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Help Stop Hunger With 23rd SBCO Annual Food Drive

An emergency food box from Tri-Community Food Bank provides the ingredients for nine family meals.

Nancy McCluskey-Moore Imagine having your hungry children crying and begging for breakfast but you have nothing to feed them. In the United States, one of the richest countries on Earth, this shouldn’t happen. However, food insecurity and hunger are very real for 1,518 people, including 426 children and 305 seniors living in Mammoth, San Manuel, and…

Nature’s Way: Biodiversity in Our Region

Jim Hoagland Living at SaddleBrooke Ranch and interacting with nature’s many birds, mammals, butterflies, plants, and nature’s other creations has me wondering, “Am I just more focused and aware of my surroundings or is there truly more biodiversity here?” The answer came after attending a recent Zoom class on biodiversity in our region presented by Jennie…

Register Now for COVID-19 Vaccine

Linda Shannon-Hills SBR Neighbors Helping Neighbors group is teaming up with Desert Life Pharmacy located in SaddleBrooke to schedule COVID-19 vaccinations for our SaddleBrooke Ranch residents. Working with Pinal County Health Services, Desert Life Pharmacy has ordered vaccines for residents of SaddleBrooke Ranch. It is unknown how many doses will be sent out at a time…

Start of a New Tradition for the Veterans Club

Evie Thompson For the first time in the five years of the Veterans Day festivities, the complimentary breakfast was preceded by a special Veterans Club celebration to pay tribute to all of our resident veterans. The ceremony was the highlight of the event this year and seemed to be appreciated by all who attended. The…

Nature’s Way: Our Feathered Residents

Jim Hoagland As a young kid in Indiana no one ever explained to me the concept of birds migrating, so I assumed that the birds I saw were here year-round but hid during the winter. It was much later in life when I discovered the phenomenon that some birds migrate while others do not. On the…

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…