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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Hello, Winter! Tips For Surviving Tonight's Big Chill

Posted By on Thu, Dec 7, 2017 at 2:00 PM

It's gonna be a cold one in Tucson tonight....
  • It's gonna be a cold one in Tucson tonight....
Happy winter ladies and gentlemen, as the scorching torrent of summer slams into the muscle-stiffening months of winter.

We'll get our first real taste of winter tonight, with the National Weather Service issuing a Freeze Warning for Tucson, with a low of 34 degrees in Tucson, which puts those who live in the elements in immediate danger.

Luckily, the City of Tucson and several nonprofits have programs in place to assist those who find themselves without a shelter this evening.

The Salvation Army, for example, is officially in Operation Deep Freeze, opening its doors at its Tucson Hospitality House (1002 N. Main Avenue) on any night between now and March 30 when the temperature falls below 35 degrees (or 40 degrees with precipitation).

The organization asks the public to donate items to keep people warm, such as coats, blankets, gloves, socks and sweaters.

Donations are accepted at any Naughton's Plumbing location, Vantage Bowling Center, or at the Hospitality House itself. Anyone with questions about the operation can call the shelter at (520) 795-9671.

Operation Freeze

The Tucson Department of Transportation is undertaking preventative measures on all bridge decks around town, to prevent any ice buildup that could cause trouble.

The operation, which kicks off at 2:30 p.m. today, involves placing "Wet Road Ahead" signs at bridge entrances, in addition to spraying magnesium chloride on bridge decks. A total of 58 bridge decks will be sprayed and monitored by the City, and motorists are advised to be extra vigilant of ice buildup while driving.

Also, remember to cover up all plants, or bring potted ones inside to prevent frost, and check any plumbing you have to ensure pipes are well-insulated from the cold.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

TSO Presents 007-themed Show Next Weekend

Posted By on Thu, Oct 19, 2017 at 10:44 PM

  • Tucson Symphony Orchestra
Hilary Kole grew up watching the James Bond movies. Who didn’t grow up watching James Bond movies?

However, the vocalist also created the iteration of the “Music of James Bond” event she’ll be performing as a part of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s SuperPops! Series, which is something fewer people can lay claim to.

“People have a really deep connection, especially over the last 40 years, to these movies and what they mean,” she said. "It kind of unites everyone, as far as you could be 20 or you could be 80, and you’re a Bond fan.”

She first performed a version of the James Bond show with the Charleston Symphony, and when she realized how much the audience connected to it (and how much fun she had) she wanted to do more. She developed a new arrangement with the arranger, wrote all of the in-between segments (she shares facts about the franchise and actor throughout the show) and started performing it.

“I’m always looking for new, fun things,” she said. “To me, it’s always my job to entertain the people who are coming, but to do it at the highest musical level possible.”

Her favorite part, she said, is getting to sing so many different kinds of music over the course of one show, from Louis Armstrong to Shirley Bassey to Adele.

“You have 60 years of some of the biggest starts in the world kind of giving their talent to the Bond franchise,” she said. “The truth is, it really is all about the music.”

The Music of James Bond will be performed by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, with Scott Terrell conducting and Hilary Kole on vocals. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29, both at the Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. Tickets are available on the TSO website for $15 to $78.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

The Fix Is In: Free Spay and Neuter Event Hits Town This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Oct 13, 2017 at 12:35 AM

  • Courtesy of Zach Zupancic
Need a pet spayed or neutered? This weekend at ASAVET Charities’ third annual MEGASpay and Neuter event is the perfect time to do it. Starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14 (dog day) and Sunday, Oct. 15 (cat day), the group will be providing spay and neuter surgeries for pets, along with any follow-up medications that might be needed. Because the nonprofit wants to do its part to improve animal health and safety, it’s putting the event on completely free of charge.

Completely free of charge.

So if you need a pet spayed or neutered (over 1,200 dogs and cats were spayed or neutered over the first two years, and ASAVET is expecting to provide surgery for about 300 animals this year), head over. If you don’t, head over to their website to make a tax-deductible donation to a good cause.

The ASAVET MEGA Spay and Neuter Event will be held beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14 and Sunday, Oct. 15. at the Old Mission Manor Elementary School, 6105 Santa Clara Ave. Visit or contact Pat Hubbard at or 403-6947 to learn more.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

LGBTQ+ Dance Classes Bring Salsa To All

Posted By on Fri, Sep 29, 2017 at 2:07 PM


Olivia Avanzato, 28, has been dancing since she was 4 years old. She’s been teaching classes at Floor Polish for about a year, teaching styles like “bad-ass tap” and solo salsa.

When Marina Cornelius, the studio’s founder, suggested she teach a couple’s class, Avanzato was having a hard time getting psyched about it. Then she realized what the problem was.

“I’m not excited because I’m not excited about taking couples classes,” she said.

Avanzato lives in Tucson with her partner Nadia, and had never been enthralled by the traditional, very heterosexual nature of most partner classes.

“Anytime I’ve ever taken a couple’s class, I’ve gone by myself, without my partner and done the traditional follow part and danced with a male," she said. "Or I’ve gone to a traditional class and stood in for the lead part.”

So she decided to do something different, something more inclusive for everyone. And she came up with Rainbow Salsa: a monthly dance class for LGBTQ+ couples. The first class was in September, and Avanzato said the couples who attended enjoyed it.

“It was really sweet,” she said. “It was really intimate and loving.”

The classes aren’t limited to same-sex couples–Avanzato wants to make sure that that everyone on the LGBTQ+ spectrum is included.

“I wanted it to be a place where you can dance with your partner and it’s fine,” she said.

Rainbow Salsa classes will be offered once a month at Floor Polish, 215 N. Hoff Ave. #107, and cost $15. The next one is Saturday, Oct. 7 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Weekly List: 25 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next 10 Days

Posted By and on Thu, Sep 7, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Your Weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo.

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Mercado Flea Market. There’s something for everyone at these second Sunday flea markets, which begin this month. Antiques treasures, collectible tchotchkes, vintage pieces, artwork—it’s fun for the whole family. Bring the kids, bring the grandparents. You can bring your own booth if you contact Mercado San Agustin in advance to get the details. But please do not bring fleas. 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10. Mercado San Agustin, 100 S. Avenida del Convento. Free.

Good Times Silent Auction. The Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society will be holding at least three silent auctions of cacti and succulents for this extravaplantza. After the auction concludes, a free area of pottery, plants and other garden-related items will open up, along with $2, $5 and $10 tables with items for purchase if you feel like being a big spender. Free ice cream, complete with all the fixins’, will be available as well. 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10. Sky Islands Public High School, 6000 E. 14th St. Free.

Tucson’s Fall Gem Show. The mega-event gem, mineral and fossil showcase isn’t hitting the city until January 2018, but the miniature fall version is this week! Shop for minerals, fossils, gems and beads at venues throughout town, some of which are open to the public. Quartz, turquoise, sterling silver jewelry, jade, crystals and agates are just some of the offerings at the event, where there will be jewelry and gemstones from all over the world. Thursday, Sept. 7, at 10 a.m. to Sunday, Sept. 10, at 4 p.m. Tucson Expo Center, 3750 E. Irvington Road. $10.


Free Range Country. The “crown jewel” of Downtown Tucson is about to be joined by some of Tucson’s twangiest jewels. Fox Tucson Theatre is presenting a free concert series in conjunction with Second Saturdays Downtown. Singer Mike Loychick recently took over the vocals for The County Line, bringing a country twist to a group that started off in 2012 as a rock cover band. The Jim Howell Band will be playing songs from their debut album and an EP released in March that speak on humankind’s dichotomies. Tucson native Caiden Brewer, who is influenced by Blake Shelton, Johnny Cash and Lynyrd Skynyrd, will be playing as well. 6:30-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress. Free.

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Friday, September 1, 2017

3...2...1... Lyft Off

Posted By on Fri, Sep 1, 2017 at 2:36 PM

Ridesharing service Lyft announced yesterday that it has expanded to offer statewide services to a total of 40 states, including Arizona.

Before today, there were only eight states that had full coverage from Lyft, but this gives them the largest coverage area of any ride sharing company in the U.S. (we're looking at you, Uber), with services available to 94 percent of the U.S. population (287 million people).

Although Uber's ride service launched in Tucson several years ago and its food delivery service launched in the city last month, Lyft’s introduction will offer residents an alternative to Uber, which has been  entrenched in controversy over the last year.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Dreamers #HereToStay

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 10:35 AM

Reports came out last week that Trump will decide any day whether to keep Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. DACA recipients, or Dreamers, together with immigration lawyers, activists and allies gathered in front of Tucson City Hall, on Aug. 29, to say they're not going anywhere.

DACA recipients and allies tell the Trump administration that they're here to stay: "El pueblo unido jamás será vencido." - DANYELLE KHMARA
  • Danyelle Khmara
  • DACA recipients and allies tell the Trump administration that they're here to stay: "El pueblo unido jamás será vencido."

The Obama-era ruling protects close to 800,000 people whose parents brought them into the country, undocumented, as children. DACA makes it legal for them to work, get a driver's license, pay in-state tuition to college and to live their lives without fear of deportation.

"We continue to hear these threats against DACA," said Jessica Rodriguez, a member of the humanitarian organization Living United for Change in Arizona. "This is not going to stop. We're going to continue to take the streets. We're going to continue to call on our officials. We are not going to stop."

Immigration attorney Mo Goldman said to focus energy toward local elected officials.

"Call out representatives like Rep. McSally, who has said that she supports the DACAmented community and the Dreamers," he said. "She's been out there. She said it, and she needs to be held accountable. She needs to be on the phone talking to the White House."

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Anti-Racist Protesters Demand Supervisor Miller Resign

Posted By on Wed, Aug 23, 2017 at 10:09 AM

About 600 protesters waving familiar posters gathered in front of Pima County’s Administration Building on Tuesday evening: Refugees Welcome, Black Lives Matter, No Human is Illegal. In an age where almost every week, people take to the streets to voice their outrage with the government, people are getting creative. “Dumbledore's Army accepting members” and “Ctrl+Alt+Delete” are a few of the more creative signs.

The focus of Tucsonans Against Racism Protest and Rally was County Supervisor Ally Miller, who announced her white pride on Facebook, only hours after a white supremacist mowed down a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12. For the last week, citizens and fellow board members implored her to apologize for her comments.

And now it seems the time for apologies has passed, at least for the hundreds that gathered on Tucson’s downtown. People want her gone. It was no accident this rally was planned on the day Trump addressed supporters in Phoenix. Inside the Phoenix Convention Center, Trump hinted at pardoning former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for illegally continuing racist practices, and Trump decried the “very dishonest media,” blaming them for the backlash to his “many sides” statement following Charlottesville. Outside, thousands protested and were finally dispersed when police set off tear gas into the crowd. In Tucson, people chanted—families with toddlers in strollers, old ladies waving American flags, teenagers standing up for their future.

People of every age, creed and color shouted, “This is what democracy looks like,” and held their signs high as cars passed, honking their approval.

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