October 25, 2013

Community Briefs October 25, 2013

Astronomy Club meets today

The Huachuca Astronomy Club will meet at 7 p.m. today in room 1101 of the Science Building, Cochise College, Sierra Vista Campus. The meeting is free and open to the public. The guest speaker will be Jeff Ofstedahl, also known as “Mr. Oh!” the science director at the Center for Academic Success. Ofstedah, a National Science Foundation fellow and NASA education ambassador, will be giving a presentation about NASA’s MAVEN mission to Mars scheduled to launch Nov. 18.

Twirlers celebrate Halloween

The Thunder Mountain Twirlers will host a Halloween Dance 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. today at the Sierra Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 101 North Lenzner, Sierra Vista. The Thunder Mountain Road Crew will be calling mainstream with a plus tip at the end of the evening. There will be no rounds. This is the first night of A-B-C starting at 6 p.m. Cost is $4 for members, $5 for non-members, and free for non-dancers to watch and socialize.

For more information, contact 378.6719 or

Brown Canyon Ranch Open House

The 8th Annual Brown Canyon Ranch Open House takes place from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

B Troop, 4th Regiment, U.S. Cavalry (Memorial), will demonstrate riding and saber skills at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy history presentations, nature walks and cowboy songs. Pets must be leashed.

Take State Route 92 south from Sierra Vista. Turn right (west) onto Ramsey Canyon Road. Drive 2.1 miles to the hiking trailhead just past Calle Metate. Turn right and drive .8 miles to the Brown Canyon parking lot. Signs will direct traffic.

Sierra VistAbility Day

Sierra VistAbility Day takes place Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the Buena High School Cafeteria. This free event provides resources and support for individuals with disabilities and their families.

Representatives from government agencies, medical professionals, vendors specializing in rehabilitation, long-term care facilities, local businesses and non-profit organizations will be present. Free blood pressure and blood sugar testing will be available (fast two hours prior to blood sugar test). Vista Transit will provide free curb-to-curb pickup for this event to those who call 417.4888 and register in advance.

For more information, call 458.3315.

Mesquite milling at Farmers Markets

The Baja Arizona Sustainable Agriculture will host a community mesquite milling 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday at the Bisbee Farmers Market. Have mesquite pods milled into flour, purchase mesquite flour and other goods, and learn about harvesting a variety of native desert foods. Milling charge is $1.50/gallon of whole pods.

For more information, visit or contact Meghan at 1.520.331.9821 or

Church offers Trunk-or-Treat festivities

Members of the Sierra Vista United Methodist Church will offer games, refreshments, prizes and Trunk-or-Treat surprises Saturday, 5 – 7 p.m., in the parking lot and Fellowship Hall. This free event is open to the entire community. Families who attend should stop by the registration table. Registered children will be entered into a prize drawing.

SVUMC is located at the intersection of Buffalo Soldier Trail and St. Andrews Drive. For more information, contact 378.3352 or

Women’s Army Corps luncheon set

The Women’s Army Corps Veteran’s Association San Pedro Chapter 95 is hosting this year’s Women Veterans’ Luncheon noon – 3 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Tucson Airport, N 4550 S. Palo Verde Blvd., Tucson. Cost is $23 per person. For more information and to RSVP, contact Mo Pryor, 1.520.335.6056 or

Airport Fly-In and Open House

Join the Experimental Aircraft Association and the City of Sierra Vista Municipal Airport staff for the annual Airport Fly-In and Open House from 7 – 11 a.m. Nov. 2 at the Sierra Vista Municipal Airport. Youth 8 – 17 are invited to taking their first airplane flight with a local pilot for free. Enjoy static displays and purchase a Mexican pancake breakfast available from 7 – 10 a.m.

For more information, contact 458.5775 or

Run or walk for fun

The 9th Annual Veterans Day 5K Fun Run & 2K Fun Walk takes place at 8 a.m. Nov. 2 at the tennis courts behind Oscar Yrun Community Center, 3020 E. Tacoma St., Sierra Vista.

Pre-registration fee is $14 for the run, $10 for the walk. Fees will increase by $2 on the day of the event. Registration forms are available at (search “run”) and can be turned in to the Oscar Yrun Community Center or The Cove.

For more information call Leisure Services at 458.7922.

Get vintage, new quilts documented

Kick off the Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame Quilt Documentation Project in Sierra Vista at 9 a.m. Nov. 2 at the Ethel Berger Center, 2950 E. Tacoma St.

Quilters interested in having their quilts documented should schedule an appointment with Clara at 266.0575. No fees will be charged for this service.

Marine Corps League celebrates birthday

The Thunder Mountain Detachment of the Marine Corps League will celebrate the 238th birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps 6 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Pueblo del Sol Country Club in Sierra Vista. The event is open to the public. Cost is $45. For reservations, contact the Detachment at P.O. Box 1081, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635 or attention Marine Jim Coan. Reservations are limited to the first 100 requested.

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,” noon – 5 p.m., Nov. 9 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 variety 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.

Watch wrestling smackdown

Championship Wrestling from Arizona presents Superbrawl IV, Nov. 9, 7 p.m. with nine matches, at the Benson High School gym, 360 S. Patagonia St., Benson. Doors open at 5 p.m. Autograph sessions begin at 5:30 p.m.

For the latest updates, log on to Facebook Group Superbrawl IV.

Park to host Veterans Benefit Expo

On 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 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

SV schedules Veterans Day Parade

The City of Sierra Vista has scheduled a Veterans Day Parade on Fry Boulevard and follow-on ceremony at Veterans’ Memorial Park on Nov. 11 to honor veterans in recognition of their service to the nation.

This event is open to all Fort Huachuca personnel and the local community.

Youth Leadership Awards deadline nears

The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards is an intensive four-day workshop for youth 14-17 chosen for their leadership potential to attend an all-expenses-paid training program designed to build, strengthen and exercise leadership skills in all aspects of business, community and life.

Applicants chosen as delegates will attend this year’s RYLA Jan. 17 – 20 at Chapel Rock camp in Prescott. Application forms are available online at the Rotary Club of Sierra Vista website, Application deadline is Nov. 15.

For more information, contact 227.7629 or

Big Band Dinner, Dance

Purchase tickets now for the Big Band Dinner and Dance, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Ethel Berger Center, 2950 E. Tacoma St. Reminisce and sway to tunes of yesteryear preformed by the Desert Swing Band. Dinner includes spaghetti, salad and desserts for $12. Advance ticket purchase is appreciated.

For more information, call 452.7922.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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