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Prescott Valley in brief: Town schedules open houses for January

The Town of Prescott Valley offers residents the opportunity to recycle their cut Christmas trees after the holidays. The PV Parks and Recreation Department will accept cut trees in a specialty container in the south parking lot of Mountain Valley Park off East Nace Lane. Christmas tree disposal hours are dawn to 10 p.m. daily until Friday, Jan. 4. Residents are asked to remove all nails, stands, lights and decorations from trees before placing them into the container. Artificial trees, wreathes, yard debris and household waste are not permitted. For more information, contact Parks and Recreation at 928-759-3090. (Sue Tone/Tribune)

The Town of Prescott Valley offers residents the opportunity to recycle their cut Christmas trees after the holidays. The PV Parks and Recreation Department will accept cut trees in a specialty container in the south parking lot of Mountain Valley Park off East Nace Lane. Christmas tree disposal hours are dawn to 10 p.m. daily until Friday, Jan. 4. Residents are asked to remove all nails, stands, lights and decorations from trees before placing them into the container. Artificial trees, wreathes, yard debris and household waste are not permitted. For more information, contact Parks and Recreation at 928-759-3090. (Sue Tone/Tribune)

Town schedules open houses for January

Prescott Valley residents interested in how their tax dollars are spent may want to attend one or more Government Budget Informational Open Houses set for 5:30 p.m. on three days in January.

The first takes place Monday, Jan. 7, at the StoneRidge Community Center, 1300 N. StoneRidge Dr. The second is Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the Prescott Valley Public Library Crystal Room, 7401 Skoog Blvd. The final open house is Wednesday, Jan. 16, in the Pronghorn Ranch Clubhouse, 7051 N. Antelope Meadows Drive.

The format for the Open Houses are set so that residents may come and go throughout the 90-minute meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Town staff from several departments will be on hand to answer questions as there will be no formal presentation.

“This is an effort to solicit comments and input from residents of Prescott Valley before a budget is developed,” the town’s January newsletter states.

Representatives from PV Volunteer Central will have information on numerous volunteer opportunities.

Children and trauma follow-up workshop set for Jan. 26

Humboldt Unified School District continues to offer popular and much-needed workshops on Working with Traumatized Children.

A free follow-up workshop to the Trauma I training takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the HUSD East campus/district office, Building 400, 6411 N. Robert Road.

The four-hour workshop will dive into practical tools to use when working with traumatized children.

Free onsite childcare will be available. Please RSVP by calling Kelly Lee at 928-759-5109 or through email at kelly.lee@humboldtunified.com.

Windows 10 classes set for January

Prescott Valley Public Library, 7401 E. Civic Circle Drive, is offering Windows 10 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays, January 12, 19 and 26.

This course will walk participants through the changes introduced with Windows 10. Each student in a lab setting will learn the basics of managing Windows 10 settings, how to navigate and customize the Start menu, quickly find and install apps from the Microsoft Store, add User Accounts, enable and personalize Cortana, and use OneDrive to save files to the cloud.

This class assumes the student has some experience of a previous version of Windows. Class numbers are limited so please 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.

Civics classes set for those seeking citizenship

Beginning in January, the Prescott Valley Public Library, 7401 E. Skoog Blvd., will host free civics classes for those applying for U.S. citizenship.

Starting on Jan. 22, the class will meet every Tuesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the library’s second-floor PC Lab. Classes will end in 10 weeks on March 26. Registration is required. To register go to pvlib.net>attend>classes. For more information, contact Jim Black at 928-759-6190.

This LSTA project is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Presentation to address how to prevent falls

“Balance Recovery Strategies — How to Prevent a Fall” is a free Senior Connection Speakers Bureau presentation from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 1202 Green Lane, Prescott.

Karen Russell, Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, will explain three strategies used in balance recovery and fall prevention, and demonstrate a variety of exercises that can be done at home to build strength and flexibility, and help prevent falls.

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

Learn the art of brewing your own kombucha

DIY winter tonics will be explored in a fun, unique and timely workshop that explores the whys, how-to’s and benefits of this ancient elixir and helps save money.

The Art of Brewing Your Own Kombucha workshop includes a delicious taste-testing, starter kit ($25 value), step-by-step instructions and recipes for creating marvelous twists to your brew are included. $30 pre-registration required by Jan. 3 to 928-445-4565, at 219 W. Gurley St., Prescott, or online at: https://nectarapothecary.com/product/art-of-brewing-your-own-kombucha/.

Archaeologist to discuss Southwestern Indian rock art

Ancient Indian pictographs (rock paintings) and petroglyphs (symbols carved or pecked on rocks) are claimed by some to be forms of writing for which meanings are known. However, are such claims supported by archaeology or by Native Americans themselves?

Allen Dart illustrates southwestern petroglyphs and pictographs, and discusses how even the same rock art symbol may be interpreted differently from popular, scientific, and modern Native American perspectives.

This presentation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 at Prescott Valley Public Library’s Crystal Room.

Dart is a Registered Professional Archaeologist and has worked in Arizona and New Mexico since 1975. He is a state cultural resource specialist/archaeologist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and volunteer director of Tucson’s Old Pueblo Archaeology Center nonprofit organization, which he founded in 1993 to provide educational and scientific programs in archaeology, history, and cultures.

Dart has received the Arizona Governor’s Award in Public Archaeology, the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society’s Victor R. Stoner Award, and the Arizona Archaeological Society’s Professional Archaeologist of the Year.

If you have questions, please call 928-759-3040.

‘America’s Got Talent’ favorite Mandy Harvey to play Prescott

Mandy Harvey is a songstress with a marvelous touch for ballads, jazz and blues, and she backs her talent with a remarkable story that began in silence and then blossomed on national television.

The former “America’s Got Talent” sensation will light up the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. The performance will be captioned for the hearing impaired.

A deaf American singer-songwriter, Harvey found the spotlight in 2017 on “America’s Got Talent.” After telling the judges her history — as a promising Colorado music student who lost her hearing to a connective tissue disorder — and sharing her arduous journey to reclaim her music through instinct and hard work, Harvey brought a tearful audience to its feet and won Simon Cowell’s coveted “golden buzzer,” with a powerfully heartfelt performance of her own song, “Try.”

Harvey’s triumph gave her a national profile, and she has performed around the country.

Harvey was a Vocal Music Education major at Colorado State University with dreams of becoming a choir director when she lost her residual hearing at the age of 18 to Ehlers-Donlos syndrome. She was devastated, but she discovered that her sense of timing and pitch — as well as her passion for music — were still intact. She learned American Sign Language, worked tirelessly on her music, and began playing small jazz clubs in Fort Collins, then in Denver.

Harvey has been profiled by “NBC Nightly News” and CNN’s “Great Big Story.” She is a spokesperson for No Barriers USA and the Invisible Disabilities Association, and travels the country working to heighten disability awareness, challenge stereotypes and inspire others.

Mandy will hold a 5 p.m. pre-show discussion on the day of her Prescott performance, talking to young people about facing down their fears and achieving their dreams.

Tickets for Harvey’s show start at $25, with $15 student tickets available.

For reservations or more information, please contact the YCPAC Box Office, 1100 E. Sheldon Street, Prescott, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or call 928-776-2000 (or 877-928-4253 toll free) or visit www.ycpac.com.

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