CC Youth Orchestra now includes beginner class
Callie Hutchison, director of the Cochise County Youth Orchestra, is shown working with students during a rehearsal last semester. This semester the orchestra is also introducing a beginning ensemble for students of elementary school age. The 45-minute class begins at 3 p.m. every Tuesday starting next week. Students will be fitted with the correct size instrument and be given the opportunity to rent their instrument during the first class meeting. For more information, contact 678.0397 or www.ccyo.info.
Refuse to be a victim
The Sierra Vista Police Department staff will offer a Refuse to Be a Victim workshop on Tuesday, 1 – 5 p.m., at the Sierra Vista Police Station, North Coronado Drive. The free workshop offers the opportunity to learn about safety strategies to protect people from becoming victims of various crimes.
For more information and to register, call 452.7500.
First Words for Last Wishes
A First Words for Last Wishes workshop will be held Wednesday, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Ethel Berger Center, 2950 E. Tacoma, Sierra Vista. This free workshop will provide attendees with tools to discuss final wishes with their families.
For more information, call 417.6980.
FHCSC meets next week
The next meeting of the Fort Huachuca Community Spouses’ Club will be on Wednesday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., at Ray’s Restaurant in Huachuca City. FHCSC is open to all ranks, any gender. For more information about FHCSC and how to RSVP for the luncheon, go to www.fthuachucaspouses.com.
Dream your city
Help Sierra Vista city officials plan for changes over the next 20 years by providing input on the direction the city should take as it grows. Participate online at SierraVistaAZ.gov and click on the “Dream Your City” icon or attend one of two public meetings.
The first will be held on Jan. 23, 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the Sierra Vista Public Library’s Mona Bishop Room, 2600 E. Tacoma. The second meeting will be held on Feb. 2, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., at St. Andrews Church, Kino Hall, 800 Taylor Dr., Sierra Vista.
NWTF plans Predator Hunt
The local Huachuca Gould’s Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will host a predator population control hunt on Jan. 26 – 27. Hunting areas are open statewide.
Participants are invited to camp at Rose Tree Ranch Event Site in the Elgin/Sonoita area.
Cost of the team division, 1 – 3 persons per team, is $25 per person; family division is $30 per family.
Awards given for most predators and largest and smallest.
For additional information and for registration forms, contact 508.4272, firstname.lastname@example.org or 266.2282.
For more information about the local chapter of NWTF, go to www.nwtfhuagoulds.org.
Local band to present concert
The Sierra Vista Community Band will present its first concert of 2013 on Feb. 24, 2 p.m., at the Ethel Berger Center, 2950 E. Tacoma, Sierra Vista. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.
The SVCB performs a wide variety of band music and includes more than 40 volunteer instrumental musicians who rehearse every Tuesday evening at the Oscar Yrun Community Center. For more information about joining the band or this year’s concert schedule, contact 220.9678 or www.sierravistaband.org.
SE Arizona Youth Quail Camp
The Cochise Bird Dog Club and the Arizona Game and Fish Department will sponsor the 2013 Southeast Arizona Youth Quail Camp, Feb. 16, at the Empire Ranch in Sonoita. It is open to all youth under 18 who are shotgun safety trained.
Bob white quail hunt assisted by trained bird dogs, learn map reading and navigation, how to clean quail, basic fly fishing and dog training. Free lunch and door prizes will be offered for youth. This is a no-fee camp, except for lunch donations for adults attending. Registration is required in advance.
For more information, contact 378.4114, 508.4918 or email@example.com.
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 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.