently has more than 100 members. Membership applications and information about the group, including dogs available for adoption and volunteer opportunities, are available at the SAGRR Web site,

For more information, call 792-GOLD (4653) or write: Southern Arizona Golden Retriever Rescue, P.O. Box 70059, Oro Valley, AZ 85737.

Dinner to help youths at Marana Heritage Farms

An evening of dining at a local restaurant will benefit the Marana Heritage Farm's Youth Farm Project.

A highlight of Hunger Action Month will be Dinner with Janos on Sunday, Sept. 25, at Janos restaurant, 3770 E. Sunrise Drive on the grounds of the Westin La Paloma Resort.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. on the Janos patio with no-host cocktails, a farmers' market and Peruvian music. Dinner starts at 7 p.m.

Dinner with Janos will benefit the Marana Heritage Farm's Youth Farm Project. The program is a farm-based learning opportunity for young people who express an interest in learning where food comes from. The Youth Farm Project takes place at the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona's 10-acre Marana Heritage Farm, which is located off Tangerine Road.

"We are proud and inspired to be breaking bread with the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and their Youth Apprentice Program," said Janos Wilder. "It is particularly appropriate during Hunger Action Month to look to our children and local food sources for a solution to the challenges of providing wholesome, nutritious food to those in our community who would otherwise go hungry. Our dinner on Sept. 25 will be a celebration of our children, the food they've helped grow and raise, and the extraordinary local flavors that come when a community works together to insure all of its members are nourished."

Tickets are $75 per person. They are available at or by calling 622-0525, ext. 469.

For more information, contact Pauline Hechler at 822-3308




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