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Friday, January 18, 2019

Flandrau Science Center Provides “Moon Music Serenade” for Upcoming Eclipse

Posted By on Fri, Jan 18, 2019 at 2:58 PM

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Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium at the University of Arizona is off to the moon, hosting its first ever Moon Music Serenade event pairing music, telescopes, and a special moon presentation.

A lunar eclipse will begin on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 8:30 p.m. when the Earth’s shadow starts to cross over the Moon, leading to a full lunar eclipse around 9:40 p.m. when the shadow moves to cover the entire Moon.

“When people see things happening in the skies with their own eyes or through telescopes, it inspires their curiosity about planetary science,” said Shipherd Reed, Associate Director of Communications at the Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium.

Flandrau has partnered with the UA Lunar & Planetary Lab, and Tucson Amateur Astronomers Association for this event. Volunteers from TAAA will provide telescopes for the public to enjoy and participate in the lunar eclipse.

Attendees also have the chance to capture some pictures of the eclipse. TAAA will provide smartphone photography adaptors right on their telescopes, so people can capture pictures of this lunar event.

“It’s a great opportunity to tap into what the UA has to offer the Tucson community,” Reed said.

The event will beheld outside on the UA mall. UA Chamber Winds will accompany the eclipse and the telescope gazing with wind, brass, and percussion instruments. The Chamber Winds, comprised of students from the Fred Fox School of Music, will play music themed by the stars and moon, according to Martin Gaines, a UA doctoral conducting student. Gaines will lead the Chamber Winds group for this event.

The Chamber Winds will play three songs while the lunar eclipse is happening, including Mozart Serenade in C Minor and an André Chaplet piece. The songs are paired just right for the event, according to Gaines.

“We’re doing a piece by Mozart that was written in 1782 and this is a wind serenade that was meant to be played at essentially an outdoors social event,” Gaines said. “I think it’s going to be fun to hear that in kind of the way that it was originally conceived to be performed.”

Steve Kortenkamp, a UA planetary scientist, will present about the Moon prior to the Chamber Winds performance at 7 p.m. His presentation will include talks about the Moon, what we already know and what we want to discover from the NASA research spacecraft that is orbiting the Moon.

The concert, the telescope viewings, and Flandrau exhibits will be free and open to the public. The Moon presentation by Kortenkamp and “Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon” Laser light show are $5 each. The event will start at the same time of the eclipse, at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 20, 2019 on the UA mall just outside of the Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Stay Up to See Sunday's 'Super Blood Wolf Moon'

Posted By on Thu, Jan 17, 2019 at 4:50 PM

Tucson is in the perfect spot for viewers to see the lunar eclipse clearly. - COURTESY OF ACCUWEATHER
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  • Tucson is in the perfect spot for viewers to see the lunar eclipse clearly.

If you need reason to stay up on a school night, the dramatic name of this lunar event should be  enough to keep you up. This Sunday's lunar event called a Super Blood Wolf Moon is an event not to miss.

Need another reason? Sunday night, Jan. 20, will be the last total lunar eclipse of the decade. The moon will appear red in the night sky as the moon passes directly through the Earth's shadow. The red color gives this lunar event it's nickname of blood moon.


The moon will also be "super" this Sunday, as it appears larger because it is within the closest part of its orbit around Earth.

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Where does the wolf come in? Full moons in January have historically been nicknamed wolf moons.

“In Native American and early Colonial times, the full moon for January was called the Full Wolf Moon. It appeared when wolves howled in hunger outside the villages,” the Old Farmer’s Almanac reported.

We are pretty lucky here in Tucson that the conditions will be just right for us to have a great view of the moon throughout the night.

The first phase, or the penumbral phase of the eclipse will start at 8:30 p.m. The shadow will then start to move across the moon, covering more and more of it until 9:40 p.m. when the entire moon will be covered for the total lunar eclipse.

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Saguaro National Park Changes Entrance Fee

Posted By on Thu, Dec 20, 2018 at 2:20 PM

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Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, the entrance fees at Saguaro National Park will increase by $5, the park announced in a press release Dec. 20.

The seven-day private vehicle entrance fee at Saguaro National Park will go up from $15 to $20, the seven-day motorcycle entrance fee will rise from $10 to $15, individual entrance passes for pedestrians and bicyclists will increase from $5 to $10 and the Saguaro Annual Pass will increase from $35 to $40.

According to Saguaro National Park, the change comes in response “to public comments on a fee proposal originally released in October 2017 to modestly increase entrance fees in order to raise additional revenue and address the $11.6 billion in deferred maintenance across the system of 418 park units.”

“Federal law requires that recreational fees charged on public lands be used for direct visitor benefits,” said Leah McGinnis, park superintendent. “Every fee dollar collected in Saguaro National Park stays in Saguaro National Park and is invested back into improving visitor facilities and services here.”

In 2019 the National Park Service is offering the following fee free days:

Monday, Jan. 21 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; Saturday, April 20 for the First Day of National Park Week/National Junior Ranger Day; Sunday, Aug. 25 for National Park Service Anniversary; Saturday, Sept. 28 for National Public Lands Day; and Monday, Nov. 11 for Veterans Day.

The price of the annual America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass, along with the Lifetime Senior Pass will remain at $80. The free annual pass for active duty military personnel and free lifetime passes for people with disabilities are also available. Families with fourth grade students can utilize the Every Kid in a Park pass, permitting a fourth grader and all of their family into all Federal Recreation Areas for free for the year.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Lace Up Your Running Shoes for Tucson Marathon Events 2018

Posted By on Tue, Dec 4, 2018 at 3:03 PM

Tucson Marathon Events will take place on Dec. 8 from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. including the Holualoa Tucson Marathon, the Tucson Medical Center Marathon Relay and the Damascus Bakeries Half Marathon. Run, watch or volunteer at this Boston Marathon qualifier. - COURTESY TUCSON MARATHON EVENTS
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  • Tucson Marathon Events will take place on Dec. 8 from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. including the Holualoa Tucson Marathon, the Tucson Medical Center Marathon Relay and the Damascus Bakeries Half Marathon. Run, watch or volunteer at this Boston Marathon qualifier.

Tucson Marathon Events will take place on Dec. 8 from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and include the Holualoa Tucson Marathon, the Tucson Medical Center Marathon Relay and the Damascus Bakeries Half Marathon.

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Happening annually since 1995, the event has grown from 800 participants to over 4,000. Last year 48 states and 5 foreign countries were represented.

The Boston Marathon qualifying race is USATF Certified. Also, according to organizers, it is one of the prettiest courses in the country and one of the easiest to run a personal best because of the cool temperatures of a Tucson winter.

The town of Oracle hosts the starting line and the course goes through the Sonoran Desert on paved roads and finishes at the Golder Ranch Fire Station in Catalina.

A portion of the proceeds benefit local school sports programs and other youth groups. If you are not going to run, you can also volunteer your time and get a free marathon t-shirt. The sponsors include Holualoa, Gatorade Endurance, CLIF Bar, Damascus Bakeries, Hilton, Kalil Bottling Company, Doctor Bob Studios, Magic Stuff, First American Traders, Culligan, Athlon Physical Therapy, Whole Foods Market and Fleet Feet Sports.

Find out more about the event here.

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Friday, November 16, 2018

13th Annual Family Festival in the Park

Posted By on Fri, Nov 16, 2018 at 11:36 AM

click image Cigna and Tucson Parks and Recreation presents Family Festival in the Park at Reid Park on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please bring canned food to support the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. - CITY OF TUCSON
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  • Cigna and Tucson Parks and Recreation presents Family Festival in the Park at Reid Park on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please bring canned food to support the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

Does a day of games, prizes, face painting, crafts, inflatables, tennis, disc golf and class demonstrations sound like fun for you and your family?

On Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Cigna and Tucson Parks and Recreation presents the 13th annual Family Festival in the Park. The event is free and Reid Park Zoo will have $1 admission. Attendees are also invited to bring non-perishable food donations to support the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

The event will take place at Reid Park and the Edith Ball Adaptive Recreation Center will host free swimming with an inflatable obstacle course.

Volunteers from Friends of the Reid Park Rose Garden will be giving tours of the garden during the event. There will be entertainment throughout the day and a variety of foods for purchase from local vendors.

Find more information here.

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El Tour Expanding to Marana

Posted By on Fri, Nov 16, 2018 at 11:02 AM

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Not all of El Tour is in Tucson. This year’s new 25-mile segment will start at Marana Heritage River Park, located at 12375 N Heritage Park Dr.

This new option provides cyclists with a shorter distance, later start and easier parking than the 75 or 100-mile routes.

For those who don’t know, El Tour de Tucson is an annual event in the Tucson area that has been going on for 36 years. Cyclists make their way around “the loop,” a 130-mile bike path that goes in and around Tucson and Marana.

This year’s loop will end at Armory Park for the Downtown El Tour Fiesta, featuring live music, awards ceremony, a beer garden and plenty of food vendors to refuel.

The Marana route starting line will also have food trucks, information booths and music. The starting time for the Saturday, Nov. 17 event will be at 1 p.m. sharp. Festivities will begin at the park a little earlier at 12.

The registration fee for the 25-mile route is $125 for cyclists 15 and older and $44 for those 14 and younger.

Learn more about Marana’s El Tour route here.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Liver Life Walk to Take Place at Brandi Fenton Memorial Park

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2018 at 4:12 PM

click image “Team Felipe” first participated in the Liver Life Walk in 2015, after Felipe De Jesus Celis Ruiz’s liver transplant. After passing away from liver failure on Sat., May 26, 2018, Felipe’s legacy will continue. - LIVE LIFE WALK
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  • “Team Felipe” first participated in the Liver Life Walk in 2015, after Felipe De Jesus Celis Ruiz’s liver transplant. After passing away from liver failure on Sat., May 26, 2018, Felipe’s legacy will continue.
Help bring awareness to liver disease and provide financial support for educational programs and patient services to the millions of Americans battling one of the 100 known liver diseases, on Saturday's Liver Life Walk.

Every walker is provided with sample emails, a personal fundraising page and staff to provide guidance and fundraising (online or through mail) support.

Walkers who raise $100 or more will receive the National Walk Shirt. Walkers who raise $250 or more will receive additional fundraising prizes. The National Silver Sponsor is Salix Pharmaceuticals and the National Partner is CVS Specialty who help by offering product discounts to participants, providing product donations to the event and financial support.

The event features activities for kids, food, entertainment and information about the American Liver Foundation.

More than 10,000 people from across the country come together and raise almost $2 million annually. The event is free, but registration is required either before the event or at the event and there is no fundraising requirement, but walkers are strongly encouraged to raise a minimum of $100.

Form a team of family members, friends or colleagues and walk and fundraise together to make a difference in the fight against liver disease!

Liver Life Walk will take place on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Brandi Fenton Memorial Park from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

5 Facts about the American Liver Foundation:

1. Their education programs reached approximately 46,000 people in 2016.
2. They are the leading source of information on liver health and liver disease.
3. Their toll-free National Helpline and 16 divisions across the country provide support to patients, families, caregivers and the public by phone, email and community outreach.
4. Their National Helpline volume doubled in 2016 with nearly 12,000 inquiries.
5. They have provided almost $26 million in research funding to over 840 early career investigators. 

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Red Sox and Dodgers Head to the 2018 World Series

Posted By on Mon, Oct 22, 2018 at 10:35 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox are going to the World Series. The first game will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox are going to the World Series. The first game will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers are headed to the World Series. The first game will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. First two games are at Fenway, next three (if necessary) are at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California and the last two, if necessary are back at Fenway.

The Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Brewers in the League Championship Series while the Red Sox beat the Houston Astros. This will be the 114th World Series televised on Fox for the 19th year and ESPN Radio will carry the games for the 21st year straight.

It is the first time since the 1977 and 1978 World Series' that the Dodgers have made consecutive World Series appearances, losing against the Houston Astros in 2017.

This is the first time the Red Sox have played the Dodgers in the world series since 1916. The last time the Red Sox won the World Series was in 2013 and the Dodgers in 1988.

World Series champions from 2007-2017
2007: Boston Red Sox
2008: Philadelphia Phillies
2009: New York Yankees
2010: San Francisco Giants
2011: St. Louis Cardinals
2012: San Francisco Giants
2013: Boston Red Sox
2014: San Francisco Giants
2015: Kansas City Royals
2016: Chicago Cubs
2017: Houston Astros  

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