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

11/24/2018 09:00 AM - 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 FULL

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).

Jan 3, 2019 - Birds of the Borderlands

01/03/2019 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.

Jan 3, 2019 Videography in the Borderlands

01/03/2019 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM 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.

Jan 15, 2019 The Magic of Oaxaca

01/15/2019 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM GMT-07:00
  • Free
Oaxaca is a fascinating region in southern Mexico, known for chocolate, mole negro, colorful artifacts and beautiful textiles. Porfirio Gutierrez is one of its best interpreters; he was recently the subject of an extensive NY Times article. Join us to hear a free presentation by Porfirio at the West Center.

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.
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