Walter Douglas marks 50 years with festival

Walter Douglas Elementary School will celebrate its 50th birthday Friday with a carnival for students, families, teachers and staff — both current and former.

The carnival, which is open to the public, is on campus, 3302 N. Flowing Wells Road, from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be food and games. Admission is free.

As part of the “50 Years of Inspiring Students to Reach for the Stars” celebration, the school will hold an assembly — by invitation only — to celebrate and recognize past students, teachers and administrators. It also will take a schoolwide photo on the playground in the shape of a 50.

Rincon-University takes top band honors

The Rincon-University High School Marching Band earned a score of Superior with Distinction, the highest score possible, at the 60th Annual University of Arizona Band Day.

The band was also awarded the Milton B. Nunamaker Award, presented to the outstanding bands of the festival, held Oct. 26. This is the second time in three years the band has received the distinguished award, having also received a Nunamaker Award in 2011.

The Rincon-University Marching Band is under the direction of Jeff Marchant. The color guard is directed by Nicole Hamilton.

Harvard law professor to discuss civil rights

A Harvard law professor is coming to Tucson this week to discuss civil rights.

Former federal Judge Nancy Gertner is scheduled to give a lecture Friday at the University of Arizona Law School. She was appointed to the federal bench in 1994 by President Bill Clinton.

The lecture is Friday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Ares Auditorium, 1201 E. Speedway.

McDonald’s helps schools earn cash

A South Tucson McDonald’s restaurant raised $1,500 for local schools. The restaurant, owned by Eric Godlove, hosted a month-long McTeacher’s Night Challenge in October for five schools — Cavett Elementary, Ochoa Elementary, Santa Cruz Catholic School, Mission View Elementary and Utterback Middle School.

A portion of the sales during a two-hour period benefited each school. Principals and teachers also got in on the act, greeting customers and working the registers. Families of students and local school supporters visited McDonald’s and tipped their teachers to help raise funds.

Santa Cruz Catholic School won the McTeacher’s Night Challenge, raising the most money and received a $500 prize.

Doolen silent auction to fund student trip

The eighth-grade GATE booster club at Doolen Middle School is hosting a silent auction Friday.

The event will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the cafeteria, 2400 N. Country Club Road.

Admission is $2, which includes desserts. Funds raised will go toward a student trip to Los Angeles.

St. Ambrose will host All American Fiesta

St. Ambrose School is holding an All American Fiesta Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Carnival rides, children’s games, food trucks, food and beverage booths and music are part of the events.

People can buy wristbands for $25 at the gate — $20 pre-purchase — to enjoy unlimited carnival rides all day long.

First up is Land of the Free Friday from 2 to 10 p.m. Admission is $2. That is followed by United We Stand Saturday from noon to midnight, also a $2 admission but free for veterans. The final day — Home of the Brave Sunday — will include a brunch from 9:30 a.m. to noon, and free fiesta and carnival admission from noon to 5 p.m. with one can of food per person.

There will be recognition ceremonies for veterans on Friday from 4 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday from 1:45 to 2:40 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 12:30 p.m.

For more information, call St. Ambrose School, 300 S. Tucson Blvd., at 882-8678.

Sabino High School

open house Nov. 13

Sabino High School is hosting an open house Nov. 13 for prospective students.

The national Blue Ribbon school, will provide information to students and parents from 6 to 8 p.m. in the main gym, 5000 N. Bowes Road.

For more information, call 584-7702 or go to

Compiled by Alexis Huicochea. Contact Alexis at or 573-4175. On Twitter @AlexisHuicochea

Education writer for #ThisIsTucson. Mom of one.