Steve K's Newsletter 5/22/17

Topics in this Issue...

Half-Staff  
Domestic Violence
Spice
Prop 101 Results
County Road Tax
Collaboration with Pima County
Construction and Communication
Southwest Gas Work
Investing in Tucson
Bird Expo
Neighborhood Recycling Centers
Honoring Bob Walkup
Local Tucson
Brain Clutter
Events

A couple of weeks ago there was a shooting in the parking lot of a Tucson Jack in the Box. Last week, the 17-year-old victim died. Police caught the suspect Nathan Mayo. Good work by our public safety folks.

In Dardanelle, Arkansas a man killed a sheriff’s deputy and two other people. He surrendered to police after a five hour standoff. He had released one hostage before giving himself up.

We’re a couple of weeks away from this year’s Wear Orange event. The new venue is Himmel Park – on the grassy hill, eerily reminiscent of the Kent State rally site. Some of you’ll recall May 4, 1970 when four students were shot dead by National Guardsmen – 67 rounds fired in 13 seconds into a crowd of anti-war protesting students.

Come and share in this remembrance. It’s always somber, but important to reflect and join with others who want to see some progress in gun safety laws.

Domestic Violence

Unfortunately but necessarily tied to the gun violence issue is domestic violence. Data clearly shows the fatality rate from domestic violence skyrockets if there is a gun in the home. In Pima County we already lose one person due to domestic violence every two weeks.

On Friday, Diana and I took part in the Emerge! luncheon to celebrate their Mother of the Year. Her name is Stephanie. She’s the mother of three youngsters – and is now free from the abusive relationship that put all of their lives at risk. People often forget that domestic violence victimizes the kids in the home, too.

Hung around the event venue were these T-shirts, each inscribed with messages from kids who have gone through DV challenges. The words are from the heart – tough in some cases, but it’s a tough issue.

If you can support Emerge!, they’re doing a wonderful service throughout our community. You can reach them at www.emergecenter.org. Last year alone, Emerge served nearly 6,000 victims in our community. That’s a long and important reach.

Spice

One more public safety related item. On tomorrow evening’s agenda, we’ll be voting on our own local Spice ordinance. It’s the initiative Richard and I have been working on for several months. Hopefully it comes to a conclusion with a successful vote.

I’ll be writing more about this next week when we have the final form of the ordinance, but I wanted to let you know of the vote and to invite you to come and be a part of it. Spice is a concoction of chemicals sold as bath salts, potpourri, or incense. It’s sold as a cheap high. The chemicals it’s cut with can cause side effects like convulsions, psychotic reactions, and even death.

When I was growing up back in the ‘60s I remember seeing propaganda trying to scare us away from smoking pot. It showed kids jumping out of windows thinking they could fly. There may be good reasons to recommend young people not smoke dope, but we all knew what we were seeing in the film strips (remember those?) was hype. The issues surrounding the use of Spice are not hyped at all. It’s dangerous and needs to be controlled. That’s what Richard and I are hoping to achieve.

Prop 101 Results

I shared this on my Facebook page, and I want to do the same here. Thank you for overwhelmingly supporting the half-cent sales tax during last week’s special election. I’ve received a couple of negative emails suggesting we’re “being watched” in terms of how we spend the money. That’s a good thing. These are public dollars, and just as we have been doing with Prop 409 tax dollars, we’ll be spending the 101 money as we committed to do on the ballot – for roads and for public safety.

The proposition received support from every ward in the city. These are the results from the mailed-in ballots. The number of walk-up ballots was too tiny to affect the outcome. The first column is the number of votes cast for/against, and the second column is the percentages those vote totals represent.

Here are a few factoids from the results. Out of about 250,000 registered voters, only about 66,000 took part. To me, that’s sad. I hope more people turn out for our November city council election this fall. By ward, Ward 2 had by far the most people voting. Prop 101 won 60-40 in Paul’s ward. The largest margin of victory was about 70-30 in Ward 6. The closest was in Ward 4 at 55-45. But a 10-point win in any election is pretty much a blowout.

We’ll be certifying the final tally at tomorrow evening’s M&C meeting. The new sales tax will go into effect on July 1st and will sunset on June 30th, 2022. Between now and then, lots of roads will be repaired and new fleet vehicles will be purchased for our public safety workers. We’re also committed to remodeling and combining some police and fire stations. That’ll add efficiencies to how we provide those services.

To the couple of guys who felt the need to needle, yes, we’ll spend it as we said we would. And the community will be better off for having made the investment.

County Road Tax

On the morning after Prop 101 was decided by the voters, we received a memo crafted by the Pima County Administrator. In it, he correctly noted the state has made a habit of skimming off some HURF (gas tax) money, and has decided to avoid asking the voters to increase the statewide gas tax. Concluding that the county had to ‘go it alone’ – just as we did at the city level – he’s proposing a county road tax. I bring it to you because you pay property taxes, so it would affect City of Tucson residents. If implemented, it would be done as a part of the county budget process, effective for this upcoming fiscal year.

A property road tax is authorized under state statute. Here’s a portion of the enabling language, taken from the Huckelberry memo:

The specific language that allows the County to levy a tax for County roads is contained in Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS) 28-6712 restated below.

“A. For road purposes the board of supervisors may levy a real and personal property tax of not more than twenty-five cents per one hundred dollars of property in the county as valued for tax purposes. The board of supervisors shall levy and collect the tax at the same time and in the same manner as other primary property taxes are levied and collected (emphasis added).

It doesn’t go into the primary property tax. If approved by the Supervisors, it will be a separate line item on your tax bill. They’re anticipating it will generate about $19M annually for the entire region.

In order to keep it as tax-neutral as possible, they’re suggesting dropping the primary tax rate, and also dropping the library and flood control district rates for this year. There would still be a net increase to the county budget, but they’re considering selling some short term debt to pay that down within a few years.

All of the money is earmarked for pavement preservation, and all of the work will have to be competitively bid. They’ll use the tax to pay for project costs, and also some of the debt service they’re absorbing. Just how much those reductions in gross dollars will amount to isn’t clear from the memo we received.

By statute, they could use some of the money for arterials and some for local streets. The proposal in front of the Supervisors, though, is to allocate all of it to local streets. Since all city residents are county residents, it’s only fair that cities and towns get a portion of the tax that matches their contribution to the region. To achieve that, Huckelberry is proposing each jurisdiction get the portion of this tax that matches their assessed valuation as a percentage of the region. This table shows how that will work out:

Tucson represents just over 41 percent of the net assessed value in the county. That equates to the $8M figure you see in the last column.

Then comes the question as to how they’re going to divvy up the money within a given city or town. How are they going to divide up Tucson’s $8M? The proposal is to base it on the amount of population contained in each supervisorial district. This table shows how the proposed $8M Tucson portion will be split up around the city. For example, Supervisorial District 1 would get $39,411 to spend within that district, and so on through each district.

I’ve let our City Manager know that the selection of streets within the city is a key piece of this. Currently the county recommendation is for each of the supervisors to decide how the money within his/her district would be allocated. We have a Bond Oversight Committee (BOC) already in place to do that on a non-political basis. I’d like to see these new dollars rolled into the BOC kitty and use the system already in place to make the allocations to specific projects. There’s plenty of need – the BOC will find these new dollars valid homes. Late last week, Jonathan sent Sharon Bronson a letter in which he affirmed that preference. Here’s a portion of that letter:

Our Bond Oversight Commission was established as a result of the passing of Prop 409 and will continue to oversee the road component of Prop 101. The City Council and I have delegated the prioritization of local street improvements to our BOC and have found the process to be very effective at prioritizing and addressing these important needs.

I realize the Board will be considering including the road improvement funding on May 23, as part of its budget proposal and ask that as the details of the administration of the funds are subsequently determined that this allocation of funding to the City of Tucson go through our BOC to avoid duplication of effort and to create maximum efficiency.

I would have preferred to see this proposal before we took Prop 101 to the voters. Why? Because if we knew there was a proposal that was going to target local streets, we might have made a different decision with respect to the portion of the 101 money dedicated to residential areas. But it’ll all be used for important purposes, so that’s not a major sticking point. I also respect the notion that the county was trying to avoid affecting our own election by putting this out ahead of last Tuesday.

Most importantly, we and the county are doing this because the state has been unwilling to step up and address the 26-year-old stagnant gas tax, but has been very willing to sweep portions of our local HURF money. The Board of Supervisors could choose to implement a county sales tax, but that would require a unanimous vote of the board – unlikely. So they’re considering this road tax which will pass with a majority vote of three supervisors.

The voters said ‘yes’ to our half-cent sales tax increase, funding both roads and public safety. Now the Supervisors are weighing in on a regional option. It won’t yield as much for our roads as what you just approved, but if the board says yes to the proposal, it’s another $8M into local streets. I think this shows both governing bodies have taken the initiative and are looking for local solutions to this important infrastructure issue.

This week we’ll vote on our budget cap. A part of that is our own property tax rate. This year we’ll be decreasing our primary property tax rate by seven cents, and our secondary property tax rate by about eight cents. That too will help offset some of what the county is considering for roads.

Collaboration with Pima County

Also on our agenda this week will be an item showing our ongoing collaboration with the county. A lot of it happens, but under the radar. It’s important you know we’re working well with the Board of Supervisors for the betterment of the entire region.

Since 1995 we’ve had a joint administrative agreement with the county through which we share personnel. That agreement is particularly related to public works projects. The kinds of staff we share are workers such as field engineers and project managers. When cross-trained, they can do things like conduct project inspections, test, and survey. The arrangement allows us to balance our personnel needs across the courtyard, offering services when we’re slow, and accepting their assistance when we’re particularly busy.

On Tuesday, we’ll vote to approve a continuation of this arrangement and allocate caps of $5M in each direction. That is, we’ll agree to reimburse the county up to $5M for their personnel costs when they jump over and help us out, and in the reverse, we’ll be able to bill the county up to $5M when our employees assist them. We’ll both be able to deliver services more efficiently when we know there’s an available pool of resources ready to back us up in a pinch. It has come in handy on large construction projects and it will again.

I believe this program benefits both the city and the county. I’d like to see it expanded to include more of the services we provide in common.

Construction and Communication

When you get ready to dig, you think Blue Stake. Or you should. It’s a matter of knowing what’s underground before you go tearing into a gas line or water line. It’s about safety.

In the same way, when you get ready to build, you should be thinking “permits.” That too is a safety thing. If you’re enclosing a garage, you need permits and inspections to ensure electrical work, plumbing, and other project elements are up to code. Any good architect will immediately recognize the need to run design drawings past the planning desk, but if we’re out freelancing, we may not have that in mind.

For the past several weeks, I’ve been working with our planning folks to come up with a flyer we can distribute to lay people to let them know which sorts of jobs require permits and reviews. This week we’ll be finalizing that flyer. I was speaking in the Peter Howell Neighborhood last week and promised I’d share as soon as we had a working draft.

Here it is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clip it. Keep it handy. My goal is to have it available for things like the SAHBA Home Show, or home remodeling classes you may sit through at Home Depot or other similar stores. There’s also an architect show that happens annually in Tucson. All of these are opportunities for us to share this easy to work with flyer. I’ll make sure to share the final copy if there are any substantive changes.

In addition, our Environmental Services staff created a door hanger to help us let people know what sorts of things constitute code violations. The effort was an outcome of the visit I co-sponsored with TRRG in which the Mesa code enforcement people came and made a presentation. That flyer is also ready, and it will be going out with the Brush & Bulky notices when they come to your area. Here’s what you’ll see:

We spend far too much time policing neighbors who simply don’t accept the responsibilities of living in a residential area. Beyond that, pitting neighbor against neighbor when turning in code violations is tough on you. The sorts of things covered on the door hanger cost our Code Enforcement staff time and energy way beyond what they should. I appreciate their work in putting these door hangers together. It’s a piece of the public education that will keep this a great community to live in.

Southwest Gas Work

On the construction theme, you’ve likely seen the SW Gas workers out and about laying new lines. It’s going on all over the city – upgrades to their service lines to ensure efficient service. A project on and around the UA campus has just begun. With the construction that’s happening north and south of campus, knowing the timing and location of the gas line work may save you some inconvenience.

Cherry Ave north of Speedway is going to be a mess until the end of July. While all the work will be done between 6:00 pm and 6:00 am, access around the site just east of the hospital will be challenging. They’ll be around Mabel now and end up by Drachman in the last week of May and into early June. Then work from Speedway to Helen will take place throughout June.

The final pavement repair takes place during July. They’ll keep east- and westbound Speedway open throughout the work.

South of Speedway on campus, Cherry is already under construction. If you can avoid Cherry between Speedway and the mall until the end of July, your frustration level will be significantly reduced.

Investing in Tucson

Last week I shared some concerns over the extent to which our partners at Rio Nuevo might be overextended from a fiscal standpoint. It’s a legitimate concern since they’re spending your dollars. To that end, I had a very productive meeting with their chair, and I look forward to watching the relationship between the Rio board and the city continue. We’ve taken some very important economic steps together, and more good things are coming.

Last week’s UA News contained an article about urban planning. Phil Stoker is a researcher in the UA College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture. In his article, he shared that many cities are focusing their development attention on the urban core. That’s in the Rio/city wheelhouse. Look at downtown and you can see some amazing progress we’ve made over the past six to seven years partnering together.

Stoker had this to say:

Cities have begun to adopt more mixed-use development, where single buildings or blocks contain not only housing, but also restaurants, grocery stores, cultural centers and the like. Also, some are placing a greater emphasis on walkability, which carries financial, environmental, health-related and social benefits.

It fits nicely with much of the development we’re working on with Rio. What we’re doing is responsive to the need to build in ways that preserve our limited natural resources - water for example. Density in an urban core tends to lead to a reduction in water use (relatively small homes, fewer appliances and fixtures, less landscaping).

In response to my request for an update on the Rio financial condition, they will come to present at an upcoming study session. It’s important we affirm our great relationship and remind taxpayers how fundamentally different the current work and relationship are from what we had just over a decade ago when things were poorly managed.

We’re in these development arrangements together, and they’re working out for the long-term good of the city. You can see the evidence just by driving through the downtown area any day or evening of the week. Some of the few remaining vacant spaces may soon have occupants that add to the urban mix we’re encouraging as the demographics of people living downtown continues to change.

Bird Expo

One of the benefits of our economic development is the expansion of meeting and conference room space in many of the local hotels. At the end of April, the Grand Luxe Hotel hosted the 2017 Tucson Bird Expo. What took place was not an example of the type of event many of us want to see replicated.

That’s a photo taken at the Bird Expo. If the animals were puppies, you’d call it a puppy mill. It’s no less cruel because they’re birds.

We have local ordinances against animal cruelty. We need to because state law excludes expos. This language though comes from Section 4 of the Tucson City Code.

Sec. 4-3(2). Neglect. The purpose of this subsection is to guarantee that animals under human custody or control are housed in healthy environments and are provided with proper food, water, shelter, medical care, exercise space and ventilation. Any person owning or having care, control or custody of any animal shall provide:
(a) That the animal receives daily, food that is free from contamination and is of sufficient quantity and nutritive value to maintain the animal in good health.
(b) That potable water is accessible to the animal at all times, either free-flowing or in a clean receptacle.
(c) That, except for livestock, all animals have convenient access to natural or artificial shelter throughout the year. Any such artificial shelter shall be structurally sound and maintained in good repair to protect the animal from injury and from the elements, and of sufficient size to permit the animal to enter, stand, turn around and lie down in a natural manner.

Clearly the conditions in which the birds were warehoused at the expo don’t meet those standards. Here's another example from the Tucson event:

A local veterinarian shared these observations with me. She was at the expo doing some observing on her own. These are her words about the condition shown in the photo on the right.

Lethargic, severely ill Toucan stacked on two other cages with birds. All should be in veterinary care and isolation immediately, with diagnostic testing for zoonotic disease and for immediate treatment.
contagious infectious disease to other birds
possible zoonosis
requires immediate veterinary intervention
inadequate, non-nutritious food
stress leading to immunosuppression
predator-prey response
public health risk

And this one:

Note individual budgie was grasping the bars and hanging by the beak because of lack of space. There were more than 35 birds in a cage not adequate for two. All birds appeared sleepy, ill, lethargic in spite of adjacent cages of agitated and vocal birds. Perch space was lacking forcing birds to the floor and side bars of the cage.
contagious infectious disease to other birds
possible zoonosis
requires immediate veterinary intervention
inadequate, non-nutritious food
unhygienic cage
unhygienic contaminated water
excreta in water
stress leading to immunosuppression
predator-prey response
public health risk

We have penalties built into our local code. Those include the following:

Sec. 4-3(4). Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
Sec. 4-3(5). Penalties. A violation of any provision of this section is punishable by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars ($100.00) nor more than two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500.00). No judge, magistrate or special magistrate may suspend the imposition of the minimum fine prescribed herein. In addition to the fine amount, the penalty may include not more than six (6) months in jail and not more than three (3) years probation, or any combination thereof.

In addition, upon finding of neglect or cruelty by a city magistrate or special magistrate, the magistrate or special magistrate may order that the owner shall not be permitted to own or control any animal for a period of up to three (3) years. (Ord. No. 7241, § 1, 7-3-89; Ord. No. 8996, § 1, 12-8-97)

To be clear, the expo had what many of us consider exotic birds along with the more common ones I’ve shown in the pictures above. The parrots and others also showed signs of needing immediate veterinary care.

As you may know, two years ago I was advocating for a local puppy mill ordinance. The state legislature was successfully lobbied by a shopping center pet store owner and they passed a bill that preempts us from adopting local ordinances related to the retail sale of puppies. But our animal cruelty ordinance clearly covers what’s shown in those photos.

I have begun outreach to the Animal Cruelty Task Force and our partners at Pima Animal Care Center. Together, we’ll put together a strategy to let the expo operators understand what’s required, and what our response will be if the conditions they just allowed reoccur when they come back this fall.

Neighborhood Recycling Centers

Prior to the city starting the blue barrel curbside recycling program, we had neighborhood recycling centers scattered around the city. We currently have a dozen of them in various locations. Some will close soon.

Despite efforts to educate people as to what can be delivered to neighborhood recycling centers, we continue to get a large amount of material that simply can’t be recycled. And we’re getting people’s normal trash in some cases. In addition, the city has seen an uptick in the amount of debris simply dumped alongside the recycling containers, making the aesthetic for the park or library grounds on which the center is located pretty unsightly.

In addition to the contaminated material being an aesthetic issue, it also costs the city money. If we turn in recycled material with more than 18.7% contaminants, the city is charged a $2.52 p/ton fee. Our contamination rates average around 21%. In January alone the excess fees cost us $8,600.

Beginning at the end of June, we’ll be closing eight of the neighborhood recycling sites. There will still be at least one per ward, and of course we encourage residential and commercial recycling as a part of our regular routing.

These sites are going to be closed as a part of this streamlining:

1.            Joaquin Murrieta Park
2.            Morris K. Udall Park
3.            Miller-Golf Links Library
4.            Golf Links Sports Park
5.            Kennedy Park
6.            Booth-Fickett Magnet School
7.            Jacobs Park
8.            Himmel Park, north parking lot, on 1st St. east of Tucson Blvd.
 
Four of the existing sites will remain open. Those include:

1.            Mansfield Park, on 4th Ave., one block south of Grant Rd.
2.            Ward 5 Council Office, 4300 S. Park Ave.
3.            Patrick K. Hardesty Center, northwest corner of Alvernon Way & 22nd St.
4.            Los Reales Landfill, 5300 E. Los Reales Rd., southeast corner of Los Reales Rd. & Swan Rd.
 
And we’ll be opening three new neighborhood recycle sites as a part of this program. They’ll be located at:

1.            Fire Station 15, 2002 S. Mission Rd.
2.            Eastside City Hall, 7575 E. Speedway
3.            Ward 4 Office, 8123 E. Poinciana Dr.

The start date for these changes is July 1st. We’ll be posting signs at each of the sites that are pegged for closure. These changes are the result of a study Environmental Services conducted early this year. The combination of the visual blight plus the excess contamination fees we had to pay led to the change. On top of that, blue barrels are available curbside at your home, and they’re easy to add to our normal routes for commercial customers. Those services that didn’t exist when the Neighborhood Recycling Centers were created.

If you’re a residential or commercial customer and would like to add a recycle container to your service, you may sign up by going to the ES website at https://www.tucsonaz.gov/environmental-services.

Honoring Bob Walkup

On our consent agenda this week is an item that recognizes the public service offered to Tucson and the region by former Mayor Bob Walkup. He was our mayor when I was first elected back in 2009.

During his term of service, the RTA was voted on and approved. One of the significant projects included in that program is the Kino / 22nd Street interchange. If you know the ‘before’ and have been over the overpass in the ‘after’ condition, you’ll agree this is a big improvement to our transportation network.

The ribbon cutting and ceremony for the Walkup Interchange will be held on Thursday, June 1st at 10:00 am under the interchange. It would be great to see a bunch of you there for the celebration. Bob (and Beth – we do these jobs as a team) served the community with honor. He deserves this recognition.

That photo is hanging up in Jonathan’s suite on the 10th floor at City Hall. It’s a photograph taken by local artist Sean Stuchen. It’s one of about 20 that are on display. The exhibit is this week’s Local Tucson item.

Sean is a resident of Potter Place, a Ward 6 HOA over by the Arizona Inn. His photos are a mix of both color and B/W. The scenery is largely the Sonoran Desert and the Grand Canyon – both are areas I noted last week as being under attack by the Trump administration in terms of their designation on the National Monument register.

Sean’s work will be open for viewing Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm. Enter through the northwest door at City Hall. You’ll need a visitor’s pass to get upstairs.

You can find more of Sean’s work at www.seanstuchen.com.

Brain Clutter

Finally, I read an interesting article in the Harvard Business Review last week. It dealt with how we toggle between being really focused on a task and allowing ourselves to drift – and how doing that helps us when we refocus.

The author is Srini Pillay. His thesis is that the ability to focus is important for enhancing leadership effectiveness. We use tools like to-do lists, calendar reminders, and smartphone pings to keep us on task throughout the day. And yet, there’s a downside to staying engaged all day.

According to the study, staying locked in all the time drains your brain and ultimately leads to more impulsive behavior that results in poorly thought out decisions. You become less collaborative in that drained state. The solution? Toggle between focus and unfocus. They say it results in greater creativity and better decision making.

That default mode isn’t going into mental hibernation. It lets your brain activate old memories and go back and forth between the past and present. They say allowing that new unfocused data to enter will result in more imaginative and creative solutions. It’s not daydreaming, but choosing a low key activity (knitting, gardening, casual reading, or just imagining some playful activity like jogging on a beach). Or try a power nap – 10 or 15 minutes leaves you more clear and alert.

They also suggested when you get into a creative mind-block, try focusing on being somebody else, doing some other task (become a mental brick layer for a few minutes). No, I haven’t tried it, but they suggest it reenergizes your creative juices.

Unfocus built into an otherwise focused day may enhance your ability to make creative and important decisions, and energize those portions of the day during which you need to be working collaboratively with others. At least that’s what author Srini Pillay says. He’s an MD and the CEO of the NeuroBusiness Group. If you’d like to check more into his work, this link takes you to his latest book on this subject, with a more lengthy description of the study: Tinker, Dabble, Doodle, Try: Unlock the Power of the Unfocused Mind.

Sincerely,

Steve Kozachik
Council Member, Ward 6
Ward6@tucsonaz.gov

Events and Entertainment

Public Meeting to Gather Input on ADA Transition Plan
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 | 4:00 – 6 p.m.
Randolph Golf Course, Copper Room, 600 S. Alvernon Way

The Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) invites the public to attend a meeting about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Inventory and Transition Plan, which is designed to assess existing needs on Tucson streets and sidewalks relative to ADA compliance. There will be a brief presentation at 4:30 p.m. There are additional ways for the public to provide input. The first is an interactive website, and the other is a survey that can be taken online or filled out on printed copies available at all Tucson City Council ward offices.

Cool Summer Nights – Creatures of the Night
Saturday, May 27, 2017 | 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Rd

Want to know what creatures party in the nighttime? Here’s your chance to find out! Experience live animal interpretations on grounds, spend time with our animated animals, and enjoy our popular Fur, Feather, and Fangs show. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum stays open after sundown on Saturday evenings all summer long as the nocturnal creatures of The Living Desert come to life.  Look for Museum Docents and Jr. Docents interpreting live animals, celestial desert skies, fluorescent minerals, animal eye shine, Sonoran Desert insects, night sounds, bats, kissing bugs, scorpions, and/or rattlesnakes.

Ongoing…

Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N Alvernon Way | www.tucsonbotanical.org
“Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life” Exhibit, October 10, 2016 – May 31, 2017

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

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

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

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

Hotel Congress, 311 E Congress St | hotelcongress.com

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

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

Arizona State Museum, 1013 E University Blvd | www.statemuseum.arizona.edu
"Snaketown: Hohokam Defined" Exhibit, through July 1, 2017

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

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

Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N Main Ave | www.TucsonMusuemofArt.org
“Body Language: Figuration in Modern and Contemporary Art,” February 25, 2017 – July 9, 2017

Tucson Convention Center, 260 S Church St | tucsonconventioncenter.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 5:15pm.

Mission Garden, 929 W Mission Ln | www.tucsonbirthplace.org
A living agricultural museum and ethnobotanical garden at the site of Tucson's Birthplace (the foot of "A-Mountain"). For guided tours call 520-777-9270.

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