The Big Reveal

University Marriott (880 E. Second St., Tucson)

Imagine Greater Tucson will reveal: “Our Shared Values and the Future of the Greater Tucson Region”
Come see how closely our Historic Trends Scenario aligns with our Shared Regional
Values. Featured speakers include Robert Grow (Envision Utah), Dr. Lattie Coor (Center for
the Future of Arizona), and Michael McDonald (Habitat for Humanity).

Open to the Public: All are invited!
Thursday, April 7th
3:00pm – registration
3:30pm – program

Bicycle Economics

Elly Blue has written a series of informative articles challenging mainstream assumptions about the economics of transportation.

“Imagine getting a $3,000 to $12,000 tax rebate this year. Now imagine it coming again and again. Every year it grows by around a thousand dollars. Imagine how this would change your daily life.”

Read the rest of this important series in Grist. Including some truly radical ideas about replacing freeways with bike paths.

Antigone Books has gone SOLAR!

Come celebrate the emergence of Antigone Books as the first 100% solar powered bookstore in the country!

Come celebrate with us at our Solar Party and Sale, Discounts, Giveaways and Drawings! Solar treats to eat!

We’re one of just three 100% solar businesses in Southern Arizona. The other two (Brooklyn Pizza and Sky Bar) are also on 4th Ave!

Antigone Books
411 N. 4th Ave.
Tucson, Arizona 85705
520-792-3715
www.antigonebooks.com

Want more party details? Keep reading!

* Free eco-water bottles to the first 25 customers!

* Sun tea & solar treats to eat!

* 20% off any book, gift or card with the sunny color YELLOW on it!

* 20% off any book from our green living section!

* Enter our drawing for a chance to win: a $25 gift certificate from us; a $15 gift certificate from our solar neighbors, Brooklyn Pizza & Sky Bar.

* Bring in a photo of your own solar panels, solar oven, or other creative use of solar power for a chance to win a prize!

* Check out our energy production in action. As the sun shines on our roof, you can monitor the data on our computer screen.

Solar Potluck

Catalina State Park 11570 N. Oracle Rd.

Learn about solar energy at the 29th Annual Solar Potluck and Exhibition. Discover how to use solar energy to power your home, cook your food, heat your water and live more responsibly. Experience the flavors of solar-cooked food and enjoy solar-powered music, children’s activities, solar appliances and exhibitions. In addition, several solar experts will speak about local solar projects and today’s solar technologies and energy conservation.

For more information visit http://www.citizensforsolar.org/

Bike Fest 2011

Gas Prices Got You Down?

Bike Fest 2011 Begins Tomorrow!

Tucson, Arizona (March 10, 2011) – Let the fun begin as Bike Fest 2011 kicks off over 20 different events designed to inspire us to park the car and hop on the bike to experience the many benefits bicycling brings to our community. From March 11th through April 30th, enjoy a variety of bike rides, inspirational transportation-related discussions, bike to work and school events, free admission to the Zoo, Cyclovia’s car-free streets, cleaner air, healthier communities, and a chance to win great prizes. The City of Tucson, Pima County, and Pima Association of Governments are partnering with Living Streets Alliance to coordinate Bike Fest and promote healthy communities by empowering people to transform our streets into vibrant places for walking, bicycling, socializing, and play.

With gasoline prices continuing their rise, this is the perfect time to dust off the bike and begin replacing motor vehicle trips with two-wheeled transportation. There are currently 23 Bike Fest activities designed to fit diverse interests and encourage everyone to incorporate this inexpensive, non-polluting mode of transportation into their lives. Bike Fest 2011 events include several Bike 2 Work Celebrations, Walk & Roll to School Day, Urban Assault Ride, Bike to the Zoo Day, Cyclovia, the Bike Fest Commuter Challenge, opportunities for conversations with nationally renowned alternative transportation experts Mia Birk and Mark Fenton, the Greater Arizona Bicycling Association Bike Swap Meet, and more. Secured valet bicycle parking will be offered at many of the venues.

An annual promotion of the bicycle to reduce air pollution and traffic congestion and promote a healthier, more sustainable community has been occurring since 1989 in the Tucson area. See below for key highlights of the ever-growing list of Bike Fest 2011 activities. For more details and updates on the all the Bike Fest 2011 events, visit www.BikeFestTucson.com. These are “waste-free” events, so please bring your own reusable water bottles and pack any waste you generate home to recycle or throw away.

Calendar of Events

March:

11th (Friday) – Living Streets Alliance presents: Joyride Community Bike Ride with Mia Birk at Noon

Join Mia and your fellow Tucsonans for a leisurely bike ride through the Old Pueblo. You don’t have to be an avid cyclist to participate – just bring your bike, your helmet, and be ready to have fun! Meet at the fountain west of Old Main on the University of Arizona campus at 11:45am.

11th (Friday) – How To Get Tucson Moving Free Public Lecture by Mia Birk at 3:30pm

Living Streets Alliance presents a free public lecture by Mia Birk to learn more about how Portland and other leading bike-friendly cities throughout the world are reshaping the way cities move. This lecture will be co-hosted by the University of Arizona School of Landscape Architecture & Planning and will be followed by a short panel discussion with Tom Thivener, Tucson’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Program Manager, and Matthew Zoll, Pima County’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Program Manager. The lecture will take place in the U of A’s Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (AME 202S) lecture hall. Please visit LSA’s events page for more details.

11th (Friday) – Joyride Happy Hour with Mia Birk from 6-7pm

Living Streets Alliance presents a casual happy hour with Mia Birk at Barrio Brewing Company. Get a chance to chat with Mia while enjoying a fresh local brew.

12th (Saturday) – Book Signing by Mia Birk at the Tucson Festival of Books from 10am-1pm

Visit Living Streets Alliance and Cyclovia Tucson at the Tucson Festival of books on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30-5:30. Author Mia Birk will be present to sign books from 10am-1pm on Saturday. Bring your bike helmet — we’ll have a special Bike Helmet Decorating Station set up!

13th (Sunday) – GABA Sierra Vista Classic Bicycle Ride check in at 7:00am

Once again we are back with one of the most beautiful, challenging, and “epic” rides of the year – the Third Annual Sierra Vista Classic Bike Ride. Check-in time will be at 7:00 am. You must be on the road by 8:30. Three distance options will be available, a full Century (103 actual miles); a metric Century (65 actual); and a ½ metric Century (32.5 actual). At the finish line, you will be greeted by cheerful volunteers; and a wonderful BBQ lunch awaits, compliments of Mike’s Cowboy Barbeque. For more information, visit www.bikegaba.org.

17th (Thursday) – Complete Streets Public Lecture by Mark Fenton from 5:30-7pm

Join Mark Fenton, a nationally recognized speaker and expert on walking and bicycling, stakeholders and advocacy groups for a kickoff event at the Doubletree on Alvernon. Work with your local communities to establish a common vision for our streets and make a lasting change to improve safety, lower transportation costs for families, encourage walking and bicycling for health, and foster a strong community. For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Shannon Whitewater, Pima County Health Department, at 520-243-7886 or shannon.whitewater@pima.gov.

19th-27th – GABA Bike Week

During our spokes event, you will have an opportunity to get away from cold winter weather and warm up, both yourself and your muscles with some pre-season training. We are offering nine days of rides to some of Tucson’s most historic and interesting areas, culminating in an optional overnight ride from Sonoita to historic Bisbee, via the Town Too Tough To Die – Tombstone, Arizona! Of course, we will ride back to Sonoita the next day. For ride agendas and registration, visit www.bikegaba.org.

20th (Sunday) – New Belgium Brewery’s Urban Assault begins at 9am

The New Belgium Brewing Urban Assault Ride is the country’s biggest bike scavenger hunt, hitting the streets of 10 cities in 2011 – including Tucson! You and your fun-loving teammate will grab your favorite bike and complete funky obstacle courses at checkpoints all over town. The fun begins at 9:00 a.m. and the after-party is wild. There are prizes and there is a charge to participate. For more info and to register visit www.urbanassaultride.com/tucson.

26th (Saturday) – Bikes @ Borealis from 3-8pm

What!? Never heard of Bike Fest, Cyclovia, or BICAS? Well, they’ve never heard of you, either. But, they do want to help you fall back in love with your bicycle. You can learn about these wonderful people, and enjoy a bit of art at the same time. A portion of all art taken home today will benefit BICAS (www.bicas.org) Prints and original works by, for, and about you crazy bicycle people. Printmaking workshop with Casey from BICAS – don’t just look at the art, make some of your own. Best of all, this is just a warm-up to the BIG bike/art show we’re bringing to Tucson in November. For more info visit http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=205660739448062

27th (Sunday) – Cyclovia Tucson from 10am-3pm

Cyclovia Tucson is an annual car-free event that opens selected streets to people so that they can walk, skate, run, bicycle, and socialize with their neighbors. It’s a free event, open to the public and fun for people of all ages. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Begin downtown at Armory Park and make a 5-mile loop south on streets free of cars. Join Solar Rock and the Water Festival at Armory Park for even more fun. For more information visit www.cycloviatucson.org.

29th (Tuesday) – Green Commuter Open House from 10am-2pm

Green commuting saves you money, strengthens your health, reduces traffic congestion, and improves air quality. Learn more about options for your work commutes including bicycling, carpooling, vanpooling, and transit. Pima County Departments of Environmental Quality and Transportation (Bicycle & Pedestrian Program), Pima Association of Governments, VPSI, Sun Tran, and UPH will be available to provide information and resources. Enter to win great prizes including tickets to Old Tucson Studios and the AZ Sonora Desert Museum, a Stored Value Pass from Sun Tran, or a gift card from Blimpie. Abrams Public Health Center first floor meeting rooms, 3950 South Country Club Road (SW corner Ajo Way & Country Club, parking at Kino Stadium west of Forgeus). For more information please phone 243-7449 or e-mail Karen.Wilhelmsen@pima.gov.

April

Date TBD – Clif Bar 2 Mile Challenge

40% of all urban travel in the US happens within 2 miles, and 90% of that is by car. Fight climate change simply by riding your bike. Sure, we appreciate that long ago the automobile changed the way the world works; but like anything, it’s best in moderation. So we, the employees of Clif Bar & Company, created a game to see how many car trips we could replace with a bike instead. Join the ride and take the 2 MILE CHALLENGE. More information at 2milechallenge.com

1st through 30th – Bicycle Commuter Challenge

Who’s ready for a little commuter bike competition? Everyone can play. All it takes is 20 one-way commute trips to qualify for the grand prize, a new bicycle and loads of other great prizes. Log in your daily commutes on the Sun Rideshare web site at www.884ride.org/ridepro.

1st-3rd (Friday-Sunday) – 4th Avenue Spring Street Fair (Bike Valet)

The 4th Avenue Street Fair takes place between Ninth Street and University Blvd. along Fourth Avenue from 10 a.m. to dusk. Free to the public, the Street Fair brings together 400+ arts and crafts booths, 35+ food vendors, 2 stages, street musicians, food, jugglers, street performers, the Free SPIKE kids hands-on-art Pavilion, face painting, balloons, and tons of other fun activities, packs them into three days of celebration. Parking can be a challenge, so ride your bike and enjoy free Valet Bike Parking at 7th Street near Hoff. Visit http://www.fourthavenue.org/fairs/general-information/ for more information

4th through 8th (Monday-Friday) – Bike to Work Week

Bike to work and your efforts will be well rewarded! All week long, businesses throughout Greater Tucson will be hosting Bike to Work Stations with freebies, discounts, bike tune-ups and more – from breakfast giveaways to happy hour. Support your local bike-friendly businesses and discover some new ones. For schedules and locations, continue to browse the Bike Fest 2011 section of this website.

6th (Wednesday) – U of A Bike 2 Work and School Day: 9am-2pm on the UA mall (in front of the science library). We will have a lot going on for bicyclist – free bike registration with a free bike light kit and free bike bell (while supplies last), free minor bike repairs/tune-ups, free nutritional bars from Clif bar, Trek Bicycle shop, UA Cycle Club, free maps, brochures, giveaways, etc.

8th (Friday) – Downtown Bike to Work Celebration from 7-9am

Celebrate bike commuting at the downtown Bike 2 Work Week Celebration. Enjoy live music, free food, and more. Details coming soon.

8th (Friday) – Walk & Roll to School Day

Experience the simple joy that comes with walking and biking to school. Walking and biking to school promotes safety, health, concern for the environment, a sense of community and physical activity among children. Participating schools receive posters and flyers to help advertise their event, and a prize for each student. The first 40 schools to register will also receive a scooter to raffle off as part of their event. To participate, have your school call 243-BIKE (2453) to sign up. Click to download the Walk & Roll to School Poster .

10th (Sunday) – Susan Komen Race for the Cure (with Bike Valet Parking)

The Southern Arizona Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is proud to host the 13th Annual Race for the Cure at Reid Park. You are invited to join in the largest participatory event in Southern Arizona! With your help, vital breast health resources can be provided to members of our community. Limited parking at the site, so ride your bike! Free Valet Bike Parking will be provided. Visit www.komensaz.org/ for more information.

16th (Saturday) – Bike to the Zoo Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ride your bicycle to Reid Park Zoo and show your helmet to get FREE admission and FREE valet parking inside the zoo. GABA will have rides starting from various locations around Tucson, in varying distances and speeds. You decide which level and distance you want to pedal, and start with the group that most closely matches your cycling preference. All rides will converge at the zoo between 9 AM and 12 PM. Upon arrival at the zoo, stop at the GABA table with your helmet which will be set up inside of the entrance to get your ice cream cone/cup voucher (limited to the first 300 cyclists). Free valet bike parking will be available, through the GABA, inside the Reid Park Zoo for everyone who rides. Bike parking offered 9 AM to 3:30 PM. Visit www.bikegaba.org for more information.

16th (Saturday) – Earth Day Festival & Parade (Bike Valet) from 9am-2pm

Join the fun at 17th annual Earth Day Festival and Parade at Reid Park, near Country Club and 22nd Street from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participate in hands-on activities at booths and view an alternative fuel vehicle show and a solar competition. Ride your bike to reduce parking congestion and enjoy free Valet Bicycle Parking. For more information visit www.tucsonearthday.org/

16th (Saturday) – Tour of the Tucson Mountains

Celebrate springtime by biking the Tucson Mountains. Open to all ages and abilities, the Tour offers 73 and 27-mile distances, plus Fun Rides of 4 & 1/4 mile events. The 73-mile event is a perimeter ride around – not over – the beautiful Tucson Mountains. All routes begin at Marana Town Hall in Marana, AZ and are generally flat, perfect for beginning riders! For more information and to register visit Perimeter Bicycling Association at www.perimeterbicycling.com or call 745-2033.

17th (Sunday) – GABA Bike Swap Meet from 6am to 1pm

Come to the largest bike swap in the west on 4th Avenue between 6th Street and 9th Street to get great deals on bicycles, parts, and gear. Visit www.bikegaba.org for more information. Free Valet Bike Parking while you shop.

17th (Sunday) – Old Pueblo Grand Prix from 12:30pm to 5pm

The Old Pueblo Grand Prix is a premier cycling event in the heart of downtown Tucson that is FREE to spectators. With $20,000 in cash prizes the Old Pueblo Grand Prix will attract top professional and amateur athletes from around the country. It’s a perfect day to bring your friends and family to downtown and experience high speed pro bike racing right here in Tucson. Races start at 12:30 PM when amateur racers take to the .6 mile course. Make sure to bring your children for the kids race at 3:25 PM and grab a bite to eat at one of the 9 restaurants located on the race course. Following the Pro Women’s race is the Pro Men’s race at 5:00 PM that will finish as the sun is setting and reach speeds of over 30 mph. Make a day of it, bring your family, and tell your friends. Visit www.oldpueblograndprix.com/general-information.html for more information.

Visit www.BikeFestTucson.com

Neighborhood Grant Opportunity

Upcoming Grant Round
Do you want to make your neighborhood a better place to live? Do you have an idea for a neighborhood project? Turn your idea into action with a PRO Neighborhoods grant!  Throughout Pima County, PRO Neighborhoods helps grassroots neighborhood or community groups get their projects done.

The grant process begins with a pre-application and site visit interview with PRO Neighborhoods staff.  The deadline for submitting pre-applications is Tuesday, March 29, at 4:00p.m.

Pre-application guidelines and forms are available at www.proneighborhoods.org or call PRO Neighborhoods at 520.882.5885. 

Climate Change and Ideology

Naomi Klein, who has written a new book on climate change examined the ideological basis of the rising opposition to the science and the public policies needed to address this global threat in an interview with  Amy Goodman:

“NAOMI KLEIN: Well, some people believe in climate change, but the main thing is they don’t believe that humans have anything to do with climate change. And it isn’t about the science, because when you delve deeper into it and ask why people don’t believe in it, they say that it’s because they think it’s a socialist plot to redistribute wealth. It’s easy to make fun of, you know, and there’s all this language, like “watermelons,” that they say the green groups are watermelons: they’re green on the outside, but they’re red on the inside. Or George Will once said it’s a green tree with red roots. And the idea is that it’s some sort of a communist plot.”

Read the complete interview here.

Cob Hot Tub Workshop

A wood-fired cob-insulated hot tub is a low-tech, healthful and beautiful thing. Used like a Japanese bath, one scrubs and showers before entering the heated tub, steaming with desert lavender or chaparral, and soaks away one’s cares. If your shower and bath greywater help to irrigate native and heritage trees, which provide food, shade and privacy, then you’re cleaner, healthier and happier!

This workshop will introduce and reinforce cob building basics, such as building a good foundation, cob mixing and application, venting and finishing. Greywater as a resource and water conservation will be discussed. We’ll be starting one hot tub and finishing another so that you experience a project that takes longer than one day to complete.

Cholla buds will probably be coming on by the end of March, so if you want to take a break from mud-slinging, we’ll harvest some of those delicious morsels and process them! Lunch featuring local foods will be served.

To register, email us at beantreefarm@gmail.com, call for more information, and check out www.beantreefarm.com and www.sonoranpermaculture.org for upcoming classes and workshops.

March Mixer

The Rhythm Industry Performance Factory, 1013 S. Tyndall Ave.

Besides the usual networking focus of the Mixer, SAGCC members and guests will enjoy a performance preview, food, music and a dance party provided by the Tucson Arts Brigade at the upcoming March Mixer on March 10. The feature presentation is scheduled for 6:30.

Tucson Arts Brigade specializes in Green Arts Education, civic engagement and building creative communities through the Arts.

The Mixer is sponsored by Canyon Pondscapes and is a fundraiser for its Tucson Art’s Brigade Mural Arts Program, Dance/Theater program and the Water Festival.

Mixer tickets are $10 for members, and $15 for guests.

Directions: From the north of Broadway, take Euclid south and after you go under the bridges, continue for 3 blocks (Euclid turns into Park). Turn right on 20th street. Take the first left at Tyndall and it’s the 2nd building on the left. From the south take 22nd St. and turn north onto Park. Go 2 blocks and turn left on 20th St. Take the first left on Tyndall and it’s the 2nd building on the left.

Resilience 2011: An upcoming conference

March 11-16, 2011, Arizona State University

Welcome to the Conference Website for Resilience 2011;

Resilience 2011 website

A conference that will bring together scientists from a broad spectrum of disciplinary backgrounds who are interested in the major science and policy challenges that face us all as a result of global change. The conference is organized around intellectual themes that aim to integrate knowledge from multiple perspectives.

Common Ground Two

Time again to invite you all to proclaim local community from the rooftops. One rooftop at least.

Join in on the action on the roof of the Pennington St Parking Garage, 110 E. Pennington St.

What is Common Ground?

What it is… is a CELEBRATION, where every group, organization, congregation, small business, performer, artist, EVERYBODY in the Tucson community is invited to show up, share what they do, and… meet the neighbors. It’s a celebration of talent and skills, resources and passions, but most of all, it’s a celebration of connection, of possibility, because in celebrating, the boundaries between us are softened, familiarity then is not so much about agreement as it is about pleasurable proximity. The event is engineered to continually invite interaction, and from that interaction, to draw to the surface defining experiences of what our common needs, and emerging common vision, truly are. What more fertile ground for sustainability could there be?

Come on UP!

Cultivating Food Justice

What is the future of our food? A community conversation.
Featuring special guest Robert Gottlieb, co-author of Food Justice.

All are welcome to attend this free event!

Click to View Printable Flyer in English and Spanish
• Bilingual event
• Childcare and food provided

Pima Community College
Downtown Campus
1255 North Stone Avenue
NW Corner of Speedway & Stone Avenue
Enter through main doors and follow signs to the conference room

RSVP to: Mónica at (520) 622-0525 x265

This event is to be held at the Pima Community College Downtown Campus on March 6 from 2-4pm.

Please see the attached flier for details, and let me know by email if you’ll be attending so we know to expect you.