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OV town manager recruitment has begun

For the town of Oro Valley, the search for Mary Jacobs’ replacement comes down to finding the right recruiter.

Officials say they have in the executive search firm Ralph Andersen & Associates.

The recruitment firm will determine what the council wants in a manager. After that, adver tising, recruiting and preliminary interviewing will begin. The recruitment agency conducts background checks and then it brings three to five candidates to the council for more inter views. When the council selects someone, the agency will help negotiate the contract.

During the Nov. 10 town council special ses sion, which was open to the public, Ralph An dersen & Associates gave a brief overview on the proposed process for the search. Recruit ment usually takes about 90 to 120 days, and the organization is working with each member of the town council to learn what they would like to see in the new town manager.

In a previous statement, Mayor Joe Winfield said he and the council are committed to “cast ing a wide net to ensure we find a quality can didate to carry on the great work of the town in the years ahead.”

Jacobs resigned in September, and, toward the end of the month, the Oro Valley Town Council held a special session to discuss its recruitment efforts.

Soon, Ralph Andersen & Associates will pres ent to the council a job description, marketing brochures and other recruitment material for approval. Council will provide direction to the firm and staff about how to proceed once a can

didate has been selected.

In the meantime, Oro Valley Town Council unanimously approved the promotion of its then-deputy town manager Chris Cornelison to interim town manager on Nov. 2. Corneli son has worked for the town of Oro Valley for 10 years, but six years ago was hired as deputy town manager.

Town hopes to alleviate holiday stress, depression

Joy, gifts and glitter: For many, this is what the holiday season looks like. Not so for everyone, however.

For some, the holiday season can be a very difficult time, a time to endure and survive.

“Sometimes life circumstances get you down,” said Kristy Diaz-Trahan, director of Oro Valley Parks and Recreation.

“This, perhaps, is the first Christmas you don’t have a parent (or loved one). Or even if it’s not a first, there’s some melancholia that relates to some tragedies in the past that you can navigate the rest of the year but when it comes time for the holidays and all these get togethers, that level of angst comes up.”

For those people, or for anyone any time, Oro Valley Parks and Rec is hosting an event that not only showcases some of the mental health care services available in Oro Valley, but also gives people the freedom to ask questions.

The event will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Oro Valley Coun cil Chambers. Participation is free and the meeting will be on Zoom, too.

“It is a safe place to attend; you can attend in person or via Zoom,” Diaz-Trahan said. “On Zoom you can also contribute ques

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Wednesday, Dec. 7 through Friday, Dec. 9

Pima Community College closes out the “Invisible Borders” exhibition at the Louis Carlos Bernal Gal lery, now through Friday, Dec. 9. The exhibit which features 31 female photog raphers from Mexico and Southern Arizona present a unique collaboration from women on both sides of the border, who temporarily make the divisions disap pear. The gallery is open Monday to Friday, holi day hours may differ. Visit pima.edu for information.

Louis Carlos Bernal Gal lery, West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road.

Sunday, Dec. 11

The Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block hosts Second Sundaze: Family Day at the TMA. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every sec ond Sunday of the month, the TMA offers “pay-whatyou-wish” admission all day. Family-friendly activ ities run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. From 2 to 3 p.m., join the Docent Art Talk with Adrienne O’Hare: The Art of the Wild, Wild West. During the talk guests will learn more about artists and the American West. Limited tickets are avail able, visit the website for more information, tucson museumofart.org. Tucson Museum of Art and His toric Block, 140 N. Main Avenue.


Saturday, Dec. 10 to Sunday, Dec. 11 Tucson Regional Ballet

presents, “A Southwest Nutcracker,” at the Linda Ronstadt Music Hall at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10 and Sunday, Dec. 11. Set in the 1880s, watch the story of the nutcracker unfold throughout historical Tuc son and the Southwest. For more information about the production and how to purchase tickets, visit tucsonregionalballet.org. Linda Ronstadt Music Hall, 260 S. Church Avenue.

Friday, Dec. 9 through Sunday, Dec. 18

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear. The Arts Express Theatre pres ents “Elf the Musical” at the Park Place Mall on Friday, Dec. 9 through Sunday, Dec. 18. Based on the be loved modern-day holiday classic, join Buddy the Elf on his quest to find his true identity. Recurring weekly

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The Oro Valley Aquatic Center is closed through January for improve ments to the pump room circulation and filtration, along with general maintenance and cleaning.

The current pool filters at the aquatic center have reached the end of their life and will be removed and replaced with modern, deep bed filters. These filters al low for finer filtration to ensure a high standard of water quality. The aquatic cen ter’s pump room plumbing will be replaced and redesigned to fit the new filters. To ac commodate the upgrade, the pump room building itself will be expanded to the east. This new area will be enclosed and will not cause any loss of deck space for the public. In addition to improved circulation and filtration, the aquatic center will be install ing a new pool heater for the recreational pool. This new heater is higher efficiency

than the current heater, bringing all the facility’s pool heaters up to modern stan dards.

The town is using the closure to complete the following additional projects as well: The existing competition dive blocks will be stripped down and reassembled with new block tops, handles and block fins. These modifications have become indus try standard for competition use and will allow the aquatic center to continue to host high-profile competitive swimming events.

The four current springboards will be replaced.

General maintenance and deep cleaning including scrubbing, brushing and vacu uming each pool, pool tiles and grout lines. The surrounding deck area and restrooms will be scrubbed and cleaned.

Landscaping around the facility. These lifecycle replacement projects were identified in the Parks and Recreation Master Plan. They are classified as capital improvement projects, with funding in

cluded in the Fiscal Year 2022-23 budget. As facilities age and technology advanc es, the Oro Valley Aquatic Center is com mitted to delivering the best user experi ence.

During the closure, all six- and 12-month memberships paid in full will be extended for two months. (For example, if a mem bership is set to expire Feb. 12 it will be extended to April 12.) Users who have month-to-month memberships will not be billed during December or January.

These membership adjustments will be made automatically; users do not need to contact aquatic center staff. All members will be allowed access at no addition al charge to the community center pool during this closure (10555 N. La Cañada Drive). This access does not include the gym or fitness classes. Lane reservations can be made at playov.com.

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Golfers raising funds for First Tee Program

Golfers will raise funds at a tourney that nods to the past while looking toward the future.

The inaugural Whiskey Tree Golf Challenge on Monday, Dec. 12, at Oro Val ley Country Club benefits the Tucson First Tee Program, a youth development organi zation that integrates golf with a life skills curriculum.

The event’s name was derived from the actions of a past Oro Valley Country Club member in the 1960s. He hung jugs of whis key from a mesquite tree — the “whiskey tree” — on the golf course so his friends could have a nip during play. The tree is re

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tions so you can ask that way. You can also learn who all these resources are, so if you wanted to (ask questions) anonymously, if there’s a need for that level of privacy there is that option also.”

It’s all part of a Community Conversa tion on Mental Health, where a panel of representatives from the Oro Valley Police Department, Oro Valley Parks and Recre ation, Golder Ranch Fire District, Arizona Complete Health and local mental health professionals will provide some very real answers.

membered for friendship and friendly com petition.

“This golf tournament is a little different from most local fund-raising tournaments,” said John Ault, Oro Valley Country Club general manager.

“It incorporates competition between golf clubs. It’s an opportunity for us to play against each other and come together for a common cause…which is to raise money for a local nonprofit. The plan is to let the winning club each year to determine what local nonprofit organization will benefit at the next Whiskey Tree Golf Challenge.”

Oro Valley Mayor Joe Winfield is help ing launch the tournament, which will in clude teams from numerous private country clubs, semi-private golf clubs, and public

According to Diaz-Trahan, statistics show a small uptick in calls for help during the holiday season, but for the most part, the need is constant.

She said agencies such as the Oro Valley Police Department are noticing that many of their calls are related to mental health is sues, especially since the pandemic. How ever, those calls are only a small reflection of what mental health experts believe is going on.

“We also know there’s a lot of stress and anxiety and emotional turmoil that don’t

golf courses. Four-person teams from Tuc son/Oro Valley/Marana/Green Valley will feature a PGA Club Professional and three players from the participating clubs and courses. Each team will include a mix of men and women.

Tee off time is 9 a.m. and spectators are welcome to walk the course. On-site snacks, beverages and raffle prizes will be available.

“We want to celebrate our community and try to do something together, not just with private golf clubs but all golf clubs in the val ley,” Ault said.

“Twenty have joined the tournament — the head pro at each club and the assistant head pro, and typically the women’s and men’s club champion. We also wanted to cel ebrate the whiskey tree.”

If you go Whiskey Tree Golf Challenge

WHEN: 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 12

WHERE: Oro Valley Country Club, 300 W. Greenock Drive, Oro Valley

COST: Public can walk the course for free

INFO: 520-297-1121

have calls for service,” Diaz-Trahan said. “People are just trying to navigate on their own and just get through.”

Hopefully, this event will bring to Oro

If you go

A Community Conversation on Mental Health

WHEN: from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8

Valley a place for support and a place to find resources.

“The healthier we are as a region, the bet ter our region is for it,” Diaz-Trahan sa

WHERE: Oro Valley Council Chambers, 11000 N. La Canada Drive, Oro Valley COST: Free

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during the weekends, times vary. Tickets start at $35; arts-express.org. Park Place Mall, 5870 E. Broadway Boulevard.


Wednesday, Dec. 7

San Xavier Roman Catholic Parish presents Patronato Christmas from San Xavier, on Wednesday, Dec. 7. A series that defines the holiday season, these four concerts feature sacred and holiday music. Visit patrona tosanxavier.org for ticket information. San Xavier, 1950 W. San Xavier Road.

Thursday, Dec. 8

The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alli ance (SAACA) present the Oro Valley Con cert Series on Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Oro Valley Marketplace. Enjoy swing and holi day favorites by the local ambassadors of the Great Swing Era, the Wholly Cats Swing Club from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Appealing to all generations, the Wholly Cats Swing Club plays classic hits. Admission is free. For more information about events sponsored by SAACA, visit saaca.org. Oro Valley Mar ketplace, 12155 N. Oracle Road.

Friday, Dec. 9

Arizona Arts Live and Broadway in Tuc son present, Harry Connick Jr. A Holiday Celebration at Centennial Hall on Friday, Dec. 9. Join the best-selling musician, sing er, composer and legendary live performer to celebrate the holidays with him and his band. The show starts at 8 p.m. For more in formation about the show, visit arizonaart slive.com. Centennial Hall, 1020 E. Univer sity Boulevard.

Saturday, Dec. 10

Oro Valley Parks & Re present the Steam Pump Ranch Second Saturdays Live Mu

sic on the lawn of the historic Steam Pump Ranch from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 10. Listen to the sounds of the Post-Modern American West by sing er-songwriters Liz & Pete, while shopping at the Oro Valley Farmers Market. Food trucks, nonalcoholic and alcoholic bever ages will be available for purchase. Outside alcohol is not permitted. For more informa tion about this free event, visit saaca.org. Steam Pump Ranch, 10901 N. Oracle Road.


Wednesday, Dec. 7 through Sunday, Jan. 8

The city of Tucson, Rio Nuevo and Pima Pain Center present Tucson Holiday Ice through Sunday, Jan. 8. Winter visitors may have their own skates, but locals can rent equipment to join in on the seasonal fun. Socks are required and gloves are highly recommended. Tucson Holiday Ice tickets are available online for various sessions, visit tucsonaz.gov to reserve a spot. Tuc son Holiday Ice, 260 S. Church Avenue. (In front of the Tucson Convention Center Ticket Office.)

Friday, Dec. 9 through Saturday, Dec. 24 Yuletide comes to Old Tucson Studios on Friday, Dec. 9, to Saturday, Dec. 24. The holiday spectacular rings in the “holidays the Old West Way” this Christmas season with interactive experiences, live shows, hayrides, train rides and more. Visitors are encouraged to purchase ticket in ad vance on yuletideaz.com because tickets are timed. Yuletide at Old Tucson Studios, 201 S. Kinney Road.

Friday, Dec. 9 through Saturday, Dec. 17 Tohono Chul Botanical Gardens and Gal leries present Holiday Nights on Friday,

Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10. Enjoy live performances by Tucson musicians and nosh on food by local vendors while walk ing down the gardens’ illuminated path ways. Tickets are $15 for members, $20 for the general public, $6 for kids ages 3-12, and free for kids ages 2 and younger. For more information on dates, vendors and musicians, visit tohonochul.org. Tohono Chul, 7366 N. Paseo Del Norte.

Wednesday, Dec. 7 through Wednesday, Dec. 30 “Ready, set, glow!” The Reid Park Zoo and Tucson Electric Power present Zoolights: Holiday Magic 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, through Wednesday, Dec. 30. Take a walk under enchanting lights and a con fection-merry Candyland, head to the Arc tic Zone, you just might run into St. Nick. There’s “Snow Place like Reid Park Zoo for the holidays.” Ticket prices are as fol lows: $12 adults (ages 15 to 61), $10 seniors (ages 62 and older), $8 children (ages 2 to 14), free for children younger than 2, zoo members receive $3 off admission Tuesdays to Sundays. For the full line-up of perform ers and how to plan your visit, check out reidparkzoo.org. Reid Park Zoo, 3400 Zoo Court.

Wednesday, Dec. 7 through Sunday, Jan. 15

The highly anticipated and luminous hol iday installation, “Lights Up! A Festival of Illumination,” returns to the Tucson Botan ical Gardens through Sunday, Jan. 15. Com prised of more than 3,000 luminarias, this local tradition brings together meticulously constructed experiences, thematic zones and installations from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. six nights a week. For information about tick et prices, FAQ and special foodie events during this time, visit tucsonbotanical.org. Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alver non Way.

Saturday, Dec. 10

The Oro Valley Historical Society has decked the halls of the Pusch House Mu seum for guests to peruse Traditions, Toys

and Trains from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 10. No reservations are required, vis itors can sign up at the Oro Valley Histor ical Society booth at the south end of the farmers market. There is a $5 suggested do nation. For more information about ongo ing tours, museum hours and events, visit ovhistory.org. Steam Pump Ranch, 10901 N. Oracle Road.


Friday, Dec. 9 through Sunday, Dec. 11

The Fourth Avenue Merchants Association presents the annual Fourth Avenue Street Fair from Friday, Dec. 9 through Sunday, Dec. 11. Bringing together hundreds of merchants, vendors and artisans, the mar ket gives guests the chance to finish their holiday shopping list early. From 10 a.m. to dusk each day. For more information, fourthavenue.org. Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair, 316 N. Fourth Avenue.

Saturday, Dec. 10

Support your local farmers, ranches and small food purveyors offering their season al produce, farm-fresh eggs, meats and hol iday goods during Holidays at the Markets at the Oro Valley Farmers Market on Sat urday, Dec. 10. Operating every Saturday, year-round at the Historic Steam Pump Ranch, the farmers market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is free. For more information about the featured Holidays at the Market at Oro Valley Farmers Mar ket or other Heirloom Farmers Markets, visit heirloomfm.org. Steam Pump Ranch, 10901 N. Oracle Road.


Saturday, Dec. 10

Every second Saturday, the Children’s Mu seum Tucson features the Art After Dark series, Cuentacuentos, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Interactive storytelling program is free for children and their guests. Watch “Elf” in the courtyard this Saturday, Dec. 10. For more information about the many other diverse program’s that the CMT offers, vis it childrensmuseumtucson.org. Children’s Museum Tucson, 200 S. Sixth Avenue.

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Women composers take center stage at holiday shows

The Arizona Repertory Singers’ “Women in Winter” holiday pro gram will feature familiar standards, new compositions and fresh arrange ments by women.

“This is a first for us,” said ARS music di rector Ryan Phillips.

“We were inspired by a suggestion from one of our singers to focus on female com posers and arrangers, a rare endeavor with in the realm of holiday choral music which, like many subgenres, has been dominated over the centuries by men. We’re excited to expand our music library, diversify our repertoire, and perform these engaging works for our Tucson community.”

Encompassing the secular and the sa cred, the program is bookended by works from Sarah Quartel, a Canadian composer, educator and conductor. The concert com mences with “This Endris Night,” a lilting piece that reimagines a 15th century text for modern audiences and culminates with “Snow Angel.”

A departure from the shorter pieces in the program, “Snow Angel” allows both the singers and audience members to experi ence a range of moods and rhythms over its 18 minutes. Its five movements evoke the beauty of the season through children’s eyes, guided by a celestial chorus as they journey through darkness to light. This captivating work features piano, cello, and djembe.

Fourth-generation choral compos er Abbie Betinis follows in her forbears’ footsteps, composing a holiday carol each

year, shared on Minnesota Public Radio. Women in Winter boasts two: “Carol of the Stranger,” a call of welcome and a wish for peace, with lyrics by poet and librettist Michael Dennis Browne; and the lively “Hail, Christmas Day!” based on a medi eval-style poem by Betinis’ grandfather, John H. Burt, with alternating meter and round-singing.

Other selections come from Rosaphanye Powell, a prolific composer, educator and scholar of Black spirituals. In that tradi tion, ARS offers “Have You Seen the Baby Jesus?” and Glory Hallelujah to Duh New bo’n King.” The first is a new song with a foot-tapping tempo inspired by jazz and gospel rhythms, and the second, her classic arrangement recast for tenors and basses by her husband, William C. Powell.

Canadian Kim Baryluk’s “Solstice Car ol,” a round of warm, modal harmonies for altos and sopranos, conjures the timeless gatherings that mark the shift in seasons.

Another celebration of community, “Hiney Mah Tov,” a Hebrew folk favorite both in concerts and at Shabbat feasts throughout the world, proclaims the pleasures of com ing together in its simple message from Psalm 133: “behold how good.” This ver sion is arranged by Iris Levine.

Collective joy is also at the heart of the well-known “Gaudete” — Latin for “re joice” — in a new, upbeat arrangement from Annabel Rooney. In addition, the jubilant “Sussex Carol,” arranged by Elaine Hagenberg and featuring a string quar tet, testifies to the enduring popularity of this traditional English piece. Capturing a more reflective mood, “There Is No Rose,”

by Seattle-based writer, critic, and teach er Melinda Bargreen, transports with its haunting cadence and the ebb and swell of voices.

“We’re delighted to present such a range of holiday music this season in a program

that focuses on women composers work ing today, primarily in North America,” Phillips said. “The quieter pieces invite in trospection while the exuberant ones gath er us in celebration as we end the year and welcome the next together.”

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Arizona Repertory Singers’ “Women in Winter”

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9

WHERE: St. Mark Catholic Church, 2727 W. Tangerine Road, Oro Valley COST: $18 in advance; $20 at the door INFO: arsingers.org

WHEN: 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11

WHERE: Desert Skies United Methodist Church, 3255 N. Houghton Road, Tucson COST: $18 in advance; $20 at the door INFO: arsingers.org

WHEN: 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18

WHERE: Christ Church United Methodist, 666 N. Craycroft Road, Tucson COST: $18 in advance; $20 at the door INFO: arsingers.org

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Ahhhh… Spa Treatments Offer New Paths to Wellness

The path to wellness is a very person al journey, and is unique for each of us. That’s why organizations that are committed to help ing people meet their well ness goals see positive results when focus is placed on indi vidual preferences.

Splendido, a Life Plan Community for those 55 and better in Oro Valley, has mastered this approach. This year, it ranked #1 in wellness among senior living commu nities in all of North America, earning a ICAA NuStep Top 5 Pinnacle Award for excep tional, above-and-beyond performance using wellness as a foundation, and partner ing with residents and staff to create relevant, meaningful opportunities that empower people to age well.

“This award means so much to us,” says James Ed wartoski, executive director of Splendido. “It recognizes the work, ideas, and dedica tion of team members who take our wellness offerings to the highest level, with inno vative approaches, meaning ful programs and spaces, and leading-edge wellness tech and tools. And our offerings succeed because of the enthu

siastic participation of highly engaged residents!”

Splendido’s unique ap proach to resident and staff wellness is based on the Per son-Centric Wellness Model that was developed by Mather Institute, the research area of Mather, one of Splendido’s two parent organizations.

“The model recognizes each individual’s unique wants and needs,” explains James. “Grounded in scientific re search, it offers an evolved approach to whole-being wellness that empowers in dividuals to choose the types of fulfillment that match their aspirations.” The model is ap plied to Splendido’ offerings, from cultural and educational programs to creative arts of ferings to the fitness center’s group classes, personal train ing, and equipment. Now it has found its way into the community’s spa and salon.

Making Waves

The Gharieni Welnamis spa wave bed, located in one of Splendido’s spa’s massage rooms, uses computer-con trolled vibrational therapy and audio frequencies to train the brain to relax. Similar to meditation, certain sounds heard through stereo head

phones slow mental activity, while the bed’s vibrational frequencies target the body’s energy centers.

“The bed can specifical ly target—and has settings for—PTSD, stress, anxiety, depression, and poor sleep, as well as headaches and dif ficulty focusing,” says Todd Lutz, Splendido’s spa and fit ness manager. “The technol ogy was developed to treat post-traumatic stress disor ders of American veterans.”

The high-tech bed will allow residents to select their desired wellness jour ney, such as improving sleep quality, and can choose a 30or 60-minute session. “We might also combine treat ments with the bed—such as giving someone a facial while they’re on it,” says Todd. “I know that residents are excit ed to try it.”

Todd is running a twoweek pilot program of the spa wave bed with a group of residents and staff members so that their outcomes from specific therapies can be doc umented, and their personal improvements measured.

More Than Skin Deep

In addition to the spa wave bed, Saluté Spa offers

salon services and signature treatments for body and skin health on a fee-for-service basis. “We are working with Comfort Zone, an Italian company which uses natu ral products with a focus on global sustainability,” says Todd. “We use their line of re generative, effective and sus tainable face and body prod ucts, treatments, and rituals, which are developed in the scientific botanical garden at Davines village in Parma, It aly.”

A variety of body treat ments and facials are de signed to restore the skin’s resilience and capacity to stay toned, firm, and radiant. “I know the residents who use the spa are happy, and the staff really like working there,” says Todd.

From new healing tech nology to soothing skin treat ments, Splendido’s Saluté Spa services are just a few of the community’s offerings that support residents on their unique wellness journeys.

Interested in learning more about Splendido? For an overview of our services and amenities, including a list of spa services, visit splendi dotucson.com/ life-at-splen dido/services-amenities.

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The Hoppy Vine is labor of love for OV couple

Hector Martinez is an admitted “craft beer nerd.”

His wife, Marnel, loves beer — but, she said, it doesn’t love her. Together, however, they’ve found success with The Hoppy Vine in The Oro Valley Marketplace. The couple hosted a grand opening party over Thanksgiving weekend. Upcoming events include musician Paul Opocensky playing on Saturday, Dec. 10, and the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party on Friday, Dec. 16.

“The Hoppy Vine was my husband’s dream,” Marnel said.

“He’s a total craft beer nerd. A couple years ago, he said he wanted to open a craft beer bar. I said, ‘No.’ The kids were moving out. I’m a realtor who specializes in Oro Valley, and business was good and life was calming down. Why would we want to do that?”

Hector, who works in the payroll industry, didn’t want to let the idea go, Marnel said. So, when she researched the area and the de mographic, she found there was a demand

for a spot like The Hoppy Vine.

“There was nowhere to go and hang out and have a drink, somewhere to meet friends,” she said. “I agreed to partner with

him in this wild adventure with one excep tion: I get to choose 50% of what we serve.

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The Hoppy Vine serves a variety of alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks. It also serves as a bottle shop. (The Hoppy Vine/Submitted) See HOPPY Page 12

So, in addition to craft beer, we have a vast selection of affordable wines from all over the world, seltzers, ciders, margaritas and plenty of nonalcoholic options.

“It’s a really nice vibe, with the décor and the design. I wanted it to feel chill.”

Soon, The Hoppy Vine will serve char cuterie boards and packaged snacks, but guests are welcome to bring in their own food. The Oro Valley couple is planning bingo and trivia nights. It serves as a bottle shop, too.

The Hoppy Vine is dog friendly, with “a really great patio out front,” she said. “We had this couple come in. They got yogurt next door and then came in and brought their dogs. It’s been really fun to see that part, too.”

Marnel is just happy to see the early suc cess as the grand opening was packed.

“This is every dime we’ve ever made, and we threw it to the wind and prayed it worked out,” she said.

“It’s been the most stressful year we’ve ever had. We had so many bumps along the way, with COVID and supply chain issues. We couldn’t get our electrical panel for eight months. That was the biggest problem. We were paying rent on an empty space month after month.”

The couple was about ready to shut it down and nix the project when the panel came in.

“We had to shift back into hurry-up mode,” she added. “I’ve never seen every thing come together so quickly. It’s been a whirlwind. My husband’s just in heaven behind the bar. I’m in heaven in the office working, quietly doing my thing.”

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Off the Vine returns to Oro Valley in February

The ninth annual Off the Vine Arizo na Wine Festival will pour the state’s best vino from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Steam Pump Ranch in Oro Valley. It is hosted by the Arizona Wine Grow ers Association and sponsored by Ari zonaWines.com. Local eateries, artists and live music will also be featured.

“After multiple sell-out years, we were able to work with the Historic Steam Pump Ranch and nearly double our footprint for this year’s festival,” said Kris Pothier, pres ident of the AWGA and owner of Chateau Tumbleweed. “This will not only allow for more attendees, but more wineries, food vendors and ample parking.”

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Holiday festivities begin at La Encantada

La Encantada is cele brating the holiday season this year with extra evenings of En chanted Snowfall and a variety of holiday-themed happenings.

The beloved Tucson holiday tradition is back throughout December, this year with extra evenings of faux snow flurries falling in the courtyard Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 6:16 p.m. and 6:45 to 7 p.m. through Dec. 23.

There will be compli mentary hot chocolate as the flakes fall, as well as live entertainment from an ar ray of Tucson talent in be tween snowfalls. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23, Santa will make an appear ance.

The Santa photos are available to pets too from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, in the courtyard.

For budding artists, La Encantada has partnered with Southern Arizona Arts Guild to create ornaments for the center tree. The Community Art Fest Project is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, led by Gillian Allard.

This year, La Encantada is also offering something new with a Ballet Tucson story time for kids 8 and younger at 10 a.m. Sat urdays Dec. 10 and Dec. 17. “The Story of the Nutcracker” will be narrated by a balle rina from Ballet Tucson in the La Encantada fountain courtyard.

For a chance to give back, The Salvation Army Giving Tree will return to La Encan tada this year. Shoppers can donate new toys for families in need from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 24.

The mall has extended its hours for hol iday shopping; for complete information, visit laencantadashoppingcenter.com. Valet services, at the roundabout in front of Fire birds Wood Fired Grill and North Italia, run from 4 p.m. to close from Thursdays to Sat urdays.

New stores are opening in the shopping center. Levi’s is slated to open Wednesday, Dec. 14, meanwhile Tucson Geodes & Gems is now open.

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Tickets for the festival are on sale for $30 for general admission in advance, $40 at the door, if available, and $70 for VIP. They are available at offthevineaz.com or on eventbrite.

“Given the year over year success of the event combined with the extra space avail able, we are now also adding a VIP option for attendees that will include early admis sion, a wine tote swag bag, and a parking

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Football season just flew by

In a flash, the football season has come and gone.

The University of Arizona Wildcat football season started and ended with a couple of serious high notes. The Cats started the year with an upset win at San Diego State, spoiling the first game in the Aztecs’ new stadium. At one point, Arizo na was 3-2 and needed only to win three of its final seven games to receive a bowl game bid. They lost four straight games to teams ranked in the Top 25 in the country, giving up an absolutely shocking amount of points and yards in the process.

Just about the time that Arizona fans had given up on the season, the Cats pulled a stunner, beating highly ranked UCLA in the Rose Bowl. Suddenly, the bowl possibility was back on the table. All the Cats had to do was win their last two games, both at home. They got smacked by the Washington State Cougars, killing any chance to reach a bowl game. That left the season within a season — the Arizona State game.

The much-despised Sun Devils had won the matchup five years in a row, including a brutal 70-7 beatdown a couple years ago.

It wasn’t particularly pretty and the Wildcats gave up another ton of points and yards, but a couple of big defensive plays late in the game gave Arizona a 3835 victory and possession of the Territori al Cup for the next year.

After the victory was secured, we could also revel in the performance of the ASU quarterback. Trenton Bourget starred at Marana High back before the pandemic, shattering school and state passing re cords. Considered to be too short, most colleges passed on him and he walked on at ASU. He had a game for the ages, pass ing for 376 yards in a losing effort.

Arizona heads into the offseason with a serious tailwind. They won four more games than last year. If they can come even close to a similar improvement next year, they could be one of the top teams in the Pac-12. (It’s not far-fetched. Wash ington went from 4-8 last year to 10-2 this season.)

One of the strangest decisions made by a radio station executive is that to air Northern Arizona football games on Sat urday on the local ESPN radio channel (104.9 FM and 1490 AM). Nobody hates on NAU; we all wish them well (except when they’re beating the UA, as they did last year). The general response to a men

tion of NAU is “Aww…isn’t that nice.”

However, to devote a three- to fourhour chunk of prime airtime on a Satur day during college football season is crazy. I’ll be driving along, listening to Prince or Marvin Gaye and I’ll switch over to try to get some scores of games from around the country. Instead, I’ll get some third-level announcer saying, “And the Lumberjacks are backed up after that penalty…” It’s in furiating.

And you can’t switch over to the other sports channel on the radio because they have like 17 hours of pregame stuff before the Arizona Wildcats game. I really like Glenn Howell and Kelvin Eafon, but how many times do you have to hear, “Well, the Wildcat defense needs to show up today"?

I’ve been tempted to switch over to 1450 AM, but I’m afraid that they would have the NAU pregame show.

It was a fairly decent year for prep foot ball in the Northwest. Canyon Del Oro reached the 4A Final Four in football despite losing six starters to the drinking scandal. We’ll never know if they could have advanced further. Pusch Ridge also reached the state semifinals, doing so in Class 3A. The Lions are a consistent win ner in their division.

Marana’s Tigers have a splashy season,

going 9-1 in the regular season to reach the Class 5A State Tournament. However, that one loss — by the ridiculous score of 59-58 — probably cost them a chance to reach the third round of the playoffs.

The cockeyed Power Point formula used by the Arizona Interscholastic Association to determine state playoff participants and their rankings severely punished the Tigers, dropping them down to eighth place. That gave Marana a home game against the No. 9 team in the first round of the playoffs, but it also guaranteed that they would have to face the top team in the state — on the road — in the second round.

That’s exactly what happened. The Ti gers handled Sunnyslope in Marana, but then had to travel to the Valley to face top-seeded Notre Dame Prep. It didn’t end well.

After getting off to an 0-3 start, Moun tain View had a winning record the rest of the way but fell short of making the playoffs. The other three schools in the Northwest (Amphi, Flowing Wells and Ironwood Ridge) had a combined record of 6-24.

Only 269 days until next football sea son!

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It is a statistical fact that the average high-school athlete will go through his/ her entire prep career without going to state even once.

It’s because many athletes play a year of freshman ball, then a year of JV, fol lowed by a couple years on the varsity. That leaves only a two-year window for reaching the postseason. In addition, in an eight-team conference, probably only two teams will make it to state and finally there are some programs that simply aren’t very good year after year.

Bianca Castillo doesn’t have to worry about any of that. The junior guard from Flowing Wells is firmly ensconced in a monster basketball program, one that not only goes to state every year, but has actu ally reached the Class 5A State champion ship the past two seasons. It’s a good feel ing knowing that you and your teammates won’t have to sweat out the vagaries of the AIA Power Point system. But being part of a monster program also carries with it the expectation to maintain a level of excel lence in both practice and in games.

“I’m really happy to be part of this,” she says. “Basketball is all I’ve ever real ly wanted to do and our team is so good. It’s a nice feeling knowing that we should probably win every game.”

Castillo puts in the work in the class room, as well. She’s just shy of being a straight-A student, a point she recounts with a roll of the eyes. “I’m taking some hard classes this year. It’s a challenge.”

She plans on attending the UA after she finishes at Flowing Wells, hoping to major in either sports medicine or psychology.

During the brief interview, she picked up a couple cool math tricks, including one involving six-digit numbers that bog gles the mind. When asked if she wanted to know the secret behind the maneuver,

she politely declined. “No, I want it to re main magic. Or if I ever do, I want to dis cover the secret myself.”

Flowing Wells High School has an en rollment that is right on the borderline be tween classes 4A and 5A. For this year and next, at least, the Caballeros will be in the smaller-school 4A. But that won’t make it any easier to get back to a state champi onship game. Flowing Wells is in the 4A Kino Region, a grouping that appears to have been put together by the Marquis De Sade.

Four of the members of the Kino — Sa huaro, Flowing Wells, Salpointe (which doesn’t belong in the 4A), and Pueblo — have all been in state championship games in the past four years. Added to that mix is poor, unfortunate Canyon Del Oro, a team that is much improved over last season but will have to face the aforementioned four teams twice each in January.

Despite being one of the top teams in the entire state, it’s anybody’s guess if Flowing Wells will even be the best team in their region. “This will be a great sea son,” Castillo said. “We’re going to see just how good we can be.”

Oro Valley, AZ – When it comes to chronic pain and/ or neuropathy, the most common doctor-prescribed treatment is drugs like Gabapentin, Lyrica, Cymbalta, and Neurontin. The problem with antidepressants or anti-seizure medications like these is that they offer purely symptomatic relief, as opposed to targeting and treating the root of the problem. Worse, these drugs often trigger an onset of uncomfortable, painful, and sometimes harmful side effects.

The only way to effectively treat chronic pain and/or peripheral neuropathy is by targeting the source, which is the result of nerve damage owing to inadequate blood flow to the nerves in the hands and feet. This often causes weakness, numbness, tingling, pain, and balance problems. A lack of nutrients causes the nerves to degenerate – an insidious and often painful process.

cannot survive, and thus, slowly die. This leads to those painful and frustrating consequences we were talking about earlier, like weakness, numbness, tingling, balance issues, and perhaps even a burning sensation.

The drugs your doctor might prescribe will temporarily conceal the problems, putting a “BandAid” over a situation that will only continue to deteriorate without further action.

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Bianca Castillo, junior guard from Flowing Wells. (Flowing Wells submitted)

resurgence of measles

Many of us remember either having a measles infection or knew some one who did. It was not a pleasant experience. Measles is a highly in fectious viral illness that causes a rash, fever, inflamed eyes and sore throat.

Also called rubeola, this illness kills. It is not a “mild” or “routine” childhood illness. There were 9 million reported cases last year with 128,000 deaths. This was a huge jump from 7.5 million cases and 60,700 deaths in 2020. Most are children who are unvaccinated.

Unfortunately, this disease may be head ing for a resurgence, according to both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Both public health agencies called measles “an imminent threat in every region of the world” after noting that 40 million children missed their

vaccine doses last year. This is a “record high” in missed vaccinations. The COVID lockdowns are the biggest contributing fac tor in the missed vaccinations but also weak surveillance during the pandemic, delayed response plans to the ongoing outbreaks in more than 20 countries, and misinforma tion have led to increased illness.

Measles symptoms typically appear 10 to 14 days after exposure. Mild to moderate fever, runny nose, cough, sore throat and conjunctivitis (inflamed eyes) are common and usually last about three days.

Then a rash appears as small red spots that cluster together; this starts on the face then progresses to the rest of the body, all the way to the feet. The fever can rise to as high as 105 degrees. The rash will usually fade after a week or 10 days. Most people will recover. But there can be acute com plications that mostly affect children less than 5 years, adults over 20 years, pregnant women, and people with a compromised immune system. Complications include visual impairment, ear infections, diarrhea and pneumonia. One child out of every thousand will develop encephalitis (brain inflammation) that can cause seizures and lead to hearing loss or cognitive delay. Two children will die from respiratory or neuro logical complications.

The United States had declared measles eradicated after no cases were reported in 2000 but we still have an occasional out break. 2020 saw 13 cases, 2021 saw 49 cases and so far this year (as of Nov. 17) there have been 51 reported and documented cases. Right now, there is a very large outbreak on going in central Ohio. It began in June with the first recorded measles case in 20 years. As of Nov. 28, 32 children have confirmed illness. Thirty-one of those children are un vaccinated; the remaining child’s vaccina tion status is unknown. About 63% of those children are 1 to 2 years old, 19% are 3 to 5. Thirteen have been hospitalized. At these ages, children are most vulner

able to complications that can occur. The Disneyland measles outbreak of 2014-2015 caused the greatest number of infections in 20 years. It spread to seven states in the United States, Mexico and Canada.

The first case was in an unvaccinated 11-year-old. The case count for 2015 was 1,274. The Brooklyn outbreak in 2018 saw 654 measles cases. About 73% of patients were not vaccinated. The report said 125 of these patients needed hospitalization and 65 reported complications, including pneu monia and encephalitis. The largest measles outbreak in Arizona since 2000 was in 2016. Thirty-two cases were diagnosed at an Eloy detention center, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. This was the biggest outbreak in the United States that year.

Most of the people who get measles have not been vaccinated. Here in the United States, we have the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) usually given at age one with the booster at age 4. When unvaccinated people travel to areas where the disease may be more prevalent, they are more likely to get sick.

Several areas of Africa, Asia, the South Pa cific and Europe harbor the measles virus. Once home, they spread it to others who also may not have been vaccinated. The an ti-vaccination movement in this country is often based on misinformation and down right untrue information regarding vaccine safety. That MMR causes autism is a classic example of a fraudulent initial paper and subsequent repetition of a falsehood.

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This movement has unfortunately grown and there are pockets of children at in creased risk of serious illness. Kindergarten ers in Marin County in California are twice as likely to be unvaccinated than other chil dren that age. A record number of parents in California claimed “personal belief ex emptions” from vaccines in 2014. That year the state recorded the most measles cases in 20 years and the highest rate of pertussis (whooping cough) in 68 years. Those statis tics changed with the 2016 law mandating full immunization for all children entering public school. (Valid exemptions include some illnesses and true allergies.)

“Measles is one of the most contagious diseases on the face of the earth” said New York’s health commissioner, Dr. Oxiris Barbot, after the 2016 Brooklyn outbreak. “There may no longer be local transmission of measles in New York City, but the threat remains given other outbreaks in the U.S. and around the world. Our best defense against renewed transmission is having a well immunized city.”

Routine childhood vaccination rates are declining in some areas due to “vaccine hesitancy,” a fear that the vaccine will cause harm. Social media reinforces many false claims and contributes to the risks of resur

gence of many infectious diseases. There are public health and economic consequences in unvaccinated communities. The Sept. 1, 2017, issue of JAMA Pediatrics (Journal of the American Medical Association) report ed that a “5% decline in MMR coverage in the United states would result in a threefold increase in measles cases for children ages 2 to 11 years nationally every year with an additional $2.1 million in public sector costs.”

We need to vaccinate our children and ourselves against preventable illness. When enough people are vaccinated, we create “herd immunity” to protect our most vul

nerable neighbors who may not be vacci nated such as newborns and the immuno compromised. A 95% vaccination rate helps to create that community, or herd, immu nity. We are currently at 90.6% in Arizona. Five cases have been documented in Ari zona this year, and those patients were not vaccinated. Prevention is the key.

Mia Smitt is a longtime nurse practitioner. She writes a regular column for Tucson Local Media.

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By Holiday Mathis

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Ego separates people, but you go the other way. You know you wouldn’t enjoy a world in which everyone thought the same way, and you’re eager to learn from others and appreciate how they see things, even if it’s not a view you share. For these reasons, you’ll be an agent of peace in situations that sorely need them.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Maybe you won’t start out in the optimal frame of mind, but you’ll be favored by the fates anyway because you’re brave enough to go forward. Even when you don’t feel particularly open and ready for new experi ences, life will sweep you up and cradle you with the song of its loveliness.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). A number of chang es are coming. Fate favors you because you’re willing to try different tactics and approaches, adapting to make things work. This is very dif ferent from fickleness, which is the inclination to change regardless of the effectiveness of the current tactic. Your success move is to stick to the plan.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The power source is already inside you, but where is your energy flow ing? There are things you tend to that do not de serve the focus but are so ingrained in your habits that you hardly realize they are a part of your daily pattern. You’ll root them out this week and decide whether to redistribute your energy.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). It’s taking more work than you thought it would, but the best things re quire continuous effort. They cannot be easily held on to. They have their own season. You have to keep reaching for them over and over. You have to recreate them each time, but luckily, you are endlessly creative this week.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). A long-term project will require you to get more in touch with your performance levels throughout the days. It’s also good to note when you get tired and what sort of recovery style works best for you. The fruition of your project hinges on a realistic and efficient plan for the future.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Getting good at some thing often involves first being terrible at it repeat edly. What makes an endeavor worthwhile isn’t your inherent skill but what you learn about your self and life in the process. It helps if you enjoy the endeavor. That will keep you in the game longer.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You’ll go on a fact-finding mission. Take your time in this re search phase. Not only is it fun but it’s your mo ment to soak in a wide range of possibility. Then, let things marinate. Don’t be too quick to make sense of it or you’ll jump to shallow or wrong conclusions.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). There are people you don’t have to know well to be com pletely comfortable around, maybe because they are so welcoming and interested in others. Ac cording to the new friends you meet this week, you’re one of those people. You’ll expand your social and professional network in delightful and useful ways.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). This week, you will know firsthand what loyalty really is. A true friend tunes into what you’re doing and listens and reflects. Around such a friend, your mistakes seem minimized and your attributes maximized, and regardless of how you do, a true friend is unfailingly on your side. You strive to be such a friend.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You think every one can do what you do, but that’s simply not true. It’s fine to think it. You have no point of reference except for the one inside you, looking out. Would your self-esteem be lifted if you knew you were uniquely talented? You are. You’re smart in a way that will help more than just you. Believe.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). It’s much easier to champion the underdog when you can manage not to insult the overdog at the same time. If you have the grace to finagle such an interaction (and the stars suggest that you can and will have such grace), you’ll essentially be the anomaly -- an un eaten agent in a dog-eat-dog world.

THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAYS: Your sense of pur pose is bigger than life. You’ll be generous with your heart, time and talents. Business ventures will pay off little by little as you go. You’ll make bank on an investment in eight years. For now, it’s all about action and follow-through. Your love life sizzles over the spring. Commit to learning and being there for your people. Your offbeat interests will prove to be the most lucrative and intellectu ally stimulating ones.

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It’s the week of the full moon in Gemini, the Cold Moon, the moon presiding over the year-end. In many parts of the world, it’s the darkest and deepest temperatures of winter. Gemini spirit is one of togetherness, of reaching out and social interaction. Leave no soul behind. This motto takes awareness. The proud suffer in a mask; the astute recognize this and ask further questions. The casual warmth and comfort they offer make the difference.
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