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Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:17 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

Oct. 13 class for babysitters at Golder Ranch

A class for new babysitters is being conducted Wednesday, Oct. 13, by the Golder Ranch Fire District.

This class, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., is designed to teach the new babysitter the basics, including CPR and First Aid, fire safety, age appropriate safety tips, feeding and changing a baby and lessons in responsibility, a release said.

"The course will enable the new sitter to manage the job with professionalism and confidence," it continued.

The class is being offered at Golder Ranch headquarters, 3885 E. Golder Ranch Rd. Cost is $25 for residents of the district, and $35 for non-residents.

Students should be between 12 and 16 years of age. Class size is limited to 12.

Parents must pre-register, and pick up a training packet at the office. Young people need a sack lunch and comfortable clothing.

To register, call 818-1017.

Hay maze part of Fall Fest '10 Oct. 23 at MV

Fall Fest 2010 at Mountain View High School features a hay maze, pumpkin decorating, a dunk tank, food, live music, carnival games, face painting, balloons, a coloring contest and other family activities.

The event, sponsored by the MVHS parent resource organization, runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, on the school's softball field, 3901 W. Linda Vista.

Admission is free. Event tickets are $5 per person for any five events, to include the hay maze, dunk tank, karaoke and inflatables. A raffle is part of the day.

Food gathered Saturday at lot in Catalina

A Catalina food drive on Saturday, Oct. 9, helps Catalina Community Services and the Tri-Communities Food Bank.

The County Line Food Drive runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Bashas' Supermarket, Oracle and Golder Ranch roads in Catalina.

Between them, the agencies assist thousands of people each month.

People are asked to donate nonperishable food items that would be used to supplement monthly boxes. Rice, beans, peanut butter, juice, cereal and canned items that include vegetables, meats, fruits and pastas are common needs. Both organizations need more canned fruit and canned meat (stew, ham, roast beef). "Protein items are much appreciated," a release said.

All donations must be nonperishable. People are asked not to give open packages, outdated merchandise or glass containers. Cash contributions are also welcome.

Questions about the food banks can be answered by Catalina Community Services (825-0009) or Tri-Communities Food Bank (520-487-2010).

Sponsor of the County Line Food Drive is the Coalition of Caring Communities, which includes local fire and sheriff's departments, Catalina Community Services, SaddleBrooke Community Outreach and SaddleBrooke Rotary, St. Vincent de Paul and Community Church of SaddleBrooke.

Reward offered for info about javelina killing

A javelina was found dead and hanging from a tree near Thornydale and Lambert on Friday, and the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Operation Game Thief is offering a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest in the killing.

The carcass was found on private property off Potvin Lane in the Northwest. The animal may have been moved from elsewhere, a Game and Fish release said. There were no signs of trauma or injuries which may have caused death. The site includes a building used for scouting activities.

Individuals with information about the case are urged to call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-352-0700, anonymously if need be. Operation Game Thief is a silent witness, anti-poaching program that encourages the public to report any suspicious activity or knowledge about a wildlife violations. The toll-free hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

New info center at OV's library

The Oro Valley Public Library has installed a new customer service kiosk, designed to showcase town projects, information and library-related materials, a release said.

The new information center was unveiled recently as part of the library's birthday celebration. It is designed to help serve the library's more than 700 daily visitors.

The kiosk sits on a hand-crafted marble table built by DuWayne Arneson, a longtime supporter of the library.

Man ID'd in Oro Valley crash

A 31-year-old man who died in a car accident Saturday, Sept. 25, at the intersection of Innovation Park Drive and Tangerine Road in Oro Valley has been identified as David P. Martinez II.

Sandra Chavez, 54, was traveling west on Tangerine Road and entered the intersection, striking Martinez's vehicle on the driver's side. Both were transported to local hospitals. Martinez was pronounced dead a short time later. Chavez was transported with non-life threatening injuries.

The accident remains under investigation, a release said.

NW Fire, Rescue 'mini-musters' at schools this month

Second-grade children in the Northwest are learning fire safety basics when Northwest Fire/Rescue brings its "mini-muster" to schoolyards during October in recognition of Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 3-9.

Several outdoor events supply hands-on safety lessons and lots of fun. Students dress in firefighter gear and aim a real fire hose to knock down targets in the squirt. In the bucket brigade, they hustle with teammates to fill a barrel with buckets of water. In the obstacle course, students practice home escape skills, rolling out of bed, climbing through a window, and, just for fun, navigating a plank over a pool of water.

There are 15 planned Northwest Fire/Rescue mini-musters this month.

Eagle Scout honored for service

Ethan Merrill, a member of LDS Coronado Ward Venture Crew 232, is receiving the Boy Scout Association's Eagle award at a special ceremony this Saturday, Oct. 9.

Ethan, son of John and Theresa Merrill of Oro Valley, fulfilled service requirements for the award by procuring fabric and other donated materials, and organizing volunteers to construct 24 quilts for The Giving Tree organization to benefit needy children.

The Eagle is the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America. It is attained by 2 percent of all Scouts.

The ceremony begins at 3 p.m. Saturday at the LDS North Stake Center cultural hall, 939 W. Chapala Dr. It is open to the public.

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