Political Calendar: Week of February 5, 2017

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Political Calendar for the Week of February 5, 2017:

Sunday, February 5, 4:30 p.m.: Super Bowl LI, from NRG Stadium in Houston, TX.  New England Patriots v. Atlanta Falcons.

Monday, February 6, 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. (New) Featured speaker is Mike Holmes, former LD 14 House candidate. Next Week: Kitty Kennedy, on the congressional budget and Medicare. Following Week: Congressman Raúl Grijalva for a congressional update.

Monday, February 6, 6:30 p.m.: Chuck Collins, author of “Born on Third Base,” is doing a book signing at the IBEW Hall, 750 S. Tucson Blvd., Tucson. Collins gave away his family fortune at age 26 and now works with Inequality.org, a project of the Institute for Policy Studies. He is co-founder of Wealth for the Common Good, a network of business leaders, high-income households and partners working together to promote shared prosperity and fair taxation. In 1995, he co-founded United for a Fair Economy (UFE) to raise the profile of the inequality issue and support popular education and organizing efforts to address inequality. He was Executive Director of UFE from 1995-2001 and Program Director until 2005. For more information please contact Jenise Porter at (520) 881-1070, jenisep@gmail.com.

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

Wednesday, February 8, 5:00 p.m.: PC 101 Workshop, at the Pima County Democratic Party HQ, 4639 E. 1st Street, Tucson. Training on community outreach, neighborhood outreach, and advocacy at the legislature. Bring your lap top to log into the internet. Please RSVP at: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1rBNS193pjhv60MwWhIeuOyuhOaD0-SC36oWYPFnI1ls/edit?usp=sharing

Wednesday, February 8, 5:30 p.m.: University of Arizona Law Forum on legal issues raised by executive orders on immigration, at the James E. Rogers College of law, 1201 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson. The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law will host a community forum Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 164 (Ares Auditorium) to discuss the legal and policy issues raised by the Executive Orders related to immigration and refugees. All are invited to attend.

Thursday, February 9, 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. Featured speaker is Norman Sherman, former press secretary to Vice-President Hubert Humphrey., and author of his memoir: “From Nowhere to Somewhere, My Political Journey.” For more information please contact Ash Silverburg at (520) 326-3716.

Thursday, February 9, 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, February 9, 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, February 11, 9:30 a.m.: Tanque Verde Valley Democrats meeting, at Risky Business, 8848 E. Tanque Verde Road. Usually meet the second Saturday of each month. Featured speaker is Marian Chubon of “McSally – Take A Stand.” For more information visit our web site. Tanque Verde Valley Democratic Club.

Saturday, February 11, 9:00 a.m.: Cochise County Democratic Party executive committee meeting.

Saturday, February 11, 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, February 11, 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.
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, February 12: Abraham Lincoln’s birthday.

Sunday, February 12 – Wednesday, February 15: “Pitchers and catchers report” to MLB Cactus League Spring Training.

Sunday, February 12, 12:30 p.m.: PC 101 Workshop, at the Pima County Democratic Party HQ, 4639 E. 1st Street, Tucson. Training on community outreach, neighborhood outreach, and advocacy at the legislature. Bring your lap top to log into the internet. Please RSVP to: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/16eM7wo9DZzU_hlfevYaIa5fgQifl5tQ1iAcgYC5bWtw/edit?usp=sharing

Monday, February 13, 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, February 14: Valentine’s Day, Arizona Statehood Day.

Tuesday, February 14, 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, February 14, 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 14, 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 15, 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, February 15, 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 15, 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, February 15, 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 15, 6:30 p.m.: Copa City Democrats meeting, location varies. For more information please contact Constance Jackson at jcksconniejean@aol.com.

Thursday, February 16, 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.

Saturday, February 18 – Sunday, February 26: Tucson Rodeo – 92nd Annual La Fiesta de Los Vaqueros. Rodeo Parade is Thursday, February 23, 9:00 a.m.

Vail Pride Day

Saturday, February 18, 9:00 a.m.: 17th Annual Vail Pride Day, at the Pima County Fairgrounds, 11300 S. Houghton Road (from I-10). A huge community-wide event that involves almost every student in the 10,000-student district as well as teachers, staff, businesses and community organizations. Free, food and drink will be available for purchase from food vendors outside as well as from the many clubs and school groups.

Saturday, February 18, 9:00 a.m.: Santa Cruz County Democratic Party general membership meeting, at Bowman Senior Residences, 229 N. Grand Avenue, Nogales. For more information please contact Mary Darling at (520) 223-9170 or emial maryldarling@gmail.com, or visit our Facebook Page.

Saturday, February 18, 10:00 a.m.: Legislative District 10 Town Hall, at the Miller-Golf Links Library,  9640 E. Golf Links Road, Tucson. Join Senator David Bradley and Representative Kirsten Engel for a meet and greet and legislative update.

Saturday, February 18, 10:00 a.m.: Cochise County Democratic Party general membership meeting, at Cochise County Democratic Party HQ, 522 W. Fry Blvd., Sierra Vista.

Saturday, February 18, 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.

Monday, February 20: President’s Day observed.

Tuesday, February 21, 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 22: George Washington’s birthday.

Wednesday, February 22, 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, February 23, 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, February 23, 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.

Thursday, February 23, 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, February 25: Cactus League Spring Training games begin.

Saturday, February 25, 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.

Tucson Peace Fair & Music Festival

Saturday, February 25, 11:00 a.m.: 2017 Tucson Peace Fair and Music Festival, (new location) Armory Park Center, 220 S. 5th Avenue, Tucson. This FREE event is Arizona’s largest gathering of Peace, Justice and Environment groups who will be tabling for their organizations. Live music, entertainment, food, children’s activities. For more information please call (520) 445-4110 or go to Facebook Page.

Saturday, February 25, 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.

Saturday, February 25, 3:00p.m.: (Special date) 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. State senator Steve Farley on the Tucson Refugee Program. For more information, please contact Jean Vickers jean.vickers@cox.net.

Sunday, February 26, 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 26, 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… The Flycatcher, 340 E 6th Street (at 4th Avenue), Tucson. Usually the last Sunday every month.

Monday, February 27, 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 28: Mardis Gras – Fat Tuesday.

Tuesday, February 28, 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, February 28, 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, February 28, 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.

Tuesday, February 28, 7:00 p.m.: President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress (not a State of the Union Address).

I Stand With Planned Parenthood: 100 Years – Tucson

Saturday, March 4: I Stand With Planned Parenthood in Tucson at the Rialto Theater, 318 E. Congress Street, Tucson. More details and ticket information coming soon! Visit our web site for more information.

Wednesday, March 8: International Women’s Day.  2017 campaign theme: #BeBoldForChange

The Arizona César E. Chávez Holiday Coalition’s Celebración de la Mujer

Friday, March 10, 6:00 p.m.: The Arizona César E. Chávez Holiday Coalition’s Celebración de la Mujer, at the YWCA, 525 N. Bonita Avenue, Tucson. The deadline to nominate a Muxer who shows extraordinary leadership in your community is February 14th. To nominate please use this link: https://uarizona.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cORbDKDT6SrC4HX. Tickets: General Public $25, Student Activists $10. For more information please email us at azchavezcoalition@gmail.com, or see our Facebook Page.

Saturday, March 11 – Sunday, March 12: Tucson Festival of Books.

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

Saturday, March 18, 10:00 a.m.: Legislative District 10 Town Hall, at the Kirk-Bear Canyon Library,  8959 E. Tanque Verde Road, Tucson. Join Senator David Bradley and Representative Kirsten Engel for a meet and greet and legislative update.

Wednesday, March 22 – Sunday, March 26: Pinal County Fair, 512 S. Eleven Mile Corner Road, Casa Grande.

Friday, March 24 – Sunday, March 26: Fourth Avenue Street Fair. The Street Fair takes place between Ninth Street and University Blvd. along Fourth Avenue in Tucson. Free to the public, the Fourth Avenue Street Fair brings together 400+ arts and crafts booths, 35+ food vendors, Main Stage, street musicians, food, jugglers, street performers, the ever so popular Free Kids hands-on-art Pavilion. There is face painting, balloons, demonstrations, sidewalk entertainment and tons of other fun activities. This is Tucson’s Largest Arts Venue.

Saturday, March 25, 9:00 a.m.: Marana Founder’s Day Festival, parade begins at 10:00 a.m.

28th Annual LULAC Youth Leadership Conference

Friday, March 31, 8:00 a.m.: 28th Annual Southern Arizona Youth Leadership Conference at Pima Community College – West Campus. School Registration is now open for the 28th Annual Youth Leadership Conference. Open to High School students grades 9 – 12. This year our conference theme is
Education is the Key to Success: “Shape the Future.” Keynote speaker is Ernie G, comedian, inspirational speaker and community leader. For the past 27 years the LULAC Youth Leadership Conference has worked to encourage and motivate students to remain in school, set goals and reinforce the value of education. Join us in being part of your students’ future success by exposing your students to an environment that fosters positive relationships among peers, teachers and the community. Registration is free, lunch is included. To register click HERE. For more information please contact lulacylc@gmail.com.

Saturday, April 1 – Monday, April 3: NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ.

The Arizona César E. Chávez Holiday Coalition Presents the 17th Annual March and Rally

Saturday, April 1, 9:00 a.m.: The Arizona César E. Chávez Holiday Coalition Presents the 17th Annual March and Rally. Meet at Pueblo High School, march east on 44th St., south on South 6th Ave. to Rudy Garcia Park (formerly Rodeo Park). This year we are encouraging marches to join us with banners which represents your organization, social group or school whom you will be marching with. We want to see your art, vision and inspiration represented at the march honoring Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta and the farmworkers movement. There will be a special recognition of banners after the march. We can’t wait to see what you come up with! Remember, the theme of the march this year is “La Union Hace La Fuerza/ Stronger United.” For more information see our Facebook Page.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Sunday, April 16: Easter Sunday.

Saturday, April 22: Earth Day 2017.

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

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. on the University of Arizona Mall. More details TBA.

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/.

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