The Monthly Meeting of SHNA
The regular monthly meeting of the Sam Hughes Neighborhood Association will be held on March 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM at the Himmel Park Library. Everyone is welcome to attend.
PLEASE NOTE: Unless otherwise announced, Board Meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Look for minutes of recent meetings on the Minutes/Agendas page.
Sam Hughes Maps
Friday March 7th , 2014
Sam Hughes Neighborhood Association - Tucson, Arizona
A Garden Tour through Sam Hughes National Historic District presented by Sam Hughes Neighborhood Association on Sunday, April 6, 2014 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
The Garden Tour will be a self-guided walking tour (approximately a two mile loop to visit all sites on foot). The Sam Hughes neighborhood is bounded by Speedway/Country Club/Broadway/Campbell. The neighborhood is named after Sam Hughes Elementary School, a historic property built in the Spanish Eclectic Style. The neighborhood school still serves as the heart of this vibrant historic community.
Proceeds from the tour will benefit the endeavors of the Sam Hughes Neighborhood Association. The tour features 7 private residences, 2 public properties, and a demonstration site for the Sam Hughes Neighborhood "first in the nation" neighborhood phenology trail. Phenology is the study of the timing of plant and animal life cycles.
The garden tour's title sponsors, Solar Solution AZ, LLC, 520-471-1866 and Oasis Water Harvesting, 520-234-7681, will be available during the garden tour to answer all of your solar energy and rain water harvesting questions. The gardens and outdoor spaces feature a variety of elements including water harvesting, solar, water features, xeriscape, hardscape, a backyard chicken coop, raised beds, a certified wildlife habitat garden, a hummingbird garden, gazing balls, outdoor cooking areas, and use of color, sculptures, and recycled materials.
Tickets are $10 per adult. Children are free when accompanied by a paying adult. Sam Hughes Neighborhood Association Members tickets are FREE! Get tickets the day of the tour at Sam Hughes Elementary School, inner courtyard, 700 N Wilson Ave (between E. 3rd St and E. 4th St). Tickets will be available from 10 am - 1:30 pm.
There is FREE Parking around the school. Please observe all traffic/parking laws and signs in the neighborhood. Use the crosswalks with lights at Third Street/Tucson Blvd and Tucson Blvd/Sixth Street. Public restrooms are available at Sam Hughes Elementary School (courtyard) & Himmel Park (east of tennis courts).
Sincere appreciation to the homeowners who have so graciously opened their gardens and to our sponsors:Solar Solution AZ, LLC and Oasis Water Harvesting. Also the volunteers who give their energy and time, Sam Hughes Elementary School Principal Janet Jordan, and the Sam Hughes Neighborhood Association.
Himmel Park Beautification Project
This is a project initiated by three residents of the Sam Hughes midtown neighborhood: Denice Blake, Betty Guarraia, and Susan Peters. In an effort to meet our objective to spend a small amount of the resources from the biannual home tour, we first came up with four guiding principles that would ultimately benefit midtown neighborhoods: high visibility, aesthetic appeal, education, and collaboration. To meet those objectives, we have selected Himmel Park Library for external beautification.
Why this project?
The library is a brick structure that anchors the popular midtown Himmel Park. The building itself has very recently undergone interior remodeling. The 52-year old library, the oldest branch in the Pima County Library System, is extremely well-used at approximately 25,000 door entries per month. The library sits on a corner with all four sides visible from two streets. Unfortunately, the grounds appear to be long-neglected. There are two deciduous trees on the right-hand side of the entrance along with overgrown, woody lantana. The left side of the entrance is covered with gravel. The north side is comprised of weeds and several evergreen trees and bushes in need of pruning. The south and west sides are bare with the exception of chain link fences surrounding mechanical structures. The grass near the entranceway is trampled to such an extent as to appear to be mostly dirt. There is no signage on the building. There is one bike rack and one small bench near the front door, but no other seating. There are four trees but no other landscaping in the front quadrant. Irrigation is via a sprinkler system that sprays the grass and dirt. As is true in most cities, funding is available for little more than routine maintenance. Our group believes that if residents, library patrons, those who care about the aesthetics of their local environment and other potential stakeholders don't act, who will? We believe this project is a fine example of Margaret Mead's observation, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it's the only thing that ever has."
What has been accomplished so far?
Collaboration began with Pima County Library System and Tucson Parks and Recreation, which manages Himmel Park. Working with graduate students from the University of Arizona School of Landscape Architecture, we solicited 10 landscape plans. Neighborhood residents and community activists viewed the plans, which our committee is now using to create a single plan to be approved by Tucson Parks and Recreation. This plan will guide us as we hire contractors and solicit donations to execute the project. We have introduced our project at both the SHNA annual board meeting and via the upcoming spring newsletter.
Ideas we've come up with so far: increased walkways, additional bike racks and seating, landscaping with decomposed granite and drought-tolerant plants placed in mounds and swales, additional trees, implementation of a drip system, and art work --- including a memorial to a popular, recently-deceased children's librarian. See accompanying before/after pictures. The after pictures are representations taken from renderings by graduate students, Ye Yongkun, Brianna Lehman, and Gina Trautner.
How Can You Help?
1) Spread the word to friends and neighbors, businesses that might be willing to donate material, and other neighborhoods that use the library and the park.
2) Follow us on this website where we will update our progress and where you can find out how you can donate materials, labor, and funding. We are pleased to announce that a SH resident has offered a matching grant of up to $500 for all donations made within 30 days of the delivery of the spring issue of SHNA newsletter.
3) An Important Fact: Although this project is not at all exclusive to the Sam Hughes neighborhood, we are using the 501 c (3) tax status of the association. Your donation to the Himmel Park Beautification Project is fully tax-deductible. You may donate through this website using Paypal or a credit card. If you wish to write a check, please make it out to SHNA but write "HPBP" in the memo area. Mail to SHNA, PO Box 42931, Tucson, Az. 85733.
If you have questions, comments or suggestions, please address them to firstname.lastname@example.org with "HPBP" in the subject line.
2014's ANNUAL EVENT WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!
The Sam Hughes Neighborhood Association says THANK YOU MEMBERS for your support
The Sam Hughes Neighborhood Association says THANK YOU to the following Deals and Discounts participants for their participation in this year's annual event.
Baskin Robbins, 2648 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85716, (520) 327-6451
The Sam Hughes Neighborhood Association says THANK YOU to the Tucson High Magnet School Orchestra and their director Cayce Miners. Click here to make a tax-credit donation. They appreciate every dollar!
We hope you had fun and we look forward to seeing you soon!
The New Sam Hughes Garden Tour T-Shirt
Item Description: Hanes Tagless T-shirt. 100% cottton, natural T-shirt with front-side green logo. Available in S, M, L , XL. Coming Monday 1-20-2014. $10.00. Quantities are limited. Click here to visit the T-Shirt Store.
Sam Hughes 2014 membership renewal card
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2013 Sam Hughes Historic Neighborhood & Home Tour
This years "Sam Hughes Historic Neighborhood & Home Tour" was held on April 7th, 2013. The Sam Hughes Historic District encompasses one square mile bordered by Speedway, Broadway, Country Club and Campbell. (Map)
The popular self-guided tour featured homes, gardens, businesses and sample-serving restaurants. Unique this year were four alternative living arrangements that displayed the diversity of this mid-town neighborhood.
2013 Annual Meeting
SHNA sends our sincere appreciation to:
We thank Allegro Gelato and Rosati's Pizza for bringing gelato and pizza to the 2013 annual meeting. The gelato and pizza was enjoyed by our attendees. Visit them soon and thank them for supporting our neighborhood. Both of these eateries are part of the SHNA Deals and Discounts program. We thank them for their ongoing support.
Allegro Gelato: 446 N Campbell Ave, 520/207-1991
Rosati's Pizza: 1838 E 6th St, 520/622-2200
Thank You !!!
The Sam Hughes Neighborhood Association Held a Garden Tour on Sunday, October 21st, 2012
The self-guided tour featured eight private residences and two public properties. It included a demonstration site for the Sam Hughes Neighborhood's "first in the nation" phenology trail. Phenology is the study of the timing of plant and animal life cycles. The garden tour's Title Sponsor, Solar Solution AZ, LLC, 520-216-7198, was available at the garden tour to answer all of your solar energy questions.
The gardens and outdoor spaces feature a variety of elements including water harvesting, solar, water feature, xeriscaping, hardscape, raised beds, a rooftop view, hummingbird garden, gazing balls, outdoor cooking areas, use of color, sculptures and other unique features.
Tickets were $10 per adult. Sam Hughes Neighborhood Association Member's tickets were FREE!
Thanks to the homeowners who have so graciously opened their gardens, sponsor Solar Solution AZ, LLC, the volunteers who have given their energy and time, Sam Hughes School Principal Janet Jordan, and the Sam Hughes Neighborhood Association Board of Directors.
Sam Hughes Thanks Allegro Gelato
Members - Allegro Gelato is a Deals and Discount Participant; members receive a discount with their Certificate of Membership.
Allegro Gelato donated its artisan gelato made fresh with natural ingredients for the 2012 SHNA annual meeting.
September's Middle Ages/Renaissance Festival
September 28, 2012 - Friday
Sam Hughes @ Himmel – Middle Ages/Renaissance Festival
It was an evening of culture and merriment. There were 3 mini events put together to make one big event. We hope you didn't miss the fun!
Sam Hughes Neighborhood Association, in appreciation of our members & in support of Himmel Pool, announces
Sam Hughes Neighborhood Association Board of Directors
Water Pump Committee & Membership
Neighborhood Committee Members and other Volunteers
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