Cruise into Christmas this Saturday

Take a chance at winning the $5,000 grand prize! Your ticket could be the winner in the third annual Christmas in August fundraising event this Saturday, Aug. 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Hassayampa Inn at 122 E. Gurley St. All proceeds from the evening go to support the annual Courthouse Christmas Lighting.

Christmas in August is once again sponsored by The Daily Courier and Bashford Courts Atrium Mall and will feature live music by Clyde Score and Michael Mahany.

This year's theme is "Cruise into Christmas" and will feature samples of food from six international ports of call. For example, the Caribbean "port" will include fried plantains, jerk chicken and Caribbean fudge pie.

A stop in Singapore will feature Asian BBQ short ribs, tamarind chicken satay and almond biscuits, while a port call in Thailand will include Thai salad, shrimp pad thai and hot chili ice cream. Australia and the Yucatan will also feature native foods.

Throughout the evening, numbered tickets will be drawn at random. If the number drawn matches your ticket, you are out of the race for the $5,000 winning prize. The very last ticket drawn wins the $5,000 - that is, unless the five finalists agree to split the pot and each win $1,000. There will also be a silent auction featuring travel packages to Arizona destinations and more exciting prizes.

Tickets are $100 per person and may be purchased Monday or Tuesday at the Prescott Chamber of Commerce at 117 W. Goodwin St. Cash, check or major credit cards accepted.

You can also make your reservation by calling Sue Marceau at the chamber, 445-2000, ext. 114. Reservations must be made no later than Tuesday.

Voter's guide online

If you are a registered voter in Prescott, you'll be receiving your primary ballot in the mail later this week and you'll be voting for the mayor's seat and three City Council seats. To help you learn more about the candidates, the chamber has placed a voter's guide on our website, www.prescott.org. Eight questions were posed to each candidate and their responses can be viewed online.

Nominations sought for Visionary Awards

It's nomination time for the second annual Visionary Awards, recognizing young men and women in business who have the ability to be future leaders in our community. Nominees must be in the 21-40 age group. The Prescott Area Young Professionals, the chamber's affiliate organization for young leaders, created the Visionary Awards last year and presented them to 10 young men and women in the tri-city area.

Application forms for this year's awards will be available beginning Aug. 15 on the chamber's website (www.prescott.org) and the PAYP website (www.prescottareayp.org).

Applications are to be submitted no later than Oct. 15 and judging will be concluded in November with a plan to announce the award recipients in December.

If you know someone who is early in their career and has leadership potential, or someone who already may be deeply involved in the community at a young age, please encourage this person to apply for this award.

Welcome new members

The Prescott Chamber is pleased to welcome the following new members: A Garden Within; Bob Bell; Charlie Arnold for Prescott City Council; Cuppers Coffee House; Days Inn/Prescott Valley; Dish Tech (Electronic System Sales LLC); Granite Mountain Private Duty; Granite Orthopaedics, PLLC; Maaco Collision Repair and Auto Painting; Marlin for Mayor; Park Avenue School of Music; Pizza Hut; Prescott Steak House LLC; Rosa's Pizzeria Inc., and Wheelers - Accessible Van Rentals. For information about joining the Prescott Chamber of Commerce, call sales director Dyan Jones, 445-2000, ext. 116.