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Nightly temperatures are dipping into the 40s and Christmas lights are adorning the hillsides. Aside from these being a reminder that you really have to get started on that holiday shopping, it also means holiday festivals and events will be filling the calendars!

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BrewLights 2021. The Reid Park Zoo is hosting the hoppiest event of the holiday season. The zoo is teaming up with local craft breweries so you can enjoy the flavors of Tucson while taking in holiday lights and faux-snow. Participating breweries include Barrio Brewing, Catalina Brewing, Blac…

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Looking back, it was a season nobody really expected. The Canyon Del Oro football team was supposed to be pretty good, certainly good enough to make a run at a berth in the Class 4A State playoffs. But then, quite unexpectedly, they started off the season with three straight losses. 

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While much is still unknown about fibromyalgia, research over the past 10 years has shown that this is a real illness, not just a manifestation of depression as many in the medical field had proposed.  

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Wearing a Santa Claus outfit and a smile so big and sincere that we could see it through her mask, our waitress at the Gaslight Theatre asked us if we were celebrating anything special this evening.

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Back in the late 1990s, I was coaching girls’ basketball at Amphi High. We were in the midst of a championship season (as it turns out, the only one in that particular sport in the school’s history), and I was feeling pretty good about things. I happened to mention to the athletic director t…

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With a major research university right in our backyard, a strong military presence and innovative companies throughout the metro region, there’s often a plethora of interesting science, medical and technology news to be found in Southern Arizona. Here’s a breakdown of the most interesting re…

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Part museum, part zoo, part art studio, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum has brought Tucson residents closer to desert wildlife for more than 60 years. Beyond an appreciation for the beauty of our surrounding landscape, the Desert Museum aims to help visitors understand and connect with natu…

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Oro Valley continually ranks as one of Arizona’s safest cities, but a recent trend may have pet owners on the lookout. Through October and into November, the Oro Valley Police Department received calls about four different javelina encounters, including one incident where a dog died. The enc…

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With a major research university right in our backyard, a strong military presence and innovative companies throughout the metro region, there’s often a plethora of interesting science, medical and technology news to be found in Southern Arizona. Here’s a breakdown of the most interesting re…

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Enchanted Snowfall at La Encantada. Snow is in the forecast for Tucson this holiday season (sort of). The foothills’ favorite shopping mall is bringing back their fake flurries of snow in their open-air courtyard, complete with a large Christmas tree on display. The snowfall will also come w…

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Over the summer, the MHC Healthcare’s Oro Valley Pediatrics location earned certification as a gold adolescent-centered health center from the Adolescent Champion Model. This certification, originally developed by the University of Michigan, drives health centers to develop environments and …

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It only took a couple hours for six months’ work to come crashing down around Dezmen Roebuck and his Marana High School football teammates. Just a couple weeks earlier, the Tigers seemed like a sure bet to make it to the state tournament. They sat in the 10th spot in the Arizona Interscholas…

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Lately, the media outlets have been filled with reports and editorials about the continued drought in the Southwest States and the imminent Colorado River water shortage. We will explore and answer each of the following questions in a three-part series, with the focus being on Arizona, Oro V…

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2021 is rapidly passing; it has been a stressful year in many ways, but still we look forward to the holiday season. The days are short, the air cool, and trees are gorgeous in their autumn array. Street banners and storefronts are proclaiming that the holiday season is well underway. Hallow…

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More than a dozen craft breweries call Tucson home. Despite this, downtown’s Pueblo Vida Brewing has never been forced to differentiate themselves in order to survive—it just comes naturally. 

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Arizona voters will get the final say on Gov. Doug Ducey’s legacy income tax cut package that was signed into law earlier this year, after a coalition of public education groups successfully forced a public vote in 2022.

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It was bighorn against Bighorn last summer when a wildfire burned more than 100,000 acres of the Catalina Mountains, charring the forest and spreading smoke across the Tucson valley. The Bighorn fire was named after the bighorn sheep that inhabit the mountains. In the months following the fi…

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Joel-Peter Witkin’s next exhibition is at the Louvre in Paris next year. It will no doubt be a mesmerizing show, but Tucsonans don’t have to fly across the Atlantic to see his lauded photography. 

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Just last week, the Tommy Lloyd Era of University of Arizona men’s basketball began. I was going to go—just as I had gone to Lute Olson’s first home game and Sean Miller’s first game in McKale—but when I saw that the opponent was NAU, I got the equivalent of the journalistic yips. It can’t h…

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Trek Bicycle in Oro Valley is hosting the Thanksgiving themed food drive for those with two wheels from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday Nov. 21. The event is being put on with the support of other local businesses to benefit the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. 

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Marana Middle School students are asking you to help ensure local families in need have a holiday season that’s merry and bright by donating to the Charlie’s Angels Program.

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Navine Mallon comes from an athletic family. Her older sister, Karena Garcia, was a multi-sport athlete at Flowing Wells. Garcia just graduated from Smith College, where she had competed in cross country and basketball for four years. Navine (pronounced Nuh-veen) also has a brother, Talon Fi…

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Movies on the Lawn. The Town of Oro Valley is hosting the final entry in its free community film series this weekend. On Saturday, Nov. 20, the Oro Valley Community & Recreation Center will show Pixar’s adventure film “Onward,” which released last year. The children’s movie follows two e…

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Whiskey del Bac co-founder Stephen Paul admits he started his career making “a lot of bad whiskey.” But perseverance and refining techniques have resulted in one of Tucson’s most beloved and recognizable liquors. This month, Whiskey del Bac celebrated a decade in business—what was once a fiv…

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Thanksgiving at Charro Restaurants. Tucson’s favorite family of Mexican-inspired restaurants are hosting a variety of options for Thanksgiving feasts across town. First, you can pick up a whole Thanksgiving feast from Barrio Charro (3669 N. Campbell Ave.) which includes turkey, tamal stuffin…

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It’s that time of the year again: The holidays are here! And the staff of Tucson Local Media is ready to help you find one-of-a-kind local gifts for everyone on your list. Take a look and support local stores while you buy!

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WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court said Friday that an Arizona water district can charge more in upfront fees to public housing residents, even though the policy disproportionately affects minority customers and single mothers.