Travel Website Lauds Tucson

In a website article called "9 Reasons Why We Were Dragged Kicking and Screaming from This Desert City," Travelocity discusses the wonders of Tucson. "A multi-culti blend of Native American, Mexican and European influence with a population of a half million chill peeps and a harmonious blend of city and nature, Tucson is juuust right. Sunny, funky and always buzzing, we’re darn near in love with the place and predict you will be too," the article reads.

Freecycle Post-Holiday Swap This Weekend

The Freecycle Network and Tucson's Ward 3 City Council Office are hosting the eighth annual Freecycle Post-Holiday Swap this Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Woods Memorial Library, 3455 N. 1st Ave.

The 2-4 p.m. event offers community members a chance to get rid of unused items at home by exchanging and trading with neighbors. It also includes a free shredding service (limit two boxes per customer). At last year’s event, approximately 3,000 pounds of paper was shredded.

Tucson Fire Thanks Tucson Water for Help in Achieving Special Designation

The Tucson Fire Department (TFD) recently received an ISO Class 1 rating, making it one of the best fire departments in the country. The ISO is a review of TFD’s emergency response capability and Tucson Water's fire hydrant distribution system. The Tucson Water department provides water to more than 720,000 people at homes, schools, and businesses. The designation means the potential for lower insurance rates for city residents.

Little Critters Workshop at Reid Park Zoo

Zookeepers have to count every animal in the zoo every day, and your young kids can help while touring Reid Park Zoo and spending time in the Zoo’s classroom. Kids (ages 2-5 with an adult chaperone) can take advantage of hands-on encounters with some of the Zoo’s smaller animal ambassadors and practice counting and comparing the number of legs and toes throughout the animal world.

City's TreeCycle Program Continues Through Jan. 15

If you still have your once-living Christmas tree, there’s time to recycle it through the City of Tucson’s TreeCycle program. Eight collection sites are open in Tucson and Oro Valley through Monday, Jan. 15.

Please remove all lights, ornaments, decorations, plastic tree bags, and tree stands before bringing your tree to a TreeCycle site. Trees collected are chipped and these items can cause damage to people and equipment.