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Chino Valley in Brief: GriefShare Support Group to meet Saturday

Interested bargain hunters peruse a $1 sale put on by Jeff Baldwin near Doug’s Gas Station. The items were from abandoned storage units, and Baldwin says he puts the sale on about once per week, and he plans on holding the sales in a central location soon. (Jason Wheeler/Review)

Interested bargain hunters peruse a $1 sale put on by Jeff Baldwin near Doug’s Gas Station. The items were from abandoned storage units, and Baldwin says he puts the sale on about once per week, and he plans on holding the sales in a central location soon. (Jason Wheeler/Review)

GriefShare Support Group to meet Saturday

A 13-week support group for those who have experienced a death of a loved one is starting Saturday Jan. 19, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at Prescott Life Church, 2200 Highway 89, Prescott.

To sign up, please text the word “HOPE” with your name and telephone number to 602-410-8536 or call for additional information.

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 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 and click on the Citizens Academy Application link.

People Who Care volunteer meeting set for Wednesday

People Who Care volunteers will meet from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Prescott United Methodist Church, People Who Care office, 505 W. Gurley St.

Volunteers provide caring non-medical assistance for adults unable to drive due to age-related and/or physical limitations. This service allows individuals to continue living in their own homes 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. The majority of our Neighbors live alone. Volunteers offer assistance with a one-to-one situation by helping with transportation to healthcare/business appointments; grocery shopping; personal paperwork; visiting; caregiver relief; and more. 928-445-2480.

Sierra Club plans presentation Friday

The Yavapai Group of the Sierra Club will host a free public presentation and discussion on the Arizona Legislature’s record of environmental protection at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at the Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 882 Sunset, Prescott.

For more information, call 928-308-1003.

Projects planned for Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Jan. 21

In celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Jan. 21, 31 AmeriCorps members of Arizona Serve of Prescott College invite community members to participate in nine service projects located in Prescott, Prescott Valley, and Chino Valley from 1 to 4p.m.

“We hope these three hours of service propels community volunteers to continue work with the amazing organizations throughout the Quad Cities that are all tackling poverty in unique and different ways,” said Annie Reifsnyder, training and program manager for Arizona Serve of Prescott College.

Every year of national service members participate in a National Day of Service on MLK Day, recognizing it as a “day on, not a day off.” This year Arizona Serve’s Prescott Team has partnered with Sonoran Prevention Works, Prescott Habitat for Humanity, Prescott Unified School District, Stepping Stones Clothing Outlet, La Tierra Community School, Horses with H.E.A.R.T, and Northpoint Academy.

“We are excited to have several amazing community partners this year for our service projects. We truly feel that their work exemplifies and embodies the work of Dr. Martin Luther King,” said Reifsnyder.

The day will kick off at 10 a.m., with the march starting at Prescott College to the Yavapai County Courthouse and ending at Prescott United Methodist Church where the celebration will occur. Lunch will then be provided for the volunteers before the services projects begin. Findlay Auto Group, Dunn-Edwards Paints, True Value Hardware, and Sherwin Williams have graciously donated to make this volunteer project possible.

“It is a day for us to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., but also take action and give back. As a National Service member, I take pride in being able to make a difference on a daily basis and am excited to share that with the larger Prescott community,” said AmeriCorps VISTA Leader Sarah Haber.

Those who are interested in volunteering can register at Prescott College before the march at 9:30 a.m., or sign up online. To sign up, go to Contact shaber@arizonaserve or call 928-793-8941.

For more information, please contact shaber@arizonaserve or call (928) 793-8941.

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 The first meeting is free and all are welcome.

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>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.

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