September 20, 2013

Community Briefs September 20, 2013

September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month, and the City of Sierra Vista has created a brochure detailing important telephone numbers, reminders, and other recommendations to help people prepare for emergencies. This brochure is available at (search “emergency brochure”).

For more information or for a quantity of brochures, call 439.2167.

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

Legion offers Monday night football

American Legion Post 52 sponsors Monday night football at 12 Theater Dr., Sierra Vista. The kitchen is open 5-7 p.m. The event is open to members, guests, active duty service members and Families.

For more information, call 459.6050

U of A presents Chinese Culture Festival

The Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona will present the second Annual Chinese Culture Festival through Sept. 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.

Thursday is Taco Night

American Legion Post 52 sponsors Taco Night 4-7 p.m. every Thursday at American Legion Post 52, 12 Theater Dr., Sierra Vista. Members, guests and active duty service members and Families are invited.

For more information, call 459.6050.

Visit Fort Bowie

Through Oct. 11, the Fort Bowie National Historic Site Visitor Center is open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays only.

Other public areas of Fort Bowie NHS, including hiking trails and ruins, are open every day from sunrise to sunset.

Tours and other programs may be offered depending on staff availability.

Groups should call 1.520.824.3560, ext. 0, to request a special program.

For information about Fort Bowie NHS, go to

VFW hosts steak fry

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9972 will host a steak fry 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday at 549 Veterans Dr., Sierra Vista. Dinner costs $9 for members and $10 for guests and features an 8-ounce steak with onions and mushrooms, baked potato, corn, western beans, dinner roll and salad. The event is open to all members, their guests and all active-duty service members. The dinner will be following by live entertainment 8 p.m. to midnight.

For information, call C.J. “Shorty” Larson, 458.9972.

Adopt less-adoptable pet

Adopt a less-adoptable pet at Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center’s Animal Care Open House, Saturday, noon-5 p.m., at 6799 SR 90.

These pets include senior pets, special needs animals, unique animals, and hard-to-place animals. This year’s open house offers dog trainers on site, kids ‘n’ pets orientation at 2 p.m., pet pictures and a chance to vote for your favorite 2017 license design. All pets currently available for adoption are listed at For more information, call 458.4151.

Native American veterans’ event

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

This event will help American Indian veterans learn more about their benefits, participate in health screenings, wellness education and get information about other health and social services. It includes 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.

VFW hosts birthday breakfast

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9972 will hosts its birthday breakfast 8:30-11:30 a.m. Sunday at 549 Veterans Dr., Sierra Vista. Breakfast costs $2-$5.45 per person and is open to all members, their guests and all active duty service members. If your birthday is this month and you’re a member of the Post or Auxiliary, your breakfast is free.

For information, call C.J. “Shorty” Larson, 458.9972.

Hear SV Community Band

Enjoy a performance by the Sierra Vista Community Band at 2p.m. Sunday at the Ethel Berger Center, 2950 E. Tacoma St. The event is free and open to all. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

For more information, call 458.7922.

Enjoy square dancing

The Thunder Mountain Twirlers are having a mainstream square dance 7:30-9:30 pm. Sept. 27 at Sierra Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 101 N. Lenzner, Sierra Vista. Review starts at 6:45 p.m. for those wanting extra practice. Cost is $4 for members, $5 for non-members, and free for non-dancers. Snacks and friendship are provided.

For more information, contact 378.6719 or

Elks to hold Oktoberfest

Join the Elks for an Oktoberfest celebration 2-11 p.m. Sept. 27 and 28 at the Elks Lodge grounds, Elks Lane and Wilcox Drive, Sierra Vista. Admission is free, and the public is invited. The event will feature authentic German food and beer. Live entertainment includes the 62nd Army Band, 3-6 p.m. and the Bouncing Czechs Band, 6:30-10:30 p.m.

For more information, call 458.2065.

AARP offers driver safety class

The next AARP Driver Safety Class is 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 30 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//

Club hosts Astronomy Day event

Celebrate Astronomy Day Oct. 12 at the University of Arizona South Patterson Observatory with the Huachuca Astronomy Club. Festivities begin at 1 p.m. with a safe viewing of the Sun using several powerful solar telescopes. After 7 p.m., participants will be able to see a vast array of celestial objects using several telescopes at the observatory. Everyone is welcome and the admission is free. For information, call 520.258.9045 or 520.559.0160.

Gem, mineral show planned

The 39th Huachuca Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show will be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 12 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 13 in and around the Student Union at Cochise College, 901 N. Colombo Ave., Sierra Vista, with vendors, outside and inside. Helen Serras-Herman will give a presentation on carved gem stones at 2 p.m. Oct 12. The show features geode sales and cutting, fluorescent displays and more. Parking and admission are free.

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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.

For more information, email

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 SR 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 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 378.2915 or

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