Political Calendar: Week of October 19, 2014

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Political Calendar for the Week of October 19, 2014:

Sunday, October 19, 2:00 p.m.: Foothills Forum presents Inequality For All (registration), at St. Phillips in The Hills Episcopal Church, 4440 N. Campbell Road, Tucson, for a screening of this informative film, with a roundtable discussion to follow. Free of Charge. Please RSVP.

Monday, October 20, 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. Featured speakers are Mark Hannah and Michael Duran, candidates Pima Community college Governing Board. Next Week: Warren Tenney and Sharon Megdal, candidates for reelection to the Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board.

Monday, October 20, Noon: 2014 Ballot Measure Town Hall Meeting, sponsored by the Arizona Secretary of State, at the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, Room #120, 2150 N. Congress Drive, Nogales, AZ. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information please contact (520) 375-7812.

TUSD Board Candidates Forum

Monday, October 20, 6:00 p.m.: TUSD Board Candidates Forum, at the YMCA, 525 N. Bonita Avenue (East of Grande and West of I-10; North of Congress and South of St. Mary’s). Cosponsored by Voices for Education, Menlo Park Neighborhood Association, Brichta Neighborhood Association, and Legislative District 3 Democrats. The two sponsoring neighborhood associations are particularly concerned about Proposition 420, which would authorize TUSD to sell nine schools which have been closed, including Brichta and Menlo Park Elementary Schools. This proposition was placed on the ballot by TUSD without consulting the neighborhoods that would be affected. Come with your questions fro the candidates.

Forum on Inclusion and Equality in Tucson

Monday, October 20, 6:00 p.m.: “It’s Time to Talk: Inclusion and Equality in Tucson,” at the Catalina High School Auditorium, 3645 E. Pima Street (Tucson). Leaders in government, business, education and members of the community will come together to discuss what can unite and strengthen Tucson in the face of potential divisions within our community. Please join us and take part in this open conversation about diversity, inclusion and equality. Tucson Ward 6 City Councilman Steve Kozachik and his staff organized this event to talk about racism in Tucson (in response to the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, MO).  For more information please contact the Ward 6 Council office at (5200 791-4601.

Monday, October 20, 6:00 p.m.: Citizens Clean Elections Debate for LD 25 Senate and House, at the Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, 6650 E. Superstition Springs Blvd., Mesa, AZ.

Monday, October 20, 6:30 p.m.: 2014 Ballot Measure Town Hall Meeting, sponsored by the Arizona Secretary of State, at the Palm Ridge recreation Center, 13800 Deer Valley Drive, Sun City West, AZ. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Rosetta at (623) 544-6129.

Monday, October 20, 6:30 p.m.: 2014 Ballot Measure Town Hall Meeting, sponsored by the Arizona Secretary of State, at the Cochise County Board of Supervisors hearing Room, 1415 Melody Lane, Bldg. G, Bisbee, AZ. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Arlethe Rios at (520) 432-9200.

Tuesday, October 21, 10:00 a.m.: Navajo Democratic Party Early voting in Whiteriver, from 10:00 a.m. – 3;00 p.m.  Tribal employees get time off to vote. Food and entertainment provided. Live remote on KNNB throughout the day.

Tuesday, October 21, 11:00 a.m.: Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona meeting, at the Pueblo del Sol Country Club, on St. Andrews Drive in Sierra Vista. Election Forum: speakers include candidates Rep. Ron Barber (U.S. Congress), Felecia Rotellini (AZ Attorney General), Jim Burton (AZ Legislature), and Candece Hardt (Cochise County Clerk of Superior Court). In addition, a number of statewide candidates will be represented by surrogate speakers. There will also be discussion of some major ballot issues. The public is welcome. 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.

Tuesday, October 21, 4:00 p.m.: Grace Temple Missionary Baptist Church Social Justice Committee hosts “A Conversation with Martha McSally,” candidate for Congress in CD 2, at 1020 E. 3st Street (education wing), Tucson, AZ.

Tuesday, October 21, 6:30 p.m.: 2014 Ballot Measure Town Hall Meeting, sponsored by the Arizona Secretary of State, at the Mesa Public Library, 64 E. 1st Street, Mesa, AZ. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Kate Griffin at (480) 644-2725.

Tuesday, October 21, 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 21, 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 22, 11;00 a.m (local): 2014 Ballot Measure Town Hall Meeting, sponsored by the Arizona Secretary of State, at Fort Defiance Chapter House, Rte. 112 Navajo Nation, Fort Defiance, AZ. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Leighanne at (928) 729-4352.

The Latino Democratic Caucus hosts Fed DuVal and Terry Goddard

Wednesday, October 22, 5;30 p.m.: The Latino Democratic  Caucus invites you to meet Fred DuVal and Terry Goddard, at Rigo’s Mexican Restaurant, 2527 S. 4th Avenue (at 36th Street). Please RSVP or direct questions to Terri Berg by email or phone (520) 622-8478.

Meet Congressman Ron Barber and future Congressman Ruben Gallego

Wednesday, October 22, 5:30 p.m.: Come Meet Congressman Ron Barber (CD 2) and Ruben Gallego (CD 7), At Reilly Craft Pizza, 101 E. Pennington Street, Tucson. Please RSVP to Ben at rsvp@ronbarberforcongress.com or call (520) 269-2155.

Wednesday, October 22, 6:30 p.m.: 2014 Ballot Measure Town Hall Meeting, sponsored by the Arizona Secretary of State, at the Apache County Annex Board of Supervisors, 75 W. Cleveland Street, Saint Johns, AZ. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Beth at (928) 337-7503.

Thursday, October 23, 10:30 a.m.(local): 2014 Ballot Measure Town Hall Meeting, sponsored by the Arizona Secretary of State, at the Veterans Memorial Center Wellness Conference Room , 1 Main Street, Kykotsmovi Hopi Reservation, AZ. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Karen Shupla at (928) 734-2507.

Thursday, October 23, 6:30 p.m.: 2014 Ballot Measure Town Hall Meeting, sponsored by the Arizona Secretary of State, at the Show Low City Council Chambers, 181 N. 9th Street, Show Low, AZ. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Ann at (928) 532-4061.

Friday, October 24: Last day to request an early mail-in ballot.

Friday, October 24, 4:00 p.m.: Grace Temple Missionary Baptist Church Social Justice Committee hosts “A Conversation with Congressman Ron Barber,” candidate for Congress in CD 2, at 1020 E. 3st Street (education wing), Tucson, AZ.

Saturday, October 25, 5:00 p.m.: Red Rocks Oktoberfest at Los Abrigados Creekside Park, 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 $15 and a portion of the proceeds benefits the Rotary Club of Sedona Rocks and the STEM program at Sedona Oak Creek School District.

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.

Sunday, October 26, 2:00 p.m.: (New Day) Legislative District 11 meeting, at the Mountain Vista Unitarian Universalist Church, 3601 W. Cromwell Drive (Tucson). For more information please contact Tom Cuevas at (520) 440-5458. Find us at www.AZLD11Dems.org.

Monday, October 27, 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 Luis Gonzales at (520) 594-5500.

Monday, October 27, 6:30 p.m.: 2014 Ballot Measure Town Hall Meeting, sponsored by the Arizona Secretary of State, at the Wickenburg Community Center, 160 N. Valentine Street, Wickenburg, AZ. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information please contact (602) 652-3000.

Tuesday, October 28, 6:30 p.m.: 2014 Ballot Measure Town Hall Meeting, sponsored by the Arizona Secretary of State, at the Guadalupe Branch Library, 9241 S. Avenida del Yaqui, Guadalupe, AZ. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Rose at (928) 684-7656 or Tonya at (928) 684-2761.

Wednesday, October 29, Noon: 2014 Ballot Measure Town Hall Meeting, sponsored by the Arizona Secretary of State, at the Mohave County Board of Supervisors Auditorium, 700 W. Beal Street, Kingman, AZ. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Jenny Anderson at (928) 753-0731.

Wednesday, October 29, 6;30 p.m.: 2014 Ballot Measure Town Hall Meeting, sponsored by the Arizona Secretary of State, at the Lake Havasu Police Department Council Chambers, 2360 McCulloch Blvd., N. Lake Havsu City,, AZ. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Luanne at (928) 650-5403 or Bob at (928) 855-1171.

Thursday, October 30, Noon: 2014 Ballot Measure Town Hall Meeting, sponsored by the Arizona Secretary of State, at the Yuma County Board of Supervisors Auditorium, 198 S. Main Street, Yuma, AZ. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Desiree at (928) 373-1010.halloween-

Friday, October 31: Halloween. Last day to mail your early mail-in ballot if you want your ballot received in time to be counted.

Saturday, November 1, 10:00 a.m.: (Tentative) Legislative District 2 meeting, at the Sam Lena Library, 1601 S. 6th Avenue S. Tucson. For more information please contact Marla Daugherty at mardenaz@cox.net or (520) 648-0890.

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.vote

Tuesday, 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. More details TBA.

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.

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.

Monday, November 10, 6:30 p.m.: (Special Date) Pima County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting.

Tuesday, November 11: Veterans Day.

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. Details TBA.

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.: (Tentative date) Pima County Democratic Party Legislative District Reorganizations, 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.

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

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

Wednesday, December 25: Christmas Day.

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