-Urban Neighborhoods Symposium Set for Saturday!

-Tucson Police Department Hosting Community Crime Fair

-Future Neighborhood Meetings

-City of Tucson Hosts Free Tax and License Workshop

-Final Open House Event to Discuss Draft of General Plan

- Did you know....?

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Dear Tucsonans,

For several years now, January is a time in the Ward 3 office where we start to get ready to turn our conference room into a VITA site. In that role, the Ward 3 Council Office hosts free federal and state tax preparation to low-and-moderate-income families and individuals throughout Pima County.  The Ward 3 VITA site is one of many that the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona sponsors throughout the County.   In 2012, IRS-certified volunteers through the United Way Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program prepared more than 8,500 tax returns in Southern Arizona for a total of $12.5 million in federal refunds, including $6.2 million in Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC).  At the Ward 3 Office, volunteers completed 199 federal and 214 state returns with an overall refund total of $210,188.

This year tax preparation at the Ward 3 office will begin on Tuesday, February 12th and run every Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., and every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to noon, until April 13th.  Those wishing to have the tax assistance should arrive early and sign in. Last clients will be taken one hour before closing to allow sufficient time to prepare the forms.  The Ward 3 Council Office is located at 1510 E. Grant Road.

For more information about the program or other VITA sites, please visit the United Way website at www.unitedwaytucson.org/vita.

The Ward 3 Treasures Tour is another effort getting off the ground here at the Ward 3 office this month.  The goal of this project is to highlight some of the unique bright spots in Ward 3 that are a result of community investments made by residents and businesses in recent years.  If you think of a project you’d like us to know about, please send a description (no more than 150 words ideally) to Tamara.prime@tucsonaz.gov with “Ward 3 Treasures Tour” in the subject line.  Stay tuned for more about this in the coming months.     

Karin

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Ward 3 Events:

-Urban Neighborhoods Symposium – Saturday, January 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Registration at 8:30am). International School of Tucson, 1701 E. Seneca Street (north of UA Medical Center).This free symposium is open to all, with an emphasis on neighborhood leaders. Join in to get an update on existing services and support for your neighborhood from community leaders who have learned from experience. Mini-workshops on Neighborhood Support Network Resources, Neighborhood Infill Issues, Coalitions for Neighborhoods and Creating Neighborhood Protection Zones and Working with Developers. Continental breakfast and lunch provided. Your participation and input is needed. More info at http://tinyurl.com/chvn49t

-Tucson Police Department Hosting Community Crime Fair – Saturday, February 9 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Donna Liggins Neighborhood Center, 2160 N. 6th Avenue. Join in to receive information and resources on keeping your neighborhood/community safe. More info: Officers Golden or Jones (Westside Operations) at 791-4467.

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Future Neighborhood Meetings:

 Hedrick Acres NA – Tuesday, January 29 at 6:30 p.m. Mountain Avenue Church (Fellowship Hall). 2848 N. Mountain Avenue.

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City Wide Events:

-City of Tucson Hosts Free Tax and License Workshop – Tuesday, January 29 from 10:30 a.m. to Noon. Martha Cooper Library, 1377 N. Catalina Avenue. Retailers-learn your rights and responsibilities for Transaction Privilege (Sales) Taxation by attending this workshop sponsored by the City of Tucson Finance Department. Open to the public. For reservations call 791-4681.

-Final Open House Event to Discuss Draft of General Plan – The draft of Plan Tucson, the City’s proposed new General Plan, is now ready for public comment. The Plan will be on the November 5, 2013 ballot for voters to consider ratifying. Plan Tucson will be the guiding document for the growth and development of Tucson over the next decade. Issues covered include economic development, parks and recreation, arts and culture, public infrastructure, natural environment, revitalization and redevelopment, land use and transportation. The City is holding one more Open House in January:

Thursday, January 31 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Ward 2 Council Office, 7575 E. Speedway Blvd.

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 -Did you know….?

…that two huge events will kick-off in February? The tents are already going up for the Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase! Many venues throughout the City, with the “big event” at the Tucson Convention Center starting February 14. In addition, the Tucson Rodeo (Fiesta de los Vaqueros) opens on February 16 with the annual parade on February 21. Locals and visitors both turn out for these crowd-pleasers. More info forthcoming in the next few weeks.

 …that the Ironwood Tree Experience has a new “Get Outside Club?” Every Thursday, from 4:00 – 5:00 pm children, adults, teens and families are invited to join Ironwood Tree Experience’s expert staff, mentors and volunteers for a free 1-hour urban naturalist discovery walk along the Rillito River. Be prepared to spot wild animals, tracks, scat and native plants. Meet at the south bank of the Rillito Walkway at the Campbell Avenue Bridge. North end of Trader’s Joe’s parking lot—look for the “Get Outside Club” sign. Please bring water, hat, sunscreen and lots of enthusiasm! Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Well behaved dogs also welcome. More info: http://www.ironwoodtreeexperience.org/event/new-get-outside-club/

…Did you know that the City of Tucson now has an online Business Incentives Map called ZoomBiz to provide more services and information to the citizens and businesses in the city?  If you are interested in starting a new business or relocating an existing business in Tucson, ZoomBiz can provide some answers.  If you have a location and need to know the zoning on it, ZoomBiz can help with that too.  If you want to know about available financial, zoning, or development incentives for a particular property, just punch your address into ZoomBiz.  The GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Services Division of the City's Department of Information Technology developed ZoomBiz using a new GIS infrastructure, which supports the creation of more intuitive, easier to use map applications. Try your address at http://maps.tucsonaz.gov/zoombiz/ now.