August 28, 2014

Community Briefs August 28, 2014

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 Friday.

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.

Legion to cook dinner

The Sons, American Legion Post 52, will hold a dinner on Friday, 5:30 – 7 p.m., featuring a catfish and pork rib dinner for $9. Enjoy a choice of one each 8-oz entrée serving or one-half serving of both entrées and two sides. Garden salad with extras and hushpuppies or roll is included. The dinner is open to members, guests and all active duty service members and Families. American Legion Post 52 is located at 12 Theater Dr., Sierra Vista.

For more information, call 520.459.6050.

Showdown in Tombstone

The Showdown in Tombstone takes place Saturday and Sunday, on Historic Allen Street.

This year’s activities consist of street entertainment, gunfight reenactments, an 1880s period costume contest and parade, a steampunk contest, parade, ball and other events.

For more information, contact 520.508.8005 or

Rifle shoot announced

The Sons of Confederate Veterans, Camp 1710, will hold their annual black powder shooting contest, Saturday, 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

Get “Frozen” at SV Public Library

Bring your favorite blanket, pillow, or stuffed animal and get comfy on the Mona Bishop room floor Sunday and enjoy being “frozen” together! A variety of frozen popsicles will be provided while the audience gets lost in the magic of the movie “Frozen” at 1 p.m. There is no admission.  For additional information call 520.458.4225.

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.

5K, 10K Volksmarch Sept. 6

The Thunder Mountain Trekkers and Sierra Vista Elks Lodge will sponsor a 5-and 10-K Volksmarch on Sept. 6, starting between 7 and 10 a.m. and finishing by 1 p.m. The start/finish will be at the Sierra Vista Elk’s Lodge, 1 Elk’s Lane, off Wilcox Drive, in Sierra Vista. This event is open to all. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. All routes are suitable for baby strollers. Water and restrooms are available at the start/finish. The Control Points will have water available.

For more information, contact the Thunder Mountain Trekkers, 520.378.1763 or

Hummingbird banding underway

Hummingbird banding is now underway on Fort Huachuca at the Public Affairs Office, 3015 Carnahan St., across from the gazebo on Brown Parade Field. It begins at sunrise, around 6 a.m., and lasts for five hours. The public is invited to observe, and seasonal volunteers are welcome. Banding will take place on Sept. 7 and 21.

Carr House program focuses on caving

Friends of the Huachuca Mountains continue their season of free educational programs Sept. 7, 1:30 p.m., with “Caves and Caving: A Look into the World below Us.” Erika Way, Kartchner Caverns State Park cave unit supervisor, will focus on the beauty and fragility of cave environments and how to experience and enjoy them while taking care to protect them. She will discuss the differences between wild and show caves along with caving etiquette.

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.

Astronomy Club to meet

The Huachuca Astronomy Club will hold their September meeting Sept. 12, 7 p.m., in the community room, Student Union Building, Cochise College 901 N. Colombo Ave., Sierra Vista. The meeting will feature a telescope clinic designed to help users understand how their telescope functions and help master the process of aligning and using a scope. Bring your own telescope to get some individual help or just come and learn the basics from the sample scopes provided by the club. The meeting is free and open to all.

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.

Tennis tournament to take place

The Sierra Vista Community Tennis Association will host a tennis tournament on Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. – noon at the City Tennis Facility, Kings Court, 3514 Kings Court Dr., Sierra Vista. Cost is $15 per person or $25 per family with children and one can of tennis balls. All player levels are welcome. The format will be a round-robin doubles, non-elimination, with rotation of partners for each round of play. Bring a dish and join a potluck after the tournament.

Register via email at or sign up on the posted listing at Kings Court. Entries will be accepted on tournament day.

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 year makes of cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome.

For more information, contact 520.456.7798, or 

Oktoberfest 2014 is coming

Oktoberfest 2014, Sierra Vista’s largest fall festival, takes place Sept. 12, 5 – 11 p.m., and Sept. 13, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Enjoy a variety of cuisine from various food vendors, live entertainment from Der Biergarten and more at Veterans’ Memorial Park off Fry Boulevard.  For more information, call 520.417.6980.

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. The remaining date is 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. 

Learn about end-of-life care

Sierra Vista Regional Health Center presents “Five Wishes and How to Complete the Information” Sept. 17, 1 p.m. at the Ethel H. Berger Center, 2950 E. Tacoma St. This presentation is designed to help individuals understand what end-of-life care is and how to approach making difficult decisions. Presenters will also help individuals plan and feel more comfortable when discussing this subject with family members and physicians.  For additional information, call 520.439.2300. 

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. – 1 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 520.623.2223. 

Bisbee Muheim Heritage House

The Muheim Heritage House Museum, a registered national historic site, was built by Joseph and Carmelita Muheim beginning in 1898 and was completed in 1915. Located at 207 Youngblood Hill, the restored home is an example of late 19th century architecture. Visitors can take a guided tour through the restored interior with its period furnishings. This pioneer home, situated on a hill, offers a panoramic view of Old Bisbee. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. or by appointment. Admission is $4.

For more information, call 520.432.7698. 

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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