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It’s that time of year again where we all gather round for the parade! Don’t forget to plan ahead; BOTH SIDES of La Cañada will be closed.
Fall is here!
Our winter visitors are joining us again, and it shows! This month at our Board of Representatives meeting, we will have a presentation about the New Friends of the Canoa Parks group under the GVC Foundation. Debbie Kenyon, Executive Committee Member, is the chair of the Friends group and will be speaking to the board and guests at our regularly scheduled Board of Representatives Meeting. EVERY BOARD OF REPS MEETING IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Don’t miss out on this information!
Donate your old glasses instead of throwing them away! Valid September 23-October 31!
The Javelinas are Coming!
Two years ago, Tubac began a public art project that would feature Javelinas, wild animals unique to the Southwest United States. Javelinas are collared peccaries, not pigs, which tend to live in groups called squadrons, sometimes numbering as many as 40. First proposed by Virginia Hall, who has been designated as a “master artist” by the Tubac Center of the Arts and who, calling in another “master artist” friend and sculptor, Nick Wilson, took the idea to the TCA Board. The Board concluded that the project needed to happen. “People will come to see these critters that are unique to this area,” said board director Karen Topping.
Each sculpture is sponsored either by community members or by businesses in the area. What began as a herd of 25 grew to 50 javelinas, including 44 adults and 6 sets of babies. Volunteer painters—from seasoned, nationally recognized professional artists to a collaboration of budding painters from the Montessori de Santa Cruz school in Tubac—received a small stipend for materials. The artists’ work portrays the many moods of javelinas – fierce, coy, funny, parental, and sometimes plain crazy!
The painted javelinas will be presented to the community on October 26, 2019, and a delegation of javelina sculptures sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce will greet visitors at the Tucson International Airport (Fig. 1). Given the javelina’s natural inclination to scrounge for food, there will be a scavenger hunt held in November. The statues will be auctioned at a fundraiser in late February or early March 2020.
Maps of the locations of the javelina statues will be available around Tubac and online. Should anyone be inspired to paint his or her own, 8-inch white javelinas will be available for purchase.
Modified from an article in “Desert Leaf,” written by Beth Surdut, nature illustrator and NPR essayist. Vol. 33, No. 8, pgs. 68-69.
We have two Committees that need Chairs.
Our longstanding Planning and Architectural Committee has no regular schedule. It meets only when Pima County has forwarded a packet of information involving a non-residential building permit for work in Green Valley. The present Chair, Dick Roberts, would mentor you in the position. It is helpful if you understand building terms and can read blueprints. If you are a retired architect, builder or in construction, you would find this Committee very interesting. Green Valley is the only unincorporated area of Pima County that, through an agreement with the County, has the right to review, comment and recommend changes on permits for the Green Valley area. The Committee takes into consideration the intangibles the County does not–safety, conformance with the ambiance of Green Valley, unnecessary intrusion on views, etc. The P & A Committee does a lot to keep Green Valley an outstanding place to live.
We are forming a new Committee, The Future Committee. What are the possible changes to Green Valley and its surrounding areas over the next 10-20 years? What should we be aware of now that could seriously impact us later? The Committee will not seek definitive answers because there are none. However, it will crystal ball any and all possibilities they can think of and their potential impacts. Those of you who have lived here a long time know what amazing changes have happened in your tenure here. To prepare for future changes, we have to consider what those might be. If we just sit and let it happen, the future will run over us. If you enjoy long term thinking/guessing and tossing around ideas about future good/bad/neutral possibilities, this is the Committee for you!
THE COUNCIL’S HOMEOWNER BENEFITS
Membership dues for belonging to the Council are based on the number of rooftops in the HOA, so you as a homeowner are also a member of the Council.
The Council provides individual benefits for homeowners that can actually save you more than the cost of your house being a Council member. Our membership is presently $9.50 per rooftop. The Council provides free notary services to our members. Most businesses that provide notary services charge $10 PER SIGNATURE. If you are signing one document and are using a commercial notary, you have spent $.50 more than your Council membership. If you had come to our office, the notary service would be free–no matter how many times a year you use it. We even notarize wills and estate planning documents, exercising proper care to be sure you are signing of your own free will and are competent to do so. We are bonded and insured. For the best service, call us in advance and make an appointment for notary services. Contact us at 520-648-1936. However, we do accept walk-ins except on Fridays.
Homeowner members also have free access to our Preferred Vendor Program. We have well over 100 vendors who provide a wide variety of goods and services that you frequently need. To access the PVP referral programs, CLICK HERE, put your HOA’s name in the designated area and create your own password (save it somewhere). Then either search for a particular type of vendor or scroll through the list of goods and services our vendors provide. You will receive up to 5 referrals from which to choose. We vet our vendors to be sure that if they are bonded and licensed if required, check at least three references and their ratings on other websites. We will also assist you if you and a PVP vendor have a dispute. If you were not a homeowner in a Council member HOA, using our PVP services would cost you $15.00 per year, more than your cost of membership in the Council.
Being a Council member is not only good for your HOA, it is good for YOU !
It’s official! GVC Foundation has a Friends of the Canoa Parks Management Group. Instead of just supporting the new Canoa Hills Trails, the Friends will support Historic Canoa Ranch and the Canoa Preserve as well. Each of these parks brings something different to the community–Canoa Ranch for history, environmental efforts, education and events; Canoa Preserve for athletics, including the BAJA softball games and tournaments and walking the 1 miles circuit around the ball fields; Canoa Hills Trails for walking in the serenity of nature and enjoying the birds, small animals (we hope only small) and stunning scenery.
The Friends will support the three Pima County Parks through grants and memberships, promote the parks through events and educational programs and will partner with local businesses and organizations for projects and amenities. The County loves hearing suggestions from the public about the parks, so feel free to contact the Friends (see below) with your thoughts. The Friends first sponsored event will be a presentation on November 8 at 10 a.m. at Las Campanas on “Urban Wildlife in Green Valley”–the animals, insects and reptiles, big and small, that live here and how they impact us. This is a “must see” program for those of you new to the Valley and a fun program for those of us who have been here awhile.
Right now, the County is performing extensive work at the Trails to repair the paths, stop serious erosion issues, over-seed the tumbleweed, and build walking paths along both sides of Camino Del Sol so park users can move from one area to another safely. Signage locations are being determined and should be up soon. The County had to wait for signs until the park had an official name, which seemed to take a long time. The Trails is not yet ready for amenities to be added as safety and planning come first. The Friends are anticipating a Grand Opening for Canoa Hills Trails early this coming year but the date will depend upon when the County feels the work has progressed enough to celebrate. However, the Trails is already open for all of you who like to walk/stroll/jog/whatever through that beautiful space.
Meanwhile, the Friends can turn more of its attention to Canoa Ranch as it prepares to host monthly events, projects and activities. On Saturday, September 21 from 9-2 is the Canoa Cup Classic Car Show, on Saturday, September 28 from 9-2 is a Vintage and Antique Fair, and on Saturday, Oct. 19 is Anza Day from 9-3. All of these events are open to the whole community and will feature a variety of activities, programs, music, food and fun. If you haven’t been to Canoa Ranch in the last two years, you will be amazed at the changes that are both completed and coming up. You can even sit in the shade of a Ramada and gaze at Green Valley’s only lake! If you would like to volunteer to help at any of these events or have suggestions for the parks, please contact the Green Valley Council so our office can get your information for the Friends. Call us at 648-1936 or email to email@example.com. When the Friends website is up and running (projected mid-September), you will find membership and volunteer opportunities listed there.
This is a unique opportunity for our community. Please join us as a “Friend” to assist Pima County in the development and preservation of the Canoa Parks!