Political Calendar: Week of December 4, 2016

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Political Calendar for the Week of December 4, 2016:

Sunday, December 4, 3:00 p.m.: Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony and U.S.S. Arizona Mall Memorial dedication, at the University of Arizona Mall. Special collection exhibit open 1:30- 230 p.m.

Monday, December 5, 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 Tucson Weekly reporter Jim Nintzel. Next Week: Betty Stauffer, Director of Literacy Connects.

Monday, December 5, 6:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party executive committee meeting.

Wednesday, December 7: Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day – 75th Anniversary.

Wednesday, December 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, December 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, December 8, 5:30 p.m.: [No meeting in December] 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, December 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, December 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, December 9, 5:00 p.m.: Democratic Women of the Prescott Area holiday party, at the Centennial Center, 1989 Clubhouse Drive, Prescott. Live music provided by Doc Garvey’s Remedy. Tickets are $45 each for the gourmet buffet. Please send checks to our Treasurer Steve Whicher, payable to Democratic Women of the Prescott Area, Mail: P.O. Box 1644, Prescott, AZ 86302. For more information please call (928) 541-0413 or Email: info@yavdem.org.

Friday December 9 – Sunday, December, 11: 4th Avenue Winter Street Fair, 4th Avenue between 9th Street and University Blvd., Tucson. 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).

Saturday, December 10, 9:30 a.m.: Tanque Verde Valley Democrats meeting, at Risky Business, 8848 E. Tanque Verde Road. Meet the second Saturday of each month. For more information visit our web site. Tanque Verde Valley Democratic Club.

Saturday, December 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, December 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.

Las Adelitas 6th Annual Posada

Saturday, December 10, 6:00 p.m.: Las Adelitas 6th Annual Posada, at Petroglyphs, 228 S. Park Avenue, Tucson. Please join Las Adelitas Arizona for an evening of entertainment, food and celebration as we honor Mona Grijalva as the 2016 Adelita del Año for her decades of service to the community and raise funds for the annual Dr. Maria Teresa Velez Scholarship. Tickets are $20 general admission or $10 for students. All ticket and silent auction proceeds will go to benefit the 2017 scholarship program and to promote the mission of LAAZ to support candidates and issues important to Latinas and our families. Order your tickets HERE.

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. 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, December 11, 5:00 p.m.: Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area Annual Meeting and Potluck, Election of 2017 Board, at the East Center. 7 S. Abrego Drive, Green Valley. Potluck: Desserts – A thru Da,
Sides – De thru K, Main Dishes – L thru Z (Dishes should serve 10). For more information, please contact Jean Vickers jean.vickers@cox.net.

Monday, December 12, 5:00 p.m.: Democrats of Oro Valley Holiday Party, at El Charro Cafe, 725 N. Oracle Road, Oro Valley. Happy Hour drinks until 6 p.m. Cost: $20 to be collected at the door. Plated meal choice of: Grilled Chicken Tacos on Flour Tortillas, El Charro brisket enchiladas, Handmade fresh corn tamales. All plates served with chips, salsa, Sonoran rice, beans, and a non-alcoholic beverage. Vegetarian options available – please specify in your RSVP. Fun raffle! Delicious cake for dessert! Please RSVP by December 9 to elathram@demsov.org.

Tuesday, December 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, December 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, December 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, December 14, 6:30 p.m.: Copa City Democrats meeting, location varies. For more information please contact Constance Jackson at jcksconniejean@aol.com.

Thursday, December 15, 8:00 a.m.: Democrats of the Red Rocks breakfast, at Old Sedona Family Restaurant Bar & Grill, 1405 W. Hwy. 89A, Sedona. Featured speaker is Alessandra Soler, executive director of the ACLU of Arizona will talk to us about issues from the last Arizona legislative session and give us an update on litigation against SB 1070, former Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the Maricopa County Jail, police that seize property, and other pending legal issues which affect our civil liberties. Learn about ACLU successes and challenges in Arizona and how you can protect your rights. Meet the third Thursday of each month. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. Admission is $12 and includes a lavish buffet and gratuity. All are welcome. Pay at the door. Please RSVP to (928) 274-6541.

Friday, December 16, 6:00 p.m.:  LD 10 Holiday Party (potluck), at Pima County Democratic Party HQ,  4639 E. 1st Street, Tucson. Meet other Dems, brainstorm, share food and drink and exchange ideas for the next election! Don’t mourn, organize!

Saturday, December 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 cydelarge@att.net or (520) 241-8408.

Saturday, December 17, 11:00 a.m.: Somerton Tamale Festival, Along Main Street in Somerton, about 11 miles southwest of Yuma. The Somerton Tamale Festival is the Woodstock of tamale events, with more than 30,000 people descending on the little border town southwest of Yuma. A few arts and crafts vendors are on hand and there will be live music throughout the day. Visitors can sample dozens of varieties ranging from traditional beef and chicken to pork, turkey, corn and spinach tamales. There are even sweet tamales filled with pineapple, peach and strawberry. This is the 10th year for the festival, with all proceeds helping to provide Arizona State University scholarships to local students.

Maricopa County Democratic Party Reorganization

Saturday, December 17, 1:00 p.m.: Maricopa County Democratic Party Reorganization meeting, at Church of the Beatitudes UCC, 555 W. Glendale Avenue, Phoenix. Registration begins at 1:00pm. Meeting begins at 1:30pm. PCs elected on August 30, 2016 are eligible to run and vote for the MCDP Executive Board members who will serve through December 2018. PCs please RSVP at: http://tinyurl.com/reorg2016.

Tuesday, December 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.

Wednesday, December 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, December 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.

Wednesday, December 21, 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 sthornton51@gmail.com.

Pinal County Democratic Party Reorganization

Wednesday, December 21, 7:00 p.m.: Pinal County Democratic Party Reorganization Meeting, at the Florence Library, 778 N. Main Street, Florence. To run for an office or state committeeperson, you must be an elected Precinct Committeeperson. To vote you must be an elected Precinct Committeeperson. In addition, you must attend this December 21st meeting to be elected as an officer or as a state committeeperson. If you desire to enter your name in nomination to be an officer or state committeeperson, please send your name to David Coward at pinaldemocrat@gmail.com. For more information please call 480-678-1756.

Thursday, December 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, December 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, December 24: Hanukkah begins at sundown (for eight days).

Saturday, December 24, 10:00 a.m.: [Rescheduled] 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, December 24, 2:00 p.m.: [Rescheduled] Legislative District 11 meeting, at the Wheeler, Taft, Abbett Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive, Tucson. ChristmasMeet the fourth Saturday of each month.

Sunday, December 25: Christmas Day.

Sunday, December 25, 3:00 p.m.: [Rescheduled] 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.

Monday, December 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.

Tuesday, December 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.

Tuesday, December 27, 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.

New_Year2017

Sunday, January 1: New Year’s Day.

Pima County Democratic Party Reorganization

Saturday, January 7, 10:00 a.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Reorganization meeting, location TBA. PCs elected on August 30, 2016 are eligible to run and vote for the PCDP Executive Board members who will serve through December 2018. Further details TBA.

Monday, January 9: Opening Day of the 53rd Arizona Legislature (First Regular Session). “No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.” – Mark Twain.

Monday, January 16: Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  birthday (observed).

Friday, January 20: Inauguration Day.

Saturday, January 28: Chinese New Year – year of the rooster.

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