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Noshing Around Tucson-Inaugural Events

January 20 is almost here! People will be celebrating throughout the land including Tucson. January 19 is National Service Day — get involved.

One of the reasons we elected Obama is because he’s a people’s president. He is urging people to get out there and do national service for the country and for your fellow man/woman. One of the reasons we voted for him in droves is that he believes ordinary citizens like you and me can work together to put this country back on track. It’s inspiring.

Here’s a roundup of events, some food oriented and some not.

Thursday, January 15 – The Shanty, 6 to 9 p.m.

Living Liberally hosts a silent auction to benefit the Community Food Bank in coordination with President-Elect Obama’s National Day of Action. We will be auctioning off many wonderful items which will include campaign keepsakes, political paraphernalia, and local goods at 401 E 9th St (4th Avenue)

Saturday, January 17 – Packing Emergency Food Boxes, 9 a.m. to noon

The location is the Community Food Bank, 3003 S. Country Club Rd. I did this a few weeks ago and it was physically demanding but well worth the hard work. A bunch of people from all walks off line worked the assembly line with nonstop passion to pack 1,800 boxes in three hours.

Monday, January 19 – Community Food Bank Inaugural Ball,  6 to 9 p.m. 

Come on down to the Viscount Suites Hotel for a fun evening of music, food, raffle, Tucson Obama slideshow, and dancing. Bar beverages may be purchased separately. The cost of the event is $15/person or you can be admitted free with two cans of food.  Dress in black and white. R.S.V.P here. For questions please call Sarah @ 358-8565 to RSVP. Viscount Hotel is located at 4855 E. Broadway Blvd.

Tuesday, January 20 – Feed the Homeless BBQ, 11 a.m.

Yes We Did! Now we can spend some time giving back to others. Celebrate Barack Obama’s inauguration, while feeding those whose circumstances, we could never imagine or understand…

The BBQ is between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. You can stay the whole time or whatever works for your schedule. Email yhallberg@comcast.net (Yolanda) to find out what is needed. Options include: bags of hot dogs, bags of hamburger and hot dog buns, any amount of ground beef, large potato salad, plastic ware, seasonings, condiments, veggies and cheese for burgers, lettuce, tomato, onion, and lawn chairs.

The event is at Santa Rita Park, 401 E. 22nd St,; hosted by the American Red Cross.

For more events in Tucson or across the country, check out this national service  locator. There are also lots of opportunities to give blood. Tucson always seems to have a critical need for blood.

Tuesday January 20 – Obama Inaugural Ball – Hotel Congress, Doors open 7 p.m. 

Celebrate with free admission, must be 21 to enter, live bands will be inside and outside. Watch the ceremony which will be replayed on a large screen. Let it all hang out.

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