Prescott Valley in Brief: Prescribed burn near Cordes Junction April 6-13
Prescribed burn near Cordes Junction April 6-13
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Phoenix District is conducting a prescribed burn of cut and piled juniper within 120 acres of the Agua Fria National Monument in the Sycamore Mesa area, approximately five miles northeast of Cordes Junction. The burn is planned for one to three days between April 6 and 13.
BLM will ignite the piles when the weather conditions are favorable. Residents in the area should expect some light smoke to be visible during the burn operation. Firefighters will remain on the scene to control the burning piles, as well as to monitor public and resource safety. No local road closures are expected.
By thinning and burning the juniper that has encroached into grasslands, wildlife corridors are opened, predator cover is reduced, and forage for wildlife improves. It also serves to reduce wildfire intensity and spread to adjacent communities or sensitive ecosystems in the immediate area when a wildfire occurs in the area.
PV Library happenings in April
Mark your calendars for these upcoming events at Prescott Valley Public Library, 7401 E. Skoog Blvd.:
• Ancient Southwestern Native American Pottery presentation, April 11, 6 to 7 p.m.;
• Monday Night Movies — Green Book, 5 to 7 p.m.;
• History of Vulture Mine presentation, April 23, 6 to 7 p.m.;
• Cyber Security Awareness workshop for parents and young adults, April 24, 5 to 7 p.m., registration required.
For more information, call 928-759-3040.
Seminar helps caregivers understand Alzheimer’s
“Understanding Alzheimer’s to Ensure the Best Care for Your Loved One” free Senior Connection seminar with Circle of Life Alzheimer’s Homes will take place on Thursday, April 11, from noon to 1 p.m. at Prescott Valley Christian Church, 7655 E. Long Look Drive.
RSVPs appreciated to Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or 928-778-3747.
Book sale in Dewey-Humbolt
Dewey-Humboldt Friends of the Library Book Sales will take place Thursdays, from noon to 4 p.m. at 12980 Prescott St., Humboldt. Choose from current gift quality westerns, cooking, mysteries, romance and more. Hardbacks, $1, paperbacks, 25 cents. For more information, call 928-632-5049.
SCORE hosts employment law workshop
Most employers don’t realize that 21 employment laws apply to businesses with only one employee. Northern Arizona SCORE is offering an informative workshop to help educate local employers, “Employment Laws — From Hiring to Firing.”
The workshop will be held Tuesday, April 16, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Prescott Valley campus of Yavapai College. Cost is $20.
A Prescott lawyer and human resources consultant, Laura Hamblin, will be conducting the workshop. The discussion will focus on laws that are triggered at each stage of the employment process; recruiting, hiring, paying, managing, and dismissing people. All employers, regardless of size, are encouraged to attend.
To enroll, go to www.northernarizona.score.org or call the SCORE office at 928-778-7438.
People Who Care seeks volunteers
People Who Care volunteers provide caring non-medical assistance for adults unable to drive due to age-related and/or physical limitations. This allows an individual to continue living in their own homes and remain independent as long as safely possible.
To learn more about volunteering, plan to attend the People Who Care volunteer informational meeting, Wednesday, April 17, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., at Prescott United Methodist Church, 505 W. Gurley St. in Prescott.
People Who Care is a community-based nonprofit with programs in Prescott, Prescott Valley, Dewey and Chino Valley. Volunteers help in the community where they and enrolled Neighbors live. Volunteers provide help with transportation to healthcare and business appointments; grocery shopping; personal paperwork; visiting; caregiver relief, and more.
For more information, call 928-445-2480.
Murder Mystery to benefit Sheriff’s Auxiliary volunteers
A Murder Mystery Dinner and play event hosted by the Prescott Noon Lioness club will benefit the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Auxiliary Force volunteers. The cost of much-needed equipment and supplies used in their search and rescue work is borne by the volunteers.
The event will take place at 5 p.m. Friday, May 10, at the American Warehouse, 226 N. Montezuma St. in Prescott. Ticket price of $75 includes two tickets for adult and non-alcoholic beverages, appetizers, dinner, dessert, and the audience-participation murder mystery “who dunnit” play.
There will be a silent auction and 50/50 drawing as well, with all net proceeds of the evening benefiting the Sheriff’s Auxiliary Force volunteers - Yavapai Search and Rescue Team (4x4 Unit, Quad Unit, Dog Unit, Mounted Unit, Back Country Unit and the Southern Unit); Volunteers in Protection (VIPs), Yavapai County Jeep Posse; and Verde Search and Rescue.
For ticket sales, contact Lioness Cathy Dressler at 714-495-0359.
World Tai Chi, Qigong Day celebration on April 27
World Tai Chi and Qigong Day will be celebrated on Saturday, April 27, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Bradshaw Mountain Middle School gym located at 12255 E. Turquoise Circle in Dewey.
World Tai Chi and Qigong Day is in its 20th year and is celebrated on the last Saturday of April in more than 85 countries around the globe.
This event is free and open to the public. Many local Tai Chi and Qigong instructors will be available to answer questions. There will be demonstrations of various forms of Tai Chi and Qigong with an opportunity for audience participation.
For information, contact Patti Daughtery, 928-899-5252 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tax donations earn credit and stay local
Contributions made to the nonprofit WYGC, Inc. (West Yavapai Guidance Clinic) qualify for the Arizona CharitableTax Credit Program for the Working Poor. By giving to WYGC, your tax dollars stay in Yavapai County and help those in need. You can earn up to $800 (married couples) or $400 (singles) in tax credit for donations made to organizations that help the working poor. This comes off the bottom line of your taxes you owe the state.
For more information, call 928-445-5211 ext. 3634or visit wygc.org.
Information provided by the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic Foundation.
Citizenship classes begin in May
Starting on May 9, the Prescott Valley Public Library, 7401 E. Skoog Blvd., will host free civics classes for those applying for U.S. citizenship.
The class will meet every Thursday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the library’s second floor PC lab. Classes will end in 10 weeks on July 25. Registration is required. To register go to pvlib.net>attend>classes.
For information, contact Jim Black at 928-759-6190.
Scholarships available for high school seniors
Graduating students from Prescott Valley schools, or students who live in Prescott Valley but attend school else-where, are eligible to apply for one of two $1,000 scholarships offered by the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Acceptance of the scholarship requires that the student be a graduating senior and that funds must be used for Fall 2019. Scholarships are available for any accredited university, college, business, trade or technical school.
Applications are reviewed by a committee composed of the Chamber Scholarship chair, a Chamber Ambassador, and a member at large. Awards are made directly to the institution the student plans on attending.
Deadline is April 12; awards will be announced in May.
County Supervisor Smith to host Coffee Chat
Yavapai County Supervisor Jack R. Smith host monthly Coffee Chats at the Step One Coffee House located at 6719 E 2nd St., Prescott Valley.
The April Coffee Chat will take place at 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 10. These informal gatherings are held in a casual friendly-environment giving residents the opportunity to ask questions and engage in open discussions about community issues of importance, such as county budget, taxes and upcoming events. All are welcome to attend.
If you would like to enjoy a good cup of coffee and talk about issues, ask questions, discuss concerns, offer comments or suggestions, or just have a chance to meet Supervisor Smith, please take the time to come out to the Coffee Chats at Step One Coffee House.
AARP accepting applications for challenge grants
AARP Community Challenge 2019 program is accepting applications for grants that will provide funds for community-based “quick-action” projects related to housing, transportation, smart cities and public spaces. The grant application period closes on April 17.
The program is part of the nationwide AARP Livable Communities initiative that helps communities become great places to live for residents of all ages. The program is intended to help communities make immediate improvements and jump-start long-term progress in support of residents of all ages.
In 2017, the AARP grant program received nearly 1,200 applications and chose 88 winning grantees. In 2018, AARP received almost 1,600 applications and funded 129 quick-action projects.
To read more about the grant opportunity, the application process and to view a short video highlighting previous grant-winning projects, please visit:
Register for Police Foundation golf tourney and ball drop
The Prescott Valley Police Foundation is having its third annual Golf Tournament and Ball Drop at StoneRidge on Sunday, April 28. The tournament includes a free-car Hole-in-One prize, opportunity to golf with a police officer, lunch, and other special features.
Deadline to register is April 19. The Ball Drop is open to anyone, and you need not be present to win. Anyone can purchase drop balls for $10 each. Winner gets 50 percent of the Ball Drop proceeds.
For more information, call 928- 772-0498 after noon or email email@example.com.
Submarine veterans set Tolling of the Boats ceremony April 11
Submarines and crews lost will be remembered and honored on Thursday, April 11, by the Prescott Valley branch of the United States Submarine Veterans, Gudgeon Base, who will pay tribute to the 119th birthday of the submarine service with a Tolling of the Boats ceremony at noon at the military memorial on the grounds of the Prescott Valley Civic Center.
Following the ceremony, a luncheon will be held at VFW Post 10227 at 2375 N. 5th St. in Prescott Valley. Veterans and the public are invited to attend the ceremony and then come to the VFW to see submarine memorabilia and chat with the crew.
For more information, call Dennis McCeight at 619-708-3450.
Free tax prep service available locally
IRS certified tax preparers with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, partnering with Catholic Charities, will provide free federal and state tax preparation and e-file service at two locations:
• Prescott Valley Library Crystal Room, Mondays and Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and,
• Catholic Charities office, 434 W. Gurley St., Prescott, Saturdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Appointments are recommended. Call 928-460-9895.
Scholarships available through Community Foundation site
The Arizona Community Foundation’s online scholarship portal is now accepting applications, making scholarship funding opportunities available to students across Arizona for the 2019-20 school year.
As Arizona’s largest private provider of scholarship funding, ACF provides access to more than 100 scholarship awards with a single online application, a news release states. Completing one general application matches applicants with scholarship opportunities within the system for which they may be eligible.
Scholarships are available for two- and four-year colleges and universities, as well as vocational and technical schools. Application deadlines for scholarships vary, ranging from early spring to the end of May. Some scholarships are given based on merit or financial need, while others are awarded to students in a particular geographic region or with specific demographic characteristics.
Visit www.azfoundation.org/scholarships to access over $2.5 million in scholarship awards.