Political Calendar: Week of February 17, 2019

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Political Calendar for the Week of February 17, 2019:

Monday, February 18: Presidents Day.

Monday, February 18, 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 Dr. Elizabeth Oglesby on the History & Causes of Central American Migration. Next Week: Courtney Slanaker from the Red Cross.

Monday, February 18, 6:00 p.m.: Northern Pinal County Democrats meeting, at Mountain view Lutheran Church, 2122 S. Goldfield Road, Apache Junction. For more information please contact David Coward at dbcoward@gmail.com.

Tuesday, February 19, 11:00 a.m.: Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona meeting, at Manda Le Bar & Grill, 3455 Canyon De Flores, Sierra Vista, Meet the third Tuesday of each month. The cost of the luncheon is $15.00. For more information please contact Pat Smith at pandw111167@aol.com.  Visit our web page, Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona.

Wednesday, February 20, 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.

Wednesday, February 20, 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, February 20, 6:30 p.m.: Democracy for America – Maricopa County (DFA-MC) monthly meeting is the third 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, February 20, 6:30 p.m.: Legislative District 10 meeting, at new meeting location, Unitarian Universalist Church, Goddard Hall, 4831 E 22nd Street, Tucson.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 Bonnie Heidler at ld10azdems@gmail.com.

Wednesday, February 20, 6:30 p.m.: Copa City Democrats meeting, location varies. For more information please contact Constance Jackson at jcksconniejean@aol.com.

Thursday, February 21, 8:00 a.m.: Democrats of the Red Rocks breakfast, at Old Sedona Family Restaurant Bar & Grill, 1405 W. Hwy. 89A, Sedona. Guest speaker is Terry Goddard on Outlaw Dirty Money effort. Meet the third Thursday of each month. Admission is $15, includes buffet breakfast and gratuity. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. Please RSVP to (928) 274-6541.

Thursday, February 21, 9:00 a.m.: Tucson Rodeo Parade. Over 200 non-motorized floats are on display along the one and one-half mile parade route beginning at Park Ave. and Ajo Way, proceeding south on Park to Irvington Rd. Tickets for Grandstand seating at Irvington and South 6th Ave, $10 adults, $5 kids under 13. For more information please call us at 520-294-1280.

Thursday, February 21, 5:30 p.m.: (Special date) Pima County Democratic Party Nucleus Club meeting, at the Viscount Suite Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway Blvd. Featured speaker is councilwoman Regina Romero, candidate for Tucson mayor. Meet the second Thursday of each month. For more information please contact Ash Silverburg at (520) 326-3716.

Thursday, February 21, 6:00 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Labor Caucus formation meeting, at the Pima County Democratic Party HQ, 4639 E. 1st Street, Tucson. Are you a Union sibling? Or do you support organized labor causes? Want to have a seat at the table and help strengthen the ties between the PCDP and our labor values and goals? Come join us to discuss the formation of a labor caucus! We will have to vote on officers, discuss by-laws, do some paperwork and start a discussion about strategy moving forward.(You don’t have to be a registered Democrat or a Union member to be welcomed. All community partnerships are valued, and you have a seat at our table if you passionately believe in advocating for labor values).” For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/events/606137963159941/.

Friday, February 22: George Washington’s birthday.

Friday, February 22: AZ Legislature: Last day for House consideration of House bills and Senate consideration of Senate bills.

Friday, February 22, 6:30 p.m.: Young Democrats of Arizona fundraiser: An Evening with Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick. Meet Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick, local democratic public officials, and Arizona Democratic Party Leaders, at Borderlands Brewing Company, 119 E. Toole Avenue, Tucson. Ticketed event, see ActBlue for prices and to purchase tickets.

Saturday, February 23, 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.

37th Annual Tucson Peace Fair & Music Festival

Saturday, February 23, 11:00 a.m.: 37th Annual Tucson Peace Fair & Music Festival, at Armory Park (new location), 221 S. 6th Avenue, Tucson. This FREE event is Arizona’s largest gathering of Peace, Justice, and Environmental groups. There will be live music, tables, food, entertainment, and children’s activities.

Saturday, February 23, 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 Steve Witthoeft at sdwitt77@gmail.com.

Saturday, February 23, 2:00 p.m.: Mark Kelly campaign kickoff at Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St. Admission is free, but attendees are asked to register online before the event at go.markkelly.com/page/s/tucson-launch-event-signup.

Catalina Democrats Club event with Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick

Saturday, February 23, 4:00 p.m.: Catalina Democrats Club hosts Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, at the home of Alison Jones, PCDP Chair. Catalina Democrats Club is a generous donor support organization for the Pima County Democratic Party. Membership is $1,000 year, $1,500 year for couples, paid annually or by recurring monthly donations ($85/$25). Payment can be made by check or credit at www.pimadems.org and click on the “donate” link at the top of the page. To RSVP email cat@pimadems.org.

Mohave County Democratic Party’s Blue Wave Dinner

Saturday, February 23, 6:00 p.m.: Mohave County Democratic Party’s Blue Wave Dinner, at the Chaparral Country Club, 1260 Mohave Drive, Bullhead City. Guest speaker is Kelly Fryer.  No host bar, fine dining. Live music by Gateway Band. Tickets are $40 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets, please contact us at (928) 753-0006 or (714) 322-5680.

Special Announcements:

DCSRA Current Events 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 The Shanty, 401 E. 9th Street, Tucson. We need to know by the morning of each meeting approximately how many folks will attend. Next meeting is Wednesday, February 20. Please RSVP to tucson@drinkingliberally.org. Informal but thoughtful conversation. As a reminder, The Shanty does not serve food (yes, there is popcorn), so please feel free to bring your own or order in, all allowed at The Shanty. 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).

Sunday, February 24, 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, February 24, 3:00 p.m.: Sunrise Movement Southern AZ Meeting, at the Historic Y, 738 N. 5th Avenue, Tucson. We’ll be meeting to discuss, plan, and create movement for a just transition away from fossil fuels. We are working to pass the Green New Deal and answer the climate crisis with community solutions grounded in justice and hope.

Sunday, February 24, 5:30 p.m.: Maricopa County Democratic Party Executive Committee Meeting at HQ, 2914 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. Meet and greet (and dinner) begins at 5:30. Meeting begins promptly at 6:00 p.m.

Monday, February 25, 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 Eva Dong at ecdong1@gmail.com.

Tuesday, February 26, 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 Kim Holoway at kimholaway@gmail.com.

Wednesday, February 27, 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, February 28, 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 Like Us on Facebook.

6th Annual League of Women Voters Issues & Eggs Breakfast Forum

Friday, March 1, 7:30 a.m.: 6th Annual League of Women Voters Issues & Eggs Breakfast Forum, at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel – Reid Park, 445 S Alvernon Way, Tucson. Panel discussion of healthcare and positive aging, caregiving, end-of-life discussions. Individual tickets: $50 Reserve w/payment by February 25. Sponsorships: $5000 $2500 $1500 $1000 $500.Click here to register: http://lwvgt.org/IssuesAndEggs.html. For more information please contact issuesandeggs@lwvgt.com.

Friday, March 1, 11:00 a.m.: 2019 State of The City Luncheon, at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Avenue, Tucson. 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Tucson Metro Chamber Business Expo. 12:00 p.m. Luncheon and Address. The Tucson Metro Chamber will host the annual State of the City luncheon where Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will deliver his “State of the City” address. This highly attended event provides a platform for Mayor Rothschild to outline his goals, planned policies and objectives for the City of Tucson in the coming year. Admission: Members-$80, Non-Members-$110. Register Here.

Saturday, March 2 – Sunday March 3, 9:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m.: Tucson Festival of Books at the University of Arizona Mall. The Tucson Festival of Books is a community-wide celebration of literature. Offered free-of-charge, the Festival exists to improve literacy rates among children and adults. All proceeds following the Festival support critical local literacy programs. The first Festival was in 2009. 2018 is the Festival’s 10th anniversary. Attendance has grown from 75,000 to over 100,000 including authors and visitors from all over the U.S. and overseas.

Saturday, March 2, 9:30 a.m.: Legislative District 2 meeting, at the Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley (Room 203 meeting room). For more information please contact Gerald Stoops at gfstoops@gmail.com.

Saturday, March 2, 10:00 a.m.: Greater Huachuca Area Democrats meeting, at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 798 S. Highway 92, Sierra Vista. For more information please contact ghadc1@yahoo.com.

Saturday, March 2, 6:00 p.m.: Pinal County Democratic Party executive committee meeting, at Pinal County HQ, 345 W. Central Avenue, Coolidge. For more information please contact Paul Skalicky at Pinaldemocrat@gmail.com.

DCSRA Dinner with John Nichols of The Nation

Sunday, March 3, 5:00 p.m.: DCSRA hosts John Nichols of The Nation at our annual fundraiser dinner, at theMadera Clubhouse Ballroom, Quail Creek, 2055 E. Quail Crossing Blvd., Green Valley. Ticket prices: Basic $60, Sponsor $100, Patron #200. Tickets are available at DCSRA headquarters, Continental Mall, Suite 208, Green Valley, and soon available on Act Blue. For more information please call (520) 838-0590.

Monday, March 4, 6:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party executive committee meeting.

Tuesday, March 5: Mardis Gras.

Wednesday, March 6, 5:30 p.m.: Graham County Democratic Party meeting, at Graham County Chamber of Commerce, 820 W. Main Street, Safford. Meet the first Wednesday of each month. For more information please contact Becky Fox at beckyfox@cableone.net.

Thursday, March 7 – Sunday, March 9: La Paz County Fair, 21600 Hillside Drive, Parker.

Thursday, March 7, 4:00 p.m.: Greenlee County Democratic Party meeting, at the Clifton Railroad Station, 100 N. Coronado Blvd., Clifton. Meet the first Thursday of each month. For more information see our Facebook Page.

Friday, March 8: International Women’s Day.

Women in Blue Annual Event

Friday, March 8, 11:00 a.m.: Women in Blue annual event, sponsored by the Arizona Federation of Democratic Women, at because – Space for Life, 3419 E. University Drive, Phoenix. Event Registration cost is $20. Register secure online at ActBlue.

Friday, March 8 – Sunday, March 10: 31st Annual Chandler Ostrich Festival, at Tubleweed Park, 745 E. Germann Road, Chandler. Main Stage Entertainment Schedule: Friday – Flo Rida, Saturday – The Commodores, Sunday – Andy Grammer. @019 ticket prices TBA. Ride tickets can be purchased at the festival for $1 each, 25 tickets for $23, and 80 tickets for $70. Unlimited Ride Wristbands will be available for purchase at Valley Bashas and Food City locations for $27, or for $30 at the festival.To receive information regarding group rates and admission, please call (480) 588-8497.

Saturday, March 9, 9:30 a.m.: Tanque Verde Valley Democrats meeting, at Risky Business, 8848 E. Tanque Verde Road. LD9 & LD10 Legislative Update. Usually meet the second Saturday of each month. For more information visit our web site. Tanque Verde Valley Democratic Club.

Saturday, March 9, 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, March 9, 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, March 9, 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.

Planned Parenthood of Arizona’s The Really Big Show (of Support) – Tucson

Saturday, March 9, 5:30 p.m.: Planned Parenthood of Arizona’s The Really Big Show (of Support), at the Rialto Theater, 318 E. Congress Street, Tucson. 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm VIP Reception, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Very Big Show. To purchase tickets, please click here. For sponsorship opportunities, please click here. For additional information, please contact Desiree Garcia at degarcia@ppaz.org or 602-263-4222.

Monday, March 11, 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/.

Monday, March 11, 7:00 p.m.: Democrats of the Highlands at Dove Mountain meeting, in the Dove Mountain Clubhouse Catalina Room II, 4949 W. Heritage Club Blvd., Marana. For more information please contact (520) 661-1919.

Tuesday, March 12, Noon: Democrats 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, March 12, 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, March 12, 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.

Wednesday, March 13, 7:00 p.m.: Graham County Democratic Party meeting , at La Paloma Restaurant,  5183 Clifton Street, Solomon. For more information please contact us at grahamcountydemocraticparty@gmail.com or visit our Facebook Page.

Thursday, March 14, 5:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Nucleus Club meeting, at the Viscount Suite Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway Blvd. Meet the second Thursday of each month. For more information please contact Ash Silverburg at (520) 326-3716.

Thursday, March 14, 5:30 p.m.: Yavapai County Democratic Party meeting, at the Prescott Adult Center, 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, March 14, 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.

School Shutdown Climate Strike

Friday, March 15: Youth Global Climate Strike.  in AMERICA on Friday, March 15th 2019! We’ll be joined by @Strike4Youth & @Fridays4future as YOUTH rise up and demand worldwide ! Youth from across the US are striking on March 15th to show our legislators that we need a #GreenNewDeal! Interested in attending a school strike in your area? Go to to see if your state is on the map! If it isn’t, email us at climatestrikeusa@gmail.com!

Saturday, March 16, 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.

2019 Diamonds & Denim Dinner

Saturday, March 16, 6:00 p.m.: Yuma County Democratic Party’s 2019 Diamonds & Denim Dinner, at the Cocopah Casino-Resort-Conference Center, in the Cocopah Cottonwood room, 15318 S. Avenue B, Somerton, AZ. Details TBA. Save the date!

Sunday, March 17: St. Patrick’s Day.

Sunday, March 17, 1:00 p.m.: St. Patrick’s Day Party sponsored by LD9 and LD10, hosted by George and Margie Cunningham, 630 N. Alamo, Tucson. This is the campaign kickoff event of the year. This year’s St. Pat’s Day party will feature Senate Candidate Mark Kelly and Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, as well as candidates for Tucson Mayor and City Council! Come hear the candidates and other elected officials. Tucson’s best corned beef, great food, great people. Purchase tickets secure online at ActBlue.

Monday, March 18, 6:00 p.m.: Northern Pinal County Democrats meeting, at Mountain view Lutheran Church, 2122 S. Goldfield Road, Apache Junction. For more information please contact David Coward at dbcoward@gmail.com.

Tuesday, March 19, 11:00 a.m.: Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona meeting, at Manda Le Bar & Grill, 3455 Canyon De Flores, Sierra Vista, Meet the third Tuesday of each month. The cost of the luncheon is $15.00. For more information please contact Pat Smith at pandw111167@aol.com.  Visit our web page.Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona.

Wednesday, March 20 – Sunday, March 24: Pinal County Fair, 512 S. Eleven Mile Corner Road, Casa Grande.

Wednesday, March 20, 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.

Wednesday, March 20, 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, March 20, 6:30 p.m.: Democracy for America – Maricopa County (DFA-MC) monthly meeting is the third 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, March 20, 6:30 p.m.: Legislative District 10 meeting, at new meeting location, Unitarian Universalist Church, Goddard Hall, 4831 E 22nd Street, Tucson.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 Bonnie Heidler at ld10azdems@gmail.com.

Wednesday, March 20, 6:30 p.m.: Copa City Democrats meeting, location varies. For more information please contact Constance Jackson at jcksconniejean@aol.com.

Thursday, March 21, 8:00 a.m.: Democrats of the Red Rocks breakfast, at Old Sedona Family Restaurant Bar & Grill, 1405 W. Hwy. 89A, Sedona. Guest speaker is Terry Goddard on Outlaw Dirty Money effort. Meet the third Thursday of each month. Admission is $15, includes buffet breakfast and gratuity. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. Please RSVP to (928) 274-6541.

Friday, March 22 – Sunday, March 24: Fourth Avenue Street Fair. The Street Fair takes place between Ninth Street and University Blvd. along Fourth Avenue in Tucson. Free to the public, the Fourth Avenue Street Fair brings together 400+ arts and crafts booths, 35+ food vendors, Main Stage, street musicians, food, jugglers, street performers, the ever so popular Free Kids hands-on-art Pavilion. There is face painting, balloons, demonstrations, sidewalk entertainment and tons of other fun activities. This is Tucson’s Largest Arts Venue.

Saturday, March 23, 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, March 23, 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 Steve Witthoeft at sdwitt77@gmail.com.

Saturday, March 23, 2:00 p.m.:  2019 Salsa Festival, at Copper Sky Regional Park, Maricopa, AZ (located off SR 347 and Bowlin Road). The Salsa Festival is Maricopa’s largest event drawing more than 10,000 people to the city. Admission is free, but there is a minimal fee to participate in some activities at the festival. $5 on-site limited parking. Turn on Bowlin Road entrance.

Sunday, March 24, 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, March 24, 5:30 p.m.: Maricopa County Democratic Party Executive Committee Meeting at HQ, 2914 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. Meet and greet (and dinner) begins at 5:30. Meeting begins promptly at 6:00 p.m.

Monday, March 25, 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 Eva Dong at ecdong1@gmail.com.

Tuesday, March 26, 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 Kim Holoway at kimholaway@gmail.com.

Wednesday, March 27, 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, March 28, 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 Like Us on Facebook.

Thursday, March 28: Opening Day of 2018 Major League Baseball season. The 2019 MLB season will open on earliest day ever. All 30 teams will take to the field.

Friday, March 29: AZ Legislature: Last day for House consideration of Senate bills and Senate consideration of House bills.

30th Annual LULAC Youth Leadership Conference

Friday, March 29, 8:00 a.m.: 30th Annual LULAC Youth Leadership Conference, at Pima Community College West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road, Tucson. The YLC strives to promote, develop, and enhance leadership skills among youth in Pima County. The philosophy behind the Youth Leadership Conference for the last 28 years has been to encourage and motivate students to remain in school, set goals and reinforce education as the key to success. Another key factor has been to expose students to an environment that fosters positive relationships among peers, teachers and the community. Register at LULAC Youth Leadership Conference.

The Arizona César E. Chávez Holiday Coalition Presents the 19th Annual March and Rally

Saturday, March 30, 9:00 a.m.: The Arizona César E. Chávez Holiday Coalition Presents the 17th Annual March and Rally. Save the date!

Saturday, March 30, 10:00 a.m.: LD 10 Town Hall, at the Kirk-Bear Canyon Library, 8959 E. Tanque Verde Road, Tucson. Sen. David Bradley and Reps. Kirsten Engel and Domingo DeGrazia give a legislative update and answer your questions in a Q&A.

Marana Founders Day Festival

Saturday, March 30, 10:00 a.m.: Marana Founders Day Festival, parade begins at 10:00 a.m., festival begins at 11:30 a.m.

19th Annual Roosevelt-Kennedy Dinner

Saturday, March 30, 5:30 p.m.: Coconino County Democratic Party’s 19th Annual Roosevelt-Kennedy Dinner, at the Little America Hotel, 2515 E. Butler Avenue, Flagstaff. There will be a cocktail hour at 5:30 pm with a cash bar, and dinner will be served at 7:00 pm. Featured speakers are Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, and Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman.The Roosevelt-Kennedy Dinner is our largest fund-raising effort of the year for the Coconino County Democratic Party.  Proceeds from ticket sales and the telephone and live auctions support operations of the Coconino County Democratic Party, including grassroots organizing, keeping the office open, and paying the salary of our Operations Manager. Tickets are $85 per person, $680 f0r table of eight. Buy your tickets here. For more information, please email info@ccdem.org or call (928) 214-0393.

Tuesday, April 2: Equal Pay Day.

Tuesday, April 2 – Sunday, April 7: Yuma County Fair, 2520 E. 32nd Street, Yuma.

Sunday, April 7, 9:00 a.m.: Cyclovia Tucson. Tucsonans can celebrate a five-mile bike ride on carless streets from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Wednesday, April 10 – Sunday, April 14: Maricopa County Fair, AZ Exposition & State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix.

I Stand With Planned Parenthood luncheon – Flagstaff

Thursday, April 11, 6:00 p.m.: I Stand With Planned Parenthood dinner, at the High Country Conference Center, 201 W. Butler Avenue, Flagstaff. To purchase tickets or become a sponsor, please click here. For additional information please contact Desiree Garcia at degarcia@ppaz.org or 602-263-4222.

Friday, April 12 – Sunday, April 14: University of Arizona Spring Fling on the University of Arizona Mall. Spring Fling is the largest student-run carnival in the nation attracting over 25,000 guests. Spring Fling provides over 35 rides and games to attendees, over 20 different food booths with a wide variety.

Friday, April 12 – Sunday, April 14: Tombstone Rose Tree Parade and Festival, in Tombstone, AZ. For more information see the Rose Festival Facebook Page.

Saturday, April 13: Pima County Democratic Party Udall Dinner, at the Desert Diamond Casino. Save the date!

I Stand With Planned Parenthood luncheon – Phoenix

Thursday, April 18, Noon: I Stand With Planned Parenthood luncheon, at the Arizona Biltmore Resort, Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom, 2400 E. Missouri Avenue, Phoenix.  To purchase tickets or become a sponsor, please click here. For additional information please contact Desiree Garcia at degarcia@ppaz.org or 602-263-4222.

Thursday, April 18 – Sunday, April 28: Pima County Fair, 11300 S. Houghton Road.

Friday, April 19: AZ Legislature: Last day for conference committees.

Saturday, April 20: Passover begins.

Sunday, April 21: Easter Sunday.

Monday, April 22: Earth Day.

Sunday, April 28: Workers Memorial Day.

Wednesday, May 1: International Workers Day.

Wednesday, May 1 – Sunday, May 5: Verde Valley Fair, 800 E. Cherry Street, Cottonwood.

Saturday, May 5, 10:00 a.m.: West End Fair in Sierra Vista. Vendors line Fry Blvd. from N. Garden Avenue to North Avenue. Car show, food and entertainment. For more information, email SVWestEndFairs@gmail.com.

Sunday, May 5: Cinco de Mayo.

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