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Piecemakers Support Emergency Crisis Shelters

CJ Kerley from the SaddleBrooke Ranch Piecemakers (left) presenting quilts and household items to Meagan MacCleary with La Casa De Paz.

Cindy Cannon For the past year, the SaddleBrooke Ranch Piecemakers Quilting Club have supported Against Abuse, Inc. (AAI) and La Casa de Paz, emergency crisis shelters for women and children fleeing domestic and/or sexual violence. Oftentimes, when families arrive at La Casa de Paz, they have nothing but the clothes on their back. When fleeing…

Dog Days of Summer Golf Tournament

Carol Mihal It was a record hot summer at SaddleBrooke Ranch! With this as inspiration, one of our lady golfers, Jean Cheszek, created an eight week, Saturdays only, team golf tournament called “The Dog Days of Summer,” and boy oh boy, or rather, girl oh girl, it was a crazy fun tournament! With 43 lady golfers signed…

Fourth Annual SBR Mahjongg Cards for Charity

Janice Neal Mahjongg is a very popular game at SaddleBrooke Ranch (SBR). We have many players who are new to the game and people who have played for years. Prior to COVID, there were weekly games played on Thursdays in La Hacienda Club (and sometimes lessons), coordinated by Gail Latimer and Bonnie Goldman. There are…

The Birdman of SBR: Jim Hoagland

Linda Shannon-Hills Have you seen a person walking around with binoculars and a long lens on his camera in the SaddleBrooke Ranch community, on the nature trail or in an arroyo? Welcome Jim Hoagland, a recent resident of SaddleBrooke Ranch, also known as the Birdman. One day, I began to see these beautiful images of…

Self-Guided Car Tours of Tucson

Kim Schweitzer During the hottest days of summer, my husband Larry and I have taken a couple of cool car rides to visit some interesting and eclectic Tucson neighborhoods that were mentioned in Tucson Lifestyle Magazine. We visited Barrio Hollywood, an easy 45-minute drive from the Ranch. The interesting architecture, restaurants, and neighborhood signs featuring former…

Macho Nacho Man

Joy Hellard After dealing with COVID-19, enduring the endless Bighorn Fire, and facing dire warnings of migrating Murder Hornets, the Ranch residents of 16B definitely welcomed a reason to smile. Pete and Roxanne Watson, founders of our pre-COVID social events, unknowingly provided us with a fun “socially distant get-together” with the introduction of their new…

Ranch Photography Group During the Time of COVID-19

Arlene Wong PhotoWorks is a SaddleBrooke Ranch club promoting the art, science, and fun of photography for the benefit and enjoyment of members. All skill levels are welcome. The club offers monthly general meetings, special education and training sessions, weekly drop-in Open Studio, and field trips. Some past field trips have included the Gladsden-Pacific Model…

SBRPA Training Is in Full Swing—for All Levels!

Alastair Stone Even with our 24 courts being used so much, the SaddleBrooke Ranch Pickleball Association (SBRPA) has still found time for training sessions. On Monday mornings, Marti Gasser and Bill Reynolds, and Corine and Keith Sturdivant coach for 1.5 hours; on Thursday evenings, Corine and Keith do it again. Thank you to all of…

Back to the Garden—Ocotillo: Dead or Alive?

Sheilah Britton If you ventured from your shelter in place into Oro Valley or Tucson last spring, you might have seen a glorious array of flowering Ocotillo in the medians of nearly every street you traveled. The slim, un-branched gray spires are covered in thorns and close green leaves and topped with tubular clusters of…