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Monthly Meeting of the SHNA
The next monthly meeting of the Sam Hughes Neighborhood Association will be held August 20, 2019 at 7:00 PM at the Himmel Park Library. There will be no meeting in July.
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
Sam Hughes Neighborhood Association Board of Directors
James Head, PhD
Carolyn Classen, J.D.
Neighborhood Committee Members & other Volunteers
Connie de la Vergne
July 19th, 2019
Candidate for Mayor of Tucson Forum
Dear Sam Hughes neighborhood residents:
You are invited to attend the upcoming Candidate for Mayor of Tucson Forum which is to take place Wednesday July 24. The Forum is being sponsored by the Sam Hughes Neighborhood Association in cooperation with Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik. The Forum is open to the public. Other neighborhood associations surrounding the Sam Hughes neighborhood are being invited by SHNA President Jim Head to attend. We would like to focus primarily on issues regarding the neighborhoods in the City Of Tucson.
When: Wednesday July 24, 2019, from 6:30PM to about 9PM
Where: Ward 6 Office, 3202 E 1st St, Tucson, AZ 85716From 6:30 to 7PM we will start with an informal meet and greet with the candidates. At 7PM the Forum will begin. We plan to use a tables format whereby the candidates will move from table to table, answering questions from audience members seated at each table. However, if the audience is too large, we may have to use a different format and seat the Candidates at tables at the front of the meeting room to take questions from the audience.
We look forward to your participation!Sincerely,
Member of SHNA Board of Directors
Benedictine Monastery Neighborhood Meeting
A formal neighborhood meeting was held April 17, 2019 regarding the P.A.D. (Planned Area Development) and HL (Historic Landmark) rezoning of the former Benedictine Monastery. The meeting was required by the City of Tucson as part of the process of the proposed redevelopment of the property.
The property is owned by developer Ross Rulney with architect Corky Poster of Poster Frost Mirto planning the development. The building is temporarily being used as a shelter for Central American asylum seekers.
Please see Benedictine Meeting , a copy of the presentation by the developer given at the meeting. It gives a history of the process up to that time, along with considerable detail of the proposed development, including historical photos of the monastery. The design is an ongoing process and as it progresses we'll post additional information. Also see the article about the meeting in our Spring newsletter.
The 2019 Sam Hughes Neighborhood Home Tour
The 2019 Sam Hughes and Neighborhood Tour committee would like to thank all of our participants for making the tour such a resounding, sold-out success. Those participants are the owners of the 11 homes on the tour as well as owners of the 10 other venues. But so many others are the support without which we couldn't function: 70 volunteers, advertisers, AZ DAILY STAR, and in-kind donors Rincon Market, Arte de la Vida, Fotoventures, Deadwood Framing, Bob Dobbs/Corbett Brewing Co. and, of course, our sponsor Truly Nolen.
With 1420 attendees and $39,412 in net proceeds (a 45% gain over the 2017 tour), we'll be hard put to best ourselves in the 2021 tour. Still yet, we're brimming with ideas and have 18 months to rest up. We think Mr. Hughes, for whom the neighborhood was named but never lived here, would be mighty proud.
Denice Blake, Betty Guarraia, Jeanne Foley, Bobbi Hutchinson, Pam Greene, Connie de la Vergne, and Becky Heilman
Photo credit Dan Chavez
SHNA memberships renew on January 1st
All SHNA memberships are due for renewal on January 1st. You can renew by:
Here are links for making your tax-free donation:
Make sure under "Donation Type" you pick "Himmel Park Project" or "Himmel Park Ramada".
2017 Sam Hughes Neighborhood Home Tour
The Sam Hughes Home and Neighborhood Tour was held Sunday, April 9, 2017. This popular walking tour of a midtown historic neighborhood contiguous to the University of Arizona has been conducted approximately every other year for decades.
This year's tour featured 10 residences and gardens, music and art, a lecture by Senator Steve Farley about Mid-Century Modern homes here in Tucson, new and/or interesting businesses, and other points of interest in the one square mile historic neighborhood bordered by Campbell Ave. and Country Club Road and Speedway Blvd. and Broadway Blvd.
Photo by Dan Chavez Photography
2-Way Radios for Sam Hughes Elementary
Good neighbor and SHNA board member Len Nicholson presented four Motorola radios to Sam Hughes Elementary School Principal Kathryn Bolasky in September. Len researched the needs of the school, provided a couple of radios as a trial, and arranged for the purchase of the four radios on behalf of the SHNA.
Water Tower Renovation
After years of planning and fundraising the first stage of renovating the water tower across from Himmel Park is complete. For more (and bigger and better) before and after pictures click here.
Himmel Park Revitalization Campaign
Friends of Himmel Park needs your help now! Trees in the park keep falling and dying and the City has limited funds to replace them. More than a dozen mature shade trees have been lost in the past two years—five alone went down in the first monsoon of the summer. With them has gone precious shade and the unique beauty of one of Tucson's oldest, most beloved parks.
For more information, including how to donate, click here.