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Jell-O Wrestling 2018 on 4th Avenue

Saturday, April 21, 2018

On 4th Avenue (522 N. 4th Ave.)

6:00 PM   Gates Open/Pre-Event Games & Festivities

6:30 PM   Wrestling & Live Auction Begins

8:30 PM   Event Ends

“The 31st Annual Reno Gannon Memorial Jell-O Wrestling Extravaganza and Benefit Auction will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018, on 4th Avenue.

Teams of wrestlers raise funds to wrestle in a pit of Jell-O, often with extraordinary costumes and characters. Between wrestling matches our Drag Diva Hostesses run a live auction featuring a variety of unique items selected to please the crowd.”

Get your tickets here at $25 or $30 : https://jello-wrestling.saaf.org/tickets/

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Carolyn’s note:  I’ve been to this wild extravaganza in the past, with the Divas soliciting for team donations in buckets, in anticipation of the various (and costumed) wrestling matches. We all swallowed a bunch of Jello shots, while watching & cheering  these teams of one or two wrestlers (sometimes famous people) take on one another in the cold, bluish/greenish? jello pit.  It’s a unique fun activity for a Spring Day in the Old Pueblo.  Check it out on 4th Avenue on Saturday April 21. Proceeds go to SAAF – Southern Arizona Aids Foundation

Grand opening of Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th for LGBTQ Youth

SOUTHERN ARIZONA AIDS FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES OPENING OF

THORNHILL LOPEZ CENTER ON 4TH

 “ The Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF) is proud to announce the opening of Tucson’s newest youth center, the Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th. To mark the grand opening, SAAF invites the community and media representatives to attend a Ribbon Cutting and Open House on January 18, 2018 from 11:30-1pm at the Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th, 526 North 4th Avenue.

 The objective of the Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th is to serve youth through programming, direct client services, and community engagement, with a direct focus on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) youth. The central program of the Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th is Eon, a safe space for LGBTQ & allied youth. At Eon, youth can work on homework, access art programming through a collaborative with the Museum of Contemporary Art, participate in peer-to-peer education opportunities and harm-reduction, empowerment-driven programming. In addition to Eon, SAAF will collocate other youth programming at the Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th in order to best serve the community.

 The center is named after Curtis Thornhill, originally from southern Arizona. Mr. Thornhill said: “I am very excited to be part of a project giving youth, especially LGBTQ youth, a safe space in southern Arizona. The Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th will remind our whole community that our youth are loved and welcome.”

 SAAF’s Executive Director, Wendell Hicks, added: “SAAF has always been driven by transformative action. The Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th will change and save the lives of many, many youths and I couldn’t be prouder of that.” Adam Ragan, SAAF’s Associate Director of LGBTQ Initiatives noted: “What started a couple years ago as a dream of a few in the community is now a reality. Youth will have a safe space to access programs, education, art, and most importantly, each other. We know the power of peer-to-peer programming can really impact the lives of youth for years to come.”

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Jerome Beillard Festival of Life on Nov.18

“The Jerôme Beillard Festival for Life is a live and silent auction benefiting the programs and services of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation.

Featuring food, art and entertainment, Festival for Life is a celebration of style, fashion and compassion!

Tickets are $50 through November 3rd or $65 after November 3rd.
Get your tickets early by going to http://festivalforlife.saaf.org/

Event Schedule
5:30pm Registration opens
6:00pm Silent Auction opens
7:15pm Live auction starts
8:45pm Silent Auction section 1 closes
9:15pm Silent Auction section 2 closes
9:45pm Check-out opens/Event ends”

Hosted by Festival for Life and Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation

https://www.facebook.com/events/2050014631897403/

General Election 2017: Listen to Ward 3 Council candidates on Buckmaster show

Two candidates are vying for the open Ward 3 seat on the Tucson City Council. Democrat Paul Durham is a retired attorney and prevailed in the August Democratic primary over Felicia Chew and Tom Tronsdal. He will face off with Independent (former Republican) Gary Watson, Captain of a Northwest fire station.  There is no Republican or Green Party candidate in this Ward 3 race.

Paul Durham

Gary Watson

 

 

 

 

 

Both candidates were in a KVOI radio forum today, moderated by host Bill Buckmaster on 1030 AM on the dial.  Listen to the forum (click on link below), where they addressed their one big issue facing the City, the economy, education, renewal energy & solar, police & firefighter funding,  “bump stock” rifle banning, Prop. 204 Strong Start Tucson, Propositions for Reid Park Zoo, their choice/vote for US President in Nov. 2016,  listening to other opinions, plus closing statements.

http://www.buckmastershow.com/2017/10/11/buckmaster-show-10112017-ua-president-backs-troubled-basketball-program/

Ward 3 Councilmember Karin Uhlich is retiring after 3 terms (12 years) on the City Council.  She said at a SAAF (Southern Arizona Aids Foundation) farewell party last week to “vote for Paul.” Karin endorsed Felicia in the primary.

Campaign websites :

Paul Durham: https://www.paulforprogress.com/

Gary Watson:  https://www.watson4citycouncil.com/

Tonight  there is a League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson forum for all the City Council candidates running in Wards 3, 5, and 6 at the YWCA of Southern Arizona, 525 N. Bonita Ave., starting at 6 p.m.

Mail-in ballots also go out today and early voting has begun .  Vote wisely on or before 11/7/17.

Rainbow Crosswalk Dedication on 4th Avenue

“RAINBOWS ARE COMING TO TUCSON!!!  Tues. AUGUST 8th, at 10 to 11 a.m.

SAAF, Historic Fourth Avenue, Speedy Striping, and the City of Tucson have joined together to paint all 4 crosswalks at 4th Avenue & 6th Street rainbow! This is the first rainbow crosswalks project in Arizona. The rainbow crosswalks celebrate inclusivity and diversity in Tucson and shows the world that Tucson, Fourth Avenue, and the City of Tucson are proud to stand with, and celebrate, the LGBTQ community.

Please join us on August 8 at 10am as we dedicate the Rainbow Crosswalks to the community.”

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Preview below of 1st rainbow painted crosswalk, courtesy of Monique Vallery, Events Director at Historic 4th Avenue,  from FB.  Check out all four crosswalks tomorrow at the dedication.

 

 

Jell-O Wresting Extravaganza on 4th Avenue

“The 30th Annual Reno Gannon Memorial Jell-O Wrestling Extravaganza and Benefit Auction will be held on Saturday May 6, 2017 on 4th Avenue at 7th Street.

Teams of wrestlers raise funds to wrestle in a pit of Jell-O, often with extraordinary costumes and characters. Between wrestling matches our Drag Diva Hostesses run a live auction featuring a variety of unique items selected to please the crowd.”

“Admission tickets for the 30th Annual Reno Gannon Jell-O Wrestling Extravaganza & Benefit Auction taking place on Saturday May 6, 2017 are now available! All tickets purchased online will be mailed to purchaser by April 23, 2017. Any tickets purchased on or after April 24 will be held at the will-call window under purchaser’s name. The will-call window opens at 4pm on Saturday May 6 and you will need valid photo ID to pick up will-call tickets.
Purchase Admission Tickets- $25 each

Saturday May 6, 2017

On 4th Avenue & 7th Street

4:00pm   Gates Open/Pre-Event Games & Festivities

4:30pm   Wrestling & Live Auction Begins

8:30pm   Event Ends

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