In the weeks following the Jan. 8 shootings, members of Gabe Zimmerman’s extended family came together to form a coalition called BEYOND: Commemorate, Celebrate, Commit.
Zimmeran, an aide to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was one of the six people killed last year during a Congress on Your Corner event.
Zimmerman’s family wanted to develop outreach programs to encourage community members to come out into Tucson’s public lands to strengthen the overall sense of community, and to take advantage of the natural beauty that makes the city special.
The goal is also to raise awareness that getting out and active with others promotes physical and mental health.
As the first anniversary of the shooting approaches, the group wanted to start an event that would correspond with their mission.
On Saturday Jan. 7, the day before the anniversary of the shootings, BEYOND will host a series of events taking place from sun up to sun down across Greater Tucson and Southern Arizona.
There will be opportunities to walk, hike, run, stroll, be artistic, learn new skills and come together as a community. This is a celebration of health, diversity, goodwill, and inclusiveness, and is an opportunity to celebrate loved ones and our city.
From noon to 3 p.m., the Town of Oro Valley will be participating in BEYOND by hosting a family fun day at James D. Kriegh Park at 23 W. Calle Concordia. The day will commence at noon with a moment of silence at the Angel of Steadfast Love. Activities will include carnival-style games, sand volleyball, kickball and nature walks suitable for all ages. For more information or to register call 229-4712
The Town of Marana will also be partaking in the BEYOND celebrations by hosting a five-mile run on the Wild Burro Trailhead from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
This is specifically located along the Upper Javalina Trail in the Tortolita Mountains at 14810 N. Secret Springs Drive. For more information or to register call 382-1950
For more information about the BEYOND: Commemorate, Celebrate, Commit coalition or their events visit their website www.beyond-tucson.org.