Friends of SaddleBrooke Libraries – June 2014

Game Day 2014

There is limited seating for Game Day 2014. Gather your friends together and plan to play your favorite games supporting the Friends of SaddleBrooke Libraries.

Game Day is Monday, August 11; game playing begins at 9:30 a.m.; lunch 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; raffle drawing 1:30 p.m.; tables close at 3:30 p.m. or when game ends. The location is the MountainView Clubhouse ballroom and adjacent hallrooms. Raffle tickets will be sold with gift cards as prizes. Be sure to bring your cash to buy raffle tickets; there will be lots of winners.

Celebrate summer at a Beach Blanket Blast playing games and enjoying a special luncheon of chicken/egg/or vegie salad with ice cream sundae bar.

Bring your friends, neighbors and game partners for a beach blanket of a good time.

Tickets are $25 and will go on sale July 1, 2014, at the HOA 2 Administration Office. There is limited seating with the following number of tables available for each activity: Bridge, 12 tables; Canasta and various board games, 20 tables; Mahjong and Mexican Train, 12 tables; Poker, two tables of eight people.

Support the Friends of SaddleBrooke Libraries.

Grand Canyon Tour September 2-8

The Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks are the destination for a seven day/six night guided bus tour sponsored by the Friends of SaddleBrooke Libraries. The tour will depart from SaddleBrooke on Tuesday, September 2 and return on Monday, September 8, 2014.

The first two nights will be spent on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in northern Arizona. A full day will be dedicated to learning about the geology, ecology and history of the Grand Canyon with an expert guide from the Grand Canyon Field Institute. The tour will visit several of the spectacular view points on the North Rim where there will be ample time to take pictures and enjoy the view.

Accommodations at the North Rim are in Frontier Cabins and dinner will be in the Grand Canyon Lodge dining room with its panoramic view of the canyon.

On the third day the tour will travel to Zion National Park with a stop at Pipe Springs National Monument, a historic Mormon fort guarding a scarce water source in the Arizona Strip.

The beauty of Zion Canyon with its towering rock walls will be the focus of the fourth day. There will be a narrated tour into the canyon in the morning. The afternoon will be open for participants to explore and hike on their own. Accommodations are in the historic Zion Lodge with meals in the Red Rock Grill Dining Room.

The drive from Zion to Bryce Canyon National Park is short so there will be plenty of time to admire the hoodoos and take a hike below the rim after a guided tour. The hotel is the Lodge at Bryce Canyon with meals in the lodge dining room.

The drive from Bryce to Flagstaff is one of the most beautiful on the Colorado Plateau. The tour will stop in Page for lunch. A special guided hike into colorful Antelope Canyon is the highlight of the day. Little America is the hotel for the sixth night with dinner in the hotel’s Western Gold Restaurant.

The tour will conclude on the seventh day with a visit to the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. The museum is renowned for its collection of Native American artifacts and the tour will be led by a knowledgeable docent.

The 54-passenger tour bus is modern, very comfortable and equipped with a restroom and seat belts. Snacks and drinks will be provided along the way. Your tour guides are James and Barbara Cowlin who will provide an informative narration over the course of the tour. James Cowlin is a freelance photographer based in Oracle, Arizona specializing in nature, travel and fine art. For over thirty years he has been documenting the landscape of the western United States. Barbara Kemp Cowlin is an artist whose art depicts intimate views of the landscape through a series of water reflection paintings.

The price of the tour is $1,499 per person which includes all hotels, dinners and tours. Breakfast and lunch are not included in the tour package price. There is an initial deposit at time of booking and a three part payment option if desired. All accommodations are double occupancy.

To reserve a place on the Friends of SaddleBrooke Libraries Grand Canyon-Zion-Bryce tour, contact Barry Swartzberg at

Anne Hillerman to speak at FSL December 5

Mary Kopp

The Friends of SaddleBrooke Libraries (FSL) is delighted to bring Anne Hillerman, daughter of Tony Hillerman, to you as our featured author on Friday, December 5, 2014. Her latest book, Spider Woman’s Daughter, continues in the tradition of Tony Hillerman’s Navajo mysteries with the characters her father created. This novel was number 10 on the New York Times best seller list and has won multiple awards. In addition, Ms. Hillerman has written seven nonfiction books including Tony Hillerman’s Landscape and the recipe book and restaurant guide, Santa Fe Flavors, all in collaboration with photographer Don Strel, her husband.

The eldest of bestselling mystery author Tony Hillerman’s six children, Anne Hillerman grew up in Santa Fe and Albuquerque surrounded by stories and the beautiful landscapes. Her newest book, Spider Woman’s Daughter, is a novel in the tradition of Tony Hillerman’s Navajo mysteries and features Joe Leaphorn, Jim Chee and, as the star, Bernadette Manuelito. It debuted at number 10 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Like her father, she began her career in journalism working briefly in radio and television news and then as a reporter, features writer and editorial page editor for newspapers and magazines. She continues her interest in journalism with a tasty assignment: restaurant critic for the Albuquerque Journal and Journal North.

Anne is a founding director of the Santa Fe based WORDHARVEST Writers Workshops and the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference. She helped create the Tony Hillerman Prize for best first mystery novel set in the Southwest awarded annually by St. Martin’s Press.

Before turning to fiction, she wrote seven nonfiction books including Tony Hillerman’s Landscape, On the Road with Chee and Leaphorn (HarperCollins) and Gardens of Santa Fe and the recipe book and restaurant guide Santa Fe Flavors (both Gibbs Smith Publisher), all in collaboration with photographer Don Strel, her husband. Anne has received numerous honors for her work including the Independent Booksellers’ Mountains and Plains Book Award, two New Mexico Book Awards and two Santa Fe Reporter’s Best of Santa Fe Awards. She was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award. The New Mexico Chapter of Women in the Arts has recognized Hillerman as an Outstanding Woman Author. In 2012, she was honored as One of New Mexico’s Remarkable Women, an award presented by SOMOS, a long established literary group based in Taos, New Mexico. In 2013 she received the Art Icon Award.

Beginning in 2012, Anne and Don have worked as study guides for Road Scholar, sharing stories and information with guests on the Tony Hillerman’s Landscape tour, a program based on their book. She and Strel live and work in Santa Fe. When she’s not working, her idea of a well spent day is skiing fresh powder with friends, followed by a classic western sunset, a fine meal and a good book.

Tickets are $28 per person and are on sale at the MountainView Administrative Building next to the MountainView Clubhouse. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. with southwest lunch served at 12:00 noon.

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