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    • 02/27/2018
    • 7:45 AM - 4:30 PM
    • GVR Camera Club, Santa Rita Springs Social Center
    • 0
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    Odysea Aquarium (Scottsdale)

    BusTrip, Cost $65

    This is a great experience seeing the living sea in a one-of-a-kind adventure, that you will have to experience to believe. This is an engineering marvel that may leave you speechless.....ocean art, sharks of the deep, bizarre species, etc. There is an escalator to view the floor of the ocean. 

    You will be traveling via a motor coach with lavatory, so there will not be the stress of driving, purchase of gas, etc., just leave the driving to someone else.

    You will need to wear comfortable shoes and if necessary, a wheelchair can be obtained with a deposit. Of course, you can go at your own pace and there are areas to rest along the way.

    There is an area to purchase lunch or snacks.

    Click HERE for a map of the complex.

    Website for further information: www.odyseaaquarium.com/

    Meet at the Camera Club at 7:45 AM to board the bus. We will return about 4:30 PM. The cost is $65 which includes the cost of the bus and admission into the Aquarium and gratuities. (Note: does not include the Butterfly Wonderland.)

    Carl Sparfeld and Linda Gregory will be our leaders. For questions call Carl at 215-872-1325 or email at csparfeld@cox.net or Linda at 520-625-5121.

    To cancel your registration contact cameraclubgreenvalley@gmail.com

    No refunds after February 13, 2018

    In order to participate in this event, you must be a member of the GVR Camera Club and GVR.

    • 02/27/2018
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • GVR Camera Club, Santa Rita Springs Social Center
    • 3
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    AZ-Sonora Desert Museum Guided Tour and Raptor Free Flight

    Trip Cost $24 - Last Day to Register is 2/13/18

    This is a private tour just for our members. This 60 minute guided tour, starting at 12:30, will include the Mountain Woodland (mountain lion, black bear, deer, Mexican grey wolf) along with the Desert Dogs, Vulture Culture plus native plant interpretation along the way. At 2:00 we will watch the Raptor Free Flight Demonstration. We need a minimum of 10 members for this trip, since we received a price lower for the guided tour than even the senior discount. 

    Link to a related website: 

    https://www.desertmuseum.org

    https://www.desertmuseum.org/visit/food.php     Food--Ocotillo Cafe, Phoebe's Coffee Bar, which also has sandwiches and the Cottonwood for snacks and ice cream

    https://www.desertmuseum.org/visit/shopping.php   Two gift shops--the Mountain House and the Ironwood

    Meet at the Camera Club at 10:45 PM for carpooling, departure at 11:00 PM. Carol Gautsch will be our leader.  For questions contact Carol at Home 520-347-4917; Cell 406-850-2742; email bratcato8@gmail.com

    To cancel your registration contact cameraclubgreenvalley@gmail.com

    Last day to register is 2/13/18. No refunds after 2/13/18.

    In order to participate in this event, you must be a member of the GVR Camera Club and GVR.

    • 03/01/2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • 03/28/2018
    • 3:00 PM
    • Various GVR Venues
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    You Can Be A Sports Photographer!

    Photographers are needed for the Southern Arizona Senior Games! This is your chance to have fun taking sports photographs. Your photos will be combined into a show for the participants at their Awards Dinner and you might even see your shots on the GVR digital screens throughout the social centers.

    Sign up NOW!  The Games start Wednesday, March 1st, and continue through Wednesday, March 28th.

    Pick the event you are interested in photographing, register on Wild Apricot, and go get some great photos!

    If you want to photograph an event that spans several days, you only need to photograph on one of the days. Pick the one that suits your schedule best.

    Be sure to take photos of the volunteers as well as the event participants.  Then promptly copy your photos (up to 20 photos maximum per event) to a CD and mark the date and event that you covered along with your name, phone and email. (So our slide show creator can contact you if there are questions.) Drop them in the specially marked box on the monitor's desk at the Camera Club.  Ask the monitor to give you a blank CD from our supply if you would like a replacement.  

    Click HERE for the Official Senior Games information.

    Thanks for participating and have fun!

    To cancel your registration contact cameraclubgreenvalley@gmail.com

    You must be a member of GVR and the GVR Camera Club to participate in this activity.

    • 03/02/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • GVR Camera Club, Santa Rita Springs Social Center
    • 3
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    Colossal Cave Tour - Trip Cost $13
    Last day to register is 2/23/18.

    At 11:00 AM the 60 minute guided tour of Colossal Cave in Vail AZ begins. After the tour we will have lunch at the outdoor fresh cafe. Following lunch we are welcome to drive down to the ranch and photograph old stone buildings, flowers, birds and the landscape. You are free to leave after the tour if you are not interested in lunch. 

    Out of 385 reviews on trip advisor, Colossal Cave was rated 4 out of 5 stars. From the reviews: There are 360 stairs, but it is broken up and doable even if you are not in great shape. Definitely bring a water bottle and a flashlight. For clear pictures inside the cave, a tripod may be needed.

    While it might be a challenge to take pictures in the cave itself, the Posta Quemada Ranch and Stables afford some great opportunities. The ranch is located at the site of the historic Mountain Springs Hotel and Stage Station. There is a butterfly garden in addition to the historic ranch. 

    The $13 cost does not include the price of lunch. There is no charge for visiting the ranch.

    Links to a related website: 

    http://colossalcave.com (tour with staff)

    http://colossalcave.com/the-ranch/ (tour on your own)

    http://colossalcave.com/cafe/ (Terrace Cafe menu)

    Meet at the Camera Club at 9:15 AM for carpooling, departure at 9:30 AM. Carol Gautsch will be our leader.  For questions contact Carol at Home 520-347-4917; Cell 406-850-2742; email bratcato8@gmail.com

    To cancel your registration contact cameraclubgreenvalley@gmail.com

    Last day to register is 2/23/18.  No refunds after 2/23/18.

    In order to participate in this event, you must be a member of the GVR Camera Club and GVR.

    • 03/05/2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • GVR Camera Club, Santa Rita Springs Social Center
    • 18
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    Working with Live Models in Western Town

    Trip Cost $35

    We have rented the man made western town of Gammon's Gulch and will have characters from the Tombstone area come in western dress and hopefully, a Steampunk person or more. You can work up close with these models.

    Gammon's Gulch has been created over the post 40 years with authentic buildings brought from other areas and assembled into a town by Jay and Joanne Gammon. Some of the buildings were constructed especially for a specific movie. It is a museum as well, having a lot of items and collections, for example, old radios. 

    Located in Pomerene, a few miles from Benson AZ, it has been used for several movie locations, documentaries and music videos. 

    You will need to wear comfortable shoes, bring water and pack a lunch, since we are not close to any stores. In fact, when Jay started the town, electricity was not available at the property. 

    Meet at the Camera Club at 8:15 AM for carpooling, with departure at 8:30. Carl Sparfeld will be our leader.  For questions call Carl at 215-872-1325 or email at csparfeld@cox.net.

    To cancel your registration contact cameraclubgreenvalley@gmail.com

    No refunds after February 19, 2018

    In order to participate in this event, you must be a member of the GVR Camera Club and GVR.

    • 03/09/2018
    • 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    • GVR Camera Club, Santa Rita Springs Social Center
    • 0
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    Pontoon Boat Tour on Patagonia Lake

    Trip Cost $6 - Last Day to Register is 3/02/18

    This trip involves a 60 minute pontoon tour of Patagonia Lake with an experienced tour guide to discuss history and point out wildlife, birds and special landmarks. We will have two pontoons limited to 9 people per pontoon. They are currently replacing both motors. If you visit the website, it states that the pontoons are currently not operating. They will be up and running before our March tour.

    Following the tour, arrangements have been made to have lunch at the Wagon Wheel Saloon in Patagonia before returning to Green Valley. Payment for lunch will be on your own. The prices look very reasonable. 

    Link to a related website: 

    https://azstateparks.com/patagonia-lake/on-the-water/boating

    Meet at the Camera Club at 8:15 AM for carpooling, depart at 8:30 AM. There is a $15 entrance fee to the state park per vehicle. I encourage you to carpool and collectively pay for the entrance fee and reimburse driver for gas. 

    Carol Gautsch will be our leader.  For questions contact Carol at Home 520-347-4917; Cell 406-850-2742; email bratcato8@gmail.com

    To cancel your registration contact cameraclubgreenvalley@gmail.com

    Registration closes on 3/02/18. No refunds after 3/02/18.

    In order to participate in this event, you must be a member of the GVR Camera Club and GVR.

    • 03/13/2018
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GVR Camera Club, Santa Rita Springs Social Center
    • 11
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    ASARCO Mine Tour

    Tour an Open-Pit Copper Mine and the Process of Making Copper - Trip price $11

    The first stop on your tour is the Open-Pit Viewpoint on the south rim of the Mission Mine. The viewpoint is securely fenced for your safety, and it has four binocular telescopes to provide a close-up view of the trucks and shovels working in the mine. Each year the mine has the capacity to process about 260,000 tons of copper concentrates which yields 132,700,000 pounds of copper and 1,234,000 ounces of silver. Copper ore is ground into a powder so the copper minerals can be separated by the froth flotation process. One of the AMDC staff members will explain what happens at the mill and answer your questions.

    Register by March 6, 2018, no refunds after that date.

    Meet at the Camera Club at 8:15AM for carpooling, and depart at 8:30AM. Carol Gautsch will be the trip leader. For questions call Carol at 520-347-4917 home, or 406-850-2742 cell, bratcat08@gmail.com.

    To cancel your registration contact cameraclubgreenvalley@gmail.com

    In order to participate in this event, you must be a member of the GVR Camera Club and GVR.

    • 03/14/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
    • GVR Camera Club, Santa Rita Springs Social Center
    • 8
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    White Stallion Ranch

    Trip Cost $26

    Visit one of Arizona's best dude ranches! Arrive at the White Stallion ranch about 10:30. Members may wander around from 10:30 to 11:30 taking pictures. Horses and stables, a petting zoo, an historic ranch house, western landscape and more is available to photograph.

    At 11:30 horse drawn hay wagons start loading for the lunch cook out in the desert (spectacular scenery), returning back to the ranch about 1:30, or you can walk back to the ranch.  Lunch includes grilled meat choices and accompanying sides, drink and dessert. We will be eating with other guests of the ranch.

    At 1:30 explore the ranch on your own, or check with the office for things to do. You are free to return home, if you are not staying for the rodeo.

    A Rodeo show will be presented at 4:00 for the guests of the ranch by the employees. It ends about 5:30. A chance to get some action shots.

    For more information about this historic ranch click Here.

    To view a short video about the ranch, click Here.

    Meet at the Camera Club at 9:15AM for carpooling, departure at 9:30AM. Mort Spencer will be our leader.  For questions call Mort at 520-777-6768.

    To cancel your registration contact cameraclubgreenvalley@gmail.com

    No refunds after 3/6/18.

    In order to participate in this event, you must be a member of the GVR Camera Club and GVR.

    • 03/18/2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • GVR Camera Club, Santa Rita Springs Social Center
    • 4
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    Valley of the Moon Park Tour

    Trip Cost $6 - Last Day to Register is 3/2/18

    This is listed on a number of “must visit” sites in Tucson because of its uniqueness. “The idea for Valley of the Moon came after George Phar Ledger went to visit a terminally ill 14-year-old girl, the daughter of the local clergyman, who was dying of tuberculosis. George decided that the girl needed something to spark her imagination so outside her bedroom window he created a miniature cement mountain scene, complete with a lake made from a washtub and a waterfall. The "lake" held fish and water plants and there was a little path leading to a ladder up the side of the "mountain." The waterfall was made by filling a reservoir at the top of the mountain, which would run back down into the lake. “In 1975 Valley the Moon was listed on the Arizona Historic Places Register. Valley of the Moon was officially placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2011. On George's 97th birthday, then-Mayor Lew Murphy presented him with the Tucson Outstanding Citizen Award for the creation of Valley of the Moon and his devotion to the free entertainment of Tucson's children… In 2015 Valley of the Moon was declared a Tucson Historic Landmark by the Mayor and Council.” 

    Link to a related website: 

    http://www.tucsonvalleyofthemoon.com/mission.html http://www.tucsonvalleyofthemoon.com/history.html

    Meet at the Camera Club at 12:45 PM for carpooling, departure at 1:00 PM. Carol Gautsch will be our leader.  For questions contact Carol at Home 520-347-4917; Cell 406-850-2742; email bratcato8@gmail.com

    To cancel your registration contact cameraclubgreenvalley@gmail.com

    Registration closes on 3/02/18. No refunds after 3/08/18.

    Valley of the Moon requires a minimum of 5 participants.

    In order to participate in this event, you must be a member of the GVR Camera Club and GVR.

    • 03/20/2018
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • GVR Camera Club, Santa Rita Springs Social Center
    • 12
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    Tucson Windows and Doors

    You will be exploring several blocks on either side of the Tucson Convention Center. This is a favorite area for both artists and photographers. Bring water and wear comfortable shoes as we will be walking several blocks.

    We will go to lunch somewhere afterwards at members option and expense.

     

    Meet at the Camera Club at 8:45AM, and depart at 9:00AM. Wally Watson will be the trip leader. For questions call Wally at 303-902-5972.

    To cancel your registration contact cameraclubgreenvalley@gmail.com

    In order to participate in this event, you must be a member of the GVR Camera Club and GVR.

    • 03/27/2018
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • GVR Camera Club, Santa Rita Springs Social Center
    • 29
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    St Anthony's Greek Monastery

    A beautiful study of architecture, having gardens and 6 different church structures. All this was completed by the monks since starting in 1995. The monastery is dedicated to St Anthony the Great, the father of Monasticism and the renowned 3rd century anchorite.  It is located in Florence AZ. There is no charge to visit the monastery.

    You are welcome to go inside the chapels and take photographs, but NOT of the monks or the people that are visiting and spending time there.

    There is a dress code: Men--long pants and long-sleeved shirts. Women--long skirts, long-sleeved blouses, and scarves to cover the head. (No skirts with slits, tight fitting clothes, hats, low cut or sheer blouses or small scarves.) They can loan you some clothing, if you do not come properly dressed. 

    Since it is a holy place, they ask that you respect this, so do not go into the monk's living quarters, guest houses or the dinning room. Put cell phones on mute and smoking is not allowed on the grounds. Obey the signs that say--do not go beyond this area. 

    Bathrooms are located on the backside of the bookstore. 

    We will leave the monastery about 1:15 to drive into Florence for lunch at Mt Athos, a Greek restaurant, where we have reservations at 1:30.  Lunch is at your own expense. 

    Meet at the Camera Club at 7:45 AM, and depart at 8:00 AM (100 mile drive ahead of us) and return in the late afternoon.

    Carl Sparfeld will be our leader. Contact him at 215-872-1325 or csparfeld@cox.net. If for any reason you cannot attend, after signing up, please let Carl know. 

    To cancel your registration contact cameraclubgreenvalley@gmail.com

    In order to participate in this event, you must be a member of the GVR Camera Club and GVR.

    • 04/04/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • GVR Camera Club, Santa Rita Springs Social Center
    • 35
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    Oasis Sanctuary (Exotic Bird Rescue) Cascabel AZ

    $10 donation is requested.

    The Oasis Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit aviary welfare organization. Established in 1997, the Oasis Sanctuary is a unique avian rescue and life-care facility, dedicated to providing permanent care, shelter and rehabilitation for companion parrots for which other re-homing options do not exist. In particular we are a refuge for exotic birds such as parrots, cockatoos, macaws and other Psittacine birds. 

    Camera Club members will be given a 2 hour tour by the Executive Director. There are 7 enclosures where the birds are not caged, so we will have some great photo opportunities.

    Special note from Oasis: Make sure you have gas and good tires including a good spare before you set out. The Oasis is in a very remote, rural location. We are easy to find, however. The Oasis Sanctuary is located approximately 25 miles north of Benson, AZ.

    Note: Cell phones stop working shortly outside Pomerene. Call the Sanctuary at 520-212-4737 when you get off the freeway to let us know where you are and so we will know approximately when to expect you. Leave the time of your call, if we are momentarily away from the phone. The freeway exit is approximately 40 minutes from the Sanctuary.

    For more information on the oasis: https://the-oasis.org/

    For more information on the Hoseshoe cafe: https://places.singleplatform.com/horseshoe-cafe-5/menu?ref+google. Check out the More Menu for the complete listing. 

    Meet at the Camera Club at 9:45 AM, and depart at 10 AM. We will have lunch at the Horseshoe Cafe in Benson from 11-12. The tour is 1-3.

    Carol Gautsch will be the trip leader. For questions, contact Carol at 520-347-4917 home; 406-850-2742 cell; bratcat08@gmail.com

    In order to participate in this event, you must be a member of the GVR Camera Club and GVR.

    • 04/06/2018
    • 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    • GVR Camera Club, Santa Rita Springs Social Center
    • 0
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    Pontoon Boat Tour on Patagonia Lake

    Trip Cost $6 - Last Day to Register is 3/16/18

    This trip involves a 60 minute pontoon tour of Patagonia Lake with an experienced tour guide to discuss history and point out wildlife, birds and special landmarks. We will have two pontoons limited to 9 people per pontoon.

    Following the tour, arrangements have been made to have lunch at the Wagon Wheel Saloon in Patagonia before returning to Green Valley. Payment for lunch will be on your own. The prices look very reasonable. 

    Link to a related website: 

    https://azstateparks.com/patagonia-lake/on-the-water/boating

    Meet at the Camera Club at 8:15 AM for carpooling, depart at 8:30 AM. There is a $15 entrance fee to the state park per vehicle. I encourage you to carpool and collectively pay for the entrance fee and reimburse driver for gas. 

    Bob Schaffer has graciously offered to go on this trip as leader. Carol Gautsch will have
    everything all set to go and help with carpooling, etc..  For questions contact Carol at Home 520-347-4917; Cell 406-850-2742; email bratcato8@gmail.com

    To cancel your registration contact cameraclubgreenvalley@gmail.com

    Registration closes on 3/16/18. No refunds after 3/16/18.

    In order to participate in this event, you must be a member of the GVR Camera Club and GVR.

    • 04/13/2018
    • 3:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    • GVR Camera Club, Santa Rita Springs Social Center
    • 0
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    Kartchner Caverns State Park Photographer's Tour

    Cost $110 - Last day to register is March 12th. After 3 months of negotiating with Kartchner Caverns tour personnel, we are excited to offer a 2 hour photographer's tour of the Rotunda and Throne Rooms just for our members at a discounted price. You will be allowed to take photographs with or without a tripod. Living Caverns are extremely rare and being allowed to take pictures is even rarer. Our group will have a private tour with Park Rangers after the park has closed.

    In addition to AZ State Parks being named best State Parks in the US, Kartchner has won several first place awards from USA Today. Kartchner is so unique and phenomenal that its discovery was not announced for 4 years. Protecting this living environment is the highest priority; therefore, no cameras are allowed during other tours of the Caverns. Kartchner Caverns offers a special opportunity four times a year for a very limited number of people to photograph areas of the Caverns ($125.00 per person.)

    There are some specific rules:
    1. Nothing in the caverns may be touched to prevent destroying living organisms.
    2. All attendees must sign an agreement upon arriving at the Park that individuals will not sell any pictures and that the AZ State Parks can have access to all pictures taken. A sample of this agreement can be viewed HERE.

    Refunds for this event will not be issued based on failure to sign this agreement upon arrival at Kartchner Caverns.

    3. You provide your own camera equipment including tripods.

    For more information on the park, click HERE.

    Partipicants will arrive at the GVR Camera Club in Santa Rita Springs at 2:45PM, and the trip will depart at 3:00PM. Plans are to return by 7:45PM.

    Carol Gautsch will be the trip leader. For questions, contact Carol at: H 520-347- 4917 C 406-850- 2742 bratcat08@gmail.com

    To cancel your registration contact cameraclubgreenvalley@gmail.com

    No refunds after March 12, 2018

    In order to participate in this event, you must be a member of the GVR Camera Club and GVR.

    Photo by Mike Lewis (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons




The GVR Camera Club is located in the Recreation Village of Santa Rita Springs.
921 West Via Rio Fuerte, Green Valley, AZ 85622 
Phone 520-648-1315

If you have any questions or concerns please call 520-428-0524 to speak to a Membership Committee member 
or email the committee at  
cameraclubgreenvalley@gmail.com 

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