Vol. 5, No.4                                                                   May 2007
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Welcome to the Picture Rocks Digest, a free newsletter about issues and events in the community. The print version of this all-volunteer publication is distributed at area businesses and community sites. The electronic version is available online and via email. If you have calendar events or news items, or if you would like to be added to our email list, please contact us at PictureRocksDigest@comcast.net.

The Picture Rocks Digest is a publication of Citizens for Picture Rocks, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c) (4) civic organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in the community. Citizens for Picture Rocks meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Picture Rocks Community Center, 5615 N. Sanders Road. Meetings are free and open to the public. The next meeting is May 15, 2007.  Everyone is welcome to attend — membership not required, but highly recommended!


Volunteers will meet at Picture Rocks Community Center at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, for our twice-yearly roadway cleanups, now in their third year. Tools are provided from a PRO Neighborhoods grant, Pima County provides safety vests and trash bags, and the Minit Market Subway provides lunch for volunteers at a generous discount. For more information call Co-coordinators Jan Pekelder (682- 7122) or Albert Lannon (622-3561).


Don’t forget to cast your ballot in the Marana Unified School District budget override election on Tuesday, May 15. Polling places may be different from those in the general election, so to find your location, click here, or call 740-4260.


Regular Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, May 15, 7:00 p.m.

Picture Rocks Community Center
5615 N. Sanders Road
Free and open to all area residents

Featured Guest: Cheryl Brown, Victim Advocate
Victim Witness Program
Pima County Attorney’s Office
Last month, the Picture Rocks Digest published a list of legal rights that crime victims have.
Lean more about those rights and how to use them effectively.
Crime victims need never feel alone!

Next Month’s Meeting, June 19

Tentatively scheduled: Picture Rocks Fire Department staff
will discuss family emergency preparedness
as we move into a drought-fueled fire season.


Dedication Ceremonies on May 19

Picture Rocks residents are invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication
of the new Picture Rocks Community Pool on Saturday, May 19, at 9 a.m. 
Following the ceremonies, the pool will be opened for free swimming until noon,
so bring your bathing suits!

Entrance to Picture Rocks Pool

Through the colorful entrance to the new Picture Rocks Community Pool
you’ll find a rambling 4-foot deep pool surrounded by a splash pad for water toys,
shade cabanas, and a picnic area with shade trees and whimsical sculptures.

The Picture Rocks Community Pool will be open to the public beginning
Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 26. 

Hours are:
Community Mondays-Thursdays, 1-6 p.m., for Open Recreational Swims
Saturdays and Sundays 1-4  p.m., for Family Swimming
(All Pima County pools are closed on Fridays.)
There is ongoing discussion about having "adults only" swim time several mornings a week.


50 cents for swimmers age 17 and under
$1.50 for those 18 and over
$1.00 per family on weekends.
Swimming lessons will be offered at a cost of $20.00 for a 2-week session.
The pool was funded by Pima County bonds approved in 2004
with the support of Citizens for Picture Rocks and Dist. 3 Supervisor Sharon Bronson.

Saturday, May 19, 6 - 8 p.m. $5
Picture Rocks Community Center
5615 N. Sanders Road
La Comida: Tacos, Green Chili Enchiladas,
Rice & Beans, Tea & Lemonade,
La Musica: Mariachis & Folklorico Dancers


Working with a grant from PRO Neighborhoods and a lot of volunteer help, a Get Connected Picture Rocks Guide to Services and Businesses is expected to be published and available by the May 15 Citizens for Picture Rocks meeting. The guide is free.

As part of the same project, Webmaster Malcolm Schmerl has created our new website. Check it out at www.citizensforpicturerocks.org and visit often for the latest community news and information.


With an emphasis on youth programs, the Citizens for Picture Rocks Coordinating Committee is urging Pima County to include a skate park, BMX bike track, equestrian staging area, and a second multi-use ball field (with lights) in Picture Rocks Park as part of a proposed Pima County bond measure to be on the ballot in 2008.

Also sought are expansion of the community center, a library and a building that could be leased to the Postal Service for a local post office. CPR Secretary Kaitlin Meadows is carrying the wishes of the community to a series of County meetings that will decide on final projects.


Speaking to the April 17 Citizens for Picture Rocks meeting, Trico Electric representative Mimi Villafane outlined several of the cooperative's programs that might benefit residents. 

Energy Savings: A special meter can be installed free upon request which would measure use during peak and off-peak hours, with lower rates for off-peak use.

Solar Energy: Although Trico itself does not use solar energy at its headquarters, it has a SUNWATCH program offering rebates. Combined with federal and state incentives, the average $20,000 cost for solarizing a home can be reduced to about $8,000.

Trees: Each year Trico customers can order up to three young trees at $11 each, with a $5 per tree rebate on your bill if you attend a tree planting class. Tree choices generally include mesquite, elderica pine, willow, and live oak. Watch the Trico newsletter for ordering dates.

Operation Roundup: Customers can have their bills rounded up to the dollar and the money will be used for community projects.

Contact Trico at 682-8024 for information on any of these programs, or visit them online.


Dist. 3 Pima County Supervisor Sharon Bronson honored two Citizens for Picture Rocks officers for their community volunteer work at the annual State of the County luncheon held at the Tucson Convention Center on May 4.  The theme of this year’s meeting, hosted by Greater Tucson Leadership, was “Sustaining a Livable Community."

Greg Mattison, Vice President (and founding President) of Citizens for Picture Rocks, and Karen Zopf, Treasurer and past Secretary (and Picture Rocks Digest founding editor) each received a Pima County Partners in Community Commitment Award.

Awards Ceremony

Supervisor Sharon Bronson (right) presented Pima County
Partners in Community Commitment Awards
to CPR officers Greg Mattison and Karen Zopf
at the annual State of County luncheon on May 4

Writing in her District 3 Digest, Supervisor Bronson said the two helped to ... "find ways to improve the quality of life in their communities. In recent years the residents of Picture Rocks have worked closely with Pima County to make positive changes in their community. The progress that Picture Rocks has made, without losing its small-town charm, is a great testament to the power of partnerships."


May 18, 1 - 4:50 p.m.: Science Symposium. Ten researchers will report on park studies involving bats, desert tortoises, bobcats and mountain lions, buffelgrass, saguaros, and more.  Refreshments will be served.

May 18 & May 25, 6 p.m.: Twilight Hike. Easy hike on flat terrain, about two miles and two hours long. Limited space; advance reservations required.

May 19, 3 p.m.: Skunks of the Park.  Learn about the four different species found in southeastern Arizona from UA grad student Mags Rheude.

For reservations and information about these and other programs at the Red Hills Visitors Center located at 2700 N. Kinney Road, call 733-5158.


We'll miss you. For the last several years The Monument News has carried news about Picture Rocks in its free monthly newspaper. The owners have now made a business decision to convert to Marana Weekly News and will no longer be carrying stories about our community. Citizens for Picture Rocks and the Picture Rocks Digest want to express our appreciation for the coverage and support we've enjoyed, and we wish the new venture every success.

The Picture Rocks Digest is compiled and written by Albert V. Lannon
(email: bluemoon@dakotacom.net; phone 622-3561)
with formatting and miscellaneous alterations by Karen J. Zopf (email: PictureRocksDigest@comcast.net)
and print copy distribution by Jim Pethe.