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  • WEBINAR TONIGHT TO FOCUS ON YOUTH SUICIDE PREVENTION
    Date: Sept. 22, 2021 
    September is suicide prevention month, and an online forum will address the effects of suicide on our youth. Joining the forum tonight, Sept. 22, from 6-7:30 p.m., will be Dr. Peter Klinger from Banner University Medical Center; Julia Strange from Tucson Medical Center (TMC); Randie Collier, a high school counselor in the Catalina Foothills District; and Shelly Jernigan from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). The goal of the forum, hosted by Banner, TMC, NAMI, and the Ward 6 Council Office, is to provide background information that will be of value to parents and to people who may be headed into a depressed state and simply want to know there are outlets available. Following the speakers, there will be an open meeting for questions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released youth suicide data during the COVID-19 pandemic. The report says the proportion of mental health-related emergency room visits among youth ages 12-17 in 2020 was up 31% over 2019. During the February-March time in 2021, the CDC reported suicide attempt emergency room visits were 50% higher among girls in that age group. It also increased for young boys but to a lesser extent.
    Register for the forum or call-in to (669) 900-9128 (Meeting ID: 880 3881 4522) Passcode: 158660
    Read more from the Ward 6 newsletter
    NAMI
  • SUN TRAN TO UNVEIL NEW FLEET OF ELECTRIC BUSES NEXT WEEK
    Date: Sept. 22, 2021 
    Celebrate National Drive Electric Week next week with Sun Tran’s unveiling of five buses that are fully powered by electricity. The launch event on Sept. 30, at 9:15 a.m., at 3920 N. Sun Tran Blvd., will usher in a new era of transit technology for Tucson. Community partners and City of Tucson officials will help commemorate the event. Guests will learn what sets the new buses apart, the included environmental benefits, and they will be among the first to ride on the whisper-quiet buses. After the bus tour, guests are invited to learn more about area sustainability projects at information booths for the City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility, GILLIG LLC, Pima County Department of Environmental Quality, Sun Tran, and Tucson Electric Power. Please note: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Federal Transit Administration require face coverings to be worn at all transit facilities.
    Sun Tran
  • REGISTRATION OPEN FOR TUCSON PARKS AND RECREATION INDOOR FALL CLASSES
    Date: Sept. 22, 2021 
    Tucson Parks and Recreation is offering a full array of indoor leisure classes this fall. Masks are required for all indoor activities for participants ages 2 and up. Classes range from arts and crafts, ceramics, dance, health and fitness, jewelry making, music, and more for youth and adults. Timely registration is recommended since offerings fill up quickly. Classes begin the last week of October. To view and register for classes, follow the links below.
    Register for classes
    Parks and Recreation classes and programs
  • LEARN ABOUT FARMING PROGRAMS
    Date: Sept. 22, 2021 
    Hear beginning farmers and mentors discuss their farming experiences. The online "2021 Southwest Native Foodways Gathering Four Seasons Series: Summer Edition" takes place tomorrow, Sept. 23, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. You can register at the link below. The event is organized by the Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture (CSA), in cooperation with Pancho Farms. The nonprofit Ajo CSA Agriculture Apprenticeship Program provides well-rounded, multi-site training for Tohono O'odham interested in agriculture. The apprentices are provided opportunities to learn from other farmers and are taught about usage and safety around tools, tractors, and other equipment. The training gives insights to both traditional growing on small- and large-scale farming. The event is sponsored by the First Nations Development Institute, Native American Agriculture Fund, Arizona Department of Agriculture, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation.
    Learn more about the event and register
  • COVID-19 UPDATE
    Date: Sept. 22, 2021 
    Today's, Sept. 22, COVID-19 dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) adds 2,106 new cases and 74 deaths. ADHS has an interactive map with vaccine distribution sites (link below), and there are multiple locations throughout Tucson. So far, more than 4.13 million people in Arizona, or 57.5% of the population, have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and more than 3.65 million people are fully vaccinated with both doses.
    Arizona Department of Health Services interactive map
    COVID-19 testing locations and hours
    Data Dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services
    City of Tucson COVID-19 website
  • PUBLIC ART MEETINGS FOR HOUGHTON ROAD - 22ND STREET TO IRVINGTON ROAD
    Date: Sept. 20, 2021 
    Join the City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility and the Ward 4 Council Office in a virtual public meeting to view the updated artwork proposed along Houghton Road, from 22nd Street to Irvington Road. Choose between two meeting times on Thursday (listed below).
    Thursday, Sept. 23:
    10-11 a.m.
    Join the session
    Call-in: +1 213-293-2303
    ID: 530 467 984#
    -or-
    5:30-6:30 p.m.
    Join the session
    Call-in: +1 213-293-2303
    ID: 273 898 497#
    Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility
  • TUCSON PARKS AND RECREATION TO OFFER CAMPS DURING FALL BREAKS AT SCHOOL
    Date: Sept. 20, 2021 
    Tucson Parks and Recreation will be offering SchoolzOut Fall Break Camps at multiple sites throughout Tucson for children ages 5-11, or In-Betweener's Club for ages 12-14. The program at the William M. Clements Center will run from Sept. 27-Oct. 15, during the Vail School District's fall break. All other camps will be from Oct. 11-15. Camp hours are 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Activities include games, sports, social interaction, dance, art projects, and nutrition-based learning activities. Registration begins Monday, Sept. 27, for all sites except Clements, which is open now. Masks are required.
    Register at EZEEreg.com
    Tucson Parks and Recreation
  • VIEW PAST AND CURRENT DEVELOPMENT IN TUCSON
    Date: Sept. 20, 2021 
    MapTucson is an online resource that allows users to click on a map index to find and filter neighborhoods, liquor licenses, code violations, historic preservation, voting precincts, and much more. Any item in the layer list that has a plus sign (+) next to it can be clicked to expand and reveal related sub-layers. Users can search using an address, parcel, neighborhood, school, subdivision, street intersections, and last name. Parcel information is linked to Property Research Online (PRO), allowing users to find information about permit activities (permit history, active permits, or violations), zoning and parcel data, property jurisdiction (City or County limits), and more.
    MapTucson
    Planning and Development Services Department
  • COVID-19 UPDATE
    Date: Sept. 20, 2021 
    Today's, Sept. 20, COVID-19 dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) adds 2,020 new cases and 0 deaths. ADHS has an interactive map with vaccine distribution sites (link below), and there are multiple locations throughout Tucson. So far, more than 4.1 million people in Arizona, or 57.4% of the population, have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and more than 3.64 million people are fully vaccinated with both doses.
    Arizona Department of Health Services interactive map
    COVID-19 testing locations and hours
    Data Dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services
    City of Tucson COVID-19 website
  • TEAM UP TO CLEAN UP TUCSON
    Date: Sept. 20, 2021 
    The City of Tucson and its partners, United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona and Tucson Clean & Beautiful, encourage you to help improve the visual appearance of our community as part of the Team Up To Clean Up campaign. The campaign asks all of us to work together to reduce litter for future generations by educating and embracing the need to make our community look beautiful. Join and show how you are helping beautify the community by sharing pictures on your social media platforms, adding the hashtag #TeamUpToCleanUpTucson. Small steps make a big difference. Just one piece of litter that you collect really adds up, especially if we all do our part. Follow the City of Tucson on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (links at the bottom of this email) to learn more about upcoming cleanup locations, or find your own areas that need to be beautified.
  • PIMA COUNTY/CITY OF TUCSON PARTNERSHIP LEADING THE NATION IN DISTRIBUTION OF FEDERAL EVICTION PREVENTION FUNDS
    Date: Sept. 16, 2021 
    The City of Tucson and Pima County’s Eviction Prevention Program, administered by the Community Investment Corporation, is currently leading the nation in distributing funds to renters in need during the pandemic, according to a report from Arizona Public Media. The National Low Income Housing Coalition reports that Pima County has approved or paid nearly 80% of its share of the funds, compared to 30% nationally. Jennie Grabel, the director of marketing and communications for the Community Investment Corporation, said the program distributes about $1 million dollars in assistance every week. Grabel said her highest concern at the moment is that landlords are aware the funds are available and are willing to work with her team to keep as many Pima County residents in their homes as possible. The assistance includes up to 12 months of back rent and three months of future rent for qualifying tenants. For information, eligibility requirements, and to apply online, visit the Tucson and Pima County Eviction Prevention Program website linked below. Those without internet access can call (520) 447-4423 to apply, and bilingual case managers are available.
    Arizona Public Media story
    Tucson and Pima County Eviction Prevention Program
  • CITY OF TUCSON AND THRIVE IN THE 05 RECOGNIZED AS 2021 'GO GREEN AWARD' RECIPIENTS (VIDEOS)
    Date: Sept. 16, 2021 
     - Tucson Electric Power’s (TEP) Go Green Awards are presented annually to highlight the meaningful work of local businesses and organizations that protect our environment, preserve natural resources, and promote sustainability in some way in our community. The City of Tucson was awarded the Conservation Partner Award for its ongoing commitment to decarbonization in response to climate change. Examples of this commitment are Tucson Mayor Regina Romero’s goal of planting 1 million trees, the City’s efforts toward making Tucson’s only active landfill a “zero waste” sustainability campus, transit electrification, and Green Stormwater Infrastructure. Thrive in the 05, a City of Tucson collaborative in partnership with ASU’s Office of Community Health, Engagement, and Resiliency (OCHER) and Pima Community College, received the Community Partner Award for their efforts to make neighborhoods in the Oracle Road/Miracle Mile area a safe and flourishing community while highlighting the area’s unique treasures and supporting revitalization.
    Watch video of Conservation Partner Award for the City of Tucson
    Watch Video of Community Partner Award for Thrive in the 05
    TEP Go Green Award Recipients
    Thrive in the 05
  • JOB OPPORTUNITY: ENGINEERING ASSOCIATE
    Date: Sept. 16, 2021 
    The City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility Pavement Management unit is seeking a highly motivated individual to provide professional-level customer service by inspecting and inventorying roadways for the City of Tucson and Pima Association of Governments (PAG). This position requires the use of specific software, operation of a technical "road analyzer" vehicle and a substantial amount of field work. The deadline to apply is Sept. 22. Follow the link below for the full job description.
    Read the job description
  • COVID-19 UPDATE
    Date: Sept. 16, 2021 
    Today's, Sept. 16, COVID-19 dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) adds 2,855 new cases and 27 deaths. ADHS has an interactive map with vaccine distribution sites (link below), and there are multiple locations throughout Tucson. The fully approved Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine offers protection against a virus that continues hospitalizing and killing those who aren’t vaccinated. Full approvals of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are expected in the near future. So far, more than 4.1 million people in Arizona, or 57.1% of the population, have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and more than 3.62 million people are fully vaccinated with both doses.
    Pima County vaccination sites: http://bit.ly/3qYvnwv or call (520) 222-0119
    Arizona Department of Health Services interactive map
    COVID-19 testing locations and hours
    Data Dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services
    City of Tucson COVID-19 website
  • TARGET ZERO: HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT (VIDEO)
    Date: Sept. 16, 2021 
    The City of Tucson's Housing and Community Development department is leading the way for other departments in the City in achieving Target Zero. Target Zero - Get Home Safe is an employee-based and employee-focused City of Tucson safety, health, and wellness initiative.
    Watch the video
  • TUCSON FIRE AWARDED FEDERAL GRANTS
    Date: Sept. 15, 2021 
    The Tucson Fire Department (TFD) recently was awarded more than $5 million in federal grants to provide faster turnaround times for crews following fires, grow the number of paramedics working in the area, and train more firefighters to serve the citizens of Tucson. As part of a larger Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Tucson Fire will have two breathing air compressors installed at separate stations. The addition of these compressors will allow fire crews to fill their tanks more efficiently and return to service faster. The AFG will also cover funding for further education within TFD's regional fire service. A paramedic class of 20 will bolster the number of highly trained medical professionals in TFD's ranks who are able to perform Advanced Life Support services in the field. A Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant (SAFER) will allow TFD to hire 13 additional firefighters, bringing the maximum number of active firefighters to 645. The three-year grant is part of a larger plan by TFD to increase the overall number of firefighters serving the city.
    Read the news release
    Tucson Fire Department Facebook page
  • PROPOSED COMMEMORATIVE NAMING OF TUCSON WATER'S SOUTH HOUGHTON AREA RECHARGE PROJECT
    Date: Sept. 15, 2021 
    Tucson Water has recommended the commemorative naming of the Southeast Houghton Area Recharge Project (SHARP) to honor the distinguished service of former Ward 4 Tucson City Council Member Shirley Scott. The City of Tucson invites your feedback on the proposed renaming of the facility (link below). Comments must be submitted by Oct. 22. City staff will incorporate this feedback, as well as input from stakeholders in making a recommendation to the Mayor and Council for consideration at their Nov. 9 meeting. SHARP is the newest addition to the reclaimed water system, allowing Tucson Water to recharge and store recycled water into our aquifer, with a maximum capacity of 1.3 billion gallons of water per year. The working recharge facility allows visitors to enjoy its 40 acres of desert landscape to walk, cycle, take photos, relax under a ramada, enjoy water in basins (seasonally), and more.
    Proposed SHARP renaming
    Tucson Water
  • TUCSON PARKS AND RECREATION TO OFFER CAMPS DURING FALL BREAKS AT SCHOOL
    Date: Sept. 15, 2021 
    Tucson Parks and Recreation will be offering SchoolzOut Fall Break Camps at multiple sites throughout Tucson for children ages 5-11, or In-Betweener's Club for ages 12-14. The program at the William M. Clements Center will run from Sept. 27-Oct. 15, during the Vail School District's fall break. All other camps will be from Oct. 11-15. Camp hours are 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Activities include games, sports, social interaction, dance, art projects, and nutrition-based learning activities. Registration begins Monday, Sept. 27, for all sites except Clements, which is open now. Masks are required.
    Register at EZEEreg.com
    Tucson Parks and Recreation
  • TUCSON PARKS AND RECREATION HIRING FOR MULTIPLE NON-PERMANENT POSITIONS
    Date: Sept. 15, 2021 
    Tucson Parks and Recreation is looking for experienced and enthusiastic workers for non-permanent positions. The Leisure Class area is seeking instructors to teach gymnastics and dance classes at Randolph Recreation Center. The deadline to apply for the dance instructor job is tomorrow, Sept. 16. The deadline to apply for gymnastics instructor is Sunday, Sept. 19. The department is also looking for KIDCO recreation workers to work in the KIDCO Afterschool program, facilitating games and activities during out-of-school hours. The application deadline is Friday, Sept. 17. You can apply for all positions by following the jobs link below.
    City of Tucson jobs
    Leisure classes
    Ready, Set, Rec!
  • COVID-19 UPDATE
    Date: Sept. 15, 2021 
    Today's, Sept. 15, COVID-19 dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) adds 2,432 new cases and 29 deaths. ADHS has an interactive map with vaccine distribution sites (link below), and there are multiple locations throughout Tucson. The fully approved Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine offers protection against a virus that continues hospitalizing and killing those who aren’t vaccinated. Full approvals of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are expected in the near future. So far, more than 4 million people in Arizona, or 57% of the population, have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and more than 3.6 million people are fully vaccinated with both doses.
    Pima County vaccination sites: http://bit.ly/3qYvnwv or call (520) 222-0119
    Arizona Department of Health Services interactive map
    COVID-19 testing locations and hours
    Data Dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services
    City of Tucson COVID-19 website