Photo by Cassina Farley

New York comedian Vanessa Hollingshead performed to a sold out audience at the Tin Shed on February 16.

Hollinghead, who is a cousin of local artist Paula Wittner, is an actress and stand-up comedian who has performed on many comedy programs and has also acted in a number of films.

Proceeds from the event benefited the Tin Shed Theater and Voices from the Border.

St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast

Everyone is welcome to a Community St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast on Saturday, March 14 at 9:00a.m., compliments of Patagonia Community Church, but being served at the Patagonia Community Center, 100 Quiroga Lane. The church wants to provide locals with an opportunity to come meet new neighbors or get to know an old one better over a cup of tea and breakfast. The Church has arranged for Community Center chef Roxanne “O’Reilly” Valenzuela to prepare and “Irish Breakfast” of eggs, fried tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms, muffins, and, of course, potatoes! It’s a chance to bring your inner Irish and sing “Danny Boy” or dance a jig or wear a wee bit o’ the green. Or just enjoy warm company around the breakfast table.

Visitor’s Center Open House

March 13 is the fifth anniversary of the Regional Visitor’s Center in Patagonia. Come celebrate this milestone and our wonderful Visitor Center Volunteers with us. We are having an Open House between 2 and 4p.m. on Friday, March 13. Please stop by, meet our volunteers, the SITA Board members, and others in our community. 317 McKeown Avenue, corner of 3rd, in Patagonia.

Rotary Career Fair at PUHS

The Mountain Empire Rotary will be sponsoring a career fair at Patagonia Union High School on the morning of March 27. This event will include students from Patagonia and Elgin Middle Schools — and homeschoolers are welcome to attend. Building on the superb foundation laid by Rotarian Randy Heiss, new co-chairs Reba Webber and Clare Bonelli, working with counselor Michael Young, will be bringing in various professional, trade and military people. Working from past evaluations and current suggestions, the focus this year will be more on trades and on getting started in a career. Anyone wishing to share their profession/trade is asked to get in touch with Reba Webber at or Clare Bonelli at