What's Happening for May 16

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Sunday, June 2, Partners will be at the Stock Exchange, 15 Brewery Ave., Bisbee, from 2 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. This place is a fun dance hall. For information, call the Stock Exchange at 432-1333.

Friday, June 7, Partners will be playing at Mountain View Gardens, 3477 Rodeo Drive, Sierra Vista, for a dance from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on their outdoor patio. This dance is free and open to the public. For information, visit www.partnersband.com. 

Saturday, June 8, Partners will be playing at the Elks Lodge, 2951 S. Camino Mercado, Green Valley, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The Elks Lodge is open to all Elks members and their guests. For information and directions call the Elks Lodge at 625-2592.


The Tombstone Art Gallery is featuring its Open Member show this month. “David” a graphite rendering by Stephanie Aslou won the “People’s Choice” award at the Tombstone Art Gallery. Stepanie, a student at the Tombstone High School, participated in the school’s art show along with five others. An action figure of Wolverine and a bust of “David” were the themes chosen by the art instructor, Mr. Garcia. Ms. Aslou won a cash award and a ribbon. Visitors to the Gallery did the voting and many said it was hard to choose a favorite. We thank Mr. Garcia for working with us to have the Student Art Show. 

May is also the Open Member show. Each artist will be showing up to five pieces of art. The current members are creating and showing new work that shouldn’t be missed. There are new artists who will be exhibiting here for the first time. The variety of media, perspectives, and styles are intriguing and invite you to seriously study the work. 

The Gallery’s Craft Shop features an assortment of items. With new craft members adding their colorful and imaginative pieces to the already varied array of crafts, you’re sure to find a real gem. Jeans purses, Mason jar stemware, delicate crocheted Victorian gloves, custom designed jewelry, scarves, aprons and crocheted pieces. There also are children and infants clothes, all custom made with innovative designs.  

The Tombstone Art Gallery is located at 383 Allen Street in the 1881 historic Visitors’ Center building. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily and admission is free. Call 457-2380 or go to www.tombstoneart.org for more information. 


Now is the time to get those coasters out of storage and prep them for the annual Fourth of July Community Coaster Race in Bisbee. Trial runs begin Saturday, June 22. Let’s get as many coasters and drivers on the road as we can. Each coaster can run with two drivers: one from the Senior division, ages 13 to 16 and one from the Junior division, ages 9 to 12. If you have a coaster that needs drivers or drivers that need coasters, or already have your drivers and coaster, contact Debby Gardner at 432-6738 or at debbyandmark@cableone.net.


Local author, Laurinda Wallace announces the release of her second novel, “Family Matters” published by 3-Mice Productions of Sierra Vista. Residing in Hereford, her day job is office administrator for the Southeastern Arizona Contractors Association, Wallace is a member of the Upper San Pedro Writers Group and regularly writes for magazines, websites, and her blog, SimplyLife. She was recently interviewed by Tucson radio station KGMS on its Woman to Woman program, which highlighted her debut novel, “The Time Under Heaven.” 

“Family Matters” is the first of the Gracie Andersen mystery series set in rural Western New York, which is the author’s hometown area. The book features Haley, Gracie’s black labrador who helps solve a long-buried mysterious death. Two other books in the series are with the publisher and scheduled for release in 2014. A lifelong dog lover, the author has been involved with obedience training, therapy dog work, and enjoying the company of canines for many years. Her own black labrador, Clancy, provides inspiration for some of Haley’s adventures.

Rosebud Communi-cations says, “If you like your mysteries teeming with close family ties, long-held secrets, and lots of friendly dogs, then you’ll love Laurinda Wallace’s new book ‘Family Matters.’ Set in a cozy small town in Western New York, the mystery introduces Gracie Andersen, recent widow and owner of Milky Way Kennels, as a secret from her cousin’s past begins to threaten Gracie’s future. ‘Family Matters’ features engaging characters, quirky humor, and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing.”

“Family Matters” is available for Kindle or in paperback through Amazon. It is also available to bookstores through Ingram, Barnes and Noble, and others. For information on the author and 3-Mice Productions, visit www.3-mice.com, www.laurindawblogspot.com, or contact the author at laurindaw@live.com.


The Sierra Vista Chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbian and Gays) invite all to attend a celebration recognizing Harvey Milk at the Universalist Unitarian Church, 125 S. Second St., in Sierra Vista, on May 22 at 7 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Daniel Hernandez, the intern who helped save Gabby Giffords life after the shooting in Tucson. 

Daniel has authored a book entitled, “They Call Me a Hero: A Memoir of My Youth.” He is not promoting his book and will not have any for sale, but if anyone brings a copy, he may have time to sign it. Daniel is now on the Sunnyside school board in Tucson.


Michelle O’Berry is the featured artist for the month of May at the Huachuca Art Gallery at the Mall at Sierra Vista.

Michelle O’Berry was born in New Orleans, La., and lived there until she got married to a U.S.A.F. airman. She has lived in four countries in Europe as well as several states in the U.S. At an early age, she developed a love of art and crafts through her grandparents who encouraged her. She has found time to develop her craft while keeping busy raising four children, her hands are always busy.

Through her years of travel she gained an appreciation for vintage and the Old World style which was seen throughout Europe. She has had no formal training, but has taken classes with several nationally known artist such as Sherry Nelson, Cherri Rol, Mary Gigilisco and Kathie George. She loves painting in a variety of styles and mediums, acrylics, oils and watercolors. Painting is her first love, but in the last few years she has found a love for paper arts, especially with vintage images.

Her artwork has been sold throughout Europe and the U.S. In the last 10 years, she has sold her work at various shows in Sierra Vista. Now that her children are grown up, she is making an effort to learn more and grow as an artist. Michelle also paints furniture, beautiful little tables, boxes and so much more in her very unique style of vintage flower arrangements.

For information call 803-0195. The Gallery is open Monday through Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday noon to 6 p.m.

Clement Scott, well known oil painter, will demonstrate his art at the Huachuca Art Association’s member meeting Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m. The public is invited to attend at the HAA Studio in Hereford, 3818 Astro St., south of Highway 92.

Jewelry maker Lori Kovash is giving another class Sunday, May 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the HAA Studio in Hereford. This time she will instruct and let you practice wire work and beading a necklace and earrings. She will help to create pieces that are individual to you, all supplies are included. The fee is $15, please call 234-5528 to make a reservation.


The Sam•Poe Gallery will be at the Willcox Wine Festival on Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sixteen wineries will be represented and there will be art, live music and food. The gallery will be showing new works.

For information visit willcoxwines.com or www.sampoegallery.com.

The SAMPOE Gallery, 24 Main St., Bisbee, will open a guest artist show by new art paintress Gretchen titled Borderland Dreams on May 25 from 5 to 9 p.m. Refeshments will be served.


The Fifth Annual Art and Music Festival and the 11th Annual Sierra Vista Artists’ Show and Sale are at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church hall, 2750 E. Cardinal Drive, Sierra Vista, on Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

“Sierra Vista Seven Artists” is a local group of artists (started by artist/founder Joan E. Yadusky) which has an annual show of items available for purchase including oil, watercolor, reproductions, bronzes, fired clay, canvas bags, wood carvings and blank cards and more. 

The show features all original and unique items, one of a kind. 

There will be oils, watercolors, reproductions, bronzes, fired clay, canvas bags, wood carvings, blank cards, photos, jewelry and more.

Joan E. Yadusky was the Featured Artist of the Year at the Sierra Vista Mayor’s Art Awards 1996. 

Five of the Sierra Vista Seven Artists have been honored at the Mayor’s Art Awards. 

There will be a musical program at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, at the church with Bill Cassidy and Don VanPalta. 

Admission is free, but a good will offering is requested for the church building fund. A large portion of the sales will be donated to the church.


The Arizona Folklore Preserve will present special concerts in honor of Memorial Day on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26. Featured performers will be Jean Prescott, Michael Grande and Jon Messenger. There will be a special “mystery” guest on Saturday, May 25 only. 

Doors open at 1 p.m., with performances starting at 2 p.m. For reservations, call 378-6165, or email reservations@arizonafolklore.com. Admission is $15 for adults and $6 for children 17 and under.


The “Jim Kidd Show” is showing at the Douglas Art Association. Jim Kidd is the featured artist at the Gallery in the old Douglas Library, 10th St., Douglas. Jim is an outstanding photographer with a carrier of many years. 

After retiring from Naval service he became a freelance photographer selling his work to newspapers, company brochures, travel guides, and magazines like Arizona Highways and National Geographic. His photography has been featured in several coffee table books.

He invited Martha Sprengle to this show in Douglas. She paints in oil and watercolor, and has won many ribbons and “Best of Show” in judged shows, and Vanessa Glaman, a young emerging talent. Glaman paints in acrylic and watercolor in a refreshing modern way. Also invited is Janice Knoles, who does crafts, painted puzzles and plastic canvas.

The artwork of Jim Kidd, Martha Sprengle and Vanessa Glaman can also be seen at the Huachuca Art Gallery at the Mall at Sierra Vista. 

The featured artist for May is Michelle O’Berry. Vanessa Glaman is also the featured artist at the Ethel Berger Center for the month of May.

The Palo Verde Palettes will meet on Saturday, May 25, at 10 a.m. at the Mona Bishop Room in the Sierra Vista Public Library, 2600 E. Tacoma St. They will be creating a mixed media project using Citra-Solv and papers from National Geographic magazines on a wooden frame. The papers will be laid down with a gel medium. The frame openings will be enhanced with embossed metal. 

They invite guests who would like to join them in this project and learn more about the chapter and its various community projects. PVP welcomes new members and guests to join them at any of their activities. For information about the chapter and for participating in this program please call the project contact person, Sandy Jones, 458-1363, or PVP contact person, Amanda Boyles 459-2354. 

The Palo Verde Palettes will be sponsoring a class in Zhostovo painting taught by Linda Komo in June. Zhostovo painting began as a Russian folk painting on metal trays. It is created with very thin layers of paint to create designs of nature such as flowers and fruit. Linda Komo has become certified in all five levels of techniques and will be providing a class that will use techniques in the beginning level.

Members and guests who wish to participate in Linda’s Zhostovo painting should contact program contact person Sandy Jones, at 458-1363, to ensure a spot in the class and arrange for the tools and supplies needed.


The Friends of the Library invite all on Friday, May 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. to an imported beer and wine tasting. The cost is a $5 donation to IBT and the event is at Four Deuces, on 3rd and Allen streets, Tombstone. There wil be snacks and raffles.


On Friday, The Rowdy Johnson Band will be playing at the Arena Bar in Benson for the Brian Terry Memorial Ride, this year honoring Nicholas J. Ivey. 

They will be playing from 7 to 11 p.m. This event is open to the public and is for a great cause to honor our fallen heroes. Money goes to the families, and to provide scholarships for the children of these great men.

On Saturday, May 18, The Rowdy Johnson Band will be playing for Armed Forces Day event in Willcox from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Willcox Community Center at 312 East Stewart Street.


Mikey Bianchino will do his annual concert in the park at Veterans’ Memorial Park on Thursday, May 23, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bring a chair, a picnic basket and come and enjoy.


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