Beyond Tucson Packs Jan. 7 With Events in Memory of Gabe Zimmerman, Other Shooting Victims
Beyond Tucson: Commemorate, Celebrate, Commit—created by Gabe Zimmerman's family and friends—is holding a wide variety of events on Saturday, Jan. 7. (For more on the creation of Beyond Tucson, see our TQ&A interview with Ross Zimmerman, Gabe's father, in the Dec. 15 issue.)
Most activities take advantage of public parks and trails with walking, hiking, yoga, dancing and other physical activities. There are also more than a dozen community-art projects. An opening event takes place at 8:15 a.m. at Tucson Medical Center, 5301 E. Grant Road. The main event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Reid Park, Country Club Road and 22nd Street. The closing event is from 4 to 6 p.m. at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, 2500 E. Ajo Way.
For a list of all activities, visit beyond-tucson.org. Here are just some of the other events:
• Downtown Art Walk, at the Toole Shed Art Space, 197 E. Toole Ave.: A stroll through downtown art galleries takes place from 1 to 4 p.m.; free. The walk begins at the Toole Shed and ends at Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St.
• Festival of Democracy, Pima Community College West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road, 206-6600: Attendees can participate in a "Run for Office" around the West Campus track, read passages from the U.S. Constitution at Constitution Corner, register to vote, paint a tile in remembrance of Jan. 8, and join in a mass sing-along of patriotic music, from 8 a.m. to noon.
• Mars and Beyond, at Science Downtown, 300 E. Congress St., 622-8595: Multimedia exhibits show the history and technology behind exploration of the planet Mars. Admission is free from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. if you mention the Beyond project.
• Oro Valley Family Fun Day, James D. Kreigh Park, 23 W. Calle Concordia: The town of Oro Valley hosts a day of activities including carnival-style games, sand volleyball, kickball and nature walks for all ages from noon to 3 p.m.; free. The event begins with a moment of silence at the Angel of Steadfast Love.
• Plant Trees for Peace, Manuel Herrera Jr. Park, 5901 S. Fiesta Ave., 791-4873: Activities related to peace-building include planting trees in the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association's Children's Peace Garden, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Storytelling, Valley of the Moon, 2544 E. Allen Road, 323-1331: Children can listen to the favorite childhood stories of Gabe Zimmerman and Christina-Taylor Green, tour Tucson's historic fairyland, and drop their own stories in a box for Stories That Soar, from 2 to 7 p.m.; free. Families are asked to bring gently used books for Make Way for Books.
• Together We Thrive Mural Project: A walk-up art station displays a mural design commemorating the community's spirit in the wake of the Jan. 8 shootings. It features the "Together We Thrive" theme, and community members can share stories and ideas for the mural, from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7, as part of the Beyond project; and from 1 to 4 p.m., Monday, Jan. 16, to commemorate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.; at Winsett Park, 316 N. Fourth Ave; free. Students will restore an existing mural and integrate new ideas from the community based on the theme "Together We Thrive," from 3 to 5 p.m., every Tuesday from Jan. 24 through April 17. Visit tucsonartsbrigade.org for more information.
• Vail Letterbox/Geocache Site: The Vail Preservation Society hosts an activity involving walking, solving puzzles and clues, treasure-hunting and learning about the heritage of the area, from 9 to 5 p.m. Letterbox contents focus on communication and civility. Participants start at the Corona de Tucson Fire Station, 99 E. Tallahassee Drive, Vail.
The Architects and Movement Salon Team Up to Explore Healing
Members of the Architects and Movement Salon present Improvisologies, an evening of spontaneous compositions about healing from the events of Jan. 8, 2011, at 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 8; $10 to $15 suggested donation. The event takes place at ZUZI's Theater, 738 N. Fifth Ave. No advance sales. Visit architectsdance.org or movementsalon.wordpress.cmo for more information.
Communitywide Ringing of Bells
At 10:11 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 8—the exact anniversary of the shootings—Southern Arizonans are asked to ring bells in remembrance of the tragedy.
Scholars Discuss Incivility in Political Discourse
In "Political Discourse, Civility and Harm," guest scholars from across the United States explore the role of incivility in political discourse, and what harm it might cause, including discrimination, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 14, at the UA James E. Rogers College of Law, 1201 E. Speedway Blvd. Reservations are required. Call 225-1879, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register or receive more information.
Ben Folds, Calexico, Others Perform to Benefit Fund for Civility
At a fundraiser for the Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding, Ben Folds and Calexico each perform a full set; others participating include Mariachi Luz de Luna, Salvador Duran, the Silver Thread Trio, and Mitzi Cowell and friends featuring Sabra Faulk. The show takes place at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 15, at the Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; $30 to $70; $75 includes a pre-concert reception. The fund was established by Gabrielle Giffords' district director, Ron Barber. Call 547-3040, or visit foxtucsontheatre.ticketforce.com for more information. To read more about the concert, pick up the Jan. 12 Tucson Weekly.
Beowulf Alley Examines Jan. 8
Word Clouds tells a moving story of ordinary and extraordinary responses to the tragedy of Jan. 8, at Beowulf Alley Theatre Company, 11 S. Sixth Ave. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Jan. 6 and 7; $12. To read more about Word Clouds, see the Tucson Weekly's City Week section. Call 882-0555 or visit beowulfalley.org for tickets and more information.
Arizona Public Media Airs 'Together We Heal' Documentary
Together We Heal, a one-hour documentary produced by Arizona Public Media, will air at 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 5; and 6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 8, on KUAT Channel 6. The documentary, narrated by Savannah Guthrie, includes 36 interviews with victims and their families, staffers for U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, and the medical personnel who treated the victims. For more information, visit www.azpm.org.
Pima County Dedicates Trailhead in Honor of Zimmerman
The Gabe Zimmerman Davidson Canyon Trailhead was slated to be dedicated in a ceremony at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 4. The trailhead—north of Interstate 10 on Marsh Station Road, about a quarter-mile west of Cienega Creek—was renamed by the Pima County Board of Supervisors to honor Zimmerman, an avid hiker and runner who helped to obtain the National Scenic Trail designation for the recently completed 817-mile Arizona Trail. The Arizona Trail Association has been working to add signs, a ramada, paths and tribute areas for Zimmerman and other Jan. 8 victims. For more information, visit www.aztrail.org.
Website Launched to Help Tucsonans Mark Jan. 8 Anniversary
A new website intended to be a hub for Jan. 8 anniversary information was launched last month. The site, www.rememberingjanuary8.org, includes a list of events and information on how to volunteer for or donate to various Jan. 8-related causes. Community partners behind the site include the UA; the YWCA of Tucson; Safeway; the Tucson Together Fund; the Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding; the Community Food Bank; and numerous other organizations.
Art Exhibit Focuses on Healing Process, Response to Shootings
Healing in Tucson—The Healing Response to the Violence of January 8, 2011, at the University of Arizona Medical Center South Campus' Behavioral Health Pavilion Gallery, 2800 E. Ajo Way, features works by Southern Arizona artists that focus on the healing process and responses to the Jan. 8 shootings. The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 1:30 to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, through Sunday, Feb. 26. For more information, call 310-2400.
Food Bank Holds Open House for Gabrielle Giffords Family Assistance Center
The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, 3003 S. Country Club Road, will open the doors of the new Gabrielle Giffords Family Assistance Center for an open house and tour from 2 to 4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 6. Shortly after the shootings, Giffords' husband, Mark Kelly, suggested that well-wishers donate money to the Community Food Bank or the Red Cross; more than $215,000 later, the Family Assistance Center became a reality. "This center is a positive outcome of the Jan. 8 Tucson tragedy," said Bill Carnegie, the Food Bank's CEO, in a news release. "Future contributions to the Gabrielle Giffords Hunger Fund will be used to expand the center's reach into other communities." For more information or to donate, visit www.communityfoodbank.org.
REFLECTIONS: Honoring the lives of the Jan. 8 shooting victims
A series of speakers, including Sen. Mark Udall, Patricia Maisch, Judge Raner Collins, Lattie Coor, Andrew Ross and Ron Barber, will reflect on the lives of the six people who died on Jan. 8, the survivors and the citizen heroes who came to their aid after the shootings. The free event is from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 8, at UA Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. Tickets can be picked up at the UA Centennial Hall box office, the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona (2250 E. Broadway Blvd.) and the Pima Council on Aging (8467 E. Broadway Blvd.)