Events in NW focus on domestic violence effects

During October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, events are being held across greater Tucson to raise public awareness about domestic violence, and to share information about the services available to victims and their families in Pima County.

Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse is helping coordinate events. Among them is a resource fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 17 at Tucson Mall. Survivors are sharing their stories in an exhibit, and children's activities are planned as well.

An exhibit of masks created by survivors of domestic abuse and their children is being displayed at the Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr., Library just off Silverbell in Marana this Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 15-18.

"Life Beyond Abuse" is this year's theme. "While safety and security are critical and fundamental to a victim, a life free from abuse is the absolute goal," according to a release from Emerge!, which is the largest domestic abuse shelter and prevention services provider in Southern Arizona. The Pima County Attorney's Office is an additional partner in raising awareness and stopping the cycle of domestic violence, the release continued.

For information, call Matthew Robinson at 795-8001, or reach him by e-mail at

Project Grad kick- off event set for Oct. 23

A kick-off event for 2010 Project Graduation is being held in Oro Valley on Friday, Oct. 23.

Chief of Police Danny Sharp is joined by members of the class of 2010 and Project Graduation volunteers to talk about last year's post-graduation parties, plans for this year, and "inspire commitments to support this year's celebrations," a release said.

The coffee and continental breakfast runs from 8 to 9 a.m. that Friday at the Hilton El Conquistador Resort.

Project Graduation is an all-night, safe, alcohol- and drug-free celebration for graduating seniors. It's modeled after similar parties given by hundreds of high schools and communities across the country. Over the last six years, more than 5,500 students from Amphitheater, Canyon Del Oro and Ironwood Ridge high schools have participated, with the help of business partners and involved parents.

People with questions about the Oct. 23 kick-off, or wanting to know more about Project Graduation, may call Barb Gephart at 904-4397, or e-mail

Community Food Bank to hold 'Crop Walk'

Join the "Tucson 2009 Crop Walk" on Sunday, Nov. 8 to benefit Worldwide Anti-Hunger Programs, the Community Food Bank and Casa Maria Hospitality House.

The "Tucson 2009 Crop Walk" is part of a local, national and international effort sponsored by Church World Service to raise money for anti-hunger and sustainable self-help development worldwide. 

More than 2,000 communities across the nation will walk to raise money in 2009-10.

The Community Food Bank and Casa Maria Hospitality House will share 25 percent of the net proceeds from this year's walk.

The need is greater now than ever with the present downturn in the economy.  Recent figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show that almost 21 percent of Tucsonans live below the federal poverty level.

The Crop Walk kicks off at Ramada No. 5 at Reid Park, 900 S. Randolph Way, at 2 p.m.

You can sign up through your local church, online at or call Betty Lu Holland at 579-2895.

Nov. 1 'Walk for an Angel' raises  profile of amyloidosis, money

An annual, three-mile walk to raise awareness of the disease amyloidosis is being held Sunday, Nov. 1, in Tucson.

Registration for "Walk for an Angel" opens at 8 a.m. that Sunday at Children's Memorial Park, 4851 N. 15th Place in the city. Walking begins at 8:30.

The family of Eileen (Valenzuela) Cochran puts on the walk each year. Its mission is "to provide awareness of the disease and its symptoms, and someday soon, a cure," a release said.

Amyloidosis is a group of diseases in which one or more organ system accumulates protein deposits. Most often, the heart, kidneys, nervous system and gastrointestinal tract are affected. Symptoms can include shortness of breath, fatigue, swelling, dizziness, fullness in the stomach, diarrhea, weight loss, enlarged tongue, numbness of the legs and arms and protein in the urine.

Participation in the walk is priced at $25 for adults and $10 for children. For information, call 299-1149.

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