Thursday, January 13, 2011

Tucson Recovers - Upcoming Events

As Tucson and its people begin to recover from last week's tragic events, the community is coming together in various events - I will post some of them as I become aware of them - if you know of events that I have missed, please drop me a note.

There are still people gathering and leaving candles, prayers, pictures, offerings and tears at University Medical Center and at Gabriel Giffords' office. The above picture is from UMC.

In an effort to avoid negative impact on private funerals, the Tucson Memorial Project and Wingspan (the LGBT support and community group) have organized this first event - today at 12-2 pm.
Peace and Solidarity Gathering

If you don't want to fight traffic, parking, shuttles, and deal with crowds, there is an alternative venue that is gathering. We highly encourage that everyone considers attending alternate venues to alleviate the impact of the funeral on the community, area businesses, and residences. See below for more information. Thank you, and please spread the word.

Time: Thursday, January 13 · 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Demeester Band Shell - Reid Park, Country Club and 22nd St.
Tucson, AZ

Created By: Wingspan

More Info: In collaboration with the "Angel Project," Wingspan AVP has organized a peace and solidarity gathering for community members to come together and promote non-violence and healing.

Please join friends and neighbors as we challenge acts of violence with kindness and community.

Bring messages of hope and well wishes to the families of those affected by this week's tragedy.

Gain strength and mend hearts through kinship.

If you are interested in helping with the event as a peacekeeper, please contact Oscar Jimenez at
For the Buddhist community here (and anyone else who like to attend), which is quite large and diverse, the Tucson Shambhala Meditation Group is offering a tonglen and loving-kindness event on Saturday.
Tonglen & Loving-Kindness Practice Opportunity For Sangha and Friends

When: Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 10:00 A.M.

Tucson Shambhala Meditation Group would like to invite everyone who is interested to gather at the Center this coming Saturday at 10:00 a.m. for the opportunity to practice tonglen and loving-kindness together for all those people involved with and connected to this week's sad events in our city.

There will also be a chance to practice tonglen on Sunday at the regular 9:00 a.m. practice period, which will be followed at 10:00 a.m. by a Community Meeting as previously announced.

Tucson Shambhala Meditation Group
3250 N. Tucson Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85716

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