USA Today 10Best is asking readers to vote for one of its 20 nominees for Best Halloween Destination. Tucson shares the list with the cemeteries of New Orleans, the dungeons of London, and other scary places.
As of today, Reid Park Zoo is no longer on summer hours. The Zoo is now open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day (an hour later at each end). The Giraffe Encounter will take place at 10 a.m. every day, and on weekends there will be an additional feeding session at 1:30 p.m. Visit the Zoo's website for information about upcoming events.
The new Park Smart card from Park Tucson lets you store parking value and receive an additional 10 percent added on for free each time you reload it. Park Smart cards can be used at all smart parking meters located in Downtown Tucson, 4th Avenue, Main Gate Square, near the University of Arizona's Eller College, and south of the UA campus.
Join the City of Tucson and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) this Friday in celebrating the completion of the Kino Parkway – 22nd Street Intersection Improvement Project. The ceremony begins at 9 a.m. at the southwest corner of Kino Parkway and 22nd Street. The project reconstructed one of the busiest intersections in Southern Arizona with the first grade-separated intersection constructed by the City of Tucson.
The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) will be competing at the Tucson Convention Center (TCC) Friday and Saturday as part of the elite Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) tour. Five PBR world champions are scheduled to compete in Tucson, including Mike Lee (2004), Guilherme Marchi (2008), Renato Nunes (2010), J.B. Mauney (2013), and three-time World Champion Silvano Alves (2011, 2012, 2014). The 2015 BFTS will conclude Oct. 21-25 in Las Vegas.
The Tucson Police Department (TPD) this weekend will hold a ceremony to present several employees with a Medal of Distinguished Service. The employees chosen embody TPD's values of Service Orientation, Excellence, Leadership, Fairness, Teamwork, Integrity, and Personal Responsibility. The Fall Awards Ceremony will be held Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-noon, at the Marriott University Park Hotel, 880 East Second St.
Volunteer shifts are available to help at the Tucson Meet Yourself folklife festival, Oct. 9-11, in Downtown Tucson. More than 500 volunteers help each year. The volunteer website has all of the job descriptions, shifts, qualifications and online training modules you'll need. You also can email TMYVolunteer@gmail.com to request a formal volunteer presentation at your business, club or school.
When moving time comes, typically around the end of the month and the end of University of Arizona semesters, people occasionally dump their trash where it doesn't belong. Property owners are responsible for trash cleanup of items dumped on their property and abutting areas. One option is to use the free Brush and Bulky collection, provided twice a year by the City of Tucson's Environmental Services department.
Teams from the Mexican Pacific League will be returning to Tucson Oct. 1-4 for the fifth annual Vamos a Tucson Mexican Baseball Fiesta, presented by Cox Communications. This year, the Naranjeros de Hermosillo, Yaquis de Obregon, Aguilas de Mexicali, and the Cañeros de Los Mochis will face off at the City's Hi Corbett Field.
The 90-foot-tall El Con Water Tower has a fresh coat of paint and exterior repairs. The $70,000 project, which spanned about three months, included repairing rotted and broken wooden doors, patching stucco, removing water stains, replacing missing roof tiles, and more. The repairs were funded through a 2013 Housing and Urban Development Department Community Development Block Grant for historic preservation activities.