Picture Rocks Pride

Volume 6, Number 5 May, 2008

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. 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 20, 2008. Everyone is welcome to attend. Membership not required, but highly recommended!


The second-ever Picture Rocks Community Fair, co-sponsored by Citizens for Picture Rocks and the Picture Rocks Community Center, was held at the Center on Saturday, May 3. Hundreds of neighbors came, with about as many children as adults. There were hot dogs and baked goods, free ice cream courtesy of Schwann's Home Food Delivery, games and prizes for the kids hosted by the Girl Scouts, a quilt show and an art show by PRCC quilters and artists, music by the talented folks from Hummin' 'n' Strummin', a "white elephant" sale, and a gopher snake, two desert tortoises and a tarantula provided by Saguaro National Park.

gopher snake The critters displayed by Saguaro National Park staff were a big hit with all ages. Mary Williams, left, holds a gopher snake, and kids have a chance to pet a baby desert tortoise. desert tortise

Informational tables featured Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, the Pima Council on Aging, American Red Cross, Sheriff's Auxiliary Volunteers, Picture Rocks Fire Dept., Pima County Dept. of Environmental Quality, the new Wheeler Taft Abbett Library, Friends of the Jaguar , Workplace Meditation, and Citizens for Picture Rocks. Dist. 3 Supervisor Sharon Bronson was on hand, along with State Rep. Jennifer Burns (who is not running for re-election), and candidate Ric Boyer, who would like one of the two District 25 seats. Sherry West and Diane Mattison won free paintings in the art club's raffle. Jamie Kisthardt expertly coordinated dozens of volunteers. Donations exceeded expenses, and a good time, as they say, was had by all.


The formal presentation to the Neighborhood Reinvestment Oversight Committee for a BMX bike-skate park and security cameras in Picture Rocks Park is scheduled for May 30. C4PR President Greg Mattison and Board Member Tom Allen, along with young bikers and skaters, will address the group about the project. C4PR Treasurer Karen Zopf compiled the proposal, which includes more than 600 petition signatures and letters of support from various segments of the community. The proposal grows out of Dist. 3 Supervisor Sharon Bronson┬’s commitment to a project in Picture Rocks to be funded with 2004 bond money. The community agreed that activities for area youth would be the priority.

skate boarder BMX bikers and skaters like Picture Rocks Intermediate student Matt Jones currently have no safe and legal public space to practice their sports in Picture Rocks.

Regular Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Picture Rocks Community Center
5615 N. Sanders Road

Guests: Karol Davis, Ortiz Health Center,
& the new owner of Desert Dwellers Disposal.

Iced tea social time starts at 6:30 p.m.
Meeting starts at 7:00 p.m.
Meetings are free and open to all neighbors.