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FULL January 20, 2018 Gastronomic Tour of Nogales

01/20/2018 01:15 PM - 07:00 PM (GMT-07:00) Arizona
  • $80.00  -  BCA Member
  • $100.00  -  Non BCA Member
Experience Nogales beyond the tourist zone through its vibrant culinary scene while supporting borderlands nonprofit work!
This tour begins with a visit to the landmark symbol of Nogales - the statues known as Monument to Benito Juarez and the Mono Bichi, followed by a craft beer orientation and tasting at Nogales Brewing Company. The tour fee includes transportation by rental van, guide, and a multi course meal at a modern central Mexican cuisine dining venue, La Llorona. We'll also visit the historic plaza de toros bullfighting ring. A great opportunity for craft beer enthusiasts and those passionate for Latin American cooking.

Proceeds of tour registration go to support the Down Association of Nogales, Sonora's Chef Skills program.

Jan. 22 - Let's Go to Spain! Information session

01/22/2018 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM (GMT-07:00) Arizona
  • Free
BCA is hosting a tour to Spain May 27-June 8 so come find out what it is all about. "From Sonora to Spain: Tracing the Hispanic Origins of Culture and Pilgrimage" includes time to explore Madrid, travel via mini-bus to historic cities and trace the historic Camino de Santiago, made famous in Martin Sheen's movie "The Way." Alex La Pierre & Jerry Haas

Jan 23, 2018 Breakfast and the Border: Issues in Diplomacy with Chris Teal, US State Department

01/23/2018 08:30 AM - 10:00 AM (GMT-07:00) Arizona
  • $20.00  -  BCA Member
  • $25.00  -  BCA Non-member
Breakfast Forum: Chris Teal is a career diplomat with US State Department, most recently serving as Consul General at the US Consulate in Nogales, Mexico. Previously he was served posts in Sri Lanka, Peru, the Dominican Republic and Guadalajara, Mexico. Currently on sabbatical, Mr. Teal continues to be keenly interested in US-Mexico relations. His presentation will be followed by time for questions and answers. Price includes breakfast.

Jan 23, 2018 Ebenezer Bassett: The First African-American Diplomat ~ Chris Teal, US State Dpt.

01/23/2018 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM (GMT-07:00) Arizona
  • $15.00  -  BCA Member
  • $20.00  -  BCA Non-member
Shortly after the Civil War, President Grant appointed Ebenezer Bassett to Haiti as our ambassador. The intense politics and personalities of the time offer a profile in courage and diplomacy. Chris Teal, a career diplomat with the US State Department, is the author of his biography, "Hero of Hispaniola". The class will include a discussion of Bassett's life, as well as a trailer of the documentary Teal is directing on Bassett during his sabbatical.

FULL Jan 25, 2018 Cross Border Tour of Nogales

01/25/2018 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM (GMT-07:00) Arizona
  • $70.00  -  BCA Member
  • $90.00  -  Non BCA Member
Educational and inspirational, these tours provide an orientation to the rising economic and civil sector of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico led by both Mexican & US guides as well as a member of the US Consulate staff. Lunch & snack included. Transportation in Mexico is by van; only minimal walking is required.
CANCELLATION POLICY: TEN or more days- A full refund or re-booking for a future tour. Less than TEN days, a refund less a $25 cancellation fee OR re-booking for a future tour.(A $25.00 surcharge will apply).

FULL January 26-28, 2018 Surprising Hermosillo: Capital of Sonora Tour

01/26/2018 11:00 AM - 01/28/2018 05:00 PM (GMT-07:00) Arizona
  • $445.00  -  Hermosillo Double Occupancy
  • $525.00  -  Hermosillo Single Occupancy
Travel with us to the burgeoning capital of our neighboring state of Sonora, Hermosillo where we will take in all of the cultural and cosmopolitan opportunities the city has to offer. This two night stay will provide tour guests with an overview of the city's history and its significant sights, making the case that Hermosillo is a unique destination rather than just a stop on the way to Gulf beaches. Guests will experience the Mexican muralist art tradition at the Palacio de Gobierno, observe the Sonoran sunset from the top of the city's emblematic Cerro de la Campana, and visit the historic old quarter of town, Villa de Seris, world renown for its coyotas, among others. Hermosillo's modern gastronomy will also be highlighted, representative of the state's famous ranching and Sea of Cortes fishing economies. "This tour exceeded our expectations! The focus on culture is what we were looking for and to see the real Mexico and not so much the tourist side." Cecilia & Richard

Jan 31, 2018 Mexico: History, Context & Culture Class - Session One

01/31/2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM (GMT-07:00) Arizona
  • Free
Many of us who come to Southern Arizona from other parts of the country know little about our neighbor to the south. This introductory course is in three sessions; attendees can sign up for one, two or all three sessions. In this first session we'll explore Mexico's indigenous origins, the Spanish Conquest and Colonial period which ended in 1810. Jerry Haas, Executive Director of BCA, and Alex La Pierre, BCA's program director are the instructors. This Borderlands Forum class will meet at BMO Harris Bank, 270 W. Continental in Green Valley. Time: 1:30 to 3:00 PM.

Feb. 6: Rescuing a Sonoran Row House in Tucson's Barrio Viejo

02/06/2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (GMT-07:00) Arizona
  • $15.00  -  BCA Member
  • $20.00  -  BCA Non-member
To the casual observer, the average row house in the barrio doesn't look like much. Yet these Sonoran adobe shelters are surprisingly efficient, and they shaped the lifestyle of the neighborhood. Kathe Lison tells the story of painstakingly restoring one of these house and then making it into her home.

Feb 7, 2018 Mexico: History, Context and Culture Class - Session Two

02/07/2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM MT
  • Free
Many of us who come to Southern Arizona from other parts of the country know little about our neighbor to the south. This introductory course is in three sessions; attendees can sign up for one, two or all three sessions. In this second session we'll tell the story from Mexico's Independence in 1810 to the modern era, with a few detours into the rich history of Sonora, the state just south of Arizona. Jerry Haas, Executive Director of BCA, and Alex La Pierre, BCA's program director are the instructors. This Borderlands Forum class will meet at BMO Harris Bank, 270 W. Continental in Green Valley. Time: 1:30 to 3:00 PM.

February 8, 2018 Gastronomic Tour of Nogales

02/08/2018 01:15 PM - 07:00 PM (GMT-07:00) Arizona
  • $80.00  -  BCA Member
  • $100.00  -  Non BCA Member
Experience Nogales beyond the tourist zone through its vibrant culinary scene while supporting borderlands nonprofit work!
This tour begins with a visit to the landmark symbol of Nogales - the statues known as Monument to Benito Juarez and the Mono Bichi, followed by a craft beer orientation and tasting at Nogales Brewing Company. The tour fee includes transportation by rental van, guide, and a multi course meal at a modern central Mexican cuisine dining venue, La Llorona. We'll also visit the historic plaza de toros bullfighting ring. A great opportunity for craft beer enthusiasts and those passionate for Latin American cooking.

Proceeds of tour registration go to support the Down Association of Nogales, Sonora's Chef Skills program.
CANCELLATION POLICY: TEN or more days- A full refund or re-booking for a future tour. Less than TEN days, a refund less a $25 cancellation fee OR re-booking for a future tour.(A $25.00 surcharge will apply).

February 13, 2018 Sex, Politics & Conquest: The Story of La Malinche in the Fall of Mexico

02/13/2018 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM (GMT-07:00) Arizona
  • $15.00  -  BCA Member
  • $20.00  -  Non BCA Member
Sex, Politics and Conquest: The Astonishing Story of La Malinche in the Fall of Mexico
Join us for a seminar on the most famous/notorious woman in the history of Mexico. Malinche
was sold into slavery as a child and as a beautiful young women was given to the Spanish as a
concubine. But through her courage, intelligence and will to survive, she became Hernan
Cortes’ translator and lover, and from 1519 to 1521 was a central figure in the conflict between
the Spanish and Aztecs. Was Malinche the ultimate traitor to her people, or was she a role model
and the mother of the Mexican people? This seminar will feature music, video, images and
spirited group discussion.

Feb 14, 2018 Mexico: History, Context and Culture Class - Session Three

02/14/2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM MT
  • Free
Many of us who come to Southern Arizona from other parts of the country know little about our neighbor to the south. This third session will be in Nogales, Arizona at the Mexican Consulate, followed by an optional journey "across the line" into Mexico for a delightful lunch at La Roca Restaurant. In the first two sessions of this class, we explored a timeline of Mexico's history. In this session, we'll explore more of Mexico's culture and context with the help of staff from the Mexican Consulate. Guides for the journey: Jerry Haas, Executive Director of BCA, and Alex La Pierre, BCA's program director are the instructors. Carpool from Green Valley departing at 9:30 from the Continental Mall. The class begins at the Mexican Consulate at 10:00 am and concludes at 11:30, followed by the optional lunch. BRING YOUR PASSPORTS if you are joining us for lunch.

FULL February 15, 2018 Cross Border Tour of Nogales

02/15/2018 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM (GMT-07:00) Arizona
  • $70.00  -  BCA Member
  • $90.00  -  Non BCA Member
Educational and inspirational, these tours provide an orientation to the rising economic and civil sector of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico led by both Mexican & US guides as well as a member of the US Consulate staff. Lunch & snack included. Transportation in Mexico is by van; only minimal walking is required.
CANCELLATION POLICY: TEN or more days- A full refund or re-booking for a future tour. Less than TEN days, a refund less a $25 cancellation fee OR re-booking for a future tour.(A $25.00 surcharge will apply).

FULL: February 16, 2018 Magdalena Then & Now Tour

02/16/2018 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM (GMT-07:00) Arizona
  • $80.00  -  BCA Member
  • $100.00  -  Non BCA Member
Magdalena Then & Now Tour

Located just 60 miles south of Nogales, Magdalena de Kino has been honored as a Pueblo Magico, a special designation bestowed by the Mexican federal government because of its high level of historic and cultural significance to the nation. Just far enough away from the border, this tour provides an opportunity to take in the serene provincial charm of distinctively regional Sonora. The community is the terminus of an internationally famous pilgrimage route that spans both the United States and Mexico. This tour includes both a look back to the past and a glance at the contemporary challenges of a small Mexican city as well as a visit to neighboring San Ignacio to visit one of the Jesuit black robe Eusebio Francisco Kino's first missions founded at the end of the 17th century.
CANCELLATION POLICY: TEN or more days- A full refund or re-booking for a future tour. Less than TEN days, a refund less a $25 cancellation fee OR re-booking for a future tour.(A $25.00 surcharge will apply).

FULL: February 21, 2018 The Borderlands Forum: Hands On Tortilla Workshop

02/21/2018 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM ET
  • $25.00  -  BCA Members
  • $35.00  -  Non BCA Member
Taught by Minerva Orduno Rincon [ professional chef, former food writer for the Phoenix New Times and author of www.cucumbersandlimes.com ], workshop participants will participate in in making corn, flour and wheat tortillas from scratch. Participants will gain first hand experience from mixing the dough to shaping and cooking. Attendees should dress comfortably and be prepared to stand for brief periods. Along with learning how to make tortillas, workshop will include information on the history of tortillas in Mexico, such as regional preferences, sizes and uses. Learn for yourself the cornerstone for Mexican cuisine.

FULL February 22, 2018 Cross Border Tour of Nogales

02/22/2018 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM (GMT-07:00) Arizona
  • $70.00  -  BCA Member
  • $90.00  -  Non BCA Member
Educational and inspirational, these tours provide an orientation to the rising economic and civil sector of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico led by both Mexican & US guides as well as a member of the US Consulate staff. Lunch & snack included. Transportation in Mexico is by van; only minimal walking is required.
CANCELLATION POLICY: TEN or more days- A full refund or re-booking for a future tour. Less than TEN days, a refund less a $25 cancellation fee OR re-booking for a future tour.(A $25.00 surcharge will apply).

FULL:February 23-25, 2018 Beautiful Rio Sonora

02/23/2018 08:30 AM - 02/25/2018 06:00 PM (GMT-07:00) Arizona
  • $595.00  -  Rio Sonora Double Occupancy PP
  • $675.00  -  Rio Sonora Single Occupancy
The intention of this rural tourism opportunity is to provide tour guests with a chance to be immersed in traditional Northern Mexican agricultural life. We will be traveling to the eastern or "old colonial" Sonora river valley which bestowed its name to the state of Sonora. This river valley was also the route and northern conduit for the first European explorers of the area such as Cabeza de Vaca, Estaban the Moor, Fray Marcos de Niza, and Vaquez de Coronado. This two-night tour will be based out of the gorgeous mid-valley town of Banamichi, where we will stay at the historic La Posada del Rio Sonora. Tour highlights will include a trip to Arizpe and its outstanding Jesuit Cathedral. Arizpe was once the capital of the entire north of New Spain during the Spanish Colonial era. Also included are visits to the downriver communities of Huepac and Aconchi and their respective missions dating back to the 17th century. Also included in this trek, is a visit a natural building homestead along the river to learn about traditional earthen architecture and Sonoran Desert ecology. Last but certainly not least, we will enjoy and be surrounded by the local gastronomy: la cocina sonorense.

March 1, 2018 Gastronomic Tour of Nogales

03/01/2018 01:15 PM - 07:00 PM ET
  • $80.00  -  BCA Member
  • $100.00  -  Non BCA Member
Experience Nogales beyond the tourist zone through its vibrant culinary scene while supporting borderlands nonprofit work!
This tour begins with a visit to the landmark symbol of Nogales - the statues known as Monument to Benito Juarez and the Mono Bichi, followed by a craft beer orientation and tasting at Nogales Brewing Company. The tour fee includes transportation by rental van, guide, and a multi course meal at a modern central Mexican cuisine dining venue, La Llorona. We'll also visit the historic plaza de toros bullfighting ring. A great opportunity for craft beer enthusiasts and those passionate for Latin American cooking.

Proceeds of tour registration go to support the Down Association of Nogales, Sonora's Chef Skills program.
CANCELLATION POLICY: TEN or more days- A full refund or re-booking for a future tour. Less than TEN days, a refund less a $25 cancellation fee OR re-booking for a future tour.(A $25.00 surcharge will apply).

March 6: The Battle of Nogales: Motivations & Origins

03/06/2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (GMT-07:00) Arizona
  • $15.00  -  BCA Member
  • $20.00  -  BCA Non-member
100 years ago a battle took place in Nogales at the US-Mexico border. Since this was 1918 during WWI, intriguing questions persist: What actually took place? Was German involved? Why did President Wilson order 100,000 US troops to pursue Pancho Villa? our presenter is Axel Holm, a Nogales native and former director of Pimeria Alta Museum.

March 8, 2018 Cross Border Tour of Nogales

03/08/2018 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM (GMT-07:00) Arizona
  • $70.00  -  BCA Member
  • $90.00  -  Non BCA Member
Educational and inspirational, these tours provide an orientation to the rising economic and civil sector of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico led by both Mexican & US guides as well as a member of the US Consulate staff. Lunch & snack included. Transportation in Mexico is by van; only minimal walking is required.
CANCELLATION POLICY: TEN or more days- A full refund or re-booking for a future tour. Less than TEN days, a refund less a $25 cancellation fee OR re-booking for a future tour.(A $25.00 surcharge will apply).

FULL March 9-11, 2018 Surprising Hermosillo: The Capital of Sonora Tour

03/09/2018 11:00 AM - 03/11/2018 05:00 PM (GMT-07:00) Arizona
  • $445.00  -  Hermosillo Double Occupancy
  • $525.00  -  Hermosillo Single Occupancy
Travel with us to the burgeoning capital of our neighboring state of Sonora, Hermosillo where we will take in all of the cultural and cosmopolitan opportunities the city has to offer. This two night stay will provide tour guests with an overview of the city's history and its significant sights, making the case that Hermosillo is a unique destination rather than just a stop on the way to Gulf beaches. Guests will experience the Mexican muralist art tradition at the Palacio de Gobierno, observe the Sonoran sunset from the top of the city's emblematic Cerro de la Campana, and visit the historic old quarter of town, Villa de Seris, world renown for its coyotas, among others. Hermosillo's modern gastronomy will also be highlighted, representative of the state's famous ranching and Sea of Cortes fishing economies.
CANCELLATION POLICY FOR OVERNIGHT TOURS: A full refund if cancelled at least 21 days prior to tour. If cancelled less that 21 days prior, a refund will be issued minus a cancellation fee of $100.

March 14: "The Way" (2010 film starring Martin Sheen) & Invitation to Spain

03/14/2018 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM (GMT-07:00) Arizona
  • Free
Produced in 2010, this movie tells the story of a bereaved father played by Martin Sheen and his decision to complete his son's pilgrimage walk through northern Spain. The "way" ("El Camino") plays a significant role in helping the father come to grips with his grief. Beautiful scenery and a moving ending make this a movie to remember. The film will be concluded with an informational meeting and invitation for BCA's From Sonora To Spain: Tracing the Origins of Hispanic Culture & Pilgrimage May/June 2018 Trip.

FULL: March 22, 2018 Cross Border Tour of Nogales

03/22/2018 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM (GMT-07:00) Arizona
  • $70.00  -  BCA Member
  • $90.00  -  Non BCA Member
Educational and inspirational, these tours provide an orientation to the rising economic and civil sector of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico led by both Mexican & US guides as well as a member of the US Consulate staff. Lunch & snack included. Transportation in Mexico is by van; only minimal walking is required.
CANCELLATION POLICY: TEN or more days- A full refund or re-booking for a future tour. Less than TEN days, a refund less a $25 cancellation fee OR re-booking for a future tour.(A $25.00 surcharge will apply).

March 23, 2018 Gastronomic Tour of Nogales

03/23/2018 01:15 PM - 07:00 PM (GMT-07:00) Arizona
  • $80.00  -  BCA Member
  • $100.00  -  Non BCA Member
Experience Nogales beyond the tourist zone through its vibrant culinary scene while supporting borderlands nonprofit work!
This tour begins with a visit to the landmark symbol of Nogales - the statues known as Monument to Benito Juarez and the Mono Bichi, followed by a craft beer orientation and tasting at Nogales Brewing Company. The tour fee includes transportation by rental van, guide, and a multi course meal at a modern central Mexican cuisine dining venue, La Llorona. We'll also visit the historic plaza de toros bullfighting ring. A great opportunity for craft beer enthusiasts and those passionate for Latin American cooking.

Proceeds of tour registration go to support the Down Association of Nogales, Sonora's Chef Skills program.
CANCELLATION POLICY: TEN or more days- A full refund or re-booking for a future tour. Less than TEN days, a refund less a $25 cancellation fee OR re-booking for a future tour.(A $25.00 surcharge will apply).

FULL: March 28: Magdalena Then and Now

03/28/2018 08:15 AM - 06:00 PM (GMT-07:00) Arizona
  • $80.00  -  BCA Member
  • $100.00  -  BCA Non-member
Located just 60 miles south of Nogales, Magdalena de Kino has been honored as a Pueblo Magico, a special designation bestowed by the Mexican federal government because of its high level of historic and cultural significance to the nation. Just far enough away from the border, this tour provides an opportunity to take in the serene provincial charm of distinctively regional Sonora. The community is the terminus of an internationally famous pilgrimage route that spans both the United States and Mexico. This tour includes both a look back to the past and a glance at the contemporary challenges of a small Mexican city as well as a visit to neighboring San Ignacio to visit one of the Jesuit black robe Eusebio Francisco Kino's first missions founded at the end of the 17th century.
CANCELLATION POLICY: TEN or more days- A full refund or re-booking for a future tour. Less than TEN days, a refund less a $25 cancellation fee OR re-booking for a future tour.(A $25.00 surcharge will apply).

FULL April 3-5, 2018 Beautiful Rio Sonora

04/03/2018 08:30 AM - 04/05/2018 05:00 PM (GMT-07:00) Arizona
  • $595.00  -  Rio Sonora Double Occupancy PP
  • $675.00  -  Rio Sonora Single Occupancy
The intention of this rural tourism opportunity is to provide tour guests with a chance to be immersed in traditional Northern Mexican agricultural life. We will be traveling to the eastern or "old colonial" Sonora river valley which bestowed the name to this northern Republic of Mexico state. This river valley was also the route and northern conduit for the first European explorers of the area such as Cabeza de Vaca, Estaban the Moor, Fray Marcos de Niza, and Coronado. This two-night tour will be based out of the gorgeous mid valley town of Banamichi, where we will stay at the historic La Posada del Rio Sonora. Tour highlights will include a trip to Arizpe and its outstanding Jesuit Cathedral, a town once the capital of the entire north of New Spain during Spanish colonial times. Also included will be visits to the downriver communities of Huepac and Aconchi and their respective missions dating back to the 17th century. Aconchi is also famous for its thermal agua caliente springs below the Sierra de Aconchi. We will also visit a natural building homestead along the river to learn about traditional earthen architecture and the Sonoran Desert ecology. Last but certainly not least, we will enjoy and be surrounded by the local gastronomy, la cocina Sonorense.
CANCELLATION POLICY FOR OVERNIGHT TOURS: A full refund if cancelled at least 21 days prior to tour. If cancelled less that 21 days prior, a refund will be issued minus a cancellation fee of $100.

April 27-29 2018 Beautiful Rio Sonora

04/27/2018 08:30 AM - 04/29/2018 06:00 PM (GMT-07:00) Arizona
  • $595.00  -  Rio Sonora Double Occupancy
  • $675.00  -  Rio Sonora Single Occupancy
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Summary: The intention of this rural tourism opportunity is to provide tour guests with a chance to be immersed in traditional Northern Mexican agricultural life. We will be traveling to the eastern or "old colonial" Sonora river valley which bestowed its name to the state of Sonora. This river valley was also the route and northern conduit for the first European explorers of the area such as Cabeza de Vaca, Estaban the Moor, Fray Marcos de Niza, and Vaquez de Coronado. This two-night tour will be based out of the gorgeous mid-valley town of Banamichi, where we will stay at the historic La Posada del Rio Sonora. Tour highlights will include a trip to Arizpe and its outstanding Jesuit Cathedral. Arizpe was once the capital of the entire north of New Spain during the Spanish Colonial era. Also included are visits to the downriver communities of Huepac and Aconchi and their respective missions dating back to the 17th century. Also included in this trek, is a visit a natural building homestead along the river to learn about traditional earthen architecture and Sonoran Desert ecology. Last but certainly not least, we will enjoy and be surrounded by the local gastronomy: la cocina sonorense . CANCELLATION POLICY FOR OVERNIGHT TOURS: A full refund if cancelled at least 21 days prior to tour. If cancelled less that 21 days prior, a refund will be issued minus a cancellation fee of $100.

From Sonora to Spain: Tracing the Origins of Hispanic Culture & Pilgrimage Tour May 27-June 8, 2018

05/27/2018 12:00 PM - 06/08/2018 12:00 PM (GMT-07:00) Arizona
  • $500.00  -  Deposit - single occupancy
  • $500.00  -  Deposit - double occupancy
Join us for a most exciting tour to Mexico's mother country! Tour participants will travel from Madrid to the Castillian heartland of Burgos and beyond to Santiago de Compostela. Cost includes lodging, ground transportation, tour guides, entrance fees, tips and most meals but not airfare. Reserve your spot NOW with a $500 deposit. Total price: $3300 for single occupancy; $3100 for double occupancy per person. Early bird discount ($200) if you pay in full before March 1. Your guides: Alex La Pierre and Luis Valle. For more information contact Alex La Pierre "alex@bordercommunityalliance.org" or Jerry Haas "jndhaas@gmail.com"
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