The PRT Newsletter for the Week of August 30, 2023

In the Community

Photo By Marion Vendituoli Patty Holbrook Oliver was the first secretary in the inaugural 4-H club which her parents founded in 1949. Seventy-four years later, the 4-H secretary is Claire King. Claire interviewed Patty about 4-H, growing up in the area, and working as an extra in movies filmed in the area. Here Patty is showing Claire a photo of her and John Wayne together while filming McClintock. These photos can be seen in the Bowman-Stradling History Center at the Sonoita Fairgrounds.

Photo By Marion Vendituoli Ripening grapes hang on the vine at Rune Winery in Elgin, AZ.

Community News

Something Special in the Sky

Photo By Nisa Talavera A bright and almost full moon lights up the sky above Rio Rico on Monday, Aug. 28. Tonight’s moon will be the first “Super Blue Moon” in approximately 10 years.

One thing that makes our community truly amazing is the night skies and spectacular stargazing. This evening, make sure to step outside and take a look up in the sky to witness the rare Super Blue Moon. Tonight’s rising moon will be the second of two full moons occurring in the month of August, known as a ‘blue moon,” which typically happens every two to three years. During a “super moon,” the Moon’s orbit is closest to the Earth’s orbit making the moon appear slightly brighter and larger than average. The combination of both a blue moon and a super moon together in one night only occurs on average, every 10 years. The next Super Blue Moon won’t be until January 2037. And for an added bonus, according to NASA the planet Saturn, just a few days from its closest and brightest for the year, will appear near the moon. As the evening twilight ends, Saturn will be 5 degrees to the upper right of the moon and will appear to swing clockwise around the moon as the evening progresses.

More Books and More Space Coming Soon to the Sonoita Library

The SCC Board of Supervisors held a special meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 21 to accept a bid from Marsh Development for the construction of the Sonoita Public Library Renovation project set to begin in early September. The BOS awarded an amount of $435,501 to Marsh Developemnt for the renovations. In preparation for the construction, the library held its last public event on Friday Aug. 25 and will be closed from Sept. 1 until the construction is complete. For any questions, please contact the main library number at 520-285-5717.

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Remember When???

The PRT has been hard at work placing online over 2,400 articles, photographs, artwork and poems from past years’ print editions. Take a walk down memory lane with this 2018 article

In Memory of Windmill

By Tina Hamilton

February 2, 2018

In 2011, a crisp color photo at the Sonoita post office announced that a dog named Windmill was looking for a forever home. She had been found in the Bradshaw mountains by some hikers who had come across her. She was frightened, dehydrated, and had been bit in the face by a rattlesnake. She had no identification, so she was called “Windmill” after the windmill she was found near.

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Submitting Community Events to the PRT

The PRT is committed to sharing details and information about upcoming community events with our readers at no cost in our weekly e-newsletter. Due to the large number of submissions, the PRT will no longer be able to post each and every poster in our newsletter. We will share a link to your event page or poster, or a brief description of each event. Each week we will post one or two event flyers. Please share your events via email to at least one week prior to the event date. Poster submissions require a JPEG format along with a brief typed description about the event in your email. Submissions and or questions should be sent in email to Nisa Talavera, Assistant Editor at All submissions for the Wednesday e-newsletter must be submitted by Monday, 5pm.

New Pool Schedule

The Patagonia Pool Updates – The pool will be closed through September 1 due to plumbing issues.

M-W-F from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. with lap swimming from 9 – 10:30 a.m. Water aerobics from 10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Still need two, 9-1-1 volunteers just as before to cover each shift (1st shift is from 9 – 10:30, 2nd shift is from 10:30 – 12:00). We may also ask for another volunteer to help with a little cleaning if needed. There will be a need for people to sign up when reopening date is secured.

Upcoming Community Events

Sept. 2 – 4: 2pm Sonoita Labor Day Rodeo at the Sonoita Fairgrounds. Click here to view the event poster.

Sept. 16: 4 – 8pm Fundraiser Event at Tia Nita’s Cantina for Susan G. Koman Foundation. Click here to see flyer.

Live Music and Events

Live at the Sage Stage –Autumn Sage Vineyards Sept. 2: 1 – 4pm Sophia Rankin and The Sound

Sep. 8: 6 – 8pm At The Patagonia Lumber Co.
FULL TILT featuring Cindy Mohr & Scott Ramsey

Mescal Movie Set – End of Summer Tour Schedule. Click here to see event information and dates.

Sept. 16: 2:30 – 4:30pm Johnny and Jack at the SCC Fair – Sonoita

Sonoita Vineyards Sept. 16: 7 – 8:30 pm Winery Comedy Tour

Sept. 23: 5 – 10pm Movie Under the Stars: The Empire RanchNight of the LepusBring your own seating. Click here to view the event poster.

Oct. 14: 10am – 2pm – Borderlands Native Seed Collection/Walking Tour. Click here to view event poster.

Nov. 4 – 5: Empire Ranch Cowboy Festival, Sonoita. Click here to view event poster.

Local Library Events

For Monthly Events at the Sonoita Library, click here or Facebook.

For Monthly Events at the Patagonia Library, click here

Local Church Events and Schedules

Canelo Cowboy Church

St. Therese Parish in Patagonia

Sonoita Hills Church

The Vine Church Sonoita

Patagonia United Methodist Church

Sonoita Bible Church

Community School Information

Click here to see the online store of Patagonia LOBO merchandise. A portion of all sales go to support student athletes.

Homework Tutors Wanted – Click here to read more about this paid job opportunity for HS seniors.

Sept. 12: 5pm Elgin School Board Meeting at the school conference room.

Childfind Screenings available. Click here to view the event poster.

Community Interest Items

Friends and family members of Patagonia HS students! Volunteers needed for working the concession stand. Spots available for both student and adult volunteers. Click here to sign up.

8:00a.m. – Every Sunday Community Family Bike Ride. Meet in front of the Patagonia Lumberyard.

Mariposa Youth Community Center is offering virtual and in-person options for help with mental health. Psychiatry and therapy for adults and children 6 and up is available. Click here to view the event poster.

Are you interested in learning more about the Empire Ranch and sharing your knowledge with visitors to the Empire Ranch? Empire Ranch Foundation Docent Training Class on Saturday, Sept. 16: 9 – 2:30 pm.
If you’re interested in participating as a docent, please let us know by Sept. 1. You can register by clicking here or by contacting Alison Bunting at The Empire Ranch Foundation is now accepting applications for volunteer photographers to help document the upcoming 2023 Empire Ranch Cowboy Festival. Click here for the application link.

Join the Santa Cruz County Democrats for enlightening talks every 3rd Friday of each month 12 – 1pm Sept 15: Molly Anderson, MD on what is routine preventive health care for adults and how to get it. Full details and the Nogales location will be provided with your RSVP to:
A donation of $20.24 covers the talk and a lunch provided by the Santa Cruz Training Program. THIS EVENT IS FREE TO SUSTAINING MONTHLY DONORS TO THE SANTA CRUZ DEMOCRATIC PARTY Join Cochise and Santa Cruz County Democrats from 3 – 5 pm the 4th Thursday of each month at Dos Cabezas for wine and pizza and guest speakers.

The Santa Cruz Office of Emergency Management and Public Works Division is providing sand and sandbags (Bring your own shovel) at the following locations: Patagonia Fire Station 142 N 3rd Ave – Sonoita Elgin Fire District 3173 AZ-83.

Dr. Parker, Veterinarian, will be taking appointments for August 25 at the fairgrounds.

Community Employment Opportunities

Accounting Clerk Employment Opportunity. Click here to view position details.

Water Operator I Employment Opportunity. Click here to view position details.

Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office Employment Opportunity Communications Officers
Under general supervision, answers emergency 9-1-1 and non-emergency telephone lines, determines the nature and urgency of the call, refers to appropriate agency or dispatches appropriate police, fire, and medical personnel and equipment; records time and nature of call as well as time and nature of response; directs concerns or calls for service to proper channels, including other law enforcement agencies to confirm or locate stolen vehicles, missing persons, and wanted persons; performs registration and driver’s license checks. Apply now at or call – (520) 761-7869

Part Time Employment Opportunity Sonoita-Elgin Fire seeks a dynamic individual to become our next Administrative Assistant.
Reporting to the Fire Chief, this position supports the entire department through excellent organization and communication skills. The position requires 30 hours a week and days worked are flexible. Pay Rate- $15.15/hour
Annual Clothing Allowance of $300 Paid Sick Leave – Paid prorated PTO Core job functions include, answering and resolving incoming calls, verification of employment eligibility for new members, data entry for key databases (ambulance billing, retirement system, payroll). Working with our contracted bookkeeping service, processing incoming and outgoing revenue and payments due. Processing all incoming mail. To apply, submit a letter of interest and resume to Fire Chief Meredith. Interviews scheduled for late July.

Patagonia High School is currently recruiting a High School Soccer Coach. Interested individuals can contact Nate Porter at the school for details.

Prioress Abbey is looking to hire baking staff. Position is Monday thru Friday assisting with the manufacturing of Communion Hosts. Two days per week baking and three days processing the hosts. Must be able to lift 50 lb. bags of flour. This position is working with the Abbey staff completing the production process. Contact Sister Rita for further details. 520-455-0481.

SCFPA Presents “Zoom Bachs”- Body Moves to Classics – designed to experience and enjoy classical music with movement. Sessions are offered in the courtyard at the center on Thursdays – 8:30a.m. Contact for questions – Click here to view event poster.

Community Farmers Market Schedule

Patagonia Farmers and Crafts Market -Thursdays 9am-12pm by Red Mountain Foods. Sonoita Farmers Market – Saturday Mornings 9am-12pm at the Sonoita Post Office parking lot (NW corner of Hwy 82/83)   Sierra Vista Farmers Market – Thursday 10am-2pm at Veteran’s Memorial Park. Click here for more info. Nogales “Little” Mercado – Fridays 4-7pm 163 Morley Ave, Nogales. Click here for more info.

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