Northwest notes

2013-12-19T00:00:00Z Northwest notesPhil Villarreal Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Marana recognized for use

of digital technology

For the second straight year, the e.Republic Center for Digital Government and Digital Communities Program has hailed Marana’s digital savvy.

The town ranked fourth among towns with a population of fewer than 75,000, following Palo Alto, Calif.; Fayetteville, Ark.; and Carson City, Nev. Marana topped the survey in 2012.

“The town of Marana believes in using technology to improve the lines of communication with our constituents,” said Town Manager Gilbert Davidson, via a news release. “The best way we can achieve transparency in government is by making it easier to interact with our residents and business owners.”

The town’s staff plans to improve Marana’s digital footprint by rolling out a redesigned website and introduce an online survey tool. The town will also start using Instagram.

The Center for Digital Government, which is in its 13th year, is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. The survey judged municipalities based on their use of technology in various aspects of government.

Dec. 28 blood drive set

at Catalina Mountain Elks

Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge No. 2815 is hosting a blood drive for the American Red Cross.

The drive will go from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 28 in front of the lodge, 16045 N. Oracle Road in Catalina.

Donors will receive a commemorative American Red Cross long-sleeve shirt. To schedule an appointment, contact via email.

Holiday dance shows

in SaddleBrooke, at UA

Seniors living in SaddleBrooke won’t have to go far to get some dance-themed holiday cheer. The Tucson Dance Academy’s annual holiday show, “The Spirit of Christmas,” will play a pair of shows in the retirement community.

The shows will be start at 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive in SaddleBrooke.

There will also be a show at 3 p.m. Sunday at the University of Arizona’s Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd.

The show will feature Frosty, Rudolph, Santa and a cast of more than 100 singers and dancers.

General admission tickets for the SaddleBrooke shows are $25 in advance and $30-$39  for the Centennial Hall show. To buy tickets for the SaddleBrooke shows, visit online.

For Centennial Hall performance tickets, visit online.

Citizens for Picture Rocks

to hold meeting Jan. 21

Citizens for Picture Rocks will hold its next monthly meeting in January.

The group will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 at Picture Rocks Community Center, 5615 N. Sanders Road. A 30-minute social period will precede the meeting. The topic of the night will be what direction the group will take next.

For more information, call 682-7229.

Stuff-the-bus drive

seeking donated goods

Volunteers are attempting to stuff a school bus with clothes, food and toys for those struggling financially.

The bus is parked at the intersection of West Ina and North Oracle roads from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day until Dec. 23.

The goods will be distributed to organizations including Interfaith Community Services, the Amphi Foundation, Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona, among others.

For more information, visit online.

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