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February 2024 Newsletter

Updated: Feb 21

Dear Neighbors,

If you are already a member of the Vista Del Rio Residents' Association, Inc., thank you so much.

If not, we encourage you to join and be an active part of one of Tucson's most desirable neighborhoods!

Membership in the Vista Del Rio Residents' Association, Inc. is voluntary. Your annual fee of $45.00 supports a variety of activities throughout the year, including: educational programming and an annual tour of our archaeological park, yard sales, porch fest, Christmas lighting context, and the December hayride. We hope to do more of these and other social activities.

Also, through our website and newsletters, we advocate for and keep the neighborhood informed on relevant issues such as street sign maintenance, street paving, park cleanup, brush and bulky pickups, and junk removal/roll-offs. We maintain active relationships with City officials and the Tucson Police Department. All of this for just $45.00 a year! Together, with your help, we can continue to build and enjoy a cohesive community spirit.

We look forward to seeing you as a member!

The Board of Vista Del Rio


Annual Meeting

Saturday, February 17, 2024 10:00 a.m.

Please join us! Learn about your neighborhood and plan to participate! Our Annual Meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. If you wish to attend, please email Pat Wiedhopf.

We will review what was accomplished in 2023, share our plans for 2024, and invite you to share your thoughts and/or concerns with our board members.

Board Elections

Board members will be elected for terms ending in 2027. One current board member is running for reelection and an additional board member position is available. What does it take to be a board member? Be a Vista Del Rio resident. It is not necessary to be a homeowner. We invite you to join us!

Call Sharon Spiker, Nominations Committee Chair to place your name on the ballot. (Leave your information on her message machine.) Please note that nominations can also be made at the appropriate time during the Annual Meeting.

Current board members

Term Ends

Mitch Kagen

Feb. 2024

Pat Wiedhopf

Feb. 2025

Sharon Spiker

Feb. 2025

Val Reynolds

Feb. 2025

Cheryl Hoffman

Feb. 2026

Miki Zeman

Feb. 2026

Sara Read

Feb. 2026

Derek Daniels

Feb. 2026

Website Updated!

You can find

  • January 2024 TPD East Newsletter

  • How to Contact Board Members

  • View Upcoming Events

  • Download the Membership Form

  • About our Vista Del Rio Cultural Resource Park

  • Community Resources

  • Board Minutes

Park Cleanup Day - A Success!

We had a park cleanup day in June. Neighborhood volunteers pitched in to help with the general cleanup and bag the debris for Brush/Bulky pick up the following Monday.

2023 Holiday Decorating Contest Voting by Neighborhood

What a beautiful display of winter holiday decorations and lights this year! We should all be proud to live in our neighborhood! On behalf of the board and everyone who had the opportunity to enjoy the festive mood they created, we thank each and every one of you who decorated and lighted your house and/or yard.

The residents of our neighborhood voted and selected the following winners:

First Place............ 2961 N La Chiquita

Second Place.... 7504 E Rio Vista Circle

Third Place.......... 2621 N Essel

Annual Hayride

An estimated 100 people attended our annual neighborhood hayride event! Hot chocolate and hot cider were served and holiday music was enjoyed by everyone, Food and cash contributions were collected for The Community Food Bank. Thank you to all who participated!

Save the Date: Free Tour of the Vista Del Rio Archaeological Site

7575 E Desert Arbors Street, Saturday, March 2, 2024 from 9-11 am

You must preregister for this tour. Please refer to the flyer or event page for specific directions.

Save the Date: Two Roll-Offs are scheduled for March 1-4

Your Neighborhood Association has obtained two Roll-Offs from the City of Tucson. One will be located at the southeast corner of Essel Drive and Camino Montaraz, next to the park and one will be located at the end of North Rio Verde Drive. You can use them for most unwanted yard items, debris, and other miscellaneous goods.

City Roll-Off Rules:

  • No material can be sticking out of the top or overhanging on the sides.

  • Container should be loaded uniformly and tailgate secured.

  • No hazardous materials such as paint, fuel tanks, or batteries.

  • No appliances that contain Freon (i.e. refrigerators, freezers, etc)

  • No tires are to be disposed of in containers.

  • For your safety, use caution when loading the container, Please note cacti can be very heavy. Rain engorged small amounts of cacti can be very heavy too.

Find General Info, Get Maps & Information, and/or Report Issues

This "Cheat Sheet" has been updated. It may not be everything in one place, but this handy page on the City of Tucson's website has the links for you to access maps and records, report issues and file reports with several City departments, get information on building codes and parcel searches, contact Mayor and Council (and even learn more about the duties of their positions), sign up for various City email lists, and find low-income assistance. The page has direct links to numerous pages for the water, transportation, environmental services, and Parks and Recreation departments so you can specifically find the information you need.

Numbers To Call For Assistance

  • Call 911 if you see suspicious activity or any crime in progress. It is the only way the police patrolling our area can track criminal activity.

  • Graffiti Abatement: 520-792-2489

  • Te report potholes email and identify the location

  • To report animal noise complants: Pima Animal Care Center 520-724-5972

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