'A' Mountain Restrictions Next Two Weekends

Sentinel Peak Park, "A" Mountain, will be closed to vehicular traffic this Sunday at 4 p.m. The restriction will allow the University of Arizona to light the "A" to kick off homecoming week. The park will reopen on Monday morning with no restrictions.

Next Saturday, Oct. 29, "A" Mountain will host the Get Moving Half Marathon, which will restrict user access to Sentinel Peak Park. In order to accommodate the athletes, Sentinel Peak Road will close at 8 p.m. and will reopen the next day at 9:30 a.m.

Veterans Day Parade Set for Next Month Downtown

The 97th annual Tucson Veterans Day Parade is set for Friday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. The parade's theme this year is “Remembering Pearl Harbor: 75 Years Later.” Participants will start assembling downtown around 8 a.m., and traffic restrictions will be in place throughout the day. The parade begins at West Alameda Street and Granada Avenue, travels through parts of the downtown area, and returns to the staging point on Alameda.

Tucson Earns Perfect Score in LGBTQ Equal Rights Survey

The City of Tucson earned a score of 100 in the latest survey from the Human Rights Campaign, which works for LGBTQ equal rights. The Municipal Equality Index (MEI) examines the laws, policies, and services of municipalities, rating them on the basis of how they affect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (and/or questioning) people who live and work there.

Check Your Smoke Alarms

While Fire Prevention Week was last week, the Tucson Fire Department is always urging residents to make sure they have working smoke alarms with fresh batteries. The motto "Don't Wait - Check the Date" means replacing units once they're 10 years old. You can look at the back of your smoke alarms for a manufacturing date to determine their age.

Reid Park Zoo to Expand Animal Health Center

The University of Arizona is providing $350,000 in support of Reid Park Zoo and the new $3.85 million expansion to the Animal Health Center. The UA and Reid Park Zoological Society are partnering in building a new teaching and research facility at the Zoo. Additions include more room and better equipment to care for the zoo animals, and students from the UA's new Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Education Program will have the opportunity to train in whole-life animal care by observing and assisting in the Animal Health Center.