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Last Chance This Year for UA Downtown Lecture Series

The University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Science's annual Downtown Lecture Series finishes up this week. The theme of this year's series focuses on immortality. The final lecture features Shaun Nichols speaking about "The Elusive Self in Life and Death." Professor Nichols will discuss his findings after he and his research team spent months exploring attitudes toward death among Hindus and Tibetan Buddhists in India. The lecture runs from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Fox Tucson Theatre.

Veterans Day Parade

Downtown Tucson will be the host of the annual Veterans Day Parade on Wednesday, November 11, 2015. The parade will stage on West Alameda Street between Granada Avenue and Manning House Way beginning at 9 a.m.  The parade begins at 11 a.m., and proceeds east on West Alameda Street and turns north on Stone Avenue to Franklin Street, then turns west on Franklin Street to Church Avenue.  At Church Avenue, the parade turns north to Sixth Street/ St. Mary’s Road, proceeds west on Sixth Street/ St. Mary’s Road, then turns south on Granada Avenue and ends at Franklin Street.

Old Spanish Trail Reconstruction Project

On Wednesday, November 11, 2015, crews from Southern Arizona Paving, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin work to reconstruct Old Spanish Trail from Melpomene Way to Houghton Road.

Crews will begin the project with the lowering of manhole covers and water valve covers. Lowering the manhole and valve covers is scheduled to be complete by Thursday, November 12, 2015. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Old Spanish Trail Repaving Project



On Wednesday, November 11, 2015, crews from Southern Arizona Paving, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin work to reconstruct Old Spanish Trail from Melpomene Way to Houghton Road. 

Tucson Among Best Cities for Conferences

Tucson is listed as the fourth best city in the United States to hold a conference, according to The financial website reviewed data from the® Hotel Price Index™ (HPI™) and other sources on the costs and convenience of attending a conference in 25 major U.S. cities. The analysis incorporated nine metrics, including the number of major hotels, the average cost of a hotel room, the violent crime rate, and the distance from the airport to the city center.

Veterans Day Holiday to Delay Trash and Recycling Collections for Some

The City of Tucson will observe the Veterans Day holiday this Wednesday. Except for emergency services, all City offices will be closed, and residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on that day. City of Tucson residential and commercial customers with regular Wednesday, Thursday or Friday collections will have their service delayed by one day.

The Los Reales Landfill will be open.

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Mexican-American Heritage Panel This Week

A group calling itself Mexican-American Heritage and Preservation in Southern Arizona will hold a panel discussion this Thursday at the University of Arizona's Student Union (Catalina Room). The 6:30 p.m. event will include a number of panelists discussing the Mexican-American community's contributions to Tucson and how to best preserve the history that remains. Pima County Supervisor Richard Elías will moderate the panel.

Job Opportunity at Tucson Water

Tucson Water is seeking a Senior Engineering Technician to join its Planning & Engineering Division. Experience with computer-aided drafting and design software/geographical information systems (GIS) is required.

Duties include creating and maintaining detailed construction plans, survey data, legal descriptions and exhibits, maps, and other documents.

The deadline to apply is tomorrow. Read more in the job description.

Download App to Track Streetcar

If you'd like to track the Sun Link streetcar and you have a smartphone, you're in luck. The Tucson Streetcar Tracker, developed by Dallan Porter at the University of Arizona, is useful if you want to figure out how long it will take for the streetcar to show up at the stop where you're waiting. The app was developed using open data provided by Sun Link.

Campbell Avenue – Fort Lowell Road to Glenn Street: Repaving Project Postponed

Work to mill, crack seal and repave Campbell Avenue from Fort Lowell Road to Glenn Street that was scheduled to begin on Monday, November 9, 2015, has been postponed until later this year. 

Crews from Sunland Asphalt, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), have completed lowering manhole covers and water valve covers on Campbell Avenue.

All Souls Procession This Weekend

One of Tucson's signature events happens Sunday, as the 26th annual All Souls Procession makes its way through Downtown Tucson to Mercado San Agustin. Thousands of people are expected in costumes and skeleton face paint to honor the dead. The procession will stage at 4 p.m. at Sixth Avenue and Seventh Street. Even though the big event starts Sunday at approximately 6:30 p.m., activities begin tomorrow with the Procession of Little Angels, 3-7 p.m., at Armory Park, 221 S. 6th Ave.

Comic Book Fans to Gather at Tucson Convention Center This Weekend

The Tucson Comic Convention this weekend is celebrating its 8th annual Comic Con at the Tucson Convention Center (TCC). The three-day event includes guests from the comic book industry, as well as local creators. The convention opens Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m., but there is a preview night from 4-7 p.m. tonight for those who buy full weekend tickets to the all-ages event.

22nd Street to Close This Weekend at Union Pacific Railroad Tracks

Starting tomorrow at 7 a.m., crews from Union Pacific Railroad will close 22nd Street at the railroad crossing, located just west of Euclid Avenue at Santa Rita Park. The closure is scheduled to be in place until Sunday at 6 p.m. The closure will allow crews to replace track and install new concrete panels.

Message boards are warning motorists of the closure, and delays are expected. Please obey all traffic control signs and watch for construction personnel and equipment in the work zone.

Final Jan. 8 Memorial Public Forum Set for Tomorrow

Residents have their final chance this weekend to comment on a proposed memorial for victims of the Jan. 8, 2011 shootings in Tucson that killed six people and wounded 13 others, including former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

The January 8 Memorial Foundation and architects from Chee Salette Architecture Office want to hear from people on a wide range of issues involving the memorial at El Presidio Park, including refining the concept design, materials to be used, and landscaping.

Sundays Are Play Days at Reid Park Zoo

Visit Reid Park Zoo this month for Nature Play Sundays. From 10 a.m.-1 p.m. each Sunday in November, the Zoo will have a play area set up near the Conservation Learning Center for kids to dig, build, splash, and more. Sand pits, water tables, building blocks, and tools will be provided.

Activities are free with regular Zoo admission, and no registration is required. If you’re not familiar with the location of the Conservation Learning Center, ask for a map when you arrive.


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