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Political Calendar for the Week of September 11, 2016:
Sunday, September 11: Patriot Day.
Monday, September 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 Senator David Bradley LD 10. Next Week: Richard Elias, Pima County Board of Supervisors.
Monday, September 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 email@example.com or (520) 742-3774, or visit our web site http://www.demsov.org/.
Tuesday, September 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (928) 468-9669.
Tuesday, September 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, September 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 email@example.com.
Wednesday, September 14 – Sunday, September 18: Navajo County Fair, at the Navajo County Fairgrounds, in Holbrook, AZ.
Wednesday, September 14, 6:30 p.m.: TUSD Governing Board Candidate Forum, at Temple Emanu-El, 225 N Country Club Rd, Tucson. Come and meet the candidates running for the TUSD Governing Board.
Wednesday, September 14, 6:30 p.m.: Copa City Democrats meeting, location varies. For more information please contact Constance Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, September 15 – Sunday, September 18: Greenlee County Fair at the Greenlee County Fairgrounds, 1248 Fairgrounds Road, Duncan, AZ.
Thursday, September 15 – Sunday, September 18: Mohave County Fair, at 2600 Fairgrounds Blvd., in Kingman, AZ.
Thursday, September 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. Featured speakers are Mikel Weisser, congressional candidate for CD 4, and Adam Kinsey, political consultant, who will discuss Prop. 205, the “Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act” initiative. Admission is $12, includes buffet breakfast and gratuity. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. Please RSVP to (928) 274-6541.
Friday, September 16 – Sunday, September 18: Santa Cruz County Fair, at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Sonoita, AZ.
Yavapai County Democratic Party’s annual Truman-Clinton Dinner
Friday, September 16, 5:30 p.m.: Yavapai County Democratic Party’s annual Truman-Clinton Dinner, at the Prescott Centennial Center at Antelope Hills Golf Course, 1989 Clubhouse Drive, Prescott. Featured presentation by Gail Mangham of Artist’s Path in “Red Hot Patriot, the Kick Ass Wit of Molly Ivins” (by special arrangement with Samuel French and Artist’s Path). Long time Texas based journalist Molly Ivins let her readers know the truths of the political process, both in Texas and in America. That she did it with wit and verve means we’ll never forget her. In Molly Ivins’ own words, Gail Mangham recreates this American original. Individual tickets $75, Couples $135. table of ten $650. Please PSVP by September 12. Order tickets secure online at Act Blue. By mail: P.O. Box 1644 Prescott, AZ 86302 (don’t forget to let us know your menu preferences). For more information please email email@example.com or call (928) 541.0413.
Saturday, September 17: Constitution Day and Citizenship Day commemorates the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787.
Saturday, September 17, 8:00 a.m.: Candidates debate in Maricopa, hosted by InMaricopa.com, Maricopa Monitor, the Maricopa Chamber of Commerce, and UltraStar, at UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle,
16000 N. Maricopa Road, Maricopa. Candidates appearing may include Democrats Tom O’Halleran, Ralph Atchue and Corin Hammond, and Republicans Paul Babeu, Steve Smith, Mark Finchem & Vince Leach; also candidates for Pinal County and Maricopa City offices. We’ll be answering questions from the audience and from a panel of leading figures from the local media.
Saturday, September 17, 9:30 a.m.: League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson meeting, at Joel D. Valdez Main Library 101 N Stone Avenue, Tucson, AZ Meeting Room Lower Level 1 (Free parking in the Library Underground Garage with entrance off Alameda). Discussion: State Ballot Propositions – Pro and Con. Free and Open to the Public. Light refreshment from 9:30 am to 10 am, program from 10 am to noon.
Saturday, September 17, 9:30 a.m.: (Special date) Tanque Verde Valley Democrats meeting, at Risky Business, 8848 E. Tanque Verde Road. Discussion: “What could happen if family and friends don’t vote?,” the importance of voting in this election. For more information visit our web site. Tanque Verde Valley Democratic Club.
Jazz in The Afternoon
Saturday, September 17, 3:00 p.m.: (Special Time) Pima County Democratic Party African-American Caucus meeting.Join the Tucson African American Democratic Caucus for live jazz music, great food, and face time with our amazing Democratic candidates! Location: 8440 N. Redstone Place, Tucson. Suggested donation $20. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (520) 241-8408.
Saturday, September 17 – Sunday, September 18: Oktoberfest on Mount Lemmon, 10300 Ski Run Road, Mt. Lemmon (Tucson). Free admission. $5 parking and highway fees. Enjoy a festival of German food and music in the forest at Mount Lemmon Ski Valley during the last two weekends in September and first two weekends in October: Sept. 17-18, Sept. 24-25, Oct. 1-2 and Oct. 8-9, 2015. No dogs admitted, please. For more information please call (520) 576-1400 or (520) 576-1321.
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 email@example.com.
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 September 21. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.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.
Democrats of The Red Rocks Picnic in The Park
Sunday, September 18, 11:00 a.m.: Democrats of The Red Rocks Picnic in The Park, at Posse Ground Park, 525 Posse Ground Road, Sedona. Cost is $10 per individual, $15 for families, and $7 for students (ids required). A delicious BBQ luncheon is included. Great auction and raffle items will be available too. Everyone will have the opportunity to meet city, state and US candidates and learn how you can turn Arizona blue at the ballot box on November 8. Bring your favorite lawn chair, your volleyball or baseball, and your optimism that we’re stronger together in 2016! For more information please call (928) 239-1880.
Democrats of Greater Tucson Awards Luncheon
Sunday, September 18, 11:30 a.m.: Democrats of Greater Tucson Awards Luncheon, at the Hotel Tucson – City Center, main ballroom, 475 N. Granada Avenue, Tucson. Keynote speaker is David Garcia. Alice Papcun Lifetime Achievement Award: Robert Selby. Maurice Grossman Community Outreach Award: Ann Eve Pedersen. Steve Emerine Election Integrity Award: F. Ann Rodriguez. Albert M. Elias Democratic Business Leader Award: Nancy Barber. Tickets are $65 per person, table of ten $650. Sponsor levels: The Movers $750, The Shakers $1,000. Order tickets secure online at Act Blue. For more information please contact Jeremey Lasher at (520)-609-7641.
Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area All Democratic Rally and Mexican Buffet
Sunday, September 18, 3:00 p.m.: Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area hosts a free all Democratic candidate rally at 3:00 p.m., at the Tubac Golf Resort (at the chapel), 65 Avenida de Otero, Tubac, AZ. U.S. Congressional Democratic Candidates, AZ Corporation Commission Candidates, State Legislative District 2 Candidates, Pima and Santa Cruz Sheriff Candidates. Ticketed Mexican buffet dinner at 4:45 p.m., in the Geronimo Ballroom. Dinner ticket prices: Basic $30, Sponsor $0, Patron $60. Mail or drop off a check at the DCSRA Headquarters, Continental Shopping Plaza, Suite 420, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), AZ 85622 (please note in subject line “Mexican Buffet 9/18), or order tickets secure online at Act Blue. For more information please call (520) 838-0590.
Monday, September 19, 1:00 p.m.: The Rehnquist Center at the University of Arizona College of Law invites you to their Constitution Day program in the Ares Auditorium, Room 164. There will be a panel discussion featuring legal experts, who will review some of the major cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court during the 2015 term. The panelists include: Justice Clint Bolick, Arizona Supreme Court, Mr. Greg Garre, Global Chair of Supreme Court & Appellate Practice at Watkins & Latham, Professor Lisa Manheim, University of Washington School of Law, & Professor Robert Yablon, University of Wisconsin Law School. Moderator will be Professor Dave Marcus, James E. Rogers College of Law. Cases to be discussed include: Fisher v. University of Texas Austin, Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt, and United States v. Texas. There is no cost to attend this event, and it is open to the public. Reception to follow. Space is limited, and registration is recommended. To register, visit: Constitution Day 2016 Annual Supreme Court Review. For more information, please contact Bernadette Wilkinson at (520) 626-1629 or email@example.com.
Monday, September 19, 4:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Education Caucus meeting, at Pima County Democratic Party HQ, 4639 E. 1st Street (one block South of Speedway and West of Swan).
Tuesday, September 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (520) 803-6697. Visit our web page. Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona.
Tuesday, September 20, 6:30 p.m.: Legislative District 9 meeting, at Northwest Medical Center, La Paloma Urgent Care Community Classroom, 4001 E. Sunrise Drive. Meet the third Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact Brian Clymer at email@example.com or (520) 297-3539.
Wednesday, September 21, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (480) 678-1756.
Wednesday, September 21, 6:00 p.m.: Pima County Superintendent of Public Schools Candidate Forum, at the PCC Downtown Campus, 1255 N. Stone Avenue, in the Amethyst Room. Sponsored by the Metropolitan Education Commission, Tucson Educations Association, AZ School Boards Association, Tucson Metro Chamber and more.
Wednesday, September 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 email@example.com or call (928) 468-9669.
Wednesday, September 21, 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. DFA-MC is on the web, Facebook and Twitter. For more information contact DFAofMC@gmail.com.
Wednesday, September 21, 7:00 p.m.: (Special time) 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. For more information lease contact Rob Selby at firstname.lastname@example.org or (520) 790-3024.
Thursday, September 22 – Sunday, September 25: Gila County Fair, at the Gila County Fairgrounds just north of Globe, AZ on US 60.
Thursday, September 22 – Sunday, September 25: Cochise County Fair, at the Cochise County Fairgrounds on Leslie Canyon Road, just north of Douglas, AZ.
Thursday, September 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 email@example.com and Like Us on Facebook.
Thursday, September 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, September 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our web page Northern Cochise County Democrats.
Saturday, September 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 Scott Baker at email@example.com. Find us at www.AZLD11Dems.org.
Sunday, September 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (408) 806-2036.
Sunday, September 25, 8:00 p.m.: [Note: No meeting in September] 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 in October: The Flycatcher, 340 E 6th Street (at 4th Avenue), Tucson. Last Sunday every month.
Monday, September 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. For more information please contact Andrés Cano at email@example.com or (520) 304-5778.
Monday, September 26, 6:00 p.m.: Presidential debate, hosted by The Commission on Presidential Debates, from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Moderator: Lester Holt, Anchor, NBC Nightly News.
Tuesday, September 27: National Voter Registration Day.
Tuesday, September 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. $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 email@example.com.
Wednesday, September 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. Featured speaker is state Sen. Katie Hobbs on the Arizona Emerge program. 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, September 29: Last day to file as a write-in candidate for the General Election.
Thursday, September 29, 5:30 p.m.: Maricopa County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting. Meet and greet (and dinner) begins at 5:30. Meeting begins promptly at 6:00 pm.
Thursday, September 29, 6:30 p.m.: TUSD Governing Board Candidate Forum, at the YWCA, 525 N. Bonita Avenue, Tucson. Come and meet the candidates running for the TUSD Governing Board.
27th Annual FBI L.U.L.A.C. Community Service Awards Luncheon
Friday, September 30, 11:30 a.m.: 27th Annual FBI L.U.L.A.C. Community Service Awards Luncheon, at the Hotel Tucson, 475 N. Granada Avenue, Tucson. Luncheon will be held in the Copper Ballroom. We again anticipate a large luncheon crowd. Tickets are $25 per person. To RSVP for tickets and for more information, please contact the LULAC line at (520) 903-2838.
Friday, September 30, 7:00 p.m.: Pride on Parade 2016, on 4th Avenue in cooperation with the 4th Avenue Merchants Association and Sky Bar, Tucson. For more information see http://tucsonpride.org/.
Saturday, October 1: 39th Annual Pride in The Desert, at Reid Park, 22nd Street (at Alvernon Way) in Tucson. Details TBA. General information: Tucson Pride 2016.
Saturday, October 1, 11:00 a.m.: Flagstaff Oktoberfest at Wheeler Park from 11 AM to 8 PM. The event supports the Flagstaff Sunrise Lions Club. Live polka music, German beer, and free root beer floats for kids in the root beer garden. Contests for yodeling, costume, brat eating and beer hoisting.
Saturday, October 1, 3:00 p.m.: SanTan Oktoberfest. The ninth annual Oktoberfest for San Tan Brewing and Downtown Chandler. at 3 South San Marcos Place, Chandler. This event typically includes stein races, keg rolling, tricycle races, keg contest, bratwurst eating contests and a beer pong tournament. $12 admission (kids 12 and under are free). Presale tickets go on sale for $10 on September 1.
Arizona Democratic Party Hall of Fame Dinner
Saturday, October 1, 5:30 p.m.: Arizona Democratic Party Hall of Fame Dinner, at the Talking Stick Resort, 9800 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ. Keynote speaker is prominent civil rights attorney Thomas Perez. This will be our last big gathering before Election Day, and it’s a great opportunity to meet with some of the other Democrats working so hard to turn our state blue. Individual tickets $250, VIP tickets $1,000. DEM-AZ and PC members can get tickets for $125 — and members of Copper State Leadership Council get tickets for free! Order your tickets secure online at Act Blue.
Sunday, October 2: Rosh Hashana (begins at sundown) to Tuesday, October 4.
Monday, October 3, 6:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party executive committee meeting.
Tuesday, October 4, 6:00 p.m.: Vice Presidential debate, hosted by The Commission on Presidential Debates, from Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. Moderator: Elaine Quijano, CBSN Anchor and CBS News Correspondent.
Thursday, October 6 – Sunday, October 9: Graham County Fair at the Graham County Fairgrounds, 527 E. Armory Road, Safford.
Friday, October 7 – Sunday, October 9: Tucson Meet Yourself Festival, 115 N. Church Avenue, Tucson, AZ . Southern Arizona’s diverse folk and ethnic communities are celebrated with performances and demonstrations, food vendors, and more at this family-friendly festival in downtown Tucson. Admission: Free for spectators. For more information see Tucson Meet Yourself.
Friday, October 7 – Sunday, October 9: 43rd Anual Tempe Oktoberfest, at Tempe Town Lake. Tempe Oktoberfest as a fundraiser for its student and teacher exchange program. Admission is free. All day pass for kids amusements is $30. Tempe Beach Splash Park will also reopen for the weekend. Cash is needed to purchase tickets for food and beverages. Family pricing during the day on Saturday and Sunday is 25 food/activity tickets for $20.
Sunday, October 9, 6:00 p.m.: Presidential debate, hosted by The Commission on Presidential Debates, from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Moderator:s Martha Raddatz, ABC’s Chief Global Affairs Correspondent, and Anderson Cooper, Anchor, CNN.
Monday, October 10: Voter registration deadline for General Election.
Monday, October 10: Columbus Day (observed).
Wednesday, October 12: Early voting begins in the General Election.
Wednesday, October 12: Yom Kippur.
Saturday, October 22, 4:00 p.m.: Red Rocks Oktoberfest, at the Los Abrigados Resort, 160 Portal Lane, Sedona. Local Arizona craft brewers will bring Oktoberfest beers. German style bratwurst, potato salad, and big pretzels! Music by Big Willie and the Polka Meisters. Entry is $25 and a portion of the proceeds benefits the Rotary Club of Sedona Rocks and the STEM program at Sedona Oak Creek School District.
Sunday, September 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 in October: The Flycatcher, 340 E 6th Street (at 4th Avenue), Tucson. Last Sunday every month.
Wednesday, October 19, 6:00 p.m.: Presidential debate, hosted by The Commission on Presidential Debates, from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada. Moderator: Chris Wallace, Anchor, Fox News Sunday.
Monday, October 31: Halloween.
Tuesday, November 8: ELECTION DAY.