We finished up another successful El Tour de Tucson this weekend. As with every large event in our city, from the Gem Show to the All Souls Procession, we get a couple of complaints about traffic congestion and general disruption around town. It’s understandable. We got a note from Richard DeBernardis, the founder and director of El Tour de Tucson, that addressed some of the complaints as well as some of the benefits of this event.
Here’s what most people don’t know about the Tour:
The United Way's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) provides free tax preparation services to local individuals and families. Volunteers are needed to help low- and moderate-income Tucsonans get their taxes done, helping them save money on preparation fees and avoid predatory lending practices. Volunteers also greet clients and manage VITA tax preparation sites. No previous experience in preparing taxes is necessary. Orientations are scheduled for Nov. 29, Dec. 1, and Dec. 8.
Ride the Sun Link streetcar for free this Saturday, Nov. 24, to kick off the holiday season and support local retailers as part of Small Business Saturday. The free rides are sponsored by Main Gate Square, Fourth Avenue Merchants Association, Downtown Tucson Partnership, Mercado District and the University of Arizona.
The final Bear Down Friday is Nov. 23, 3-7 p.m., at Main Gate Square. The University of Arizona Wildcats host the Arizona State Sun Devils in the Territorial Cup football game on Saturday, Nov. 24. Bear Down Friday is a tradition that takes place one day before each home football game. Restaurants and stores in the area offer food specials, happy hour pricing, discounts, giveaways, and fun activities.
The City of Tucson’s popular Brush & Bulky collection program is about to get better!
Find out more about what’s coming with Brush & Bulky Plus starting in 2019 by attending any of three community “meet-ups” that the Environmental Services Department will hold along with Tucson police, fire, transportation, water and Tucson Clean & Beautiful in late November and early December.
Thanksgiving and extra cooking for the upcoming holidays mean that it’s time to protect your sewer pipes. The Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department (RWRD) reminds you that pouring cooking oil and grease down pipes can clog and damage sewer lines. You can take these items to Pima County’s Agua Nueva Water Reclamation Facility, 2947 W. Calle Agua Nueva, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m., to be recycled into biodiesel, a cleaner-burning fuel.
The Southern Arizona office of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) currently has many volunteer opportunities available. A volunteer orientation will be held on Thursday, Dec. 6, 3:30-4 p.m., at 2020 N. Forbes Blvd., Suite 102. At the orientation, you will be able to review all available opportunities and go over the volunteer application and background check form (if applicable). Some of the opportunities include court monitoring, outreach volunteering, victim impact panels, and serving on a planning committee for Walk Like MADD events.
The City of Tucson will observe the Thanksgiving holiday this Thursday, Nov. 22. Except for emergency services, all City offices will be closed.
Residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on Thursday, and customers with Thursday and Friday collections will have their service delayed by one day. The Los Reales Landfill will be closed on Thursday.