Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Former First Lady Michelle Obama's New Book Out Now

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2018 at 1:18 PM

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Former Fist Lady Michelle Obama released her new book Becoming yesterday, Nov. 13 and is kicking off her book tour with Oprah Winfrey.

Summarized on the new book's website:
As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. 
The book goes into detail not only of the Obama family's time in the Whitehouse, but also delves into the First Lady's childhood, college years, motherhood and beyond. It gives insight into what it is really like to live inside the Whitehouse, how she really felt on President Trump's inauguration day, how the First Daughters dealt with their young fame and more.

Her month-long book tour unfortunately doesn't come close to Tucson, but her book is available online, and fans can follow along with videos from the tour.
 

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Celebrate Fall at the Harvest Festival in the Literacy Garden

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2018 at 11:56 AM


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  • Visit the Literacy Garden for the Harvest Festival on Friday, Nov. 16.
Celebrate the season at the Literacy Connects Harvest Festival in the Literacy Garden. The festival is put on by Literacy Connects, International Rescue Committee Tucson and the Pima County Public Library.

The event will be perfect for children with activities including chalk art, an activity with seeds and story time, provided by the Pima County Public Library. The festival will also be handing out free books in multiple languages and features a potluck, with foods of different ethnic backgrounds.

The Literacy Garden has recently planted apple, fig and pomegranate trees to provide shade and fruit. The festival will allow visitors to see the progress of the growing plant-life.

Visit the Literacy Garden for the Harvest Festival on Friday, Nov. 16.
  • Visit the Literacy Garden for the Harvest Festival on Friday, Nov. 16.
Literacy Connects offers free reading and writing support for children and adults of all ages.

Visit the Harvest Festival at the Literacy Garden on Friday, Nov. 16th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event is free and the Literacy Garden is located on 200 E. Yavapai Road, near Prince Road and Stone Avenue.

For more information, visit their Facebook Page.  

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Claytoon of the Day: Melania's Bad Side

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Three Great Things to Do Today: Wednesday, Nov. 14

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2018 at 1:00 AM

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Rafiki at the Loft Cinema. The Loft Film Fest is here, so it's an excuse to see as many movies as possible. Rafiki, a film in competition for the Cicae Award, is a romantic story between two women in a society that bans homosexuality. Even though this film has been banned in Kenya, the African culture shines proud throughout this movie and the director wants it to be an example of what the African film world should look like. She describes its as "Afrobubblegum" which means, fun, fierce, and frivolous African Art. See this film at The Loft at 3 p.m. Details Here.

UA Dance “Premium Blend” 2018. If you’ve ever seen a show put on by the UA School of Dance, you won’t be surprised to hear that it’s got what’s considered one of the top dance programs in the United States. The director of admissions at Juilliard listed it as one of the best 20 in “The Performing Arts Major’s College Guide,” for example. At their annual fall presentation, you’ll see athleticism and artistry at their finest in the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre. The 140-person ensemble performs more than 40 times a year, but this chance to see some of the best in ballet and contemporary dance in an intimate setting is not to be missed. Wednesday, Nov. 14 through Sunday, Nov. 18, with shows at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 6 p.m. Sunday. Stevie Elle
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r Dance Theatre, 1737 E. University Blvd. Details Here.

Eli Young Band at the Rialto. A modern country band, also known as a true band of brothers who each play their own instruments, bring some unique beats to the stage. With their fourth studio album titled "Fingerprints" these self-proclaimed "misfits" are embracing what makes them unique. They will be performing at the Rialto Theatre on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and the show will start at 8:00 p.m. Tickets $24-27 per person. Details Here.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Local Teachers Get Share of $1M in Donations from Sonic Drive-In

Posted By on Tue, Nov 13, 2018 at 2:55 PM

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  • Local TUSD teacher received donations from SONIC Drive-In, Limeades for Learning.

Palo Verde High Magnet School in the Tucson Unified School District received a total donation of $1,075.23 as part of the tenth annual Fall Voting campaign through the chain restaurant SONIC Drive-In. The donation funded a variety of learning materials to local public classrooms not only in Tucson, but all over the country.

SONIC Drive-In has been a long time supporter of public school teachers through a program called Limeades for Learning. The program completed its 10th annual Fall voting campaign last month with donations given to two TUSD classrooms and one in the Sunnyside Unified School District.

During the Fall Voting campaign, SONIC customers were invited to vote for inspiring teachers' projects at LimeadesForLearning.com. The projects that earned the most votes received part of the sum in SONIC's $1 million donation. Some of the teachers' projects included materials such as books, new seating, Chromebooks, art supplies and robotics kits.

SONIC's donation helped 945 public school teachers across the country reach their classroom goal. Thanks to voters, SONIC was able to fund 1,900 teacher projects, support 945 classrooms and donate to teachers in 285 cities across 37 different states across the U.S.

To view the full list of public schools teachers whose projects were funded, including TUSD's teacher projects, Click here.  And to learn more about SONIC's Limeades for Learning, Click here.

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Beijing Guitar Duo To Perform at Crowder Hall

Posted By on Tue, Nov 13, 2018 at 1:27 PM

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  • UA Presents welcomes the Beijing Guitar Duo to perform at Crowder Hall on Nov. 15. Meng Su and Yameng Wang are widely known for their superb technique and artistic musicality.
UA Presents welcomes Meng Su and Yameng Wang of Beijing Guitar Duo to perform in Tucson.

Their debut CD Maracaípe received a Latin-GRAMMY nomination. It was dedicated to them by Sergio Assad, a Brazilian guitarist and composer.

The duo has performed throughout Europe, Asia and North America in countries such as Germany, Russia, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Poland, China, Panama and the United States with their mentor, Manuel Barrueco.

Meng Su and Yameng Wang were born in the city of Qingdao, China, and have packed great musical success in their young lives.

Su won the Vienna Youth Guitar Competition and the Christopher Parkening Young Guitarist Competition and Wang won the Tokyo International Guitar Competition at age 12 and was invited by Radio France to perform at the Paris International Guitar Art Week at age 14.

Before they performed as a duo, they both made solo recordings. This duo is currently supported by the Maryland State Art Council’s Touring Artists Grant program, and has been since 2014.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, at Crowder Hall. 

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UA Climate Adaptation Science Center receives $4.5M

Posted By on Tue, Nov 13, 2018 at 12:38 PM

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The Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center, SW CASC, at the University of Arizona received a $4.5 million grant from the United States Geological Survey to support research on climate science and adaptation in the Southern Arizona region.

SW CASC was originally established in 2011 and is responsible for researching the adaptation impacts of land, water and wildlife in the southwest.

With the grant, the SW CASC will be able to continue its seven-year research in partnership with the United States Geological Survey, USGS, to assess the southwest's scientific needs. 
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  • UA Climate Adaptation Science Center receives $4.5 M for research


Researchers at the SW CASC will be able to use the funds to research topics including vegetation conversion, the theory that after destructive natural events such as wildfires and pathogen outbreaks, new species will appear in the landscapes effected. 

The center also announced that it will continue research on drought, the steady increase of summer and winter temperatures and flood risks due to increases in rainfall.

Stephen Jackson is the USGS director of the SW CASC and adjunct professor of geoscience and natural resources and environment at UA. Jackson said that the research would also be able to help other parts of the country.

"The entire world is going to be and already is facing impacts of climate change, but in the southwest, we're seeing it faster and more intensely," Jackson said. "Seeing this first puts us in a good position to tell people in other parts of the country what challenges might be coming to them and pass along information about how to adapt."

To read more about the Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center, click here.

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Claytoon of the Day: Counting Isn't Cheating

Posted By on Tue, Nov 13, 2018 at 8:47 AM

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