Peace event, unity rally go 'til Friday

Copper Creek Elementary School puts on the 11th annual Peace Conference and Unity Rally through this Friday, Oct. 22.

The anti-bullying event has been hosted by Harelson Elementary School for the past decade. This year, Copper Creek "has decided to keep the tradition going," a release said.

The actual day of the conference is Wednesday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fifth-grade students from Copper Creek are joined by student council representatives from other elementary schools to undertake activities that support peace and unity, and to "discuss concerns of our youth," the release said.

The Unity Rally, an all-school assembly followed by an aerial photo, is from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 22.

For information or to sponsor, contact the school at 696-6800.

Warmer climate explored during Sunday program

Melanie Lenart explores how to prepare for our future in a warming world this Sunday, Oct. 24, at 12:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northwest Tucson.

Lenart's book, "Life in the Hothouse: How a Living Planet Survives Climate Change," is based on studies about how the planet has responded to previous temperature extremes, in both modern times and the distant past.

She'll explain "how that history provides us guidance for our future," a release said.

Dr. Lenart, an environmental scientist and writer, has a doctorate in natural resources and global change from the University of Arizona. Since 1989, she has dedicated most of her time "to understanding how natural systems change with climate and conveying this information to the public," the release said.

This event is free and open to the public. An optional lunch is available at 11:45 a.m. with a suggested donation of $5. Contact Betty Meikle at 520-990-4663 or e-mail

Marana officer honored for his DUI enforcement

Marana Police Officer Joseph Miller has earned an award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving for his efforts in enforcing DUI cases.

Miller was given MADD's DUI Enforcement Award on Oct. 13, during a dinner at the Sheraton Hotel in Tucson. He was one of 18 state, federal or tribal officers to receive the award.

This past year, Miller participated in 30 DUI investigations and arrests, and assisted officers in another 25 investigations.

"Officer Miller performs very thorough investigations and provides well-written reports," said Marana Assistant Town Attorney Laine Sklar. "His attention to detail is terrific. He knows where issues may present themselves and makes clear in his reports how he addresses those situations."

Miller recently completed Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement and Drug Recognition Expert training. He often serves as a mentor to younger officers with their DUI cases.

Miller has been an MPD officer for four years.

Deadline to ask for mailed ballots Friday, Oct. 22

Voters have until 5 p.m. this Friday, Oct. 22, to order ballots for mailing to their homes, according to Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez.

Ballots can be ordered by telephone at 740-4330; online at and clicking on "early ballot request;" or by downloading a request from this same link, filling it out and mailing it in to the recorder's office.

As of Oct. 15, more than 238,000 voters have taken advantage of the vote-by-mail process and ordered ballots.

Voters who are on the permanent early voting list automatically receive a ballot in the mail, and do not need to request one, Rodriguez said.

Church to work 3 NW projects this Saturday

Some 1,700 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are expected to help with dozens of school, town and county projects in Southern Arizona this Saturday, Oct. 23.

As part of national Make a Difference Day, people in the church are focusing on public projects that can "assist budget-restricted counties and towns to improve areas that are so expensive to maintain and operate," a release said.

In the Northwest, the Tucson North Stake expects to have more than 300 people working on three major projects.

They are helping to create a new trail in memory of Maeveen Behan at Arthur Pack Park off Thornydale Road. Behan was instrumental in creation of the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan. The church is also painting restrooms at Arthur Pack.

At DeGrazia Elementary School, church members are painting a classroom for its LEAP program.

And the church is undertaking a cleanup in Oro Valley, improving the look of the Cañada del Oro Wash between Basis School and Fry's.

For more information, contact Curt Finster at 891-6704, or

Amphi board candidates at Wednesday event

Amphitheater School District candidates Jeff Grant, Scott Leska and Susan Zibrat have been invited to participate in a candidates forum this Wednesday, Oct. 20.

It runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Nanini Public Library, 7300 N. Shannon Road. The large meeting room has been reserved. There is parking on the library's east side.

The forum is being co-hosted by the Harelson Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization and the League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson.

Two of the three candidates are being chosen by voters Nov. 2 to serve on the Amphi board. Grant is the lone incumbent in the field.

For more information, contact Lisa Ferko at 940-5132, or

The Nanini Library is collecting spaghetti sauce, as well as other non-perishable items, for Interfaith Community Services. Donations are appreciated.

School Calendar

Organizations in the Marana and Amphi school districts are hosting fall events to benefit area high schools.

The Mountain View Parent Resource Organization introduces Hay Maze at Fall Fest 2010 this Saturday, Oct. 23, with inflatables, food, dunk tank, pumpkin decorating and more. Admission is free, with tickets will be sold for various activities. Proceeds benefit Mountain View and Marana high school clubs, sports and Project Graduation.

On Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 6-7, the Project Grad committees for all three Amphi district high schools are teaming up to put on the Extreme Car Show & Craft Fair. The event will be held at Canyon Del Oro, with proceeds supporting Amphi, CDO and IRHS Project Grad events.

Oct 20-22: Elementary School Peace Conference at Copper Creek; Unity Rally on Friday.

Thursday, Oct. 21: Mountain View Orchestra Concert, 7 p.m., auditorium; Ironwood Ridge Band/Orchestra Concert, 6 p.m., auditorium.

Saturday, Oct 23: Hay Maze at Fall Fest, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Mountain View softball field.

Oct 25-29: Coronado K8 Book Fair; Burgers and Books, Wednesday, 5-8 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 25: Ironwood Ridge Nighthawk parent organization meeting, 7 p.m., library lecture hall; guest speaker Amphi psychologist Dr. Stephen Duley discusses issues related to raising teenagers today.

Friday, Oct. 29: Mountain View Homecoming tailgate before game, dance after.

Saturday, Oct 30: Marana Middle School Fine Arts Fall Festival.

Monday, Nov. 1: Marana Middle School Strengthening Families workshop, 6-8 p.m., series of seven weekly meetings hosted by Arizona Youth Partnership; contact Heather at 869-1716 for more info.

Nov 6-7: Project Grad Extreme Car Show & Craft Fair, CDO

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