The City of Tucson has started a pilot program to assist residents with property protection from potential flooding due to monsoon storms. A sandbag distribution site has been established at Tucson Fire Department Station 7, 4902 E. Pima Street. The sandbag location is self-serve and limited to 10 bags per person to accommodate as many residents as possible. The pre-filled sandbags are stacked on the west side of Station 7 and the public should use Arcadia Avenue to access the distribution site. It is very important that motorists not block driveway access to the fire station.
The Tucson Police Foundation and the Tucson Police Department invite school-age children to join them this Saturday for the 4th annual Back to School Safety & Health Fair. Kids can pick up free school supplies and bicycle helmets (while supplies last) and learn about internet safety, bicycle safety, sun protection, and other safety topics. The Fraternal Order of Police will also be providing free fingerprinting.
The Tucson Symphony Orchestra is presenting a special Ride & Dine event on Friday, Sept. 23. The progressive dinner begins at the Mercado San Agustin where ticket holders park and then travel on the Sun Link streetcar to various eateries. Ticket prices include food, a streetcar pass and admission to the opening night concert at the Tucson Music Hall with conductor José Luis Gomez.
Antigone Books will host a midnight release party for the latest book from author J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The book is the literary version of the new Harry Potter play. The store will re-open at 11:45 p.m. on July 30 and books will be available at the stroke of midnight for a discounted rate. Attendees will also get to enter a drawing for the Trivial Pursuit: The World of Harry Potter board game. The bookstore will host another Harry Potter party on Sunday, July 31 from 1-3 p.m.
Monsoon isn't over yet and the Tucson Fire Department and the Tucson Department of Transportation remind drivers not to try and cross flooded areas, saying it only takes about 8 inched of moving water to sweep away a vehicle. Learn more about how the City prepares for high water on roadways and how you can stay safe in "Behind the Barricades" from Tucson 12.
"Downtown Rebound" from Arizona Public Media takes an in-depth look at the recent revitalization of downtown Tucson. Business, government and civic leaders discuss the vibrant transformation and the catalysts for the revival. Michael Keith, CEO of the Downtown Tucson Partnership estimates $500 million in new construction projects that are in some phase of planning. “If even half of those go, you’re going to see a whole new chapter of downtown being written in the next 36 months,” said Keith.
Celebrate Literacy at the El Pueblo Activity Center, 101 W. Irvington Road. Ward 1 Council Member Regina Romero is hosting the 8th annual Feria de la Lectura on Saturday, July 30, from 9 a.m.-noon. Enjoy story time, family literacy activities, crafts, free haircuts, and literacy activities. The family friendly event features free school supplies, backpacks, bike helmets, and more (while supplies last). For more information, call Ward 1 at (520) 791-4040.
The Arizona Coyotes recently appointed Doug Soetaert General Manager of the Tucson Roadrunners, the club's American Hockey League (AHL) team. In addition to his experience as a National Hockey League (NHL) scout and minor league manager, Soetaert played 12 seasons in the NHL and won a Stanley Cup as a member of the Canadiens in 1986. "Our focus in Tucson will be on development and winning and we are confident that our fans will enjoy watching our exciting and talented team," said Soetaert.
The Children's Museum Tucson will celebrate its 30th anniversary this Saturday. The downtown landmark is reducing admission to $3 and there will be free ice cream, while supplies last, beginning at 2 p.m. Musical guest Mr. Nature's Music Garden will perform from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Children will have a chance to play along in the instrument petting zoo.
Come and catch Pokémon at Reid Park Zoo every Saturday until Aug. 13, 7-10 p.m. Trainers can capture Pokémon, meet other players, and learn tips and tricks from local Pokémon GO pros. Meanwhile, guests can enjoy music, face painting, caricatures, and more. Lures will be activated in the Pokémon GO app at several different locations in the Zoo approximately every 30 minutes. Regular admission prices apply, but dress in Pokémon cosplay and get discounted member prices, even if you’re not a member of the Zoo.