Political Calendar: Week of March 2, 2014

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Political Calendar For The Week of March 2, 2014:

Labor’s Day of Action at the Capitol

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

Monday, March 3, Noon: Democrats of Greater Tucson luncheon, Dragon’s View Restaurant (400 N. Bonita, South of St. Mary’s Road between the Freeway and Grande Avenue, turn South at Furr’s Cafeteria), buffet lunch costs $8.50. Featured speaker is Phil Lopes, Chair of the Progressive Democrats of Arizona, on “What the Proposed Trans Pacific Partnership Means for the 99%.” Next week:  David Garcia, candidate for Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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

Tuesday, March 4: “Fat Tuesday” – Mardis Gras.

Dolores Huerta International Women’s Day
Luncheon and Awards Ceremony

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

Thursday, March 6, 1:00 p.m.: Meet & Greet Event with Terry Goddard, candidate for Secretary of State, at the DCSRA Headquarters, Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley. Terry Goddard is participating in Citizens Clean Elections, $5 qualifying contributions are encouraged. Open to the public. For more information please contact dcsrapr@gmail.com or (520) 838-0590.

4th Annual Celebration of International Women’s Day

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

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

Saturday, March 8, 9:30 a.m.: Tanque Verde Valley Democrats Coffee with your LD 10 Legislators, at Risky Business, 8848 E. Tanque Verde Road. Senator David Bradley, Rep. Bruce Wheeler and Rep. Stefanie Mach will all be present to provide an update of legislative issues. For more information please contact Luci Messing at lucibmessing@cox.net or (520) 591-7615.

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

Saturday, March 8, 10:00 a.m.: Mule Mountain Democratic Club meeting, at the Community Y, 26 Howell Avenue (Bisbee). Ann English, County Supervisor will be our guest speaker discussing the Griffin bill to extend the county supervisor board to 5 and to update us on supervisors’ agendas. Membership dues are now due. For more information please contact Jon Viverto at (520) 432-32236

Saturday, March 8, 3:00 p.m.: Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area meeting at the DCSRA Headquarters, Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley. David Garcia, candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction. Wine & cheese reception at 4:30 p.m. Open to the public. For more information please contact dcsrapr@gmail.com or (520) 838-0590.

Maricopa County Democratic Party “The Diamond Event”

Saturday, March 8, 7:00 p.m.: Maricopa County Democratic Party “The Diamond Event,” at the Bentley Projects Urban Art Gallery, 215 E. Grant Street (Phoenix). Meet the All-Star lineup of candidates ready to take the field along with the current championship team of elected officials. $150 in advance, $200 at the door. Purchase tickets at maricopadems.org/diamond.

For additional political calendar items see the Arizona Democratic Party: Calendar.

Special Announcements:

DCSRA Discussion Group

Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.: Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area hosts a Current Events Discussion Group at the DCSRA Headquarters, Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley. Join us at the weekly meeting of the Democratic Headquarters Current Events Discussion Group. We’ll talk about some of the major events of the previous week, including but not limited to political topics, and try and go behind the news for a deeper understanding. For more information, please contact Pam Duchaine at pamduchaine@gmail.com.

Drinking Liberally

Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m.: Drinking Liberally, at The Shanty, 401 E. 9th Street (at 4th Avenue). An informal, inclusive progressive social group, and lively discussion. Contact: www.livingliberallytucson.org.

Monday, March 10, 7:00 p.m.: Democrats of Oro Valley meeting, at the Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive (SE corner at La Cañada). Featured speaker is former state legislator and Vice-chair of Save the Scenic Santa Ritas, Morris Farr, on the Rosemont Mine and related issues. 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 11, 4:00 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, March 12, Noon: Northside Democrats meeting at Mimi’s Cafe, 4420 N. Oracle Road (Tucson). Please note this is a new location for the Northside Dems meetings, in a separate building in the Tucson Mall property, SW corner. We will be in the Winery Room, please arrive early to order from menu, admission free.”Law Enforcement and Mental Health.” presented by members of the Tucson Police Dept. and Pima County Sheriff’s Dept. For more information please contact (520) 297-0095 or visit our web site at www.northsidedems.org.

Wednesday, March 12, 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, March 13, 11:30 a.m.: I Stand With Planned Parenthood luncheon, at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Avenue (Tucson). Registration 11:30 a.m., Luncheon Noon. Tables of 10 are $750, individual tickets are $85 each. You will be inspired by Jodi Jacobson, President and Editor-in-Chief of RH Reality Check, a daily online publication providing news, commentary and analysis on sexual and reproductive health and justice issues. We will honor Kent Burbank, director of the Pima County Victim Service Division since 2007 where he oversees the intervention, advocacy & financial compensation for crime and trauma victims. Purchase tickets here. For information about this event, please contact Edna Meza Aguirre at edaguirre@ppaz.org or (520) 784-5810.

Thursday, March 13, 5:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Nucleus Club meeting, at the Viscount Suite Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway Blvd. For more information please contact Martin Bacal at (520) 326-3716.

Thursday, March 13, 5:30 p.m.: Yavapai County Democratic Party meeting, at the Adult Center of Prescott, 1280 E. Rosser Street (Prescott). Featured speaker is Sandra Kennedy, candidate for the Arizona Corporation Commission. Admission $10, $5 with a potluck dish. Please RSVP to (928) 541-0413.

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

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

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

Saturday, March 15, 9:30 a.m.: White Mountain Democrats Membership Meeting, at the Mountains Meadow Clubhouse, 5280 S. Maverick Mtn. Show Low, AZ. Guest speaker is Sandy Bahr, leader of the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club, she will conduct a workshop on how the AZ legislature works (or doesn’t). See the Navajo County Democratic Party Website.

Saturday, March 15, Noon: White Mountain Democrats Potluck, at the Mountains Meadow Clubhouse, 5280 S. Maverick Mtn. Show Low, AZ. See the Navajo County Democratic Party Website.

John Nichols returns to Tucson

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

Sunday, March 16, 5:00 p.m.: Raul Grijalva Pima County campaign kickoff event, at the El Casino Ballroom, 437 E. 26th Street (Tucson). Suggested Donation: $50 Young Professional, $100 Friend of the Congressman, $500 Goatee-level host, $1000 Mustache-level host. RSVP TODAY.

Monday, March 17: St. Patrick’s Day.

Tuesday, March 18, 11:00 a.m.: Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona meeting, at the Pueblo Del Sol Country Club, 2770 E. St. Andrews Drive, (Sierra Vista). The lunch is $15.00. Please reserve your seat with Patricia Hickey at 520-459-1054 or 520-456-5596 or email jopath54@live.com.

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

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

Tuesday, March18, 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, March 18, 6:30 p.m.: Legislative District 9 meeting, at the Northwest Medical Center (in the La Paloma Urgent Care Community Classroom), 4001 E. Sunrise Drive. For more information please contact Brian Clymer at brianclymer@yahoo.com or (520) 297-3539.

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

Wednesday, March 19, 5:30 p.m.: Pinal County Democratic Party meeting, at Pinal County Democratic Party HQ, 350 N. Main Street (Florence). For more information please contact Henry Wade at hsefndr@aol.com or (602) 619-4440.

Thursday, March 20, 6:00 p.m.: Casa Grande Democrats meeting, (location varies). For more information please contact Jack Guthrie at democratsofcasagrande@gmail.com and Like Us on Facebook.

Greenlee County Democrats’ 6th Annual Polly Rosenbaum Fundraising Dinner

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

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

Saturday, March 22, 10:00 a.m.: Northern Cochise County Democratic Club meeting, at the Benson City Council Chambers, 120 West 6th Street (Benson). For more information please contact Kathy or Mark Suagee at (520) 586-9153.

Annual St. Patricks Day Celebration

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

Sunday, March 23, 2:00 p.m.: (New Day) Legislative District 11 meeting, at the Mountain Vista Unitarian Universalist Church, 3601 W. Cromwell Drive (Tucson). For more information please contact Tom Cuevas at (520) 440-5458. Find us at www.AZLD11Dems.org.

Monday, March 24, 6:00 p.m.: Legislative District 3 meeting, at the Joel Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Avenue (parking under the library). For more information please contact Luis Gonzales at (520) 594-5500.

Tuesday, March 28, 11:30 a.m.: Blue Tuesday Luncheon Forum, at the Starfire Golf Club, 11500 N. Hayden (Scottsdale). If you want lunch, you must RSVP so we can order for you! Email jctillotson@msn.com. $20 – cash only – at the door! (If you RSVP, and then find you can’t make it, PLEASE LET US KNOW, or we’ll have to pay for your uneaten lunch!)

Thursday, March 27, 3:00 p.m.: Sunflower Democrats meeting, at (New Location) the Continental Reserve Urgent Care meeting room, 8333 N. Silverbell Road (on the southwest corner of Silverbell Road and Continental Reserve Loop). For more information please contact Buddy Gill at buddygill@comcast.net.

Thursday, March 27, 7:00 p.m.: Heritage Highlands/Dove Mountain Democrats meeting, at the Heritage Highlands Clubhouse, 4949 West Heritage Club Boulevard (Marana). For more information please contact Sandra Tiffany at stiffany60@mac.com.

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

Cesar Chavez March & Rally

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

Saturday, March 29, 10:00 a,m.: SPECIAL TIME Legislative District 10 meeting, at Pima County Democratic Party HQ, 4639 E. 1st Street (one block South of Speedway and West of Swan). Canvassing for LD 10 candidates at 11:00 a.m. For more information please contact Paul Olson at ld10dems@gmail.com or (520) 791-2965.

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

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

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

Saturday, April 5, 10:00 a.m.: Legislative District 2 meeting, at the DCSRA Headquarters, Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley. For more information please contact Marla Daugherty at (520) 594-5265.

Saturday, April 5, 1:30 p.m.: Sun City/Vistoso Democrats meeting, at the Social Hall Activity Center, 1563 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd. (Oro Valley). For more information please contact Ben Love at (520) 825-8064.

Saturday, April 5, 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.  A very special “Conversation About Gun Violence” featuring guest panelists:  Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, Chief Deputy Chris Nanos, Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik and Arizona Congressman Ron Barber!  Our moderator for this event is Green Valley News and Sun Editor, Dan Shearer who will also lead the question and answer segment.  A showing of the powerful documentary, “Living For 32,” featuring the story of a survivor of the Virginia Tech shooting, will begin the program.  A wine and cheese reception will follow at our Head Quarters. Open to the public. For more information please contact dcsrapr@gmail.com or (520) 838-0590.

Monday, April 7, 6:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting.

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

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

Arizona Democratic Party Spring State Committee Meeting

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

Tuesday, April 15: Passover begins at sundown.

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

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

Sunday, April 20: Easter Sunday.

Tuesday, April 22: Earth Day.

Wednesday, April 30 – Sunday, May 4: Verde Valley Fair.

PALF Awards Dinner & Silent Auction

Thursday, May 1, 5:30 p.m.: PALF Awards Dinner & Silent Auction, at Pima Community College, Amethyst Room, 1255 N. Stone Avenue (Tucson). Individual tickets are $35, Couples $60. Sponsorships levels are available. Please RSVP to Laura Hogan at (520) 388-4139,

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