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Posted: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 11:00 pm

Fall harvest fest at river park Saturday

A baking contest, fresh produce, an array of entertainment and kids' activities are among the offerings at the Fall Harvest Festival, being held this Saturday at Marana Heritage River Park.

The event, put on by the Marana Heritage Conservancy, runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the park, located just south of Gladden Farms at 12375 N. Heritage Park Drive.

There'll be mesquite bean pod milling, pies and cookies in a baking contest to raise money for the Marana Community Food Bank, a pedal tractor and train for the kids, and fresh squash, potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes and other foods from the Farmers Market.

Pie and cookie entries are welcome; contact Cie'na Schaefli at 449-3154, or e-mail

The festival, celebrating the 234th anniversary of Juan Bautista de Anza's journey through modern-day Marana, is intended to help preserve and raise awareness of Marana's history. For more information, call Ora Mae Harn at 307-0279.

Fall Harvest Fest

Saturday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Marana Heritage River Park, 12375 N. Heritage Park Drive.

For the kids – farm sign painting, a petting zoo, a pedal tractor and the river park train ride.

Entertainment by the Mariachi Los Potrillos from Cholla High School, Ballet Folklorico los Mextucaz, Las Florecitas del Desierto, and Navajo flute player Marvin Todacheenie.

Mesquite bean pod milling with the Desert Harvesters -- $3 for up to three gallons.

A cookies and pie contest to support the Community Food Bank – call 449-3154 or e-mail Cie'na Schaefli at

Art, fine crafts fest at Pavilions this weekend

Thirty professional artists from Arizona and the Southwest are expected this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24-25, at the first art festival held in Marana's Arizona Pavilions.

Longtime Tucson artist Greg Kyle is putting together the event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 to 4 Sunday, in a space near Chili's at the Pavilions. The retail center is located off Cortaro Road and I-10.

Kyle plans on "a high-quality show with unique works of fine art and fine crafts," he said. He hopes to make the show a semi-annual event.

Most of the participants are longtime professional artists Kyle has known for years. They'll display and sell "unique, professional, high-quality art work, art you'd see that you would remember. It's an honor to have them participating."

Among the names are Glenn Hinz, creator of copper relief sculpture; Judith Durr, a Choctaw artist; Roger Call, internationally known for his leather sculpture; Jana Sweets of Sticky Situation, who'll display cactus from around the world; and Susan Zivic, an acrylic painter of Southwestern art.

Kyle wants to "create awareness of fine art in the town of Marana, and eventually be able to put on a total big show," one with "art, culture, food and heritage. Marana's in a good direction for that. They're ready for it. I hope it can turn into something big."

Signs and posters should be posted. Admission is free.

Kyle may be reached at 743-9466 or 744-8500.

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