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Political Calendar for the Week of October 2, 2016:
Continuing Event: 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. 17-18, Sept. 24-25, Oct. 1-2 and Oct. 8-9, 2015. No dogs admitted, please. For more information please call (520) 576-1400 or (520) 576-1321.
Sunday, October 2, 1:00 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Election Integrity Workshop, at Pima County Democratic Party HQ, 4639 E. 1st Street, Tucson. This is a chance for those of you who were unable to attend the summer workshops to learn about how vote processing works and what we are doing to protect the vote and too volunteer for the November election. Volunteer opportunities include watching the Recorder’s office validate signatures, watching the Elections Department process ballots, watching the receiving of ballots Election Night, and participating in the hand count the Saturday after the Election. The State Party will be looking for volunteers to observe both at early voting sites and at polling places on Election Day, so there will be new opportunities. To RSVP or to volunteer please contact one of our co-chairs, Elaine Lim at email@example.com or Barbara Tellman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, October 2: Rosh Hashana (begins at sundown) to Tuesday, October 4.
Monday, October 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). New price: buffet lunch is $10.00 cash, $12 credit; just a drink is $3.50. Featured speaker is Laura Hogan from Arizona List. Next Week: Dr. Matt Heinz, congressional candidate CD 2.
Monday, October 3, 6:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party executive committee meeting.
Tuesday, October 4, 5:30 p.m.: Cochise County Democratic Party debate watch party, at the the Community Room at Cochise College, 901 Colombo Avenue, Sierra Vista. Please RSVP to Spencer Brown at email@example.com as soon as possible. Also, if you are bringing food please let Spencer know what kind of dish and how much you are bringing. The Community Room will be open at 5:30 pm and we will be doing post-debate watch party activities until 9 pm.
Tuesday, October 4, 5:30 p.m.: LD 10 hosts a Vice Presidential Debate Watch Party for Democrats. at El Taco Tote Restaurant, 1340 N Wilmot Road, Tucson. Let’s watch the debate together and enjoy delicious tacos! Bring family and friends!
Tuesday, October 4, 6:00 p.m.: Vice Presidential debate, hosted by The Commission on Presidential Debates, from Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. Moderator: Elaine Quijano, CBSN Anchor and CBS News Correspondent.
Tuesday, October 4, 6:30 p.m.: TUSD Governing Board Candidate Forum, sponsored by the Dietz Neighborhood Association, at the Palo Verde High School auditorium, 1302 S. Avenue Vega (from 22cd Street), Tucson.
Wednesday, October 5, 5:15 p.m.: Coconino County Democratic Party meeting, at Coconino County Democratic Party HQ, 201 E. Birch Avenue, Suite #6, Flagstaff. Meet the first Wednesday of each month. For more information please call (928) 214-0393 or email Kevin Ordean at Kordean@ccdem.org.
Wednesday, October 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, October 5, 5:30 p.m.: CD 2 Debate between Rep. Martha McSally and Dr. Matt Heinz, sponsored by Vail Academy and High School & Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, at the Vail Theater of the Arts, 10701 E. Mary Ann Cleveland Way, Tucson. Doors open 6:30 PM – debate starts 7:00 PM. [UPDATE: Vail Theatre of The Arts says this debate has been canceled.]
Thursday, October 6 – Sunday, October 9: Graham County Fair at the Graham County Fairgrounds, 527 E. Armory Road, Safford.
Friday, October 7 – Sunday, October 9: 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.
Friday, October 7 – Sunday, October 9: 43rd Anual Tempe Oktoberfest, at Tempe Town Lake. Tempe Oktoberfest as a fundraiser for its student and teacher exchange program. Admission is free. All day pass for kids amusements is $30. Tempe Beach Splash Park will also reopen for the weekend. Cash is needed to purchase tickets for food and beverages. Family pricing during the day on Saturday and Sunday is 25 food/activity tickets for $20.
Saturday, October 8, 9:30 a.m.: Tanque Verde Valley Democrats meeting, at Risky Business, 8848 E. Tanque Verde Road. For more information visit our web site. Tanque Verde Valley Democratic Club.
Saturday, October 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 email@example.com or visit our web page
Mule Mountain Democrats.
Saturday, October 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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. We need to know by the morning of each meeting approximately how many folks will attend. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.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 9, 6:00 p.m.: Presidential debate, hosted by The Commission on Presidential Debates, from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Moderator:s Martha Raddatz, ABC’s Chief Global Affairs Correspondent, and Anderson Cooper, Anchor, CNN.
Monday, October 10: Voter registration deadline for General Election.
Monday, October 10: Columbus Day (observed).
Monday, October 10, 7:00 p.m.: U.S. Senate debate between Sen. John McCain and Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, on Arizona PBS (Horizon 8), moderated by PBS’ Ted Simons and The Republic’s Yvonne Wingett Sanchez. The debate will air live on Arizona PBS, azcentral.com and Facebook/azcentral.
Monday, October 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 email@example.com or (520) 742-3774, or visit our web site http://www.demsov.org/.
Tuesday, October 11, Noon: Democratic Women 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (928) 468-9669.
Tuesday, October 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, October 11, 4:00 p.m.: Democrats for Picture Rocks meeting, at Horseshoe BBQ Restaurant, 6575 N. Sandario Road, Tucson. For more information please contact Catalina Hall at email@example.com.
Wednesday, October 12: Yom Kippur.
Wednesday, October 12: Early voting begins in the General Election.
Wednesday, October 12, 5:30 p.m.: CD 2 Debate between Rep. Martha McSally and Dr. Matt Heinz, sponsored by the Sierra Vista Area Chamber of Commerce, at Buena High School, 5225 Buena School Blvd., Sierra Vista.
Wednesday, October 12, 6:30 p.m.: History of Voting Rights in Arizona and the United States, at Church of St. Matthew, 9071 E. Old Spanish Trail, Tucson. Featured speakers are Bunny Davis, League of Women Voters,on the history of voting rights; and Barbara Tellman, Pima County Election Integrity Commission, on securing the vote in Pima County. For more information please contact Larry Waggoner at (520) 329-9739.
Wednesday, October 12, 6:30 p.m.: Copa City Democrats meeting, location varies. For more information please contact Constance Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday,October 13, 5:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Nucleus Club meeting, at the Viscount Suite Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway Blvd. Special Guest is Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, candidate for U.S. Senate (meeting in the ballroom). Meet the second Thursday of each month. For more information please contact Ash Silverburg at (520) 326-3716.
Thursday, October 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 email@example.com.
Thursday, October 13, 7:00 p.m.: The Casa Maria Voter Project hosts a TUSD Candidate Forum, at Capilla de Guadalupe, 401 E 31st Street, Tucson. The forum is presented for South Tucson residents to learn about each of the candidates. The Casa Maria Voter Project team will provide child care, English/Spanish translation, and dinner following the forum (dinner will be served approximately from 6:30-7pm).
Thursday, October 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, October 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 email@example.com or (520) 241-8408.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Wednesday, October 19, 5:30 p.m.: (Special time for Debate Watch Party TBA) Legislative District 10 meeting at Pima County Democratic Party HQ, 4639 E. 1st Street (one block South of Speedway and West of Swan). Meet the third Wednesday of each month. For more information lease contact Rob Selby at email@example.com or (520) 790-3024.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. Find us at www.AZLD11Dems.org.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. $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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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. Fr more information please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, October 31: Halloween.
Thursday, November 3: 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.
Monday, November 7: Emergency voting at County Recorder offices.
Tuesday, November 8: ELECTION DAY.
Tuesday, November 8, 7:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Election Night Victory Party. Details TBA.