Bear Down Friday This Week

The final Bear Down Friday is Nov. 23, 3-7 p.m., at Main Gate Square. The University of Arizona Wildcats host the Arizona State Sun Devils in the Territorial Cup football game on Saturday, Nov. 24. Bear Down Friday is a tradition that takes place one day before each home football game. Restaurants and stores in the area offer food specials, happy hour pricing, discounts, giveaways, and fun activities.

Keep Cooking Oil and Grease Out of Drains and Sewers

Thanksgiving and extra cooking for the upcoming holidays mean that it’s time to protect your sewer pipes. The Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department (RWRD) reminds you that pouring cooking oil and grease down pipes can clog and damage sewer lines. You can take these items to Pima County’s Agua Nueva Water Reclamation Facility, 2947 W. Calle Agua Nueva, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m., to be recycled into biodiesel, a cleaner-burning fuel.

City Services Affected by Thanksgiving Holiday This Week

The City of Tucson will observe the Thanksgiving holiday this Thursday, Nov. 22. Except for emergency services, all City offices will be closed.

Residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on Thursday, and customers with Thursday and Friday collections will have their service delayed by one day. The Los Reales Landfill will be closed on Thursday.

Tucson Water Customer Service Phone Lines Expected to Be Busy Next Monday and Tuesday

Following the Thanksgiving holiday and the long weekend, Tucson Water’s customer service staff expects to be busier than normal on Monday, Nov. 26, and Tuesday, Nov. 27. Wait times on the telephone may be longer.

Customers are asked to be patient and when possible, use the online options to manage their accounts, service, and payments. Inquiries emailed to will be responded to as quickly as possible.

Help Tucson Get a Grip on Graffiti

The swift abatement of graffiti discourages future vandalism, so when you see graffiti, please report it immediately. Graffiti Protective Coatings and the City of Tucson have a smartphone application for reporting graffiti. MyTucson is a free download on the iOS App Store and Google Play for Android.

You also can report graffiti by emailing or calling (520) 792-2489 and choosing option 1.

Family Festival in the Park Returns This Weekend

The Tucson Parks and Recreation department presents the 13th annual Family Festival in the Park tomorrow, Nov. 17. The free community event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Reid Park, 22nd Street and Country Club Road. The festival is about having fun with your family, while also serving as an opportunity for Tucson Parks and Recreation to showcase programs and activities offered to the community.

Another Budget Airline Begins Service in Tucson

Allegiant Air launched new nonstop service from Tucson International Airport yesterday. Service began with a flight to Bellingham, Washington. Allegiant is offering twice-weekly service to Bellingham and a nonstop route from Tucson to Provo, Utah.

Like other low-cost carriers, Las Vegas-based Allegiant charges extra for things like seating choice, food, and both carry-on and checked baggage.