April 25, 2014

Community Briefs April 25, 2014

USO youth coloring contest

Join the Arizona United Services Organization Month of the Military Child coloring contest for those 1 – 13. Download sheets at Mail completed pages to USO Arizona, P.O. Box 21341, Phoenix, AZ 85036, by the April 30 deadline. Age groups are 1 – 3, 4 – 6 and 7 – 13. Children will win gift cards. Local schools are also invited to participate.

March for mental health

On Saturday, join NAMI on a 5K walk, three miles, to March for Mental Health. Registration begins at 7 a.m., and the march begins at 8 a.m.

To register, go to For more information, call 459.3228.

Rainwater System Design Class

Learn how to collect rainwater on your property during a Rainwater System Design Class Saturday, 9 – 11 a.m., at the University of Arizona Sierra Vista Campus, 1140 N. Colombo Ave.

At the end of class, participants will have a water-harvesting site plan for their properties so they can start catching rain.

Registration is required for this class at 458.8278 ext. 2141 or

Brown Canyon Ranch Open House

The 9th Annual Brown Canyon Ranch Open House takes place Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the ranch house on Calle Metate off Ramsey Canyon Road, Hereford. Bring the Family to the free event. Pets must be leashed.

Refreshments will be available. Events include nature and history related walks and talks, adobe making and other crafts demonstrations, youth-centered activities and more.

For more information, go to

CHIP — Child Identification Program

Parents, get children CHIPped during the Child Identification Program Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., for free at the Wellness Depot at The Mall at Sierra Vista, El Mercado Loop.

Get an Amber Alert Ready package containing the child’s photo, DNA swab, fingerprints and a recorded interview.

For more information, call 452.7500 or 459.8210.

Military Intelligence Corps Band in concert

Enjoy the Military Intelligence Corps Band in concert Sunday, 2 p.m., at the Ethel H. Berger Center, 2950 E. Tacoma St., Sierra Vista. Enjoy these Army musicians as they perform a variety of music. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. The concert is free.

Learn about Cinco De Mayo

Learn about “Cinco De Mayo, the Real [Hi]story Behind the Battle,” May 2, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., in the Sierra Vista Public Library, Mona Bishop Room, 2600 E. Tacoma St.

Join the Consulate of Mexico to learn more about the Battle of Puebla and the true history of Cinco de Mayo, including the effect the battle had on the American Civil War. This free event will feature Mexican food sampling, samples of Mexican free trade coffee, an art exhibit and the film, “Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla.”

Vista 2030 — The Dream Continues

Since asking residents to “Dream Your City,” the City’s Community Development Department has been incorporating responses into a draft copy of the City’s General Plan, Vista 2030, scheduled to go before voters in this year’s General Election Ballot on Nov. 4.

The Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled to review the draft plan and hear remarks at two public meetings.

The first takes place Tuesday, 5 p.m., at Sierra Vista Methodist Church Activity Center, 3225 St. Andrews Dr.

The second will be held May 6, 5 p.m., City Council Chambers, City Hall, 1011 N. Coronado Dr.

A draft copy of the plan is available at the Sierra Vista Public Library and online at (search “Vista 2030”).

College jazz performance

The Cochise College Jazz Band will perform its spring concert Thursday, 7:30 p.m., in the Student Union on the Sierra Vista Campus, 901 N. Columbo Ave. The 10-piece ensemble will play several jazz standards in a concert that is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 515.5316.

Flycasters to show film

The San Pedro Flycasters Club will host the “F3T Fly Fishing Film Tour 2014,” May 2, 7 p.m. at Thunder Mountain Community Church, 4029 E. Golden Acres Dr., Sierra Vista.

Cost is $15 per person.

For ticket information, contact 459.8111 or

Sierra Vista West End Street Fair

The Sierra Vista West End Street Fair takes place May 3, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., along Fry Boulevard from Garden to North Avenues. Entertainment includes Limelight Productions, Center of Gravity, Rowdy Johnson Band and a car show. There will be food and beverages, arts and crafts and other vendors. Admission is free.

Learn to have healthier plants

Water Wise presents “Happy, Healthy Plants through Integrated Pest Management” May 3, 9 – 10:30 a.m. at the University of Arizona Sierra Vista, 1140 N. Colombo Ave., Groth Hall, public meeting room. There is no charge.

For more conservation information, contact 458.8278 ext. 2141 or

Dressage group to meet, greet

The Cochise Dressage and Eventing Association will sponsor a free public meet-and-greet, May 3, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., at High Desert Stables.

There will be riding and jumping demonstrations, veterinarian and hoof care talks, local horse rescues and a tack sale.

For more information, call 227.4690 or 366.5581.

Confederate Veterans Memorial Ceremony

The Arizona Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans invite the public to a Memorial Ceremony in tribute to the four Confederate soldiers killed in action at Dragoon Springs and other Confederate military killed during the Civil War. The ceremony takes place May 3, 11:30 a.m., at the site of the Battle of Dragoon Springs at the ruins of the Dragoon Springs Butterfield Stage Station. There is no cover, so bring hats, sunscreen and water.

For more information or directions, contact 456.6956 or

Carr House programs begin

Friends of the Huachuca Mountains open their season of free educational programs May 4, 1:30 p.m., with “Mining in Cochise County,” presented by Maudie Bailey, education coordinator for the Huachuca Mineral and Gem Club. This program will cover mineral specimens found and mined in the Huachuca Mountains, topographical mine locations and the history of mining in the area.

Take State Route 92 south to Carr Canyon Road adjacent to Mesquite Tree Restaurant, turn right, travel approximately 3 miles and turn left at the fork into the parking lot.

Genealogy club to meet

The Sierra Vista Genealogy Club will meet May 7, 1 – 4 p.m., at the Ethel Berger Center, 2950 E. Tacoma St. The topic is “They came from across the Sea,” covering early immigration to New England, Canada to the American Midwest, and the Delaware Valley.

For more information, go to

Concert Without Borders planned

In conjunction with the Mexican consulate, Cochise College presents a variety of musicians from Arizona and Sonora, for “Concierto sin Fronteras,” May 9, 7 p.m. near the international gate between Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico and Douglas, Ariz. This goodwill concert will feature excerpts from the film score of “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.” The concert is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 417.4066.

Astronomy club to sponsor star event

The Huachuca Astronomy Club will celebrate National Astronomy Day May 10, starting at 10 a.m., at the Sierra Vista Library, 2600 E. Tacoma St., until late afternoon, weather permitting. There will be several telescopes set up for safely viewing the sun and the afternoon moon.

Additional exhibits and astronomy-related materials inside and outside of the library, as well as a 1,000-yard scale model of the solar system. Everyone is welcome, and admission is free.

For more information, call 1.520.258.9045 or 432.6099. In the event of inclement weather including rain or high winds, the outdoor events will be canceled.

Elks to hold wine, art festival

Elks Lodge #2065 will hold a wine and arts festival May 10, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., and May 11, noon – 6 p.m., at 1 Elks Lane and Wilcox Drive, Sierra Vista. There will be wine tasting, art displays, European food for purchase and other activities. The public is welcome.

Gluten-free tasting event

May is Celiac Disease Awareness month. In support of raising awareness and options for a gluten free diet, the Landmark Café and The Brown Bag Cookie Company are hosting a no-cost gluten-free food tasting event at the Landmark Café, May 16, 11 a.m. – to 3 p.m. at 400 W. Fry Blvd., Sierra Vista.

In addition, the Arizona Allergen Alliance will be attending to share with individuals and families resources and information regarding food related allergies.

Adults and children who follow a strict gluten-free diet, or just curious about gluten-free products, are invited.

For information, contact 1.310.210.8901 or

Mariachi Festival at Patagonia Lake

Attend a day of authentic Mexican music at the Mariachi Festival at Patagonia State Park May 17 beginning at 7 a.m. Admission is $15 per vehicle of up to four adults. Refreshments are available or bring your own. There will be a piñata for the children. Bring water, lawn chairs sunscreen and hats.

5k Race and Fun Walk

The Army Aviation Association of America will sponsor the 7th Annual AAAA 5K cross country race and 2-mile fun walk, May 17, at the Black Tower Unmanned Aircraft System Training Center. Run categories include: Top Overall Male/Female; Male/Female Age Groups 18 – 24, 25 – 32, 33 – 39, 40 – 49, 50+; five-person teams, military or civilian.

Register on race day at Black Tower or pre-register online at or by mailing an $8 check, payable to AAAA to: Thunder Mountain Chapter–AAAA, P.O. Box 12508, Fort Huachuca, AZ 85670.

For information, contact 1.520.507.2963.

Cycle Sierra Vista May 17

All bicycle riders are invited to the 6th annual Cycle Sierra Vista on May 17. This free event, at the Cove parking lot in Veterans’ Memorial Park, offers ride routes, group rides, and other activities for adults and children.

The event will emphasize safe riding skills and introduce safe bicycling routes throughout the community.

The Cochise – Vista Bicycle Route will be featured in the ride routes. This 11.5-mile, north-south bicycle route crosses the community on shared-use paths, bike lanes, and low-traffic streets. Route maps and information will be available at the starting point.

For more information, call 439.2310.

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

Memorial Day Bash

Motorcyclists and non-riders are invited to a daylong Memorial Day Bash, May 31, at PC’s Lounge, 4700 State Route 90. There will be food, vendors, live music, a poker crawl and other activities.

National Get Outdoors Day

National Get Outdoors Day will be held at Parker Canyon Lake on June 14, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. This is an annual event to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun. Participating partners will offer opportunities for Families to experience traditional and non-traditional types of outdoor activities. Prime goals of the day are reaching first-time visitors to public lands and reconnecting youth to the outdoors.

For more information, go to

AFP presents Western music

Western music performer Jim Jones will appear at the Arizona Folklore Preserve on 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

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