Monday, October 1, 2012

Upcoming Events for October and November

Upcoming Events

Sewing and Craft Supply Redistribution Day: Saturday, October 6th (11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.)
Oasis Learning Center, 306 E. Navajo #1106!
The generous donations of volunteers and friends of Iskashitaa have led to a VERY full storage shed and we want to get those donations back out to our refugee friends!  As usual, we cannot do this without your help! Please RSVP online or send an email to Emily at We need volunteers to set up, help redistribute the supplies and clean up.

Tucson CSA: October 2nd, 10th, 16th, 24th, 30th. (4:00pm-7:00pm)
Come purchase Iskashitaa Products made with locally harvested delights or help us sell at the Tucson CSA at the Historic Y, 738 North 5th Avenue. New products include: Fiesta Salsa, Grapefruit Honey Marmalade, Loquat Dessert Sauce, Mesquite Pods, Orange Grapefruit Marmalade Pecan Dressing, Orange Marmalade , Parsi Ko Bien - Nepali Spice Rub, Pickled Green Tomatoes, Stewed Tomatoes, Green grocery bags and Baskets. Contact Lori Coletta at for more information.

NPR Tucson, State of the Re:Union: Sunday,  October 7th (3:00pm) on NPR 89.1
Listen to the Tucson episode of Stare of the Re:Union that features Iskashitaa Refugee Network.

Refugee 101 Information Night:  Thursday, October 11th (6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)
Come learn more about refugee life, communicating in different languages, and refugee work. Want to learn what Iskashitaa Refugee Network does in the community? Want to become a volunteer? Anyone who wants information can attend and attendance does not commit you to serve. The training is at St. Francis in the Foothills, 4625 E. River Rd. Room 30/31. Please RSVP to

 Short Fall  Harvests: Fridays or when you have time
Harvesting local fruit and vegetables with Iskashitaa Refugee Network!  You would be working alongside refugees picking fruit in backyards or local farms. Currently we are harvesting figs, prickly pear, tomatoes, cucumbers, garlic, carob, oranges, squash, grapefruit, chilies, calamondins, pomegranates and more. You will definitely have a chance to make new friends from interesting cultures, learn about eating local in Tucson and try some of these delicious fruits of the desert!
Check our Facebook page and our website for more details, or email for more information.  

Tucson Meet Yourself: Friday and Saturday, October  12-13th (11:00am - 10:00pm)  and Sunday, October 14th (11:00am - 6:00pm)
Learn about cultural diversity in Tucson. Eat great food. Watch cultural demonstrations during this Tucsonan festival. This is a free event with multiple opportunities to support local vendors and buy Iskashitaa’s baskets, food products and crafts. Bring the entire family. Want to volunteer? Contact Natalie Brown at

NamJam: Saturday, October 20th  (9:00am - 7:00pm)
This family friendly music festival will be held at Reid Park for a $5.00 donation admission. Iskashitaa will be represented to increase awareness of our Mission Continues intern opportunities.  

United Nations Day Iskashitaa Breakfast: Wednesday, October 24th (7:00am - 8:00am)
Iskashtiaa Refugee Network invites you to join us for a free breakfast to learn more about our programs and services and ways that you can help support our work. Please start United Nations Day with Iskashitaa Refugee Network, an organization that creates opportunities for United Nations refugees in Tucson year round.  A light breakfast will be served as you learn more about Iskashitaa through the eyes of refugees, board members, and staff.  This event will take place at First Christian Church, located at 740 E. Speedway, from 7am to 8am.  We promise to get you to work on time!  There is no cost for this event, but donations will be requested.
Please RSVP to Natalie Brown at or 928-503-7496.

  Food preservation workshops with refugees and Iskashitaa: Friday, October 26th (12:00 - 5:00pm)
Citrus juice, organic chutney, local marmalades, Nepalese pickled veggies, & more!
Learn about new foods, techniques, and cross cultural traditions.  Come for an hour come for half the day! If you are interested in volunteering please email and visit the website for more information: You can also sign up to attend at our website under our Calendar! Please RSVP in advance.

Iskashitaa’s Annual Pumpkin Harvests at Buckelew Farms: November 1st and November 3rd (7:00am-1:00pm)
Ready to harvest pumpkins during our beautiful Arizona Fall weather? Volunteers along-side United Nations Refugees with harvest and load 18 wheelers for the Community Food Bank and Iskashitaa Refugee Network that will feel tens of people. We will harvest pumpkin flowers, leaves/greens, squash, pumpkins and seeds. Participate in our race for walking the farthest and fastest with a pumpkin on your head and win an awesome Iskashitaa prize! This volunteer opportunity is great for groups, families or individuals. Register online at or contact Lizbeth at  or call 520-331-6585.

Annual Green Living Fair: Saturday, November 3rd (10:00am – 2:00pm)
Mark your calendars! Want to become “green” and live a more sustainable lifestyle? This is the event for you. Iskashitaa along with 30 other agencies, groups and businesses will showcase during this event with products and information. Want to help Iskashitaa at our table? Contact

*Interested in volunteering in Iskashitaa’s various programs? Contact Lizbeth Gonzalez, our Volunteer Coordinator at or call 520-331-6585

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