Heroes dine for free
Nationwide, as a gesture of thanks to heroes across the country, local sponsors are recognizing active duty and retired 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 tomorrow, 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.
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.
Community Chorus performs tonight
The Sierra Vista Community Chorus is set to perform their annual Holiday Benefit Concert at the Buena Performing Arts Center, tonight, 7 p.m. at Buena High School, 5225 Buena School Blvd., Sierra Vista. Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the elves will be there with treats for little ones.
Admission is free, but members of the audience are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for donation to the Firefighter Christmas Toy Drive and/or a non-perishable food item for donation to local food banks.
Huachuca City VFW to hold dinner
Huachuca City Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #10342 will hold a steak fry, with steak grilled to order, tonight, 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.
Save at book sale
Friends of the Library will be holding their 50 percent-off sale Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in their building adjacent to the Sierra Vista Public Library, 2600 E. Tacoma St. It will feature a collection of Christmas material.
Mall to hold youth holiday party
The Mall at Sierra Vista, 2200 El Mercado Loop, will hold a children’s holiday party Saturday, 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.
See Trails, Rails in concert
The Arizona Folklore Preserve will be the site of Trails and Rails in concert, Saturday and Sunday, performing some of American’s best loved Western songs from the 1930s and 40s.
Doors open at 1 p.m., with performances starting at 2 p.m. For reservations, contact 378.6165 or http://firstname.lastname@example.org.
Admission is $15 for adults and $6 for children 17 and under.
Church presents Christmas Cantata
The Sierra Vista United Methodist Church, or SVUMC, will present its annual Christmas Cantata on Sunday 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.
Buena Choral Union Winter Concert
The Buena Choral Union will present their annual Winter Concert Monday, 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.
Toastmasters to hold open house
Huachuca Toastmasters will hold an open house Thursday, 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.
Don’t be victimized
Attend a Refuse to be a Victim® program on Thursday. 1 – 5 p.m., at the Sierra Vista Police Department, North Coronado Drive. The class is free.
Members of the police department will present a variety of common sense crime prevention and personal safety strategies that can be integrated into daily life. Topics include home, automobile, phone, technology and personal safety. For more information or to register, call 452.7500 or register online at http://www.nrahq.org.
Square dance announced
The Thunder Mountain Twirlers’ Christmas Square Dance takes place Dec. 20, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. with a plus tip at the end of the evening. Cost is $4 for members, $5 for non-members, and free for non-dancers to watch and socialize. A-B-C Fun Dance starts at 6 p.m. and is free for first-timers! Snacks are provided. The dance takes place at Sierra Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 101 North Lenzner, Sierra Vista. For more information, contact 378.6719 or email@example.com.
City facilities holiday hours
From Dec. 23 – 31, both the Oscar Yrun Community Center and Ethel H. Berger Center will not have customer service available due to a staffing shortage.
Customer assistance is available at the Cove Aquatic Center: Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; and Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Customer service will resume at the Oscar Yrun Community Center on Jan. 2. Limited customer services will be available at the Ethel Berger Center after Jan. 6 on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
All City of Sierra Vista offices will be closed for the holidays on Dec. 24 and 25, and on Jan. 1.
Special Christmas Eve service
Christmas Eve services at the Sierra Vista United Methodist Church will begin with a special children’s service at 6 p.m. Dec. 24.
The musical, presented by the combined children’s choirs and youth group, will be followed by a traditional service of music and candle lighting at 8 p.m. A third celebration of Christ’s birth will be a service with communion and candle lighting at 10 p.m. The community is invited to attend the services.
Sierra Vista United Methodist Church is located at the intersection of Buffalo Soldier Trail and St. Andrews Dr. For more information, call 378.3352 or go to http://www.sierravistaumc.org.
Train show planned in Tucson
The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, or SAVAHCS, will host the Tucson Garden Railway Society of Tucson Dec. 27, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Dec. 30, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Operational train displays will be set up in the R.E. Lindsey Jr. Auditorium, Building 4. The show will feature earliest model trains to modern trains. Members of the Tucson Garden Railway Society will be on hand to explain the history of each display.
There is no cost and everyone is invited. Visitors can enter through the Veterans Blvd. Gate, 3601 S. Sixth Avenue, Tucson, proceed east and turn left to parking lot “Q.” For additional information, call Willis, 1.520.760.0147.
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.