Back to School Bash and Other Events to Give Away Free School Supplies

Several school districts and agencies in the Tucson area are holding events over the next couple of weeks to distribute free back-to-school supplies and immunizations. One of the signature events is Ward 4's 16th annual Back to School Bash and Pancake Breakfast, this Saturday, 8-11 a.m., at the Clements Recreation Center, 8155 East Poinciana Dr.

Call for Entries: Parks and Rec Cover Photo Contest

The Tucson Parks and Recreation department invites all photographers, both amateur and professional, to share their best, original photos taken at any Tucson city park or recreation facility, event, sport, program, or class.

Submit up to two of your favorite Parks and Recreation photos by Monday, Sept. 19. The Spring Activity Guide with the winning cover photo will be released Nov. 14. Please read the photo conest rules the judging timetable and other pertinent submission requirements.

Twilight Thursdays Continue at Botanical Gardens

Enjoy summer nights at the Tucson Botanical Gardens. As part of its Summer Oasis Series, the Botanical Gardens is open every Thursday night, 5-8 p.m., for guests to enjoy the garden setting without the intense summer sun.

Leashed dogs are welcome with an add-on admission charge.

The onsite restaurant, Cafe Botanica, will be open and serving dinner (reservations required).

Bids Sought for New Greyhound Terminal

The Rio Nuevo Multipurpose Facilities District is asking for bids to build a new Greyhound terminal near Broadway and Euclid. The bids will be opened at the end of July, with the contract being awarded soon after, Rio Nuevo officials said. Once the terminal is built, it will be leased to Greyhound Corp.

Earlier this year, Rio Nuevo bought more than 46,000 square feet of vacant land at 801 E. 12th St. from Broadway Euclid LLC for $575,000.

Tucson MVD Offices Open Earlier

Arizona's Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) is in the midst of a pilot program to test whether opening offices earlier will cut down on wait times. The three MVD offices in Tucson are now open at 7:30 a.m., a half-hour earlier than normal. MVD will be monitoring the effectiveness of the experiment for the rest of the summer, but it says wait times have declined at the center at South Broadmont Drive.