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Elective Surgeries Will Resume in Arizona Next Month

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said yesterday, April 22, that he will lift his ban on elective surgeries in the state on May 1. At the same time, the governor said he's not ready to make any changes yet in his stay-at-home order, which runs through April 30, to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Non-essential businesses and services also remain closed through that date.

Baby Elephant Gets a Name

Reid Park Zoo’s 2 1/2-week-old African elephant calf is now known as Mapenzi. More than 17,000 votes were collected through a poll on the Arizona Daily Star’s website, ultimately choosing the name of the new calf. Mapenzi means beloved in Swahili.

The calf now weighs 315 pounds and is developing some early skills, such as running to keep up with her mom, using her trunk to hold objects like sticks, and spinning in circles with her ears fanned. Mapenzi is at times visible on the Zoo’s elephant cameras.

Enjoy a Reading of 'The Lorax'

Take a break with Tucson Parks and Recreation Director Brent Dennis as he reads "The Lorax," written by Dr. Seuss. Celebrate Earth Week and Arbor Day as we follow the Lorax, who speaks for the trees, and confronts the Once-ler, who causes environmental destruction.

Follow Parks and Recreation and City of Tucson social media sites for more boredom busters.

Sidewalk Improvement Project - Midvale Park Neighborhood

Southern Arizona Paving, under contract with the City of Tucson Transportation Department, will remove and replace non-compliant ramps and repair sidewalks along:

Midvale Park Road - Valencia Road to Irvington Road
Drexel Road - Mahan Drive to Oak Tree Drive
Oak Tree Drive - Midvale Park Road to Valencia Road

Work is scheduled to begin May 4, and be completed by mid-June.

Mayor Romero Launches #TucsonMillionTrees

To celebrate Earth Week, Tucson Mayor Regina Romero and her family planted a native tree at their home. The tree is launching the mayor's Tucson Million Trees campaign, which aims to plant 1 million trees by 2030 to help mitigate the effects of climate change. Fifty other drought-tolerant trees are being planted throughout Tucson in partnership with Trees for Tucson and Tucson Clean & Beautiful.

Mayor and Council Urge Arizona Corporation Commission to Adopt Carbon-Free Clean Energy By 2050

The Mayor and Tucson City Council passed a resolution yesterday, April 21, calling on the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) to adopt a clean energy standard of 100% by 2050. The ACC currently is reviewing its Renewable Energy Standard and Tariff (REST) rule and is poised to adopt the new rule in the coming months.

Downtown Tucson Partnership Announces Fifth Round of Gift Cards

The Downtown Tucson Partnership (DTP) announced this morning, April 22, that another 1,000 gift cards were sold in just 13 minutes, and more are on the way. Under the Gift Card Incentive Program, customers buy a $25 gift card and receive another $10 in value for free.

The extra value for the latest round was funded by HSL Properties. The gift cards were released at 6 o'clock this morning and sold out quickly. Between the four rounds, $140,000 has been infused directly into downtown businesses in a matter of days.

Downtown Tucson Partnership Announces Another Round of Bonus Gift Cards

The Downtown Tucson Partnership (DTP) is stepping up again to infuse cash into the downtown community through the DTP Gift Card Incentive Program.

The success of the first three rounds of gift cards led HSL Properties to provide another $10,000 required to fund an additional 1,000 gift cards with bonuses. This will result in an extra $35,000 invested directly into downtown businesses, bringing the total to $140,000 in a matter of weeks.

Meerkat Pups Born at Reid Park Zoo

Tucson’s Reid Park Zoo is welcoming five meerkat pups, the first-ever of the species born at the 24-acre zoological gardens. In the early morning on April 9, animal care professionals on rounds discovered three adult meerkats huddled protectively over a pile of tiny moving legs.

To maintain a low-stress environment, the Zoo’s animal care team is having minimal contact with the meerkats. The pups are being kept in a quiet, cozy, and secluded place away from the habitat and won’t go outside until they are about 12 weeks old.

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