Political Calendar: Week of August 6, 2017


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Political Calendar for the Week of August 6, 2017:

Monday, August 7, 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). New price: buffet lunch is $10.00 cash, $12 credit; just a drink is $3.50. Featured speaker is Tucson City Council Member Richard Fimbres for city and campaign update. Next Week: Mark Clark from Pima Council on Aging.

Monday, August 7, 6:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Executive Committee Meeting.

Tuesday, August 8, Noon: Democratic Women of Rim Country meeting, at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 Arizona Hwy. 260, Payson, AZ. Meet the second Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact paysondems@gmail.com or call (928) 468-9669.

Tuesday, August 8, 3:30 p.m.: Saddlebrooke Democrats meeting, at SaddleBrooke Activities Center, 64518 E. Galveston Lane (Saddlebrooke). Meet the second Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact Steve Groth at (520) 385-6686 or check our web site. SaddleBrookeDemocrats.org.

Tuesday, August 8, 4:00 p.m.: Democrats for Picture Rocks meeting, at Horseshoe BBQ Restaurant, 6575 N. Sandario Road, Tucson. Meet the second Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact Catalina Hall at dems4prandav@gmail.com.

Tuesday, August 8, 5:30 p.m.: The Arizona Democratic Party will be in Yuma for a Legislative Town Hall as part of our 15 county organizing plan with Rep. Fernandez and Sen. Otondo, at the Yuma Heritage Library, 350 Third Avenue, Yuma. After, at 7:00 p.m., we’ll visit Rep. Fernandez’s home for a fundraiser in support of ADP.

Wednesday, August 9: City Clerk mails Tucson City Council Primary Election ballots – vote by mail election.

Thursday, August 10, 5:30 p.m.: Yavapai County Democratic Party meeting, at the Prescott Adult Center (Meals on Wheels Room), 1280 E. Rosser Road, Prescott. $10.00 donation, $5.00 if you bring a dish to share. Meet the second Thursday of each month. Please RSVP to (928)541-0413 or email us at info@yavdem.org.

Thursday, August 10, 5:30 p.m.: [New Date! Thursday, August 17] Pima County Democratic Party Nucleus Club meeting, at the Viscount Suite Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway Blvd. Featured speaker is Congressman Raul Grijalva. Meet the second Thursday of each month. For more information please contact Ash Silverburg at (520) 326-3716.

Thursday, August 10, 7:00 p.m.: Yuma County Democratic Party meeting, at the new Yuma Democratic Party HQ at 290 S. 1st Avenue, Ste. 1, Yuma. Parking is available in back. Meet the second Thursday of each month. For more information please contact us at yumademocrats@gmail.com.

Saturday, August 12, 9:30 a.m.: Tanque Verde Valley Democrats meeting, at Risky Business, 8848 E. Tanque Verde Road. Featured speaker is David Shapira, candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction, presentation by AZ Ground Game, grassroots development focusing on the work of Precinct committeemen/women and neighborhood activism. Usually meet the second Saturday of each month. For more information visit our web site. Tanque Verde Valley Democratic Club.

Saturday, August 12, 10:00 a.m.: Coconino County Democratic Party meeting, at Coconino County Democratic Party HQ, 201 E. Birch Avenue, Suite #6, Flagstaff. Meet the second Saturday of each month. For more information please call (928) 214-0393 or email Kevin Ordean at Kordean@ccdem.org.

Saturday, August 12, 10:00 a.m.: Mule Mountain Democrats meeting, at the Community Y, 26 Howell Avenue, Old Bisbee. For more information please contact John Viverto at vivertos@aol.com or visit our web page Mule Mountain Democrats.

Saturday, August 12, 1:00 p.m.: Sun City Democrats of Oro Valley meeting, in the Navajo Room of the Activity Center, 1495 Rancho Vistoso Blvd., Sun City. Meet the second Saturday of each month. For more information lease contact Maureen Salz mosalz@outlook.com.

Saturday, August 12, 3:00 p.m.: Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area meeting at the DCSRA Headquarters, Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley (Room 203 meeting room). Featured speaker is Luis Heredia, who will present a compelling story of gerrymandering that will enlighten and engage.  A question and answer period will follow. DCSRA will host a wine and cheese reception after.

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 (Suite 420, between the Barber Shop and the restaurant Carne Y Vino). 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 Jean Vickers jean.vickers@cox.net.

Drinking Liberally

Third Wednesday of each month, 6:00 p.m.: Drinking Liberally returns to Tucson, at Ermanos Craft Beer & Wine Bar, 220 N. 4th Avenue, Tucson. We need to know by the morning of each meeting approximately how many folks will attend. Please RSVP to tucson@drinkingliberally.org. Informal but thoughtful conversation, good wine and beer, and good food. There is no obligation to order anything–but as a thank you to our host, I hope everyone will order at least one drink (alcoholic or otherwise). There’s some street parking, a parking lot across the street, and the streetcar stops outside their door.

Monday, August 14, 7:00 p.m.: Democrats of Oro Valley meeting, at the Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive (SE corner at La Cañada). Meet the second Monday of each month. 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, August 15, 11:00 a.m.: Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona meeting, at the Pueblo del Sol Country Club, on St. Andrews Drive in Sierra Vista. Meet the third Tuesday of each month. 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. Visit our web page.Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona.

Wednesday, August 16, 6:00 p.m.: Democratic Club of Northern Gila County meeting, at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road, Payson. Meet the third Wednesday of the month. For more information please contact paysondems@gmail.com or call (928) 468-9669.

Wednesday, August 16, 6:30 p.m.: Democracy for America – Maricopa County (DFA-MC) monthly meeting is the 3rd Wednesday of every month, and the new location is Macayo’s on Central Avenue, South of Indian School. For more information contact DFAofMC@gmail.com.

Wednesday, August 16, 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). There is a social time for all members and guests, beginning at 6 p.m. Meet the third Wednesday of each month. For more information please contact Cecilia Aros Hunter at hunter.cecilia@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, August 16, 6:30 p.m.: Copa City Democrats meeting, location varies. For more information please contact Constance Jackson at jcksconniejean@aol.com.

Thursday, August 17, 8:00 a.m.: Democrats of the Red Rocks breakfast, at Old Sedona Family Restaurant Bar & Grill, 1405 W. Hwy. 89A, Sedona. Meet the third Thursday of each month.  Admission is $12, includes buffet breakfast and gratuity. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. Please RSVP to (928) 274-6541.

Saturday, August 19, 10:00 a.m.: Pima County Democratic Party African-American Caucus meeting, at Grace Temple Baptist Church, 1020 E. 31st Street, Tucson. Meet the third Saturday of each month. The caucus is not exclusively for African-Americans, all are welcome to join. For more information please contact Connie DeLarge at cdelarge@dmyl.com or (520) 241-8408.

Saturday, August 19, Noon: Maricopa County Democratic Party Summer Convention for all precinct committee persons, at Central High School, 4525 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. A forum for Democratic gubernatorial candidates Steve Farley and David Garcia from noon to 1 p.m. moderated by Channel 12 political reporter Brahm Resnik. The convention itself starts at 2 p.m. PC’s RSVP Here.

Saturday, August 19, 3:00 p.m.: The Arizona Democratic Party will be in Nogales for for a House Party in support of ADP at the home of Mary Darling.  State Chair Alexis Tameron will be on hand to deliver a 2016 debrief as well as share part of our statewide organizing plan. For more information please contact Mary Darling at maryldarling@gmail.com or (520) 223-9170.

Tuesday, August 22, 6:30 p.m.: Legislative District 9 meeting, at the Water of LIfe Metropolitan Community Church, 3269 N. Mountain Avenue, Tucson. Meet the fourth Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact Brian Clymer at brianclymer@yahoo.com or (520) 297-3539.

Tuesday, August 22, 6:30 p.m.: Northern Pinal County Democrats meeting, at the Pizza Hut, 240 S. Phelps Drive, Apache Junction. Meet the fourth Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact Kathy Guillen at (480) 620-7840 or gataguillen@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, August 23: Last day for voters to mail their voted ballot via the United States Postal Service in the Tucson City Council Primary Election.

Wednesday, August 23, 11:00 a.m.: Democratic Women of the Prescott Area luncheon, at the Centennial Center, 1989 Clubhouse Drive, Prescott (on the Antelope Hills golf course). Luncheon reservations are required. A buffet luncheon will be provided. Cost is $15 for members and $17 for nonmembers. RSVP by email: DWPrescottArea@gmail.com or call (928) 848-2753. Contact us ASAP if you make reservations and are unable to attend. The public is welcome, but reservations are required. To join, email the form and pay at the luncheon, or mail with a check to Sandy Baggenstos, DWPA Treasurer, 530 N. Fitzmaurice Drive, Prescott, AZ 86303.

Thursday, August 24, 6:00 p.m.: Casa Grande Democrats meeting, at Bedillon’s Restaurant (Adobe Room), 800 N. Park Avenue, Casa Grande. Meet the fourth Thursday of each month. For more information please contact Jack Guthrie at democratsofcasagrande@gmail.com and Grande/106014776088733″>Like Us on Facebook.

Saturday, August 26: Women’s Equality Day.

Saturday, August 26, 8:00 a.m.: Women’s Equality Day – Courageous Conversations, at the YWCA – 525 N. Bonita Avenue, Tucson. August 26th marks the passing of the 19th Amendment, granting the right to vote to select American women. This event raises diverse voices to discuss the status of feminism and how we can achieve equality and justice for ALL women. Food Trucks will be available for lunch. For more information see Women’s Equality Day: Courageous Conversations.

Saturday, August 26, 10:00 a.m.: Northern Cochise County Democratic Club meeting. Meeting locations rotate between Benson and Wilcox. For more information please contact Kathy Suagee at soprano_58@hotmail.com. Visit our web page Northern Cochise County Democrats.

Saturday, August 26, 2:00 p.m.: Legislative District 11 meeting, at the Wheeler, Taft, Abbett Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive, Tucson. Meet the fourth Saturday of each month. For more information please contact Maureen Salz at legdist11dems@gmail.com. Find us at www.AZLD11Dems.org.

Sunday, August 27, 3:00 p.m.: Marana Democrats meeting, at the Continental Reserve Plaza, 8333 N. Silverbell Road, Tucson. For more information please contact Buddy Gill at maranadems@gmail.com or (408) 806-2036.

Sunday, August 27, 8:00 p.m.: Laughing Liberally Tucson returns to lampoon the national, state and local political scene. Come out and enjoy Tucson’s best and brightest comics as we try our best to save democracy…one laugh at a time. it’s FUN… it’s FREE… The Flycatcher, 340 E 6th Street (at 4th Avenue), Tucson. Usually the last Sunday every month.

Monday, August 28, 6:00 p.m.: Maricopa County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting, at HQ, 2910 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. Meet and greet (and dinner) begins at 5:30. Meeting begins promptly at 6:00 pm.

Monday, August 28, 6:00 p.m.: Legislative District 3 meeting, at the Pima County Housing Center, 801 W. Congress Street. Meet the fourth Monday of each month. For more information please contact Andrés Cano at andres@canoagroup.com or (520) 304-5778.

Tuesday, August 29: Tucson City Council Primary Election Day – Voting Locations open from 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Friday, September 1 – Monday, September 4: Coconino County Fair, at the Coconino County Fairgrounds, Flagstaff.

AFL-CIO Annual Labor Day Breakfast

Friday, September 1, 7:30 a.m.: The Arizona AFL-CIO’s Annual Labor Day Breakfast is the place where union leaders, activists, elected officials and candidates come together on Labor Day, at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak, 7677 N 16th Street, Phoenix. Each year three outstanding individuals are honored for their contributions to unions, working families and the community. Labor Day also marks the traditional kickoff of the political campaign season and the Annual Breakfast is the place where it happens and news is made because of the mix of candidates for local, state and federal offices with community activists, leaders of Arizona Unions and Union Members. Keynote speaker is E.J. Montini of The Arizona Republic. For tickets and tabling, please contact troberg@azaflcio.org or (602) 631-4488.  For more information please contact info@azaflcio.org.

Monday, September 4: Labor Day.

PALF 21st Annual Labor Day Picnic

Monday, September 4, 10:00 am-2:00 pm.: Pima Area Labor Federation hosts the 21st 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.

DCSRA Labor Day Party

Monday, September 4, 4:00 p.m.: Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area Labor Day Party, at Esperanza Estates Pavilion: Calle del Ensalmo and Camino del Portillo Roads (two blocks south of Esperanza and Camino de Portillo). Dinner at 4:30. entertainment by 43 Miles North at 5:30. Cost is $15 per person. Register in person at DCSRA headquarters, or mail in this Reservation Form with your check.

Monday, September 4 – Sunday, September 10: 71st Annual Navajo Nation Fair & Rodeo, at Navajo parks and recreation, Hwy. 264, Window Rock. The Navajo Nation Fair has become a world-renowned event that showcases Navajo Agriculture, Fine Arts and Crafts, with the promotion and preservation of the Navajo heritage by providing cultural entertainment. The Navajo Nation Fair is the largest American Indian Fair and Rodeo within the Southwest United States.

Wednesday, September 6 – Saturday, September 9: Apache County Fair, at the Apache County Fairgrounds, St. Johns.

Thursday, September 7- Saturday, September 9: Northern Gila County Fair, at the Tonto Apache Off-Reservation Trust Land, Hwy. 87, Payson.

Thursday, September 7 – Sunday, September 10: Yavapai County Fair, at the Precott Rodeo Grounds, Prescott.

Friday, September 8 – Sunday, September 10: Gila County Fair, at the Gila County Fairgrounds, Globe.

Friday, September 8 – Saturday, September 9: Sierra Vista Oktoberfest, at at Veterans’ Memorial Park, 3105 E. Fry Boulevard, Sierra Vista, AZ. Beer garden, german cuisine via food vendors, live entertainment from the Hamptons, kid’s carnival and arts & craft vendors.

Sunday, September 10: Week one of the 2017 NFL season.

Monday, September 11: Patriots Day.

Wednesday, September 13 – Sunday, September 17: Navajo County Fair & Rodeo, at the Navajo County Fairgrounds, Holbrook.

Thursday, September 14 – Sunday, September 17: Mohave County Fair, at the Mohave County Fairgrounds, Kingman.

Friday, September 15 – Sunday, September 17: Santa Cruz County Fair, at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, Sonoita.

Thursday, September 14 – Sunday, September 17: Greenlee County Fair, at the Greenlee County Fairgrounds, Duncan.

Saturday, September 16 – Sunday, September 17: 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. 16-17, Sept. 23-24, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, and Oct. 7-8, 2017. No dogs admitted, please. For more information please call (520) 576-1400 or (520) 576-1321.

Sunday, September 17: Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.

Democrats of Greater Tucson Annual Awards Luncheon

Sunday, September 17, 11:00 a.m.: Democrats of Greater Tucson Annual Awards Luncheon, at Hotel Tucson – City Center, 475 N. Granada Avenue, Tucson. Registreation at 11:00, Luncheon at 12:00. Master of ceremonies is David Fitzsimmons from the Arizona Daily Star, Keynote speaker is Senator Steve Farley, candidate for governor. Martin Bacal Lifetime Achievement Awardees: Elaine & Bob Clark, Laura Hogan Community Outreach Awardee: Renee Morton, Albert Elias Democratic Business Leader Awardee:
Frances Erunez. Individual tickets are $65 each. Order tickets online at Act Blue.

Wednesday, September 20: Rosh Hashana (begins at sundown).

Thursday, September 21 – Sunday, September 24: Cochise County Fair, at the Cochise County Fairgrounds, Douglas.

Arizona Democratic Party Summer State Committee Meeting

Saturday, September 23, 9:00 am.: Arizona Democratic Party Summer State Committee Meeting, at Glassford Hill Middle School, 6901 E. Panther Path Prescott Valley, AZ. Registration: 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Caucuses: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Plenary Session: 1:00 p.m. to end. For more information see State Committee.

Tuesday, September 26: National Voter Registration Day.

Friday, September 29, 7:00 p.m.: Pride on Parade 2017, on 4th Avenue in cooperation with the 4th Avenue Merchants Association and Sky Bar, Tucson. For more information see http://tucsonpride.org/.

Saturday, September 30: Yom Kippur.

Saturday, September 30 – Sunday, October 1: 15th Annual Fiesta Grande Street Fair in Barrio Hollywood, between Speedway Blvd. and St. Mary’s Road, in downtown Tucson. This event was formerly held in the Spring but has been rescheduled to the Fall this year. Hundreds of vendors, arts and crafts, live music/entertainment, great food and drinks, car show, carnival and parades.

Saturday, September 30: SanTan Oktoberfest for San Tan Brewing and Downtown Chandler. 3 PM to 11 PM. The event typically includes stein races, keg rolling, tricycle races, keg contest, bratwurst eating contests and a beer pong tournament. $12 admission (kids 12 and under are free). Presale tickets go on sale for $10 on September 1. Attendance is approximately 10,000 according to their sponsorship packet.

Saturday, September 30, Noon: 40th Annual Pride in The Desert, at Reid Park, 22nd Street (at Alvernon Way) in Tucson. General information: Tucson Pride 2016.

Thursday, October 5 – Sunday, October 8: Graham County Fair, at the Graham County Fairgrounds, Safford.

Saturday, October 7, 11:00 a.m.: Flagstaff Oktoberfest at Wheeler Park from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 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.

Monday, October 9: Columbus Day (observed).

Friday, October 13 – Sunday, October 15: Oktoberfest @ Tempe Town Lake. Tempe Sister City holds the 43rd 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.

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