Paul's Note: Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

Paul’s Note
Wednesday, November 21st, 2018
 
Paul’s Note
Pet of the Week
Ward 3 Events
Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
City-Wide Events
Did You Know?
 
Paul’s Note
 
Happy Thanksgiving!
 
I’m sending the newsletter early this week before we close up for the Thanksgiving Holiday. The Ward 3 Office will be closed Thursday and Friday and reopen Monday the 26th.
 
I hope you all enjoy a safe holiday with your loved ones. This year, in addition to my husband, two cats and wonderful friends, I’m thankful for the opportunity to serve you on the City Council.
 
- Paul D.
 
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Pet of the Week
 
Arowen
 

 
Is this pretty girl white with a brindle eye patch or brindle with a white face? If you head to Pima Animal Care Center to meet her you can decide for yourself. Either way you will have the opportunity to become acquainted with a potential new best friend. Keep reading if you want to know what her black mustache means!
 
To learn more about Arowen go to her website here and for more information about adopting, fostering, fees and upcoming events go to the PACC website.
 
From the PACC website:
 
Black “Fur” Day
 
After the seasonal feast has been eaten, Pima Animal Care Center will open its doors on Black Friday in hopes of finding homes for the 626 pets at the shelter. PACC is closed on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 22nd. PACC will reopen Friday, November 23rd, and the shelter will be open 12-5 pm with adoption fees waived for any pet with black fur, ages four months and up.
 
The deal is good for any pet with black fur, even just a black spot. The prices for other pets have been reduced by 50%. A $19.00 licensing fee will apply to dogs. The hope is to clear out the shelter before the holidays through adoption and/or fostering. Families looking to do a little bonding together can take a dog out for the day through PACC’s day trips program. People can foster for a few hours, a few days, or a few weeks.
 
Ward 3 Events: 
 
The Oracle Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Community Stakeholder Kick-off Meeting
Wednesday
November 28th 
6-7 pm
Pima College Downtown Campus
1255 North Stone Avenue
Amethyst Community Room, CC-180
 
The Oracle Choice Neighborhoods Initiative is a comprehensive transformation initiative focused on the 2.6-square-mile area bounded generally by Miracle Mile to the north, Speedway Boulevard to the south, Stone Avenue to the east and I-10 to the west.
 
We need your help and involvement to plan for future projects in the area that will transform the Oracle Choice Neighborhoods.
 
AGENDA
1.  Welcome and Introductions
2.  Overview of Planning Process
3.  Activities and Opportunities to Participate
4.  Questions and Answers
 
Monsoon Squad Exclusive: Ward 3 Bird Habitat Workshop
Friday & Saturday
November 30th-December 1st
8 am-12 pm
Ward 3 Council Office
1510 E Grant Rd
 
 

 
Calling all Monsoon Squad Volunteers and Ward 3 Residents!
 
Watershed Management Group, the Ward 3 Council Office, and Tucson Audubon are teaming up to expand the rain gardens and build better bird habitat at the Ward 3 Office along Grant Rd! We will need your help on Friday, November 30th and Saturday, December 1st.
 
On the first day, we'll be digging and moving soil in preparation for the rain gardens. On the second day, we will host an educational workshop to install the new plants and landscaping. The workshop day will be half hands-on planting and constructing water-harvesting earthworks with WMG's Sonoran Landscape Specialist, Emma Stahl-Wert, and half Habitat at Home presentation with Audobon Staff.
 
For more information and to sign up to volunteer go to the WMG website here.
 
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Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings:
 
Keeling
Monday
November 26th
7-8:30
Cornerstone Fellowship Church
2902 N Geronimo Ave
 
Campbell Grant
Monday
November 26th
6-7:30 pm
Ward 3 Council Office
1510 E Grant Rd
 
Grant Road Coalition
Tuesday
November 27th
6-8 pm
Ward 3 Council Office
1510 E Grant Rd
 
Jefferson Park
Wednesday
November 28th
6-8 pm
Ward 3 Council Office
1510 E Grant Rd
 
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City-Wide Events:
 
Limited Service at Public Works Building on November 23rd
 
As with most other City buildings, the Public Works building, located at 201 N Stone Ave, will be closed on Thursday, November 22nd, for Thanksgiving. On Friday, November 23rd,Public Works will have limited staff and City services available from the Planning and Development Services Department (first and third floors), Tucson Water (first floor counter), and Tucson Department of Transportation (fourth floor). The Tucson Fire Department review counter on the first floor will be closed Friday. Regular services will resume Monday, November 26th.Planning and Development Services: http://bit.ly/2jWs7iM.Tucson Water: http://bit.ly/2KfOFHw. Tucson Department of Transportation: http://1.usa.gov/1c6BGDE. Tucson Fire Department: http://1.usa.gov/1bs6wZB.
 
Mayor Rothschild’s Tree Lighting Ceremony
 
 
Friday
November 23rd
5 pm
Jacome Plaza
101 N Stone Ave
Downtown Tucson Partnership and the City of Tucson welcome the community to begin the holiday season with this celebration.
 
This event will feature youth mariachi group performances, ballet folklorico dancers and the tree lighting ceremony with City of Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. The community Christmas tree will be displayed from November 23rd up until the New Year.
 
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, December 4th and 5th. If the North Pole receives too many requests for two nights, Thursday, December 6,will be added.
 
In order to receive a call, you'll need to fill out a form and mail it to 900 S. Randolph Way, Tucson, AZ 85716, or email SantasCalling2018@tucsonaz.gov. The deadline to request a call is Thursday, Nov. 29.
 
Santa's Calling: http://bit.ly/2B55T8M
 
Improved Brush & Bulky Collection Program to Make Tucson cleaner and Safer
 
The City of Tucson’s popular Brush & Bulky collection program is about to get better!
 
Find out more about what’s coming with Brush & Bulky Plus starting in 2019 by attending any of three community “meet-ups” that the Environmental Services Department will hold along with Tucson police, fire, transportation, water and Tucson Clean & Beautiful in late November and early December.
 
The following meetings will provide the opportunity for residents to learn about services being added to help make Tucson neighborhoods cleaner and safer – and help our City team better understand what needs attention in your neighborhood. All meetings are scheduled from 5:30-7:30 pm. 
 
  • Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 at the Donna R. Liggins Recreations Center, 2160 N. Sixth Avenue, provides proximity to residents of Ward 3 and Ward 6.
  • Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018 at the El Pueblo Regional Center, 101 W. Irvington Road, in proximity to residents in Ward 1 and Ward 5.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 at the William M. Clements Recreation Center, 8155 E. Poinciana Drive, in proximity to residents of Ward 2 and Ward 4.
Representatives of each city department involved in the Brush & Bulky Plus program will be on hand with information about what role they will play in the program and how the community will benefit.  Attendees also will learn about changes in how Environmental Services will inform residents about their Brush & Bulky Plus collection dates. Residents are encouraged to attend any of the meetings that fits their schedule and help make Brush & Bulky Plus a success story for our entire city!
 
Thanksgiving Day 2018 Transit Schedule
 
Sunday Schedule for Sun Tran and Sun Link Streetcar
 
Transit service for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 22, 2018 is as follows:
 
· Sun Tran Routes 1 through 99 and the Sun Link streetcar will run on a Sunday schedule.
· Sun Express Routes 101X-204X will not be in operation.
· Sun Shuttle fixed-route service and the Sahuarita/Green Valley Sun Shuttle Dial-a-Ride will not be in operation.
 
- Sun Shuttle Dial-a-Ride service provided by Discount Cab and Oro Valley Sun Shuttle Dial-a-Ride will offer service for Americans with Disabilities Act-qualified passengers only from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
 
· Sun Van service and hours of operation will mirror the service provided by Sun Tran. Sun Van’s Reservations Center will be open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
 
· The Customer Service Center will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist passengers with trip planning needs.
 
Closed:
· Special Services Office, located at 35 W. Alameda, will be closed on Thanksgiving and will reopen on Friday, November 23, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
· Sun Tran’s Administrative Office, located at 3920 N. Sun Tran Blvd., will be closed on Thanksgiving and will reopen for business on Friday, November 23, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 
On Friday, November 23rd, all transit services resume regular service.
 
For specific route times and bus information, passengers are advised to consult Sun Tran’s Route Booklets, visit suntran.com, or call Sun Tran’s Customer Service Center at (520) 792-9222 (for persons with hearing and speech impairments, call TDD: 520-628-1565).
 
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Did You Know...?
 
Help Tucson Get a Grip on Graffiti
 
The swift abatement of graffiti discourages future vandalism, so when you see graffiti, please report it immediately. Graffiti Protective Coatings and the City of Tucson have a smartphone application for reporting graffiti. MyTucson is a free download on the iOS App Store and Google Play for Android. You also can report graffiti by emailing graffiti@tucsonaz.gov or calling (520) 792-2489 and choosing option 1. City of Tucson apps: http://1.usa.gov/1vknBch
 
Free Streetcar Rides on Small Business Saturday
 
Ride Sun Link to Shop Local and Watch the UA Football Game
 
All Tucsonans and visitors are invited to ride the Sun Link Streetcar for free all day Saturday, November 24th for Small Business Saturday, beginning at 8 am.
 
Sponsors of the free Sun Link rides are Main Gate Square, 4thAvenue Merchants Association, Downtown Tucson Partnership, Mercado District and the University of Arizona. All participating sponsors are kicking off the holiday season to encourage Tucson to take part in Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday takes place each year on the Saturday following Thanksgiving.
 
Holiday shoppers will find many local retailers and businesses offering promotions and great deals on items throughout the districts along the streetcar route, including:
 
•Downtown Tucson shoppers can look for a GOLDEN TICKET inside a Downtown local business to redeem for a swag bag and a Downtown gift card valued between $20-$100! Plus, mention the password “SHOP SMALL” to a Downtown Purple Shirted Ambassador and receive a free gift item. Visit www.downtowntucson.org for more information.
 
•4th Avenue Merchants will have discounts and deals all along the Avenue. Look for specific deals on the 4th Avenue Merchants’ Facebook Event page and at fourthavenue.org.
 
•Sales and deals for Main Gate Square retailers will be listed at www.maingatesquare.com and families can visit Santa from 1-4 pm
 
•Mercado District will have special discounts and sales at Mercado San Agustin and the MSA Annex. Visit www.mercadodistrict.com for more information.
 
“Small businesses are what make Downtown Tucson so special,” says Kathleen Eriksen, Downtown Tucson Partnership Chief Executive Officer. “Small Business Saturday is a prime time to support local businesses and embrace Tucson’s diverse culture. Downtown Tucson Partnership is excited to celebrate our local businesses with the community and showcase all the great things they provide.”
 
Wildcat football fans can take the streetcar to watch the University of Arizona play against the ASU Sun Devils. Fans can board at any Sun Link streetcar stop and ride to the stop at E 2nd St and N Cherry Ave for a short walk to the UA Mall and Arizona Stadium.
 
“Public transportation is an excellent way to travel, especially to major events like our football game with ASU,” says Gail Nazarenko, Interim Executive Director of the University of Arizona Parking & Transportation Services. “Traveling by public transportation makes the UA a more sustainable place to live, work and learn. The Sun Link Streetcar is a vital part of our mission because it reduces traffic congestion, eases the need for available parking and improves air quality.”
 
Sun Link connects riders to five of Tucson’s most popular and unique districts along its 3.9-mile route: the University of Arizona, Main Gate Square, 4th Avenue, Downtown and Mercado San Agustin/MSA Annex. Twenty-three convenient stops allow riders to visit more than 150 shops and 100 restaurants, and 30 plus bars and clubs for entertainment.
 
Spending the day exploring shops and restaurants is easy. Motorists can park once and not worry about finding parking again by taking Sun Link to where they want to go. Parking is available at Park Tucson garages and lots, at select University of Arizona garages (exceptions apply due to football game), and at free street-parking along 4th Avenue, Downtown and Mercado District.
 
Streetcar service begins at 8 am on Saturday and ends at 2 am.
 
For additional Sun Link information and for trip planning assistance, call the Customer Service Center at (520) 792-9222 (for persons with hearing and speech impairments, call TDD: 520-628-1565).
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Council Member Paul Durham is on Social Media!
 
Ward 3 has Facebook and Twitter pages so you can keep up with our Council Member and stay in touch with what's happening in Tucson and around the Ward.
 
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