Medicare event in OV Nov. 18

A Medicare conference in Oro Valley on Thursday, Nov. 18, should help Medicare enrollees “decipher the plan changes” that take effect Jan. 1, according to a release from the Pima Council on Aging.

The event begins at 8 a.m. Thursday at the Sun City Vistoso Social Hall, 1495 Rancho Vistoso Blvd. Seating is available for up to 400 people.

The annual open enrollment period for all Medicare beneficiaries began Monday, Nov. 15. People who are “comparing the cost of plans or who may be shopping for a new plan” may want to participate in the conference.

Certified commercial insurance company representatives have been invited, and guests can pick up plan information provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Bridgeway, CareMore, HealthNet of Arizona, Humana, SCAN Health Plan, Sterling Plans and UnitedHealthcare, the release said.

Registration information is available at, or by calling 324-1960. Tickets are $10 each. Each person receives a 250-page resource guide.

Cow droppings smell like cash in fund-raiser

Cow droppings mean big bucks to three lucky winners this Friday, Nov. 19, when the “Cow Drop Raffle” lands upon a grid at the Marana Heritage Arena.

The event is a fund-raiser for La Paloma Family Services and the Ironwood Ridge High School girls athletic boosters.

Participants pay $10 to buy a square on the field, which organizers will mark off with paint. Whoever purchased the plopped square wins money. The top prize may be as high as $4,000, a release said. There are three prizes; all values are contingent upon ticket sales.

The Marana Heritage Arena is providing the cow. “Hopefully we won’t wait too long to find the winners,” a release said.

Fans can come watch at 5:30 p.m. Friday. The arena is located at I-10 north of Tangerine next to Marana Middle School.

Tickets are available by visiting, and follow the Cow Drop link for rules and ticket purchase.

Art show, sale in SB Nov. 20-21

SaddleBrooke has its semi-annual art show and sale this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20 and 21, at the Mountain View Clubhouse.

The event, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each of those days, is presented by the SaddleBrooke Fine Arts Guild.

There are 44 participating artists with a wide array of work, including oil, watercolor and pastel paintings, mixed media, collage, photography and more.

Piano recital this Sunday at OV church

Jose Solorzano, pianist, presents a recital this Sunday, Nov. 21, at 3 p.m. at Oro Valley United Church of Christ, 1401 E. El Conquistador Way.

Selections include music from Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninof and Gershwin, including Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”

Solorzano is director of music ministry at the church. He has performed with various area symphony and chamber groups, and has been principal pianist with the Civic Orchestra of Tucson.

Tickets are $15. Proceeds benefit development of a fine arts center in Solorzano’s hometown of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Interfaith Community Services, and the church.

For ticket information and purchase, call 825-2856.

Food drive for Marana bank Friday at mall

The Marana Community Food Bank is the beneficiary of a food drive this Friday, Nov. 19, at Foothills Mall.

Food is being collected from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the mall entrance between Kirkland’s and Old Navy, according to a release. KLPX FM 96.1 is broadcasting from the site.

“If you have been thinking about making a donation to the food bank or conducting a food drive on our behalf, this would be a great time to do it,” said Linda Hampton, executive director of the Marana Community Food Bank.

There will be prizes on the prize wheel for those who give.

Harelson to mark its 50th birthday

Harelson Elementary School is celebrating its 50th birthday with an invitation-only event on Friday, Nov. 19.

The Amphitheater school, located at 826 W. Chapala, is inviting former and current principals and staff, visiting alumni and current Harelson students to the event. It also plans to dedicate its outdoor learning center, made possible by a $100,000 grant from Lowe’s.

Harelson Elementary School is hosting its alumni reunion the weekend of April 29-May 1. Information on the event is located on Harelson’s internet home page.

Claire’s feeding Catalina the day before Thanksgiving

For the 20th year, Claire’s Café in Catalina is offering a free Thanksgiving feast to anyone who’d like on Wednesday, Nov. 24.

Food is served at Claire’s, 16140 N. Oracle, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“The entire community is welcome, as our thank you for 25 years in business,” said owner Claire Johnson. “This year more than any, the community needs our support.”

Sheriff seeks suspect in theft of two purses

On Oct. 1, a woman drove into the parking lot at Wild Horse Ranch off West Ina Road, entered a building and stole two purses belonging to wedding guests.

She tried to take money from one of the victim’s bank accounts before driving to a gas station in Catalina, where she purchased gas with the card.

Her image has been captured on surveillance cameras, and the Pima County Sheriff’s Department is seeking help finding the woman.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian female, approximately 40 years old, about 5-6, heavy set with shoulder-length blonde hair. Photographs of the suspect and vehicle are being made available in an attempt to identify the woman, a release said.

Anyone with information regarding the theft or possible identity of the female is asked to contact 911 or 88-CRIME.

Flavor of India opens in OV’s Rancho Vistoso

An Indian restaurant has opened in Oro Valley’s Rancho Vistoso.

Flavor of India, offering a daily lunch buffet, full bar, catering, carry-out and traditional northern India cuisine, is located at 12112 N. Rancho Vistoso Blvd., in the Safeway shopping center just north of Tangerine Road.

It is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The restaurant is running specials during its grand opening.

For more information, go to or call 544-3005.

ID theft info session planned in Oro Valley

The Oro Valley Police Department will give a presentation on protecting against identity theft on Thursday, Nov. 18. The event is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Oro Valley Council Chambers, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive.

Attendees can learn how criminals access personal information and what is done with it. They also can learn how to keep one’s identification from getting into the wrong hands. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the Oro Valley Police Community Resource Unit at 229-5084 or 229-5085.

Toy Donations accepted at foothills mall

Visit Santa’s Workshop at the Foothills Mall to donate new and used toys and clothing this holiday season.

The workshop also accepts food, hygiene items, diapers and household items.

Donations will be accepted during mall business hours starting Thanksgiving weekend through the Monday before Christmas, Dec 20. The workshop is located between the food court and Barnes and Noble. Performances also will be held during the week for a minimal ticket price. All proceeds and donations benefit Casa Maria Soup Kitchen and The Marana Food Bank.

The Arizona Rose Theatre Company created Santa’s Workshop 24 years ago to help turn the old into new again.

Visit for specific performances and times.

Additional donation drop-off boxes will be located at all Tucson Pizza Hut locations beginning on Thanksgiving.

Farm stand on two Fridays at Flowing Wells

A farm stand, with fresh fruits and vegetables for sale, is being operated every first and third Friday at the Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center.

It’ll be open from 9 a.m. to noon each of those days, according to a release from the Community Food Bank.

The farm stand, and a second new stand in Midvale Park, “will allow busy shoppers access to fresh, locally grown, healthy food in their own neighborhoods,” a release said.

The Ellie Towne Community Center is located across the street from the Flowing Wells WIC office and the library.

Both farm stands and all Community Food Bank farmers’ markets accept food stamps, WIC checks, Arizona Farmers Market Nutrition vouchers, cash, credit and debit, a release said.

The new markets are being established as part of the Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative to prevent or reduce obesity through increased opportunities for improved nutrition and physical activity, the release said. The initiative is led by the Pima County Health Department and is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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