Garden tour at Steam Pump is Thursday, Sept. 30

A tour of the Native American heritage garden at Steam Pump Ranch in Oro Valley is being offered Thursday, Sept. 30.

The Oro Valley Historical Society, in partnership with the Oro Valley Public Library, offers the visit. It is free and open to the public, but space is limited. To register, call the Oro Valley Public Library at (520) 229-5300.

The garden features corn, beans, squash and other crops that have been grown in this region for thousands of years. Joyce Rychener, a volunteer with the Oro Valley Historical Society and the heritage gardener, is going to be on hand to explain the significance of the garden and answer questions.

Ironwood site clean-up, grass pull Saturday

Clean-up of an illegal shooting site and removal of invasive buffelgrass on the Ironwood Forest National Monument is taking place this Saturday, Sept. 25, which is National Public Lands Day.

Volunteers are needed for the event, which runs from 8 a.m. to noon.

To get there, exit I-10 at Cortaro, follow Cortaro west until it turns into Ina, continue west, go south on Wade, follow Wade until it turns into Picture Rocks, take Picture Rocks to Sandario, take Sandario south to Manville, and follow Manville west to the project site.

Sponsors of hands-on restoration at the El Cerrito Represso area are Friends of Ironwood Forest, Tucson Audubon Society, Town of Marana and the Bureau of Land Management.

Contact Lahsha Brown, Friends of Ironwood Forest,, 520-628-2092, or Kendall Kroesen, Tucson Audubon Society,, 520-971-2385.

Marana has opening on adjustment

The Town of Marana has an opening on its board of adjustment.

The board is a decision-making body with the authority to grant variances, some code interpretations and other relief from certain provisions of Marana Land Development Code, a release said.

The board hears all cases as public hearings, which are regularly advertised.

The board meets as necessary, but generally on the second Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m.

For more information, visit

Arts, crafts in Sun City Vistoso Saturday, Oct. 2

Sun City Vistoso holds its community-wide art and crafts fair on Saturday, Oct. 2, with more than 70 artists and designers showing their works.

The Arts and Crafts Festival 2010 runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sun City Vistoso Mountain Vista Recreation Center, 1495 E. Rancho Vistoso in Oro Valley.

Admission is free. There are art demonstrations, and food. Many of the show's participants have donated art for a raffle.

Catalina Food Bank is going to be accepting food donations. "Please help support them," a release said.

Hosts needed for CDO student

PAX Program of Academic Exchange is looking for a family to host an exchange student from Ghana on scholarship at Canyon del Oro High School.

The young man, 16, is living temporarily in a home. His prospective permanent family has had a family emergency, and can no longer take him in, a release said.

He is a top student who enjoys sports, volunteer work and debate. Residence is needed effective Oct. 1 through the end of the school year.

Interested individuals may contact Kat Conour at 205-1744, or e-mail

Fountains group knitting show this Friday, Sept. 24

The Fountains Knitters, a "well-seasoned group with fast-working fingers and a long history of warming hearts," present the 18th annual sweater show and knitters reception this Friday, Sept. 24.

The event runs from 2 to 4 p.m. in the in the main lobby of The Fountains at La Cholla, 2001 W. Rudasill Road.

Every year, the knitters assemble several hundred children's sweaters for donation to needy children throughout Tucson before the autumn chill.

Guests can meet the knitters and see their colorful handiwork, a release said. People are asked to RSVP to 1-877-470-6550.

Melvin holding town halls meets on Sept. 25

District 26 State Sen. Al Melvin is conducting quarterly town hall-style meetings this week in the Northwest.

Melvin is available:

Saturday, Sept. 25, 9-11 a.m., Mountain View Clubhouse in SaddleBrooke; 1-3 p.m. Catalina Vista Center in Sun City Vistoso.

He has a number of subjects to discuss with constituents, a release said.

In Marana, it's 'click it or ticket' Sept. 25-Oct. 1

The Marana Police Department is joining state and local law enforcement agencies and highway safety groups in supporting a zero-tolerance "Click It or Ticket" seat belt enforcement campaign Sept. 25-Oct. 1.

Police are ticketing unbelted occupants and drivers whose children aren't properly restrained in safety seats. Funding is provided by a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration grant designed to increase and sustain seatbelt use in Maricopa and Pima counties.

Marana is placing signs ahead of time in areas where enforcement will be concentrated, a release said.

Regular seat belt use "is the most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes," the release continued. "When worn correctly, seat belts have been proven to reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by 45 percent and by 60 percent in pickup trucks, SUVs and minivans."

NHTSA studies show nearly one of five Americans does not wear a seat belt when driving or riding in a motor vehicle.

Inspections of child seats are this week

Northwest Fire District is offering free child safety inspections the week of Sept. 19-25.

Certified technicians at Northwest Fire District can inspect a child safety seat to ensure it is in good working order, is not a recalled model, is compatible with your vehicle and is appropriate for the size of your child, a release said.

Technicians "will teach you to correctly install your car seat into your vehicle and answer any questions about the use of child safety and booster seats," it continued.

The service is free, by appointment only, and takes 20 to 30 minutes. Call 887-1010, extension 5000, to schedule an appointment or for additional information.

When properly used, child restraint systems reduce fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers in passenger cars. Seven out of 10 child safety seats are incorrectly installed or are the wrong size for the child, and will not work effectively in an accident, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

OV keeps second call to audience

The Oro Valley Town Council has voted unanimously not to eliminate the second call to the audience scheduled during regular meetings.

Councilman Joe Hornat originally requested the council consider eliminating the second call to the audience, which follows voting items.

"This council is, I can safely say, one of the strongest proponents of public participation," Hornat said at last week's meeting. "It was never intended to restrict anyone's ability."

Vice Mayor Bill Garner said the second call to the audience was a way for people who can't get to the meetings on time address the council with concerns about items not on the night's agenda.

"It's just another way for the public to address the council," Garner said.

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