Marana chamber has openings for event

Sponsorships and registrations are available for the Marana Chamber of Commerce's ninth annual benefit golf tournament, to be held Thursday, Sept. 23 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain.

The range opens at 6:30 a.m., with a shotgun start to a scramble tourney at 8 a.m. Registration forms are available at, by e-mailing, or by calling the chamber at 520-682-4314.

Those who don't want to golf may register before Wednesday, Aug. 18, for a spa getaway that day at The Ritz-Carlton Spa. That morning includes a tailored massage, and use of the serenity pool, healing waters and all spa facilities, followed by lunch with the golfers at the golf club.

Sponsorships range from $100 to $1,500. The Marana Chamber is asking for silent-auction donations.

Funds raised at the event help the chamber implement its programs as well as support local nonprofit organizations. This year, the Marana Community Food Bank and Marana Health Center receive a portion of the proceeds.

"It is our privilege to serve our community and we are honored to be one of the benefactors of this year's tournament," said Miley Clark of MHC Healthcare.

The Marana Community Food Bank provides nutritional support to approximately 1,400 people per month and is adding new clients at the rate of nearly 80 per month.

"Most clients are people who never thought they would need this type of help," said Linda Hampton, food bank director. "They are the working poor, the elderly, and families with children. They are very grateful that we are here. We appreciate all the help and are humbled by the generosity we see during these difficult economic times."

IRHS music fund-raiser is Sept. 9

An annual fund-raising golf tournament for Ironwood Ridge High School music programs is being held Thursday, Sept. 9.

The fifth Vanguard Classic Golf Tournament is set for The Golf Club at Vistoso.

Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. that Thursday, with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start.

This year's cost is $85 per golfer, which includes a round of golf, followed by lunch served while listening to the sounds of the IRHS Jazz Band.

Proceeds benefit IRHS music. "Bring your friends and let the golf carts roll," a release said.

For more information, contact Rosa Rhoades at, by phone at 419-9752, or visit

Early ballots can be sought through Friday

Early ballots for the Aug. 24 primary election may be ordered from the Pima County Recorder's office through 5 p.m. this Friday, Aug. 13, according to a release from Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez.

Ballots can be ordered by telephone at (520) 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.

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

Voters who are registered Independent or "party not designated" are eligible to vote in this primary election, Rodriguez said. "There are almost 137,000 voters registered as Independent or party not designated who can choose to have their voice heard in this primary."

Those voters may contact the Recorder's office to designate which party ballot they would like to vote – Democrat, Republican or Green.

For more information, voters may log onto the Recorder's office web site at, or call the Pima County Recorder's office at 740-4330.

Governments now fly POW/MIA flags

Local governments have added a new flag to the poles outside their buildings.

The Arizona Legislature passed a law requiring the POW/MIA flag be flown along with the U.S. flag at the Arizona State Capitol, the building that serves as the location of the Superior Court in each Arizona county, each Arizona city or town hall, and each county's main administrative building.

The black and white flag is a silhouette of a soldier whose head is bowed. "POW MIA," it reads. "You are not forgotten." It hung on the flag pole at the Marana Municipal Complex last week. The law took effect July 29.

Much of the energy for the bill came from Lindsey Botkin, commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Huachuca City. When that town's council turned down his request to fly the flag, the Vietnam veteran began his quest with the Legislature. Huachuca City began flying the flag before the law took effect.

Arizona is the only U.S. state requiring each county and municipality to fly the POW/MIA flag.

As kids grow, they still need a booster seat

If a child has outgrown a child safety seat but is under the age of 12, he or she needs a boost … a booster seat, that is.

Northwest Fire District car seat technicians "have noticed more parents realizing the need for child safety seats, and for having them inspected and the installation checked — a service Northwest Fire provides for free," a release said.

But once children outgrow a safety seat — usually at around 40 pounds — simply buckling them in with adult seat belts "will not keep them safe," the release said. "Children 40-80 pounds need to be in booster seats for the vehicle seat belts to work effectively."

Booster seats can be purchased almost everywhere child safety seats are sold. Call Northwest Fire at 887-1010 for more information on booster seats, or to schedule a child safety seat inspection.

Marana slates 3 open houses on general plan

Three open houses have been established by the Town of Marana to give information and receive public comment about its general plan rewrite.

The open houses are:

• Thursday, Aug. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m., in the Children's Meeting Room at Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr., Library, 7800 N. Schisler Dr.;

• Wednesday, Aug. 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the conference center at the Marana Municipal Complex, 11555 W. Civic Center Dr.;

• Thursday, Aug. 26, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the Tortolita Room at the Heritage Highlands Clubhouse, 4949 W. Heritage Club Blvd.

A general plan is "a statement of a community's vision for growth and development," a town release said. "It provides guidance and direction on long-range development decisions through a series of goals, policies and related maps."

The plan appears on next May's ballot for a vote by Marana citizens. Arizona state statute requires that on or before the 10th anniversary of the general plan's most recent adoption and ratification, council must either readopt the existing plan for up to 10 years or adopt a new general plan. The last rewrite occurred in 2002.

For more information, visit

Nursery sets a 1-day event for breast cancer

In September, Rillito Nursery and Garden is planning a special one-day fund-raiser to fight breast cancer.

On Saturday, Sept. 25, a portion of proceeds from the sale of selected "pink plants" – those that are pink or bloom pink – is being donated to the Southern Arizona Susan G. Komen For The Cure. Vendors have also donated small items, such as gloves and gifts, to help raise funds. People can also pick up literature on breast cancer awareness.

Breast cancer is personal for people who work at the nursery. Beth Hargrove, general manager and president of the company, has two good friends who've fought breast cancer. The mother of another employee is beating the disease.

Rillito Nursery and Garden Center is located at 6303 N. La Cholla Blvd.

State of Oro Valley planned for Sept. 16

The Oro Valley State of the Town luncheon fast approaches.

The annual event is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 16, at the Hilton El Conquistador at 10000 N. Oracle Road.

Oro Valley elected officials are scheduled to attend and Mayor Satish Hiremath plans to address the gathering about the past year and what to expect in the coming year.

Individual tickets are available for $45 through the Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce. A table for 10 costs $425.

For more information, tickets and reservations, contact the chamber at 297-2191.

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