NewsNet 07-25-14

TUCSON STREETCAR NOW OPEN! -  With a variety of celebrations at various stops and a grand opening kickoff downtown, Tucsonans this morning got their first chance to ride the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar. Rides are free through Sunday. There are about 11,000 places to park along the route that make parking and riding easy. Many merchants along the 3.9 mile route from west of I-10, through 4th Avenue, to the University of Arizona, are offering specials during the streetcar's opening weekend. Expect the fleet of eight streetcars to be busy this weekend. The voter-approved streetcar is Tucson's largest construction project to date and has already contributed to more than $800 million in public and private investment along the route.
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Friends of the Tucson Streetcar listing of opening weekend events
DOWNTOWN BEACH PARTY CELEBRATING STREETCAR & 'SUMMER IN THE CITY'  - A "pop up beach" is one part of the streetcar celebrations today and is available to the public through August 31st. The beach sits on the MLK lot, opposite the patio at Hotel Congress (at Toole and 5th Avenue), along the streetcar route. More than 170 tons of trucked-in sand made the beach, where you can build a castle, play volleyball, and schedule events for you or your company for free. The pop up beach is completely privately-funded and available to all. “There’s a movement across the country to activate public spaces,” said Michael Keith, Downtown Tucson Partnership CEO. In addition, the Downtown Tucson Partnership website says, "This is really just the tip of the iceberg, as Downtown Tucson embraces an entirely new mindset for what our community is capable of when it comes out to work, live, and play. Stay tuned for more!"
CIVIC CODE AND INNOVATION EVENT THIS WEEKEND - Are you interested in developing innovative ideas that help our community? Code for Tucson is a weekend-long civic code and innovation event hosted at CoLab Workspace and inspired by the work of Code for America, Open Tucson, Thryve Incubator, Startup Tucson, and other people and groups who seek to make a positive impact in their local community. The event, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, is an opportunity for people with diverse skills to work on community issues with other innovators, community leaders and fellow citizens. Learn more/register at Startup Tucson.
'BACK TO SCHOOL BASH' TOMORROW - Ward 4 Tucson City Council Member Shirley Scott and her office are hosting the 14th Annual "Back to School Bash" tomorrow. The event will include a pancake breakfast served by volunteers from the Tucson Fire Department.  Free school supplies will be given to those in attendance. The Tucson Police Department will bring its helicopter, bomb squad, SWAT tank, and K-9 Unit. There also will be a jumping castle, free fingeprinting, free haircuts, and various exhibits and activities. No city tax dollars are used to put on this event, and those who help are volunteering their time. More than 2,000 people are expected at the Back to School Bash, which runs tomorrow from 8 a.m. - noon at the Clements Center, 8155 E. Ponciana Dr.

CITY OF TUCSON HOLDS WORKSHOP ON LICENSE AND SALES TAX REPORTING - Learn your rights and responsibilities for Transaction Privilege (sales) Taxation by attending a Tax and License Workshop sponsored by the City of Tucson Finance Department. Questions will be answered, and written materials will be available. Samples of sales tax records, worksheets, and monthly returns will be explained. You should bring a calculator and a pencil. A workshop for retail questions will be held Tuesday (July 22), from 10:30 a.m. until noon, at the Wilmot Branch Library, 530 N. Wilmot Road.