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Professional Bull Riders Coming to TCC This Week

The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) will be competing at the Tucson Convention Center (TCC) Friday and Saturday as part of the elite Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) tour. Five PBR world champions are scheduled to compete in Tucson, including Mike Lee (2004), Guilherme Marchi (2008), Renato Nunes (2010), J.B. Mauney (2013), and three-time World Champion Silvano Alves (2011, 2012, 2014). The 2015 BFTS will conclude Oct. 21-25 in Las Vegas.

Tucson Police Department to Honor Exceptional Employees

The Tucson Police Department (TPD) this weekend will hold a ceremony to present several employees with a Medal of Distinguished Service. The employees chosen embody TPD's values of Service Orientation, Excellence, Leadership, Fairness, Teamwork, Integrity, and Personal Responsibility. The Fall Awards Ceremony will be held Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-noon, at the Marriott University Park Hotel, 880 East Second St.

Learn more about the ceremony at TPD's Facebook page.

Volunteer at Tucson Meet Yourself

Volunteer shifts are available to help at the Tucson Meet Yourself folklife festival, Oct. 9-11, in Downtown Tucson. More than 500 volunteers help each year. The volunteer website has all of the job descriptions, shifts, qualifications and online training modules you'll need. You also can email TMYVolunteer@gmail.com to request a formal volunteer presentation at your business, club or school.

How to Handle Illegal Dumping

When moving time comes, typically around the end of the month and the end of University of Arizona semesters, people occasionally dump their trash where it doesn't belong. Property owners are responsible for trash cleanup of items dumped on their property and abutting areas. One option is to use the free Brush and Bulky collection, provided twice a year by the City of Tucson's Environmental Services department.

El Con Water Tower Repairs Complete

The 90-foot-tall El Con Water Tower has a fresh coat of paint and exterior repairs. The $70,000 project, which spanned about three months, included repairing rotted and broken wooden doors, patching stucco, removing water stains, replacing missing roof tiles, and more. The repairs were funded through a 2013 Housing and Urban Development Department Community Development Block Grant for historic preservation activities.

Tickets on Sale for Reid Park Zoo's Annual Fundraiser

ZOOcson 2015 is coming to Reid Park Zoo on Oct. 19, 6-9 p.m. More than 800 attendees will take part in the event benefiting the Zoo's exhibits, education programs, conservation efforts and capital projects. Approximately 25 of Tucson’s restaurants provide small-plate tastings at stations throughout the Zoo. Attendees participate in silent and live auctions, which include items ranging from power tools, vacation getaways, and unique Zoo experiences. There also will be live music.

Celebrate Modernism This Week

Several events are scheduled this week to recognize Modernism Week in Tucson. Tour the Modernism architecture of the "Sunshine Mile" this Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit homes from the 1950s on Broadway Boulevard, between Euclid and Country Club. You also can explore mid-century exhibits and businesses along the Sunshine Mile. Visit the link above to learn about more activities and admission costs during Modernism Week.

City Offering Tax Amnesty Program

The City of Tucson is offering the business community a Tax Amnesty Program. This rare opportunity allows Tucson business owners to submit delinquent sales tax or license fees without penalty and reduced interest due on delinquent balances. This also is an opportunity for unlicensed Tucson businesses to get licensed without penalty.

The amnesty period will run through Oct. 30. During the last Tax Amnesty Program in 2009, 598 businesses participated.

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