Steve K's Newsletter 11/12/19

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Congratulations to my colleagues, current and new, on their election last Tuesday. I look forward to working on the M&C with new Ward 1 council member Lane Santa Cruz, continuing Ward 2 council member Paul Cunningham, new Ward 4 council member Nikki Lee, and our new mayor, former Ward 1 council member Regina Romero. 

The voters weren’t swayed by this guy’s well-researched and expressed statement. His party leadership should be, well, proud. 

We’re headed in a positive direction and I’m confident that will continue with the upcoming governing body.


In respect of Veterans Day, this Be Kind is for all those who are involved – both locally, and nationally – in the Honor Flight Network. Since 2005 they’ve flown nearly 250,000 veterans of the WWII, Korean and Vietnam wars from their hometowns to D.C. to see the memorials built in their honor. 

This is the relatively new Korean War memorial:

This one’s Vietnam:

That’s my era. My mom’s partner from the ‘60s joined the Army and served as a nurse in Nam. She’s writing a book about the experience. I had numerous friends who were drafted. None came back the same person they were when they deployed.

The Honor Flight Network is a way for the men and women who served, but who may never have the opportunity otherwise, to go and see the memorials built to honor their service. If you’re ever in D.C., walking through each of them will give you a true sense of both the extreme sacrifices, and the senseless losses war inflicts on all who are caught up in them.

This is a joint Be Kind for both the Kaimas Foundation, and for the staff and volunteers out at the Tucson Wildlife Center for the work they do in support of animals in need of medical attention. TWC is hosting an open house at which you’ll have an opportunity to see the great work they’re doing. They take in critters in need of rehab, do that work and then release them back into the wild. This is not a place you go to adopt pets. 

The open house is coming on Saturday, November 16th. It wouldn’t be happening without the generosity Kaimas is offering. Check out the flyer – it’s very kid-friendly. It’d be great to see you there for one of the tours.

Last week at the conclusion of the Advance Directive workshop we hosted with Our Family, a lady came up to me and in the course of thanking me for bringing the workshop she added that she was touched by the guest piece I had written for and about my mom the week she died. She said she had read it to her own mom – a ‘boomer mom’ – and they appreciated it together. That was very meaningful to me – and Kind of her to take a moment and share that bit of very personal connection. More on the workshop below.

Advance Directive Follow Up

In the past year, several friends have lost loved ones. Since my mom died in January, I’m much more attuned to the sadness and deep sense of loss when that happens. We all deal with it on a very personal level, and each finds ways to honor those who we’ve lost. The Cherry Urn shown in the picture was built by a friend in honor of his lost sister. He showed his love by creating this memorial piece with his own hands. I know all of us who are in that ‘club’ have our own ways we’ve expressed our love. 

The Advance Directive workshop was an important reminder to ‘get our papers in order.’ We had a full house and I’m grateful to the Our Family staff who came and did the presentation. People left with a handful of information that is critically important to act on.

In the course of the evening, we talked about two documents in particular. They’re end of life planning kits that you can access on-line, fill out and get on record. This link is for one that comes from the State Attorney General’s office. It walks you through questions to help your surviving loved ones have answers in the event you become unable to speak up for yourself. 

https://www.azag.gov/sites/default/files/docs/seniors/life-care/2018/Lif...

This is a similar form that’s simply called “5 wishes.” 

https://samaritannj.org/resources/5-wishes-living-will-documents/

In the same way the AG’s form walks you through some important questions, 5 wishes gets your end of life preferences in writing in a slightly different way, but just as effectively.  When filling it out, you’ll identify who you want making your health care decisions for you if you can’t make them, the kinds of medical treatment you want (or that you don’t want), how you want comfort care to be administered, how you want to be treated in your last days, and what you want your loved ones to know. It’s not a Will, but it does lay out end of life ground rules that you have the right to set in place. 

And this Compassion and Choices sectarian end of life statement is a form you may want to add as an addendum to your other statements. It comes into play if the medical community caring for you refuses to honor your desires. These are your choices, not to be usurped by the religious views of someone administering medical care for you in your last days.

https://compassionandchoices.org/end-of-life-planning/plan/sectarian-hea...

Each of these forms takes only a couple of minutes to fill out. Once you do so, distribute them to your own loved ones, and to your doctor. Having them on file will save lots of heartache for others, and will ensure your own dignity, at a time when there’s already enough stress and sadness people are dealing with.

More Election Results

By now you very likely know the results of the Mayor, Council and Sanctuary City votes from last week. One outcome that hasn’t received any publicity relates to a State law, HB2604, adopted in 2018 that lays down criteria forcing City elections to even-numbered years. We didn’t meet the voter turnout bar set in that law, so when the new M&C is seated, we’ll have an immediate decision to make. 

The State has tried to force us to even-numbered year elections in the past. In 2012 they tried, we sued, and we won because the Court said we’re a Charter City, and we have the right to determine when our elections are held. When they wrote 2604 though, they tied the move to even-numbered year elections to voter turnout. That might be a more defensible standard for moving us off from the odd numbers.

Here’s the critical language in 2604:

They certainly made it clear who the legislation was aimed at (“including Charter Cities.”) 

When they passed that law in ’18, the M&C decided to ask you if you wanted us to just comply. We placed Prop 408 on the ’18 ballot. The results were pretty compelling -

The voters said to stick with odd-numbered year elections, which as you saw last week, we’ve done.

HB2604 sets the comparison standard to what our voter turnout was in the 2018 election. In the City of Tucson, we had a 70% turnout. It was a State wide ballot, with the Governor’s seat on the hook. And it was a mid-term federal election, so that high turnout was not a huge surprise. The issue is that per 2604, our election last week needed to be no more than 25% less than that 70 in order to keep us on odd-numbered years. Turnout last week was in the mid-30%’s. It needed to be around 45%. That’s why we now have a decision to make.

In 2018 we chose not to fight 2604 in court. We asked you if you wanted us to change to even numbers – you said ‘no.’ We waited until this year’s election to see if the 25% number would kick in and make the change a moot point. It didn’t. So here are our options:

a)    Change to even-numbered year elections
b)    Take the State to Court and defend our current local option of running M&C elections in odd-numbered years.

We’ll have what I suspect will be an executive session later this year to talk about those options. For me, it’s pretty easy. You told us to fight for local control when you rejected Prop 408. I’ll be supporting going back to Court and trying to preserve that practice. 

We won in 2012. At that time, the State had not made the ‘voter turnout’ argument to justify moving us to even-numbered year elections. Yet, from our perspective, placing us on an even-numbered year ballot will put us at the bottom of the ballot, and will significantly dilute attention given to our races. 

If the majority of the M&C agree, we’ll fight them again. But this time, and with this new State Supreme Court (loaded with Ducey appointments), I’m not heading to Vegas to place odds on our chances. 

Hotel Congress and The Rialto combine for this week’s Local Tucson item. Coming from noon until 4pm on the 24th, Hotel Congress will celebrate its 100 year anniversary. That event will serve as the kick-off for the Rialto’s 100 year birthday they’ll be celebrating next year. 

     

The party at Hotel Congress will include music, food and kids entertainment. There will also be activities across the street at Maynards in the historic depot. The Rialto party will come in 2020, as they opened in 1920. Just think for a moment of the history these two venues have seen in the last 100 years, both locally and internationally.

Stop by Hotel Congress on Sunday the 24th with the whole family. The Oserans run the place and have a strong commitment to Tucson and our values.

Airbnb Partying

In 2016, the State legislature and Ducey did what they do. They passed a bill pre-empting local authority to regulate Airbnb rentals. At the time, they felt it was a swell way to show support for small businesses – mom and pop renting their place out for a weekend when they went on vacation. Our lobbying from ground zero did no good. 

Last week in Orinda, California, 5 people were killed in a shooting that took place in an Airbnb rental. In the aftermath, their CEO has announced Airbnb will be ‘banning unauthorized parties.’ In his tweet, CEO Brian Chesky said “We must do better, and we will. This is unacceptable.” No kidding.

Ahead of that shooting, Ducey and the gang up north had gotten word that they maybe should have listened to local voices before taking our decision-making ability away. While we haven’t seen the text of any proposed legislation, it’s clear they’re looking at rolling back some of the changes they put in place back in ’16. I’ll keep you up to speed as that develops. Even Ducey and the Legislature now realize that these aren’t just mom and pop – they’re big business that have the ability to ruin the character and ambience of an established neighborhood.

Immigrant Safety

In the past week, we’ve seen numerous stories on the news about the tragic murder of 3 mothers and 6 of their children in Northern Mexico. This photo is of some of the surviving family members. 

(Photo Credit NY Times)

Authorities are now saying that the murders were carried out by a cartel gang, evidently mistaking the Mormon group for a rival gang. I obviously can’t vouch for or refute that, but it’s clear it lays to rest the longstanding message that Mexico’s drug war is only taking the lives of criminals.

Lost in the media messages of the past week is the fact that we continue to warehouse Central American migrants on the Mexican side of the border. The Trump administration “Remain in Mexico” policy is claimed to be a victory by that administration, and by border wall advocates. Their expressions of shock and sorrow over the murders of the LDS family need to be heard with that as the context. 

The numbers of people being dropped off by ICE and Border Patrol at the Alitas Welcome Center continue to be reduced from when we were operating out of the Benedictine. That does not mean people have stopped fleeing Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. That does not mean the life-threatening conditions in Central America have miraculously been fixed. That does not mean the migrant families being kept in Mexico are safe.

We at the Ward 6 office join others in condemning the murder of the Mormon family members. We also join the hundreds of volunteers and Catholic Community Services staff who have invested thousands of hours supporting the Central American migrants in reminding people that the Remain in Mexico policy of the Trump administration is inhumane, antithetical to our national values of compassion, and is placing brothers and sisters of the human family in unnecessary danger.

Berliners Weigh In On The Wall

Speaking of policy decisions, the good people of Berlin sent Trump a gift. Last Saturday was the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Berlin wall. The gift? It speaks for itself:

Hansen Film Institute – Docscapes Series

On a similar note, the Hanson Film Institute’s DocScapes presentation this month shares the life stories of 6 Dreamers – young people who know no other ‘home’ than the United States, and whose time here is threatened by policies and legal actions being promoted by the Trump administration.

DocScapes is a series of films that bring both the filmmaking community and the broader community together to explore significant social issues. Waking Dream is the film now being showcased.

Theo Rigby is both a storyteller and a photo journalist. In Waking Dream, he pulls both skills together as he tells the story of 6 undocumented young people who are now in that limbo state between a path to citizenship and deportation. Under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA,) nearly 800,000 young people have had the opportunity to legally work, go to college, start businesses and generally pursue the ‘American Dream.’ Waking Dream moves beyond the politics and gives the stories behind that political fight. It shows the human side of the issue. 

The show will be featured on Wednesday, November 20th at the UA Gallagher Theater. It starts at 6pm – and it’s free. Given the ‘politics of the day,’ this is a timely and important DocScape. I hope you can carve out time to go and watch Theo’s work.

Roadway Safety

Last Friday I joined some of the Living Streets Alliance folks, and a few dozen UA students for a luncheon presentation on “Speed Limits and Sustainability.” It was presented by Portland State professor Peter Koonce. He’s involved in the review and drafting of several roadway safety manuals, and advises road engineering decisions in the Portland area. 

The previous evening I had met with some of the Rio Nuevo people and talked about how moving the Bungalows on Broadway is working out, time lines and that sort of thing. The creative land use work happening on Broadway ties in perfectly with the comments made by Koonce.

It was interesting to note that among the UA students who showed up were people studying Civil Engineering, Urban Planning, Optical Science, Geography, Landscape Architecture and Public Health. Speed limits and land use are multi-disciplinary topics.

I’ve written in the past about how our traffic management folks use what’s called the “85th Percentile” rule when assessing appropriate speed limits. That rule comes out of one of the manuals that’s now being revised. It simply says that if 85% of the drivers who are observed are driving at a particular speed on a given roadway, it must be the safe speed. We let the drivers set the limit. I’ve long argued that the standard needs to include context – what’s happening outside the curb lines. It was nice to hear the work Koonce is doing validates that position.

Portland has adopted a Vision Zero policy. That means no loss of life on their streets is acceptable. It means when looking at speed limits, they also consider remaking the Right of Way in ways that make the roadway attractive and inviting for users other than car drivers. Protected bike lanes and shaded wide sidewalks, for example. It’s also the kind of thinking that’s driving our design approach to the Sunshine Mile. Context matters – if you’re driving down a street with wide lanes, with very little happening adjacent to the roadway, you have no visual cues that slowing down may be appropriate. Placing cafes, walking areas and landscaping along the street sends a very different mental message to drivers.

For example – compare this image from San Francisco:

To this one from Broadway (current condition): 

This is a street I ran on while visiting my daughter in Copenhagen. Note the multimodal use, separated bike lane and the first vehicle you see in the shot is a bus. In Denmark, 49% of people commute by bike.

The design of Sunshine Mile on Broadway can be a template for other road design work we do in Tucson over the coming years. The changes in perspective Koonce said are coming to road design manuals – specifically with respect to factors used to set speed limits – will help us reduce serious injuries and fatalities. The data is incontrovertible – slower speeds result in safer streets.

A survey Koonce shared showed that people who have been in the traffic engineering field for 10 years or longer look at factors such as speed and keeping traffic ‘free flowing’ when determining speed limits. People who have been in the field for 10 years or less consider context and what’s happening outside the curb lines. It’s a paradigm shift that looks at who we’re providing the services to – just cars, or other interests. It’s what our Broadway Citizen Task Force fought for during the early Sunshine Mile discussions. We’re making belated progress.

“A” Mountain Safety Program

This week marks the beginning of our new safety protocols on A Mountain. Starting today, there will be no cars allowed to drive up the hill on Mondays. The vehicular gate will be closed all day. On Mondays the trips up and down the hill will be for pedestrians and bikers.  

Tuesdays through Sundays, vehicles can access the Mountain from 11am until 8pm. That gives walkers, joggers and bikers from sunrise until 11am to be on that road without cars. We’ll reassess how this program is working next spring. The goal – safety on our roadways while maintaining access for all. If you’d like to review the program, go to https://www.tucsonaz.gov/parks/SentinelPeakPark

Right of Way Work

I’m adding pavers to my driveway. Actually, my bride says we’re adding pavers to our driveway, so I’m adding pavers to my driveway. Married guys understand the concept. It’s a pretty simple project – and it requires a Permit from the City. We’re crossing the public Right of Way, so it needs the City to sign off on the plans.

It’s not necessarily intuitive that we’d need to get City approval for laying down some pavers. So I thought it might be helpful, and save you some heartburn down the road if you knew the sorts of work that require some City buy-in. This is a list I pulled from the City site that discusses permitting:

The operative words are “impact the following.” I’m impacting the Right of Way. If you lay pavers, and if you have sidewalks, you’ll touch both of those boxes. You are responsible for buckled sidewalks that are in front of your property. This includes work in the alley behind your house, neighborhoods who want to alter medians in their residential areas, and public spaces being disturbed need someone from our Streets Division to weigh in. For some of it, you’ll need safety barricades. For others, just the permit. 

Here’s some contact information – it’s always better to check first so you know the ground rules.

Email to TDOTPermitCenter@tucsonaz.gov
The website is www.tucsonaz.gov/tdot/permits-and-codes-section 

Escooters

I pulled this headline from a NY Times article that ran last week. I’d be shocked, shocked if any of our scooting public had been drinking. Certainly Tucson riders know better. Perhaps even the two who were seen riding in a bike lane against traffic on Speedway by a lady who lives in the Miramonte neighborhood. For sure they had their wits about them.

And the person who hung this one at The Shanty – certainly no drinking involved in having made this decision:

This is the little instruction sheet that you’ll find on the City scooter site. How does our local experience match up so far?

No Sidewalk Riding – fails.
Park Respectfully – fails.
Wear a Helmet – fails.
Must be 18 years, or older – fails.
Cross Streetcar Tracks at 90 degrees – I’m unaware of any streetcar track mishaps so far, so either they’re doing it right, or just riding on the sidewalk to avoid the tracks altogether.
One Person per Scooter – fails.

These 6 guys are doing nothing illegal. They’re almost all in the bike lane on Broadway, none have helmets, all are over 18 (may not live to see 20) and the City feels this is a positive amenity to our community. Some council members believe these guys would be driving cars if not on the scooters, and this is the better alternative.

Another person told me about 2 high school kids (under 18) riding on the sidewalk around Tucson High. Diana and I visited the Downtown Clifton opening (congratulations Moniqua) last week and watched a little kid who could barely see above the handlebars riding on the sidewalk outside the cathedral.

This couple is on one of the narrow sidewalks on Historic 4th Avenue, I suppose just hoping nobody comes out from one of the businesses they’re passing. Yes, they’re avoiding the streetcar tracks.

The irony about this illegally parked scooter is that you can see the docked Tugo’s in the background. In the entire time we’ve had the Tugo program, you have never seen any of them illegally parked like the scooters are.

I pulled this language from the City-initiated Permit form. The Razor scooters (in the photo above, and in the one below) are not ‘designed to be operated in a standup mode.’ But we gave them the permit for up to 750 of these things anyway.

This Razor is blocking Congress, at 4th Avenue. It was just last month that one of my colleagues who supported the scooter program brought a study session intended so he could express his concern for maintaining the ambience and character of Historic 4th. I suspect this is not what he had in mind.

Our regulations call for scooters to be parked in an upright position, and in the landscape zone. This is neither.

At least these are upright – not legally parked, but upright anyway.

One not in the landscape zone – one not upright.

      

Another lady wrote to me telling me about the “10 scooters at SW corner, 3 scooters at SE corner, and 1 scooter at NE corner” – all on the sidewalk of University and 4th Avenue.

Above and below – around our Warehouse Arts District.

 

This couple will have a decision to make on getting past the obstruction. This is on one of our narrow downtown sidewalks.

This driver will have an opportunity – or will just back up and drive around the obstruction.

Scroll through these next several pictures – this is a daily occurrence. It’s what every other jurisdiction who has embraced escooters has experienced. Nobody on the M&C, or staff who supported these things, should claim to be surprised.



    

I checked with staff last week to see how aggressively we were following up with Razor and Bird about these code violations. We have not impounded any scooters, nor have we issued a single fine to either of the companies for violating the 2 hour response time. There’s talk of ‘geofencing’ 4th Avenue to set up parking zones – and pulling in Park Tucson agents to monitor. Geofencing 4th will push the issue out into surrounding neighborhoods. Ironhorse has already written a letter expressing their displeasure with this ‘corporate litter.’ Park Tucson agents don’t have time to chase scooters.

Once again, here’s the contact information for Bird and Razor. Good luck.

Bird - 866.205.2442. You can also email them at hello@bird.com. For Razor - 833.527.8645. The Razor email is sharesupport@razorusa.com

Also let TDOT know at TDOTConcerns@tucsonaz.gov.

The 4th Avenue Street Fair is coming December 12-15. It’s their Golden Anniversary. Plan on supporting the Fair. I have submitted a study session request for December 3rd with the intent of ending this pilot program and having the scooters removed before thousands of people show up for the Fair. I’ll be looking for 3 colleagues on the then newly-formed M&C to support cleaning the clutter the scooters have brought to the area.

Roadway Maintenance

Heads up for some non-scooter related traffic snarls from November 11th through the 15th. TDOT will be doing repaving work in a few areas around the UA campus. They include the intersections of 6th/Euclid, and 6th/Highland. Also, Speedway between Park and Mountain, and Park from Helen to Speedway will be repaved. You’ll see traffic messageboards in the area. If you need more information on the work, contact the job supervisor Dan Robertson at dan.robertson@tucsonaz.gov, or call him at 400.6722. 

Water Security

My bride and I went to see Harriet at the Roadhouse Cinema last week. It’s worth the trip. My prediction is it’ll win Best Actress. But that’s not the point here. One of the promos was for an upcoming documentary on litigation filed against DuPont – for contaminating public drinking water. We’re headed down that exact same path with 3M, and others.

A guy named Robert Bilott had been on the inside at DuPont for years defending the company. That all changed around the year 2000 when a farmer named Wilbur Tennant contacted him about mysterious animal deaths he was seeing with his stock. The cows began acting aggressively and dying. The locals were also finding deer corpses that were full of tumors. DuPont had a landfill in the area – and this was their then-current marketing scheme:

Teflon has PFOA, one of the chemicals we’re finding in our wells out by DM and TIA. We’re not alone. This map shows the national disbursement of PFOA and PFOS – contaminants linked to DuPont, and to 3M.

Bilott was able to secure a $670M settlement from DuPont on behalf of residents who live around the mid-Ohio Valley. He now has a class-action suit going on behalf of everyone in the U.S. who has PFAS in their blood. His suit is totally separate from ours.  This is an excerpt I pulled from his 2001 letter to the EPA about the contamination. His reference to C-8 is the chemical make-up of the PFAS they contaminated the water with.

I’ve written before about 3M settling with the State of Minnesota for nearly $900M. This is big time stuff, and we’re now in the middle of it. It’s where I believed we needed to be when I encouraged the meeting last year between our water, legal and upper administrative staff with the legal team that’s now leading the litigation. 

The DOD continues to ‘study’ the issue that has resulted in multiple extremely significant legal settlements. In addition to our lawsuit, the Southern Environmental Law Center has filed suit against Chemours (another PFC manufacturer) on behalf of residents in the Wilmington, North Carolina area. That suit is over discharging the ‘new and improved’ PFCs called GenX. The suit is calling for an end to the discharges, and damages of from $32K to over $50K per day, dating back years. 

Watch for the movie Dark Waters coming to the Roadhouse later this month. You can watch the trailer here: Dark Waters

Watch this newsletter for continuing updates on our own role in the litigation. This is a multi-billion dollar issue that affects our local drinking water quality.

We are not serving contaminated drinking water. But we must position ourselves to be able to maintain that standard when we are forced off from CAP water in the future. Acting now is how that will be possible.

Benedictine a Winner

A while back I wrote that the Benedictine project had been nominated for an MPA Common Grounds Award. They give awards annually to the 10 most significant projects in the region. To qualify, the project needs to include a unique and impressive combination of partners, and provide an important community benefit. 

In addition to the rezoning and historic preservation components of the monastery project, the selection committee included the great work done on behalf of the migrant community by Catholic Community Services and the hundreds of volunteers who stepped up and served. Everyone who has had a role in any of that work shares in this award. I’m grateful for the collaborative spirit each facet of the work has enjoyed. Here’s the list of all 10 winners:

The 2019 Common Ground Award Winners are:
· Arizona Drought Contingency Plan Process
· Benedictine Monastery Development
· City of Tucson Planning & Development Services Department Tech Tools
· Pima County/City of Tucson Opportunity Zones
· Pima JTED Innovative Learning Campus
· Santa Cruz River Heritage Project
· SB1248 Rule B Legislation Fix 
· The Monier Building 
· The Union on 6th 
· Twin Peaks/Blue Bonnet Sewer Project

Family Festival in the Park

Come to Reid Park this Saturday and bring your family. This will be the 14th annual Family Festival in the Park. The Zoo will have $1 admissions, and outside the zoo there will be face painting, games, inflatables and a bunch of other activities going on. The Edith Ball Adaptive Rec Center will offer free swim time, and will have an inflatable obstacle course in the water. The non-zoo piece is free. The zoo $1 will go to help fund their important animal conservation work. 

We’ll be kicking it off at the DeMeester band shell at 10am. The whole event runs until 2pm. The weather will be perfect for the tours the Friends of the Cele Peterson Rose Garden will be giving. Sierra Boyer is the honcho pulling this off. Contact her at sierra.boyer@tucsonaz.gov if you want more information. Otherwise, just bring your family and friends and enjoy the day at Reid Park.

Sincerely,

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

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

Sunday, Nov 10 - Thursday, Nov 14

Loft Film Fest | The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd

The Loft Film Fest at the Loft Cinema is dedicated to showcasing the best independent, foreign and classic films, as well as celebrating the work of established and emerging directors, writers, producers and actors. The Loft Film Fest, through its eclectic and diverse programming, aims not only to expand the audience for cinema that challenges, inspires and entertains, but also to honor those artists whose talent and passion bring that cinema to life. Visit https://loftcinema.org/ to learn more and see movie showtimes. 

Friday, Nov 15, 11:30 AM to 01:45 PM

Presidio Block History Tour | Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum 196 N. Court Ave.

Step back in time, and discover the interesting stories of Tucson’s past that have made the city what it is today.  The Presidio Block History Tour includes a tour of the Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum and the Tucson Museum of Art's Historic Block, as well as a delicious lunch at La Cocina. Endorsed by the Tucson City of Gastronomy, the Presidio District Experience Tour includes stops at several locations in the historic Presidio District of Downtown Tucson. Participants experience Tucson's complex food heritage and the fusion of Old and New World ingredients while hearing great stories of Tucson's history in historic locations. Admission is $60 per person. Visit https://tucsonpresidio.com/ to learn more. 

Saturday, Nov 16, 7:30 AM  1:00 PM

7th Annual Marana Turkey Trot 5K/10K & Fun Run | Crossroads at Silverbell District Park
7548 N. Silverbell Road Marana, AZ

If you're looking to burn calories before the holidays or a fun way to train with friends, then Turkey Trot is for you. This event offers both 5K and 10K races, beginning at Crossroads at Silverbell Park. Both courses run along the beautiful Santa Cruz River bed. Take advantage of the opportunity to have your picture taken with the turkey mascot. Runners are invited to bring a food donation on race day for a chance to win prizes. Donations benefit The Veterans of Foreign Wars Association. Visit https://www.maranaaz.gov/town-calendar/turkeytrot to learn more. 

ONGOING...

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

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

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

Friends of Himmel Park, 1000 N Tucson Blvd | https://samhughes.org/friends-of-himmel-park.php

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

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

Historic Fourth Avenue, See Facebook page for weekly events: https://www.facebook.com/events/2343613065903248/

Hotel Congress, 311 E Congress St | hotelcongress.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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