Public tax assistance available
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, sites are available for free tax preparation and electronic filing, offer Internal Revenue Service certified tax preparers, asset development and savings products and services. Sites are available at Cochise County Workforce Development and Goodwill Industries. Those with household incomes under $57,000 can file federal and state taxes online at www.ccs-soaz.org.
For VITA sites locations, hours and paperwork to bring to appointments, call 458.2770.
Book sale announced
The Friends of the Sierra Vista Public Library will be holding a 50 percent-off sale on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. They will also offer CDs, DVDs and audio books. In honor of Black History Month, there will be a special selection of items for sale.
The sale takes place at 2600 E. Tacoma St. adjacent to the main library.
For more information, call 458.6559.
Local church offers new service
Sierra Vista United Methodist Church offers “Crossroads,” a new contemporary service, on Sundays, 9:30 a.m., at the intersection of Buffalo Soldier Trail and Saint Andrews Drive. It takes place in a sensory-oriented format, through music, prayer, multimedia, drama, poetry or dance.
For more information, contact 378.3352 or www.lovesvumc.com.
Local band to present concert
The Sierra Vista Community Band will present its first concert of 2013 on Sunday, 2 p.m., at the Ethel Berger Center, 2950 E. Tacoma, in Sierra Vista. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.
The SVCB performs a 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.
Senior citizens’ input sought
Senior citizens are invited to identify issues affecting their quality of life and well being. The discussion takes place Wednesday, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., at the Ethel Berger Center, 2950 E. Tacoma St., Sierra Vista. People may also participate online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/agingstateplan.
Former Tuskegee Airman to speak
Retired Tuskegee Airman George Washington Biggs will visit Cochise College as part of its annual Black History Month celebration.
Biggs will be the featured speaker Monday, 12:15 p.m. in the Student Union on the Sierra Vista Campus during the college’s black history information display, which runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Ahead of Biggs’ visit to campus, there will be a free film screening of “The Tuskegee Airmen,” tonight, 6 p.m., at the Central School Project Building, 43 Howell Ave., Bisbee. The screening begins at 6 p.m.
For information about tonight’s film, call 515.5316.
For more information about the Tuskegee Airmen, go to www.tuskegeeairmen.org and www.nps.gov/tuai. For more information about Black History Month events at Cochise College, email email@example.com.
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.
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.
Identify children, register bikes
The Sierra Vista Police Department will hold a Child Identification and Bike Registration Day, March 2, 9 a.m. – 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 your bike you must live within the Sierra Vista city limits, but there is no residency requirement for the child identification program. There is no cost.
For more information, call 452.7500.
Concert pianist to perform
Award-winning concert pianist John Nilsen will present a program of original compositions on March 2, 7 p.m., in the Worship Center of the Sierra Vista United Methodist Church at the intersection of Buffalo Soldier Trail and Saint Andrews Drive.
This concert is open to the general public. There is no charge.
For more information, contact 378.3352 or www.svumc.org.
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 www.canteraz.org.
Learn more about Western states
The Sierra Vista Historical Society is presenting “Oh, The Shape We Are In; How Arizona and the Western States Got Their Borders” as part of its Amazing Arizona series. Dr. Barbara Jaquay, geographer and anthropologist, will speak on March 5, 2 p.m., at the Ethel Berger Center, 2950 E. Tacoma St., Sierra Vista. This event is free and open to the public.
For more information, call 417.6980.
Attend special needs training
The Specialized Training of Military Parents, or STOMP, is an organization dedicated solely to address the needs of military Families who have Family members with special medical or educational needs.
STOMP will be in Tucson, March 14 – 15, for a two-day workshop at the Davis Monthan Air Force Base Mirage Club from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. each day. This training is geared for those who are members of a military Family with a child with special needs, an educator of children with special needs, or a professional who works with Families and children with special needs.
To register for this workshop or for more information, contact 1.520.228.5690 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about STOMP or to talk with one of their staff members call 1.800.5.PARENT or go to www.stompproject.org.
Volunteer 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.