The fifth annual Tucson Desert Song Festival officially began today with a lecture and concert featuring University of Arizona vocalists. The concerts — the backbone of the 19-day event that involves 10 Tucson arts organizations — begin tomorrow.
The third annual HSL Properties Tucson Jazz Festival continues through Sunday at various venues in Downtown Tucson. The 11-day festival features performances from local artists and national stars, including George Benson, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Tower of Power (sold out), and more.
Follow the link above for more information and a schedule of events.
Reid Park Zoo today announced the loss of its 20-year-old jaguar, Nikita, and 18-year-old gibbon, Lily.
Nikita was euthanized last week due to age-related health issues. Median life expectancy for jaguars is 12 to 15 years, and Nikita was one the oldest jaguars in the United States. Her 20-year-old sister Simone remains at the Zoo.
A new pilot program is giving homeless people an opportunity to earn $10 an hour in cash for joining a day-labor crew working to beautify our streets.
In the video below, Tucson 12 introduces us to the program and some of its participants.
United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) provides free tax preparation for households and individuals earning up to $64,000. The program ensures taxpayers receive all credits for which they may be eligible, including the Earned Income Tax Credit, which can equal as much as 50 percent of a family's annual earnings.
The Tucson Police Department (TPD) often receives questions from citizens about what to do when they are pulled over by police. TPD recently produced a 30-second video for its Facebook page that provides tips to help make the community and officers feel safe during traffic stops.
The video linked above describes the acronym H.A.S.T.E.
Tucson Parks and Recreation has a new registration system. Account information has been transferred into the new system for those who have taken a class since July 1, 2015. Login names for those accounts will be the email address on file. Parks and Recreation is asking people to update their accounts to be sure the most current email and phone number are in the system.
Crews from KE&G Construction, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin work on Helen Street east of Stone Avenue on Friday, January 20, 2017. This work will require the contractor to close Helen Street at Stone Avenue at approximately 5 a.m. The work on Helen Street is scheduled to be complete by Monday, February 6, 2017. The schedule is subject to change due to inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances.
Dillinger Days weekend begins with the Dillinger Speakeasy at Hotel Congress on Friday, January 20, 2017, from 7 to 10 p.m. On Saturday, January 21, 2017, Toole Avenue from Congress Street to Fifth Street, and Fifth Street from Congress Street to Toole Avenue will be closed from approximately 4 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information and a schedule of events, please visit: http://hotelcongress.com/events/january/
A free concert to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s work for social justice will take place at Centennial Hall on Sunday, Jan. 15, at 3 p.m. at the University of Arizona's Centennial Hall.
The opening presentation will feature children from the Ocotillo Early Learning Center, followed by performances by artists from the UA School of Dance, UA School of Theatre, UA Poetry Center, and the MLK Choir arranged by Southwest Soul Circuit.
The City of Tucson will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day next Monday, Jan. 16. All City offices, except for emergency services, will be closed. Residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on Monday, but the Los Reales Landfill will be open. All City of Tucson residential and commercial customers will have their trash and recycling services delayed by one day next week.
The Kino Parkway bridge over Interstate 10 will be closed for six hours tonight while the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) removes concrete construction barriers from the bridge. Kino Parkway will close to traffic in both directions at 11 p.m. and reopen by 5 a.m. tomorrow. The on- and off-ramps connecting eastbound I-10 with Kino Parkway also will be closed during the work.
Ward 3 Events
Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
Did You Know?
The City of Tucson IT GIS is launching its new, improved, all-purpose web map. The MapTucson launch corresponds with the retirement of the City's older web maps. Starting next Tuesday, Jan. 17, those maps no longer will be available.
MapTucson provides detailed data regarding City of Tucson zoning, planning, development, housing, transportation, recreation, and much more. It also has an extensive set of tools for the public to search and analyze data.
Visit Downtown Tucson this weekend and enjoy live music, street performers, restaurants, and street vendors.
The main stage at Scott Avenue and Congress Street opens tomorrow at 4 p.m. with performances from Roman Barten-Sherman, Freddy Parish, and Al Foul.
You can use the Sun Link streetcar to easily move through the downtown area.