Press release from Ward 1 Councilwoman Regina Romero, in anticipation of Tucson’s 235th birthday on August 20:
“TUCSON’S BIRTHDAY MONTH KICKOFF CELEBRATES 4,000 YEARS OF HISTORY
Tucson City Councilor Regina Romero and friends invite residents to two
events to kick off Tucson’s Birthday Month.
1–Volunteer clean up day at the birthplace of Tucson
Saturday, July 31, 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Base of “A” Mountain on Mission Road
(west on Congress to Grande which turns into Mission Rd., just past
Mission Lane to park)
Tucson Clean & Beautiful, Pima Association of Governments, Community
Foundation for Southern Arizona, neighborhood leaders and youth are some
of the groups planning to participate.
2–Birthday Breakfast at Mission Gardens
Sunday, August 1, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
(same location as above)
Start celebrating Tucson’s birthday with breakfast in a historical
setting. Join Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace, City Councilor Regina
Romero, Pima County Supervisor Richard Elías and other leaders to
celebrate Mission Garden. The garden gates, built and donated by Lloyd
Construction, mark the progress of the 4-acre Mission Garden, which will
exhibit and interpret the 4,000-year history of agriculture in the Santa
Cruz River Valley of the Sonoran Desert. The garden will also
demonstrate the native desert plants traditionally used by the Tohono
O’odham, and will celebrate the exchanges of native and introduced
crop plants that were important aspects of the cultural encounters
between the Tohono O’odham, Spaniards, Mexicans, and Anglo-Americans
in this region in a historical timeline.
The Mission Garden is one piece of Tucson Origins Heritage Park. Other
planned components to support our heritage tourism industry include
reconstructions of the San Agustín Mission chapel, the Convento, and
re-creations of the O’odham village of S-cuk Son and the settlements
of the Hohokam and earlier farmers.”
For more information or to volunteer, contact Ward 1 Council aide Diana Rhoades
at email@example.com or 520-837-4263. For questions on ADA
accommodations and accessibility, call 520-791-4040. To host your own
birthday event or find others in the month of August, visit
www.tucsonsbirthday.org or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lots & lots of fun activities are already planned for August, so log onto www.tucsonsbirthday.org for the terrific Event calendar!
This month long event is sponsored by Tucson’s Birthday Planners — a 501(c)3 corporation, registered in the State of Arizona. Its Board members are President and Executive Director Linda Ray, Chairman Jeffrey Nordensson, Treasurer Richard Elías (Pima County Supervisor), Secretary Dave Fisher, and at-large members Regina Romero (Tucson City Councilmember), Ray Davies, Lance Laber, Tom Prezelski, and Art Pesqueira.
It’s that time again to celebrate Tucson’s birthday, and to honor founder Tucson’s “First Lady of Fashion” Cele Peterson, who sadly passed away in May (at age 101). She conceived the great idea for this August celebration back in 2006, primarily to encourage people to connect with each other.
Feliz cumpleanos Tucson.