WWII bombers into Marana for tours April 23-26

World War II bombers descend on Marana Regional Airport April 23-26 for walk-through tours and flights.

Tours are available without a reservation. Flights can be arranged for an extra cost.

Walk-through tours of the aircraft are $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under for access to all aircraft. WWII veterans get into the ground tours at no charge.

Tour times are:

Friday, April 23, 2-5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, April 24 and 25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Monday, April 26, 9 a.m.-noon.

The event is hosted by the Collings Foundation, a non-profit educational foundation devoted to organizing living history events that allow people to learn more about their heritage and history through direct participation, a release said. For more information, please visit www.collingsfoundation.org/menu.htm.

The Marana Regional Airport is located at 11700 West Avra Valley Road.


Summer hours are returning to farmers markets

Farmers markets in greater Tucson, including the Friday events at Udall Park, Saturdays in Oro Valley and Sundays at St. Philip's Plaza, go to summer hours this week.

Markets open at 8 a.m. and close at noon, a release said.

The Oro Valley Farmers' Market is located at the corner of Naranja and La Cañada in the town hall complex. This summer, it is open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon.

The Tucson Farmers' Market at St. Philip's Plaza is open on Sundays from 8 to noon.

Farmers markets feature more than 40 farmers, bakeries, nurseries and ranchers from Tucson, Aravaipa, Willcox, Benson and Catalina.

Complete details can be obtained by contacting Manish Shah or Roxanne Garcia at 882-2157 or by visiting www.farmersmarkettucson.com.


State transport board in OV this Friday

A meeting of the Arizona State Transportation Board — and a public hearing on the state's tentative five-year transportation facilities construction program — is being held at 9 a.m. this Friday, April 16, in the council chambers at the Oro Valley Town Hall.

It is open to the public. The town hall is located at 11000 N. La Cañada Drive.

Arizona's tentative 2011 – 2015 Five-Year Transportation Facilities Construction Program is available at http://www.azdot.gov/MPD/priority_Programming/pdf/program.pdf.

Transportation board members include Chairman Robert Montoya of northern Arizona, Kelly Anderson of eastern Arizona, Stephen Christy of Pima County, Bill Feldmeier of western Arizona, Bobbie Lundstrom of southeastern Arizona and Felipe Zubia and Victor Flores of Maricopa County.

The seven-member State Transportation Board has policy powers and duties in addition to serving in an advisory capacity to the director of the Arizona Department of Transportation. Members of the board are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Arizona Senate to six-year terms. The board has broad authority to plan and develop Arizona's highways, airports and other state transportation facilities, a release said.

More information on the State Transportation Board is available at www.azdot.gov/Board.


Marana school, town leaders in April 26 forum

Leaders of town government and education in Marana are talking about their budgets during a community forum planned Monday, April 26.

Dr. Doug Wilson, Marana Unified School District superintendent, and Gilbert Davidson, manager for the Town of Marana, are inviting students, parents and community members to the event, scheduled from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Marana Municipal Complex's Council Chambers, 11555 W. Civic Center Drive.

Wilson will present information regarding budget cuts to education and the resulting impact on the school district for the 2010-'11 school year. Davidson gives an update on the town's proposed budget for 2010-'11, a release said.


HH spring arts, craft fair this Saturday at club

Heritage Highlands is hosting its annual spring arts and craft fair this Saturday, April 17.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the clubhouse, with more than 30 vendors offering "some great shopping opportunities," according to a release.

Those who attend are being asked to bring a baby item for the Reachout pregnancy program that helps needy mothers.


OV has slots on eight boards, commissions

The town of Oro Valley is accepting applications for volunteers to fill positions on eight boards and commissions.

Applicants must be residents of the town of Oro Valley, and must attend the town's Citizen Planning Institute during their term, if they have not already done so. The open positions are:

Board of Adjustment: one position, to serve a two-year term;

Development Review Board: two positions, to serve two-year terms;

Finance and Bond Committee: one position, to serve a two-year term;

Historic Preservation Commission: one position, to serve a three-year term;

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board: two positions, to serve two-year terms;

Planning and Zoning Commission: one position, to serve a two-year term;

Stormwater Utility Commission: two positions, to serve two-year terms;

Art Review Commission: one position, to serve a one-year term.

Each body holds public meetings, usually about once a month.

More information is available on the town clerk's Web page at www.orovalleyaz.gov, click on "Boards & Commissions."

Applications are available at the Oro Valley Town Hall, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive or at www.orovalleyaz.gov/Town_Government/Town_Clerk.htm and click on "Volunteer Opportunities."

The deadline for submitting the completed application is 5 p.m. Friday, April 30.


Northwest Y arranging 4 special forums

The Northwest YMCA has scheduled four collaborative leadership forums through September.

A state legislative update is being held with representatives from Districts 25 and 26 from 8 to 10 a.m. Friday, April 23, at the Shannon Road facility.

"Dispute Resolution in the Workplace" is the featured topic from 8 to 10 a.m. May 28 at the Northwest YMCA. Thom Cope is the featured speaker.

The Southern Arizona Economic Profile Luncheon runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 16 at the Omni Tucson National Resort.

A corporate wellness presentation is set from 8 to 10 a.m. Sept. 10 at the Northwest YMCA.


Firm, town recognized for Silverbell work

Cooperative work between Granite Construction and the Town of Marana on Silverbell Road have earned the project a 2010 Marvin M. Black Excellence in Partnering Award from the Associated General Contractors of America.

The award "recognizes the successful partnerships and collaborations that work to improve construction projects," a release said. Representatives from Granite accepted the award March 18 during an AGCA awards breakfast in Orlando.

"We were a high-performance team and we delivered a quality job to the public," said Granite Construction Project Superintendent Danny Hoback. "It was an honor to receive this most prestigious award for partnering."

Granite and the town worked with community partners to preserve Native American artifacts while installing new sewer systems under the roadway. The improved roadway also enabled the town to open Crossroads at Silverbell Park, a 48-acre recreational destination with athletics fields, a dog park, picnic armadas and a performance area.

The Silverbell Road project also earned the town a Common Ground Award from the Metropolitan Pima Alliance last October.

"The Town of Marana is proud of the work performed on the Silverbell Road project," said Town Manager Gilbert Davidson. "By working together with our community partners, we were able to open the road on time and on budget."



Marana's 'State of Town event' Friday, April 30

Marana Mayor Ed Honea offers his State of the Town Address at a breakfast 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. Event sponsorships as well as tables of 10 are available. Reservations and prepayment are required; the cost is $45 per person or $450 per table.

Marana Chamber President/CEO Ed Stolmaker said "The mayor's address is important to members of the Marana business community, many of whom are active participants in shaping the future of our town," said Marana Chamber president and chief executive officer Ed Stolmaker. "I want to thank CalPortland, our signature sponsor for this year's State of the Town Address, and invite all businesses to sign on as sponsors."

For more information about the Marana Chamber of Commerce, visit www.maranachamber.com, call 682-4314 or email info@maranachamber.com.


Health expo set for April 24 at Marana center

A health expo is planned Saturday, April 24, at the Arizona Pavilions in Marana.

The event is being put on by the American Business Women's Association, which wants to "enlighten visitors on many health topics of broad interest and to showcase local businesses," according to a release from Diane Walters, RN, who is chairing the event.

Vendors, speakers and entertainment are being arranged. Proceeds would be used for scholarships to women returning to the work force or making career changes, a release said.

The ABWA has helped women grow personally and professionally for more than 60 years. The El Sol Chapter, its Tucson affiliate, marks its 45th anniversary this year.

For information or questions, contact Walters at 469-8341, or 370-4555.


Fire at Flowing Wells church is 'suspicious'

A "suspicious" fire caused an estimated $2,000 damage to the Flowing Wells Baptist Church, 4314 N. Romero, late Friday night.

Northwest Fire District was called to the scene at 11:56 p.m. Friday. They responded in four minutes, and found fire showing at the front doors of the sanctuary building. It was reported by a passer-by at the Circle K store across the street. That "very quick call … prevented the fire from spreading and causing significant damage to the building," a Northwest Fire release said.

Crews contained the fire within four minutes. Church activities had concluded for the night, and there were no injuries.

Fire cause investigators from the district and the Pima County Sheriff's Office are investigating.


By Wednesday, OV residents have paid to transport

On April 14, Oro Valley residents reach what an interest group calls "Transportation Freedom Day," the date a typical household in Oro Valley has earned enough to cover its annual transportation costs.

The Arizona Public Interest Research Group says 17 percent of Americans' average annual expenditures go to transportation costs, more than they pay for food, clothing, entertainment, income taxes or health care. It said a typical Oro Valley household pays the equivalent of 28.45 percent, or more than three months of a typical annual salary, to pay for transportation costs. A typical Tucson household pays approximately 24.22 percent; Flagstaff, 25.49 percent; Phoenix, 21.62 percent. In more walkable communities and those with better transit systems, households spend less, PIRG reports.

The average American household spent more than $8,000 per year on its vehicles in 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The Arizona PIRG Education Fund "seeks to raise awareness about how access to public transportation is crucial for saving Americans money," the release said.

"Shortchanging public transportation is a classic case of being pennywise and pound foolish," it continued. "Now more than ever, public officials must make trains and buses a top priority."


Golder Ranch Fire District looks for volunteers in outreach work

Golder Ranch Fire District is seeking volunteers for its fire corps.

The district has grown quickly, "and the demand for quality public education programs and community resource advocates is putting a greater and greater demand on the services we provide," a release said.

The district seeks residents "who would like to help the fire district make a difference with its community outreach programs and other related efforts."

Duties would include school programs, the residential lock box and smoke alarm programs, and assistance for office staff. Volunteers can also help at major events, among them the Halloween "SAFE" House and the holiday toy drive.

Applications and job descriptions can be found on line at www.golddranchfire.org under the heading Volunteer Opportunities. People may also call 818-1017 for more information.


Melvin sets 4 'town halls' on two Saturdays

Sen. Al Melvin, the District 26 Republican from SaddleBrooke, is holding "town hall" meetings at locations within the district this month.

He'll meet with constituents:

Saturday, April 17, 3-5 p.m., Oro Valley Town Hall;

Saturday, April 17, 5:30-7 p.m., Foothills Urgent Care, Skyline Drive;

Saturday, April 24, 9-11 a.m., Desert View Performing Arts Center in SaddleBrooke;

Saturday, April 24, 1-3:30 p.m., Sun City Catalina Vista Center.

Melvin would like to discuss the state budget, school funding, health care, taxes, water, inmate labor, "cap and trade," border security, jobs, "Obamacare," water and energy.

The sessions are open to the public.


Sign-up for May 18 ov vote closes April 18

Oro Valley residents have until Sunday, April 18 to register to vote in the May 18 election.

Oro Valley usually conducts its elections entirely by mail. On May 18, the Oro Valley election of a mayor and two council representatives takes place on the same date as a state election regarding a 1 percent sales tax proposal. Therefore, the Oro Valley mayor and council election is being conducted at polling places.

Voters who are not on the permanent early voting lists who wish to receive a ballot by mail must request a ballot from the Pima County Recorder's Office no later than 5 p.m. Friday, May 7. They may call the Pima County Recorder's Office at 520-740-4330 to request an early ballot.

The first day of early voting is Thursday, April 22, with the initial mailing of early ballots that day.

People with questions may call 520-740-4330. For information about polling place ID requirements, contact the Pima County Division of Elections at 351-6830, or visit www.pima.gov/elections.


Mail back census form by Friday

People who have not returned their mailed U.S. Census forms may still do so through this Friday, April 16, a release said.

Those who do so will "most likely avoid a visit from a Census taker during their follow-up operations," the release said.

Dr. Robert Groves, director of the 2010 Census, says mailing back your form also means big savings to taxpayers. "Every 1 percent of the U.S. households that return a completed questionnaire will save $85 million in taxpayer money," said Groves. It costs the government 42 cents to receive a mailed form, as compared with the estimated $57 to obtain a household's census responses in person.

People who receive their mail in a post office box, or on a rural delivery route, and have not received a mailed census form are likely to be visited by a census worker between May 1 and July 10. Those who live in group quarters, such as college dormitories, hotels and work camps, are counted during a separate operation where census workers distribute and then collect completed forms.

People may call 1-866-872-6868 until April 21 to request a replacement form. Forms are also available from a Be Counted or Questionnaire Assistance Center site through April 19. Those locations can be found at www.2010census.gov.


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