Sun Tran announces new bus stop in Oro Valley

Sun Tran has added new bus stops on La Canada Road at Lambert Lane effective Jan. 23.

The new stops benefit Oro Valley express passengers commuting to downtown Tucson on Route 107X, and to the Aero Park area on Route 203X.

After Lambert Lane construction prompted a temporary closure of bus stops near the Riverfront Park & Ride lot, a Sun Tran survey revealed the desire for bus stops near the intersection of La Canada and Lambert Lane.

Sun Tran collaborated with the Town of Oro Valley to establish two stops. One stop is located on the southeast corner of the intersection for northbound trips, and one stop is on the southwest corner for southbound passengers.

For additional information, visit, or call Sun Tran's Customer Service Center at 792-9222 (for persons with hearing and speech impairments who have TDD equipment call 628-1565).

Mended Hearts of Tucson at UA Mall

The Mended Little Hearts of Tucson is proud to present the First-Annual Tucson Festival of Hearts on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the University of Arizona Mall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 30 organizations have come together to provide a venue full of education and resources that will assist families in maintaining a strong, healthy and active lifestyle.

The Festival is free and open to the public, and all screenings and information will be available at no cost.

The event will also have a kids corner that will feature jumping castles, pony rides and face painting with assistance from Ben's Bells and the Beads of Courage.

This event is for the young and young at heart, and everyone in between who wants to get a jump start on your heart this year.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Berry at 790-7998.

Shoot Like a Pro: Canon Photography Workshop

Canon representatives will host a rodeo photography workshop during the first performance of the 2012 Tucson Rodeo, Saturday, Feb. 18.

This is the second year this photography event will be held at the Tucson Rodeo; last year the event sold-out. The workshop is co-sponsored by Greg's Camera Shop in Tucson.

The workshop begins at 11:30 a.m. and includes an orientation, working session, catered lunch and parking pass.

Canon will provide a variety of high-powered lenses for participants to use during the workshop with their own cameras, or with cameras provided by Canon. The shooting session begins in the private Vaquero Club; other shooting areas will be accessible in nearby grandstands.

The workshop fee is $75 per person.

Reservations are required; call 741-2233 to reserve your space.

The Tucson Rodeo is Saturday, Feb. 18 through Sunday, Feb. 26 at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds, 4823 S. 6th Ave.

Visit for more information.

Senior volunteers sought

The search is on for Arizona's outstanding senior volunteers.

Sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care, the Salute to Senior Service program recognizes senior volunteers for the many contributions they make in their local communities. Friends, co-workers and family members are encouraged to nominate deserving seniors for possible state and national honors.

Nominations will be accepted through March 15. Fifty state winners and one national winner will be introduced during Older Americans Month in May when $5,000 will be donated to the national winner's charity of choice.

For more information about the Salute to Senior Service program or Home Instead Senior Care, please call (520) 770-9943.

Little League signups begin

The Thornydale Little League is starting signups for baseball and softball programs for boys and girls ages 4 to 16.

Teams play at Arthur Pack Park at Thornydale and Overton.

Registration will be at Thornydale Elementary School on Jan. 28, and at Arthur Pack Park on Feb. 5, both from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Online registration and more information may be located

Valentine's celebration set at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain will celebrate Valentine's Day 2012 with a special three-course menu presented at the resort's CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

The restaurant's à la carte romance menu will be offered from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Valentine's Day and will include a Chocolate Decadence buffet created by Executive Chef David Serus.

For guests wishing to enjoy a romantic dining experience in advance of Feb. 14, Cayton's Restaurant will present a three-course à la carte Valentine's menu, including a glass of sparkling wine, for $65 per person on Saturday, Feb. 11.

Complementing the resort's Valentine's dining experiences, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Dove Mountain has introduced an exclusive new couple's experience, Just for Us, which is available throughout the month of February. Just for Us features a rose petal bath, a 50-minute Ritz-Carlton Together Massage, and champagne and strawberries for both guests. Priced at $365 for two, this 80-minute couple's experience adds to a variety of romantic selections at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, which offers a relaxed boutique shopping experience for Valentine's gifts and the added ability to purchase Ritz-Carlton Gift Cards - an ideal choice for Valentine's Day. The Ritz-Carlton Gift Card may be used throughout The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain and at other Ritz-Carlton hotels and resorts.

For spa reservations, call 572-3030. For dining reservations, call 572-3000.

Fundraiser to help Marana students

A western-themed dinner to raise funds to assist Marana students will feature an auction of an original painting of Dove Mountain by renowned artist Diana Madaras.

Madaras has donated the painting and will attend the Dove Mountain Rotary Club's dinner auction set for Saturday, March 10, at Marana's Stardance meeting center.

The dinner is the club's annual fundraiser for annually awarding four $2,000 college scholarships and distributing free dictionaries to all third graders in five elementary schools.

A new project this year will help schools provide Power Pack weekend nutrition assistance to some of Marana Unified School District's neediest children.

The event will feature a western barbecue buffet, both silent and live auctions, live entertainment and cowboy and cowgirl dress contests.

Tickets are now on sale at $40, which covers the cost of the dinner as well as a $10 tax-deductible contribution.

For tickets or information call Hugh Grinnell at 579-7035.

2012 guide to help in Pima County available

The Family Services' 2012 Directory of Community Resources for Pima County is now available.

Published by Information & Referral, a program of Our Family since 2008, this new edition contains updated information on nonprofit, government, faith-based and grassroots organizations serving people in Pima County. A

The information booklet provides information on finding counselors, social workers, educators, health care providers, clergy, and other helping professionals, the directory has information on services for children, youth, adults, seniors and families.

Directories are $35. Copies can be picked up at Our Family, 3830 E. Bellevue St., or order online at

For more information about the directory, call 323-1708 ext. 260.

Our Family works in partnership with Community Information and Referral Services 211 Arizona to connect people statewide to the services they need. Our Family collects and updates information on Southern Arizona resources, helping CIR maintain the online resource database of more than 37,000 health and human services for all of Arizona.

Town hosting strategic plan open house

Marana residents and business owners are invited to offer their feedback on the Town's Strategic Plan II at an open house Feb. 23. The event is being held at the Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Branch Library (7800 N. Schisler Dr.) at 6 p.m.

Town Manager Gilbert Davidson, members of the Town Council and staff are available to answer questions at the event.

The Strategic Plan sets priorities for the community and is used when the Town develops its budget.

This open house is one of several meetings that Council and staff will have with the public over the next month.

Town representatives will also be attending homeowners' association and civic group meetings.

The first Strategic Plan was adopted by the Council in February 2009. The plan is going to the Council for approval in March.

The plan's five focus areas are commerce, community, heritage, progress/innovation and recreation.

More information on the Marana Strategic Plan Update, including a survey, is available at

Oracle State Park re-opening

Arizona State Parks and the Friends of Oracle State Park invite you to celebrate the re-opening beginning in February.

The Grand Re-opening is on Saturday, Feb. 4, and will be a free day for the public.

Gates will be open at 8 a.m. The park will close at 5 p.m.

Oracle State Park has been closed since October 2009 due to a severe state budget crisis, but will open on a limited basis, on Saturdays between Feb. 4 and April 28.

Current funding will allow the park to be open again in the Fall of 2012, September through November on Saturdays.

During the months of February, March, April, September, October and November, Oracle State Park will again offer environmental education school programs for local elementary schools and scout groups. Programs are offered on weekdays by reservation. For more information, visit

More volunteers are needed to help with opening day and consecutive Saturdays. Volunteer Orientation Meetings are set for Jan. 26 and Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. at the Kannally Ranch House.

Call the park office 896-2425 or email Volunteer Coordinator, for more information.




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