A free presentation called Making the Most of It takes place at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, at CASA (Central Arizona Seniors Association), 9360 Manzanita Circle in Prescott Valley. Dale Morgan, bereavement coordinator of Hospice Compassus, will talk about dealing with life's little annoyances and enjoying oneself anyway. For more information, call Hospice Compassus at 775-0103.
MATFORCE hosts Lunch 'n Learn on synthetic drugs
A panel will make a presentation on "Synthetic Drugs: The Fight Against Poison in our Community" at the MATFORCE Lunch 'n Learn on from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27.
The Yavapai County Attorney's Office will discuss the challenges and accomplishments in keeping these dangerous drugs out of our community in recent months, said Jeanne Wellins, spokeswoman for MATFORCE.
Legal details of the restraining order issued that bans synthetic drugs in Yavapai County and the devastating health consequences synthetic drug users face will be discussed, Wellins said.
The Lunch 'n Learn will take place at the Board of Supervisors Room in the Yavapai County Administration Building at 1015 S. Fair St. in Prescott and teleconferenced to the Yavapai County Cottonwood Annex at 10 South 6th St. in Cottonwood.
The presentation is free and open to the public. Brown-bag lunches are welcome.
For more information, call MATFORCE at 928-708-0100 or go online to matforce.org.
Classic Car Show at Grayson House Saturday
Grayson House invites the public to stroll down memory lane at its Classic Car Show from noon-3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29. The senior living community at 7509 E. Long Look Drive will have live entertainment, food, fun and prize drawings.
For more information, call 928-772-3690.
Explore the Bradshaws with Kevin Leonard
As part of the Border to Border Trails and Tales hiking series, guest speaker and author, Kevin Leonard will highlight, with a slideshow, his experiences on horseback exploring the Bradshaw Mountains, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, in the Prescott Valley Public Library auditorium. The free 45-minute talk includes stories about outlaws, Old Apache strongholds, abandoned mines and ancient dwellings in some of America's most rugged country.
Benefit luncheon for St. Jude Children's Hospital
The third annual Benefit Luncheon for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital takes place from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the American Legion Post 78 in Humboldt. Sponsored by Margaret Davis, lunch includes beefy bean burritos, chips, salsa, queso dip, desserts and iced tea for a $7 donation. Live music provided by Karmann & Kompany, and door prizes. This past year, the luncheon raised $750 for St. Jude's. For more information, call 928-632-5110.
Plan now to help a child at Christmas
Catholic Charities Community Services is asking the community to help with Christmas Spirit. Last year, with the community's generosity, Catholic Charities was able to bring joy to 209 girls and boys from 84 vulnerable families in Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley.
The organization needs sponsors for children in need. Sponsors can be businesses, individuals, or community, church or youth groups.
Christmas Spirit sponsors provide gifts up to a maximum value of $50 per child. Catholic Charities is accepting sponsors through Nov. 1 to allow enough time to match with families in need and to deliver gifts by Christmas.
Catholic Charities Community Services helps people of all faiths, backgrounds and abilities.
Those interested in becoming a Christmas Spirit can contact Sandy Bobbitt at Catholic Charities, 928-848-6559 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) or email@example.com.
Help to declutter your home
The Senior Connection invites seniors and caregivers to attend a free presentation called "Decluttering One's Home" from 10:30 am. to noon on Thursday, Oct. 4, at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 1202 Green Lane in Prescott.
Barbara Kult, senior move manager and owner of In Your Space Consulting, LLC takes a light-hearted approach to a serious issue.
Sponsored by the Senior Connection, this non-commercial, educational presentation is free and open to the public. RSVPs requested to Debbie Stewart at Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or 928-778-3747. For a complete schedule of upcoming presentations, visit www.SeniorConnection.us.
Halloween event at Tim's Toyota Center
The Arizona Business League is sponsoring the first annual Halloween Candy Massacre from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31, in the Tim's Toyota Center parking lot in Prescott Valley.
Despite the name, the free event is a safe trick-or-treating opportunity where local businesses hand out candy to children, who are welcome to come in costume.
In addition to the decorated candy booths, league members will offer a Haunted House, set up in a trailer from Moyer's Heating and Cooling. Freedom Station will offer attractions on site, as well.
Businesses do not have to be an ABL member to participate in the free event. Just bring plenty of candy and a table to decorate.
The local Lions Club sponsored a similar event for several years, but this year, opted not to sponsor one, according to ABL member Jody Pariseau.
"We're just trying to get this community event going again," she said.
For more information call Jody at 928-499-9928.
Local Soroptimists looking to honor work of women
Three Soroptimist organizations in the quad-cities are accepting nominations for three awards given to local women for their work in the community.
The Violet Richardson Award honors a young woman (age 14-17) for her volunteer efforts to make a difference in the lives of women and girls. The Women's Opportunity Award honors a woman who has the main financial responsibility for herself and her dependents, is attending or has been accepted to college or a vocational skills program, and is making a difference in her future and that of her family through education. The Ruby Award honors a woman who has improved the lives of women and girls through her professional or personal life within the past two years.
Nomination forms are due Dec. 15, and are found online. Soroptimist International Central Yavapai Sunrise (www.sicentralyavapaisunrise.com) is open to membership from the quad-cities and meets virtually by teleconferencing once a month and face-to-face once a month. Soroptimist International of Prescott Valley (www.soroptimistinternationalofprescottvalley.org) meets at Stoneridge Country Clubhouse the first and third Tuesday of each month from 12-1 p.m. The Soroptimist International of Prescott (www.siprescott.org) meet on the first and third Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in the Palace Dining Room, 120 S. Montezuma in Prescott.
Gold Star Mothers seek donations for wreaths
Once again, Arizona Gold Star Mothers seeks donations to Wreaths Across America to decorate the Prescott National Cemetery for the holidays.
The local wreath ceremony takes place at 10 a.m. in Prescott on National Wreaths Across America Day, Saturday, Dec. 15.
Each wreath is a tax deductible donation of $15. Checks need to be mailed before Nov. 20, 2012, and can be made payable to: Wreaths Across America, and include Group ID: AZPGJC01 and Cemetery ID: AZPNCP. Mail to: Jasmine Crowl, 7351 E. Grandview Dr., Prescott Valley, AZ 86314.
Or visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org, online and specify donation to go to the Prescott National Cemetery in Arizona.
For more information, email fundraising coordinator for AZ Gold Star Mothers Jasmine Crowl at: firstname.lastname@example.org.