It's farmers market week at two locales

This is National Farmers Market Week, with recognition of the backyard farmers who sell their fruit, vegetables, eggs and more at the Oro Valley Farmers Market each Saturday morning.

Five gardeners from Marana, Catalina and Three Points sell homegrown vegetables and fruits, and one sells fresh eggs at the Oro Valley market, held each Saturday morning on the town government campus at La CaƱada and Naranja.

The Farmers Market Nutrition Program has been introduced in Oro Valley, according to a release from Tucson Farmers Market. It allows authorized local growers to accept food vouchers from participating low-income mothers and seniors.

This is the 10th annual National Farmers Market Week. The Saturday farmers' market in Oro Valley, begun in 2003, and its companion Sunday market at St. Philip's Plaza, begun in 1998, are two of 4,800 in the country. There are 23 farmers and ranchers selling a wide variety of products, other vendors and more at each greater Tucson location.

"Tucson Farmers Market with its farmers, ranchers and cottage goods is a unique part of Tucson and we are wholeheartedly committed to its future," said market manager Roxanne Garcia.

Free landscape training starts Aug. 11 in city

A free, certified landscape professional training series through the Pima County Cooperative Extension Service begins Tuesday, Aug. 11.

The landscape water conservation and education program, called Smartscape, is being taught Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at the county's natural resources, parks and recreation location, 3500 W. River between Shannon and Orange Grove.

Certification for green industry and allied personnel is offered twice a year. Over the course of nine classes, students get "informative, research-based instruction with classes designed to promote best landscape management practices for the urban Sonoran Desert landscape," a release said.

Subjects include soil, plants and water; desert-adapted plants; drip irrigation and controllers; designing and renovating; plant selection and installation; maintaining desert-adapted plants; integrated pest management; plant diseases and landscape water management. The course runs through Sept. 8.

Registration is required. For information, call 626-5161, or go to">

OV residents can learn police work

The Oro Valley Police Department is offering residents a chance to learn more about law enforcement through its Citizens Police Academy.

Participants will meet officers, see SWAT demonstrations, learn about criminal investigations and get to see police K9 units inaction.

The academy runs every Tuesday from Sept. 1 through Nov. 17, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Space is limited. For information or sign up, contact Officer Jodi Brackett at 229-2900.

Catalina Elks lodge is an 'All-American' winner

Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge #2815 has been named an "All American Lodge" in Division II.

The Lodge, under the leadership of 2008-'09 exalted ruler Lee Cook, was recognized at the Grand Lodge Convention in Portland, Ore., last month.

Catalina Mountain competed with several hundred lodges throughout the country with a membership of 301-500 people for the honor. The Lodge received points for participating in community activities such as student scholarships, Special Olympics, youth soccer and hoop shoots, a dictionary program, a children's Christmas shopping spree, drug awareness and veterans' programs.

Catalina Mountain was instituted Oct. 14, 2000. It has 360 members.

Marana recognized for excellence in financial reporting

The Town of Marana finance department has been named recipient of a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association.

The award, for fiscal 2008, is for the town's comprehensive annual financial report. The report was judged by an impartial panel "as meeting the highest standards of the program, including demonstrating a constructive spirit of full disclosure to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users to read it," a release said.

"Receiving this award shows the town's commitment to providing Marana's citizens with a high level of detailed financial information," said Marana Finance Director Erik Montague. "We are accountable to our citizens and we take that duty seriously."

The GFOA is a nonprofit association that serves 17,500 government finance professionals in North America.

Maranans can sign for Oct. 3 safety festivities

Registration begins in August for Marana residents who would like to participate in the town's Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods celebration on Oct. 3.

GAIN is an annual statewide crime prevention celebration. Locally, it's a partnership among the Marana Police Department, town government officials, neighborhood watch programs, homeowner associations, apartment communities and other town residents. The event is designed "to emphasize the community's role in crime prevention and highlight areas in which they can support the police department's efforts in the daily fight against crime," a release said.

Citizens can participate by holding block parties, barbeques or youth activities. In addition to police department personnel, representatives from several Town of Marana departments are attending events to answer questions and highlight resources that are available to assist in efforts "to improve the safety, security and quality of life in neighborhoods and business districts."

Online registration runs Aug. 17 through Sept. 11. More information can be found at">

Info sessions for victim advocacy in September

Informational sessions about volunteer victim advocacy are planned in early September by Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall.

Residents who want to learn about opportunities with the Victim Witness Program can go to the Patrick Hardesty Training Center, 2225 E. Ajo Way, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, or to Pima County Juvenile Courts, 1100 S. Alvernon, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10.

Six-week training sessions start Tuesday, Sept. 22. Interested volunteers must first attend one of the two informational sessions.

There are a number of volunteer opportunities, LaWall said in a release. Volunteers provide "on-scene crisis intervention to crime victims and their families," and they can "support victims through the court process.

"The Victim Witness Program offers outstanding opportunities for personal and professional growth," the release said.

For more information, call Morgan Grygutis at 740-5525.

Four named to TREO board

Several new private sector business leaders have joined the board of directors of Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, Inc.

They are Christopher Clements, CEO, Golden Eagle Distributors Inc.; Hany Massarany, president, Ventana Medical Systems, head, Roche Tissue Diagnostics; and Dennis Minano, chairman of the board, IntegriGuard.

Additionally, Ray Bargull has joined TREO's board as the representative of the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. He is the chamber's new chairman of the board, replacing previous chair Bonnie Allin of the Tucson Airport Authority. Bargull is executive vice president of Sundt Construction Inc.

"TREO is pleased to welcome these new community leaders to our board of directors," said Joe Snell, TREO president and CEO. "As representatives of several of Southern Arizona's major employers, their input as we move forward on regional economic development issues is critical."

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