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The Monthly Meeting of SHNA

The next monthly meeting of the Sam Hughes Neighborhood Association will be held December 15, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the Himmel Park Library.

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

November 30th, 2015

The Sam Hughes Phenology Trail

By LoriAnne Barnett

The USA National Phenology Network (USA-NPN) has partnered with the Sam Hughes Neighborhood Association to create a "first in the nation" neighborhood phenology walk.

Phenology, the study of the timing of plant and animal life cycles, has a local and global impact. As environmental conditions shift, these life cycle events shift as well.  This Sam Hughes Neighborhood Association walk is one of 19 in the greater Tucson area, as a part of the Tucson Phenology Trail. 

Making regular observations along the phenology trail demonstrates how plants and animals respond to seasonal and long term changes.  These observations will be compared to others made at the 19 sites, and will be used to answer scientific research questions about mesquite bean harvest, bloom times of certain plants, arrival of pollinators, and the influence of the urban heat island upon the ecosystem.   Participation in the walk will provide you an example of what to look for on the phenology trail, as well as information about how to participate on a long term basis.

Additionally, the historic Sam Hughes Elementary School has added several sites for students to monitor the plants and animals in their school yard. For information on the full Tucson Phenology Trail, and a map of participating location in the Sam Hughes Neighborhood, visit the USA-NPN's website:

LoriAnne Barnett
Education Coordinator | USA National Phenology Network | Nature's Notebook
National Coordinating Office
University of Arizona | 1311 E 4th Street, Suite 325, Tucson AZ 85721
Phone: (520) 621-1803 | Email: lorianne [at] usanpn dot org

Garden Tour - Gardens/Yards/Patios/Outdoor Spaces

SHNA is planning its 2016 Garden Tour to be held next spring. We are looking for Gardens/Yards/Patios/Outdoor Spaces to be part of the tour. We are also looking for sponsors. If you would like to be part of the tour, volunteer to help the day of the tour or sponsor the event, please click here to contact us.

The 2015 Sam Hughes Neighborhood Home Tour

The 2015 Sam Hughes Home and Neighborhood was a roaring success, selling over 900 tickets and raising over $17,000 for neighborhood projects.  This popular self-guided tour of the one square mile historic neighborhood is conducted every odd-numbered spring (probably in April).

Please read about past tours to get a sense of what this exciting event is all about.

A portion of this year's tour will benefit the Himmel Park Beautification Project.  To learn more about this ongoing project, please see himmel-park-beautification.  And for even more information see this KGUN Channel 9 video and this Arizona Daily Star article.  Stay tuned to this website as news develops about the 2017 tour.

Upcoming Events

October - November 2015:  U of A Downtown Lecture Series every Wednesday evening through November 11th at the Fox Theater.

November 17, 2015:   Monthly meeting of the SHNA. Himmel Park Library at 7:00 PM.

SHNA 2015 Annual Membership Meeting

The 2015 Annual Membership Meeting of the Sam Hughes Neighborhood Association was held January 20th at Sam Hughes Elementary. The Tucson High Magnet School Orchestra performed early in the evening in Tallmadge Hall. Neighborhood businesses Allegro Gelato, Grimaldi's Pizza, and Bob Dobbs provided food.

City of Tucson Project Manager Jennifer Toothaker Burdick gave an update and answered questions on the Broadway Corridor transportation work.

The Neighborhood Home Tour committee spoke about the upcoming April 12th Home Tour. Denice Blake of the Home Tour committee and the Himmel Park Beautification Project updated the neighborhood on plans for improvements to the Park library corner.

Current board member and past SHNA president John O'Dowd was presented with a plaque in recognition of his decades of tireless service to the neighborhood. John's dedication to the neighborhood is unparalleled and is an inspiration to all.

Thanks to all attending neighbors and to all those who spoke or contributed in any way. And thanks again to the THMS Orchestra and to the businesses providing refreshments.

Liquor License Protests

Our state Legislature is in the process of altering the right of the public to protest the granting of a liquor license before the State Liquor Board.

Currently, any individual who resides in or owns or leases property within a mile radius of a location of a pending liquor license application, has the right to protest before the State Liquor Board. The draft legislation would severely limit that right by requiring the person wishing to protest to obtain support from 5% of the persons who reside, own or lease property within a one-mile radius of the proposed location.

This proposed legislation (House Bill 2359) has already made it out of one committee, and if it is allowed to become law, it will have the effect of reducing the democratic process, particularly for those neighborhoods that don't have a Neighborhood Association, are lower income or have a high number of rentals.

You will find a draft of the proposed legislation attached to this email, along with a brief overview. Look for the text that is in blue to see the proposed language.

If you are concerned about losing your rights, as a citizen of this state, to petition government, please contact your elected representative. You can find that contact information at the following link.

Thank you for caring about the future of our democracy.

Colette Altaffer
Neighborhood Infill Coalition

SHNA memberships renew on January 1st

All SHNA memberships are due for renewal on January 1st. You can renew by:
1- Mailing a check for $20 to
SHNA, Inc.
c/o Membership
PO Box 42931
Tucson, AZ 85733
2- Or by Paying online with by credit/debit card at Paypal.

SHNA renewal postcard

Kgun 9 on Himmel Park Library Beautification Project

20 Story Building proposed for Speedway & Campbell

There was a presentation and Q&A by developer representatives at the SHNA Board Meeting on August 19, 2014.

Click below for Pdf documents.

PDF FileJune 19th Meeting Notes

PDF FileProposal to Planning Commission 07/16/14

PDF FileSpeedway/Campbell Overview 07/30/14

PDF FileSpeedway/Campbell Request to Amend UAP 07/30/14

PDF FileSpeedway/Campbell Proposed Plan-Images 07/30/14

PDF FileSpeedway/Campbell 7/31/14 Meeting Notes

PDF FileSpeedway/Campbell Meeting by Palm Shadows Developer 08/14/14

PDF FileInformation and Concerns of the SHNA Board of Directors 08/18/15

New Sam Hughes Garden Tour T-Shirt

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Item Description: Hanes Tagless T-shirt. 100% cottton, natural T-shirt with front-side green logo. One small and one large left. $10.00. Quantities are limited.  Click here to visit the T-Shirt Store.

Major neighborhoods approved for repair.

Tucson streets fixed
Click for larger picture. Click to download Pdf PDF File file.

Major Streets approved for repair in Tucson

Tucson Historic Preservation Award 2014

Tucson Historic Perservation Award to Mary Durham-Pflibsen

Congratulations to Mary Durham-Pflibsen, Recipient of a 2014 Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission Awards. Mary was awarded a Historic Preservation Award for her work on the Citizen Task Force of the Broadway Corridor Project.

Himmel Park Beautification Project 2014

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 biennual 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. See the rest of the Himmel Park Beautification story.

A Garden Tour through Sam Hughes National Historic District Sunday, April 6, 2014.

The Garden Tour was 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 benefit the endeavors of the Sam Hughes Neighborhood Association. The tour featured 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, were available during the garden tour to answer all of your solar energy and rain water harvesting questions. The gardens and outdoor spaces featured 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.

Sam Hughes Neighborhood Association Members attended free of charge!

Sincere appreciation to the homeowners who so graciously opened their gardens and to our sponsors:Solar Solution AZ, LLC and Oasis Water Harvesting. Also the volunteers who gave their energy and time, Sam Hughes Elementary School Principal Janet Jordan, supporting donor Rosati's Pizza, and the Sam Hughes Neighborhood Association.

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 FiX Az's Mac n Chz
943 E. University Blvd. #115
Tucson, AZ 85719

The Sam Hughes Neighborhood Association says "THANK YOU" to the Tucson High Magnet School Orchestra and their director Cayce Miners. Download their Pdf file PDF File , then make a tax-credit donation to Tucson High Orchestra. They appreciate every dollar!

We hope you had fun and we look forward to seeing you soon!

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Land Use

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Casitas on Broadway

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Denice Blake
Home Tour and Himmel Park Beautification

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Home Tour and Himmel Park Beautification

Susan Peters
Himmel Park Beautification

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