Marana hosting hiking activities Feb. 11

Hiking and nature enthusiasts are invited to join the Town of Marana on Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. when it dedicates the newly constructed Wild Burro Trailhead in the Tortolita Mountains. The trailhead is located on the grounds of the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain at 14810 North Secret Springs Drive.

A free guided hike will follow the ceremony. RSVPs may be made by calling 382-1950 by Feb. 8.

Also that day, hikers and families may participate in the first MOVE Across 2 Ranges event, which includes hikes, exhibits and birding trails in the Tortolitas in Marana and Catalina State Park, near Oro Valley. The event features three hikes that range from 5.4 miles to 15.7 miles. Check and click on Events & Projects for more information.

MOVE Across 2 Ranges is an officially recognized Arizona Centennial event.

American Cancer Society walk

Come enjoy a great day for a great cause by joining the American Cancer Society in the 26th Annual Climb to Conquer Cancer at A Mountain on Saturday, March 3, 2012.

The non-competitive walk starts at 7:30 a.m. at Pima Community College West to the top of A Mountain. Registration is $40 for adults, and $10 for children 7 to 12 years old.

Registration for cancer survivors is free. Each registered participant will receive a Climb Event t-shirt.

Help raise funds for local cancer programs and research. Call 320-6382 or sign up online at today.

Oro Valley Optimist Club Receives Two Recognitions

Two recognitions were presented to the Oro Valley Optimist Club during an Arizona Optimist District Quarterly Conference in Mesa.

The club was recognized as an Honor Optimist Club for the 2010-11 Optimist Year. Kathi Cuvelier served as president of the club. The recognitions to the Oro Valley Optimist Club and other Arizona clubs were presented by Immediate Past District Governor Tom Hogan, Optimist International President Jack Creswell and Immediate Past West Coast Region Vice-President Rocky Jackson.

The Oro Valley club also received recognition and a club banner patch for winning the district's Community Project Awards (CPA) book competition. The winning book focused upon the club's Dispose-a-Med program.

Other area clubs receiving recognition for the 2010-11 Optimist year were Optimist clubs of Marana, Foothills, Casas Adobes, Oracle, Tucson, Uptown, Van Buskirk, Mission View, and Robison Neighborhood. Distinguished Optimist clubs: Casas Adobes, Uptown, and Robison Neighborhood.

The Arizona Optimist District was recognized as the number one district throughout Optimist International during the 2010-11 Optimist year for percentage growth and for contributions to the Optimist International Foundation.

Paper shredding event on Feb. 4

Canyon Community Bank and Long Realty will be hosting a paper shredding event on Saturday, Feb. 4 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., or until the truck is full.

The event will be held at the Canyon Community Bank, located at 15883 N. Oracle Rd.

To participate, bring three cans of food or money donations to help promote and support Catalina Community Services.

Shredding is limited to three boxes per person.

The event will use the non-profit organization Value Village, The Beacon Group to provide the truck for the shredding, which is the same organization used by Canyon Community Bank.

Donuts and coffee will be served.

The Fountains to host book signing event

To celebrate Arizona's centennial, The Fountains at La Cholla will host a book-signing event on Feb. 9. The special guest speaker will be George E. Smith, author of "Red Treasure." Smith's novel chronicles the fictional life of miner Konrad Bruner near the turn of the 20th Century, just as the construction of a dam, advancement of a railroad infrastructure and exploitation of rich copper deposits were fueling the territory's economy on its road to statehood. Bruner soon learns that extracting copper profitably is far different than digging for gold or silver. Faced with moneyed, sometimes devious competition, remote location, labor strife and flash flooding, his well being and financial strength are severely tested. The potential for failure and life threatening choices are ever present, giving lovers of western historical fiction ample fuel for an enjoyable read.

Meet the author and hear more about Arizona as it was 100 years ago when Smith appears on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. in the Town Center Lobby of The Fountains at La Cholla, 2001 W. Rudasill Road. For more information, call 797-2001.


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