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August 16, 2012

Community Briefs – August 16, 2012

Homework help for students

Students in grades K-12 as well as college students can visit www.SierraVistaAZ.gov/svlibrary to get on-demand, free homework help from qualified tutors. Help is available in math, science, social studies and English. Spanish-speaking tutors are also available to help students in math and science.

For more information, call the Sierra Vista Public Library, 458.4225.

Winter garden workshop Sunday

The Struse family will host a free, one-hour winter garden workshop Sunday, 9 a.m., in their large garden at 8152 S. Hope Place, Hereford. Learn how to prepare the ground for planting and other techniques to enjoy fresh produce year-round.

For more information, call 378.0427.

Toastmasters plan open house

The Toastmasters clubs of Cochise County invite Fort Huachuca military and civilian employees to a Toastmasters Community Open House, Aug. 25, 10:30 a.m. – noon at the Sierra Vista Public Library Mona Bishop Room, 2600 E. Tacoma St. This free event is designed to introduce the public to Toastmasters International and allow guests to learn more about how a Toastmasters club can help them become better public speakers, evaluators, and leaders, all in a positive, nurturing environment.

The open house program will include a meet-and-greet where guests can converse with veteran Cochise County Toastmasters, followed by a sample meeting that will demonstrate a typical Toastmasters meeting agenda. Food will be provided.

For more information, contact Gary, 538.4910, gsnyder10@cox.net or http://huachuca.toastmastersclubs.org.

Learn about local bird migration

The more people study birds, the more intriguing they become. Tom Wood, director of the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory in Bisbee, will present a program on the wonders of migration in the birds of Southeast Arizona and the connection between the Coronado National Forest and the Amazon Basin. From banding studies and other research, the story of bird migration is rich and varied.

The free program takes place Aug. 26, 1:30 p.m. at the Carr House Visitor Information Center, Coronado National Forest, Carr Canyon Road.

For more information, contact 1.520.417.6960 or www.huachucamountains.org.

Diamondbacks’ military discounts

The Arizona Diamondbacks extend a 50-percent discount to all members of the armed forces and military veterans for every Sunday home game in the 2012 season.

Games include:

Aug. 26 – D-backs vs. San Diego Padres

Sept. 16 – D-backs vs. San Francisco Giants

Sept. 30 – D-backs vs. Chicago Cubs

For cost, other information or ticket purchase, email Brian McCaman, bmccaman@dbacks.com.

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. Banding takes place at the Public Affairs Office, across from the gazebo on Brown Parade Field. The next session will be held on Aug. 26.

For more information, call 520.417.6960.

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.

Voter registration drive set

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will take place Sept. 8, 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Sierra Vista Public Library, 2600 E. Tacoma St.

For more information or to learn what to bring, call 459.2392.

Dine under the stars

The University of Arizona’s South Foundation, Inc. will hold a “Dine Under the Stars” dinner, Sept. 8, at the U of A South campus, featuring a buffet with a Latin theme. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. in the grassy area at the campus center.

U of A South is located on N, Columbo Ave., Sierra Vista.

For ticket and other information, call Rosa, 458.8278, ext. 2129.

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 and see burrowing owls.

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 four-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.

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 two to three 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.

CANTER volunteer opportunity

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.




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