If You Can Pickle, You Can POP!
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by Lynbeth Street
1w ago
Jen Wilkin has played pickleball for more than two years and is a 3.5 player. She started POP about six months ago and likes both the social atmosphere and the friendly competition POP provides. (Photo by Greg Hlushko) Greg Hlushko A number of pickleball players have discovered and are enjoying playing POP. It has some similarity to pickleball, with both sports requiring a single underhand serve and a manageable-sized court. POP doubles is played within the singles lines on a tennis court, and there is a baseline that is nine feet in from the tennis baseline. The POP ball is slower than a st ..read more
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Dazzling Desert Gems Secure Sectionals!
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by Lynbeth Street
1w ago
Kathy Kortus SaddleBrooke Desert Gems United States Tennis Association (USTA) 7.0 Ladies 65 and Over Team won their Southwest Sectionals in Scottsdale Dec. 9 through 11. The six teams represented in the tournament came from El Paso, New Mexico, and Central and Southern Arizona. It was a round-robin format with each team playing five matches. SaddleBrooke Gems won a very tightly contested 7.0 division, winning by a single match court victory en route to their championship. They will move on to the USTA National 65 and Over League Invitational in Surprise, Ariz., Jan. 27 through 29. De ..read more
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January Rotary Club
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by Lynbeth Street
1w ago
Sunrise Rotary at the Tucson Marathon Rotary members (left to right): Garrett Ressing, Maggie de Block, Roger Lindeken, Ron Lenz, Charlie See, Roger Swett, Joyce Wainscott Frank Shipton Members of the SaddleBrooke Sunrise Rotary attended this year’s Tucson Marathon. Not only did the members man one of the water stations along the route, they also participated in the marathon. Thinking about giving back? Do it while having fun. Become a member of our Rotary or find out how you can assist this service-based club. For information, contact Frank Shipton at 805-279-2966. Happy New Year! Frank Shi ..read more
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A Sky Full of Satellites: Implications for Professional and Amateur Astronomers
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by Lynbeth Street
1w ago
Satellite mega-constellations cause bright streaks across astronomical images. (NASA, Amir H. Abolfath) Sam Miller The SaddleBrooke Skygazers Astronomy Club is pleased to host Harry Krantz, a PhD student of astronomy at the University of Arizona Steward Observatory, on Sunday, Feb. 12, at the DesertView Theater, 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive, at 7 p.m. With the creation of new low Earth-orbit satellite constellations, astronomers face a new reality, one with as many as 100,000 bright satellites that can ruin Astro-photographic images, both scientific and aesthetic. While many are concerned with h ..read more
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The Tributaries Are Returning on April 16
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by Lynbeth Street
1w ago
  Barry Swartzberg Last April, the Tributaries rocked the DesertView Theatre, playing to a sold-out auditorium for more than two hours in a benefit concert for the Oracle Schools Foundation. This talented group had an enthusiastic audience dancing in their seats, in the aisles, singing along, tapping their toes, and clapping to the music! The concert ended with an energetic crowd giving the band a well-deserved standing ovation. The band will be playing an all-new concert, consisting of a medley of songs from the many tribute shows they perform, such as Woodstock; the Eagles; Crosby, Stil ..read more
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Hopi Quilting the Focus of February FSL Lecture
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by Lynbeth Street
1w ago
Carolyn O’Bagy Davis, shown visiting the Seri Indian Village in Sonora, Mexico, will be the FSL guest lecturer in February. Nancy McCluskey-Moore On Thursday, Feb. 9, at 4 p.m. in the DesertView Theater, Friends of SaddleBrooke Libraries (FSL) will host the fifth lecture in its 2022-23 series. Carolyn O’Bagy Davis will present “Hopi Quilting: Stitched Traditions from an Ancient Community.” According to Davis, the story of Hopi textiles and the history of quilting on the mesas in Northern Arizona is an amazing tale. For centuries, Hopi men have grown cotton and spun and woven the fibers into ..read more
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A Newcomer’s Perspective on Swim Club
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by Lynbeth Street
1w ago
New members (left to right): Connie Carroll, Lois Byrd, Paige Szajnuk, Mike Schwarz, Lori Lyle (photo by Norb Lyle) Lori A. Lyle “Join the Swim Club!” they said. “It’ll be fun!,” they said—and, boy, were they right! When my daughters (who were competitive swimmers in high school and college) visited last year, the first thing they did was head to the DesertView pool to do some lap swimming. At the pool, they encountered the SaddleBrooke Swim Club conducting their daily practice. Although technically the DesertView pool is reserved for the Swim Club from 7 to 11 a.m., the coach graciously wel ..read more
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Acting Is Fun! Beginning Acting Classes to Be Offered In SaddleBrooke
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by Lynbeth Street
1w ago
Come spice up mid-winter in 2023 and start the new year right! All levels are welcome! Whether you’re a seasoned thespian or just want to try something new, this class is for you! If you’ve ever wanted to learn about acting for the screen or stage, or even just improve your public speaking skills, now is the time. Starting on Jan. 9, come and enjoy five fun-filled evenings of learning, discussing, and, most of all, practicing your acting craft. The teachers are experienced actors and directors, and the format will be light-hearted instruction, exercises, and scene work. It should be a great an ..read more
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A River Runs Under It
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by Lynbeth Street
1w ago
Standing on the ground is Patrick Travers. Standing on the bridge (left to right) are Mark Byl, Jim Vavra, and Jerry Hedberg. Linda Lyon Continually working to improve conditions at the SaddleBrooke Dog Park, the volunteer maintenance crew recently added another project to their long list of completed upgrades. This one addressed a hazard that occurs when water runs through the “wild side” of the park after a heavy rain. The more developed small dog and big dog sides are unaffected, but many members walk their dogs in from the back parking lot and were forced to cross over the running water ..read more
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A Labor of Passion … How a Vision Became a Reality
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by Lynbeth Street
1w ago
Mary Jo Bellner Swartzberg Public art is a reflection of how we see the world—the artist’s response to our time and place combined with our own sense of who we are. It does not take much to have a vision, but having the passion for the vision—well, that is another thing. So, consider the vision that came with The Lizzie Project. It started with a vision of creating public art within the SaddleBrooke community. The vision was initiated by Tom Atkins, Bob De Fraites, and Steve Penner, members of the SaddleBrooke Pottery Club. With that vision in mind, a brainstorming session was held w ..read more
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