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Job Opportunities at Parks and Rec

The Tucson Parks and Recreation department is looking program coordinators to assist with summer Therapeutic Recreation/Inclusion Programs for participants with disabilities (ages 3-22).

These positions are responsible for the overall coordination of the programs and supervision of subordinate staff. They also work in collaboration with staff to plan activities, prepare facilities for scheduled functions, and supervise program participants.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Fifth Street and Dodge Boulevard Traffic Signal Work

On Wednesday, March 6, 2019, the traffic signals at the Fifth Street and Dodge Boulevard intersection will not be in operation as work crews replace underground conduit and wiring at the intersection.

The work will begin at 9 a.m. and is anticipated to be complete by 4 p.m. the same day. This schedule could change due to unforeseen circumstances.

Free Health Fair at El Rio Neighborhood Center

The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy and Tucson Parks and Recreation will host their annual Health Fair at El Rio Neighborhood Center this month. This fair will focus on providing free health services and health information to members of the Tucson community by offering screenings for osteoporosis, diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol, breathing, vision, and medication reviews. Activities will include face painting and a hand sanitizer activity. This event is free and open to the public. Spanish translators will be available.

Mayor Delivers His Last State of the City Address

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild last Friday gave his final State of the City address, "Moving Forward Tucson," to a full house at the Tucson Convention Center. The address covered the mayor's list of accomplishments in office before he retires from the job at the end of the year. Highlights included economic development, civic innovation, and community building.

Watch the speech in its entirety.

Final Public Meeting Tonight on Tobacco Issues

The Pima County Health Department is concluding multiple community stakeholder meetings to discuss proposed County ordinance changes, giving retailers and community members the opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions. The ordinance changes would raise the minimum legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21 years old, create a tobacco retail permit system, and amend the current smoking ordinance to include vaping products.

Register for Habitat for Humanity's Women Build Day

Registration is still open for Women Build Day, a community fundraiser and homebuilding event that takes place Saturday, March 9, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 132 E. Yavapai Road (southeast of Stone Avenue and Prince Road).

There are two shifts for volunteers who will work under the guidance of construction professionals and alongside other volunteers and future Habitat homeowners. Volunteers are welcome to learn new skills or add a few.

City Hiring Finance Manager

The City of Tucson is recruiting a finance manager for its Business Services Department. The position will work in direct support of the Transportation department and the Transit Services Division.

Duties include managing the financial matters of a complex operation with various federal, regional, and local funding sources and partnering with City leadership and its contracted transit management firm in the day-to-day financial management of the City’s transit operations.

Paul's Note - March 1, 2019

I heard some good news from one of the city’s Washington lobbyists, Tracy Tucker, this week: we are only one step away from owning Udall Park free and clear.

Morris K. Udall Park was built in 1982, and came about after a land exchange between the city and the Bureau of Land Management. The exchange was supposed to be finalized through subsequent legislation. For a variety of reasons, it never happened.

Tucson Festival of Books is This Weekend

The 11th annual Tucson Festival of Books (TFOB) will be held tomorrow and Sunday, March 2-3, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the campus of the University of Arizona.

The festival features 330 authors presenting in 336 sessions and 36 different venues. There are also panel discussions, workshops, storytelling, culinary demonstrations, book sales, and book signings. TFOB features live entertainment, food vendors, Science City, and dozens of other activities for children and families.

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