Political Calendar: Week of December 31, 2017

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Political Calendar for the Week of December 31, 2017:

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Monday, January 1: New Year’s Day. Happy New Year!

Monday, January 1, 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. No DGT in observance of New Year’s Day. Next Week: No DGT – participating in the January 8 Memorial dedication and bell ringing.

Tuesday, January 2, 6:30 p.m.: (Special Date) Pima County Democratic Party Executive Committee Meeting.

Wednesday, January 3, 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.

Saturday, January 6, 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, January 6, 10:00 a.m.: Legislative District 2 meeting, at the Sam Lena Library, 1607 S. 6th Avenue, Tucson. For more information please contact Linda Laird at clproducts@gmail.com or (520) 393-0623.

March to Save Our Schools

Saturday, January 6, 10:00 a.m.: March to Save Our Schools, on the Arizona Capitol lawn, 1700 W. Washington Street, Phoenix. On January 6, we will declare 2018 the “Year to Save Our Schools.” Please join us to show your support for public education in Arizona. For more information, see  https://www.facebook.com/events/1608947095833245/.

DCSRA Current Events 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 (Suite 420, between the Barber Shop and the restaurant Carne Y Vino). 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 Ermanos Back Room, 220 N. 4th Avenue, Tucson. 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 our host, I hope everyone will order at least one drink (alcoholic or otherwise). There’s some street parking, a parking lot across the street, and the streetcar stops outside their door.

Monday, January 8: Opening Day of the 53rd Arizona Legislature (Second Regular Session) — Governor Doug Ducey’s State of the State address. The legislature gets to work on Tuesday.  “No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.” – Mark Twain.

Together We Rise: Opening Day Rally of the Resistance

Monday, January 8, 9:00 p.m.: Together We Rise: Opening Day Rally of the Resistance, on the Arizona Capitol lawn, 1700 W. Washington Street, Phoenix. Rise with us as we tell our Arizona State Legislature that social justice and progressive advocates are united, organized, and loud. We will not sit idly by while our legislature attacks women’s reproductive rights, public education, science, the environment, human rights, equality, and so much more.”Hosted by Fortitude AZ. Contact Tory Roberg at tory@fortitudeaz.com or (623) 570-6396. For more information see https://www.facebook.com/events/537388449946360/.

January 8 Memorial Dedication – Tucson

Monday, January 8, 9:30 a.m.: January 8 Memorial dedication and bell ringing, at 160 W. Alameda Street (El Presidio Park), Tucson. Dedication of a permanent Memorial to the January 8, 2011 tragedy, an unforgettable day in the history of our community, our state, and our nation. The shooting that occurred at Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ Congress on your Corner event in Tucson that wounded 13 and killed six individuals who were participating in a fundamental act of democracy. The community came together in the days that followed to provide comfort and support to one another.

Monday, January 8, 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/.

Monday, January 8, 7:00 p.m.: Democrats of the Highlands at Dove Mountain meeting, in the Dove Mountain Clubhouse Catalina Room II, 4949 W. Heritage Club Blvd., Marana. For more information please contact (520) 661-1919.

Monday, January 8: College Football National Championship game, at Mercedez-Benz stadium in Atlanta, GA.

Tuesday, January 9, Noon: Democrats 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, January 9, 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, January 9, 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.

January 10, 5:00 p.m.: Nominating petitions filing deadline for CD 8 congressional seat special election.

Thursday, January 11, 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, January 11, 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, January 11, 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.

Saturday, January 13, 7:00 a.m.: The Pueblo Gardens Neighborhood Association will be hosting their 28th Annual Martin Luther King Breakfast, at the Holmes Tuttle Boys and Girls Club, located at 2585 East 36th Street, Tucson. Doors will open at 7:00 am and the breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m.

Saturday, January 13, 9:30 a.m.: Tanque Verde Valley Democrats meeting, at Risky Business, 8848 E. Tanque Verde Road. Annual election of our officers and board members. Usually meet the second Saturday of each month. For more information visit our web site. Tanque Verde Valley Democratic Club.

Saturday, January 13, 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, January 13, 10:00 a.m.: Coconino County Democratic Party meeting, at Coconino County Democratic Party HQ, 201 E. Birch Avenue, Suite #6, Flagstaff. Meet the second Saturday of each month. For more information please call (928) 214-0393 or email Kevin Ordean at Kordean@ccdem.org.

Saturday, January 13, 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.

Saturday, January 13, 1:00 p.m.: Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area meeting at the DCSRA Headquarters, Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley (Room 203 meeting room). Featured speaker is January Contreras, candidate for Attorney General. For more information please contact (520) 838-0590.

Sunday, January 14, 3:00 p.m.: Beyond Tucson: A Time to Break Silence, at the University of Arizona Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd., Tucson. Adapted from the title of his famous speech of April 4th, 1967, in which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. officially spoke out against the Vietnam war, the words ring just as true today fifty years after they were first spoken. This free and open community event is a grassroots effort by dozens of individuals from a plethora of Tucson arts organizations.  This multiplicity of voices joins in concord to honor and respect the vision and integrity of Dr. King through dance, music, poetry and song. Among the community collaborators are Artifact Dance Project, Words on the Avenue, UA Dance, the UA School of Theatre, Film, and Television, and the Fred Fox School of Music.

Monday, January 15: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Monday, January 15, 8:00 a.m.: Annual Martin Luther King Day March in Tucson. Begins at MLK Way at The Bridges in the UofA Tech Park (S. Kino Parkway and 36th Street), march to Reid Park, Demeester Outdoor Performance Center, 900 S. Alvernon Way. Celebration in the park 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Monday, January 15, 4:oo p.m.: MLK Celebration After Party, at the Dunbar Auditorium, 325 W. 2nd Street, Tucson.

Monday, January 15, 7:30 p.m.: Free screening of “Hidden Figures” at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson.

Tuesday, January 16, 7:30 a.m.: 29th Annual LULAC Youth Leadership Conference Breakfast, at PCC West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road, in the Community Room (please use North parking). Educators breakfast provided by Rigo’s Restaurant, followed by a presentationof this year’s 29th Annual LULAC Youth Leadership Conference. Please RSVP by January 3 to lulacylc@gmail.com.

Tuesday, January 16, 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, January 17, 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.

Wednesday, January 17, 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, January 17, 6:30 p.m.: Democracy for America – Maricopa County (DFA-MC) monthly meeting is the third 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, January 17, 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, January 17, 6:30 p.m.: Copa City Democrats meeting, location varies. For more information please contact Constance Jackson at jcksconniejean@aol.com.

Thursday, January 18, 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.

2nd Annual Women’s March – Sister Marches

Saturday, January 20, 10:00 a.m.: Women’s March sister march in Green Valley, AZ at Esperanza and La Canada.

Saturday, January 20, Noon: Women’s March sister march in Prescott, AZ, at the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza.

— Marches are informally being organized on social media websites. See, for example Women’s March Los Angeles 2018 and 2018 Women’s March on NYC.

Saturday, January 20, 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, January 20, 2:00 p.m.: Cochise County Democratic Party general membership meeting. For more information please contact cochisecodems@gmail.com or (520) 458-9467.

Saturday, January 20, 3:00 p.m.: Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area meeting at DCSRA meeting Room 203, Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley.

Monday, January 22, 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, January 23, 6:30 p.m.: Legislative District 9 meeting, at the Water of LIfe Metropolitan Community Church, 3269 N. Mountain Avenue, Tucson. Meet the fourth Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact Brian Clymer at brianclymer@yahoo.com or (520) 297-3539.

Tuesday, January 23, 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, January 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.

Thursday, January 25, 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.

Arizona Democratic Party Winter State Committee Meeting

Saturday, January 27, 9:00 a.m.: Arizona Democratic Party Winter State Committee meeting, at Vista Grande High School, 1556 N. Arizola Road, Casa Grande. Details TBA.

Saturday, Janury 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, January 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 Maureen Salz at legdist11dems@gmail.com. Find us at www.AZLD11Dems.org.

Pinal County Democratic Party 2018 Campaign Kickoff Dinner

Saturday, January 27, 5:30 p.m.: Pinal County Democratic Party 2018 Campaign Kickoff Dinner, at The Property Conference Center, 1251 W. Gila Bend Hwy., Casa Grande. Details TBA. Precinct Committee Persons $60, Idividual tickets $70. Purchase tickets secure online at Act Blue.

Sunday, January 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, January 28, 4:30 p.m.: Democrats of The Red Rocks Annual Meeting, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 100 Arroyo Pinion Drive, Sedona. It will be a pot luck so bring a main dish, salad, or dessert. Come and learn about other upcoming events, meet many candidates, and elect the DORR Board of Directors for 2018. For more information please contact info@democratsoftheredrocks.org or (928) 212-1357.

Sunday, January 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: The Flycatcher, 340 E 6th Street (at 4th Avenue), Tucson. Usually the last Sunday every month.

Thursday, February 1 – Sunday, February 4: Tohono O’Odham 80th Annual Rodeo and Fair, at the Eugene P. Tashquinth Sr. Livestock Complex located three (3) miles west of Sells, Arizona along State Route 86.

Sunday, February 4: Superbowl LII, at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN.

Wednesday, February 7, 9:30 a.m.: League of Women Voters of Arizona day at the Arizona Legislature. Join other League members from all over this state to: learn more about the League’s priorities in 2018, hear from Legislators about their plans for the Legislative session, meet with your individual legislators, stand up and be introduced in the AZ House and Senate Chambers and explore the capitol. The day will start at 9:30 a.m. with coffee etc., include lunch and end with a chance to share your conversations with your legislators/your impressions of the day with the other League members. Legislative Day. Members need to RSVP to the LWVGT office as soon as possible. The cost is $10/person to cover lunch and materials. Members are asked to visit their own legislators after lunch. There will be talking points available for the discussion. We will be carpooling.

Friday, February 9, 11:30 a.m.: Tucson Urban League sponsors the Drum Major Award Luncheon, at the Desert Diamond Casino, 7350 S. Nogales Hwy., Tucson. For more information please contact www.tucsonurbanleague.org or (520) 791-9522, ext. 2235.

Friday, February 9 – Sunday, February 25: PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Tuesday, February 13: Mardis Gras.

Tuesday, February 13 – Thursday, February 15: Pitchers and catchers report to MLB Cactus League Spring training.

Wednesday, February 14: Valentine’s Day and Arizona Statehood Day.

Friday, February 16: Chinese New Year, year of the dog.

Monday, February 19: Presidents Day.

Thursday, February 22, 9:00 a.m.: TUCSON RODEO PARADE. Over 200 non-motorized floats are on display along the one and one-half mile parade route beginning at Park Ave. and Ajo Way, proceeding south on Park to Irvington Rd. Tickets for Grandstand seating at Irvington and South 6th Ave, $10 adults, $5 kids under 13. Call (520) 294-1280 for grandstand tickets.

Saturday, February 24, 11:00 a.m.: 36th Annual Tucson Peace Fair & Music Festival, at Armory Park (new location), 221 S. 6th Avenue, Tucson. This FREE event is Arizona’s largest gathering of Peace, Justice, and Environmental groups. There will be live music, tables, food, entertainment, and children’s activities.

Tuesday, February 27: Special Election (Primary) for CD 8 congressional seat.

Tuesday, April 24: Special Election (General) for CD 8 congressional seat.

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