Realty Executives Shred-A-Thon

Realty Executives will hold d Shred-A-Thon on Saturday, November 8, 2008 from 8:00 AM to 12 Noon at the River Center, 5605 E. River Road (NE corner of River and Craycroft).  Shred-It will be there with their mobile shredding trucks.  The public is invited bring their old documents and papers for shredding.

Donations of non-perishable food times, for the Community Food Bank, are requested for the shredding service.

For more information, contact Keith Johnson at (520) 906-2610.

Local Musicians: “We’ll Play for Food” to Benefit CFB

Dozens of musicians in the Tucson area are banding together to raise money for the Community Food Bank.  The event is called “We’ll Play for Food” and will take place on Saturday, October 18, 2008 from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM at Atria Bell Court Gardens, 6653 E. Carondelet Drive.  Admission is by donation, with 100% of the money collected going to the Community Food Bank

Each half hour throughout the day a new musical group will take the stage.  According to event organizer Jerry Ervin, “This fundraiser is built upon last year’s FluteStravaganza, which raised over $3,600 for the Community Food Bank.”

In addition to the Tucson Flute Club, other performing groups include the Tucson Woodwind “Pops” Quintet, the Desert Aires Clarinet Choir, Whistlin’ Dixie, the Skyline Flutes, Schwoebel/Livigni Duo, the Kokopeli Quartet, A Pair o’ Pipes, Heidi Tims -Harpist, El Mariachi Tapatio, the Paloma Winds and Cactus Brass.

For more information on “We’ll Play for Food”, contact Gerard (Jerry) Ervin at (520 885-2509 or

Desert Harvesters and Community Food Bank Announce the Annual Mesquite Bean Milling Dates

Community Mesquite Bean Millings makes use of an abundant desert resource.

Make delicious, nutritious flour from mesquite pods at three upcoming community mesquite bean millings.  Mesquite flour can be baked into breads, cakes and muffins and more.  Mesquite flour is highly nutritious and is valued for its natural sweetness.  In 2007 mesquite milling events attracted over 3,000 people.

Since 2003 Desert Harvesters dedicated volunteers have been helping people mill their mesquite from Phoenix to Bisbee.  They teach about native tree planting and how to make use of abundant desert foods which also include prickly pear fruit and pads, cholla buds, ironwood seeds and more.

Marana Heritage Festival and Milling
Date: Saturday, October 25th
Time: 9am to 4pm
Where: Marana Heritage River Park, Tangerine Farms Road and Heritage Park Drive
What: Family festival with mesquite milling, farm stand, farm planting, history displays, food and music

Desert Harvesters Mesquite Milling Fiesta and Pancake Breakfast
Date: Saturday, November 8th
Time: 9am to 2pm
Where: Dunbar/Spring Community Garden, northwest corner of University and 11th Avenue
What: Enjoy a local organic wheat/mesquite pancake breakfast served with agave nectar and locally-made prickly pear syrup 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. Live music, mesquite foods to purchase, native food, drink, medicinal herb demos and samples.

Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market Milling
Date: Thursday, November 20th
Time: 3-6pm
Where: Northeast corner of Speedway and Riverview between El Rio Neighborhood Center and the AZ School for the Deaf and Blind.
What: Enjoy samples and food demos using mesquite and other desert foods while you shop for locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and plants.

Visit for other local milling event listings.

If you want to mill your mesquite beans:  Bring clean, dry pods that snap and are free of stones and leaves; and go home with flour for baking.  For information on how to collect, store and prepare beans visit the Desert Harvesters website at or contact Dana Helfer at (520) 622-0525 ext 249.

Sophisticated Few Car Show

The “Sophisticated Few” Car Show will be held on Sunday, November 23, 2008 to benefit the Community Food Bank.  The car show will be held at Tucson High School, 400 N. Second Avenue.

Entry fee will be one frozen turkey for the Community Food Bank.  For bikes the entry fee will be three cans of food. Move in for the cars will be from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM and the car show will be held from11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. 

Entertainment will include Lil Felon, III Grand, Hoodfellas, MoZ and the Tucson High Mariachis. Also, there will be photo opportunities with Nationwide Glamour Shoots models and Carhop competition for “King of the 520” title.

For information about the “Sophisticated Few” Car Show, contact Sal Carmona at (520) 419-8683 or Big Mike at (520) 245-5509


Food Drive at 2008 Tucson Oktoberfest

The Community Food Bank will conduct a two day food drive at the 2008 Tucson Oktoberfest on Thursday, October 2nd from 5:00 to 10:00 PM and Friday October 3rd from 12 Noon to 5:00 PM.  Attendees who donate two cans of food during those hours will be admitted free.

The Tucson Oktoberfest is a four day festival and family event at Hi Corbett Field, 3400 E. Camino Campestre in Tucson.  The dates and times for the Tucson Oktoberfest are Thursday, October 2nd  – 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Friday, October 3rd -12 Noon to 11:00 PM, Saturday, October 4th -10:00 AM to 11:00 PM and Sunday, October 5th – 12 Noon to 6:00 PM. 

This is the 7th year for the Tucson Oktoberfest and will feature 100 Arts and Crafts Booths, a 50% larger children’s play area, constant live entertainment and great food.  For information on the 2008 Oktoberfest log onto
The Community Food Bank food drive will be located at the main entrance.  Most needed items, this time of the year, are canned meats, canned vegetables, canned soups, cereal, peanut butter, canned fruit and canned tomato products. Please, no pre-opened items or glass container.

For more information on the Community Food Bank food drive, contact Jacob Coldsmith at (520) 622-0525 x 260.

Amado Community Food Bank Asks for Turkey Donations During The Holidays

Amado Community Food Bank will accept donations of frozen turkeys from October 1 through December 31, 2008.  The turkeys will be used to help fill the holiday food boxes.  Without these donations of turkeys, clients will not have meat in their holiday food boxes. 

The Amado Community Food Bank has set a goal of 400 medium size frozen turkeys to benefit clients in the Amado, Tubac, Arivaca, Elephant Head, Tumacacori, Rio Rico and Lakewood areas.

Donated turkeys may be dropped off at the Amado Community Food Bank at 28720 South Nogales Highway in Amado, Arizona or call the office at (520) 398-2942 to arrange a pick up.  Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  On Thursdays the office is open from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

For more information on frozen turkey donations to the Amado Community Food Bank, contact Mildred Lopez Feliciano at (520) 398-2942.

Winterhaven Festival of Lights Celebrates Its 58th Year in 2008

2008 will mark the 58th year of the Winterhaven Festival of Lights.  This year’s Festival will take place from December13th through December 27th.  Drive through nights will be December 16th, 18th, and 27th.

Visitors can enjoy the many decorations and lights on the Winterhaven homes during the two-week Festival of Lights.  Many people walk the neighborhood, but haywagon and carriage rides are also available.  

There are no entrance fees, but visitors are asked to bring canned food or make a monetary donation to the Community Food Bank.  For additional information on the 2008 Winterhaven Festival of Lights, call 881-4483 or log onto

Phil Vassar has Partnered with Feeding America

Feeding America has partnered with country music recording star Phil Vassar to support Hunger Action Month.  Phil has re-recorded the title track of his new CD, “Prayer of a Common Man”, with the Fisk Jubilee Singers. This special version of the song will be available Tuesday, September 9, only on Feeding America will receive a portion of the proceeds for each download of the song through the end of the year. Thank you to Phil Vassar and the Fisk Jubilee Signers for raising their voices to help fight hunger in America.

Download the song available on Rhapsody.

The Mountain’s Studio C- CD Sales Donated to CFB

Jennie and Blake from The Mountain, KWMT-FM radio stopped by the Community Food Bank on Monday, September 8, 2008 to present a check for the Studio C – CD sales for 2008.  The check came to a whopping $11,780.53, over twice the amount from last year.

On hand to receive the check were Bill Carnegie, Community Food Bank President/CEO and Pauline Hechler, Vice President of Development.


(Pictured from left to right – Jennie, Bill Carnegie, Pauline Hechler and Blake. 

Dillard’s food drive for the Marana Community Food Bank

Dillard’s at the Tucson Mall will be hosting a food drive for the Marana Community Food Bank!

Non-perishable food donations can be dropped off in Customer Service during regular store hours.