The Arizona Symphonic Winds, established in 1986, is an all-volunteer community concert band performing a variety of music for all ages including overtures, light classics, marches, Broadway show tunes and popular music. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic basket and enjoy an evening of entertainment for the whole family. Shuttle service is available from the Big Lots shopping center – northwest corner of Tanque Verde and Sabino Canyon Roads. All concerts are free to the public.
My staff and I have been getting ready for our ribbon cutting at Jesse Owens Park this weekend. As you know from last week’s newsletter, $2 million was spent on park improvements and we will be showcasing them on Saturday at 10 am at the playground at the west side of the park. Donna Williams Prather, Jesse Owens’s granddaughter, will be there and we will have refreshments available.
We’d like you all to be there.
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Tucson is getting an expansion team to play in the Indoor Football League (IFL) starting in March 2019. The official announcement came yesterday at an afternoon news conference at the Tucson Convention Center to introduce the team's owners and management staff.
The team is owned by Arizona Rattlers Head Coach/General Manager Kevin Guy and his wife, Cathy Guy. A naming contest is underway for the team, and fans also can submit their ideas for the team's colors.
After more than $2 million and several months of work, Jesse Owens Park will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony to debut improvements at its ball fields and playground facilities. Other upgrades include a complete irrigation system throughout the park, improved grandstands, a resurfaced parking lot, and covered playgrounds.
Tomorrow, Aug. 25, is the last day to register for fall classes at Tucson Parks and Recreation. The combined fall 2018/spring 2019 Activity Guide is online, and printed copies are available at any Parks and Recreation center, pool, or administration office. Copies also are available at local libraries.
The Tucson Water department is recruiting two experienced supervisors to support its Solution Center, which houses its call center and billing activities. Job responsibilities include supervising and coordinating 10 or more full-time employees, responding to complex or sensitive customer inquiries, and providing technical expertise to internal and external customers regarding services, policies, and procedures.
Work to complete the widening of Grant Road from Stone Avenue to Park Avenue is nearing completion with final paving operations set to begin on Monday, August 27, 2018. Crews will pave the new six lane roadway at night from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. The work is scheduled to be complete by Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 6 a.m.
During paving operations, at least one lane of travel in each direction on Grant Road will be maintained. There will be periodic left turn restrictions in place during the paving work.
The public is invited to attend a news conference/welcome tomorrow, Aug. 23, to introduce Tucson's new indoor football team that will play at the Tucson Convention Center (TCC).
During the 1:30-2:30 p.m. event at the Tucson Arena, the team will announce the league in which it will play, outline its short- and long-range plans, give a vision of what fans will see, and describe the process to name the team.
Starting tomorrow, Aug. 23, construction crews will prepare for final paving operations on sections of Stone Avenue and Grant Road. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction on Stone Avenue, from Alturas Street to Grant Road, and on Grant Road at Hampton Avenue and at Santa Rita Avenue.
On Friday, similar restrictions will be in place to allow crews to remove asphalt on Stone Avenue and on Grant Road at these locations. The speed limit in the construction zones will be reduced to 25 mph.
The 9-1-1 Communication Center is making changes to better serve the public; young girls explore careers in public safety; and see which animals got a special treat this summer at Reid Park Zoo. Those stories are in the latest edition of In Tucson, produced by Tucson 12.
The Cinema La Placita summer movie series hosts classic movies in an outdoor setting for two more Thursday nights at 7:30 in the Tucson Museum of Art's Plaza of the Pioneers, 140 N. Main Ave. Hundreds of Tucsonans enjoy the pleasant summer evenings at the movies for $3 per person (includes popcorn).
Tomorrow's movie is The Cat and the Canary (1939), starring Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard.