Zoo Sales Tax Dollars Building Bigger Spaces and Creating Improvements

Thanks to voter-approved tax funding propositions last November, Reid Park Zoo has collected about $7 million in sales taxes since February 2018 for renovation and expansion of the facility. About 60 percent of the money is going toward the Zoo’s new grand master plan, and 40 percent of the funding will be spent on modernization and operations. Enhancements have been prioritized to upgrade safety, guest experience, and animal care.

Tucson Firefighters to Help with Smokeout This Week

The Pima County Health Department's (PCHD) second annual Blackout Tobacco event will be held tomorrow, Nov. 15, to align with the Great American Smokeout (GASO) on that day. Across the nation, the GASO serves as a catalyst for tobacco users to quit tobacco for the day, for a month, or forever. Blackout Tobacco encourages tobacco users to not only quit, but to give the time or money normally spent on tobacco to make a positive impact in the community.

Santa to Call Tucson Children Early Next Month

Santa and his elves would like to add some sparkle to a child’s holiday season through the Santa's Calling program, courtesy of Tucson Parks and Recreation. The special child(ren) in your life, between the ages of 4 and 10, will have an opportunity to speak with Santa and listen to his elves hard at work.

All calls will be attempted on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 4 and 5. If the North Pole receives too many requests for two nights, Thursday, Dec. 6, will also be used.

99th Annual Veterans Day Parade on Monday

The Tucson Veterans Day Parade takes place on Monday, Nov. 12, in Downtown Tucson. The parade begins at 11 a.m., and this year’s theme is “Celebration of Armistice Day.” More than 100 entrants are expected.

Participants will start assembling at 8 a.m. The parade begins downtown at West Alameda Street and Granada Avenue, heads east on Alameda Street, north on Stone Avenue, west on Franklin Street, north on Church Avenue, west on 6th Street, then south on Granada Avenue, returning to the staging point on Alameda Street.

2nd Saturdays Downtown This Weekend

The next 2nd Saturdays Downtown takes place tomorrow, Nov. 10. Events during the day include free admission to the Tucson Children’s Museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., recognition of Day of the Dead and Veterans Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum, a comic book project for children and adults at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and an Arizona Wildcats hockey game at the Tucson Arena at 1 p.m.

Register Now for Next Week's El Tour de Tucson

El Tour de Tucson, the city’s premier cycling event, is Saturday, Nov. 17, and there still is time to register for rides of 100, 75, 50, or 25 miles. In addition, there are fun rides of 10 miles, 4 miles, or 1 mile. There also will be plenty of other activities for families and children.

There are also opportunities for volunteers, either at Saturday’s race or at the two-day Bicycle, Health, & Fitness Expo at the Tucson Convention Center on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 15 and 16.