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Roundup: November 21, 2012

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Optimist Club sponsors essay contest for students

The Optimist Club of Yavapai County encourages local students to write an essay on the topic "How Can I Help My Friends Realize Their Value" as part of the Optimist International Essay Contest for 2013. The essay must be between 700-800 words and the deadline is Feb. 28, 2013. The top three area winners will receive local club awards and the winning essay will be sent to the Arizona district level where the top winner will receive a $2,500 college scholarship.

The Optimist Club of Yavapai County became active in the community this year, and recently held its first fundraiser, a haircut-a-thon, raising $500 for Turning Point, Yavapai County's youth crisis center and shelter.

Carrying the motto "Bringing Out the Best in Kids," Optimists International conduct positive service projects that reach more than six million young people each year. To learn more about the Optimist Club of Yavapai County, please call Michael Whiting at 899-8680 or visit www.arizonaoptimists.com.

AARP seeks tax aides

AARP Tax-Aide is seeking volunteers to help prepare state and federal tax returns for low- to moderate-income residents in Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley.

AARP needs greeters, tax counselors and facilitators. Counselors require computer skills.Training consists of two hours for greeters, four hours for facilitators and 40 hours for counselors. All volunteers must pass Standards of Conduct tests, and aspiring counselors must go the additional mile by passing BASIC, intermediate and advanced tests before gaining certification. Counselors also must agree to volunteer at least 40 hours throughout the 12-week filing season.

New counselor certification training begins Jan. 14 and concludes Jan. 19 in Suite 63 at the Frontier Village shopping center on Highway 69.

AARP Tax-Aide will provide free tax preparation from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays from Jan. 21 to April 15 at Frontier Village. The schedule in Prescott Valley is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays Feb. 4 to April 15 in the Crystal Room at the Public Library, 7401 E. Civic Circle.

The Chino Valley schedule will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays from Feb. 4 to April 15 at the Senior Center, 1021 W. Butterfield Road. For more information, contact Janelle Riedl at taxaide@cableone.net.

MATFORCE Lunch 'n Learn is Nov. 29

The MATFORCE Lunch 'n Learn on Nov. 29 will feature a panel presentation on the prescription drug abuse epidemic in our community. The presentation will include important information as well as provide solutions for families or those working in the field. Speakers include Detective James Tobin of the Prescott Valley Police Department, Commander Bill Suttle of Partners Against Narcotic Trafficking, along with a first-hand account of one person's battle against prescription drug addiction.

In Yavapai County, our youth are abusing prescription medication at rates that are above state and national averages. In our 10th and 12th grades, 28 percent of students report that they have abused prescription drugs (AZ Youth Survey, 2010).

The Lunch 'n Learn takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Board of Supervisors Room, Yavapai County Administration Building, 1015 S. Fair St., Prescott, and teleconferenced to the Yavapai County Cottonwood Annex, 10 South 6th St., Cottonwood. It is free and open to the public. Brown-bag lunches are welcome.

For more information, contact MATFORCE at 708-0100 or online at matforce.org.

Community water talk in D-H

Representatives from the University of Arizona will offer a short presentation and question and answer session on water and water filtration at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Lonesome Valley Wranglers 4-H Clubhouse, 13911 E. Quail Run, Dewey. Children are welcome, with activities and refreshments are available.

U of A scientists and graduate students are conducting several health and environmental studies in D-H. Directions: from the intersection of Highways 69 and 169, go west on 169, turn right on Foothill Drive, turn right on Quail Run, turn right into first driveway, parking will be on right - look for the blue and red balloons. For more information, contact Nathan Lothrop at (877) 535-6171 (toll-free) or email lothrop@email.arizona.edu.

Master gardener volunteer training in Prescott

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2013 University of Arizona Master Gardener Volunteer Training in Prescott on Wednesday mornings Jan. 30 to May 15. The course provides research-based information on basic botany, soils, fruit tree care, planting, staking, pruning, water/irrigation, insects, plant diseases, pesticides, and fire-wise landscaping.

Applications and details are available at http://extension.arizona.edu/yavapai/master-gardener-program or call a Cooperative Extension office, Camp Verde 554-8990, or Prescott 445-6590 ext. 221. Applications must be postmarked by Dec. 1. A maximum of 40 applicants can be accommodated.

Brunch with a horse  

Join Horses with HEART and their Marvelous Mini program at the Prescott Valley Library CakeWorks Library Café for a great day of education, fun, horsy hugs and of course a yummy waffle bar brunch. Brunch is served from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, with the mini program ongoing throughout the day. 

Take your picture with the mini horse and use it for your holiday greetings or just come for the fun, fellowship and to assist HwH in raising funds for their programs serving our community residents from ages 4 to 84. HwH provides therapeutic horsemanship classes, programs for visually impaired youths and adults, programs for veterans, the largest Special Olympic Equestrian program in Arizona plus the Silver Saddles program for seniors, and other programs and equine-assisted activities for all.

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