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Chino Valley in Brief: Town to hold public meetings on possible election, tax

Town to hold public meetings on possible election, tax

The Town of Chino Valley is organizing three public meetings in order to share information based on the possibility of the declaration of a special election for the voters to decide on a property tax to pay for road maintenance and repair and a request to authorize the Town of Chino Valley to purchase several water systems operating in Chino Valley.

The meetings are at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10 and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 in the Chino Valley public library community room located at 1020 W Palomino Rd.

Additional meetings will be held following the holidays.

For more information, call Economic Development Director and Project Manager John Coomer at 928-636-2646.

Prescott Center for the Arts plans auditions for shows

Auditions for “Art” at Stage Too! will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 10 and 11. Scripts are available at the box office.

Performances of “Art” will be from Feb. 21 to March 10 under the direction of Paul Epoch.

How much would you pay for a white painting? Would it matter who the painter was? Would it be art? Lines are drawn as old friends square off over the canvas, using it as an excuse to relentlessly batter one another over various failures. “Art” was Winner of the 1998 Tony Award for Best Play and has been described as “…wildly funny, naughtily provocative.”

“Peter and the Starcatcher” performances on Mainstage will be from March 14 to 31. It will be directed by Bruce Lanning. Auditions are on the Mainstage from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 17 and 18. The ensemble includes: sailors, seamen, seafarers, orphans, pirates, mermaids, mollusks and narrators.

This is a musical with group songs available at the box office.

Tony-winning “Peter and the Starcatcher” upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unlikely heroes, “Peter and the Starcatcher” playfully explores the depths of greed and despair and the bonds of friendship, duty and love.

At each audition when the director and his/her crew are all there, is a good time to come to help with putting on a play. Each play needs actors, but also back stage helpers, set builders, carpenters, seamstresses, make-up/hair, tech people, etc. If these plays sound interesting, come to the audition and see how you can help. It’s fun, it helps, and you learn.

For more information, call 445-3286 or visit

Yavapai County Free Library District proposes new policies

New and improved policies, ranging from confidentiality of patron information to computer usage, are up for review. These policies will provide a consistent patron experience across all 15 Library District branches.

The Library District Board of Directors will be considering these policies at the Dec. 19 County Board of Supervisors meeting. A courtesy hearing is also scheduled for the Dec. 5 meeting. The public is encouraged to comment on the policies at either meeting. The Library District will also accept comments directly via email. Send all comments to

The new policies are available on the Library District website at Should the new policies be approved, they will go into effect Jan. 1.

Phippen Museum presents bull rider Chris Navarro’s art

A constant fact in bull riding is not if you’re going to get hurt, but rather when and how bad. And for Chris Navarro, it was often and pretty bad.

His front teeth were knocked out, he dislocated both shoulders, broke both collarbones, suffered 12 broken ribs and a collapsed lung, busted his left thumb and right hand, broke his left shoulder blade and had five concussions -- all by the time he was 21. But the sense of fearlessness and tenacity he developed through his rough, rodeo background served him well as he began his pursuit to become a bronze sculptor.

In the years since, Chris has amassed an amazing body of work that includes everything from small works to monumental pieces. And through April 21, the Phippen Museum will present an extensive collection of Navarro’s artwork in the exhibition and sale, “Embrace the Struggle: The Art of Chris Navarro,” in their James Gallery.

From both Casper, Wyoming, and Sedona, Arizona, Chris describes his artwork as a gift.

“I have been blessed with a great passion,” he explains. “I really love what I do and hope others see that through the works I have created. When you love what you are doing, the real reward is in the experience of doing it. In the end, it is not about how many years you lived in this world but what you leave behind that truly matters. Family, horses, rodeo and art have been the driving passions of my life.”

The exhibition will include more than 30 small-scale works and many large-scale photographs of Navarro’s bronze monuments, giving museum visitors a sense of his rugged, rodeo background and the focused tenacity he summons when creating these unique works of art.

As a bonus feature of this retrospective, Chris will be at the museum at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 to provide an in-depth look at his personal journey. This special presentation is free for museum members and included in the price of general admission for guests.

The Phippen Museum is located north of downtown Prescott at 4701 Highway 89 North. Along with this latest exhibit, the museum is also offering Local Color, on display in the Marley Gallery through Feb. 17.

For additional information on this or any other event at the museum, please call 928-778-1385, or visit its website at

Hope Lutheran Church sets new service time

Hope Lutheran Church has a new worship time — 9 a.m. Sundays. Please join us for a timely message from the Bible that will enable and empower you to live with blessing and peace.

Our campus is at 1010 N. Road 1 East in Chino Valley, behind the Safeway. You will be welcome.

Volunteer town board members sought

The Town of Chino Valley is seeking applicants interested in sharing their talents, expertise, and enthusiasm to serve on the Planning and Zoning Commission, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and Industrial Development Authority.

Visit to view committee descriptions, desired qualifications, residency requirements, term of office, and meeting days and times.

Obtain a Public Body Appointment Application from the link above or address below. Application must include brief resume or summary describing relevant experience. Applicants must be willing to serve on a volunteer basis. First review to occur after Dec. 10.

Submit application or direct questions to Town of Chino Valley, Attention: Town Clerk’s Office, 202 N. Highway 89, Chino Valley, AZ 86323, Phone 928-636-2646, ext. 1052, Fax 928-636-2144,

Chino Valley Special Needs Family Christmas Party Dec. 16

Chino Valley Special Needs Family Christmas Party will be held at the Church of the Nazarene, 2945 North Highway 89, Chino Valley, from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 16.

This is a family event. There will be crafts, games, snacks, special guests and entertainment. The highlight of the party will be a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

All special needs children and their siblings will receive gifts from Santa. To register for the party, please email the names, ages, and special needs of attending family members to

If you do not get a confirmation email back within two days, try again to be assured that your family is registered. Deadline to register is Dec. 9

Advent worship services planned

Advent worship services will be held at 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays in December, including a Christmas Eve Candelight Service, at Saving Grace Lutheran Church, 440 W Palomino Road, Chino Valley. 928-636-9533.

Salvation Army seeks Red Kettle volunteers

The Salvation Army serving Chino Valley and Paulden seeks volunteers to be bell ringers during December prior to Christmas.

The blocks of time are two hours on Wednesday, Fridays or Saturdays. Individuals, families, public offices, church and school groups or businesses are needed to volunteer. A poster with your group or business name is allowed to let the community know who you are. Small countertop Red Kettles are also available to place in your business.

Join the fun. To sign-up, contact Al Gibbons at 928-713-8996.

Yellow Ribbon Honor Tree applicationsare available

The purpose of the Yellow Ribbon Honor Tree is to recognize and support current Town of 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.

Complete the application form entitled Town of Chino Valley’s Yellow Ribbon Honor Tree, providing information about the individual who is deployed.

Applications are available at Chino Valley Town Hall, Chino Valley Sr. Center, Library, Human Resources, or online at the Town of Chino Valley website,

Submit the completed application form to the Chino Valley Town Manager’s Office, 202 N. State Route 89, Chino Valley, Arizona 86323, or submit online through the town website.

A 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.


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