The PRT Newsletter for the Week of September 20, 2023

In the Community

Photo by Cassina Farley PUHS senior Tallen Simpson holding the PUHS art class’s Best of Show Trophy from the SCC Fair.
Photo By Sally Reichardt Rows of canned goods line the tables sporting their winning ribbons at this year’s 108th annual Santa Cruz County Fair in Sonoita. Entries included items such as garden produce, flowers, photography, quilts, and more.
Contributed Photo Congratulations to Firefighter Annette Walker for completing the State Intermediate Structural Firefighter training. Annette is the first female and the first known PVFR volunteer to complete this rigorous course. Thank you FF Walker for giving your time to keeping the people of Patagonia safe.
Contributed Photo Photo 1
Contributed Photo Carolyn Schafer (Photo 1) and Mike Sweedo (photo above) were two of the recipients of this year’s AZ19 Regional Most Influential People. The award banquet was held on Sept. 12 at the Desert Diamond Casino. The awards were sponsored by the Nogales International, The Green Valley News and the Sahuarita Sun newspaper.

Community News

SCC Health and Human Services Seeks Volunteers

Press Release The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors is requesting volunteers to aid Health and Human Services at the border. Volunteers will assist staff in preparing migrants for transportation to Tucson and Phoenix. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Training will be provided, and duties may include:
● Greeting released migrants
● Providing information to migrants
● Distributing water and snacks to migrants
● Assist staff with boarding migrants on buses
Volunteer shifts will be available from 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m.-
6:00 p.m., Sunday through Saturday.
For more information or to volunteer, please contact Frances Paredes at
(520) 375-7736.

Sonoita Resident Arrested for Bank Robbery in Nogales

Contributed Photos

The Nogales Police Dept. have located and arrested a second suspect, Kevin Patrick Bacon of Sonoita, in connection with a bank robbery that took place on Sept. 13 at approximately 3:15pm at the First Convenience Bank located inside the Nogales Walmart. Click here to read more.

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is working hard to raise awareness by sharing resources that help others recognize the warning signs for suicide and know how to get help. Click here to read more about the facts of suicide and what is being done in Arizona to help those in crisis.

Click here for our updated list of all the locations across eastern Santa Cruz County where you can find a free copy of the latest issue of the PRT print edition. The PRT is published on the first Friday of every month (except July and September) and is available at these distribution points while supplies last.

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

Glimpses Into Our Past: Food Rationing During Wartime

By Alison Bunting

March 2, 2018

By 1918 the U.S. allies in World War I were experiencing severe food shortages. Americans were encouraged to cut back on their use of meat, wheat, fat, and sugar so that these food resources could be sent to our troops and civilian populations in Europe. Local newspapers featured stories with recipes and advice for coping with the restrictions and the rationing. The deprivation even inspired poetry…

Continue reading…

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.

Upcoming Community Events

Sept. 23: 4pm – A Celebration of Life Memorial in the courtyard of the Opera House in Patagonia for Nancy Calhoun.

Sept. 23: 9am – 4pm Borderlands Fall Plant Sale. 42 San Antonio Rd. Patagonia. Click here to see event poster.

Sept. 27: 5 – 7pm Open House hosted by SCC – Public event located at the Town of Patagonia – Cady Hall – 346 Duquesne Ave, Patagonia, AZ 85624 The community is invited to an open house hosted by Santa Cruz County. District 3
Supervisor Bruce Bracker, County Manager Jesus Valdez, and other staff members will be available to answer questions regarding the Cross Creek connector permitting. The community may drop in anytime and media requests please contact Shannon Enciso at

Oct. 14: 10am – 2pm – Borderlands Native Seed Collection. Click here to read event poster.

Annual youth conference Oct. 28. Free to youth, ages 10-20.

Live Music and Events

The Patagonia Lumber Co. Sept 22: 5 – 8pm Open Mic Night!

Live at the Sage Stage –Autumn Sage Vineyards Sept. 23: 1 – 4 Music by Billy Shaw Jr.

Sonoita Vineyards Sept. 23: 11 – 2pm Craft and Sip

The Cafe In Sonoita All of the dates below are from 5 – 7pm Sept. 21:Tim O’Connor and Oliver Dewey Sept. 28:Branden Sanchez Sept. 30:The James Murphy Band (featuring Rana Murphy) 

Empire Ranch Sept. 23: 5 – 10pm Movie Under the Stars: The Empire RanchNight of the LepusBring your own seating. Click here to view the event poster. Nov. 4 – 5: Empire Ranch Cowboy Festival, Sonoita. Click here to view event poster.

Sonoita Hills Church Oct. 8: 3pm Dr. Sam Rotman Classical Pianist – Afternoon Concert – Open to the Public Click here to see event poster.

Local Library Events

The Sonoita Library is closed for renovations. The re-open date will be announced sometime in the beginning of 2024.

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.

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

Community Interest Items

The PRAC has reopened. New schedule is open M, W, F 9-10:30am for lap swimming and 10:45-11:45am for water aerobics. The PRAC is looking for community assistance to join with two different committees designed to help with fundrasing and onsite pool operations. Please contact Contact Jan Herron, 520-275-6439, janh3876@gmail or Erin Botz at for more info and to sign up.

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.

Join the Santa Cruz County Democrats for enlightening talks every 3rd Friday of each month 12 – 1pm 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.

Community Employment Opportunities

SEFD is hiring a Captain/PM. Click here to see more details about the position.

Elgin School is hiring for a Custodial position and a Speech Pathologist position.

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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