ICS food drive netted more than 5 tons for hungry

More than five tons of food were donated to Interfaith Community Services during its second annual Freedom from Hunger food drive in June.

During the food drive, which ran from May 28 to June 27, 10,456 pounds of food were donated. Of that, 1,844 pounds came from Hughes Federal Credit Union customers and employees.

The donations allow ICS to give seven additional food items to each household that receives a monthly emergency food box. ICS provided food to nearly 11,000 households in the fiscal year that ended June 30.

ICS wrapped up the food drive at its Freedom from Hunger celebration on June 27. Ice cream at the event was donated by the owner of the Cold Stone Creamery shops at Park Place, 9565 E. 22nd St. and 7115 E. Tanque Verde Road. Gestures of Joy, a group of about 20 residents of the Splendido retirement community, performed lively sign language routines to popular music. A quartet of award-winning students and graduates from the Tucson Jazz Institute (Alex Weitz on tenor sax, Collin D'Aloisio on bass, Gareth Price on drums and Grant Cherry on piano) also performed.

Since 1985, ICS has been providing food and emergency financial assistance to Pima County residents in need and mobilizing volunteers to assist seniors and disabled people with Mobile Meals, transportation, home repairs, and health and safety needs. ICS is supported by more than 600 volunteers, 54 faith communities and the community at large.


Space science camp for kids July 19-30 in Northwest

An intensive, two-week space science camp for students in grades 6-9 is being held July 19-30 at Green Fields Country Day School.

It runs Mondays through Fridays from 12:30 to 5 p.m. on the Green Fields campus at 6000 N. Camino de la Tierra, near Orange Grove and Shannon roads.

Space is limited to 20 students. Applications are due July 14. The subsidized camp fee is $35.

Green Fields science teacher Kimberly King is one of 40 teachers chosen for a "Summer of Innovation" grant from NASA to attend an aerospace science camp for middle school teachers, then return to lead a science camp for Tucson students. She received a stipend to attend the NASA aerospace teacher-training program held at New Mexico State University.

At the camp, students design and build experiments that study science and engineering problems in sub-orbital space. Their projects will be launched on a sounding rocket from Spaceport America in Las Cruces, N.M.

"This program is far more than I expected," King said on a call from Las Cruces. "This is authentic experience in the NASA curriculum. The teachers have access to experts like astronauts in a way that occurs at MIT and other universities."

NASA launched the "Summer of Innovation" series to boost summer learning for students across the nation, according to NASA administrator and former astronaut Charles F. Bolden. The NASA program is designed to engage thousands of middle school teachers and students in stimulating math and science-based education programs. The goal is to increase the number of future scientists, mathematician and engineers.

To register, contact King at kking.greenfields@gmail.com, or call Green Fields at 297-2288 Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.


Businesswomen eligible for Athena award

Nominations are needed by this Friday, July 9, for the Athena Award, presented by the Arizona Small Business Association.

The Athena award is presented to exceptional businesswomen who have achieved excellence in her profession or business, who have actively served her community through volunteer efforts, and who have mentored other women, a release said.

"Athena has been described as the 'Oscars' for women in business," it continued. With the award, "we hope to build awareness and honor the valuable contributions being made by remarkable women in our business and professional community."

To make a nomination, go to www.azathena.com or call 327-0222.

The first Athena Award celebration luncheon of Southern Arizona is being held Thursday, Aug. 26, at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort. Ten finalists are recognized at that luncheon, with the winner announced.


Citizens police academy set for September

The Oro Valley Police Department invites members of the community to participate in a series of meetings to learn more about law enforcement.

The Oro Valley Citizen Police Academy is a 36-hour block of instruction, which consists of 12 classes, taught by sworn law enforcement officers and civilian staff.

A new area of the department is covered each week. Activities include ride-alongs with police, S.W.A.T. demonstrations, K-9 teams in action and discussions of criminal investigations.

The purpose of the academy is to provide citizens with information that dispels suspicions and misconceptions and to increase rapport through education, a release said.

Classes are held each Tuesday, from 6 to 9 p.m., Sept. 14-Nov. 30. The meetings take place at the Oro Valley Police Tangerine Substation, 1920 E. Tangerine Road.

There's no charge for the classes, but there is limited seating available. Participants must be at least 18 years old.

For more information or to sign up, contact Officer Jodi Brackett at 229-2900 Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.


Marana official earns PAG honor for transit work

T VanHook, community development director for the Town of Marana, has been presented the Pima Association of Governments' Thomas L. Swanson Award for her support of regional transit initiatives and Sun Shuttle neighborhood expansion.

VanHook "works closely with local governments to ensure a seamless regional system," a release said.

VanHook serves on the Regional Transportation Authority's transit working group and social service committee. She rides Sun Tran an average of twice a week, takes her co-workers and elected officials on trips, and talks with other riders to hear their suggestions about service.

"Regional transit is critical to the town's sustainability," VanHook said. "The affordability index for housing increases as transit services are expanded."

VanHook has been with the town since March 2006.

The Swanson award has been given for six years in honor of PAG's former executive director, the late Thomas L. Swanson, to acknowledge an individual or organization affecting positive change in the Tucson metropolitan region.


Art contest  a part of  OV's Aug. 3 'night out'

On Tuesday, Aug. 3, the Town of Oro Valley, the Oro Valley Police Department and Target are sponsoring "National Night Out," a crime and drug prevention event held annually in communities all over the U.S. and Canada.

As part of National Night Out, a safety art contest is available for youth. The theme is "what crime prevention means to me."

Participants are asked to draw and color what they believe is a good example of safe practices related to crime and drugs. The pictures must be completed on a form obtained from the Oro Valley Municipal Pool, Oro Valley Public Library, or Oro Valley Target.

Art entries must be turned in by July 24 to the Oro Valley Library. Prizes will be awarded to the top four places in three age groups — children up to 8 years, 9-12 years; and 13-18 years. Judges include Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath, Oro Valley Police Chief Danny Sharp, Golder Ranch Fire District Chief Randy Karrer, and Erick Collins from Target.

Winners are announced at the event Tuesday, August 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Target on Oracle Road and First Avenue. For more information call 229-5084.



Candidate forum this Saturday at OV church

A candidate forum is being held this Saturday, July 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Oro Valley Church of the Nazarene, 500 W. Calle Concordia.

Voters are encouraged to arrive early to meet the candidates, a release said. The doors open at noon.

Invited guests are candidates for U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress District 8, governor, treasurer, Arizona Corporation Commission, state superintendent of public instruction and District 26 Senate and House.

Candidates address the group, then respond to written questions from the audience. Voter registration is offered on site. And the event is being streamed live through www.ovcn.org.


Trophy deer displayed at business

A display of trophy deer is hanging at a Northwest store this weekend.

Eastmans' trophy deer display can be seen at the Tucson Sportsman's Warehouse this Friday through Sunday, July 9-11. The Tucson Sportsman's Warehouse is located at 3945 West Costco Drive.

The Eastmans' display features a dozen world-class mule deer and Western whitetail mounts, with general information about the deer, hunter, and kill location listed with each exhibit. All heads have been officially scored by Boone and Crockett and feature authentic, non-reproduction antlers. The display travels more than 60,000 miles and is viewed by more than 150,000 people each year.

For additional information, contact Tucson Sportsman's Warehouse store manager Reese Widmier at rwidmier@sportsmanswarehouse.com.



Rotary club at Catalina picks new leadership

The Catalina Rotary Club has installed its officers for the 2010-'11 Rotary year.

Leading the organization are Pete Walsh, president; Sharyn Chesser, president-elect; Ken Silvers, vice president; Steve Pender, secretary; Kathy Ramert, treasurer and Bob DeLaney, sergeant-at-arms.

Board members are Jack Aaron, Carrie Allen, Al Chesser, Tim Harris, Jay Higgins, Tom Jones, Barbara Kiernan, Tom Robertson, Carol Stapleton, Lisa Stark and Jo Anne Westerman.

Catalina Rotary is on the web at www.catalinarotary.org.

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