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MAY 2012

Vol. 29 No. 5

An Open Forum publication allowing all voices to be heard since 1983

ARIVACA YESTERDAYS by Mary Noon Kasulaitis


was a momentous year for Arivaca, because of the Mexican Revolution, the Great War in Europe, and the Flu Epidemic. But to start off on a light note: Perhaps the first movie to be filmed in or around Arivaca happened in March of 1918, when director Edwin Carewe found it to be a suitable location for his film, The Trail to Yesterday. The film starred Bert Lytell, Harry S. Northrup and Anna Q. Nilsson. Over a hundred cowboys were employed. Surprisingly, or perhaps unbelievably, the paper reported: “As a saloon is necessary to the picture and as Arivaca does not enjoy such an institution, some old beer signs were dug up out of storage for the film artists.” The 10th Cavalry was reportedly involved as escorts due to rumors that outlaws from below the Border were planning a raid on the town. Apparently, during the two weeks they were in Arivaca and vicinity, every member of the company was armed, even Anna. (Well, they were looking for the Wild West.) (Extensive

Arivaca in 1918

searching by Bart Santello and myself have not unearthed a copy of this film for public viewing.) Shortly after this, another film company arrived in the Altar Valley to film Light of Western Stars with Dustin Farnum at the Las Moras Ranch. Early in 1918, rancher W. D. Coberly passed away. His name is almost unknown now, but in the early part of the 20th century, the Coberlys had one of the biggest ranches in the Altar Valley, started back in 1900. In the middle of the valley, the Palo Alto, Pozo Nuevo and Secundino Ranches, as well as the Buenos Aires and La Osa Ranches at the south end were all in their hands by 1913, making up about 17,000 acres. They bought a home in Tucson, where they were known for entertaining. The son, W. B. Coberly, ran for County Supervisor and was instrumental in starting to get a passable road built from Three Points to Sasabe (this took several years). In 1915 they sold their ranch to the La Osa Cattle Company (J.C. Kinney, Ramon Elias and Jose C. Camou) and moved to Los Angeles. (It should be noted that the teen years were busy with land swaps of various kinds in the

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Altar Valley, with J.C. Kinney heavily involved. He named all his ranches La Osa.) The United States had gotten into World War I when President Wilson declared war on Germany in 1917, but the effect in terms of being called up for service had not affected citizens until somewhat later. Once the draft got under way, every day the Tucson newspaper listed the names of those who had been called up and a number of Arivacans were so noted. In late 1917 the newspaper proclaimed that those who had gone to Mexico to avoid the draft would lose any exemption they may have gotten if they cross the border. A flood of aliens and presumably citizens as well had headed south at the threat of the draft, leaving homes and sometimes families behind. The effect of this in Arivaca was that some people, despite having lived here for years, lost their property to those who realized the opportunity and moved in on the vacated land. They did not necessarily realize what they had lost until the War was over and they returned. On August 27, 1918 the Mexican

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Revolution spilled over into Arizona. An issue between a Mexican customs official and an American sentry on the border in Nogales escalated quickly into a fierce fight between American and Mexican troops. Shooting went on for an hour and a half until a truce was called. Other troops were brought in from Fort Huachuca and Douglas after deaths occurred on both sides. Three Americans were killed and 28 wounded, while on the Mexican side, there were many more casualties, with 14 killed, including the mayor of Nogales, Sonora, Felix Peñaloza. By the next day, commanders on both sides had taken control of the area and Mexican President Carranza expressed his regrets that the episode, now called the “Battle of Nogales,” had happened. In 1918 an influenza epidemic hit the world, killing as many as a hundred million people worldwide. Many of us have heard about this epidemic from family members, and most of us are descendents of the survivors. Young adults were most severely affected, as the older generation may have had some immunity. This particular influenza is a respiratory disease that Continued on Page 2 PRE SORT STD US Postage


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of viral flu, which was followed a few days later by a severe case of bronchial pneumonia caused by bacteria that had attacked their weakened lungs. They usually died within a week. The flu had become a plague.

In the U.S. it was first noticed at Fort Riley, Kansas, in March. Over 500 cases were recorded in a week. Other bases were also affected, and many of these soldiers were sent on to France. In Europe, soldiers became ill and died and their numbers were counted with the fallen on the field of battle. The flu began to have a great effect on the war itself. Local beekeeper T.L. “Pete” Stockwell, a soldier at the time, remembered being ill with the flu and waking up in the Army morgue, where he had been placed because they had thought he was dead. Years later, when he was very old, doctors found residual evidence of mustard gas in his lungs.

Public health officials were not prepared for something of this magnitude. In large cities in the East, hundreds of people were dying each day, beginning in the middle of September, 1918. Restrictions on public gatherings were instituted. In Tucson, gauze masks were required, but who knows what good they did. Dot Grantham remembered that the streets were empty: people just stayed inside. In Arivaca, the influenza epidemic followed the same pattern as elsewhere. Young people died most often. According to those who were here at the time, at least 30 people died in Arivaca and most of them were young. The ranches were left with no cowboys. A December 1918 newspaper account of the death of Amy Bernard reported that she had died of influenza, leaving her husband Noah C. Bernard and small daughter Nona. This was one cause of the downfall of the Bernard era in Arivaca. They had owned the Arivaca Ranch since the 1870s and had been having some financial troubles. The death of Nonie’s wife pushed it over the edge. Nonie took Nona and moved to California.

Soldiers traveled far and wide and spread the flu to civilians. It spread to Spain, where the name Spanish flu stuck. In actuality, the flu had hit the U.S., Asia and Europe equally in the spring of 1918, not just in Spain. This early spring wave of highly contagious viral sickness was not as severe as the one that followed in the fall of 1918. Although it was just one virus, two kinds of deadly symptoms appeared among about 80% of those who had contacted the disease. Some patients almost immediately became very ill with fluid building up rapidly in their lungs, and essentially they drowned. This could happen within hours. Other people had an ordinary kind

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Local Samaritans, No More Deaths, and People Helping People Volunteers to Open Office in Arivaca By Regan Wendell Local volunteers with Samaritans, No More Deaths, and People Helping People are organizing to open an information office in the Arivaca townsite. We do not have an exact date to open our doors, but expect it will be in early summer. This office will serve the community of Arivaca in our efforts to help our fellows in need and educate others and ourselves about what is going on in the borderlands. Locals and visitors to the area will be able to ask questions and get needed support. Essential supplies will be kept in the office for distribution to the community along with educational materials. It will be a place to drop off donations and file reports regarding interactions with border patrol. Local volunteers who are interested in supporting the cause will staff the office. We believe that opening a field

Know Your Rights Margo Cowan, Attorney at Law, will be answering questions and addressing community concerns surrounding helping travelers in our area and dealing with Border Patrol.  Our community and the surrounding area is becoming more and more militarized.  It is vital for us to know our rights as citizens, and better understand the law so we can appropriately navigate through these interesting times.  Arivaca Community Center, Wednesday, May 23rd at 6:00pm

Fund Raising Event at Sweet Peas Café

Friday, June 1st Save the date and join us! Samaritans, No More Deaths and People Helping People are holding a fundraiser to help open an information office in Arivaca. Please join us to celebrate and support the opening of this community space!

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office in Arivaca is a crucial tool for community-based forms of solidarity. In advance of opening our doors we need to raise some funds. Join us at Sweet Peas Café on Friday, June first. More information about this fundraising dinner will be posted around town. Your support is greatly appreciated as we create this community space. If you are unable to attend the celebration at Sweet Peas, financial contributions can be made by mail. Please make checks payable to: UUCT – No More Deaths, with “Arivaca Office” in the memo line. Mail to: No More Deaths/Paul Barby, PO Box 40782, Tucson, AZ  85717 For more information please contact:

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Documenting our encounters with Border Patrol As part of our monthly meeting to discuss how residents can support one another as a community trying to make good decisions and effect change in the borderlands, we will have a conversation about working to document our encounters with area BP agents. Arivacans interact with border patrol, security contractors, and other immigration and law enforcement agencies on a regular basis at checkpoints, in town, on the road, and at our homes. As a community that is living with a heavy presence of these agents in the area, it is important that we come together to discuss what we can do to better document our encounters, to make the activities of these agencies more transparent to the public, and to have our stories told. We want to work together to preserve the remaining rights of citizens, and to better protect the human dignity of all who come to this region. Join us to work on this project. Wednesday, May 2nd at 6pm, Arivaca Library

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The Know-Nothing Builders

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(It Takes a Village)

Mary, Peg & Christina on the side porch in progress by Roxi Hardesty fter years in Seattle, Peg Kaufman decided to settle in the Southwest. She moved to Tucson in 1999 where she knew no one. To facilitate her startup counseling practice she attended a Health Fair. Although she didn’t find what she was looking for, she talked with someone about her predicament and he responded, “Sounds like you need a good cup of coffee,” adding, “which would be in Arivaca.”


Peg headed down Arivaca Road and not only had that good cup of coffee (Gadsden’s, where Peg would work while growing her business), but she visited the community center, the bakery, Mercantile, Jack’s feed store and the library and met a number of residents. Peg, smitten, recalls, “I think this is it and began searching for property. Along with land-partners, Christina Orrino and Eve Bentley (then living in Seattle), Peg wanted to start from scratch. Realtor Tom Hostad took Peg on an unforgettable ride down Cota Road to look at some ‘raw land. “It hadn’t been graded in decades,” Peg notes, “and we had to go off-road in places to get there.” But the drive was worth it. Soon Christina and Eve came to visit and the vista-perfect 43.65 acre property bordering state land was purchased in 2000. Those first days were an adventure. After moving an 8’x 16’ trailer onto the land, Peg returned one day to an open door. Fearing the worst, she called out with no response forthcoming. Carefully entering, she encountered a roadrunner on the table and a huge egg-filled nest on a nearby cabinet. After tenderly relocating the nest - mama roadrunner insisting it be within 6’ of the trailer they cohabitated in peace. From the beginning, help from community members was integral to the women’s challenging endeavor. One day Peg experienced the fright of a bullet spraying the dirt close by. Calling on R.D. Ayers, he surmised it was a

Above: A labor of love adobe cob home in Arivaca.

hunter’s stray shot. Addressing Peg’s greater concern he said, “Peg, there ain’t no sheriff. You’re the sheriff. Get a gun.” Used primarily for rattlesnake control when relocating is not an option, a gun became part of the tool kit. The first structure was Peg’s initiative, resulting in a simply built 8’ x 12’ wooden shed. Spurred by monsoon lightning Peg states, “It was good to have options. A tin box or a wood box?” That structure, which has since evolved, became home for Christina and Eve. The arrival of friends and relatives in late 2000, including future partner Mary Perdue, began the onset of major effort. Obe Sweetwater erected solar panels to provide electricity. A well was drilled and the first of many pumps installed. And, after witnessing Kyle Young’s cob enterprise, the decision to switch from strawbale to cob for the main house was made and construction began. Thus began the long process of gathering ‘urbanite’ (recycled, broken concrete) from Joann Seddon’s property, for the foundation. A year and a half later, the foundation done, Kyle gave them the recipe for cob (40 shovels of dirt, 1 flake of straw, and 8 gallons of water). The walls grew slowly and they learned as they went. The challenges they met every step of the way were only surpassed by the abundance of community assistance they received. Joann’s tractor was key. Buddy the Plumber became their piping mentor. And the women of Arivaca helped plaster the whole house with good humor in bad weather. “We had no idea what we were doing” Peg confides, “but we were helped by the community at every turn.” Peg said, “There was a lot of anxiety, but it was also very much a playground.” Mary chimes in, “I don’t think we ever got discouraged.” This elicits a hoot from Christina, who, smiling, begs to differ “The past softens in retrospect.” During the four and a

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Right: A vibrant blue wall in the dining area is testimony to ultimate success creating home-made paint (borax, casein, water and natural pigment). half year project, accomplishments were celebrated. An outgrowth of the messy affair of cob mixing, ‘The Mud Sisters’, a collection of photo-cards, depicted them frolicking in the mix. And the “Miss Composting Toilet Pageant” is still talked about. With Meg Koeppen’s expertise, and many others’ labor, a compost toilet was finished, complete with a staircase, thus inspiring the pageant. Local residents competed, or judged, for the right to ascend the throne. Christine explains, “You had to have a talent.” Comedic relief was the result of the intense pressure and hard work - a way to celebrate their progress as well as give back to the many people whose efforts were making it all possible. Once they were ready for the roof, Kyle was again sought. Peg recalls, “When Kyle saw the completed walls he started laughing.” Asked why, Kyle responded, “I wasn’t going to tell you this when you started, but at that point this was going to be the largest cob structure in North America!” After the roof, a rich,

earthy tamped-cob floor was added. Bart Santello’s genius and generosity with solar system installation allows a measure of comfort in this cozy casita, powering lights, fans and music. A garden has been added nearby, complete with a reclaimed watering system. There are projects still in process (a side porch) and future construction plans. The enthusiasm of the trio is evident in their beaming faces as they sit in their now completed and beautiful home. Despite the self-proclaimed title of “Know-Nothing Builders” it is apparent that they now know something about building, albeit the result of the many generous hearts and hands along the way. A book is laughingly mentioned; “The Cobber’s Confessional” is one title bandied about. Whatever it’s called, it is sure to be an adventurous and informative read. Peg Kaufman can be reached at or 520331-3349.

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The Importance of Frog Bottoms

by Ceth and Jaycee Johnson e decided to do a piece on leopard frogs after we read that 10,000 acres of land in southeastern Arizona and New Mexico were being identified as important habitat for them and we learned that people made a living looking at frog bottoms. We learned a lot more and got to take two field trips.


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Planner who has been there 11 years. Miss Bonnie studied biology and wildlife ecology in college. Miss Bonnie told us all about the Chiricahua Leopard Frogs that live on the refuge. Two of the places where the frogs live are real close to the headquarters. One is a pond and the other is a wetland area. Both places have special fences around them to keep out bullfrogs. Bullfrogs prey on the threatened Chiricahua Above: Ceth holding Chiricahua Leopard Frogs. Bullfrogs do not Leopard frog. Right: a CLF bottom. come from southeastern Arizona; they came here from other places. Miss amphibians, including frogs, all over the Bonnie told us these frogs used to be all world. over southeastern Arizona but for When a species is threatened they many reasons there are not nearly have three choices: migrate, adapt, as many now. The Chiricahua or die. Chiricahua Leopard Frogs can Leopard Frog is considered move from one to five miles, so they threatened because they are gone can migrate if there are water sources from about 75 percent of the places but many of the water sources that they used to be in the last 40 years. used to be year-round now only have One reason is predation by other water sometimes. Miss Bonnie says animals that are not native like the name for ponds and streams that bullfrogs, crawdads, catfish, and dry up regularly is an ephemeral water trout. Animals like great blue source. Adaptation, or changing, takes herons, garter snakes, raccoons, thousands of years or more. If humans coatis, coyotes, and skunks that do not help the Chiricahua Leopard have always lived in southeastern Frogs they could all die. Arizona also like to eat Chiricahua Our next field trip was to visit Amanda Leopard Frog meat. Best, a Senior Environmental Specialist Chiricahua Leopard Frogs’ habitat, at Westland Resources. Miss Amanda the places where they like to live, studied Wildlife and Fishery Sciences at is shrinking, which is another the University of Arizona. Miss Amanda threat. The long drought and water explained that she and her team had to use by cities and farms is drying get certified to survey for leopard frogs up the wetlands and there are not and she told us why frog bottoms are as many ranches or cattle tanks important. filled with water. Another possible Did you know there are five types of cause for the reduced habitat is the channelization of rivers and streams true frogs in southeastern Arizona? True frogs need water all the time. Miss to make them straighter. Amanda said that the bullfrog is a true Frogs breathe through their skin frog that is not native and is a terrible so Chiricahua Leopard Frogs are predator for the threatened Chiricahua also threatened because of human Leopard Frog. The second is the activity, pollution and chemicals Lowland Leopard Frog. The third type from mining. There are a lot more is the threatened Chiricahua Leopard threats to frogs. The Arizona Game Frog. We got to hold one with beautiful and Fish web site lists a bunch of green skin and golden eyes. Bullfrogs threats if you want to know more. are easy to identify. They are large and For example, there is a skin make an ‘eep’ sound as they jump into fungus that is killing off the water. Eep is a real scientific term

for the noise they make. Lowland and Chiricahua Leopard Frogs can be told apart by looking at their bottoms. The Chiricahua Leopard Frog has little bumps on its bottom called tubercles and the Lowland Leopard Frog has a smooth, spotty behind. The fourth frog is a small, isolated group of leopard frogs in the Sulphur Springs Valley. Last, but not least, is the Tarahumara frog but no one has seen any for a while now. We learned many interesting facts about the Chiricahua Leopard Frog. It can darken its belly so that when it jumps into the water, fish don’t see a bright belly and think it’s snack time. From baby tadpole to leopard frog takes only three weeks. Boy, that’s a short childhood! They can’t even go to summer camp. It seems that tadpoles like their veggies but the adults add meat like snails, insects, and small fish. The Chiricahua Leopard Frog sounds like the predator in the Arnold Schwarzenegger film called The Predator (a great flick). So, if you are camping out at night, the predator isn’t coming for you -- it is just the Chiricahua Leopard Frogs singing you to sleep. We think that we have Chiricahua leopard frogs living in our tank. We asked what the Fish and Wildlife folks what they would do if we did. Both Miss Bonnie and Miss Amanda told us that working with private citizens and ranchers is important and that their activities are also protected. After all, they said, if it weren’t for these citizens we wouldn’t have had so much habitat to begin with. Yes, frog bottoms are important but only because it helps us humans help them. Yes, people do get paid to look at frogs’ hindquarters but to get certified to understand what it means they have to have a lot of education. Boy, every time we think we have some simple question it turns out to be a science project and this was a great one.

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Conquering Spaniards felt life was best lived in towns, with church, government, and the wealthy, clustered around a plaza or park. The less advantaged lived on the fringes; the more prosperous closer in, the poor on the far edges. Through time the traditional plaza has changed to become a place for all townspeople to meet and mix regardless of class. Today’s plazas are places of shared cultural

experience: entertainments, important announcements, interaction with friends and neighbors, and simply enjoying this exuberant green space. Everything about Magdalena’s plaza is calculated to bring comfort and relief in a sere landscape.  To cool the senses, walkways carry visitors through a dazzling green landscape. Shaded benches invite visitors to sit awhile, and colorful plantings of roses and bougainvilla provide color and scent.  At the center is an amphitheater for cultural events. Covered porticos surround the plaza on four sides. These are deep, coolly inviting, and house everything from restaurants to dress shops. A good place to share a beer with friends or to simply watch the world pass by. Magdalena is a welcoming town and an easy daytrip from Green Valley.  Take your passport and sense of adventure. You won’t be disappointed. Etelbina Martinez (Mistress of Magdalena’s flowers), is responsible for the plaza’s flowers.  She also cares for the excellent public restroom in the plaza, and sees that everyone pays their $.50 for access.

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oncerning the movie The Hunger Games, it is unfortunate that America has reduced itself to allowing our young people to go to a movie where teenagers murder other teenagers. Could this be part of the reason why our young people are being shot down today in our schools?  It is a tragedy that our teenagers in America flock to this movie like it’s the next best thing to The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Avatar. Compared to those three movies, The Hunger Games does not match up technically, or in

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Now that your muscles are relaxed, the doctor would confirm and record the relaxed position of your jaw by placing a fast setting putty-like material between your teeth. He can now compare your usual occlusion NMD simply means to evaluate (bite) with the relaxed jaw position to the bones, ligaments, tendons, and evaluate if your jaw is presently in a muscles that are involved in the chewing process. Obviously this is a near optimal position and determine whether the occlusion should be very important concern to determine how effective the chewing mechanism adjusted. is working. You may ask, “Why is There are always options to consider getting the bite right so important?” when you are choosing dental treatment. After initially evaluating One can begin to suspect a problem your situation, the doctor will in this area when teeth are wearing, grinding, and breaking down. Chronic discuss those options when/if you are contemplating aesthetic or cosmetic, sore muscles in the head, neck and reconstructive, or orthodontic dental shoulder, jaw joint discomfort, procedures. Additionally, NMD ongoing headaches, etc can also be techniques are used to treat patients attributed to this syndrome. that suffer from TMJ-like symptoms Because the muscles controlling the and to aid in establishing the occlusion jaw are subconsciously “programmed” for dentures. It is in these cases that by the brain, most individuals have establishing the optimal occlusion difficulty consciously reaching a truly becomes so important. This is when relaxed state. To help your muscles choosing neuromuscular techniques reach that relaxed state, a device may have a substantial and positive called the Myomonitor is used to impact on the outcome of treatment. deliver gentle electrical stimulation The relaxed jaw position gives the to your muscles. The Myomonitor is doctor an added insight that may allow a battery operated electrical muscle for a faster completion and improve stimulator. Mild electrical stimulation final treatment results. is delivered through adhesive patch Yours in good health, electrodes attached over nerves that control specific facial muscle groups. Tubac Dental, Brian K. Kniff, DDS The painless stimulus delivered by If you have a question for Dr. Kniff the Myomonitor will cause your email him at: kniffdental@yahoo. facial and jaw muscles to twitch or com and reference it with “ask dr”. pulse once every one and one half

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efore adopting my children I testdrove a Z-3 BMW Roadster. It was gorgeous and showy and sleek – and only sat two. Though we knew a family was in our future, for a brief moment it seemed as though we were weighing the merits of two opposing life paths – the intoxicating smell of leather bucket seats or kids? Needless to say, we walked away from the car dealer that afternoon and never…. well… rarely looked back.

I needed a new car and started perusing Craigslist. I took a few visits to the BMW listings, but kept going back to the mini-vans. What was happening to me? When I dared mention the merits of a van to my husband, Stewart, he, too was concerned for my sanity. The nail in the coffin, so to speak, was my dad and step-mom’s offer to sell us their van, below Blue Book price, and that we could pay on time. They gave us an offer we couldn’t refuse. I now own a mini-van.

Soon after the title transfer, we hosted a field trip on the farm. The pre-school age kids arrived with their families in a parade of mini-vans down the dusty farm road. One after another, mini-vans of all colors lined up in the Though I embraced motherhood with yard and out spilled kids and all their gusto, the idea of driving a station gear – strollers, diaper bags, backpacks wagon or a mini-van made my stomach and more. Every single one of these churn. I was proud of my new role but moms had a mom-van and mine, which felt that driving a “mom” car would happened to be parked nearby, fit right be like tattooing “I Am The Mommy” in. YUCK! I had done it. I had joined to my forehead. Fortunately, I never the club of women who sell out their had to decide on a car because my own personal identity and allow their mother-in-law gave me her old Toyota children to define them. Laurel was Forerunner – a good family car that did no more. I might as well wear sweater not pigeonhole the definition of ME. vests and sensible shoes! My kids grew and grew and the Toyota did her time. She loyally toted us around, doing double duty as farm vehicle and transporter to soccer and T-ball practice while dutifully blowing icy-cool air (the most important feature to an Arizona car). About a year ago the old Toyota officially retired and has been out to pasture (parked in the yard) ever since.

It was that same week when something amazing happened. Was it a typo, or could it be true? In the Green Valley Newspaper, under the “Justice Court” tattletale listings I read; “Kimber Lichtenhan Ciruli, 40, of Green Valley, racing, fined $184.50”. Kimber is a friend of mine and she, too, drives a mini-van. RACING? IN HER MINI VAN? Images of Kimber ran through my mind; her knuckles white as she After months of driving the diesel clutched the steering wheel, quickly farm truck – a monster of a Dodge glancing over her shoulder, bent with a wide flatbed and no AC (deal beaker!), I borrowed my dad’s mini-van forward, foot pressing the gas pedal to the floor - racing down La Canada. for a short trip to Northern Arizona. Were her kids in the car, buckled into The kids, now the size of adults, sat their car seats? Did she shout, “Hold on comfortably and on the way home, we were able to stow the back seats to girls!” before shifting into a low gear bring home purchases that would have and peeling ahead of her opponent? Or maybe she was by herself - perhaps she otherwise not fit. The van handled frequently slips out of the house while beautifully and my brain tickled with her husband watches the kids and takes the nagging realization that this car a joy ride? It didn’t seem possible, made sense for us. Our lives switch from full-grown family driving around but Kimber was in Rocky-Point on with kids and their friends to a business vacation and couldn’t be reached. that often requires trips to Sam’s Club Then I recalled how competitive my friend is. Once, when we had a for mountains of supplies. At traffic horseshoe throwing competition on the lights, however, I adjusted my wide, round, dark sunglasses and touched up farm, Kimber arrived, very pregnant, my lipstick to be sure no one who saw registered for the contest and won first place! Another time, at a family me would confuse me for a mini-vanEaster picnic, my haphazard, mimosa-

influenced set-up of croquet would not satisfy my competitive friend who insisted on seeing the rule book and that we fetch a measuring tape. Perhaps it was true. Perhaps Kimber was redefining the Mini-Van Driver! There may be sweater vests and Mommyand-Me playgroups, but after hours…. She was a bad ass!

it was confirmed. There was no racing. Perhaps the real rebel in this tale is the bored copywriter in the newsroom. UGH! After a day or two of glee turned to disappointment, I have decided to not let the spirit of the “typo” die. Perhaps we don’t have it in us to burn rubber on the streets of Green Valley, but somehow we moms are going to preserve the rebel stirred inside. Our club, 2 members strong needs a name. I suggested, “Forty and Fast!”, but Kimber’s suggestion – “The Van Dames” is it! Maybe we’ll make bumper stickers!

I was so excited that I took a picture of the violation in the newspaper and emailed it to all our friends. I called Kimber’s husband (who was also unable to get a hold of his wife) and he “knew nothing about it” (very suspicious!). When I drove my car, it felt different. I revved the engine You can view my mini van at the and pretended I was Kimber. Maybe farm which is now open for you-pick, we could start a club? We could have Saturdays and Sundays 10-3.  www. T-shirts printed! We would wear leather and leave the kids at home! Ultimately, though, I called my brother, an investigative reporter 800-22-UNITE in Phoenix to get to the bottom of it. “All The Bahá’í Community of South Pima County I see”, he said while Book Club 4:30 PM — Potluck Dinner 6:00 PM Open Discussion from 7:00 to 8:30 PM online looking up Tuesdays—Green Valley public records, “is a Call or email for directions! ticket for an expired 663 - 5944 pwegener @ registration.”

Bahá’í Faith

It was a typo. How could someone “accidently” type “racing” instead of “registration”? Somehow the slip of that many fingers on a keyboard seemed less likely than my friend getting busted for racing. When Kimber returned from her trip,

“The Promised One of all the world’s peoples hath now been made manifest. For each and every people, and every religion, await a Promised One, and Bahá'u'lláh is that One Who is awaited by all.” - ‘Abdu'l-Bahá

“The religion of God and His divine law are the most potent instruments and the surest of all means for the dawning of the light of unity amongst men.” Bahá’u’lláh

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Poetry may 2012

Uncertainty  Who am I ? What was the origin ? What is the meaning ? What is the purpose ? Is it a test ? Will I be judged ? Is there more ? What is it ? So many questions ! Where will it end ? Or, does it ?  Don Mills, Sahuarita

Above it All Utterly free, weightless, I took great bounding leaps Over hills and mountains, Over deserts and valleys.


The Occasional Poet  I can not paint, draw, sculpt, write a novel write music or play an instrument I have neither the innate talent nor the drive and discipline to succeed

After Swimming The brown silent towel hanging on the slack line drying in the Arizona sun your body your wetness now dry my eyes my heart

Sometimes, reading and books and wordplay which have served since childhood as my refuge, my teachers and my friends, come to my aid  Then I can “see” with the heart of an artist the joys and sorrows, the wonders and mysteries the pleasures, large and small of our daily lives Sometimes I can put it into words

G.Joseph Moody, Green Valley

And was, for a short while, (Perhaps forty winks) Living in the realm of Those who are not earthbound. Loretta Carmickle

Patience A boulder sits day and night On a mountain rim in a golden light The wind and rain Wash the rock of might Until it has become brilliant and bright The green vegetation is all around As is earth’s yellows, beiges and brown The boulder site above As though it may take flight And the villagers below stay Because they think it might For now the universe allows Peace and rest As the world sits in God’s light At its best

Will she hurt someone today? Will they make it home okay? s. chaffee

alterations shop next door to tax preparer~ could they trim it down?

Einstein’s muscles

john j kazlauskas

Ethereal, care-free, Floating over oceans, Over rivers and swamps, I left the world behind

Pull over – let ‘er by!


you leave

now holding the sun facing your journey

She’s in your rear view mirror again. Meaty left hand lightly pressed against the wheel. Cell phone planted to the ear, laughing, round faced and young – rarely taking a breath. Children play in the back seat, while training a ton of steel along mean Tucson streets.

T. A. Goorian


when asked the origin of his famous formula did he see it on a mental screen was it born of years of drudgery or flashed suddenly from nowhere I had vague muscular sensations he said he said

still wet


Reproducing Rabbits Mom’s buying of bunnies (the little chocolate-marshmallow kind) was predictable every year for Easter—for us kids, her nestling them (as we learned later) in a dining room drawer of a highboy dresser sensed safe from our explorations. Also predictable, it turns out, was her own temptation abounding— thus requiring another trip to the store to get more, replacing that original generation so we kids would get any.                  Ann M. Penton   

About Dreams We Have Dreams come from a memory store; living lives we have lived before. They are like an Akashic Field where ancient knowledge is revealed. Some dreams seem to look ahead like living after we are dead. Memories which we left behind are hiding from our conscious mind. Animals are dreaming too. You can tell by what they do. My dreams can sometimes foretell our forgotten lives as well. If you would like to dream like me, it may take an eternity. Walt Abbott


Ann M. Penton

Fountain, flowers, feathers bind My porch is rich with jasmine air, Honeysuckle joins her there. We knew that it would be like this, But somehow never foresaw the bliss! Rich flower air, tinted with rose, Butterflies, and flowers pose, A living portrait of colors brightYellow, red, purple delight! Movement of wings and flowers tossed, By perfumed breezes! I am lost In my backyard paradise, at home, I cannot leave, my urge to roam Is quieted by this flowered air, Stroked into quiet, by wings so fairRed, yellow, orange, blue, and black, Fluttering, and folded back, Ahh, wings! and flowers, colors live Together, fragrant, free to give, Wound together by songs and chimes, Fountain, flowers, feathers bind. Jan Gaylord

To tie or not to tie?

The Elders and Daniel Chitwood

Judi Oyler & Mo

Most of us have asked ourselves whether to tie - or not, when hauling our horses. This decision should be based on the horse, the tie and the horse’s training. I’ve been doing quite a bit of horse hauling lately and being safe when loading and unloading the horses is at the top of my list. (Don’t forget to do a safety check on the trailer.) After my years of hauling horses to rides you might benefit from what I’ve learned from my failures and triumphs. Anytime you put a flight animal in a confined space things can happen and often do. So, you’re all packed and the truck is loaded for a great day of riding in the beautiful Sonoran Desert. With horse in hand you prepare to send your trusty steed into the trailer. But you hesitate, “Should I tie my horse, or not, and if I do, how should I do it?”

You need to ask yourself, does my horse give to pressure on a halter and lead and will he stand quietly tied to the outside of the trailer? If not, don’t tie him inside. Any time we tie a horse’s head we put him and maybe ourselves at risk. One of the biggest causes of injuries in horses is people tying horses who haven’t learned to give to pressure. A horse is a flight animal and its natural response to fear is to run. With his head restrained fear goes to panic; a combination set for a really bad wreck. When a horse is panicked in a trailer it will often slam violently into the sides or back. If this should happen don’t yell at the horse. Back off and wait until the noise has stopped. Then carefully peek into the trailer and assess the problem. Never try to unclip or untie a panicked horse you could end up with a broken arm or worse. If I have two or more horses in the same compartment without a divider I tie them. If you have an aggressive horse that may fight with another horse, then tie. I never tie a foal riding with its mom, horses that are wild or one that has not been taught to give to pressure. The bottom line here is your safety and that of the horse. The best way to tie your horse if you use a

lead rope (cotton) be sure to tie your horse with a quick release knot that you can pull lose in an emergency. Some folks like to use trailer ties instead, so always look for one with a panic snap. Panic snaps are designed to be released in one quick pulling motion with one hand. When you do tie, leave the lead line slack enough that the horse is able to lower his head. If you think this length of tie will allow a horse to reach over to fight, tie them safely so they can’t reach each other. When unloading, always untie the horse before the rear doors are opened. It is best to back the horse out of the trailer. Turning the horse to go out head first can be a real problem if he begins to turn before you’re ready. When you tie your horse to outside of the trailer, use a quick release knot and leave your lead approximately 24 to 30 inches long. Never leave the lead long enough that the horse can get a foot hooked in it. I do hope this will help you and your horse have a safe and enjoyable trip to your favorite trail head. “The horse thinks one thing and he that rides him another.” ~John Ray~ Happy trails

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Green Valley Notes: May 14 - 9:30 am - American Association of University Women, Green Valley Branch, American Legion Post 66, 1560 W. Duval Mine Rd, Sahuarita. Guest Speaker: Demion Clinco, Chair of the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation, The Importance of Preserving Tucson’s Older Buildings. Contact Libby Beyrer at 269-7701. Monday, May 14 – 5pm -Santa Cruz Shoestring Players – Annual May Meeting – Community Performance & Art Center Theater, 1250 W. Continental Rd. Eat, drink and be Merry! Taco Bar – Announcement of 12-13 Season. Play readings, membership sign up and all absolutely free. Please RSVP – if you can join us. Friday, May 18 - Barbara LaWall has been the Pima County Attorney since 1996.  She will talk about some of the programs her office has put into place, under her leadership, including what she has done to make our schools safer and the creation of a nationally modeled truancy enforcement program.  Also on the agenda will be a discussion of the community justice boards - how community members are involved in stopping juvenile crime.  Candidates for State or national office may also be present.  The program is being sponsored by the Democratic Women in Action.  It will be held at the JoynerGreen Valley Library, 601 N. La Canada Dr. Green Valley.  Program starts at 2:15 pm.


Places to Go - People to See - Things to Do! Sat, May 5 at 2pm - Concert at the Tubac Presidio in the 1885 Schoolhouse. Country western singer and songwriter Joni Harms, the winner of multiple Academy of Western Artists Awards, including 2011 Female Western Swing Artist of the Year. Praised for her pure country voice, Joni has appeared at the famed Grand Ole Opry and NYC’s Carnegie Hall. Admission to the concert is $10. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. To reserve your seats, please call 520398-2252 or email The Tubac Presidio State Historic Park is located at 1 Burruel Street in Tubac and is open daily from 9am-5pm. To learn more about the Tubac Presidio and upcoming events, please visit www. Thursday, May 10 – 7 pm – Lecture, “Human Adaptation to Catastrophic Events: Lessons from Sunset Crater.” Santa Cruz Valley Chapter, Arizona Archaeological Society, 50 Bridge Road, Tubac. Archaeologist Mark Elson will examine the effects of the eruption of Sunset Crater volcano, near Flagstaff, on the prehistoric Sinagua people of the area and what this event tells us about how humans react to catastrophic events more generally. Free. Contact Alan Sorkowitz, 520-207-7151. Friday, May 11, Patagonia celebration of the Arizona Centennial - 100 Years of Statehood - with the revival of the “Patagonia Centennial Play” in the Patagonia Library courtyard. A second performance will follow on Saturday, May 12. Both nights, the Patagonia Players will present the play by Toby Armour, last performed in 1998. This historic play depicts many stories of settling this area and establishing the town of Patagonia, Arizona. Laughter, tears, legends, colorful characters and uproarious happenings abound. Also there will be a display of historical photographs, a history walk, Luau dinner and dance, and more.

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Saturday May 12 - 5-7pm - Tubac Presidio Marks a Milestone - “Save the Presidio” Anniversary Celebration at Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, 1 Burruel Street, Tubac. $35 (tax deductible), all proceeds benefit the Tubac Presidio. Contact: 520-398-2252 or info@ May 13 - 10:30-12:30. Opening reception - Fifth Annual Hal Empie Gallery-Mt. View Elementary School Art Show. Students produced 2-D work of a Western theme. Selected pieces will be on display at the Hal Empie Gallery in Tubac, from May 13th to19th. Call 3982811 or 375-8400 for details Fri, May 11, 7:30pm - Film: Baraka -$7 Shot in 25 countries, Baraka is a series of stunningly photographed scenes that capture “a guided meditation on humanity.” In the ancient Sufi language, Baraka is a word that translates to “the thread that weaves life together”. Baraka is a magnificent journey without words, using a phenomenal musical score to emphasize breathtaking visuals for a mesmerizing cinematic experience. Tubac Plaza Main Stage, 29 Tubac Plaza, Tubac. For info  (520) 398-2542

 Sat, May 19, 7pm - Los Pinguos - Ages 18 & up - $14 advance / $19 day of show; Ages 12 to 17 - ½ price; Ages 11 & under – free. Vivacious and infectious, the sound of Los Pinguos has claimed fans worldwide, with their mixture of Latin rhythms, Spanish guitars, Cuban Tres, Peruvian cajón (box-drum), bass and harmonizing vocals. Tubac Plaza Main Stage, 29 Tubac Plaza, Tubac. For info – http://  (520) 398-2542 Sun., May 20 at 10 am The Sky Island Region: A Bridge Connecting the Americas Sergio Avila will talk about this biologically diverse area at the UU Church at Amado Territory, I-19, Exit 48 E. Thursday, June 7 at 6:30PM- Irish / Scottish Concert - $15- ages 18 & up; ½ price – ages 12 to 17; Ages 11 & under – free. Lively duo from Scotland, Aaron Jones of the “Old Blind Dogs” and all-Ireland flute champion, Claire Mann. A mixture of traditional and original Scottish and Irish music and song. Proceeds benefit teen & young adult rehabilitation programs and Avalon Gardens Internships. Tubac Plaza Main Stage, 29 Tubac Plaza, Tubac. For info: http://  (520) 398-2542

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A Belated Goodbye to a Great Humanitarian and Friend James A. Johnson  James, or as his friends called him, JJ, was born in Brooklyn, New York, on November 10, 1926. He was a generous man who lived his life in service to others, a true humanitarian.  JJ graduated from Rochester General Hospital’s School of Medical Photography and worked for Albert Einstein Medical School in Bronx, New York. Eventually he became the Director of Photography and department head. He worked there for many years. One of JJ’s passions was politics. In 1975 he was elected as Councilman and served the people of Washington Township, New Jersey.  When James developed lung problems he was advised to move to Arizona. In 1979 he came to the Sonoran Desert. He lived in Tucson, Green Valley and finally in Arivaca. JJ worked in management at both USA Today and Tucson Newspapers. After retiring he became active in the Arivaca

community. He donated his time in dedicated service to the Green Valley Sheriff’s Auxiliary Volunteers until 1992. He was on the board of directors for the Arivaca Clinic, Arivaca’s Human Resources Center, and a long time board member for Project PPEP.  We cannot forget JJ’s love of animals, especially his great passion for raising and breeding Dachshunds - he owned 48 over his lifetime. He had an exotic bird aviary, horses, goats, and a mischievous donkey named Gus.  JJ died at the age of 85, December 26, 2011 in the Tucson VA Hospice Unit. He died at Christmas, a time of year that he dearly loved. He lit up the lives of many of Arivaca’s children by dressing as Santa Claus. Those children are now adults and remember him well. Dear Santa JJ, we miss and love you and will always carry you in our hearts. submitted by Annette Zampatti

at the Library . . . • WiFi - access available on patio • Free Computer classes! Individual help or tutoring - Internet use, Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher or Power Point. • Homework help available •Pima County Public Library’s Virtual Library at Caviglia-Arivaca Branch Library Hours are: Closed Sundays and Mondays; Tues and Wed 11-8; Thurs 10 – 6; Fri 11-5 and Sat 9-5.

Around Arivaca Library News

60th Annual Arivaca Memorial Service & Picnic

By Mary Kasulaitis

Saturday, May 5, 11 am: “Arizona’s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and our National Parks and Forests” a program by Robin Pinto, landscape historian at the University of Arizona. This program is made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council. At the Old School. Looking ahead to summer and hot weather! The Library receives new books daily—all your favorite authors! Summer Reading for kids, teens and adults too will start on May 24! The Library-sponsored programs at the Arivaca Community Center will start June 6. The Book Club meets on the Second Tuesday of the Month at 2 pm. Come and join us for some eclectic reading. Call the Arivaca Library for more information. Remember to sign up for individualized computer instruction any time. Call Mary or Coey for more information at 594-5239. We can help you with e-readers!

To renew books call the renewal line at 903-2865 or Caviglia-Arivaca Branch Library at 594-5235.

To Arivaca's Graduating Seniors: Jenna Hanson Julie Rucker Anna Stockwell Maria Triana Congratulations - your community is proud of you!

SUNDAY MAY 2Oth, 2012 DAV Riders will be escorting the DAV Honor Guard to the cemetery. Memorial Ceremony at 12 Noon in the Arivaca Cemetery. Arivaca Veterans will be remembered by name. A Potluck will follow in the Old Schoolhouse. DAV Chapter 18 will provide burgers, dogs and refreshments/Please bring a potluck side dish. Bring a lawn chair and/or a folding table for your own comfort. We would like to honor all deceased members of the military buried in Arivaca Cemetery or who were residents of Arivaca, during the May 20th Ceremony. Please contact Mary Kasulaitis at 594-5239 to have the name of your family member or friend added to our list of honorees.

Sheriff's Meeting


he Pima County Sheriff has scheduled a town general meeting at the Community Center on May 10, at 7 pm to answer any questions. A speaker from the Counter Narcotics Alliance will discuss methamphetamine use and manufacture. The Green Valley District Commander will be there as will the Directed Patrol Unit We have a new anonymous tip line that people can use to report suspicious activity without giving their information. It is a recording for them to leave a message but we don’t trace the calls. If it is something that is “in progress” please call 911. The tip line is for non-emergency things. The number is (520) 351-3102.

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Join us as we Worship and Praise the Lord! Sunday Morning Worship - 10:30 am Wednesday Prayer Meeting & Bible Study - 6 pm - Potluck at 5:00 Children’s Church • Song Sunday • Prayer Chain • Fellowship Sunday Praise & Worship Service 6:00 p.m. Rev. Rebecca Gibson, Pastor

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Unprocessed granulated honey (just like dad and granddad sold) available in: • Wide-mouthed pint jars at $60.00 per case (fifteen pounds net) • Gallon buckets $30.00 per gallon (12 pounds net) Plus we generally have a supply of minimally processed liquid honey • Case lots of half pints, pints, quarts, or one gallon buckets. Hive products - hand dipped beeswax candles and other sizes of containers are periodically available by prior request. maller quantities and individual jars are available at the Arivaca Mercantile year around.


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Arivaca Action Center

Around Arivaca

submitted by Arienne Ellis

The newly formed Arivaca Action Center is an incorporated non-profit organization with an ample facility in which to offer opportunities to enhance rural living. We focus on the areas of education, the arts, wellness, hospitality and sustainability. We currently offer space for meetings, gatherings, overnight guests, gardening, physical therapy and bodywork, art display, and soon for a licensed Early Learning Center and a computer lab. We are supported and encouraged by members, sponsors, grants, and volunteers. Members get the satisfaction of supporting a center that supports the community. Individuals and organizations may enjoy the facility for overnight accommodations, and for meetings, retreats, events, etc. We encourage the individual members of an organization to subscribe to AACI and receive the discounted rates on rooms and facility usage. Membership for individuals/families is minimum of $60/yr. Membership for organizations is $240/yr.  (Memberships may be

paid in monthly installments.) Taxdeductible donations gratefully accepted also! Overnight accommodations available at the Arivaca Action Center! Stay overnight to enjoy even more of this lovely area. The Arivaca Action Center currently offers one lovely furnished suite, with another being prepared. The suite has a beautiful queen-size bed, large bathroom with Jacuzzi and shower, fridge, coffee pot, and wireless Internet. There is comfy sitting room inside and on the front porch. The Action Center is located in a quiet spot and in walking distance to the Sweet Peas Cafe. The donation for the suite is $60/night for members and $85/night for non-members, with a two night minimum. Debby and Ken Buchanan are our on-site managers, and can be reached for reservations or to answer questions at the AACI number: 520-591-0852. or via email: Address: 15925 Universal Ranch Road, Arivaca, AZ 85601

3, 2, 1: Action submitted by Rachel Barry The Arivaca Action Center and Early Education Center will be having a volunteer workday and potluck on Saturday May 20th from 8:30-1:30. Lunch will be from 1:30 to 3:00 followed by the general meeting from 3:00-4:00. We have much to do to spruce up the grounds and get the Early Education Center ready for licensing. Some projects we will be working on are, tree trimming, landscaping, concrete work, skirting the back porch and railing, moving a rod iron fence,

Al-Anon Family Groups, Green Valley, St. Francis Episcopal Church, 600 S. La Canada. Mon. 11am Beginner Mtg, Mon 12pm, Thurs 7pm, Fri 11am. For info 520-323-2229 or

If you are interested or have any questions, please call the Action Center at 591-0852 or Rachel at 3989043. *Plates, utensils and drinks will be provided.

TUBAC AL-ANON / AA MTGS Weds, 7pm - Tubac Community Ctr, 50 Bridge Rd. Hotline 624-4183 ARIVACA AA MEETINGS Saturdays 8am next to Gadsden Coffee Amado Nooners-AA mtg Unitarian Church, Amado Territory, every Saturday at 12:00. I-19 to exit 48, turn East.

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Membership entitles you to ½ price rentals, use of table and chairs, discount admissions to events, good deals on t shirts, and lots of hugs and appreciation!!!! Please mail in your membership dues to Po Box 36 Arivaca Az. 85601. Individual: $15. Family: $30. Organizational: $60. And Regular Use: $160. (up to 12 free uses per year). We very much appreciate all of your support!

Currently the Community Center is hosting the following County recreation programs: Kids and Parents playgroup, a FREE 3 week parenting class, Afterschool program, Senior trips, Bal-avis-x classes, and Monthly Family events. We are taking registrations now for the FREE 8 week summer camp for 5-12 year olds. It will be held from 9-3 Mon.-Fri. from June 4th- July 27th. The Summer youth program will be full of sports, games, arts and crafts, gardening, nutrition network programs, free meals, swimming at Sopori pool, field trips, summer reading program, library presentations and more! For information on any of the county programs please call 398-3010. Our work is your play! We are all about fun, learning, skill-building, socializing, and providing services to the amazing community of Arivaca.

Mon - CLOSED • Tues - 9 - 4 • Weds - CLOSED

Color matching . Some Mechanical Insurance Estimates Welcome Air Conditioning Repair

Johnnie Lake’s

The new Board of Directors invites EVERYONE to become a member. We receive no government funding, and we rely on you to help keep us afloat! We offer many programs and special events, as well as space for community meetings, gatherings and parties. We offer the public our playground, courts, ramadas and skate park.

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submitted by Ellen Dursema

removing poles, framing a structure around the electric box and making the playground a beautiful place for children. Tools needed are but not limited to; shovels, rakes, chain saws, hedge trimmers/pruning sheers, hammers, wheelbarrows, screw guns and tape measures.

a r e a s u pp or t m e e t in g s HAVE A DRUG PROBLEM? We can help. NA Mtgs. 6:30 M, W. & F Sahuarita Serenity Group, Sahuarita Baptist Church, 2875 E. Sahuarita Rd.

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Meetings &Activities

Un-Cl assifieds

May 5th - Cinco de Mayo - First Saturday in Arivaca! MAY 10 - 7pm - The Pima County Sheriff town meeting at the Community Center

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MAY 20 - 8:30 - Community Workday at Arivaca Action Ctr - Potluck at 1:30 MAY 20 - Memorial Day Services at Arivaca Cemetery - see page 12 for details SATURDAYS Every Sat - 9am: Marian's Market. - Downtown. 1st Sat - 9am - Human Resources Rummage Sale 3rd Sat - 1pm - Arivaca Family and Community Education Assn. at the Old School (or at Library--call first). 3pm Friends of the Arivaca Library - Board Meeting

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If you own a horse and pen it where there is no shade leaving it in the brutal Arizona summer sun – you are a thoughtless brute. It is animal cruelty and your neighbors notice, people driving by notice but don’t say anything because obviously you are a thoughtless brute. Pet Sitter wanted for sweet dog. 441-5350 Register your 5-12 year old children now for our free summer camp!  Space is 3983010 for more info! Adult classes: Bal-a-vis-x to enhance balance, auditory (hearing), vision, while getting exercise! Tuesdays and Thursdays 2-3 at the ACC. 398-3010 Free Parenting classes for the 1st 3 weeks in May on Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-12. Sign up now 398-3010! 20 acres For Sale. 14050 W. Jalisco Rd.  Well, electric, small septic, horse corral, sheds, small structure, and fully fenced.  Asking $79,000.  520-396-0865 or jferris94@ Jan’s TLC & Kisses Grooming 398-2603



Universal Ranch RV Park, Arivaca - RV $20/day, $125/ Week, $375./Month Full Hookup, Electric included. Tent/$10. www. 770-540-4703 2+ acres, Arivaca Ranch Rd. near Arivaca all paved Roads. Property fenced with Well, Workshop, storage and studio apartment, Double wide, needs work. $68,500 OWC, trade possible, Discount for cash 520- 760-1981 RV/Trailer Parking Space: Near Arivaca on 40 acres fenced with cattle guard gate.. 45foot Shade Canopy with side awnings. Rent by the month $300. includes water and electricity. Call 398-2722.

C osmo S ervices , Revelatory Teachings and discussions from The URANTIA Book at Avalon Gardens EcoVillage, Tumacacori---Spiritual Leaders of Global Community Communications Alliance Church Gabriel of Urantia and Niánn Emerson Chase, Sundays 10:00 a.m. Hear the CosmoWorship Bright & Morning Star Choir. Organic lunch follows. Tours Available. Donations appreciated. We are the 99%. Call first (520) 603-9932.

Sundays - am - Heat Yoga (Comm Garden Yoga Greenhouse) Call for seasonally changing times - 398-2839 1st Sun - 3:30pm - Arivaca Water Cooperative Assn meet at town water yard 2nd Sun 4pm. Arivaca Action Center - Board Mtgs. 15925 W. Universal Ranch Rd, (formerly Carivaca) arivacaactioncenterinc@ Last Sun - 5:30pm - Arivaca Local Monthly Potluck at Obe Sweetwater’s home Mondays - 4pm - Gentle Yoga at Old Schoolhouse Call Nancy 398-9859 5:30- 6:30 pm - Silent Meditation at Old Schoolhouse 2nd Mon - 6:30pm - Ariv. Fire District Auxilary - at the Fire House

FOR SALE BY OWNER: 20 Acres, secluded in a canyon on Cedar Creek Rd., Arivaca, AZ. 2,240 sq .ft. 2002 4-bedroom, 3-bath home w/18 x 80 vaulted ceiling, deck w/wet bar and ceiling fans. Separate adobe wall B.B.Q. area and landscaped, shaded yard all enclosed by block wall. 24x32 adobe block shop w/ concrete floor, electric and 21 ft. electric door. 4-stall metal horse barn, power/water, electric horse walker. Enclosed tennis court, horse shoe pit, volleyball and more. $295,000. Terms Call 480-9938272

TUESDAYS: 2nd Tues:- 2pm Arivaca Library Book Club call 594-5239

3rd Tues - 7pm - Adyashanti Gathering Call for info 398-2512 .


1st Weds. - 6pm - People Helping People - Arivacans providing hospitality and community support in the borderlands. Arivaca Library

2nd Weds. -4pm - Arivaca Coordinating Council – Human Resources Group mtg. - Human Resource Office Public Invited

Last Weds. - 4pm - Arivaca Clinic meeting at the Clinic THURSDAYS: 4pm - Gentle Yoga at Old Schoolhouse Call Nancy Fricchione for more info. 398-9859 3rd Thurs - 7pm - Arivaca Fire District board meeting at Fire House public encouraged to attend.

Massage in Arivaca or Green Valley by Kathi Abbott. I will come to your home. Make appointments at your convenience. 520-904-9442


Gentle Touch Colt starting & training. 35 yrs exp. Certified The Horseman Jimmy 398-3031

Teen Night - Call Ellen 398-3010

FOR SALE OR Rent - BY OWNER 4.3 acre,for $47,000 Home site with excellent views. On the corner of Hardscrabble and Cedar Creek Rd. Power, water, septic and phone. Terms. Call 480-993-8272

Girl Scouts for all ages. Contact Patti Hanson - 398- 9411

URANTIA Book Fellowship Meeting and Classes---Mondays: 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at Avalon Organic Gardens EcoVillage facilitated by Elders and Ministers of Global Community Communications Alliance. We are the 99%. Call first (520) 603-9932.

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Tues & Thurs - 10 am to 12 pm Creative Play Recreation (ages 5-12) & KAPP (ages 3-5) (Community Center) . Call Ellen for info 398-3010

WEDS - 11:30am Pre-school & Toddler Story Hour, Arivaca Library. Babytime at 11:30 am on Fridays FOR SENIORS Teatime for Seniors (Arivaca Christian Center) Fridays - 1 - 3 pm Senior Outings One trip per month. Call 398-3010 or 398-2771 Senior Hiking Club on Mondays at 8 am. Call Ellen at the Arivaca Community Center for more information. 398-3010


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