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Prescott Valley in Brief: Event to celebrate Mayer Public Library turning 50

Archive photos of the Mayer Public Library. (Courtesy)

Archive photos of the Mayer Public Library. (Courtesy)

Mayer Public Library turns 50

The year 1969 was big. The United States landed on the moon, a generation got experienced at Woodstock, the Boeing 747 took its first flight, and the Mayer Public Library was born. The library has been through a lot in 50 years of service and after its recent facelift, it’s ready for the next 50.

The public is invited to join the Library District and Yavapai County Supervisor Tom Thurman on Wednesday, May 15, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., for fun, refreshments, music, local history, and more, as this community treasure and the community that made it is celebrated. Location is 10004 Wicks Ave. in Mayer. Park at the corner of Wicks and Milan at the community center parking lot. For information, call 928-771-3191.

Information and photos provided by Yavapai County.

Roadway construction on Sunset Lane underway

The long-awaited widening, paving and installation of storm drainage and sidewalks on Sunset Lane from Pine View to Prescott East Highway began Monday, May 13, and is slated for completion in late spring 2020. Utility providers have worked through the past year to move and prepare infrastructure.

The Town of Prescott Valley is partnering with Yavapai County to pay for the $7.5 million project. The Town Council awarded the roadway construction project contract to Asphalt Paving & Supply, Inc. in the amount of $5.9 million. Lyon Engineering is the engineer on the project.

For more information, contact Ron Pine at Prescott Valley Public Works, 928-759-3035 or email

Monday Night Movie on May 20 at Prescott Valley Public Library

Join the Prescott Valley Public Library, 7401 E. Skoog Blvd., on May 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. for Monday Night Movies. Showing this month is “A Dog’s Way Home,” starring Ashley Judd, Jonah-Hauer King, and Edward James Olmos.

A female dog travels 400 miles in search of her owner throughout the Colorado wilderness. The movie will show in the library’s Crystal Room. This is a free event and no registration is required. All ages. For more information, call 928-759-3040.

May computer, technology classes at PV library

Prescott Valley Public Library, located at 7401 E. Skoog Blvd. in Prescott Valley, is offering the following classes in its PC Lab:

• Windows 10, Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m. to noon;

• Exploring the Internet, Friday, May 17, 1 to 3 p.m.;

• Going Wireless, Thursday, May 16, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.; and,

• Android Essentials, Tuesday, May 14, noon to 2 p.m.

For more information, call 928-759-3040.

Prescott Valley Police make meaningful contact, help family

The Prescott Valley Police Department encourages its officers to make special efforts in reaching out and interacting with citizens in a positive, meaningful way. Officer Paul Hines and Officer Branden Kelly made such a contact recently when they helped find a lost child at the Valley View Apartments.

The officers learned that the young boy had unlocked the front door and escaped while his mother was cooking dinner for her three kids. Noticing that the higher latch lock on the mother’s front door was broken, the officers purchased and installed a new lock for the mother and made sure the child could not open it. These actions illustrate the compassionate spirit the Prescott Valley Police Department encourages in its officers.

Blue Hills water tanks dedication ceremony is May 22

The public is invited to the Blue Hills water tanks dedication ceremony on Wednesday, May 22, from 10 to 11 a.m. on Cranberry Road in Prescott Valley.

Attendees can meet first responders, town and county officials and other community residents. Bring your own chair.

Refreshments will be provided in addition to fire safety information. For information, call 928-710-9244.

Free GED info session is June 18 at Yavapai College

Find out everything you need to know to pass the GED test and get your high school equivalency diploma in the state of Arizona including what’s on the test, how to study, and how to sign up.

Leave with a copy of the Arizona Civics test plus free resources. The event takes place at Yavapai College in Prescott Valley on Tuesday, June 18, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Police accepting applications for youth academy

The Prescott Valley Police Department will host its summer 2019 Youth Academy, “A Peek behind the Curtain,” from Monday to Friday, July 8-12, at the Police Department. Academy size is limited to 15 students, ages 14 to 18, who are attending school within the town limits of Prescott Valley in August. This program is being offered free to these students.

The Police Department wants the community’s youth to see what it means to be a police officer, to live a life of sacrifice and service to a community, and how rewarding and fulfilling this life can be. Attendees will leave the academy certified in first aid. They will have exciting experiences in team building and learn about the importance of professionalism in times of crisis.

Applications for the academy are available at the police station, online, at the public library, and at area schools. Those selected to participate will be notified before June 15.

The Police Department is requesting donations from the business community in the form of cash sponsorships, water, and nutritious snacks for youth academy participants. Sponsors will be recognized in printed material and social media for their contributions to this program. Please make checks payable to “Prescott Valley Police Foundation” with Youth Academy on the memo line; 100% of donations will go to this program. Donations can be dropped off at the station, or contact CSO Jodi Mullins at 928-772-5164.

Prescott Valley Police Department can be contacted at 928-772-9267 for non-emergencies, 911 for emergencies. You may also contact Yavapai Silent Witness at 800-932-3232.

People Who Care orientation meeting planned for May 15

People Who Care volunteer Information and orientation meeting will take place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at Prescott United Methodist Church, 505 W. Gurley St. in Prescott.

With programs in Prescott, Prescott Valley, Dewey and Chino Valley, People Who Care volunteers provide non-medical assistance for adults unable to drive due to age-related and/or physical limitations.

Volunteers help in the community where they and enrolled neighbors live. They offer assistance with transportation to healthcare/business appointments; grocery shopping; personal paperwork; visiting; caregiver relief, and more. People Who Care is a community-based nonprofit.

For more information, call 928-445-2480.

Dewey-Humboldt Library bookstore open Thursdays

The Dewey-Humboldt Friends of the Library’s bookstore features like-new gift quality books by current authors. Books are priced at 25 cents for paperbacks and $1 for hardbacks, both fiction and non-fiction.

Recently added is a large selection of new children’s books, which are 25 cents.

Open Thursdays noon to 4 p.m., the bookstore is located at 12980 Prescott St. in Humboldt.

Prescott Valley Community Garden plots available

Prescott Valley Community Garden has been growing vegetables for local food banks every year since 2010. For gardeners who don’t have their own space, garden plots are available to rent in the PV Community Garden for the 2019 growing season.

Each 4-foot-by-20-foot plot is on a drip system, water included and have been amended for growing. The plot rent is $60 plus a $25 deposit for the season. Garden renters are also asked to volunteer 20 hours with the community area of the garden to help with planting, harvesting, pulling weeds, etc.

The PV Community Garden is located on Lake Valley Road just north of Liberty Traditional School. Call Robin at 928-899-2652 for more information.

Community workshop set for smelter property on May 15

The Town of Dewey-Humboldt and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are hosting a workshop on Wednesday, May 15, to hear the community’s ideas for the future of the former Humboldt Smelter property.

The EPA will hear the community’s reuse goals as they evaluate cleanup options for the site. The workshop will take place at Humboldt Elementary School, 2750 Corral Street, Humboldt.

For more information, call 415-972-3880 or email

Prescott Toastmasters outreach event set for May 21

Come see how a Toastmasters group can help you develop skills in leadership, listening and public speaking.

Prescott Toastmasters club #104 is holding an outreach event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 21 at the Prescott Valley Public Library. Free refreshments will be served. Free, ages 18 and older.

Contact David Eagle 301-471-3428 for more information.

PVPD offers advice on how to guard against identity theft, fraud

Bob Steward and Traces Gordon from the Prescott Valley Police Victim Services Department will give strategic ideas on how to spot fraud, avoid identity theft and will explain what to do if you become a victim of fraud.

The event will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at The Susan J. Rheem Adult Day Center, 3407 N. Windsong Drive in Prescott Valley. For ages 18 and older.

Please RSVP to Melody Thomas-Morgan at 928-441-1019.

Prescott Area Leadership accepting applications

The Prescott Area Leadership program is designed for adults of all ages who want to improve their leadership skills and are committed to servant leadership and personal involvement in shaping the quality of life and future of the Quad Cities.

The mission of Prescott Area Leadership is to develop and inspire individuals to contribute to the vitality and leadership of Central Yavapai County. Application deadline is June 6. Tuition is $600. Limited partial scholarships available.

For more information, visit or call Patt Parker at 928-910-9255.

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