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.
Can't get enough of Reid Park Zoo's Giraffe Encounter or want to experience it for the first time? You can feed the giraffes every day at 10 a.m., with additional feedings at 1:30 p.m. on weekends. The cost is $2 per person (in addition to regular admission). Proceeds benefit Zoo conservation efforts and staff professional development.
Tucson Parks and Recreation offers discounts that allow low-income residents to pay a 50 percent discounted fee for KIDCO, Jr. Leadership, In-Betweener's, Learn-to-Swim, and therapeutic programs. There also is a 25 percent discount for annual/quarterly passes at recreation centers and for a Senior Activity Card.
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.
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.
The 91st annual Tucson Rodeo Parade yesterday kicked off the closing weekend of competition at La Fiesta de los Vaqueros at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds, 4823 S. 6th Ave. Gates open at 11 a.m. tomorrow and Sunday. The rodeo opened last Saturday.
The Tucson Rodeo Committee estimates the event pumps about $16 million into the Tucson area's economy every year.
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.
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.
Employees at Tucson City Golf work for OB Sports, which manages the courses under contract with the City of Tucson.
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.
The family-owned Truly Nolen pest control company yesterday officially opened its new 12,000-square-foot Truly Nolen Leadership Center at 434 S. Williams Blvd., south of East Broadway Boulevard and west of South Craycroft Road. The company's training department and classroom settings for the West previously were based in Phoenix.
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.
Monster Jam® is a mixture of sports, entertainment, racing, and showmanship in one live performance. Monster Jam® comes to the Tucson Convention Center for three consecutive days, beginning tomorrow.
Join the Monster Jam Pit Party at 11 a.m. on Saturday. You must have a ticket for the 2 p.m. show and a Pit Party ticket for entry to the pit area.
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.
On Friday, February 26, 2016, crews from Sunland Asphalt, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin work to improve the pavement conditions on westbound 22nd Street from Alvernon Way to Country Club Road.