Political Calendar: Week of March 9, 2014

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Political Calendar For The Week of March 9, 2014:

Monday, March 10, 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 Garcia, candidate for Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction. Next week:  D.J. Quinlan, Executive Director of the Arizona Democratic Party. Following Week: Felecia Rotellini, candidate for Arizona Attorney General.

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, 6:00 p.m.: Drinking Liberally, at The Shanty, 401 E. 9th Street (at 4th Avenue). Featured speaker is Blog for Arizona’s own Bob Lord on the topic “The Way Forward: Tax and Spend,” An informal, inclusive progressive social group, and lively discussion. Contact: www.livingliberallytucson.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. Featured speaker is Fred Duval, candidate for governor. 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.

Saturday, March 15, 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.

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.

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 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). “Keeping Children Safe and Healthy in Arizona” will be discussed by Mr. David Higuera, Director for Southern Arizona of the Children’s Action Alliance (CAA) at an open meeting of the Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona. The lunch is $15.00 which can be paid at the door. Reservations are encouraged, please contact 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, March 18, 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.

Friday March 21 -Sunday, March 23: Fourth Avenue Street Fair – Tucson. Street Fair takes place between Ninth Street and University Blvd. along Fourth Avenue. 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. This is Tucson’s Largest Arts Venue. Please remember that animals are not allowed at the Fair.

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, 1:00 p.m.:  The Arizona Democratic Party will be canvassing in Sierra Vista to collect nominating petitions to get Ron Barber and our Democratic candidates on the ballot. We will meet at 1:00 P.M. at the Cochise Democratic Headquarters, 1234 E. Fry Blvd.  There will be a brief training, and canvassers will go out in pairs to knock on doors of fellow supporters. Please call or email Kurt Bagley for questions or to RSVP: bagley.kurt@gmail.com, or (520) 406-3866.

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 25, 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.

22nd Annual Women Making History Luncheon

Friday, March 28, 11:30 a..m.:  22nd Annual Women Making History Luncheon, hosted by The Arizona Women’s Political Caucus, at the Arizona Inn, 2200 E. Elm Street (Tucson). Keynote speaker is Jodi Liggett director of public policy for Planned Parenthood Arizona, on the topic “Empowering Women in an Age of Gender Politics.” And join us to congratulate former Sen. Linda Lopez as she is presented the 2014 Mim Morris Women Making History Award. Tickets are $55 or $30 for students, sponsor tables are available. Visit our website www.awpconline.org to RSVP or call 520-406-2421 by Friday, March 21st.

Cesar Chavez March & Rally
Saturday, March 29, 8:30 a.m.: Cesar Chavez March & Rally. (New Time) 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, 9:30 a.m.: League of Women Voters Workshop “Planning Forums,” at Pima County Housing Center, 801 W. Congress (1/4 mile west of I-10). You will learn about how to select the right site, format and moderator for your forum. You will also receive a checklist of steps for publicity, ground rules and legal considerations for a more successful event. For more information call 520-327-7652.

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.

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

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

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.

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, 9:30 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.

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

Tuesday, April 8, 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, 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’oeuvre. Register secure online at Poverty In America – April 10, 2014. For more information: contact@foothillsforum.org.

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

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 15: Passover begins at sundown.

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.”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.

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.

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.

Tuesday, April 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!)

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.

Five NW Democratic 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. Details TBA.

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