Quad Cities in Brief: Week of Nov. 9, 2017

Microgreen growing class today

Learn how to grow microgreens at home from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, at Skyview School, 125 S. Rush St.

Instructor Molly Beverly will lead students in this super-fast, super-easy way to get super nutrition.

Cost of $4 for members of Prescott AZ Slow Food USA and teachers and $8 for non-members includes curriculum, supplies and appetizers

Reservations are required. Email prescottAZ@slowfoodusa.org.

Information from Prescott AZ Slow Food USA.

Candidates Abboud, Hoffman to speak at Yavapai Dems meeting

The first Democratic candidate to file to run for Jeff Flake’s seat in the U.S. Senate race in April of 2018, Deedra Abboud, will be speaking at the Yavapai County Democratic Party meeting Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Adult Center of Prescott, 1280 E. Rosser St. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m.

Kathy Hoffman, candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction, will also address the attendees.

Abboud, one of two candidates who have announced a Senate candidacy (followed by Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema in September), has been outspoken in her criticism of the current president and his administration’s discriminatory policies toward Muslims. A Phoenix-based attorney, Abboud, 45, founded the leadership consulting firm, the Global Institute of Solution Oriented Leadership. She was the recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Award in Tempe and the Martin Luther King Jr. Award presented by the Human Relations Commission in Phoenix.

Hoffman, a dedicated educator for five years, is working to bring attention to the underfunding and overcrowding of public schools in Arizona. She also announced her candidacy first, followed by another Democrat in the race, David Schapira. A speech therapist in the Peoria Unified School District, Hoffman previously taught in Tucson for three years and, prior to that, in the Portland Public Schools in Oregon. Throughout her professional career, she has collaborated with teachers, administrators, specialists and parents to provide the best possible solutions for students.

While in Tucson, Hoffman was a member of the Autism Society of Southern Arizona’s Education Committee and worked with United Cerebral Palsy of Southern Arizona.

Donations are requested by attendees to cover costs. Call the Yavapai County Democratic Headquarters at 928-541-0413 for more information. Meetings typically end by 8 p.m.

Hear from veterans as they share memories Nov. 9

The Prescott Valley Public Library plays host to three veterans as they share their memories of wartime service. Veteran Memories, an Oral History program, takes place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in the third floor Crystal Room of the Prescott Valley Public Library, 7401 E. Civic Circle.

This is a free event and will be recorded. Veterans include Peter Van Haren (Army 1967-1969), Sherie Mercier (Army, vice commander American Legion, chaplain at VA), George Thyden (Marine 1950-1972).

For more information, call 928-759-3042.

Forest Service waives fees in celebration of Veterans Day

In honor of Veteran’s Day and those Americans who have served in the armed forces, Prescott National Forest will waive the $5 fee at all day-use facilities across the forest on Saturday, Nov. 11, as part of the nationwide fee waiver event.

Fees will be waived at the following sites on the Prescott NF:

Lynx Lake Recreation Area: North Shore, South Shore and Lynx Creek Ruin

Granite Basin Recreation Area: Cayuse, Wekuvde, Boat Launch, Playa and Metate

Thumb Butte Recreation Area

Alto Pit OHV Recreation Area: Day Use Site

Hayfield Draw OHV Recreation Area

The waiver does not apply to overnight campgrounds, group use fees or fees charged by concession-operated facilities. Traditionally, fees are not charged on 98 percent of national forests and grasslands. Many recreation opportunities such as camping, sightseeing and hiking can be enjoyed throughout the year at no cost.

Active duty military members can obtain a free Interagency Annual Military Pass that waives fees year-round at all Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Reclamation, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sites charging entrance or standard amenity fees excluding concessions-operated facilities.

The public can obtain additional fire information via the following:

Prescott NF Forest Website: fs.usda.gov/prescott

Twitter: @PrescottNF

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PrescottNF/