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Monday, October 15, 2018

Trick-or-Treat with a Pet in Need

Posted By on Mon, Oct 15, 2018 at 12:00 PM

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Head over to the PACC PUP-kin Patch, or

 pumpkin CAT-ch?

You decide which of fuzzy, bundled of love you can't live without!

Pima Animal Care Center will be hosting “Pumpkin Patch Adoptions” with trunk-or-treating, games, raffles and costumes (please no masks or weapons as it will scare the animals). The event is on Sunday, Oct. 28, 10 am to 5pm.

The event is part of a “Pumpkin Promo” that starts on Oct. 15th throughout the rest of the month.

“Adopters can come by the shelter where they will find on the bottom of a pumpkin, a discount on pets who are four months or older.”

All pets adopted from PACC come spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped, according to PACC. Each adoption also comes free follow-up vet visit.

Can’t make it to the event? Stop by the shelter Monday to Friday 12-7pm or Sat/Sun 10am-5pm at 4000 N. Silverbell Road.

Pima Animal Care Center: Is our community’s only open-admission shelter. PACC cares for about 17,000 pets each year and is the only shelter in the county that never turns away a pet in need. PACC is also our community’s largest adoption agency and has the largest selection of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Salute to America - Healing Arizona Veterans Fundraiser

Posted By on Fri, Oct 12, 2018 at 2:41 PM

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Hosted at the Gaslight Music Hall in Oro Valley, a “musical salute to freedom and liberty will be dedicated to those who have defended it” will start at 2pm on Oct. 14, 2018.

Performers will include the Manhattan Dolls, Robert Shaw and “Tucson music legend” Armen Dirtadian and a world class band singing renditions of “God Bless America,” “America The Beautiful,” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag.”

Not only will all of the “lyrics and melodies that make our country great” be sung in honor of the brave men and women who have served our country, but a portion of the proceeds will be donated to help our veterans who are still healing from conditions acquired while serving, like traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Established in 2014, grassroots organization Healing Veterans of Arizona has set out to do just that— help our veterans heal from conditions suffered in combat using hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), in addition to nutritional programs.

Tickets start at $40. You can buy them here.

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Literacy Connects Looking for More Volunteers

Posted By on Fri, Oct 12, 2018 at 1:30 PM

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Literacy Connects, a volunteer based program, is looking for more volunteers to help people of all ages learn the importance of literacy.

The program works to help people realize their potential in all aspects of their lives. By providing resources and help from volunteers, it gives people an opportunity to make sustainable changes in their lives.

According to their website, they provide innovative-strengths programming that motivates learners to make a change.

Literacy Connects is looking for more volunteers to help people of all different ages, races, backgrounds and cultures. Volunteers can help teach math, reading, writing, studying for the GED and other topics needed to succeed in the future.

Classes for the program are held all throughout Tucson. Tutors work in teams at libraries, schools, churches and community centers for adult students. For children in the program, tutors will work directly in their schools. Bilingual Tutors are also needed.

Literacy Connects is in need of tutors all over the city but it is more urgent in the southern and western parts of Tucson.
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There are info sessions on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, which are required before training to become a tutor. For more information, go to their website.

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Horsin' Around Gala with Therapy Riding of Tucson

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 4:50 PM

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Therapeutic Riding of Tucson or TROT is hosting the Horsin’ Around Gala on Sunday. Oct. 14 from 4-8 p.m. The event takes place at Tanque Verde Ranch on 14301 E. Speedway Blvd. Drive all the way East on Speedway until the road actually ends, then turn left.

Proceeds from the event will provide equine therapy for disabled children and veterans in need. TROT has licensed riding instructors and therapists, along with 13 specially trained horses, with the mission of enriching the lives of people with special needs by improving their physical, mental, social and emotional well being.

There will be a silent auction, a live auction and a BBQ dinner, along with music and dancing with the Clean Country Band. Tickets are $85 for adults and $30 for children 11 and younger. This is a rain or shine event.

Learn more here.
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Monday, September 17, 2018

Crawling for Some Grub

Posted By on Mon, Sep 17, 2018 at 3:07 PM

Berry Divine Acai Bowl samples - ANISSA SPRECHER
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  • Berry Divine Acai Bowl samples
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  • Cookie options at Insomnia Cookies
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  • Empire Pizza samples

Downtown Tucson was crawling with hungry samplers on Saturday afternoon at the Taste of Tucson Grub Crawl.

The crawl started at the Independent Distillery, who were celebrating the third anniversary of their grand opening. Attendees then crawled to Thunder Canyon Brewstillery for appetizers and beer, Cartel Coffee Lab for Jenga and coffee, then to Insomnia Cookies for a cookie and another round of Jenga.

Mayra Hindbaugh and Brett Wagner, founders of the event - ANISSA SPRECHER
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  • Mayra Hindbaugh and Brett Wagner, founders of the event
Next they traveled on to Berry Divine Açaí Bowls for a sample and explanation on what they make, then to Empire Pizza & Pub who graciously provided entire pies for the hungry crawlers. The group then finally headed to The Screamery for an ice-cream dessert. Other venders included Highwire Lounge and Johnny Gibson's Downtown Market.

After traipsing around town and filling up on all the great local grub, the crawlers headed back to the Independent Distillery for drinks and some live music.

The event, put on by HERO Events, raised money for charities focused on helping veterans. Mayra Hindbaugh and Brett Wagner of HERO Events organized the crawl and said that the money raised will go towards the veterans-helping-veterans organization Rally Point Arizona and to a veterans event they are hosting at Reid Park in on Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 10 and 11.

On Nov. 10 there will be a veterans rally with food, live music and activities from 2 to 8 p.m. The next day the group is hosting a motorcycle run and golf tournament at Forty Niner Country Club. Read more about Rally Point Arizona here.

The team at Hero Events said that they hope to add more restaurants and eateries to their Grub Crawl to expand the event next year. 

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona HungerWalk to Fight Hunger

Posted By on Fri, Sep 14, 2018 at 1:30 PM

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  • The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona is hosting a HungerWalk on Sept. 15 at Sam Lena Park at Kino Complex.
On Saturday, Sept. 15 there will be a HungerWalk from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Sam Lena Park at Kino Complex.
Registration is at 7 a.m.

Put on by the Community Food Bank, this event raises funds and awareness for the fight against hunger. There will be music, entertainment, games, activities, snacks and more.

The walk will traverse 1.5 miles through the Community Food Bank’s food pantry, main warehouse and gardens. Walkers will learn about hunger, the programs and services of the food bank and how they can get involved.
Bring your friends and family, the walk will be fun for all ages!

Did you know?

1. Across the United States, 48,135,000 people are food insecure.
2. It would take 24 billion dollars to provide enough meals to close the gap.
3. About 15.4 percent of people in Southern Arizona are food insecure.
4. This past year, the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona helped bring nearly 35 million pounds of food to more than 200,000 people.
5. The Community Food Bank serves five counties in Southern Arizona: Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, Pima, and Santa Cruz.
6. The food bank represents just over 23,000 square miles and over 1.2 million people.

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Get Good Karma and Save a Life

Posted By on Fri, Sep 7, 2018 at 1:17 PM

On Saturday, Sept. 8, there will be a football-themed Community Blood Drive at Arizona Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. Oral Surgeons, Dr. Robert Wood, Dr. Nicholas Coles, and Dr. Negin Saghafi have partnered with United Blood Services Arizona for this blood-drive.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Get a chance to win tickets to the University of Arizona football games as a raffle will be hosted at the event! Help save lives and give back to your community. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. need blood and one donation can potentially save up to three lives.

click image On Saturday, Sept. 8, there will be a football-themed Community Blood Drive at Arizona Oral  & Maxillofacial Surgeons. Just one donation can save three lives. - UNITED STATES BLOOD SERVICES
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  • On Saturday, Sept. 8, there will be a football-themed Community Blood Drive at Arizona Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. Just one donation can save three lives.
3 Benefits of Donating Blood

1. You get a free physical.
Before giving blood, you must get a quick physical to measure your temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin levels. After giving blood, a lab takes your blood to do 13 tests for infectious diseases.

2. You will have a balanced iron level
Five grams of iron in the blood is healthy. When you donate a unit of blood, you lose about a quarter of a gram of iron. You regain that iron from the food you eat in the weeks after you donate blood. Having too much iron could affect your blood vessels. Lowering iron may also reduce the risk of a heart attack.

3. The feeling you get knowing you are saving someone’s life.
Blood is the most precious gift that anyone can give to someone else. It is the gift of life. You become a real-life superhero. It’s a quick, easy way to give back to your community and feel good about yourself!

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Stay Safe Out There: September is National Preparedness Month

Posted By on Mon, Sep 3, 2018 at 10:06 AM

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September is National Preparedness Month which reminds everyone to prepare themselves, their communities and families from now and throughout the year for disasters that could happen. Prepare in advance to any situation by improving your skills such as CPR and first aid.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, is encouraging people to get involved on social media by helping others understand the need to prepare for emergencies. In 2017, Hurricane Harvey left the nation devastated. About 80 percent of households impacted by Hurricane Harvey did not have flood insurance.

The theme of this year's National Preparedness Month is "Disasters Happen, Prepare Now, Learn How." FEMA has releaased a calendar of four events, one per week of the month-long event. Homeowners can take these steps to make sure they are ready for any disaster that might come their way:

Week 1. Create an emergency plan that includes signing up for emergency alerts and making contingency plans for shelter, evacuation, and family communication.

Week 2. Learn life-saving skills. CPR is a good place to start, but also be certain you know how to turn off the utilities in your home and ensure your smoke and CO detectors are properly installed and working.

Week 3. Check your insurance coverage. Once the emergency is over, appropriate and sufficient insurance will be key to getting your life back to normal, or at least on track.

Week 4. Plan financially for the possibility of a disaster. This goes beyond having a “rainy day fund” for immediate needs. Gather and organize important home, business, insurance, financial, and personal documents and keep them up-to-date and stored in a secure, water-and-fire proof location.

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