Political Calendar: Week of August 24, 2014

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Political Calendar for the Week of August 24, 2014:

Sunday, August 24, 2:00 p.m.: (New Day) Legislative District 11 meeting, at the Mountain Vista Unitarian Universalist Church, 3601 W. Cromwell Drive (Tucson). For more information please contact Tom Cuevas at (520) 440-5458. Find us at www.AZLD11Dems.org.

Sunday, August 24, 4:00 p.m.: Circle of Friends End of Summer No Host Happy Hour, at Christopher’s Crush, Biltmore Fashion Park, 2502 E. Camelback Road #102 (Phoenix). Members $15, guests $30 (includes one drink and selection of appetizers). space is limited, so advance purchase of your ticket is requested. CLICK TO PURCHASE TICKETS. To RSVP, please contact Ben at benwhaley@maricopadems.org or call (480) 577-1752.

Sunday, August 24, 4:30 p.m.: Friese Forum, with Dr, Randy Friese, House candidate for LD 9, at Northwest Medical Center, La Paloma Urgent Care Community Classroom, 4001 E. Sunrise Drive. RSVP or direct questions to Cheryl Cage by email or phone: (520) 360-9016.

Monday, August 25, Noon: Democrats of Greater Tucson luncheon, Dragon’s View Restaurant (400 N. Bonita, South of St. Mary’s Road between the Freeway and Grande Avenue, turn South at Furr’s Cafeteria), buffet lunch costs $8.50. Featured speaker is Andrew Morrill, President of Arizona Education Association on “the role of the school board – success and failures in Arizona.” Next Week: No DGT in observance of Labor Day.

George Takei fundraiser for Fred Duval

Monday, August 25, 5:30 p.m.: Now’s your chance to meet George Takei and support Fred DuVal for governor! Join us for an event hosted by actor, activist, and social media mega-power George Takei! Reception at the Saguaro Hotel, 4000 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, Space is limited, you must RSVP act.myngp.com/Forms/2082914827658854400 to guarantee attendance.

Monday, August 25, 6:00 p.m.: Legislative District 3 meeting, at the Joel Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Avenue (parking under the library). For more information please contact Luis Gonzales at (520) 594-5500.

Tuesday, August 26: Primary Election Day.

wedTuesday, August 26: Women’s Equality Day commemorates August 26, 1920 when votes to women officially became part of the U.S. Constitution. This day marks a turning point in the history of the struggle for equal treatment of women and women’s rights.

Tuesday, August 26, 11:30 a.m.: Blue Tuesday Luncheon Forum, at the Starfire Golf Club, 11500 N. Hayden (Scottsdale). If you want lunch, you must RSVP so we can order for you! Email jctillotson@msn.com. $20 – cash only – at the door! (If you RSVP, and then find you can’t make it, PLEASE LET US KNOW, or we’ll have to pay for your uneaten lunch!)

Tuesday, August 26, 7:00 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party “2014 Primary Night Unity Party,” at The JunXion, 63 E. Congress Street (at Scott Avenue) in Downtown Tucson. To RSVP or for more information please contact Emily at Emily@PimaDems.org or (520) 326-3716.

Tuesday, August 26, 7:00 p.m.: Arizona Democratic Party Primary Election Night Party, at The Pressroom, 441 W. Madison Street (Phoenix). Cash bar and snacks will be provided. At the door, sign up for one volunteer shift, or give a suggested $5 donation. Watch the Primary election results with us and let’s move AZ Forward this November! Meet and greet our great Democratic candidates who will be joining us! Just some of the candidates who will be in attendance: Gubernatorial candidate Fred DuVal, Attorney General candidate Felecia Rotellini, Secretary of State candidate Terry Goddard, and our two Corporation Commission candidates Jim Holway and Sandra Kennedy. DJ and Dance party until Midnight.  Cash bar, snacks, food trucks outside.

Tuesday, August 26, 7:00 p.m.: Coconino County Democratic Party Primary Night Party, at Mother Road Brewery, 7 Mikes Pike (Flagstaff). Special guest Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick, and our Democratic candidates. For more information please contact Chelsea Byers at Chelseab@ccdem.org or (928) 214-0393. See Primary Night Party.

Wednesday, August 27, 5:00 p.m.: “Fun on Forth” with LD 11 Senate candidate Jo Holt and LD 11 House candidate Holly Lyon, at The Shanty, 401 E. 9th Street (at 4th Avenue). RSVP by email or phone: (520) 260-0411.

Wednesday, August 27, 5:30 p.m.: “Surprise” Birthday Party for Congressman Ron Barber, in the Copper Room at Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress Street (Downtown Tucson). Suggested contribution levels: $25, $100, $250, $500. Please RSVP to Will Van Nuys at RSVP@RonBarberforCongress.com or (520) 780-1926.

Wednesday, August 27, 5:30 p.m.: Town Hall with Terry Goddard, at the Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Secretary of State candidate Terry Goddard continues his series of summer town halls. Terry wants to hear from voters about how the Secretary of State can restore confidence and increase participation in Arizona elections, especially among independents. Please bring your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers to this important event happening in your community. RSVP’s are encouraged, but not required. Call (480) 351-4775 or visit http://www.terrygoddard.com/calendar.

TUSD Governing Board Candidate Forum

Wednesday, August 27, 6:30 p.m.: TUSD Governing Board Candidate Forum, at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, 3809 E. 3rd Street (Tucson). Forum hosted by the Racial Justice Team, St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church. Candidates will answer questions, and also take questions from the audience. Join us in learning what the candidates will try to accomplish to improve education in TUSD. All 9 candidates have been invited. TUSD will livestream the forum at new.livestream.com/tucsonunifiedlive/events/3310290.

Thursday, August 28, 3:00 p.m.: Sunflower Democrats meeting, at (New Location) the Continental Reserve Urgent Care meeting room, 8333 N. Silverbell Road (on the southwest corner of Silverbell Road and Continental Reserve Loop). For more information please contact Buddy Gill at buddygill@comcast.net.

Thursday, August 28, 5:30 p.m.: Rally to #AZForward in 2014, at “Fredquarters,” 300 W. Paseo Redondo (East of Main Avenue) in Tucson. Music, appetizers, free parking. Your RSVP is appreciated but not required. For additional information please contact Terri Berg at terri@fred2014.com or (520) 323-7264.

Thursday, August 28, 7:00 p.m.: Heritage Highlands/Dove Mountain Democrats meeting, at the Heritage Highlands Clubhouse, 4949 West Heritage Club Boulevard (Marana). For more information please contact Sandra Tiffany at stiffany60@mac.com.

Friday, August 29 – Monday, September 1: Coconino County Fair, at Fort Tuthill County Park, Take Exit 337 from I-17 and follow the signs.

For additional political calendar items see the Arizona Democratic Party: Calendar.

Special Announcements:

DCSRA Discussion Group

Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.: Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area hosts a Current Events Discussion Group at the DCSRA Headquarters, Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley. Join us at the weekly meeting of the Democratic Headquarters Current Events Discussion Group. We’ll talk about some of the major events of the previous week, including but not limited to political topics, and try and go behind the news for a deeper understanding. For more information, please contact Pam Duchaine at pamduchaine@gmail.com

Drinking Liberally

Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m.: Drinking Liberally. Location TBA. An informal, inclusive progressive social group, and lively discussion. Contact: www.livingliberallytucson.org.

Monday, September 1: Labor Day.

PALF 18th Annual Labor Day Picnic

Monday, September 1, 10:00 am-2:00 pm.: Pima Area Labor Federation hosts the 18th Annual Labor Day Picnic at the Reid Park bandshell, 22nd Street (at Alvernon Way) in Tucson. PALF Olympics, entertainment, speakers, free soft drinks & hot dogs. Groups interested in tabling the event should contact PALF headquarters at (520) 388-4139.

68th Annual Navajo Nation Fair & Indian Rodeo

Monday, September 1 – Sunday September, 7: The World’s Largest American Indian Fair, in Window Rock, Arizona. Multi-Sanctioned Indian Rodeo, carnival, traditional Navajo song & dance, inter-tribal pow-wow, traditional Navajo food, concerts, parade, children’s day, Miss Navajo Nation Pageant, agricultural & commercial exhibits, and a free barbecue. Contact: Navajo Nation Fair Office (928) 871-7941 or see www.navajonationfair.org.

Arizona List Reception with Congresswoman Donna Edwards

Wednesday, September 3, 4:00 p.m.: Arizona List presents “Empowering Women Leaders,” at the home of Dr. M.C. Burton and Sandra Kennedy in Phoenix. Become a sponsor and attend a special VIP reception with Congresswoman Donna Edwards. Sponsor levels: $1,000, $500, 250. Contribution $100 or students $35. VIP Reception at 4:00 p.m. and photos at 4:30 p.m.. Registration at 5:00 p.m., Reception at 5:30 p.m. Please RSVP to info@ArizonaList.org or call (520) 327-o520.

Wednesday, September 3, 5:30 p.m.: Foothills Forum End of Summer Mixer, at The Shanty, 401 E. Ninth St. (at Fourth Ave.) Free admission. cash bar. End of Summer Mixer – Please RSVP.

Wednesday, September 3 – Saturday, September 6: Apache County Fair, at 825 West 4th North Saint Johns, Arizona.

Thursday, September 4, 5:30 p.m.: Celebration in support of Adelita Grijalva for TUSD School Board, at the Park Avenue Event Center, 242 S. Park Avenue at The Lost Barrio. RSVP by email or phone: (520) 629-0050.

Friday, September 5 – Sunday, September 7: Northern Gila County Fair, at the Payson Event Center, 1400 S. Beeline Highway, directly across from the Mazatzal Casino in Payson, AZ.

Arizona Democratic Party Summer State Committee Meeting

Saturday, September 6: Arizona Democratic Party Summer State Committee meeting,at McClintock High School, 1830 E. Del Rio Drive in Tempe 85282. The standing caucuses will meet from 8-9 a.m. The trainings will begin at 9 a.m. A plenary session of the state committee will be held from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Please be certain to RSVP if you want to buy the lunch provided at the meeting: www.tinyurl.com/azdem2. Training sessions for the upcoming election, with trainings by staff of the DNC and other experts leading the sessions. We encourage participation by volunteers and precinct committeepersons as well as state committeepersons. There are three proposed resolutions.

Democrats of Greater Tucson Awards Luncheon

Sunday, September 7, Noon: Democrats of Greater Tucson Awards Luncheon, at the University Marriot Hotel, 880 E. 2nd Street (Tucson). Tickets are priced at $65. for individuals and are still the best value of any similar function in the state. Groups may sponsor a table 0f 10 for $700, $800 and $950. At the $700 Contributors’ Level in addition to the 10 seats the contributor is in-titled to a quarter-page advertisement. At the $800 Friends’ Level a half-page ad accompanies the table of 10. Finally at the Sponsors’ Level for $950 the donation includes the table of 10, a full page ad, a banquet banner and recognition from Master of Ceremonies, Mayor Jonathon Rothschild. More details TBA.

Monday, September 8, 6:30 p.m.: (Special Date) Pima County Democratic Party executive committee meeting.

Monday, September 8, 7:00 p.m.: Democrats of Oro Valley meeting, at the Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive (SE corner at La Cañada). Featured speaker is Robert L. Kolenda, educational consultant who will address Common Core. For more information please contact Mike Dayton at teachers12@msn.com or (520) 742-3774, or visit our web site http://www.demsov.org/.

Tuesday, September 9, 3:30 p.m.: Saddlebrooke Democrats meeting, at SaddleBrooke Activities Center, 64518 E. Galveston Lane (Saddlebrooke). For more information please contact Hollace Lyon at Email Us or visit our web site. SaddleBrookeDemocrats.org.

Arizona List Fun Film Event ‘9 to 5’

Tuesday, September 9, 5:00 p.m.: Arizona List Fun Film Event, screening of “9 to 5” at The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. (Tucson), with a special appearance by screenwriter Patricia Resnik. Become an event sponsor and join Patricia Resnik for a VIP Cocktail Party after the show at 7:30 p.m. Sponsor levels $1000, $500, $250. $100. Individual tickets for the film are $10. For more information please contact Milynn at info@ArizonaList.org or (520) 327-0520. To become a sponsor visit our web site at www.ArizonaList.org.

Wednesday, September 10 – Sunday, September 14: Navajo County Fair, at 404 E. Hopi Drive, Holbrook, Arizona.

Wednesday, September 10, 6:30 p.m.: Copa City Democrats meeting, at Ak-Chin Ultra Star Multi-tainment Center, 16000 Maricopa Road (Maricopa), in the Ten Pins Rock’n Roll Room. For more information please contact jjjudd@live.com or like us on Copa City Dems | Facebook.

Thursday, September 11: Patriot Day.

Thursday, September 11 – Sunday, September 14: Mohave County Fair, 2600 N. Fairgrounds Blvd., Kingman, AZ.

Thursday, September 11, 5:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Nucleus Club meeting, at the Viscount Suite Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway Blvd. For more information please contact Martin Bacal at (520) 326-3716.

Friday, September 12 – Saturday, September 13: Sierra Vista Oktoberfest 2014, at Veterans Memorial Park, 3105 E. Fry Blvd. Sierra Vista. Cochise County Democratic Party is tabling this event. Ken Davis is seeking volunteers to be at the booth to meet & greet visitors, and provide candidates’ campaign materials. Please contact Ken at (520) 834-2784 to volunteer.

Friday, September 12 – Sunday, Sunday 14: Bisbee Blues Festival 2014.

Saturday, September 13, 10:00 a.m.: (Special Date) Legislative District 2 meeting, at the Sam Lena Library, 1601 S. 6th Avenue S. Tucson). For more information please contact Marla Daugherty at mardenaz@cox.nt or 9520) 648-0890.

Saturday, September 13, 10:00 a.m.: Mule Mountain Democratic Club, at the Community Y, 26 Howell Avenue (Bisbee). For more information please call Sandy Hummingbird at (520) 432-7305.

Saturday, September 13, 6:00 p.m.: LD 11 Senate candidate Jo Holt and LD 11 House candidate Holly Lyon, at the Monterrey Court, 505 W. Miracle Mile (West of Oracle Road). Music by Cochise County All-Stars. RSVP by email or phone: (520) 260-0411.

Equality Arizona’s 23rd Annual Awards Dinner

Saturday, September 13, 7:30 p.m.: Equality Arizona’s 23rd Annual Awards Dinner, at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown, 340 N. 3rd Street. Equality Arizona is a statewide political advocacy organization, working at the state capitol and in communities across Arizona to advance lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) equality. It is the mission of Equality Arizona to secure, protect and defend the rights and welfare of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Arizona. Equality Arizona is working to organize the movement for equality, educate voters, and influence policymakers. We continue to advocate for safe schools legislation and policies protecting students from anti-LGBTQ bullying, inclusive nondiscrimination and hate crimes protections statewide, and equal legal recognition of gay and lesbian couples, among other issues. Equality Arizona’s 23rd Annual Awards Dinner is a celebration of the achievements we have collectively made and an opportunity to raise critical funds to continue the work of advancing LGBTQ equality in Arizona. tickets are $185 per person, VIP Reception $75 per person, Young Professionals (under 30) $75 per person discount. Register Online.

Democrats of the Red Rocks Annual Picnic

Sunday, September 14, 11:30 a.m.: Democrats of the Red Rocks Annual Picnic, at the Living Springs Camp in Oak Creek Canyon. Special guests Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick, candidate for Attorney General Felecia Rotellini, and ADP Executive Director D.J. Quinlan. Admission is $5 per person.Parking is limited so please carpool. Driving directions from intersection of Hwy. 179 and 89A: go North on 89A for 3.6 miles. On the right after the Briar Patch Inn but before the Indian Gardens, there are signs for Rainbow Mobile Park and Rainbow Trout Farm. Turn right and cross the creeks towards the parking lot in front of the Rainbow Trout Farm, and turn right through the parking lot to Living Springs Camp. For more information visit our web site democratsoftheredrocks.org or call (928) 872-7754.

Tuesday, September 16: Mexico Independence Day.

Tuesday, September 16, 11:00 a.m.: Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona meeting, at the Pueblo del Sol Country Club, on St. Andrews Drive in Sierra Vista. The cost of the luncheon is $15.00. For reservations, please contact Kathy Marvin, President of the DWSEA through email at kathleencrafts@gmail.com or by telephone at (520) 803-6697.

Tuesday, September 16, 6:30 p.m.: Legislative District 9 meeting, at Northwest Medical Center, La Paloma Urgent Care Community Classroom, 4001 E. Sunrise Drive. For more information please contact Brian Clymer at brianclymer@yahoo.com or (520) 297-3539.

Tuesday, September 16, 6:30 p.m.: Oracle Democrats meeting, at the Oracle Fire Department, 1475 W. American Avenue (Oracle). For more information please contact Renee Barbaree at reba520@q.com or (520) 896-9054.

Wednesday, September 17: Constitution Day. Constitution Day and Citizenship Day commemorates the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787.

Wednesday,September 17, 5:30 p.m.: Pinal County Democratic Party meeting, at Pinal County Democratic Party HQ, 350 N. Main Street (Florence). For more information please contact Henry Wade at hsefndr@aol.com or (602) 619-4440.

Wednesday, September 17, 6:30 p.m.: Legislative District 10 meeting, at Pima County Democratic Party HQ, 4639 E. 1st Street (one block South of Speedway and West of Swan). For more information lease contact Rob Selby at r_ybles@hotmail.com or (520) 790-3024.

Thursday, September 18, 8:00 a.m.: Democrats of the Red Rocks Monthly Breakfast, at the Olde Sedona Family Restaurant Bar & Grill, 1405 W. Highway 89A (Sedona), Breakfast is $12, includes buffet and gratuity. Breakfast at 8:00 program at 8;30 a.m. For more information please contact info@democratsoftheredrocks.org or (928) 203-5858.

Thursday, September 18, 6:00 p.m.: Casa Grande Democrats meeting, (location varies). For more information please contact Jack Guthrie at democratsofcasagrande@gmail.com and Like Us on Facebook.

Thursday, September 18 – Sunday, September 21: Greenlee County Fair, 1248 Fairgrounds Road, Duncan, AZ.

Thursday, September 18 – Sunday, September 21: Gila County Fair, at the Gila County Fairgrounds, 3 miles North of Globe, AZ on Hwy. 60.

Friday, September 19: International Talk Like A Pirate Day – just for fun.

Friday, September 19 – Sunday, September 21: Santa Cruz County Fair, at Sonoita Fairgrounds at the crossroads of US Highways 82 and 83 in Sonoita, AZ.

Saturday, September 20 -Sunday, September 21: Oktoberfest on Mount Lemmon, 10300 Ski Run Road, Mt. Lemmon (Tucson). Free admission. $5 parking and highway fees. Enjoy a festival of German food and music in the forest at Mount Lemmon Ski Valley during the last two weekends in September and first two weekends in October: Sept. 21-22, Sept. 28-29, Oct. 5-6 and Oct. 12-13, 2013. No dogs admitted, please. For more information please call (520) 576-1400 or (520) 576-1321.

Wednesday, September 24 (sundown) – Friday, September 26: Rosh Hashana (New Year).

Thursday, September 25 – Sunday September 28: Cochise County Fair, at 3677 N. Leslie Canyon Road, Douglas. AZ.

Thursday, September 25 – Sunday September 28: Yavapai County Fair at Tim’s Toyota Center, 3201 N. Main Street, Prescott Valley.

Friday, September 26 – Sunday, September 28: Tucson Oktoberfest, at Breakers Water Park, 8555 E. Tangerine Road, Marana. (The 2013 Oktoberfest was cancelled due to lack of donors).

Saturday, September 27, Noon: Fiesta Sahuarita 2014, at Anamax Park in Sahuarita. Water park, kids rides, carnival games, arts and crafts, food & drink. Fun for the whole family.

Saturday, September 27, 5:30 p.m.: 28th Annual Great Tucson Beer Festival at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, 2500 E. Ajo Way (Tucson). Tickets on sale now.

Thursday, October 2 – Sunday, October 5: Rex Allen Days, at 1500 N. Circle I Road (Willcox). The Town of Willcox celebrates the music and life of hometown hero, the actor/singing cowboy Rex Allen, with a rodeo, parade, dances, and cowboy poetry readings.

Saturday, October 4: Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement).

Saturday, October 4, 11:00 a.m.: Flagstaff Oktoberfest, at Wheeler Park in Downtown Flagstaff (N. Humphreys Street (Hwy. 180) from Birch Ave. to Aspen Ave. The event supports the Flagstaff Sunrise Lions Club. Live polka music, German beer, and free root beer floats for kids in the root beer garden. Contests for yodeling, costume, brat eating and beer hoisting.

Saturday, October 4, Noon: Phoenix Oktoberfest, at Margaret Hance Park (Eastside), 200 E. Moreland Street at North Central Avenue (Phoenix). Hosted by the Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures. It has a number of contests celebrating German traditions, including a Alphorn blowing contest, polka contest and beer stein holding competition. Free kids Kinder village area and German cooking demonstrations. Festivities start at noon. Keg is tapped at 1 PM. Admission is $5 but kids under 12 get in free.

Monday, October 6: Voter registration cut-off date for the General Election.

Monday, October 6, 6:30 p.m.: The League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson and Arizona Public Media host a Forum for Arizona Attorney General, at the Proscenium Theater at the Center for The Arts, Pima Community College West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road, Tucson. Tickets will be required. Tickets are available through the campaigns of the candidates and by request on both the lwvgt.org and azpm.org websites. Registrants are eligible for up to four tickets. Tickets will be distributed on the night of the forum. The Forum will be recorded by AZPM for future broadcast on PBS 6 and World Television channels, an on radio station NPR 89.1 FM. It will also be available online at azpm.org/yourvote2014.

Monday, October 6, Appx. 7:45 p.m.: The League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson and Arizona Public Media host a Forum for Arizona Corporation Commission, at the Proscenium Theater at the Center for The Arts, Pima Community College West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road, Tucson. Tickets will be required. Tickets are available through the campaigns of the candidates and by request on both the lwvgt.org and azpm.org websites. Registrants are eligible for up to four tickets. Tickets will be distributed on the night of the forum. The Forum will be recorded by AZPM for future broadcast on PBS 6 and World Television channels, an on radio station NPR 89.1 FM. It will also be available online at azpm.org/yourvote2014.

Wednesday, October 8, 6:30 p.m.: The League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson and Arizona Public Media host a Forum for Superintendent of Public Instruction, at the Proscenium Theater at the Center for The Arts, Pima Community College West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road, Tucson. Tickets will be required. Tickets are available through the campaigns of the candidates and by request on both the lwvgt.org and azpm.org websites. Registrants are eligible for up to four tickets. Tickets will be distributed on the night of the forum. The Forum will be recorded by AZPM for future broadcast on PBS 6 and World Television channels, an on radio station NPR 89.1 FM. It will also be available online at azpm.org/yourvote2014.

Wednesday, October 8, Appx. 7:45 p.m.: The League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson and Arizona Public Media host a Forum for Secretary of State, at the Proscenium Theater at the Center for The Arts, Pima Community College West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road, Tucson. Tickets will be required. Tickets are available through the campaigns of the candidates and by request on both the lwvgt.org and azpm.org websites. Registrants are eligible for up to four tickets. Tickets will be distributed on the night of the forum. The Forum will be recorded by AZPM for future broadcast on PBS 6 and World Television channels, an on radio station NPR 89.1 FM. It will also be available online at azpm.org/yourvote2014.

Thursday, October 9: Early mail -in ballots are mailed, first day of Early Voting.

Thursday, October 9, 6:30 p.m.: The League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson and Arizona Public Media host a Forum for Governor, at the Proscenium Theater at the Center for The Arts, Pima Community College West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road, Tucson. Tickets will be required. Tickets are available through the campaigns of the candidates and by request on both the lwvgt.org and azpm.org websites. Registrants are eligible for up to four tickets. Tickets will be distributed on the night of the forum. The Forum will be recorded by AZPM for future broadcast on PBS 6 and World Television channels, an on radio station NPR 89.1 FM. It will also be available online at azpm.org/yourvote2014.

Thursday, October 9 – Sunday, October 12: Graham County Fair.

Friday, October 10 – Sunday, October 12: Oktoberfest @ Tempe Town Lake, Tempe Sister City holds the 41st annual Tempe Oktoberfest as a fundraiser for its student and teacher exchange program. At the three day Oktoberfest, you will find a carnival, dachshund runs (Sunday) and a 5 Mile / 5K / 1 mile race (Saturday) in addition to German food, beer & wine gardens and live music. 15 german beers and three stages of live music! Kinderfest with craft zone and carnival amusements for kids. Six hours of polka music on Sunday. Eight 4 oz. smaples of German beer will also be served from noon – 6 for just $20. Admission is free. All day pass for kids amusements is $30. Tempe Beach Splash Park will also reopen for the weekend. Cash is needed to purchase tickets for food and beverages. Family pricing during the day on Saturday and Sunday is 25 food/activity tickets for $20.

Tucson Meet Yourself Festival

Friday, October 10 – Sunday, October 12: Tucson Meet Yourself Festival, in Downtown Tucson. Get the latest Tucson Meet Yourself News and Festival updates on our website http://www.tucsonmeetyourself.org/.

Friday, October 10, 6:00 p.m.: Tucson LGBT Freedom Day Parade, in Downtown Tucson and ending in the center of the 41st annual Tucson Meet Yourself festival. The Honorable Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will preside over the colorful festivities as Honorary Parade Chair. Sponsorship opportunities are available & packets will be online and in paper form starting May 1, 2014. Inquiries may be made via the Tucson LGBT Freedom Day Parade page here on Facebook or by email at: tucsongayfreedomdayparade@yahoo.com.

Saturday, October 11 – Sunday, October 12: Butterfield Overland Stage Days in Benson. The two day Butterfield Rodeo will be held at the Arena Bar on Prickly Pear Avenue (across from WAL MART).

Arizona Democratic Party Hall of Fame Dinner

Saturday, October 11: Arizona Democratic Party Hall of Fame Dinner, honoring retiring Congressman Ed Pastor. Details TBA. You can purchase your tickets starting today! Just follow this link: www.azdem.org/Hall_of_Fame_2014/.

Saturday, October 11, 6:00 p.m.: 37th Annual Pride in the Desert, in Tucson. TLGA/Tucson Pride, with it’s partners the North 4th Avenue Merchants Association and Sky Bar, in conjunction with the City of Tucson, proudly returns “Pride on Parade” to it’s traditional home. On Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 6 pm we march on 4th again! The parade will stage at Catalina Park on 2d Street just West of 4th Avenue. The parade will travel South on 4th Avenue, ending at 8th Street. After the parade meet at 4th Avenue and 5th Street for the free Block Party which will feature local entertainers. Sky Bar will have its parking area available for outside beer and cocktail sales from 7-9 pm (ID required). See Tucson Pride – Home.

Monday, October 13: Columbus Day (observed).

Friday, October 17 – Sunday, October 19: Helldorado Days in Tombstone, AZ.

Sunday, October 19, 4:15 p.m.: Foothills Forum presents Inequality For All (registration), at St. Phillips Episcopal church for a screening of this informative film, with a roundtable discussion to follow.

Friday, October 24: Last day to request an early mail-in ballot.

Saturday, October 25, 5:00 p.m.: Red Rocks Oktoberfest at Los Abrigados Creekside Park, 160 Portal Lane (Sedona). Local Arizona craft brewers will bring Oktoberfest beers. German style bratwurst, potato salad, and big pretzels! Music by Big Willie and the Polka Meisters. Entry is $15 and a portion of the proceeds benefits the Rotary Club of Sedona Rocks and the STEM program at Sedona Oak Creek School District.

Friday, October 31: Halloween. Last day to mail your early mail-in ballot if you want your ballot received in time to be counted.

Sunday, November 2, 10:00 a.m.: Living Streets Alliance presents Cyclovia Tucson, in midtown Tucson. The route will connect the North 6th Avenue area with the North 4th Avenue- North Fontana Bike Boulevard. Volunteer opportunities are still available to help make the twice-a-year event a success. For route: Cyclovia Tucson November 2nd.

Tuesday, November 4: ELECTION DAY.

Tuesday, November 11: Veterans Day.

Wednesday, November, 12: Foothills Forum presents Immigration Reform (registration). Hear an update about Immigration reform policy from Judy Gans, manager of immigration policy program at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona. Details TBA.

November 15 – December 6: Legislative District Committee reorganizations. dates TBA.

Saturday, November 22: Special Olympics El Tour de Tucson. Registration for the Special Olympics 32nd El Tour de Tucson presented by Casino Del Sol is OPEN. The new system also makes it easier for you to fundraise for Special Olympics and check out the new incentives! Register Now– the sooner you do, the more you save!

Thursday, November 27: Thanksgiving Day.

Monday, December 1: World AIDS Day.

Tuesday, December 16 (sundown) – Wednesday, December 24: Chanukah.

Wednesday, December 25: Christmas Day.

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  1. Au contraire, a VERY important DEM primary is taking place in west valley AZ LD 19 with Dr. Angela Cotera running against Guadelupe Contreras. As Donna Greathouse posted Aug. 5: “Her (Cotera) opponent is Rep. Lupe Contreras. Contreras signed a pledge in support of overturning Roe v Wade and of the idea that personhood begins at conception. Cotera, who is a smarty-pants research astrophysicist, explained in very succinct terms why Contreras is dead wrong in an endorsement profile with Planned Parenthood of Arizona:” This one is important on so many levels and for sure is one to watch.

  2. Thanks for posting the CCEC debates. Only two Democratic primaries to watch — AZ State Superintendent of Public Instruction (David Garcia vs. Sharon Thomas), and LD 3 State Senate (incumbent Olivia Cajero Bedford vs. Sal Baldenegro).

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