Free citizenship classes offered
As part of its community and educational outreach, the Sierra Vista United Methodist Church will offer free citizenship classes to those wanting to study for the interview and exam for U.S. citizenship.
The eight-week series of classes will be offered on Saturdays from 1 – 3 p.m. in the church’s Fellowship Hall, 3225 St. Andrews Drive, at the corner of Buffalo Soldier Trail and St. Andrews Drive. Registration takes place on Saturday; classes begin that same day.
For more information, call the instructor, 366.5664 or 378.7079, or call the church, 378.3352.
Celebrate pancake day for free
The International House of Pancakes invites guests to enjoy free pancakes during National Pancake Day on Tuesday. IHOP restaurants across the country invite guests to enjoy a complimentary stack of IHOP’s signature buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Amazing Arizona series features postcards
The Sierra Vista Historical Society will present “Postcard Images of Arizona, 1900-1920” as part of its Amazing Arizona series, hosted by the Henry F. Hauser Museum and the Sierra Vista Public Library. The presenter will be Jeremy Rowe, executive director of the School of Computing and Informatics at Arizona State University, who has collected, researched, and written about 19th and 20th century photographs for 25 years.
The event takes place on Tuesday, 2 p.m., at the Mona Bishop Room, Sierra Vista Public Library, 2600 E. Tacoma St. This event is open to the public and free of charge.
For more information, call 417.6980.
Winter program features UAVs
The Sierra Vista Winter Visitors Program will feature unmanned aerial vehicles on Wednesday, 9 a.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2146 S. Coronado Drive.
For information, call 459.0929 or 803.6810.
Audition for play
The Illegitimate Theater Company, Inc. will conduct auditions for their upcoming spring production of Joseph Kesselring’s “Arsenic and Old Lace.” Auditions will be held at Sulpher Springs Valley Electric Coop on Wednesday, Thursday and Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. Men and women 20 – 65 are needed along with anyone wanting to understudy any of the roles. The show will take place in mid and late April at Murr Community Center on Fort Huachuca.
For more information, call 378.7037 or 459.0246.
PFLAG to meet Wednesday
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays will hold its monthly meeting in Sierra Vista, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church office, 125 S. Second St. (just north of the SSVEC building). PFLAG is a national non-profit organization with more than 200,000 members and supporters and more than 500 chapters located in all 50 states. In a confidential setting, members provide support and information to counter myths and misinformation about sexual orientation and gender identity.
Everyone is welcome.
For more information, contact 1.520.255.0423 or go to www.pflag.org.
Flycasters to meet Thursday
Join the San Pedro Flycasters Club Thursday, 6:30 p.m., at Thunder Mountain Community Church, 4029 E. Golden Acres Dr, Sierra Vista. Emmett Doane of Circleville Anglers in Circleville, Utah, will target the quality and quantity of flyfishing in southeast Utah. The public is invited, and there is no charge.
For more information and direction, go to www.sanpedroflycasters.com/.
Church celebrates Cowboy Poetry Weekend
Sierra Vista United Methodist Church will commence Cowboy Poetry Weekend with its second annual coffee and sweet roll breakfast, kicking off the great “Cowboy Weekend.” Coffee, juice, and cinnamon rolls are provided free of charge, as well as musical entertainment. The public is invited for breakfast Feb. 8 at 8:30 a.m., and Western music and storytelling begins at 9 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
SVUMC is located at the intersection of Buffalo Soldier Trail and St. Andrews Drive. For more information, call 378.3352.
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.
For more information, contact 458.2262 or www.cowboypoets.com.
Square dance on Feb. 8
The Thunder Mountain Twirlers is having a Mainstream Square Dance Feb. 8, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., at the Sierra Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 101 N. Lenzner, Sierra Vista. Cost is $4 for members, $5 for non-members. Snacks are provided.
For more information contact 378.6719 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volksmarch coming to Fairbank
Sierra Vista’s Thunder Mountain Trekkers will sponsor a volksmarch on Feb. 9. The walk will be held at Fairbank Ghost Town with starting times from 9 – 11 a.m. The group offers a 5-(3.1 miles) or 10- (6.2 miles) kilometer trail.
Fairbank is located on the east side of the San Pedro River on State Route 82, between Whetstone and Tombstone.
For more information, call 378.1763.
Master Gardener Conference set
The Cochise County Master Gardeners Association will hold its 20th annual High Desert Gardening and Landscaping Conference at the Windemere Hotel and Conference Center, State Route 92, across from the Mall at Sierra Vista, on Feb. 14 – 15. This conference is a two-day event open to everyone.
The registration fee is $100 ($65 for one day) and includes two full days of educational talks, breakfast and lunch both days, a Friday reception, a gift bag and giveaways. There will be more than 20 speakers who will address garden- and food-related topics.
Information is available at the Sierra Vista Farmers Market information booth, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Thursday, at the corner of Wilcox Avenue and Carmichael Drive.
Western musician performs in Ramsey Canyon
Keeter Stuart will perform popular western songs at the Arizona Folklore Preserve Feb. 16 and 17.
Doors open at 1 p.m., with performances starting at 2 p.m. For reservations, contact 378.6165, or email@example.com. Admission is $15 for adults and $6 for youth 17 and under.
To get there, go 6 miles south of Sierra Vista on Highway 92 to Ramsey Canyon Road. Turn right (west) on Ramsey Canyon Road, drive 3.3 miles into the canyon, and watch for the AFP entrance and sign to the left.
Operated in partnership with the University of Arizona South and staffed entirely by volunteers, the AFP is a 501(c)3 organization. Now in its 16th season, the AFP’s mission is “to collect, present and preserve the songs, stories, legends, myths, and western poetry of the State of Arizona.”
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 sierravistaband.org.
2013 Southeast 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 with 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bike race to be held on FH
The Directorate of Family & Morale, Welfare and Recreation will host the Mountain Bike Association of Arizona Race on Feb. 23 at Wren Arena from 7 a.m. until complete.
Bike rental free through MWR Rents to active duty on the day of the event only.
Call Outdoor Recreation, 533-6707.
Maps available at MWR Rents, Building 70914, or online at Facebook @ hua sports and fitness.
For more information or to sign up, go to www.mbaa.net.
Community Garden dinner offered
Tickets are available for The Sierra Vista Community Garden dinner, “Dining on the Desert,” on Feb. 23 at the Landmark Café, Fry Boulevard, Sierra Vista. They will be serving foods that grow locally or that are found in the Arizona desert.
The cost is $20 per person. Dinner tickets are available at the Thursday Sierra Vista Farmers Market, the Saturday Sierra Vista Community Market and the Sierra Vista Food Co-op.
Fort Huachuca Technology Exposition
The annual Fort Huachuca Technology Exposition will take place on Feb. 27 at the Thunder Mountain Activity Centre, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
All military, civilian, and contractor personnel are invited to attend this free event. More than 20 exhibitors will demonstrate the latest in technology and equipment. Complimentary refreshments & giveaways will be available while supplies last.
To pre-register, go to www.FederalEvents.com, click on the “Fort Huachuca” link, and select the pre-register button.
For more information or to request a technology or company, contact 1.443.561.2462 or Johnson@ncsi.com.
SV Community Chorus to perform
The Sierra Vista Community Chorus spring show, “Sweet Treats & Swingin’ Sounds” will be held March 2, 2 and 6 p.m., and March 3, 2 p.m., at the Ethel Berger Center, 2950 E. Tacoma St., Sierra Vista. Entertainment, dessert and beverages are included for $8 per person.
Tickets go on sale on Monday. Because there are a limited number of tickets available, they will be sold only at the Ethel Berger Center and by chorus members.
For information, call 417.2305 or 378.2218.
Volunteer opportunity at science fair
The Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Fair staff seeks for volunteers to help out from March 11 – 16 at the Tucson Convention Center. Shifts are 2-4 hours long from 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
For more information go to, www.sarsef.org and click on the “Volunteer” tab.
Be a judge
The Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Fair staff seeks judges for March 12 from 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Tucson Convention Center. SARSEF needs people experienced in their field of expertise to help find future scientists, engineers and innovators.
For more information go to www.sarsef.org and click on the “Judges” tab.
Help find future scientists, engineers, innovators
Join the Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Fair March 13 for Cox Innovator night from 5 – 8 p.m. at the Tucson Convention Center Exhibit Halls. This event is for all ages and free to the public. SARSEF is also looking for people to sign up for a display or demonstration.
4th Annual Tombstone Wild West Days
On March 16 and March 17, the Wild West Detachment, Marine Corps League will present the 4th Annual Tombstone Wild West Days, a salute to the men and women of the armed forces, on historic Allen Street in Tombstone.
There will we ongoing Entertainment on March 16,,10 a.m. – 4 p.m. followed by a USO Canteen Dance, starting at 6 p.m. at American Legion Roy Fourr Post 24, on the corner of Second and Allen Streets.
On March 17, there will be the Wild West Days parade, but, this year it will be combined with Tombstone’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day so “wearing of the green” is encouraged. The parade will kick-off at 11 a.m. at the corner of Sixth and Allen Streets and conclude at American Legion Roy Fourr Post 24 located on the corner of Second and Allen Streets.
Bands, marching units, groups, riding units (motorized/horse drawn), veterans organizations, floats and individuals are invited to participate. There is no entry fee, and registration for the parade will be on Sixth and Allen Streets at 9:30 a.m.
For information or to obtain a parade application, contact 1.266.5266 or email@example.com.
Lieutenant Dan Band to appear at DM
On March 29 the 355th Fighter Wing at Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson, will host Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band for an evening concert event. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show begins at 7 p.m.
The event will be held inside the 755th Aircraft Maintenance Hangar, which is just off of Yuma Street. Signs will be posted starting at DM’s Craycroft Gate directing individuals on where to drive and park.
Everyone with DM AFB access is invited to attend this free concert.
For additional information, contact the 355 FW Public Affairs Office, 1.520.228.3406.
Local 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.