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  • Students take a virtual tour of the Great Barrier Reef

    A group of students at Copper Creek Elementary School gave the OK sign letting everyone know they were ready, then, within a few seconds, they were transported underwater with a scuba diver at the Great Barrier Reef Aquarium in Australia.The students stayed dry, though, as they embarked on a virtual field trip – a first of its kind.For the following hour, the motionless students watched a scuba diver tell them about the Great Barrier Reef. The students and the scuba diver each could listen and speak to each other.Lisa Hopper, founder and CEO of World Care, and her colleague Andrew Foley, worked together to create and develop an infrastructure that provides an independent portal for educators to access new, different and relevant curriculum content. The project is called STEM Learning.“The evolution of education is changing,” Hopper said. “We have to change with it. We looked in many different areas in identifying what was missing. And it was this portal of getting great content and bringing the world to the United States.”  World Care’s STEM Learning is not a school and is not a product provider; it is simply the gateway to connect students with information about science, technology, engineering and math with the hopes of trying to ignite an interest in education.

  • Northwest Fire has new life-saving device thanks to grant

    The Northwest Fire District has a new lifesaving device thanks to a grant. The fire district purchased a hydraulic extrication tool, which are used to free trapped motorists after a crash, thanks to a $20,868 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.The tool is commonly referred to by the general public as the “Jaws-of-Life”, though technically that is a specific brand of extrication tool. The new tool will replace an older tool and is a “more powerful piece of equipment compatible with other extrication tools in the district’s inventory,” according to a Northwest Fire district press release. “This new extrication unit is going on one of our front line engines,” said David Arneson, Public Information Officer for Northwest Fire. All 11 engine companies in the Northwest Fire District are now be equipped with this same type of hydraulic tool, which allows means that there is now standardization across the District, which will simplify things for training purposes.A demonstration of the tool was given to the media last week in a simulation of a car crash with a person stuck inside the vehicle. “They will be pulling up and acting as if this is a real accident and using this

  • OV council set to vote on tax increase, $1M acquisition

    The Oro Valley Town Council will vote tonight (Dec. 17) on whether to purchase the golf and other recreational amenities of the El Conquistador resort, spending $1 million to acquire the property and committing to a half-cent sales tax increase for improvements and its continued operations.Mayor Satish Hiremath has touted the property as a turnkey operation that gives locals the community center they’ve long wanted. But Councilman Mike Zinkin is doubtful. He said it’s clear that residents want a community center. But he said he would rather have them specifically define what they want in such a center, which should be built new. Then he would want the town to determine where to put it and how much to spend before taking a temporary secondary property tax to the ballot.But as it is, the process is rushed and opaque, he said: “This thing smells.”For $1 million – spread over an interest-free, three-year payment plan – the town would get 45 holes of golf, 31 tennis courts, two pools, a fitness center, and a restaurant and café, allowing residents to have a community center by early 2015. Local apartment and hotel developer HSL Properties is purchasing the entire distressed El Conquistador property but with plans to keep only the hotel and convention center, spinning off the recreation components. HSL plans to close on the property on Dec. 18.The country club and golf courses need renovations, as town staff detailed earlier this month, and the venture would take some time to become profitable. In its first year, the community center would operate at about a $1.2 million loss, almost entirely on the golf side, the town estimates—“however, it is anticipated that this deficit lowers each year and turns positive by (fiscal year) 2018/19 as a result of increased capital investment, marketing of the facility and programs, and quality management,” according to a memo attached to the meeting’s agenda.

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  • Beyond Tucson Family Fun Run

    4-Mile and 1-Mile Family Fun Run/Walk Saguaro National Park - Tucson Mountain (West) DistrictDate/Time: January 10, 2015 - 8:30 - 10:30 am           Registration: Register now online!Venue: Saguaro National Park, Tucson Mountain (West) District            Cost: Free and Saguaro National Park Fee WaivedAddress: 2700 North Kinney Road, Tucson, AZDetails:

  • Marana adds extra Christmas tree light shows

    Whether you loved it or missed it, the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony is replaying every night at 5, 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7 and 8 through Jan. 5. The show takes place in our Municipal Complex Courtyard at 11555 W. Civic Center Dr.It’s a show that thrilled more than 1,500 attendees at our Holiday Festival and Christmas Tree Lighting on Dec. 6. Make it a family outing and see the show as often as you can through the holiday season.The Holiday Festival and Christmas Tree Lighting is part of the Town’s Signature Events Series, which also includes the Star Spangled Spectacular and Marana Harvest Festival.

  • A Day of Kindness and Reflection; Remembering January 8

    Four years ago the Tucson community and the entire country were stunned by the events that unfolded on the corner just across the street. In the days that followed, Tohono Chul became a refuge and a place of healing for many. On this anniversary, join us in a day of reflection and remembrance and shared kindness.  Admission is free with a donation of canned food to the Interfaith Community Services Food Bank, an organization that has been helping seniors, the disabled and families in financial crisis achieve stable, healthy and independent lives for 30 years.  They are in need of canned spaghetti sauce, meats, fruits and vegetables, dried pasta, rice, beans, cereal, and peanut butter, jams and jellies — be generous.From 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., visitors can sit down in the Children’s Ramada with Docents from the University of Arizona Poetry Center and be inspired to jot a few lines or write a short poem to commemorate the day, reflect on life’s passages or share how they see our community coming together in positive and life-affirming ways. At noon, gather in the Performance Garden for readings of selected poems from the Center’s collection and, hopefully, our visitors’ efforts as well! And, finally at 1:30pm, join Yoga Instructor Barb Sherman for an hour of heart-centered, gentle yoga accompanied by poems selected to inspire and read by Julie Lauterbach-Colby from The Poetry Center.Stop by the Overlook from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and help make beads that will become part of a Ben’s Bell, write a KIND note to someone you know and proudly share a Be Kind sticker! Ben’s Bells is all about intentional kindness and improving our ability to connect with one another. Founded by Jeannette Maré as a way to cope with the loss of her son Ben, the organization has developed a national presence in the past 12 years. Sculpted of clay, glazed and fired, Ben’s Bells pass through many hands in their creation, eventually hung randomly around Tucson to await discovery by happenstance. Find one, and you can take it home as a reminder to practice kindness every day.


  • Cristina Cardenas to show at the Galleria

    Acclaimed Mexican artist, Cristina Cardenas, is scheduled to show at the YWCA Tucson.  The exhibition will hang at the YWCA's Frances McClelland Community Center, 525 N. Bonita, Tucson, Arizona from January 9th 2015 until February 19th 2015 and is available for viewing from 8AM- 5PM. An Opening Reception with the artist will be held January 28, 2015 from 6PM-8PM. It is free and open to the public. A VIP Reception will precede the public reception for YWCA Platinum Giving Society members. Cardenas’ work has shown internationally and locally throughout the last 20 years and she has received numerous awards and commissions, including a ceramic mural for the street car in Tucson.  Cardenas’ musings on politics are embodied in her images of strong women, classic figures and Mexican landscapes.  The body of work shown at the YW encompass the last decade of production, including her large scale pieces on amate paper. Valerie Galloway, curator of the Galleria, said, "We are proud and excited to be showing the work of this important artist at the YWCA, an organization that is committed to the empowerment of women and racial justice."Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco Cardenas studied painting at the Universidad de Guadalajara; her art follows in the tradition of the Mexican muralists who sought to deliver messages of social and political contents. She attended the University of Arizona earning A Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking."Cristina Cardenas has always strived to paint with meaning and conviction," Gerald M. Gay said in a June 2011 Arizona Daily Star article. "Her works are powerful and personal. She fill the panels with intricate imagery meant to empower women and instill cultural pride feature pre-Columbian symbolism- a tribute to Mexico, the country of her birth." The mission of the YWCA Tucson is "Eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all." The organization provides services for 30,000 people each year at the Frances McClelland Community Center located at 525 N. Bonita Ave, Tucson 85745. For additional information and to register visit the website at www.ywcatucson.org.

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  • Movie new releases 10/19

    New movie releases for 1/19The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies - PG-13| 2 hr. 24 min. “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world.Cast: Ian McKellen , Martin Freeman , Richard Armitage , Evangeline Lilly , Lee Pace , Luke Evans , Benedict Cumberbatch , Ken StottDirector: Peter JacksonGenres: Fantasy, Adventure


  • Annual program a success

    Prince Elementary School kindergartener Malaysia Tatum tries on one of the 200 pairs of shoes that was donated along side 450 hoodies during the Canyon Del Oro High School football team’s annual hoodie drive. TEP donated $2,500 along with numerous other goodies for the students.

  • Marana Cheer to perform at Holiday Bowl halftime

    Months of fundraising and planning are about to pay off for the Marana High School junior varsity and varsity cheer teams. The teams were invited to perform at the Holiday Bowl in San Diego later this month. “The girls are really excited,” said Marana Cheer Coach Andrea Burke. “It is the first time Marana has ever gotten this opportunity.”The Tigers will join a number of other teams in performing a seven and half minute routine choreographed by Mandy Moore. Moore is best known for her work choreagraphing duet and group numbers for “So You Think You Can Dance” but she has also worked with American Idol, America’s Got Talent, Dancing with the Stars and a number of Disney shows, as well as music videos and stage and screen productions. In addition to the halftime show, the teams will be involved in the National Anthem prior to the kickoff of the Dec. 27 bowl game. The Tigers will also march in the Big Bay Balloon Parade on Dec. 26 and participate in a comprehensive dance/cheer convention with Moore. The Tigers got the invitation based upon their performance at a cheer competition in California last year. 

  • 2014-15 girls soccer preview

    Hopes are high around the Ironwood Ridge girls soccer program. The Nighthawk girls are coming off a playoff appearance and are off to a great start this season after winning the Brandon Bean Kickoff Classic. The Nighthawks have gotten very balanced scoring this season, with 10 players finding the back of the net in the team’s first eight games and six players with multiple goals. Seniors Jessica Nelson and Valarie Cooper should be counted on heavily in the attacks, as will junior Alexis Hernandez. The offense is bolstered by the likes of Abbey Goodman, Sarah Bock and Kaylee Wallentine. Holly Ross joins Nelson as the team’s best playmakers. The two have assisted on almost 40 percent of the team’s early season goals. Megan Logue will get the bulk of the time in net this season, but sophomore Jasmyn McEwen is a very reliable back-up.Marana came a game short of winning their preseason tournament, falling in the finals of the Amphi Panther Invitational, but they know that the key to the season will be the second half of the season, as well as the second half of games. Last year the team started off 10-0, only to go 4-6 down the stretch. They were essentially one win from the playoffs and can look back to an overtime loss to Ironwood Ridge and a bad half against Maricopa for their season ending in January, instead of February. 

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