Seniors, Family Caregivers and Senior Resource Providers are invited to the Senior Resources Conference and Expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20 in Prescott. The event is sponsored by the Senior Connection, whose goal is to connect Seniors and Family Caregivers with the products, services, and support they need.
Presentations by local experts will begin at the top of each hour on some of the most sensitive issues relating to the challenges of being a Senior or Caregiver. The schedule is as follows: 10 a.m. - "Compassionate Communication With Your Loved Ones" by Leigh Downing, CMC; 11 a.m. - "Resiliency in Aging - Practical Tips & Training" by Sam Downing, MD; Noon - "Frank Funeral Facts - Taking the Fear Out of Funeral Planning" by Kathie Reis, Pre-Arrangement Specialist; 1 p.m.-"What is a Fiduciary & Why Would I Need One?" by Carla M. Jones, Fiduciary; 2 p.m. - "In-Home Care - Easing Caregiver Stress" by Marsha Douglas & Wade Cunningham. Come for the whole day, or just for topics that interest you.
In addition, more than 60 local Senior Resource Providers will provide free information about their products and services. These include commercial, nonprofit and government companies and organizations.
"There are a lot of resources available locally. However, it can be difficult to know where to begin and how to find them," said Debbie Stewart, CEO of the Senior Connection. "Oftentimes, people don't even know what questions to ask. My goal is to help people find the support they need, and for them to realize they are not alone - help is available. The Conference & Expo is a convenient way to obtain information and answers to your questions, all in one central location."
The event will be in the Yavapai College Gymnasium, 1100 East Sheldon in Prescott. Admission is free and attendees may stay for all or part of the day, as their schedule allows.
For an event flier or more information about the Senior Connection, including the Online Resource Directory and Caregiver Connection Newsletter, visit www.SeniorConnection.us or call Debbie Stewart at 928-778-3747.
StandDown for vets is today, Thursday
Prescott StandDown is taking place for the eighth year, but this time it's an overnight event for homeless and at-risk veterans and it's in Prescott Valley. Between 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, and 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19, organizers expect 350 veterans to stop by or stay at Tim's Toyota Center, 3201 N. Main Street to learn about a plethora of services and benefits.
For more information, or to register for the event, visit: www.arizonastanddown.org, or contact Alyssa.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Veterans should bring a copy of DD-214 for faster registration.
Bronzesmith Open House to feature Bil Keane bronze
Bronzesmith Fine Art Foundry and Gallery will be having an Open House featuring the making of the monument "Giddy-up Daddy," from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Sept. 19. This statue honors the late Bil Keane who created the iconic comic strip "Family Circus." Guests will see some of the castings of "Giddy-up Daddy" poured into bronze and have the opportunity to meet sons Jeff and Glenn Keane. The monument will be cast from 16 separate molds and welded together to create the statue. The memorial dedication of the sculpture is planned for November 8 at the Scottsdale railroad park.
Youth Chamber Blood Drive is Saturday
The Prescott Valley School Youth Chamber Club is sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive on Friday, Sept. 20. The drive runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the PVS campus, 9500 Lorna Lane, off Mendecino, in Prescott Valley. All community residents, age 16 and over, are invited. Each blood donation saves up to three lives. Call 772-8744 for more information or to sign up.
Arizona EquiFest is Saturday, Sunday
The 11th annual Arizona EquiFest, featuring the largest tack swap in northern Arizona and more than 50 vendors showing and/or selling farm animal-related products, is Friday, Sept. 20 and Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds, 840 Rodeo Drive.
EquiFest offers everything from horse and sheep herding demonstrations to a trailer race and police dog demo.
There are activities in the Main Arena, the Clinicians Arena, the Indoor Education Center, the Outdoor Education Center, and the tack swap in the Mackin Building.
Vendor booths (crafts, clothing, jewelry, food and supplies), shopping and concessions will be available throughout the event. Proceeds collected at the vendor booths will benefit Yavapai Food Bank.
For additional information, visit http://olsensgrain.com/Equifest/Equifest.html.
Saturday dinner to benefit New Horizons
The New Horizons Disability Empowerment Center, formerly New Horizons Independent Living Center, is hosting a fundraiser dinner and dance, September in Sicily, at 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, at StoneRidge in Prescott Valley. The event will feature a plated Italian dinner, silent auction, and music by Freddie Duran Tres, "Popular music with a Southwest twist." Tickets are $50 per person or $450 for a table of 10. Proceeds will go toward programs and services for people with disabilities. For reservations, call Deborah at 928-772-1266.
Historical Society to meet Saturday
The Prescott Valley Historical Society will meet at 9:30 a.m., Sat. Sept. 21, in the Town's library auditorium. Genealogist Sharon Atkins will be the speaker.
Eastern Star sale is Saturday
The Order of the Eastern Star is having a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20 and 21, at 4379 W. Sauter Drive in Prescott Valley. All kinds of household items and some furniture will be on sale.
Demystifying Medicare - Making Sense of Options
The Senior Connection invites Seniors and Family Caregivers to attend the next free educational presentation, "Demystifying Medicare - Making Sense of the Options" from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 26 at the American Lutheran Church (lower level), 1085 Scott Drive (off Ruth Street, near Prescott High School).
Lupe Aguilera, Brown & Brown Insurance, will help make sense of the current coverage options, and discuss how the new Affordable Care Act might affect Medicare. This non-commercial presentation is open to the public. RSVPs appreciated. Info: Debbie Stewart at Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or (928) 778-3747 or visit www.SeniorConnection.us/speakersbureau.html.
Mt. View Baptist to host Gospel concert
Mountain View Baptist church will host a Gospel Music concert with "Dave Wilburn & Son" from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29. The Wilburns are winners of "Album of the Year" award and "Hall of Fame" inductees in 2012 by the National Traditional Country Music Assn. Inc.
Everyone is invited to come and spend the evening. Refreshments will follow. Admission is free but a love offering will be gratefully accepted.
Mountain View Baptist Church is located at 395 Pony Place, Dewey. Take Highway 69 to Kachina, turn west to Pony Place then to the church. For more information call Pastor Ed at 928-632-5787.
D-H Library to continue Thursday book sales
The Dewey-Humboldt Library continues its every Thursday used book sale from1-5 p.m. beginning in June.
Gift quality hardbacks are only $1, paperbacks are 25 cents. The library is located at 2735 Corral Street and the book sale is in the lower level. New books are added weekly.
Saving lives with drug recognition training
Spotting the warning signs of drug use is a vital tool in reducing health risks, addiction, crime and even accidental death.
MATFORCE is offering a free Drug Recognition Training to help professionals, educators, caregivers, employers or parents recognize the physical and emotional signs of drug use.
This valuable and interactive training includes a description of the types of drugs that are being abused today, the physical signs of their use and the serious health risks.
Det. James Tobin, of the Prescott Valley Police Department, will lead the training. Tobin is a trained Drug Recognition Expert. The training will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the Prevent Child Abuse Arizona, Malouff Community Room, located at 3298 Bob Drive in Prescott Valley.
Please register by October 2 by calling MATFORCE at 928-708-0100 or by email at email@example.com.
Learn about the Working Poor Tax Credit
To learn how the Working Poor Tax Credit can benefit taxpayers, the public is invited to a seminar by Richard L. Joliet, from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 3, at Step One Coffee House Meeting Room 3, 6719 E. 2nd Street, Prescott Valley. Pre-registration is not necessary for the free seminar.
Some of the other topics include: what every taxpayer needs to know; public and private school tax credits; and Top 10 qualified charities.
Joliet is a registered CPA with 26 years' experience in public and industry accounting.
Red Cross offers sports safety training
The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter has training and resources available for people to learn how to treat sports injuries and handle emergencies.
Every 25 seconds, a child is hurt playing sports, and more than 1 million emergency room visits are made each year due to sports-related injuries. Safe Kids Worldwide reports that sports injuries account for about 20 percent of all injury-related emergency room visits among young people.
"Coaches, athletes and spectators should know how to prevent and respond to sports injuries, such as strains and sprains, fractures, cuts and concussions," said Chelly McDougal, the Service Delivery Manager for the Grand Canyon Chapter's Preparedness, Health and Safety Services division.
"Heat can be hazardous to anyone exercising or playing outdoors this time of the year. People should avoid scheduling workouts and exercise during the hottest times of the day," she said.
The Red Cross has resources for those involved in sports and recreational activities:
First Aid, Health and Safety for Coaches is an online program. Developed with the National Federation of State High School Associations, the course covers first aid, including breathing emergencies and injuries to muscles, bones and joints. Sign up at www.redcross.org/takeaclass.
Family First Aid and CPR is another online program. Participants learn how to treat cardiac, breathing and first aid emergencies until help arrives. Sign up at www.redcross.org/takeaclass.
The Red Cross first aid app is free, and it's for iPhone and Android devices. The app gives users instant access to information on how to handle the most common first aid situations, and it includes videos and interactive quizzes. Download the app at www.redcross.org/mobileapps.
Tickets on sale for zoo benefit
Tickets are now on sale for Taste of the Wild at Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary on Sunday, Oct. 6 from 3 to 7 p.m. Local restaurants, wineries and breweries will be offering tastings from their menus. There will be entertainment by Karmann and Kompany, silent and live auctions, behind the scene's visits with the animals and much more.
Tickets are $75 per person and must be purchased in advance. This is an adult event.
All proceeds from this event support the animals and programs at Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary.
For more information on Taste of the Wild, visit www.heritageparkzoo.org. To purchase tickets, please call 778-4242 or stop by Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary.
This event is presented by the Harold James Family Trust.