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Posted: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 4:00 am

OV Dollars summer program

The town of Oro Valley is launching a “Shop Oro Valley” Summer Campaign from June 1, 2012 to July 31, 2012. When residents and visitors shop Oro Valley this summer and spend $25 or more, they will be eligible to participate in a gift card drawing sponsored by Oro Valley businesses. Receipts will be collected at Oro Valley Town Hall, located at 11000 N. La Cañada Drive, Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Winners will be announced weekly, every Friday at 5 p.m. The final prize, a “staycation” at the Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort (which includes a two night stay, lunch for two, and a choice of (1) round of golf for two or (2) elements 50 minute custom spa treatments) will be announced on July 31, 2012.

 “Sales tax is a major source of revenue for the town. When residents and visitors shop locally, they are keeping Oro Valley dollars in the community and helping local businesses succeed,” said Mayor Satish I. Hiremath.

 More than 30 businesses are participating in the summer campaign and over 50 prizes have been donated.

The town continues to partner with the Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Explorer Newspaper on the “Shop Oro Valley” program.

Reza Shapouri, owner of Harvest Restaurant and one of the businesses participating in the summer campaign, says, “We at Harvest pride ourselves in purchasing all our products locally in an effort to support the local economy and lessen the carbon footprint. This is a philosophy in line with the town of Oro Valley’s effort to promote shopping locally.”`

 For more information, contact Amanda Jacobs, economic development manager for the town, at (520) 229-4735 or ajacobs@orovalleyaz.gov

Oro Valley seeks community input

In an effort to increase tourism and spark community development, the Town of Oro Valley is in the process of identifying its strengths and unique characteristics to develop a cohesive brand and message. The success of this process relies on the input of those who live, work and play in the community.

 To better understand public perception, the Town invites residents to participate in an online survey, where they have the opportunity to share thoughts on residents, environment, history, culture, resources, key offerings, growth opportunities, challenges and the essence of the community.

The online survey is located at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ovsurvey. It will be available through June 8.

OV Library showing “Journey into Dyslexia”

Please join the Arizona Branch of the International Dyslexia Association for a viewing of the film “Journey into Dyslexia” with a discussion period following. The viewing is offered at no charge.

“Journey into Dyslexia” profiles dyslexic students and adults who share their experiences of struggling in school, and then succeeding in life. Each shares their frustration with being misunderstood by teachers and friends and the emotional impact this learning disability had on their lives.

Dr. Guinevere Eden, Director of Child Development at Georgetown University, explains the causes of dyslexia.

The journeys into dyslexia are told by students ranging from second grade to college, plus entrepreneur Steve Walker of New England Pellet, inventor Ben Foss of Intel, author Jonathan Mooney, consumer advocate Erin Brockovitch and Nobel Laureate Dr. Carol Greider.

“Journey into Dyslexia” will be shown in the Northwest region on Monday, June 25, 7:00-8:30 p.m., at the Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Dr., Oro Valley.

Elks Lodge plans Flag Day ceremony

A free Flag Day ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, June 10, at 4 p.m. at the Elks Lodge 2663 at 4684 N. Highway Drive.

The ceremonies will start promptly at 4 p.m. with the Elks doing their ceremony, which is the presenting all of the flags that have flown over the United States over the years. Following the Elks ceremony, the legion will retire to the yard in rear of the building. The legion will be disposing of decommissioned flags as prescribed by the government, which is a burning ceremony.

Flags that are torn, tattered or faded can be dropped off at the Elks Lodge after 3 p.m. any day. For information, call Herb Rice at 300-1656.

Ritz-Carlton Spa, Dove Mountain 
receives award

With the release of Condé Nast Traveler’s prestigious 2012 Top 270 Spas reader’s poll, Arizonans have a reason to rejoice despite the heat at home this summer. The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, located on 850 acres of high Sonoran desert in Marana has been elected the number-three resort spa in North America, earning 100 of a possible 100 points for its staff, facilities and treatments.

Having previously been ranked among the world’s top ten relaxation spas by TripAdvisor.com, the sanctuary offers full-service spa and salon treatments, as well as a fitness center with a wide array of indoor and outdoor movement and fitness classes, such as the popular alfresco Yoga Breakfast experience.

The spa’s unique Embracing Your Elements treatment, inspired by nature’s elements as a means of restoring individual balance is one of the most in-demand at The Ritz-Carlton, fitting exquisitely into the surrounding high Sonoran Desert to which its design pays homage. Complete with a private serenity pool and tanning island, as well as catered poolside cabana and day-bed, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain offers the perfect environment to enjoy its healthful spa cuisine against the interior and exterior backdrop of rocks, gems, woods and metals indigenous to the Southwest.

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