Arizona Early Music Society season starting

The 31st season of  the Arizona Early Music Society offers five concerts featuring music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods.  Award-winning professional performers from across the country play a broad range of music on period instruments.

On Sunday, Sept. 23, at 3 p.m. the baroque duo sensation Corde à vide with harpsichordist Lorna Peters and violinist Jubal Fulks launches the season with A Spirit of Improvisation, a program of composers ranging from Heinrich Biber to Georg Muffat to J.S. Bach.

Agave Baroque, a dynamic young Bay Area ensemble that specializes in string chamber music of the 17th century, presents Friends of Ferdinand: Johann Schmelzer and Antonio Bertali at the Court of the Holy Roman Emperor. The concert is on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 3 p.m.

Virtuosi Italiani; The Florid Style of Monteverdi and Handel takes the audience on an exquisite exploration of the soprano voice and the Baroque vocal repertory. Presented by the noted group Les Sirènes, the concert is on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 3 p.m.

On Sunday, Feb. 3, the Boston-based The Broken Consort tours the music of 14th-century Italy in Sense and Sensuality: The Music of the Italian Trecento.  Vocalists, stringed instruments, flute, and additional period instruments feature in the music of Francesco Landini, Lorenzo da Firenze, and Jacopo da Bologna.

The impressive and artful Wayward Sisters provide an imaginative program of music penned by difficult men.  The Naughty List: Music by Braggarts, Hotheads, Curmudgeons, and Snobs features strings and recorders.  The concert is on Sunday, March 3, at 3 p.m.

All but the Oct. 21 concert take place at St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church.  The Oct. 21 concert is at Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. 

Tickets may be purchased for the five-concert series or single concerts.  Various discounts are available.  For information call 690-1361.

Oro Valley welcomes ALOHA

A new chapter of the Adult Loss of Hearing Association (ALOHA) has been initiated in Oro Valley to target residents with hearing loss in Northwest Tucson, to include Oro Valley, Marana, Catalina, and SaddleBrooke.

“ALOHA’s mission is to provide hearing loss education, advocacy, support, and help with rehabilitation,” said 10-year Oro Valley resident and ALOHA Board President George Ghorpade.

ALOHA serves mainly adults, aged 38-85, who have post lingual hearing loss, meaning they are not culturally deaf, and who use ASL sign language to communicate.

“This segment constitutes over 90 percent of all the people with hearing loss,” said Ghorpade.

ALOHA, which is headquartered in mid-town Tucson, has chapters in Green Valley, and Sierra Vista, and due to the growing demand for hearing assistance, now offers its services in Oro Valley.

“Traffic has become a big problem here and gas is expensive,” said Ghorpade. “In addition, the population (in Oro Valley) is more mature and finds it difficult to commute to our meetings in our midtown location. We have had several requests from residents in Sun City, Oro Valley, and SaddleBrooke to have a chapter location that is more convenient to them. That is what we are trying to do.”

The first meeting was held on Sept. 6 at the Santa Catalina Roman Catholic Church, and future northwest-side meetings will be listed on

It is estimated that 10 percent of America’s population is affected by hearing loss, accounting for more than 35 million people nationwide, which includes about 300,000 Arizonans and 70,000 residents in Pima County.

More information regarding the new ALOHA chapter can be found on the listed website.

Pima County to participate in National Walk to School Day

Walk to School Day is being celebrated on Wednesday, October 10, in Pima County. The event is held each year to encourage active ways for children to get to school and to improve air quality around schools and in neighborhoods. A record number of local schools participated last year in Pima County’s Walk to School Day, and it is hoped even more sign up this year. Many of the schools received special training from the Pima County Department of Transportation or Safe Kids Tucson, a program that works to enhance child safety. The International Walk to School Day is October 3, however because that date conflicts with TUSD’s fall vacation this year, the event is scheduled in Pima County for the following week.

To register your school, contact Donna Lewandowski at 243-BIKE or by Oct. 1. Registered schools will receive promotional posters and a prize for each participant. The first 50 schools to register will also receive a Razor scooter to raffle off as part of the event to help promote active “commuting” by students and families.

Walking and bicycling improve health through physical activity, help reduce obesity, reduce traffic congestion and associated vehicle emissions, and provide family members with an opportunity to spend quality time with each other and to connect with neighbors.

The Pima County Department of Transportation, Safe Kids Tucson, and the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality’s Clean Air Program are working together to encourage children, parents and guardians to take part in “Walk to School Day.”

OV to host energy-saving workshops

The Town of Oro Valley will host two community workshops on energy-saving improvements for the home, the basics of solar power and the Town’s community Energy Plan.

Tuesday, Sept. at 6:30 p.m. Oro Valley Public Library, Program Room, located at 1305 W. Naranja Drive

 Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m., at the Sun City Vistoso Center, located at 1565 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd.

 Energy planning entails increasing awareness of opportunities and making sound transportation, land use and infrastructure decisions. Community input is vital to creating a community Energy Plan for the future.

 Attendees will receive a free CFL light bulb, courtesy of Tucson Electric Power.

 For more information, please visit the Conservation and Sustainability web page at, or contact Oro Valley Conservation Administrator Bayer Vella at 229-4810 or

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