Volunteers needed to help scientists study storms

The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) needs you! Everyone can participate, both young, old, and in-between. The only requirements are an enthusiasm for watching and reporting weather conditions and a desire to learn more about how weather can affect and impact our lives. To learn more or to become a volunteer observer, visit www.cocorahs.org.

Sun City blood drive coming

Sun City will be hosting a blood drive on Aug. 16 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Social Hall Auditorium, located at 1495 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd.

Appointments can be made by calling the Red Cross at 230-7295, or visiting redcrossblood.org.

The Red Cross blood supply has reached emergency levels with 50,000 fewer donations than expected in June.

All blood types are needed, especially O positive and negative, B negative and A negative.

OV student attends Forum at Harvard

Many students look forward to summer break as a time for watching television, sleeping in and hanging out with friends. Not Gabriella “Gabbie” Ramirez, an incoming sophomore at Salpointe Catholic High School.

Gabbie, an Oro Valley resident, spent several weeks of her summer vacation preparing for the People to People World Leadership Tour at Harvard University.  Gabbie, a return participant in the program, was again selected to join students from all over the world to participate in the conference, which ran from July 14 – July 22. There, Gabbie and students from China, Russia, India, South Africa and more, spent time exploring their strengths and weaknesses and creating plans for how each of them can use their talents to find a career path that will help make the world a better place. 

Homework assignments that were required in preparation for the program challenged students to find ways they can revolutionize their respective fields of choice, to achieve above and beyond current standards in each field.

Gabbie’s personal passion is helping kids overcome learning disabilities and other problems. In fact, she uses her talents as a school champion tennis player to mentor special needs kids through United States Tennis Association (USTA). Gabbie, is described as a talented tennis player and a “graceful winner.” She shares her kind and gentile spirit with those she mentors.

Gabbie was accepted to the People to People Program based on outstanding scholastic merit, civic involvement and leadership potential.  As a freshman, Gabbie received the Faculty Award for Academic Excellence and Leadership.  She is also an honor student and has written poems that are published in children’s books.  Gabbie also plays the piano, dances, and sings in her church choir at St. Thomas the Apostle.

Gabbie lives in Oro Valley with her parents, Robert D. Ramirez and Katharine Ramirez. 

Youth soccer registration ongoing

The American Youth Soccer Organization-Region 922 (serving Oro Valley and surrounding communities) will be holding its last registration for the upcoming fall season.

Open registration, everyone plays, balanced teams, positive coaching, good sportsmanship and player development make playing soccer fun for all participants. 

Practice starts in late August.  Games start in September, running through November.

AYSO 922 last registration for 2012 season, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oro Valley Library.

For more information, visit the website at ayso922.org.

If you still have questions, email Heather Brady at lh.brady@q.com.

OV Optimists Hosting Golf Tournament In Name Of Youth

The Oro Valley Optimist Club is preparing for the “2012 Scramble for Youth” golf tournament.

The 2012 event is slated for Friday, Sept. 21, at the Oro Valley Country Club, located at 300 W. Greenock Dr. Registration is at 11:30 a.m., and action begins at 1 p.m.

To participate, the cost is $110 per golfer. To register, visit the website at www.orovalleyoptimistclub.org.

The Optimist Club is also looking for sponsors to help. For more information, contact Mike Wilson at 591-9640, or Don Cox at 490-7588.

The annual golf tournament is important to the Optimist Club, which focuses on funding organizations and programs for children and youth.

Some of the organizations that have received funding from the Oro Valley Optimist Club include the International Junior Golf Qualifier, Drug Awareness Day for local students, Dispose-A-Med, Arizona Youth Partnership, Special Olympics and programs centered around scholarships, cancer drives and many more.

OV Citizen POLICE Academy

The Oro Valley Citizen Police Academy is a 36-hour block of instruction designed to give the public knowledge of the OVPD. It consists of 12 classes, taught by sworn police personnel and civilian staff, who work in the different divisions.

The instruction is comprehensive and each week a different area of the department is covered, including many activities.

The academy allows students to experience a ride-along, see a SWAT demo, watch the K-9 in action, hear about criminal investigations, meet Oro Valley officers and understand their work.

The goal is to provide the citizens enough information to dispel suspicions and misconceptions and to increase rapport through an educational process. The citizens, in turn, enable the officers and civilian staff to learn of their feelings and concerns.

The hope is that the graduates of each Citizen Police Academy will take their new knowledge out into the community, educate others when the opportunity arises and make good decisions, which affect the Police Department and the Town with heightened awareness and better information. Together, the goal is to build a safer, stronger community.

A new round of classes being on Tuesday, Sept. 4, and will last through Nov. 20. Classes are between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Oro Valley Police Tangerine Substation, located at 1920 E. Tangerine Road.

There is limited seating available. Sign up today by calling Jodi Stevens at 229-2900. Participants must be 18 years of age.

OV Parks & Rec announces free outdoor movie series

 Oro Valley Parks and Recreation is proud to present the summer outdoor movie series at James D. Kriegh Park, 23 W. Calle Concordia. This free, family-friendly series is the perfect opportunity to relax and enjoy a safe and entertaining night under the stars.

 Movies begin at 7 p.m. Please bring blankets or lawn chairs to sit on. Snacks and beverages will be available for sale.

 Film schedule:

Sat., August 25 – Kung Fu Panda 2

Sat., September 15 – TBD

 For more information, visit us online at www.orovalleyaz.gov or call 229-5050.

Volunteers needed to help scientists study storms

The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) needs you! Everyone can participate, both young, old, and in-between. The only requirements are an enthusiasm for watching and reporting weather conditions and a desire to learn more about how weather can affect and impact our lives. To learn more or to become a volunteer observer, visit www.cocorahs.org.

Planet Smoothie to host Blood Drive

In coordinating with the American Red Cross, Planet Smoothie will be hosting a blood drive on Saturday, Aug. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, call The Planet at 638-7883.

Kids can create, publish and show artwork around the world

 Art is the language we all speak, no matter the age, country or culture. Art connects people, opens minds and prompts conversation.

 Save the Cord Foundation believes art is key to communicating their message by connecting, opening minds and starting conversations. Fulfilling a mission to expand cord blood education and awareness, the foundation has created the Young Artists Program - an educational and artistic learning platform for parents and teachers to inform their children, families and students about why saving umbilical cord blood is so important now and for their future.

  The Young Artists Program invites kids to express themselves through their art and learn about how saving cord blood can save lives. The free program, for ages 2 to 8, is open to children all around the world. All of the artwork created will be featured at Save the Cord’s online gallery, distributed to a large network of friends and supporters worldwide and appear in the Special Edition 2012 Young Artists Book.

 In order to participate, kids may sign-up at www.youngartistsprogram.org; get out their crayons, paints and collage materials and create a piece of art; then scan or photograph the artwork and submit on the website by Monday, Oct. 1, 2012.

 This year’s theme for the Young Artists Program is “create, give, share.” Artists are encouraged to try to use this theme somehow in their works, chosen because it not only provides excellent inspiration but represents the philosophy behind saving a child’s cord blood.


In the art world, we see many similarities with this concept of “create, give, share”.


CREATE:  Create something beyond yourself.  Give life to an idea that is unique to you. Express yourself visually and in a way that only you can.


GIVE:  Don’t hide your artwork away. Give your artwork to others displaying it proudly. Give others a chance to get to know you through your artwork. You are unique, so is your artwork.


SHARE:  Share your accomplishment with others. Explain why you made this artwork and why you are proud of it. Have you or someone you know been treated with cord blood? Share your story along with your artwork.


 The artwork will be seen by people all over the world.  It will surely prompt conversation about what it means, why children created this and, ultimately, why is it important.


Save the Cord Foundation developed the program in an effort to directly reach young families and educate them about the life-saving medical benefits of saving a child’s umbilical cord blood at birth. Cord blood is being used today to treat 80+ different diseases including sickle cell anemia, cerebral palsy and leukemia. Yet, today more than 95 percent of cord blood is discarded as medical waste. It is vital that expecting parents learn about the life-saving uses of cord blood and are given an opportunity to either donate their child’s cord blood or save it privately.



2012 Young Artists Program - How to Participate

Sign up and submit art online: www.youngartistsprogram.org

Deadline: Monday, Oct. 1, 2012


About Save the Cord Foundation

Save the Cord Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit, whose mission is to bring factual, noncommercial information to expectant parents and the public about the life-saving medical value of umbilical cord blood and the options for preserving it. Save the Cord Foundation’s vision is to advance cord blood awareness and make saving cord blood the standard of care for all newborns.  www.SaveTheCordFoundation.org


About the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance

The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) is a not-for-profit organization that exists to ensure that, through engagement in arts and culture, our communities produce strong, inspired citizens. SAACA enlists artists, businesses, governments, and individuals to expand artistic and cultural opportunities in their respective communities. To enhance access to the arts and to promote cultural awareness in the communities it serves, SAACA presents large-scale festivals, events and other programs. The Alliance also promotes educational opportunities in the arts and culture for both the young and the old.


Organization History  The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) grew out of the Greater Oro Valley Arts Council (GOVAC), an organization established in 1997 to provide artistic and cultural opportunities for residents of northwest Tucson. GOVAC eventually became one of the largest arts organizations in the region. In 2009, owing to its success, the group expanded its mission to include creation of partnerships with business, governments, and communities throughout Southern Arizona that would encourage innovative, creative cultural expression in the arts for years to come.


For more information about programs and events produced by the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, go to www.saaca.org.


OV Chamber to host UA’s NCAA Champion baseball coach Andy Lopez on Aug. 9

Andy Lopez, coach of the 2012 NCAA champion Arizona Wildcats baseball team, is the guest speaker at the August lunch meeting of the Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce.

  The event is Thursday, Aug. 9, at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in the Catalina Foothills off Kolb Road. The event begins with registration and networking at 11:30 a.m. that Thursday.

  “Coach Lopez and the Wildcats roared through the NCAA tournament, and we’re thrilled to have him share the details at our luncheon,” said Dave Perry, chamber president / CEO. “Please join us to help celebrate this special achievement.”

 Tickets are $20 per person. They may be reserved by calling 297-2191, or by e-mailing Events Director Alex Demeroutis at alex@orovalleychamber.com. There’s also a link on the chamber’s website, www.orovalleychamber.com.

Dive into Hunger - Fill a Pool with Food

Dive into hunger.  Fill a pool with food for the Marana Community Food Bank on Saturday, Aug. 11.  The Ace Hardware store at 11921 N. 1st Avenue (at Tangerine Road) will host the event from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to help fill the empty shelves at the Marana Food Bank.  The public is asked to bring non-perishable food items to fill a portable swimming pool in the parking lot at the Ace Hardware store.  

Most needed items are cereal, canned meats, canned vegetables, canned soups, peanut butter, canned fruit and canned tomato products. Please, no pre-opened items or glass containers.

For more information, contact the Ace Hardware store at 297-0222, or James Whiteside at the Marana Community Food Bank, 682-3001 ext. 204.

Mr. Boogie Woogie is back by popular demand

Europe’s top piano man/singing sensation is going to be performing High Energy blues in Oro Valley.

Mr. Boogie Woogie will be at The Loop on Aug. 3. There is no cover charge. Purchase the buffet for $18.50 per person (+tax and tip.)

The buffet starts at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

The Loop Taste of Chicago

10180 N. Oracle Rd.

OV residents walking to stay healthy

As part of the Healthiest Town in America program, (HTA) Oro Valley is looking to get residents out and about each week.

HTA is hosting the weekly walk event in Oro Valley, starting at 5:45 p.m. The walk is between 1.5 and three miles long, beginning at the Fry’s Shopping Center on the corner of Lambert & La Canada.

The walks started on May 8 and have continued each week.

For more information, visit the website at www.healthiesttowninamerica.com.

Registration for Fall theater classes ongoing

Hone your musical theater skills and get ready to take the stage with Christian Youth Theater’s fall classes, starting the week of Aug. 13.

 CYT Tucson is a local non-profit theater arts organization providing instruction on various aspects of theater production and live musical performance opportunities for Tucson youth ages 5-18.

 Some of the unique fall classes include FAME!,Newsies! Music Theater, H.Y.P.E., Pirates and Princesses, Jazz Hands! (and Feet), and Melodrama, No Mellow Drama.

For more information, visit cyttucson.org for full class descriptions, schedules and registration.

In addition to the weekly classes, students age 8 - 18 can audition for CYT’s upcoming performance of Snoopy that will be performed October 25-28 at Pima Community College, Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre.

CYT’s past performances have included Les Miserables and Willy Wonka at the Fox, Oklahoma at Pima Community College, and Seussical at Crowder Hall.

Artistic directors Jon and Kathy Thuerbach are recent recipients of the Arizona Making Children’s Lives Better Award.

For more information about Christian Youth Theater call 751- 7510.

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