Farmers' Market to make buzz about bees

The Santa Cruz River Farmers' Market will host a "Buzzing about Bees" celebration on Thursday, May 27 to educate people about the art and science of bee keeping. 

Freddie Terry, "The Singing Bee Keeper," will provide a hands-on presentation about working with bees, bee biology, hive construction and the medicinal properties of honey.

Also on display will be tools for beekeeping, honey comb, a bee suit and a variety of honey. 

The Farmers' Market, on the northeast corner of Speedway Blvd. and Riverview Rd., west of I-10 between Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind and El Rio Neighborhood Center, is open from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. The bee keeping presentation will be at 4 p.m. and Terry will perform songs from 5 to 6 p.m.

There is no charge for admission.

Local produce selections at the Farmers' Market may include early apples, garlic, green beans, chilies, purslane, tomatoes, onions, melons, summer squash and potatoes.


Gas prices fall in past week

Average retail gasoline prices in Tucson fell 4.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.73 per gallon as of Monday, according to

The national average fell 3.5 cents per gallon in the same period to $2.87 a gallon.

Including the change in gas prices in Tucson last week, prices were 70.4 cents a gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 5 cents per gallon lower than a month ago.

The national average has increased 0.4 cents a gallon during the last month and stands 58.4 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.


Golder Ranch Fire offers 'sitters' class

Golder Ranch Fire Department will offer a "Babysitter's Lessons and Safety Training" on June 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The course includes basic first aid, CPR and tips on caring for children of varying ages.

Pre-registration is required and there is a fee of $25 to cover materials and lunch. Registration is limited and due by June 9. Call 818-1017 for more information or to register.


KUAT-FM radio celebrates 35 years of broadcasting

 May 19 marks the 35th year of classical music broadcasting in Southern Arizona for KUAT-FM radio.

The station's broadcast of 24-hour classical music reaches all major communities in the region, including Tucson, Marana, Nogales, Sierra Vista, Safford and Bisbee. KUAT-FM's broadcast also is heard by international listeners in 69 countries and territories outside the U.S., thanks to live online streaming.

"While classical music stations across the country have folded their tents in the last few years, KUAT remains strong," said Ed Kesterson, program director.

Kesterson noted that KUAT's non-commercial format allows the station to play entire classical works without interruption between movements, a key component to the classical music experience for listeners.

Longtime partnerships over the years with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra (TSO) and the University of Arizona School of Music have kept classical listeners in Arizona up to date on the latest in the genre, he noted. Community Concerts broadcast 52 weeks a year combined with on-air personalities versed in the pronunciations and history of the music they play, while not easy to find, are also part of the classical music experience offered by KUAT-FM, Kesterson noted.

In Marana and Oro Valley, KUAT is at 89.7 FM and in Tucson at 90.5 FM.

More information about the station can be found at


Desert Museum to be open Saturday evenings

Saturday evenings this summer will give visitors to the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum an opportunity to discover the sights and sounds of the nighttime desert after daytime temperatures drop and nocturnal critters come to life.

The Desert Museum will again be open Saturdays until 9:45 p.m. from June 1 through August 29. Daytime opening time during the summer months is 7:30 a.m.

Museum docents and junior docents will be available to interpret live animals, celestial wonders, fluorescent minerals, night pollinators, animal eye shine, Sonoran Desert insects and night sounds, as well as bat, scorpion or rattlesnake kits.

Docents will be stationed in the Earth Sciences Center, Yucca Ramada, Ancient Arizona, Entrance Patio, Vista Ramada, Desert Tortoise Ramada, Riparian Corridor, Desert Garden, Pollination Garden, Fish and Amphibian Room, Grasslands, Orientation Ramada and at the Amphitheater.

Animals especially active after dark include mountain lions, small cats, beavers and wild bats.

Some of the Desert Museum's exhibits close at sunset so the animals can sleep, including the walk-in aviary, hummingbird aviary, parrot exhibit, Life on the Rocks, Field Station/Tree House, Life Underground and the Desert Loop Trail.


Donations sought for ill 15-month-old

Friends of  Northwest Tucson residents Jon and Jennifer Mullen, parents of ill 15-month-old baby Abby Grace, have set up an account at Wells Fargo Bank to accept donations to help the family with medical expenses.

The infant was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at six months of age and has undergone bone marrow transplant, chemotherapy, radiation and interferon injections.

The family lives in the Orange Grove and Shannon roads area.

Interested parties can donate at any Wells Fargo Bank branch.


Broadway hits to be presented at Silverbell park

Marana Parks and Recreation Department and Arizona Rose Entertainment will present three productions that celebrate Broadway hits in a new Theater in the Park series this summer.

All three productions are free and will be presented at Silverbell-Cortaro Park, 7548 N. Silverbell Rd.

Celebrate Broadway Fairytales, at 7:30 p.m., June 19, will be a family-friendly production that explores the origin of many favorite Broadway musicals, including familiar stories such as Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, the Little Mermaid, the Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Shrek and Mary Poppins.

Celebrate Broadway Classics, to be presented at 7:30 p.m., July 24, will touch on how the Broadway style of theater and music evolved through the years. Hits such as Oklahoma!, Guys and Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof, Annie, the Music Man, Hair, Cats and Les Miserables will be part of the show.

Celebrate Broadway Cinema will be presented at 7:30 p.m., August 21, showcasing shows including Chicago, 42nd Street, Singing in the Rain, Phantom of the Opera, Evita, the Producers, Mamma Mia!, a Chorus Line, Footloose, Hairspray and Grease.

For more information on the productions, call (520) 888-0509 go to


More Paving Being Done on Twin Peaks Road

Paving along Twin Peaks Road from Silverbell Road to the Santa Cruz River began Monday and will continue as part of the Twin Peaks Interchange Project.

During paving operations, one traffic lane will remain open in each direction.

The Twin Peaks Interchange Project is a partnership between the Town of Marana and the Arizona Department of Transportation to improve the pavement conditions along Silverbell Road from Cortaro to Twin Peaks roads, and along Twin Peaks Road from Silverbell Road to the Santa Cruz River. The existing asphalt pavement within these areas will be removed and replaced with rubberized asphalt that officials say will provide drivers with a smoother, quieter ride.

The first phase of paving, on Silverbell Road from Cortaro to Twin Peaks roads, already has been completed.

The town, in an effort to complete paving operations with minimal impacts and lessen the length of community disruption, authorized a 24-hour-a-day paving schedule, during which asphalt removal takes place during daytime hours and paving at night. Estimated time for the removal and replacement process, including new lane striping, is approximately three weeks.

Marana Police Department officers will be on site to direct traffic when and where necessary.


Riding academy presents summer kids camp

Rolling Hills Riding Academy will hold its "Crazy for Horses Summer Kids Camp" in several sessions during May, June and July.

The kids camp will be held from May 24 to 28, June 7 to 11, June 21 to 25, and July 19 to 23.

The camp, located at the academy at 4670 W. Hardy Rd., will run Monday through Friday, from 7 to 10 a.m. There is a fee of $175.

The camp features gaining horseback riding experience, as well as learning about horse behavior, maintenance, anatomy and breeds of horses.

Children 6-13 years of age are able to participate. Visit to register.



Road paving delayed in east; proceeds west

Work has been delayed on Saguaro National Park East district's Cactus Forest Drive and only a small portion of the 8-½ mile loop has received a modified slurry seal treatment.

The National Park Service and Federal Highway Administration are assessing the resurfacing treatment for both vehicle and bicycle use, and are working with the contractor to refine the application process. All east district roads are currently open.

In the park's west district, resurfacing of Kinney and Picture Rocks Roads was expected be completed by Friday, May 21. 

Resurfacing of the west district parking areas and administrative roads will be rescheduled, with dates to be announced.



PCC renews  Davis-Monthan 5-year agreement

The Pima Community College (PCC) Board of Governors has approved the renewal of a five-year Memorandum of Understanding with Davis-Monthan Air Force Base to provide educational programming and services supporting student completion of Associate of Liberal Arts, Associate of Business, Associate of Science and Associate of General Studies degrees.

PCC's Community Campus has provided instructional programs and education services at Davis-Monthan since 1981. Approximately 3,500 students are served annually at the education center on the base.

While the center's primary purpose is to serve military personnel and their families, any U.S. or naturalized citizen enrolled at PCC may attend classes at Davis-Monthan. The agreement is effective through June 30, 2015.

The Board also approved an agreement with Rural Metro Corp. to provide credit courses by mutual agreement to cover fire science, emergency medical technology (EMT 100 and EMT 159 only) and/or support courses for the credential program in those areas, as well as professional development. Under the reciprocal agreement, PCC provides such services as registration, advising and credentialing, while Rural Metro provides the instructors, class space and materials.

The College trains more first responders than any other education institution in Pima County.


NORAD F-16s  turns back small aircraft

Two F-16 fighters, under the direction of North American Aerospace Defense Command, intercepted an ultralight aircraft early Sunday morning in the vicinity of the Southwest Arizona border.

The fighters, flying from Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado, made the intercept at approximately 6:10 a.m.

The ultralight aircraft, which was flying from Mexico, crossed into Arizona, and at NORAD's direction, the two fighters were launched to intercept the ultralight. On interception, the F-16s shadowed the aircraft for 30 minutes until the ultralight turned and flew back into Mexico.

The F-16s then returned to base.

NORAD's mission — in collaboration with homeland defense, security and law enforcement partners — is to prevent air attacks against North America, safeguard the sovereign airspaces of the U.S. and Canada, and provide aerospace and maritime warning for North America. NORAD may be required to monitor, shadow, divert from flight path, direct to land and/or destroy platforms deemed a potential threat to North America.

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