Tucson Village Farm receives grant to build culinary center for local youth

Tucson Village Farm was chosen as the Angel Charity Beneficiary and begins a $445,000 construction beginning June 28 at 8:00 a.m. on a certified teaching kitchen.  The Tucson Village farm, located at 4101 N. Campbell Ave, serves the Tucson community as a source of education for children and young adults looking to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into their everyday diets.  Read more

New Metaphysical Shop Celebrates the First Day of Summer

Before science could explain the natural phenomenon, the summer solstice was commemorated all across the globe. Even now, many Tucsonans and cultures around the world mark the day in honor of the sun and the life it has made possible. The summer solstice, which occurs roughly around June 21, is the longest day of the year—more than six hours longer than the winter solstice in December. Read more

Deandre Ayton inks historic Puma endorsement deal

 Puma has been irrelevant in the American basketball landscape over the last two decades, but building the re-brand around Jay-Z, Ayton and Bagley will certainly turn some heads. Bagley's deal is said to be one of the richest for a rookie since Kevin Durant. Ayton figures to be in the same neighborhood.  Read more

SAACA celebrates Mexican food, fun and flavor

The Southern Arizona Arts and Culture Alliance (SAACA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation, preservation and advancement of the arts, hosts several events throughout the year that highlight Tucson culture, from music to food. It held the third annual Tucson 23 Miles of Mexican Food festival at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa on June 16 which featured food, live music, art and drinks. This event celebrates the best 23 miles of Mexican food, which is one of Visit Tucson’s main campaigns for the tourism industry according to Shelby Scheer, the operations manager of SAACA. Visit Tucson partnered with SAACA to help represent Mexican culture in an interdisciplinary format. Read more

Healthy juice comes to La Encantada

Bringing a “heathy and sustainable lifestyle” to La Encantada shopping center, Nektar juice bar will hold its Grand Opening Saturday June 23. With a variety of juices, smoothies, acai bowls and other alternatives the juice bar originated in California. The grand opening starts at 8:00 a.m. and there will be special deals, like 16 oz smoothies for $1.50 and “swag bags” will be given to the first 50 customers, to promote the bar. Inside the bags will be goodies from local stores at La Encantada, according to Manager Kristen Hoppe. Read more

DeGrazia’s birthday celebration renews respect for Sonoran culture

Ettore “Ted” DeGrazia was an everyman’s Jack of all trades—an impressionist painter and sculptor, a composer, an architect, a director and a lithographer, among other titles. His work was all created in and inspired by the world of the Sonoran desert and the melting-pot culture it provided. The DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun has 15,000 original DeGrazia pieces in the vault but there are more than twice scattered around the world, according to the DeGrazia website. Read more

UA has four winners in this years' Triple Crown

On Saturday afternoon at Belmont Racetrack outside New York City, University of Arizona graduate Bob Baffert’s horse, Justify, took home the most prestigious championship in horse racing: The Triple Crown. A three-year-old colt, Justify is Baffert’s second horse in four years to earn the Crown, but he wasn’t the only horse competing Saturday with a UA connection. Here are the four big UA winners from this Triple Crown season. Read more

Arizona High School student inspire local journalist

As a journalist, I am always looking for ways to give back to the community, whether it be through my reporting or, in this case, through mentoring high school students in the Donald W. Carson Journalism Diversity Workshop for Arizona High School Students. The program ran from Sunday, June 3, through Saturday, June 9, and it was packed with guest speakers, late nights, early mornings, countless meetings, reporting time, campus outings, plenty of stress, interviews and so much more.  Read more

Musical production molds young actors

 Arts Express, a performing arts education organization in Southern Arizona, works with students ages 14-24 in Tucson looking to further their acting experiences, meet new friends and produce a theater show at the end of the month-long Arts America Summer Stock program — a program filled with rehearsals, learnings sessions and group activities.   Arts Express has been in service for over 30 years, and this summer the youth program ends with the production of the Broadway musical “Big Fish.” “Big Fish” is a tale of adventure and romance that revolves around the relationship between Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman, and his adult son Will, who looks for what is behind his father’s tall stories. Read more