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Our Grassroots History

The Saddlebag Notes is a grassroots paper started by SaddleBrooke residents.

The Saddlebag Notes was started by SaddleBrooke residents in 1988 as a way of arranging to get-togethers for activities. Residents contributed all the articles and photos. Today, the Saddlebag Noes is still connecting residents for numerous activities and interests and the majority of articles and photos are generated by residents. But the paper also publishes informational articles designed for the over 55 population in SaddleBrooke.

The Saddlebag Notes was sold to The Arizona Daily Star in 2006, when its size and production needs became too much for residents to maintain. As part of that agreement, The Saddle Notes, Inc. was formed to continue the volunteer efforts of residents in delivering the paper each month. About 100 residents are involved in the process of delivering papers to every household in SaddleBrooke.

Charitable Investment

Advertising in the Saddlebag Notes is an investment in local charities.

The Arizona Daily Star provides Saddle Notes Inc. a donation in recognition of the residents efforts to create and deliver the paper from Saddlebag Notes’ advertising revenue. Our advertisers, some of whom have advertised for many years, recognize the value of the Saddlebag Notes and its contributions to the community.

Each year, The Saddle Notes, Inc. awards grants to various community charities such as Amphitheatre Foundation’s “Math Plus” program, the Central Arizona College Foundation, Family First Pregnancy Care Center and Family Diaper Bank, Little Hooves and Big Hearts, Marana-Foothills Optimist Club, the Tri-Community Food Bank, the Oracle School Foundation and Against Abuse. These awards amount to approximately $30,000 annually.

Our Products

You can target your advertising through two separate products that provide a year-round presence.

Monthly News

Maintain a monthly presence by advertising in the monthly print paper and the online version.

The Saddlebag Notes publishes monthly with editions being delivered to homes by the first of each month. This paper contains sections such as Community, Sports, Clubs, Health and Fitness, Pets, Finance and Home and Garden, so that readers can easily find the articles and advertisements of interest to them.

Online Product

Reach customers who prefer digital content.

Our website provides more than a digital version of our print publications. We provide content for readers not found in the print version.

Take Care Guide

The ideal publication for health related advertising is on line all year.

Each October, the Saddlebag Notes publishes a Take Care Guide to coincide with the Annual SaddleBrooke Health Fair.  The Guide provides information for residents about individuals and organizations designed to help them navigate the challenges of aging. There are sections that provide lists of services to help them “age in place,” and resources for them when they decide to move to a residential setting unencumbered by the demands of home ownership. Other sections detail care management providers, medical and dental services, alternative and complementary care and life planning.

The SaddleBrooke Community

A population of older, relatively affluent and educated adults with specific needs and interests

SaddleBrooke is an active adult community with almost 5,000 homes and approximately 9,000 residents over the age of 55. It’s estimated that as much as 80 percent are year-round residents. The average sale price of homes is about $339,000. As many as two-thirds of residents are fully retired, while the rest continue to work part and even full-time jobs.

Many residents volunteer for the many local charities, some of which like the Golden Goose and SaddleBrooke Community Outreach, were started by SaddleBrooke residents.


Interested in Advertising with Us?

You can download our rate cards for the monthly paper and the Take Care Guide. Click Here

For more information contact our Account Executive

Kristal MacDough

520-818-0204 (office) or 520-909-2923 (cell)

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