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CONTENTS Town of Sahuarita 375 W. Sahuarita Center Way Sahuarita, AZ 85629 Phone: 520-822-8800 Fax: 520-822-8891 www.ci.sahuarita.az.us

FROM THE MAYOR 6-7 COUNCIL PROFILES 8-10 GOVERNMENT AT YOUR FINGERTIPS 11 SAHUARITA THROUGH THE AGES 12 PARKS & RECREATION 13-15 INSIDE THE LIBRARY 16-17 SAHUARITA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT 18-20,22 COMMUNITY EVENTS 24-25 FIESTA SAHUARITA 26 SOUTHERN ARIZONA ATTRACTIONS 27-28 SAHUARITA TEEN ADVISORY COUNCIL 29 BUSINESS & ECONOMY 30 LOCAL CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS 31 USEFUL INFORMATION 32 SAHUARITA EMERGENCY PROVIDERS 34-35

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Since incorporating in 1994, the Town of Sahuarita has grown from a rural community of 1,900 residents into a modern small town of 25,659, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. In fact, Sahuarita grew more than 600 percent from its 2000 U.S. Census population of 3,242, making it the second-fastest growing community in Arizona. Sahuarita offers residents a quiet, small-town alternative while enjoying many of the amenities one expects from a larger community. In 1994, Sahuarita had fewer than 20 businesses; today more than 120 businesses call Sahuarita home. Sahuarita is situated at the northern reaches of the Santa Cruz River Valley, an area unique in its history, culture and environment; from the rich Sonoran Desert landscape and the Santa Rita Mountains to the pecan orchards lining the banks of the Santa Cruz River. Sahuarita offers a wide range of neighborhoods, from “pioneer neighborhoods” like Santo Tomas and Sahuarita Villages, to master-planned communities like Quail Creek and Rancho Sahuarita. There are age-restricted neighborhoods as well as family-oriented neighborhoods. Our community is well-served by six parks and numerous recreation programs. In addition, the Town has 25 miles of bike lanes and 4 miles of separate multi-use trails. Transportation infrastructure continues to grow in anticipation of future industrial, office, retail and residential growth. The Town is expanding and improving the main corridor that runs through the heart of our government, business, and education districts, in partnership with the RTA (Regional Transportation Authority). Sahuarita Road improvements could serve new developments described in the proposed Sahuarita Farms master plan. This proposed multi-use, 6,000-acre development will incorporate land now used for pecan groves. The developer has proposed to save many pecan trees to landscape boulevards and parks in new neighborhoods. In addition, the developer has proposed river management plan for the Santa Cruz River with walking, biking and horse trails for recreation. Even during these times of economic uncertainty, the Town continues planning for the future. It is essential we develop our local economy to its maximum potential. The Council approved the Strategic Plan for Economic Development that outlines our strategy and challenges the town, landowners, developers and others to develop a local, sustainable, and diversified economy through the recruitment of higher-wage employers to our community. The goal is to create opportunities for our residents to work locally at jobs commensurate with their education and skill level. Projects in the development pipeline include continued development of a mixed-use “Town Center” with retail, civic, and residential opportunities next to the Town’s Municipal Complex. Sahuarita Unified School District is building its new K-5 school and Early Childhood Learning Center in the Town Center. As Mayor, I look forward to meeting the challenges of our growing community while maintaining the small-town, intimate lifestyle that attracted us to Sahuarita. Whether you live here or you’re just visiting, I invite you to discover Sahuarita!

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ABOUT MAYOR DUANE BLUMBERG

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uane Blumberg came to Sahuarita in 2005; he was elected to Town Council in 2009. His professional career involved academics and economic development. He was elected mayor in June 2011. A Ph.D. mathematician, Blumberg spent 35 years at the University of Louisiana, where he was a faculty member, department chairman, Dean of the College of Sciences, and vice president. As vice president, he supervised the university’s specialized research and develop-

ment centers and its research park, and helped to form partnerships between companies and faculty members for the commercialization of university research. Following his academic career, Blumberg was appointed by the governor as Louisiana’s Deputy Secretary of Economic Development. In this capacity, he served as chief administrative officer of the department, led efforts to strengthen the contributions of the state’s higher education institutions to economic development, and was involved with sev-

eral major development projects. Blumberg is particularly interested in the implementation of Sahuarita’s Strategic Plan for Economic Development, which envisions the creation of a diverse and sustainable economy that creates wealth and opportunities for its residents, and generates revenues to provide needed public services and infrastructure. Blumberg and his wife, Margaret, have been married for 45 years and now reside in the Quail Creek community. Their son and his family live in Europe.

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COUNCIL PROFILES Vice Mayor Lynne Skelton Lynne Skelton has served on the Sahuarita Town Council since 1999. She served as mayor from June 2007 until June 2011, when she was elected vice mayor. Skelton moved to Southern Arizona in 1986, and has lived in Sahuarita since 1993. She has a daughter in Tucson and a daughter and granddaughter in Sahuarita. From 1986 until 2005, Skelton was employed in the title and escrow industry. She ended her career as a branch manager and certified escrow officer to spend more time with her family and to pursue public service as an elected official. The vice mayor is passionate about her town, its quality of life and sense of place she finds in Sahuarita. Skelton exemplifies service above self not only in her role of elected official but in her personal life as well. The vice mayor also serves the greater community in other capacities, including serving on the Upper Santa Cruz River Users and Providers Group for

regional water planning, and on the Southern Regional Advisory Council for the Arizona Department of Homeland Security. She was past chair of the Regional Transportation Authority, and previously served as chair of the Pima Association of Governments. She was a board member of TREO, on the executive board of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, and was also a board member of the Arizona Tax Commission.

Bill Bracco Bill Bracco was elected to Town Council in 2011, and has lived in Sahuarita since 2005. Bracco has lived all over the United States, but came to Sahuarita from the Washington, D.C., area. In 2005, Bracco started a service business in Tucson and employs six to eight people. As a small-business owner he is responsible for all aspects of running a business. Prior to moving to Sahuarita, he worked for Sprint, founding its Computer Incident Response Team, and later he was put in charge of the Global Data Security Operations Center. Prior to that, Bracco was a contractor providing information security support to defense and intelligence community customers. Bracco is a retired major in the Army Reserve with 21 years of service, serving as a military intelligence, psychological operations, and information operations officer. He holds a B.A. in sociology

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Phil Conklin Conklin grew up on a farm in Michigan and moved to Sahuarita in 2000. He has served on the Town Council since 2003 and has served as vice mayor.

ing, learning, questioning and studying issues that contribute to developing Sahuarita into a greater place for families to live, grow and enjoy. He is focused on maintaining fiscal responsibility to prevent future property taxes. He advocates partnerships with developers, the schools and the county on roads, bike lanes, parks and economic development. His favorite things about the town are the great neighbors and friends, outstanding community developments, the pecan trees and the sunshine.

Kara Egbert Egbert was elected to the Town Council in 2009, and has lived in Sahuarita since 2005. She grew up in Liberty, Mo., which nearly doubled its population but still maintained its small-town values. Egbert desires that for Sahuarita. Conklin, 77, and his wife, Connie, reside in Quail Creek. The couple has seven children, 13 grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. Conklin is a retired elementary school principal and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Drake University and a master’s from Wayne State University. He is the scholarship chairman for Valle Verde Rotary Club and as such has presented their scholarship to a deserving Sahuarita graduate for each of the last eight years. He is a volunteer leader for the Stephen Ministry Caregiving Program at Valley Presbyterian Church, and a former Property Owners’ Association board member for Quail Creek. He has traveled extensively in 71 foreign countries and 49 of the 50 states. He has visited many of the national parks, canoed, hiked the Appalachian Trail, is a certified scuba diver, skier, golfer and an avid reader of mystery novels. Conklin’s priorities are listen-

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classrooms and is the committee chairwoman for a local Cub Scout pack. Egbert is married and has five children. She is enjoying serving on the council and is excited about the next several years. She looks forward to improving communication from the town to the residents as well as bringing the town together with special events and service opportunities. She plans to continue working hard to keep small-town values in this growing community.

Rosanna Gabaldon Gabaldon was elected to the Town Council in 2009. Born in Bermuda, she has lived in Japan, the Philippines and Panama, and in Arizona since 1973. Gabaldon and her husband, Arturo, have been married 22 years. They have a son, Andrés. Gabaldon moved to Sahuarita in 2004 from Tucson and has served on Sahuarita’s Parks and Recreation Commission and Economic Development Commission. Gabaldon also serves on the South Pima Regional Partnership Council, First Things First, the Greater Green Valley Community

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Melissa Smith Melissa Smith was elected to Town Council in 2011. She is a mother of two who has worked in Sahuarita for 16 years. She moved to the area in 1999 from Tucson because she wanted a rural and small-town environment in which to raise her children. Smith lives in Rancho Sahuarita with her boyfriend and their five children. She attended Pima Community College and studied law, then began working at the Green Valley Fire District in 1995. She was promoted to engineer, then to captain. She currently serves as captain and community service liaison for the fire district. She looks forward to supporting Sahuarita’s sustainability through a balance of businesses, recreation opportunities and residential neighborhoods. Smith believes in enhancing partnerships with the community, businesses, developers and other governmental agencies to advance the town’s economic development.

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German map is the earliest know reference to the town of “Sahuartito,” in 1875. An “Indian Community.” The first U.S. map from the Department of the Interior listed the town as “Saurita” in 1879. The Saurita town name would continue to be found on successive maps in 1880 and 1890. Of course, Hohokam (200-1450) and Sobaipuri (1400-1900) Indians lived in the Santa Cruz River Valley long before European and American mapmakers arrived. And the Tohono O’odham Nation shares its border with part of Sahuarita’s northern town boundary. In 1879, Sahuarito Ranch was created by James Kilroy Brown and Olive Leticia Brown. The Browns chose the name “Sahua-

rito” because of the many saguaros in the area. It was one of the original ranches along the Santa Cruz River, at a time when the region was thick with mesquite and cottonwood trees. A small community developed in the area named Sahuarito, while the railroad laid tracks through the area (which remain to this day) and established a station and post office. Although originally surveyed by the Texas Western Railroad, Southern Pacific Railroad operated the route until the late 20th century. No one seems certain about how “Sahuarito” changed to “Sahuarita.” Through many spellings and alterations, the name reflects the community’s ranch history and the landmark Sonoran Desert cactus.

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court, sand volleyball court and a modular Skate Spot. Other park features include two public restroom buildings and a half-mile multiuse pathway surrounding the north half of the park. Additionally there is a one-acre dog park, the Anamax Bark Park. To review Park and Facility rules and guidelines, refer to the town Web site or contact the Parks and Recreation Department, (520) 822-8896 or (520) 445-7850.

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17501-1 S. Camino de Las Quintas, Sahuarita, AZ 85629 Phone: (520) 445-7850 Fax: (520) 445-7858 Web site: http://www.ci.sahuarita.az.us Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday: classes only. Sunday: closed.

Hours: sunrise to sunset 18225 S. Avenida Arroyo Seco, Sahuarita, AZ 85629 Parque Los Arroyos is a seven-acre neighborhood park with a two-acre turf area within the Los Arroyos residential development. The park has three large ramadas with barbecue grills that can be reserved for a fee and five single covered picnic areas also with barbecue grills. Other features include a basketball court, covered playground, drinking fountain, bike rack, public restroom and a multiuse pathway. This is a great place to have small family and friend gatherings. There is a small parking area off Calle de Marzo on the north and a larger parking area to the south off Avenida Arroyo Seco in the Los Arroyos subdivision.

Sahuarita Town Hall 375 W. Sahuarita Center Way, Sahuarita, AZ 85629 Phone: (520) 822-8896 Fax: (520) 822-8895 Administration office hours: Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday: closed

Anamax Park Hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. 17501 S. Camino De Las Quintas, Sahuarita, AZ 85629 Anamax Park has 23 developed acres with about 9.5 acres of turf and a 5,000-square-foot recreation center with its own hours of operation. At build-out, the park will be 35 acres. Anamax Park has four ramadas (two with electricity) that can be rented by the public, nine uncovered picnic areas, 12 barbecue grills, three lighted regulation Little League fields, one lighted football field, one lighted multi-use/soccer field and two concession facilities. This park also includes a covered playground, basketball

Sahuarita Lake Park Hours: sunrise to sunset 15466 S. Rancho Sahuarita Blvd., Sahuarita, AZ 85629 Sahuarita Lake Park is a 15-acre park that includes a 10-acre lake with grassy areas and shade trees. The lake is part of the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Urban Fishing Program. The pathway surrounding the lake is about one mile and includes several fitness stations. The park also includes two restroom facilities, a terraced amphitheater, two gazebos, two water fountains, seat walls, checkerboard tables and 15 uncovered picnic areas. The amphitheater can be reserved for a fee with a permit. SwimPARKS & RECREATION CONTINUED ON PAGE 14


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Hours: Monday through Friday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Weekends and holidays 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. 15490 S. Rancho Sahuarita Blvd., Sahuarita, AZ 85629 Anza Trail Park is a joint-venture park in cooperation with the Sahuarita Unified School District. This 11-acre park is adjacent to Anza Trail School. It offers two lighted softball fields, and one lighted multiuse football/soccer field. The park also has two lighted basketball and two lighted tennis courts. The park’s additional amenities include one covered playground, four shaded picnic areas, a restroom/concession facility, and a half-mile walking trail surrounding the fields.

The Parks Maintenance division created an adopt-a-park program and still offers a few available parks for adoption. For more information, call Parks & Facilities Manager Brian De Breceny at (520) 822-8889 or e-mail at bdebreceny@ci.sahuarita.az.us. The Parks & Recreation Department is entering its seventh year, and now offers a total of six parks for public enjoyment. Starting with a handful of programs and staff, the department now offers more than 50 programs, activities and events throughout the year. Contact the Parks & Recreation Department at (520) 445-7850 or (520) 822-8896 for a schedule of activities and events or visit the Web site www.ci.sahuarita.az.us. A sample of classes, events and programs the department offers include:

Quail Creek—Veterans Municipal Park Hours: sunrise to sunset 1905 S. Old Nogales Highway, Sahuarita, AZ 85629 This park will be built in phases. The first was constructed with Quail Creek Community Facilities District funding and some additional funds from the town. Phase 1 consists of six acres; the overall build-out will have 25 acres. The park has a covered playground, ramada with tables and barbecue grill, and a two-acre off-leash dog area that includes two small shade ramadas.

North Santa Cruz Park Hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. 14455 S. Rancho Sahuarita Blvd., Sahuarita, AZ 85629 This park is the town’s newest, opened Aug. 1, 2009. The 14-acre park consists of one lighted junior league baseball field, two lighted

Classes After-school program for ages 6 to 12 Creative dance for youth Ballroom dancing for youth Art classes for youth Tots for ages 3 to 5 Karate for Kids 4 and older Itty Bitty Sports for ages 3 to 5 CPR/First Aid for ages 16 and older Healthcare provider class Central Pet dog obedience class Year-round fitness classes for ages 16 and older that include body sculpting, step, Pilates, yoga and more. Youth day camps (seasonal)


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Community Events Town of Sahuarita Outdoor Wellness Fair in March Tucson Symphony Orchestra Concerts Free Family Fishing Day Clinic, two times each year Green Valley Recreation Senior Games Bike Race in March Spring Festival Family Fun Night for Parks and Recreation Month Fiesta Sahuarita, Sept. 24, 2011 Fiesta Sahuarita 5K Race, Family Fun Run Sahuarita Pecan Festival 2011, Nov. 12 Canoe Days Chili Cook-Off Celebrate Kids Festival Halloween Safe House Winter Festival Teen Grad Night in May

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THE LIBRARY Reading, learning, studying, listening, computing, Internet searching, chatting, story times. All these and more are available at the Sahuarita Branch Library of the Pima County Public Library system. The library is right behind the post office, accessible from Sahuarita Road. Programs and services include public-access computers and free wireless Internet. Residents use local library resources to conduct job searches via the Internet or using print resources. Special programs include Toddler Story Time on Thursdays at 10 a.m., preschool Story Time on Thursdays at 11 a.m., and Baby Time program for the youngest readers on Fridays at 10:15 a.m.

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www.SAHUARITASUN.com The adult book club, The Omnivorous Readers, meets the second Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. while the teen book club, Read and Feed, meets the third Friday of the month at 4 p.m. The library’s homework help tutor is available throughout the school year on Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Computer classes are offered Wednesdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Downloadable e-books and audiobooks are available on the web site. The public also may reserve a small meeting room and two study rooms at the library. Call to check availability. Also, residents can get involved as volunteers, making a difference in Sahuarita with assistance in offering and expanding programs. The Friends of the Green Valley Library help support the Sahuarita Branch Library and the Joyner-Green Valley Branch Library. Those interested in this group (adults and teens over 14)

can fill out a membership form at either location. The Friends group holds used book sales at the Sahuarita Branch, with proceeds benefitting both libraries. Bestselling books also are available to check out, and books can be reserved from the entire Pima County Public Library system. Books may be reserved from home using www.library.pima.gov, and the library will notify patrons when books are delivered to the local branch. Reserved books can be picked up at the Sahuarita Branch Library. The best library resources are manager Michele White (left) and library associate Robin Green. If you’re new to the community, stop in and introduce yourself, and get involved with the Friends group. If you’ve been living the community for awhile, take advantage of this wonderful public service. Library Info: 725 W. Via Rancho Sahuarita, 520-594-5490. Open Tuesday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday.

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www.SAHUARITASUN.com These accolades reflect a comprehensive plan of excellence that has multiple components. First, the District believes strongly in the power of recruiting and retaining highly qualified professional educators. All professional staff members new to the organization participate in a thorough, yearlong induction program that encompasses direct instruction in effective decision-making models, effective classroom management, and the history and organizational values of the district. Currently, the District is planning to train the first phase implementation of a new comprehensive reading initiative (2011-12 school year). Second, the District implements an effective instructional program that is aligned with the Arizona articulated academic standards. Current instructional planning efforts focus upon the new Common Core Standards (CCS). Several quality-focused components are used, including a formal data-driven structures process, data-based goalsetting, and use of a formal educational management system. The

program also includes multiple extended learning programs such as after-school programs and summer enrichment programs. The District strongly believes in the power of collaborative partnerships. Some of the District’s current partners include: •Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. •Farmers Investment Co. (FICO) •University of Arizona •Pima Community College •Green Valley News/Sahuarita Sun •Davis-Monthan Air Force Base •Rancho Sahuarita Co. •Pima County •Town of Sahuarita •Raytheon Missile Systems •Rosemont Copper SAHUARITA SCHOOL CONTINUED ON PAGE 20

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www.SAHUARITASUN.com The District values the power of strong parent involvement and constantly works to advance this critical element of effective school organizations. For example, each eligible school has a parttime volunteer services coordinator to support the involvement of parents and other volunteers in advancing the mission of excellence in education. Second, the District has implemented a new, online-based student information system, called PowerSchool. Among its many features, this system allows parents current access to their children’s academic, disciplinary and attendance related records so that they can work together with the school in support of student success. Other recent technology initiatives include the ALEAT public notification and communication system, RevTrak online food services pay system, WorldByMe! secure parent access portal, and addition of large scale interactive whiteboards. The Sahuarita school community eagerly awaits the opening of Walden Grove High School, SUSD’s second comprehensive high school. This beautiful campus opens in fall 2011 with about 400 freshmen and sophomore students and gradually phase in new classes, with its first graduating class scheduled for 2014. Go Red Wolves! Through the support of the community, the District has been able to implement a plan of needed construction, facility upgrades and continuous improvements to meet current and future educational needs for our growing community. For example, the beautiful District Auditorium is receiving new carpeting, stage curtains, and rigging. Second, the new Sahuarita Athletic Stadium is a state-of-the-art facility, complete with a modern synthetic turf, track surface and seating for up to 4,000 guests. Additionally, construction of a new gymnasium is well under way at Sahuarita Middle School and expected to be complete by the end of this coming fall 2011. Finally, construction is moving smoothly on the new Sahuarita Educational Center, next to the Town Center, which will include a new Aquatics Complex, Early Childhood Center and a new elementary school. Different components of the Center are scheduled to open in late fall 2011 (Early Childhood Center), spring 2011 (Aquatics Complex), and fall 2012 (Elementary School). Similarly, all school facilities are now monitored through modern security camera technology. This has served to advance the goal of maintaining safe campuses through prevention of security-related incidents, protection of property, and successful law enforcement when needed. In summary, the District continues to advance its commitment to excellence in education through effective professional practices, building strong collaborative partnerships, and commitment to the success of each student. Together, we are making a difference!

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a thriving jazz band, concert band and an expansive art program, plus a track team and other athletic programs. The academy has been in operation for 12 years and will begin the 2011-2012 school year with about 320 students. Call Director Beth Phillips at (520) 399-2121.

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SAHUARITA SCHOOLS Elementary school students who reside in Sahuarita’s Madera Highlands and Madera Reserve neighborhoods attend the Continental School District, which offers classes from preschool through eighth grade. Home of the Continental Colts, this small school district serves about 600 students and is proud of its outstanding student body and dedicated teachers. Continental received the “Excelling School” title in 2007 from the Arizona Department of Education, has high expectations for its students and is devoted to their success. The school facilities are at 1991 E. Whitehouse Canyon Road. Phone 520-625-4581, FAX to 520-648-2569. The website is http:// continentalesd.org Additional educational choices in the Sahuarita area include:

The Digital Technology Academy and Performing Arts School is a public charter school serving pre-K through Grade 5. It opened in August 2010, and drew about 40 students to its Green Valley campus at the Community Performing Arts Center campus on Continental Road. Its sister school, the Air and Space Academy, is a pre-K through Grade 8 public charter school in Sahuarita that opened August 2011 at 730 W. Arroyo Sur in Madera Shopping Plaza. Both schools offer a curriculum focusing on science, math and technology. Students also take part in music classes and performing arts. Contact Carol Webb, administrator for the Digital Technology Academy and Performing Arts School, at 520-837-9758.

Edge High School

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This small public charter school is a non-traditional high school for students ages 14-21. The school is NCA-credited and offers a self-paced curriculum for grades 9-12. For the 2011-2012 school year, Edge’s Sahuarita campus can accommodate 44 students. The school has facilities at Sahuarita Park, 15500 S. Sahuarita Park Road in Sahuarita Heights. Reach the school by using the Walden Grove High School entrance to the west off Sahuarita Road. Bus service for Edge students also is available through the Sahuarita Unified School District. Contact Robert Lopez, student service coordinator, at (520) 393-1690.

A guide listing licensed child-care providers in the Sahuarita/ Green Valley area, plus information on other child-care resources and referrals, is available on the town website: http://www. ci.sahuarita.az.us/index.php/component/content/article/105. html. Or contact Kathy Ward, the town’s economic development & communications manager, at 520-822-8815, kward@ ci.sahuarita.az.us.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS Fiesta Sahuarita Sept. 24, 2011, Anamax Park, 3-8 p.m. Celebrate the Town’s 17th birthday and Arizona’s 100th birthday. At this official Arizona Centennial event, there will be performances, vendors, food, bounders demonstrations, give-a-ways, and much more, including a “fun run” in the morning!

TSO Just for Kids Concert Series Saturdays, Town Hall, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 1: TSO Wind Quartet; Nov. 5: TSO Percussion Ensemble; Jan. 7: TSO Brass Quartet; March 3: TSO String Quartet. The Tucson Symphony Orchestra presents a fun, interactive concert series for youths and their families.

Harvest Your Fitness Challenge Saturdays, Oct. 1 – Nov. 5, 2011, Sahuarita Lake Park, 89:15 a.m. This program is coordinated by the Sahuarita Health & Wellness Committee sponsored by the Valle Verde Rotary Club, United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, Town of Sahuarita, Body Start and FICO. Body Start Health Fitness trainers provide nutrition infor-

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Pumpkin Patch and Chili Cook-Off Oct. 22, 2011, Rancho Sahuarita Clubhouse, 11 a.m. -4 p.m. Enter your chili recipe in our annual chili cook off for a chance at some great prizes. You can also get your carving pumpkins, take a hay ride, and enjoy some great family fun.

Halloween SafeHouse Date and location TBA The Town of Sahuarita partners with Green Valley Fire District for this event. Come and enjoy all the family-friendly, maybe a little bit scary festivities. Kids play games for prizes and candy.

Sahuarita Pecan Festival Nov. 12, 2011, Green Valley Pecan Company, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Fun activities for kids, musical entertainment for adults, and a showcase of local foods, products and crafts from the Santa Cruz River Valley. Pecan Classic and Nut Run in the morning, info: www.taggrun.com

International Day of Persons with Disabilities Dec. 3, 2011, location and time TBA. Join the Town of Sahuarita and many partners in a new event whose goal is to bring awareness and understanding to the community about all types of disabilities and for a day of fun family activities, information and resources.

Winter Fest Dec. 17, 2011, Sahuarita Lake Park, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.


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Relay for Life Youth Overnight: March 30, 2012, and Main Relay Event March 31, 2012, Anamax Park. A fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, the event will feature entertainment, food, and fun! Teams set up base camps at the relay site and team members take turns walking the relay track.

Spring Festival April 2012, Anamax Park Jumping castles, music, carnival games, dance performances, food, and drinks! Bring your camera to take a picture with the Bunny and also join us for the annual Egg Hunt!

Celebrate Kids Festival April 2012, Location TBD Free community event celebrating young children and connecting families to community resources! Children’s art, bounce houses, puppet shows, dance exhibitions as well as information about local childcare and community programs.

Dog Days May 2012, Quail Creek-Veterans Municipal Park and/or Anamax Bark Park Grooming; teeth cleanings and oral hygiene talks; nail clipping; park etiquette plus a Q&A session. Learn how you and your dog can have more fun at the park!

Sahuarita Story Time Enjoy “ice” skating (with a canned food donation), food vendors, pictures with Santa, and much more.

The GEA 5K Run January 2012, Great Expectations Academy Great Expectations Academy Feeling Fit 5K Run/Walk and Family Fun Run/Walk . Info: www.taggrun.com/.

Spring into Fitness Challenge Saturdays, February and March 2012, Sahuarita Lake Park Fitness program is coordinated by the Sahuarita Health & Wellness Committee sponsored by the Valle Verde Rotary Club, United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, Town of Sahuarita, Body Start and FICO.

Green Valley Recreation Senior Games Bike Race March 2012, Quail Creek Community Green Valley Recreation and the Town of Sahuarita sponsor this race with medals awarded in each age group.

Free Family Fishing Day Clinic March 2012, Sahuarita Lake Park The Town of Sahuarita and Arizona Game and Fish using the Urban Fishing Programs host a free family fishing day. This clinic provides free instruction and fishing licenses are waived.

Tuesdays and Fridays all year, Town Hall and Anamax Park The Town of Sahuarita welcomes young children and their caregivers to 45-minutes of stories, songs, crafts and more! Tuesday at 10:15 a.m. in the Town Council Chambers; Friday at 11 a.m. at Anamax Recreation Center. Free and open to the public.

Other Summer Events •Family Fun Night in July celebrates National Parks and Recreation Month. •Canoe Days in August is held in partnership with Boy Scout Troop 301 and Rancho Sahuarita at Sahuarita Lake Park.


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SAHUARITA The Copper Chopper roars into Sahuarita on Sept. 24, 2011, for Fiesta Sahuarita at Anamax Park. The copper industry forged Arizona’s early economy, and copper mining remains a base industry in the Sahuarita region. The Arizona Centennial Commission asked world-renowned Paul Yaffe to create and build a one-of-a-kind custom motorcycle. Forged in the desert, and fabricated with Arizona copper, the Copper Chopper was inspired by Phoenician Lucius Day Copeland’s 1884 landmark invention, the steam-powered motorcycle. Fiesta was named an Official Arizona Centennial Event by the Arizona Centennial Commission. As an Official Arizona Centennial Event, Fiesta Sahuarita will celebrate the Town’s 17th birthday and the Arizona’s 100th birthday at Anamax Park. The goal of the Arizona Centennial is to inspire all Ari-

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zonans to appreciate and celebrate our state’s rich past, celebrate the present and together, create a vibrant and sustainable future. Fiesta Sahuarita will include artifacts from southern Arizona’s history including a carriage used in the John Wayne movie “McLintock” filmed at Old Tucson Studios, Tucson Electric Power’s first line wagon from the 1880s, Buffalo Soldier saddles and gear, and the U.S. flag presented to the City of Tucson by President Taft in 1912. In addition, re-enactors from the Tucson Garrison will talk with Fiesta folks about daily life of the Juan Bautista de Anza expedition. This Spanish expedition traveled along the Santa Cruz River en route to San Francisco in 1776. Visitors can learn about the Native American and Spanish food from this time period. The Anza National Historic Trail passes through Sahuarita; there are plans to develop this historic route into a multi-use trail in the future. On Sept. 24, other Fiesta activities include live music, 5K run and 1 mile fun walk, inflatables, games for kids, food vendors, and other special surprises. The run and walk will take place early in the morning. Fiesta Sahuarita runs from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Anamax Park, 17501 S. Camino de las Quintas. Come celebrate the double birthdays of Sahuarita and Arizona!

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ATTRACTIONS Southern Arizona Attractions The Grand Canyon State offers many venues, amenities and activities for visitors and residents. Sahuarita is surrounded by mountains offering a cool retreat from the Sonoran Desert heat. The Sahuarita/Green Valley area is home to several golf courses. Things to do in the area include hiking, bird watching, shopping, museums and more. Check out some of the activities close to Sahuarita or go online for more information.

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ASARCO Mineral Discovery Center The Asarco Mineral Discovery Center focuses on the vital importance of mining in our civilization. It includes an award-winning exhibit center, video theater, cactus garden and picnic area. Visitors also can stand at the edge of an open-pit copper mine, and then walk into a mill. Shop at the Company Store gift shop for Southwestern arts and crafts by local artisans, silver, copper and Native American jewelry. 1421 W. Pima Mine Road Sahuarita, AZ 85629 520-625-7513 www.mineraldiscovery.com ATTRACTIONS CONTINUED ON PAGE 28

Titan II Missile Museum Descend more than 30 feet underground into the Titan Missile Museum. The only ICBM site in the world with a Titan II missile in the launch silo, this complex provides both above ground and underground exhibits depicting the Cold War era. See the command center and walk the silo cable ways. Experience a simulated launch sequence and visually view the “fail safe” two-key system of protection. 1580 W. Duval Mine Road Sahuarita, AZ 85614 520-625-7736 www.titanmissilemuseum.org/

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Mission San Xavier del Bac “The White Dove of the Desert” is in the Santa Cruz Valley 9 miles south of Tucson. San Xavier Mission is acclaimed by many to be the finest example of mission architecture in the United States. It is a graceful blend of Moorish, Byzantine and late Mexican Renaissance architecture. Guests can view the church, a museum and visit the gift shop. 1950 W. San Xavier Road 520- 294-2624 www.sanxaviermission.org Distance from Sahuarita: 13 miles

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Desert Diamond Casino Desert Diamond Casino, owned and operated by the Tohono O’odham Nation, provides three entertainment venues in Southern Arizona. Two of those are close to Sahuarita. Visitors can play bingo, blackjack, keno, poker and slot machines. The casino offers live entertainment, sporting events and a variety of dining experiences. 1100 W. Pima Mine Road Sahuarita, AZ 85629 520-393-2700 www.desertdiamondcasino.com

Madera Canyon This canyon was named “Madera” (meaning lumber or wood in Spanish) because it served as a major source of timber for Tucson more than a century ago. Part of Coronado National Forest, Madera Canyon offers world-class bird watching. Nature lovers come to see the more than 240 species of birds (including more than a dozen species of hummingbirds) that live in its nurturing environment. Visitors enjoy hiking the trails, picnicking, camping or an overnight stay at a lodge or bed-and-breakfast. www.fs.fed.us/r3/coronado/forest/recreation/camping/sites/ madera.shtml Distance from Sahuarita: 20 miles

Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory At the base of Mount Hopkins in the Santa Rita Mountains, south of Sahuarita, and within the Coronado National Forest, the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory Visitors Center features displays and exhibits on astronomy and astrophysics, natural science and cultural history. Guided tours are offered by reservation spring through fall. Call ahead; Visitors Center is closed part of the year. 520-670-5707 www.cfa.harvard.edu/facilities/flwo/ Distance from Sahuarita: 32 miles

Tumacacori National Historical Park (1908) preserves the ruins of three early Spanish colonial missions on 47 acres of Southern Arizona. The oldest and best preserved of the three, San José de Tumacácori, was built on the site of a Pima Indian village and has been under administration of the National Park Service since 1916. 520-398-2341 www.nps.gov/tuma/ Distance from Sahuarita: 32 miles

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park The Tubac Presidio State Historic Park was established in 1958 as Arizona’s first state park. As a Spanish presidio (fort), Tubac’s link in Juan Bautista de Anza’s historic march to San Francisco is well-established. Tubac is the oldest European settlement in Arizona. Today it is a village thriving on arts and crafts. 520-398-2252 azstateparks.com/parks/TUPR/ Distance from Sahuarita: 28 miles


Sahuarita Magazine 2011-2012•29 THE SAHUARITA TEEN ADVISORY COUNCIL (STAC) is made up of local teenagers who have a passion for improving our community. STAC brings teen issues to the attention of the Town of Sahuarita Council and organizes safe and constructive events for local teens. This committee encourages teen involvement through volunteer opportunities, leadership conferences and organizational networking. STAC began in March 2007, when then-Mayor Lynne Skelton came to Sahuarita High School to explain her vision to a group of students. She invited them to attend Youth Day at the State Capitol to understand what a teen council does. The Sahuarita Teen Advisory Council was formed with 16 students in June 2007. In its first year, STAC began the tradition of the Battle of the Bands, and began making a name for itself by volunteering at town events, including assisting in the grand opening of the Municipal Complex. In its second year, STAC continued its work at various events and added some community service activities, including the adoption of Anza Trail Park. They also became one of the many organizations involved in the planning of the Halloween Safe House. During STAC’s third year, the group was recognized as an outstanding teen council in Arizona and was asked to speak at the 2009 Arizona League of Cities and Towns’ informational panel on teen councils. The fourth year, STAC organized the first Teen Summit. This Summit brought select group of leaders from different youth organizations together to identify and priorities issues teens face in the community. In addition to being a leader in the State of Arizona for youth groups, STAC planned numerous community events last year including: A Skateboard Competition at Fiesta Sahuarita, the 2011 Teen Summit and the Teen Amazing Race. STAC ended the year with the best Battle of the Bands ever! In addition to the community events, STAC coordinates a monthly Open Mic Night at Sertinos Coffee and Ice Cream Shop during the school year. STAC has also volunteered to help with the Beat Back Buffelgrass day, the compact florescent light bulb exchange program, and the Sahuarita Road Grand opening. STAC’s 2011-12 events are in the planning stages, watch the Town website (www. ci.sahuarita.az.us) for announcements.

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BY KATHY WARD ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT MANAGER Sahuarita continues to attract more retailers, including national brands like Ross Dress for Less and Big Lots. Smaller, locally owned or operated specialty shops and restaurants like Rockthology, Simply Feet, Shooz!, and Mama’s Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue are also among recent arrivals. The 2010 Census verified that Sahuarita’s population is 25,259 people, which means that our community grew significantly since the Census of 2000. And that means more retailers and service companies are on the way. In Sahuarita and across the nation, timing of new business openings depends on a stabilizing economy. Town staff continues to implement the Strategic Plan for Economic Development which sets the stage for a local, diversified and self-sustaining economy. This is important to the Town as we have a community of well-educated, highly skilled workers who are interested in living in Sahuarita and working closer to home. Recruiting more well-paid jobs in our community will also help attract more retail, specifically restaurants, which are highly reliant on a daytime population of employees dining out at lunch. As more land zoned for employment centers becomes available, the Town will market our community to national and international employers. We know that being on the CANAMEX Corridor, Interstate 19, provides us with opportunities to recruit companies interested in trading with or investing in Mexico. Access to California markets and a location convenient to Tucson International Airport position Sahuarita for not only the creation of a local economy, but a diversified one as well. Another important element of our economic development strategy is understanding the goals and objectives of home-based businesses in Sahuarita. Budding and successful entrepreneurs are a key element of the Town’s economic planning. The Town uses its website for most economic development marketing efforts. Check us out at www.ci.sahuarita.az.us, and click on Economic Development.

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Sahuarita welcomes new businesses to serve its growing population. All businesses, including home-based businesses, must obtain a business license to conduct business in the Town of Sahuarita. For information visit the Town Clerks’ office on the Town’s website (www.ci.sahuarita.az.us), and click on the Licensing link. On this link, business owners will find the following information: •How to obtain a license •Fees •Business license regulations •Public market license •Door–to-door sales license •Street vending license The Town of Sahuarita wants your business experience to be positive and rewarding. If you have any questions regarding starting a new business, contact the Town Clerk at Town Hall or call 520-822-8801.


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LOCAL CLUBS

&ORGANIZATIONS Friends of the Sahuarita Library Contact David Bailey at baileyna@yahoo.com.

Green Valley Sahuarita Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center Open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to noon. 275 W. Continental Road, Suite 123, (520) 625-7575. Mail address P.O. Box 566, Green Valley, AZ 85622.

Green Valley Toastmasters Club Training for ages 18 and older to develop communication and leadership skills in a supportive environment. Meets Thursdays, 8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. at First American Title Insurance Company, 101 S. La Cañada Drive (in the Green Valley Village). Summer meetings first Thursday of the month, May through September. E-mail to bob85614@yahoo,com

Mom’s Club, Sahuarita-Anza Chapter Part of an international non-profit group specifically for the “at-home” mom of today, interested in the world around her, wanting a variety of activities for her and her children, and proud of choosing to be a stay-at-home mom. Browse the Web site at momsclubanzachapter@yahoo.com.

nity room at 100 W. Duval Mine Road. Contact Bill Grantham, (520) 625-5427.

Retinoblastoma of Arizona For families with a child diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a pediatric cancer that affects the eyes. Members provide guidance, support and information. Family activities and get-togethers. Contact Colleen Crowley, president, at (520) 232-3226 or e-mail president@rbaz.org.

Sahuarita Teen Advisory Council (STAC) Organizes safe and fun events for teenagers in Sahuarita and brings teen issues to the attention of Town Council. See Page 29.

Santa Cruz Bicycle Advocacy Committee Dedicated to seeing continuous improvements made in bicycling safety and enjoyment, and the promotion of bicycling as healthy recreation and alternative transportation. For more information, www.svbac.org.

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Sahuarita Elks Lodge Members meet first and third Thursdays (except July and August, 3rd Thursday only) at 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 66 on Duval Mine Road. Contact Shirley Pavlovich, lodge secretary, at 648-2659 or elks2851@q.com.

Sahuarita Rotary Club Meets every Tuesday 5:30 p.m. at Ashley Home Store commu-

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USEFUL INFORMATION UTILITY INFORMATION ELECTRICITY: Trico Electric Power Inc., (520) 744-2944 Tucson Electric Power, (520) 623-7711 NATURAL GAS: Southwest Gas: (800)428-7324 Customer Service, and (800) 722-4277 Emergency Hotline WATER: Las Quintas Serenas Water Co. (520) 625-8040 Community Water Co. (520) 625-8409 Farmers Water Co. (520) 625-2345 Sahuarita Water Co. (520) 399-1105 Quail Creek Water Co. (520) 825-3423 Green Valley Water Co. (520) 625-9112 Valle Verde Water Co. (520) 625-648-6965 Sahuarita Village Water Co. (520) 625-1671 (serving Sahuarita Village on La Villita Road) (Some neighborhoods are served by private wells.) TELEPHONE: Qwest: (800) 244-1111 Cox: (520) 648-0005 GARBAGE COLLECTION: Waste Management of Southern Arizona (520) 744-2600 Arizona Sanitation Services (520) 867-6080 Desert Pathways (520) 822-1359 Saguaro Environmental Services (520) 745-8820 CABLE SERVICE: Cox Communications (520) 648-0005 LANDFILL: Pima County Solid Waste (520) 744-7649 (Directions: La Cañada Drive, about a quarter-mile north of the train tracks, a half-mile south of Sahuarita Road. Hours: Daily from 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.)

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Sahuarita Magazine 2011-2012•35 Fingerprinting, vacation home checks, presentations on special optics such as drug prevention and identity theft. Other programs include the youth Explorer Program, Volunteers in Police Service, and Neighborhood Watch. To obtain more information about these groups, contact the Sahuarita Police Department.

Green Valley Fire District Established in 1975, the GVFD is governed by five publicly elected officials and Fire Chief Simon Davis. GVFD protects more than 40,000 people in a 40-square-mile area including Green Valley, portions of Sahuarita and south to the Santa Cruz County line. It operates out of six stations. It has more than 60 full-time suppression staff, a training battalion chief, a prevention department, five full-time administrative staff and 20 volunteers. Administrative Office: 1285 W. Camino Encanto, Green Valley, AZ 85614 Web site: gvfire.org Voice: (520) 625-9400 Fax: (520) 625-7122 E-mail: msmith@gvfire.org (Capt. Melissa Smith, public information officer) GVFD has a volunteer program called Fire Corps, which helps with interoffice mail, smoke detector checks, desert pest removal, hydrant clearing, prevention office assistance and training support. Anyone wishing to become a Fire Corps member must first complete the Community Emergency Response Training. To sign up to attend this class, contact Bill Kerr at 399-1234. For more information, check the Web site gvfire.org.

Rural/Metro Fire Department Rural/Metro has provided private fire and emergency medical service to Sahuarita since 1974. It covers northern Sahuarita. Services are not paid for by property taxes; it is the responsibility of the homeowner to obtain fire coverage. Administrative offices are at 490 W. Magee Road, Tucson, AZ 85704 Rural/Metro can be contacted by telephone, fax or e-mail. Phone: (520) 797-1825 E-mail: www.rmfire.com Public relations manager and public information officer is AnneMarie Braswell. Phone (520) 219-2069. E-mail annemari_braswell@remetro.com.


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