1 INDEPENDIENTE EL Free/gratis 1976~31 Years of Service~2007 South Tucson s Bilingual Newspaper INSIDE Free Tax Help By Ernesto Romero Citizens whose income is up to 250 percent above the poverty line can get free tax help through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program....see page 2 Día Festivo de Chavez Propuesto Por Colin Moore Traducido por Derrick Del Pilar Alma Serrano (left) and Jack Skinner, a United Way volunteer, electronically file Serrano s taxes at Pima Community College s Eastside Adult Learning Center, 1630 S. Alvernon Way. Ayuda gratis Por Ernesto Romero Ciudadanos cuyo ingreso es de 250 por ciento sobre la línea de pobreza pueden hacer sus impuestos gratis por medio del programa Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA-Asistencia Voluntaria de los Impuestos de Ingreso)....vea página 2 Sunnyside Coach By Monica Galan At 6:50 a.m., Jimmy Rosthenhausler begins his workday at Kino Sports Complex....see page 3 Jimmy Rosthenhausler, Sunnyside coach, talks with Mario Ruiz, a Junior Varsity baseball player. César Chávez representó una gran figura dentro de los movimientos de los derechos civiles y de obreros en los Estados Unidos, pero sólo en California y Texas honran oficialmente sus contribuciones a la sociedad. Los representantes del estado esperan que Arizona sea el próximo. La Legislatura de Arizona introdujo una enmienda que designará el último lunes del mes de marzo el Día de César Chávez. Esta enmienda actualmente está bajo la revisión y aprobación de los comités de Reglas y Judicatura. Sin embargo, no está en ninguna agenda que esté por ser deliberada. Yo creo que él lo merece, dijo un residente del Sur de Tucsón, Joe García de 53 años de edad. Necesita ser reconocido por su trabajo. Chavez falleció el 23 de abril de 1993 de muerte natural. Un año después su viuda, Helen, recibió la Medalla Presidencial de la Libertad del Presidente William Clinton en honor de su esposo. El cumpleaños de Chávez, el 31 de marzo, es un día festivo oficial del estado en California y Texas. Chávez se considera uno de los líderes mexicanos más influyentes de los derechos civiles. Pasó casi 40 años denunciando y luchando contra la explotación de obreros mexicanos en los Estados Unidos. Muchos eran inmigrantes que Chávez vio como explotados en trabajos mal pagados. En 1962, Chávez ayudó a fundar la Asociación Nacional de Chavez /vea página 6 PHOTO BY ROBERT FONOROW Norbert Garcia, 19, works on one of his paintings, though his usual art consists of large found object sculputures. Garcia said that much of his previous works focused on the absence of people. 19-Year-Old Finds Focus in Art By Scott M. Ward I plan on being a really big artist, Norbert Garcia says. I want to be a part of art history. Grandiose words from a 19-yearold with one semester of art school under his belt. But take a peek into Garcia s world, and what he s accomplished thus far, and a place in the annals of the art world seems like a conceivable destination. In October, Garcia was named the Emerging Artist of the Year by the League of United Latin American Citizens Tucson chapter. At the time, he was in the midst of his first semester on scholarship at the California College of Arts in Oakland. Over the past few months he s kept busy working at the Tucson Museum of A rt building exhibits, a highly sought-after position for much older aspiring artists. He even occasionally plays substitute teacher across the museum s courtyard at his former high school, where he critiques students work. Garcia s dedication to his craft, along with his natural skill set, separates him from many of his peers. It has also alienated him from them. He believes his art school classmates, who seek to use their degrees in a professional capacity outside the art world, are pragmatic it s just not his avenue of choice. I m hoping art has a practicality, Garcia says. Garcia s passion for art today stands in stark contrast to his attitude a few years ago. As an underclassman at Tucson High School, he immersed himself not in history but in social politics who did what and when. It wasn t until he was kicked out of Tucson High for poor grades that Garcia found his calling. At Art Works Academy, an alternative school for kids with a passion for art, he met the man, Simon Donovan, who would become his mentor. I didn t consider art as a career until I met Simon, Garcia says. Donovan characterizes Garcia as a fearless individual, savvy beyond his years and pleasing to be around. He has self-discipline, which is rare in a teenager, Donovan says. Donovan marvels at how knowl- Young Artist /see page 6 Wonder Mobile Clinic Back In Town By Lauren Miller Like any doctor s office, Dequenesh clinic has bright, cobalt blue exam rooms and shiny modern equipment. It also has a red Ford cab and gets three miles to the gallon. After a nine-month hiatus, and thanks to a new partnership with the Primavera Foundation, the Dequenesh mobile clinic can once again roll in and open its doors to provide free medical services to South side residents. Consider us primary care, anything you d take your mom, dad, brother, sister or kids to see the doctor for, said Deanna Lewis, Dequenesh medical director. Starting this month, the nonprofit clinic will offer first-come-first-serve medical care outside Primavera s women s homeless shelter, Casa PHOTO COURTESY DEANNA LEWIS The Dequenesh mobile clinic is ready to roll after a long hiatus and will offer free primary care on a first-come-first-serve basis. Paloma, 620 W. Williams St., every other Saturday. No insurance or proof of residency is needed, and patients can visit for anything from backaches to diabetes treatment. Established in January 2006, Dequenesh originally worked with Clinic /see page 6 Major League Baseball Spring Training 2007 Schedule: Tucson Electric Kino Sports Complex 2500 E. Ajo Way 2/28 3/29 1:05 p.m. 3/4 Doubleheader (1:05 p.m., 7:05 p.m.) 3/19 Off-day 3/29 12:05 p.m. Participating teams include: Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland A s, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers For further information, and a complete schedule, visit Ticket Information: Ball Park Information: Ticket Prices: Field-Level Infield $15 Field-Level Grandstand $12 Lower Bleachers $8 Upper Bleachers $6 Lawn Seats $5 Covered Mezzanine $16
2 Page / Página 2 Free Help Filing Taxes from VITA Volunteers Grant Gives Immigrants Art, Science Exposure By Ernesto Romero Citizens whose income is up to 250 percent above the poverty line can file their taxes for free through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. VITA will help taxpayers meet the April 17 IRS federal deadline. VITA has locations all over Tucson, including on the South side. VITA s 250-percent threshold means that for every four people in a family, household annual income is $50,000 or less. For every six people in a family, household annual income is $67,000 or less. VITA can answer legal questions associated with taxes, taxpayer rights and how to file for previous years. Installment plans are also available for citizens who can t pay tax-preparation fees. There are Spanish speakers at each VITA site. Listed below are the locations close to South Tucson, as well as their operating hours. Call for more information. Where to Go El Rio Neighborhood Center 1390 W. Speedway Blvd. Tuesdays 4:30 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays 2:30 5:30 p.m. Closed March 27 and 28 El Pueblo Neighborhood Center 101 W. Irvington Road Wednesdays 5 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays 9 a.m noon Victory Assembly of God Church 2561 W. Ruthrauff Road Saturdays 9 a.m. 1 p.m. Other days by appointment; call Arizona Department of Revenue 400 W. Congress Ave. (basement) Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m. 2 p.m. Pima Community College 401 N. Bonita Ave. Saturdays 9 a.m. noon Closed March 17 Pio Decimo Center 848 S. Seventh Ave. Mondays and Wednesdays 3 5 p.m. Saturdays 9 a.m. noon Quincie Douglas Library 1585 E. 36th St. Wednesdays 9 a.m. noon South Tucson s Bilingual Newspaper El Independiente encourages letters from all its readers, but reserves the right to edit correspondence for grammar, style, clarity and length. Managing Editor Abbey Hood News Editor Kaitlin Shaw Spanish Editor and Translator Berenice Rosales Assistant Spanish Editor Ernesto Romero Design Editor Julie Wetmore Photo Editor Robert Fonorow Community Events Editor Alexis Savlov News Room Manager Katy Graham UA Journalism P.O. Box B Tucson, AZ Phone: Adviser Maggy Zanger Graphics and Layout Adviser John dedios Copy Chief Tom Knauer Copy Editors Randi Eichenbaum Leahann Bane Photographers Leigh Laws Mallory Loring Design Lauren Miller Mallory Loring Reporters Scott Ward Monica Galan Laura Ory Lauren Miller Leigh Laws Ernesto Romero James Larrenaga Colin Moore By James Larranega Community behavioral health clinic La Frontera recently received a grant of $2,490 for a program to take immigrant families to various art and science venues in Tucson. About 70 students at Billy Lane Lauffer Middle School awarded the grant to La Frontera s Prevention Team. The school worked with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, which did a walk-athon to match the funds the students raised. This is one of the most meaningful grants we ve ever had, said Jeannine Chapelle, La Frontera prevention services supervisor. How often is it that kids want to provide these opportunities to other kids? The grant will help fund La Por Ernesto Romero Traducido por Anders Peterson Ciudadanos cuyo ingreso es de 250 por ciento sobre la línea de pobreza pueden hacer sus impuestos gratis por medio del programa Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA- Asistencia Voluntaria de los Impuestos de Ingreso). VITA ayudará a los contribuyentes de impuestos a llenar sus solicitudes de impuestos para el 17 de abril, el plazo federal del IRS (Servicio de Impuestos Internos). VITA tiene ubicaciones por todo Tucsón incluyendo el sur de Tucsón. El umbral de 250 por ciento de VITA significa que por cada cuatro personas en una familia, el ingreso anual es de 50 mil dólares o menos. Por cada seis personas en la familia, el ingreso anual del hogar es de 67 mil dólares o menos. VITA está capacitado para contestar preguntas legales asociadas con los impuestos, derechos de los contribuyentes y como llenar la solicitud de impuestos de años previos. Planes Por James Larranega Traducido por Anders Peterson Frontera s Family Passages program, which serves people who were born in a foreign country and have only recently come to live in Tucson, Chapelle said. The program will take the families to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, the Tucson Children s Museum and the Flandrau Planetarium. Other venues are still being determined. About 50 immigrant families will participate in the program, said Jacquelynn Villa-Baze, a prevention services family education specialist, adding that the families come from regions as close as Central America and as far as Russia. That little grant that we got is a nice bonus that we can use to take them out to learn about resources in the city, Villa-Baze said. para cuotas también están disponibles para los ciudadanos que no pueden pagar los costos de la preparación de impuestos. Se habla español en cada locación de VITA. Abajo se encuentra una lista de las ubicaciones cercanas al Sur de Tucsón y también sus horas de operación. Para más información llame al A Donde Ir El Rio Neighborhood Center 1390 W. Speedway Blvd. Los martes de 4:30 a 7:30 de la tarde. Los miércoles de 2:30 a 5:30 de la tarde. Cerrado el 27 y 28 de marzo. El Pueblo Neighborhood Center 101 W. Irvington Road Los miécoles de 5 de la tarde a 8 de la noche. Los viernes y sábados de 9 de la mañana al mediodía. Victory Assembly of God Church This month, the participants will go to their first venue, Centennial Hall on the University of Arizona campus, to see Alice, a modern rendition of Alice in Wonderland written by comedian Whoopi Goldberg. They don t know what s here, so we want to show them around Tucson so they know what s available, Villa-Baze said of the families. The Association of Fundraising Professionals went to several schools to teach students there how to put together proposals for a grant, Villa-Baze said. She pointed to a large piece of green construction paper the Lauffer students drew on to look like a giant check. They presented this to us along with an envelope full of quarters and nickels and dollar bills, she said. VITA Ofrece Ayuda con los Impuestos 2561 W. Ruthrauff Road Los sábados de 9 de la mañana a 1 de la tarde. Otros días con una cita; llame al Arizona Department of Revenue 400 W. Congress Ave. (basement) Los lunes, martes y jueves de 9 a 2 de la tarde. Pima Community College 401 N. Bonita Ave. Los sábados de 9 de la mañana al mediodía. Cerrado el 17 de marzo. Pio Decimo Center 848 S. Seventh Ave. Los lunes y miércoles de 3 a 5 de la tarde. Los sábados de 9 del a mañana al mediodía Quincie Douglas Library 1585 E. 36th St. Los miércoles de 9 de la mañana al ediodía. La Frontera usa Subvención para Ayudar a Inmigrantes La clínica comunitaria de salud conductual La Frontera recientemente recibió una subvención de dólores 2,490 para un programa que lleva a las familias inmigrantes a varios lugares de arte y ciencia en Tucsón. Por lo menos 70 estudiantes de la escuela secundaria Billy Lane Lauffer premiaron la contribución al Prevention Team (Equipo de Prevención) de La Frontera. La escuela trabajó con la Association of Fundraising Professionals (Asociación de Profesionales de la Recolección de Fondos), lo cual realizo un Caminatón para combinar con los fondos que los estudiantes recolectaron. Esto es una de las contribuciones más significativas que hemos tenido, dijo Jeannine Chapelle, supervisora de servicios de prevención de La Frontera. Qué tan seguido niños quieren proveer estas oportunidades para otros niños? La subvención patrocinará el nuevo programa Family Passages (Pasajes Familiares) de La Frontera, el cual servirá a la gente nacida en un país extranjero y que recientemente ha venido a Tucsón para vivir, dijo Chapelle. El programa llevará a las familias al Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (Museo del Desierto Arizona- Sonora), al Tucson Children s Museum (Museo Infantil de Tucsón) y al Flandrau Planetarium (Planetario Flandrau). Todavía se están determinando otros lugares. Alrededor de 50 familias inmigrantes participarán en el programa, dijo Jacquelynn Villa-Baze, especialista educativa familiar de servicios de prevención, añadiendo que las familias vienen de regiones tan cercanas como América Central y tan lejos como Rusia. Esa pequeña contribución que recibimos será una buena bonificación que podemos usar para llevarlos fuera a aprender sobre los recursos en la ciudad, dijo Villa- Baze. Este mes, los participantes irán a su primer lugar, el Centennial Hall (Sala Centenaria) en la Universidad de Arizona, para ver Alice, una interpretación moderna de Alicia en el País de las Maravillas escrito por la humorista Whoopi Goldberg. Ellos no saben lo que hay aquí, por lo tanto nosotros queremos mostrarles Tucsón para que se enteren de lo que hay disponible, dijo Villa-Baze de las familias. La Asociación de Profesionales de la Recolección de Fondos asistió a varias escuelas para enseñar a los estudiantes como preparar propuestas para una subvención, dijo Villa- Baze. Ella señaló una hoja grande de papel verde sobre la cual los estudiantes Lauffer habían dibujado un cheque gigantesco. Ellos nos presentaron esto junto con un sobre lleno de monedas y billetes, ella dijo.
3 PHOTO BY MONICA GALAN Love of Baseball Drives Busy Sunnyside Coach By Monica Galan At 6:50 a.m., Jimmy Rosthenhausler begins his workday at Kino Sports Complex. For the next eight hours, he trims, mows and waters fields at Tucson Electric Park Stadium to get them ready for Major League Baseball players in town. All the while, he supervises a 15-man crew. Then he drives a short distance to Sunnyside High School for another teamwork exercise, 3:30 p.m. baseball practice. In the afternoons from February to May, Rosthenhausler retires his gardening tools for a bucket of baseballs as the Sunnyside coach. His love for the game keeps his heart in tune with the sport year round. I wouldn t trade places with anyone, says Rosthenhausler, 46. It can be exhausting, but I love it. Rosthenhausler spends his weekdays as the trades maintenance supervisor for the Kino Sports Rosthenhausler s Sunnyside baseball cap holds a picture in rememberance of his oldest son, Jimmy, Jr. By Laura Ory In the window of Krista Boreson s kindergarten classroom hangs some of her student s work. My nim is catrplr, wrote one student next to a drawing of a fuzzy, pink caterpillar. I can fli, wrote another, next to a drawing of a little black fly. The writings are examples of the early literacy skills that the Tucson Unified School District is working to improve among its youngest students. Since 2005, TUSD has reduced all its kindergarten and most firstgrade classes to no more than 18 students. In February, the TUSD school board approved $2.1 million to hire 46 teachers to complete the first-grade class-size reduction. Eventually, the district plans to limit all classes through third grade to 18 students. Parents were invited to TUSD schools this week to register their children for kindergarten and to show parents why their child should come to their school, said Mission View Elementary principal Elizabeth Redondo. Small class sizes and improved reading instruction are a part of Mission View s and other TUSD schools offerings this year. Two years ago, two South Tucson schools, Mission View Elementary, 2800 S. Eigth Ave., and Ochoa Elementary, 101 W. 25th St., each added an additional kindergarten class to reduce their class sizes. Last August, Mission View also added an additional first-grade Complex, as he and his crew are responsible for the main field now in use for MLB s annual spring training in Tucson 12 practice fields and three practice infields. Even on his weekends off, Rosthenhausler doesn t take a break from the sport. Instead, he coaches mandatory practices for his Sunnyside team on Saturday mornings. He puts a lot of his time and effort into his teams, says freshman Joanna Brown, Sunnyside s team manager. The dedication has paid off in 16 years leading the baseball team, Rosthenhausler, who also coaches freshman basketball, has never had a losing season. He takes it seriously, Brown says. The Tucson native has been playing baseball almost all his life, since I could walk. Growing up in a family of five boys, Rosthenhausler was steeped in the sport from an early age. He played baseball at Pueblo High School and then for two years at Pima Community College. His main influence was his father, Sammy, who played in the minor leagues for the Boston Red Sox. He was a good player. He s a great man, Rosthenhausler says of his father. He s a hard worker, a good provider, everything you want your father to be. Rosthenhausler is seen as a classroom, and this August, Ochoa will receive another first grade teacher to reduce class sizes to 18 students. Denise Touseull, a kindergarten teacher at Mission View, had 14 students in her kindergarten classroom last year when the school hired an additional kindergarten teacher. I could see that I could reach the kids more and spend more time with those who needed it, Touseull said. Christina Lopez, a kindergarten teacher at Ochoa, also sees the benefit of smaller classes. She had about 24 students in her classes before the district implemented the 18-to-one ratio. I get to give them more one-onone time, Lopez said. It s less crowd control. However, smaller classes don t inherently produce more learning, Redondo said. It s sort of like quality versus quantity, Redondo said. It s what you do when you have that smaller classroom that makes a significant difference. One major difference has been father figure to some members of his freshman team at Sunnyside. During practices, shouts of Hustle it up and I can t have a good team unless you re willing to help me echo across Sunnyside s field. It s truly sad when there s 15 kids on the team, and there s only four parents out there, Rosthenhausler says. I think I can help them in that regard. Rosthenhausler carries a picture of his oldest son, Jimmy, Jr. in his Sunnyside baseball cap every day. Jimmy Jr. died in October 1992 at age 12 when he was hit by a drunk driver while crossing the street on Smaller TUSD Classes Enhancing Literacy Skills PHOTO BY MALLORY LORING Yareth Reyes practices reading with a computer program that allows students to hear sounds and visually identify words and letters. PHOTO BY MONICA GALAN Sunnyside s freshman baseball team gather around Rosthenhausler for an overview of practice. the addition of literacy skills testing for kindergarten-through-third-grade students, Redondo said. In 2005, TUSD also began administering the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) test. Students are tested at the beginning, middle and end of the school year in areas such as letter naming, phonemic awareness, comprehension and vocabulary. The test is part of the district s plan to meet state standards to make sure kindergarten and first-grade students are developing the literacy skills they need to become emerging readers, Redondo said. It s a way for us to know how the kids are doing in these areas, Redondo said. This year we re 100 percent comfortable with it, and we ve really been able to analyze the data, and it shows us it s working. Redondo said students at Mission View are divided into groups based on the level they re at determined by the test. Each group receives specific intervention instruction for a half-hour each day on areas they need improvement in, Redondo said. Toussuell said she works with a group of nine kindergartners who are still learning to recognize all the letters of the alphabet. Kindergartner s scores at Mission View increased steadily in , and this year s kindergartner s have shown similar progress. Some of the best progress was seen in phoneme segmentation. By the end of the year, 70 percent of the students were PHOTO BY MALLORY LORING his way home. I think I ve had a lot of bad experiences where I can teach them, Rosthenhausler says. I tell every kid that s played for me, if they re ever in trouble, to call me. Mario Ruiz and Sergio Ortiz, former Rosthenhausler pupils who are on this year s Sunnyside juniorvarsity team, both say their old coach has helped them before. Jimmy supports you a lot, says Ruiz, 15. If we ever needed his help, we can call him. Not only is he a good coach, but he s a pretty good friend, Ortiz says. While quality baseball playing is Page / Página 3 most important, Rosthenhausler never fails to stress to his players the importance of academics. According to Sunnyside regulations and Rosthenhausler s personal rules, players must have at least a C average to practice and participate in games. He s trying to prepare us for life after baseball, says Ortiz, 15, who carries a 4.0 grade-point average. Rosthenhausler says he can t wait until both his and the professional baseball seasons are in full swing. I was brought into baseball, and there s something new everyday, he says. Meghan Varona, UA student teacher, reads to kindergarteners at Mission View Elementary. able to 35 correct sounds per minute. Heidi Aranda, Ochoa principal, said smaller class sizes have also allowed teachers at Ochoa to improve student learning. When the kindergartners took the DIBELS tests during the fall of 2005, 60 percent of the kindergarten students needed intensive intervention to reach the benchmark goals. By spring 2006, however, the number was reduced to 42 percent, Aranda said. Last fall, 53 percent of the kindergartners were in need of intensive intervention, but that number was reduced to 15 percent in December. Tousseull also said the progress of her class learning was phenomenal last year, due to the more specific instruction based on the test and the smaller class size. This year, her students are still progressing well, she said, although her class is larger. Mission View thought enrollment would decrease and the fourth kindergarten class was eliminated. Although the kindergarten classes began the year with no more than 18 students, kindergarten enrollment increased in November, Redondo said. Touseull now has 21 students, and the other two kindergarten classes have 23 and 22 students. It s harder to give them the help they need, Tousseull said. The school will add an additional kindergarten class next year if needed to reduce the class sizes back to an 18-to-one ratio and if the schools funding allows, Redondo said.
4 Page / Página 4 March 9 / 9 de marzo Ride the gravy train to treasures at Gerson s By Tom Knauer Every year, Jerry and Carol McGillicuddy abandon their retirement haven in Michigan and trudge through Ron Gerson s windy, dust-ridden lot 2,000 miles away, just to check out his latest batch of gravy. But Gerson s product isn t the stuff of greasy off-ramp diners or flea market tents. It s the splintered boards, rust-glazed stoves and other candidates for the scrap heap that Gerson has offered cheap to curious homeowners, artists and junk collectors alike over the last 21 years. The rustier and more used, the more we like it, Carol says. Ron Gerson s Used Building Materials, 1811 S. Park Ave., offers about 10,000 items in 1,600 categories, from countertops and air conditioners to the smallest pins and needles. Many items are roughly grouped together and easy to identify, but visitors are sure to find mixes of practical opposites, like a bowling pin resting in the crown of a propane tank. Gerson s has gotten its goods through countless telephone calls and in-person visits. When items say, a dozen two-by-fours salvaged from a razed home sound interesting, Gerson either invites the seller to come by and dump them off, or he or one of his five employees drives out to fetch them. Whatever comes in takes a spot in Gerson s two-and-a-half-acre property, which sits in the open air. Its only barrier from the elements is a basketball court-sized strip of corrugated metal propped up by rusty beams along the perimeter that houses many of Gerson s weather-sensitive items, such as doors, windows and chandeliers. At first glance, the lot, wrapped in chainlink fence and topped with barbed wire, resembles pirate outposts from films like Mad Max and Waterworld. Manager Jim O Grady isn t shy about playing down the lots aesthetics. I don t want to say it s one huge yard sale, but I don t want to say it s an outdoor extravaganza, either, he says, chuckling. It s two-and-a-half acres of used building materials. That brings it down to what it is: metal, wood and lumber, in many different forms. Gerson s has its roots in demolition. Gerson s family ran a demolition company in Tucson for decades until the late 1980s, when Ron also owned a shop that bought bricks, file cabinets and other would-be trash taken from projects and sold them back to the public. While at the shop one day, he watched a truckload of glass doors sell for three times what he paid for them. Cash registers rang in his ears, and he soon decided to leave the demolition business, opting instead to continue accumulating building materials. That was where all the money was we d call it the gravy, Gerson says. I thought, Why can t I just buy the stuff? Customers range from college students to retirees, O Grady says. General contractors and homeowners frequently call the lot or stop in to buy and sell, and many people come by just to look around. The McGillicuddys visit Gerson s to scope out items that might make clever home furnishing. They stopped by on a recent Friday alongside Carol s daughter, Shannon Lukso, and Shannon s husband, Rick, both of whom live in Oro Valley. Shannon shuffled through a stack of fences, while Carol eyed a sheet of arched tin she says she d once seen used to panel an interior wall of a home. Retired truck driver Armando Gonzales, a regular customer who lives in South Tucson, says the lot features prices lower than what he could get for new items. But more importantly, it offers aged and rustic variations. On a recent visit, he pointed at a pile of six or seven fireplace covers to illustrate. Some Ron Gerson relaxes in a claw-foot bathtub. Gerson said the tub would probably be bought within two weeks. A man looks through a row of metal security doors at Gerson s while two mailboxes from an extensive collection still bear the numbers of their previous owner. Right: Old gas tanks are just a taste of the random trash to treasure at Gerson s. were long and shrouded in honeycomb screening; others were rounded with wide gaps between warthog teeth. Each item wore a coat of orange-red rust. You have different things you won t find other places, Gonzales says. Gerson s also caters to the artistic. O Grady recalled when students from the University of Arizona photography department called about using the lot for a project of their own. They says they needed a place for shadows, O Grady says. We said, The whole place is yours. After some quiet deliberation, Shannon made her choice: a cut of pink fencing with thick, prism-like rails. By the chips in the paint and the faint scrubs of dirt along the bottom, it appeared the piece once kept stray dogs from wandering onto someone s front yard. Shannon has more ambitious plans for it. I never would have used it, Rick says, but then she found it and thought it could serve as the headboard to our bed. Getting it Cheap at Gerson s Ron Gerson s Used Building Materials offers approximately 10,000 items of varying shapes, sizes and utilities. Here s how a few random selections compared in price to their new counterparts. Gerson s PHOTOS BY MALLORY LORING If you go Ron Gerson s Used Building Materials 1811 S. Park Ave. Open weekdays 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Competitor Refrigerator $145 $349 (Home Depot) Bathtub $95 $ (Home Depot) Toilet $38 $ (Home Depot) Dog travel cage, small $10 $15.99 (Petco)
5 Child-care Centers Struggle to Meet Rising Costs By Abbey Hood Piled high in front of Sherry Bolinger are papers on top of papers with budget projections, scratched notes and brainstormed ideas about how she can continue to pay bills and her staff and provide three good meals for 101 children at her child-care center. Those three meals are crucial for Bolinger s low-income clientele. A mother said if we stopped serving dinner her child would go hungry, said Bolinger, executive director of Tucson Nursery Schools and Child Care Centers Inc., 2385 S. Plumer Ave. Child-care centers like Bolinger s rely on state subsidies for low-income families who bring their children to her day care center. But state subsidy rates have not kept up with the increased costs of providing child care, leaving families and their day-care providers facing shortfalls at the end of every month. In 2006, the average cost for full-time child care in Arizona was $26 a day for a child ages 3 to 5 and $25 a day for a full-time, school-age child, according to an Arizona Department of Economic Security market rate survey. The DES will subsidize only up to $22 of the daily cost of child care for Por Abbey Hood Taducido por Guadalupe Zamora Papeles y más papeles están amontonados frente a Sherry Bolinger con información sobre el presupuesto, notas rayadas con ideas de como continuar pagando sus recibos y a sus empleados así como también proporcionar tres buenas comidas para 101 niños en su guardería. Esas tres comidas son cruciales para los clientes de bajo ingreso de Bolinger. Una madre nos dijo que si dejáramos de servir cena su hijo moriría de hambre, dijo Bolinger, la directora ejecutiva de Tucsón Nursery Schools and Child Care Centers Inc. (Escuelas de Guardería de Tucsón y Centros de Cuidado de Niños, S.A.), ubicados en 2385 S. Plumer Ave. Un centro de cuidado de niños como el de Bolinger depende de subvenciones del estado para familias de bajo ingreso que traen a sus hijos al centro de cuidado de niños. Pero las tarifas de dichas subvenciones no se han mantenido niveladas con el aumento en el costo de este servicio. Esto deja que las familias y los proveedores de cuidado de niños se afronten con carencias al final de cada mes. En el 2006, el promedio del costo de cuidado de niños completo en Arizona era 26 dólares diarios para niños de 3 a 5 años y 25 dólares para niños de edad de escuela primaria, según una encuesta de tasas de Arizona Department of Economic Security (Departamento de Seguridad Económica de Arizona). Este departamento, DES, ayudará solamente con 22 dólares diarios para el cuidado de niños de padres que califiquen. Los padres o el centro deberán pagar la diferencia. La tarifas de ayuda de DES están basadas en el 75 por ciento del costo del cuidado de niños en el año Desde entonces, el costo de operación de una guardería en Arizona ha subido el 35 por ciento, mientras las tasas de ayuda han permanecido igual. Escuelas de Guardería de Tucsón y Centros de Cuidado de Niños, S.A., un centro no lucrativo patrocinado por Child and Family Resources (Recursos para Niños y parents who qualify for subsidies. The parents or the center must pay the difference. The DES subsidy rates are based on 75 percent of the cost of child care in the year Since then, the operating costs of child care in Arizona have risen 35 percent, while the subsidy rates have remained the same. A non-profit center sponsored by Child and Family Resources, Tucson Nursery Schools and Child Care Centers Inc. receives 80 percent of its income from DES subsidies and the rest from grants and private donations. The center, established in 1946, is one of 18 child-care centers in South Tucson. It is one of the only centers in Tucson that has not increased rates parents must pay to help balance child-care budgets. Its daily charge matches the DES subsidy rate. Bolinger fears that if she were to increase the daily rate, most parents could not afford to pay the difference. For a family of five children the increase can be a $100 a week, or $400 a month. If it were to happen where families needed to make up the difference, Bolinger said, the families would probably pull their children out and leave them with their 11-year-old sibling or a neighbor down the street. It is a hardship on the family to have them make up Familias), recibe el 80 por ciento de sus ingresos de ayudas de DES y el resto de becas y donaciones privadas. El centro, establecido en 1946, es uno de los 18 centros de cuidado de niños en el Sur de Tucsón. Es uno de los únicos centros en la zona que no ha aumentado las tarifas que los padres deben de pagar para balancear los presupuestos del cuidado de niños. Su tarifa diaria equivale a la tasa de ayuda de DES. Bolinger teme que si ella aumentará la tarifa diaria, la mayoría de los padres no podrían pagar la diferencia. Para una familia con 5 niños el aumento sería de 100 dólares semanales, o 400 dólares mensuales. Si las familias tuvieran que compensar la diferencia, dijo Bolinger, las familias probablemente tendrían que sacar a sus hijos y dejarlos con un hermano mayor de 11 años o algún vecino. Es un problema grave para estas familias tener que compensar la diferencia. Entonces Bolinger lucha para cubrir los pagos cada mes. Aunque su centro sea parcialmente apoyado por donaciones, Bolinger dice que es más probable que la gente regale juguetes que dinero en efectivo. Escuelas de Guardería de Tucsón y Centros de Cuidado de Niños, S.A., no es el único centro de cuidado de niños en el Sur de Tucsón que depende de ayuda del estado como la mayoría de su ingreso. El 90 por ciento de los niños en A Dream Come True (Un Sueño Hecho Realidad), ubicado en 6163 S. Midvale Park Road, son ayudados por DES, dijo Armida Fierro, la directora ejecutiva del centro de cuidado y aprendizaje del Sur de Tucsón. El centro cobra una tarifa diaria más alta que la ayuda de 22 dólares, dejando que los padres paguen la diferencia. Fierro dijo que Un Sueño Hecho Realidad ha perdido estudiantes porque los padres no podían pagar lo que DES no pudo proporcionar. Los padres intentan cubrir sus costos, pero no pueden ganar más dinero porque están pagando más por el cuidado de sus niños, dijo Fierro. Fierro, que lleva 17 años cuidando a niños, PHOTO BY LEIGH LAWS Children at A Dream Come True play house during free time. the difference. So Bolinger struggles to make ends meet every month. While her center is partially supported by donations, Bolinger said people are more likely to donate toys than cash. Tucson Nursery Schools and Child Care Centers Inc. is not the only child-care center in South Tucson that relies on state subsidies for much of its income. Ninety-eight percent of children at A Dream Come True, 6163 S. Midvale Park Road, are subsidized by DES, said Armida Fierro, executive director of the South Tucson child-care and learning center. The center charges a higher daily rate than the $22 subsidy, leaving the parents to pay the difference. Fierro said A Dream Come True has lost students because parents could not afford to pay what DES could not provide. Parents are trying to make ends meet, but they can t make money because they are paying more on childcare, said Fierro. A 17-year child-care veteran, Fierro said DES has always been a few years behind in the terms of the amount of money in its subsidies. The lack of adequate DES funding has also caused high staffturnover rates, making it hard for centers to provide highest quality services. Centers cannot afford to pay early childhood development dijo que DES siempre ha estado un poco atrasado en términos de la cantidad de dinero en sus subsidios. La falta de fondos adecuados de DES ha causado que varios empleados dejen el trabajo, haciendo más difícil que los centros proporcionen servicios de alta calidad. Los centros no pueden pagar a los maestros de desarrollo infantil el mismo salario que otras instituciones como escuelas publicas. En el cuidado de niños, los maestros no reciben los mismos beneficios, dijo Diane Fellows, la directora de los programas de entrenamiento en Recursos para Niños y Familias. Estamos tratando de darles los mismos beneficios, pero se nos hace difícil porque los subsidios son muy bajos. Fierro dijo que muchos empleados del centro dejan sus puestos. Ella envía a maestros para recibir certificación, y muchos se van inmediatamente para buscar trabajos que paguen más. Page / Página 5 teachers the same rates as competing institutions like public schools. In child care, teachers don t get the same benefits, said Diane Fellows, program director of childcare training programs at Child and Family Resources. We are trying to give them the same benefits, but we are finding it difficult because subsidies are so low. Fierro said her center has frequent personnel turnover. She sends teachers to be certified, and some leave immediately after to take a higher-paying job. We struggle everyday, Fierro said. Child-care centers like Fierro s and Bolinger s advocate an increase in DES subsidy rates for child-care services in Arizona. Their effort has been championed by Democratic state Rep. Linda Lopez. Lopez held a town hall meeting early last month to announce a proposed bill to increase the proportion of DES funding. The bill would update the current subsidy rate to the cost of child care in Bolinger said if the money is awarded, her allotment would go directly to her center s operational budget. It will fund literacy activities, math-skills programs, social and problem-solving lessons and music programs. There is a need for this, Fellows said of the increase. Guardería Sin Fondos Adecuados por los Niños PHOTO BY LEIGH LAWS Salina Espinoza crea arte y trabajos manuales para los niños a A Dream Come True (Un Sueño Hecho Realidad) Batallamos cada día, dijo Fierro. Centros de cuidado de niños como el de Fierro y Bolinger apoyan un aumento en la ayuda de DES para servicios de cuidado de niños en Arizona. Sus esfuerzos han sido apoyados por Linda Lopez, la representante demócrata del estado. Lopez tuvo una junta de ayuntamiento a principios del mes para anunciar una propuesta que aumentaría la proporción de fondos de DES. La propuesta actualizaría las tasas actuales para alcanzar el costo de cuidado de niños en Arizona en el Bolinger dijo que si el dinero se concediera, su proporción iría directamente al presupuesto de operaciones del centro. Fundaría actividades de alfabetización, programas de habilidades matemáticas, y lecciones de solución de problemas y programas de música. Necesitamos estas cosas, dijo Fellows del aumento.
6 PHOTO BY ROBERT FONOROW Page / Página 6 Pricey HPV Vaccine Available in South Tucson By Alexis Savlov The world s first vaccine for four types of human papillomavirus, HPV, is now available at some local medical facilities, but it carries a high price tag. Gardasil, produced by Merck & Co., guards against cervical cancer. It was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in June. The vaccination consists of three injections given over a six-month period. Each injection costs between $120-$200, not including the cost of an office visit. Obviously, without insurance, the vaccine is just too costly, said Gina Marra, administrative assistant from Associates in Women s Health Care in Tucson. Associates, 2325 N. Wyatt Drive, and eight branch clinics of El Rio Community Health Centers are the only providers in the South Tucson area. Grace Maternity refers patients to a primary-care physician, and the Pima County Garcia Exists Outside the Gay Stereotype Young Artist Continued from page 1 Free Clinic Will Offer Acupuncturist, Massage Clinic Continued from page 1 Immunization Clinic only offers the vaccine to children ages Planned Parenthood of Southern Arizona will carry the vaccine in a few months. Even locations that have Gardasil will be slow to help patients front its considerable bill. El Rio OB/GYN Associates, 225 W. Irvington Road., does not presently offer a financial plan for the vaccine and likely won t for at least two years, said a clinic representative, who went by Alice and would not give her last name. We hope that the vaccine becomes more accessible in the years to come because it will truly help so many, Marra said. Regardless of the vaccine, health-care providers recommend women get an annual Pap smear, which tests for cervical and uterine cancer and is available at women s clinics and most other medical facilities. Visit index.html for a list of clinics providing Gardasil in South Tucson. For more information about receiving a Pap smear, call Planned Parenthood at or contact your primary-care physician. What is Gardasil? Gardasil is an effective vaccine for women to prevent human papillomavirus (HPV). The four types of HPV the new vaccine protects against are accountable for 70 percent of all cervical cancer cases and 90 percent of all genital warts cases in men and women, according to Merck & Co., the vaccine s manufacturers. For more information about Gardasil, and to receive the vaccine, call Associates in Women s Health Care at or El Rio Community Health Centers at What is HPV? Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is the name of a group of viruses that includes more than 100 South Tucson heath clinic Clinica Amistad, 1631 S. 10th Ave., and parked the 13-foot clinic near Interstate 10 and Ajo Way. But in June 2006, the City of Tucson sold that land to Golden Eagle Distributors, Inc., leaving the clinic without a place to park. Storage space was found in Sahuarita, but high gas prices and the hour-and-a-half drive from there to South Tucson made commutes impossible. It s difficult when you have such a great asset and it s not getting any use, Lewis said. We were getting antsy with (the clinic) out to pasture. The clinic provides two renovated examination rooms as well as state-of-the-art equipment. Volunteers range from physician assistants to nursing students. Lewis said the mobile clinic is just like a regular s doctors office except that it has wheels and is a little smaller. Dequenesh also hopes to bring the clinic to Primavera s 10th Street location within the year. strains, 30 of which are sexually transmitted, according to the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. They can infect the genital area of men and women, including the skin of the penis, the vulva (the area outside the vagina) the anus, and the linings of the vagina, cervix, or rectum. The disease is spread by skin-to-skin contact through vaginal, anal and oral sex. Approximately 20 million people are currently infected with HPV, and about 6.2 million get a new infection each year, according to the CDC. It is estimated that 50 percent of people who are sexually active have been infected with some form of HPV, and by age 50, 80 percent of women will acquire a genital HPV infection. HPV is usually diagnosed from results from an abnormal Pap smear, a primary cancer-screening tool for cervical cancer or precancerous changes of the cervix. All types of HPV can cause mild Pap smear abnormalities with no serious consequences.. Lewis said Dequenesh s mission is to provide quality health care for people with little or no insurance and to promote the connection between mind and body health. She said many people do not realize the toll stress takes on the body, and that it can cause illnesses. If the breadwinner in the family gets sick and goes without work, it affects both the family unit and the community, Lewis said. Dequenesh, which means you are a wonder in Ethiopian, offers both traditional medicine and alternative procedures. A massage therapist and acupuncturist will be on hand to help out, and Lewis said they are willing to consider patients preferred family remedies. We can get tunnel vision when seeing patients, and sometimes it s important to consider that the patient may have a remedy their grandmother has made, and it works, Lewis said. We re open to integrating that into our care. Visit El Independiente online at: or Garcia was named Emerging Artist of the Year by the Tucson chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens. edgeable Garcia has become of the art world. Once, Garcia was able to recognize famous artist Kiki Smith as she strolled around the Tucson Museum of Art. Donovan admits he wouldn t have been able to pick her out of a crowd. He just gets it, Donovan says. He s the student that comes every 20 years he s the one you wait for. While Garcia identifies his ethnicity as an influence on his work, he is also influenced by his sexuality. In his words, he s a Latino male existing outside the gay stereotype of the blonde-hair, blue-eyed white boy. Garcia s mother, Sherry, cites her son s sexuality and his Catholic upbringing as his primary influences. But when he moved from Tucson to Oakland, his homesickness affected his art as well. A lot of my work focused on the absence of people, Garcia says, adding that he has taken a semester off from the College of Arts for personal reasons. Garcia says friends at the school frequently teased him for his seeming marriage to the studio, where he stayed until the wee hours of the morning until finally getting kicked out. But while Garcia is diligent about his work, and much of it tackles serious issues like sexuality, religion and self-identity, many of his pieces reflect light humor. A recent piece was inspired by a run-in with a group of young men who verbally belittled Garcia and his boyfriend as they walked hand in hand down a street. The men called them fudge-packers and other homophobic slurs. Nobody had ever called me a fag, Garcia says. Galvanized by their words, Garcia created art as a rebuttal. First, he filled a crate with pink Styrofoam peanuts. Within the crate, a latex glove was turned inside out and made to resemble a sphincter muscle. Inside the glove were pieces of fudge edible for an observer to reach in and grab. This type of work has become Garcia s calling card. Another recent piece featured yards of telephone wire and a pair of white underpants. It was titled Bradley a tribute to his long-distance beau. When I do stuff, it s almost like one-liners, Garcia says. There s a light-heartedness. This is Garcia in the present. As for the future, the Garcias mother and son see Norbert in two very different places. Sherry sees her son as a Tucson artist, regardless of his desire to travel the globe. The younger Garcia sees a path that will first take him to the art mecca of New York City the sooner, the better. New York is the battleground, Garcia says. Día Festivo de Chávez Chavez Continúa de página 1 Trabajadores del Campo, después convertido en la coalición Trabajadores Unidos del Campo, un sindicato que protege los derechos de trabajadores del campo. También denunciaba la explotación norteamericana de obreros chinos en la construcción de los ferrocarriles en la segunda mitad del siglo XIX. Chávez intentaba organizar a todos los trabajadores agrícolas, a pesar del color de su piel o su etnia, dijo Lydia R. Otero, profesora asistente de Estudios Chicanos en la Universidad de Arizona. Siempre trataba de participar en eventos en Washington (D.C.) que erradicaban la pobreza por todo el país. Un residente de Tucsón, Rubén Castro de 50 años de edad, dijo que se siente orgulloso cuando piensa en las contribuciones que Chávez realizo a los derechos de los trabajadores en los Estados Unidos y que se encuentra especialmente agradecido por el papel que desempeñó Chávez en eliminar el uso de pesticidas dañinos. En 1984, Chavez organizó un boicot nacional de la venta de uvas cultivadas en los Estados Unidos con el uso de pesticidas. Cuatro PHOTO COURTESY CESAR E. CHAVEZ FOUNDATION Chávez ayudó a obreros chinos también durante su lucha en los derechos humanos. años después, padeció una huelga de hambre de 36 días, tomando solamente agua en protesta. Castro comparó a Chávez con el revolucionario mexicano Francisco Pancho Villa, diciendo que ambos luchaban contra las fuerzas que trataban de mantener a los pobres en condición de esclavos. Todos somos humanos, dijo Castro. Otero dijo que conmemorar a Chávez es reforzar su noción de crear alianzas tras las líneas étnicas y partidarias, lo cual dijo que es un concepto importante ahora. Añadió que si los Estados Unidos siguieran su sendero actual de división racial, social, y económica, nunca tendríamos una voz unida, ni un frente unido, en términos de las cuestiones que enfrentamos. César murió, y hay una generación entera de jóvenes que nunca lo conocerá dijo Otero, quien lo conoció en dos ocasiones. Necesitan saber que éste era un hombre importante, no sólo para los chicanos y chicanas, sino para todos en esta nación que buscan la justicia y condiciones laborales justas para la gente.
7 Page / Página 7 Legislators Introduce Bill for Cesar Chavez Day By Colin Moore As a soft-spoken, humble man, Cesar Chavez lived as a thunderous monument to the civil and worker rights movements. But only California and Texas officially honor his contributions to society. State representatives hope that Arizona is next. The Arizona Legislature recently introduced a bill that would designate every fourth Monday of March Cesar Chavez Day. The bill is currently in both the rules and judiciary committees, awaiting passage. Currently, however, it is not on any upcoming agendas. I think he deserves it, said South Tucson resident Joe Garcia, 53. He needs to be recognized for his work. Chavez began his journey in 1952 as an organizer for the Community Services Organization, a Latino civil rights group. He later left the CSO and co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, today United Farm Workers, with Dolores Huerta. In March 1966, Chavez and the NFWA organized a strike that took California grapepickers on a demonstration walk from the fields in Delano through the San Joaquin Valley to Sacramento. The pilgrimage we make symbolizes the long historical road we have traveled in this valley alone, and the long road we have yet to travel, Chavez wrote in The Plan of Delano, a manifesto read to the farmworkers every evening during the journey. In those walks there was always a spirit of inclusion, said Lydia R. Otero, an assistant professor of Mexican American Studies at the University of Arizona, who participated in walks with Chavez. He made everyone feel important in those marches.... Many times he d walk through and talk with the people in line to ensure that we felt that we PHOTO COURTESY CESAR E. CHAVEZ FOUNDATION The United Farm Workers Union symbol serves as a backdrop as Cesar Chavez speaks on behalf of rural laborers. were part of the process of working toward improving the situation for workers. Chavez recognized and stood up against the exploitation of all workers in the United States, saying that the country s economic system had been created to cater to the greed of callous men and to ignore workers needs. George C. Gallegos, owner of Azteca Ink, 2111 S. Sixth Ave, said, The backbone of this country is, and has always been, the working class. Gallegos said a classic example of working-class exploitation in the United States was the treatment of Chinese railroad workers during the the late 1800s. In June 1968, Chavez addressed the plight of Chinese labor in a meeting at the Calvary Episcopal Church in New York. Chavez said during the meeting, When the Southern Pacific and Union railroads were completed, the Chinese were left without work to do.... The growers who needed workers dealt with contractors who supplied the Chinese. When the Chinese wanted their own land, we had the Chinese Exclusion Act. For 10 years the Chinese Exclusion Act banned Chinese laborers from entering the United States to work. Growers still needed cheap labor, however, and Congress made it possible to import labor from Japan. Japanese workers attempted to gain better working conditions by slowing production in the fields, thinking that would pressure the growers in to meeting their demands. The growers responded by replacing the Japanese field workers with labor from India. The next major shift in the agriculture sector came during World War II, while U.S. workers were overseas in the military. The government responded to the shrinking work force by creating the Bracero Program. From , farm workers from Mexico were brought to the United States to work in the agriculture sector. When the program ended, many land owners continued to employ workers cheap from their southern neighbor. Chavez stood firm against this practice. He was concerned that cheap Mexican labor would have an adverse affect on the wages and rights of all workers in the United States. The migrant workers were held in what he called employer s camps and kept away from labor organizers, like Chavez, who could have worked with them to get better wages and working conditions. Chavez tried to organize all agricultural workers despite what color they were, and despite what ethnicity they were, Otero said. He always tried to participate in events in Washington (D.C.) that eradicated poverty throughout the country. One of Chavez s main concerns was that the migrant workers from Mexico were being used as tools to disrupt and dismantle organized U.S. labor strikes, especially those involving grape farming. In his efforts to create safer working environments for field workers, Chavez exposed the dangers of pesticide use. These efforts helped not only workers but also consumers. South Tucson resident Ruben Castro, 50, said that he is proud when he thinks of the contributions Chavez made to the United States and is especially grateful for the role Chavez played in removing harmful pesticides. To stop the use of the poisonous chemicals, Chavez underwent a water-only fast and organized a national boycott on the sale of grapes in the United States during the 1980s. Castro compared Chavez to the Mexican revolutionary Francisco Pancho Villa. Both men fought against forces who tried to keep the poor as slaves, Castro said. We are all human, Castro said. The idea of creating alliances across ethnic and partisan lines is an important concept right now, Otero said, adding that part of what made Chavez special was his ability to establish those alliances. If the United States continues down its current path of social division, we are never going to have a united voice, or a united front, in terms of the issues that are facing us, she said. Chavez died in his sleep April 23, A year later, his wife, Helen Chavez, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from former President Bill Clinton in her husband s honor. Cesar died, and there is a whole generation of young people who aren t going to meet Cesar, Otero added. They need to know that this was an important man, not just for Chicanos and Chicanas, but for all of us in this nation who are seeking justice and fair working conditions for people. State Gives Drexel Elementary School s Arts Day A+ By Kaitlin Shaw 707 elementary-school students. 62 teachers and staff members. 69 artists and performers. 1 long day. Calling it an extravaganza might be an understatement. Still, the Drexel Elementary School Arts Day Extravaganza, in its fifth year, doesn t show any sign of slowing down. The Arizona Education Foundation named the program an A+ Exemplary Program on Jan. 31. Drexel, 801 E. Drexel Road, was one of seven schools across the state to receive the award. Every year we say we re not going to do it again, but then we do it anyways, said Lupe Pressey, a retired teacher and former counselor at Drexel who coordinates the annual event. The day, scheduled this year for Thursday, features local artists and performers who work in 30-minute shifts entertaining and interacting with students. Students are scheduled to see 10 events located throughout the school. Some of the events are hands-on, such as rock painting or cultural dance lessons, while others, like clog dancing, are shows. The Arts Day Extravaganza is a shining example of what an exemplary program should be, said Bobbie O Boyle, executive PHOTO BY LEIGH LAWS Kindergartener Leonard Moreno, a fifth grader, is this year s t-shirt design winner. director of Arizona Educational Foundation The designation process started in November, when the foundation accepted applications. In February, judges toured Drexel looking for evidence of the program, how it was incorporated into classroom instruction, its sustainability and if it could be adopted at other schools, O Boyle said. The school is filled with evidence of past Arts Day projects, current Arts Day educational activities, and a general celebration of student art, one judge wrote in his comments. Not only is the program replicable, they have put tremendous effort into packaging their organizational materials to share with others, another judge wrote. Pressey began planning for this year s event in October by contacting more than 150 artists and performers from a database to check for availability, student-age preference and talents. Once she determined who would visit the school, the mindboggling scheduling for the day began. Drexel puts up two outdoor stages, and throughout the day there are 10 half-hour performances going on at all times. Pressey juggles variables like student ages, artist and teacher preferences, room availability, lunch breaks and the level of student involvement needed to create the final schedule so students are not just sitting and watching performances all day, but alternate between shows and interactive demonstrations. Compared with the scheduling, booking all the artists is easy, Pressey said. It s amazing the artists in Tucson who are willing to work with kids, she said. While Pressey does most of the pre-planning, students help check in artists and escort them throughout the building. Our student council does a great job of helping the artists get around and get to where they need to be, Pressey said. PHOTO BY LEIGH LAWS From left to right: Michelle Otero, Jocelin Ramirez, Juan Santa Cruz, participated in Drexel s Arts Day Pressey said the fun-filled and packed day will kick off with the presentation of the A+ Exemplary Program plaque and $100 check from the Arizona Educational Foundation. But the initial excitement doesn t end there. Last year, Southwest Ambulance of Tucson requested drawings from Drexel students to adorn the outside of one of their vehicles. The paint job is now complete, and the studentdesigned Kidzulence, an ambulance designed specifically for transporting children to hospitals, will be unveiled during the opening ceremonies. A representative for the Arizona Educational Foundation will also visit and observe the school for possible candidacy as an A+ School. That award recognizes outstanding public schools after a rigorous six-month application and review process. The recognition and the praise aside, Pressey said it s the kids that motivate her and peers to keep the program running year after year. Kids are so excited, Pressey said. They tell us, This was the best day of my life.
8 Page / Página 8 C OMMUNITY E VENTS E VENTOS DE LA C OMUNIDAD The Virgin Saints and Angels Exhibit Jan. 20-April 29 South American paintings from the Thoma Collection, dated from , are now on display at the Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave., in the Virgin Saints and Angels Exhibit. The exhibition examines the diverse schools of painting that developed over time within the vast Spanish Viceroyalty of Peru. The cost is $8 for general admission, $6 for seniors (ages 60+), $3 for students (13+) and members and children 12 and under get in free. The museum is open daily except for Mondays. Call for more information. Skills for Women Class March 6-21 The Pima County/Tucson Women s Commission offers free classes for low-income women with little or no computer experience. This class is in Spanish and is designed to help women who are unemployed or in between jobs. Class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m.-noon. Call for registration information. Fiesta Fashion Show and Fundraiser March 10 The Pima County/Tucson Women s Commission will be hosting International Women s Day Fiesta Fashion Show and Fundraiser from 12-2:30 p.m. at La Placita Plaza, 110 S. Church Ave. Proceeds will go to The Pima County/Tucson Women s Commission and Adelante, Nuestro Futuro. There will be performances by Batucaxé, a 30-person Brazilian percussion and dance ensemble, Brazilian designer Juliana Queiroga and a special guest. Free Peruvian food and drink will be offered, and a free Toque de Pasion gift will be given out. Admission is $45 and free for children under 10. Purchase tickets online at or call Let s Speak English March 12 Improve your ability to speak and understand English! This adult English conversation group meets at Himmel Park Branch Library, 1035 N. Treat Ave. The group is extremely friendly and welcomes all newcomers. Meet new people and brush up on your English at the same time. The group meets every Tuesday from 10-11:30 a.m. in the library s large meeting room. Call for more information. AARP Tax-Aide March 15 Get help doing your taxes at the Murphy- Wilmot Branch Library, 530 N. Wilmot Rd., with free, volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance. The service caters to low- and middle-income taxpayers, especially those 60 and older. Assistance for the entire community will occur in the library s large meeting room from 9-12 p.m. Call for more information. Bilingual Family Story Time March 15 The Sam Lena-South Tucson Library, 1607 S. Sixth Ave., will be holding this event to give families a chance to read and enjoy a good book presented in various languages. This is an excellent experience for monolingual and bilingual children of all ages. This event is free for all ages and will be held from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Call for more information. Santa Rosa Neighborhood Center Go Green March 17 The Santa Rosa Neighborhood Center is sponsoring Go Green, a family event to promote environmental awareness and celebrate St. Patrick s Day. Hot dogs, cotton candy, snow cones and refreshments will be available. Demonstrations and field activities for door prizes will run throughout the day. This free event will be from 12-3 p.m. at Santa Rosa Park, 1055 S. 10th Ave. Call for more information. Computer Tutoring Class March 19 Private computer tutoring classes will be available in one-hour private sessions with a librarian or librarian associate on Monday mornings and Thursday afternoons at Valencia Branch Library, 202 W. Valencia Road. The session will cover using a mouse, , the Internet, Microsoft Word and more. Tell the tutors what you want to learn, and they will teach you in the privacy of a study room. The class is offered in both English and Spanish beginning at 10 a.m. Sign up at the library front desk or call Fourth Avenue Street Fair March A good time for the entire family! This threeday event features 400 arts-and-crafts booths, 35 food vendors, three stages, street musicians, jugglers and other performers. With a wide range of handmade works and a variety of ethnic foods on hand, this free outdoor event exemplifies Tucson s creative and cultural spirits. A hands-on-art area for children includes rock climbing, face painting, chair massages and balloons. The street fair is from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. between Ninth Street and University Boulevard, along Fourth Avenue. Call the Fourth Avenue Merchant Association at for more information. By Alexis Savlov A sea of toilets found at Ron Gerson s Used Building Materials, 1811 S. Park Ave. The twoand-a-half acre lot has a selection of various homerelated items and some random finds. Story on page 4 La Exhibición de los Santos,Vírgenes y Ángeles Del 20 de enero al 29 de abril Pinturas de los santos, vírgenes y ángeles de América del Sur de la colección Thoma, de , serán protagonistas de una exposición en el Tucson Museum of Art (Museo de Arte de Tucsón), ubicada en 140 N. Main Ave. La Exhibición examina las escuelas diversas de pintura que a través del tiempo se desarrollaron dentro del extenso Virreinato Español del Perú. El costo de la entrada general es de 8 dólares, 6 dólares para los mayores de 60 años, 3 dólares para estudiantes de 13 años en adelante, niños de 12 años y menores entran gratis. El museo está abierto diariamente con excepción de los lunes. Para más información llame al Clases de Computación para Mujeres Del 6 al 21 de marzo Pima County/Tucson Women s Commission (El Condado Pima/Comisión de Mujeres de Tucsón) está organizando clases gratuitas para mujeres de bajos ingresos que tienen poca o ninguna experiencia en computadoras. Estas clases en español tienen la intención de ayudar a las mujeres desempleadas como también a quienes tienen uno o más trabajos. La clase se reúne los martes y jueves de las 9:30 a.m. al mediodía. Para más información llame al Fiesta Desfile de Modas y Recaudación de Fondos 10 de marzo Pima County/Tucson Women s Commission (El Condado Pima/Comisión de Mujeres de Tucsón) estará ofreciendo el Día Internacional de Mujeres la Fiesta del Desfile de Modas y Recaudación de Fondos desde el mediodía hasta las 2:30 p.m. en la plaza La Placita, ubicada en 110 S. Church Ave. Los fondos que se recauden serán destinados al Condado Pima/Comisión de Mujeres de Tucsón y Adelante, Nuestro Futuro. Habrá presentaciones de Batucaxé, un conjunto de 30 personas de percusión y baile brasileño, la diseñadora brasileña Juliana Queiroga y un invitado especial. Comida y bebidas peruanas gratuitas serán ofrecidas y un regalo Toque de Pasión será repartido. La entrada cuesta 45 dólares y es gratis para niños menores de 10 años. Compre las entradas a través del Internet en o llame al Hablemos en Inglés 12 de marzo Mejore su habilidad de hablar y comprender inglés! Este grupo adulto de conversación del inglés se reúne en Himmel Park Branch Library (Biblioteca Himmel Park), 1035 N. Treat Ave. El amistoso grupo da la bienvenida a todos los recién llegados. Conozca nuevas personas y mejore su inglés a la vez. El grupo se reúne cada jueves de las 10 a.m. 11:30 a.m. en la sala de reuniones de la biblioteca. Para más información llame al Ayuda con los Impuestos- AARP (Asociación Americana de Personas Jubiladas) 15 de marzo Obtenga ayuda con sus impuestos en la biblioteca Murphy-Wilmot, 530 N. Wilmot Rd., en la preparación de solicitud gratuita de impuestos por medio de los voluntarios. Este servicio es para los contribuyentes de impuestos de bajos y medios ingresos, especialmente a los mayores de 60 años. Ayuda para toda la comunidad se ofrecerá a cabo en la sala de reuniones de la biblioteca de las 9 a las 12 del mediodía Para más información llame al La Hora de Cuentos para Familias Bilingües 15 de marzo La biblioteca Sam-Lena-Sur, ubircada en 1607 S. Sixth Ave., presentará este evento para dar a las familias la oportunidad de leer y disfrutar un buen libro presentado en varios idiomas. Esta es una experiencia excelente para niños monolingües y bilingües de todas edades. Este evento es gratis para cada edad y se llevará a cabo de las 10:30 a.m.11:30 a.m. Por más información llame al Santa Rosa Neighborhood Center (Centro Vecindario Santa Rosa) Ande Verde 17 de marzo El Centro Vecindario Santa Rosa está patrocinando Ande Verde, un evento familiar para promover la conciencia del medio ambiente y celebrar el Día de San Patricio. Salchichas, dulce de algodón, raspados y refrescos estarán disponibles. Demostraciones y actividades al aire libre con premios darán lugar durante el día. Este evento gratuito será de las 12 a las 3 p.m. en el Parque Santa Rosa, 1055 S. 10th Ave. Para más información llame al Clases Particulares de computación 19 de marzo Clases particulares privadas de la informática estarán disponibles en sesiones de una hora con un bibliotecario los lunes por la mañana y los jueves por la tarde en Valencia Branch Library (Biblioteca Valencia), 202 W. Valencia Road. La sesión cubrirá el uso del ratón (mouse), correo electrónico, Internet, Microsoft Word y más. Mencione a los instructores lo que quiere aprender, y ellos le enseñarán en la privacidad de un cuarto de estudio. La clase se ofrecerá en inglés y español comenzando a las 10 a.m. Inscríbase en el escritorio principal o llame al Feria callejera primaveral de Fourth Avenue de marzo Pásenla bien con la familia! Este evento de tres días presentará 400 puestos de artes y oficios, 35 vendedores de comida, tres escenarios, músicos, malabaristas y mucho más. Con una amplia gama de obras hechas a mano y una variedad de comidas étnicas, este evento gratuito al aire libre ejemplifica los espíritus culturales y creativos de Tucsón. Las áreas prácticas para niños incluyen escalar en rocas, pintadas de caras, sillas de masaje y globos. Esta feria será de las 10 a.m. y las 6:00 p.m. a lo largo de Fourth Avenue entre Ninth Street y University Boulevard. Para más información contacte a Fourth Ave Merchant Association (La Asociación Comerciante de la Cuarta Avenida) al Por Alexis Savlov Traducido por Anders Peterson Visit El Independiente online at: or