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Parks and Recreation Offers $2 Swim Lessons for Those Who Qualify

The Tucson Parks and Recreation department still has spots available for its $2 swim lessons program, offered in partnership with the American Red Cross Aquatics Centennial Program. The discounted swim lessons are available to children (6 months to 17 years old) who qualify for the Discount Program. Find out if you qualify by calling (520) 791-4877. You must register for the discounted lessons in person at 900 S. Randolph Way.

Some Parks and Recreation Fields to Close for Summer

The Tucson Parks and Recreation department will be closing several of its athletic fields at various times through the summer for turf maintenance and enhancements. The closures are necessary to give crews the opportunity to conduct annual maintenance on the fields by aerating, fertilizing, re-seeding, and giving the turf time to heal and grow in preparation for fall sports.

Final Spring Concert This Weekend for 'Music Under the Stars'

Under the direction of Maestro László Veres, the Tucson Pops Orchestra is celebrating its 62nd year of performing free concerts in the park. The public is invited to enjoy "Music Under the Stars" at the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center in Reid Park this Sunday at 7 p.m.

This weekend's performance, 1812 Overture, is the last of the 2016 spring series.

Old Spanish Trail Travel Lane Closures 22nd Street To Houghton Road

On Thursday, June 2, 2016, westbound Old Spanish Trail will be closed to travel from Houghton Road to 22nd Street from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastbound travel on Old Spanish Trail from 22nd Street to Houghton Road will be open to travel during this time. 

On Friday, June 3, 2016, eastbound Old Spanish Trail will be closed to travel from 22nd Street to Houghton Road from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Westbound travel on Old Spanish Trail from Houghton Road to 22nd Street will remain open to travel during this time.

Old Spanish Trail Lane Closures Continue for Reconstruction

After today's closure of westbound Old Spanish Trail from Houghton Road to 22nd Street, eastbound travel in the same area will be closed tomorrow from 6 a.m.-4 p.m.

The closures will be in place to allow paving crews from Southern Arizona Paving, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation, to safely apply the final layer of asphalt on Old Spanish Trail. The narrow width of the lanes will not safely accommodate the paving machine, work crews, and motor vehicles at the same time.

Summer Safari Nights Program Continues at Reid Park Zoo

Enjoy Reid Park Zoo and cooler evening temperatures at a themed night featuring different zookeeper chats, animal encounters, live music, family friendly activities, special dining options, and gift shop discounts. Events take place every Friday, 6-8 p.m., through July 8.

Tomorrow's theme is Animal Playground: Watch Training and Enrichment with Zoo Animals (otter, lemur, bear).

Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online.

Rio Nuevo Board Approves Spending for Next Fiscal Year

The Rio Nuevo board yesterday approved spending $17.4 million next fiscal year on projects related to tourism, trade, and retail in Downtown Tucson.

The downtown revitalization district's spending plan includes money to upgrade a portion of the Tucson Convention Center's arena to get it ready for hockey, build a parking garage for a new downtown hotel on Broadway, help Caterpillar with its new Surface Mining and Technology division, and expand the Mercado San Agustin retail center west of downtown.

Council Member Regina Romero Hosts Community Resource Fair This Weekend

The City of Tucson will offer information about low-income assistance programs to help those who qualify save money on utility bills, transit, and more.

Tucson Water, Tucson Electric Power, Southwest Gas, and others will be on hand Saturday, June 4 at the Barrio Anita Community Resource Fair from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Oury Recreation Center, 600 W. St. Marys Road.

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