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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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Friday, October 19, 2018

Kickoff Homecoming with Lighting "A" Mountain 5K Fun Run

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2018 at 11:00 AM

click image The Lighting of 'A' Mountain 5K Fun Run will serve as the official kickoff to Homecoming. - UA ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
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  • The Lighting of 'A' Mountain 5K Fun Run will serve as the official kickoff to Homecoming.
On Sunday, October 21 at 3 p.m., the UA Alumni association has partnered with UA Campus Recreation, Faculty Fellows, Housing & Residential Life and Campus Health for the Lighting of “A” Mountain 5K Fun Run event.

Formally known as Wildcats to the Rescue, this event supports a local cause as all participants are invited to donate non-perishable food items or a monetary donation to help students on campus.

All the proceeds will go to the UA Campus Pantry which works to reduce food shortage and insecurity in the Wildcat community. The theme for the event is Bear Down! Go Cats!

This event includes a Kitty Run (a Kid’s Run) and the first 300 participants get a T-shirt. There will be raffle prizes and awards for the best costume pair, best stroller and best overall costume for both kids and adults. And of course, access to the Lighting of “A” Mountain.

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At 3 p.m. there will be registration at Old Main followed by the Kitty Run at 3:30 p.m., the 5K Fun Run at 4 p.m. and the Celebration at the Lighting of “A” Mountain at 5 p.m.

This event is free with parking at Main Gate Garage and will serve as the official kickoff to Homecoming! The run will take place at Old Main and will loop six times near Old Main to Cherry Ave and conclude with free pizza at the celebration on Main Gate Garage to watch the Lighting of “A” Mountain.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Three Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Wednesday, Oct. 17

Posted By on Wed, Oct 17, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Luminous sculptor by the internationally accredited, Mykl Wells, displayed at Tucson Botanical Gardens. - COURTESY FO TUCSON BOTANICAL GARDENS
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  • Luminous sculptor by the internationally accredited, Mykl Wells, displayed at Tucson Botanical Gardens.
Luminous at Tucson Botanical Gardens. It’s difficult to imagine a place more charming than the Tucson Botanical Gardens. But how about the Tucson Botanical Gardens at night, with illuminated sculptures based on the flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert? Even better. Artist Mykl Wells handmade these beautiful lanterns especially for our local gardens to celebrate the diversity of life in our desert. It’s going to be the sort of night where you’ll leave overwhelmed by how much you learned and ecstatic over all of the beautiful, twinkly lights all at once. Luminous hours are 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. through Jan. 6. Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. $15 adults, $8 kids 4 to 17 and free for kids 3 and under. Members: $8 adults, $4 kids 4 to 17 and free for kids 3 and under. Details Here.

Magic at the Mortuary. Magic Kenny Bang Bang has been spending all year creating the spookiest, most magical show possible for Tucson, and now that October is here, he can finally deliver! Magic Kenny and the bewitching Ms. Midnight are presenting their intimate, parlor-style magic performance at Owl’s Club every Wednesday throughout October. Enjoy the magic show, then take a tour of the former Bring’s Funeral Home embalming room and listen to some spooky stories about Tucson. What do you have to do on a Wednesday night that is more fun or important or timely than a macabre magic show? Every Wednesday throughout October at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Owl’s Club, 236 S. Scott Ave. $20, 21+. Details Here.

Contrary History and Santa Cruz Valley Myths. Enjoy learning the truths and tales of the Santa Cruz Valley. Former president of the Tucson Presidio Trust for Historic Preservation, Rick Collins, is now a National Park Service Ranger. He will be guiding you all through the history and legends of the Santa Cruz Valley. The event is free but reservations are required. 12 pm. and 2 p.m. 12880 N. Vistoso Village Dr. Details Here.

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Events compiled by Brianna Lewis, Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot, Ava Garcia and Jeff Gardner.

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Miles to Magdalena

Posted By on Fri, Oct 5, 2018 at 4:43 PM

Sixty-four miles through the Sonoran desert.

That’s the trek you have to tackle if you walk from Cananea to the town of Magdalena de Kino, both located in Sonora, Mexico. But Daniel Alejandro Martinez Miranda isn’t deterred by days of walking beneath the sun, or by the seemingly permanent blisters that speckle his feet. After all, he’s been doing this for years.

Martinez Miranda is one of thousands who flock to Magdalena each autumn to honor the city’s patron St. Francis Xavier. Each year, as October 4th approaches, the narrow streets fill with peregrinos — pilgrims, and families camp out in tents in the shade of the city’s plaza. Vendors line the streets, selling rosaries, sweet blocks of quince paste, and, oddly enough, a variety football memorabilia.

Some have traveled even farther than Martinez Miranda — from Guaymas, Nogales, and the San Xavier reservation just south of Tucson. And the usually-sleepy town of Magdalena pulsates with life.

Check out these photos from the trek this year: 

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2018 AIDSWALK Celebrates Their 30th Year at TMY

Posted By on Fri, Oct 5, 2018 at 10:56 AM

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The AIDSWALK will be celebrating their 30th year at Tucson Meet Yourself Folklife Festival on Sunday, Oct. 13. It will be their 8th year working as a team with TMY. Both, TMY and SAAF work together for support and the sharing of funds. SAAF alone, has 300 volunteers for the AIDSWALK.

The event will be held, at Joel D, Valdez Main Library. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. While the fun run starts at 7:30 a.m. The walk starts at 9:00 a.m. The Quilt Ceremony will be at 10:00 a.m.

The Quilt Ceremony is an event that honors those who have lost their lives to AIDS. During the ceremony a quilt will be displayed with the names of people who have lost the battle to AIDS. SAAF will also provide free HIV testing at TMY.

Early registration is from Oct. 10-Oct 12, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Walkers are able to fundraise for the AIDSWALK and depending on how much they make can receive incentives.

There are three levels of rewards. Level one, for those who raise $500+ will receive a AIDSWALK pennant and T-shirt. Level two is for those who raise $750+ and they will receive the level one rewards as well as an AIDSWALK30 towel. Finally, level 3 is for those who have raised $1000+ and will receive the AIDSWALK pennant, T-shirt, beach towel, and a duffle bag. The walker who raised the highest amount of money will also receive a surprise.

Funds raised for the walk go to care services, prevention programs, and LQBTQ initiatives of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, according to a TMY press release.

For more information go to the SAAF AIDSWALK Tucson Website.

 

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