Development Group Plans to Invest Millions on City's South Side

The Common Group says it plans to invest $20 million into rehabilitating distressed commercial buildings on the south and southwest sides of Tucson, converting them into stores and restaurants. With four projects already completed, the development company's 10-year plan includes building more small businesses on a side of town it believes has been overlooked.

The four founders of the company (Jesus Bonillas Jr., Guillermo Gallegos, Chris Itule, and Ruben Cazares) grew up and live on the city's south side and consider the area ripe for business development.

City Opens Sandbag Distribution Site for Flood Control Purposes

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.

Back to School Safety and Health Fair

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.

Tucson Symphony Orchestra Opens Season with Ride & Dine on Sun Link

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.

Muggles Can Attend Harry Potter Release Party

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.