April 26, 2012

Community Briefs April 26, 2012

Smith MS to hold book fair

The Colonel Smith Middle School Parent-Teacher Organization will host the Spring Scholastic Book Fair today and Friday from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Family night is tonight, from 5 – 7 p.m. The Fort Huachuca community is invited. Smith Middle School is located on Cushing Street, Building #67601.

For more information contact the PTO, 


Dog show coming to town

The Greater Sierra Vista Kennel Club will sponsor Going to the Dogs on Saturday, 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


Meet cavalry association members

Join The Fort Huachuca Cavalry Association for a luncheon, Tuesday, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at the Outback Steakhouse in honor of the U.S. Cavalry. The menu features: build-a-burger, fries, cold beverage and dessert; door prizes, giveaways and more.

Cost is $15 per person and includes a free annual FHCA membership. Tickets are available at Spur Western Wear.

For more information, go to


SP Flycasters host speaker

San Pedro Flycasters Club member Bruce Berman will be the guest speaker at the next SPFC meeting on May 3, 6:30 p.m. at Thunder Mountain Community Church located at 4029 E. Golden Acres Drive, Sierra Vista. Berman will present a power point show on the Trinity River of northern California, where he fishes annually for steelhead rainbow trout that average between 24” to 27”. He will also discuss the current attempts to bring the river back to its former quality before it was dammed in the late 1960s.

For more information and location directions, go to


PFFLG to recognize Buena HS students

Parents, Families, Friends of Lesbians and Gays will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church office, 125 S. Second St. (Between Fry and Wilcox) in Sierra Vista. The meeting will be a potluck to recognize the Buena High School students who are members of the Gay Straight Alliance.

In a confidential setting, members provide support and information to counter myths and misinformation about sexual orientation and gender identity. All are welcome.

For more information, contact Mary, 255.0423 or Carol, 249.8755 or


Prowl for owls

Join other enthusiasts on the Carr Canyon Owl Prowl, Wednesday, to learn about the area’s owls. Six of southeastern Arizona’s twelve owl species nest in the Coronado National Forest’s mountains, and participants will have the benefit of an expert guide to assist with identification. This walk begins at 6:45 p.m., and the fee is $15 for Southeast Arizona Birding Organization members and $20 for non-members.

Register at 432.1388 or


Santa Cruz to hold nature fest

The Nature & Heritage Festival will be in full swing May 3 – 6. This birding and history event along the Santa Cruz River has scheduled field trips for birding, mining, and local area ranches, as well as seminars and presentations about local agriculture, gardening to attract butterflies and hummingbirds and more. The Festival will be held at the Esplendor Resort  in Rio Rico, and the fee is $40 which includes the welcome reception dinner and entertainment.

For details, go to


Tour wetlands, grasslands

Join Southeast Arizona Birding Organization naturalists on a Cienega and Grasslands Tour at las Cienegas National Conservation Area on May 5. This combination walking and carpool tour will highlight the marshland, grassland and riparian habitats of many birds and wildlife. This walk begins at 6 a.m., and the fee is $20 for SABO members and $25 for non-members.

Register at 432.1388 or


Hiker, runner, biker event set

Welcoming all hikers, runners and bikers, the 14th Annual John Cooper & Perimeter Trail Tour showcases the Huachuca Mountains.

On May 5: hikers, bikers and runners start at 7 a.m.; May 6, the Carr Canyon Challenge starts at 7:30 a.m. On May 5, all contestants are to meet at the first picnic area on Miller Canyon Road; on May 6, cyclists are to meet at the first picnic area on Carr Canyon Road. Fee is $30 per person, additional $10 for the Carr Canyon Challenge.

For information, call 417.6960. Register at


West End to have street fair

Join friends, neighbors and family at the West End Fair, May 5. It offers a day of shopping, food and entertainment. From 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., Fry Boulevard becomes a pedestrian walkway from Garden Avenue to North Avenue. Admission is free.

For information, call 417.6960.


International Migratory Bird Day

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 sanpedrohouse​


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, parking and admission are free.

For more information, call Luis Valenzuela, 456.5320.


March for mental health

The National Alliance for Mental Illness of Southeastern Arizona will sponsor a 5K March for Mental Health on May 5, starting and ending at Apache Middle School, 3305 E. Fry Blvd., Sierra Vista. Registration begins at 7 a.m., and the march begins at 8.

For information, contact 459.3228 or


Observe hummingbird banding

Join other observers at the hummingbird banding sessions on Fort Huachuca, May 6 and 20 at the Public Affairs Office, at the west end of Brown Parade Field. Banding is scheduled for one-half-hour after sunrise until approximately 10 a.m. Families are invited, and admission is free.

For information, call 417.6960.


Learn about jaguars

The Carr House Visitor Information Center kicks off its seasonal programs May 6, 1:30 p.m. at the Carr House VIC. Diana Hadley will share information about “Protecting the World’s Northernmost Jaguars: The Northern American Jaguar Project.” She is co-founder and current president of the organization.

Learn from the Northern Jaguar Project about what is being done to help them survive at the Northern Jaguar Reserve and throughout northern Sonora and Chihuahua. The public is invited to this free program.

Carr House VIC, operated by the volunteer Friends of the Huachuca Mountains, is located up Carr Canyon Road off State Route 92. Turn right just before Mesquite Tree Restaurant and drive approximately 3 miles to the driveway which will be on the left-hand side of the road after passing through a concrete wash.


SV Community Chorus to perform

Enjoy a Saturday evening with the Sierra Vista Community Chorus as they present their concert “How the West was Fun!” It takes place May 12, 7 p.m. at the Buena Performing Arts Center, Buena School Road. The concert will highlight western music. Tickets are $9 in advance and $10 at the door.

For information, call 417.6960.


Learn about area pioneers

The Friends of the Huachuca Mountains and Carr House’s Sunday afternoon presentation will showcase a pioneer family of Fairbank Historic Townsite. Eddie Figueroa will share his family history in stories and pictures. In addition to talking about how the residents of Fairbank lived, he will include stories about the railroad, the saloons and the San Pedro River. The presentation takes place May 20, 1:30 p.m. at the Carr House, Carr Canyon Road.

For information, call 417.6960.


Observe the night sky

The Huachuca Astronomy Club and the Patterson Observatory invite the community to their monthly Public Astronomy Night, May 24, 6:30 p.m., weather permitting. Using the Patterson Observatory’s 20-inch telescope, people will be able to view double stars, open and globular star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and Jupiter and its largest moons. Admission is free.

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

For information, contact 417.6960 or

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