May 9, 2014

Community Briefs May 9, 2014

MOAA dinner — reservations close today

The Coronado Chapter Military Officer Association of America is having its monthly dinner on Thursday at Pueblo Del Sol Country Club, 2770 South St. Andrews Dr., Sierra Vista. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m.

The guest speaker will be retired Col. Gary Fredricks, U. S. Air Force, national director for MOAS 6thj District, who will talk on current MOAA initiatives and goals.

Reservations need to be made no later than today. Contact 417.0175 or

Astronomy club to meet

The Huachuca Astronomy Club’s May meeting will be held today, 7 p.m., at The University of Arizona South’s Patterson Observatory in recognition of National Astronomy Week. Visit the observatory and, weather permitting, look through the 20-inch telescope at celestial objects. Short informational presentations will be conducted at this free, informal meeting open to everyone. Meet the astronomers and look through a research-grade telescope.

Parking is available in the UA parking lot on the east end of the Cochise College/UA South campus, 1140 N. Colombo Ave., Sierra Vista.

Gymkhana at Wren Arena Saturday

The next Huachuca Saddle Club Gymkhana will take place Saturday at Fort Huachuca’s Wren Arena and include cloverleaf barrels, Washington poles, two-barrel cowhorse, peppermint twist and wildlark. All information is available at

FBCA to hold Golf Scramble

The First Baptist Christian Academy invites all to a Golf Scramble Saturday. Registration begins at 7 a.m., shotgun start begins at 8:30 a.m., at Fort Huachuca’s Mountain View Golf Course.

The $65 registration fee includes golf fees, driving range token, cart for two, lunch, hospitality bag, and one opportunity ticket for drawings.

Registration forms may be picked up at First Baptist Christian Academy, 1447 S. 7th St., Sierra Vista; Mountain View Golf Course; or by emailing

For more information, call 678.4485.

Astronomy club to sponsor star event

The Huachuca Astronomy Club will celebrate National Astronomy Day Saturday, 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 Saturday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Sunday, 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.

Treat mom to breakfast

Surprise mom by taking her to a champagne breakfast at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9972, Sunday, 9 a.m. – noon, at 549 Veterans Dr., Sierra Vista. Menu items include Belgian waffles, French toast, biscuits and gravy and other breakfast items. Cost is $12, for adults, $6 for youth 6 – 12 and moms and those under 6 eat for free.

Legion offers free pool on Sundays

American Legion Post 52, 12 Theater Dr., Sierra Vista, offers free pool every Sunday in May, open to members, guests and all active duty service members and Families. For more information, call 459.6050.

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

Enjoy summer concerts in park

Summer Concerts in the Park are back! Grab lawn chairs or blankets, a picnic basket, and bring the Family. The bands will play 6:30 – 8 p.m. Upcoming performances: Thursday –Buena Show Band; May 22 – Partners (Bonnie Starr and Ted Bax); May 29 – Sierra Vista Community Band.

The concert schedule is subject to change due to inclement weather. For more information, call L at 458-7922.

CYT presents “Peter Pan”

Christian Youth Theater will present “Peter Pan” Thursday – May 18 at Crowder Hall in the University of Arizona Music Building, Tucson campus, and will feature more than 100 youth from Southeast Arizona. Tickets are $12 and available at Performances take place May 15 – 17, 7 p.m., and May 18, 2 and 6 p.m.

For more information about Christian Youth Theater and “Peter Pan,” call Ray Frieders, 370.4000.

Public Works! Public Fun!

The City of Sierra Vista is holding its 9th Annual Public Works Open House, May 17, 8 a.m. – noon, at the Pedro Castro Maintenance Center, 401 Giulio Cesare Avenue, to kick off National Public Works Week, May 18 – 24. This yearly event offers something for the entire Family: vehicle demonstrations, displays, prize raffles, a gigantic sand pile, free hotdogs and more.

This free event is open to the public.

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. 

Public welcome to archery shoot

The Huachuca Mountain Archers and Bowhunters Club will host a 3-D archery shoot at their range on post May 18, 7 a.m. – noon. Traditional and compound archers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Hamburgers, hotdogs, soft drink, and water will be available for purchase. Cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members.

For more information, call 249.1045. 

VA health care center to hold walk

The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, SAVAHCS, will hold its fourth annual VA2K Walk and Roll at the VA Medical Center May 21, 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. Registration will start at 6:30 a.m. in the R.E. Lindsey Jr. Auditorium in building 4, for both team and individual participants.

VA2K Walk and Roll is open to the public and free of charge. It will take place at SAVAHCS, 3601 S. 6th Ave., Tucson.

Parking will be available in parking lot “Q.”

For more information, call 1.792.1450 ext. 4971.

See horse show at Wren Arena

The Huachuca Saddle Club will hold its first horse show May 24, 8 a.m., at Fort Huachuca’s Wren Arena. Best Class list, entry forms and all information can also be found on the web site, 

VA health care center to hold walk

The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, SAVAHCS, will hold a Memorial Day ceremony, May 30, 10 a.m., in the Lindsey Jr. Auditorium, building 4, at SAVAHCS, 3601 S. 6th Ave., Tucson.

Parking will be available in parking lot “Q.”

For more information, call 1.629.1822.

Meet public, visitors

Volunteering at the Sierra Vista Chamber of Commerce is a way to be involved in the community, make new friends, stay active and have fun. New additions are welcome. Commit to a set schedule, or be available on an on-call basis.

For more information, call 458.6940.

Tennis lessons, youth summer camp

The City of Sierra Vista’s Leisure Services has classes for all ages and skill levels with beginners, advance beginners and intermediate lessons. Multiple sessions are available for both youth and adults. Youth lessons start June 2 and cost $55 per student; adult lessons start June 3 at $75 per student.

Youth Tennis Camp is also available to keep youth active during their summer break. Camp runs Monday – Thursday June 2 – 26 or July 7 – 31 and costs $75 per student.

For registration or other information, call 439.2302 or 439.2775.

Public Works customer satisfaction surveys

The City of Sierra Vista’s Public Works Department is looking for feedback on how well you think they are doing in providing services including trash and recycling services, parks and sports field maintenance, and transit services. They also want to hear from customers and organizations that use specialized services at the airport, fleet and fueling services. The surveys are short and can be found at 

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

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