I met Mayor Jonathan Rothschild at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible playground at Reid Park. The playground has ramps and plenty of shade.

Mayor Rothschild said his favorite part of this project was getting the funding to build it. He also enjoyed seeing all the kids having so much fun together.

The new playground is located near the DeMeester band shell. The old playground there was removed. The playground has an area for little kids and one for bigger kids too.

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Do you know who Mark Kelly is? He is a former astronaut who is running for senate. Not only has Kelly been to space, but he has also been to some local libraries. I had the chance to meet him at the downtown library. He read his bestselling book, “Mousetronaut.”

After the reading, he answered questions. Kelly says he flew 17,000 miles per hour in space. He also noted that the first time you’re in zero gravity, it feels weird.

Kelly’s identical twin brother, Scott Kelly, has been to space, also. The two have written a book together.

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 In May of 2019, I attended a family fun night at the Academy of Tucson Middle School. Tracy Shaw, the school’s office manager, and Susan Creenan, the principal, handed off a donation of $4,000 to Thom and Kathy Mansur on the behalf of the Honor Flight of Southern Arizona Organization.

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 “Movies are Magic: A Kid’s History of the Moving Image From the Dawn of Time to About 1939” is a book that tells the history of movie making.

Written by Jennifer Churchill and illustrated by Howell Edwards, the book features a young boy named Weston (he is Churchill’s son) and his dog Oscar. The two of them venture through the history of movies from silent films to talking motion pictures.

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 My violin instructor and Master Teacher Brenda Chambers has lived her life with a love of music and has done many incredible things. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and completed studies at the New England Conservatory of Music. She has achieved high recognition for her advanced work in cello performance at Boston University which led to performances with several symphony orchestras in the Greater Boston area.

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 In the fall of 2019, Marana Unified School District is opening a new school. The school is Dove Mountain CSTEM K-8. CSTEM stands for Computer Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Students will have Chromebooks to use as a learning tool at school. Students in third through eighth grade will even have the ability to take their Chromebooks home to continue learning and complete their homework or other assignments.

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 “One Day in the Desert” by Anna Keener informs you of animals that you can find in the desert that are unusual! For example, there are shrimp in the desert! If you want to know how shrimp survive here, read this awesome book!

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