Political Calendar: Week of February 16, 2014

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Political Calendar For The Week of February 16, 2014:

Continuing to Sunday, February 23: Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

Monday, February 17: President's Day.

Monday, February 17, 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. No DGT in observance of Presidents' Day. Next week: Sandra Kennedy, candidate for the Arizona Corporation Commission.

“Café Roka Rendezvous, Meet the Candidates” Fundraiser in Bisbee

Monday, February 17, 5:00 p.m.: Cochise County Democratic Party hosts the Café Roka Rendezvous, Meet the Candidates” Fundraiser in Bisbee. All announced candidates have been invited, and all attending will have an opportunity to make comments to the guests. Attending: David Garcia, Candece Hardt, Jim Holway, Sandra Kennedy, Leah Landrum Taylor, Felecia Rotellini, Hon. Alma Vildosola, and Maricela Solis (on behalf of Congressman Ron Barber). Tentatively scheduled: Fred DuVal. Admission is $50.00 per person, and will include a wonderful Café Roka appetizer buffet, coffee, tea, soft drinks, cash bar. We will have fun Silent Auction (check or cash only) from which our guests can shop. SOLD OUT! For more information about the presentation, please contact Pat Fleming at cochisecedems@gmail.com or (520) 378-4386.

Tuesday, February 18, 11:00 a.m.: Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona meeting, at the Pueblo Del Sol Country Club, 2770 E. St. Andrews Drive, (Sierra Vista). “Arizona’s 2014 Political Climate and Voter Registration Trends” will be explained by Christine Rhodes, Recorder for Cochise County. 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, February 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 reba520@q.com or (520) 896-9054.

Tuesday, February 18, 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, Frbruary 19, 10:00 a.m.: Arizona Advocacy Network's Second Annual Day of Action, at the Arizona State Capitol. We will offer hands-on training on how to approach your representatives. Join us for informative trainings, speakers, lunch, and of course a visit to your Legislative representatives and senator. We'll give you everything you need to have a successful visit. R.S.V.P required. Reserve by clicking " Get Tickets" http://bit.ly/17ZN6XU

Wednesday, February 19, 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, February 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 please contact Paul Olson at ld10dems@gmail.com or (520) 791-2965.

Thursday, February 20: Tucson Rodeo Parade.

Thursday, February 20, 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.

Friday, February 21, 2:00 p.m.: Democratic Women in Action meeting, at the Joyner-Green Valley Library, 601 N. La Canada Drive (Green Valley). Join our very special guest, Congressman Ron Barber, as everyone raises their glass of bubbly to hear him give a "Toast to DeWA!" Also hear from Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick, Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema and our next Attorney General, Felecia Rotellini. Other guests will include Sen. Dalessandro,  Rep. Rosanna Gabaldon and former State Sen. Paula Aboud. Everyone is welcome, and encouraged, to join in the celebration! For more information please contact Laurie Cirrincione at cinkster54@q.com or (520) 625-3133, or visit our website Democratic Women in Action.

Saturday, February 22: George Washington's birthday.

Tucson Peace Fair & Music Festival

Saturday, February 22, 11:00 a.m.: Tucson Peace Fair & Music Festival, at the Reid Park Bandshell, 1100 S. Randolph Way. this FREE event is Arizona's largest gathering of Peace, Justice and Environment groups who will be tabling for their organizations. Live music, entertainment, food, children's activities, Climate Cabaret Ramada. For more information please call (520) 445-4110 or go to Tucson Peace Center.

Arizona Advocacy Network 3rd Annual Dinner
Reclaiming Government for the People, With Ed Schultz

Saturday, February 22, 6:00 p.m.: Join Arizona Advocates and progressive political commentator Ed Schultz in support of Clean Elections, Voting Rights and Fair Courts, at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, 7677 N. 16th Street (Phoenix). Ed is host of MSNBC's The Ed Show and his own talk radio program. Expect an exciting evening with fellow Arizonans who support our nation's founding idea that government should be of, by and for the People. Tickets are $100 per person. Register Here! For more information please contact Josselyn Berry at josselyn@azadvocacy.org or (602) 297-2500.

Sunday, February 23, 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.

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, February 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 Luis Gonzales at (520) 594-5500.

Tuesday, January 28, 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!)

Thursday, February 27, 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, February 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 Sandra Tiffany at stiffany60@mac.com.

Saturday, March 1, 10:00 a.m.: ¡Greet Yourself, Sierra Vista!: A Cultural Diversity Fair, at the Thunder Mountain Activity Center. This year the theme is “Shoes: A Walk through History,” and features cultural exhibits from many countries, a parade of nations with traditional attire, live entertainment, and a free gift for children. Admission and parking are free. Ethnic food will be available for purchase. Please remember Fort Huachuca requires photo identification to enter. For more information, please contact Geraldine Alexis (402) 739-3300.

Saturday, March 1, 10:00 a.m.: Legislative District 2 meeting, at the Sam Lena/South Tucson Library, 1607 S. 6th Avenue (Tucson). For more information please contact Marla Daugherty at (520) 594-5265.

Saturday, March 1, 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.

Arizona List Celebrates 10 Years with Political Strategist Celinda Lake

Saturday, March 1: Arizona List Celebrates 10 Years, with Political Strategist Celinda Lake. 11:00 a.m. Marriott Hotel, 880 E. 2nd Street, Tucson. 5:00 p.m. Alwun House, 1204 E. Roosevelt, Phoenix. Get your tickets today at www.arizonalist.org.

Saturday, March 1, 1:30 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.

Labor's Day of Action at the Capitol

Monday, March 3, 10:00 a.m.: Labor's Day of Action at the Capitol, 1700 W. Washington Street (Phoenix). Join us for a day of action and education to ask our lawmakers to focus on creating jobs, education and a balanced budget. RSVP's are mandatory as we will be providing lunch and materials. Phoenix: jbrown@aflcio.org or (602) 631-4488; Tucson: lhogan@aflcio.org or (520) 388-4139. For bus transportation from Tucson, Winslow, Flagstaff and Kearny, RSVP's are mandatory. Phoenix: jbrown@aflcio.org or (602) 631-4488; Tucson: lhogan@aflcio.org or (520) 388-4139.

Monday, March 3, 6:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting.

Tuesday, March 4: "Fat Tuesday" – Mardis Gras.

Dolores Huerta International Women's Day Luncheon and Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, March 4, 11:00 a.m.: Arizona Cesar E. Chavez Holiday Coalition presents the Dolores Huerta International Women's Day Luncheon and Awards Ceremony, at the YWCA Tucson, 525 Bonita Avenue (Tucson. Special guest of honor is Dolores Huerta. Individual tickets are $35 plus a processing fee. Order tickets online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dolores-huerta-international-womens-day-luncheon-awards-ceremony-tickets-10230151659. For more information please contact Montserrat Caballero at doloreshuertaluncheontucson@gmail.com or 520-304-5765, or visit us at Arizona Cesar E. Chavez Holiday Coalition.

4th Annual Celebration of International Women’s Day

Thursday, March 6, 5:30 p.m.: CWA Local 7000 invites you to the 4th Annual Celebration of International Women’s Day, at Pima College Downtown Campus, Amethyst Room, 1255 N. Stone Avenue (Tucson). We will salute the women union leaders, past & present, from throughout Southern Arizona whose activism inspires us to strive for greater advancement in our workplace, union & community. Our celebration will highlight the accomplishments of union elected officials, stewards, organizers and active members. The festivities will feature a light dinner, door prizes, a special raffle, and a silent auction. So nominate your union’s female hero and then join us to honor her at our celebration! Individual tickets are $45 each, sponsorships available. Proceeds from the celebration will benefit CWA’s charity of choice, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS foundation. Checks should be made payable to: CWA Local 7000, and mail to: 877 S. Alvernon Way, Ste. 100, Tucson AZ 85711. For more information & to RSVP please contact Linda Hatfield at linda@cwa7000.org  or 520-323-0700.

Saturday, March 8: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2014, Theme: Inspiring Change.

Saturday, March 8, 9:30 a.m.: Democrats of Quail Creek meeting, at the Madera Clubhouse Silver Room, 2045 E. Quail Crossing Blvd. (Sahuarita). Featured Speaker is David Garcia, candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction. Open to the public. For more information, please contact Philip Friedland at quailcreekdemocrats@gmail.com or (520) 445-6765.

Saturday, March 8, 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. David Garcia, candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction. Open to the public. For more information please contact dcsrapr@gmail.com or (520) 838-0590.

Wednesday, March 12, 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."Law Enforcement and Mental Health." presented by members of the Tucson Police Dept. and Pima County Sheriff's Dept. For more information please contact (520) 297-0095 or visit our web site at www.northsidedems.org.

Thursday, March 13, 11:30 a.m.: I Stand With Planned Parenthood luncheon, at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Avenue (Tucson). Registration 11:30 a.m., Luncheon Noon. Tables of 10 are $750, individual tickets are $85 each. You will be inspired by Jodi Jacobson, President and Editor-in-Chief of RH Reality Check, a daily online publication providing news, commentary and analysis on sexual and reproductive health and justice issues. We will honor Kent Burbank, director of the Pima County Victim Service Division since 2007 where he oversees the intervention, advocacy & financial compensation for crime and trauma victims. Purchase tickets here. For information about this event, please contact Edna Meza Aguirre at edaguirre@ppaz.org or (520) 784-5810.

Friday March 14: 25th Annual LULAC Youth Leadership Conference at Pima Community College – West Campus.

Friday, March 14, 11:30 a.m.: I Stand With Planned Parenthood luncheon, at the Arizona Biltmore Resort, 2400 E. Missouri Avenue (Phoenix). Registration 11:30 a.m., Luncheon Noon. Tables of 10 are $750, individual tickets are $85 each. You will be inspired by Jodi Jacobson, President and Editor-in-Chief of RH Reality Check, a daily online publication providing news, commentary and analysis on sexual and reproductive health and justice issues. Purchase tickets here. For information about this event, please contact John McDonald-O'Lear at jmcdonald-olear@ppaz.org or (602) 263-4215.

Saturday, March 15 – Sunday, March 16: Tucson Festival of Books.

John Nichols returns to Tucson

Saturday, March 15, 6:00 p.m.: PDA of Tucson and the Pima Area Labor Federation host author and commentator John Nichols of The Nation and MSNBC, at IBEW Local 570, 750 S. Tucson Blvd. (Tucson). Nichols mixes political commentary with snippets of history and calls for progressive action. Join PDA Tucson and PALF for an inspiring evening with a national figure. At this event, Nichols also will be selling and signing copies of his new book "Dollaroacy: How the Money and Media Election Complex Is Destroying America." Facebook John Nichols Returns to Tucson.

Monday, March 17: St. Patrick's Day.

Tuesday, March 18, 5:30 p.m.: Raul Grijalva Maricopa County campaign kickoff event, at the Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Avenue (Phoenix). Suggested Donation: $50 Young Professional, $100 Friend of the Congressman, $500 Goatee-level host, $1000 Mustache-level host. Facebook:
Congressman Grijalva's Maricopa County Campaign Kick-Off Fundraiser.

Tuesday, March 18, 6:00 p.m.: Cochise County Democratic Party general membership meeting, at the Benson City Council Chambers, 120 West 6th Street (Benson). The Northern Cochise County Democratic Club hosts. Superintendent of Benson Schools, will be guest speaker. Rich Brownell will show brief video from “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense.” CCDC PCs are encouraged to attend as we will be discussing the upcoming 2014 election year. Only PCs from across Cochise County have voting privileges, however like-minded guests are welcome. Democratic candidates wishing to address the Committee may request time on the agenda by contacting CCDC Chair, Pat Fleming, at cochisecodems@gmail.com no later than March 14.

Wednesday, March 19 – Sunday, March 23: Pinal County Fair.

Greenlee County Democrats’ 6th Annual Polly Rosenbaum Fundraising Dinner

Thursday, March 20, 6:00 p.m.: Greenlee County Democrats’ 6th Annual Polly Rosenbaum Fundraising Dinner, at Tyler’s Taste of Texas Restaurant (in Clifton.) This year’s theme: “WE ARE ONE” with Guest Speaker: Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick. $30 for a delicious dinner including salad; your choice of barbeque, Chicken Alfredo, Garden Alfredo (vegetarian) or prime rib ($5 more); coffee or tea and homemade cobbler. Cash wine and beer bar. For more information or to purchase a ticket, email us at greenleecountydemocrats@gmail.com or call 602-525-3686.

Friday, March 21 – Saturday, March 22: 2014 SACA Home & Garden Show, at Buena High School in Sierra Vista. Cochise County Democratic Party will be tabling voter registration at this event. Candidates are encouraged to attend. Sign-up sheet for Friday and Saturday, with booth hours is available at the CCDC headquarters in Sierra Vista during regular office hours. 520-458-9467. For more information, email Ken Davis at cochisecodems@gmail.com.

Annual St. Patricks Day Celebration

St.PatrickSaturday, March 22, 1:00 p.m.: LD 9 and LD 10 cohost the Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration at the home of George and Marjie Cunningham, 630 N. Alamo Avenue (Tucson). This is the annual campaign kick-off event for Southern Arizona. Come meet the candidates and socialize with your fellow Democrats. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. To order tickets secure online go to: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/st.pats. For more information plese contact Elaine Lim at (520) 795-3909.

Friday, March 28 – Sunday, March 30: SAHBA Home & Patio Show at the Tucson Convention Center.

Cesar Chavez March & Rally

Saturday, March 29, 9:00 a.m.: Cesar Chavez March & Rally. Meet at Pueblo High School, 3500 S. 12th Avenue, Tucson. We will march east on 44th St., south on South 6th Ave. to Rudy Garcia Park (formerly Rodeo Park). Rally, Music and Speakers held at the park! For more information please contact info@azcesarchavezcoalition.org or 520-940-7752.

Saturday, March 29, 10:30 a.m.: The Second Annual March for Equality: Arizona's Moral March, Meet at the Sandra Day O'Connor U.S. Courthouse, 401 W. Washington Street (Phoenix). This is a march for ALL communities passionate about social justice, reconciliation, & bold leadership in Arizona; all who embrace these values are welcome: atheists, religious communities, LGBTQ, straight, Latino, African American, Caucasian, disabled, immigrant, wealthy, poor, men, women, teachers, business owners, elected officials, doctors, lawyers, activists, labor unions, entrepreneurs, city employees, young, old…all are welcome. For more information on Facebook: The Second Annual March for Equality: Arizona's Moral March.

Tuesday, April 1 – Sunday, April 6: Yuma County Fair.

Thursday, April 3, 5:30 p.m.: 25th Annual LULAC Educator's and Scholarship Banquet, DoubleTree (Tucson Reid Park), 445. S. Alvernon Way. Tickets are $75 each. Details TBA.

Wednesday, April 9 – Sunday, April 13: Maricopa County Fair.

Friday, April 11 – Sunday, April 13: University of Arizona Spring Fling.

Arizona Democratic Party Spring State Committee Meeting

Saturday, April 12: Arizona Democratic Party Spring State Committee Meeting in Tucson. Details TBA. Save the date!

Tuesday, April 15: Passover begins at sundown.

Thursday, April 17 – Sunday, April 27: Pima County Fair.

Thursday, April 17, 5:00 p.m.: I Stand With Planned Parenthood dinner and raffle, at the Little America Hotel, 2515 E. Butler Avenue (Flagstaff). Purchase tickets here. For information about this event, please contact Annet Ruiter at aruiter@ppaz.org or (602) 263-4213.

Sunday, April 20: Easter Sunday.

Tuesday, April 22: Earth Day.

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