Care firm to honor senior volunteers

Home Instead Senior Care's Salute to Senior Service program will recognize senior volunteers for community contributions.

One volunteer in each state will be able to name a charity to receive $500, while a national winner will be able to direct $5,000 to a charity.

The organization is accepting nominations through March 31.

Qualified nominees must be 65 or older and volunteer at least 15 hours a month.

To get a nomination form, visit online.

Fire district awarded over $9K by club

The nonprofit 100 Club of Arizona gave Picture Rocks Fire District a safety enhancement stipend award, which came with a $9,332.67 grant.

The district used the money to buy personal protective gear for technical rescue for 12 of its 19 firefighters.

The 100 Club of Arizona provides financial aid to families of public safety workers who are seriously injured or killed while serving.

Free opera preview set at OV library

The Opera Guild of Southern Arizona's "Say Hello to Opera" event will bring Arizona Opera's upcoming production of Verdi's "Il Trovatore" to Oro Valley.

The free event, a preview performance, starts at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Ave.

For more information, visit online.

Flame sculpture installed at church

Mountain Vista Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 3601 W. Cromwell Drive, added an 8-foot sculpture of a flame to its sanctuary.

Local artist John Benedict created the steel sculpture out of pieces that were left over after he finished a larger project.

The congregation dedicated the sculpture in a Jan. 27 ceremony.

For more information on the church, visit online.

Elks lodge using grant to help troops

Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge No. 2815 received a $2,000 Grand Lodge Order of Elks Freedom Grant.

One of 100 to receive the distinction and funds, the lodge won the award because it adopted two units of a Marana-based Army National Guard attack helicopter battalion.

Working with American Legion Oro Valley Post 132, the lodge used $1,000 of the grant to buy care packages for soldiers deployed in Afghani-stan. The Elks will use the rest of the grant to help the soldiers' families.

Touring gospel choir to perform at church

The Augsburg Centennial Singers, a 60-member, Minnesota-based gospel choir that was formed in the early 1990s, will perform at a Catalina church next week.

The free concert starts at 3 p.m. Saturday at Vista de la Montaña United Metho-dist Church, 3001 E. Miravista Lane in Catalina.

A free-will offering will be taken for the choir.

The choir, which tours worldwide, is making its fourth trip to Arizona.

The concert will include folk songs, hymns and spirituals, along with traditional barbershop tunes.

For more information, visit online.

Zinkin appointed to national committee

Oro Valley Town Councilman Mike Zinkin has been appointed to the National League of Cities 2013 Community and Economic Development Policy and Advocacy Committee.

The committee helps develop federal policy positions on housing, land use, parks and recreation, and community and economic development, among other issues.

NLC President and Avondale Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers made the appointment.

The organization serves as a resource for 19,000 municipalities that are home to more than 218 million people.

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