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Unique art found at Phippen Western show in downtown Prescott

Show continues Sunday and Monday

Julie Hooker’s paintings aren’t dirty; they’re just made out of dirt. She and her work can be found at the 44th annual Phippen Western Art Show & Sale at the courthouse plaza in Prescott.

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Quality art, artists at Phippen’s Western Art Show & Sale

This weekend is the Phippen Museum’s 44th annual Western Art Show & Sale and organizers say it continues to feature quality art and artists.

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Lots of different types of racing at PV Grand Prix

There won’t be a dull moment in Prescott Valley this weekend with a lot of different races at the Prescott Valley Grand Prix, now in its fourth year, according to organizers.

Arts & crafts show held in Chamber parking lot

The OffStreet Festival Arts & Crafts Show is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 26-27, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, May 28, in the parking lot at the Prescott Chamber of Commerce, 117 W. Goodwin St., Prescott.

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Liberty Traditional School students win art contest

Only Arizona winners in national event

Out of 11 entries from Prescott Valley’s Liberty Traditional School students into the Fraternal Order of Eagles’ national annual Children’s Art Contest, three became the only winners from Arizona.

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Veterans cook for the community

Local chef Harley Ray Guy and four U.S. VETS culinary students prepared a four-course dinner Saturday, May 19 for Master Chef II – Passport to Paris.

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Local author holds book signing at funeral home

‘The Digger’s Daughter’ details humorous stories about family’s funeral home business

Posey Moore Nash, the author who wrote “The Digger’s Daughter” held a book signing at Hampton Funeral Home Saturday, May 5.

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Doll Skin, Co-Op headline inaugural PV Music Festival May 19-20

Doll Skin, signed by Megadeth’s David Ellefson, and Co-Op, led by Alice Cooper’s son Dash Cooper, are set to headline the inaugural, two-day Prescott Valley Music Festival this weekend.

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Dave Stamey returns for Elks show

Though he’s performed in Prescott a number of times, Dave Stamey is returning for his second solo show, this time at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center.

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Camerata singers perform spirituals, American folk songs on Saturday

The Camerata Singers are performing a concert on Saturday of spirituals and American folk songs, which the group’s music director, Dan Boyce, said is out of the norm compared to what the group usually performs, but he likes to challenge the singers.

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What’s allowed at graduation? Rules explained, from cellphones to air horns

Different districts have different rules

The caps and gowns, the pomp and circumstance, the speeches — high school seniors around the Quad City Area are getting ready to move on to the next chapter in their lives.

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Walk for the Animals now at Mile High Middle School

Yavapai Humane Society’s seventh annual Walk for the Animals event is this weekend at Mile High Middle School.

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YBBBS' Promise Makers and Women of Influence honored

The 40 honorees have raised nearly $150,000 for YBBBS since September

Deb Balzano, a volunteer Big Sister with Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters, was accompanied by Little Sister Gema as the two unveiled the Women of Influence and Promise Makers Wall of Honor at the Prescott Resort Wednesday, May 9.

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Del Rio fourth graders get hands-on lesson in Arizona history

Working on a small loom just outside of the Del Rio Elementary School library, fourth grader Estara Hofer was enjoying the experience, weaving without the use of electronics.

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Bicycle, antique horn speakers sold at Art & Wine Festival

One-of-a-kind bugle speaker among the others

As the day rolled into the afternoon Saturday, May 12, Pete Lane stood out on a small section of courthouse plaza while a popular song by The Beatles played, amplified by a bicycle horn.

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Top of the Elks offers Monday night jazz club

Thanks to a collaborative effort between El Gato Azul, Flying Nest Movement Arts, and the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center, people can enjoy a jazz club experience on the second Monday of every month.

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Prescott Valley Days Parade fun, enjoyable for spectators

Nobody had to go over the rainbow to enjoy a parade; all it took was picking a spot on Florentine Road in Prescott Valley to enjoy the annual Prescott Valley Days Parade.

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Lots of new vendors at Art & Wine Festival

Though the Mountain Artists Guild’s 32nd annual Art & Wine Festival isn’t necessarily bigger this year, there’s plenty of new vendors showing up, organizers say.

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Esteban returns for Mother’s Day show

Esteban is coming back to Prescott for another Mother’s Day show at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center.

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Three days, nights of music, art, culture at FORM Festival

The FORM Festival is returning to the desert eco-city of Arcosanti for three days and nights of art, music and culture Friday through Saturday, May 11-13.

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Maria Valdes joins Phoenix Symphony

Soprano Maria Valdes and baritone Rod Gilfrey are joining the Phoenix Symphony at the orchestra’s final concert of the season Sunday, May 13.

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Yavapai Youth Choirs hold spring concert

The Yavapai Youth Choirs’ spring concert, “Unbroken Circle” is this weekend and the culmination of the newest ensemble’s first season, according to director Arlene Hardy.

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Comedy show raises money for Special Olympics

John Gunby, coach for the Bradshaw Mountain Special Olympics golf team, has organized a comedy show to raise money for local Special Olympics programs.

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That was donated to a thrift shop?

Lots of oddities wind up in area thrift shops

A kitchen table that turns into a bumper pool table, animal bones, a camel saddle, bedpans, 1800s British pennies, and a brand new Sony AX camera are just a few of the interesting items donated to local thrift shops through the years.

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Meet the artist behind the stabbed, shot mailbox

Wants to make statements as an artist, he says

Just as the sun was beginning to light up Chino Valley early Saturday morning, April 28, a strange sight appeared in the Safeway parking lot — a blue mailbox stabbed on one side, shot on the other and a speech bubble stating three words: “It was email.”

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Noel Campbell opens home to Prescott Historic Home Tour

State Rep. Noel Campbell opened his home to visitors touring historic locations around Prescott Saturday, May 5.

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Crystal Stark salutes Donna Summer

Crystal Stark is returning to Prescott to perform a salute to Donna Summer, known as the Queen of Disco, at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center Saturday.

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Experts share tips to find your lost photo

Not only can cell phones make calls and send texts — they’re connected to the internet and they’re the calculator your fifth-grade math teacher said you wouldn’t always have in your pocket.

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Mustangs of any shape welcome at Project Cruise Car Show

Push it, pull it, trailer it or drive it, Mustangs of any year, model and condition are welcome at the Mustang Project Cruise Car Show on Saturday, May 5.

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PHS Honor Society puts on annual talent show

Prescott High School’s National Honor Society is putting on its annual talent show, “From Homeless to Home,” this weekend.

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PCA puts on ‘Big River,’ ‘Sitting Pretty’

Prescott Center for the Arts is putting on “Big River,” directed by Catherin Miller Hahn on the main stage as well as “Sitting Pretty,” directed by Nancy Dunham for Readers Theatre.

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Habitat for Humanity breaks ground for Madison Park Cottages

Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity broke ground for its Madison Park Cottages project Wednesday, April 25.

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Music, brews accentuate Whiskey Off-Road

While the mountain bikers were competing in the Whiskey Off-Road races, downtown Prescott came alive with music, brews and the Bike & Gear Expo Saturday, April 28.

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Women Realtors’ fashion show

‘Come Sail Away’ is the theme of this year’s fashion-show fundraiser, held annually by the Prescott area’s Women’s Council of Realtors to benefit local charities.

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Eagles tribute band – The Boys of Summer – plays in PV

The Boys of Summer, nationally-touring Eagles tribute group, is performing in Prescott Valley for the first time Friday.

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Jazz bands, choirs liven up Yavapai College

The Yavapai College Performing Arts Department’s upcoming shows feature the Yavapai Youth Choirs, the Choral Union and the college’s jazz bands, the Roughriders and Trailblazers.

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Kingston Trio performs at Yavapai College

The Kingston Trio, one of the most prominent groups to come out of the pop-folk boom that began in the late 1950s, is performing at Yavapai College this weekend.

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El Yucateco Hot Sauce becomes official hot sauce of Whiskey Off-Road

Barley Hound offers food, drinks infused with sauce at Saturday night’s party

El Yucateco Hot Sauce has partnered with Epic Rides to become the official hot sauce and the “King of Flavor” for the Whiskey Off-Road.

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Earth Day booths spread love of nature

Multiple booths were spread out across a portion of Cortez Street on Saturday, April 21, for the Earth Day Celebration.

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Malcolm Barrett honored with inaugural Bob Stump Lifetime Achievement Award

Former Yavapai County Republican Committee chairman Malcolm Barrett was honored with the first ever Bob Stump Lifetime Achievement Award at the committee’s 2018 Lincoln-Reagan Dinner Saturday, April 21, at the Prescott Resort and Conference Center.

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Firewise Expo reminds residents to be aware of local restrictions

Hannah Mailand said she and her family were at the Earth Day Celebration Saturday, April 21 and noticed an assortment of fire trucks on the other side of the street.

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Cruise in for the Vets

The seventh annual Cruise in for the Vets is this weekend in Yavapai College’s parking lot.

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A decade of chalking it up

West Yavapai Guidance Clinic is putting on the 10th annual Chalk it Up event this weekend with all the money raised from sponsorships and donations going to community mental health programs, according to Chalk it Up Founder Susan Crutcher.

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Adventures in Parrotdise comes to Elks Theatre

Of all the beach-inspired personalities in the world, Jimmy Buffett is the most famous and Barrie Cunningham is coming to Prescott performing a tribute known as “Adventures in Parrotdise.”

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Dancing for the Stars awards top dancers

Elena Sanwick takes Judge’s Choice, Michelle Fain wins People’s Choice Award

Elena Sanwick and Daniel Garcia showed their moves, entertained the audience and danced for the stars, taking the judge’s choice award at Saturday’s Dancing for the Stars.

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Marchers in Prescott remember the Holocaust at courthouse plaza

'Only 31 percent of the kids today know about the Holocaust'

About 30 or so people marched around courthouse plaza Sunday, April 15, as some blew shofar trumpets, doing so in remembrance of the Holocaust.

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Illusionist Jay Owenhouse returns to Prescott

Jay Owenhouse, known as “The Authentic Illusionist” is bringing his Dare to Believe show back to the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center.

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Dustbowl Revival returns for Elks show

The eight-person American roots orchestra known as Dustbowl Revival is coming back to Prescott, performing at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center along with the Shook Twins.

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Phoenix Symphony performs Mendelssohn, Young and Elgar

The Phoenix Symphony is returning to Prescott this weekend to perform works by Felix Mendelssohn, Nina Young and Edward Elgar, while featuring cellist Istvan Vardai.

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Librarypalooza goes all weekend long

This year, Prescott Public Library is celebrating National Library Week with a weekend-long Librarypalooza event, said Adult Services Librarian Ruthie Hewitt.