Guard is on border at Nogales

U.S. National Guard troops have begun arriving on the international border at Nogales.

The first group of 30 soldiers arrived Monday, Aug. 30. The full contingent of 530 guard personnel is expected to be in place in October.

The majority of guard soldiers would support the U.S. Border Patrol with entry identification and support criminal investigative analysts over the next year as part of Operation Copper Cactus, according to a National Guard news release.

The policy is part of a larger initiative of President Obama to send 1,200 National Guard troops to the border to provide intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance and support while the Border Patrol recruits and trains additional agents to serve on the border.

The Obama Administration has dedicated $600 million in new funding for enhanced security technology at the border.

The National Guard also was deployed to the border from 2006 to 2008 for Operation Jump Start.

Catalina class of '60 looking for their peers

Catalina High School class of 1960 is planning its 50th reunion Oct. 22-24 at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador in Oro Valley.

Classmates are hoping to locate graduates and former teachers. Interested people may call co-chair Jim Klein at 795-9484 or check out the website

"Many of our graduates" are in the Northwest, a spokeswoman said.

Tai' Chi class in NW starting Thursday, Sept. 9

A series of 11 Tai' Chi classes begins Thursday, Sept. 9 at Mountain Vista UU — the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northwest Tucson.

Beginners meet at 3:30, experienced students at 4:30. Classes last an hour. They are open to the public.

"No special clothing is necessary for tai chi, just comfortable apparel that permits movement," a release said.

Tai' chi is "a series of quiet supple movements—the quiet to cultivate the spirit; the supple to cultivate the body," a release said.

The first class is available at no obligation, so students can "find out what Tai' Chi is all about. The fee is $75 for 11 classes.

People may contact Elizabeth Reed at or 510-269-3414.

The facility is located at 3601 West Cromwell, Tucson, 85741.

Tohono Chul waives fee for a day, accepts school items

Tohono Chul Park is opening on the second Friday of each month with no admission fee other than a can of food, a box of pencils, a bag of wild bird seed or a child's toy.

Through December, guests can enjoy the park with a donation for that month's designated non-profit.

It begins this Friday, Sept. 10, which is a benefit day for Harelson Elementary School.

Needed items for the school are #2 pencils (Ticonderoga preferred), erasers (both pencil top and pink pearl), pens (black or blue), glue sticks, crayons (24-packs), highlighters (assorted colors), dry erase markers and erasers, washable markers, permanent markers (sharpie) fine and regular, colored pencils, spiral notebooks (both wide ruled and 6 subject divided), white copy paper (by the ream), facial tissue (large family size boxes) and hand sanitizer.

"Open your hearts and help us give back to our community," a release said.

Other planned benefit days are Friday, Oct, 8, Wildlife Rehabilitation of Northwest Tucson; Friday, Nov. 12, Interfaith Community Services food bank; and Friday, Dec. 10, Toys for Tots.

Tohono Chul Park is located at 7366 N. Paseo del Norte, Tucson. For more information, call 520-742-6455, or visit

Golf 'Fore' Education set Nov. 20

Golf "Fore" Education," a fund-raising golf outing to benefit Marana school children, is being held Saturday, Nov. 20, at Heritage Highlands.

The "just for fun" event is open to all interested players. It's sponsored by the Dove Mountain Rotary Club, raising funds for college scholarships and other club projects for local school students.

The no-handicap format includes golf, a cart, lunch and drawings for prizes as well as additional games and contests. Because the club recently was awarded 501(c)3 status for its Rotary Club of Dove Mountain Charitable Fund, a portion of the $100 per person entry fee will be tax-deductible.

For details or to register for the event, call Mary Ann Tatum, 520-572-3668.

Auxiliary is looking for NW volunteers

American Legion Auxiliary, Casas Adobes Unit #73, is seeking volunteers.

People are needed to share their free time in service to veterans, and to "help make our community better," a release said.

The Legion Auxiliary is the nation's largest service organization in the nation, with more than 3 million members.

"We serve Northwest Tucson and surrounding communities, and would appreciate your help, too," the release said. Monthly meetings held on the second Thursday at 6 p.m. at Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center, 1660 W. Ruthrauff Road.

Interested people may contact Karen Borth, secretary, (520) 742-0468, e-mail:

Two schools' carnival set for Oct. 1

Parent and teacher associations at Rattlesnake Ridge and Twin Peaks elementary schools present their "Fall Hullabaloo" annual carnival on Friday, Oct. 1.

The event runs from 5 to 9 p.m. at Rattlesnake Ridge Elementary School, 8500 N. Continental Reserve Loop. It is open to the public.

Bus shuttles are running from the skate park / community center, Twin Peaks and Coyote Trails elementary school.

Game and food tickets are 50 cents each. A wristband may be purchased for unlimited train rides and use of inflatables (jumping castles, slides, etc.) for $6 in advance or $8 at the gate.

There is a climbing wall, mechanical bull riding, an inflatable obstacle course, game booths, train rides, spinning art, entertainment, a dunk tank, cotton candy, a raffle and more.

"Please come out and enjoy our affordable, fun filled evening, where there is something for everyone," a release said.

For more information or to buy tickets, call Amy Smith at 548-7797.

Tea Party has its roster of endorsements

Endorsements for the November election have been announced by the Pima County Tea Party Patriots.

The group is backing Jan Brewer for governor, Doug Ducey for state treasurer and Gary Pierce and Brenda Burns for the Arizona Corporation Commission.

It prefers Ruth McClung in U.S. Congress District 7, and Jesse Kelly in District 8.

In the Arizona Legislature, the Tea Party is backing Gail Griffin in Senate District 25, Al Melvin in Senate District 26, Peggy Judd and David Stevens in House District 25, and Terri Proud and Vic Williams in House District 26.

AAUW to talk on volunteering at VA Sept. 11

The American Association of University Women holds it monthly luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m. this Saturday, Sept. 11, at the HomeTown Buffet, 5101 N. Oracle.

Deborah Brookshire, volunteer service program manager for the Southern Arizona Veterans Administration health care system, is discussing volunteering at the VA.

For reservations, call 219-3005.

Firm enters lease to open OV 'gastropub'

A firm has leased space at La Cañada and Lambert in Oro Valley, with plans to open a "gastropub" at the location.

Mussman Brothers LLC of Tucson has secured 2,560 square feet at The Shops at Oro Vista, a retail center on the southeast corner of La Cañada and Lambert.

Mussman Brothers hopes to open "Noble Hops" in December.

CBRE of Tucson represented the landlord, Americanada LLC of Farmington Hills, Mich., and the tenant in negotiating a seven-year lease agreement, according to a release from CBRE.

CBRE also participate in the sale of 2.15 acres of land zoned for industry to FLSmidth Krebs Inc., in Marana.

The Marana business purchased ground at 7741-7781 N. Business Park Drive in Marana. CBRE represented the seller, Tusonix Inc., of Tucson, in negotiating the $600,000 transaction.

Plans for the site have not yet been determined.

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