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Downtown Parade of Lights This Weekend

The 21st annual Downtown Parade of Lights will take place this Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and will last about two hours. The parade is expected to have approximately 75 different entries with 1,500 participants.

Before the parade begins, people can enjoy a festival with games, music, food, live entertainment, and more at Armory Park at 4 p.m. Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will light the Christmas tree at 5:45.

Zoo Lights Celebration Continues

Reid Park Zoo's annual display of Christmas lights will help put you in the holiday spirit, with jingle bells, twinkling lights, falling snow, and Santa. Light displays, animal-themed light sculptures, and thousands of sparkling bulbs are part of the Zoo Lights holiday tradition.

Camel and carousel rides are open during the event for an additional fee. Free cookies are provided each night, and hot cocoa is available for $1.

Recycling Tips for a Green Holiday

Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, Americans generate 25 percent more trash than other times of the year.

Many items used during the holidays can be recycled, including greeting cards, wrapping paper, cardboard, glass and metal food containers, and some packing materials. Exceptions include tissue paper, tinsel, ornaments, styrofoam blocks or peanuts, paper towels, napkins, plates, cups, and anything with food residue.

Tucson Firefighters to Deliver Toys for Kids

Tucson firefighters will make a special delivery to Tucson Medical Center tomorrow at 10 a.m.  A custom-made Tucson Fire Department gift cart, replicating a little fire truck, will be stocked full of toys and delivered to TMC for Children. The cart will stay there year-round, with toys available to kids on special occasions, such as holidays, birthdays, or moments needed to make a smile.

Help Tucson Get a Grip on Graffiti

The swift reporting and abatement of graffiti discourages future vandalism, so when you see graffiti report it immediately.

Graffiti Protective Coatings and the City of Tucson have a smartphone application for reporting graffiti. MyTucson is a free download on the iOS App Store and Google Play for Android.

You can also report graffiti by emailing, or calling (520)792-2489 and choosing option 1.

How to Handle Illegal Dumping

When moving time comes, typically around the end of the month and the end of University of Arizona semesters, people occasionally dump their trash where it doesn't belong. Property owners are responsible for trash cleanup of items dumped on their property and abutting areas.

One option is to use the free Brush and Bulky collection, provided twice a year by the City of Tucson's Environmental Services department.

Don't Forget to License Your Christmas Pup

If you're planning to give the gift of a puppy or adult dog this Christmas, be sure to get your new family member properly licensed.

Legally, dogs must be vaccinated for rabies and licensed in Pima County, and there are benefits that go along with the tag. Your licensed dog can be reunited with you if it runs away and somebody finds it, and it also will be allowed to play in one of Tucson's many dog parks (watch video below).

Self-Guided Tours Available Via Smartphone at Sweetwater Wetlands

Tucson Water and Arizona Project WET are offering a series of self-guided tours at the Sweetwater Wetlands, 2551 W. Sweetwater Dr. The new Discovery Program engages visitors through a journey along the path that surrounds the ponds and recharge basins. Guests can use a QR code reader app on any smart device to view the Wetlands in a scientific way as they navigate around the 60-acre site.


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