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Roundup: July 25, 2012

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Poets, storytellers, musicians to perform Saturday, Sunday

The Dewey Humboldt Historical Society presents its first Western Storytellers and Cowboy Poets this weekend at the new D-H Historic Museum Building.

A chuckwagon dinner starts the event at 5 p.m. both nights. A $5 donation gets a hamburger or hotdog, cowboy beans, corn, and a drink. The first performer begins the show about 6 p.m. Six poets and storytellers will perform each evening for about 20 minutes with a 5-minute break between performances and a half-hour intermission.

During the event, George and Lynn Phippen will have artwork on exhibit and for sale. Many of the performers also have CDs or books available for purchase. The event will be filmed for a future DVD and possible book release.

Special guest Gail Steiger, nationally-known poet and grandson of Gail Gardner, will close the show on Sunday. As J.P. Gorham put it, "This is like putting on a high school talent show and having Jennifer Lopez show up to perform."

Saturday's lineup includes:

Buck Miner, who grew up on a ranch in Northern California, and now lives in Congress and winters in Prescott. He plays guitar and writes his own songs.

J.P. Gorham, who grew up in the Lynn Ranch area of Southern California, has performed his cowboy poetry for 17 years around the country.

Chris Berry, Dewey-Humboldt resident, is a television, film and music producer, comedy writer and musician.

Kevin Leonard, D-H Historical Society president, author, and pack trail adventurer, will speak about his trips to historical mining and Native American sites.

Don Fernwalt lives in Mayer and is a working cowboy and poet.

Joe Briggs, storyteller, hails from Chino Valley and has retired from a life of large animal veterinary and ranch work in the Four Corners area.

Sunday's lineup includes J.P. Gorham, Chris Berry and:

Jim Orr, cowboy who worked on ranches in Goodwin, Ariz. He writes poetry and currently resides at the Pioneers Home in Prescott.

Betty Dickinson Kent, another Pioneers Home resident, spent most of her life as a working cowgirl in the Verde area.

Gerald Hoyer, D-H resident, entertains himself and grandkids with his poetry and hymn lyrics.

SPECIAL GUEST Gail Steiger, grandson of Gail Garnder, closes the show on Sunday with his poetry and storytelling.

PV Chamber of Commerce partners to host Supervisor Candidate Forum

The Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce, Central Arizona Partnership and Yavapai County Contractor's Association have partnered to host a Board of Supervisors District 2 and 5 candidate forum on July 31 in the Prescott Valley Library Auditorium.

A meet and greet is scheduled for 5 to 6 p.m. and the forum will be begin at 6.

The forum is open to the public at no charge and refreshments will be available.

For more information contact the chamber at 772-8857.

Join Ronald for magic, music at D-H Library tomorrow

The Dewey-Humboldt Town Library's Summer Reading program presents Ronald McDonald with magic, music and fun at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 26. This is the last activity before the end of the reading program pizza party at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 28.

On Saturday, July 28, children ages 8 and older can join the Wordsmith's Story Builders and finish and present their created mythological worlds from 12:30-1:30 p.m. downstairs. Also on Saturday at 2 p.m. the library will show "Mr. Popper's Penguins" as its final Family Summer Movie.

Free seminar on funeral planning

Frank Funeral Facts - Taking the Fear Out of Advance-Funeral Planning is the title of a free seminar taking place from 10-11 a.m. on Friday, July 27, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 150 Fleury Avenue in Prescott. Kathie Reis, family care specialist with Heritage Memory Mortuary, will explain the practical and emotional reasons for planning ahead, cremation versus burial options, the typical cost of funeral services, and how pre-funding works. The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Debbie Stewart at or (928) 778-3747. RSVPs appreciated but not required.

Top U.S. charter school looks to quad-cities

Representatives from BASIS Schools, ranked No. 1 and No. 3 in the nation by Newsweek and the Washington Post, will present background on the BASIS schools, which was founded in 1998 in Tucson, at 10 a.m., Saturday, at the Prescott Resort. They are looking for interest from students, parents, and business leaders to open a school in the quad-community area.

Back to School Night at Acorn Montessori

Acorn Montessori Schools invite parents, returning students, new students and the public to their Back to School Night, Thursday, Aug. 2, from 4-7 p.m. Come and meet the teachers, staff and classmates.

Each campus will have drawings for door prizes for registered student families. Acorn is a tuition-free, publicly-funded, charter school.

The main campus at 8556 E. Loos Drive (772-5778) serves second-eighth grades, and the east campus at 7555 E. Long Look Drive (775-0238) serves pre-school through first grade.

Quit tobacco this summer

Yavapai Regional Medical Center West campus offers free smoking cessation classes with introductory enrollment class from 7-8:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 6, or Tuesday, Aug. 7.

For more information call 442-5572 or Arizona Smokers' Helpline 1-800-556-6222.

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