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City Sees Success With PCard Program

Ward 5 Council Member Richard Fimbres announced at Wednesday's City Council Meeting that the City of Tucson recently received a rebate of more than $807,000 for its participation in the purchasing card (PCard) program. Fimbres is a longtime champion of the PCard program, which allows the City to purchase items through a credit card instead of the traditional purchasing and payment process. The City receives a percentage of total spending as a rebate at the end of the year.

Pokémon GO at Reid Park Zoo Tonight

Come and catch Pokémon at Reid Park Zoo tonight. The event runs from 6-9 p.m., and you're encouraged to buy your tickets online to get you inside faster.

Trainers can capture Pokémon, meet other players, and learn tips and tricks from local Pokémon GO pros. Lures will be activated in the Pokémon GO app at several different locations in the Zoo approximately every 30 minutes.

Arizona Opera Performs Western

Riders of the Purple Sage, a new opera based on Zane Grey's Western novel of the same name will be performed tonight at 7:30 and tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave.

The performance was composed by Craig Bohmler, featuring scenery designed by Arizona artist Ed Mell, with libretto written by Steven Mark Kohn. Billie Jo and Judd Herberger are the executive producers.

Tickets are available online or by calling (520) 293-4336.

House Committee Approves Funding for Jan. 8 Memorial

The Arizona House Appropriations Committee voted yesterday to provide $2.5 million over five years to help build a permanent memorial in Downtown Tucson to honor the victims of the Jan. 8, 2011 shootings that left six dead and 13 others injured, including then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

The bill, sponsored by Arizona State Representative Todd Clodfelter of Tucson and others, stipulates that the funds appropriated by the State must be matched with private donations.

City Council Sends Homeless Sleeping Ordinance to Committee

A possible overnight sleeping ordinance discussed by the Mayor and Tucson City Council yesterday is now in the hands of the Homeless/Houseless Work Group led by Ward 5 Council Member Richard Fimbres. The council directed the group to conduct further study on the pilot plan.

The original proposal, brought by Council Member Karin Uhlich, would allow religious, nonprofit, and business entities to host up to four vehicles or microhousing structures on their properties for people needing overnight shelter.

Tucson Museum of Art Gets Grant for Renovations

A $500,000 donation to the Tucson Museum of Art (TMA) is the beginning of a fundraising campaign and renovations for the downtown museum. TMA Board of Trustees member James J. Glasser and his wife, Louise, made the donation. A new gallery will bear their names. Planned renovations will increase the 3,500-square-foot museum by about 1,500 square feet.

When work is completed later this year, the museum will have new galleries, a new gift shop, a beefed-up sculpture garden, and a new interactive education area.

Tucson Roadrunners Return Home This Weekend

The AHL's Tucson Roadrunners return to the Tucson Arena tomorrow and Saturday to face off against the San Jose Barracuda. The puck drops at 7:05 each night.

Hot dogs, popcorn, and sodas are $1 each on Saturday only.

There are just 10 home games left this inaugural season.

If you haven't been to a hockey home game yet, Tucson 12 has a video to show you what you've been missing.

Rodeo Parade Tomorrow Brings Temporary Road Closures

The 92nd annual Tucson Rodeo Parade begins at 9 a.m. tomorrow at Park Avenue and Ajo Way. To prepare for the event, at approximately 6:30 a.m., Sixth Avenue will be closed between Ajo Way and Irvington Road. An hour later, Ajo Way between Sixth Avenue and Park Avenue, Park Avenue between Ajo Way and Irvington Road, and Irvington Road between Park Avenue and Sixth Avenue will be closed. Westbound Ajo Road will be open until 8:00 to accommodate VA Hospital patients and visitors. All streets should reopen sometime between noon and 1 p.m.

92nd Annual Tucson Rodeo Parade - Travel Information

On Thursday, February 23, 2017, Tucson will host the 92nd Annual Tucson Rodeo Parade.  The Parade begins at 9 a.m. at Ajo Way, ½ mile west of Park Avenue, going east to Park Avenue, traveling south on Park Avenue to Irvington Road, then turning west on Irvington Road and ending at the Rodeo Grounds on  Sixth Avenue. More information on the Rodeo Parade may be found at www.tucsonrodeoparade.com .  Below is the vehicular travel restrictions associated with this event.

City Council Considers Zoning Change for UA-Area Church

The Mayor and Tucson City Council tonight will hold a public hearing on a proposal to rezone nearly three acres of land to allow Trinity Presbyterian Church to make way for two new multi-story buildings. The church is asking the City for permission to build three-story and four-story buildings with retail, office, and residential use in both structures. Church members partnered with local firm R+R Develop to redevelop several unused buildings on the site at 400 E. University Blvd. at North Fourth Avenue.

Kids Help Design a New Playground at Kennedy Park

Kids from Tucson yesterday put crayons to paper to draw their dream playground (photos), which ultimately will become reality with help from Fiesta Bowl Charities and organizers from national nonprofit KaBOOM!. Elements from their drawings will be incorporated into the design of the playground that will be built on Saturday, April 29, at Kennedy Park.

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