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Posted: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 12:00 am

SAACA plans indoor market Feb. 6-7 in OV

An indoor winter artisans market is being planned by the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance.

In its first-ever indoor market, SAACA is inviting artists to show their wares on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 6 and 7, at the Oracle Crossings shopping center in Oro Valley.

The market is taking place in an unoccupied space between Razmataz and Sprouts. The indoor setting is "the perfect venue to browse a wide array of arts and crafts, just the place to find that perfect Valentine's Day item for a loved one or unique gift for any occasion," a release said.

Arts in a variety of media, including oil paintings, pastels, watercolors, drawings, etchings, mixed-media works, black-and-white and color photography, soft and hard sculptures, wood turnings and rustic furniture, pottery, wearable art and hand-blown glass, are expected.

The Winter Artisans Market will take place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.

The two-day event also features children's arts-related activities and a silent auction, the proceeds of which benefit programs produced by SAACA and its partners.

SAACA continues accepting artist applications for this event. All products must be hand-made by the artist applying for a space at the market. No resale of products is allowed.

Deadline for applications is Jan. 29. No application fee is required. For a downloadable application form and further details about the event, go to">

For more information about SAACA and its programs and events, go online to

UA seeking students for Outreach Choir

The University of Arizona is inviting Tucson area high school students to join Outreach Choir, a premier auditioned ensemble.

The group meets Mondays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the UA School of Music to rehearse "exceptional choral literature for presentation in local area performances," a release said.

Placement hearings for the group are Monday, Jan. 25, beginning at 6 p.m. in room 162 of the School of Music building.  Rehearsals begin Feb. 1.

The ensemble is comprised of students from a number of varying educational backgrounds, including home-schooled students. Cost is $50 for the semester. Each student gets scores to keep as well as "incredible opportunities for making great music and meeting other motivated musicians," the release said.

For more information or to schedule an audition, contact the group's director Irene Kim,, or call the School of Music at 621-1655. You can also visit">

Treasurer is speaker at two events

Arizona State Treasurer Dean Martin is speaking at two events in the Northwest in the new year.

Martin addresses the Oro Valley Republican Women's Club at its luncheon this Friday, Jan. 8. He's also the keynote speaker at the Jan. 14 meeting of the Northwest Republican Group.

Martin is open to questions regarding Arizona's current budget deficit, and his forecast about 2010. Arizona's state budget shortfall stands at $1.4 billion in the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

The public is welcome to attend both events, a release said.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Sherese Steffens at 275-5836 or Karen Schutte at 877-3230.

Mountain Vista breaking ground on fire station

Mountain Vista Fire District is breaking ground for its new fire station at 9310 N. Shannon this Saturday, Jan. 9, at 10 a.m.

Mountain Vista Fire District, WSM Architects and Lloyd Construction are prepared to begin construction on the first district-owned fire station. A projected completion date of August 2010 has been established.

The Shannon station, just north of Hardy and north of the Omni Tucson National Golf Resort, would be an 11,500-square-foot, 2-1/2-bay fire station with sleeping quarters for 11 people, according to Scott Butler, administrative chief for Mountain Vista.

"We designed the building so that if we needed to add on an additional bay, we could," Butler said.

The district has five acres of land at the site. A portion of that ground is riparian and cannot be built upon. There's about three acres of usable space, Butler estimates.

The building, land and contents are estimated to cost near $2.5 million, Butler said.

At Saturday's event, Mountain Vista Fire District Chairman Earle Rhunke is making remarks. After the ceremonial "groundbreaking," guests can enjoy refreshments and view architectural renderings of the facility.

The public is invited to attend.

3 locations for tree recycling

It's time to heave that Christmas tree out of the house, according to Northwest Fire/Rescue.

"Get rid of the tree when it begins dropping needles," said Northwest Fire Captain Adam Goldberg. "Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home."

Additionally, bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer, Goldberg said.

National Fire Protection Association statistics show fire departments in the United States annually respond to an average of 250 structure fires caused by Christmas trees. Nearly half of them are caused by electrical problems, and one in four resulted from a heat source being too close to a tree.

Christmas tree recycling sites are established at Naranja Town Site in Oro Valley, at the Marana Airport and at Rillito Raceway.

Art show opens Sunday at St. Philip's in Hills

A group art show by the Southwestern League of Fine Art is opening with an artists' reception this Sunday, Jan. 10, in the Murphey Gallery at St. Philip's in the Hills.

The show, featuring works in various media by a number of regional artists, is open through Feb. 4.

Sunday's opening reception runs from 2 to 4 p.m., and the public is invited.

Gallery hours are Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m.

St. Philip's is located at the northeast corner of River and Campbell.

Casas Adobes Legion auxiliary seeking members

The American Legion Auxiliary, Casas Adobes Unit #73, is actively seeking new members.

Women with a veteran in their family are eligible to join the Casas Adobes auxiliary, which has given 16 years of service to community, state and nation through its programs and charities.

A short meeting is held on the third Saturday of the month at the Nanini Library at Shannon and Ina.

"We would welcome you to come and see what we're all about," a release said.

The Legion and Auxiliary are "the nation's largest service organization," with more than three million members through Legionnaires, Legion Riders, Auxiliary, Sons of Legionnaires, and Junior girls.

For information, contact unit secretary Karen Borth at 742-0468.

Next bluegrass jam Thursday on Dove Mountain

There's bluegrass music on Dove Mountain this Thursday, Jan. 7.

The next bluegrass jam, sponsored by the Desert Bluegrass Association, is set from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday on the patio next to Vero Amore restaurant.

Musicians gather "to play the music they love" at no charge.

"The last jam was a huge success, so if the weather is nice, better come early or bring your lawn chair," a release said.

For information, call Vero Amore at 579-2292, or jam host Charlie at 579-5918.

Food Bank gets $6,040 check from local firm

Local architect firm GLHN Architects & Engineers, Inc. gave the Community Food Bank a $6,040 check for Christmas.

The food bank welcomes gifts of canned or packaged goods all year, but officials say the agency is especially appreciative of cash gifts because each donated dollar can be used to distribute $9 worth of food.

The Community Food Bank has been awarded a 4-star rating by Charity Navigator, which tracks fiscal management among U.S. charitable organizations. The food bank received high marks because 97 cents of every dollar donated goes for food and related programs.

GLHN Architects & Engineers, Inc. is an employee-owned, multidiscipline firm located at 2939 E. Broadway Boulevard in Tucson.

Toddler dies after falling in Northwest pool

Rescuers with Rural/Metro Fire District responded to a home on West Calle Dadivoso on Wednesday, Dec. 30, where a 3-year-old boy had fallen into a swimming pool.

Family members began cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the child until rescuers took over. He was later taken to the hospital.

The toddler died on Dec. 31 after life-support systems were terminated, according to Pima County Sheriff's Department officials.

The home is located near Magee Road and Northern Avenue.

Horse expo Jan. 16-17 at UA Farm

The first Southern Arizona Horse Expo is being held Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 16-17, at the University of Arizona Farm located at Campbell and Roger.

The two-day event, with top Southern Arizona horse trainers and clinicians teaching and demonstrating Western and English riding disciplines, is a benefit for The Crow Project, Equine Voices Rescue and Sanctuary, and Heart of Tucson.

Food, art and horse product booths from local and national businesses are part of the event.

Tickets are $10 per day and are available at all Boot Barn stores, Vaquero Feed & Livestock Supply and Marana Feed & Supply.

Special guest Michael Blake, author of Dances with Wolves, is signing books and speaking about wild mustangs.

For more information go to"> or e-mail Clay airs a horsemanship program on Saturdays at 6 a.m. on 104.1 FM.

Pinal Sheriff elected to head AZ association

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu has been elected president of the Arizona Sheriff's Association for 2010.

Babeu follows outgoing president Coconino County Sheriff Bill Pribil to head the association. The sheriff's association is comprised of the elected sheriffs of all 15 Arizona counties.

The sheriffs work to coordinate a uniform agenda to improve public safety throughout Arizona. Sheriffs provide full law enforcement services, run county jails and provide regional support to many local police departments.

Central Arizona College offering 'unique, interesting' Oracle classes

Central Arizona College is offering "unique and interesting classes" in Oracle this spring, a release said.

Registration is open to Arizona residents, who must have lived in the state at least one year to qualify.

The classes are:

E-mail For Beginners, Evaline Auerbach, Ph.D, instructor

This course will help you set up an e-mail address that you can use at home or on a computer at any library. When you finish the course, you will be able to send and receive messages to and from any other e-mail address. Wednesday, March 24-April 7, 1-2 p.m., Mountain Vista Junior High School. Course fee: $25.

Violin For Adults, Jim Hewitt, instructor

"Diamond Jim" has been a fiddle player in the Tucson area for over 20 years. He regularly teaches and maintains his own recording studio and record company. Contact Jim at 896-3325. Course fee: $62 for residents, $124 for non-residents. Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Feb. 4-March 25, Wilson Barn Art Center, 2436 W. Linda Vista, Oracle.

Green Interior Design, Pamela Portwood, instructor

Pamela is a licensed interior designer whose column appears monthly in the "Tucson Green Times." She'll present practical ways for you to save energy, conserve water and create a healthy home. One class will be a field trip to see a green home and its design elements. Location: Triangle Ranch in Oracle. Saturdays, Feb. 13-March 7, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Course fee: $51.

Art and Architecture: An Exploration Of Unique Homes, Mary Myers, instructor

Mary, a well-known artist and home builder in Oracle, will conduct six field trips to view "hand built" homes and their unique architecture in the Oracle area. Saturdays, Jan. 23-Feb. 6, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Course fee: $54.

To register, call the CAC Office.Registration can be done Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Call the office at 825-4933. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Meet about Tangerine/Thornydale plan Jan. 12

A neighborhood meeting regarding a Tangerine / Thornydale specific plan amendment is being held Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Marana Municipal Complex.

While no actions are planned, nor deliberations held, the Marana Planning Commission may have a majority quorum at the meeting, according to a release from the Town of Marana.

According to a document from The Planning Center, a land use planning and design firm working with developer HSL Properties, proposed amendments would allow multi-family homes and a 100-room hotel west of a commercial center now being developed along Tangerine just west of Thornydale.

Area within the open space designation would be reconfigured "to allow for a single, wider wildlife corridor instead of two separate, more narrow east/west corridors across the site." The percentage of open space remains at 60 percent. Also unchanged would be a 50-foot building height allowance, and plans for widening of Tangerine Road.

Tuesday's meeting is open to the public.

Recycle those electronics at site Saturday

An electronics recycling event is being held this Saturday, Jan. 9, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Naranja Town Site, 660 W. Naranja in Oro Valley.

People may bring their televisions and computer monitors to the event, hosted by Tucson Clean & Beautiful with sponsorship help from American Retroworks – West, Cartridge World Tucson and Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse.

Recycling fees are applied to electronics. They are $10 for any television, and $5 per computer monitor. Other electronics, including cellular phones and printer cartridges, may be recycled without charge.

Large household appliances are not being accepted Saturday.

For more information, call 791-5000.

Gluten-free workshop at Marana farm

A workshop on mesquite flour as an alternative to wheat is being held this Saturday, Jan. 9, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Marana Heritage Farm.

People who are allergic to wheat, or who are "curious about the taste of mesquite flour," can find out how to bake mesquite cookies and "learn about gluten-free grains that are great for baking and how they may be healthy for you," a release said.

The Marana Heritage Farm is located at 12375 Heritage Park Drive, just off Tangerine Farms Road.

For more information and to register, contact Maggie Barnes at 468-1416. Space is limited.

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