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TCC Historic District Recognized in National Register

The Tucson Community Center Historic District downtown was listed in the National Register of Historic Places last week. The district consists of the landscape surrounding the TCC Arena, Music Hall and Leo Rich Theater; the walkway between the hotel and La Placita Village; and Veinte de Agosto Park. The Convention Center and arena are in the southern end of the district.

The district was designed in stages by Modernist landscape architect Garrett Eckbo (1910-2000) in 1971, 1973, and 1974.

Streetcar Wins Environmental Award

The Sun Link streetcar recently won the President’s Award at the Arizona Forward Environmental Excellence Awards. The ceremony was held in Phoenix last Saturday. Judges selected Sun Link for top honors because the project is vital to improving the look and feel of Downtown Tucson, providing a boost to the community’s infrastructure. The streetcar also won top honors in the Healthy Communities Multimodal Transportation & Connectivity category.

Fire and Police Departments to Hold Joint Drill Highlighting New Equipment

The Tucson Fire Department (TFD) and Tucson Police Department (TPD) will hold a brief joint drill tomorrow, in which the Rescue Task Force (RTF) will simulate rescuing victims after an intentional mass casualty event, such as a mass shooting or bombings. The RTF is a set of teams made up of firefighters and police officers deployed to provide emergency medical care to victims where there is an ongoing ballistic or explosive threat.

City of Tucson Finalizes Agreement for Community Media Center

The City of Tucson has finalized a contract with BRINK Media to oversee the creation of the Community Media Center. Under the new contract, BRINK Media, in conjunction with KXCI Community Radio and WaveLab Sudios, will broadcast Cox Channels 12 and 20, produce live broadcast meetings of the Mayor and Tucson City Council, provide workforce development training, and enhance marketing services for the City’s Office of Economic Initiatives.

Read the news release.

LEGO Exhibit Open at Botanical Gardens

Tucson Botanical Gardens is the first and only venue in Arizona to host the award-winning, traveling “Nature Connects, A LEGO Brick Exhibit.” The four-month-long exhibit features 13 larger-than-life LEGO sculptures include a peacock, hummingbird, birdbath, monarch butterfly, and more. Tucson Botanical Gardens is located at 2150 North Alvernon Way.

Read more from Tucson News Now.

Tucson Police Awarded Grant to Cut Backlog of Sexual Assault Kits

The Tucson Police Department (TPD) Crime Lab, DNA Unit will receive $1 million over two years to test up to 1,000 previously untested sexual assault kits. TPD has been selected as a recipient of the 2015 Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Elimination Grant Program to begin on Oct. 1. Sexual assault evidence kits, commonly known as “rape kits,” are collections of evidence taken during an examination conducted at a hospital or rape crisis center following a sexual assault.

Midtown Dog Licensing Event Saturday

The City of Tucson, Pima Animal Care Center (PACC), and the Humane Society of Southern Arizona are teaming up to kick off Tucson’s “Love Your Pup, License Up” campaign with a special licensing event tomorrow, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Late fees will be waived, but regular fees apply. Free rabies vaccinations will be available on site from 10 a.m.-noon (dogs must be at least 3 months old).

Tucson Pops Orchestra Presents Fall Concert Series at Reid Park

Tucson Parks and Recreation Department and the Tucson POPS Orchestra invite you to attend the fall concert series this month. The free “Music under the Stars™” series at the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center in Reid Park begins Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. on Sept. 13, 20 and 27. The concerts, under the direction of Maestro László Veres, will focus the spotlight on the many talents of the Tucson Pops Orchestra.

2nd Saturdays Downtown This Weekend

Visit Downtown Tucson tomorrow for 2nd Saturdays Downtown and enjoy live music, a movie, street performers, restaurants, street vendors, and gallery shows. Starting at 6:30 p.m., the main stage at Scott Avenue and Congress Street features musical performances. You can use the Sun Link streetcar to move easily through the downtown area.

Watch Tucson 12 video about 2nd Saturdays.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Tomorrow

Do you have unused chemicals, oils or pesticides sitting in your shed or garage? The City of Tucson is hosting its 2nd Saturday Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection tomorrow. The collection location is at Himmel Park, 1000 N. Tucson Blvd. from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Accepted materials include automotive fluids, rechargeable batteries from electronics equipment, toxic cleaning products, fluorescent lamps, paints, solvents, and lawn and garden products.


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