Category Archives: Community

2017 State of the City address by Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild

Mayor Jonathan Rothschild delivered his 2017 State of the City address today at the Metro Chamber’s luncheon at the J.W. Marriott Starr Pass resort.  Here’s the link to read it in its entirety —  “Tucson: A Reliable Partner” :

Mayor Jonathan Rothschild

In the past I cut & pasted his entire State of the City speech, but this year it’s easier to just send you to his Mayor’s page,

Mayor Rothschild is a Democrat, first elected in 2011, re-elected in 2015. In his first race he defeated Republican contender Rick Grinnell and Green Party candidate Mary DeCamp. He ran unopposed in his 2nd bid.


New Enchanted Neighborhood Tour

“Coming this Saturday Tucson’s historic RillitoBend Neighborhood Association is holding its first ever walking/biking neighborhood tour to raise money to support Valley of the Moon.

This event will take explorers on a journey through the century old neighborhood surrounding Valley of the Moon: RillitoBend. Tour goers will visit homes, gardens, a hidden labyrinth, horse properties, art exhibits and, of course, Valley of the Moon.

Way back when Valley of the Moon’s story started in 1923 the nearest paved road was miles away and there were only a handful of ranches in the area. Today the neighborhood is a delightful mix of historic and modern with a totally unique character. Community is one of Valley of the Moon’s core values and this neighborhood is a great example of community done right.

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30th Anniversary of Tucson St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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2017 Grand Marshal

Robin McArdle

Artist Arjen Hart’s Nepal LightSeed photo show

Arjen Hart photo show — this Sunday March 12, from 2-4 pm at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. Public is invited to come enjoy the opening reception of his Nepal LightSeed photo exhibition. Arjen spent 5 weeks in Nepal last year, taking photos and experiencing Nepalese spirituality.  His website:

“Arjen van den Eerenbeemt, aka Aryen Hart, was born and raised in the Netherlands into a family of literary and visual artists. At an early age he developed an interest in the work of C.G.Jung, Yoga and meditation as well as electrical engineering. By skillfully merging technology, spirituality and the humanities into a luminous visual language his artworks become contemporary meditation objects.”

Photo exhibit ongoing March 10 to April 19 at Gallery at Tucson Jewish Community Center.

Southern AZ Senior Pride author at Tucson Festival of Books

All info on Tucson Festival of Books online at Some of these events require tickets reserved before the talks, so click on “Ticketed Events”,  then “the general public” link. Ticketing ends 12 noon tomorrow, but there are 25% of the seats saved for no shows and standbys, the day of the presentation.

Help fund a huge bicycling mural in Tucson

Muralist Joe Pagac is at it again…he likes painting giant murals around Tucson. His most recent one was the large historical one on the west side of Mountain Avenue on the TEP substation wall, just south of Prince Road. The dedication was held on Feb. 24, with speakers on site and next door at Habitat for Humanity, 3501 N. Mountain Ave.

Now Joe is hosting a Kickstarter campaign to turn this blank wall near downtown Tucson (NE corner of Stone Avenue and E. 6th Street):

into a bicycling mural (mock up below):

His vision of this mural project:

“I will be painting a 130 foot wide by 30 foot tall mural on the South facing wall of Epic Rides (543 N. Stone Ave.). My mission is to bring the Tucson community together to beautify the city while promoting an active, outdoor lifestyle and cycling. The mural depicts Sonoran cycling with a fun, colorful spin. Biking is dear to my heart as it is to so many of us here in Southern Arizona, and with so many great events like 24 hours in the Old Pueblo and El Tour de Tucson here, I thought this would be a great way to promote our bike loving culture and beautify a building in the heart of our city.

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