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Chino Valley in Brief: Fruit tree pruning demo offered Feb. 23

Fruit tree pruning demo offered Feb. 23

It is fruit tree pruning season and the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Yavapai County office, is offering a deciduous fruit tree pruning demonstration conducted by Extension Agent Jeff Schalau.

Come and learn why, when, and how to prune your backyard fruit trees, a news release states. Pruning demonstrations will cover apples, pears, plums, peaches, nectarines, cherries, and more. Fertilization, irrigation and fruit thinning will also be discussed.

The pruning demonstration is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the McLandress Orchard, 850 S. Maricopa St., Chino Valley. It is not necessary to register — just come and learn!

Maps and directions to this workshop are available on the Yavapai County Cooperative Extension website at cals.arizona.edu/yavapai/pruning. Signs will be posted prior to the workshop to help participants find the location. Follow Extension Agent Jeff Schalau on Twitter (@jeffschalau) for timely information such as cancellations due to inclement weather.

People with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as sign language interpreter, by contacting 928-445-6590, ext. 221. Requests should be made as early as possible to arrange the accommodation.

Scholarship competition closing

Prescott Center for the Arts opened its 37th annual Scholarship Competition to all students in the Quad Cities who are between 10 and 18 years old as of Jan. 1.

This past year, PCA awarded more than $12,000 in scholarships ranging from $50 to $1,000 to 68 talented students from a total of 217 entries.

Categories include performing arts competitions in Drama, Musical Theater, Piano, Strings, Voice and Band Instruments (Winds, Brass and Percussion) divisions, with competitions held during March and April at various Prescott venues.

The visual arts competition and exhibit will be in late March and April in the PCA Art Gallery.

Entries for the music and drama competitions close at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22. Registration for the art competition will be March 26-27.

It is important to follow the registration rules to be able to enter the competitions. To enter, visit pca-az.net/scholarship-competition.

Amateur radio class, tests Feb. 23, March 2

Here is your chance to get your entry-level amateur radio license. A two-day class is coming up to prepare interested people for the entry level amateur license.

The two-day class will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23, and Saturday, March 2, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This class is offered for free by the Yavapai Amateur Radio Club. Classes will be held at the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension building (4-H building) on the Prescott Rodeo Grounds off of Miller Valley Road. Registration is available at http://www.w7yrc.org/ham-licensing-class-registration, or walk-ins are welcome. Optional study guides are available for $15.

Testing for all levels of FCC amateur radio licenses will be conducted at the Jeep Posse building, behind the outdoor hockey rink, 1200 Commerce Drive in Pioneer Park, Prescott, on Saturday, March 16, at 9 a.m. For more information or to pre-register for the test (strongly recommended), visit http://www.w7yrc.org/arrl-vec. Follow the steps to use the online pre-registration form.

People Who Care seeking volunteers

People Who Care plans a volunteer informational meeting from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the People Who Care office on the campus of Prescott United Methodist Church, 505 W. Gurley St.

People Who Care volunteers provide caring, non-medical assistance for adults who are unable to drive due to age-related and/or physical limitations. This allows an individual to continue living in their own home and remain independent as long as safely possible.

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 clients live. The majority of the group’s clients live alone.

People Who Care offers volunteer assistance with a one-to-one situation by helping with:

• transportation to health care/business appointments

• grocery shopping

• personal paperwork

• visiting

• caregiver relief, and more.

Reaching out and assisting our neighbors is a “feel good” opportunity for both the person volunteering and the one receiving the assistance.

Call the Prescott office at 928-445-2480 to enroll.

Animal Partners seeks members

If you love dogs and cats, Chino Valley Animal Partners, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, would love to have you as a member.

The mission is to organize fundraising events, volunteer our time and raise funds to help the local shelter with its needs and those in the community on a fixed income that may require some financial assistance, with companion care dogs and cats.

The monthly meetings are at 6 p.m. the first Monday of every month at the Senior Center at 1021 Butterfield Road, Chino Valley. www.chinovalleyanimalpartners.org, FB page, chinovalleyanimalpartners@gmail.com.

Creation science seminar is Feb. 23

The winter creation science seminar will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Chino Valley Bible Church, 713 Market Place Drive. There will be two speakers: Joe Sebney (a rocket scientist), and Dr. Chris Williams (a biochemist). There will be a question-and-answer period after each talk.

There will be a Bible and science quiz and a local ministry highlight, along with a display from the Creation Research Society and Willow Dressell with her fossil display.

Please bring someone, especially students if you can. Each student present gets a free large piece of shortbread and a creation book and DVD. Call 928-771-1218 for more information.

Friends of Library book sale underway

The Friends of Chino Valley Library will offer books and CDs at special bargain prices during its February book sale at the library, 1020 W. Palomino Road.

Paperback and hardback romance regular 25 cents each, now five for $1. Music on CD regular $1, now two for $1. All proceeds benefit the library.

Call 928-636-2687 for more information.

Head Start program taking applications

Chino Valley Head Start/Early Head Start Home Base and Paulden Head Start programs are accepting student applications for the 2019-20 school year.

Head Start/Early Head Start offers free full-day services to preschool children and home-based services to infants, toddlers and expectant moms. Services for preschool children (ages 3 to 5) are provided in center-based classrooms where children attend extended sessions to help accommodate the needs of the families.

Education staff at Head Start provide children with activities that help them grow cognitively, socially, emotionally and physically. Head Start features a play-based, developmentally appropriate classrooms that encourage children to discover and explore. Children must be 3 before Aug. 1 and be fully potty trained.

The class sessions run August to May, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday. Applications are available at 1985 North Road 1 West, Chino Valley (across the street from the library), 928-636-1076. Paulden Head Start is located at the Paulden Community School, 24850 Naples Drive, 928-227-3393. Applications can be picked up at either school.

TOPS meets Tuesdays in Chino Valley

TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) Club #9168 meets each Tuesday in Chino Valley at the Chino Valley United Methodist Church at 725 E Road 1 South, in Remp Hall (the building between the church and the food bank).

Weigh-in is from 7 to 8 a.m. and the program and meeting are from 8 to 9 a.m. National dues are $32 per year and local dues are $2 per month. For further information about TOPS go to www.tops.org. The first meeting is free and all are welcome.

Credit Union West offers scholarships

Credit Union West, in Maricopa and Yavapai counties, is offering $5,000 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors.

These five $1,000 awards will allow high school graduates to offset the cost of studying at a four-year college, community college or trade school, according to a news release.

With a special focus, two of these $1,000 scholarships are reserved for students who participated in their school’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC). The remaining three awards are open to all local graduates who meet the scholarship requirements.

Maricopa and Yavapai County students who graduate in 2019 and plan to attend college or trade school in the fall can apply for a Credit Union West scholarship from through March 29. The application form and rules can be found online at cuwest.org. Scholarship winners will be announced by May 1.

Democratic Women offer spring scholarships

The Democratic Women of the Prescott Area (DWPA) plans to award three high school college-bound seniors a $1,000 scholarship each. This year the same application will be used to award both general and DACA scholarships.

Applications will be provided to all high school counselors in the Prescott area, including in the Prescott Valley and Chino Valley city limits. To be eligible, the high school student must be applying or has been accepted to a college or university, be a registered Democrat or reside in a home where one parent or a guardian grandparent are registered Democrats. (This does not apply to DACA students.)

The senior will also need to provide a completed application, reproducible picture, two letters of recommendation as well as a complete a one-page, double-spaced essay on, “How I Would Change the World.”

Graduating seniors are encouraged to pick up an application in their high school counselor’s office or they may contact the DWPA at info@demwomenprescottaz.com for an application to be emailed. Applications must be postmarked or hand delivered by Friday, March 29, to qualify.

FEMA program offers teen leadership training

Yavapai County 4-H Youth Development Program presents MyPI, an Arizona Youth Preparedness Initiative. My PI fosters emergency preparedness, civic responsibility and leadership in teens.

This Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Certification Training is free to youth ages 13 to 19.

The program is offered March 11 to 15 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day at the Yavapai County Cooperative Extension office located on 840 Rodeo Drive, Building C in Prescott.

Pre-registration is required, and applications are available at mypiarizona.org. The program is free with a $50 deposit (refundable upon program completion).

For more information, call 928-445-6590, ext.229.

Over $2.5 million in scholarships available for students

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.

High school seniors, current college students, or graduate students attending accredited schools anywhere in the United States may apply. 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. Students are encouraged to apply early to maximize their opportunities for scholarship awards.

The awards available serve a diversity of students. 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 and to find out more about scholarships available through ACF.

New CarePortal program connects families

Yavapai County residents looking for a way to help their neighbors have a new program available to them. The program, called CarePortal, is designed to connect families in need with local churches willing to lend a hand.

CarePortal is a network that allows Department of Child Safety (DCS) caseworkers to enter a family’s request online, such as car seats or a bed for a child to sleep on. After CarePortal receives the request, it alerts participating churches within the requesting families’ ZIP Code. Churches then identify parishioners who are willing to assist a family.

“It takes a community to keep families strong,” said DCS Director Greg McKay. “CarePortal offers a direct link between local churches and families who are struggling.”

In December 2015, DCS and the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith, and Family partnered to launch CarePortal in Pima County. Since their initial launch, CarePortal has recruited 120 churches that have helped more than 4,000 Arizona children. In addition to Pima County, CarePortal is available in Maricopa and Yuma Counties.

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