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Events commemorate first anniversary of Jan. 8 shootings

Community has chance to come together to remember, heal

  • A memorial at Ina and Oracle roads, the scene of the Jan. 8 shootings, five days after the tragedy.
    SearchNetMedia/FlickrA memorial at Ina and Oracle roads, the scene of the Jan. 8 shootings, five days after the tragedy.

The following events have been organized around Tucson and its neighboring towns to unite the community in commemorating the Jan. 8 shootings:

Jan. 4

Gabe Zimmerman Davidson Canyon dedication. 2 p.m., north of I-10 on Marsh Station Rd., about a quarter mile west of Cienega Creek.

Jan. 5

"Together We Heal." A one-hour documentary about Tucson's healing following Jan. 8 will air at 8 p.m. on PBS-channel 6.

Jan. 6

Peaceful Wishes. 11:30 a.m. to noon.The International School for Peace will commemorate Jan. 8 without focusing on fear and negativity. International School for Peace playground, 4625 E. River Rd. Free

Gabrielle Giffords Family Assistance Center Open House2 p.m. – 4 p.m, 3003 S. Country Club Rd. Free.

Special Court Session to Honor the Memory Of Chief Justice John M. Roll. 3 p.m. U.S. District Court judges of Arizona will convene in special session to remember Roll, who was killed in the Jan. 8 shootings. Seating begins at 2:30 and attendees are urged to arrive early to go through security. Identification is required and backpacks and briefcases won't be allowed. Tucson Music Hall, Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave.

Jan. 7

BEYOND: Commemorate, Celebrate, Commit. Communitywide events to commemorate the anniversary of Jan. 8 and celebrate the spirit of togetherness:

  • TMC Health and Wellness Fair., 7:15- 10 a.m. Activities begin with a sunrise meditation in the TMC Labyrinth and interactive music-making. A Walk & Run on the Rillito Path at 8:30, with more activities to follow at 9:30. 5301 East Grant Rd. Free.
  • Coronado National Forest BEYOND at Sabino Canyon. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Activities include nature hikes, walks and runs. Standard amenity fees will be waived at Sabino Canyon and on Mt. Lemmon, 5700 N. Sabino Canyon Rd. Particants  can register through the BEYOND website.
  • Pima Community College's Festival of Democracy. 8 a.m. – noon. Includes a "Run for Office" around the West Campus Track and "Constitution Corner" where attendees can read passages from the document. Attendees also will have an opportunity to register to vote, paint a tile in remembrance of Jan. 8 and join in a mass sing-a-long of patriotic music. PCC West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Rd.  Free
  • Hike with a Jaguar at A Mountain. 8 am. – 4 p.m. Activities include art displays of the jaguar, a community arts project with artist Stephanie Bowman, and Councilwoman Regina Romero will lead a volunteer buffelgrass removal. Sentinel Peak Park, 1000 S. Sentinel Peak Rd. Free.
  • 5 Mile Social Run at Saguaro West. 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.The National Park Service and the Southern Arizona Roadrunners will team, non-competitive social run. No vehicles or pets. Register through their website. 2700 N. Kinney Road. Free.
  • Gabe Zimmerman Trailhead outing. 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Take a short hike for 2-3 miles, mountain bike or ride on the trail in either direction, then meet back at the trailhead for snacks by 11. Gabe Zimmerman Trailhead on Marsh Rd.: Take the S.R. 83 exit north off I-10, then east on Marsh Station Rd. about 4 miles to the Trailhead parking lot – Davidson Canyon/Cienega Creek Natural Preserve. Free.
  • Each One Take One Roll and a Stroll. 8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Organizers said grab someone who needs a smile (a friend, a neighbor, an aunt, a shut-in, a child), someone who makes you smile, for a walk, bike ride, or stroller-push for a morning of togetherness. Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Park. North Shannon and West Magee roads. Free.
  • Town of Marana Wild Burro Trailhead. 8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. A 5 mile hike along the Upper Javalina Trail in the Tortolita Mountains. 14810 N. Secret Springs Drive. Free.
  • BEYOND at La Posada, Green Valley. 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Includes children's activities, a community walk in the Meditation Garden and a moment of silence. Registration for the walk begins at 8:30 the Gabe Zimmerman Memorial. 350 E. Morningside Rd., Green Valley. Free.
  • Reactive Your Health and Family. 8:30 a.m. – noon. Health fair. Sam Lena Park at Kino Sports Complex., 3400 S. Country Club Rd. Free
  • Play in Nature – Sponsored by the Center for Children and Nature. 9 a.m. – noon. Ironwood Tree Experience teen leaders will share binoculars, hand lenses, watercolor kits, and journals and help others find clues to the plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert. Cienega Creek Natural Preserve Parking Lot,  Marsh Station Rd. (Vail) just west Three Bridges. Free.
  • Colossal Cave Mountain Park-Day of Discovery. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Includes a free guided walk of the Path of the Ancestors Archaeology Trail. Colossal Cave Mountain Park, 16721 E. Old Spanish Trail, Vail.
  • Catalina State Park – Reptile/Wildlife Exhibit. 9 a.m. – noon. Volunteer Jim "the Snake Man" Cloer and his assistants will be at the enchant visitors at the park trail head with a menagerie of reptiles, arachnids, and animals who inhabit the Sonoran Desert. Contact Park for more information, 628-5798. Main Trail parking area, 11570 North Oracle Rd.
  • BEYOND Main Event at Reid Park. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Event begins at pond with tai chi and yoga, and continues with art activities, a bike rodeo, urban hiking, John Bells and Beads of Courage, music and food. Check website for full schedule and venues. Reid Park, 22nd St. and Country Club.
  • BEYOND Sahuarita at Anamax Park. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Children's activities, music, fitness and art activities, and story readings. Participants are asked to bring non-perishable food for the Sahuarita and Amado food banks. Anamax Park, 17501 S. Camino de las Quintas, Sahuarita. Free.
  • National Park Service Ranger Lead Walk on the Historic Anza Trail. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. A ranger will lead a 2-mile interpretive walk on the Juan Bautista de Anza Trail in downtown. The NPS Western Archaeological and Conservation Center , 255 N. Commerce Park Loop. Free.
  • BEYOND at Quincie Douglas Library. 10 a.m. – 1.p.m. Activities for adults and children. Ceremony begins at 10:30. Quincie Douglas Library, 1585 E. 36th St. Free.
  • Oro Valley Family Fun Day. Noon – 3 p.m. Activities include the creation of a community garden of metal flowers, carnival-style games, sand volleyball, kickball and nature walks. James D. Kriegh Park, 23 W. Concordia. Free.
  • BEYOND Downtown Arts Walk. 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. A walk through Downtown to browse art galleries and. Starts at  the Toole Shed, 197 E. Toole Ave. at 1 and ends at Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress. Free.
  • Stories to remember, and BEYOND. 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. Includes a reading of the favorite childhood tales of Gabe Zimmerman and Christina-Taylor Green and a stroll through Valley of the Moon's enchanted gardens and tours of the property. Valley of the Moon, 2544 E. Allen Rd. Free.
  • Meet Me at Maynard's at Hotel Congress. 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Maynard's weekly walk/run will be in honor of Jan. 8 and the community. This week's it will start at Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress. Dogs are welcome. Free.
  • Kino Stadium Closing Ceremony. 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Includes music composed for the event, choirs, speakers, and candles to honor and commemorate the sharing of community after Jan. 8. Kino Stadium, 2500 E. Ajo Way. Free.

Jan. 8

Ben's Bells Distribution. 7 a.m.Hundreds of Ben's Bells will be randomly distributed throughout Tucson in memory of those killed on Jan. 8. Ben's Bells Main Gate, 816 E. University Blvd. For more information call 628-2829

A Day of Kindness at the Children's Museum Tucson. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Ben's Bells invites families to sign the Kindness Contract, paint Kindness Coins and to hang Kindness Wishes in the trees at the Museum.  Museum, 200 S. Sixth Ave.

Ringing of Bells. 10:11 a.m. The community is asked to ring a bell at 10:11 in memory of those killed and injured. Communitywide.

Remembering January 8, 2011: Hurting, Healing, Hoping. 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.The Rev. John Kitagawa will help the community in remembering and reflecting on our memories of Jan. 8 and the year that followed. Murphey Gallery at St. Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church, 4440 N. Campbell Ave. at River Road.

Journey from Mental Illness to Mental Health. 10:45 a.m. – noon. St. Francis in the Foothills will hold a class to discuss the journey from mental illness to mental health. Members of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will be present. St. Francis in the Foothills, 4625 E. River Rd.

"We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe" Interfaith Service. 1 p.m. A commemoration of both the tragedy and the triumph of Jan. 8. The service will consist of prayer, music, reflections, dance. The service includes Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Baha'i and Sikh traditions of prayer.  St. Augustine Cathedral, 192 S. Stone Ave.

Reflections: Honoring the lives of Jan. 8 shooting victims. 3 – 4 p.m. Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding is sponsoring the event with series of speakers who will reflect on the lives of the six people who died on Jan. 8, the survivors and the citizen heroes who came to their aid following the shootings at the Safeway. Speakers include:

  • Tucson native Sen. Mark Udall (for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords)
  • Pat Maisch (for the survivors and citizen heroes). Maisch is considered one of the heroes of Jan. 8
  • Judge Raner Collins (for Chief Judge John Roll) Judge Collins is a member of the Arizona District Federal Court and served with Chief Judge Roll
  • Dr. Lattie Coor (for Gabe Zimmerman). Dr. Coor is the former president of ASU and current Chairman/CEO of the Center for the Future of Arizona.  This Center has created the annual Gabe Zimmerman Public Service Awards
  • Rev. Dr. Andrew Ross (for Phyllis Schneck).  Ross is the pastor at Northminster Presbyterian Church in Tucson.  Phyllis Schneck was a member of this church.
  • Serenity Hammrich and Jamie Stone (for Christina-Taylor Green). They were Christina's best friends in school.
  • Ron Barber (for Dorwan Stoddard) Ron is Congresswoman Giffords' District Director.  He and his family founded the Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding in the wake of the shootings.
  • Brandon Nelson (for Dorothy Morris). Brandon is Dorothy and George Morris' oldest grandson.

UA's, Centennial Hall. Tickets are free and can be picked up at the UA Centennial Hall's box office, 2020 E. University Blvd.; The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, 2250 E. Broadway; and Pima Council on Aging 8467 E. Broadway.

"Together We Heal." A one-hour documentary about Tucson's healing following Jan. 8 will air at 6 p.m. on PBS-channel 6.

Remembering Jan. 8 Candlelight Vigil. 6:30 p.m.  Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will attend this event. The Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Giffords' favorite local band, Calexico, will perform. Speakers include:

  • Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild
  • Dr. Peter Rhee, chief of UMC's Division of Trauma, Critical Care and Emergency Surgery
  • Mark Kelly, Giffords' husband
  • Ron Barber, Giffords' chief of stuff, survivor and founder of the Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding.

Attendees are asked not bring candles — glowsticks will be provided. University of Arizona Mall. For more information, call Daniel J. Benavidez at 331-4989.

Shining the Light of Hope and Peace. 6:30 p.m. An evening service of songs, prayer and healing. Northminster Presbyterian Church, 2450 E. Fort Lowell Rd.

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