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.
Learn to compost
Learn about effective microorganisms and Bokashi composting methods during a free workshop Saturday from noon – 2 p.m. at the Bisbee Farmers Market at Vista Park in Warren District, Bisbee. No registration is required.
For more information, contact 331.9821 or email@example.com. This event is sponsored by Baja Arizona Sustainable Agriculture and the Bisbee Farmers Market.
Craft show announced
The High Desert Crafters present their 14th Annual Spring Craft Fair Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Windemere Hotel and Conference Center, 2047 State Route 92, Sierra Vista. The free event is open to the public.
For more information, call 895.9318.
International women celebrated
Celebrate International Women’s Day on Saturday with Gather the Women of Sierra Vista from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. in the Mona Bishop Room of the Sierra Vista Public Library, 2600 E. Tacoma St. View a one-hour film, “Get Real! Wise Women Speak,” a documentary about ‘extraordinary women on a powerful journey to change the world.’
A discussion will follow afterwards, and the public is invited.
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.
Volunteer at science fair
The Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Fair staff seeks for volunteers to help out from Monday – March 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.
Attend science, engineering fair
Join the Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Fair Wednesday 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.
Toastmasters plan open house
Huachuca Toastmasters invites everyone to an open house on Thursday, 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.
Bible study to begin
A new six-week Beth Moore study is slated to begin on Thursday, 10 a.m., at Mountain View Gardens, Rodeo Drive, just west of Home Depot. The study will be repeated the same day at 6 p.m. at the Sierra Vista United Methodist Church, Serenity Room, at the corner of Buffalo Soldier Trail and St. Andrews Drive.
Beth Moore’s latest study, “The Law of Love – Lessons from Deuteronomy,” approaches its audience by asking, “Are you stuck? Wandering? Looking for your Promised Land? Wondering what’s the point?”
The public is invited. For more information, call 378.3352.
Toga square dance party
March 15th is the Ides of March, and the Thunder Mountain Twirlers will hold a Toga Party Square Dance! Togas are encouraged, but not required. Mainstream dancing takes place from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. with a plus-tip and rounds at the end of the evening. Cost, which includes snacks, is $4 for members, $5 for non-members. The dance takes place at Sierra Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 101 N. Lenzner, Sierra Vista.
For more information, contact 378.6719 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Allen Street in Tombstone.
There will be 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 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.
See Civil War battle reenacted
See authentic replications of Civil War camps and battles on March 16 and 17 at Picacho Peak State Park near Tucson on March 16 and 17. Gate hours are 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., and event hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The vehicle entrance fee is $10 for up to four people, and $3 for additional persons or individual entrance.
For information, contact the Camp 1710 Adjutant, 456.6956 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lieutenant Dan Band to appear
On March 29 the 355th Fighter Wing at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, will host Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band for an evening concert. 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 event.
For additional information, contact the 355 FW Public Affairs Office, 1.520.228.3406.
MI Corps Band to perform
The MI Corps Band will perform a recital on March 24, 2 p.m., at the Ethel Berger Center, 2950 E. Tacoma. St., Sierra Vista. Soldier musicians will showcase their individual skills and small groups of performers. This recital is free and open to the public.
Plan food production, vending business
Business planning is important for all farmers market vendors. Learn how to develop business goals and objectives, define a target audience and customers, determine marketing and sales strategies, explain how your products are unique, and implement a financial management system.
Learn how for free on March 20, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Cochise College, Sierra Vista Campus
This workshop will be taught by the Cochise College Small Business Development Center and is sponsored by Baja Arizona Sustainable Agriculture.
For more information or to register, contact 515.5478 or email@example.com. Seating is limited, and registration by March 18 is required. While the class is geared towards food producers, it is open to anyone.
Learn about Boy Scouting
Learn about Boy Scouting, public awareness, safety and more at the Cochise district Scout Show, March 23, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Berean Academy, 1169 N. Colombo, Sierra Vista. The event will feature a climbing wall, camping, cooking, rope bridge and more. This free event is open to the public.
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 FHCSCgolf@yahoo.com.
Enjoy Tucson Roller Derby
Tucson Roller Derby presents a double header on March 30th at the Wreckhouse, 1145 E. Valencia Road, Tucson. In game 1, TRD Copper Queens vs the NAZRD Whiskey Row-llers. During game 2, Tucson Derby Brats – Aristobrats vs Savage Patch Kids.
Doors open at 5 p.m.; first game takes place at 6 p.m. Military discount tickets can be purchased from Brown Paper Tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/302428. Youth 10 and under admitted free with adult ticket.
For more information, go to http://tucsonrollerderby.com.
Run your own 401K
Business attire, running shoes and briefcase or padfolio are the uniform for the “Run Your Own 401K” 4.01 kilometer, 2.5-mile run April 13 at 9.m. The race begins and ends at the Veterans’ Memorial Park Bandshell. The $20 registration fee includes a T-shirt.
This inaugural event is sponsored by the Sierra Vista Sunrise Rotary in conjunction with Freedom Financial Architects.
For more information, contact 458.0801 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farmers market plans Earth Day
This year the Sierra Vista Farmers Market will celebrate Earth Day at its regular Thursday farmers market, on April 18, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Non-profit groups, 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.
For more information or to reserve a spot, call 1.520.678.2638.
Local animal shelters seek used items
With colder evening temperatures still present in Cochise County, 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, 1.520.586.3600
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/.
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 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.
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 www.marchformentalhealth.org.