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Reid Park Acorns Are Herbalist's Treasure

Tucson herbalist John Slattery, owner of Desert Tortoise Botanicals, finds food all around Tucson, including fallen acorns at Reid Park. He's been studying acorns for the past several years, and he says there's a misconception that the nutrient-rich nut is poisonous. Slattery says a few raw acorns may not hurt you, but he has a special method of preparation to make them safer and more pleasant to eat by grinding them into flour and soaking out the bitter tannins found in the nut.

Job Opportunity: Lead Well Maintenance Mechanic

Tucson Water is seeking a team player with skills to lead well maintenance mechanics in constructing, installing, repairing and maintaining well sites to run efficiently and in sound condition. Work is subject to standby and on-call hours during off-duty hours.

Duties require working outdoors under varying weather conditions in constrictive and/or slippery areas and around moving equipment. The recruitment will establish a civil service list that will be used to fill vacancies within the next six months.

Tucson Fire Department Works to Reduce Non-Emergency 911 Calls

Non-emergency calls to 911 are straining the system, and the Tucson Fire Department (TFD) recently launched a new program to divert those calls elsewhere, saving taxpayer dollars. Tucson Collaborative Community Care (TC3) is uniting the health care and social service communities to help those who call the emergency line on a daily basis to ask for help with things like diabetes medication, controlling anxiety, asking for doctors, and more.

City Inspectors Busy with Weed Complaints

It's weed and allergy season in Tucson, and City inspectors are receiving numerous reports from people complaining that their neighbors aren't taking care of the vegetation in their yards. City code requires property owners to cut their weeds, even if they don't live in a homeowners association.

The code says weeds and lawn grass must not exceed six inches in length. Residents are given a 10-day notice to take care of the weeds. If they ignore the violation, they might be fined $153 to $2,500.

Zoo Offers Final February Nature Play Day This Weekend

Sunday is the final day of February Nature Play Days at Reid Park Zoo. From 1-3 p.m., the Zoo will have a free-play area set up near the Conservation Learning Center for kids to dig, build, splash, and more. Sand pits, water tables, building blocks, and tools will be provided.

Children just need to bring their curiosity and imagination. Activities are free with regular admission, and no registration is required.

Road Resurfacing Project Begins Tomorrow on 22nd Street From Alvernon Way to Country Club

Milling (removing asphalt) work starts tomorrow to improve the pavement conditions on westbound 22nd Street from Alvernon Way to Country Club Road. Crews from Sunland Asphalt, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will work from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow and Monday to remove the old asphalt.

There will be an uneven surface between the median island lane and center lane on westbound 22nd Street. For safety reasons, barricades will be in place between the two lanes to prevent motorists from changing lanes.

Citizen Police Advisory Review Board Seeks Additional Members

The Citizen Police Advisory Review Board (CPARB) is seeking applications to fill four advisory, non-voting positions for a period not to exceed two years. Formed by the Mayor and City Council in March 1997, CPARB helps promote a citizen/police partnership and reviews and comments on police investigation of citizen complaints.

You must be a resident of the City of Tucson to serve on the panel. The deadline to apply is April 1.

91st Annual Tucson Rodeo Parade

On Thursday, February 25, 2016, Tucson will host the 91st Annual Tucson Rodeo Parade.  The Parade begins at 9 a.m. at Ajo Way and Park Avenue, travels south on Park Avenue to Irvington Road, then turns west on Irvington Road and ends at Sixth Avenue. More information on the Rodeo Parade may be found at www.tucsonrodeoparade.com.  Below is the vehicular travel restrictions associated with this event.

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