Common Ground on the Border
Friday - Saturday, January 12-13, 2018


General Information

Venue        Accomodations         Cost          Concerts


Sahuarita/Green Valley , Arizona—about 15 miles south of Tucson and 35 miles from the US/Mexico Border. Easy access to the Tucson International Airport.


The Good Shepherd United Church of Christ
17750 South La Cañada
, Sahuarita, AZ 85629

The home of The Green Valley/Sahuarita Samaritans, ( a humanitarian group that works with migrants in the desert, as well as the Javarita Coffeehouse, a well established concert venue.


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Accommodations Options:

Please make your own lodging reservations at local hotels. Limited number of homestays—call 520-625-1375 for status. Two nearby hotels are:

The Best Western Hotel in Green Valley (8 minutes away)
111 S La Canada Drive, Green Valley, Arizona  85614
Phone: 520 625 2250

The Holiday Inn Express in Green Valley (7 minutes away)
19200 S 1-19 Frontage Road, Green Valley, Arizona, 85614
Phone: 877 865 6578

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Program Cost

NOTE: Make check out to The Good Shepherd, with CGOTB in the memo line. Mail completed check and registration form to:  The Good Shepherd UCC, 17750 S. La Cañada Drive, Sahuarita, AZ  85629


  • Full Event: $90 Includes Common Ground on the Border classes, Border Issues Fair, two concerts and two dinners (Friday and Saturday). NOTE: Cost does NOT include Friday morning Excursion.
  • Individual Activity Costs
  • $40  Two Common Ground on the Border classes (Friday and Saturday)
  • $20  One Common Ground on the Border class (Friday and Saturday)
  • $10  Border Issues Fair (Saturday)
  • $20  Friday Evening Concert: Holly Near
  • $10  Saturday Evening Concert: Faculty Artists and Friends
  • $10  Friday Dinner 
  • $10  Saturday Dinner
  • $15  Friday morning Border Excursion. NOTE: Not included in full event registration.

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Evening Concerts

Location: Concerts will take place at the Javarita Coffeehouse, 17750 South La Cañada, Sahuarita, AZ 85629 (see map above)

Concert Hours: 7 - 9 PM, Friday and Saturday. Doors open at 6:30 PM.

Tickets: All tickets are available at the door. (Note: Full-time Common Ground on the Border participants receive free concert admission)

Concert Schedule:


Friday: An Evening with Holly Near

Tickets $20

Holly Near has been singing for our lives for over 45 years. Long respected as a singer/songwriter and social justice advocate, she effortlessly weaves lyrics that are tender, humorous, and inspirational as well as biting and challenging - and all the while she keeps it personal. Gifted with a powerful voice and a love for entertaining, Ms. Near puts on a great show reflecting on the world in which we live, the complexities of love, and integrity.

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Saturday: Music with the Common Ground on the Border Faculty and Friends
Tickets $10

Enjoy a variety of performers from Jesse Palidofsky, Walt Michael, Pablo Peregrina, Ted Ramirez, and more. Playing the blues, country, old-time, ranchera, mariachi - you name it - it will happen. We'll also enjoy hearing and seeing student work from the Common Ground on the Border classes.

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