Political Calendar: Week of October 16, 2016


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Political Calendar for the Week of October 16, 2016:

Sunday, October 16, 10:00 a.m.: Freethought Arizona Author Event: Robert McWhirter – Just Who are Those “People” in the Tenth Amendment?, at DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Avenue (UMC), Tucson. For more details, see the full announcement at FreeThought Meetup.

Monday, October 17, 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 Martha Durkin, PCC Board candidate. Next Week: Pima County Sheriff Chris Nanos.

Monday, October 17, 4:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Education Caucus meeting, at Pima County Democratic Party HQ, 4639 E. 1st Street (one block South of Speedway and West of Swan). For more information please contact Luci Messing at lucibmessing@cox.net.

Tuesday, October 18, 11:00 a.m.: Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona meeting, at the Pueblo del Sol Country Club, on St. Andrews Drive in Sierra Vista. Featured speaker is state Sen. Steve Farley. 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, October 18, 11:00 a.m.: Ballot Measure Town Hall presented by the Office of the Arizona Secretary of State, at the Joel D. Valdez main public library, 101 N. Stone Avenue, Tucson.

Tuesday, October 18, 6:00 p.m.: Special time for LD 10 Citizens Clean Election Debate. Legislative District 10 meeting at Pima Community College District Office, 4905 E. Broadway Blvd. Tucson. Come support our Democratic slate of candidates! Meet the third Wednesday of each month. For more information lease contact Rob Selby at r_ybles@hotmail.com or (520) 790-3024.

Wednesday, October 19, 5:30 p.m.: [UPDATE] LD 10 hosts a Presidential Debate Watch Party, at Pima County Democratic Party HQ, 4939 E. 1st Street (one block South of Speedway and West of Swan).  Let’s watch the debate together! Bring family and friends!

Wednesday, October 19, 5:30 p.m.: Join the Arizona Democratic Party for a Presidential Debate Watch Party, at  HiFi Kitchen & Cocktails, 345 E. Congress Street #101, Tucson. RSVP Here. (Link has been fixed).

 Wednesday, October 19, 5:30 p.m.: Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area Presidential Debate Watch Party, at the DCSRA Headquarters, Upstairs Rm. 248, Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley. Email Sonja Denton at sdenton@azdem.org with questions or to RSVP!

Wednesday, October 19, 6:00 p.m.: Presidential debate, hosted by The Commission on Presidential Debates, from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada. Moderator: Chris Wallace, Anchor, Fox News Sunday.

Wednesday, October 19, 6:00 p.m.: Pinal County Democratic Party meeting, at Pinal County Democratic Party HQ, 121 W. Florence Blvd., Casa Grande. For more information lease contact pinaldemocrat@gmail.com or call (480) 678-1756.

Wednesday, October 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, October 19, 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. DFA-MC is on the web, Facebook and Twitter. For more information contact DFAofMC@gmail.com.

Thursday, October 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. Featured speaker is Alex Martinez, candidate for the House in LD 6. Admission is $12, includes buffet breakfast and gratuity. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. Please RSVP to (928) 274-6541.

Saturday, October 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, October 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 Scott Baker at legdist11dems@gmail.com. Find us at www.AZLD11Dems.org.

Saturday, October 22, 3:00 p.m.: Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area special meeting, presenting nominees for DCSRA 2017 Board, at the DCSRA Headquarters (Upstairs Conference Room), Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley.

Saturday, October 22, 4:00 p.m.: Red Rocks Oktoberfest, at the Los Abrigados Resort, 160 Portal Lane, Sedona. Local Arizona craft brewers will bring Oktoberfest beers. German style bratwurst, potato salad, and big pretzels! Music by Big Willie and the Polka Meisters. Entry is $25 and a portion of the proceeds benefits the Rotary Club of Sedona Rocks and the STEM program at Sedona Oak Creek School District.

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 Jean Vickers jean.vickers@cox.net.

Drinking Liberally

Third Wednesday of each month, 6:00 p.m.: Drinking Liberally returns to Tucson, at Casa Vicente (375 S. Stone Avenue, Tucson, casavicente.com) whose gracious and helpful wait staff sets the table(s) for us. Next meeting is Wednesday, October 19. 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, good wine and beer, and good food. There is no obligation to order anything–but as a thank you to Casa Vicente for the use of their patio, I hope everyone will order at least one drink (alcoholic or otherwise). And the Tapas are wonderful! The patio is almost completely covered, so weather isn’t much of a problem, and there’s plenty of free parking.

Sunday, October 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.

Sunday, October 23, 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 in October: The Flycatcher, 340 E 6th Street (at 4th Avenue), Tucson. Usually the last Sunday every month.

Monday, October 24, 6:00 p.m.: Legislative District 3 meeting, at the Joel Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Avenue (parking under the library). Meet the fourth Monday of each month. For more information please contact Andrés Cano at andres@canoagroup.com or (520) 304-5778.

Tuesday, October 25, 11:30 a.m.: Blue Tuesday Luncheon Forum, at the Starfire Golf Club, 11500 N. Hayden (Scottsdale). Generally meets the last Tuesday of the month. 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!) For more information please contact bluetuesdayluncheon@gmail.com.

Tuesday, October 25, 6:30 p.m.: Legislative District 9 meeting, at Northwest Medical Center, La Paloma Urgent Care Community Classroom, 4001 E. Sunrise Drive. Meet the fourth Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact Brian Clymer at brianclymer@yahoo.com or (520) 297-3539.

Wednesday, October 26, 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. Featured speaker is state Sen. Katie Hobbs on the Arizona Emerge program. 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, October 26, 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 27, 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 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 Dick Reddy at (520) 579-9460 Richard.Reddy@fredonia.edu.

Friday, October 28: Last day to request an early mail-in ballot fro your County Recorder.

Sunday, October 30, 10:00 a.m.: Cyclovia of Tucson. The new route connects the Miramonte Neighborhood to The Garden District. You can be among the first to see the new route by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or signing up for the Living Streets Alliance e-newsletter. For more information please contact us at: info@cycloviatucson.org.

Memorial Service for Governor Rose Mofford

Sunday, October 30, 1:30 p.m.: Memorial service and celebration of the life of Arizona’s first female governor, Rose Mofford, at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams Street, Phoenix. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. and those wishing to attend this event are encouraged to arrive early as seating is limited.halloween- The theater’s website says its seating capacity of 1,364.

Monday, October 31: Halloween.

Wednesday, November 2: Last day to return your early mail-in ballot by mail to ensure that it is received by Tuesday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m. If you miss the deadline, be sure you sign and date the enclosed ballot envelope, and drop off your ballot at any polling location on Election Day.

Friday, November 4: Last day for in-person early voting at early voting locations.

Saturday, November 5, 2:00 p.m.: Memorial service for community activist Marian Lupu, at the Proscenium Theater at Pima Community College Center for the Arts, 2202 W. Anklam Road, Tucson. Those wishing to attend this event are encouraged to arrive early as seating is limited. The theater’s seating capacity is 425.

Monday, November 7: Emergency voting at County Recorder offices.

Monday, November 7, 6:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party executive committee meeting.

Tuesday, November 8: ELECTION DAY.

Tuesday, November 8, 7:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Election Night Victory Party, at the Tucson Marriott University Park Hotel, 880 E. 2nd Street, Tucson. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. Event begins at 7:00 p.m.  Join the Pima County Democratic Party on Election Night!  This is the official Democratic election night event in Tucson, and you won’t want to miss it! Stay tuned for information regarding block room reservations.

Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area Blue Rising Annual Auction and Dinner

Thursday, November 10, 5:00 p.m.: Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area Blue Rising Annual Auction and Dinner, in the ballroom at the Madera Clubhouse in Quail Creek. Enjoy a wonderful evening with a wide assortment of live and silent auction offerings. Bid on a 2017 vacation: 7 night stay at a Club Wyndham Access or Plus Resort – Wyndham South Shore – Lake Tahoe, or Oceanside, CA. Our very special auctioneer is David Fitzsimmons, the noted cartoonist and humor columnist for the Arizona Daily Star. This should be a really fun evening! A cash bar and hors d’oeuvres will be available. Dinner will be a choice of salmon with beurre blanc sauce or sliced pork loin with cinnamon raisin demi glaze. If you have special diet needs or have questions, please call Kathy Davisson at 248-762-1216. 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 Monday, November 7, 2016. Your ActBlue receipt is your confirmation for the event. RSVP at Act Blue, or mail or deliver checks and response forms to DCSRA Headquarters: DCSRA, P.O. Box 131, Green Valley, AZ 85614.

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