NewsNet 12-02-14

GET A FREE BIKE LIGHT TONIGHT AT 'LIGHT THE NIGHT'  - Living Streets Alliance is partnering with the City of Tucson Bicycle & Pedestrian Program and the Pima Association of Governments to give away bike lights to people without them. Not only do bike lights improve visibility for both cyclists and others on the street – it's the law that bicyclists have them. Starting tonight at 5 o'clock, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Pima Association of Governments’ (PAG) Executive Director Farhad Moghimi will give away light sets, helmets, maps, and safety literature at the intersection of North Campbell Avenue and East 3rd Street, one of the most popular bikeways in the region. Since October, more than 400 light sets and 65 free helmets for youth have been distributed to promote bicycle and pedestrian safety.
 
CITY SUBMITS PROMISE ZONE APPLICATION - The City of Tucson, in collaboration with Pima County and the City of South Tucson, has submitted an application for the Obama Administration's Promise Zone competition. Promise Zone communities work together with the federal government to promote economic opportunity and accelerate economic growth in high-poverty areas by receiving preferred access to certain competitive federal investments, federal staff to help implement goals, and five full-time AmeriCorps VISTA members to recruit and manage volunteers. At least eight urban, rural, or tribal communities are expected to be named Promise Zones from this second round of designees. Read the White House news release.
 
CITY OFFERS HOLIDAY SHOPPING DEALS ON SURPLUS ITEMS - Need some jewelry for a Christmas gift? How about a Xbox or an iPod to keep your kids busy? Maybe a motorcycle is a better fit for someone on your list? You can find these items and more on the City of Tucson's surplus auction website. This holiday season the City will auction Rolexes, a Gibson Les Paul guitar, Louis Vuitton shoes, bikes, car stereos, and more. Most of the auctioned items come from unclaimed merchandise confiscated by the Tucson Police Department, with the rest comprised of City surplus equipment and unclaimed lost-and-found items. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
 
ELEPHANT BABY PHOTO CONTEST ENDS THIS WEEK - The Reid Park Zoo's Facebook photo contest to find the best picture of Nandi, the baby African elephant, ends Thursday. Enter your photo for a chance to win a behind-the-scenes tour of the Zoo. On a related note, the BuzzFeed website ranks Nandi 34th in its "37 Cutest Baby Animals Photos of 2014."
 
FOOD NETWORK PERSONALITY HEADING TO TUCSON - Alton Brown is coming to Tucson next March for his traveling culinary variety show called "The Edible Inevitable Tour." As part of his travels across the United States, Brown is asking Twitter and Facebook users to use special hashtags to make suggestions about the best places to eat. For Tucson, he's asking people to use the hashtag #ABRoadEatsTucson. Brown will be appearing at Centennial Hall on March 22, 2015.