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Posted: Monday, August 23, 2010 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:14 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

Middle school grid teams in Saturday event

This Saturday, Aug. 28, the "Duel in the Desert" football jamboree for area middle school teams takes place at Marana Middle School.

During the jamboree, scheduled from 8 to 11 a.m., a series of round-robin 45-minute football games take place among teams from Amphi, Coronado, Cross, Flowing Wells, La Cima, Marana, Tortolita and Wilson middle schools. Each school plays three 45-minute contests.

Paul Acosta, head coach at Marana Middle School, said the jamboree is designed "for all the communities to come together as one and enjoy young, talented football players play with their heart."

Coaches are networking, and evaluating their teams' skills. Acosta said the event is intended for "family, fun, community, and school spirit."

The public is welcome.

'Last Splash' for schools is Sept. 12

Summer's Last Splash, a fund-raiser for the Marana Foundation for Educational Excellence and Marana schools, is Sunday, Sept. 12, at Breakers Water Park.

Everyone's invited to the event, which helps the foundation raise money for its causes. It runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. All Breakers attractions and facilities are open.

During the day, school bands, choirs and other groups from Marana Unified School District schools are performing. Clifford, Elmo, Mama Bear and other storybook characters are scheduled to attend.

Tickets are $11 per person. Children under the age of 3 are free.

Breakers Water Park is located at 8555 West Tangerine Road in Marana.

The Marana Foundation for Educational Excellence is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the Marana Unified School District through recognitions, service, fundraising, and distribution of grants to teachers on an annual basis. To date, the Marana Foundation has donated more than $110,000 to educational programs and projects within the Marana district. It provides grants to educators, encouraging development of innovative programs to enhance the educational experience of students, a release said.

The web site is www.maranafoundation.org.

New pastor at Casas Adobes

A new senior minister, Rev. Lee Milligan, is leading the 8:15 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Sunday morning worship services at Casas Adobes Congregational Church.

Milligan recently completed 12 years serving as pastor of the Church of the Painted Hills UCC, Tucson. Milligan graduated from California State University in Hayward and earned a Master of Divinity degree at Andover Newton Theological School.

Informal gatherings are planned following each service to meet Milligan and his wife Teresa.

Casas Adobes, located at 6801 North Oracle Road, has served greater northwest Tucson since 1952. For more information call 297-1181.

'Scramble for Youth' golf event Sept. 3

Golfers and sponsors are needed for the "Scramble For Youth" fund-raiser, an 18-hole tournament set for Friday, Sept. 3, at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club.

The Oro Valley and Casas Adobes Optimist clubs put on the event, which is a four-player scramble with a 1 p.m. shotgun start.

Entrance is $110 per player, covering golf, a cart, practice balls, food, a tee gift and prizes.

Funds help the two Optimist clubs support projects such as Project Graduation, holiday gift distributions to needy children, the Dispose-A-Med program in Oro Valley, The Kristin Hahn Foundation and the drug awareness day put on for Amphitheater School District students.

For sponsorship and entry information, contact Don Cox at 918-8888, or Mike Wilson at 591-9640.

Free sports physicals, talks Saturday at NW urgent care

Northwest Medical Center is hosting a free sports physical day this Saturday, Aug. 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its La Paloma Urgent Care and Physician Office, 4001 E. Sunrise Drive.

Parents are invited to bring any child needing a sports physical to this free event. Appointments can be reserved by calling (866) 694-9355.

Along with sports physicals, performed by urgent care physicians, a variety of short seminars are being presented about parenting a young athlete.

The schedule is:

9 a.m.-9:20 — Preventing Injuries in Young Athletes…Things Parents Can Do;

9:30-9:50 — Treating Acute Injuries at Home: What You Need to Know;

10-10:20 — Nutrition for School-Aged Athletes;

10:30-10:50 — When Do I Take My Child to an Urgent Care or When Should I Go to the Emergency Room?;

11-11:20 — How to Nurture a Healthy Young Athlete.

The same sequence of programs is repeated starting at 11:30 a.m.

For more information, contact Kim Chimene at 469-8738.

NW resident honored by Missouri college

Northwest resident Laurie McDonald Bouchard, a trustee of the College of the Ozarks, received an honorary doctor of laws degree during the school's spring commencement.

Bouchard is "committed to the furtherance of educational opportunities for young people," a release said.

In honor of the McDonald family, at her request, the Armstrong McDonald Foundation provided funds to create the Armstrong McDonald School of Nursing and Learning Lab. The lab, described as "a valuable learning environment and instructional center," is part of the College's Armstrong McDonald School of Nursing.

Bouchard follows the family tradition of her grandfather, J. M. McDonald Sr., who served on the board of trustees of The School of the Ozarks (now College of the Ozarks) more than 70 years ago. Bouchard's father J. M. McDonald Jr.; mother, Dr. Future McDonald; and brother J. M. "Jimmy" McDonald III, all served on the board.

College of the Ozarks is located near Branson, Mo. Its students work at on-campus jobs rather than pay tuition, allowing them the opportunity to graduate debt-free.

Marana council reappoints, lauds its magistrate

The Marana Town Council has reappointed — and praised — its town magistrate, Charles Davies.

Davies, who came into the position after Magistrate Jim West was removed in April 2008, has been given a two-year appointment beginning Sept. 1.

"Thank you for your last years with us," Councilwoman Roxanne Ziegler told Davies at the Tuesday, Aug. 17, council meeting. "You have done a fantastic job." Ziegler said she's heard no complaints about the municipal court since Davies assumed his duties. "If you don't hear anything, that's good news. We don't hear anything any more, which is fantastic."

Councilman Russell Clanagan said he'd heard so little about municipal court that he'd forgotten Davies' name in a conversation with a constituent. "That's because you've done such a good job," Clanagan said. "You've been a real asset to the town."

"He is phenomenal," Town Manager Gilbert Davidson said. "He has brought calm and order to the courts."

Davies earns $102,000 a year.

Meet 'Ridge volleyball team Thursday

The Ironwood Ridge High School girls volleyball team invites the community to Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill to meet the players.

Coaches and players will be at the restaurant following the Navy and Silver scrimmage game on Thursday, Aug. 26, from 4 to 9 p.m.

Rubio's plans to donate 20 percent of sales generated during the meet-and-greet to the team fund.

Rubio's is located at 10509 N. Oracle Road in Oro Valley. For more information on Ironwood Ridge volleyball, go to nighthawksvolleyball.com.

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