Picture Rocks Pride

Volume 8, Number 11 November, 2010

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. C4PR meets on the third Tuesday of the month. The next meeting is November 16 at 7:00 p.m. at the Picture Rocks Community Center, 5615 N. Sanders Road. Meetings are free and open to the public. Membership is not required, but strongly encouraged. Annual membership dues are $25/family or $20/individual.


Tuesday, November 16, 7:00 p.m.
Picture Rocks Community Center
5615 N. Sanders Rd.

On the agenda:
Ruth Grant of Wheeler Taft Abbett Library,
Chief Brett Lane of Picture Rocks Fire District,
C4PR Board election, postponed from October.

Free and open to the public.


Wednesday, Nov. 17, 7:00 p.m.
Picture Rocks Intermediate School Cafeteria

All customers and members are invited to attend.
Learn about the Co-op's plans and accomplishments.
Register to win great door prizes.
Refreshments will be served.
Child care will be available.


On Saturday, Nov. 20, volunteers (over age 14) are needed to help pick up litter on three stretches of "adopted" roads, including parts of Rudasill, Sandario and Picture Rocks roads. Tools, safety vests and lunch will be provided. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at Picture Rocks Community Center, 5615 N. Sanders Road. For more information, contact Cleanup Coordinators Chris Banks (682-7229) or Jan Pekelder (682-7122).



The annual Picture Rocks Community Center Thanksgiving Luncheon will be served on Wednesday, Nov. 24, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Free and open to all. For more information, or to volunteer assistance, call 682-7166.


Picture Rocks Hair Care, 11850 W. Picture Rocks Road, will host a Holiday Crafts Bazaar on Sunday, Nov. 28, starting at 10:00 a.m. Spaces are free for local craftspeople. For more information or to reserve a space, call Janet at 682-8021.


Picture Rocks Fire District is collecting new toys for Christmas distribution to local families. Donations, including cash, can be dropped off at the fire station at 7341 N. Sandario Road. Also, PRFD has free gun locks and will perform car seat safety checks, both available on request at the station.


Picture Rocks Pride T-shirts will be available at the November 16 C4PR meeting for a donation of $5 each. Donations will be used to buy lunch for Adopt-a-Roadway volunteers. "Beefy" tees are gray with black logo, sizes large and extra-large only. Great holiday gifts!

in Picture Rocks
East off Sandario at
11205 W. Ina Road
Open Tue-Sun. 8am-5pm


Neighbors decorated vehicle trunks for Halloween tricksters at Picture Rocks Community Center Oct. 29
One of the hundreds of butterflies, pixies, witches, monsters, zombies and space cadets at Trunk O' Treats
The Praise Center Assembly of God's Fall Festival fell on Halloween this year, so Picture Rocks kids got to trick or treat twice
The Fall Festival featured games and rides as well as food and other festivities


The Tucson-Pima Arts Council (TPAC) sponsors Open Studio tours throughout the Tucson area each year, this year on November 13 and 14, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

It's a chance to see how artists work, their workspace, and the art that they produce, some of which is available for purchase just in time for the holidays. Several artists working in the Picture Rocks area have participated in the past, and this year they are joined by two more.

Kaitlin Mara Meadows is opening her studio to the public for the first time. Her work includes mixed- media collages, paintings, clay, and paper works, including altered books.

Meadows is a retired hospice nurse, a past president of Citizens for Picture Rocks, a former member of the Tucson-Pima Women's Commission, and an accomplished poet, as well as an artist. She is a member of Paperworks and her art is shown regularly at Tucson's WomanKraft Gallery, where she also teaches art classes. Kaitlin's Manic Expressive Arts Studio is at 13141 W. Camino de Conejo.

Left: "The Last Sunset on Earth" by Kaitlin Mara Meadows

Right: "Spirit" by Wilberta Moulthrop

Wilberta Moulthrop came to Picture Rocks from the Southern California desert with her love of horses intact and expressed in her paintings. She was a member of the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council, Art Springs Cultural Commission and the Desert Arts Center.

Moulthrop's work has been shown extensively in California, and has included several one-woman shows. She also helped teach art in Desert Hot Springs. She is a current member of the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, Woman-Kraft and Renaissance Women's Arts. Her Wilberta Fine Arts Studio is at 7585 N. Shaggy Tree Lane. This is her first Open Studio.

Other open studios include:

Alexandria Wilson's Backpack Studio
7976. W. Star Catcher Drive

Candace Greenburg's Solarium Studio and Gallery
12255 W. Sunset Road

Ron Schoonejongen's Desert Sunset Gallery
4250 N. Old Ranch Road

Sherry Bryant's Studio
5535 N. Lak-A-Yucca Road

For a full listing of artists, including maps and contact information, go to the TPAC website. Click on "View 2010 Fall OST Artist Directory," then click on "Artist Studio-Images-Maps." Listings are alphabetical by first name.


(First of a series spotlighting local businesses)

When Janet Meyers and her new husband Eugene opened Picture Rocks Hair Care behind the Wagon Wheel 23 years ago, Janet put up nice, professionally-made signs inviting people to her nice new building. Not many people came, and Janet wondered why. So she stood out at the intersection of Picture Rocks and Sandario roads and asked people as they stopped at the stop sign. They told her that the signs and the building were too nice and they were afraid her prices would be too high. She changed to hand-made signs to spread the word and spent the next five years building the business.

Janet came to Picture Rocks from Chicago 25 years ago. Two of her three children graduated from Marana High School. Janet is a licensed barber and cosmetologist, and just passed her test to be an Instructor. With her new operator, Elaine, she cuts hair for men, women and children.

Customer Norman Robinson gets a trim from
Janet Meyers at Picture Rocks Hair Care

Her full-service shop offers perms, pedicures, manicures, highlights, color, frosts, shampoos, trims, waxing, shaves, etc. About the only thing she doesn't do is acrylic nails. Her prices are cheaper than many of the major chains and Janet says with pride that she does a "much better job!" A man's haircut costs $14, with a $1 discount for seniors; kids are $10. Other prices are posted in the shop.

Janet thinks Picture Rocks was more of a community when she first arrived than it is now, but instead of just complaining, she is doing something about it. She will host a Holiday Crafts Bazaar at the shop on Nov. 28, 10:00 a.m., with free spaces for local craftspeople. To reserve a space, call 682-8021, and bring your own table. It's a way to "get to know your neighbors," she said.

Picture Rocks Hair Care is located at 11850 W. Picture Rocks Road. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Closed Sunday through Tuesday.


Before the November elections, people in Picture Rocks had an opportunity to see the candidates up-close and personal at the Citizens for Picture Rocks Candidates Forum on Oct. 19. Incumbents and hopefuls for State Legislative District 25 (all from Cochise County) and the Marana Unified School District Governing Board spoke to more than 60 people at the Community Center, answering questions submitted by the community. Former State Representative Jennifer Burns moderated.

More than 60 people turned out for the Oct. 19 C4PR meeting to hear candidates for the Arizona State Legislature and the Marana Unified School District Governing Board
MUSD candidates (left to right) John Lewandowski, Graham Glauser, Tom Carlson and Dean Spencer. Eric Brandiff was ill and could not attend. Former Dist. 25 Representative Jennifer Burns moderated
C4PR President Pam Moseley introduced candidates for Dist. 25 state office (left to right) State Senator Manny Alvarez and his opponent, Republican Gail Griffin; House candidates Peggy Judd, and Ruben Ortega, and Representative Patricia Fleming. Representative David Stevens did not attend.


Autumn in the Sonoran Desert... Desert brooms release clouds of snowy seeds into the air. Phainopeplas fly back from their summer vacation, the glossy black males arriving ahead of the gray females. Anna's hummingbirds dart about, defining their winter territory. Reptiles and small mammals start thinking about hibernation.

Large mesquite buck moths flit around. Off-season rain has plants confused. As the desert gentles and autumn has finally taken hold, it's a good time to keep our feet connected to the earth, to slow down and see things we might not have noticed before.

Try a gentle "neighborhood" hike in Saguaro National Park, maybe up Kings Canyon, across from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. One way to do this is to go up the wash to the picnic area and adjacent ancient Huhugam petroglyphs, returning on the trail, which used to be the road to the Mile Wide Mine. It's about a mile round-trip, with a little bit of scrambling.

For a flat walk, try the Cactus Wren Trail, starting at the corner of Sandario and Rudasill Roads. It leads up to the Signal Hill petroglyphs a mile away.

Or visit the ruins of the 1930's Civilian Conservation Corps' Camp Pima, just south of Rudasill Road. An entry stile is on Sanders and it's a 0.4-mile stroll each way. There is no formal trail yet. Walk parallel to the road and look for the foundations and walls. Check out the nearby circle of saguaro cacti. Remember always to take water and to drink it, and to wear a hat. Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints.


Check out all the community events happening in Picture Rocks on the Citizens for Picture Rocks online calendar. If you have events to be listed, please email them to Albie Johnson at albiecjohnson@gmail.com.

The Picture Rocks Digest is written by Albert Lannon (email: bluemoon@dakotacom.net; phone: 622-3561).
Karen J. Zopf does the editing, and Malcolm Schmerl puts it on the web.