Program offers trees for $8

Tucson Clean & Beautiful is now distributing low-cost desert-adapted trees for Tucson area residents to plant at their home and in community public spaces through the Trees for Tucson program.

Trees for Tucson is now accepting applications for Spring 2012 for home shade trees as well as community project requests on a first-come, first-serve basis. While trees can be planted throughout the year, cool temperatures make the late winter and springtime seasons ideal times to plant trees. The trees are $8 each.

To qualify for the Home Shade Tree Program, residents must be customers of Tucson Electric Power, and agree to plant the trees within 15 feet of their home on the west, south or east side.

Residences built in 1979 or earlier with single-pane windows qualify for a maximum of four trees, and newer homes built in the 1980s or later, or older homes remodeled with double-pane windows, qualify for up to two trees.

Residents who received trees in the past and still have additional space for tree planting may now reapply one time per calendar year, per residence.

A printable application form is available at, or call 791-3109 to receive a copy by mail or fax. The application lists a variety of native and desert adapted trees from which applicants select their preferred type and quantity. Cost: $8 each including delivery, and instructions for tree planting and care.

Library speed sharing for Valentine's Day Feb. 9

Looking for a hot date with a book, movie or CD this Valentine's Day? Want to meet new people without struggling to make small talk?

Look no further than your local library. In preparation for Love of Reading Week (Feb. 13-17), the Martha Cooper and Flowing Wells branches of the Pima County Public Library will host special Library Speed Sharing event on Thursday, Feb. 9.

In the same round-robin rotation as speed dating, participants will share some of their favorite library items and get to know each other during a series of one-on-one, three-minute conversations. Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite book, movie, or CD.

Participants who aren't persuaded by the recommendations of others will be able to choose from some specially wrapped and labeled "blind date" items for checkout.

Speed sharing will happen from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Flowing Wells Branch Library, 1730 W. Wetmore Road, and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Martha Cooper Branch Library, 1377 N. Catalina Ave.

The events are free and open to the public.

For more information about Library Speed Sharing or about Pima County Public Library, including branch locations, schedules, news and events, please visit or call 791-4010.

MHC to Host ‘Community Conversation on Healthcare'

Experts, Public to Share Stories from Arizona's Healthcare Frontlines Healthcare community forum in Marana Children's Action Alliance will team with numerous health, social service and community organizations to host a Community Conversation on Healthcare at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Marana Health Center, 13395 N. Marana Main St.

The public will have the opportunity to share their stories of how changes to Arizona's healthcare system have impacted their lives. They can also explore what has happened in Arizona healthcare and what the future holds.

A variety of healthcare providers, experts and policy makers will be on hand to facilitate the discussion and answer questions.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information call Matt Jewett at 602-266-0707.

Dailey and Vincent sing the Statler Brothers

Dailey and Vincent will be performing at the DesertView Performing Arts Center on March 2, at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

With a unique blend of bluegrass and the Statler Brothers styles of music, audiences have been continually captivated by this duo.

Within five years of performing together they rocketed to the top of the bluegrass world. A sampling of their numerous awards in 2010 include their third consecutive Entertainer of the Year, third Vocal Group of the Year, and second Album of the Year at the International Bluegrass Music Association awards. They have also been recognized by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America.

In addition, they received a Grammy nomination for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group for "Elizabeth" from Dailey and Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers.

Jamie Dailey was lead vocalist for Quicksilver for nine years, and Darrin Vincent played mandolin and guitar with Ricky Skaggs for more than a decade. When the two decided to work together they discovered a mutual love for The Statler Brothers, and began to include the group's songs in their repertoire.

In 2010, they released a CD Dailey and Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers. The CD debuted at the top of the Billboard Top Bluegrass Albums chart, and stayed there for nine weeks, with 19 weeks in the top three.

Tickets are $30 inclusive, and at the door $35. For tickets, or more information, call 825-2818.

DesertView Performing Arts Center is located in SaddleBrooke at 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive.

Visit the website at to purchase tickets, and view upcoming performances.

Marana Chamber of Commerce award luncheon is coming up

The Marana Chamber will present its annual Community and Business Builder of the Year Awards on Thursday, Feb. 16 at Heritage Highlands at Dove Mountain, 4949 W. Heritage Club Blvd.

Registration opens at 11 a.m., with the luncheon starting at 11:45 a.m. Master of Ceremonies will be Bud Foster, a reporter for KOLD News 13.

Everyone is welcome to attend the banquet, which recognizes companies that have contributed to the Marana community in 2011.

The 2011 Community & Business Builder of the Year Award finalists in the small business category are A New Creations Women's Clinic, Marana Dental Care and Tompkins Family Chiropractic.

Mid-size business finalists include Twin Peaks Veterinary Center and Westar Kitchen & Bath.

Large business finalists are Chili's Grill & Bar, FLSmidth Krebs and Rosemont Copper. Non-profit finalists are Marana Community Food Bank, Marana Heritage Conservancy, Inc. and PPEP, Inc. (Portable Practical Educational Preparation).

Key sponsors for this year's Community & Business Builder award luncheon are e-Media Services, Marana Community Correctional Treatment Facility, Prill McGan, Freelance Writer and Trico Electric Cooperative Inc.

Prepaid reservations are requested and can be made at

The ticket price is $25 per individual.

To learn more, visit the Marana Chamber of Commerce website, call 682-4314 or email

SAACA planning jazz festival for 16th year

Building partnerships to preserve the arts helps sustain culture in a community, and arts organizations and businesses have come together to prove this.

"Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance has worked as a link between businesses and artists with amazingly creative results for the community and everyone involved," said SAACA Executive Director Kate Marquez. "The location change of Arts in the Plaza Fine Art and Jazz Festival exemplifies this business-arts connection through collaborations."

The event (formerly Arts in the Park) has been a local favorite for more than a decade, showcasing fine artists traveling from around the nation. However, the festival needed to relocate last fall due to long-term construction nearby Canada del Oro Riverfront Park in Oro Valley.

After the news, St. Philip's Plaza, already an existing partner with SAACA, stepped in to offer a home for the 16-year-old event, relocated to the southeast corner of River Road and Campbell Avenue throughout the plaza.

Now, artists in a variety of fine art styles, talented jazz musicians and kid's entertainers will come together with plaza merchants and restaurants to participate in the long-running event on Saturday, March 31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Fine Art and Jazz Festival will feature a main stage with ongoing jazz performances from local musicians.

Jazz, originating in the Southern United States, was born out of a confluence of African and European music traditions. This style of music adds an engaging cultural element to the dynamic festival.

Admission to the Jazz Festival is free. The event will be held at the St. Philip's Plaza, on the southeast corner of River Road and Campbell Avenue. For more information, log on to, or call 797-3959.

Take classes to become a Master Recylcer

Tucson Clean & Beautiful, in partnership with City of Tucson Environmental Services, will host a Master Recycler training class to provide Tucson area residents and businesses with information for recycling, reusing, and reducing waste to help conserve natural resources and improve our environment.

This class, offered periodically throughout the year, focuses on local recycling, reuse and waste reduction options. Each training class participant receives a packet of reference information, including a Reduce-Reuse-Recycle directory for Tucson and Pima County, and many other pamphlets and booklets.

Upon completion of the class, each new Master Recycler is asked to be a key contact for their neighborhood, workplace, and other community organizations to share updated recycling information as it becomes available.

Contact Rebecca Quintero, Recycling Education coordinator at 791-5000, or e-mail to register or for more information regarding future classes and any recycling, reuse and waste reduction options in the Tucson-Pima County metropolitan area. Pre-registration is required by Feb. 22 due to limited space.

Tucson Clean & Beautiful is a nonprofit organization, incorporated in 1985 as the flagship for community-based environmental volunteer efforts in the Tucson metropolitan area. Its programs include recycling and waste reduction, urban forestry, land stewardship and beautification, and energy efficiency through better design and maintenance.



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