Political Calendar: Week of July 28, 2019

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Political Calendar for the Week of July 28, 2019:

Yavapai County Democratic Party Annual Picnic

Sunday, July 28,  1:00 p.m.: Yavapai County Democratic Party Annual Picnic, at Watson Lake Park, 3101 Watson Lake Park Road, Prescott. Lunch and beverages provided. $20.00 per person, $30 per family of four (+ State park fee for parking at the gate on entry). For more information please contact 928.541.0413 or email us at info@yavdem.org.

Sunday, July 28, 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.

Monday, July 29, Noon: Democrats of Greater Tucson luncheon, (NEW Location) Kettle Restaurant, 748 W. Starr Pass Blvd., west of I-10. East 22nd Street turns into W. Starr Pass Blvd. at the I-10.  The Kettle restaurant serves American buffet food, and is on the north side of the street, near the Quality Inn. An optional buffet lunch is available for just $12.00 that includes beverage, tax, and tip. Ordering from the regular menu is available. Featured speaker is Margo Cowan on Keep Tucson Together, Immigration Legal Clinics. Next Week: Peter Dobrovolny & John Eisele – 2030 District.

Monday, July 29, 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.

Second 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Debates

Tuesday, July 30 and Wednesday July 31, (8:00 ET)  5:00 p.m.: CNN Democratic Primary Debate from the Fox Theater in Detroit, Michigan. Aired On: CNN. Live Stream: CNN.com.

LD 10 Democratic Presidential Primary Debate Watch Party

Tuesday, July 30, 4:30 p.m.: LD 10 Debate Watch Party, at Pima Country Democratic Headquarters, 4639 E 1st Street, Tucson. Join your like-minded neighbors for the first night of the July 2019 Presidential Debates. Bring a snack to share and your own covered drinking container with your beverage of choice and watch the live stream broadcast on multiple screens. Bring a friend to this free event organized by the LD10 Democrats of Pima County. Please RSVP to stephotucson@gmail.com by Tuesday, July 30th at noon to reserve a space. Seating is limited.

Pima County Young Democrats Presidential Primary Debate Watch Party

Tuesday, July 30, 5:00 p.m.: Pima County Young Democrats host a debate watch party at Gentle Ben’s, 865 E. University Blvd., Tucson. We will be viewing the first night this go-around due to having watched the second night last time! Gentle Ben’s is allowing us to use the upstairs for even better viewing and it gives us more space so spread the word and invite all your friends!

Wednesday, July 31, 5:00 p.m.: Debate Watch Party for Sen. Kamala Harris, at Native Grill and Wings, 3100 E. Speedway, Tucson, starting at 5:30 PM. Join us us to hear Kamala speak truths, play debate bingo, connect with others thinking of voting for Kamala, and generally have a good time! Organizers will provide a non-alcoholic drink and appetizers for each attendee. Additional food and beverages can be purchased. This is a volunteer-organized event. Please RSVP at https://www.mobilize.us/kamalaharris/event/103601/, or email Robin Blackwood at larobinb@aol.com. Bring a friend!

Saturday, August 3, 9:30 a.m.: Legislative District 2 meeting, at the Sam Lena Library, 1607 S. 6th Avenue, Tucson. For more information please contact Gerald Stoops at gfstoops@gmail.com.

Saturday, August 3, 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.

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. 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).

Monday, August 5, 6:30 p.m.:  Pima County Democratic Party executive committee meeting.

Tuesday, August 6, 5:30 p.m.: Arizona List August Phoenix Happy Hour, at North Mountain Brewing Company, 522 E. Dunlap Avenue, Phoenix. Join us for a cold drink and spend some time with your fellow Democrats! Meet your local elected officials,  Re. Kelli Butler, Mayor Ginny Dickey, Mayor Alexis Hermosillo, and Councilmember Solenge Whitehead,  and make some new friends. Please RSVP by buying tickets online or emailing allison@arizonalist.org.

Thursday, August 8, 5:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Nucleus Club meeting, at the Viscount Suite Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson. Featured speaker is Congressman Raul Grijalva. Meet the second Thursday of each month. For more information, contact DGT at Pima County Democratic Headquarters (520) 326-3716.

Thursday, August 8, 5:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Disability Caucus meeting, at Direct Center, 1001 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson. Monthly meeting of the Disability Caucus. Open to the public. For more information please contact Contact Carol Brown (520) 325-9874.

Thursday, August 8, 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, August 8, 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.

Saturday, August 10, 9:30 a.m.: Tanque Verde Valley Democrats meeting, at Risky Business, 8848 E. Tanque Verde Road. Featured speaker is Merrill Eisenberg of Outlaw Dirty Money. Usually meet the second Saturday of each month. For more information visit our web site. Tanque Verde Valley Democratic Club.

Saturday, August 10, 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, August 10, 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, August 10, 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.

Saturday, August 10, 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 (Room 203 meeting room). Featured speaker is Merrill Eisenberg, Southern Arizona coordinator for Outlaw Dirty Money campaign. For more information please contact (520) 838-0590.

Monday, August 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). 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/.

9th Annual Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans Congressman Raul Grijalva Award Luncheon

Tuesday, August 13, 11:00 a.m.: 9th Annual Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans Congressman Raul Grijalva Award Luncheon, at the Randolph Clubhouse, Copper Room, 600 S. Alvernon Way, Tucson.  Honoring Fred Yamashita, executive director Arizona AFL-CIO “A Champion for Arizona’s Labor Retirees.” Tickets: $35 individual, $300 table of 10. Complete a registration form and send check payable to: “AARA” by August 7, 2019, c/o Arizona AFL-CIO, 3117 N. 16th Street, #200, Phoenix, AZ 85016. To obtain a form and for more information, please contact Charlene Grossman – Tucson (520) 682-2171, Dora Vasquez – Phoenix (602) 689-8048, or email Retirees@azaflcio.org.

Monday, August 13, 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, August 13, 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, August 13, 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, August 13, 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, August 14, 7:00 p.m.: Graham County Democratic Party meeting, at La Paloma Restaurant,  5183 Clifton Street, Solomon. Meet the second Wednesday of each month. For more information please contact us at grahamcountydemocraticparty@gmail.com or visit our Facebook Page.

Thursday, August 15, 8:00 a.m.: Democrats of the Red Rocks breakfast, at Old Sedona Family Restaurant Bar & Grill, 1405 W. Hwy. 89A, Sedona. Topic: Millenials and Beyond – Panel of young elected officials, candidates and activists. 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 August 16 – Sunday, August 18: Woodstock 50 in Watkins Glenn, NY.

Saturday, August 17, 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.

Monday, August 19, 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, August 20, 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.

City of Tucson’s Official 244th Birthday

Tuesday, August 21, 5:30 p.m.: City of Tucson’s Official 244th Birthday, at the Presidio San Agustín del Tucson, 196 N. Court Avenue, Tucson. Details TBA.  For more information see tucsonpresidio.com.

Wednesday, August 21, 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, August 21, 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, August 21, 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, August 21, 6:30 p.m.: Copa City Democrats meeting, location varies. For more information please contact Constance Jackson at jcksconniejean@aol.com.

Thursday, August 22, 6:00 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Labor Caucus meeting, at Pima County Democratic Party HQ, 4639 E. 1st Street, Tucson.

Thursday, August 22, 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.

Saturday, August 24, 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.

Coconino County Democratic Party’s Annual Monsoon Picnic

Saturday, August 24, 11:00 a.m.: Coconino County Democratic Party’s annual Monsoon Picnic, this year at Bushmaster Park, 3150 N. Alta Vista Drive, Flagstaff. Come enjoy the food, hobnob with candidates and socialize with like-minded people! This is a potluck with the party providing burgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, buns, and drinks. We ask that those whose last names begin with A-M bring a dessert and those whose last names begin with N-Z bring a salad or side dish. (Bring reusable plates and utensils if you can. We will provide paper and plastic.)

Saturday, August 24, 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.

Sunday, August 25, 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.

Monday, August 26: Women’s Equality Day, commemorating passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.

AZ Celebrates the 19th Amendment

Monday, August 26, 5:30 p.m.: AZ Celebrates the 19th Amendment, at Arizona State University, West Campus, 4701 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale. Keynote Speaker: Kathy Hoffman, AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction. Also Mayor Coral Evans, Flagstaff, AZ. For Tabling, Sponsorship opportunities, and to participate in our Parade of Runners, please contact Karen Bravo at 602-509-7231 or karen.l.bravo@gmail.com or 19thamendcelebration@gmail.com. For more information see EventBrite.

Monday, August 26, 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, August 26, 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, August 27: City of Tucson Primary Election for Mayor and Council members.

Tuesday, August 27, 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.

Tuesday, August 27, 6:30 p.m.: Northern Pinal County Democrats meeting, at the Pizza Hut, 240 S. Phelps Drive, Apache Junction. Meet the fourth Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact Kathy Guillen at (480) 620-7840 or gataguillen@yahoo.com.

Tuesday, August 27, 7:30 p.m.: PCDP Primary Election Night Party, at Reilly’s Craft Pizza, 101 E. Pennington Street, Tucson. Join Pima County Democrats to celebrate our Tucson mayor and council candidate primary winners on the November ballot.

Wednesday, August 28, 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, August 28, 6:30 p.m.: Pima County Young Democrats meeting, at Pima County Democratic Party HQ, 4639 E. 1st Street, Tucson. Everyone interested in learning more about supporting democratic issues, candidates or our club is welcome. We generally meet the fourth Wednesday of every month. For more information please see our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pg/pimayoungdems.

Friday, August 30 – Monday, September 2: Coconino County Fair, at Fort Tuthill County Park, 2446 Fort Tuthill Loop, Flagstaff.

Saturday, August 31 – Monday, September 2: 104th Sonoita Labor Day Rodeo, at the Sonoita Fairgrounds, 3142 AZ-83, Sonoita.

Monday, September 2: Labor Day.

PALF Annual Labor Day Picnic

Monday, September 2, 10:00 a.m.: Pima Area Labor Federation’s 23rd Annual Labor Day Picnic at the Reid Park Bandshell. Join us for free food, drinks, games and our 9th annual union olympics. Details TBA.

Santa Cruz County Democratic Party Labor Day Picnic

Monday, September 2, 11:00 a.m.: Santa Cruz County Democratic Party Labor Day Picnic, at Teyechea Park, W. Paseo Contento Loop (behind city hall), Nogales. Free Chuyito’s hot dogs to the fist 200 guests. Music, games and prizes.

Wednesday, September 4 – Saturday, September 7: Apache County Fair, at 825 W. 4th, North Saint Johns.

Thursday, September 5 – Sunday, September 8: Yavapai County Fair, at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds, 840 Rodeo Drive, Prescott.

Thursday, September 5 – Sunday, September 8: Northern Gila County Fair, at the Payson Event Center, 1400 Beeline Hwy., Payson.

Sunday, September 8: Week one of the 2019 NFL season.

Wednesday, September 11: Patriot Day.

Wednesday, September 11 – Sunday, September 15: Navajo County Fair & Rodeo, at the Navajo County Fair Grounds, 404 E. Hopi Drive, Holbrook.

Thursday, September 12 – Sunday, September 15: Mohave County Fair, at the Mohave County Fairgrounds, 2600 Fairgrounds Blvd., Kingman.

Third 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Debates

Thursday, September 12 and Friday, September 13, (Time TBA): ABC News Democratic Primary Debate from Houston, TX (venue TBA). Aired On: ABC, Univision. Live Stream: ABC News Live.

Saturday, September 14, 11:00 a.m.: 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.

Saturday, September 17: Constitution Day/Citizenship Day.

Thursday, September 19 – Sunday, September 22: Gila County Fair, at the Gila County Fairgrounds, located just north of Globe on US 60.

Thursday, September 19 – Sunday, September 22: Greenlee County Fair, at the Greenlee County Fair Grounds, 1248 Fairgrounds Road, Duncan.

Friday, September 20 – Sunday, September 22: Santa Cruz County Fair, at the Sonoita Fairgrounds, 3142 AZ-83, Sonoita.

Arizona Democratic Party State Committee Meeting

Saturday, September 21, 9:00 a.m.: Arizona Democratic Party State Committee Meeting, at Prescott Mile High Middle School, 300 S. Granite Street, Prescott. Registration will be from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Caucus meetings are from 9 a.m. to noon. Lunch available at meeting location. Plenary session begins at 1 p.m.

Democrats of Greater Tucson 2019 Awards Luncheon – Save the date!

Sunday, September 22, 11:30 a.m.: Democrats of Greater Tucson 2019 Awards Luncheon, at Hotel Tucson City Center, 475 N. Granada Avenue, Tucson. Master of Ceremonies is David Fitzsimmons of the Arizona Daily Star. Details TBA. Save the date!

Tuesday, September 24: National Voter Registration Day.

Thursday, September 26 – Sunday, September 29: Cochise County Fair, at the Cochise County Fair Grounds, 3677 N. Leslie Canyon Road, Douglas.

Saturday, September 28, 11:00 a.m.: Tucson Pride Parade 2019. Step off at 11:00 a.m. at Reid Park, 22nd Street (at Alvernon Way) in Tucson.

Saturday, September 28, Noon: 42nd Annual Pride in The Desert, at Reid Park, 22nd Street (at Alvernon Way) in Tucson. See Pride In The Desert 2019.

Friday, October 4 – Sunday, October 27: Arizona State Fair, at the Arizono State Fair Grounds, 1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix.

Thursday, October 10 – Sunday, October 13: Graham County Fair, at the Graham County Fairgrounds, 527 E. Armory Road, Safford.

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