Workshop for parents starts Nov. 1 in Marana

Parents interested in building a better relationship with their children can sign up for a free seven-week workshop hosted by Arizona Youth Partnership at Marana Middle School.

The "Strengthening Families" workshop begins this Monday, Nov. 1.

Parents with children ages 11-14 can take part in the workshop. Registration is required.

Workshop hours are every Monday evening Nov. 1-Dec. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the library at Marana Middle School, 11279 W. Grier Road, Marana, 85653.

Topics of discussion will include helping your teen handle frustration, resist peer pressure, healthy communications, and problem solving.

To register for the workshop, e-mail Heather Bruning at or call her at 869-1716.

Open house on OV environmental ordinance Nov. 1

An open house for the public concerning new ordinances designed to protect environmentally sensitive lands in Oro Valley is being held this Monday, Nov. 1.

The event runs from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the Oro Valley Council Chambers, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive.

The Environmentally Sensitive Lands ordinance incorporates protection of natural, scenic and cultural resources. The project has proceeded in two phases: 1) policy development and 2) implementation through zoning, a release said.

Demand for ESL protection was formalized in the town's general plan in 1996. The policy development phase was completed with the adoption of the Focus 2020 general plan in 2005. This most recent version of the general plan includes 75 policies relevant to ESL. In February of 2009, the implementation phase began.

To achieve conservation and meet growth expectations, ESL employs a tiered system of open space requirements based on science and specific general plan land use designations.

"For an equitable balance of conservation and property development options, ESL includes a level of design flexibility never previously offered by the town," a release said.

A public hearing regarding this ordinance with the Planning & Zoning Commission on Monday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. A public hearing before the town council is Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m.

Anyone with questions may contact Bayer Vella, conservation & sustainability manager, at 229-4810 or

Bunco, event Nov. 7 to aid MUSD food

A Bunco tournament and fund-raiser at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain on Sunday, Nov. 7, is intended to benefit food programs in the Marana Unified School District.

The event is sponsored by the non-profit organization High Heels for Hope, which is recruiting sponsors and players.

Proceeds benefit MUSD food and backpack programs. Player reservations are available for $50 per person, and sponsorships are available from $50 to $300.

High Heels for Hope was organized by a small group of Marana businesswomen to support community building and outreach in Marana and Northwest Pima County, matching needs and resources to improve family, education and health, a release said.

To sponsor, to play, or to get more information, go to

Early votes at NW Y site until 2 p.m. Saturday

Early voting sites are open throughout Pima County through this Saturday, Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The early voting site in the Pima County Recorder's Office is open at 115 N. Church through Monday. Nov. 1.

After Monday, voters must go to their assigned polling location to vote on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 2, according to a release from Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez.

In the Northwest, the early voting site at the Northwest YMCA, 7770 N. Shannon near Shannon and Magee, is open through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, voters may log onto the Recorder's office web site at and click on "Early Voting Sites" to find a location that is convenient, or call the Pima County Recorder's office at 740-4330.

Recorder's office staff will be available for phone calls on Saturday.

Be safe on Halloween, people told

Ghosts and goblins are haunting neighborhoods this Sunday, Oct. 31, which is Halloween.

Rural/Metro Fire Department reminds everyone to put safety first.

Before people leave the door Sunday, they should:

• Extinguish all candles before leaving home;

• Wear some type of reflective material or clothing with a costume so they can easily seen by others, drivers in particular;

• Carry a flashlight to light the way. Glow sticks are fun and can also be used to make children more visible;

• Use the buddy system while going door-to-door;

• An adult should accompany trick-or-treaters of all ages;

• Trick-or-treat in well-lighted, familiar neighborhoods;

• Carry a cell phone if possible;

• Candy should be reviewed by an adult at the end of the night to make sure that there is nothing that may be contaminated, trigger a food allergy, become a choking hazard and otherwise be unsafe to eat;

• Call 911 in case of an emergency.

"The public should be extra cautious while driving on Halloween and remember that many people will be out on foot," the release concluded.

It's Cities, Towns Week in Arizona

Oro Valley is joining municipalities across the state in recognizing the League of Arizona Cities & Towns' ninth annual Cities & Towns Week, Oct. 25-29.

Everyone in Oro Valley "is encouraged to learn more about the services and programs that Oro Valley offers to improve the quality of life in our community," a release said.

As part of the celebration, Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath read a proclamation at the Oct. 20 town council meeting, recognizing the hard work of all town employees. In addition, Councilwoman Mary Snider is visiting fourth-grade classes at Painted Sky Elementary this Thursday, Oct. 28, to talk about local government and how it serves the community.

Cities & Towns Week is set aside each year to provide citizens with important information about the services and programs provided by their city/town, and to introduce the employees that deliver them, the release concluded.

Bluegrass jam on DM Nov. 4

The next free Dove Mountain Bluegrass Jam is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 4.

It'll run from 6 to 8 p.m. on the patio of the Dove Mountain Retail Center, crossroads of Tangerine Road and Dove Mountain Boulevard in Marana.

The jam, free and open to the public, is hosted by the Desert Bluegrass Association and sponsored by the Vero Amore Pizza Restaurant.

"Come listen to some good old bluegrass music," an invitation said.

For more information, call Charlie Sides at 579-5918.

Chief earns MADD award, attends event

Oro Valley Police Chief Daniel G. Sharp has been awarded the 2010 Mothers Against Drunk Driving national conference scholarship.

The scholarship has been awarded to one law enforcement representative from each state, a release said. Applicants were chosen by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with input from the NHTSA regional office and MADD.

Sharp attended the MADD National Conference in Washington, D.C., Sept. 24-25. During the conference, Chief Sharp attended the National Law Enforcement Institute, where he received information in the area of data driven approaches to crime and traffic safety, high visibility enforcement, phlebotomy programs for law enforcement officers and ignition interlock issues.

Sharp and the OVPD plan to disseminate the information to law enforcement executives throughout Arizona.

The scholarship supports both MADD and NHTSA efforts to reduce alcohol-impaired driving, traffic crashes, injuries and deaths.

Sharp is a commissioner on the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, vice chairman on the Arizona Automobile Theft Authority, and a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Highway Safety Committee.

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