May 17 to 30
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
May 17, 2013 — Featured is a public hearing on the South Mountain, Loop 202 freeway May 21 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the North Ballroom at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third Street, Phoenix.
The freeway was initially conceived and passed by voters in 1988 as a way to ease traffic flows in and out of the downtown Phoenix area from the East and West Valley. Disagreements over the need for the freeway and where it would be placed have delayed its construction. The recently released environmental impact statement calls for the freeway to run from the current Loop 202 terminus at the I-10 in Ahwatukee to one of five options linking to the I-10 in the West Valley: 59th Avenue, 71st Avenue and four options which tie into the Loop 101.
The draft environmental impact assessment can be viewed here.
Transit vouchers and validated Convention Center parking is available. ADOT will also offer free shuttle service with pick up locations in the Gila River Indian Community (Komatke and Sacaton), Tolleson, Ahwatukee Village, Estrella Village and Laveen Village to help residents attend the meeting. For information on the shuttle bus service, including exact pickup locations, call 602-712-7006.
The hearing will include informational displays of each section of the draft environmental impact statement. In addition, copies of the draft environmental impact statement will be available for review, with members of the study team available to answer basic questions.
During the public hearing, which will occur throughout the day, members of the public can address a panel of South Mountain Freeway study team members and provide up to three minutes of verbal comments. To pre-register to speak at the public hearing, call 602-712-7006.
Court reporters will be available to record comments individually, with no set time limit. Forms will also be available for written comments or questions.
All comments and questions will be addressed as part of the final environmental impact statement, set for release in 2014. This final document will have a 60-day public review period and a record of decision is expected in 2014.
Comments about the proposed South Mountain Freeway will be accepted through July 24 by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, online at www.azdot.gov/SouthMountainFreeway, by phone at 602-712-7006 or by mail to the South Mountain Study Team, 1655 W. Jackson St. MD 126F, Phoenix, AZ 85007.
For more information, visit www.azdot.gov/SouthMountainFreeway.
Friday, May 17
The Overland Expo will take place at Mormon Lake Lodge, located near Flagstaff at 1991 Mormon Lake Road West Side, Mormon Lake, on May 17 through May 19. The international event features numerous exhibitors, classes, and roundtable programs for overland, travel and outdoor enthusiasts. For more information, visit http://www.overlandexpo.com.
Saturday, May 18
The Arizona Office of Tourism will present the Grand Canyon National Park: 6th Annual Celebrate Wildlife Day at the Visitor Center located at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Grand Canyon rangers and biologists will offer educational programs, interactive exhibits, and activities with live animals. For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/grca/naturescience/wildlife-day.htm
The League of Women Voters of Arizona State Convention will take place at the Sheraton Tucson Hotel and Suites, 5151 E. Grant Road, Tucson, May 18 to 19, beginning at 9 a.m. The two-day event will feature several speakers from the world of politics, journalism and government. For more information, visit www.lwvaz.org
A Parallel Democracy-A Place Beyond Politics meeting will take place at the Quaker Meeting House, 1702 E. Glendale Avenue, Phoenix, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The meeting focuses on bringing together people of different opinions and ideas in order to help individuals relate to one another. A $15 fee is requested to cover costs. For more information, visit http://eventful.com/phoenix_az/events/parallel-democracya-place-beyond-politics-/E0-001-056550348-5
The Arizona Democratic Party will hold its 2013 Heritage Dinner in the West Ballroom on the Third Floor of the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third Street, Phoenix. San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro is the keynote speaker for the event. For more information, visit http://www.blogforarizona.com/blog/political-calendar/
Phoenix Allies for Community Health (PACH) will hold its regular Health Fair/ Feria de Salud at Templo Emmanuel, 3101 W Palm Lane, Phoenix, from 9 a.m. to noon. PACH provides cost-free basic health care and screening for ailments such as diabetes, cholesterol and high blood pressure. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/603764852975499/
The Ides of March Walk Phoenix will take place at the Downtown Phoenix Civic Space, 424 N. Central Avenue, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The country-wide walk aims to increase political discourse and help end corporate personhood, restore Glass-Steagall and end the two-party system. The walk began in Oceanside, Calif., on March 15 with the goal of arriving in Washington, D.C. a year later for a concerned citizens summit. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/120374124828993/
Monday, May 20
The Continuum of Care Regional Committee on Homelessness will hold a meeting at 1:30 p.m. at 302 N. First Avenue in the Saguaro Room. For more information, visit http://www.azmag.gov/Events/Event.asp?CMSID=4417
The RoRo Merchants' Association Meeting will take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Roosevelt Row CDC office, located on the first floor of the Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. Third Street, Phoenix. Roosevelt Row Merchant Association (RoRoMA) fosters a vibrant and sustainable business community and a destination for arts and culture in Roosevelt Row Arts District. For more information, visit http://www.rooseveltrow.org/about/roroma/
Tuesday, May 21
The Arizona Transit Association will hold a South Mountain Freeway, Loop 202, public hearing from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third St., Phoenix, in the North Ballroom. The meeting will be held to draft an environmental impact statement for the South Mountain Freeway, providing members of the public with an opportunity to learn more about the proposed new freeway. For more information, visit azdot.gov/SouthMountainFreeway.
Wednesday, May 22
The League of Women Voters of Metro Phoenix will host Buoyant and Bawling–What Happened at the State Legislature? at the home of Kathy Shwarz, in Scottsdale, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event will include beverages, brunch and an informal discussion of the last legislative session. For more information, visit http://lwvmetrophoenix.org/events/
Maricopa Association of Governments’ regional council will hold a meeting at 11:30 a.m., 302 N. First Avenue in the Saguaro Room. For more information, visit http://www.azmag.gov/Events/Event.asp?CMSID=4293
Human and Equal Rights Organizers (HERO) will host the Second Annual Harvey Milk Day Celebration from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Wesley Bolin Plaza, 1700 W. Washington Street, Phoenix. The event will celebrate the life and memory of LGBT rights activist and San Francisco politician Harvey Milk. Participants will walk from the State Capitol to Cesar Chavez Plaza. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/568553583163049/
Thursday, May 23
Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission meeting will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the CCEC Conference Room, 1616 W. Adams, Suite 110, Phoenix. For more information, visit http://azcleanelections.gov/calendar/commission-meetings/upcoming.aspx
Silent No More Awareness, Rachel's Vineyard, and Marys Mantle will hold a Night of Honor for Catholic Bishop Olmsted at 5:30 pm., at Mount Claret Retreat Center, 4633 N. 54th Street, Phoenix. For more information, visit www.calendarforlife.org/
Saturday, May 25
The Arizona Green Party will hold a general membership meeting from noon to 4:30 p.m. at Prescott Public Library, 215 E. Goodwin Street, Prescott. On the agenda are chapter reports, 2014 ballot status petition drive, bylaws revisions. For more information, visit http://azgp.org/
A march against genetically modified crops and Monsanto, their biggest corporate proponent, will be held beginning at 10 a.m. at the Tempe Farmer’s Market, 805 S. Farmer Ave, Tempe, in conjunction with the Really Really Free Market which begins at 8 a.m. The march will travel through downtown Tempe and will include a stop at the nearby Food and Drug Administration, 51 W. 3rd St, #265, Tempe. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/500280013363081/ or http://www.eventbrite.com/event/6536375475#
Sunday, May 26
Americans United for the Separation of Church and State will hold a membership meeting beginning at 2 p.m. at JJ North’s Country Buffet., 1312 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. For more information, visit, http://au-gp.org/mike/mike_au_meeting_list.php
The Seventh Puerto Rican Festival will be held from noon to 8 p.m. at El Zaribah Shrine Auditorium, 552 N 40th St, Phoenix. Activities will include dining, entertainment and activities for families. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/430134330405842/
Monday, May 27
The 29th annual Memorial Day observance will be held beginning at 9 a.m. at Pioneer and Military Memorial Park, 15th Avenue and Jefferson Street, Phoenix. Activities will include tours of the 1897 Smurthwaite House, self-guided cemetery tours, book signings by noted authors, and light refreshment. For more information, visit http://azhistcemeteries.org
Wednesday, May 29
U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva will host a community forum on Health Care for Women and Children, at the El Pueblo Neighborhood Center, Senior Center Multi-Purpose Room, 101 W. Irvington Road, Tucson at 3 p.m. Grijalva will be joined by national and community health center experts who will discuss healthcare reform updates and opportunities to improve the health of women and children in Arizona. For information and to register, contact Adriana.Perez@mail.house.gov.
Thursday, May 30
Dianne Post, legal redress chair of the Maricopa County NAACP and president of the Arizona chapter of the National Lawyers Guild will make a presentation on for-profit prisons beginning at 8 p.m. at the Cochise County Democratic Headquarters, 1010 E. Fry Blvd. in Sierra Vista. For more information, email to email@example.com or call 520-458-9467.
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