Topics in this issue...
- Be Kind
- Pima Council on Aging Call to Action
- Water Security
- Water Quality Assurance Revolving Fund (WQARF)
- Traffic Safety
- Broadway Overlay
- City Solar Installations
- Humanitarian Aid at the Monastery
- UA Graduation – Environmental Services Rolloffs
- Porch Fest = Block Party on Steroids
- Local First
- Events & Entertainment
I was walking into work one morning last week when a man wearing a Banner UMC badge called out to me. He wanted to thank me for ‘the tribute’ I wrote for my mom the week after she died, earlier this year. He said he was ‘from that same era’ and that he felt the same way about his mom. It was very nice of him to take the minute to share our common loss. So many people have stories that touch on the theme of losing a loved one and working through the empty feeling that follows. This gentleman deserves a Be Kind mention.
Similarly, thanks to the folks at the Tucson Pop’s Festival for inviting me to share some pre-show thoughts on Sunday. It was of course Mother’s Day, so having the opportunity to share from the heart to the crowd gathered for the excellent music would have been meaningful to me. Well…it was rained out. Diana sent me a You Tube of a song called Holes in the Floor of Heaven – the tears of those we have lost reflected in the raindrops, as they wish they could be here with us. Ditto.
The Pops will continue their spring series each of the next five Sundays at the amphitheater in Reid Park. All shows begin at 7pm, and all shows are free and open to the public.
Many of you will recall Peter Norback from the One Can a Week food drive. He left that project and has now begun a similar effort. It is his Rescue Critters food drive. Now Peter is gathering pet food, supplies, and money – all of which is donated to Pima Animal Care Center to assist in their work. To connect with Peter, go to rescuecrittersfooddrive.blogspot.com.
Speaking of critters, I have a couple of new buddies out on the Loop.
Sweetie and Kylie are two greyhound rescues. Sweetie is very mellow, and Kylie just wants to play. I met them last week while out running, just in time for the upcoming (June 25th) 3rd anniversary of shutting down Tucson Greyhound Park. The Be Kind is to their momma and papa who have them out regularly getting their exercise, and getting petted by passersby. They also have a buddy named Katya who is out on the Loop regularly. There is lots of socializing going on during early morning runs/walks.
Yet another youth was killed while saving the lives of his classmates during a school shooting last week. Young Kendrick Castillo charged the shooter in his classroom at Highlands Ranch School in Colorado. He lost his life, but certainly saved the lives of many others in the process.
It is on the heels of this shooting that I ask you to mark your calendar for Sunday, June 9th. Please join us at St. Mark’s church (3809 E. 3rd St.) for this year’s Wear Orange ceremony. We are still putting the details of the evening together, but it will be something other than ‘thoughts and prayers.’ There will be a hard-hitting film, discussion, advocacy, and they have invited me to offer some centering music to open the event. That will be a quiet time starting just after 5:30pm in the sanctuary.
No part of the country is off limits for this series of tragic incidents. I will have more on this ahead of the June 9th event.
The State legislature is still grappling with their budget. The session has already gone well beyond its normal finish date, and budget details neither have made public, nor seem agreed upon. That being the case, the Pima Council on Aging (PCOA) is asking people to weigh in on the need to include in the budget funding for aging-in-place services.
Home and community based services are what allow the elderly to stay in their homes, avoiding institutional care. The services provided include the standard caregiver assistance such as dressing, bathing, meal prep, laundry – all the things people at some point simply cannot do for themselves. Without help, their living conditions become unhealthy and they are likely to lose their independence.
Right after the recession, this kind of care was cut from the State budget by nearly two-thirds. The result is a waiting list for the assistance, which puts many of our loved ones and friends at risk of losing their homes. PCOA estimates there are more than 2,500 people on that waiting list.
Ducey has proposed a budget allocation increase of $3.8M to help chip away at the waiting list. He also has $155M going into his ‘rainy day fund.’ It is a rainy day for those 2,500 people. PCOA is advocating for a budgeted total of an additional $9M so we can realize meaningful impacts for the lives of the people waiting for this independence-saving help. In addition, a 7% increase in the Arizona Medicaid funding (AHCCCS) fee-for-service rate is proposed.
By forcing people into long-term care facilities, we not only remove their dignity and independence, we place them into the most expensive care settings. The dollars PCOA is advocating for represent an investment in our seniors – in their quality of life, and an income investment, saving the health care system millions of dollars.
If you are so inclined, write Ducey and our State legislative delegation to lend your voice on behalf of the folks who raised us, and who now simply want the liberty to remain in their home as they face the challenges of taking care of daily chores.
Our litigation against 3M and other PFC product manufacturers continues toward ‘science day’ – the ‘teach the judge about PFC’s’ day that will be held in court soon. The judge can already learn a lot simply by staying connected with all of the many news stories that are touching on varying parts of this issue. I try to share some of that with you on a regular basis.
It was announced this week that as of March 2019 at least 610 locations, scattered among 43 States are now known to be affected by PFOS contamination. We are one of them. The Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute estimates over 19 million people are potentially affected. This map shows just how widespread the problem has become:
Yes, highlighted on the map is Tucson, and our litigation is one of the first to have been filed.
Look at Michigan. That is where I grew up. I have written several times of memories of fish washing up on the shores of Lake Huron, wading into Lake Erie while my mother warned me not to put my face in the water – and Oscoda, a vacation spot for us back in the 1960s is now one of the hot spots in the federal litigation. Michigan has 192 dots on that map.
PFOS is right now contaminating 47 known sites in California, 43 in New Jersey, in New Mexico PFAS is threatening their dairy industry. In Oregon, the PFAS from firefighting foam used on airport runways is threatening to contaminate drinking water wells that supplement Portland’s main supply. England AFB in Alexandria, Louisiana had a level of nearly 11 million parts per trillion of PFOA and PFOS in March 2015. Algoma Township in Michigan in 2018 had a private well with a combined level of 72,300 parts per trillion, while the EPA health advisory standard is 70 parts per trillion. It goes on and on.
Two weeks ago, I reported that Luke AFB in Phoenix is now detecting PFC’s. Add 19 other water systems in Arizona to the exposure list. All the while, remember the work done at Tucson Water to eliminate the PFC’s from our system is voluntary. The Feds have not produced a maximum contaminant level. The money we are spending to take wells out of production, change filtration systems in our treatment plants, and continue monitoring and collecting data is all on our dime – for now.
Are there hopeful signs coming from the State regulatory folks? Well, Misael Cabrera is the Director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ.) He said the agency is not planning to suggest that the Legislature acts on the problem until there are more studies. He is quoted as having said “Before I could make any suggestion like that, I would need to understand the toxicology a lot better, and the fact of the matter is there is still a lot of debate on the toxicology.”
Actually, there is not ‘a lot of debate on the toxicology,’ at least not among serious scientists. The product manufacturers have acted with guilty knowledge for decades. Now that the cat is out of the bag, all of a sudden the science is questionable. It is all about their bottom line and mitigating their legal exposure.
Meanwhile, Cities and their associated water systems are acting. Liberty Water System up around Phoenix is spending money on filtration. Tempe is shutting down wells. We have done both of those here in Tucson, and we are expanding our treatment plant.
Moreover, we are keeping a tab. A week does not go by when I do not see more about this issue in media outlets from across the country. We do not see anything in our local media, but that in no way implies our situation has somehow fixed itself. Our lawsuit against 3M and other product manufacturers is moving forward, as is the public awareness of the PFC contamination issue. Our judge can learn a lot before his ‘science day’ if he just digs into the national media a little.
There are other water and soil contamination sites in our region that are being studied, and remediated, by the State Water Quality Assurance Revolving Fund. There will be a meeting this Thursday, May 16th where the WQARF folks will give an update on each site.
With the adoption of the Environmental Quality Act in 1986, the WQARF program began. It supports the work of ADEQ from the standpoint of identifying and assessing potential contamination sites. They use both State funds and private funds to conduct cleanup efforts.
The Fund has a legislative appropriation, plus some corporate funding of $18M. The money is doled out for cleanup operations based on a series of criteria, each of which has as its end goal assigning proportionate liability for contaminated sites. There are several inducements responsible parties may access, in order to reduce their financial exposure, and to gain access to Fund assistance. Sites are assessed and a score is assigned to each based on actual and potential exposure to hazardous substances.
That whole process begins when ADEQ receives information about a release, or a potential release of hazardous substances. That may come from a citizen complaint, or from an ADEQ internal investigation of an outside party. Once they have a tip, they do an investigation. If deemed a potential problem, a score is then assigned to the site. That score is the site’s priority ranking for WQARF support.
A citizen Community Advisory Board (CAB) is set up for each site. We have reports from three sites this Thursday. Those include:
Park-Euclid: this site bounded by approximately 9th Street to the north, 14th Street to the south, Highland to the east and Park to the west has a few different contaminants of concern. The responsible parties identified are Haskell Linen and Mission Linen. They are looking at remediation actions now.
7th Street and Arizona Avenue: this site bounded by Speedway to the north, 8th Street and the Union Pacific railroad to the south, 4th Avenue to the east, and 10th Avenue to the west has a similar set of potential contaminants as the Park/Euclid site. The reason for the similarity is that the probable responsible party is the former Oliver Cleaners. The site has been under study for a few years. In fact, the CAB for this site merged efforts with the Park/Euclid CAB and they are now working jointly on both sites.
Stone and Grant; this site bounded by W. Jacinto to the north, E. Sahuaro to the south, N. Estrella to the east and Oracle to the west is also similar to the other two sites. They are looking at TCE contamination, plus some other potential contaminants. I was not able to determine a responsible party being identified, but the CAB is looking at soil-gas contamination beneath a building located on North Stone. They do have some good leads as to who may be responsible.
The WQARF update for each of these three sites will take place in the Himmel Park library. The meeting is scheduled to run from 6pm until 8pm, and is informational. Come and see the work that is being done to hold businesses responsible for actions they took years ago that we are still addressing from a remediation standpoint.
Water in the desert is at a premium. Keeping it clean so we can use it to live on when it is needed is not up for debate.
Last week we had an update from our TDOT staff on what the City is doing to address the unacceptable number of traffic fatalities we are seeing on our roadways. I would add to that the nunber of near misses that do not show up in the data, but that would if people did not take evasive action at just the right time.
So far this year we have had 19 fatalities on our roadways. Nine of them were pedestrians, and five each on motorcycles and in cars. Thankfully we have not seen any bicycle fatalities in 2019. Compare that to the 69 who were killed on our roads in 2018. Neither of course is an acceptable number, nor an acceptable trend.
As for trends, this is some historic data showing how the numbers are increasing.
These are raw data and are not adjusted for increases in population. But losing an increasing number of our residents each year on our roadways, regardless of our population growth, is a problem that can be affected by a combination of roadway design, laws, enforcement and education.
Of the 69 we lost last year, they were 29 pedestrians, 28 in vehicles, 7 on motorcycles and 5 bicyclists. Forty-three of them took place at night. Here is another way to consider the various factors:
During our presentation, staff included this graphic. The notion that speed was a factor in only 7% of the fatalities is fundamentally flawed. I understand the data is only pointing to incidents in which the driver was going over the posted speed limit. However, that begs the question as to whether or not that speed limit should be lowered. I believe ours do – almost across the board.
I have shared data in the past that shows how fatality rates increase as speed increases. Here are three graphs that show the relationship pretty clearly.
This graph shows the fatality rate by age when a car is driving 20 mph. While tragic if you are the victim, the rates are pretty low. Then consider what happens to those rates when the speed is increased to 30 mph – a speed that is lower than what exists on most of our arterials and collector streets.
At 30 mph, we are not losing 3% of 30-year-olds. That number is now 13%. For people at or over the age of 70 the figure jumps from 13% up to 37%.
Increase the speed to 40 mph and you can see the significantly more deadly results.
Now refer back up to the graphic showing the factors surrounding our fatalities. Sixty-nine percent of them took place at night. What I proposed during our study session on this item is dropping our speed limits at night, across the board, by 5 mph. The State limits what we can do in terms of setting speed limits, but if we can show increased risk on a given roadway, we are allowed to drop our speeds. Based solely on the data, we can show them that lowering the speeds will save lives. I will be re-raising this issue each time the discussion comes up.
The City of Boston has lowered their speed limits citywide. Consistent with their commitment to Vision Zero, that move has shown positive results in terms of saving lives. It will here too if we have the courage to implement it and in effect challenge someone from the State to come in and tell us our streets should be less safe than what we made them. That is an argument I would welcome having with Phoenix.
Another safety tool we have is HAWK pedestrian signals. You have seen them.
The hand activated lights at major crosswalks. They are not cheap, coming in at over $200K each. We are looking at using some less costly designs that run on solar. That will expedite our ability to fund the installations across the City.
Right now, our major funding sources for HAWKs include the RTA, CDBG funds, and some federal dollars under the Safe Routes to Schools program. We may be able to access federal Highway Safety Improvement Program money, accelerating even more the installation of these pedestrian safety systems.
HAWK system installations are prioritized based on a long list of factors. Those include of course crash data for a given location, and also things such as traffic volume, the number of travel lanes, proximity of things like libraries and schools, the distance from another crosswalk option, the presence of elderly and disabled people, and whether or not the crossing is on a bike boulevard. The selection process is not just random.
Last week we adopted our age-friendly policy. Making our roads safer for all modes of travel is one part of that policy. We are getting closer to having our Complete Streets policy guidelines, but things such as dropping speed limits and moving more aggressively on securing funds for HAWK signals do not require that in order for us to move ahead. The traffic safety report was nice to have. It needs to lead us to acting on some of the easy, low-hanging fruit or the time spent at last week’s study session was simply a waste.
This is a reminder that on Saturday, May 18 from 9am until noon is the Rio Nuevo/PPS public open house on the Broadway Overlay. This is an example of the RTA and City Council forcing a roadway to be wider than it either needs to be, or should be. However, that is water under the bridge – now we are trying to turn that lemon into some lemonade.
The meeting will be held at the First Assembly of God auditorium – Campbell and Broadway, just west of the Starbucks. It is where we held the rally in opposition to the widening back in April 2012. Now, seven years later the alignment is set and we are hoping to get some neighborhood scale commercial development, multi-modal transit, plus pedestrian/bike safety elements built into the design. Come on Saturday to share your thoughts with the Project for Public Spaces design team.
Change is still possible – and in fact, likely. Many of you will remember the many times we tried to get the RTA and the then-TDOT staff to budge on narrowing lane widths as a way to preserve Right of Way, make crossing Broadway safer for pedestrians, and slow traffic. Now, finally after those many arguments, at least two of the travel lanes on each side of Broadway are designed for 10’ widths. That is just one example of where your voice can still make a difference. I hope to see you on the 18th.
Last week we were given an update on the progress we are making in terms of installing solar panels on City-owned buildings. We at the Ward 6 office appreciate the work Carlos De La Torre and his staff is putting into this effort.
The presentation involved all of the work that is underway, but there were six signature projects that deserved extra attention. Those are the Donna Liggins Center, Udall Expansion, Golf Links Sports Complex, Reid Park Adaptive Recreation Center, Reid Park parking area, and the Parks and Rec Administration building. Combined those projects involve nearly 4,000 solar panels, 1,600 kWdc power, and saving the equivalent of powering 6,000 homes for a year.
That is an aerial of the Reid Park project. As is true of the others, we are providing shaded parking spaces with these projects, so the benefits are more than just what we are saving in terms of power generation. That project alone accounts for saving the annual electric needs of 1,420 homes.
This Mayor and Council is serious about turning to renewables. City staff is working hard to implement projects as quickly as we can. One factor that is a part of each installation is the State mandated TEP approval. They have to okay each of the projects, based on whether the grid can absorb the power saved by our work. If it cannot, we have to either scale back the scope of the project, or cancel it. It would be better if the parties could work together to upgrade the grid capacity, even sharing the up-front capital costs. We are making good progress, regardless of lacking that option.
Soon you will see the Ward 6 office having its own solar array over our rear parking area. One more sign of turning Tucson green, one building at a time.
I have spoken to Arizona Public Media, Channel 5 from Phoenix, the N.Y Times, an L.A. based group doing a documentary, as well as all the local media about the humanitarian work being done at the Benedictine. Saturday afternoon I toured Mark and Gabby through the place. Everyone who sees the operation comes away impressed, and touched by the compassion shown by Tucson residents. Given the international exposure of the migrant situation, what we are doing a block from the Ward 6 office has the interest of people across the country.
During each interview, at some point I give the credit for keeping the work moving to the good people of this community. You have given from your heart, both your time and provisions. We continue to be a collection station for food, clothing, hygiene products, water, and kids’ toys. Also during the interviews, I share that the donations come from peoples’ own checkbooks. The City and County are now exploring sources of funding to help take the pressure off from the backs of our residents.
At the County level, County Administrator Huckelberry has sent out a memo requesting to repurpose some of the Department of Homeland Security funding they have already received. I have spoken with TPD Chief Magnus and know that he is exploring our ability to also repurpose some of the funds we have received. We need the approval of the funding agency before simply shifting the dollars from some earlier prescribed use over to a humanitarian use. Here is the operative section from the Huckelberry letter that describes what we are all trying to achieve:
At this time, it is not clear whether TPD has any of our allocated funds that we can repurpose. During the Border Patrol meeting I attended, we asked about the process for making these changes. Nobody knew. Credit Huckelberry for being the first to step forward and try to get the money moved around. We are watching to see how that process progresses.
We also continue to explore options for moving the operations to new locations. Over the weekend, I toured some folks who might be in a position to take part in that. Chief Magnus met with another group earlier in the week. This need will not go away. My strong preference is to put into place a network of options, scattered throughout the City. We will see how some of the leads we are working on play themselves out. I will let you know, and I will keep you up to speed on the financial pieces of this as well.
Each time I am at the monastery I am amazed by the hearts of our volunteers. To sign up for one of those roles, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is not unusual for residents who live in neighborhoods surrounding the UA campus to see this sort of thing at the end of each semester:
We are grateful to Carlos De La Torre for his help in facilitating the distribution of roll-offs in some strategic locations around campus so students can practice being a good neighbor as they leave.
The roll-offs were delivered over the weekend. They will be serviced on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday – two of them per day this week. They will be in place through the week of May 24th.
The UA has a Waste Management roll-off situated in the vicinity of the HUB student housing towers. In addition, the City will place them in Feldman’s at 1st and Mabel, and near the alley on 3rd Avenue between Adams and Drachman. In Pie Allen, look for them on the east side of Tyndall in front of the wash between 7th and 8th Street, and in front of the empty lot on Tyndall between 6th and 7th. Rincon Heights will have one on Cherry, between 8th and 9th Streets, and on 9th Street east of Park near the Tugo station.
Environmental Services is down 13 employees, so it took an extra effort to get these out into the community. They deserve a round of thanks when you see the workers out servicing the boxes.
On a related note, the bi-weekly recycling program will begin on September 30th of this year. Until then, count on your normal schedule.
This is the map of the recently held Garden District Porch Fest. The teardrops represent the locations where they invited musicians to set up shop. Some are on side streets. Those locations are prime candidates for use of the new City block party protocols.
I have played at three different Porch Fests. I know the layout for them is similar to what Garden has; that is, side streets for musicians, leaving cut-through streets for vehicles. Using the new block party guidelines, if a neighborhood is inclined, those side streets where people are stopping and standing in the street to listen to the music could conceivably become ‘car-free zones.’ It is worth a look on a case-by-case basis.
To review the block party guidelines, go to www.tucsonaz.gov/business/special-events. That site will get you an application and some instructions on how to move forward. It has long been one of my goals to make neighborhood-scale community gatherings easier for you to pull off. Marrying the block parties with the Porch Fests is an idea you may want to consider.
Each year, Jonathan hosts an art opening in his office entryway. This week I am using it as the local Tucson item. Coming on Tuesday, May 14th from 4:30 until 6:30, Arts for All will open in the mayor’s City Hall office area. You are invited to see the great pieces of art.
Arts for All is a Tucson-based non-profit. They work with kids who have disabilities, teaching them their own self-worth through participating in the arts. Jonathan’s office is on the 10th floor. The youth gain a tremendous amount through this program. You will too when you see what they have produced.
This is a reminder to come and take part in the public presentation of the proposed renovations for the Cursillo Performing Arts Center. It will be held at the Armory Park Senior Center this Wednesday, the 15th beginning at 6pm.
Balancing the need to respect the cultural history of the site with reactivating a space that has been dormant for over a decade, making sure the taxpayers’ investment in the building is respected, and being sensitive to the overflow parking concerns adjacent neighbors have, is the needle the development team is trying to thread. The Armory Park Center is located at 220 S. 5th.
Council Member, Ward 6
FOOD RESILIENT TUCSON - OUR FUTURE IS DELICIOUS
May 14 @ 6:00pm
Ward 6 Office, 3202 E 1st St
- We get to enjoy the wide range of delicious local foods that show off our 4000-year history of growing food in the desert.
- We get to celebrate the unique history and multiple cultures that make Tucson special.
- We get to create thousands of local jobs to do everything from growing and preparing local food to learning to design and build specialty tools we need to make Tucson a leader in desert-adapted urban agriculture.
- And of great importance, we get to share delicious food with our neighbors and create community in the process.
Why do we need a Resilient & Delicious local food system?
- Most national food chains have adopted a Just-In-Time inventory system, so we have only a few days of food in our stores.
- The national distribution system brings us everything, every day, from 1000 miles away and could become a bottle neck, if anything goes seriously wrong with the communication, banking, power and fuel systems that run it.
- It will help us do our part to mitigate climate change and protect us from climate impacts, like unstable food supplies.
The May General Meeting will focus on two questions:
- What do we need to do to make Tucson more Food Resilient? And why do we need to make Tucson a more food-resilient community?
- What factors that led to our designation as a World City of Gastronomy can we use to grow and eat more local food?
We have an excellent panel of local experts who will give their perspectives on these questions, discuss their implications for Tucson, and lead us in a lively discussion.
- Carolyn Niethammer - Cookbook author, specializing in local food
- Mohyeddin Abdulaziz - President of Tucson Organic Gardeners
- Erik Stanford - Owner of Pivot Produce, a local logistics company that connects local farms and restaurants
- Parker Filer - Member of Pima County Food Alliance and educator
- Michael Ray - Neighborhood activist and member of Building Resilient Neighborhoods
- Moderator: Tres English - Sustainable Tucson and local sustainability expert
REVEILLE MEN’S CHORUS PRESENTS BLESS OUR SHOW(TUNES)!
May 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
ATC Temple of Music and Art.
Have you got that spirit?
Reveille Men’s Chorus is finishing our 24th season with Bless Our Show(tunes). While we get in the habits, you’re bound to laugh, cry and reflect with our Broadway renditions of songs about spirituality and religion. You don’t need a direct line to heaven to buy your tickets for this uplifting, campy show where we will sing and dance to songs that will feed your soul and raise the roof!
Tickets are $20 in advance / $25 at the door and are available at reveillemenschorus.org
Students 23 and under are free (with ID)
Join us May 18th (7:30pm) and May 19th (2pm) at the ATC Temple of Music and Art.
ROCK CLIMBING SUMMERCAMP
May 27 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Rocks and Ropes, 330 S Toole Ave
Contact for prices
We’ve been teaching children the basics of rock climbing safety and technique in our summerCAMP programs for 25 years! Whether your child is new to the sport or an experienced rock scrambler from toddlerhood, we welcome climbers of all abilities from ages 5 to 15. Our instructors make sure that safety and responsibility set the groundwork for each and every camper before we dive into fun times at rock climbing camp!
Rocks and Ropes SummerCAMP sessions run Monday – Friday:
– Rock 1 for ages 5-7; 8am – 12pm
– Rock 2 for ages 8-10; 8am – 12pm
– Rock 3 for ages 11 and up; 9am- 2pm
(Camper must be appropriate age before the week of July 22, 2019
…Campers should bring lunch each day and wear comfortable clothing.
…All necessary safety equipment is provided by the gym.
…A deposit is required to reserve your campers’ spot!
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