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  • CITY OF TUCSON ANNOUNCES MASK REQUIREMENTS FOR CITY FACILITIES
    Date: July 29, 2021 
    Following updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the City of Tucson yesterday, July 28, re-instituted its mask policy for people in City buildings, including those who are fully vaccinated. This applies to all buildings, including Parks and Recreation facilities. Masks will be available at the entrances of city buildings for those who need one. City leadership will continue to closely monitor the situation and make any adjustments as needed. This mask action is specific to City-owned facilities and does not apply to private businesses or establishments, who continue to have the ability to require masks on their premises if they choose to do so. In addition, Tucson Mayor Regina Romero strongly urges anyone who has not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine to get vaccinated.
    Mayor Romero's news release
    Updated Mask Policy for City Facilities and Employees
    CDC mask-wearing guidance
  • FEDERAL EVICTION MORATORIUM SET TO EXPIRE THIS SATURDAY
    Date: July 29, 2021 
    The federal eviction moratorium is set to expire on Saturday, July 31. Residents and landlords in Tucson and Pima County can still apply for rent and utility assistance through the Eviction Prevention Program. The Mayor and Tucson City Council approved spending $27.1 million ($19.1 million from the City of Tucson and $8 million from Pima County) for the Tucson and Pima County Eviction Prevention/Emergency Rent and Utility Relief Program. Through the coordinated efforts of the City, County, and the Community Investment Corporation, both tenants and landlords/property managers (acting on behalf of tenants) can apply for funds. Dual enrollment of tenants and landlords is accepted. Funding requests for unpaid rent and utilities are available for up to 12 months in arrears, and three months in advance. For information, eligibility requirements, and to apply online, visit the Tucson and Pima County Eviction Prevention Program website linked below. Those without internet access can call (831) 292-4308 to apply (bilingual case managers are available).
    HUD Rental Housing Counseling and Eviction Prevention
    Tucson and Pima County Eviction Prevention Program
    Find help with rent and utilities
  • TUCSON PARKS AND RECREATION RESUMES INDOOR FALL CLASSES
    Date: July 29, 2021 
    Tucson Parks and Recreation is offering a full array of indoor leisure classes this fall. Masks will be required for all indoor activities for participants ages 2 and up. Classes range from arts and crafts, ceramics, dance, health and fitness, jewelry making, music, and more for youth and adults. Timely registration is recommended since offerings fill up quickly. Classes begin the last week of August. Registration starts Monday, Aug. 2, at 9 a.m., for City residents, and at noon for non-City residents. To view and register for classes, follow the links below.
    Register for classes
    Parks and Recreation classes and programs
  • CALL FOR VENDORS: HOLIDAY ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR
    Date: July 29, 2021 
    Tucson Parks and Recreation is now accepting applications for artists for the Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair, Nov. 27-28, at Reid Park. This event has been held for more than three decades, attracting more than 140 vendors from all over the Southwest. All items must be handmade - no mass-produced, store-bought, resale, or imported items. All applications are subject to approval. The fee is $90 for a 10' x 10' space for the two-day event. Spaces fill up quickly. Due to a large number of applications received, some categories will be limited and acceptance is not guaranteed. Payment is due after acceptance into the fair, not during initial registration. For more information, please contact Susan Orrico, fair coordinator, at Susan.Orrico@tucsonaz.gov, or call (520) 791-4877.
    Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair
    Tucson Parks and Recreation
  • TEAM UP TO CLEAN UP TUCSON
    Date: July 29, 2021 
    The City of Tucson and its partners, United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona and Tucson Clean & Beautiful, encourage you to help improve the visual appearance of our community as part of the Team Up To Clean Up campaign. The campaign asks all of us to work together to reduce litter for future generations by educating and embracing the need to make our community look beautiful. The next volunteer event will be on Friday, Aug. 6, from 7-9 a.m., at the Rodeo Wash at South 1st Avenue, just south of Irvington Road. Sign up at the link below. Show how you are helping beautify the community by sharing pictures on your social media platforms, adding the hashtag #TeamUpToCleanUpTucson. Follow the City of Tucson on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (links at the bottom of this email) to learn more about upcoming cleanup locations, or find your own areas that need to be beautified.
    More information and registration
  • CITY OF TUCSON ANNOUNCES MASK REQUIREMENTS FOR CITY FACILITIES
    Date: July 29, 2021 
    Following updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the City of Tucson yesterday, July 28, re-instituted its mask policy for people in City buildings, including those who are fully vaccinated. This applies to all buildings, including Parks and Recreation facilities. Masks will be available at the entrances of city buildings for those who need one. City leadership will continue to closely monitor the situation and make any adjustments as needed. This mask action is specific to City-owned facilities and does not apply to private businesses or establishments, who continue to have the ability to require masks on their premises if they choose to do so. In addition, Tucson Mayor Regina Romero strongly urges anyone who has not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine to get vaccinated.
    Mayor Romero's news release
    Updated Mask Policy for City Facilities and Employees
    CDC mask-wearing guidance
  • FEDERAL EVICTION MORATORIUM SET TO EXPIRE THIS SATURDAY
    Date: July 29, 2021 
    The federal eviction moratorium is set to expire on Saturday, July 31. Residents and landlords in Tucson and Pima County can still apply for rent and utility assistance through the Eviction Prevention Program. The Mayor and Tucson City Council approved spending $27.1 million ($19.1 million from the City of Tucson and $8 million from Pima County) for the Tucson and Pima County Eviction Prevention/Emergency Rent and Utility Relief Program. Through the coordinated efforts of the City, County, and the Community Investment Corporation, both tenants and landlords/property managers (acting on behalf of tenants) can apply for funds. Dual enrollment of tenants and landlords is accepted. Funding requests for unpaid rent and utilities are available for up to 12 months in arrears, and three months in advance. For information, eligibility requirements, and to apply online, visit the Tucson and Pima County Eviction Prevention Program website linked below. Those without internet access can call (831) 292-4308 to apply (bilingual case managers are available).
    HUD Rental Housing Counseling and Eviction Prevention
    Tucson and Pima County Eviction Prevention Program
    Find help with rent and utilities
  • TUCSON PARKS AND RECREATION RESUMES INDOOR FALL CLASSES
    Date: July 29, 2021 
    Tucson Parks and Recreation is offering a full array of indoor leisure classes this fall. Masks will be required for all indoor activities for participants ages 2 and up. Classes range from arts and crafts, ceramics, dance, health and fitness, jewelry making, music, and more for youth and adults. Timely registration is recommended since offerings fill up quickly. Classes begin the last week of August. Registration starts Monday, Aug. 2, at 9 a.m., for City residents, and at noon for non-City residents. To view and register for classes, follow the links below.
    Register for classes
    Parks and Recreation classes and programs
  • CALL FOR VENDORS: HOLIDAY ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR
    Date: July 29, 2021 
    Tucson Parks and Recreation is now accepting applications for artists for the Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair, Nov. 27-28, at Reid Park. This event has been held for more than three decades, attracting more than 140 vendors from all over the Southwest. All items must be handmade - no mass-produced, store-bought, resale, or imported items. All applications are subject to approval. The fee is $90 for a 10' x 10' space for the two-day event. Spaces fill up quickly. Due to a large number of applications received, some categories will be limited and acceptance is not guaranteed. Payment is due after acceptance into the fair, not during initial registration. For more information, please contact Susan Orrico, fair coordinator, at Susan.Orrico@tucsonaz.gov, or call (520) 791-4877.
    Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair
    Tucson Parks and Recreation
  • TEAM UP TO CLEAN UP TUCSON
    Date: July 29, 2021 
    The City of Tucson and its partners, United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona and Tucson Clean & Beautiful, encourage you to help improve the visual appearance of our community as part of the Team Up To Clean Up campaign. The campaign asks all of us to work together to reduce litter for future generations by educating and embracing the need to make our community look beautiful. The next volunteer event will be on Friday, Aug. 6, from 7-9 a.m., at the Rodeo Wash at South 1st Avenue, just south of Irvington Road. Sign up at the link below. Show how you are helping beautify the community by sharing pictures on your social media platforms, adding the hashtag #TeamUpToCleanUpTucson. Follow the City of Tucson on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (links at the bottom of this email) to learn more about upcoming cleanup locations, or find your own areas that need to be beautified.
    More information and registration
  • BICYCLE BOULEVARD CURBSIDE ICE CREAM SOCIAL
    Date: July 28, 2021 
    The City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM) is planning three neighborhood traffic safety improvement projects: 5th Street Bicycle Boulevard, from Euclid Avenue to Sixth Avenue; 9th/8th Street Bicycle Boulevard, from Fourth Avenue to Treat Avenue; and 9th/Castro Avenue Bicycle Boulevard, from St. Mary's Road to Ft. Lowell Road. With funding from the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), these projects will create close to six miles of bicycle boulevard routes, traveling through 21 neighborhoods and connecting to 11 parks and 19 schools. DTM staff is hosting a Curbside Ice Cream Social outreach event tomorrow, July 29, 5:30-8:30 p.m., at 9th Street & 4th Avenue (southeast corner). Drop by to learn more about the project and share your feedback with City staff.
    Program website
    Take the online survey
    Tomar la encuesta en Español
    Event details
  • 10TH ANNUAL KIDZ EXPO & BACK TO SCHOOL EVENT
    Date: July 28, 2021 
    The Arizona Bilingual Newspaper is hosting its 10th Annual Kidz Expo & Back to School event this Saturday, July 31, at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave., from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The free event will include a series of family-friendly activities and lots of entertainment. Activities will include raffles from sponsors, live music, learning activities, information and resources for children and families, and more. Arizona Bilingual will giveaway up to 3,000 backpacks. The Mexican Consulate will provide 3,000 free textbooks in Spanish, and the City of Tucson will be providing booster seats. Ward 5 Tucson City Council Member Richard Fimbres and more than 30 sponsors and nonprofit organizations have come forward to make this event possible.
    10th Annual Kidz Expo & Back to School event
    Arizona Bilingual
  • REGISTRATION UNDERWAY FOR SLOWPITCH SOFTBALL
    Date: July 28, 2021 
    The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation department is now accepting registrations for the Fall Adult Slowpitch Softball Leagues. You can register online, through Aug. 6, at the link below. Call the Sports Unit at (520) 791-4870 for more information and other registration options. The season begins Aug. 16.
    Register
    Tucson Parks and Recreation Sports Unit
  • WATCH ANOTHER 'MY PARKS AND RECREATION' STORY (VIDEO)
    Date: July 28, 2021 
    July is national Parks and Recreation Month, and Tucson Parks and Recreation is celebrating by highlighting some stories of how our communities are stronger, more vibrant, and more resilient because of parks and recreation. In the video linked below, meet Glenna Overstreet. She's been with Parks and Recreation for 35 years, beginning part-time working with children, and now she oversees multiple areas including recreation, special events, technology, and marketing. Share your story of what parks and recreation means to you on social media and use the hashtag #OurParkAndRecStory.
    Watch the video
    Parks and Recreation Month
    Tucson Parks and Recreation's Twitter page
    Tucson Parks and Recreation's Facebook page
  • ARE YOU READY FOR ANOTHER CYCLOVIA?
    Date: July 28, 2021 
    With some people still in isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Living Streets Alliance (LSA) wants to know if people are ready for another Cyclovia event this fall. LSA is paying close attention as people start convening in public and large events start happening again. The group has launched a survey to gauge the comfort level of people gathering again with potentially thousands of other people. A decision on Cyclovia is expected sometime next month.
    Take the survey
    Living Streets Alliance
  • RESCHEDULED: WARD 4 BACK TO SCHOOL BASH HAPPENING THIS WEEK
    Date: July 26, 2021 
    The 20th Annual Ward 4 Back to School Bash, originally scheduled for last Saturday, has been rescheduled to Wednesday, July 28, from 4-6 p.m. This past weekend's event was postponed due to severe weather. The Back to School Bash will remain a drive-thru format. For more information, follow the link below, or email ward4@tucsonaz.gov.
    Read the news release
  • CORRECTED DATE: SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON ACCESSORY DWELLING UNITS
    Date: July 26, 2021 
    The City of Tucson Planning Commission will hold a virtual public hearing on Wednesday, July 28, at 6 p.m. (not tonight as reported last week), on a proposed amendment to the Unified Development Code to allow Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). An ADU is an independent housing unit with its own kitchen, bathroom, and living and sleeping space, built on the same lot as a primary residence. These units have been legalized in other communities to create more affordable housing, support multi-generational households, and provide more options for residents who wish to age in place. You can submit written comments or request to speak at the hearing by sending an email to PlanningCommission@tucsonaz.gov. The agenda materials and instructions on how to join the virtual public hearing can be found on the Planning Commission page linked below. The draft Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) proposal was developed based on community goals, feedback at public meetings, online comments, and input from a stakeholder group representing a range of viewpoints and expertise. All amendments to the Unified Development Code are reviewed by the Planning Commission, which makes a recommendation to Mayor and Council, which will hold a public hearing on these types of code amendments. That hearing will provide an additional opportunity for public comment.
    You can review the presentationmeeting summary, and video of the recent public meetings.
    Project website
    FAQ about ADUs
    Planning Commission
  • REGISTER FOR TUCSON PARKS AND RECREATION KIDCO AFTERSHCOOL
    Date: July 26, 2021 
    Tucson Parks and Recreation's KIDCO Afterschool program will resume for the 2021-22 school year. Programming will be available from the time of school dismissal until 6 p.m. on all in-person learning days (excluding City holidays). Register online at the link below or by calling Registration Services at (520) 791-4877. The Discount Program is available to city residents who qualify. Those who are interested can call that same number to schedule an appointment to apply. Any discounts must be applied prior to registration.
    Register at EZEEreg.com
    Discount Program
  • JOB OPPORTUNITY: BUDGET ADMINISTRATOR
    Date: July 26, 2021 
    Today’s, July 26, COVID-19 dashboard update from the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) adds 1,441 new cases but no deaths. Since March, ADHS reports 98% of COVID-19 deaths have been in those not fully vaccinated. The department has an interactive map with vaccine distribution sites (link below), and there are multiple locations throughout Tucson. So far, more than 3.7 million people in Arizona, or 51.6% of the population, have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and more than 3.32 million people are fully vaccinated with both doses.
    Pima County vaccine registration, or call (520) 222-0119
    Arizona Department of Health Services interactive map
    COVID-19 testing locations and hours
    Data Dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services
    City of Tucson COVID-19 website
  • CAUTION URGED DURING STORMS
    Date: July 23, 2021 
    The City of Tucson and Pima County are advising the public to use caution over the next few days when traveling through Southern Arizona because of a powerful storm system moving through the region. Forecasts from the National Weather Service show an increased chance of thunderstorms and heavy rainfall with the possibility of flash flooding through Saturday night. As washes flood, Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM) crews are closing roadways at affected dip crossings and washes. DTM is also assisting residents concerned with flooding by offering free, self-service sandbags in the east parking lot of Hi Corbett Field, 700 S. Randolph Way, at Reid Park. This location is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please bring your own shovel. You can find flood safety information from the Pima County Regional Flood Control District at the link below. The site includes information on how to sign up for flood and other emergency alerts from the Pima County Office of Emergency Management. For the latest on road conditions and closures, call the Road Conditions Hotline at (520) 547-7510, or visit the Pima County Department of Transportation’s Road Closure Updates website linked below.
    Pima County Regional Flood Control District
    Pima County Road Closure Updates
    Watch a video about DTM's Operation Splash 2021
    National Weather Service forecast