From August, 2013

A Celebration of the Borderlands, Part 5

Remind the snowbirds who migrate northward to cooler climes: they’ll miss out on our monsoon season, the fierce majesty of a nature’s performance art. The borderlands photographer swoons for the monsoon. For him or her, August and September is a season to remember. It’s the tumultuous “second springtime” of the Sonoran Desert in parched late…

It’s a Squirrel, it’s a Monkey, it’s a Raccoon, no…. it’s a Coati!

Our Growling, Prowling, Tree-climbing Monkey-Squirrel Wandering the Madrean Evergreen Woodland near a flowing stream in Monsoon season, you unexpectedly stumble upon a dozen or so creatures that belie your initial attempts at identification. You’ve certainly never encountered this species before! A jumble of tails amidst the fits and starts of a clearly spooked group of mammals…

Officers change but Tubac Rotary continues commitment to community

During June, the Tubac Rotary Club celebrated its annual ceremony of installation of officers with the participation of the majority of its associates, some family members, representatives of the Rio Rico Rotary Club and special guests Randy Brooks, former governor for Rotary District 5500, and his wife Deb Brooks. The June 14 event took place over dinner at the Cow Palace restaurant in Amado where Tubac Rotary Club’s former president, Jeff Horwitz, spoke about the rewarding adventure of leading the club for the past year., “It was the best experience of my life,” he said. Among his accomplishments he mentioned…

Borderlands Slideshow

Remind the snowbirds who migrate northward to cooler climes: they’ll miss out on our monsoon season, the fierce majesty of a nature’s performance art. The borderlands photographer swoons for the monsoon. For him or her, August and September is a season to remember. It’s the tumultuous “second springtime” of the Sonoran Desert in parched late…

Food for Thought

I am reading about new understandings of foods. In studies that are a mere three years old, the consumption of food, its digestion and its role in our lives have made breakthrough progress. Although few doctors are updated in this field, they soon will be because it is now known that bacteria “R” us. To…

Santa Cruz County Update Aug/Sept 2013

Free recycling continues for a while Because there was no recommendation to review, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors voted on July 31 to table indefinitely any action regarding charging to leave items for recycling at the county landfill or at transfer stations. The supervisors had previously discussed abolishing recycling because it costs the county…

Twilight in Tubac

Twilight at Mercado de Baca in Tubac is worth marking your calendar for, when, once a month, seven different stores and Shelby’s Bistro remain open later than usual, offering discounts, food, drinks and entertainment. Organizers are planning to repeat this event the second Friday of every month until the end of the year, said Lyle…

Roots

I am not the type to visit graveyards or celebrate the dates of anyone’s exodus. I try not to dwell on death, but hope for a happy ending, where I leave in my sleep and feel little or no sense of the passage. I’ve even considered putting a tattoo on my forehead, Do Not Resuscitate.…

Tubac Shots Summer 2013

SUMMER ARTS 2013 by Paula Beemer The 29th summer arts program for children took place in early June at the Tubac Center of the Arts. Four weeks of activities that included mixed arts, sculpting, ink, acting and added this year a form of online computer animation they called “meme.” Meme, which rhymes with cream, in…