Trusted local news leader for Prescott area communities since 1882
Thu, Feb. 20

Chino Valley in Brief: Chamber’s volunteer coordinator resigns, position reopens

Chamber’s volunteer coordinator resigns, position reopens

The Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce has reopened its search for a volunteer coordinator after Ashley Miller resigned just a few days after her Thursday, Jan. 2, start date.

The part-time job offers 10 to 19 hours per week and duties include developing, promoting and maintaining a wide range of volunteer opportunities within the Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce; arranging for volunteer orientation and scheduling all volunteer activity, including at chamber events such as luncheons and mixers and ensuring that volunteers are staffed to support the various areas of operations such as visitor service areas and events. One year of experience volunteer management and an associate’s degree are preferred.

For a full list of the roles and responsibilities the position entails, or to apply, visit For more information, call the Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce at 928-636-2493.

‘Hormone Replacement Therapy’ discussion Jan. 16 at StoneRidge

Dr. Douglas Rothrock will discuss the benefits of Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at StoneRidge Community Center, 1300 StoneRidge Drive.

Admission is free.

Rothrock’s discussion is part of his “Straight Talk with Dr. Doug: Everything Healthy Living Series.” If you are suffering from exhaustion, stress, foggy thinking, weight gain, sleep disturbances, low sex drive or other symptoms, BHRT may be able to help you.

The benefits of hormone therapy include relief from hormone imbalance symptoms and restoring your hormones to optimal levels. Dr. Doug will help you understand hormone balance and attempt to answer all of your questions.

Benefits to hormone therapy include: regaining energy and muscle strength; boosting your ability to lose weight; renewing and improving your sex drive; feeling younger and happier again; and increasing your quality of life while preventing age-related illness.

Participants are encouraged to drop by early on the 16th and meet Dr. Rothrock. To RSVP, call 928-708-9355.

Senior Connection Speakers Bureau to present “Updating Your Estate Plan: Wills, Trusts, Health care documents”

“Updating Your Estate Plan: Wills, Trusts, Health care Documents” is a free Senior Connection Speakers Bureau presentation to occur Thursday, Jan. 23 from 12-1 p.m. at Las Fuentes Resort Village, 1035 Scott Drive, Prescott.

Chuck Walker, Walker Estate Attorneys, will explain how to update your estate plan. He will cover the why, when and how to make changes to your will, trust and health care documents; how to assess what you have; and horror stories of what can happen if you do not do an update.

RSVPs appreciated to or (928) 778-3747. For a complete schedule of upcoming presentations, visit

Learn about pruning fruit trees

It’s fruit tree pruning season, and the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Yavapai County is offering two free deciduous fruit tree pruning demonstrations conducted by Extension Agent, Jeff Schalau. Come and learn why, when and how to prune your backyard fruit trees. Demonstrations will cover apples, pears, plums, peaches, nectarines, cherries and more. Fertilization, irrigation and fruit thinning will also be discussed.

Two pruning demonstrations are scheduled. The first will be held 10 a.m. Saturday Feb. 15 at the Marmaduke Orchard, 3435 S Silver Road, Camp Verde. The second will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday Feb. 29 at the McLandress Orchard, 850 S. Maricopa St, Chino Valley. It is not necessary to register.

Maps and directions to these workshops are available on the Yavapai County Cooperative Extension web site: Signs will be posted prior to the workshops to help participants find the locations.

Follow Extension Agent Jeff Schalau on Twitter (@jeffschalau) for timely information such as cancellations due to inclement weather.

Change a child’s story in 2020

While people across the country are setting goals for the new year, thousands of children in Arizona are unsure where they’ll be living tomorrow. Children in Arizona’s foster care system face a life of uncertainty. They can be moved from place to place with no notice. To make matters more complicated, the professional adults in their lives are frequently changing – from their social worker to therapist, to their school or daycare. Every child needs a stable, caring adult in their life.

This is why a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is so important. CASA volunteers are a consistent voice for a child in foster care. They spend 10-20 hours per month reviewing the child’s case and getting to know the child and what is in his or her best interest. The CASA is often the most consistent person in the life of a child in foster care. CASA volunteers not only assist the judge in making critical decisions but often taken on a mentor role to the child for life.

Today there are over 14,000 children in Arizona who were removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect. CASA of Yavapai County’s goal is to have one CASA for EVERY child in foster care.

You have the power to Change a child’s story™. All it takes is the heart to do so. If you are looking for an opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life and in our community become a CASA volunteer today.

Court Appointed Special Advocates are everyday community members who donate their time to be the voice for a child. Children with a CASA are more likely to find a safe, permanent home, more likely to succeed in school, and are half as likely to re-enter the foster care system.

No specific background or training is needed to become a CASA volunteer. Anyone 21 years of age or older, who can pass a thorough background check and complete 30 hours of free training, is encouraged to apply.

For more information, visit or call 928-771-3165

Animal Partners to host Jan. 27 Bunco fundraiser

Chino Valley Animal Partners, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, will be having a Bunco fundraiser to help the Animal Shelter with its needs and those in the community with companion care dogs or cats who are on a fixed income and may require some financial assistance.

The event will be at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at the Senior Center, 1021 Butterfield Road, Chino Valley, said Veronica Zelman, treasurer. There will be prizes, a drawing for a basket, goodies and bottled water.

Visit the Chino Valley Animal Partners Facebook page or contact them at for additional information.

West Yavapai offers mindfulness class for seniors

The West Yavapai Guidance Clinic will be offering a new, seven-week class titled, “Practicing Mindfulness” for seniors who would like to learn what mindfulness is, and how the practice can enrich and benefit their lives.

This class is part of the Senior Peer program.

The class will be taught on Fridays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 10 to Feb. 28.

For more information on class location, and to register, call the clinic at 928-445-5211 ext. 2601.

Medicare topic of free seminar on Jan. 16

Physicians Life Insurance will present a free Medicare education seminar at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Chino Valley Public Library meeting room, 1020 W. Palamino Road.

Topics will include: making the most of your rights, options and entitlements; how and when to enroll in Medicare; what Medicare does and doesn’t cover; Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement Insurance.

RSVP to presenter Todd Walker at 928-362-0646 or to reserve your seat.

Group seeks members to help support Animal Shelter

If you love dogs and cats, Chino Valley Animal Partners would love to have you as a member.

The 501(c)3 nonprofit’s mission is to organize fundraising events, volunteer time, and raise money to help the Chino Valley Animal Shelter with its needs and those in the community with companion care dogs or cats who are on a fixed income and may require some financial assistance.

The group’s monthly meetings are at 6 p.m. the first Monday of every month at the Senior Center, 1021 Butterfield Road, Chino Valley.

Visit the Chino Valley Animal Partners Facebook page or contact them at for additional information.

Senior Connection talk explores benefits of dynamic movement

“How Dynamic Movement Scientifically Heals Disease” is a free Senior Connection Speakers Bureau presentation on Thursday, Jan. 9, from noon to 1 p.m. at Prescott Valley Christian Church, 7655 E. Long Look Drive, Prescott Valley.

Mary Heller, owner of Mary Heller Dance Arts, will explain how dynamic movement, and dancing in particular, has been shown to significantly improve our physical health, as well as our mood, outlook and memory. She will also discuss the triggers, assumptions and beliefs that most people have that stop them from feeling good about the dance experience.

RSVPs appreciated to or (928) 778-3747. For a complete schedule of upcoming presentations, visit

After Oct. 1, new Arizona driver’s license needed to fly

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will not accept the standard AZ Driver’s License if you plan to travel by plane after Oct. 1, 2020. Customers who want to convert their Non-Travel Arizona Driver License or Identification Card to a Travel Driver License or Identification Card can avoid the wait by making an appointment at a participating MVD office.

The new ID will cost you a minimum of $25 and there are several documents you must bring with you in order to prove your identity, Social Security number and residency. The list of allowed forms of ID include Birth Certificate, U.S. Passport, or Passport Card. There is also a required proof of Social Security number, which includes your Social Security card or W-2 form. Finally, you will need to bring in proof of residence such as a utility bill, credit card statement, bank statement or insurance policy.

There are some subtle changes you will notice to the new cards design including a gold star in the corner, indicating the ID is federally approved, and you will need to renew your Voluntary Travel ID every eight years. It makes sense to act now before the deadline approaches.

For more information, visit To make an appointment with MVD go to and click on MVD Office Appointments, or call 800-251-5866.

Meet Chino Valley Police at Coffee with Cops on Jan. 29

The Chino Valley Police Department will sponsor Coffee with Cops from 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at Overflow Coffee Shop, 448 N. Highway 89, Chino Valley. Meet Chief Charles Wynn, Lt. Randy Chapman and other Police Department employees in casual conversation with local law enforcement.

Citizen’s Academy kicks off this month in Chino Valley

The Town of Chino Valley is holding its eight-week 2020 Chino Valley Citizens Academy from Thursday, Jan. 23, through Thursday, March 12.

The program, held Thursdays at 6 p.m. in Chino Valley Town Hall, will walk residents through the past, present and future of Chino Valley as presented by elected town officials, departments and staff as well as civic/service organizations and involved local community members.

The first session is titled “The Town of Chino Valley Then-Welcome and History of Chino Valley” and features the Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Darryl Croft and Kay Lauster with the Chino Valley Historical Society.

Residents who participate will get the chance to learn about the town’s government, how it works and how it impacts them; meet other active Chino Valley residents and share ideas and learn about opportunities that encourage more involvement in government and policies. Upon completion of the academy, participants will receive a certificate of completion and be recognized in a Chino Valley Town Council meeting.

There is no charge to participate in the program and spots can be reserved online at or at, by calling Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce at 928-636-2493 or by calling the Town of Chino Valley at 928-636-2646 ext. 1395 or 1203.

Chino Valley Town Hall is located at 202 N. Highway 89.

Chino Valley Youth Football Association seeks board members

The Chino Valley Youth Football Association is looking for board members for its 2020 season. Positions are open to the community and do not require an active child participant in the program.

All positions are open for applying and include president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, registration, cheer coordinator, fundraising coordinator, safety coordinator, equipment manager, snack shack coordinator, parent/player liaison, and media coordinator.

If no one applies for a position, the current member will hold their position. Votes can be cast by immediate family members of active Chino Valley Youth Football Association participants only.

For more information or for an application, email

Sons of American Revolution seeks 2 individuals for awards

Prescott Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) seeks to recognize two individuals for the SAR lifesaving award and heroism award.

The SAR lifesaving award recognizes the actions of any person who was directly responsible for the saving of a human life or who prolonged a human life to the extent the victim was still alive upon transfer to the care of medical authorities, even though the victim might expire at a later time.

The SAR heroism award recognizes outstanding bravery and self-sacrifice in the face of imminent danger, i.e., acts which involved great personal courage and risk to the recipient. This is intended primarily for acts by civilians not in uniform but does not exclude police/fireman.

Individuals selected will be honored by Prescott Chapter, SAR in January 2020 at an awards ceremony. Submit nominations to Tim Prater via email For additional information, call/text 928-533-1478.

Toastmasters International comes to quad-city area

Have you ever wished you had a ready answer or a quip when someone spoke to you? Or perhaps, you wished you were more in control of your narrative when being interviewed for a new job position. Most of us have been in those situations, and felt inadequate and unprepared at the time.

Toastmasters International is an organization that was formed to eliminate the fear and anxiety from public speaking. It was organized to help people develop communication and public speaking skills, along with leadership development.

At this time there are three Toastmaster clubs in the area. Another is just getting started and members would welcome any interested people to our meetings which are held at 12:30 p.m. at the Prescott Valley Library. Why not join us and see how interesting a Toastmaster meeting is?

You may contact Garrett Hamlin, 928-800-1000, or Nicky Jenkins, 928-460-0448, for more information. Also, Evelyn Ross at 509-492-6037 or at 928-227-3327.

Nominate man, woman, youth leader of the year

Every year Prescott Area Leadership takes the opportunity to recognize and honor those in the quad-city area who stand tall as leaders in our community. These individuals provide for a positive influence to others and those they represent.

Nominations for the 2020 Man, Woman, and Youth Leader of the Year are now open and may be submitted at

Nominees will be asked to take part in a mixer on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at which time all will be introduced and asked to share a few words about themselves and their leadership traits.

A select group will then review all nominations in order to narrow down the field to two runners-up in each of the four categories (man, woman, female youth, and male youth) with the selections being made as part of the Prescott Area Leadership Awards Banquet on Tuesday, April 7.

Proceeds from these events are used to foster development of effective leadership skills in our community youth. These efforts include awarding of scholarships to each of the male and female Youth Leaders of the Year, as well as $500 each to the male and female finalists, and to fund Quad-city youth participation in the annual Prescott Area Youth Leadership Academy.

For further insight or to become a sponsor feel free to contact Amore Cianciola at or 928-777-9550.

Animal Shelter has 2020 town licenses available

The Chino Valley Animal Shelter, 1950 Voss Drive, has 2020 town licenses available. Licenses are $8 for spayed and neutered dogs and $36 for intact dogs. There is an $8 late fee for a license after Tuesday, March 31. Proof of rabies shots are needed.

All dogs 4 months old or older must have a dog license. The shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 928-636-4223, ext. 7.

TOPS group meets in Chino Valley each Tuesday

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.

School district offers healthy meals program

The Chino Valley Unified School District is participating in the National School Lunch Program and Breakfast in the Classroom, allowing for Chino Valley High School, Heritage Middle School, Del Rio Elementary School and Territorial Early Childhood Center to offer healthy meals every day.

Breakfast is free for all students, and lunches cost $2.75 at Del Rio Elementary School and Territorial Early Childhood Center and $3 at Chino Valley High School and Heritage Middle School. Children may qualify for free or reduced-price meals of 40 cents per lunch.

Qualifications for children to receive free or reduced-price meals include belonging to a household whose income is at or below the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines, belonging to a household that receives public assistance or if the child is homeless, migrant runaway, foster or participates in a Head Start or Even Start pre-Kindergarten program.

Application forms for free or reduced-price meals are being distributed to all households and are available in the front office at each school or at the district office, 650 E. Center St. One application is required for all children in a household. For more information, call Food Service Coordinator Lorie Smith at 928-583-5409 or email Smith at

Early Head Start Homebase program has openings

Chino Valley Head Start/Early Head Start Homebase currently has openings in its Early Head Start Homebase program. This program is a free service and serves first-time teen and young adult parents, pregnant mothers, children birth to 3 years old, children with special needs in the home environment — with two playgroups a month at the Chino Valley Head Start Preschool.

Early Head Start engages families by providing ways to build nurturing partnerships among EHS parents, staff and community, providing a positive and individual learning plan developed together by families and home base visitors, prenatal guidance, information on health and activities that help babies and toddlers grow, referral and support assistance for family needs, according to a news release.

For more information or an application, call 928-636-1076 or stop by the preschool at 1985 N. Road 1 West (across the road from the library).

Event Calendar
Event Calendar link
Submit Event

This Week's Circulars

To view money-saving ads...