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Chino Valley in Brief: Local church celebrates 70th anniversary

Some of the items in the silent auction during the 10th annual Bob Kaecker Memorial Golf Tournament, put on by the Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce at Antelope Hills Golf Course Saturday, Aug. 18. (Jason Wheeler/Courier)

Some of the items in the silent auction during the 10th annual Bob Kaecker Memorial Golf Tournament, put on by the Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce at Antelope Hills Golf Course Saturday, Aug. 18. (Jason Wheeler/Courier)

Local church celebrates 70th anniversary

Chino Valley Community Church, on the corner of Highway 89 and Road 3 North, will be celebrating its 70th anniversary during the month of August.

Following is an excerpt from an article in the Chino Valley Review written by Barb Linnert in 1998.

“The Chino Valley Community Church had its beginning in 1947. Back then Chino Valley was a small hamlet, surrounded by large ranches with herds of cattle grazing on the gramma grass covering the open rangeland.

At that time, the only church in town was the gray stone Mormon Church on Highway 89 south of Center Street. In 1947, Dr. Charles Parker, minister of the First Congregational Church in Prescott, started conducting a Sunday afternoon service for all denominations of the Protestant faith in that church building. Then in January 1948 twenty-nine persons joined in a covenant to proceed with a plan to organize a community church affiliate with Congregation Christian Churches.

A charter member donated an acre of pasture land as a site for the new church building. Ground breaking ceremonies began in October 1948. All the charter members donated their time and talents holding fund-raisers at every opportunity. At this point in the history, people were so eager to have a church of their own, they would pay a bill out of their own pockets rather than take the money from the treasury or building fund.

In 1950, Dr. C. F. Parker, minister and founder of the Chino Valley Community Church, conceived the idea of a corn roast to help raise money for the construction of the church building. He suggested that his members set aside an acre of land, calling it God’s acre. They could then donate the produce, or an equivalent in livestock, from that acre to the church for its building project and mission work.

The hard work and commitment persisted and the dedication ceremony was on June 29, 1952.

Over the years, the church has seen a great deal of change.”

This year, Chino Valley Community Church has continued to see change as it welcomed a new Pastor, Mike Schoenfeld, and his wife, Michelle, and daughter, Lidiya, in January. God has continued to bless the church, specifically in areas of personal growth through weekly Bible Studies, missions work and outreach in the community, and a growing Sunday School program for children kindergarten through fifth Grade.

The church is planning an anniversary celebration on Sunday, Aug. 26. Their normally scheduled worship service at 10:15 a.m. will be marked with a time of remembrance, thanksgiving, and celebration of all that God has done for the congregation during the last 70 years. Past ministers have been invited to attend and will be honored for their service.

That night at 5:30 p.m. the church will continue their celebration with a dinner and time of fellowship. We look forward to celebration all that God has done in our midst and resting on His promises for our future as Chino Valley Community Church continues to minister in the community.

Yavapai College marks 50 years of learning and exploration

Yavapai College is making a big deal of its 50th anniversary and for good reason.

When YC’s golden anniversary celebration kicks off Aug. 24-25, the college will be honoring everyone who has left their DNA in a classroom, on an athletic field, in an art gallery, a vineyard, a library, a sidewalk or theater seat. Every student, every teacher, employee or visitor has a story -- of reaching for and hopefully finding more of the good things life has to offer. “In that sense, we have a lot to be proud of and ample reason to celebrate,” said Yavapai College President Dr. Penelope Wills. YC’s 50th anniversary year is also Wills’ last year as president. She is retiring after presiding over multiple events affirming the life-changing and community-lifting power of education.

“I am grateful and honored that my path led me here,” Wills said. “I take pride in knowing how our communities have and will continue to grow with every future step taken across the threshold of your community college.”

Everyone is welcome at every YC 50th anniversary celebration and all activities are free. Here is the celebration schedule:

• Aug. 25, Prescott Campus

• Sept. 15, Prescott Valley Center

• Sept. 29, Career and Technical Education Center near the Prescott Airport

• Oct. 20, Verde Valley Campus

• Oct. 27, Chino Valley Agribusiness and Science Technology Center

• Nov. 3, Sedona Center

Every celebration detail, as well as some YC history, nostalgic photos, souvenir shopping and registration for 50th anniversary activities and classes, is available on the anniversary website:

Here’s a look at the YC 50th kickoff celebration at the Prescott campus Aug. 24-25:

YC’s highly regarded nursing program takes center stage on Friday, Aug. 24, hosting a faculty and student reunion. The High Tea With Florence Nightingale gathering from 2 to 4 p.m. in the YC Community Room is followed at 5 p.m. with a YC Art Gallery Reception for art faculty and alumni.

On Saturday, Aug. 25, celebrants are invited to spend all day, sunup to sundown, on the Prescott campus. The energy will flow from the “Dollars for Scholars” fun run starting at 7 a.m. to an afternoon block party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring live music with the rising local band, “Sugar And The Mint,” local business exhibits, food trucks, children’s activities and a “Prescott’s Got Talent” competition. The Roughrider Soccer team directs your attention for a 2018 season home opener at nearby Ken Lindley Field at 2 p.m. The Prescott celebration finale has everyone’s favorite comic entertainer, Jay Leno, under the spotlight for a sold-out show on the YC Performing Arts Center stage at 7 p.m. Tickets for a YC gymnasium screening of Leno’s performance may still be available at

Art Show and Fundraising Sale

An Art Show and Fundraising Sale of artwork by the late Wendy Barbara Zaro will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at the Adult Center of Prescott, 1280 E. Rosser St.

Before her death, Zaro, who had no children, requested of her good friend, Mike Hayden, that proceeds from the sale of her paintings would help pay for a service dog for the blind. With the help of the Prescott Noon Lion’s Club, The Art Legacy Association, and the Prescott Valley Art Guild, Hayden hopes to fulfill Zaro’s last wishes.

Wendy Zaro was born in Brooklyn, New York, and owned a graphic design business in Manhattan. She retired to Prescott in 2004, and traveled the world photographing her adventures, from which she created vivid oil paintings. For her friends, she also painted images of their pets, and gave them as gifts.

Zaro’s paintings are priced at 50 percent of their value, and 100 percent of all sales goes toward funding needed to train a service dog for the blind.

To view the paintings, visit

For more information, call Michael Hayden at 928-541-9314 or 303-434-8498 and email

Classic Car Show in Chino Valley on Sept. 22

Chino Valley United Methodist Church is hosting the 11th annual classic car show from 3 to 6 p.m. Sept. 22 at Chino Valley United Methodist Church, 735 E. Road 1 S., Chino Valley. Car show admission is free. There is no fee for participants. There will be door prizes and prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. There will be a BBQ dinner, with an ice cream social, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Donations accepted with proceeds benefiting local charities.

Community Volunteer Program launches new Student Ambassador Program

The Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, and its Community Volunteer Program, has teamed up with Arizona Serve of Prescott College to launch its Student Ambassador Program. The program will hire five area high school students to serve as AmeriCorps State members throughout Chino Valley. They will serve with members of the CVACC who utilize the Community Volunteer Program.

“The Community Volunteer Program has been a shining example of how AmeriCorps initiatives can help alleviate poverty with the help of a volunteer workforce,” said Annie Reifsnyder, Training and Program Manager of Arizona Serve of Prescott College.

The program will focus on providing the students with civic engagement, business training, community outreach, and peer-to-peer engagement. Not only will the students be providing direct service for the nonprofits, but they will have the opportunity to shadow local business owners and receive mentoring that aligns with their interests and future career objectives.

“This program provides a great resource to not only the community, but to the students as well. They get to give back while also getting a step ahead in their career search,” says Celia Serrano, Community Volunteer Program Coordinator and AmeriCorps VISTA serving with the Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce.

As an ambassador, the students will encourage their peers to also become more civically engaged by holding information sessions, tabling, and presenting their service assignments at school and other community events. This will engage younger members of the community as well.

After the AmeriCorps state members complete their service, they will receive an education award of $1230.69 and four college credits from Prescott College, resulting in a certificate in Civic Leadership.

Applications are available online at For more information please contact or call 520-230-2155.

Celia Serrano joins the Chino Valley Area Chamber Of Commerce

The Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes Celia Serrano as their new AmeriCorps VISTA serving as the Community Volunteer Program Coordinator. Serrano will grow and sustain the CVP by implementing the Student Ambassador Program.

“Chino Valley is such a beautiful, close-knit community,” said Serrano. “While it is very different from my hometown, I think the next year will be very transformative for me.”

Serrano received a B.A. in Nonprofit Management from North Park University in Chicago. Having worked a year in the city after graduation, she made her way to Chino Valley ready to serve in this position.

“The past year I’ve been working a lot in youth advocacy and development, and I plan to utilize these skills to exceed expectations with our new Student Ambassador Program,” said Serrano.

The Community Volunteer Student Ambassador Program works to place high school students with local volunteer opportunities. Serrano expects that this program will bring community members closer together and promote volunteerism among youth.

“The Student Ambassador Program will be a great asset to the community,” said Lorette Brashear, director of the CVACC. “Not only will it allow young individuals to grow and learn but they will benefit the community. They’ll bring fresher and brighter ideas to our chamber and town events.”

As the CVP Coordinator, Serrano will build even more relationships within the community, to promote the CVP and the Student Ambassador Program. For more information on the CVP and Student Ambassador Program visit or contact 928-636-2493 or email

Academic Applications of School Gardens

Slow Food Prescott is excited to announce the launch of the class, Academic Applications of School Gardens, designed for educators on the value of school gardens. The class will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, August 25, at Skyview Elementary School, 125 S. Rush St., Prescott.

The goal of this class is to present current research on school gardens, and to provide concrete examples and tools to apply this knowledge to schools and classrooms. Enrollees will receive a certificate for four hours of professional training. $15 registration fee for educators and Slow Food members/$30 for others. Includes a delicious local, sustainable Slow Food lunch.

For more information, contact Molly Beverly at 928-308-2687, To register email

Youth Quilting Program

The Youth Quilting Program offered through Mountain Top Quilters Guild is beginning their 8 week fall quilting classes, which are open to youths ages 10 through 17. Classes are every Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. starting Sept. 5. Fees are $10 for the annual guild membership and $15 per student for the session, $10 each if there are 2 or more students from the same family. Sewing machines are available for use if the student doesn’t have one to bring. No prior sewing experience required! Class size is limited and filled on a first come basis. Contact Diana Ramsey at 928-499-8792 or

‘From Still to Spirited: A Contemporary Equine Portrait’

Equine fine art photographer, Jody L Miller will be joining Van Gogh’s Ear Gallery starting Aug. 16, 2018. Van Gogh’s Ear Gallery is located at 156B South Montezuma Street in downtown Prescott, Arizona. Opening reception for Jody L. Miller is August 24 from 5-8pm during the 4th Friday Art Walk.

Jody will be revealing some never before seen horse images at her debut in Van Gogh’s Ear Gallery. Jody’s equine art captures the spirit and essence of the horse. “Every time I look at Jody’s equine images I am mesmerized by the essence of the horse’s energy”.

Jody keeps her portfolio fresh by visiting ranches for photo shoots in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon and throughout the west. Her images have been published in Natural Horse Magazine, Back in the Saddle Catalog, Trail Blazer Magazine, Horse and Rider, Western Horseman, The Horse Connection, the Ruger Sportswear Catalog, and Today’s Horse to name a few. Many of Jody’s Equine fine art pieces hang in homes throughout the world.

Jody L. Miller has won many awards including awards from the Prescott Fine Arts Association and the Phippen Museum, where her work appeared in the Emerging Photographic Talent of the West exhibit. Jody supports the community with ongoing donations of services and artwork to Bethany’s Gait Ranch, The Highland Center, United Animal Friends, Yavapai Humane Society and numerous horse rescues.

Visit to see more of Ms. Miller’s work.

Van Gogh’s Ear Gallery remains “home” to over 70+ artists – many of whom are from the Prescott area, itself. Offering some of the most unusual and intriguing artwork in the country, Van Gogh’s Ear Gallery is clearly a “must see” for all art lovers visiting the southwest.

Chino Valley Police Department Citizen Academy

Come learn about the local Police Department. Meet the officers. Experience firsthand some of the training Officers go through in a shooting simulator. See vehicles and equipment used by the department. Learn about Citizens on Patrol Volunteers. See K-9 demonstrations. Gain a deeper understanding of how cases are investigated and processed through the legal system.

The academy meets 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 5 to Sept. 26 and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, September 29 and October 6 at Police Shooting Range Classroom, 2178 Sgt. Dee Barnes Way.

To register, call Laurie at 928-636-4223 ext. 8.

Library looking for volunteers

Prescott Valley Library Adult Literacy Group seeks volunteer tutors in the Chino Valley area. All tutors attend a one-day group training at the Prescott Valley Library given by the director of the program. At the end of the training, the volunteer tutors must pass a background check conducted by the Town of Prescott. Tutors usually meet once a week for an hour with their adult learner to help him or her learn English. For more information, leave a message line at the Prescott Valley library, 928-759-3049, and the director, Kathy Lewis, will return your call.

2018 Chino Valley Chip Seal Project

On July 23, the Town of Chino Valley began the complete pulverization and reconstruction of the following roads: Reed Road from Road 3 North to Road 4 North, Road 4 North from Reed Road to just west of Road 1 West and Chino Drive from Center Street to the end.

The reconstruction process will take approximately three to six weeks. Expect the roads to be closed to all but local traffic only during this time. The road condition will be a gravel surface during construction. Alternate routes are advised to avoid delays. In addition, the following roads will receive a chip seal surface in mid to late August: Outer Loop Road from Road 1 West to Highway 89, and Road 1 East from Perkinsville Road to Road 4 North. Traffic striping may be eliminated for a time during the seal coating process, but closures will be limited to just a few days. Alternate routes are also advised for these streets.

Please obey all construction signs and workers. The Town of Chino Valley would like to thank the public for their patience during this time. For additional information, please contact the Public Works Department at 928-636-7140 with any questions. Chino Valley is also on the web at

Library book sale is underway

Visit the Friends’ Bookstore located inside the Chino Valley Library, 1020 Palomino, Chino Valley. In July and August, hardback books are being sold for $.50 and paperback books are being sold for $.25. All proceeds benefit the library.

American Legion breakfasts

The American Legion hosts breakfast on the first, second and third Sunday of the month. The cost is $7 and the public is welcome to attend. The American Legion Post 40 is located at 650 E. Road 3 South, Chino Valley.

Yellow Ribbon tree honors military

The purpose of the Yellow Ribbon Honor Tree is to recognize and support current Chino Valley Town Council members and family members; town employees, their spouses or close family members; and other individuals living in the Chino Valley community/area who are currently serving full-time active duty in the military and are deployed; and individuals in the Reserves or National Guard who are currently deployed. A yellow ribbon in recognition of each deployed individual will be displayed on a tree inside Chino Valley Town Hall. The public is welcome to visit the display during hours that Town Hall is open to the public. Each yellow ribbon will indicate the individual’s name, rank and military branch. The yellow ribbon will be on display for six months. Ribbons will then be removed and stored for one year. Contact the Town Manager’s Office to pick up the ribbon. To participate, complete the application form, Town of Chino Valley’s Yellow Ribbon Honor Tree, providing information about the individual who is deployed. Application forms are available at Chino Valley Town Hall, Chino Valley Senior Center, Library, Human Resources, or the application can be completed online at the Town of Chino Valley website, Submit the completed application form to the Chino Valley Town Manager’s Office, 202 N. Highway 89, Chino Valley, Arizona 86323, or submit online through the Town of Chino Valley website.

Applications for the Yellow Ribbon Honor Tree will be available and accepted starting May 1.

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