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Great Backyard Bird Count This Month

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations around the world. This year's GBBC takes place Friday through Monday, Feb. 14-17.

Participants are asked to count birds for at least 15 minutes (or longer) on one or more days of the event, then create a free GBBC account on the official website and enter their observations.

Parks and Recreation Needs Seasonal KIDCO Workers

The Tucson Parks and Recreation department is recruiting recreation workers to assist with summer KIDCO programs for children. A recreation worker provides service to the patrons of the City's Parks and Recreation facilities. The seasonal position assists in planning activities for children ages 5 to 12, prepares facilities for scheduled functions, and supervises youth activity participants.

Asian Lanterns Light Up Zoo Starting Thursday

Reid Park Zoo is partnering with Tianyu Arts & Culture Inc., UA Global, and the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center to bring more than 400 colorful, interactive, and customized lantern displays to Southern Arizona this spring.

The Asian Lantern Festival is Thursday through Sunday (Feb. 13-March 1), 6-9 p.m., and then nightly from March 5-29, 6-9 p.m. The family-friendly event features Asian-inspired entertainment, cuisine, and activities, and 80% of the lanterns will be new to the Zoo.

Paul's Note - February 7, 2020

I became very frustrated the other night at the council meeting over what might be considered an obscure subject: impact fees.

Impact fees are charged to developers for new construction. Cities and counties impose them because new development means that services in that area, whether it’s roads, parks, water or sewers, need to be expanded.

Tucson Industrial Development Authority Launches New Mortgage Credit Certificate Program

The Industrial Development Authority of the City of Tucson recently launched the 2020 Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) Program, administered by Advantage Housing Services LLC, to help first-time homebuyers become homeowners. The MCC Program is designed to reduce a first-time homebuyer’s federal income tax bill by providing an annual dollar-for-dollar federal tax credit of 40 percent of the mortgage interest paid, up to $2,000.

Volunteer Foot Marshals Needed for Tucson Rodeo Parade

The Tucson Rodeo Parade takes place Thursday, Feb. 20, beginning at 9 a.m. Volunteers are needed to serve as foot marshals along the parade route. Foot marshals help with traffic control and other areas critical to a successful, safe parade.

A mandatory safety meeting will be held tomorrow, Feb. 8, at 10 a.m. at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds T-Barn (far north end), 4823 S. 6th Ave. Please arrive early to sign in and receive paperwork.


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