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  • Next Week in Pima County Events Calendar - Feb. 22-March 1, 2019

    Event Spotlight: Attractions and Tourism

    NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Divisionals at Tucson Dragway

    Photo credit: Tucson Dragway
    Tucson Dragway joins the top tier of drag racing facilities in the U.S. as it hosts the first leg of the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series’s Pacific Division competition. The Lucas Oil series, the premier Sportsman racing program in motorsports, features competitors in a variety of classifications including Comp, Stock, Super Comp, Super Stock, Super Gas, Super Street, Top Dragster, Top Sportsman and Sportsman Motorcycle.

    General admission tickets run $45 for the entire weekend.

    WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 28 - Sunday, March 3 • Gates Open 7 a.m.
    WHERE: Tucson Dragway, 12000 S. Houghton Rd.
    INFORMATION: 520.762.9700 | Email | Online
    Pima County partners with more than two dozen museums, heritage groups and other organizations that operate some of Arizona’s top, 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.

    Stadium Seats: Kino Sports Complex Events

    Mobile Mini Sun Cup Finale

    The eighth season of Major League Soccer Spring Training wraps up at Kino North Stadium with a tripleheader of games.

    The action kicks off with the New York Red Bulls taking on FC Dallas, followed by Phoenix Rising FC versus the OKC Energy in the afternoon and the Portland Timbers facing off with Real Salt Lake in the nightcap.

    Tickets are good for all three sessions.

    WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 23 • New York Red Bulls vs FC Dallas, 11 a.m. | Phoenix Rising FC vs OKC Energy, 3 p.m. | Portland Timbers vs Real Salt Lake, 5 p.m.
    WHERE: Kino Sports Complex - North, 3600 S. Country Club Rd.
    INFORMATION: Dolphus Pearson III, FC Tucson, 919.215.4425 | Contact | Online | Clear Bag Policy
    File: MLS Spring Training

    Stock photo: garbanzo beans

    Book Nook: Pima County Public Library Events

    One ​Seed ​Pima ​County Cooking Class

    The ​Garden ​Kitchen ​hosts ​a ​special ​cooking ​class ​featuring ​the Kala ​Chana ​Garbanzo ​bean, ​chosen ​as ​the ​​One ​Seed ​Pima ​County ​program’s seed of 2018. One Seed Pima County ​celebrates ​the ​resilient ​foods ​we ​can ​grow ​together. ​The ​class ​aims to ​give ​participants ​the ​opportunity ​to ​discover ​new ​ways ​to ​prepare ​the garbanzos, also known as chickpeas. ​A ​recipe ​handout ​and ​samples ​will ​be ​available ​to ​participants.

    The class is free but space is limited, please register online.

    WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 23 • 10 - 11:30 a.m.
    WHERE: The Garden Kitchen, 2205 S. Fourth Ave.
    INFORMATION: 520.621.0476 | 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.

    Get Out There: Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Events

    Ironwood Nature Walk at Tucson Mountain Park

    File: Tucson Mountain Park
    Enjoy a naturalist-guided walk on mostly-level trails in prime Sonoran Desert habitat and learn about the plants and wildlife that inhabit the area.

    Ages 12 and up. Free with NRPR activities membership, $5 non-member fee. Online registration required.

    WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 23 • 9 a.m.
    WHERE: Tucson Mountain Park Ironwood Picnic Area, 1500 S. Kinney Rd. (at Hal Gras Rd.)
    INFORMATION: 520.724.5375 | Email | Online

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


    Other Events This Week

    Friday, February 22

    Bicycle Traffic Skills 101

    WHEN: 6 - 8:30 p.m.
    WHERE: Tucson Endurance Performance Center, 6448 N. Oracle Rd.
    DESCRIPTION: This two-part course is a primer for those cyclists who wish to gain a full understanding of how to safely operate a bicycle in a variety of situations. Lessons include safety and repairs, state and local laws and riding gear. Participants will go for a ride and practice bike safety skills in a parking lot. Recommended for adults and youth ages 16 and up; ages 13 to 15 permitted with a parent. Participants will receive a choice of free item from the list of safety items and will receive front/rear reflective bike tape and a free patch kit. Part two of the course is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 23, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the same location.
    INFORMATION: 520.724.BIKE (2453) | Online

    PACC Pet Adoption Event

    WHEN: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. through Sunday, Feb. 24
    WHERE: PetSmart, 4374 N. Oracle Rd.; PetSmart, 3695 E. Broadway Blvd. (El Con Mall); and PetSmart, 1175 W. Irvington Road
    DESCRIPTION: Pima Animal Care Center waives adoption fees this weekend on any pets four months or older at its partner PetSmart stores. All adopted pets 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


    Saturday, February 23

    Shredding Event

    WHEN: 8-10 a.m.
    WHERE: Kino Sports Complex, 2500 E. Ajo Way
    DESCRIPTION: Hosted by the Pima County Sheriff's Department, this drive-through event will allow members of the public to have up to five containers of documents shredded at no charge. Acceptable items for shredding are any personal paper documents that are loose, folded, stapled, or in envelopes. Shredding will be completed on-site before you leave. Documents from businesses and personal videos, cassettes, CDs, DVDs, photographs, photo slides, and credit cards will not be accepted.
    INFORMATION: 520.351.4615 | Online

    Monday, February 25

    Tobacco Ordinance Stakeholder Meetings

    WHEN: 4 p.m.
    WHERE: Oro Valley Public Library, large meeting room, 1305 W. Naranja Dr.
    DESCRIPTION: The Pima County Health Department hosts a series of community meetings to discuss proposed changes to County ordinances regarding tobacco use, including raising the minimum legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21 years old; creating a retail permit system for tobacco retailers in unincorporated sections of the County; amending language to the current smoking ordinance to include electronic nicotine delivery systems. Additional meetings will be held Tuesday, Feb. 26, 3 p.m., Flowing Wells Library, 1730 W. Wetmore Rd., Large Meeting Room; and Thursday, Feb. 28, 1 p.m., Quincie Douglas Library, 1585 E. 36th St., Meeting Room.
    INFORMATION: Pima County Health Department


    Tuesday, February 26

    VITA Free Tax Assistance

    WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    WHERE: Kino Veterans’ Workforce Center, 2801 E. Ajo Way
    DESCRIPTION: The Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax-preparation assistance to anyone with a family income under $66,000 annually – for free. Bring a picture I.D., Social Security card, proof of income and all applicable financial and tax forms for EACH family member signing the documents. Walk-ins welcome or make an appointment online.
    INFORMATION: Jess Grover, 520.724.2636 | Online


    Wednesday, February 27

    Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting

    WHEN: 9 a.m.
    WHERE: Pima County Administration Building, 130 W. Congress St., First Floor Hearing 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

    VITA Free Tax Assistance

    WHEN: Noon - 5 p.m.
    WHERE: Kino Veterans’ Workforce Center, 2801 E. Ajo Way
    DESCRIPTION: The Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax-preparation assistance to anyone with a family income under $66,000 annually – for free. Bring a picture I.D., Social Security card, proof of income and all applicable financial and tax forms for EACH family member signing the documents. Walk-ins welcome or make an appointment online.
    INFORMATION: Jess Grover, 520.724.2636 | Online

    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, February 28

    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

    VITA Free Tax Assistance

    WHEN: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    WHERE: Kino Veterans’ Workforce Center, 2801 E. Ajo Way
    DESCRIPTION: The Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax-preparation assistance to anyone with a family income under $66,000 annually – for free. Bring a picture I.D., Social Security card, proof of income and all applicable financial and tax forms for EACH family member signing the documents. Walk-ins welcome or make an appointment online.
    INFORMATION: Jess Grover, 520.724.2636 | Online
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