Category Archives: Carolyn Classen

Spring Ikebana Festival at Yume Japanese Gardens

“Once again Yume Japanese Gardens will be throwing open the doors of Yume Japanese Gardens for a week to the talented adepts of five different schools of Ikebana practice. The result: elegant floral displays throughout our grounds, museum, and art gallery that capture the harmony, discipline, and refinement of traditional Japanese flower arranging.

Our Spring Ikebana Floral Festival has always been among our most-appreciated events. Enjoy 50 signature compositions highlighting the wide breadth of styles in one of Japan’s most cherished art forms. Entry to the festival and all Gardens precincts is $15 for adults and $5 for children under 15, members get in free. February 20th to 28th, 2018.”

www.yumegardens.org

All in the family: 3 Hernandez siblings running for election in 2018

L to R: Consuelo Hernandez, LD 2 Rep. Daniel Hernandez Jr.,Alma Hernandez – photo taken by their mother (also named Consuelo)

Three siblings in Tucson, all named Hernandez are running for election in 2018. Daniel is running for LD 2 House (re-election), Consuelo for Sunnyside School District Governing Board, Alma for LD 3 House.  They are having a joint fiesta campaign kickoff on February 15 (scroll down to bottom for flyer).

One-term Democrat LD 2 House Rep. Daniel Hernandez Jr, seeking re-election to his House seat. He defeated Republican incumbent Rep. Chris Ackerley 32,651 to 28,506 in Nov. 2016. (The other House Rep. Democrat incumbent Rosanna Gabaldon got 32,495 votes.) Daniel has also served on the Sunnyside School District Governing Board as President, and was the Congressional intern who assisted then CD-8 Congresswoman Gabby Giffords after she was shot in the head, at the Tucson mass shooting on 1/8/11.

His youngest sister Alma is now running for LD 3 House, where there will be 2 open seats, as LD 3 House Rep. Macario Saladate is retiring, and Rep. Sally Gonzales is running for state senate in that same district. Also running for the House in LD 3 now is current LD 3 Senator Olivia Cajero Bedford, and political newcomer (but involved in Dem politics for years) Andres Cano, a Special Staff Assistant to Pima County District 5 Supervisor Richard Elias.

Alma recently got her M.P.H. from the U of Arizona, and has been active in Democratic politics for years. Recently she led Arizonans United for Healthcare working to defeat the repeal of the ACA (Affordable Care Act).

Their middle sister Consuelo is running for Sunnyside School District Governing Board, where her brother currently sits. She is a case worker for the International Rescue Committee in Tucson.  Daniel is not running for re-election on the SUSD board (after 2 terms), so Consuelo is running for one of 2 seats. The other SUSD board member  up for re-election is Eva Carrillo Dong.

All 3 of these siblings went to the Democratic National Convention in July, 2016 as delegates.

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Four Years at Blog for Arizona

Well, it’s that day again – February 11—when I celebrate another anniversary blogging here at Blog for Arizona. What a year it has been since January 20, 2017 when Republican political newcomer Donald Trump became our 45th U. S. President.  Prior to this site I was online as “Carolyn’s Community” for Tucsoncitizen.com. Folks in town do remember me there.

For four years now I’ve been concentrating on promoting good non-profits and other groups in Tucson, reporting on local politics & elections, and posting passionately in our image Calendar (http://blogforarizona.net/calendar-2/).  I’ve individually posted 2,363  events in 4 years, which is quite a lot of progressive events, and 983 articles (almost 1000).

Thanks for reading our opinions/commentary and fact-based reporting.

Our bloggers online now are mostly attorneys (what else?) – Owner/founder & former prosecutor Michael Bryan; the mysterious AZ Blue Meanie who could only be a lawyer with his/her vast knowledge; longtime blogger Phoenix attorney Bob Lord; new blogger attorney/journalist Larry Bodine; and me, a has-been attorney/Hearing Officer in Small Claims Court (for almost 13 years in April, 2018).  Fortunately for them, fellow bloggers Karl, Pam and Linda aren’t attorneys (yet).    And Craig, Donna, and Steve are on hiatus, but could be back.

This political year  one Arizona U.S. Senate seat (being vacated by Republican Jeff Flake), 9 U.S. Congressional seats, Arizona statewide offices are all up for election (including Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Treasurer,  AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction, etc.) and all Arizona Legislative Senate and House seats.  A few Governing Board  volunteer seats in the local School Districts are also up for election.

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AZ Asian American Pacific Islander Dems Election kickoff & New Year Social

“Join the AZ Asian American Pacific Islander Democratic Caucus to kick off the 2018 Election Season in conjunction with the start of the Lunar New Year. Enjoy delicious food, meet local Democratic candidates and learn about important issues. Visit their FB page for updated information on confirmed guests and key information.

This is a FREE event, but an RSVP is appreciated! RSVP on the FB page or call (520) 309-6114.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1561942400549342/

Come meet and mingle! Updated attendees …

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“Smoke Signals” & “More than Frybread” American Indian films at the Loft

Double Feature!

Smoke Signals & More Than Frybread

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11 AT NOON | GENERAL ADMISSION: $15 • LOFT MEMBERS, TRIBAL MEMBERS & UA/PCC STUDENTS WITH VALID ID: $10
SMOKE SIGNALS starts AT NOON • MORE THAN FRYBREAD starts AT approximately 1:50pm
PLEASE NOTE: WE CANNOT ACCEPT PASSES OR GROUPONS FOR THIS SCREENING

Co-presented by the UA American Indian Alumni Club and The Loft Cinema.

“Don’t miss this special 20th anniversary screening of the acclaimed 1998 hit, Smoke Signals (presented on 35mm), paired with the hilarious 2012 comedy, More Than Frybread! Miss Native American University of Arizona will be on hand to introduce the films, and delicious homemade frybread will be available for sale on our patio. A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the UA American Indian Alumni Club.

Smoke Signals / 20th Anniversary / 35mm film print!

Billed as the first feature film entirely written, directed and acted by Native Americans, director Chris Eyre’s award-winning 1998 Sundance hit Smoke Signals is a funny, touching and honest look at what it is to be Indian in America.

Written by Sherman Alexie, based on four of his own short stories, Smoke Signals follows Victor (Adam Beach) and Thomas-Builds-the-Fire (Evan Adams), two young Idaho men with wildly different memories of one Arnold Joseph (Gary Farmer), a former resident of their Idaho reservation who split years before and has just died in Phoenix. Arnold’s popular, athletic son, Victor, remembers him best as an alcoholic, occasionally abusive father who drove off one day and never came back. By contrast, the highly-quirky, always-talking Thomas Builds-the-Fire, whom Arnold had saved from certain death years earlier, has chosen to romanticize the man’s life and deeds in a way that drives Victor crazy. However, circumstances bring this odd couple together in a funny and funky road trip to Phoenix to retrieve Arnold’s ashes. Along the way, they must confront the reality of Arnold’s legacy, which has profound and unexpected effects on both of them. (Dir. by Chris Eyre, 1998, USA, 89 mins., Rated PG-13)

More Than Frybread

In the deliciously fun, award-winning comedy More Than Frybread, twenty-two Native American frybread makers, representing all twenty-two federally recognized tribes in Arizona, convene in Flagstaff to compete for the first ever, first annual, state of Arizona Frybread Championship!

The film takes a larger-than-life turn as four passionate contestants (Teresa Choyguha, Dey & Nite, Camille Nighthorse and Tatanka Means as hip-hop Navajo frybread rock star, Buddy Begay)”

https://loftcinema.org/film/smoke-signals-and-more-than-frybread-double-feature/

 

 

Lock Your Love on the Avenue

 

Lock your Love — Feb. 10, 2 to 6 p.m. on 4th Avenue

“Every time you purchase an item from a Participating Merchant (on 4th Avenue) or buy a lock from one of the nonprofit groups set up by the Lock Your Love Sculptures, you’ll receive a sticker for our Valentine card. Get three stickers and you could be on your way to win a wonderful prize!

Take the completed card to Haggerty Plaza, 316 N. 4th Ave., between 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 10th and you’ll receive a key for a chance to open a Golden Lock. If your key opens 1 of 7 Golden Locks, you win a prize! There will be 7 nonprofit organizations stationed along Fourth Avenue selling locks for $5.00 each to place on a sculpture and Lock Your Love on the Avenue.

Everyone can participate in some wonderful Karaoke at Haggerty too!!!

Only one Golden Lock prize is allowed per person.”

https://www.facebook.com/events/2018474955095256/

Carolyn’s note: over the years I’ve been reporting on the HeART sculptures planted in metal containers up and down 4th Avenue shopping district. You can lock your love on these sculptures, but they are getting filled up with all kinds of metal locks. Most sculptures are heart shaped, but some in shape of the AIDS logo, for All Souls Day (a skull), or the Ben’s Bells design.

Happy Valentine’s Day on February 14, 2018.