Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers to Help Collect Donations for Community Food Bank

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30TH AT RIALTO THEATER AT 318 E. CONGRESS

START YOUR NEW YEAR’S PLANS EARLY ON THURSDAY DECEMBER 30TH AND JOIN ARIZONA’S ROGER CLYNE & THE PEACEMAKERS FOR A BLISTERING NIGHT OF ROCK N ROLL AT THE RIALTO THEATER.  DOORS OPEN AT 7PM, SHOW STARTS AT 8PM.  RCPM AND THE TUCSON COMMUNITY FOOD BANK WILL BE COLLECTING NON-PERISHABLE FOOD AND CASH DONATIONS TO HELP FEED THOSE IN NEED.  PLEASE COME OUT AND SUPPORT TUCSON COMMUNITY FOOD BANK WITH ANOTHER GREAT NIGHT OF ROCK N ROLL AT THE RIALTO FROM ROGER CLYNE & THE PEACEMAKERS.

For further information, contact Keara Zito at (310) 508-7970.



Tucson Electric Power Community Relations Director presents a check for $65,000

Sharon Folz, Tucson Electric Power Community Relations Director presents Bill Carnegie, Community Food Bank President/CEO with a check for $65,000 on December 15th at a performance of the “13th Annual Sons of Orpheus” concert.

The $65,000 represents the matching funds that Tucson Electric Power promised during MIXfm’s “Thanksgiving on the Mayflower” event that took place on November 18th.  With Tucson Electric Power’s matching dollars, over $131,000 and 7,300 pounds of food were collected.



Soup for Seats – Food Drive with the Arizona Theatre Company

Patrons who bring a can of food to donate to the community food bank will receive a free ticket with purchase of another ticket (sections 1 and 2, only)  to the December 22 performances of Woody Guthrie’s American Song.

Tickets may be purchased in person at the ATC box office at 330 S Scott Ave or by calling the ATC Box Office at (520) 622-2823.  A food drive box will be present inside the box office for donations.

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2nd Saturdays Downtown to Host Food Drive

The need for donations to the Community Food Bank is greater than ever. Please reach into your cupboard and bring down non-perishable food items for the Community Food Bank. Local businesses will sweeten the deal with specials for your donations. Boxes will be located at Rialto Theatre, Rockin’ Queen and the event’s information booth at 127 E. Congress St. Learn More

  • Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St: $2 off the $8 admission at The Great Cover Up with 2 items.
  • Rockin’ Queen, 45 S. 6th Ave., $20 off with three items.
  • Desert Bloom, 27 N. Stone Ave., 15% off with two items.


Arizona Charitable Tax Credit Commerical



61st Annual Winterhaven Festival of Lights

After concern over a loss of funding, the 2010 Winterhaven Festival of Lights will again light up the mid-town neighborhood from Saturday, December 11th through Saturday, December 26th.  Visitors may walk from 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM each night.  This year the drive through nights will be December 14th, 16th and 26th.

Earlier this year, the Winterhaven Festival of Lights faced a loss of funding that jeopardized the event for 2010, but thanks to the Tucson community who came forward to support the event it will take place as usual.

Thousands of visitors will enjoy seeing the wonderful decorations and lights on Winterhaven neighborhood homes and the majestic trees during the Festival of Lights.  Many people walk the streets of Winterhaven to enjoy the sights, but visitors may also take haywagon rides, heated trolley rides and carriage rides (on selected nights) through the neighborhood.

There is no entrance fee, but attendees are asked to bring canned food or make a monetary donation to the Community Food Bank.  The Community Food Bank needs donations this year more than ever.

For information about the Festival of Lights call (520) 881-4483 or log onto www.winterhavenfestival.org.



“Mr. An’s Great Turkey Drive” on December 13TH to Benefit the Community Food Bank

Mr. An’s Teppan Steak and Sushi Restaurant at 6091 N. Oracle will host a “Great Turkey Drive” on Monday, December 13, 2010 to help feed hungry families during this holiday season.  The event will take place from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM at the location near Oracle and Rudasill Road.

Mr. An, Cox Media and KOLD-TV are teaming up to promote this “Great Turkey Drive” for one day only.  The community is asked to bring frozen turkeys to Mr. An’s Teppan Steak and Sushi to donate for the event.  Monetary donations will be happily accepted as well.  Jim Click has generously offered to match monetary donations up to $5,000 for the “Great Turkey Drive.”

KOLD-TV Chief Meteorologist, Chuck George will be promoting the “Great Turkey Drive from Mr. An’s Teppan Steak and Sushi location during his 5:00 and 6:00 PM weathercasts on December 13th.

For more information, contact Jack Parris at (520) 622-0525 x 215.



Warm Blanket of Holiday Lights Benefits Marana Community Food Bank

Zach’s Holiday House is enveloped in a warm blanket of Christmas lights that will give the Griswolds enormous competition.  Zach, a 21 year old U of A Senior, is preparing for the largest light show in Northwest Tucson.  Zach and his family work together for about three weeks to get all the lights strung in time for Thanksgiving.  This is the launch of the Holiday Collection for the Marana Community Food Bank food drive.  This will be the third year Zach has collected for the Food Bank and he hopes to top the donation of the past couple of years.

The awesome display of lights includes chasing lights, air blown Christmas displays and music driven dancing lights. After fifteen years of stringing lights, Zach has lost count of the lights he has used, but knows it tops some 40,000 lights and requires a lot of hours of detail.  Zach invites you to count them.

“It’s all fun after climbing off the ladder and getting the circuits right so all the lights stay on,” said Zach.  “I want everyone to drop by and bring two or three cans of food for the Marana Community Food Bank and enjoy the Holiday lights.  You will be in awe of the glow and we will make a difference for the Food Bank.”

Lights go on at dark and stay on until 10:00 PM nightly.  Please be courteous of our neighbors and friends while viewing Zach’s display.

Zach’s Holiday House is located at 2848 West Ribera Place, Tucson, AZ 85742 (north on Shannon Road, one mile north of Overton to Ribera Place.

For more information, contact Linda Hampton at the Marana Community Food Bank, (520) 682-3001.



Growing Fresh Vegetables in Your Own Backyard Is Easier Than it Seems

Community Food Bank offers vegetable gardening workshops in English and Spanish

Many Pima County residents lack access to fresh, healthy foods, but workshops offered by the Community Food Bank will teach people to grow vegetable gardens in their own backyard.

As part of its fall workshop series, registered participants will learn about garden site design, soil and compost, and planting a healthy garden in a series of workshops held in November and December at Challenger Middle School, 100 E. Elvira Road, Tucson, AZ 85756.

The free workshops are offered in both English and Spanish, and are intended to encourage healthy eating through the convenience and affordability of maintaining a home garden.

A full list of dates and times for the workshops is available at www.communityfoodbank.org. Space is limited, so advance registration is required to 622-0525, ext. 266 or emailed to zcitlalcoatl@communityfoodbank.com.

The workshops are being offered as part of the Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) initiative to prevent or reduce obesity through increased opportunities for improved nutrition and physical activity. Led by the Pima County Health Department, CPPW is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.



Walmart to Help Fight Hunger in Tucson, Arizona

Walmart has announced a program to help fight hunger in communities across America.   You can help Tucson win a portion of the $1.5 million that will be awarded.

Across the country, millions of Americans lack access to an adequate supply of nutritious food.  With Walmart’s help something can be done about it.  Walmart has made a commitment to donate $2 billion by 2015 to the fight against hunger in America.  This holiday, Walmart is asking the public to decide where $1.5 million should go.

The Food Research and Action Center has identified the food hardship rate for 100 largest communities in America, including Tucson, Arizona at # 47.

You can add your support by logging on to ‘Walmart’s Facebook page,” click on End Hunger, then click on Like a Community and click on Like Tucson, Arizona.  The community with the most votes will receive $1 million.  The next five most supported communities will each receive $100,000.

After you have “Liked” Tucson, ask for support from your friends and family. Not only will we help Tucson, Arizona, but we’ll help Walmart raise awareness of the hunger problem in America.

For more information, contact Jack Parris at (520) 6220525 x 215