Beyond Tucson Returns: Get Outdoors Tucson, Gabe Would Love It

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Gabe Zimmerman, the late constituent's services director for former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords who was killed during the shooting tragedy of Jan. 8, 2011, loved the outdoors. When we interviewed his father Ross last year for our Jan. 8 one-year anniversary issue, he talked about Gabe's love of hiking, saying that his son had hiked dozens of trails in the ranges that surround Tucson.

"He thought it was normal to do things like trot across the Grand Canyon with his dad," Ross told us during the interview.

That love of hiking and the outdoors is why Gabe's extended family created Beyond Tucson, an annual event to encourage Tucson folks to get outdoors. For this year's events, go here.

Beyond kicks off Saturday, Jan. 5, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Children's Museum and Armory Park. From their press release:

“BEYOND - Together We Move,” hosted in partnership with the Children’s Museum and Armory Park Senior Center, will take place will take place Saturday, January 5th from 12 pm to 4 pm at Armory Park and the Children’s Museum.

Admission is free for the day at the Children’s Museum and the Armory Park Senior Community Center will host an Anniversary Open House. A range of healthy, body-moving activities will take place both inside their facilities and outside, encompassing the block. Sample of activities are: Wee Move Fit, Yoga, Tai-Chi, Ballroom Dancing, Bocce, Shuffleboard, Jumping Castles, Rock Climbing.

Main Stage:
Congressman Barber will speak at 1 pm.
Mayor Rothschild will speak at 2:45 pm.
Uzo Dance Method will teach Beyonce’s “Move Your Body” Flash Workout 1:15 pm
Community Dance-fest: Jazzercise at 12:15 pm; Zumba at 2:00 pm, Line Dancing at 3:30 pm


Children’s Museum Stage:
Stories that Soar performances at 12:30 pm and again at 3:00 pm
Twist-its Double Dutch Group at 1:15 pm
Children Carrying Sound Samba Club at 2:00 pm

Park:
12 pm: Livable Streets Alliance and El Grupo will lead Kidical Mass, a family friendly bicycle ride.
2 pm: Scoville History Tour of surrounding neighborhood
3 pm: Meet Me at Maynards Run/Walk with Mayor Rothschild (T.E.A.M. Tucson health initiative)
12 — 4 pm: Health Fair by Tucson Medical Center and Community Partnership Southern Arizona

Other activities include:
· ~Bens Bells “Kindness Coin Treasure Hunt” around the park and museum.

· ~Community Renewal & TUSD students neighborhood service project.

· ~Ironwood Tree Forest’s “Urban Nature Walk” for teens and their families.

· ~Activate Tucson’s “Health and Fitness Scavenger Hunt” of downtown Tucson.

· ~Self - guided “Public Art Tour” of surrounding neighborhoods by WAMO Arts Group

· ~Obstacle Course and team building activities by Cross Fit Kids and Grow to be Fit

BEYOND is an annual community-wide outdoor event that occurs the first Saturday of every year to commemorate the anniversary of January 8 tragedy. The event was initiated by members of Gabe Zimmerman’s family and is dedicated to improving the health and well being of our community by providing opportunities for people to come together, get outside and be physically active on this day.

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