Toastmasters plan youth workshop
The Huachuca Toastmasters Club will host a free Youth Leadership workshop, sponsored by Toastmasters International and geared toward middle school students. Participants will learn and develop speaking and leadership skills, overcome nervousness when asked to speak before audiences, organize and present ideas, listen to others, and participate and lead group discussions and meetings. The course will be nine sessions long, with each session lasting two hours. Dates will be determined based on responses.
If interested or for more information, call 432.2842.
Birding festival concludes tomorrow
Southwest Wings celebrates the diversity of birds, mammals, reptiles and insects in the Sky Islands of southern Arizona. It runs through Saturday all over Cochise College, Sierra Vista Campus, 901 N. Columbo Ave.
There are free programs, seminars and exhibits for those of all ages, including youth programs, designed to educate and entertain.
Go to http://SWWings.org for more details.
Mesquite harvesting classes offered
Learn to harvest mesquite Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Sierra Vista Community Market at the southeast corner of Charleston Road and the State Route 90 bypass, north of Target.
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 more information, contact 1.520.331.9821 or email@example.com.
Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week
La Leche League of Sierra Vista invites all Cochise County families to attend the World Breastfeeding Week celebration Saturday, 10 a.m., at Tompkins Park, Sierra Vista. There will be free gift bags for the first 50 families and free refreshments for all.
All breastfeeding mothers are invited to attend the free breastfeeding support meetings. For more information, contact 1.540.219.7375, Purpleheather79@gmail.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/LLL-of-Sierra-Vista/287960981264316.
ALR to sponsor poker run
The American Legion Riders, Post 52, will sponsor their 9th anniversary poker run, bike games and bike show Saturday at their building at 12 Theater Dr., Sierra Vista. Registration for the run begins at 9 a.m. and is $10 per single or $15 per couple. A bike show is ongoing all day, and bike games begin at 1:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
For more information, call 236.8165.
NW Turkey Federation to hold banquet
The Huachuca Gould’s Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold their 15th annual banquet Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 156 Kayetan Dr., Sierra Vista. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. The family-oriented event features activities for people of all ages and promotes responsible wildlife conservation and hunting practices.
For more information on the banquet, accomplishments of the Huachuca Gould’s Chapter of NWTF and its upcoming activities, contact 508.4272, 678.9827 or http://www.nwtfhuagoulds.org.
Meeting for atheists, humanists, freethinkers
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
CC Sheriff’s Office personnel meet public
Members of the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office will meet the public in various communities throughout Cochise County next week to allow citizens to meet personnel face-to-face, ask questions and provide input. Meetings are as follows:
Bisbee: Tuesday, 3 –5 p.m. at Safeway
Whetstone: Thursday, 9:20 – 11:20 a.m. at Mustang Corners
Huachuca City: Thursday, noon – 2 p.m. at the police station
Palominas: Thursday, 3 – 5 p.m. at Valley View Elementary School
Benson: Aug. 9, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at Wal-Mart
St. David: Aug. 9, noon – 2 p.m. at St. David Schools
Tombstone: Aug. 9, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the fire department
Sierra Vista: Aug. 10, 11 .m. – 1 p.m. at Food City
Free blood pressure screening
Bayada Nurses will conduct free blood pressure screenings on the first Wednesday of each month from 9 a.m. – at the Ethel H. Berger Center, 2950 E. Tacoma St., Sierra Vista, on a first come, first served basis. The next screening takes place Wednesday.
For more information, call 458.7922 or 417.4800.
Cook using solar energy
Learn the secrets of solar cooking with Baja Arizona Sustainable Agriculture, Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Sierra Vista Farmers Market at its new location in Veteran’s Park, 3105 Fry Blvd. BASA will do a solar cooking demonstration, have sun ovens and solar accessories for sale, and offer information on sustainable agriculture and gardening.
For more information, contact 331.9821 or email@example.com.
Square dancers hold event
The Thunder Mountain Twirlers are having a Mainstream Square Dance Aug. 9, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., with a plus tip at the end of the evening. A review starts at 6:45 p.m. for anyone who needs or wants extra practice. Cost is $4 for members, $5 for non-members. Snacks are provided. The dance takes place at Sierra Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 101 N. Lenzner, Sierra Vista.
For more info contact 378.6719 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women’s Equality Day High Tea planned
Attend an English high tea on Aug. 10, 2 p.m., at the Holiday HOA Clubhouse at Canyon de Flores, East of State Route 92 on Resort Drive. This event is sponsored by the Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona. The cost is $30 per person.
The keynote speaker will be retired Air Force Lt. Col. Susan Struck, who played a role in moving women’s equality forward when she filed a lawsuit against the USAF after being involuntarily separated when she became pregnant. Her lawyer won the case.
For reservations, call 335.8330.
Explore San Pedro ecology, hydrology
Learn about “Ecology and Hydrology of the San Pedro River” with Mike Foster and Sandy Kunzer of Friends of the San Pedro River, Aug. 11, 1:30 p.m., at the Carr House Visitor Information Center.
This program will show portions of videos about the San Pedro River, discuss how water gets to it and how the web of life, based on that water system, supports itself and those who live nearby. 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.
Attend horse shows on post
Huachuca Saddle Club 2013 Western/English Combination Shows take place at Wren Arena, Fort Huachuca, on Aug. 17 and Oct. 5. Books open at 8 a.m., shows starts at 9 a.m.
A ranch pleasure class has been added along with regular classes. This pattern class features extended gaits, trot or lope overs, side pass and single spin in each direction. An open country pleasure driving is added starting with the Saturday show.
Cost is $5 for members and $8 for non-members.
For a list of gymkhana and show classes, entry forms and club information, contact 378.6385 or http//www.huachucasaddleclub.org.
Participate in the 14th Annual Hummingbird Triathlon Aug. 17, 6 a.m., at the Sierra Vista Aquatic Center, “The Cove,” 2900 Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy. Cost is $45 per person or $75 per team.
Swim, bike and run. Compete as an individual or on a male, female, or coed team. Individual prizes will be awarded in several male and female age divisions. Pre-register at the Cove or at the Oscar Yrun Community Center by 1 p.m. Aug. 16 which guarantees a free T-shirt. The Triathlon will start at 6 a.m. Check-in starts at 5 a.m. Applications, triathlon map, and more information are available at www.SierraVistaAZ.gov (search “triathlon”).
Call 417.4800 for more information.
Save a life — learn CPR
The Sierra Vista Fire Department provides basic CPR and first aid courses on the third Saturday of each month; the next class takes place Aug. 17. Cost is $50. Participants receive an American Heart Association CPR card that lasts two years after completing this one-day course.
Classes are offered at Fire Station #3, 675 Giulio Cesare. Classes are open to residents, 12 and older; require pre-registration, and payment.
For more information, call 4174400.
Oktoberfest vendors sought
The City of Sierra Vista is accepting applications for art and craft vendors through Aug. 30 for Oktoberfest, Sept. 13 – 14. The cost for a 10´ x 10´ booth space is $100. Electricity is not available. This event will feature live entertainment, carnival rides, and food vendors.
For more information or for an application, email Laura.Killberg@SierraVistaAZ.gov.
Pig Masters Barbecue Competition
Enter the Sierra Vista Police Officer Association’s Pig Masters Barbecue Competition with a slab of baby back ribs, beef brisket, chicken or chili. First through third prizes will be awarded in each category, or enter all three meat categories for a shot at Grand Champion. Competition will be held Aug. 31, at the Elks Lodge in Sierra Vista.
For information or to register, contact 508.6218 or William.Heiple@SierraVistaAZ.gov.
CANTER to train volunteers
CANTER needs horse handlers and side walkers to support their therapeutic riding program for children and adults with disabilities. No previous horse experience is necessary. CANTER operates Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings at 7388 Chief Joseph Dr. just off Moson Road, Sierra Vista. Volunteer training is August 24, 8 – 12.
For more information, contact 459.4868 or http://www.canteraz.org/.
Dine at Jeannie’s Diner
Jeannie’s Diner is a casual, quick service 50s – 60s style restaurant located in the Desert Lanes Bowling Center on post. They offer breakfast cooked-to-order Monday through Saturday. Lunch specials are available as well as a wide variety of other menu items.
Local animal shelters seek used items
Local animal shelters continue to seek used blankets to keep their animals comfortable. 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
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 http://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 elderly community members
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-serve 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.
Golf tournament slated
The U.S. Army Warrant Officers Association, Arizona Silver Chapter, will host their annual Golf Tournament Sept. 14 at the Turquoise Valley Golf course, Naco. Cost of the four-player scramble is $75 per player which includes golf, lunch, trophies and prizes.
Send team name and checks, payable WOA AZ Silver Chapter, to: CW3 (R) John Blacklock 4460 San Miguel, Sierra Vista, AZ, 85635-9322 or contact http://firstname.lastname@example.org or http://email@example.com
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 through June; on July 11, the market moves to its new home at Veterans’ Memorial Park, Fry Boulevard. 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.