People Who Care will have a volunteer information and orientation meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 505 W. Gurley St., Prescott United Methodist Church campus. For information, call 445-2480, email Peoplewhocareaz@gmail.com or visit www.peoplewhocareaz.com.
Prescription Meds and the Older Adult
The Senior Connection invites seniors and family caregivers to attend the next free educational presentation, "Prescription Meds & the Older Adult" from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 1202 Green Lane in Prescott.
Terri Roza, MC, LPC with West Yavapai Guidance Clinic, will explain how prescription drugs help and sometimes hinder our quality of life. She'll cover prescription drug interactions; prescription drugs and alcohol; physiological risks older adults face when taking prescription drugs; accidental suicide/death; how to dispose of expired drugs.
This non-commercial presentation is open to the public. RSVPs appreciated. For information, email Debbie Stewart at Debbie@SeniorConnection.us, call 778-3747 or visit www.SeniorConnection.us/speakersbureau.html.
Keeping Your Balance As You Age
The Senior Connection invites Seniors and Family Caregivers to attend "Keeping Your Balance As You Age - A Balanced Approach to Prevent Falling" on Thursday, August 29 from 12-1 p.m.
Learn about the three biological mechanisms for maintaining balance and positional sense, and 10 ways to safeguard against falls. The myths of aging will be dispelled, and the reality of laws that govern your health revealed. Dr. Andy Nelson will demonstrate exercises to improve balance, and will offer a Fall Risk Assessment for improved stability.
Location: Prescott Christian Church, 501 South Senator Highway. This non-commercial presentation is free and open to the public. RSVPs appreciated to Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or 778-3747. For a complete schedule, visit www.seniorconnection.us/SpeakersBureau.html.
Neighborhood healing crusade: prayer for the sick
The public is invited to a neighborhood healing crusade at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 23, at the corner of Hoffman and Ackland in Prescott Valley. Prayer for the sick, including illnesses and injuries of all kinds. "...they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover. " Mark 16:18
Hospice benefit bike run Saturday
The Jackass Bar and Grill will host a hospice benefit/bike run starting at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24. Bike run starts at 10:30.
Food, silent auction, raffles, and bands start at 2 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Hospice of the Pines and Hope and Care Foundation. Come out to support a great cause.
Visit 4 mines with D-H Historical Society trip
The Dewey-Humboldt Historical Society travels to the Chaparral Gulch area to explore four mines on Saturday, Aug. 24, under the direction of Kevin Leonard.
High-clearance or 4-wheel-drive vehicles are needed for this free trip; carpooling is encouraged. People should meet at the D-H Historical Museum at the top of Main Street, Humboldt, at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday.
Bring lunch, water, sunscreen, hat, flashlight and a camera. For this trip, Leonard also suggests bringing rubber boots, waders, or an extra pair of old sneakers. There is a half-mile walk to one mine.
For more information, call Kevin Leonard at 713-2769.
Food and Medicine Workshop
Exploring the forest in the summer is often the perfect time to gather and dry flowers, stems and roots for your own medicine bag. The Desert Awareness Committee offers "A Highlands Harvest for Food and Medicine" workshop with Diane Vaszily on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Highlands Center for Natural History, 1375 S. Walker Road, Prescott. This workshop highlights the forest pharmacy and grocery store that surrounds us.
Diane will expand on her popular medicinal plants' demonstration this year to include lots of information on edible plants. Many regionally native plants contain nutrients that make them healthy food choices as well as medicines. She will demonstrate techniques for gathering and preparing Prickly Pear fruits (tunas), Mesquite beans, Mormon Tea and Jojoba nuts. In addition, participants can sample the results.
Pre-registration is required for this workshop at 776-9550. Tuition is $20 for Highlands Center members and $25 for nonmembers.
Skull Valley Loop Challenge road ride
Prescott Alternative Transportation (PAT) will host the annual "Skull Valley Loop Challenge" at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 15. This fun event is a 54-mile charity road ride that starts at Goodwin and Montezuma and loops through Skull Valley, Kirkland Junction, Wilhoit, then back to Prescott.
The event is known for the high number of repeat participants who enjoy the climate, vistas, camaraderie, and the challenge of over 4,800 feet of elevation gain. There is still time to register for the event right up until the morning of the ride. PAT expects to attract 250 riders to the Prescott area this year.
If you are a business owner and would like to see your logo on the event t-shirt, contact Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org. To volunteer for this event email email@example.com.
To sign up for the ride and for more information, visit http://www.prescottbikeped.org or call the PAT office at 708-0911. Registration forms will also be available at local bike shops.
Vendors wanted for Craft Fair
Orchard Ranch Senior RV Resort is seeking outside vendors to sell handmade items at the Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. Orchard Ranch is located at 11250 E. Highway 69 in Dewey. For information, call the activity director at 772-8266.
Become a home-based childcare provider
Become a home-based childcare provider and receive cash reimbursement for meals served to children in your care. Children First serves Gila, Maricopa, Pinal, Yavapai and Coconino Counties and announces the sponsorship of the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Contact Children First today at 928-978-2151 or visit online at www.childrenfirstcacfp.org.
'Bombproof Your Horse' at second weekend clinic
Arizona Mounted Officers Training Association (M.O.T.A.) will conduct a horsemanship clinic Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7 and 8, at the Arizona Agribusiness and Equine Center, 7500 Civic Circle in Prescott Valley. Instructors are local trainer Toah Hatch and certified mounted officers. Basic Mounted Sensory training is Saturday and Intermediate Mounted Sensory training is Sunday.
For more information, contact Ted Noël III at 602-885-0811, Jill Clark at 480-298-8777 or visit www.AZMountedOfficers.com.
NACOG Conference on Aging is Oct. 10
NACOG's Area Agency on Aging 22nd annual Elder Issues Conference is on Oct. 10, in Flagstaff at the High Country Conference Center. This is an opportunity to network and learn with peers in your field, listen to renowned speakers, and renew your dedication for helping seniors and persons with disabilities.
More than a dozen sessions during the day provide information on policy affecting older adults, developing an art environment for people living with dementia, self-management tools to promote caregiver health, cognitive fitness program and much more. Creating Caring Communities: Positive Changes, Positive Choices will feature a separate track titled Caring for Ourselves as We Care for Others. Sessions will include tai chi, chair yoga, massages and more. For information to register for the conference, call 1-877-521-3500 or visit the conference website at www.regonline.com/nacog_aaa_conference_2013. Early bird registration ends Sept. 18. For sponsorship and exhibit information for your agency or organization, check out the website.