Quad Cities in Brief: Humane Society hosts its first dog wedding

Yavapai Humane Society hosts its first dog wedding

Yavapai Humane Society (YHS) invites the public to attend the wedding of shelter dogs Violet and Oreo. When Violet, a beautiful 2-year-old pit bull mix, arrived at YHS she was scared and unsure. Then, a few weeks later, Oreo, a handsome 1-year-old shepherd mix, arrived overly rambunctious and assertive. The two were introduced and it was love at first tail wag. Violet became more confident with Oreo around and Oreo became calmer with Violet at his side. The two are meant to be together and will be tying the leash.

The wedding of Violet and Oreo is an effort to help the two dogs be adopted together. The wedding is at 3 p.m., Feb. 14, at Yavapai Humane Society, 1625 Sundog Ranch Road, Prescott.

The wedding ceremony will feature the barking bride Violet in a wedding gown and the tail wagging groom in a bowtie. The two will exchange matching collars in front of their guests. After the ceremony they will enjoy a dog wedding cake as their guests eat people cake in celebration of their union.

Overeaters Anonymous meetings

Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-step program that helps people deal with weight and eating actions that cause problems. It is not a diet or calorie club. “It’s not what we are eating, it is what is eating us.” Overeaters Anonymous is here to give support and help while working the 12 steps. For more information, please call Florence at 928-759-3578.

Meetings are: 3 to 4 p.m. Sundays at Step One Community Center, 6719 E. 2nd Street, Prescott Valley. For information, call 928-277-0329. From noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at Trinity Presbyterian Church, family room, upper level, 630 Park Ave., Prescott. For information, call 928-899-6406. From noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays at Step One Community Center, 6719 E. 2nd Street, Room 1, Prescott Valley. For information, call 928-759-3578. From noon to 1 p.m. Fridays at Unity Education Center, 141 S. Arizona Ave., Prescott. For information, call 928-350-5498.

Prescott Police Department to host spring 2018 Citizens Police Academy

The Prescott Police Department invites community members to get an inside look at how the Department operates by attending a 2018 Citizens Police Academy, starting this March.

Participants will experience many aspects of the Prescott Police Department including learning about the hiring process to become a Police Officer, how police recruits are trained at the academy, visiting the Prescott Regional Communications Center, view demonstrations of K9 and SWAT operations, DUI/Traffic Enforcement and Community Services functions. Participants will have an opportunity to actively participate in a role-playing, high tech video training system VIRTRA which tests the judgment and reactions of those assuming the role of a Police Officer. Chief Debora Black added “I am thrilled to offer members of our community the opportunity to know more about policing in Prescott through this informative and exciting program.”

Classes will begin 5:30 to 9 p.m., March 27 and continue on each Tuesday until May 1.

There will be a brief ceremony 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 1, at which time participants will receive a certificate of participation for attending the academy.Participants must be 21 years of age and a legal U.S. resident. Preference will be given to Prescott residents. The deadline to apply is March 2.

For more information or to receive an application, please contact LPO David L. Fuller at 928-777-1915.

Office closures and waived fees in honor of Presidents Day

All Prescott National Forest offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 19, in observance of President’s Day. Forest offices will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

In celebration of President’s Day, Prescott National Forest will waive the $5 fee at all day-use recreation sites across the forest on Monday, Feb. 19.

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, Wekuvde, Boat Launch, Playa, and Metate, Thumb Butte Recreation Area, Alto Pit OHV Recreation Area: Day Use Site, Hayfield Draw OHV Recreation Area and Groom Creek Nature Trail.

Fees are waived generally for day-use areas, such as picnic grounds, developed trailheads and destination visitor centers. The waiver does not apply to overnight campgrounds, group use fees or fees charged by concession-operated facilities. Contact your local national forest or grassland to learn if your destination requires a fee and if that fee is waived.

Other scheduled fee-free days observed by the Forest Service in 2018 are: June 9 - National Get Outdoors Day, Sept. 22 - National Public Lands Day, and Nov. 10 and 11 - Veterans Day

Visitors of the Prescott National Forest can obtain additional information via the following: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/, @PrescottNF, https://www.facebook.com/PrescottNF/, and Bradshaw Ranger District: 928-443-8000, Chino Valley Ranger District 928-777-2200, Verde Ranger District 928-567-4121.

Rally for education today at Bradshaw Mountain High School

A coalition of parents, teachers, school board members, faith-based leaders, and children’s advocates will hold a rally in support of strong public schools at 4 p.m. on Arizona Statehood Day, Wednesday, Feb. 14, at Bradshaw Mountain High School.

The Lifting Our Voices for Education (LOVE) rally, sponsored by AZ Schools Now, will give education advocates an opportunity to send valentines to their state representatives, sign up for Request to Speak, and engage with passionate supporters of public education. Why the rally? Because of the $1.5 billion slashed from public schools during the recession, more than one billion still is missing. This lack of funding has resulted in overcrowded classrooms, outdated textbooks and technology, a loss of critical support staff such as reading specialists and guidance counselors, and even a loss of the most basic and vital tool: a classroom teacher. The rally will highlight the importance of strong public schools to a strong democracy while encouraging education advocates to demand a bipartisan solution to our education funding crisis.

Bradshaw Mountain High School is located at 6000 Long Look Drive, off Glassford Hill Road, Prescott Valley.