Events

 

FULL Feb 21, 2019 Cross Border Tour- Nogales

02/21/2019 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $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 Feb 23, 2019 Magdalena Then and Now

02/23/2019 08:00 AM - 04:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $80.00  -  BCA Member
  • $100.00  -  Non BCA 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).

Feb 23, 2019 Foods of the Sonoran Desert

02/23/2019 11:00 AM - 01:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $15.00  -  BCA Member
  • $20.00  -  Non BCA Member
This lecture aims to introduce the broad range of foods used by the people of the Sonoran Desert before the Columbian exchange, as well as those introduced into the landspace by European settlers which have become symbolic of the Sonoran region. From the wild greens called quelites, continuing to dot our landscape, to ate de membrillo, wheat flour, and lizard soup, this lecture hopes to pay tribute to the wide range of foods found in the very green Sonoran Desert.

Feb 26, 2019 Gastronomic Tour

02/26/2019 12:00 PM - 07:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $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!

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. 28- March 2, 2019 Surprising Hermosillo: Capital of Sonora Tour

02/28/2019 11:00 AM - 03/02/2019 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 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.

Mar 5-7, 2019: Bisbee/Cananea Tour - NEW

03/05/2019 10:00 AM - 03/07/2019 02:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $525.00  -  BCA member, double occupancy
  • $575.00  -  BCA member, single occupancy
  • $625.00  -  BCA non-member, double occupancy
  • $675.00  -  BCA non-member, single occupancy
This tour includes two nights lodging at the historic Copper Queen Hotel in Bisbee and a day trip to nearby Cananea, Mexico, home of one of the largest copper mines in North America. Learn how a strike at that mine in 1906 led to the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920), complicating the relationship between the US and Mexico for decades to come. Learn about "Colonel" Greene and others from this time period. All meals, tips and guides as well as van transportation included with your fee.

Mar 7, 14, 21 2019 US Immigration Then & Now

03/07/2019 02:00 PM - 03/21/2019 03:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $30.00  -  BCA member
  • $40.00  -  BCA non-member
US IMMIGRATION POLICY: YESTERDAY AND TODAY
This three-week educational program will focus on the United States immigration system and how it affects people across the world coming to the US to visit, conduct business, obtain employment, seek asylum, and gain citizenship. Throughout each weekly session, special emphasis will be placed on immigration policies and consequences affecting the Borderland region of the southwest United States.

March 8,2019 Mining Heritage of the Borderlands

03/08/2019 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • Free
Free Event: Suggested Donation $10.00
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.

Mar 9, 2019 Gastronomic Tour

03/09/2019 12:00 PM - 07:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $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!

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 11, 2019 The Uplifting Music of Cuba

03/11/2019 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $15.00  -  BCA Member
  • $20.00  -  Non BCA Member
The Uplifting Music of Cuba

Join us for an exhilarating plunge into the music of Cuba. This wonderful blend of African rhythm and European melody has shaped music wherever you turn. You can hear the Cuban influence in classical music, ragtime, tango, jazz, rhythm and blues, country, rock and roll, funk, hiphop, Mexican music and, of course, salsa. This presentation will feature multimedia filmed by our presenters in Cuba just weeks ago. Russ and Blyth Carpenter, are experienced authors, teachers and speakers.

Seating is limited. Please call Tubac Presidio for reservations 520-398-2252

FULL March 13, 2019 Cross Border Tour- Nogales

03/13/2019 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $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).

Eréndira Ikikunari film screening in collaboration with the Consulate General of Mexico

03/15/2019 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM GMT-07:00
  • Free
The feature film Eréndira Ikikunari (2006) is based on a 16th century legend. It tells the story of a young girl, Eréndira, who became an icon of bravery during the destruction of her world by the Spanish conquistadors. The intruders took advantage of conflicts and discord among the Mexican natives that allowed the newcomers to reap the spoils of a country divided. But Eréndira refused to allow her nation to be destroyed and stood up against the social conventions that prohibited women from participating in warfare. It took extreme courage for her to capture and learn to ride one of the Spaniards’ horses— seen as terrifying creatures by the natives. However, in this fashion, Eréndira won the respect of tribal leaders and became a symbol of resistance and the preservation of her culture. She was an exceptional woman, who fought to attain the dignity and respect that her culture only granted men.

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. 

FULL Mar 19-22, 2019 Kino Bay Tour - NEW

03/19/2019 10:00 AM - 03/22/2019 04:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $925.00  -  BCA member, shared occupancy
  • $995.00  -  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. Curation along the way by BCA's Program Director, Alex La Pierre. 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).

Mar 28-30, 2019 Beautiful Rio Sonora

03/28/2019 09:30 AM - 03/30/2019 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 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.

April 3, 2019 Cross Border Tour- Nogales

04/03/2019 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $70.00  -  BCA Members
  • $90.00  -  Non Members
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).

April 4, 2019 Gastronomic Tour

04/04/2019 12:00 PM - 07:00 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!

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).

April 13, 2019 Magdalena Then and Now

04/13/2019 08:00 AM - 04:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $80.00  -  BCA Members
  • $100.00  -  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 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).

April 24, 2019 Cross Border Tour- Nogales

04/24/2019 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $70.00  -  BCA Members
  • $90.00  -  Non Members
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).

April 30, 2019 Magdalena Then and Now

04/30/2019 08:00 AM - 04:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $80.00  -  BCA Members
  • $100.00  -  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 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).

SPAIN Gateway to a New World: Extremadura & Andalucia Tour May 27-June 8, 2019

05/27/2019 12:00 PM - 06/08/2019 12:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $500.00
Reserve your spot now with a REFUNDABLE $500 pp deposit. Register here by credit card or if you prefer, mail your check to BCA  PO Box 1863, Tubac AZ 84646.

TOUR ROUTE: Madrid - Caceres - Merida, - Sevilla - Cadiz - Cordoba - Castilla La Mancha (Don Quixote setting) - back to Madrid through the two Spanish provinces of Extremadura and Andalucia ( some cities subject to change). We will travel by comfortable modern European bus with wifi and bathrooms, guides will be myself and Luis Valle, Spanish university professor and architect of Hermosillo, Sonora. Price includes all accommodations, transportation with professional driver, museum/cultural site fees, most meals and guides with backgrounds in Architecture, History, Anthropology and Preservation. 

Cost: Not including airfare but including lodging, ground transportation, guide fees, entrance fees, tips, all breakfasts, 8 lunches and 2 dinners is: $3300 single accommodation or $3100 double accommodation. Early bird discount ($200) for those making full payment before March 15. To reserve your spot on this tour, a $500 deposit is required. Register through our website or send your check to BCA, PO Box 1863, Tubac, AZ. 85646.

Guides:   

Luis Valle Cordero [from Leon, Spain] - Luis was born and raised in Spain, but now lives in Hermosillo Mexico where he is a practicing architect and a university professor of architecture at the Tecnologico de Monterrey, Hermosillo, Sonora.

Alex La Pierre is the Director of Program Operations for the Border Community Alliance. He is a popular tour guide and lecturer for BCA, whose knowledge of history and Iberian culture never fail to impress. 

For more information contact Alex La Pierre "alex@bordercommunityalliance.org" or Jerry Haas "jndhaas@gmail.com"
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