Once a prehistoric Hohokam settlement, the Southern Arizona town of Tubac is now a tourist-friendly arts colony (tubacaz.com).
The Rose-Throated Becard
Bird-watchers are in for a treat. Tubac is the only known U.S. nesting site for this bird, a native of Mexico and Central America. Once an intermittent visitor to the U.S., the becard vanished in 2006 after a monsoon blew the nests down. Birding experts say that their reborn presence is due to the health of the Upper Santa Cruz River area and the increasingly warmer weather. To spot them, explore the Upper Santa Cruz River between Tubac and Rio Rico. tucsonaudubon.org
Tubac School of Fine Art Seasonal Classes
Each year the Tubac School of Fine Art hosts a series of workshops and classes for all skill levels. School director Leslie Miller is teaching beginner and second-level oil painting classes, and Texan artist Julia Patterson is teaching a four-week pastel painting class. Artists John Marbury and Cindy Haase are also offering classes: an introductory drawing class and an abstract painting class, respectively. tubacschooloffineartllc.com
Javelinas de Tubac
From late October to early April, downtown Tubac will be brimming with javelina sculptures. The community-based project aims to feature the work of nearly 50 artists – many local to Tubac, and others from nearby states and Arizona communities who love the unique project – making it a must-see for anyone who loves the intersection of art and community. javelinasdetubac.com