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Feb 5         Quilting and Memory Makers

Feb 5         Meet Me

Feb 8         Bunco

Feb 8         Galivanters

Feb 12       Hiker Chicks

Feb 14       Women on their Own

Feb 14       Luncheon

Feb 15       Ladies Nite Out

Feb 15       Museum Tour

Feb 16       Jolly Hour

Feb 19       Hiker Chicks

Feb 22       Dine Out

Feb 25       Meet Me

Feb 26       Desert Gardeners

Feb 28       Coffee Time

Mar 1         Hiker Chicks

Mar 6         Hiker Chicks

Mar 8         Hiker Chicks

Mar 8         Bunco

Mar 12       Hiker Chicks

Mar 14       Luncheon

Mar 15       Museum Tour

Mar 16       Jolly Hour

Mar 19       Hiker Chicks

Mar 22       Dine Out

Mar 23       Hiker Chicks

Mar 28       Coffee Time

Ongoing:

Clog/Tap Dancing

Hand and Foot

Bridge

Book Clubs

Quilting and Memory Makers

Artists in Residence

President's Newsletter

 

There are several things going on that I wanted to share with you:  The nominating committee has started speaking to members to determine who would like to become active by either taking on an executive board position or any other position that is open.

 

Also, we have been listening to your comments and concerns regarding some on-going issues and in response, we have formed two committees to address these concerns and offer up some possible solutions at our next board meeting.  We will keep you informed and hope to have more concrete information in March.


Last but not least, the Newcomers' version of the Academy Awards is coming to our next luncheon.  It's not too late to sign up and participate in a festive and fun filled afternoon.  This is definitely one of our favorite programs and this year the luncheon is at a new venue for us. So put on your prettiest dress or sharpest suit and come party on the red carpet. You might even catch a glimpse of some celebrities --just kidding. Come cast a vote for your favorites and compare your results with the actual winners on Oscar night.  



Respectfully,


Newcomers Club President



Hiker Chicks Lower Javelina Hike Feb 4

Six hardy hikers completed a 4 mile hike on 3/5/18 at Dove Mtn in Marana. Starting by the Ritz Carlton Resort, our hike lead us through the Tortolita Mtns. Starting on the Wild Burro trail we walked through a wash which  lead to the Lower Javelina Trail. The Lower Javelina Trail is a rugged trail with 360' feet of elevation change which provided a good workout for the group. On the Lower Javelina Trail there were beautiful views to the southwest of the resort and the 2,400 acre Tortolita Preserve. 







Hiker Chicks Douglas Springs to Bridal Fall Feb 2

Bridal Veils Falls was the destination for the Hiker Chicks on Feb 2.  We took the Douglas Springs Trail through Saguaro National Forest (East) and ate lunch in the grotto of the waterfall.  Since it's been so dry, there were only a few drops of water coming through.  We enjoyed the pleasant weather and views across the Tucson Valley to 4 mountain ranges.  Did you know the way to remember them all?      Think CRISTT :

C - Catalina Mountains 

RI - Rincon Mountains 

S - Santa Rita Mountains 

T  - Tucson Mountains 

T - Tortolita Mountains 




Hiker Chicks Phoneline/Sabino Creek Hike Jan 12

It was another lovely day in Tucson for a hike at Sabino Canyon. Led by our leaders, we walked from the Visitors’ Center to the tram road toward Bear Canyon, and caught the Phoneline trailhead. We hiked up the Phoneline trail, past Blackett’s Ridge trailhead. Continuing a short way on the Phoneline trail, we then took the Phoneline cut-off on the left of the trail. This trail has a handful of switchbacks, and is reputed to be a favorite hangout for mountain lions. Rather than head toward the Sabino tram road, we took the trail to the left, which took us past the currently dry Sabino Dam and Creek. We then headed back to the visitors’ center to complete our sweet 4.3 mile hike.





Hiker Chicks on Catalina Loop Jan 8

Things really warmed up today on our hike up the Canyon Loop, at Catalina State Park. Our group of 8 managed to do the hike and take in some beautiful scenery (and take a pic or 10). Thank you to our leader for the great hike!




Hiker Chicks on Linda Vista Loop Nov. 27

Hiker Chicks had a great time traversing the 2.5 mile Linda Vista Loop Trail. Rocky terrain made for an interesting “watch your footing” type of hike. The mild climb and easy pace created a pleasant level 2 hike enjoyed by the group of 14. The popular trail, with awesome views of Oro Valley and the Pusch Ridge rock formations, called for several stops to take in the views! It was a perfect day for the perfect hike!









Hiker Chicks in Sabino Canyon Nov 21

Eight Hiker Chicks enjoyed a leisurely loop hike in  always beautiful Sabino Canyon on the Esperero/Rattlesnake trail on a perfect Southern Arizona Fall day. Our leader pointed out the best places for views and pictures and for a quick snack before walking back to the Visitor's Center.






Hiker Chicks in Honey Bee Canyon Hike Nov 9




















Hiker Chicks in Catalina State Park on Oct 23

Eight Hiker Chicks mastered the Catalina Canyon Loop hike.  Beautiful views of the mountains had us stopping to take pictures while enjoying the camaraderie that comes from hiking together. Our leader carefully pointed out the trail markers we needed to be aware of, to stay on the correct course and hike easily to the end. It was a scenic hike enjoyed by all!












Hiker Chicks in Sabino Canyon on Oct 10

 A group of 17 started out, a few doing a shortened version of the 7.6 mile hike and a few taking advantage of the trams. 8 hikers trekked to the top of the trail and 10 made it all the way back down! The scenic views and enthusiastic conversations made for a beautiful and fun hike, what a great day! Thanks to our leaders for your support and helpful hiking and hydration tips!





Hiker Chicks in Madera Canyon, Bogs Springs to Kent Springs on July 31

This intermediate hike went 5.5 miles and gained about 1600' in elevation, taking us to beautiful vistas and cool breezes.  We saw some unusual new creatures on the trail.  Clockwise from top left:  Black Tailed Rattlesnake, some kind of bright yellow fungus, white, green and black fuzzy caterpillar, horned toad.



And of course the Hiker Chicks near a lovely rushing stream with crystal clear pools.


Hiker Chicks on Mt. Lemon Box Camp Trail June 29

The Advanced Beginner started this hike at mile marker. It was a beautiful hike with 74 degrees at the beginning and 84 degrees at the end.  The almost 5 mile round trip hike started off going down 1,000 feet to a great look out with views of Sabino Canyon, Davis-Monthan, Tucson and the Santa Ritas.  We walked through a huge forest of thigh high ferns that were beautiful and peaceful.  

A reminder about the summer heat- one of our party became a little overheated in spite of drinking plenty of fluids the night before and 2 liters of water on that hike.  Thankfully our leader had electrolyte tablets and another had extra water to wet a neckerchief to aid in cooling off.   Be prepared no matter where you walk/hike in the summer!!  




MT Lemmon Hike and Lunch June 9

Twenty-six hiker chicks escaped the 100 degree heat in Tucson and enjoyed the breathtaking views of Mt. Lemmon on their way up to Summer Haven.  The trek included expansive views,  some attributed to previous fires that cleared wide areas.  We enjoyed hiking through beautiful aspens, pines and rock formations.

Our trip ended at the Iron Door where we enjoyed good conversation and tasty food. 


Many thanks to our event leader for organizing the trip and ensuring our safe return!




Hiker Chicks: Sabino Canyon

The Hiker Chicks did another really cool hike at the top of Sabino Canyon, this time completing an 8 mile roundtrip hike to Hutch's Pool traversing through the Sabino Basin.  





Hiker Chicks: Ventana Canyon, April 10

Seven of the Hikers Chicks hiked the Ventana Canyon trail up to Maiden Pools, a 5.5 mi round trip trail with 1,275’ elevation gain.

We were lucky, there was water in the Maiden Pools as you can see in the photos! The beautiful vista's made taking pictures easy and the early start kept the 4.5 hour hike cool. A good time was had by all.




Hiker Chicks: Sunset/Moonlight Hike, March 12

Seven Hiker Chicks plus six guests met at the Brown Mountain trailhead for a hike to view the sunset and moonrise of a full moon on Sunday, 12 March. There was an added benefit as many beautiful shiny Mustangs from San Diego drove in and lined up for a group picture. Fun!



We headed up the 1.3 mile trail to the viewing peak, and since we arrived too early for sunset, most continued on to further peaks. Everyone arrived back in time for the spectacular sunset over Kitt Peak. From there, we also viewed several telescopes, including the solar telescope. When the sun was completely down, we headed back, and about halfway there, turned on headlamps and flashlights. Suddenly, we rounded a bend that faced east and there was that beautiful full moon rising over the mountains. At every turn to the east, the moon became more spectacular. We arrived back to the picnic area with no falls and no run-ins with snakes. Success. We then treated ourselves with a picnic – fabulous food and wine and vowed to do this again.



Hiker Chicks – Catalina State Park

Twelve Hiker Chicks met at Catalina State Park on 3/13 to hike and see the wildflowers. Due to the large amount of rainfall in the last year, it is a spectacular year for desert wildflowers. We took the Sutherland Trail and were rewarded with views of fields of golden California Poppies, interspersed with purple lupine, chicory, blue dicks, and pea clover. On the trail we crossed the Sutherland Wash several times. Although it was about a 4 mile hike we had a lot of time to identify and photograph the flowers. Our leader is planning on doing several wildflower hikes next year so plan on coming out mid-March for a wildflower hike.



Hiker Chicks – Saguaro National Park East

The Hiker Chicks were in the Saguaro National Park East on Monday, March 6.  It was a crisp clear day which kept everyone comfortable for the 7 mile hike to and from Bridal Wreath Falls. We were fortunate to see a tiny trickle of water coming from the Falls.  The views we experienced were spectacular, as well as seeing many feather dusters and other spring flowers and bushes in bloom.   Many thanks to our leader for sharing another beautiful experience with us in the Tucson area.



Hiker Chicks - Pima Canyon Trail

Ten hiker chicks went on a lovely hike on the Pima Canyon Trail on February 27.  The trail offered a wide variety of views, ascending to show a vista of the city of Tucson, then descending into a lush riparian area.  Along the way we saw many wildflowers, including an early blooming ocotillo! The conversation was interesting and the camaraderie was great. 



Hiker Chicks - Sabino Canyon Seven Falls Hike

We had a beautiful hike and quite an adventure on the 5.5 mile hike to Seven Falls.  The morning was a crisp one for Tucson with temperatures in the 40’s, but we boarded the tram and headed for Bear Creek.  The high river water created an adventure as we navigated crossing the river seven times each way, on the way up and back from the falls.  It was certainly worth it as the falls were flowing and stunning.  True to the name, we counted seven separate falls.  The rocks at the bottom of the falls provided a sunny spot for us to relax and enjoy good company and amazing scenery.  On the return we had views of downtown Tucson. This is truly one of the most beautiful hikes in Tucson.



Hiker Chicks – Lower Javelina Trail

Nine avid hikers met out in the Dove Mountain area on February 13th for a hike of the Lower Javelina Trail on both sides of a beautiful desert wash.  The day was lovely, the weather was cooperative, and the conversations were delightful as we climbed approximately 500 feet and hiked approximately five miles.  There was time to stop and enjoy the beautiful views, have a snack, listen to the birds, and even identify some early wildflowers.  While the trail was rough and rocky in some areas, it was also gradual in incline and the sandy wash areas were a pleasant respite from the rocks.  

Hiker Chicks

The Hiker Chicks were in Saguaro National Park West on Monday, Jan. 9.  We hiked 6 miles of the Coyote Pass trail through sandy washes and gravelly paths surrounded by hundreds of Saguaros.  Even though we live near and see many of these cacti every day, being so close to so many of them was amazing.  We also had several nice views of the distant Catalinas.  It was another great day enjoying the astounding nature surrounding Tucson with wonderful friends!








Meet Me Jan 9 Sabino Canyon Geology Tour

Newcomer members, spouses and guests walked about 2 miles in the lower Sabino Canyon and learned about the area geology and plant life. This walk/talk was planned and put on by the Sabino Volunteer Naturalists  If you want to hear an interesting story, find a member who attended and ask them about 'fox on a rock'!!! One additional tool you might consider adding to your backpack for desert hiking is Nair.  According to the naturalist who led the tour, it can be useful for dissolving cactus needles that at too small to tweeze, if it is applied promptly. If you missed the event, don't despair. There are several upcoming geology events offered to the public in the park each week.  You can find them on the Sabino Canyon Calendar on their website.











Museum Tour Dec 21 Sonoran Desert Museum

We had an amazing visit to the Sonoran Desert Museum in December.  It was chilly but our docent was so knowledgeable, we hardly noticed.  We learned about all the different types of plants in the different areas of our desert and saw some regal and amazing animals.  We got to put jojoba (pronounced ho-ho-ba) oil ( but really it's a wax) on our hands and learned it takes four male jojoba plants to fertilize one female jojoba.  We totally enjoyed the raptor free flight show and had to duck a couple of times as Harris Hawks came within inches of our heads!


Luncheon Tanque Verde Ranch Dec 13

We enjoyed a wonderful buffet lunch at Tanque Verde Ranch and a very interesting speaker, H Allen Day.  He recounted many great memories of growing up on the 200,000 acre Flying J Ranch and the time he spent taming a herd of Mustangs in South Dakota.  Additionally many Newcomers dressed in western wear to enhance the western theme of dining at Tanque Verde Ranch.  After lunch, several members took time to pet the horses in the corral. 




Luncheon Silent Auction  Nov 8

Through amazing teamwork, the auction committee pulled together over 100 items to tempt club members.  Our generous members purchased items

generating over $4600 for the local charity that we support.  Everyone had a great time supporting a great cause.











MEET ME - Gaslight Theater, Phantom of the Opera on Oct 29 

A group went to the Gaslight Theater for their super-fun version of Phantom of the Opera.  We all laughed so hard we almost cried.   Even the cast was having so much fun they had trouble keeping a straight face on stage.  It was so great!







Dine-Out at Pastiche Sept 29th






Museum Tour -- Jewish History Museum Oct 18









Newcomer Cloggers Perform at Tucson Meet Yourself Festival











Mormon Temple Tours

After the Mormon Temple was built on Ina Road, it was open for a short period of time for public tours. Two of our members arranged for 3 tours for Newcomers.  The inside of the temple was meticulously detailed with stunning chandeliers, marble, cherry wood, a baptismal hot tub, marriage room, contemplation room and much more.  At the conclusion of the tour, some gathered at the nearby Garden Bistro restaurant at Tohono Chul where we enjoyed a delicious lunch while making new friends.











The Bookhounds Book Club is meeting throughout the summer.  We always enjoy lunch out somewhere before meeting in a members home to discuss the book.  This month the club read Savage Harvest by Carl Hoffman, a story about Michael Rockefeller and his quest for primitive art among the cannibal natives in Indonesia.


Jewelry Making Class

Making bracelets 





GALIVANTERS: Walking Tour of Tombstone and the Rose Tree Festival

This year's Festival celebrated the 131st blooming of the World's Largest Rose Tree.  



April Luncheon/J. Jill Style Show

Our models at the recent Style Show at the April Luncheon at the Skyline Country Club.






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Chili Peppers Luncheon

On March 15th there was a special luncheon to honor and welcome members who have joined in the past 6 months.  The luncheon was held at Caffe Torino and was very well attended by both Chili Peppers and by many Board members.  A big welcome to those who attended (and to all new members as well!)


Desert Art Museum Tour Recap

In March, we went to the Desert Art Museum for the photography exhibit about the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII.  It was a particularly moving experience because one member of our group was a small child when her family was moved from San Diego to the Heart Mountain Camp in Wyoming.  We saw a few photos from Heart Mountain and in one she believed her father was pictured.  The photos, the movie about the relocation and terrible conditions of the slapped-together housing, and her stories of some of her and her family member's recollections made it a truly enlightening experience.


A Visit to the Casa de los Niños Thrift Store

On Tuesday, March 21, seven Newcomers visited the Casa de los Niños Thrift Store. Not only did we shop and find many bargains, but Nick McLain, the store manager, gave us a complete tour of the operation and how it works, which was very impressive! The store, which is located at 1302 East Prince Street, offers 12,000 square feet of everything from clothes to books to household goods and furniture and everything in between. Another great service is the free pick-up of any donations you might have.....how about that couch in the garage that needs a new home? And best of all, in exchange for finding bargains or helping with spring cleaning, all the profits from the Thrift Store go to the prevention, intervention and treatment programs provided by Casa de los Niños.



Native American Museum Tour Recap

 In February we headed to the middle of nowhere for the Amerind Native American Museum.  This is a private collection of archeological finds which was only made public in 1985.  We thought it would be only local Native American artifacts, but soon discovered that the displays also are from Peru all the way up to Alaska.  Our docent shared some interesting stories about how the artifacts were restored and how the museum now funds archaeological digs throughout the Americas.  It's a bit of a drive to get there, but we all agreed it was worth the trip.


Museum Tours at Rodeo Parade Museum 

January Museum Tours went to the Rodeo Parade Museum and had a fantastic time. We learned a lot about carriages and saw some amazing ones including one from the Mexican Emperor Maximilian and this fun Paddy Wagon.  


Pima Air and Space Museum Tour

In December we visited the Pima Air and Space Museum and many of us agreed that this one was the BEST so far!  The Women and Flight display brought us so much new information about women all over the world who were integral in developing and testing flight machines.  Then the tram tour was led by a former Air Force Pilot who gave us insights into the planes he flew in Korea and Vietnam.  The highlight, however, was the building dedicated to the WWII flights from England over Germany.  We were so lucky to be there when a 93 year old pilot was there.  He told us what conditions on the airplane were like (frigid!) and what flying through FLAK was like (terrifying) and how fortunate he was to successfully fly 28 missions and come back in 1 piece.  It is an amazing display and there is an extremely moving display and story of the Normandy landing and a tattered US flag that survived that battle.

 

 

 

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