ward3 - April 17, 4:41 pm
Karin's Note: Thursday, April 17, 2014 -Ward 3 Events -Upcoming Area Neighborhood and Coalition Meeting(s) -Citywide Events -Did You Know? **********************************************
newsnet - April 17, 11:10 am
TUCSON NAMED A TOP 10 'BEST U.S. CYCLING TOWN' - Tucson ranks 7th in the 10Best.com website rankings. The website, a division of USA Today Travel, cites Tucson's mild winter temperatures and dry conditions as ideal times to cycle. It also mentions The Loop, 700 miles of bike lanes and beautiful scenery. Davis, Calif. earned the top ranking in the survey. GROCERY STORE ON ITS WAY TO DOWNTOWN - Downtown Tucson this year could see the opening of its first full-service grocery store in 42 years. The former, and current, owners of the Rincon Market are joining forces to open a 6,000-square-foot grocery store in the building that last housed the Beowulf Alley Theatre, 11 S. Sixth Ave. The market plans to stock a full line of meat, produce, and dairy products. “It is the one piece that has been missing from getting out of your car and living an urban lifestyle,” said Michael Keith, CEO of the Downtown Tucson Partnership. “This is really a turning point for downtown,” Keith said. “This is the moment when all future housing projects and the Ronstadt transit (project) become viable in a way they weren’t before.” Owners say with student housing complexes up and running, coupled with the pending SunLink Modern Streetcar and a potential hotel, strong demand for new development has arrived. The store will be called Johnny Gibson’s Downtown Market, in honor of the late entrepreneur who maintained a business presence downtown between 1949 and 2001. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star. TUCSON IS AMONG BEST CITIES FOR ASTHMA SUFFERERS - A consumer advocacy site that chronicles health care cost information, analyzed available data on asthma prevalence, air quality, cost, and access to asthma care in the 50 largest U.S. cities to compile its list of Best and Worst Cities for Asthma Sufferers. NerdWallet Health ranked Tucson as the 4th best city for those with asthma. The study says out-of-pocket asthma drug costs in Tucson are relatively low, and the American Lung Association gave Tucson an “A” grade in particulate air pollution. Phoenix was among the ten worst cities for asthma sufferers. EGGSTRAVAGANZA THIS WEEKEND - The Tucson Parks and Recreation Department and Tucson Water present the 15th Annual Eggstravaganza this Saturday, 10 a.m. -1 p.m. at Mansfield Park, 2000 N. Fourth Ave. This free, annual community-wide event is expected to attract more than 2,000 Tucson children and their families. Activities include music, carnival games, inflatables, prizes, egg hunts, and the Easter Bunny. A variety of foods will be available for purchase through local vendors. FREE ENTRY TO NATIONAL PARKS THIS WEEKEND - It'll be free this weekend to access national parks and monuments, in honor of National Park Week, which runs April 19 - 27. Park entrance fees are waived for 133 parks out of the 401 in the National Park system. The other 268 never charge entrance fees. Free admission includes the Grand Canyon, Saguaro National Park, Organ Pipe Catus National Monument and other sites in Arizona. Read more from Tucson News Now, and view the National Park Service list of national parks.
ward5 - April 17, 10:34 am
CPLC 34th Annual Southern Arizona Dinner (June 5)
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Desert Diamond Entertainment Center
1100 W. Pima Mine Road, Sahuarita, AZ 85629
Please contact: EventsTucson@CPLC.org
ward5 - April 17, 10:09 am
Veterans will explore career and job opportunities, search strategies and tools at a free workshop on Tuesday, April 8, at the Kino Veterans’ Workforce Center, 2801 E. Ajo Way. The workshop begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 11:30 a.m. Mary Palma, with Pima County Community Services, Employment and Training, will talk about on-the-job opportunities. To sign up or obtain more information, please call (520) 740-4646 or (520) 243-6700.
ward5 - April 17, 10:06 am
Will your future workforce be skilled and ready when you lose your current employees to retirement?
What are you doing to make sure your future employees are getting the experience and training they need to keep your company competitive and successful?
For decades, Pima County has placed approximately 1,500 youth ranging in age from 14 to 21 in summer employment for 5-7 weeks depending on the availability of the students and the employers’ needs. The young people are paid minimum wage.
ward5 - April 17, 10:00 am
The Holmes Tuttle Boys and Girls Club, 2585 East 36th St, will hold an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19, 10 am.
ward1 - April 16, 4:26 pm
Come join the fun on April 20th!
ward4 - April 16, 3:13 pm
Sesame Street Live! Make a New Friend Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their Sesame Street friends welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing, to sharing cookies!
newsnet - April 16, 9:56 am
REID PARK ZOO RECEIVES ASSOCIATION OF ZOOS AND AQUARIUM ACCREDITATION - The Reid Park Zoo recently earned a five-year re-accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The Zoo underwent a review and inspection in January, demonstrating how it meets or exceeds professional standards for excellence in animal care, veterinary programs, conservation, education, and safety. Last month, Reid Park Zoo officials traveled to Memphis, Tennessee for a hearing by AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission. "AZA accreditation validates our efforts, and the Zoo’s staff, volunteers, and supporters should be commended for making Reid Park Zoo one of the best zoos of its size in the nation,” said Zoo Administrator Jason Jacobs. GOVERNOR SIGNS LAW ALLOWING UNANNOUNCED INSPECTIONS OF ARIZONA ABORTION CLINICS - Gov. Jan Brewer signed legislation yesterday permitting the state health department to make unannounced inspections of abortion clinics without first getting a warrant from a judge. Backers of HB 2284 said there is no reason to exempt abortion clinics from the same regulations that apply to all other health care facilities. Opponents said the clinics need protection because there is a heightened need for privacy for patients and staff. A federal appeals court voided an identical provision in 2004, ruling the statute’s authorization of “boundless, warrantless search of physicians’ offices” by state health officials violates constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure. Cathi Herrod, president of the anti-abortion Center for Arizona Policy, which helped write the measure, said state regulatory policies have changed since then, legitimizing this version of the law. Read more from Capitol Media Services via the Arizona Daily Star. REPORT: DETROIT PENSION BOARDS AGREE TO CUTS THAT COULD HELP CITY EXIT BANKRUPTCY - Negotiators for Detroit pension boards agreed yesterday to retiree benefit cuts that were lower than initially proposed. The agreement could help resolve Detroit’s historic Chapter 9 bankruptcy and position the City to start reinvesting in city services to its citizens. The deal would require civilian retirees to accept a 4.5 percent cut to their monthly pension checks and the elimination of cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increases, while police and fire retirees would get no cuts to monthly checks but absorb a reduction in COLA increases, the sources said. Pension board trustees still must sign off on the deal, and a U.S. government committee officially appointed to represent Detroit retirees is still weighing whether to support the City’s proposal. Read more from Governing. IT'S NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS WEEK - The City of Tucson is honoring public safety dispatchers, 911 operators, and police service operators on National Telecommunications Week. The week is dedicated to public safety telecommunicators who provide 911 emergency assistance to citizens every day and night. Public safety agencies encourage citizens to recognize and celebrate the dedicated service provided by Tucson's telecommunicators. Read the news release. WATER AWARENESS PRESENTATIONS CONTINUE - April is Water Awareness Month in Arizona, and Tucson Water and several Tucson City Council Members are hosting public sessions to discuss water. Topics include present and future water resources, long-range planning, water quality and safety, investment in infrastructure and technology, and drought. The next session, co-hosted by Ward 4 Council Member Shirley Scott, will be held tomorrow from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Clements Recreation Center (Multi-Purpose Room), 8155 E. Ponciana Drive. For more information, call the Ward 4 Council Office, (520) 791-3199. Read the news release.
GOOD FRIDAY PROCESSION AND EASTER SUNDAY SUNRISE SERVICE WILL RESTRICT “A” MOUNTAIN ACCESS APRIL 18 THROUGH APRIL 20
ward5 - April 16, 8:56 am
This weekend “A” Mountain will host The Good Friday Procession (La Procession de Viernes Santo) and Easter Sunday Sunrise Services (La Misa al Amaneser) which will restrict user access to Sentinel Peak Park.
In order to accommodate these events, Sentinel Peak Road will close at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 18, and will reopen for normal hours on Saturday, April 19 at 8 a.m., for pedestrians and bicyclists, and at 9 a.m. for vehicles.