NewsNet 01-30-15

TUCSON GEM, MINERAL & FOSSIL SHOWCASE BEGINS TOMORROW - This year's Showcase marks the 61st year of the various gem shows, but it's the first year the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar is in service. Sun Link provides an easy way to get to many exhibits and vendors, as well as the restaurants, bars, galleries and shops along Sun Link’'s nearly four-mile route. Present your SunGO card to select merchants along the streetcar route and receive discounts and special offers. More than 50 merchants are participating. A new 7-day SunGO pass for $15 offers unlimited rides on Sun Link, Sun Tran and select Sun Shuttle routes for seven consecutive days. The 7-day SunGO pass is available through May at ticket vending machines at the city's three transit centers. You can also purchase the pass online.
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FREE GEM SHOW SHUTTLE CONTINUES THIS YEAR - GemRide is a free shuttle system that connects convenient parking with gem, mineral, fossil and bead shows around Downtown Tucson and other show locations. GemRide runs 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, through Feb. 15. Service times vary depending on shuttle route. Board at any of 30 stops on the four routes that connect to 33 shows.

GRAFFITI ABATEMENT TO CAUSE BRIEF ROAD CLOSURE ON SOUTH ALVERNON WAY AT CONTRACTOR'S WAY - Crews from the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) Streets and Traffic Maintenance Division will remove graffiti from an overhead directional sign on southbound Alvernon Way at Contractor’s Way. Originally scheduled for today (but postponed due to inclement weather), the work will take place Monday, between 4-6 a.m., forcing the closure of where the roads meet. Electronic message boards are in place to provide advance notification of the closure. Read more from TDOT.

TOILET REBATES AVAILABLE - Tucson Water offers free toilets to qualifying low-to-moderate-income households. The rebate program offers free replacement of older toilets that consume 3.5 or more gallons per flush. Toilets qualifying for replacement typically are manufactured before 1991. The date of manufacture is generally stamped inside the tank or lid of the toilet. You must be a Tucson Water customer to receive the offer. Rental properties are not eligible. The program provides a high-efficiency toilet and hardware, as well as the installation. For more information, call Tucson Water at (520) 791-4331 or visit the program page.

TEDDY BEAR CLINIC SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY - Reid Park Zoo is hosting another Teddy Bear Clinic on Sunday, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bring your favorite stuffed animal to the Zoo for a check-up, create a healthy certificate for your stuffed friend, and learn how veterinarians care for animals at the Zoo. Activities are included with regular admission. See photos and learn more at Reid Park Zoo Facebook page.