August 16, 2013

Community Briefs August 16, 2013

Wild Bunch, Steampunks come together for gunfighters rendezvous

Bill Treywick

The Wild Bunch of Tombstone has challenged the Tombstone Steampunk Society to enlist 100 Steampunks to invade the City of Tombstone for its first-ever Rendezvous of Gunfighters Steampunk Challenge Parade. The event takes place Aug. 31, 10:30 a.m., on historic Allen Street. The public is invited. Judging will be based on character name, back story, costume, gadgets and showmanship. Cash prizes will be awarded for imagination and creativity.

For more information, call 1.520.457.3548.

Cochise Gun Club opens activities

The Cochise Gun Club invites Fort Huachuca personnel to participate in three monthly activities: Junior Rifle Shoot, Practical Pistol and Defensive Pistol, and Trap. Join them for a quarterly Civilian Battle Rifle Match.

For more information, go to

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.

Square dancers hold event

The Thunder Mountain Twirlers are having a mainstream square dance tonight, 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 and free for those who come to observe. Snacks are provided. The dance takes place at Sierra Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 101 N. Lenzner, Sierra Vista.

For more information, contact 378.6719 or

Military women’s health fair

The Southern Arizona Veterans Administration, or VA, Health Care System and the Arizona Veterans Service Commission will co-host an Arizona Military/Veteran Women’s Health and Knowledge Fair on Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., at the R.E. Lindsey Jr. Auditorium, 3601 S. Sixth Ave., Tucson.

This event will allow the VA to join together with the State Veterans Service Commission and the Tucson community to provide information and resources to all women veteran service members and their Families.

For further information and registration, go to or call Sean, 1.602.234.8402.

Discover Carr Canyon history

Rosemary Snapp, Friends of the Huachuca Mountains, or FOHM, historian, will leading history walks on Saturday and Sept. 14 both starting at 9 a. m. at the Carr House Visitor Information Center.

On Saturday, walk to nearby historical ruins where Snapp will talk about the Todd-Haverty family, homesteaders from 1887 – 1939.

On Sept. 14, Snapp’s talk will focus on Col. John and Ila Healy, Carr Ranch owners from 1937 – 1972. They were ranchers, naturalists, hunters and historians.

The Carr House is open Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. through October with free programs every other Sunday at 1:30 p.m. (latest program and directions appear elsewhere on this page). FOHM is a non-profit group working with the Coronado National Forest.

For more information, call 508.3727.

Child ID Day is Saturday

Have children identified for the Amber Alert program Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Cochise County Sheriff’s Substation, 1012 N. G Ave., Suite 100, Douglas. Parents or legal guardians will receive a complete Amber Alert package for children, infants – 17, which can be provided to law enforcement personnel in the event their child comes up missing. There is no charge.

For more information, call 623.680.8380.

Attend horse shows on post

Huachuca Saddle Club 2013 Western/English Combination Shows take place at Wren Arena, Fort Huachuca, on Saturday and Oct. 5. Books open at 8 a.m., shows starts at 9 a.m.

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

Hummingbird Triathlon slated

Participate in the 14th Annual Hummingbird Triathlon Saturday, 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 (search “triathlon”).

For more information, call 417.4800.

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 Saturday. Cost is $50. Participants receive an American Heart Association CPR card good for 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 417.4400.

American Legion sponsors dinner

American Legion Post 52 will sponsor a steak dinner Aug. 23, 5:30 – 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 52, 12 Theater Dr., Sierra Vista. The pork roast dinner costs $8, includes all fixings, and is open to members, guests and all active duty service members and Families.

For more information, call 459.6050.

American Legion to hold breakfast

American Legion Post 52 will hold a breakfast Aug. 24, 8 – 10:30 a.m. at American Legion Post 52, 12 Theater Dr., Sierra Vista. It is open to all members, guests and active duty service members and Families. For more information, call 459.6050.

CANTER to train volunteers

Love horses?

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 – Thursday and Saturday mornings at 7388 Chief Joseph Dr. off Moson Road, Sierra Vista. Volunteer training is Aug. 24, 8 a.m. – noon.

For more information, contact 459.4868 or

Learn why Southeast Arizona is unique

Join Brian Prescott, environmentalist, Aug. 25, 1:30 p.m., for a program on “The Unique Nature of Southeast Arizona” during which he will discuss facets of Arizona’s natural world.

The public is invited to attend this free program at the Coronado National Forest’s Carr House Visitor information Center.

Directions: 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

College offers community orchestra

Cochise College announces a new community orchestra starting this fall on the Sierra Vista Campus.

The ensemble class is open to both amateur and professional instrumentalists who enjoy playing together. The group will meet Wednesdays, 5:30 – 7:20 p.m. in Room 700 of the Community Outreach Building.

For auditions or more information, contact or the Cochise College Music Department at 515.8759.

Cochise College also offers concert band, jazz band, percussion, vocal and chorus ensembles at the Sierra Vista Campus. Check out the fall schedule online at

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

Pig Masters Barbecue Competition

Register Now to Compete

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. The competition will be held Aug. 31, at the Elks Lodge in Sierra Vista.

For information or to register, contact 508.6218 or

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 or

Talent show participants sought

Santa Cruz County Fair organizers seek participants for their talent show Sept. 21, 3:30 – 5:30, Santa Cruz County Fair Grounds.

They are looking for singers, dancers, musicians and variety acts of all ages to participate in acts of three or fewer minutes. An informal audition is required. They can be done by phone, video, in person or by teacher recommendation.

Organizers will have awards in many categories and three different age groups.

For complete information and details, contact 1.520.310.0396, or

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

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

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 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 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-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

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

Free blood pressure screening

Bayada Nurses group conducts free blood pressure screenings on the first Wednesday of each month from 9 a.m. – noon at the Ethel H. Berger Center, 2950 E. Tacoma St., Sierra Vista, on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, call 458.7922 or 417.4800.



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