Steve K's Newsletter 01/27/20

Topics in this Issue:

On Tuesday, January 28th, we’ll have what has become the annual City Manager’s Budget Retreat. CM Ortega began these a few years ago and they have proven to be a useful way of bringing the department heads together to have a large discussion on the condition and direction of the budget. The meeting will start at 11am and will be held at Fire Central – just south of the TCC. In addition, we will hold our regularly scheduled evening session in that same location. Parking for the public will be free over in Lot B at the TCC. 


I have visited plenty of nursing homes, and last year, hospice with my mom. I know how hard the staff works to keep their residents comfortable. Jack and Harriet Morrison went out on their first date on Halloween, 1955. They stayed together until last month when they lived their last days together in a St. Louis nursing home. Jack was 86. Harriet was 83. They passed away on the same day after having lived together for over 65 years. It is a sweet story – and I’m certain that the staff at the nursing facility was moved by how it ended.

This week was the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. I have a relative who was involved in that operation. This Be Kind is a remembrance of all those who took part in closing that place down for good. Sadly, we haven’t seemed to have learned how to stop hating people based on who they are. Yet there are still plenty of people around who are invested in displaying goodness towards our brothers and sisters, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or any other trait we seem to use as wedges.

I was at an event last week and Robin pulled me aside to share how she had been touched by the ‘grief’ guest piece I wrote for the Star over the holidays. Robin lost her dad in December and was wrestling with the emotions we all do when working through the death of a loved one. Her Kindness in engaging with me was timely as this past week was my own ‘anniversary’ of sorts. Add to Robin – Andy lost his dad just days before my mom died. He and I shared texts last week – members of the club we are all destined to be enlisted into at some point.

And I couldn’t let pass the opportunity to say thanks to Bob Swaim for his editorial cartoon that ran last week. When my bride saw it, she said something like maybe now I’ll learn how to hang up my bathrobe – or something like that. My selective hearing kicked in, so I might have gotten that wrong. Bob’s editorial was very Kind, and I appreciate it.


The Marshall Foundation is this week’s Local Tucson item. They have been around since 1930, finding ways to donate back into the community. On Monday, January 27th, they open this year’s round of Grants that will go to educational institutions and nonprofits who support education, early childhood up through undergraduate.

Groups who have been awarded Grants from Marshall in the past include the Educational Enrichment Foundation, Intermountain Centers for Human Development, San Miguel High School and the UA/TUSD Cooper Center for Environmental Learning. Recipients this year will go to groups who support education for the underserved, as well as UA programs and scholarships in educational fields. 

If you have questions about the application process, contact Deb Dale at 548.3440, or email her at deb@deb-dale.com.

Ward 6 Neighborhood Presidents

Last week we hosted a get-together of residents who are serving on Ward 6 neighborhood boards – mostly presidents, although some neighborhoods sent other representatives who serve on their boards. I asked for the meeting for a couple of reasons. One was to hear what concerns were on peoples’ minds ahead of our budget discussions – another was to allow neighbors to hear what others were dealing with, and hopefully linger together after the meeting and make connections. We achieved both of those goals.

We went around the room and gave each person an opportunity to share some of the challenges their neighborhood is facing. Some of the common themes were code enforcement, streets, student housing related issues, neighborhood crime and homelessness. I made no pretense of intending to ‘solve’ everyone’s issues at the meeting, but wanted to take the pulse and with that be in a better position to advocate for resources the City can use to up our game in the various areas. We hold a budget retreat this week – the information I took away from the meeting will help guide my input at that retreat.

We had over 25 neighborhood associations and HOAs represented. Ward 6 has some very engaged residents – as you can see from the photo, our community room was full, and I can attest that the dialog was frank and open. It’s what I had hoped for. And while we didn’t solve everything, I believe we learned some areas in which we’re headed in the right direction (multi-neighborhood crime meetings, for example) and areas where we need to invest more City resources to improve our performance (Code Enforcement – process delays, for example.) To be clear, our code investigators out on the street are doing what they can. We need a better process for bringing their notices of violation to resolution.

I am grateful to all of you who were able to join in the meeting. The information we gathered will be useful as we enter City budget talks. With a limited amount of funding available, making sure we are investing it in the areas that will most effectively address quality of life issues is a key outcome I’ll be working towards.

Homeless Count

I mentioned above that we hosted a meeting last week in which over 30 of our midtown neighborhood presidents and other representatives came to talk about issues of concern. One common theme was homelessness and its impacts on residents and businesses. During the meeting, we talked about the formation of new neighborhood coalitions – framed on the Alvernon-Grant Initiative – in which we will meet monthly with neighbors, businesses, non-profits and TPD to talk about what people are seeing, and devise ways to address concerns. A key part in that will be identifying the underlying needs of the homeless people we identify and offering them services they need.

One piece of making the offer is of course having the services in place that can help. A part of that is funding – HUD funding that comes from a variety of areas, and that touches a variety of needs. This week we are partnering with the Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness (TPCH) and the UA Southwest Institute for Research on Women (UA-SIROW) and conducting the 2020 “Homeless Point-in-Time” count. You can sign up to be a part of the work.

We receive from HUD just over $8M annually to address regional homelessness. That money is spread throughout the various care agencies. It’s those agencies who are addressing needs such as finding a place to sleep, drug or alcohol dependency, domestic abuse, mental health needs, and a whole lot more. It’s called a ‘continuum of care.’ The count is going to assist in identifying how the dollars may best be disbursed throughout the service providing community. We have gotta know who’s out there in order to put strategies into place for providing resources to those in need.

The count will take place on Wednesday from 6am until 11am. If you want to take part you must attend a mandatory training tonight from 5:30pm until 8pm. That training will be held at the Sentinel Building – 310 N. Commerce Park Loop. In order to take part you have to be 18 years or older. You don’t need prior experience. The count will involve going out in teams and conducting brief surveys with the homeless people you find. It’s that survey information that TPCH will use in assessing areas of need.

Use this link to preregister for the training: www.tpch.net. I mentioned this count and its importance during the neighborhood president meeting. It would be great to see many of the people who expressed concern over addressing this community issue out helping in the count.

Shelli Hall – Film Tucson

 
That’s Shelli Hall. You have read in multiple newsletters where I give Shelli and her Visit Tucson Film Office team high marks for attracting films of all sorts to the Tucson/Pima County market. After leading that charge for 15 years, Shelli is moving onto new endeavors. I know her efforts will be missed.

During her tenure, Visit Tucson has been active in attracting film productions such as Hangover III, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and Traffic. I’ve written about dozens of commercials she and her team have brought to Tucson and Pima County. Add to that: TV series from Mexico, music videos from France, and even TV commercials that have appeared during the Super Bowl (the main reason my bride watches that game). In all, Shelli understands our location, and the resources we have to offer – even without the State film incentive our adjacent State competitors have to work with.

Visit Tucson is beginning a search to find a replacement. It will be big shoes to fill, but Shelli leaves behind a quality team in the Film Office, so whether they hire from within, or bring in a new face, I am confident the Film Office will continue its quality work in revitalizing the film industry in and around Tucson.

TEP Substation Update

I wrote last week about an upcoming study session I have requested, the purpose of which will be to discuss TEP’s plans to install new power lines around and through the City. The purpose is for them to increase service power, and to put substations in locations where the demand is greatest, and growing.

The study session will be held on March 3rd. We won’t have the time of day until closer to the actual date. I’ve asked City staff to be prepared to describe the role the City will play in deciding on the power pole alignment, and TEP will be at the meeting to describe what they’re after, and why. Ultimately, the Arizona Corporation Commission will have final say with respect to pole alignment – but there is public process that is taking place ahead of that. It’s that process I hope to have explained in detail.

This map shows the circumference of where the poles will be placed. They’ll connect in a triangle from the 3 substations shown in the image. How they make those connections is what is at stake in this process. 

No final proposed alignment has been decided on. TEP intends to have this in front of the ACC this year though, so using the near-term to get your input on record is important. I will write a follow up after the meeting in case you don’t have time or opportunity to join us at City Hall on the 3rd.

Metropolitan Education Commission

There are two education-related items I want to share with you. The first is the MEC Youth Advisory Council work that is happening through the DemocraSeed Project. 

DemocraSeed is a statewide project that is led by The Center for the Future of Arizona. That means our youth. Youth advisory groups from across the State collaborate on local projects, each focused on how to improve the communities in which they live. The Metropolitan Education Commission YAC project will educate local students on how to get involved in civic issues, voting, and generally on how our local government works. They will be presenting the program at the Quincie Douglas Library on Tuesday, from 5:30pm until 6:30pm. If you’re not coming to the M&C meeting to actually take part in local government, stop by the MEC presentation to see how tomorrow’s leaders are doing civic engagement. 


I’ve met with the MEC Youth Advisory Council multiple times and come away from each meeting impressed with how these young people are not content to sit it out on the sidelines. You can learn more about all of what the MEC is involved with by going to their website at www.metedu.org

K-12 Teacher Santa Cruz River Study

This one’s for our teachers. Coming on February 20th and 21st, experts from Canoa Ranch and the Mission Gardens will host a 2 day field study aimed at K-12 teachers. The study is called “One River, Many Voices.” It will run from 8:30am until 4pm on both days.

This workshop will lead participants through an exploration of the Santa Cruz watershed, led by people who are familiar with the role the river has played in our regional history. The study will touch on both hydrology, and culture. It is geared towards teachers, so a part of the 2 days will involve developing a learning plan that can be used in your classroom. Teachers taking part will get credit for 14 hours of professional development.

You can get more details on the 2 days by contacting Holly Thomas-Hilburn at hhilburn@cals.Arizona.edu. You can call her at 621.7477. Or just pre-register directly at http://arizonawet.arizona.edu/santacruz

Two Midtown Road Construction Alerts

The Sunshine Mile project and Downtown Links are somewhat intertwined in how they will function once each is finished. Both are starting this week – both will cause some traffic snarls that you should be aware of.

Sunshine Mile is the Euclid to Country Club widening of Broadway that many of us have been pushing back on for 7+ years. It has slimmed down, it has some new local commercial nodes being incorporated, and it is about to begin. Ashton Construction will be the General Contractor.

The work will begin at the west end, near Euclid. The south side of Broadway will be closed from Euclid to Campbell and traffic will be shifted to the northern lanes – one travel lane in each direction, plus a center turn lane. The work will be phased in the Fremont to Highland segment first, then Warren to Campbell. The south side lane closure is expected to last about 2 months. For safety’s sake, if you are on a bike you should divert over a block to an adjacent residential street. Sun Tran riders can find out about route changes by going to www.suntran.com/alerts.php. You can also call them directly at 792.9222.

This is the utility relocation work that’ll precede some of the more interesting land use work that’s being led by Rio Nuevo and Project for Public Spaces. Crews will be on site from 7am until 4pm, Monday through Friday.

The Links project will connect with Sunshine Mile at around Euclid. The purpose of Downtown Links is to allow drivers a route to the freeway other than having to drive straight through downtown. 

The final leg will start on Wednesday. Beginning this week you will start to see work crews doing some of the pre-construction work. That will include surveying, doing soils analysis and other geo-tech stuff. Crews will start to deploy on Wednesday. All of the work will run from 9am until 5pm. All business access will be maintained, so please during construction continue to support our local businesses. There will be several intermittent and moving street closures. Those will affect travel on Toole, 6th Street, Ash Street and 7th Street. Regular parking will be restricted in some of those areas. The best way to stay up to date on the closures is to go to the project website at www.downtownlinks.info. 

A Construction Project that’s Done – Health on University

Back in 2011, R&R Develop, along with Bourn Companies was approached by the Trinity Church at University and 4th Avenue and was asked to present some concepts for developing what was largely an underused portion of their building, along with some of their parking area. Last week the first phase of that project opened – the Health on University El Rio/TMC partnership.

Health on University follows the model El Rio has put into effect with Health on Broadway downtown. It is their signature effort to offer an integrated health care product to people who live and work in the immediate area. In this case it will be the residents of West University, plus people who work and visit the 4th Avenue merchants, UA students and UA employees. They will have all the usual medical services including x-ray, labs and the normal primary care treatments. In the spirit of El Rio, serving the underserved will continue to be a part of the core mission.

Coming next on the site will be some residential, office and retail. It’s to the great credit of Rob, Randi and Don and their team for sticking with it and bringing this project to the Avenue. It was my distinct pleasure to be a part of the opening. Learn more about what the place offers, and how to get connected with them at www.healthontucson.org. I think you will be impressed at how patient-centered they are.

Advance Directives

I spoke at the Broadmoor-Broadway Village Neighborhood general meeting last week. Before I began, I saw some folks from the new PCOA facility in the audience. I also saw 3 probably 30-somethings in the group. That combination led me to include in my talk an invitation to everyone – and importantly to the 3 younger people – to come to the Advance Directive meeting Our Family is having at the Ward office on Tuesday, March 24th. When I asked, none of the three knew what an Advance Directive form is. They should. 

I met last week with Peg – a woman who recently lost her husband. We shared stories, and it was striking to me that a part of both was how each of us was placed in the position of having to advocate for the interests of our loved one with members of the medical community. Having papers in place that indicate the specific desires for end of life treatment was a key in both cases. Age has no role in whether you should be proactive in getting this paperwork in order.
 
Living Wills – assigning Power of Attorney – Executors of Estates – all of that is critical to have in place before you need it. When you do need it you may not be able to participate in the decisions. Getting this stuff done is all about your last days being handled with your dignity and your wishes being honored. It’s about making sure your surviving family isn’t torn apart by having to assume what you would have wanted.

The workshop will begin at 6pm on the 24th. Please register with Melanie at Our Family – 323.1708 (x422) or contact them by http://bit.ly/honoring-a-life-march24. We had a full house last time we did this. It’d be great to see a wide range of ages represented this time.
 

Water Security

Another of the topics I was asked to address at the Broadmoor-Broadway Village meeting is the PFAS contamination we’ve found in many of our midtown and southwest side water wells. For me, it’s the biggest issue we as a region have to address. Each time I write or speak on the subject, I make a point to be clear – Tucson Water is not serving you PFC contaminated water. We serve Colorado River water through the Central Arizona Project. My concern is that the River is in a multi-year drought. It is not going to provide all of our water needs indefinitely. We must protect our groundwater for when we do need to rely on it to serve you. When that day comes, that water cannot be tainted with the contaminants that are there largely due to actions of the military and the Arizona National Guard. 

If you read this newsletter much at all, you likely know that I asked for the City to join in litigation against 3M and other PFC product manufacturers. That lawsuit has been filed and is moving forward. At the same time, the feds are considering some legislation that might at some point provide some money to clean affected water supplies. None of the legislation now being considered has identified either a specific funding stream, who would receive the funds, and how that whole disbursement process will work. My sense is that even as slowly as the court process works, that is a more likely source of funds in the ‘near term’ than hoping the feds will come clean with some money to help Tucson clean the water DM polluted. 

There is also legislation that would compel the EPA to make PFAS a substance subject to Superfund cleanup dollars. Right now the EPA does not even recognize PFAS as a hazardous substance – a position that is totally aligned with the roll backs the Trump administration is putting in place with regard to environmental rules for air and water. Because of that, I wasn’t totally surprised to read in an ECA report that I came across last week that the EPA is right now trying to force Los Alamos County in New Mexico to pay for the water contamination that was caused by the Department of Energy and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. 

Over 5 years ago, the EPA was asked to determine who was responsible for stormwater discharges that violated the Clean Water Act. They are now saying the County is. That, despite the fact that many of the pollutants identified were discharged prior to the County even existing, and they were discharged by the feds during the top secret WWII Manhattan Project. That project resulted in production of our first nuclear weapon – and it resulted in the formation of the Los Alamos National Lab. The EPA is now saying the County that didn’t exist at the time is responsible for cleaning up – and paying for the clean up – of the pollution they caused.

What is the relevance to our PFAS issue? DM caused our pollution. Some of the PFAS contamination is now found in areas of the valley that make it likely it is a result of polluted water having been run through the County waste treatment plant. DM admitted to having dumped diluted pollutants into the sewer system out on the base. If Los Alamos is any hint of how this EPA is trying to shift blame, it is worth taking note of.

Pima County did not join us in our lawsuit against 3M. They might want to reconsider.  I pulled this quote from the article:

In Los Alamos County, 14% of the land is under control of the County and 86% is under the control of Los Alamos National Labs and other federal agencies. 

PFAS is believed to be responsible for a variety of cancers. 3M knew it was a toxin back in the ‘70s when they did their own internal studies. They sold fire fighting foam to the military that contains the stuff. Now the military has a spec in the foams they buy that mandates they contain the pollutants. With this set of facts, and with what is happening in Los Alamos County, is it beyond reason to be concerned that this EPA and administration might try to shift blame to the Cities and Counties they have polluted? Like I say, there’s not a bigger issue for us to confront right now than getting the feds and the State (Arizona National Guard) to pay for cleaning our water supply.

Glass Crusher / Recycling

There are a few items to share with you on the recycling topic. First, on Saturday, February 1st, the City is hosting one of our periodic HHW (household hazardous waste) collections. In fact, the first Saturday of every month you can drop off HHW materials at the Eastside Service Center (7575 E. Speedway). That drop off is open from 8am until noon. You can also use the main site at 244 W. Sweetwater on Fridays from 8am until 2:30pm, or go to the Los Reales Landfill at 5300 E. Los Reales Rd, Monday through Saturday from 8am until 4:30pm. All of that is free to City residents. If none of that is convenient, you can call 791.3171 to get a $25 home pick up scheduled. This is for items such as automotive fluids, batteries, cleaning supplies and paint. It is not for medical waste, syringes or pills – or PFC contaminated waste. Use this site for the details; www.tucsonaz.gov/hhw-list

I also want to share that this week we are opening a new cell at the Los Reales landfill. The cell construction began about a year ago and will cost just over $3M to complete. The new cell will cover 12 acres, and is excavated 100’ below grade. We hope to have another 70 years of service out at Los Reales. Each year we gather almost ¾ of a million tons of trash and put it in the landfill. That’s tons – over 700,000 tons of trash. You know the mantra – ‘reduce, reuse, recycle.’ The first part of that is reduce. We create too much garbage.

Our Environmental Services leadership is hosting a grand opening for Cell 4A this week – 10am on January 29th out at the landfill. Los Reales has been in operation since 1967.

One way to ‘reduce’ is to find creative ways to reuse. Last week I provided to our Environmental Services folks the specs for a ‘next step’ glass crusher. Here is an image of the AFS Mini crusher I’m proposing. 

I’m doing this one bottle at a time. The Mini will handle 1-2 tons of bottles per hour. The cost to get it here will be roughly $40K. We lose $500K annually selling our recycled glass at a loss. 

To be fair to our City Manager, Transportation and Environmental Services leadership – the calculation isn’t quite that simple. They are working with me on this, but some other factors we have to consider include the logistics of gathering the bottles, where the crushing would take place, what we would do with the material, and how all of that figures into our existing contracts with Republic Services and with our asphalt and concrete suppliers. Here is what we know from my little pilot project though; this community wants us to do the right thing and demonstrating a secondary market for glass is in line with that, and people are willing to separate bottles (the Disabled American Veterans provided this to me on Friday.)

 
So, there’s a way forward with this project. We have a budget meeting this week. It’ll be one of the points I raise. I know there are several people in a few different City departments who are actively working on this in good faith. There are still some details to work out – we’ll get there, though.

Stonegarden Money

In closing, I want to share a few thoughts on our decision to refuse any more Stonegarden dollars. I know TPD has received some criticism from the decision. That criticism is undeserved. Keep these images in mind as I share a few thoughts. They are photos provided to me by the American Immigration Council. Both are shots of an I.C.E. detention facility taken 2019. Note the guy having to crawl along a concrete barrier just to move from one part of the facility to another. Note them sleeping on concrete floors. If someone is sick, everyone gets sick. Both of these facilities are in Arizona’s Tucson Sector, so the decision by TPD is relevant to our region.

Since Chief Magnus was hired, one of his priorities has been community policing. I know many of our midtown neighborhoods are appreciative of the direct contact and open communications that have developed in the past few years. I have mentioned the multi-neighborhood TPD coalitions we are moving forward with. All of that is grounded in trust. 

We will continue to engage Customs and Border Protection in ways that protect the community, and in ways required by State and Federal law. And yet, after an evaluation of how the Stonegarden money was being used out in the field, and whether it was on balance producing outcomes that make ours a safer community, TPD leadership determined the impacts on our community policing efforts; and the impacts on our ability to continue building trust among all people in the region was compromised by our continuing to participate in the Stonegarden program. Nothing’s for nothing, and federal Grant money comes with strings. It was determined that we achieve addition by subtraction in terms of community relations when refusing the funds.

One other factor that is of primary importance to me is the refusal of the Feds to allow any of the Stonegarden money to be used for humanitarian purposes. The County was hit with that same ruling. Scroll back up to the photos I have included. Compare that to the level of care we provided at the Benedictine, and that the County is now providing out at the Alitas Center. I.C.E. and CBP have said that none of the Stonegarden money can be used to assist in providing that humanitarian level of care. Meanwhile, they’re being sued for warehousing people in the conditions you see in the photos.

I know the decision made by TPD was subject to lots of internal discussion and analysis. At the end of the day, we stand for some principles – humanitarian, and not uncivilized – if the Feds want to allow the Stonegarden money to support our humanitarian work, I’m sure the decision will be subject to reconsideration. 

Sincerely,

Steve Kozachik
Council Member, Ward 6
ward6@tucsonaz.gov

City of Tucson Services

The City of Tucson incorporated our 'city services cheat sheet' onto their main page. If you click "I Want To" on the city website (where you're reading this) you'll find information on many city resources, from contact numbers and emails for environmental services, water, how to report graffiti, codes, and more. We will continue to work with IT to keep this section updated, and the google doc distributed will no longer be updated as things change.  You are completely still welcome to contact us directly at the Ward office if you’d like some help navigating the system.

Events and Entertainment

Fri, Jan 31, 8 PM

13th Annual Gem & Jam Festival​

Pima County Fairgrounds
11300 S Houghton Rd, Tucson, AZ

After taking a year hiatus for 2019, fan-favorite festival Gem & Jam Festival is excited to announce its return and with it the phase one lineup.  The three-day music, art, performance, and gem & mineral festival will be returning to the beautiful, desert setting of Pima County Fairgrounds, January 31 through February 2, 2020.  This past Spring Gem & Jam announced that it indeed would be returning and that planning was well underway.  The news continued last week when Tipper, Big Gigantic, The Floozies, and Twiddle were announced and would be joined by over 30 additional artists as part of phase one.

Tue, Jan 28, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Steve Hofstetter in Tucson!

The Rock
136 N Park Ave, Tucson, AZ

One of YouTube's most popular comics with over 100 million views, Steve Hofstetter is also the host of Finding Babe Ruth on FS1. Hofstetter was the host and executive producer of season one of Laughs (FOX) and he has been on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and E! True Hollywood Story, Comics Unleashed, Comedy All-Stars, Quite Frankly, White Boyz in the Hood, Countdown, and more. Now is your chance to find out what the fuss is about during this no-holds-barred stand-up performance, featuring some of his unfiltered observations about life.

Jan 30, 10 AM – Feb 10, 4 PM

JOGS Tucson Gem and Jewelry Show Winter 2020​

Tucson Expo Center
3750 E Irvington Rd, Tucson, AZ

The Tucson JOGS Gem and Jewelry Show is one of the U.S. largest and most interesting gem and jewelry event year after year.

At the Show you can meet: jewelry designers, manufacturers, miners, wholesalers, and jewelry liquidators from USA, Europe, Africa, India, Thailand, Mexico, Canada, Germany, Nepal, Poland, Russia, and many other countries.

ONGOING...

Arizona State Museum, 1013 E University Blvd | www.statemuseum.arizona.edu

Arizona Theater Company, 330 S Scott Ave | www.arizonatheatre.org

Children's Museum Tucson, 200 S 6th Ave | www.childrensmuseumtucson.org

Fox Theatre, 17 W Congress St | www.FoxTucsonTheatre.org

Historic Fourth AvenueSee Facebook page for weekly events: https://www.facebook.com/events/2343613065903248/

Hotel Congress, 311 E Congress St | hotelcongress.com

Jewish History Museum, 564 S Stone Ave | www.jewishhistorymuseum.org

Loft Cinema, 3233 E Speedway Blvd | www.loftcinema.com

Meet Me at Maynards, 311 E Congress St | www.MeetMeatMaynards.com
A social walk/run through the Downtown area. Every Monday, rain or shine, holidays too! Check-in begins at 5:15 pm.

Mission Garden, 946 W Mission Ln | www.missiongarden.org
A living agricultural museum and ethnobotanical garden at the site of Tucson's Birthplace (the foot of "A-Mountain"). For guided tours call 520-955-5200

Raices Taller 222, 218 E. 6th St | Fridays and Saturdays from 1pm to 5pm | www.raicestaller222.com

Rialto Theatre, 318 E Congress St | www.rialtotheatre.com

The Rogue Theatre, The Historic Y, 300 E University Blvd | www.theroguetheatre.org

Southern Arizona Transportation Museum, 414 N Toole Ave | www.tucsonhistoricdepot.org

Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N Alvernon Way | www.tucsonbotanical.org

Tucson Convention Center, 260 S Church St | tucsonconventioncenter.com

Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N Main Ave | tucsonmuseumofart.org

UA Mineral Museum, 1601 E University Blvd | www.uamineralmuseum.org

Watershed Management Group, Living Lab 1137 N. Dodge Blvd. | www.watershedmg.org

Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson2130 North Alvernon Way | www.yumegardens.org