A free, educational presentation on travel tips for seniors takes place from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Prescott Valley Christian Church, 7655 E. Long Look Drive. Anita Speed and Noeline Everett of Hometowne Cruise and Tour Center will cover group and single travel, cruises, how to stay safe and healthy while traveling, and how to accomplish your travel dreams before it's too late.
Sponsored by the Senior Connection, this non-commercial, educational presentation is open to the public. RSVPs appreciated to Debbie Stewart at Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or 778-3747.
Anime/Manga Fest for teens this Saturday
The Teen Anime/Manga Festival starts at noon, Saturday, March 2, at the Prescott Valley Public Library, with a professional Japanese Taiko drumming presentation with Eileen Morgan in the Library Auditorium. Taiko drumming was first used as a battlefield instrument to intimidate the enemy.
The free festival includes door prizes, Japanese refreshments, and the first chance to check out the new anime/manga books and DVDs. A cosplay show, anime/manga art contest and a hairstyle competition.
The teen library is hosting this special event for teens ages 12-18 in the community.
Time to start seedlings
Master Gardener and seed propagation expert Sandy Lundgren will present a free workshop from 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 9, at the Prescott Valley Public Library, third floor Crystal Room. She will teach the easiest ways to sow seeds, give hints on light and temperature needs, talk about different types of soil mixes and watering, and potting on and hardening off.
At 11:30 a.m. there will be a seed exchange. Those wanting to participate may bring vegetable seeds still in their original packets and no older than 2011, and envelopes and paper clips or zip lock bags to hold new seeds. For questions about the seed exchange, call Bonnie at 772-3308.
Senior Resources Conference & Expo
The Senior Resources Conference and Expo takes place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday, March 15, in the Liberty Traditional School gymnasium, 3300 N. Lake Valley Road, Prescott Valley, with presentations on the hour on the challenges of being a senior or caregiver.
Come for the whole day, or just for topics that interest you. More than 70 local senior resource providers will be present with information.
Free admission. For an event schedule or more information, visit www.SeniorConnection.us or call Debbie Stewart at (928) 778-3747
MATFORCE offers youth video contest
MATFORCE announces its annual "My Voice Makes a Difference" Youth Video Contest for youth ages 11-18 to create an original short video that makes a positive statement about reducing drug and alcohol abuse.
First, second and third place will be awarded in middle school and high school categories. First place winners will receive $300, second $200, and third $100. Honorable mention winners will receive $25.
Video entries can be up to two minutes in length and easily submitted online at matforce.org. Winning videos will be used by MATFORCE online, at schools and at community events.
The contest deadline is March 28. For guidelines and entry form visit matforce.org or call 708-0100.
Volante Academy accepting new arts students
Local non-profit Volanté Academy of the Arts is accepting students of all ages, including adults, in its Fine Arts after-school programs this spring. Art classes by Judy Downs and private music lessons by Chad Roberts, as well as lessons in piano, voice, guitar, drums and more by qualified instructors are available. Dance and acting classes are pending. To sign up, call Jan Luke at 928-772-1218.
Alumni Association offers scholarships
The Prescott Chapter of the University of Arizona Alumni Association is accepting applications from graduating high school seniors located in the Prescott, Chino Valley and Prescott Valley areas.
The UAAA Prescott Chapter will award up to $12,000 in scholarships this year to graduating high school seniors who plan to enroll at the University of Arizona. The criteria for the scholarship is: academic achievement, financial need and community service.
Applications can be obtained at local high school counselors' office, or through Robert Pecharich, 125 N. Granite St., Prescott, AZ 86301, or Kathy Piccolotti at 445-0122.
Project offers affordable prom wear
The Priceless Prom Project, sponsored by North Star Youth Partnership and Tri-City College Prep High School, makes it possible for area high school students to select free prom outfits and accessories.
The clothing is new or nearly new and has been donated by generous individuals in the community as a way to lighten the financial burden that attending prom often causes as well as a "pay it forward" recycling project. Dresses, purses, shoes and jewelry are available, and some tuxedos and suits for boys.
The event will take place from 3-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, March 20-22, and from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Old Firehouse Plaza, 220 W. Goodwin St. in Prescott.
North Star, a program of Catholic Charities, is still accepting donations from floral and beauty shops for gift cards to be raffled as well as any donations of prom attire.
No pre-registration is necessary. Any high school student wishing to attend can stop by during the hours listed. For more information, call Diane DeLong at 708-7214 or email@example.com.
Education Scholarships available
Yavapai County residents interested in pursuing education degrees are eligible to apply for one of several $1,500 scholarships from the Education Scholarship Endowment of Yavapai County.
Eligibility criteria specify that applicants must be graduates from an accredited public high school in Yavapai County or have resided in Yavapai County for no less than three years.
Yavapai County students currently attending an accredited college or university also may apply. Applicants must have no less than a 3.0 high school or college/university grade point average, and must be committed to teaching in any of the grades K-12, preferably in Yavapai County.
Applications are available at http://ycesa.com/files/
Trip to explore old mining district on Saturday
Kevin Leonard, president of Dewey-Humboldt Historical Society, will lead a four-wheel-drive trip to the Peck Mining District, past Cleator, on Saturday, March 2, to check out the DeSoto and Silver Prince mines.
Those interested in joining him should bring their 4x4 vehicles if they have one. Carpooling is encouraged for those who don't.
Meet at the D-H Town Hall at 8:30 a.m., Main Street past the Chevron service station in Humboldt, with water, lunch, sturdy shoes, flashlight and camera.