Weekend events explore area's history

The public is invited to two events this weekend exploring area history:

• "Ranching Across the Cienegas" is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the historic Empire Ranch, which is 50 miles southeast of Tucson and 10 miles north of Sonoita.

This family-oriented event includes a guided tour, kids' activities, music, an ice cream social, demonstrations and more. Cost is $5.

For more information call 1-888-364-2829 or email admin@EmpireRanchFoundation.org

• Colossal Cave Mountain Park is hosting several special events Sunday afternoon.

From 1:30 to 2 pm. authors Gail W. Corkill and Sharon E. Hunt will sign their book, "Images of American: Empire Ranch."

From 2 to 3 p.m. Corkill and Hunt will present "Ranching Families of the Empire and La Posta Quemada Ranches."

From 3 to 4 p.m. visitors can go on a guided tour of the historic La Posta Quemada Ranch.

Visitors are welcome to arrive before the special events and tour Colossal Cave.

Colossal Cave Mountain Park, 16721 E. Old Spanish Trail, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. The park use fee is $5 per vehicle of up to six people. Call 647-7275 or to go www.ColossalCave.com for more information.

Painting club open to new members

The Pima Painting Club, a group of amateur artists that has been meeting weekly for some 20 years, is looking for new members.

The group meets at Pima Community College's East Campus, 8181 E. Irvington Road, from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Fridays in Building E-3, Room 304.

All artists and prospective artists over age 16 are welcome to visit and, if they like, to join the group.

The club has creative exercises one Friday a month and instruction another Friday.

The second Friday is reserved for critiques - members may bring in a work or work in progress for suggestions by club members.

Group members are welcome to submit a theme painting the third Friday of every month; the theme for this month is "Mountains." Members judge the paintings, and ribbons are presented. Works can be in any two-dimensional medium, such as watercolor, oil, acrylic and collage.

Fifth Fridays are devoted to plein air outings (weather permitting).

For more information call Tom Worthen at 300-4482.

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