NEW YEAR BRINGS NEW LIFE AT REID PARK ZOO - A Bairds tapir was born midday Jan. 4 at the Reid Park Zoo. The endangered Bairds tapir, native to Mexico and Central America, is often mistaken for a pig or anteater due to its unusual looking trunk-like snout. However, theyare more closely related to rhinos and horses. Meanwhile, the Jan. 2 birth of "Isla" marks the second birth of a South American tamandua (lesser anteater) at the Zoo. Her birth follows that of "Liago" on Nov. 14. The Reid Park Zoo is one of a handful of institutions to successfully breed South American tamanduas. Watch the tamandua birth story on Tucson 12.
BEYOND EVENT SATURDAY ENCOURAGES OUTDOOR ACTIVITY - The annual BEYOND event commemorates those killed or injured during the Jan. 8, 2011 mass shootings in Tucson, while encouraging citizens to get outdoors and enjoy nature's beauty and "push ourselves beyond our normal boundaries." A full day of fun, fitness and family activities will take place at multiple venues throughout Southern Arizona. The signature event, "Together We Move!, is from noon - 3 p.m. at Children's Museum Tucson at Armory Park, 220 S. 6th Ave.
2nd SATURDAYS DOWNTOWN THIS WEEKEND - The monthly, free, family-friendly event this Saturday runs from 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. The main stage at Scott Avenue and Congress Street features musical groups,and there are plenty of activities for children. Food from vendors and downtown eateries will be available. Street parking is free on Saturdays, or you can pay $3 to park in the Pennington Street Garage. Visit 2nd Saturdays Downtown website.
PIMA COUNTY HALTS RED LIGHT CAMERAS - County officials turned off 11 red light cameras and will be removing them over the next few weeks, following a vote by the Pima County Board of Supervisors yesterday morning. Supervisors ended their five-year contract with Tempe-based American Traffic Solutions, saying motorists learned to adjust their daily commutes to avoid the cameras, or slowed down while passing the fixed locations, making the cameras less effective. County officials say the number of citations has been declining steadily since the cameras were first installed. Read the story from the Arizona Daily Star.
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE (HHW) COLLECTION SATURDAY - Do you have unused chemicals, oils or pesticides sitting in your shed or garage? The City of Tucson and Pima County have an option for you to clean out your space while keeping these hazardous materials out of the environment. The Household Hazardous Waste Program's 2nd Saturday Collection will be held this weekend at 4004 S. Park Ave., from 8 a.m. to noon. Accepted materials include automotive fluids, auto and rechargeable batteries from electronics equipment, toxic cleaning products, fluorescent lamps, paints, solvents, lawn and garden products, and computer equipment. Drop off of HHW is free.
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