Events

 

Dec 13, 2019 Mining Heritage of the Borderlands

12/13/2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • Free
Local historian Dan Judkins will share the history of mining in the Pimería Alta (Arizona-Sonora Borderlands) beginning in the Spanish period. The presentation will highlight the 1736 discovery of the planchas de plata (silver slabs) at Rancho Arizona, a few miles southwest of today's Nogales, Sonora, and the ensuing frenzy of mining activity in the area.

This talk will touch on the legends associated with "lost Jesuit treasure" and the "treasures of Tumacácori." Primary source accounts on the area's mineral richness by Forty-Niners who passed down the Santa Cruz Valley as well as their later efforts to develop silver mines in Southern Arizona will be discussed. This presentation also offers an opportunity to learn about the history of several of the most-prolific area mines: Mowry's Patagonia mine, the Salero mine and Hacienda Santa Rita, the Sópori silver mine, the Heintzelman mine at Cerro Colorado, and Ruby and the Oro Blanco mining district.

The Borderlands Forum series of classes and workshops offered by BCA seeks to promote understanding and appreciation of the borderlands as a cross-cultural, binational resource. The forum provides focus, energy and quality to the educational mission of Border Community Alliance. Our aim is to be a clear, strong voice advocating mutual respect for the cultural diversity of the US-Mexico border region.

Border Community Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Tubac, Arizona. BCA's mission is bridging the border and fostering community through education, collaboration and cultural exchange.

Suggested Donation $10.00

FULL Dec 17, 2019 Magdalena Then and Now

12/17/2019 08:00 AM - 04:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $90.00  -  BCA Members
  • $110.00  -  Non Members
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 heart of regional Sonora. The community is the terminus of an internationally famous pilgrimage route that spans both the United States and Mexico. This day trip includes both a look back to the past and a glance at the contemporary challenges of a small Mexican city along with 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).
We’ll meet at Burger King at 8am. One week before the tour, you’ll receive a detailed itinerary and other information you'll need for the tour.

Jan 7, 2020 Let's Go to Spain! Info Meeting

01/07/2020 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • Free
We invite you to join us for this free meeting and info session on 01/07/2020 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM to learn about BCA’s upcoming 2020 trip to Spain: “The Basque Connection and Northern Spain" May 26-June 6 2020.

FULL Jan 8, 2020 Cross Border Tour- Nogales

01/08/2020 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $75.00  -  BCA Members
  • $95.00  -  Non Members
Educational and inspirational, these tours provide an orientation to the rising, nonprofit, economic and civil sector of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico led by both Mexican & US guides as well as a presentation by US Consulate staff.(depending on availability) 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).

We’ll meet at the BCA Office at 9am. One week before the tour, you’ll receive a detailed itinerary and other information you'll need for the tour.

Jan. 9,2020 BCA Winter/Spring Round-up (FAQ's)

01/09/2020 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM GMT-07:00
  • Free
Interested in traveling to Mexico? Do you want to know more about Hispanic culture, the Borderlands Region, US Immigration Policy? We cordially invite you to join us for this free information session to answer your questions and preview nonprofit BCA's upcoming Winter/Spring borderlands programming!

Also, be sure to ask us about tour tour to Spain!

At this FAQ event, we'll answer questions about what you need to know about crossing into Mexico. We'll also give you a chance to sign up for our tours, classes and events and learn about what's coming next year.

Last year BCA led some 45 tours to Sonora Mexico, with more than 600 guests. Our mission is "Bridging the Border and fostering community through education, collaboration and cultural exchange." Our values are respect, social investment and long-term relationships. We strive to demonstrate what it means to be a good neighbor!

Border Community Alliance, INC,  is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Tubac, Arizona. Our classes and events are held in various locations in Green Valley, Tubac, Nogales and Patagonia. Our mailing address is PO Box 1863, Tubac, AZ 85646 and our office is located at 2221 E Frontage Rd., Suite F-201/202. Please visit our website www.bordercommunityalliance.org for more information. .

FULL Jan 11-13, 2020 Beautiful Río Sonora

01/11/2020 10:00 AM - 01/13/2020 04:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $495.00  -  BCA Member Double Occupancy
  • $575.00  -  BCA Member Single Occupancy
  • $595.00  -  Non BCA Member Double Occupancy
  • $675.00  -  Non BCA Member- 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 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 in 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 boutique hotel, 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 to 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.

We’ll meet at the Nogales Burger King at 10am. One week before the tour, you’ll receive a detailed itinerary and other information you'll need for the tour.

Jan 14, 2020 Breakfast and the Border

01/14/2020 08:30 AM - 10:00 AM GMT-07:00
  • $20.00  -  BCA Members
  • $25.00  -  BCA non-member
BCA BREAKFAST AND THE BORDER
With William Beezley, Ph.D.
“How Mexico Sees Itself, and How We Should See Mexico: Examples from Popular Culture”
Location: Grill on the Greens Restaurant, Canoe Golf Resort

Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Time: 8:30 – 10:00 am
Cost: $20 (BCA members) and $25 (non-members)



Please join us for our annual breakfast meeting with special guest, Dr. William Beezley.
For the last 21 years, Beezley has served as Professor of History at the University of Arizona with a special focus on Mexican history and popular culture. Dr. Beezley has authored dozens of books on Mexico, including serving as editor-in-chief for the recently published Oxford Encyclopedia of Mexican History and Culture (2019).
Beezley has long been interested in the ways Mexicans enjoy and celebrate life, and has long asserted that Mexican national identity has been forged not by a self-anointed elite but rather by a disparate mix of ordinary people and everyday events. He believes it is important for citizens in this country and region to better understand the history of Mexican culture. “Mexicans and Mexican-Americans are becoming an increasing large percentage of the U.S. population and are becoming an increasing visible part of the culture and I am confident that in the future Mexican independence will be as widely celebrated as St. Patrick's Day,” Beezley said.
For many residents of Southern Arizona as well as public television viewers across the country, Dr. Beezley will be easily recognized through his frequent appearances as an-camera expert for 16 episodes of the PBS-produced “The Desert Speaks” and “In the Americas” television programs.
In all of his work, Beezley asserts, “I want to know how Mexicans define themselves and their culture and I had a good time doing it.” All of us at BCA hope you will join us to hear Dr, Beezley, learn more about Mexican culture, and above all, have a good time doing it!

Jan 15, 2020 Magdalena Then and Now

01/15/2020 08:00 AM - 01/16/2020 04:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $90.00  -  BCA Members
  • $110.00  -  Non Members
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 heart of regional Sonora. The community is the terminus of an internationally famous pilgrimage route that spans both the United States and Mexico. This day trip includes both a look back to the past and a glance at the contemporary challenges of a small Mexican city along with 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).

Jan. 17, 2020: Celluloid Pueblo Presentation

01/17/2020 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $15.00  -  BCA Members
  • $20.00  -  Non Members
Border Community Alliance in collaboration with Tubac Presidio State Historic Park invites you to join us for this special presentation by University of Arizona Professor Jennifer Jenkins on her recently published book, Celluloid Pueblo that has a special connection to the Santa Cruz Valley.

The five Cs of Arizona—copper, cattle, cotton, citrus, and climate—formed the basis of the state’s livelihood and a readymade roster of subjects for films. With an eye on the developing national appetite for all things western, Charles and Lucile Herbert founded Western Ways Features in 1936 to document the landscape, regional development, and diverse cultures of Arizona, the U.S. Southwest, and northern Mexico.

Celluloid Pueblo tells the story of Western Ways Features and its role in the invention of the Southwest of the imagination. Active during a thirty-year period of profound growth and transformation, the Herberts created a dynamic visual record of the region, and their archival films now serve as a time capsule of the Sunbelt in the mid-twentieth century. Drawing upon a ten-year career with Fox, Western Ways owner-operator Charles Herbert brought a newshound’s sensibility and acute skill at in-camera editing to his southwestern subjects. The Western Ways films provided counternarratives to Hollywood representations of the West and established the regional identity of Tucson and the borderlands.

Jennifer L. Jenkins’s broad-sweeping book examines the Herberts’ work on some of the first sound films in the Arizona borderlands and their ongoing promotion of the Southwest. The book covers the filmic representation of Native and Mexican lifeways, Anglo ranching and leisure, Mexican missions and tourism, and postwar borderlands prosperity and progressivism. The story of Western Ways closely follows the boom-and-bust arc of the midcentury Southwest and the constantly evolving representations of an exotic—but safe and domesticated—frontier.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the presentation.

Jennifer Jenkins is Professor of English and Director of the Bear Canyon Center for Southwest Humanities at the University of Arizona. She works at the intersections of literature, film, archives, and Southwest studies.
Tickets: $20 (BCA members $15) at event. Seating is limited, please call Tubac Presidio at 520-398-2252 for reservations.

Jan 20-27, 2020 Oaxaca

01/20/2020 - 01/27/2020
  • $900.00  -  Deposit per person by 6/15/19
  • $1,300.00  -  BCA Member Dbl Occupancy Balance Due 10/1/19
  • $1,750.00  -  BCA Member SIngle Occupancy Balance Due 10/1/19
  • $1,400.00  -  Non Member Dbl Occupancy Balance Due 10/1/19
  • $1,850.00  -  Non Member Single Occupancy Balance Due 10/1/19
Deposit due 6/15/19. Balance due 10/1/19.
refund policy; Full refund on of deposit until Sept 1, 2019
50% of deposit and full refund of balance until Oct 20, 2019
50% refund of Total 10/20-12/20
No refund after 12/20/19

Jan 29, 2020 Cross Border Tour- Nogales

01/29/2020 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $75.00  -  BCA Members
  • $95.00  -  Non Members
Educational and inspirational, these tours provide an orientation to the rising, nonprofit, economic and civil sector of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico led by both Mexican & US guides as well as a presentation by US Consulate staff.(depending on availability) 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).

February 1, 2020 Gastronomic Tour

02/01/2020 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $80.00  -  BCA Members
  • $100.00  -  Non Members
Experience Nogales beyond the tourist zone through its vibrant culinary scene while supporting borderlands nonprofit work! Proceeds from BCA's gastronomic tour go to support Nogales, Sonora's Down Association Chef Skills program.


This NY Times featured daytrip 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 short craft beer orientation and tasting at Argova Brewing Company. A dedicated stop for a mariscos taco and agua fresca at a Sonoran Sea of Cortez seafood restaurant. The tour fee includes transportation by rental van, guide, as well as a multi course meal at a modern central Mexican cuisine dining venue, La Llorona. We'll also visit the historic old plaza de toros bullfighting ring. This is a unique opportunity for craft beer enthusiasts and those passionate for Latin American cooking.Experience Nogales beyond the tourist zone through its vibrant culinary scene while supporting borderlands nonprofit work!

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 Feb 6-8, 2020 Hermosillo: Sonora's Capital

02/06/2020 10:00 AM - 02/08/2020 04:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $345.00  -  BCA Member Double Occupancy
  • $425.00  -  BCA Member - Single Occupancy
  • $445.00  -  Non BCA Member - Double Occupancy
  • $525.00  -  Non BCA Member - 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 coyota pastries, 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.
We’ll meet at the Nogales Burger King at 10am. One week before the tour, you’ll receive a detailed itinerary and other information you'll need for the tour.

Feb 6, 2020 Let's Speak Spanish Organizational Mtg

02/06/2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM GMT-07:00
  • Free
“Let’s Speak Spanish” Organizational Meeting
Location: United Methodist Church of Green Valley, 300 W Esperanza Blvd, Green Valley, AZ 85614
Date: Thursday, February 6, 2020
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Cost: No charge for the organizational meeting. (The six-week conversation sessions following the
organizational meeting will cost $60 for BCA members and $80 for non-members.)
Maximum registration: 60
Program Description: (BELOW)
“Let’s Speak Spanish” is a six-week group conversation program designed to help adult learners in the
Borderlands exercise Spanish language skills. February 6 is a free organizational meeting to introduce
this program to anyone interested.
During the organizational meeting, BCA leadership and staff will introduce the program facilitators and
provide a program overview, including a sneak peek at the instructional videos and study aids that will
be used to prepare for each weekly conversation session. Before closely, the times and locations of the
weekly meetings will be announced, and you will have an opportunity to register for one of the sessions.
For the 2020 winter term of this program, two groups will meet at the BCA offices in Tubac, and at least
one group will meet at the United Methodist Church of Green Valley. Please register for the
organizational meeting on February 6 online as space is limited. Each group will be limited to
approximately 12 learners.
Please note that “Let’s Speak Spanish” is not designed to provide a formal classroom experience for learning
Spanish. Rather, the program is intended as way for interested Spanish learners to exercise language skills in an
interactive environment and eliminate common roadblocks to building competence in conversation. Participants
are encouraged to combine this program with other Spanish learning opportunities, including formal classes,
online programs and apps, personal tutoring, and other learning formats.

FULL Feb 12-19, 2020 Oaxaca

02/12/2020 - 02/19/2020
  • $900.00  -  Deposit per person
  • $1,300.00  -  BCA Member Dbl Occupancy Balance Due 10/1/19
  • $1,750.00  -  BCA Member SIngle Occupancy Balance Due 10/1/19
  • $1,400.00  -  Non Member Dbl Occupancy Balance Due 10/1/19
  • $1,850.00  -  Non Member Single Occupancy Balance Due 10/1/19
Overview 
When I invite our guests to join us in Oaxaca, I am sharing my family’s home, traditions, history, and our deep love for our Zapotec culture. We offer a very unique perspective, one that our guests can appreciate immediately when they arrive in Oaxaca. We meet person-to-person with members of our community, we hear their voices and share their stories. Through artisan workshop visits and home cooked meals we’ll meet the people who are the soul of Oaxaca.  
 
We are proud to be the leading indigenous travel program to come from Teotitlan del Valle, and we have the added distinction of being recognized by the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, the New York Times, and the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe. My family and I were the first Zapotec weavers to have a solo exhibition in Oaxaca’s Textile Museum and we have contributed our unique artist materials to the Forbes Pigment Collection, the world-renowned collection of Harvard University’s Fogg Art Museum. 
 
Oaxaca is a land of tradition, ancient arts, creativity and change. The capital, Oaxaca de Juárez, is a UNESCO World Heritage site filled with old Spanish churches and solid stone buildings, yet it hosts a thriving contemporary art scene and is home to wonderfully innovative projects that connect traditional ways with the modern world. The villages of the Central Valleys are deeply rooted ancient Zapotec communities. Our ancestors were one of the first to cultivate corn and may have created the first written language of the Americas thousands of years ago. In this trip you will focus on one of the region’s most important villages, Teotitlán del Valle, and explore the connections which bind it to the rest of the communities in the region.    Our exclusive travel program offers a taste of the ancient and contemporary, the seemingly permanent and the dynamically changing. Our hosts, my family, will introduuce us to ancient rituals inherited through generations and demonstrate how our work speaks to modern times. And with visits to places like the Oaxacan Textile Musem and San Agustin Arts Center we’ll get a taste of the cutting edge pulse of this ancient place. ~ Porfirio Gutierrez. Balance due 10/1/19.
refund policy; Full refund on of deposit until Sept 1, 2019
50% of deposit and full refund of balance until Oct 20, 2019
50% refund of Total 10/20-12/20
No refund after 12/20/19 but reservation is transferrable.

Feb 19, 2020 Cross Border Tour- Nogales

02/19/2020 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $75.00  -  BCA Members
  • $95.00  -  Non Members
Educational and inspirational, these tours provide an orientation to the rising, nonprofit, economic and civil sector of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico led by both Mexican & US guides as well as a presentation by US Consulate staff.(depending on availability) 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).

February 21, 2020 Gastronomic Tour

02/20/2020 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $80.00  -  BCA Members
  • $100.00  -  Non Members
Experience Nogales beyond the tourist zone through its vibrant culinary scene while supporting borderlands nonprofit work! Proceeds from BCA's gastronomic tour go to support Nogales, Sonora's Down Association Chef Skills program.


This NY Times featured daytrip 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 short craft beer orientation and tasting at Argova Brewing Company. A dedicated stop for a mariscos taco and agua fresca at a Sonoran Sea of Cortez seafood restaurant. The tour fee includes transportation by rental van, guide, as well as a multi course meal at a modern central Mexican cuisine dining venue, La Llorona. We'll also visit the historic old plaza de toros bullfighting ring. This is a unique opportunity for craft beer enthusiasts and those passionate for Latin American cooking.Experience Nogales beyond the tourist zone through its vibrant culinary scene while supporting borderlands nonprofit work!

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).

Feb 22, 2020 "Environmental Justice and a Genuine Border Crisis in Nogales"

02/22/2020 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • Free
Sherry Sass Friends of The Santa Cruz River

"Environmental Justice and a Genuine Border Crisis in Nogales"

While barbed wire is strung all over the border wall in Nogales, AZ, a real public safety crisis continues to stalk southern Arizona residents: the combined hazards of an increasingly flood-prone Nogales Wash and a deteriorating, dangerously-sited binational sewage pipe that lies along or crosses that Wash for much of its 9+ mile length in the US.
Although the pipe, called the International Outfall Interceptor (IOI), carries over 80% Mexican sewage, and the Wash drainage problems have been significantly worsening as Nogales, Sonora continues its explosive growth, our federal government has been dodging its actual responsibilities to protect local downstream communities from hazards created across our borders.
This presentation will describe the situation, in terms of hydrology, infrastructure, and politics. Finally, we will explain what Friends of the Santa Cruz River and our partners are doing to find a comprehensive solution to this complex and dangerous dilemma.

FULL Feb 26 - Mar 2, 2020 Álamos, Sonora Trip FULL

02/26/2020 09:30 AM - 03/02/2020 04:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $1,350.00  -  BCA Members (Double Occupancy)
  • $1,400.00  -  BCA Members (Single Occupancy)
  • $1,400.00  -  Non BCA Members (Double Occupancy)
  • $1,450.00  -  Non BCA Members (Single Occupancy)
With its unique intersection of history, climate and geography, Álamos, Sonora is one of the most fascinating places to visit in northern Mexico. Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Occidental range, and in the transition zone between the Sonoran Desert and the subhumid tropical south, the community was originally founded as a silver mine or real de minas in the late 17th century. The colonial town is one of Sonora’s two Pueblo Magicos and inhabits a remarkable but endangered biome known as the dry tropics. Historically, Álamos represents the northern outpost of traditional Spanish colonial urban centers with mining centered economies such as Guanajuato, Zacatecas and Durango.

This inclusive 5 night - tour includes an overnight in San Carlos on the way down and Hermosillo on the return north to make the trip down to Álamos more comfortable. This trip has the added advantage of being a small group visit (no more than 14 guests) for a more intimate Sonoran experience.
Border Community Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Tubac, AZ. BCA's mission is bridging the border and fostering community through education, collaboration and cultural exchange.

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.
We’ll meet at the BCA Office at 9:30am. One week before the tour, you’ll receive a detailed itinerary and other information you'll need for the tour.

Mar. 2 & 9, 2020: The Music of Migration

03/02/2020 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM GMT-07:00
  • $30.00  -  BCA Members
  • $40.00  -  Non Members
The Music of Migration is a two-day seminar dedicated to the musicians and songwriters who focus on international migration. Through video, audio and printed materials, we’ll experience the courage, struggles and achievements of those who are forced to escape the horrific conditions of their home countries. At times the music will be heart wrenching, but surprisingly often it will also be sprightly and uplifting. This will not be a lecture; instead it will be a direct exchange of insights and observations by the seminar participants themselves. Please be prepared to read the written material between the first and second sessions. The seminar’s facilitators Russ and Blyth Carpenter, are experienced teachers, authors, and presenters, with deep experience in border issues.

Mar 5, 2020 Magdalena Then and Now

03/05/2020 08:00 AM - 04:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $90.00  -  BCA Members
  • $110.00  -  Non Members
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 heart of regional Sonora. The community is the terminus of an internationally famous pilgrimage route that spans both the United States and Mexico. This day trip includes both a look back to the past and a glance at the contemporary challenges of a small Mexican city along with 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).

Mar 7, 2020 Gastronomic Tour

03/07/2020 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $80.00  -  BCA Members
  • $100.00  -  Non Members
Experience Nogales beyond the tourist zone through its vibrant culinary scene while supporting borderlands nonprofit work! Proceeds from BCA's gastronomic tour go to support Nogales, Sonora's Down Association Chef Skills program.


This NY Times featured daytrip 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 short craft beer orientation and tasting at Argova Brewing Company. A dedicated stop for a mariscos taco and agua fresca at a Sonoran Sea of Cortez seafood restaurant. The tour fee includes transportation by rental van, guide, as well as a multi course meal at a modern central Mexican cuisine dining venue, La Llorona. We'll also visit the historic old plaza de toros bullfighting ring. This is a unique opportunity for craft beer enthusiasts and those passionate for Latin American cooking.Experience Nogales beyond the tourist zone through its vibrant culinary scene while supporting borderlands nonprofit work!

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).

Mar 18, 2020 Cross Border Tour- Nogales

03/18/2020 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $75.00  -  BCA Members
  • $95.00  -  Non Members
Educational and inspirational, these tours provide an orientation to the rising, nonprofit, economic and civil sector of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico led by both Mexican & US guides as well as a presentation by US Consulate staff.(depending on availability) 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 23-26, 2020 Kino Bay Tour

03/23/2020 10:00 AM - 03/26/2020 04:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $495.00  -  Balance, BCA Member
  • $500.00  -  Deposit
  • $995.00  -  BCA member, shared occupancy
  • $1,095.00  -  BCA non-member, shared occupancy
Kino Bay might be the best kept secret in Sonora, with a beautiful sandy beach, a safe and peaceful setting and a non-touristy feeling.

Beneath that tranquil exterior, lots is happening as we are next door to Seri Indian homeland, offering uncommon opportunities for cultural exchange. Also nearby: Prescott College has a field station for hands-on environmental and cultural studies! For this tour, BCA is partnering with Prescott College to offer an extraordinary opportunity to experience the Kino Bay region. We'll spend a day exploring the nearby estuary, learning about its ecology and its role in the social history of the people. Another day will be devoted to visiting the Seris' nearby town of Punta Chueca, where we focus on the vital role of plants in the lives of indigenous people. In addition to our program with Prescott College, you will meet some remarkable residents of Kino Bay, who invented the Amigos sin Muros (Friends without Walls) project. And of course, there's time for swimming, beach walking and good food and drink. Travel from Nogales to Kino Bay will be in a new Mercedes Sprinter van. All lodging is at Casablanca Hotel. No single room accommodations are available for this tour. Shared accommodates are doubles (most rooms) or multiple beds (3 or 4 people). Call to indicate your room preference (520-398-3229).

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.

Mar 29-31, 2020 Beautiful Rio Sonora

03/29/2020 08:30 AM - 03/31/2020 05:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $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.

Apr 22, 2020 Cross Border Tour- Nogales

04/22/2020 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $75.00  -  BCA Members
  • $95.00  -  Non Members
Educational and inspirational, these tours provide an orientation to the rising, nonprofit, economic and civil sector of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico led by both Mexican & US guides as well as a presentation by US Consulate staff.(depending on availability) 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).

Apr 30, 2020 Magdalena Then and Now

04/30/2020 08:00 AM - 05/30/2020 04:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $90.00  -  BCA Members
  • $110.00  -  Non Members
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 heart of regional Sonora. The community is the terminus of an internationally famous pilgrimage route that spans both the United States and Mexico. This day trip includes both a look back to the past and a glance at the contemporary challenges of a small Mexican city along with 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).

May 2, 2020 Gastronomic Tour

05/02/2020 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $80.00  -  BCA Members
  • $100.00  -  Non Members
Experience Nogales beyond the tourist zone through its vibrant culinary scene while supporting borderlands nonprofit work! Proceeds from BCA's gastronomic tour go to support Nogales, Sonora's Down Association Chef Skills program.


This NY Times featured daytrip 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 short craft beer orientation and tasting at Argova Brewing Company. A dedicated stop for a mariscos taco and agua fresca at a Sonoran Sea of Cortez seafood restaurant. The tour fee includes transportation by rental van, guide, as well as a multi course meal at a modern central Mexican cuisine dining venue, La Llorona. We'll also visit the historic old plaza de toros bullfighting ring. This is a unique opportunity for craft beer enthusiasts and those passionate for Latin American cooking.Experience Nogales beyond the tourist zone through its vibrant culinary scene while supporting borderlands nonprofit work!

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).

May 6, 2020 Cross Border Tour- Nogales

05/06/2020 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $75.00  -  BCA Members
  • $95.00  -  Non Members
Educational and inspirational, these tours provide an orientation to the rising, nonprofit, economic and civil sector of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico led by both Mexican & US guides as well as a presentation by US Consulate staff.(depending on availability) 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).

May 26--June 6, 2020 Spain-Basque Connection & Northern Coast (DEPOSIT)

05/25/2020 - 06/06/2020
  • $500.00
Dates: 26 May - 6 June 2020
Route: Madrid-Soria-Bilbao-Solares-Gijón-Santiago de Compostela-Ponferrada-Tordesillas-Madrid

Overview: Arizona and Sonora’s direct connection to Spain lasted three hundred years (1521 to 1821) when it was called New Spain. There are many legacies: language, religion, culture, architecture. This trip will introduce the traveler to all of these, with an explicit Sonoran/Arizonan connection to the Basque country and Northern Spain. El Pais Vasco is the fascinating region from which a majority of the early settlers of our two states originated from. We will visit the ancestral homeland of the Anza family, the leader and pathfinder of the 1775-76 expedition to found San Francisco, California as well as the unique autonomous Spanish regions of Cantabria, Asturias, Galicia and Castilla y Leon.

Connection: Our goal is for trip participants to gain a deeper understanding of Hispanic culture and heritage - given the Hispanic legacy of our greater Arizona-Sonora region - with this trip to Spain. In collaboration, we are especially honored to have a professor from Hermosillo, Sonora, Luis Valle Cordero, as one of our guides. A native of Leon, Spain, Luis brings local as well as architectural knowledge. BCA’s program director Alex La Pierre brings his considerable knowledge of history as well as a delightful spirit to our travel.

This is a curated trip based on the nonprofit Border Community Alliance mission of bridging borders via education, collaboration and cultural exchange.

Itinerary: We will be loosely following one of Spain’s principal (and said to be the oldest) pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela known as el Camino del Norte or the Northern Way, following a scenic corridor with the Atlantic coast to our north and the Cantabrian Mountains to our south. This is verdant green Spain with a surprising Celtic heritage in Galicia and a historical borderlands where the Spanish reconquista or reconquering from the Moors began.

Trip Activity Level: A fair amount of walking will take place every day and many medieval city centers are vehicle-free zones. Your guides will be available to help with luggage but we request that you only bring luggage that you are able to physically transport from bus to lodging.

Group Size & Transportation: As with other BCA tours, we’ll travel as a small, personable group (15 to 20) with knowledgeable guides who are close to the people of Spain. We will be traveling with a professional driver and a modern mid-size bus with wifi.

Cost:
$3800 single or $3600 (per person) double occupancy
To reserve your spot on this tour, a $500 (refundable until March 1, 2020) deposit is required.
What this includes:
- lodging
- ground transportation
- guides
- entrance fees
- all breakfasts
- 8 lunches (main meal of Spain ~ American supper)
- 2 dinners
What this does not include:
- airfare
- travel insurance
- alcoholic drinks
- drinks & snacks outside of BCA group meals
- meals not included
- taxi from airport to Madrid group rendez-vous point at start of trip




Important Dates:
Early bird discount of $200 off with total cost of trip paid in full by February 1.
Final Payment is due by 1 March 2020.

Payment:
- Register through our website: www.bordercommunityalliance.org
- By sending a check to: BCA, PO Box 1863, Tubac, AZ. 85646.
- By calling BCA at 520-398-3229

CANCELLATION POLICY:
For trip cancellation, please contact BCA as soon as possible. Cancellations that arise prior to March 1st will be liable to a $200 per person administrative fee. After this date, all trip costs are 100% non-refundable, unless there is a waiting list and your trip place can be filled. In this case, the $200/person admin cancellation fee will still apply.

Recommendation: We strongly recommend that you purchase traveler's insurance for this trip in case of missed flights, medical emergencies and other unforeseen incidents. A Google search yields many travelers insurance options.

Group Communication in Spain:
For group communications during the course of the trip, we recommend downloading on your smartphone from Itunes or the GooglePlay store an app called Whatsapp. We will be creating a "BCA Spain Trip 2020" Whatsapp group through which we can communicate via text, recording and phone while in-country without cost. It is an effective communication tool because - even if you will not have data service by your telephone provider in Europe - you can easily access it via WiFi which will be available at our hotels and most cafes in the towns we will be visiting.

Guides:
(1.) Luis Valle Cordero [of León, Spain] luis.valle@itesm.mx
> Spanish citizen and resident of Hermosillo, Sonora.
> Unique perspective from a native Spaniard.
> University Professor of Architecture, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Hermosillo.
> Owner & Partner: Architectural Firm, UV Arquitectos. Hermosillo, Sonora.

(2.) Alex La Pierre alex@bordercommunityalliance.org
> Border Community Alliance program director
> Historian
> Iberian cultural studies
> National Park Service Interpretation and Historic Preservation background

DISCLAIMER: This itinerary is subject to change due to cancellations, delays, and/or logistical considerations.

May 26-June 6, 2020 Spain- Basque Connection & Northern Coast (FINAL PAYMENT)

05/26/2020 - 06/06/2020
  • $3,100.00  -  Early Bird (pd in full by 2/1/20 ) Single Occupancy
  • $2,900.00  -  Early Bird (pd in full by 2/1/20) Double Occupancy
  • $3,300.00  -  Single Occupancy
  • $3,100.00  -  Double Occupancy
Dates: 26 May - 6 June 2020
Route: Madrid-Soria-Bilbao-Solares-Gijón-Santiago de Compostela-Ponferrada-Tordesillas-Madrid

Overview: Arizona and Sonora’s direct connection to Spain lasted three hundred years (1521 to 1821) when it was called New Spain. There are many legacies: language, religion, culture, architecture. This trip will introduce the traveler to all of these, with an explicit Sonoran/Arizonan connection to the Basque country and Northern Spain. El Pais Vasco is the fascinating region from which a majority of the early settlers of our two states originated from. We will visit the ancestral homeland of the Anza family, the leader and pathfinder of the 1775-76 expedition to found San Francisco, California as well as the unique autonomous Spanish regions of Cantabria, Asturias, Galicia and Castilla y Leon.

Connection: Our goal is for trip participants to gain a deeper understanding of Hispanic culture and heritage - given the Hispanic legacy of our greater Arizona-Sonora region - with this trip to Spain. In collaboration, we are especially honored to have a professor from Hermosillo, Sonora, Luis Valle Cordero, as one of our guides. A native of Leon, Spain, Luis brings local as well as architectural knowledge. BCA’s program director Alex La Pierre brings his considerable knowledge of history as well as a delightful spirit to our travel.

This is a curated trip based on the nonprofit Border Community Alliance mission of bridging borders via education, collaboration and cultural exchange.

Itinerary: We will be loosely following one of Spain’s principal (and said to be the oldest) pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela known as el Camino del Norte or the Northern Way, following a scenic corridor with the Atlantic coast to our north and the Cantabrian Mountains to our south. This is verdant green Spain with a surprising Celtic heritage in Galicia and a historical borderlands where the Spanish reconquista or reconquering from the Moors began.

Trip Activity Level: A fair amount of walking will take place every day and many medieval city centers are vehicle-free zones. Your guides will be available to help with luggage but we request that you only bring luggage that you are able to physically transport from bus to lodging.

Group Size & Transportation: As with other BCA tours, we’ll travel as a small, personable group (15 to 20) with knowledgeable guides who are close to the people of Spain. We will be traveling with a professional driver and a modern mid-size bus with wifi.

Cost:
$3800 single or $3600 (per person) double occupancy
To reserve your spot on this tour, a $500 (refundable until March 1, 2020) deposit is required.
What this includes:
- lodging
- ground transportation
- guides
- entrance fees
- all breakfasts
- 8 lunches (main meal of Spain ~ American supper)
- 2 dinners
What this does not include:
- airfare
- travel insurance
- alcoholic drinks
- drinks & snacks outside of BCA group meals
- meals not included
- taxi from airport to Madrid group rendez-vous point at start of trip




Important Dates:
Early bird discount of $200 off with total cost of trip paid in full by February 1.
Final Payment is due by 1 March 2020.

Payment:
- Register through our website: www.bordercommunityalliance.org
- By sending a check to: BCA, PO Box 1863, Tubac, AZ. 85646.
- By calling BCA at 520-398-3229

CANCELLATION POLICY:
For trip cancellation, please contact BCA as soon as possible. Cancellations that arise prior to March 1st will be liable to a $200 per person administrative fee. After this date, all trip costs are 100% non-refundable, unless there is a waiting list and your trip place can be filled. In this case, the $200/person admin cancellation fee will still apply.

Recommendation: We strongly recommend that you purchase traveler's insurance for this trip in case of missed flights, medical emergencies and other unforeseen incidents. A Google search yields many travelers insurance options.

Group Communication in Spain:
For group communications during the course of the trip, we recommend downloading on your smartphone from Itunes or the GooglePlay store an app called Whatsapp. We will be creating a "BCA Spain Trip 2020" Whatsapp group through which we can communicate via text, recording and phone while in-country without cost. It is an effective communication tool because - even if you will not have data service by your telephone provider in Europe - you can easily access it via WiFi which will be available at our hotels and most cafes in the towns we will be visiting.

Guides:
(1.) Luis Valle Cordero [of León, Spain] luis.valle@itesm.mx
> Spanish citizen and resident of Hermosillo, Sonora.
> Unique perspective from a native Spaniard.
> University Professor of Architecture, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Hermosillo.
> Owner & Partner: Architectural Firm, UV Arquitectos. Hermosillo, Sonora.

(2.) Alex La Pierre alex@bordercommunityalliance.org
> Border Community Alliance program director
> Historian
> Iberian cultural studies
> National Park Service Interpretation and Historic Preservation background

DISCLAIMER: This itinerary is subject to change due to cancellations, delays, and/or logistical considerations.
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