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February 2014

Vol. X No.4


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On the cover is a beautiful watercolor painting of flowers by Roberta Rogers, above is another. Find many original pieces by Roberta Rogers at her Tubac Studio Gallery at 2 Calle Otero. More artist information: 520-979-4122

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Above: images from the 2014 Tubac Chamber of Commerce Sponsored Tubac Festival of the Arts and Car Nuts car show at the Tubac Golf Resort by Paula Beemer.



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by Carol St. John intimacy of art in the making, to be able to exchange ideas, ask this month is a watercolor by questions of the artists and get an inside view of their process. Roberta Rogers, one of Tubac’s prominent working artists. To On March 21st 22nd and 23rd, The Open Studio Tour invites see more examples of her work visit her gallery on Calle Otero. you to meander down the creative path via a map that will Roberta’s doors are open daily from ten to five, where she is lead you to open doors throughout Green Valley , Amado continually creating art and welcoming others to join her as and Tubac. Such an opportunity can’t help but add a greater the magic happens. An expert in watercolors and acrylics, her appreciation for the variety of talents residing in the area. venue is one of sunshine, brilliant colors and strong pattern, A new exhibit, From the Earth: glass, clay and paper , opens focusing on subjects near and dear to her heart and to Tubac; at the Tubac Center for the Arts on March 14th and will run old cars, unique doorways, buildings with character, stands of to April 20th. Concurrently, visitors will enjoy an exhibit that pottery and, of course, the proverbial floral bouquet. (See cover) previews the artwork of the tour’s participating artists. Tour If schmoozing with an artist and seeing their operation is guide books will be on hand , free for the asking, and ready appealing to you, The Open Studio Tour is an opportunity for to mark up and take home to plan the route you will take the the curious to visit a multitude of artists who work and thrive following weekend. For more information see or throughout Santa Cruz Valley. It’s a privilege to experience the call 520-398-2371.

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The Tubac Villager is a locally owned and independently operated journal, published monthly to celebrate the art of living in Southern Arizona. Opinions and information herein do not necessarily reflect those of the advertisers or the publishers. Advertiser and contributor statements and qualifications are the responsibility of the advertiser or contributor named. All articles and images are the property of the Tubac Villager, and/or writer or artist named, and may not be reproduced without permission. Letters are welcome.

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ONGOING @ the Patagonia Lake - Mondays & Fridays, 9am - Bird Walks at Patagonia Lake State Park. Free after admission to Park. Meet at east end of Campground. Saturdays & Sundays - Avian Boat Tours of Patagonia Lake on at 9am and 10:15. Lake Discovery Tours at 11:30 AM. Twilight Tours on Saturday evenings. Reservations Required. Call Visitor Center 520287-2791 to reserve and to find out time of departure for Twilight Tour. Cost: $5 per person per tour. Saturdays at 2pm & Sundays at 10:30am - Junior Ranger Activities at the Visitor Center. @ the Church at Tubac - Wednesdays: AWANA Clubs 6:30-8pm. The Church at Tubac, 2242 West Frontage Road, Tubac. All children from the age of 3 years old and up through high school are welcome. Sundays: The Church at Tubac Sunday Morning Worship. Sunday School at 10am; Worship Service at 11am. 2242 West Frontage Road, Tubac. (520) 398-2325. Thursdays, 5:45-7:15pm - Sahuarita Toastmasters at The Good Shepherd Church, 17750 S. La Canada, Sahuarita. Better communication in a "learn by doing" program, self-paced, fun, gain confidence, become a better speaker and leader. Toastmasters has been helping men and women since 1924. Visit our club any Thursday! Special Events: February 20, Open House-you are invited to see and hear what Toastmasters is all about. Tall Tales and International Contests on February 27. info: . Sundays, 9am - Worship at All Saints Anglican Church, Assumption Chapel, 9 Amado Montosa Rd, Amado. 520-777-6601. Sundays, 10am - The Unitarian Universalist Congregation meets every at the Amado Territory. Take Interstate 19, Exit 48 east. Sundays, 2-5pm - Live Music at Wisdom's DOS! La Entrada. Suite 102. 520-216-7664. Now Thru February 14 - Rosemont Copper Project objection period. Forest Supervisor Jim Upchurch of the Coronado National Forest has prepared a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and draft Record of Decision (ROD) for the Rosemont Copper Project. The proposed project would be conducted on approximately 995 acres of private land owned by Rosemont Copper Company, 3,670 acres of Forest Service System lands, and 75 acres of Arizona State Land Department lands. Proposed activities include an open pit mine and associated processing and disposal facilities approximately 30 miles south of the town of Tucson, AZ. The operation would produce copper, molybdenum, and silver concentrates. The FEIS and draft ROD are available on-line at the project website: These documents are also available for review at all of the Coronado National Forest offices in addition to numerous public libraries in and around Tucson. Additional information can be obtained by contacting: Mindy Sue Vogel, Coronado National Forest, 300 W. Congress, Tucson, AZ, 520.388.8327, * * * * *

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February 5 thru 9 - 55th Annual Tubac Festival of the Arts features 175 art booths with artists from around the country. The festival features a range of artwork from fine painting and sculpture to fun and functional ceramics, skillfully crafted wood and leatherworks and shimmering glass. Visitors will also see photography, unique jewelry, artful clothing and mixed media works. Festival attendees will find several parking lots both in and adjacent to the event. Throughout the festival, free trolley service takes visitors to and from the parking lots and around Tubac village. The horse-drawn carriages delight attendees of all ages. The food court offers a variety of ethnic and regional foods including Greek, Frybread, Asian and Southwestern cuisine. Also on hand will be festival favorites such as barbeque, burgers, corn dogs, curly fries, funnel cakes, ice cream, kettle and fresh corn and fresh squeezed lemonade. Visitors can take home treats including gourmet pastas, fudge, spices, salsas, honey, roasted nuts, garlic specialties, jams and jellies. Admission is free. Parking is $8 per car, all parking proceeds benefit local nonprofit organizations. Presented by the Tubac Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact the Chamber at (520) 398-2704 or visit their website At the Festival - Old Presidio Traders will have their Navajo Silversmith, Monroe and Lillie Ashley, in the store demonstrating and taking 'Special Orders' the week of Februray 3rd - 9th. We welcome you to stop by and see all the exciting things they have. Beginning Wednesday Glass Sculpter, Robert Sanders, will be here for the Festival. 520-398-9333. - Park at the Tubac Presidio - Nonprofit organizations (including us!) benefit from the $8 per car charge for parking. Our lot is the best one: it's paved and the closest lot to the Festival. You can insist on parking at the Presidio, but you will have to resist everyone's frantic gesticulations to get you to park in their lots. Just keep insisting "The Presidio" and make your way across Burruel to our beautiful lot. You'll get a free pass to see the Presidio, too! February 7, 5-7pm - AZ Aqueous XXVIII Exhibit opening reception at the Tubac Center of the Arts. Exhibit runs February 7 – March 9, 2014. Meet the artists and enjoy appetizers provided by our exhibit sponsor, Shelby’s Bistro of Tubac. 9 Plaza Rd. 520-398-2371. February 7, 6-9pm - Live Music at the Cow Palace. Dusk 'til Dawn. Amado, I-19 Exit 48. 520-398-8000. February 7, 7:00 - Benefit Concert for Blankets, Babies and Borders at the Good Shepherd Church, 17750 S. La Canada, Sahuarita, featuring the internationally known duo, Lisa Otey, one of the the pianists at the Gaslight Theater, and Diane Van Deurzen, known for her Big Band music. Tickets are $15 at the door or at The Book Shop in G.V. Village or at the Chamber of Commerce. February 8, 9am - Guided Bird Watching at the Tumacacori National Historical Park. Meet at the visitor center, wear comfortable shoes and bring water. Binoculars recommended, loaners available. Adission to the park is $3 adults, kids free. 520-377-5060 ext. 0. February 8, 9am-3:30pm - Green Valley Genealogical Society's SEMINAR: "New England Research," by Marian Pierre-Louis, Professional Genealogist. Topics: Researching in Colonial New England; Pirates and Prisoners - the Registry of Deeds has more than just SPECIALIZING IN deeds; Cemetery Research - gravestones in New AWARD WINNING England can be a little different; Don't Call Your ARTISTS: Relatives, Let Them Call You! - how genealogical smarts and a little web savvy can send your LOIS distant cousins right to your inbox. Marian GRIFFEL, Pierre-The seminar fee ($45.00) includes a box lunch. Coffee and sign-up from 8:15 to 9:00. WALTER Registration is required, by February 1. More PORTER, information, registration form, and a map to Valley Presbyterian Church can be found on our RUSSELL website by googling "AZ GVGS" or contacting RECCHION, JoAnn Herbst at 396-4630 (joannherbst@cox. net.). Valley Presbyterian Church, 2800 S. Camino SANDY del Sol, Green Valley. BRODY, February 8, 11am - Horse AND ART IN Racing at Rillito Park Race MINIATURE BY Track. Thoroughbred & Quarter Hourse racing, gates open at 11am, post time 1pm. 4502 PHIL N First Ave, Tucson. Every Sat for 8 weeks through BECK, March 30. 520-293-5011. CLINTON February 8, 2pm - CONCERT HOBART, HAUL™ TO GIVE GRAND PREVIEW PERFORMANCE LINDA IN PATAGONIA. Professional Stage ST. CLAIR, on Wheels Hits the Road to Present Free Classical Music in front of Global Arts Gallery ERIC in downtown Patagonia. The performance is MICHAELS, part of Global Arts Gallery’s annual Valentine’s Day Celebration and will feature a program JACK of romantic music from Europe, Mexico, and WAHL, Latin America. The concert will showcase two local ensembles, the Trio Allegretto BRUCE (flute, viola, piano) and the Martin Marquez CODY, troubadours. Pulled by a truck, the Concert Haul™ is a custom designed trailer outfitted MAURICIO with theatre lights, a sound system, a digital FERNANDEZ piano, an 8’x16’stage plus storage for 50 chairs AND – a virtual turnkey operation. Free. For more BATIK ARTIST information: concert-haul.pdf or call: (520) 394-9495. DIKKI VAN


February 8, 3pm - Come and hear her ideas to improve Arizona. GVR East Center, Abrego Drive. Sponsored by the Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area. Questions? 838.0590. February 8, 6-9pm - Live Music - Beau Renfro and Clear Country at the Cow Palace. Amado, I-19 Exit 48. 520-398-8000. February 8 & 9, Workshop "Painting with Light, Life, & Sparkle" with Judy Morris. Great Inspiration and Good Design are only the start of a successful painting. It’s true… interesting subject matter and good design attract the viewers attention. But the job of holding the viewers attention goes to the painting techniques that are used.  Judy will show you how to “entertain the viewers eye” so they look at your painting longer. Cost: $275.00 / members – $285.00 / non-members + $20 materials fee. Full registration or non-refundable down payment of $175.00 required in advance. At the Tubac Center of the Arts. 520-398-2371. February 9, 2-4pm - changeishappening! presents Sarah Garrecht Gassen, ‘What Gets You Up From the Couch?’ Garrecht Gassen is a UA journalism professor and a columnist for the Arizona Daily Star. All are welcome. At the Green Valley Library. February 10, 11 & 12, 1-5pm - Carrie B Jacobson Palette Knife workshops at P. Geren Gallery. Jacobson is known for painting with a palette knife, an approach that builds a heavy surface on her paintings. “They are three-dimensional, really,” she says. “And the nearly sculptural surface gives the paintings a different feel than more traditional flat work has. The surface captures the light in an interesting way, too.” The workshops take place Feb. 10, 11 and 12, from 1-5 p.m. Each is $75; all three are offered for $200. The Feb. 10 workshop is on painting with a palette knife; the Feb. 11 workshop is on pet portraits; and the Feb. 12 workshop is a plein-air painting session. The workshops will take place at the P. Geren Gallery, 19 Tubac Road. Call the gallery at 520-398-3384 for information or to sign up. February 10 & 12, 6pm - Auditions for Santa Cruz Shoestring Players' production of " The Fox on the Fairway” at the Community Performance and Arts Center in Green Valley, AZ, 1250 W. Continental Road in the theater. This recent American comedy requires three men: age range 20s - 70s. There are roles for three women: age range 20s - 60s. Audition process will involve cold readings from the script. Interested parties with no prior acting experience are welcome to audition. Anyone interested in assisting back stage or “behind the scenes” should also attend. Rehearsals are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Play runs April 11 - April 19. For more information contact the director Susan Ford at 520-207-4045 or e-mail: February 12, 18, 25, & 26, 9:30am-12:30pm - Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations at the Tubac Presidio Park. Professional printer and teacher James Pagels demonstrates the Washington Hand Press used to print Arizona’s first newspaper in 1859 and answers questions about hand press printing, type setting, and other aspects of this marvel of industrial engineering. Included with park admission $5 adult, $2 youth 7- 13, children free. February 12, 10am-12noon - Walking Tours of Tubac's Art History. Learn why Tubac is the town where "Art and History Meet." Join Gwen Griffin and Nancy Valentine for the Tubac Presidio Park's newest walking tour to discover where Tubac's first artists worked and hear stories of their creative lives. The tour ends at the Tubac Center of the Arts where you will view the work of Tubac’s artists and enjoy light refreshments. Meet at the Park’s Visitor Center. Allow 2 hours for the tour and bring walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat. $15 fee includes admission to tour the Tubac Presidio Park and the Tubac Center of the Arts. Tour limited to 10 people; reservations encouraged, 520- 398-2252 or February 12, 6pm - Auditions for Santa Cruz Shoestring Players' production of " The Fox on the Fairway” at the Community Performance and Arts Center in Green Valley, AZ, 1250 W. Continental Road in the theater. February 14, 21, 28 10am-12noon - Walking Tours of Old Town Tubac. Guided tours of the “Old Town” section of Tubac with Alice Keene, every Friday (except February 7) through March 2014. Explore the original adobe buildings and discover the rich heritage of Arizona’s first European settlement. Learn about early Native American inhabitants, Spanish explorers, mining booms, Apache attacks, kidnappings, duels and other episodes in Tubac’s colorful past. Meet at the Park’s Visitor Center. Allow 2 hours for the tour and bring walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat. $10 fee includes admission to tour the Presidio Park. Tour limited to 20; reservations requested, 520-398-2252 or

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February 14, 6-9pm - Live Music - Spur of the Moment at the Cow Palace. Amado, I-19 Exit 48. 520-398-8000. February 14, 7pm - Arizona...Lens, Lyrics, & Lore: Special Statehood Concert by Dolan Ellis. Arizona’s Official State Balladeer, guitarist, singer and songwriter par excellence will entertain us with songs, images and stirring tales of our state's glorious history with drama and humor. Tickets for the special concert are $20 for adults, free for children 14 and under. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. For reservations, please call 520-398-2252 or email February 14, 7:30pm - Kristen Drathman, vocalist, performs at the Tubac Center of the Arts. Phoenix-based actor, singer, concert performer, and teacher, Kristen has sung in venues all over the world. Her voice is that wonderful combination of strength and delicacy.  She has designed a program specifically for the Tubac audience that will include songs well known and loved. Tickets $20. 520-398-2371. February 14 - Valentine's Day Specials at Stables Dining Room at the Tubac Golf Resort and Spa. 520-398-2678. February 15, 11am - Horse Racing at Rillito Park Race Track. Thoroughbred & Quarter Hourse racing, gates open at 11am, post time 1pm. 4502 N First Ave, Tucson. Every Sat through March 30. 520-293-5011. February 15, 2pm - The Columbian Exchange Presentation by Jack Lasseter. We all know that Columbus came to the New World in 1492, a date memorized in school, and that the “superior" Europeans subsequently conquered the Indians, many of whom died of contagious European diseases. But our knowledge of the significance of this event to our lives today ends there. Historical biologists believe that it was the most important event affecting humanity since the die-off of the large mammals at the end of the Last Ice Age during the Pleistocene. Come and hear why. You will be amazed. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served. $15 per lecture. Please call for reservations and future dates, 520- 398-2252. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the community effort to “Save the Presidio.” February 16, 2-4pm - Love Affair with Chocolate. Our love affair with chocolate will begin with a brief exploration of the history, geography and culture of chocolate in New Spain. Everyone will be able to sample the 18th century chocolate drink enjoyed by Juan Bautista de Anza on his famous expedition to California. We will then show a captivating 60 minute documentary film describing the allure of chocolate over 3,500 years. Then we will enjoy a number of pairings of chocolate with several varieties of wine, and there will be some special chocolate treats to bring the affair to a scrumptious finale. $10 includes admission to tour the Park. Seating is limited for this event. Call 398-2252 for reservations or email us at February 17 thru 20, 9am-4pm - Lois Griffel Painting Impressionist Color workshops at P. Geren Gallery. Tuition $350. P. Geren Gallery, 19 Tubac Road. Call the gallery at 520-398-3384 for information or to sign up. February 18, 9am - baby blanket making at Friends in Deed (NOTE NEW VENUE) Blankets, Babies and Borders invites you to make a blanket for a Mexican mom in need. Fabric provided, no sewing involved, all welcome. February 18, 9:30am-12:30pm - Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations at the Tubac Presidio Park. February 18, 2pm - Jack Lasseter Arizona History Series - The Columbian Exchange. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served. $15 per lecture. Please call for reservations and future dates, 520-398-2252. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the community effort to “Save the Presidio.” At Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, 1 Burruel Street. 520-398-2252. February 18, 7:30pm – TSO Pops! perform That’s Amore! at Green Valley Recreation West Center, 1111 W Via Arcoiris. Join Conductor Albert-George Schramm for a musical night of love, with classic and film favorites including “O Sole Mio”, Tchaikovsky’s “Capriccio Italien”, “Santa Lucia”and the “Theme from The Godfather”. Tickets range from $36 to $43. For tickets call 520-625-0288. All performances open to the public. February 19, 2pm - Guided Tour of the Barrio de Tubac Archaeological Site. Special tour by local experts of the Spanish colonial archaeological site just south of the Park which preserves the remains of the original Tubac town site, including residence foundations, plaza area, refuse area and partial irrigation ditch. Meet at the Park’s Visitor Center. Tour involves a walk of about 1- 1/4 miles. Bring walking

shoes, sunscreen and hat. $10 fee includes admission to tour the Presidio Park. Tour limited to 15; reservations requested, 520-398-2252 or Private tours for five or more can be scheduled; call or e-mail the Park to arrange. February 21, 10am-12noon - Walking Tours of Old Town Tubac. Tour limited to 20; reservations requested, 520-398-2252 or February 21 & 28, 11am-2pm - Living History: Chocolate in Spanish Colonial Tubac. Explore the history, geography, and culture of chocolate in New Spain. Park Volunteer will guide you through the test kitchens of the Mayan, Aztec and Spanish Colonials, demonstrating how chocolate was processed and discussing its role in the diet, medicine and social customs of the times. Sample the energy drink that fueled the 1775-1776 Anza expedition from Tubac to San Francisco. Included with Tubac Presdidio park admission $5 adult, $2 youth, children free. 520-398-2252. February 21, 4-6pm - The Border Community Alliance (BCA) will host an open house at their office. The Border Community Alliance, formed in November, 2013 by a local group previously associated with the Santa Cruz Community Foundation (SCCF), has taken over responsibility for a number of local and crossborder programs that had been run by the SCCF, and have already attracted the attention of several major universities and foundations. Building on collaboration with other local agencies, as well as a unique partnership with Fundación del Empresariado Sonorense A.C. (FESAC) in Nogales, Sonora Mexico, the Border Community Alliance will develop and strengthen programs to improve the quality of life for residents and businesses of border communities. The organization has applied for its 501(c)3 status and has launched a website at: Offices are located at 2221 East Frontage Road, Building F, Suite 201, Tubac, AZ 85646. Other offices are in Nogales Sonora with FESAC and in San Francisco, California. For more information, please call 520-398-3229. February 21, 7pm – Dance with Partners at Green Valley Recreation Canoa Hills, 3660 S Camino del Sol. Slide on your boots or favorite pair of dancing shoes to enjoy an evening of swinging and swaying to the country hits of yesterday and today. Tickets range from $10 to $14. For tickets call 520-625-6200. Advance ticket sales only. All events open to the public. February 22, 9am - Guided Bird Watching at the Tumacacori National Historical Park. Meet at the visitor center, wear comfortable shoes and bring water. Binoculars recommended, loaners available. Adission to the park is $3 adults, kids free. 520-377-5060 ext. 0. February 22, 9am-noon - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will host public meetings and a field trip in February and early March to continue public engagement in the development of a new Resource Management Plan (RMP) for the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (SPRNCA). BLM/Forest Service Building, 4070 S. Avenida Saracino, Hereford, AZ. For more information visit: http://sanpedronca. or or contact David McIntyre at 520-258-7259 or


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February 22, 11am-2pm - Living History: Foods of the Spanish Colonial Period. Volunteers dressed in period clothing describe the combination of native and introduced foods enjoyed by the Spanish soldiers and civilians who lived in Tubac during the Spanish Colonial period (1752-1776). Featuring a special display of the bounty of foods from the Old World, New World and surrounding desert used by Tubac cooks, plus cooking demos with samples. $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free. At the Tubac Presidio Park, 520-398-2252. February 22, 11am - Horse Racing at Rillito Park Race Track. Thoroughbred & Quarter Hourse racing, gates open at 11am, post time 1pm. 4502 N First Ave, Tucson. Every Sat through March 30. 520-293-5011. February 22 & 23, 10am-4pm - 21st Annual Southwest Indian Art Fair on the main lawn of the Arizona State Museum at the Univeristy of Arizona in Tucson. 200 Native artists with demonstrations, featuring music and dance performances. $10 adults, children & students Free. events/swiaf.index.shtml. February 22, 6-9pm - Celebrities “Sell-Ebrate” Art. Come in costume and enjoy this fun and exciting fundraising party at Tubac Center of the Arts. Food, Drink, Music, Dance, Entertainment and Art to buy. RSVP and purchase your tickets now, as space is limited to 120 reservations. $50 for Members, $60 for Guests. Call 520-398-2371. February 23, 11am - The Pimeria Alta Historical Society’s annual home tour features “Houses Made of Stone.” Guided bus tours will leave the downtown Nogales museum at 11:00 a.m. and noon, or, maps will be provided for those wishing to take a self- guided tour. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. The $30 ticket includes food, beverages, a boutique, and a silent auction. Tickets are available at the museum, located at 136 N. Grand Avenue, Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on the day of the tour. The tour highlights several houses crafted of tufa stone, which was quarried in downtown Nogales at the beginning of the 20th century. These represent the Richardsonian Romaneque architectural style and are located in the Crawford Historic District. Another home in this downtown neighborhood is more modern, with spectacular views of Mexico. Other houses on the tour include a home built where the stables stood at Camp Little and houses built from river rock in the beautiful Sleepy Hollow neighborhood. For reservations, or for more information, contact the museum at or by calling (520) 287-4621. February 23, 2-5pm - The Hal Empie Gallery will host a book signing for H. Alan Day, Co-author of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s book, “Lazy B”. Alan’s new book is titled “The Horse Lover”. Author talks at 2 & 4pm. Call to reserve your autographed copy or have one mailed to you. 520-389-2811. February 25, & 26, 9:30am-12:30pm - Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations at the Tubac Presidio Park. February 25, 6-7pm - The Residents of Rio Rico RoRR, a DBA of Rio Rico Property Owners Association, Inc. host a monthly membership meeting to inform, educate and help residents to get to know their neighbors. The whole Santa Cruz County community is welcome to attend. Our guest speaker Jose Arriola, Epidemiologist from the Santa Cruz County Health Services. Topic: Public awareness regarding related to food preparation and safety. For more information please call (520) 281-7880. February 27 & 28 - Cultural Travel: Art & Archeology - Phoenix with Fiesta Tours International to benefit the Tubac Center of the Arts. Become acquainted with the Hohokam culture at the fascinating ruin of Pueblo Grande. See some of the most accessible petroglyphs in the area. Enjoy dinner at a nearby “farm to table” restaurant. $375.00 per person single occupancy, $90.00 single supplement. 520-398-9705 or www. February 27, 11am-2pm - Living History: Medicine of the Spanish Colonial Period. When the Spanish soldiers and their families settled Tubac in 1752, there was no doctor or surgeon among them. It was the responsibility of the women to treat their family's physical complaints and wounds. Medicine was basic and dependent on herbs and plants known for their healing properties. This living history program features a display of medicinal herbs and plants, and knowledgeable commentary by an herbalist who will tell visitors how these plants were used by “curanderas” (healers) to treat illness and injuries. $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free. At the Tubac Presidio Park, 520-398-2252. February 27, 7pm – L.A. Theatre Works The Graduate presented at Green Valley Recreation West Center, 1111 W Via Arcoiris. This national tour brings to life this groundbreaking novel of the 1960s to life with its themes of rebellion, confusion and love. The characters of Mrs. Robinson, Benjamin Braddock and Elaine will touch audiences with their honesty and hilarity. Tickets range from $44 to $49. For tickets call 520-625-0288. All performances open to the public.

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suPerintendent to be seLected

Rodney Rich, superintendent of the Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District No. 35 (Tubac and Rio Rico) will retire June 30 and the fivemember school board has announced plans to choose his replacement. The formal search will be assisted by the Arizona School Boards Association. The application process began Feb. 1 and closes March 7 at midnight.

Applications will be screened by the school board March 18 and interviews with candidates selected are expected to be held March 29.

For information, visit the website of Arizona School Boards Association at or call Julie Kuboyama at the school district’s main office at (520) 375-8261.

friends of Presidio

comPLetes first year

A new non-profit took over management of the Tubac Presidio State Park last year on March 1, and the accomplishments were praised during the annual meeting of Friends of the Tubac Presidio and Museum on Jan. 20.

The group’s goals have included being efficient managers of the park and finding ways to encourage more people to visit the park, which was Arizona’s first state park and which showcases the second-oldest schoolhouse in the state, built in 1885.

Earl Wilson, president of the board of Friends of the Tubac Presidio and Museum, speaks at the annual members meeting. He’s joined by Joan Jobe, secretary, and Heinz Hohendorf, treasurer. Photo by Kathleen Vandervoet

Heinz Hohendorf, treasurer of the board of directors, said the park costs between $10,000 and $12,000 a month to operate “and an untold number of volunteers hours each month. Without volunteers it wouldn’t work,” he said.

The 11-acre Tubac Presidio State Historic Park was slated to be closed in May 2010 due to the state’s budget crisis. The Tubac Historic Society volunteered to manage the park and do fundraising under an agreement between the state and Santa Cruz County. After three years, the society leaders decided to end the arrangement.

That set the scene for Friends of the Tubac Presidio. They formed a new nonprofit corporation in early 2013, signed a management agreement with the county, and retained Shaw Kinsley as park director. He’s the only paid employee. The board includes President Earl Wilson, Hohendorf, secretary Joan Jobe, Alan Hyde, Dennis Eshleman and Jim Swiggett.

Wilson said the group continues to need support from volunteers and fundraising will be ongoing. To learn about volunteering opportunties, call (520) 398-2252. The Tubac Presidio Park and Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

area has 2 new Leaders

The Pima County Board of Supervisors on Jan. 22 chose former state Rep. Andrea Dalessandro to replace state Sen. Linda Lopez, who resigned in January. Dalessandro represents Legislative District 2, which stretches from Nogales to southern Tucson and includes all of Santa Cruz County.

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on Medicaid expansion and protecting senior citizens from scams.”

“Andrea will be a welcome addition to the Senate Democratic Caucus as we continue our work to improve our schools, protect Arizona’s vulnerable children and encourage economic growth for our state.”

Dalessandro, 66, had served in the House since January 2013. State law requires that her replacement be of the same political party as she is, Democrat, and live in the same county. The Pima County Board of Supervisors on Feb. 4 appointed Demion Clinco, 33, to fill Dalessandro’s seat. The vote was 3-2, according to an article in the Arizona Daily Star.

Clinco is President of the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation Board and CEO of Frontier Consulting Group. He also serves on the Tucson-Pima County Historic Commission and the board of the Center for Desert Archeology. He has a bachelor's degree in art history from Occidental College in Los Angeles, the article said.

Physician coming to Tubac

Jim Derickson, M.D., is scheduled to start working at the Tubac Regional Health Center on March 1. He said he’ll work three and a half days each week, supplementing the nurse practitioner, Joshua Limon, so that the clinic is open five days a week. Dick Taggert, president of the board of the Tubac Health Care Foundation, which owns the clinic building, spoke briefly at the Jan. 27 meeting of the Santa Cruz Valley Citizens Council.

He said the foundation board has made grants in recent years, and has purchased and donated three automatic external defibrillators to Tubac locations.

Taggert said the foundation can potentially award $25,000 to $30,000 a year in grants. The funding comes from a trust fund, donations, a grant from the White Elephant Thrift Shop and rent from Northwest Allied Physicians.

Recently a grant was approved to fund vision and hearing tests for children at Montessori de Santa Cruz School in Tubac, he said. Other grants have been for parenting classes and a senior exercise program at the Tubac Community Center.

The medical program is operated by Northwest Allied Physicians. Taggert said their website has additional information. It is: www.

New home

construction rises

The local economy is looking more robust based on new home construction. Residential building in Santa Cruz County communities grew 27 percent between 2012 and 2013. During the past year, construction on 47 new homes started in Nogales and Santa Cruz County, up from 37 in 2012.

Rio Rico neighborhoods had 17 new homes started last year, while in Tubac, 13 new homes received permits, according to documents at the Santa Cruz County Building Department.

One day cut

from transfer station

The Tubac Transfer Station will be open three days a week, down from four days a week, starting Feb. 24. Days open are Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the station is closed from noon to 1 p.m. each day for lunch. The transfer station, which accepts trash and recycling, had been running at a deficit so this is one of the changes made by Santa Cruz County, said Karl Moyer of the solid waste division. The transfer station is northwest of the Chavez Siding interchange of I-19. Another trash disposal location is the Rio Rico Landfill, which is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s located northwest of the Peck Canyon interchange of I-19. (For comments or questions, contact Kathleen Vandervoet at �

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tubac historicaL s ociety is revitaLiZed New board members of the Tubac Historical Society are, standing, from left, Nick Bleser, Mindy Maddock, Nancy Valentine, Gwen Griffin, Jan Fancher and Shaw Kinsley. Seated, from left, are Rochelle Ulrich, Brenda Camou, Lynn Carey, Karen Wilson, Loretta Lewis and Joan Ellinwood. Not pictured are Kevin McMahon, Leila Pearsall and Mary Robidoux. Photo by Paula Beemer

by Kathleen Vandervoet


he Tubac Historical Society has a brand-new 15-member board of directors elected at a membership meeting held Jan. 23 which drew about 90 people. The previous board, which had shrunk to four people after 10 members resigned, did not hold the required annual membership meeting a year ago. The previous board was even without a president because acting president Sam Chilcote resigned on Jan. 20. S E R V I N G

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The last person elected as president, Shaw Kinsley, was ousted in May 2012. He was given the choice by the board at that time, he said, to either resign as board president or resign from his paid job as director of the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, which at that time was managed by the historical society’s three-member management team.

Most people were dismayed to learn that about $54,700 of funds raised over the years by the members of the Tubac Historical Society had been spent to pay attorney’s fees for the former board and small bills for computer software and rent. That had been approved in a November 2013 court settlement.

At the Jan. 23 meeting, Bruce Pheneger, one of the four remaining board members, chaired the meeting. He said the historical society had funds remaining of $18,224 which it converted to a cashier’s check to be handed to the new board. He said the organization’s bank accounts had been closed since it was clear a new group was interested in being elected.

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The court actions began in January 2013 when Chilcote canceled the annual meeting and never scheduled another date. A group of members acted to hold a meeting and elect officers. The original board sued the new group for its actions and for its attempt to access the society’s bank accounts.

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After the meeting, new board member Lynn Carey said she’s looking forward to having the historical society’s research library open again on a regular basis and to developing educational programs for the members. She also wants the group to work in partnership with the Friends of the Tubac Presidio and Museum. If interested in volunteering, folks should email the historical society at

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The new officers of the board were named Jan. 28 and they are President Lynn Carey, Vice President Mary Robidoux, Secretary Gwen Griffin, and Treasurer Mindy Maddock. The other board members include Nick Bleser, Brenda Camou, Joan Ellinwood, Jan Fancher, Shaw Kinsley, Loretta Lewis, Kevin McMahon, Leila Pearsall, Rochelle Ulrich, Nancy Valentine and Karen Wilson.


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Carey said she wants the community to know: "My goal has always been to get control of THS back in the hands of the members, where it belongs. While I'm happy to serve as president for the time being, that has never been my aim. I am not an historian. 

“My intention is to get THS back up and running and then step aside for someone more qualified to hold the office."


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Ooh La La's Betty Kiesle-Yoder, left, and Manager Loma Woodburn. am not sure if shopping is the action associated Iportrayed, with the female gender as it is typically but I do have to say that my tolerance

for long lines, full racks and -lengthy scouting through a store is much greater than my husband’s. In fact, tolerance may even be the wrong word to use and “pleasure” may be more accurate. However, the degree of pleasure when entering the store is a little different from the one leaving the place. In truth, many times I have left with a serious case of buyer’s remorse, feeling spendthrift and irresponsible. The worst part of it all, when I’ve bought some clothes, is managing the quick tip toe around the house with bags hanging off my shoulder to get to the closet before my husband comes for a hug and realizes I am not the frugal, thrifty person he wished he had married. Of course this is a little exaggerated, because most times I confront my issue with dignity and the attitude that I well deserve this. Now, there is a totally different experience in shopping where I feel richer - when I feel I am stretching my money further save - but still get what I want. In that case I feel I really SCORED. Like that, discounts, clearance and sale signs make me happy and free... guilt free. Perhaps a very frugal and happy shopping experience would be at the thrift store, which I don’t mind at all, but the savings of this kind don’t always compensate for the time it takes to check every item for wear and tear. A good compromise are the consignment stores where consignors, the owners of the products, have equal interest with the consignees, the store owners, to sell the products and therefore are more likely to select the pieces on display carefully. Besides the delight of buying something excellent for less, there are a few other factors that makes consignment shopping great: the element of surprise! They never know what they will find or what will arrive, there can be a treasure in every corner. Also, there are the factors of recycling, moneymaking and uniqueness; it is not often that one will find more than one of the same item. In my adventures through Tubac and around the area I’ve found various stores of this nature all worth a visit, among these are Schätze’s, Jane’s Attic, Sweet Poppy, Gypsy Cowgirl in Tubac and Ooh La La in Amado. I visited several of our area's consignment shops with the purpose of learning more about the operation and of course… to take the opportunity to find something beautiful!

irst stop: at the lively and vibrant Sweet Poppy F Design and Exchange, located in Mercado de Baca in Tubac Road. It is owned by Marsha and

Tom Droegkamp who have been in the business for the last three years. The store is filled with color and music, a fine combination that adds to the pleasure of discovery and exploring inside. Although a great part of the inventory is on consignment there are many beautiful new decorative items like the poppies, a fine selection of Mata Ortiz pottery, some local artists’ paintings, cards, photography and even food items like pecan oil and the addictively flavored, chocolate-covered biscottis. Marsha’s passion for interior design comes through beautifully in the arrangement of items mixing the new with the old. Everything looks attractive and like a great addition to any home. She encourages appointments to take consignments, but they are not necessary. Interested people should come to the store to find out about the terms of consignment, but most importantly, to see what it is about and then decide if what they want to consign fits the style; colorful, artful, unique, original and fun. She says they have been blessed with wonderful consignors filling the store with very interesting items. They have added a showroom in the same Mercado de Baca, across the footbridge, near Shelby’s Bistro and The Stone House of Tubac. My experience visiting the Droegkamp's stores was wonderful, I walked out with lots of knowledge, a few shirts, a sweater, biscottis and I am yet to go back for a jacket and a specific something for my house… if no one has beat me to them. To plan a visit to these business refer to the information in the text box. Summer hours may change, check with each store. continued my adventure into Jane’s Attic where I interviewed Jane Lowder, the owner. Jane has been in the business 11 years and still loves it. Perhaps her formal background in marketing and sales, her positive spirit and her -strong business/personal skills have helped her run a successful operation. Along with her mother, Marilynn Lowder, they have created another fun place to go for great bargains. It’s filled with beautifully selected pieces of jewelry, clothing and accessories, many of which are well-known brands, furniture and home décor, including everyday items and art pieces. Lowder meets consignors by appointment, and on average she has four to five appointments a day. Consignors may have to wait two to three weeks for an appointment and bring their items to the store. She encourages people to contact her before they start organizing their garages.


The clothes are organized by color and sizes. There is plenty of space to move around among the racks.

Tu b a c Vi l l a g e r F e b r u a r y 2 0 1 4 Accepting or declining an item is delicate, but she has enough experience to deal with it. A rejection for an item one day is not necessarily one in the future, she added. Items are kept in the store for three month in the case of clothing and up to eight months for non-clothing articles. After that, the item is donated or picked up by the consignor. The price of most items will be dropped after it has been in the store two months. ext was Gypsy Cowgirl, located at 6 Camino Otero in Tubac. There I met with the owner, Doreen Anderson. The store specializes in high-end Western wear with brands like Double D Ranchwear, Johnny Was; 3J Workshop, Lucky Brand Jeans and others. Anderson describes it as unique clothing and accessories for women. The style is beautiful and the prices are very affordable. After I visited the store I found myself day-dreaming about it. Some of the items she carries still have their tags, but regardless, they have discounts of at least 50 percent, explained Anderson. She encourages appointments, but at this point they are not necessary unless it is a large amount of items. With about 65 consigners the store is filled with great pieces and a good size inventory to satisfy every woman’s shape, size and taste. The terms for consignment are 50/50 and a consignor can expect a monthly statement with payment if items have sold. y last stop was at “Ooh La La,” which specializes in upscale clothing. I learned their name after complimenting a friend’s dress. The store is located at the Amado Territory Ranch in Amado and it is a funding source for The Sonoran Desert Center for Spiritual Living. It has been officially opened since December 20102, and the work is done mainly by volunteers, approximately 30. During my visit I met with one of them, Loma Woodburn, a manager who with enthusiasm described the operation. When I walked into the store, my eyes immediately gravitated to the right to see several circular racks,



with clothing grouped by color and size, shelves with hats, shoes, purses and beautiful belts and scarves hanging throughout the store. My vision finally returned to what was in front of me, the glass cases filled with very, very affordable jewelry. I could hardly wait to get my hands between hangers to select my new acquisition, but also I wanted to learn so I let Woodburn walk me through the process of consignment. When a consignor wants to bring items into the store for the first time they must make an appointment. They will be met by one of the volunteers who will assign them a number and ask them to determine some of the terms of the agreement, said Woodburn. These terms include: Percentage of revenue: (consignor/consignee) 50/50 cash or 55/45-store credit Price: pricing is typically done by volunteer experts. If the item doesn’t sell in 30 days, they will reduce it 15%, after 30 days it will be reduced 30% and at the end of 90 days it will expire. Expiration: when the item expires, consignors have the option to retrieve it or donate it. If they choose to pick it up they have five days to do so. During this time, consignors will get an idea of what they can expect and will learn about the store policies. - Any visit after that can just be a drop-in. When the items are received and entered into the system, Ooh La La sends an email detailing all products and it is also available online at www. by selecting the name of the store and entering their consignor number. With this -in place, a consignor will always know the status of their account. Ooh La La not only serves the spiritual center and the community in the obvious forms of service, but they offer organizations called “ Style Shows.” Women of different sizes, looks and adult ages can come and have something similar to a fashion show. They get to try different styles, along with advice and suggestions. “It is a lot of fun and we want to do this more,” said Woodburn.

(Above, right) Two ladies visiting from Tucson appeared to be having a fun “just-girls’ time” at the store. (Right) I found a real country-western atmosphere at the Gypsy Cowgirl that fits perfectly the style of clothing inside. There are many high-end and -exclusive shirts with interesting appliques.



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Interesting Lessons offered

by Area Conservation Experts Article and images by Paula Beemer


had an exciting and unique experience recently going to Patagonia, Arizona, to meet Vincent Pinto and his wife, Claudia Campos, owners and developers of the beautiful and exemplary sanctuary, the Raven’s Nest. Vincent Pinto’s education is in wildlife biology and ethnobotany, but his expertise is much wider. It expands to areas like wilderness survival, nature adventures and astronomy. Because of his vast knowledge, Pinto recently spent some time in Bolivia participating in a program with the Discovery Channel.

Claudia Campos, on the other hand, is equally passionate about these subjects, and her background is in business and finances. She left the corporate world to follow her passion and was, in great part, inspired by Vincent's teaching. Neither her studies at Wharton School of Business, nor at Harvard have made her feel as excited as what she has learned with Vincent, she explained.

During my visit I was treated to a personal tour through the property and to an incredible lunch that consisted of organically prepared dishes like a wild Alaskan salmon quesadilla with barrel cactus fruit chutney topped with fresh garden salsa and guacamole, both with magnificent added twists. The meal included an entree of mesquite-flavored chicken on a bed of greens and desserts, all equally delicious . Raven’s Nest along with Raven’s Mountain are both natural sanctuaries that form part of a project dreamed of by Pinto and Campos called Raven’s Way Wild Journeys, RWWJ.

Motivated by passion, their knowledge of the area, and the desire to leave a legacy, the couple started the work of conservation and reconstitution of biodiversity in this part of the world in 2008 when they purchased the 42-acre property just five miles from Patagonia Lake.

Hosts Vincent Pinto and Claudia Campos Pinto stand under the beautifully constructed ramada in the safari tented camp area.

RWWJ’s mission is to “promote, protect, and educate people about the incredible Sky Islands region of Arizona.”

Sky Islands is a term that means: “An area where mysterious, forested mountains tower above spacious valleys that isolate them from nearby ranges, creating mountain ‘islands’ in a ‘sea’ of deserts and grasslands - the Sky Islands.”

The Pintos promote conservation by offering adventures that strengthen the relationship between humans and nature. The wilderness survival class teaches practical skills like how to look in our surroundings to find sources of food, protection and how to build shelter.

There is a class of ethnobotany where the participants learn, for example, that we can count on our mesquites to cure stomach issues by chewing on their leaves. Other adventures and classes they offer are Arizona wildlife safaris, birdwatching, science of tracking, astronomy, nature treks and much more. Their programs are aimed at any age and can be tailored to individuals or groups. They even offer activities corporations use for team-building purposes. Their knowledge, experience and enthusiasm have allowed the couple to develop more courses of interest and to customize them to meet the participants’ desire and levels of comfort.

Inspired by what the Pintos experienced during a visit to Botswana, the couple incorporated the safari tented camp. Stylish, inviting and comfortable.

When staying in the safari tented camp, visitors get to experience a warm shower under the stars.

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Near his Raven's Way catchment tanks, Vincent explains benefits of returning collected rainwater to the flora and fauna.

Inside the Nature and Science School, - a place of discovery. Vincent and Claudia believe that it is more likely that an individual will care for conservation if he has fun with nature. So their programs not only accomplish that, but they also educate, a crucial part in beginning to understand the benefits of conserving and the consequences of not doing it.

It all sounds fascinating and I go back and forth on the many things that I would like to do the next time I visit! Protecting the environment is also part of their mission. They achieve it in different ways: every inch of their

property, which, in addition to the two sanctuaries totals more than 100 acres, has been saved from what I would call contemporary development. They are working on rehabilitating the land that has been touched and protecting the areas that could potentially be altered.

In an effort to bring back and preserve the biodiversity of the area they have been eliminating non-native and invasive species to welcome the propagation of the native. The main issue with non-native species is that as they strive to survive in the foreign conditions threatening the

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survival of the native ones which now have to compete for the elements.

Anything that is taken out is reutilized for something else, like in the case of Lehman’s Lovegrass, one of the nonnative species of grasses that are used to build shelters. They also encourage and apply the practices of organic gardening, rainwater harvesting, xeriscaping, composting, recycling and minimizing consumption among others, but still providing reasonable levels of comforts for their guests.

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(Far right) At the Stone Village, the area where some of the survival courses take place, Vincent Pinto demonstrates an important step to survival, the tool making.

(Right) Among the winding paths they have built the reading area where they make reference books available to the visitors. The roof was purposely -built wide and on an angle to provide shade and to harvest rain water.

feel in harmony with nature and to never disturb each other. Even the lighting plan is part of the goal of a gentle experience. There is so much to say about the way they operate and the systems they have in place and how typically they will serve more than one objective. It is truly a model of ecoliving, which has been their motto all along. The guided tour started at the two metal water cisterns. They have been able to collect over 20,000 gallons of water that slides down the old barn’s metal roof and is then directed into a wildlife pond . From there, some goes into the tanks where it is stored for use in the organic garden and other plants and the rest remains at the pond. We continued into the Nature and Science School, an old barn that the couple transformed into the most amazing place of discovery. It is the place where visitors get excited. Pinto wants and encourages people to be child-

like, touch, feel, taste, experience! He expands people’s appetite for knowledge, and he triggers their curiosity, Campos explained.

The school has a great display of treasures, every wall and every table is used to showcase something of interest, photo galleries, plants, seeds, bones, rocks, insects, scat. In here is where Pinto offered me my first snack, a handful of crunchy, lightly toasted, grainy, black seeds, the seeds found in the fruit of the barrel cactus.


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Then we walked out of the school onto the winding paths that would direct us through the 14-site campground. Every path is built around the shrubs and not to encourage any sign of laziness. That is the reason the paths around the property are not the shortest distance from A to B. The effort is rewarding to them and it certainly adds a great amount of interest to our journey.

“We don’t own the land, the land owns us,” Pinto said. “We are the humans in the land as you have javelina or deer,” he added. The couple honors this belief by making every piece of grass, rock, emerging tree, water stream and smallest creature count in the system and they move around it. The path leads us into the birding area, several wooden benches, looking out to the pond and pass where one can see many of the 126 species that have been recorded in the area.

The structures built in this section of the sanctuary have been purposely laid-out. The idea is to make the visitor

With the intention of also catering to an upscale clientele, the couple traveled to Botswana, a country that stands out for its approach to conservation, looking for some ideas and that is how they came up with the “safari tented camp” which to me, is a real camping treat. The tents are off to the side of a café where the meals are served. Two large tents are all decked out to accommodate guests very comfortably in a proper safari style, decorated with earthy elements, and built in a manner that helps close the gap between nature and people. The bathroom, in different shades of brown and copper, is just steps away from the tents, and it is not short of style. It grants visitors with unforgettable showers under the stars or the beautiful blue skies. Despite its openness it is still a very private facility. As I moved through the safari camp looking for the best photo shot, Campos brought dishes to the cheerfully set dining table where we sat for lunch. After approaching the display I felt the exquisite sensation of how lucky I am. What a job I have! I thought. She had created art with those gourmet dishes and the best of it is that she has used some of the edible gifts of the desert that Pinto teaches about.

I think most people agree that the concept of conservation is good, but we perhaps get trapped in the thought that is too difficult, too hard to go against the contemporary ways of civilization and in the end we may even think “there is no way I could make a difference.” But as Pinto said: “It is the sum in the efforts that will make a difference.” We must realize that knowledge of the nature that surrounds us is an asset and it can potentially grant us a better and longer life, but we must be clear on how to assess it. So even if we are not ready to make radical changes in the way we treat our land, we should learn about what we have and the easiest way to do so, and as with anything, it is by connecting and establishing a relationship with it. Feeling inspired by the couple and their efforts, I look forward to future adventures with RWWJ.

For more information about RWWJ, call (520)425-6425 or visit their website More photos supporting this article’s adventure can be found on the Tubac Villager’s Facebook page.


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GOPHER IT! Snake in the grass. RTGSs sometimes kick dirt on snakes and flare their tales to avoid predation. Photo: Karen Munroe. Burrows provide a home and protection for RTGSs. Photo: Karen Munroe.

Pups. RTGSs produce litters with 1-13 pups, which are some of the cutest animals in the world. Photo: Karen Munroe.

GROUND SQUIRRELS BRING ATTITUDE TO THE DESERT On a mild January morning in the hills near Tumacácori, several dozen critters emerge from a rocky dune, then stand vigilant and look towards the horizon. As they arise for the morning, a few begin to dig around their burrows or forage in the short grasses. A red-tailed hawk flies overhead and some begin whistling, their tune a soundtrack for the colorful Arizona sunrise.



t is ground squirrel season, and those squirrels that have survived a tough year in the desert are appearing aboveground regularly after a 4-5 month period of inactivity. Soon, the squirrels will mate and the area will be filled with their pups.

Often called by misnomers such as gopher, prairie dog, or chipmunk, these round-tailed ground squirrels (or RTGSs, Xerospermophilus tereticaudus) live in the arid regions of Arizona, California, and Northern Mexico, specifically in the Colorado, Mojave, Sonoran, and Yuma deserts. They can be seen near buildings or in fields all over southern Arizona, with several colonies located in and around Tubac and Tumacácori. Most folks who travel the countryside around the I-19 corridor tell stories of coyotes sprinting through sage, bobcats on the prowl, or javelina by the roadside, and a rodent sighting story fails to qualify for discussion. But a closer look at RTGSs reveals an animal with charismatic behavior worthy of appreciation by amateur naturalists. Their colonies are centers of ecological activity as RTGSs serve as food for predators like snakes and hawks, and their burrows can be homes for reptiles and burrowing owls. One can only be inspired by the ability of RTGSs to stand united with antipredator alarm whistles and “gang ups” on venomous snakes. For a wildlife lover, watching these ground squirrels try to survive and reproduce can be an awesome experience. Most species of ground squirrel are social and interact often by touching their mouths or sniffing to identify members of their family group. But RTGSs apparently do not exhibit this type of classic social behavior, even though they live in aggregations that can contain 50-100 individuals.

by Theodore G. Manno

Dr. Karen Munroe, now an assistant professor of biology at Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio, studied RTGSs at Casa Grande National Monument during her doctoral research with the University of Arizona (UA). According to Munroe, RTGSs represent a social “outlier”—a species that is unlike its evolutionary cousins with regard to interaction—but exhibit other behaviors that can be considered social. “With regard to interaction, they’re not social at all,” says Munroe, “there is barely any ‘kissing’ or ‘sniffing,’ and what few interactions there are usually occur between a mom and her pups and not between adult relatives in a family group.”

“But even though there is little social behavior that maintains relationships, there appears to be other benefits to living in a group for RTGSs. The best two examples are when they give alarm calls to warn each other of snakes or hawks, and when several squirrels gang up on snakes to oust them from the colony.” Indeed, pioneering studies of RTGSs at UA in the late 1970s by zoologist Chris Dunford resulted in a revolutionary discovery—that alarm “whistles” emitted by RTGSs in response to a predator are nepotistic. This means that RTGSs call primarily to warn nearby relatives like siblings, cousins, and nephews of predators—even though social interaction with these relatives is rare. At the time, the idea that animals could “indirectly” push their genes into the next generation through helping relatives was novel among biologists, and the notion, called “inclusive fitness,” now permeates the study of animal behavior. Sometimes, the groups of squirrels can even have a bit of an “attitude.” Ganging up to kick dirt on snakes or otherwise harass them is an easily observable and important behavior exhibited by RTGSs. “RTGSs have a lot of enemies,” says Munroe, “aerial predators like hawks, or terrestrial predators like gopher snakes, Western diamondbacks, coyotes, feral dogs and cats, and green Mohaves all eat RTGSs.” Another amazing adaptation of RTGSs is their resistance to tarantula venom. Further studies may determine how the

immunity occurs, as well as many other things that we don’t know about the squirrels, such as how they nurse their litters, which can contain up to 13 pups, and what they do at night. “There’s a ton of behavior happening that we can’t see because they spend so much time underground,” says Munroe. 3

February 2nd is Groundhog Day, a holiday started by German settlers in Pennsylvania featuring a large rodent that is awoken from hibernation to predict the weather. No such concern over a continuing winter exists in southern Arizona, but some rodent-lovers are slowly expanding Groundhog Day to honor all burrowing rodents that increase their activity to prepare for mating just before spring—animals like prairie dogs, and even RTGSs. The reason is simple—to create awareness of the role that these creatures have in the ecology of the American West in light of the increasing loss of natural habitat for wildlife.

For now, RTGSs are doing well and require no protections under the Endangered Species Act. They also appear to be quite adjustable to living in urban or suburban areas. But some of their cousins, like Utah and Mexican prairie dogs, are threatened with extinction and receive formal protection because they have long been exterminated by people that have ignored the ecological value of rodents and dismissed them as pests. As you walk along the trails near Tubac and Tumacácori, try not to be indifferent to these critters. Feel free to “gopher it” and take advantage of the underrated opportunity that RTGSs provide for wildlife watching. It’s always worthwhile to see the attitude that these critters bring to the desert.

Theodore G. Manno, Ph.D., has authored over 50 contributions to academic journals or magazines. Theo’s book on prairie dogs is scheduled for 2014 publication with University of Utah Press, and his field research on squirrels has been featured by news outlets like Discovery Channel News, New Scientist, and Canadian Public TV and Radio.


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MEET THE ROUND-TAILED GROUND SQUIRREL (Above, top, left photo by Karen Munroe) A small ground squirrel with tan fur and a long, round tail that is not bushy, RTGSs weigh around 0.25-0.40 lbs. Sexually mature after their first year of life, they breed during mid-January to early February and females are pregnant for around a month during the spring. Hairless pups, born with closed eyes and ears, are weaned just after they emerge 4-5 weeks later from the burrow of their birth. RTGSs do not hibernate during Arizona’s mild “winters,” going into a sort of torpor or inactive period between August and January instead. During this time, they leave their burrow for only short spurts of activity or feeding. To avoid the oppressive desert heat, RTGSs submerge in their burrows during the afternoon and are most active just after dawn and before dusk.

With a semicolonial organization, RTGSs find safety in their “herd” by helping each other watch for predators. When a predator is spotted, the vigilante emits an alarm whistle that is sometimes repeated by listeners across the colony. Because RTGSs often live close to family members, warning others with an alarm whistle indirectly perpetuates the genes of the caller. Indeed, females, who are more likely to reside in the same immediate area for their entire life, are more likely to whistle than males, who often disperse to different areas year-to-year as they search for mating partners.

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various other ground sQuirreLs or tree sQuirreLs:

Prairie dogs:

chiPmunKs, mice, rats, or goPhers:

Scientists use the term “rodent” to refer to members of the Order Rodentia, a group of mammals with a single pair of continuously growing incisors in each jaw that must be trimmed via gnawing. Rodents are very successful at survival, and 40% of all mammal species are rodents. Because of their ubiquity, many non-scientists do not distinguish between different rodents and use names for specific animals like gopher or prairie dog in general terms. Here are some rodents that are commonly confused with their more obscure cousin, the RTGS:

(Above, second from left) Technically a type of ground squirrel with five species across the West, two of which live in Arizona, the term “prairie dog” is sometimes used generally for any rodent in the Four Corners states. But prairie dogs are much bigger (1-2 lbs) than RTGSs (0.25-0.40 lbs), and do not exist along the I-19 corridor or in Tucson, Phoenix, or the Sonoran Desert. Gunnison’s PDs live only in the northeast part of Arizona. Black-tailed PDs were extirpated from their historical range in southeast Arizona by 1960, although reintroductions have resulted in establishing about 120 black-tails in the Las Cineagas Conservation area, about 35 miles east of Tubac. Photocredit: BTPDs, by Elaine Miller Bond (

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(Above, middle and second from left) Over 40 species of ground squirrel inhabit North America, such as this rock squirrel. But RTGSs are unique from other ground squirrels partly because their range covers only the desert regions of southern Arizona, making them our “resident ground squirrel.” Tree squirrels, like this cone-eating red squirrel, differ from RTGS and other ground squirrels in that they have bushy tails. Photocredits: Rock Squirrel and Red Squirrel, Elaine Miller Bond ( Chipmunks are similar in size to RTGSs, but have stripes on their back. The term “chipmunk” can refer to any of 23 different species that range across North America. Scientists classify mice, rats (Family Muridae) and gophers (Family Geomyidae) differently than round-tailed and other ground squirrels (Family Spermophilus). True gophers have lined pockets in their cheeks for holding seeds, but this characteristic is not seen in round-tailed or other ground squirrels even though folks commonly refer to them as “gophers.” Photocredit: Chipmunk, by Elaine Miller Bond (


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Tubac walking tour highlights artists, history by Kathleen Vandervoet

Photos by Kathleen Vandervoet (Above) Nancy Valentine, center, a tour leader, talks about Tubac artists of earlier times including Hugh Cabot, whose adobe-walled gallery is behind her to the right.

(Right, top) Anna Price of Tucson checks out the Lisenby Multicolor Press in the El Presidio complex on Calle Iglesia. The press was used by Gwen Griffin’s parents to publish small books in about 1957.


f you want to learn about Tubac’s history and fascinating details about artists who lived and worked here starting in the 1948, then a new walking tour is just the right thing. Tubac was sparsely settled in 1956 with many vacant lots when Frank and Gay Griffin arrived with their daughter, Gwen, and her brother. Gwen Griffin is one of two guides for the walking tour. She said her father was such a history buff that the family “played history charades rather than regular charades.”

The second guide is Nancy Valentine and her parents, who were artists, moved to Tubac in 1965. She said the community had a collection of “folks who were magically converging here” to create the tradition of Tubac, a place where art and history meet. Griffin and Valentine lead a monthly two-hour walking tour in which they point out buildings where well-known artists lived and worked, and relate personal experiences and anecdotes.

The tour begins at the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park and ends at the Tubac Center of the Arts. Both organizations are sponsors. Karin Topping, executive director of the art center, said, “Our two organizations truly represent

(Right, middle) Kate and Pat Hennessy of Minnesota peer at the custom floor tiles in the historic Lowe house which was purchased by Nancy Valentine’s parents in 1965. Portions of the house date to the late 1700s and are shown on a map of the area created at that time.

(Right, bottom) Gwen Griffin, a tour leader, shows an old wagon wheel inset in a brick wall at Placita de Anza. It reportedly was on the horse-drawn street grader used in Tubac during the 1950s.

‘Where Art and History Meet’ in Tubac. TCA is clearly the ‘Art’ and the Presidio is the ‘History,’ so it was a natural partnership to work together on a walking tour which highlights those artists who lived and worked in Tubac and made it known as an art colony. Working together to educate visitors and residents alike can only help both organizations,” Topping said. During the tour held in January, Valentine said that the first person to make use of the village of Tubac as an artist’s retreat and school was Dale Nichols in 1948. He stayed just one year, however.

She and Griffin showed examples of the work and spoke about artists such as Nichols, Ross Stefan, Marion Valentine, Jean Wilson and others who painted in Tubac. Valentine said Will Rogers Jr. and his wife Collier lived in the community and helped start the annual Festival of the Arts.

Ross Stefan had to be creative to draw people off of the Tucson-Nogales Highway (there was no Interstate 19) to come and see his work. After his 1955 arrival in Tubac, he put up “free water” signs along the road, which Valentine said worked well. Griffin’s parents weren’t artists but they

purchased property on which the old Spanish presidio was located and donated it in 1958 to the state for Arizona’s first state park.

Valentine showed a photo of Tubac that was filled with vacant lots. She read from a Tucson newspaper article from 1964 that said about 50 creative people were living in the area.

She said there were no markets or services for people to purchase items and that they generally drove to Nogales. As well, “those were the days you could go across the border (into Mexico) with no trouble,” Valentine said.

The two guides pointed out the various galleries where individuals worked and lived. Some of the artists who helped make the community special came with distinguished careers behind them while others cultivated their gifts, Valentine said. The next tours are scheduled Wednesday, Feb. 12, and Tuesday, March 11, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Meet at the Park’s Visitor Center. Allow two hours for the tour and bring walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat. A $15 fee includes admission to tour the Tubac Presidio Park and the Tubac Center of the Arts. The tour is limited to 10 people and reservations are encouraged. Call (520) 398-2252 or

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by Carol Egmont St. John

Untamed Confections

How sweet it is in Tubac these days with the opening of our very own caramel and chocolate factory and the opportunity to buy locally produced candy made of the right stuff. Artists, Linda Crawford and Tom Williams are not new to Tubac, but they have turned a corner and are moving from precious metals to edible gold. They are now selling the treats they once only offered only to friends. In fact, it was their friends’ requests for their caramels that planted the idea that they might just have a marketable product on their hands. So they went to work at making it even better and more unique, utilizing age old desert flavors and responding to the desires of environmentally conscious patrons.


Many of us knew Linda Crawford when she had her busy jewelry studio in el Presidito. The high-quality of her cloisonné pieces made her an authority on the art form; consequently she headed up workshops throughout the Southwest and appeared on national TV. With the economy’s downturn four years ago, the cost of silver and gold became prohibitive and caused her to consider other ways of making a living.

Tom Williams and Linda are both authorities on semi-precious stones. He finishes them and turns them into jewelry and mesquite sculptures. His collections are sold on the internet and at various gem shows, galleries and craft fairs. Doing such shows has had a payoff, because they have learned what the public wants and how shows can be used to test a product and start a business.

Linda has always had an interest in the original foods of indigenous people and wanted to experiment with them. For months she and Tom experimented with caramel recipes, using Consequently, they packaged their candies such local additives as honey , chile spices , velvet and took them on the road, covering Farmer’s mesquite beans and hand-picked prickly pear Markets and fairs from Green Valley to the fruit. The candy was combined with luscious, rich, Mogollon Rim and beyond. During their travels Owners Tom Williams and Linda Crawford, and Linda Martin. Photo by Paula Beemer organic chocolate from Peru that they promise will they discovered that wine festivals are a great remain undiluted or stretched as so many other place to market sweet things, and found their chocolates are. Their Peruvian chocolate comes product well-received. When the AHA moment finally arrived, they put all their eggs in one in little wafers and the brand is guaranteed to be a fair trade product with its quality assured by basket, or all their chocolate tortoises in one box, and went for it. “Tortoises” are those irrestible the USDA. All the ingredients of Untamed Confections are organically grown and one hundred chocolate coated caramel treats that will bring you back again and again to Untamed Confection’s percent natural with no corn syrups or refined sugars added. Even the candy’s wrappings are front doors; which, by the way, happen to be in Artist Row in the Entrada complex, building E deliberately biodegradable; the papers and strings meant to be returned to the earth as fodder. 101-102. Go and visit. You will find it’s as much entertainment as it is a store. Candy is visibly Linda and Tom Williams’ story is the story of the kind of entrepreneurial spirit that keeps Tubac alive. They are not only extremely talented artisans, but resourceful and positive business people as well. From silver and gold, cloisonné and cabashons, to Untamed Confections, these two gifted doers are investing in a pleasure product to be proud of.

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The Borderlands Photographer Text and Photos by Murray Bolesta


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ebruary brings us full circle at the end of our borderlands odyssey.

This 12-month romp through the year, a celebration of the borderlands, now reaches its final leg. Showcasing images captured in the month of publication, from years past, I’ve toured some of southern Arizona’s landmarks as they change with the seasons, offering an occasional tip to the photographer as we stop at points of interest along the way. If it’s Tuesday, it must be Bisbee.

Some folks think February is a bit of a dull month. Or a lovely month, if you’re my Valentine. In the northern hemisphere, at least, February, frankly, feel a bit isolated. It doesn’t have the privilege of being the first month of the year, and unlike March, it’s not particularly full of springtime buoyancy, even in our southern sunshine. Yes, reptiles begin slithering forth this month, and some wildflowers sprout on southern slopes after a benevolent winter rainfall, and dogwoods bloom in shopping-mall parking lots too, but those don’t count. February stands apart as a transition between winter and spring in the borderlands. Even so, being somewhat lonely and austere doesn’t prevent February from being the source of artful images under these trying circumstances. A daily dose of challenge is part of the diet of the intrepid borderlands photographer.

That brings me, inevitably, to a theme of these images: isolation. Fine art photography employs techniques of isolation when interpreting a scene: the artist begins with a visualization of a picture implanted in memory at the time of image capture. Later, reproducing from this memory requires highlighting the elements inhabiting that vision, such as shapes or colors, and eliminating distractions from it. At least that’s the idea! A brief discussion of each image accompanying this article is now offered.

Robin Red Breast

Who says the borderlands is completely devoid of color in February? Certainly not this fellow, named Robin. What’s more, he’s happy as a lark, dipping into sparkling puddles of Sonoita Creek water. These ripples surround Robin artfully, resembling impressionistic paintbrush strokes. This image flatters Robin, complementing his striking hue when the photographer lifts




rays of color from the dreary winter backdrop nearby.

Red Tractor

Whether or not they grew up on a farm, as I did, most folks think a tractor is cute. “Cute?” says a farmer, wrestling with the vibrating beast for hours in the hot sun and dust. Yes, cute, to most of us who are urbanites by now, standing back and viewing farm equipment as charming relics. The one in this image may be an artifact, a retired workhorse, but its form evokes a proud and strong rural America where lots of folks make their living still. In this picture, the stark winter landscape of Santa Cruz county provides a context for the subject, which has had its color isolated in the digital darkroom.

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Rural America in the borderlands has many trademarks: horizons of arid mountain spines, cottonwood trees lining scarce water sources, the yellow grasslands of the upper Sonoran habitats, and the occasional restored mesquite ranch fence. Appealing to those of us who love the ranch country is the sight of a windmill, either working or forlorn, and a common Red-tail hawk perched on it. In this image, the photographer emphasizes those familiar shapes by eliminating all detail behind them.

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Border Church

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A silent cry for conservation goes out from me each time I visit precious places like this. I want to see our cultural and natural heritage, like this simple church and the stand of mature cottonwoods framing it, preserved forever. Commercial development struts forward, old things decay, nature is fractured further; these things are foregone. Even so, many folks struggle to preserve the products of man and nature’s genius so our kids can appreciate them, like this border treasure, with first-hand intensity, outdoors and away from mobile devices and textbooks.

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Murray Bolesta is an art and heritage photographer, and has written this column since 2007. Murray supports the preservation of our natural, rural, and cultural heritage, and offers his art prints to individuals and institutions worldwide from his website and other venues.

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drama, academics merge smoothLy for rrhs vaLedictorian LiLy stern by Kathleen Vandervoet

talented and vivacious teenager with close ties to Tubac is the valedictorian for Rio Rico High School senior class graduation on May 22 and she’s been an integral leader in the school’s theater productions for almost four years.

Lily Stern, 17, has been an actress, prop manager, worked on costumes and scenery, and is president of the school’s Thespian Club. She’ll play Dottie in the comedy “Out of the Frying Pan” March 2829 at Rio Rico High School and the community is invited.

“I love theater and I love performing,” she said. “It’s where I belong. I love the stage. I love the feeling of the lights and knowing people out there are watching you with full attention and having a great time doing it.” Lily attended Montessori de Santa Cruz School in Tubac in fifth and sixth grades, and participated in the Tubac Center of the Arts summer art classes for her entire childhood. She credits many of the leadership skills she has from the time she spent at the Montessori school, and her ability to design and create costumes and theater sets was enhanced by the art center’s summer programs. Lily lives in Rio Rico with her family. Her stepfather, Joseph Birkett, is publisher and editor of the monthly Tubac Villager while her mother, Hallie Birkett, is a history teacher at Rio Rico High School and helps on the business side of the Tubac Villager.

William and Jenni Stern, Lily’s father and stepmother, live in Arivaca. William runs the Arivaca Community Garden, working for PPEP, and the family’s business is Sweet Peas Café where Lily works most Sundays. She’s proud of becoming the Rio Rico High School valedictorian. As a freshman, she learned she was No. 1 in the class. “I decided it was going to stay this way. Once I got to my junior year when it got harder and I had a lot of competition with people, that’s when it became a priority,” she said.

When asked, she responded that her academic strengths are in English and math but her favorite subjects have been science. “I’m taking physics this year and I love that class,” she said. She will be enrolling at the University of Arizona this fall to major in prephysiology and minor in theater. But the focus of her life has been theater and it’s enhanced her high school experience immeasurably. During eighth grade, she explained, “I was very interested in drama. My science teacher asked me if I would be interested in starting a drama club. I said, ‘Absolutely.’ I started a club with some of my friends, about 15 people. We did really small shows.”

She watched a Rio Rico High School drama performance that year

and became excited about joining the program. She was encouraged by then-drama teacher Celia Concannon to join Thespians and take drama classes at the school. She acted in the productions each year as well as the spring variety shows. The Thespians also visit younger children each year costumed as “Clowns Who Read” and do fairy-tale based performances

As a high school junior, the spring show was “Alice in Wonderland” and she played the Red Queen, delighting the audience with her unbridled performance. In a variety show last November, she and two friends sang and danced to the song Cell Block Tango from the musical “Chicago” which they choreographed on their own. In addition to her role in the March play, she plans to be prop manager and doing a lot of work for the costumes. She hopes to offer sewing workshops for those students interested. “I’ll probably be involved in set design too. I’m pretty sure I’m going to be painting a lot. I love that, seeing wood turn into a room.”

Lily raves about many aspects of her experience: “I really enjoy working with theater personalities and learning to be tolerant of those personalities. When I was a freshman and a sophomore and all the older kids were there, I loved learning from them. I watched them and they were super enthusiastic, and learning how to make props out of nothing was just amazing.” She said she enjoyed watching “Pajama Game” at the Buena High School auditorium in Sierra Vista. The sets were professionallooking but she learned that the students don’t make any of the props as is the case at RRHS. “After seeing that, I was really impressed with how well we do in such a small, limited situation. I realized it’s not how much you have, but how you use what you have.”

Acting gives her great satisfaction: “There’s nothing like performing. My freshman year, I remember going out on the stage for the first time, walking into a church for “Murder in a Nunnery” being so extremely nervous and excited; it’s euphoric. “I think my favorite part is looking out and not being able to see the audience because of the blinding lights. You can sometimes see the front row, but most of the time you just see shapes. You can hear and you can feel the energy. You won’t know that feeling unless you’re on stage.”

Lily currently works as a waitress and is saving for college in the fall. You can help donate to Lily's college education at:

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tumacÁcori – a Primary source for teachers

This year, schools around the country gear up for radically new tests designed to assess not just student knowledge, but skills like critical thinking or the ability to interpret primary sources of information. “When you think of it, national parks really are the ultimate primary sources,” said Superintendent Bob Love. “The adobe bricks, the old mission records, even the tortilla-makers at Tumacácori are valuable resources for teachers and their students.”

A suite of new services, lesson plans, and field trips ring in the new year on the grounds of Tumacácori National Historical Park and online on its newly redesigned website for teachers. (

Looking for nonfiction text for students to dive into? Try exploring the original mission


records on the Mission 2000 database. Lesson plans and other teacher materials are available.

Want to book a field trip? Ranger-guided programs are always free, hands-on, and inquiry-based. Young students can spend a day experiencing what children their age did during mission times. Older students may solve a murder mystery or take on the adobe engineering challenge.

Lacking transportation but want some Tumacácori for your class? Rangers travel to local schools to conduct hands-on, age-appropriate lessons as well.

New programs, lesson plans, and source material are being added all the time. Teachers with a particular interest or curriculum need may collaborate with the park’s education ranger to custom-build a Tumacácori experience perfect for them. Likewise, community members may be interested in participating as volunteers. To schedule a ranger visit, field trip, to volunteer, or to ask questions about educational programming online, please contact Ranger Melanie Rawlins at 520-377-5064 or visit our website

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Coatimundi Middle School students won first, second, third and fourth place awards in the 5th Annual Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge Art Contest in the 6-8 grade category. The respective winners are Angelina Romero (sixth grader), Bryana Morales (eighth grader), Pablo Ahumada (sixth grader) and Kassie Adams (seventh grader). This is the second year Morales has won in this grade category.

In addition to the presentation of awards, students at Coatimundi Middle School and San Cayetano Elementary were given an educational presentation on desert snakes. Chuck and Betty Mulcahy, interpretive naturalists from the Wildlife Refuge, brought live non-venomous snakes to demonstrate the value of snakes to the environment, and the importance of respecting their distance.

Winners received a pair of binoculars, donated by Eagle Optics, a ribbon and a poster of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Awards were presented in the students’ classrooms by Juliette Fernandez, Wildlife Refuge Assistant Manager. All class members were given wildlife take-home bags containing a crossword puzzle, refuge pencil, plastic insect and information about the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge in Sasabe, AZ.

“At Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge we value teaching youth to understand and appreciate the amazing qualities of the natural world,” said Fernandez. “This art contest has been an annual opportunity for children to express their love for nature and it is truly inspiring to see their imagination come to life in detail and color.”

Taking home first and second place awards in the K-2 grade category were San Cayetano second grade students Regina Inda and Sergio Vasquez.

The refuge is associated with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services which has a large environmental education component of their mission. The annual art contest is one of several events sponsored by the refuge intended to inspire young children to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for natural habitats. (L-R) San Cayetano Elementary second grade students Sergio Vasquez and Regina Inda with teacher, Julianne West. (Photo by Carol Cullen)

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Spiritual Living


he very attractive looking, rusted structures located on one of the five parcels of the Amado Territory Ranch constitute the home of The Sonoran Desert Center for Spiritual Living. It is not referred to as a church or a religion, but a philosophy that welcomes anyone who desires to have a spiritually guided life. It is for those who have found that conventional and organized religion does not serve them or simply, they can’t find –what suits them in the area.

Leading the Center is Rev. Donna Maurer who I had the opportunity to meet and who introduced me to the organization and its philosophy. It was founded by writer/ teacher Dr. Ernest Holmes as the Church of Religious Science in 1927. In the history of Center for Spiritual Living it is described as the compilation of all the best that world religions have given us. In 2005, they were chartered as the Green Valley Church of Religious Sciences, and later changed the name to “The Sonoran Desert Center for Spiritual Living,” after the whole organization modified it to “Centers for Spiritual Living.”

Words and photos by Paula Beemer

teaches joy in life

Maurer explained to me how we are connected to all things in the universe and how that connection creates a great power that responds to us in the way we use it. We can create good things through our own vision, intentions and beliefs. The center wants to provide its members with the necessary tools to use this power and live a more joyful and fulfilled life. They do this through classes on how to meditate, how to do affirmative prayer and visioning which involves introspection, and listening for the highest outcome. It applies to individuals as well as any activity, organization, project, or union.

The idea is to shift consciousness away from anything that does not serve a purpose in their lives and find good in every situation despite devastation or tragedy, Maurer explained. As a group they have applied the philosophy to themselves making what seemed impossible at the time, possible. They acquired the current physical location that includes the chapel, office, meditation room and two rental spaces; “Ooh La La,” a consignment store, and the “Salon at the Ranch,” a beauty salon.

There are approximately 60 members of whom about 45 volunteer in the different ministries: The Ministry of Prayer that is served by prepared practitioners who will assist individuals to find spiritual solutions to face difficult issues in their life. The Compassionate Heart Ministry who help new visitors feel welcome and give members a sense of belonging.

The Music Ministry, that makes the Sunday celebration a cheerful and alive ceremony.

The Love in Action Ministry, that assists with the operations on Sunday morning as well as special events.

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(Facing page, left) Reverend Donna Maurer guided me through the facility. (Facing page, center) Pamela Ridgeway searches through magazines to find images that reflect her visions. (Facing page, right)To close the ceremony we let lantern fly into the night as a symbol of out rising vision. (Facing page, bottom) A front view of the chapel. (Above) The evening of "Vision Rising" consisted in the creation of a collage with visions for our year. It was a very fun activity for all participants.

Ooh La La Designer Consigner the newest ministry that provides a source of income for the center.

They offer a pre-service meditation on Sundays at 10 a.m. and the service celebration follows at 10:30. Among the classes, activities and workshops offered are “Inner Peace Circle,” on Tuesdays from 9 to 10 a.m., Science of the Mind courses a few times a year, book studies and others like the Vision Rising on January 14, that I had the opportunity to attend. During this event , each participant created a collage of images and words that captivated them or that would relate to a vision. After sharing the creation we all lighted a Chinese lantern and released them into the sky. It was a meaningful representation of the center’s philosophy and our intentions. A part of the connection among all pieces of the universe are the relations developed with the community and therefore the center does several outreach projects like: the Artist Gallery, where local artists are showcased in the chapel, the Amado Writer’s Group, Compassionate Communication to learn how to communicate effectively, The Amado Business Association, Amado Youth Alliance, Amado Food Bank and Green Valley-Sahuarita Chamber of Commerce.

Rev. Maurer in collaboration with other churches in the area is determined to create more wellness and growth in Amado by working with organizations in the community like the Amado Food Bank.

When the Amado Food Bank went through the changes in its operation management at the end of the year, the community was left without a “newspaper, a community center and assistance center,” all tasks that the former employees of this facility performed and which were not necessarily part of their job description, explained Rev. Maurer. It is important that the community continues to receive those services. She hopes that the center will be able to provide them somehow. She sounded optimistic and excited about the future of Amado and the center. That optimism is an excellent sign, considering the past successes in materializing a vision and knowing there is a power to make anything possible. The center is located in Amado between Tubac and Green Valley on the east side of Interstate 19.

To learn more about the Sonoran Desert for Spiritual Living, contact the office at (520) 625-6100 or visit their website

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Art More Valuable than Gold by Carol Egmont St. John


read with interest, Myrna York’s article in theTubac Center of the Arts Newsletter about art values and the way we choose to make purchases. Shortly afterwards, one of my patrons asked how I decided on a figure to charge for my work. This issue is one that has challenged me for the last forty years. I am not going to confess to the way I have priced my work, but, not unlike Picasso, I was willing to give it away in the beginning. You like it? It’s yours! Twentyfive dollars? Oh, okay. Five thousand? Well, let me think about it.

manufacturer, just paid $149,500,00 for the portrait of Dr. Gachet.

When I had my galleries, one in Tubac and one in New England, the most common question was, “How long did it take you to do that?” My answer remained the same, “My entire life.” Pieces that I did quickly were often better than those over which I labored. In fact in watercolor the eye and hand must know how to succeed with the first strike. A fresh watercolor is the best watercolor. It takes years to wield a watercolor brush with confidence and predictable effectiveness. But when you get there, what is it worth? Here are some fun statistics. They are the values of paintings you may have readily rejected when you were first introduced to them. Cezanne’s Card Players sold most recently for $250,000,000 to the state of Qatar. (Keep using up that oil, folks.) A Jackson Pollock splatter painting presumably went for $162,700,000 to David Martinez of Monterrey, Mexico. (Re-structuring corporate debts is his forte.) A Wilem de Kooning, whose work may have elicited your criticism for a lack of control over brush and palette, sold for a mere $159,800,000 to Steven A. Cohen . Mr. Cohen lives in Greenwich, Connecticut. (Ah, yes, another hedgehog king.) He was also able to purchase Picasso’s, La Rêve, at $155,900,000. You could think of it as a twofer.

I was happy to see that Gustav Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer 1 went to a Jewish bidder as it was stolen by the Nazis in WW II. Austria did not relinquish rights to Klimpt’s work without a fight. (Read The Lady in Gold , by Anne-Marie O’Connor.) Ronald Lauder, inheritor of Estée Lauder wealth had the dough-re-mi to bring this remarkable work to the United States. Poor, sick, underappreciated and suffering van Gogh is smiling in heaven at the astronomical prices his work pulls in. Ryoei Saito, a Japanese paper

An artist, Kazimir Malevich, whose work I saw in Amsterdam this summer, was deemed invaluable by Sotheby’s who bought his Suprematist Composition for $66,100,000. Malevich is responsible for the early black on black and white on white geometric paintings that most people find difficult to appreciate. (If you haven’t read The Art Thief, by Noah Charney you are missing a great read. Also read The Art Forger, by B.A. Shapiro but beware the cynicism that may ensue.) Well, I could go on and on. What is the value of art? It’s what we say it is. The we being the patron, the gallery, precedence, what traffic will bear and, perhaps, the artist’s expectations.

You know, I have heard from artists that as a painting hung on their studio walls over time, they continued to raise the price. When it finally sold they knew they had hit the mark. Most of us believe we get what we pay for. When I was in Cinque Terra, I watched as my friend Amy approached two stands selling water, each offering it in the same size bottles, but one asking fifty cents more than the other. I don’t have to tell you which one she bought.

And so I leave you with more questions than answers. Did the work of de Koonig improve when it became collectible? Does the Picasso design on your plate add to its value? Where do our tastes come from? How can we gauge who we want to invest in? Are we qualified to predict or evaluate the art we see on walls or should we place art in the hands of galleries to decide what is good? Our bank accounts add another whole dimension to our decisions. As collectors, we may be taking risks at the marketplace but we have the ultimate power of choice. We should use our heads and hearts when we invest. I tend to respond with emotion, curiosity and excitement. How is it for you? Will a new artist be recognized by you and their art survive the ever-changing ideas of excellence? Is it a crapshoot? It appears collectible art is more valuable than gold these days. Who made it so? Can we get in on the possibilities? Where will it go from here? Surely, I never thought Andy Warhol’s work would be around in fifty years. I wish I had picked up a piece back when he and I were kids in New York and we were both trying to be cool.

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Tubac Health Care Foundation seeks to improve the health of people who live and work in the Tubac, Arizona area by making grants to organizations for programs that address that goal, with a particular emphasis on those within our population who have limited access to healthcare. As a part of our mission, the Tubac Health Care Foundation is pleased to announce the development of a new website which provides information regarding our mission, our history, our grant request process, local events and current board members. The website also includes links to resources which provide valuable information regarding health and weliness, social services and healthcare topics in general. The foundation board welcomes ideas and proposals for new healthcare related projects in our community. Please refer to the Grant Overview section included in the website. www.tubachealthcarefoundation. org Since the inception of the Tubac Health Care Foundation in 1985, the foundation has, through the generous support of donors ... • Built our local Tubac Regional Health Center

• Funded EMT training and a Nurse Assistant scholarship

• Donated three automatic external defibrillator (AED) units to the Tubac Regional Health Center, Tubac Community Center and the Tubac Center for the Arts • Funded Parenting Classes

• Funded a Senior Exercise Program associated with the Tubac Community Senior Lunch Program

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In October of 2012, Dr. Thomas Linnemann's primary care practice was purchased by Northwest Allied Physicians. The health center continues to provide family practice primary care by a nurse practitioner. Within a few months, a physician provider will be joining the practice. Though we are separate entities, the Tubac Health Care Foundation works closely with Northwest Allied Physicians. For more information regarding days and hours of service, please visit the health center or their website at:

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For many beginning students, as well as those with merely an academic curiosity,a cursory understanding of Buddhist precepts and foundational positions, historical data, and currency with other traditions, in particular with scientific fields (Quantum Physics) can form a basis for interest. In this view, starting on Thursday March sixth and continuing for the following Thursdays, 13 ,20, 27 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM Virginia Hall will facilitate an informal discussion at the Tubac Buddhist Meditation Center. Topics will include: A short history of the spread of Buddhism in the world up to the present day emergence in the West. Who was the Buddha? What the Buddha taught, and Buddhism’s relationship with other fields and traditions. Many of us are seeking a way to calm our minds and translate insight, compassion and useful skills into real work in the everyday world. Buddhism has a method: meditation. Usually motivated by self inquiry, meditation can be taught and guided, but the motivation to practice will always remain within the individual. In this tradition,there is no authority outside direct experience.

Virginia Hall is a lay Buddhist and a founding member of The Tubac Buddhist Meditation Center.She has studied and completed retreats with Asian teachers in the Zen and Theravadan traditions. In addition, she has received instruction from teachers of the Tibetan schools, including three teachings from His Holliness the Dalai Lama. Her practice is informed by all nondual traditions as well as Buddhism.

Thursdays: March 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th 5:30-7:00 PM Tubac Buddhist Meditation Center 2247 E. Frontage Rd. Donation 75.00 To Register call Virginia at 398-9234

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February 27 thru March 1, 9am-4pm - Russell Recchion Landscapes workshops at P. Geren Gallery. Tuition $300. P. Geren Gallery, 19 Tubac Road. Call the gallery at 520-398-3384 for information or to sign up. February 28, 8:30am - The 2014 Green Valley Women’s Conference, “Women of the World: Path Makers and Path Breakers" at the Ballroom at the Madera Clubhouse in Quail Creek, 2055 E. Quail Crossing Blvd. Tickets, which include the program and lunch, are $27 and are on sale now at the La Vista and La Perla front desks at La Posada, at the Green Valley News & Sun office (around the corner from Big Lots), Quail Creek Concierge Desk, Green Valley/Sahuarita Chamber of Commerce, and Community Connect. Deadline to purchase tickets is Wednesday, February 19, 2014. Tickets will not be available at the door. The day will feature inspiring talks by intrepid women who boldly led the way in their chosen fields. Throughout the day, Kat Strandlie will lead us through Tai Chi exercises, designed to relieve tension and lighten the spirit. The event is sponsored by the Green Valley News & Sun and La Posada. The Women’s Conference Committee is composed of Pam Mox, Publisher of the Green Valley News & Sun, Lisa Israel, President and CEO of La Posada, Susan Cohen, Joyce Finkelstein, Marilyn Forstot, Carrie Klaege Nicole Raymond, and Phyllis Tingstad. February 28, 10am-12noon - Walking Tours of Old Town Tubac. Tour limited to 20; reservations requested, 520-398-2252 or February 28, 11am-2pm - Living History: Chocolate in Spanish Colonial Tubac. Sample the energy drink that fueled the 1775-1776 Anza expedition from Tubac to San Francisco. Included with Tubac Presdidio park admission $5 adult, $2 youth, children free. 520-398-2252. February 28, 5-7pm - Santa Cruz Parent Love Connection Family monthly Playgroup meets at Peter Piper 446 N. Grand Court Plaza Dr. Nogales. This event is for Children with special needs and their family only. We asking a donation of $2.50 per family toward pizzas. For more information about the support group or/and the event please call Maria Scholnick at (520) 285-6112 or Angelica Hernandez at 313-4233 For the MONTH of March, 2-4pm - Open Studio Reception at Tubac Art and Gifts. Located on the left just before the bridge to Shelby's Bistro, featuring primarily local artists, including Peter and Sandy Chope (watercolors and computer graphics), Jen Prill (porcelain art pottery), Melinda Evans (jewelry), Joan Brittan (fabric art), Jeff Webb-Rees (mosaic tables), Sue Webb-Rees (nichos and typewriter jewelry), and Sari Steller (rock art).The gallery is also debuting Jacci Weller to the Tubac area who composes meticulous, boldly colorful, desert expressions. She brings the living desert to her canvas. - 575– 640-6569. March 1, 9am-5pm - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will host public San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (SPRNCA) field trip Meeting Location TBD. For more information visit: http:// or or contact David McIntyre at 520-2587259 or March 1, 11am - Horse Racing at Rillito Park Race Track. Thoroughbred & Quarter Hourse racing, gates open at 11am, post time 1pm. 4502 N First Ave, Tucson. Every Sat through March 30. 520-293-5011. March 1, 4pm - 4th Annual Viva La Moda Fashion Show - The Art of Fashion - Fashion Comes Full Cirque at La Entrada de Tubac. $20 adults, $10 kids under 12. Wine & hors d'oeuvres. March 1 & 2 - Creating Life by Design – A Women’s Conference. There comes a time in life where the choice to downsize, let go of the old, clear out what is no longer needed becomes a point of choice. It is a natural part of evolution; we stop collecting stuff and begin to settle into what is real – our heart’s desires, bucket lists, relationships, inner values, dreams and our next contribution. By saying YES to yourself, you can mine and uncover the more authentic self that is buried underneath the roles, identities, belief systems and relationships. Would you like to experience more choice in what’s “happening” in your life? Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed at life’s circumstances and wonder how you can change them? Perhaps, you’ve noticed that many people watch circumstances control their lives and respond powerlessly as if life is happening “to” them. There is another way. “Creating Life by Design” is all about living more consciously and at choice. Learn four steps to create a better life by accepting your true identity, living from vision and intuition, using powerful words and standing in your own authority. Discover your ability to create a life of joy, abundance and love by using positive words of creation with awareness and power. Find out how to use the fear that stops you from truly experiencing life to develop the courage to be or have or do anything you desire.Your life path is determined by the choices you make; you can take the journey alone or take with the help of other women. Join us on Saturday, March 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 2 from 11:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Unity in the Valley. Please contact Susan Pace for details at or 648-6444. March 2, 12:30pm - SANDWICHES AND SCAM SQUAD at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in the Amado Territory. Take I-19, Exit 48 East Frontage Road. 10 am Sunday Worship Service, at 11:15 for lunch, at 12:30 for the Scam Squad Presentation. Come join us for a Complimentary lunch and an Identity Theft Prevention Presentation by Sheriff’s Auxiliary Volunteer (SAV) and founder of Scam Squad, Lou Sampson. This is a Free Event: Accepting 1 or more nonperishable food items for the Amado Food Bank per person or family. For information call -207-0366.

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March 4, 6pm - RRHS Thespians Booster Club meeting in the drama classroom at Rio Rico High School. March 4, 7pm – Michael Londra performs at Green Valley Recreation West Center, 1111 W Via Arcoiris. Michael Londra brings you an evening of the songs and stories of Ireland. The voice of Riverdance and creator of Celtic Fire sings traditional ballads that are centuries old, Celtic classics and American songs you know and love. Tickets range from $24 to $31. For tickets call 520625-0288. All performances open to the public. March 5, 6:30am - Artists Seeking Sunrise at Tumacácori now have an opportunity to capture the magical light of early morning. “The church and surrounding mission grounds are a perennial favorite for artists,” said Superintendent Bob Love. “We are excited to welcome painters and photographers for these special early openings.” National Historical Park will open early for anyone wishing to experience sunrise over the mission. Artists and other visitors should observe all park regulations and policies. Commercial filming or photography may require a special use permit. See for more information. Admission to the park is $3.00 per adult, free for federal pass holders and children under age 16. For more information, call 520-398-2341, extension 0. March 5 thru 7, 9am-4pm - Walter Porter - Plein Air workshops at P. Geren Gallery. Tuition $300. P. Geren Gallery, 19 Tubac Road. Call the gallery at 520-398-3384 for information or to sign up. March 5, 3pm-4pm - Join the Aquabelles of Green Valley. Calling all ladies who love to swim! The Aquabelles begin weekly synchronized swimming practice on Wednesday, March 5. These practices are open to anyone who can swim. Please join them every Wednesday at the East Center pool from 3pm to 4pm during open swim time. There will be veteran swimmers and coaches available to teach you the basics of synchronized swimming and group routines. It’s way more fun than lap swimming and it is awesome exercise. See you at the East Center, beginning March 5, every Wednesday 3-4pm! For more information, please call Donna at 648-0025. If our swim practice schedule in March does not fit with your busy life, please join us for the Aquabelle tea on March 19 from 1pm – 2:30 pm at the Madera Vista clubhouse. March 6, 13, 20 & 27, 5:30-7:30pm - A CONVERSATION ABOUT BUDDHISM with Virginia Hall. For many beginning students, as well as those with merely an academic curiosity,a cursory understanding of Buddhist precepts and foundational positions, historical data, and currency with other traditions, in particular with scientific fields (Quantum Physics) can form a basis for interest. In this view, starting on Thursday March sixth and continuing for the following Thursdays, 13 ,20, 27 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM Virginia Hall will facilitate an informal discussion at the Tubac Buddhist Meditation Center. Topics will include: A short history of the spread of Buddhism in the world up to the present day emergence in the West. Who was the Buddha? What the Buddha taught, and Buddhism’s relationship with other fields and traditions. Many of us are seeking a way to calm our minds and translate insight, compassion and useful skills into real work in the everyday world. Buddhism has a method: meditation. Usually motivated by self inquiry, meditation can be taught and guided, but the motivation to practice will always remain within the individual. In this tradition,there is no authority outside direct experience. Tubac Buddhist Meditation Center 2247 E. Frontage Rd. Donation $75.00. To Register call Virginia at 398-9234 March 7, 6:30pm - Herberger Theater’s Objects d’Art Auction fundraiser at the Herberger Theater Center, located at 222 E. Monroe Street in downtown Phoenix. Tickets are $50 each. Objects d’Art is sponsored by Billie Jo and Judd Herberger, Cheryl and Ira Gaines, Frontdoors News, il Tocco, Print Time, Put A Fork In It Catering and SRP. For tickets, and information about the event and $3 parking, call 602-254-7399, Ext. 105 or Ext 117 or purchase online at March 7, 7pm – Dance with The Kool Band at Green Valley Recreation Canoa Hills, 3660 S Camino del Sol. Dance the night away to the music of the 50s, 60s and 70s. The Kool Band will perform some great rock n’ roll tunes with the songs you love from Motown, Do-Wop and the British Invasion. Tickets range from $10 to $14. For tickets call 520-625-6200. Advance ticket sales only. All events open to the public. March 8, 8:30am-12:30pm - Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) conference sponsored by Green Valley branch of the American Association of University Women and Women and Science (WISE) at the University of Arizona. Registration for EYH, a national program designed for middle school girls and their parents to introduce them to career opportunities for women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), will begin in early February at area private and public schools. It is the second year for this popular event. The keynote speech will be given by Deanna L. Lewis of the University of Arizona, a graduate associate in the College of Public Health and facilitator for the STEM Institute in 2011-12. Afterward the students will go to hands-on workshops led by professional women and U of A interns in twelve fields of sciencerelated fields where they will conduct experiments in chemistry, astronomy, meteorology, zoology and many more STEM careers traditionally held by men. 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Tu b a c Vi l l a g e r F e b r u a r y 2 0 1 4 March 8, 11am - Horse Racing at Rillito Park Race Track. Thoroughbred & Quarter Hourse racing, gates open at 11am, post time 1pm. 4502 N First Ave, Tucson. Every Sat through March 30. 520-293-5011. March 11, 7pm – Linden String Quartet performs at Green Valley Recreation West Center, 1111 W Via Arcoiris. This young classical quartet has enjoyed remarkable success by sharing their passion for music with audiences all over the world. Tickets range from $22 to $29. For tickets call 520-625-0288. All performances open to the public. March 12 - Tour of the Historic Missions of Padre Kino in Sonora, Mexico with Fiesta Tours international. Depart from the Tubac Presidio Park at 7:30am, cross the border at Nogales, and pick up your tourist cards there. You will need a passport. Cost $95 includes transportation from the Presidio, lunch, bilingual tour guide, recommended reading list, & donation to the Friends of the Tubac Presidio & Museum. 520-398-9705 or March 13, 7pm – Kyle Eastwood Band performs at Green Valley Recreation West Center, 1111 W Via Arcoiris. Prolific Bassist/Composer Kyle Eastwood demonstrates his amazing skills on the bass and shares his unique style of music. It is a blend of jazz and infectious grooves supported by a group of talented musicians. Tickets range from $24 to $31. For tickets call 520-625-0288. All performances open to the public. March 13, 7:30pm - The Appleseed Collective at Sea of Glass Center for the Arts, 330 E. 7th Street, Tucson. Ages 18 & up = $15 advance / $20 day of show (reduced rates for youth) Mix the Hot Club of Paris with the sweaty soul of Dixieland, a couple blades of bluegrass, a pinch of ragtime beat, and a western swinging swagger and you've just conjured the sound of The Appleseed Collective. For info & directions – or (520) 398-2542 March 15, deadline for Early Bird tickets to La Fiesta de Carnival at La Entrada de Tubac April 26th to benefit the Border Community Alliance. Enjoy wonderful food, drinks and entertainment at the Carnival themed gala event. Email scastro@ for more information. March 15, 11am - Horse Racing at Rillito Park Race Track. Thoroughbred & Quarter Hourse racing, gates open at 11am, post time 1pm. 4502 N First Ave, Tucson. Every Sat through March 30. 520-293-5011. March 15 & 16, Tucson Festival of Books at the University of Arizona. March 17-19 - Mata Ortiz Pottery Tour with Fiesta Tours International. $495. 520-398-9705. March 19, 1-2:30pm - Aquabelle tea at the Madera Vista clubhouse. Dress is casual and we look forward to showing you what we do and how we do it. Come and enjoy some fellowship with the Aquabelle members and discover a wonderful way to keep in shape and develop some wonderful friendships. For more information, call Gail at 495-5951. March 20-22, 7pm and March 23, 2pm – Valley Players performs Jerry’s Girls at Green Valley Recreation West Center, 1111 W Via Arcoiris. Jerry’s Girls is a cabaret style celebration of the music and lyrics of Jerry Herman. Valley Players will share music from Herman’s wonderful productions Hello, Dolly!, Mame and La Cage Aux Folles to name a few. Tickets range from $12 to $17. For tickets call 520-625-0288. All performances open to the public. March 20 - Cross Border Tours with Border Community Alliance. Space is limited for this educational tour; email or visit www. March 21, 22 & 23 - 10am-4pm - Hidden Treasures of the Santa Cruz Valley OPEN STUDIO TOUR presented by the Tubac Center of the Arts. 520-398-2371. March 22, 9am-noon - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will host public meetings and a field trip in February and early March to continue public engagement in the development of a new Resource Management Plan (RMP) for the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (SPRNCA). BLM/Forest Service Building, 4070 S. Avenida Saracino, Hereford, AZ. For more information visit: or or contact David McIntyre at 520-258-7259 or March 22, 9am-4pm - "Art Events with Lou Maestas" SEMINAR ON COLOR at Beads of Tubac. This seminar is a comprehensive look at color for the artist in all the visual arts mediums so that even the "color blind" artist can circumvent their handicap and turn it into an asset. $75. 1 hr. lunch break. 520-398-2070. March 22, 11am - Horse Racing at Rillito Park Race Track. Thoroughbred & Quarter Hourse racing, gates open at 11am, post time 1pm. 4502 N First Ave, Tucson. Every Sat through March 30. 520-293-5011. March 22, 2pm - Jack Lasseter Arizona History Series Women on the Arizona Frontier, II. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served. $15 per lecture. Please call for reservations and future dates, 520-398-2252. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the community effort to “Save the Presidio.” At Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, 1 Burruel Street. 520-398-2252.

March 23, 7:30pm - The Original Wildcat Jass Band performs at the Tubac Center of the Arts. Admission $20. 520-398-2371. March 27, 7pm – The Voetberg Family Band performs at Green Valley Recreation West Center, 1111 W Via Arcoiris. The Voetberg Family Band performs Irish, Scottish, American, Swing, Jazz and Classical music powered by two national fiddle champions, a flatpicking champion and 10 state fiddle champions. Tickets range from $16 to $23. For tickets call 520-625-0288. All performances open to the public. March 28, 7pm – Dance with The Dina Preston Band at Green Valley Recreation Canoa Hills, 3660 S Camino del Sol. The Dina Preston Band is bringing their high energy country sound to Green Valley. They will have you two stepping, swinging and yelling for more! Tickets range from $10 to $14. For tickets call 520-625-6200. Advance ticket sales only. All events open to the public. March 28 & 29 - Rio Rico High School's performance of “Out of the Frying Pan” - a comedy. March 29, 6:30am - 3rd Annual Nogales Bicycle Classic. All rides start at Nogales City Hall, 777 N. Grand Avenue. The 84-mile route starts at 6:30 am and heads northeast on Highway 82 to Patagonia and back to S. River Rd. to Pendleton, Palo Parado to Chavez Siding in Tubac and back through Rio Rico to Nogales. The 58-mile ride starts at 6:45 am heading northeast on Highway 82 to S. River Road where it winds through Pendleton, Palo Parado, Chavez Siding and back through Rio Rico to Nogales.The 28 miler starts at 7:00 am and follows Highway 82 to S. River Road to Pendleton and Palo Parado in Rio Rico, then back to Nogales. The 8-mile “fun ride” starts at 7:15 am and wheels down Grand Avenue and back to City Hall. The 28 and 58-mile courses are for road and mountain bikes. The 84-mile course is for road bikes only. And the 8-mile “fun ride” is for any kind of bike and riders of all ages. The event will conclude at 1:30 pm. Officials will have a vehicle available at the event’s conclusion to pick up any riders still on the course. Early Bird Registration is now in progress at http://www. until February 28. Fees are $65 for adult riders and $35 for riders ages 12-18 in the 28, 58 and 84 mile rides. The 8-mile fun ride for ages 12 and over is $25, and riders age 12 and under are FREE. After February 28, adult registration for the 28, 58 and 84-mile rides is $75. Register NOW to win a FREE 3-month training plan with 3 scheduled course preview rides for the 84-mile event. Go to for details. All registration proceeds benefit Circles of Peace, one of the first domestic violence treatment and prevention programs that use a restorative justice circle approach to quell violent behavior in families. Circles of Peace is committed to advancing a holistic and culturally sensitive community based approach to mending families in Santa Cruz County. The Esplendor Resort at Rio Rico is the official sponsoring hotel. Located at 1069 Camino Caralampi, Rio Rico, AZ 85648, the Esplendor is offering special discounted room rates to guests riding in the Nogales Bicycle Classic. Contact 520-281-1901 or email If your organization would like to sponsor this event, please go to sponsors.html. March 29, 9am-4pm - "Art Events with Lou Maestas" SEMINAR ON DRAWING at Beads of Tubac. This seminar is open to all levels. It will cover all aspects of drawing, sketching, perspective (atmospheric and linear). How to see, looking at -vs- looking for principles of drawing, "thumb nails", view finders, and the infamous grid technique, etc. It's a fun one too! $75. 520-398-2070. March 30, 11am - Horse Racing at Rillito Park Race Track. Thoroughbred & Quarter Hourse racing, gates open at 11am, post time 1pm. 4502 N First Ave, Tucson. Every Sat through March 30. 520-293-5011. April 26 - La Fiesta de Carnival at La Entrada de Tubac. Celebrate our diverse community with wonderful food, drinks and entertainment, featuring live music and dancing under the stars. Email for more information. May 1 thru 8 - Mindful Meditation in Mexico with Kathy Edds & Joyce Sierra. Travel through the Yucatanm practice presence, learn to pause and find your place of being. $625, excludes airfare. Inquires Kathy Edds,, 520275-2689 or Joyce Sierra,, 520-404-2254. �

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weLcome to this great month of february dear friends and famiLy... hearts and fLowers and candy Kisses to aLL of you!

Living in Tubac is WONDERFUL! This month of February--we have the day of heart to heart caring-Valentine's Day. We have beautiful stores, wonderful art galleries and a great selection of restaurants. Two great markets with healthy foods and meat and fish and produce. We also have this state of the art newspaper, The Villager, with articles of note, beautiful pictures of our wildlife and our world, great writing, local notices of happenings in our community-that are important to all of us. Each writer gives their all. We are blessed to be sure!

If we take a small tour around Tubac we find everything you need is right here. From great food selections at our restaurants, to beautiful clothes, brightly colored pottery, soaps and vitamins and herbs, gorgeous Native American jewelry, Lots of stunning metal sculptures, artists at work in all mediums, a truly wonderful Center for the Arts, fitness centers, a few funky shops that fit right in, resale shops that are worth the visit. Down the road a few miles is the simply wonderful Tumacacori Mission, a must see on your list and the spice factory a few steps away. We even have beauty and nail salons, churches and a super post office. There is an amazing amount of truly fun things to buy. No little town would be complete without a library. We have a jewel of a library and a museum, The Presidio, that showcases the history of this area. We are so fortunate in so many ways. This month I wanted to put in a few Italian dishes. My late husband, Rano, was Italian and my could he cook! We met during WWII, both of us in the Army, Rano was a Mess Sargent. Rano did a lot of cooking so our 3 children were raised with both parents in the kitchen. HIs pizza dough is the best-we've been making it for over 50 years...the pizza pans are one-of-akind and are even in the will! The bread that his 5 sisters made, hence the name, 5 Sisters Bread is our favorite. I hope you enjoy these dishes this month. My daughter, Claire, made these dishes in our 'test' kitchen. Enjoy! 'Buon Appetito' More from my Dad's journal: ~ What do you say each morning? Good God it's morning? or Good Morning God! ~ Love sees through a telescope not a microscope.

Roasted Tomato Caprese Salad

12 plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise, seeds (not cores) removed 1/4 cup good olive oil, plus more for drizzling 1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 2 large garlic cloves, minced 2 teaspoons sugar Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 16 ounces fresh salted mozzarella 12 fresh basil leaves, julienned if you don't have basil, use dry oregano, it's just as good. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F. Arrange the tomatoes on a sheet pan, cut sides up, in a single layer. Drizzle with 1/4 cup of olive oil and the balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle with the garlic, sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Roast for 2 hours until the tomatoes are concentrated and begin to caramelize. Allow the tomatoes to cool to room temperature.

Cut the mozzarella into slices slightly less than 1/2-inch thick. If the slices of mozzarella are larger than the tomatoes, cut the mozzarella slices in half. Layer the tomatoes alternately with the mozzarella on a platter and scatter the basil on top. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper and drizzle lightly with olive oil. Serve at room temperature.

~What to give? Give of yourself, you're tied with heartstrings.

Lemon Ricotta Cake 3/4 cup Softened Butter 3/4 cup granulated Sugar zest from 3 large lemons 1 teaspoon lemon extract 3 large eggs, Separated 1 cup full fat ricotta cheese 1/2 cup Plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons Baking Powder dash of Salt to Serve: fresh Strawberries Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly grease and flour a 7 or 8 inch spring-form pan. Beat the butter and sugar with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Add the lemon zest, extract, egg yolks and ricotta cheese and beat until smooth. Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt, and beat into the butter mixture just until combined. Wash your beaters well, and then beat the egg whites in a separate bowl until stiff. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter then spoon the batter into your prepared tin. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until a cake tester stuck into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool to room temperature before serving.

Gnocchi and spinach with Ricotta 1 package gnocchi 2/3 cup heavy cream 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper 1/8 tsp nutmeg 1/2 tsp flour 1/2 cup ricotta 2/3 cup mozzarella 3 5 0z spinach fresh Boil gnocchi in a heavy saucepan(cast iron skillet) put in cream and dry ingredients that have been mixed together, and let boil for 2 minutes add spinach and wilt down when gnocchi is cooked add to spinach mixture 5 dollops of ricotta and sprinkle with mozzarella put under broiler for 5 minutes til browned.

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by Jennifer Bek


t’s almost Valentine’s Day, the day we give flowers, cards and candy to those we hold close to our hearts. The flowers and cards are nice, but the chocolate candy is REALLY special. It turns out that chocolate (especially dark) is actually good for your heart! According to Dr. Dean Ornish, author of the New York Times Bestseller, The Spectrum, “Chocolate is rich in flavonoids and catechins, which may reduce the risk of heart disease, improve blood flow, and lower blood pressure.” Such GREAT news. Forget the flowers and cards and run to the candy store!

Well, not so fast. Unfortunately if you read the ingredient list for candy, you’ll notice that it is loaded with sugar. Sugar, as you may know, is high on the glycemic index meaning it rushes into the blood stream causing blood sugar to rise quickly and then drop in a short time. The result? Hunger and fatigue. This constant fluctuation in blood sugar from too many high-glycemic foods is one of the major causes of obesity and diabetes in our country.

Here’s a recipe for some delicious chocolate candy containing sweeteners that are lower on the glycemic index than sugar. The dark chocolate makes the flavor intense – and I’ll be willing to bet that no one you know will guess the other ingredients. Give these Truffles a try – your sweetie will love them and so will you!

2014 Performing Arts Season February 2/18 7:30pm ~

TSO Pops! That’s Amore LA Theatre Works The Graduate

2/27 7pm


March 3/4 7pm 3/11 7pm 3/13 7pm 3/27 7pm

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Michael Londra Linden String Quartet Kyle Eastwood Band The Voetberg Family Band

April 4/1 7pm 4/3 7pm

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Broadway’s Next H!t Musical Rave On! - The Buddy Holly Experience


Put all ingredients in a food processor and mix until well blended. Place mixture in a bowl and refrigerate for 2 hours or more. Remove from refrigerator, scoop out small amounts of the mixture with a tablespoon and roll into balls. (Will make 24.) Roll balls in coconut, dark cocoa powder or ground walnuts. (The cocoa powder Truffles will be messier to eat.) Place Truffles on a tray lined with parchment paper and refrigerate. When cold, put in containers, but continue to refrigerate.

Performances at Green Valley Recreation West Center - 1111 Via Arcoiris For More Information or Tickets Please call 520-625-0288



To all of my valued guests, I have been asked about the cost of dentistry in Mexico being less expensive. In many cases it is and many cases it is not. After researching the question, given that it is so difficult to compare apples to apples, I am willing to make this offer to all existing and new patients of Tubac Dental. If you have seen any dentist, I invite you bring your ITEMIZED treatment $ 5.00 plan into our office. I will match NEW those fees, should the necessity PATIENT and cost seem to be a sensible SPECIAL! approach to your dental needs. CONSTRUCTION INC. Brian Kniff, DDS.





Yours In Good Health, Dr. Brian Kniff, DDS.



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Matthew Beemer Over 30 years of hands-on experience. General Contractor Lic# ROC198858


CONSTRUCTIONBuilding INC. in Tubac and surrounding areas for over 15 yrs. Commercial & Residential

Matthew Beemer


1 can black beans, drained and rinsed ¼ cup walnuts 6 pitted dates (cover with hot water and let stand 1-2 hours) 1 tsp. vanilla pinch sea salt 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 2 tbsp. prepared coffee (strong) 1-2 tbsp. pure maple syrup (not regular syrup – make sure it is Pure) 1/4 cup dark unsweetened cocoa powder (Hershey’s)

Over 30 years of hands-on experience.

BEEMER General Contractor Lic# ROC198858


CONSTRUCTION INC. Commercial & Residential

Matthew Beemer Building in Tubac and surrounding General Contractor areas for over 15 yrs. Lic#ofROC198858 Over 30 years hands-on experience.


Building in Tubac and surrounding areas for over 15 yrs. Over 30 years of hands-on experience.

Tubac villager feb 2014  

The February 2014 Tubac Villager printed 9,000 copies on February 2nd. This is a 40 page issue.