Marana Heritage Farm changes name

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona’s project, known as The Marana Heritage Farm, has changed its name to The Marana Community Food Bank Farm.  This new title will better reflect the Food Bank’s role in the Town of Marana’s Heritage Park conservation effort to celebrate the community’s history and culture.

The Marana Community Food Bank Farm occupies three of acres of land and is dedicated to growing high quality fresh fruits and vegetables for the Farmers’ Market program of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.  It also serves as an education and demonstration farm for members of the community.  The Farm is located at 12375 N. Heritage Park Drive, Marana.

For more information on The Marana Community Food Bank Farm, contact Maggie Whiteside at  682-3837.

Classic Country Jukebox in SaddleBrooke

An upcoming concert in SaddleBrooke will feature Robert Shaw & Kaci Bays.

This concert production features the hits of classic country from the 1920’s thru the early 90’s. You’ll hear everything from Hank Williams to George Strait, performed by a six-piece classic country band and starring Robert Shaw and Kaci Bays, “The Sweetheart of Branson.” Kaci brings a long country tradition to the show, having toured and played Branson with Mickey Gilley for over 16 years. She’ll be belting out the hits of the great ladies of country music from Loretta Lynn to Dolly Parton! With highlights including some of the great country duets, this is one jukebox you’ll want to keep on playing.

The concert will be held on Wednesday, July 11, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Desert View Performing Arts Center, located at 29900 S. Clubhouse Dr.

Tickets are $25 in advance, and $30 at the show.

To purchase tickets, call 825-2818, or visit the website at

Paton at Heritage Highlands

Jonathan Paton, Republican candidate for Congress from the new Congressional District 1, will speak to the Heritage Highlands Republican Club on Thursday, June 28, at 6:30 p.m.  The meeting will take place in the ballroom in the Heritage Highlands clubhouse at 4949 W. Heritage Club Blvd. Residents from Dove Mountain as well as Heritage Highlands are welcome.

OV seeks input from students

The Oro Valley Town Council is exploring the possibility of developing a Youth Advisory Group to help students engage in the community and gain training that will help them become tomorrow’s leaders.

Oro Valley high school students from the classes of 2013, 2014 and 2015 are invited to a brainstorming session on Thursday, June 28, noon – 1:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive.

Input and ideas shared at this session will be invaluable as the Council seeks to move forward with this project.

Interested students should RSVP to Lynda Koepfer at 229-4714.

Tucson Symphony announces collective bargaining agreement

The Tucson Symphony Society Board of Trustees and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Musicians Organization have ratified a new collective bargaining agreement that extends through Aug. 31, 2014.  The agreement will continue the TSO’s commitment to long-term financial sustainability and assure that the organization, as it has for the past 83 years, will continue to provide extraordinary orchestral performances and music education throughout southern Arizona.

Under the terms of the agreement, the musicians will receive a service rate increase of 3.5 percent the first year and 2 percent the second year. A service is a rehearsal or concert performance. The contract also stipulates an increase in the number of services each year. In the first year of the contract, the increased number of services will be for the additional programs in the Classics and MasterWorks Series and for the two concerts in the new series called TSO Rocks the Fox. The TSO Rocks the Fox programs will feature the orchestra and guest artists performing tributes to pop and rock legends such as Michael Jackson and Queen.

In announcing the agreement, Andrew Birgensmith, President and CEO of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, said, “This agreement is a big step toward closing the divide between musicians and management that has existed in the past. Working together and with committed support from the community, we will keep the TSO’s great concerts and education programs happening in southern Arizona at a time when they are more important than ever.”

Hilton Tucson El Conquistador 4th of July plans

The Hilton Tucson El Conquistador will be celebrating Independence Day on July 4th with a fun-filled day of games, music and delicious food, culminating with an awe-inspiring 30-minute fireworks show.

The day kicks off at 9 a.m. with poolside activities, games and music at the Desert Springs Pool. From 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. hotel guests can sample the delectable all-American Barbecue dinner buffet hosted at the historic “Last Territory.” Prices for resort guests are $27 for adults and $12 for children five -12 years old. Non-resort guests can also enjoy this festive dinner and stay for the fireworks show for $32 for adults and $15 for children five to 12 years old. Kids four and younger eat free! Reservations Required. Prices exclude tax and gratuity.

The evening continues with a live DJ and a live performance by the Twilight Band starting at 7 p.m. at Pusch Ridge Golf Course and wraps up with an unforgettable fireworks display at 9 p.m.

For additional information about the independence weekend celebration, to make dinner reservations or to book a stay, call 544-5000 or visit

Marana Aerospace Logistics Dinner

The Southern Arizona Logistics Education Organization (SALEO) will hold a dinner on Wednesday, July 18, featuring Colin Buxton, Vice President for Sales & Marketing at Marana Aerospace Solutions, Inc., which is a company that performs aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul and provides aircraft storage, etc.

The dinner will be from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Viscount Suite Hotel, 4855 E Broadway, in Tucson.

To attend, the cost is $30 general ($25 for first-time attendees, $10 for students). Public welcome. RSVP by noon on July 17 to 977-3626 or or online at

SALEO’s mission is to advance global logistics through education, networking, and workforce development. SALEO offers a forum for logistics providers and users to share best practices and learn about the latest issues affecting transportation and logistics.


The Tucson Police Department would like to remind citizens to take extra care this summer in an effort to avoid becoming a victim of a burglary or larceny. Historically, there has been an increase in reported incidents of larceny and burglary during the summer months becuase of so  many homes being left vacant.

As a citizen, the following steps can be taken to better protect your homes and assets:

• Keep all doors and windows closed and securely fastened. An open window or door is an open invitation for burglars.

• Doors should have deadbolt locks with a one-inch throw and reinforced strike plate with three-inch screws. All windows should have window locks.

• If you have an attached garage, always lock the door that leads into the house.

• Dog and cat doors or flaps are frequently used by burglars for gaining entry. If you must have a pet-access door, invest in one that has security features.

•Keep the perimeter of your home well lighted. Low-voltage lighting is relatively inexpensive. •    Create the illusion that you are home through the use of timers on lights, radios and TV’s. •    Keep shrubbery trimmed away from entrances and walkways. They provide concealment for burglars.

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