NewsNet 05-12-15

EIGHT PIMA COUNTY LIBRARIES TO START CLOSING ON SUNDAYS - Citing the need to save money and low staffing concerns, the Pima County Public Library says eight of its branches will now be closed on Sundays, effective May 24. The libraries were selected after analyzing usage, location, and operational costs, said library Executive Director Melinda Cervantes in a news release. Staff members who work Sundays at the eight libraries will be reassigned to other libraries in the system, she said. The libraries to be closed on Sundays are: Dusenberry-River Library, Flowing Wells Library, Himmel Park Library, Kirk-Bear Canyon Library, Martha Cooper Library, Quincie Douglas Library, Sam Lena-South Tucson Library, and Wheeler Taft Abbett, Sr. Library.

TUCSON POLICE OFFICERS TO ATTEND NATIONAL POLICE WEEK IN D.C. - Six officers from the Tucson Police Department (TPD) are in Washington, D.C. for National Police Week. The special week began in the 1960s as a time for police officers and citizens from around the country to pay respect to officers killed in the line of duty. Last week, TPD hosted a memorial for eight of its fallen officers who died in the line of duty. Read more from Tucson News Now.

ENERGY AND ELECTRICITY TOPICS OF TEDxTUCSON TALK TONIGHT - TEDxTucson is hosting "It's Electric!" at 7 o'clock tonight in the Leo Rich Theatre, at the Tucson Convention Center (TCC). The theme is energy, electricity, and the future of our planet. Before the event, there will be a parade of electric cars, including Tesla sports cars. The cars will be parked outside the Leo Rich Theatre during the talks. Speakers will include Bruce Brimacombe, CEO of GOe3, and Dr. Charles Stafford, a physicist. Performing at the event will be Arizona-based Circus Amperean, whose stunts involve electricity. At the after-party, guests and presenters will mingle and discuss new ideas.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR PANTANO RIVER CLEANUP - Friends of the Pantano is partnering with Tucson Clean & Beautiful and other groups to clean up the Pantano River (from Broadway Boulevard to 22nd Street) this weekend. Many varieties of javelina, coyotes, bobcats and cougars, birds, and lizards have been seen in the river. Unfortunately, so have shopping carts, tires, mattresses, and other trash. The cleanup takes place Saturday from 8-11 a.m., starting at the Pantano River at Kenyon Drive. For more information, visit the link below or call (520) 791-3109. The Adopt-a-Park and Public Areas program was established in 1984 to address the growing problem of litter. Since that time, Tucson area volunteers have provided more than 300,000 volunteer service hours at hundreds of sites.

WATCH A GRIZZLY BEAR DESTROY A PICNIC IN A CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT - You probably know that it’s important to “bear proof” your campground, but now you'll have a chance to see what could happen if you don’t. Reid Park Zoo is hosting a fundraising picnic this Sunday at 5 p.m., giving guests the opportunity to help zookeepers set up a campground inside the grizzly bear exhibit (while the bears are secured in their night house). After the humans are safely out of the exhibit, participants can see how quickly the bears dismantle the work. Space is limited to 30 people for the event, and reservations are required. A portion of the ticket price is tax deductible.