Prescott museum joins Blue Star MuseumsÂ
Sharlot Hall Museum has joined the Blue Star Museum program, offering free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day. The program is a partnership involving the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 1,500 museums across America.
The museum offers both free daily admission and free admission to its summer festivals. Active duty military members and Families can visit Fort Whipple Museum, free year-round, to learn about Arizonaâ€™s military history.
Fort Whipple Museum, located on the grounds of the Veterans Affairs Hospital on Hwy. 89 in Prescott is open Thursday â€“ Saturday, 10 a.m. â€“ 4 p.m.
More information about the Sharlot Hall and Fort Whipple museums is available online at www.sharlot.org.
Shootâ€™n shindig planned for youth
The Huachuca Whitetail Club will sponsor a Shootâ€™n Shindig for Kids Saturday at the Sierra Vista Shooting Range on Highway 90, Sierra Vista. Registration begins at 8, and the event begins at 9 a.m. Youth 16 and under may participate if accompanied by an adult and registered by 9 a.m. There will be proper instruction for handling weapons, fun and competitive shooting events. Cost is $10 for adults, $7.50 for youth 8 â€“ 16 and those 7 or under are free.
For information on what to bring and other details, call Chris Sterner, 1.520.227.2140 or Alan Pederson, 1.520.249.4089.
Observe Hummingbird banding
Join other observers at hummingbird banding sessions on Fort Huachuca, scheduled for one-half-hour after sunrise until approximately 10 a.m. Dates are Sunday, and July 15 and 29. Banding takes place at the Public Affairs Office, across from the gazebo on Brown Parade Field.
For more information, call 520.417.6960.
Learn about climate reality
This past year has been marked by accelerating and alarming changes in the worldâ€™s climate. Dr. Elna Otter, scientist and vice- chair of the Arizona state chapter of the Sierra Club, will talk about it during a free program Sunday, 1:30 p.m. at the Carr House Visitor Information Center.
The public is invited.
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 three miles to the driveway which will be on the left-hand side of the road after passing through a concrete wash.
Enroll in citizen fire academy
Those interested in learning about the local fire organization and operations are invited to enroll in the 2012 Sierra Vista Fire Departmentâ€™s Citizens Fire Academy which begins July 12 and runs from 6 â€“ 9 p.m. each Thursday night from 6 â€“ 9 p.m.
Topics include life safety, emergency medical services, fire prevention, fire ground operations and more. Instructors are SVFD personnel. Academy graduates will have an â€œinsiderâ€™sâ€ view of SVFD fire operations.
For more information, contact Capt. Robert Fields, 417.4400.
Celebrate Cove anniversary, swim free
The Cove is 10 Years Old! Celebrate by having a free open swim July 4 from 1:30 â€“ 5:30 p.m. First-come, first-served at 2900 Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway.
For more information, call 417.4800.
See concerts in Sierra Vista park
Join friends on July 5 at the Summer Concert in the Park. The 62nd Army Band will perform at 6:30 p.m. in Veterans Memorial Park, Fry Boulevard, Sierra Vista at the Centennial Pavilion. There is no admission.
On July 12, 6:30 p.m. see Mikey Bianchino perform at the same location.
On July 19, same time and location, The Desert Swing Combo will perform.
For information, call 417.6960 or 458.7922.
Have summer fun on July 14
Join Mountain Vista Communities and more than 20 vendors at the 2nd Annual Summer Bash, July 14, 10 a.m. â€“ 1 p.m. at the Mountain Vista Community Center, 102 Davis. Family oriented activities include jumping castles, free face painting and more. The entire military community is invited. Vendors will be selling crafts, other items and food. Games include Jell-o eating and water balloon tossing contests. No RSVP is needed.
For more information, call 515.9000.
Explore bats and their world
The Friends of the Huachuca Mountains and Carr Houseâ€™s next Sunday afternoon presentation is Going Batty Over Bats! On July 15, 1:30 p.m., Jane Chambers, local environmental educator, will present a family-oriented program about bats. Learn about bat myths and discover how interesting and important bats are to the balance of nature. The presentation takes place at the Carr House, Carr Canyon Road.
For more information, contact 1.520.417.6960 or www.huachucamountains.org.Â
Join Buffalo Soldier site tour
The next guided Tour of Buffalo Soldier Historic Sites takes place July 21. Learn about the history of Fort Huachuca and the legendary Buffalo Soldiers who fought during the Indian Wars.
Reservations are a must. Participants will meet at the Sierra Vista Public Library, 2600 E. Tacoma Street at 1 p.m. to board the van for the tour onto Fort Huachuca. Admission is $15 with children 12 and under admitted free. Current and valid identification for all over age 13 will be verified.
For more information or to make reservations, call 803.6713.
Adults invited to Diamondbacks gameÂ
The City of Sierra Vistaâ€™s Leisure Services Department plans a trip to Chase Field as the Diamondbacks take on the Astros on July 22 for adults 18 and older. The $35 cost includes transportation and admission to the game. There will be a dinner stop at a restaurant on the way home. Bring money for food and drinks.
Vans depart from the Ethel Berger Center at 9 a.m. and return home around 9 p.m. Space is limited; register now at all Leisure Services Facilities.
For more information, call 417.6980.
Run around the parkÂ
The Cityâ€™s Leisure & Library Services invites the public to the summer 5K Run Around the Park, July 28 at 7 a.m. The cost for the race is $15 per person and will increase to $20 the day of the race. A $1 discount will be given to members of the Thunder Mountain Running Club.
Runners who pre-register will receive a race T-shirt. First, second and third place individual awards will be presented in eight male and female age divisions. The race starts and ends in the parking lot at Apache Middle School. Register at The Cove, Oscar Yrun Community Center or Ethel Berger Center.
For more information, call 417.6980.
Garlic festival announced
Triangle T Historic Guest Ranch will host 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
For more information, contact 1.520.586.7533 or email@example.com.
Learn to â€˜bird by earâ€™
Learn about â€œBirding By Earâ€ July 29, 1:30 p.m. at the Carr House Visitor Information Center. Rick Romea, expert birder, will help the audience to develop a common language to describe bird vocalizations, using examples from common southwest birds. Learn to characterize bird sounds as to common types and sound qualities.Â The free presentation takes place at the Carr House, Carr Canyon Road.
For more information, contact 1.520.417.6960 or www.huachucamountains.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.
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.