Author: Civano Middle School

Writer: Mollie Monger

“I want that pile!” I said with conviction while playing Bao with my teacher. The one who taught me how to play months before. I learned how to play this game by watching my school teacher Marcus and my friend Annie play this game for thirty minutes, after their game and asking many questions I challenged Annie and beat her in three of exciting turns.


Bao is a very complex, fast thinking, exciting game. Some people believe to think it is just a more complicated version of Mancala. I somewhat agree, but Bao has more of a rhythm to it, as you move the pile of rocks across your side you drop the rock and then the other rocks react to the one dropped “Click, Clack… Click, Clack… Click…” last one dropped into an empty hole, the turn is over.

Once when I was playing the game, I thought of how smart the people who created this game are, as well as the everyone including the young children who play it in  Malawi almost everyday. I think that this game is super complex and difficult, but then again I remind myself that kids much younger than me are playing much better     than I do and much more fluent as well.

We play it on these nice wooden boards that Marcus brought to the school, and learned it in middle school from Marcus who lived in Malawi for awhile. The they make their own boards and play it in the dirt: digs all thirty two-holes into the ground, finds sixty-four rocks then plays with one another right after making the board.

I was losing, I had less than half the amount of rocks that he had. I wanted to beat Marcus at the game he taught me in the beginning. There was one pile that had maybe fifteen rocks on his side, and I had two rocks right across from his on my side. It was my turn, I thought for awhile, but was stuck. I told him “I want that pile!” I finally picked up a pile and my last one landed right in my pile with two and fifteen right across. I got it.. After that I felt, I the student became the master. After that turn I started to get more and more on my side, I emptied his front row. I just won, and beat my teacher.

Added by the website administrator:  Learn more about Bao – the Swahili word for “board game”


How To Build A Chicken Coop On A Tight Budget

Author: Civano Middle School (CMS) Chicken Raisers

Writer: Bridget

Chickens, may not be as big as your dog or cat but they can be pets as well, and  they deserve just as much care as any other pet. However, chickens are animals who live outdoors and need a place to live that has enough space so they can roam around and be free. Chicken coops can be store bought but most are too small to house more than two chickens. Store bought chicken coops  are usually more expensive as well. If you build your own chicken coop not only do you get to decide on your design but you can also choose how big you want it to be so it can fit the number of chickens that you want to house.”PICTURE HERE”

One of the first steps to designing a chicken is making a plan and making a material list. To help conserve money you might consider going over measurements to find out the exact material you’ll need instead of making a close guess. Another way to save money is to go dumpster diving for need two by fours or plywood. Another way to save money is to borrow needed tools from people who already have them instead of buying them yourself. The three ways I suggested you save money are almost guaranteed to save almost half as much as a store bought chicken coop would plus all the extra supplies. Supplies such as saw dust to put on the bottom of your coop will still be needed but these items should not be very costly. Thank for listening to my advice and happy chicken raising!

MINI Cooper Owners — UNITE

MINI Cooper Owners


Author: Andy Delgardo-Keller

A proposed new club: Civano MINI owners. If you are interested in meeting fellow MINI enthusiasts, here’s your chance. Please email Andy at Please Add MINI to the subject line.

photoThe MINI Cooper has long been a car that is unique, as are their owners’ enthusiasm for them. I bought my first MINI in 2010 while living in Colorado. I was a member of the Colorado car club “MINI5280.” Our club hosted MINI’s in the mountains every summer with MINI Coopers attending from all 50 states, including Hawaii. We as MINI owners are often called Miniacs! Yes, it’s a great car to drive and personalize or as we like to say in the MINI Community “Youify.”

I am now a member of the “Arizona Dynamic MiNi Collective”. We are the Tucson club chapter called the “Madmen.” Because there are several MINI’s seen around Civano, I thought it would be fun to form a neighborhood club. Most MINI clubs focus on one or two charities that the members support. This could be the basis of our club along with fun outings for us Miniacs. Let’s give it a GO. Email me.

Bob Small To Host a Travel Party at the Civano Activity Center


As you may know, Helga and I travel with Grand Circle and Overseas Adventure Travel often, and this party is a chance to share our love of travel with you.

A representative of the company will be giving a video presentation about unique and exciting travel opportunities, and share travel advice and tips. There will also be exclusive discounts for  travelers who decide to reserve a trip within 30 days.

  • NEW TRAVELERS receive $300 per person off his first trip
  • Prior Grand Circle and OAT Travelers receive $100 per person off
  • Enter in a raffle for $150 in Travel Credits to use on any trip.

Hostesses:       Bob and Helga Small

DATE:                    Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 starting at 6:30 pm

LOCATION:      Civano Activity Center

Refreshments will be served and a slide show of some of our trips will be shown.

RSVP:   Sign upsheet or call or email or other 398-7100 or

Find out more about the trips at or

Shouting Out to Readers Everywhere!

By Jan Terry

Do you like to read interesting books?  Would you like to know what books are fun and interesting to read?  Would you like to talk to others about books that you read?  Civano Book Club may be for you.

Civano Book Club was started by Ardi Whalen in 2003.  “The best part about this book club is that I read books that I ordinarily would not have read”, says Ardi.   Currently, there are 15 members on the e-mail roster, some are winter visitors others live here year around.  Civano Book Club meets on the second Monday of the month at 6:30 pm (please note the new time) excluding July, August, and December.

The person who selects the book is the leader of the monthly discussion.  Sometimes members prefer to lead at the rotunda.  Other members prefer to lead in their home.

Members meet at the end of the year and offer monthly selections for the following year.

All genres of books are considered:  fiction, non-fiction, historical fiction, finance, the classics, etc.  Last year we went to Afghanistan, Galveston, TX, Mongolia and Arizona.  And we visited the financial world, and the supernatural world.

The November book club selection is The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.  Faye Vamvakias will be leading the discussion in her home. We do not meet in December.

Won’t you come and join us for the next book club meeting?  Bring a friend.  For more information call Jan Terry at 762-9016.

Civano Neighbors needs volunteers for the Octoberfest to be held on Nov. 1. Please join us.


Sign me up for the Oktoberfest occurring on Nov. 1. Please contact me.

Civano Artisan & Business Expo

Civano Neighbors is organizing the Civano Artisan & Business Expo on Sunday, March 23, 2014 to promote the many local businesses located within our community including Civano Nursery, Inn at Civano, Del Sol B&B & Dizzy Lizard Gift Shop, Beauty Is, Skin & Body Fitness, Civano Coffee House, Tucson Stretch & Pilates, Under One Sun, Ballet Rincon and Civano Eye Care. Joining these storefront businesses will be over fifty juried artists and crafters who will display their unique handmade creations, as well as a variety of home-based neighborhood businesses who will have information about their goods and services.

Civano Artisan & Business Expo will run from 10 am to 4 pm in and around the Civano Neighborhood Center at 10501 E. Seven Generations Way, Tucson, AZ 85747. Many expo participants will be offering a variety of giveaways, and cold beverages, baked goods and freshly made kettle corn will be on sale. The Tucson Food Trucks will also roundup from 12 pm to 4 pm at the adjacent Mary Webber Park in Civano.

Come enjoy a wonderful day visiting our little community, off Houghton Road, near the corner of Irvington Road.

For more information, contact Linda Green at (520) 247-0493.