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1/29/2014 8:49:00 AM
Briefs: January 29, 2014
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Blankets 4 Kids at Kohl's

Blankets 4 Kids is at Kohl's on the first Saturday of every month.

This week right before the Super Bowl, people have a chance to "score a touchdown for the Quad-Cities' less fortunate children by donating a blanket between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., on Feb. 1. Inventory is low after the holidays, but it's still winter, and the organization continues to hand out blankets with stuffed toys, knitted caps and more.

Carl Allen at Blue Rose Saturday

Carl Allen performs at 7 p.m. this Saturday at the Blue Rose Heritage and Culture Center, 7200 Second Street, Prescott Valley. Allen is a singer-songwriter who specializes in Woody Guthrie and Kingston Trio songs.

For more information, call 928-227-2737 or email jodydrake@cableone.net.

College Fair at Library Friday

The Prescott Valley Public Library invites high school and college students, parents, and anyone interested in pursuing a degree to its College Fair from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31.

Participants may collect information about potential colleges, and talk with representatives of colleges around the state.

For more information, call the library at 928-759-3040.

Learn about GED process

Earning a General Educational Development diploma can give students a path into college. Learn more about GED from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5, in the Children's Story Room of the Prescott Valley Public Library.

For more information, call 928-759-3042.

College Financial aid info tonight

The Prescott Valley Public Library invites parents and students ages 12-18 to attend "FAFSA 2014" from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29, in the third floor Crystal Room, to learn the ins and outs of financial aid for prospective college students.

The Office of Federal Student Aid provides grants, loans, and work-study funds for college or career school through Free Application for Federal Student Aid in the amount of $150 billion each year. Come learn more about the federal student aid programs and the process for applying for and receiving aid from those programs.

For more information, call PV Library Teen Librarian Jolanta Feliciano at 928-759-3042 or email her at jfeliciano@pvaz.net.

Win prizes with short stories

Students are welcome to enter the 2014 Student Short Story Contest through the Prescott Valley Public Library and win gift certificates and new books.

Students may enter one story, typewritten and printed on 8.5x11-inch paper, by March 15. Drop off the story to the Teen Librarian. For more information, call Jolanta Feliciano, 928-759-3042.

Central AZ Blue Star Moms fundraiser at Chili's Feb.11

With each flyer presented between 4 and 9 p.m., on Tuesday, Feb. 11, Chili's restaurant will donate 15 percent of event day sales to Central AZ Blue Star Moms, to go to the U.S. military and veterans.

Chili's is at 7281 Pav Way, Prescott Valley. Phone is 928-775-6918.

Print an event flyer from the Facebook page: Central AZ3 Blue Star Moms Give Back Night @ Chili's, or mention Blue Star Moms at the door to President Doreen Berggren.

'Death by Dessert'

Lonesome Valley Playhouse will be performing Death by Dessert, a murder mystery, two weekends beginning on Valentine's Day.

The show focuses on two feuding Italian families who operate restaurants right next door to each other. When the landlord is found dead, it is up to the audience to help catch the killer!

February performance dates are: 14, 15, 21 & 22 at 7 p.m. and 15, 16 & 22 at 2:30 p.m.

A full Italian dinner will be served during the evening performances while a dessert buffet will be served on the 15 & 22 at 2:30. The performance on Feb. 16 will be show-only.

All performances will be at the Prescott Valley United Methodist Church, 8944 E. Sommer Drive. Tickets are on sale now. Call Clyde for more information at 928-583-4684.

Meaning of life with IONS

The Dewey-Humboldt IONS Community Group (Institute of Noetic Science) meets at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the D-H Town Library in Humboldt.

The Meaning of Life Lectures continues with Lecture 16: Zhuangzi on Daoism, Impermanence and Harmony, which includes themes on spontaneity and the suspicion of logic, and ridicule of the Confucian emphasis on ritual, propriety, and rigid relationships.

As experienced last month, these lectures are finding participants in that space of humility and awareness of place in the larger picture of things. Recent meetings have attracted between 12-18 participants. Visit www.noetic.org to learn more.

Comedy couple at Pinerock

Pinerock Camp and Retreat Center, 1400 Pine Drive, Prescott, presents the comedy of Barnes and Miner at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17.

The married comedy team of Amy Barnes and Jerry Miner take on everything from eHarmony and in-laws to staying on a budget through a combination of comedy, sketches and music. Watch their video clip at campinerock.org. Tickets are $12.50 per person or $25 for a couple and include refreshments after the show. To purchase tickets, call 928-445-8357.

Free tax help

Catholic Charities Community Services, in partnership with United Way of Yavapai County and Yavapai College, is providing free tax preparation for those with low to moderate incomes. The goal of the free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is to help struggling individuals and families receive their maximum refund, including the federal earned income tax credit.

"Last year, we got back nearly $700,000 in state and federal tax refunds for struggling individuals and families right here in Yavapai County," said Jean Littlehale, senior program director for Catholic Charities. "With the maximum Earned Income Tax Credit at $6,044; we hope more people will become aware of our free VITA services and use them."

All volunteers are IRS-trained and are familiar with the latest tax codes. Last year, volunteers completed 544 returns in Yavapai County resulting in state and federal refunds totaling $662,238, including $229,454 in earned income tax credits.

Families with children and household incomes under $52,000, and individuals with incomes under $15,000, may qualify for the earned income tax credit and other credits and deductions.

In addition to VITA services, the Catholic Charities office on Gurley St. is an IRS Virtual Service Kiosk. Anyone wishing to speak face-to-face with an IRS agent regarding their tax situation may use the kiosk during regular office hours.

Free tax preparation begins Feb. 5 and continues through April 15. For information, including what to bring and locations, visit CatholicCharitiesAZ.org/FreeTaxHelp or call 928-237-8271.

Widespread flu hits state, get vaccine now

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, "Arizona flu activity hit widespread this week; widespread is the highest category possible." Confirmed cases of flu are being reported in every Arizona County, the majority being the 2009 H1N1 virus.

Influenza is a serious illness that claims lives every year. Symptoms are similar to the common cold except the flu comes on quickly and is more physically draining. In most cases, the best care is to stay home, drink plenty of fluids and rest. For others with certain medical conditions and weaker immune systems, the flu can be more severe and it is recommended that you see a doctor.

The Yavapai County Community Health Services still has plenty of flu vaccine available and recommends everyone (6 months of age or older) get their flu shot as soon as possible. We accept most insurance plans and offer special programs for those without insurance. Please call and make an appointment today 928-583-1000 (Prescott area) 928-639-8130 (Verde Valley).

Audition for "The Wizard of Oz"

Auditions for the Lonesome Valley Children's Theater production, "The Wizard of Oz," will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17, and Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Stepping Stones Meeting Room #2, at 6719 E. 2nd Street in Prescott Valley.

When Dorothy Gale from Kansas is magically dropped in The Land of Oz by a tornado, she must overcome many obstacles to get home - including battling a wicked witch. Dorothy enlists the help of some new friends she meets along the way.

There will be singing and non-singing roles for actors ages 5 and up. Singers can bring a CD for their audition song.

Performances will be April 11, 12, 13, 18 and 19. For more information call Tamee at 928-499-8664.

League of Women Voters Feb. 1

The League of Women Voters of Central Yavapai County meets at 9:30 a.m, Saturday, Feb. 1, at Las Fuentes in Prescott. The annual workshop's purpose is to discuss the League's current positions and whether new ones are needed.

This year the focus is on a national proposal for an agricultural study on technology, including genetically modified organisms; herbicides; pesticides; water pollution; aquifer depletion; antibiotics in livestock; and accurate food labeling. The second focus is current agriculture finance issues, including consolidation in agriculture industries, crop subsidies and the federal agricultural regulatory process.

Refreshments are available. For more information, visit LWVCYC.org.

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