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Reid Park Zoo Asian Lantern Festival Continues

Reid Park Zoo is partnering with the Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona, Tianyu Arts & Culture Inc., and Tucson Chinese Cultural Center in hosting more than 400 colorful, customized lantern displays in Southern Arizona.

The Asian Lantern Festival, which is running through March 23 (6-10 p.m.), will transport you across the world with Asian-inspired entertainment, cuisine, and culture. You can check admission prices and register at the above link.

‘Heroes Day’ to offer special-needs citizens their own mini Air Show and Open House

From our friends at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base:

Nearly 120 local people with disabilities or special needs will be brought to the flight line Friday, March 22 – the day before Davis-Monthan AFB’s Open House begins to watch the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds practice their routine.

The event, dubbed “Heroes Day,” was organized to accommodate members of the local community who would enjoy the Open House demonstrations but might not be physically able to deal with the extensive walking and huge crowds.

City Seeking Public Input on 'A' Mountain Access

The City of Tucson has launched a survey to better understand how and when our community uses Sentinel Peak Park (also known as “A” Mountain). The popular lookout point is enjoyed by pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists from throughout the region. Gates for the park road are currently open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Job Openings: System Operators for Water Department

The City of Tucson is hiring water system operators to join the Tucson Water department. The positions are responsible for operating, monitoring, and controlling water treatment facilities and distribution systems to ensure appropriate water supply, quality, and pressure.

Operators use SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) to help oversee the potable and reclaimed water systems. They also respond to inquiries regarding water system problems and water quality concerns.

City Council Approves Pilot Program for Public Scooters

The Mayor and Tucson City Council yesterday, March 5, gave preliminary approval to launch a six-month pilot program to bring electronic scooters to Tucson starting in July.

The council is trying to resolve some safety issues and other concerns before giving final approval to the program, which would put rental scooters around downtown and 4th Avenue. Council Members Shirley Scott and Steve Kozachik were the dissenters on the 5-2 vote.

Remote Video Inspections Available

The City of Tucson's Planning and Development Services Department (PDSD) now offers inspection services via Skype or FaceTime. PDSD can perform many inspections remotely. Save time by scheduling an inspection through your smartphone.

This service can save you time on most activities or if your regular inspection did not pass and there are simple corrections needed. Speak with your inspector for details about how to get a second inspection after corrections have been made.

Brush and Bulky

The City of Tucson added items this year to its Brush & Bulky service to help make our city and neighborhoods cleaner, more attractive, and safer.

New offerings include maintenance of public rights-of-way, cleanup of vegetation and trash from alleys and easements, removal of illegally dumped materials, graffiti removal, street sweeping, and pothole maintenance at the same time crews are collecting materials left for pickup at curbs and in alleys.

Watch the Tucson 12 video below to learn more about the core of the Brush & Bulky program.

Get Up to a $2,000 Rebate for Installing a Rainwater Harvesting System

It appears there will be more chances over the next week to capture rain, reuse it, and be eligible for up to a $2,000 rebate on your investment. Tucson Water customers with active service may apply.

Rainwater harvesting systems may be active, passive, or a combination of both. Participants must also attend a free, three-hour workshop and submit a project plan for their property.

City Hiring Information Technology Specialist

The City of Tucson is recruiting an Information Technology (IT) specialist to work on the service and field teams of its IT department. Duties include installing and maintaining computer hardware and software including servers and networks, troubleshooting problems, and providing technical assistance and training to end users in the use of desktop hardware and software.


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