Burning Desire to Feed the Hungry
The 15th annual Burning Desire to Feed the Hungry food drive takes place from noon Friday, Dec. 9, to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Prescott Valley Safeway.
Help fill the shelves of the Yavapai Food Bank through the holidays and after them.
Gold Star Mothers lay Wreaths Across America
Gold Star Mothers of Arizona organized the Wreaths Across America program for the Prescott National Cemetery, off Hwy 69 in Prescott. A ceremony will take place at the cemetery at 10 a.m. on Dec. 10. The Gold Star Mothers are seeking volunteers to help place the 684 donated wreaths starting at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9. They thank all who donated this year. The number was a great increase over 2010, when people donated 266 wreaths.
Shop with a Cop
The 14th annual quad city Shop with a Cop takes place Saturday, Dec. 10. Numerous local law enforcement agencies will meet with about 85 children, ages 7-12, at the Glassford Hill Middle School in Prescott Valley and caravan to the Prescott Walmart on Gail Gardner Way, official vehicle lights flashing and sirens wailing. They will greet Santa as he arrives by Native American helicopter, enjoy breakfast, and then the children choose necessary items and Christmas gifts for themselves and their families. This year's organizer, Prescott Police Sgt. Georgia Davies, said the program welcomes donations. Mark any donation for Shop with a Cop, and drop off or send in to Prescott Police Department, 222 S. Marina St., Prescott, AZ 86303. For more information call Sgt. Davies at 928-777-1962.
Toys for Tots
The local campaign for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity staffed by volunteers, is underway through Dec. 18. The charity collects new, unwrapped toys to give at Christmas to underprivileged children from newborn to age 12. All toys collected in the area stay in the area, and every one is distributed. The Copper State Detachment of the Marine Corps League oversees the local campaign.
Collection locations in Prescott Valley are: Prescott Valley Barber Shop; Olivas Mexican Food; Sally B's Café; Bank of America;Compass Bank; Arizona Credit Union; Lake Valley Elementary School; Albertsons; Little Caesar's Pizza; Safeway; Adams Pizza & Wings; CVS Pharmacy; Colt Cleaners; Walgreens; Auto Spa; Jackass Lounge; KidZAAM Dentistry; PV Chiropractic; Prescott Valley Signs; Fire Station on Yavapai Rd; Wells Fargo Bank; Prescott Valley Public Library; Pronghorn Ranch Clubhouse; Buffalo Wild Wings; Roberts Market; Grayson House; Giovanni's Restaurant; Footework Co.; Moose Lodge; Elks Lodge; Auto Works; StoneRidge Clubhouse; Blue Bird Café; Sam's Club; Garcia's Restaurant; L&P Barber Shop; in Dewey-Humboldt: Blue Hills Café.
Charities for toy request or toy pick-up are, in Prescott Valley: Stepping Stones, Trinity Lutheran Church; in Mayer: Mayer Recreation Center.
Gingerbread Village in Prescott
The world's largest "Gingerbread Village" is open 24/7 at the Prescott Resort, Hwy 69 in Prescott. Call 776-1666.
12th annual Valley of Lights open
Prescott Valley's 1-mile drive-through holiday display, Valley of Lights, is open through Dec. 30. The more than one million lights in 48 static and animated displays at Fain Park will be available for viewing from 6-10 p.m. Admission is free; donations are appreciated.
Downtown holiday lights go on
Every evening through Dec. 31, downtown Prescott Valley's Entertainment District will be lit up with holiday lights, and the Tree of Joy and Song will play every half hour.
Lions Christmas tree lot open
The Prescott Valley Early Bird Lions Christmas tree lot is open in the Tim's Toyota Center parking lot, corner of Florentine and Glassford Hill Roads in Prescott Valley. Hours are Monday through Friday, 3 -8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. The trees include Noble, Douglas and Grand firs. Prices vary by tree size. Proceeds go back into the community through Lions programs, especially eyeglasses and exams for those who can't afford them.
Worldwide Candlelight service at Trinity
For the fifth straight year, Trinity Lutheran Church in Prescott Valley is hosting The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candlelight service, at 7 p.m. on Dec. 11. The annual event on the second Sunday of December provides comfort for people, no matter the church denomination or faith, who have suffered the death of a child of any age. All attendees are encouraged to bring a framed picture or memento of your child to display. After the service, gather for fellowship, share memories, view photos and enjoy refreshments. Candles burn for one hour. Believed to be the largest mass candle lighting in the world, the unity of the candles will create a virtual 24-hour wave of light as it moves from time zone to time zone. The church is at 3950 N. Valorie Drive. Call 772-8845.
Wednesday Evening Advent Services will be at Trinity Lutheran Church at 4:30 p.m. (Liturgical) and 6:30 p.m. (Praise) on Dec. 7 and 14 with a free will offering dinner at 5:30. Pastor Tim Blau's theme "The Light of Christmas" will carry through the season. A special Hanukkah Presentation by Jews for Jesus will be Dec. 14 at both services. Trinity is at 3950 N Valorie Dr, Prescott Valley, call 772-8845.
Last-Minute Non-Profit Stocking-Stuffer Bazaar
The annual Last-Minute Bazaar will occur from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Prescott Activity Center, 824 East Gurley, Prescott. More than 50 nonprofits will offer high quality, low-cost gifts, crafts, baked goods, raffle chances and more. Santa will be there from 12-2 p.m. with free gifts for children accompanied by an adult. Free admission. Information: www.stocking-stuffer-bazaar.com or (928) 778-3747.
PV Library activities
Children are welcome to join the Prescott Valley Public Library staff in the second floor Children's Area anytime Dec. 20-23 during regular library hours for seasonal do-it-yourself make-and-take crafts. All supplies are provided.
Winter break game fun takes place during regular library hours Dec. 27-31. Puzzles, Scrabble, Dominoes, Jumbling Towers, Memory Match, Snakes and Ladders, card games, and more will be available. The Prescott Valley Public Library is at 7501 E. Civic Circle. For more information, call Prescott Valley Library Children's Department at 928-759-3044, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas worship services
Trinity Lutheran Church will conduct Dec. 24 Christmas Eve services: 4:30 p.m. liturgical worship, and 6:30 p.m. praise service. Christmas Day follows the regular schedule of worship service, 8 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. The church is at 3950 N. Valorie Drive, Prescott Valley.