Happy Birthday Tucson



“Celebrate Tucson’s official birthday “with a bang”!
At the Presidio Museum, 196 N. Court Ave.  Friday, August 19th.
Gates open at 5:30 pm.Event starts at 6:00.
Presented by the Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission
and sponsored by

FREE! Bring the family for this family-friendly food tasting to celebrate Tucson’s recent designation as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy. Enjoy samples of cuisine representing 4,000 years of food in the Sonoran Desert.

Cannon fire by the Presidio Garrison!
Live music from Los Changuitos Feos!
Arizona’s historic flags posted by the Presidio Garrison and friends!
Free birthday cake sponsored by Long Realty!
The Sonoran Mexican Cuisine Food Truck On Site

The Presidio Museum is also FREE TO THE PUBLIC ALL DAY on AUGUST 20th – Tucson’s actual birthday.”

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Mayor Jonathan Rothschild spoke of Tucson’s new designation as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy and pointed out the various food sampling booths at tonight’s birthday celebration. Supervisor Richard Elias mentioned his 7th generation family history and traditions that make up Tucson. In the beginning Linda Mayro of the Pima County Office of Conservation & Sustainability said that this is no longer a birthday celebration (241) but a “cultural convergence”. As usual Hugo O’Conor’s 8/20/1775 letter proclaiming the establishment of the Tucson Presidio was read in Spanish/English, and the various flags (7) which have been flown over Tucson were recognized and displayed. Happy Birthday Tucson, tomorrow. Retiring JP Carmen Dolny present tonight as well, as she is one of the Las Donas de los Descendientes del Presidio de Tucson.

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