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Cordes Lakes area

Legion Post #122 changes hours

American Legion Post #122 has changed meeting times. Meetings now will take place on the third Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m. in the Cordes Lakes Community Center.

Cordes Lakes Craft Fair Dec. 5

A Craft Fair will take place on Dec. 5. Anice Grant is in charge. Contact her at 632-7391. Booth rental is $20 for indoor and $15 for outdoor spaces. Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature lovely crafts and home baked goodies. There will be breakfast burritos, then hot dogs and potato salad from the kitchen for sale. This is a perfect place to pick up Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers. Stop by at 16357 S. Cordes Lakes Drive. Crafters also can get with others for helpful hints and friendly conversation.

Reaching Out in Love Ministry

Reaching Out in Love Ministry offers a helping hand to those in need of clothing, shoes, and other items, at no charge. If you would like to help, stop in with your donation of cash or gently used clothing.

Love Ministry will be open on Dec. 11, 12 and Dec. 18, 19.

Since it is too cold outside for yard sales the ministry is looking for an indoor space. Contact Carol Peck at 899-5050 if you have any suggestions.

The ministry will have a table at the Craft Sale on Dec. 5 with Christmas trees, decorations, craft itens and a blue jean quilt to raffle. Tickets are $1 or 6 for $5.

They are open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and are located at 14720 S. Stagecoach Trail in Cordes Junction in the mobile at the Extra Self Storage.

Plans underway for Light Parade

Plans for Santa and the Electric Parade are underway for Dec. 19. There will be cookies with Santa and music with sing-alongs.

If you or your organization would like to be in the parade, please contact Pat Williamson at 632-8965. Since it is quite a distance and moves quickly, we recommend no walking groups.

Cordes Lakes Food programs

There are four food programs in Cordes Lakes. Value Club is the second Wednesday and is payable at the Library the previous Friday. The 60-plus program (age and income restricted) is also on the second Wednesday. Commodities are on the third Wednesday, with produce on the fourth Thursday.

Friday Night Fun

Each Friday from 6 - 9 p.m. lots of fun and games take place at the Cordes Lakes Community Center. Entry is free, but please bring a finger-food snack to share. Coffee and iced tea are available, but please put a few coins in the cup to pay for the cups, ice and coffee. Get your card groups together and enjoy the company of your neighbors at the center.

Cordes Lakes Library takes flu precautions

The Cordes Lakes Library requests that all patrons wash their hands before coming to the library, and then use the hand wipes available at the door.

Cordes Exercise class

The Exercise Class is on Wednesday and Friday at 8 a.m. at the Cordes Lakes Community Center. Call Kimila, 713-3782, for information.

TOPS Club hours

TOPS will follow the exercise class on Fridays at 9:15 a.m. at the Cordes Lakes Community Center. Now you can make twice the effort on the same day to achieve your goals.

Hiking Club meets first Tuesday

Cordes Lakes Hiking Club meets the first Tuesday of the month at the Cordes Lakes Community Center, 16357 S. Cordes Lakes Drive, at 10 a.m.

Contact Bill Slankard 632-9473 for the location of the next hike. Carpools will drive from the Center to the hike location. No registration necessary, just meet in the parking lot.

Drop off brush on third Saturdays

Brush Yard, located on Fremont (west of Brahma and east of Cordes Lakes Drive) will be open on the third Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Next date is November 21.

Remember, this is NOT a trash dump, just burnable brush. This is IN Cordes Lakes for Cordes Lakes residents only, and you will be asked for your name and address, as a count of users is being kept. If you are unable to make it on the available day and hours, contact Ron Giguere at 632-7552 to make an appointment to drop off your brush.

Mayer area

Community Thanksgiving dinner

On Wednesday, Nov. 25, Springs Church is providing Thanksgiving dinner to all residents in the Spring Valley, Cordes and Mayer areas.

The dinner will take place at the Mayer High School. Serving will begin at 4:30 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m. We welcome you to come and enjoy turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls, pumpkin pie and a beverage.

Child Find Screening at Mayer for all kids in area

The Mayer Unified School District will offer a free screening for children ages 2 Years 10 Months through 5 years old on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010 by appointment only.

The screening will take place at Mayer Elementary School for children residing within the Areas of Mayer, Spring Valley, Cordes, Cordes Lakes, Black Canyon City, Dewey, Humboldt, Prescott Valley and many surrounding areas!

The screening is free to children between the ages of 2 Years 10 months through 5 years.

Screenings include: Speech / Communication; Hearing & Vision; Motor Skills / Coordination; Cognitive / Reasoning; Behavior Issues and Physical Development.

To schedule an appointment or for more information, call Mayer Unified School District at 928-642-1011.

Library sponsors fiction contest

Mayer Public Library is sponsoring a Holiday Fiction Contest for school-age kids. Original holiday stories should be submitted at the Mayer Public Library by Dec. 1. Winners of prizes will be announced on Dec. 15. 

All stories must be original and must be about one of the fall/winter holidays. For more information call Mayer Public Library at 632-7370.

Upcoming Mayer Elders Club events

On Wednesday, Nov. 25, the Mayer Area Meals on Wheels will serve the annual Thanksgiving Dinner and Auction starting at 11:30 a.m.  The cost is $5 for turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, Virginia's sweet potato casserole, and all the rest of the trimmings, ending with pumpkin pie. 

Our communities have helped us by donating most of the food. Please join us for some fun as Larry Canaday auctions theme baskets including a baby basket (have a new baby coming to your family?), Christmas basket, bathroom basket, Italian basket (including the wine and homemade sauce), a family games basket, a man's bike, and a Pet Portrait sitting by Heidi Dahms Foster, along with some other surprises. There will be raffles and giveaway prizes too!  We will have music for your dining pleasure.  We are requesting reservations since we can only seat 100.  If you'd like to join us, please call 632-7511 or sign our reservation sheet when you are in the Center. 

The Mayer Senior Center will be closed Friday, Nov. 27.  Homebound will be receiving frozen meals for Thursday (Thanksgiving Day) and Friday, Nov. 27.  All homebound clients will be receiving the hot Thanksgiving Dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 25. 

On Wednesday, Dec. 2, Kelly O'Donnell of the Area Agency for Aging will conduct legal appointments beginning at 10 a.m. at the Mayer Elder's Center.  Please call 632-7511 or sign up when you are at the Center. 

On Saturday, Dec. 5, the Mayer Elder's Center will host a homemade soup fest with hot bread, salad, and Christmas cookies.  After enjoying the craft show at Cordes Lakes, join us for a relaxing bowl of homemade soup.  The soup fest starts at 4:30 p.m.  and the price is $5 for adults, and $3 for children.


Depression, Bi-polar support

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Peer Support Groups meet at 2 p.m. at the Spring Valley Community Church's Fellowship Room, 13944 S. Spring Lane every Thursday Afternoon. For more information contact: Henry Willey (928) 632-4727

We have a new group which now meets in Black Canyon City at 2 p.m. every Wednesday at the Albins Civic Ctr., 19055 E. K-Mine Road. Contact Julie Pederson for more information at (623) 374-9829

Groups are also available in Prescott, Prescott Valley and Cottonwood. Call Henry for more information, 928-632-4727.

Poland Junction

Boots 'n Spurs Saddle Club events

Boots n' Spurs Saddle Club meets the third Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Poland Junction, Rancho Vista Equine Center, Hwy. 69, Mile Post #275. Practice riding every Thursday at the arena 3 p.m. to dark. Club membership is $7 per person per year. 

 The club will host a gymkhana on Saturday, Dec. 5 - Gymkhana Sign in is 11 a.m. and the event starts at noon.

Cost $5 per person and the club will award prizes.

The  Thursday Dec. 17 club meeting is at 5 p.m.

Join the club for a trail ride in the Bradshaw Mountains on Saturday, Dec. 19.

Meet at Goodwin Road and National Forest Border. Bring your own food and drink. No dogs please!

For more information call 928-848-2772 or 928-308-1411.

Spring Valley

Christmas Lighting Contest date change

The Spring Valley Property Owners Association will conduct their community-wide Christmas Lighting Contest on Dec. 15, starting at 6 p.m. There will be a $25 prize for the winners in six categories: Most Humorous, Most Spiritual, Most Animated, Most Lights, Best Roof Top Display and Best Use Of Existing Landscape.

Other Areas

Options to save family homes, ranches workshop

Join Yavapai County Cooperative Extension and the Central Arizona Land Trust as they present Protection of Agricultural Lands: Options for Saving Family Farm and Ranches, a workshop for land and estate preservation. The workshop will take place on Friday, Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the City of Cottonwood Public Safety Building, 199 S 6th St in Cottonwood.

Whether you're a producer or merely a landowner, join this informative workshop designed to help rural families keep and preserve their landholdings long into the future.

Lunch will be provided, and there is no cost to attend. If attending, RSVP no later than Dec. 7 by calling 928-899-4595 or emailing

Cactus Club forms in Prescott

A cactus club is forming in the greater Prescott area. Membership is open to anyone interested in growing, observing or photographing cacti and other succulents, including agaves, aloes, euphorbia, sedums and yuccas.

The club would be informal, meeting once at month a various home gardens. The main purpose would be to bring cactus lovers of all ages and backgrounds together to share their knowledge, cuttings and gardens with others.

Anyone interested should call Gene Twaronite at 445-6590 ext. 231 or e-mail

Early Child Care Professional Training

Yavapai College, in conjunction with Arizona Department of Economic Security, will conduct a no-cost intensive introductory course, titled "Early Child Care Professional Training." The class will meet at Yavapai College located at 1100 E. Sheldon St., in Prescott beginning Friday, Dec. 4.

The 60-hour course is for those interested in pursuing careers working in child-care centers, pre-schools, Head Start programs or in-home childcare. The 10 modules cover pertinent topics, such as child development, appropriate learning environments, nutrition/menu planning and early reading and math activities to encourage skill development.

The classes meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays Dec. 4 & 5, 11 & 12, 18 & 19, and Jan. 8 &9, and 15 & 16.

Seating is limited to 20 participants, and organizers recommend preregistration.

Anyone interested in more information or registering for the training can call 1-866-219-1021 or email

Clothe-a-Child is Dec. 13

Yavapai Shrine Club's annual Clothe-A-Child program returns to the Walmart Super Store on Highway 69 at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 13.

Kids ages 6 to 10, will arrive by bus, have breakfast at the McDonald's kiosk, be met by Santa and a volunteer with a shopping cart and escorted through the clothing department to shop for $100 worth of winter clothing.

To be a part of the Christmas for these underprivileged children, mail your contribution checks to the Yavapai Shrine Club, 303 E. Gurley St., #457, Prescott, AZ 86301-3804.

Operation Christmas Spirit helps children

Catholic Charities Operation Christmas Spirit connects families in need with those in the community that want to give during the holiday season. More than 200 families and organizations participated this past year sharing the joy of the season with their neighbors in Yavapai County. It simply cannot be done without you; help spread the love this holiday season by volunteering or sponsoring a family in need. For more information on Operation Christmas Spirit call Sandy Bobbitt at 778-2531 ext 54003.


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