The annual Tucson Festival of Books is Saturday and Sunday, March 2 and 3, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (both days), and volunteers are being recruited now. The festival takes place on the campus of the University of Arizona and features hundreds of authors, panelists, and exhibitors.
Tucson Water offers free replacement toilets to qualifying limited-income homeowners. The offer applies to toilets originally manufactured in 1991 or earlier that consume 3.5 or more gallons per flush.
The City of Tucson’s Planning and Development Services Department (PDSD) held a ‘Development 101’ informal class on Tuesday, Jan. 29, in the Pima County Public Works Building. PDSD staff discussed the submittal and review process of development packages, subdivision plats, and lot splits regulated by Tucson’s Unified Development Code (UDC).
TPD is having a Role Playing Volunteer Workshop that will be held on February 15th, 2019 from 6-9pm. The Role Playing Volunteers are used at the Training Academy to assist in their Scenario Based Training. Utilizing community members as role players in scenarios enhances their training significantly! Anyone interested in the workshop would need to RSVP at www.jointucsonpd.org.
I made a trip down to the airport Friday morning to hand out gift cards to help TSA employees buy gasoline and necessities. Buried in the news about the government re-opening was the fact that employees for many agencies, including the TSA, still have to wait a couple of weeks for their next check.
People from across the community, from labor unions to churches, did some great work to support federal employees during the shutdown. After hearing about the TSA workers, I called Charles Sparks, who runs our local TSA, and asked how I could help out.
After months of negotiations between a large array of stakeholder groups, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed Arizona’s commitments to the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan (DCP) into law Thursday afternoon. The Arizona DCP is a set of voluntary cuts that Arizona Colorado River water users have agreed to take over the next several years to prevent deep shortages at which all Arizona users could face significant cuts. Tucson does not see any new cuts to its share of Colorado River water under the signed plan.
Reid Park Zoo is partnering with the Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona, Tianyu Arts & Culture Inc., and Tucson Chinese Cultural Center to bring more than 40 colorful, customized lantern displays to Southern Arizona this spring.
The Asian Lantern Festival, Feb. 2-March 23 (6-10 p.m.), will transport you across the world with Asian-inspired entertainment, cuisine, and culture. You can check admission prices and register now at the above link.
Citizens are invited to learn how liquor licenses are issued and how neighbors can weigh in on the process. A workshop will be held tomorrow, Feb. 2, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., in the Ward 6 Office, 3202 E. 1st St.
The Southside Neighborhood Association Presidential Partnership (SNAPP) and the Liberty Partnership Kino Neighborhoods Council (LPKNC), a division of Child and Family Resources, are sponsoring the workshop. If you wish to attend, please RSVP to Yolanda Herrera at (520) 991-3307 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safely dispose of any paints, chemicals, oils, pesticides, and certain other items that are sitting unused in your shed or garage. The City of Tucson Eastside Service Center, 7575 E. Speedway Blvd., is open tomorrow, Feb. 2, 8 a.m.-noon for household hazardous waste collection.
Drop-off is free for city residents. Please do not bring televisions or computer monitors. Vehicles should enter north from Prudence Road.
For the eighth consecutive year, the City of Tucson is providing a free shuttle service for visitors to the Tucson Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Showcase. The GemRide shuttle system connects to 43 shows from 36 stops on four inter-connected routes. Returning this year is the Downtown Gem Loop, which connects convenient parking in the Downtown area with 17 shows stretching from south of 22nd Street and Interstate 10 to the Tucson Convention Center (TCC) and then to shows near the Tucson Metro Chamber at 465 W. St.