Cyclovia Tucson is back for its seventh year this weekend, and it continues to grow to be one of the region's largest events, drawing 55,000 participants annually. Sunday's fall bicycling and outdoors celebration (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) has a new route that connects the Miramonte, Palo Verde, and Garden District neighborhoods along a route temporarily closed to vehicular traffic, but open for people biking, walking, rolling, and playing on the streets.
U.S. Rep. Martha McSally of Arizona yesterday hosted a roundtable to discuss the future of the Cherrybell Postal Processing Center in Tucson. The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) originally announced that Cherrybell would close in 2012, but federal and local elected officials have managed to stall the timetable and keep the facility open.
Prior to tomorrow's homecoming game against the Stanford Cardinal at 8 p.m., University of Arizona football fans can experience the dining, entertainment, and retail opportunities at Main Gate Square, Fourth Avenue, Downtown Tucson, and the Mercado District, and then board the Sun Link streetcar to the UA from any one of the 23 stops along the 3.9-mile route. Once on campus, Arizona Stadium is a short walk from the Second Street and Cherry Avenue stop.
Next Monday is Halloween, and organizers of the first Safe Halloween Event will be offering free games, music, popcorn, candy, face painting, a haunted house, and more. The party is sponsored by Rod Robertson Auto Auction and the Tucson Police and Pima County Sheriff's departments. It runs Monday from 6-8 p.m. at the Auto Auction, 7600 S. Swan Road. Be sure to have your kids (5-13) dress up, as there will be a costume contest. The 1st place winner will receive $500, and there are lesser cash prizes for 2nd and 3rd place winners.
Pima Association of Governments and Metropia Inc., which offers a mobile app to incentivize commuters to make better travel decisions, are partnering on a new app called DUO or Driving Up Occupancy. DUO rewards both drivers and passengers with reward points by sharing a ride that reduces congestion and vehicle emissions. By carpooling, friends, families, co-workers and others can be rewarded for their efforts with Metropia bonus points toward gifts from local businesses.
Three residents were displaced from their home in the 10000 block of East Paseo San Bernardo in Rita Ranch after a fire last night heavily damaged the attic. The resident had been burning weeds with a blowtorch earlier in the evening, and he noticed later the smell of smoke and saw the smoke coming from vents in the home. After calling 911, the man went outside and saw flames in the wall near the ground where he had been burning the weeds.
The Tucson Roadrunners' mascot was unveiled this morning at Tully Elementary School. Just ahead of tomorrow's first home game, the Roadrunners brought out "Dusty" to meet the students and make his official debut alongside "Howler," the mascot of the Arizona Coyotes parent club.
Tucson's new hockey team makes its regular season home debut tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. against the Stockton Heat at the Tucson Arena. All fans in attendance will receive a commemorative ticket.
Work continues to crack seal, fog seal, and asphalt patch roadways associated with the voter-approved $100 million, five-year Road Recovery bond program. Crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will work 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. The Tenth Avenue – 22nd Street to 26th Street fog seal work is underway today and is scheduled to be finished tomorrow.
TMC Get Moving Tucson events will force the closure of roads this weekend, blocking traffic in Downtown Tucson and the West University, Menlo Park, and "A" Mountain neighborhoods. The streets will be filled with 2,000 expected runners, walkers, and five local rock 'n' roll bands.
Reid Park Zoo is one of the beneficiaries of Saturday's walk/run events.
For a complete list of events and road closures this Saturday and Sunday, please visit the Southern Arizona Roadrunners.
The former president of Mexico is offering his support in an effort to help entrepreneurs on both sides of the border. Vicente Fox, who was Mexico's president from 2000-2006, listened to a pitch yesterday by Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and other members of a Tucson delegation visiting Guanajuato, Mexico. After a nearly two-hour meeting, Fox agreed to the partnership, extending a handshake to the mayor. Fox also accepted an invitation to come to Tucson in January to meet his new U.S. partners.