The smell of orange blossoms hangs in the air along University Boulevard. The flip-flops have come out of the closet. It's actually light outside when it's time to head to work, and it's still light when the work day is finished.
Spring break may be over, but spring is definitely in the air.
And like so many critters coming to life after their long winter naps, the University is abuzz with things to do this month.
The annual Stuff the CatTran food drive event runs until 7 p.m. today, capping off the Faculty & Staff Food Drive. And it's award season, University-style, as this month the UA hosts its annual Service Awards Luncheon, Retiree Dinner and Awards for Excellence and announces its Awards of Distinction.
Earth Day and Administrative Professionals Day help liven up the last part of the month.
Aside from all the work-related fun, there's still a lot going on in April, whether you're into alternative transportation, family entertainment, the theater or swim safety.
If none of that brings you out of your den, there are plenty of other things you can check out in the UA Master Calendar.
UA Bike 2 Work and School Day | April 11
People who like "free" and like to ride their bicycles will want to roll on over to Parking & Transportation Services' display on the UA Mall between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. There, visitors will be treated to free bike registration with a free bike light kit and free bike bell – while supplies last – as well as free minor bike repairs, free nutrition bars, free maps and other free giveaways. Did we mention it's free? Fair Wheel Bike Shop, BICAS and the UA Cycle Club also will be there.
Spring Fling 2012 | April 12-15
The largest student-run carnival in the country returns, with more than 25 rides and more than 20 food vendors. Last year, the four-day event was attended by more than 25,000 people. It's a true "win-win," as many UA clubs and organizations participate in the carnival to raise money for their groups, and fun-seekers who bring four cans of food to donate to the Community Food Bank on Thursday or Friday get $5 off wristbands, which allow for unlimited rides and normally cost $25. Better yet, admission is just $5, but CatCard holders get in for free. Parking and food are additional.
ART Presents 'Bat Boy: The Musical' | April 8-29
It's the final show of the season for the Arizona Repertory Theatre, the University's professional-caliber actor training program. The satirical musical is based on a 1992 headline from the Weekly World News and tells the plight of a half-bat, half-human boy named Edgar who gets adopted and seeks to find his place in the world. It is sponsored by the Tucson Marriott University Park hotel and does contain adult themes and violence.
Tucson Modern Streetcar Construction Kickoff and Celebration | April 12
For many weeks, crews have been locating, marking, visually verifying and moving existing underground utilities along the streetcar's planned route, including some places on campus. The streetcar route will connect the University of Arizona main campus and the Arizona Health Sciences Center to Main Gate Square, the Fourth Avenue shopping district and downtown Tucson. The streetcar system will be integrated with the UA CatTran shuttle for on-campus travel and with the Sun Tran bus system for commuters. But before any of that can happen, construction has to begin. Join local dignitaries and business leaders to celebrate the kickoff.
'Summer Sun, Safe Fun' Water Safety Day | April 28
Warmer weather means it's time for families to grab their swim gear and head over to the Campus Recreation pool! This is an opportunity for families to learn practical, hands-on skills for staying safe around the water this summer. The event will feature several stations that offer different information and demonstrations. A new activity will begin at each station every 15 to 20 minutes. There also will be prizes and giveaways.