Middle school asks for help with 'Cinderella'

Marana Middle School students are presenting the musical "Cinderella" March 9-11, and they're seeking advertising sponsors to defray expenses.

The Off-Freeway Performers – the school is located behind a new noise wall next to I-10 – need donations to pay for building sets and costumes.

Ads in the fund-raising program are $30 to $50. Commitments are needed by Feb. 26. To give, contact Ivy A. Sweeney at the MMS Drama Department, 11279 W. Grier Road, Suite 105, Marana, 85653.

The play is staged at 7 p.m. each night. Tickets are $5.



Boys chorus classic concert Saturday, Feb. 20

The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus presents its annual Classic Concert on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at Our Mother of Sorrows Church, 1800 S. Kolb.

Works by Frederic Balazs, former musical director of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra; Schubert and Mozart lead the performance, along with a grand final of John Rutter's "For the Beauty of the Earth" and Oscar Peterson's "Hymn to Freedom."

Tickets are $15 each. They're available at the boys chorus office, 5770 E. Pima, or at the door. Call 296-6277 for more information.



Founders Day events March 20 in Marana

Marana celebrates its birthday on Saturday, March 20, with the 33rd annual Founders' Day Parade and related festivities.

Founders' Day includes the 9 a.m. parade, entertainment, food, a car show, a heritage display and games, with activities centered at Ora Mae Harn Park. This year, the town has been awarded a "Take Me Fishing" grant, and has partnered with the Arizona Game and Fish Department to provide a free catfish round-up for kids ages 14 and under in the Marana Municipal Pool. Fishing poles are provided.

Entry is a canned food item for the Marana Community Food Bank.

Invitations to participate in the parade, or with booths, have been sent to businesses. Parade entries are needed by Feb. 26.

For more information, contact recreation assistant Emily Rasnake at 382-1950, or by e-mail at erasnake@marana.com.



Statehood Day celebrates state's 98th Thursday

Arizona Statehood Day is being celebrated this Thursday, Feb. 11, at the Arizona Capitol Museum in Phoenix.

Statehood Day is traditionally celebrated on Feb. 14, to mark the day Arizona became a state in 1912. The celebration was moved this year because Feb. 14 is Sunday.

Secretary of State Ken Bennett is master of ceremonies, with a proclamation issued by Gov. Jan Brewer. Officials also announce the recipient of the 2010 Polly Rosenbaum Award, named for the longtime legislator and supporter of education and libraries. It honors a public official who has most supported the mission and work of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records.

The winner of the Polly Rosenbaum Writing Contest is also honored. The contest, sponsored by Arizona Public Service, recognizes 11 students in grades 7-12 who wrote the best essays on "Count me in: Why the Census matters."



Have a car? Donate it to Project Grad

Project Graduation, the safe and sober high school graduation party, is asking for donations of gently used vehicles.

Project Graduation is participating in CARS, an acronym for Charity Autos Recycled for Students. Gently used vehicles and unwanted vehicles can be sold, with the proceeds used toward purchase of "a safe, reliable used car to be given away to a deserving graduate as the grand prize at the end of the 2010 Project Graduation event," a release said.

Contributions are 100 percent tax-deductible.

The campaign is being conducted with the help of Oro Valley Police Department's Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #53 for Canyon Del Oro and Ironwood Ridge high schools. For information, contact Sgt. Thomas at pgcars2010@comcast.net, or by phone at 954-3927.



Naval Academy accepts apps for summer seminar

Applications are being accepted through March 31 for the United States Naval Academy Summer Seminar (NASS) 2010.

NASS is designed for students who have completed their junior year of high school. It is "a fast-paced, six-day experience for high achievers who may be interested in pursuing an appointment to one of the nation's service academies and serving as a military officer after graduation," a release said.

NASS is held in three sessions: June 5 through 10, June 12 through 17 and June 19 through 24.

The program introduces students to the opportunities at the Naval Academy.  Students will live in a dormitory, eat in the dining facility and participate in academic and leadership workshops.

The academy's current students, known as midshipmen, run summer training with oversight by active duty Navy and Marine Corps officers.  More than 2,250 students from around the U.S. attend the program each year.

By applying to the 2010 Summer Seminar, students are also applying for admission to the Naval Academy class of 2015.

Questions about NASS and the application process can be directed to (410) 293-1549 or visit www.usna.edu/admissions. For more information about Naval Academy athletics, extracurricular activities and other general information, visit www.usna.edu.


Marine Corps League grants Marana charter

A charter has been approved by the Marine Corps League for Marana Nighthawk 72 Detachment #1344.

Presentation of the charter is set for 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, in the council chambers of the Marana Municipal Complex.

Former and current Marines and Navy Corpsmen who served with the U.S. Fleet Marine Force of any rank are invited to be the pioneers of the Marana Nighthawk 72 Detachment Marine Corps League. Regular meetings are planned.

The detachment has many objectives, among them the provision of uniformed color guard services for special community events and services, community service, the promotion of Marine Corps values, establishment of an annual Marine Corps Ball, the preservation of Marine Corps traditions and history, and more.

For more information, contact Don LaVetter at 623-7471, or e-mail MaranaMarines@hotmail.com.


'Senior prom' Friday at IR

The annual "senior adult prom" is being hosted by Ironwood Ridge High School student government this Friday, Feb. 12.

The senior prom is for local senior citizens. It runs from 7 to 11 p.m. in the cafeteria at the high school, located at 2475 W. Naranja Drive.

The event, with dinner and dancing, is priced at $35 per couple and $25 per single. RSVP is needed at 407-4246.



Tribal chair leads PAG; Sahuarita mayor heads RTA

Ned Norris Jr., chairman of the Tohono O'odham, is the 2010 chair of the Pima Association of Governments' Regional Council.

Other 2010 regional council officers are South Tucson Mayor Jennifer Eckstrom, vice chair, and Oro Valley Mayor Paul Loomis, treasurer.

Regional council members include Tucson Mayor Robert Walkup, Pascua Yaqui Vice Chairman Robert Valencia, Marana Mayor Ed Honea, Pima County Supervisor Ramon Valadez, Sahuarita Mayor Lynne Skelton and Arizona State Transportation Board member Steve Christy.

Members of the regional council also serve on the RTA Board. Each governing board has different officers. The new RTA chair is Sahuarita Mayor Lynne Skelton. The outgoing RTA chair is Marana Mayor Ed Honea.



GOP candidates for U.S. House in Thursday debate at Ir


Republican candidates for the party's nomination to the U.S. House in District 8 are debating this Thursday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m. in the Ironwood Ridge High School auditorium, 2475 W. Naranja Drive in Oro Valley.

The debate, titled "By The People: Elections 2010 - Debate In The Desert," is being put on by the Northwest Republicans, with the help of the Tucson Tea Party, Smart Girl Politics, LD-26 Republicans and the Oro Valley Republican Women's Club.

Congressional District 8 "is one of the most closely contested House seats for the 2010 election," a release said. Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is the incumbent. Candidates running in the GOP primary who are participating in the debate include Brian Miller, Jesse Kelly, Andy Goss and State Sen. Jonathan Paton.

Panelists are Roxanne Ziegler, councilwoman, Town of Marana; Joe Higgins, host of the Wake-Up Tucson radio show; and Bruce Ash, Republican national committeeman. The evening's moderator is David Hoefferle, vice chairman of Pima County Republicans.

Admission is free. Everyone is asked to bring a can of food for the food bank.

For more information, go to www.nwrepublicans.com or www.tucsonteaparty.org.

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