Political Calendar: Week of September 16, 2018

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Political Calendar for the Week of September 16, 2018:

Coconino County Democratic Party’s annual Monsoon Picnic

Sunday, September 16, 10:30 a.m.: Coconino County Democratic Party’s annual Monsoon Picnic, at the County Fairgrounds (Maricopa Ramada), 2446 Fort Tuthill Loop, Flagstaff. A business meeting for PCs will begin promptly at 10:30 and conclude before 11 a.m. The public portion of the event will begin at 11 a.m. with food and candidate speeches. This is a potluck with the party providing pulled pork sandwiches, veggie burgers, hot dogs, buns, and drinks. We ask that those whose last names begin with A-M bring a salad or side dish and those whose last names begin with N-Z bring a dessert. (Bring reusable plates and utensils if you can. We will provide paper and plastic.) For more information please call (928) 214-0393 or email Kevin Ordean at Kordean@ccdem.org.

Monday, September 17: Constitution Day/Citizenship Day, commemorates the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787.

Monday, September 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 Larry Bodine of Blog For Arizona on Local Political Journalism. Next Week: DGT President Brian Bickel on Pima County Bond Questions on the ballot.

Monday, September 17, 6:30 p.m.: Northern Pinal County Democrats meeting, at Mountain View Lutheran Church, 2122 S. Goldfield Road, Apache Junction. Meet the third Monday of each month. For more information please contact Kathy Guillen at (480) 620-7840 or gataguillen@yahoo.com.

Tuesday September 18: Yom Kippur begins.

Tuesday, September 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. 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, September 18, 6:00 pm: Citizens for Picture Rock debate (LD 11), Picture Rocks Community Center, 5615 N. Sanders Road, Tucson.

Wednesday, September 19, 6:00 p.m.: Pinal County Democratic Party executive committee meeting, at Pinal County HQ, 345 W. Central Avenue, Coolidge. For more information please contact David Coward at Pinaldemocrat@gmail.com.

Wednesday, September 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, September 19, 6:30 p.m.: Democracy for America – Maricopa County (DFA-MC) monthly meeting is the third Wednesday of every month, and the new location is Macayo’s on Central Avenue, South of Indian School. For more information contact DFAofMC@gmail.com.

Thursday, September 20 – Sunday, September 23: Gila County Fair, at the Gila County Fairgrounds, Globe.

Thursday, September 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. Admission is $12, includes buffet breakfast and gratuity. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. Please RSVP to (928) 274-6541.

Thursday, September 20, 5:00 p.m.: Citizens Clean Elections debate for Corporation Commission, televised live on “Arizona Horizon” (Arizona PBS Channel 8), moderated by Ted Simons. All Clean Elections debates will be posted online. The debates will be available on the Clean Elections website within 72 hours after they occur. The videos will remain online for voters to watch throughout the election. The debate will also be available on Arizona PBS’ website.

Thursday, September 20, 6:00 p.m.: LD 14 Citizens Clean Elections debate, at Empire High School – Vail, 10701 E. Mary Ann Cleveland Way, Tucson.

Friday, September 21 – Sunday, September 23: Santa Cruz County Fair, at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, Sonoita.

Friday, September 21, Noon: National Voter Registration Day: Volunteer Info Meeting, at Pima Community College Downtown Campus, Roosevelt Bldg. (RV) Room 170, 1255 N. Stone Avenue, Tucson. Come learn how you can join NextGen America- the largest youth-led organization- to register Pima Community College students to vote on National Voter Registration Day of action.

Friday, September 21, 5:00 p.m.: Arizona Borderlands Democrats invite you to join fellow Democrats from around the state for a tasting of local wines and an “off the grid” tour at a home in Elgin. Tickets are $25. For location and reservations, please contact mandfar@gmail.com.

Friday, September 21, 6:00 p.m.: LD 11 Citizens Clean Elections debate, at Oro Valley City Council Chambers, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive, Oro Valley.

Arizona Democratic Party State Committee Meeting

Saturday, September 22, 9:00 a.m.: Arizona Democratic Party State Committee Meeting, at Nogales High School, 1905 N. Apache Blvd., Nogales. Details HERE.

Saturday, September 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, September 22 – Sunday, September 23: 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. 22-23, Sept. 29-30, Oct. 6-7, and Oct. 13-14, 2018. No dogs admitted, please. For more information please call (520) 576-1321.

Saturday, September 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 Maureen Salz at legdist11dems@gmail.com. Find us at www.AZLD11Dems.org.

2nd Annual Santa Cruz County Democratic Party Western Roundup

Saturday, September 22, 5:30 p.m.: 2nd Annual Santa Cruz County Democratic Party Western Roundup, at Rancho Santa Cruz,  1709 E. I-19 Frontage Road, Tumacacari. No host bar, Wisdom’s Famous Gourmet Mexican BBQ and Welcome Margarita. Dessert bake sale by SCCDP volunteers.  $75 per person via Act Blue before August 31, then $85 afterwards. Seating is limited to 120. For reservations email: mail@ranchosantacruz.us. For more information please contact Mary Darling at MaryLDarling@gmail.com.

Special Announcements:

DCSRA Current Events 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 (Suite 420, between the Barber Shop and the restaurant Carne Y Vino). 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 Ermanos Back Room, 220 N. 4th Avenue, Tucson. 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 our host, I hope everyone will order at least one drink (alcoholic or otherwise). There’s some street, a parking lot across the street, and the streetcar stops outside their door.

DCSRA Unity Brunch

Sunday, September 23, 10:00 a.m.: DCSRA Unity Brunch, at the Desert Diamond Casino, 1100 W. Pima Mine Road,  Sahuarita. Tickets: Basic $20, Sponsor $30, Patron $50, Underwriter $100. Tickets can be purchased at the Democrats of the Santa Rita Area HQ, or secure online at Actblue.

Rockin’ Democracy

Sunday, September 23, 1:00 p.m.: Rockin’ Democracy event, at The Pressroom,  441 W. Madison Street, Phoenix. Please join democracy supporters on Sunday, September 23rd to celebrate! The featured speaker will be Dr. Nancy MacLean, acclaimed author of Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America. Also speaking: David Garcia, Democratic candidate for governor and Terry Goddard from VPA (Outlaw Dirty Money). Live music by The Harvest (Grateful Dead tribute band). Seating capacity is limited to 1,200. Ticket required for admission. Get tickets at Eventbrite. For more information please contact info@azblue2020.org.

Sunday, September 23, 4:00 p.m.: Together we Win!, at the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress Street, Tucson. An evening of music, food, and fun aims to connect people with others who wish to create positive change through the ballot box.

Monday, September 24, 5:00 p.m.: Citizens Clean Elections debate for Governor, televised live on “Arizona Horizon” (Arizona PBS Channel 8 – Phoenix), moderated by Ted Simons. All Clean Elections debates will be posted online. The debates will be available on the Clean Elections website within 72 hours after they occur. The videos will remain online for voters to watch throughout the election. The debate will also be available on Arizona PBS’ website.

Monday, September 24, 5:30 p.m.: Maricopa County Democratic Party Executive Committee Meeting at HQ, 2914 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. Meet and greet (and dinner) begins at 5:30. Meeting begins promptly at 6:00 p.m.

Monday, September 24, 6:00 p.m.: LD 2 Citizens Clean Elections debate, at Sahuarita High School, 350 W. Sahuarita Road, Sahuarita.

Monday, September 24, 6:00 p.m.: Legislative District 3 meeting, at the Pima County Housing Center, 801 W. Congress Street. Meet the fourth Monday of each month. For more information please contact Andrés Cano at andres@canoagroup.com or (520) 304-5778.

Tuesday, September 25: National Voter Registration Day.

Tuesday, September 25, 5:00 p.m.: Citizens Clean Elections debate for Governor, televised live on Arizona Public Media (Arizona PBS Channel 6 – Tucson), moderated by Lorraine Rivera of AZPM, Steve Goldstein of KJZZ, Christopher Conover of AZPM and Joe Ferguson of the Arizona Daily Star. All Clean Elections debates will be posted online. The debates will be available on the Clean Elections website within 72 hours after they occur. The videos will remain online for voters to watch throughout the election. The debate will also be available on Arizona PBS’ website.

Tuesday, September 25, 6:00 p.m.: LD 10 Citizens Clean Elections debate, at Sahuaro High School, 545 N. Camino Seco Road, Tucson.

Tuesday, September 25, 6:30 p.m.: Legislative District 9 meeting, at the Water of LIfe Metropolitan Community Church, 3269 N. Mountain Avenue, Tucson. Meet the fourth Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact Michael Dues at ld9democrats@gmail.com.

Wednesday, September 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. 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, September 26, 5:30 p.m.: Citizens Clean Elections debate for State Treasurer, televised live on “Arizona Horizon” (Arizona PBS Channel 8), moderated by Ted Simons. All Clean Elections debates will be posted online. The debates will be available on the Clean Elections website within 72 hours after they occur. The videos will remain online for voters to watch throughout the election. The debate will also be available on Arizona PBS’ website.

Wednesday, September 26, 6:00 p.m.: LD 4 Citizens Clean Elections debate, at Radisson Hotel – Yuma, 1501 S. Redondo Center Drive, Yuma.

Thursday, September 27 – Sunday, September 30: Cochise County Fair, at the Cochise County Fairgrounds, Douglas.

Thursday, September 27 – Sunday, September 30: Tucson Greek Festival at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 1145 E. FortLowell Road, Tucson.

Thursday, September 27, 5:30 p.m.: Citizens Clean Elections debate for Attorney General, televised live on “Arizona Horizon” (Arizona PBS Channel 8), moderated by Ted Simons. All Clean Elections debates will be posted online. The debates will be available on the Clean Elections website within 72 hours after they occur. The videos will remain online for voters to watch throughout the election. The debate will also be available on Arizona PBS’ website.

Thursday, September 27, 6:00 p.m.: Casa Grande Democrats meeting, at Bedillon’s Restaurant (Adobe Room), 800 N. Park Avenue, Casa Grande. Meet the fourth Thursday of each month. For more information please contact Jack Guthrie at democratsofcasagrande@gmail.com and Like Us on Facebook.

Saturday, September 29, 11:00 a.m.: Tucson Pride Parade 2018. Step off at 11:00 a.m. at Reid Park, 22nd Street (at Alvernon Way) in Tucson. See Pride In The Desert 2018.

Saturday, September 29, Noon: 41st Annual Pride in The Desert, at Reid Park, 22nd Street (at Alvernon Way) in Tucson. See Pride In The Desert 2018.

Saturday, September 29, 2:00 p.m.: Sun City Government Affairs LD11 Forum, SCOV Activity Center, 1495 W. Rancho Vistoso Blvd., Oro Valley.

Saturday, September 29, 3:00 p.m.:  San Tan Oktoberfest, at Dr AJ Chandler Park, 178 E. Commonwealth Avenue, Chandler. Typically includes beer, brats, live music/polka, stein races, keg rolling, tricycle races, keg contest, bratwurst eating contests and a beer pong tournament. $12 admission (kids 12 and under are free).

Yavapai County Democratic Party’s annual Truman-Clinton Dinner

Saturday, September 29, 6:00 p.m.: Yavapai County Democratic Party’s annual Truman-Clinton Dinner, at The Event Spot, 6520 E. 1st Street, Prescott Valley. Details TBA.

Sunday, September 30, 3:00pm: Pima County Interfaith Council Candidates’ Accountability Session, at St. Pius X Church, 1800 N. Camino Pío Décimo, Tucson. Learn where the candidates stand and hear them address our issues.

Wednesday, October 3, 5:30 p.m.: Citizens Clean Elections debate for Secretary of State, televised live on “Arizona Horizon” (Arizona PBS Channel 8), moderated by Ted Simons. All Clean Elections debates will be posted online. The debates will be available on the Clean Elections website within 72 hours after they occur. The videos will remain online for voters to watch throughout the election. The debate will also be available on Arizona PBS’ website.

Thursday, October 4, 5:30 p.m.: (New DateCitizens Clean Elections debate for State Mine Inspector, televised live on “Arizona Horizon” (Arizona PBS Channel 8), moderated by Ted Simons. All Clean Elections debates will be posted online. The debates will be available on the Clean Elections website within 72 hours after they occur. The videos will remain online for voters to watch throughout the election. The debate will also be available on Arizona PBS’ website.

Friday, October 5 – Sunday, October 7: Rex Allen Days. The Town of Willcox celebrates the music and life of hometown hero, the actor/singing cowboy Rex Allen, with a rodeo, parade, dances, and cowboy poetry readings.

Friday,October 5 – Sunday, October 28: Arizona State Fair, at the Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix.

Saturday, October 6, 11:00 a.m.: Flagstaff Oktoberfest, at Wheeler Park, 212 W. Aspen Avenue, Flagstaff. The event supports the Flagstaff Sunrise Lions Club. Live polka music, German beer, and free root beer floats for kids in the root beer garden. Contests for yodeling, costume, brat eating and beer hoisting.

Monday, October 8: Columbus Day.

Tuesday, October 9: Last day to register to vote for General Election.

Tuesday, October 9: Voter registration deadline for General Election.

Wednesday, October 10: Early voting begins in General Election.

Thursday, October 11 – Sunday, October 14: Graham County Fair, at the Graham County Fairgrounds, Safford.

Arizona Democratic Party Hall of Fame Dinner

Friday, October 12, Time TBD: Arizona Democratic Party Hall of Fame Dinner, at the Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale. Keynote Speaker: Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA). Early Bird tickets (before October 1) are $200, available secure online at ActBlue. After October 1, individual tickets are $250, VIP individual tickets are $1,000. Do you know someone who has done exception longstanding work for the Democratic Party and out community?  Please nominate them as an honoree of the 2018 Hall of Fame Award.  You may use this link below to submit nominations. Please click HERE for the nomination form. Please contact Barb Lubin with questions
blubin@azdem.org.

Friday, October 12 – Sunday, October 14: Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake. Tempe Sister City holds its annual Tempe Oktoberfest as a fundraiser for its student and teacher exchange program. At the three day Oktoberfest, you will find a carnival, dachshund runs (Sunday) and a 5 Mile / 5K / 1 mile race (Saturday) in addition to German food, beer & wine gardens and live music. 15 german beers and three stages of live music! Kinderfest with craft zone and carnival amusements for kids. Six hours of polka music on Sunday. Eight 4 oz. samples of German beer will also be served from noon – 6 for just $20. 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.

Tucson Meet Yourself

Friday, October 12 – Sunday, October 14: Tucson Meet Yourself, at slightly new location this year, occupying 4 city blocks and Jacomé Plaza, in front of the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, downtown Tucson. 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sun. 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.

Saturday, October 13 – Sunday, October 14: Butterfield Overland Stage Days & Rodeo – City of Benson. The two day Butterfield Rodeo will be held at the Arena Bar and Rodeo Grounds, 250 N. Prickly Pear.

Tuesday, October 16, 6:00 p.m.: LD 9 Citizens Clean Elections debate, at Pima Community College Northwest Campus, 7600 N. Shannon Road, Tucson.

Wednesday, October 17, 6:00 p.m.: LD 3 Citizens Clean Elections debate, at Pima Community College West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road, Tucson.

Friday, October 19 – Sunday, October 21: Helldorado Days  in Tombstone,

Saturday, October 20, 4:00 p.m.: Red Rocks Oktoberfest, at the Posse Grounds Park, 525 Posse Ground Road, Sedona. Local Arizona craft brewers will bring Oktoberfest beers. German style bratwurst, potato salad, and big pretzels! Music by Polka Katzen and The Naughty Bits. Advance admission price is $10, it is $15 the day of event.

Friday, October 26: Last day to request an early mail-in ballot for the General Election.

Wednesday, October 31: Halloween. Suggested deadline to mail early ballots.

Sunday, November 4, 4:00 p.m.: All Souls Procession, Downtown Tucson (Procession route TBA). More than 150,000 people gather downtown, some in costume, some carrying memorials or altars to celebrate, mourn and reflect on those who have died. The group walks about two miles together to watch a finale that includes performances by Flam Chen and the burning of a giant urn. Live music, dancers, entertainment. Event is free to attend.

Tuesday, November 6: Election Day.

Friday, November 9 – Sunday, November 11: 100th Anniversary of the End of WWI, International Veterans Day Ceremonies.

Sunday, November 11: Centennial of Armistice Day (now Veterans Day) – the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War took effect at the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918.

Sunday, November 11, 10:00 a.m. ET: Commemorative Ceremony for 100th Anniversary of the Armistice at National Cathedral. The National Cathedral in Washington D.C. will be the home of the largest commemoration of the end of the First World War in the former Allied Powers. Hundreds of major members of he governments and armed forces of the nations that composed the Allies in World War One will honor the lives of the millions of fallen men and women, and recognize the significance of the conflict, as well as how vital it is to prevent such a horrible conflict from ever happening again. The National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. will hold a bell ringing ceremony at 11 am on Sunday, Nov. 11th, 2018 to commemorate the centennial of the Armistice. Local churches, schools, courthouses, and other entities are invited to participate at the time of this nationwide occasion at each respected time zone.

Saturday, November 17, 7:00 a.m.: El Tour de Tucson. Sign up now to ride, or go cheer on your favorite cyclist as they circle the perimeter of the city.

Thursday, November 22: Thanksgiving Day.

Friday, December 7 – Sunday, December 9: Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair, 4th Avenue between University Avenue and 8th Street, Tucson. Tucson’s largest street market with more than 400 vendors from all over the world and 500,000 visitors. Shopping, food vendors, live entertainment. Free admission. No pets allowed.

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