SP Flycasters host speaker
San Pedro Flycasters Club member Bruce Berman will be the guest speaker at the next SPFC meeting tonight, 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 http://www.sanpedroflycasters.com/.
Buena HS to present â€œPajama Gameâ€
On Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., Buena Fine Arts Productions is presenting the musical â€œPajama Gameâ€ at Buena Performing Arts Center, Buena High School, 5225 Buena School Blvd., Sierra Vista.
Admission is $5, and tickets may be purchased at the door.
Santa Cruz to hold nature fest
The Nature & Heritage Festival will be in full swing today â€“ May 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 ResortÂ in Rio Rico, and the fee is $40 which includes the welcome reception dinner and entertainment.
For details, go to www.SantaCruzHeritage.org/HeritageFestival2012.
Tour wetlands, grasslands
Join Southeast Arizona Birding Organization naturalists on a Cienega and Grasslands Tour at las Cienegas National Conservation Area on Saturday. 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 www.SABO.org.
Hiker, runner, biker event set
Welcoming all hikers, runners and bikers, the 14th Annual John Cooper & Perimeter Trail Tour showcases the Huachuca Mountains.
On Saturday: hikers, bikers and runners start at 7 a.m.; Sunday, the Carr Canyon Challenge starts at 7:30 a.m. On Saturday, all contestants are to meet at the first picnic area on Miller Canyon Road; on Sunday, 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 www.dawntodustmountainbikeclub.org.
West End to have street fair
Join friends, neighbors and family at the West End Fair, Saturday. 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 Saturday with an all-day spring festival at the San Pedro House.
The IMBD theme this year is â€œConnecting People to Bird Conservation,â€ and IMBD is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Visit http://birdday.org/birdday/themes/2012-twenty-years-of-imbd 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo
Turquoise Valley Golf Course & RV Park, Naco, Arizona, will host a bi-national Cinco de Mayo celebration, Saturday, 11 a.m. â€“ 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.
March for mental health
The National Alliance for Mental Illness of Southeastern Arizona will sponsor a 5K March for Mental Health on Saturday, 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 www.marchformentalhealth.com.
Observe hummingbird banding
Join other observers at the hummingbird banding sessions on Fort Huachuca, Sunday and May 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.
Childrenâ€™s musical announced
On Sunday, the Sierra Vista United Methodist Churchâ€™s Childrenâ€™s Choir, Kingdom Kids and Spirit Singers, will present a 20-minute musical, â€œThe Rainbow Man,â€ at each of the three services.
The public is invited to attend. Services take place at 7:30, 9 and 10:30 a.m. at the Sierra Vista United Methodist Church, 3225 St. Andrews Dr.
Learn about jaguars
The Carr House Visitor Information Center kicks off its seasonal programs Sunday, 1:30 p.m. at the Carr House VIC. Diana Hadley will share information about â€œProtecting the Worldâ€™s Northernmost Jaguars: The Northern American Jaguar Project.â€ 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 â€œHow the West was Fun!â€ 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 Houseâ€™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 Observatoryâ€™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 www.hacastronomy.com.
Wyatt Earp Days coming
Tombstoneâ€™s 31st Annual Wyatt Earp Dayâ€™s celebration is scheduled for May 26 â€“ May 28, on Historic Allen Street.
The event, sponsored by the Tombstone Lionâ€™s Club, will feature three full days of entertainment from 10 a.m. â€“ 4 p.m. each day, including a gunfighting skit competition and a historic costume competition.
The Wyatt Earp Days Chili Cook-Off will take place on May 27 between 4th and 3rd Streets at 1 p.m. with cup sales starting at 1 p.m.
For more information, call Bronco Bill, 1.520.266.5266 or Pat Kelly, 1.520.457.3451.
Wrestling coming to FH
International Championship Wrestling will take place June 9, 7 p.m. at Barnes Field House. There is no charge, and the public is invited.
Vendors sought for garlic festival
Triangle T Historic Guest Ranch and the Rich Crest Farms seek vendors for the 3rd Annual Garlic Festival, July 28 â€“ 29 at 4190 Dragoon Rd., Dragoon.
There will be a farmers market, face painting, magic demonstrations, old west re-enactments, live music, cooking contest and garlic cooking demonstrations
Craft and food venders register by contacting 1.520.586.7533 or email@example.com.
Produce vendors register by calling Rich Crest Famers, 1.520.826.3434.
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 www.sabo.org.
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 Lewisâ€™ 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 http://members.cox.net/lou_edwards/ 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 www.SABO.org.
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.
So you got that new dog â€¦
Now, the animal needs to go through training and socialization.
Obedience training is one of the best things owners can do for themselves and their pets.
Training opens up a line of communication between owners and dogs. It also increases the bond between human and pet and promotes a better relationship.
Training eliminates bad behavior such as jumping, running out the door, digging and chewing.
Training is available throughout Cochise County. Check the Cochise Countyâ€™s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/CochiseCountyHumaneSociety or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local animal shelters seek donations
With cold evening temperatures in Cochise County, the local animal shelters seek blankets to keep their animals warm. Those with clean old blankets and towels are invited to recycle them at a local animal shelter which is accepting other donations, as well.
Shelter contact numbers are:
- Huachuca City Animal Shelter, 456.1337
- Sierra Vista Animal Shelter, 458.4151
- Bisbee Animal Shelter, 432.6020
- Benson Animal Shelter, 586.3600
PFLAG Sierra Vista chapter meets
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays welcomes parents, families, and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Members provide support and information to counter myths and misinformation about sexual orientation and gender identity.
Monthly meetings take place at 6:30 p.m., the first Wednesday of each month, at the Unitarian Universalist Church office, 1020 E. Fry Blvd., just west of Kentucky Fried Chicken.
CANTER seeks volunteers
Horse lovers who have a morning each week to volunteer are invited to join CANTER, which needs horse handlers and side walkers to support their therapeutic riding program for children and adults with disabilities. CANTER operates Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings at 7388 Chief Joseph Dr. off Moson Road, Hereford.
For more information, contact Marcia, 459.4868 or www.canteraz.org.
Improve public speaking
Those interested in improving public speaking and leadership skills should consider visiting the Huachuca Toastmasters â€” a non-profit chapter of Toastmasters International, and recent recipient of the Select Distinguished Toastmasters Club award. Meetings convene at 11:30 a.m. and adjourn at 12:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at the corner of Christy and Adair on Fort Huachuca.
For more information, contact Gary, 459.0134 or http://huachuca.freetoasthost.org.
Walk along San Pedro River
Join docents on a two-mile interpretive walk along the river at 9 a.m. every Saturday, from the San Pedro House, 9800 East Highway 90, Sierra Vista. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.
For more information, contact 459.2555 or www.sanpedroriver.org.
See birds on San Pedro River
All birdwatchers are invited to join a 2-3 hour field trip onto private property to view riparian habitat, including burrowing owl roosts. Bring water, sunscreen and wear appropriate clothing. Bird watching takes place at 8 a.m. every Monday. Pull-off just west of the bridge on the north side of State Route 92, at Gate 10663, Palominas. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.
For information, call 366.5560.
Help the elderly
The Volunteer Interfaith Caregiver Program is a community resource for the elderly, disabled and the caregivers of aging parents. VICaP volunteers provide free transportation and services to help the elderly live independently.
If interested in becoming a VICaP volunteer, call 459.8146.
Shop local Farmers Market
Enjoy locally grown produce as well as locally raised meats and eggs, homemade baked goods, salsas, jams, honeys, natural body care, crafts and more at the Sierra Vista Farmers Market. There are two markets to choose from. The Thursday market is held at the northwest corner of Wilcox Drive and Carmichael Avenue. The Saturday location is the southeast corner of Charleston Road and the State Route 90 Bypass, just north of Target. Hours for both markets are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., year-round,
For more information, call 678.2638 or go to www.sierravistafarmersmarket.com.
Hike on Weekends
The Huachuca Hiking Club meets at 7 p.m., the second Tuesday of each month, Cochise County Conference Center, 4001 E. Foothills Dr., Sierra Vista, in the small conference room. The club hikes on weekends.
For information, call 234.7310, or go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hhc-az.