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Historic Open House

April 30th, 2013 by Betty Ross

-Miracle Mile 2013Neon Mile  & Tour

Friday, May 10, 2013,  at 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Starting point:  Monterey Court, 505 W. Miracle Mile

The 6th Annual Historic Miracle Mile Open House & Tour will take place on Friday, May 10, 2013, starting at 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. This year the FREE event will feature historic and revitalized resources on Miracle Mile between the Oracle Road intersection and Fairview Avenue.    This special evening will include history lectures;, tours of the Ghost Ranch Lodge historic cactus garden; tours of historic properties, and a celebratory a celebration of the lighting of the iconic Wayward Winds Lodge neon sign, salvaged, restored, and re-installed on Miracle Mile; and a.  After the sign lighting, join us to explore the a guided, flashlight tour of the Evergreen Cemetery after dark to learn about some of Tucson’s notable  people laid to rest there.   there, and how the cemetery evolved in the face of Tucson’s growth.  Monterey Courts, the host for this year’s event,  will be hosting the event as well as will be celebrating their its 1st anniversary as an adapted historic resource with music, cake, and much more!   Join us to All are invited to celebrate both the history and ongoing revitalization of the Historic Miracle Mile area and its ongoing revitalization.

5:30PM  Lecture: Historic US 80 and Miracle Mile, by Demion Clinco, President, Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation. GHOST RANCH LODGE
6:15PM  Lecture: Sign-O-Rama, by Carlos Lozano, founder of Vanishing Tucson. GHOST RANCH LODGE
5:30PM & 6:15PM Guided Tour of the Ghost Ranch Lodge historic cactus garden. GHOST RANCH LODGE
7:00PM – 7:30PM The historic Wayward Winds neon sign lighting, WAYWARD WINDS LODGE
8:00PM.  Evergreen Cemetery tour after-dark tour, starting from the Monterey Court. MONTEREY COURT
7:30PM – LATE live music and entertainment. MONTEREY COURT

Event information will be available at Monterey Court, as well as a chance to visit the artists’ studios.   and café.  storic motor courts will include the Monterey Court, adapted as artists’ studios with cafe; the always popular renovated Ghost Ranch with its fabulous garden; and the Wayward Winds serving as the Gospel Rescue Mission for women and children.

This free Open House and Tour is a collaborative effort of the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation, Ward III, City of Tucson, and businesses and organizations in the Oracle/Miracle Mile area.

For more information about the event, visit www.preservetucson.org
and click on News & Events, or contact Linda Mehall, Ward III, at (520) 791-4711, or Linda.Mehall@tucsonaz.gov.

Neon Mile Historic Open House & Tour

Tucson things to do!

April 29th, 2013 by Betty Ross

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With a stay at Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast we can point you to many attractions the Old Pueblo has to offer.

As a continuously inhabited settlement for many years, Tucson’s history and culture run deep. Spanish, Mexican, Native and Old West influences are evident in the architecture, lifestyle, traditions and cuisine. Once hailed as a “mini Mecca for the arts” by the Wall Street Journal, Tucson’s art community rivals that of any big city, featuring its own ballet and opera company, professional theater, symphony, more than 200 art groups and a variety of galleries scattered throughout the city’s 11 districts.

Cowboy Festival

April 18th, 2013 by Betty Ross

Old Tucson Cowboy Music Festival & Western Art Show


Old Tucson
201 S. Kinney Rd.   Tucson, AZ  85735
Phone (520) 883-0100

Old Tucson and the Western Music Association Arizona Chapter present the 3rd Cowboy Music Festival & Western Art Show, featuring some of the greats of western music and western art. The music festival will pay homage to the musical heritage of the American West from traditional trail songs, through the era of the silver screen cowboy to contemporary western songwriting. The art show will feature one-of-a-kind handmade works of many local artists. Extraordinary western paintings, photography, sculpture, wood carving, jewelry and more will be available for guests to browse and purchase at the festival.


Saguaro National Parks

April 16th, 2013 by Betty Ross

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A Celebration of National Park Week and Junior Ranger Day

Ever wonder what magical and mysterious happenings occur in the desert at night? Come explore the park after dark with your family, guided by Park Rangers, and experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the desert night by moonlight.

Starting before sunset, meet at our Education Center in Saguaro National Park’s Tucson Mountain (West) District for a welcome and introduction. Here you’ll learn the fun that lies ahead and how to enjoy the exploration safely. Safety concerns will be addressed, water bottles will be filled, and off you go. The leisurely exploration will cover no more than a mile, round trip, and will be paced for everyone’s comfort. You’ll explore a sandy wash with unique red-rock outcroppings, find a cool place for sunset, listen for the magical call of the Elf owl, and walk in the paw prints of bobcats and coyotes. As darkness falls around you, rangers will share stories about nocturnal park life and answer all those curious questions about the park after dark. Walking back out, we’ll be guided by the light of the waxing half-moon. Headlamps are available for comfort and safety if needed.

·Saturday, April 20th from 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Sunset is about 6:56 p.m. and full dark is about 7:45 p.m. There will be an almost ¾ waxing moon high in the sky after dark.

·The program is for families with children who are 7 to 18 years old. The terrain and conditions are not appropriate for younger children.

·The program is free, space is limited, and advanced reservations are required

·For detailed information, questions, or to sign up, please email chip_littlefield@nps.gov or, call at 520.733.5157

Night Walk at Saguaro National Park east

This easy, 2-hour walk provides opportunities for experiencing the desert at night. Dress for the weather, wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water and a flashlight. Space is limited, so call the visitor center at (520) 733-5153 to reserve your spot.

Fresh from the oven

April 13th, 2013 by Betty Ross



Lavender Cookies!  Yum  ~~~~~  Our guests are enjoying these delicious lavender cookies. You can give then a try or better yet why not book a stay at Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast and enjoy the ambiance and great food the bed and breakfast has to offer.


Spring flowers ~~~~~ The  Penstemon is blooming in our desert garden.





Recipe for the Lavender cookies

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1teaspoon dried lavender flowers, finely shopped (use organic cooking lavender)
1 1/2 cups of flour
2 teaspoons baking powder

Preheat oven to 375

In a medium bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, vanilla, and lavender, and mix well. Combine the flour and baking powder and add to lavender mixture, stirring until well blended. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto a un-greased baking sheet.
( I used a baking stone) Bake 8-10 minutes, or until lightly browned on edges. Cool on baking sheet for a minute or two, then transfer to a rack to finish cooling.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies



Tolteca Tlacuilo and La Cocina Restaurant

April 11th, 2013 by Betty Ross

lightninghorseAlways something fun to do in Tucson! Check out this event on Sunday.

Event Name: Tygel Pinto playing the Navajo  flute

Date: Sunday April 14th, 2013

Performance Times:  Sunday 12:00PM and 2:00PM

Location: Old Town Artisans complex  La Cocina Restaurant stage. 201 N. Court Ave.

Cost: Admission Free

Event Description: Tygel Pinto  from Crystal, New Mexico  started playing the flute to keep a part of himself alive. The part that he was trying to keep alive was his heritage. Once he became more comfortable with the noises that he made he started playing to better understand himself. The inspiration that drives him forward is to bring his music to another level than the norm. He feels that music has taken a turn and is not content with it’s nature. He wants this gift of his to touch the hearts of people and bring them together even if only for a night.

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