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City Bond Ratings and Outlook Upgraded

The City of Tucson recently received this year’s bond ratings reports from Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings. Both agencies upgraded the City’s financial credit profile, with Fitch upgrading the Rating Outlook from “Stable” to “Positive” and Standard & Poor’s upgrading all evaluated categories of General Obligation Bonds and Certificates of Participation.

Winterhaven Festival of Lights Starts Tomorrow

The Winterhaven neighborhood is hosting its 70th year of the Festival of Lights, one of the longest-running festivals of its kind in the country. It runs from tomorrow, Dec. 14, until Sunday, Dec. 29, 6-10 p.m., every evening.

The festival is designed for walking, but guests can opt to see the lights on a hayride wagon, a bus trolley, or a pedal-powered group bike. Reservations are recommended for these options.


For the 23rd year, residents can recycle their Christmas trees through the City of Tucson’s TreeCycle Program. The program begins on Thursday, Dec. 26 and continues through Sunday, Jan. 12. TreeCycle collection sites are located throughout Tucson and Oro Valley. Please remove all lights, ornaments, decorations, plastic tree bags, and tree stands before dropping off at the TreeCycle sites. Trees collected are chipped and these items can cause damage to people and the equipment. Please do not leave trees outside the collection time or area due to fire hazard.

Stuff-The-Bus Holiday Toy Drive

Sun Tran’s annual “Stuff-the-Bus” event takes place Friday, Dec. 13, 6 a.m.-6 p.m., at Walmart, 7150 E. Speedway Blvd. (southeast corner of Speedway Boulevard and Kolb Road).

Tucsonans are encouraged to donate new, unwrapped toys for babies and children or make cash donations to benefit the Salvation Army’s Holiday Gift Distribution Program. All donations will be gifted to Tucson children in low income families this holiday season.

Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair Starts Friday

The 50th Annual Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair is Dec. 13, 14, and 15 (Friday-Sunday) on Historic Fourth Avenue, between Eighth Street and University Boulevard. The fair is open from 10 a.m. to dusk each day and is free to the public. There will be more than 350 arts and crafts booths, more than 50 food vendors, two stages, local musicians and performers, and many other fun activities.


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