Aug. 13 PCFYI: Popping wheelies, planting cactus and keeping people in homes

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Newsletter 2

Aug. 13, 2021 - Vol. 6, No. 15

Desert haven

Barrel cactuses get new lease on life at Desert Haven Natural Resource Park

You’ll see green wherever you look at Desert Haven Natural Resource Park, an idyllic triangle of land nestled near the corner of 36th Street and Kino Parkway. Nourished by the monsoon rains, the 15-acre, open-space park was blooming with life on the morning of July 29.

One thing you wouldn’t have seen much of in the park before that day, however, was cactus. That’s why a team of Pima County employees, volunteers and members of the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society decided to spend that wet summer morning planting more than 50 barrel cactuses there.


Daitra Small

County’s rental-assistance program allows woman to stay in her home

Daitra Small has always been a hard-working woman. She had a long career with the Tucson Unified School District before multiple sclerosis eventually took away her ability to walk. She now gets around on a small scooter.

Little did she know that the scooter would one day almost lead to her eviction from her one-bedroom apartment. Fortunately for Small, the joint Pima County and city of Tucson eviction prevention, rental assistance and utility relief program was able to lend a helping hand and is putting her back on her feet financially.


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Got questions? Ask our Green Geek

Wondering where to recycle old pillows, textiles and even sliding glass doors? How about where you can report those aggravating water wasters around town?

Ask the Green Geek.

Pima County FYI has a monthly column featuring questions and answers on all things green. Our own Green Geek gets assistance on answering your questions from the experts in Pima County's Office of Sustainability and Conservation. Send your questions to and look for the column the second Friday of each month.



Visit Pima County’s Historic Courthouse seven days a week

The Southern Arizona Heritage & Visitor Center (SAHVC) will be open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., beginning Monday, Aug. 23.

Located inside the Historic Pima County Courthouse, SAHVC is the best place to start exploring Southern Arizona. The site boasts interactive exhibits that showcase everything from history and heritage to food and art. Volunteers are on hand to help answer questions about Southern Arizona and tell you about the best places to explore.


BMX park

Edges, bowls and pump tracks all part of Pima County’s BMX and skate parks

Action sport athletes can get their fix throughout Pima County. Fly at a bike pump track or shred at a BMX park. Fine tune your skate tricks at local ramps, edges and bowls. And your friend can photograph or film the perfect social media moment.

BMX and skate parks are located across the County, offering opportunities to hone street skills while surrounded by the Sonoran Desert.


victim flier

Attend an info session to become a victim advocate volunteer

The Victim Services Division of the Pima County Attorney’s Office is holding information sessions Aug. 17 and Aug. 24, 6-8 p.m., for members of the community willing to serve as victim advocate volunteers.

RSVP to 520-724-5525 or email the Pima County Attorney's Office volunteer coordinators.


Mister Ben

Library chats with early childhood educator Mister Ben

As kids return to school and preschool, it seems a great time to introduce you to Mister Ben, an award-winning early childhood educator who describes himself as "totally obsessed with the library."

Learn about his favorite children's character, genre and, of course, his favorite thing about the library.



Monsoon madness contributing to full kennels at PACC

The Pima Animal Care Center is beyond full but remains committing to saving lives. As of Aug. 12, the shelter had 707 animals on site and an additional 801 in foster care.

PACC's census is always higher in the summer months, but the recent thunderstorms have not helped, prompting many frightened pups to run away.

Members of the public can help by hanging on to those friendly strays, adopting or fostering a pet, even if just for a week or so.