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Posted: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 12:00 am

Service for Luke Davis this Saturday

A memorial service for Luke Davis, the Explorer sports writer and Bluefin bartender who died in a Nov. 14 automobile accident, is being held this Saturday, Dec. 19.

The 11 a.m. service is set for the Adair Avalon Chapel near Northern and Magee roads.

For a celebration of Luke's life, family and friends are invited to Bluefin Seafood Bistro from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday following the service.

Guests are asked to wear blue, Luke's favorite color.




OV needs apps for planning, zoning position

The Town of Oro Valley is accepting applications through Dec. 28 for volunteers to fill one position on the planning and zoning commission.

The term runs through June 30, 2010. Applicants must be residents of the town of Oro Valley, and must attend the town's citizen planning institute during their term, if they have not already done so, a release said.

The Planning & 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 & Zoning Commission are available at the Oro Valley Town Hall, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive or at the Town Clerk's website at  The deadline for submitting the completed application is Monday, Dec. 28.



Church holding a Christmas Eve service in SB

An annual Christmas Eve Service in SaddleBrooke is being offered by Oro Valley United Church of Christ at 4 p.m. Dec. 24 at the SaddleBrooke Clubhouse.

The public is invited.

Trio Capriccio, a brass trio, along with pianist Jose Solorzano and soloist Philip Moody present special music.

The Rev. Jim Briney, the church's pastor, is delivering a Christmas message.

A second Oro Valley United Church of Christ Christmas Eve service will be held at the church, 1401 East El Conquistador Way, at 8 p.m.

For more information, call the church at 742-7333.



New board seated for OV GOP women

New board members for 2010 have been installed by the Oro Valley Republican Women's Club.

Past board members Denise Hillwig, Lyra Done, Mary Ann Rutt, Twink Monrad and Libby Sullivan welcomed new members Becky Page, Sherese Steffens, Carolyn Glade and Karen Schutte.

After three years of service as president and five years on the board, Denise Hillwig completes her term this year.

"It's been an honor to serve as president and a board officer of the Oro Valley Republican Women's Club," Hillwig said. "I plan to remain involved in Republican politics and look forward to attending meetings as my schedule allows. It has been a wonderful experience."

Lyra Done has been nominated as the 2010 OVRWC president. She comes to the board after two years of membership.

"I'm honored and appreciative of the support the board has shown in electing me to the presidency of the group," Done said. "Under Denise Hillwig's leadership, the group has grown beyond the Oro Valley town limits, beyond being 'women only' as members, and beyond Republican-only attendees. I look forward to continuing this work with the support of the board and other group members."

The Oro Valley Women's Club meets every second Friday of the month at the Oro Valley Country Club. Everyone is welcome. For more information or to RSVP, contact Sherese Steffens at 275-5836.




Salvation Army seeks last-minute toy donations

The Salvation Army plans a "Stuff the Bus" event Friday, Dec. 18 at the Walgreen's at Ina and Thornydale roads.

The group says that so far this holiday season, its toy donation efforts have netted less than 10 percent of the anticipated amount.

Toy donations also can be dropped off through Dec. 23 at the Macy's at Park Place Mall, the food court in Foothills Mall and the upstairs center court of Tucson Mall. Donations also can be taken to the Salvation Army City Administration building at 1001 N. Richey in Tucson.




MHC Healthcare, Pima College open East clinic

Pima Community College and MHC Healthcare have dedicated a new MHC Healthcare — East Center on PCC's East Campus, 8181 E. Irvington Road.

The new clinic is run by MHC Healthcare, Arizona's oldest community health center and multi-service provider, which serves rural and metro Pima County within the Marana Health Care network. It also provides medical and behavioral health care and dental services.

MHC Healthcare — East Center's regular hours are 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. An MHC Healthcare, a physician assistant will staff the clinic, a release said.

Services include primary care and preventative health services; laboratory testing, including testing for pregnancy and rapid testing for both flu and strep; prenatal care referrals to the MHC Department of Obstetrical Services at Northwest Medical Center or MHC Obstetrical Clinic; and screening services to uninsured patients for enrollment in various options, including the Pima County Access Program managed care program.

For more information, including how to set up an appointment, call 574-1551. MHC Healthcare's web site is




Legal, business leaders form public policy law group

Leaders in business and legal communities have joined together to form a public interest law group in southern Arizona.

 The Arizona Policy Institute launched last week with the goal of focusing on private property rights, government transparency and economic viability.

According to a news release, the group intends to "use the court systems in Arizona to limit any government agency or elected body that oversteps their constitutional authority."

API is funded by tax-deductible donations from small and large businesses as well as individuals.

The group has no paid staff and no office facilities. A small board of directors and advisory committee representing tourism, manufacturing, small business, non-profits, construction industry and legal professionals will review suspected governmental abuses and decide which legal cases to focus on.

Financial consultant Tanner Bell is the group's executive director.

For more information, check out API on Web at">



Tucson Boys Chorus tree lot now open

The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus' Christmas tree lot is now open for its 59th year of operation.

The Boys Chorus Christmas tree lot, which began operation late last month, is located in the southern parking lot at El Con Mall at 3601 E. Broadway Boulevard. The lot will be open 12 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Sundays.

The lot is staffed by chorus members and their parents and has been a traditional holiday fundraiser for the non-profit group.

The lot features a large selection of fresh cut Christmas trees, including Douglas fir, noble fir, grand fir, and eastern balsam.

The lot also specializes in large trees for businesses, churches and organizations as well as flocking and fire retardant treatments.

The boys chorus is also selling fresh wreaths, garland and table centerpieces.

The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus is currently celebrating seven decades of song and will present its 70th anniversary holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 20 with performances at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Hall at the University of Arizona.

For the tree lot, call 325-3675, and for the Tucson Boys Chorus, call 296-6277.




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