Steve K's Newsletter 07/29/19

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Nancy is a lady who volunteers at the Benedictine. Last week she brought a young Honduran girl by my office to show her the Art of Asylum exhibit. While they were here, Nancy shared the young girl’s story with me. She is pregnant, just turned 18, and just received her passport. She has been at the monastery for 3 months and wants to go home to be with her family. She’s home now. Nancy gets the Be Kind for taking her under her wing, taking her home to dinner, and out to the airport to get her on the plane. I share this here because Honduras is a horribly dangerous place for young women. The fact that she wants to be back with her family shows just how difficult a decision these refugees have to make when they choose to cross Mexico to come into our country. 

As the move into the new County facility is in progress, it is becoming clear that some of the previously donated materials will need to find a home in different shelter, at least during the move while things are getting situated. The monastery has much more storage space than what will be available. Not to worry – there is plenty of need. A group took a drive down to a shelter on the Mexican side of the border and delivered some art supplies, along with some ‘creature comfort’ goodies. The shelter had three walls, with the open side facing the border wall. It had no roof, and no furniture. They were extremely grateful to the group of volunteers who took the time and made the effort to Be Kind.

Thanks, also, to Bella’s Gelato who came by the monastery last Saturday to share their product with the refugee guests, and with the volunteers. 

It was over 100 degrees – the gift was appreciated very much by everyone who had some. 

It is fitting that I share this poem here. It was written by Pastor Tom Cahalane and offered to his congregation on March 31st. I read it during our July 4th celebration at the Benedictine. It speaks to the work people like Nancy are doing on behalf of the young Honduran girl, and the thousands like her who have transitioned through the monastery:

Asylum Sanctuary


The Holy of Holies

In the Benedictine Sanctuary

Is crowded with asylum seekers

They lie at the door of abundance


They’re called by various names

Illegals, aliens, undocumented, law-breakers

A chorus of voices scream out in fear

Let’s build laws and walls to keep them out


Another chorus calls out in love,

No…let’s embrace and welcome them.

They’re brothers and sisters

Seeking some scraps from the table of abundance.


Is God more or less present now

In this crowded sanctuary space

Than when the holy rituals were celebrated here?

Or is his presence equally held aloft in hands of loving-service?


We are all asylum seekers

Longing for God’s safe sanctuary space.

God’s creation is for all asylum seekers

Crowding into and across God’s sanctuary space.

If you have been to our office, you may have noticed that on occasion we have M&M’s and other goodies for people to munch on – like on every occasion of you visiting. If you’ve been to the office you’ve likely met Mark. He is here several times each week helping out with any of a variety of tasks. One of Mark’s lady-friends is Phyllis. Evidently, word got from Mark to Phyllis that my M&M dispenser was getting near to running out. Phyllis gets the Be Kind for showing up with a Costco sized ‘donation’ to the cause. With less than 5mg of cholesterol in each bag, that’s a vice I can live with. 

Right here, I’d better include my bride – she also arrived home with a Costco sized ‘donation’ to my M&M dispenser. Word’s out that they are nearly cholesterol free, and that makes them a food group.

Monastery Move

I mentioned above that the work of moving from the Benedictine into the new place is under way. The volunteers have stepped into the new role without hesitation or complaint. These are a couple of images I shot during my visits over the weekend.

Some boxes already packed – and some waiting to be packed. In every corridor of the place, you’ll see the activity of the move taking place.

Every day we continue to process refugee guests through the facility. This is a partial departure list from Saturday:

The destinations are where their sponsors or next-of-kin live. When people ask what sorts of donations are needed, I tell them to think about getting on a bus to one of those locations – what would you pack if you were travelling with a couple of little kids to say Norfolk, Virginia or Norcross, Georgia on a bus. That’s what is needed. Continue bringing that stuff to us at the Ward 6 office and we will make the transfer to CCS when the time is right at the County building.

Before the County vote on their Cooperative Agreement, I had contacted the property owner and asked if we could get an extension on the lease deal if we needed some more time. Thanks to the three members of the Board who supported the move, we won’t need to scramble in looking for a new intake center, but the actual move might slop over into August a little. Thanks to the community members who have stepped up and provided donations, there is a lot to move.

Ross was fine with the extension, within some limits. I offered to make him whole for utility costs, so that is not an issue. What may have been tough to manage though is that the inside of the monastery is already undergoing some testing to see if environmental remediation will be needed. It is an old building so it’s virtually certain some asbestos will need to be contained and removed. That sort of work would have been more difficult to do if we would have had to house refugee families into late August. We don’t, so the lease extension will be for lingering ‘stuff’ and not for housing people. Either way, I am grateful to him for considering it if it becomes necessary. 

County Facility Future Uses

The Cooperative Agreement is in place, CCS is in the process of moving, and for now and the foreseeable future the new Casa Alitas home will be at the former juvenile justice site. The agreement is for one year, with four additional year options built into it. It would be great if the conditions in Central America resolved well ahead of that so people did not feel the need to leave their homes just to be safe.

If that were to happen – I’m not optimistic – what would become of the work now being invested into the County building? We as a region have scrambled for large shelter space for other events in the not-too-distant past. Think Hurricane Katrina, for example. With climate change and the increase in extreme weather events, we should assume someone will at some point need a large shelter space. If that happens, the County will now be in a position to offer it.

During the Aspen Fire, I was offering people shelter on a much smaller scale than what is available at the new Casa Alitas Center. Turn on the news – you will see flooding, fires and tornados. Pre-positioning our area to be able to provide a place of respite is good planning. And I suspect nobody coming to us from an area devastated by say a forest fire will think we’ve “incarcerated them” at the County building.

For now though, the Central American needs are continuing. Two weeks ago, Trump issued an edict that would have effectively ended asylum claims. His new rule said a person who travels through another country (Mexico) and who did not seek asylum in that country could not make the claim at our border. His problem was that neither Mexico nor any of the Central American countries agreed to sign on. This is a quote from the Federal judge who issued an injunction, telling the administration that what they were trying to do is unlawful:

"Congress has ensured that the United States will remove an asylum applicant to a third country only if that country would be safe for the applicant and the country provides equivalent asylum protections to those offered here. The Rule provides none of these protections." 

What does that mean for us? Simply that the number of refugee families we will be seeing is not likely to decrease anytime soon. That indeed was true last week immediately after the court ruling. It means the move into the large County intake center is going to be an important piece of our managing the on-going situation.

It is now reported that Guatemala agreed to an asylum deal with Trump that is scheduled to go into effect in August. The same judge who heard the trial I referenced above had this to say about Guatemala’s ability to manage asylum claims (I pulled this from a Daniella Silva Associated Press story):

“The judge added that neither in the rule nor in the government’s administrative record was he able to find a "scintilla of evidence" about the adequacy of the asylum system in Guatemala.”

In San Diego County, they filed suit against ICE and DHS seeking to be made whole for costs they are absorbing in the care of refugee asylum seekers. Their costs right now are in excess of a million dollars. Pima County is applying for Humanitarian Aid. That is a much more appealing route to chase than litigation. 

There was opposition locally to the move into the juvenile center. Nobody had a workable long-term option, though. We have looked at schools. None were available, and no school district has the money to spend on making any of the vacant schools workable. The option of doing multiple shelter sites was rejected by the Guatemalan consulate, and by medical volunteers. It is not practical given the current relationships that have been established with Border Patrol. We do not dictate to them the terms of where they make releases. This flowchart shows the complexity of the service CCS is offering:

All of that can be efficiently provided at the County center, without traumatizing the guests.

As I mentioned last week, the most important group is the refugees. They have told CCS they want to be safe, off the streets, and welcome. That’s what is being put into operation at the new County Alitas Center. I was contacted by leadership from the ACLU who confirmed agreement with this move. That should give comfort to the remaining people in the faith community that this is headed in a good and proper direction.

Carpet is being laid, murals and photos are being placed on walls, a new entry and parking area are ready, locks and cameras are dismantled, and new furniture is going in. The people will likely be out of the monastery late this week. I will continue giving you updates as this move progresses.

Downtown Dispensary Scam

That is an image you may have seen on a flyer that was sent out last week. I Googled ‘images of Buddhist monks’ and it popped right up. It was part of a lame attempt to paint me, Paul Durham, and Jonathan as being anti-Buddhist. The group behind it pulled the image from the Shutterstock website and thought they would scam the public. Here is the story.

Last week many of you (including me) received in the mail a flyer that was titled “When is a ‘church’ not a church?” Here it is:

It was sent out by a group called Citizens for Religious Freedom. On the flyer you can see pictures of me, Paul Durham, and Jonathan. The allegation was that we do not recognize Buddhism as a religion. 

The flyer was a total scam sent out to try to keep a new medical marijuana dispensary from opening. Here is what you did not see on the flyer.

The return mailing address is PO Box 1550, in Phoenix. This information pops up when you search that address:

So first of all, the flyer was sent by something totally other than a group concerned about religious freedom. It is a registered Political Action Committee that’s run by Gibson McKay. Here is a list of some of the clients he lobbies for:

Of note is “Forever 46 LLC.” If you check with the Arizona Department of Health, Googling Forever 46 LLC, you will find this connection:

The Downtown Dispensary is the medical marijuana dispensary located over by 6th St and 4th Ave. It is also close to where a proposed dispensary is going in on Lester. Evidently, the guys at Downtown don’t want the competition, so they had their lobbyist send out a hit piece making it sound as though the City, and Paul and I in particular, don’t respect Buddhism as a ‘religion’. Here are the facts they’re trying to spin.

There is a house located at 1038 E. Lester. The flyer is alleging it is a church. Nobody who lives in or rents out the house is making that claim – it is only coming from the lobbyist for the Downtown Dispensary. The house is a single family residence that is listed on the AirBnB site – it is a rental, not a church. The owners have never filed to have the site listed on the tax rolls as a church – it has no identifiable markings on the exterior making it look like a church – they do not hold regular church services on the site – it is not a church. Why should that matter to the guys at the dispensary? Because if it is indeed a church, their competitor cannot open a dispensary in the area. Cut out the competitor and you keep your market share.

This whole incident was an attempt to use the City, and me, Jonathan, and Paul, as complicit in some level of religious bigotry against Buddhism. All to keep a competitor from opening. I think that is shameful – and that is why I am calling them out on it.

When we adopted our medical marijuana rules, we included certain setback requirements from churches, schools and other institutional uses. A dispensary may not open within 1,000 feet of a church. If the house on Lester were indeed a church, and not an Air BnB rental, the Downtown Dispensary folks would be able to avoid the competition. It is not, so they can’t, so they tried this. They appealed the City’s ruling to the Board of Adjustment. On Wednesday of last week, that independent body voted 6-0 to reject the false claim.

If they have enough money to spend on printing and mailing glitzy flyers like what they did, and paying some lobby firm to pull it all off, they must be doing pretty well financially. I have gone to bat for that exact dispensary in a couple of zoning issues. Their phone number is shown on the client listing I have shown above. If you were bothered enough by the suggestion that I may not respect Buddhists to contact my office to register a complaint, now that you know the truth behind the scam feel free to let them know how you feel. I am guessing I won’t get any more phone calls from the Downtown Dispensary asking for help navigating zoning or code issues.

This is a Ward 6 newsletter, but some really good things are happening in our neighbor ward, Ward 3, that I think you should know about, managed by our very own Alison Miller. We can take some pride of ownership, by extension.

There are three main parts to the “Thrive in the 05” revitalization work. It is happening within the dotted lines shown on this map – and the real catalyst is some grant funding managed through Alison and our Housing Department.

The three areas of focus are crime reduction/prevention, revitalizing the neighborhoods, and workforce development. Collaborating in all of that with the City are Pima College, the ASU School of Social Work (ya, I know, but credit where it’s due), AARP and Tucson Clean & Beautiful. Of course there are multiple departments from throughout the City that are involved.

There are ways you can plug into the work, each focused on a particular part of the overall project goals. Here are a few options:

Workforce development – our Economic Development office, along with Pima College is inviting businesses who operate in the Oracle/Miracle Mile area to attend a kick-off meeting to talk about programs and resources they may need to help small businesses thrive. The Pima piece is aimed at both workforce training, but also connecting students with prospective employers. That meeting will be held on Monday, July 29th, from 5pm until 7pm, at the Pima College Downtown Campus Amethyst Room. 

There are two different crime reduction/prevention meetings coming. The first is Monday, August 12th, from 4pm until 5:30pm. It will be held at Nash Elementary, 515 W. Kelso. They will talk about crime prevention strategies, aiming at how the community can come together and be a part of their own solution. Then on Thursday, August 15th,TPD is hosting a business crime-prevention focused meeting over at the Westside Division office – 1310 W. Miracle Mile. This will largely be a listening session where TPD hears from business operators about what they are seeing out on the streets around their businesses.

Some of the community building work will target Esquer Park. That is over by the Tucson House, one of our large senior living facilities. The goal is to expand and upgrade some of the park amenities. This piece of the project is particularly benefitting from the Choice Neighborhood grant money, financial help from Tucson Clean & Beautiful, and the AARP Livable Communities initiative. In some upcoming workshops, they will be taking input as to what sorts of upgrades to include in the Park planning. Those meetings will take place Wednesday, August 21st, at the Tucson House from 9am until 10:3am, and then on Thursday, August 22nd at Chicanos por la Causa (1525 N. Oracle) from 6pm until 7:30pm.  These meetings are all about community engagement and gaining input from nearby residents.

Paul and I are working on several community initiatives together, and I want to support his hard work in the Thrive in the 05 project. The areas involved are adjacent to several Ward 6 neighborhoods, and at the end of the day, we are all in this together. I know we have some similar efforts in play right now in Ward 6: work around the Anza Park and Catalina Park area, the on-going work centered in the Alvernon-Grant area that began as the Alvernon-Grant Initiative, and parks upgrade neighborhood-scale planning that is happening in multiple Ward 6 locations. If you are involved in any of that, taking part in some of the ‘05 work may benefit the residents who live over in that area (learning from your experiences), and you may hear some things they are doing with the City and business partners that may translate into how your own efforts unfold. We are one City, and working together across Ward boundaries is both necessary and how we will continue to grow in all the right ways.

GOP Sanctuary City Challenge

Signature gatherers turned into the City Clerk what, on its face appears to be, a sufficient number of signatures to get the Sanctuary City Initiative on the November ballot. I have written an op/ed that the Star printed, and will have a statement in the Voter Guide, each speaking in opposition to the Initiative. I cannot use this Newsletter to advocate for or against, so refer to those materials if you would like to see my reasoning. The point of this item is to give you some background on the Republican Party challenge to it appearing on the ballot. 

I think their challenge will fail. That does not have anything to do with the merits of the Initiative itself. The challenge is only about whether or not they got enough signatures to be on the ballot. I believe they did.

Here is the basis for the challenge, taken straight from their filing:

Breaking that down, the GOP is saying a couple of things. To get on the ballot you need signatures equaling 15% of voters who took part in the last Mayoral election. The question is what ‘voters’ are counted in reaching that 15% level.  One argument the GOP makes is that we should be counting all ballots cast when identifying the 15% signature requirement. The second thing they are saying, is that because our Charter-based basis for calculating that 15% is different than State law, ours is, in their eyes, therefore necessarily invalid. 

I believe the Republican challenge is wrong on both of those allegations.

Note that our ‘basis’ for calculating the number of signatures is the number of votes cast for Mayor – not the total number of votes cast. That is significant in this case because there were over 16,000 voters who took part in the election and who simply didn’t vote in the Mayoral race. It was uncontested. The GOP wants those undervotes to count towards the number of ‘votes cast for Mayor.’ If they are, the number of Sanctuary signatures turned in falls short. 

Here is what they choose to ignore in State law. When identifying the number of signatures required to get something on the ballot, Charter Cities like us are allowed to identify an “alternative basis for computing the number of necessary signatures.” Here is the language right out of ARS 19-143:

19-143. Initiative petition in cities; action of council; amendment of charter

A. The whole number of votes cast at the city or town election at which a mayor or councilman was chosen last preceding the submission of the application for an initiative petition is the basis for computing the number of qualified electors of the city or town required to sign the petition unless the city or town by charter or ordinance provides an alternative basis for computing the number of necessary signatures.

Well, the inconvenient truth for the GOP is that our Charter does provide an alternate basis. It is pretty clear to those who choose to read it. Here is the language our City Clerk’s office relies on for setting the number of required signatures on an Initiative:

Sec. 1. Petition authorized; number of signatures.

Any proposed ordinance may be submitted to the mayor and council, by a petition signed by fifteen (15) percent of the qualified electors of the city, computed on the vote for the candidates for mayor at the last preceding general municipal election at which a mayor was elected.

So 15% of “the vote for the candidates for Mayor” is not at all the same as the GOP hoped-for result of “15% of the votes cast” in all races during that same election.

We have fought and won multiple times to defend the supremacy of our Charter over State preemption when it comes to how we conduct our local elections. The Republican Party continues to ignore that. In this case, even the State Constitution works against them when it says, “Cities and towns may prescribe the basis on which said percentages shall be computed.”

I do not support the Sanctuary Initiative, but please, as you study it and make your own decision, do not assume that the upcoming failure of the Republican challenge to it being on the ballot has anything at all to do with the terms of the Initiative itself. They are simply trying to tell us how to conduct our local elections again.

CAP Water and Agriculture

Last week, I read an article published by the Center for Public Integrity. It was a description of some water wars going on over in New Mexico. I am sharing a little bit from the article here because it sounds similar to what we just saw take place with Pinal County farmers as the Drought Contingency Plan was being adopted in Arizona.

By brief way of review, when Arizona was negotiating our DCP, the Pinal Ag interests exerted some political pressure in Phoenix and won a couple of significant victories. One is that they will be allowed to drill wells and pump groundwater. The other is that the State taxpayers will subsidize that pumping to the tune of nearly $30M. They were a key political vote in Phoenix when the DCP was crossing the finish line. For their short-term support, we gave them access to our water supply, and we are paying them to drill straws into the cup and suck it out. Yes, the way that is phrased exposes how I feel about that part of the DCP.

In New Mexico, there’s a similar struggle going on. It has to do with the Gila River. American Rivers just last year identified the Gila as the most at-risk river in the country. That is due to climate change, but it is also due to a ‘diversion’ project that is now being fought over in New Mexico. As with our Pinal County issue, theirs pits farmers who want to increase crop production against people who have a longer-term concern over preserving the waterway.

The Gila is fed mainly by snowpack. Most climate scientists agree that that source is both inconsistent, and it is literally drying up as a reliable feeder for the River. That will eventually render the Gila reliant on monsoon-fed sources.

Farmers in New Mexico are working through a group called the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity – an organization that is in charge of planning what has become a very controversial project. The project will divert Gila River water over to agriculture interests. The feds are going to ante up tens of millions of dollars in support of the diversion project. Groups like American Rivers, with whom I agree, say this will accelerate what climate change is already doing: ignoring the water scarcity we suffer in the Southwest; spending money on a project that will dry up the Gila; and not spending those dollars on projects that might build resiliency instead. 

Ag interests call it “new water”. Opponents point to declining snowpack and instead suggest spending the money on things such as pipelines to water treatment plants or water conservation ideas such as reuse projects and changing irrigation techniques. We just heard similar exchanges before the State bought the Pinal Ag votes to get them to support DCP.

I write often about our litigation against 3M and others related to PFC contamination. Water is gold in the Southwest. One day we may look back at the ways we are ‘taking care of agricultural interests’ and wonder if we had simply forgotten that fact. 


Another issue I have been touching on from time to time is recycling and how our approach to it is going to have to change. The recyclables market is not what it once was, and we are simply turning many developing countries into our trash receptacles. We are losing money on the Tucson recycle program. That will not change unless we make changes to the program.

We do what is called ‘single-stream’ recycling. Every week, we pull our recycle bins out to the street, someone picks it up and away it goes to be processed. It is cheap and easy for both the customers and for the haulers. It results in nearly 30% contamination. That ends up in the landfill. It’s costing us money, and the tonnage getting recycled is not at all what is being picked up curbside.

FiveThirtyEight is an ABC news on-line report that I see from time to time. They recently had a piece titled, “When more recyclables means less recycling”. They had to rely on some old data, but given our current financials and experience, I suspect there’s still some truth to what their data says. In fact, it may be more true today than back in 2002 when this table was generated:

The data is from St. Paul, Minnesota. What the table is showing is that even though more tons are collected the way we do recycling (single-stream weekly), less was actually getting recycled than when compared to other recycling program options they tested. The same as we have in Tucson today, about 27% of what they picked up to be recycled was contaminated. 

Multi-stream recycling is where customers have to sort multiple kinds of recycle materials at home. You sort glass, plastic, food waste, cardboard, etc. Dual-stream is where you separate only two different classes of recyclables, say, paper and containers. Single-stream is what we do – dump it all into one bin. 

You can see the results. The easy way nets more tonnage, and more contamination. The discussion then, is if we were to go to a dual-stream system, and picked up bins biweekly, what would happen to tonnage (customer participation), what would happen to contamination rates, and what would be the impact on what we were actually recycling? The St. Paul table shows all of that data. 

A more recent study done for the American Forest and Paper Association showed that single-stream increases tonnage by from 1% to 3%. That gain is small enough to be gobbled up by the much higher contamination costs. A 2008 British study found that you actually get about the same amount of recyclables when comparing single and dual-stream systems. Why? Because with dual, you get less contamination.

Single-stream costs more to sort, and more as a result of contamination. Waste haulers like it because it requires fewer trucks, less fuel, and is relatively easy compared to the dual and multi-stream systems. That worked when China was taking all of our contaminated products.

The market is changing. In 2008, Lake Worth, Florida signed a deal with Waste Management in which the City was paid $10 per ton of single-stream recycling goods. In 2018, when they renewed that contract, WM would be paid $85 per ton. Lake Worth has gone to a dual-stream system in cooperation with the County.

We will get our recycle update later this fall. Until then, please be aware of contaminated goods going into the bin. Even things like cardboard become contaminated if you leave the packing tape on the boxes. If you really want to recycle responsibly, please pay attention to what’s going into the bin.

On the City’s Environmental Services website, you can find a list of what you can and cannot recycle. Use this graphic for a memory jog.


Parks Activity Guides are now out, and they are this week’s Local Tucson item. Given the popularity of our parks programs, that is an easy choice.

There are two sessions for both fall and spring classes. This graphic shows each of them. When you sign up, keep that in mind so you are registering for times you can attend.

We have a supply of Parks Guides here at the Ward 6 office. Because of the Art of Asylum exhibit, we have moved the guides into our interior office area. Please ring the bell and simply ask for one. We have plenty.

As in the past, the guides have all sorts of classes listed. Pottery, activity classes for adults and for kids, KIDCO, art, and more. It is easy to register by going to on line. You may also call the registration desk at 791.4877.  Classes fill up quickly, so get your oar in the water early – and remember these deadlines for registering:



Steve Kozachik
Council Member, Ward 6

Events and Entertainment

Big Heart Coffee, 4802 East 22nd Street


TUCSON ARIZONA... Are you ready to be empowered? Join us Saturday, August 3rd, 11:30 AM- 3:30 PM @ Big Heart Coffee, 4802 E 22nd St., Tucson, AZ 85711, (520)777-7761

Event host: Dr. Lindie Sanders, Mozambique Ambassador and co-author of Rise, Pray & Slay Anthology.

Although the event is free registration is needed!

Keynote Social Proof:
*2019 Author of the Year (Relationships)
*Multi award-winning author
*MizCEO Magazine
*Today's Purpose Woman
*YOU Magazine
*Count it All Joy Broadcast
*Access TV
*Queen "B" Magazine
*Fishbowl Network, and more

* Possessing the land
* Strategies to heal
* Prayer Strategies
* POWERFUL Testimonials
* Networking

Coffee and pastries will be available at cost. Come relax and chat!!! 


Maynard's Market and Kitchen, 400 N Toole Ave

Enjoy live jazz music by Mesquite under the stars on the Maynards patio on Friday, August 2nd!

Please note: seating is not guaranteed without a dinner reservation. Please call us at 520.545.0577 or reserve your table online at

Hotel Congress

311 E Congress St

Tucson, AZ 85701

The Turtle Survival Alliance invites you to Hotel Congress for a drink and donation, with all proceeds going to save the turtles!

Come grab a drink and support freshwater turtle and tortoise conservation. The Turtle Survival Alliance will be in the Hotel Congress lobby with turtles (real life turtles!), TSA merch, conservation information and drink specials made for the turtle lover in you! 100% of merch and a percentage of drink proceeds will go directly towards TSA. 


Arizona State Museum, 1013 E University Blvd |

Arizona Theater Company, 330 S Scott Ave |

Children's Museum Tucson, 200 S 6th Ave |

Fox Theatre, 17 W Congress St |

Hotel Congress, 311 E Congress St |

Jewish History Museum, 564 S Stone Ave |

Loft Cinema, 3233 E Speedway Blvd |

Main Gate Square,
Friday Night Live Summer Jazz Concert Series, Geronimo Plaza – 814 E University Blvd FREE ADMISSION, Fridays at 7:30pm, Validated parking in Tyndall Garage after 5pm |

Meet Me at Maynards, 311 E Congress St |
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 |
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 |

Rialto Theatre, 318 E Congress St |

The Rogue Theatre, The Historic Y, 300 E University Blvd |

Southern Arizona Transportation Museum, 414 N Toole Ave |

Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N Alvernon Way |

Tucson Convention Center, 260 S Church St |

Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N Main Ave |

UA Mineral Museum, 1601 E University Blvd |

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

Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson2130 North Alvernon Way |