August 15, 2014

Community Briefs August 15, 2014

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 any of the following 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.

Go buggy for insects

Enjoy Bug Night Saturday, 7 – 9:30 p.m., at Kartchner Caverns State Park

John Palting, from the University Of Arizona Department Of Entomology, will talk about bugs followed by insect viewing outdoors (weather permitting). Bring a flashlight for this hands-on learning experience. Cost is just the entrance fee of $6 per vehicle.

For more information, go to or call 520.586.2283.

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.

Learn about Apache style guerilla warfare

Join Bisbee Corral of the Westerners, Sept. 4, 7 p.m., at the Bisbee Senior Center, 300 Coleman Rd., Bisbee. Learn about “Apache Style Guerilla Warfare,” with Glenn Minuth. The Apaches employed various successful tactics in their raids, evasions, ambushes and attacks. The public is invited to this free program.

For more information, contact 520.378.1833, or 520.432.8350. Enjoy an optional dinner beforehand at 5 p.m. at the San Jose Restaurant, Naco Highway.

Fall Start Smart Sports Camp

Fall Start Smart Sports Camp runs Saturdays, Sept. 6–Oct. 11, • 8 –9 a.m. at Apache Middle School Gymnasium.

Help motivate and develop the athletic abilities of boys and girls 3 – 5. Participants will develop motor skills and learn to interact with other children. Parents should wear tennis shoes to the camp. Featured sports include: basketball, soccer, baseball and softball. Bring bottled water, a cap and sunscreen. Cost is $50 per child. Register your child at the Oscar Yrun Community Center or The Cove. A birth certificate is required at registration.

For more information, call 520.439.2302.

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.

Enjoy horse show on post

The Huachuca Saddle Club will host a horse show Saturday at Wren Arena on Fort Huachuca. Show time is 9 a.m. Full class list and entry forms can also be found on the web site for those who wish to pre-enter, otherwise enter classes on site starting at 8 a.m. No charge for spectators, so come on out and watch the fun! All shows are “open” shows so spectators will see all sizes/breeds of equines from miniature horses to draft horses.  For more information, call 520.488.4785.

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 Saturday and Aug. 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 Monday, 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. 

Carr House program explores butterflies

Friends of the Huachuca Mountains continue their season of free educational programs Aug. 24, 1:30 p.m., with. “Butterflies of the Huachuca Mountains.” Priscilla Brodkin, co-author of “The Butterflies of Arizona: A Photographic Guide,” will speak. Add a new dimension to field trips and backyard nature watch. Learn about defense mechanisms, food and nectar plants and basic butterfly gardening

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.

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. 

Rifle shoot announced

The Sons of Confederate Veterans, Camp 1710, will hold their annual black powder shooting contest, Aug. 30, 10:30 a.m. at the Sierra Vista Firing Range. Contestants will be judged in the muzzle loading rifle and carbine, breech loading rifle and carbine and magazine-fed rifle and carbine categories. There is a $2 range fee.  For more information, contact 520.456.6956 or 

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.

Kars for Kids

The Boys & Girls Club of Sierra Vista and The Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 28, present the Third Annual Kars for Kids — a car, truck and motorcycle show Sept. 13, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Cochise College Automotive Technology Center, 645 State Route 92, Sierra Vista. A $25 pre-registration fee is required. All years cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome.  For more information, contact 520.456.7798, or

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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