Bronzes shown at Skyline venue starting Aug. 1

Pokey Park's powerful bronze sculptures of dancing birds, shamanic ravens, spirit animal totems that reach nine feet in height and more are featured in "Boldly Bronze," a show open Aug. 1-20 at Jane Hamilton Fine Art, 2890 E. Skyline Drive, Suite 180.

The gallery is on the southwest corner of Skyline and Campbell.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, until 8 p.m. on art walk Thursdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays, and by appointment. For more information, call (520) 529-4886.


Forums on development review board this week

Oro Valley continues to move forward on a proposal to eliminate the development review board, with more forums this week for the public to provide input.

Meetings are scheduled for Thursday, July 22, at 1:30 p.m.; and Friday, July 23, at 1:30 p.m. at Oro Valley Town Hall.

Oro Valley's development review board is a citizen panel that recommends approval or denial of development plans to the town council.

Three reform options have been presented to the town council, including limiting the board to reviews of architectural designs, and disbanding the body and putting its duties on town planning and zoning employees. If the board were disbanded, town staff would make development recommendations to the council for final approval.

In April, the town council asked Oro Valley staffers to present additional information before making the decision. The council plans to take up the issue again in September.

Presentations at all of the meetings will be the same. Town officials have asked that people RSVP because of limited space in the meeting rooms.

A public open house is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 5, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. That meeting is scheduled to be held in town council chambers. No RSVP is needed for the open house.

For more information, contact Mary Davis at 229-4712.


Literacy, kids event at MHC Wednesday, Aug. 4

Marana Health Center is hosting a literacy and children's health celebration on Wednesday, Aug. 4.

The event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at MHC's 13644 North Sandario location, encourages families "to read with their kids and to educate parents about the importance of bringing their child in for the important annual well-visits."

For "Have a Heart for Reading," MHC is bringing a Sesame Street theme and story time into the pediatric clinic. Books are being distributed by Reach Out and Read to the first 100 children who come to the health center. People from the Pima County Public Library are coming to distribute library card enrollment information. The American Lung Association shares educational coloring books and information about living with asthma, allergy management and how to keep kids' lungs healthy. Children also receive a dental kit and information about oral health.

For more information, contact Pam Moseley at (520) 682-4111, extension 2065, or go to


State officials warn of scam that uses cards

Attorney General Terry Goddard has issued a warning about credit and debit card "skimming," which has become increasingly prevalent in recent months.

Skimming involves the use of an inconspicuous electronic device that thieves can install on gas pumps or bank ATMs. Essentially, these small devices record a credit or debit card number off the magnetic strip on the card as people pay for fuel. Thieves then use the stolen card numbers to make fraudulent purchases.

"Skimming is simply theft by another name," Goddard said in a news release. "I urge consumers who are victims of skimming to report it immediately to law enforcement and their bank, but also to the Attorney General's Office."

Some skimmers have also begun to utilize miniature remote cameras to capture the PIN numbers of card users. Other skimmers have acquired wireless technology to intercept signals used to transmit card data from gas pumps to their central computer networks.

Skimming devices were recently found at two bank ATMs in Scottsdale. Other banks also have reported finding skimming devices on their ATMs.

Goddard suggests consumers go inside the store to process transactions and remain inside to sign all credit card receipts. Keep your receipts in a secure location or shred them to protect your identity.

Arizona Federal Credit Union suggests people can protect their personal identification numbers by selecting "credit" at a gas pump. When using a credit card, your liability from a stolen card is limited to $50.

Those who suspect skimming should call law enforcement immediately, and should also alert the gas station attendant. Do not rely on the attendant to call the police, as there have been instances in the past of skimming being perpetrated by the employees of a service station.

People may call the attorney general's office in Tucson at 628-6504, or outside the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas at 1-800-352-8431.

Consumers can also file complaints online by visiting the attorney general's website at


Tribal group to dance for Marana kids

Approximately 100 students taking part in a summer program through the Marana Unified School District can see The Redhouse Dancers perform this Thursday.

The intertribal group is featured at an event for Learning, Enrichment, and Play Centers students at 10:45 a.m. Thursday at Roadrunner Elementary School, 16651 W. Calle Carmela.

The Redhouse Dancers provide "a complete intertribal dance program with intertribal social dances and songs incorporated into its dance program," a release said.

They begin with the honoring song, then present a rope dance, an eagle dance, a flute solo, a war dance or grass dance, a hoop dance and a friendship dance.

Maria Redhouse offers "Our Father," a native sign language prayer.

The Redhouse Dancers were formed by Rex Redhouse, a member of the Navajo Nation, in the late 1960s. They came from California to Tucson, and have been performing in schools, at community cultural events, colleges, pow wows and other places in the Southwest where "the public could be educated about native dances, songs and spirituality."


MHC school, sports exams $25 on 4 days

School and sports physical exams are available by appointment or walk-in for $25 on four days at Marana Health Center.

Exams are available between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 21; Saturday, July 24; Saturday, July 31 and Saturday, Aug. 7. The Marana Health Center is located at 13644 N. Sandario Road, near Marana exit 236.

"We are working to open up our schedules" on those days, said MHC Healthcare spokeswoman Pam Moseley.

In addition, "people can schedule a physical at any of our clinics at any time," Moseley said. MHC has clinics throughout Pima County.

For more information, go to, or call Moseley at (520) 682-4111, extension 2065.


Sign up for classes at CAC ongoing

Registration for the 2010 fall semester at Central Arizona College is now under way at all 10 campuses and centers throughout Pinal County.

Central Arizona College has developed "an easy process for anyone to earn college credits, take personal interest classes, pick up non-degree or community classes or explore the more than 75 degree and certificate programs offered by the institution," a release said.

Students entering college for the first time or returning after an extended break should request a MAP — Master Academic Plan — to help maximize their educational experience. Transfer students or students taking non-degree courses also may follow the same MAP for easy entry into Central Arizona College.

Continuing students — defined as those who were enrolled in the previous semester — are urged to meet with an academic advisor to review their progress in their selected program.

Incoming students may call any Central Arizona College campus or center and ask to speak with an admissions representative for help. Forms may be submitted in person, faxed (520) 494-5083 or completed online at


OV's economic developer among July 28 speakers

Amanda Jacobs, economic development administrator for the Town of Oro Valley, is among the speakers at the Arizona Association for Economic Development's July luncheon on Wednesday, July 28.

The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Manning House.

"A regional update: What's happening in Oro Valley, Sierra Vista and central Arizona?" also includes Robert Shepard from the Sierra Vista Economic Development Foundation, and Barry Albrecht with the Central Arizona Regional Economic Development Foundation.

The Manning House is located at 450 W. Paseo Redondo.

Cost of the event is $30 for members of the Arizona Association for Economic Development, and $40 for non-members and late registrants. Registration deadline is Friday, July 23, at 12 p.m.

For more information, call (602) 240-2233, or visit


Deadline approaches to register to vote

The cut-off date to register to vote in the Aug. 24 Primary Election is rapidly approaching.

Those interested in registering must do so by Monday, July 26, at midnight, in order to vote in the primary.

A new voter registration form must be completed by anyone who has moved, even to a new apartment number in the same complex, changed their name since their last registration, is a new Pima County resident or would like to change their party affiliation.

If you are registering to vote for the first time in Pima County, you must bring proof of United States citizenship.  An Arizona driver's license issued after Oct. 1, 1996, your birth certificate, U.S. passport or a naturalization certificate may be used to establish citizenship.

Forms can be obtained at the Pima County Recorder's Office, any Arizona Department of Motor Vehicle branch, all post offices and libraries, political party headquarters and city hall buildings. 

Voters may also log onto the recorder's office website at and download a form to complete and mail in, or click on the link called "EZVOTER" for the online Motor Vehicle Division voter registration system. Voters may also log onto to access the site directly. 

In addition, the recorder is accepting vote-by-mail ballot requests for the August primary, and will continue accepting them through 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13.

Voters who are signed up for the Permanent Early Voting List will automatically receive their primary election ballot, as long as they are registered under a party affiliation, or have provided the recorder's office with their political party ballot preference if they are registered Independent or have no party designation.

For more information, voters may call the Pima County Recorder's office at 740-4330.  Out-of-town residents may call 1-800-775-7462 and ask for extension 4330.

Group plans film event about Arizona state parks thursday

The Arizona Heritage Alliance plans a screening of a documentary film in support of the state's park system.

The screening is planned for Thursday, July 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the Grand Cinemas Crossroads 6, located at 4811 E. Grant Road, near the intersection of Grant and Swan roads. Doors open at 7 p.m.

For more information call the Arizona Heritage Alliance at (602) 528-7500, or local contact Bill Thornton at and 795-6028.

Susan and Peter Culp, Jocelyn Gibbon and Sam Jansen, who sought to chronicle their experiences in visiting Arizona's 27 state parks, produced the film titled "Postcards from the Parks."

Through interviews with state leaders, conservation advocates and parks volunteers, "Postcards from the Parks" highlights the many contributions of the state parks system as protectors of natural and cultural heritage.

After the showing of the film, filmmaker Sam Jansen plan to lead a community dialogue about the plight of the park.

Similar screening and discussions were held in Flagstaff and Tempe.

Funding for these events was provided by donations from the Arizona Heritage Alliance, Wells Fargo Bank, and the producers of the film.


Entries for safety art contest due this Saturday

The deadline for the safety art contest as part of Oro Valley's "National Night Out," crime and drug prevention event, is Saturday, July 24.

The contest, open to youth 8-18 years of age, features the theme "what crime prevention means to me."

The art entries must be turned in by July 24 to the Oro Valley Library by 5 p.m. Winners will be announced at the event held Tuesday, Aug. 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Target on Oracle Road and First Avenue. For more information call 229-5084.

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