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Mon, Oct. 14

Prescott Valley in Brief: Fall and Christmas Craft Show this weekend

Gary “Papa Smurf” Knisley, right, and Roger Garcia relax in the sunshine Monday, Oct. 15, at Yavapai Lakes on Lakeshore Drive. Knisely said the two are considered the “staple” fishermen of the lake, and they’ve had good luck with catching catfish. Garcia is a 57-year resident, and Knisley has lived in Prescott Valley for three years. (Sue Tone/Tribune)

Gary “Papa Smurf” Knisley, right, and Roger Garcia relax in the sunshine Monday, Oct. 15, at Yavapai Lakes on Lakeshore Drive. Knisely said the two are considered the “staple” fishermen of the lake, and they’ve had good luck with catching catfish. Garcia is a 57-year resident, and Knisley has lived in Prescott Valley for three years. (Sue Tone/Tribune)

Fall and Christmas Craft Show this weekend

The Women of the Moose chapter 886 are holding their 11th annual Fall & Christmas Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 21 at Moose Lodge Prescott Valley, corner of 5th and 6th streets. Exciting new crafts and homemade sweets.

For more information, call Jean at 815-342-5555.

Prescott Valley library conducting community needs assessment

Casey Van Haren, director of the Prescott Valley Public Library, is conducting a Community Needs Assessment, which will be the launching pad for the library’s strategic plan for the future.

Van Haren invites community members to be involved in scheduled Community Conversations. Two Community Conversations will take place — one from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, in the library’s Crystal Room, third floor, 7401 E. Civic Circle in Prescott Valley. The second meeting will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in Conference Rooms A & B in the Quailwood Community Center, 12725 Bradshaw Mtn. Road, Dewey.

Please RSVP either by email to twillis@pvaz.net or call 928-759-3043 or 928-759-6188 and let us know which date you will be attending.

Presentation to focus on long-term care

“The Evolving Long Term Care Insurance Landscape” is a free Senior Connection presentation from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 at Las Fuentes Resort Village, 1035 Scott Drive, Prescott.

Gene Zilliox, MassMutual, will cover the fundamentals of Long Term Care Insurance and the different options available to fund long term care expenses. He explain traditional insurance, insurance housed in a Life Insurance Contract for individuals or both spouses in a single contract, and those housed in a Fixed Annuity Contract.

RSVPs appreciated to Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or 928-778-3747. For a complete schedule of upcoming presentations, visit www.SeniorConnection.us/speakersbureau.html.

Learn how to write a fun Christmas letter

Prescott Valley Public Library, 7401 E. Civic Circle Drive, Prescott Valley, is offering classes on consecutive Thursdays, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 and 8, in the Genealogy Room, second floor to explore all kinds of Christmas letters. Come and play with words, both written and spoken, in a celebration of updating friends and family on what has happened throughout your year.

Space is limited and registration is required. Please register online at pvlib.net. For more information, call 928-759-3040.

Free mindfulness class offered for seniors

Mindfulness is an ancient practice that present day research has found to have a significant positive impact on both physical and mental functioning. Some of the benefits include an improved sense of wellbeing and happiness, improved relationships, and sleep quality. There is evidence that it can help reduce chronic pain, anxiety, depression and fatigue.

Consider taking a “Mindfulness Class” being offered on Fridays, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Prescott. Starts Oct. 19 through Dec. 7. This group is focused on persons age 60 and over.

There is no cost, but preregistration is a must. Call Carlee at 928-445-5211 extension 2605, at the Senior Peer Program of WYGC, seniorpeerprogram.org.

Prescott Valley Public Library plans Friends of the Library Week

Help celebrate our special week, Oct. 22 through Oct. 26, by joining or extending your membership. When you join PV Friends of the Library between Oct. 1 and Oct. 26 you’ll be entered in a raffle for a $50 Amazon Gift Card. Drawing at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26. Interested in making a difference? Submit a Volunteer application online at pvaz.net or stop by the library.

The Friends Book Sale will also be held in October, Friday the 19th and Saturday the 20th. There will be great deals on books, puzzles and much more!

For information, please call 928-759-3048.

Workshop set on Native American VA services, Veterans Day parade

Prescott Valley Public Library, 7401 East Civic Circle, will be hosting the next in our VA Workshops. The topic is “Native American VA Services & Veterans Day Parade Info.” The workshop will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13, in the Glassford Hill Room.

There will be an additional 30 minutes after the presentation for questions. The speakers will be Shawndin Tracy (Native American Services Outreach Coordinator) and Mary Dillinger (Public Affairs Officer). They will be covering:

• What VA services are available for Native Americans

• VA clinics available in northern Arizona

• Other outreach events

• Veterans Day Parade (the whole event)

No registration is required. If you have any questions please call 928-759-3040.

Community coaches needed for Yavapai Reentry Project

Are you interested in serving as a volunteer guide or mentor for someone reentering the community after serving in prison? If so, the Yavapai Reentry Project is seeking your help as a Community Coach. Volunteer coaches give these individuals the opportunity for community support, the ability to build healthy relationships and to create hope for their future.

Community Coaches receive free training to learn needed skills for working one-on-one in helping provide referrals, emotional support and resources for former inmates. No experience, prior qualifications or education is needed. All that is needed is the desire to help.

The next Community Coach training will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Cottonwood Public Safety Building, 199 S. 6th Street in Cottonwood.

To register call Brenda Buenrostro at 928-708-0100 or email bbuenrostro@matforceaz.org.

Community Coach Kay Krizek says, “Community coaches provide vital support for formerly incarcerated individuals during their first year of reentry. The most important characteristics that a community coach possesses are a listening ear, an open mind and a caring heart.”

The Community Coach program has proven to be tremendously successful in Yavapai County. If you are interested in making a real difference in your community and having a positive impact on a person’s life, please contact the Yavapai Reentry Project. For more information, visit YavapaiReentryProject.org.

Get GED basics help at ‘drop in’ classes

Prescott Valley Public Library, 7401 East Civic Circle, is hosting an ongoing GED Series.

The GED is a group of four-subject tests which, when passed, provide certification that the test taker has U.S. high school-level academic skills.

The PVPL will have “Drop In” sessions from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Monday in the second floor PC Lab. After Nov. 18, the sessions will be every Monday from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

No registration is required. If you have any questions, call 928-759-3040.

Alzheimer’s Effective Communication Strategies

Join us for Alzheimer’s Effective Communication Strategies from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 at Prescott Valley Public Library, 7401 East Civic Circle.

Communication is more than just talking and listening — it is also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language.

As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. The seminar will explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, how to learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

Registration is required at pvpl.net, Attend, Classes.

Workshop to address landlord, tenant rights

What are your rights as a tenant? As a landlord? Do you know the legal responsibilities of each? Join us at the Prescott Valley Public Library, 7401 East Civic Circle Drive, for advice and information.

This free event will be from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 in the PC Lab.

This is the final workshop in our legal series and will be presented by Joseph Waesche, a local attorney.

Space is limited, but no registration is required. For more information, call 928-759-3040.

Course offers keys to accessibility options on iPhones, iPads

Prescott Valley Public Library, 7401 E. Civic Circle Drive, is offering “Mobile Accessibility for iPhones & iPads” from 10 to 11 a.m. Mondays, Nov. 5 and 19.

This course is an introduction to the accessibility options built into Apple phones and tablets including how to: use voice commands, make text larger and reduce background clutter, use magnification features to see objects on the screen, increase contrast and use color inversion to enhance readability, configure audio for clarity, turn on captions, set up features that can help with dexterity and motor coordination issues and more.

This class assumes the student has some experience with computer searches. Class numbers are limited so register online at pvlib.net, Attend, Classes. For more information, call 928-759-3040. All computer classes are held in the PC Lab on the second floor of the library.

Abraham Lincoln presentation Oct. 20

“AZ Speaks — How Abraham Lincoln Used Stories to Touch Hearts, Minds, and Funny Bones” will be presented from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Prescott Valley Public Library, 7401 E. Civic Circle.

Like all great men and women, he was a mixture of talents and motivations. Yet, the one quality of Lincoln, above all else, that allowed him to achieve greatness was his humble ability to tell stories. The goal of this presentation is to equip audiences with the methods that Lincoln used to tell stories, such as mimicry, self-effacing humor and adding a moral to the story.

Terry Sprouse, author of the book “How Abraham Lincoln Used Stories to Touch Hearts, Minds, and Funny Bones,” also illustrates how he uses stories in his daily life to connect with employees, co-workers, children, doctors and complete strangers.

Sprouse is a self-proclaimed Lincoln-ologist. Since reading Carl Sandburg’s “Abraham Lincoln,” which fell into his hands as a literature-starved Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras in 1986, he has been captivated and inspired by this legendary figure. Sprouse now writes books and delivers speeches and seminars to groups about Lincoln and storytelling.

Sprouse and his wife, Angy, live in Tucson with their two teenage boys.

Presentation Oct. 18 on inflammation

The Prescott Valley Public Library, 7401 E. Civic Circle, is partnering with the YRMC (Yavapai Regional Medical Center) Speakers Bureau to bring a double event: Inflammation and Nutrition & Exercise Concepts.

Inflammation has been an indicator of illness and injury for thousands of years. Mary Treasure, DTR, will help you learn the role of chronic inflammation in the development of the disease process and review food nutrients in promoting and inhibiting inflammation. Plus, Tami Tuma, YRMC Exercise Physiologist, Health Coach and Personal Trainer, will discuss the recommendations of exercise, exercise benefits and guidelines.

The presentation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 in the library’s 3rd floor Crystal Room. Please register online at yrmc.eventbrite.com or call 928-708-4636.

Please register online at yrmc.eventbrite.com or call 928-708-4636.

Talk to cover wills, powers of attorney

Do you have a will? What is a Powers of Attorney? Is there an alternative to these documents? What are the pro and cons of each? Join us at the Prescott Valley Public Library, 7401 East Civic Circle Drive, for advice and information.

This is the second in our legal series and will be presented by Joseph Waesche, a local attorney. This event will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 in the PC Lab.

November’s Topic will be: Tenant & Landlord Rights and Alternatives

Space is limited. This is a free event no registration is required. For more information call 928-759-3040.

Police foundation holding gun raffle

The Prescott Valley Police Foundation is having a gun raffle for a brand new Ruger semi-automatic pistol donated by Ruger.

Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20 and are on sale through 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9. The drawing will be done at that time.

For information or to buy tickets, contact us at pvpolicefoundation@gmail.com or call Kay at 928-775-4002 after 2 p.m.

Hotshot center open 3 days each week

The Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew (GMIHC) Learning and Tribute Center gives visitors the opportunity to learn about the lives of each of the individual Hotshots as well as see a portion of the artifacts and memorabilia that people from all over the country and the world left on Fire Station 7 after the June 30 five years ago.

Throughout the center, there are various displays that detail how this small Prescott wildland fire crew from Fire Station 7 eventually earned the title of Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew. Other displays in the Center enable visitors to learn about the Doce Fire, the saving of the alligator juniper tree, discover what wildland fires and firefighting are all about, and view photos of the recently opened Granite Mountain Hotshot Memorial State Park in Yarnell.

The Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew (GMIHC) Learning and Tribute Center is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays at the Prescott Gateway Mall, #120 (near Dillard’s).

For more information, visit www.gmihc19.org or info@gmihc19.org or www.facebook.com/gmihc19.

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