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Chino Valley in Brief: Town’s Citizens Academy continues through May 9

Kay Lauster of the Chino Valley Historical Society presents at the first session of the Chino Valley Citizens Academy in the Town Council Chambers at Chino Valley Town Hall Thursday, March 21. There are seven more sessions of the 2019 Citizens Academy, which run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday evenings through Thursday, May 9, at Chino Valley Town Hall, 202 N. Highway 89. (Lorette Brashear/Courtesy)

Kay Lauster of the Chino Valley Historical Society presents at the first session of the Chino Valley Citizens Academy in the Town Council Chambers at Chino Valley Town Hall Thursday, March 21. There are seven more sessions of the 2019 Citizens Academy, which run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday evenings through Thursday, May 9, at Chino Valley Town Hall, 202 N. Highway 89. (Lorette Brashear/Courtesy)

Town’s Citizens Academy continues through May 9

The Town of Chino Valley, in partnership with the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce, is offering public informational sessions every Thursday from 6 to 8:30 p.m., now through May 9, as part of its Spring Citizens Academy program. The sessions will take place at the Chino Valley Town Hall, 202 N. Highway 89.

Town staff — as well as community leaders and speakers from civil and service organizations — will present various topics including: The Town of Chino Valley Now (April 4); Magistrate Court, Law Enforcement and Fire Service (April 11); Education (April 18); Service/Civic Organizations (April 25); The Town of Chino Valley in the Future (May 2); and Wrap Up and Round Table Discussion (May 9).

The public is invited to attend any one or all sessions at no cost. Register online at or call 928-636-2493 to reserve your spot.

Teacher Recruitment and Job Fair set for March 27

Yavapai County school districts are convening to promote their districts and schools to potential teachers and support staff around the nation in the 2019 Northern Arizona Teacher Recruitment and Job Fair. The event will take place from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at Yavapai College, Prescott Campus, Community Room – Library, 1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott.

The main purpose of this event is to bring county school districts together with individuals who may be interested in relocating, changing professions, or starting a new career in education. This job fair will offer information booths from various school districts within the county, looking to employ teachers, substitute teachers, support staff, as well as representatives from the teacher intern program.

Registration for applicants is required, please register at

Registration open for well water workshop conducted by Cooperative Extension

Do you have a private well? Do you drink your well water? Have you tested your well water quality lately? These are important questions that could impact the health and well-being of you and your family. The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension is offering a free workshop from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at 840 Rodeo Drive, Building C, Prescott.

Attendees will learn about: geology and aquifers, regulation, well registration, well operation and maintenance, naturally occurring contaminants, when and how to sample well water, and home treatment options for your well.

Presenters are Dr. Janick Artiola, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Water Quality Specialist and Gary Hix, registered geologist and past president of the Arizona Well Association.

Workshop participants will receive water-related publications at no charge. Registration is required. Contact Lydia Watts, or call 928-445-6590 ext. 221.

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 your 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., FB page,

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 more information about TOPS go to The first meeting is free and all are welcome.

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.

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.

UofA alumni offering scholarships; deadline April 1

The Prescott Chapter of the University of Arizona Alumni Association is accepting applications from graduating high school seniors located in the Prescott, Chino Valley, Prescott Valley and Dewey-Humboldt areas.

The University of Arizona Alumni Association Prescott Chapter plans to award up to $12,000 in scholarships this year to graduating high school seniors who have enrolled and have been accepted to the University of Arizona. The criteria for the scholarship includes financial need, academic achievement, and community service.

Applications for this year’s scholarship are available online at, and must be completed on or before April 1. Additional information can be obtained at your local high school counselor’s office, or contact Maria Clawson at or 928-445-0122, ext. 214.

Friendly Pines Camp open house set for March 30

For families who are interested in learning more about Friendly Pines Camp in Prescott for this summer, there will be a fun-filled open house event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 30. Bring the whole family for an exciting day of camp tours, wagon rides, toasting marshmallows, zip line rides, drawings for prizes, delicious refreshments, and more.

A complimentary buffet lunch, hot Dutch oven biscuits with honey butter, and ice cream cones will be served, according to a news release.

Friendly Pines Camp is available for children ages 6 through 13. The camp offers a wide range of traditional camp activities: sports, horseback riding, waterskiing, rock climbing, performing arts, fine arts, pets, hiking, canoe, kayaking, and more. There are one-week, two-week, four-week and six-week camp sessions available. There is also a sibling discount. This year, Friendly Pines Camp will celebrate its 79th summer. This camp is located at 933 E. Friendly Pines Road, Prescott.

For more information, visit or call 928-445-2128.

Register by April 19 for Police Foundation Golf Tournament and Ball Drop

The Prescott Valley Police Foundation is having its third annual Golf Tournament and Ball Drop at StoneRidge on Sunday, April 28. The tournament includes a free-car Hole-in-One prize, opportunity to golf with a police officer, lunch, and other special features.

Deadline to register is April 19. The Ball Drop is open to anyone, and you need not be present to win. Anyone can purchase drop balls for $10 each. Winner gets 50 percent of the Ball Drop proceeds.

For more information, call 928- 772-0498 after noon or email

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 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 for an application to be emailed. Applications must be postmarked or hand delivered by Friday, March 29, to qualify.

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 to access over $2.5 million in scholarship awards.

Youth Football, Cheer announce new board members

The Chino Valley Youth Football and Cheer Association welcomes the following 2019 board members, and thanks them for their willingness to volunteer: president, David Holmes; vice president, Jesse Hubble; secretary, Andrea Smith; treasurer, Jessica Hyder; registration coordinator, Lynda Morrow; player safety, Jeff Moffitt; equipment managers, Brian James and Daniel Hofer; Snack Shack coordinator, Linda Eppard; fundraising coordinator, Becky Perez; parent/player liaison; cheer coordinator, Leah Call; and media/communication coordinator, Charity Ellis.

Find them online at, through Facebook —, or email

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