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|Blankets 4 Kids to supply warm fuzzies this Saturday|
|Blankets 4 Kids supplies warm fuzzies in the form of blankets, hats, scarves and stuffed animals to children in need. The organization will conduct its annual Blankathon at St. Germaine's Catholic Church in Prescott Valley from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 24, handing out blankets and gifts to all children who stop by, ages newborn up to 18. |
Little ones receive a blanket wrapped around a stuffed toy, and older children receive hats and scarves with a blanket. No proof of need is necessary. Director Ron Campbell said Blankets 4 Kids already has given out 3,000 blankets this year, and has a good inventory because of summer donations.
They again will distribute blankets at Yavapai Food Bank, from Dec. 18-21.
Campbell said they gave out 1,000 blankets at the food bank this past year, and expect to do even more this season.
"The worse the economy is, the more blankets we give out," Campbell said.
For more information, visit www.blankets4kids.org or call 928-541-0483.
Valley of Lights opens Thursday
The 13th annual Valley of Lights opens Thanksgiving evening at Fain Park, and will remain open from 6-10 p.m. through Dec. 30. Millions of lights comprise dozens of displays - both stationary and animated.
Call Bev at the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce, 772-8857, for more information on sponsorships and volunteer opportunities.
Clothe-A-Child seeks donations
The Yavapai County Shrine Club is hosting its annual "Clothe-A-Child" program in December, by clothing hundreds of less fortunate children over the past 20-plus years. This can only be accomplished through the generous donations of local businesses and individuals. School nurses from Mayer to Prescott identify needy children 5-10 years old. Please send donations to Yavapai County Shrine Club "Clothe-A-Child Program," P.O. Box 10623, Prescott, AZ 86304. Consider helping a child have a Christmas they may not otherwise have. For more information, call 778-1977.
Help foster children with gifts
Yavapai CASA for Kids, Inc. is asking for the public's help in purchasing holiday gifts for foster care children. About 380 children are under the care of the Yavapai County Juvenile Court due to abuse, neglect, or both, as well as another 60 youth ages 18-21 who previously were wards of the court.
Christmas trees will be up in several locations by Nov. 27 with cards with suggested gift items: Albertson's, 7450 E. Highway 69; Country Bank, 3044 Glassford Hill Road; Granville Community Center, 5643 Granville Parkway; and Yavapai County Health Department, 3212 Windsong Dr. Donors can bring an appropriate gift, unwrapped, back to any of the tree locations by Dec. 15.
Yavapai CASA for Kids, Inc., a non-profit organization, will give the gifts to Court Appointed Special Advocates, Child Protective Services, and foster families so children will receive the donations on Christmas.
To learn more about CASA for Kids, please visit www.YavapaiCASA forKids.org.
Create-A-Tree looking for creative decorators
The 11th annual Create-A-Tree exhibit at the Prescott Valley Public Library and Civic Center is a showcase available to promote groups, schools, organizations and businesses by decorating an indoor "tree" for display that will complement the outside lighting display. In past years participants made trees of ladders, umbrellas, paint cans, record albums, metal and hair curlers.
Participants may find and submit an application at the town's website, www.pvaz.net, by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29. There is no entry fee for participation but space is limited.
Quilt Guild potluck is Dec. 3
The Lonesome Valley Quilt Guild will have its annual potluck Christmas party and food collection for the Yavapai Food Bank at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at the Mountain Valley Church of God, 8123 E. Manley Drive in Prescott Valley. Bring a dish to share to serve six and non-perishable canned foods for the Yavapai Food Bank. For additional information, call Mary at 632-8760.
Pronghorn Ranch Craft Show Dec. 15
The first annual Pronghorn Ranch Community Craft Sale takes place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Pronghorn Ranch Clubhouse, 7051 N. Antelope Meadows, Prescott Valley (off Highway 89A and Viewpoint).
Crafts include unique items perfect for holiday gifts, such as handcrafted jewelry, pottery, woodwork, framed artwork, kitchenware, quilts, rustic shabby chic items, and baked goods. Bring a donation to Toys for Tots or Yavapai Food Bank and receive a raffle ticket for vendor items. Free admission, free parking. For more information, call 775-4625 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PV Festival of Lights is Dec. 7
Prescott Valley's annual Holiday Festival of Lights takes place Friday, Dec. 7, at the Prescott Valley Civic Center. Sponsors are the Town of Prescott Valley and the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Liberty Traditional School Chamber Singers will offer festive music from 5-5:30 p.m., followed by Mayor Harvey Skoog's welcome, and Children's Storytime from Chamber CEO Marnie Uhl at 5:40 p.m. Lighting happens at 5:50 p.m., and the Night Light parade starts at 6 p.m. Visit with Santa inside the Civic Center at 6:30 p.m., along with Create-A-Tree viewing at the Prescott Valley Public Library.
Parade entry fee, due by Dec. 3, is $25. Call Bev at 772-8857.
Marine Reserves collect Toys for Tots
The U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity created in 1991 to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute the toys as Christmas gifts to underserved children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. Toys that are collected in the area, stay in the area.
The Copper State Detachment of the Marine Corps League again is supporting the campaign in the Quad City area. The campaign will run through Dec. 19.
In Prescott Valley, people can drop off toys at: Prescott Valley Barber Shop, Sally B's Café, Bank of America, Compass Bank, Arizona Credit Union, Albertsons, Safeway, CVS Pharmacy, Colt Cleaners, Walgreens, Jackass Lounge, PV Chiropractic, Fire Station on Yavapai Rd, Prescott Valley Library, Pronghorn Ranch Clubhouse, Buffalo Wild Wings, Roberts Marke, Grayson House, Giovanni's Restaurant, Foot Work Co., Moose Lodge, Elks Lodge, Stoneridge Clubhouse, Blue Bird Café, L&P Barber Shop, PV Cycle Zone Marine & Auto, Scrubs 4 Less, Sleep America, A Yogi's Center-Varoopa Yoga.
In Dewey-Humboldt, drop off at the Blue Hills Café. Charities for toy request and pick-up:Prescott Valley Trinity Lutheran Church, 3950 Valorie Drive (928-775-0260/928-273-5272), St. Vincent de Paul, 928-533-6840: Russ Dodge Foundation in Dewey, Arizona Dept. of Highway, 928-848-1566.