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Enjoy the Final Week of Tucson, Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase

This weekend will wrap up two weeks of gem, mineral, fossil, and bead shows around Tucson. The annual Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® - the one that started it all - opens Thursday at the Tucson Convention Center (TCC). Presented by the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society, the show pulls in thousands of treasure hunters from around the world.

El Rio Moves Health Center Into Historic Mansion Downtown

El Rio Community Health Center is now operating its headquarters out of the historic Manning House. The 109-year-old building near Interstate 10 downtown is named for former Tucson Mayor Levi Manning.

El Rio bought the property for $2.36 million in 2013. The total investment after refurbishing and new construction is expected to be slightly more than $11 million. Work is underway to build a new three-story office tower that will be called "Manning 2."

Tucson Groups Offer Plans to House Homeless

Advocates for the homeless are proposing designated campsites and micro houses in Tucson, based on successful pilot programs in Eugene, Oregon. That city allows legal campsites on city, county, or private property, where up to 20 people can live in tents or small huts on top of a wooden platform.

City leaders in Tucson recently formed a work group to study ways to help the homeless get into stable transitional housing. Ward 5 City Council Member Richard Fimbres is leading the group.

Rio Nuevo Wants to Invest in West Side Development

Rio Nuevo wants to buy the City of Tucson's stake in an agreement to develop 14 acres on the west side of downtown. The $1.2 million amount would equal what the City would receive if it decided developer Gadsden Co. has defaulted on a performance bond tied to the development agreement.

Gadsden agreed in 2008 to buy and develop the land in phases, but the company hasn't completed all of the agreed-upon work. The City granted the developer several extensions.

'Flame Off' Tonight as Part of Gem Show

The Sonoran Glass School (SGS) Flame Off has grown into a highly-anticipated flameworking event and highlight of the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase. Renowned local and visiting glass artists will compete against the clock tonight in front of hundreds of spectators.

Founded in Tucson by Tom Philabaum, the Flame Off is a fundraiser for the nonprofit glass arts school and its programs.

Tucson Police Department Holding Voluntary Fitness Assessment

The Tucson Police Department (TPD) Recruiting Unit is accepting registrations for a voluntary physical fitness orientation this Sunday. It will provide future applicants the opportunity to gauge their fitness level before testing for the position of Police Officer Recruit. Participants also will receive mentoring from the Recruiting Unit and physical training instructors.

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