Scottish Society to honor poet Burns

The Southern Arizona Scottish Society will hold a special event to honor the life of Scottish poet Robert Burns.

The society will hold its Burns Supper Saturday evening at the Doubletree Hotel Tucson at Reid Park, 445 S. Alvernon Way.

Festivities will include dinner, a tribute to haggis, a short talk by James McBain (chief of Clan McBain), and entertainment by the Seven Pipers Society of Tucson.

For more information or reservations, call 396-4407.


Electronic-waste recycling event

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality will host an electronic-waste recycling event from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Sahuarita Town Hall, 375 W. Sahuarita Center Way.

People are encouraged to bring unwanted televisions, computer equipment, monitors, batteries, chargers, cell phones, DVD and CD players, and other electronics.

The waste collection is part of a larger event in which people are encouraged to drop off household hazardous waste such as paint and expired over-the-counter and prescription medicine.

Three separate areas will be set up in the parking lot to collect electronics, household hazardous waste and medicine.

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Bikers for Babies party is Saturday

Bikers for Babies will host a party to celebrate its upcoming motorcycle ride to raise money for the March of Dimes.

The party will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Big Sky Motorcycles, 313 W. Sahuaro St..

There will be live music, door prizes and free food and drinks, with entertainment by Los Nawdy Dogs and Abandoned by Heroes.

The event also will include a drawing, with a grand prize of a custom Fire & Ice Motorcycle by Big Sky Motorcycles. There will be 10 other prizes.

Tickets are $15 per person and $25 per couple.


Food bank applies for $26,700 grant

The Marana Community Food Bank has applied for a $26,700 Rural Development Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and will discuss what it would like to do with the money at a meeting next month.

The food bank is considering using the money to buy a new refrigerated box truck, pallet racks, forklift, new walk-in refrigerator or freezer, and/or a computer.

The money also could be used to repair or replace portable refrigeration units or for remodeling expenses.

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The food bank will discuss the projects and specific elements of the application at its monthly board meeting on Feb. 9.

The public meeting will take place at 7:30 a.m. at the food bank, 11734 W. Grier Road.

For more information, call Tony Bruno at 622-0525, Ext. 245, or e-mail him at tbruno@ communityfoodbank.org


Trees for Tucson applications accepted

Tucson Clean & Beautiful is accepting applications for its Trees for Tucson program, which has two components: one for homeowners and another for schools, nonprofit organizations and other groups.

The Home Shade Tree program provides low-cost desert-adaptable trees to homeowners.

To qualify for the program, residents must agree to plant the trees within 15 feet of their houses on the west, south or east sides.

Homes built in 1979 or earlier qualify for a maximum of four trees, and homes built in the 1980s or later qualify for up to two.

Trees are $8 each, which includes delivery, planting instructions and tree-care advice.

The Community Tree Program is available for schools, nonprofit organizations and other associations to shade buildings, common spaces, neighborhood streets, parks, washes and other public areas. Applications are available at www.treesfor tucson.org or call 791-3109.

E-mail Neighborhood briefs to Jamar Younger at jyounger@azstarnet.com