Shelton to address OV Business Club

Dr. Robert N. Shelton, president of the University of Arizona, will be the spotlighted speaker at the Jan. 6 Oro Valley Business Club’s luncheon and meeting.

The luncheons are designed to help local businesses grow.

The cost is $17.

The OVBC meets in the Social Hall Auditorium at Sun City Vistoso,1585 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd. A meet, greet and exhibit hour will begin at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon. The program starts at 12:25 p.m. 

Call 818-2761 for reservations.

Tucson Botanical Gardens offers classes

Education is an integral part of the Tucson Botanical Gardens and to emphasis this component, they are offering a variety of classes each month. A new class has been added to the January schedule.

Planting for Beginners, conducted in Spanish, is set for noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22. The cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members.

The course discusses how to plan your garden, work the soil, select plants and how to water in order to make the prospect of planting less overwhelming. Join Miguel Gonzales, Construction Division Foreman and Irrigation Technician for REALM™, will conduct the class in Spanish. Gonzales will provide all the tools needed to create outdoor spaces, such as a list of plants that are easy to care for, detailed instructions for getting the plant from container to ground, tips on which soil amendments to add and why, and suggestions for keeping plants healthy once they have been planted.

To register by phone with a credit card or for more information, call 326-9686, ext. 19.

All classes require pre-registration. Payment must be received in advance. No refunds can be guaranteed if the cancellation is made within seven days of the class. Special cancellation fees may apply to trips.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter by contacting 326-9686 ext. 19. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.

Tucson Botanical Gardens, designated as America’s Best Secret Garden by Reader’s Digest, features 5-1/2 acres of 17 specialty gardens in the heart of Tucson. It is located at 2150 N. Alvernon Way.

For more information, call 326-9686, ext. 10, or visit

SACCA to display plein air paintings

En Plein Air — a painting done outside rather than in a studio — is French for “in the open air” and designates the theme for the first Visual Arts Exhibition and Competition of 2011 at Ventana Medical Systems, Inc.,1910 E. Innovation Park Dr.

Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) will host an opening reception at the gallery on Friday, Jan. 14, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. with music, free hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar serving wine or complimentary soft drinks.  

Artists of the Tucson Plein Air Painters Society will exhibit more than 25 pieces of their works in a variety of mediums. The art has been made by accomplished and novice artists of all ages.

The night will also include a silent auction, which will feature works from artists in Southern Arizona. A portion of the proceeds from the silent auction will help benefit local school music and visual arts programs.

People who attend will also be the first to hear the first, second and third place winners, chosen by a jury prior to the opening. Four honorable mentions and a People’s Choice Award will be presented as well.

En Plein Air works, produced or inspired while painting outdoors, will be showcased at the gallery. The public is welcome to browse or buy on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., by appointment, beginning Jan. 8 to Feb. 26. 

Gallery visitors can browse a variety of acrylic, oil, pastel and watercolor works, including people, places, things, abstract inspiration and other subjects, along with a note from the artist on each piece.

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