Tag Archives: Jacome Plaza

Spare some change? for the homeless

Last Wednesday I stumbled upon a green/blue parking meter outside the Joel D. Valdez Main library (101 N. Stone Ave.), not a regular parking meter but one that collects donation$ for homeless programs.  Just missed the press conference about Tucson Change Movement (in association with the Community Foundation of So AZ), a new program that is setting up about 20 of these colorful meters around downtown, the modern streetcar line and 4th Avenue, I took these photos to inform our readers. And I put in a quarter, just to test it and it read that I had paid for “12 minutes” just like  regular (gray) City of Tucson parking meters on the streets.

So, if you have spare change, drop it in this meter when you visit the main library, or other locations around town.  More info at www.tucsonchange.org. You can also insert a credit card for any amount of a donation. Hopefully we will hear back later how successful this new program is.

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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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Time for Tucson Meet Yourself

It’s that time again for the huge, annual folklife festival downtown at Jacome Plaza and at El Presidio Park.

All TMY program info about this upcoming festival (Friday to Sunday, October 9 to 11) is online here: http://www.tucsonmeetyourself.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/150924_TMYProgram_FINAL_SM.pdf

As a Sansei (3rd generation Japanese American) I promote Japanese cultural activities at our website, www.southernazjapan.org (where I am Editor).  Taiko drummers, kyudo – Japanese archery, and traditional dance will be performing this year at TMY, as well as demos of origami and calligraphy at the folks arts area.

Traditional Japanese dance instructor Mari Kaneta and her dance troupe are featured this year at TMY.  Mari is pictured 2nd from right in the photo below:

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They will be performing on Sunday at the Church Street Stage from 2 to 3 p.m.

New this year: Japanese food booth serving takoyaki and ramen.  Be on the lookout for delicious Japanese food in Jacome Plaza, in front of the Joel D. Valdez main library, 101 N. Stone (NW corner of Stone Ave. x Pennington St.).

Enjoy another year of Tucson Meet Yourself.

Aidswalk Arizona/Tucson on Oct. 11

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2015 marks the 27th Annual AIDSWALK Tucson, a fundraiser for the programs and services of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation. We can’t do any of this without the generous support of our walkers, their furry friends, our sponsors, and donors. And of course, the dedication of 300 volunteers who help to make this event possible!

Please join us for this year’s event on Sunday October 11 and help make a BIG difference in the lives of many.

AIDSWALK Schedule:

7:00am Registration Opens

7:30am Fun Run starts

8:00am Walk Opening Ceremonies

8:30am Walk Begins

10:00am Quilt Opening Ceremony

Register online at: http://aidswalktucson.saaf.org/

Do Happy on International Day of Happiness

 

DoHappytodayMarch 20, 2015 

Jacome Plaza, 11:45 a.m., City of Tucson Mayor Rothschild’s Proclamation for International Day of Happiness and Community Luncheon. 

Info from: http://dohappytoday.com/index.html

Lunch can be purchased from Truck54, 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Free Public Entertainment 1:00-1:30 p.m. by HOPE’s Melody of Life  Choir, Dancing in the Streets and The Napskippers.

Free All-ages Workshops in the Children’s Meeting Room, Joel D. Valdez Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. (outside is Jacome Plaza)



  1. Julie Originals Crafts @ 1:30
  2. Poster coloring with David Kish @ 1:30-4:00 in library lobby
  3. DITS Ballet with Joey @ 2:00
  4. Animal Balloons with Cheri @ 2:30
  5. Laughter Yoga with Loti and Jana @ 3:00
  6. Feng Shui with Kevin @ 3:30
  7. Maker House/Happy Cafe @  5:00 p.m. to late

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Jamming with WorldFest JAM on June 20

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Join this lively group downtown on the Jacome Plaza outside the Joel D. Valdez  Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. on June 20.
The plaza is located north of Pennington Street, along Stone Avenue.
Join the WorldFEST JAM live in Tucson, Arizona June 20, 2014. Celebrate World Refugee Day with Refugee Focus Tucson and people from the world on the Jacome Plaza downtown Tucson, Arizona. Wear colors of the world (Rotarians wear your Rotary blue & gold), bring your instruments & drums, bring a group of DANCERS in costumes, proudly wave flags of the world!It’s a FLASH MOB CELEBRATION! Get instructions in advance, be on the Jacome Plaza at 4:30pm, then JAM at exactly 4:45pm.
Move, groove, dance your happy dance – WorldFEST JAM will be recorded for broadcast to the WORLD. Get ready – set – JAM!World Percussionist, Richard Noel leads the JAM with members the community and refugee service organizations including: Refugee Focus Tucson, Iskashitaa Refugee NetworkThe International Rescue Committee in TucsonHorizons for Refugee Families, Tiarc Aztiarc.