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News From the Friends of Madera Canyon

In this edition we have a reminders of the December Nature Series and the November Broadway ShowStoppers, a note on recent vandalism in the Canyon, and Christmas gift suggestions.
Broadway ShowStoppers II Performances Scheduled for November 8th & 9th

Where can you combine music and dance from shows like Annie Get Your Gun, Showboat, Camelot, Chicago, The Sound of Music, West Side Story, Pajama Game, The King and I, Paint Your Wagon, Phantom of the Opera and Carousel with support for the Friends of Madera Canyon?  The answers is Broadway ShowStoppers II.

In partnership with the Community Performance & Art Center shows will be in the theater there at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, November 8th and Wednesday the 9th. Tickets are $15 at the door and online from CPAC. Come early for the best seats. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Read more about the performance and performers on the Friends event calendar.


Nature Series, December 6th, 2:00 PM CPAC

Mark Heitlinger, Manager of the Santa Rita Experimental Station, will speak on "Green Valley's Biggest Backyard." Come hear this entertaining speaker on December 6th at 2:00 PM at the Community Performance & Art Center, 1250 W. Continental Road. Tickets are $5. After the lecture you can sign up for an optional Field Trip to the Santa Rita Experimental Station. The last Nature Series presentation on the Geology of Madera Canyon was sold out, so arrive early or call 520- 399-1750 to reserve your tickets. 


Graffiti Found and Reported
Reports of vandalism in Madera Canyon were recently sent to the Friends and to the local Sheriff's Office in Green Valley. This incident involved spraying graffiti in white paint on rocks and trees in the Canyon five or ten hiking minutes downhill from the Madera Picnic Area. The U. S. Forest Service and the Sheriff's department are handling the incident and trying to locate the perpetrator. Plans are being made for damage remediation. As soon as we know more about this, we will let you know in a future email newsletter. Below are photographs of the graffiti provided by Willem Van Kempen.

Hummingbird Hummingbird      

 Hummingbird Hummingbird 

Click on any picture to see a larger version.

In the future, if you see any vandalism in the Canyon, please first report this to one of the Rangers who may be on duty in the Canyon. If you cannot find one, please call the U. S. Forest Service Nogales District Ranger's office at 520-761-6002 and ask that your message detailing the incident be given to Don Marion. You can also compose a message and send an email to the office at with a copy to Don Marion at  


If you see someone in the process of committing some vandalism please observe and report either to a Ranger if one is present or to the Pima Country Sheriff's office using 911. Do not approach or do anything to put yourself at risk.     


Christmas Gifts
Nature Book
In less than eight weeks it will be Christmas! Are you ready? To make shopping easier, you can purchase a number of unique items on the Friends web site. Shirts, vests, caps, books, seasonal passes, and other items are waiting for you to pass on to one of your friends or family members. Each purchase you make helps support educational and preservation programs in the Canyon. A click here takes you directly to the online sales page. 
Quick Links...

The Friends of Madera Canyon Website. Have you explored the various links and available resources?

Save the Scenic Santa Ritas.  The Forest Service's Draft Environmental Impact Statement is in the news.

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Board Members
Willem Van Kempen (President),Tom Purdon (Vice-President), Eileen Buckel (Secretary), Carol Lambert (Treasurer/Marketing Director), Louise Gibbeson (Operations Director and Publicity), Dita-Erika Hagen (Historian, Preservation), Tamara Kahrimanis (Adult Education Programs), Wally Lamb (Visitor Information Station), Jerry Popham (Bat House Research and Special Projects), Rozanne Roman (Annual Meeting, Miles and Hours, Accessible Trail Tours), Judy Thoreson (Fund Raising, Planned Giving), George Cottay (Newsletter Publisher,Web Master).


Doug Moore (Director of Education), Phil Gantt (Literature Distribution), Sondra Dexter (Scholarships), Mike Staples (Canyon Clean-up), Ellen West, (Membership), George West (Membership, Newsletter Editor).

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