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Mermaids Unite Downtown

Tomorrow's the day mermaids, pirates, jellyfish, and other sea creatures will be washed ashore on downtown's pop-up beach on the MLK Lot at North Fifth Avenue at East Congress Street, and at Fourth Avenue’s Haggerty Plaza, 316 N. Fourth Ave. The "Return of the Mermaids" event begins with a mermaid arts market at 11 a.m. at 50 N. Fifth Ave. There will be music, dancing, and artists showcasing a variety of mermaid artwork and accessories.

Live Music Tomorrow on Streetcar

Ride the Sun Link streetcar and enjoy the KXCI Presents: Sun Link Summer in the City Concert Series, a live concert inside a streetcar. The series features concerts through the end of the month. The next concert will take place tomorrow night, featuring music from Laura and the Killed Men. Passengers can attend the concert by boarding the streetcar at the stop at Avenida del Convento and Congress (across from Mercado San Agustin) at 7 p.m.

Back to School Safety

With school back in session, you may see students riding the bus, biking, or walking to school each day. Safety requires caution on the part of the students and those driving near them. In this week's "No Bad Days With Barrett" on KGUN9, Capt. Barrett Baker gets help from kindergarteners at Desert Willow Elementary to explain how to make it to class safely.

Mayor and Council Votes to Streamline Redevelopment of Vacant Schools

The Tucson City Council last night approved a land development incentive package for shuttered schools in the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD). The incentives are designed to fast-track development by offering deferred building permit fees and expedited reviews of building plans. Eight schools remain closed and would qualify for the incentives.

Deadline Approaching to Register for Fall Parks and Recreation Classes

Sunday is your last opportunity to register for leisure classes through the City of Tucson's Parks and Recreation Department, including sports, drawing and painting, theater, music, pottery, and more. The Fall 2015 Program Guide & Class Catalog is available online and at all Parks and Recreation facilities, district offices, and pools.

Celebrate World Elephant Day at Reid Park Zoo

Visit Expedition Tanzania this Sunday for an early World Elephant Day celebration at Reid Park Zoo. From 8:30-10:30 a.m., the Zoo will host elephant-themed activities and presentations. The elephants will receive special treats and take part in training sessions viewable by guests. Activities are free with regular Zoo admission. Also, you can celebrate elephants again on Wednesday, Aug.

Warrant Day Set for Saturday

The City of Tucson will open its court building on Saturday, giving people a weekend day to clear up outstanding warrants. There will be two courtrooms available at Tucson City Court, 103 East Alameda, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The goal of Warrant Day is to resolve the warrant and possibly close cases in warrant status. If you want to see if you have a warrant, you can check online.

Read more from KVOA.

Sun Tran Urges Bus Riders to Plan for Possible Service Disruption

As Sun Tran officials and representatives of Teamsters Local 104 continue to negotiate a new contract, the current contract extension is set to expire at 11:59 tonight. In the event of a work stoppage, Sun Tran will offer limited weekday service from approximately 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Routes 3, 8, 11, 16, and 18. Service maps and schedules are available at transit centers and the Sun Tran website. You also can call (520) 792-9222 and monitor social media.

Nandi's Special Birthday Event Sold Out

Reid Park Zoo is hosting a special breakfast event on Aug. 20 at 7 a.m. to celebrate Nandi's first birthday, and tickets to the private party sold out fast. If you still want to watch Nandi celebrate her birthday and couldn't get tickets on time, there will be a public party on Aug. 22, beginning at 8 a.m. Watch Nandi get more birthday treats, and you can sign a card, sing Happy Birthday, and chat with Zoo staff about Nandi’s first year. Activities are free with regular admission.

Summer Movies Continue at La Placita Village Downtown

Cinema La Placita hosts movies in an outdoor setting every Thursday night at 7:30 through the end of this month (weather permitting). Hundreds of Tucsonans enjoy the summer evenings with a different movie each week for $3 per person (includes all-you-can-eat popcorn). Tomorrow's movie is The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer (1947), starring Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, and Shirley Temple. La Placita Village is located at 110 S. Church Ave., on the southwest corner of Broadway and Church in Downtown Tucson.

Job Opportunity: Tucson Water Chemist

Do your conversations include discussions of Solid Phase Extraction methods, volatile organic compounds and GC/MS analysis? Then a career as a Tucson Water Chemist may be perfect for you. The utility is looking for a highly-qualified individual with a chemistry background to analyze drinking water, surface water, and wastewater, utilizing EPA-approved methods. The application deadline is Aug. 13.

Read the job description.

Dogs Home Alone Survive Midtown Fire at Apartment Complex

An apartment fire in the 2200 block of North Ralph Avenue (near Grant Road and Columbus Boulevard) displaced two residents yesterday after a fire started on the balcony due to an improperly discarded cigarette. Two dogs that lived in the apartment were taken out by firefighters and are okay. The two apartment residents, a male and female, weren't home at the time of the fire.

Reid Park Zoo Closes Camel Rides Temporarily

A camel at Reid Park Zoo was diagnosed Monday with a bacterial infection (Corneybacterium pseduotuberculosis). In the interest of extreme caution, to prevent any cross contamination with the Zoo’s animals, the camel ride operation has been suspended for the time being. The camel is being treated aggressively with antibiotics, and all four camels will be kept under strict quarantine. The camels, owned by a private contractor, arrived in Tucson in November 2014.


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