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Traveling Artists Make Mark on Tucson

A new mural at Miller’s Surplus, 406 N. Sixth Ave., says "Greetings from Tucson," and it has a local flair to it. Victor Ving and Lisa Beggs travel the country in a recreational vehicle to paint and photograph murals specific to the cities they visit. Ving does the painting and Beggs photographs each mural and turns the photos into postcards.

City Sees Success With PCard Program

Ward 5 Council Member Richard Fimbres announced at Wednesday's City Council Meeting that the City of Tucson recently received a rebate of more than $807,000 for its participation in the purchasing card (PCard) program. Fimbres is a longtime champion of the PCard program, which allows the City to purchase items through a credit card instead of the traditional purchasing and payment process. The City receives a percentage of total spending as a rebate at the end of the year.

Arizona Opera Performs Western

Riders of the Purple Sage, a new opera based on Zane Grey's Western novel of the same name will be performed tonight at 7:30 and tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave.

The performance was composed by Craig Bohmler, featuring scenery designed by Arizona artist Ed Mell, with libretto written by Steven Mark Kohn. Billie Jo and Judd Herberger are the executive producers.

Tickets are available online or by calling (520) 293-4336.

House Committee Approves Funding for Jan. 8 Memorial

The Arizona House Appropriations Committee voted yesterday to provide $2.5 million over five years to help build a permanent memorial in Downtown Tucson to honor the victims of the Jan. 8, 2011 shootings that left six dead and 13 others injured, including then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

The bill, sponsored by Arizona State Representative Todd Clodfelter of Tucson and others, stipulates that the funds appropriated by the State must be matched with private donations.

Meerkats Arrive at Zoo

Reid Park Zoo's newest residents are a group of meerkats, known as a "mob." The Zoo decided to build the new exhibit for the highly social, small animals in response to public requests. A visitor survey in 2014 named meerkats as one of the animals guests would most like to see at Tucson’s Zoo.

City Council Sends Homeless Sleeping Ordinance to Committee

A possible overnight sleeping ordinance discussed by the Mayor and Tucson City Council yesterday is now in the hands of the Homeless/Houseless Work Group led by Ward 5 Council Member Richard Fimbres. The council directed the group to conduct further study on the pilot plan.

The original proposal, brought by Council Member Karin Uhlich, would allow religious, nonprofit, and business entities to host up to four vehicles or microhousing structures on their properties for people needing overnight shelter.

Tucson Museum of Art Gets Grant for Renovations

A $500,000 donation to the Tucson Museum of Art (TMA) is the beginning of a fundraising campaign and renovations for the downtown museum. TMA Board of Trustees member James J. Glasser and his wife, Louise, made the donation. A new gallery will bear their names. Planned renovations will increase the 3,500-square-foot museum by about 1,500 square feet.

When work is completed later this year, the museum will have new galleries, a new gift shop, a beefed-up sculpture garden, and a new interactive education area.

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