Free winter break events at D-H Library
The Dewey-Humboldt Town Library will show Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 27, on the library's huge 90-inch screen. Snacks are provided, but everyone is welcome to bring their own as well as a pillow.
The library also will have special Afternoon Games sessions from 2-3:45 p.m. on Wednesdays, Dec. 26 and Jan. 2. Come play board games like Sorry!, Uno, Dominoes, Candy Land, Parcheesi, Checkers, Chess, Connect 4, Scrabble, Monopoly Junior, and more. Plus, the library will have the Wii Games out to play Super Mario Bros., Wii Sports Resort, Mario Karts, Just Dance 3, Mario Sports Mix, and more. Bring in your Wii games from home.
For more information, call 928-632-5049.
Sponsors offer safe rides during holiday
KPPV 106.7 FM "The Mix" along with Hensley Beverage Co. and local businesses will team-up again this holiday season with their "Do The Ride Thing" program. The annual safe-ride program offers free taxi rides home to those who wish to drink at local establishments participating in the program in the Prescott area.
From 5 p.m. Christmas Eve through 6 a.m. New Year's Day All City Kokopelli Transport will be providing free cab rides to those who request it from their server; one ride per person to their home only. Hensley Beverage Co., Bucky's and Yavapai Casinos, Tim's Auto Group, Cable One, Prescott Newspapers Inc. and KPPV will pick up the tab.
Since its inception in 1989, the program has helped thousands of people get home safely during the holidays making the roads in the tri-city area safer for all travelers.
Sponsors of "Do The Ride Thing" include KPPV 106.7 FM, Hensley Beverage Co., All City Kokopelli Transport, Bucky's and Yavapai Casinos, Tim's Auto Group, Cable One and Prescott Newspapers, Inc.
Do the Ride Thing is endorsed by all local law enforcement agencies.
Last chance to save $400 on 2012 taxes
Gifts made online by 11:59 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, can qualify donors to receive up to $400 off their Arizona State taxes. Gifts to Catholic Charities qualify for the state's charitable tax credit: up to $400 for married, filing jointly; and up to $200 for single filers. See a tax advisor for details. Learn more at CatholicCharitiesAZ.org/taxcredit.
Quilt Guild to show sewn items
Members of the Lonesome Valley Quilt Guild will show off their special quilts or other sewn items, from 7-9 p.m. on Monday, Jan.14, at the Mountain View Church of God, 8123 E. Manley Drive (Hwy. 69; 2 miles N on Robert Road), Prescott Valley. Everyone is welcome.
The meeting is free with free refreshments. For information call Mary at 928-632-8760.
Blue Star Mothers to meet
Yavapai County Blue Star Mothers meets at 6 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the Quailwood Community Clubhouse, 12725 E. Bradshaw Mountain Road, Dewey.Blue Star Mothers is a group supporting our troops, helping veterans and the community to honor and remember the Gold Star community.
Group seeks men who can sing
Prescott Center for the Arts PCA Singers are looking for a few good men who can sing. If you are interested, please call the director of the PCA Singers, Mary Ann Dutton, at 928-776-8992. The first rehearsal is Jan. 8, 2013.
Discount clinic for pet vaccinations
Bradshaw Mountain Animal Hospital will conduct its annual vaccination clinic for all routine vaccinations from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m on Jan. 26, 2013.
Vaccinations will be given on a first come first serve basis. The clinic is busy so a 30 - 60 minute wait should be expected. Pets must be on leash or in a carrier for their safety.
In celebration of BMAH's 15th year serving Prescott Valley and the surrounding areas, all vaccines will be priced ast $15 plus the vaccine clinic fee of $5 per pet (Bring 5 cans of non-perishable "human" food per pet for local charity and the clinic fee will be waived).
Available vaccines are Rabies; DHPP (Canine Distemper Parvo Combo); Bordetella (Canine Kennel Cough); FVRCPC (Feline Distemper Upper Respiratory Combo); and FeLV (Feline Leukemia).
Microchip your pet with Home Again for $30.
For more information call 928-772-7775 or visit www.bmahonline.com.
College, DES offer child care training
Yavapai College, in conjunction with Arizona Department of Economic Security, will conduct a no-cost intensive introductory course, titled "Early Child Care Professional Training." The class will meet on the Prescott Campus, 1100 E. Sheldon St., Building 19 Room 209, in Prescott. The class meets Fridays and Saturdays beginning Feb. 1 through March 2, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The 60-hour course is designed for those interested in pursuing careers working in child-care centers, pre-schools, Head Start programs or in-home child care. The 10 modules cover pertinent topics, such as child development, appropriate learning environments, nutrition/menu planning and early reading and math activities to encourage skill development.
Seating is limited to 20 participants, and pre-registration is strongly recommended. Register online using CRN 17084 (spring 2013), call toll free 1-866-219-1021 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Awarded to Yavapai College in 1999, the training enables participants to enter the workforce by providing high-quality childcare and education in their communities. The grant provides for up to 15, 60-hour workshops in twelve counties in Arizona each year. Upon completion, students can earn three college credits.
NACOG seeking Ombudsman volunteers
"I'm all alone, no one comes to visit me. I'm so lonely!" "I'm worried about my roommate. She's not eating." "I'm tired and want to go to bed but no one will help me." These are some concerns expressed by residents in Long Term Care facilities to ombudsmen volunteers at the Area Agency on Aging, Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG).
The Ombudsman acts as an advocate for residents in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Homes and Centers. Ombudsmen are dedicated to protecting the rights and privileges of residents in these facilities, and help to achieve the best possible quality of life for the residents. The ombudsman helps resolve complaints on issues concerning residents' rights, dignity and choices in everyday life. The Ombudsman can help the residents resolve a variety of complaints such as poor food, roommate problems, lack of activities, boredom, possible lack of cleanliness in the facility, possible lack of care such as: inadequate clothing, neglected physical needs of the resident, health care deficiencies and lack of dietary needs.
The Ombudsman also acts as an educator, informing residents about their rights, responsibilities and resources available to them. The Ombudsman informs families, friends and the community about the program and the rights of residents in long term care facilities. The ombudsman may act as a mediator, troubleshooting issues between a resident and a variety of others, such as staff, family or other agencies.
The Volunteer Ombudsman is the foundation of the program. Volunteers are trained in the communities where the facilities are located. Volunteers are often more able to visit residents on a weekly basis and get to know them well in their community. Residents who have concerns feel comfortable talking to the volunteer because of the relationship that they build.
The Area Agency on Aging - NACOG is seeking individuals interested in volunteering for the Ombudsman program in Sedona, Cottonwood, Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley. If you are a good listener, enjoy people, and want to contribute to a senior's quality of life in a long term care facility, please contact Barbara Andre at 928-649-3763 (email email@example.com) or toll free 1-877-521-3500 or Bruce Reed at 928-776-7871 (email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Free mulch available
Mulch is available to the public at no charge at the Prescott Transfer Station on 2800 Sundog Ranch Road, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
"People may not be thinking about their gardens when there's snow on the ground," said Richard Tyree, Solid Waste Field Operations Supervisor. "Spreading mulch over sprinkler heads is an easy way to keep them from freezing and it serves as fertilizer as well." He added that mulch also works well for landscaping and erosion control.
For more information contact the Transfer Station at 928-777-1116.