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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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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.

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  • Danyelle Khmara
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Standing in front of midtown Tucson’s Yikes Toys, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild recently delivered a message for a group of children experiencing homelessness: That he hoped they’d always remember the day they took a camera out in search of a photo of their dreams.

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Multiple romantic relationships between personnel led to the eventual dismissal of four Marana Police Department officers. The four—officers Dionysius Cazares, Daniel Nicholas, Keith Storms and Kyla Sylvia—were involved in a series of incidents, some of which were not connected.

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  • Leo W. Banks, Special to Tucson Local Media
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Brash Books just published my first novel, “Double Wide.” I wrote the first version of it in the 1980s. What are we looking at here, more than three decades? Sounds about right.

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  • Leo W. Banks, Special to Tucson Local Media
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An excerpt from Leo W. Banks’ new novel, ‘Double Wide’

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November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and the Tucson area is already turning purple—the color adopted by the Alzheimer’s Association. Among the locals helping raise awareness and funds for those with Alzheimer’s disease are the residents and staff at Splendido, an all-inclusive c…

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With the support of community sponsors, donors, volunteers and student ambassadors, the Tucson community raised over $135,000  for Literacy Connects services at the annual Get Connected event last month. Volunteer table hosts filled the Tucson Convention Center ballroom with over 500 local c…

  • Tirion Morris, Special to Tucson Local Media
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A local startup with the goal of allowing women across the world access to vital ultrasound equipment received a $26,000 cash infusion earlier this month, thanks to the judges of Tucson’s own “Shark Tank.”

  • Michelle Donati-Grayman, Special to Tucson Local Media
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New vehicle infotainment systems offer an array of high-tech features, but motorists should be cautious of using them. Many of these systems take drivers’ eyes and attention off the road and hands off the wheel for potentially dangerous periods of time, according to a new study from the AAA …

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  • Emily Dieckman, Tucson Local Media
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The gang behind the Freddy’s Friday North Oracle Cruise-Ins and Car Show in Oro Valley is bound together by their love of cars, cheeseburgers and good humor. But, on first glance, the people gathered at some pushed together tables at Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers don’t appear to…

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  • Danyelle Khmara, Tucson Local Media
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Marana Town Manager Gilbert Davidson is leaving his post in Marana to take over as chief operating officer in Gov. Doug Ducey’s office, where he plans to make Arizona a leading state.

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  • Danyelle Khmara
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The people touched by Tucson’s mass shooting sadly understand all too well what the victims in the Las Vegas concert massacre are going through. Healing takes time, and there are burdens that never go away, said Ron Barber on the ground floor of Pima County’s Administration Building earlier …

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Tucson resident Gregg Ruppel traveled to his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri to capture an image of the total solar eclipse. Send your photos to readerphotos@tucsonlocalmedia.com. Please include your name, contact information and details about the photo, including who took it, where it was t…

  • Splendido
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Whether you are a long-time artist or find yourself sitting in front of an easel for the first time, pursuing a creative endeavor is good for all aspects of your health—particularly in the later years. Older adults who actively participate in creative pursuits have shown improved physical an…

  • Tracy Koslowski, Special to Desert Times
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Eventually, it will probably happen to you: An inevitable emergency will occur, and you will need an ambulance, fire equipment or a police officer. 

  • Margaret Reagan
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Tucson’s art season began not with a flash but a shadow, when the full moon crossed the blazing Arizona sun one dazzling morning last week. The unfolding of the eclipse was slow and sensuous, as the moon blocked the sun’s light bit by bit. After covering 60 percent of our solar system’s very…

  • Sherilyn Forrester, Special to Tucson Local Media
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So far you’ve outlasted the crazy events of the past year and have landed at the precipice of a new theater season. You should probably be well-informed before you step into a seemingly gravity-dictated freefall, because it’s one in which laws of nature are questioned, bent, scoffed at, and …

  • Emily Dieckman
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Todd Parr, the New York Times bestselling author of children’s books like Love the World, The Family Book and It’s Okay To Be Different will be speaking at the Pima County Public Library on Oct. 28.  It’s hard to imagine a more wholesome and pleasant experience than attending this event (spo…