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'Dog Whisperer' Coming to Tucson

Cesar Millan, original host of NatGeo WILD’s Dog Whisperer series and star of Cesar 911 on the same network, will reveal the secrets of happier, healthier relationships between humans and their dogs during a live show this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Tucson Music Hall. Millan will share his training secrets using demonstrations with multiple dogs.

Sixth Avenue Closed North of Downtown

Sixth Avenue from Sixth Street to Seventh Street will be closed to motor vehicle traffic until further notice to allow work crews to pump out storm water from a utility trench just north of Seventh Street. Northbound traffic from the Sixth Avenue underpass is being diverted to eastbound and westbound Seventh Street. Southbound travel on Sixth Avenue from Sixth Street is prohibited. 

Pedestrian access on Sixth Avenue is not affected by the closure. Businesses adjacent to Sixth Avenue are open with parking available on Seventh Street. 

Tucson Firefighters Enter Battle of the Bands (Video)

Monday is the last day to vote for the four current and retired firefighters from the Tucson Fire Department (TFD) who hope to compete against other firefighters across the country for an opportunity to perform at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis during the Fire Department Instructor Conference in April.

Known as The Turnouts, the TFD band is encouraging people to watch its video (below) and cast a vote online.

Free Gem Show Shuttles Available Again This Year

For the fifth consecutive year, the City of Tucson is providing a free shuttle service for visitors to the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase. The GemRide shuttle system connects 41 shows from 33 stops on four connected routes. GemRide service runs daily, Jan. 30-Feb. 14, from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. (limited service this Friday only). Service times vary depending on shuttle route.

Fare Options for Streetcar

If you're visiting Tucson for the gem show, the Sun Link streetcar is a good way to get around downtown, and there are many fare options available to ride the streetcar. Cash is not accepted on the car, but you can use it at machines at the stops to buy a $4 one-day pass. In addition, you can buy SunGO passes online and at regular Sun Tran merchants or use the Go Tucson app to pay your fare.

Aviation Bikeway Bridge Repaired

A plank bridge along the Aviation Bikeway has been repaired with new bridge decking. For several years, bicyclists have advocated for improvements to the wooden bridge near Freedom Park.

Thanks to bridge-specific funding from the Regional Transportation Authority, bicyclists and pedestrians using this popular route will have smoother trips. The Aviation Bikeway is a paved, off-road bike path that runs from Ironhorse Park to the intersection of Escalante and Kolb Roads.

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