News Brief Tucson – November 2020

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski


Mercado Flea Market
returns November 8

The monthly Mercado Flea Market returns for the second outing of its third season on Sunday, November 8.

Held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. the second Sunday of each month, this open-air market features 35-plus vendors selling antique, vintage and used and collectible items.

The market is in the parking lots and sidewalks on Avenida Del Convento between the Mercado San Agustin and the MSA Annex. All of the restaurants and coffee shops in the Mercado and Annex are open for indoor/outdoor seating, including Seis Kitchen, Agustin Kitchen, Decibel Coffee, Presta Coffee, Dolce Pastello, La Estrella Bakery, Beaut Burger, Kukai and Westbound Bar, along with MAST and other retailers.

Mercado Flea has adopted the Pima County guidelines for public events regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Shoppers should be prepared to wear a mask and follow the guidelines for social distancing.

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Kirby Lockard House designated a historic landmark

Tucson’s mayor and council voted to designate the Kirby Lockard House, located in the Richland Heights neighborhood, a historic landmark.

The property, nominated for the designation by the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation, is a rare residential expression of the subset of modern architecture known as brutalism or heroic architecture.

Designed in 1968 by architect Kirby Lockard as his own home, the project incorporated ideas introduced by architect Louis Kahn (1901-74). Lockard derived from Kahn an emphasis on architectural hierarchy, organization and physical materiality. Lockard differentiated between living spaces and sleeping rooms, circulation and utility while combining volume and forms. Lockard’s utilization of gray cast concrete blocks constructed with deep raked mortar gives the building a feeling of horizontal layers.

“This is an important designation that protects a rare example of Tucson’s modern architecture,” says Demion Clinco, CEO of the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation, who prepared the historic landmark and rezoning applications.

“The nomination of properties like the Kirby Lockard House rely on support from donors and property owners who are interested in ensuring our architectural heritage is protected for future generations. Without their partnership and support, these designations would be impossible.”

Dr. Michael Fassett, board president of the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation, notes, “The building represents an important phase of modern architecture and celebrates the contributions of an important local architect. As a result of this designation, we hope owners of other Kirby Lockard buildings will work to designate their properties.

“The Foundation is available to help owners of iconic historic architecture prepare local Historic Landmark designation.” 

St. Joseph’s Hospital earns

Level I Trauma Center


Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital has received Level I Trauma Center designation, signifying the hospital offers care for complex, critical, life-threatening injuries.

Granted by the Arizona Department of Health Services, the designation was effective at 12:01 a.m. Sunday morning, September 20. Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital is located at 350 N. Wilmot Road.

Level I Trauma Center designation is an important milestone for St. Joseph’s Hospital, which made significant investment in talent and technology to become trauma capable.

Numerous specialties—including orthopedic trauma surgery, neurosurgery, vascular and cardiovascular surgery, general surgery, facial surgery, hand surgery, ophthalmology and plastic surgery, among others—are available around the clock through a comprehensive team of medical specialists and support staff.

Adding trauma services included investment in two new trauma rooms, emergency department renovations, staff training and related equipment and instruments.

“Carondelet has a long-standing commitment to offering advanced levels of care for Southern Arizona,” says trauma surgeon Dr. Francis Ali-Osman, medical director for trauma services.

“The Level I Trauma Center designation is an affirmation of that commitment and our ability to provide care for complex, life-threatening injuries. Southern Arizona continues to grow, and this capability is needed our community.”

Successfully bringing a new trauma program online in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic was an added challenge, but Carondelet St. Joseph’s staff was undeterred. Years in planning, Level I designation is a culmination of preparation, construction, recruitment and collaboration with key stakeholders, including physicians, first responders, hospital staff and community leaders.

“There is no doubt this has been a most difficult time, but our Carondelet associates and physicians dug in, met the challenges head-on and delivered this program for our community,” adds Tenet Arizona Group CEO Brian Elisco. “Introduction of trauma services brings a number of benefits to those we serve.”

Designation as a Level I Trauma Center recognizes St. Joseph’s Hospital’s clinical capabilities and integration of services across the hospital, notes Dr. Alicia Mangram, senior director of trauma services.

“St. Joseph’s was already known for its brain and spine, orthopedic, cardiovascular and other specialties,” Mangram says. “Becoming a Level I Trauma Center demonstrates the successful integration of individual roles not only in the emergency department but throughout the hospital in the operating rooms, diagnostic imaging, ICU and other areas for the advanced level of service we’ll provide.”

Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital Chief Operating Officer Dr. Nikki Castel adds, “Words cannot express how much we appreciate the support of the entire St. Joseph’s medical staff and associates over the last several months. Dr. Ali-Osman and the entire trauma team have done an extraordinary job in bringing the program online. We are exceptionally proud of this achievement and look forward to working with our EMS providers and first responders to provide trauma services to Southern Arizona.”

Learn online with

SBS Community Classes

This fall, the University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is offering 11 online, noncredit courses—lasting from two hours to seven weeks—on topics ranging from the racial violence and cannabis policy to professional editing and Tucson food as part of its Community Classroom Program.

“We are excited by our lineup of fall classes. They include topics that are top-of-mind for many of us, such as public opinion and racial violence, and we are proud to share our expertise with those wanting to delve deeper into these issues,” says Maribel Alvarez, associate dean of community engagement for the College of SBS.

“We are also offering classes on topics such as kindness and chocolate that can hopefully provide a welcome respite from the stresses of this time.”

Most courses are offered live online, while others consist of a mixture of pre-recorded lectures and live online sessions. All live online sessions will be recorded and shared with those registered participants who cannot make the live sessions.

In the run up to the election, political scientist Samara Klar is teaching on the “Politics of Polling: The Impact of Public Opinion.” The six-week course covers not just how opinions are measured but what influences citizens’ opinions, and how these opinions can be used and abused.

Jeannette Maré, founder of Ben’s Bells and graduate student in the Department of Communication, is teaching the course “No Time for Nice: Kindness as a Force for Personal and Social Change.” In this five-week course, participants will learn about kindness through a social science lens. Maré will also provide the tools to help participants develop a plan for putting their kind intentions into action.

Anthropologist Jennifer Roth-Gordon is teaching a course on “Whiteness and Racial Violence in America.” The course will offer insights on how racial violence works with other forms of structural racism and how race and whiteness structure our world.

Additional Lifelong Learning Courses include “Modern Cannabis Policy: Prohibiting, Legalizing and Regulating a Commonly Used Substance” taught by Professor Anne Boustead and “Power to the People? Lessons from Europe’s Populist Turn” taught by Professor Paulette Kurzer.

Community members can also learn about language and the brain from the founder of modern linguistics, Noam Chomsky. Chomsky, who is UA professor of linguistics and the Agnese Nelms Haury chairman, co-teaches the linguistics course “Language, Mind and Brain” with professors Thomas Bever and Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini.

The fall courses include two Cultural Immersion Experiences. “Cocina del Pueblo: Tucson Basin Foodways” is a three-part course presented in collaboration with Tucson Meet Yourself and features live food demonstrations by three cooks (and attendees will receive recipes of the dishes). In the two-part workshop “The Cultures of Chocolate,” attendees will explore chocolate production, historical and present day, as well as sample various chocolate confections.

The fall lineup includes three Professional Development courses: “Planning Powerful Presentations,” “The Craft of Editing in Professional Contexts” and “Nothing About Us Without Us: Community-Based Program Evaluation.”