NewsNet 01-12-15

JANUARY 8TH MEMORIAL FINALISTS TO SHOW PROPOSALS - The four architectural firms recently selected as finalists to develop a design for the January 8th Memorial at El Presidio Park in Downtown Tucson will make presentations tomorrow to gather public input on their plans. The presentations will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Arizona History Museum (949 E. Second St.) near the University of Arizona. After that, the architects will create a design concept and return to Tucson by spring to formally submit their plans. A selection panel will choose the final design after a 30-day public comment period. Letters, cards and photographs have been digitized and await their permanent home downtown. Read more from Tucson News Now.

MEDIAN ART UNVEILED NEAR AIRPORT - The First Impressions project art pieces along South Tucson Boulevard, just north of Tucson International Airport (TIA), were unveiled to the public Friday. The Tucson Metro Chamber and its project partners formally dedicated the project to beautify about a half-mile of medians leading from TIA. The sculptures represent lifestyle, culture, history, and community in Southern Arizona. Six sponsors each contributed an art piece to the display that collectively tells a unique story about Tucson. Five of the pieces are displayed, while a sixth awaits installation. The stretch of roadway is widely seen by public and private groups as being vital to economic development. It also was the first road resurfaced under the Road Recovery bond program. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT ONLINE DATA FROM CITY DEPARTMENT - The City of Tucson's Planning and Development Services Department (PDSD) is holding a "listening session" this week to discuss what permitting data neighborhoods would like to have available online. The meeting will be held Wednesday from 6-7 p.m. at the Ward 6 Council Office, 3202 E. 1st Street.

WATCH BEFORE AND AFTER VIDEO OF TCC RENOVATIONS - The Tucson Convention Center (TCC) recently unveiled the renovation of its arena with a grand opening concert by The Beach Boys. Concord General Contracting documented the project's construction (watch video), funded mostly by Rio Nuevo.

WHAT DO ANIMALS DO WHEN IT'S COLD OUTSIDE? - Reid Park Zoo's Little Critters Workshop takes a look at animals with built-in coats and discusses other ways animals stay warm. Saturday morning's program is geared toward children between the ages of two and five. Prices are $10 for members and $16 for others. Registration and an adult chaperone are required. Chaperones may attend at no charge.