D’Back fantasy camp set for city Jan. 9-15

Ballplayers are needed for the Arizona Diamondbacks 2011 Fantasy Camp, to be held Jan. 9-15 in Tucson.

Campers spend six days and nights as Major League ballplayers, with workouts, batting practice, games, daily bull sessions, a personalized authentic uniform, meals, awards and more. The sixth annual camp is open to players 30 and older.

Former Diamondbacks Matt Williams, Mark Grace and Luis Gonzalez are part of the camp, along with Joe Garagiola Sr., and others.

Proceeds from the camp help to provide scholarships for Arizona underprivileged children to attend youth baseball and softball camps.

To register, or for more information, send e-mail to fantasycamp@dbacks.com, or call (602) 462-3710.

With food gift, Tohono Chul free this Friday

Visitors to the botanical wonder of Tohono Chul Park this Friday, Nov. 12, can be admitted at no charge … if they bring a nonperishable food item for donation to the Interfaith Community Services Food Bank.

Tohono Chul Park, celebrating its 25th anniversary, is a 49-acre oasis in the desert offering respite, cultural traditions and the Sonoran Desert’s unique flora and fauna. The park – along with its Tea Room, which serves breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea – is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Interfaith Community Services is also celebrating its 25th anniversary. ICS provides food bank and emergency financial assistance to Pima County residents in need, and mobilizes volunteers to assist seniors and disabled people with Mobile Meals, transportation, home repairs, calls and visits, and health and safety referrals and advocacy.

ICS carries out its mission with the support of more than 600 volunteers, 56 faith communities and the community at large.

ICS welcomes donations of beef stew or chili in pop-top cans, dry cereal, peanut butter, jam or jelly, canned milk, coffee, pasta noodles, pasta sauce, canned meat and tuna, rice crackers, instant mashed potatoes and canned fruits and vegetables.

For the holidays, the food bank would welcome pumpkin or fruit pie fillings, cake mix, cranberry sauce, canned yams, dry stuffing, turkey gravy, Jell-O or similar packaged desserts.

Get ‘most out of mail’ Nov. 10

Holiday mailers can learn how to get “the most out of the mail” at two presentations Wednesday, Nov. 10, at the Rillito Post Office.

Postmaster Annie Shellberg tells of best practices for mailing, how flat-rate products “can be the best value and convenience,” and shares information about military mail, “forever” Christmas stamps and Express Mail for last-minute gifts. Free information and gift bags are being given to all attendees.

Presentations start at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Each includes a 15-minute presentation, followed by demonstrations and questions.

To reserve a seat, call Annie Shellberg at 682-3706.

The Rillito Post Office is located at 11651 N. Casa Grande Highway.

MPA director joins TREO; search begins

Michael Guymon, executive director of the Metropolitan Pima Alliance, is leaving the position to join Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities as its vice president for regional development.

MPA has begun a search for his replacement.

“We really appreciate Michael’s past efforts,” said MPA President Steve King.

“Despite a poor economy and while other organizations are losing members, MPA’s membership continues to grow.”

MPA has been “very fortunate to have an excellent and active board of directors as well as a strong public policy advocate” in Amber Smith, government relations director, King said. “We don’t expect to have any difficulties as we make this transition.”

MPA hopes to have a new executive director in place by the end of the year.

Guymon served as government relations director, then executive director for three years of the MPA’s 13-year history.

Interested candidates should send qualifications to mpaexecutivedirectorsearch@gmail.com by Nov. 10.

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