November 8, 2013

Community Briefs November 8, 2013

Join square dance fun

Join the Thunder Mountain Twirlers for square dancing today, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., at the Sierra Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 101 N. Lenzner, Sierra Vista. Cost is $4 for members, $5 for non-members and free for non-dancers. Snacks are provided.

For more information, contact 378.6719 or

BHS Choirs hold yard, bake sales

The Buena High School Choirs will hold a family yard sale and bake sale at Apache Middle School 7 a.m. – noon Saturday.

For more information, call Jill Brown, choir director, at 515.2834.

Library friends hold book sale

Friends of the Library, Sierra Vista, will hold their 50 percent-off sale on Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., on Tacoma Street, in their building adjacent to the Sierra Vista Public Library.

International Film Series

Join the Sierra Vista Commission on Cultural Diversity and Cochise College Fine Arts Department for a free, International Film Series showing of “Departures,” the 2008 Academy Award Winner for Best Foreign Language Film. It airs Wednesday, 6 p.m., in Room 900, Cochise College, 901 N. Colombo Ave.

Rated PG, this movie is about an out-of-work Japanese cellist who takes a job preparing deceased bodies for burial and for entry into the next life.

For more information, call 515.5316.

Attend Holiday A’Fair

The 37th Annual Holiday A’Fair is underway today through 8 p.m. and tomorrow, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. This fall art-and-craft show is being held at the Windemere Hotel and Conference Center, State Route 92, across from The Mall at Sierra Vista.

Get vehicles VIN etched

Protect your car by having the vehicle identification numbers etched into vehicle windows Saturday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Ace Hardware parking lot on Fry Boulevard. This theft deterrent is recognized by most insurance companies, and could possibly save money on insurance or reduce the likelihood of a vehicle theft. The service is free, but donations are accepted.

For more information, call 452.7500.

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., Saturday, 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, Saturday, 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.

Archery shoot takes place Sunday

The Huachuca Mountain Archers and Bowhunters Club will host a 3-D archery shoot at their range on post 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 1.538.538-6895 or 1.520.249.1045.

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 Monday to honor veterans in recognition of their service to the nation. The parade will start at 9 a.m. on Fry and 7th Street and will travel east on Fry Boulevard to Veterans’ Memorial Park. A short ceremony will take place in the park immediately following the parade.

Join the community to honor veterans and active duty service members.

Veterans Benefit Expo set

On Monday, 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

Plan Farmers Market business strategy

A workshop, “Business Planning for Local Food Producers and Farmers Market Vendors,” will take place Tuesday, 8 a.m. – noon, at Cochise College Douglas Campus in the Little Theater. Learn how to develop business goals, determine marketing/sales strategies and implement a financial management system.

Advance registration is required to attend this free event. Contact the Cochise College Small Business Development Center, 515.5478 or

Youth Leadership Awards deadline nears

The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, or RYLA, 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.

Rhinestone Cowboy Gala set

The Sierra Vista Symphony will hold its Rhinestone Cowboy Gala Nov. 16, at the Windemere Hotal and Conference Center, 2047 State Route 92. Wear favorite cowboy bling or dress attire.

For ticket and other information, contact 458.5189 or

Have turkey in Sunizona

The 9th Annual Sunizona-Ash Creek Association Turkey Dinner will be held Nov. 12, 5 – 7 p.m., at the Association Hall behind Mustang Mall (Los Campas). Cost is $7 per adult and $3.50 per child 10 and under.

For more information and directions, call 1.520.508.3231 or 1.520.429.5580.

Festival of Trees announced

Join the 12-day celebration of the Festival of Trees at The Mall in Sierra Vista during mall operating hours from Nov. 24 – Dec. 5 and enjoy festive trees and holiday decorations. Admission is free.

For more information, call the Sierra Vista Chamber of Commerce, 458.6940.

Marines open Duty Hut

The Veterans of Foreign Wars 9972 Marine Committee 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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