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Court Night to Address Legal Issues

Pima County Superior Court and the Pima County Bar Association are hosting an event tomorrow that aims to educate the public about some of the top filings that appear before judges, such as divorce and child support, probate, debt, and landlord-tenant issues.

The free Court Night event will be held in two sessions (4-5:30 p.m. and 5:45-7:15 p.m.) at the Herbert K. Abrams Public Health Center, 3950 S. Country Club Road.

Emergency Dispatchers Honored This Week

This week is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. Telecommunicators are the police and fire professionals who take emergency calls and dispatch police officers, firefighters, and paramedics.

Tucson News Now (video) recently spoke with longtime Tucson Fire Department (TFD) Lead Public Safety Dispatcher Frances Robson about how challenging and emotional her career can be when answering tragic calls.

City Manager to Submit Recommended Budget Tomorrow

City Manager Michael Ortega will submit his Recommended FY 16/17 Budget to the Mayor and Tucson City Council at tomorrow's Study Session. The budget trims away at a projected $25.6 million deficit.

During a meeting earlier this month, the City Council generally accepted the amount of the cuts, but it directed Ortega to change a few of the items he suggested earlier in the process.

Final adoption of the budget is set for June 7, and there will be public hearings before that (May 3 and June 7). 

Final Open House for Tucson Parks and Recreation Five-Year Master Plan

The Tucson Parks and Recreation department wants to know how it can improve recreation and leisure opportunities for all of its users. This month, the department has been holding a second round of open houses to gather input on the process to create a vibrant, new five-year master plan that anticipates future needs and outlines the actions necessary to deliver high-quality recreation facilities, programs, and services to the Tucson area.

Judy Collins to Appear with Tucson Symphony Orchestra

Singer/songwriter Judy Collins will perform her “Hits” show in concert with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra (TSO) for the first time since 1992. A Grammy winner for the top 10 hit Both Sides Now and a nominee for Send in the Clowns, Collins is known for her command of folk, show tunes, pop, rock, and standards. Collins recently finished her first studio album in four years.

Last-Minute Tax Help Available

Today is April 15, but state and federal income taxes aren't due until Monday, April 18, this year. Today is Emancipation Day, a holiday in Washington, D.C.

Meanwhile, the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and the Internal Revenue Service are offering last-minute help and free electronic tax preparation for those in need. The extra help began today and will be available tomorrow and Monday.

Parks and Recreation Summer Activity Guide Available Now

Tucson Parks and Recreation’s Activity Guide for summer 2016 is available online and at all Parks and Recreation facilities, including administration offices, centers and pools. The Activity Guide contains information on leisure classes, summer KIDCO, aquatics, sports programs, registration, and the Discount Program.

Registration will open April 23 for City residents and April 25 for non-City residents.

For questions, please call Registration Services at (520) 791-4877.

Zoo Rhino Has Birthday

Female rhinoceros Yebonga turned 43 years old today. She's considered an elderly animal, and she is significantly older than Fireball, her exhibit mate that was born in born in 2003. Although Yebonga is too old to breed and isn't always on exhibit, Fireball has sired six offspring in his former home (The Wilds, in Ohio), and may be recommended for breeding with future females at Reid Park Zoo.

City of Tucson Holds Workshops on License and Sales Tax Reporting

Learn your rights and responsibilities for the Transaction Privilege (sales) Tax by attending a Tax and License Workshop sponsored by the City of Tucson Finance Department. Questions will be answered, and written materials will be available. Samples of sales tax records, worksheets, and monthly returns will be explained. You should bring a calculator and a pencil.

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