Steve K's Newsletter 10/14/19

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I’ve written before about there being no “routine” traffic stops. That’s generally in the context of a shooting, or some other bad result. In this non-routine stop, a Florida deputy pulled a guy over who was clocked going 63 mph in a 45 zone. There was a brief and rather excited exchange before the officer found himself returning to his car to get blankets and prepare himself to deliver a baby – which is indeed what happened. Be Kind to the officer. His comment was that ‘the baby did most of the work.’ Check out this link for the story.

This second Be Kind is for Curly the mutt. He awoke to an ongoing house fire at his home in Beaufort, South Carolina. Curly ran to his owner’s bed and nudged him over and over until Brian Rand woke up, smelled the smoke and got out safely. One-half of the house was destroyed, but Curly was responsible for saving the guy’s life.

Finally, this is an on-going Be Kind for the many neighbors over in Peter Howell who have been working with their neighbor Lee, who is losing the home she’s staying in due to a foreclosure. There’s a lot of back story, but the short note of kindness is the neighbors banding together to help Lee remove her stuff from the house, and to put her up for a while as she goes through the process of trying to find a new place to live. If you work in the affordable/low income housing industry and feel you might have a place for Lee, give us a call and we can fill you in on the details.

This Lump of Coal award goes to the people running the bulldozers out in Organ Pipe National Monument – taking our saguaro cacti in order to make room for the border wall. Saguaro cacti can live for up to 200 years. They are our signature Sonoran Desert logo. The construction industry is booming. I’d love to see one of those guys hop off his dozer, turn in his resignation on principle, and go find a job building an energy efficient home for a local builder instead of running over a cactus that has been growing since before his grandparents were born.

Water Security

A couple of weeks ago I wrote an update about the firefighting foam that’s causing the contamination of our groundwater. In that update, I shared photos of people messing around in the foam without protective gear on. One person wrote to me and suggested that was simply not plausible. Well, last week the L.A. Times ran a piece on the current use of the foam nationwide. This picture was included in that article. It is not the water based product that the guy who wrote said I must have mistakenly not referenced in my earlier newsletter. It is the AFFF that is indeed polluting the California water supply and water supplies around the country. You’ll note the worker who is likely ingesting the stuff.

I try to give current numbers on the expansiveness of the problem. Right now, the best figure I can find is that nationwide, PFCs have been found at over 400 currently operating and decommissioned military bases. Testing of off-base water supplies showed that every 1 out of 4 wells and water systems contain the contaminants. That figure comes from the Pentagon’s 2018 report to Congress, so it’s highly unlikely they’re over-stating the case.

Last year I worked with Tony Davis from the Star on getting word out about the contamination levels around DM. During that process, DM officials admitted in writing that when they dispose of the foam, it is either diluted and allowed into the sewer system (as I reported when showing the photos with the workers messing around in it), or it’s simply hosed into the soil. The photo shown above validates that admission – there is no care taken to ensure the pollutants don’t end up in water supplies.

Jane Williams is the Executive Director of California Communities Against Toxics, an environmental group advocating for more stringent PFAS clean-up standards. Right now, since the Trump EPA won’t set a legally enforceable contaminant level, there are few, if any, legal tools jurisdictions have to compel the DOD to contain and remediate plumes. Williams’ comment about the California experience is “the PFAS plumes are spreading near these military bases, and DOD is turning a blind eye.” California has 21 bases that are contaminated – the most of any State. Tucson has DM, and due to the actions of the State Air National Guard, we have excessive PFAS levels out by Tucson International Airport.

The EPA health advisory standard for PFAS is 70 parts per trillion. Out by DM we have tested wells at over 1,300 parts per trillion, and by the ANG operations we’ve tested at over 11,000 parts per trillion. Those are ridiculously high and deserve immediate action by DOD and the State. I’ve advocated that we include them in our litigation so a court compels their involvement. So how uncaring is the DOD generally? Check out these PFAS levels found around California military bases:

Edwards AFB – 18,000 parts per trillion
China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station – 8 million ppt
Ventura Count Naval Base – 1.08 million ppt
Marine Corps Air Station Tustin – 770,000 ppt

I’ve quoted the Environmental Working Group in past newsletters. They filed a Public Records Request for more testing results. While they add 3 more bases with excessive levels, the more troubling part is that the DOD is testing on base. California regulators aren’t having any luck getting them to engage in remediation work off base. Neither are we, so far. The California American Water Department has spent nearly $1.5M in clean up, containment and testing. Tucson Water is running a tab as well. I’ve asked about us filing a property damage claim against the DOD. We need to pull out all the stops to get local attention. 

The Pentagon estimates the clean-up work will have a price tag of over $2B. We started our litigation against 3M last week. The product manufacturers need to own some of that price tag. I’ll keep writing about this as the court case develops.

More Litigation – Prop 205

Late last week I was advised that the supporters of the Sanctuary City initiative have filed suit against the city attorney, city manager, police chief, and me. Here is the basis for the suit:

Dating back to when voters were considering Prop 101 (roads and public safety), the zoo tax, the $1B County Bond package, and Prop 407 (parks and connectivity), I’ve used this newsletter as an educational tool. Each time I write about a voter initiative, I make it clear that I cannot use City resources (this newsletter, for example) to advocate for or against something that’s headed for the ballot. Over the course of the past several months, when I have written about the Sanctuary initiative, I’ve made a similar disclaimer. What I have done though in each case is to cite language from the respective initiatives/propositions, and where relevant offer the implications of it being adopted. 

For example, with the public safety tax, pointing to what the money would purchase and what the cost to taxpayers would be – same thing for the zoo tax, parks and the County package. Nobody objected, nor should they have. It is a perfectly legitimate use of this resource to educate the public on what they will be voting on. Until now.

Last week I sent out a link to a memo that was drafted by the city attorney, manager and chief. The city attorney had also written a similar one back in January. Both were fact-based memos that answered some of our common FAQs. It did not, nor did I in the email, suggest that you vote one way or another. 

Facts are simply facts. Does the Sanctuary initiative require federal agencies to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with us that would self-limit their arrest authority within City limits? Yes. What agencies are included? I listed them, and so did the city attorney, city manager, and police chief in their memo. We also listed our interactions with those agencies. Those are facts. You take them and decide what to do with them at the ballot box.

Here’s what the complaint is after from us:

What does all that mean? They want the court to say the memos were improper, for us to stop distributing them, and I’m not quite sure what ‘issuing an injunction’ to take corrective action looks like. A gag order? Retracting the statements from the memos and my newsletters? Telling you all to forget what you read and don’t consider the facts when you vote? I guess we will have to wait on the court to see. 

The ACLU asked Chief Magnus and I to come speak to their Board about Prop 205. Reluctantly, we did. The Democratic Party asked me to speak both at their Board meeting and with one of the Prop 205 advocates at a regional meeting. I did that as well. I’ve written in the Star and in the Weekly on the subject, and have answered any questions other media outlets have asked. The court has determined that public officials have a right, and are indeed expected to take positions on matters of public policy. What I have not done though is tell you how to vote in this newsletter. I won’t – I’m not allowed to. Neither did the 3 guys who penned the memos. 

There was no small irony to the timing of some wholly unfounded claims made by a speaker at last week’s call to the audience. While he stood there saying that I was anti-immigrant, and that I was doing the work of Donald Trump, Ann from our office was over at the Catholic Community Services award ceremony receiving her part of our joint-award for the work we have done on behalf of immigrants at the monastery. Here is hers:

Since I was busy being sued and lambasted for being anti-immigrant, they will have to deliver mine to the Ward office. Facts can be very inconvenient things when they don’t fit into one’s narrative.

We continue taking donations for the immigrant families at the Alitas Welcome Center. People fill our back room every week with food, clothing and kids toys. The number of asylum seekers we’ve touched continues to grow – over 20,000 since we began a few years ago. Bring your supplies to the Ward 6 office and we’ll put them to a good and humanitarian use. 

Domestic Violence Awareness Month


All month I will be sharing information related to how you can help victims of DV. It’s a huge problem in Pima County – nationwide – and thanks to the information being provided by Emerge, we’re all becoming better educated on how to address it.

One question people often ask is why the victim does not simply leave the relationship. Sounds easy enough, unless you are that victim. If you are the victim, there are plenty of other considerations. Some are intuitive – others not so much unless you’ve walked the path.

Some of the intuitive reasons include things such as being financially dependent on the abuser, lack of housing options, or having a physical illness that prevents you from leaving. Then there are others that aren’t so easy to peg.

There’s of course a fear issue. Emerge says that can ‘immobilize’ victims. They may have also become emotionally dependent on the abuser and cling to a hope that they can change their behavior. Victims are often isolated from other social contact, so options become limited. In some cases, people are bound by a belief in traditional values that say you don’t leave a marriage. 

If you know victims, be there for them. Offer them the Emerge 24 hour hotline – 795.4266 – do not confront the abuser, and if you need direction, use that hotline. It’s for anyone involved in the abusive situation. Everyone’s goal is to help the victims.


Claire and I joined many of Genna’s family and friends at last week’s hearing. It was billed as a plea hearing during which the family had been told probation would be offered up as an optional sentence. For now, the plea deal was pulled off the table. I say ‘for now’ because there will be a status hearing in November and then we’ll see for certain where this case is headed.

Genna’s birthday is November 7th. She would have been 35 – my little girl’s age – so this is especially relevant for me. During the hearing last week, it was stated that probation was pulled as an option because ‘the victims changed their mind’ about offering it. I speak to the family frequently. Suggesting that they were ever in agreement with probation is simply false. Thank you for writing your letters objecting. Whatever the reason, it was not the family changing their minds, and may have been influenced by the legitimate public outcry.

Another statement made during the hearing was that an accidental discharge of a Glock is ‘plausible’ and that it happens frequently, even with police officers. I checked the accuracy of that statement. There was one accidental discharge by TPD in the past year. It happened on the firing range. It included discipline. It is not a frequent occurrence.
As for the ‘accidental firing’ being plausible, this quote comes directly from the TPD Crime Lab report I obtained when I was gathering the files on Genna’s case:

“The Glock pistol was test fired on March 12, 2018 by the examiner of this report and found to function as designed without any malfunctions. Installation of the Pachmayr Tactical Grip Glove would not cause the Glock pistol to accidently fire during or after its installation.

For the Glock pistol to fire, a cartridge has to be manually chambered then the trigger has to be pulled. The trigger on a Glock pistol is a two part trigger where both parts of the trigger have to be pulled. The average trigger pull required for this Glock pistol to fire is 7 ½ pounds.”

None of that report supports the claim that Genna’s killing happened accidentally while the shooter was putting a grip on his (loaded and chambered) gun. That ‘simple theory’ needs a more thorough review of the police reports. The allegation that there’s an ‘armorer’s report’ saying this was accidental is also false. No such report was issued.

The County Attorney announced last week that she will not be running for re-election next year. In her statement, she wrote this:

I am also very proud of the many innovative crime prevention, diversion and public outreach programs we have created and implemented. Fighting for justice for victims of crime, being the voice for the vulnerable and voiceless, pursuing an unwavering commitment to public safety by holding accountable those who commit crimes and harm, threaten and endanger others have been the hallmarks of my time in this office. I am profoundly proud of this legacy.

Genna is a victim, vulnerable and now voiceless. Except for those of us who are going to continue paying attention until this case is adjudicated. A ‘just’ outcome will validate that unwavering commitment to the safety of the public.

Homescape Harvest Tour

Our friends over at Watershed Management Group are hosting their own sort of ‘home tour’ – it is geared to celebrating homes that can brag on their own sustainable living practices. Check out this guy’s place:

 Plenty of bragging rights to be had there. On the tour, you’ll see lots more.

Included on the tour will be homes featuring water harvesting and solar, like you see in the picture. There will also be homes with greywater systems, composting, wildlife habitat, home gardening for food and beauty. The list of co-sponsors is long – you will recognize many of them such as Sierra Club, Ecosense, Technicians for Sustainability, Tucson Water, and a bunch more. The tour runs from 10am until 3pm on Sunday, October 19th. You can register on-line, and learn more about the event at this link:

And also on October 19th, I’ll be joining many of you at the Feldman’s Block Party. That event will run from 4pm until 6pm. Come to the Mabel/4th  Avenue area and you’ll find food, people, and they’ve asked me to bring a little music. Come ready to join in some songs you will have heard – the weather will be perfect, and the people will be friendly. Even if you’re not a Feldman’s neighbor, come and support their work, and see what it takes to put together your own block party.
Then, on Sunday the 20th, the Garden District is hosting their annual Porch Fest. Porch assignments have been handed out. I’ll be playing in the 2pm set, along with several other singers/bands. Here is the schedule with locations:

We start at 2pm and we’ll be playing until about 3:15 – then a second group of musicians steps in. The Porch Fest will also have food, activities for kids, and lots of people out for a little exercise, fun and music. Come on out both days and support our midtown neighbors who work so hard putting these kinds of events together.

Firefighter’s Chili Cook Off

While I’m announcing events, remember a week after the music weekend, the firefighters will host their annual chili cook off. They’ll have over 25 chili contestants, each representing a firehouse or some other law enforcement agency. The event will be at the Reid Park bandshell running from 10am until 8pm on October 26th. Remember to come dressed in Super Hero gear and take part in their opening fun run. There will be a Halloween costume contest – lots to do, and the event is free and open to everybody.

Film Tucson

(Photo Credit – Film Tucson)

That’s one of the sets used in the recent filming of Spiked. They shot 26 production days in and around Tucson. They also spent a few days in Bisbee and in Pinal County. It is another example of how the Visit Tucson film office is keeping us in the film production game, even without the benefit we would realize with a State film incentive.

We continue to demonstrate the viability of Tucson and Southern Arizona as a film location for several reasons. One is just that; ‘location.’ You can shoot desert, high country, urban – all with the same crew and all without having to pull up stakes and move to a new City or region. That brings efficiencies to any production. In addition, we have a local talent base that can ‘crew’ a film without them having to hire in from the outside. As with location, that adds efficiencies to the shoot. All of that cuts costs. If we could add a State incentive, we’d be seeing the big productions once again.

Spiked hired 63 local production staff, 31 Arizona-based actors and had over 330 extras on the sets. You’ll see it begin to hit the Film Festivals early next year. That’s likely too late to use it as another demonstration to our State legislature that film is jobs. Clean and local jobs. But they shouldn’t need Spiked to get that message. Our history should be sufficient – elections in 2020. This should be one issue discussed with candidates.

Another film-related item is this week’s Local Tucson piece. Coming at 6:15pm on Wednesday, October 23rd will be the film “Paper Tigers.” It’s a collaborative effort between City Center for Collaborative Learning and Youth on their Own. The show, along with a panel discussion afterwards will take place at City CCL, downtown at 37 E. Pennington. There’s parking immediately nearby.

Diego Coronado is the Lead Program Coordinator at YOTO. He’ll be joined by 5 other panelists immediately after the show for a discussion of poverty and violence, and the local Tucson impacts. The film itself follows 6 students who are attending an alternative high school. It explores how that experience affected their own abilities to address the psychological and physical trauma associated with the cycle of poverty and violence.

Donations are suggested at $6. All of the proceeds will be evenly split between the City CCL, and YOTO, all going towards the work those non-profits are doing on behalf of our local youth. To get more information on the event, and to buy advance tickets, go to



The 6-month pilot program for the scooters is about a month old. The topic fell off from the media radar screen as soon as the ordinance was passed. That is how news cycles go. But we continue getting calls from people irritated with clutter, and wanting to know how to get their concerns addressed.

The nature of the calls include the predictable; people riding on sidewalks, riding through the 4th Avenue underpass on the sidewalk, riding without helmets, riding double, and parking illegally. For example, this ‘nest’ of Bird scooters is illegally parked:

While it may not look horrible, you must leave at least 48” clear for ADA compliance. If you’re on a wheelchair, you will be forced into that rock garden in order to pass. 

According to our Ordinance, if you call to report this nest (I did not make that up – it’s what Bird calls their little parking clusters) they’re supposed to address it within 2 hours. Well, the first challenge is getting your call understood. Ever call for help with your computer, and it feels like the call taker is not in Tucson, and has trouble with English? Well, the Bird call center is in Santa Monica. Telling the person on the other end of the line that the scooters are on the 2600 block of East Speedway didn’t compute. Somebody in a wheelchair shouldn’t have to wait for up to 2 hours to get past the blockage anyway. 

Bird says they want to be responsive. If you have concerns with how people are riding or parking their product, call them at 866.205.2442. You can also email them at For Razor, their call center is in L.A. Call them at 833.527.8645. The Razor email is

When the rest of the M&C voted to approve these things (except Shirley – she and I were the 2 ‘no’ votes) I made the point that the impacts will be centered in Ward 6. That’s what we’re seeing. Let me know – and let the rest of the council know – and let the companies know when you see things you’d like to report. And in fairness, if you happen to see someone riding legally, in the bike lane, with a helmet, and they park the scooter legally at the end of their ride, let them know that as well.

Big Boy Locomotive 4014

This beast is scheduled to roll through Tucson on Thursday, October 17th around 10am. You can view it during its brief ‘nesting’ at the Historic Depot, 400 N. Toole.

There were only 25 of these engines built – vintage 1941. This is the only one left still running. It took 2 years to restore it up at a Union Pacific shop in Cheyenne, Wyoming. After the brief stop at the Depot, the engine will roll over to the train yards at Silverlake and Fairland Strav. It’ll be open for public viewing there on Friday the 18th from 9am until 3pm.

Back on Halloween night, 1966, my mom packed my brother and me onto the Sunset Limited in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We rode the train and arrived in Tucson about 4 days later. Passenger service is slowly disappearing. If you have a history with train travel that you can share with your kids, seeing the Big Boy would be a great way to open the conversation. And it’s all free.

Islamic Center – More Bottles 

In the past week, we have had 2 more incidents in which bottles were tossed from balconies in the student towers adjacent to the Islamic Center of Tucson (ICT.) While the photos look pretty harmless, remember that what you see is the result of beer bottles that were thrown off from a 6th floor balcony. The parking lot is immediately adjacent to an outdoor play yard for kids attending the ICT, and to a basketball hoop the members use. 

The management team back east was again contacted. In the first incident, video was able to identify the suite from which the bottles were thrown. Eviction notices have been sent to the occupants. As I write this, TPD is still reviewing video from the second incident. If they can identify the suite, another eviction proceeding will begin.

Above, I mentioned the irony of Ann and I receiving Good Samaritan awards for our work in support of immigrants. Similarly, the day the lawsuit was filed, and the day before the guy came to call to the audience tossing out the claims that I’m anti-immigrant, our friends at the Islamic Center posted this note on their Facebook page:

I would hate to think the Prop 205 supporters are anti-Muslim, and that they don’t support the work I’ve been doing in defense of the ICT.

After each of these incidents, the company blocks off the offending balcony. I continue to believe they should proactively block all south facing balconies on this property so I am not reporting a fatality to you in some future newsletter. I appreciate their acting, but this one’s only a question of ‘when?’ – not ‘if’ someone is going to be seriously injured.

Thanks to TPD for their quick work on this. And thank you to my friends at the ICT for keeping me in the loop on these incidents. Working together we can effect change.

Neighborhood Resources

A couple of weeks ago, Crystal and I attended the Livability Forum hosted by UA Community Outreach person, Julie Katsel. The event was held on Sunday afternoon in the conference room at Old Main. It looked as though we had about 50 residents in attendance. The invitees generally reflected neighborhoods that are active in the Campus Community Relations Committee (CCRC.) 

The forum was conducted in a ‘sharing circle’ format – the kind you have participated in if you’ve come to one of the several forums I’ve hosted with Our Family Services. Neighbors gathered at tables randomly and went through a series of questions that related to Tucson, what we love, our challenges, and eventually focused on specific things we can do to improve our quality of livability. Realize that CCRC is made up of neighborhoods that surround the UA campus, so the answers may be different than you’d get coming out of say Cunningham’s ward on the east side.

When the ‘votes’ were tallied, the most popular ideas/goals included these:

#1 – address traffic/transportation across neighborhoods by closing traffic specific streets. Improve roads and bike paths and sidewalks. Reduce the number of cars, and thru-traffic to large housing complexes by creating some sort of off-site gathering areas.

#2 – Commitment from the UA and developers of student housing to develop infrastructure to enhance the neighborhoods – things like sidewalks, blue lights, etc

#3 – Revise the UA and neighborhood area plans to increase the authority of specific plans (not the campus Master Plan.) Collaboration with the UA to collect and disseminate neighborhood information. Getting students to attend neighborhood meetings. Assigning a student neighborhood liaison such as an intern to interface with students and neighbors.

There was talk of incentivizing home ownership, primarily by UA employees, a commitment to the history of neighborhoods around campus, and UA/neighborhood collaboration on things such as signage, bike and walking paths, water harvesting, urban planning and a grocery store.

I am hopeful the Prop 407 – parks and connectivity – can work to address some of the concerns raised. The idea of gathering neighbors and the UA together was important. I’ve hosted plenty of these sorts of meetings, unfortunately most commonly at a frat house after problems have arisen. Or over at the ICT after a bottle throwing incident. Good for Julie, for rolling the dice on getting some proactive movement. The report back will take place at the next CCRC meeting. It will be interesting to see what people suggest for follow through on the ideas they presented. 

Livability – Messy Bus Stops

On the theme of quality of life, have you seen this at bus stops around your neighborhood?

The vendor we have under contract for making sure bus stops are clean is Advision. In the past week, we’ve had some exchanges with them, specific to bus stops in and around the Garden District. But the conversation applies City wide.

Advision is responsible for the maintenance around bus stops. That includes power washing when necessary, but also litter – cigarette butts included. There are over 1700 bus stops under their contract. According to the Advision rep, they only get 3-4 calls for extra services per day. That would imply that either they are doing a great job, or people just don’t know who to call when they see excessive trash, bees/spiders, vandalism, graffiti or homeless camps setting up shop at a bus stop. 

Our contact last week from Advision was Charlie Marino. He’s their Chief Operating Officer. According to Charlie, “any outside maintenance/trash request reported is addressed within hours, and we feel that the job we do is outstanding.” He says they have a plan to mitigate any need for outside calls, and they’re in the process of implementing it as they ‘work through the details.” 

If you see a bus stop that’s in need of some extra TLC, contact Charlie at There’s also Danny Browne – If you can send pictures, all the better. The company is under contract to keep the bus stops clean – letting them know of a mess is simply being their eyes out in the community. According to our exchanges, your call will be addressed ‘within hours.’

Thanks to the residents of Garden and Palo Verde for keeping an eye on the Alvernon/Grant area. And thanks in advance to our partners at Advision for their responsiveness.


And with that part of town in mind – and having written above about Youth on their Own – the Palo Verde neighborhood annual drive in support of YOTO is in full swing. In fact, it winds down this week. There are the usual 4 spots you can drop off food pantry items, and as in the past you can send in cash donations if that’s easier for you. They’ve covered all the information you’ll need in the flyer. YOTO’s a valuable community partner, deserving of any help you can afford to send their way.

Auto Mechanic and Low Income

Gloria is a lady who lives in midtown. She’s from the Chicago area and grew up using the bus system. Out here, she combines that with the need for a reliable car. That’s true of many people. The operative word there though is ‘reliable.’

The concern Gloria raises is the inability of many of our working poor and seniors to afford the timely repair of their auto. Being without it may mean missing work – which may mean missing or reducing a paycheck that was to have been used to repair the car. It’s a tough cycle. 

I told Gloria that I would use this vehicle to help spread the notion among the auto mechanic community that if there are low-income services you can provide, there is a market. If you are a retired mechanic looking to moonlight, there is a market for your skills. If you are a factory service center, is there room in your P&L for some pro bono or reduced cost (not quality) work? If any of that is you, send me your contact information, and a little bit about you – I’ll include it in a newsletter and together we may be able to help at least one reduced income working person to get to work, raise a family and maybe even enjoy a night out having some fun.


Steve Kozachik
Council Member, Ward 6


City of Tucson Services

Follow this link for contact information you might need from time to time to access all sorts of City services. You’ll find Environmental Services, Tucson Water, how to report graffiti, some Tucson Codes, and a bunch more. You are completely still welcome to contact us directly at the Ward office if you’d like some help navigating the system, but there will be times you just want to make a call on your own.


Events and Entertainment


University of Arizona, Centennial Hall, 1020 E University Blvd


with appearances by Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company and Mariachi Femenil

We invite you to observe Día de los Muertos early with one of Mexico’s greatest singers and cultural ambassadors, multi- Grammy® award winning singer, Lila Downs, in Día De Los Muertos: AL CHILE – a fiesta of music, dance and ritual. Lila brings her unique interpretation of traditional Mexican and Mesoamerican music, deeply personal renditions of classic rancheras, and her original songs to Día De Los Muertos: AL CHILE, a voyage of emotions, movement and sound that celebrates the rich traditions of Day of the Dead. The program features Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company, the premiere Los Angeles folk ballet company celebrating 15 years of dance; and Mariachi Femenil Flores Mexicanas, the leading all-female mariachi group in the Southwest. Their rich sound and inspiring musicianship is a strong yet elegant statement not typically seen in this traditionally male-dominated art form. Come dressed in your favorite Día de los Muertos outfits and makeup to share in the celebration that is Día De Los Muertos: AL CHILE!

Ticket prices vary:



The University of Arizona Department of Entomology, at the Environmental and Natural Resources 2 (ERN2) Building 

The University of Arizona's Department of Entomology hosts a unique festival to improve science literacy and increase awareness about the importance of insects. Insect-related research by UA scientists and work from our broader community partners are showcased at more than 20 booths along with hands-on activities and exhibits.

The Arizona Insect Festival is the largest UA event completely designed and run by UA scientists to engage the community in our science. During this free, single-day festival each fall, thousands of visitors engage in interactive exhibits and discover insect-based research and endeavors taking place at the UA and our broader community. Local non-profit organizations such as Southeast Butterfly Association, Tucson Botanical Gardens, Tohono Chul, National Park Service, and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum are also exhibitors. The event takes place on the University of Arizona campus, on the lower level and surrounding the ENR2 building. Parking is FREE in most garages on Sundays. Sixth St. Garage is closest.


The Loft Cinema presents: THE INSULT

In recognition of National Conflict Resolution Day, a special screening in collaboration with the Center for Community Dialogue & Training (a program of Our Family Services). Featuring post-screening community dialogue circles about the roots of violence in our own desert city.

A dispute between two men – one a Lebanese Christian, one a Palestinian refugee – on the streets of Beirut escalates into a national sensation as they face off in court, opening old wounds and traumatic memories, in this gripping drama in which the personal becomes political.




Arizona State Museum, 1013 E University Blvd |

Arizona Theater Company, 330 S Scott Ave |

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

Friends of Himmel Park, 1000 N Tucson Blvd |

Weekly Saturday and Sunday mornings, weed-pull from 8 to 10 AM.                                                                             

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 |

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 |