Is photography in her future?
Rachael Graupner, 6, who attends Fort Huachuca’s School-Age Center, won a regional award from the Boys and Girls Club of America in their National ImageMakers Photography Contest. She was presented with a certificate and a $50 gift card from a local merchant on July 3, and is shown with her parents, Staff Sgt. Shawn Graupner, 305th Military Intelligence Battalion, and Allison Marquez. Rachael’s image, “All the Things I Love,” won in the 6 – 9 year-old age group in the “Things That Move Me” category.
National park campground partially closed
Chiricahua National Monument officials have temporarily closed portions of the Bonita Canyon Campground in anticipation of heavy monsoon rains and possible campground flooding. Fifteen of the 25 campground sites are closed for visitor and staff safety.
Those planning a trip to the monument can contact the visitor center staff, 1.520.824.3560, ext. 0, for information about fire restrictions and safety tips for hiking and camping during monsoon. Or, go to www.nps.gov/chir.
American Legion ladies to hold dinner
The Auxiliary Ladies of the American Legion Post 52 will hold a dinner tonight, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., at American Legion Post 52, 12 Theater Dr., Sierra Vista.
The menu is ham with scalloped potatoes, vegetable and dessert. Cost is $8 for members, guests, active duty service members and Families. For more information, call 459.6050.
Library friends hold book sale
Friends of the Library will be holding their monthly sale on Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 2600 E. Tacoma St., adjacent to the Sierra Vista Public Library. Also mark your calendars for Sept. 14, when the group will celebrate their 40th anniversary with a multitude of events at the same location.
Back to School Fair announced
The 17th Annual Back to School Fair takes place Saturday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Mall at Sierra Vista. This free event includes referral information, children’s activities, health and nutrition services, family services, support groups and more.
For information, contact 458.7922 or email@example.com.
Children’s festival planned
Community groups have come together and plan a Children’s Festival on Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., at the Huachuca City Park, located next to the Huachuca City Fire Department, 505 N. Gonzales Blvd. There will be ongoing entertainments and special events.
The public is invited, and admission is free.
For more information, go to http://openinn.org/programs/cochise-county-childrens-center.
Arizona Folklore Preserve performances
The Arizona Folklore Preserve welcomes its founder and artist-in-residence, Dolan Ellis, Arizona’s Official State Balladeer, back to the AFP stage Saturday and Sunday. Show times for both days will be 2 p.m. Doors open at 1 p.m.
Ellis will perform many audience favorites. He will also sing “Wildfire,” written to honor the “Hot Shot” firefighters who risk their lives battling one of nature’s terrifying forces.
For reservations, call 378.6165, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission is $15 for adults and $6 for children 17 and under.
Go 6 miles south of Sierra Vista on State Route 92 to Ramsey Canyon Road. Turn right, drive 3.3 miles into the canyon, and watch for the AFP entrance and sign to the left.
Bowhunters shoot scheduled
The Huachuca Mountain Archers and Bowhunters Club will host a 3-D shoot at their range on post from 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Sunday. Traditional and compound archers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Hamburgers, hotdogs, soft drinks, and water will be available for purchase.
Cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. For more information call 538.6895.
Learn how animals adapt
Carr House programs continue Sunday, 1:30 p.m., with “Animal Adaptations.” Jane Chambers, local environmental educator, will provide a family presentation about how animals use structure and behavior to adapt to their environment. There will be hands-on materials and activities.
The public is invited to attend this free program.
Directions to Carr House: From Sierra Vista, travel south on State Route 92 to Carr Canyon Road (at the Mesquite Tree Restaurant). Turn right. Drive about 2.1 miles. Carr House is on the left after a concrete dip in the road. For information about upcoming programs, go to http//www.huachucamountains.org.
MAAF meets on post
Atheist? Humanist? Freethinker? Curious? The Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers, or MAAF, is a worldwide network providing support to atheists, humanists and other non-theists in the military. MAAF meets every Sunday, 2 p.m., at Fort Huachuca’s Military Intelligence Library in the Vault. Those looking for a community that shares their beliefs or who need support are invited to attend.
For more information, contact 234.1739, 1.703.869.8102 or email@example.com.
AL hosts ‘free pool Sundays’
American Legion Post 52 hosts July “free pool Sundays,” open to members, guests and all active duty service members. For more information, call 459.6050.
Books and Tots Story Time planned
The Parents as Teachers Program staff invite parents and children to Books and Tots Story Time. This event will be held on post at the Mountain Vista Community Center, 102 Davis off Lawton Rd. on Thursday, from 10 – 11:15 a.m. Join the group for stories, songs and crafts.
For more information, call 452.9784, ext. 14 or 15.
Mesquite harvesting classes offered
Learn to harvest mesquite on Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Sierra Vista Farmers Market in Veterans’ Memorial Park, or July 27, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Sierra Vista Community Market.
Join Baja Arizona Sustainable Agriculture to learn how to harvest, process and store mesquite pods in preparation for the community mesquite millings this fall. Sample mesquite baked goods, purchase mesquite flour and pick up free harvesting guides and recipes. Local experts will be on hand throughout the market to answer questions. There is no cost.
For further information, contact 1.520.331.9821 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday Farmers Market has moved
The Thursday Sierra Vista Farmers Market has moved to Veterans’ Memorial Park, relocating from their old location on the corner of Wilcox Drive and Carmichael. Summer hours are in effect, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Books for youth coming to FH
In collaboration with Army Community Service, Blue Star Families is bringing Books on Bases Literacy Program to Fort Huachuca July 20, 10 a.m., at the Murr Community Center. The event is open to active duty military children pre-kindergarten – grade 5. Preregistration is required.
Each child will receive a gift bag with a book and reading resources. They can also enjoy crafts activities on site.
To register, contact 678.6910, 53.2330 or FtHuachucaBOB@gmail.com.
For more information about the Books on Bases program, go to https://www.bluestarfam.org/Program/Books_on_Bases.