Explore Arizona with Central Arizona Lifelong Learners program

By Guy Harrison, Media & Marketing Specialist

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. - The state of Arizona is full of history and adventure. Through Central Arizona College's Lifelong Learners program, participants can revisit the wonders of the Grand Canyon State or experience them for the very first time.

C.A.L.L.'s Central Arizona Travelers has organized a Tour de Arizona of sorts with a side trip to Baja California for whale watching this spring.

Kartchner Caverns - The Throne Room

Tue., Feb. 22, 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

This latest room to be opened for tours includes more of the stunning cave features witnessed in the The Big Room.

Limit of 10 participants. Cost - $40 for C.A.L.L. members, $55 for non-members.

MIM - Musical Instrument Museum

Mon., March 7, 11 a.m.

Home of some 10,000 musical instruments from around the world, this new museum promises to become one of the major attractions in Arizona. Visit the guitar gallery, the celebrity gallery, traveling exhibits, and exhibits from nearly 200 countries and geographical regions of the world.

Celebrate the similarities and differences of the world's cultures as expressed through music. Integrated audio and video experiences will enable students to appreciate the sounds of instruments from around the world as well as to see these instruments played in their cultural context.

Cost - $10 for members, $25 for non-members.

Taliesin West - Frank Lloyd Wright's Studio

Tue., March 15, 10:45 a.m.

Acclaimed as one of Frank Lloyd Wright's greatest masterpieces, Taliesin West displays Wright's ability to integrate indoor and outdoor spaces. Travelers will visit the Cabaret Theater, Music Pavilion, Seminar Theater and his private office, all connected by dramatic terraces, gardens and walkways.

Situated on nearly 600 acres of Sonoran Desert, this is a National Historic Landmark. After a tour of Taliesin and a picnic lunch, participants will visit Pedro Guerrero's home (Wright's personal photographer) in Florence to view photographs of Wright and hear about his memories of life with the famous architect.

Limit of 20 participants

Cost - $24 for members, $45 for non-members.

Baja Whale Safari

Wed., Mar. 23 to Tue., Mar. 29

Have you ever touched a whale? Large numbers of Gray Whales migrate to the Pacific Coast of Baja California every winter to give birth. This trip is an opportunity to see the mothers and their babies up close and personal.

Travelers will fly to San Diego where they will meet guides who will travel to the Baja, stopping to explore points of interest and investigate the geology, ecology and history of this fascinating and exotic desert peninsula.

Guided boat rides will take travelers among the whales in Scammon's Lagoon (Ojo de Liebre) and Bahia de San Ignacio. More than 1000 whales and hundreds of babies have been seen in these waters.

Participants will visit Ensenada, El Rosario, Guerrero Negro, San Ignacio, Catavina and San Quintin, enjoying a lobster dinner and special Mexican traditions. Guests will visit the unique gardens of Catavina, the San Vicente Community Museum, a bird-filled salt marsh, sandy beaches and beautiful landscapes.

This highly-popular trip fills up quickly, so register soon to avoid disappointment. Travelers will require a passport.

The nonrefundable trip fee includes all transportation (plane, bus and boat), seven nights lodging, all meals, bilingual guides and entrance fees. The trip fee does not include optional trip insurance, optional single supplement, tips, or personal expenses. The cost for the trip is $1495 for C.A.L.L. members and $1590 for non-members.

The Orpheum Theater Tour
Fri., March 25, 10 a.m.

Built in 1929, the Orpheum is the last remaining example of theater palace architecture in the Valley of the Sun. Restored for $14 million, it is a state-of-the-art showcase for arts and entertainment.

Visitors will explore the special features of this beautiful building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Limit of 20 participants.

Cost - $12 for members, $25 for non-members.

The Desert Caballeros Western Museum

Thu., April 7, 10 a.m.

The Desert Caballeros Western Museum is the setting for the Fifth Annual Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West Invitational Exhibition & Sale. There is nothing but pure magic for the 50 extraordinarily talented artists who are invited each year to participate. The museum is honored to carry the banner for the West's best women artists.

Cost - $15 for members, $30 for non-members.

PING Golf Club Factory Tour

Wed., April 13, 10 a.m.

PING Golf is the name by which Karsten Manufacturing is known worldwide. The name Karsten came from the original creator of the first PING club, a putter. If you love golf - or just want to see what a successful international golf club manufacturing plant looks like from the inside, this tour is outstanding.

Limit of 20 participants.

Cost - No Charge for members, $20 for non-members.

Grand Canyon by Boat

May 20-22

Experience the number one adventure tour in the United States - 40 miles of scenic adventure on the Colorado River in pontoon boats, lunch on a sandy beach under towering cliffs and a helicopter ride from the canyon bottom to the 4700-foot rim of the grandest canyon in the country.

The day on the river includes exciting rapids as well as smooth water, an optional hike to Travertine Falls, and views of some of the most spectacular rock formations in the world.

The nonrefundable trip fee includes transportation, two nights lodging sharing a double room, lunch on the river, eight-person pontoon boat for a day, tip for the boatman, a helicopter ride to the rim, and guide services. Other meals not included.

Cost - $605 for members, $700 for non-members.

For more information on C.A.L.L. programs, or to register for any of these excursions, please contact Joel Beck by phone at 480-677-7721 or by e-mail at joel.beck@centralaz.edu.

Central Arizona College - District Office 8470 N. Overfield Road, Coolidge, AZ 85128 Phone: 800-237-9814