OV has post on its board of adjustment

The Town of Oro Valley is seeking applications for volunteers to fill one position on the town’s board of adjustment.

The two-year term expires Dec. 31, 2012. Applicants must be residents of the town of Oro Valley, a town release said.

The board of adjustment is a quasi-judicial board that has “the power to review and decide on administrative decisions or zoning requirements that create unnecessary hardships in the development of property because of exceptional or extraordinary conditions,” the release said. “Unlike other boards or commissions, the board of adjustment makes the final decision on items that come before it.”

It meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 3 p.m.

Applications for the board of adjustment are available at the Oro Valley Town Hall, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive, or at the Town Clerk’s website, http://www.orovalleyaz.gov/Town_Government/Town_Clerk/volunteer_opportunities.htm.

Applications will be taken until the position is filled.

Tucson Arizona Mass choir gives its Christmas concert Dec. 12

Tucson Arizona Mass Choir, under the direction of Dorothy C. Reid, is celebrating its 11th anniversary and presenting its annual Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 12.

The free concert begins at 4 p.m. at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, 3809 E. 3rd Street.

Light refreshments are provided following the event.

Stargazing nights on Kitt Peak this Friday through Sunday

The Kitt Peak National Observatory Visitor Center is offering stargazing nights for the general public on the WIYN 0.9-meter (36-inch) research telescope.

This rare event, offered in conjunction with the WIYN consortium and the Kitt Peak National Observatory Visitor Center, is available at night this Friday through Sunday Nov. 26-28.

The 0.9-meter telescope was one of the first research telescopes on Kitt Peak. It was built in 1962, and is used primarily for research that demands a wide-field view of the sky. The telescope is often outfitted with the NOAO Mosaic camera, which gives it a 1-degree field of view — equal to the apparent size of two full moons. Many of the most famous poster-quality images from Kitt Peak have been taken with the 0.9-meter telescope, a release said.

Nights on the 0.9-meter telescope begin with dinner at 5:30 p.m., a tour of the 0.9-meter facility, an overview of the night sky, and plenty of time looking at various objects through an eyepiece on the telescope.

Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. The per-person cost for this rare night of stargazing is $120 per person, to include transportation to and from the mountain from a central location in Tucson, a sit-down dinner at the Kitt Peak Dining Hall, and a night of stargazing.

Call 520-318-8726 to reserve your spot.

Applications needed for Trico’s trip

Each year, Trico Electric Cooperative sends two to four students on the Washington Youth Tour, an all-expenses-paid, week-long trip to our nation’s capital.

Applications are being accepted for the 2011 trip through Nov. 30.

Along with students from electric cooperatives across the nation, WYT students learn about U.S. government and history. They tour famous monuments, historical sites and museums. “They even have the opportunity to meet members of Congress,” a release said.

Students must be a junior in high school and the dependent of a Trico customer in order to be eligible. For more information about the trip, and to download an application, go to www.trico.coop.

Trico, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, is a member-owned, non -profit electric cooperative headquartered in Marana. It serves more than 38,000 customers over nearly 3,200 miles of line, including communities in Northwest Tucson, SaddleBrooke and Marana.

Firm gathers Thanksgiving food for needy

A Marana business has been conducting a Thanksgiving food drive, offering a free chiropractic exam and X-rays to people who donate food.

Tompkins Family Chiropractic, located at 7620 N. Hartman Lane, was able to provide meals for 83 local families last year.

“With your continued support, we hope to provide Thanksgiving dinner for even more families of the wonderful town of Marana,” a company flyer indicates.

The company has been collecting, and continues to gather, instant potatoes, stuffing, canned vegetables, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, olives, pickles, nuts, heat-and-serve rolls and dessert choices. It suggests a $15 cash donation toward turkey, eggs, butter, fresh vegetables and seasonings.

“Our community has many families that are struggling to make ends meet, especially during the holidays,” the flyer reads. “In America, one in six people don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Help us make sure that this year, our neighbors don’t go without Thanksgiving dinner.”

The business may be reached at 572-2596.

Fundraiser scheduled to aid officer

Area public safety officials have asked for assistance in raising money for a police office undergoing cancer treatment.

The North Tucson Firefighters Union, Fraternal Order of Police and the Arizona Conference of Police and Sheriffs plan a pancake breakfast to raise money for Oro Valley Police Department veteran Bill Burney.

Burney is the department’s K9 handler. He’s suffering from cancer and has numerous medical bills to pay.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 4 from 8 to 11 a.m. at Golder Ranch Fire Station No. 377, Oracle Road and Linda Vista Boulevard.

Tickets for the pancake breakfast cost $5 and can be purchased at the Oro Valley Police Department at 11000 N. La Cañada Drive, or at any Golder Ranch Fire Station in Oro Valley.

Tickets also can be purchased at the event Dec. 4.

Holiday music on weekends at shop center

Bands play holiday music on holiday weekends at La Encantada this season, presented by Westcor and Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance.

Friday and Saturday musical performances from 6 to 7 p.m. begin Nov. 26 and end Dec. 18. Snowflakes decorate the night sky at 6 and 6:45 p.m., each “flurry” lasting 15 minutes, during the La Encantada Snowfall Music Series.

Free, live shows include music from jazz, blues and choruses in the lower-level courtyard at La Encantada Shopping Center, 2905 E. Skyline Drive.

“If you’ve ever seen snow fall through a night sky, it truly is a magical moment, especially for Tucsonans who haven’t experienced it,” said SAACA Executive Director Kate Marquez. “Both kids and adults can take away an unforgettable experience with this engaging concert series.”

The Tucson Desert Harmony Chorus starts the series Friday, Nov. 26. Homero Creone, principal percussionist with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, plays this Saturday, Nov. 27. They’re followed by the Nightbird Trio Dec. 3, and the Ironwood Ridge High School Choir Dec. 4. The Old Arizona Brass Band plays Dec. 10, Desert Melodies Dec. 11, Bill Ganz Dec. 17 and Know Man’s Land Dec. 18.

Trico taking applications for its grants

Trico Electric Cooperative, Inc., is calling for 2011 POWER grant applications.

Tax-exempt organizations that provide education and literacy programs to children living in Trico’s service are encouraged to apply, a release said. Organizations may apply for grants up to $10,000; a total of $40,000 will be given.

Organizations don’t have to be located in Trico’s service area to be eligible; however, the organization must demonstrate that the funds “will be used to assist a significant amount of kids in Trico’s service area.”

Grant applications must be received at Trico’s offices by Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. Grants will be evaluated on a competitive basis, and awards will be made for a single year.

POWER Grant guidelines, application forms and additional information are available at Trico’s web site, www.trico.coop. Additional information is also available by contacting Romi Carrell Wittman, Trico communications services director, at rwittman@trico.coop.

OV has two slots on plan, zone board

The Town of Oro Valley is now accepting applications for volunteers to fill two positions on its planning and zoning commission.

The term runs through Dec. 31, 2012. Applicants must be residents of the town of Oro Valley, and must attend the town’s Community Academy (formerly the Citizens Planning Institute) during their term, if they have not already done so, a release said.

The planning and zoning commission holds public meetings and makes recommendations to the town council on matters relating to the creation of zoning districts, enforcement of zoning, amendments to all zoning ordinances and any other matter within the scope of the town’s zoning code and general plan. The commission meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m.

Applications for the planning and zoning commission are available at the Oro Valley Town Hall, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive, at the town clerk’s website at http://www.orovalleyaz.gov/Town_Government/Town_Clerk/volunteer_opportunities.htm, clicking on “Volunteer Opportunities.”

Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

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