February 15, 2013

Community Briefs – February 15, 2013

Square dance tonight

The Thunder Mountain Twirlers are holding their annual Sweetheart Square Dance tonight, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., at the Sierra Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 101 N. Lenzner, Sierra Vista. No sweetheart is necessary; singles and couples are welcome! Cost is $4 for members, $5 for non-members. Snacks are provided.

For more information, contact 378.6719 or

Gypsy Caravan Psychic Fair

The Gypsy Caravan, an annual event featuring Tarot card readings and other psychic-related events, takes place Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., at the Windemere Hotel and Conference Center, 2047 S. Highway 92, Sierra Vista. General admission is free with a range of fees for readings and other services.

For more information, contact 1.520.249.2924 or

Big dogs for big dog lovers!

Visit the Tombstone Animal Shelter for “Big Dog” Adoption Day Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Landin Park Road, Tombstone, one block southeast of the new fire station on State Route 80.

Check out available pets on the “Adopt a Pet” website,

Bring along your dogs to check for compatibility.

Need big dog accessories for your big dog? Large dog accessories, including crates, food and water containers and other miscellaneous supplies will be available for purchase.

The $25 adoption fee includes shots and spay/neuter.

For information, call 1.520.457.2545.

Kiwanis holds used book sale

Golden K Kiwanis will hold a book sale, Saturday and Sunday, at the Mall in Sierra Vista, during regular mall operating hours. Thousands of books are available.

Local church offers new service

Sierra Vista United Methodist Church offers “Crossroads,” a new contemporary service, “Crossroads,” Sunday, 9:30 a.m. at the Sierra Vista United Methodist Church, at the intersection of Buffalo Soldier Trail and Saint Andrews Drive. It takes place in a sensory-rich format, through music, prayer, multimedia, drama, poetry or dance.

For more information, contact 378.3352 or

MI Corps Band to perform

The MI Corps Band will perform a recital on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Ethel Berger Center, 2950 E. Tacoma. St. Sierra Vista. Soldier musicians of the band will showcase their individual skills and small groups of performers. This recital is free and open to the public.

The band will also perform at the Ethel Berger center on March 24 at 2 p.m. This event is also free and open to the public.

WWII veteran to speak

The Sierra Vista Camera Club invites the public to meet Don Mittelstaedt, a 92-year-old World War II veteran, who recently made a social documentary about the war with a local director.

See “Defeating Bishamon,” translated “Defeating Japanese god of war,” on Wednesday, 5:30 p.m., at the Sierra Vista Public Library, Mona Bishop Room, 2600 E. Tacoma St.

There is no charge to attend.

For more information, go to

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.

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

Fort Huachuca Technology Exposition

The annual Fort Huachuca Technology Exposition will take place on Feb. 27, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the Thunder Mountain Activity Centre.

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 and giveaways will be available while supplies last.

To pre-register, go to, 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

Crafts group presents spring show

The High Desert Crafters present their spring show, Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the Windemere Hotel and Conference Center, 2047 SR 92, Sierra Vista. The public is invited to attend this free event which features a variety of handmade goods for sale.

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.

See spring production at Buena HS

Buena Fine Arts Productions will present “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde, March 1 and 2, 7 p.m., at the Buena Performing Arts Center, Buena High School, 5225 Buena School Blvd, Sierra Vista.

Identify children, register bikes

The Sierra Vista Police Department will hold a Child Identification and Bike Registration Day, March 2, 9 a.m. – to 3 p.m. at the Police Station. Parents will receive an Amber Alert ready package on compact disc containing their child’s DNA swab, color photo, fingerprints and a recorded interview. This free program is provided by volunteers from the Cochise County Child Identification Program. The software is designed so none of the child’s information is saved on the computer or retained by any volunteer.

On the same day, the SVPD will conduct a Bike Registration Day. Anyone can bring their bikes to the police department and have them registered. This will help get the bikes back to owners if they are lost or stolen.

To register bikes you must live within the Sierra Vista city limits, but there is no residency requirement for the child identification program.

Both programs are free of charge, but donations are accepted. For more information, call 452.7500.

CANTER sponsors dinner dance

CANTER, the Cochise Area Network of Therapeutic Equestrian Resources, a group that provides therapeutic riding for those with disabilities, is holding a dinner dance, “Hearts and Horses,” March 2 at the Elks Lodge, Wilcox Ave., Sierra Vista. The evening costs $40 and includes dinner, dancing and more. Music is by Sally and Clayton.

For information, call Marcia, 459.4868 or Sherry, 378.2201. To learn about the organization, go to

Science fair volunteer opportunity

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, 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, 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.

For more information, contact or

FHCSC to hold golf scramble

The Fort Huachuca Community Spouses Club will hold a golf scramble, April 6, at the Mountain View Golf Course at the intersection of Buffalo Soldier Trail and Wilcox Drive. Registration deadline is March 24.

The $65 fee per golfer includes a cart for 2, lunch, hospitality bag, unlimited driving range and prizes in various categories. Golfer check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. with the shotgun start at 9 a.m.

For more information or for registration forms, contact 1.850.291.4667 or

Improve speaking skills through Toastmasters

Huachuca Toastmasters invites everyone to an open house on March 14, 11:30 a.m., Building 21114 on the corner of Christy and Adair (next to the Public Affairs office) on Fort Huachuca. This event is designed to introduce the public to Toastmasters and allow guests to learn more about how a Toastmasters club can help them become better speakers, evaluators, and leaders.

The open house program will include a meet-and-greet where guests can converse with veteran Toastmasters, followed by a sample meeting that will demonstrate a typical Toastmasters agenda. Additionally, the event will feature food, prizes, and is free to the public.

For more information, contact contact 538.4910, or

4th Annual Tombstone Wild West Days

On March 16 and 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

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 colder 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

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

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

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

Earth Day at SV Farmers Market

The Sierra Vista Farmers Market will celebrate Earth Day, April 18, during the usual market hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Non-profits, educational organizations, government organizations and schools wishing to take part with an information booth or project about the natural world, earth-friendly activities, or healthy living, eating and exercise can participate at no charge.

Spaces are 12’ x 12’ and you will need to bring your own canopy, 10’ x 10,” maximum size, tables, chairs and display materials.

To reserve a spot and for more information, call 1.520.678.2638.

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

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

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 or email

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

March for mental health

Joint the National Alliance for Mental Illness’s 5K March for Mental Health, May 18, 7 a.m., at Apache middle School, 3305 E. Fry Blvd., Sierra Vista. Check in is at 7 a.m., and the march begins at 8 a.m.

For more information, call 459.3228. To register, go to


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