TUCSON POLICE RECEIVE GIFT OF DEFIBRILLATORS - Some Tucson Police cars will be equipped with automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) to help save the lives of people in cardiac arrest. The 50 AEDs, worth about $100,000, were given to the department by the Steven M. Gootter Foundation. Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor says police officers often are on the scene of an emergency before firefighters and paramedics, and any equipment that will help police save lives before they arrive is appreciated. The Tucson-based Steven M. Gootter Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to save lives by defeating sudden cardiac death through increased awareness, education and scientific research. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
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SACRAMENTO NEWSPAPER HIGHLIGHTS TUCSON'S ALLURE - Following Canadian Traveller magazine calling Tucson a city of "boundless possibilities," the Sacramento Bee newspaper also encourages its readers to visit Tucson and the many attractions and scenery it has to offer. The newspaper highlights Saguaro National Park, El Tiradito, 4th Avenue shopping, Hotel Congress, downtown entertainment, Old West history, and more.

TUCSON PARTNERS WITH PIMA COUNTY TO HELP WITH HOUSING ASSISTANCE - The City and County are collaborating on an interactive website to help residents in need of housing assistance. The Housing Help and Resources website uses interactive questioning to help people find housing programs for which they may be eligible. The site, available in multiple languages, offers information about 62 housing programs offered by 22 providers. It also includes information about rentals and landlord/tenant rights.

TUCSON FESTIVAL OF BOOKS THIS WEEKEND - The annual event will be held Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the campus of the University of Arizona. The Tucson Festival of Books features more than 450 authors and presenters, 250 exhibitors, and opportunities to meet famous authors, poets, writers and journalists. There will be book signings, panel discussions, live entertainment, food vendors, children's activities, Science City, and dozens of free activities for all ages. Parking and admission are free.

TEEN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT ZOO - The Reid Park Zoo is recruiting teenagers to help teach Zoo visitors about wildlife and conservation, and assist with special events at the Zoo. Teen volunteers, who must attend an intensive training course in June, do not work with zookeepers or behind the scenes. Applications are available now. The deadline to apply is April 1st. Learn more about the volunteer program.