Lifesaving classes offered free to honor Giffords

Registration is now under way for free lifesaving training offered March 19 as part of Gabrielle Giffords Honorary Save-a-Life Saturday.

To honor Rep. Giffords and all those involved in the Tucson tragedy, the American Red Cross will offer the training at more than 100 locations across the country.

The training will last 45 minutes to one hour, and will include instruction in hands-only CPR, controlling external bleeding and managing shock.

In northwest Tucson, registration is still being accepted online for classes scheduled for 9 and 11 a.m. at the Northwest YMCA Pima County Community Center, 7770 N. Shannon Road.

Classes also will be conducted in central Tucson, at 9 and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel Tucson at Reid Park, 445 S. Alvernon Way.

To register for either location, visit and click on the Gabrielle Giffords Honorary Save-A-Life Saturday link. People without access to the Internet can call the Southern Arizona Chapter of the American Red Cross at 318-6872.

PCC instructor chanted, refused to leave Safeway

Pima County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Tucson man for refusing to leave the front of the Safeway store at Ina and Oracle roads.

The site has gained worldwide notoriety in the months since Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot there in a violent rampage that left six dead.

The man, Brian Neal Hewlett, 45, sat near the front of the store on Feb. 25 and refused to leave, according to police reports.

The reports said Hewlett, a sociology teacher at Pima Community College, was sitting in a “yoga position,” chanting and praying. When a store manager asked him to leave, he began to chant louder, saying, “we are the ones you have been waiting for” and “we are the chosen ones,” according to police reports.

Police reports said he was alone at the scene.

When deputies arrived, they too asked Hewlett to leave the store. Hewlett did not respond to police demands, according to reports.

Deputies then placed Hewlett under arrest, handcuffing him and placing him in a police car.

Hewlett’s online resume says he holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of Arizona.

He was booked into Pima County Adult Detention Center on charges of criminal trespassing.Briefs

OV Democrats address ban on ethnic studies

The Democrats of Oro Valley will discuss the Arizona ban on ethnic studies during their monthly meeting this Monday. The discussion will start at 7 p.m. in the large meeting room at Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive.

Guest speakers will be Curtis Acosta and Sally Rusk, teachers from Tucson High Magnet and Pueblo High Magnet schools, respectively. They are two of the 11 teachers in the Tucson Unified School District who brought suit against HB 2281, the state legislation that prohibits TUSD's Mexican-American ethnic studies program (

The teachers will discuss such questions as whether teaching the history of ethnic repression is the equivalent of teaching resentment towards a specific race or a First Amendment right, and what are the benefits of ethnic studies.

A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation.

For more information, visit or call Mike Dayton at 742-3774.

ADOT to hold meeting on I-10 plan

The Arizona Department of Transportation plans to hold a public meeting on the planned Interstate 10 improvement project.

The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 10 at 5 p.m. It will be held at the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center at 1288 W. River Road.

The state plans to increase roadway capacity on the interstate from Ina to Ruthrauff roads.

Some of the possible improvements identified include: freeway widening, improvement of traffic interchanges and crossroads, possible grade separation of crossroads and railroad crossings at Ina, Sunset and Ruthrauff roads, and new bridges over the Cañada del Oro Wash and Rillito River.

Members of the public will be able to view alternate plans, discuss concerns and offer suggestions.

For more information call ADOT at 327-6077, ext. 110;

e-mail or view the website at

Marana school board meets Thursday

The Marana Unified School District Governing Board plans to meet Thursday, March 10.

Numerous items on the agenda include a presentation on First Things First funding, a discussion on reduction-in-force possibilities for professional staff and other personnel issues.

The board meets at 7 p.m. at the Marana Municipal Complex, 11555 W. Civic Center Drive.

For more information, call the Marana Unified School District at 682-4774 or go to the website at

Volunteers sought for advisory committees

The Town of Marana is seeking qualified citizens who want to become more involved in their community by serving on advisory commissions.

Opening and alternate positions are available on: Affordable Housing Citizen Advisory Commission, Business and Economic Development Citizen Advisory Commission, Parks and Recreation Citizen Advisory Commission, Police Citizen Advisory Commission, and Utilities Citizen Advisory Commission.

Applications are also being accepted for Planning and Zoning Commission and Board of Adjustment.

All applications will remain active for one year from the date of receipt.

For more information, visit

the Town Clerk section at

Marana to host state-of-the-Town lunch April 1

Marana's annual state-of-the-town event is scheduled for Friday, April 1.

Mayor Ed Honea plans to update the community on the town's economic progress, budget and other issues important to Marana.

The event is planned for the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain, 15000 N. Secret Springs Drive. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. for the luncheon.

Sponsorship, table and individual ticket information is available at the Marana Chamber of Commerce website.

For more information, visit or call 682-4314.

Yard sale to benefit Lions Club

The Catalina-Oro Valley Lions Club will host a yard sale, March 19, from 8 a.m. to noon at 4048 E. Adams Rib Place in Catalina. Money raised will help local charities.

To attend, drive north on Oracle Road to Golder Ranch Drive. Turn right, or east, to Coronado Forest and then turn left. Adams Rib Place is the first street on the left.


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