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Downtown to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day Early

The 29th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival will be held this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Armory Park. The parade begins at 11 a.m., featuring floats, marchers, military units, local dignitaries, and civic, cultural, and social groups.

Following the parade, there will be a party with Irish food, drink, and music.

Organizers expect about 5,000 people to attend the festivities.

Tucson Festival of Books this Weekend

The annual Tucson Festival of Books will be held Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the campus of the University of Arizona. The festival features more than 350 authors and panelists, 250 exhibitors, and opportunities to meet famous authors, poets, writers and journalists. There will be book signings, panel discussions, live entertainment, food vendors, children's activities, Science City, and dozens of free activities for all ages.

Sweetwater Wetlands Controlled Burn Tomorrow

As part of a joint project to enhance Tucson Water’s Mosquito Abatement Program at the Sweetwater Wetlands and provide a firefighting exercise for the Tucson Fire Department, the two City departments are planning a controlled burn of Wetlands vegetation. Weather permitting, the burn is scheduled to begin Friday at 8:30 a.m. at 2667 W. Sweetwater Drive. As in years past, there will be smoke in the area and there's no cause for alarm.

Wards 1 and 5 Host Budget Forum

Tucson City Manager Michael Ortega and Chief Financial Officer Joyce Garland will provide the public with a budget update during a meeting on Tuesday, March 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the El Pueblo Senior Center, 101 W. Irvington Road. Despite a hiring freeze, an early retirement incentive, and other cost cutting measures, Tucson still has a projected $25 million deficit for the new fiscal year that begins July 1.

Road Bond Project to Repave Section of Kolb Road

Beginning Monday morning, Kolb Road from Golf Links Road to approximately one-half mile north of Valencia Road will be repaved. Crews will work Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. milling (removing asphalt) and repaving. During this work at least one travel lane in each direction will be maintained. Once the paving work is done, crews will adjust the manhole covers and water valve covers flush with the new asphalt. Business and residential access will be maintained at all times during the project, except when heavy equipment is directly in front of a driveway.

Meet Tucson's Birds with New Map

The new Tucson Birding Trail Map is now available. The free map shows the 45 best locations in and around Tucson for finding wild birds. The sites include a range of mountain, desert, and wetland locations, each with its own variety of species. The map is available online and at a variety of Tucson Audubon and Tucson Parks and Recreation department locations.

Fords on Fourth

Fourth Avenue will be the host of the annual Fords on Fourth Car Show on Sunday, March 13, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Further information about the Fords on Fourth may be found at www.fourthavenue.org. Below are the vehicular travel restrictions associated with this event.

Budget Forum - March 15

The Ward 5 and Ward 1 Council Offices will be co-hosting a forum on the budget, with presentations be done by City Manager Michael Ortega and CFO Joyce Garland.  This forum will take place Tuesday, March 15, 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the El Pueblo Senior Center, 101 West Irvington.

Tucson Police Chief Unveils Reorganization Plan

Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus announced plans yesterday to reorganize the Tucson Police Department (TPD) in an effort to trim costs and better serve the public. The reorganization includes moving more officers to street patrol, while letting vacancies and attrition bring the total number of sworn officers down to 830 (plus 40-80 recruits) from the current level of about 900.

City Council Approves Amendment to Neighborhood Plan to Allow for Possible Grocery Store

The Mayor and Tucson City Council last night voted to approve an amendment to the Houghton East Neighborhood Plan that could allow for the development of a 124,000-square-foot Fry’s Marketplace grocery store on a 16-acre site at the northeast corner of South Houghton Road and East 22nd Street. The amendment would allow the building to be 26 feet tall, instead of the 20-feet limit stated in the original 1985 plan developed when the City annexed the area.

Portion of Toole Avenue Restricted for the Next Couple of Weeks

Starting tonight, Toole Avenue from Fifth Avenue to Sixth Avenue will be reduced to one lane between the hours of 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., Sunday nights through Thursday nights. On Friday and Saturday nights, two-way travel will be allowed on that section of Toole.

Crews from Day's Excavating, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will install underground electrical conduit and landscape sleeving in the area.

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