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Cordes Lakes area

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.

Harvest Fest at Baptist Church

The Baptist Church at 20172 East Pinto will host a Harvest Fest on Oct. 31 from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be candy, games, cake walks, bake sales, as well as hot dogs and hamburgers. So after the Cordes Lakes Daze fun, finish the day at the Harvest Fest.

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. They hope to replace the hand wipes with an easier-to-use dispenser.

Librarians also are wiping down each returned book with the sanitizers prior to replacing them on the shelves.

Reaching Out in Love Ministry

Reaching Out in Love Ministry is 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 Oct. 23 and 24. 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.

Please stop by if you need help or want to donate gently used items or money for rent and utilities.

There will be an information table at Cordes Lakes Daze on Oct. 31, so plan to stop by to learn more.

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.

Cordes Lakes Daze in planning stage

Cordes Lakes Daze will take place on Oct. 31 and will start with a parade. The event will also feature a Chili Cook-Off. 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. Of course Halloween is the theme.

The Chili Cook-Off has an entry fee of $10 with cash prizes for 1st and 2nd place. Five Samples will cost $5 and the sampler will cast their vote for the best chili. Please bring your own stove or method of cooking. You may pre-make your chili and bring it, but must have your own method of keeping it hot.

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 changing

TOPS hours are changing. TOPS will follow the exercise class on Friday 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.

Make a Difference Day in Cordes Lakes

The Cordes Lakes Community Center and the Tuesday Club are turning the old baseball field in Cordes Lakes into a regulation Little League Field. This will benefit boys and girls of the entire area. For more information concerning work days for this project call Jack Bennetto at 632-4277 or Robbe Bresssler at 632-7232.

Make a Difference Day on Oct. 24 is a national event with communities getting together to work on a project that will make a difference in their community.

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. The next hike is Nov. 3. Carpools will drive from the Center to the hike location. Be sure to bring a sack lunch.

No registration necessary, just meet in the parking lot.

Each month a person volunteers to be the leader for the next hike. They decide on where to go, so if you have a favorite place, join the group and volunteer to lead.

Call Bill Slankard, 632-9473 for information and the location of the next hike.

Drop off brush on third Saturdays

Brush Yard located on Freemont (west of Brahma & east of Cordes Lakes Drive) is open on the third Saturday of each month. Remember, this is NOT a trash dump, just burnable brush. This is 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

Mayer Post Office Customer Appreciation Day

The Mayer Post Office will have a Customer Appreciation Day on Oct. 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Customers are invited to enjoy light refreshments, see the Post Office's new TV Memory stamps, and play a game of trivia for prizes. In honor of the stamps, Post Office employees will be dressed in different "I Love Lucy" era costumes.

Make a Difference Day in Mayer

The Mayer Unified School District will be renovating its softball field at the elementary school. They have a grant to help defray the expenses but will need volunteers to make this field become a reality. It will benefit all the children in the area. For more information call Dr. Dallabetta at 642-1000. The elementary school also is doing some landscaping, including clearing the area around its flag pole and adding flowers. Call Principal Patti Leonard at 642-1100 to help with this project.

The Mayer Junior/Senior High Student Council will sponsor a food drive to benefit the Food Pantry in Cordes. They will be putting out a flyer to let everyone know when and where to take their donations.

The Mayer Elders Club will be making a list of elders who need work done around their homes, such as washing windows, weeding, winterizing, taking them grocery shopping, etc. For more information please call Mary Yorgensen at 632-7511.

Mayer school Butter Braid Fundraiser

Mayer Elementary School again is selling the Butter Braids as a fundraiser. These are on sale from Oct. 26 through Nov. 9 and are available from your local elementary school children, or contact the school at 642-1100 for other salespersons. The butter braid is $10 and of that $4 goes directly to the school.

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

 Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG), Area Agency of Aging Elder Rights Unit invites you to a presentation about Identity Theft and Consumer Scams.  This presentation will be made by Kelly O'Donnell, Legal Advocacy Coordinator, with the NACOG Area Agency on Aging.  The presentation will take place at the Mayer Elder's Club, 10051 Miami St., Mayer, on Nov. 4, at 11:30 a.m.  This is a free presentation. For more information, please contact Kelly O'Donnell with NACOG, Area Agency on Aging Legal Advocacy Program for Seniors at (92) 213-5246 or 1-877-521-3500 or via e-mail or contact the Mayer Area Meals on Wheels at 928-632-7511.

 Saturday, Oct. 24, is the Second Annual Mutt Show.  The cost to enter your dog is only $5. Prize ribbons will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category - small, medium or large dog. The first place winners will compete for the "Best of Show."  The winner will receive a ribbon and a trophy. We will serve a lunch consisting of hot dog, chips and drink for $2.50.   

On October 24, Mayer Area Meals on Wheels will partner with the Spring Valley Home Owner's Association to assist with the "Make a Difference Day" for those that are not able to work around their home. Volunteers will assist in yard work, washing windows, and winterizing their homes. If you'd like to volunteer, please call 632-7511.  This will be an ongoing project not just a one day affair.  Many of our local people need help!  Let's make a difference.

Mayer Area Meals on Wheels will be having a representative from Senator Kyl's office here at the Center on Tuesday, October 27.  Sharon Varga will be here from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. to assist with problems anyone may be having with a government office.  Please come as she will take any comments back to Senator Kyl!

 Meals on Wheels has a "Halloween Party" in the making for Friday, Oct. 30.  Watch for more details.

Depression, Bi-polar support

Depression and Bi-polar Support Alliance - Yavapai County Chapter has several meeting places and times.

NEW time for Spring Valley, Cordes, Mayer, Dewey-Humboldt is every Thursday at 2 p.m. meeting at the Spring Valley Community Church Fellowship Rm., 13944 S. Spring Lane. All are welcome.

Chapter president is Henry N. Willey, Jr., exec. vice president is Liz Toone. Executive offices are care of New Horizons Independent Living Center, 8085 E. Manley Drive, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314.

For more information call 632-4727. Website: Email:

Spring Valley

BCC Meals on Wheels looking for card players

The Black Canyon City Meals on Wheels is looking for anyone interested in playing cards, preferably Bridge or Cribbage, one afternoon a week. Call Eve at 623-374-5004 for more information.

October Polka Party in BCC

BCC Meals on Wheels will host a Polka Party on Thursday, Oct. 22, from 4:30 - 6 p.m. Meals on Wheels will be serving Sauerkraut with Pork or Sausage, Potato, Green Beans, Dessert and Beverage. Enjoy Polka music to dance to, all for $6. Homemade apple, cherry, sweet potato, and pumpkin pie will be available for $10 each. Free popcorn and cotton candy for all.

Spring Valley

Make a Difference day in Spring Valley

The Spring Valley Property Owners Association will be doing their monthly trash pick-up on Spring Lane. In addition they are asking for volunteers who will be assigned a specific street, their own or one near by, to pick up litter that has been thrown from cars or dropped by walkers, such as water bottles, soda cans & paper. To volunteer please call Linda Albin at 632-9025.

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 4 p.m. to dark. Club membership is $7 per person per year. 

The club will host a Gymkhana on Saturday, Oct. 24, 3 p.m. sign in. Event starts at 4 p.m. Cost is $5 per person. All ages welcome. The club will award prizes.

The club also has a Trail ride planned for Sat. Oct. 31.  We will stage at the Rancho Vista Equine Center at 9:30 am to 10 a.m. for a four-hour ride down to the river with a potluck luncheon back at the concession area at 2 pm. No dogs please!   

For more information call Amanda 928-848-2772 or Barbara 928-308-1411, or email

Other areas

Pumpkin Fest in Chino Valley

Every Saturday and Sunday in October, Windmill Farms at JC Ranch in Chino Valley will hold its Third Annual Pumpkin Festival. This year the Farms is expecting more than 50,000 visitors and has added numerous attractions and lots more family fun.

Activities include tractor hay rides, petting zoo, pie eating contest, pumpkin painting contest, arts and crafts, food and beverages, live music, dancing and more.

Cost is $2 for general admission, and $5 for an all-day events pass (includes admission, petting zoo, train rides, jumpers and all other attractions).

For more information, contact Brian Ingram at 928-899-3561 or go online to JC Ranch is located at 1460 West Road 4 North in Chino Valley.

Charity Dinners for Community Theater

Every Thursday in October from 5-9 p.m., Piñata Nueva's Mexican Food Restaurant at the Anthem's location only at 3655 Anthem Way St D105, Anthem, will donate a portion of the proceeds from that evening to Starlight Community Theater.

For more information about Starlight Community Theater please visit the website at

Blood Drives on tap

The following are dates and locations for blood drives Nov. 2 through Nov. 15. To make your appointment, call 1-877-448-4483 or visit (click on "Donate Blood" and enter your zip code).


Thursday, Nov. 5 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Humboldt Elementary School, 2750 S. Corral St. in the cafeteria.

Prescott Valley:

Monday, Nov. 2 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Coyote Springs Elementary, 8101 E. Highway 89A in the gymnasium.

Tuesday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Prescott Valley Charter School, 9500 Lorna Lane.

Saturday, Nov. 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Prescott Valley LDS, 7885 E. Long Look Drive.

GED testing now available in Prescott Valley

Yavapai County High School in Prescott Valley is now an approved GED Testing Center.

The GED tests are a group of five subject exams (language arts-writing, language arts-reading, social studies, math and science) which, when passed, certify that the taker has high school level academic skills.

Veteran educator Joe Lange, the Chief GED Examiner for the school, added, "By passing the GED test, a person can enroll in advanced educational and technological programs as well as expand their career choices."

To pass the GED test and earn a GED credential, test takers must score higher than 60 percent of graduating high school seniors nationwide.

The American Council on Education is the sole developer for the GED test.

The test dates for 2009 include: Oct. 24, Oct. 25, Nov. 7, Nov. 8, Dec. 5 and Dec. 6. Testing begins at 10:30 a.m. each day.

Test takers must pre-register. Pre-registration is available from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Fridays at the Yavapai County Accommodation School District Office at 7497 E. Addis, Prescott Valley.

The cost of the GED test is $70 and test takers must pay the fee at the time of pre-registration, in either cash or money order.

The new GED Testing Center is located at Yavapai County High School, 6325 Baja Circle in Prescott Valley (just behind and around the corner from Robert's Market).

Anyone interested in more information about the Yavapai County High School should call 759-8126.

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