Political Calendar: Week of December 1, 2013


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Political Calendar For The Week of December 1, 2013:

Monday, December 2, 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 James Duff Lyall, ACLU staff attorney on “In the militarized zone: documented civil rights abuses by U.S. Border patrol officers in Southern Arizona”.; Nominations taken for DGT Board of Directors (Election is December 9). Next Week: DGT Board Elections; while we wait for results we'll discuss your favorite programs in 2013 and your suggestions for 2014.

Moving Tucson Forward 2013 Inauguration Celebration Luncheon

Monday, December 2, 11:30 a.m.: Moving Tucson Forward 2013 Inauguration Celebration Luncheon, at the Tucson Convention Center Ballroom, 260 S. Church Avenue. Featuring Tucson Council Members karin Uhlich, Richard Fimbres and Steve Kozachik. Special Guests Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, and Council Members Regina Romero, Paul Cunningham and Shirley Scott. Individual tickets $100, tables $1,000, sponsorship packages available. Please RSVP to Emily@PimaDems.org or call (520) 326-3716. Businesses Call Shasta McManus at 520-822-7343 for Ticket Sales

Monday, December 2, 6:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting — no regular meeting.

Tuesday, December 3, 6:00 p.m.: LD 23 Holiday Party, at Scottsdale Ranch Community Center, 10585 N. 100th Street (southeast corner of Shea and 100th Street). Potluck dinner and bring what you would like to drink. For more information please contact Joan Jaynes at azjaynes@juno.com.

Thursday, December 5, 5:00 p.m.: Democratic Women of the Prescott Area host their Annual Holiday Party, at the Stoneridge Golf Course Grille, 1601 N. Bluff Top Drive (Prescott Valley). Music by "Sister Mary" at 5:00 p.m. Wine and beer from the cash bar. Prime rib or roast turkey buffet dinner with all the trimmings and dessert trays at 6:00 p.m. Silent auction, door prizes, raffle. Tickets are $40 per person. Please RSVP with you check made payable to "DWPA" and mail to Joyce Arnold, 1847 Boardwalk Ave., Prescott, AZ 86301. Deadline to RSVP was November 22, for more information please call (928) 541-0413.

Saturday, December 7, 10:00 a.m.: Legislative District 2 meeting, at DCSRA Headquarters, Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley. Election of a treasurer and secretary in the business meeting. For more information please contact Marla Daugherty at at (520) 594-5265.

Saturday, December 7, 10:00 a.m.: Greater Huachuca Area Democrats Club meeting, at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 798 State Highway 92, Sierra Vista. For more information please contact Joy Mims, bellajoyathome@msn.com.

Saturday, December 7, 2:00 p.m.: FDR: The War Years, featuring James Gooden, at the Community Performance and Art Center, 1250 W. Continental Road (Green Valley). James Gooden along with his wife Elizabeth Gooden developed a full length stage play based on the broadcasts of Franklin D. Roosevelt called Fireside Chats With FDR. This production of FDR The War Years take s a special look at this fascinating historical figure during World War II. Tickets are $15/$20 in advance, all tickets $20 at door. Tickets can be purchased at the CPAC box office, or by phone (520) 399-1750.

Saturday, December 7, 5:00 p.m.: Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area holiday pot luck and annual executive board elections at the Community Performance and Art Center (rehearsal hall), 1250 W. Continental Road (Green Valley). CPAC is providing a cash bar. Please bring a dish to serve 10 based on: A-F desserts; G-O side dish; P-Z main dish. Please put your name on all serving dishes and utensils. Please call HQ at (520) 838-0590 M-F 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with your reservation.

Saturday, December 7, 5:30 p.m.: "A Cowboy Christmas" holiday parade, Fry Blvd. from 7th Street to Avendida Escuela, in Sierra Vista. This is a nighttime parade and the entries are lit with lights a la Disney's Parade of Lights. If you'd like to join us please contact Cochise County Democratic Party 1st Vice Chair Ken Davis, if you would like to participate in the “Float.” If you can loan your lights for the evening, he’ll be sure and get them back to you the following day. C: 520-834-2784.

Saturday, December 7, 6:00 p.m.: Las Adelitas Third Annual Posada with Vox Urbana, at the Ben's Bells Downtown Office, 40 W. Broadway Blvd. (Tucson). Proceeds will go to a newly created Las Adelitas Arizona Scholarship for local college students, Tickets are $20 general entry, $10 students, kids are free! Purchase tickets online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/las-adelitas-arizona-3rd-annual-posada-tickets-9060244435.

Sunday, December 8, 1:30 p.m.: Greater Huachuca Area Democrats host Congressman Ron Barber, at the Garden Place Suites Hotel, 100 N Garden Avenue (Sierra Vista). For more information please contact Joy Mims, bellajoyathome@msn.com.

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, at The Shanty, 401 E. 9th Street (at 4th Avenue). An informal, inclusive progressive social group, and lively discussion. Contact: www.livingliberallytucson.org.

Monday, December 9, 6:00 p.m.: LD 18 Holiday Party, at the home of Joanne Markis, 112 E. Myrna Lane (Tempe). All are welcome. It is a potluck, so please bring your specialty, or if you are not one for cooking feel free to bring beverages or utensils. This year we will be having our first annual Volunteer of the Year Award. If you would like to nominate and LD18er for this award please email mariec9@q.com with the nominee's name and a short description of why they should win. We will also be having a Holiday Treat Bake-Off, all are welcome to enter. If you wish to participate email juliafleeman@cox.net with your name, the dish you will be making and an ingredients list. As per Citizens United, money is speech. So in both the Volunteer of the Year and the Holiday Bake-Off we will be voting with cash. So start saving those singles! As is tradition at our monthly meetings we will be having a Bada-Bing Raffle. We will also be selling fabulous LD18 merchandise!

Monday, December 9, 7:00 p.m.: Democrats of Oro Valley holiday party, at Macayo's Restaurant, 7360 N. Oracle Road (Tucson). A cover charge of $10 will be collected at the door for round-the-clock miniature dinner buffet and holiday dessert. If you need a vegetarian dish, please let us know in advance. 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, December 10, 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.

Wednesday, December 11, Noon: Northside Democrats meeting at Mimi's Cafe, 4420 N. Oracle Road (Tucson). Please note this is a new location for the Northside Dems meetings, in a separate building in the Tucson Mall property, SW corner. We will be in the Winery Room, please arrive early to order from menu, admission free. Featured speaker is state Representative Victoria Steele (LD 9). For more information please contact (520) 297-0095 or visit our web site at www.northsidedems.org.

Wednesday, December 11, 6:00 p.m.: Cochise County Democratic Party executive committee meeting.

Thursday, December 12, 6:00 p.m.: Why Marriage Matters AZ open community meeting, at the Himmel Park Library, 1035 N. Treat Avenue (Tucson). International business consultant Sharon Youngblood will lead a workshop on "Storytelling: How to tell our stories" for the greatest impact. Come learn how you can tell your story to your family & friends during the holidays so that your story has the most impact on why marriage matters to you. For more information please contact Paula Aboud at (520) 323-7264, or go to www.WhyMarriageMattersAz.com

Thursday, December 12, 6:30 p.m.: Democrats of the Verde Valley Holiday Party, at Randall's Restaurant, 891 S. Main Street (Cottonwood). Good food, wine and conversation. Please bring a nonperishable food item for the food bank. For more information please call (928) 639-3688.

Pima County Democratic Party Annual Holiday Pot Luck

Friday, December 13, 5:00 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party annual holiday pot luck, at Pima County Democratic Party HQ, 4639 E. 1st Street (one block South of Speedway and West of Swan). Details TBA.

Saturday, December 14, 9:30 a.m.: Tanque Verde Valley Democrats "drop in" meeting, at the Kirk-Bear Canyon Library, 8959 E. Tanque Verde Road. Featured speaker is former state Sen. Paula Aboud for Women Ignited Now (Win) to discuss the assault on women's rights. For more information please contact Luci Messing at lucibmessing@cox.net or (520) 591-7615.

Saturday, December 14, 1:00 p.m.: Sun City/Vistoso Democrats meeting, at the Social Hall Activity Center, 1563 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd. (Oro Valley). For more information please contact Ben Love at (520) 825-8064.

Sunday, December 15, 3:30 p.m.: LD 10 Holiday Wine & Cheese fundraiser, at CataVinos Wine Shoppe & Tasting Room, 3063 N. Alvernon Way (Tucson). Wine-master Yvonne Foucher will present Benevolent wines, those that donate a portion of their proceeds to deserving organizations and causes. Tickets $25/person (include wine tasting, door prizes, holiday fun). Make checks payable to "LD10," or pay secure online at https://secure.actblue.com/page/decemberwine. For more information contact Steve Gall at (520) 777-3000.

Tuesday, December 17, 11:00 a.m.: Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona meeting, at the Pueblo Del Sol Country Club, 2770 E. St. Andrews Drive, (Sierra Vista). The lunch is $15.00. Please reserve your seat with Patricia Hickey at 520-459-1054 or 520-456-5596 or email jopath54@live.com.

Tuesday, December 17, 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.

Tuesday, December 17, 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.

Tuesday, December 17, 6:30 p.m.: Legislative District 9 meeting, at the Northwest Medical Center (in the 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.

Wednesday, December 18, 5:30 p.m.: Pinal County Democratic Party meeting, at Pinal County Democratic Party HQ, 350 N. Main Street (Florence). Pot Luck at 5:30 p.m. meeting at 7:00 p.m. For more information please contact pinaldemocrat@gmail.com or (520) 868-0072.

Thursday, December 19, 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.

Saturday, December 21, 11:00 a.m.: Mule Mountain Democratic Club meeting, at the home of Jesse and Sandy Hummingbird, 102 Silver Street in Bisbee. This is a potluck with the Hummingbirds providing the meat and everyone is asked to bring salad, side, bread or dessert. For more information please contact Sandy Hummingbird at (520) 432-7305.

Monday, December 23, 6:00 p.m.: Legislative District 3 meeting, at Christmasthe Joel Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Avenue (parking under the library). For more information please contact Luis Gonzales at (520) 594-5500.

Wednesday, December 25: Christmas Day.

Thursday, December 26: [No meeting] Sunflower Democrats meeting, at the Rock 'n' Java, 7555 W. Twin Peaks Road in Marana (corner of Twin Peaks and Coachline Road). For more information please contact Ralph Perillo at reperillo@hotmail.com.

Thursday, December 26: [No meeting] 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.

Sunday, December 29, 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 Jo New_YearHolt at jomholtaz@gmail.com. Find us at www.AZLD11Dems.org.


Wednesday, January 1: New Year's Day.

Pima County Democratic Party General Membership Meeting

Saturday, January 11, 9:00 a.m.: Pima County Democratic Party general membership meeting, location TBD. Workshops for precinct committee persons, and a public open house to meet & greet all 2014 Democratic candidates. Details TBA. Save the date!

Monday, January 13: Opening day of the Arizona Legislative Session. Governor Jan Brewer's State of The State.

Tuesday, January 14: Governor Jan Brewer's State of The State (in Tucson).

An Evening With David Fitzsimmons

Saturday, January 11, 5:00 p.m.: DCSRA hosts An Evening with David Fitzsimmons, at the Desert Diamond Casino, 1100 W. Pima Mine Road at 1-19. 5:00 p.m. cash bar. 6:00 p.m. Dinner. 7:00 p.m. Fitzsimmons political satire. Basic ticket $60, sponsor $100, patron $200. All proceeds go to DSCRA HQ in Green Valley. Seating is limited – please RSVP by January 1st. For more information please contact dcsrapr@gmail.com or (520) 838-0590.

Monday, January 20: Martin Luther King Day.

Arizona Democratic Party Winter State Committee Meeting

Saturday, January 25: Arizona Democratic Party Winter State Committee Meeting in Phoenix. Details TBA. Save the date!

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