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30th Anniversary of Tucson St. Patrick’s Day Parade

More info: www.tucsonstpatricksday.com.

2017 Grand Marshal

Robin McArdle

2017 Peace Fair at Armory Park (new location)

New location: Armory Park downtown at 220 S 5th Avenue.

“Join us for Arizona’s largest gathering of Peace, Justice and Environmental groups. Live music, tabling, food, entertainment, children’s activities and more! Free and open to the community! The Tucson Peace Center extends the invitation to peace, justice and environmental organizations to table at the annual event, which provides the opportunity to build solidarity and strengthen movement work. Please note the new location!”

Info:  www.tucsonpeacecalendar.org.


Women’s March in Tucson: “This is what Democracy looks like” (updated photos)

The estimate of the huge Women’s March in Tucson crowd that gathered this morning at Armory Park on S. 6th Avenue and marched to Jacome Plaza (in front of the Joel D. Valdez library) was about 15,000.  Lots of very creative signs went by, carried by people of all ages, children, elderly, even people with crutches and walkers…gay, straight, multi-racial, many with dogs, wagons, etc.  Every few blocks people were chanting “This is what Democracy looks like”.  Here’s some photos of today’s crowd.

Large crowd gathering at Armory Park, photo courtesy of George Girard

Crowd at Armory Park, courtesy of Kristel Foster

Women’s March proceeding west on Congress Street to Stone Avenue, photo courtesy of George Girard

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“Sonoran Shadows” shadow play on Oct. 14 & 15



October 14-15, 2016
By Milta Ortiz
Excerpted and adapted from Patricia Preciado Martin’s El Milagro and Other Stories
Art Direction by Cristina Cardenas
Directed by Marc David Pinate

“Los buquis (kids) from the ol’ neighborhood have front row seats to Nana’s Sunday Matador ritual, a girl who always wanted to be a dancer, a flash flood in all its glory, and other local folktales come to life through the magic of shadow puppetry. Experience, reminisce and celebrate the richness of Tucson’s Sonoran heritage.

Sonoran Shadows is a captivating shadow play based on Patricia Preciado Martin’s short stories and local folktales. This ritual of remembrance takes its form from the ancient Balinese shadow tradition still active today. Activities begin at sundown with a blessing by Aztec dancers, Xochilpilli Centeotl, followed by a brief pre-show discussion with author Patricia Preciado Martin. Also featuring two shadow plays by students from Borderlands Theater’s shadow theatre workshop in collaboration with Tucson High Drama Department. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks to this never before seen spectacle! Please help spread the word!”

Performance Schedule and Ticket Information:

Based Event ($10 Suggested Donation)

No one Turned Away for Lack of Funds – Pay What You Can

Friday, October 14th, 2016

sundown (6pm)

@ Armory Park Band Shell – 221 S. 6th Avenue

Saturday, October 15th, 20163

sundown (6pm)

@ Oury Center – 600 W. St. Mary’s Road 

from www.borderlandstheater.org


2016 St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival in Tucson

29th Annual Parade & Festival


“Sunday, March 13, downtown Tucson will come alive with Celtic tradition as the 29th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival brings the Irish spirit to Tucson!


The St. Patrick’s Day Festival opens at 10:00 a.m. Sunday, March 13 at Armory Park (Military Plaza) on S. 6th Ave, in Downtown, with live Irish music, dancers, entertainment, a children’s game area, and food and merchandise vendors.  Irish organizations, ethnic and cultural tables will be set up in the park as well. Festival Schedule TBA.

The one hour Parade will begin at 11:00 A.M. at Stone and 16th Street,  making its way through Downtown and ending at Armory Park. 

This years Grand Marshal will be Tim Prendiville​!

The 2016 parade will feature marchers including floats, military units, local dignitaries, media and entertainment personalities and civic, cultural and social groups. The Tucson parade has a 29-year history and provides a good time for the entire family.”


More info: www.tucsonstpatricksday.com.  And Happy
St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, 2016.

Stop Soldier Suicides Awareness event

STOP SOLDIER SUICIDES Awareness Event September 18th (press release)


Tucson, AZ –  The non-profit, Healing Arizona Veterans, organization announced today it is sponsoring a Stop Soldier Suicides Awareness Event to be held in Armory Park, Thursday,  September 18. The event is to increase public awareness to the tragic epidemic of 22 veterans a day committing suicide with 1 active duty military member committing suicide every 18 hours.

The temporary suicide awareness structure to be seen at the Armory Park event, is being duplicated in cities throughout America with similar awareness events. Healing Arizona Veterans is not only bringing attention to this national tragedy but also bringing awareness to their comprehensive healing program to help stop these numbers from happening. Since the beginning of 2014 there have been over 6000 deaths by suicide among our veteran population.

The main mission of HAV is to help returning veterans heal from their TBI/PTSD conditions and finally be able to “come home again.” At the present time there are hundreds of thousands returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan that are suffering from the invisible wounds of Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to their exposures to blasts from the frequent useage of IEDs and RPGs in the war.

These veterans are having difficulty readjusting after their experiences in war. Sadly, a small percentage of these returning veterans cannot deal with re-entry and commit suicide. At present thousands of veterans are incarcerated monthly and tens of thousands find themselves homeless. In most cases these veterans suffer from TBI and/or PTSD. 

Unfortunately, the only treatments veterans receive at the VA hospitals are drug treatments and talk therapy. Because veterans inform other veterans, many do not go in for treatment. The only PROVEN treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury is hyperbaric oxygen therapy. It is now provided free of charge to all veterans in Oklahoma and ten other states are passing legislation to provide it for their veterans.

Since this treatment is not available at the Arizona VA hospitals, Healing Arizona Veterans is soliciting donors and sponsors to enable them to provide this treatment to qualifying veterans FREE of charge. HAV has developed one of the most comprehensive healing programs in the country led by their Medical Director, Dr. Carol Henricks, a Tucson neurologist specializing in treatments of the brain.  

The event HAV has created for September 18 at Armory Park is to bring attention to the epidemic tragedy of suicides within the veteran community and to make veterans and the public aware there is a better drug-free solution. Hours for the event are 8 AM – 1:00 PM.

Charles Spillar, Media Relations


Carolyn’s note:  Armory Park is located  at 221 S. 6th Avenue, just east of S. 6th Avenue, between E. 12th and E. 13th Streets in downtown Tucson.