NewsNet 05-15-15

TUCSON PART OF CASE STUDY ON CLIMATE CHANGE MEASURES - A case study from the Sustainability Tools for Assessing & Rating (STAR) Community system focuses on proactive measures the City of Tucson and Baltimore, MD have taken to address climate impacts. The concept of resilience is part of the STAR Community Rating System, measuring a community's resources and infrastructure in place to sustain its environment, economy, and people, regardless of shifting conditions or unforeseen events. "Tucson has become highly aggressive and innovative about securing its water future," the study says. "Tucson’s Water Plan: 2000-2050 provides projections about current and future needs, available water supplies, and lays out options and recommendations. Thanks to the City’s efforts since 2000, Tucson is currently banking six months of its available supply every year." The study also references rainwater harvesting, Green Streets, and drought preparedness.

LIBRARY'S SUMMER READING PROGRAM BEGINS TOMORROW - The Pima County Public Library wants to keep kids reading, learning, and having fun when school is out. This year’s Summer Reading theme — Every Hero Has a Story — helps young readers discover their inner superhero. Beginning tomorrow, through July 18, kids can pick up a Summer Reading gameboard at any library to discover their superhero reading level. When they read 20 minutes a day, they’ll receive stickers for their gameboard to mark their progress. The library also is giving away free books to kids the week of June 1 (while supplies last) and they can pick up another free book after July 1, when they've finished reading for 15 hours. The reading program also is offering a Reid Park Zoo free admission pass (ages 2-14) on the gameboard tracker to visit Nandi, the baby elephant, and the Zoo will hold an invitation-only special celebration on July 18 for program participants.
Pima County Public Library’s event calendar

'MUSIC UNDER THE STARS' CONCERTS CONTINUE THIS WEEKEND - Under the direction of Maestro László Veres, the Tucson Pops Orchestra celebrates its 61st year of performing free concerts in the park. The public is invited to enjoy "Music Under the Stars" at the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center, in Reid Park, on Sunday evenings beginning at 7 p.m., through May 31. This Sunday's performance features the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, under the direction of Julian Ackerley. The internationally-acclaimed group will sing selections of some of its favorite tunes including "Salute to Ol' Blue Eyes" and selections from “Annie.” Read more from Tucson Parks and Recreation.

ENJOY A WALK EXPLORING REID PARK - If you plan to attend the Tucson Pops Orchestra concert referenced above, show up early and explore Reid Park on foot. The Arizona Daily Star recently published an article showcasing the best places to walk around the park. You can see a rose garden, ducks, a waterfall, a shady grove of mesquite trees, and more.

ARIZONA WILDCATS TEAM WITH TUCSON FIRE DEPARTMENT FOR FIRE PREVENTION - It's brush fire season and your backyard potentially could turn a small fire into a large one. To help prevent that from happening, the University of Arizona Football offensive line and Tucson Fire Department Capt. Barrett Baker show you what to do to keep your home and surrounding areas safe from fire.