Political Calendar: Week of January 11, 2015


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Political Calendar for the Week of January 11, 2015:

Sunday, January 11, 2:00 p.m.: Memorial Service for former Tucson Mayor George Miller, at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ.

Sunday, January 11, 5:00 p.m.: Democrats of the Red Rocks Annual Meeting, at St. Andrews Church, 100 Arroyo Pinon Drive, Sedona, AZ. Featured speaker is Sen. Katie Hobbs and Kevin Ordean, Coconino Democratic Party Chair. Board elections, Italian buffet pot luck. Please contact Peggy at (928) 634-3837 to tell her what you will be bringing. there will also be a raffle and other great prizes.

Sunday, January 11, 6:00 p.m.: Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Service will be held at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 210 E. Lester Street, Tucson, AZ.

Monday, January 12: Opening Day of the Arizona legislature. “No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session.” – Mark Twain. That goes double for women and children in Arizona.

Monday, January 12, 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. Bryan Carter, UA Professor of African American Studies on “Why young adults are turned off by politics.” Next Week: No DGT in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Monday, January 12, 7:00 p.m.: Democrats of Oro Valley meeting, at the Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive (SE corner at La Cañada). 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, January 13, 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, January 14, 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.

Thursday, January 15 -17, 7:30 a.m.: Black Life Matters Conference is being held at the University of Arizona on Jan. 15-17th, from 7:30am – 4pm. This conference is for everyone, and discussions will be held on what can be done about sustained racialized violence. Scholars, writers, artists, activists, policymakers, and community members will all come together to discuss this important subject as they strive to reach new solutions and goals in memory of Martin Luther King Jr. Check with the website for registration information and contact details for an opportunity to attend a life-changing event commemorating this holiday.

Thursday, January 15, 5:30 p.m.: Yavapai County Democratic Party meeting, at the Prescott Adult Center, 1280 E. Rosser Street, Prescott, AZ. $10 donation, or $5 if you bring a pot luck dish. Speaker TBD.

Thursday, January 15, 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, January 16, 7:00 p.m.: The IMA Martin Luther King, Jr. Service will be held Friday, January 16, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at Rising Star MBC, 2800 E. 36th Street. GMWA Tucson Chapter will provide the music. The Honorable Art Hamilton of Phoenix, AZ will be our guest speaker. The program will feature local praise team, GMWA, and praise dancers. Many community leaders will also join us for this special service.

Saturday, January 17, 7:15 a.m.: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast at the Holmes Tuttle Boys & Girls Club, 2585 E. 36th Street, Tucson, AZ. Doors open at 7:15 a.m. and activities kick off at 8:00 a.m. Breakfast is free, however small donations will be taken.

Saturday, January 17, 11:00 a.m.: The Women’s Progressive and Civic Club, Arizona Chapter of The National Association of Colored Women Club Annual MLK Fish Fry, at Friendship MBC, 850 N. 11th Avenue, Tucson, AZ. The cost is $10.00 which includes delicious fried catfish, potato salad, green beans, bread, dessert, and water or a soda for a donation. Cheesecake is $3.00 per slice. For more information, please contact Cherry Jackson at (520) 806-0547.

Saturday, January 17, 3:00 p.m.: Foothills Forum event. Please join Steve Farley, Victoria Steele, Randy Friese (LD 9) and Bruce Wheeler (LD 10) at North Italia, 2995 East Skyline Drive, for this fun mixer and networking event in a relaxed, informal setting as the new session gets underway. Location: Cost: $10.00, Hor’s d’oeuvres and Cash Bar. For more information please contact contact@foothillsforum.org or (520) 477-1093.

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. Location TBA. An informal, inclusive progressive social group, and lively discussion. Contact: www.livingliberallytucson.org.

mlk-dayMonday, January 19: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  As part of the President’s national call to service initiative, this holiday is a call for Americans to spend some time serving their community and others. Check out www.nationalservice.gov to find some volunteer opportunities in Tucson for a MLK Day project, tool kits, information about the Pledge, the previous year’s accomplishments, and Student Art Contests for this special holiday.

Monday, January 19, 9:00 a.m.: Tucson’s Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. March has a new route this year: we will march from Santa Rita Park, 401 E. 22nd Street to Armory Park, 221 S. 6th Avenue, Tucson, AZ. March at 9:00 a.m. followed by a rally and program starting at 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Monday, January 19, 11:00 a.m.: The Tucson Jazz Festival is hosting a Free Concert for Martin Luther King Jr. Day and will feature concerts on two stages at the MLK Apartments and Courtyard, at 55 North 5th Avenue in Tucson, AZ. Concerts on two stages. Take advantage of some sunshine if the weather is fair that day and enjoy listening to some great music with the family.  Bring some chairs and set up with a family picnic,

Monday, January 19, 3:00 p.m.: Temple Emanuel is hosting Martin Luther King Jr. Day Freedom Song SINGALONG at 220 N. Country Club Road in Tucson, AZ.  This family-friendly event is free for all and refreshments will be provided, so bring the kids and sing along to encouraging songs and stories of courageous freedom fighters of yesterday that have provided us with such wondrous examples of overcoming adversity and strife. Ted Warmbrand will be leading this event, and all will be sure to enjoy learning some new songs to sing at home.

Tuesday, January 20, 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 kathleencrafts@gmail.com or by telephone at (520) 803-6697.

Tuesday, January 20, 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 brianclymer@yahoo.com or (520) 297-3539.

Tuesday, January 20, 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, January 20, 7:00 p.m.: State of The Union Address.

Wednesday, January 21, 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, January 21, 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 r_ybles@hotmail.com or (520) 790-3024.

Thursday, January 22, 8:00 a.m.: Democrats of the Red Rocks Monthly Breakfast, at the Olde Sedona Family Restaurant Bar & Grill, 1405 W. Highway 89A (Sedona), Breakfast is $12, includes buffet and gratuity. Breakfast at 8:00 program at 8;30 a.m. For more information please contact info@democratsoftheredrocks.org or (928) 203-5858.

Thursday, January 22, 3:00 p.m.: Sunflower 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 Buddy Gill at buddygill@comcast.net.

Thursday, January 22, 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 Richard.Reddy@fredonia.edu.

Arizona Democratic Party Biennial Reorganization Meeting

Saturday, January 24, 9:00 a.m.: Arizona Democratic Party Biennial Reorganization Meeting, at Camelback High School, 4612 N. 28th Street, Phoenix. Election of State Party officers. Registration 8:00 a.m., business meeting at 1:00 p.m. For more information go to www.azdem.org/about/state_committee/.

Sunday, January 25, 2:00 p.m.: Legislative District 11 meeting, at the Mountain Vista Unitarian Universalist Church, 3601 W. Cromwell Drive (Tucson). For more information please contact Tom Cuevas at zingue@msn.com or (520) 440-5458. Find us at www.AZLD11Dems.org.

Saddlebrooke Democrats Dinner/Comedy with David Fitzsimmons

Sunday, January 25, 5;30 p.m.: Saddlebrooke Democrats Dinner/Comedy Event, at the Mountain View Clubhouse, 38759 South Mountain View Boulevard, Tucson, AZ. 2015 Dinner and Comedy with David Fitzsimmons. Please reserve your seats by returning this Reservation Form.

Sunday, January 25, 6:00 p.m.: 2015 NFL Pro Bowl, at the University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ. Fans interested in purchasing Pro Bowl game tickets may go to NFL.com/probowl for more information.

Monday, January 26, 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 andres@canoagroup.com or (520) 304-5778.

Tuesday, January 27, 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!)

Wednesday, January 28, 11;00 a.m.: Democratic Women of the Prescott Area meeting, at the Stoneridge County Club, 1601 Bluff Top Drive, Prescott Valley, AZ. Featured speaker is Colleen Laukka, “Every Last Bite: Learning to appreciate progress in eating the proverbial elephant.” $15.00 for members, $17.00 non-members, includes lunch. Reservations at DWPrescottArea@gmail.com or (928) 848-2753.

Thursday, January 29 – Sunday, February 1: 77th Annual Tohono O’odham Nation Rodeo & Fair at the Eugene P. Tashquinth Sr. Livestock Complex located three (3) miles west of Sells, Arizona along State Route 86.

Saturday, January 31, 3:00 p.m.: (Special Date) Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area meeting at the DCSRA Headquarters, Room #248, Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley. Featured speaker is Saad Allawi on “The Decline of America,” an important and provocative program for anyone who has questions about the direction of our country. You are guaranteed a lively discussion during his question and answer presentation. A wine and cheese reception will follow. For more information, please contact Pam Duchaine at pamduchaine@gmail.com.

Sunday, February 1, Time TBD: Superbowl XLIX at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ . Tickets are by lottery to season ticket holders.

Monday, February 2, 6:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting.

Thursday, February 12: Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday.

Saturday, February 14: Valentine’s Day, Arizona Statehood Day.

The Wingspan Dinner: Celebrating legalized Love

Saturday, February 14, 5:30 p.m.: The Wingspan Dinner: Celebrating legalized Love, at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, 7000 N. Resort Drive (Tucson). Tickets are $125 if purchased before January 15, 2015; $145 for all tickets after January 15, 2015. 5:30 p.m. Registration/Silent Auction, 6;30 p.m. Dinner, 7:00 p.m. Community Awards, 7:30 p.m. Keynote Address, 8:30 p.m. Comedian, 9:30 p.m. closing. PURCHASE TICKETS by following this Link!

Monday, February 16: President’s Day observed.

Tuesday, February 17: Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras.

February 18-20: Pitchers and catchers report to Cactus League Baseball. Spring training games begin March 3.

Thursday, February 19: Chinese New Year. Year of the Sheep (Goat, or Ram). Gong Xi Fa Ca (happy New Year).

Saturday, February 21, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.: Vail Pride Day at the Pima County Fairgrounds, 11300 S. Houghton Road (from I-10). A huge community-wide event that involves almost every student in the 10,000-student district as well as teachers, staff, businesses and community organizations. Free, food and drink will be available for purchase from food vendors outside as well as from the many clubs and school groups.

Sunday, February 22: George Washington’s Birthday.

Thursday, February 26, 9:00 a.m.: 90th Annual 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. Call (520) 294-1280 for grandstand tickets. Schedule | Directions – 90th Annual Fiesta De Las Vaqueros.

Tucson Peace Fair and Music Festival

Saturday, February 28, 11:00 a.m.: 2015 Tucson Peace Fair and Music Festival at the Reid park band shell, 900 South Randolph Way, Tucson, AZ. 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. The 2015 theme is Challenging Poverty. For more info call (520) 730-3609 or email mdecamp@q.com.

Yuma County Democratic Party Annual Diamonds & Denim Dinner

Saturday, February, 28, 6:00 p.m.: Yuma County Democratic Party Annual Diamond & Denim Dinner, at the Cocopah Casino, 15318 South Avenue B, Somerton, AZ. Individual tickets $50, Denim Sponsor $800, Diamond Sponsor $1,000. Plan to attend and honor all former Yuma County Democratic Party chairs. To RSVP and for more information, please contact Sarah Lydick at diamonds@yumademocrats.com or Gail Beeler at gail@yumademocrats.com.

Sunday, March 8: International Women’s Day, 2015 Theme: Make It Happen.

Arizona List 11th Annual Celebration

Saturday, March 7: Arizona List 11th Annual Celebration, Tucson Luncheon at the Westin La Paloma, Phoenix Happy Hour at location TBD. Keynote Speaker is former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm. She currently serves as the co-chair of Priorities USA Action and is the Director of The American Jobs Project at UC Berkeley. After leaving office, Granholm hosted Current TV’s national political analysis show “The War Room with Jennifer Granholm” and co-authored the Washington Post political bestseller, A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future. Event and VIP tables sponsorships are available. For more information or to RSVP, please contact info@arizonalist.org or (520) 327-0520.

Arizona Advocacy Network 4th Annual Dinner Reclaiming Government For The People

Saturday, March 21, 6:00 p.m.: Arizona Advocacy Network hosts its 4th annual Dinner Reclaiming Government For The People, at the Pointe Hilton Resort, 7677 N. 16th Street, phoenix, AZ. Keynote Speaker is Congressman John Sarbanes, sponsor of the Government by The People Act. Please contact jon@azadvocacy.org to host a table and for sponsorship opportunities. More details TBA.

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