New bike park rolls into Tucson

Tucson City Council approved plans for a new 100-acre bike park to be built at Golf Links Road and Alvernon Way.  The park will be built by the Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists, a Tucson nonprofit dedicated to maintaining the desert environment and building trails for mountain bikers. Read more

History of rain: How monsoons have shaped desert culture

The monsoon rains are rolling in with all their tempestuous glory, and the desert is sure to bloom lush and green in the coming weeks, inviting life from the deepest trenches of the Sonoran Desert to celebrate. Tucsonans know this season well. The monsoons bring about a dynamic time of year that illustrates the duality of nature and life’s relationship with it. Read more

Don't let new developments destroy local vibe

Fourth Avenue is one of Tucson’s most popular and vibrant communities. Dubbed “The Heartbeat of Tucson,” this historic neighborhood is home to several locally owned businesses, bars and restaurants that are innately infused with funky vibes inspired by the city’s proud history and culture. With several multi-story developments set to break ground in the next year, it’s only natural to be concerned about how this will affect Fourth Avenue’s unique culture. Read more

Mike Schmitz on life as an ESPN Draft Expert

Schmitz’s basketball analysis has recently become a main staple of some of ESPN’s most viewed shows. From SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt to The Jump to the Draft Special, Schmitz is now one of the more recognizable faces in a company branded “The Worldwide Leader in Sports.” Read more

Opinion: Listening to music creates timeless vibes

Music has evolved rapidly in many ways, from its dawn to the present day. I’ve learned about this evolution in an online class on music history, specifically Rock n’ Roll. The class focused on both the consumption of music throughout time as well as how music has changed for certain age groups at different times. Read more

Film, fine arts and fresh dirt

The Loft Kids Fest film series, in its twelfth year, returns to the screens of The Loft Cinema this July 20 through the 29. The festival, sponsored by organizations like Pima County Public Library, Bookmans Entertainment Exchange and the Cares Foundation, showcase family-friendly films along with hands-on activities, live performances and giveaways.  Read more

Hello from Mother Russia

Hello from Mother Russia! I’m spending my summer in Moscow on a University of Arizona  study abroad program and will be giving you all updates — kind of like a travel blog, but worse (or better?), because it’s less bloggy.  Read more

Best places to see 4th of July fireworks on campus

Once the sun goes down on the Fourth of July in Tucson, people turn west toward ‘A’ Mountain, also known as Sentinel Peak, for the fireworks display, to end the holiday with a bang. The Tucson Fire Department oversees the setup of these fireworks and starts the display around 9:15 p.m.  Read more