Political Calendar: Week of January 29, 2017

The Political Calendar is posted on Sundays. Please send us notice of your political events prior to the Sunday before your event (7 days would be most helpful). See the calendar icon in the right-hand column of the blog page for easy access to the calendar.

Send notices of your events to blogforarizona@gmail.com.

Note: For Event Notices and Fliers, click on the “Calendar” button in the menu options above.

Progressive_values

Political Calendar for the Week of January 29, 2017:

Sunday, January 29, 4:00 p.m.: 2017 Arizona Legislative Update, at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, 2250 E. Broadway Blvd. We are excited to host an expert panel to discuss the policy issues and legislation to expect here in Arizona when our new government takes office. You won’t want to miss this informative event during such a crucial year for equality! Please RSVP on Facebook if you plan to attend!

Saddlebrooke Democrats Annual Dinner

Sunday, January 29, 5:30 p.m.: Saddlebrooke Democrats Annual Dinner, at the Mountainview Clubhouse Ballroom. Good friends, good food, and entertainment by Arizona Daily Star award winning cartoonist David Fitzsimmons. 5:30 p.m. social hour with appetizers and cash bar. 6:30 p.m. Dinner and entertainment by David Fitzsimmons. Fill out a reservation form and send it with your check – SBDC 2017 Dinner Reservation Form. For more information please contact Steve Groth at steve.groth42@gmail.com.

Monday, January 30, 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 Paul Durham, candidate for Tucson City Council Ward 3. Next Week: Mike Holmes, former LD 14 House candidate.

Wednesday, February 1, 2:00 p.m.: Coordinated by the Rehnquist Center, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will hold oral arguments at the James E. Rogers College of Law, from 2pm to 4pm at the Ares Auditorium (Room 164). The three cases to be heard include: Brent Quade v. Arizona Board of Regents, Veronica Ochoa-Valenzuela v. Ford Motor Co., and Mark Monje v. Spin Master Incorporated – followed by a Question & Answer Session. To learn more and to register for the event, visit: https://law.arizona.edu/us-court-appeals-oral-arguments-university-arizona-law-2017. Seating is limited with priority seating available for law students, attorneys appearing before the Court, and others with confirmed reservations. Remaining seats will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Photo identification is required for those who are attending. Parking is available in the Park Avenue Garage (corner of Park & Speedway on a space-available basis). Questions? Contact Bernadette Wilkinson at 520-626-1629, or bwilkins@email.arizona.edu.

Wednesday, February 1, 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, February 1, 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.

Friday, February 3, 7:30 p.m.: “Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age,” a public lecture by MIT Professor Sherry Turkle, at Environment and Natural Resources College (University of Arizona), 1064 E. Lowell Street, Tucson. A generation has grown up feeling that “it would rather text than talk,” along with believing that it is possible to share our attention during almost everything we do. What are the costs of a “flight from conversation” in personal life and in the work world? Most importantly, what can we do about it? Copies of Dr. Turkle’s New York Times best-selling book will be available for purchase at the event, and a book signing will follow the lecture. Paid parking available at the Sixth Street Garage, 1119 E. 6th St. Follow the signs from the garage west to the building and the room – N120, located in the building’s north east quadrant. For more information, visit http://confluencenter.arizona.edu/node/412 or call 520-621-0599.

Saturday, February 4, 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, February 4, 10:00 a.m.: Legislative District 2 meeting, at the DCSRA Headquarters, Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley. For more information please contact Tom Prezelski at fusilero@aol.com.

Saturday, February 4, 10:00 a.m.: Open Forum on Trump’s recent immigration and refugee executive orders, at the Muslim Community Center of Tucson, 5100 N. Kevy Place, Tucson. Come hear lawyers who specialize in these areas discuss this executive orders and what legal changes Americans could expect to see within the next four years. Isabel Garcia will make the opening remarks and moderate the discussion, Tarik Sultan will be leading the conversation on “immigration law in the Trump era,” Thabet Khalidi in “Civil Rights and Wrongs,” and Jose Vasquez in the “Use and misuse of criminal law against targeted minorities.”

Saturday, February 4, 2:00 p.m.: Grassroots Citizens Rally Supporting Refugee Resttlement, at El Presidio Plaza Park, 175 W. Alameda Street, Tucson. This free event is sponsored by We The People, Tucson. Is this the new “Great America”? It infringes on Tucson’s “Immigrant Friendly” status. It stops/reduces refugee resettlement in America. It blocks refugees from Syria. It bans visitors from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen. It it is a penstroke away from becoming an executive order. Come help organize a greater voice against unAmerican injustices being instituted without representation. Join in raising voices against human injustice.

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

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. 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. 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.

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).

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Sunday, April 16: Easter Sunday.

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/.

Comments are closed.