Recently I went to the Tucson Museum of Art (TMA) with a friend. Going to TMA was fun and they had lots of interesting pieces. One of my favorites was a piece called “Interstellar.” It is a cool, mind illusion painting of a person in a poncho. It has a rainbow color pallet and lots of curved lines that makes it look almost like it’s moving. “Interstellar” is only one interesting piece among other cool and colorful pieces in the TMA exhibits. It was created by Alia Ali. Ali is a multi-media artist who has been to 67 countries! “Interstellar” has been on display since October 2021.

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 Justin Willman and his Magic for Humans show performed at The Fox Theatre in downtown Tucson on May 21. The show opened with a magic trick involving wine bottles, then it jumped to videos. The first one was of him getting to the show to wow us with his magic, the second one was of him trying to teach his child how to do magic like him, except it went very wrong. His son hilariously started sharing some of his dad’s magic-making secrets!

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A big cat makes a big scat. Mountain lions weigh up to 220 pounds, and their poop or scat can be 15 inches in length. Mountain lion scat is a communication tool, and scientists study it to learn about the health and behavior of Arizona’s big cats.

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 Recently I attended a Bear Essential News Zoom meeting and met Sarah Murphy who is currently one of the managers of the Tucson Comic-Con. Murphy talked about how she was really excited about Tucson Comic-Con coming back after a two year hiatus due to the pandemic.

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 Imagine being able to connect to reliable, high speed hotspots all around Pima County; for free. Thanks to Pima County Public Library in partnership with Cox, there are now 70 available hotspots that are completely free. Fifty more will be released during mid- July 2022. These hotspots can be found all over Pima County in places such as libraries, Boys & Girls clubs, parks, and community centers.

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 This July is going to be plastic free. Plastic Free July started in 2011. It means that this July we should be using less plastic. This can help stop the amount of pollution. Anyone can do the challenge of Plastic Free July.

Nine percent of plastic has been recycled. The other 91% is in landfills and oceans. Plastic Free July was invented by Rebecca Prince-Ruiz. According to plasticfreejuly.org,  “Rebecca believes that as individuals, by changing our relationship with plastic and challenging our consumption, together we can work towards a world without plastic waste.”

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Over the summer you can participate in the 2022 Pima County Public Library reading challenge. To participate in the Oceans of Possibilities Summer Learning Program, all you have to do is read 20 minutes a day. The program started June 1 and goes all the way until July 30, 2022.

You can read anything from chapter books to comic books or even listen to an audio book. The reading challenge is for kids ages 6–13. You can pick up the reading challenge information any time your local library is open.

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