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City Opens Sandbag Distribution Site for Flood Control Purposes

The City of Tucson has started a pilot program to assist residents with property protection from potential flooding due to monsoon storms. A sandbag distribution site has been established at Tucson Fire Department Station 7, 4902 E. Pima Street. The sandbag location is self-serve and limited to 10 bags per person to accommodate as many residents as possible. The pre-filled sandbags are stacked on the west side of Station 7 and the public should use Arcadia Avenue to access the distribution site. It is very important that motorists not block driveway access to the fire station.

Back to School Safety and Health Fair

The Tucson Police Foundation and the Tucson Police Department invite school-age children to join them this Saturday for the 4th annual Back to School Safety & Health Fair. Kids can pick up free school supplies and bicycle helmets (while supplies last) and learn about internet safety, bicycle safety, sun protection, and other safety topics. The Fraternal Order of Police will also be providing free fingerprinting.

Tucson Symphony Orchestra Opens Season with Ride & Dine on Sun Link

The Tucson Symphony Orchestra is presenting a special Ride & Dine event on Friday, Sept. 23. The progressive dinner begins at the Mercado San Agustin where ticket holders park and then travel on the Sun Link streetcar to various eateries. Ticket prices include food, a streetcar pass and admission to the opening night concert at the Tucson Music Hall with conductor José Luis Gomez.

Muggles Can Attend Harry Potter Release Party

Antigone Books will host a midnight release party for the latest book from author J. K. Rowling,  Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The book is the literary version of the new Harry Potter play. The store will re-open at 11:45 p.m. on July 30 and books will be available at the stroke of midnight for a discounted rate. Attendees will also get to enter a drawing for the Trivial Pursuit: The World of Harry Potter board game. The bookstore will host another Harry Potter party on Sunday, July 31 from 1-3 p.m.

Six-Part Series Looks at Downtown Revitalization

"Downtown Rebound" from Arizona Public Media takes an in-depth look at the recent revitalization of downtown Tucson. Business, government and civic leaders discuss the vibrant transformation and the catalysts for the revival. Michael Keith, CEO of the Downtown Tucson Partnership estimates $500 million in new construction projects that are in some phase of planning. “If even half of those go, you’re going to see a whole new chapter of downtown being written in the next 36 months,” said Keith.

8th Annual Feria de la Lectura Returns this Saturday

Celebrate Literacy at the El Pueblo Activity Center, 101 W. Irvington Road. Ward 1 Council Member Regina Romero is hosting the 8th annual Feria de la Lectura on Saturday, July 30, from 9 a.m.-noon. Enjoy story time, family literacy activities, crafts, free haircuts, and literacy activities. The family friendly event features free school supplies, backpacks, bike helmets, and more (while supplies last). For more information, call Ward 1 at (520) 791-4040.

New Roadrunners GM Expects Tucson to Have a Very Competitive Team

The Arizona Coyotes recently appointed Doug Soetaert General Manager of the Tucson Roadrunners, the club's American Hockey League (AHL) team. In addition to his experience as a National Hockey League (NHL) scout and minor league manager, Soetaert played 12 seasons in the NHL and won a Stanley Cup as a member of the Canadiens in 1986. "Our focus in Tucson will be on development and winning and we are confident that our fans will enjoy watching our exciting and talented team," said Soetaert.

Pokémon GO Returns to the Zoo this Weekend

Come and catch Pokémon at Reid Park Zoo every Saturday until Aug. 13, 7-10 p.m. Trainers can capture Pokémon, meet other players, and learn tips and tricks from local Pokémon GO pros. Meanwhile, guests can enjoy music, face painting, caricatures, and more. Lures will be activated in the Pokémon GO app at several different locations in the Zoo approximately every 30 minutes. Regular admission prices apply, but dress in Pokémon cosplay and get discounted member prices, even if you’re not a member of the Zoo.

Storm Drain Maintenance: Sixth Avenue Underpass & Stone Avenue Underpass

City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) Streets and Traffic Maintenance crews will clean debris and sediment from the storm drains in the Sixth Avenue Underpass and Stone Avenue Underpass just north of downtown.

The maintenance work will begin at 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 31, 2016. The work is scheduled to be complete by 5 a.m. on Monday, August 1, 2016. During the work, travel lanes in the underpasses will be closed to motorists.

Rio Nuevo Board Agrees to $2.6M Loan for Downtown Project

Tucson Developer Don Bourn received approval from the Rio Nuevo Board for a $2.6 million dollar loan to finance a project called City Park on a now-empty downtown lot. Bourn purchased the property from the City for $100 in 2004 as part of the original Rio Nuevo plan. The loan will fill a gap in financing on the $17 million project located on Congress Street between Scott and Stone avenues. City Park would be a four-story building with a food court, bowling and billiards, offices, and a top floor deck.

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