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Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 6:00 am

Oro Valley library to host Volunteer Day

The Oro Valley Public Library will host Volunteer Day, its first community day of the year, on March 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is intended to help connect volunteer organizations with community members.

More than 20 organizations will be on hand to answer questions and explain what they offer the community.

The exhibitors include: American Legion Auxiliary, American Red Cross, Angel Food Ministries, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Assistance League of Tucson, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson, Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson, Catalina State Park, Coronado K-8 School, Coyote Run, Friends of the Oro Valley Public Library, Northwest Community Church, Oro Valley Hospital, Oro Valley Police Department, Pima Animal Care Center, SCORE Southern Arizona. Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance, The American Legion, The Dream Factory of Arizona, Inc., Tohono Chul Park, Town of Oro Valley Water Utility, Tu Nidito and Wilson K-8 School.

Volunteering offers many advantages, from meeting new people to being active, and from helping a great cause to even getting a job. It can be a very rewarding and gratifying experience and is always appreciated by those who provide and receive the support services.

The library is located at 1305 W. Naranja Drive. For additional information, call 229-5300 or visit

March 3 open house to aid small businesses

The Town of Marana Business and Economic Development Citizen Advisory Commission will hold its first small business open house March 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Wheeler Taft Abbett, Sr. Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive.

Anyone who owns or wants to open a small business may attend the free event. Booth participants will include representatives from Marana, the Marana Chamber of Commerce and various small business resources, including those who can assist with financing, utilities, strategy and finding new customers.

The commission advises the town council on economic development planning efforts, business assistance programs provided to help businesses affected by public improvement projects and on legislation proposed at the local, state and national levels.

For more information, visit

Saddlebrooke, Oracle areas to benefit from road projects

More than 112,295 square yards of road surfaces in Oracle and Saddlebrooke are getting a fresh coat of slurry seal this month. Conducted by the Pinal County Public Works Department, the project will require almost 1,300 tons of aggregate and more than 180 tons of emulsion to give residents of Oracle and Saddlebrooke smooth roads in their neighborhood.

The Saddlebrooke portion of the project will involve applying slurry seal to Lago del Oro Parkway, one of the main routes into Saddlebrooke. The segment planned for pavement preservation is from Edwin Road to the bend where Lago Del Oro becomes Acacia Hills Lane.

In Oracle, the area to be slurry sealed is south of American Avenue, along Linda Vista and the area south and east of Linda Vista.

This pavement preservation project was scheduled to begin Feb. 28. However, this type of road project is highly dependent on weather conditions.

Residents will be notified by a paper notice or flier to indicate the date their streets will be upgraded. There may also be directional signs on major roads. Residents should note and follow the instructions or information contained on the leaflet or on posted signs.

Project coordinators ask drivers to stay alert to possible traffic delays. Drivers are urged to obey the speed limit and all posted signs and barricades while traveling through these construction zones. Children should not be allowed to play on or near work areas until the project is completed and the new road surface is in place.

For more information, contact Pinal County Public Works by calling 866-6411 or e-mailing


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The town of Marana is looking at ways to do capital improvements to the oldest neighborhoods in Marana. Over the next few months the town will survey older neighborhoods and see what amenities they need and form a plan to make sure neighborhoods have paved roads, sidewalks, adequate drainage, lighting and even pocket parks. “We want to make sure that every neighborhood has a base standard for infrastructure,” said Marana Town Manager Gilbert Davidson. The improvements are expected to take years to complete as Marana finds the best plan of action to complete the projects and fund the improvements. Do you think this is a good idea?

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