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Prescott Valley in Brief: Yavapai County Citizens Academy taking applications

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.

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.

Daddies, daughters can celebrate special night on Feb. 22

Daddy Daughter Date Night is a chance to share a classy evening between generations. It takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at the Event Spot, for daughters ages 3-12 and their fathers, grandfathers or guardians.

The event includes dinner, dancing, fun activities and lots of prizes. Suggested attire for the evening is a dress for the young ladies and sport coat or suit, with or without tie, for their attendant.

Pre-registration is required and closes on Friday, Feb. 15. Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until full. Cost is $35 per couple, $15 for each additional daughter.

To register or for information, visit www.pvaz.net or call 928-759-3090. The Event Spot is at 6520 E. 1st St., Prescott Valley.

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.

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.

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 took place Monday, Jan. 7. 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 is 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.

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.

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.