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Political Calendar for the Week of August 9, 2015:

Sunday, August 9, 3:00 p.m.: Pub Rally for Bernie, at Borderlands Brewing Company, 119 E. Toole Avenue, Tucson. We’re getting the word out about Bernie Sanders candidacy one beer at a time! Bring a friend who isn’t in the know yet we’ll have a local speaker, videos of Bernie speaking and more.

Monday, August 10, 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. (Updated) Featured speaker Michael McDonald, CEO Community Food Bank on “Issues with the Food Bank and community farming.” Next Week: LD 9 Rep. Victoria Steele, candidate for Congress in CD 2 (tentative).

Monday, August 10, 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 Quiana Dickenson, a highly skilled and trained community conflict manager. She serves as an adjunct professor of public administration and communication for Chandler/Gilbert Community College. Quiana has been a member of the Arizona List staff, serving as a political consultant since 2012. She is a powerful speaker who will excite the Democratic Base. For more information please contact Mike Dayton at or (520) 742-3774, or visit our web site

Tuesday, August 11, 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.

Wednesday, August 12, 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 or like us on Copa City Dems | Facebook.

Thursday, August 13, 5:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Nucleus Club meeting, at the Viscount Suite Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway Blvd. Featured speaker is Congressman Raúl Grijalva. For more information please contact Ash Silverburg at (520) 326-3716.

Friday, August 14, 12:15 p.m.: Yavapai County Democratic Party Author’s Luncheon, at the Centennial Center at Antelope Hills Golf Courses. 1 Perkins Drive, Prescott, AZ. Elaine Greensmith Jordan, author of Mrs. Ogg Played the Harp: Memoirs of Church and Love on the High Desert; and Judith March Davis, author of Pagoda Dreamer. Tickets are $30 per person. To RSVP and for more information please call (928) 541-0413.

Saturday, August 15: VJ Day. 70th Anniversary of Victory over Japan, ending WWII.

Pinal County Democratic Party 2015 Gala Dinner

Saturday, August 15, 5:30 p.m.: Pinal County Democratic Party 2015 Gala Dinner, a Fiesta to celebrate our Progress toward Justice, at The Property, 1251 W. Gila Bend Hwy., Casa Grande, AZ. Master of Ceremonies is ADP Vice Chair Holly Lyons. Special Guests are Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick, state Senator Barbara McGuire, ADP Chair Alexis Tameron, entertainment from Arizona Daily Star cartoonist David Fitzsimmons, prizes and 50/50 drawing. PC tickets are $80, Individual tickets are $90, table sponsorships available. Register Now! For more information please contact David Coward at or (520) 213-7513.

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 Jean Vickers

Drinking Liberally

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

Tuesday, August 18, 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 or by telephone at (520) 803-6697. Visit our web page.Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona.

Tuesday, August 18, 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 or (520) 297-3539.

Tuesday, August 18, 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 or (520) 896-9054.

Wednesday, August 19, 6:30 p.m.: Democracy for America – Maricopa County (DFA-MC) monthly meeting will be moving to the 3rd Wednesday of every month, and the new location will be Macayo’s on Central Avenue, South of Indian School. DFA-MC is on the web, Facebook and Twitter. For more information contact

Wednesday, August 19, 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 or (520) 790-3024.

Celebrate Tucson’s 240th Birthday

Thursday, August 20, 6:00 p.m.: Tucson’s Birthday Celebration, at Presidio San Agustín del Tucson courtyard, 133 W. Washington St., Tucson, AZ. The Tucson Presidio was founded on August 20, 1775. The five flags that have flown over Tucson — American, Spanish, Mexican, Confederate, and the State of Arizona — will be presented in a ceremony at Presidio San Agustín del Tucson courtyard to celebrate Tucson’s 240th birthday. There also will be birthday cake and refreshments, cannon fire and living history demonstrations. Members from a wide variety of groups who make up the cultural fabric of Tucson will be in attendance along with elected officials and dignitaries. Admission is Free.

Saturday, August 22, 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 Visit our web page Northern Cochise County Democrats.

DWSEA “Suffrage And Beyond” English High Tea

Saturday, August 22, 2:00 p.m.: Democratic Women of Southeast Arizona host “Suffrage and Beyond,” an English high tea celebrating the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, at Sierra Vista United Methodist Church, 3225 St. Andrews Drive, Sierra Vista AZ. Keynote speaker is former state Senator Paula Aboud. Cost is $25 per person. To RSVP mail payment to: DWSEA, P.O. Box 1674, Sierra Vista, AZ 85636 (include name, address, occupation and number attending). Wear your favorite suffragette hat!

Saturday, August 22, 2:00 p.m.: Legislative District 11 meeting, at the Wheeler, Taft, Abbett Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive, Tucson (new location!) For more information please contact Jo Holt at Find us at

Monday, August 24, 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 Andrés Cano at or (520) 304-5778.

Tuesday, August 25 Tucson City Council primary election. All voted ballots must be in the possession of the City Clerk by 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 25, 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 $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 25, Noon: Critical Issues Forum, at the Cochise County Democratic Party HQ, 1234 E. Fry Blvd., Sierra Vista. For more information wedplease contact or (520) 458-9467.

Wednesday, August 26: Women’s Equality Day.

Wednesday, August 26, 10:30 a.m.: Democratic Women of the Prescott Area Luncheon, at the Centennial Center, 1989 Clubhouse Drive (Antelope Hills). Luncheon reservations are required. Cost is $15 for members and $17 for nonmembers. Email requests to or call (928) 458-5689 or (928) 848-2753.

Thursday, August 27, 8:00 a.m.: Democrats of the Red Rocks breakfast, at Olde Sedona Family Restaurant Bar & Grill, 1405 W. Hwy. 89A, Sedona. Admission is $12, includes buffet breakfast and gratuity. Doors open at 8;00 a.m. Please RSVP to (928) 274-6541.

Thursday, August 27, 3:00 p.m.: Marana Democrats meeting, at 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 or call(520)251-8247.

Thursday, August 27, 5:30 p.m.: Maricopa County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting. Meet and greet (and dinner) begins at 5:30. Meeting begins promptly at 6:00 pm.

Thursday, August 27, 6:00 p.m.: Casa Grande Democrats meeting, at Bedillon’s Restaurant (Adobe Room), 800 N. Park Avenue, Casa Grande. For more information please contact Jack Guthrie at and Like Us on Facebook.

Thursday, August 27, 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 Dick Reddy at (520) 579-9460

Saturday, August 29, 3:00 p.m.: Tucson Margarita Party fundraiser for Ann Kirkpatrick, at the home of Nina Trasoff & Rodney Jilg. Featuring Ann’s very own Margarita recipe with an Arizona kick. $100 Guest, $250 Friend, $500 Supporter, $1,000 Sponsor. Please RSVP to Kevin Kirchmeier at or (928) 224-8523.

Sunday, August 30, 7:00 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…it’s Sky Bar Tucson. Last Sunday every month.

Wednesday, September 2, 5:15 p.m.: Coconino County Democratic Party meeting, at Party HQ, 201 E. Birch Ave., Ste. 6, Flagstaff. For more information please call (928) 214-0393.

Friday, September 4 – Monday, September 7: Coconino County Fair at Fort Tuthill County Park, in Flagstaff, AZ.

Saturday, September 5, 10:00 a.m.: Legislative District 2 meeting, [in Tucson]. For more information please contact Tom Prezelski at

Saturday, September 5, 11:00 a.m.: Greater Huachuca Area Democrats meeting, at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 798 S. Highway 92, Sierra Vista. For more information please contact

Saturday, September 5 – Monday, September 7: Sonoita Labor Day Rodeo held September 5-7, 2015. Over 700 entries & over $40,000 in cash & buckles awarded to the top contestants of the Southwest. Gates open daily at 10AM.

Sunday, September 6 – Sunday, September 13: 69th Annual Navajo Nation Fair, in Window Rock, AZ. 69th Annual Navajo Nation Fair – arts & crafts, baby contest, free BBQ, exhibits, concerts, horse racing, parade, Pow Wow, Open Indian and junior rodeos, traditional song & dance, fry bread contest, carnival, $2-4, 928-871-6647 or or

Monday, September 7: Labor Day.

PALF 19th Annual Labor Day Picnic

Monday, September 7, 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.

Monday, September 7, 10:00 am-7:00 pm.: Hayden Labor Day Picnic, at the Hayden Golf Course, 125 Golf Course Road, Hayden, AZ. Labor Day Picnic sponsored by Labor organizations in Pinal County. Come out and show your support for the Unions in Pinal County.

Wednesday, September 9 – Saturday, September 12: Apache County Fair, in Saint Johns, AZ.

Friday, September 11: Patriot Day.

Friday, September 11 – Sunday, September 13: Bisbee Blues Festival 2015.

Friday, September 11 – Sunday, September 13: Northern Gila County Fair, at the Payson Event Center, in Payson, AZ.

Friday, September 11 – Saturday, September 12: Sierra Vista Oktoberfest 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.

Arizona Democratic Party Summer State Committee Meeting

Saturday, September 12, 9:00 a.m.: Arizona Democratic Party Summer State Committee meeting, at Coconino High School, 2801 Izabel Street, Flagstaff, AZ. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Caucus and committee meetings will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and the plenary session will be called to order promptly at 1:00 p.m. Any proposed resolutions for the State Committee’s consideration must be submitted “at least 40 days prior” to the meeting. Please submit any resolutions for consideration to no later than August 3, 2015.For those planning on overnighting in Flagstaff, please plan to book early, as rooms fill-up quickly and nightly rates rise during this time of year.

Wednesday, September 16 – Sunday, September 20: Navajo County Fair, at the Navajo County Fairgrounds, in Holbrook, AZ.

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

Thursday, September 17 – Sunday, September 20: Gila County Fair, at the Gila County Fairgrounds just north of Globe, AZ on US 60.

Thursday, September 17 – Sunday, September 20: Greenlee County Fair at the Greenlee County Fairgrounds, 1248 Fairgrounds Road, Duncan, AZ.

Thursday, September 17 – Sunday, September 20: Mohave County Fair, at 2600 Fairgrounds Blvd., in Kingman, AZ.

Thursday, September 17, 8:00 a.m.: Democrats of the Red Rocks breakfast, at Olde Sedona Family Restaurant Bar & Grill, 1405 W. Hwy. 89A, Sedona. Admission is $12, includes buffet breakfast and gratuity. Featured speaker is Tallie Segel, assistant to oak Creek Watershed Council, onwater quality and availability in the Verde Valley. Doors open at 8;00 a.m. Please RSVP to (928) 274-6541.

Friday, September 18 – Sunday, September 20: Santa Cruz County Fair & Rodeo, at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Sonoita, AZ.

Saturday, September 19 – Sunday, September 20: 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. 19-20, Sept. 26-27, Oct. 3-4 and Oct. 10-11, 2015. No dogs admitted, please. For more information please call (520) 576-1400 or (520) 576-1321.

Democrats of Greater Tucson Annual Awards Luncheon

Sunday, September 20, Noon: Democrats of Greater Tucson Awards Luncheon, at Hotel Tucson – City Center, 475 N. Granada Avenue, Tucson, AZ. Luncheon from 12 Noon until 2:00 PM check-in begins at 11:00 AM. Master of Ceremonies is David Fitzsimmons. Keynote speaker is Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick. Alice Papcun Lifetime Achievement Award: Herschella Horton; Maurice Grossman Community outreach Award: Luci Messing; Steve Emerine Election integrity Award: Sandra Spangler; introducing the inaugural Albert M. Elias Democratic Business Leader Award. Individual tickets are $65, table of 10 is $650. Sponsorship levels are available. VIP Reception at 10:00 a.m. in The Buckley Room. Champagne, mimosas and fresh fruit. An additional ticket for $35. To order online go to Please order by September 13. For more information please contact Jeremy Lasher at (520) 609-7641.

Tuesday, September 22: National Voter Registration Day 2015.

Wednesday, September 23, 10:30 a.m.: Democratic Women of the Prescott Area Luncheon, at the Centennial Center, 1989 Clubhouse Drive (Antelope Hills). Luncheon reservations are required. Cost is $15 for members and $17 for nonmembers. Email requests to or call (928) 458-5689 or (928) 848-2753.

Thursday, September 24 – Sunday, September 27: Cochise County Fair, at the Cochise County Fairgrounds on Leslie Canyon Road, just north of Douglas, AZ.

1st Annual Tucson LGBTQA Black & White Ball

Friday, September 25, 6:30 p.m.: 1st Annual Tucson LGBTQA Black & White Ball, at the Inn Suites Hotel, Tucson City Center, 475 N. Granada Avenue. 1st Annual Tucson LGBTQA Black & White Ball benefiting the Tucson LGBT Freedom Day Parade Committee and PowerSource. On top of a fun filled evening of socializing, entertainment, and good food; join us in recognizing community leaders and organizations that have made a difference in our community with the 1st Annual T.O.R.C.H. (Tucson Organization Recognizing Community Help) Awards. Additionally, look forward to great prizes/silent auction throughout the evening. The evening will culminate with music and dancing to top off the celebration. This is a Black Tie affair. Come dressed to the nines. Ticket Prices (include dinner):$20 Single, $30 Couple, VIP (Includes Swag Bag, Prime Seating, and Meet & Greet)$30 Single, $50 Couple; Tables (10 Tickets) $200 Regular, $300 VIP. Purchase tickets online at

Saturday, September 26, Noon: Fiesta Sahuarita 2015, at Anamax Park in Sahuarita. Water park, kids rides, carnival games, arts and crafts, food & drink. Fun for the whole family.

Thursday, October 1 – Sunday, October 4: Yavapai County Fair, at the Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo Grounds, in Prescott, AZ.

Thursday, October 1 – Sunday, October 4: 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 3, 11:00 a.m.: Flagstaff Oktoberfest at Wheeler Park, Flagstaff AZ. 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 3: SanTan Oktoberfest SanTan Brewing’s 8th Annual Oktoberfest in Downtown Chandler, 3 S. Arizona Avenue, Chandler, AZ. Leading the entertainment lineup is the nationally recognized Matisyahu, Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers and local favorite acts. This year’s event will highlight beer games, Von Hanson’s brat eating contest, and family zone.

Saturday, October 3: Baja Oktoberfest at Veterans Memorial Stadium, 2500 E. Ajo Way, Tucson, AZ. Baja Oktoberfest will feature all Tucson breweries and craft breweries across the state. The Arizona Craft Breweries guild has invited all Arizona breweries to participate and selected a few out of state breweries to join the fun. This is the largest celebration of Arizona craft beer event in Tucson. Details TBA.

Thursday, October 8 – Sunday, October 11: Graham County Fair at the Graham County Fairgrounds, 527 E. Armory Road, Safford AZ.

Friday, October 9 – Sunday, October 11: Tucson Meet Yourself Festival, 115 N. Church Avenue, Tucson, AZ . Southern Arizona’s diverse folk and ethnic communities are celebrated with performances and demonstrations, food vendors, and more at this family-friendly festival in downtown Tucson. Admission: Free for spectators. For more information see Tucson Meet Yourself.

Saturday, October 10 – Sunday, October 11: Butterfield Overland Stage Days & Rodeo – City of Benson. The two day Butterfield Rodeo will be held at the Arena Bar and Rodeo Grounds, 250 N. Prickly Pear.

Saturday, October 10, 6:00 p.m.: Pride on Parade 2015, on 4th Avenue in cooperation with the 4th Avenue Merchants Association and Sky Bar, Tucson. For more information see

Sunday, October 11, 10:00 a.m.: Democrats of the Red Rocks Annual Picnic 2015, at the Living Springs Camp, 3500 N. State Rte. 89A, Sedona, AZ. Details TBA.

Friday, October 16 – Sunday, October 18: Helldorado Days in Tombstone, AZ.

Saturday, October 17, Noon: Pride in The Desert 2015, at the Kino Sports Complex, 2500 E. Ajo Way, Tucson. Tucson Pride, proudly presents Tucson’s 38th annual LGBT Pride festival. Gates open at 12 noon. Admission: $12.00, Military (active and retired), Seniors (55+) and Students $8.00 (ID’s required for all $8.00 admissions). Those age 12 and under are free. General information: Vendor & Sponsor information:

Saturday, October 17, 6:00 p.m.: 29th Annual Great Tucson Beer Festival, at the soccer ball park (2900 East Ajo Way), across the street from Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium. A marvellous evening of beer tasting, (over 200 to chose from!), nibbling on morsels of excellent food provided by local eateries plus entertainment – the band 80’s and Gentlemen headlines. All of this is included in your ticket price! There’s lots of additional entertainment – we’re having an Oktoberfest costume contest among other things! There are two tiers of ticketing – general admission (entry at 6 pm, with an exception of 1-31 July when GA tickets get you in at 5.30 pm) and VIP (early entry always at 4.30 pm). A VIP ticket offers extra benefits – more food and tasting selections. Each tier also has a designated driver option. Check out our buy tickets page for the pricing details.