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Speak Up Pima County

Pima County Bd. of Supervisors meets tomorrow September 5th,  at 9 a.m., 130 W. Congress St. on the first floor. Agenda online:

Go to our Calendar listing for more info on Supervisor Ally Miller’s recent remarks, and the agenda items regarding them.

Any member of the public can speak at Call to the Public, item # 7.

Labor Day Picnic at Reid Park

“The 21st Annual Labor Day event will take place on September 4, 2017 at Reid Park in Tucson, AZ. Activities are scheduled to take place between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, with details forthcoming as they emerge.
Labor Day gives us a unique opportunity to emphasize the importance of unions and the good we do for the community during a time when workers need all the support they can get. This year’s event theme “The Workforce of the Future” reflects the changing dynamics of the workforce and will feature a classic car and motorcycle show with vehicles provided by Door Slammers Car club and union members. Please join us!”

“PALF’s FREE Labor Day event. Pinatas are in the house as well as ingredients for the Peanut in the Pie contest. New this year is the JTED Student Choice award for the Classic Car and Motorcycle Show.
Special shout out and thanks to IBEW 1116 and IBEW 570 for donating 2 children’s bicycles for the Labor Day Raffle. Tickets are $1.00 each at our Labor Day event. #LABORDAY #winabike #celebratelabordayandthecontributionsofallworkingpeople”[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22dashboard%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22calendar_tab_event%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A%22[]%22%7D]%2C%22source%22%3A2%7D

2017 City of Tucson Primary Election results

Only 2 contested primaries to report on tonight from City of Tucson Elections  in Ward 3 (Democrats) and Ward 6 (Greens):

Ward 3 Council  (Democrats). Open seat as Councilwoman Karin Uhlich is stepping down after 3 terms.

Felicia Chew  1703   32.09%

Paul Durham  2416  45.52%

Tom Tronsdal  1177  22.18%

(to face off with Independent Gary Watson in the General. No Republican or Green in this race).

Ward 5 Council  (no primary, 2 term Councilman Democrat Richard Fimbres is  unopposed, as well in the General)

Fimbres:  2583

Ward 6  Council (Green Party)

Mike Cease  51  63.75%

Michael Oatman 26  32.5%

(to face off with incumbent 2 term Councilman Democrat Steve Kozachik and Republican Mariano Rodriguez in the General Election on Nov. 7, 2017)

Kozachik:  5384

Rodriguez:  1537

More info:

Congratulations to the winners, Paul Durham and Mike Cease.

KXCI Community Radio to unveil new studio in Hotel Congress

For Immediate Release
Press contact: Kurt B. Reighley | (206) 890-2492 |
On Labor Day weekend, KXCI Community Radio unveils its new studio in Hotel Congress, with an open house and “Load the Library of Congress” party, Saturday, September 2, and Sunday, September 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Members of the public are encouraged to come explore the station’s new downtown facility, and help build the Congress studio’s music collection by donating a new or gently-used copy of a favorite CD or album.
As part of the grand opening festivities, the afternoon drive time show The Home Stretch will broadcast live from the KXCI Hotel Congress studio during HoCo Fest, Wednesday, August 30 through Friday, September 2, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
“We’ve been working towards this dream of opening a studio in the heart of downtown for over three years now, and I’m thrilled to finally be open for business,” says KXCI Executive Director Cathy Rivers. “This studio will allow the KXCI community and Tucson visitors to get even closer to the music, podcasts and mini-programs that make our community radio station so special. It will also create more opportunities for special broadcasts, out-of-town guests, and additional in-studio videos.” 
“This partnership is a great fit, because Hotel Congress and KXCI are both committed to nurturing our music community,”adds David Slutes, Entertainment Director for Hotel Congress. “Being able to see that on-air DJ – right at street level – offers tangible evidence of how crucial music is to Tucson, and the new studio adds something special to the vitality of downtown.”
This new auxiliary studio is located in the Hotel Congress lobby, directly across from the Copper Room, with windows looking out on Congress Street. Just steps away from both Club Congress and the Rialto Theatre, the convenient location will allow KXCI to welcome more touring musician to the airwaves.
“KXCI is the heartbeat of Tucson,” says Joey Burns of Calexico. “The addition of the KXCI studio at historic Hotel Congress will enable even greater connections between audiences and artists, like live performance broadcasts, special videos, and more in-depth interviews. As a community, it feels like we’re turning a corner, and it’s exciting to see – and hear – KXCI growing as a part of that.”   
The new studio was designed by Tucson firm Baker + Hesseldenz, with an emphasis on showcasing the tradition of independent radio, while also complementing the Hotel Congress aesthetic.
“We wanted to create a space that felt dark, cool, and comfortable, in homage to radio and recording studios of the ’50s and ’60s,” says Scott Baker. “And since people will be watching the on-air talent and guests, we brought in an element of theater as well.”
“This is perfect timing for KXCI,” adds Mary Ann Hesseldenz.“We live in such a visual society now. People today want – and expect – a fuller experience, and the increased visibility of KXCI downtown can help them reach a new generation of listeners.”
About KXCI
Founded in 1983, KXCI is an independent radio station committed to connecting the communities of Tucson and Southern Arizona to each other – and the world – with informative, engaging, and creative community-based programming. More than 35,000 listeners tune in to the station each week over the air and online. KXCI plays music from all genres and eras, as well as informative, locally-produced mini-programs, provided by 70+ volunteer DJs and on-air hosts. For more information, please
About Hotel Congress
Open since 1919, the historic Hotel Congress is downtown Tucson’s longest continuously-operated business. This cultural vortex offers 40 vintage-style guest rooms, the award-winning Cup Café, the world-renowned Club Congress music venue, and more. Every year Hotel Congress hosts a full slate of events, including Dillinger Days, Agave Heritage Week, HOCO Fest, a New Year’s Eve Gala and The Nightmare On Congress Halloween celebration. With almost 100 years in Tucson, there is a story in every detail of this downtown gem – if only the walls could talk.
KXCI Community Radio | 520-623-1000 | KXCI.ORG

“Can’t Buy Me Love” (filmed in Tucson) coming to the Loft Cinema

Tucson Birthday Month Screening in 35mm

Can’t Buy Me Love


Tuesday, August 29 AT 7:30pm | regular admission prices at Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson

“The Loft Cinema celebrates Tucson’s birthday month with a special 35mm screening of the totally awesome ‘80s teen romantic comedy Can’t Buy Me Love, starring Patrick Dempsey and Amanda Peterson, filmed right here in Tucson! See Tucson High, the Airplane Boneyard, Tucson Mall, Speedway Boulevard, and other local landmarks (including The Loft Cinema marquee, known in the ‘80s as The Showcase marquee) on the big screen!

Grab a slice of our free Tucson Birthday Cake (while supplies last), and enter our Free Prize Raffle for a fantastic Tucson Gift Basket that includes blu rays of films made in Arizona, Tucson-centric books, gift certificates from local retailers and more! It may be true that money can’t buy you love, but it CAN buy you a fun night at The Loft Cinema!

In Can’t Buy Me Love, ‘80s heartthrob Patrick Dempsey (in his pre-“McDreamy” era) stars as Ronald Miller, a high school nerd dying to be one of the cool kids. Ever the enterprising problem-solver, Ronald hits upon the perfect (at least by ‘80s teen comedy standards) idea: he’ll “rent” the most popular girl at Tucson High (and his secret crush), head cheerleader Cindy Mancini (Amanda Peterson), to pretend to be his girlfriend for one month, thereby catapulting him to the pinnacle of popularity as well. But as the title of the film indicates, Ronald’s capitalist schemes may not go exactly according to plan, and through it all, he just might learn that when it comes to love, money changes everything. A funny and charming John Hughes-esque comedy with a dark undercurrent, Can’t Buy Me Love also features a great supporting cast of ‘80s teen movie regulars, including Courtney Gains (The Burbs) as a nerd with a heart, Seth Green (Pump up the Volume) as Ronald’s psychotic little brother, and Gerardo Mejia (aka “Rico Suave”) as an obnoxious jock. But the greatest cast member has to be Tucson, Arizona, playing itself to perfection. Whether hanging out at Tucson Mall, having a romantic interlude at the Airplane Boneyard, or cruising Speedway Boulevard, the teens of Can’t Buy Me Love are totally “Living La Vida Tucson,” and the Southwest aesthetic pleasantly pervades everything from the set design to the “warm desert” cinematography to the costumes (we’re talking to you, Cindy Mancini’s totally awesome fringed white leather cowgirl jacket!). (Dir. by Steve Rash, 1987, USA, 94 mins., Rated PG-13)”


6th Annual EEF Celebrity Spelling Bee

“One notable Tucsonan in the Educational Enrichment Foundation’s 6th Annual Celebrity Spelling Bee lineup will emerge victorious, and teachers across Tucson Unified School District will win big. Emcee for the evening, John Pedicone will keep rivalries in check as proceeds from the event benefit classroom grants from EEF to teachers for classroom supplies, school projects, and desperately needed equipment.

Spellers and their affiliations include:
AMBER ADIL, Angel Charity for Children
STEPHANIE BALZER, The Drawing Studio
STEVE FARLEY, Arizona State Senate
DAVE FITZSIMMONS, Arizona Daily Star
SUE GILES, Tucson Lifestyle Magazine
MARYANN GREEN, University High School
GREG HANSEN, Arizona Daily Star
TODD HOLTHAUS, Pima Community College Woman’s Basketball
ANGIE JOHNSON-SMITH, Smith & Dale Philanthropic Counsel
CURTIS MCCRARY, The Rialto Theatre
KADE MISLINSKI, Batch and Saguaro Corners
JIM NINTZEL, Tucson Weekly
ADAM REX, Children’s Book Author/Illustrator
JIM ROSBOROUGH, Pima Community College Woman’s Basektball
MARK RUBIN, Law Office of Mark Rubin/Pima Medical Institute
DAVID SLUTES, Hotel Congress
DUSTIN WILLIAMS, Pima County School Superintendent’s Office
BETTY VILLEGAS, Community Volunteer
MELISSA VITO, Senior Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Arizona
Sponsors include Tucson Electric Power, Learning A-Z, The Rialto Theatre/Tucson, Arizona, Bookmans Entertainment Exchange, Smith & Dale, and Long Realty Cares.

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