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From star talks on the biggest stars with the smallest satellites, Folk Sessions’ 17th anniversary show and the 2019 Blues Blast Rising Star Ben Rice performing at Birdcage Saloon, the Quad Cities have plenty to offer over the next week.

By Jason Wheeler February 18, 2020
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Elks Lodge showcases generosity
Organization has given more than $261,000 to the community since its inception, trustee says

As members of the Chino Valley Elks Lodge unfurled a banner at the Tuesday, Feb. 11, Chino Valley Town Council meeting, Trustee Beverly Swanty said that the organization has donated more than $261,000 since its inception.

By Jason Wheeler February 18, 2020
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For Larry Holt, co-chair of the group of Chino Valley residents looking to make improvements to the town’s 9/11 memorial, the biggest thing is community involvement.

By Jason Wheeler February 18, 2020
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Chino Valley Job Fair provides hundreds of work opportunities
More than 50 businesses, organizations, chamber director says

Hundreds of opportunities for work from dozens of businesses and organizations will be available at the 2020 Chino Valley Job Fair Friday, Feb. 21, according to Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lorette Brashear.

By Jason Wheeler February 18, 2020
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Viewpoint Connector contract approved
Project anticipated to finish early 2021, Public Works director says

Dewey-based Earth Resources Corporation was awarded a $7.6 million contract to build the Viewpoint Connector by a unanimous Prescott Valley Town Council on Thursday, Feb. 13.

By Jason Wheeler February 18, 2020
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Having a YMCA in the community helps it to be more well-rounded, said Damon Olsen, chief executive officer for the James Family Prescott YMCA.

By Jason Wheeler February 16, 2020
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Closing out Arizona Beer Week in Prescott is the second annual Northern Arizona Craft Beer Crawl, featuring Northern Arizona-based craft beers at 14 local bars and breweries.

By Jason Wheeler February 13, 2020
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The Phoenix Symphony is coming back to Prescott for a Sunday, Feb. 23, show featuring music by Felix Mendelssohn, Robet Schumann and Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel with Resident Conductor Matthew Kasper directing and violinist Adrienne Finet joining the orchestra as a soloist.

By Jason Wheeler February 13, 2020
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See the show that England’s theatre blog the “Native Monster” calls “incredible” and “highly professional” that leaves “fans gasping and shouting out in awe” as the National Dance Company of Ireland brings its “Rhythm of the Dance” show back to the Yavapai College and Performing Arts Center.

By Jason Wheeler February 13, 2020
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Between the second annual Northern Arizona Beer Crawl, an Arizona Humanities lecture on performing arts in mining towns and Prescott Center for the Arts’ next Reader’s Theater performance, the quad-city area has a lot to do over the next week.

By Jason Wheeler February 11, 2020
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Horses with H.E.A.R.T heads to the lanes
Annual bowling fundraiser well-supported by volunteers, executive director says

There’s still a few lanes at Antelope Lanes open for anyone who wants to participate in Horses with H.E.A.R.T’s 17th annual Bowl-A-Thon, said Executive Director Pam Berry.

By Jason Wheeler February 11, 2020
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Four new restaurants have opened in Chino Valley in the last six months with two more on their way, said Chino Valley Economic Development Project Manager Maggie Tidaback during an economic development forum at the Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce’s Wednesday, Feb. 5, Business & Networking Luncheon.

By Jason Wheeler February 11, 2020
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On Thursday, Dec. 12, a cold winter wind swept through Prescott, blowing down the “Smoki Museum” sign on Gurley Street just after the museum’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted to approve the museum’s new name.

By Jason Wheeler February 9, 2020
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Currently in his second year as the athletic director at Chino Valley High School, Marty Campitelli said there are no normal days.

By Jason Wheeler February 8, 2020
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CWAG opposes Prescott giving water outside of city limits
Mayor: If policy revision is approved, it would be case-by-case basis

The City of Prescott’s proposed policy change that would allow water service outside of city limits without annexing those areas has some favorable features, some questionable features and some disadvantages, said Citizens Water Advocacy Group President Gary Beverly at the Saturday, Feb. 8, CWAG meeting.

By Jason Wheeler February 8, 2020
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The fun-loving, horns-keyboard-and-a-songstress jazz combo called The Hot Sardines, which Forbes called “one of the best jazz bands in New York today” is coming back to the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center for a Sunday night, Feb. 9, show.

By Jason Wheeler February 6, 2020
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Valentine’s Day – a day of love, romance and showing your significant other just how much you love them.

By Jason Wheeler February 6, 2020
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The Yavapai College Performing Arts Center’s Cabaret Series continues with a funny, musical look at the terrors of dating in the digital age called “So… Is This a Date?” Friday night, Feb. 14.

By Jason Wheeler February 6, 2020
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Did you make a New Year’s resolution? Justin Soto did, saying his was to move back to Arizona. He lives here now, Soto said.

By Jason Wheeler February 4, 2020
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From the Highland Center’s chocolate-making and wine-tasting event, a symphonic rock show and Nancy Elliot performing in the next CoffeeHouse Concert, there is a lot to over the next seven days in the quad-city area.

By Jason Wheeler February 4, 2020
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Plans for a stoplight at the intersection of Highway 89 and Road 1 North are moving ahead officials from the Arizona Department of Transportation said at the Chino Valley Town Council meeting Tuesday, Jan. 28.

By Jason Wheeler February 4, 2020
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Business owners in the Town of Chino Valley can put their feather flags back up thanks to new language in the sign code unanimously passing the Chino Valley Town Council Tuesday, Jan. 28.

By Jason Wheeler February 4, 2020
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Over the last few days, Compass Training Center AZ in Chino Valley hosted the In Range Desert Brutality 2020 international shooting competition From Wednesday, Jan. 29, through Sunday, Feb. 2.

By Jason Wheeler February 2, 2020
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Driven from her home by the Nazis in 1942, Esther Roth spent five days in a cattle car without food or water, arriving at Auschwitz on her 16th birthday.

By Jason Wheeler February 1, 2020
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Walking into the Jim & Linda Lee Planetarium on the campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for the first time, you might expect to see an image of the night sky projected from a star ball in the middle of the room.

By Jason Wheeler January 30, 2020
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The mysterious and musical mind of Khris Dodge is bringing a show to Prescott that’s a little bit of Mozart and Chopin mixed with Billy Joel and Dick Dale’s “Miserlou” with “Symphonic Rock,” according to a news release from Courtney Dodge.

By Jason Wheeler January 30, 2020
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7 in 7: Events include Tom Chapin, ‘Iliad,’ origami
What’s happening in the Quad Cities over the next week

From Tom Chapin coming back to Prescott for a show at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center to a one-man performance of “The Iliad” by the Southwest Shakespeare Company to an origami class, the quad-city area offers a lot to do over the next seven days.

By Jason Wheeler January 28, 2020
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New book commemorates Chino Valley’s first 50 years
Businesses, historic families share memories

With the Town of Chino Valley celebrating 50 years this year, a new book is coming out commemorating the town’s first five decades.

By Jason Wheeler January 28, 2020
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Chino Valley Public Works Director Frank Marbury started the process of developing the town’s engineering standards with a presentation on grading and drainage at the Tuesday, Jan. 21, Chino Valley Town Council Study Session.

By Jason Wheeler January 28, 2020
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Chino Valley Town Manager Cecilia Grittman plans to retire next year
Council discusses process of hiring successor

Town Manager Cecilia Grittman said she plans to retire early next year during the Tuesday, Jan. 21, Chino Valley Town Council Study Session.

By Jason Wheeler January 28, 2020
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Sitting in the Prescott Center for the Arts Gallery Tuesday evening, Jan. 21, a group of actors, both seasoned and inexperienced, waited patiently for their chance to audition for a part in the organization’s upcoming production of “Amadeus.”

By Jason Wheeler January 27, 2020
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Folk singer/songwriter Tom Chapin, whose career spans five decades, 24 albums and three Grammy awards, is returning to Prescott for a show that kicks off Folk Sessions’ 17th year.

By Jason Wheeler January 23, 2020
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The Central Arizona Concert Band is welcoming 2020 and a new decade with their first performance of the year featuring new music along with old favorites, according to a news release from Publicity Manager Joe Cotten.

By Jason Wheeler January 23, 2020
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Though most of the productions for Prescott Center for the Arts’ 50th season were director’s choice, the upcoming production of Agatha Christie’s “The Unexpected Guest” was one of two plays that weren’t assigned to someone, said director Bill Osborne.

By Jason Wheeler January 23, 2020
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Between the Audubon Society’s Window on Nature program, New Year, New Me Comedy Night and Prescott Writers with a presentation on self-publishing and marketing, there is a lot to do over the next week in the quad-city area.

By Jason Wheeler January 21, 2020
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The Town of Chino Valley has partnered with the Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce bring back the eight-week Chino Valley Citizen’s Academy, which begins Thursday, Jan. 23.

By Jason Wheeler January 21, 2020
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After receiving numerous calls about Unity Road in the Brightstar subdivision and struggling with what to do with it, the public works department has brought the road back to gravel.

By Jason Wheeler January 21, 2020
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Methodist church donates gift cards to Yavapai Casa for Kids
Gift cards earmarked for ‘Keys to Success’ program

The Chino Valley United Methodist Church donated $2,000 in the form of 80 $25 Walmart gift cards to the Yavapai Casa for Kids Foundation’s Keys to Success Program.

By Jason Wheeler January 21, 2020
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Florian “The Venom” Kohler, a celebrity pool player and world famous trick shot artist, wowed the crowd gathered around one of the pool tables at Barefoot Bob’s Billiards Saturday afternoon, Jan. 18.

By Jason Wheeler January 19, 2020
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Prescott Women’s March: Hundreds march for many reasons
Event brings progressives together, organizer says

They want change and they want it now. That was one of the rallying cries at the beginning of the fourth annual Women’s March at the courthouse plaza Saturday afternoon, Jan. 18.

By Jason Wheeler January 18, 2020
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Send blues bands to Memphis: Northern Arizona Blues Alliance holds fundraiser
Electric Swamp Poets, Sir Harrison Band headed to 2020 International Blues Challenge

The Sir Harrison Band and the Electric Swamp Poets, comprised of Christian Berry and Tall Paul Epoch, are headed to Memphis for the 2020 International Blues Challenge.

By Jason Wheeler January 16, 2020
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The Phoenix Symphony is coming to Prescott Sunday, Jan. 19, for its first concert of 2020, with two pieces by Felix Mendelssohn and one piece by Robert Schumann, according to a news release from Sue Bray of the Yavapai Symphony Association.

By Jason Wheeler January 16, 2020
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Ever since she arrived in Prescott five years ago, Luan Mueller, instrumental music teacher at Granite Mountain School, said she’s always wanted to start a youth orchestra.

By Jason Wheeler January 15, 2020
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Trick-shot pool artist coming to Prescott Valley
Part of a team drive event, says league operator

Celebrity pool player Florian” The Venom” Kohler, a world-famous trick- shot artist who holds six Guinness World Record Titles, is coming to Prescott Valley for a special event at Barefoot Bob’s Billiards Saturday, Jan. 18.

By Jason Wheeler January 15, 2020
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7 in 7: Planetarium show, MLK Day of Service, Cowboy Collectors
What’s happening in the Quad Cities over the next week

Between a planetarium show about Prescott’s winter night sky, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and the Cowboy Collectors Gathering show, there is a lot to do in the Quad Cities as 2020 continues.

By Jason Wheeler January 14, 2020
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Parks & Rec officials reflect on busy Christmas season
Myers Sandblasting & Painting wins lighting contest

Looking back on the recently passed Christmas season, it was busy but rewarding, said Recreation Lead Dallas Gray.

By Jason Wheeler January 14, 2020
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Chino Valley High School to offer more electives next year
Current staff will teach them, principal says

Juniors and seniors at Chino Valley High School will have more in the way of electives after the Chino Valley Unified Governing Board approved two new courses at its Tuesday, Jan. 7, meeting.

By Jason Wheeler January 14, 2020
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Business owners in the Town of Chino Valley could soon be able to put their feather flags back up after having to take them down last year to comply with old language in the sign code.

By Jason Wheeler January 9, 2020
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Prescott Center for the Arts is shuffling into its new show, D. L. Coburn’s “The Gin Game,” coming to Stage Too next week.

By Jason Wheeler January 9, 2020
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Yavapai College Performing Arts Center fan favorite, “The Price is Right Live” is coming back to give people a chance to win cash and prizes at a Friday, Jan. 17, show, according to a news release from Yavapai College Marketing & Communications Specialist Michael Grady.

By Jason Wheeler January 9, 2020

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