Input sought Thursday on ADC program

The Town of Oro Valley will hold a public informational meeting on a proposed partnership with the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) Community Betterment Program this Thursday starting at 5 p.m. in the Oro Valley Town Council chambers in Town Hall, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive.

This program, which has been successfully implemented in the Town of Marana and many other Arizona cities and towns, utilizes a "low risk" inmate labor force to maintain public services such as street clean up, graffiti abatement and buffelgrass removal.

The program is one way the Town of Oro Valley is exploring to as a money-saving alternative to maintaining the Town's appearance and upkeep.

Representatives from the Arizona Department of Corrections, the Marana Community Correctional Treatment Facility, the Town of Oro Valley and the Town of Marana will be on hand to present information and answer questions.

BLM seeks volunteer docents

Ironwood Forest National Monument is looking for docents to assist in leading educational and interpretive programs for the public around the Tucson basin, and perhaps help with actual tours on the monument.

Candidates should love the outdoors and like to educate others about nature. They would be trained on the natural history, geology and wildlife of the IFNM by BLM staff, and receive docent training. Candidates would use their own vehicle. The IFNM hopes candidates can commit to participate in four to six events per year.

For more information, email Laura Olais, IFNM acting manager, at or call 258-7242.

Bisbee eatery signs lease for local site

Ina Breakfast Club 1 of Tucson has leased a 3,300-square-foot freestanding restaurant to operate as the Bisbee Breakfast Club.

Located within Regency Plaza at 4131 W. Ina Road, this will be the first Bisbee Breakfast Club restaurant in the Tucson area. The original restaurant is located in Bisbee.

The transaction was negotiated by CB Richard Ellis. Pete Villaescusa and Jesse Peron of CBRE's Tucson office represented the landlord, Travis Stockton Family Trust of Oxnard, Calif., in negotiating the five-year lease agreement.

Did you know? Tips to save at the pump

It's easy to panic at the gas pump when you watch those numbers fly by as you fill up.

Much of the increased seasonal cost of gas can be offset by adjusting driving habits and implementing a preventative maintenance plan, said Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council, which is offering these tips:

• Properly tuning your car improves gas mileage by an average of 4 percent.

• Keep tires properly inflated for another 3 percent.

• Replacing dirty spark plugs can reduce mileage by 2 miles per gallon.

• Change oil regularly and gain another mile per gallon.

Driving behavior also impacts fuel efficiency, so observe the speed limit and avoid excessive idling, along with quick starts and stops.

Gladden Farms to host tour de farm games

The Gladden Farms Community Association will host the Tour De Farm Bicycle Scavenger Hunt and Carnival Games on Saturday, Sept. 17.

Bicycle games registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at Stone Gate Park, off Gladden Farms Drive. Each registrant receives a packet with scavenger hunt clues and a list of obstacles they must complete.

The hunt will end at the Estates and Flor Del Algodon Park, where there will be festivities, such as carnival games, vendors, slow drag races, a magic show and music.

Registration is $5 per person and $8 per family.

Registration includes a clue packet, coupons, $3 worth of carnival game tickets, and a chance to win prizes.

There will be two categories of winners for the scavenger hunt.

The first place winners will receive $50 gift cards, while second place winners will receive $15 in gift cards.

The slow drag race winner will receive a $25 gift card.

The event, in which Gladden Farms celebrates both community and family traditions, is open to the public.

Contact Jessica Liesegang at 682-1357 for more information.

Gladden Farms is a premier master-planned community in Marana.

Its Community Association and CCMC Management Team understand the importance of bringing families and neighbors together.

"We are opening it up to the public so that they, too, can see what a fun community we have here. Gladden Farms is a great place to live, play and call home," said Liesegang.

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