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Jason Wheeler

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Earth Day booths spread love of nature

Multiple booths were spread out across a portion of Cortez Street on Saturday, April 21, for the Earth Day Celebration.

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Firewise Expo reminds residents to be aware of local restrictions

Hannah Mailand said she and her family were at the Earth Day Celebration Saturday, April 21 and noticed an assortment of fire trucks on the other side of the street.

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Malcolm Barrett honored with inaugural Bob Stump Lifetime Achievement Award

Former Yavapai County Republican Committee chairman Malcolm Barrett was honored with the first ever Bob Stump Lifetime Achievement Award at the committee’s 2018 Lincoln-Reagan Dinner Saturday, April 21, at the Prescott Resort and Conference Center.

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Cruise in for the Vets

The seventh annual Cruise in for the Vets is this weekend in Yavapai College’s parking lot.

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A decade of chalking it up

West Yavapai Guidance Clinic is putting on the 10th annual Chalk it Up event this weekend with all the money raised from sponsorships and donations going to community mental health programs, according to Chalk it Up Founder Susan Crutcher.

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Adventures in Parrotdise comes to Elks Theatre

Of all the beach-inspired personalities in the world, Jimmy Buffett is the most famous and Barrie Cunningham is coming to Prescott performing a tribute known as “Adventures in Parrotdise.”

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Dancing for the Stars awards top dancers

Elena Sanwick takes Judge’s Choice, Michelle Fain wins People’s Choice Award

Elena Sanwick and Daniel Garcia showed their moves, entertained the audience and danced for the stars, taking the judge’s choice award at Saturday’s Dancing for the Stars.

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Marchers in Prescott remember the Holocaust at courthouse plaza

'Only 31 percent of the kids today know about the Holocaust'

About 30 or so people marched around courthouse plaza Sunday, April 15, as some blew shofar trumpets, doing so in remembrance of the Holocaust.

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Illusionist Jay Owenhouse returns to Prescott

Jay Owenhouse, known as “The Authentic Illusionist” is bringing his Dare to Believe show back to the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center.

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Dustbowl Revival returns for Elks show

The eight-person American roots orchestra known as Dustbowl Revival is coming back to Prescott, performing at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center along with the Shook Twins.

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Phoenix Symphony performs Mendelssohn, Young and Elgar

The Phoenix Symphony is returning to Prescott this weekend to perform works by Felix Mendelssohn, Nina Young and Edward Elgar, while featuring cellist Istvan Vardai.

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Librarypalooza goes all weekend long

This year, Prescott Public Library is celebrating National Library Week with a weekend-long Librarypalooza event, said Adult Services Librarian Ruthie Hewitt.

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Legally Blonde 1: PHS presents ‘Legally Blonde’ show empowering girls, director says

See the story of Elle Woods and her attempt to win back her boyfriend by getting a law degree in Prescott High School’s production of “Legally Blonde.”

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Rosenblatt celebrates 90th birthday at Sharlot Hall Museum

Judge says he has ‘strong affection’ for the museum

Surrounded by family and friends, retired Judge Paul G. Rosenblatt celebrated his 90th birthday at Sharlot Hall Museum Saturday, April 7.

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Biopic on Supreme Court eminent domain ruling could come to Prescott

Organizers need more tickets reserved for screening to happen

The Institute for Justice is looking to bring “Little Pink House,” a biopic on the Supreme Court’s “Kelo” ruling to Prescott Valley for a one-night only screening – but at least 58 more tickets are needed before the screening can happen.

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Tributes to Manilow & Midler and ABBA at Elks

Tributes to Barry Manilow and Bette Midler as well as to ABBA will be performed at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center this weekend, presented by TAD Management.

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See ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at Yavapai College

The Yavapai College Performing Arts Department is performing Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” in shows over the next two weeks.

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PCA presents ‘Doubt’ on Stage Too

John Patrick Shanley’s play “Doubt: A Parable” – winner of the Pulitzer and Tony awards -- is coming to Prescott Center for the Arts’ Stage Too, directed by Jean Lippincott.

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City, bars full of interesting lost & found items

Once lost, now found

Prescott is a decent-size city with nearly 50,000 people — and chances are good someone is eventually going to lose something.

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Kids scramble for thousands of Easter eggs in Prescott

Saturday’s Great Prescott Easter Egg Hunt was the first Easter egg hunt for sisters Madison and Hayley Denny, said their mom, Samantha Denny.

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Where are this year's egg hunts?

Spring has sprung and Easter is near, so just how many eggs did the Easter Bunny hide this year and where can they be found?

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Sharlot Hall exhibit portrays Arizona transition during WWI

‘Nostalgic and heartwarming,’ says museum executive director

In 1917, former President Woodrow Wilson declared war on Germany which threw America into what became known as World War I, a move made when Arizona had only been a state for five years.

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VA recognizes Vietnam veterans

Recognition makes a difference, Vietnam veteran says

For Vietnam veteran Bob Wallace, this year was a chance to say thank you to his comrades.

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Toni Tennille makes her classical singing debut with featured solo

Yavapai College’s Master Chorale and professional orchestra are presenting two Vivaldi pieces this weekend with Toni Tennille performing as a featured soloist.

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Kiwanis holds its 70th annual auction

Hundreds of items are set to be auctioned off at the Kiwanis Club of Prescott’s 70th annual auction with all the money going to children’s organizations throughout the county, according to Gary Ballard, the auction's facilitator.

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Piano Men celebrate music of Billy Joel, Elton John

The father-and-son duo of Terry and Nick Davies have performed across 37 countries and are returning this weekend to present their "Piano Men: Generations" show, celebrating the music of Billy Joel and Elton John.

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Free Bike Rodeo promotes helmets, safety

Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital is putting on its first ever Free Bike Rodeo in recognition of March being Brain Injury Awareness Month.

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New, old leprechaun revelers take part in Prescott's annual Pub Crawl

The leprechauns were dancing up and down Whiskey Row – Prescott’s stand-in for the Emerald Isle – for the St. Patty’s Day Pub Crawl on Saturday afternoon.

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Black Angus still popular at Cattleman’s Weekend in Chino Valley

There was some fine-looking beef, as the auctioneer would occasionally call out, at the 27th annual Cattleman’s Weekend held at the Prescott Livestock Auction this past weekend.

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New faces in this year’s Pub Crawl

Out of the 10 participating venues in this year’s St. Patty’s Day Pub Crawl, there’s a couple new faces taking part, according to organizers.

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Go Irish with St. Patrick’s Day at the Elks

It’s an Irish kind of night at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center as Kerry Irish Productions Inc. presents St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland.

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Rugs and art aplenty at Smoki’s Spring auction

The Smoki Museum has hundreds of historic and contemporary Navajo rugs and pieces of authentic Native American art for its 21st annual Spring Indian Art and Navajo Rug Auction this weekend.

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Questions, concerns arise over proposed hydroelectric plant

Initial reservoir fill would be billions of gallons

Numerous questions and concerns were raised at a Citizens Water Advocacy Group (CWAG) meeting Saturday, March 10, one of which was from Garin Reay, who said he lives no more than 20 miles from the proposed Big Chino Pumped Storage Project.

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'Rave On!' salutes music of Winter Dance Party Tour

Lonely Street Productions is bringing back Rave On!, the show saluting the music from the Winter Dance Party Tour, the final concert of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper.

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Yavapai College music faculty showcased

Faculty within the Yavapai College Music Department will showcase their talents alongside the school’s music ensembles in the upcoming Faculty Showcase.

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Kids perform Irish step dancing at nursing homes, library

It was around 1990 that Sister Anne Fitzsimons of Sacred Heart Catholic Church started the church’s Irish Step Dancing program, Fitzsimons said.

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Art Days focuses on different artists, styles

The Prescott Art Docents facilitate a variety of programs at the Prescott Public Library, one of which is Art Days for Kids.

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Yavapai Food Neighbors Program expands into Chino

First Food Neighbors site exclusively supporting Chino Valley Backpack Program

The Yavapai Food Council’s Yavapai Food Neighbors Project is expanding into Chino Valley, according to Danyah Aossey, the project’s coordinator.

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Spring Preview: Chino Valley golf season tees off Tuesday

Prep Golf

The Chino Valley golf team has their first match at Oak Creek Country Club today in Sedona against the Scorpions, Camp Verde and Northland Preparatory.

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Trade show brings leather workers together

Leather workers from all over were at the 18th annual Southwest Leather Workers Trade Show last weekend in Prescott.

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7 ways to keep your pet healthy and their breath fresh

The keys to good pet health

Fido and Ms. Kitty just might be the best pets anyone ever asked for – but they need to be healthy in order to stay that way.

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Courier launches inaugural Readers’ Choice Awards

Readers can nominate favorite local businesses

The Daily Courier is giving readers a chance to nominate their favorite local businesses in its inaugural Daily Courier Readers’ Choice Awards.

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The Gurley Girl, now with men, show off new songs at distillery

Seven years ago, a group of moms got together to form a band for that year’s Acker Night, they were the Gurley Girls.

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Garrison Keillor finds beauty in being disgraced

Former radio host gives first show at Yavapai College since being fired

There’s a beauty to being disgraced, said Garrison Keillor at his first show since Minnesota Public Radio cut ties with him last year.

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Trade show unites leatherworking beginners, experts

This weekend’s 18th annual Southwest Leather Workers Trade show is the one stop shop to unite all leather workers, even if they’re greener than the grass the cow walks on or skilled enough to envision a pattern just while looking at the cow.

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The PCA goes Wilde in ‘Earnest’

The Prescott Center for the Arts is going Wilde with a production of “The Importance of Being Earnest,” directed by Julie Harrington in her first time directing on the main stage.

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Four Dimensions show presents four genres in one show

When putting on shows, there are a lot of requests from the audience for a little bit of everything and Khris Dodge Entertainment is answering those requests with one show, according to Khris Dodge, the owner and artistic director.

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The Bard and pirates take over YCPAC

The Yavapai College Performing Arts Center will be filled with Shakespearean actors one night and silly pirates the next for performances of “The Tempest” and “Pirates of Penzance.”

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Jazzamatazz shows off sparkle of jazz

Yavapai College’s big bands, the Trailblazers and the Roughriders, are putting on a performance next week demonstrating the shine and sparkle of jazz, according to director Chris Tenney.

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Eighth grader spells her way to Yavapai County title

After more than 10 rounds and more than 100 words, Bra dshaw Mountain Middle School eighth grader Makayla Boyd won the 72nd annual Yavapai County Spelling Bee.