The Sun Link streetcar recently won the President’s Award at the Arizona Forward Environmental Excellence Awards. The ceremony was held in Phoenix last Saturday. Judges selected Sun Link for top honors because the project is vital to improving the look and feel of Downtown Tucson, providing a boost to the community’s infrastructure. The streetcar also won top honors in the Healthy Communities Multimodal Transportation & Connectivity category.
The Tucson Fire Department (TFD) and Tucson Police Department (TPD) will hold a brief joint drill tomorrow, in which the Rescue Task Force (RTF) will simulate rescuing victims after an intentional mass casualty event, such as a mass shooting or bombings. The RTF is a set of teams made up of firefighters and police officers deployed to provide emergency medical care to victims where there is an ongoing ballistic or explosive threat.
With the Downtown Tucson eGift Card, you can share a taste of what Tucson has to offer. The gift card is valid at more than 70 participating businesses in the downtown area and can be loaded on a smartphone. Gift card recipients can buy a SunGo 1-Day Ticket to ride the Sun Link streetcar to spend their gift.
The City of Tucson is working on a beautification project along Campbell Avenue between Grant and Fort Lowell roads. The project seeks to modernize the area and make it prettier and more friendly to pedestrians. The budget for the work is $670,000, which comes from a federal grant and the Regional Transportation Authority.
The City of Tucson has finalized a contract with BRINK Media to oversee the creation of the Community Media Center. Under the new contract, BRINK Media, in conjunction with KXCI Community Radio and WaveLab Sudios, will broadcast Cox Channels 12 and 20, produce live broadcast meetings of the Mayor and Tucson City Council, provide workforce development training, and enhance marketing services for the City’s Office of Economic Initiatives.
Living Streets Alliance is again partnering with the City of Tucson Bicycle & Pedestrian Program and the Pima Association of Governments to give away bike lights to people without them. Not only do bike lights improve visibility for both cyclists and others on the street – it's the law that bicyclists have them. The Light the Night event starts tomorrow at 6 p.m.
The Tucson Police Department (TPD) will hold another Coffee with a Cop event tomorrow night. There is no planned agenda, other than a simple time to ask questions, voice concerns, and meet the police officers who serve the area. The gathering will take place from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the IHOP, 7945 E. Broadway.
Tucson Botanical Gardens is the first and only venue in Arizona to host the award-winning, traveling “Nature Connects, A LEGO Brick Exhibit.” The four-month-long exhibit features 13 larger-than-life LEGO sculptures include a peacock, hummingbird, birdbath, monarch butterfly, and more. Tucson Botanical Gardens is located at 2150 North Alvernon Way.
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The Tucson Police Department (TPD) Crime Lab, DNA Unit will receive $1 million over two years to test up to 1,000 previously untested sexual assault kits. TPD has been selected as a recipient of the 2015 Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Elimination Grant Program to begin on Oct. 1. Sexual assault evidence kits, commonly known as “rape kits,” are collections of evidence taken during an examination conducted at a hospital or rape crisis center following a sexual assault.
The City of Tucson, Pima Animal Care Center (PACC), and the Humane Society of Southern Arizona are teaming up to kick off Tucson’s “Love Your Pup, License Up” campaign with a special licensing event tomorrow, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Late fees will be waived, but regular fees apply. Free rabies vaccinations will be available on site from 10 a.m.-noon (dogs must be at least 3 months old).
Tucson Parks and Recreation Department and the Tucson POPS Orchestra invite you to attend the fall concert series this month. The free “Music under the Stars™” series at the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center in Reid Park begins Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. on Sept. 13, 20 and 27. The concerts, under the direction of Maestro László Veres, will focus the spotlight on the many talents of the Tucson Pops Orchestra.
Visit Downtown Tucson tomorrow for 2nd Saturdays Downtown and enjoy live music, a movie, street performers, restaurants, street vendors, and gallery shows. Starting at 6:30 p.m., the main stage at Scott Avenue and Congress Street features musical performances. You can use the Sun Link streetcar to move easily through the downtown area.
Do you have unused chemicals, oils or pesticides sitting in your shed or garage? The City of Tucson is hosting its 2nd Saturday Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection tomorrow. The collection location is at Himmel Park, 1000 N. Tucson Blvd. from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Accepted materials include automotive fluids, rechargeable batteries from electronics equipment, toxic cleaning products, fluorescent lamps, paints, solvents, and lawn and garden products.
Beginning this month a contractor for Southwest Gas will begin work on a pipeline improvement project along 22nd Street between Sarnoff Drive to Gollob Road. Work is expected to take place from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday through Friday; however extended hours may be necessary as the project moves forward. Work is set to begin on the southern side of 22nd Street at Oak Park Road and move west towards Sarnoff Drive. Work is expected to be completed in November 2015.