Archive for the 'Sustainability Trends & Threats' Category


Chasing Ice – special film opening at The Loft – Dec 14

posted December 11, 2012

at The Loft, 3233 E Speedway, Tucson AZ Tucson Climate Action Networking starting at 7pm Chasing Ice Co-presented by the University of Arizona’s Institute of the Environment, featuring a special introduction by the Institute of the Environment on opening night, Friday, December 14th at 7:30 pm Tucson Climate Action Network will be tabling before and […]

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Review: The Resilience Imperative: Cooperative Transitions to a Steady State Economy

posted November 28, 2012

Review: The Resilience Imperative: Cooperative Transitions to a Steady State Economy by Jon Walker   What I love most about this book is the feeling you get that there is hope: solutions to environmental, social and financial crises do exist, they have been tried and tested all over the planet and all we have to […]

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World Energy Report 2012

posted November 28, 2012

World Energy Report 2012 by Michael Klare   Rarely does the release of a data-driven report on energy trends trigger front-page headlines around the world.  That, however, is exactly what happened on November 12th when the prestigious Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) released this year’s edition of its World Energy Outlook.  In the process, just […]

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The World According to Monsanto Screening

posted November 24, 2012

More Than a Food Fight: Monsanto’s War Against Food Security, the Environment, Local Farmers, Local Economies, and Democracy More Than A Food Fight: Monsanto’s War Against Food Security, the Environment, Local Farmers, Local Economies, and Democracy Video clips from “The World According to Monsanto” and a discussion led by Bill McDorman & Belle Starr of […]

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Food Policy links & resources on the internet

posted November 18, 2012

Food Policy links & resources on the internet (ST Food working group, November 2012) National Websites: http://www.foodsecurity.org/FPC/council.html * (List of Food Policy Councils in North America) http://www.foodfirst.org/sites/www.foodfirst.org/files/pdf/PB_19_Cutting_Through_the_Red_Tape.pdf (Food First/Institute for Food and Development policy brief) http://www.socialenterprise.net/assets/files/REDI_Summary_May_2011.pdf (4 food initiatives case studies) –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  […]

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Stop Keystone XL tar sands pipeline – 350.org & TUCAN – Nov 18 & 19

posted November 17, 2012

Sunday 1 pm MST (3 pm EST) – online live stream from Washington DC Monday 12 noon at TEP corporate headquarters, 88 E Broadway Blvd, downtown Tucson AZ Action Alert – SUNDAY online – MONDAY in downtown Tucson Nov 18 Sunday 1 pm MST, live online from Washington DC 350.org is gathering outside the White House […]

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More Than a Food Fight – Monsanto’s War Against Food Security, the Environment, Local Farmers, Local Economies, and Democracy – film clips & discussion – Nov 30

posted November 10, 2012

Free, at the Historic Y, 738 N 5th Avenue, Tucson   More Than a Food Fight: Monsanto’s War Against Food Security, the Environment, Local Farmers, Local Economies, and Democracy Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom presents video clips from “The World According to Monsanto” and a discussion with Bill McDorman & Belle Starr of […]

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Eco-Health Relationship Browser – EPA Sustainable and Healthy Communities

posted October 23, 2012

Eco-Health Relationship Browser EPA Sustainable and Healthy Communities (SHC) Research News Flash September 25, 2012 The EPA Sustainable and Healthy Communities Research Program is pleased to announce the launch of the Eco-Health Relationship Browser, an easy-to-use new online tool from the SHC program. The Eco-Health Relationship Browser illustrates the linkages between human health and ecosystem […]

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270 minutes of silence – Presidential debates avoiding Climate change – 350.org

posted October 23, 2012

Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2012 22:32:25 +0000 From: Jamie Henn – 350.org <organizers(at)350.org> Subject: 270 minutes of silence. Dear Friends, Not one word. After 270 minutes of Presidential and Vice Presidential debates, no one has mentioned climate change or global warming. If the candidates don’t speak up tonight, this will be the first time since 1988 […]

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Seeds of Freedom – Tucson Film Premiere – Oct 16

posted October 15, 2012

at Native Seeds / SEARCH Conservation Center, 3584 E River Road, Tucson AZ   Seeds of Freedom – Tucson film premiere In conjunction with World Food Day and part of the Act for Seed Freedom Fortnight, we will screen a short documentary exploring the importance of seed saving and the current threats to the practice. […]

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Special Food Day Screening of Genetic Roulette – Oct 24

posted October 4, 2012

at The Loft Cinema, 3233 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson AZ Special Food-Oriented Presentation for Food Day, a day to celebrate healthy, sustainable food production: Movie Screening at 7 p.m. of the new groundbreaking definitive documentary on the health risks of genetically modified foods, Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives, followed by a panel discussion […]

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Genetic Roulette – Free Movie Showing – Oct 11

posted October 4, 2012

Free, at the Crossroads Theater, 4811 E Grant Road, Tucson AZ   A FREE movie screening  of the new groundbreaking definitive documentary on the health risks of genetically modified foods, Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives, followed by a Q & A by Melissa Diane Smith, GMO Free Project of Tucson Director of Education. […]

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No Coal in Tucson – Please help leaflet TEP – Aug 9

posted August 5, 2012

Wednesday 7pm – TUCAN meeting (every second Wednesday) at the Quaker Meetinghouse, 931 N 5th Ave, Tucson AZ Thursday 11:30am – press conference and leafletting outside the TEP Headquarters, 88 E Broadway, Tucson AZ Please help leaflet TEP – No Coal in Tucson Dear Tucsonan Concerned About Health and Climate, Tucson Electic (TEP) has refused […]

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Sustainable Tucson August Film Festival – August 12th and 13th

posted July 29, 2012

at Joel D. Valdez Main Downtown Library, Large Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone, (free lower level parking off Alameda St)   Sunday, August 12th 1:00 to 5:00pm, Sustainable Tucson will show three top-rated sustainability films covering critical sustainability topics: • The U.S. financial crisis erupted in 2008 and still looms on the horizon. • […]

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Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math – by Bill McKibben in Rolling Stone

posted July 21, 2012

Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math Three simple numbers that add up to global catastrophe – and that make clear who the real enemy is by Bill McKibben (350.org) This story is from the August 2nd, 2012 issue of Rolling Stone. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/global-warmings-terrifying-new-math-20120719 If the pictures of those towering wildfires in Colorado haven’t convinced you, or the […]

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Occupy Arcology – ecological city design lecture & discussion – June 26

posted June 20, 2012

Free, at Historic Y conference room, 738 North 5th Ave (at University)   OCCUPY ARCOLOGY LECTURE – June 26 Come be a part of a lecture and lively discussion on Occupy Arcology. In this part of the lecture series, hosted by Occupy Tucson’s Doctress Neutopia, we will focus on the question of ecology and economy […]

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Tucson Climate Activists Network – 2nd Wednesdays

posted June 10, 2012

  Every second Wednesday 7-9pm at the Quaker Meetinghouse, 931 N. 5th Ave, Tucson AZ   TUCAN (Tucson Climate Activists Network) TUCAN meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month, 7-9 pm at the Quaker Meetinghouse on 5th Ave, to connect the work of local Climate Change activists. Contact: Jim Driscoll, Jimdriscoll(at)NIPSPeerSupport.org

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Tucson Climate Activists Network – planning meeting & free 350.org activist leadership training – May 9 & 25-27

posted May 8, 2012

May 9 (and 2nd Wednesdays) at the Quaker Meetinghouse, 931 N. 5th Ave, Tucson May 25-27 free workshop at Dunbar Cultural Center Pavilion and boardroom, 325 W. 2nd Street, Tucson AZ TUCAN (Tucson Climate Activists Network) will meet Wednesday, May 9, 7 pm, 931 N. 5th Ave. (Quaker Meetinghouse) to debrief our highly publicized protest […]

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Overpeck lecture – audio recording online here

posted April 8, 2012

An audio recording of Dr. Jonathan Overpeck’s presentation at DuVal Auditorium in Tucson February 13th 2012 is now available here on the Sustainable Tucson website. To listen or download, please go to the first comment on ST February Meeting – Climate Change in Tucson and the Southwest – Dr Jonathan Overpeck.

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Melissa Diane Smith – GMO Free Project of Tucson – Native Seeds/SEARCH Salon – May 21

posted March 25, 2012

at Native Seeds/SEARCH Retail Store, 3061 N Campbell Ave, Tucson   Native Seeds/SEARCH – Free Monthly Salon – A little something for anyone who has ever wielded a fork or pitchfork. Bring your juiciest ideas and appetite for mind-watering conversations. May 21 Monday 5:30 to 7:30 pm Melissa Diane Smith, nutritionist, author and Director of […]

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Clean Elections – and other projects – To Stop Climate Change – Feb 22

posted February 20, 2012

CLEAN ELECTIONS – AND OTHER PROJECTS – TO STOP CLIMATE CHANGE — Wed, Feb 22, 7 PM, 931 N. 5TH AVE. Dear Climate Change Activist, Please join us Wednesday, February 22nd at 7 p.m. at the Quaker Meetinghouse, 931 N.5th Ave., Tucson, to learn more about the Clean Elections Law and ways to use it […]

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What Are We Planning For? – A New Advocacy Initiative

posted February 10, 2012

What Are We Planning For? A Sustainable Tucson Issues Paper                                                  March 2012 Since Imagine Greater Tucson’s initiating phase began more than three years ago, Sustainable Tucson has been engaged with the IGT Project at many levels, participating in the steering, community values, outreach, and technical committees. Imagine Greater Tucson has consistently requested input and Sustainable […]

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Citizens’ Climate Lobby Tucson Meeting – January 7th

posted January 5, 2012

The Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Tucson Chapter is meeting at 11 am on Saturday at 255 W. University Blvd to join the national chapters’ conference call and discuss local climate lobby plans. If you have any comments before the meeting, please forward them to Vince Pawlowski:  pawlowski (at) ultrasw.com Reminders for our call on Saturday: Please […]

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The 12 most hopeful trends to build on in 2012

posted January 5, 2012

The 12 most hopeful trends to build on in 2012 Published by YES! Magazine on Sat, 12/31/2011 Original article: http://www.yesmagazine.org/blogs/sarah-van-gelder/12-most-hopeful-trends-to-build-on-in-2012 by Sarah van Gelder Who would have thought that some young people camped out in lower Manhattan with cardboard signs, a few sharpies, some donated pizza, and a bunch of smart phones could change so […]

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ST February Meeting – Climate Change in Tucson and the Southwest – Dr Jonathan Overpeck

posted January 4, 2012

at DuVal Auditorium, University Medical Center, 1501 N Campbell Avenue Sustainable Tucson’s February Meeting will be a special public lecture event in collaboration with the Tucson Audubon Society and the Community Water Coalition. University of Arizona climate scientist Dr. Jonathan Overpeck will speak on Climate Change: What does it mean for Tucson and the Southwest? […]

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ST January Meeting – Topics and Working Groups for 2012

posted December 31, 2011

at Joel D. Valdez Main Library 101 N. Stone, Downtown (free lower level parking off Alameda St) How do we “green” our homes and neighborhoods? How do we work together and contribute to each other? How do we prepare for climate change? Join us on January 9th to learn of some exciting efforts now underway […]

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Tucson: Support a City Resolution to Curb Global Warming – Dec 20

posted December 18, 2011

at Tucson City Hall, 255 W. Alameda, Tucson, AZ 85701 – downtown, just east of Granada in the Presidio Park Plaza From: Center for Biological Diversity Subject: Tucson: Support a City Resolution to Curb Global Warming Seattle has just become the latest city to join the Center for Biological Diversity’s Clean Air Cities campaign; Tucson […]

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Rapid rise in Arctic methane shocks scientists

posted December 15, 2011

Rapid rise in Arctic methane shocks scientists By Steve Connor Wednesday Dec 14, 2011, New Zealand Herald Dramatic and unprecedented plumes of methane – a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide – have been seen bubbling to the surface of the Arctic Ocean by scientists undertaking an extensive survey of the region. The […]

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Oppose the Rosemont Mine – public meetings Dec 1st, 7th, 8th, 10th

posted November 28, 2011

Thursday, Dec. 1, at Corona Foothills Middle School, 16705 S. Houghton Rd., from 5 to 9 PM (and see comments below for further meetings at other locations) From: Keith Willmarth <canduthis(at)toast.net> Subject: Oppose the Rosemont Mine I am sending this message to mobilize informed opposition to the proposed Rosemont Mine. Several organizations, in particular Save […]

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ST December Meeting – The Politics of Sustainability

posted November 28, 2011

at Joel D. Valdez Main Library 101 N. Stone, Downtown (free lower level parking off Alameda St) Activism, Advocacy, and Political Action are ramping up all over the world.  Tucson is no exception, and so Sustainable Tucson begins an exploration into the realm of political expression and action, and how we can use it to […]

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6 Burning Questions About the Violent Crackdowns on Occupations Around the Country

posted November 20, 2011

6 Burning Questions About the Violent Crackdowns on Occupations Around the Country By Lynn Parramore, AlterNet Posted on November 15, 2011 http://www.alternet.org/story/153083 /6_burning_questions_about_the_violent_crackdowns_ on_occupations_around_the_country Occurring without provocation, the Occupy crackdown gives the appearance of an orchestrated effort to thwart an emerging protest movement. Early morning Tuesday, in New York City, hundreds of police officers, many in riot […]

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Sustainable Tucson comments on proposed Rosemont Mine

posted November 16, 2011

Sustainable Tucson comments on proposed Rosemont Mine Sustainable Tucson is a non-profit, grass-roots organization that builds regional resilience and sustainability through awareness raising, community engagement and public/private partnerships. We recognize the need to focus on sustainability within the Sonoran bioregion. The proposal by the Augusta Resources Corporation to develop a copper mine in the Santa […]

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Greenhouse emissions exceed worst case scenario

posted November 14, 2011

The global output of carbon dioxide jumped by the biggest amount on record, the US Department of Energy has calculated, a sign of how feeble the world’s efforts are at slowing man-made global warming. The new figures for last year mean that levels of greenhouse gases are higher than the worst-case scenario outlined by climate […]

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“The world is looking straight into the face of a great depression”.

posted November 13, 2011

New recession threatens the globe as debt crisis grows by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard – Telegraph  (UK)  published 11/10/11 Europe’s escalating debt crisis has cast a black shadow over the world’s fragile recovery, threatening to tip large parts of the global economy into a deep downturn and even outright recession. The OECD’s index of leading indicators for […]

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UA Professor Walks Away From Empire

posted November 13, 2011

UA Natural Resources Professor Emeritus Guy McPherson and Sustainable Tucson founding coalition member addresses the International Conference on Sustainability, Transition and Culture Change: Vision, Action, Leadership recounting his journey to personal accountability in the current crisis of civilization. Taking material from his latest book, “Walking Away From Empire” , Guy demonstrates Gandhi’s  recommendation: “Become the […]

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The Dark Side of the ‘Green’ City

posted November 7, 2011

The Dark Side of the ‘Green’ City By Andrew Ross PHOENIX The struggle to slow global warming will be won or lost in cities, which emit 80 percent of the world’s greenhouse gases. So “greening” the city is all the rage now. But if policy makers end up focusing only on those who can afford […]

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Occupy Tucson Event: Tar Sands Keystone XL Pipeline Protest

posted November 3, 2011

Event: Occupy Tucson: Tar Sands Keystone XL Pipeline: Decision by Obama on behalf of the American People Sunday, November 6, 11:30–12:30, followed by General Assembly meeting. Amory Park, 221 S. 6th Ave. ??? moved to Veinte de Agosto Park at Church & Congress ??? This Sunday, exactly one year before the next presidential election, protesters plan […]

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ST November General Meeting – Food Security

posted October 17, 2011

at  Joel D. Valdez Main Library 101 N. Stone, Downtown (free lower level parking off Alameda St) FOOD SECURITY What is it? … Do we have it? … What can we do about it? Please join us for the next Sustainable Tucson General Meeting, where we will begin to tackle the issue of creating a […]

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Occupy Wall Street & the Climate Movement

posted October 10, 2011

Subject: #OccupyWallStreet and the #Climate Movement From: organizers(at)350.org Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2011 19:49:56 +0000 Dear friends, I’m writing from New York City, where the Occupy Wall Street movement is taking off. What started as a small group of young people with a vague call to action is evolving into something truly inspiring — and […]

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ST Sustainability Book Sale

posted October 1, 2011

Sustainable Tucson is offering a very special Book Sale fundraising event at our October  General Meeting. We have more than 150 titles, including some hard-to-find classics. The winter reading season is coming, so come and browse this rich collection of sustainability literature. You can shop with gifts in mind for particular friends, relatives, or colleagues […]

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Sustainable Tucson – General Meeting – October 2011

posted September 21, 2011

Sustainable Tucson General Meeting – at Milagro Cohousing Community Monday, October 10th, 5:45 – 8:30 pm, and come early at 5:15 pm for a tour Note: this meeting will be at the Milagro Cohousing Community instead of the library (click here for map). If you can come earlier, there will be a tour of Milagro […]

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Regional Water Assessment Task Force ThinkTank Report

posted September 18, 2011

иконописJoin an interactive community meeting to help shape the greater Tucson region’s efforts to achieve a sustainable water future. This meetings will present the results of the <Regional Water Assessment Task Force ThinkTank Report>. The meeting will be held at the Tucson Association of Realtors building, 2445 N. Tucson Blvd., Tucson. The report was the […]

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Massive default is best way to fix the economy

posted September 14, 2011

Massive default is best way to fix the economy by Brett Arends – MarketWatch Clearing away the debt is the only way forward You want to fix this economic crisis? You want to put people back to work? You want to light a fire under the economy? There’s a way to do it. Fast. And […]

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Updated Primer on Ongoing Financial Crisis

posted September 10, 2011

The Automatic Earth is a unique, one-stop website which presents the world’s best current writing on the ongoing financial and economic crises. The following Primer lists key articles and analyses written by the Automatic Earth team. Nicole Foss (aka Stoneleigh) writes: It is time to undertake the yearly review and update of our primer guide, […]

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The peak oil crisis: reality on hold

posted September 9, 2011

The peak oil crisis: reality on hold by Tom Whipple   As much of America bakes in some of the highest temperatures ever recorded and while Washington argues interminably over taxes, budget cuts and debt caps, one is struck by the unreality of it all. When the House of Representatives votes to preserve the incandescent […]

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Welcome to the Post-Growth Economy

posted September 9, 2011

Welcome to the Post-Growth Economy by Richard Heinberg   During recent weeks, evidence has piled up that U.S. and European economies, far from recovering, are swirling back into recession. Failure of American politicians to address the federal debt crisis, the U.S. credit rating downgrade, and increasing fragility of European economies have investors running for the […]

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Moving Planet – Connect 2 Tucson – A Day to Move Beyond Fossil Fuels

posted September 7, 2011

Moving Planet – September 24th, 2011: A Day to Move Beyond Fossil Fuels JOIN THE RIDE: Connect 2 river paths on 2 wheels! Celebrate the linkup of the Santa Cruz and Rillito river paths and ride beyond fossil fuels. Meet on the plaza south of Drachman Hall on the UMC Campus (Helen St and Martin […]

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Creating a clean energy future for Arizona

posted September 6, 2011

Barbara Warren’s – My Comments – Creating a clean energy future for Arizona http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ep3iKOVn0RY    

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Vegan Potluck / talk about Ecocide

posted September 6, 2011

Hello, My name is Kaylee Farnolli, I’m a senior in the School of Art at the University of Arizona. I’ve just returned from 6 months living and studying abroad in Mexico City. The people I met there have inspired me to call a community vegan potluck in an effort to spread the word about Polly […]

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Tucson Fall Harvest Festival & Farmers Market

posted September 6, 2011

We are doing a festival October 22 and 23 – for more info see http://www.ttev.org/TusconFallFestivalAndFarmersMarket.html

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