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Posted: Wednesday, December 29, 2010 12:00 am

9/80 Club generates 300 toys

The 9/80 Golf Club held its third annual Toys for Tots event Dec. 17 at Crooked Tree Golf Course, yielding more than 300 toys for needy children.

Greg Mayo and Rick Russell hosted the event, with the full support of 9/80 members, a release said. It has grown annually, from 60 toys the first year to more than 200 a year ago.

Golfers who brought a toy had their names placed in a hat before play Dec. 17. The winner was pulled beforehand, and that player’s greens fees were waived. “It’s a little incentive,” Russell said.

A Marine stood by in full-dress uniform to receive the toys. Russell said the officer had a Bronco with a cover, then realized there were more toys than he could carry. “He had to call in support from his Marine buddies to bring more vehicles,” Russell said.

Staff Sgt. Kimberly Taylor, local Marine recruiter representative, served as the point of contact for the 9/80 Golf Club.

The 9/80 Golf Club is a non-profit consisting of more than 200 members, both working people and retirees. It’s been in existence since 2004, meeting every two weeks for golf all over greater Tucson. “We’re a bunch of golfers looking for an excuse to get together,” Russell said. The club president is Eddie Popovitch.

The 9/80 Golf Club hosts other charitable events through the year, among them a canned food drive and activities that support U.S. troops. This year, it donated more than $2,000 of local goods for donation to troops in Afghanistan.

Jews’ history is subject for Jan. 23 meet

“History of Jews in the Middle East” is the subject Sunday, Jan. 23, when a University of Arizona professor of German studies speaks at the B’nai B’rith Covenant House.

Albrecht Classen is addressing a joint meeting of B’nai B’rith Sahuaro Lodge #763, and the Jewish War Veterans. The session is set for the covenant house, 4414 E. Second Street in Tucson.

The session starts at 9 a.m. Breakfast is lox and bagels for $3.

For information, contact Ronald Cohen at 615-1205, or

Heart health subject for three events

People can learn ways to prevent, halt, stabilize and in some cases reverse cardiovascular disease through a Northwest program.

The Foundation for Cardiovascular Health, a non-profit community foundation, offers three introductory presentations in January.

They are:

• Sunday, Jan. 9, 1:30-3 p.m., the Northwest YMCA Pima County Community Center, 7770 N. Shannon Road;

• Wednesday, Jan 12, 6:30-8 p.m., the Tucson Jewish Community Center, 3800 East River Road;

• Saturday, Jan. 15, 1-3 p.m., the Sunflower Community, 9401 N. Sunflower Park Drive, Marana.

Presenters are Edna Silva, RN, a 20-year cardiac rehabilitation nurse, and Heritage Highlands resident Richard “Richy” Feinberg. Feinberg had a heart attack in 1993, quadruple bypass heart surgery one week later, and another heart attack two months later. He is “an enthusiastic advocate for the heart disease reversal program,” a release said.

Guests can learn how blockages are formed in coronary arteries, and how coronary artery disease can be “prevented, halted, stabilized and reversed,” the release said.

Participants can learn proven relaxation techniques to calm their hearts. “Ask questions and get answers,” it concluded.

For more information, contact Feinberg at 797-2281.

Holiday trees taken for free at Tangerine landfill

Christmas trees may be disposed at no charge at the Tangerine Landfill in Marana through Jan. 8, according to a release from the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality.

One tree is accepted per residence. Commercial customers with trees must pay the normal fee for waste disposal.

The Tangerine Landfill is closed this Friday, Dec. 31, through Sunday, Jan. 2 for the New Year’s holiday. After Saturday, Jan. 8, the regular landfill waste disposal fee is charged to dispose of Christmas trees.

The Tangerine Landfill is located at 10220 W. Tangerine Road. For more information, visit"> or call PDEQ at 243-7400.

Four men rob North Oracle eye care business

Four men robbed a North Oracle business on Thursday, Dec. 23, and the Pima County Sheriff’s Department seeks information about the suspects.

At approximately 5 p.m., four men entered Accent on Vision, located at 6843 N. Oracle Road south of Ina. They threatened employees, smashed a glass display case with a crowbar, and stole a variety of designer frames and sunglasses, a sheriff’s release said.

The suspects are described as Hispanic males, approximately 18 to 25 years in age.

Anyone with information about the robbery or the identity of the suspects is asked to contact 911 or 88-CRIME.

Big pow wow over weekend at Rillito park

Tucson’s largest annual pow wow is this Friday through Sunday, Dec. 31-Jan. 2, at Rillito Raceway Park, First and River.

The event is noon to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults, with children under 8, people in the military and Native Americans in regalia admitted at no charge. Weekend passes are available.

Aztec dancers, Hopi dancers and a Navajo flute player are performing from noon to 4 p.m. The grand entry is at 6 Friday.

Aztec and Hopi dancers, a Navajo flute player, Yaqui deer dancers and pow wow competition fill Saturday. Pow wow finals are Sunday.

Bring “your appetite, your camera, folding chairs, shade, warm clothing” for the evening and sunscreen during the day, a release said.

UA’s Shelton guest speaker at OV club

Dr. Robert Shelton, president of the University of Arizona, is the scheduled guest speaker at the Oro Valley Business Club on Thursday, Jan. 6.

The Oro Valley Business Club meets at 11:30 a.m. that Thursday, with lunch served at noon in the Social Hall Auditorium at Sun City Vistoso, 1595 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd.

The “power” presentation begins at 12:25 p.m.

Cost of the event is $17. Seating is limited, so people are asked to RSVP soon by calling 818-2761, or e-mailing club president Hank Jepsen at

Marana’s Egg Nog Jog starts the year Jan. 1

Entries are accepted through New Year’s Day for Marana’s fourth annual Egg Nog Jog.

The non-competitive, 5K event starts with check-in at 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 1 at Continental Reserve Park. The run is put on by the Town of Marana. It’s open to everyone, be they runners, joggers or walkers.

The course runs through scenic Continental Reserve. Egg nog, food and drinks are provided after the race. All participants receive a T-shirt. A prize raffle is planned.

Registration is $10 before Jan. 1, and $15 on race day. For more information, visit"> To sign up, call 382-1950, or show up on the day of the race.

Donors may sign now for Jan. 27 drive

A blood drive is being hosted by the American Red Cross and the Town of Marana from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, at the Marana Municipal Complex, 11555 W. Civic Center Drive.

Donating blood takes 45 to 60 minutes. Donors need not know their blood type in order to give, a release said.

The Red Cross supplies blood to patients at all local hospitals. Because the need for blood is constant, the Red Cross requires about 300 donors each day in Arizona.

All who donate receive a T-shirt and $5 gift card to Starbucks. To sign up, contact Rodney Campbell at or 382-1936.

Girl dies after hit by car on Orange Grove

A young girl was struck and killed by a car Sunday evening while crossing West Orange Grove Road east of North La Cañada Drive.

Anita Becerra, 14, was transported to University Medical Center, where she died a short time later, according to Capt. Adam Goldberg, a spokesman for Northwest Fire Department.

No charges have been brought against the driver, who is cooperating with the investigation. There are no crosswalks or streetlights in the area the girl was struck, Goldberg said.

Nearby trails to close for resurfacing

During January and February, Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation will be resurfacing asphalt paths in the Rillito River and Santa Cruz River parks, requiring trail closures.

Beginning Monday, Jan. 3, the trail on the north bank of the Rillito River Park will close to allow scupper replacement on the asphalt. In addition, work is expected to begin on the area between First Avenue and Campbell Avenue; it will last approximately one week before moving to La Cañada and Oracle roads. Bicyclists should consider River Road as an alternate route.

For continued updates, visit the county’s Web site at">

Hard freeze, possible snow this weekend

Break out the blankets and bring in the citrus from the trees. Tucson temperatures are expected to drop below 30 degrees this weekend, with a 10 percent chance of snow, according to the National Weather Service.

The expected hard freeze means Tucsonans with citrus trees should pick the fruit before the cold weather hits.

In addition, the chance of snow around the new year could create dangerous driving conditions for travelers. For Pima County road conditions, call 547-7510.

Marana’s ‘frosh academy’ wins statewide honor

A Marana High School program has been given the Golden Bell Award for its category by the Arizona School Boards Association and the Arizona School Administrators Superintendents’ Division.

Freshmen Academy won first prize in the high school category, as announced at the 53rd annual joint conference in Phoenix.

Freshman Academy gives MHS freshmen “the tools to be successful in high school and beyond,” a release said. “It starts with building relationships. Groups of MHS students frequently visit the feeder school to talk about activities and programs. The programs connect students with a middle school associate principal, who accompanies the eighth graders to the high school and is responsible for the Freshman Academy.

More than 600 school board members, superintendents and other public school leaders representing district and charter schools throughout Arizona gathered for the joint conference.

This year’s theme was “Servant Leadership,” with speakers during 32 breakout sessions addressing issues critical to public school leadership, a release said.

Two nationally noted keynote speakers — Dr. Kent M. Keith from the Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership, and Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch, who graduated from Hardin Simmons University and served 22 years in the U.S. Army, where she became the highest-ranking Hispanic woman in the Combat Support Field — addressed the audience.

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