Arizona’s State Balladeer at AFP
Dolan Ellis, Arizona’s Official State Balladeer, has captured many of Cochise County legends in a special program of original songs, stories and photography focusing on Cochise County. See him 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 Saturday, 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.
Predator hunt scheduled
The Huachuca Gould’s Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is hosting a predator population control hunt Saturday and Sunday. Hunting areas are open statewide.
Participants are invited to camp at the Rose Tree Ranch event site.
Comm-Unity Ministry Fair set
The public is invited to the 3rd Annual Comm-Unity Ministry Fair, “Together, we are one!” on Sunday, noon – 3 p.m., at Apache Middle School, 3305 East Fry Blvd., Sierra Vista.
More than nine local churches and 20 community agencies will provide resource information about local church outreach ministries and community agencies.
Enjoy music and a free hamburger or hot dog lunch.
Hike at Coronado Memorial
Take part in a free, 2-hour moderate, one-mile guided hike Sunday along the lower portion of Joe’s Canyon Trail that includes a 500 foot elevation gain. Discover what’s happening in the plant and animal world, learning what critters call the park home, while experiencing the beauty of the area.
Meet at the Coronado National Memorial visitor center by 1 p.m. Participants should bring water, a snack or picnic lunch, sun protection, layered clothing and a camera.
For driving directions and more information go to www.nps.gov/coro.
Prune for plant health, vigor
Water Wise presents “Prune for Plant Health and Vigor” Feb. 1, 9 – 11 a.m., at The University of Arizona, Sierra Vista, 1140 N. Colombo Ave.
This free seminar teaches how to keep plants healthy by knowing what and how to prune correctly. Bring pruning tools to sharpen. This is an outside demonstration; dress appropriately for the weather.
For more conservation information, contact Water Wise, 458.8278 ext. 2141 or www.waterwise.arizona.edu.
Four Chaplains Memorial Service
The Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs Health Care System will participate in the City of Tucson, Veterans’ Affairs Committee annual Four Chaplains Memorial Service, Feb. 2, 1 p.m., at the Kino Veterans’ Memorial Park, 2805 E. Ajo Way, across from the Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium.
This memorial service honors four World War II chaplains whose transport ship was torpedoed by the Germans. The men gave up their own life jackets giving their lives that others might live.
The public is invited to this free event.
For more information, call 1.520.730.6069.
Become farmers market vendor
Learn what it takes to become a farmers market vendor at a free seminar, “Business Planning for Local Food Producers & Farmers Market Vendors,” Feb. 4, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Cochise College Sierra Vista Campus, Room 900, 901 N. Columbo Ave., Sierra Vista.
Learn how to develop business goals, determine marketing/sales strategies and implement a financial management system.
Advance registration required. To enroll, contact the Cochise College Small Business Development Center, 515.5478 or email@example.com.
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 Nancy.Krieski@SierraVistaAZ.gov.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attend Tubac Festival of Arts
Sierra Vista’s Leisure Services department is running a bus Feb. 7 to Tubac’s Festival of the Arts featuring hundreds of visiting artists, craft vendors, and musicians from around the country and Canada. The bus departs at 8:30 a.m. and returns about 3:30 p.m. The trip is limited to adults, 21 and older. Cost is $30 per person.
For more information or to register, call 417.6980.
Bilingual story time planned
Enjoy Fiesta Fridays, bilingual Spanish/English story time for preschoolers, at the Sierra Vista Public Library twice a month, 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.
“Ride for the Warrior”
The third annual “Ride for the Warrior,” motorcycle rally and music festival takes place March 7 – 9 at the Paul Mason Sports Complex, 2525 N Pinal Ave, Casa Grande. Cost is $10 per day; those 12 and under get in for free.
Active duty, Reserve, National Guard or retired military personnel receive free admission until 6 p.m. March 7. Military identification card is required.
For a listing of events and directions, go to www.rideforthewarrior.com.
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.
For more information, call Marcia, 459.4868, or go to www.canteraz.org.
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 drugabusesolution.com.
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.