This Saturday, Nov. 17, many people will take to the roadways, picking up trash along Highways 69 and 169 in Yavapai County, and other highways and byways across the state in a final quarterly clean-up event. One Arizona Department of Transportation participant in the Adopt-A-Highway program will be out with students, families and volunteers from 9-11 a.m. near the Prescott Country Club on Highway 69.
Volante Academy of the Arts signed up for that one-mile stretch about three or four years ago, said Jan Luke, executive director. She and her volunteers keep on top of picking up litter on both sides of the highway four times a year, she said. The academy is seeking help with the actual trash collection, and also for sponsors who will donate to the academy for every black garbage bag they fill with trash.
Gary Chamberlain, founder and coordinator of the statewide clean-up events, said Adopt-A-Highway groups collected 404 bags of trash on 30 consecutive miles of Highways 260 and 89A on a weekend in November this past year. He encourages every county in Arizona to take part in this year's task, as "we all are winners with a cleaner state." He sets aside four Saturdays a year to promote Adopt-A-Highway clean-up events.
For more information on the clean-up, call Gary Chamberlain at 928-202-1186 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about ADOT participation, call Ombudsman Don Cassano at 602-712-4371.
Salvation Army seeks help with Thanksgiving food
The Salvation Army has begun planning the annual Community Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 22 and needs help getting some of the food items for the dinner. The Salvation Army can plan better if it receives the food items by Nov. 16.
The group needs 30 turkeys, 200 cans of green beans, 60 boxes stuffing, 100 cans black olives, 50 boxes instant mashed potatoes, 150 cans jellied cranberry sauce, 12 bottles Ranch dressing, 50 pounds carrots, 50 bunches celery, 30 pounds onions, 20 family size packages M&M candies, 15 family size packages raisins, and 15 family size cans of peanuts.
Sack lunches are given out after the Thanksgiving meal to anyone in need of a meal for the evening. Items needed for the sack lunches include: 60 pounds each of sliced turkey and sliced deli ham, 40 pounds sliced American cheese, 300 snack size bags chips, and 300 Capri Sun drink boxes.
Donors can drop off items at The Salvation Army, 237 S. Montezuma St. in Prescott, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. For more information, call 778-0150.
Donors to CASA Center eligible for tax credits
People who donate to the Meals-on-Wheels program at the Central Arizona Seniors Association Center now qualify for tax credits from the state, CASA Director Betty Robinson announced Thursday.
The Working Poor Tax Credit would amount to a dollar-for-dollar match for up to $200 for individual income tax filers and double that amount for a couple filing jointly, Robinson said.
The Arizona Department of Revenue approved CASA for the tax credit program effective with 2012 tax returns, she added. A Department of Revenue spokeswoman corroborated her account.
CASA qualified for the tax credit because at least 50 percent of its budget serves people who have low or moderate incomes, Robinson said. CASA has an annual budget of about $500,000.
CASA serves about 120 meals on weekdays at its center at 9360 Manzanita Circle or to home-bound seniors through the Meals-on-Wheels program, Robinson said. Some CASA clients receive home-delivered meals seven days a week.
Robinson, who has worked at CASA since 1999, said the center has accepted donations since its start in 1982.
"The reason we had not been qualified before is we were not asking people for enough information" about their personal finances, Robinson said.
For more information, go to www.azdor.gov/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=bCY0OeFUN1Q%3d&tabid=133 on the Department of Revenue's website.
PV seeks 'cultured' volunteer
The Town of Prescott Valley is accepting applications from town residents to fill one position on the Arts and Culture Commission with a term expiration date of June 30, 2015.
This commission serves in an advisory capacity to the town council on matters pertaining to the visual and performing arts and culture within Prescott Valley. This is a volunteer position by appointment of the council, requiring some experience and knowledge of the arts and culture. Those appointed must reside within the town limits.
Applications are available at the Civic Center, 7501 E. Civic Circle, 4th Floor, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Applications are accepted until the position is filled.
PV Chamber hosts 'Shred Event'
Start the New Year right by getting rid of old papers and documents at the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce's Shred Event on Friday, Nov. 16. Sir Speedy will have its shredding truck in the chamber's parking lot, 3001 N. Main St., from 12 to 3 p.m. For chamber members the first box is free. Each additional box is $5 with $1 going to the Yavapai Food Bank. Donations of food also will be accepted and the Yavapai Food Bank will have representatives on site. This event is not limited to business documents, people are encouraged to bring in personal records and documents for shredding, too. Shredding is the easiest way to keep sensitive business and personal information from getting into the wrong hands. For more information call the Chamber at 772-8857.
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 928-899-8680 or visit www.arizonaoptimists.com.
Political candidates reminded to remove signs
PHOENIX (AP) - Political candidates and campaigns statewide are being reminded to pick up their signs and either store them away for another election cycle or properly dispose of them.
Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett says local municipalities have various ordinances outlining the rules and regulations regarding campaign signs and many communities have instituted special recycling programs.
He says campaigns should contact their local government to find locations for sign disposal.
Applications are currently be accepting for the 2013 University of Arizona Master Gardener Volunteer Training, to take place in Prescott, Wednesday mornings, Jan. 30 to May 15. The course provides research-based information on basic botany, soils, fruit tree care, planting, staking, pruning, ornamental trees and shrubs, water/irrigation, wildlife in the garden, insects, integrated pest management, vegetables, turf care, natural resources, plant diseases, pesticide safety, forest health, and fire-wise landscaping. Applications and details are available at http://extension.arizona.edu/yavapai/master-gardener-program or call your closest Cooperative Extension office, Camp Verde 554-8990, Prescott 445-6590 ext. 221. Applications must be postmarked by Dec. 1. A maximum of 40 applicants can be accommodated.