NewsNet 09-19-14

TUCSON'S BABY ELEPHANT MADE HER PUBLIC DEBUT THIS MORNING - One day shy of her one-month birthday, the 342-pound baby African elephant at Reid Park Zoo made her first public appearance in the main exhibit this morning. Approximately 300 visitors were on hand to watch the historic moment. Tomorrow, the Zoo will host a debut celebration for the calf (normal admission applies). Education staff will offer crafts, activities, and information stations to celebrate the debut. For the rest of the month, the Zoo will allow the calf to have daily access to the public-facing side of the exhibit from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m., weather permitting. Beginning next month, the Zoo opens at 9 a.m. As the public got its first glimpse of the baby elephant, the naming contest continues. Online polling at the Arizona Daily Star offers two name choices for the calf: "Imvula (Immie)" and "Nandi." The winning name will be announced next Thursday.
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HOW TO DISPOSE OF SANDBAGS - Residents who no longer want to keep sandbags distributed earlier this week, in preparation of severe weather, can return the bags to the parking lot of the Ward 5 Council Office, at 4300 S. Park Ave. The drop-off location opened today at 10 a.m., and will remain open until Friday, Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. Staff from the City of Tucson Department of Transportation Streets and Maintenance Division will collect the sandbags at the end of each work day. Staff will not be on hand to collect sandbags from residents. Signs are posted in the parking lot to indicate the location for people to drop off sandbags. Monitor tucsonaz.gov for info and road closures.
 
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK BEGINS TONIGHT - The El Rio Theatre Project will present its 8th Annual Shakespeare in the Park, with William Shakespeare's King Lear at the Himmel Park Outdoor Amphitheater, 1000 N. Tucson Blvd. Performances are scheduled for tonight, through Sept. 21, Sept. 25-28, and  Oct. 2-5. Curtain time is 7 p.m. for all performances. The event is free, with a suggested donation of $5. You're invited to bring a blanket and a picnic basket.
 
RIDE THE STREETCAR TO UA FOOTBALL GAME TOMORROW - University of Arizona football fans can ride the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar to University of Arizona football games. Prior to tomorrow's  7 p.m. game against the California Golden Bears, fans can experience the dining, entertainment, and retail opportunities at Main Gate Square, Fourth Avenue, Downtown Tucson, and the Mercado District, and then board the streetcar to the UA from any one of the 23 stops along the 3.9-mile route. Once on campus, Arizona Stadium is a short walk from the Second Street and Cherry Avenue stop. Fans can also park in one of the many garages downtown and take the streetcar to the game to avoid UA congestion. The Pennington Street Garage is offering discounted parking fees when you buy a Sun Link Day Pass, park in the garage, and ask for the "Park, Dine, and Ride" bundle. 
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TV SAFETY SEGMENT FROM TUCSON FIRE DEPARTMENT CELEBRATES 100TH EPISODE - KGUN9's "No Bad Days with Barrett" just completed 100 episodes. Each week, Tucson Fire Captain Barrett Baker offers safety tips, typically mixed with plenty of humor to keep them interesting.