April 5, 2012

Community Briefs April 5, 2012

Score $15,000 in prizes with AAFES

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s “Unilever March Madness” sweepstakes will reward six shoppers worldwide with an LG 55″ television, valued at $2,500 apiece.

The sweepstakes runs through Saturday, and registration is underway at the Fort Huachuca Post Exchange. Contestants must be 18 or older, and no purchase is necessary. Winners will be announced on or about May 21.


Methodist church plans services

Sierra Vista United Methodist Church will hold a Maundy Thursday service tonight, 6:30 p.m., with communion and a full choir presentation.

On Good Friday, tomorrow, visit the Stations of the Cross at 10 a.m. at the shrine of Our Lady of the Sierras. Those who would like to carpool or caravan should meet in the church parking lot at 9:15 a.m.

For information, call the church office, 378.3352, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sierra Vista United Methodist Church is located at the corner of Buffalo Soldier Trail and St. Andrews Drive.


Western singers to perform

The Arizona Folklore Preserve, in Ramsey Canyon, welcomes Michael Grande Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Advance reservations are encouraged.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $6 for children 17 and under. Upcoming performers include Jon Messenger on April 14 and 15.

For more information, including performance schedules and directions, contact 378.6165 or

To get there, go six miles south of Sierra Vista on Highway 92 to Ramsey Canyon Road. Turn right (west), drive 3.3 miles into the canyon, and watch for the AFP entrance and sign to the left.


Participate in rummage sale

Fort Huachuca’s Protestant Women of the Chapel will sponsor a rummage sale, April 14, 9 a.m. ““ 1 p.m. in the Main Post Chapel parking lot.

Spaces are available for $5. Members of the community are invited to buy or sell.

For more information, call Jo or Suzann, 533.4748.

The Chapel TurnAround Point will be open from noon ““ 2 p.m. April 14 to accept leftovers from the sale. TAP is located inside the laundry building near the Main Exchange parking area.

For more information, call Jo Moore, 533.4748.


Holocaust survivor to speak

Holocaust survivor Walter Feiger will speak about his experiences during the Holocaust at the Cochise College Douglas Campus, Highway 90, Douglas, on April 16, 11 a.m. ““ noon at the Little Theatre.

The presentation, coordinated by Cochise College’s Student Government Associations and Phi Theta Kappa, is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 417.4012.


Take part in motorcycle ride

Join the Thunder Mountain Hog Chapter for the 9th Annual Chris Nason Memorial Motorcycle Ride, commemorating the first Fort Huachuca casualty in Iraq. The event takes place on April 21. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Rendezvous, Fry Boulevard, Sierra Vista. The run concludes at 3 p.m.

For more information, call 520.955.8706.


Become an Outdoor Woman

Registration is currently underway for a two-day workshop, April 21 ““ 22, where women can learn how to “Become an Outdoor Woman.” A number of outdoor-related sessions will take place during the workshop, sponsored by the Arizona Wildlife Federation, to be held at Friendly Pines Camp, Prescott, Ariz.

Classes on rappelling, sausage-making, archery, still water paddling, hunting, hiking, geocaching and many more are offered; participants select their top four choices which will be covered in separate workshops.

Cost is $240, $280 with horsemanship.

For more information, go to


Enjoy a history walk

Join the Friends of the San Pedro docents on a history walk at Millville along the San Pedro River, April 21. Meet at 8 a.m. at the Millville Trailhead parking lot on Charleston Road, Sierra Vista.

For more information, call 508.4445.


Celebrate Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day at the Sierra Vista Farmer’s Market, April 21, on the northwest corner of Carmichael and Wilcox Streets. The Earth Day market will include agricultural displays and educational exhibits from 9 a.m. ““ 2 p.m.

For more information, call 1.520.678.2638.


Buffalo Soldier historic sites tour set

Learn more about the Buffalo Soldiers, the all-black unit stationed on Fort Huachuca in the late 1800s through the turn of the 20th Century, by taking a tour on post.

Tours are held monthly on the third Saturday. Participants meet, depart from and return to the City of Sierra Vista’s Public Library, 2600 E. Tacoma Street. The next tour is on April 21. Departure time is 1 p.m., and participants should arrive by 12:45 p.m. The tour fee is $15, and children 12 and under go for free. Water and snacks are provided.

For reservations, required to ensure adequate seating, call Arizona Sunshine Tours, 803.6713.


What called them to the Canyons?

Local historian Rosemary Snapp will share the history and homesteading of Carr Canyon and why settlers made the canyon their home at Amazing Arizona, April 21, 1 p.m. at the Ethel Berger Center, 2950 E. Tacoma Street, Sierra Vista.

Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.

For more information, call 1.520.417.6980.


See stars during program

The Huachuca Astronomy Club and the Patterson Observatory invite the community to their monthly Public Astronomy Night April 26, 6:30 p.m., weather permitting. Using the Patterson Observatory’s 20-inch telescope, view double stars, open-and globular-star clusters, nebulae, galaxies, Jupiter and its largest moons. Admission is free.

Patterson Observatory is located at the University of Arizona South, 1140 Colombo Dr., Sierra Vista.

For information, contact 417.6960 or


Watch birds at EOP

Join an approximately 3-hour public bird watching tour, led by docents of several bird watching organizations, at the Environmental Operations Park every Sunday. Tours are limited to 22 people on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tours leave from State Route 90 between Mile Marker 324 and 325, Sierra Vista, at 8 a.m. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

For more information, contact 432.1388 or


Dog show coming to town

The Greater Sierra Vista Kennel Club will sponsor Going to the Dogs on April 28, 9 a.m. ““ 3 pm at Arbenz Field on Tacoma Street, Sierra Vista. Its goal is to promote responsible dog ownership.

There will be an American Kennel Club Conformation, Obedience and Rally Match. Mixed breeds are welcome to compete in Obedience and Rally. Junior Showmanship and a Canine Good Citizen Test will also be offered. Exhibitors can enter the day of the match. The event will also include Meet the Breeds, agility and other demonstrations, rescue groups and shelters with dogs ready for adoption. There will be $30 micro-chipping, photographers, a pet psychic, therapy dogs, pet products and services, veterinarians, vendors and food booths. Well-behaved dogs are welcome.

For vendor information, call 456.1033. For general information, contact 458.7839 or


Hike on Mondays

The Monday Hikers group hikes to areas throughout Southeastern Arizona. Interested persons should meet in the Sears parking lot at The Mall at Sierra Vista, 7 a.m. on Mondays. Admission is free.

For more information, call 803.0207.


See owls on Mondays

Join the weekly bird walk along the San Pedro River on Gordon Lewis’ property where he has burrows for the burrowing owl.

For time and directions, call Lewis 366.5560.


Join in on Tuesday hikes

The Tuesday hiking group hikes to areas throughout Southeastern Arizona. Admission is free.

For a list of upcoming hikes, go to or call 458.2008.


Study birds on Wednesdays

Join the docents of The Friends of the San Pedro River on Wednesdays as they lead Bird Walks along the San Pedro River. These approximately 4-hour walks begin at 7 a.m. Meet at the San Pedro House, 9800 State Route 90 East, Sierra Vista. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

For more information, call 508.4445.


Festival to celebrate birds

In conjunction with the celebration of International Migratory Bird Day, May 5, southeastern Arizona is featuring Fiesta de las Aves with a variety of activities for birders and other wildlife enthusiasts and naturalists. This festival will travel throughout the region, allowing more to participate and enjoy the outdoors with field trips and seminars. For information, contact 432.1388 or


Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Turquoise Valley Golf Course & RV Park, Naco, Arizona, will host a bi-national Cinco de Mayo celebration, May 5, 11 a.m. ““ 5 p.m., with traditional foods, games for all ages, displays of art, artifacts, jewelry, indoor and outdoor furniture, with entertainment that includes a mariachi band, Mexican folkdancing and a disc jockey.

The public is invited, and admission is free.

For more information, call Luis Valenzuela, 456.5320.


Adopt a shelter animal

If planning to add a pet to the family, consider adopting one from the Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Facility or a rescue group rather than from another source, suggests the Cochise County Humane Society. This will help give unwanted animals a new home and reduce the number of animals produced through puppy mills.

For more information about pet adoption, call 458.4151.


Celebrate wild birds

International Migratory Bird Day will be celebrated this year on May 5 with an all-day spring festival at the San Pedro House.

The IMBD theme this year is “Connecting People to Bird Conservation,” and IMBD is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Visit for more information.

San Pedro House Books & Gifts is located at 9800 E. State Route 90, Sierra Vista.

For more information, contact Laura Mackin, 1.520.508.4445 or


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