Local chef preps Thanksgiving meal

Roman Trujillo, owner of the Nogales-based food truck Charisma, hopes to help local families have a happy Thanksgiving this year with a holiday feast for those in need.

For the third year, Trujillo and his family will offer a sit-down Thanksgiving dinner at their food truck parked in front of Alex’s Tires. As of Friday, he said, they were preparing to serve at least 45 people a free meal this year after serving 36 a year ago.

“We have been offering a Thanksgiving dinner to those in need for the past two years, and any donations and volunteers would be greatly appreciated,” he said, adding that the family will take donations of turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, vegetables, stuffing, beverages, desserts, rolls or anything else someone might enjoy as part of a Thanksgiving meal.

People interested in helping out can bring donations to the Charisma Food Truck on 30 East Calle Sonora, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, or contact Trujillo at (520) 470-2264 or (520) 285-7711.

“It’s for those families that are struggling and that don’t have enough to supply a Thanksgiving dinner for their family,” he said. “It’s tough seeing this in our town.”

The meal will be served 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 23.

Holiday trash collection schedule

There will be no garbage collection in Nogales on Thursday, Nov. 23 or Friday, Nov. 24, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Instead, the garbage scheduled for pickup on these days will be collected on Wednesday, Nov. 22, the city’s Public Works Department said.

Library gets web archiving funds

The Patagonia Public Library was recently awarded a $6,500 grant to preserve web-based information produced in the local area.

As a participant in the nationwide Community Webs program, the library will be given a half-terabyte of storage to archive Patagonia-based sites – such as the library website and nonprofit, government and social media pages – over the next five years, said Library Director Abbie Zeltzer.

Material collected for the project, dubbed “Patagonia, Arizona 2017 and Beyond,” will be stored on the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, a digital archive of the internet.

This is an important project, Zeltzer said, because while the Patagonia Museum can collect artifacts and print documents, it isn’t able to archive web-based sources.

“So much information is now generated in a digital format and there’s no paper trail to follow,” she said, noting that archiving websites will preserve them before they are changed or deleted.

The funding will cover project trainings and meetings, she said.

Zeltzer, who recently returned from a meeting with other program participants including the Washington, D.C., Los Angeles County and African American-focused libraries, said Patagonia’s was the smallest library selected to participate in the effort. Community Webs is a program of the San Francisco-based Internet Archive and Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Grant to help kids learn at park

A field trip grant from the National Park Foundation will help local students participate in one of the curriculum-based education programs at Tumacácori National Historical Park.

This grant, part of the National Park Foundation’s “Open OutDoors for Kids” program, supports the federal government’s “Every Kid in a Park” program by covering transportation costs for local public schools to visit the park.

“With the addition of the National Park Foundation’s grant, Tumacácori is able to offer immersive educational experience to local students at zero cost to the school,” the park said in a news release. “There is no entrance fee, no program fee and now, fully reimbursed transportation.”

Headlining Tumacácori’s school programs this year is Padre Kino’s Quest, which explores multiple parts of the fourth-grade curriculum including mathematics, geography, persuasive writing and the life of Father Eusebio Francisco Kino. Students must solve their way through a series of puzzles and challenges to collect the “Kino Skill Badges” required to complete the quest.

“Like all of Tumacácori’s curriculum-based programs, the quest includes pre- and post-visit lessons and presents Arizona state standards to participants in a hands-on, inquiry-based setting,” the park said.

Teachers wishing to participate can visit nps.gov/tuma/learn/education or email Melanie_Rawlins@nps.gov.

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