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Chino Valley in Brief: Knights of Columbus blood drive set for March 16

Anthony Santos, a third-grader at Mingus Springs Charter School, poses with his “Sound Matter!” science project — which earned a first-place ribbon in the school’s 2018-19 Science Fair on Wednesday, March 6. Fourteen students from the school earned first-place ribbons and will be invited to the Yavapai County Science Fair on Friday, March 29, at Tri City College Prep High School in Prescott. The other winners are second-graders Evan Schaller and Eli Furr; third-graders Logan Nagle, James Hines and Braydon King; fourth-graders Konner Nagle, Elijah Christopher, Travis Minkus, Brandon Widtfeldt and Iris Purcell; fifth-grader Body Allen; sixth-grader Alex Furr; and seventh-grader Brody King. (Matt Santos/Courtesy)

Anthony Santos, a third-grader at Mingus Springs Charter School, poses with his “Sound Matter!” science project — which earned a first-place ribbon in the school’s 2018-19 Science Fair on Wednesday, March 6. Fourteen students from the school earned first-place ribbons and will be invited to the Yavapai County Science Fair on Friday, March 29, at Tri City College Prep High School in Prescott. The other winners are second-graders Evan Schaller and Eli Furr; third-graders Logan Nagle, James Hines and Braydon King; fourth-graders Konner Nagle, Elijah Christopher, Travis Minkus, Brandon Widtfeldt and Iris Purcell; fifth-grader Body Allen; sixth-grader Alex Furr; and seventh-grader Brody King. (Matt Santos/Courtesy)

Knights of Columbus blood drive set for March 16

The Chino Valley Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at St. Catherine Laboure’ Church Hall, 2062 N. Highway 89, Chino Valley.

To schedule an appointment, call Paul Diemer, 928-636-0747 or Larry Cox, 928-636-0604. Walk-ins are welcome.

Bunco night on March 25 benefits animal shelter

Chino Valley Animal Partners is holding a Bunco fundraising event at the Chino Valley Senior Center, 1021 Butterfield Road, at 6 p.m. Monday, March 25.

The cost is $10 to play. Cash prizes, gifts, free snacks and water will be available.

For more information, contact chinovalleyanimalpartners@gmail.com. Proceeds are slated to benefit Companion Animals in Chino Valley and the local animal shelter.

Diversity convention at Yavapai College on March 22

Members of the Quad Cities are invited to be a part this year’s National Student Leadership Diversity Convention by attending its local representative counterpart at Yavapai College’s Prescott campus from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, March 22, in Building 3, Room 119.

The NSLDC is the largest national gathering of student leaders and campus-based advisors to address the most critical topics of diversity and social justice challenging academic campuses today. Join the Yavapai district’s conference to learn more via experiential workshops, keynote sessions, and roundtable discussions relating to the various elements of diversity and how they affect students and campuses.

“The skills taught at the NSLDC open up the definition of diversity beyond skin color or nationality,” Yavapai College Student Leadership Council Vice President Carissa Bond said. “‘Diversity’ is also manifested as differences in age, thought and innovation, and ethics and morals.

“The NSLDC activities help students and community members become strong inclusive leaders by teaching them applicable skills to develop cultural dexterity, connecting them across a multitude of different backgrounds and focuses to create learning or working environments that value every individual for their unique contributions, allowing them to achieve their highest potential.”

To learn more about the convention and to register, please visit www.yc.edu/diversity.

Information provided by Yavapai College.

Heritage Middle School staff seeks Hall of Fame nominations

Staff at Heritage Middle School are seeking nominations for this year’s Heritage Middle School Hall of Fame Award. Since 1989, people in the community who have played a major role in contributing to the development of the children in Chino Valley have been recognized with the award. Past recipients include school employees, volunteers, parents, community leaders, a judge and board members.

Alford Pott, longtime member of the Chino Valley Unified School District’s Board of Trustees, and Lucy Bates, who volunteered her home for social and recreational activities for the youth of Chino Valley, were the first to receive the award.

The kind of person being sought are those who go the extra mile to make sure Chino Valley children are safe or well fed, who helps them learn how to play a sport or has dedicated their time in other ways to the children in the district.

Send nominations to Heritage Middle School, 1076 N. Road 1 West, call 928-636-4464 or speak to Principal Julie Bryce or Secretary Beth Watson. Nominations should include a picture of the person being nominated, reasons for the nomination in fewer than 300 words, and contact information.

The deadline is Monday, April 8, and the nominees will be recognized at the Chino Valley Unified School District Board Meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 7.

Chino Valley 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 money 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.

Chino Valley Head Start program accepting 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 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.

Over $2.5M in scholarships available through Community Foundation site

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.

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. 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.

Free tax prep service available locally

IRS certified tax preparers with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, partnering with Catholic Charities, will provide free federal and state tax preparation and e-file service at two locations:

• Prescott Valley Library Crystal Room, Mondays and Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and,

• Catholic Charities office, 434 W. Gurley St., Prescott, Saturdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Appointments are recommended. Call 928-460-9895.

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