Did you know that Legoland wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for the poinsettiaplant? A poinsettia plant is a small Mexican shrub with large scarlet bracts. Poinsettia plants are native to Mexico and Central America where they grow in moist, wet, wooded ravines and on rocky hillsides. In 2002, Congress passed an act that made Dec. 12 National Poinsettia Day. That date was chosen because it was the day Joel Roberts Poinsett died.
On May 17, I attended the dedication ceremony for the new H.S. Lopez Family Foundation Center of Opportunity, to be run by Gospel Rescue Mission. It will be a one-stop source of shelter and services for the homeless and needy of Tucson. The idea behind the center is to provide the needy with all services they will need to get back on their feet while they are “home.”
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, and Humberto and Czarina Lopez were some of the guest speakers at the ceremony. I had a chance to interview some of them, including the governor.
If you are interested in planes, the Pima Air & Space Museum is the right place for you. It is a beautiful destination with planes, helicopters, rockets, and spacecraft on display. There are multiple hangars to explore, as well as many more planes to see outside.Courteous staff schedule regular tram tours to talk to people about the aircraft. The museum also provides classes for children of all ages to learn about the subject of planes and rockets.
The Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, the only U.S. stop of the 2018 MotoGP World Championship, brought the best of International motorcycle racing to the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, the weekend of April 20–22.