Heroes dine for free
Nationwide, as a gesture of thanks to heroes across the country, local sponsors are recognizing military, firefighters, police and paramedics during “Hero Appreciation Week,” which began yesterday, with a free $50 dinner card good at 18,000 restaurants across the country.
Through Dec. 14, local heroes are invited to visit local sponsor, Sierra Toyota, 2596 E. Fry Blvd., Sierra Vista, to pick up their card. There is no obligation to purchase anything, and gift cards have no expiration date.
For more information, call 1.888.340.8696.
To learn more about the program, go to http://www.heroweek.org.
Toy drive assistance available
Sierra Vista Firefighter’s Annual Christmas Toy Drive coordinators are now accepting applications. Families wishing to receive assistance can apply through Saturday, 8 a.m. – noon at Fire Station #3, 675 Giulio Cesare. Applicants must live in the Greater Sierra Vista area including Hereford and Palominas. A photo identification, proof of residence (utility bill), and proof of parental/guardianship rights for the children signed up must be provided. Gifts are limited to children 12 and younger.
For more information, contact 417.4400 or www.SierraVistaAZ.gov (search “Christmas Drive”).
Hunt tags still available
Leftover hunt tags are currently available for purchase by mail or in-person on a first-come, first-served basis through the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
There are more than 10,600 leftover tags, including about 10,400 for various javelina hunts (general, juniors, HAM and archery), 173 for general turkey hunts, 57 for juniors-only turkey, and 16 for archery-only bear. A list of leftover tags is available at www.azgfd.gov/draw.
Mailed applications for leftover tags must be addressed to Arizona Game and Fish Department, Attn: Draw/First Come, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086.
Hunters may also purchase leftover tags by submitting their application in person at any of the seven Arizona Game and Fish Department offices. For locations and full information, go to www.azgfd.gov/draw.
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:
• Wild Horse Pass Casino, Wednesday, 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
Holiday bazaar announced
The City of Sierra Vista Leisure Services will hold a holiday bazaar Saturday, 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.
Moving market returns
Receive up to $60 worth of produce for $10 when Market on the Move returns to Sierra Vista, Saturday, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, Saturday, 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 Saturday, 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, Saturday and Sunday.
Doors open at 1 p.m., with performances starting at 2 p.m. For reservations, 378.6165, or email email@example.com. 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 Saturday, 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. Sierra Vista Community Band Concert
The Sierra Vista Community Band will present a band concert on Sunday at the Ethel Berger Center, 2950 E. Tacoma St., Sierra Vista. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 2 p.m. The concert is free and open to all.
For more information call 439-2300.
Buena Choral Union presents “Sweets”
The Buena Choral Union will present their annual “Sweets” concert on Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Buena Cafeteria, Buena High School, 5225 Buena School Blvd., Sierra Vista. For a donation of $4 per person or $10 per immediate family, enjoy a sampling of and listen to holiday music.
The concert is hosted by the non-profit Buena Harmony, and features members of the Buena Choral Union, including Rhythmix, Dynamix, Concert Choir, Buena Singers and the Men’s Chorus.
For more information call Jill, 515.2834.
Huachuca City VFW to hold dinner
Huachuca City Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #10342 will hold a steak fry, with steak grilled to order, Dec. 13, 5 – 6:30 p.m., at 1301 N. Cochise, off State Route 90. Dinner costs $8, with dessert for an additional $1. A bake sale is planned during the same hours at the same location. No reservations are required, and both events are open to the general public.
Mall to hold youth holiday party
The Mall at Sierra Vista, 2200 El Mercado Loop, will hold a children’s holiday party Dec. 14, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., with free admission and activities. There will be games, face painting, cookie decorating and entertainment. Parents are invited to bring a camera to take a picture with Santa. Or, for a fee, professional photographers will be on hand to take one.
For more information, contact 458.7922 or Ken.James@SierraVistaAZ.gov.
Church presents Christmas Cantata
The Sierra Vista United Methodist Church, or SVUMC, will present its annual Christmas Cantata on Dec. 15 at the 7:30, 9 and 10:30 a.m. services. The Cherub Choir will do the Introit at 9 and 10:30 a.m. the same day. This year’s special selection is “Holy Night of Miracles: A Cantata of Hope for Christmas” by Lloyd Larson. The music used to retell the birth of Jesus blends traditional carols with new Christmas anthems.
SVUMC is located at the intersection of Buffalo Soldier Trail and St. Andrews Dr. For more information, contact 378.3352 or www.sierravistaumc.org .
Toastmasters to hold open house
Huachuca Toastmasters will hold an open house Dec. 19, 11:30 a.m., at Murr Community Center. This event is free and designed to introduce the public to Toastmasters International and allow guests to learn more about how a Toastmasters club can help them become better speakers, evaluators and leaders.
Buena Choral Union Winter Concert
The Buena Choral Union will present their annual Winter Concert Dec. 16, 7 p.m., at the Buena Performing Arts Center, Buena High School, 5225 Buena School Blvd., Sierra Vista. The free concert is open to the public. Each Buena ensemble is featured, including Rhythmix, Dynamix, Concert Choir, Buena Singers and the Men’s Chorus.
For more information, call Jill, 515.2834.
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.
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.