Optimists to donate to Marana youth swimming program

The Foothills Optimist Club is donating $1,000 to the town of Marana to provide swimming passes to underprivileged children.

The club is to present the check to Mayor Ed Honea at 1 p.m. today at the Marana Pool, 13250 N. Lon Adams Road.

"As one of the club's major annual projects, the Foothills Optimist Club is pleased to again partner with the town of Marana in supporting the summer swim pool pass program," club President Wally Smith said in a news release. "This is an important way that we can support young people and our community."

It's the eighth consecutive year the Foothills Optimist Club has donated to the program, contributing a total of $15,000 over the years.

Pinal County seeks CASA volunteers

Pinal County is seeking volunteers for its Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program, which supports children in foster care or Child Protective Services custody.

"We are a government program, so we do not fund-raise, we are truly a non-profit organization," Pam Burke, Pinal County CASA coordinator, said in a news release. "Our volunteers are specially trained, fingerprinted, interviewed; references are checked and they are given a polygraph. After that, they are given 30 hours of training and then they can be classified as a CASA volunteer."

CASA volunteers serve as resources for kids, helping them deal with issues such as unstable living situations and court appearances.

The organization has 60 volunteers who serve as many as 100 children. Volunteers must be at least 21 years old.

For more information, call (520) 866-7076.

Picture Rocks fire offers free alarms

Picture Rocks Fire District is helping residents by handing out smoke and fire alarms.

Picture Rocks is an unincorporated community near Saguaro National Park West and North Sandario Road.

Those who would like to pick up an alarm can stop by the district's administration building at 12121 W. Picture Rocks Road. Each household can request as many as two alarms.

For more information, call 682-7878.

Picture Rocks citizen group meets Tuesday

Citizens for Picture Rocks is holding its monthly meeting Tuesday.

Refreshments will be served during a social period that begins at 6:30 p.m.; the meeting will start at 7.

The meeting will be at the Picture Rocks Community Center, 5615 N. Sanders Road. The featured speaker is Adam Bernal of Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation.

For more information, call 682-7229.

Post vice mayor pick of Marana council

Marana's Town Council elected Jon Post as the town's vice mayor on June 4. He replaces Patti Comerford, who served in the role for the past two years and remains on the council. The council elects a vice mayor after each general election.

Post has been on the council since 2008. He owns Post Farms, which operates two retail outlets and farms 4,000 acres.

Baby-sitting training class is offered

To help youngsters prepare for summer child-care jobs, the Women's Center at Northwest Medical Center is offering a nationally recognized baby-sitting class.

The center will offer the two-day Safe Sitter course, which is endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 26 and 27.

The class, open to children ages 11 to 13, is held at the hospital's Event Center, 6060 N. Fountain Plaza Drive, Suite 130.

The class teaches kids how to handle health emergencies and provide CPR, along with business skills and behavior management.

"The class not only gives students an opportunity to gain new skills and information, but also provides them with a sense of confidence in potentially life-threatening situations. It teaches them the full magnitude of responsibility when accepting baby-sitting jobs," Northwest Medical Center's Teri Benitez said in a news release.

The class costs $90. To register, call 1-866-694-9355.

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