Fund-raiser, salute to vets this Saturday

An event to raise awareness and support for wounded U.S. military veterans is being held this Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Marana Post 5990.

The inaugural "Day to Thank Our Heroes" is presented by the Post 5990 men's auxiliary, in conjunction with the Devils' Brigade Horseshoe Club.

A 10:30 a.m. opening ceremony, with presentation of colors, a 21-gun salute and the Star-Spangled Banner, pays tribute to wounded and fallen soldiers. A day of horseshoes, ladder golf and dart tournaments begins at 11 a.m. Live music comes courtesy of Mark Archambeault and the Just Us Band. Refreshments are available, along with children's games and entertainment to include a jumping castle, and a variety of raffle drawings.

Events are open to the public. A $10 donation includes admission and entry into one of the day's tournaments; veterans and active duty military are free with proper identification. Al proceeds are donated to the charity.

"We are proud to have this opportunity to support the Wounded Warriors Project and the veterans and their families that it benefits," said Jonathan Gleave, men's auxiliary president. "By helping to raise awareness of this charity, while at the same time raising funds to support their programs, more wounded service personnel stand to benefit from the range of services they provide."

To get to Marana VFW Post 5990, go west on Avra Valley Road for 12 miles, turn right on Trico Road, go approximately two  miles to El Tiro Road. VFW Post 5990 is located on the northwest corner of Trico and El Tiro. Look for the helicopter.




Classes set for CPR and first aid

Northwest Fire/Rescue is offering classes this spring.

The schedule includes:

Basic First Aid — Thursday, Feb. 4, 6-10 p.m.; Thursday, March 4, 6-10 p.m.

Basic CPR — Thursday, Jan. 21, 6-10 p.m.; Thursday, Feb. 11, 6-10 p.m.; Thursday, Feb. 18, 6-10 p.m.; Thursday, March 11, 6-10 p.m.; Thursday, March 18, 6-10 p.m.

Health Care Provider CPR — Saturday, Feb. 13, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; Saturday, March 13, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

All classes are held at Station 30, 1520 W. Orange Grove Road. Class space is limited, and you must register in advance. Fees for the First Aid and Basic CPR classes are $20 for district residents, $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.



Mathis leads historical society Southern board

Colleen Mathis has been elected president of the board for the Arizona Historical Society's Southern Chapter Board.

Mathis, who served as vice president in 2009, is government funding manager at University Physicians Healthcare, where she is responsible for developing and managing programs to seek and maintain funding from federal, state and local governments, a release said.

Also elected to leadership positions are Gregory Scott, vice president; Ann Kelley Boice, secretary; and Cynthia Schroeder, CPA, treasurer.

Eileen Warshaw was elected to a two-year term on the board, joining returning board members Kathy Alexander, Betty Bear, Chris Carroll, Eugene Caywood, immediate past president Dan Chambers, docent council representative Betty Cirivello, Monte Clausen, J. Peter Hershberger, Charles Irwin, William J. Kelly, John C. Lacy, Andrew Rutter, Mark A. Suagee and Scott Thompson.

The Arizona Historical Society, a not-for-profit organization, works to help Arizona's communities preserve and pass on their culture, folkways and histories to people of all ages.




Breakfast, sale aid Scout troop this Saturday

A rummage sale and breakfast for Boy Scout Troop 206 is planned for this Saturday, Jan. 23.

The event, starting with breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m., is set for 939 W. Chapala Drive in the Northwest.

For information, call Mike at 850-6453.


Brandeis used book sale on through Sunday

A student from Tucson has received the Brandeis endowed scholarship, funded in part with proceeds generated through the annual used book sale under way through this Saturday at Foothills Mall.

Luke Teece, a graduate of University High School, is a National Merit Scholar. Teece was a finalist in the Arizona math test, captain of his high school soccer team, and a golfer. The Brandeis sophomore is studying math and pre-medicine.

The Brandeis sale continues at Foothills Mall through this Sunday, Jan. 24. It is open to the public during regular mall hours. This Saturday, Jan. 23, is half-priced day. On Sunday, "fill our bag to the brim" for $10 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The used book sale is a major fund-raiser for the scholarship. Senior men and women spend the entire year collecting, sorting, pricing and boxing used books to sell at Foothills Mall.

Brandeis, located in Waltham, Mass., has been named the 11th top research university in the U.S. by Forbes Magazine.



Marana seeks nominees for 2 major awards

Over the years, Marana has honored people who have left their mark on the community.

Ora Mae Harn helped start the Marana Food Bank, served as the executive director of the Marana Health Center and was a town council member and mayor.

In 2007, Charlyne and Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr., made a $1 million contribution to the new district library to buy books.

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords helped save residents money in insurance premiums by aiding the town in its disagreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency over floodplain maps.

All are recipients of the Town of Marana Branding Iron Award, given once a year to an outstanding individual and organization nominated by the public who have improved the quality of life for Marana's citizens and visitors," a release said.

Nominations are needed by Saturday, Feb. 6, for both the Individual Branding Iron Award and the Organization Branding Iron Award.

Rules include: no self-nominations; prior winners cannot be nominated; prior nominees may be nominated again; nominee may not serve on selection committee; in memoriam awards may be given separately from the Individual and Organization Branding Iron awards.

Nominations must include nominator and nominee contact information, and a 400-word description detailing why the individual or organization deserves the award. Forms can be found at and may be mailed or dropped off at the Marana Municipal Complex, Attn: Marana Heritage Conservancy, Inc., 11555 West Civic Center Drive, Marana, 85653.

Winners will be chosen by the Marana Heritage Conservancy. Mayor Ed Honea, Town Manager Gilbert Davidson and the town council present branding irons to the winners at Founders' Day on March 20.


Town hall with mayor Thursday

Oro Valley Mayor Paul Loomis is conducting a town hall meeting in Sun City Vistoso this Thursday, Jan. 21.

The event, from 1 to 3 p.m., is being hosted by the Sun City Vistoso government affairs committee. It's being held in the Apache Room at the visitors center, 1565 E. Rancho Vistoso, and is open to the public.

For information, call 825-3711.



New bluegrass band debuts in Friday concert

A newly formed bluegrass band presents its debut concert this Friday, Jan. 22, at Heritage Highlands.

The Desert Sun String Band plays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the clubhouse at Heritage Highlands, 4949 Heritage Club Boulevard in north Marana. Tickets are $10, available by calling Charlie Sides, the band leader, at 579-5918.

A release to The Explorer last week contained an incorrect date.

The Desert Sun String Band is composed of five members of the Desert Bluegrass Association — Sam Brown, Bill DeVinney, Reid Griffin, Charlie Sides and Bill Paul. They joined together in early October.

The band "only exists because of each member's love of the music, the pleasure derived from playing together and from sharing their music with others," Sides said. "This is your opportunity to enjoy an evening of hand-clapping, toe-tapping, knee-slapping good, hard-driving bluegrass music."



Ritz-Carlton DM clubhouse tops national judging

The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain is one of three clubhouses chosen as superlative in Golf Inc. magazine's annual clubhouse competition.

The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club joins Tullymore Golf Club in Stanwood, Mich., and Moon Valley Golf Club in Phoenix as the 2009 winners.

"We are pleased to honor these outstanding clubhouses, " said Katina Cavagnaro, publisher of Golf Inc. "The quality of the entries was exceptionally high."

Golf Inc. is honoring the winners and contest finalists at the upcoming Golf Inc. Spring Conference at the Amelia Island Plantation in Amelia Island, Fla., April 12-14. They'll also be featured in the winter issue of Golf Inc.

The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain was honored as the top finisher in the private club category.

Judges for the contest were Bryan Webb, director of design/principal at MAI Design Group; Andre Landon, design director/principal at EDI Architecture; and Jim Richerson, general manager/director of golf at Kohler Co.



Architect,designer of Golderstations, at milestone

Terry Lee, AIA, is celebrating his 25-year anniversary with Breckenridge Group, Inc. Architects/Planners.

Lee, a senior vice president with the company, has been practicing architecture since graduating from the University of Arizona in 1981. As project director for the firm's governmental and institutional projects, he has managed projects totaling close to three quarters of a billion dollars in construction.

Among his work is four fire stations for Golder Ranch Fire District as well as its headquarters complex; the Davis Monthan Base Exchange; and numerous other projects.

Throughout Breckenridge Group's history, the firm has completed more than 475 projects, including the Richard Jefferson Gymnasium, and the Eddie Lynch Athletic Pavilion at the U of A; the City of Yuma Aquatic Center; and more than 20 fire stations throughout the state of Arizona.



Free H1N1 flu clinic at school this Saturday

An H1N1 flu vaccination clinic is being offered to the public this Saturday, Jan. 23, at Ironwood Ridge High School in Oro Valley.

It's sponsored by the Amphitheater Public Schools Health Services Department, in conjunction with the Pima County Health Department. Vaccines are available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to all members of the community at no cost, a release said.

The Pima County Health Department recommends vaccinations for healthy persons over the age of 6 months. Anyone under 18 who wishes to get the vaccination must have a parent or legal guardian present.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to get the Amphi community protected against novel H1N1 flu," said Sandi Wheeler, health services director for Amphitheater Public Schools. "With school being back in session after winter break, we are anticipating another wave of novel H1N1 in schools. We very much appreciate the Pima County Health Department and Maxim Clinics for providing this service free to charge."

Ironwood Ridge High School is located at 2475 W. Naranja Drive.

"We are proud to be able to offer this service to our community," said Todd Jaeger, associate to the superintendent. "We are doing so without cost to district taxpayers. The district is providing use of facilities as its contribution to the effort."



OV council to hold Saturday budget retreat

The Oro Valley Town Council plans to hold a daylong retreat this weekend.

The meeting, held at Ventana Medical Systems in Rancho Vistoso, is scheduled to run from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 23.

The purpose of the retreat is for the council to provide guidance to the town staffers on its priorities for the coming budget year, according to Mary Davis, Oro Valley's spokeswoman.

The meeting is open to the public. The council will not vote or take any official action at the meeting.

Meeting material will be posted to the town Web site later this week. The information can be found at">

Ventana Medical Systems is located at 1910 E. Innovation Park Drive. The meeting will be held in building 5.

For more information, call the town of Oro Valley at 229-4700.

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