One of the frustrations with our plastic containers is that, for the most part, can’t be used over again. We use a lot of natural resources (namely oil) not to actually make a product but to make something that a product is stored in. We then toss that container away and it ends up in a landfill.
And that brings us to plastic pill bottles. Most of us have a prescription to something, and when we are done, we throw the bottles away. The thing is, those bottles are, unlike plastic bags and plastic water bottles, quite durable and can be used many times over.
The City of Tucson will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 20. All City offices, except for emergency services, will be closed.
Residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on Monday. All City of Tucson residential and commercial customers will have their trash and recycling services delayed by one day next week. The Los Reales Landfill will be open.
The sixth annual HSL Properties Tucson Jazz Festival culminates with the free Downtown Jazz Fiesta on Monday, Jan. 20, from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Two outdoor stages and two indoor venues in the general area of Congress Street and 5th Avenue will feature exceptional jazz acts that include local talent.
Enjoy three hours of free time on Friday, Jan. 24, 4:30-7:45 p.m., while your kids have organized activities with Tucson Parks and Recreation. Parents Night Out will be held at the William M. Clements Center, 8155 E. Poinciana Drive. Activities include pizza, snacks, the movie "Zootopia," an art project, and games.
The cost per child (ages 5-15) is $5 (cash only). Register in person at the Clements Center by Thursday, Jan. 23. Call (520) 791-4730 for details. Space is limited.
The City of Tucson is hiring an engineering manager for its Transportation Department. The position will manage and coordinate the operation and performance of the Right-of-Way Permit & Code Section, Utility Coordination & Technical Review Section, and the MS4 Permit and Stormwater/Floodplain Administration. The manager will also represent the City of Tucson and attend construction and planning meetings with other governmental agencies.
A job fair to learn about current transit career opportunities in Tucson will be hosted by Sun Van on Saturday, Jan. 18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at its administrative office, 3401 E. Ajo Way. Sun Van is hiring drivers, a human resources technician, and a full-time phone clerk.
Job seekers should bring their identification and resume. Sun Van is the complementary paratransit service for Sun Tran. For more information, call Sun Van at (520) 628-3309.
The City of Tucson is seeking experienced water system operators to join the Water Quality & Operations division of Tucson Water. Operators are responsible for the central control operations of the potable and reclaimed water distribution systems. SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) is used to operate, monitor, and control water treatment facilities, distribution systems, and related equipment.
The Sun Link streetcar will again offer late-night service until 2 a.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. The extended hours begin this week and run through May 16.
The new schedule reflects increases in ridership that coincide with the University of Arizona's spring semester. Hours of operation Monday through Wednesday (7 a.m.-10 p.m.) and Sunday (8 a.m.-8 p.m.) will not change.
Tucson Parks and Recreation and Friends of the Cele Peterson Rose Garden at Reid Park are seeking volunteers to help prune rose bushes on Saturday, Jan. 18, 9 a.m.-noon, at the Cele Peterson Rose Garden, 920 S. Concert Place.
Volunteers should bring clippers, gloves, and rakes. Water will be provided. The Rose Society of Tucson will conduct a demonstration on how to prune roses prior to the project.