Happy 4th of July, everyone. It’s wonderful to be able to safely celebrate summer occasions with friends and family again. I am grateful to everyone in our community who has prioritized getting vaccinated; this not only keeps us more protected, but also our neighbors and children who are unable to be vaccinated. As vaccine numbers continue to rise, the City has opened and restarted numerous options for summer activities, which I’m excited to share more about below.

First, I’d like to highlight our largest event of the year which we’re thrilled to bring back for 2021: the Ward 4 Back to School Bash. The 20th annual bash will take place on Saturday, July 24 from 8-10 AM outside the Ward 4 Office at 8123 E Poinciana Drive. We’ll be giving away 750 backpacks filled with school supplies on a first-come-first-serve basis. Don’t forget – the student must be present to receive their backpack!

Out of an abundance of caution for our local families, this year’s event will be a drive-thru format. This means there’s no need to leave the comfort of your car’s AC…we’ll bring the supplies right to you in the drive-thru line. A huge thank you to our sponsors, without whom this event wouldn’t be possible. RSVP for the Ward 4 Back to School Bash at www.facebook.com/CouncilwomanLee/events.

If you’re looking for ways to fill your days before the bash, we’ve got you covered. You have access to 12 pools for recreational swim and adult lap swim, including Purple Heart Pool and Clements Center in Ward 4. For more information, visit www.tucsonaz.gov/parks.

Tucson Parks & Recreation is hosting summer track and field and road races through July 22. Track and field events are held on Tuesdays, through July 20, at Palo Verde High School, 1302 S. Avenida Vega. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m., with events starting at 7 p.m. Road races are held every Thursday, through July 22, at various locations. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. with events starting at 6 p.m. Ribbons will be given to the top finishers at each track and field meet and each run. Cost is $3/youth (17 and younger); $4/adult (18 and older). For more details on locations and events, visit www.tucsonaz.gov/sports.

Lastly, don’t forget that Reid Park Zoo’s Summer Safari Nights continue every Saturday through August 14. Enjoy live entertainment, refreshments, and activities during the cooler evening temperatures from 5:30-8:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased at www.ReidParkZoo.org; Zoo members get in for free!

Whether you’re hanging out around Tucson or escaping the heat and heading out of town, stay safe and happy vacationing this summer. I’ll be back next month with another Ward 4 update.

Nikki Lee

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