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Ronald McDonald House


 If you would like to help the Ronald McDonald House, here are a few things you can do:

  • Volunteer!  Go to, fill out a Volunteer Application and email it to Christine LaBoy.
  • Chef for a Day. Contact Ashley Milne with a group of twelve or less and volunteer to make a meal for the families.
  • Collect Pop Tabs (the metal tabs off of soda cans) to donate. Get your friends to do it too! The Pop Tab program pays a lot of the House bills, and tabs can be dropped off at the Ronald McDonald House Monday-Friday.
  • Donate books, DVDs, new toys, and other items on the Ronald McDonald House wish list.
  • Check out the website to find out other ways you can help!

Contact Info:
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona
3838 N. Campbell Ave, Bldg. 6
Tucson, AZ, 85719

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Student art on display through May 4

Student art on display through May 4



An exhibit featuring the art of Pima Community College students will be held at the West Campus Center for the Arts, 2202 W. Anklam Rd., April 2 through May 4.


The artwork of students from all PCC campuses will be featured in the Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery for public viewing.


The Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery will present the Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition with a reception and awards ceremony April 11 from noon to 3 p.m. The awards ceremony will begin at 1 p.m.


Jurors for this year’s exhibition include Ellen McMahon, art professor at the University of Arizona, Hannah Glasston, director of Etherton Gallery and Ben Johnson, director and curator of Tohono Chul Park Gallery.


The event is free and all are welcome to attend.  For more information, visit or call David Andres, 206-6942.

Larry Gaurano/ Aztec Press

PCC instructor releases first album

PCC instructor releases first album


After three days of attempting to play saxophone in sixth grade, Pima Community College communications instructor Marisa Michaels decided that it wasn’t the instrument for her.
She didn’t give up on music, and picked up the drums instead.
“I’ve always been interested in making noise,” Michaels said.
She plays in the band the Wayward Saints with local musicians Johnny Row, lead vocals and guitar, and John Moses, bass.
Michaels met her band mates through Craigslist and they’ve been playing together ever since.
She has played with about five other bands before this one.
Michaels moved to Tucson in June when her husband was hired as a professor at the University of Arizona. She started teaching communications at West Campus for the Fall 2011 semester.
Before that, she taught communications at the University of San Francisco. Michaels grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and earned her doctorate while she lived there. It’s also where she found teaching in the first place.
“I got started in grad school and really liked it,” Michaels said. “I’ve been doing it ever since.”
To Michaels, the best thing about being a teacher is the variety of people she gets to work with. So far, Pima seems to be a good fit for her.
“That’s something I like about Pima,” Michaels said. “They’re a very enthusiastic student body. I’ve always enjoyed working with them.”
With teaching as her day job and music as a hobby, she said she couldn’t live without one or the other.
“I love academics but I also need something to escape my daily work,” she said.
“It’s easy for me to make the balance work.”
The band will hold a CD release party April 18 at Plush, 340 E. Sixth St.
Their album is a six-song EP, titled “Sinner’s Communion.”
Those interested in the band’s music can check it out at
CDs are available at 17th Street Market and through the band’s record label, Orangutwang Records.

CD sales
When: Monday-Saturday:
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 17th Street Market, 840 E. 17th St.
Details: 792-2588

The Wayward Saints plan a CD release party at Plush on April 18. Photo by Erik Lyons.

Author to lead writing workshop April 13-15

Author to lead writing workshop April 13-15


Mary Sojourner, a radical environmental activist, acclaimed Southwest author and commentator for NPR, will be continuing a writer’s workshop series with “(w)Rite: A Workshop in Deep Writing and Craft” from Friday, April 13, to Sunday, April 15.
Sojourner began connecting with books at a very young age in New York.
In her memoir, “Solace: Rituals of Light and Desire,” she said that upon being able to read she looked to the shelf of books and felt she wasn’t alone.
“As soon as I could write, I began writing poems and little stories. The work felt magical to me,” she said.
Even as a child she felt the need to form external inspirations and express her internal experiences, “inside me out to the page.”
Sojourner was inspired to live in the Southwest and become an environmental activist from reading Edward Abbey’s “Monkey Wrench Gang” in 1983 while on a trip.
“By the time I stepped off the train, I knew I wanted to move to Flagstaff, write and fight for the Western earth,” she said.
The bulk of Sojourner’s work is based on her love of the Southwest as chronicled in her book “Bonelight: Ruin And Grace In The New Southwest.”
Sojourner continues to be politically active and is, in her words, “a member of and an advocate for the working poor.”
She continues to participate in various types of protest, including but not limited to, “peace demos, ‘Occupy [movements],’ civil disobedience, blocking a road at the Grand Canyon, picketing corporate bookstores, prayer circles and ceremonies.”
This workshop will focus on writers who are blocked and want to publish personal work.
Sojourner will provide tools to include in the creative thought process that will keep generating fresh ideas.
Sojourner is adept at publishing personal work.
“She Bets Her Life” was a personal account of her gambling addiction and recovery through a women’s support group.
“I learned long ago that we are often hurt by our secrets,” she said.

‘(w)Rite: A Workshop in Deep Writing and Craft

When: April 13-15
Where: Pima Community College West Campus, J-101
Cost: $136. Register in advance
Details: Meg Files, 206-6084 or


Photo courtesy of Mary Sojourner



April 5 recital spotlights tuba

Pima Community College music instructor Mark Nelson will present an eclectic range of music written and arranged for tuba in a recital on April 5 at 7 p.m. in the West Campus Center for the Arts Recital Hall.

Works include three Edward Elgar compositions arranged for tuba and piano by Ralph Sauer, and a trio for tuba, euphonium and piano called “Three Florida Orchids” featuring Kelly Thomas on euphonium and Marie Sierra on piano.

The program also includes the “Carson Cooman Sonata” for tuba and piano, a sonata by G.F. Telemann transcribed for tuba and piano, “Impromptu” for tuba and piano and the whimsical “Concertino” for tuba and piano.

Tickets cost $6, with discounts available. For more information, contact the box office at 206-6986 or visit

-By Andria Skanse

Larry Gaurano/ Aztec Press

Film Festival opens April 13

The 2012 Arizona International Film Festival will run April 13-29, with films playing at the Crossroads Festival, Reel Arts 6, Screening Room and other Tucson theaters.

More than 100 films from 18 countries will be part of the festival. The featured films come from a variety of categories including youth films, documentaries, animated shorts, comedies and drama.

Titles from the IndieYouth category include “Textbook Messaging” by German Torres, “Echoes of Exxon” by Lauren Lindberg, “A Sticky Note Situation” by Sarai Salas and “The Moment I Said It” by Reina Rouzaud.

Opening night will take place at the Crossroads Festival theater, with films playing on all six screens. Mimes, musicians and jugglers will perform.

Crossroads Festival and Reel Arts 6 are located in the same building at 4811 E. Grant Road. Call 327-7067 for additional information.

The Screening Room is located at 127 E. Congress St. Call 882-0204 for additional information.

For further details about the festival, visit

-By Miki Jennings

Spring Festivals


It’s starting to get hot out, but that’s no excuse to skip these spring festivals.
They’re sure to keep you entertained and remind you that Tucson has more to offer than scorching weather.

Festival en el Barrio
April 7
Festival en el Barrio will feature Calexico, Grupo Fantasma and Megafaun on April 7 from 2-8 p.m.
There will be two stages as well as crafts and food. The festival will be held in the streets of El Presidio neighborhood near the Tucson Museum of Art, 166 W. Alameda St.
Tickets are available at the Rialto box office and Bookmans.
For more information, visit

Spring Fling
April 12-15
Associated Students of the University of Arizona’s Spring Fling is back again from April 12-15.
The carnival is the largest student-run carnival in the nation, providing more than 25 rides and games. At least 20 different food booths offer a wide variety ranging from corn dogs to crab puffs.
Spring Fling is organized and planned by student directors and UA student volunteers to bring fun and excitement to the Tucson community, while raising money for their clubs and organizations.
Admission is $5 each day, and free with CatCard or military ID. Parking is $5. Ride ticket prices vary.
The Spring Fling will be held at Rillito Downs, First Avenue at River Road. There will be a free UA shuttle for transportation.
Visit or call 621-5610 for more information. 

Arizona International Film Festival
April 13-29
More than 100 films representing 18 countries will be featured in Arizona’s longest running film festival, April 13-29.
The films will be featured at venues such as Reel Arts 6, The Screening Room, Crossroads Festival, Desert View Theatre and other theaters throughout Southern Arizona.
For a schedule of films and more information, visit or call 882-0204.

Chalk Art Festival
April 14-15
Southern Arizona Arts and cultural Alliance will present a kaleidoscope of colors at Park Place Mall.
Professional and amateur artists, students, children and attendees will all participate in the festival to collaborate on colorful works of art.
The Chalk Art Festival will also feature a kid zone, where children ages 3-12 will be able to create their own chalk art.
The event will take place at Park Place Mall, 5870 E. Broadway Blvd. For more information call 797-3959 or visit

TENNIS: Men end season

TENNIS: Men end season


 The Pima Community College men’s tennis team lost its last match of the regular season at the West Campus on April 3 to Mesa Community College 7-2, securing a second place finish for the Aztecs.

 Victor Cabada fought back from 1-5 in the second set beating Tanner Hatch in the No. 4 singles match 7-6 (7-4), 7-5. Brandon Haag defeated Alex Munroe 6-2, 6-2 in the No. 3 singles match. Dillian Vo and Mesa’s Shannon Nelson played a 3 hour and 15 minute singles match but Vo retired due to cramping. The match was 5-7, 7-5, 3-2 at the time officials called it.

 The Aztecs finished the regular season with an 8-8 overall record and 6-2 in ACCAC play.

 The NJCAA Region I tournament is slated for April 16-17. In No. 4 singles competition, Cabada took the No. 1 seed. Haag filled the No. 2 seed in No. 3 singles tournament play and Aaron Vazquez also snagged a No. 2 seed in the No. 6 singles competition.

Baldemar Audeves strokes a backhand against his Mesa Community College opponent. Aztec Press photo by Larry Gaurano.

By the Numbers: Tuition

Estimated average cost for undergraduate tuition, room and board at public institutions during the 2009-10 school year.

Estimated average cost for undergraduate tuition, room and board at private institutions during the 2009-10 school year.

College costs will triple by the time a baby born today matriculates in college.

Current annual cost of America’s most expensive college.

Percent increase for annual tuition and fees at Arizona State University in a two-year period. The increase from $4,971 in 2007-08 to $6,844 in 2009-10 put ASU in the top 14 universities for largest increase.

Increase in credit hour rate that ASU is proposing for undergraduate students for the 2012-13 school year. The university is proposing an $18 increase for graduate students.

Percentage increase in 2011 that the Arizona Board of Regents voted to raise tuition and fees at the University of Arizona. The rate was $10,027 for in-state freshmen undergraduates.

Percentage increase that the Arizona Board of Regents voted to raise tuition and fees at Northern Arizona University in 2011. The rate was $8,824 for in-state freshmen undergraduates.

Increase per credit hour for Pima Community College in-state tuition, effective in Fall 2012. The college says the rate will remain among the lowest of Arizona community colleges.

Proposed increase for in-state tuition for the 2012-13 school year at the University of Arizona.

Compiled by Edwina Francisco

Best Bets

Best Bets


April 17:

St. Vincent with tUnE-yArDs at Rialto Theatre, 311 E. Congress St. Doors open 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. $19 in advance/$22 day of show, all ages. Details:

OK, kids. Grab your v-necks and cut-off shorts and make your way to the Rialto Theatre on Tuesday, April 17, for St. Vincent with tUnE-yArDs.

If you spend half as much time as I do paddling through the latest indie “hits” on YouTube, you’ve probably come across these acts.

Annie Erin Clark is an American singer-songwriter who previously played with the Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens before kickstarting St. Vincent.

Honestly, Clark has a beautiful voice but nothing far from what you hear from Beach House’s Victoria Legrand or even the indie-chic collective Warpaint.

Don’t get it twisted – the music is still a refreshingly pop-infused, dance party, hell of a time.

Opening for Clark is the only interesting thing to come out of New England lately – the tUnE-yArDs.

Prepare for live drum track loops and an eloquent blend of guitar, xylophone and upbeat vocals.


Annie Erin Clark of St. Vincent


Mars Volta – “Noctourniquet”
Released: March 27

Mars Volta recently announced its return to Indio, Calif., only to grace Coachella’s stage as their previous act, “At The Drive-In.” Volta has dropped its sixth studio album, “Noctourniquet,” since deeming ATDI a musical difference amongst members.

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (guitar, production) and Cedric Bixler-Zavala (vocals, lyrics) are for the most part, the creative force behind the sound. Most would label Volta as simply progressive, psychedelic or experimental rock.

“Noctourniquet” is an experiment of the experiment, if that makes any sense. For as long as I have been a fan, Mars Volta has stitched together 12-minute acid-based montages, usually riddled half the time with incomprehensible instrumentals.

This album is far from the usual fast-paced, youthfully weird stuff.

If you’re a newbie looking for copycats of “De-loused in the Comatorium” or “Bedlam in Goliath,” stay far from “Noctourniquet.” It’s a much more evolved, toned-down sound. That is, compared to when Thomas Pridgen was drumming.

Overall, I believe it to be an average album – not worth spending $15 on. Wait for someone to sell it back at ZIA, or burn mine.

-Compiled By Kyle R. Wasson

Over the years, plenty of storybooks have inspired cinematic works. Some great, some cheesy, some that are worth going back and reading (or rereading) the book before catching it in the theater. So get your library cards ready and check out these titles!

The Lorax:
(Out: now)
This childhood classic written by Dr. Seuss illustrated the effects of deforestation in a colorful and kid-friendly way, 41 years ago. Readers got to watch the struggle between the mustachioed, earth-conscious Lorax and the faceless, money-driven Once-ler. As the Lorax tries to convince the Once-ler to stop tearing down truffula trees to sell his thneeds (a fluffy tree by-product of Seuss’ imagination), the air gets smoggy, water gets polluted and nature overall suffers. Now the story’s back and on the big screen and hopefully it’s not as depressing as the last sentence made it sound.

The Hunger Games:
(Out: now)
“The Hunger Games,” written by Suzanne Collins, is about a post-apocalyptic world that holds annual fights-to-the-death between children and young adults from neighboring districts. Twenty-four 12-18-year olds enter a forest where they use their wits and whatever supplies they can find to survive the three-day battle that ensues. Suspenseful, compelling and visually pleasing, the film is worth checking out.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter:
(Out: June 22)
If the title isn’t enough to draw you in, I’m not sure what will get your attention. Originally written by Seth Grahame-Smith, the story chronicles the life of an early Abraham Lincoln. Prior to his presidency, Lincoln was kicking undead ass and taking names more than a century before Buffy came into the picture. At the very least, the storyline has novelty value and puts an original spin on the uninspired vampire genre that we’ve seen so much of lately.

-Compiled by Miki Jennings

THE WORD: What do you think of the tuition increase?



TOP 10: Upcoming concerts


My friends living outside the United States always tell me I’m lucky to live in Tucson because all the good artists come to town… or near town.

This Top 10 list is about upcoming shows. They’re mainly in Phoenix because most big artists go to the big venues, which is sad.

Well, at least it’s only a two-hour-drive to see that show you have been excited for. Here’s the list:

1. Van Halen, July 16 – US Airways Center, Phoenix.
After the few gigs played around 2007, Van Halen is back on tour with its legendary first vocalist David Lee Roth. The band introduced its new album, “A Different Kind of Truth,” this year and has received good feedback from both critics and fans. A must-see for Van Halen fans.

2. Roger Waters, May 15 – US Airways Center, Phoenix.
The ex-Pink Floyd genius [or some descriptive word] comes to Phoenix with his tour The Wall Live, which started in 2010. Most of the times in this tour, Waters performs Pink Floyd’s classic album “The Wall” in its entirety. After being in South America, the artist returns to the United States to provide shows all over the States for a second leg.

3. Noel Gallagher, April 18 – Orpheum Theater, Phoenix.
The vocalist/guitarist of Oasis is coming to Arizona to delight his fans with hits like “Little by Little” and “Wonder Wall.” Certainly a no-miss for Oasis and rock fans anywhere in Arizona.

4. Eddie Vedder, April 13 – Comerica Teathre, Phoenix.
Pearl Jam’s singer will also play music in this unbelievable chain of concerts that will be hosted mainly in Phoenix.

5. Iron Maiden, Aug. 6 – Ashley Furniture Homestore Pavilion, Phoenix.
Here’s one for the metal heads, England’s one and only Iron Maiden. It seems that band members never run out of fuel, having tours almost every year without losing any bits of excellence and perfection in their performance.

6. Neil Diamond, Aug. 29 – US Airways Center, Phoenix.
There are artists that who are close to find themselves in a farewell tour. I had the privilege to see Sir Paul McCartney live, and I imagine the regret I would have had if I didn’t go. For artists as big as Sir Paul or Neil Diamond, there is no excuse to miss if they’re close. Who knows if it’s your last chance?

7. The Tour: Kiss and Mötley Crüe, Aug. 10 – Ashley Furniture Homestore Pavilion, Phoenix.
It doesn’t matter if you are fan of only one… they will be playing together! Kiss and Mötley Crüe will deliver that dose of heavy rock your veins need, and all the pyros you can get for a new year’s show… believe me.

8. Bon Iver, April 23 – Tucson Arena, Tucson.
Finally someone is playing in good ole’ Tucson. Bon Iver will remind us that our city is still on the map by playing at the Tucson Arena. If you are a big fan of Iver, lucky you… you saved two hours worth of gas.

9. Smokey Robinson, May 27 – Talking Stick Resort, Scottsdale.
All the soul of Smokey Robinson, just north of Phoenix. Be sure not to miss him. I have a friend who went to one of his shows and told me he was outstanding live. He knows what he’s saying.

10. Madonna, Oct. 16 – US Airways Center, Phoenix.
The queen of pop will be playing to promote her brand-new-album “MDNA.” After an eye-delightful-show at this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show, expect to see more of that huge preparation and quality but near your town.

Find ticket prices, times and other information at

Down Time

Down Time

FOODIE FINDS - ’Smart Choices’ offers lower-calorie options

FOODIE FINDS – ’Smart Choices’ offers lower-calorie options


Many consumers may not be aware, but fast food places and other restaurants frequently offer meals with more than 700 calories. Doesn’t sound like a lot? The recommended daily intake of calories is about 2,000 for women and 2,500 for men. That means a 700-calorie meal is right around a third of what you’re supposed to eat in a day.
Burgers such as the Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese at McDonald’s or the Baconator at Wendy’s weigh in at 740 and 830 calories, respectively. Add fries (or even a salad!) and a drink, and you’re looking at approximately 1,300 calories.

That might not be a huge deal if you have fast food one time and eat light for the rest of the day, but not everyone takes that route. Some people go to fast food restaurants multiple times a day.

On top of that, restaurant employees are trained to upsell (“Would you like large fries for 35 cents more?”), increasing your spending as well as caloric intake. In February, the Healthy Pima organization launched its “Smart Choices for Healthy Dining” program to encourage healthier eating practices at local restaurants.

Local eateries can participate in the program by meeting certain criteria that restrict high-calorie, fat and sodium counts, making it easier to get reasonably portioned food onto people’s plates.

Many Tucson restaurants participate in the Smart Choices program, including Bentley’s House of Coffee and Tea, El Charro Café, Café a la C’Art, Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails, Frankie’s South Philly Cheesesteaks and Hoagies, Rocco’s Little Chicago Pizzeria and Sparkroot. For more information, visit

Photo by Miki Jennings




Aries (March 21-April 19)
No matter how bad your day is going, someone will always bring a smile to your face.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Every day is an opportunity. Don’t think twice; take it. Try new things and be open to adventures! Take the risk. There is nothing you can lose except your money.

Gemini (May 21-June 21)
Explaining a “had to be there” moment is like explaining why you have to take a shower every morning. Be who ever you want but remember that being original is what truly matters.

Cancer (June 22-July 22)
Don’t let anything get in your way; your dreams can come true. There is always sunshine after a dark day.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Sooner or later you’ll find out that you waste too much time believing in advertising. Don’t you know that it’s all about controlling what you really want?

Virgo (Aug. 23- Sept. 22)
Even best friends have disagreements. You can act like stuff doesn’t faze you or that you don’t care, but in the end, you’ll find a cure to your pain.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
If you never try, you’ll never know what you can do. Keep jumping — you never know when it might be your lucky day. Maybe you’ll get the better apple from the tree.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Fight for what you want, because big things happen after war. Wipe your tears and show your commercial smile. Don’t believe everything your friends say; they might be wrong. You are the only one who has the power to control your emotions.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Special moments can end in a night. You know what you want, but you just have to wait for the right moment. Remember to think before talking.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Don’t waste your time making excuses. Life is not a game — try to understand that everybody is different and we all view things from a different perspective.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Be close to friends who know how to read; it might help increase your knowledge. And who knows, you could find your study partner.

Pisces (Feb.19-March 20)
Expect the unexpected from love; you could have a surprise. It could be good or bad — you decide.