The Senior Connection invites seniors and family caregivers to attend our next free educational presentation, "Travel Tips for Seniors - Checking Off Your Bucket List" from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at the American Lutheran Church, 1085 Scott Drive, Prescott. Anita Speed and Noeline Everett of Hometowne Cruise & Tour Center will cover group and single travel options, how to stay safe and healthy while traveling, and how to accomplish your travel dreams before it's too late. This non-commercial presentation is free and open to the public. RSVPs appreciated. For information, email Debbie Stewart at Debbie@SeniorConnection.us, call 778-3747 or visit www.SeniorConnection.us/speakersbureau.html.
Blankets 4 Kids at Kohl's Saturday
"Blankets 4 Kids" will be in front of the Kohl's Department Store in Prescott Valley from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, collecting blankets, hats, scarves and stuffed animals for the needy kids in the quad-city area. Yarn is also needed for the ladies to make hats for the kids. For information, call 541-0483.
ABC's of Medicare free workshop
A free educational workshop on "The ABC's of Medicare" will be from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at the Prescott Public Library, 215 E. Goodwin St., in the Founders Suite B. This workshop is open to all those seeking the basics and the most current information.
Learn how the Medicare alphabet works, your choices and your rights. Learn about the complex enrollment rules that could cost you money. Have your questions answered by a knowledgeable advisor and educator.
Mr. Ernie Bobel Jr., LTCP, MSAA, the principal advisor and educator of EHB Insurance Group in Scottsdale, presents these free workshops quarterly. Bobel has been providing insurance advice and education in the state of Arizona for many years. For information or a schedule of all the quarterly workshops, visit www.ehbinsurancegroup.com or call, toll-free at 877-441-4714.
After school music, drama, dance classes at Volante
Volante Academy of the Arts begins its after school programs in guitar, piano, voice, art drama and dance in the Prescott quad-cities.
For more information, and to register, please call Jan Luke, director, at 772-1218.
Free Class, Back to School with Essential Oils
Protect your Tots to Teens this school year. Free class, 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 8. Call Kara if interested 928-273-2293
Town seeks applicants for Citizen's Academy
The Town is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2013 Citizen's Academy.
The Prescott Valley Citizen's Academy is a program that provides citizens with an in-depth look at municipal government. The academy typically meets on a Tuesday or Wednesday evening for ten weeks during the Winter, Spring or Fall. Each of the Academy's ten interactive sessions are led by representatives from 11 Town departments and five public agencies. The Prescott Valley Citizen's Academy provides an opportunity for citizens, city staff, and elected officials to interact.
There is no fee to participate in the Prescott Valley Citizen's Academy, but it does present a substantial time commitment for participants. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend all ten sessions.
In addition to attending the Prescott Valley Citizen's Academy sessions, participants will be asked to attend one town council or board/commission meeting during the 10 week course. Dinner will be provided during each Citizen's Academy session, so participants need only bring their enthusiasm and questions.
You will learn about your Town's government, how it works, and how it impacts your neighborhood. The Prescott Valley Citizen's Academy is a great opportunity to meet other active Prescott Valley residents, town staff and elected officials.
You will learn about opportunities that encourage more involvement in municipal government. Participants who attend at least eight sessions will receive a diploma and be recognized at a Town Council meeting.
Applications are available online at the Town of Prescott Valley website, www.pvaz.net. Applications should be submitted in person, fax, e-mail, or by mail to the Town Manager's Office at 7501 E. Civic Circle, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314. The fax # is 928-759-3125.
For more information, contact Ryan Judy at 928-759-3104 or email@example.com.
Town seeks a few good instructors
Do you have a talent or skill set that you would like to share with the community? Are you seeking ways to supplement your income? The Town of Prescott Valley's Parks & Recreation Department is accepting program and service proposals from individuals who have a desire to share their experience and talents with the community. If you would like to learn more about becoming a recreational or experiential program instructor please contact the Department at 928-759-3090.
Spend the day in Oatman
Spend the day touring Oatman, Ariz., eating burro ears and watching a high noon gunfight on the main street. Oatman is located on historic Route 66 east of Kingman. Included in this trip are scenic and historic stops on Route 66, lunch in the Oatman Hotel, viewing the world famous high noon gunfight, time to explore the town of Oatman and transportation to and from Prescott Valley.
Trip will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21. Ages 8 and up. Cost of $25 includes lunch and Route 66 museum ticket.Pickup and drop off is at the Prescott Valley Civic Center parking lot. Pre-registration is required. Register online or visit the Prescott Valley Parks & Recreation office located on the 1st floor of the Civic Center at 7501 E. Civic Circle. For more information call 928-759-3090 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free workshop on how to preserve garden harvest
Master Gardener Angie Mazella offers a free lecture on different methods of preserving food from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Prescott Valley Public Library, third floor Crystal Room.
Mazella, a biologist, has been a Master Gardener in Yavapai County for eight years. She hails from New Hampshire where for 15 years she grew her own food, raised her own animals and engaged in sustainable living. She will talk about refrigeration, freezing, cold storage, dehydration, canning and bottling. Participants will receive recipes. For more information, call Bonnie at 928-772-3308.
The Senior Connection invites seniors and family caregivers to attend our next free educational presentation on hearing loss - emotional aspects and treatment options from 12-1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8, at Prescott Valley Christian Church, 7655 E. Long Look Drive.
Tammy Haydon with Miracle Ear and Jack Clevenger with CaptionCall and the Hearing Loss Association of Prescott will explain the emotional impact and personal challenges associated with hearing loss; how to assist those with mild hearing loss; and current treatment options including hearing aids and medical solutions.
RSVPs appreciated to Debbie Stewart at Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or (928) 778-3747.
Chamber, YCCA plan fall Home & Lifestyle Expo
The Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce and Yavapai County Contractors Association are partnering to sponsor the inaugural Yavapai County Home and Lifestyles Expo Sept. 14 and 15 at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley. The weekend event will showcase everything from leisure and travel, to home and family, to health and fitness, to recreation and travel, to business and community.
"YCCA has a very successful Home and Garden show in the spring," Chamber CEO Marnie Uhl said. "I look forward to working with Executive Director Sandy Griffis to create the same quality and energy with this show in the fall."
Exhibitor booths now are available with special show rates for Chamber and YCCA members. Members of any of the county's Chambers are eligible for the special rate. Call Bev at 928-772-8857 to get the best selection now. Blue Cross Blue Shield also is a sponsor of the Yavapai County Home and Lifestyle Expo.
Host an exchange student through ASPECT
Families in Prescott Valley and the surrounding area have the opportunity to become involved in a global cultural exchange through the ASPECT Foundation. Interested families can participate by volunteering to host an ASPECT Foundation international high school student for a semester or academic year.
ASPECT Foundation students have a wide variety of interests and backgrounds but all share the same dream - to experience life with a real American family. These students, who would arrive in August, are aged 15 to 18 and hail from nearly 30 different countries. They are chosen on the basis of maturity, grades, and language ability.
Host families can be married or single, with or without children. Host families are responsible for providing room, board and a loving home environment for the student. In return, host families and exchange students learn about another culture firsthand, and gain a second family for life.
For more information about the ASPECT Foundation, contact Claudia Chavira at 710-7254, the ASPECT Foundation national office at 1-800-US-YOUTH, or visit www.aspectfoundation.org.
Wildfire Relief Fund established
The NYCB Family of Banks - including its AmTrust Division here in Arizona - has established the NYCB 2013 Arizona Wildfire Relief Fund to provide relief to the people affected by the Arizona Wildfires.
Through the NYCB Cares matching program, you can make more of an impact, since NYCB will match your contribution.
The NYCB Family of Banks is coordinating this effort to enable employees and customers to make donations to the natural disaster relief efforts in the USA both easily and effectively, and with twice the benefit. NYCB will be matching the first $25,000 collected. The combination of your donations and our matching contributions can reach as high as $50,000.
All charitable gifts donated to the NYCB 2013 Arizona Wildfire Relief Fund will go directly to The Salvation Army in Arizona. For additional information, call Randy Kern, branch manager at AmTrust Bank, 3027 Dollar Mark Way, Prescott, at 771-8801. You can help by donating at any AmTrust/NYCB branch. To find an AmTrust location in Arizona visit www.NYCBFamily.com.
AARP Safe Driver Class is Aug. 19
AARP Driver Safety Program will be at Alta Vista Senior Community in Prescott, on Monday, Aug. 19, for drivers 50-plus, although drivers of any age are welcome to attend. Focus will be on age-related physical changes, rules of the road and local driving problems. Some insurance companies offer a discount for attending the class.Class size is limited; attendance is by pre-registration by calling 772-6000.
Chino Valley Territorial Days Parade is Aug. 31
The Lions & Lioness Clubs and the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce are putting on their annual Territorial Days Parade for Aug. 31. Staging Area will be at Heritage Middle School at 8 a.m. Pick up an application at the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce, 175 E. Road 2 South - (6236-2493) or call Lee at 636-2626. There is a $15 entrance fee. Also, that morning, The Lion's Pancake Breakfast will be at the Senior Center from 6 to 11 a.m. and craft vendors will be in the Park from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Also a 10K Run will be Saturday morning.
D-H Historical Society to tour Phippen Museum
The Dewey-Humboldt Historical Society will visit the Phippen Western Museum in Prescott on Wednesday, Aug. 14. Members meet at the D-H Historical Museum on Main Street at 9 a.m. to carpool to the museum. Those wanting to meet at the museum should be there at 10 a.m. The museum docents will offer a guided tour of the museum for a special price of $5 per person. RSVP by Aug. 2 by email to Sue at email@example.com or by phone to 928-632-7491. The Phippen Museum is located at 4701 Highway 89 N; phone is 928-778-1385.