Blue Christmas event helps those who are grieving
Each year, some people are grieving, lonely, feeling hopeless and dreading the approach of the Christmas season. They have no heart for the cheer and the anticipation and the excitement.
Prescott Valley UMC will be having a "Blue Christmas" service for friends, family and community to provide an embracing light around the hearts of those who are grieving at 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14 at the Prescott Valley United Methodist Church, 8944 E. Sommer Dr.
This will be a very casual service, all are welcome and come as you are. Refreshments following. For more information call 928-772-6366.
Stocking Stuffer Bazaar Saturday
Last-Minute Non-Profit Stocking-Stuffer Bazaar will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Prescott Activity Center, 824 E. Gurley. More than 50 nonprofits will offer high quality, low-cost gifts, crafts, baked goods, raffle chances and more. Santa will be there from noon to 2 p.m. with free gifts for children accompanied by an adult. Get your last-minute gifts while supporting the organizations that do so much for our communities. Admission is free. For additional information, call 778-3747 or visit www.stocking-stuffer-bazaar.com.
Pronghorn Ranch Craft Show Dec. 15
The first annual Pronghorn Ranch Community Craft Sale takes place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Pronghorn Ranch Clubhouse, 7051 N. Antelope Meadows, Prescott Valley (off Highway 89A and Viewpoint).
Crafts include unique items perfect for holiday gifts, such as handcrafted jewelry, pottery, woodwork, framed artwork, kitchenware, quilts, rustic shabby chic items, and baked goods. Bring a donation to Toys for Tots or Yavapai Food Bank and receive a raffle ticket for vendor items. Free admission, free parking.
For more information, call 775-4625 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jazz Society Birthday/Christmas party is Dec. 16
Prescott Jazz Society conducts Milt's Annual Birthday/Christmas Celebration at the Hassayampa Inn on Marina St., Prescott, at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16. Tickets are $45. Call 928-237-7908 before Dec. 1 to reserve $38 V. I. P.
Valley of Lights open through Dec. 30
The 13th annual Valley of Lights at Fain Park will remain open from 6-10 p.m. through Dec. 30. Millions of lights comprise dozens of displays - both stationary and animated.
Call Bev at the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce, 772-8857, for more information on sponsorships and volunteer opportunities.
Help foster children with gifts
Yavapai CASA for Kids, Inc. is asking for the public's help in purchasing holiday gifts for foster care children. About 380 children are under the care of the Yavapai County Juvenile Court due to abuse, neglect, or both, as well as another 60 youth ages 18-21 who previously were wards of the court.
Christmas trees in several locations contain suggested gift items: Albertson's, 7450 E. Highway 69; Country Bank, 3044 Glassford Hill Road; Granville Community Center, 5643 Granville Parkway; and Yavapai County Health Department, 3212 Windsong Dr. Donors can bring an appropriate gift, unwrapped, back to any of the tree locations by Dec. 15.
To learn more about CASA for Kids, please visit www.YavapaiCASA forKids.org.
Prescott Valley School blanket drive
The Prescott Valley School's Youth Chamber Service Club is sponsoring The Blanket Project. It runs through Dec. 19. The youth are collecting new and gently used blankets for the Yavapai Food Bank and the Open Door charity. Donations may be dropped off at the high school, 9500 Lorna Lane, off Mendecino and Highway 69, in Prescott Valley. Also, blankets may be brought to the Arizona Sundogs merchandise stores before Dec. 19. Any questions, please call 928-772-8744.
Marine Reserves collect Toys for Tots
The U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity created in 1991 to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute the toys as Christmas gifts to underserved children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. Toys that are collected in the area, stay in the area.
The campaign will run through Dec. 19.
In Prescott Valley, people can drop off toys at: Prescott Valley Barber Shop, Sally B's Café, Bank of America, Compass Bank, Arizona Credit Union, Albertsons, Safeway, CVS Pharmacy, Colt Cleaners, Walgreens, Jackass Lounge, PV Chiropractic, Fire Station on Yavapai Road, Prescott Valley Library, Pronghorn Ranch Clubhouse, Buffalo Wild Wings, Roberts Marke, Grayson House, Giovanni's Restaurant, Foot Work Co., Moose Lodge, Elks Lodge, Stoneridge Clubhouse, Blue Bird Café, L&P Barber Shop, PV Cycle Zone Marine & Auto, Scrubs 4 Less, Sleep America, A Yogi's Center-Varoopa Yoga.
In Dewey-Humboldt, drop off at the Blue Hills Café. Charities for toy request and pick-up:Prescott Valley Trinity Lutheran Church, 3950 Valorie Drive (928-775-0260/928-273-5272), St. Vincent de Paul, 928-533-6840: Russ Dodge Foundation in Dewey, Arizona Dept. of Highway, 928-848-1566.
Tree disposal opens Dec. 21 in PV
The Town of Prescott Valley offers recycling of cut Christmas trees to residents beginning Friday, Dec. 21. Residents can place cut trees into a specialty dumpster located in the south parking lot in Mountain Valley Park off of E. Nace Lane.
The Town asks that residents remove all nails, stands, lights and decorations from their trees before placing them into the dumpster. Artificial trees, wreathes, yard debris and household waste are not permitted in this dumpster.
The disposal dumpster is open dawn - 10 p.m. daily until Friday, Jan. 7 for all Prescott Valley residents at no charge. For more information, call the PV Parks and Recreation Dept. at 759-3090.
CCJ Open Door Christmas to help families
CCJ's Open Door Family Christmas, a project sponsored by the Coalition for Compassion and Justice to assist low-income families from the greater quad-city area, will be from Dec. 19-21 at 505 W. Gurley St. Last December, CCJ distributed gifts to more than 980 children.
The last day for families seeking holiday assistance to sign up for Open Door's annual Family Christmas gift distribution is Dec. 17.
Those seeking appointments to see Santa and receive gifts should visit Open Door no later than Dec. 17, at 505 W. Gurley St., Prescott. Bring one form of ID for each child. Gifts will be distributed Dec. 19-21 at the same location. For further information or to contribute, contact Diane Iverson at email@example.com or 776-0353.
The Coalition for Compassion and Justice (CCJ) is a poverty-relief nonprofit serving Prescott, whose mission is to provide vital services, education and advocacy for those living in poverty, leading to self-sufficiency and a fair and just community for all.
For more information about CCJ, visit www.yavapaiccj.org.
Lights and singing tree at ED
Prescott Valley Entertainment District Christmas tree lights and singing tree will be on display nightly through Christmas.