SENIOR LUNCH AND RECREATION PROGRAM AT CLEMENTS CENTER STARTS AUGUST 5TH – The Parks and Rec. Department and the Pima Council on Aging will be offering a new recreation and socialization program for people 60 years of age and older that will include activities, socialization and a lunch program starting on Monday, August 5, at the William Clements Regional Center, 8155 E. Poinciana Drive. Meals will be served at noon Monday through Friday. Individuals ages 60 and over and their spouses of any age are invited to participate. Meals are prepared to provide 1/3 of the daily recommended dietary allowances. They are low in fat, sugar and salt, but are not for “special” diets. A donation of $2 per meal is requested, which helps to support the program. Meals are provided on a reservation basis and must be reserved the week prior. Story from the Star here, News release from Parks & Rec here.

320K IN IMPROVEMENTS NEARLY COMPLETE, ANOTHER $2.5M SOUGHT, AT SENTINEL PEAK PARK – The City is wrapping up $320,000 in improvements to signs, trails and more at Sentinel Peak Park, better known to Tucsonans as ‘A’ Mountain. The improvements mark the end of the first phase of a master plan the city adopted in 2010. An additional $2.5 million worth of improvements could be on the way if the proposal makes it through the Pima County Bond Advisory Committee and then is approved by voters in November 2014. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at the park Thursday, Aug. 1, at 5:30 p.m. From the Star.

FINANCE DEPARTMENT TO HOST SALES TAX LICENSE AND REPORTING WORKSHOPS NEXT WEEK – Learn your rights and responsibilities for Transaction Privilege (Sales) Taxation by attending a Tax and License Workshop sponsored by the City of Tucson Finance Department. The workshops are free and open to the public. City of Tucson news release.

REPORT: MORE STATES TAKING STEPS AGAINST DISTRACTED DRIVING – Yesterday the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) released its second report on states’ efforts to combat distracted driving. According to the report, 47 states and DC now have specific laws prohibiting various forms of distracted driving that impact most drivers. Of those states, 41 ban texting by all drivers, compared with only 28 states in 2010 (a 45 percent increase). News release from GHSA.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: PARKS EVENT COORDINATOR – The Parks and Rec Department seeks a consummate professional who demonstrates leadership and teamwork in all aspects of special event and concert planning and management to include technical lighting, sound, and other stage production equipment. Job requirements include six months vocational, administrative, or technical training past high school in sound, lighting and staging, at least two years experience in managing and coordinating large performing arts events, and a valid driver’s license. City of Tucson job posting.