Applicants sought for OV P&Z spot

The Town of Oro Valley is now accepting applications for volunteers to fill a recently vacated position on the Planning & Zoning Commission. The term for this position expires on Dec. 31, 2012.

Applicants must be residents of the Town of Oro Valley. The vacancy was created earlier this month, when former Commissioner Robin Large stepped down after moving outside of town boundaries.

The Planning & Zoning Commission holds public meetings and makes recommendations to the town council on matters related to the creation of zoning districts, enforcement of zoning, amendments to all zoning ordinances and any other matter within the scope of the Town's Zoning Code and General Plan.

The commission meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m.

Applications for the Planning & Zoning Commission are available at the Oro Valley Town Hall, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive or at the Town Clerk's website at

Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Marana farm to host honey mesquite fest

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona's Marana Heritage Farm, 127375 N. Heritage Park Drive, will host its Honey Mesquite Festival this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A ribbon-cutting for the new composting program will take place at noon.

Activities include live entertainment, food vendors, a petting zoo, beehive demonstrations, mesquite milling, seed planting, farm tours and children's activities.

In addition, there will be cooking contests for foods prepared using a solar over and for salsa using ingredients from native desert plants. Advance registration for the cook-offs is required; call Cie'na Schlaefli at 449-3154.

The event is free; however, attendees are asked to bring donations of peanut butter and honey for the Marana Community Food Bank.

The Marana Heritage Farm is a partnership between the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, the Town of Marana Parks and Recreation Department and many community members.

For more information, call 449-3154.

SaddleBrooke site of Sept. 29 redistricting input meeting

Pinal County residents can voice their comments about three proposed redistricting maps during a series of public input meetings scheduled this month.

In Northwest Tucson, a meeting is set for 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, at the HOA No. 1 Clubhouse Coyote Room, 64500 E. Saddlebrooke Drive.

The 2010 Census found that Pinal County's population is at 375,770. By law, Pinal County will now have to add two new supervisors.

On Sept. 7, the Board of Supervisors accepted three proposals to be presented for public comment. The proposed redistricting maps reflect the change by containing five supervisorial districts.

Pinal County Elections department encourages the public's attendance and involvement during the redistricting meetings. People who attend will be able to provide their input on the proposed district boundaries and ask questions of the elections department.

More information on redistricting and the proposed district maps can be found on Pinal County's website at

Residents who cannot attend any the meetings can also offer their comments online at the same website address.

For more information, call the Pinal County Citizens Help Center at 509-3555.

Event discussion to focus on partnerships in Marana

The topic of discussion for the Arizona Association for Economic Development's next luncheon is "The Business Case for Investing in Arizona: Building Partnerships in Marana."

It is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at The Manning House, 450 W. Paseo Redondo in Tucson.

The deadline to register is this Friday at noon.

The featured speakers are Scott Still, president and CEO of Sargent Aerospace and Defense, and Josh Wright, director of Strategic Initiatives for the Town of Marana.

The cost is $30 for AAED members and $40 for non-members and late registrants. Please request a vegetarian meal in advance.

To register, request a vegetarian meal or for more information, call 602-240-AAED (2233), or visit

OV seeks youth artwork for safety contest

Children are invited to create a work of art that represents their perspective on safe practices related to crime and drugs in conjunction with Oro Valley's National Night Out event.

The theme of the safety art contest is "What crime prevention means to me."

Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, Sept. 28. Entry forms may be picked up and dropped off at these Oro Valley locations: public library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive; police department, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive; and Target, 10555 N. Oracle Road.

Prizes will be awarded in the following age groups: up to 8 years, ages 9-12 and ages 13-18.

The panel of judges will include Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath, Oro Valley Chief of Police Daniel Sharp, Golder Ranch Fire District Chief Randy Karrer, and Erik Collins from Target Corporation.

Winners will be announced Oct. 4 at Oro Valley's National Night Out event. It will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Steam Pump Village Shopping Center.

For more information, call 229-5080 or visit

Avra Valley FD adds new life-saving technology

The Avra Valley Fire District has purchased two new heart monitors for its ambulances. The heart monitors will provide the highest level of care with regards to cardiology in the field.

The two new heart monitors purchased for the district are the Philips MRX monitors.

The monitors are equipped with Blue Tooth technology. This means the paramedics in the field can transmit electro to area hospitals so the emergency department personnel can see what the paramedics are seeing.

The monitors are capable of capnography, which helps EMS personnel to better interpret a patient's level of oxygenation. This capability has been shown to better help EMS personnel detect early recognition of respiratory events.

The monitors also have a capability of providing a digital readout of compression ratios during CPR. The information provided during the digital readouts can provide the EMS personnel with proper rate and depth techniques of CPR. Essentially, EMS personnel on scene can assess if CPR is being accomplished safely and effectively.

The Avra Valley Fire District will be upgrading its other two Philips heart monitors to provide the same capabilities as the new monitors.

OV Town Council candidate manual is now available

Any qualified Oro Valley resident interested in running for town council in spring of 2012 may now pick up a candidate handbook at the Town Clerk's office at Town Hall, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive.

Three council seats will be filled in 2012, and newly-elected members will assume the duties of office on June 6.

A candidate for council must be a qualified elector at the time of election, be 18 years of age or older, and have resided in Oro Valley for at least one year preceding the election. The primary election will be held on March 13; the general election is May 15.

Filing the nomination papers and securing the required number of signatures on a nomination petition enables a resident to run as a candidate in the primary election. The number of signatures required is at least 428 and not more than 856.

Candidates may turn in nomination papers from 8 a.m. on Nov. 14 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 14.

BLM seeks volunteer docents

Ironwood Forest National Monument is looking for docents to assist in leading educational and interpretive programs for the public around the Tucson basin, and perhaps help with actual tours on the monument.

Candidates should love the outdoors and like to educate others about nature. They would be trained on the natural history, geology and wildlife of the IFNM by BLM staff, and receive docent training. Candidates would use their own vehicle. The IFNM hopes candidates can commit to participate in four to six events per year.

For more information, email Laura Olais, IFNM acting manager, at or call 258-7242.

Mystery readers to discuss ‘Brat Farrar'

Members of the Marana Mystery Book Club will hold their monthly meeting this Tuesday from 5 to 6 p.m. at Geasa-Marana Branch Library, 13370 N. Lon Adams Road in Marana.

This month's selection is "Brat Farrar" by Josephine Tey.

The club meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month. For more information, call 594-5255.




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