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Southern AZ 4th Of July Celebrations

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

4th Of July 2013 In Southern AZIt's that time of the year when our thoughts turn to an outdoor barbeque with family and friends followed by a spectacular firewords display.  If you are still deciding how to spend this 4th of July here's a list of events in and around Green Valley, AZ:

TUCSON, AZ: Kick off the holiday early with the 19th Anniversary Firewords Display at the Casino Del Sol in Tucson, AZ.  Billed as "the largest fireworks display in Tuscon"  this one is sure to dazzle.  Starts at approximately 9 p.m.

On July 4th you may have a tough time choosing among several outstanding venues:

TUBAC, AZ:   Definitely a local area favorite, this old fashioned Independence Day celebration offers something for everyone, young and old alike.   Family fun festivities begin at 4 p.m. at the Tubac Golf Resort & Spa with a Kid's Zone that will feature Southern Arizona's longest inflatable obstacle course.  There will also be face painting, kid’s games, lots of food booths, entertainment and Clydesdale wagon rides.


SAHUARITA, AZ: Join the fun at this backyard BBQ & Fireworks display at the Desert Diamond Casino.  There will be a kids zone and a live concert tribute to Garth Brooks and Faith Hill inside the Diamond Center followed by the fireworks. 


BISBEE, AZ:  Discover a treasured place where times seems to have stopped...Bisbee, AZ.  The big day starts with the world famous Coaster Race (which is a tradition going back more than 100 years!) on Historic Tombstone Canyon.  Stroll through the many one of a kind shopts, watch the annual traditional parade in the Western section of Bisbee and be sure to enjoy the crowd pleasing mining, mucking and hard-rock drilling contest.


TUCSON, AZ:

  • 'A' Mountain Fireworks:  This annual favorite is hosted by the City of Tucson/Pima County.  There are several suggested viewing locations in the downtown area. 

  • Independence Day Country Fair & Pig Roast: Join Tanque Verde Guest Ranch for an old fasioned 4th of July cowboy style.  Enjoy a tantalizing BBQ buffet, country fair games and activities, and live music!

  • Tucson Padres: July 4th Fireworks Spectacular:    And, for those of you who want Baseball with your 4th of July celebration...this one is for you! The Tucson Padres celebrates Independence Day with two nights of games against the Las Vegas 51s, with a party and post-game fireworks at Kino Sports Complex, July 4-5. Next, Saturday, July 6 is Chase Patriotic Shirt Giveaway. Sunday, July 7 is Chase Military Appreciation & Bark in the Park; on this night, all active military members get free admission, and you can bring your dog to the ballpark. Gates open 6:00 PM

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SkyNights At Mt Lemon SkyCenter

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

 

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Here's your chance to get up close and personal with the cosmos in a way you never imagined possible.  SkyNights is a popular after-dark program that takes advantage of the Mt Lemon SkyCenter's unique capabilities to experience the mysteries of the universe above us.  The SkyNights experience is offered nightly throughout the year.  During the 5 hour program that starts late in the afternoon you'll learn about the constellations, observe interesting observe interesting atmospheric phenomena, and view the wonders of the cosmos from a high-quality astronomical site using an outstanding new 32-inch Schulman Telescope…Arizona’s largest dedicated public viewing telescope!

  • This five hour program starts in late afternoon and accomodates approximately 7-25 people.
    But we can also handle and accommodate larger special groups.
  • Group discounts are available.
  • $60 Adults , light dinner included. Weeknights Monday-Wednesday are discounted 20% making a $48 Adult ticket.
  • This program starts at varying times throughout the year based on when the sun sets. (Roughly 3pm Winter, 3-4pm Spring and Fall, 4-5pm Summer)
  • Cancellation Policy: You can reschedule or cancel your ticket without penalty with more than 48 hours notice. Otherwise the full ticket price is non-refundable. Should we cancel the program for any reason you will be given an opportunity to reschedule or receive your money back.

Purchase your ticket today using the on-line ticketing system and take the first step to a memorable night under the stars. 

 

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Celebrate 4th Of July In Tubac, AZ

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

4th Of July 2013 In Tubac AZMake a day of it in historic Tubac, Arizona at an old fashioned Independence Day celebration on July 4, 2013.  Family fun festivities begin at 4 p.m. at the Tubac Golf Resort & Spa with a Kid's Zone that will feature Southern Arizona's longest inflatable obstacle course.  There will also be face painting, kid’s games, lots of food booths, entertainment and Clydesdale wagon rides.  

The annual crowd pleasing fireworks display will begin at 8:45 p.m.  Admission is free and parking $7 per car.  Special VIP tickets include a magnificent buffet dinner, a private bar, live entertainment and VIP parking for $48. For reservations call 520 398-2211.

Perhaps you want to soak up all the Southern AZ has to offer and enjoy a 3-day getaway that allow you to enjoy the 4th of July holiday in style.  The luxurious Wyndham Canoa Ranch is offering an Independence Day Deal that includes 30% off a 3 night stay, free hot buffet breakfast buffet and complimentary transportation to Tubac Resort for 4th of July fireworks.

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Monsoon Season Marches Into Southern AZ

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

Monsoon Season 2013 

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I woke this morning to a welcome sight...puffy clouds barely tinged with telltale signs of dark grey dotting the bright blue and endless skies above me.   A signal that the always much anticipated Monsoon time of the year is arriving. 

Monsoon is an Arabic word that means "season".   Although it is believed that Monsoon is used to describe the arrival of precipitation, it is traditionally defined as a seasonal reversing wind accompanied by corresponding changes in precipitation.  Today, the term is used to describe seasonal changes in atmospheric circulation and precipitation associated with the asymmetric heating of land and sea.

Monsoon Season 2013In a nutshell, when you see the term Monsoon used by the media at this time the year it refers to the rainy phase of a seasonally-changing pattern.  The key word being RAIN, and yes, today there are signs that we may actually have a Monsoon season and soon!

During the summer months in Arizona, the winds shift from west or northwest to a south or southeast direction.  This shift is caused by the combination of the Bermuda high and the intense heat of the desert.  A strong southerly flow  brings in moisture from the Gulfs of California and Mexico.  When the moisture encounters the higher terrain, it is lifted and can form thunderstorms with heavy rainfall, hail and strong gusty winds. 

What it means to the less technical among us (myself included!) is that we will soon have relief from the triple digit heat as the rain cells tend to cool things off.  Unfortunately however, the increased humidity on clear, sunny days can be very hard to handle for those of us who are fans of the "dry heat"!

Keep an eye out for those incredible double rainbows, unique cloud formations, and astounding storm patterns with a downpour in one area while the suns shines just miles away.  If you have a camera close at hand, you are in for some once in a lifetime photos especially if you can capture the lightning that seems to come from every direction at the same time.  It is truly a sight to behold...the power of Mother Nature during an Arizona Monsoon. 

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Mac's Pub & Patio Green Valley AZ

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

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The owner of Mac's Pub & Patio set out to create Cheers, a popular TV sitcom that ran from 1982 to 1993, because he wanted a place where everyone knows your name.  Judging from the full parking lot in front of Chris Macauley's pub, it has definitely become a new local favorite and that's due in part because Chris has never met a stranger, remembers peoples' names and is willing to go that extra mile to keep people coming back.