September 5, 2013

Community Briefs August 30, 2013

Breakfast in SV Community Garden

Enjoy a free breakfast on Saturday, 8 a.m., at the Sierra Vista Community Garden, 300 E. Wilcox Dr. The 2nd Annual Breakfast in the Garden is an opportunity to sample locally grown produce and learn more about the project.

For $15 for a bed or $10 for a tower, anyone can start their own garden.

For information and directions, call 417.6960 or stop by the Sierra Vista Visitor Center in the Oscar Yrun Community Center, 3020 E. Tacoma St.

Arizona Folklore Preserve opens

Arizona Folklore Preserve begins the new season on Saturday and Sunday offering live performances. Dolan Ellis, Arizona’s official state balladeer, will perform. Doors open at 1 p.m., and the show starts at 2 p.m.

For reservations and directions, contact 378.6165, or Admission is $15 for adults and $6 for children 17 and under.

Sierra Vista Labor Day closures

Most City of Sierra Vista facilities, with the exception of the airport and The Cove, will be closed on Monday, in observance of Labor Day. The Cove will offer open swim from 1:30 – 5:30 p.m. All other activities at the Cove, including lap swim and water workouts, will be cancelled for the holiday. Sierra Vista Transit buses will run regular routes but will not offer curbside service.

Monday’s trash pickup will move to Tuesday, and Tuesday’s trash service will take place Wednesday. There will be no bulk trash or yard waste pickups on Wednesday.

Methodist church offers new Bible study

A new, 12-week Beth Moore Bible Study begins Wednesday, 10 a.m., in the TV Room at Mountain View Gardens, 3477 Rodeo Drive, and at 6 p.m. in the Serenity Room of the Sierra Vista United Methodist Church, 3225 St. Andrews Dr. The public is welcome.

For more information, call 378.3352 or 227.7577.

Free blood pressure screening

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

For more information, call 458.7922 or 417.4800.

Cochise Chapter of ASMC luncheon

The Cochise Chapter of American Society of Military Comptrollers will host the installation of officers Thursday, 11:30 a.m., at their luncheon at the Sierra Vista Elks Lodge on Wilcox Dr.

For more information, call 538.0878.

Win baby-related prizes in giveaway

Enter “PLUSH’s Ultimate Military Family Giveaway and Getaway” to win a grand prize valued at more than $15,000, including luxury baby and toddler essentials and a Las Vegas getaway. Enter through Sept. 6.

For details, go to

Fort Bowie to hold memorial ride

Members of B Troop, 4th Regiment, U.S. Cavalry (Memorial) will conduct their annual Fort Bowie Memorial Ride Sept. 7, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., at Fort Bowie National Historic Site. The troopers will ride along the Butterfield Stage route, stop at the Fort Bowie cemetery to honor the Soldiers buried there, and ride to the fort ruins to meet the public and pose for photos. The purpose is to promote the heritage and traditions of the U.S. Army. The public is invited.

For information and directions, contact the visitor center staff, 1.520.827.2500, ext. 1.

Archers, bowhunters hold event

The Huachuca Mountain Archers and Bowhunters Club will host a 3-D archery shoot at their range on Fort Huachuca Sept. 8, 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 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 or 249.1045.

Annual xeriscape tour set

Take the self-guided Water Wise/Master Gardener 16th Annual Fall Xeriscape Tour, “Urban and Mountain Landscapes,” Sept. 8, 1 – 4 p.m. Learn about artificial turf, colorful native flowers, rain harvesting, wild pollinator gardens and more. Docents from the Cochise County Master Gardeners will be at each site to point out features and answer questions.

Obtain maps for this free tour by contacting 458.8278 ext. 2141, or

Garden for the feathered, furry

Join Lori Kovash, master gardener, Sept 8, 1:30 p.m., for “Gardening for the Feathered and Furry” How do you attract one species and discourage another? What are the three essential things people can provide for wildlife? What plants give the most bird watching bang for the buck? 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 http//

Sept. 11 memorial ceremony

The Sierra Vista Fire Department and other agencies will host a brief ceremony in remembrance of those who were lost on Sept. 11, 2001. It takes place Sept. 11, 6 p.m., at Sierra Vista Fire Station 3. The public is invited.

For more information, call 458.3319.

Celebrate Oktoberfest

Join the City of Sierra Vista’s return of autumn with the German tradition of Oktoberfest, Sept. 13 from 5 – 11 p.m. and Sept. 14, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. at Veterans’ Memorial Park on Fry Boulevard. Live entertainment provided by Sauerkrauten Glockenspielen Oompah-pah Band at the Der Biergarten (Beer Garden). At sunset, the Hamptons will take center stage at the Centennial Pavilion. Enjoy food, youth carnival, arts & crafts vendors and more.

For more information, call 417.4800.

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, made out to WOA AZ Silver Chapter, to: CW3 (R) John Blacklock 4460 San Miguel, Sierra Vista, AZ, 85635-9322 or contact or

Enjoy SV Community Hymn Festival

The 2nd Annual Sierra Vista Community Hymn Festival takes place Sept. 15, 2 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Church, 800 Taylor Dr. The public is invited to this free event.

For more information, call 456.5555.

Discover Carr Canyon history

Rosemary Snapp, Friends of the Huachuca Mountains, or FOHM, historian, will leading a history walk Sept. 14 at 9 a. m. at the Carr House Visitor Information Center.

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 weekends, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. through October, with free programs every other Sunday at 1:30 p.m. FOHM is a non-profit group working with the Coronado National Forest.

For more information, call 508.3727.

Child identification program planned

Join the Sierra Vista Police Department and partner agencies for the free CHIP, Child Identification Program, Sept. 14, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., in the Wellness Depot of The Mall at Sierra Vista.

“CHIP” is a process of gathering information — DNA swab, color photo, fingerprints and a recorded interview — on children and providing a package to parents that is Amber Alert ready. To ensure safety, the software is designed to not retain the child’s information on the computer.

For more information, call 452.7500 or 459.8210.

U of A presents Chinese Culture Festival

The Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona will present the second Annual Chinese Culture Festival Sept. 18 – 28 in Tucson. Concerts, films, lectures on Chinese literature and medicine, a Chinese language competition and Chinese health day are included.

The festival will be held on the University of Arizona campus and other venues across the Tucson metropolitan area. All events are open to the public, and most are free.

Go to www. for a full schedule and location of festival events.

Talent show participants sought

Santa Cruz County Fair organizers seek participants for their talent show Sept. 21, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., at the 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. Organizers will have awards in many categories and three different age groups.

For complete information and details, contact 1.520.310.0396, or

Attend horse shows on post

Huachuca Saddle Club 2013 Western/English Combination Shows take place at Wren Arena, Fort Huachuca, 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 http//

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 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

Henry Hauser Museum hours

The Henry F. Hauser Museum in the Ethel Berger Building, 2950 E. Tacoma St., Sierra Vista, is now open to the public Monday – Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For more information, email

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 menuJeannie’s Diner is o

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.

Save a life — learn CPR

The Sierra Vista Fire Department provides basic CPR and first aid courses on the third Saturday of each month. 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.

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 .

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.

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

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