Tuesday, November 20, 2018

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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Claytoon of the Day: Trump's California Dreaming

Posted By on Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 9:41 AM

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Three Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Monday, Nov. 19

Posted By on Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 1:00 AM

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Truck Stop Women. It's Keep On Truckin' month at The Loft, and what better way to treat yourself then by seeing a movie about a badass mother-daughter duo? Better yet, it's only $3! The Loft Cinema is premiering this 1974 film on Monday night at 8:00 p.m. This action packed film will pull you in many directions, from a brothel to having to fight the mob, you're bound to be surprised. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Details Here.

Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity. Calling all science lovers, this is the event for you. Take a look into modern science and learn all about black holes. The UA Flandrau Science Center is showing The Other Side of Infinity a film narrated by Liam Neeson. 1601 E University Blvd. 4 p.m. Free. Details Here.
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Pet Photos with Santa. Get into the Christmas spirit and take Holiday pictures with your precious best friend. Pets are family too and we must make sure they know! What's the best part about it? No crying babies! Domestic animals only and please make sure to clean up after your pet! Every Monday 5:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m. until Dec. 17 at the Tucson Mall. 4500 N Oracle Rd.  Details Here.

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

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Tribute to Henry Koffler at Crowder Hall

Posted By on Fri, Nov 16, 2018 at 4:19 PM

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  • UA will honor Henry Koffler on Monday, Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Crowder Hall. He was the first alumnus president, who graduated with a bachelor's degree from UA in 1943.
Henry Koffler was the first alumnus president of the University of Arizona and died in March at 95-years-old. On Monday, Nov. 19, UA will be honoring Koffler with a tribute to his life.

Koffler was president for nine years in which UA saw increases in enrollment by 30 percent. Koffler led the Century II Capital Campaign, the UA’s first major fundraising activity with a goal of $100 million and he raised $198 million. He also led UA as it was elected to membership in the Association of American Universities which is the top 62 research universities in the U.S. and Canada. Koffler allowed the UA community to reach international commerce with ties to Mexico, Canada and the United Kingdom among others.

He expanded the general education and honors programs and started the first online student information system. Koffler invested in central computing capacity, facilitated collaborations with community colleges and won efforts to improve enrollment rates and graduation rates of undeserved students.

Also, several new teaching and research buildings were constructed during his tenure that are still here today including the Chemistry and Biological Sciences Building, renamed the Henry Koffler Building in 2000, the Gould Simpson building, a new Center for Creative Photography, the Karl Eller Center, now known as the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship and a renovated Centennial Hall.

He was vice president of academic affairs at the University of Minnesota, several positions including department head of biological sciences at Purdue University and he was chancellor of the University of Massachusetts when he was chosen to become the 16th president of the University of Arizona.

He earned a bachelor’s degree at UA in 1943, a master’s degree from University of Wisconsin in 1944 and a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin in 1947. He earned many awards and recognitions for being a distinguished microbiologist and biochemist including the Guggenheim fellowship and the Eli Lilly Award in Bacteriology and Immunology.

The tribute will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in The Fred Fox School of Music at Crowder Hall. 

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