Fun optional events while you are in Tucson
Monday, March 25, 2019
Golf the Cañada Course | Tee times starting at 10 am
Make sure to bring your camera when you visit the Cañada Course, which boasts stunning mountain views from all holes. Play through saguaro capped hillsides surrounded by natural desert terrain, and enjoy manicured fairways and spectacular views of the Catalina Mountains and desert wildlife. Shuttle service will be provided to and from the course. Rental clubs are available for $40 and you will be responsible for arranging the rental with the golf pro.
Cost is $76. Register for this event when registering to attend Convention 2019.
Lunch at the Spa | 12 noon
Join fellow attendees for lunch at Elements Wellness Center, located on the grounds of El Conquistador. FCICA attendees will receive 15% off any spa treatments scheduled before or after lunch. We invite you to schedule a relaxing treatment (additional cost) or enjoy the LifeFitness® workout center and dry sauna (within Elements), and the resort’s pools, whirlpool and cold plunge. To view a listing of spa treatments, click here.
Cost is $55 (price does not include spa treatment). Register for this event when registering to attend Convention 2019.
Saddle Up | Afternoon times available
Enjoy a distinctively Western experience with a horseback ride through desert terrain. Wranglers from All Around Trail Horses will guide us on a 1.5 hour trail ride. Beginners are welcome. Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes for horseback riding. Transportation to and from El Conquistador is included. Afternoon times will be assigned.
Cost is $68, gratuities appreciated for Wranglers. Register for this event when registering to attend Convention 2019.
Tuesday, March 26
Cacti & Critters | 10 am - 3 pm
Join us for a docent guided walking tour of The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, a 98-acre fusion experience of zoo, aquarium, botanical garden and natural history museum. The Museum is regularly listed as one of the top ten zoological parks in the world due to its unique approach in interpreting the complete natural history of a single region (in this case the Sonoran Desert and adjacent ecosystems.) Not a “museum” in the usual sense, it is an unparalleled composite of plant, animal, and geologic collections with the goal of making the Sonoran Desert accessible, understandable, and valued. Lunch will be held at the Ocotillo, a restaurant on site that focuses on locally sourced ingredients to create regional southwest cuisine; this is a true Arizona experience not to be missed.
Suggested attire: casual clothing appropriate for weather, closed-toed shoes, hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen are recommended.
Cost is $159. Register for this event when registering to attend Convention 2019.
Wednesday, March 27
Experience Biosphere 2 | 11 am - 4 pm
Biosphere 2 is an American Earth system science research facility located in Oracle, Arizona. It has been owned by the University of Arizona since 2011. Its mission is to serve as a center for research, outreach, teaching, and lifelong learning about Earth, its living systems, and its place in the universe.
Our Adventure starts at a farm-to-table restaurant, the Harvest, where attendees will sample appetizers, choose an entrée and enjoy a dessert before continuing the journey to Biosphere 2. Biosphere 2 ecosystems include a tropical rainforest, the savannah grasslands, the ocean, and the amazing lungs that help the Biosphere system breathe. At Biosphere 2, our group will have the unique experience to talk with Linda Leigh, one of the original Biospherians, take part in a behind the scenes docent-led guided walking tour and have time for exploring the exhibits and shops on site. This is an opportunity of a lifetime and Kim’s favorite tour. Suggested attire: casual clothing appropriate for weather, closed-toed shoes, hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen are recommended.
Cost is $199. Register for this event when registering to attend Convention 2019.
Wednesday, March 27 Choose Your Dinner Adventure
New this year, we are providing three (3) dinner options for Wednesday, March 27th. These dinner options are included in your attendee registration. Make your selection when registering.
Culinary Dropout - Sponsored by the Successors
All are welcome to join the Successors for this fun experience. Culinary Dropout serves classic meals done right. With crowd favorites like pretzel bites and provolone fondue, their famous fried chicken drizzled with honey, you'll want to taste everything. Thirsty? Wash it all down with an ice-cold draft beer or a killer house-made cocktail. And don’t forget to stick around for games and free live music with a laid-back vibe. Culinary Dropout is for anyone who loves damn good food and drinks. FCICA will provide transportation, food stations and seating in the patio lounges area. Drinks are on your own.
El Charro - Oro Valley
Established in 1922 by Tia Monica Flin, El Charro Café of Tucson, Arizona is The Nation’s Oldest Mexican Restaurant in continuous operation by the same family.
El Charro has become one of the most critically acclaimed restaurant brands in the USA with features in Bon Appétit, Gourmet Magazine, USA Today, The NBC Today Show, Parade Magazine, the NY and LA Times and most recently; The NY Post.
Featuring Sonoran and innovative Tucson-style Mexican food, FCICA will provide transportation, menu options and group seating. Drinks are on your own.
Epazote – Stay at El Conquistador
Chef Joshua Willett scours the local area daily in search of the finest ingredients for his Southwest-infused menu. Combine the inspired dishes with Epazote’s spectacular setting with breathtaking views of the 5,300-ft cliffs of Pusch Ridge, for the ultimate Southwestern dining experience. FCICA will provide menu options and seating on the patio. Drinks are on your own.
Thursday, March 27
Scents of the Desert | 10 am - 2 pm
In this fun, interactive and engaging activity, participants will learn about healthy organic skin care while creating their own custom gift or gift set derived from “scents of the desert”. Each participant will select a fragrance combination with personal appeal and blend it into an array of organically made skin care products. This program will be conducted by Owner/Artist Paula Morris of Sweet P’s Desert Essence Fragrance Collection and will be held on site at El Conquistador and includes lunch.
Cost is $79. Register for this event when registering to attend Convention 2019.