Solar Rock is Sunday, March 27 at Armory Park

In March, residents concerned about the catastrophic effects of climate change will rally to promote the benefits of renewable energy.

What is Solar Rock?

• Solar Rock is a 100% solar-powered concert and fair.
• Solar Rock is free and open to the public.
• This year’s Solar Rock will coincide with Cyclovia, a car-free community cycling and walking event.

Now in its fifth year, Solar Rock will feature live music from bands like Michael P., The Way Back Machine, Spirit Familia and The Opposables, the winner of the Arizona Daily Star’s 2011 Battle of the Bands competition. There will also be speakers, games, kids’ activities, food, and exhibits from local businesses, schools, and community organizations.

“If there are two things Tucson has in spades, it is great music and sunshine” said Solar Rock organizer Coley Ward. “So a concert to promote solar power makes perfect sense.”

Solar Rock 2011 will feature an assortment of activities and organizations including valet bike parking; a “free-meet” where people can exchange unwanted household items as long as no money changes hands; The Physics Factory, a modified school bus for hands on science experimentation & stage shows for all ages; and opportunities for kids to paint their own canvas bag to help reduce the need for disposable plastic bags in our community.

The event will be powered by an on-site trailer outfitted with solar panels, inverters, and battery packs that will act as a teaching tool for individuals to see how solar electricity is generated. GeoInnovation, the company that is donating the trailer, will be on-hand to talk with the public.

Solar Rock focuses on solar power as a solution to the immense challenges that climate change seems destined to bring.

Solar rock is from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Armory Park.

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2011 Co-op Election Results

Saturday, March 5 was the last day to vote in Co-op Elections. That evening, Board of Directors president Paula Wilk announced the winners of this year’s elections at the Co-op’s Annual Meeting. All three people running for the BOD were elected. Proposed bylaws changes passed overwhelmingly. Three nonprofits were chosen to receive Co-op Community Fund grants of approximately $500.

Here are detailed election results:

Total valid ballots cast: 249

Shefali Milczarek-Desai: 238
Joyce Liska: 225
Rob McLane: 223

Bylaw Revisions
Yes: 233
No: 3

Co-op Community Fund Winners:
Watershed Management Group: 136
Native Seeds (SEARCH): 134
Tucson Village Farm: 129

Reminder: The Annual Meeting is Saturday, March 5

Oh man, the 2011 Annual Meeting is going to rock. We’ll have food catered by the Avenue Deli, beer, wine, a photo booth, a henna artist, heirloom tomato plants for sale, an on-site babysitter, and more.

Raffle prizes will include a cooking class with the Tucson Organic Kitchen, Co-op t-shirts, hats and more.

Best of all, the meeting will feature a performance by Salvador Duran!!

Annual Meeting 2011
5-9 p.m.
St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, 3809 East 3rd Street.

This event is for co-op member-owners.

Co-op elections coming to a close

Friday, March 4, is the last day to vote at the Co-op for Board of Directors members, Co-op Community Fund nominees, and proposed bylaws changes. Member-owners will be able to vote from 5-6 p.m. at Saturday’s Annual Meeting at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, 3809 E. Third St. Voting results will be announced later on at the meeting.

Annual Meeting Schedule

Annual Meeting 2011

Saturday, March 5

St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, 3809 E. Third St.

5-9 p.m.


5 PM

Chips and snacks are served, along with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks

Supervised children’s activities are available

Henna artist available

In-person voting starts (Early voting was available in February)

Raffle tickets go on sale

5:30 PM

Salvador Duran plays music (45 min)

6 PM

All the food is available

Voting closes

6:15 Welcome and Treasurer’s Report

6:30 GM Report

6:45 Board Intro

7:10 Board-lead owner activity

7:25 We toast the 40th birthday of the Co-op

7:30 Announcement of Election Results and introduction of Co-op management

7:45-8:45 Supervised children’s activities end. Salvador Duran plays music.

9 PM

Meeting ends.

Friday’s Birthday Special

Friday, Feb. 18, is a super special Hot Dog Friday. Get a grass-fed, organic beef hot dog or a vegan Smart Dog, plus a Blue Sky Organic Soda and 2 oz bag of Boulder chips for $4.

Tuesday’s birthday sale items

This week, in anticipation of the Food Conspiracy’s 40th Birthday Celebration, we’ll offer great discounts on a different produce, deli and grocery item each day. On Tuesday, all Queen Creek products (including olive oil and tapenade) are 20% off, tempeh BLTs are $1 off, and red peppers are $2.99/lb.

Saturday, Feb. 19: member-owner sale

Saturday, Feb. 19 the Co-op will celebrate it’s 40th birthday with live music, cake and more.

Saturday will also be a great day for Co-op member-owners to do their grocery shopping. Member-owners will get 10% off purchases up to $49.99, 15% off purchases of $50-$74.99, and $20% off purchases of $75 and up. It’s our way of saying thanks to the people who have enabled our success.