Category Archives: Tucson

21st Annual A Tucson Pastorela

Written by Milta Ortiz and the Ghosts Writers

directed by Marc David Pinate

Leo Rich Theater (Tucson Convention Center)

Dec 14 – Dec 17, 2017  Thurs- Sat 7:30pm, Sat & Sun 2pm

“A Tucson holiday tradition for 21 years! Archangels send a group of shepherds on a harrowing journey to meet El baby Jesus. But first they must make it past ornery devils. A Tucson Pastorela is generously infused with musical numbers, and farcical satire lampooning 2017’s biggest political and pop cultural events.”

Prices are:

$27  General
$22  Senior
$16  Student
$10  Children 16 and under

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December Fridays Food, Fun & Flix in downtown Tucson

“Join us this Friday night and every Friday night in December for FRIDAY food, fun and flix! Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to watch FREE outdoor Holiday movies on a giant inflatable screen at Jacome Plaza Downtown! Food trucks(including popcorn) and free lawn games start at 4, holiday flix start at 6!! First movie this Friday is “Dr Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas” ❄️
AND Santa will be available for FREE photos from 5:00pm-8:00pm. Bring your camera!”  Schedule of holiday movies below:

12/08 Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas

12/15 The Santa Clause

12/22 A Christmas Story

12/29 Frozen

Hosted by Tucson Downtown:

https://www.facebook.com/events/198674967345407/

Carolyn’s note: Jacome Plaza is located outside of the Joel D. Valdez main library, 101 N. Stone Ave. (the NW corner of Stone Ave. and Pennington St.).  Be there for this NEW downtown winter event, every Friday in December, 2017.

PACC’s Santa Adoption Party on Dec. 9 and 10

Meet your new best friend at PACC’s Santa Adoption Party Dec. 9-10

Santa Claus will be onsite posing for family photos and handing out gifts

photo courtesy of PACC

 PIMA COUNTY – “Find the perfect holiday gift for you and your family at Pima Animal Care Center, 4000 N. Silverbell Road, during the third annual Santa Adoption Party happening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 9-10.

Generous support from Tucson Electric Power and PACC’s nonprofit partner, the Friends of PACC, has made this event possible for third consecutive year. This year’s celebration will feature Santa himself who will give gifts to adopters and pose for family portraits, printed free onsite for adopters, and complimentary hot cocoa and cookies for all who attend. Every adoptive family will also leave with a gift for their new best friend, such as treats and toys.

The party also includes $20 adoption fees for all pets. As always, pets adopted will leave the shelter spayed or neutered, vaccinated, micro-chipped, and with a free vet visit, too. An additional $18 licensing fee will apply to adult dogs.

PACC will also have fostering opportunities available for folks not ready to take on a full-time pet commitment. Like adopters, foster parents will get to select the pet they want to take home and, in most cases, they can take them home the same day.

“Our mission this holiday season is to give our pets the opportunity to spend the holidays alongside a loving new family,” said PACC Director Kristen Auerbach. “Give the gift of love – adopt or foster a pet in need.”

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Please donate to 9th Annual Bike in a Box

Providing Bikes to Under-Privileged Children

“Lugo Charities Inc. and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 385 is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the 9th Annual “Bike In A Box” Christmas event on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm at the Elk’s Lodge 385 that is located at 1800 North Oracle Road.

A special invitation to 500 under-privileged children selected from youth organizations, schools, churches, and children-support agencies in the Greater Tucson area will be attending this special day of giving.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at 10:30 am to greet the children. Each child that has been pre-selected will receive one of five-hundred (500) bicycles that we are planning to give away, along with a safety helmet provided by Tucson Medical Center of the Children’s Miracle Network.

The bicycles will remain in the box so that the parents or guardians can, together with the child, assemble the bicycle in promoting the true Christmas spirit and teaching the children the basic assembly and adjustments to their new bike.”

Donate online here: https://secure.piryx.com/donate/vfry3pBZ/Jess-Lugo/

Info: http://lugocharities.com/

Carolyn’s note: One year in December I dropped by to see this bike distribution, with Santa and Mrs. Claus. It was a terribly cold, rainy day in Tucson (it does happen) and I felt so sorry for the kids/parents/grandparents standing in line outside to receive their coveted bike.  But they all patiently waited. I gave away a yellow umbrella to an abuela, as she had to stay there for quite a while in the rain.  Please donate it you can. This is a terrific project created by Jesse Lugo, who once ran for Tucson City Council (2001, Ward 5 primary)

 

 

 

 

 

48th Annual 4th Avenue Winter Street Fair

For you locals and long time residents, this winter street fair is in its 48th year. For you snow birds from the Mid West, refer to all info on their website:

“The Fourth Avenue Street Fair, recognized as one of the premier community celebrations in the Southwest, is held biannually in the gorgeous Sonoran Desert community of Tucson, Arizona.

We invite you to participate in this 48-year-old tradition which, attracts more than 500,000 guests each year. In addition to over 300 international artisans, we host entertainment stages, children’s activities and tantalizing treats from 40+ food concessionaires. Admission to the festival is free and open to the entire community.

Selected by an experienced jury, our arts and craft fair is designed to attract a variety of high quality handmade art and fine crafts by artists from around the world. The artists’ work is the focal point of the festival. The proceeds generated from the Fair directly support infrastructure and services in the Fourth Avenue Business District, surrounding neighborhood association enrichment projects, multiple community nonprofits and multiple free special community events for all the guests of Tucson’s Historic Fourth Avenue.”

http://www.fourthavenue.org/street-fair/

 

 

 

Inequality, Access to Care & Workforce Development: Legislative Update at DGT, Dec 4

Rep. Pamela Powers Hannley

Rep. Pamela Powers Hannley at the recent joint health committee meeting.

Economic Inequality, Access to Care & Workforce Development will be the focus of my Legislative update at the Democrats of Greater Tucson Meeting on Monday, December 4.

Come on down and hear how Arizona could lessen economic inequality and improve access to care while developing new career paths. Also, hear about new legislation being proposed in these areas in 2018.

Mingling starts after 11:30 a.m., and the program starts at noon on the dot. For $10, you can enjoy the Chinese buffet at the Dragon View Restaurant.

If you live in LD9 and have not donated $5 to support my Clean Elections campaign, please bring an extra $5 to the luncheon. Can’t make it on Monday? You can donate $5 online here and watch my blog for more on this topic.