The PRT Newsletter for the Week of September 7, 2023

In the Community

Photo By Sally Reichardt Hundreds gathered over the holiday weekend for the 108th Sonoita Labor Day Rodeo at the Sonoita Fairgrounds. Scheduled rodeo events were held throughout the weekend.

Community News

Memorial Celebration for Nancy Calhoun

A Celebration of Life memorial in the Opera House for Nancy Calhoun will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 4pm. Nancy, a former Santa Cruz Singer, was passionate about music in every shape and form. Nancy was also a published poet and community members who knew her are invited to read one of her poems during the event. At Nancy’s request, a wine and cheese social hour will follow outdoors in the Courtyard. She fought a valiant battle that ravaged her body but not her soul. Nancy Calhoun wanted everyone to remember her with joy. If you would like to participate please email Christina Wilhelm at, who will be organizing the memorial.

Local Provider for Recycling Celebrates Accomplishment

Press Release “Zero Waste Week”, which kicks off on September 4, 2023, marks an exciting new chapter for Recyclops, the local provider of curbside recycling. The company is celebrating a major accomplishment, as it announces its certification as a B Corporation. This marks an exciting milestone for the company, having launched in Patagonia, Arizona in February 2021. Click here to read more.

Zero Waste Week

Zero Waste Week, started in 2008 as an environmental campaign to reduce landfill waste, takes place annually during the first full week in September. A grass-roots campaign to demonstrate ideas and methods to reduce waste, create community support and bring awareness to the increasing problem of environmental waste and pollution. Throughout the week, the campaign encourages individuals, businesses, and organizations to be part of the solution by learning to reduce, reuse, recycle, and repurpose waste through education and innovative ideas. Ways to Participate – A few ideas to participate in Zero Waste Week are:
* Find a way to reuse or repair your old clothes instead of buying new ones.
* Replace disposable products with reusable ones, such as water bottles, coffee cups, or bags.
* Make your own snacks from package-free ingredients, such as fruits, veggies, nuts, or popcorn. * Compost food waste. * Challenge family members, co-workers, or neighbors to see who can pick up the most trash by the end of the week.

Library Event and Time Capsule to Celebrate 100 Years

The Nogales Santa Cruz County Library system, in collaboration with the Nogales/Santa Cruz County Library Board of Trustees and the Friends of the Library (“Library Fans”), will host a county-wide celebration of the first 100 years of the public library system on Thursday, October 5, 2023. All members of the Santa Cruz County community are invited to participate in this once-in-a-1oo-years event. Click here to read how you can participate.

Plaintiffs Await Judge’s Decision

Press Release On Friday, August 24, 2023, a hearing was held on a Motion for Injunction by PARA along with seven conservation organizations in a lawsuit against the Forest Service for issuing exploratory permits to Arizona Standard (a US corporation wholly owned by Canadian exploratory company Barksdale Resources) for the Sunnyside Project, and to Arizona Minerals (a US corporation wholly owned by Australian mining company South32). The hearing lasted for about 2.5 hours. The judge heard from the Earthjustice lawyers Tim Preso and Scott Stern representing the Plaintiff organizations. A Department of Justice attorney appeared on behalf of the Forest Service, Both Arizona Standard and Arizona Minerals were represented by counsel. The judge stated she would take the documents and the presentations under advisement and issue her decision shortly. There were 40 citizens in the audience to hear the presentations and four media representatives.

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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

The Vintage Duo

By Patra Kelly

April 6, 2018

Organist Bernice Pomeroy, aged 95, and pianist Sonia Johnson, 82, have been playing together at Patagonia United Methodist since 2001 (with one six-year hiatus). They credit the congregation for keeping them happily at their instruments…

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. 9: 4pm Patagonia Pie Auction at the Community Garden. and Dinner.Garden gates open at 4pm.

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

The Patagonia Lumber Co. Sept. 8: 6 – 8pm FULL TILT featuring Cindy Mohr & Scott Ramsey Sept.15: 5 – 8pm Open Mic Night!

Live at the Sage Stage –Autumn Sage Vineyards Sept. 9: 1 – 4pm Music by Jay Faircloth Sept. 16: 1 – 4pm Music by Bobby Binegar Sept. 23: 1 – 4 Music by Billy Shaw Jr.

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

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.

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

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

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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