Political Calendar: Week of March 31, 2019

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Political Calendar for the Week of March 31, 2019:

Monday, April 1, 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 Haley Smith from Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation. Next Week: Tucson mayoral candidate Randi Dorman on Positive Growth and Development in Tucson.

Monday, April 1, 6:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party executive committee meeting.

Tuesday, April 2: Equal Pay Day.

Tuesday, April 2 – Sunday, April 7: Yuma County Fair, 2520 E. 32nd Street, Yuma.

Wednesday, April 3, 5:30 p.m.: Graham County Democratic Party meeting, at Graham County Chamber of Commerce, 820 W. Main Street, Safford. Meet the first Wednesday of each month. For more information please contact Becky Fox at beckyfox@cableone.net.

Thursday, April 4, 4:00 p.m.: Greenlee County Democratic Party meeting, at the Clifton Railroad Station, 100 N. Coronado Blvd., Clifton. Meet the first Thursday of each month. For more information see our Facebook Page.

Thursday, April 4, 6:30 p.m.: How to Get Active in Local Democratic Politics, at the Pima County Democratic Party HQ, 4639 E. 1st Street, Tucson. Are you tired of yelling at the TV? Are you fed up with the Republican state legislature, governor and US President? Would you like to make a difference in who is elected to public office in Arizona? Now is the time to get active in local Democratic politics. Since the 2018 elections, many Americans have become energized to be politically active, but they don’t know where to start. Our unique, new class “Get Active in Democratic Politics” will answer all your questions. The class is taught by veteran Democratic activists Larry Bodine and Lori Cinnamond, both of whom are Democratic precinct committee persons (PCs). Larry is an attorney who first became active in a 2006 Congressional campaign. He writes for the liberal Blog for Arizona, teaches at the UofA Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and helps update Democratic websites and social media. Lori is a Democratic team leader in her district, who helped create the strategy which resulted in a record mid-term turnout of Democratic voters in her legislative district.Sign up at https://www.facebook.com/events/1975157499277356/.

Saturday, April 6, 9:30 a.m.: Legislative District 2 meeting, at the Valencia Library, 202 W. Valencia Road, Tucson. For more information please contact Gerald Stoops at gfstoops@gmail.com.

Saturday, April 6, 9:30 a.m.: Arizona National Organization of Women (NOW) State Conference, at UFCW Main Hall, 2401 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. Register HERE.

Saturday, April 6, 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.

Saturday, April 6, 1:30 p.m.: LD 9 Town Hall with LD 9 Senator Victoria Steele and Rep. Pamela Powers Hannley, at the Woods Memorial Library, 3455 N. 1st Avenue, Tucson. Legislative update followed by Q & A from the audience.

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).

Sunday, April 7, 9:00 a.m.: Cyclovia Tucson. Tucsonans can celebrate a five-mile bike ride on carless streets from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Sunday, April 7, 2:00 p.m.: LD 9 2020 Election Kickoff, at the Woods Memorial Library 3455 N. 1st Avenue, Tucson. Join us for a lively and informative 2-hour session as we roll out LD9’s plans for electing Democrats in 2020, both nationally and here in Arizona. At this event, you’ll learn about our successes turning out Democrats in the 2018 midterms and get details about our exciting plan for BUILDING on these successes for future elections. You’ll leave with specific ideas, activities, and materials for getting involved with fellow PCs and volunteers in your precinct and for engaging with other voters in your neighborhood.

Monday, April 8, 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/.

Monday, April 8, 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, April 9, 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, April 9, 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, April 9, 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.

Tuesday, April 9, 5:30 p.m.: Campaign And Candidate Staff Mixer, at the Pima County Democratic Party HQ, 4639 E. 1st Street, Tucson. Interested in working on a campaign but don’t know where to start? Looking for campaign staff or trainings for your campaign staff? Working on a campaign and looking for more training? We want to hear from you about what trainings we should hold for candidates and campaign staff! For more information please see https://www.facebook.com/events/369474380554010/.

Tuesday, April 9, 6:30 p.m.: University of Arizona Young Democrats meeting, at the University of Arizona Student Union Memorial Center (SUMC), 1303 E. University Blvd., Tucson. We welcome everyone interested in learning more about supporting democratic issues, candidates or our club. Please check Facebook page at www.facebook.com/UofACollegeDems for the latest info. For more information please see www.facebook.com/UofACollegeDems/.

Wednesday, April 10 – Sunday, April 14: Maricopa County Fair, AZ Exposition & State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix.

Wednesday, April 10, 7:00 p.m.: Graham County Democratic Party meeting, at La Paloma Restaurant,  5183 Clifton Street, Solomon. For more information please contact us at grahamcountydemocraticparty@gmail.com or visit our Facebook Page.

Thursday, April 11, 5:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Nucleus Club meeting, at the Viscount Suite Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway Blvd. Meet the second Thursday of each month. For more information please contact Ash Silverburg at (520) 326-3716. Speaker this month is Randi  Dorman, Tucson Mayoral candidate.

Thursday, April 11, 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, April 11, 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.

I Stand With Planned Parenthood luncheon – Flagstaff

Thursday, April 11, 6:00 p.m.: I Stand With Planned Parenthood dinner, at the High Country Conference Center, 201 W. Butler Avenue, Flagstaff. To purchase tickets or become a sponsor, please click here. For additional information please contact Desiree Garcia at degarcia@ppaz.org or 602-263-4222.

Friday, April 12 – Sunday, April 14: University of Arizona Spring Fling on the University of Arizona 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 12 – Sunday, April 14: Tombstone Rose Tree Parade and Festival, in Tombstone, AZ. For more information see the Rose Festival Facebook Page.

Arizona Democratic Party Spring State Committee Meeting (Tucson)

Saturday, April 13, 9:00 a.m.: Arizona Democratic Party Spring State Committee Meeting, at Rincon High School, 421 N. Arcadia Avenue, Tucson. 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 and elections begin at 1 p.m. For more information see State Committee Meeting.

Saturday, April 13, 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, April 13, 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.

Congress on Your Corner with Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick

Saturday, April 13, 10:00 a.m.: Congress on Your Corner with Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, in front of the Safeway Store on Continental Road, in Green Valley. Come ask Ann questions and let her know what issues are important to you. Followed by Democrats of the Santa Rita Area HQ open house, at Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley (Suite 420, between the Barber Shop and the restaurant Carne Y Vino).

Rally for Science 2019

Saturday, April 13, 10:00 a.m.: Rally for Science 2019, at the Reid Park Bandshell, 900 S. Randolph Way, Tucson. The Rally for Science 2019 is a day of science and activism, where Southern Arizona can raise a unified voice in support of science. It is also a great way to network with the Southern Arizona Science Community, learn about how you can help expand the role of science in your community, and also see some great talks and demonstrations about science! Parking Available Near DeMeester Stadium. Water will be available for free. Food/Beverages available for purchase.

Saturday, April 13, 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, April 13, 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). For more information please contact (520) 838-0590.

8th Annual Udall Dinner & Spirit of Arizona Awards

Saturday, April 13, 5:00 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party 8th Annual Udall Dinner & Spirit of Arizona Awards, at the Desert Diamond Casino, 7350 S. Nogales Highway, Tucson. Keynote Speaker is Nancy MacLean, author of “Democracy in Chains,” and the William H. Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University. 5:00 p.m. VIP Reception, 5:30 p.m. Registration and No Host Cocktail Reception, 6:30 p.m. Event Begins. Individual Tickets – $125 General Admission, $100 for PCs. For Sponsorships, ticket Information & reservations please call (520) 326-3716 or purchase secure online at ActBlue.

Monday, April 15, 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, April 16, 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.

Wednesday, April 17, 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, April 17, 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, April 17, 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, April 17, 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, April 17, 6:30 p.m.: Copa City Democrats meeting, location varies. For more information please contact Constance Jackson at jcksconniejean@aol.com.

Thursday, April 18, 8:00 a.m.: Democrats of the Red Rocks breakfast, at Old Sedona Family Restaurant Bar & Grill, 1405 W. Hwy. 89A, Sedona. 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.

I Stand With Planned Parenthood luncheon – Phoenix

Thursday, April 18, Noon: I Stand With Planned Parenthood luncheon, at the Arizona Biltmore Resort, Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom, 2400 E. Missouri Avenue, Phoenix. To purchase tickets or become a sponsor, please click here. For additional information please contact Desiree Garcia at degarcia@ppaz.org or 602-263-4222.

30th Annual LULAC Educator’s Awards & Scholarship Banquet

Thursday, April 18, 5:30 p.m.: 30th Annual LULAC Educator’s Awards & Scholarship Banquet, at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Tucson – Reid Park, 445 S. Alvernon Way, Tucson. For the past 29 years, the League of United Latin American Citizens has been actively involved in with the community in providing educational assistance to youth. Tickets for the banquet are $75 (dinner donations are tax deductible for the amount exceeding $2). Proceeds will go to LULAC’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 nonprofit corporation under section 501c3 of the IRS code) and mail them to SAIL, c/o LULAC, P.O. Box 2443, Tucson, AZ 85702. Visit www.lulacylc.org to register or call (520) 903-2838.

Democratic Tucson Mayoral Forum

Thursday, April 18, 5:30 p.m.: Democratic Tucson Mayoral Forum, at the University of Arizona Environment and Natural Resources 2 (ENR2) Building, Room N120 (Parking can be found in the 6th Street Garage next to ENR2 (please see University of Arizona Parking & Transportation Services for hourly rate).If you’re planning on taking public transportation, the nearest Sunlink Streetcar station is on University Blvd. at Main Gate Square. The PURPLE Cat Tran also makes a stop at the 6th Street Garage right next door! Candidats who have committed are Randi Dorman, Regina Romero and Steve Farley. FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Seating is FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED (Room capacity: 575). For more information see https://www.facebook.com/events/272941620315227/.

Thursday, April 18 – Sunday, April 28: Pima County Fair, 11300 S. Houghton Road.

Friday, April 19: AZ Legislature: Last day for conference committees.

Saturday, April 20: Passover begins.

Saturday, April 20, 9:30 a.m.: (Special Date) Tanque Verde Valley Democrats meeting, at Risky Business, 8848 E. Tanque Verde Road.  Featured speaker is U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kelly. Usually meet the second Saturday of each month. For more information visit our web site. Tanque Verde Valley Democratic Club.

Saturday, April 20, 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.

Tucson Earth Day Festival

Saturday, April 20, 10:00 a.m.: Tucson Earth Day Festival, hosted by Children’s Museum of Tucson, 200 S. 6th Avenue, Tucson. Learn about recycling and composting, the joy of gardening and the fun of getting out and enjoying nature. Or learn how to bring nature to your backyard with exhibits from local wildlife groups. There will be exhibitors and activities outside the Museum for all ages. Adults with children are welcome inside the courtyard and the Museum for more kid-centric activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., but admission to the Museum is free all day!

Sunday, April 21: Easter Sunday.

Monday, April 22: Earth Day.

Monday, April 22, 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, April 23, 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, April 23, 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.

Wednesday, April 24, 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, April 24, 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 four Wednesday of every month. For more information please see our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pg/pimayoungdems.

Thursday, April 25, 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, April 27, 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, April 23, 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, April 28: Workers Memorial Day.

Planned Parenthood Annual Tucson Tea

Sunday, April 28, 2:00 p.m.: Planned Parenthood annual Tucson Tea, at Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort, 5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol Road, Tucson. Each ticket purchase includes membership in PPAA, the public policy arm of Planned Parenthood. For information about this event, please contact Desiree at (602) 263-4222. Student/young professional ticket $45; Individual tickets $95. Sponsorships available. Purchase tickets secure online HERE. If you prefer to pay by check, please mail it to: Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona, 4751 N. 15th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014. Donations to Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona are NOT tax-deductible and may be used for political purposes, including supporting or opposing candidates.

Sunday, April 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.

Wednesday, May 1: International Workers Day.

Wednesday, May 1 – Sunday, May 5: Verde Valley Fair, 800 E. Cherry Street, Cottonwood.

8th Annual Legislative District 11 Spring Picnic and Fundraiser

Saturday, May 4, 10:00 a.m.: 8th Annual Legislative District 11 Spring Picnic and Fundraiser, at the Sun City Activity Center (Navajo Room), 1495 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd., Oro Valley. Come hear David Fitzsimmons our guest speaker, mingle with like minded friends and support our Oro Valley Campaign Office! Menu: Chicken Enchiladas, Cheese Enchiladas, Jicama Slaw, Ranchero Beans, Poblano Rice, Chips and Salsa. Scrumptious desserts, drinks and popcorn, provided by the LD11 Clubs. Cost: $30.00 per person in advance or $40.00 per person at the door. Buy tickets from your Club Seller, or securely online here. Proceeds go to support a campaign office in Oro Valley.

Saturday, May 4, 10:00 a.m.: West End Fair in Sierra Vista. Vendors line Fry Blvd. from N. Garden Avenue to North Avenue. Car show, food and entertainment. For more information, email SVWestEndFairs@gmail.com.

Sunday, May 5: Cinco de Mayo.

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