Political Calendar: Week of May 13, 2018


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Political Calendar for the Week of May 13, 2018:

Sunday, May 13: Happy Mother’s Day!

Monday, May 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 J.P. Martin, candidate for LD 9 House. Next Week: Kiana Sears, candidate for Arizona Corporation Commission.

Monday, May 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). 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, May 14, 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, May 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. Meet the third Tuesday of each month. 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, May 15, 6:30 p.m.: Rep. Kirsten Engel (LD 10) presents “What the heck goes on in the Arizona legislature?,” at San Pedro Chapel, 5230 E.  Fort Lowell Road, Tucson. Hosted by The Arizona Ground Game. If you can join us, please RSVP to TAGG  by Saturday, May 12th.

Wednesday, May 16, 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 speaker is Jean Wilcox, Prescott City Council member. 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, May 16, 5:30 p.m.: Tucson Ward 2 Town Hall, at Eastside City Hall, 7575 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson. Please come for an update on the state of the roads, police and other issues facing the City of Tucson. Scheduled to appear are Michael Ortega (City Manager), Robin Raine (Director, Department of Transportation) and Captain Justin Lane (Tucson Police Department). Please RSVP to Odessa at 837-4252 or email Odessa.Draheim@tucsonaz.gov. Refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday, May 16, 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, May 16, 6:00 p.m.: Pinal County Democratic Party executive committee meeting, at Pinal County HQ, 345 W. Central Avenue, Coolidge. For more information please contact David Coward at Pinaldemocrat@gmail.com.

Wednesday, May 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. For more information contact DFAofMC@gmail.com.

Wednesday, May 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). LD 10 House Candidates Forum. 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 Cecilia Aros Hunter at hunter.cecilia@yahoo.com.

Thursday, May 17, 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 $12, includes buffet breakfast and gratuity. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. Please RSVP to (928) 274-6541.

Thursday, May 17, 7:30 p.m.: The Loft Cinema and Young Voters of Pima County presents Get Out (And Vote), at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Boulevard, Tucson. Free admission with a promise to vote in the upcoming elections. Enjoy food trucks, and register to vote, if not already registered. Followed by short audience talkback and reception in the courtyard.

Saturday, May 19: Armed Forces Day.

Arizona Democratic Party State Committee Meeting – Tucson

Saturday, May 19, 9:00 a.m.: Arizona Democratic Party State Committee Meeting, at Amphitheater High Scool, 125 W. Yavpai Road, Tucson. Election of a female vice chair to fill a vacancy, several resolutions proposed. For more information see ADP State Committee.

Saturday, May 19, 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

.Saturday, May 19, 3:00 p.m.: Congressman Raul Grijalva campaign HQ  open house, at 3640 S. Campbell Avenue, Tucson. Please join A Whole Lot of People for an afternoon of music, food, and community! RSVPs are requested to nathaniel@standwithraul.com or (520) 629-0050. See https://www.facebook.com/events/363621604129844/.

Morris & Stewart Udall Dinner and Spirit of Arizona Awards

Saturday, May 19, 6:00 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party’s Morris & Stewart Udall Dinner and Spirit of Arizona Awards, at the Desert Diamond Casino Resort, 7350 S. Nogales Hwy., Tucson. Keynote Speaker is Tom Steyer, founder of NextGen America. General Admission $125, PCs $100, sponsorship levels available. Order your tickets secure online ActBlue.

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 Tucson, at Ermanos Back Room, 220 N. 4th Avenue, Tucson. We need to know by the morning of each meeting approximately how many folks will attend. Next meeting is Wednesday, May 16. Please RSVP to tucson@drinkingliberally.org. Informal but thoughtful conversation, good wine and beer, and good food. 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). There’s some street, a parking lot across the street, and the streetcar stops outside their door.

Monday, May 21, 6:30 p.m.: Northern Pinal County Democrats meeting, at Mountain View Lutheran Church, 2122 S. Goldfield Road, Apache Junction. Meet the third Monday of each month. For more information please contact Kathy Guillen at (480) 620-7840 or gataguillen@yahoo.com.

Tuesday, May 22, 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 Michael Dues at ld9democrats@gmail.com.

Thursday, May 22, 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, May 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, May 26, 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 Maureen Salz at legdist11dems@gmail.com. Find us at www.AZLD11Dems.org.

Sunday, May 27, 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.

Sunday, May 27, 8:00 p.m.: Laughing Liberally Tucson returns to lampoon the national, state and local political scene. Come out and enjoy Tucson’s best and brightest comics as we try our best to save democracy…one laugh at a time. it’s FUN… it’s FREE… New Location: The Flycatcher, 340 E 6th Street (at 4th Avenue), Tucson. Usually the last Sunday every month.

Monday, May 28: Memorial Day.

Monday, May 28, 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 p.m.

Monday, May 28, 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 Andrés Cano at andres@canoagroup.com or (520) 304-5778.

Wednesday, May 30, 5:00 p.m.: Candidate filing deadline for Primary Election.

Saturday, June 2, 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, June 2, 10:00 a.m.: Legislative District 2 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 Linda Laird at clproducts@gmail.com or (520) 393-0623.

Saturday, June 2, 4:00 p.m.: Copa City Democrats meeting, at the Copper Sky Police Substation, 17985 N. Greythorn Drive, Maricopa. Meet the first Saturday of each month. For more information please contact Constance Jackson at jcksconniejean@aol.com.

Monday, June 4, 6:30 pm.: Pima County Democratic Party executive committee meeting.

Tuesday, June 5: 50th Anniversary of the assasination of Robert F. Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.

Thursday, June 14: Flag Day.

National Federation of Democratic Women 2018 Convention

Thursday, June 14 – Sunday,June 17: The National Federation of Democratic Women will hold their 2018 Convention in Tempe, at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel, 60 E. Fifth Street, Tempe. Convention registration is $225. Hotel room rates are $119 plus tax. Register before May 14 to avoid an additional charge. For convention information and to register online, go to https://www.azfdw.org/2018-national-convention.

Saturday, June 16, 10:00 a.m.: 48th Annual Tucson Juneteenth Festival, at the Dunbar Cultural Center, 325 W. 2nd Street, Tucson. Juneteenth day is the oldest known celebration that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States and the Tucson Juneteenth Festival marks a very important milestone in American history each year. People of all ages, colours and heritage are encouraged to come out and participate in the festivities and activities.

Sunday, June 17: Father’s Day.

Sunday, June 24, 6:00 p.m.: 21st Annual El Día de San Juan Fiesta, Mercado San Agustin Annex, 267 S. Avenida del Convento, Tucson, across the street from Mercado San Agustin. The Fiesta procession will start at 6PM at the Mission Gardens with an antique statue of San Juan Bautista. Prayers from several cultural traditions are offered. Following the procession, the Fiesta goes into full swing. There will be entertainment, live music, piñatas and family activities. In keeping with the theme of the monsoon season and renewal, free water will be provided to all Fiesta attendees. Parking is available in the lot directly in front of and behind the Mercado. The event will also be accessible by SunLink Streetcar at the Mercado San Agustin stop. Free parking is located at the dirt lot in front of the Mercado. We regret no animals are allowed, service dogs only.

Wednesday, July 4: Independence Day.

Thursday, July 19: Write-in candidate filing deadline for Primary Election.

Monday, July 30: Voter registration deadline for Primary Election.

Tuesday, August 28: Primary Election Day.

Monday, September 3: Labor Day.

Tuesday, September 11: Patriot Day.

Monday, September 17: Constitution Day/Citizenship Day.

Monday, October 8: Columbus Day.

Tuesday, October 9: Voter registration deadline for General Election.

Wednesday, October 31: Halloween.

Tuesday, November 6: Election Day.

Friday, November 9 – Sunday, November 11: 100th Anniversary of the End of WWI, International Veterans Day Ceremonies.

Sunday, November 11: Centennial of Armistice Day (now Veterans Day) – the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War took effect at the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918.

Sunday, November 11, 10:00 a.m. ET: Commemorative Ceremony for 100th Anniversary of the Armistice at National Cathedral. The National Cathedral in Washington D.C. will be the home of the largest commemoration of the end of the First World War in the former Allied Powers. Hundreds of major members of he governments and armed forces of the nations that composed the Allies in World War One will honor the lives of the millions of fallen men and women, and recognize the significance of the conflict, as well as how vital it is to prevent such a horrible conflict from ever happening again. The National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. will hold a bell ringing ceremony at 11 am on Sunday, Nov. 11th, 2018 to commemorate the centennial of the Armistice. Local churches, schools, courthouses, and other entities are invited to participate at the time of this nationwide occasion at each respected time zone.

Thursday, November 22: Thanksgiving Day.

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