August 8, 2014

Community Briefs August 8, 2014

Election Poll workers needed

Cochise County is hiring poll workers for the Aug. 26 primary and Nov. 4 general elections for voting locations in the City of Sierra Vista. If interested in applying, contact the Cochise County Elections Department, 520.432.8972.

Waves of Honor: Military Salute Program

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment® is honoring the men and women of the U.S. armed services through its Waves of Honor® military salute program. The program permits any U.S. active duty military, activated or drilling reservist, or National Guardsman to one complimentary admission per year to one of these attractions: SeaWorld®, Busch Gardens®, Adventure Island®, Water Country USA®, Sesame Place® or Aquatica SeaWorld’s Waterpark® in San Diego for military personnel and as many as three direct dependents.

Visit for program eligibility and to register. For more information, call the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Ticket Office at 520.533.2404.

How do you use plastic bags?

The City of Sierra Vista Environmental Affairs Commission wants people’s opinions about how they use plastic bags, and if people think there is a problem or a solution.

Residents: Do you use plastic bags or bring reusable totes? Do you think there is a problem? Complete a seven-question survey and let the EAC know your thoughts. Go to

Business Owners: Share feedback on plastic bag use and recycling. Complete this six-question survey to share your thoughts at

Astronomy Club to meet

The Huachuca Astronomy Club will hold their next meeting today, 7 p.m., in the community room, Student Union Building, Cochise College, 901 North Colombo Avenue, Sierra Vista. Guest speaker Richard Harshaw will relate the recent efforts of a team of astronomers and engineers to test and assess the pointing accuracy of the McMath-Pierce 0.8 meter East Auxiliary Telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Attract pollinators with native plants

Water Wise presents “Attracting Pollinators with Native Plants,” Saturday, 9 – 10:30 a.m., at the University of Arizona, Sierra Vista Campus, North Columbo Avenue.

Landscaping with native plants is a sure-fire way to have watchable wildlife in your own yard. The presenter will share experiences from her own yard where more than 200 low-water native plants attract 178 species of birds, 115 species of butterflies and 20 species of dragonflies.

For more information contact Water Wise, 520.458.8278, ext. 2141 or

Library friends offer books for less

Friends of the Library will be holding a 50 percent-off sale on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 2600 E. Tacoma St., attached to the Sierra Vista Public Library. They have a selection of material for the home schooled as well as a selection for young readers.

Cochise County Immunization Clinic

Cochise County Health and Social Services has new clinic days and times available for children’s immunizations. Stop in at 4115 E. Foothills Dr., Sierra Vista, 8:30 – 11 a.m. or 1 – 4 p.m. Mondays. A late clinic is held the fourth Monday of each month from 4 – 6 p.m. The clinic also provides adult immunizations on Tuesdays from 8 – 11 a.m.

For more information or a complete list of all Cochise County clinics contact 520.803.3900 or

Re-create ancient pottery

Re-create prehistoric pottery of Southeast Arizona, Mondays and Fridays, Monday – Aug. 25, 6 – 9 p.m. in the pottery studio at Oscar Yrun Community Center, 3020 E. Tacoma St., Sierra Vista.

Learn to replicate the pottery types produced by the native peoples of southeast Arizona before 1450 A.D. Participants will learn the history of these pottery types and experience the entire process of producing them, from collecting and processing raw materials to forming and decorating vessels, culminating in an authentic, outdoor pottery firing. Cost is $115 per person and includes: instruction, materials and tools, and firings. Participants must be 16 or older.

For registration and information call 520.458.7922 or visit and search “prehistoric.”

Explore desert cosmos

Through Aug. 31, visit the Tucson Desert Art Museum and explore the universe as seen above through astrophotographs taken by Adam Block of the U of A Sky Center. Block was named astronomy photographer of 2013 by the Royal Museums Observatory of Greenwich. The Art Museum is open Tuesday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday noon –5 p.m. and closed Mondays and major holidays.

Admission is $4 – $10. The Tucson Desert Art Museum is a Blue Star Museum and entrance is free for all active duty, National Guard, and Reserve military personnel and their Families through Labor Day. The Desert Art Museum is located at 7000 E. Tanque Verde Road, Ste. 16, Tucson.

For more information, call 520.202.3888.

Take Titan Missile Museum Tour

Tour the Titan Missile Museum, the only remaining Titan II site open to the public, by the light of the moon on the second Saturday night of each month, 5 – 9 p.m. Activities for youth include launching seltzer rockets and sampling space food. Remaining dates for the year are this Saturday and Sept. 13. The museum is located at 1580 Duval Mine Rd. in Green Valley. Admission is $7 for individuals 13 and older. Children under 12 and members are admitted for free. Reservations are required.

Call 520.625.7736 to reserve a spot.

Carr House program features Gould’s turkeys

Friends of the Huachuca Mountains continue their season of free educational programs Sunday, 1:30 p.m., with “Road to Restoration: the Gould’s Turkey,” presented by John Millican of the Sierra Vista Gould’s Chapter, National Wild Turkey Federation. This presentation will update the efforts of the National Wild Turkey Federation, volunteers and partners to re-introduce the Gould’s turkey into Southeast Arizona. Millican will discuss local and regional efforts, habitat enhancement projects and funding sources. The program is free and the public is welcome.

To get to the Carr House visitor information center, take State Route 92 south to Carr Canyon Road adjacent to the Mesquite Tree Restaurant, turn right, travel approximately 3 miles and turn left at the fork into the parking lot.

CC Youth Orchestra seeks strings players

The Cochise County Youth Orchestra welcomes violin, viola, cello and bass players to join next semester, which runs from Tuesday – Dec. 3. The semester ends with a free winter concert in May at Kino Hall on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.

Three different orchestra levels are offered, including a beginning, intermediate and advanced class. Students who don’t have instruments will be fitted and given rental or purchase information at the first rehearsal.

Rehearsals take place at Calvary’s Rock Church, 231 Canyon Dr., Sierra Vista. Tuition rates, class schedules, maps, and more information can be found on the website at

For more information, call 520.678.0397. 

Attend Global Leadership Summit

Thunder Mountain Community and Village Meadows Baptist Churches invite everyone to join them for the Christian leadership training offered by the Willow Creek Association Global Leadership Summit Aug. 14 – 15 at Village Meadows Baptist Church. This two day conference features speakers who offer their insights into developing leadership potential. For a complete list of the GLS 2014 speakers visit and select “Faculty.” 

Twirlers host square dance

The Thunder Mountain Twirlers are having a square dance 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Aug. 15. Cost is $4 for members, $5 for non-members, and free for non-dancers to come watch and socialize. Snacks and friendship are provided. The event takes place at the Sierra Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 101 N. Lenzner, Sierra Vista.

For more information, contact 520.378.6719 or 

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 Rd. off Moson Road.

Volunteer training for upcoming school year programs will be held Aug. 16 and 23, 8 a.m. – noon.  For more information, call 520.459.4868, 520.378.2201, or go to 

Join Sierra Vista Community Chorus

The Sierra Vista Community Chorus is looking forward to another concert season and welcomes new members, adult men and women, and all past members. Rehearsals are held every Monday, starting Aug. 18, 9:30 a.m., at the Ethel H. Berger Center, 2950 E. Tacoma St.  For more information, call 520.378.2218. 

15th Annual Hummingbird Triathlon

The 15th Annual Hummingbird Triathlon takes place Aug. 23 at The Cove Aquatic Center, 2900 Martin Luther King Pkwy, Sierra Vista. Check-in begins at 5 a.m.

Compete as an individual or as a team. Finish the 800-yard swim, 13-mile bike ride, and 5k run. Register before Aug. 22 ($45 individual or $75 per team) and receive an event T-shirt. A $10 late fee will be assessed to all participants/teams who register after 1 p.m. Aug. 22. Registration can be completed at the Ethel H. Berger Center, Oscar Yrun Community Center or The Cove.  For more information, call 520.439.2302 or 520.439.2275.

Citizens Fire Academy planned

The free Citizens Fire Academy program provides a glimpse into the working life of the Sierra Vista Fire Department. Learn about the hiring and training of personnel, safety in the home and workplace, fire prevention and more. Cadets will have a chance to ride with on-duty crews and participate in demonstrations. The Academy begins on Sept. 4, and will meet every Thursday evening at Fire Station #363, 675 Giulio Cesare, for nine consecutive weeks from 6 – 9 p.m. . Application deadline is Aug. 29.

Class size is limited. Applications are available online at (search “Fire Academy”); at City Hall, 1011 N. Coronado Dr.; and at all Sierra Vista fire stations. For more information, call 520.417.4400. 

USAWOA Golf Tournament

The Arizona Silver Chapter of the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Association will hold its annual Golf Tournament on Sept. 13 at the Turquoise Valley Golf Course in Naco. It is a 4-person scramble and costs $75 per player (TVGC members pay $ 54). Entry fee includes golf, cart, lunch, trophies, cash and raffle prizes. There is also a chance to win a hole-in-one 2014 Jeep Wrangler. Registration begins at 7 a.m.  For more information, call 520.220.7150 or 520.508.2685. 

17th Signal Bn. Association 2014 Reunion

The 17th Signal Battalion Association will hold their 2014 Reunion on Sept. 18 – 21 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1065 Stevens Creek Rd., Augusta, Ga. Events planned for the 2014 Reunion include a tour of Fort Gordon and a golf tournament.  For more information and reservations, contact 703.819.0136 or 

Locomotive Saturdays offered in Tucson

Explore regional transportation history, and see a freight trains passing by, or ring the locomotive bell at the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum every Saturday, year round. Locomotive Saturdays are held at the historic Train Depot, 414 N. Toole Ave, Tucson, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 520.623.2223. 

Mineral museum features ‘Best of Best’

The University of Arizona Mineral Museum’s “Best of the Best” exhibit features many of the most exquisite minerals from the most admired collections in the state. The exhibit also brings together the stories behind the minerals — the search, the discovery, the history and the awe-inspiring science — that makes these specimens come to life.

The UA Mineral Museum is open daily and is located on the main floor of Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium. The exhibit is open through Dec. 30 with free admission to children under 4, children 4 – 15 are $5, Adults are $7, students with an ID are $4, seniors and military are $6.

For more information, call 520.621.4227. 

Steward Observatory Mirror Lab Tours

Take a 90-minute tour providing a unique opportunity to learn how innovative engineering and optical technology melds with manufacturing techniques to produce the largest and most advanced giant (8.4 meters/27 feet) telescope mirrors in the world. Visitors will see the technology and revolutionary processes involved in making the next generation of telescopes that will explore deep into outer space and produce cutting-edge scientific research.

Tours occur daily; visit to purchase tour tickets. Admission is $15 for adults, $8 students, 7 – 22. Contact 520.626.8792 for details or 

Meet public, visitors — volunteer

Volunteering is a way to be involved in the community, make new friends, stay active and have fun. New additions are always welcome.

Volunteer at the Sierra Vista Chamber of Commerce. Commit to a set schedule, or be available on an on-call basis. For more information, call 520.458.6940.

The Henry F. Hauser Museum is looking for a creative, outgoing person to help manage the gift shop. Someone with retail and record-keeping experience who enjoys people could find this position to be the perfect fit.  If interested, contact 520.439.2306 or 

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 Rd. off Moson Road.

For more information, call 520.459.4868, 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 520.458.9972.

Thursday is Taco Night

American Legion Post 52 sponsors Taco Night, every Thursday, 4 – 7 p.m., 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 520.459.6050.

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