Time to apply as an 'official' Centennial event

The Arizona Centennial Commission is sanctioning community events as "official" Arizona Centennial events.

Through its Arizona Centennial 2012 Foundation, the commission is inviting tribes, counties, cities, towns, and organizations to participate in the program to commemorate Arizona's 100th year of statehood.

"The Centennial is truly a statewide celebration, so it is the a goal of the commission and foundation to have all 22 tribes, 15 counties and 90 incorporated cities and towns represented with at least one officially designated Arizona Centennial Event and/or Legacy Project that is unique and meaningful to its community," said Charles Jones, co-chairman of the Arizona Centennial Commission and 2012 Foundation.

To receive designation as an Official Centennial Event, the newly created or existing event must feature a special aspect of Arizona history or culture "in a way that would enhance a sense of pride and connection to Arizona and local communities; include an education component; be assessable to a large number of visitors; and demonstrate collaboration," a release said.

As an Official Centennial Event, the organization has the right to use the official logo. It would be featured on the Arizona Centennial Web site and calendar of events.

To apply for official Arizona Centennial event sanctioning, visit www.arizona100.org.

'Visions of St. Philip's sought for 75th exhibit

In 2011, St. Philip's In the Hills is marking its 75th anniversary as "an iconic Tucson place."

To honor the milestone, the Murphey Gallery is sponsoring a special exhibit, "Visions of St. Philip's," and it plans first-ever prizes totaling $1,000.

"Over the years," a release said, St. Philip's "has inspired artists in all mediums to create their vision of the church and grounds."

Forty to 50 works capturing St. Philip's will be accepted for a December gallery exhibit. From those, 25 will be selected for a traveling exhibit beginning in January at several Tucson venues, then returning to the Murphey Gallery for a final showing in May. Work is being judged by an outside expert, with prizes awarded at a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5.

The deadline for submission of art work is Sept. 15. For more information, call 299-7649.

Gallery walk this Thursday along Skyline

An evening of "art, music and salsa" is being presented this Thursday, Aug. 5, on Gallery Row at Skyline and Campbell.

Art galleries, along with the Steinway Piano Gallery, are open from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday. There is free valet parking.

Guests may "stroll patios and galleries, meet the artists, listen to live music and sample salsas," a release said.

Students of local Tucson teachers are performing at both ends of Gallery Row.

For information, call 325-9797.

Buy a 'passport,' save money at area offerings

The Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce now offers the Tucson Passport, featuring 45 attractions with two-for-one admissions and other discounts.

People with the passport can save money on museums, art galleries, cultural centers, natural parks, Old Tucson Studios, the Desert Museum, Tohono Chul Park and more.

Passports can be purchased for $15 by calling 297-2191. With the purchase of one passport, a second is free.

Trico event on energy savings set for Aug. 21

Trico Electric Co-op is hosting a free workshop on energy savings and efficiency Saturday, Aug. 21, at 9 a.m. at Trico's 8600 W. Tangerine Road office.

Everyone is invited to "a fun and informative workshop," a release said. "You'll learn simple, low-cost and no-cost ways to trim your energy usage and make your monthly energy bills more manageable."

Everyone who attends receives a free home energy efficiency starter kit.

Go to www.trico.coop for details, or call 744-2944.

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