'Stuff the Bus' school supply drive to begin

School supplies are needed for the annual "Stuff the Bus" campaign put on by the Tucson Association of Realtors.

Each area school district has one designated Walgreens store for people to make donations. Locally, the designated Walgreen's are at 2175 W. Ina for the Amphitheater School District, 7800 N. Cortaro for the Marana Unified School District, 1415 W. River for the Flowing Wells School District, and 7877 W. Snyder for the Catalina Foothills School District.

Drives for those four districts begin this Thursday, July 1.

Donations can also be made at the TAR office, 2445 N. Tucson Blvd., Monday through Friday during business hours.

Needed items

Notebook binders, three-ring binders, note cards, stickers, pencils, construction paper, crayons, dry-erase markers, easel pads, erasers, folders, glue, glue sticks, hand-held pencil sharpeners, highlighters, tissue paper, lined notebook paper, markers, newsprint, notebook paper, paper clips, pencils, pens, poster board, printer paper, safety scissors, scissors, spiral notebooks and tape.


Forum about economic future July 16 at Omni

Leaders of Southern Arizona institutions and businesses gather Friday, July 16, on a luncheon forum, "Future Economic Outlook for Southern Arizona."

The event opens with 11 a.m. registration and an 11:30 a.m. program and lunch at the Omni Tucson National Resort, 2727 W. Club Drive. Seating is $40 for an individual, sponsorships $250 and tables of 10 $400.

Speakers are Marshall Vest, director of the University of Arizona Economic and Business Research Center; John Strobeck, owner of Bright Futures Business Consultants; David Lyons, president of National Bank of Arizona; Bob Davis, senior vice president for CB Ellis; and Roy Flores, chancellor of Pima Community College.

"This is a dynamite event," said Mike Reuwsaat, executive director of the Northwest YMCA. "This power panel will discuss our southern Arizona economy and offer suggestions to move our region out of this current economic slump."

Sponsors of 2010 Collaborative Leadership Forums are the Northwest YMCA, the Northern Pima County and Marana chambers of commerce, Pima Community College,  Comcast and The Explorer.


Fourth of July party at OV's municipal pool

The Fourth of July promises to be spectacular and cool at the Oro Valley Municipal Pool in James Kriegh Park.

Activities, swim races, prizes, music and fun run from noon to 3 p.m.

There will be penny and soda tosses, water polo and basketball, watermelon relays and inner tubing. Swim races include the 25-meter freestyle, butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke and 4-by-25-meter relays for friends and families.

Keva Juice is offering food and beverages.

Admission is $2 per person, with infants free.

The pool is located at James D. Kriegh Park, 23 W. Calle Concordia. For more information, call 229-5050 or visit www.orovalleyaz.gov, under the "Parks & Recreation" and "Aquatics" tabs.


OV art panel has opening

Oro Valley's art review commission has an opening.

The appointed commissioner "will have a voice in the approval and selection process of new art as it is presented for new commercial buildings, public roads and public development, parks" and more, said Matthew Moutafis, chairman of the commission.

Experience in art aesthetics, to include art education, architecture, professional art, art administration and management, is preferred.

Interested individuals may go to town hall for an application, may visit the Oro Valley web site at www.orovalley.org, or call 229-4700 to request an application.


Free bicycle event July 7 at OV library

A free bicycle safety program is being presented at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 7, at the Oro Valley Public Library.

The three-hour program, sponsored by the Oro Valley Police Department in partnership with the Pima County Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School program, focuses on basic mechanical aspects of the bike. Participants can learn "solutions to the most common problems," such as flat tire repair, changing and lubing chains, brake and derailleur adjustments, adjusting cables, checking spoke tension and recommendations for assembling a tool kit.

"Other topics will be determined by class discussion and specific bike problems the class may have," a release said. "Bring your bike and plan to get dirty."

Sheila Foraker, education and kids program director at Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, Inc., is teaching the class.

Class size is limited to 10 people, who must be 12 or older.

For more information, contact Officer Yolanda Hallberg at 229-5084.


CPR, first aid classes offered through  summer

Northwest Fire / Rescue is offering basic first aid, basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation and health care provider CPR classes through August.

The schedule is:

Basic first aid — Thursday, July 1, 6-10 p.m.; Thursday, Aug. 5, 6-10 p.m.; Thursday, Sept. 2, 6-10 p.m.

Basic CPR — Thursday, July 8, 6-10 p.m.; Thursday, July 15, 6-10 p.m.; Thursday, Aug. 12, 6-10 p.m.; Thursday, Aug. 19, 6-10 p.m.; Thursday, Sept. 9 , 6-10 p.m.; Thursday, Sept. 16, 6-10 p.m.

Health care provider CPR — Saturday, July 10, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 14, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 11, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

All classes are held at Station 30, 1520 W. Orange Grove Road. Class space is limited, and people must register in advance, a release said.

Registration fees for the first aid and basic CPR classes are $20 for district residents and $25 for those living outside the district. Health care provider CPR is $25 for district residents and $30 for those living outside the district. Registration fees are nonrefundable.

Call Northwest Fire Life Safety Services at 887-1010, extension 5000, for additional information.


Amphi sets July 1 hearing on tax increase

The Amphitheater Unified School District intends to raise primary property taxes to pay for increased expenditures in the fiscal year that begins July 1.

A public hearing on the proposed tax increase is scheduled this Thursday, July 1 at 7 p.m. at the district's main office at 701 West Wetmore Road.

The tax will be added to the "adjacent ways fund," intended to improve public right-of-ways adjacent to school properties with crosswalks, sidewalks, easements and pick-up and drop-off areas.

"We have planned for these things for many years," said Scott Little, the district's chief financial officer. "The intent on when we actually do the tax levy is a function of when we think we can do it without impacting tax bills for people. So basically, we think we have the ability that we are going to have savings in other parts of the levy in an order that when we levy this two cents, there's really no net change to anyone."

The district is looking to propose an increase in its primary property tax levy of $323,942. It would mean primary property taxes on a home with assessed valuation of $100,000 would increase from $31.53 to $33.53, according to Amphitheater estimates.

The increase would not be affected by any changes that could occur from property tax levies for voter-approved bond projects or budget overrides.

"The whole point is to not impact anyone's tax bills," Little said.

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