To celebrate the first anniversary of Sun Link, streetcar rides will be free this Saturday. If you'd like to track the streetcar and you have a smartphone, you're in luck. The Tucson Streetcar Tracker, developed by Dallan Porter at the University of Arizona, is useful if you want to figure out how long it will take for the streetcar to show up at the stop where you're waiting. The app was developed using open data provided by Sun Link.
Tucson City Council Member Shirley Scott's Ward 4 office will hold its 15th annual "Back to School Bash and Pancake Breakfast" a week from this Saturday. There will be free school supplies for all children, including backpacks, paper, pens, pencils, etc. There also will be vendors and raffle prizes, such as tablets and bikes.
Fennec fox Amir is a demonstration animal at Reid Park Zoo. Featured in education programs and presentations, educators keep him socialized by interacting with him frequently. In this video, Amir gets some exercise and has fun playing with bubbles.
As part of the City of Tucson Department of Transportation's Downtown Links Phase III project, CenturyLink will begin relocating their existing facilities located within the project limits. The CenturyLink work will consist of relocating several existing underground vaults located within City of Tucson right of way, followed by a year of splicing fiber and copper communication lines which are housed in the new vaults.
The 7th annual Bilingual Literacy Fair is this Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at the El Pueblo Activity Center, 101 W. Irvington Road. There will be games and a train at the superhero-themed event, hosted by Ward 1 Council Member Regina Romero, the Consulate of Mexico in Tucson, and the Tucson Parks and Recreation Department. Attendees will receive free Spanish-language textbooks geared toward kindergarten through sixth grade and a backpack provided by Food City.
There are many fare options available to ride the streetcar, but all you need to do is walk on this Saturday and enjoy free rides to celebrate Sun Link's first anniversary. If you haven't taken a ride on the streetcar yet and you enjoy it on Saturday, there are a some things to keep in mind after the free day. Cash is not accepted on the car, but you can use it at machines at the stops to buy a $4 one-day pass.
Just like plants, Reid Park Zoo’s Aldabra tortoises love water and come alive when wet. In the Tucson 12 video below, see what happens when a tortoise gets showered with a hose.
Have fun celebrating Tucson's 240th birthday on Aug. 20 by having your children design a postage stamp. There are three age categories in the contest. Winning designs will be featured on the Postal History Foundation website and local media. One design will be used to print custom stamps that are legal for postage. Three of the winning designs will be chosen as cachets to be printed on envelopes to commemorate Tucson’s birthday. Winners of each age group will be given several prizes, along with ribbons and certificates.
Improvements to Country Club Road from Speedway Boulevard to Aviation Parkway began this morning with the lowering of utility covers. On Friday, July 24, crews from Sunland Asphalt will begin milling (removing asphalt) and repaving Country Club Road. Crews will work from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, with improvements scheduled to be completed in early August. At least one lane of travel in each direction will be maintained during the work.
Sun Link will celebrate its first anniversary with free rides this Saturday, making it a perfect time to tour the public art that adorns the 22 stops. Eight artists designed the artwork for ten streetcar stops and the Sun Link Operations and Maintenance Facility. Another artist designed the art on the Luis G. Gutierrez Bridge. Each piece represents the artist's overall interpretation of "flow" - such as the flow of time, history, words, ideas, etc.
The City of Tucson cares about the community, and now you have the opportunity to demonstrate your support to the City and the community we serve. All donations to the City are tax deductible and can be made quickly and easily through the Tucson Cares page on the City's website. Donation amounts begin at $10 and donors can pledge their support to one of four categories, including animal care.
The Loft Cinema's ninth annual Kids Fest is underway and features a free, family-friendly film every morning this week, including a special sing-a-long film on Saturday. Doors open at 9:15 a.m. for pre-show games, live performances, giveaways, popcorn, and surprises. The Loft Cinema is a nonprofit organization and the popular Kids Fest is hosted by Trail Dust Town.
The swift reporting and abatement of graffiti discourages future vandalism, so when you see graffiti report it immediately. Graffiti Protective Coatings and the City of Tucson have a smartphone application for reporting graffiti. MyTucson is a free download on the iOS App Store and Google Play for Android. You can also report graffiti by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling (520)792-2489 and choosing option 1.
You are invited to attend public presentations on two proposals for the Ronstadt Transit Center Joint Development Project.
Each proposal team will share its ideas for mixed‐use development with transit. Each presentation will be followed by Questions & Answers. Comment Cards will also be available.
If you need additional information beyond that provided below, contact Rebecca Ruopp, City of Tucson, Office of Integrated Planning: Email: Rebecca.Ruopp@tucsonaz.gov Phone: (520) 837-6973 or main office line (520) 791‐4675.