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February 27th, 2012 by Betty Ross

TUCSON – The sixth annual Fiesta de Saguaro is set for Saturday, March 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event will be held at the park’s Rincon Mountain Visitor Center, located at 3693 South Old Spanish Trail. The Fiesta celebrates the rich Hispanic history and culture of the park and local area, with a variety of activities, lectures, demonstrations and performances.

This family-oriented event is free to the public, and includes free entrance to Saguaro National Park’s Rincon Mountain District (Saguaro East).

Throughout the day there will be ongoing activities, including children’s arts and crafts, special videos and craft demonstrators. Taquería Pico de Gallo and Los Eloteros will be on site offering traditional Mexican food for purchase.

Due to limited parking at the Rincon Mountain Visitor Center, the park will operate a free, continuous shuttle service from Sahuaro Baptist Church, located at 10361 East Old Spanish Trail (at Houghton Road). The shuttle service will run from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

The guests at Desert Dove are enjoying the activities the park has to offer.

Saguaro National Park East

February 27th, 2012 by Betty Ross

Saguaro National Park East  Walking distance from Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast.

Whether you spend an hour or a day in the Saguaro National Park you cannot see it all. There are many trails, some you can enter outside of the main entrance on Old Spanish trail.  There are trail-heads along Freeman at Broadway and Speedway.

Some wild flowers are in bloom already with the hope of many more in the next few weeks.

Where our past lies underfoot

Saguaro National Park east of Tucson might look like a pristine preserve today – but it was once the turf of cowboys and kiln workers.
Relics of that workaday past remain in clear view along a new network of trails in the park. The trails take hikers and horseback riders past a lime kiln made of stone, a line camp site and windmill once used by cowboys, and other reminders of bygone days.

Read more about the past history on the area.

Doug Kreutz Arizona Daily Star

Tucson Botanical Gardens

February 22nd, 2012 by Betty Ross

Tucson Botanical Gardens presents Barbara Smith: Landforms and Lepidoptera – March 1 to April 8

Tucson painter Barbara Smith knows what she loves – and what she loves is what she paints… color, is evident – through richly imbued oils and watercolors – blues and oranges that will forever change your impression of the high chaparral of the Sonoran Desert and the creatures that reside within its range.

Join the Gardens for a public reception on Friday, March 9 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Garden admission | 8:30 – 4:30 daily | Adults $8 | Children 4-12, $4 | Children 3 and younger and Gardens’ members free |

So many wonderful things to see and do in Tucson, while staying at Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast!

Don’t you just love this great weather!

PGA Tournament

February 21st, 2012 by Betty Ross

The guests at Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast are enjoying the great weather and taking is some of the PGA events.

February 20 – 26, 2012

The Tucson Open is a venerable event that started in 1945 and is the ninth oldest tournament on the PGA tour.

MARANA, Ariz. – Tournament officials today announced a variety of initiatives to honor the U.S. Armed Forces during the 2012 World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, held February 20-26 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz. This year’s activities will once again be part of Birdies for the Brave, a military outreach initiative proudly supported by the PGA TOUR. Outreach includes a Military Appreciation Day; free admission to the tournament for all active, retired and Reserve military personnel and their dependents; discounted tickets for veterans; and a Birdies for the Brave Patriots’ Outpost proudly supported by Tucson Appliance Company, O’Rielly Chevrolet and Pepsi.
As is the policy at many PGA TOUR events, the Accenture Match Play Championship is proud to continue the tradition of offering complimentary admission for active duty, retired and Reserve military personnel and their dependents with valid IDs (Monday-Sunday). Free tickets can be downloaded by visiting www.birdiesfothebrave.org and following the link for “Ticketing.” A valid CAC or Military ID must be presented with the ticket at the gate in order to gain entry to Accenture Match Play Championship.

New this year, veterans may purchase discounted tickets through the Veterans Advantage program for just $20. Information can also be found at www.birdiesforthebrave.org and clicking on Ticketing or www.worldgolfchampionships.com and click on Tickets.

In addition, the Accenture Match Play Championship is hosting Military Appreciation Day on Friday, February 24. The day will include a ceremony at 10:15 a.m. between the clubhouse and practice facility featuring a color guard, the National Anthem and a flyover by US Navy VFA-86 based out of NAS Lemoore.

Throughout the week, military will be welcomed into the Birdies for the Brave Patriots’ Outpost proudly supported by Tucson Appliance Company, O’Rielly Chevrolet and Pepsi. The structure, which is open Wednesday through Sunday to all military and their families, is located between the 14th tee box and 17th green and will offer military members free refreshments and a place to relax during the tournament. Food is provided by Chick-fil-A, Hooters, Boston’s, Nature Valley, Jelly Belly and Blue Bell Ice Cream; and beverages are provided by Pepsi.

The Accenture Match Play Championship, which is the first in a series of four World Golf Championships events in 2012, has been played in the Tucson area since 2007 and at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain since 2009.

New to the Accenture Match Play Championship this year is “Follow the Leaders,” a program that gives fans an opportunity to fall in behind the Championship Match and follow the players down each fairway until the 2012 champion is decided. “Follow the Leaders” will give fans the unique chance to experience the crowd, walk the fairways and view the greens from a player’s perspective. All Sunday ticket holders will be invited to “Follow the Leaders” at the Accenture Match Play Championship, the only official match-play event on the PGA TOUR schedule. Non-military fans interested in purchasing tickets can visit www.worldgolfchampionships.com or call the Tucson Conquistadores office at 520-571-0400.

About Accenture
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 244,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. The company generated net revenues of US$25.5 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2011. Its home page is www.accenture.com.

About the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship
The Accenture Match Play Championship is the first of four World Golf Championships events in 2012 sanctioned and organized by the International Federation of PGA Tours. The other World Golf Championships include the Cadillac Championship (Doral, Fla.), the Bridgestone Invitational (Akron, Ohio) and the HSBC Champions (Shanghai, China). The Accenture Match Play Championship is broadcast to approximately 580 million households in 224 countries and territories in 29 languages. Proceeds from the Accenture Match Play Championship primarily benefit The Tucson Conquistadores youth charities, including The First Tee of Tucson, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA and Pima County Special Olympics. Since the Accenture Match Play Championship moved to Tucson in 2007, more than $7.5 million has been raised for area charities as a result of the tournament, including $1.348 million from the 2011 event.

About Birdies for the Brave
A PGA TOUR Charities, Inc. program, Birdies for the Brave is the PGA TOUR’s primary vehicle for supporting the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Since 2005, the TOUR has joined with PGA TOUR players and corporate partners to raise millions of dollars for military homefront groups that directly serve military men and women lost or seriously injured in performance of their duty as well as active duty military, through fundraising events at TPC clubs nationwide. Birdies for the Brave was originally created by TOUR player Phil Mickelson and his wife, Amy, to support troops injured during combat. For each birdie or eagle made by Phil throughout the season, a contribution of $100 for a birdie or $500 for an eagle is made to Homes For Our Troops and Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

The information gathered for this blog came from Tucson Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau



El Bailar Azteca

February 20th, 2012 by Betty Ross

Tolteca Tlacuilo and La Cocina Restaurant at Old Town Artisans
Event Name: El Bailar Azteca by the Nauhi Ollin Aztec Dancers.
Date: Saturday February 25th & Sunday February 26th, 2012

Times: Saturday: 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM – SUNDAY: 12:00 PM & 2:00 PM
Location: Old Town Artisans courtyard 201 N. Court.

Cost: Free Admission
Event Description: Luis Salinas and family have traveled across the United States and Mexico sharing the dance performances and history of his native people. He was born in Mexico City where his Father taught him the traditional Aztec dances that were handed down to him from his Father .Luis performs these dances with the same pride and passion as did his ancestors hundreds of years ago. Each dance tells a different story.
Luis is keeping this ancient tradition alive in the performances.
Also on Saturday: Tom Short Tucson Musician performing and selling his CD’s.
Sunday: Mrs. Lana Rebel and Kevin Michael Mayfield Tucson Musicians performing
Americana Music and selling their CD’s.

For more information call: Eddie Gallego
( 520 )-623-5787

Tucson Dining

February 18th, 2012 by Betty Ross

Trail Dust Town …. Authentic Western Fun!

Pinnacle Peak  Home of the famous cowboy steak.

Pinnacle Peak has been a family tradition in the Arizona Territory for over 40 years, but remember, No Ties Allowed!


If steak is not your thing, the Dakota Cafe  offers an eclectic fine dining menu in a casual environment. Dine-in or dine alfresco on the patio.


Browse the shops and galleries, have your picture taken in an old time photo studio.

Stop by the General store for some fun and one of a kind gifts.

Enjoy the Stunt Shows.

Trail Dust Railroad will take you for a ride around the perimeter of the Trail Dust Town …. the  kids will love it.


Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

February 17th, 2012 by Betty Ross

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum celebrates 60 years and new exhibits.

Desert Museum News

In the Sonoran Desert, February is the month when many raptor species begin the courtship and territorial displays that precede nest–building. On warm days, the hawks in the Raptor Free Flight program use the rising air currents to soar hundreds of feet above the desert floor, announcing their presence other avian predators in the vicinity. Catch the raptor Free Flight at 10:00 and 2:00 daily, now through April 15th!

Many of our guests at  Desert Dove Bed and Breakfast in Tucson visit the Desert Museum. It is truly a wonderful place to spend time enjoying the outdoors and getting to know the desert and it’s wildlife, flora and fauna. The Desert Museum is one of the most beautiful places in Tucson. Stay the day and see the beautiful sunset …. the ‘Purple Mountain’s Majesty’ …..  gloriously majestic!


100th anniversary of Arizona’s statehood

February 10th, 2012 by Betty Ross

Arizona Centennial Celebration in Downtown Tucson from February 10, 2012 — February 12, 2012! This celebration marking the 100th anniversary of Arizona’s statehood on February 14, 1912 and includes free concerts, fireworks displays, street musicians, food vendors, rides, and historical re-enactments in Downtown Tucson. See you there. 

Join us for Arizona’s 100th Birthday Celebrations – February 14!

The guests at Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast  can take in this event as well as the remaining gem show exhibits.

And don’t forget the great weather and all the wonderful places to visit.

Check-out my other blogs on area attractions.





Tucson Rodeo and Parade

February 6th, 2012 by Betty Ross

Come to beautiful Tucson. Annual La Fiesta de los Vaqueros. You are invited to join the celebration February 23, 2012 for the Tucson Rodeo Parade.

The longest non-motorized parade in the world! This is the 87th year for the Southwest Heritage Parade. A Tucson tradition. This colorful and exciting parade is presented each year and keeps the spirit of the first parade back in 1925.

Welcome to the world of Rodeo in Tucson.

Real Cowboys and Cowgirls in auction ! 












Happy Valentine’s Day

February 1st, 2012 by Betty Ross

Every February 14, across the United States and in other places around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint, and where did these traditions come from? Find out about the history of this centuries-old holiday, from ancient Roman rituals to the customs of Victorian England.

Enjoy a stay at Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast in Tucson for a romantic getaway. Vatentine’s Day would be a perfect time to say “I Love You” for that someone special in your life.  Enjoy the Saguaro National Park for a lovely drive at sunset. There are several lookout points and a picnic area where you may wish to enjoy a glass of wine. Have a romantic dinner at one of Tucson fine restaurants. Later soak in our hydrotherapy spa and do some stargazing. A full gourmet breakfast is served in the dining room. We have many collectibles throughout the Inn for your enjoyment.



Chocolate  ~ Chocolate ~  Chocolate ~  Chocolate  ~ Chocolate  ~ Chocolate ~  Chocolate

Don’t forget that February 14th is a fee-free day here at Saguaro and all other Arizona National Parks in honor of the AZ Centennial