Jan. 28 PCFYI: Perusing gems, preventing germs

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Newsletter 2

Jan. 28, 2022 - Volume 7, No. 2

Gem Show welcome

Welcome to the Tucson Gem Show

Welcome, visitors and vendors to the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase! We hope you explore all that Pima County and Southern Arizona has to offer. Your safety is our first priority, though, so be sure to wear your mask, stay home if you are ill and maintain six feet of distance from others when possible.

Visit pima.gov /covid19 for information on where you can get a COVID test, be vaccinated and much more.

Remember, spread gems, not germs!


Heath Vescovi-Chiordi

New director looks forward to economic development challenges

A commitment to serving the community is what drew Pima County Economic Development Director Heath Vescovi-Chiordi to the public sector and to economic development.

Vescovi-Chiordi started his new job with Pima County in mid-January after several years with the town of Marana, where he served in many roles. His last post with the town was as interim director of the Marana Regional Airport, a facility that is home to more than 260 aircraft and sees 90,000 takeoffs and landings annually. He also worked as an assistant to the town manager and as an economic development specialist.


Kino Event Center

Free COVID testing is back at Kino Event Center

The Pima County Health Department and Paradigm Laboratories began free COVID-19 PCR testing Jan. 25 at the Kino Event Center, 2805 E. Ajo Way. The site is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The Kino site joins Pima Community College West as the second COVID testing site to open since Jan. 23, all part of the County's commitment to increasing the availability of free COVID testing in the community. (Note: The outdoor PCC West site will be closed Friday, Jan. 28, due to predicted high winds.)

To register for a test, go to pima.gov/covid19testing and click on the "Make Appointment Online Now" link. You also can call 855-452-2346 to schedule an appointment at the Kino site.


Dog walker

Resolve to … walk a dog

Or greet folks who want to adopt a pet. Or help us keep the Pima Animal Care Center's shelter nice and tidy.

The fact is PACC could use all manner of volunteers, from adoption counselors to laundry folders. And since it’s still January, you can call it your New Year’s resolution to volunteer for your community!


Jessica Pryde

Join librarian for ‘Black Love Matters’ talk Feb. 12

Librarian Jessica P. Pryde will talk about her new book, "Black Love Matters: Real Talk on Romance, Being Seen, and Happily Ever Afters," as part of a virtual talk marking the LGBTQ+ Services Committee’s 25th anniversary. The event will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12.

Register now.