Sept 22, 2018 Concert- St Francis in the Valley

09/22/2018 03:00 PM - 05:00 AM GMT-07:00
  • Free
Special Concert: Canciones Sin Fronteras The Consulate General of Mexico in partnership BCA . A reception will follow the concert, donations welcomed.

Sept 28, 2018 Videography in the Borderlands

09/28/2018 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM GMT-07:00
  • Free
Mike Foster produces educational travelogue videos for environmental NGOs and National Parks in the Arizona and Mexico. Mike will be showing his recent work about the beliefs of today's indigenous cultures. He will be revealing how he makes his video journals including, accessing remote areas, interacting with indigenous cultures and telling interesting stories. These videos are similar to but more intimate than desert shows seen on PBS. Come and learn about the flora, fauna and people of this region as well as producing videos about them. The passion of Mike's adventures will clearly come through in this engaging presentation.

Mike Foster has been producing video journals about Sonora, Mexico and southern Arizona for the last thirteen years. He has posted over 250 educational videos about the flora, fauna and cultural history of the region. Much of his early work was done with the Friends of the San Pedro River. Today he works as the interpretive person for the Friends of the Huachuca Mountains at the Carr House Information Center. He has done significant work for El Pinacate and Sierra Alamos Rio Cuchujaqui Reserves and Nature and Culture International in Sonora, Some of his work appears on the Coronado National Memorial, and other National Park web pages in the US. He has lived in Bisbee for the last 34 years from where he launches his filming trips to the mountains of Arizona and Sonora. $ 10.00 suggested donation.

Oct 13, 2018 11:00- 1:00pm Aguas Frescas Workshop

10/13/2018 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $40.00
Cool off in the lingering summer heat with refreshing aguas frescas. Learn how turn tamarindo, jamaica, rice and barley into enjoyable cooling beverages. And with cooler weather up ahead, get a taste of a festive ponche Navideño, Christmas punch, a wonderful addition to any holiday menu.

Oct 23, 2018 Breakfast and the Border- w/Richard Collins author Riding Behind the Padre

10/23/2018 08:30 AM - 10:00 AM GMT-07:00
  • $20.00  -  BCA Members
  • $25.00  -  Non Members
Borderland immigration and drug trafficking are heated issues for most people living in the Southwest. But for Arizona rancher-author Richard Collins, who operates a 13,000 acre ranch near the Mexican border, they are a daily occurrence. Wanting to hear firsthand from those living and working in the middle of the action, Collins embarks on a horseback journey along the Arizona-Sonoran borderlands in Riding Behind the Padre: Horseback Views from Both Sides of the Border.

Oct 24, 2018 Moorish Legacies- Alex La Pierre

10/24/2018 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM GMT-07:00
  • Free
The Borderlands Forum seeks to promote understanding and appreciation of the Borderlands as a cross-cultural, bi-national resource.
Suggested Donation $ 10

Oct 26, 2018 Day of the Dead Videography

10/26/2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • Free
Mike Foster, videographer, will show videos of how Day of the Dead the Aztec/Catholic holiday/holey day is celebrated in cemeteries just across the international border as well as further south in Mexico. Enjoy traditional breads and beverages, while watching scenes filmed over the last ten years. Participation in altars dressing up and sharing stories of deceased loved ones is encouraged. Suggested Donation $10.00

Oct 31, 2018 Cross Cultural Communication Rick Moritz

10/31/2018 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM GMT-07:00
  • Free
Some of the topics essential to our investigation: perceptual filters and world views; the art and science of perception; stereotype, prejudice, and the unexamined life.
Our academic study will be intermittently highlighted by the real-world experiences of educators, students, administrators, and human services professionals living and working along both sides of the border.
Our goal is this: at the completion of this course, every participant will emerge with a deeper intellectual and visceral appreciation for her or his culture, the culture 'on the other side,' and tools for the effective an efficient analysis of intercultural communicative exchange
Rick has studied and taught intercultural communication at colleges and universities across the U.S. for twenty years. This class will examine the workings of two foundations of effective, efficient intercultural communication: effective listening and perception as both inform empathy and understanding. Suggested Donation $10

Nov 6,13 & 20, 2018 US Immigration Then & Now

11/06/2018 09:30 AM - 11/20/2018 03:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $40.00  -  BCA Members
  • $50.00  -  Non Members
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. PLEASE NOTE: The first two sessions will be held 9:30 to 11:00 at BMO Harris Bank; the third session (Nov. 20) will be at the same location but from 2:00 to 3:30 PM.

Nov 10, 2018 Hands On Tortilla Workshop

11/10/2018 10:00 AM - 11/11/2018 12:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $55.00
Get your hands doughy in this very hands on tortilla workshop focusing on the classic Sonoran tortilla casera, home style flour tortilla. After learning the techniques for making, shaping and cooking the dough, participants will enjoy quesadillas featuring the classic Sonoran flavors of roasted chileverde (green chiles) and queso fresco, as well as a wild green salad and refreshing naranjada (fresh orange cooler).
Workshop participants will participate in in making corn, flour and wheat tortillas from scratch, from mixing the dough, to shaping and cooking. Attendees should dress comfortably and be prepared to stand for brief periods. Along with learning how to make tortillas, workshop will include information on the history of tortillas in Mexico, such as regional preferences, sizes and uses. Learn for yourself the cornerstone for Mexican cuisine: tortillas!

This offering from BCA's Borderlands Forum programming represents a collaboration with our kind host, Tumacookery of Tubac, AZ.

Nov 10, 2018 Migrants in the Food Chain w/ Minerva Orduno

11/10/2018 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • Free
The American food system is inseparable linked to the immigrant labor force. Low-wage immigrant workers grow, process and cook the food Americans depend on. In this lecture, learn of the forces influencing the flow of people from Mexico, Central and South American countries, the lives and hardships experienced by this largely invisible community, and the ways in which the American food system would be changed without them.
Suggested donation $ 10.00

Nov 12, 2018 - Birds of the Borderlands

11/12/2018 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM GMT-07:00
  • Free
Jennie Mac Farland - Conservation Biologist for Tucson Audubon Society
Suggested Donation $ 10.00

Birds of the Borderlands
We have put a boundary between Arizona and Sonora but the birds don't know that! There are many ecological traits of SE Arizona that tie us much closer to Mexico than the rest of the United States. We'll discuss why that is and the special birds we enjoy in our area that cannot be found anywhere else in this country, making this area a ecotourism destination.

Jennie MacFarland is the Conservation Biologist for Tucson Audubon Society and coordinates both the Arizona Important Bird Areas Program and the Tucson Bird Count. She also heads up other large citizen science projects such as the Elegant Trogon Census of SE AZ and Yellow-billed Cuckoo surveys of Sky Island Mountain habitats and has helped establish a bird survey program in the Monte Mojino Preserve in Sonora, Mexico.

Nov 24, 2018 Writing the River Santa Cruz -3 Session Retreat

11/24/2018 09:00 PM - 05:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $350.00  -  BCA Member
  • $400.00  -  BCA Non-member
Writing the River Santa Cruz
The Border Community Alliance is pleased to announce a new way to engage the Borderlands through a series of creative writing retreats led by Lee Anne Gallaway-Mitchell, teacher, writer and poet, and Jerry Haas, BCA’s Executive Director. The selected group of up to eight participants will gather three times (Nov 24; Jan 26; and Mar 23) at the historic Lowe House in Tubac for contemplation and practice near the rich binational environment of the Santa Cruz River. Applicants will be chosen based on their interest in improving their skills as writers as well as their desire to support others in similar creative endeavors. A prospectus and application is available by contacting Jerry Haas at or stopping by the BCA office 2221 E Frontage Rd., Suite F-201. Application deadline: October 31, 2018. The total cost of the three retreats is $400 (non-members); $350 (BCA members).

Dec 11, 2018- Ranching in the Borderlands

12/11/2018 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $80.00  -  BCA Members
  • $100.00  -  Non Members
Ranching in the Borderlands
Wide vistas, scenic skies, carefree lifestyle – what’s not to like about being a cowboy? This forum class will introduce you to some of the real-life challenges of arid land ranching, as well as the people and settings in which they work. We begin by visiting the Sante Fe Ranch near Nogales where we’ll meet Dean Fish, PhD, lead cowboy and instructor on ranching practices. After lunch in nearby Patagonia, we’ll head north along Sonoita Creek to the historic marker for Camp Crittenden, site of Lt. Cushing’s demise by Apaches. Following a brief stop in Sonoita, we’ll head through the Elgin vineyards to the Babacomari Ranch, a magnificent and historic property along the Babacomari river. The fee for this Forum class includes van transportation, lunch, guides and tips.
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).
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