March 14, 2014

Community Briefs March 14, 2014

VFW Ladies Auxiliary to hold Dinner

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early with an Irish-style dinner featuring corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, rye bread and dessert tonight, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9972, 549 Veterans Dr., Sierra Vista. Cost is $9 per member, guests and active duty service members.  For more information, call 458.9972.

Square dance in a toga

The Thunder Mountain Twirlers will hold its annual Toga Party, and St. Patrick’s Day Square Dance today, 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

Sierra Vista holds Spring Bazaar

The City of Sierra Vista will hold its Spring Bazaar Saturday, 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, Saturday, 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 present the 5th Annual Tombstone Wild West Days, A Salute to the Men and Women of the Armed Forces, Saturday and Sunday on Allen Street in Tombstone. There will be ongoing daylong entertainment starting at 10 a.m. and a United Services Organization Canteen Dance on Saturday, 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. Sunday, at the corner of Sixth and Allen Streets.  For information, contact 1.520.266.5266 or

Prayer vigil announced

The Sierra Vista United Methodist Church holds a prayer vigil on the third Saturday of each month. The “Great Hour of Prayer” will be held in the worship center’s Sanctuary on Saturday, 10 – 11 a.m. The service ends with communion around the altar. The public is welcome. The church is located at the intersection of Buffalo Soldier Trail and St. Andrews Drive.  For more information, call 366.5664.

Catholic organization plans run

Catholic Community Services of Southeastern Arizona will host its annual 5 K/10 K Race Sunday, at The Mall in Sierra Vista, El Mercado Loop, with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. The cost is $25 for the 10 K, $20 for the 5K and $15 for children. Pre-registration is available at Catholic Community Services, 6049 SR 90, Sierra Vista.  For more information, call 458.4203.

Join star party on Sunday

Join the Huachuca Astronomy Club at Kartchner Caverns State Park for a Star party Sunday, 5:30 p.m., at the park off State Route 90 in Benson. At 5:30 p.m., Dr. David O’Brien, a research scientist with the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, will present “The Giant Asteroid Vesta; Highlights from NASA’s Dawn Mission.” Then, see planets, stars, comets, galaxies and more through astronomers’ telescopes. Bring a folding chair, red light, sweater or jacket.  Entrance fee is $6 per vehicle with up to four adults.  For more information, go to

Celtic Culture Day planned

Celtic Culture Day at Cochise College will be held on St. Patrick’s Day, Monday, 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

Learn about digital bookmobile

Learn how to get eBooks, audiobooks, and more for free at the Sierra Vista Public Library on the Digital Bookmobile. Class takes place Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the library, 2600 E. Tacoma St. With instructional videos, interactive computer stations and a fully-loaded gadget gallery, readers of all ages will learn how to experience digital books and more.

City Council Meet & Greet

Sierra Vista City Council members will meet with residents and hear their opinions and thoughts on issues involving the community at the monthly Meet & Greet, Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., at the Sierra Vista Public Library, 2600 E. Tacoma.  Meetings are held monthly. For future dates and locations, go to

Dementia focus of lunch lecture

Join Dr. Parag Patel who will present a free lunch lecture, “Dementia,” Wednesday, 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 Wednesday, 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.

Free International Film Series movie

Join the City 0f Sierra Vista’s Commission on Cultural Diversity and Cochise College Fine Arts Department for the free, International Film Series presentation of “Bless me, Ultima” Thursday, 6 p.m., at the Cochise College Sierra Vista Campus, Room 900, 901 N. Columbo Ave.

Rated PG-13, this movie is based on a Rudolfo Anaya’s novel and portrays a story of a young boy and a woman, Ultima, with supernatural healing powers. Amidst accusations of witchcraft by some villagers, Ultima shows the boy the power of the spiritual world.

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.

Warrant officers to meet

Warrant officers are invited to join the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Association Arizona Silver Chapter for its quarterly social, March 25 at he Mesquite Tree Restaurant, off State Route 92. Social Hour begins at 5:30 p.m. and dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Order off the menu. You do not have to be a chapter member to attend.  For more information, contact 533.1216 ( or 533.2564 (   

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

Texas Canyon 10K Trail Run

The Amerind Museum and Bisbee Vogue Inc. will hold an Inaugral Amerind’s Texas Canyon 10K Trail Run April 5, 9 a.m., in an area normally closed to the public. Cost is $30 for adults, $15 for youth or $50 on the day of the event. Preregister online at  For more information, contact 1.520.586.3666 or 

Local vendors to hold craft show

The High Desert Crafters present their 15th Annual Spring Craft Fair April 5, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Windemere Hotel and Conference Center, State Route 92, Sierra Vista. Forty vendors will offer homemade crafts. The event is free.   For more information, call 895.9318.

5th Annual Vintage Baseball Tournament

Enjoy baseball played by 1860 rules. Eight teams in vintage uniforms vie for the Vintage League Championship at Bisbee’s 104-year-old Warren Ballpark, April 12 – 13, 9:30 a.m. – dusk.

Buy tickets on-line or at the gate: one day $10, both days $15; 12 and under free with adult ticket. Sunday, active military free.

Mudcat, a renowned blues musician and major league baseball player, will join Cat Daddy and the 12 Barz Blues Band and the Cholla High School Standards for Saturday evening’s Post-Game Blues concert, 6 p.m. at Warren Ballpark. Cost is $5 at the gate.  For more information, contact 432.3813 or

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 5:30 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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