Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Local Shelters Celebrate Black Fur Day

Posted By on Tue, Nov 20, 2018 at 12:04 PM

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The day after stuffing your face with all of the delicacies and deliciousness that come with the Thanksgiving holidays, you may be inclined to show your darker side in the classic American shopping frenzy that is Black Friday.

Why not use Black Friday as an opportunity to make a more positive impact? This Friday contribute to the well-being of shelter animals by giving them a home this holiday season.

On Black Fur Day, the Pima Animal Care Center and the Humane Society of Southern Arizona will be offering adoption and fostering opportunities at discounted rates.

“It would be great to see many of our pets go into loving homes during Black Fur Day. The long weekend will give families time to settle into a routine and spend quality time with their new pets,” said Brandy Burke, HSSA Chief Operations Officer.

At HSSA, adoption fees will be 50 percent off. Pet supplies and HSSA merchandise will also be 30 percent off, with all merchandise proceeds going towards caring for homeless pets.

At PACC, adoption fees for any pet older than four months with black fur will be waived (although a $19 licensing fee will apply to dogs). All other pets’ fees will be reduced by 50 percent. PACC also offers families the opportunity to take a dog out for a day through their daytrips program.

This Black Fur Day, don’t go sniffing for deals anywhere else than where sniffing is done best.

Details for Friday, Nov. 23:
PACC – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. 4000 N. Silverbell Road.
HSSA – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 635 W. Roger Road.

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Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess Surprise Fans, Win Dancing with the Stars

Posted By on Tue, Nov 20, 2018 at 10:48 AM

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Country-radio host Bobby Bones and pro dancer Sharna Burgess are the winners of Season 27 of Dancing with the Stars. They were fan favorites throughout the whole season and surpassed their fellow competitors Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten, Evanna Lynch and Keo Motsepe and Milo Manheim and Witney Carson to be awarded the Mirrorball Trophy.

Their routines were enjoyable, humorous and entertaining. Although Bones was not the most technically skilled dancer, he won the crowd and the judges with his humor and entertainment.

Burgess choreographed a freestyle dance to “The Greatest Show” from The Greatest Showman soundtrack as their finale where Bones was awarded a perfect 10 from the judges for the first time.

It was a shocking win with his competitors leaving stunned and many fans ecstatic while others were upset with the results. 

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Claytoon of the Day: Ditching Pelosi

Posted By on Tue, Nov 20, 2018 at 8:52 AM

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Three Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Tuesday, Nov. 20

Posted By on Tue, Nov 20, 2018 at 1:00 AM

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Fall Ikebana Floral Festival. It’s hard to find a sweeter way to spend a fall afternoon in Tucson than strolling through Yume Japanese Gardens. And that’s just on a regular day. During this festival, they’ll have dozens of flower arrangements on display in five different styles of Ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement), which will have you feeling all harmonious and Zen and lovely. While you’re there, check out their newest museum gallery, with more than 200 Ikebana vases made of bamboo, bronze, lacquer, clay and glass—some more than a century old, and some contemporary. To make sure things stay tranquil, just be sure not to park on East Hampton Place—there’s parking inside the main gate and on East Justin Lane. Tuesday, Nov. 20, through Wednesday, Nov. 28, except for Thanksgiving. Yume Japanese Gardens, 2130 N. Alvernon Way. $15 adults, $5 kids under 15. Details Here.

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Holidays Around the World and Throughout Time. Well, is your interest piqued just by the name  of this art exhibit? If not, here’s a little more info: Each holiday season, the Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures transforms itself into a Wee Winter Wonderland. This means not only decorating the lobby and galleries, but decorating more than a dozen of the miniature fixtures from the permanent collection. The scenes will be decorated to match the style and era that the miniature is depicting, which means twinkly light-strung cacti in the Southwest miniature, Hanukkah decorations in the Kupjack Georgian Dining Room, bamboo and pine decorations for Japanese New Year (aka Shogatsu) and a very traditional Christmas look in the German dollhouse. Happy teeny-tiny holidays! Tuesday, Nov. 20 through Sunday, Jan. 6. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Closed Mondays and major holidays. Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, 4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive. $9 GA, $8 senior, $6 students/youth 4 to 17 and free for kids 3 and under. Details Here.

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Tucson Roadrunners vs. Stockton Heat.
This week, the Roadrunners face off against the entity of heat itself. (Fun fact: The Stockton Heat’s team name was the result of a team-naming contest when the Adirondack Flames first moved to Stockton, and the other four finalists were Blaze, Fire, Inferno and Scorch.) Unfortunately for the Heat, this is our home turf, and the Roadrunners (and all Tucsonans) are experts at beating the heat. There are two games this week, but if you catch the Wednesday one, you’ll be there for Kids Free Night (kids 12 and under free with a paid adult) and the 1-2-3 food promotion night: $1 sodas, $2 hot dogs, $3 beers. Now that’s a hockey game. 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20 and Wednesday, Nov. 21. Tucson Arena, 260 S. Church Ave. $10 to $61+. Details Here.

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Events compiled by Brianna Lewis, Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot and Jeff Gardner.

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Adoptable Pet - Dusty Needs a Home

Posted By on Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 4:41 PM

“Have you ever been loved by a cat with allergies?”
- Dusty

Would you like to learn more about Dusty? Give an adoption counselor a call at 520-327-6088, ext. 173 or visit at HSSA Main Campus at 635 W. Roger Rd.

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Indigenous Teachers Education Project Receives $1.2 Million Grant

Posted By on Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 2:15 PM

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A $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, awarded to the Indigenous Teacher Education Project, will establish new tribal partnerships and encourage STEM education at indigenous elementary schools.

The Indigenous Teacher Education Project began in 2016 at the University of Arizona’s College of Education with the goal of increasing the number of indigenous teachers educating students at indigenous schools and communities.

In 2016 only 3 percent of indigenous students met the ACT standards for science, technology, engineering and math. Officials from the Indigenous Teacher Education Project said the grant will help build the capacity of the next generation of teachers to sustain, revitalize and re-envision education in indigenous communities.

With the grant, the project will effectively double its reach to 28 teaching students supported and several new partnerships including the Hopi Tribal Education Department, Gila River Indian Community, San Carlos Apache College, Tohono O'odham Nation Education Department, Tohono O'odham Community College, Tucson Unified School District and Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation.

Learn more about the Indigenous Teacher Education Project here.

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Hanging Up My Blogging Hat (Pretty Much, Anyway)

Posted By on Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 12:20 PM

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Maybe it's a case of blogger burnout. Maybe I've said my piece. Either way — probably both ways — I'm taking a break from blogging. Whether it's temporary or permanent, I can't say for sure.

Lately I haven't found myself rushing to the keyboard because "Damn it, this needs to be said!" I sidle over, sit down, write, rewrite, hem, haw, read a few emails, reorganize paragraphs, edit, re-edit. If I wanted to be a careful journalist, I would have signed up for that. Blogging is supposed to be more casual, spontaneous, conversational. If it's not flowing naturally, it's time to take a step back.

I started at Blog for Arizona in 2008 when Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were going at it in the primaries. Six years later I moved here, to The Range. In both places I've worked without a net and without interference, which has been great, writing and headlining my work as I damn well pleased, even finding and creating my own graphics to put at the top of each post. But it's going on 11 years posting two, three, four times a week. That's a lot of words on a lot of topics.

I used to have a corner of Arizona education pretty much to myself. Not many people in the media were looking into charter schools, let alone cyber charter schools, vouchers or high stakes testing, on a regular basis. I often found myself plowing new ground.

That's changed over the past few years, for the better. More people in the media are peering inside the workings of our schools, our state funding mechanisms and the politics of education. Investigative journalists are digging into stories in more depth and detail than I have the energy and resources for. They're getting the word out to a wider audience than I reach, and often beating me to the punch (though less so here in Tucson, where in-depth coverage of education issues is still lacking). That's a good thing, as I said, but I like getting there first. Lately I've found myself in the role of commentator instead of the role I prefer, a holdover from my teaching years, the role of educator.

Editor Jim Nintzel left the door open for me to return to The Range on a regular or occasional basis. (Thanks Jim.) I'll find out whether I'm taking time off to recharge my batteries for another round of writing or I'm launching into a second retirement — from teaching in 2003, now from blogging 15 years later.

Either way, it's been good for me. Hope it's been good for you.

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GIVEAWAY: Warren Miller's Face of Winter

Posted By on Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 10:36 AM

Is this cold weather getting you in the mood for snow? Arizona Snowbowl opened last week and you know what that means... it's time for some skiing!

Legendary ski and snowboarding film maker, Warren Miller's new film Face of Winter is coming to The Loft for one day only and we have your chance to go for free!  Enter for your chance to win two tickets to the show, a poster to decorate your walls and a DVD of last year's film, Line of Descent.

To enter to win, tag your plus one, follow Tucson Weekly on Facebook and comment the name of your favorite Warren Miller film. Good luck!

Everyone attending the show (giveaway winners and paid tickets) will receive a free lift ticket to Arizona Snowbowl, Purgatory or Taos, plus 2-for-1 tickets from Jackson Hole and Angel Fire.

The show will be held at The Loft Cinema at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 6. Winner must be able to come to the Tucson Weekly office to pick up their tickets.

Find out more about the event here.
Entrants must be over 18 to win. Full contest rules are listed here.

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