Paul's Note: Friday December 08, 2017

Paul’s Note:  Friday, December 8th, 2017
  • Ward 3 Events
  • Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
  • City-Wide Events
  • Did You Know?
Hello Tucson!

On Monday, December 4th, I took office as your new Ward 3 Council Member. I look forward to hearing from you and working with you for a better Tucson. Together, I hope we can build on Karin's legacy as a dedicated community advocate and help move Tucson forward on issues of sustainability, jobs and job training, access to the full range of safe transportation choices, and many other priorities.

There's a lot to be proud of Tucson for and I'll be using this newsletter to share my thoughts on issues before Mayor and Council, post upcoming events in Ward 3 and throughout Tucson, and solicit feedback from residents. For now, though, I just want to thank the voters of Tucson for choosing me as their Ward 3 Council Member, and let you know I'll work hard to prove that voters made the right choice. I’ll be in touch!

-Paul D.
Ward 3 Events:
Campbell Grant Neighborhood Holiday Bazaar
Sunday December 10th, 10am-12pm
2004 E. Spring St
Find something for everyone on your list at the Campbell Grant Neighborhood Holiday Bazaar!
Music Sunday
Sunday December 10th, various times
Northminster Presbyterian Church, 2450 E Fort Lowell Rd
Northminster Church is celebrating Music Sunday! This means the majority of  services are focused on music. Northminster has a talented praise band that will be featured at the 8 & 11am contemporary services and at 9:30am the Church Choir will present Vivaldi’s beloved choral work Gloria (RV 589) for choir, soloists, and chamber orchestra with Dr. John Brobeck on the organ. You can also watch from the comfort of home on or at Free coffee and cookies will be served after all services.
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings:
Mountain/1stSaturday Dec. 9th 9am, Mitchell Park 1100 E Mitchell
RillitoBend Saturday Dec.9th 10am, Northminster Presbyterian Church 2450 E Fort Lowell
Campus Community Relations Committee Tuesday Dec. 12th 6pm, UA Student Union 1303 E University
The Oracle Project Tuesday Dec. 12th 5:30pm, West Side Police Service Center 1310 W. Miracle Mile
Alvernon-Grant Initiative Tuesday Dec. 12th 6pm, Church of the Brethren 2200 N Dodge Blvd
Samos Tuesday Dec.19th 6:30pm, Salpointe HS 1545 E Copper St
Mountain View Thursday Dec. 21st 6pm, Habitat for Humanity 3501 N Mountain
Flowing Wells Thursday Dec. 21st 6pm, Ellie Towne Center 1660 W Ruthrauff
City-Wide Events:
Zoo Lights 2017
Thursday December 7th – Saturday December 23rd, 6-8pm
Reid Park Zoo, 3400 E Zoo Ct
 Twinkling lights, hot chocolate and family – it’s the most wonderful time of the year at Zoo Lights, presented by Tucson Electric Power. Thousands of twinkling lights, light displays and animal-themed light sculptures help make Zoo Lights a part of your Tucson holiday tradition. Enjoy falling snow, seeing Santa, listening to live music and carousel rides (for an additional fee). Warm up with hot cocoa (with or without spirits!), a s’mores station and cinnamon rolls for a sweet holiday treat.  Reid Park Zoological Society is proud to be partnering with the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, and Tucson A List. If you bring one of the items below, you will receive $1 off admission for Zoo Lights from December 7th – 19th. Items needed for the Humane Society are dog, cat, puppy and kitten canned (pate style) and dry food, dog biscuits (no colored dyes), plastic cat toys, and Kong dog toys. Items needed for Tucson A List’s children’s toy drive are toys for ages newborn-13, art supplies, games, and books. Items needed for Community Food Bank are peanut butter, cereal & granola bars, canned tomato products, canned soups, canned vegetables & fruits, rice, pasta, and beans. For complete list of items, click here.
Tickets (Purchase Tickets Online for Ease of Entry)
  • $10 for Adults
  • $6 for Children (2-14)
  • Children under 2 are free
  • Members get $2 off admission (Not a member yet? Click here to sign up today!)
Tickets are non-refundable. Discounts cannot be combined.
Animals will have access to heated night houses for this event, and will likely choose to be off exhibit.
Between Folds: Classical Japanese Origami
Recurs Daily December 5th - December 30th, 9:30am-4:30pm (Closed Mondays, Dec 24 and 25)
Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson, 2130 N. Alvernon Way
Cleverly transforming a flat square of paper into three-dimensional sculpture through folding and without the use of scissors or glue is a beloved pastime in Japan among both children and adults, dating from the Edo period (1603-1867). Called origami, paper folding produces creations as wide-ranging as a person's imagination: animals, from horses to rabbits; sea creatures, from whales to seahorses; insects, from crickets to butterflies; trees and flower blossoms; figures of geisha and samurai; and even action figures, such as cranes with movable wings. "Between Folds: Classical Japanese Origami" is a pageant of traditional folded paper forms by Tucson origami artist M. Craig. Raised in Japan and America, "M," as she calls herself, holds a degree in Fine Arts and is co-founder of the Tucson Origami Club and has taught Japanese paper-folding techniques throughout the Tucson region since 1996. She has also exhibited at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and the Tucson Botanical Gardens.
Luminaria Night
December 9th, 3-8pm
Presidio San Agustin del Tucson, 196 N. Court Avenue
Celebrate the holidays at the Presidio Museum! One of the Presidio's most popular events of the year! Join us to celebrate the holidays - Southwest style!
  • Carrillo School's 81st Las Posadas Procession
  • The Night Before Christmas/Era la Vispera de Navidad read in English and Spanish by Arizona Daily Star's David Fitzsimmons and local musician Ellen Edmonson Murphy
  • Lalo Guerrero's Pancho Claus performed by Ellen Edmonson Murphy
  • Presidio cannon fire!
  • Night musket demonstration
  • Christmas tree and cookie decorating, tin-smithing and ornament making
  • Traditional carols performed by El Camino Ancho
  • Free Champurrado - Mexican hot chocolate
  • Single tamales and tamale plates for sale at the kitchen door
  • Holiday shopping in the Museum gift shop.
Breakfast at the North Pole
Saturday December 9th, 8-10am
Udall Recreation Center, 7200 E Tanque Verde
Enjoy two hours of holiday fun hosted by Tucson Parks and Recreation on Saturday, Dec. 9, during Breakfast at the North Pole. The event runs from 8-10 a.m. at Udall Recreation Center, 7200 E. Tanque Verde Road. The cost per person is $5, which includes a pancake breakfast, family art project, and a story and pictures with Santa. Register at Udall Recreation Center (cash only). Call 791-4931 for registration details.
Tucson Parks and Recreation:
Did You Know...?
Food Donation Box in the Ward 3 Community Room
There is a food donation box in the Ward 3 Community Room, donations can be dropped Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm. The Community Food Bank welcomes donations of nonperishable items. 1 in 4 children in Arizona are at risk for hunger, and 1 in 5 adults. You can join the fight against hunger and donate nonperishable items to help feed kids, families and seniors. Non-perishable food in plastic, cardboard or cans works best for transporting. Glass can easily be broken. Thank you for making a difference in this holiday season – the busiest time of the year for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona!
Try Tugo Bike Share Free Tuesdays in December
If you want to try the new Tugo Bike Share program that launched last month, you can do so for free every Tuesday this month. The free rides are sponsored by Caterpillar. Like a normal day pass, the free promotion allows people to take a bike for unlimited 30-minute rides from station to station free of charge for 24 hours. Since the launch on Nov, 17, Tugo bikes have taken more than 1,000 trips, including one that traveled 106 miles in El Tour de Tucson. Tucson 12 recently produced a video (link below) documenting Tugo's progression from the official announcement of its impending arrival to launch day. There's even a video about how to use the new system.
Tucson 12 video about Tugo launch:
Tucson 12 video about how to use Tugo:
Tugo Bike Share:
Holiday Package Safety
The holiday season is the time of year when thieves go looking to steal packages and other things out of your car. People are often busy and get distracted, and that's when the bad guys act. The Tucson Police Department (TPD) recently produced a light-hearted video (link below) about serious safety tips to keep your Christmas a happy one.
Watch the video via TPD Twitter page:
TPD website:
Grant Rd Improvement Project Phase 2
The traveling public can expect delays when driving in this work area. Please obey all traffic control signs and watch for construction personnel and equipment in the work zone. If you have any additional questions or comments, please call the Grant Road Information line at (520) 624-4727 or email
For Details on work and restrictions: Information on Grant Rd Improvement Project:
Set Up a Utility Services E-Bill Account
Go paperless with a Utility Services eBill account. Set up your own secure, password protected account and get electronic notification of your statement and payment due date. You also have the option to click to pay. The eBill service also includes Tucson Water’s monthly newsletter and any inserts mailed to customers. You can send an email directly to Customer Service from the website if you have billing or account questions.
Sign up for eBill account:
Tucson Water:
Tucson Earns Perfect Score in LGBT Equal Rights Survey
The City of Tucson earned a score of 100 in the latest survey about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equal rights. The sixth annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI), compiled by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and the Equality Federation Institute, examined the laws, policies, and services of municipalities, rating them on the basis of how they affect LGBT people who live and work there. Some of the categories include non-discrimination laws, municipal employee benefits, anti-bullying policies, city involvement with the LGBT community, and local governments' relationships with the LGBT community. Phoenix and Tempe also earned perfect scores in the survey.
From the Arizona Republic:
Read the full MEI report:
Many Pieces of Artwork Available to See Via Bicycle
The next time you're on a bike in Downtown Tucson, you can see 30 pieces of art within a short distance of each other. Featured items include murals, artistic bridges, and sculptures. To make it easy to find the art, Pima County’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program, with support from the Tucson Arts Brigade, created a map taking you from point to point. You can get the map by calling (520) 724-BIKE.
From Pima County: