Panel to discuss social media at OVBC luncheon

More and more businesses are using social media to expand their customer base and communicate specials and news. Area merchants can learn how to take advantage of electronic tools, such as Twitter and Facebook, at the next Oro Valley Business Club luncheon, scheduled for this Thursday, April 7, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Sun City Vistoso social hall, 1495 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd.

The topic Social Media for Your Business will be discussed by a panel of four area businesspersons: J.D. Almond of Autoexec, Michael Gray of Social Network Assist, Jessica Northey of and Sandy Riser of The Next Level Business Solutions.

Mark Finchem will serve as the panel moderator as well as a contributor on social media's application to business.

The first hour of the event is dedicated to a business expo, which enables businesses and community organizations to demonstrate their products and services. Expo tables may be reserved for the May luncheon; the table space is free for OVBC members.

Lunch will follow at noon. The cost is $17 for members, $20 for non-members. The cost for attendance only (no lunch) is $9 for members and $12 for non-members.

Payment by cash or check only will be collected at the door.

The Oro Valley Business Club provides a forum for business networking, business development, community and political awareness with the goal of businesses and business leaders to benefit themselves and the community.

For more information, contact Hank Jepsen at or 818-2761.

SaddleBrooke class to cover digital photography

Larry Ramirez, a long-time user of email and a local photographer, will teach Basic Digital Photography aimed at students who are newcomers to the medium.

The course will be offered through Central Arizona College's Community Education program.

Basic Digital Photography allows students to maximize the use of their own digital cameras. Tips on lighting and terminology will be discussed.

This class is designed for novices and those who desire to expand their photography skills. Students must provide their own digital camera.

This class will be held at CAC's SaddleBrooke Center on Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to noon. The class is $25 per person.

Ramirez remained loyal to shooting with 35mm film before learning of digital photography. A hiking and outdoor enthusiast, photography has given Ramirez the ability to share some of the amazing things that he has seen throughout his adventures.

His photographs have been published in newspapers, earned awards, been exhibited and used as post cards by the town of Mammoth.

For more information about CAC's Community Education program, or to register for the course, contact Muriel Thomas by email at, or by calling 494-6616.

Council on Your Corner invites open dialogue

Oro Valley Councilmember Bill Garner will host Council on Your Corner Wednesday, April 13, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Izzi's Café. Council on Your Corner is a continuing series sponsored by the Town of Oro Valley designed to give citizens a chance to get up close and personal with Council members.

"This is a great opportunity to connect and learn about the town and provide me with resident feedback, which is critical to councilmembers," said Garner.

Izzi's Café is located in the Rancho Vistoso Center, on the northwest corner of Oracle and Rancho Vistoso.

For more information, contact Pat Klein at 229-4711.

Deadline nearing for Seder registration

Passover will be celebrated by the Secular Humanist Jewish Circle on Saturday, April 23, at Atria Compana del Rio, l550 E. River Road, just west of Campbell.

The deadline to make reservations and for prepayment is April l3.

Passover welcomes the spring season and commemorates the Jews' escape to freedom from ancient Egyptian slavery.

A meet and greet at l2:45 p.m. will start the holiday observance. The one-hour community-led service, complete with traditional symbols and musical accompaniment, will begin at l p.m.; it will be followed by a three-course chicken lunch.

The cost is $l5 for SHJC members and $l8 for nonmembers. Singles, couples and families of all ages are welcome.

For more information and to make reservations, call Sondra and Bob at 299-2973 or Jaqui and Hal at 722-5652.

Equestrian 4-H club seeks new members

Silver Spurs 4-H club, a club for children and teenagers interested in horses, has openings for new members. The 4-H group offers riding lessons, guidance in horse handling and preparation for horse shows. It also teaches teamwork, community service, public speaking and leadership.

Membership is open to youths ages 9 to 19; they need not own horses.

Silver Spurs members have gone on to be successful not only at local 4-H shows but also at Arizona's state fair and the Arabian Youth National Championships.

The club holds organizational meetings once a month.

For more information, contact Barbie Patterson at 237-5131.

OV football & cheer group holds registration

The Oro Valley Dolphins Youth Football and Cheer Association will conduct registration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, April 9, in the Foothills Mall, at Ina Road and La Cholla Boulevard, and on Saturday, April 30, at Dick's Sporting Goods in the Oro Valley Marketplace, 11935 N. Oracle Road.

Organized in 2000, the association offers cheerleading, flag football and tackle football for young athletes ages 5-15 in a fun, family-oriented environment that values character, competition, teamwork, responsibility and respect. It is a member of the Tucson Youth Football & Spirit Federation and American Youth Football organizations.

For more information, visit or email

Horse rescue group to hold annual benefit

The seventh annual fundraiser to benefit Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary will take place on Saturday, April 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. "A Very Special Horse Event; Building a Community of Compassion" will place at Brandi Fenton Memorial Park, 3482 E. River Road in midtown Tucson.

Equine Voices Rescue & SanctuaryTM was founded in 2004 and is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization dedicated to saving Premarin mares and foals from slaughter. The organization also works with law enforcement agencies to provide services to horses suffering from abuse, abandonment, starvation, and cruelty experienced when used to transport illegal contraband across the border.

There has been a marked increase in the number of requests for assistance. Money raised at this special event goes directly to the rescue, rehabilitation and recovery of horses in desperate need.

Training demonstrations will feature rescued horses and the methods used in their recovery. There also will be children's activities, a raffle and food concessions.

Adult admission is $5, which includes one raffle ticket. Children 13 years and under are admitted free.

For more information about Equine Voices or to make a monetary donation, call 398-9312, email or visit

Public input sought on RTA transit service in Cont. Ranch

The Regional Transportation Authority is conducting a survey to gather public input on Sun Shuttle Route 411, the neighborhood transit service in Marana's Continental Ranch. The survey is available online at through Sunday, April 17. Interested persons may also call 206-8881 to complete the survey by phone.

Based on the survey results, service may be adjusted to better meet passenger needs.

Route 411 operates six days a week on Cortaro and Silverbell roads, between the Arizona Pavilions retail complex and Twin Peaks Road. Scheduled service is provided weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Route 411 passengers can connect from the Arizona Pavilions Park & Ride to downtown Tucson on Sun Express Route 104X, or to the intersection of Ina and Thornydale roads on Sun Shuttle Route 413.

"We value our customers' opinion of Sun Shuttle," stated Jeremy Papuga, RTA Transit planning and operations manager. "It's important we understand how and why people are using the service so we may make it even more convenient to residents of Continental Ranch."

For more information about Sun Shuttle, call Sun Tran's Customer Service Center at 792-9222. Persons with hearing and speech impairments may call TDD: 520-628-1565.




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