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  • Tracy Koslowski, Special to Tucson Local Media
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Times have changed for older kids who want to start babysitting. Years ago, older children began their babysitting careers by simply letting parents in the neighborhood know that they were available. The idea of getting training, certificates or any other kind of preparation was unheard of. …

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Local social services agency Interfaith Community Services announced the opening of a new office and volunteer outpost at the El Pueblo Neighborhood Center, located at 101 W. Irvington Road. The new office will open Wednesday, May 9.

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The Social Services Students in the Community Organization and Development class at Pima Community College, in partnership with Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern Arizona, is organizing a reception for children currently experiencing the trauma of cancer and other illness…

  • Valerie H. Davis, Special to Tucson Local Media
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All meetings are held at the AMVETS 770 Post, 3015 S. Kinney Road: The post meets on the first Sunday of the month (May 6) at 10 a.m. The Ladies Auxiliary meets on the second Sunday of the month (May 13) at 9:30 a.m. The Sons of AMVETS meet on the first Monday of the month (May 7) at 6 p.m. …

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  • Vanessa Barchfield, Special to Inside Tucson Business
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Sundays are busy at Buffalo Exchange. Customers stream in, hoping to score Diesel jeans or a vintage dress. They move between colorful racks of secondhand western shirts and J.Crew blouses from last steason. There’s a room for women’s shoes with a healthy selection of Stetsons; an activewear…

  • Emily Dieckman
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When one of the moderators at a plenary session on artificial intelligence at the recent 2018 Science of Consciousness Conference in Tucson asked how many people in the audience were freaked out by the prospect of super-intelligent AI, I raised my hand without hesitating… I mean, aren’t we all?

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  • Shelby Lindsay and Kyley Schultz, Cronkite News
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The number of solar jobs in the U.S. fell last year for the first time since 2010, but Arizona bucked the trend and remained one of the biggest states in the country for solar jobs, a new report says.

  • Tracy Koslowski, Special to Tucson Local Media
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Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for children under the age of four in Arizona. Non-fatal water incidents (also known as near drownings) are very tragic, and can cause permanent brain damage. 

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Part of Aging Well is having a plan in place for dealing with health issues, both expected and unexpected. Even those who are healthy can be struck with a medical emergency that may take them out of commission for weeks. 

  • Valerie H. Davis, Special to Tucson Local Media
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All meetings are held at the AMVETS 770 Post, 3015 S. Kinney Road: Ladies Auxiliary meets on Sunday, April 8 at 9:30 a.m. AMVETS Riders meets Thursday, April 5 at 6 p.m. The Post meets on the first Sunday of the month at 10 a.m., and the Sons of AMVETS meets on the first Monday of the month …

  • Lee Allen, Special to Tucson Local Media
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April 15 cometh, and with it cometh new, confusing and in some cases, very unsettling changes in the form of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, approved along strict party lines and signed into law just before Santa unloaded his sleigh with 2017 goodies. Some feel that when the newly-enacted tax law…

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  • Angel Mendoza, Cronkite News
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Most people believe bats primarily live in caves, but the concrete crevices under the old Ina Road bridge in Marana have provided thousands of migratory Mexican free-tailed bats with perfect roosting habitats for years.

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  • Danyelle Khmara
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Thousands marched through the Tucson streets over the weekend, from the downtown library to the University of Arizona mall, waving signs and chanting “Enough is enough.” 

  • Mark Nelson
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On a winter night in January 1993, by opening a doorway we experienced a stunning physiological revival. We left a world with an oxygen level around 14 percent; equivalent to being on a 15,000-foot-tall mountain. In fact, we were at a 3,900-foot elevation in southern Arizona. Oxygen had been…

  • Tracy Koslowski, Special to Tucson Local Media
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The Drexel Heights Fire District can provide free children’s bike helmets and free booster seats to district residents thanks to two grants, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and the Pima County Community Development Block Grant. Please reach out to DHFD’s Administration Center 5030 S.…

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There are countless Ways to Age Well, from a daily walk to volunteering for a good cause to practicing meditation. Pursuing creative arts seems to hold multiple impressive benefits for your brain and mood. Take the art of quilting: research published in the Journal of Public Health showed th…

  • Valerie H. Davis, Special to Tucson Local Media
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All meetings are held at the AMVETS post, 3015 S. Kinney Road: Post Meeting on the first Sunday at 10 a.m.; Ladies Auxiliary, March 11 at 9:30 a.m.; Sons Of on the first Monday at 6 p.m. and Riderson the first Thursday at 6 p.m. There are no official days to fly the flag in March.

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  • Emily Dieckman
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Everyone is wearing pink. There’s hot pink shirts and pale pink cowgirl boots and couples wearing bright pink, matching bandanas. There are belt buckles that are almost as pink as they are enormous, and a few pairs of rosy sunglasses.

  • Danyelle Khmara
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In an impassioned speech at last Tuesday’s Marana Town Council meeting, councilmember Roxanne Ziegler recalled that morning’s Pima County Board of Supervisors vote to participate in the Operation Stonegarden Grant Program, which supports cooperation and coordination between Border Patrol and…

  • Lee Allen, Special to Tucson Local Media
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It’s like the proverbial light from an oncoming train.  At first, it’s way off in the distance, acknowledged, but not problematic.  Over time, it continues to move closer and eventually becomes of greater concern.

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Gov. Doug Ducey is partnering with the Arizona State Fair to launch the Third Annual Governor’s Bookmark Design Contest.  Arizona children grades K-6 are encouraged to design bookmarks showcasing an “Amazing Arizona” theme. Each winner will have their design reproduced and printed on bookmar…

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  • Jeff Gardner
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Seeing and understanding are two very different things. And when it comes to an object as enigmatic as a black hole, both can be difficult. Luckily, the University of Arizona’s astronomy department and Steward Observatory are making advancements toward both.

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  • Jeff Gardner
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Red, exposed brick, naked light bulbs and cozy food trucks are common affair for contemporary breweries, but during Beer Week in Tucson, there’s a lot more to be seen. In addition to the dozens of collaborations between local brewers and food pairing events, the Tucson Craft Beer Crawl takes…

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Hiking in the Tucson area is one of the best ways to connect to the desert and see the beauty of this sunshine and cactus-covered lands first hand. While there are some trails better left to experienced hikers, the region hosts potential adventures for outdoor enthusiasts of all skill levels.

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On Saturday, Feb. 17 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Arizona Wine Growers Association will host the Off the Vine Arizona Wine Festival at the historic Steam Pump Ranch (10901 N. Oracle Road.) in Oro Valley. The fifth annual festival will feature tastings from more than 20 Arizona wineries and vi…

  • Tracy Koslowski, Special to Tucson Local Media
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The first week in February is recognized as “Burn Awareness Week.” Drexel Heights Fire District acknowledges this important safety topic and would like to share some information about a common type of burn, the risk groups most often affected by burns, treatment and preventative measures to …

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  • Danyelle Khmara
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The biggest project underway for the Town of Marana Parks and Recreation Department is the new Tangerine Sky Community Park, the popularity of which may even surpass that of the deer sculptures already anointing the entrance. The 17-acre property, which will be the largest park in northeast …

  • Logan Burtch-Buus
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The night of Wednesday, Jan. 17, marked a significant shift in focus for the men and women of the Southern Arizona Veterans and First Responders Living Memorial task force, which received the seal of approval for its final design and public art from the Oro Valley town council.

  • Jeff Gardner
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Cancer is an intensely personal and sometimes debilitating thing, so why exactly are these women on stage speaking and even laughing about their trials? Because it’s one of the best ways to continue your life after the fight.

  • Jeff Gardner
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Classic paintings needn’t fear the touchscreen. With a new grant from the Flinn Foundation, the Tucson Museum of Art is combining their antique collection with the modern world. In December of last year, the TMA staff found out Flinn awarded them the grant. Since then, they’ve busily planned…

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  • Emily Dieckman, Special to Tucson Local Media
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For one thing, you’ll want to stay away if you don’t like books. It’s also no place for a person who doesn’t like art, music, vintage photographs, good conversation, ice cream or a little bit of adventure. 

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  • Danyelle Khmara
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Arizona’s childcare subsidies are based on the 75th percentile of child care costs from the year 2000, which is the oldest rate but not the lowest percentile, according to a new study by the National Women’s Law Center. 

  • Tracy Koslowski, Special to Tucson Local Media
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According to the National Fire Protection Association, the majority of fire deaths happen in the home. That’s why Drexel Heights Fire District offers a free Home Safety Check program. 

  • Splendido
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When it comes to Aging Well, many people focus on physical health—exercise and diet. But there are other areas of healthy habits that can provide balance in life, with the added benefits of being good for your brain health, mood, and overall quality of life.

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  • Jeff Gardner
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When a young mother gives birth to her child, her life can shine with a light never seen before. However, when a stroke only three days afterward leaves her completely paralyzed on her left side, the future seems anything but bright. Luckily, the American Heart Association/The American Strok…

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  • Danyelle Khmara
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Ouinlan Wilhite’s workspace is colorful mayhem. Thread, bobbins and fabrics adorned with shooting stars, dancing skeletons and sunset skies are piled four feet high. In a corner of the pile of current and future projects, the Qmulative founder and sole employee sews pockets onto T-shirts.

  • Jim Nintzel
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Tucson Author Tom Miller’s Cuba, Hot and Cold has just hit bookshelves across the country. Miller has written extensively about Cuba and Latin America; his books include Revenge of the Saguaro, Trading with the Enemy: A Yankee Travels through Castro’s Cuba and The Panana Hat Trail. This Q&am…

  • Emily Dieckman, Special to Tucson Local Media
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When the recession hit in 2008, Roland Sarlot and Susan Eyed weren’t fazed. In fact, they saw it as an opportunity to take a chance and make some magic—literally—by launching a new magic show.

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  • Staff Report, Tucson Local Media
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As another year closes in Southern Arizona, many are looking forward to celebrating the holiday season (and the end of another fiscal year) with friends and family, though there are ways to express feelings of good spirit well beyond the holiday lights and exchange of gifts—and in many cases…

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  • Lee Allen
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It wasn’t all black tie, but it was an upscale event at last week’s inaugural wine festival honoring the early day pioneers of Arizona’s now nationally recognized wine industry.