Red Cross is dedicating a new building

A  new building dedication and open house is planned by the Southern Arizona chapter of the American Red Cross on Thursday, April 15.

People are invited to the new facility, located at 2916 E. Broadway, between 3:30 and 5 p.m. The chapter's annual meeting and volunteer recognition runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

People should RSVP by April 9 at, or by calling Caitlin Dixon at 318-6740, extension 124.




Basic CPR courses in NW this April

Two cardiopulmonary resuscitation classes are being offered through Northwest Fire Life Safety Services.

Basic CPR is taught Thursday, April 8, from 6 to 10 p.m., and again Thursday, April 16, from 6 to 10 p.m.

Classes are held at Station 30, 1520 W. Orange Grove Road. Class space is limited, and students must register in advance. Registration fees are $20 for district residents and $25 for those living outside the district.

Call Northwest Fire Life Safety Services at 887-1010, extension 5000, for additional information.





Marana parks, rec budget topic at two meetings

Budget open houses are being held in Marana this Wednesday and Thursday, April 7 and 8, to discuss the impact of Marana's "continuing revenue challenges" and how they may impact the town's parks and recreation budget for fiscal 2010-'11.

The events are Wednesday at the Marana Municipal Complex, 11555 W. Civic Center Drive, and Thursday at Rattlesnake Ridge Elementary School, 8500 N. Continental Reserve Loop.

Each open house begins at 6:30 p.m. They are free and open to the public.

In the past two years, Marana has reduced its expenditures by 29 percent "without impacting services such as parks and recreation programming," the release said. The town is considering parks and recreation changes in the fiscal year that begins July 1.

For more information, call 382-1950.





'Anti-crime' class for seniors May 7 at NW campus

Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard is hosting a senior "anti-crime university" on Friday, May 7, at the Northwest Campus of Pima Community College.

The course runs from 8 a.m. to noon that Friday at the Northwest Campus, 7600 N. Shannon Rd.

Senior anti-crime universities are designed to teach attendees to detect scams against seniors and help others to avoid frauds and abuse, a release said.

The half-day of classes touch upon consumer identity theft, life care planning and health care directives, Medicare/Medicaid fraud, financial exploitation, elder abuse and neglect, Internet safety and charitable giving.

"Keeping Arizona seniors well-informed provides the best defense against frauds and scams," Goddard said. "The Anti-Crime University will present a wealth of useful information to identify and prevent all manner of schemes and rip-offs. Protecting seniors has long ranked as a top priority for the Attorney General's Office, and this program moves our efforts up another notch."

Space is limited, and advance registration is required.  To register online or get more information, go to the Community & Family tab and click on Seniors at the Attorney General's Web site (, then click on "Senior Anti-Crime University," or e-mail

For more information, go to




Book sale and signing April 18 at NW church

A spring library book sale and book signing runs from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, April 18, at the Casas Adobes Congregational Church, 6801 N. Oracle.

Books include art, history, biographies, religion and more.

Author Jim Davidson is signing copies of his recent book, "Patches On My Britches," It is a story of his childhood, growing up in a family of 13 children in West Texas during the Dust Bowl days in the 1930s.

"Lots of good reading," a release concluded.

The event is free and open to the public.




New message series at church

Sanctuary United Methodist Church is beginning a message series titled "Making Love Last a Lifetime."

It begins this Sunday, April 11, at the church's 9 a.m. traditional service.

The message series is designed for singles, couples and those looking at getting married, a release said. The Rev. Mark Maddox is looking at biblical perspectives, and is sharing input from surveys and interviews as well as extensive research.

Sanctuary United Methodist Church meets in the Rattlesnake Ridge Elementary School, 8500 N. Continental Reserve Loop, one block west of Silverbell and Coachline.

For more information call the church office at 207-6453 or go to



Family event planned at Northwest school

A Child and Family Festival is scheduled for Saturday, April 10 at the Sonoran Science Academy.

The festival provides families with informational programs, events and booths on early childhood education, health and development. Interactive booths include bubble painting, baby sign language instruction and art projects. The event is geared towards children up to age five.

The festival is related to Week of the Young Child, a national effort to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

The United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, First Thing First and Daisy Early Learning Academy helped to put the event together.

Events are scheduled to start at 9 a.m. and run until 2 p.m. at Sonoran Science Academy located at 2325 W. Sunset Road.

The event is free and open to the public.



Energy savings workshop April 17at Trico 'quarters

Trico, the electric cooperative, is putting on an energy efficiency workshop for homeowners on Saturday, April 17.

The event, intended to help people "keep your cool with energy efficiency and conservation," runs from 9 to 11 a.m. at Trico's 8600 W. Tangerine Road location.

Trico is offering "low- and no-cost steps … to keep your energy bills under control," a Trico release said. "There are many things you can do to take charge of your energy bill, even during the hottest months of the year. You just need the right tools."

The public is invited. People may call 744-2944 with questions.




Nw fire opens Thornydale fire hall Saturday

A grand opening celebration for Northwest Fire District's new Station 39 is being held this Saturday, April 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Station 39.

It is located at 12095 N. Thornydale, just north of Tangerine Road.

The district's 10th fire station is open for tours and introductions. Children can practice home escape skills through safe white smoke in the safety trailer, get a close-up look at fire engines and equipment, and squirt a fire hose, a release said.




Fire academy has 22 cadets from 3 districts

Twenty-two firefighters-to-be are learning the ropes (and hoses) during a 14-week fire academy that began Monday at Northwest Fire District.

The cadets work 10-hour days throughout the academy, 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday until graduation on Friday, July 9.

Each day begins with two hours of physical training, followed by a combination of classroom and hands-on learning covering all aspects of firefighting, from patient care to connecting hoses, to deploying ladders to battling live fire.

Cadets entering the fire academy are already certified as emergency medical technicians or paramedics.

Of the 22 cadets, 12 are with Northwest Fire District, nine are with Golder Ranch Fire District and one is from Casa Grande Fire Department. Northwest Fire cadets will fill 11 vacant positions within the district.

Golder Ranch Fire District and Casa Grande Fire Department are working with Northwest Fire District to train personnel they currently need without having to run separate academies, a release said.

"This joint effort provides a more diverse academy experience for the cadets and cost saving to all three entities," it concluded.




Northwest Fire starts series of 'town halls'

Northwest Fire District begins a series of "town hall" discussions this Thursday, April 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Heritage Highlands Clubhouse, 4949 W. Heritage Club Blvd. in Marana.

Northwest Fire District officials are inviting residents and business owners "for open discussions about the impact of current economic conditions on taxes and the level of services" the district provides, a release said.

"Fire officials hope these forums will provide opportunity for taxpayers to ask questions and give input as to what services provided by the fire district are most valued," it continued.

Four other town halls are planned in the Continental Ranch, Flowing Wells and Tucson Mountain communities. Times and locations are yet to be determined.

For more information, contact Division Chief Jim Grasham at 520-887-1010, extension 2910, or at




Surfacing work on Ina within Marana limits

The Pima County Department of Transportation and contractor Granite Construction are preparing Ina Road from Camino Cielo to Camino de la Tierra at the CDO Wash for a micro-sealing treatment.

This portion of Ina Road is the first pavement preservation project within Pima County funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The project is estimated to take approximately three weeks at an estimated cost of $1 million, a release said.

Milling and paving is slated from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 5-12. Micro-sealing is set April 13-22, again from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.





Leadership forums through Northwest YMCA

The Northwest YMCA has scheduled four collaborative leadership forums through September.

A state legislative update is being held with representatives from Districts 25 and 26 from 8 to 10 a.m. Friday, April 23, at the Shannon Road facility.

"Dispute Resolution in the Workplace" is the featured topic from 8 to 10 a.m. May 28 at the Northwest YMCA. Thom Cope is the featured speaker.

The Southern Arizona Economic Profile Luncheon runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 16 at the Omni Tucson National Resort.

A corporate wellness presentation is set from 8 to 10 a.m. Sept. 10 at the Northwest YMCA.




Grant to help food bank buy cooled big truck

 A $200,000 federal grant is allowing the Community Food Bank to purchase a new refrigerated semi-trailer truck for its rural produce distribution program, a release said.

USDA Rural Development funds are being used to purchase a 53-foot refrigerated semi-trailer truck to serve Southern Arizona rural communities and, when available, provide produce to the Statewide Gleaning Program and the remainder of Arizona.

"The tractor-trailer will dramatically improve the Community Food Bank's ability to move fresh produce to more people in need in rural Southern Arizona communities," said Bill Carnegie, Community Food Bank president and chief executive officer. "We are extremely grateful to USDA for their support of our efforts to reach poor families without much access to health food."

For further information on this grant, contact Tony Bruno at (520) 622-0525, extension 245.



Proposition 100 discussion this Tuesday in city

A community information forum on Proposition 100, the 1 percent sales tax that goes before voters May 18, is being held this Tuesday, April 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall on the Catalina United Methodist Campus, 2700 E. Speedway.

Sponsors are the League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson and the Catalina United Methodist Church Committee on Church, Society and Missions.

Speaking for the tax increase is Pete Hershberger, the former District 26 legislator, and Ann-Eve Pederson, a Tucson Unified School District parent.

Speaking against the tax are Paul Marsh, a former Pima County supervisor, and John Kromko, president of the Taxpayers Union and a former Arizona legislator.

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