Wednesday, September 21, 2011

KNX 1070 EXCLUSIVE: Feds Probe Possible Arabic-Type Markings On Southwest Jets « CBS Los Angeles

KNX 1070 EXCLUSIVE: Feds Probe Possible Arabic-Type Markings On Southwest Jets « CBS Los Angeles: "Federal agencies were working with Southwest Airlines on Thursday to determine who has been vandalizing their aircraft with mysterious markings."

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Free Movies Tomorrow Night - Glendale 9 Drive In / West Wind Theaters

West Wind Theaters:

Free Movies and 1$ Nachos

Reality Hits You Hard Bro The Music Video?!

Phoenix, AZ Local Breaking News, Events, Photos - CBS 5 - KPHO

Phoenix, AZ Local Breaking News, Events, Photos - CBS 5 - KPHO: "Miner missing from perch in Apache Junction
Updated: 6 minutes ago
Someone has walked off with a 9' tall, 150 pound statue next to a sign advertising the Mining Camp Restaurant in Apache Junction east of Phoenix, Pinal County investigators say. More>>"

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Digital Realty Opens Large Phoenix Expansion Space » Data Center Knowledge

The Digital Realty Trust data center in Chandler, Arizona.

Digital Realty Trust has completed the expansion to its data center in Chandler, Arizona, adding 226,000 square feet of the company said today. The expansion nearly doubles the size of the former 365 Main facility at 2121 S. Price Road in Chandler, which already included 293,000 square feet of data center space.

Digital Realty Opens Large Phoenix Expansion Space » Data Center Knowledge: "To celebrate the expanded facility, Digital Realty is hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on Wednesday, September 21."

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Failure of Alabama challenge to Voting Rights Act looms over Arizona suit - East Valley Tribune: Politics

Failure of Alabama challenge to Voting Rights Act looms over Arizona suit - East Valley Tribune: Politics: "The decision by a federal judge Wednesday to reject challenges by an Alabama county to the Voting Rights Act likely will mean a similar fate for Arizona’s lawsuit, state Attorney General Tom Horne said.
Horne acknowledged that the lawsuit he filed last month is based on many of the same arguments that Shelby County made. More to the point, the judge who issued Wednesday’s ruling upholding the federal law is the same one assigned to hear Arizona’s challenge.

But there are other signs that Horne will have a hard time arguing that there’s no reason the Voting Rights Act should extend to Arizona.
Horne contends that any discrimination against minorities that may have occurred in the past in Arizona is ancient history. He said there is no evidence of ongoing problems."

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Teacher appreciation night - East Valley Tribune: Education

Teacher appreciation night - East Valley Tribune: Education: "Are you veteran or new teacher? Want some free help on organizing your classroom? Take a drive to IKEA in Tempe 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 28 for help on budget-wise organization.
IKEA, 2110 W. IKEA Way, will host teacher appreciation night along with the free class with help from Treasures 4 Teachers and professional organizer Sherry Drolet. Food and drinks will be served.
Spots are limited, so reservations are required. Call (480) 785-8209."

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Ballet Arizona sampler under the stars - East Valley Tribune: Get Out - East Valley Things To Do

Ballet Arizona sampler under the stars - East Valley Tribune: Get Out - East Valley Things To Do: "Each year, Ballet Arizona brings its graceful dancing off the stage at Symphony Hall and into the community.
Ballet Under the Stars is a series of free performances at parks throughout the Valley. Friday, the dancers come to the outdoor amphitheater at Tempe Center for the Arts.
The performance will showcase a combination of classical and contemporary works complete with a stage, lighting and costumes. Off stage, the setting is casual. Spectators are welcome to spread a picnic blanket or unfold a lawn chair.
And if you can’t make Friday’s show, Ballet Under the Stars occurs twice more, at 7 p.m. Saturday at Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix and 7 p.m. Sunday at Fountain Park in Fountain Hills.
• Contact writer: (480) 898-6818 or"

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Bank of America hires 29 small-business bankers in Arizona - East Valley Tribune: Arizona

Bank of America hires 29 small-business bankers in Arizona - East Valley Tribune: Arizona: "Bank of America has hired 29 new small-business bankers in Arizona as part of a strategy to hire more than 1,000 nationwide.
The bankers will provide guidance to local business owners

The company estimates 95 percent of Arizona businesses employ fewer than 100 workers, but cites Census data that this is 32 percent of the state's workforce.
"Small business customers have told us they want a relationship with a banker who understands their business and can provide them with guidance and expertise unique to their financial situation," said Lynn Fernandez, BofA's small business banking regional executive for the Pacific Southwest. "As small businesses continue to fuel and drive the economy forward in their local communities, the state of Arizona and the nation, our small business bankers will be there to provide them with the solutions they need to sustain and grow their business.""

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Feds sue Bass Pro claiming discrimination in hiring - East Valley Tribune: Money - East Valley Business, Tech And Consumer News

Feds sue Bass Pro claiming discrimination in hiring - East Valley Tribune: Money - East Valley Business, Tech And Consumer News: "Bass Pro Shops is denying claims by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that it discriminated against black and Hispanic job applicants and retaliated against employees who opposed the practice.
The federal lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Houston. The complaint alleges that managers at Bass Pro stores in the "Houston area, Louisiana and elsewhere" made overtly racially derogatory remarks acknowledging discriminatory practices, including that hiring black candidates did not fit the corporate profile.

The EEOC also says Bass Pro "unlawfully destroyed or failed to keep records and documents related to employment applications and internal discrimination complaints," a claim the company said it vigorously denies. Bass Pro says the agency has not revealed details about the basis of the claim.
The company operates a Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World store in Mesa."

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Do you have what it takes? Become a Voluntary Emergency Responder!

Volunteer Firefighters of Arizona

Being a volunteer emergency responder is a rewarding experience and an extraordinary way to serve your community. It takes dedication, sacrifice, leadership, and mental/physical stamina.

Over 2 million of Arizona's population is protected by volunteer or combination departments. These departments are mainly in rural or semi-rural areas where residents and structures are spread over a wide range of terrain and territory. In 2009 Arizona added 1,810 new volunteer firefighters to department rosters, but lost 2,250. Arizona needs your help to help shrink this deficit. The volunteer departments in Arizona aim to support, coordinate, develop, promote, and implement a very rewarding and valuable way to serve your community.

If you're interested in becoming a volunteer emergency responder, please submit a volunteer application form and a representative from your area will contact you about the local volunteer program."

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Is The State Bar of Arizona Targeting Conservatives For Blogging And Fighting Illegal Immigration? | Right Wing News

Check out this Right Wing News article that I ran into.

Do you think the State Bar of Arizona is Targeting Conservatives for blogging and fighting Illegal Immigration?

"Politically motivated prosecutions are always an ugly business because politics is not supposed to stretch into the courtroom. Sadly, that appears to be news to the very liberal State Bar of Arizona. On Monday, the State Bar of Arizona began its prosecution of former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and two of his deputies, including Right Wing News blogger Rachel Alexander."

Read the Full Story @ the Link:

Is The State Bar of Arizona Targeting Conservatives For Blogging And Fighting Illegal Immigration? | Right Wing News:

"Given the circumstances, it’s hard to come to any conclusion other than Rachel Alexander is being selectively prosecuted because she’s a conservative political columnist and blogger who’s well known in her area for her political activism."

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Chester's Harley-Davidson Mesa, Az Events - Are You Ready for Rocktoberfest, Starring Paul Rodgers?

If you have ever been in Mesa , on the weekend , and rode down Country Club;  then you couldn't have missed the lively sounds of fun coming from Chester's Harley-Davidson!!!

That Harley I am always talking about? It came from Chester's! 

Check out their webpage for continuous events

Chester's Sept. Event Calendar

Chester's Rocktoberfest starring Paul Rodgers - Get your Tix!

Chester's Rocktoberfest Starring Paul Rodgers
October 8, 2011
8:00 PM
Venue: Chester's Harley-Davidson
Chester's Harley-Davidson Presents
Chester's Rocktoberfest Concert & Bike Show
Pete Cummings (KSLX)
Crooked Grin
74th Street Band
Christopher Robin Band
Sludges Build a Band (KDKB)
Mojo Zoso
Grahams Number from Atlanta GA

All ages event.
Doors open at 11am
Rain or Shine

VIP seats include a Private Bar and Private Restrooms. 

Arizona State Parks: Slide Rock Fall Fest

Fall festival

Arizona State Parks: Slide Rock: Home: "Fall Hours & Fee In Effect
Admission for non-summer season is $10.00 per vehicle. Park hours are currently 8 am - 6 pm. Entry into the park will not be permitted one hour prior to closing. Pets are not permitted in the Slide Rock swim area. Pets are not to be left in a vehicle.

October 1: Fall Festival
10 am - 3 pm. Visit Slide Rock for the Fall Festival and enjoy freshly picked apples and an apple packing demonstration in the shed. There will also be a Pendley homestead history talk and antique tractors on display. $10.00 entry fee applies.

Slide Rock Found in the City!
See the winning photos from the State Parks in the City Photo Quest"

Slide Rock Locator Map

Elevation 4,930 feet Fees

Contact the Park:
(928) 282-3034
Slide Rock SP
6871 N. Highway 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336



Restrooms Gift Shop Exhibits Group: Day Use Areas Picnic Areas/Shelters Hiking Trails Fishing Swimming Wildlife Viewing

Nearest Services: 7 miles

Click icons for more info

511 Speed Code


511 logo

Park's Speed Code: 4239#

Park Entrance Fees:

Non-Summer Fees

Per Vehicle (1-4 Adults): $10.00
Individual/Bicycle: $3.00

Fee Schedule

Fee Schedule

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U.S. National Park Service Free Entrance Days in the National Parks - Arizona Parks w/ Waived Entry List

U.S. National Park Service Free Entrance Days in the National Parks: "Free Entrance Days in the National Parks"

Waterfall at Yosemite National Park, Photo by DanNg, NPS
Yosemite Falls

America's Best Idea - the national parks - gets even better with several fee-free days at more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees.*

Mark your calendar for these upcoming fee-free days in 2011:

September 24
National Public Lands Day is the country's largest single-day effort to spruce up parks and other open spaces.

*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

Parks listed on this page waive their entrance fees on nationally designated fee free dates. Please check with each park for operating hours and event schedules.
By Name | By State
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
Chiricahua National Monument
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Grand Canyon National Park
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Montezuma Castle National Monument
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Petrified Forest National Park
Pipe Spring National Monument
Saguaro National Park
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
Tonto National Monument
Tumacacori National Historical Park
Tuzigoot National Monument
Walnut Canyon National Monument
Wupatki National Monument

To make a reservation for camping in a state park, go to or call (520) 586-2283.
Northern Arizona State Parks
• Dead Horse Ranch State Park, Cottonwood, (928) 634-5283 — 150 campsites — fishing, boating (non-motorized), hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, guided trail rides.
• Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area, (928) 537-3680 — 92 hookup sites, 31 campsites, fishing, swimming.
• Lyman Lake State Park, (928) 337-4441 — 61 campsites and four yurts and four cabins, fishing, waterskiing.
• Homolovi State Park, (928) 289-4106 — 53 campsites, Ancestral Hopi villages, podcast tours, hiking.
Southern Arizona State Parks
• Catalina State Park, (520) 628-5798 — Taking reservations online for 40 campsites; horse trails and corrals, day-use hiking.
• Kartchner Caverns State Park, (520) 586-2283 — 60 campsites — cave tours (call for reservations).
• Lost Dutchman State Park, (480) 982-4485 — 70 campsites, hiking into Superstitions.
• Patagonia Lake State Park, (520) 287-6965 — 75 campsites, boats to rent, fishing, beach.
• Roper Lake State Park, (928) 428-6760 — 71 campsites — hot tub, fishing.
Western Arizona State Parks
• Alamo Lake State Park, (928) 669-2088 — 250 campsites, excellent bass fishing, waterskiing, swimming.
• Buckskin Mountain State Park & River Island, (928) 667-3231 — 126 campsites, water sports, cabanas, beach.
• Cattail Cove State Park, (928) 855-1223 — 61 campsites. launch ramp, dog beach.
• Lake Havasu State Park, (928) 855-2784 — 47 campsites — boat launches, great park areas and swimming beach.
Camp cook stoves only, no smoking on trails.
For information about Arizona State Parks call (602) 542-4174 (outside of the Phoenix metro area call toll-free (800) 285-3703 or visit the Web site at to make campground and cave reservations.

The Payson Roundup / Tonto National Monument waives entrance fees for lands day

The Payson Roundup / Tonto National Monument waives entrance fees for lands day: "Tonto National Monument will be joining national park sites across the country in celebrating National Public Lands Day (NPLD) with fee-free entry into the monument. This year, NPLD will be celebrated on Saturday, Sept. 24.

National Public Lands Day is celebrated annually and the purpose for the fee-free day is to show the public that national parks are public lands and are there for everyone to enjoy. Also, in recognition of this day, the monument’s Western National Parks and Monuments bookstore will be giving a 15 percent discount on all books, games, music, and everything else in the bookstore.

The National Park Service will waive entrance fees again Nov. 11 through Nov. 13 in recognition of Veterans Day."

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Arizona State Parks: Map - Don't Forget Saturday the National Parks Fee is Waived for National Public Lands Day

Arizona State Parks: Map: "Arizona State Parks Map"
ASP Park Map Overview
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Upcoming Walks and Runs City of Tempe

Destination Tempe - Tempe In Touch

City of Tempe News and Events

Run, Walk & Roll 5K
Rock-N-Roll Marathon
Tu B'Shevat Walk1/23
Walk & Roll Dog Walk
Unity Walk
Skirt Chaser Race
Walk-A-Thon benefiting Parkinson's
PetsMart Charities Pet Walk
Helping Hand 5/10K Run
American Heart Walk
3rd Annual Lean on Me 5K Walk
Pancreatic Walk
Walk for Wishes
MDA Run & Walk
Valley Walk
Strides for Life
Pat's Run
Relay for Life of Tempe
Arbor Day 5K
WellCare 5K
Walk to Empower
Great Strides Walk

Yuma Free Fall Activities Guide and Events List

Free City of Yuma Fall Activities Guide!

Cover of the 2011-2012 Fall/Winter Activities Guide

Spruce Up Your Park Day

Now if you have so much fun you feel guilty for enjoying Come Out & Play Day for free, you can give back - the second annual Spruce Up Your Park Day happens earlier that morning, 7 to 10 a.m. at Winsor Rotary Park, 20th Street between avenues B and C. Parks and Rec is looking for volunteers to help do cleanup and minor improvements around the exercise equipment, playground and pond areas located around the park and also help put down mulch around the trees. Simple enough, right? For more information and to sign up to help, call (928) 373-5243.

Take Pride In Yuma - Paint-Out Set for Sept. 24

Take Pride in Yuma Paint-Out

Paint brush resting on paint can filled with yellow paint.The next Take Pride in Yuma paint-out is set for 7:30 a.m. Sept. 24, starting in the area of 3rd Street and 30th Avenue. For just a couple hours of your time, you can help restore a graffiti-covered wall into pristine condition! We provide the paint and rollers (just call us at 373-5228 to let us know you're coming so we bring enough) - you provide your own sunscreen and comfortable clothing and shoes you don't mind getting some paint on. Help us "take pride in Yuma!"

Graffiti Clean-Up and Vandalism

Spray paint can and chisel tipped marker wrapped in chain. There were 26 cases of graffiti abated the period of Sept. 7-13. This compares with 34 cases the previous week. Graffiti cleanup and vandalism currently costs the Yuma taxpayers over $200,000 per year. Please help us reduce vandalism by reporting incidences of crime to 78-Crime (782-7463) and graffiti to the Graffiti Busters hot line, 329-2828. If you witness a crime in progress, call 911.

Events at the Historic Yuma Theatre, Yuma Art Center and Yuma Civic Center/ Ray Kroc Complex

Celebrating Yuma and Digital Delights

Don't miss this exciting exhibit and performance as local artists rock the Yuma Art Center, 254 S. Main St., with an outstanding assembly of street art in exhibit and installation, taking place 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16. Presented by Yuma Fine Arts Association, this is your chance to experience live art, Djs, break dancing and more. For more info, call Isaac at 941-7800.

Wedding & Quinceanera Expo

Make plans now to visit the Wedding and Quinceanera expo, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Yuma Civic Center, 1440 W. Desert Hills Drive. Learn everything you need to plan your special day without having to drive out of town. Two fashion shows are scheduled:The hottest trends in dresses, shoes, jewelry, hair and makeup will be featured. Guys, the Man Cave is located in the Lounge. Dads and fianc├ęs can play X-Box or watch football on 82-inch TVs while resting on comfy furniture and enjoying refreshments. Also scheduled are prizes, giveaways and tastings. Bring your family, friends and girlfriends!

Recreation Events

Fall/Winter Activity Guide Out in Paper & Online; Registration Under Way Now

Cover of the 2011-2012 Fall/Winter Activities Guide Get ready to plan your next two seasons - the Parks and Rec Fall and Winter Activities Guide is out! Copies are also be available at various Parks and Recreation facilities throughout Yuma.
Registration is under way for all either in person at the Parks & Recreation office on the first floor of City Hall or on the Parks & Recreation section of our web site. For more information by phone, call 928-373-5243.

Cars, Inc. for Kids

If you're aged 7 to 9 and love cars, Cars, Inc. is the program for you. This auto-themed workshop will entail the customization of your own car, car races, and car games. Come join the fun with all your friends 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 at Clymer Recreation Center, 553 S. Orange Ave. Registration is required and fees apply; call or visit Parks and Recreation.

Kayak Fishing

Experience fishing in a whole new way with Kayak Fishing, happening 6 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at Riverside Outdoor Education Center, just below the Territorial Prison. Fishing in a kayak allows the fisherman to become a part of the environment and move about the lake freely. A fishing trip on Mittry Lake is a great way to spend a Saturday morning. Fisher's 14 and older need a fishing license. Fees are $23 or $15 with City resident credit; register today with Yuma Parks and Recreation. For more information call 373-5243.

Halloween Ball Bash Softball Tournaments

Softball and glove on grass field. The Halloween Ball Bash softball tournaments will be held on successive weekends on various City fields. The co-rec tournament will be held Oct. 22-23, with the men's and women's tournaments Oct 29-30. Registration begins Sept. 12 for all tournaments and runs through Oct. 13 for co-rec or Oct. 20 for men's and women's. Each team is guaranteed a minimum of four games in a round-robin format, followed by A/B playoff. Register teams for $235 each in person or via mail to Parks and Recreation, One City Plaza, Box 13012, Yuma, AZ 85366-3012. For more information, please contact the City of Yuma Parks and Recreation Department at 928-373-5243.

Swim For Fitness (Lap Swimming)

Lap swimming in the Swim for Fitness program is a total-body workout. This program is now being offered at two locations and at two separate times of the day: 5:30 to 7:30 a.m. Mondays through Fridays, Sept. 1 through Oct. 30 at Valley Aquatic Center, and noon to 1:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, Sept. 1 through Oct. 30 at Carver Pool. Come and work out while enjoying the refreshing water. Fees can be paid per day or for the entire session; call Parks and Recreation for more information.

Men's Wooden Bat Softball Leagues

By request, Parks and Recreation is putting on a softball league for guys who like the feel of the old wooden bats. Play will take place Nov. 8 through Dec. 14 at various City softball fields with games starting at 6:30 p.m. Registration will take place Sept. 26 through Nov. 1. For more information, please contact the City of Yuma Parks and Recreation Department at 928-373-5243.

Boys Junior High Basketball and Girls Cricket Basketball

Registration is under way now for basketball for boys in grades 7 and 8, and for girls in grades 4-6. The emphasis of the league is on fundamentals, basic understanding of the game, and sportsmanship. Modified rules have been established for the girls to increase success and promote sound play. The leagues will play games at various times in November and December athe Joe Henry Optimist Center on 1st Avenue and 18th Street. Fees apply and registration is required through Parks and Recreation, 373-5243.


Young girl floating in a green pool toy. Back to school hours are in effect. Here's where you can still cool off: Valley Aquatic Center, 4381 W. 18th St., offers open swim Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5:45 p.m. through Sept. 25. Fees are $2.50 for children under 18 ($2 with City resident credit) and $5 for adults ($3.50 with City resident credit).

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Okay, so Who HASN'T Day Dreamed of Being a Ranger?!? Now You Can - Volunteer to Be One! Check Out the Prescott Volunteer Ranger Program!

Volunteer Park Ranger Program

Park in PrescottCity of Prescott, Parks and Recreation Department is now recruiting volunteers for Ranger positions. Individuals who enjoy hiking, biking, and value a clean park and trails system can join our team to become the eyes and ears of the city. Volunteers are critical to ensure that facilities and natural resources in parks and trails are maintained at the highest level. Rangers will work with park staff, the police department, and fire department on park safety and first aid training.
Become a Volunteer Park Ranger today by contacting us at (928) 777-1588.

Prescott Events - Autumn Garden Class!

City of Prescott Events

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Friday, September 30, 2011

Be Outdoors Arizona - Take the Pledge, Donate, Join an Event etc. - Keep Kids Active in the Arizona Outdoors!

Take the Be Outdoors Arizona Pledge!

Be Outdoors Arizona has a simple mission - the mission is to encourage continuous, outdoor , nature-centered activities and experiences that will enrich the lives of children!

How cool and how simple, right?

Our family spends a lot of time in the Arizona outdoors.  We raised our kids on inexpensive outdoor events,  visits to local parks, cheap road trips, Salt River Tubing,  and camping. Today, my kids are a bit older and now my husband and I sneak off for rides on the Harley. We have a sissy bar bag on the back that we keep our bedrolls in, ready to go!   

I blog sitting outside, on my balcony, enjoying my morning coffee! If I wasn't recovering from injuries, I would be doing more than enjoying my balcony view, that's for sure! 

Anyhow, if adults get antsy and thrive on time spent outdoors, imagine what being outdoors can do for the kids? If you are looking for a fun, outdoor,  volunteer experience; Be Outdoors Arizona, may be the opportunity for you! No time to volunteer? They accept donations, too.

Get Your Tucson Parks and Rec Guide and Register for the Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair @ Reid Park

Fall means hundreds of Tucson Parks and Recreation opportunities for recreation and leisure, golf, sports, KIDCO and leisure classes.

Our Fall 2011 Program Guide and Class Catalog will be published Monday, July 18. Pick up your free copy at any Parks and Recreation facility. The catalog is also available for viewing on-line by clicking on the graphic above here. (edited to add link here for our readers)  It contains complete information and registration details.
The EZEE Registration system is waiting to make your registration as convenient as possible and to help ensure you get the offerings you want. Classes and  programs fill up quickly so use to register.
Registration Services at 791-4877 is available to assist with your registration needs.


The Tucson Parks and Recreation Department presents its annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair in Reid Park, Saturday and Sunday, November 26-27, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day.
This free event features over 125 artisans from throughout the western United States displaying their original, hand-made wares.
A variety of food and refreshments will also be available.
The fair will be held just west of the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center in Reid Park.  Take the "Concert Place" street entrance off of Country Club Road.  Ample free parking. For more information call 791-4877.