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Call for Artists for Ward 2 Project

The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona is seeking a teaching artist for the 2019 PAG Summer Youth Public Art Project to design and produce artwork with community youths. This year's project is a pedestrian overpass located on 22nd Street in Tucson, across from Palo Verde High School with the theme, "Bridging the Community". We would love to see artists from all of Southern Arizona apply for this teaching artist opportunity. The budget for the project is $25,000 and would occur and be completed during the summer of 2019.

Paul's Note - March 22, 2019

I’ve been getting questions about the status of the planned Fry’s on 22nd and Houghton. There has been some confusion since Fry’s has closed a few stores in town and cancelled plans to build others. I had my staff contact Kroeger’s, Fry’s parent company, to find out what the status of the 22nd and Houghton location is. We got a response from Dennis E. Barr, the company’s director of real estate:

Pipeline improvement project on Kolb Road south of Sunrise to begin April 1

A contractor for Southwest Gas is scheduled to begin pipeline improvement work on North Kolb Road between East Sunrise Drive and North Sabino Canyon Road on Monday, April 1.

The construction will begin at Kolb Road and Sunrise Drive and proceed south toward Sabino Canyon Road, with crews working Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the beginning of the project schedule. Work hours will begin earlier when daylight hours are longer.

Final Weekend for Reid Park Zoo's Asian Lantern Festival

Reid Park Zoo is partnering with the Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona, Tianyu Arts & Culture Inc., and Tucson Chinese Cultural Center in hosting more than 400 colorful, customized lantern displays in Southern Arizona.

The Asian Lantern Festival, which concludes Saturday, March 23 (6-10 p.m.), will transport you across the world with Asian-inspired entertainment, cuisine, and culture. You can check admission prices and register now at the above link.

Fourth Avenue Street Fair Temporary Road Closures and Sun Link Streetcar Route Adjustments

Fourth Avenue will be the host of the annual Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair this weekend.  The Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair begins on Friday, March 22, 2019 and is open daily through Sunday, March 24, 2019, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.  Attendance for the Street Fair is estimated to be approximately 300,000 people, so please adjust travel plans accordingly.

City Council Approves Pilot Program for Public Scooters

The Mayor and Tucson City Council yesterday, March 19, gave final approval to launch a six-month pilot program to bring electronic scooters to Tucson starting July 1.

The council two weeks ago gave preliminary approval to the program, but wanted to resolve some safety issues and other concerns before taking a final vote. The scooter program most likely would put dockless rental scooters around downtown and 4th Avenue, but it would be up to the operators where to place them.

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