The annual gem show that started it all opens tomorrow, Feb. 13, at the Tucson Convention Center (TCC). Presented by the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society, the 66th Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® - World Class Minerals, is expected to attract thousands of treasure hunters from around the world.
Ward 1 Tucson City Council Member Lane Santa Cruz and her staff invite the community to their first open house on Sunday, Feb. 16, 1-5 p.m., at the Ward 1 Office, 940 W. Alameda. There will be food, entertainment from local schools, and kid-friendly activities.
Guests can meet Council Member Santa Cruz and staff, as well as Ward 1 neighbors. There will also be highlights of what is happening in Ward 1 and tours of office spaces available for use by community groups.
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.
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.
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.
The Tucson Parks and Recreation department is now accepting mail-in registrations for the Spring Adult Slowpitch Softball Leagues. Register online or in person at the Sports Unit, 920 S. Randolph Way, through Friday, Feb. 28.
Call the Sports Unit at (520) 791-4870 for registration costs and more information. The season begins March 9.
Nikki Reck with Pima Animal Care Center introduces you to Tessa, who is a low-key, housebroken girl who loves going for hikes. Learn more about Tessa and how you can adopt her when you watch the latest Pet Connection video below.
Apply now for jobs with the US Census. Part-time positions with flexible hours are available in your neighborhood. Actual employment ranges from March to July, 2020.
Apply online: www.2020census.gov/jobs or 1-855-JOB-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.
The next 2nd Saturdays Downtown takes place tomorrow, Feb. 8. Events during the day include a prison art exhibition at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Locomotive Saturday at the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum, Living History Day at the Presidio San Agustin del Tucson, and Art After Dark at the Children's Museum Tucson.