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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Don't Delay: The Second Round of Best of Tucson Voting Has Started

Posted By on Thu, Jun 9, 2016 at 12:57 PM

You've got until July 31, but why wait? The second round of Best of Tucson voting has opened up and it's time for you to cast your votes

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  • This year, Best of Tucson® is going to have a loteria vibe.

Then, when you're done appreciating the best of the Old Pueblo, grab some ice cream and plan a trip to Hermosillo

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Netflix Releases 'Binge Scale,' Basically Plans This Weekend For You

Posted By on Wed, Jun 8, 2016 at 2:00 PM

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I know I have wondered, as I remove my glasses and slowly stumble into bed, if perhaps I've been over zealous on my Netflix binging. Well, if I am, it turns out I'm not alone.

Today Netflix released a "binge scale," offering a little insight into the streaming habits of the Netflix community at large.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

It's Hot, You Should Eat a Lot of Ice Cream

Posted By on Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 11:30 AM

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Today is, miraculously, not quite the scorcher yesterday was. Even so, it is hot as all hell outside and you should get some ice cream. But from where?

Well, maybe from one of the five (or five of the five) local ice cream places Tucson has deemed the best.

We've just opened the second round of Best of Tucson voting. We tallied your votes from round one and came up with a list of finalists based on your input. 

You've got until July 31 to fill out your ballot, and you should absolutely spend some of that time taste testing the restaurants recommended in the Casual Dining, Restaurant and Cultura sections. 

The five finalists for Best Ice Cream are: Allegro GelatoCashew CowFrost Gelato, the HUB Ice Cream Factory and the Screamery. Report back when you're finished. 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Get In Touch With Downtown's Paranormal Side With Specter Tours

Posted By on Thu, May 26, 2016 at 2:30 PM

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  • Robert Owens discusses the haunted history of the Ronstadt Transit Center on his downtown Tucson ghost tour.


Historians, skeptics and believers in the paranormal can all find something to love about the downtown Tucson ghost tours put on by Specter Tours.

The small Tucson-based tour company leads walking tours around downtown Tucson. 

Tour guide and business owner Robert Owens is a dedicated historian and entertainer. Tour goers are taken around many Tucson landmarks such as the Rialto Theater, the Fox Theater and the Pioneer Hotel.

The Pioneer Hotel, the site of Arizona’s most deadly fire, has a rich history and spooky ghost stories to compliment it.

The tour also stops by 101 E. Pennington Street, an old mortuary that is now the home of Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink and Tough Luck Club. Owens recommends it as a place to relax with a drink while looking for apparitions after the tour.

Specter Tours is in the process of adding a new route, which is expected to open in early July. The new route will take tour guests around Fort Lowell Park with ghost hunting equipment similar to what you might see on television, like thermal imaging scanners.

Tickets can be purchased through Groupon for the Friday and Saturday tours. Tours start in front of the Rialto, loop around downtown, and end at Hotel Congress. 


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Start Summer in the Pool: We're Giving Away Tickets to Breakers Water Park

Posted By on Thu, May 26, 2016 at 11:30 AM

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School is out, temperatures are rising and (finally!) public pools around Tucson are opening. Breakers Water Park is among those summer institutions preparing to open their doors this weekend.

Want to go? We're giving away tickets! Tell us how many you want (don't be greedy! Maximum 8.), give us your name and phone number and wait by the phone. 

Fill out my online form.

Planning to spend the entire summer in the wave pool? The park offers season passes.

Season Pass ($39.99)
Unlimited admission to the waterpark all summer
Early entrance: get into the park at 9:30 a.m., half an hour before the park opens to the public
VIP Wednesdays: perks change weekly 
If you buy two or more Season Passes for the family, you get a complimentary Great American Savings coupon book

Gold Pass ($49.99)
All the benefits of the regular Season Pass, plus:
Four additional "bring a friend free" days
A Breakers collector cup with 99 cent refills
Two $10 cabana rental discounts
Two free inner tube rentals

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Summer Safari Friday Nights

Posted By on Mon, May 23, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Family, food, fun and furry friends, Reid Park Zoo's Summer Safari Nights has it all! 

Enjoy the Zoo every Friday evening of the summer, with live music, animal features and dining. 
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Each week will have a different theme.

The first Summer Safari kicked off last Friday, but there's still plenty of time to go on an adventure. 

The themes for the remaining nights are as follows:

May 27: Hooray for Underdogs: Meet the Zoo's Lesser Known Animals
June 3: Animal Playground: Watch Training and Enrichment with Zoo Animals. 
June 10: Buggin' Out : Meet the Animals that Dine on Bugs
June 17: Hats Off to Dads: Learn about our Zoo Dads
June 24: Go Grey: Elephant and Rhino Night
July 1: Spots and Stripes Forever: Zoo Animals with Spots and Stripes
July 8: Staying Cool at the Zoo: Learn how the Animals Stay Cool at the Zoo

The last Summer Safari Friday Night will be on Friday, July 8. Safari nights offers families the chance to enjoy a picnic concert or wander through the zoo, learning about animals and participating in wildlife activities. 

Wondering how much these fun filled nights cost? Look no further. $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for children, children 2 years and under are free and members get $2 off. 

Sound like fun? Follow the Summer Safari Facebook or check out their website for more information.  

Monday, May 16, 2016

Talk Derby To Me

Posted By on Mon, May 16, 2016 at 4:50 PM

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Looking for something fun, new and exciting? Then get your derby on and become a Renegade!

Renegade Rollergirls of Tucson, a free roller-derby league, is looking for their next generation of roller girls. 

Starting Monday May 16, there will be free skills and drills practices every Friday and Monday throughout the summer for those interested, curious and wanting to become a renegade roller.

All females 18 and older are eligible to play, and experience is welcome but not necessary.

Membership, travel and a uniform are all free but skates, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards and a helmet are required to participate in practice. Don't have the required equipment? You're still welcome to come and meet the team.

R.R.O.T. also offers advice about finding gear and has limited gear available for loan—if notified ahead of time.

Practices are held every Friday and Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. through Friday, July 29. You join throughout the summer—but you'll get more out of it the sooner you join.

Practices are at 3525 E. Pima Street, located at a hockey rink attached to the parking lot at the corner of Pima and Palo Verde. 

Interested? Check out the Renegade Rollers of Tucson website or the Tucson Renegades Recruitment and Info Facebook page for more information.

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

You Only Have One Week to Vote in the First Round of Best of Tucson®

Posted By on Sun, May 8, 2016 at 10:00 AM

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How could we be here already? The first round of Best of Tucson® voting closes at the end of next Sunday, May 15. 

Once the gates close on this ballot, our team of caffeinated pandas will comb through your answers and compile a ballot of finalists based on the top 5 nominees in each category. 

Give us about a week to get everything together then be on the look out for the finalists to be announced (and the second round of voting to open)!

Vote. Spread the ballot. Time is running out!



P.S. Are you having trouble getting into your ballot? There's a reason the ballot says first and last name are required! Your name is, in essence, your Best of Tucson password. You have to type your name the exact same way from year to year, or you won't be able to get into the ballot. Can't figure out how you typed your name last year? Email me: chelo@tucsonlocalmedia.com

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