Political Calendar: Week of February 11, 2018

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Political Calendar for the Week of February 11, 2018:

Monday, February 12: Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday.

Monday, February 12, 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 former Congressman Ron Barber on “Ending the Death Penalty.” Next Week: Robert Bulechek on “Energy Issues & TEP Rate Case.”

Monday, February 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/.

Monday, February 12, 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.

Tuesday, February 13: Mardis Gras.

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

Tuesday, February 13, 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, February 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, February 13, 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.

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

L.O.V.E. (Lifting Our Voices for Education) Rallies

Wednesday, February 14, 4:00 p.m.: L.O.V.E. (Lifting Our Voices for Education) Rally, sponsored by AZ Schools Now and Arizona Education Association, at Rincon University High School, 421 N. Arcadia Avenue, Tucson. Celebrate statehood day with AZ Schools Now as we Lift Our Voices for Education! We’ll have speakers, a marching band, Valentine’s for legislators and more. Join your fellow education advocates as we show our L.O.V.E. for Arizona’s public schools! RSVP through the “tickets” link for this free event at https://www.facebook.com/events/717820805083274/.

Wednesday, February 14, 4:00 p.m.: L.O.V.E. (Lifting Our Voices for Education) Rally, sponsored by AZ Schools Now and Arizona Education Association, at the Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington Streeet, Phoenix. Celebrate statehood day with AZ Schools Now as we Lift Our Voices for Education! We’ll have speakers, a marching band, Valentine’s for legislators and more. Join your fellow education advocates as we show our L.O.V.E. for Arizona’s public schools! RSVP through the “tickets” link for this free event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1591542294272559/.

Thursday, February 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. Admission is $12, includes buffet breakfast and gratuity. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. Please RSVP to (928) 274-6541.

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

Saturday, February 17, 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.

Special Announcements:

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.

Sunday, February 18, 3:00 p.m.: Arizona Democratic Party’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus Election Season Kickoff and New Year Social, at the Island Plate Lunch Hawaiian restaurant, 5575 E. River Road (at Craycroft), #141, Tucson. Join the AZ Asian American Pacific Islander Democratic Caucus to kick off the 2018 Election Season in conjunction with the start of the Lunar New Year. Enjoy delicious food, meet local Democratic candidates and learn about important issues.This is a FREE event, but an RSVP is appreciated! Please RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/1561942400549342/ or call (520) 309-6114.”

Monday, February 19: Presidents Day observed.

Monday, February 19, 1:00 p.m.: Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area hosts Holly Lyon, Senior Vice Chair of the Arizona Democratic Party, at the DCSRA Headquarters (Room 203), Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley (Suite 420, between the Barber Shop and the restaurant Carne Y Vino). Learn what the state party is doing for 2018, get answers to your questions, shar your concerns and political visions with a party leader.

Monday, February 19, 4:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Education Caucus meetig, at the Tucson Education Assocoation office, 5447 E. 5th Street, #100, Tucson.

Tuesday, February 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, February 21, 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, February 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, February 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 DFAofMC@gmail.com.

Wednesday, February 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). 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, February 21, 6:30 p.m.: Copa City Democrats meeting, location varies. For more information please contact Constance Jackson at jcksconniejean@aol.com.

Thursday, February 22: George Washington’s birthday.

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.

Thursday, February 22, 10:00 a.m.: PC Basics class, 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).This one-hour PC Basics class presents an overview of the Democratic Party at the LD, county and state levels. This class offers you the tools and methods to connect with your Democratic and left-leaning neighbors to build the party and turn out the vote, so we can elect Democrats at every level. Register online Here.

Thursday, February 22, 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.

Saturday, February 24, 10:00 a.m.: LD 10 Town Hall, at the Eckstrom-Columbus Library, 4350 E. 22nd Street, Tucson. State Senator David Bradley snd Reps. Kirsten Engel and Todd “Confederate” Clodfelter present an update on the legislature, followed by Q & A from constituents.

Saturday, February 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, 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.

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

Sunday, February 25, 1:30 p.m.: Meet the Democratic Candidates ofor CD 2 Forum., at the Quail Creek Ballroom, 2055 E. Quail Crossing Blvd., Green Valley.

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

Monday, February 26, 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, February 27: Special Election (Primary) for CD 8 congressional seat.

Tuesday, February 27, 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, February 27, 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, February 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. 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.

Saturday, March 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, March 3, 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.

Planned Parenthood of Arizona’s The Really Big Show (of Support) – Tucson

Saturday, March 3, 5:30 p.m.: Planned Parenthood of Arizona’s The Really Big Show (of Support), at the Rialto Theater, 318 E. Congress Street, Tucson. 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm VIP Reception, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Very Big Show. For tickets, click HERE.

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

Thursday, March 8: International Women’s Day.

Saturday, March 10 – Sunday March 11, 9:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m.: Tucson Festival of Books at the University of Arizona Mall. The Tucson Festival of Books is a community-wide celebration of literature. Offered free-of-charge, the Festival exists to improve literacy rates among children and adults. All proceeds following the Festival support critical local literacy programs. The first Festival was in 2009. 2018 is the Festival’s 10th anniversary. Attendance has grown from 75,000 to over 100,000 including authors and visitors from all over the U.S. and overseas. Free Outdoor Concert on Saturday after 5:30 p.m., at Jefferson field: The Rock Bottom Remainders will make a momentous return to Tucson for the festival’s 10th anniversary. Food and beverages available for sale.

Saturday, March 10, 5:00 p.m.: AFL-CIO Pride at Work Social Event, at the IBEW 640 Hall,  5808 N. 7th Street, Phoenix. Join us for an evening of live music, socializing, guest speakers and GOTV. Candidates are welcome, but no campaigning. This event is to support the LGBT community. Appetizers and beverages will be served. $25 suggested doantion.

Coconino County Democrtic Party’s Annual Roosevelt-Kennedy Dinner

Saturday, March 10, 5:30 p.m.: Coconino County Democrtic Party’s annual Roosevelt-Kennedy Dinner, at the Little America Hotel, 2515 E Butler Ave, Flagstaff. Keynote speaker is Jevin Hodge. Jevin is a Millennial Inspirational Speaker, noted as “America’s Leading Young Agent for Change” and author of L.Y.F.E. – Living Young Free and Extravagant. You’ll truly appreciate the energy Jevin brings to his role as Vice-Chair of the Arizona Democratic Party. Online ticket sales are now available on ActBlue.  Single tickets are $85 in advance and $100 after March 5th. Buy a table for eight for $680. Or, call the office to reserve your seats: 928-214-0393.

Saturday, March 10, 6:00 p.m.: Progressive Democrats of Arizona host John Nichols of The Nation, at the IBEW Local 570 Hall, 570 S. Tucson Blvd., Tucson. Prolific author, columnist for The Nation magazine and board member of national Progressive Democrats of America will once again generously donate his time to rally the progressive troops.

DCSRA Dinner with John Nichols of  The Nation

Sunday, March 11, 6:00 p.m.: Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area host John Nichols of The Nation, at the Desert Diamond Casino, 1100 W. Pima Mine Road at I-19, Sahuarita. Tickets: Individual $60, Sponsor $100, Patron $200. You may purchase tickets at DCSRA Headquarters between 10:00-2:00 Monday through Friday. If it’s not convenient for you to come to Headquarters, please email Terry Lang at lang_terry@yahoo.com and he will email you a reservation form that you can complete and return to Headquarters in person or US mail. Space is limited. Make your reservation by Monday, March 5th. All proceeds go toward DCSRA and Democratic HQ Green Valley.

Saturday, March 17: St. Patrick’s Day.

Annual St. Patricks’ Day Fundraiser

Sunday, March 18, 1:00 p.m.: Legislative Districts 9 and 10 host the Annual St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser at the home of George and Margie Cunningham, 630 N. Alamo Avenue, Tucson, AZ. This is the annual political season kick-off event for Democratic candidates in Pima County. Master of Ceremonies Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Keynote Speaker Senator Steve Farley. Tucson’s best corned beef & cabbage with all the fixings and side dishes, bountiful desserts, soft drinks and beer. Tickets are only $20 per adult if purchased in advance. Children 6-12 $10, under the age of 6 free. Ticket price goes up to $25 at the door, so purchase your tickets early. Purchase tickets secure online at Act Blue. A limited number of tickets will be sold. The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament will be on the TV for you basketball fans, so you have no reason to miss this fun event.

I Stand With Planned Parenthood luncheon – Phoenix

Tuesday, March 27, Noon: I Stand With Planned Parenthood luncheon, at the Arizona Biltmore Resort, 2400 E. Missouri Avenue, Phoenix. individual tickets are $100 each, Tables of 10 are $1,000. Each ticket purchase includes membership in PPAA, the public policy arm of Planned Parenthood. Donations to Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona are not deductible for federal tax purposes as a charitable contribution or business expense, and may be used for political purposes, such as supporting or opposing candidates. For more information about this event, please contact degarcia@ppaz.org or (602) 263-4222. To purchase tickets, click HERE.

Wednesday, March 28: Early voting begins in CD 8 Special Election General Election.

Thursday, March 29: Opening Day of 2018 Major League Baseball season. It’s the return of a true Opening Day – all 30 teams will take to the field.

Saturday, March 31: Passover begins.

We The People Summit – Phoenix

Saturday, March 31, 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.: We the People Summit, at the Phoenix Convention Center, 111 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix. The We the People Summit is a series of three summits designed to bring together individuals, grassroots organizations, and established nonprofits to empower, educate, and connect citizens of Arizona who seek progressive change in local and state government. Early Bird General Admission is $35 and Student Admission is $20 for the March 31, 2018 summit. Registration online Here.

Saturday, March 31, 10:00 a.m.: LD 10 Town Hall, at the Murphy-Wilmot Library, 530 N. Wilmot Road, Tucson. State Senator David Bradley snd Reps. Kirsten Engel and Todd “Confederate” Clodfelter present an update on the legislature, followed by Q & A from constituents.

Sunday, April 1: Easter Sunday.

29th Annual LULAC Youth Leadership Conference

Friday, April 6, 8:00 a.m.: 29th Annual LULAC Youth Leadership Conference, at Pima Community College West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road, Tucson. The YLC strives to promote, develop, and enhance leadership skills among youth in Pima County. The philosophy behind the Youth Leadership Conference for the last 28 years has been to encourage and motivate students to remain in school, set goals and reinforce education as the key to success. Another key factor has been to expose students to an environment that fosters positive relationships among peers, teachers and the community. Register at LULAC Youth Leadership Conference.

Tuesday, April 10: Equal Pay Day.

Thursday, April 12: Holocaust Remembrance Day.

I Stand With Planned Parenthood luncheon – Flagstaff

Thursday, April 12, 6:00 p.m.: I Stand With Planned Parenthood dinner, at the High Country Conference Center, 201 W. Butler Avenue, Flagstaff. Our Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Eve Espey is the Chairperson of the Department of Ob/Gyn, Professor on the faculty of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Family Planning, and Family Planning fellowship director at the University of New Mexico. She is President Elect of the Society of Family Planning and is the Medical Advisory Committee Chair for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. She is the Chair of the American College of OB-GYN’s work group for Long Acting Reversible Contraception. Individual tickets are $60 each if purchased by March 26. Ticket price will increase to $75 after March 26 and will need to be purchased no later than March 30. Tables of 8 are $480. Each ticket purchase includes membership in PPAA, the public policy arm of Planned Parenthood. Donations to Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona are not deductible for federal tax purposes as a charitable contribution or business expense, and may be used for political purposes, such as supporting or opposing candidates.For more information about these event, please contact degarcia@ppaz.org or 602-263-4222. To purchase tickets, click HERE.

Saturday, April 21, 1:00 p.m.: LD 10 Town Hall, at the Himmel Park Library, 1035 N. Treat Avenue, Tucson. State Senator David Bradley snd Reps. Kirsten Engel and Todd “Confederate” Clodfelter present an update on the legislature, followed by Q & A from constituents.

Sunday, April 22: Earth Day.

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

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