Marana chamber sets golf, spa date Sept. 23

A golf tournament or a spa experience await participants on Sept. 23, when the Marana Chamber of Commerce holds its annual tournament.

The event is being held Thursday, Sept. 23, at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain. There is a silent auction and a raffle. Proceeds benefit the Marana Community Food Bank and MHC Healthcare.

Sponsorships and registration are open. Prepayment is required by Aug. 18.

Registration and range play open at 6:30 a.m. on the day of the event. The scramble begins with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.

For more information, visit or contact Kathy Price at


Tu Nidito sells VIP tickets for Rihanna show

Tu Nidito, the local non-profit that supports seriously ill children and their families, is raising funds by selling 40 VIP tickets to Rihanna's "Last Girl on Earth Tour" stop July 22.

Sol Casinos donated tickets for the July 22 performance at AVA Amphitheatre. All sales directly benefit "Southern Arizona's seriously ill and grieving children," a release said.

Tickets are $200 each or $375 for a pair. Each ticket includes a seat in a VIP Box during the concert and an exclusive dinner on the West Lawn beforehand.

"This is an exciting opportunity to donate to a good cause while attending one of the hottest concerts of the summer," the release said. "All other tickets in the VIP section are currently sold out."

Tickets can be purchased by phone at (520) 322-9155 or at the Tu Nidito offices at 3922 N. Mountain Ave. Tucson, 85719.

Each year, Tu Nidito supports more than 800 children in Southern Arizona.


Garden tour at Steam Pump this Thursday

A garden tour and corn harvest at Steam Pump Ranch is being held for the Oro Valley Historical Society this Thursday, July 15.

The event runs from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. The property's south gate will be open, with parking near the garden. It is not a public event.

The historical society's Native American Heritage Garden is producing spring corn. The Santo Domingo (Kewa) variety has some blue kernels.

"The experiment of growing high desert corn from northern New Mexico has worked well and the corn is ready to harvest," a release said. "Some cobs will be saved as a seed source for next year's crop and some may be used for eating on the cob or making blue corn meal for muffins."

With the corn harvested, the society's plot at Steam Pump will have space to complete planting of the "three sisters" monsoon garden with beans, corn and squash.


Hearing on Cortaro Farms/Magee July 14

A public hearing on the Cortaro Farms / Magee road project is being held Wednesday, July 14, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Northwest Campus of Pima Community College.

Officials with participating agencies are presenting the project's draft environmental assessment and design concept report for public review and comment, according to a release.

Cortaro Farms / Magee is scheduled for widening and improvement from Thornydale to Oracle roads. Pima County Department of Transportation is the lead agency, along with the Federal Highway Administration, the Arizona Department of Transportation and the Regional Transportation Authority.

A formal presentation is planned for 6:15 p.m. Wednesday in room A-207 of the Northwest Campus, located at 7600 N. Shannon. Maps and project information are being presented.

Comments are being accepted at the meeting. They may also be sent to Angie Brown, Gordley Design Group, 2540 N. Tucson Blvd., Tucson, 85716, by fax to (520) 327-4687, or by e-mail to Comments are needed by July 30.

Copies of the environmental assessment are available at, as well as on the Northwest Campus and at the Nanini Library, 7300 N. Shannon.


CDO freshman on her way to national rodeo

Canyon Del Oro High School ninth-grader Braelyn Henry was awarded the 2010 Gist Silversmiths Rookie of the Year award at the Arizona state high school rodeo finals held in Payson early last month.

Henry was a first-year competitor who accumulated the most points during the rodeo year.

Henry was also was the 2010 pole bending reserve champion, which means she'll travel to Gillette, Wyo., this month to represent Arizona at the National High School Rodeo Finals.

Henry also is the 2009 Arizona State Fair 4-H senior champion in barrel racing and pole bending. She is the 2009 and 2010 Pima County 4-H Senior advanced gymkhana champion.

Along with her achievements in rodeo, Henry played for the CDO freshman volleyball team, and was named the 2009 freshman defensive player of the year.


Presentation for parents July 17 in OV

Anticipating or expecting parents are invited to a free presentation on birth, breastfeeding and first-time parenting this Saturday, July 17.

The free event, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., is being held in the council chambers at Oro Valley Town Hall, 11000 N. La Cañada. It is sponsored by Oro Valley Parks and Recreation.

Loree Scheyli instructs people what to expect in birthing, how to facilitate breastfeeding, and pointers on how to be a parent. She is a certified in childbirth and lactation education, newborn massage, and is a birth and post-partum doula, someone who assists in giving birth.

For more information, contact Scheyli at or call 742-7108.


Town to hold forums on DRB changes

Oro Valley continues to move forward on a proposal to eliminate the development review board.

The town plans to hold a series of forums in July and August to collect public input.

Oro Valley's development review board is a citizen panel that recommends approval or denial of development plans to the town council.

Three reform options have been presented to the council, including limiting the board to reviews of architectural designs, and disbanding the body and putting its duties on town planning and zoning employees. If the board were disbanded, town staff would make development recommendations to the council for final approval.

In April, the town council asked Oro Valley staffers to present additional information before making the decision. The council plans to take up the issue again in September.

Meetings are scheduled for Monday, July 19, at 10 a.m.; Thursday, July 22, at 1:30 p.m.; and Friday, July 23, at 1:30 p.m.

The presentations at all of the meetings will be the same. Town officials have asked that people RSVP because of limited space in the meeting rooms.

A public open house is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 5, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The meeting is scheduled to be held in the town council chambers. No RSVP is needed for the open house.

For more information, contact Mary Davis at 229-4712.


OV seeks input on sign code changes

Recommended changes to Oro Valley's sign code will be available for public inspection and comments on Thursday.

Town officials have worked with a citizen-based task force since November 2009. The group was tasked with evaluating the town's sign code and making recommendations for the town council to consider.

These recommendations will be available for the public's review and comment prior to going before the Oro Valley Planning and Zoning Commission in August, and the council in September.

The public is invited to attend at Oro Valley Town Hall, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive on Thursday, July 15, from 6 to 8 p.m.

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