NewsNet 05-1-15

FOLK FESTIVAL RETURNS TO TUCSON THIS WEEKEND - The 30th annual Tucson Folk Festival will be held tomorrow and Sunday at El Presidio Park, Tucson Museum of Art and La Cocina at Old Town Artisans, all in Downtown Tucson. The event will feature more than 120 artists from Tucson, throughout Arizona, and across the country performing acoustic music. Presented by the Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association, the Tucson Folk Festival also will include workshops, shows for children, and food and craft vendors. Hours are noon-10 p.m. tomorrow and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday.

CITY LEADERS TO DISCUSS ESTABLISHING FOOD COMMISSION - The Mayor and Tucson City Council next week is scheduled to vote on establishing a food commission to promote ideas, practices and programs to increase access to healthy food, reduce food waste, expand composting, and more. As proposed, the 17-member Commission on Food Security, Heritage and Economy would include community members with expertise in nutrition and local food production.Read more from Tucson News Now.
Mayor and Council agenda

VOTER-APPROVED ROAD IMPROVEMENT CONTINUES SUNDAY ON PART OF STONE AVENUE - As part of a road resurfacing project, crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will adjust manhole and water valve covers flush with the new asphalt on Stone Avenue between Toole Avenue/Franklin Street and Alameda Street. On Sunday, Stone Avenue will be closed to all through traffic during the active construction hours for the project. Work hours will be 6 a.m. Sunday until 4 a.m. Monday. Motorists will be able to detour either onto Franklin Street or Toole Avenue, but there could be delays. Both Sixth Avenue and Church Avenue are suggested alternate routes when entering downtown from the north during construction hours. The work is part of the five-year, $100 million Road Recovery bond program approved by voters in November 2012. Read the news release.
Bond Oversight Commission Annual Report

SHARPEN YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY SKILLS WITH HELP FROM PARKS AND REC - Do you have an interest in photography, but want to learn more about it? Take a photography class from the Tucson Parks and Recreation Department. This summer, Parks and Rec. is offering 35mm/Darkroom, Open Lab, and Beginning Digital Photography classes. Sign up for these and other classes, and watch Tucson 12 video about the guide.

HOW TO USE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER - With wildfire season just about upon us, it's a good time to brush up on the proper use of fire extinguishers and the differences between them. Tucson Fire Capt. Barrett Baker shows us the proper use of a fire extinguisher and when to use which kind. For the home, select a multi-purpose extinguisher that is large enough to put out a small fire, but not so heavy as to be difficult to handle, and always aim for the base of the fire.