Author Archives: Carolyn Classen

Autumn Moon Festival on September 22

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Beat Cancer Night


“Hear from experts in the field of cancer treatment and inspirational speakers whose lives have been forever changed by their battle with cancer.

A FREE EVENING presented by Beat Cancer Boot camp in conjunction with Biden Cancer Initiative filled with speakers, food music and SUPPORT.

We strive to focus on the patient’s journey through the process from prevention through a cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship.

But a conversation on the national stage is not enough… The Biden Cancer Initiative aims to make this Summit relevant to the concerns of patients, families, and communities.”

Carolyn’s note: Most of us know someone who is battling cancer right now, or did not survive it (like my 37 year old aunt who died from stomach cancer). Good medical care and support groups like this didn’t exist years ago, so check out Beat Cancer Night.

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PCC Governing Board candidates forum – updated

Two Pima Community College Governing Bd. seats (nonpartisan, volunteer) are up for election in the General Election of  Nov. 6, 2018. Both incumbents are not seeking re-election: District 3 Sylvia Lee and District 5 Luis A.  Gonzales.

District 3 candidates: Maria Garcia, wife of former LD 27 State Senator Jorge Garcia (she was appointed to his seat after his death in office in 2010), and former PCC Board member Vikki Marshall (served 2 terms, 2000 – 2012 in District 3).

Marshall’s website:

Running for District 5 seat is Debi Chess Mabie, formerly with Arts Foundation of Tucson/Southern Arizona and the Loft Cinema, against Luis L. Gonzales, husband of LD 3 Rep. Sally Gonzales (who recently won the LD 3 Senate race). It is a bit confusing with both men (the incumbent and the candidate)  having the same name in this District.

Chess Mabie’s website:

Vote wisely on or before Nov. 6, 2018.

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Who’s running for TUSD Governing Board in 2018?

To answer that question above, there are 2 nonpartisan seats up for election on November 6, 2018 and both incumbent Governing Board members are running for re-election  – Adelita Grijalva and Michael Hicks.  Grijalva is the daughter of CD 3 Congressman Raul Grijalva and has served on this board since 2003.     Hicks is a 2 term board member and is currently the President of the 5 member TUSD Governing Board.

Adelita Grijalva’s campaign website:

Michael Hicks’  campaign website:

incumbent Adelita Grijalva

incumbent Michael Hicks







Political newcomer challengers  in 2018 are Leila Counts, Adam Ragan, and Doug Robson.

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Vote Democratic in Arizona in the General Election 2018


Arizona Democratic Party posted this flyer recently for Federal (CD 1 to 9) and State candidates in Arizona. More info on their website, 

Incumbent Democratic  Congressmembers are running in CD 1, 3, and 7 (Tom O’Halleran, Raul Grijalva, Ruben Gallego).

If you don’t know much about the state candidates, watch the upcoming Arizona Citizens Clean Election Commission debates, starting Sept. 13 with Superintendent of Public Instruction (Democrat Kathy Hoffman vs. Republican Frank Riggs, with no incumbent running, since Superintendent Diane Douglas was defeated in the Republican primary on 8/28/18).

View schedule of CCEC debates here:  The website also lists candidate debates for LD 1 to 30 (1 Senate seat, 2 House seats in each legislative district in the Arizona Legislature).

Vote wisely on or before Nov. 6, 2018.


Upcoming Climate Change Forums at Joel D. Valdez main library

Climate Change Forums

“Climate change is real and affecting our home. Hear how to put the brakes on climate change and learn about ways to deal with a hotter future. Meet students who are taking action and arm yourself with information.
All programs take place at the Joel D Valdez Main Library, 101. N. Stone Ave. in the Lower Level Meeting Room. Show up at 2:30 pm to interact with youth environmental groups. Lectures start at 3 pm. These events are sponsored by Citizen’s Climate Lobby and UA Institute of the Environment.
Climate Change and the Future of the Southwest
Saturday, September 8, 2018 (3 pm – 4:30 pm)
Presented by Dr. Gregg Garfin. Gregg Garfin is an associate professor in climate, natural resources and policy in the University of Arizona’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment, and deputy director for science translation and outreach in the University’s Institute of the Environment.
Designing Policy to Control Climate Change
Saturday, September 29, 2018 (3 pm – 4:30 pm)
Presented by Dr. Derek Lemoine. Professor Lemoine’s research combines economic theory and computational methods to better understand the dynamics of environmental policy and of energy systems.
Adapting to Climate Change
Saturday, October 20, 2018 (3 pm – 4:30 pm)
Presented by Katharine Jacobs, faculty member at the University of Arizona in the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science and Director of the Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS) within the Institute of the Environment.”



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