'Knee Deep' show coming in April

The Senior Theatrical Group at Sun City Oro Valley is staging a variety show dubbed "Knee Deep."

The performance is at 7 p.m. April 4, 5 and 6 at 1565 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd. in Oro Valley. Admission is $10, and the show lasts 90 minutes with no intermission.

Church outlines Holy Week program

Mountain Shadows Presbyterian Church has a week of activities and events planned in the days leading up to Easter.

The church is at 3201 E. Mountainaire Drive in Catalina.

A dinner at 6 p.m. March 28 will be followed by worship and communion. Attendees should call for a reservation at 825-7858 between 8:30 a.m. and noon.

The church will hold an outdoor Easter service at 8 a.m. March 31. There will also be a 10 a.m. service that includes a choir and brass ensemble

For more information, visit www.mountainshadowschurch.org online.

Police recognize top performers

The Marana Police Department held its first awards ceremony March 6, handing out distinctions to top performers.

Winners of Lifesaving Awards were officers Hayden Mosher, William Dittiger and Robert Derfus, who on Feb. 7, 2012, rescued a frantic teen who was dealing with psychological issues and jumped out of a car and was nearly hit by a train. Also picking up the award were officers Ray Kennedy and John Pathammavongm, who on Feb. 19, 2012, stopped a man from strangling his wife.

Herb Jones was named Volunteer of the Year for assisting officers with patrols and volunteering 3,550 hours since 2005.

Tom Mooney was named Civilian Employee of the Year. He supervises the Crime Scene Unit and mentored officers. He helped crack the case of a previously unsolved homicide that occurred in November 1987.

Derfus was also named Officer of the Year. In addition to the aforementioned rescue, he received the honor for his hand in removing about $500,000 of narcotics from the street between 2010 and 2011. He also helped confront dangerous bank robbery suspects in December 2010.

Pinal open spaces focus of presentation

Those who wish to learn about the Pinal County Open Spaces & Trails Master Plan can check out a presentation about the county's goals of preserving open spaces while promoting growth.

The event is 2-4 p.m. Monday at Desert View Performing Arts Center, 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive in SaddleBrooke.

For more information, email lindahuizinga8@yahoo.com.

Magazine rates OV tops for raising kids

According to Bloomberg Businessweek, Oro Valley is the state's best place to raise kids.

The publication analyzed 3,200 communities in the United States, evaluating them on schools, income, public safety, adults' education levels and employment.

"We're very proud of this distinction," Mayor Satish Hiremath said in a news release. "Oro Valley is already known throughout the region for its outstanding public safety and for having some of the highest-performing schools in Southern Arizona. So it's nice to see our community recognized at the national level as well."

Road-cleanup effort in Picture Rocks area

Citizens for Picture Rocks will start its biannual Adopt-A-Roadway cleanup program Saturday.

Those who want to join the effort can meet at Picture Rocks Community Center, 5615 N. Sanders Road, at 8 a.m. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old. The group will provide safety vests and tools to help participants pick up trash on Rudasill, Sandario and Picture Rocks roads.

For more information, call 682-7229.

Church sets benefit car show March 30

Sandario Baptist Church is sponsoring a benefit car show later this month.

The Picture Rocks Charity Car Show revs up at 10 a.m. and runs till 1 p.m. March 30 at Marana High School, 12000 W. Emigh Road. Admission is free, but food and drinks will be sold, with proceeds going to the Picture Rocks Fire District.

Two things the event won't feature are alcohol and loud music. For more information, call 682-7807.

Email briefs to reporter Phil Villarreal at pvillarreal@azstarnet.com