Originally published February 5, 2019 at 10:00p.m.

Updated February 8, 2019 at 11:15a.m.

Editor's Note - this briefly listing has been updated for the free tax preparation item. The correct phone number for appointments is 928-460-9895.

Democratic Women offer spring scholarships

In its annual effort to promote the college educations of young people, the Democratic Women of the Prescott Area (DWPA) plans to award three high school college-bound seniors a $1,000 scholarship each. This year the same application will be used to award both general and DACA scholarships.

Applications will be provided to all high school counselors in the Prescott area, including in the Prescott Valley and Chino Valley city limits. To be eligible, the high school student must be applying or has been accepted to a college or university, be a registered Democrat or reside in a home where one parent or a guardian grandparent are registered Democrats. (This does not apply to DACA students.)

The senior will also need to provide a completed application, reproducible picture, two letters of recommendation as well as a complete a one-page, double-spaced essay on, “How I Would Change the World.”

“The DWPA Scholarship was established with hopes to encourage our youth to become active participants in our community and to have a positive impact in our country’s future,” commented Maria Lynam, DWPA chair for 2019.

Graduating seniors are encouraged to pick up an application in their high school counselor’s office or they may contact the DWPA at info@demwomenprescottaz.com for an application to be emailed. Applications must be postmarked or hand delivered by Friday, March 29, 2019 to qualify.

Applications must be postmarked or hand delivered by Friday, March 29, 2019 to qualify.

Chino Valley Head Start program taking applications

Chino Valley Head Start/Early Head Start Home Base and Paulden Head Start programs are accepting student applications for the 2019-20 school year.

Head Start/Early Head Start offers free full-day services to preschool children and home-based services to infants, toddlers and expectant moms. Services for preschool children (ages 3 to 5) are provided in center-based classrooms where children attend extended sessions to help accommodate the needs of the families.

Education staff at Head Start provide children with activities that help them grow cognitively, socially, emotionally and physically. Head Start features a play-based, developmentally appropriate classrooms that encourage children to discover and explore. Children must be 3 before Aug. 1 and be fully potty trained.

Our class sessions run August to May, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday. Applications are available at 1985 North Road 1 West, Chino Valley (across the street from the library), 928-636-1076. Paulden Head Start is located at the Paulden Community School, 24850 Naples Drive, 928-227-3393. Applications can be picked up at either school.

Chino Valley Animal Partners seeks members

If you love dogs and cats, Chino Valley Animal Partners, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, would love to have you as a member. Our mission is to organize fundraising events, volunteer our time and raise funds to help our local shelter with its needs and those in our community on a fixed income that may require some financial assistance, with companion care dogs and cats.

Our monthly meetings are at 6 p.m. the first Monday of every month at the Senior Center at 1021 Butterfield Road, Chino Valley. www.chinovalleyanimalpartners.org, FB page, chinovalleyanimalpartners@gmail.com.

Creation science seminar scheduled for Feb. 23

The winter creation science seminar will be from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 23, at the Chino Valley Bible Church, 713 Market Place Drive. There will be two speakers: Joe Sebney (a rocket scientist), and Dr. Chris Williams (a biochemist). There will be a question-and-answer period after each talk.

There will be a Bible and science quiz and a local ministry highlight, along with a display from the Creation Research Society and Willow Dressell with her fossil display.

Please bring someone, especially students if you can. Each student present gets a free large piece of shortbread and a creation book and DVD. Call 928-771-1218 for more information.

TOPS meets Tuesdays in Chino Valley

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

AARP volunteer meet-and-greet events planned

AARP will host meet-and-greet events on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2 to 4 p.m., Prescott Valley Library, Crystal Room 7401 E. Skoog Blvd., Prescott Valley, and on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2 to 4 p.m., Prescott Meals on Wheels Dining Room, 1280 E. Rosser Street, Prescott. Attendees can learn about the impact of volunteering in Yavapai County and sample ways you can help make a difference in our communities.

At AARP, one of our most valuable assets is our amazing team of volunteers. AARP volunteers and staff work together to address community needs. Volunteers may get involved in:

• Bringing valuable information to our communities at special events and fairs by offering resources at an AARP community resource table.

• Presenting important information to community groups, including ways to protect yourself from ID Theft and scams, or sharing resources to help support family caregivers.

• Participating as a team in local community service projects.

• Partnering with AARP staff to influence important legislative issues impacting health and financial security.

Pre-registration is required. Call 877-926-8300 or visit https://aarp.cvent.com/ PrescottValley VolunteerMeetGreet.

Friends of library set February book sale

The Friends of Chino Valley Library will offer books and CDs at special bargain prices during its February book sale at the library, 1020 W. Palomino Road.

Paperback and hardback romance regular 25 cents each, now five for $1. Music on CD regular $1, now two for $1. All proceeds benefit the library.

Call 928-636-2687 for more information.

Free tax preparation, through April 15

IRS-certified tax preparers with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, partnering with Catholic Charities, will provide free federal and state tax preparation and e-file service at two locations: Prescott Valley Public Library, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through April 15, at 7401 E. Skoog Blvd., Crystal Room; and at the Catholic Charities office, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through April 15, 434 W. Gurley St., Prescott.

Appointments are recommended. Call 928-460-9895.

FEMA program offers teen leadership training

Yavapai County 4-H Youth Development Program presents MyPI, an Arizona Youth Preparedness Initiative. My PI fosters emergency preparedness, civic responsibility and leadership in teens.

This Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Certification Training is free to youth ages 13 to 19.

The program is offered March 11 to 15 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day at the Yavapai County Cooperative Extension office located on 840 Rodeo Drive, Building C in Prescott.

Pre-registration is required, and applications are available at mypiarizona.org. The program is free with a $50 deposit (refundable upon program completion).

For more information, call 928-445-6590, ext.229.

Credit Union West offers scholarships

Credit Union West is committed to supporting Maricopa and Yavapai counties through programs that benefit the community at large. In 2019, the credit union is offering $5,000 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors.

These five $1,000 awards will allow high school graduates to offset the cost of studying at a four-year college, community college or trade school, according to a news release.

With a special focus, two of these $1,000 scholarships are reserved for students who participated in their school’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC). The remaining three awards are open to all local graduates who meet the scholarship requirements.

Maricopa and Yavapai County students who graduate in 2019 and plan to attend college or trade school in the fall can apply for a Credit Union West scholarship from through March 29. The application form and rules can be found online at cuwest.org. Scholarship winners will be announced by May 1.