TRAFFIC ALERT: DOWNTOWN PARADE OF LIGHTS - Tomorrow (Saturday) is the 19th Annual Downtown Parade of Lights. Beginning at 4 p.m. tomorrow, until approximately 8:30 p.m., 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, and 17th Streets will be closed between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. At approximately 5:30 p.m., Stone, Scott and Sixth Avenues will be closed between Broadway and 18th Street. All streets should reopen to traffic at approximately 8:30 p.m. The parade begins at 6:30 p.m. at 17th Street and Stone Avenue and proceeds on Stone Avenue, turns east on Ochoa Street to Scott Avenue, then turns east on 12th Street to Sixth Avenue and ends at Sixth Avenue and 13th Street by Armory Park. Businesses, parking garages and parking lots are open and accessible. There are more than 15,000 parking spaces in Downtown Tucson. Read the news release and visit Parkwise to learn about parking options..

TRASH AND RECYCLING COLLECTIONS FOR WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY DELAYED BY ONE DAY - Due to the Christmas holiday next week, and New Year's Day the week after, residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on either Wednesday. Residents and businesses with regular Wednesday, Thursday or Friday collections will have their trash and recycling services delayed by one day during the holiday weeks. The Los Reales Landfill will be closed Dec. 25, and Jan. 1. For landfill information call 791-5151.
Holiday collection schedules
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ENJOY CHRISTMAS AND THEN TREECYCLE - Residents can recycle their Christmas trees through the City of Tucson's TreeCycle Program, Dec. 26 - Jan. 12. TreeCycle sites, located throughout Tucson and Oro Valley, are open seven days a week, during daylight hours. Please remember to remove all ornaments, decorations and tree stands before dropping off your tree. Wood chips are available for pick-up at Udall Park, Randolph Golf Course and the Los Reales Landfill. Bring your own container and take home some free wood chips for your garden.

A NEW WAY TO FIND ANSWERS ABOUT CITY SERVICES - Are you looking for a job in the City? Do you need to know how to pay your water bill? How do you request a police report? The answers to these questions and more are available on the new Tucson Answers website. You can search topics or browse categories to get you the answers you need. The site is an example of open source code developed by city governments and non-profit organizations to be adopted and re-used by other cities at no cost. In this case, the site is modeled after a similar site created jointly by the City of Honolulu and Code For America. Tucson Answers also is available via a widget on the City of Tucson's website.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM NEWSNET - The City of Tucson wishes you a joyous holiday season. This is the final edition of NewsNet for 2013, and we hope you enjoy receiving timely news and information about Tucson. Please feel free to forward this email to your friends and co-workers. Subscription information is below. NewsNet will return Jan. 6, 2014. In the meantime, get up-to-date information on our social media sites. "Like" City of Tucson on Facebook and "Follow" City of Tucson on Twitter.