NewsNet 01-16-15

MAYOR TO OPEN DAY OF SERVICE ON MLK DAY - Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will open a Day of Service Monday to help celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The event begins at 9 a.m. at Los Ranchitos Elementary School, 2054 E Ginter Rd. Volunteers will join forces with a number of other national service teams to participate in a cleanup and beautification project at the school. The event is part of Arizona Serve's AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) program. Another event, the annual MLK March and Celebration, begins Monday at Santa Rita Park (401 E. 22nd St.) at 9 a.m. The MLK Festival follows at Armory Park (221 S. 6th Ave.), with activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ward 5 news release about MLK events

ELECTRONICS RECYCLING EVENT MONDAYTucson Clean & Beautiful is hosting an electronics collection event to divert outdated computers and electronics from landfills. The event will be held Monday from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Desert Metals Recycling, 3119 E. Pennsylvania St. (east of Country Club Road, south of Ajo Way). The collection will accept working and non-working electronics, such as computers, printers and other peripheral items, printer cartridges, cell phones, small household electronics (fans, mixers, toasters, vacuums, etc.), home entertainment equipment, telephones, and other electronic components. Televisions and monitors will not be accepted. Printer cartridges will be recycled through Cartridge World Tucson to benefit Tucson Clean & Beautiful, and cell phones will be provided to Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse for reuse or recycling.

GET A FREE BIKE LIGHT TUESDAY - Living Streets Alliance is again partnering with the City of Tucson Bicycle & Pedestrian Program and the Pima Association of Governments to give away bike lights to people without them. Not only do bike lights improve visibility for both cyclists and others on the street – it's the law that bicyclists have them. The Light the Night event starts Tuesday at 5 p.m. (while supplies last) at the Food City parking lot, South 6th Avenue and West 39th Street.

TRASH AND RECYCLING DELAYED A DAY NEXT WEEK - The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday will be observed Monday, and residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on that day. All City of Tucson residential and commercial customers will have their trash and recycling services delayed by one day. Except for emergency services, all City of Tucson offices will be closed on Monday.

RESIDENTS HAVE COFFEE WITH A COP - The Tucson Police Department (TPD) this week hosted another Coffee with a Cop event to give residents an opportunity for casual conversation with police officers. Yesterday's event at the Starbucks at El Con was part of a national effort that encourages police and community members come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. Watch video of TPD officers explaining the program,