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Start the New Year on the right foot by participating in the Town of Marana’s Eighth Annual Egg Nog Jog on Jan. 1. The sanctioned 5K route begins at Continental Reserve Park and loops through the beautiful Reserve neighborhood.
1 Bring the entire family to Magic of Christmas to see and hear the TSO and special guests play your favorite Christmas carols and holiday masterpieces, sing, dance and tell the story of Christmas with a special visit from Santa. Details: 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21; Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave.; $28-$75; 882-8585.
The award-winning January Series of Calvin College is coming to Tucson. From Jan. 7 through Jan. 27, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church will be one of 45 remote webcast locations worldwide to broadcast one of the nation’s leading lecture and cultural arts series.
After reading the Explorer this past week, I was absolutely shocked to learn about the upcoming vote by our city council to purchase the El Conquistador Golf Club. I don’t know what our city council is thinking but obviously they are totally oblivious to all the golf clubs across the country having financial difficulties and that includes Arizona and Oro Valley. Might I point out the financial distress for The Gallery, Stone Canyon, Vistoso, Oro Valley CC - and the list goes on and on? And why the secrecy and rush to purchase? It was stated that a survey of 500 people (really? only 500 people in the entire city of Oro Valley?) indicated a desire for a “community center”. Who are these 500 people? Where do they live? For something this important, a survey of the entire city should have been taken.
With the election results a distant memory, the Mayor and re-elected members of the City Council have secretly made the decision to purchase for $1,000,000, the money losing entities of El Conquistador. Under the secret negotiations, the Town would purchase 45 holes of golf, two swimming pools, 31 tennis courts, a restaurant, and a building it will convert to a community center. The community center will house, among other things, exercise equipment that will help to decrease the revenue and taxes of such businesses as L.A. Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness and other fitness companies in favor of a non-taxpaying entity. Will Oro Valley also get into the restaurant management business? The Mayor indicates the golf course will lose money at first—$1,000,000 to $1,300,000 in the first year but he expects it will become a money maker in a few years. Of course that is pure speculation. The Mayor’s finance people indicate all of the repairs and upgrades will cost no more than $1,500,000 even though members of the existing club’s Grounds Committee provide information that the upgrades will cost between $6,000,000 and $10,000,000 with an additional $400,000 needed to restore the cart paths. We should also remember that the way to finance this boondoggle is an increase in the sales tax for Oro Valley businesses. Wasn’t it Mayor Hiremath who indicated in his re-election campaign rhetoric he was going to put effort into increasing the number of retail businesses in Oro Valley? These are the same businesses that could lose market share because it would cost less to make a major purchase in Tucson, Oracle, etc. to the detriment of Oro Valley businesses. Why shop in Oro Valley if a short distance away, we can save our hard earned money by paying less sales tax?
Sorry, Thelma Grimes, but I take issue with your article. Your critique of the Oro Valley Town Council’s recent decision does not bear scrutiny. Give the hard working and dedicated staff of the town a break.
Arizona jumped out to a 26-4 lead and never looked back in a 101-64 win over Oakland University on Tuesday night. The 101 points is the most by the Wildcats in regulation since Sean Miller became head coach. The Wildcats scored 107 in a multiple overtime game in 2011.
The Tortolita Middle School 7th grade girls soccer team won the Northwest League Championship against Wilson Middle school thanks to a 3-1 win.
Below is the Bluegrass Jam schedule for January 2015. The Desert Bluegrass Association – an all-volunteer, non-profit organization – sponsors these jams.
(Family Features) When you set out to make life changes such as weight loss or adopting a more active lifestyle, it can be tempting to look for shortcuts that expedite your path toward your end goal. However, long-term success is more attainable for those who take a slow and steady approach that puts health first.
(Family Feature) Stock up on pretty paper, ribbons, boxes and bows — the holiday season is here. This gift guide offers an assortment of unique ideas to help you mark those recipients off your list. Use it, and you’ll have your seasonal shopping duties all wrapped up in no time.
(Family Features) A memorable holiday meal always comes down to the mouthwatering meals served by the host. This season, impress family and friends with three traditional courses many come to expect at such a gathering: a juicy bird, a hearty side and a sweet ending. Featuring flavor-packed herbs, spices and the freshest ingredients, these recipes allow you to serve up the very best of the season to those you love.
(Family Features) Nothing pleases the senses like a home filled with family, friends and the welcoming aroma of a holiday meal.
(Family Features) While decorating the tree, house, or garland, a whole section of lights can go dark – along with holiday spirits. Light outages can be frustrating and time-consuming to repair during the busy holiday season.
(BPT) - Henry Ford had three companies fail before he launched the game-changing Model T. Abraham Lincoln failed in business, lost multiple elections and had a mental breakdown before being elected the country’s 16th president. America is a land of second chances made good – which could explain the ongoing trend of more adults returning to college.
(NAPSI)—Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), a malfunction of the electrical rhythm of the heart, can strike anyone, at any time—but you can lead the way to save a life.
(BPT) - From Target to Home Depot to eBay, hundreds of millions of Americans had their personal data stolen in the last year, and most shoppers aren’t confident they will be safer any time soon. In fact, 55 percent of Americans worry their Social Security numbers will be stolen in the next year, according to a recent survey from data security company PKWARE. This holiday season, there’s never been a better time to know how to stay safe when shopping online.
Marana will become designated as a Purple Heart Town during next Tuesday’s Council meeting. The honor recognizes cities and towns that go above and beyond to support veterans.
It was obvious pretty early on that Arizona was vastly superior to Utah Valley on Tuesday night’s 87-56 win. The Wildcats won by 29 points and midway through the second half had doubled up the Wolverines 64-32. The lopsided nature of the game allowed Arizona to showcase their entire freshman class and it gave us glimpse of a bright future.
1 Enjoy an exclusive concert celebrating Tucson’s starring role in the new music video “Like A Cowboy” with singer/songwriter Randy Houser talking about his experience filming the 1880’s western-themed video at Old Tucson. Details: 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; $30; 547-3040.
Pima County has published a new draft of Pima Prospers, the 10-year update of the county’s Comprehensive Plan, incorporating public feedback received over the past year at 25 community meetings, from online comments at www.pimaprospers.com and during presentations to many groups and associations throughout the county.