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Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 3:00 am

Marana annual Egg Nog Jog coming January 1

The Town of Marana invites members of the community to start the New Year on the right foot by running, jogging or walking the Fifth-Annual Egg Nog Jog on Jan. 1. Check-in for the 5K non-competitive event starts at 8 a.m. at Continental Reserve Park.

The course runs through the scenic Continental Reserve neighborhood in Marana.

Egg nog, food and drinks are provided after the race, and all participants receive a T-shirt.

A prize raffle will also be held.

Registration is $10 before Jan. 1, and $15 the day of the race.

For more information, visit

To sign up, call 382-1950 or show up on the day of the race.

Art work on display in Jan. reception

The public is invited to see works in jewelry, clay, painting and drawing created by instructors and students in the Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Department's special interest classes at an artists' reception in January.

The artists and their works will be at the Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Department's Northwest Art Center, 7770 N. Shannon Road, from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19.

The event is free.

For more information, call pottery class instructor Jada Ahern at 520-870-0823.

The Art Center is one of six locations where the department's arts, crafts and special interest classes and workshops are held. The deadline to register for the next session of classes - Jan. 1-Feb. 18 - is Dec. 26.

Class descriptions, schedules, fees and registration forms are available online at or in the Pima County Special Interest Classes booklets available at Pima County Public Library branches.

Registrations are only accepted by mail - no faxed, phoned-in or walk-in registrations are accepted. Classes are filled on a first-received, first-registered basis.

For more class information, email or call 877-6090.

SaddleBrooke bluegrass jams

These jams are open to all and are free. They are held at the Mountain View Clubhouse, Palo Verde Grill. The Grill seats about 150 so come early for the best seats. There will also be Patio jamming for newer players. Come with your instrument and join the jam, have fun or just sit, listen, sing along and enjoy the music.

The jams have been going on for the past two years and are very well attended. They generally held on the second Sunday of each month from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. However in February, April and May the jams will be on the 3rd Sunday due to other events in the Palo Verde Grill. Also note that the February jam will be from 3:30 to 5:30. A schedule is below. So come to listen or come to play. Either way you are sure to have fun.

To get to the Mountain View Clubhouse take Oracle Rd to SaddleBrooke Blvd (14 mi north of Ina Rd or 3.1 mi South of the intersection of Oracle Rd, AZ 77 and AZ 79). Travel 2.1 mi East on E. SaddleBrooke Blvd. Turn right on MountainView Blvd and travel to the Clubhouse which is immediately past the tennis courts at the corner of Clubhouse Drive. Turn left into the parking lot. Parking and the entrance to the Clubhouse is to the right. The Palo Verde room is on the right after you enter the Clubhouse.

Pima Air & Space Museum's hosts Paper Airplane Fly Off

Hundreds of Tucson area school children will get a chance to let their lessons take flight and their imaginations soar over the next month as they participate in the Great Paper Airplane Project through an innovative competition hosted by the Pima Air & Space Museum.

The inspirational science project is part of a greater campaign to interest kids in aviation and engineering, explained Yvonne C. Morris, Executive Director of the Arizona Aerospace Foundation and Pima Air & Space Museum.

At the end of a month of paper airplane construction and practice sessions, the first 300 children between the ages of 6 and 14 who sign up on the website will be eligible to compete to see whose paper airplane can fly the furthest. The competition begins at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 14, 2012, at the Pima Air and Space Museum, 6000 E. Valencia Rd.

A short film is being made about the entire project and will become part of a permanent exhibit along with the large paper airplane and other historical artifacts from The Great Paper Airplane Fly Off. More details related to the construction of the large paper plane and how and where the launch will take place will be available in the upcoming weeks on

Education to be discussed in 2012

Already planning for the New Year, the Marana Chamber of Commerce will be discussing education during the Jan. 19 luncheon.

Doug Wilson, superintendent of the Marana School District, will be the guest speaker.

Wilson will be discussing how local businesses can support the Marana Unified School District in 2012.

The luncheon is $25 for members, and $30 for future members.

For more information, or to RSVP, call 682-4314, or log on to

Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain Announces holiday Events

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain has announced a roster of December holiday events, which will include Christmas and New Year's brunch at Cayton's Restaurant; a bountiful Holiday Buffet on Dec. 30; special Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year's Eve Dinners at CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar; a New Year's Eve fireworks display; and the unique services of the resort's new Swim-Up Hot Cocoa Butler presented at Turquesa Pool.

The hotel's New Year's Eve fireworks spectacular is available to the public, as are its restaurants, holiday dining and beverage offerings, and treatments at The Ritz-Carlton Spa. The Ritz-Carlton Spa will enliven the holidays with three seasonal treatment upgrades including a Toastie Tootsies Pedicure complete with hot chocolate and marshmallows, a Gourd-Geous Glow yam and pumpkin refining peel, and a Seasoned Soul treatment providing the ultimate in foot massage. Each of the three new upgrade options can be purchased as additions to spa treatments. For dining and spa reservations, contact The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain at 572-3000.

Marana Chamber planning Run/Walk event

With childhood obesity rates on the rise nationally, the Marana Chamber of Commerce is taking steps to get involved.

Childhood obesity is the fastest-growing epidemic in America; while Type 2 Diabetes is the fastest-growing disease children are facing today.

On April 28 of next year, the Community Wellness Committee of the Marana Chamber of Commerce is raising money to build a running track at Coyote Run Elementary School.

The track will be used by the students, families and the community to come together and stand for the importance of promoting healthy living today.

The Marana Chamber is promoting a five-mile run and walk and family wellness fair to help raise the funds needed in order to accomplish this goal.

The community-service project is aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles for children and their families. Children who are active and exercise have better focus in school, less anxiety, learn self-discipline and will also help encourage their parents to make healthier choices.

As a thank you for participating in the event as a sponsor, or donating supplies for the track to support the cause. There are additional incentives as a thank you for participating in the event as a sponsor, for donating supplies for the track to support the cause.

For additional information on how you can help, contact Dori Stolmaker, chairman of the Community Wellness Committee, at 425-9151, or email at



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