Camping Under Stars coming up in Marana

Marana Parks and Recreation invites residents to enjoy the great outdoors April 21 and 22 at its annual Camping Under the Stars event.

The overnight gathering will take place at Ora Mae Harn Park, 13250 N. Lon Adams Road, and will feature games, an outdoor movie, storytelling and designated areas for tents.

Campsites range from $5 to $15 depending on the number of campers participating. Register at online.

Elks give awards to NW residents

Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge No. 2815 honored northwest residents at its community service awards ceremony on March 29.

Elizabeth Armenta, principal at Roadrunner Elementary School in Marana, took home citizen of the year honors, while Oro Valley police officer Dan Horetski was named officer of the year for his school resource work at Canyon del Oro High School.

Capt. Steve Drury of the Golder Ranch Fire District was recognized for his work as a recruit training officer, and Colin Ryan was named paramedic of the year, in part for his role helping victims of the Jan. 8, 2011, shootings.

ICS ice cream social, dedication is Friday

Interfaith Community Services will hold a dedication and ice cream social Friday to celebrate its food bank expansion at 2820 W. Ina Road.

The event starts at 2 p.m. and will include tours of the facility, live music and an official dedication ceremony at 3:30 p.m.

The $500,000 expansion was funded through private contributions as well as grants from local and national foundations and businesses.

The 2,700-square-foot facility opened last October and provides an average of 1,400 emergency food boxes and 20,000 supplemental items to residents monthly.

Visit for more information.

Marana Police Dept. seeks 2 new officers

The town of Marana is looking for two new police officers for the Marana Police Department's patrol division.

The positions will pay $41,579 to $48,133 a year based on experience and will fill vacancies left by departing officers.

Marana has 79 commissioned personnel in its police department, including 10 sergeants, three lieutenants, a captain and the chief.

Successful candidates who aren't immediately hired will be placed on a hiring list for a year from the time of the testing date.

Visit to apply.

Job hunters receive special workstation

The Oro Valley Public Library will offer a new workstation for job-seekers starting April 18.

The Arizona Job Assistance Center station, funded through a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, will provide access to software useful for job hunters, including Microsoft Office, WinWay résumé and Mavis Beacon Typing Tutor.

The station will be available for two-hour sessions at the library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive.

Call 229-5300 for more information.

Board of Adjustment in OV needs member

The town of Oro Valley is looking for a fifth member to round out its Board of Adjustment.

The board meets every fourth Tuesday of the month to review and decide on zoning requirements and administrative decisions that create hardships in property development, according to press materials.

Applications are available at Oro Valley Town Hall, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive, and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Explore importance of ancient history

Anthropologist and archeologist John Ware will speak about the importance of ancient history at Casas Adobes Congregational Church, UCC, Sunday.

Ware is the executive director of the Amerind Foundation near Dragoon and has dedicated much of his life's work to the prehistory and ethno-history of the American Southwest.

The free talk will begin at 11:30 a.m. in McNear Hall on church grounds, 6801 N. Oracle Road. Call 297-1181 for more information.

Tanzania/Rwanda are topics of talk

The Worldwide Travel Talks group will hold its second-to-last presentation for the season Sunday at the Nanini Library, 7300 N. Shannon Road.

The club gathers once a month to learn about other countries and cultures, but will go on hiatus for the summer after May.

Sunday's presentation at 2:30 p.m. will focus on SaddleBrooke resident Karen Hahn's experiences in Tanzania and Rwanda.

Admission is free. Call 825-8956 for more information.

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