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Support Rincon/University Jazz Ensemble

Rincon/University High School is proud to announce that our Jazz Ensemble has the prestigious honor of being selected and invited to perform at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois, December 18-21, 2018. After a rigorous audition/application process, the 17 member Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Jeff Marchant, has been selected out of hundreds of applicants. The Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference is over 70 years old and will have more than 17,000 attendees from more than 30 countries.

Valencia Road - Wilmot Road To Kolb Road Valencia Road Traffic Switch

Base paving operations on south side of Valencia Road from Wilmot Road to east of the Kolb Road intersection are ongoing, with the anticipated completion date being Sunday, December 9, 2018, at about 5 p.m. Following this work, crews from KE&G Construction, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin temporary paving in the Valencia Road and Kolb Road intersection to facilitate an upcoming traffic shift. This temporary paving work will begin Sunday, December 9, 2018 at about 10 p.m., through 5 a.m. on Monday, December 10, 2018.

2nd Saturdays Downtown is This Weekend

The next 2nd Saturdays Downtown takes place this Saturday, Dec. 8. Events during the day include a reading of The Polar Express at the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum at 11 a.m., Read to a Dog at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library at 11 a.m., Family Brain Boost at Children’s Museum Tucson at 11:30 a.m., Holiday Horns with the UA Horn Studio at the Hotel Congress Plaza at 3:30 p.m., and street vendors from 2-9 p.m.

Zoo Lights 2018 Begins This Week

Zoo Lights, presented by Tucson Electric Power, opens to the public this week. Sip hot chocolate as you stroll through thousands of twinkling lights and lighted animal displays that illuminate the grounds of Reid Park Zoo. There also will be falling snow in the winter wonderland, pictures with Santa, and live music on the weekends. S’mores, sweet treats, and food will be available for purchase.

Enjoy Cookies with Santa

The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation department is hosting Cookies with Santa on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 6-7:30 p.m., at Randolph Center, 200 S. Alvernon Way. The cost is $2 per person.

Children will enjoy crafts, holiday stories, cookies, hot chocolate, and a picture with Santa. Register now through Dec. 11 at Randolph Center. The event is limited to the first 75 people to sign up. Call (520) 791-4560 for more information.

Free Booklet: 2018 Status and Quality of the Aquifer

Tucson Water’s 2018 Status and Quality of the Aquifer booklet documents 20 years of groundwater recovery since a 1998 report reflected overdraft and subsidence. Gains such as using renewable water and implementing conservation programs have helped achieve water reliability.

The free booklet documents these and other strategies that can ensure a reliable water future. For a free booklet by postal mail, write to and provide your name, postal address, and zip code.

City Hiring System Operators for Water Department

The City of Tucson is recruiting water system operators to join its Water Quality and Operations division of the Tucson Water department. The positions are responsible for operating, monitoring, and controlling water treatment facilities and distribution systems utilizing SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) to help ensure appropriate water supply, quality, and pressure.

Traffic Alert: Fourth Avenue Street Fair Temporary Road Closures And Sun Link Streetcar Temporary Route Adjustments

Fourth Avenue will be the host of the annual Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair this weekend.  The Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair begins on Friday, December 7, 2018 and is open daily through Sunday, December 9, 2018, 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.


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