Political Calendar: Week of October 11, 2015


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Political Calendar for the Week of October 11, 2015:

Democrats of The Red Rocks Annual Picnic

Sunday, October 11, 10:00 a.m.: Democrats of the Red Rocks Annual Picnic 2015, at the Living Springs Camp, 3500 N. State Rte. 89A, Sedona, AZ. $5 entry fee includes a BBQ lunch, music by The Beaver Creek Philharmonic and Dianne Mahoney, a silent auction, special guest speakers and much more. Go to our Annual Picnic and Fundraiser Page for more information. Take advantage of one-on-one interaction with environmental experts representing local non-profit organizations such as: Friends of the Forest, Friends of the Verde River Greenway, Grand Canyon Trust, Keep Sedona Beautiful, Oak Creek Watershed Council, and Sedona Recycles to name a just few.

(Continuing) Sunday, October 11: Oktoberfest on Mount Lemmon, 10300 Ski Run Road, Mt. Lemmon (Tucson). Free admission. $5 parking and highway fees. Enjoy a festival of German food and music in the forest at Mount Lemmon Ski Valley during the last two weekends in September and first two weekends in October: Sept. 19-20, Sept. 26-27, Oct. 3-4 and Oct. 10-11, 2015. No dogs admitted, please. For more information please call (520) 576-1400 or (520) 576-1321.

(Continuing) Sunday, October 11: Tucson Meet Yourself Festival, 115 N. Church Avenue, Tucson, AZ . Southern Arizona’s diverse folk and ethnic communities are celebrated with performances and demonstrations, food vendors, and more at this family-friendly festival in downtown Tucson. Admission: Free for spectators. For more information see Tucson Meet Yourself.

Sunday, October 11, 5:00 p.m.:  Tucson Feels the Bern, at the Boondocks Lounge, 3306 N. 1st Ave, Tucson. Meet up with fellow supporters of Bernie Sanders 2016.

Monday, October 12: Columbus Day observed.

Monday, October 12, 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 Emily Verdugo from American Friends Service Committee on “The Private Prison Industrial Complex.”Next Week: Carol Gaxiola, AZ Homicide Survivor director on “Crime Survivors Programs in Pima County.”

Monday, October 12, 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/.

Monday, October 12, 5:15 p.m.: Democratic Party Activist Club (DPAC) meeting, at Busters (on the bar side), 1800 S. Milton Road, Flagstaff. We will invite some speakers. For more information please contact Sallie Kladnik at salliemk@aol.com.

Tuesday, October 13, 3:30 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.

Tuesday, October 13, 5:30 p.m.: Coconino County Democratic Party debate watch party and fall PC meeting, at Cuvee 928 Wine Bar & Restaurant, 6 E. Aspen Avenue, #110, Flagstaff. For more information, please contact Katherine at Katherine.yelle@ccdem.org or call (928) 214-0393.

Tuesday, October 13, 5;30 p.m.: Arizona for Bernie Sanders -2016 campaign will be joining with other Phoenix activists and Bernie supporters in co-hosting a Debate Watch Party at the DeSoto Central Market, 915 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. Come on out and support Bernie Sanders. Hundreds of us together – Feeling The Bern! (There is a light rail station across the street from DeSoto Central Market.)

Tuesday, October 13, 5:30 p.m.: Pima County Young Democrats Democratic Presidential Debate watch party, at the Viscount Suites Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson.

Tuesday, October 13, 6:00 p.m.: TeaNN (formerly CNN) Democratic Presidential Primary Debate, from Las Vegas, Nevada. Candidates appearing: Clinton, Sanders, O’Malley, Webb, and Chafee (Joe Biden qualified but will not appear).

Tucson City Council Candidate Forum

Tuesday, October 13, 6:30 p.m.: Tucson City Council Candidate Forum, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson, at Temple Emanu-el. 225 N. Country Club Road, Tucson. Moderated by Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon. All 6 council candidates have confirmed. Free event open to the public.

Wednesday, October 14, 5:30 p.m.: People’s Climate Movement National Day of Action. Care About Climate Candlelight Vigil, at Cesar Chavez Plaza, 201 W. Washington Street, Phoenix. Please join us for an evening event where we will be hearing from a few speakers, holding a drum circle with Adam Ecker of Drumming Sounds and having a candlelight vigil for those impacted by climate change. We ask that you bring a photograph or drawing of something you’re worried about losing because of climate change. It could be a person, an animal, the ocean, coffee, chocolate, or… This is a family-friendly event and everyone is welcome.

The A. Philip Randolph Institute Dinner honoring Sam Newsome For a Lifetime of Service

Wednesday, October 14, 6:30 p.m.: The AFL-CIO and Pima Area Labor Federation will honor Samuel “Sam” Newsome For a Lifetime of Service at the A. Philip Randolph Institute Dinner, at the IBEW Local 570 Hall, 570 S. Tucson Blvd., Tucson. This is a FREE event. Please RSVP by Monday, October 12 to rfriend@afl-cio.org.

Thursday, October 15, 8:00 a.m.: Democrats of the Red Rocks breakfast, at Olde Sedona Family Restaurant Bar & Grill, 1405 W. Hwy. 89A, Sedona. Admission is $12, includes buffet breakfast and gratuity. Discussion on voting rights and election issues. Doors open at 8;00 a.m. Please RSVP to (928) 274-6541.

Friday, October 16 – Sunday, October 18: Helldorado Days in Tombstone, AZ.

Friday, October 16, 5:30 p.m.: Campaign launch for Joel Feinman for Pima County Attorney, on the rooftop at The Playground, 278 E. Congress Street, Tucson. Live music by The Jons, drinks and appetizers. Please RSVP to alma@joelfeinman.com.

Pride in The Desert 2015

Saturday, October 17, Noon: Pride in The Desert 2015, at the Kino Sports Complex, 2500 E. Ajo Way, Tucson. Tucson Pride, proudly presents Tucson’s 38th annual LGBT Pride festival. Gates open at 12 noon. Admission: $12.00, Military (active and retired), Seniors (55+) and Students $8.00 (ID’s required for all $8.00 admissions). Those age 12 and under are free. General information: http://tucsonpride.org/pride2015.html. Vendor & Sponsor information: http://tucsonpride.org/sponsorsandvendors.html.

Saturday, October 17, 3:00 p.m.: Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area meeting at the DCSRA Headquarters (upstairs meeting room), Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley. Featured speakers are Terry Goddard and Felicia Rotellini on “dark money” in Arizona. A reception will follow the meeting. For more information, please contact Jean Vickers jean.vickers@cox.net.

Saturday, October 17, 6:00 p.m.: 29th Annual Great Tucson Beer Festival, at the soccer ball park (2900 East Ajo Way), across the street from Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium. A marvellous evening of beer tasting, (over 200 to chose from!), nibbling on morsels of excellent food provided by local eateries plus entertainment – the band 80’s and Gentlemen headlines. All of this is included in your ticket price! There’s lots of additional entertainment – we’re having an Oktoberfest costume contest among other things! There are two tiers of ticketing – general admission (entry at 6 pm, with an exception of 1-31 July when GA tickets get you in at 5.30 pm) and VIP (early entry always at 4.30 pm). A VIP ticket offers extra benefits – more food and tasting selections. Each tier also has a designated driver option. Check out our buy tickets page for the pricing details.

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 Jean Vickers jean.vickers@cox.net.

Drinking Liberally

Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m.: Drinking Liberally. Location TBA. An informal, inclusive progressive social group, and lively discussion. Contact: www.livingliberallytucson.org.

Sunday, October 18, 2;00 p.m.: Campaign launch for Corin Hammond, LD 11 House, at Continental Ranch Community Center, 8881 N. Coachline Blvd., Marana. Please RSVP to Hammond4House@gmail.com.

Tuesday, October 20, 11:00 a.m.: Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona meeting, at the Pueblo del Sol Country Club, on St. Andrews Drive in Sierra Vista. 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, October 20, Noon: VPA Arizona hosts a NY Times Talk on Campaign Finance on Tuesday, October 20th at ASU at the Student Center in the Post Office, 522 N. Central Ave. and will run from 12-2pm. Pizza will also be provided. A Times Talk is a forum-style program to raise awareness on critical issues. An article from the NY Times will be the basis for discussion on the topic of campaign finance. The forum includes a panel of experts on the topic who will discuss the article. Guests will be encouraged to ask questions and express opinions. The article for this NY Times Talk is “How Corporate Money Will Reshape Politics.” Panelists include: David R. Berman, PhD-Morrison Institute for Public Policy ASU, Senior Research Fellow; Thomas M. Collins – AZ Clean Elections, Executive Director; Jon Riches -Goldwater Institute, Director of National Litigation & General Counsel. Admission is Free but tickets are requested for a headcount. Reserve your tickets here.

Tuesday, October 20, 6:30 p.m.: Legislative District 9 meeting, at Northwest Medical Center, 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.

Tuesday, October 20, 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.

Wednesday, October 21, 6:30 p.m.: Democracy for America – Maricopa County (DFA-MC) monthly meeting will be moving to the 3rd Wednesday of every month, and the new location will be Macayo’s on Central Avenue, South of Indian School. DFA-MC is on the web, Facebook and Twitter. For more information contact DFAofMC@gmail.com.

Wednesday, October 21, 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 Democrats are encouraged to attend the K-12 Education Town Hall at Catalina Magnet School (below). For more information please contact Rob Selby at r_ybles@hotmail.com or (520) 790-3024.

K-12 Education Town Hall with your Democratic legislators

Wednesday, October 21, 7:00 p.m.: K-12 Education Town Hall with your Democratic Legislators, at Catalina Magnet High School, 3645 E. Pima Street, Tucson. Join us for a discussion about the future of K-12 education in Arizona, featuring Tucson community leaders. Share your story about how education cuts have affected you and your family. Find out how we can work together as a community to solve this crisis.

Thursday, October 22, 11:30 a.m.: Blue Tuesday Luncheon Forum, at the Starfire Golf Club, 11500 N. Hayden (Scottsdale). If you want lunch, you must RSVP by the Thursday before so we can order for you! Email jctillotson@msn.com. $22 – 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, October 22, 3:00 p.m.: Marana Democrats meeting, at 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 democratsofcasagrande@gmail.com or call(520)251-8247.

Thursday, October 22, 5:30 p.m.: Maricopa County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting. Meet and greet (and dinner) begins at 5:30. Meeting begins promptly at 6:00 pm.

Thursday, October 22, 6:00 p.m.: Casa Grande Democrats meeting, at Bedillon’s Restaurant (Adobe Room), 800 N. Park Avenue, Casa Grande. For more information please contact Jack Guthrie at democratsofcasagrande@gmail.com and Like Us on Facebook.

Thursday, October 22, 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 Dick Reddy at (520) 579-9460 Richard.Reddy@fredonia.edu.

Friday, October 23: last day to request an early ballot in the Tucson Mayor and Council Election and Pima County Bonds Election,

Saturday, October 24, 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, October 24, 2:00 p.m.: Legislative District 11 meeting, at the Wheeler, Taft, Abbett Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive, Tucson (new location!) For more information please contact Jo Holt at legdist11dems@gmail.com. Find us at www.AZLD11Dems.org.

Sunday, October 25, 7:00 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…it’s Sky Bar Tucson. Last Sunday every month.

Monday, October 26, 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 Andrés Cano at andres@canoagroup.com or (520) 304-5778.

Tuesday, October 27, Noon: Critical Issues Forum, at the Cochise County Democratic Party HQ, 1234 E. Fry Blvd., Sierra Vista. For more information please contact cochisecodems@gmail.com or (520) 458-9467.

Wednesday, October 28, 10:30 a.m.: Democratic Women of the Prescott Area Luncheon, at the Centennial Center, 1989 Clubhouse Drive (Antelope Hills). Luncheon reservations are required. Cost is $15 for members and $17 for nonmembers. Email requests to DWPrescottArea@gmail.com or call (928) 458-5689 or (928) 848-2753.

Wednesday, October 28 (Time TBA): CNBC GOP Presidential primary Debate, at the University of Colorado, in Boulder, CO. Details TBA.

Thursday, October 29, 5:30 p.m.: Maricopa County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting. Meet and greet (and dinner) begins at 5:30. Meeting begins promptly at 6:00 pm.

Thursday, October 29 – Friday, October 30: Green Valley County Fair/White Elephant Celebration (Continental Shopping Plaza’s Fall Sidewalk Sale and Art Festival), at the Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley. DCSRA will be tabling the event. Please contact Joyce McGlaston at joycemc2@gmail.com or (520) 648-7518.

Friday, October 30: Last day for early voting in the Tucson Mayor and City Council Election and Pima County Bonds Election. Last day to return mail your early ballot — do not mail it after today. Drop it off at polling sites.

Arizona Democratic Party Hall of Fame Dinner

Friday, October 30, 5:30 p.m.: Arizona Democratic Party Hall of Fame Dinner, at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix. Keynote Speaker is House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and featuring senate candidate Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick. Tickets are $125 for Dem-AZ and PC members, individual tickets $250, sponsors $1,000. Purchase tickets at www.actblue.com/contribute/page/adphalloffame. This is a link http://hofnominee.azdems.org to nominate worthy Democrats to the Hall of Fame. We would appreciate if you would complete and return the nomination form to blubin@azdem.org by close of business Thursday, Oct. 15. The selection committee will review the nominations and make selections over the following weekend.

Bob Bland Memorial Dinner and Volunteer Awards Dinner

Friday, October 30, 6:00 p.m.: Cochise County Democratic Party’s Bob Bland Memorial Dinner and Volunteer Awards Dinner, at La Casita Mexican Restaurant, 465 E. Fry Bld., Sierra Vista. Please join us as we recognize the valuable contributions of our volunteers and honor our outstanding Democrats of the past year. Dr. Matt Heinz, Congressional District 2 candidate, will be our Keynote speaker. Mexican buffet. Tickets are $40 for PCs, $50 individual tickets; $30 for Young Democrats. Purchase tickets HERE. Send your nominations for Democrat of the Year, Young Democrat of the Year, Campaign Volunteer of the halloween-Year, Headquarters Volunteer of the Year, Club of the Year, and the Lifetime Achievement Award to: cochisecodems@gmail.com.

Saturday, October 31: Halloween.

Sunday, November 1, 10:00 a.m.: Cyclovia Tucson. Car free bicycling event in Downtown Tucson.

Monday, November 2: Emergency Voting at the Pima County Recorder’s Downtown office and Recorder’s Ballot Processing Center only.

Tuesday, November 3: ELECTION DAY for Tucson Mayor and City Council Election, and Pima County Bond Election. Polls close at 7:00 p.m.

DCSRA’s Annual Dinner and Auction ‘Believe in Blue’

Thursday, November 5, 5:00 p.m.: The Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area hosts its annual dinner and auction, “Believe in the Blue,” in the ballroom of the Madera Clubhouse in Quail Creek. Enjoy a gala evening with a wide assortment of live and silent auction offerings. Our very special auctioneer is David Fitzsimmons, the noted cartoonist, humor columnist, and blogger for the Arizona Daily Star. It should be an enjoyable evening! A cash bar and hors d’oeuvres will be available. Dinner will be a choice of salmon with buerre blanc or stuffed loin of pork filled with spinach, polenta, garlic, mozzarella cheese finished with a maderia tomato demi glaze. Special diets and requests are also available. If you have a special diet need or have questions, please call Polly Daly at (815 370-4614. The cost of a basic ticket is $75.00. You may also choose to be a Sponsor at $100.00 per ticket or a Patron at $200.00 per ticket. Reservations must be made by November 2, 2015. To RSVP and to purchase tickets secure online, go to ACT BLUE.

Saturday, November 7, 10:00 a.m.: Legislative District 2 meeting, at the DCSRA Headquarters, Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley. For more information please contact Tom Prezelski at fusilero@aol.com.

Monday, November 9, 6:30 p.m.: (Special Date) Pima County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting.

Wednesday, November 11: Veteran’s Day.

Friday, November 13 to Monday, December 14: Filing period for presidential candidates to file nomination papers to appear on their party presidential preference election ballot in March 2016.

Saturday, November 14 (Time TBA): CBS Democratic Presidential Primary Debate, from Des Moines, Iowa. Details TBA.

Thursday, November 26: Thanksgiving Day.

Tuesday, December 1: World AIDS Day.

Sunday, December 6: Hanukkah begins at sun down (eight days).

Tuesday, December 15 (Time TBA): CNN Republican Presidential Primary Debate, from Las Vegas, NV. Details TBA.

Saturday, December 19 (Time TBA): ABC Democratic Presidential Primary Debate, from Manchester, NH. Details TBA.

Friday, December 25: Christmas Day.


Friday. January 1: New Year’s Day.

Sunday, January 17 (Time TBA): NBC Democratic Presidential Primary Debate, from Charleston, SC. Details TBA.

Monday, January 18: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (observed).

Monday, February 22, Midnight: Voter Registration Deadline for Presidential Preference (Primary) Election. Participation in Arizona’s delegate selection process is open to all voters who wish to participate as Democrats. Democratic voters are determined as all those registered on the voter checklist as Democrats or those registered on the voter checklist as Democrats with the Arizona Secretary of State by midnight on Monday, February 22, 2016. (Independent or No Party Preference registered voters cannot participate in the Democratic Presidential Preference (Primary) Election).

Friday, March 18: District-level Delegate filing deadline. An individual can qualify as a candidate for district-level delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention by filing a statement of candidacy designating his or her singular presidential (or uncommitted) preference and a signed pledge of support for the presidential candidate (including uncommitted status) with the Arizona Democratic Party at 2910 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012 by March 18, 2016 by 5:00 p.m. A delegate candidate may modify his or her singular presidential preference by submitting an updated pledge of support no later than the filing deadline.

Tuesday, March 22: Presidential Preference (Primary) Election.

Friday, April 1: Each presidential candidate, or that candidate’s authorized representative(s), must file with the Arizona Democratic Party Chair by April 1, 2016 by 5:00 p.m., a list of all such candidates he or she has approved.

Saturday, April 26, 8:00 a.m.: Arizona Democratic Party Caucus for delegate selection to the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Arizona is allocated 43 district-level delegates. Arizona has chosen to allocate all of its alternatives at the at-large level. District-level delegates shall be elected at a congressional district level caucus on April 16, 2016, following the Presidential Preference Election. Only elected and appointed precinct committeepersons in your congressional district who support your presidential preference (candidate) will be allowed to vote. All precinct committeepersons that wish to participate and district delegate candidates who filed their nomination form must register their attendance during the registration period of 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. A roster of precinct committee persons shall be available for inspection during the entire caucusing period. Candidates for delegates do not have to be present to be elected. For more information, see the Delegate Selection Plan (.pdf).

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