NewsNet 04-17-15

GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE REOPENS WHILE REPAIRS ARE MADE - The Garden of Gethsemane is back open after vandals damaged several religious statues late last month. Artist Greg Schoon is making repairs at the park on Congress just west of I-10, and he says it should take him a couple months to finish his work. Just before Easter, vandals cut off the head of one of the statues and smashed fingers and feet on other statues. In February 2014, the City of Tucson and Knights of Columbus celebrated restoration of artwork at the Garden, which has been open to the public for more than 30 years. If you want to contribute to the restoration and repair project, contact Peg Weber at the Tucson Parks and Recreation Department, (520) 837-8050. If you have any information on who is responsible for the vandalism, call 88-CRIME. Read more from Tucson News Now, and watch Tucson 12 video of the Garden of Gethsemane restoration.

PARKS AND RECREATION SUMMER 2015 CLASS CATALOG AVAILABLE NOW - Tucson Parks and Recreation Department’s Summer 2015 Program Guide and Class Catalog is available now at all Parks and Recreation facilities, including district offices, centers, and pools. The summer issue can also be viewed online at the link below. The Program Guide contains information on leisure classes, swim lessons, summer KIDCO, aquatics, sports programs, sports camps, registration, and the Discount Program. In addition, the guide contains information on other programs and services, including the Department’s recreation, senior, and fitness centers, as well as Reid Park Zoo, Tucson City Golf courses, and 18 swimming pool locations. Registration for most classes begins April 25. Watch Tucson 12 video about the catalog.

CELEBRATE FIESTA GRANDE THIS WEEKEND IN BARRIO HOLLYWOOD - This weekend marks the 13th year of Fiesta Grande, a free, family-friendly event of food, arts and crafts, live music, dancing, a parade, and the history of Barrio Hollywood. The party takes place tomorrow (9 a.m.-7 p.m.) and Sunday (noon-7 p.m.) between Speedway Boulevard and St. Marys Road. Watch Tucson 12 archived video of Fiesta Grande.

EARTH DAY FESTIVAL TOMORROW - The 21st Annual Tucson Earth Day Festival and Parade will be held tomorrow from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. at Reid Park at 22nd and Country Club. The parade, featuring environmentally-themed floats, starts at 10 a.m. with the theme "To the Earth Be Kind; Leave Your Car Behind." There also will be environmental displays and activities, alternative-fuel vehicles, hands-on activities for kids, and live entertainment. Admission is free, and food will be available for purchase. In addition, ride your bike to Reid Park Zoo, show your bike or helmet at the front gate, and receive one free admission all day. Enjoy conservation-themed activities and information displays, and enter a drawing for a free plant giveaway from 9 a.m.-noon.

NATIONAL WATER CHALLENGE CONTINUES - The Wyland Foundation and Toyota are major sponsors of the 4th annual National Mayors' Challenge for Water Conservation, an online competition between cities and mayors. Pledges to save water can be made through April 30. Participants in cities with the highest number of pledges in the five population categories are eligible for prizes donated by Wyland and several other organizations. The grand prize is a new Toyota Prius v. In addition, one winning city will be chosen at random to receive a pocket park landscape makeover, including state-of-the-art and water-efficient irrigation. Tucson is currently ranked second in the competition of its population category, behind Aurora, Colorado. Make your water pledge.