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Briefly: Overlay roadwork through Nov. 15

Overlay roadwork

Please be advised that Cactus Asphalt, in conjunction with Yavapai County, will be performing roadwork on Yuma Drive and Pheasant Drive in Chino Valley, Spring Lane in Spring Valley, Western and Eastern Drives in Verde Village, Hogan Lane in Cottonwood, and Wild Horse Mesa and Chavez Ranch Road in Village of Oak Creek. Construction began Monday, Sept. 4, and continue through Nov. 15. Road construction will consist of Asphalt overlays, shoulder work, guardrail installation, new striping and miscellaneous concrete work in a few areas. One lane of traffic will remain open at all times; however, motorists may encounter lane restrictions, reduced speeds, and flagging operations throughout the work zones. Motorists should expect minor delays and allow extra time to get through the construction area. Please follow all traffic control devices when travelling through the work zone.

For additional information, please contact Yavapai County Public Works at 928-771-3183 or visit us on the web at www.yavapai.us/publicworks.

District 4 Town Hall Schedule

Supervisor Brown has completed his scheduling calendar for the annual Town Halls for 2018.

Town Halls provide the community the quality time and opportunity to learn and ask questions regarding the everyday functions of Yavapai County Government. The departments represented at the scheduled meetings will be Public Works, Development Services, Community Health Department, Emergency Management and the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.

• 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 6, Paulden Area Community Organization, 24050 Marblehead Drive, Paulden.

• 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 13, Ash Fork Development Association, 450 W. Lewis, Ash Fork.

• 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 27, Seligman Library, 54170 Floyd Street, Seligman.

• 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10, Coyote Springs, 6325 Baja Circle, Prescott Valley.

• 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 11, 1015 Fair Street, Prescott.

• 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 16, Chino Valley Senior Center, 1021 Butterfield Road, Chino Valley.

• 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17, Juniperwoods Land Owners Association, 1108 Folkerts Lane, Juniperwood Ranch.

• 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30, Williamson Valley Community Organization, 4125 W. Outer Loop Road, Prescott.

For more information, contact Mary Conner, Assistant to Supervisor Brown at 928-442-5132 or visit the website at: Web.bos.district4@yavapai.us.

Lane closures on State Route 69 near Mayer Main Street scheduled for morning of Sept. 5

The Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers to plan for morning lane closures on southbound State Route 69 near Mayer Main Street while a pavement-repair project is underway.

Crews will work on the southbound right lane and then shift work to the left lane between milepost 269 and milepost 264 from 5 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Sept. 5.

The speed limit in the work zone will be reduced to 35 mph. Drivers should proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down and watch for construction personnel and equipment.

Water for our future: panel answers questions, concerns

In the face of drought and rapid population growth, how can we ensure a sustainable water supply? What is the best way to protect domestic wells and the base flow of the Verde River?

A panel of experts from the Citizens Water Advocacy Group (CWAG) will address the many issues that impact these important questions from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation building, 882 Sunset Avenue, Prescott.

Among the topics to be discussed are key water concerns in Legislative District 1 and some legislative options for protecting our groundwater, domestic wells, and the base flow of the Verde River.

The panel will provide CWAG’s answers to the five questions discussed at CWAG’s Aug. 4 Legislative District 1 candidate forum, address questions asked by the forum audience, and answer your water questions. Read the forum questions at www.cwagaz.org and watch the forum video at http://cwagaz.org/videos. Bring your water questions to the Sept. 8 meeting or submit them in advance to info@cwagaz.org.

Panel members are CWAG President Gary Beverly, Ph.D., CWAG Science Committee Chair and hydrogeologist Peter Kroopnick, Ph.D. and CWAG Education Committee Chair and retired geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, Ed Wolfe, Ph.D.

For more info visit www.cwagaz.org, call 928-445-4218, or e-mail info@cwagaz.org.

Lonesome Valley Quilt Guild meeting

On Monday, Sept. 10, the Lonesome Valley Quilt Guild will host Peggy Nehring, who is an instructor at Quilt ‘n Sew Connection in Prescott Valley. At the meeting, Peggy will give a trunk show of her beautiful quilts. Prior to her presentation, the LVQG will have installation of officers for the upcoming year.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 7763 E. Long Look Drive (corner of Long Look/Loos off Glassford), Prescott Valley. The meeting is free and there will be free refreshments. For information, contact Karen at 928-830-2565.

September Books

Visit the Friends of the Chino Valley Library Bookstore located at 1020 Palomino inside the Library. Many old and classic books are available during the month of September. There are old books from the 1800’s to 1950 and a variety of classics in paperback and hard cover.

Fish fry

Fish fry at American Legion Post 40 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 7, at 650 Road 3 South, Chino Valley.

‘Medicare 101’

“Medicare 101” is a free Senior Connection Speakers Bureau presentation from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, August 30 at Las Fuentes Resort Village, 1035 Scott Drive in Prescott.

The speaker will be Glenn Berkley, Licensed State Agent, Humana. Ever wonder what Medicare Parts A, B, C and D cover, and are you eligible? Come learn about your options and get your questions answered.

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

Yavapai College marks 50 years of learning and exploration

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

With YC’s golden anniversary celebration kicking 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:

• 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: 50th.yc.edu.

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.

Chamber 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 www.arizonaserve.org/apply. For more information please contact americorps@qarizonaserve.org 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 chinovalley.org or contact 928-636-2493 or email chamber@chinovalley.org.

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 liv2quilt@cableone.net.

‘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.

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 http://www.jodylmiller.com 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 www.chinoaz.net.

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.

— Chino Valley Review