Category Archives: Community

Tucson Be Kind mosaic unveiling at Tucson City Council Chambers

“The speakers include Councilman Steve Kozachik and Jeanette Mare, someone from the Jewish History Museum, Black community, Muslim community, Bishop, Richard Elias (District 5 Pima County Supervisor), Sacred Space (contemplative), Mary DeCamp, Chief of Police Chris Magnus, LGBT community.” – per Steve K.  He is a 2 term Councilman representing Ward 6, and is up for re-election in Nov. 2017.

More from Steve’s 8/21/17 newsletter: “Through Jeanette Mare’s Ben’s Bells Project, Tucson is the epicenter of showing that we as a community are built on the ethos of kindness. M&C has demonstrated that through policy, such as adopting the Charter for Compassion.

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Happy Birthday Tucson

               Tucson Birthday Celebration

Sponsored by Desert Diamond Casino

Monday, August 21, 5:30 pm

The Presidio Museum and the Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission invite you to celebrate the City of Tucson’s Official 242nd Birthday “with a bang”!

The festivities will include:

  • A presentation by city officials of the six flags that have flown over Tucson throughout its history
  • A cannon firing by the Presidio Garrison Soldados
  • Tucson’s own Los Changuitos Feos
  • Birthday cake baked by Mexican bakery Dolce Pastello
  • Folklorico dancing of DanzaCultura Mexicana

This year the event continues to grow as a family-friendly food tasting celebrating the robust food culture we enjoy here in Tucson which was recently honored by UNESCO with the title of “City of Gastronomy”.  Food presenters will include:

  • Mission Gardens with native heritage food tastings
  • The Tucson Mormon Battalion Monument Foundation
  • The San Xavier Co-operative Farm with produce and products made and grown at the farm
  • The Presidio La Gente with tortillas and prickly pear jelly
  • Many more!

This event is free and open to the public.

Additional sponsors include Long Realty, Los Descendientes del Tucson and the Presidio Neighborhood Association.

El Presidio San Agustin is at 196 N. Court Ave. in downtown Tucson. More info:
http://tucsonpresidio.com/.

Firing a canon is one of the usual activities at this birthday celebration. And it is a loud bang.

Tucson Weekly endorses attorney Paul Durham for Ward 3 Council seat

The Tucson Weekly issued their endorsement today in the contested Democratic primary for the Ward 3 Council seat.  Councilwoman Karin Uhlich is stepping down after 3 terms.  The Weekly endorsed retired attorney Paul Durham, former Chief of Staff for Ward 6 Councilwoman Nina Trasoff.

Paul Durham

Read their endorsement here: https://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/paul-durham-for-city-council/Content?oid=11123258.

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Sun Tran & Sun Link launching new 3 Day Transit Pass

3-DAY TRANSIT PASS PILOT PROGRAM LAUNCHES AUGUST 15

New 3-Day Pass provides unlimited rides on Sun Tran and Sun Link  (press release)

 TUCSON, Ariz. – “Sun Tran, Sun Link, and City of Tucson Department of Transportation will launch a 3-Day Pass pilot program, available August 15 through February 2018.  The new 3-Day Pass will provide unlimited rides on Sun Link, Sun Tran and select Sun Shuttle routes for 72 consecutive hours after first activated on transit vehicles.

Tucson residents can take advantage of the 3-Day Pass on Sun Link and Sun Tran bus routes to travel more frequently and to more destinations.  The 3-Day Pass offers an alternative to the current 1-Day and 30-Day pass options and will be available to the general public through February 15, 2018.

The 3-Day Pass provides a convenient transit option for visitors to explore Tucson’s entertainment districts along the Sun Link streetcar route.  Jane McCollum, General Manager of Main Gate Square, says, “The 3-Day Pass will be great for tourists and conference goers, as well as locals who might enjoy a staycation in the greater downtown core.”

The pass will be tested for a six month period and will be evaluated to determine if the pilot program or similar program will be integrated into the public transportation fare structure on a long-term basis.

The 3-Day Pass costs $10 ($11 total when loaded on the GoTucson Transit app or $12 total when including the cost of a newSunGO Card) and can be purchased online, by phone, on the GoTucson Transit app, at SunGO Sales Outlets, Ticket Vending Machines at the City of Tucson’s three transit centers, Sun Tran Special Services Office, or Sun Tran Administrative Office.

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International World Indigenous Peoples Day celebration

Join Us to Celebrate International Day of the World Indigenous Peoples & 20th Anniversary of the Alianza Indigena Sin Fronteras!


Indigenous Community POTLUCK.

August 11, 5:30 to 10 p.m. at Indigenous Alliance without Borders, 225 E. 26th Street, Tucson (note error on flyer above, not E. 27th St.)

Schedule:
“$5.00 Donation with raffle ticket / no one will be turned away.
5:30 – Blessing of the Event – Honorable Jerry Carlyle, Vice Chairman – San Xavier District of the Tohono O’Odham Nation
Welcoming – Alianza Indigna R. Matus, Pascua Yaqui Executive Director, Alianza Indigena Sin Frontera

UN History of the International Day of the World Indigenous Peoples – Tupac Eniquez – Tonatierra, Phoenix

Trump pulling out of the Paris Peace Accord and how it will affect Indigenous Peoples – Many Pino, Acoma Pueblo & Professor of Sociology at Scottsdale Community College

Indigenous Cultural & Human Rights – Andrea C. Valencia, Pascua Yaqui & Executive Director of the International Indian Treaty Council, San Francisco

Indigenous Culture . Rosemary Tona Aguirre – Community Coordinator, Alianza Indigena Sin Fronter

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Rainbow Crosswalk Dedication on 4th Avenue

“RAINBOWS ARE COMING TO TUCSON!!!  Tues. AUGUST 8th, at 10 to 11 a.m.

SAAF, Historic Fourth Avenue, Speedy Striping, and the City of Tucson have joined together to paint all 4 crosswalks at 4th Avenue & 6th Street rainbow! This is the first rainbow crosswalks project in Arizona. The rainbow crosswalks celebrate inclusivity and diversity in Tucson and shows the world that Tucson, Fourth Avenue, and the City of Tucson are proud to stand with, and celebrate, the LGBTQ community.

Please join us on August 8 at 10am as we dedicate the Rainbow Crosswalks to the community.”

https://www.facebook.com/events/332219370557158/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%22106%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D

Preview below of 1st rainbow painted crosswalk, courtesy of Monique Vallery, Events Director at Historic 4th Avenue,  from FB.  Check out all four crosswalks tomorrow at the dedication.