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Posted: Tuesday, April 27, 2010 11:00 pm

Guess when it'll reach 100, and win

For the sixth year, the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association's Arizona chapter is sponsoring the Arizona 100-Degree Contest.

Members of the public are asked to guess the first 100-degree day of 2010. The winner receives a weekend getaway at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, including a two-night stay for two, two 50-minute spa treatments and breakfast for two in Crescent Moon.

Last year, Carrie Aranda of Mesa correctly predicted April 21.

To enter the contest, visit the SMACNA Arizona website,"> Participants are required to provide their contact information, along with the date and time that they think the first 100-degree reading will occur at Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport. Only one entry per day, per person will be accepted.

"The contest is designed to be a fun way for people to get ready for the hot months ahead and to help them learn more about SMACNA Arizona's member contractors and the quality, training and craftsmanship they provide," said Carol Goguen, SMACNA Arizona's executive director.

Harelson's 'Funfest' this Friday eve

The annual Harelson PTO Funfest and Silent Auction is this Friday, April 30, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at the 826 W. Chapala school.

For more than 20 years, the Harelson, Northwest Tucson and Oro Valley communities have had fun at this event. Back by popular demand are the inflatables: Gladiator Joust, Bungee Run, and Giant Slides. There are train rides, face painting, balloon characters and a caricature booth. Many favorite book characters, Wilbur and Wilma Wildcat and U of A Pride of Arizona, are coming.

And there's food — pizza and grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, nachos, cotton candy, ice cream and snow cones. A silent auction has baskets for animal lovers, chocolate lovers, coffee lovers, garden lovers, BBQ lovers, jewelry lovers, Mother's Day and more.

Tickets for the Funfest are four for $1, or wrist bands can be purchased for $12.

Forum about school funding set April 28

A forum on school funding is being held Wednesday, April 28, in the auditorium at Mountain View High School.

Dr. Doug Wilson, superintendent of Marana Unified School District, is going to address the group, with subjects to include state school funding and the May 18 vote on Proposition 100, a 1 percent, three-year sales tax increase.

Wednesday's event runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m., with everyone invited.

Sponsors are the Arizona Education Network, a non-partisan, non-profit organization of parents and education supporters who share information on educational issues, and the Marana Foundation for Educational Excellence, a non-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to supporting and enhancing the educational experience of MUSD students and teachers.

MVHS is located at 3901 West Linda Vista Boulevard.

La Cañada / Magee meet this Thursday

Residents of Casas Adobes and nearby communities talk about road construction and community development concerns this Thursday, April 29, at the spring meeting of the La Canada/Magee Neighborhood Association.

The session is scheduled 6:30 p.m. at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 7650 N. Paseo del Norte Drive, and is free and open to the public.

The La Canada/Magee Neighborhood Association, a non-profit, volunteer organization, hosts semi-annual meetings to report to community residents of its work with Pima County officials concerning private and public development matters, impacting road projects, and fire and law enforcement activities. "Residents who attend the meetings are encouraged to offer their ideas and concerns," a release said.

This week's agenda includes La Canada Drive, Magee Road and La Cholla Boulevard construction updates, a fire district report and new building activities. Pima County Supervisor Ann Day plans to attend and report on county news of relevance and interest, and to answer questions.

For more information, phone 520-742-2032.

OV accepting letters for its council vacancy

The Town of Oro Valley is accepting letters of interest and resumes from Oro Valley residents to fill an unexpired term as the result of a council member resignation.

One applicant will be appointed by the Oro Valley Council to the seat. The term of office is June 2, 2010-June 6, 2012. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and must be a resident in Oro Valley for a minimum of one year.

Letters of interest accompanied by a resume need to be submitted to the town clerk's office between May 1 and May 19. Resumes will be reviewed by the town council in closed session. The council is expected to make the appointment at its regular meeting Wednesday, June 2, at 6 p.m.

Materials should be forwarded to the town clerk's office, 11000 N. La Cañada Dr., Oro Valley, Az., 85737, or by email to no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 19.

Early voting has begun; ballots can be ordered

Early voting sites are now open in Oro Valley and in Pima County.

Those who wish to vote early in Oro Valley may do so at the town hall, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive, each weekday through Friday, May 14. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Only Oro Valley voters can cast ballots early at that location, according to a release from Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez.

Oro Valley voters are electing a new mayor and two new council members.

All Arizona voters are casting ballots on a 1 percent sales tax on May 18. Early voting on that question may be done at the recorder's main office, 115 N. Church in the historic Old Pink Courthouse, again 8-5 weekdays through May 14.

The recorder's East Side annex, 6920 E. Broadway, is a third early voting site.

Early ballot requests for this election are being received at the recorder's office. They may be ordered at">, or by calling 740-4330. Requests for early ballots must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, May 7.

Marana's 'State of Town' Friday

Marana Mayor Ed Honea offers his State of the Town Address at a breakfast this Friday, April 30, at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain.

The annual address is co-hosted by the Marana Chamber of Commerce and the Marana Foundation. The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain is located at 15000 North Secret Springs Drive.

Honea's address, titled "Leadership in a Time of Adversity," provides the crowd "with an opportunity to learn more about the town's many accomplishments and goals," a release said.

Registration opens at 7 a.m. and the breakfast starts at 8 a.m. The cost is $45 per person or $450 per table.

For more information about the Marana Chamber of Commerce, visit, call 682-4314 or email

Summer hours start at Marana Farm Stand

Summer hours at the Marana Farm Stand begin this Monday, May 3.

The stand, featuring local produce, is open from 4 to 7 Mondays through the end of September, a release said. After Oct. 1, hours return to 3-6 p.m. Mondays.

Local produce selections include salad and cooking greens, beets, leeks, potatoes, onions, citrus, honey, fresh eggs, garden starts and more.

The Marana Farm Stand accepts credit and debit cards, food stamps, cash, and Women, Infant and Children (WIC) cash value vouchers for fruits and vegetables.

For more information, contact Sara Rickard at (520) 622-0525, extension 242.

GOP hopefuls in Marana onTuesday, May 4

Two Republican candidates for major office are speaking to the Northwest Republicans' Marana chapter on Tuesday, May 4.

State Treasurer Dean Martin, Republican candidate for governor, and Jesse Kelly, Republican candidate in U.S. House District 8, address the group at 6:15 p.m. that Tuesday at the Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr., Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive, on the southwest corner of Silverbell and Cortaro.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Meetings are always free of charge. Those who bring two cans of food for the community food bank receive a copy of the U.S. Constitution.

For more information, e-mail

Korean War commemoration June 26 in city

Preparations are under way for a 60th anniversary Korean War commemoration event in Tucson.

The Korean community of Tucson and the Rhoads Chapter of the Arizona Korean War Veterans Association plans the event for Saturday, June 26, at the Korean War Memorial, located at Veterans Memorial Park, Ajo Way and Forgeus across from University Physicians Hospital.

Performance, food and more are anticipated. For information, contact Norman Ross, commander of the Edward W. Rhoads Chapter of the Arizona Korean War Veterans Association.

Positions open for OV teen police academy

The Oro Valley Police Department is accepting reservations for a "teen police academy."

The free, three-day event June 21-23 is open to teens ages 13-17.

Participants get the opportunity to better understand police work by watching SWAT and K-9 unit demonstrations, processing a sample crime scene and seeing a TASER demonstration.

The academy runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all three days.

To sign up or for more information, contact Officer Jodi Brackett at 229-2900.

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