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  • Next week in Pima County - April 20-27, 2018

    Event Spotlight: Attractions and Tourism

    2018 Pima County Fair

    2018 Pima County Fair • April 19 - 29 * Pima County Fairgrounds, 11300 S. Houghton Rd.
    Get ready for good eats, fun rides and great performances as the Pima County Fair kicks off its annual ten-day run.

    Music headliners include Ludacris, Everclear, Anthrax, Kid N Play, Jefferson Starship, Ja Rule & Ashanti and REO Speedwagon.

    Also, look for the new Bengal tiger exhibits and pig races, an addition to the popular freak show, and an endless list of new deep fried foods including fried chicken on a stick and garlic and truffle oil fries.

    General Admission: $9; Children ages 6 – 10: $5; 5 and under: FREE; Parking: $5.

    WHEN: Through Sunday, April 29 | Weekdays, 1 p.m. – close | Weekends, 10 a.m. – close
    WHERE: Pima County Fairgrounds, 11300 S. Houghton Rd.
    INFORMATION: 520.762.9100 | Email | Online 

    Pima County partners with more than two dozen museums, heritage groups and other organizations that operate some of Arizona’s best world-class attractions. Most facilities stay open year-round for the enjoyment of residents and visitors of all ages. Visit our Attractions and Tourism page to learn more.

    Stargazing at Canoa Ranch • Historic Hacienda de la Canoa, 5375 S. I-19 Frontage Road - Green Valley • Friday, April 20, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. 

    Get Out There: Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Events

    Stargazing at Canoa Ranch

    Get a dazzling view of the universe at historic Canoa Ranch. Sonora Astronomical Society volunteers will set up telescopes for celestial viewing and provide an introduction to the night sky.

    Bring your flashlight, lawn chair and warm clothing.

    Beforehand, get an insiders view of an astronomer’s life from the Whipple Observatory’s Norman Luebke who’ll offer a bit of science, some history and a number of “behind the scenes” anecdotes.

    $5 suggested donation.

    WHEN: Friday, April 20 • 7:30 p.m. | Lecture 6:30 p.m.
    WHERE:  Hacienda de la Canoa, 5375 S. I-19 Frontage Road - Green Valley
    INFORMATION: 520.724.5220 | Email | Online

    Pima County Parks and Recreation offers many fun and interesting tours, hikes, classes and other activities. To learn more, check out the full NRPR Calendar.

    Event Spotlight: Office of Sustainability and Conservation

    "Greening Food Deserts" Lecture

    Growing food sustainably, reliably and locally is important to our community's food security and environmental health, Melissa Mundt from the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona's Las Milpitas de Cottowood Urban Farm examines local models, innovations and best practices that help reclaim and reimagine desert-adapted food production and share how Pima County and partners are supporting that development plus do-it-yourself ideas anyone can implement at home. 

    WHEN: Tuesday, April 24 • Noon
    WHERE: Public Works Building, 201 N. Stone Av., Basement Room C
    INFORMATION: Angela Della Croce, Sustainability and Conservation, 520.724.6446 | Email

    The Office of Sustainability and Conservation works to promote a sustainable and livable community and the conservation of Pima County’s natural and cultural resources through the implementation of Board adopted policies that promote the environmental, social, and economic well-being of our region.
    File: Las Milpitas de Cottonwood Urban Farm

    Book Nook: Pima County Public Library Events

    2018 Rising Voices Youth Summit

    2018 Rising Voices Youth Summit • Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. • Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Av.
    For the third straight year this event seeks to unite Tucson's youth (ages 10-18) in creating a better future for ourselves and our community.

    Events will include an art show and film presentation, youth led workshops about leadership and personal expression, group collaboration around solving problems in our community, networking, delicious food, and awesome swag!

    WHEN: Saturday, April 21 • 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    WHERE: Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Av.
    INFORMATION: 520.594.5500 | Online

    The Pima County Public Library's Main Library and 25 branch libraries offer a variety of services, clubs, events, and other opportunities for both children and adults to learn and connect with their community. Find out more on the Library's full calendar.


    Other Events This Week

    Friday, April 20

    Election Integrity Commission Meeting

    WHEN: 9 a.m.
    WHERE: Abrams Public Health Center, 3950 S. Country Club Rd., Third Floor
    DESCRIPTION: The Commission provides independent oversight of the County election process and reviews and makes recommendations to the Board regarding election information technology systems as well as technical and procedural matters.
    INFORMATION: Michael Dale, Elections Department, 520.724.6845 | Email

    Saturday, April 21

    Bicycle Bell Give-Away

    WHEN: 6 - 9 a.m.
    WHERE: Michael Perry Park, 8700 E. Arbor St. (Pantano River Park, east bank)
    DESCRIPTION: Pima County’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program heads to the East Side this weekend, handing out free bicycle bells on a first come, first-served basis on the Pantano River Park. The bells are adjustable and fit any diameter handlebars on all bikes. Bike Ambassadors also will have copies of brand-new and updated Loop maps and new bike and pedestrian safety bookmarks to help people understand how to safely share the path.
    INFORMATION: Bicycle and Pedestrian Program, 520.724.BIKE (2453) | Online

    Bike Mechanics Class

    WHEN: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    WHERE: Ward VI Council Office, 3202 E. First St.
    DESCRIPTION: This class will focus on basic mechanical aspects of the bicycle and will include repair and adjustment of the most common problems. Includes flat tire repair, changing and lubing chains, brakes and derailleur adjustment, changing and adjusting cables, wrapping handlebar tape, adjusting spoke tension, and recommendations for assembling a tool kit. Bring your bikes and plan on getting your hands dirty! Class size is limited to 10 people. Participants will receive a choice of one free item from the list of safety items and will receive front/rear reflective bike tape and a free patch kit. 
    INFORMATION: Olga Valenzuela-Ochoa, Transportation Department, 520.724.BIKE (2453) | Email | Online

    PACC Pet Adoption Events

    WHEN: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    WHERE: PetSmart, 4374 N. Oracle Rd. | 3695 E. Broadway Blvd. | 3850 W. River Rd.
    DESCRIPTION: Pima Animal Care Center waives all adoption fees this weekend at its partner PetSmart stores on Tucson’s North Side and in Midtown and Marana, as well as the main PACC shelter, 4000 North Silverbell Road, the community's only open-admission shelter. All five of PACC’s partner PetSmart locations - 3850 West River Road, 4740 East Grant Road, 3695 East Broadway Boulevard and the Oracle Road and Spectrum Mall stores - also offer cat and kitten adoptions seven-day-a-week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All pets adopted from PACC are microchipped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated and come with a free vet visit.
    INFORMATION: Pima Animal Care Center, 520.724.5900 | Email | Online | Pet Support


    Wednesday, April 25

    Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting

    WHEN: 9 a.m.
    WHERE: Pima County Administration Building, 130 W. Congress St., First Floor Conference Room
    DESCRIPTION: The Commission hears and makes recommendations on rezoning cases, amendments to the Pima County Zoning Ordinance, neighborhood plans and other planning matters.
    INFORMATION: Angie Rangel, Development Services, 520.724.9000

    Board of Health Meeting

    WHEN: 3 p.m.
    WHERE: Herbert K. Abrams Public Health Center, 3950 S. Country Club Rd., First Floor, Room 1108
    DESCRIPTION: The 11-member Board of Health serves in an advisory capacity to the County Health Department and Board of Supervisors on public health matters.
    INFORMATION: Melissa McClendon, Health Department, 520.724.7764


    Thursday, April 26

    Regional Wastewater Reclamation Advisory Committee Meeting

    WHEN: 8 a.m.
    WHERE: Water & Energy Sustainability Center, 2955 W. Calle Agua Nueva
    DESCRIPTION: The committee reviews and makes recommendations on policies and procedures for the Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department, including the department’s short- and long-range capital improvement needs. It also provides advice on proposals concerning rate structure formulation and proposed state and federal legislation regarding wastewater reclamation issues.
    INFORMATION: Veronica Lopez, Regional Wastewater Reclamation, 520.724.6561

    Environmental Quality Advisory Council Meeting

    WHEN: 2 p.m. 
    WHERE: Department of Environmental Quality, 33 N. Stone Ave., Seventh Floor
    DESCRIPTION: The Council advises and consults with the Board of Supervisors, Department of Environmental Services Director and staff in administering environmental quality matters.
    INFORMATION: Vicki Bennie, Department of Environmental Quality, 520.724.7331
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