Originally Published: January 8, 2019 5:55 p.m.
Taking Off Pounds Sensibly meets on Tuesdays
Taking Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) club meets each Tuesday at the Chino Valley United Methodist Church, 725 E. Road 1 South, Remp Hall. The building is 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 additional information about TOPS, visit www.tops.org. The first meeting is free and all are welcome.
‘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.
Yavapai County Citizens Academy taking applications
The Yavapai County “Citizens Academy.” is currently accepting applications for attendees.
The academy, approved in September by the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, will provide county residents with insights into how the county government works, promote open lines of communication, and offer a clear understanding of how county services affect the everyday lives of its residents.
Applications to attend the Citizens Academy must be submitted online at Yavapai.us. Participants will interact with the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, county leadership, and other resident. By the end of the class, participants will have an increased understanding of the organizational structure and operation of the various county departments that influence the quality of life in Yavapai County.
The classes will be held at the Yavapai County Board Room, 1015 Fair St. on the following dates: Jan. 17, 24, and 31, Feb. 7, 21 and 28 and March 7 and 14 (no class on Feb. 14).
The academy will consists of eight classes, each of which will highlight various Yavapai County departments. Classes are held on Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and a light dinner will be provided.
There is no charge to attend the Citizens Academy, and it is open to anyone living in Yavapai County, 18 years of age or older. Classes will be offered once a year in Prescott and again in the Verde Valley. The class will accommodate 20 participants, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. The academy is not intended to be a platform for complaints or to debate political issues but rather a place to ask questions, and learn.
The academy will conclude with a graduation ceremony at a Board of Supervisors meeting shortly after the completion of the class.
To apply, visit Yavapai.us and click on the Citizens Academy Application link.
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, Jan. 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.
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.
JustFaith Social Justice Program sets meetings
As we begin this New Year of 2019, we are happy to invite all those interested in learning more about social justice to join us.
You may think, “The problems of our world are so great, what can one person do?” Come and learn how one person joined with many others can accomplish a great deal.
JustFaith is a social justice education process that helps participants learn to live the Gospel in ways that respond to the needs of our world today.
The program consists of three eight-week sessions. You can attend any one, two, or all three sessions. Study materials are provided at no cost. Recommended reading can be purchased in hard copy or as eBooks, checked out at the library, or shared with other participants.
Join us at JustFaith at either of these times and places:
Wednesdays 6 to 8 p.m., beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 9 through Feb. 27 at Unity of Prescott, 145 S. Arizona Avenue
Or, Thursdays 9 to 11 a.m., beginning on Jan. 10 through Feb. 28 at United Methodist Church (in the library) 505 W. Gurley St. in Prescott.
For more information, call Pastor Misty, 928-778-1950, Sr. Anne, 602-509-9639, or Unity of Prescott 928-445-1850.
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