Events

 

Sept. 5: Walking to Magdalena: (At U of A) Personhood & Place in Tohono O'odham Songs/Sticks/Stories

09/05/2019 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • Free
This presentation is at the University of Arizona Campus In his carefully researched study, Seth Schermerhorn, Ph.D., explores the context and practice of the Tohono O'odham as they make their annual pilgrimage to Magdalena in Sonora, Mexico. Told with scholarly rigor and passionate empathy, Schermerhorn offers a deep understanding of Tohono O'odham Christian traditions as practiced in everyday life and in the words of the O'odham themselves. Dr. Schermerhorn is author of the book with this title (University of Nebraska Press, 2019) as well as other scholarly articles. He is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Hamilton College. This lecture is sponsored by the Anthropology Department of the U of A, the Juan Bautista de Anza Historic Trail Office and Border Community Alliance, Inc.

Sept 6, 2019 Walking to Magdalena: The Pilgrimage Journey of the Tohono O'odham

09/06/2019 02:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • Free
Please make your reservation by calling the Tubac Presidio at 520-398-2252
Tickets: $20 Nonmember / $15 BCA member at event
Even before the death of Padre Kino in 1711, members of the O’odham tribe made their way to Magdalena as a spiritual journey connecting them with the land and their ancestors. Located 60 miles south of the US-Mexico Border, Magdalena is now a pilgrimage destination for seekers from many cultures, culminating each year with the east of St. Francis on October 4. In this presentation, Seth Schermerhorn will explore some of the richness of the O’odham tradition based on his own participation and appreciative insights as scholar/observer. Seth Schermerhorn, Ph.D., is an Assistant rofessor of Religious Studies at Hamilton College, New York, and author of the book “Walking to Magdalena: Personhood and Place in Tohono O’odham Songs, Sticks and Stories” (University of Nebraska Press, 2019). Dr. Schermerhorn Completed his doctorate at Arizona State University based on extensive field research with the Tohono O’odham Tribe, including walking with tribal members five times on the annual journey. His book includes interviews and stories.

Sept 25, 2019 Cross Border Tour- Nogales

09/25/2019 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).

Sept 25, 2019 Sonoran Flour Tortillas Workshop

09/25/2019 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $45.00
Sonoran Flour Tortillas Workshop w/ Minerva Orduno Rincon
Learn the basics if a beloved part of Sonoran cuisine, tortilla de harina, flour tortillas. This hands on workshop will focus on the preparation of the lard based dough, as well as rolling techniques for shaping paper this disks.

Participants will then enjoy their efforts in a satisfying quesadilla of fresco and chili verde tatemado, fire roasted green chilies. Paired with the tortillas will be a refreshing and surprising pinole de trigo, a lightly sweetened toasted wheat beverage. This workshop will utilize locally grown white Sonoran wheat, a heritage grain vitally important in the development and growth of this desert region. This class will take place in an inspected commercial kitchen. Please be sure to wear comfortable closed toe shoes, and keep hair gathered. Participants are encouraged to bring their own container for anything they wish to take home.

Oct 12-14, 2019 A Visit to the Rio Sonora Region

10/12/2019 09:30 AM - 10/14/2019 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 heritage tourism opportunity is to provide guests with a chance to be amidst traditional and rural northern Mexican agricultural life.

We will be traveling to the colonial Sonora River valley which bestowed its name to the Mexican state, the second largest in Mexico. The north and south running valley was also the route of 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 trip will be based out of the idyllic mid-valley town of Banamichi, where we will stay at the historic boutique hotel, La Posada del Rio Sonora. Tour highlights will include the community of Arizpe, once the capital of the entire north of New Spain during the Spanish Colonial era with its outstanding Jesuit era stone temple. Also included are visits to the downriver communities of Huepac and Aconchi and their respective missions dating back to the 17th century.

The trek also incorporates a visit to a natural building homestead Los Paredones 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.

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.

Oct 15, 2019 Magdalena Then and Now

10/15/2019 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).

Oct 18, 2019 A Stranger at My Door Book Presentation & Reception w/Peg Bowden

10/18/2019 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • Free
A Stranger At My Door is a personal odyssey of challenge, failure, and redemption. A man in desperate crisis appears at the doorstep of a family home in the Sonoran desert. Attempts to do the right thing—to provide food, clothing, shelter—are hampered by the politics of fear and xenophobia. Taking a stand on the side of compassion, Peg Bowden, a retired nurse and humanitarian aid worker, explores the ethical and moral values that drive her life choices, which at this particular moment in time, do not align with the politics of her homeland. This is a tale of a relationship between two people whose very differences about the "other" forge a friendship that transcends the borders of their lives. Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for sale and signing. Peg will be joined with Pablo Peregrina, singer/songwriter, who will perform a special song written to complement Peg's newest book.

Suggested Donation $10.00 at event.

Oct 19, 2019 Gastronomic Tour

10/19/2019 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $80.00  -  BCA Members
  • $100.00  -  Non Members
If you are curious to learn what exactly is Sonoran food and how it differs from wider Mexican cuisine, this gastronomic tour of Nogales will clarify the regional characteristics of our vibrant southern neighbor while providing a background in cultural heritage. Visitors to Nogales, Sonora are often geographically limited to walking distance in the main tourist zones for dining options while visiting south of the border. This tour takes you off that beaten path and deeper into Nogales to the modern gastronomic zone of local Nogalenses.  This tour is your chance to taste and see for yourself.

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. A dedicated stop for a mariscos taco and agua fresca at a Sonoran Sea of Cortez seafood restaurant is followed by a short craft beer orientation and tasting at Argova Brewing Company. The tour fee includes transportation by Mercedes Sprinter, 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.

Read about the tour in Tucson's Arizona Daily Star Newspaper:
https://tucson.com/thisistucson/eat/snack-your-way-through-nogales-sonora-on-this-surprising-foodie/article_5a937b2e-d256-11e8-bc78-ef2f578de7cd.html

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.

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).

Nov 5 Sonoran Gallina Pinta Workshop

11/05/2019 03:00 PM - 05:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $60.00
Enjoy one of the lesser known Sonoran Soups, Gallina Pinta in this hands on workshop.

A mixture of pinto beans and hominy, this beef based soup is neither spotted nor chicken based on the name gallina(hen) Pinta(spotted) implies. This meal will be rounded out with a deliciously Sonoran take on the shortbread cookie, polovornes de pechita y nuez, mesquite and pecan shortbread cookies. A refreshing agua de flor de jamaica will round out the meal. This class will take place in an inspected commercial kitchen. Please be sure to wear comfortable closed toed shoes, andkeep hair gathered. Participants ar encouraged to bring their own containers for anything they wish to take home.

Nov 7-9, 2019 Hermosillo: Sonora's Capital

11/07/2019 10:00 AM - 11/09/2019 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.

Nov 23, 2019 Gastronomic Tour

11/23/2019 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).

Dec 4, 2019 Cross Border Tour- Nogales

12/04/2019 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).

Dec 5, 2019 Gastronomic Tour

12/05/2019 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).

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).

Jan 11-13, 2020 Beautiful Rio 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.

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.

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.

March 23-26, 2020 Kino Bay Tour

03/23/2020 10:00 AM - 03/26/2020 04:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $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.
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