While a Reid Park Zoo-produced video of Nandi's first year blew up local social media yesterday, along with her birthday celebration photos, the event also gained traction on a national scale. Many other websites and social media accounts shared the video and stills of the party. Time magazine even has the montage video posted online. If you missed the party, find the video below.
The new Park Smart card from Park Tucson lets you store parking value and receive an additional 10 percent added on for free each time you reload it. Park Smart cards can be used at all smart parking meters located in Downtown Tucson, 4th Avenue, Main Gate Square, near the University of Arizona's Eller College, and south of the UA campus.
The City of Tucson’s Department of Procurement recently received the distinguished Achievement of Excellence in Procurement (AEP) Award for the 20th year in a row, one of only six agencies nationwide to do so. The AEP Award is given by the National Procurement Institute, in partnership with 11 other professional sponsor organizations. It measures innovation, e-procurement, productivity, and leadership attributes in public procurement.
Ride the Sun Link streetcar and enjoy the the final KXCI Presents: Sun Link Summer in the City Concert Series, a live concert inside a streetcar. The last concert will take place tomorrow night, featuring music from Hank Topless. Passengers can attend the concert by boarding the streetcar at the stop at Avenida del Convento and Congress (across from Mercado San Agustin) at 7 p.m.
Applications are available for artists who wish to participate in the Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair, Nov. 28-29. The event has been held for more than two decades, attracting vendors from all over the Southwest. The Tucson Parks and Recreation Department is seeking artists, crafters, photographers, painters, potters, jewelers, and more to sell their original artwork. All items must be handmade and are subject to approval.
One year ago today, Reid Park Zoo celebrated the birth of its first African elephant calf, Nandi. Today, visitors came out for the birthday festivities, which included cake, treats and gifts. Tucson 12 was on hand to get some video of the special day.
With the start of the Arizona Athletics season this week, Athletics Director Greg Byrne, coaching staff from various sports, and mascots Wilbur and Wilma rode the Sun Link streetcar to speak with fans and enjoy the atmosphere of Downtown Tucson.
"We’re always looking for ways to connect with the Tucson community, and what better way than to take the streetcar from campus to downtown and mingle with patrons, business owners and Wildcat fans,” Byrne said.
If you'd like to track the streetcar and you have a smartphone, you're in luck. The Tucson Streetcar Tracker, developed by Dallan Porter at the University of Arizona, is useful if you want to figure out how long it will take for the streetcar to show up at the stop where you're waiting.
If you haven't returned your City of Tucson Primary Election ballot, today is your last day to get it in the mail to make sure it gets counted in Tuesday's election in the contests for Mayor and Council Members in Wards 1, 2 and 4. You also can drop off ballots through Tuesday at the City’s Elections Center, 800 E. 12th St. (near East Broadway Boulevard and South Euclid Avenue) or the City Clerk's Office on the 9th floor of City Hall, 255 W. Alameda.
In addition, there are select polling places open on Tuesday.
A career fair in Tucson yesterday brought job hunters together with employers who were ready to give those with criminal records a second chance. Organizers expected about 750 people to show up, but two hours into the fair at the Tucson Convention Center, more than 1,000 were in attendance. The Second Chance Coalition, which hosted the job fair, was co-founded by Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Federal Magistrate Judge Charles Pyle.