Political Calendar: Week of May 14, 2017

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Political Calendar for the Week of May 14, 2017:

Sunday, May 14: Happy Mother’s Day.

Monday, May 15, 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 State Rep. Kirsten Engel (LD 10) for a legislative sesion wrap-up. Next Week:  Tucson Councilmember Richard Fimbres, council office and campaign update.

Monday, May 15, 4:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Education Caucus meeting, at the Tucson Education Asssociation office, 5447 E. 5th Street, #100, Tucson.

Tuesday, May 16: Tucson Special Election for “Proposition 101 – A proposal to amend the Tucson City Charter referred by Mayor and Council, authorizing a temporary half-cent (0.5%) sales tax to fund street and public safety improvements.” Vote by mail-in ballot.

Tuesday, May 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, May 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.

Wenesday, May 17, 6:00 p.m.: Pinal County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting, at the Florence Library, 778 N. Main Street, Florence. For more information please contact pinaldemocrat@gmail.com.

Wednesday, May 17, 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, May 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, May 17, 6:30 p.m.: Copa City Democrats meeting, location varies. For more information please contact Constance Jackson at jcksconniejean@aol.com.

Thursday, May 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.

Thursday, May 18, 11:30 a.m.: Coconino County Democratic Party sponsors a monthly discussion group open to all Democrats and Democratic leaning Independents called Democratic Political Action! This month they will meet at the Weatherford Hotel 23 N. Leroux, Flagstaff. This month’s speakers are with the local chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Call (928) 214-0393 for more information.

Saturday, May 20: Armed Forces Day.

22nd Annual Fiesta del Mayo Celebration – Flagstaff

Saturday, May 20 – Sunday, May 21: The 22nd annual Fiesta del Mayo Celebration, one of Northern Arizona’s premier cultural attractions honoring and promoting the importance of history, diversity and cultural harmony,
on the 4th Street Corridor in the Greenlaw Village Shopping Center; May 20th & 21st, 2017 and will feature live music, a carnival, artisan craft booths, food vendors, and more! This year’s there will be an “after-hours” dance the night of Saturday, May 20th at the Arizona Roadhouse featuring two live band. The Sunnyside Neighborhood Association of Flagstaff, Inc. (Sunnyside Neighborhood Association) hosts the Fiesta del Mayo Celebration as a fundraiser to raise the monies necessary to assist with fulfillment of our mission. 100% of the proceeds of the Fiesta de Mayo Fundraiser goes towards fulfilling the mission of the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association of Flagstaff. For more information please call (928) 213-5900.

Arizona Democratic Party Sring State Committee Meeting – Tucson

Saturday, May 20, 8:45 a.m.: Arizona Democratic Pafty Spring State Committee Meeting, at Sunnyside High School, 1725 E. Bilby Rod, Tucson, AZ. Registration opens at 8:45 a.m. and closes at 1 p.m. Caucus meetings will occur during the morning and the plenary session begins at 1 p.m. Lunch hour at Noon. Please RSVP if you will be attending the meeting and especially if you wish to purchase lunch that is being arranged by the AAPI Caucus. The caucus meeting schedule is posted on the ADP website. There are proposed resolutions and bylaws changes that can be viewed on the website on the state party section. If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, please download and complete the proxy. During the morning from 9-11 a.m. there will also be a training for treasurers of all Democratic Party entities by ADP Treasurer Rick McGuire. Campaign finance laws have changed significantly since the last election cycle and it is highly recommended that all treasurers and chairs of the more than 80 Democratic clubs, caucuses, legislative districts and counties attend this session.

Saturday, May 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, May 20, 10:00 a.m.: Legislative District 10 Town Hall, at the Eckstrom-Columbus Library, 4350 E. 22nd Street, Tucson. Join Senator David Bradley and Representative Kirsten Engel for a meet and greet and legislative update.

Saturday, May 20, 3:00 p.m.: 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. For more
information, please contact Jean Vickers jean.vickers@cox.net.

6th Annual Morris & Stewart Udall Dinner and Spirit of Arizona Awards

Saturday, May 20, 5:30 a.m.: Pima County Democratic Party’s 6th Annual Morris & Stewart Udall Dinner and Spirit of Arizona Awards,at the Desert Diamond Casino, 7350 S. Nogales Hwy., Tucson. Keynote speaker is the Hon. Gabrielle Giffords, Americans for Responsible Solutions. Registration at 5:30 p.m., Dinner at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited. General admission ticket $125, Precinct Committee Persons $100. Table sponsorship levels available. Purchase tickets secure online at Act Blue. Fr more information please call Pima County Democratic Party HQ at (520)326-3716.

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. (As of May 1st, we will be moving across the mall parking lot to a new unit 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 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. Next meeting is Wednesday, May 17.  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.

Mohave County Democratic Party’s Annual Picnic

Sunday, May 21, Noon: Mohave County Democratic Party’s Annual Picnic, at Metcalf Park in Kingman. The event will include delicious BBQ and a silent auction. Children under 12 are free. For more information call (928) 752-0006 or (928) 753-2162.

Sunday, May 21, 1:00 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party PC101 workshop, at Pima County Democratic Party HQ, 4639 E. 1st Street, Tucson. If you plan to attend, please add your name here https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1JGD182xielsZNlj8FaBE9uxjjNfRrpONt7R0mYdS6z4/edit?usp=sharing.

Monday, May 22, 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.

Monday, May 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, May 23, 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, May 23, 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, May 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, May 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). 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, May 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.

Saturday, May 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, May 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.

Sunday, May 27, 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, May 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… The Flycatcher, 340 E 6th Street (at 4th Avenue), Tucson. Usually the last Sunday every month.

Monday, May 29: Memorial Day.

Saturday, June 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, June 3, 10:00 a.m.: Legislative District 2 meeting, at the DCSRA Headquarters, Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley (need to verify location). For more information please contact Tom Prezelski at fusilero@aol.com.

Monday, June 5, 6:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting.

Wednesday, June 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, June 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.

Saturday, June 10, 5:30 p.m.:  Arizona Democratic Party Heritage Dinner, at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown at 100 N. 1st Street, Phoenix. The keynote speaker is the former Missouri Secretary of State and U.S. Senate candidate Jason Kander. He is a rising young star in the party. You may recall the award willing political advertisement from his last campaign where he assembled a rifle while blindfolded to bring attention to his actual military service and knowledge of guns as opposed to his opponent’s empty rhetoric. Tickets for precinct committeepersons are $125. Purcahse tickets secure online at Act Blue. For more information and to make sponsor reservations contact Herschel Fink at hfink@azdem.org or (602) 234-6808.

Raul H. Castro Western Round-Up

Monday, June 12, 11:00 a.m.: Santa Cruz County Democratic Party’s first Annual Raul H. Castro Western Round-Up, at the Kino Spring Golf Course, 187 Kino Springs Drive, Nogales. The family friendly event is a fundraiser for both the Santa Cruz Dems and the Raul H. Castro Center for Borderland Studies. Please note that no passports are required for attendance. Contact Dick McCune for questions, tickets and details at (520) 285-6019.

Monday, June 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/.

Tuesday, June 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, June 13, 3:30 p.m.: Saddlebrooke Democrats meeting, at SaddleBrooke Activities Center, 64518 E. Galveston Lane (Saddlebrooke). Ice cream social (and sodas & wine) with state Sen. Steve Farley. 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, June 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, June 14: Flag Day.

Thursday, June 15, 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, June 15, 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, June 15, 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, June 17, 11:00 a.m.: 47th Annual Tucson Juneteenth Festival at the Dunbar Cultural Center, 325 W. 2nd Street, Tucson. Food, entertainment, cultural resources and historical presentations.

Sunday, June 18: Father’s Day.

Tuesday, July 4: Independence Day.

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