The Reid Park Zoo is hosting a very special breakfast event on August 20 at 7 a.m. to celebrate Nandi's first birthday. The African elephant will search for gifts, work with trainers, and smash her birthday cake during the catered event. In addition, the Zoo's elephant trainers will discuss what Nandi's first year has been like and what her goals for the next few months will be.
The City Clerk and Pima County Recorder have certified enough valid signatures to send to November's ballot an initiative to ban red light cameras in Tucson city limits. The group Tucson Traffic Justice last month submitted petitions with more than 40,000 signatures. A random sampling of more than 2,000 petitions signatures showed there are enough legitimate signatures to project about 27,000 of the submitted signatures are valid. The required amount to get on the ballot is 12,730.
Do you have a question about City of Tucson Parks and Recreation? Community Promotions and Marketing Manager Sierra Davenport is answering your questions on Tucson 12 and social media. This month's edition focuses on dog parks in Tucson. Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, and watch the latest "Sierra Says."
Dancing with the Stars Live! is coming to the Tucson Convention Center's (TCC) Music Hall tomorrow night. Dancing with the Stars All-Stars champion Melissa Rycroft will host the stage show, featuring pro dancers Witney Carson, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Artem Chigvintsev, Peta Murgatroyd, Emma Slater, and troupe dancers Alan Bersten, Brittany Cherry, Sasha Farber and Jenna Johnson. The dancers will perform in a 90-minute live show.
Learn your rights and responsibilities for Transaction Privilege (sales) Taxation by attending a Tax and License Workshop sponsored by the City of Tucson Finance Department. Questions will be answered, and written materials will be available. Samples of sales tax records, worksheets, and monthly returns will be explained. You should bring a calculator and a pencil. A workshop for retail and contracting questions will be held tomorrow, 10:30 a.m.-noon, at the Westside Police Service Center, 1310 W. Miracle Mile. Another workshop will be held Thursday, July 30, at the same time and location.
The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) will be competing at the Tucson Convention Center (TCC) Oct. 2-3 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 tour resumes Aug. 7-8 in Biloxi, Mississippi, kicking off the second half of the season.
If you'd like to play a role in determining the future of Tucson's Residential Parking Permit Program, you can apply to be a task force member. The application deadline is Thursday at 5 p.m. Task force members will review the current permit program, in light of significant changes to parking usage and needs in certain areas, and determine whether modifications are needed to better serve the community. The recommendations and input made by the 20-member task force will be submitted to the City of Tucson Park Tucson Commission.
The City of Tucson's Small Business Assistance Line, (520) 837-4100, is available 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Help is available in both English and Spanish. Staff members from the City Manager's Office of Economic Initiatives answer the calls. The Small Business Assistance Line is one of a number of City initiatives to make the City of Tucson more business-friendly, along with 21 business incentives, streamlined permit processes, and more.
With grilling season upon us, it's a good time to brush up on fire safety. In this week's edition of No Bad Days with Barrett on KGUN9, Tucson Fire Capt. Barrett Baker offers some tips to keep you safe. More than half of all grill fires start on a patio, porch, or balcony, so the first tip is to keep your grill a safe distance away from things that can catch fire.
This is a series of traffic alerts that will be issued throughout the construction of the North Rillito Interceptor (NRI) Sewer Rehabilitation Project. These alerts will announce construction, detour and street closure information as it affects residents, businesses and traffic within the area. The 10-mile long NRI project is being completed in phases; the current phase’s construction boundaries are from Woodland Road to just east of Pantano Road.
On Friday, July 17, 2015 at 6 p.m., crews from Borderland Construction, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will close the intersection of Houghton Road and 22nd Street. The initial plan to upgrade the water lines at the intersection called for three weeks’ worth of work that would close various travel lanes at various times. By completely closing the intersection, crews will be able to expedite the improvements and complete the work in three days rather than three weeks. The intersection is scheduled to reopen at 5 a.m.
For the first time in 42-years, downtown Tucson has a full-service grocer. Johnny Gibson's Downtown Market, 11 S. Sixth Avenue, has its "soft opening" today. The market features a salad bar, deli, prepared foods, and a meat market which will open July 25. The property also includes a distillery bar and retail space. Once fully developed, the market will create approximately 75 jobs.
The City of Tucson is joining cities across the country in celebrating the power of parks and recreation for the 30th anniversary of Park and Recreation Month, created by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). Tucson is recognized by KaBOOM! with a Playful City USA designation for the ninth consecutive year. One way to find out about activities at Tucson Parks and Recreation is by picking up a copy of the Fall 2015 Program Guide and Class Catalog, available starting today.
Tucson has been chosen as one of 50 cities nationwide to participate in a movement to promote youth volunteerism outdoors. The program is part of First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move! Outside" initiative geared toward encouraging young people to work, play, and understand the value of nature. Several community organizations will share $212,000 in grant funding from the American Express Foundation for restoration projects in the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area and Saguaro National Park.