Around Your Town for January 9, 2014



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All women in the Palominas and Hereford area are invited to The Palominas Community Club Meeting and potluck on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at 11 a.m., at the Palominas Community Church on Hwy. 92. Guest speaker will be Gabe Maxwell, speaking on “Human Trafficking,” which is a major national and international problem. For more information call President Marge at 255-9420.

The Patterson Observatory and the Huachuca Astronomy Club invite everyone to view the night sky through various telescopes on Thursday, Jan. 9, starting at about 6:30 p.m., weather permitting. The observatory is located on the campus of the University of Arizona, Sierra Vista, at 1140 N. Colombo Drive, just east of Cochise College. This event is free to all, but donations to the University South Foundation, which owns the observatory, will be gratefully accepted.

The Huachuca Area School Retirees Association (HASRA) will have its monthly meeting on Thursday, Jan. 9 at 10:15 a.m., in the serenity room in the Activity Center at Sierra Vista United Methodist Church. The program will be “Hospice Care and the Family,” presented by Tracy Shilt, Volunteer Coordinator. New retirees and retired school employees from any state are welcome. For additional information, call Roger at Circle T Ranch, 456-9114.

The Master Gardeners of Cochise County will meet Thursday, Jan. 9, (as opposed to Jan. 2) at 5 p.m., in the public meeting room at the University of Arizona, Sierra Vista Campus. Senior Program Coordinator of the U of A, Bill Cook, will lead a two-hour workshop on seed propagation techniques and theories. Should be fun as well as informative.

The January meeting of the Huachuca Astronomy Club will be held at 7 p.m. on Jan. 10 in the science lecture hall, room 1110 of the science building of Cochise College, Sierra Vista Campus. The guest speaker will be Dr. Vishnu Reddy from the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson. Dr. Reddy’s primary focus is the surface composition of asteroids. He is also a member of the Framing Camera (FC) team on NASA’s Dawn mission to the asteroids Vesta and Ceres. His talk is entitled “The NASA Dawn Mission to the Dwarf Planet Ceres: Opportunities for Amateur Astronomers.“  The meeting is free and open to the public. A door prize will be awarded.

The first steak fry of the New Year at Huachuca City VFW Post 10342 will be hosted Friday, Jan. 10, from 5-6:30 p.m. The dinner, steak grilled to order, with all the trimmings costs $8, with dessert an additional $1. The VFW is located at 1301 N. Cochise, in Huachuca City, just off Hwy 90. No reservations are required and the dinner is open to the general public.

The Thunder Mountain Twirlers are having a Square Dance on Friday, Jan. 10. Rick Gittelman will call mainstream from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., with a plus tip at the end of the evening. Lisa Wall will cue rounds. Only $4 for members, $5 for non-members, and free for non-dancers to come watch and socialize! A-B-C Fun Dance starts at 6 p.m., and is free for first-timers! Snacks and friendship are provided. Sierra Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 101 N. Lenzner Ave., in Sierra Vista. For more info contact Sandy at (520) 378-6719 or email svtmt@cox.net .

Soup and Bread Supper, free to the public every Friday evening from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at 1st United Methodist Church, 23 Clawson Ave., Old Bisbee (the green and white church on the hill). Nov. 15 thru March. For information, call Pastor Michelle at 227-9823.

A Tree 4 Christmas is hosting donation drop-off days on Friday, Jan. 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday, Jan. 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cross Winds Thrift Store, located at 4847 S. Hwy 92, in Sierra Vista.  Your unwanted or unused trees and ornaments are needed!  The group will accept artificial trees, ornaments, garlands, tree toppers, tree skirts, gift cards,  and cash which will all be used to provide a free Christmas tree and trimming kit to less fortunate families in the area in 2014.  All donations will be carried over to the 2014 Christmas season. For more information or to schedule a pick-up contact Pat Mallett at 520-227-8000 or go to www.atree4christmas.org.

A lasagna dinner is featured Friday, Jan. 10, at the VFW Post 9972, at 549 Veterans Drive in Sierra Vista. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., the menu will include meat lasagna dinner with garlic bread, salad and desert, at a cost of $9 per person. Live entertainment will begin at 8 p.m. The event is open to all members, their guests and all active duty service members. For more information contact C.J.”Shorty” Larson 458-9972.

The Joseph Wytko Saxophone Quartet will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, at the Buena Little Theatre, sponsored by the Buena Bands. Donations will be accepted to support the Buena Band Association’s Project Uniform. The ensemble plays a wide variety of music styles and features Joseph Wytko, Professor Emeritus at Arizona State University; Anna Marie Wytko, Assistant Professor of Music at Kansas State University; Harout Boyajian, music faculty member at Chandler High School; and Kevin Gorman, a prolific performer and repeat winner in the prestigious Carmel and Coleman Chamber Music Competitions in California. For more information, call Buena band director Duane Chun at (520) 515-2833.

On Jan. 11, Friends of the Sierra Vista Library will be holding its annual membership meeting from 10 a.m. to noon in the Mona Bishop room at the Sierra Vista Library. This meeting is open to the public. The library is located at 2600 E. Tacoma St. Friends of the Library are also holding its 50 percent-off sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the same day. Friends bookstore is located adjacent to the main library on Tacoma street.

Looking for a Bingo game? Every Saturday at 12:30 p.m., and Monday at 6:30 p.m., the VFW Post 9972 hosts bingo, open to the public, at the post at 549 Veterans Drive in Sierra Vista.

Bonnie’s Lounge will host a “Survivor Benefit” for Marsha Staats on Saturday, Jan. 11, from 2 p.m., offering bragging rights to the best cup of chicken and dumplings. There is no entry fee, but cups will cost $2, for the delectable delight. There will be a raffle for many wonderful items, with tickets sold on the day of the event and proceeds going directly to benefit Marsha. For more information, call Bonnie’s Lounge at (520) 378-0818.

American Legion Post 52, 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.

The Joseph Wytko Saxophone Quartet will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, at the Buena Little Theatre, sponsored by the Buena Bands. Donations will be accepted to support the Buena Band Association’s Project Uniform. The ensemble plays a wide variety of music styles and features Joseph Wytko, Professor Emeritus at Arizona State University; Anna Marie Wytko, Assistant Professor of Music at Kansas State University; Harout Boyajian, music faculty member at Chandler High School; and Kevin Gorman, a prolific performer and repeat winner in the prestigious Carmel and Coleman Chamber Music Competitions in California. For more information, call Buena band director Duane Chun at (520) 515-2833.

The Cochise County Youth Orchestra is now welcoming violin, viola, cello and string bass players to join in the fun next semester, which starts on Tuesday, Jan. 14 and runs through May 7, 2014. The orchestra also offers beginning and intermediate classes for students with less playing experience. Students who have been playing at least one year   and are currently taking private lessons, or who pass an audition, are invited to join the more advanced youth orchestra. Elementary through high school age youth are welcome. Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays after school at Calvary’s Rock Church, 231 N. Canyon Drive in Sierra Vista. Beginning and Intermediate Classes meet at 3:30 p.m., Advanced Orchestra meets at 4:30 p.m. For more info and class schedule, call (520) 678-0397 or visit www.ccyo.info.

The Huachuca Area Republican Women’s Club will meet for lunch on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at Pueblo  del Sol Country Club.  Registration and social time begins at 10:30 a.m. which will be followed by lunch and a program at 11 a.m.  Guest speaker will be the Arizona Director of Americans for Posterity, Mr. Tom Jenney.  His focus will be the “AFP Legislative Scorecard” and how they select the bills they follow, then how they score the Legislators, and how we as voters can use this information to keep our Legislators aware of where we stand on these issues and in turn influence their votes. Cost for lunch is $16.  Please call Nancy at 366-0012 to make a reservation no later than Jan. 12.  Guests and prospective members are always welcome to attend.

A representative from Arizona Kinship Support Services of Cochise County, www.arizonakinship.org, will present at the Loved Ones of the Incarcerated support group meeting Tuesday Jan. 14, at 5:30 p.m. The speaker has extensive knowledge of LOI issues. Arizona Kinship Support Services provides resource information that contributes to stable and positive home environments headed by relatives raising a loved ones’ child or children. Call (520) 234-6076 for the meeting location.

The Huachuca Mineral and Gem Club will meet Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Cochise College Library Conference Room. Visitors and new members will be welcomed, officers for 2014 will be installed, and club members will present a show-and-tell on the turquoise specimens and jewelry they have collected and created. Members will also discuss cutting and stabilizing the various kinds of turquoise. The public is welcome to attend our meeting. For more information, please call 459-3718.

Birders of all levels are invited to participate in upcoming bird walks sponsored by the Friends of the San Pedro River. The walks are scheduled for every Wednesday on Jan. 15, 22, 29, and also the fourth Saturday on Jan. 25 at 9 a.m., and depart from the San Pedro House, 9800 Highway 90, east of Sierra Vista at the river. There is no charge for the walks, however, donations are accepted to support docent programs. Dress appropriately for the weather, bring drinking water, a snack, good trail shoes, a hat, and sun protection. For more information, call (520) 459-2555 or visit the website at sanpedroriver.org.

The Sierra Vista Camera Club will meet Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Sierra Vista library, Mona Bishop Room from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Presentation will be a “Show and Tell” on the club’s new Wolverine slide/negative-to-digital converter. Club members have access to the converter and other club equipment for future presentations. The Sierra Vista Camera Club welcomes any one with an interest in photography. Presentations provide opportunities to learn from others as well as be entertained by member or guest programs. Check out the club website at http://svcameraclub.com/. You don’t have to be a member to attend.

NAMI is now taking registrations for the next Family-to-Family course, which is scheduled to begin Thursday, Jan. 16, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the NAMI Office, 4755 Campus Drive, Sierra Vista. Class size is limited and classes fill quickly. This free 12-week course will benefit anyone who has a loved one living with major depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or other mental health diagnosis. Register by Jan. 13. For more info contact the NAMI office at 459-3228 or namiseazinfo@gmail.com.

The Happy Achers’ Senior Group of the United Methodist Church will have its monthly potluck on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. The program will feature Bonnie Starr, who has a rich mellow voice and also plays the keyboard. Her life is western music and the folkways of the Southwest. Don’t miss this chance to hear this outstanding performer, whose music will lift the spirits of us all. Everyone 50 or older is welcome so bring a covered dish and join us for a good time. Plan to arrive by 11:10 a.m., and bring a guest if you can. For more information call 378-1924.

The Sierra Vista Symphony plans to honor area teachers at its upcoming January winter concert by giving them complimentary tickets to the show. The concert is set for 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at the Buena High School Performing Arts Center. Teachers wanting free tickets to the show titled, “Impressionism,” should contact their school office for details. Those contacts are: Karen Enriquez for the Cochise County School System; Sarah Pacheco for the Sierra Vista Public School System; Kaleigh Hawkins at the Fort Huachuca Accommodation Schools; and Debbie Dinkel for the Cochise Music Teachers Association.

The Illegitimate Theater Company will be holding auditions for its spring production of “Too Soon For Daisies” by William Dinners and William Morum.  The auditions will be held at the Murr Community Center on Fort Huachuca on Friday, Jan. 17 and Saturday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. and on Sunday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m.  For more information call Joan at 515-3721.

The University of Arizona Cochise County Cooperative Extension will be presenting a free  child health and safety workshop on “Healthy Habits for Your Child’s Healthy New Year.” The topics will include: child nutrition, positive sleeping habits, exercise advice, and sun safety tips. The presentation will be held on Friday, Jan. 17 at 10 a.m., at the Wellness Depot in the Mall at Sierra Vista. For more information on this event call Heather at (520) 458-8278 ext. 2135.

The Thunder Mountain Twirlers are having a Square Dance on Friday, Jan. 17. Bill George will call mainstream from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. with a plus tip at the end of the evening. Lisa Wall will cue rounds. 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., in Sierra Vista. For more info contact Sandy at (520) 378-6719 or email svtmt@cox.net.

Sierra Vista Symphony Winter Concert, Friday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m. at Buena Performing Arts Center. The concert features the music of Ravel, Debussy, Dukas, Satie, and Respighi. It will also highlight music education and honor our dedicated classroom teachers from throughout Cochise County. Be sure to attend the pre-concert seminar which begins promptly at 6 p.m., in the “pod” by the clocktower. Tickets are on sale now at Safeway, Dillard’s Oscar Yrun Community Center and the Chamber of Commerce and will also be available at the Buena box office the night of the concert. Call 458-5189 for more information.

Tombstone Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will meet on Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Sierra Vista United Methodist Church at the corner of St. Andrews Drive and Buffalo Soldiers Trail. Sharon Collins from the Secretary of State’s  Office will present a program on women’s issues “Frauds and Scams.” The meeting begins at 10:30 a.m., with social time from 10 – 10:30 a.m.

Lettuce Get Healthy will meet at 1:30 p.m., Jan. 19, 2014, at the Sierra Vista United Methodist Church, 3225 St. Andrews Drive, in the Fellowship Hall, Room 5. Everyone is welcome. We will be showing the DVD, “The Last Heart Attack,” followed by a question and answer session. We share recipes, cooking ideas, and tips that will help us discover good food and lifestyle choices with the goals of lowering our blood pressure and cholesterol, preventing heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other common diseases. For more information, Call (520) 378-2141.

Tuesday, Jan. 21, the Huachuca Audubon Society will meet at 7 p.m. in Room 702 at Cochise College, 901 N. Colombo Ave., Sierra Vista. The program, to be presented by Glenn Minuth, is inspired by this year’s 30th anniversary of the world’s worst environmental disaster — the massive toxic gas leak from Union Carbide’s chemical plant in Bhopal that killed more than 3,800 people. Glenn will help us understand the causes, lessons learned, and actions taken by the US Congress in response.  The public is invited.  For info, call (520) 378-4937.

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, the Cochise County Democratic Committee hosts “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense,” from 4:15 to 6 p.m., in the Cochise County meeting room, 4001 Foothills Drive, in Sierra Vista. Jocelyn Strauss, Regional Manager for “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America” will speak about the program. For more information about the presentation, please contact Rich Brownell, seelifedive@gmail.com.

The 1200 Club of Greater Sierra Vista will meet on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at Pueblo del Sol Country Club. Social time begins at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. The guest speakers will be the candidates for the 2nd U.S. Congressional District: Shelley Kais, Ed Martin, and Martha McSally. This is the 1200 Club’s appreciation, no cost dinner for all those with paid memberships. Seating will be limited. The 1200 Club, a Republican organization, always welcomes visitors and prospective members.

Our local trio, the Thunder Mountain Road Crew, will be calling for the Thunder Mountain Twirlers on Friday, Jan. 24. Mainstream Square Dancing from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., and a plus tip at the end of the evening. Lisa Wall will cue rounds. 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 svtmt@cox.net.

The Illegitimate Theater Co. will hold its’ annual meeting/election of officers on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m., in the reserved room at the Golden Corral on Hwy. 92. Anyone interested  in any or all aspects of theater are invited to attend the meeting. For more information call Joan at 515-3721.

The next AARP Smart Driver Class, Previously AARP Driver Safety Class,  is Jan 27, 2014, from 10 a.m. until 2:30 - 3:00 p.m., with time to eat your own lunch at noon. We do have drinks you may buy.  So, pack your own lunch and enjoy your lunch break.  It will be held at the Department of Public Safety (Highway Patrol Office) 2599 E. Tacoma St., in Sierra Vista. Call George McKinley at (520) 234-1120 to get further information and/or to register for this opportunity. This is a completely revamped class, it is a completely new class for you as well as for me.

Patrick Kell, the Southwest Regional Director for the International Mountain Bicycling Association, is coming to Sierra Vista to present “Better Living Through Trails” to the community on Jan. 30, 2014, at 6 p.m. at the Oscar Yrun Community Center. While IMBA is a bicycling organization, all trail users, hikers, nordic hikers, bikers, equestrians, trail runners, dog walkers and others are invited. This presentation covers the community health and economic benefits created through interconnected trail systems for all abilities.

The University of Arizona Cochise County Cooperative Extension will be presenting a prenatal nutrition class. This free class will include a pregnancy food guide, special nutrient needs for the pregnant mother, healthy habits for a healthy baby, food safety considerations, and much more. The presentation will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 3 p.m. at the Sierra Vista Health and Social Services Department, 4115 E. Foothills Drive in Sierra Vista. For more information, please call Heather Vaughn at (520) 458-8278 ext. 2135.

Feb. 17, 2014, President’s Day, the Cochise County Democratic Committee will host a “Café Roka Rendezvous, Meet the Candidates” fundraiser in Bisbee, from 5-8 p.m. The CCDC Event Committee is inviting everyone to an exciting event for fun, food and to rub elbows with our Democratic candidates. All announced candidates have been invited, and all attending will have an opportunity to make comments to the guests. Admission is $50 per person, and will include a wonderful Café Roka appetizer buffet, coffee, tea, soft drinks, cash bar.