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Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 11:00 pm

Census opens assistance centers in the Northwest

The U.S. Census Bureau has opened more than 100 questionnaire assistance centers at libraries, churches, neighborhood and cultural centers and chambers of commerce across Southern Arizona.

The centers opened March 19, according to a release from the Pima Association of Governments, and they'll remain through April 19.

PAG is coordinating regional public outreach on behalf of its member jurisdictions, including the cities of South Tucson and Tucson, Pima County, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, the towns of Marana, Oro Valley and Sahuarita, and the Tohono O'odham Nation.

Nationwide, the bureau is opening 30,000 QACs to "help people in hard-to-count communities understand the census and help people fill out their questionnaires," the release said.

Answers to questions, translation services, assistance in filling out forms and new forms are available.

Hours of each location will vary. The phone number for the QACs is (520) 918-1813. For more information about the 2010 Census, visit">



Passover seder at Westward Look March 30

Temple Emanu-El, celebrating its centennial  this month, holds its Northwest 2nd Night Passover Seder at the Westward Look Resort on Tuesday, March 30.

The seder begins at 6 p.m. It is led by Rabbi Benjamin Sharff and Northwest cantorial soloist Lori Sumberg.

The seder features Passover song, story, rituals, personal responses to the meaning of the Festival of Freedom, remembrances from a century of Temple Emanu-El's history in Arizona, and complete, catered kosher-for-pesach dinners.

The Passover Seder is the single most celebrated Jewish festival celebration of the year, and this year the seder coincides with the Temple's 100th anniversary. Passover celebrates the Israelites' exodus from Egypt and is symbolically re-enacted at the Seder — a ritual meal that symbolizes the transition from slavery to freedom.

Temple Emanu-El began on the 20th day of March, 1910, two years before Arizona became a state, when 13 members of the Tucson Jewish community gathered at the home of Joseph Ferrin to organize.

For more information about Temple Emanu-El, the festival of Passover, or to make reservations for the seder, contact the Temple office at 327-4501.



Foundation honors its award-winner

The Amphitheater Public Schools Foundation is hosting its annual fundraising event, "Boots, Bangles, and BBQ," this Saturday, March 27, from 6 p.m. to 12 p.m. at The Last Territory at the Hilton El Conquistador.

The event features the annual Heart of Amphi Award presentation, a silent auction, a fashion show from Sequels and music by Rancho Deluxe.

This year's Heart of Amphi Award winner is Dave Gallaher, the former president of an organization that sought out community and business support to relocate the Amphi Clothing Bank from a small storage area at Amphi Middle School to is present location on Stone Avenue adjacent to Amphi High School.

George Gray, an Amphi alumnus from 1985 and current television host, is this year's emcee.

Single tickets are $75 and a table of 10 costs $750. All proceeds support programs that provide student support, such as clothing, participation in athletics, and classroom technology.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Lisa Rice  at 696-5147 or visit">



Open house on La Cholla work Tuesday, March 30

An open house to discuss roadway design plans on the La Cholla Boulevard: Magee to Tangerine improvement is being held this Tuesday, March 30, at a church in the Northwest.

The open house runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Grace Community Church, 9755 N. La Cholla. A presentation begins at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday.

The Pima County Department of Transportation plans to widen that section of La Cholla from two to four lanes, install a bridge at the Cañada del Oro Wash, pave shoulders, raise medians, construct a multi-use path, make intersection improvements and put in landscaping.

Tuesday's session centers upon roadway design plans based on the draft environmental assessment and mitigation report and the draft design concept report, a release said. Representatives from Pima County and the project team are available to answer questions and address concerns about the project. Public opinion forms will be available.

For more information, visit">, or call Julie Simon with PCDOT community relations at (520) 740-6410.


HOA forum at Oro Valley hall this Saturday

A homeowners association forum, to include a legislative update, attorney roundtable, water conservation tips and information about Oro Valley's new landscape codes, is being held in council chambers on Saturday, March 27.

The event is being put on by the Arizona Association of Community Managers and the Town of Oro Valley. It runs from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in council chambers at the town complex, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive.

The HOA forum "will bring communities together," a release said. It plans to explore "how HOAs and public officials can work together."

Mayor Paul Loomis and Rep. Vic Williams are scheduled to speak.

For more information, call Laura Zilverberg at 480-776-6418, or Mary Davis at 229-4712.



Chamber is setting up a trip to China

The Marana Chamber of Commerce is inviting the general public to on a second nine-day trip to China this Oct. 15-23.

The trip costs $1,899 per person, with double occupancy in a four- or five-star accommodation. The cost includes round-trip airfare from Los Angeles, meals, tickets to tourist attractions and English-speaking tour guides with deluxe tour buses.

Those interested in the trip are invited to attend an orientation on Wednesday, April 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr., Library at 7800 N. Schisler, or on Tuesday, April 20 at 5:30 in the Fiesta Room at the Sunflower Village Center, 9401 N. Sunflower Park.

To  RSVP for the orientation or to get more information about the trip, contact Kathy Price at (520) 682-4314 or e-mail




Grants forum hooks agencies, benefactors

Nonprofit agencies can meet with representatives of funding sources at an event this Thursday, March 25 at the YWCA-Tucson, 525 N. Bonita Ave.

The grants forum is presented by the partnership of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits with the YWCA Tucson. It runs from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

The forum "connects grant seekers from nonprofits with funders to learn about opportunities for partnership and knowledge sharing," a release said. It includes a continental breakfast and time to network with representatives from foundations and other organizations.

Scheduled presenters are Judith Anderson, Every Voice in Action Foundation; Sharon Foltz, UniSource Electric; Jaimie Leopole, Research Corporation; Evan Mendelson, Community Foundation for Southern Arizona; and Patsy Kraeger, Americorps.

Cost for the event is $25, and $15 for alliance members. To register, go to"> or call (602) 279-2966, extension 17.


Free tax help still available through ICS

Tax Day is three weeks away, and IRS-trained and certified volunteers continue to offer free tax return preparation for low- and moderate-income individuals and families at Interfaith Community Services on West Ina Road.

ICS is offering volunteer income tax assistance from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays until April 15, a release said.

Volunteers prepare both state and federal returns, and counsel clients to make sure they claim tax benefits for which they are eligible, including the earned income tax credit and child tax credits, it continued.

To receive help, people must bring Social Security cards for each family member, photo identification and proof of income including W2s and 1099 forms. No appointment is necessary. Clients are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, call the ICS office at 297-6049 or go to"> ICS is located at 2820 W. Ina Road.

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