The Phippen Museum will have a very special ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Prescott Chamber of Commerce to formally announce the opening of their newly expanded facilities at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13. Featuring the Kiwanis Classroom, a multipurpose classroom, the Pearl Room, a Western research library and boardroom, a newly installed elevator and additional gallery space, the expanded facilities will now allow the museum to run concurrent shows, offer a wider variety of artwork for the public to enjoy and host additional art activities, conversations and workshops.
These improvements not only enhance the museum's ability to educate, enlighten and entertain, but they also establish the Phippen Museum as a world class art destination; a place where Western art and heritage combine to provide visitors with a comprehensive experience and genuine feel for the great American West.
This special event is open to the public and will include free admission to the museum between 1 and 4 p.m.
The Phippen Museum is located at 4701 Highway 89N, Prescott. For additional information on this or any other museum event, call 778-1385, or visit www.phippenartmuseum.org.
Soroptimists extend deadline for cash awards
The Soroptimist International of Central Yavapai Sunrise is looking for nominations for eligible women in need of financial aid to help support themselves and family while attending an educational or vocational program.
The group has extended the deadline for nominations to Saturday, Dec. 15. The minimum award is $1,000. Application materials are available at www.sicentralyavapai sunrise.com. For more information, call 928-775-5296.
Shop for bargains, help United Animal Friends
Bargain hunters have an opportunity wrap up holiday shopping and help United Animal Friends (UAF) at the same time. UAF is participating in the annual Last-Minute Non-Profit Stocking-Stuffer Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Prescott Activity Center, 824 E. Gurley St.
UAF is offering special new one-of-a-kind gifts and baked items just in time for Christmas. All are handmade here in the Prescott area. Shoppers will find hand-knit scarves, unique tote bags, pouches and purses, Christmas items, 2013 UAF calendars, animal-themed pillows, dog bandanas, and many other unique presents.
Admission is free. UAF is one of more than 50 nonprofit organizations participating this year. To learn of more upcoming UAF events and programs visit www.UnitedAnimalFriends.org.
Polar Bear Splash coming Jan. 5
Experience the "Thrill of the Chill" at the 8th annual Polar Bear Splash on Saturday, Jan. 5, at Mountain Valley Splash. Plan on spending a fun filled morning taking part in some awesome events such as ice cream eating competitions, crowning of the Ice Princess (hairy men only), the duck slide, snow sledding (weather permitting) and more. The Backburner Grill will provide a pancake breakfast. Gates are open from 10 a.m. to noon with the big plunge at 11:45 a.m. for those Polar Bears that are 18 years of age and older and brave enough to enter the icy waters. The pool is cool and so are the prizes! For more information, contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 759-3090.
Early childcare training begins in February
Yavapai College, in conjunction with Arizona Department of Economic Security, will conduct a no-cost intensive introductory course, titled "Early Child Care Professional Training." The class will meet on the Prescott Campus, 1100 E. Sheldon St., Building 19 Room 209, in Prescott. The class meets Fridays and Saturdays beginning Feb. 1 through March 2, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The 60-hour course is designed for those interested in pursuing careers working in child-care centers, pre-schools, Head Start programs or in-home child care. The 10 modules cover pertinent topics, such as child development, appropriate learning environments, nutrition/menu planning and early reading and math activities to encourage skill development.
Seating is limited to 20 participants, and pre-registration is strongly recommended. Register online using CRN 17084 (spring 2013), call toll free 1-866-219-1021 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
MATFORCE youth art contest
MATFORCE invites area youth to enter the "Say No to Underage Drinking" Youth Art Contest with cash prizes. Winning entries will be used as pizza box toppers during the month of February 2013. Participating pizza stores will be attaching the winning flyers to the top of their pizza boxes helping raise awareness about underage drinking risks.
The contest will be judged in four age categories, including ages 5 to 18. Winners will be announced by Jan. 16, 2013. Winners in each category will receive a $100 Target gift card.
Contest deadline is 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20. For contest guidelines visit the MATFORCE website at matforce.org. You may also contact MATFORCE by phone at 708-0100 or by email at email@example.com.
Optimist Club sponsors essay contest for students
The Optimist Club of Yavapai County encourages local students to write an essay on the topic "How Can I Help My Friends Realize Their Value" as part of the Optimist International Essay Contest for 2013. The essay must be between 700-800 words and the deadline is Feb. 28, 2013. The top three area winners will receive local club awards and the winning essay will be sent to the Arizona district level where the top winner will receive a $2,500 college scholarship.
The Optimist Club of Yavapai County became active in the community this year, and recently held its first fundraiser, a haircut-a-thon, raising $500 for Turning Point, Yavapai County's youth crisis center and shelter.
Carrying the motto "Bringing Out the Best in Kids," Optimists International conduct positive service projects that reach more than six million young people each year. To learn more about the Optimist Club of Yavapai County, please call Michael Whiting at 899-8680 or visit www.arizonaoptimists.com.
Guidance Clinic seeks tax credit donations
Arizona Charitable Tax Credit Law allows taxpayers to earn up to $400 for married couples or $200 for singles by donating to qualified nonprofit organizations. West Yavapai Guidance Clinic, Inc. is one of those. This is a state credit opportunity, not just a deduction. You can take advantage of the State School Tax Credit too; you do not have to do one or the other. If you paid more in State Tax last year than you needed to, you might have been able to trim that bill and help a local nonprofit. West Yavapai Guidance Clinic provides critical mental health, crisis and addiction services. The deadline to make this donation and take the credit for this year is Dec. 31. To learn more, call the Clinic at 445-5211, ext 3615, or go to the Arizona Department of Revenue website at www.azdor.gov.
AmeriCorps has 6 positions available
The Yavapai County AmeriCorps Project (YCAP), a project of Community Counts, welcomes its new team of 12 AmeriCorps members. In Arizona alone, over 300 AmeriCorps members work with non-profit organizations and public agencies to help meet critical community needs.
Yavapai County AmeriCorps Project is currently recruiting for six additional AmeriCorps positions to serve with organizations in Prescott and the Verde Valley. For more information about these positions, visit CommunityCountsAZ.org. If interested in becoming an AmeriCorps member, send a cover letter and resume to estone@CommunityCountsAZ.org.