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.
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.
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.
The AHL's Tucson Roadrunners return to the Tucson Arena tomorrow and Saturday to face off against the San Jose Barracuda. The puck drops at 7:05 each night.
Hot dogs, popcorn, and sodas are $1 each on Saturday only.
There are just 10 home games left this inaugural season.
If you haven't been to a hockey home game yet, Tucson 12 has a video to show you what you've been missing.
The 92nd annual Tucson Rodeo Parade begins at 9 a.m. tomorrow at Park Avenue and Ajo Way. To prepare for the event, at approximately 6:30 a.m., Sixth Avenue will be closed between Ajo Way and Irvington Road. An hour later, Ajo Way between Sixth Avenue and Park Avenue, Park Avenue between Ajo Way and Irvington Road, and Irvington Road between Park Avenue and Sixth Avenue will be closed. Westbound Ajo Road will be open until 8:00 to accommodate VA Hospital patients and visitors. All streets should reopen sometime between noon and 1 p.m.
On Thursday, February 23, 2017, Tucson will host the 92nd Annual Tucson Rodeo Parade. The Parade begins at 9 a.m. at Ajo Way, ½ mile west of Park Avenue, going east to Park Avenue, traveling south on Park Avenue to Irvington Road, then turning west on Irvington Road and ending at the Rodeo Grounds on Sixth Avenue. More information on the Rodeo Parade may be found at www.tucsonrodeoparade.com . Below is the vehicular travel restrictions associated with this event.
The Mayor and Tucson City Council tonight will hold a public hearing on a proposal to rezone nearly three acres of land to allow Trinity Presbyterian Church to make way for two new multi-story buildings. The church is asking the City for permission to build three-story and four-story buildings with retail, office, and residential use in both structures. Church members partnered with local firm R+R Develop to redevelop several unused buildings on the site at 400 E. University Blvd. at North Fourth Avenue.
Kids from Tucson yesterday put crayons to paper to draw their dream playground (photos), which ultimately will become reality with help from Fiesta Bowl Charities and organizers from national nonprofit KaBOOM!. Elements from their drawings will be incorporated into the design of the playground that will be built on Saturday, April 29, at Kennedy Park.
Meet Reid Park Zoo’s new ring-tailed lemurs – Elm, Oak, and Linden. At a special after-hours event, from 5-6:30 p.m., guests will have the opportunity to get to know the three male lemurs with Zoo Supervisor Leslie Waters. Guest speaker Stacey Tecot, from the University of Arizona School of Anthropology, will present about lemurs in Madagascar and efforts to help this endangered species.
Light snacks will be provided. Admission is $20 per ticket at the gate ($15 for Zoo members).
Sun Tran is seeking public input about the SummerGO Youth Pass and the Annual Pass. In addition, Sun Tran would like input on the $25 value for $20 promotional rate currently in effect for the SunGO card.
Open houses began this week and will continue through March 8. The Mayor and Tucson City Council will hold a public hearing on April 5.
The Mayor and Tucson City Council tomorrow will consider whether to create a new misdemeanor hate crime ordinance. The proposed ordinance would "impose heightened penalties on criminals who target their victims based on their actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, or disability."
The State of Arizona has a statute for hate crimes, but it only applies to felonies committed under Arizona law. It does not apply to misdemeanors or violations of local ordinances.
Ride Sun Tran to La Fiesta de Los Vaqueros Tucson Rodeo through next Sunday. You can also ride the bus to the rodeo parade this Thursday. Sun Tran has regularly scheduled service to the Laos Transit Center, which is one block from theTucson Rodeo Grounds and parade route. Sun Tran and Sun Shuttle routes serve the Laos Transit Center near the southeast corner of Irvington Road at 6th Avenue.
A Nestlé Toll House Café will soon locate in Downtown Tucson. Manzanita Concepts will lease 1,308 square feet at 17 N. Stone Ave., between Congress and Pennington streets, to open the franchise shop.
When it opens this summer, the café plans to offer ice cream sandwiches, cookie cakes, brownies, macaroons, frozen yogurt, and smoothies.
Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip has locations across the country. The only other site in Arizona is in Glendale.
As part of its recycling education efforts serving the Tucson-Pima County metropolitan area, Tucson Clean & Beautiful invites students in grades K-12 and college students and adults who are professional or aspiring recycled artists to participate in the RUMBA (Re-Used Materials Becoming Art) showcase and competition to be held at the 2017 SAHBA Spring Home & Patio Show in April.