GVR Safety Orientation Seminar

GVR Safety Orientation Seminar

Great News!  SpotRx is now sponsoring the

GVR Safety Orientation Seminar and SOS Volunteer Programs!

That means we will have a professional videographer recording and editing videos of the monthly seminars so individuals who are unable to attend may view them later, at their convenience, on the internet.  Joyce Finkelstein, who is the Program Manager for the Green Valley Sahuarita Clearinghouse, presented the July seminar, “Volunteering Is Good for Your Health”.  View the seminar below:

For further information about seminars, videos or becoming an SOS Volunteer, please contact Maureen McCarthy at 520-838-0160 or at maureen@gvrec.org.

GVR Tennis Club: May 2019

GVR Tennis Club: May 2019

Green Valley Tennis Runs and Rolls:

Southern Arizona is home to a vibrant and dynamic wheelchair tennis community with many opportunities for players of all levels to play and compete! USTA-SAZ programs includes: drop-in play, clinics, boot camps, the Arizona Open Wheelchair Tournament and the popular Run and Roll games hosted by the U of AZ. This exciting tournament pairs a wheelchair and non-wheelchair player in a doubles match that has everyone on their feet cheering. This April the Green Valley Tennis Club had the pleasure of participated in the end of season Run and Roll at Reffkin Tennis Center in Tucson. Everyone from Green Valley had a special time and look forward to hosting our own Run and Roll Tournament this winter. We appreciate being a part of these programs and want to thank Sue Kroeger Associate Professor of Practice Disability & Psychoeducational Studies College of Education, U. of Arizona.

GVR Tennis Club

GVR Tennis Club

The Green Valley Rec Tennis Club is a great way for our 418+ new and existing members to fully enjoy the beautiful 17 courts spread around the Green Valley area. During the year we have a variety of ways men and women of all levels can play. For those looking to improve your game there is the twice weekly Tennis Clinic that teaches the modern tennis strokes, foot work and strategy through various fast paced drills. For the novice or beginning player there is Quick Start dedicated to the basics to get you started right.

For those looking for a fun way to compete with others around the state, there are the USTA matches, Interclub play and in the winter months, 13 different weekly Drop-In and Leagues for Men, Women and Coed play. We all love a good time so we host social gatherings throughout the year like our Feb Valentine Day Dinner/Dance. On Feb 23rd we hosted the 4th Annual CanAm Games where players from Canada and the US compete for fun, trophies and bragging rights. The Senior Games area always well attended and our annual highlight is the very special Veteran’s Day, ‘Serve with a Vet’ tournament and Day of Remembrance/Recognition to all our vets, with the proceeds going to send some of our Green Valley heroes on the Honor Flights to Washington, DC.

Another aspect of the GVR Tennis Club making an impact is collecting and recycling used tennis balls (13,000 balls recycled in 2018 and hundreds sent to the Youth Tennis Camp at St. Andrews in Nogales, Mexico), tennis shoes and even tennis can tabs (30lbs in 2018) to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. There is nothing like Green Valley Tennis to help you enjoy life.



The GVR Arts and Crafts Association is a group of GVR Creative Art clubs—including quilters, painters, ceramics, artists, jewelry-makers, card-makers, etc.

Our meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month (September through May) and consist of either a speaker or a make and take craft project. Each meeting begins with a short business meeting followed by door prize drawings, refreshments and fellowship. Meetings are held at the Desert Hills Social Center at 1:00 p.m. Dues are $5.00 a year.

Projects include involvement with the LINUS program, the AVIVA program and sponsorship of the Spring Annual Arts & Crafts Festival as well as our summer project each year. Our summer project consists of making holiday napkin rings which are given to residents in nursing homes and care centers in Green Valley.

Visit us on our website: GVRartsandcrafts.com.

GVR Needle-Arts Club

GVR Needle-Arts Club

“Idle Hands are the Devil’s Workshop”. This is the adage that many of our ancestors lived by. When their long day’s work was done, they always had some form of stitching nearby for their “free” time.

For many years, Vicky Mournian and I attended stitching festivals around the country. We always noticed no matter where, we always felt a camaraderie and sense of fellowship whenever we attended these festivals.

A few months ago we were talking about how much we enjoyed these get-togethers and how much we missed them. That’s when we thought about forming a club here in GVR where we could once again have that feeling. And, we quickly found, there are others in our community who feel the same way. Just as in days gone by when neighbors would meet for a “sewing bee” we, too, get together to stitch, tell stories, relax and de-stress and help each other in our needlework endeavors.

We have members who cross-stitch, needlepoint, and embroider as well as those who stitch hardanger, do smocking and weave. We also have those who knit and crochet. We have members who are beginners and we have experienced stitchers who have won awards for their work.

It’s a wonderful form of relaxation and has been proven to be a great form of therapy for those who have suffered stroke and other health issues.

We have over 35 members who are a part of our newly formed GVR club. So if you are a “stitcher” — or you want to try a new needlecraft, please join us at our next meeting. We meet on the 2nd Wednesday and 4th Friday of each month from 2-4pm.

We’d love to meet you — show you what we are all working on — and convince you that you too can be a needleworker!!!

Barb Mauser

For more information, please feel free to contact:

Barb Mauser swbarb@aol.com 520-393-3659
Vicky Mournian. vicky@themournians.com 520-269-7587

Nutritious Nuts for a Healthy Community

Nutritious Nuts for a Healthy Community

The only tree nut native to North America, the pecan is as naturally wholesome as it is delicious. Good thing there’s a plentiful supply of pecans in Green Valley!

In fact, Green Valley Pecan Company boasts a rich history not only in harvesting this nutrient-rich nut, but also in cultivating a healthy, active community.

The Orchard Series—three races and fun runs that takes runners through Green Valley Pecan Company’s iconic orchards—has become a staple in the region, offering participants of all ages the opportunity to be active in a unique setting.


Green Valley Pecan Company works with Tagg Running Events to host the series; which benefits local non-profit organizations and student groups:

  • The first race for 2019, known as the Nut Run, is scheduled for April 27.
  • Breeze in the Trees is the second race and is scheduled for July 27.
  • The series ends with the Pecan Classic at the Sahuarita Pecan Festival on Nov. 9.


Green Valley Pecan Company can also be found at local health fairs, including the annual Incredible Age Expo, held at the nearby Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment in Sahuarita. Green Valley Pecan Company also supports many local sports teams and art groups, such as youth soccer, baseball, football, swimming, golf, dance, and music.

Stop by the Green Valley Pecan Company’s booth at these events and you’ll learn two things: First, never leave without asking for a free pecan sample. Second, a diet rich in pecans is good for you!

Here are some reasons you should love eating pecans:

  • Pecans protect your mind! Studies have shown that the high levels of vitamin E—a natural antioxidant found in pecans—may help fight against diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
  • Pecans lower your cholesterol and contribute to heart health! Evidence suggests that incorporating pecans into a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of death disease.
  • Pecans help control your weight! Pecans may aid in weight loss and maintenance, according to research.
  • Pecans have a lot of nutrients! Containing more than 19 vitamins and minerals—including vitamin A, vitamin E, folic acid, and calcium—pecans are nutrient-dense. They’re also a high-quality source of protein!

For recipes using Green Valley Pecans, visit their Pinterest page or try out one of these recipes from American Pecans.

For more information on Green Valley Pecan Company, pecan products and nutritional information, and the community fun runs through the pecan orchard, please visit www.PecanStore.com, www.greenvalleypecan.com, or www.sahuaritapecanfestival.com.

For updates, recipes, and other pecan-related information, follow Green Valley Pecan Company on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest.

A Progressive Food Heritage and History Tour

A Progressive Food Heritage and History Tour

The Presidio District Experience

Celebrating Tucson’s UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation, the tour includes stops at four locations in the historic Presidio District of Downtown Tucson.  Participants experience Tucson’s complex food heritage and the fusion of Old and New World ingredients while hearing great stories of Tucson’s history in some of it’s more historic locations.

Beginning at the Presidio Museum, participants learn about Tucson’s origins and the food fusions that occurred when the Spanish and Tohono O’Odham were first learning from each other.

The tour includes El Charro, where participants enjoy some of their most popular menu items and a margarita.  While sitting in their flagship restaurant, tour participants will learn the rich history of the Flores family from members of the family and hear stories such as how the chimichanga was created.

The next stop is La Cocina Restaurant/Old Town Artisans, located in the longest-inhabited block in Arizona.  Participants will enjoy an appetizer portion of menu items made with both Old and New World ingredients while they are told stories about the residents and businesses the building has hosted in the past.  In addition, participants enjoy Three Wells Distillery’s Silver and Copper spirits made from prickly pear fruits.

The final stop on the tour is Café a la C’art, housed in the historic Fish-Stevens home at the Tucson Museum of Art.  Here, participants will enjoy a one of their many famous desserts made with historic regional ingredients and learn about the Fish and Stevens families that inhabited the home.

The tour runs from 12:30-4:30 pm on the following dates:

January 17
January 23
April 11
April 18

The cost is $75/person or $65 for Presidio Museum members.  Pre-registration is required at www.TucsonPresidio.com.

Green Valley Recreation Computer Club

Green Valley Recreation Computer Club

The Green Valley Recreation Computer Club provides exchange of information, classes, tech support, one-to-one assistance, and on-site equipment to those members of Green Valley Recreation, Inc. who share an interest in PC and Mac computers, tablets, smartphones, and Microsoft, Linux, and Apple software.

Yearly membership is only $25.00/individual or $35.00/family. Please visit our website at ccgvaz.org and follow us on Facebook at GVR Computer Club or by clicking HERE –  and Twitter – @GvrClub.

Click HERE to take a look at our video and catch our excitement!

Park-to-Park Hike along the Anza Trail

Park-to-Park Hike along the Anza Trail

Tumacácori National Historical Park News Release

To recognize and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the National Trails Act, Tumacácori National Historical Park will offer hikers the opportunity to walk the four-mile stretch of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail between Tumacácori and Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, catching a free ride back to their starting point. Hikers can begin at either end of the trail. Between 8:00 a.m. and noon on Sunday, October 7 the park will provide a continuously running shuttle between the trailheads.

In his 1965 “Natural Beauty Message” to Congress, President Lyndon B. Johnson inspired a national “system of trails” for the American people. Congress passed the National Trails System Act, signed into law by President Johnson, on October 2, 1968. Today, the National Trails System includes 11 National Scenic Trails and 19 National Historic Trails authorized by Congress, and more than 1,200 National Recreation Trails (including 21 National Water Trails). Preservation and development of Rail Trails is also fostered in this act. These trails provide outdoor recreation opportunities, promote resource preservation and public access, and encourage the appreciation of the great outdoors and America’s history and cultural diversity.

The Anza Trail, part of this National Trail System, stretches from the Mexican border in Nogales to San Francisco, California, commemorating the founding in 1776 of that city by Tubac Captain Juan Bautista de Anza and a group of settlers from what is now Sonora, Mexico. You will be following the first walkable portion of the national trail created in 1990, the stretch between Tumacácori and Tubac. The Tubac Presidio, the site of the first European settlement in Arizona and the first Spanish fort in the Santa Cruz Valley, was also the first park in the Arizona State Park system. Tumacácori, the first mission established in 1691 by Jesuit missionary Father Eusebio Francisco Kino in what is now Arizona, was also among the first park sites established by President Theodore Roosevelt as a National Monument, in 1908.

The four mile stretch of Anza Trail is mostly level and shady. Wear good walking shoes, dress for the weather, and carry water and snacks.

For more information on the hike or other park events and activities, call Tumacácori National Historical Park at 520-377-5060, or visit the park website, at www.nps.gov/tuma. For more about the Trails50 movement and how you can tell your story, visit www.trails50.org



About the National Park Service – More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 417 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities.  Learn more at www.nps.gov.