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  • April 19, 2019 – Vol. 4, No. 16

    Paseo de las Iglesias to offer a royal welcome to migrating Monarchs
    Some royal visitors will arrive this fall in Pima County. When they do, the Regional Flood Control District (District) and the Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Department (NRPR) will be ready with accommodations and plenty of delicious food. Recently, the District and NRPR joined an effort to plant some 300 milkweeds at three sites within the Paseo de las Iglesias section of the Santa Cruz River Park in anticipation of the annual migration of Monarch butterflies through Southern Arizona. (Photo courtesy of Southwest Monarch Study.

    #Trashtag Challenge is April 20
    Outdoor retailer REI will join forces with World Care, Tucson Clean & Beautiful and Pima County Natural Resources Park & Recreation April 20 for a #trashtag challenge to clean up the Rillito River between La Canada Drive and Oracle Road. Tools and supplies will be provided. 

    Highway Hounds: Pima Animal Care taking dogs to Utah pet sanctuary
    Pima Animal Care Center will relieve overcrowding at its shelter by taking about a dozen dogs to the Best Friends® Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. The pets hit the road April 17 at 6:30 a.m. The sanctuary is home to nearly 1,600 homeless animals. 

    Share input on the future direction of Pima County Library
    The Pima County Library is hosting two community meetings to discuss how the Library can better serve its users. Free and open to the public, the meetings are April 26-27 and Flowing Wells Library and Valencia Library, respectively.

    Pollution season arriving soon
    Inflamed airways, difficulty breathing, coughing and increases in asthma attacks are some of the health effects that can occur by breathing elevated levels of ground-level ozone air pollution.Ground-level ozone, as opposed to the ozone layer that protects us from the solar radiation, tends to be elevated from April through September. 

    Tourism growing thanks to federal designation 
    Pima County continues to enjoy increased tourism as visitors discover all our region has to offer. And there will be even more to discover thanks to the recent federal designation of the Santa Cruz Valley National Heritage Area, writes Diane Frisch, director of Pima County's Attractions and Tourism Department, in her column.

    Procurement Fair is April 26
    The 21st Annual Southern Arizona Procurement Fair will be held April 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kino Event Center, 2805 E. Ajo Way. The event is sponsored by Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, City of Tucson Housing and Community Development and Pima County Procurement. 

    Care to cuddle with kittens? Fosters needed
    Kitten season is in full swing and Pima Animal Care Center needs some help. In 2018, PACC took in over 2,000 bottle babies and orphaned kittens and puppies. It looks like 2019 might be the same. 

    Overhead lighting installed on Esperanza Boulevard
    On April 15, Pima County Department of Transportation along with their contractor, KE&G, began installing overhead lighting for both pedestrian crosswalks on Esperanza Boulevard between Interstate 19 and La Cañada Drive. 

    an interactive panel discussion on rainwater harvesting April 26 at the Main Library to a spring egg hunt April 19 at Thomas Jay Park to all the sugar-laden, ear-popping, whirling twirling fun that is the Pima County Fair, underway till April 28.

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