See “The Skin of Our Teeth”
See “The Skin of Our Teeth” a Thornton Wilder play, presented by Bisbee’s Obscure Productions, Central School Project, Bisbee 1000 and Cochise College, Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., Sundays, 3 p.m. at Central School Project, 43 Howell Ave., Old Bisbee
Admission is $10 in advance. Tickets are available at Atalantas’ Music & Books and Bisbee Food Coop. They are $12 at the door, $6 for students at the door only.
For more information, call 417.6960 or 432.2901.
See stars at Astronomy Night
Join the Huachuca Astronomy Club tonight and take a look at the stars at the Patterson Observatory. The event takes place at the University of Arizona South, 1040 N. Colombo, at sunset, weather permitting.
Admission is free, and all are invited.
For more information, contact 417.6960 or www.hacastronomy.com.
Ramsey Canyon Christmas Bird Count
The Ramsey Canyon Christmas Bird Count takes place Saturday and is centered just east of the intersection of Hereford Road and State Route 92. This year may record an even larger count than last year’s 145 species. The day will begin with a breakfast and end with a compilation dinner. Novices are welcome.
To reserve a spot or for more information, contact www.huachuca-audubon.org, 803.0221 or 803.0794.
Celebrate Christmas “Western Style”
Head out to the Arizona Folklore Preserve in upper Ramsey Canyon to celebrate Christmas “Western Style” with Way Out West Saturday and Sunday. Performances both days start at 2 p.m.
Way Out West features Emmy Creigh on guitar and vocals; Slim Rost on bunkhouse bass and vocals; and Tom Poley on banjo, guitar and vocals. In the spirit of the season, the trio will feature holiday tunes.
Admission is $15 for adults, $6 for children 17 and under.
Call 378.6165 for more information or to make reservations.
Upcoming performers at the AFP include AFP Founder and Official Arizona State Balladeer Dolan Ellis with a special performance on Dec. 27, and Western music duo Trails and Rails on Dec. 29 and 30.
Methodist Church sets Christmas services
A children’s program will begin Christmas Eve services at United Methodist Church Monday at 6 p.m. The service is a telling of the Christmas Story through scripture and “The Friendly Beasts” song.
The 20-voice combined choirs and Youth Group service will be followed by a traditional service of music and candle lighting at 8 p.m., and a third celebration of Christ’s birth will be a service with communion and candle lighting at 10 p.m.
Christmas Day, Tuesday, will be celebrated with an informal service at 11 a.m. called “The Blessing of the Toys.” The public is welcome to attend any of the services.
Sierra Vista United Methodist Church is located at the corner of Buffalo Soldier Trail and St. Andrews Drive. For more information, call 378.3352.
VA to host train show
The Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs Health Care System will host the Tucson Garden Railway Society train show Dec. 27, 9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Dec. 28, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Operational train displays will be set-up in the R.E. Lindsey Jr. Auditorium, Building 4. The show will feature the earliest model trains to modern trains.
Members of the TGRS will be on hand to explain the history of each train display, how the displays were put together and how to learn more about the society.
There is no cost. Visitors can enter through the Veterans Blvd. Gate, 3601 S. Sixth Avenue, proceed east, and turn left to parking lot Q.
For additional information, call 1.520.760.0147.
Animal shelters seek used items
With cooler 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:
Benson Animal Shelter, 586.3600
Bisbee Animal Shelter, 432.6020
Huachuca City Animal Shelter, 456.1337
Sierra Vista Animal Shelter, 458.4151
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 459.4868 or www.canteraz.org.
Learn to square dance
Sierra Vista’s Thunder Mountain Twirlers Square Dance Club is offering A-B-C Fun Dances, an easy introduction to square dancing, 6 – 7:30 p.m. on Friday nights through mid-January at the Sierra Vista Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 101 N. Lenzner Ave. Cost is $3 per person; the first night is free. Wear casual attire and comfortable shoes. Snacks are provided. Mainstream dancing is held every Friday from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
For more information, contact 227.7085 or firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
Improve public speaking
Those interested in improving public speaking and leadership skills should consider visiting the Huachuca Toastmasters — 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 538.4910 or http://huachuca.freetoasthost.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.
Join in on Tuesday hikes
The Tuesday hiking group hikes to areas throughout Southeastern Arizona. Admission is free.
For a list of upcoming hikes, contact 458.2008 or http://members.cox.net/lou_edwards/.
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, Sierra Vista. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.
For more information, call 508.4445.
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 366.5560.
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 State Route 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.
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.
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.
So you got that new dog …
Now, the animal needs to go through training and socialization.
Obedience 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 County’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/CochiseCountyHumaneSociety or email email@example.com.
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.
Guided tour of Buffalo Soldier Sites
Take a guided bus tour to Buffalo Soldier sites on Fort Huachuca on Saturday. Tours are limited to 14 passengers. The tour leaves at 1 p.m. from the Sierra Vista Public Library, 2600 E. Tacoma St.
Admission is $15 per person and free for children 12 and under.
For information, call 417.6960. For reservations, call Arizona Sunshine Tours, 803.6713.
Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering
The 21st Annual Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering takes place Feb. 8, 7 p.m.; Feb. 9, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.(multiple poetry and music sessions at $5 per person) and 7 p.m.; and Feb. 10, 1 p.m., at the Buena High School Performing Arts Center, 5225 Buena School Blvd., Sierra Vista. Cost is $18, $16 for military and those 55 and older, and $6 for students in grades 3 – 12. Tickets are on sale now.Toys fro
For more information, contact 458.2262 or www.cowboypoets.com.
2013 SE Ariz. Youth quail hunt
Youth under 18 who are shotgun safety trained are invited to a youth quail hunt with a special invitation extended to members of the Arizona Game and Fish Scholastic Clay Target program.
The event will be held Feb. 16 at the Empire Ranch in Sonoita.WHEN: SAT, FEB 16, 2013
Youth will take part in a bob white quail hunt over trained bird dogs. They will learn map reading and navigation, how to clean quail, fly-fishing basics and basic dog training.
Lunch and door prizes provided.
This is a no-fee camp! Lunch donations will be collected from adults attending. Registration is required in advance.
The hunt is jointly sponsored by the Cochise Bird Dog Club and the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
For more information, contact 378.4114, 508.4918 or firstname.lastname@example.org.