Political Calendar: Week of April 2, 2017

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Political Calendar for the Week of April 2, 2017:

Sunday, April 2, 10:00 a.m.: Cyclovia Tucson. Tucsonans can celebrate a five-mile bike ride on carless streets from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Sunday, April 2: The 2017 Major League Baseball regular season opens with three games on Sunday, April 2, and 13 more Opening Day games on Monday, April 3.

Monday, April 3, Noon: Democrats of Greater Tucson luncheon, Dragon’s View Restaurant (400 N. Bonita, South of St. Mary’s Road between the Freeway and Grande Avenue, turn South at Furr’s Cafeteria). New price: buffet lunch is $10.00 cash, $12 credit; just a drink is $3.50. Featured speaker is TPD Chief Chris Magnus, on Neighborhood policing and restructure of TPD.Next Week:  Penelope Jacks and Kelly Griffith on “Strong Start Tucson – sales tax increase to fund preschool.”

Monday, April 3, 6:00 p.m.: NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four Championship Game at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ.

Cochise County Democratic Party’s Annual High Desert Dinner

Monday, April 3, 5:00 p.m.: Cochise County Democratic Party’s annual High Desert Dinner, at Cafe Roca, 35 Main Street, Bisbee. Join us in welcoming our keynote speaker Dr. David Garcia, former candidate for state Superintendent of Schools. A passionate leader and educator, Dr. Garcia will address key action items related to improving our state of education in Arizona, and in the nation. Emcees are Mike Holmes and Jaime Alvarez. Tickets are $75 per person. Order online at Cochise County Dems.

Monday, April 3, 6:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting.

Tuesday, April 4 – Sunday, April 9: Yuma County Fair, 2520 E. 32nd Street, Yuma.

Wednesday, April 5, 5:15 p.m.: Coconino County Democratic Party meeting, at Coconino County Democratic Party HQ, 201 E. Birch Avenue, Suite #6, Flagstaff. Meet the first Wednesday of each month. For more information please call (928) 214-0393 or email Kevin Ordean at Kordean@ccdem.org.

Wednesday, April 5, 5:30 p.m.: Graham County Democratic Party meeting, at Graham County Chamber of Commerce, 820 W. Main Street, Safford. Meet the first Wednesday of each month. For more information please contact Becky Fox at beckyfox@cableone.net.

Wednesday, April 5, 6:00 p.m.: Tom for Tucson Fun Run – Meet & Greet Tom Tronsdale, candidate for Tucson City Council, at The Running Shop, 3055 N. Campbell Avenue, Ste. 153, Tucson. A great way to meet Tom, explore the Ward 3 neighborhoods, and talk about the issues facing Tucson and our great running community.

Thursday, April 6: Centennial of the United States’ entry into World War I. President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress for “a war to end all wars” that would “make the world safe for democracy,” and Congress voted to declare war on Germany on April 6, 1917.

I Stand With Planned Parenthood: 100 Years – Flagstaff

Thursday, April 6, 5:00 p.m.: I Stand With Planned Parenthood Dinner in Flagstaffat the High Country Conference Center. Details TBA.Tables of 8 are $480, individual tickets are $60 each if purchased by March 20. Ticket price will increase to $75 after March 20 and will need to be purchased no later than March 27. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For information about this event, please contact Annet Ruiter aruiter@ppaz.org or call (602) 263-4213. Find more information and purchase tickets HERE.

Friday, April 7 – Sunday, April 9: University of Arizona Spring Fling on the University of Arizona Mall. Spring Fling is the largest student-run carnival in the nation attracting over 25,000 guests. Spring Fling provides over 35 rides and games to attendees, over 20 different food booths with a wide variety.

Friday, April 7 – Sunday, April 9: Tombstone Rose Tree Parade & Festival, Parade is Saturday at 11:00 a.m. on Allen Street. See Facebook Page.

Saturday, April 8, 9:30 a.m.: Tanque Verde Valley Democrats meeting, at Risky Business, 8848 E. Tanque Verde Road. Featured speaker is Tucson City Councilman Paul Cunningham. Usually meet the second Saturday of each month. For more information visit our web site. Tanque Verde Valley Democratic Club.

Saturday, April 8, 10:00 a.m.: Mule Mountain Democrats meeting, at the Community Y, 26 Howell Avenue, Old Bisbee. For more information please contact John Viverto at vivertos@aol.com or visit our web page
Mule Mountain Democrats.

Saturday, April 8, 12:30 p.m.: Democratic Town Hall on State Budget at the University of Arizona, Modern Languages Bldg. Room 350, 1423 E. University Blvd. 12:30 p.m. registration, 1:00 p.m. forum. Join us to hear and provide input into the budget regarding public education. Details TBA.

Saturday, April 8, 1:00 p.m.: Sun City Democrats of Oro Valley meeting, in the Navajo Room of the Activity Center, 1495 Rancho Vistoso Blvd., Sun City. Meet the second Saturday of each month. For more information lease contact Maureen Salz mosalz@outlook.com.

DCSRA Discussion Group

Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.: Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area hosts a Current Events Discussion Group at the DCSRA Headquarters, Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley. Join us at the weekly meeting of the Democratic Headquarters Current Events Discussion Group. We’ll talk about some of the major events of the previous week, including but not limited to political topics, and try and go behind the news for a deeper understanding. For more information, please contact Jean Vickers jean.vickers@cox.net.

Drinking Liberally

Third Wednesday of each month, 6:00 p.m.: Drinking Liberally returns to Tucson, at Casa Vicente (375 S. Stone Avenue, Tucson, casavicente.com) whose gracious and helpful wait staff sets the table(s) for us. We need to know by the morning of each meeting approximately how many folks will attend. Please RSVP to tucson@drinkingliberally.org. Informal but thoughtful conversation, good wine and beer, and good food. There is no obligation to order anything–but as a thank you to Casa Vicente for the use of their patio, I hope everyone will order at least one drink (alcoholic or otherwise). And the Tapas are wonderful! The patio is almost completely covered, so weather isn’t much of
a problem, and there’s plenty of free parking.

Monday, April 10, 7:00 p.m.: Democrats of Oro Valley meeting, at the Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive (SE corner at La Cañada). Meet the second Monday of each month. For more information please contact Mike Dayton at teachers12@msn.com or (520) 742-3774, or visit our web site http://www.demsov.org/.

Tuesday, April 11, Noon: Democratic Women of Rim Country meeting, at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 Arizona Hwy. 260, Payson, AZ. Meet the second Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact paysondems@gmail.com or call (928) 468-9669.

Tuesday, April 11, 3:30 p.m.: Saddlebrooke Democrats meeting, at SaddleBrooke Activities Center, 64518 E. Galveston Lane (Saddlebrooke). Meet the second Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact Steve Groth at (520) 385-6686 or check our web site. SaddleBrookeDemocrats.org.

Tuesday, April 11, 4:00 p.m.: Democrats for Picture Rocks meeting, at Horseshoe BBQ Restaurant, 6575 N. Sandario Road, Tucson. Meet the second Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact Catalina Hall at dems4prandav@gmail.com.

Tuesday, April 11: Passover begins at sundown (for one week).

Wednesday, April 12 – Sunday, April 16: Maricopa County Fair, AZ Exposition & State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix.

Wednesday, April 12, 6:00 p.m.: Pima Area Labor Federation Labor Forum with Rep. Raul Grijalva, at the IBEW Hall, 750 S. Tucson Blvd, Tucson. Congressman Grijalva will bring us up to date on the latest attacks on labor in congress as well as related issues. Followed by discussion and Q & A.

I Stand With Planned Parenthood: 100 Years – Phoenix

Thursday, April 13, Noon: I Stand With Planned Parenthood Luncheon in Phoenix at the Arizona Biltmore Resort. Details TBA. Registration opens at 11:15 a.m. Tables of 10 are $1,000, individual tickets are $100 each, additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information please contact John McDonald-O’Lear at jmcdonald-olear@ppaz.org or (602) 263-4215. Find more information and purchase tickets HERE.

Thursday, April 13, 5:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Nucleus Club meeting, at the Viscount Suite Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway Blvd. Tucson City Council Candidate Forum. Meet the second Thursday of each month. For more information please contact Ash Silverburg at (520) 326-3716.

Thursday, April 13, 5:30 p.m.: Yavapai County Democratic Party meeting, at the Prescott Adult Center (Meals on Wheels Room), 1280 E. Rosser Road, Prescott. $10.00 donation, $5.00 if you bring a dish to share. Meet the second Thursday of each month. Please RSVP to (928)541-0413 or email us at info@yavdem.org.

Thursday, April 13, 7:00 p.m.: Yuma County Democratic Party meeting, at the new Yuma Democratic Party HQ at 290 S. 1st Avenue, Ste. 1, Yuma. Parking is available in back. Meet the second Thursday of each month. For more information please contact us at yumademocrats@gmail.com.

The Tax March on Washington, D.C.

Saturday, April 15: The Tax March on Washington D.C. The Tax March isn’t an organization – it’s a movement – gaining momentum around the country. Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump told the American people he would release his tax returns and come clean about his business dealings, as presidential candidates and presidents have done for decades. Despite intense public pressure, President Donald Trump has not yet done so. In refusing to release these tax returns, he is able to hide his business dealings, financial ties, and conflicts of interest. On April 15th, we’re marching on Washington, D.C., and in communities across the country to show that we do care. And that we’re not going away. Tens of thousands of Americans will send a clear message to Donald Trump: The president is accountable to the American people, and he must answer to us. Affiliated local marches are being organized.

Saturday, April 15, 10:00 a.m.: Coconino County Democratic Party PC meeting, at the Federated Church, corner of Aspen and Sitgreaves – enter at door west of sanctuary door. This is our Monthly PC Meeting and will include the formal Quarterly Business Meeting required by the County Party By-Laws. The Executive Committee will report to the full Precinct Committee membership (aka, The Central Committee). We expect this portion of the meeting will take about 40 minutes. We will then move to open PC discussion led by PC Chair, Tom Scholes. We expect the meeting to adjourn by noon so that everyone who wants to will have time to get to the Tax March and Rally in downtown Flagstaff. This event is to demand disclosure of Trump’s tax returns.

Saturday, April 15, 10:00 a.m.: Pima County Democratic Party African-American Caucus meeting, at Grace Temple Baptist Church, 1020 E. 31st Street, Tucson. Meet the third Saturday of each month. The caucus is not exclusively for African-Americans, all are welcome to join. For more information please contact Connie DeLarge at cdelarge@dmyl.com or (520) 241-8408.

Saturday, April 15, 3:00p.m.: Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Rita Area meeting, at the DCSRA Headquarters (upstairs meeting room 203), Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley. Featured speaker is Dr. Matt Heinz, former candidate for Congress, who will speak on the ACA and what the GOP health care bill means to people in our area. For more information, please contact Jean Vickers jean.vickers@cox.net.

Sunday, April 16: Easter Sunday.

Tuesday, April 18: Tax Day.

Tuesday, April 18, 11:00 a.m.: Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona meeting, at the Pueblo del Sol Country Club, on St. Andrews Drive in Sierra Vista. Meet the third Tuesday of each month. The cost of the luncheon is $15.00. For reservations, please contact Kathy Marvin, President of the DWSEA through email at kathleencrafts@gmail.com or by telephone at (520) 803-6697. Visit our web page.Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona.

Wednesday, April 19, 6:00 p.m.: Democratic Club of Northern Gila County meeting, at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road, Payson. Meet the third Wednesday of the month. For more information please contact paysondems@gmail.com or call (928) 468-9669.

Wednesday, April 19, 6:30 p.m.: Democracy for America – Maricopa County (DFA-MC) monthly meeting is the 3rd Wednesday of every month, and the new location is Macayo’s on Central Avenue, South of Indian School. For more information contact DFAofMC@gmail.com.

Wednesday, April 19, 6:30 p.m.: Legislative District 10 meeting at Pima County Democratic Party HQ, 4639 E. 1st Street (one block South of Speedway and West of Swan). There is a social time for all members and guests, beginning at 6 p.m. Meet the third Wednesday of each month. For more information please contact Cecilia Aros Hunter at hunter.cecilia@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, April 19, 6:30 p.m.: Copa City Democrats meeting, location varies. For more information please contact Constance Jackson at jcksconniejean@aol.com.

Thursday, April 20, 8:00 a.m.: Democrats of the Red Rocks breakfast, at Old Sedona Family Restaurant Bar & Grill, 1405 W. Hwy. 89A, Sedona. Meet the third Thursday of each month. Admission is $12, includes buffet breakfast and gratuity. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. Please RSVP to (928) 274-6541.

Thursday, April 20 – Sunday, April 30: Pima County Fair, 11300 S. Houghton Road.

Saturday, April 22: Earth Day 2017.

March for Science

Saturday, April 22: March For Science in Washington, D.C. The March for Science is a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. On April 22, Earth Day, we walk out of the labs and into the streets. Satellite Marches are solidarity events inspired by the March for Science, and organized by volunteers around the world. If you can’t make it to Washington, D.C. then you can join or host a Satellite March near you. There are marches being planned across the United States and internationally. To help us best connect you with local organizers, stay up to date with the latest march information, or offer to volunteer for or start a march in your area, please use the form on our website March For Science. March For Science – Tucson is Saturday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. (new location) at De Anza Park, 1000 N. Stone Avenue, Tucson. General Schedule: 9:30 am: Start of Event at DeAnza Park, 10:00 am: First Speaker, 10:30 am: Start of March for Science to El Presidio Park (downtown), 12:30 pm: Science Outreach Event, with local Tucson artists and musicians performing on the stage during event, 4 pm: End of Science Outreach Event. For more information please contact marchforsciencetucson@gmail.com.

Saturday, April 22, 10:00 a.m.: Northern Cochise County Democratic Club meeting. Meeting locations rotate between Benson and Wilcox. For more information please contact Kathy Suagee at soprano_58@hotmail.com. Visit our web page Northern Cochise County Democrats.

Saturday, April 22, 2:00 p.m.: Legislative District 11 meeting, at the Wheeler, Taft, Abbett Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive, Tucson. Meet the fourth Saturday of each month. For more information please contact Maureen Salz at legdist11dems@gmail.com. Find us at www.AZLD11Dems.org.

Sunday, April 23, 3:00 p.m.: Marana Democrats meeting, at the Continental Reserve Plaza, 8333 N. Silverbell Road, Tucson. For more information please contact Buddy Gill at maranadems@gmail.com or (408) 806-2036.

Sunday, April 23, 7:00 p.m.: Comedy for Charity Tucson presents “Thank you for serving,” at the Fox Tucson Theater, 17 W. Congress Street, Tucson. $20 buys you a ticket to experience “Fitz” of laughter with our Emcee David Fitzsimmons and our headliner Tommy Blaze. This year’s show benefits Rally Point, a local veteran’s agency that provide mental health services and other assistance to veterans in our community. Tickets available through the Fox Tucson Theater at http://foxtucson.com/presents/comedy-charity-presents-thank-serving-benefit/.

Monday, April 24, 6:00 p.m.: Maricopa County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting, at HQ, 2910 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. Meet and greet (and dinner) begins at 5:30. Meeting begins promptly at 6:00 pm.

Monday, April 24, 6:00 p.m.: Legislative District 3 meeting, at the Pima County Housing Center, 801 W. Congress Street. Meet the fourth Monday of each month. For more information please contact Andrés Cano at andres@canoagroup.com or (520) 304-5778.

Tuesday, April 25, 11:30 a.m.: Blue Tuesday Luncheon Forum, at the Starfire Golf Club, 11500 N. Hayden (Scottsdale). Generally meets the last Tuesday of the month. If you want lunch, you must RSVP by the Thursday before so we can order for you! Email jctillotson@msn.com. $22 – cash only – at the door! (If you RSVP, and then find you can’t make it, PLEASE LET US KNOW, or we’ll have to pay for your uneaten lunch!) For more information please contact bluetuesdayluncheon@gmail.com.

Tuesday, April 25, 6:30 p.m.: Legislative District 9 meeting, at Northwest Medical Center, La Paloma Urgent Care Community Classroom, 4001 E. Sunrise Drive. Meet the fourth Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact Brian Clymer at brianclymer@yahoo.com or (520) 297-3539.

Tuesday, April 25, 6:30 p.m.: Northern Pinal County Democrats meeting, at the Pizza Hut, 240 S. Phelps Drive, Apache Junction. Meet the fourth Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact Kathy Guillen at (480) 620-7840 or gataguillen@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, April 26, 11:00 a.m.: Democratic Women of the Prescott Area luncheon, at the Centennial Center, 1989 Clubhouse Drive, Prescott (on the Antelope Hills golf course). Featured speaker is Jean Wilcox, Prescott City Council member. Luncheon reservations are required. A buffet luncheon will be provided. Cost is $15 for members and $17 for nonmembers. RSVP by email: DWPrescottArea@gmail.com or call (928) 848-2753. Contact us ASAP if you make reservations and are unable to attend. The public is welcome, but reservations are required. To join, email the form and pay at the luncheon, or mail with a check to Sandy Baggenstos, DWPA Treasurer, 530 N. Fitzmaurice Drive, Prescott, AZ 86303.

Thursday, April 27, 6:00 p.m.: Casa Grande Democrats meeting, at Bedillon’s Restaurant (Adobe Room), 800 N. Park Avenue, Casa Grande. Meet the fourth Thursday of each month. For more information please contact Jack Guthrie at democratsofcasagrande@gmail.com and Like Us on Facebook.

Thursday, April 27, 7:00 p.m.: Heritage Highlands/Dove Mountain Democrats meeting, at the Heritage Highlands Clubhouse, 4949 West Heritage Club Boulevard (Marana). For more information please contact Dick Reddy at (520) 579-9460 Richard.Reddy@fredonia.edu.

Friday, April 28: Workers Memorial Day.

The People’s Climate Movement March for Climate, Jobs and Justice on Washington, D.C.

Saturday, April 29: People’s Climate Movement March for Climate, Jobs and Justice, in Washington, D.C. On the 100th Day of the Trump Administration, we will be in the streets of Washington D.C. to show the world and our leaders that we will resist attacks on our people, our communities and our planet. We will come together from across the United States to strengthen our movement. We will demonstrate our power and resistance at the gates of the White House. We will bring our solutions to the climate crisis and the problems that affect our communities to our leaders in Congress to demand action. Affiliated local marches are being organized.

Saturday, April 29, 10:00 a.m.: Legislative District 10 Town Hall, at the Murphy-Wilmot Library, 530 N. Wilmot Road, Tucson. Join Senator David Bradley and Representative Kirsten Engel for a meet and greet and legislative update.

Monday, May 1: International Worker’s Day.

“The Majority” Mass Mobilization

Monday, May 1: Activist groups are uniting under a broader coalition they’ve dubbed “The Majority,” more than 50 partners representing black, Latino, the indigenous, LGBTQ, refugees, immigrants, laborers and the poor will collaborate from April 4 through May 1, International Worker’s Day, when they’ll launch massive protests across the country. The idea for Beyond the Moment was derived from the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech, in which he spoke out against racism, materialism and militarism — all broader and more-inclusive themes than his earlier anti-Jim Crow campaigns. The coalition said it chose April 4 as the kickoff for political education because that is date that King delivered the speech in 1967 and the date on which he was assassinated a year later. The action will “go beyond moments of outrage, beyond narrow concepts of sanctuary, and beyond barriers between communities that have much at stake and so much in common,” The Majority states on its BeyondtheMoment.org website. The “Beyond the Moment” initiative kicks off April 4 with “serious political education with our bases,” according to the website. In the weeks leading up to the mass mobilizations on May 1, they will hold public teach-ins and workshops nationwide. The desired outcome is a “broad intersectional, cross-sectoral” and influential unity on the left, activists said. We will strike, rally and resist,” said the coalition. For more information see Protest groups to unite as “The Majority” for massive actions across the country on May 1.

Monday, May 1, 6:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting.

Tuesday, May 2: National Teacher’s Day.

Wednesday, May 3-Sunday, May 7: Verde Valley Fair at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds – Cottonwood, AZ.

Friday, May 5: Cinco de Mayo.

DCSRA Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Friday, May 5, 4:30 p.m.: Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Rita Area Cinco de Mayo celebration, at the American Legion Hall on Duval Mine Rd. (west of LaCanada) in Green Valley. Enjoy a fun evening of Mariachi music by the very talented Pueblo Magnet High School Mariachi Band and some good food! Cash bar at 4:30 p.m., Mexican buffet at 5:00 p.m., band performs at 6:00 p.m. Standard price $25, Sponsor price $35. Purchase your tickets secure online at Act Blue. For more information please call Kathy Davisson at (248) 762-1216, or stop in at DCSRA Headquarters – located in the Continental Mall (open M-F from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.).

Saturday, May 6, 11:00 a.m.: 12th Annual Sierra Vista West End Fair on Fry Blvd. from Garden Avenue to North Avenue, Sierra Vista, AZ.

Sunday, May 14: Mother’s Day.

Tuesday, May 16: Tucson Special Election for “Proposition 101 – A proposal to amend the Tucson City Charter referred by Mayor and Council, authorizing a temporary half-cent (0.5%) sales tax to fund street and public safety improvements.”

Saturday, May 20: Armed Forces Day.

Saturday, May 20, 10:00 a.m.: Legislative District 10 Town Hall, at the Eckstrom-Columbus Library, 4350 E. 22nd Street, Tucson. Join Senator David Bradley and Representative Kirsten Engel for a meet and greet and legislative update.

Monday, May 29: Memorial Day.

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