Spanish Culture Club News

Gail Blizard

Word for the day: poco a poco (little by little)

Little by little, step by step, we are getting back to a more normal pace.


Our November meeting was held in the Activity Center, and approximately 40 members had a chance to reconnect face-to-face. It was a joyous reunion for many who had not seen each other in many months.

Mary Jo Swartzberg and Sandy Brooks told us all about the Spanish influence on Mexican cuisine. The talk was both informative and delicious, as we were provided with two examples to savor: beef empanadas with fruit salsa and churros with a chocolate dipping sauce.

Meeting schedule and upcoming programs

Except where noted, we meet monthly, October through May, on the third Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in the SaddleBrooke One Activity Center. Our usual format is a potluck dinner followed by a program. Meetings are conducted in English.

* December 2021: No meeting

* Jan. 17, 2022: The Culture of Tapas in Spain, by Drs. Nile and Ann Vernon

* Feb. 21,2022: The Amado Family of Tucson, by Maria Amado Byers

* March 21, 2022: TBD

* April 18, 2022: Wine and cheese party at Gary and Rhonda Somers’ house

* May 16, 2022: TBD

Spanish-speaking lunches

Are you interested in Spanish conversation for an hour? Club member Audrey Tarchine is organizing once-a-month lunches at a local restaurant, where you can practice with friendly people in an informal environment while you eat. If interested, please contact Audrey at [email protected] or 520-825-7788 so she can let you know the date, time, and place. The next lunch will be in January.

About usmembership

We are a culture club, not a language club, interested in all aspects of Latin American and Spanish culture, including art, music, and customs. Speaking Spanish is not required, as all meetings are conducted in English.

Do you have SaddleBrooke friends and neighbors who are interested in joining our club? Suggest that they come as a guest to the next meeting. They can get in touch with Susan Durchslag, our membership chair, at [email protected] for details. Calendar year membership is $20 per person.

If you are interested in joining, have any questions, or would like to attend an event on a trial basis, please contact Gary Somers (president) at [email protected] or Susan Durchslag (membership chair) at [email protected]