SPLASH PADS ARE OPEN - The splash pads at Catalina Park (900 N. Fourth Ave.) and Marty Birdman Center/Balboa Heights Park (2536 N. Castro Avenue) opened today at 7 a.m. and will remain open 7 a.m. to dusk each day through the summer. Catalina Park features a covered playground, accessible walkways and a manual activation system to allow residents to turn on water features. Marty Birdman Center/Balboa Heights Park has a ramada, playground and basketball court. For more information, visit the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation website.

U.S. CONFERENCE OF MAYORS SELECTS NEW PRESIDENT - Sacramento Mayor -and former Phoenix Suns' All-Star point guard - Kevin Johnson will serve as the 72nd President of the United States Conference of Mayors.  He replaces Scott Smith of Mesa, who resigned in order to run for Governor of Arizona. “During my presidency, we will engage in a full-court press in Washington so we can get the dollars we need to get things done," Johnson said. "We will unleash our political capital to create new partnerships, create jobs, and keep the momentum going so that America maintains its competitive advantage in the global economy." The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more.

CITY OF TUCSON SEEKING HISTORIC HOMES TO BE PART OF SUSTAINABILITY TOUR - The City of Tucson’s Historic Preservation and Sustainability programs are organizing the Sustainable Historic Home Tour next weekend, but more homes are needed. To be included on the tour, a home must be a contributing property in a National Register of Historic Places historic district. In addition, the home must showcase retrofit treatments that meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and, where applicable, meet the requirements of local Historic Preservation Zone Design Guidelines. Also, all homes on the tour must address at least one of the following; energy efficiency, water conservation, or use or reuse of responsible building materials. For more information contact Jennifer Levstick at (520) 837-6961.

NEED HELP STARTING OR EXPANDING A BUSINESS IN TUCSON? CALL THE SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE LINE - The City of Tucson's Small Business Assistance Line, (520) 837-4100, is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Help is available in both English and Spanish. Staff from the City Manager's Office of Economic Initiatives answer the calls. The Small Business Assistance Line is one of a number of City initiatives, along with 21 new business incentives, streamlined permit processes and more, to make the City of Tucson more business-friendly.
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BE PREPARED WHEN YOU HIKE IN THE WARMER WEATHER - It's heating up outside and that means it's time to be prepared for temperatures in the 90s and above. In this week's "No Bad Days with Barrett" episode, Tucson Fire Captain Barrett Baker and his fellow firefighters offer tips on how to stay safe outdoors.