Parents, dignitaries to meet today about school funding
Parents and interested citizens from Tri-District schools will meet at 6:30 p.m. today with area business and political leaders to kick off their efforts to support local school funding measures on November's ballot. This assembly will be at Mile High Middle School, 300 S. Granite St. in Prescott.
The Tri-District school communities, along with Northern Arizona Interfaith Council, will work to pass override and bond issues for Prescott Unified School District, Humboldt Unified School District, and Chino Valley Unified School District. Together these districts serve nearly 13,000 students.
Special guests include Secretary of State Ken Bennett, State Representative Karen Fann, Steve Rutherford of Rutherford Investments and Chairman of the Prescott Valley Commercial Development Group, John Markham of Cobham Aerospace, along with representatives from local school governing boards and city councils.
At this assembly, the Tri-District Schools will announce their voter education drive and Get-Out-the-Vote strategies to build support for schools and economic development for the tri-cities.
Demystifying Medicare - Making Sense of Options workshop Thursday
The Senior Connection invites seniors and family caregivers to attend the next free educational presentation, Demystifying Medicare - Making Sense of the Options from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 26, at the American Lutheran Church (lower level), 1085 Scott Drive (off Ruth Street, near Prescott High School).
Lupe Aguilera, Brown & Brown Insurance, will help make sense of the current coverage options, and discuss how the new Affordable Care Act might affect Medicare. This non-commercial presentation is open to the public.
RSVPs appreciated. Info: Debbie Stewart at Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or (928) 778-3747 or visit www.SeniorConnection.us/speakersbureau.html.
Wells Fargo offers student financial information Saturday
Wells Fargo today announced it will host a Student Financial Education Day at all of its Arizona banking locations on Saturday, Sept. 21.
The purpose of the event is to help educate students and their parents about the importance of building a strong financial foundation at a young age.
Students and their parents can stop by any Wells Fargo location on Saturday to talk one-on-one with a banker about money management, establishing credit, planning and paying for college, renter's insurance or other topics that can help them prepare for their financial future. They can also receive a complimentary financial review.
Forest Service offers fee-free day Saturday
The U.S. Forest Service is offering a fee-free day on Sept. 28 in conjunction with the 20th annual National Public Lands Day, the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. As part of this nationwide event fees will be waived at the following sites:
Lynx Lake Recreation Area: North Shore, South Shore and Lynx Creek Ruin.
Granite Basin Recreation Area: Cayuse and Wekuvde.
Thumb Butte Recreation Area.
Alto Pit OHV Recreation Area: Day Use Site.
Mingus Day Use.
Mingus Lake Day Use.
For information on other events going on in Arizona visit the National Public Lands Day web site at http://www.publiclands
Mt. View Baptist to host Gospel concert Sunday
Mountain View Baptist church will host a Gospel Music concert with "Dave Wilburn & Son" from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29. The Wilburns are winners of Album of the Year award and Hall of Fame inductees in 2012 by the National Traditional Country Music Assn. Inc.
Everyone is invited to come and spend the evening. Refreshments will follow. Admission is free but a love offering will be gratefully accepted.
Mountain View Baptist Church is located at 395 Pony Place, Dewey. Take Highway 69 to Kachina, turn west to Pony Place then to the church. For more information call Pastor Ed at 928-632-5787.
Fall music, drama, dance classes at Volante
Volante Academy of the Arts offers Fall programs in guitar, piano, voice, art, drama and dance in the Prescott quad-cities. For more information, and to register, please call Jan Luke, director, at 928-772-1218.
Help to Declutter your Home Oct. 3
The Senior Connection invites seniors and family caregivers to attend the free educational presentation, De-cluttering One's Home on Thursday, Oct. 3, from noon to 1 p.m. 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. Barbara will discuss: How "Stuffed" Are You?; Why do we "Supersize"?; Finding what is Just Right for you; Is Your Home a Haven or a Trap?; and Setting Goals, Achieving Them, and Maintaining Your Sense of Humor (yes, it IS possible!).
This non-commercial presentation is free and open to the public. RSVPs appreciated to Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or 778-3747. Visit www.SeniorConnection.us/speakersbureau.html for a complete list.
Free Fall Fun Fest is Oct. 5
The 4th annual free Fall Fun Fest is 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 7763 E. Long Look Drive in Prescott Valley.
There will be live music, children's karaoke, soccer demo, games, crafts, bingo, cakewalk, prizes, face painting and a jump house. The U.S. Forest Service will be there with Smokey the Bear. LifeLine Ambulance, Native Air Helicopter and Central Yavapai Fire Department will be there, along with the Prescott Valley Police Departments K-9 Unit, Patrol Car and Motorcycle. For additional information, call 772-4135 or visit www.emmanuellutheranpv.org.
D-H Library to continue Thursday book sales
The Dewey-Humboldt Library continues its every Thursday used book sale from1-5 p.m.
Gift quality hardbacks are only $1, paperbacks are 25 cents. The library is located at 2735 Corral Street and the book sale is in the lower level. New books are added weekly.
Saving lives with drug recognition Training
Spotting the warning signs of drug use is a vital tool in reducing health risks, addiction, crime and even accidental death.
MATFORCE offers a free Drug Recognition Training to help professionals, educators, caregivers, employers or parents recognize the physical and emotional signs of drug use.
This valuable and interactive training includes a description of the types of drugs that are being abused today, the physical signs of their use and the serious health risks.
Det. James Tobin, of the Prescott Valley Police Department, will lead the training. Tobin is a trained Drug Recognition Expert.
The training will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the Prevent Child Abuse Arizona, Malouff Community Room, located at 3298 Bob Drive in Prescott Valley.
Please register by Oct. 2 by calling MATFORCE at 928-708-0100 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elder Issues Conference 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 include tai chi, chair yoga, massages and more.
For information or to register for the conference, call 1-877-521-3500 or visit the conference website at www.regonline.com/nacog_aaa_conference_2013. For sponsorship and exhibit information for your agency or organization, visit the website.
Learn about the Working Poor Tax Credit
To learn how the Working Poor Tax Credit can benefit taxpayers, the public is invited to a seminar by Richard L. Joliet from 7:30-8:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 3, at Step One Coffee House Meeting Room 3, 6719 E. 2nd Street, Prescott Valley. Pre-registration is not necessary for the free seminar.
Some of the other topics include: what every taxpayer needs to know; public and private school tax credits; and Top 10 qualified charities.
Joliet is a registered CPA with 26 years' experience in public and industry accounting.
Red Cross offers sports safety training
The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter has training and resources available for people to learn how to treat sports injuries and handle emergencies.
Every 25 seconds, a child is hurt playing sports, and more than 1 million emergency room visits are made each year due to sports-related injuries. Safe Kids Worldwide reports that sports injuries account for about 20 percent of all injury-related emergency room visits among young people.
"Coaches, athletes and spectators should know how to prevent and respond to sports injuries, such as strains and sprains, fractures, cuts and concussions," said Chelly McDougal, the Service Delivery Manager for the Grand Canyon Chapter's Preparedness, Health and Safety Services division.
"Heat can be hazardous to anyone exercising or playing outdoors this time of the year. People should avoid scheduling workouts and exercise during the hottest times of the day," she said.
The Red Cross has resources for those involved in sports and recreational activities:
First Aid, Health and Safety for Coaches is an online program. Developed with the National Federation of State High School Associations, the course covers first aid, including breathing emergencies and injuries to muscles, bones and joints. Sign up at www.redcross.org/takeaclass.
Family First Aid and CPR is another online program. Participants learn how to treat cardiac, breathing and first aid emergencies until help arrives. Sign up at www.redcross.org/takeaclass.
The Red Cross first aid app is free, and it's for iPhone and Android devices. The app gives users instant access to information on how to handle the most common first aid situations, and it includes videos and interactive quizzes. Download the app at www.redcross.org/mobileapps.
Artists Studio Tour is Oct. 4-6
The 6th Annual Prescott Area Artists' Studio Tour, October 4, 5, and 6 provides a unique opportunity to see masters demonstrate their skill in a wide range of artistic techniques including wheel-thrown and hand-built ceramics, woodworking, painting, jewelry making, mixed media, sculpture, fiber art and glass.
This free, self-guided tour features more than 39 participating artists each day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 26 locations in Prescott and Chino Valley, some at their own studios while some are joining with other artists at host studios. Additional non-juried artists will be working at 'Mountain Artists Guild', the 'Prescott Center for the Arts' and 'Textiles and Textures'.
Brochures with maps are available at Mountain Artists Guild Gallery, where work by each of the tour's juried artists will be on display. Mountain Artists Guild Gallery is located at 228 N. Alarcon Street in Prescott. For more information call the Guild at 928-445-2510 or visit www.prescottstudiotour.com where there is an interactive map with printable directions from your location.
Tickets on sale for zoo benefit
Tickets are now on sale for Taste of the Wild at Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary on Sunday, Oct. 6 from 3 to 7 p.m. Local restaurants, wineries and breweries will be offering tastings from their menus. There will be entertainment by Karmann and Kompany, silent and live auctions, behind the scene's visits with the animals and much more.
Tickets are $75 per person and must be purchased in advance. This is an adult event.
All proceeds from this event support the animals and programs at Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary.
For more information on Taste of the Wild, visit www.heritageparkzoo.org. To purchase tickets, please call 778-4242 or stop by Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary.
This event is presented by the Harold James Family Trust.
Free 6-week series on living with vision loss
People Who Care will offer a six- week course to help individuals better understand their vision loss. The course offers current solutions and supports that may allow increased participation and independence in daily living. Topics include Understanding Medical Conditions of the Eye, Overview of the Emotional Impact of Vision Loss, Diet and Nutrition, Assistive Devices, Introduction to Low Vision Aids, and Mobility in the Community. All classes are presented by members of the local community who are associated with vision management.
This free program is sponsored two times a year by People Who Care with partial funding from the Yavapai County Community Foundation. The current series will be from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays, Oct. 17 through Nov. 21 at the Prescott United Methodist Church. Registration is required and seating is limited. With advance notice, transportation can be provided through People Who Care. Please call 928-445-2480 for registration and additional information.