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Chino Valley plans inaugural Women’s Expo
Celebration part of increasing profile of Community Center as site for community events, recreation official says

In her efforts to make the Chino Valley Community Center a site for hosting community events, Recreation Lead Dallas Gray says the Town of Chino Valley is planning its inaugural Women’s Health and Beauty Expo.

“We are in a small town, and we do have a lot of new residents moving in from out of area,” Gray said. “There’s a lot of resources here in Chino locally, and people sometimes think they have to go to Prescott instead of looking through what we have here.”

As such, the thought was to put something together not only to showcase local businesses but geared toward the idea of a fresh new you with the New Year, she said. Plus, women love to get a makeover, Gray said.

In connection with the show, one woman will win a free makeover, which will include microblading, eyelash extensions, hair and makeup, services Gray said normally cost about $400 to $600.

Chino Valley residents 18 and older are eligible to be nominated, and entries can be submitted at the Chino Valley Senior Center, 1021 W. Butterfield Road; Community Center, Perkinsville Road and Road 1 East; Public Library, 1020 W. Palomino Road; Town Hall, 202 Highway 89, or emailed to Gray at dgray@chinoaz.net with a deadline of noon Thursday, Feb. 14. The winner will be announced at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20. Nomination forms are available at the above places and at www.chinoaz.net.

The Women’s Health and Beauty Expo is planned for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Chino Valley Community Center. It has taken several months of planning to put the event together, Gray said, mentioning donations from numerous local businesses. They include Alvarez Tire, tattoo artist Ben Tello, The CBD Connection, Overflow Coffee, Golden Nails, Mary’s Cozy Home Furnishings, Days Inn, Dana’s Hair Emporium, Chino Valley Jewelers, Big Daddy E’s, Liquor Barn and Kit’s Nails, she said.

Those who attend will see services offered from seven to eight vendors as well as have the chance to win more than $2,000 in door prizes, Gray said. Next year, as the expo becomes an annual event, the goal is to have more vendors and hold it closer to the springtime so it can be staged outside, she said.

Gray said the desire to utilize the Chino Valley Community Center doesn’t just stop at the Women’s Expo. As such, she initiated free Friday classes and wants to fill as many Fridays as possible, she said.

An upcoming class on Friday, Feb. 15, will be given by someone from Angel’s Home Health Care going over asthma, allergies and local remedies, Gray said. On Friday, Feb. 22, a class will be given on choices in childbirth, she said.

“We have a midwife coming in, and she’s going to go over things that are pertinent for Yavapai County,” Gray said. “What options are available up here and then also just go over for each mom that might have a different idea of how she wants to deliver her baby.”

Her idea, Gray said, is to use the Community Center as much as possible, bring people together and create a community atmosphere residents can look forward to. She wants to keep it on Fridays so people can have it in their minds that Fridays are at the Community Center and so they will keep an eye out for what is offered, though some classes may be on Saturday based on availability, she said.

The classes will be whatever is pertinent to the Town of Chino Valley, Gray said, adding she is working on some internship programs for local youth and possibly a Father’s Day expo.

If anyone has any questions about upcoming classes, they can contact her at 928-636-9780 or at dgray@chinoaz.net.

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