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 In 2019, the city of Tucson recorded a grand amount of 2500 tons of plastic reaching the local landfill daily and 720,000 tons of plastic reaching the landfill yearly. Plastic has become one of the most prominent and popular materials used in almost every industry from packaging to electronics—to the point where it is almost impossible to walk out of a local grocery store without buying at least one product containing plastic in or on it. Although plastic can be useful, it is very harmful.

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 Have you ever been to the Heard Museum? There are thousands of items on display there.

Marcus Monenerkit, Director of Community Engagement for the Heard Museum, had an interest in different cultures and diversity. “My dad traveled a lot and sent us postcards. When I got older, I still had the love. My father was a Comanche and my mother kept me connected with my father’s side. My grandmother spoke fluent Comanche.” Monenerkit started working at the Heard Museum in 1998.

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 At the Pima County Library there are seed libraries! This year the library has a 2022 One Seed Pima County program with the theme “Growing together—one seed, one community.”

You are invited to the library to pick up Crackerjack marigold seeds for free. Marigolds are a type of flower that grows well in the warm weather in Arizona. They can grow up to 36 inches tall and grow into a beautiful orange-yellow flower. When you pick up seeds from the library, you can take information with you about how to plant, grow and harvest the seeds.

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 Colorful, splash of color, vibrant, fun, joyful and interesting! These are the words I am using to describe the Crayon Experience in Chandler.

When I first walked in the big door, there was a lot of color. It reminded me of a rainbow, only a splash of color. When I arrived at the experience I saw a machine that wrapped a custom crayon. The employees gave me coins and I was able to put it in the machine. The screen allowed me to put a message on the wrapper. Another station helped put on the custom wrapper.

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 Do you have a pet? Or favorite animal? Then you should go to the Tucson Subaru Pets of Pima Parade, or POPP! This parade is a way for humans to show their love for their pets, of all shapes, sizes and species. This is the inaugural parade, and will also have music, classic cars, entertainment and more!

POPP starts at 8:30 a.m. on Historic 4th Avenue in Tucson on Saturday, April 23. Attendance is free but the parade will serve as a fundraiser, with donations and proceeds supporting the Pima Animal Care Center, also called PACC, which shelters animals.

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The Tucson Rodeo Parade came galloping back Feb. 24! The parade and rodeo both began in 1925, and this year was the 97th presentation of the Parade. Both events were canceled due to COVID last year, but now they are back!

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 On Christmas Eve last year, our four silly pug dogs locked my mother out of her car while they were at the park. The pugs stepped on the door lock inside the car and they were trapped inside and my mother was stuck outside. Her purse, keys and phone were all inside the car.

My mother started to panic since there was no one around to help and the dogs were becoming anxious. Luckily a jogger came by and asked if my mother needed help. The jogger said he saw a park employee and went to get him.

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 With Christmas coming up, you should consider shopping for toys at Mildred & Dildred. Mildred & Dildred is a local, entirely woman owned and operated business. Their employees always help you with anything you need, check in on you, and they are very kind and friendly as well.

Mildred & Dildred has been serving the children of our community for the past 14 years. Mildred & Dildred has every type of toy, from Pop It to mini baking.

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 On Wednesday, Oct. 27, students from Tarwater Elementary School in Chandler spoke to an astronaut on the International Space Station as is passed over Arizona.

Contact with astronaut Shane Kimbrough was made through Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS). One lucky student from each grade spoke to the astronaut.

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