Citizens for Picture Rocks to host meeting

Community announcements and an impressive list of guest speakers are on the agenda for the Aug. 16 meeting of the Citizens for Picture Rocks residents group.

Guest speakers include Ruth Grant, branch manager of the Wheeler Taft Abbett, Sr. Branch Library, and representatives from the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality and Pima County Zoning Department.

The meeting will take place at the Picture Rocks Community Center, 5615 N. Sanders Road. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. The meeting follows at 7.

The event is free. Picture Rock neighbors are invited.

Drivers beware, kids return to school next week

Most public and private schools will begin the new session next week, so drivers should take extra caution when traveling across Tucson and in school zones.

Schools in the Marana Unified School District start classes on Monday, Aug. 8, while classes at Pusch Ridge Christian Academy and Cornerstone Christian Academy start Tuesday, Aug. 9. The first day of class for schools in the Amphitheater Public Schools district is Wednesday, Aug. 10.

Clean Elections group seeks new member

The Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission is looking to fill one vacancy on its five-member panel. The application deadline is Aug. 31.

There are specific requirements that apply to this opening.

The prospective candidate must live in a county other than Maricopa. Commission rules prohibit having more than two commissioners from the same county. Because the commission currently has two Maricopa County residents, any new commissioner must be from one of Arizona's 14 other counties.

Commission members are barred from seeking or holding any public office, serving as an officer of a political party, and employing or being employed as a lobbyist during their term on the commission and for three years following. They are paid $250 for every day the commission meets and reimbursed for travel expenses.

Anyone interested must have been registered with the same political party or as an independent for the past five years. Since the commission already has two Democrats and two Republicans, the new person must be a registered independent or a member of another political party such as Green or Libertarian.

The applicant must not have held or run for public office within the past five years. In addition, the person must not have served as an officer of a political party within the past five years.

To apply, visit, click on the "Click Here to Apply" button and follow the instructions.

Free seminar to discuss coronary disease

The Foundation for Cardiovascular Health will present the free seminar Change Your Lifestyle - Save Your Life from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, at the Northwest YMCA Pima County Community Center, 7770 N. Shannon Road.

The presentation will inform visitors about how blockages are formed in coronary arteries, and how coronary artery disease can be prevented, halted, stabilized and reversed.

Participants can learn proven relaxation techniques to calm their hearts. They are encouraged to ask questions.

The presenters are Edna Silva, RN, a 20-year cardiac rehabilitation nurse, and heart attack survivor Richard "Richy" Feinberg. Feinberg had a heart attack in 1993, quadruple bypass heart surgery one week later, and another heart attack two months later. He is an enthusiastic advocate for the heart disease reversal program.

The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community foundation.

Charity golf tourney now accepting registrants

The Casas Adobes Optimist Club of Northwest Tucson is now accepting registrations and sponsorships for its Pars, Bars and Chances to Win Cars golf outing to benefit local kids in need. The 18-hole fundraiser will take place Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Arizona National Golf Club, 9777 E. Sabino Greens Drive.

The Optimist Club is partnering with several local Tucson restaurants, including Chuy's, World Sports Grille, Hooters, Miss Saigon and many more, to conduct this event. Proceeds will provide funding to support a number of local children's charities and individual children in need or at risk in the Tucson metropolitan area.

Golfer check-in will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

The registration fee per golfer is $75, which includes green fees, a shared golf cart and a barbecue-style meal of hamburgers and hot dogs with all the trimmings following the event.

A 2011 Mazda CX-9 has been donated for a hole-in-one prize.

For more information and to sign up as a golfer or sponsor, visit

AG's office to probe into independent redistricting commission

Attorney General Tom Horne announced on July 21 that he has authorized his office to conduct an initial investigation of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. The action is based on reports that raised questions about the commission's compliance with Arizona's Open Meeting Law and procurement laws when it recently entered into a contract with Strategic Telemetry to provide mapping consultant services.

"I need to emphasize very clearly that this is an initial investigation that will attempt to determine if any violations actually occurred," Horne said. "I am concerned about reports that have raised questions about some of the procedural actions taken by the commission, and I am committed to finding out whether those concerns warrant any further investigation. If this initial investigation finds that laws have been violated, we will proceed accordingly."

For more information, visit

Picture Rocks event to help injured troops

A fundraiser to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project has been scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 20, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Picture Rocks Fire Station, 7341 N. Sandario Road.

Activities include live entertainment, a raffle, face painting and other fun events.

Donations will be accepted, with all money contributed to the Wounded Warrior Project.

For information about the latter, visit


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