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There's Still Time to TreeCycle

If you're still looking for a way to dispose of your real Christmas tree, you can bring it (minus the decorations) to one of nine TreeCycle sites throughout the community. The annual program runs through Jan. 12 at sites in Tucson and Oro Valley.

As of today, the City of Tucson is offering Merry Mulch (wood chips) from shredded Christmas trees at Udall Park, Randolph Golf Course, and the Los Reales Landfill. Bring your own container and take home some free wood chips for your garden.

Plant a Tree from Trees for Tucson to Celebrate the New Year

As you get rid of your cut Christmas tree, it's a good time to think about planting a tree in your yard. If you order this month or next, you will get free delivery to your home, and the cost for three trees is $15 (limit three trees).

Trees for Tucson is an urban forestry program of Tucson Clean & Beautiful, Inc., and the Home Shade Tree program is sponsored by Tucson Electric Power.

Sign Up for a Free Water Audit to Save Water and Money

Water efficiency is more than just conserving a resource. Tucson Water’s Zanjeros are specially-trained water efficiency experts who have performed thousands of comprehensive inventories of home water use that helped customers lower their water bills.

Learn more about your home’s water-using fixtures, water meter, plumbing, irrigation, and more.

Request an appointment by calling (520) 791-3242 or emailing

Ward 5 Year In Review

Dear Friends:

I hope that everyone had a happy and safe New Year’s Eve celebration.

I want to express my thanks and appreciation for the opportunity to serve as your Councilmember for Tucson’s Ward 5.

It has been a pleasure serving with and working with my colleagues on the Council, as well as the neighborhoods, businesses in the Ward and in the City of Tucson.

This year, I had the privilege of serving as your Vice Mayor.  I was selected by my colleagues to serve in this post, helping the Mayor, when necessary, and representing our great City.

City of Tucson Holiday Closures

All City offices, except for emergency services, will be closed on the next two Fridays to celebrate Christmas and New Year's Day.

Due to the holidays, residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on those Fridays. All City of Tucson residents and businesses with regular Friday collections will have their trash and recycling service on Saturdays during the holiday weeks. The Los Reales Landfill will be closed on both holidays.

Broadway Boulevard Draft Design Concept Still up for Public Review

The draft Design Concept Report (DCR) for the Broadway: Euclid to Country Club Improvement Project is available online for public review and comment. Comments will be accepted through this Wednesday.

The DCR provides information about the baseline alignment concept approved last June by the Mayor and Tucson City Council. It incorporates the results of the public involvement undertaken throughout the planning phase and will set general standards and criteria for further design and construction.

Downtown Block Party Scheduled for Monday

The inaugural NOVA® Home Loans Arizona Bowl is set for next Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Arizona Stadium, but the pre-game celebration begins Monday with the free Downtown Block Party.

From 3-8 p.m., 5th Avenue between Toole Avenue and Congress Street will be the party place. There will be an outdoor music stage, street performers, sand volleyball, games, food, and school bands representing the participating football teams from the University of Nevada and Colorado State. 

Deadline Approaching to Register for Spring Parks and Recreation Classes

Sunday, Dec. 27, is your last opportunity to register for leisure classes through the City of Tucson's Parks and Recreation Department, including sports, drawing, painting, theater, music, pottery, and more.

The Spring 2016 Activity Guide is available online and at all Parks and Recreation facilities, district offices, and pools. It has information on classes, registration, the Discount Program, sports programs, Tucson City Golf courses, and swimming pools.

Streetcar to Become Polar Express

The Sun Link streetcar will transform into the Polar Express (or the Pueblo Express) tomorrow. Join Santa and Mrs. Claus along with their jolly elves to sing some classic Christmas carols.

Ring in the holiday season starting at 5 p.m. at the Mercado stop on Avenida del Convento, where kids and parents can make paper snowflakes to decorate the inside of the streetcar. The Polar Express will be leaving the station at 6 p.m. sharp with limited space available.


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