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Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:17 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

Astronaut to speak before chamber May 27

NASA astronaut Scott D. Altman is the guest speaker at the Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce breakfast on Thursday, May 27.

Altman, 40, is a trained, decorated U.S. Navy pilot. He is a veteran of four space flights, logging more than 51 days in space.

The event, sponsored by Adair Funeral Homes, takes place from 6:45 to 8:30 a.m. that Thursday at the Westward Look Resort. Cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members.

Democrat club organizes in the Foothills

A Democrat Party club of Foothills voters has organized.

The Foothills Democratic Forum is established to "provide a place for Democrats to meet and learn about the important issues of our times, share views, and work for common goals," a release said.

It meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 13, at the Skyline Country Club, 5200 E. Saint Andrews Drive. Speakers are Rep. Nancy Young Wright, LD26, and candidates Cheryl Cage of LD26 and Todd Camenish of LD 30. Their topic is "Education in Arizona."

There is a nominal charge and a cash bar. Space is limited, with registration needed by Monday, May 10, at http://sites.google.com/site/foothillsdemocraticforum/, or http://tiny.cc/fdf.

Drug awareness event May 15 at Catalina church

"Wake Up Catalina II," the second annual drug awareness event in the community, is being held Saturday, May 15, at the First Baptist Church of Catalina.

Sponsors are the First Baptist Church of Catalina and Desert Star Addiction Recovery Center. The church hosts the event from 6 to 8:30 p.m. that Saturday at its 3505 East Wilds Road location.

Topics are drug addition signs, symptoms and recovery, followed by questions.

Informational booths are available from Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Teen Challenge, Christian 12 Steps and Desert Star Addiction Center.

Organizers are asking the citizens of Catalina to "gather at the church and become a part of the solution to this ever-growing danger we live in," a release said.

For more information, call 818-2555.

Friday event downtown for teachers

Educational nonprofit Tucson Values Teachers and other community organizations are celebrating educators and toasting their significance at a large, public event in downtown Tucson this Friday, May 7.

"Toast to Teachers," an outdoor block party, takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday on Toole Avenue north of Congress Street, which will be closed off between the Cup Café at Hotel Congress and Maynards Market and Kitchen.

Admission is free and vendors are offering festive food. The Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Los Diablitos Azules Mariachi band from Sunnyside High School and other groups perform.

"This is a hard time to be a teacher and nobody can dispute that," said Jacquelyn Jackson, executive director of Tucson Values Teachers. "The 'Toast to Teachers' is an opportunity for the entire community to let teachers know how much they are valued. We want to celebrate all the good that teachers bring to our region."

"We want to make this event as family-friendly as possible," added Jackson. "Teachers, families, friends and supporters should all feel invited and welcome at the block party."

Local businesses are offering extreme discounts to local educators through TVT's social media accounts, with smaller discounts available to the general public.

For more information, visit www.tucsonvaluesteachers.org.

Make-A-Wish walk Saturday at MVHS

A fund-raising walk for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona is being held this Saturday, May 8, at Mountain View High School.

"Walk with the Stars" is a one-mile event, with proceeds to help make wishes come true for southern Arizona children with life-threatening medical conditions. It begins at 4 p.m. Saturday.

"Walk with the Stars" is a fun-filled family event with music, kid-friendly activities, food, a raffle and more. At dusk, all participants receive an illuminated balloon for the one-mile walk around the track.

The registration fee is $10 at www.walkwiththestars.kintera.org. Additional donations are welcomed. Gifts of $50 or more earn a "Walk with the Stars" t-shirt and goodie bag. For more information, call Molly Ankney at 731-9474, or e-mail mjankney@wishaz.org.

MV seniors presenting 'capstones'

Mountain View High School seniors present their Senior Capstone projects to a panel of judges this Thursday, May 6.

Thirty-seven students have been working throughout the semester on their presentations as part of their Senior Capstone course. The course encourages students to customize their education and explore fields of interests, a release said.

Among the projects:

• One student has completely overhauled a broken down car. She purchased it at a low price, and has worked with a community mentor to repair and customize the vehicle;

• One student has built a pontoon boat.

• One student has developed and choreographed a dance piece.

• One student has raised money to send one teenager in Uganda to university for a full year. She created and hosted a community-aided benefit concert. Funds went to the Invisible Children organization, which raises money for the children in war-torn Uganda.

State super candidate at OV gathering

Margaret Dugan, Republican candidate for state superintendent of public instruction, speaks at the Oro Valley Republican Women's Club on Friday, May 14.

Dugan is expected to speak about her experiences as deputy superintendent as well as associate superintendent for academic achievement, a release said.

The luncheon starts at 11:30 a.m. that Friday at the Oro Valley Country Club, 300 W. Greenock Drive, Oro Valley. Please RSVP your attendance to Sherese Steffens at 275-5836.

Closures set on Tangerine

Beginning Sunday, May 9 at 8 p.m. and stretching until Monday, May 10 at 6 a.m., Tangerine Road will be closed between La Cholla Boulevard and La Cañada Drive for scrub and seal work, as part of a pavement preservation project funded by the Arizona Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Westbound motorists will be detoured from La Cañada, to Moore Road back to La Cholla. Eastbound motorists will be detoured at La Cholla, to Naranja and back to La Cañada.

Left turns will be available to local traffic.

Goddard sets'Anti-Crime University' this Friday

Attorney General Terry Goddard will be hosting a Senior Anti-Crime University at the Pima Community College Northwest Campus from 1 to 5 p.m. this Friday, May 7.

Senior Anti-Crime Universities are designed to teach attendees to detect scams against seniors and help others to avoid frauds and abuse.

Each university offers a half-day of classes in consumer identity theft, life care planning/health care directives, Medicare/Medicaid fraud, financial exploitation, elder abuse and neglect, Internet safety and charitable giving.

"Keeping Arizona seniors well-informed provides the best defense against frauds and scams," Goddard said in a news release.

Learn more about the anti-crime universities from Goddard in a video message available at www.azag.gov/seniors/sleuths/sacu.html

The classes are free, but space is limited so advance registration is required. To register online or get more information, go to the Community & Family tab and click on "seniors" at the Attorney General's website (www.azag.gov) then click on 'Senior Anti-Crime University' or e-mail SeniorSleuths@azag.gov.

Events planned for future park site

Family and friends of a bicyclist killed three years ago plan to gather at the future site of a memorial park on Saturday, May 8 to dedicate a sign for the first BMX park in Tucson.

The event at the Kory Laos Freestyle BMX Memorial Bike Park at 5510 N. Shannon Road is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Events including food, activities and entertainment are planned in memory of Kory Laos, who was struck and killed May 4, 2007, by two SUVs near the University of Arizona while riding a bicycle.

Guests can enjoy free hamburgers, hot dogs, bike safety demonstrations, bicycle safety kits and a concert by the Robert Moreno Band. Additional activities include a raffle, jumping castle and a zero gravity machine.

Proceeds from the activities and additional donations will go toward the Kory Laos BMX Memorial Bike Park Foundation.

The goal of the event is to bring the Tucson community together in Kory's memory and raise public awareness for the future park as a place where children can safely ride bikes.

Volunteers and food needed for Saturday drive

For the 18th consecutive year, the National Association of Letter Carriers and the Community Food Bank are collecting donations this Saturday, May 8, for the "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive.

To help "Stamp Out Hunger" in Southern Arizona, residents may leave a bag of non-perishable food, such as canned meats, canned vegetables, canned soups, cereal, peanut butter, canned fruit or canned tomato products next to their mail box before the time of their mail delivery on Saturday. Food should be in non-breakable containers. Letter carriers collect the food donations and deliver them to the Community Food Bank.

Volunteers are needed for the collections. They are most in demand at the Mountain View Post Office, 7959 N. Thornydale, and the Oro Valley Post Office at 11900 N. La Cañada. Help is also needed at other locations, a release said. Hours are 2 to 6 p.m. Volunteers must be 16 years and older.

To volunteer, contact Kristen Hershberger at 622-0525 ext. 204. For further information, contact the NALC Branch #704 at 323-2117 or Jack Parris at 622-0525, extension 215.

Police arrest man suspected in April killing

Pima County Sheriff's detectives have arrested one man and identified another in connection with the April killing of a man on the Northwest side.

Michael Estrada Rodriguez, 30, was found shot to death in a neighborhood near First Avenue and Orange Grove Road on April 8.

On April 27, police arrested 31-year-old Raymond Negrete on first-degree murder charges. He remains in Pima County Adult Detention Center awaiting trial.

Sheriff's deputies have identified a second man, Hector Ernesto Estrada, in connection to the killing. Estrada remains at large.

Police found Rodriguez dead from gun shot wounds in the parking lot of a neighborhood on the 200 block of Camino Lomas after neighbors reported hearing gunfire.

Sheriff's department spokesman Jason Ogan said Rodriguez was not a resident of the neighborhood. Investigators were uncertain why the victim was in the area.

Anyone with information regarding the incident has been asked to call 9-1-1 or 88-CRIME.

Eagle Scout leads planting of 30 trees at Marana park

To mark Arbor Day, a collaborative effort in Marana resulted in the planting of more than 30 large shade trees at Ora Mae Harn Park.

Eagle Scout candidate Jonathan Susa led the way, coordinating the effort with the Town of Marana, the Arizona Community Tree Council and Boy Scout Unit 259.

Susa had students from Marana Middle School come by on Friday to learn about the benefits of trees, and to plant two 24-inch shade trees in front of the Marana Municipal Pool. Jonathan and his troop planted the remaining trees Saturday.

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