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Jan 5, 2012 1:26 PM

List of events being held this weekend in memory of Jan. 8

TUCSON - Dozens of events scheduled for this weekend will bring the community together to remember and honor the victims of the January 8 tragedy in Tucson. Here is a list of them:

Friday, January 6:

-Peaceful Wishes, 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

"As the anniversary of January 8th approaches, International School for Peace searched for a way to commemorate the day without focusing on fear and negativity and in a way our preschoolers could participate. Our Peaceful Wishes event will be on January 6, 2012, at 11:30 am at the preschool playground."

More info:

- Gabrielle Giffords Family Assistance Center Open House, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
3003 S. Country Club Road, Tucson, AZ
Contact: Bill Carnegie, CEO
Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
(520) 622-0525 ext. 214

Saturday, January 7:

-BEYOND, a coalition started by extended members of Gabe Zimmerman's family, is hosting dozens of hikes, walks, bike rides and other events on Saturday, January 7 around town.

Some of the events include a health and wellness fair at Tucson Medical Center, "Remember Tucson," a 5K Fun Run to benefit the Arizona Homicide Survivor's Fund, a hike of the newly-named Davidson Canyon Gabe Zimmerman Memorial Trailhead, and many more.

For a complete list of events, visit:

Sunday, January 8:

-A Day of Kindness at the Children's Museum Tucson, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

"Ben's Bells invites families to gather to sign the Kindness Contract, to paint Kindness Coins and to hang Kindness Wishes in the trees at the Museum. The Museum will serve as a gathering point for families to celebrate the kindness in our community."

Location: Children's Museum Tucson
Contact: 520-792-9985 (Children's Museum), 520-628-2829 (Ben's Bells)

-Community-wide Ringing of Bells, 10:11 a.m.


"On January 8, 2012 at 10:11am, we are asking the entire community to ring a bell in memory of those lost and injured. Please join your friends, neighbors and our community in honoring the victims and survivors of that heartbreaking morning by ringing a bell at 10:11 am."

- Remembering January 8, 2011: Hurting, Healing, Hoping, 10:15 a.m.

Rev. Dr. John Kitagawa will lead a conversation for the community to remember those lost and injured and share reflections of the time since the tragedy.

Location: St. Philip's In The Hills Episcopal Church, 4440 N. Campbell Ave. at River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718
Contact: Diane Wilson at

- Journey from Mental Illness to Mental Health, 10:45 a.m. to noon

St. Francis in the Foothills is offering a class discussing mental health that is open to the public. Members from the national Alliance on Mental Illness will be presenting information.

Location: St. Francis in the Foothills, 4625 E. River Rd (River west of Swan), Tucson, Arizona

- "We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe" Interfaith Service, 1 p.m.

Members of all faiths are invited to this service consisting of prayer, music, reflections, dance and participation. The service will include Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Baha'i and Sikh traditions of prayer.

Location: St. Augustine Cathedral, 192 S. Stone Avenue, Tucson, Arizona

- Reflections: Honoring the lives of January 8 shooting victims, 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

A series of speakers will reflect on the lives of the six people who died on January 8, as well as the survivors and citizen heroes of that day. This event is being presented by the Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding.

Tickets are free and may be picked up at the UA Centennial Hall box office, The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, 2250 E. Broadway and Pima Council on Aging 8467 E. Broadway.

-Moving Forward, 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

The Northwest Fire District Interagency Corps of Chaplains, along with multi-agency Honor Guard, Pipes and Drummers will honor all public safety and public service personnel at this event.

"All Uniformed Personnel, Dispatch, Support Staff, Hospital Staff, Public Servants, retirees, their families, and guests are invited to this ecumenical service to honor all public safety personnel and public servants who have dedicated their lives to our community at large."

Where: Oro Valley Church of the Nazarene
Address: 500 W. Calle Concordia

-Remembering January 8 Candlelight Vigil, 6:30 p.m.

"The tragic shootings occurring on January 8, 2011 shocked our community, our state and our nation. Our community responded by coming together and providing support, strength and compassion. The Remembering January 8th Candlelight Vigil will honor the victims and survivors of that heartbreaking day.

"Community members are encouraged to attend and show their support for the families of victims and the survivors. Those attending are asked not to bring candles. Glowsticks will be provided at the vigil to all those in attendance."

The Tucson Symphony Orchestra will perform and confirmed speakers include:

Honorable Jonathan Rothschild, Mayor, City of Tucson

Dr. Peter, Rhee, Chief, Division of Trauma, Critical Care and Emergency Surgery, The University of Arizona Medical Center

Mark Kelly, Captain, USN (Retired) Spouse, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords
The emcee for the evening will be Ron Barber, survivor and founder of the Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding.

The office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords confirms that she will also be in attendance.

Location: University of Arizona Mall
For more information contact Daniel J. Benavidez at (520) 331-4989.

- Shining the Light of Hope and Peace, 6:30 p.m.
The Tucson community is invited to a special evening service of songs, prayer and healing.

Description: The entire Tucson community is invited to attend a special evening service of songs, prayer and healing.

Location: Northminster Presbyterian Church, 2450 East Fort Lowell Road, Tucson, Arizona
Contact: 520-327-7121, ext. 229

For more information on all the Sunday events, visit:

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