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REMINDER: CITYWIDE #MASKUPTUCSON FREE MOBILE MASK DISTRIBUTION TONIGHT (VIDEO)
Date: Sept. 17, 2020Thanks to the Mayor and Tucson City Council, the City is hosting mobile mask giveaway events at multiple locations and times throughout the community as an opportunity for residents to obtain washable face coverings for themselves and their families. The first event will be tonight, Sept. 17, from 5-7 o'clock, at the Quincie Douglas Center parking lot, 1575 E. 36th St. Adult and child sizes will be available, and the child size has adjustable ear pieces that can easily fit a small adult. For more information and a list of locations, please follow the link and video below.
Free mask distribution
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MORE THAN $700K IN CARES FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR TUCSON ARTISTS AND ARTS ORGANIZATIONS
Date: Sept. 17, 2020Artists and nonprofit arts organizations are among those hit economically by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and relief is available. To help support this community, the City of Tucson's We Are One/Somos Uno Resiliency Fund is offering more than $700,000 in grants to the local arts and culture community. The money comes from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Applications are due by Oct 5. The grant process is being facilitated by the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona (AFTSA). Follow the link below for more information.
COVID-19 THURSDAY UPDATE SHOWS SPIKE IN NUMBERS
Date: Sept. 17, 2020As of today, Sept. 17, Arizona now has 211,660 positive coronavirus cases, with 1,753 new cases reported today (up from 695 yesterday). The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 23,563 cases are in Pima County (up 676 from yesterday). There have been 5,409 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona (38 reported today), and 612 of those occurred in Pima County (10 reported today). Meanwhile, the City of Tucson maintains an up-to-date COVID-19 website (link below) that includes information for businesses, residents, and more. The site is updated as information evolves.
Data Dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services
City of Tucson COVID-19 website
FUN IN THE MUD (VIDEO)
Date: Sept. 17, 2020Watch Reid Park Zoo's youngest African elephants enjoy their mud wallow on a hot, Tucson afternoon. As a big sister, Nandi has been a great role model to her little sister Penzi, showing her how to use her trunk, teaching her important elephant etiquette, and demonstrating the art of proper splashing. Watch them play by following the video link below, or you can see these girls for yourself by buying online tickets to the Zoo.
Watch the elephant video
Reid Park Zoo tickets
Watch a video about this year's virtual ZOOcson
DOWNTOWN LINKS TRAFFIC UPDATE
Date: Sept. 17, 2020On Sunday, Sept. 20, Downtown Links Constructors will begin a nightly soil export operation from the vacant lot north of Broadway, adjacent to the Aviation Bikeway and West of Iron Horse Park. The operation is expected to take approximately three weeks to complete. Crews will work Sundays-Thursdays from about 8 p.m.-5 a.m. each night. Watch for large trucks entering and exiting the work site.
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REID PARK ZOO REOPENS TOMORROW
Date: Aug. 27, 2020After a five-month closure due to the coronavirus, Reid Park Zoo will reopen to the public tomorrow, Aug. 28, for “Wildlife Walks,” a modified viewing experience with enhanced health and safety measures for guests, staff, and the animals. The Zoo will be open daily for special summer viewing hours, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., through Sept. 30, and tickets must be purchased online. With a limit on the number of guests allowed in the Zoo at one time, tickets sold out fast. The first tickets available for purchase are for Sept. 1, but that could change quickly. For tickets and other information about restrictions and safety protocols at the Zoo, follow the links below.
Watch a video about safety precautions at Reid Park Zoo Facebook page
Reid Park Zoo website
Watch video update about Penzi, the baby elephant