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The Oro Valley Police Department is teaming with Wal-mart and the Shred-It company to host a Shred-a-Thon on Saturday, June 27.
Widows, widowers and individuals with disabilities who meet certain income thresholds may qualify for a property tax exemption on their primary residence within Pima County.
The Marana Police Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Meth Free Alliance, Fraternal Order of Police, Optimist Club, Northwest Fire District and Pima County Wastewater, is hosting a Dispose-A-Med event Dec. 15. The events are at Target on the corner of Ina and Thornydale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Fox Tucson Theatre announces the starting lineup for the 2014 Fall Season. The Fox, downtown’s crown jewel, consistently seeks to present high quality entertainment that will appeal to Southern Arizona’s diverse community. Guests should visit www.FoxTucson.com to view the daily updated schedule of shows, speakers, and special events. Tickets for all events may be purchased online at www.FoxTucson.com, at the theatre box office or by calling 547-3040. Box Office Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 1 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends open two hours prior to each performance.
After 12 years of mindless back-to-school shopping guided by lists sent out courtesy of your school district, being tossed into the unknown of compiling your own supplies can be daunting. Throw in the added cost of notoriously expensive textbooks — no longer paid for by taxes and readily stocked in your classroom — and the prospect of next month’s credit card bill is enough to warrant a panic attack.
Two decades ago, Jan Bell had the idea to hold a small pottery fair at the Arizona State Museum in honor of the museum's centennial anniversary. Little did she know it would turn into a staple springtime event in Tucson – the Southwest Indian Art Fair.
This weekend, about 200 artists will convene on the front lawn of the Arizona State Museum for the 20th annual Southwest Indian Art Fair. The two-day event, which kicks off on Feb. 23, features Native American artists from across the Southwest, who will display and sell their work.
The art fair has grown far beyond pottery over the last two decades, with artists now offering everything from handmade baskets to carvings to jewelry to textiles and more. The event also features food vendors, music and dance performances, artist demonstrations, live and silent auctions and a juried art competition with cash prizes.
"It's gratifying to see what it's become from such humble beginnings," said Bell, who retired as the museum's curator of collections in 1998, but continues to visit the fair.
Last year, about 6,500 people visited the Southwest Indian Art Fair over two days. While the event has grown over time, it remains smaller and more intimate than many similar art shows around the country, and that is by design, organizers say.
"We want people to walk away enriched by the barriers that are broken down by conversation, art, music and food," said Beth Grindell, director of Arizona State Museum. "I'm always struck by the number of comments the museum receives each year citing how the fair's intimacy – its ability to create and maintain cherished relationships – surpasses that of other comparable events in the region."
Visitors to the fair not only get to browse a variety of unique pieces, they also can speak one-on-one with the artists, who represent a variety of tribes and cultures, said fair organizer Daniel Vander Ploeg, the museum's outreach programs coordinator.
"We focus on making this a culturally based education event. People get the opportunity to speak with artists directly about their pieces, and when they buy a piece they can take it home and share the cultural stories with their friends," he said. "You can come and see things you don't see in everyday life. It's a way to see a lot of cultures without traveling too far."
This year, fair organizers hope to reach a younger demographic in addition to regular fair-goers. They worked with Zocalo, which bills itself as "Tucson's urban scene magazine," to have the festival's full program inserted into the glossy publication's February issue in an attempt to reach a braoder audience.
"We're looking for the next generation of Native American art lovers," Vander Ploeg said.
The featured artist at this year's fair, whose work is displayed on the event poster and program, is Gerry Quotskuyva, a Hopi/Yaqui artist based in Rimrock, Ariz.
Quotskuyva, who has participated in the fair for about a decade, will show and sell his paintings.
He says he always looks forward to the event and how relaxed and accommodating it is. Of the eight shows he does around the country each year, he says the Southwest Indian Art Fair is consistently one of his most successful, noting, "There's a strong support system for Native American art in Tucson."
Vestar Development Co., representative David Malin spoke before the Oro Valley Town Council last week, giving an update on tenants at the Oro Valley Marketplace.
Letters published in the Dec. 17 issue of The Explorer.
On Tuesday, Arizona voters will be voting on the primary candidates they want to see move on to the General Election, and based on early numbers, many residents have already spoken.
Joyce Rychener has spent dozens of hours in the hot summer sun at Steam Pump Ranch, where she's raised a Native American heritage garden.
Five candidates are competing to become the supervisor for District 1 in Pima County after current supervisor Ann Day steps down later this year.
(BPT) - Mealtimes – they can be both the blessing and curse of family life. At their best, meals bring families together to share time with loved ones. But, in today’s recovering economy, the pressures of putting food on the table, without busting budgets can make mealtime a source of stress.
The No. 6 seed Arizona men's basketball team (27-7, 12-6 Pac-12) will open play in the 2013 NCAA West Regional semifinal against No. 2 seed Ohio State (28-7, 13-5 Big Ten) on March 28 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
This is UA's 30th NCAA Tournament appearance overall (counting two vacated appearances), and the program has an official 48-26 (.649) record in its previous NCAA Tournament action. Nine of Arizona's 15 Sweet 16 appearances have come in the West Regional, and 31 of the program's 48 NCAA Tournament wins have come through the West Region.
The UA is ranked 21st in the Associated Press poll and 20th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll (as of March 18). The Wildcats are one of 11 teams nationally to have been ranked in both polls in every ranking period this season.
The Big Ten Conference postseason tournament champion Buckeyes will enter Thursday's game with a 28-7 record (13-5 Big Ten) following their March 24 78-75 win over Iowa State. As a team, Ohio State shoots 45.6 percent from the field (886-of-1,943), including 35.8 percent (215-of-600) from three-point range, while averaging 70.2 points per game.
Opponents shoot at a 39.5 percent clip and average 58.8 points per game. Two Buckeyes average in double figures, led by Deshaun Thomas' 19.7 ppg figure. Thomas also leads Ohio State with a 6.1 rebounds per game average.
Thursday's game will be the second meeting of the two schools, with Ohio State holding a 1-0 series advantage. Like this one, the previous meeting was a neutral-site game in Los Angeles, as OSU triumphed 90-47 on Dec. 29, 1971, in the opening round of the Bruin Classic. All-time, Arizona is 0-0 in series games played in Tucson, 0-0 in Columbus, Ohio, and 0-1 in neutral-site games.
Arizona has a 33-32 (.508) record against current Big Ten Conference members and is 4-4 against the league over in its last eight meetings, last facing a Big Ten opponent on Nov. 23, 2009, in what was a 65-61 loss to Wisconsin at the Maui Invitational.
This regional appearance marks the 13th time the Cats have road tripped it to California for the NCAA Tournament, and in those 13 appearances, the UA is 13-7 (.650). Two of those appearances were regionals, as the Wildcats lost the 1976 West Regional final to UCLA in Pauley Pavilion and beat Missouri in the 1994 West Regional final at the L.A. Sports Arena en route to the Final Four.
Last week, for the second game in a row, Arizona put its opponent in an early hole and never looked back in cruising to a 74-51 win over Harvard on March 23. The Cats jumped out to a 17-2 lead, forcing the Crimson to miss its first 12 shots and connecting on 58 percent of its own in the half.
Harvard's 27.6 percent shooting was the lowest for a UA opponent in NCAA Tournament play. Mark Lyons matched a career high with 27 points, Solomon Hill added a double-double and Jordin Mayes added eight key points in the second half.
By virtue of its 23-point win over Harvard, Arizona earned a berth in its 15th Sweet 16 and the seventh for the program since 2001. In that span, Arizona's seven Sweet 16 appearances rank fourth nationally, trailing only Kansas (10), Duke (10) and Michigan State (8) when it comes to playing into the tournament's second weekend.
Mark Lyons' 63-percent shooting weekend (20-of-32) in Salt Lake City was his best back-to-back effort in efficiency and production all year. He made 12 buckets Saturday against Harvard, a career high. The 25.0 ppg scoring average in the first two games of the tournament boosted his season scoring average to 15.4 ppg. He's the 37th player in school history to score 500 points in a season.
In his nine seasons as a head coach, Sean Miller has made six NCAA Tournament appearances. The Wildcat mentor has proven to be good at advancing when he gets there, as this is his fourth Sweet 16 appearance in the last six seasons.
Since 2008, Miller is one of seven coaches nationally to appear in four or more regional semifinals in that span. The list includes Tom Izzo, Michigan State; Mike Krzyzewski, Duke; and Bill Self, Kansas (5 each); and Miller, Xavier and Arizona; John Calipari, Memphis and Kentucky; Roy Williams, North Carolina; and Thad Matta, Ohio State (4 each).
UP NEXT: A win would move Arizona into the March 30 West Regional final against the Wichita State-LaSalle winner. Game time is TBA.
Rising food costs have hit not only the family pocketbook, but the school cafeteria’s cash register as well.
Oro Valley is in negotiations for several pieces of property along a narrow strip of land fronting Oracle Road at the northwest corner of Calle Concordia, potentially the new home of the town's factious public works yard.
We are a society reliant on convenience, and judging by the increasing number of mail-in ballots being processed by election offices across the nation, voting is no exception.
WASHINGTON – Chandler mom Lindsay Barnes already knows what the National Retail Federation is reporting in a recent study – it costs a lot to send kids back to school.
Although I usually only write one full-length movie review per week, this week’s article is going to be a little bit different. Unfortunately, due to my schedule, I was unable to go to the movies this week. However, when I looked at the calendar to take a look at upcoming releases, I had an idea. Now that we are more than halfway through July, I started thinking about all of the films I have seen so far this year. When I realized just how many of them there were, I decided to compile them into my top 10 of the year so far. So, without further delay, here are my personal 10 favorite films to be released thus far in 2012.
Letters to the editor published in the June 24, 2009, edition of The Explorer.
Jan. 4, 2006 - ent closet, in the small unassuming gym at Green Fields Country Day School lies a hidden relic of sports nostalgia.