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Tax season is here, and that means like any year, Tax– particularly those filing without the help of a professional – will be exposed to a number of complexities when filing before the April 15 deadline.
Saguaro National Park is offering a variety of hikes and talks this winter that explore the park’s wonderful natural and cultural histories. Program listings also are available on the park’s website, www.nps.gov/sagu, or on Facebook. Interpretive programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Program schedules are subject to change; call the visitor centers for updates or reservations.
(BPT) - Do you follow tradition or do you tend to blaze your own path? Every bride is faced with this question when it comes to planning her fairytale wedding. And while you may face pressure from friends or family to make one choice or another, try to remember that your wedding day is whatever you make of it. You have the ability to create your own fairytale, and that’s one of the reasons your wedding day may be the biggest and best day of your life.
Lord Mayor Satish Hiremath opened his chambers on Dec. 17 as required by law to allow citizens to observe Council’s passage of the tax increase and planned purchase of El Conquistador Country Club. The Chambers were filled to capacity and beyond (SRO) and citizens (subjects) were permitted to approach the bench and make their points to his honor. Thirty-nine of us were allowed to speak, however, a much lower number was actually heard, for, you see, the deal was already done. His ruling majority had apparently decided the outcome as soon as the public was made aware that the transaction was proposed and no further input was really required. Such is the nature of Oro Valley governance under the current Town Council. It is sad when a deal of this magnitude is decided with little to no taxpayer input.
Does the idea of time travel intrigue you? Are you interested in a good love story and the idea of a magical boat that can transport you four hundred years into the future? If so you will love The Gypsy Trilogy.
Ask any music connoisseur and they will tell you, compositions are meant to be experienced in the flesh. The modern advancements of iPods, try as they might, simply cannot do justice to the enchantment of a live performance – the way a photograph is not telling of the expansive beauty within a Tucson sunset. This is even more true with the orchestra. There is a carnal syncopation with the soul as wood and brass fuse together to create a symphonic wall of sound. The Tucson Symphony Orchestra is well aware of the magic within a live spectacle, which is why they have decided to take one of cinema’s greatest musical accomplishments and perform it live at the Tucson Music Hall. As part of its “Superpops!” series, the orchestra will be performing Disney’s iconic “Fantasia” live in concert over the holiday weekend.
Oro Valley resident Richard Rozehnal saw this sunset from his home He said he just moved here from Colorado and found the sunrises and sunsets hard to beat.
(Family Features) From amateurs just sharpening their culinary skills to gourmet gurus with a refined taste for beverage and cuisine, you likely know a few people who enjoy spending time in the kitchen. Use this guide of kitchen must-haves to bring cheer to everyone on your holiday shopping list.
Oro Valley resident Larry Schauf captured this sunset from his backyard in Honey Bee Canyon.
"Autumn Array" is the annual fall gallery show. Featuring new works by Tom Murray who's Santa Fe sunsets and dramatic land views are commanding. Charles Thomas's work in both lively abstracts and impressionistic cloudscapes are both commanding. Sean Wallis hails from Utah and presents his colorful Italian scenery and western focused pieces in oils. Mark White, a Santa Fe artist and newcomer to the gallery, is represented by his outstanding abstract paintings.
Development at the Ina and Silverbell intersection and town water agreements got most of the attention at the Oct. 21 Marana Council meeting. The council hosted four separate public hearings to discuss the issues.
The Desert Museum has an evening event coming up on Nov. 15- Desert Night Life. Visiting the desert at night is a unique experience and it’s a great opportunity to view nocturnal animals and enjoy a sunset over the Avra Valley.
Late last month, Oro Valley resident Shirl Lamonna took this wonderful sunset photograph from a trail near Hohokam Park in Rancho Vistoso.
(BPT) - Modern, lively, exciting - if these words don’t describe the style of your favorite rooms, an update is in order. Painting is a classic makeover tool for interior spaces. To give your home’s aesthetic a boost of personality and style, consider these surprisingly simple DIY paint projects that can be done in one day or less.
What happens when a coyote falls in love with a human woman? What if he could become human? Follow Coyote as he pursues his dream, falling into a trap set by the shaman he meets one night. Yes, he can shape-shift but he cannot remain in human form once he falls asleep!
“We pay tribute to the nearly 3,000 innocent lives taken 13 years ago in the worst act of terrorism committed on American soil.
“On this tragic anniversary, we honor the memories of the victims, reflect on the heroism of our fellow Americans and recognize the unfaltering resilience of our nation. We will never forget the brave passengers of United Flight 93; the men and women who lost their lives on the planes and at the World Trade Center and Pentagon; and the first responders who sacrificed their lives to save strangers. We also should remember the millions of Americans across this nation who came together in prayer, pride and patriotism – standing strong in the face of such evil. Our nation’s response to that fateful day, as well as that of our freedom loving friends and allies who stood with America, is a solemn but important reminder that liberty will always conquer tyranny, and that we must remain vigilant in protecting our values and our people.
“This day is a further reminder that terrorism persists throughout the world, as we also remember the four Americans murdered on September 11, 2012, in the barbaric attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya. As always, special recognition is due for the men and women of our nation’s armed forces who have fought, and who continue to fight, to defend the United States against enemies of freedom. We forever honor and support our military in their noble and just mission, and we are eternally grateful for their service and sacrifice.
“I have ordered that flags be flown at half-staff over the State Capitol and all state public buildings and institutions from sunrise until sunset on September 11, 2014. I encourage all individuals, businesses and other organizations to join in this tribute.”
Following a pot-luck dinner, six Picture Rocks teenagers created a Youth Forum during the Aug.19 Citizens for Picture Rocks (C4PR) meeting.
(BPT) - Feeling good about yourself goes beyond having a great hair day, the right outfit or the latest handbag - it's something that starts on the inside. When you learn to live a healthier lifestyle, you can begin to reap the benefits of more energy, improved vitality and elevated spirits. Follow these simple and realistic steps to feel your best and increase your overall well-being.
Continuing to pursue a quest initiated in 2003, in 2014 it was time to summit another state highpoint. With deep snow and cold weather blanketing the mountains of most western states, Oklahoma was designated the most likely candidate. Plans got underway.
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