Openings left in two Spanish classes at SB

Two Spanish classes in SaddleBrooke are open to all interested students through Central Arizona College.

Theresa Chavez is teaching “Spanish for Everyone.” She is “very experienced in teaching adults and encourages student interaction,” a release said.

Instruction for beginning students runs on Wednesdays from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 30 through Dec. 9. Intermediate students go to class Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 1-Dec. 10.

Class is held in the CAC office in Saddlebrooke, located behind the Minit Market.

Cost for the course is $93 for Arizona residents, and $186 for non-residents.

For more information, contact SaddleBrooke resident Paul Vincent Volpe at 818-9174 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.; by mail at 37521 South Desert Sun Drive, Tucson, 85739, or by e-mail at

OV ‘Council on Your Corner’ is back Sept. 26

Council on Your Corner, an open forum for conversation with Oro Valley Town Council members, resumes this month.

Residents can meet and speak with Councilman Al Kunisch from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, in the main meeting room at the Oro Valley Public Library.

Councilman Barry Gillaspie is available for conversation on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., on the library patio.

The events are free and open to the public.

‘Bright Futures’ seeks applicants for its program

Applications are now available for the YWCA Bright Futures Program, a leadership development and scholarship program for young women who are entering their senior year of high school.

Now in its 10th year, Bright Futures is designed for young women “who are generally overlooked for leadership development and scholarship programs,” a release said.

There is no cost to the applicant or her family to participate. All high schools in Pima County — public, charter and private — may select students. The YWCA welcomes nominations from school principals, coaches, counselors or teachers. Up to five students may be nominated from each school. Last year, 46 schools in Pima County were represented at the YWCA Bright Futures Program.

Applications are due Sept. 15. The program begins Saturday, Oct. 3.

Applicants must be young women in the 12th grade this fall with grade point averages between 1.7 and 3.2 They must have overcome obstacles or challenges in their lives, a release said.

Participants attend a one-day leadership development seminar, are paired with a female mentor, go to YWCA workshops throughout the school year that focus on leadership skills, financial education and college preparedness, and are eligible for one of three $1,000 scholarships.

Application forms are available at  by clicking on “To Nominate Students for the 2009-2010 Bright Futures Program Click here.” They can be submitted online or by calling the YWCA at 884-7810, ext. 111.

The YWCA Tucson, serving 23,700 individuals each year, is dedicated to the elimination of racism and the empowerment of women and peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all, the release concluded.

I-10 project celebration at TCC Sept. 24

A celebration of completion of the Interstate 10 widening project is planned for Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Tucson Convention Center.

Remarks begin at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the grand lobby of the TCC, 260 S. Church.

The Arizona Department of Transportation is hosting the event, with the support off the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the cities of Tucson and South Tucson, Pima County, the Pima Association of Governments and the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

The project has been finished six months ahead of schedule.

Sheriff to hold document shredding

Arizona Verified Information Destruction (AVID) plans a Shred-A-Thon for Saturday, October 10, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

The event will be held in the parking lot of the Abrams Building located at 3950 S. Country Club Road, next to UPH Kino Hospital. 

This will be the last event for 2009.

Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America, with millions of Americans falling victim every year. 

In recognition of this problem, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department has partnered AVID to host several “Shred-A-Thons.” The goal of these events is to promote identity theft awareness and education.

The public is encouraged to participate in the free event.

Bring old personal documents and papers to be shredded. Shredding old documents, you can reduce the possibility of thieves stealing and assuming your identity.

The event is open to private citizens only, no commercial businesses please.

Sen. McCain to hold health,  issues forum in OV this Friday

Arizona’s senior senator plans to hold a town hall event in Oro Valley on Friday, Sept. 18.

Sen. John McCain plans to discuss healthcare and other issues at the Oro Valley Church of the Nazarene, 500 W Calle Concordia.

The event begins at 2 p.m. and is open to the public.

For details, contact McCain’s local office at 670-6334.

Open house on Marana’s parks, rec plan Sept. 24

An open house for Marana’s parks, open space, trails and recreation master plan is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library on Silverbell Road in Marana.

Doors open at the town-hosted event at 5 p.m. that Thursday. A presentation begins at 6 p.m.

During the open house, the town presents draft goals, strategies and actions for public review and comment, a release said.

Marana initiated the master plan in the fall of 2008.  It will result in “recommendations for recreation programs, parks, parks facilities, open space and trails that will help Marana maintain its high level of parks and recreation services as development occurs and the town’s population increases,” the release continued.

Maps will show existing parks, trails and facilities, and where new parks, trails, open spaces and facilities (such as community centers) are planned. Recommendations for future recreation programs, parks and recreation operations and management are planned, as well as identified opportunities for funding and acquisition of recreation programs, parks, trails and facilities.

The draft master plan is being presented to the Parks and Recreation Citizen Advisory Commission and the public at a final meeting for review and comments. Based on the comments of the Citizen Advisory Commission and the community, the draft plan will be revised before being finalized.

For more information, call 382-1950.

Catalina Elks cook for Golder Ranch firefighters

In keeping with a tradition, the Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge #2815 fed turkey dinners to firefighters at seven Golder Ranch Fire District stations last weekend.

Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks has paid tribute to American firefighters, “who put their lives in danger on a daily basis,” a release said.

Elks’ lodges nationwide prepare turkey dinners with all the trimmings to express appreciation for the service firefighters provide to communities.

Laura Shook chaired the committee that prepared turkey dinners for Golder Ranch firefighters. The department serves a 200-square-mile area in parts of Oro Valley, Catalina, SaddleBrooke and southern Pinal County.

'Jump start your exercise' next fitness talk on Oct. 1

Do you know what a road trip and beginning to exercise have in common? Both are incredibly daunting when you don't know where you are headed.

"Jump Start Your Exercise Program" is the topic of a free Commit To Be Fit lecture on Thursday, Oct. 1 at Oro Valley Hospital.

Certified fitness trainer Keri Ruffell talks about why developing a program of fitness is so important, how it is done and what the difference will be when you begin to follow through with your plan of action.

"Without an understanding of where it is you want to go, and better still, how you get there, it is a good bet your journey will end before it really begins," a release said.

The free Commit To Be Fit lecture begins at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at Oro Valley Hospital, 1551 East Tangerine Road. Space is limited. Call 866-NW4WELL (866-694-9355) to register, or register online at

Commit To Be Fit lectures, which provide exercise and nutrition information for people who want to improve their fitness levels, are held at Oro Valley Hospital from 7 to 8 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month.

Harvest for Hope 5K Oct. 3

The Harvest for Hope 5K, a non-competitive walk and run to raise awareness of hunger, is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Riverfront Park in Oro Valley.

This fourth annual event requires no entry fee. Walkers and runners are asked to bring a bag of non-perishable food, which will be donated to Catalina Community Services to feed the hungry in northern Pima County.

More than 5,000 pounds of food were donated last year by 250 walkers and runners. An additional $7,100 was raised in sponsorship dollars that went directly to CCS.

"This event raises awareness of the hunger issues that face many families in northern Pima County," said organizer Dawn Kulesa of Lifestyle and Fitness Coaching. "Oro Valley is a prosperous community, and you don't think that we have these issues here, but we do. This event will not only feed the hungry, but also provides a venue in which the community can come together on a beautiful fall evening and have fun with their family and neighbors."

A prize raffle follows the event. Every runner and walker is automatically entered in the drawing.

"We would like to double the amount of donated food this year and have at least 300 people participate in the event," said John Corbett of All About Running and Walking. Oro Valley Hospital's Commit to be Fit program is also participating.

The first 500 walkers / runners to register will receive a T-shirt, and all finishers will receive a medal. To register, visit and enter online, or pick up an entry form at the All About Running and Walking store.

Participants may purchase pre-bagged food at Trader Joe's beginning on Wednesday, Sept. 30 through Saturday, Oct. 3.

Donations to Catalina Community Services may be made to Box 8416, Catalina, 85740.

Arizonans invited to decorate holiday tree

Associated Press

Arizonans are being invited to help decorate the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree this year.

A 65-foot spruce from Arizona has been chosen as this year's tree, and Arizona also will be sending thousands of ornaments.

The Arizona State Fair is accepting ornaments in a variety of categories. Entry forms must be submitted online no later than Tuesday.

The fair's Creative Crafts & Collections and Fine Arts departments are accepting ornaments.

The entry fee in Creative Crafts & Collections is $1; the fee for Fine Arts is $8.

Creative Crafts ornaments must be turned in Oct. 3 or Oct. 4 in the Wesley Bolin Building. Fine Arts ornaments must be dropped off Oct. 1, Oct. 3 or Oct. 4 in the North Hall Coliseum.

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