Political Calendar: Week of March 13, 2016


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Political Calendar for the Week of March 13, 2016:

Monday, March 14, 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 Gayle Hartmann, Director of Friends of the Santa Ritas, update on the fight against Rosemont Mine. Next Week: Former Arizona supreme Court Justice Stanley Feldman on “Prop. 123 from a legal perspective.”

Monday, March 14, 5:30 p.m.: Arizona Advocacy Network March Happy hour, at Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe Square Shopping Center, 6428 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe. Author Derek Cressman, Director of the State PIRG’s Democracy Program and Vice President for States with CommonCause, for a discussion and book signing of his new book “When Money Talk$: The High Price of ‘Free’ Speech And The Selling of Democracy.

Monday, March 14, 7:00 p.m.: Democrats of Oro Valley meeting, at the Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive (SE corner at La Cañada). Panel Discussion on Prop. 123, 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, March 15: Ides of March Primary: Florida Primary, Illinois Primary, Missouri Primary, North Carolina Primary, Ohio Primary, Northern Marianas islands (GOP Caucus).

Tuesday, March 15, 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. Visit our web page.Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona.

Tuesday, March 15, 5:30 p.m.: City of Tucson Budget Forum, at the El Pueblo Senior Center, 101 W. Irvington Road, Tucson. Tucson Councilmembers Regina Romero and Richard Elias are co-sponsoring this forum. City Manager Mike Ortega and Chief Financial Officer Joyce Garland will provide the public with a budget update. Q & A to follow. For more information please contact the Ward 1 Council Office (520) 791-4040 or the Ward 5 Council Office (520) 791-4231.

Tuesday, March 15, 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, March 15, 6:30 p.m.: Oracle Democrats meeting, at the Oracle Fire Department, 1475 W. American Avenue (Oracle). For more information please contact Jim Walsh at (520) 896-2079.

Wednesday, March 16 – Sunday, March 20: Pinal County Fair, 512 S. Eleven Mile Corner Road, Casa Grande.

Wednesday, March 16, 6:30 p.m.: PDA Tucson Chapter meeting, at 1510 E. Grant Road. (Councilwoman Karin Uhlich’s office) Entrance is at rear, parking available on east and west sides of building and on adjacent street. Program begins at 7:00 p.m. Discussion of Money in Politics: Dark, Light and in-between-Strategies for Change with presentations on the 2016 ballot initiative to broaden and strengthen AZ Clean Elections, status of Move to Amend efforts, and related issues. The speakers will be Samantha Pstross, Executive Director of AZ Advocacy Network (AZAN) who will discuss the 2016 initiative to broaden and strengthen AZ Clean Elections, and a representative from Move to Amend (MTA) an effort to mitigate the Citizens United decision.

Wednesday, March 16, 6:30 p.m.: Democracy for America – Maricopa County (DFA-MC) monthly meeting is the 3rd Wednesday of every month, and the new location is Macayo’s on Central Avenue, South of Indian School. DFA-MC is on the web, Facebook and Twitter. For more information contact DFAofMC@gmail.com.

Wednesday, March 16, 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). Reminder: Please bring your non-perishable food items for the St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser. For more information lease contact Rob Selby at r_ybles@hotmail.com or (520) 790-3024.

Thursday, March 17: St. Patrick’s Day.

Thursday, March 17, 8:00 a.m.: Democrats of the Red Rocks breakfast, at Old Sedona Family Restaurant Bar & Grill, 1405 W. Hwy. 89A, Sedona. Speakers: DORR president Karen McClelland, and  Arizona Education Association President Andrew Morrill, for a discussion of Prop. 123 and other funding schemes for Arizona’s public education system.  Admission is $12, includes buffet breakfast and gratuity. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. Please RSVP to (928) 274-6541.

Friday, March 18: District-level Delegate filing deadline. An individual can qualify as a candidate for district-level delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention by filing a statement of candidacy designating his or her singular presidential (or uncommitted) preference and a signed pledge of support for the presidential candidate (including uncommitted status) with the Arizona Democratic Party at 2910 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012 by March 18, 2016 by 5:00 p.m. A delegate candidate may modify his or her singular presidential preference by submitting an updated pledge of support no later than the filing deadline.

16th Annual César E. Chávez March and Rally for Education

Saturday, March 19, 9:00 a.m.: 16th Annual César E. Chávez March and Rally for Education. March begins at Pueblo Magnet High School, 3500 S. 12th Avenue, Tucson. Meet at Pueblo High School, March east on 44th Street, South on South 6th Ave. to Rudy Garcia Park (formerly Rodeo Park). For more information find the Arizona César E. Chávez Holiday Coalition on Facebook or go to www.ChavezAZ.com.

Saturday, March 19, 9:30 a.m.: League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson host “Arizona’s Public Education: The Reality of Reform and The ABC’s of Prop 123,” at the Joel Valdez Library, 101 N Stone Avenue, Tucson. Light refreshment from 9:30 am to 10 am, program from 10 am to noon. Free and open to the public. Our featured speaker is Richard Gilman. Mr. Gilman is a retired publisher of the Boston Globe and the founder and primary contributor of Bringing Up Arizona, a research-based web publication focused on public education.  Following Mr. Gilman’s presentation, representatives from campaigns supporting and opposing the proposition will explain their positions and answer questions. Also, the LWVAZ Education Finance Study Committee will provide an update on the League’s Prop 123 task force.

Saturday, March 19, 10:00 a.m.: Pima County Democratic Party African-American Caucus meeting, at Grace Temple Baptist Church, 1030 E. 31st Street, Tucson. Caucus meeting with guest speaker Representative Victoria Steele, running for Congress in CD 2. For more information please call (520) 241-8408.

Saturday, March 19, 10:00 a.m.: Cochise County Democratic Party meeting, location TBA. Mikel Weisser, for the AZ Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana initiative, and Morgan Abraham, from “No on Prop 123,” will be our speakers. For more information please contact cochisecodems@gmail.com or (520) 458-9467.

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 Jean Vickers jean.vickers@cox.net.

Drinking Liberally

Third Wednesday of each month, 6:00 p.m.: Drinking Liberally returns to Tucson, at Casa Vicente (375 S. Stone Avenue, Tucson, casavicente.com) whose gracious and helpful wait staff sets the table(s) for us. We need to know by the morning of each meeting approximately how many folks willattend. Please RSVP to tucson@drinkingliberally.org. Our next meeting is March 16th. Informal but thoughtful conversation, good wine and beer, and good food. There i’s no obligation to order anything–but as a thank you to Casa Vicente for the use of their patio, I hope everyone will order at least one drink (alcoholic or otherwise). And the Tapas are wonderful! The patio is almost completely covered, so weather isn’t much of a problem and there’s plenty of free parking.

Annual St. Patricks’ Day Fundraiser

St.PatrickSunday, March 20, 1:00 p.m.: Legislative Districts 9 and 10 host the Annual St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser at the home of George and Margie Cunningham, 630 N. Alamo Avenue, Tucson, AZ. This is the annual political season kick-off event for Democratic candidates in Pima County. Tucson’s best corned beef & cabbage with all the fixings and side dishes, bountiful desserts, soft drinks and beer. Tickets are only $20 per adult if purchased in advance. Children 6-12 $10, under the age of 6 free. Ticket price goes up to $25 at the door, so purchase your tickets early. Purchase tickets secure online at http://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/saintpatrick. A limited number of tickets will be sold. The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament will be on the TV for you basketball fans, so you have no reason to miss this fun event.

Sunday, March 20, 4:00 p.m.: Congressman Raúl Grijalva’s 2016 Campaign Kickoff, at the El Casino Ballroom, 437 E. 26th Street, Tucson. RSVP Today!

Monday, March 21, 8:30 a.m.: Equality Day at The Capitol, at the Arizona State Capitol, Historic Senate Room, 1700 W. Washington Street, Phoenix. Learn about issues important to the LGBTQ community. Lunch on Wesley Bolin Plaza is included.

Tuesday, March 22: Arizona Presidential Preference (Primary) Election; Utah Primary.

Tuesday, March 22, Noon: Critical Issues Forum, at the Cochise County Democratic Party HQ, 1234 E. Fry Blvd., Sierra Vista. For more information please contact cochisecodems@gmail.com or (520) 458-9467.

Tuesday, March 22, 7:00: Democrats of the Red Rocks is hosting a presidential preference (primary) election watch party, at Java Love Cafe Coffee Roasters, 2589 Hwy. 89A, #118, Sedona, Beverages for sale. Guitarist Hank Levine featured. All are welcome, no charge.

Wednesday, March 23, 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). Featured speakers are Shea Richland, Founder of GMO-Free Prescott, on Food Sovereignty, along with Tom Chabin, Corporation Commission candidate. 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 24, 5:30 p.m.: Maricopa County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting. Meet and greet (and dinner) begins at 5:30. Meeting begins promptly at 6:00 pm.

Thursday, March 24, 6:00 p.m.: Casa Grande Democrats meeting, at Bedillon’s Restaurant (Adobe Room), 800 N. Park Avenue, Casa Grande. For more information please contact Jack Guthrie at democratsofcasagrande@gmail.com and Like Us on Facebook.

Thursday,March 24, 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.

Saturday, March 26: Alaska (Democratic Caucus), Hawaii (Democratic Caucus), Washington (Democratic Caucus).

Saturday,March 26, 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 26, 2:00 p.m.: Legislative District 11 meeting, at the Wheeler, Taft, Abbett Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive, Tucson. For more information please contact Jo Holt at legdist11dems@gmail.com. Find us at www.AZLD11Dems.org.

Coconino County Democratic Party’s Annual Roosevelt-Kennedy Dinner

Saturday, March 26, 5:30 p.m.: Coconino County Democratic Party’s annual Roosevelt-Kennedy Dinner, at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, 1175 W. Route 66, Flagstaff. Raffle, Telethon and Silent Auction of terrific items. Eleanor Roosevelt Award to outstanding community Democrat. Details TBA. Tickets are available by calling 928-214-0393 or emailing info@ccdem.org.

Sunday, March 27: Easter Sunday.

Monday, March 28, 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, March 29 – Sunday, April 3: Yuma County Fair, 2520 E. 32nd Street, Yuma.

Tuesday, March 29, 11:30 a.m.: Blue Tuesday Luncheon Forum, at the Starfire Golf Club, 11500 N. Hayden (Scottsdale). If you want lunch, you must RSVP by the Thursday before so we can order for you! Email jctillotson@msn.com. $22 – 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!) for more information please contact bluetuesdayluncheon@gmail.com.

Tuesday, March 29, 6:30 p.m.: Prop. 123 Information Night sponsored by the Vail School District, at the Vail School District Office, 13801 E. Benson Highway, Vail. Come listen to information on Prop 123 which will be voted on in May. We will have guest speakers from both sides of the argument. Linda Lyon from the Arizona School Board Association will present the argument supporting the initiative and a guest from No To Prop 123 will present the argument against.

Thursday, March 31, 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 pm.

Friday, April 1: Each presidential candidate, or that candidate’s authorized representative(s), must file with the Arizona Democratic Party Chair by April 1, 2016 by 5:00 p.m., a list of all such candidates he or she has approved.

Friday, April 1 – Sunday, April 3, 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.: 4th Avenue Street Fair. The Street Fair takes place between Ninth Street and University Blvd. along Fourth Avenue in Tucson. Click here for a map. 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.

DFA-MC and ADLCC Campaign Academy

Saturday, April 2 – Sunday, April 4.: DFA-MC and ADLCC Campaign Academy, at the IBEW building at 5808 N 7th Street. South of Bethany Home, West side of the street. Sat. 4/2: 8:30 AM to 4:00 pm, Sun. 4/3: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  Tuition: $75 online in advance, $80 at the door.  Student/Reduced: $40 online in advance, $45 at the door. Materials and lunch included in tuition. More information at: http://azdfa.nationbuilder.com/campaign_academy. For more information please contact: chozian@cox.net.

Saturday, April 2, 9:30 a.m.: Fifth Annual Youth & Peace Conference, at Sunnyside High School, 1725 E. Bilby Road, Tucson. Free all day event. Register online at www.cultureofpeacealliance.org. For more information please call (520) 991-6781 or see Facebook.com/youthandpeace.

Saturday, April 2, 10:00 a.m.: Greater Huachuca Area Democrats meeting, at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 798 S. Highway 92, Sierra Vista. Featured speaker is Joy Mims, Candidate for Cochise County School Superintendent. For more information please contact ghadc1@yahoo.com.

Saturday, April 2: NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four, NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

Sunday, April 3: Opening Day of the Major League Baseball season opens with three games. The rest of the Major Leagues will take the field Monday, April 4 for the traditional opening day slate.

Monday, April 4: NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Game, NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

Monday, April 4, 6:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting.

Tuesday, April 5: Wisconsin Primary.

I Stand With Planned Parenthood Dinner – Flagstaff

Thursday, April 7, 5:00 p.m.: I Stand With Planned Parenthood Dinner in Flagstaffat the High Country Conference Center. Details TBA. Tables of 8 are $400, individual tickets are $50 each. Additional sponsorship opportunities and discounts for students and young professionals are available. For information about this event, please contact Katie Kurmes at klk349@nau.edu or call Annet at (602) 263-4213. Find more information and purchase tickets here.

Friday, April 8 – Sunday, April 10: University of Arizona Spring Fling on the U of A Campus East 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 8 – Sunday, April 10: Tombstone Rose Tree Festival. the Rose Parade is Saturday, April 9, at 1:00 p.m. Tombstone Rose Festival – Facebook.

Saturday, April 9 – Sunday, April 10: 14th Annual Fiesta Grande Street Fair in Barrio Hollywood (between Speedway and St. Mary’s). Music, dancing, food, vendors, family and friends.

I Stand With Planned Parenthood Luncheon – Phoenix

Friday, April 8, 11:15 a.m.: I Stand With Planned Parenthood Luncheon in Phoenix at the Arizona Biltmore Resort. Details TBA. Tables of 10 are $1,000, individual tickets are $100 each. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information please contact John McDonald-O’Lear at jmcdonald-olear@ppaz.org or (602) 263-4215. Find more information and purchase tickets here.

Saturday, April 9: Wyoming (Democratic Caucus).

Saturday, April 9, 10:00 a.m.: Mule Mountain Democrats meeting, at the Community Y, 26 Howell Avenue, Old Bisbee. Featured Speaker is Matt Heinz, candidate for Congress in CD 2. For more information please contact John Viverto at vivertos@aol.com or visit our web page
Mule Mountain Democrats.

Saturday, April 9, 3:00 p.m.: Democratic Club of The Santa Rita Area meeting, at the DCSRA Headquarters, upstairs meeting room, Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley. Forum on Prop. 123 with panel discussion: Sen. Steve Farley, Dr. Scott Hagerman, David Safier, and Morgan Abraham from No on Prop. 123. For more information please contact (520) 838-0590.

Sunday, April 10, 10:00 a.m.: Cyclovia Tucson, downtown Tucsonans can celebrate a five-mile bike ride on carless streets from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

22nd Annual Tucson Earth Day Festival & Parade

Sunday, April 10, 10:00 a.m.: 22nd Annual Tucson Earth Day Festival & Parade, at Himmel Park, 1000 N. Tucson Blvd., Tucson. The Tucson Earth Day Festival & Parade is hosting the Himmel Park Activity Hub of Cyclovia Tucson on Sunday, April 10, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Parade starts at 11:00 a.m.,  enjoy the no-drive day entirety of Cyclovia along 2.5 miles of car-free streets between Himmel Park and the Lost Barrio. As always, this family-friendly event is free and open to the public. Environmental and education exhibits, hands-on activities for kids, entertainment and food. For more information on the Tucson Earth Day Festival and Parade, visit www.tucsonearthday.org, call (520) 206-8814 or e-mail tucsonearthday@yahoo.com. Find us on Facebook at Tucson Earth Day Festival.

Tuesday, April 12: National Equal Pay Day.

Wednesday, April 13 – Sunday, April 17: Maricopa County Fair, AZ Exposition & State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix.

Thursday, April 14 – Sunday, April 24: Pima County Fair, 11300 S. Houghton Road.

27th Annual LULAC Educator’s Awards and Scholarship Banquet

Thursday, April 14, 6:00 p.m.: The 27th Annual LULAC Educator’s Awards and Scholarship Banquet, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel -Reid Park, 445 S. Alvernon Way, Tucson. People, businesses and organizations bettering the lives of youth through education will be honored for their efforts at the banquet. Tickets for the banquet are $75 (dinner donations are tax deductible for the amount exceeding $27). Proceeds will go to LULAC Council 1057’s effort to send students to attend the LULAC Washington National Youth Leadership Seminar and to provide scholarships with LULAC’s National Scholarship Foundation. Please make checks payable to the Southern Arizona Institute of Leadership (SAIL – a 501c3 non-profit corporation) and mail to SAIL, c/o LULAC 1057, P.O. Box 2443, Tucson, AZ 85702. Please RSVP by April 11the by visiting www.lulacylc.org to register or by calling (520) 903-2838.

I Stand With Planned Parenthood Luncheon – Tucson

Friday, April 15, 11:15 a.m.: I Stand With Planned Parenthood Luncheon in Tucson at the Tucson Convention Center. Details TBA. Tables of 10 are $1,000, individual tickets are $100 each. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information lease contact Edna Meza Aguirre at edaguirre@ppaz.org or (520) 784-5810. Find more information and purchase tickets here.

Foothills Forum – Brunch With The Candidates

Sunday, April 17, 10:30 a.m.: The Foothills Forum returns for a Brunch With The Candidates, ay Skyline County Club, 5200 E. Saint Andrews Drive, Tucson. Representative from Ann Kirkpatrick for Senate, Matt Heinz for Congress, and Victoria Steele for Congress. Enjoy a wonderful brunch and then have a chance to meet the candidates and learn about their ideas and plans for representing Arizona. The first 20 people to register will receive a $10.00 gift card from Starbucks! Contributions to the candidate’s campaigns are encouraged and will be appreciated. Event Registration

Monday, April 18: Deadline to register to vote in the May Special Election for Prop. 123 (Education Funding Inflation Adjustment Settlement).

Tuesday, April 19: New York Primary.

Wednesday, April 20: Early voting begins in the May Special Election for Prop. 123 (Education Funding Inflation Adjustment Settlement).

Thursday, April 21, 8:00 a.m.: Democrats of the Red Rocks breakfast, at Old Sedona Family Restaurant Bar & Grill, 1405 W. Hwy. 89A, Sedona. Speakers: candidates Bill Mundell and Tom Chabin for Arizona Corporation Commission; Yavapai County Recorder Leslie Hoffman on elections and voting process for 2016. Admission is $12, includes buffet breakfast and gratuity. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. Please RSVP to (928) 274-6541.

Friday, April 22: Earth Day 2016.

Saturday, April 23, 8:00 a.m.: Arizona Democratic Party Caucus for delegate selection to the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Arizona is allocated 43 district-level delegates. Arizona has chosen to allocate all of its alternatives at the at-large level. District-level delegates shall be elected at a congressional district level caucus on April 16, 2016, following the Presidential Preference Election. Only elected and appointed precinct committeepersons in your congressional district who support your presidential preference (candidate) will be allowed to vote. All precinct committeepersons that wish to participate and district delegate candidates who filed their nomination form must register their attendance during the registration period of 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. A roster of precinct committee persons shall be available for inspection during the entire caucusing period. Candidates for delegates do not have to be present to be elected. For more information, see the Delegate Selection Plan (.pdf).

Saturday, April 23, 3:00 p.m.: State Senator Andrea Dalessando (LD 2) hosts a Thank You Pot Luck Party, at the Green Valley Recreation Center, 7 S. Abrego Drive, Green Valley. Water, soft drinks, and coffee provided; BYOB. Please bring your favorite appetizer, finger food, salad, fruit, entre or dessert. Meet and greet Democratic candidates, sing their petitions and contribute to their campaigns. Please RSVP via Facebook invitation or to DalessandroForAZ@gmail.com.

Saturday, April 23: Passover begins (sunset).

Tuesday, April 26: Connecticut Primary, Delaware Primary, Maryland Primary, Pennsylvania Primary, Rhode Island Primary.

Wednesday, April 27 – Sunday, May 1: Verde Valley Fair, 800 E. Cherry Street, Cottonwood.

Thursday, April 28: Workers Memorial Day.

Saturday, April 30, 2:00 p.m.: Maricopa County Democratic Party Diamond Event. Details TBA.

Sunday, May 1: International Worker’s Day.

Tuesday, May 3: National Teacher Appreciation Day.

Tuesday, May 3: Indiana Primary.

Wednesday, May 4: Holocaust Remembrance Day (begins at sunset).

Thursday, May 5: Cinco de Mayo.

Saturday, May 7: 11th Annual West End Fair on Fry Blvd. from Garden Avenue to North Avenue, Sierra Vista, AZ.

LD 11 and Five Clubs Picnic

Saturday, May 7, Time TBD: LD 11 and 5 Clubs Picnic, at the Sun City Activity Center, 1495 W. Rancho Vistoso Blvd., Oro Valley, AZ.  Menu: grilled hamburgers, brats and veggie burgers with all the fixin’s, delicious salads, side dishes, plus scrumptious desserts, drinks and popcorn. Tickets are $20 per person in advance, or $25 at the door. (Buy from a club seller to provide the required donation information). All proceeds go to LD11 Democratic Committee. For more information please contact legdist11dems@gmail.com.

Sunday, May 8: Mother’s Day.

Tuesday, May 10: Nebraska (GOP Primary), West Virginia Primary.

Monday, May 16, 2:00 p.m.: The White Mountain Democrats’ major fund-raiser for the Love Kitchen and Meals on Wheels at the Pinetop-Lakeside Town Hall. Features music, refreshments and a silent auction. The benefit provides thousands of dollars in funding, as well as food items, to support these two important institutions in our community.

Tuesday, May 17: Special Election for school funding inflation adjustment settlement and changes to Arizona Constitution.

Tuesday, May 17: Kentucky (Democratic Primary), Oregon Primary.

Wednesday, June 1: Last day to file candidate nomination petitions.

3rd Annual PALF Community Partnership Awards 

Thursday, June 2, 6:00 p.m.: 3rd Annual PALF Community Partnership Awards, at the Randolph Golf Course Club House 600 S. Alvernon Way, Tucson. PALF is a coalition of labor unions affiliated with the AFL-CIO.  The purpose of the awards celebration is to honor individuals and organizations (both union and non-union) for their ability to raise awareness about local issues and union activities through acts of civic engagement. Doors open at 6:00 PM with Dinner/No Host Cocktails and Silent Auction. Program: 7-8 PM. Individual tickets and great raffle prizes tickets are available at the PALF Office. Individual Tickets $50.00/ Raffle Tickets prices $10 each or 3/$25. A portion of the proceeds to benefit Dancing In The Streets scholarship fund.
Please contact awards.palf@gmail.com for Sponsorship packages and more information.

Sunday, June 5: Puerto Rico (Democratic Primary).

Tuesday, June 7: California Primary, Montana Primary, New Jersey Primary, New Mexico Primary, North Dakota (Democratic), South Dakota Primary.

Tuesday, June 14: Flag Day.

Tuesday, June 14: Washington, D.C. Primary.

Sunday, June 19: Father’s Day.

Monday, July 4: Independence Day.

Thursday, July 7: Last day to file constitution and initiative petitions.

Wednesday, July 13: Last day to file arguments for or against ballot measures (General Election).

Monday, July 18 – Thursday, July 21: Republican National Convention in Cleveland aka “the mistake by the lake” — seems almost prescient.

Thursday July 21: Last day to file as a write-in candidate for the Primary Election.

Monday, July 25 – Thursday, July 28: Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Monday, August 1: Deadline to register to vote in the Primary Election. Note: Those of you not registered with a political party will need to request a primary ballot for the party of your choice.

Wednesday, August 3: Early voting begins in the Primary Election.

Tuesday, August 30: Primary Election.

Thursday, September 29: Last day to file as a write-in candidate for the General Election.

Monday, October 10: Voter registration deadline for General Election.

Wednesday, October 12: Early voting begins in the General Election.

Tuesday, November 8: ELECTION DAY.

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  1. HB 2113 Striker Call or write for this to be killed in committee.

    Allows one pet store owner to continue selling puppy mill puppies in his pet store, against bills passed by Tempe and Phx city councils, and under study in Tucson.
    If people would like to attend the hearing, it is in Senate Hearing room 109 at the State Capitol at 1700 West Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007. Arrive early for better parking options (there are several large, free lots).

    The vote on HB2113 on Monday, March 14th at 9:00AM in the Arizona Senate Natural Resources Committee:
    Chair Don Shooter (District 13); dshooter@azleg.gov; (602) 926-4139
    Vice Chair Steve Pierce (District 1); spierce@azleg.gov; (602) 926-5584
    Catherine Miranda (District 27); cmiranda@azleg.gov; (602) 926-4893
    Robert Meza ( District 30); rmeza@azleg.gov; 602-926-3425
    Barbara McGuire (District 8); bmcguire@azleg.gov; (602) 926-5836
    David C. Farnsworth (District 16); dfarnsworth@azleg.gov; (602) 926-3020
    Adam Driggs; (District 28); adriggs@azleg.gov; (602) 926-3016

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