March 7, 2014

Community Briefs March 7, 2014

Cochise College offers scholarship

The Cochise College 50th Anniversary Scholars program recognizes Cochise County high school graduating seniors with a 3.0 or higher grade point average who submit an essay about what the Cochise College mission means to them. Each selected scholar will receive a $1,000 scholarship for the 2014 – 15 school year. Apply online at by March 31.

Kid’s W.O.R.L.D. Spring Break Program

Registration is underway for the Kid’s W.O.R.L.D. Spring Break Program, March 17 – 21, 6:40 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., at Bella Vista and Huachuca Mountain Elementary Schools. Cost is $85 per child.

Fee includes morning and afternoon snacks, plus daily field trips. Parents provide lunches. A $5 registration fee applies to all participants. Register at the Oscar Yrun Community Center, Ethel H. Berger Center and the Sierra Vista Aquatic Center.  For more information, call 458.7922.

“Ride for the Warrior”

The third annual “Ride for the Warrior,” motorcycle rally and music festival takes place today – Sunday 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.

For a listing of events and directions, go to

Arizona Folklore Preserve closure

The Arizona Folklore Preserve will be closed on Saturday and Sunday for the Tombstone Western Music Festival. The AFP will reopen on March 15 and 16 with the Western music duo Call of the West on March 15 and 16, followed by Ronstadt Generations on March 22 and 23, and Arizona’s Official State Balladeer, Dolan Ellis, on March 29 and 30.

To plan the weekend at the Tombstone Western Music Festival, go to For more information on the AFP, contact 378.6165 or

Spring Start Smart Sports Camp

Register children, 3 – 5, for the Spring Start Smart Sports Camp which will take place Saturdays, tomorrow – April 12, 8 – 9 a.m., in the Apache Middle School gymnasium. Cost is $50 per child and includes camp T-shirt.

Register now at any Leisure Services facility or call 417.6980 for more information.

Protect your investment — VIN etch

Protect your vehicles Saturday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., in the Target parking lot, Fry Boulevard, Sierra Vista. The vehicle identification numbers will be etched into the windows. This theft deterrent is recognized by most insurance companies, could possibly save money on insurance and reduce the likelihood of a vehicle theft. The service is free but donations are accepted.  For more information, call 452.7500.

Buy books for less

Friends of the Library will be holding their monthly 50 percent-off sale, Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., with a special focus on books related to Ireland, including cookbooks. The sale takes place adjacent to the Sierra Vista Public Library, 2600 E. Tacoma St.

Learn about Cactus Cadets

Learn about the “Cactus Cadets: The Douglas Army Air Field in World War II,” Saturday, 2 p.m., at the Douglas Williams House, 1001 D Avenue, Douglas. Local historian, Erik Berg, will take aviation and military enthusiasts on a flight through history with a look at Arizona’s largest and most important training bases during the war.

SV Symphony final performance of season

The Sierra Vista Symphony will present the final program of its 19th season on Saturday, 7 p.m., at Buena High School, 5225 Buena School Blvd. A blend of popular and classical music, the program is “A Tribute to Frank Sinatra” and features Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.” The concert also represents the first collaboration with the Huachuca Art Association for a “multi-media” musical performance.

Tickets are available at the Sierra Vista Chamber of Commerce, Dillard’s, Safeway and Oscar Yrun Community Center. 111th Military Intelligence Brigade Soldiers in training may request a complimentary ticket through Sgt. Maj. Jason Murray in the Brigade S3 office.

CC opens Automotive Technology Center

The new Automotive Technology Center at Cochise College will celebrate with an open house Thursday, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., at 645 S. Highway 92 in Sierra Vista. Community members are invited for a ribbon cutting ceremony, tours and refreshments.

Rotary plans youth speech contest

Rotary International District 5500 is sponsoring a student speech contest open to all high school students in grades 9 – 12, with preference to those who have successfully completed the Rotary Youth Leadership Program. The purpose is to foster ethics in everyday life, as well as in business. Awards are cash prizes.

This year’s topic is “The Impact the Application of the Four-Way Test Had, or Might Have Had, on An Important Historical Event.” The preliminary contest will be held at Buena High School on March 27 – 28, and the finals will be held at the Rotary District Conference in Tucson on April 26.

For information and applications, go to Application deadline is March 14.  Those interested may also contact 459.7399 or

Astronomy Club to meet

The Huachuca Astronomy Club will meet March 14, 7 p.m., in Room 1118 of the Science Building, Cochise College, Sierra Vista Campus, 901 N. Colombo Ave, Sierra Vista. The meeting is free and open to the public. The guest speaker, astronomer Dr. G. Grant Williams, current director of the MMT Observatory on Mt. Hopkins, will present a program entitled “Supernovae in Any Way, Shape or Form.” Supernovae are energetic and luminous explosions that mark the death of certain types of stars.

Square dance in a toga

The Thunder Mountain Twirlers will hold its annual Toga Party, and St. Patrick’s Day Square Dance on March 14, at Sierra Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 101 N. Lenzner, Sierra Vista. Mainstream takes place 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. Snacks are provided.  For more information, contact 378.6719 or

Learn about San Pedro River beavers

Study the lives of beavers of the San Pedro River March 15, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. with a lecture by Ralph Waldt, naturalist, followed by a field trip to the San Pedro River. This event is sponsored by the Cochise College Center for Lifelong Learning. To register, contact 515.5492, or Cost is $56.

Sierra Vista holds Spring Bazaar

The City of Sierra Vista will hold its Spring Bazaar March 15, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., at the Ethel H. Berger Center & Oscar Yrun Community Center, East Tacoma Street. Admission is free. Browse the selection of jewelry, candles, quilts, woodwork, needlepoint, ceramics, and other handcrafted treasures crafted by Cochise County artisans.  For more information, call 417.6980.

Discover Cochise County railroads

Take a Journey of the Rails, March 15, 1 p.m., at Cochise College Benson Center, 1025 State Route 90. Join Bob Nelson as he educates with tales and truths about the railroads in Cochise County. Everyone is also invited to visit the San Pedro Valley Arts & Historical Society Museum & Guild Gallery, 180 San Pedro St., from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Tombstone Wild West Days

The Wild West Detachment, Marine Corps League and merchants of Tombstone will present the 5th Annual Tombstone Wild West Days, A Salute to the Men and Women of the Armed Forces March 15 – 16 on Allen Street in Tombstone. There will be ongoing daylong entertainment starting at 10 a.m. and a United Services Organization Canteen Dance, March 15, 6 p.m., at American Legion Roy Fourr Post 24 on the corner of Second and Allen Streets.

A parade will begin at 11 a.m. March 16, at the corner of Sixth and Allen Streets. Marchers and floats are wanted.

For information or to obtain a parade application, contact 1.520.266.5266 or email

Celtic Culture Day planned

Celtic Culture Day at Cochise College will be held on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Student Union on the Sierra Vista Campus, 901 N. Columbo Ave. The event, free and open to the public, includes music, dance performances and crafts. A corned beef and cabbage lunch is available for $7 starting at 11 a.m.

For more information, contact 515.5499 or

Dementia focus of lunch lecture

Join Dr. Parag Patel who will present a free lunch lecture, “Dementia,” March 19, noon – 1 p.m., in Room 702 of the Cochise College Sierra Vista Campus. The lecture is part of the Cochise College Center for Lifelong Learning’s Brown Bag lecture series, which offers weekly free presentations at locations in Cochise County.

For more information, contact 515.5492 or

Driver’s refresher course planned

The Sierra Vista Police Department will conduct a free driver’s refresher course March 19, 1 – 3 p.m. and 6 – 8 p.m. at the Sierra Vista Police Department, 911 N. Coronado Dr. This classroom course will provide information on new traffic laws, common violations and the Red Flex camera system. The course is designed for seasonal visitors not familiar with Arizona traffic laws, experienced drivers who would like to learn about new traffic laws and the beginning driver and parents wanting to gain knowledge and experience.

Space is limited. Call 452.7500 to register.

Attend street fair in Tucson

Save the stress of driving and parking at Tucson’s 4th Avenue Street Fair, March 21. The City of Sierra Vista Parks and Leisure Services offers round trip transportation from the Ethel H. Berger Center, 2950 E. Tacoma St. A bus departs at 8:30 a.m. and returns around 3:30 p.m. Cost is $30 per person. Lunch is on your own. Cost is $30 per person, 21 and older.

To register or for more information, stop by or call 417.6980.

Archery tournament slated

The Huachuca Mountain Archers & Bowhunters Club plans Buck Lewis and Southern Arizona Rendezvous 3-D Archery Tournaments March 22 – 23 at Gardner Canyon, 28 miles south of Tucson off State Route 83. Primitive camping is available.

For information, contact 249.8613,, 456.8967 or

Run at a gallop

The Thunder Mountain Running Club will host the 6th Annual CANTER Gallop March 23, at the CANTER facility, 7388 E. Chief Joseph Drive, Sierra Vista. Participate in a 5K Feeling Fit Run/Walk for $15, 1-Mile Family Fun Run/Walk for $12, or Kids 100 Yard Dash for $5. Registration begins at 7:30; races start at 8:30 a.m.

For more information, call Kris, 366.5292.

Celebrate creative writing

Registration is underway for the annual Cochise Community Creative Writing Celebration, set for March 28 – 29 in Sierra Vista. The annual celebration brings published writers in several genres to present hands-on workshops for aspiring writers in Cochise County. March 28 events are at the Ethel Berger Center, 2950 E. Tacoma St., and March 29 events are at the Cochise College Sierra Vista Campus, 901 N. Columbo Ave.

For more information, go to

Join police officers for golf

The Sierra Vista Police Department will hold its Inaugural Golf Tournament April 19, with shotgun start at 1:30 p.m., at the Pueblo del Sol Country Club, 2770 St. Andrews Drive.

Register now for this four-person scramble golf tournament. Entry fees are $33 for club members with their own carts, $46 for club members without carts and $75 for non-members. Fees include 18-holes of golf, riding cart, dinner and chance to win various prizes.

Register at or call 508.6218.

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 off Moson Road.

For more information, call Marcia, 459.4868, or 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.

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

VFW ladies to hold breakfast

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars will hold a birthday breakfast Sunday, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m., at VFW Post 9972, 549 Veterans Drive, Sierra Vista. Order off the menu. VFW members with birthdays this month dine for free. Open to members, their guests, and all active duty service members. For more information, call 458.9972.

Join Legion for breakfast

The American Legion Post 52 will hold breakfast Saturday, 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 with breakfast. Price ranges from $2 – $5.50. The event is open to all members, guests and all active duty service members and Families.  For more information, call 459.6050.

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