Tucson's designation as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy last year seems to be paying off. Tucson is the only city in the United States with that designation. While there are no official economic numbers calculated yet, Visit Tucson estimates all of the free publicity from media coverage equals what would've cost more than $6 million in ad buys.
A sandbag distribution site at Tucson Fire Department Station 7, 4902 E. Pima St., is a popular venue these days, and Tucson 12 captured some of the activity on video (lbelow). The sandbag location is self-service and limited to 10 bags per carload to accommodate as many residents as possible. Even with the limit, the sandbags have had to be replenished several times.
Free sandbags will be available through the end of the summer thunderstorm season.
The Tucson Parks and Recreation department is accepting registrations for the Fall Adult Slowpitch Softball Leagues through the end of tomorrow. You can register in person from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Clements Center, 8155 E. Poinciana Dr. Call the Sports Unit at (520) 791-4870 for more information.
The season begins Aug. 15.
Looking for some family entertainment on Friday nights over the summer? Movies in the Park, a Tucson summer staple since 2003, returns tomorrow at Reid Park with a free showing of "Frozen," featuring a live snow show prior to the movie, costume contests, movie-related activities, and more.
Enjoy summer nights at the Tucson Botanical Gardens. As part of its Summer Oasis Series, the Botanical Gardens is open every Thursday night, 5-8 p.m., for guests to enjoy the garden setting without the intense summer sun.
As part of the Stone Avenue - Drachman Street to First Street Roadway Improvement Project - crews from KE&G Construction, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), have started reconstructing the Speedway Boulevard and Stone Avenue intersection.
As most schools resume classes tomorrow after summer break, please remember the speed limit in school zones is 15 mph. It's also illegal to pass in marked school zones, and it's illegal to pass a stopped school bus with red flashing lights and an extended stop sign. Drivers also should not block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn.
88-CRIME is seeking volunteers to give presentations as part of its Safe School Program. The program uses volunteers to speak at local schools, teaching students what to do when they learn of a crime or threat and how to use 911 and the anonymous tip line at 88-CRIME.
Cinema La Placita hosts movies in an outdoor setting every Thursday night at 7:30 through the end of this month. Hundreds of Tucsonans enjoy the summer evenings with a different movie each week for $3 per person (includes all-you-can-eat popcorn).
Tomorrow's movie is “Secondhand Lions” (2003), starring Michael Caine, Robert Duvall and Haley Joel Osment.
October is Crime Prevention month. Getting Arizonans Involved in Neighborhoods (G.A.I.N.), formally known as National Night Out, is an event held by neighborhoods and Police. This is a great opportunity to meeting with one meet with one another along with Police Commanders and Officers to forge relationships that strengthen your neighborhoods and our community.
The City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) seeks your input on the recently released Bicycle Boulevard Mater Plan draft. A public open house to review and comment on the draft plan is scheduled for:
Thursday, August 4, 2016
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Ward 6 Council Office
3202 E. First St.
The City of Tucson's pilot program to provide free sandbags to help residents with property protection from potential flooding due to monsoon storms will continue through the end of the summer thrundertstorm season. A sandbag distribution site is at Tucson Fire Department Station 7, 4902 E. Pima St. The sandbag location is self-service and limited to 10 bags per person to accommodate as many residents as possible.
The City of Tucson’s Armory Park Center experienced an equipment failure this week, leaving the facility without cooling. The City is working diligently to make the necessary repairs. Until the cooling unit is repaired, all programs and activities have been canceled at Armory Park Center.
Parks and Recreation staff will remain onsite to advise residents of the closure and assist them in finding an alternate recreation center.