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Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 11:00 pm

NW church hosts women's event Saturday, Sept. 18

New Life Bible Fellowship Church in the Northwest is hosting a gathering for women on Saturday, Sept. 18.

Women from all over the world are listening to the message of author and Bible teacher Beth Moore at LifeWay Women's Living Proof Live simulcast. Moore's books and studies include "Breaking Free" and "Esther: It's Tough Being a Woman."

"We had an amazing time in 2009 and were pleased to have churches from eight countries and two military bases participate," said Paige Greene, director of women's events for LifeWay. "This year, we are streaming live from the Internet, which will allow churches of all sizes to participate with ease."

Doors open at 8:30 a.m., the event starts at 9:30, and it finishes at 4 p.m.

New Life Bible Fellowship Church is located at 4900 N. Cortaro Farms Road.

Chile festival this Saturday at Oro Valley Farmers mart

For the sixth year, the Oro Valley Farmers' Market is hosting its annual Chile Festival this Saturday, Sept. 18.

Loads of red and green chiles are coming in fresh and for sale, roasted or raw.

Harvest Restaurant's Ramiro Scavo is doing a cooking demonstration with fresh market ingredients, including green chiles, at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The farmers' market is open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Oro Valley Town Hall.

OV club hosts Sept. 18 golf to assist women, kids

A golf tournament to raise funds for homeless families is being held Saturday, Sept. 18, at Rancho Vistoso Golf Club, 955 West Vistoso Highlands Drive in Oro Valley.

The 10th annual New Beginnings for Women & Children event is presented by the Southern Arizona Credit Union Chapter.

Proceeds "benefit NBWC's shelter and housing programs that help more than 600 homeless women and children annually," a release said. Last year's event raised more than $8,000 for New Beginnings. This year's goal is $15,000.

The tourney is a four-person scramble, 18 holes with a cart. Registration opens at 6:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. Lunch, raffle prizes and awards follow. Tickets are $100 each or $400 for a foursome. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to">, call 520-325-8800, or visit 2590 N. Alvernon Way.

A set of Ping G15 clubs is the featured raffle prize. Winners need not be present. To reserve raffle tickets, call New Beginnings for Women & Children at 520-325-8800.

New Beginnings for Women & Children has been helping homeless families stabilize and journey into self-sufficiency for 23 years. From its beginning as a four-room shelter, to its current state — a 13-room shelter in addition to 70 transitional housing apartments — NBWC has continued to pursue its vision of "reducing homelessness in our community, one family at a time." More than 600 individuals a year are assisted.

Dispose-a-med Sept. 25 in Marana

A Dispose-a-Med event, giving people a place to discard expired prescription and over-the-counter medications, is being held in Marana on Saturday, Sept. 25.

The Marana Police Department is organizing the collection, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that Saturday at Target, Ina and Thornydale roads. It is free and open to the public.

Proper prescription and over-the-counter drug disposal is an emerging environmental issue, according to a release from the town. "As with any household waste, the disposal method chosen can have a direct effect on the safety and health of the environment," it continued. Once collected, the medications will be given to the Drug Enforcement Administration for disposal.

The event is being held in partnership with the Meth-Free Alliance, Marana Health Center Healthcare, Northwest Fire District and Pima County Wastewater. Students from the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, under the supervision of licensed pharmacists, will be available to review and answer questions about medications.

Prostate health event Saturday at NW Medical

Prostate health is the subject this Saturday, Sept. 18, when Northwest Medical Center hosts an awareness campaign on prostate cancer.

"Know Your Stats about Prostate Cancer" is led by Hall of Fame football player and prostate cancer survivor Mike Haynes. Know Your Stats, a national campaign from the American Urological Association Foundation and the National Football League, is "bringing the message to fans across the country, educating men and their loved ones about the importance of prostate health," a release said.

On Saturday, information is being shared from 8 to 11 a.m. at Northwest Medical Center, classrooms B, C and D, located at 6200 N. La Cholla Blvd. To register, people may call 866NW4WELL (866-694-9355). Attendees can park in the parking garage adjacent to the emergency room entrance and follow the signs to the event.

Urologists Dr. Jenne Myers, Dr. Jay Page, Dr. Kalpesh Patel and Dr. Sanjay Ramakumar are presenting information on a variety of topics related to prostate health and prostate cancer, the importance of prostate cancer screening, and the range of available treatment options. A prostate cancer survivor is sharing his experience.

Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death for American men. One in every six American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and African American men are more than twice as likely to die from the disease. In Arizona, 4,300 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year.

For additional information, contact Kim Chimene at 469-8738 or at

NW Fire open house at Star Grass Saturday

Northwest Fire is hosting an open house at Station 38, a block north of Cortaro, east of Camino de Oeste and west of Old Father Road, this Saturday, Sept. 18.

A day of fun, food and safety runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Station 38, 8475 N. Star Grass.

There'll be chances to tour the station, climb up on a fire engine, and get a close-up look at firefighting equipment, a release said.

"Children can learn home escape skills through the safe, white smoke of the safety trailer and squirt a real fire hose," it continued. "Meet your firefighters and enjoy a hot dog lunch at the fire station. All ages welcome."

Marana effort to get kids fishing is being honored

A Town of Marana effort to get kids fishing is being recognized as the outstanding program for youth enrichment this week in Scottsdale.

The Town of Marana Parks and Recreation Department is honored for its 2009-'10 Take Me Fishing Program on Sept. 2, at the annual Arizona Parks and Recreation Association banquet. Recreation programmer Tammy Haley served as the lead, and is accepting the award.

In 2009, the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation and National Parks & Recreation Association made resources available to communities with their Take Me Fishing initiative. The intent was to help local youth service organizations reconnect children with nature.

Marana Parks and Recreation applied for and received a $5,000 grant. The town wanted to introduce 2,000 school-age children to fishing. In fact, more than 2,500 youngsters, 1,000 adults and 50 volunteers participated in the year-long program.

The Marana program reached out to after-school and summer camp participants by offering fishing and boating presentations, contests, an opportunity to refurbish castoff fishing equipment and fishing field trips to Silverbell, Patagonia and Pena Blanca lakes.

The grant also provided funds to stock the Marana municipal swimming pool with more than 500 catfish for youngsters to catch during the town's annual Founders' Day events in March.

Volunteers from Arizona Game and Fish, Sportsman's Warehouse and the Arizona Bass Association also supported the program.

Catalina state park offers kids a $2 adventure

Does your child wonder how wild animals live and thrive in the Sonoran Desert?

Starting this fall, and continuing through the 2010-'11 school year, elementary school groups can arrange to visit Catalina State Park on the east edge of Oro Valley and participate in activities that teach how animals use the five senses to negotiate their environment.

It's called The Adventure Program, sponsored by Arizona State Parks.

The two-hour program is open to students in grades 1-3 from public, charter, private and home schools. Tours can be arranged by the classroom teacher, a release said. The entry fee is $2 per student.

Over the years, "thousands of Pima and Pinal county students have participated and enjoyed a morning of fun-filled learning activities in an Arizona state park," the release continued.

REI of Tucson is helping to sponsor this program by providing trail stools for students to use while participating.

For more information, contact program coordinators Andrew and Joanne Hogan at 520-903-4367, e-mail, or go to the park website,">

MV baseball fund-raising golf is Oct. 2

A second annual fund-raising golf tournament to help the Mountain View High School Baseball Club is going to be held Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Omni Tucson National Golf Resort.

This is the team's major fund-raiser. Proceeds help pay for "much-needed things" such as new uniforms, jackets and "especially work on the baseball field," a release said.

Registration opens at noon, with a shotgun start in a scramble format at 1 p.m. Entries are $400 for a foursome. The entry deadline is Sept. 17.

Individuals and businesses can be hole sponsors beginning at $75. Sponsorships are needed by Sept. 10. Gifts for a raffle are also welcome, along with items to place in gift bags.

Elizabeth Chacon is the contact. She may be reached at 603-4879, by fax at 1-800-691-2513, or at Other points of contact are, or MV Lion Baseball Classic, Box 90409, Tucson, 85752.

Police looking for woman who held up another

Police have released a sketch of a woman suspected of following another woman home, then attempting to steal her purse using what is believed to be a Taser.

At about 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, Oro Valley police responded to the 14000 block of North Alamo Canyon Drive. The victim told police she was returning home from grocery shopping when she noticed a small red sedan following here. She said the fact the car had one working headlight caught her attention.

After pulling into her garage, she went to open her door and saw a white female, between 20 and 30 years old, about 5 feet 6 inches tall with light brown hair, standing there. The suspect demanded the elderly woman's purse, and the woman said "no."

"I don't want to hurt you, but I will," the suspect reportedly replied.

At that time, the woman saw a weapon pointed at her, and handed over $30 to the suspect, who then left the garage. The victim went inside her house, locked the door and then looked outside to try and get a license plate number or a better description.

Anyone with information regarding the strong armed robbery, vehicle or identity of the female is asked to contact Oro Valley Police at (520) 229-4900 or 88-CRIME.

Police gather old drugs Saturday

The Oro Valley Police Department plan a prescription medication take-back event this week.

Police and volunteers are on hand Saturday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Target store on Oracle Road near First Avenue to collect old and unwanted drugs.

Drug Enforcement Administration, SOBER Project, Meth Free Alliance, Oro Valley Optimist Club, Golder Ranch Fire District and Pima County Wastewater Management are partnering with the town to help prevent prescription drug abuse.

Police have similar events planned in October, November and December.

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