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April 2023

Hello everyone! Spring is here and I hope you have been enjoying the sunnier days and desert blooms around town! April has been a busy month for the D5 office. We joined community partners for an Earth Day Clean Up, supported causes for Sexual Assault Awareness month, and more. We also acknowledge Arab American Heritage Month and celebrate the diversity of our beautiful County. We hope you enjoy this month’s newsletter with highlights of the people, organizations, and businesses that make District 5 special.


As always, we are here to serve our community so please feel free to reach out to our office at anytime and don’t forget to follow us on social media to stay updated on what we are up to.



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Photo courtesy of Yasmin Abdullah.

Yasmin Abdullahi is a Rincon High School senior who is graduating with her class despite being in Kenya for part of her high school career due to the pandemic. She has been active in the library and poetry clubs and is always willing to assist fellow students and teachers. Congratulations, Yasmin!

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Photo courtesy of TUSD.

Luca Mohamed is a senior at Rincon High School who came to the U.S. from Egypt in 2009. He just became a citizen! He was accepted to the University of Arizona, has a 3.5 GPA, and plans to study to become a pharmacist.

Congratulations, Luca! 




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Photo courtesy of Zayna Mediterranean.

Zayna Mediterranean Restaurant is a Levantine-Mediterranean eatery with vegetarian and vegan options as well as dishes with beef, lamb, and chicken.

Check them out at:

1138 N. Belvedere Ave., Tucson, AZ 85712

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Photo courtesy of SACASA.

For Sexual Assault Awareness Month, our office put forward a proclamation to honor survivors by encouraging the community to wear teal to show solidarity and awareness. 

The Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault, or SACASA, provides crisis services, advocacy, and support for individuals and families impacted by sexual trauma.

You can call them 24/7 at (520) 327-1171.


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2023 Drum Major Awards

I was honored to have been named a 2023 Drum Major Awardee along with Barbea Williams and Terry Thomas. The celebration was made extra special because some of my family could be there to share it with me. It was an afternoon that I will treasure.

Get Connected, Reading Rainbow Edition

It was lovely to attend Literacy Connects' Get Connected 2023 event and watch Stories that Soar perform my story.

Earth Day Clean Up

The District 5 office worked with community partners Barrio Kroeger Lane Neighborhood Association, Favor Celestial, and Watershed Management group to host a clean-up of Julian Wash South on Earth Day. Thank you to all who helped organize and who showed up!

Santa Cruz Watershed Collaborative's Spring Forum 2023

It was a pleasure to help open the Santa Cruz Watershed Collaborative’s Spring Forum 2023! Thank you to all the organizers and sponsors for creating this space for discussion and action on a regional approach to water shortage and water management.

Visit from Assistant Secretary Alejandra Y. Castillo

Thank you Assistant Secretary Alejandra Y. Castillo from the U.S. Economic Development Administration for visiting Tucson and creating space for a conversation about our Southern Arizona region.

Welcome Dinner for Chef Pati Jinich

I spent a great evening chatting with Chef Pati Jinich, Mayor Regina Romero, and Chef Carlotta Flores. Thank you Felipe Garcia and Visit Tucson for organizing this event! 

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