Medical marijuana facility opens

Medical marijuana registry identification card holders on the northwest side have a nearby option to seek their medicine.

A new medical marijuana dispensary, Catalina Hills Botanical Care, is in Oro Valley at 12152 N. Rancho Vistoso Blvd. The facility opened June 25. Its hours will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

In 2010 Arizona voters approved a proposition that legalized medical marijuana use.

The Arizona Department of Health Services says dispensaries must use exterior lighting, surveillance cameras and security equipment to restrict access to certain areas.

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OV holding history, archaeology camp

Oro Valley Parks and Recreation is offering an archaeology and history camp for kids that focuses on Oro Valley and surrounding areas. Kids can attend for as little as one week and as many as five weeks.

Sessions run 8 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday. The first session started Monday. Guest speakers, themed foods, arts and crafts and storytelling are all part of the experience.

The camp is at Steam Pump Ranch, 10901 N. Oracle Road, and the cost to attend is $55 a week for Oro Valley residents and $65 for non-residents.

To register, visit online.

Breakers offers summer discount

Breakers Water Park is offering swimmers a price break.

The park, which has a wave pool and water slide, is offering admission for the $16.95 children's price. General admission is typically $22.95.

"It's just too hot outside, and we want all families to have the opportunity to come and cool off," said Breakers general manager Steve Miklosi.

The discount pricing will be in effect through "at least" Sunday, according to a news release.

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Orange Grove Road project set to start

Pima County and contractor Southern Arizona Paving are making over West Orange Grove Road in a project slated to last 12 to 14 months.

Construction will occur along a 1.2-mile span from North Camino de la Tierra to North La Cholla Boulevard.

The area will be widened, adding a center-turn lane. Pedestrian and biking areas will also be added, public art will be included, drainage will be improved and the pavement will be upgraded.

Motorists should expect delays and look for alternative routes.

Splendido residents collect goods for vets

Residents of Splendido, a continuing-care retirement community at 13500 N. Rancho Vistoso Blvd., pitched in to help homeless veterans by collecting goods for donation.

On June 25, American Legion Oro Valley Post No. 132 honored Splendido residents, including Jane Aslaksen and Julia Zahn, for helping with the Homeless Veterans Resource Day "Stand Down" project - in which the goods were donated to dozens of homeless vets - June 14 at Silverlake Army National Guard Armory, 1750 E. Silverlake Road.

Splendido residents rounded up more than 500 pieces of clothing and other items, donating them to 75 homeless veterans.

OV chamber seeks awards nominations

The Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its 2013 Pinnacle Awards, which will recognize business achievements in industry and community contributions.

The deadline for applications is July 12.

The chamber will recognize small, midsize and large businesses of the year, and identify community leader, legacy and nonprofit award winners. The awards will be presented Aug. 15 at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort, 10000 N. Oracle Road.

Admission to the ceremony is $30.

To register or for a nomination form, visit online.

Rotary Club plans poker fundraiser

The Rotary Club of Marana is holding a poker night fundraiser.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. July 26 at Rock N' Java, 7555 W. Twin Peaks Road. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m.

Players who place first through seventh will win Visa gift cards. The tournament is $40 to enter, and registration is capped at 63 players.

Proceeds will help fund the club's philanthropic projects.

To register, contact via email.

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