Sunday, January 22, 2006

Arivaca Home Tour slated for January 28

[Source: Nogales International] -- For the fifth consecutive year, the public is invited to view homes on the Arivaca Home Tour. The tour will be held from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28. Proceeds will benefit the Arivaca Family, Community, and Education Association (AFCE). Since 1960, the association has been dedicated to the preservation and care of the 1897 schoolhouse (pictured above), reported to be the oldest standing school building in the state.

The tour will feature five homes of residents, as well as two historic structures. Featured will be: a Western ranch home on a historic cattle ranch; a home that began with 1,600 square feet of dirt floors and was transformed into a 5,600 square-foot beauty; an Arivaca building that is 130 years old; an Alaskan-style house with a spectacular cedar-beamed ceiling; a retirement home that is a retreat for migrating birds; a traditional Mexican adobe home with a large collection of paintings of Baboquivari; and the 1897 schoolhouse with a mural depicting its history.

Tickets are $10 before the tour and $15 the day of the tour. Tickets may be purchased Jan. 9 at the Green Valley Chamber of Commerce, and are available by mail at P.O. Box 652, Arivaca, AZ 85601, or by calling 520-398-3262. Each ticket is a brochure with details of the tour as well as a map.