Topics in this issue...
- Be Kind
- Not Reaching Pouch
- Centenarians, 2019
- Age Friendly City
- Water Security Litigation
- Migrant Guests
- Indigenous Languages
- E-Scooter Update
- Free Dental Care for Veterans
- Consolidated Plan
- Anna and Benjamin
- More Conservation – Cursillo Performing Arts Center
- Welcome Scott Clark
- Events & Entertainment
I have written about this group in the past, but they keep doing such a great job honoring our homeless and ‘unclaimed’ veterans that they deserve a fresh mention. Last week up at the Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Marana, the group Missing in America Project had a ceremony for 17 vets who died without known family. They have done this for over 4,000 vets nationwide. During the Marana ceremony, 17 current members of the military carried the urns of the lost down the aisle in respectful memory of the men. It was touching, and a well-deserved honor. Thanks to the MIAP group for their kindness.
I do not know where this took place, but when I saw it on the NBC Evening News last week, it was a clear Be Kind nominee. Eleanor is an 80-something year old woman who lives somewhere in the Southeast. She was eating alone at a diner one evening when a man who was there with a couple of buddies saw her and felt that she needed some company. He went over to her booth where she was eating alone and asked if he could join her. Before long she was eating her dinner with all three of the 20-something men. They are now pals – 80-something year old white Eleanor, and the three 20-something black men who befriended her. It touched my heart.
You have likely seen that we had two more mass shootings last week. Another synagogue, and another school shooting. During the UNC Charlotte shooting, a young man named Riley Howell was in the room where killing was taking place. He charged the shooter, knocking him off his feet. That effectively ended the killing at two, and wounded at four. Sadly, Riley was one of the two who were killed. He saved many more by his Kind act of bravery.
A couple of years ago, friend Mike Humphrey pitched the idea of us creating a sticker that could be posted in people’s cars that would serve as reminders of what to do, and to avoid doing if you are pulled over by a cop. Things that you should remember to avoid a ‘routine’ stop from turning tragic. We gave them all away – maybe you ended up with one in your car.
A story appeared on NBC last week in which a Pennsylvania mom, Jackie Carter was ‘celebrating’ her son’s 30th birthday when she heard on the news of a 32-year-old Minnesota man who had been shot and killed by a police officer. The set of facts were similar to her son’s death. Both were reaching for something the officer mistook for a gun when the shooting took place. Neither was reaching for a weapon.
Similar to how Mike reacted to the unnecessary shootings that too often take place during traffic encounters, Jackie came up with this solution.
It is a simple clear pouch that can hang from the dashboard to hold documents you may need if you are pulled over. Hang it by the driver’s side door and everything is in view for when the exchange with the cop takes place. Simple tool that could save lives.
Jackie is selling them. If you would like to check more on how to get some, go to their website at www.notreaching.com.
As we have done for the past few years, Diana and I went to the Centenarians luncheon last Friday at TMC. This year it was fun to have both Jonathan and Paul Durham there helping to hand out the gifts to the honorees.
The event is the annual celebration of those who live in our community who are in their 100th year, or past. Still hanging onto the #1 spot is Diana’s aunt, Carmen Amado. She is 110 years young this year.
There were 51 centenarians in attendance on Friday. Also listed as members of that select group are another 108 men and women who live in the area and who are in at least their 100th year. Their stories are fun, and interesting. For example, Carmen is a foodie. Also she evidently is not a fan of tattoos. She told one man who had one that ‘if you wanted coloring on your arm, I would have done it for free and saved you money.’ Claire Beers is 102. Her secret is eating an egg, two slices of bacon and a cup of coffee every morning. She stays in touch with all three of her kids every day and ends the day with 1 ½ glasses of wine. 106-year-old Geneva Patterson is still a greeter at her church. Her hobbies include corresponding with prisoners, shut-ins and people who have terminal illnesses. Always giving of herself.
Our friends at TMC and Pima Council on Aging sponsor the event. I am going to leave the brochure out on the table in our front entry – take a minute when you are passing through on to one of the meetings we host here at Ward 6 and read one or two of the bios. They are all an inspiration.
Coming this week, I hope to have the rest of the M&C’s support in adopting our Age Friendly City plan. It is a plan we have been working on for the past couple of years with the Pima Council on Aging, the Elder Alliance, AARP and our own Housing and Community Development staff. My old (former) staffer Alison Miller was working on it when she was here in the Ward 6 office, and stuck with it after having jumped ship over to Housing and Community Development.
The plan is a commitment by the City to work towards a series of goals, each aimed at continuing to make us an age-friendly city. That is consistent with the principles we heard in the Gil Penalosa presentation titled 8 80 Cities. The theme: if you design a city that both 8-year-olds and 80-year-olds are comfortable in, everyone else will be too.
The Age Friendly policy is a 5-year planning document. It contains eight different focus areas – ‘domains.’ Each domain is identified in the report with some specific goals attached. The issue is very timely. Between 2010 and 2015, the population in Pima County grew by 3%, but the population of people age 60 and beyond grew by 17.5%. This chart shows how those over 60-years-young are spread out in terms of sex and ethnicity in Pima County.
It is time we looked into how we are going to address that changing demographic.
This graphic is from the report. It shows what we are made up of as a community. It could be used by Visit Tucson as a marketing tool.
Those descriptors are found somewhere in the eight domains the Age Friendly policy addresses. The eight domains, along with a couple of the goals for each that appear in the report include:
Outdoor Space and Buildings (Improving our parks system)
Goals – implement Prop 407 and address ADA issues on public infrastructure
Transportation (Complete Streets and improve transit and ride sharing)
Goals – implement Complete Streets and expand Sun Van training
Housing (Housing options and aging in place)
Goals – facilitate aging-in-place and assist with emergency home repairs
Social Participation (affordable cultural and social activities)
Goals – facilitate upgrades to community centers with disabled access in mind, and support age-sensitive activities in the community
Respect and Social Inclusion (reduced agism and discourage social isolation)
Goals – provide training to recognize social isolation behaviors and increase age-diverse activities in our public activity menu
Civic Participation and Employment (age-friendly business practices and volunteer opportunities)
Goals – support Pima Community College ‘work after 50’ program and provide age-discrimination training to all City employees
Communication and Information (responsive and culturally sensitive communications to the elderly)
Install Hearing Loop systems throughout the City (we have one in the Ward 6 community room,) and work towards a fully bi-lingual staff
Community & Health Services (promote aging-in-place and community based health systems.)
Goals – promote community wide-presentation by First Responders on how to engage the disabled and bring end-of-life community together to talk at a high policy level.
There are lots more recommendations offered in the proposed policy. I have just given you a taste.
The Elder Alliance is now four-years-young. They are involved with tree-planting exercises, they are partners with United Way, and Community Foundation of Southern Arizona to kick loose some federal dollars, and they continue to build relationships with local nonprofits. Right now, the Elder Alliance is affiliated with more than 50 other nonprofits. The change in demographics is something you can see every day. I believe M&C will support our submitting this planning document to AARP and making a commitment to consider age when potential development projects are being reviewed.
Seventy-six other jurisdictions and groups now join our product manufacturer Class-Action lawsuit. That includes over 10,000 personal injury cases. The issue has broad national participation. We were ‘in’ near the start of this trend, so we are in a strong position to secure some remedial money from the product manufacturers. This chart shows who is included in the suit.
There are three ‘co-lead counsels’ for the plaintiffs. One of those is the firm I introduced to our legal staff, mayor, city manager and water staff – Napoli and Shkolnik. They are out of New York, but have staff in Phoenix we are working with regularly. As co-lead, they will first be working with the judge to establish some of the procedural aspects of the case. Those will include things such as putting together a database that everyone involved can have access to, dividing up the various types of cases (individual vs. claims brought by Cities,) and setting a schedule for the trial.
Another piece of this pre-trial process that will happen is the judge scheduling what he is calling “science day.” It’s a presentation from experts intended to bring the judge up to speed on the science related to PFC’s. If he wants to learn that he could just browse the Napoli/Shkolnik brochure I have in my office. It gives the history of production, litigation history and speaks to why PFC’s are such a dangerous chemical to have floating around in your water system. They spread easily, and they do not just go away when diluted. However, Napoli is not ‘neutral’, so the science day proceedings will involve invited experts to do the teaching. As best I can learn, the selection of those experts will go through a process similar to how a mediator is chosen. That is, names are proposed and both sides get to strike some. Ultimately, it is science so I am hopeful the selection process does not get all twisted around and we see the manufacturers trying to politicize the issue. We will know soon. The science day presentation may take place this summer. If we see it delayed, I will let you know. There may be an opportunity for people to watch it remotely.
In addition, this summer each of the plaintiff’s will be putting together a “Plaintiff Fact Sheet.” It provides some basic information on each unique situation. With those sheets, the court will divide the various different claims up into ‘types.’ We will be tossed in with the other Cities who are filing charges against 3M, and others.
I was commiserating with Genna Ayup’s mother last week that the legal system is incredibly slow and plodding. Genna’s the young girl who was shot and killed by her ‘boyfriend’ now going on seven years ago. Genna’s case is finally scheduled for November of this year. It feels like our lawsuit may finally get into a courtroom right about that same time. In the case of PFOS, many other Cities are feeling our pain.
I have had people comment to me that ‘we don’t need these migrants in our City.’ As if to suggest we sent out an invite to the people living in Central America saying Tucson would be a great place to visit. Gather a change of clothing, a little food, your kids and start walking across Mexico, because we have a room for you at the Benedictine. Note to those who harbor the illusion that the migrants are coming to Tucson through some effort on our part to lure them; they are not. This graphic shows why they are coming.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the threats women face living in Honduras. The same is true in plenty of the Central American Cities from which the migrant families we are seeing are coming. Suggesting that ‘we don’t need them’, or that we should simply ‘send them back’ indicates a pretty gross misunderstanding of not only what’s going on in their home countries, but also a misunderstanding of what our role is, and has been as an intake center for them. If the work we are doing at the monastery did not exist, Border Patrol and ICE would have been dropping families at the Greyhound Bus Depot by the 100’s. Those families would not speak English, they would be hungry, tired, traveling with young children, traumatized by events that took place not only in their countries of origin, but also from things that took place during their trek, sometimes with low level illness, and often with signs of dehydration. We in Tucson of all people should be sensitive to the threats of being dehydrated.
When we met with Border Patrol and ICE last week, it was clear the local agents are frustrated with the numbers of families they are seeing. The work done at the monastery and at our partner nonprofits/churches around Tucson is supportive of the families. The federal agencies told us that they are committed to working cooperatively with us. I believe they will carry through on that promise. The days ahead will be telling.
The purpose of the Press Conference we held last Friday at the Benedictine was to reach out to the community and solicit support. We lose that site as the central intake location at the end of July. I want to begin planning for a transition to other locations now. We have no reason to believe the data in the graph I shared above is going to change in the next three months and people are going to stop leaving those life-threatening conditions.
We have several churches involved, but the central point of contact for offering financial support is through Catholic Community Services c/o Casa Alitas. By mail, its 140 W. Speedway, Suite 230, 85705. On-line, it is https://www.ccs-soaz.org/donate/aid-to-migrant-women-and-children. They also have a GoFundMe site at https://www.gofundme.com/casa-alitas-for-migrant-families.
You likely know that my office is, and has been a donation site for months. Continue using us for food/clothing/hygiene products if that is how you find it easiest to participate. The needs are the same as they have been; cereals, PB&J, sliced bread, beans, rice, snack bars, and now we are seeing an increased need for fluids. Bottled water, Gatorade, juice pouches, and Pedialyte (not the clear variety) are items we cannot have too much of. Moreover, clothing – children’s, or small adult including shoes – and the personal sizes of hygiene products.
I have seen Tucson step towards this need and I believe we are going to find spaces, and continue to receive donations sufficient to meet the families’ needs. If you can provide space, or would like to explore what that entails, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Ann Charles at Ann.Charles@tucsonaz.gov. We will connect you. Volunteers should sign up at email@example.com.
While we work on the basics – food, clothing, travel, health – one more issue that is probably the very most basic is getting lost in the legal shuffle – communication. Many of the families we are seeing speak an indigenous Central American Indian language. It makes for some challenges in our contacting next of kin at the monastery. We are working through that. More importantly, they have a legal right to have their legal options explained in a way that they can understand. In too many cases, that legal right is not being provided.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has an Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. They are fully aware of the requirement that legal assistance be provided in a language the client can understand. There are over 1,000 pending cases brought in support of people who claim they were not afforded that right. That alone demonstrates that DHS is aware there is a legal standard they must meet. The legal basis is grounded in Executive Order 13166 – one of the Orders Trump has not yet learned about, and tried to overturn.
The EO was signed by then President Bill Clinton in 2000. Here is the Title of the Executive Order.
The intent of the EO is to make sure people who are not proficient in English are not denied their legal right to services offered by the federal government. To that end, in Section 1 of the EO it states:
Each Federal agency shall examine the services it provides and develop and implement a system by which LEP persons can meaningfully access those services consistent with, and without unduly burdening, the fundamental mission of the agency.
An “LEP” person is a limited English proficient person. Certainly, the indigenous children we saw at SW Key who do not speak Spanish are LEP’s. So are the adults we are seeing at the monastery who speak say K’iche’, Mam, Ixil, Chuj, Q’anjob’al, or Q’eqchi’. The intent is to provide ‘meaningful access’ to services. If you cannot communicate, you cannot gain meaningful access.
There is a caveat built into the words of the EO that deserve mention. That is not creating an ‘undue burden’ on the agency. It is a four-part test to determine whether or not offering translations is reasonable. The four parts are the proportion of people interacting with the agency who would benefit from the language assistance, the frequency of that contact, the importance of the program they are trying to gain access to, and the available resources. For example, a museum in the middle of Minnesota that takes federal funds is not going to have to offer language services in one of those indigenous languages. A Guatemalan asylum seeker going to that museum would not be able to show any of those four criteria are met when asking for language access in their indigenous tongue. However, we are seeing hundreds of families coming through on a daily basis seeking access to language assistance for the purpose of understanding their legal rights under our asylum laws. One would have a difficult time arguing the first three parts of the test are not easily passed. If it comes down to resources, denying access based on that standard is going to be a tough sell when understanding that the purpose of the EO is to ensure LEP persons are not discriminated against on the basis of National origin in violation of Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
The remedy offered for making a claim that your rights have been violated is to file a dispute with the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. That is asking DHS to investigate whether DHS is in violation of its own mandate. Advocacy groups have come to understand that is a legal cul de sac. They end up right where they began.
One of the services provided over at the monastery is a volunteer driven effort to help translate into some of these indigenous languages. On Friday at our Press Conference, I announced that the Kaimas Foundation is donating $7K to Catholic Community Services for the purpose of capturing the elements of the CCS Benedictine model so that it can be replicated in other locations. One of those pieces is trying to provide this language assistance. If Kaimas can offer some cash towards making sure people’s rights under the ’64 Civil Rights Act are being honored, I would hope our federal delegation could kick free some funding to assist the volunteers over at the monastery who are doing the work that should be being provided by the government. We will see.
I share this in order to better demonstrate the complexity of the services being offered at the Benedictine, and how the feds by simply dropping people off and driving away are not anywhere close to being compliant with their responsibilities in this humanitarian issue.
The City is now in the process of putting out a Request for Proposals for electric scooters. I wrote about the many reasons I do not support that effort, but examples continue to come to my attention, even before we launch this ‘pilot’ program on downtown streets.
A friend wrote and said that in Paris, they are legal, and they are considered “a pestilence.” The locals describe them as dangerous, uncontrollable and a public nuisance. One issue raised that I had not thought of is simply their shape. You can see the handle sticking up, but may not see the flat part that you stand on sticking out into a Right of Way, so they are a tripping hazard. Those same issues were related to me from a person who visited Baltimore.
The inherent danger is demonstrated by the number of injuries being reported in cities who are trying to accommodate e-scooters – and by the fatality I shared in a previous newsletter. It came on the day the M&C voted to approve our program. Now there is a second fatality from riding an e-scooter. This one took place in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
CNN reported that 5-year-old Caiden Reyes-Ortiz was killed when he was riding on a scooter with his mom. She rode into on-coming traffic (they are illegal on sidewalks, so they compete for space on the roadways) and when she made an evasive maneuver, the child fell off and was struck by a car. She was charged with negligent homicide, and she is believed to have skipped out of the country to avoid having to go to trial.
I continue to believe this is a big mistake made by M&C. Let us hope the mistake expresses itself in the form of a mess, and not injuries and fatalities on our roadways.
Aspen Dental is a dental care support company whose goal is affordable dental care. Coming on Saturday, June 8th they are offering veterans an opportunity for some free dental work. There are over 522,000 veterans living in the State of Arizona, so this is potentially going to benefit many folks.
This is Aspen’s National Day of Service event. It is handled through scheduled appointments, so to get involved, call them at 1.844.277.3646.
The VA covers many medical needs, but many veterans have a tough time finding affordable dental care because unless they are 100% disabled, have a service-related mouth injury, or were a POW they may not be eligible for VA dental coverage. Aspen is trying to make a dent in that need on June 8th. Give them a call to see how to get involved.
Isn’t it great when those two government seals are joined together? We should see more of that. The regional plan to fight housing discrimination is an excellent current example. We want your input.
Each year M&C approve an annual action plan for our HUD qualified housing funding. They need to see that we are operating within their guidelines before they just send out cash. The money they are overseeing is how we manage our Community Development Block Grants, emergency shelter money, housing for people with AIDS, and some more general low-income housing need-related funds. It is important stuff, and they need to make sure we have an effective game plan that guides how the money is allocated. Your input into our plan that consolidates all of the HUD concerns is a part of the annual process.
You do not have to be a renter in order to take part. We are interested in hearing about all forms of potential housing discrimination. What form did it take? In what kind of housing did it occur? Illegal housing takes place when decisions as to your access are based on ethnicity, sex, race, religion, disability status, whether or not you have kids, or national origin. The kinds of things included are:
- Discouraging or charging more for rent based on any of those factors
- Making it difficult to get a loan based on any of those factors
- Refusing or charging more for home insurance
- Refusing to allow a modification in order to make a living facility ADA compliant
Those kinds of practices are what you will be answering when you take this survey – available in both English and in Spanish. Here are the links:
Link to the survey in English:
Link to the survey in Spanish:
We need your input by May 15th, so please take a few minutes and get us the information soon.
As recently as last week I had someone suggest we solve the student housing issue by simply no longer renting to students. That is illegal, too. Please give us your feedback through this survey tool.
That guy is Tuari. He was our resident Grey zebra, until last week. After passing a physical, he was shipped up to Phoenix where a young lady zebra is waiting for him. We at the Ward 6 office wish Tuari all the best in that endeavor…
Not to worry because Benjamin, a 16-year-old Grevy, is headed to Tucson. He will be joined by 5-year-old Anna at the Reid Park Zoo. Ben is coming to us from the San Diego zoo and Anna is headed this way from Sedgwick County in Wichita. Do not be thrown for a loop by the ages. It is all ok in the zebra world.
This matchmaking is all a part of the Reid Park zoo species and survival plan – the animal conservation work they do. When my bride and I went on a Kenya game safari (photos, not guns) the zebra population in Africa was well over 10,000. Now it is feared to be closer to 2,000. This is important work being done by our zoo staff.
Stop by and welcome Ben and Anna. They are just getting acquainted with their new zebra habitat before Nancy and the zoo folks start the cupid thing and introduce them to each other. They are amazing animals – as well as a great scrabble word.
The zoo is open 7 days a week from 9am until 4pm. That changes to 8am-3pm in June. You can find more at www.reidparkzoo.org.
Several years ago, County bonds were used to shore up some structural issues at the old performing arts center building. Since then, we have been trying to find a suitable use for the space. It will take between $1M and $2M just to bring the place up to code compliance, but given its location close to downtown, M&C believed it was worth putting out a Request for Proposals to see if we could bring some life into the space. On Wednesday, May 15th at 6pm we are hosting an Open House so you can hear from the local development team who responded to that RFP. It is this week’s local Tucson item.
This is an important space, and one that brings some unique development challenges. It has cultural significance, which we will want to see respected in any development. There are parking issues in the historic neighborhood in which the Cursillo stands. Any development will have to include some way of addressing that component to a project. This public outreach gives us a chance to hear from the developer, and to hear from residents. Given all of the moving parts to this project, I doubt we are going to find Cinderella’s slipper and get a perfect fit. But to the extent we can activate the space with appropriate uses that respect the cultural heritage, offer acceptable answers to the parking needs, and that make financial sense to the City and County investments, we will be listening.
The Cursillo has been behind chain link fence for too long. Come and hear the current proposal for its sale/lease/activation. The Open House will take place Wednesday, May 15, at 6:00pm at the Armory Park Senior Center, 220 S. 5th Avenue.
City Manager Ortega is filling another of the vacant (Interim) department head positions. This one is our Planning and Development Services slot. Scott Clark has been serving as interim after having come over from working as a Deputy Director at Tucson Water. He was one of three finalists for the PDSD position. That ‘interim’ label is now removed.
Scott was once the Planning Director in Thurston County, Washington. Since moving into the PDSD role as interim, he has worked with technology upgrades, plenty of rezonings and annexations, and has been challenged by CM Ortega to initiate our Plan Tucson update process. That will be a significant, and community based work that will begin nearly immediately.
We have some important development that is happening right now in Ward 6. That includes the Sunshine Mile, the Benedictine, and several mixed-use projects near the downtown area. During our May 21st study session, we will also have an informative discussion of neighborhood plans and their value. The issue of offering the option for concurrent Plan Amendment and rezonings is now being framed through a public process. Scott is not coming into the role during a lull. We welcome him to the conversations and wish him the best in this new and important role.
Council Member, Ward 6
TUCSON 2050: A VISION FOR A WATER INDEPENDENT DOWNTOWN
May 11 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
100 E. Congress St.
TUCSON 2050: A Vision for a Water Independent Downtown is an exhibition by students from the University of Arizona, School of Architecture; sponsored by GLHN Architects and Engineers; and supported by five community mentors from Tucson Water, Pima County Regional Flood Control, and Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation.
Experience the future of downtown Tucson in 2050 where all water is a potential resource and we thrive within a sustainable supply. Come, take a look, and engage in an evening of lively discussion on the promise of Tucson’s downtown!
MISSION GARDEN’S SAN YSIDRO FESTIVAL
May 18 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
946 W. Mission Ln.
Mission Garden is a beautiful restoration of the four-acre, 18th century garden associated with the Mission San Agustin in Tucson. The garden has revived a lost tradition: the San Ysidro Festival. This festival in mid-May celebrates the Sonoran Desert wheat harvest on the day of St. Isidor, patron saint of farmers. Come see heirloom White Sonora Wheat harvested, threshed, winnowed and milled with traditional implements! Sample pozole de trigo, the traditional dish for this event. There will also be a traditional procession, blessings of the garden, traditional dancers and music.
GROPING IN THE DARK @ MOCA TUCSON
April 27 - June 30
265 S. Church Ave.
$5 admission for adults, $3 for seniors and students
Now on display @ MOCA Tucson: GROPING in the DARK addresses human land use and the effects of the modification of Earthly matter upon interdependent ecologies of mind, society, and environment. The exhibition gathers artist-researchers actively exploring plausible worlds through social ecology and multi-species intersectionality, migration, placemaking, and resilience. Featured artists include: Epicurean Endocrinology (Liz Flyntz + Byron Rich), Ryan Griffis and Sarah Ross, Mary Maggic, Jumana Manna, J. Eric Simpson and Caleb Lightfoot , and SPURSE. On display until June 30th. Museum hours are Wednesday-Sunday noon-5pm.
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
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 Tucson, 2130 North Alvernon Way | www.yumegardens.org