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Happy Birthday Tucson at La Cocina Restaurant

Los Changuitos Feos

Hosted by Presidio San Agustín del Tucson and La Cocina Restaurant & Cantina

Monday August 20, 5 to 7:30 p.m. at La Cocina Restaurant, 201 N. Court Ave.

“Tucson’s official birthday party will take place in the Presidio District on Aug. 20, the City’s actual birthday, from 5-7:30 pm. Hosted by the Tucson/Pima County Historic Commission, the celebration will be held at La Cocina Restaurant, 201 N. Court Ave, and will include:
• HAPPY HOUR with a no-host bar and a taco bar
• Live performances of Los Changuitos Feos and Gertie and the TO Boyz
• Supervisor Richard Elias will emcee the event, and Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will also be in attendance
• Free birthday cake made by Pastry Chef Nick Carson of La Cocina.
• Special unveiling of the new Presidio Museum sign at 4:15 pm on Church Avenue and Washington, sponsored by Las Doñas
• Historian Ken Scoville will provide a free one-hour tour of the Presidio District at 7:30 pm”

https://www.facebook.com/events/218005335578200/

https://tucsonpresidio.com/

Carolyn’s note:  This event replaces the past annual flag ceremony and cannon blasting  event usually held at Presidio San Agustin del Tucson. But birthday cake will still be served.

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Grand opening of Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th for LGBTQ Youth

SOUTHERN ARIZONA AIDS FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES OPENING OF

THORNHILL LOPEZ CENTER ON 4TH

 “ The Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF) is proud to announce the opening of Tucson’s newest youth center, the Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th. To mark the grand opening, SAAF invites the community and media representatives to attend a Ribbon Cutting and Open House on January 18, 2018 from 11:30-1pm at the Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th, 526 North 4th Avenue.

 The objective of the Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th is to serve youth through programming, direct client services, and community engagement, with a direct focus on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) youth. The central program of the Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th is Eon, a safe space for LGBTQ & allied youth. At Eon, youth can work on homework, access art programming through a collaborative with the Museum of Contemporary Art, participate in peer-to-peer education opportunities and harm-reduction, empowerment-driven programming. In addition to Eon, SAAF will collocate other youth programming at the Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th in order to best serve the community.

 The center is named after Curtis Thornhill, originally from southern Arizona. Mr. Thornhill said: “I am very excited to be part of a project giving youth, especially LGBTQ youth, a safe space in southern Arizona. The Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th will remind our whole community that our youth are loved and welcome.”

 SAAF’s Executive Director, Wendell Hicks, added: “SAAF has always been driven by transformative action. The Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th will change and save the lives of many, many youths and I couldn’t be prouder of that.” Adam Ragan, SAAF’s Associate Director of LGBTQ Initiatives noted: “What started a couple years ago as a dream of a few in the community is now a reality. Youth will have a safe space to access programs, education, art, and most importantly, each other. We know the power of peer-to-peer programming can really impact the lives of youth for years to come.”

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Tucson Be Kind mosaic unveiling at Tucson City Council Chambers

“The speakers include Councilman Steve Kozachik and Jeannette Mare, someone from the Jewish History Museum, Black community, Muslim community, Bishop, Richard Elias (District 5 Pima County Supervisor), Sacred Space (contemplative), Mary DeCamp, Chief of Police Chris Magnus, LGBT community.” – per Steve K.  He is a 2 term Councilman representing Ward 6, and is up for re-election in Nov. 2017.

More from Steve’s 8/21/17 newsletter: “Through Jeannette Mare’s Ben’s Bells Project, Tucson is the epicenter of showing that we as a community are built on the ethos of kindness. M&C has demonstrated that through policy, such as adopting the Charter for Compassion.

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Women’s March in Tucson: “This is what Democracy looks like” (updated photos)

The estimate of the huge Women’s March in Tucson crowd that gathered this morning at Armory Park on S. 6th Avenue and marched to Jacome Plaza (in front of the Joel D. Valdez library) was about 15,000.  Lots of very creative signs went by, carried by people of all ages, children, elderly, even people with crutches and walkers…gay, straight, multi-racial, many with dogs, wagons, etc.  Every few blocks people were chanting “This is what Democracy looks like”.  Here’s some photos of today’s crowd.

Large crowd gathering at Armory Park, photo courtesy of George Girard

Crowd at Armory Park, courtesy of Kristel Foster

Women’s March proceeding west on Congress Street to Stone Avenue, photo courtesy of George Girard

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Watch AZPM interviews online – candidates for District 4 and 5 Pima County Supervisors

Interviewed on Arizona Public Media (AZPM, Channel 6 PBS) Metro Week yesterday were two challengers for the open seat for District 4 Pima County Supervisor, since long term Republican Supervisor Ray Carroll is retiring.  Republican Steve Christy and Green candidate Josh Riley were both interviewed.  Carroll has endorsed Christy for this seat.

Also interviewed were District 5 Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias (a Democrat who has served since Feb. 2002) and his Green Party opponent Martin Bastidas.  These interviews were conducted separately as well.

View this Metro Week show here:

https://www.azpm.org/

Districts 1 and 3 Supervisor races were covered in last week’s Metro Week show:https://blogforarizona.net/view-azpm-interviews-online-candidates-for-pima-county-supervisors-in-districts-1-and-3/

District 2 Supervisor Ramon Valadez is running unopposed.

Vote wisely on or before Nov. 8, 2016.

Ann Day Community Park dedication (photos)

Fitting re-naming of the 34 acre Northwest Community Park yesterday in memory of the late District 1 Supervisor Ann Day, who was killed tragically in a head-on car accident on May 7, 2016. MC District 3 Supervisor Sharon Bronson spoke of her colleague Ann as a “cowgirl and can do person”, who loved parks, and had even helped a Maui couple donate a Make a Wish mesquite tree there at the park. She also said that Ann was “a true problem solver across party lines”. Day served on the Pima County Board of  Supervisors for 12 years(3 terms) , had retired in 2012.

This park is located at 7601 N. Mona Lisa Road (southwest corner of Magee and Mona Lisa Roads).

Ann Day’s daughter Jill Watters, son in law Justice of the Peace Adam Watters (Precinct 1), and their 3 children (Caitlin, Courtland, Cassandra) were in attendance.  The grandchildren led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.

photo courtesy of Pima County

photo courtesy of Pima County

photo courtesy of Pima County

photo courtesy of Pima County

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