Soldiers collect gifts to brighten others’ holiday
Company C, 304th Military Intelligence Battalion, collected and donated 13 bikes and more than 200 other gifts for the Fort Huachuca Chapel’s giving tree, an effort spearheaded by 1st Sgt. Charles Warner II through the Chapel’s Outreach Ministries Program. The Soldiers are attending the Military Intelligence Basic Officer Leader’s Course, where lieutenants are trained on Military Intelligence fundamentals before they report to their first unit. The gifts will be distributed to military Families in time for Christmas giving.
Festival of Trees announced
Through Dec. 5, join the celebration of the Festival of Trees at The Mall in Sierra Vista during mall operating hours and enjoy festive trees and holiday decorations. Admission is free.
For more information, call the Sierra Vista Chamber of Commerce, 458.6940.
Join HARD CHARGE before rates increase
HARD CHARGE is a 4-mile, military inspired obstacle race and national TV show coming to Tucson March 29, 2014. The event features a special military heat, reserved exclusively for active and veteran members of the military.
All members of the military, currently serving and veteran, receive a 10-percent discount on registration by signing up now, before registration fees increase.
Go to www.HardCharge.com to learn more, watch episodes of the TV show and sign up.
City of SV Thanksgiving closures
All City of Sierra Vista offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.
The Sierra Vista Public Library will close at 5 p.m. tonight. Normal hours will resume on Saturday.
Monday/Thursday refuse customers will have their recycling picked up today. Friday recycling services will not be impacted by the holiday and will be collected on Friday.
The Teen Center will be closed tomorrow but open on Friday and Saturday from 3 – 10 p.m.
Recycle holiday cooking grease
The annual After Thanksgiving Grease Recycling Event takes place Friday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Mall at Sierra Vista, El Mercado Loop, in the North Parking Lot between Dillard’s and Avenida Cochise.
Cooking grease can clog up pipes. Instead, bring used cooking oil in any clean, plastic container with a tight lid for recycling. It will be taken to a Tucson-based company that produces biodiesel fuel.
For more information, call 458.5775.
Leftover Pie square Dance
Attend the Thunder Mountain Twirlers’ Annual Leftover Pie Square Dance, Friday, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., with a plus tip at the end. Cost is $4 for members, $5 for non-members, and free for non-dancers to watch and socialize. A-B-C Fun Dance begins at 6 p.m. and is free for first timers. Snacks are provided.
Sierra Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall is located at 101 North Lenzner, Sierra Vista. For more information, contact 378.6719 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn about an immigrant’s struggle
Amazing Arizona will present “An Immigrant’s Struggles,” Tuesday, 1 p.m., in the Sierra Vista Public Library, Mona Bishop Room, 2600 E. Tacoma.
This free, illustrated presentation will introduce audiences to the “voice” of diarist Mim Walsh, an Irish immigrant, who wrote a 50-year-long journal that reveals her experiences as an immigrant. Join Professor Judy Nolte Temple, University of Arizona, to learn about Walsh’s hardships and struggles.
For more information, call 417.6980.
Register now for holiday excursions
Sierra Vista Leisure Services is now accepting registrations for upcoming holiday trips. Call 417.9680 or stop by the Sierra Vista Aquatic Center “The Cove,” Oscar Yrun Community Center or Ethel H. Berger Center, 2950 E. Tacoma St., to reserve a seat on the bus. Must be 21 and older to register.
Upcoming trips include:
• Tubac Luminaria Nights, Dec. 6, 3 – 10 p.m., $30 per person
• Wild Horse Pass Casino, Dec. 11, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., $22 per person
• Tucson 4th Avenue Street Fair, Dec. 13, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., $30 per person
Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony set
Join friends, neighbors, and Santa for the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, Dec. 6, 5:30 p.m., at Veterans’ Memorial Park, Fry Boulevard, in celebration of the holiday season. The collection of Old World Santas will be on display in the park during the tree lighting ceremony. Each Santa is a unique, hand-painted, eight-foot tall “jolly old elf” representing a different country or holiday theme. Cookies and hot chocolate will be provided.
For more information, call 417.6980.
Holiday bazaar announced
The City of Sierra Vista Leisure Services will hold a holiday bazaar Dec. 7, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in both the Ethel Berger Center and the Oscar Yrun Community Center, 2950 and 3020 E. Tacoma St., respectively. Offerings include Christmas ornaments, quilts, paper crafts, photos, jewelry, aprons, miniature doll houses, furniture, pottery and more.
For information, call 417.6980.
Market on Move returns
Receive up to $60 worth of produce for $10 when Market on the Move returns to Sierra Vista, Dec. 7, 8 – 11 a.m., staging out of the Thunder Mountain Activity Centre’s parking area on Fort Huachuca.
MoM is open to the public.
For information, email email@example.com or check out their Facebook page, Market on the Move – Sierra Vista: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Market-on-the-Move-Sierra-Vista/284342195029259?fref=ts.
Doubles racquetball tournament set
Join the fun! Military and civilians are invited to participate in the Holiday Insanity Doubles Racquetball Tournament, Dec. 7, at Cochise Health and Racquet Club, 4225 Avenida Cochise, Sierra Vista. Sign in at 8 a.m. and play at 9 a.m. This is a pot-luck doubles event meaning players draw a new partner for each round of play — games to 25 points with rally scoring each game. The event is open to the first 40 players who register.
For registration and other information, call Randall, 249.6936.
Shooting competition announced
S-Stand will hold a 5-stand shoot Dec. 7, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (registration opens at 9:30 a.m.), at the Sierra Vista Shooting Range, Shot Gun Road, State Route 90, between mile markers 334 and 335.
The first shot will be 50 birds. Cost is $25. The second shoot will be 25 birds at a cost of $15.
For registration and other information, call 366.0360.
Western musician to perform
Award-winning Western musician, most recently honored by the Western Music Association as Entertainer of the Year and Female Performer of the Year for 2011, Juni Fisher will perform at the Arizona Folklore Preserve, or AFP, Dec. 7 and 8.
Doors open at 1 p.m., with performances starting at 2 p.m. For reservations, 378.6165, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission is $15 for adults and $6 for children 17 and under.
Go 6 miles south of Sierra Vista on State Route 92 to Ramsey Canyon Road. Turn right (west), drive 3.3 miles into the canyon, and watch for the AFP entrance and sign to the left.
Christmas parade coming to town
The Sierra Vista Chamber of Commerce will host its 55th Annual Christmas Light Parade on Dec. 7, 5:30 p.m., to kick-off the holiday season. This year’s theme is “Cowboy Christmas.” This community event is open to everyone.
The parade route begins at the south side of 7th Street and Fry Boulevard and ends at the intersection of Fry Boulevard and Avenida Escuela.
Traffic will be rerouted around the staging area and parade route.
Enjoy Bingo twice a week
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9972 hold Bingo at 12:30 p.m. Saturday and 6:30 p.m. Monday at 549 Veterans Drive, Sierra Vista. Bingo is open to the public.
For more information, call 458.9972.
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 http://www.cochisecountymarines.org.
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 www.sierravistafarmersmarket.com.
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 Nancy.Krieski@SierraVistaAZ.gov.
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 http://huachuca.freetoasthost.org.
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.
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 http://members.cox.net/lou_edwards/.
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 http://www.sanpedroriver.org.
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 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hhc-az.
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 http://www.facebook.com/CochiseCountyHumaneSociety or email email@example.com.
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 www.sabo.org.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.