Political Calendar: Week of September 6, 2015


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Political Calendar for the Week of September 6, 2015:

Sunday, September 6 – Sunday, September 13: 69th Annual Navajo Nation Fair, in Window Rock, AZ. 69th Annual Navajo Nation Fair – arts & crafts, baby contest, free BBQ, exhibits, concerts, horse racing, parade, Pow Wow, Open Indian and junior rodeos, traditional song & dance, fry bread contest, carnival, $2-4, 928-871-6647 or http://www.navajonationfair.com/ or http://www.navajonationparks.org.

Monday, September 7: Labor Day.

Monday, September 7, 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. No DGT in observance of Labor Day. Next Week: Tucson City Councilwoman Shirley Scott, campaign update.

3rd Annual Arizona AFL-CIO Labor Day Breakfast

LaborDayMonday, September 7, 7:30 a.m.: 3rd Annual Arizona AFL-CIO Labor Day Breakfast, at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak, 7677 N. 16th Street, Phoenix. This event is where people from Labor, Community activists and Elected officials start their Labor Day holiday. This year, the Arizona AFL-CIO will honor three deserving leaders drawn from from Unions, Community Groups and Elected officials. Individual tickets are $120, sponsorship levels available.Tickets are available by calling 602-631-4488 or emailing Rebekah Friend at rfriend@azaflcio.org.

PALF 19th Annual Labor Day Picnic

Monday, September 7, 10:00 am-2:00 pm.: Pima Area Labor Federation hosts the 18th Annual Labor Day Picnic at the Reid Park bandshell, 22nd Street (at Alvernon Way) in Tucson. PALF Olympics, entertainment, speakers, free soft drinks & hot dogs. Groups interested in tabling the event should contact PALF headquarters at (520) 388-4139.

Monday, September 7, 10:00 am-7:00 pm.: Hayden Labor Day Picnic, at the Hayden Golf Course, 125 Golf Course Road, Hayden, AZ. Labor Day Picnic sponsored by Labor organizations in Pinal County. Come out and show your support for the Unions in Pinal County.

Tuesday, September 8, 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, September 8, 6:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting.

Wednesday, September 8, 6:30 p.m.: Copa City Democrats meeting, at Ak-Chin Ultra Star Multi-tainment Center, 16000 Maricopa Road (Maricopa), in the Ten Pins Rock’n Roll Room. For more information please contact jjjudd@live.com or like us on Copa City Dems | Facebook.

Wednesday, September 9 – Saturday, September 12: Apache County Fair, in Saint Johns, AZ.

Thursday, September 10, Noon: First meeting of the Democratic Party Activist Club (DPAC), at Busters (on the bar side), 1800 S. Milton Road, Flagstaff. We will have lunch and a discussion of the City Charter election on November 3. We want to encourage a large turnout to vote at this election. It will determine whether city elections will be in November on even (election) years or in May on odd–numbered years. This will have an impact on turnout and participation in the local elections. For more information please contact Sallie Kladnik at salliemk@aol.com.

Thursday, September 10, 5:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Nucleus Club meeting, at the Viscount Suite Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway Blvd. Featured speaker is Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. For more information please contact Ash Silverburg at (520) 326-3716.

Thursday, September 10, 6:00 p.m.: Yavapai County Democratic Party meeting, at the Prescott Public Library, Founders Room A&B, 215 E Goodwin, Prescott, AZ. Featured speakers are former state senator Chad Campbell, Jim Pullaro, and a representative from Save or Schools.

Thursday, September 10, 6:00 p.m.: Democrats of The Red Rocks screening of documentary film Plastic Paradise, a documentary about the great Pacific garbage patch, at the Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Rd, Sedona, AZ. Free and open to the public.

Friday, September 11: Patriot Day.

Friday, September 11 – Sunday, September 13: Bisbee Blues Festival 2015.

Friday, September 11 – Sunday, September 13: Northern Gila County Fair, at the Payson Event Center, in Payson, AZ.

Friday, September 11 – Saturday, September 12: Sierra Vista Oktoberfest at Veterans’ Memorial Park, 3105 E. Fry Boulevard, Sierra Vista, AZ. Beer garden, German cuisine via food vendors, live entertainment from the Hamptons, kid’s carnival and arts & craft vendors.

Friday, September 11, 5:30 p.m.: ADP Happy Hour at the Coconino County Democratic Party HQ, 201 E. Birch Ave., Ste. 6, Flagstaff. For more information, please contact Katherine at Katherine.yelle@ccdem.org
or call (928) 214-0393.

Arizona Democratic Party Summer State Committee Meeting

Saturday, September 12, 9:00 a.m.: Arizona Democratic Party Summer State Committee meeting, at Coconino High School, 2801 Izabel Street, Flagstaff, AZ. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Caucus and committee meetings will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and the plenary session will be called to order promptly at 1:00 p.m. Any proposed resolutions for the State Committee’s consideration must be submitted “at least 40 days prior” to the meeting. Please submit any resolutions for consideration to secretary@azdem.org no later than August 3, 2015.For those planning on overnighting in Flagstaff, please plan to book early, as rooms fill-up quickly and nightly rates rise during this time of year.

Saturday, September 12, 9:00 a.m.: Tanque Verde Valley Democrats meeting, at Risky Business, 8848 E. Tanque Verde Road. For more information please contact Lucy Messing at (520) 591-7615 or visit our web site. Tanque Verde Valley Democratic Club.

Saturday, September 12, 9:30 a.m.: San Tan Valley Democrats meeting, at the SRP Service Center, 3735 E. Combs Road (San Tan Valley). For more information please contact Dwight Snyder at dsnider@cox.net or (480) 331-9386, or visit our web site santanvalleydems.org and Like Us on Facebook.

Saturday, September 12, 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 vivertos@aol.com or visit our web page
Mule Mountain Democrats.

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

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

Sunday, September 13: Rosh Hashanah begins at sunset.

Monday, September 14, 7:00 p.m.: Democrats of Oro Valley meeting, at the Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive (SE corner at La Cañada). Featured speaker is Tory Anderson from Alliance for Retired Americans will be our speaker. For more information please contact Mike Dayton at teachers12@msn.com or (520) 742-3774, or visit our web site http://www.demsov.org/.

Tuesday, September 15, 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, September 15, 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, September 15, 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, September 16: Mexico Independence Day.

Wednesday, September 16 – Sunday, September 20: Navajo County Fair, at the Navajo County Fairgrounds, in Holbrook, AZ.

Wednesday, September 16 (Time TBA): TeaNN(formerly CNN) GOP Presidential Primary Debate, from the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, CA. Split format: Top 10, and “kiddie table” debate.

Wednesday, September 16, 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, September 16, 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). For more information lease contact Rob Selby at r_ybles@hotmail.com or (520) 790-3024.

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

Thursday, September 17 – Sunday, September 20: Gila County Fair, at the Gila County Fairgrounds just north of Globe, AZ on US 60.

Thursday, September 17 – Sunday, September 20: Greenlee County Fair at the Greenlee County Fairgrounds, 1248 Fairgrounds Road, Duncan, AZ.

Thursday, September 17 – Sunday, September 20: Mohave County Fair, at 2600 Fairgrounds Blvd., in Kingman, AZ.

Thursday, September 17, 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. Featured speaker is Tallie Segel, assistant to oak Creek Watershed Council, on water quality and availability in the Verde Valley. Doors open at 8;00 a.m. Please RSVP to (928) 274-6541.

Thursday, September 17, 6:30 p.m.: Coconino County Democratic Party hosts voting rights film screening & discussion at the Cline Library, NAU Campus Building 28, Flagstaff, AZ. For more information, please contact Katherine at Katherine.yelle@ccdem.org.

Friday, September 18 – Sunday, September 20: Santa Cruz County Fair & Rodeo, at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Sonoita, AZ.

Saturday, September 19: Interantional Talk Like A Pirate Day, just for fun!

Saturday, September 19 – Sunday, September 20: 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.

Saturday, September 19, 9:00 a.m.: Pinal County Democratic Party meeting, at the SRP Eagle Conference Room, 3735 E. Combs Road, San Tan Valley. The program will be a discussion on the STV Vote for Incorporation status. Senator McGuire has been invited to speak on the legislative status and her efforts to get this passed. There will also we a report out on the recent ADP State Committee meeting and the new AZ Democratic Platform for the upcoming election cycle. For more information please contact pinaldemocrat@gmail.com.

Saturday, September 19, 10:00 a.m.: Coconino County Democratic Party Progressive Issues Follow-up, at the Coconino County Democratic Party HQ, 201 E. Birch Ave., Ste. 6, Flagstaff. For more information, please contact Sallie Kladnik at salliemk@aol.com.

Democrats of Greater Tucson Annual Awards Luncheon

Sunday, September 20, Noon: Democrats of Greater Tucson Awards Luncheon, at Hotel Tucson – City Center, 475 N. Granada Avenue, Tucson, AZ. Luncheon from 12 Noon until 2:00 PM check-in begins at 11:00 AM. Master of Ceremonies is David Fitzsimmons. Keynote speaker is Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick. Alice Papcun Lifetime Achievement Award: Herschella Horton; Maurice Grossman Community outreach Award: Luci Messing; Steve Emerine Election integrity Award: Sandra Spangler; introducing the inaugural Albert M. Elias Democratic Business Leader Award. Individual tickets are $65, table of 10 is $650. Sponsorship levels are available. VIP Reception at 10:00 a.m. in The Buckley Room. Champagne, mimosas and fresh fruit. An additional ticket for $35. To order online go to https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/dgt2015. Please order by September 13. For more information please contact Jeremy Lasher at (520) 609-7641.

17th Annual Constitution Day at the University of Arizona College of Law

Monday, September 21, 1:00 p.m.: The Rehnquist Center at the University of Arizona College of Law invites you to their Constitution Day program
in the Ares Auditorium, Room 164. There will be a panel discussion featuring legal experts, who will review some of the major cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court during the 2014 term. The panelists include: Professor RonNell Anderson Jones, BYU Law School, Honorable G. Murray Snow, U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, Professor Ilya Somin, George Mason University School of Law. Moderator will be Professor David Marcus, James E. Rogers College of Law. Cases to be discussed include: King v. Burwell, Horne v. Department of Agriculture, Obergefell v. Hodges, and Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. There is no cost to attend this event, and it is open to the public. Reception to follow. CLE credit may be available. Space is limited, and registration is recommended. To register, visit: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ebequki88c4ba587&oseq=&c=&ch. For more information, please contact Bernadette Wilkinson at (520) 626-1629 or bwilkins@email.arizona.edu.

Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Tucson Town Hall Forum

Monday, September 21, 6:00 p.m.: The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Tucson is hosting a candidate forum for all candidates running for Tucson City Council at the Dunbar School Auditorium, 325 W. 2nd Street, Tucson, AZ.

Tuesday, September 22: National Voter Registration Day 2015.

Tuesday, September 22: Yom Kippur begins at sundown.

Wednesday,September 23, 10:30 a.m.: Democratic Women of the Prescott Area Luncheon, at the Centennial Center, 1989 Clubhouse Drive (Antelope Hills). Featured speaker is John Flicker, president of Prescott College and former president of the American Audubon Society. 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.

Tuesday, August 25, 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, September 23, 9:15 a.m. (EST): White House Welcoming Ceremony for Pope Francis, and personal meeting with President Barack Obama.

Wednesday, September 23, 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.

Thursday, September 24 – Sunday, September 27: Cochise County Fair, at the Cochise County Fairgrounds on Leslie Canyon Road, just north of Douglas, AZ.

Thursday, September 24, 9:20 a.m. (EST): Pope Francis addresses a joint session of the United States Congress (this promises to be must see TV).

Thursday, September 24, 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, September 24, 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, September 24, 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, September 24, 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, September 25 – Sunday, September 27: Marana Oktoberfest 2015, at Breakers Water Park, 8555 W. Tangerine Road, Marana, AZ. A fun experience for the whole family with German food, German beer, arts & crafts, music and dancing, Family Games continuous entertainment and the Water slides and Kiddie pool will be open on Saturday & Sunday.

Friday, September 25, 8:30 a.m. (EST): Pope Francis addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York (climate change conference).

1st Annual Tucson LGBTQA Black & White Ball

Friday, September 25, 6:30 p.m.: 1st Annual Tucson LGBTQA Black & White Ball, at the Inn Suites Hotel, Tucson City Center, 475 N. Granada Avenue. 1st Annual Tucson LGBTQA Black & White Ball benefiting the Tucson LGBT Freedom Day Parade Committee and PowerSource. On top of a fun filled evening of socializing, entertainment, and good food; join us in recognizing community leaders and organizations that have made a difference in our community with the 1st Annual T.O.R.C.H. (Tucson Organization Recognizing Community Help) Awards. Additionally, look forward to great prizes/silent auction throughout the evening. The evening will culminate with music and dancing to top off the celebration. This is a Black Tie affair. Come dressed to the nines. Ticket Prices (include dinner):$20 Single, $30 Couple, VIP (Includes Swag Bag, Prime Seating, and Meet & Greet)$30 Single, $50 Couple; Tables (10 Tickets) $200 Regular, $300 VIP. Purchase tickets online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1909898.

Saturday, September 26, 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 26, Noon: Fiesta Sahuarita 2015, at Anamax Park in Sahuarita. Water park, kids rides, carnival games, arts and crafts, food & drink. Fun for the whole family.

Saturday, September 26, 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.

Saturday, September 26, 3:00 p.m.: (Special Date) 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 speaker is Pima County Supervisor Richard Elías for a Q & A on the Pima County Bonds election. A reception will follow the meeting.

Sunday, September 27, 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, September 28, 9:00 a.m. (EST): President Barack Obama addresses the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Monday, September 28, 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, September 29, 11:30 a.m.: Blue Tuesday Luncheon Forum, at the Starfire Golf Club, 11500 N. Hayden (Scottsdale). If you want lunch, you must RSVP so we can order for you! Email jctillotson@msn.com. $20 – 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 1 – Sunday, October 4: Yavapai County Fair, at the Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo Grounds, in Prescott, AZ.

Thursday, October 1 – Sunday, October 4: Rex Allen Days, at 1500 N. Circle I Road (Willcox). 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.

Yavapai County Democratic Party Annual Truman-Clinton Dinner

Friday, October 2, 5;30 p.m.: Yavapai County Democratic Party Annual Truman-Clinton Dinner, at the Centennial Center, Antelope Hills Golf Course, 1 Perkins Drive, Prescott. Keynote Speaker Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, and state Rep. Katie Hobbs. Advance ticket purchase required: $75 individual ticket, $135 per couple, $650 for a table of 10. To purchase tickets use Act Blue online or call (928) 541-0413.

Saturday, October 3, 11:00 a.m.: Flagstaff Oktoberfest at Wheeler Park, Flagstaff AZ. 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.

Saturday, October 3, Noon: Red Rocks Oktoberfest at West Sedona’s Posse Grounds Park on the upper ballfield. Authentic German Beers provided by local AZ Breweries, German Style Bratwurst and “Bratburger,” German Style Potato Salad, Half Liter Oktoberfest Glass Mugs, Oktoberfest Music by Big Willie and the Polka Meisters and AZ Longhorns. General Admission $25.

Saturday, October 3: SanTan Oktoberfest SanTan Brewing’s 8th Annual Oktoberfest in Downtown Chandler, 3 S. Arizona Avenue, Chandler, AZ. Leading the entertainment lineup is the nationally recognized Matisyahu, Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers and local favorite acts. This year’s event will highlight beer games, Von Hanson’s brat eating contest, and family zone.

Saturday, October 3: Baja Oktoberfest at Veterans Memorial Stadium, 2500 E. Ajo Way, Tucson, AZ. Baja Oktoberfest will feature all Tucson breweries and craft breweries across the state. The Arizona Craft Breweries guild has invited all Arizona breweries to participate and selected a few out of state breweries to join the fun. Local food trucks, brat eating contest, and more. Proceeds benefit Tu Nidito. This is the largest celebration of Arizona craft beer event in Tucson. Details TBA.

Monday, October 5: Voter Registration Cutoff Date for Tucson Mayor and City Council election.

Thursday, October 8 – Sunday, October 11: Graham County Fair at the Graham County Fairgrounds, 527 E. Armory Road, Safford AZ.

Friday, October 9 – Sunday, October 11: Tempe Town lake holds the 42st 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. Oktoberfest @ Tempe Town Lake.

Friday, October 9 – 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.

Friday, October 9, 5:30 p.m.: Tucson LGBT Freedom Day Parade, in Downtown Tucson. A parade that celebrates the true diversity of Tucson where all are welcome to participate and attend without prejudice against who they are or who they love. We need volunteers, sponsors and participants! www.tucsonlgbtfreedomdayparade.org.

Saturday, October 10 – Sunday, October 11: 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.

Saturday, October 10, 6:00 p.m.: Pride on Parade 2015, on 4th Avenue in cooperation with the 4th Avenue Merchants Association and Sky Bar, Tucson. For more information see http://tucsonpride.org/.

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. Featuring Ecology Exhibits and Silent Auction Fun. Details TBA.

Monday, October 12: Columbus Day observed.

Monday, October 12, 5:15 p.m.: Democratic Party Activist Club (DPAC) meeting, at Busters (on the bar side), 1800 S. Milton Road, Flagstaff. Happy Hour cocktails to discuss water rates, which will be on an upcoming city agenda. We will invite some speakers. For more information please contact Sallie Kladnik at salliemk@aol.com.

Tuesday, October 13 (Time TBA): TeaNN(formerly CNN) Democratic Presidential Primary Debate, from Nevada. Details TBA.

Wednesday, October 14: Ballots will be mailed for the Tucson Mayor and City Council election.

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

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, 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.

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

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

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