Around Your Town for October 12, 2013

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Huachuca Gem and Mineral Show will be held Oct. 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cochise College in Sierra Vista. Admission and parking are free. Helen Serras-Herman will speak about carving gems at 2 p.m. on the Oct. 12. A presentation on the life of a miner in the 1860s will be presented on both days. There will be a raffle and silent auction with a grand prize of a 7 lb. amethyst geode. A geode sale and cuttings will be available as well as a florescent display. For more information call Maudie Bailey at 520-249-1541.

Bonnie’s Second Annual Chili Benefit, honoring our Fallen Warriors will start at noon on Saturday, Oct. 12, at Bonnie’s Lounge, 6310 S. Highway 92, Sierra Vista. This year the event will be a fundraiser for the Foundation Chapel Project. For more information look at the Bonnie’s 2nd Annual Chili Benefit — Honoring Our Fallen Warriors on Facebook, or call (520) 236-4790.

Tombstone Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will hold its monthly meeting on Oct. 12, at the Sierra United Methodist Church at 10 a.m.  For more information please call 458-8088.  If you are interested in the DAR you are welcome to attend. 

Sierra Vista Elks Lodge 2065 would invites everyone who loves chili to the High Desert Pod Chili Cookoff. The fun will take place on Saturday, Oct, 12, in the ramda just behind the lodge located at 1 Elks Lane. The cost will be $4 to taste all the chili. Trophies will be awarded for the best chili there will also great raffle prizes. Tasting begins at 1 p.m. If you would like to cook chili or judge the chili, call Tom or Gail Edwards at (520) 678-9823 or at the Elks talk to Norm Dunn 458-2065. All proceeds from the event will benefit Elks’ charities in Sierra Vista.

Sons American Legion of Post 52, will host breakfast Saturday Oct. 12, from 8-10:30 a.m. Open to all members, guests and all active duty service members and family. For more information, call 459-6050, American Legion Post 52, 12 Theater Drive, Sierra Vista.

A meet and greet barbecue for all Marines in the Cochise County area will be held Sunday, Oct. 13 and hosted by Tombstone Wild West Detachment Marine Corps League, beginning at 2 p.m. All active duty, retired, reserve, former Marines and Navy FMF corpsmen as well as current members of the Marine Corps League are urged to attend. Come and meet your fellow Marines and Navy FMF corpsmen and see what the Marine Corps League is all about. There is no charge for this event. For any additional information call Detachment Commandant, W. F.“Bill Pakinkis” at 266-5266 or e-mail at

The Auxiliary Ladies of the American Legion Post 52, in October will hosts a meat raffle, fund raiser every Sunday 3 -5 p.m. Open to all members, guests and all active duty service members and family. For more information, call 459-6050, American Legion Post 52, 12 Theater Drive, Sierra Vista.

Interested in helping out at one of Baja Arizona Sustainable Agriculture’s Community Mesquite Millings? On Sunday, Oct. 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m, in Whetstone, join BASA to learn to run the hammer mill and sort mesquite pods, then enjoy a potluck lunch with delicious mesquite baked goods and other native foods. Volunteers will be asked to help at the Sierra Vista or Bisbee Mesquite Milling Events on Oct 24 or 26. Trained volunteers can have their pods milled at half price.  Contact Meghan at 520-331-9821 or to sign up or for more info.

The Sierra Vista Chapter of The Compassionate Friends is hosting a short “Walk to Remember” followed by a picnic and a balloon launch in Tompkins Memorial Park on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 11:30 a.m. Walk participants sign up at 11 a.m. in the park at the corner of Buffalo Soldier Trail and 7th St. The cost of each walk participant over age 12 is $5. Individuals participating in the walk are asked to bring a poster or picture of the loved one they are remembering to carry during the walk as well as a potluck dish to share for the picnic. The Compassionate Friends is providing water, plates, utensils, and the balloons. The Compassionate Friends is the nation’s largest self-help bereavement organization for families that have experienced the loss of a child at any age and from any cause.  The Sierra Vista Chapter meets the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Faith Presbyterian Church, 2053 Choctaw Drive. For more information please call Jennifer at (520) 458-1389, Judy at (520) 249-3110 or email

American Legion Post 52, October free pool Sundays. Open to members, guests and all active duty service members. For more information, call 459-6050, American Legion Post 52, 12 Theater Drive, Sierra Vista.

P.E.O. Chapter T will  be honored with a visit of the State Organizer, Cindy Heath Smith at the regular meeting at the home of  Ople Sorich on Monday,  Oct. 14, 2013 at 6 p.m. Visiting members are welcome. For further information, call 520-432-7407.

The Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 11 a.m.,  at Pueblo del Sol Country Club in Sierra Vista.  Our speaker this month is Stan Garner, Director of the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank.  Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food items to the meeting as a donation for the food bank.

Everyone is invited to an important and timely program at the Huachuca Audubon Society meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 15.  Guest presenter will be Prof. Greg Garfin from the University of Arizona’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment. He will address climate change and its implications for southern Arizona, looking at ways we can adapt to inevitable change and reduce human-caused emissions of heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere. Start time is 7 p.m., in Room 702 at Cochise College, 901 North Colombo Avenue, Sierra Vista. For info, call (520) 378-4937.

The Greater Sierra Vista Kennel Club will meet  on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Windemere Hotel at 2047 S. Hwy. 92 in the Buffalo Soldier Room. The topic will be everything you want to know about showing your dog. Charlotte Borghardt, American Kennel Club judge, will give an overview about showing your dog in the Conformation Ring. We welcome new members and all dog lovers are invited to attend. For more information, call (520) 458-7839 or visit the website at

Cochise College is a host site for the state-wide Future Leaders Town Hall on Oct. 16. Young people from across Cochise County are invited to the Sierra Vista Campus to join the discussion about this year’s town hall topic, Early Education, and help craft solutions that will change Arizona. This free forum is held live at Scottsdale Community College and broadcast to sites across the state. Registration is required. For more information or to register, visit or email

On Wednesday, Oct. 16, the Center for Lifelong Learning will host a presentation of The Wet Tropics of Queensland with Vince Pinto. Join naturalist and wildlife biologist Vince Pinto on a fascinating and informative journey to the land down under. More information about our Brown Bag Lecture dates are published on our website:<>.

The Sierra Vista Area Gardeners Club will meet on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 1 p.m. in the Constable’s Office in the old County Complex at 4100 East Foothills Drive in Sierra Vista. The public is invited to join the Club’s group of friendly members who share an avid interest in high desert gardening and listen to Henry Haros discuss winter gardening. For additional details, visit our site at or call Jane at 732-1822.

The Happy Achers’ Senior Group of the United Methodist Church will have its monthly potluck at 11:10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17.  Our program will feature Dennis Moore who will play the best music from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s on the piano in the sanctuary. Don’t miss this chance to hear your favorite melodies again.  Everyone 50 or older is welcome so bring a covered dish and join us for a good time. For more information call 378-1924.

The Visitor Center at Patagonia Lake State Park will open for the season on Friday, Oct. 18, with hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come for information about hiking, birding, the lake and the area. Children’s corner. Junior Rangers on weekends. Sign up for Saturday and Sunday pontoon boat rides: Avian tours 8:45 a.m. and 10 a.m.; Lake Discovery tours 11:15 a.m.; Twilight tours (time varies). Reservations for boat tours required. Call 520-287-2791 after Oct. 15. Cost $5 per person per tour. Visitor Center closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Friday bird walks will begin Nov 1.

The Sierra Vista Historical Society will host a luncheon and speaker event at Pueblo del Sol Country Club, St. Andrew’s Drive in Sierra Vista, on Friday Oct. 18. Our speakers will be James Garrison, State Historic Preservation Officer, and Vivia Strang, National Register Coordinator in the State Historic Preservation Office.  Garrison’s talk will focus on efforts to preserve the Fort Huachuca WWII Black Officers’ Club. While Strang, who worked with SVHS members to obtain Historic Site status for the Fry Family Cemetery, will discuss the preservation and protection for historic cemeteries in Arizona. Doors open at 11 a.m. with a buffet lunch served at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $15 per person and reservations are required.  Reservations can be made by calling Tom at 520-378-0733 by Wednesday, Oct. 16.

The 19th annual Southern Arizona Harley Riders Motorcycle Club Biker Rodeo is going to be Friday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Arena Bar in Benson. The event offers free camping, live music, and more information is available from the club’s website at Please contact Suzy-Q at (520) 249-3939.

The Thunder Mountain Twirlers are having a Mainstream Square Dance on Friday, Oct. 18 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., with a plus tip at the end of the evening. Our caller will be Tom Crisp. There will be no rounds. Review starts at 6:45 p.m. for anyone who needs or wants a little extra practice. Only $4 for members, $5 for non-members, and free for non-dancers to come watch and socialize! Snacks and friendship are provided. Sierra Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 101 N. Lenzner Ave., Sierra Vista. For more info contact Sandy at (520) 378-6719 or email

On Oct. 19, the Huachuca Gould’s Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation will be hosting a free Women in the Outdoors program at the Sportsman’s Center on Fort Huachuca.  This is an opportunity to try, or become more proficient with a variety of outdoor activities. Just come out and try it. You will have the time of your life, enjoy a great lunch, and spend a day with the girls. For more information, or to sign up contact Joey Fuller at 520-234-3968 or check out our website at  This event is limited to 30 women, so please sign up early.

The Huachuca Saddle Club will be holding an open gymkhanas and open Western/English horse shows on Oct. 19 and Nov. 2. All events are held at Fort Huachuca at Wren Arena. Plenty of parking under the oak trees, no charge for spectators. Events are open to all equines. Sign ups at 8 a.m., runs start at 9 a.m. Cost: $5 members/$7 non-members. Must be a member to win buckle.

The Cochise County Democratic Committee is honored to have former Arizona Sen. Paula Aboud, founder of “Women Ignited Now (W.I.N.)” and producer of the film “Vote!”  as our special guest speaker for this year’s Harvest Hoedown Picnic. CCDC invites fellow Democrats and like-minded friends to join us Oct. 19, from 10 a.m., until 2 p.m. This event will be at a private home in Sierra Vista featuring traditional picnic lunch, for a donation of $15 per person or $25 per family. For more information about this event and to make your reservation, please contact Kathie Crow, (520) 458-5254.  Pre-payment, including name, address, phone, occupation and employer information, can be sent to Cochise County Democratic Committee, P. O. Box 3233, Sierra Vista, AZ 85636.

Water Wise will have a free Well Owners Workshop on Saturday, Oct. 19 from  9 a.m. to noon at the Palominas Fire District Training Room,  9222 Kings Ranch Road, Palominas. Come learn about well maintenance, water quality testing and drinking water contamination.  Co-sponsored by Hereford Natural Resources Conservation District. For more information contact Water Wise @ or call (520) 458-8278 ext. 2141.

Lettuce Get Healthy is a monthly group meeting to support one another in our journey to a better health through a plant-based eating lifestyle.  We share recipes, cooking ideas, and tips that will help us discover good food and lifestyle choices.  Everyone is welcome.  Our next meeting is at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 20,  at Sierra Vista United Methodist Church, 3225 St. Andrews Drive, in the Fellowship Hall, Room 5. For more information, Call  (520) 378-2141.

The Auxiliary Ladies of the American Legion Post 52, will host a meat raffle, fundraiser every Sunday from 3 -5 p.m. Open to all members, guests and all active duty service members and family. For more information, call 459-6050, American Legion Post 52, 12 Theater Drive, Sierra Vista.

Thunder Mountain Republican Women’s Club  monthly luncheon meeting will be called to order at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at Pueblo del Sol Country Club, 2770 St. Andrews Drive.  The program speaker will be Tim Cervantes, Administrative Director of The Cochise Water Project, who will give a presentation about various water conservation strategies.  For lunch reservations, please call Sarah at 234-0952.  Visitors and prospective members are always welcome.

On Wednesday, Oct. 23, the Cochise College Center for Lifelong Learning hosts a Brown Bag Lunch Lecture at the Sierra Vista Campus, 901 N. Colombo Ave., in Sierra Vista from 12:10 to 1 p.m. Join us for a presentation of Abrahamic Sojourn in Israel with George McGuire. McGuire is inviting you to a slide and memorabilia show of his “Abrahamic Sojourn” through the land of Israel. During his five-month impromptu trek, he was blessed to follow where the Lord led him; from Jerusalem to Bethlehem; from Nazareth to Aquaba Jordan, and to many holy places in between. More information about our Brown Bag Lecture dates are published on our website:<>. These lectures are free and open to the public.

Join Baja Arizona Sustainable Agriculture at the Sierra Vista Farmers Markets on Oct. 24 from 10 a,m. to 2 p.m. for our annual mesquite milling. Have your mesquite pods milled into nutritious flour, purchase mesquite flour and other goodies, and learn about harvesting a variety of native desert foods. Free, but milling charge is $1.50/gallon of whole pods. See for details or contact Meghan at 520-331-9821 or

The Parents as Teachers Program is having a community event on Oct. 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The main focus of the event will be family safety and wellness. The event will be held at Fire Station 3, 675 Giulio Cesare Ave., in Sierra Vista. Other agencies will join to provide information and free resources to families. For more information, Ivelisse Borrero, Parent Educator, at (520) 452-9784, extension 15.

The Sierra Vista Nazarene Church is planning its annual craft fair. It is going to be Oct. 25-26. Friday will be from 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturday will be from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. The cost to set up is $5 per table. We are currently signing up people who want a table. If you are interested please email Robin Wolfe at

Celebrate Halloween early with the Thunder Mountain Twirlers on Friday, Oct. 25! 

The Thunder Mountain Road crew will be calling mainstream from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., with a plus tip at the end of the evening. There will be no rounds. Remember, this is the first night of A-B-C, which starts at 6 p.m., so bring all your non-dancing friends! The dance is only $4 for members, $5 for non-members, and your first A-B-C night is free! Snacks and friendship are provided. Sierra Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 101 N. Lenzner Ave., Sierra Vista. For more info about our A-B-C Fun Dance program contact Sandy at 520-378-6719 or email

The fall concert of the Sierra Vista Symphony will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Richard Wagner. Show is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Buena Performing Arts Center. Reserved seats $30; General admission $25; High school student with ID, $10; Family with children $30; Child under the age of 14, free with paying adult. Tickets on sale at Dilalrd’s, Safeway, Oscar Yrun Community Center, BPAC and the Sierra Vista Chamber of Commerce. Visit the symphony’s website at

The 8th Annual Open House at Brown Canyon Ranch is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and admission is free. Events will include guided walks around the ranch property, a performance by the B-Troop at 10:30 a.m., presentations of historical facts, games, calf-roping, and Steve Conroy will be singing cowboy songs. To get to Brown Canyon Ranch, take Hwy. 92 south from Sierra Vista, turn right (west) onto Ramsey Canyon Road.  Drive 2.1 miles to the hiking trail head (just past Calle Metate), turn right, keep right on the dirt road to the Brown Canyon Ranch parking lot. For more information, contact Friends of Brown Canyon Ranch (520) 249-3524.

Join Baja Arizona Sustainable Agriculture at the Bisbee Farmers Market on Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for our annual mesquite milling. Have your mesquite pods milled into nutritious flour, purchase mesquite flour and other goodies and learn about harvesting a variety of native desert foods. Free, but milling charge is $1.50/gallon of whole pods. See for details or contact Meghan at 520-331-9821 or

Sierra Vista Regional Health Center’s (SVRHC) Compassion Attendance Recovery Empowerment (CARE) program will host the annual Walk to Remember on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 8:30 a.m. at the Veterans’ Memorial Park under Ramada 3. There will be a 5K run, a 1.5 memorial walk, dedication poems, a balloon release, and light refreshments. The SVRHC C.A.R.E. Program is available for families who have experienced the loss of a baby through early pregnancy loss, miscarriage, stillbirth, or newborn death. You can pre-register for the event through Oct. 16. Then registration on the day of the event will begin at 8 am. For more information please call (520) 417-4557 or

Huachuca Lodge No. 28 Fraternal Order of Police will once again sponsor a Haunted House at the Lawley car lot located at Highway 92 and Busby Drive. Hours will be 6-10 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26; 4-7 p.m. Oct. 27; 6-10 p.m. Oct. 30; and 5-11 p.m. Oct. 31. Admission is $3 or $2 with a can of food donation. Children under 5 admitted free. Other organizations participating in this effort include the Cochise County Sheriff’s Department, the U.S. Border Patrol, the Boys and Girls Club of Sierra Vista, Court Appointed Special Advocates, National Alliance on Mental Illness, San Pedro Kiwanis/Just Kids Inc. and the Fry Fire Department.

Come into “The Source Within” at 28 Main St. in Bisbee, on Oct. 26, and bring a non-perishable food item or personal care item. You will get a 10 percent discount on merchandise purchased, and if you have a child who is in a Halloween costume, your child will receive a “Trick-or-Treat” bag. Donated items will be put into care boxes and given to Bisbee families in need. For more information call 520-432-2000.

Tombstone American Legion Roy Fourr Post 24 will host an After-Halloween Costume Party from 8 p.m.  until it ends, Friday, Nov. 1 at the Legion Hall in Tombstone. Open to the public, tickets are $5 at the door for party and finger foods; $10 to enter the costume contest. There will be prizes for first, second and third place costumes as well as door prizes for attendees. Proceeds will benefit All the King’s Horses Children’s Ranch in Benson.

A Harvest Festival will be hosted at Vista View Resort Clubhouse, 526 S. Clubhouse Lane in Sierra Vista on Saturday Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Arts and crafts by many local vendors, photography, decorated gourds, clothing, painted glass, jewelry, wreaths, and all sorts of interesting items. Food and refreshments will be available, and drawings for door prizes.

New York Times best-selling author, John Krygelski, will be doing book signings at the Sun Canyon Inn, 260 N. Garden Ave., in Sierra Vista on Nov. 3, from noon to 3 p.m. His list of books include: Time Cursor, The Harvest, The Aegis Solution and his newest book is the The Mutatus Procedure (part 1). For more information, call the hotel at (520) 459-0610.

 The Jewish Women’s Group of Sierra Vista will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Card House of the Vista View Resort, 441 Clubhouse Road in Sierra Vista.  Cynthia Funckes, M.D., OBGYN, will address women’s health issues over the age of 50.  A potluck style lunch will be served.  This meeting is open to all Jewish women of the community. For more information and reservations, please email

The tradition of Holiday A’Fair will return to Sierra Vista on Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9. The 37th Annual Holiday A’Fair will kick off at the Windemere Hotel, 2047 S. Highway 92 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 8, and reopen Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 9. Shoppers will find a variety of unique, hand-crafted gifts and holiday decorations of impeccable quality in a boutique-like setting. For more information contact the Holiday A’Fair Chair, Susan Ricco, at (520) 459-5502.

This coming Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), Coronado Chapter, the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, and the Greater Sierra Vista United Veterans Council (GSVUVC) will host a Veterans Benefits Expo from 9 a.m. to noon in Veterans Memorial Park. Veterans and their families can meet one-on-one with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and many other service-related organizations to learn about health care, mental health resources, employment, education, and other federal, state and local benefits that are available to them and their families. For more information about this event call Terrie Gent, Personal Affairs Director, MOAA, Coronado Chapter, at (520) 378-2915 or e-mail to

The Roadrunner PTO’s annual fall carnival and craft bazaar will be Nov. 23 held in and around the cafeteria and school grounds at Town and Country Elementary, 1313 Lenzner Ave. The craft bazaar opens at 9 a.m. and the carnival will be open at 11 a.m.; both close at 2 p.m. Bring the whole family for kid-friendly fun. There will be food to purchase, carnival games, a haunted house and more. Local crafters and home business vendors will show their wares in and around the cafeteria. Vendor applications can be requested at Provide your contact and mailing information. A single vendor space is $10. Applications must be returned by Monday, Nov. 18.

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