NewsNet 05-13-15

SUN LINK PREPARES FOR ONE MILLIONTH PASSENGER NEXT WEEK - Nearly two months away from celebrating its first anniversary, the Sun Link streetcar is getting ready to serve its one millionth passenger. As of yesterday, the Sun Link ridership count was 979,120. The millionth passenger is expected to board by the middle of next week. The lucky passenger will receive several special gifts when he or she enters the streetcar. Sun Link is experiencing higher-than-expected ridership numbers during its first year of service.

CITY OFFERS $2 SWIM LESSONS FOR THOSE WHO QUALIFY - The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with the American Red Cross Aquatics Centennial Program, still has spots available for $2 summer swim lessons (ages 6 months to 17 years) for those who qualify for the Discount Program. You must register for the discounted lessons in person at 900 S. Randolph Way. For those who don't qualify, swim lessons will be $15. Lessons are offered in four, two-week sessions, with eight lessons per session during June and July. Eighteen pools throughout the city will be open from May 28 through Aug. 5. Read the news release.

MOVIES IN THE PARK PROGRAM RETURNS THIS SUMMER - Are you looking for some family-friendly entertainment on Friday nights over the summer? Movies in the Park, a Tucson summer staple since 2003, returns Friday at Reid Park with a free showing of Penguins of Madagascar at dusk. Residents are invited to bring blankets and chairs to enjoy a free movie every other Friday at the Demeester Performing Arts Pavilion, 900 S. Randolph Way. Pre-movie events begin at 5:30 p.m. with live music, jumping castles, balloon animals, and arts and crafts exhibits from nonprofits. Popcorn, soda, and food truck vendors also will be available for an additional charge. The Movies in the Park program is hosted by Cox Communications and the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance. Read more from Tucson News Now.

THANK A COP TOMORROW - Tomorrow is Thank a Cop Day in Tucson. This special appreciation day is presented by the Tucson Police Foundation as a way to invite Tucson area residents to show their gratitude to law enforcement officers. Tucsonans are encouraged to stop by any of the five Tucson Police stations and drop off a thank you card or note and pick up a Thank A Cop bumper sticker. Several local restaurants and stores are donating food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

CITY OF TUCSON IS REMOVING ABANDONED SHOPPING CARTS - If you see a shopping cart off store property, abandoned along the street, or sitting in a wash, call the City of Tucson's Environmental Services (ES) department to have it removed. You can call Customer Service at (520) 791-3171 or use the My-Waste™ app and choose the Report a Problem option.
Watch a Tucson 12 PSA about how the program works.