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Feb 04, 2013
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It's true; every day you hear more and more about how our housing market is recovering.  It has been going on for the past year or more.  It's also been said by some that the housing industry is now the driving force behind the nation's economic recovery.

Now the new home builders are also ramping up their production to try to meet the demand.  Inventory is still fairly tight in the resale market.  With the increased demand for housing and with the still very-low interest rates, the industry expects this growth will continue.

Here's a thoughtful article from Inside Tucson Business, written by Roger Yohem on January 18, 2013 covering some of these topics.  There are some surprising statistics within.  To read the article, please click on the link below:


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Jan 31, 2013
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The 2013 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show is here!  This show comes to Tucson each February and takes place in over 40 venues across town.  Many of the shows are open to the public, and some are wholesale and sell to the trade only.

This is the largest gem and mineral show in the United States, and many of the vendor participants have come here from all over the world to participate.  There is always so much to see!  Try to get out and see at least a couple of the shows.  Below is a link to the website that lists and describes all the major shows:  

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Jan 16, 2013
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Coming soon!  The 29th Annual Senior Olympic Festival will be taking place January 18 - 27, 2013, in more than 30 venues around Tucson.  This is the city's largest organized annual senior activity.  Open to participants fifty years or older, it is a celebration of fitness to promote health, fitness and an active lifestyle among seniors.

For the whole scoop, including venues and the schedule of events, visit:


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Dec 28, 2012
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If you're like a lot of people, after the holidays are finished you are faced with a dried out tree and you may not be sure what to do with it. Here's what you can do:

Partake in the 17th Annual Tree Cycle Event going on from December 25 through January 6, 2013. There are nine separate locations that are collecting the trees and recycling them. They are open during daylight hours, seven days a week.

  1. Oro Valley lot, "Naranja Town Site", 660 W. Naranja Drive
  2. Rillito Race Track, 4502 N. 1st Avenue, east parking lot (follow signs)
  3. Udall Park, 7200 E. Tanque Verde Rd, south of ball fields (follow signs)
  4. Golf Links Sports Park, north of Craycroft Rd, and Golf Links Rd.
  5. Tucson Rodeo Grounds, northeast of Irvington Rd and 6th Ave
  6. Los Reales Landfill, 5300 E. Los Reales Rd (follow signs)
  7. Silverbell Site, northeast of Goret Rd. and Silverbell Rd (follow signs)
  8. Purple Heart Park, southeast corner of Rita Rd. and Esmond Loop
  9. Randolph Golf Course, 600 S. Alvernon Way, southeast portion of parking lot

You are also able to take some Christmas home with you to put in your garden. Tree chips will be available for pick-up at Randolph Golf Course and Udall Park.


* This community service is sponsored by: the City of Tucson Environmental Services, Parks & Recreation, and Transportation Department and the Town of Oro Valley. *


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Oct 19, 2012
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Each year the Tucson Weekly puts out a special section called the Best of Tucson. They let the public vote on their favorite things. They rate everything from food specialites to recreational activities. This year the Best of Tucson 2012 was published in the September 27 issue.

Here are just a couple excerpts from the list. When you get a chance, you should check them all out at


Best Farmers' Market: St. Philip's Plaza Farmers' Market

Best Public Gardens: Tucson Botanical Gardens

Best Bike Riding: Rillito River Park Trail

Best Hike and Recreation Area: Sabino Canyon

Best Fun for the Whole Family: Reid Park Zoo

Best Mexican Restaurant: Cafe Poca Cosa

Best Sonoran Hot Dogs: El Guero Canelo


What are your favorite things about Tucson? I love the warm, sunny days, the mountains, and the people.

Feb 05, 2012
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     I just got back from seeing the Arizona Opera's Madama Butterfly, and it was a beautiful production!  Just about everything about it was wonderful:  The singing, the minimalist stage sets, the beautiful costumes, and the lighting.  It was truly a treat both visually and musically.  Puccini's music is incredibly romantic and dramatic.  The soprano in the title role in tonight's production was Shu-Ying Li, and she was fabulous.  I have seen several different productions of this opera, and this one was by far my favorite.  The Arizona Opera will be performing this again on Sunday, February 5.  If you have a chance to go, I highly recommend it.
     We are lucky to have such a top notch opera organization here in town.  You should get out and see one of their productions.   In March they will be performing Aida and it is sure to be spectacular.
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Jan 30, 2012
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     There are some things we Tucsonans just count on.  One of them is the annual Tucson Gem & Mineral Show that comes to town each February.  It is the single largest event held in Tucson and generates huge revenues for businesses in town (think of hotels, restaurants, car rentals, etc.).   It attracts people from all over the world.
     This is the 58th year of the show, and it seems to be getting larger each year.   It occurs all over town practically simultaneously.  There are approximately 50 different venues.  Some are at exhibit halls in the hotels, some are in huge commercial sized white tents you see around town, and some of the hotels along I-10 even have shows in the vendors' private hotel rooms.  Along the freeway you will also see plenty of smaller artist tents.
     Many of the shows are wholesale shows and require a wholesale license.  But many of them will also allow the public to attend.  There's usually something for everyone:  You can, of course, find gemstones, beads, and jewelry, as well as fossils, display materials, and tools. 
     The scope and size of this event is mind-boggling.  When you step into one of the major show tents, you will be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of pretty things to look at.  The first year I was blown away by all the pretty cut and polished gemstones.  The vendors are quite blase about it all.  I saw some that had these pretty and valuable stones displayed on open styrofoam plates.  One had diamonds, one had rubies, one had sapphires, etc.  I had never seen so many sparklings things in one place before!
     If you get a chance, go out and check out some of these shows.  You can usually find some great prices, and can pick up a treasure for not very much.  There's lots to look at and it's a great way to spend some time.
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Jan 13, 2012
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                                  Photo by J. Wallner, NPS

The National Park Service offers some days with free admission to our National Parks.  This weekend, January 14-16, 2012, are the first free dates for this year.  To see the full schedule of free park days, use the link below to read the article.
Tucson has the beautiful Saguaro National Park.  There are two sectors, one in the northwest of Tucson, and one in the southeast.  If you're able, get out there and visit one of them this weekend, for free!

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Sep 15, 2011
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  Tucson has been experiencing a great monsoon season this year.  In fact, since June Tucson has received 8.6 inches of rain, which makes it #10 on the record of the wettest monsoon season.  
     Today alone Tucson received 2.84 inches of rain, which was a record amount for this date.  September of this year is the wettest September on record.  This September we've already received 5.57 inches of rain, which broke the record from 1964 when Tucson received 5.11 inches for the same month.
     Though it gets messy around Tucson when we get big quantities of rain because of our poor drainage on some streets, and flash flooding of washes, we still are happy to get it.  Being desert dwellers we appreciate and need all the water we can get.
     Two of the added benefits of our monsoon season are the lightning displays and the gorgeous sunsets.  I hope you've enjoyed some of our thunderstorms this summer.  Remember to stay out of flooded streets and washes.  The water can be higher than it appears. 

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Jun 12, 2011
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Free Concert Tonight at Reid Park!

If you're looking for something fun to do tonight why not come over to Reid Park to see the final concert in the Spring Concert Series featuring the Tucson Pops Orchestra under the stars, with Laszlo Veres conducting.  The concert is free, and most people bring a lawn chair and a small cooler (plastic bottles only, please, no glass).  
Sure to be the highlight on tonight's program is Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.  It's a piece everyone recognizes.  If you have never seen it performed live, you have been missing out!  It is a totally moving experience.  The build up to the crescendo at the end is incredible.  It is truly a masterpiece!

Concert starts at 7:00 pm at the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center at Reid Park.
See you there!   

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