January 17, 2014

Community Briefs January 17, 2014

Chiricahua National Monument offers free entry on Monday

Chiricahua National Monument

In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Chiricahua National Monument will waive entrance fees on Monday. The free entry is offered as part of a nationwide initiative to encourage people to visit and experience the wonders of national park sites across America. The National Park System includes 401 units, and 268 of those never charge an entrance fee. Among these are the two other National Park Service sites in Cochise County — Coronado National Memorial and Fort Bowie National Historic Site.

In recognition of the fee-free day, the nonprofit Western National Parks Association that operates the park store in the visitor center will offer a 15 percent discount in their stores on Monday.

Cooler temperatures and clear skies make for good hiking weather. Visitors should dress in layers and be prepared to encounter snow and ice on the trails.

The monument is located four miles east of the junction of Arizona Highways 181 and 186. There are no services such as gas, food, or drinks available at the monument.

For more information, contact 1.520.824.3560, ext. 0 or

Bilingual story time planned

Enjoy Fiesta Fridays, bilingual Spanish/English story time for preschoolers, at the Sierra Vista Public Library twice a month, today, Feb. 14 and 21 at 10:30 a.m.

This structured playgroup for children 5 and younger introduces preschoolers to the Spanish language and culture. There will be stories and craft-related activities and singing and dancing with ribbons or under a colorful parachute. Look for field trips to different places. It’s free and there’s no need to register.

For more information, call 458.4225.

Enjoy steak fry tonight

Dine on an 8-ounce steak with onions and mushrooms, baked potato, corn, Western beans, dinner roll and salad tonight, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9972, 549 Veterans Drive, Sierra Vista. The dinner is open to members, guests and active duty service members. Cost is $9 per member and $10 for others. See live entertainment from 8 p.m. – midnight.

For more information, call Shorty, 458.9972.

Winter concert this evening

Attend a Symphony Winter Concert tonight, 7 p.m., at Buena High School, featuring the music of Ravel, Debussy, Dukas, Satie, and Respighi. Those who wish may attend the pre-concert seminar which begins promptly at 6 p.m. in the “pod” by the clocktower.

Cost is $30 reserved section, $25 general admission, $30 family with children, $10 High school with student identification. Tickets are available at the Buena Ticket office.

For more information, contact 458.5189 or or Facebook

Square dance announced

The Thunder Mountain Twirlers will hold a square dance tonight, 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. A-B-C Fun Dance starts at 6 p.m. and is free for first-time attendees. 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

AFP presents Western duo

Western Musicians Jim Jones and Allan Chapman perform at the Arizona Folklore Preserve Saturday and Sunday. Doors open at 1 p.m., with performances starting at 2 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults and $6 for youth 17 and under.

For reservations, contact 378.6165 or

To get there, go 6 miles south of Sierra Vista on State Route 92 to Ramsey Canyon Road. Turn right on Ramsey Canyon Road, drive 3.3 miles into the canyon, and watch for the AFP entrance and sign to the left.

Horse around while helping others

Love horses? CANTER needs horse handlers and side walkers to support its therapeutic riding program for children and adults with disabilities. No previous horse experience is necessary. CANTER operates Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings at 7388 Chief Joseph Drive just off Moson Road. Volunteer training is Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

For more information, call Marcia, 459.4868, or go to

View night skies in Willcox

Join a ranger-led program and night sky viewing opportunity through a telescope Saturday, 7 – 9 p.m. at Chiricahua National Monument, 12856 East Rhyolite Creek Road, Willcox. Get a good look at the full moon and possibly Jupiter and Neptune as well.

Wear warm clothes and bring a chair, hot beverages and a flashlight. A red lens flashlight works the best. The program will be cancelled if there are overcast skies.

Call 1.520.825.3560 ext. 0 for information and updates.

Join ladies for breakfast

The Auxiliary Ladies of the American Legion Post 52 will hold breakfast Sunday, 8 – 10:30 a.m., at American Legion Post 52, 12 Theater Dr., Sierra Vista. Menu items include SoS, eggs to order, bacon, sausage, hash browned potatoes, hotcakes, toast, biscuits and coffee free w/breakfast. Price ranges from $2 – $4.50. There will also be a bake sale. The event is open to all members, guests and all active duty service members and Families.

For more information, call 459.6050.

NAACP MLK Holiday March set

The Greater Huachuca Area NAACP will hold the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday March, Monday, 9 – 11:30 a.m. The group will assemble for the march at 9 a.m., in the K-Mart parking lot, close to Fry Boulevard, and march to Ramada #3 in Veterans’ Memorial Park. A program will begin after the march.

For information, call 803.9437, 459.4181 or 220.2449.

Bible study group to meet

“Here and Now, There and Then” is the subject for a new 11-week Beth Moore Bible Study on the Book of Revelation that will begin Thursday at two different locations and two different hours — at 10 a.m. in the TV Room at Mountain View Gardens, 3477 Rodeo Dr., and 6 p.m. in the Serenity Room of the Sierra Vista United Methodist Church, located at 3225 St. Andrews Dr.

The public is invited. For more information, call 378.3352 or 227.7577, or go to

Mothers, daughters series set

The Cochise College Center for Lifelong Learning, Fort Huachuca, presents “Mothers and Daughters in Healthy Relationships, Grades K – 4.” This series of lessons begins Jan. 24, 6 – 8 p.m., on Fort Huachuca, Building 67601A, Room 2D.

Elaine Taylor will offer the first class and will talk about the world people live in, how people can stay connected to that world, the balance between friendship and parenting, and the foundation of a relationship for the years that will follow. Cost is $14, Early Bird discount price, or $19 regular price. Fort Huachuca, Bldg. 67601A, Rm 2D. (Early Bird Discount: Sign up at least seven days in advance of the class to receive a $5 Early Bird discount). Enroll online today at

Tucson Chinese New Year Festival

The Confucius Institute at The University of Arizona and the Tucson Sino Choir will present the largest Chinese New Year’s festival in Arizona on Jan. 25, 2 p.m., in UA Centennial Hall.

Celebrating a tradition thousands of years old, the Chinese New Year Festival features performances from the Chinese music ensembles, martial arts masters and Chinese folk dance groups.

Tickets are on sale at the UA Centennial Hall Box office. Prices are $15 – $18 for adults and $12 – $15 for students, children, seniors and UA faculty and staff.

Arizona history educators workshop

Teachers are invited to join leading Arizona history educators in connecting Arizona history to national history during a Smithsonian Journey Stories Educator Workshop, Jan. 25, 9:00 a.m. – noon, at the Sierra Vista Public Library. This free workshop, which earns three hours of credits, allows for the sharing and modeling of three brand new Arizona history lesson plans with curriculum for grades 4 – 5, 7 and 9 – 12.

The workshop builds on “Journey Stories,” a Smithsonian exhibition traveling throughout Arizona and arriving at the Henry F. Hauser Museum on Feb. 22 to April 4. “Journey Stories” explores how transportation and technology shaped our nation.

Register for this workshop and review materials beforehand at For more information, contact 1.602.257.0335 or email

Predator hunt scheduled

The Huachuca Gould’s Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is hosting a predator population control hunt Jan. 25 – 26. Hunting areas are open statewide.

Participants are invited to camp at the Rose Tree Ranch event site.

For information and registration forms, contact John, 508.4272 or, Steve, 266.2282 or go to

Orphan Train is coming!

As part of Amazing Arizona, Journey Stories will be presented by the Sierra Vista Historical Society in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institute and Arizona Humanities Council, Feb. 4, 1 p.m., at the Mona Bishop Room of the Sierra Vista Public Library, 2600 E. Tacoma St.

“Riders on the Orphan Train” chronicles the lives of two of the approximately 250,000 children who were “placed out” by riding trains from New York City to the West between 1854 – 1929. Alison Moore, novelist and Humanities Scholar, has combined her knowledge and talents with singer/songwriter, Phil Lancaster, to explore the Orphan Movement in visual and historical elements with musical ballads.

This event is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, contact 439.2306 or

Genealogy Club to meet

The next meeting of the Sierra Vista Genealogy Club will be held Feb. 5, 1 – 4 p.m. at the Ethel Berger Center, 2950 E. Tacoma St. The topic will be on overseas research with a report from two members about their recent trip to Italy. Interest tables will include “Using local histories in your research,” “Preparing for your field trip,” and “Using social media.”

For more information, go to

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 Dr., 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.

Narconon available to public

Narcotics Anonymous reminds families that abuse of addictive pharmaceutical drugs is on the rise. Learn to recognize the signs of drug abuse and get loved ones help if they are at risk.

Call Narconon for a free brochure on the signs addiction for all types of drugs. Narconon also offers free assessments and referrals. Call 1.800.431.1754 or


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