Archive for the 'Neighborhoods & Urban Villages' Category


Food Resilience Project POTLUCK – Next step to resilience and delicious, local food

posted March 9, 2017

Join future friends from around Tucson who want to Learn to Grow, Eat and Share lots of delicious local food, at the kickoff Community Potluck of the Food Resilience Project of Feeding Tucson/Sustainable Tucson. The potluck is March 25 from 4:00 to 6:30 near County Club and 22nd. Find out more at the Food Resilience […]

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Historic Broadway widening links and articles

posted March 31, 2016

“Intro to Broadway Widening Project – Who What, When, Why: Why Are We Spending $74 Million and Destroying 30 Buildings in a Central Historic Area while Producing No Traffic Improvement?” Overview and background, an intro for people who are learning about the situation. By Dave Bilgray. http://www.sustainabletucson.org/2016/03/intro-to-broadway-project-who-what-when-why-why-why/   An excellent OpEd by Tucson architect Bob […]

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Intro to Broadway Project – Who, What, When, Why?

posted March 31, 2016

Why Are We Spending $74 Million and Destroying 30 Buildings in a Central Historic Area while Producing No Traffic Improvement?   The Broadway Improvement Project is not needed, and will provide no benefit to the residents of Tucson.  The City’s own data shows that widening Broadway will provide only a 6-second improvement in travel time. […]

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Has HDR Engineers done what they were hired to do?

posted March 31, 2016

Has HDR Engineers done what they were hired to do? Here is the scope of work The phrases below are excerpted from the 2011 Scope of Work issued by COT Dept. of Procurement for the Broadway Project used to issue the contract to HDR Engineering.   The consultant is to establish “an innovative and context […]

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City’s April 2016 Plan differs from Previous Recommendations and Adoptions

posted March 31, 2016

There are large differences from the base alignment that the Citizen Task Force (CTF) recommended and the Mayor and Council adopted in May 2015. They are:   1.     Many more buildings, historic and businesses, will be acquired and demolished. It appears to be at a minimum around 30, not the 10 to 12 promised […]

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10 Impacts of the Proposed Broadway Widening

posted March 31, 2016

1) The current alignment (the 30% design) ignores public input, which overwhelmingly advocated for preservation of the historic streetscape and local businesses.   2) The 30% design defies the direction of Mayor and Council, who approved an alignment that would have caused the loss of at most 11 historic buildings. The proposed 30% design will […]

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Sustainability on the Chopping Block – Tucson City Council Decision April 19th

posted March 31, 2016

XXX This is an urgent appeal to the Sustainability Community to show up and speak out for sustainability and reject an unnecessary road widening plan which will cost millions and do nothing for sustainable mobility and economic vitality. XXXXX We have limited opportunities to help shape decisions about urban form and public infrastructure which effect […]

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Sign online petition for a sustainable Broadway

posted March 26, 2016

Petition by iPetitions

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Data crunched: Broadway widening WILL NOT speed cars…or buses…or pedestrians…or even bicycles!

posted March 26, 2016

Analysis of RTA and COT’s own numbers shows widening Broadway will not cut travel times for cars or anyone else. So why are we spending tens of millions of taxpayer dollars amidst a budget crisis? (A)  The proposed work will have almost zero (~1.4%) benefit, as the Design Concept Report (DCR) data itself declares. (B)  […]

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CALL TO ACTION!

posted March 25, 2016

XXX Why would we spend $75 million for no appreciable improvement in traffic? XXX The City of Tucson is proposing to: XXX 1)   Widen Historic Broadway even though traffic hasn’t increased for 20 years, 2)  Demolish 30+ buildings and businesses, and 3)  Ignore the community’s plea to design for a vibrant, history and place-preserving, […]

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UA Earth Transformed Lecture Series

posted January 18, 2016

UA Earth Transformed Lecture Series A Series of Six Lectures Exploring Our World and Ourselves Mondays, January 25 – March 7 7:00-8:00 PM UA Centennial Hall Climate change and its impacts are no longer merely abstract projections for the future. Instead, they are on-going and growing challenges for both humans and many of the natural […]

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October Meeting – Film and Panel Discussion

posted October 9, 2015

On October 12th, the Sonoran Permaculture Guild and Sustainable Tucson host a special evening to view a new documentary, INHABIT: A Permaculture Perspective. Permaculture is a unique design system for human settlement that mimics natural ecosystems. This thought-provoking film shows how Permaculture principles help communities become more sustainable and resilient. Following the film, a panel […]

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Lessons from Sustainable Urban Design: Films and Discussion

posted April 9, 2015

As activist citizens, we have been working towards sustainability in many ways, particularly looking at issues impacting life in our city, including the work of the Broadway Coalition featured at last month’s General Meeting. This month, we’ll carry on the discussion started by that examination of the Broadway Corridor, by looking at some positive examples […]

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REJECT THE BROADWAY ALIGNMENT! A model letter to the City of Tucson

posted March 9, 2015

REJECT THE BROADWAY ALIGNMENT! A model letter to the City of Tucson By Broadway Coalition Member Laura Tabili OOO Send to:     broadway@tucsonaz.gov,      Jonathan.Rothschild@tucsonaz.gov, mayor1@tucsonaz.gov, ward1@tucsonaz.gov, ward2@tucsonaz.gov, Ward3@tucsonaz.gov, ward4@tucsonaz.gov,ward5@tucsonaz.gov,Regina.Romero@tucsonaz.gov, Karin.Uhlich@tucsonaz.gov, Paul.Cunningham@tucsonaz.gov, Shirley.Scott@tucsonaz.gov, Richard.Fimbres@tucsonaz.gov, Steve.Kozachik@tucsonaz.gov, citymanager@tucsonaz.gov OOO REJECT THE BROADWAY ALIGNMENT! The Broadway Citizens Task Force and Tucson’s Mayor & Council must reject the excessively wide […]

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Broadway Coalition Vision: Let’s Make the Broadway Project Sustainable Now!

posted March 2, 2015

Please ACT NOW: Email your objections to the City’s Broadway Plan. Here is a model letter with email addresses by Broadway Coalition member Laura Tabili to help list the community’s concerns. “Broadway Corridor Plan Aims to Demolish 37 Tucson Buildings” reads the Arizona Daily Star lead headline from Feb.24th. City of Tucson staff and consultants […]

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LET’S TALK TRASH (Rescheduled)

posted September 25, 2014

From Garbage to Gold: Turning Organic “Waste” Into a Valuable Resource Meeting at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone (free lower level parking off Alameda St.) Compost is a good alternative to chemical fertilizers…It doesn’t pollute groundwater, wells, or waterways. Compost keeps organic materials out of landfills, reducing methane […]

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Support the Broadway Coalition Petition Drive

posted August 26, 2014

NOTE: This petition is an initiative of the Broadway Coalition which is solely responsible for processing and managing the results. Sustainable Tucson hosts this online petition drive as a community service. [gravityform id=8 name=Please sign petition here title=true description=true] We want a thriving, vibrant Broadway Boulevard that is a destination for all of Tucson. Local, […]

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ST July Mtg — Tucson CAN Have Abundant Urban Food Production

posted July 10, 2014

Tucson CAN Have Abundant Urban Food Production Monday, July 14, 5:30-8:00 pm Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone (free lower level parking off Alameda St.) Urban agriculture is becoming much more common — in many forms, not just backyard gardens. Voters of Tucson recently adopted a General Plan that […]

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Tucson Talks Transit – with Jarrett Walker – July 11

posted July 5, 2014

at Tucson Electric Power Company, 88 East Broadway, Downtown Tucson AZ (two blocks south of Ronstadt Transit Center) Tucson Talks Transit – with Jarrett Walker Friday, July 11, 2014 5:00 p.m. Sign-in and Reception 6:00 p.m. FREE Public Presentation Jarrett Walker, the preeminent transit planner and transit thinker, will visit Tucson for a town hall […]

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What climate activists should learn from the Monterey Shale downgrade

posted June 12, 2014

What climate activists should learn from the Monterey Shale downgrade by Kurt Cobb Published by Resource Insights on 2014-06-01 Original article: http://resourceinsights.blogspot.com/2014/06/what-climate-activists-should-learn.html   There is an important hidden lesson for climate activists in the vast downgrade of recoverable oil resources now thought to be available from California’s Monterey Shale. Almost all climate activists have rejected […]

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The great imaginary California oil boom: Over before it started

posted June 12, 2014

The great imaginary California oil boom: Over before it started by Kurt Cobb, originally published by Resource Insights  | May 25, 2014   It turns out that the oil industry has been pulling our collective leg.   The pending 96 percent reduction in estimated deep shale oil resources in California revealed last week in the […]

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Request to RTA Board — April 25, 2013

posted June 11, 2014

Request to RTA Board April 25, 2013 Honorable RTA Board:     Thank you for my reappointment to the CART as an original member. I continue to be honored to serve the RTA and larger regional community in this role. Having closely followed the Broadway Blvd Project at public meetings and interviews, I want the following comments […]

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2006 RTA Inflated Traffic and Population Projections

posted June 11, 2014

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BROADWAY COALITION: Design Criteria for the Improvement of Broadway

posted June 11, 2014

BROADWAY COALITION:  Design Criteria for the Improvement of Broadway Based on all the facts we have examined and studies available to us, from the RTA as well as from national studies [See our website: https://sites.google.com/site/broadwaycoalition], we have arrived at a set of criteria that should be applied to all alternatives proposed for the Broadway Boulevard […]

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Options available for Broadway project that meet RTA’s ‘functionality’ test

posted June 11, 2014

  Options available for Broadway project that meet RTA’s ‘functionality’ test by Douglas Mance,  Special to the Arizona Daily Star,  June 08, 2014   The last time I addressed the Broadway Corridor Citizens Task Force, I let them know I wanted those dedicated volunteers to succeed in their efforts to come up with a design […]

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ST June Meeting – BUILDING RESILIENT NEIGHBORHOODS: Eco-villages and Social Cohesion

posted June 3, 2014

BUILDING RESILIENT NEIGHBORHOODS: Eco-villages and Social Cohesion Monday, June 9, 2014, 5:30 – 8:00 pm Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone, (free lower level parking off Alameda St.) With climate change increasing the likelihood of heat waves, flooding and other emergencies that may overwhelm first responders, and when “sheltering […]

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ST’s April Meeting: Local Water – Localized Food?

posted April 7, 2014

Sustainable Tucson’s April Meeting: Local Water – Localized Food?   Monday, April 14, 2014,    5:30 – 8:00 pm Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone, (free lower level parking off Alameda St.)   How much local food can Tucson produce? And how much local water is available to produce it? […]

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ST March Meeting: Preparedness for a World of Change

posted March 6, 2014

  Sustainable Tucson’s March Meeting: Preparedness for a World of Change Monday, March 10, 2014,    5:30 – 8:00 pm Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone, (free lower level parking off Alameda St.) Join the Sustainable Tucson community and extended network to hear Nicole Foss, world-renown lecturer and co-creator of […]

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February General Mtg: IS YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD READY FOR CLIMATE CHANGE?

posted January 28, 2014

Sustainable Tucson’s February Meeting: IS YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD READY FOR CLIMATE CHANGE? Monday, February 10, 2014,    5:30 – 8:00 pm Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone, (free lower level parking off Alameda St.) Last November 14th, the State of Arizona ran a simulation of an emergency event that included a […]

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Green Redevelopment & the Rise of 2030 Districts

posted October 20, 2013

at Tucson Association of Realtors conference room,  2445 N. Tucson Blvd   (one block north of Grant Rd)   But, could something like a 2030 District in Tucson help align many efforts to support economic re-generation in our community?    Come join us on: Monday. November 11, 5:30 – 8:30 pm  PLEASE NOTE: SPECIAL MEETING LOCATION Tucson Association […]

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ST September Mtg: Working Together Toward a Sustainable Community Part IV – Sept 9th

posted August 22, 2013

Monday, September 9, 2013 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone, Downtown (free lower level parking off Alameda St) ST September Meeting Working Together Toward a Sustainable Community Part IV Sustainable Tucson’s “Conversations with our Public Officials” series provides Tucson community members the opportunity […]

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Effective Citizen Planning for Sustainable Development

posted August 1, 2013

This is a series of short courses for people who want to engage in effective City planning. August 7: Land Use Planning 101 The fundamentals of planning in Arizona cities and counties including subdivisions, lot-splits, master development plans, public input, comprehensive and general plans. Presented by Mark Apel, Area Extension Agent, Pima County Cooperative Extension. […]

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Desert Climate Composting Workshop – Aug 16/17

posted July 23, 2013

Community garden at 901 East 12th Street, Tucson AZ Saturday – rain date or overflow second workshop   Composting workshop specifically designed for dry deserts Specifically designed for dry deserts, this workshop focuses on • Low water use, conserving water for hot composting rather than dry slow • Cold method • Easy on your back […]

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Climate Smart Southwest: Ready or Hot? – National climate change conference in Tucson – Sep 20-21

posted July 23, 2013

Free lecture Friday evening at the TEP Unisource Building, 88 East Broadway, Tucson AZ Saturday conference at the Tucson Convention Center (details below) Tucson will be hosting a climate change conference focused on public health and climate adaptation in September, sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility and 35 other local and national organizations. The following […]

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Sustainable Tucson July Film Night!

posted July 3, 2013

Monday, July 8th, 5:30 – 8:00, Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone, Downtown (free lower level parking off Alameda St) Sustainable Tucson will show a variety of films at our July general meeting. Included among the short and medium length topics are greening the desert, climate change in the arctic, how the people […]

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ST June Meeting – Working Together Toward a Sustainable Community – Part III – June 10

posted June 2, 2013

at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone, Downtown (free lower level parking off Alameda St) Working Together Toward a Sustainable Community Part III Last spring Sustainable Tucson hosted two “Conversations with our Public Officials.” Tucson community members had the opportunity to meet with City public officials to discuss a wide range of sustainability […]

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Bisbee Organic Garden Tour – May 26

posted May 20, 2013

Free, starting at Ecoasis, 54 Brewery Avenue, Bisbee Arizona   Join Baja Arizona Sustainable Agriculture (BASA) and Ecoasis on the first annual Bisbee Organic Garden Tour on Sunday, May 26 from 10am to 2pm. This year’s tour will showcase four successful vegetable gardens along Brewery Gulch in the heart of Old Bisbee.  Come out to […]

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Building Sustainable Cities – New York Times Conference April 25

posted May 8, 2013

See the online video archive of the entire conference at nytenergyfortomorrow.com ENERGY FOR TOMORROW – BUILDING SUSTAINABLE CITIES A NEW YORK TIMES CONFERENCE IN COLLABORATION WITH RICHARD ATTIAS AND ASSOCIATES APRIL 25, 2013 THE TIMESCENTER, NEW YORK CITY   THE CONCEPT According to U.N. data, the worldwide urban population over the next 40 years will […]

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Watershed Management Workshop at Avalon EcoVillage – May 25

posted May 8, 2013

at Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage in Tumacácori, AZ   A Food Forest Enhancement Project within an EcoVillage Learn Stormwater Management Techniques Prevent Erosion • Reduce Runoff • Conserve Water Guest Speakers David Seibert (Conservation Director of Borderlands Habitat Restoration Initiative-BHRI, Seibert Ecological Restoration, LLC) and Caleb Weaver (BHRI-Ecologist, Environmental Educator, and Sustainable Landscape Designer) […]

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100% Renewable Energy – Earth Day Weekend Rally – April 20

posted April 17, 2013

at Tucson Electric Power Headquarters, 88 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson AZ (corner of Broadway and Scott, just west of 6th Ave) 100% Renewable Energy: Earth Day Weekend Rally This Saturday April 20 at 10:00 am, the Tucson Climate Action Network continues its campaign to stop TEP’s stockpiling and burning of coal and push ahead with […]

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Sustainable Tucson Community Fundraising Appeal

posted April 15, 2013

Sustainable Tucson needs your support to continue to present timely, interesting and informative monthly programs. With minimal financial support from the larger community we have provided continuous monthly programs for nearly seven years, drawing particularly on local talent and sustainability leaders. As we increasingly bring in cutting-edge speakers from other cities and regions, Sustainable Tucson […]

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Tucson Time Traders – Tucson’s Local Timebank

posted April 14, 2013

Please see timetraders.metasofa.org for more information on our Timebank orientation meetings and other events. We’re also at Sustainable Tucson Monthly Meetings to give information about timebanking and Tucson Time Traders, and help you sign up online.   TUCSON TIME TRADERS Helping Build Community 1 Hour at a Time Tucson Time Traders is our local Timebank […]

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ST May Meeting – Food Resilience in the Time of Global Climate Change – May 13

posted April 14, 2013

at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N Stone, Downtown Tucson (in the large lower-level meeting room, free lower-level parking off Alameda St) Food Resilience in the Time of Global Climate Change Almost all the food we eat in Tucson is not grown here. It isn’t even grown in Arizona. Please join us for the […]

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Ask for Transportation Alternatives! – ADOT hearing in Tucson – Apr 12

posted April 11, 2013

at Pascua Yaqui Justice Center – Albert V Garcia Auditorium, 7777 S Camino Huivism, Building C, Tucson AZ ADOT hearing in Tucson – Fri, Apr 12th, 9 AM Ask for Transportation Alternatives! Come to a public hearing and speak in support of transportation options. There will be a hearing in Tucson this Friday, April 12th […]

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Community Vision for the Ronstadt Transit Center – Tucson Bus Riders Union – April 2

posted March 25, 2013

at the Rialto Theatre, 318 East Congress Street, Tucson AZ   Community Vision for the Ronstadt Transit Center Music, food, information, and the opportunity to give YOUR input. As downtown development proceeds, what will become of the Ronstadt Center? The City of Tucson has begun a public process aimed at “seeking a qualified development team […]

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Rethinking Money in Tucson – meetings with Bernard Lietaer & Jacqui Dunne – March 25 & 26

posted March 22, 2013

Monday – Santa Rita Room, Student Union, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ Tuesday – City of Tucson Public Works Building, 201 N. Stone Avenue, Meeting Room C in the basement   Both events are Free. Monday’s will also be webcast (ask for address). Please RSVP for Tuesday. Rethinking Money: A Wildcat Currency? Date: Monday, March […]

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The End of Growth: David Suzuki & Jeff Rubin

posted March 18, 2013

The End of Growth: Rubin & Suzuki From Ideas with Paul Kennedy Economist Jeff Rubin and biologist David Suzuki might seem an unlikely pairing. But they’ve been touring Canada together, talking about the natural limits to growth from their very different perspectives. We listen in as they try to convince a Calgary audience that we’ve […]

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Money and Life / Rethinking Money – Tucson film premier – Fox Theater March 26

posted March 15, 2013

at the Fox Theater, 17 West Congress Street, downtown Tucson AZ   Tucson film premier of Money & Life with filmmaker Katie Teague and a presentation by Bernard Lietaer and Jacqui Dunne Please join us for a very special event on March 26, 2013 at the Fox Theatre. The Tuscon Premiere of the documentary film […]

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Navigating the Perfect Water Resources Storm – U of A – Feb 28

posted February 25, 2013

at Integrated Learning Center, Room 140 (underground), 1500 E University Blvd, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ Las Vegas – Navigating the Perfect Water Resources Storm Speaker: Patricia Mulroy, General Manager, Southern Nevada Water Authority What does a water manager do when the perfect storm strikes? Las Vegas, for decades the fastest-growing metropolitan area in the […]

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The 4th Annual Water Festival – Tucson Arts Brigade – Earth Day – April 21

posted February 14, 2013

Earth Day at Reid Park, Tucson Arts Brigade presents   THE WATER FESTIVAL Synergy of Art, Science, and Community The 4th Annual Water Festival, presented by Tucson Arts Brigade, raises awareness and promotes stewardship for water and water-related themes relating to sustainability, health, and community. The Water Festival brings community together through creative and diverse […]

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