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CATALINA VISTA FACES COVID-19

A drive around the Catalina Vista Neighborhood shows various signs the neighbors are displaying in support of each other during this pandemic era.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TPD OFFICER KARA CURTIS RETIRES

Kara Curtis has long personified a positive relationship between police and neighborhoods around Tucson. Kara is retiring in June, 2020. We will miss her friendly, supportive presence at Catalina Vista activities.

 

 

MEMORIAL DAY, MAY 25, 2020 IN CATALINA VISTA: The children pictured in this colorful float are from the families of Major Mark Truxillo (Sierra Vista Drive) and the Dray-Kelly family (also of Sierra Vista Drive). The float was decorated by Eliza Dray to honor Memorial Day, and also the Major's forthcoming deployment. The float was attached to a truck that towed the float throughout Catalina Vista on Memorial day morning with the family members walking closely behind.

 

CATALINA VISTA RESIDENTS RECOGNIZED FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Featured in the photograph (left to right) Jo-Ann Gehrels, Jan Hastreiter, Bill Holmes, and Anne Barrett (Alida Gehrels is seated). Jan, Bill and Anne were recognized during the CVNA annual meeting in October 2019 for their long-term contributions to maintaining our beautiful neighborhood parks and islands.

(The Gehrels family received the award on behalf of the family of Stan and Judy Maliszeiwski both of whom passed away over the past year.)

 

Jefferson Park neighborhood recently held a dedication ceremony to acknowledge the contributions by UA-Banner to the surrounding neighborhoods. UA-Banner contributed a gorgeous ramada featuring children’s art works at a new parklet built on the north side of the hospital on the boundary of Jefferson Park. The ramada is surrounded by beautiful seating dedicated to the neighborhoods that worked with the hospital during construction. Catalina Vista’s contributions were recognized in one of the seats.
 

 

contributed by Colette Altaffer

 
 “Grenitas,” combines Grant Road, Edison, and Juanita streets!!! On march 23, 2019, a block party for residents of these Catalina Vista streets brought almost 40 neighbors together to celebrate being neighbors. We welcomed new families who recently moved to the neighborhood and greeted old friends. Thanks Margaret Kish for organizing this event, and thanks to the CVNA Board members for your support.
 

Thank you University of Arizona Mortar Board students for your fantastic help on March 17. You worked extremely hard to clean up the debris from an extremely messy easement South of Grant between Norris and Wilson, for which our neighborhood extends our utmost appreciation. You are a great group of students. Lots of luck to you in your future careers.

Mortar Board students join Catalina Vista neighborhood residents for clean-up work. (Photo by Alison Hughes)


Almost 30 Catalina Vista residents and friends enjoyed listening to Stan Maliszewski describe the amazing history of San Xavier Mission in March 2018. Construction of the mission began in 1783 and was completed in 1797. It is the oldest intact European structure in Arizona.

Stan Maliszewski, Catalina Vista resident and San Xavier docent, leads a tour of eager Catalina Vista residents and friends.


 

CATALINA VISTANS CELEBRATE RAMADA COMPLETION AT TAHOE PARK



 

Catalina Vista residents and ramada supporters cut ribbon to celebrate opening of new ramada May 8, 2017.



Robert Just (City of Tucson), Jose Calderon (Tucson Rodeo Board Chair) and Gary Williams (Tucson Rodeo Director) pose beside the bronze plaque honoring rodeo history.

 
CVNA 2017 Annual Picnic

CVNA Neighbors and Friends Attend 2017 Annual Picnic and Ramada Dedication

 Colette Altaffer, CVNA Board past president, and ramada contributor, describes ramada history at annual picnic

 Young neighborhood visitor enjoys jumping inside the castle during annual 2017 picnic

 
2014

2013-2014 Board members

Back row L-R
Bill Young, Dan Schnoll (Vice President), Betty Jo Drachman, David Sunderman, Sarah Wisdom, Jan Hastreiter (Treasurer), Colette Altaffer (President)

Bottom row L-R
Alison Hughes, Mary Wenner, Marco Liu (Secretary), and Ellen Adelstein.

(Missing from photograph are Wendell Nieman, John Fendrock, Gerald Geise and Jeanie Stearns.)

Photo credit Alison Hughes.

Notable Artists Living in Catalina Vista
 

Adrienne Lehrer
Mosaic and Silk Artist

Denise Uyehara
International Performance Artist, Writer Playwright
   

Donna Helms
Painter

Elliot Heiman, M.D.
Painter
   

Gail Ruben
Clay Artist

Steve Romaniello
Painter
   

Gary Benna
Sculptor

Keith Lehrer
Painter and Author
2012 Catalina Vista Social

The tree pictured was removed from a location on Edison Street. 

 

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