MATFORCE's Jan. 12 Lunch 'n Learn will focus on the newly formed Yavapai Reentry Project. The project is helping adults who are leaving prison and returning to Yavapai County. Programs such as this have proven successful in other areas, with almost a 40 percent reduction in people returning to prison.
The goals of the program include providing referrals to basic services such as housing, employment, education, healthcare, and substance abuse counseling along with building positive community relationships through family members, friends, and volunteers.
The Lunch 'n Learn will also provide information on becoming a Yavapai Reentry Project Community Coach. A Community Coach is a volunteer trained to aid in referrals, emotional support and resource information. No experience is necessary. Free training for coaches will be Feb. 9 in Cottonwood and Feb. 10 in Prescott. You can register for the training at the Lunch 'n Learn or by calling 708-0100.
The Lunch 'n Learn will be Thursday, Jan. 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Board of Supervisors Room, Yavapai County Administration Building, 1015 S. Fair St., Prescott and teleconferenced to the Yavapai County Cottonwood Annex, 10 South 6th St., Cottonwood. It is free and open to the public. Brown-bag lunches are welcome.
For more information, contact MATFORCE at 708-0100 or online at matforce.org.
Assessor to speak on property tax change
Yavapai County Assessor Pam Pearsall will host an informational talk on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Prescott Library in the large room from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
She will offer information regarding property tax, the jobs bill that was recently passed, and the affidavit that will be going out with a future property assessment.
Pearsall will explain the changes in the law and give individual property owners details about how the changes will affect them. She will also address any other questions or issues about property assessment and taxation.
Contact the Assessor's Office in Prescott at 771-3220 or 639-8121 in Cottonwood with questions.
LWV to talk public transportation
The League of Women Voters of Central Yavapai County presents "Let's Talk Public Transportation" at this month's meeting from 9-10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, at Las Fuentes Resort Village, 1035 Scott Drive in Prescott.
Speakers Lindsay Bell, executive director of Territorial Transit, and Christopher Bridges, administrator of the Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization, will give an update on the Regional Transportation Plan, Highway Users Revenue Funds, public transit improvement efforts, and NACOG Voucher program.
MLK Day of Service is Jan. 16
The Annual Day of Service takes place Jan. 16 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. The Yavapai County VISTA Project at Prescott College and Yavapai County AmeriCorps Project at Community Counts encourages local citizens of all ages to volunteer on a number of projects. Kickoff begins with a light breakfast and sign-in from 8:30-9:15 a.m. Monday at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 630 Park Avenue in Prescott. Kickoff celebration runs from 9:15-10 a.m., and projects work from 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
To participate, dress appropriately for the weather and bring a lunch. For a complete list of projects, contact Erika Stone, VISTA Leader and Events coordinator for Serve Yavapai, at (928) 515-4454, or visit email@example.com.
Donate warm items for seniors
High Desert Delivery and the Connors Foundation for Seniors host the first annual Warm and Fuzzy Drive from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Highway 69 Walmart.
The goal is to collect warm item donations, such as blankets, hats, scarves, gloves, robes, slippers and socks to distribute to needy senior citizens of Yavapai County. Sponsors for this event include Alliance Home Care, Hospice Compasses, Angels Care Home and Health, The French Hen, Wolf Radio 96.7 FM, and Walmart Supercenter.
Those unable to make the event may drop off donations during January to Alliance Home Care at 8067 E. Florentine in Prescott Valley.
Free class on seed propagation
The Prescott Valley Community Garden will teach how to plant seedlings in preparation for this season's gardening opportunities. Master Gardener and seed propagation expert, Sandy Lundgren, will demonstrate easy ways to sow seeds; hints on light and temperature needs; different types of soil mixes; watering hints; and tips on potting on and hardening off.
The workshop takes place from 10:30 a.m. - noon on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the new Stepping Stones meeting room 4, 6719 E. 2nd Street, (enter through the Coffee House). Seating is limited to 25 so RSVPs are required. Please call Bonnie at 772-3308 to reserve a place.
Free chamber music concert
Prescott Chamber Players, a non-profit classical music group, present their annual Winter Concert free to the public at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15, at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 630 Park Ave. in Prescott.
The program will consist of music of the classical masters.
The group offers its biannual public concerts free to the public; however, donations are appreciated. The Chamber Players invite the audience to a reception with the musicians at the conclusion of the concert.