Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
H/t to friend of Blog for Arizona Carolyn Classen for her timely post Remembering January 8th - Carolyn's Community:
Remembering January 8, “Honoring the Spirit of Tucson”
Listed below are community events scheduled for January 8:
7:00 am Ben’s Bells Distribution
Description: Hundreds of Ben’s Bells will be randomly distributed throughout Tucson in memory of those we lost on January 8th, 2011 and in gratitude for our beautifully supportive community.
Location:Ben’s Bells Main Gate, 816 E. University Blvd.
10-5pm A Day of Kindness at the Children’s Museum Tucson
Description: Join Ben’s Bells at the Children’s Museum Tucson For a Day of Kindness. 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, 260 S. 6th Ave.
Contact: 520-792-9985 (Children’s Museum), 520-628-2829 (Ben’s Bells)
10:11am Community-wide Ringing of Bells
10:15 am Remembering January 8, 2011: Hurting, Healing, Hoping
Description: January 8, 2012, marks the first anniversary of the Tucson tragedy where six people died and thirteen were injured. Join the Rev. Dr. John Kitagawa, at 10:15 a.m., remembering and reflecting on our memories of that day and the year that has followed. In this session, we remember those lost and injured and share reflections of the time since the tragedy. All are welcome to join in this community conversation in the Murphey Gallery at St. Philip’s and at the 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. worship services which will also honor the tragedy of January 8, 2011.
Location:St. Philip’s In The Hills Episcopal Church, 4440 N. Campbell Ave. at River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718
10:45- noon Journey from Mental Illness to Mental Health
St. Francis in the Foothills is offering a class that is open to the public discussing the journey from mental Illness to mental health. Members of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will be presenting information to enlarge community mental health awareness and promote civil engagement.
Location: St. Francis in the Foothills, 4625 E. River Rd (River west of Swan), Tucson, Arizona
1:00pm “We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe” Interfaith Service
Description: All faith communities in Tucson are invited to join in commemoration of both the tragedy and the triumph of Jan. 8, 2011. The service will consist of prayer, music, reflections, dance and the participation of those attending. The service will include Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Baha’i and Sikh traditions of prayer.
Location: St. Augustine Cathedral, 192 S. Stone Avenue, Tucson, Arizona
3:00pm Reflections: Honoring the lives of January 8 shooting victims
Description: A series of talks reflecting on the lives of Congresswoman Giffords and those who were killed on January 8.
Senator Mark Udall (for Congresswoman Giffords)
Federal Judge Raner Collins (for Judge John Roll)
Dr. Lattie Coor (for Gabe Zimmerman)
Serenity Hammerich (for Christina Taylor-Green)
Ron Barber (for Dorwin Stoddard)
Classical Music (for Phyliss Schneck)
Location: Centennial Hall – University of Arizona Campus, 1020 E. University Boulevard, Tucson, AZ
6:30pm Candlelight Vigil
University of Arizona Mall
6:30 pm Shining the Light of Hope and Peace
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: Daniel J. Benavidez at (520) 331-4989, or email@example.com.
The Arizona Capitol Times (subscription required) reports Giffords, survivors to commemorate mass shooting:
U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, other survivors of the Tucson shooting rampage and numerous others will come together in the close-knit southern Arizona city on Jan. 8 to commemorate the one-year mark of that tragic day and remember those who died.
A number of events are planned that Sunday, although it remained unclear which Giffords will attend or whether she will make any public statements.
Other survivors of the shooting, including Giffords’ staffers Ron Barber and Pam Simon, plan on going to every event that they can.
UPDATE: Arizona Public Media's Tom Kleespie has created a documentary "Together We Heal," which will air on Thursday, January 5 at 8:00 p.m. on KUAT. The documentary rounds up survivors, family members who lost loved ones, first responders and medical professionals who treated victims to take a moving snapshot of a city coming to terms with one of its darkest hours.