Arizona Events This Week

There are plenty of wonderful events going on this week in the our fair state.

Grand Canyon Celebration of ArtThe Celebration of Art is in full swing at the Grand Canyon. Visit with plein air artists as they paint on the rim and in the canyon at Phantom Ranch, attend artist demonstrations in locations on the rim and in the canyon, and don’t miss the Saturday Grand Opening Reception and Art Sale at the Kolb Studio on the South Rim.

Events going on all week throughout the park. More details here.




A Place at the TableIf you want to learn more about food justice, don’t miss the free screening of “A Place at the Table,” part of the Community Food Bank‘s national conference, Closing the Hunger Gap.

The film takes an eye-opening look at hunger and obesity in America, and tells the story of how we had these problems mostly solved before things took a turn for the worse in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Arizona suffers from the highest childhood rate of food insecurity in the country (29 percent) and national childhood obesity rates have tripled over the last 30 years, such that in 2010 more than 33 percent of children and adolescents were considered overweight or obese.

7:00 pm, September 18, University Marriot. For more information, visit the web site.

Borderlands Heritage Food TourFor a delicious day spent exploring the many influences on Southwestern cuisine, don’t miss the Heritage Foods of The Borderlands field day this Saturday.The journey begins in Tucson at the San Agustin Mission Garden, follows the Santa Cruz River south (upstream) toward the border, visiting the San Xavier Coop Farm, Santa Cruz Chili and Spice Company, and Avalon Gardens along the way. The tour then heads to Patagonia and the Native Seed/SEARCH Conservation Farm, and ends at the Overland Trout Restaurant in Sonoita.

Learn more about heritage foods such as the mission grape, mission fig, quince, sweet lime, pomegranate, tepary bean, Pima lima bean, and white Sonoran wheat, among others. Explore cultivation, agricultural geographies, flavor and recipes, and heritage foods conservation.

I did this tour in August, and it was a wonderful day of learning, meeting new people, and eating incredible food! You shouldn’t miss it.

Hosted by the University of Arizona, Pima County, Tucson Meet Yourself, the Southwest Center, Native Seed/SEARCH, Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace, and the Santa Cruz County Heritage Alliance.

Saturday, September 21. Instructor: Rafael de Grenade, or 928-899-7815.

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