Political Calendar: Week of March 30, 2014


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Political Calendar for the Week of March 30, 2014:

Sunday, March 30, 3:00 p.m.: Lyon for 11 Campaign Launch Party, at the SaddleBrooke #1 Tennis Center. Retired Air Force Colonel Hollace “Holly” Lyon has jumped into the race for a seat in the Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 11. Bring $5, help Holly qualify for state matching funds, sign her petitions. Beverages and snacks will be provided. RSVP TODAY!

Sunday, March 30, 6:30 p.m.: The famed Sunday Evening Forum of Tucson returns, at the Fox Theater, 17 W. Congress Street (Tucson). Retired United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will have an “armchair” interview with retired Arizona Supreme Court Justice Stanley Feldman for an hour followed by audience questions and answers. Retired Justices O’Connor and Feldman will discuss contemporary legal issues as well as the historic cases that affected Arizona and the United States. The forum is free and open to the public. Seating will be on a first come, first serve basis for attendees, and the program will also be televised on the Tucson City Channel 12. More information can be found at www.sundayeveningforum.com.

Sunday, March 30: Arizona Diamondbacks v. Los Angeles Dodgers from Sydney, Australia on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball.

Monday, March 31, 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 David Higuera, Director of Arizona Children’s Alliance on “What’s Happening with CPS?” Next Week: Gayle Hartmann, President of Save the Scenic Santa Ritas on “What’s new with the proposed Rosemont Mine?” Following Week: Congressman Raúl Grijalva, update on the TPP and other life-changing decisions.”

Monday, March 31: Opening Day of Major League Baseball season. Play ball!

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

Wednesday, April 2, 10:00 a.m.: In connection with the Tribal elections in Whiteriver, White Mountain Democrats will serve food, collect nominating signatures and register voters. For more information please contact the Navajo County Democratic Party at (928) 863-1049.

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. For more information, please contact the office of Tucson City Councilman Richard Fimbres at(520)  791-4231.

Friday, April 4, 9:30 a.m.: League of Women Voters hosts “What is Happening at the Legislature?,” at Eastside City Hall,7575 E. Speedway Blvd. (Tucson). Discussion on bills that the League finds of interest including finance, education and voting issues. Senator David Bradley and Rep. Ethan Orr have agreed to address our group. Business meeting at 9:30 a.m. with program commencing at 10:00 a.m. The public is welcome. For questions, please call Carol West at (520) 298-2447.

Saturday, April 5, 9:00 a.m.: Phoenix Pride 2014: Once again this year the Arizona Democratic Party LGBT Caucus is coordinating the Arizona Democratic Party and Maricopa County Democratic Party during Phoenix Pride weekend. The weekend will be packed with activities, from the Saturday morning parade to the weekend long festival at Indian School Park. Not to mention building the float from April 2-4. There will be activities for every. We all work together to make this a great event and need your help too. You can help with: Float Construction; Marching in Parade; work the Festival Booth Saturday or Sunday. For more information go to Phoenix Pride | LGBT Pride.

Saturday April 5, 9:30 a.m.: League of Women Voters workshop “How to Moderate,” at the Wilmot Public Library, 530 N. Wilmot Road (Tucson). You will learn the importance of setting the tone of the forum. You’ll practice candidate introductions, questions and closing. For more information call 520-327-7652.

Saturday, April 5, 10:00 a.m.: Legislative District 2 meeting, at the Sam Lena Library, 1607 S. 6th Avenue (S. Tucson). For more information please contact Marla Daugherty at (520) 594-5265.

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.

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

Tuesday, April 8, 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, April 9, 6:00 p.m.: Ward 2 Open House hosted by Tucson City Councilman Paul Cunningham, at Eastside City Hall, 7575 E. Speedway Blvd. Special guest Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. Short presentations on the state of the city, followed by Q&A session. Remember that we are always collecting donations to the Community Food Bank, TIHAN, Diaper Bank, Lions Club and Dancing in the Streets. For more information please call (520) 791-4687.

Wednesday, April 9, 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.

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

Thursday, April 10, 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, April 10, 5:30 p.m.: The Foothills Democratic Forum hosts the Arizona Community Action Association (ACAA) in a Poverty Simulation, at the Skyline Country Club, 5200 East St. Andrews Drive (Tucson). The Poverty Simulation provides participants with the opportunity to assume the role of a low-income family member living on a limited budget. The experience is divided into four 15-minute sessions, each of which represents one week in which you must provide for your family and maintain your home. It quickly dispels the myth that people would do fine if they would only go out and get a job!” Cost: $25.00 per person including cash bar and hot Hors d’oeuvres. Register secure online at Poverty In America – April 10, 2014. For more information: contact@foothillsforum.org.

Thursday, April 10, 7:00 p.m.: Terry Goddard for Secretary of State $5 Fiesta, at the Borderlands Brewing Company, 119 E. Toole Ave. (Downtown Tucson). Hosted by the Pima County Young Democrats.

Friday, April 11, 5:00 p.m.: Terry Goddard for Secretary of State Meet & Greet, at the home of Cochise County Democratic Party Chair Pat Fleming. Goddard is participating in Arizona’s Clean Elections System. Any Arizona registered voter may contribute this easy and important way. Guests are requested to bring a $5 qualifying contribution and are encouraged to bring 5 guests to do likewise. $5 forms are available at CCDC HQ, 1234 E. Fry Blvd., Sierra Vista, AZ 85635, and will be available at the Fleming’s. Contact Pat or any of our co-hosts, for more information, patvfleming@gmail.com, H: (520) 378-4386.

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

Friday April 11- Sunday, April 13: The Rose Tree Festival – Tombstone. Rose Parade is on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

Arizona Democratic Party Spring State Committee Meeting

Saturday, April 12, 8:30 a.m.: Arizona Democratic Party Spring State Committee Meeting, at North High School, 1101 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix (new location). Caucus meetings in the morning. Business meeting begins at 1:00 p.m. Special Guest House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. For more information go to www.azdem.org/about/state_committee. Please go to http://tinyurl.com/azdem2 to RSVP online for the Spring State Committee Meeting.

Saturday, April 12, 9:30 a.m.: Tanque Verde Valley Democrats host Fred DuVal, candidate for governor, at Risky Business,8948 E. Tanque Verde Road (Tucson). Fred will be discussing his campaign and vision for Arizona. For more information please contact Lucy Messing at (520) 591-7615 or visit our web site. Tanque Verde Valley Democratic Club.

Saturday, April 12, 10:00 a.m.: Mule Mountain Democratic Club meeting, at the Community Y, 26 Howell Avenue (Bisbee). For more information please contact Jon Viverto at (520) 432-32236

Monday, April 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). 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, April 15, 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, April 5, 6:00 p.m.: Cochise County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting, at Party Headquarters, 1234 Fry Blvd., Sierra Vista. For more information please call (520) 458-9467.

Tuesday, April 15: Passover begins at sundown.

Tuesday, April 15, 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, April 15, 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, April 16, 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. For more information please contact (520) 297-0095 or visit our web site at www.northsidedems.org.

Wednesday, April 16, 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, April 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). For more information please contact Paul Olson at ld10dems@gmail.com or (520) 791-2965.

Thursday, April 17 – Sunday, April 27: Pima County Fair. Voter registration booth: there are 3 volunteer spots per shift and volunteer shifts are as follows:
Mondays – Fridays: 1pm – 4pm
4pm – 7pm
7pm – 10pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am – 1pm
1pm – 4pm
4pm – 7pm
7pm – 10pm

We need volunteers scheduled as soon as possible. If you need more information or any questions, please call Jim & Chris Jaster at (520) 747-8398 or email at jrjaster@aol.com; or contact Emily Verdugo at (520) 326-3716.

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.

Thursday, April 17, 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.

Sunday, April 20: Easter Sunday.

Tuesday, April 22: Earth Day.

Thursday, April 24, 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, April 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 Sandra Tiffany at stiffany60@mac.com.

Yuma County Democratic Party’s Spring Salute
Friday, April 25, 6:00 p.m.: Yuma County Democratic Party hosts its Spring Salute, at the Gowan Co., 370 Main Street, Patio in rear (entrance at alley). Tickets are $25.00. Tickets on sale at Party Headquarters, 1314 S. Fifth Avenue, Ste. C, Yuma, or call Gail Beeler 928 210-9707. For more information please call HQ at (928) 783-4673.

Saturday, April 26, 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.

Roosevelt-Kennedy Dinner (and Telethon)

Saturday, April 26, 5:30 p.m.: Coconino County Democratic Party’s Roosevelt-Kennedy Dinner (and Telethon), at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel (Formerly Radisson Woodlands Hotel), 1175 West Route 66, Flagstaff. Keynote Speaker is Congresswoman Anne Kirkpatrick. 5:30 p.m. Cash Bar, 7;00 p.m. Dinner. Telethon and raffle. Tickets are $85 per person, § $100 at the door. $680 for table of 8. For tickets – please call Chelsea Byers at (928) 214-0393.

Sunday, April 27, 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, April 28: Workers Memorial Day.

Monday, April 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 Luis Gonzales at (520) 594-5500.

Tuesday, April 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 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, 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.

LD 11 Five Clubs Picnic and Fundraiser

Saturday, May 3, 1:00 p.m.: LD 11 and the five Northwest Side Democratic Clubs host their annual picnic, at the Sun City Mountain Vista Social Hall, 1495 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd., Oro Valley. Sponsors are : District 11 Democratic Committee, Sun City Democrats, Democrats of Oro Valley, Sunflower Dems & Friends, Highland/Dove Mountain Democratic Club, and Saddlebrooke Democrats. There will be food, drinks, music, speakers, and FUN. For more information please contact Susan Bickel at (520) 559-3904 (coordinator).

Monday, May 5: Cinco de Mayo.

Tuesday, May 6: National Teachers Day.

Pima County Democratic Party’s Annual Udall Dinner- Save the Date!
Saturday, May 10: Pima County Democratic Party hosts its Annual Udall Dinner, featuring keynote speakers Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly introducing The Spirit of Arizona Awards winners. Details TBA. Save the date!

Sunday, May 11: Mother’s Day.

Monday, May 26: Memorial Day.

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