Political Calendar: Week of November 2, 2014


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Political Calendar for the Week of November 2, 2014:

Sunday, November 2, 10:00 a.m.: Living Streets Alliance presents Cyclovia Tucson, in midtown Tucson. The route will connect the North 6th Avenue area with the North 4th Avenue- North Fontana Bike Boulevard. Volunteer opportunities are still available to help make the twice-a-year event a success. For route: Cyclovia Tucson November 2nd.

Sunday, November 2, 12:45 p.m.: GOTV Lunch and Launch, at Pima County Democratic Party HQ, 4639 E. 1st Street (One block South of Speedway Blvd. and West off Swan Road). Fred DuVal and David Garcia join us for canvassing and phone banks. Sign up for a shift by calling (520) 326-3716 or contact shasta@pimadems.org.

Sunday, November 2, 3:00 p.m.: GOTV Canvass at Congressman Grijalva’s campaign HQ, 309 E. 7th Street (5th Avenue and 7th Street). Fred DuVal and David Garcia join us to kick off our canvassing. Sign up for a shift by calling (520) 629-0050.

Monday, November 3, 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. NO MEETING THIS WEEK – GET OUT THE VOTE! Next Week: Jennifer Gutowski, Associate Director, Southern Arizona Veterans’ Administration Health Care System, US Veterans’ Administration, on “How Does the Tucson VA Hospital Rate Among VA Health Services?”

voteTuesday, November 4: ELECTION DAY. VOTE!

Tuesday, November 4, 7:00 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Election Night Celebration, at the Tucson Marriott University Hotel, 880 E. 2nd Street, Tucson. Parking available in the 2nd Street Garage. After the polls close, come on down to celebrate with your fellow Democrats and watch the election returns come in! Local Democratic candidates will be present for the media.

Tuesday, November 4, 7:00 p.m.: Arizona Democratic Party Election Night Celebration, at the Renaissance Hotel, 50 E. Adams Street, Downtown Phoenix. Party with your friends and fellow democrats watching the election returns. For more information and to RSVP, Click Here (Facebook).

Tuesday, November 4, 7:00 p.m.: Democrats of the Red Rocks election night party, at the Java Love Cafe, 2155 W. Hwy. 98A, Sedona (in the plaza next to the West Sedona Post Office). Order from the menu. Drinks will be offered by DORR on a donation basis. Party with your friends and fellow democrats watching the election returns.

Tuesday, November 4, 7:00 p.m.: Coconino County Democratic Party election night party, at Charlie’s Bar in the historic Weatherford Hotel, 23 N. Leroux Street, in Downtown Flagstaff. Party with your friends and fellow democrats watching the election returns.

Tuesday, November 4, 7:00 p.m.: Yavapai Democratic party election night party, at the Stoneridge Grill, 1601 N. Bluff Top Drive, Prescott Valley, AZ. Party with your friends and fellow democrats watching the election returns.

Thursday, November 6, 2:00 p.m.: Arizona Supreme Court Arguments at the Ares Auditorium, Room 164, James E. Rogers College of Law, 1201 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85721. This judicial visit is hosted by the William H. Rehnquist Center for the Constitutional Structures of Government at the James E. Rogers College of Law. Seating is limited and available to those who have pre-registered at www.law.arizona.edu. Others are welcome on a first-come, first-serve basis as remaining space allows. The Court will hear appellate arguments in two cases: Andy Biggs et al., v. Janice K. Brewer et al., and State of Arizona v. Daniel Diaz. Case documents are available at: http://www.law.arizona.edu/azsupremecourt/. Those planning to attend should read the security and dress protocols at www.law.arizona.edu. Event questions may be directed to Bernadette Wilkinson via email at bwilkins@email.arizona.edu, or by phone at 520-626-1629.

DCSRA ‘Embrace The Blue’ Gala Dinner

Thursday, November 6, 5:00 p.m.: Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area annual gala dinner, “Embrace The Blue,” at the ballroom of the Madera Clubhouse in Quail Creek. Enjoy a gala evening with a wide assortment of live and silent auction offerings. A cash bar and hors d’oeuvres will be available. Dinner will be a choice of chicken cordon blue or poached salmon in a lemon dill sauce. Special diet dinners will also be available. The cost of a basic ticket is $75.00 but you may also choose a Sponsor level at $100.00 per ticket or a Patron level at $200.00 per ticket. Reservations must be made by November 1, 2014. You can purchase tickets by stopping in at the DCSRA Office, mailing a check to DCSRA P.O. Box 131, Green Valley, AZ 85614 or you can go to Act Blue at https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/auction2014. The auction committee is putting together an entertainment basket. Please call Polly Daly if you have requested a special diet dinner or have questions at (815) 370-4614.

Saturday, November 8, 10:00 a.m.: Mule Mountain Democrats meeting, at the Community Y, 26 Howell Avenue, Bisbee. For more information please contact Sany Hummingbird at (520) 432-7305.

Saturday, November 8, 6;30 p.m.: LD 17 Alley Rally Bowling Fun-raiser, at AMF McRay Plaza lanes, 3825 W. Ray Road, Chandler. This is our annual Fun-raiser the Saturday after the election to just have fun after all the hard work of the election. Prizes to teams (6 bowlers) as well as individuals. Silent Auction, Raffles, food, fun, fellowship. $25 per bowling ticket w food $15 food only ticket $125 for team of 6. for more information please contact Carol Maas at camaas@aol.com or (480) 895-4821.

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. Location TBA. An informal, inclusive progressive social group, and lively discussion. Contact: www.livingliberallytucson.org.

VeteransTuesday, November 11: Veterans Day.

Tuesday, November 11, 11:00 a.m.: Phoenix Veterans Day Parade, Starting point is North Phoenix Baptist Church (at Central and Bethany Home). The parade then heads South on Central, turns East on Camelback and then heads South on 7th Street where the parade de-stages at Indian School Road.

Tuesday, November 11, 11:00 a.m.: Tucson Veterans Day Parade, Starting point is at the intersection of Granada Avenue and Alameda Street. The parade  then heads East, turning North on Stone Avenue to Franklin Street, turns West to Church Avenue, heads North to 6th Street, proceeds West on 6th Street turning South on Granada Avenue back to the staging area at the intersection with Alameda Street.

Wednesday, November, 12: Foothills Forum presents Immigration Reform (registration). Hear an update about Immigration reform policy from Judy Gans, manager of immigration policy program at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona. Her areas of expertise include U.S. immigration policy, economics, and Latin American development policy and a “Dreamer” who will tell her own personal story. The cost is $25.00 per person if you register early and $30 if you register late and includes hot Hors d’oeuvre and a cash bar. Seating is limited. Register at http://foothillsforum.org/event-registration/?ee=12. For more information you can contact the Foothills Democratic Forum by telephone at (520) 477- 1093 or by email at contact@foothillsforum.org or their website at www.foothillsforum.org.

November 15 – December 6: Legislative District Committee reorganizations (Maricopa and Pima Counties).

Saturday, November 22: Special Olympics El Tour de Tucson. Registration for the Special Olympics 32nd El Tour de Tucson presented by Casino Del Sol is OPEN. The new system also makes it easier for you to fundraise for Special Olympics and check out the new incentives! Register Now– the sooner you do, the more you save!

Saturday, November 22, 9:00 a.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Legislative District Biennial Reorganization Meeting, at Amphi High School, 125 W. Yavapai Road (N. Oracle Road and W. Prince Road). Registration and welcome at 9:00 a.m., breakout sessions for Legislative district elections of officers at 10:00 a.m. Lunch at Noon. Plenary session at 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 27: Thanksgiving Day.

Monday, December 1: World AIDS Day.

Monday, December 1, 6:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting.

Friday, December 12 – Sunday, December 14: 4th Avenue Winter Street Fair – Tucson, AZ.

December 13, 10:00 a.m.: Cochise County Democratic Party Biennial Reorganization Meeting, in Sierra Vista. More details TBA.

Tuesday, December 16 (sundown) – Wednesday, December 24: Chanukah.

Wednesday, December 25: Christmas Day.

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