Ragland new senior pastor at St. Mark's

St. Mark's United Methodist Church has a new senior pastor.

The Rev. Sharon Ragland succeeds The Rev. Paul Caseman, who served at St. Mark's for 13 years. He "semi-retired" this summer, moving to Seward, Alaska, where he's the pastor at smaller churches in Seward and Moose Pass.

For Ragland, the new post is a return to Tucson. She previously served at St. Paul's United Methodist Church on East Broadway during the mid-'90s, followed by four years at First UMC, near the university. She then became pastor of a church in Glendale, before spending the past six years based in Phoenix as the central east district superintendent of the Desert Southwest Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Ragland and her husband, Art, have two adult children, both of whom are married and live in Tucson, as does their 5-year-old grandson. For fun and relaxation, Sharon enjoys walking, swimming, reading, watching movies and Diamondbacks baseball.

Ragland has a large collection of puppets, one of which appears in worship nearly every week during time for children. She began her latest sermon series last Sunday.

Worship services are held at 8:15, 9:45 and 11:15 a.m. The church is located on the southwest corner of La Cañada and Magee, at the intersection of heavy road construction. More information is available at www.umcstmarks.org or by calling 297-2062.

Annual hip hop show in Marana Nov. 12-13

Marana High School's award-winning dance team hosts and performs at the eighth annual Tucson Hip-Hop Show, to be held Nov. 12 and 13 at the school's 12000 W. Emigh Road auditorium.

The event features some of the most talented dancers in Southern Arizona performing the latest styles of hip-hop, breaking and "popping/locking," a release said. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Coach Jennifer Barton at 520-616-6400, extension 5630.

The annual show has been "an exciting and energetic crowd-pleaser," with sold-out audiences of more than 1,000.

"This event is an excellent opportunity for school dance programs, dance studios and individual artists to come together as a community to celebrate the arts through dance," Barton said. "It also provides an excellent opportunity for the audience to show its support for these hard-working and talented young dancers."

The Marana Dance Team has earned state championships in varsity hip-hop and jazz competitions, and has earned 17th in the nation for hip-hop performance.

Raptors back for flight shows at Desert Museum

Raptors are back in flight at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

Trainers conduct two daily outside demonstrations showcasing a variety of hawks, falcons and owls along with roadrunners and ravens. The 10 a.m. show features returning favorites, such as the great horned owl, ferruginous hawk, Chihuahuan ravens and greater roadrunner, as well as the return of the prairie falcon and rare gray hawk.

At 2 p.m., a second demonstration features the iconic raptor of the Sonoran Desert, the Harris's Hawk.

Demonstrations run through Sunday, April 10, and are free with museum admission. When flight demonstrations are disrupted due to poor weather conditions, birds still can be viewed "on the glove" at the raptor free flight site.

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is located at 2021 N. Kinney Rd. It is open every day of the year. People may call 883-2702 or visit www.desertmuseum.org for more information.

Guided tours on Ironwood this Saturday

Get outside with your kids this Saturday, Nov. 6, when Marana Parks and Recreation sponsors naturalist-guided tours of the Ironwood National Forest.

The event is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with participants gathering at the parks office, 13251 N. Lon Adams Road.

Tours leave at 8:30 and 11:30 a.m., on a first-come, first-served basis, a release said.

Young people can learn campsite set-up, experience hands-on opportunities with live desert animals, and practice wilderness skills. There are raffles for water bottles and t-shirts, along with other giveaways.

For more information, call the Bureau of Land Management at 258-7235. On event day, the number is 260-6282.

Highlands arts, Crafts fair set Saturday, Nov. 13

Heritage Highlands holds its annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair on Saturday, Nov. 13.

The event, held in the clubhouse at the Dove Mountain development, runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. that Saturday. More than 55 vendors are displaying their creations.

Admission is free, though people are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the Marana Food Bank. Last year, more than two truckloads of food was received.

For more information, call 579-9574.

Norse group gathers Nov. 21 at Tucson church

"Waves of Norwegian immigration to the U.S." is the topic for the Tucson Norse Federation when it meets Sunday, Nov. 21.

The gathering starts at 5 p.m. that day at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 1949 Helen Street in Tucson.

Members of the audience are making presentations about their ancestors' immigration to the U.S., a release said. The organization is also making plans for the 29th annual Nordic Fair, to be held Saturday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Streams in the Desert Lutheran Church.

Members of the public are welcome to attend.

SB's annual fall art, craft show Nov. 6

SaddleBrooke artisans present their wares this Saturday, Nov. 6, when the annual fall art and craft fair is presented at the Mountain View Clubhouse.

More than 120 spaces are being filled by artists and crafts people, all of them residents of SaddleBrooke. Shopping hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Displays are planned inside the clubhouse, as well as its adjacent patios and the edges of outdoor walkways.

Peggy Grantham, fair chairwoman, said this will be the largest annual fair presented by the committee.

Guests can find jewelry, paintings, leather work, pottery, woven items, holiday items, photographs, wood carvings, books, children's items, stained glass and much more.

Food and drink are being sold at the clubhouse.

Copper Creek fund-raising golf Nov. 6

A golf tournament to raise funds for the Copper Creek Elementary School parent teacher organization is being held Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort.

Registration opens at 8 a.m. A shotgun start begins at 8:30 a.m. Space is limited, and registration soon is encouraged.

Registration is priced at $90 per golfer.

For that fee, golfers get 18 holes of golf, a goodie bag, a raffle ticket, the opportunity to win prizes, lunch and an awards ceremony. A buffet lunch and raffle are open to all.

For additional information, go to www.coppercreekpto.com/golf.

New roads are celebrated with events Nov. 13

Marana celebrates the new Twin Peaks interchange on I-10 and the new Twin Peaks Road at the "Community United Fun Run and Ride" on Saturday, Nov. 13.

For a day, cyclists, pedestrians and runners can enjoy the new roadway improvements without vehicular traffic.

The celebration is centered at the Twin Peaks Plaza, a Safeway location at Coachline and Twin Peaks roads in Marana.

Participation is free. There'll be live music, family entertainment, food and vendors.

A warm-up and stretch activity, hosted by AKKA Karate, begins at 7:45 a.m.

A 16-kilometer bike ride on the new roadways begins at 8 a.m., with a 10k walk and run at 8:15, a 5k walk and run at 8:30 a.m.

Monetary and food donations are being accepted by the Marana Community Food Bank.

For more information, visit marana.com or contact the Marana Parks and Recreation Department at 382-1950.

The new interchange and new road linking Continental Ranch to Dove Mountain open to all traffic on Friday, Nov. 19.

New minister to be installed at Casas Adobes

The Rev. Lee Milligan is being installed as senior minister of Casas Adobes Congregational Church this Sunday, Nov. 7.

The public is invited to a "festive service" at 3 p.m. Sunday. The church is located at 6801 North Oracle Road. A reception follows the installation at McNear Hall.

The Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer, minister of the Southwest Conference of the United Church of Christ, preaches the sermon. Casas Adobes Congregational Church is "an open and affirming congregation" of the UCC, a release said.

Milligan came to the church in August, after completing 12 years as pastor of the Church of the Painted Hills UCC, Tucson. Active in ecumenical and community outreach, he is moderator-elect of the UCC's Southwest Conference. He earned his master of divinity degree at Andover Newton Theological School, and has been a pastor in the UCC since 1991.

Casas Adobes Congregational Church has served the greater northwest Tucson area since 1952.

Wilson K-8 receives $98K for new room

Richard B. Wilson K-8 School has received a $98,154 grant from Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation to build a multipurpose "Lowe's" room and education center.

The grant will fund enhancements to the current school building to provide a better atmosphere for children to learn in, an Amphitheater School District release said.

Construction and remodeling of the multipurpose room should eliminate the need to have classes and programs in the foyers and hallways, it continued. Students would study subjects such as weather, erosion, water harvesting, gardening, and alternative forms of energy including solar and wind.

The school's Parent and Teacher Organization raised an additional $2,760 to complete the $100,914 project.

"We couldn't have done any of these projects without the help from Lowe's and we really appreciate their assistance," said Wilson Principal Adrian Hannah. "We're thrilled about the relationships we have developed with Lowe's Store Manager Steve Hickman and District Manager Bill Kelt and all of the Lowe's employees. Their contributions will truly make a difference for our whole community."

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