- Your Voice
By now we have all heard about the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa and the instances where the virus has found its way into the United States. In many cases, the coverage has been overwhelming and frightening for some. In the swirl of media coverage, it can be difficult to evaluate what really is the true risk to our community. I am confident that the likelihood of a person becoming ill with the Ebola virus here in Pima County always has been, and remains, infinitely low.
1– Bring the entire family to the old-fashioned Pima County Fair featuring exhibits, food, stage concerts, and other live entertainment, carnival rides, educational exhibits, and a gem and mineral show. Details: 3 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, April 17-27; Pima County Fairgrounds, 11300 S. Houghton Road; $8, $3 ages 6-10, $5 parking; 762-9100.
Tucson Gem and Mineral Society presents Tucson's first and longest-running gem show, with displays centered on the theme "Diamonds, Gems, Silver, and Gold" for its 60th anniversary at Tucson Convention Center.
Smiling faces are wanted to represent beautiful Downtown Tucson this February. You can become an ambassador for Downtown, meet new people, and get involved in your community by volunteering to guide visitors and residents during the Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase as a Downtown Docent.
Every winter, when the Tucson heat lets off just a bit, thousands of people flock to town to buy, sell, and trade precious minerals and other gems at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. This year, the Gem and Mineral Show will be making its 59th appearance in our fair city. The show is brought to us by the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society, a group dedicated to "Encourage interest and study in geology, mineralogy, lapidary, and allied earth sciences".
Reminded recently by a friend about a canyon hike not yet experienced, my hiking boots were making tracks on Ventana Canyon Trail on a recent mid-January day, with temperatures in the 60s, and the sky cloudless and windless. Two-and-a-half miles ahead with 1,200 feet in elevation gain lies today’s destination, Maiden Pools.
Western National Parks Association is recruiting volunteers to participate in its activities. The Oro Valley-based organization provides educational, financial and interpretive support to the National Parks Service through the operation and sale of retail items in visitor centers and its flagship store in Oro Valley.
Thursday, Feb. 3
Steam Pump Village owners request development changes
In June, Saffron Indian Bistro marked its second year in Oro Valley's Oracle Crossings.
February is a wonderful month in the Old Pueblo. The ponies are running at the Rillito Racetrack (tons of fun), the Gem, Mineral, Fossil and Bead show is all over town (literally tons of fun), The Rodeo Parade marches through (unique fun), and the Rodeo itself happens (those bulls weigh a ton or so), plus, if you really miss snow, you can head up the Catalina Mountains to Mount Lemmon.