AAA Insurance: Fireworks spark safety concerns

Fourth of July would not be complete without fireworks; however, AAA Insurance urges Arizonans to leave the pyrotechnics to the professionals. Despite their recent legalization, setting off these explosive luminaries may be criminal in some areas and costly for consumers.

Last year, Arizona passed legislation allowing the sale and use of fireworks within the state. However, numerous municipalities have made moves to halt this activity by enacting local bans on the use of fireworks, and in some areas, sparklers, too.

Damage or injury from fireworks would commonly be covered under a homeowner's or umbrella policy, but only if damage was found to be accidental. Therefore, violating government bans on fireworks could not only lead to a citation, but also personal liability should catastrophe strike.

"Because of our dry climate and subsequent high risk for fires, many local governments have restricted the use of fireworks, even though the state allows them to be sold," said Brad Oltmans, vice president of insurance for AAA Arizona. "If this is the case where you live, you may be held criminally responsible, and therefore, you would have to pay out of pocket for any damage or injuries you cause."

For more information on how you would be affected, contact your local insurance provider.

Dine OV Thursday for a taste of Italy at Michelangelo Ristorante Italiano

The next Dine Oro Valley campaign event will be held on Thursday, June 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Michelangelo Ristorante Italiano, 420 W. Magee Road.

In March, the Town of Oro Valley launched "Dine Oro Valley," a spin-off of its existing "Shop Oro Valley" campaign and business retention and expansion program. Each month, the Oro Valley Town Council randomly selects an Oro Valley restaurant, where they meet with the selected restaurant's owner and employees, and then dine. Each council member personally pays for their meals.

"The Dine Oro Valley campaign has been a great addition to the town's business retention tool box. The town is receiving a positive response from business owners - those who have been selected and those who are waiting patiently to be selected," said Councilman Lou Waters.

"The Dine Oro Valley campaign is a great way to have locals come out and support businesses in the summer. The summer time is very slow for restaurants, especially with the winter visitors leaving," said Giuseppe Ali, Michelangelo's proprietor and chef.

For more information, contact Amanda Jacobs, economic development manager for the town, at 229-4735 or

Council accepting nominations to honor humanities advocates

Nominations are being accepted now through Aug. 31 for the Dan Shilling Public Humanities Scholar Award.

Each year, the Arizona Humanities Council honors individuals, organizations or businesses for their contribution and advancement of the humanities. The award recognizes a humanities scholar who has distinguished him/herself by enhancing public understanding of the role that the humanities play in transforming lives and strengthening communities.

The award honors Shilling's contributions as AHC's executive director from March 1984 to December 2003. The AHC board established the award to mark Schilling's legacy, reflect the esteem in which he is held, and recognize his own respect for scholarship.

For more information and a nomination form, visit, call (602) 257-0335, ext. 26, or email

Deadline nears for Sun Shuttle Route 411 survey

Thursday is the last day to participate in a survey conducted by the Regional Transportation Authority regarding proposed route and schedule changes to Sun Shuttle Route 411 serving the Continental Ranch area in Marana.

To participate, visit by Thursday, June 30.

The survey shows a map with the current and proposed routes, proposed northbound and southbound schedules, and a space for comments.

For more information on Route 411, call Sun Tran's customer service center at 792-9222; persons with hearing and speech impairments should call TDD: 520-628-1565.

Funded by the RTA, Sun Shuttle is the neighborhood circulator transit service launched in May 2009 that serves Marana, Oro Valley, Catalina, Sahuarita, Green Valley, Tucson Estates and San Xavier.

The Regional Transportation Authority is the fiscal manager of the $2.1 billion plan approved by Pima County voters on May 16, 2006. For more information about the RTA plan, visit or call 770-9410.

OV smoothie shop changes name, look

Keva Juice in Oro Valley is getting a new name and a new look. Beginning July 1, the store at 1st Avenue and Oracle will be known as Fruit Shack Smoothies & Yogurt.

"The franchisor dissolved and we saw an opportunity to improve the experience for our customers," said Jon Lurie, who along with his wife, Lisa, have owned and operated the store for the past six years.

While the names have changed, all of the smoothies that existed on the Keva Juice menu will still be on the new Fruit Shack Smoothies & Yogurt Menu. In addition, Fruit Shack will bring back some popular recipes from the past.

Fruit Shack will continue to redeem all Keva Juice gift cards and loyalty cards, and any coupons that have not yet expired. Members of the Keva Club email database will automatically be changed over to the new Fruit Shack loyalty database.

For more information, visit or call 245-8077.

Register now for Oro Valley business club's July 7 luncheon

The Oro Valley Business Club's regularly scheduled monthly meeting on July 7 will focus on networking. To acknowledge the upcoming holiday, the luncheon will have a 4th of July picnic theme.

The luncheon will take place in the Sun City Vistoso auditorium from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The cost will be $12.

Lunch tickets will be available at the door. To reserve a spot, call 818-2761.

The OVBC also is planning the Oro Valley Business Fair and Expo on Oct. 29 at Steam Pump Village in Oro Valley. More information will be released later.

For more about the organization, visit

Artists needed for county Library juried exhibit

The Pima County Public Library announce a call to artists for the 2012-2013 juried exhibit season at the gallery of the Joel D. Valdez Main Library and other branch locations.

Submissions will be accepted Aug. 1-31.

Artwork to be considered must be original and professionally presented. Images and accompanying information may be submitted electronically via email or CD.

Submissions must include:

• Up to five images

• An image list

• A brief artist statement (75-150 words)

• Artist contact information

For more information on how to enter, visit to view the Art Submission Guidelines, the Exhibitor Waiver Form, and if applicable, the Guidelines for Sculpture and Three Dimensional Art.

For more information, call 594-5500.


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