The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) will be competing at the Tucson Convention Center (TCC) Friday and Saturday as part of the elite Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) tour. Five PBR world champions are scheduled to compete in Tucson, including Mike Lee (2004), Guilherme Marchi (2008), Renato Nunes (2010), J.B. Mauney (2013), and three-time World Champion Silvano Alves (2011, 2012, 2014). The 2015 BFTS will conclude Oct. 21-25 in Las Vegas.
The Tucson Police Department (TPD) this weekend will hold a ceremony to present several employees with a Medal of Distinguished Service. The employees chosen embody TPD's values of Service Orientation, Excellence, Leadership, Fairness, Teamwork, Integrity, and Personal Responsibility. The Fall Awards Ceremony will be held Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-noon, at the Marriott University Park Hotel, 880 East Second St.
Volunteer shifts are available to help at the Tucson Meet Yourself folklife festival, Oct. 9-11, in Downtown Tucson. More than 500 volunteers help each year. The volunteer website has all of the job descriptions, shifts, qualifications and online training modules you'll need. You also can email TMYVolunteer@gmail.com to request a formal volunteer presentation at your business, club or school.
When moving time comes, typically around the end of the month and the end of University of Arizona semesters, people occasionally dump their trash where it doesn't belong. Property owners are responsible for trash cleanup of items dumped on their property and abutting areas. One option is to use the free Brush and Bulky collection, provided twice a year by the City of Tucson's Environmental Services department.
The Fifth Annual Vamos a Tucson Mexican Baseball Fiesta presented by Cox takes place at a new venue – Hi Corbett Field from October 1 – 4. This year’s teams include four of the top teams from the Mexican Winter League – the Naranjeros de Hermosillo, Yaquis de Obregon, Cañeros de Los Mochis, Aguilas de Mexicali as well as some the best young players in baseball – the D-backs and Reds Future Stars. SS Dansby Swanson, the #1 pick in the 2015 June Draft, is on the travelling roster.
The City of Tucson and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) are celebrating the completion of the Kino Parkway – 22nd Street Intersection Improvement Project on Friday, October 2, at 9 a.m. at the southwest corner of Kino Parkway and 22nd Street.
Understanding the November 2015 Ballot Propositions: Vote an Informed Choice
Tucson Residents for Responsive Government is sponsoring a series of educational forums to help the public understand the process by which the Charter Changes (Props 403 & 404), Salary Recommendation (Prop 405) and Bond Proposals (Props 425-431) were placed on the November ballot and what they mean to you as a citizen and resident. Presenters will include members of the Citizen Committees who worked to get these issues on the November ballot.
Teams from the Mexican Pacific League will be returning to Tucson Oct. 1-4 for the fifth annual Vamos a Tucson Mexican Baseball Fiesta, presented by Cox Communications. This year, the Naranjeros de Hermosillo, Yaquis de Obregon, Aguilas de Mexicali, and the Cañeros de Los Mochis will face off at the City's Hi Corbett Field.
The 90-foot-tall El Con Water Tower has a fresh coat of paint and exterior repairs. The $70,000 project, which spanned about three months, included repairing rotted and broken wooden doors, patching stucco, removing water stains, replacing missing roof tiles, and more. The repairs were funded through a 2013 Housing and Urban Development Department Community Development Block Grant for historic preservation activities.
Money magazine ranks Tucson No. 4 on the list of its top five Best Cities for Millenials survey. The list focuses on places where job growth is projected to be above average; food, rent, and other necessities are relatively affordable; and there are high concentrations of grocery stores, pharmacies, laundromats, and other amenities.
ZOOcson 2015 is coming to Reid Park Zoo on Oct. 19, 6-9 p.m. More than 800 attendees will take part in the event benefiting the Zoo's exhibits, education programs, conservation efforts and capital projects. Approximately 25 of Tucson’s restaurants provide small-plate tastings at stations throughout the Zoo. Attendees participate in silent and live auctions, which include items ranging from power tools, vacation getaways, and unique Zoo experiences. There also will be live music.
Several events are scheduled this week to recognize Modernism Week in Tucson. Tour the Modernism architecture of the "Sunshine Mile" this Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit homes from the 1950s on Broadway Boulevard, between Euclid and Country Club. You also can explore mid-century exhibits and businesses along the Sunshine Mile. Visit the link above to learn about more activities and admission costs during Modernism Week.
The City of Tucson is offering the business community a Tax Amnesty Program. This rare opportunity allows Tucson business owners to submit delinquent sales tax or license fees without penalty and reduced interest due on delinquent balances. This also is an opportunity for unlicensed Tucson businesses to get licensed without penalty.
The amnesty period will run through Oct. 30. During the last Tax Amnesty Program in 2009, 598 businesses participated.
The Tucson Parks and Recreation department will hold more community-wide open houses this week to gather public input on how it can best deliver recreation and leisure opportunities. The draft five-year master plan anticipates future needs and outlines the actions necessary to deliver high-quality recreation facilities, programs, and services to the Tucson area.
Zookeepers have selected two names, Titus and Toliver, for Reid Park Zoo's male tapir calf. Vote at this link, and for every vote received (up to 3,000), the Zoo will donate $1 to a project that protects tapirs in the wild. Voting ends at midnight this Thursday. The winner be announced on Friday. You can keep up with comments at Reid Park Zoo's Facebook page.