Mural Unveiling

икониBARRIO CENTRO COMMUNITY MURAL UNVEILING

Lucky Wishbone Parking Lot, 2712 E. 22nd Street

Join us for this free, fun-filled family event with food, music, speakers, performance by the Tucson Arts Brigade Dance Theater Group, Latin Jazz by Trio Centrál, and Ranchera and Bolleros by Serenata.

The Barrio Centro Mural is the first phase in a multi-year initiative utilizing arts based strategies to address complex social needs including civic participation, beautification, literacy and health. This year included mural design and technique workshops for youth and adults in addition to Elder Shares, field trips, financial literacy, youth stipends and Community Paint Days. This collaboration between Tucson Arts Brigade, neighbors, students, school administrators, parents, and business owners has been a huge success. Long time residents of Barrio Centro infused a sense of civic responsibility, stewardship and leadership by frequently visiting weekly youth workshops and engaging with students throughout the process. This relationship continues as we work together to Beautify and Unify our community.

Green Market Begins

 

 

Green Market Starts: 9 North Scott — John Wesley Companies — will be transformed into a Green Market

2nd Saturdays Downtown features multiple bands, movies and other live entertainment as well as arts, crafts and food booths. Visitors to 2nd Saturdays Downtown also use the opportunity to visit downtown shops and restaurants. The streets are crowded and filled with activities.

For more about 2nd Saturdays Downtown, to find parking or to see maps and vendors, go to http://www.2ndsaturdaysdowntown.com

Home Food Production Workshops

 

The PRO Neighborhoods Newsletter informs us that:

The Community Food Bank’s Community Food Resource
Center will team up with the Pima County Library system in
June to present a series of workshops on Sustainability and
Home Food Production June 11th, 18th, 23rd and 25th. See details here.
The workshops are free and open to the public. Pre-registration
is not required. For questions or information on this series,
contact Leona Davis at (520) 882-3295 or by email at ldavis@communityfoodbank.org.

Home Food Production Workshops

The PRO Neighborhoods Newsletter informs us that:

 

The Community Food Bank’s Community Food Resource
Center will team up with the Pima County Library system in
June to present a series of workshops on Sustainability and
Home Food Production. The workshops are free and open to
the public. Pre-registration is not required. For questions or
information on this series, contact Leona Davis at (520)
882-3295 or by email at ldavis@communityfoodbank.org.

June 11, 10-11:30am, Mission Library- Intro to Water
Harvesting: Explore & discuss the core principles of rainwater
harvesting and a variety of strategies, from cisterns to
earthworks, with Leona Davis of the Community Food Bank.
In this workshop they will calculate how much rainfall you will
receive off your home roof and on your landscape, and how
you can best use this water on your site. Participants are
encouraged to bring a base drawing with measurements of
their house roof and yard.

June 18, 10:30am-12:00pm- Main Library, Joel D. Valdez –
Urban Farming pt. 1 – The Homegrown Movement: The way
we grow food, distribute food, and eat has rapidly changed in
the last 50 years, and with it has changed our environment
and physical health as a society. Now, many people are
reversing the trend towards commercialized agriculture by
growing food at home and distributing it in their own
community. Join this discussion with Leona Davis
of the Community Food Bank and urban farmer Jennifer Liu
around how our commercial food system works, and how
the local food movement in Southern Arizona is changing
our soils, our economies, and our own physical health.

June 23, 5:30-7:00pm, Martha Cooper Library- Intro to Urban
Farming: How does the way we grow food affect our health,
economy, and society? Discuss the benefits of growing your
own food, even in the Sonoran desert, and learn the basics of
soil, sun, water, planting, and harvesting during this discussion
around the technical aspects of desert gardening with Leona Davis
of the Community Food Bank and urban farmer Jenna Rhea.

June 25, 10:30am-12:00pm, Main Library, Joel D. Valdez –
Urban Farming pt. 2 – How to Grow Food at Home in Tucson:
Nothing beats walking right out your back door to pick that
fresh organic tomato off the vine- but how do you grow it in
Tucson? Learn the basics of soil, sun, water, planting, and
harvesting during this discussion around the technical aspects
of desert gardening with Leona Davis of the Community Food
Bank and urban farmer Jenna Rhea.

Forum Planning Workshop

Sam Lena-South Tucson Branch Library, 1607 S. 6th Ave. (at 26th St.)

 

The League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson will present a FREE workshop on How to Plan a Forum. The workshop will cover such topics as initial planning, working with other groups, legal considerations, site selection, choosing a moderator, contacting panelists and much more, including role playing. This training would apply to issue forums as well as candidate debates.

Light refreshments will be served. While it\’s free, we urge participants to RSVP at 740-5779 or 622-0905 by June 22nd so we know how many packets of handouts to prepare.

Earth Walk 2011

The folks at Common Ground invite you to participate in Earth Walk 2011.

TUCSON EVENT FEATURING:

• Walk/dance through an Earth Labyrinth in a baseball stadium •
• Featuring an internationally renowned sound healer & local musicians •
• Exhibitors for Personal, Social, and Environmental Wellness •
• Dress in a costume / t-shirt that reflects your cause •
• Raffle prizes that benefit health and wellness •
• Organic Food and Beverages •
• Kids Planetary Art Corner •
• LIVE online video streaming •
• VIP Party for Top Sponsors & Walkers •

See the EVENT DETAILS here.

 

Monsoon Gardening Workshop

320 N. Commerce Park Loop, Sentinel Building, Rillito/Sabino Room.

Growing a Monsoon Vegetable Garden. Learn how some simple techniques and carefully choosing delicious and desert-adapted varieties of corn, squash, beans, melons, and others can make your vegetable garden a success during this upcoming summer monsoon-rain season. The workshop will cover how to place your garden for best results, how to build fertile soil, and how to protect plants from pests. Handouts, hands-on activities, and a handful of seeds will be included.

Please RSVP with PRO Neighborhoods. 520-882-5885 or slunn@proneighborhoods.org.

Instructors: Kevin Dahl, author of “Native Harvest: Authentic Southwestern Gardening,” and Jill Martinez, recent Prescott College graduate in Environmental Studies and Human Development. Both are lifelong gardeners.

 

Saguaro Fruit Harvest

Saguaro Fruit Harvest: preparation, syrup, sweets and a special liqueur

Saguaro harvest marks the beginning of summer’s bounty, and the act of harvesting with gratitude is the traditional way to invite the return of monsoon rains.

We’ll be harvesting, preparing -and thanking saguaros for- their delicious, nutritious fruit; walking and learning about saguaro/ ironwood forest plants and the importance of stewardship of the Sonoran Desert; promoting re-wilding urban spaces with edible and medicinal plants; feasting on local foods and drink; and if mesquite, ironwood and palo verde beans are on the trees, we’ll do a little bean pickin’, too.

The time will probably be moved up to 8am-12pm (maybe even earlier if it works for participants) to stay a little cooler.

Workshop is $50 and includes lunch. Visit the website to register.

If you have further questions, feel free to contact me at beantreefarm@gmail.com. For more information about the farm and/or related  workshops, see www.beantreefarm.com and www.sonoranpermaulture.org.

Solar and Energy Efficiency Seminar

Free Solar and Energy Efficiency Seminar
Arizona Energy Pros

3821 W. Costco Dr., Ste 119, Tucson, Az 85741

For all interested in attending a free energy efficiency and solar seminar. There will be some free drinks and snacks.

Get a free quote or stop by just to get some free information.

We have about 10 more seats to fill!
Call to RSVP 520-622-5511 or 602-832-6900

National Academy of Sciences Issues Warning!

The Academy of Sciences says:

”Climate change is occurring, is very likely caused primarily by the emission of greenhouse gases from human activities, and poses significant risks for a range of human and natural systems. Emissions continue to increase, which will result in further change and greater risks. Responding to these risks is a crucial challenge facing the United States and the world today and for many decades to come.”

Read the brief here, or perhaps watch the video…and you can also read the full report online.

WMG Call to Action

Ground-breaking Watershed Management Group Invites Public to Take Action

WMG invites the public to their OpenHouse Thursday, June 2nd 2011 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm at the Ward III Council Office. Presentations by board, staff, and community members on local, regional, and international programs in sustainability will be featured. Come and learn about opportunities to get involved; find out how to join WMG as a volunteer, Co-op member, neighborhood leader, board member, program supporter, and much more.

WMG is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has led the way in advocating urban sustainable living through community engagement, capacity building, and training. WMG program highlights include:  Creating eleven public water harvesting demonstration sites, including four of Tucson’s City Council Offices Training 100 professionals from the US, Canada, and Mexico through 10-day Water Harvesting Certification program Creating a unique Co-op to implement affordable backyard sustainability projects through a sweat equity model; WMG has run 65 half-day workshops to install cisterns, greywater systems, veggie gardens, chicken coops, and native habitat gardens Receiving the American Planning Association, Arizona Chapter’s “Making Arizona Competitive in the 21st Century Award” for our neighborhood-scale green infrastructure work in Rincon Heights neighborhood located south of the University of Arizona Publishing the most comprehensive guide on green infrastructure in the Southwest, “Green Infrastructure for Southwestern Neighborhoods,” with design details adopted by the City of Tucson, available for free download on WMG’s website

WMG is also developing programs in Phoenix, Santa Barbara, and the U.S./Mexico border region along with other international work. After successful projects in Costa Rica, Ghana, and Burkina Faso, WMG has established a permanent base in Panchgani, Maharashtra, India. Most recently WMG won YouTube’s 2011 Nonprofit Video Awards for a video on how to build a tippy tap – a simple hand-washing device that WMG has been teaching in India and Africa to prevent deaths caused by diarrhoea.

The Open House will be at Ward Three Offices, one of WMG’s water harvesting demonstration sites, located at 1510 E Grant Road. Please RSVP by email to jschafferaz@gmail.com or call 520-396-3266 by Monday, May 30th, 2011.
For information about WMG programs and opportunities please contact Lisa Shipek, Executive Director, at lisa@watershedmg.org or 520-396-3266.

RUMBA-Pro Show

Barrie Herr, Committee Chair, and the RUMBA Committee of Tucson Clean and Beautiful are pleased to invite you to the first annual RUMBA-Pro Show! These RUMBA-Pros* have been generous to show their work at our student RUMBA competitions over the years, and it is time for them to have their own Show!

Please join us: Saturday May 21st from 10 AM—7 PM Artist’s Reception will start at 4 PM  Sunday, May  22nd from 11 AM—3 PM At the Long Realty Office at 1890 E. River (southwest corner of River and Campbell) with plenty of free parking.

Questions? Call Barrie Herr, (520) 235-3955

We look forward to seeing you there!

Common Ground Rocks the Heart

HEY healers, musicians, environmentalists, gardeners, artists, students, business owners, kids, dogs….

any body, EVERYBODY who wants to see REAL LOCAL COMMUNITY created in Tucson……

You’re INVITED to participate in Common Ground Tucson’s collaboration with the ROCK THE HEART JAM FEST, Sunday May 22nd 2011 at Armory Park, 4pm – 8pm.

Host a table for your organization – offer your healing skills – make music – make friends – just hang out, eat food, and… it’s all FREE.

It’s our 4th BIRTH day… as in… be a part of what we’re birthing.

Visit www.CommonGroundTucson.org for more details or call 520-229-6147

Please pass this invite around. It takes a village.

350 Home & Garden Challenge

Transition US is committed to enabling action-oriented programs at the national level.  The Home and Garden Challenge is just such an opportunity. Inspired by the the amazing work done in Sonoma County, CA last May where over 600 gardens were planted, we have decided to take it (inter)national this May 14th & 15th.

Organizing a Home & Garden Challenge in your town (or city, village, county, parish, island) not only helps raise awareness and continue to build local resiliency, it offers an opportunity for your citizens to be a part of something much larger. This is the perfect opportunity for communities across the country to come together on a single weekend and show their solidarity.

Get more information here:http://transitionus.org/action/350-challenge/

Solar Home Tour

Please join the Old Fort Lowell Neighborhood Association, the Arizona Solar Energy Association, and the Southern Arizona Regional Solar Partnership in a free solar home tour on May 8, 11-3. Check in at the Old San Pedro Chapel, 5230 E Ft Lowell, for a map of the houses. Meet neighbors who have gone solar and get all your questions answered!

Jefferson Park Historic Home Tour and Festival

The Jefferson Park Neighborhood, three blocks north of the University of Arizona, will open one of Tucson’s historic homes to the public for four hours. The $10.00 ticket will include the tour, live music, a silent auction,antique cars, refreshments, raffles and more.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Friends of Jefferson Park, Inc ,
P.O. Box 41243, T/A (17)
Joan Daniels,
jdchama@msn.com, 323-2165
Website: Jeffersonpark.info

Farmer/Gardener Alert

Native Seeds/SEARCH would like suggestions from local farmers and gardeners who grow for local markets.  We want to know what we can trial or grow for seed at our farm this summer that will help the local food movement.  We want to know what crops and what varieties you need to be successful. Contact Bill McDorman: bill@nativeseeds.org

Good News on the Energy Front

Russel Lowes recommends the following articles for some much needed good news on the energy front.

1. Global power generation by renewable energy sources outpaced that by nuclear energy for the first time in 2010, a recent report published by a U.S. think tank showed. Read the details here:

http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2011/04/85866.html

 

2. Germany will drop nuclear power as soon as possible, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a major policy reversal that will alter the energy mix in Europe’s largest economy. Read the details here:

http://www.nuclearpowerdaily.com/reports/Merkel_Nuclear_exit_as_soon_as_possible_999.html

Arizona Transportation Planning Survey

ADOT (Arizona Department of Transportation) is putting together a 25 year Arizona
transportation plan and has a short 4-question online survey about how to spend its budget
on transportation (more highways/road expansion vs. rail and transit). If you have an opinion
about this please fill out the survey and pass on the invite.

Visit www.whatmovesyouarizona.gov and click on the yellow button. Watch a short video
and fill out a 4-question survey. Your voice matters.

Please submit your completed survey by Friday, April 22.

Medicine in Motion: the Shamans Awakening

Location: Urban Tribe Collective
657 West St. Mary’s Rd., Unit C-12 Tucson, AZ 85701
Cost: Free – $10 suggested donation to Diamond Mountain, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
To raise funds for Diamond Mountain University and Retreat Center, Tucson performance artist Christopher Stephen has planned a slate of entertainment to intrigue, awe and educate. Hosted by Urban Tribe Collective, the April 30 event, titled “Medicine in Motion: the Shamans Awakening“ will feature free yoga classes, an acro yoga performance by Flight School, an overview of Diamond Mountain Retreat Center, live DJs, and a performance art piece that combines sacred symbology and elemental dance to tell the story of a shaman’s journey. Doors open at 5:45pm.
“I’ve spent a good part of the winter at Diamond Mountain,” says Stephen. “With mostly volunteer help, the Center has just completed twenty-nine off-grid retreat cabins in what we call ‘The Retreat Valley’. These cabins are now occupied by thirty-nine people who are undertaking a three-year silent meditation retreat for peace.”

Now in the works is a plan to build eight earthen domes in a small valley adjacent to the teaching campus. Stephen remarks, “As the only ecological Tibetan Buddhist University and Retreat Center in Arizona, Diamond Mountain is working to create an alternative powered desert rural environment for deep retreats and teachings. To support them, I want to help raise funds for this second retreat site.” Donations raised at the event will go specifically to fund the first phase of building the earthen domes.

“We need to drill a well to provide the remote retreat location with water,” notes Rob Ruisinger, Diamond Mountain President. “It’s the first step in what will be an off-grid and sustainable retreat site. We’ll use composting methods for sewer needs, solar arrays for electricity and desert-sustainable gardens to augment food needs.”
Event Schedule:
6:00 pm: Beginners Yoga
7:00 pm: Advanced Yoga
8:00 pm: Acro Yoga Dance Troupe, Flight School
8:15 pm: All About Diamond Mountain Retreat Center
8:45 pm: Medicine in Motion: the Shamans Awakening, choreographed and designed by Christopher Stephen
9:00 pm: DJ Krti, live
11:00 pm: Vostek, live
For more information about Diamond Mountain University and Retreat Center visit:
diamondmountain.org and retreat4peace.org.

Opportunity for Artists, Architects, Designers and Builders

Request for Proposals: Design of “Arizona Heritage Food Wagon”

 

The “Arizona Heritage Food Wagon” will be built by local artists, carpenters, or metalworkers and simultaneously serve as 1) a piece of art with iconic images of Arizona heritage foods; 2) an information kiosk about the history of those foods and the Arizona based producers and restaurants currently offer them; 3) an educational video display viewing station for presenting DVDs (produced separately) that will be about these foods; 4) a farmers’ market “booth” featuring the actual foods for viewing, sample tasting, or sales; and 5) a speakers’ platform where humanities content (historic, social and geographic) regarding Arizona’s unique food, farming and ranching legacies can be presented at public events. The content of this exhibit will focus on contrasts between historic images of Arizona food producers and their contemporary counterparts who fit few stereotypes or romanticized clichés.

The Food Wagon will be built on a 77” x 12’ long flatbed trailer. The walls, doors, and/or windows of the food wagon can be made primarily from recycled materials or from Arizona native woods, copper and woven materials. The motifs should reflect the multicultural traditions of the state and feature iconic foods such as chiles, cattle, corn, squash, cactus, wheat and mesquite. Designers/builders may work as a team or as individuals. Three-dimensional designs of a sculptural nature are highly encouraged, but two-dimensional elements in any media will be acceptable.

Project budget

Artists’ fee of $7,500 ($5,000 up front and $2,500 upon completion) will cover design, building and all materials except the platform, which will be provided.

Preliminary Applications DUE June 1st, 2011

For more information go to www.saboresfronteras.com

Local Foods Potluck

Watershed Management Groups Co-op presents a Spring Local Foods Potluck and Free Public Lecture.

Location: Calvin Room, St Mark\’s Presbyterian Church. 3809 East 3rd Street.

RSVP to Co-op@watershedmg.org

This is a semi annual get together for members of Watershed Management Groups Green Living Co-op
and anyone interested in the Co-op.

Please bring:
*A dish to share that includes ingredients grown in Southern Arizona.
*Guests of all ages.
*Your own plates and eating utensils to save on waste.
*If you have produce to share, there will also be space for an exchange table.
*At 7 pm, following on from the potluck, Jesus Garcia of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and Kino
Heritage Fruit tree Project will give a captivating talk on his research locating and propagating heirloom fruit
trees from the Missions, Presidios and backyards of southern Arizona and Mexico. He will also talk about
the mission of the project to re-establish historically appropriate fruit trees in orchards such as Mission
Gardens and private residences in Tucson.

Green Chamber’s Grand Opening Celebration!

44 East Broadway, Tucson.

Come enjoy the results of SAGCC’s incredible first year!  They also hope you will join them at their regularly scheduled mixer that starts at 5:30 p.m.

This event establishes the presence of the Southern Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce and of its Green Resource Center. They will be giving away 500 reusable “Green Goodie Bags” and you are invited to be a sponsor of the event and add your company’s information, gift and/or collatoral to go home with our invited guests.

Register online at www.sagcc.org or email info@sagcc.org.

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.

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.

Water and Natural Gas

The New York Times reminds us that getting to the natural gas that many see as an alternative source of “cleaner energy” may have equally serious threats to our water supply.

In the words of one expert:

“We’re burning the furniture to heat the house,” said John H. Quigley, who left last month as secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. “In shifting away from coal and toward natural gas, we’re trying for cleaner air, but we’re producing massive amounts of toxic wastewater with salts and naturally occurring radioactive materials, and it’s not clear we have a plan for properly handling this waste.”

Read the complete article here.

Cyclovia Tucson

Cyclovia Tucson is a 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.

Bring your family and friends to explore the route and enjoy a beautiful spring day filled with free activities. Take advantage of car-free streets — during Cyclovia, the street is yours!

When: Sunday, March 27, 2011 from 10am to 3pm

Where: Starting downtown and making a 5 mile loop South and back again

How much does it cost? It’s free!

For more information visit the website   http://www.cycloviatucson.org/

Water Festival

Tucson’s Synergistic Water Festival at the Armory Park Community Center

Art show by local and national artists, dance / theater performance, water expert speakers, Enviro-Exhibitor Fair, round table discussions, workshops, hands-on participation, kid’s activities, music and more!

More information at www.WaterFestivalTucson.org