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Winterhaven Festival of Lights Starts Tomorrow

The Winterhaven neighborhood is hosting its 70th year of the Festival of Lights, one of the longest-running festivals of its kind in the country. It runs from tomorrow, Dec. 14, until Sunday, Dec. 29, 6-10 p.m., every evening.

The festival is designed for walking, but guests can opt to see the lights on a hayride wagon, a bus trolley, or a pedal-powered group bike. Reservations are recommended for these options.

TreeCycle

For the 23rd year, residents can recycle their Christmas trees through the City of Tucson’s TreeCycle Program. The program begins on Thursday, Dec. 26 and continues through Sunday, Jan. 12. TreeCycle collection sites are located throughout Tucson and Oro Valley. Please remove all lights, ornaments, decorations, plastic tree bags, and tree stands before dropping off at the TreeCycle sites. Trees collected are chipped and these items can cause damage to people and the equipment. Please do not leave trees outside the collection time or area due to fire hazard.

Stuff-The-Bus Holiday Toy Drive

Sun Tran’s annual “Stuff-the-Bus” event takes place Friday, Dec. 13, 6 a.m.-6 p.m., at Walmart, 7150 E. Speedway Blvd. (southeast corner of Speedway Boulevard and Kolb Road).

Tucsonans are encouraged to donate new, unwrapped toys for babies and children or make cash donations to benefit the Salvation Army’s Holiday Gift Distribution Program. All donations will be gifted to Tucson children in low income families this holiday season.

Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair Starts Friday

The 50th Annual Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair is Dec. 13, 14, and 15 (Friday-Sunday) on Historic Fourth Avenue, between Eighth Street and University Boulevard. The fair is open from 10 a.m. to dusk each day and is free to the public. There will be more than 350 arts and crafts booths, more than 50 food vendors, two stages, local musicians and performers, and many other fun activities.

Public Comment Encouraged for Review of City Magistrate Applicants

Eight applicants are currently being interviewed to fill one vacant City Magistrate position in City Court. The City of Tucson Magistrates Merit Selection Commission is asking for public comment from those who are familiar with the applicants or have had direct experience with them.

All comments are confidential and disclosed to Commission members only. Public comments should include the basis for expressed opinions.

Enjoy Cookies with Santa

The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation department is hosting Cookies with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 21, 8-10 a.m., at Udall Center, 7200 E. Tanque Verde Road. The cost is $5 per person. Children will enjoy breakfast, an art project, and a story and picture with Santa.

Register now through Dec. 16 at Udall Center. The event is limited to the first 80 people to sign up. Call (520) 791-4931 for more information.

Call to Artists Extended for Roger Road Public Art Project

The City of Tucson is seeking an artist, artists, or an artist team to create public art in connection with enhancements on Roger Road from Oracle Road to Romero Road.

The budget for the project is $31,520 and the new deadline is Friday, Dec. 13. Submissions are accepted online only. Artists previously experienced working with roadway design teams are of particular interest.

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