September 6, 2013

Community Briefs September 6, 2013

Marines open Duty Hut

The Cochise County Marines officially opened the Duty Hut at the VFW Post 9972 Hall, second floor, at 549 W. Veterans Dr., Sierra Vista. It features a display of Marine historical uniforms, Marines’ photographs dating back to the Korean War, and gear, equipment and memorabilia.

Tour it for free. Contact 456.5216 or

Wear crinoline tonight

The Thunder Mountain Twirlers’ Annual Crinoline Night Mainstream Square Dance is tonight, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., at the Sierra Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 101 North Lenzner, Sierra Vista, with a plus tip at the end of the evening. Cost is $4 for members, $5 for non-members and free for non-dancers. Snacks provided.

For more information, contact 378.6719 or

Arizona Folklore Preserve open

Jon Messenger and Nancy Elliott will perform at Arizona Folklore Preserve Saturday and Sunday. 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.

Fort Bowie to hold memorial ride

Members of B Troop, 4th Regiment, U.S. Cavalry (Memorial) will conduct their annual Fort Bowie Memorial Ride Saturday, 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 Sunday, 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,” Sunday, 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, Sunday, 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.

For directions and 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 Wednesday, 6 p.m., at Sierra Vista Fire Station 3. The public is invited.

For more information, call 458.3319.

Job Fair takes place Thursday

The Arizona Workforce Connection will host a job fair Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9972, 549 Veterans Dr., Sierra Vista.

Dress for success, and bring copies of your updated resume.

For more information, call 458.9309.

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

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.

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.

Child ID 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.

Library friends celebrate 40 years

The Friends of the Sierra Vista Public Library will celebrate their 40th anniversary on Sept. 14, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., with a party at the library on Tacoma Street.

Attend the book sale, meet 20 authors, enjoy cake and live entertainment including the 62nd Army Band at 11:30 a.m.

There is no admission charge. For more information, call 458.1616.

Learn about cholesterol

In support of American Heart Month, The Sierra Vista Regional Health Center Wellness Depot will present “Cholesterol: Know Your Numbers,” Sept. 18, 10 a.m. – noon, at the Ether Berger Center, 2950 E. Tacoma.

For more information, call 458.7922 or 417.4800.

Half-price blues fest tickets

The 9th Annual Bisbee Blues Festival takes place outdoors Sept. 13 and 14 in City Park, Brewery Gulch, with live entertainment throughout the day.

Military can purchase half-price tickets for The Bisbee Blues Festival at 11 a.m., Saturday, in the PX parking lot.

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 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

Native American veterans event

The Coalition of American Indian Veterans and other organizations will host the 7th Annual Gathering of American Indian Veterans, Sept. 22, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Casino Del Sol Conference Center, 5655 W. Valencia Rd., Tucson.

The event is being held to help American Indian veterans learn more about their benefits, participate in health screenings, wellness education and get information about other health and social services. This event will include a lunch and activities for veterans and Family members

Vets should bring their DD Form 214, discharge paperwork) to enroll for services at the Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs Health Care System.

For more information, contact Phyllis, 1.520.343.4452.

AARP offers driver safety class

The next AARP Driver Safety Class is Sept. 30, 10 a.m. – l 2:30 p.m., at the Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol Office, 2499 E. Tacoma St., Sierra Vista. Bring lunch.

For more information, call 234.1120.

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. – 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 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.

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 R

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

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.

For more information, call 458.7922 or 417.4800.

SAVAHCS to host Veterans Day event

The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System and partner agencies will host the 7th Annual “2013 Veterans Day Celebration Event,” Nov. 9, 2013, noon – 5 p.m. at the VA Medical Center Sports Park, 3601 S. 6th Ave., Tucson.

The purpose is to provide information and resources to veterans, service members, and their Families. It will include a wide range of activities and live entertainment. Lunch will be provided for registered attendees. Visitors should enter the 6th Avenue Gate. Bring resumes, as 15 employment agencies will be on site.

For more information, call Mike, 1.520.792.1450, ext. 6261.

Park to host Veterans Benefit Expo

On Monday, Nov. 11, the Military Officers Association of America, Coronado Chapter, the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, and the Greater Sierra Vista United Veterans Council will host a Veterans Benefits Expo from 9 a.m. – noon at Veterans’ Memorial Park off Fry Boulevard. Meet with Veterans Affairs and other service-related organizations to learn about health care, mental health resources, employment, education, and other benefits available to them and their Families.

For more information, contact Terrie, 378.2915 or

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