Political Calendar: Week of May 26, 2019

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Political Calendar for the Week of May 26, 2019:

Sunday, May 26, 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.

Monday, May 27: Memorial Day.

Monday, May 27, Noon: Democrats of Greater Tucson luncheon, (NEW Location) Kettle Restaurant, 748 W. Starr Pass Blvd., west of I-10. East 22nd Street turns into W. Starr Pass Blvd. at the I-10.  The Kettle restaurant serves American buffet food, and is on the north side of the street, near the Quality Inn. An optional buffet lunch is available for just $12.00 that includes beverage, tax, and tip. Ordering from the regular menu is available. No DGT in observance of Memorial Day. Next Week: Paul Ingram, reporter from the Tucson Sentinel.

Monday, May 27, 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, May 28, 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, May 28, 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.

CD 2 Congressional Town Hall

Wednesday, May 29, 5:30 p.m.: CD 2 Congressional Town Hall with Rep. Ann Kikpatrick, at Rincon Congregational United Church of Christ, 122 N. Craycroft Road.Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick and her staff invite you to a Congressional Town Hall. This is an opportunity to discuss your opinion directly with Congresswoman Kirkpatrick about what is important to you and your family. Please RSVP by Eventbrite. Doors open at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 29, 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.

Tucson Environment & Sustainability Mayoral Forum

Thursday, May 30, 5:30 p.m.: Tucson Environment & Sustainability Mayoral Forum, at Changemaker High School, 1300 S. Belvedere Avenue, Tucson. Candidates for City of Tucson Mayor will discuss their policies for the environment and sustainability in Tucson. Nearly a dozen environmental groups will host this important forum to have a better understanding the candidates’ stance on key environmental and sustainability priorities for Arizona. Candidates Randi Dorman, Steve Farley, and Regina Romero have accepted this invitation.

Phoenix: Calling on Congress Title X Teach In with Rep. Gallego

Thursday, May 30, 6:00 p.m.: Calling on Congress Title X Teach In with Rep. Gallego, at Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona, 4751 N. 15th Street, Phoenix. Affordable, medically accurate health care is under attack, but we’re fighting back! Join us to learn about Title X, how the Trump administration is trying to change it for the worse, and what we can do to ensure folks in Arizona and across the country can keep their access to life saving, affordable preventive and family planning care like birth control, cancer screenings, STI testing, and other essential reproductive health care. Reproductive health care champions in Congress have included language in the government’s annual budget bill to protect Title X from the Trump-Pence administration’s illegal and unethical domestic gag rule. Come to ask questions, discuss, share, and learn about reproductive and sexual rights and get ready to take action in order to protect Title X. REGISTER HERE: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdIkrDysx2ytkVljzvJUN-1oh7N1gKfWKyTjMOH1BmdvCpBBQ/viewform. For more information or questions contact your local organizer, Angelica Romero anromero@ppaz.org.

Saturday, June 1, 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.

Tucson: Calling on Congress Title X Teach In with Rep. Grijalva

Saturday, June 1, 10:00 a.m.: Calling on Congress Title X Teach In with Rep. Grijalva, at the Planned Parenthood Tucson Headquarters, 2255 N. Wyatt Drive, Tucson. Affordable, medically accurate health care is under attack, but we’re fighting back! Join us to learn about Title X, how the Trump administration is trying to change it for the worse, and what we can do to ensure folks in Tucson and across the country can keep their access to life saving, affordable preventive and family planning care like birth control, cancer screenings, STI testing, and other essential reproductive health care. Reproductive health care champions in Congress have included language in the government’s annual budget bill to protect Title X from the Trump-Pence administration’s illegal and unethical domestic gag rule. Come to ask questions, discuss, share, and learn about reproductive and sexual rights and get ready to take action in order to protect Title X. REGISTER HERE : https://forms.gle/341YJQgU4fP8vHRu9.

Saturday, June 1, 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 1, 10:30 a.m.: Legislative District 10 Town Hall, at the Murphy-Wilmot Library, 530 N. Wilmot Road. Tucson. Legislative/budget update from state Sen. David Bradley and Reps. Kirsten Engel and Domingo DeGrazia, followed by Q&A with your questions.

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, June 2: National Gun Violence Awareness Day. The Wear Orange For Gun Safety awareness weekend is June 7-9.

Monday, June 3, 6:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party executive committee meeting.

Wednesday, June 5, 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, June 6, 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.

Friday, June 7 – Saturday, June 8: Flagstaff Blues and Brew Festival, at the Continental Driving Range, on the corner of Country Club Drive and Old Walnut Canyon, 5200 E. Old Walnut Canyon Road, Flagstaff.

Saturday, June 8, 9:30 a.m.: Tanque Verde Valley Democrats meeting, at Risky Business, 8848 E. Tanque Verde Road. Special Guest: Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick. Usually meet the second Saturday of each month. For more information visit our web site. Tanque Verde Valley Democratic Club.

Saturday, June 8, 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, June 8, 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.

Saturday, June 8, 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, June 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 (Room 203 meeting room). Featured speaker is Carolyn Campbell, Executive Director of Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection, on the environmental impact of the proposed Interstate-11. For more information please contact (520) 838-0590.

Monday, June 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). 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, June 10, 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, June 11, 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, June 11, 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, June 11, 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.

Wednesday, June 12, 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, June 13, 5:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Nucleus Club meeting, at the Viscount Suite Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway Blvd. Featured speaker is Secretary of State Katie Hobbs. Meet the second Thursday of each month. For more information please contact Ash Silverburg at (520) 326-3716.

Thursday, June 13, 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, June 13, 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.

Friday, June 14: Flag Day.

Friday, June 14 – Sunday, June 16: 15th Annual Bisbee Pride, Parade is Saturday at 10:00 a.m., Line-up at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, June 15, 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.

49th Annual Tucson Juneteenth Festival

Saturday, June 15, 10:00 a.m.: 49th Annual Tucson Juneteenth Festival, (new location) at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Avenue, Tucson. Join us for a day of education, entertainment, storytelling nd information. Retail and food vendors on site.Fun for all ages. Free admission. For more information plese contact Valerie Stanley at tucsonjuneteenth@gmail.com or (520) 405-5826.

Sunday, June 16: Fathers Day.

Monday, June 17, 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, June 18, 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, June 19, 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, June 19, 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, June 19, 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, June 19, 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, June 19, 6:30 p.m.: Copa City Democrats meeting, location varies. For more information please contact Constance Jackson at jcksconniejean@aol.com.

Thursday, June 20, 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.

Saturday, June 22, 10:00 a.m.: Tucson World Refugee Day Celebration, at Catalina High School,3645 E Pima St, Tucson.Join us at 10 AM in the school auditorium for opening remarks and a youth citizenship ceremony. Then, beginning around 12 PM, come on down to the cafeteria for the Family Fun Fest. Enjoy a family-friendly atmosphere with games, giveaways, and cultural entertainment.” For more information see our Facebbok Page.

Saturday, June 22, 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, June 22, Noon: Flagstaff Pride in The Pines, at Thorpe Park, 191 N. Thorpe Road, Flagstaff.

Saturday, June 22, 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, June 23, 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.

Monday, June 24, 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.

22nd Annual El Día de San Juan Fiesta

Monday, June 24, 6:00 p.m.: 22nd 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 event will start with the launching of the Santa Cruz River Heritage Project in Barrio Santa Cruz, then go on to the traditional procession through Barrio Sin Nombre and end with a big Fiesta at the MSA Annex. This celebration will feature live music, food, arts & crafts vendors, games, activities for children, and more! El Día de San Juan Fiesta is a traditional family friendly Westside cultural celebration that is free and open to public. The celebration will start at 5PM with the official launching of the Santa Cruz River Heritage Project. This project will reintroduce a ribbon of flowing water to the Santa Cruz River to revive the natural landscape and support the return of endangered wildlife. Over time this will offer pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians an enhanced historical and cultural experience when traveling along the Santa Cruz. Following the release of water into the river, a traditional procession with the antique statue of San Juan Bautista will begin at 6PM outside the Mission Gardens. Prayers from several cultural traditions will be offered. The procession will go through Barrio Sin Nombre before arriving at the Mercado San Agustin Annex. The procession will travel onto the Annex where the Fiesta will go into full swing at 7PM. There will be entertainment, live music, piñatas, local food and crafts vendors, family activities and more. In keeping with the theme of the monsoon season and renewal, free water will be provided by Tucson Water to all Fiesta attendees. This year’s event is organized by El Dia De San Juan Coalition and facilitated by the offices of Councilor Regina Romero and Chairman Richard Elias. 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 two Mercado San Agustin stops.To find out how to support this unique Westside event, contact Liza Grant or Nathalia Untiveros by sending an inquiry to Ward1@tucsonaz.gov.

Monday, June 24, 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, June 25, 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, June 25, 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, June 26, 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 fourth Wednesday of every month. For more information please see our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pg/pimayoungdems.

First 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Debates

Wednesday, June 26 and Thursday June 27, (Time TBA): NBC News Democratic Primary Debate from Miami, Florida. Aired On: NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo. Live Stream: NBCNews.com.

Thursday, June 27, 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.

Thursday, July 4: Independence Day.

Saturday, July 20: 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon-landing – NASA.

LD 10 “Hoppy Hour” Beer Tasting

Saturday, July 20, 3:00 p.m.: LD 10 “Hoppy Hour” Beer Tasting, at the Hop Street Lounge, 7215 E. 22nd Street, Tucson. Join LD10 for a beer tasting, silent auction, food and fun!Tickets are available now: $20-includes 3 5 oz. tasters, $25-includes 4 5 oz. tasters. For more information see our Facebook Page.

Second 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Debates

Tuesday, July 30 and Wednesday July 31, (Time TBA): CNN Democratic Primary Debate from Detroit, Michigan. Aired On: CNN. Live Stream: CNN.com.

Friday August 16 – Sunday, August 18: Woodstock 50 in Watkins Glenn, NY.

Tuesday, August 27: City of Tucson Primary Election for Mayor and Council members.

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