Political Calendar: Week of August 21, 2016

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Political Calendar for the Week of August 21, 2016:

Monday, August 22, 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 Adam Kinsey, political consultant, on Prop. 205, the “Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act” initiative. Next Week: Betts Putnam-Hidalgo, candidate for TUSD Board.

Monday, August 22, 6:00 p.m.: Legislative District 3 meeting, at the Joel Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Avenue (parking under the library). Meet the fourth Monday of each month. For more information please contact Andrés Cano at andres@canoagroup.com or (520) 304-5778.

Tuesday, August 23, Noon: Critical Issues Forum, at the Cochise County Democratic Party HQ, 1234 E. Fry Blvd., Sierra Vista. For more information please contact cochisecodems@gmail.com or (520) 458-9467.

Tuesday, August 23, 6:30 p.m.: Northern Pinal County Democrats meeting, at the Pizza Hut, : 240 S. Phelps Drive, Apache Junction, AZ. Come join fellow Democrats from the AJ/Gold Canyon area.  For more information please contact Kathy Guillen at gataguillen@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, August 24, 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). 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.

Pima County/Tucson Women’s Commission 4oth Anniversary and Women’s Equality Day Celebration

Thursday, August 25, 11:30 a.m.: Pima County/Tucson Women’s Commission 40th Anniversary and Women’s Equality Day Celebration, at the Lodge on the Desert, 306 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson. Keynote speaker is Carolyn Warner, emcee is KVOA-TV anchor Kristi Tedesco. Seating is limited, reservations are required. Reservation deadline is Tuesday, August 16. Price $65 per person.  Reserve Online Now. Paying by Check? Please click here to download the registration form and mail it with your check to: Pima County Tucson Women’s Commission, Attn: Trina Callie-Dixon PhD, PO Box 50684, Tucson, AZ 85703 (Please make checks payable to Pima County Tucson Women’s Commission).

Thursday, August 25, 5:30 p.m.: Maricopa County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting. Meet and greet (and dinner) begins at 5:30. Meeting begins promptly at 6:00 pm. For more information lease call (602) 298-0503.

Thursday, August 25, 6:00 p.m.: Casa Grande Democrats meeting, at Bedillon’s Restaurant (Adobe Room), 800 N. Park Avenue, Casa Grande. For more information please contact Jack Guthrie at democratsofcasagrande@gmail.com and Like Us on Facebook.

Thursday, August 25, 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 wed(520) 579-9460 Richard.Reddy@fredonia.edu.

Friday, August 26: Women’s Equality Day.

Saturday, August 27, 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, August 27, 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 Scott Baker at legdist11dems@gmail.com. Find us at www.AZLD11Dems.org.

Special Announcements:

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. Next meeting is September 21. 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.

Sunday, August 28, 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, August 28, 8:00 p.m.: Laughing Liberally Tucson returns to lampoon the national, state and local political scene. Come out and enjoy Tucson’s best and brightest comics as we try our best to save democracy…one laugh at a time. it’s FUN…it’s FREE…New Location! Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress Street, downtown Tucson. Last Sunday every month.

Tuesday, August 30: Primary Election.

Tuesday, August 30, 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.

Friday, September 2 – Monday, September 5: Coconino County Fair at Fort Tuthill County Park, in Flagstaff, AZ.

Saturday, September 3 – Monday, September 5: 101st Annual Sonoita Labor Day Rodeo at the Sonoita Fairgrounds. Gates open daily at 10AM.

Saturday, September 3, 10:00 a.m.: Greater Huachuca Area Democrats meeting, at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 798 S. Highway 92, Sierra Vista. For more information please contact ghadc1@yahoo.com.

Saturday, September 3, 10:00 a.m.: [Need to verify location] Legislative District 2 meeting,at the DCSRA Headquarters, Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley. For more information please LaborDaycontact Tom Prezelski at fusilero@aol.com.

Monday, September 5: Labor Day.

PALF 20th Annual Labor Day Picnic

Monday, September 5, 10:00 am-2:00 pm.: Pima Area Labor Federation hosts the 20th Annual Labor Day Picnic at the Reid Park bandshell, 22nd Street (at Alvernon Way) in Tucson. PALF Olympics, entertainment, speakers, free soft drinks & hot dogs. Groups interested in tabling the event should contact PALF headquarters at (520) 388-4139.

Tuesday, September 6, 6:30 p.m.: (Special date) Pima County Democratic Party executive committee meeting.

Tuesday, September 6 – Sunday, September 11: 70th Annual Navajo Nation Fair, in Window Rock, AZ. 70th Annual Navajo Nation Fair – arts & crafts, baby contest, free BBQ, exhibits, concerts, horse racing, parade, Pow Wow, Open Indian and junior rodeos, traditional song & dance, fry bread contest, carnival.

Wednesday, September 7 – Saturday, September 10: Apache County Fair, in Saint Johns, AZ.

Wednesday, September 7, 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, September 7, 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.

Thursday, September 8 – Sunday, September 11: Yavapai County Fair, at the Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo Grounds, in Prescott, AZ.

Thursday, September 8, 5:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Nucleus Club meeting, at the Viscount Suite Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway Blvd. Meet the second Thursday of each month. For more information please contact Ash Silverburg at (520) 326-3716.

Thursday, September 8, 5:30 p.m.: Yavapai County Democratic Party meeting, at the Prescott Adult Center, 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, September 8, 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.

Friday, September 9 – Saturday, September 10: Sierra Vista Oktoberfest at Veterans’ Memorial Park, 3105 E. Fry Boulevard, Sierra Vista, AZ. Beer garden, german cuisine via food vendors, live entertainment from the Hamptons, kid’s carnival and arts & craft vendors.

Friday, September 9 – Sunday, September 11: Northern Gila County Fair, at the Payson Event Center, in Payson, AZ.

Arizona Democratic Party Summer State Committee Meeting

Saturday, September 10, 8:45 a.m.: Arizona Democratic Party Summer State Committee Meeting, at Flowing Wells High School, 3725 N. Flowing Wells Road, Tucson, AZ. Registration will begin at 8:45 a.m. and conclude promptly at 1:00 p.m. Caucus Meetings – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Lunch – 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Plenary Session – 1:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There will be an election to fill the vacancies created by the resignations of three state committee officers. Vice Chairman Jeff Rogers and Affirmative Action Moderator Adrian Fontes resigned to run for public office. Vice Chairwoman Jordan Hibbs resigned because she has relocated to Washington, D.C. to accept a job. The vacancies will be filled in accordance with ADP Bylaws Article III, Section 5A. If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, you can complete a proxy using the normal state committee meeting proxy procedures. Please let us know if you will be attending the meeting by responding to this RSVP.

Saturday, September 10, 9:30 a.m.: Tanque Verde Valley Democrats meeting, at Risky Business, 8848 E. Tanque Verde Road. For more information visit our web site. Tanque Verde Valley Democratic Club.

Saturday, September 10, 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, September 10, 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.

Sunday, September 11: Patriot Day.

Monday, September 12, 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, September 13, 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, September 13, 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, September 13, 4:00 p.m.: Democrats for Picture Rocks meeting, at Horseshoe BBQ Restaurant, 6575 N. Sandario Road, Tucson. For more information please contact Catalina Hall at dems4prandav@gmail.com.

Wednesday, September 14 – Sunday, September 18: Navajo County Fair, at the Navajo County Fairgrounds, in Holbrook, AZ.

Wednesday, August 10, 6:30 p.m.: Copa City Democrats meeting, location varies. For more information please contact Constance Jackson at jcksconniejean@aol.com.

Thursday, September 15 – Sunday, September 18: Greenlee County Fair at the Greenlee County Fairgrounds, 1248 Fairgrounds Road, Duncan, AZ.

Thursday, September 15 – Sunday, September 18: Mohave County Fair, at 2600 Fairgrounds Blvd., in Kingman, AZ.

Thursday, September 15, 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. Featured speakers are Mikel Weisser, congressional candidate for CD 4, and Adam Kinsey, political consultant, who will discuss Prop. 205, the “Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act” initiative. Admission is $12, includes buffet breakfast and gratuity. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. Please RSVP to (928) 274-6541.

Friday, September 16 – Sunday, September 18: Santa Cruz County Fair, at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Sonoita, AZ.

Yavapai County Democratic Party’s annual Truman-Clinton Dinner

Friday, September 16, 5:30 p.m.: Yavapai County Democratic Party’s annual Truman-Clinton Dinner, at the Prescott Centennial Center at Antelope Hills Golf Course, 1989 Clubhouse Drive, Prescott. Featured presentation by Gail Mangham of Artist’s Path in “Red Hot Patriot, the Kick Ass Wit of Molly Ivins” (by special arrangement with Samuel French and Artist’s Path). Long time Texas based journalist Molly Ivins let her readers know the truths of the political process, both in Texas and in America. That she did it with wit and verve means we’ll never forget her. In Molly Ivins’ own words, Gail Mangham recreates this American original. Individual tickets $75, Couples $135. table of ten $650. Please PSVP by September 12. Order tickets secure online at Act Blue. By mail: P.O. Box 1644 Prescott, AZ 86302 (don’t forget to let us know your menu preferences). For more information please email info@yavdem.org or call (928) 541.0413.

Saturday, September 17: Constitution Day and Citizenship Day commemorates the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787.

Saturday, September 17, 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, September 17 – Sunday, September 18: Oktoberfest on Mount Lemmon, 10300 Ski Run Road, Mt. Lemmon (Tucson). Free admission. $5 parking and highway fees. Enjoy a festival of German food and music in the forest at Mount Lemmon Ski Valley during the last two weekends in September and first two weekends in October: Sept. 17-18, Sept. 24-25, Oct. 1-2 and Oct. 8-9, 2015. No dogs admitted, please. For more information please call (520) 576-1400 or (520) 576-1321.

Democrats of  The Red Rocks Picnic in The Park

Sunday, September 18, 11:00 a.m.: Democrats of  The Red Rocks Picnic in The Park, at Posse Ground Park, 525 Posse Ground Road, Sedona. Cost is $10 per individual, $15 for families, and $7 for students (ids required). A delicious BBQ luncheon is included. Great auction and raffle items will be available too. Everyone will have the opportunity to meet city, state and US candidates and learn how you can turn Arizona blue at the ballot box on November 8. Bring your favorite lawn chair, your volleyball or baseball, and your optimism that we’re stronger together in 2016! For more information please call (928) 239-1880.

Democrats of Greater Tucson Awards Luncheon

Sunday, September 18, 11:30 a.m.: Democrats of Greater Tucson Awards Luncheon, at the Hotel Tucson – City Center,  main ballroom, 475 N. Granada Avenue, Tucson. Keynote speaker is David Garcia. Alice Papcun Lifetime Achievement Award: Robert Selby. Maurice Grossman Community Outreach Award: Ann Eve Pedersen. Steve Emerine Election Integrity Award: F. Ann Rodriguez. Albert M. Elias Democratic Business Leader Award: Nancy Barber. Tickets are $65 per person, table of ten $650. Sponsor levels: The Movers $750, The Shakers $1,000. Order tickets secure online at Act Blue. For more information please contact Jeremey Lasher at (520)-609-7641.

Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area All Democratic Rally and Mexican Buffet

Sunday, September 18, 3:00 p.m.: Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area hosts a free all Democratic candidate rally at 3:00 p.m., at the Tubac Golf Resort (at the chapel), 65 Avenida de Otero, Tubac, AZ. U.S. Congressional Democratic Candidates, AZ Corporation Commission Candidates, State Legislative District 2 Candidates, Pima and Santa Cruz Sheriff Candidates. Ticketed Mexican buffet dinner at 4:45 p.m., in the Geronimo Ballroom. Dinner ticket prices: Basic $30, Sponsor $0, Patron $60. Mail or drop off a check at the DCSRA Headquarters, Continental Shopping Plaza, Suite 420, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), AZ 85622 (please note in subject line “Mexican Buffet 9/18), or order tickets secure online at Act Blue. For more information please call (520) 838-0590.

Tuesday, September 20, 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.

Tuesday, September 20, 6:30 p.m.: Legislative District 9 meeting, at Northwest Medical Center, La Paloma Urgent Care Community Classroom, 4001 E. Sunrise Drive. Meet the third Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact Brian Clymer at brianclymer@yahoo.com or (520) 297-3539.

Wednesday, September 21, 6:00 p.m.: Pinal County Democratic Party meeting, at Pinal County Democratic Party HQ, 121 W. Florence Blvd., Casa Grande. For more information lease contact pinaldemocrat@gmail.com or call (480) 678-1756.

Wednesday, September 21, 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, September 21, 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. DFA-MC is on the web, Facebook and Twitter. For more information contact DFAofMC@gmail.com.

Wednesday, September 21, 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). Meet the third Wednesday of each month. For more information lease contact Rob Selby at r_ybles@hotmail.com or (520) 790-3024.

Thursday, September 22 – Sunday, September 25: Gila County Fair, at the Gila County Fairgrounds just north of Globe, AZ on US 60.

Thursday, September 22 – Sunday, September 25: Cochise County Fair, at the Cochise County Fairgrounds on Leslie Canyon Road, just north of Douglas, AZ.

Thursday, September 22, 6:00 p.m.: Casa Grande Democrats meeting, at Bedillon’s Restaurant (Adobe Room), 800 N. Park Avenue, Casa Grande. For more information please contact Jack Guthrie at democratsofcasagrande@gmail.com and Like Us on Facebook.

Thursday, September 22, 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.

Saturday, September 24, 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, September 24, 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 Scott Baker at legdist11dems@gmail.com. Find us at www.AZLD11Dems.org.

Sunday, September 25, 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, September 25, 8:00 p.m.: Laughing Liberally Tucson returns to lampoon the national, state and local political scene. Come out and enjoy Tucson’s best and brightest comics as we try our best to save democracy…one laugh at a time. it’s FUN…it’s FREE…New Location! Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress Street, downtown Tucson. Last Sunday every month.

Monday, September 26, 6:00 p.m.: Legislative District 3 meeting, at the Joel Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Avenue (parking under the library). Meet the fourth Monday of each month. For more information please contact Andrés Cano at andres@canoagroup.com or (520) 304-5778.

Monday, September 26, 6:00 p.m.: Presidential debate, hosted by The Commission on Presidential Debates, from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

Tuesday, September 27: National Voter Registration Day.

Tuesday, September 27, 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.

Wednesday, September 28, 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). 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. Featured speaker is state Sen. Katie Hobbs on the Arizona Emerge program. 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, September 29: Last day to file as a write-in candidate for the General Election.

Thursday, September 29, 5:30 p.m.: Maricopa County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting. Meet and greet (and dinner) begins at 5:30. Meeting begins promptly at 6:00 pm.

Friday, September 30, 7:00 p.m.: Pride on Parade 2016, on 4th Avenue in cooperation with the 4th Avenue Merchants Association and Sky Bar, Tucson. For more information see http://tucsonpride.org/.

Saturday, October 1: 39th Annual Pride in The Desert, at Reid Park, 22nd Street (at Alvernon Way) in Tucson. Details TBA. General information: Tucson Pride 2016.

Saturday, October 1, 11:00 a.m.: Flagstaff Oktoberfest at Wheeler Park from 11 AM to 8 PM. The event supports the Flagstaff Sunrise Lions Club. Live polka music, German beer, and free root beer floats for kids in the root beer garden. Contests for yodeling, costume, brat eating and beer hoisting.

Saturday, October 1, 3:00 p.m.: SanTan Oktoberfest. The ninth annual Oktoberfest for San Tan Brewing and Downtown Chandler. at 3 South San Marcos Place, Chandler. This event typically includes stein races, keg rolling, tricycle races, keg contest, bratwurst eating contests and a beer pong tournament. $12 admission (kids 12 and under are free). Presale tickets go on sale for $10 on September 1.

Arizona Democratic Party Hal of Fame Dinner

Saturday, October 1, 5:30 p.m.: Arizona Democratic Party Hal of Fame Dinner, at the Talking Stick Resort, 9800 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ. Keynote speaker is prominent civil rights attorney Thomas Perez. This will be our last big gathering before Election Day, and it’s a great opportunity to meet with some of the other Democrats working so hard to turn our state blue. Individual tickets $250, VIP tickets $1,000. DEM-AZ and PC members can get tickets for $125 — and members of Copper State Leadership Council get tickets for free! Order your tickets secure online at Act Blue.

Sunday, October 2: Rosh Hashana (begins at sundown) to Tuesday, October 4.

Tuesday, October 4, 6:00 p.m.: Vice Presidential debate, hosted by The Commission on Presidential Debates, from Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia.

Thursday, October 6 – Sunday, October 9: Graham County Fair at the Graham County Fairgrounds, 527 E. Armory Road, Safford.

Friday, October 7 – Sunday, October 9: Tucson Meet Yourself Festival, 115 N. Church Avenue, Tucson, AZ . Southern Arizona’s diverse folk and ethnic communities are celebrated with performances and demonstrations, food vendors, and more at this family-friendly festival in downtown Tucson. Admission: Free for spectators. For more information see Tucson Meet Yourself.

Friday, October 7 – Sunday, October 9: 43rd Anual Tempe Oktoberfest, at Tempe Town Lake. Tempe Oktoberfest as a fundraiser for its student and teacher exchange program. Admission is free. All day pass for kids amusements is $30. Tempe Beach Splash Park will also reopen for the weekend. Cash is needed to purchase tickets for food and beverages. Family pricing during the day on Saturday and Sunday is 25 food/activity tickets for $20.

Sunday, October 9, 6:00 p.m.: Presidential debate, hosted by The Commission on Presidential Debates, from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Monday, October 10: Voter registration deadline for General Election.

Monday, October 10: Columbus Day (observed).

Wednesday, October 12: Early voting begins in the General Election.

Wednesday, October 12: Yom Kippur.

Saturday, October 22, 4:00 p.m.: Red Rocks Oktoberfest, at the Los Abrigados Resort, 160 Portal Lane, Sedona. Local Arizona craft brewers will bring Oktoberfest beers. German style bratwurst, potato salad, and big pretzels! Music by Big Willie and the Polka Meisters. Entry is $25 and a portion of the proceeds benefits the Rotary Club of Sedona Rocks and the STEM program at Sedona Oak Creek School District.

Wednesday, October 19, 6:00 p.m.: Presidential debate, hosted by The Commission on Presidential Debates, from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Monday, October 31: Halloween.

Tuesday, November 8: ELECTION DAY.

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