DISTINGUISHED OFFICERS TO BE RECOGNIZED AT TOMORROW'S TPD AWARDS CEREMONY - Tomorrow, beginning at 11 a.m. at the University Park Marriott, the Tucson Police Department will recognize officers who have exceptionally embodied the departments values of service orientation, excellence, leadership, fairness, teamwork, integrity, and personal responsibility with the following awards: Medal of Merit, Explorer of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Reserve Officer of the Year, Civilian of the Year, Officer of the Year, Scarlet Shield, and the Medal of Valor. Read the news release from TPD here.

EDUCATION SESSION ON RAINWATER HARVESTING AND CITY REBATE PROGRAM TO BE HELD IN MAY - On May 16 the Watershed Management Group will be holding a Tucson Water Rainwater Rebate Educational Session at the Ward 3 Office from 2 until 5 p.m.. For this particular session, the goal is to help citizens of the Tucson community in applying for a rebate if they use a system that captures rainwater to water their plants or conserve drinking water. "It's basically other homeowners who are hosting that workshop and we provide a workshop instructor that helps with the design any preparations and the implementation of utilizing volunteers," says Catlow Shipek, co-founder and senior program manager with WMG. From the Tucson Weekly. Read more about the rebate program on Tucson Water's info page.

MICHIGAN CITY USES CDBG TO CREATE NEW BUS ROUTE AND PURCHASE PASSES FOR RIDERS IN LOW-INCOME WARDS - The City Council of Jackson, Michigan voted unanimously this week to allocate $7,000 to create a Saturday-only bus route connecting residential areas, including several apartment complexes, and a local grocery store in the City's Wards 1 and 5, which contain some of Jacksons poorest neighborhoods. Under an agreement with the Jackson Transit Authority, the new bus line will charge the city a fixed bus route rate of $25.72 per hour - which totals $6,276 for the 61 weeks of service. The remaining funds will be used to buy bus passes for low-income neighborhood residents. From MLive Michigan.

BIKE MONTH TO WRAP UP WITH CYCLOVIA ENCORE - Cyclovia, Tucson's Spanish-named celebration of non-motorized street use, returns this Sunday with a second April event. This one, unlike the one held earlier this month, will follow a linear route rather than a circular one. It will also be held in the midtown area, stretching from Keeling Desert Park, near Stone and Glenn, to Pima County's Brandi Fenton Memorial Park, where it will connect with the multi-use path known as The Loop. From the Star.

COMMEMORATIVE TREE DEDICATION SET FOR MAY 10 AT PANTANO RIVER PARK - Tucson Clean & Beautiful, in cooperation with the City of Tucson and Pima County, will celebrate the dedication of 59 commemorative trees along the Pantano River Park on Friday, May 10th, at 11 a.m.. Each tree to be dedicated has been purchased by Tucson area residents, honoring friends and family. The dedication ceremony will include a reading of the names for which trees have been dedicated. At the conclusion of the ceremony attendees are invited for a brief walking tour of the newly dedicated trees. Read the news release from Parks & Rec here.

NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION TAKE-BACK INITIATIVE TOMORROW - The Tucson Police Department will be participating in the Drug Enforcement Administrations 2013 National Prescription Take-back Initiative. Tomorrow, April 27, 2013, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the department will host two locations for prescription medications to be dropped off. The first location is the Eastside Police Service Center located at 9670 East Golf Links Road, and the second location is the Westside Police Service Center located at 1310 West Miracle Mile. Items that will be accepted include: prescription and over-counter tablets, capsules, and creams. Read the news release from TPD here.