Members of the Tucson Society of the Blind are pictured below enjoying special field trips and programs at weekly meetings held every Tuesday morning. Each program and event is designed to be inclusive for persons who are blind or visually impaired.
Tucson Society of the Blind's visit to Arizona Public Media TV and radio station at the University of Arizona
The whole TSB group during the tour!
Barb talking with tour guide Alex Birch who coordinates the volunteer staff at the station.
KGUN TV and Radio Station Tour
Members and volunteers with the Tucson Society of the Blind are seated for a group photo in preparation for the live viewing of the Morning Blend, a community focused program that airs on this ABC affiliate TV channel in Tucson.
Members and volunteers cozy up in the radio station studios for 94.9 MIX fm while one of the morning hosts presents about the computers, microphones, and sound board that is setup around a large "U" shaped counter.
A trip to the Zoo
zoo 1Gina, Barbara, Erma, and Mike watch as the zookeeper holds a reptile
Zookeeper passes by TSB members holding a snake
Tom and Bobbie and other TSB members watch as a talk about animals ensues
Zookeeper dramatically holds a reptile
Lovin Life After 50 Tucson Expo
Members of Tucson Society of the Blind at the Tucson Expo Booth. The organizations mascot, Timonthy hangs in the background, and information about the group sits on the table at the left and a gift basket at the right.
TSB member Mike stands with both the 2017 and 2004 Miss Arizona winners as they visit the organizations booth at the 2018 Tucson Expo.
Pool Party 2017
A big thank you to the McCann's for hosting!
President Erma smiles at 2017 Pool Party
Mike relaxes after lending an extra hand for the 2017 Pool Party
Chef Tom at the 2017 Pool Party
Barbara cools down after her swim at the 2017 Pool Party
Vicki lends a hand at the 2017 Pool Party
Bobbie chills at the 2017 Pool Party
The 2017 Pool Party Swingin' Ladies
Juan kicks back at the 2017 Pool Party
Juan and Hema at the 2017 Pool Party
Hema at the 2017 Pool Party
Lyz at the 2017 Pool Party
Lyz and Bruce at the 2017 Pool Party
Bruce at the 2017 Pool Party
Tracy and Beverly at the 2017 Pool Party
Wesley at the 2017 Pool Party
Mike and Erma at the 2017 Pool Party
Around the table at the 2017 Pool Party
Miniature horse and Clydesdale
Trainer Nancy with JJ the large Clydesdale horse
Bobbie, Gina, and Lyz checks out the Clydesdale horse
Bruce and Lyz stand by the Clydesdale horse
TSB member pets the Clydesdale horse
TSB member pets the Clydesdale horse
Erma checks out the miniature horse
Members of the Tucson Society of the Blind stand in front of a steam engine at the Transportation Museum adjacent to the freight and passenger rail lines.
Barbara rings the train bell at the Transportation Museum
Annie and Carol pose at the front of all black steam engine at the Transportation Museum
Carol poses with the Docent on the Transportation Museum platform next to the freight and passenger tracks where trains frequently roll by.
Suzi Gunn presents pedestrain safety tips
Orientation and Mobility instructor Suzi Gunn describes several safety tips for vision impaired and blind pedestrains. She wears a bright neon green baseball cap and reflective orange and yellow safety vest which provides additional visility to drivers.
Field Trip to Arizona State Museum on the University of Arizona campus
TSB Members and Sighted Guides stand in front of the Arizona State Museum posing for a group photo.
Field trip attendees touch and inspect a variety of articfacts in a classroom at the Arizona State Museum.
A second photo of attendees touching and inspecting artifacts in a classroom at the Arizona State Museum.
Janice Deardorff stands while singing Western Tunes on her guitar. She wears a tan cowboy hat and plaid button down shirt common among ranch clothing styles
Cecil the reptile guy
Erma pets a Gila Monster as guest speaker Cecil holds it while describing the texture of its scales.
Ruth strokes a snake while Cicil talks about their sun bathing lazy nature.
Erma checks out a small snake that Mike is passing around to TSB members and guests.
Joe examines a medium sized snake while Cecil comments on the size of the meals they can eat.
Ruth tenatively touches a large rattle snake as Cecil reminds listeners to back away slowly if they ever hear a rattle giving a warning.
Cecil carries around a captive rattle snake in a box that wildly stirs, demonstrating the sound one would hear when a rattle is preparing to attack.
Cecil places a covered box near Erma's ear as the captive rattle snake gives a proximity warning.
Lindsey McHugh plays the piano and sings for members of TSB at our weekly meeting. She also spoke about techniques for teaching blind students music.
Ben's Bells Award
Barbara Macpherson smiles as she holds up the Ben's Bells Award she just received from the organizations representative.
Barbara Macpherson stands to the left, with Annie Schlesinger at the right of the TSB logo of Timothy. Barbara has just been awarded for her continual service which has been appreciated by Annie who nominated her.
Blind and visually impaired folks can become socially isolated. Barbara Macpherson combated this by helping to found Tucson Society of the Blind, a weekly group which provides education, entertainment and socialization. She currently serves as Vice President and Program Chair. I am a member. She recruits and works with volunteers who assist at meetings and field trips. Barbara recently ran a successful Rodeo Concert as a fund raiser.
She is active in Tucson chapter of National Federation of the Blind. She has served on the Board and currently does notifications. Barbara is an example of the philosophy of living life as we want and not let blindness hold her back.
She periodically provides training for Sun Van drivers on how to assist and interact with blind and visually impaired riders.
Barbara uses her personal experiences with vision loss and training to reach out and assist others in working toward independent living which is meaningful and satisfying. Barbara mentors individuals by providing useful information and emotional support and stays in touch with many individuals to encourage them.
She is an example of what a visually impaired person can do including line dancing. She is making a difference in people's lives.
The Banjo Blasters kick it at TSB.
You can never have too many Banjos.
Banjo Heaven, members of the Banjo Blasters quickly pluck out the melody.
Upright Bass and the Washboard hold down the rhythm as the Banjo Blasters take off.
Historic Canoa Ranch, Marrch 14, 2017
TSB members listen to a docent as she describes the corale at the Historic Canoa Ranch.
A docent speaks in front of the wood wall and semi-modern metal covered area of the corale at the Historic Canoa Ranch.
Members of TSB sit on the large front porch of the former Ranchers Home at the Historic Canoa Ranch.
Humble kitchen of the single room home were Congressman Raul Grijalva grew up at the Canoa Ranch.
Rodeo Parade Museum - field trip March 7, 2017
Coal cars are lined up on a piece of track, representing a valuable cash resource for many western settlers.
The town blacksmith often acted as the local visitors center, and naturally a place to obtain replacement shoes for your hourse.
Saddles come in all sizes and designs to fit a variety of horses and riders needs.
The homemaker of the south-west today may have more tools than yesteryear, but the principles are still the same.
Function over luxury was of greater importance to most, with a small bed and wash tub found in this early south-west bedroom.
Storage of goods may be flashier today, but shelving and the use of containers has stayed pretty much the same.
Close up of washing bowl, which one sits in while dumping water over their body for basic cleaning.
Jail cells have never provided comfort, and this model of a 19th century cell clearly dipicts the dismal environment crimminals would have to endure when serving their sentance.
Country kitchen western style restaurant with checkered white and red tablecloths.
Model trains and buildings of early Tucson. Depicts downtown with train moving into view.
Model trains and buildings of early Tucson. Depicts downtown with horse and buggy carriage.
Model trains and buildings of early Tucson. Depicts Presideo Church and persons standing.
Model trains and buildings of early Tucson. Depicts tent city east of downtown with Red Cross camp.
Basic carriage with black leather seats and green body.
Covered carriage with large yellow wheels.
Fire engine carriage with ladders hanging on each side and still dressed up with festive elements used in the annual Tucson Rodeo Parade.
Red covered carriage.
Blue and yellow covered carriage.
Members of TSB check out a carriage at the Rodeo Parade Museum.
Members of TSB listen as our docent speaks about a carriage at the Rodeo Parade Museum.
Sighted volunteer Diana and long time member Mike talk as they view carriages at the Rodeo Museum.
The Hearse, also known as the Funeral Carriage typically is black, but is white for children.
Upper society sought finely crafted carriages as a sign of their wealth, this Brewster model was the predicessor to top end cars of today.
Taxi's have served larger cities for hundreds of years, this black carriage provides privacy for riders in the back by offering a pull down screen.
Story of Lincoln's Funeral Train
Three sizes of model cabbooses similar to the Lincoln Memorial Train, in front a yellow N gauge that can fit in ones hand, at the left a red HO guage model about the size of a half can of soda, and at the right a much larger brown O guage cabboos train that is the size of a package.
A replica of a cabboos similar to the Lincoln Memorial Train at 1/50 scale. Painted with red-brown paint and a dark brown roof. Imprinted on the side is the logo for Taste Express.
A civil war pin with a gold star and stars & bars ribbon below are affixed to a medium grey wool jacket.
Wayne Wesolowski from the Casden Toy Train Museum wears his replica civil war jacket made of grey wool. Earlier he provided a detailed history of the Lincoln Memorial Train on its 20 day national journey to the President's final resting place.
Tony Sings on Valentines Day
Tony sits on a stool playing his guitar while singing several favorites on Valentines Day 2017.
Tom Chesnut Shakes, Rattles, and Rolls TSB
Tom Chesnut sings many favorite oldies at TSB. He holds microphone as he gentlly croons out songs, while wearing a black shirt and slowly moving around the room.
The Tucson Society of the Blind continues to offer a variety of weekly programs specifically geared for blind and vision impaired persons. Have a look at our recent adventures and plan to join us in the near future!
Sabino Canyon - December 9, 2016
On the tram at the top of Sabino Canyon.
Looking down from the top of Sabino Canyon.
Glowing yellow trees with rocky backdrop of the Sabino Canyon wall.
Fall colors abound with vivid yellow tees throughout Sabino Canyon.
Taking in nature at a picnic area in Sabino Canyon.
Looking up the tall walls of Sabino Canyon from the picnic area, where a large out cropping of rocks is purhed at the top. Seguaro cactuses speckle the hills soaking up the sun on this cloudless day.
Over a dozen members and volunteers of TSB rode the Sabino Canyon tram to the top and stopped at a lovely quiet picnic area on the way back down where they enjoyed bagged lunches.
Annie enjoys the afternoon at Sabino Canyon.
Barbara soaks up the sun in Sabino Canyon.
Joe and Hema smile as they converse after lunch in Sabino Canyon.
Marilyn takes in the peaceful surroundings at the Sabino Canyon picnic area.
Dutch takes a stroll in Sabino Canyon
Mike sits and enjoys his lunch at the Sabino Canyon picnic area.
Tom feasts on his high tech meal which he cooked by just adding water. He gets an "A" for being prepared!
Ruth takes in the day at Sabino Canyon.
Geri and Hema chat it up during lunch at Sabino Canyon.
Wesley inspects a skull at the Sabino Canyon Nature Center.
Desert Museum comes to TSB
Dora pets a turtles front foot while Desert Museum docents talk about our desert neighbor.--
Julio runs his finger down a King snakes long body while docents describe the colors.
A quail purches on a T shaped branch as TSB members Erma and Vicki watch the bird maintain its focus on some peanut butter placed on a toothpick held by a Desert Museum docent.
Wesley curiously glides his finger along the body of a King snake while docents describe our desert neighbor.
Halloween Costume Party 2016
President Erma greeting ghostly Bill at TSB's Halloween 2016 Costume Party
Barbara in her Annie Oakley costume with a sparkly red hat and big smile.
Can you guess Hema's costume?
Monk Wesley on left with a seriously devilish Gerri on the right.
Thankfully Superwoman Annie was there to save the day.
Pool Party Fall 2016
Ruth the birthday girl with her daughter and son in law, plus Vickie and Erma.
BBQ Chef Tom and helping hand Annie grilling up lunch at the Fall 2016 Pool Party.
Bobbie on left of Jean and Bill, plus Marilynn and Barbara sitting across table on right.
Julio, Frank and Wesley enjoying lunch at the Fall 2016 Pool Party.
Joe and Annie staying hyrdrated at the Fall 2016 Pool Party.
M.t Lemon Day Trip
The beauty of Mt. Lemon is unsurpassed on a magnificent day in early fall as TSB members take a day trip to enjoy the views. Many thanks to vollunteer drivers who help members enjoy special outings like these.
Mt Lemon volunteer drivers Dutch and Marilyn back row; Vickie, Julio, Dick and Barbara up front during day trip on Mt. Lemon
Julio enjoying the day on Mt. Lemon
Making Ice Cream
Erma, Dora, Joe, Gerrie and Barbara learn the process of Making Ice Cream.
Richard, Ruth, Beverley, Erma and Annie spend the morning Making Ice Cream.
Trip to the Dollar Store
Wilma and Vickie show off their new masks at the Dollar Store, can you guess who is who?
Julio tries on a white cap, while Joe gets a new pair of eyes at the Dollar Store.
Barbara and Marilynn find hats, glasses, and masks perfect for a masquerade party at the Dollar Store.
With the help of volunteers and the launch of Tucson Society of the Blind's website, a photo album of programs and events have been added for the enjoyment of members, family, and freinds.
Western Music Day
Tom Chambers sings and plays Western Music on guitar, August 23, 2016
Ruth and Marilynn enjoying the music of Tom Chambers during Western Music Day.
Bill and Jean smiling as they listen to Tom Chambers during Western Music Day.
After learning tons of Alaskian trivia from a member who took a cruise their recently, TSB members kicked back and enjoyed a pizza lunch.
A morning of Country Oldies from guitarist and singer Brian Trask. Enjoy the two short video clips below.
A Magical Day
Bill Black performs his fun blend of comedy and magic to TSB members on June 14.
Bowling Day Out
Joe and others at the Bowling Alley on June 7, 2016.
A Day on the Farm
Barb feeding Alpaca on farm May 6, 2016
Bobby, Ruth, Barb, and Vicki petting chicken, May 6, 2016
Ruth feeding an Alpaca on farm, May 6, 2016
Tom and Bobby at Alpaca Farm, May 6, 2016
Old Tucson Studios
Tucson Society of the Blind at Old Tucson Studios, March 2016, #1
Tucson Society of the Blind at Old Tucson Studios, March 2016, #2
TSB Fundraiser, Feb 2016, Irma with Quilt Auction Item.
A Day in the Park
Tucson Society of the Blind at Saguaro National Park, July 2015