|Alexa Medina, 8, takes her sled down the snowy slopes of Prescott Valley’s Mountain Valley Park during the 2012 annual Polar Bear Splash event that included sledding, pancake breakfast, ice cream eating contest, Ice Princess contest, and jumping into 34-degree pool water for a chance to collect prizes.|
Trib File Photo/Sue Tone
|Chill out at the 9th annual Polar Bear Splash|
|The ninth annual "Thrill of the Chill" takes place at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 4, at Mountain Valley Splash, 8600 E. Nace Lane in Prescott Valley.|
The public may enjoy ice cream eating competitions, the crowning of the Ice Princess, the duck slide, snow sledding (weather permitting) and much more. The Backburner Grill will provide a complimentary pancake breakfast.
The big plunge into the pool is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. for participants 18 years of age and older. For more information call the Prescott Valley Parks and Recreation Department at 928-759-3090.
Christmas tree drop off
The Town of Prescott Valley will accept used Christmas trees from dawn to 10 p.m. daily, now through Monday, Jan. 6. A marked dumpster at Mountain Valley Park is for fresh-cut trees only - no artificial trees or yard debris. The town asks residents to remove all tinsel and decorations before disposing of the trees. Mountain Valley Park is at 8600 E. Nace Lane. For more information call Prescott Valley Parks and Rec at 928-759-3090.
Fish & Game programs statewide
Three upcoming programs through the Arizona Game and Fish Department have a few spots available for students and educators.
Members of Fish and Game visit hundreds of fourth-grade classrooms around the state to provide a free, standards-based live animal presentation. The 45-minute program (with time for questions afterwards) uses three common Arizona animals - an owl, a desert tortoise and a snake - to explore and explain adaptations and symbiotic relationships.
The department also provides pre- and post-activities that help tie the presentation to classroom instruction.
Fourth-grade teachers may contact Sam Huselton at email@example.com. A limited amount of dates still are available in February, March and April.
The primary technology tools that wildlife biologists use in the field to manage natural resources are the focus of the second program for teachers. How can educators provide meaningful experiences with those same tools?
The Technology for Field Investigations educator workshop will take place in the Phoenix area on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. All participants will receive a certificate for 5.5 hours of continuing education credit.
Participation is free but registration is required. Specific workshop information will be provided to registered participants as the date approaches. To register, visit http://www.azgfd.gov/i_e/ee/workshops/focus_technology.shtml.
The struggle to preserve America's wildlife is an amazing tale of national and natural history. The story provides an engaging context to integrate science, language arts and American history in the classroom. The Game and Fish Department provides a brief history of wildlife conservation in North America and explores unique ways to bring this story to students.
The America's Wildlife: Integrating Science, Social Studies and Language Arts educator workshop will take place in Tucson area on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. All participants will receive a certificate for 5.5 hours of continuing education credit.
Participation is free but registration is required. For more information and to register, visit http://www.azgfd.gov/i_e/ee/workshop/focus_AWextended.shtml.
Step into 2014 with a hike at library
Get exercise while avoiding winter's nastier weather by "taking a hike" at the Prescott Valley Library. Walk in the library from 1:30-2:30 p.m. each Tuesday from Jan. 7 to Feb. 11, and learn about Arizona's outdoor attractions and win prizes.
Each week in the PC lab on the library's second floor is a 30-minute talk about an outdoor destination, with extra information on such as map reading, edible plants, water purification, and more, followed by a hike in the library. Stair hikers with the lowest heart rate win a gift certificate to the café or bookstore.
On Jan. 7, learn about Maricopa County Parks and map reading. Jan. 14, take a tour of the Grand Canyon and learn about edible plants. The Jan. 28 program will feature Organ Pipe National Monument and route finding. Feb. 4 covers Death Valley and water purification, and finally, on Feb. 11, unravel the mysteries of the Superstition Mountains and get ready to view spring wildflowers. For more information call Ted Johnson, Assistant Library Director, at 928-759-3036, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Class on goal setting Jan. 9
The Senior Connection invites seniors and family caregivers to attend the next free educational presentation, "S.M.A.R.T. Goals for 2014" from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9, at the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 1202 Green Lane, Prescott.
Beth Dahlmeier, MA, LMFT, with Good Samaritan Society Prescott Hospice, will explain the secret to creating goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Repeatable, and Time-based.
This non-commercial presentation is open to the public. RSVPs appreciated to Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or (928) 778-3747.
LV Quilt Guild hosts artist
The Lonesome Valley Quilt Guild will host design artist Susan Joy Noyes for a trunk show and lecture on Pattern Design at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 13, at the Mountain Valley Church of God, 8123 E. Manley, Prescott Valley.
The meeting is free and free refreshments will be provided.
For more information, call Kay at 928-759-9288, or Patsy at 928-772-4807.