Green Infrastructure: Enhancing the Character of Place in Your Community

Wed, Aug 8, 2018, 5:30-7pm
Gentle Ben’s Brewing Company

865 E University Blvd

Come see and learn how the rain can be a great resource for our community by enhancing its beauty, its sense of place and to create a more welcoming space. Your home, street and business can be a productive unit of water instead of a consumer unit of water. Rain water is a great resource to bring additional value to your community. See what is going on with rain water harvesting in Tucson and learn what can be done for your neighborhood to put rain water to beneficial use!

This talk is presented by Joaquin Murrieta-Saldivar PhD, a Cultural Ecologist with the Watershed Management Group. Joaquin specializes in building resilience in diverse communities working with people, culture and natural resources. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona with MSc in Natural Resources and Agricultural Economics and a PhD in Renewable Natural Resources Studies with an emphasis on management, policy and economics of natural resources.

Gentle Ben’s is generously providing appetizers, so please RSVP by August 6th so we’ll have an accurate headcount!

Sponsored by West University Neighborhood Association and Gentle Ben’s Brewing Company!

Gentle Ben's Brewing Company, Tucson, AZ

Hey Neighbor Happy Hour

Thu, Jun 7, 2018, 5:30-7pm
Presentation and discussion get rolling at 6pm
Exo Bar
403 N 6th Ave

Everything’s not all bad, right? Hey Neighbor Happy Hour is a spot for downtown Tucson people to gather and hear positive and hopeful stories of community building and place-making from the coolest folks we can find.

Hey Neighbor continues at Exo on Thursday, June 7th from 5:30 to 7pm with an education edition. City High School co-founders Eve Rifkin and Brett Goble will reflect on the institution’s founding, the upside of a downtown location and what quality education means for Tucson neighborhoods.

Meet your neighbors. Be informed.

Sponsored by the West University Neighborhood Association

WUNA Neighborhood Walk

Join fellow West University residents for a sunset stroll through the streets and alleys of our neighborhood. We’ll enjoy the historic architecture and interesting alleys that make up our space. Trash bags will also be available for a little beautification! All are welcome!

Thu, May 17, 2018, 7pm
Catalina Park on 4th Avenue

More info: email us

Photos by Lenor Glover

Happy Neighbor Happy Hour

Thursday, April 19, 5:30-7pm
Exo Bar
403 N 6th Ave, Tucson
Speaker presentation and discussion get rolling @ 6 pm

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Everything’s not all bad, right? Introducing “Happy Neighbor Happy Hour,” a spot for downtown Tucson neighbors to gather and hear positive and hopeful stories of community building and place making from the coolest folks we can find.

“Hey Neighbor Happy Hour” kicks off Thursday, April 19th from 5:30 to 7pm in the Exo Bar for a historic preservation edition. Corky Poster of the design firm Poster Frost Mirto will talk about recent historic preservation success stories in Tucson’s core and what’s around the corner to get excited about. Sponsored by the West University Neighborhood Association.

Meet your neighbors. Be informed. Be happy.

Each “Hey Neighbor Happy Hour” dives into a downtown Tucson neighborhood livability, culture and community theme. The events pair two downtown people making things go for a casual, open discussion on how good things happen in the places we experience everyday.

Future themes are in the works…. amazing goings on in downtown education and the stories behind the creation of our beloved neighborhood institutions.

1st Annual WUNA Plant & Sweet Exchange

Catalina Park
Sunday, 3/25/18

This is a great opportunity to share cuttings of your favorite plants, indoor and out, including succulents, cacti or anything else you’re tired of looking at. If plants aren’t your thing, bring a sweet to share. There is no limit or minimum amount of plants or sweets to participate. Come enjoy some lovely Tucson spring weather and meet some new neighbors all while beautifying your surroundings!

Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair

Friday, March 2 through Sunday March 4, 2018

As West University is one of the neighborhoods surrounding 4th Ave, we once again have a beer booth at the 4th Ave Street Fair. We traditionally donate all of our tip money to the Food Bank, but the portion of revenue WUNA receives from booth sales is an important contributor to our efforts to preserve the historic heritage of our neighborhood. Ours is the largest historic neighborhood in all of Arizona.

Feb 7: Neighborhood Meeting on New Project

Area residents, Learn the details of a newly proposed student housing project to be built on the southwest corner of 4th Ave. and 6th St. by the student housing developer EDR from Memphis Tennessee.

February 7, 2018
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Trinity Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall
400 East University Boulevard
SE corner of E. University Boulevard and N. 4t h Avenue

The Project will use the Infill Incentive District Optional Overlay (“IID”) standards to redevelop the current infill property, and the Project will include approximately 253 residential units, along with ground-floor commercial/office uses and associated parking. You are invited to attend the meeting, provide feedback, and ask any questions you may have.


Jan 21: Annual WUNA Meeting and Neighborhood Gathering

The Annual WUNA meeting and neighborhood gathering potluck is January 21, 2018, 1pm, at Catalina Park. You do not need to be a property owner – everyone is welcome!

This will be a potluck with the association providing the plates, cups, and beverages.

Our annual meetings provide the opportunity for new and old residents to meet and together to decide important matters for the organization to concentrate on next year. We will elect officers and area representatives. All the officer positions are open, and it is important to have new energy and new ideas, so please volunteer to take a part in helping to maintain the special character of our historic neighborhood.

We ask dues of $10 a household to help maintain the website, post office box, and other incidental expenses.

Need help with our beer booth at this weekend’s Street Fair!

Dear neighbors,

It’s Street Fair time and WUNA has the semi annual beer booth to raise funds for neighborhood projects. Typically we have filled our work slots by now, but a fraternity has has not come through and a couple of people have gotten sick. We are in need of 2 people for the Saturday Dec. 9 afternoon 1:30 to 5pm, and 1 person for the Sunday Dec. 10 afternoon 1:30 to 5pm time.

It’s a fun way to meet and work with neighbors. The booth location is the north east corner of 4th Ave and 5th St. You can sign up via Doodle or respond to Jack by email.

WUNA president

Tucson’s Tugo Bike Share Program Launches!

You are invited to the launch of Tucson’s tugo bike share program! Tugo Bike Share is a network of bicycles and stations designed for short, one-way bicycle trips and the City of Tucson’s newest commuter transportation option.

Friday, November, 17, 2017
Catalina Park (941 N. 4th Avenue)

Tucson’s Tugo Bike Share program launches Friday, November 17, with 35 stations and over 300 bicycles. The event runs from noon until 2pm, with an official kick off at 12:30 p.m. at Catalina Park, 900 North 4th Avenue, with Mayor Jonathan Rothschild as emcee, and concluding with the first group of tugo bike share riders heading off to one of the self-service, solar powered stations in the downtown and university areas. Local radio station KRQ/93.7 will provide music. Light refreshments will be provided during the event.

Seeking volunteer cyclists!
Tugo Bike Share is seeking volunteer cyclists to pedal the bikes from Catalina Park to various docking stations in the Downtown and University areas…


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