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Simplification of Golf Rates on City Council Agenda

The Mayor and Tucson City Council next Tuesday will consider changing the rate schedule for Tucson City Golf, amending the structure from 110 rates to 24.

Under the current system, golfers pay different rates that depend on factors such as course location, time of year, day of the week, time of day, whether they are city residents, when they book, and whether they have any discounts. Under the proposed structure, the highest maximum rate (paid by non-residents in the spring at Randolph) would increase to $60, up from $56.

Streetcar to Become Polar Express

The Sun Link streetcar will transform into the Polar Express (or the Pueblo Express) tomorrow. Join Santa and Mrs. Claus along with their jolly elves to sing some classic Christmas carols.

Ring in the holiday season starting at 5 p.m. at the Mercado stop on Avenida del Convento, where kids and parents can make paper snowflakes to decorate the inside of the streetcar. The Polar Express will be leaving the station at 6 p.m. sharp with limited space available.

Recruitment Opens for Police Dispatchers

The Tucson Police Department (TPD) currently has multiple vacancies for public safety dispatcher within the Communications Division. The position involves skilled radio communications, including dispatching emergency and non-emergency calls for service. It requires the dispatcher to relay critical information via a radio system to public safety personnel who are dispatched on calls for service.

TEP Transmission Line Upgrade to Cause Brief Water Service Interruptions West of Tucson

Tucson Electric Power (TEP) will be upgrading electrical transmission lines as part of a road project on State Highway 86, and the work will affect water service. The lines serve a Tucson Water booster station that provides service to approximately 3,600 customers. Water service to those customers will be interrupted from 8 p.m. tomorrow until 5 a.m. Saturday.

The affected area generally is west of Kinney Road, south to about Drexel Road, and west and northwest of San Joaquin Road.

Fourth Avenue Street Fair Begins Tomorrow

The Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair opens tomorrow and runs through Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. each day. The event takes place on Fourth Avenue between Ninth Street and University Boulevard.

The street fair includes more than 400 arts and crafts booths, more than 35 food vendors, street musicians, food, jugglers, street performers, and a hands-on art pavilion for kids. There also will be face painting, balloons, demonstrations, sidewalk entertainment, and other activities.

Zoo Lights Celebration Continues

Reid Park Zoo's annual display of Christmas lights will help put you in the holiday spirit, with jingle bells, twinkling lights, falling snow, and Santa. Light displays, animal-themed light sculptures, and thousands of sparkling bulbs are part of the Zoo Lights holiday tradition.

Camel and carousel rides are open during the event for an additional fee. Free cookies are provided each night, and hot cocoa is available for $1.

Safety Tips for Home Heating

With overnight temperatures expected to return to the 30s this weekend, the Tucson Fire Department is urging people to be careful when heating their homes.

Capt. Barrett Baker says space heaters should be placed at least 3 feet from anything flammable and not be plugged into extension cords or left unattended.

He also suggests you check and change your furnace filter 3-4 times during the season and keep the area around the furnace clean and unobstructed. It's also a good idea to have working carbon monoxide detectors in your home.

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