Category Archives: Community

Grab your hat and read with the cat: Read Across America

About NEA’s Read Across America

The National Education Association is building a nation of readers through its signature program, NEA’s Read Across America. Now in its 20th year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources.

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child.”

http://www.nea.org/

Carolyn’s note: as most of you know, early childhood reading is important for literacy.  Please read to your child daily, and emphasize the love of books and libraries. We used to own a red/white hat of the Cat in the Hat, and I gave it to beloved Himmel Park librarian Beth Rubio, who passed away a few years ago.

2017 Peace Fair at Armory Park (new location)

New location: Armory Park downtown at 220 S 5th Avenue.

“Join us for Arizona’s largest gathering of Peace, Justice and Environmental groups. Live music, tabling, food, entertainment, children’s activities and more! Free and open to the community! The Tucson Peace Center extends the invitation to peace, justice and environmental organizations to table at the annual event, which provides the opportunity to build solidarity and strengthen movement work. Please note the new location!”

Info:  www.tucsonpeacecalendar.org.

 

Rodeo Days at Plaza Palomino

“7th Annual Rodeo Days Arts Celebration – a fun filled day of ART, MUSIC, and FOOD! Sat. Feb. 25 10AM-4PM ART: jewelry, fabric, leather, metal, glass, more! MUSIC: Mariachi Herradura 10-11AM; Bill Ganz Band 11:00-1:00; AZ Dance Hands 1:00-3:00. FOOD – BBQ 4U, Plaza Palomino restaurants, tamales & more. QUICK DRAW with Tucson notables 3:00; Artists’ silent auction, BEER from Dillinger Brewing Company, DANCE COMPETITION by Amanda Skaff, PONY RIDES, CARRIAGE RIDES, lots of good old fashioned family fun. FREE entry!”

https://www.facebook.com/plazapalominotucson/

and Happy Rodeo Day today if you are going to the Tucson Rodeo Parade. All info and parade route here:

http://www.tucsonrodeoparade.com/. “This colorful, exciting Parade is presented each year and keeps the spirit of the first Parade back in 1925. Now known to be the largest Non-Motorized Parade in the country, It still achieves its success through the community’s participation and the dedicated work of its members ,  volunteers and the generosity of the Sponsors.”

Beautiful 2017 Spring Ikebana Show at Yume Japanese Gardens.

If you don’t know much about the 5 schools of ikebana flower arrangments, here’s your chance to enjoy them all together at Yume Japanese Gardens, 2130 N. Alvernon Way.

www.yumegardens.org for admission prices, hours of operation. “Winter: 10:00-4:30 Tues. through Sun.; closed Mon. Rain or cold may prompt early closure; to check, call 520-272-3200.”

Ongoing ikebana classes (February to May)  at Yume Gardens: http://www.yumegardens.org/january-2017-ikebana-classes/

Ikebana arrangement, courtesy of Yume Japanese Gardens

Applicants sought for new Tucson Police Community Advisory Council

Tucson Police Community Advisory Council

“The Tucson Police Department (TPD) is seeking applicants for a new Community Advisory Council.  The Council’s mission will be to promote community involvement in shaping the policies and priorities of the TPD.

The TPD is committed to working closely with the people of Tucson to advance public safety and neighborhood wellbeing. The Community Advisory Council will assist the TPD in gathering public input on new policies or initiatives. It also will work directly with Tucson residents to identify, prioritize, and address ongoing community concerns. The Council will help ensure that members of the public have ongoing and meaningful input in how their communities are policed.

The Policing Project at New York University School of Law is assisting TPD with this project. The Policing Project is dedicated to promoting engagement between the police and the community, and finding a way for civilians to have a voice in policing.

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World Premiere of “Digna” play at YWCA of Southern Arizona

 

Digna Theater’s first production is the play “DIGNA” by Patricia Davis. February 23-26 and March 2-5 at 7:30 pm at THEATRE @YWCA, 525 Bonita Street, Tucson AZ.

Digna is directed by Barclay Goldsmith, features Alba Jaramillo as Digna, and is accompanied with live music by Rebeca Cartes.

Performances: February 23-26 and March 2-5 at Theater@YWCA, 525 Bonita Avenue, Tucson AZ.

$15 general admission, $12 for students, and Thursday is pay-what-you-can day.

About Digna Ochoa

“In October 2001, renowned Mexican human rights lawyer Digna Ochoa was found shot dead in her Mexico City office. Ochoa’s death at the age of thirty-six was declared a suicide by Mexico City prosecutors, despite evidence pointing to foul-play, her receiving death threats, and attempts on her life.

Ochoa, a former nun, went on to represent farmers defending the environment in the state of Guerrero, Zapatista guerrillas in Chiapas, and indigenous peoples in her home state of Veracruz. In her pursuit of truth and justice she challenged powerful governmental agencies. She also uncovered torture and other abuses by the Mexican military and police.

Ochoa was twenty-four when she discovered a blacklist of union organizers and political activists in the office of the state attorney general. A few days later, she was kidnapped and raped. Her family and fellow human rights activists rejected the finding of death by suicide, and fought for the case to be re-opened. Ochoa’s case was reopened in 2005. Regrettably state prosecutors maintained suicide as the origin of her death.

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