Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Free Ticket to Amazing Live Moments in Music History? Yes, Please. All with Your Library Card!

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2018 at 3:40 PM

Maybe you've already heard, but it bears repeating...

Pima County Public Library now offers access to Qello Concerts. "What's that?" you ask. It's a never-ending concert ticket!

Qello Concerts =
  • The only place to watch more than 1,500 full-length concerts and music documentaries
  • Features performances of iconic and new artists
  • Streaming on-demand to your device
  • Unlimited access so you can binge-watch just like Netflix
  • Available for FREE with your Pima County Public Library card
Here are some we'll be watching soon... what will you rock out to?
  • Carlos Santana
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Billy Joel
  • Etta James
  • Blondie
  • Charles Mingus
  • The B52s

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New Laws Taking Effect Friday, August 3

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2018 at 3:14 PM

Howard Fischer from Capitol Media Services broke down a few of Arizona's newest laws that will be taking effect this Friday, August 3. State lawmakers adjourned in May after approving over 300 measures. The laws cover a variety of subjects from abortion to sexual harrassment litigation, and early-age education to utility provider fines. Here's a few excerpts of Fischer's analysis:

click image The new laws will take effect starting this Friday. - DEPOSITPHOTOS
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  • The new laws will take effect starting this Friday.
Regarding sexual harassment cases:
Lawmakers voted to make it illegal to have "non-disclosure agreements" that bar someone who has settled a case of sexual assault or harassment from responding to questions from police or prosecutors or making statements in any criminal proceedings.

Rep. Maria Syms, R-Paradise Valley, called those agreements a "sexual predator loophole." She said they leave future potential victims unaware that the person with whom they are dealing has a history of harassment or rape.

Another law will change the daily routines of young children in Arizona schools for the better:

One of the first groups to be affected are children in kindergarten through third grade: They will get at least two recess periods a day.

The new law is the culmination of a decade-long battle by some lawmakers and education advocates who contend that letting kids get up and move around actually will help their academic performance.

Students in grades 4 and 5 have to wait until 2019 for their two recess periods.

A separate law that also kicks in on Friday also requires that play be incorporated as an instructional strategy for kindergarten and that activities be academically meaningful.
If the Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona ballot initiative is approved by voters, this new law could allow APS to ignore it:
Legislators gave Arizona utilities the equivalent of a "get out of jail free" card in case voters approve a constitution amendment in November to require them to generate half their electricity from renewable sources by 2030. Unable to void a constitutional measure, lawmakers approved a proposal crafted by Arizona Public Service which would make violations subject to penalties of no more than $5,000 - and as little as $100 - effectively allowing the utilities to ignore the mandate and pay the fine instead.
Lastly, one of the most controversial new laws passed by the state legislature deals with the private questions between a woman seeking an abortion and her doctor:
Existing law contains open-ended questions that health care providers are supposed to ask about the reason for the abortion. That includes whether the procedure is elective or due to some issue of maternal or fetal health.

The new statute gets more specific, with women asked about specific medical conditions and whether the procedure is being sought because the pregnancy is due to rape or incest. And women also will be questioned whether they are being coerced into the abortion, whether they are the victim of sex trafficking and whether they are the victim of domestic violence.

You can read the entire story here.

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Happy Birthday Harry Potter!

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2018 at 1:13 PM

"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" by J.K. Rowling
  • "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" by J.K. Rowling
Celebrate the boy who lived and who became an icon of a generation. Today is Harry Potter's birthday, and it's time to celebrate as he theoretically turns 38.

Ever since the first book "Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone" came out in 1997, the world has fallen in love with the magical world of Hogwarts and then we were granted one of the best movie franchises that lasted over 10 years.

But is not only Harry Potter's birthday, it is also JK Rowling's, as the author of the book decided to share her special day with the character that would change her life.

There are now theme parks, a new spinoff movie, and a play that continue to tell this magical story. It's been seven years since the last Harry Potter movie came out but the world the young boy introduced us to has not been forgotten.

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Claytoon of the Day: Spending Time with Daddy

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2018 at 8:41 AM

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Four Great Things To Do in Tucson Today: Tuesday, July 31

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Isle of Dogs - COURTESY
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Wes Anderson Trivia and Costume Party. Dear reader, please disregard the following palaver and rigmarole if you are not of the cultivated mold. Casa Video humbly petitions your appearance for a most festive gala lauding the preeminent auteur of our time, one Wes Anderson. The trivia comprises factoids from Anderson’s first eight films (Bottle Rocket to Grand Budapest), and you are of course obliged to adorn yourself with any befitting cravat, periwig, or tunic. Properly ornamented personages receive a dollar off their aperitifs. And they’ll also be celebrating the release of Isle of Dogs on DVD/Blu-Ray. 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 31. 2905 E. Speedway Blvd. Details here.

Rivers and Tides. The critically-acclaimed documentary is a vision of the natural world molded by currents, driftwood, ice and mud, all modified with human hands. Andy Goldsworthy’s art forms sculptures from the natural world and inherently degrade and return to the soil. Hosted by the Loft Cinema, in partnership with Sky Island Alliance and UA Water Resources Research Center. Also featuring a panel discussion from the aforementioned groups. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 31. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Regular admission prices. Details here.

Mars Magnified. Tuesday, July 31 is a special day, and not just because it’s Harry Potter’s birthday. Cosmically speaking, Mars is going to be closer to Earth on this day than it has been in many years, and Flandrau and the Steward Observatory are celebrating by pointing their telescopes up to the Red Planet and opening up to the public. Planetary scientist Steve Kortenkamp will start off the night with a “Mars Madness” presentation, explaining why Mars is so close right now, and what other planets you can look out for in the night sky. After his talk, there will be planetarium shows every hour. There will also be telescopes pointed up at the other planets, so you can get a planet fix even if Mars doesn’t do it for you. Fair warning, the telescope viewing is weather permitting, because there’s hardly a point in staring up at the clouds through a telescope. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesday, July 31. Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium, Steward Observatory, UA Mall. Telescope viewing is free, and the “Mars Madness” presentation, planetarium shows and laser music shows are $5. Details here.

The Western Attraction. The Wilde Meyer Gallery is hosting a month-long group show featuring artwork that’s all about the West and why we love it. From contemporary cowboy and Native American interpretations to western landscapes to some of the area’s most iconic features, you’ll walk through the gallery and be reminded of why we love where we live, even in the heat of summer. With artists like Karen Bezuidenhout, Judy Choate, Ka Fisher and Jim Nelson, there will also be plenty of variety. Through the month of August. Gallery summer hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, but open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays, when there is a weekly art walk from 5 to 7 p.m., and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Wilde Meyer Gallery, 2890 E. Skyline Drive, Suite 170. Details here.

Events compiled by Emily Dieckman, Dylan Reynolds, BS Eliot, Ava Garcia and Jeff Gardner.

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Minka Needs a Home

Posted By on Mon, Jul 30, 2018 at 2:42 PM

Minka the Cat - HSSA
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  • Minka the Cat
This little cat is not quite wearing a full tuxedo, but looks as cute as ever with that little white spot. Do you have room in your family for a furry feline friend?

“I love to sit near a window and watch birds.”

- Minka (857324)

Bring your family to meet Minka at HSSA Main Campus at 635 W. Roger Rd. Have questions? Give an adoptions counselor a call at 520-327-6088, ext. 173.

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Today is the Deadline to Register to Vote!

Posted By on Mon, Jul 30, 2018 at 12:49 PM

  • Pima County Recorder's Office

We have been reporting about candidates, election drama, political talking points and debates for weeks, but the time has finally come: You have until midnight tonight to register to vote in the August Primary Election.

The Pima County Recorder's Office offers three ways you can make sure your vote counts this election:

There are a number of ways that people can complete their voter registration:

1. The easiest way is to go to servicearizona.com and complete the registration online. Voters can access this site directly or through the Recorder’s website at recorder.pima.gov at the link for “EZVoter”. You must have your current residential address with Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) before using this option.

2. Forms are available at multiple locations throughout the county: any Pima County Recorder’s office, all post offices, public libraries, political party headquarters and city/town halls.

3. Voters can download a form directly from the Recorder’s website at recorder.pima.gov and click on “Registering to Vote”, complete it and mail it in.
For questions regarding voter registration call the Pima County Recorder's Office at 520-724-4330.

(Sorry newsletter readers, the deadline was Monday, July 30)

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Tucson Teachers: Get A $50 Gift Card for School Supplies Before August 31

Posted By on Mon, Jul 30, 2018 at 12:23 PM

2018 Pima Federal Golf Classic volunteer staff at the Golf Club at Dove Mountain. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • 2018 Pima Federal Golf Classic volunteer staff at the Golf Club at Dove Mountain.

For the past five years, Pima Federal Credit Union has sponsored a golf tournament to raise money for teachers in the Tucson area. The annual Pima Federal Golf Classic is held in partnership with Tucson Values Teachers, an organization focused on supporting and retaining our K-12 teachers.

After the Golf Classic took place at the Golf Club at Dove Mountain last month, they raised a total of $50,000 which was donated to TVT's annual Tucson Supplies Teachers supply drive. The money in this drive will be distributed in the form of $50 gift cards for teachers who register on their website. This opportunity only lasts between now and the end of August.

Tucson Values Teachers is currently working on fundraising to match that $50,000 from Pima Federal, and as of July 20 they raised about $10,000.

“Tucson Supplies Teachers is about supporting and showing gratitude for educators," Katie Rogerson, Chief Operating Officer for TVT, said. "Many teachers spend upwards of $500 their own money on school supplies each year. Thanks to the commitment of Pima Federal Credit Union and other community partners we are able to help teachers purchase classroom tools for student success."

TVT also has a partnership with OfficeMax and Office Depot to allow teachers to get special discounts on supplies, which can stretch their $50 gift card to nearly $75 worth of supplies.

Pima Federal was founded by a group of 16 teachers in 1951, who pooled together $84 in deposits and to create their own non-profit banking system.

Rogerson said as a credit union founded by teachers, Pima Federal acknowledges the important role of teachers in the success of not only students, but also our future.

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