Category Archives: Tucson

Ching Ming Day hosted by Tucson Chinese Cultural Center

More info: http://www.tucsonchinese.org/

4th Avenue Spring Street Fair

Friday-Sunday, March 24, 25 & 26
4th Avenue Spring Street Fair (10am-Dusk) — along 4th Avenue, between University Blvd. and E. 8th Street

“This is Tucson’s premier community event, bringing together more than 600,000 fair goers each year in the spring and the winter. Free to the public, the Fair takes place along 4th Avenue between 9th St. and University Blvd. The Fair includes more than 400 arts and crafts booths, 40 food and drink vendors, street musicians. bands, entertainment and tons of family fun activities (no pets permitted).”

New this year:  Japanese takoyaki (octopus balls)  food booth. Check it out, especially for those who love Japanese food.

Info and map (below) at: http://www.fourthavenue.org/

Cesar Chavez Week at UA

Art & Justice
“Come create with local artist, Mel “Melo” Dominguez, join us in making a mural on canvas to honor and recognize individuals, stories, reflections, and contributions to the Farm Workers Movement. To learn more about Mel, visit http://melodominguez.com/.
Participate in the process: Friday, March 24th at 10a-12p (Refreshments Provided)
This is an opportunity to contribute your ideas, images, words, and assist in drawing of the mural that will be 5ft x 6ft.
Come paint! Monday, March 27th at 2p-5p (Food Provided)
Each individual will be able to leave their mark on the collaborative image that will be displayed within the center.”

All events at Cesar E. Chavez building,  room 211, at 1110 E. North Campus Drive, just north of Old Main.

Coming up 17th Annual Cesar E. Chavez March & Rally on  April 1st. Consult our Blog for Arizona Calendar for details.

SCOTUS upholds Tucson city council election system

Can we finally stop hearing from Tucson’s Whiny Ass Titty-Baby Tea-Publicans how the City of Tucson’s city council election system is unconstitutional?

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a petition for review from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upholding the City of Tucson’s city council election system. End of the road, whiners.

Howard Fisher reports, US Supreme Court affirms Tucson’s method of electing council members:

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rebuffed a bid by a group representing some Republicans to void the system of nominating council members by ward but having them elected at-large. The justices gave no reason for their ruling.

Monday’s action is the last word in the multi-year bid by the Public Integrity Alliance to have state and federal courts declare that the practice was an unconstitutional violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Attorney Kory Langhofer, who represented the challengers, argued that the system gave some voters more power than others and, in some cases, effectively nullified their votes.

But that contention was most recently rejected by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

“Tucson’s hybrid system for electing members of its city council imposes no constitutionally significant burden on voters rights to vote,” the appellate court concluded. “And Tucson has advanced a valid, sufficiently important interest to justify its choice of electoral system.”

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The 13 year Odyssey of Odyssey Storytelling

March 24, 5 to 8 p.m. at YWCA of Southern Arizona, 525 N. Bonita Ave., Tucson

“Now more than ever, we must celebrate the uncensored voices of diverse community members. This is exactly what Odyssey Storytelling has been doing for thirteen years through monthly live shows featuring the true stories of everyday people in Southern Arizona.

This celebration and fundraiser will be emceed by Editorial Cartoonist and Humor Columnist, David Fitzsimmons, and will feature a reading by Penelope Starr from her newly released book, The Radical Act of Community Storytelling: Empowering Voices in Uncensored Events.

This step-by-step guide chronicles Starr’s years growing the community of Odyssey Storytelling. Why did a fifty-eight year old artist decide to take on a small project that turned into a successful nonprofit storytelling organization? What challenges did she face and how did she survive them? How can other communities create their own storytelling events? Experience her joys, frustrations and laughter. The Radical Act of Community Storytelling is packed with practical tips and plenty of inspirational stories.

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International Day of Happiness: Do Happy Today schedule

Do Happy Today Partners Weekend, March 18 and 19

  • 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 18: Tucson Habitat for Humanity Do Happy Today “Rainbow Build” at Copper Vista II, 5761 S. Copper Plate Drive. To volunteer, contact Joseph Howell at 520.260.9959 or joseph@habitattucson.org
  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 18: DHT at Rillito Bend Neighborhood and Tucson Valley of the Moon Home/Garden Art Tour and Live Happy Wall, 2544 E. Allen Road. Bring your Walkabout Talkabout Book. Free download atwww.communityrenaissance.biz .
  • March 18-20: 10:30 a.m., March 18: Storytime on Happiness at Himmel Park Branch, Pima County Public Library, 1035 N. Treat Ave. March 18-20:People can fill out a blank flower-shaped paper available at the library’s information desk and answer “What makes me happy?” or “How do I share happiness?” (520.594.5305 or www.library.pima.gov/himmel)
  • 10 a.m.-2:00 p.m., March 18: Celebrate Historic South Park Community at Park Ave. Between 27th Street and 31st Street. Family activities, food, music and more. Contact Glenn Davis (520) 870-8109.
  • 4 to 6 p.m., March 19: Limberlost Neighborhood Association Community Fair, Limberlost Park, 4255 N 4th Ave. Café 54 Food Truck (invited), Live Happy Wall, Architectural Design Display for City of Tucson first feng shui well-being path, Limberlost Little Free Library and info from various community groups. Bring your Walkabout Talkabout Book. Free download atwww.communityrenaissance.biz/happyu. City of Tucson’s Do Happy TodayProclamation will be featured at the event.

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