Shop OV campaign begins for summer

Oro Valley has kicked off its Shop Oro Valley Summer Campaign, which runs until July 1.

Shoppers who spend at least $25 at an Oro Valley business during that time will be able to enter into a weekly gift card drawing and for a grand prize drawing to be awarded July 1 for a $500 Oro Valley Marketplace gift card.

To enter the drawing, bring receipts to Oro Valley Town Hall, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

"The Shop Oro Valley Campaign is an important reminder that sales tax is a major source of revenue for the town," Mayor Satish Hiremath said in a news release. "Shopping locally ensures that your money stays in the community, providing funding for public safety, roads, parks and other services which contribute to our quality of life."

'Broken Promises' screening May 25

"Broken Promises", a 70-minute film about 12,000 Navajo people the U.S. government forced to move from their Arizona homeland, will be screened at a church as part of a discussion event.

The free event will be from 4 to 6 p.m. May 25 at Mountain Vista Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 3601 W. Cromwell Drive.

The church shows social justice films the fourth Saturday of each month.

The film describes the relocation, which started in 1970 and continues today, as people are moved off their land for mining exploration. A discussion will follow the film.

For more information contact via email.

Travel in Turkey

focus of discussion

Worldwide Travel Talks will meet to talk Turkey.

The country itself will be the subject of discussion.

The group will meet at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Nanini Library, 7300 N. Shannon Road.

John and Gayle Swarbrick will present a free, illustrated talk about the country, which they visited on a 29-day tour in April 2011.

The meeting is the group's last until September. They'll break for the summer - no doubt to travel.

For more information contact via email.

Swim talk to be held at OV Aquatic Center

In a partnership with the Fitter & Faster Swim Tour, the Oro Valley Aquatic Center is hosting a clinic with six-time Olympic medalist swimmer Matt Grevers and NCAA Champion Annie Chandler.

The clinic starts with sign-ups at 11 a.m. May 19 at the center, 680 W. Calle Concordia. The event begins at noon.

Those who sign up will view videotaped demonstrations and drill footage, learn and practice ways to improve swimming techniques and listen to the Olympians talk about their experiences. There will also be a Q&A, autograph and photo sessions.

Registration is $105, and available at $79 for those who sign up online.

For more information go to online.

Lambert Lane project to close traffic

An ongoing construction project in Oro Valley will close West Congressional Way at West Lambert Lane for 11 hours at a time during three days this month.

The closures, caused by the final paving stage of the Lambert Lane widening project, will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, as well as May 20 and 21. Neighborhood traffic should enter and exit the area via North La Cañada Drive.

Library invites kids to help with mural

Woods Memorial Library is launching a mural project and wants help from youngsters to paint it.

Youths ages 11-18 are invited to paint the mural at the library, 3455 N. First Ave., through May 28.

Branch manager Coni Weatherford said in a news release that the project is meant to encourage youngsters and families to become active in their neighborhood.

"Through our staff's participation as founding members of the Amphi Community Action Group, we spearheaded this project to get people - especially young people - energized about beautifying and unifying Tucson," Weatherford said.

The mural is on the north-facing wall of the library, and was designed by kids who grew up and live in the neighborhood.

The free mural painting workshops go from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursdays through May 28. To register, contact via email.

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