Literacy Connects Open House

    April 29, 2016 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
    200 E Yavapai Rd
    Tucson, AZ 85705

    LiteracyCome visit with staff, students, Board members and community leaders. 

    We will be unveiling our newest renovated classrooms and landscaped courtyard (Thanks to Santa Rita Landscaping!)

    We look forward to seeing you there!


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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).


    1. Beautiful new landscaped courtyard space and several renovated classrooms for adult ed classes (free) at Literacy Connects. They have been at this new location for 2 years, just west of Woods Memorial Library on Yavapai Rd. About 100 people at the Open House including Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and District 5 Supervisor Richard Elias who read a proclamation from Pima County thanking the Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation donor, who aided in the classroom renovations. Daughter Mary Bernal accepted the proclamation plaque and spoke of her father’s wish to help the community of Tucson. Also attending were TUSD Board members Mark Stegeman and Kristel Foster, and PCC Board member Sylvia Lee.


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