LD 25, 26 GOP board taps officers

Officers for the Legislative District 25 and 26 Republican Committee have been installed for the 2010-’11 year.

Donna Alu was re-elected chairman, with Robert Black, first vice chairman; Mark Miller, second vice chairman; Lee Mondello, third vice chairman; Karen Schutte, secretary; and Jay McCall, re-elected treasurer.

Republicans won all legislative seats in both District 25 and 26 this year. “The board is looking forward to continuing the growth in the Northwest,” a release said.

District 25/26 Republicans meet the second Saturday of the month. For more information, contact Karen Schutte at 877-3230.

Zach’s lights shine again for food bank

He goes by Zach. He can be hard to find. His house is not.

For the third year, Zach’s Holiday House is wrapped in a blanket of Christmas lights that would compete with the Griswolds of “Christmas Vacation” fame.

It’s in the Northwest, at 2848 West Ribera Place, north on Shannon Road, then one mile north of Overton to Ribera Place.

Zach’s Holiday House launches the holiday food drive for the Marana Community Food Bank food drive. He hopes to top donations from the past two years.

Zach, 21, a University of Arizona senior, worked with his family for three weeks to string all the lights before Thanksgiving.

There are “chasing” lights, air-blown Christmas displays and music-driven dancing lights. After 15 years of stringing lights, Zach has no idea how many he uses, but it tops 40,000 and requires hours of detail. “Zach invites you to count them,” a release said.

“It’s all fun after climbing off the ladder and getting the circuits right so all the lights stay on,” said Zach. I want everyone to drop by and bring two or three cans of food for the Marana Community Food Bank and enjoy the holiday lights. You will be in awe of the glow and we will make a difference for the food bank.”

The lights go on at dark and stay on until 10 p.m. each evening. “Please be courteous of our neighbors and friends while viewing Zach’s display,” the release said.

For more information, contact Linda Hampton at the Marana Community Food Bank, 682-3001.

Golder Fire seeks toys for needy children

Golder Ranch Fire District is collecting new, unwrapped toys to be distributed to children in need this holiday.

Toy collection boxes can be found at any Golder Ranch fire station as well as various businesses around Saddlebrooke, Oro Valley and Catalina.

“With the generous donations of our communities last year, we were able to help over 500 kids,” the district said in a release. “We expect the need will be even greater this year so please help us to make this a happy holiday for all of our area kids.”

Stations are located at 3835 E. Golder Ranch Drive in Catalina, 65462 E. Catalina Hills in SaddleBrooke, 63735 E. SaddleBrooke in SaddleBrooke, 1130 E. Rancho Vistoso in Sun City Vistoso, 12125 N. Woodburne in Oro Valley’s Rancho Vistoso, 10475 N. La Cañada in Oro Valley, 355 E. Linda Vista in Oro Valley, and 60891 E. Arroyo Vista Drive in SaddleBrooke Ranch.

Harelson’s big book fair this Saturday at mall

Harelson Elementary School’s parent teacher organization holds its annual book fair and art show this Saturday, Dec. 11, at Barnes and Noble Booksellers in Foothills Mall.

It’s a major event, with children singing, short readings, art work and more.

Music and readings are scheduled from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday. A percentage of all purchases at Barnes & Noble Booksellers between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. benefit the school. Featured artwork by Harelson students is being showcased at the store during most of December.

The lunch hour is being spent at Chipotle at Foothills Mall, with a percentage of sales between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. donated to the Harelson PTO.

New this year is an online portion of the book fair. All online purchases made Dec. 11-16 with the promotion code of 10245603 also benefit the PTO.

“The Tucson / Oro Valley / Marana communities are invited to join to support this local school,” a release said. The Harelson PTO supports the school staff in providing technology, learning programs, playground shade and part-time staff.

Toys for Tots, J Geils tribute at Old Father

For the third year, an Ina Road restaurant and a J. Geils tribute band are putting on a holiday event to collect Christmas gifts for Toys for Tots.

The Old Father Inn, 4080 W. Ina Road, and the tribute band Be-Geiled invite everyone to a party and gift drive from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19. The show starts at 2 p.m.

“Isn’t it an awesome feeling to see a child on Christmas Day to open a toy to play with?” a release said. “Make the dream come true for every girl and boy, and donate to the Toys for Tots campaign.”

The Old Father Inn is offering half-price appetizers for any toy or cash donation. There are drink specials. U.S. Marine Corps personnel will be on hand to accept toys and cash gifts.

“The last two years have been a total success,” a release said. “Let’s make this year be even bigger.”

For information, call 744-1200.

‘Casino Royale’ is chamber’s gala Jan. 22

“Casino Royale,” an evening of food, gaming and auctions to benefit Interfaith Community Services, is the 2010 annual gala and fund-raiser for the Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce.

The event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort.

The chamber’s annual gala and fund-raiser “showcases our community partnership that embodies collaboration” with ICS, chamber president and chief executive officer Ramon Gaanderse said this week.

Tickets are $100 per person. The chamber is seeking sponsorships and donated auction items.

People with questions may contact Gaanderse or Ruth Geier at 297-2191.

Marana town council to meet at university

Next Tuesday, Dec. 14, the Marana Town Council plans to conduct a working day at the University of Arizona.

On the docket is an update of the town’s strategic plan, an opportunity for individuals to say “what they feel are other pressing issues,” and a chance for interaction between university and municipal leaders, Town Manager Gilbert Davidson said.

“We want to get them in an environment that exposes them to innovating thinking,” Davidson said. There’ll be a tour of UA facilities and programs, with the intent of “getting them to feel excited about what’s going on in the region, and try to replicate that here.”

The Marana Town Council also plans a first-ever joint meeting with the Oro Valley Town Council in January.

Marana waits on search for assistant manager

Marana’s search for a new assistant town manager is on hold, Town Manager Gilbert Davidson said last week.

The town has been looking to replace Assistant Town Manager Deb Thalasitis, who left Marana’s employment this fall. It had contracted with a Texas-based search firm to find a new assistant town manager.

“The time frame is not working out,” Davidson said Thursday. Hiring is more difficult over the holidays, so “we’ll go back out and keep the thing open.”

Norse holiday celebration set for Sunday

Tucson Norse Federation members are “Sharing Our Norwegian American Christmas Traditions” during the December meeting this Sunday, Nov. 12.

The 2 p.m. gathering is slated for Lutheran Church of the Foothills, 5102 N. Craycroft. Traditional Christmas food, singing carols around the Christmas tree, and a visit from Julenissen are part of the day. Guests are asked to bring a plate of Norwegian cookies to share.

Donations are being accepted for a local charity, Aviva, that provides items for children in foster care. Stocking stuffers appropriate for teenagers are requested.

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