School District offers healthy lunches, breakfast for students

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 with income 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 lsmith@chinovalleyschools.com.

TOPS group meets each Tuesday

TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) Club #9168 meets each Tuesday in Chino Valley at the Chino Valley United Methodist Church, 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, visit www.tops.org. The first meeting is free and all are welcome.

Library’s sale features summer selection

The Chino Valley Public Library bookstore is featuring a paperback fiction sale. All proceeds benefit the library, which is at 1020 W. Palomino Road, Chino Valley.

For more information, call 928-636-2687.

50-plus-year grads of Prescott High to meet

Prescott High School students who graduated 50 or more years ago will gather on Sept. 19 at the Prescott Resort for the annual Half Century Club luncheon.

Since many graduates have stayed in the area or still have connections in the area, this is open to PHS grads — no matter where they live.

This year’s event is hosted by members of the Class of 1968. Those who graduated in 1969 will be inducted into the Half Century Club at the Luncheon.

Prescott High School’s Half Century Club was formed in 1978 by Taylor Hicks and Jack Orr, and originally consisted of 14 PHS graduates who met annually for lunch in Orr’s carport. Over the years, more and more people were invited to the lunch (cooked by Margarett Orr) and the event expanded to include all PHS graduates of 50-plus years. Today, the Half Century Club luncheon sells out with more than 600 attendees.

“It’s our once a year opportunity to reconnect and reminisce with fellow Prescott High classmates,” said Jane Orr, Jack’s daughter-in-law and member of the HCC Steering Committee. “It’s a great social occasion, and many alumni travel from far distances to attend. It’s wonderful to see that our school spirit still exists.”

It’s not just lunch. The Prescott High School band will perform and the high school’s ROTC group will present the colors. The Class of ’68 is also sponsoring a photo booth where alumni can take class photos. Local artist and PHS alum Bill Nebeker is donating “Born to Run,” a bronze sculpture of running horses as the grand prize in the Half Century Club’s drawing.

“The Half Century Club has a stellar record of investing in Prescott High students by donating funds for scholarships each year,” said Steve Pierce, member of the Arizona House of Representatives and president of the Class of 1968 when he was in high school. “We’re proud to be continuing the tradition this year.”

For more information, visit www.prescotthcc.com.

Animal group seeks members, volunteers

If you love dogs and cats, Chino Valley Animal Partners, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, would love to have you as a member.

The organization’s mission is to organize fundraising events, volunteer time, and raise money to help the local shelter with its needs and those in the community on fixed incomes with companion care dogs or cats and may require some financial assistance.

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

Visit www.chinovalleyanimalpartners.org or Facebook page, Chino Valley Animal Partners, or email chinovalleyanimalpartners@gmail.com for information.

Police Foundation puts on luau

The Chino Valley Police Foundation is holding its second annual luau from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. The event will feature Fly By Night Mobile Sound DJ and Chuck Brown as an Elvis impersonator along with a meal of pulled pork, cooked by Chino Valley police officers, Hawaiian rice, mac & cheese, coleslaw and cookies.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Chino Valley Police Department, 1950 Voss Drive, or at Penny Hubble – State Farm Insurance, 360 Highway 89. Tickets will also get the attendee entered into a drawing for prizes and proceeds will go to purchasing Stop the Bleed kits for local schools.

Town halls set for Supervisor Brown

Yavapai County Supervisor Craig Brown has announced his upcoming town halls for the remainder of 2019.

Town halls provide the community the quality time and an opportunity to learn and ask questions regarding the everyday functions of Yavapai County government. Several departments will be represented at the scheduled meetings: Public Works, Development Services, Community Health Department, Emergency Management and the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.

Town halls are set for the following:

• From 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, in Coyote Springs/Poquito Valley, 6325 Baja Circle, Prescott Valley;

• From 6 to 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 21, at 1015 Fair St., Prescott; and,

• From 6 to 7 p.m. in Chino Valley, Monday, Oct. 28, at 1021 Butterfield Road.

For more information, call 928-442-5132.

Explore Arizona offers day trips across state

Explore Arizona, in partnership with Prescott Valley Parks and Recreation, offers day trips to new destinations each month through December.

Upcoming trips include: Montezuma’s Castle and Tuzigoot in Verde Valley, Aug. 22, $35; Grand Canyon National Park, Sept. 26, $40; Phoenix Art Museum in Phoenix, Oct. 24, $55; Shopping Trip at Tanger Outlets in Glendale, Nov. 7, $15; Desert Botanical Garden, Tempe, Dec. 12, $70.

Trip price includes transportation in a 12-passenger van, admission fees and lunch. For more information, call 928-759-3090 or visit pvaz.net.