Beyond 2016


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    Various events all across Pima County to “commemorate, celebrate, commit” after Tucson Tragedy of January 8, 2011.  Sign up for events online at:

    We committed to be better.
    To be better together.

    To spend more time with those we love,
    and to reach out to those we don’t yet know.

    To get outdoors and enjoy nature’s beauty, 
and to fully embrace all that life has to offer.

    To push ourselves beyond our normal boundaries,
    and to strive for that next peak on the horizon.

    We will commemorate those we lost on January 8, 2011, celebrate the spirit of togetherness we felt in the days and months following the tragedy, and recommit ourselves to building a stronger, healthier future.

    As this community-wide outdoor festival enters its fifth year, we will continue our journey BEYOND – towards a fresh set of challenges and new adventures!

    For 2016, Beyond is moving beyond a single day of activities. We hope you joined us at one of the Beyond events on January 9, 2016.


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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


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