Tag Archives: Joel D. Valdez Main Library

Activate Your Commute!

“Work in downtown Tucson and want to know more about getting to and from your job using bus, bike, carpool or other alternative modes?

Drop by the Activate Your Commute lunch-and-learn on Tuesday, Jan. 30, at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The event will include lots of door prizes, demonstrations, exhibitors, and presentations, including one from our Sun Rideshare program (www.SunRideshare.org) at 12:30 p.m. Details here:
http://bit.ly/2DfPJIF. ”   Schedule below.


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.

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

Giving thanks 2016

 Every Thanksgiving I like to ask those around the lunch or dinner table to just express one thing they are grateful for. The responses are usually heartfelt and family oriented.
This year I would like to say that I am grateful that I still am relatively healthy as I age.  Aging is not easy and we’re supposed to “age with grace”, or gracefully age.
On Saturday Nov. 19  I attended a gratitude writing workshop at the Joel D. Valdez main library, conducted by Marge  White Pelegrino, a FB friend and advocate (programming coordinator) of the Owl & Panther Project. If you don’t know about it, it is a group of dedicated people who help refugees resettle. They work with traumatized individuals and families, so be thankful that you are not in their life situation.   Their mission statement:


“To provide meaningful and healing expressive arts experiences in the community and the natural world for refugee families resettled in Tucson who have been impacted by trauma, torture and traumatic dislocation. To help educate the community and beyond, about refugees in order to foster acceptance.  And to honor the efforts of our volunteers who make this project possible.”

More info: www.owlandpanther.org

So, enjoy your Thanksgiving meal, the holiday of a few days off from work (if you have it) and of course, be thankful that you don’t live in a society/country where torture, trauma and dislocation is commonplace.

Happy Thanksgiving, 2016.

“Human Activity and the Environment” talks at Tucson Main Library in September

FOOD FOR THOUGHT – 50 minute programs designed for your lunch break

Brown Bag Thursdays at Joel D. Valdez Main Library in Tucson, 101 N Stone Ave. (between Alameda St. and Pennington St.)

Human Activity and the Environment

 Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan – September 15, 12:05-12:55 p.m.

The Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan (SDCP) is one of the most ambitious local land and wildlife conservation plans in the world. For almost 20 years, Pima County has been working to advance the SDCP through a broad range of actions and policies that promote both growth and land conservation.

Presented by Brian Powell, Program Coordinator for Pima County Office of Sustainability and Conservation.

 Six Miles of Breathable Air – September 22, 12:05-12:55 p.m.

The distance from “A” Mountain to Reid Park Zoo, that’s the depth of breathable air in our atmosphere. What is in the air we breathe? Where do air pollution and greenhouse gases come from? How is our health and the environment being impacted? What actions can we take to keep the air healthy?

Presented by Karen Wilhelmsen of the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality.

Continue reading

UA Day at Joel D. Valdez main library

UA Day Social Media Image (002) (1)

“Thinking about college? University of Arizona has something for everyone! Learn what it takes to become a Wildcat. We will have information about UA programs and services, including featured workshops:

  • The Path to UA
  • College Greenlight
  • Financial Aid 101
  • Current Student Panel
  • UA Application Workshop for Seniors
  • AZ Earn to Learn

Space is limited!! Register today!!” UA Day is on Sat. July 23, 1 to 4 p.m. at Joel D. Valdez main library in Tucson, 101 N. Stone Ave (south of Alameda St.)

Register online at: https://pima.bibliocommons.com/events/search/local_start=2016-07-23%20TO%20&fq=branch_location_id:(MAI)/event/574e0d616daa23fa0b01e7b1