The Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG) - Area Agency on Aging, State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) will give a presentation on Medicare Decisions for 2010. It will be at the Black Canyon City Adult Community Center at 19055 K-Mine Road from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, for information on Medicare Advantage plans, Prescription Drug Plans, and Medicare Savings plans.
This presentation is open to the public and will include information on Medicare changes, choosing a supplement plan and understanding Medigap versus Medicare Advantage plans.
There will be additional information about the Medicare Savings programs, such as extra help for paying the Part B premium and/or for prescription drugs. Extended information will be available about your eligibility for plans, as well as how to make plan changes online. NACOG staff and volunteers will be available on an appointment basis to counsel and help individuals make informed Medicare choices for 2010.
For more information about the Medicare Enrollment event call toll free at 1-(877)-521-3500.
Cordes Lakes area
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School will take place at Mt. of Faith Lutheran Church, 20135 Stagecoach Trail, Cordes Lakes from 6-8 p.m. June 7-11.
We will have Bible stories, music, crafts, Jolly Jump and snacks. Kids are invited to come and learn about Jesus and the Bible.
AA, Al-Anon meet in Cordes Lakes
Alcoholic Anonymous and Al-Anon Women's Meeting is every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Southern Baptist Church Cordes Lakes. The first Wednesday of each month will be Step and Tradition Study. Call Len 632-9064 for more details.
Get a raffle ticket for a Baja cruise
Raffle tickets for the Cordes Cruiser's November Baja Cruise are on sale. Anyone can buy a raffle ticket for this cruise from any CLCA member. Tickets are $5 and provide an inside cabin for two. Contact Pat Williamson 632-8965 for the cruise information and Bill Slankard 632-9473 for raffle tickets. Cruise tickets to go cruising with the group also will be availble for purchase.
Mystery Theater on May 15
May 15 is the date for the Mystery Theater. Tickets are $10 per person and include dinner, dessert, beverage, and entertainment. This event has sold out, but a waiting list has been started. Contact Pat Williamson 632-8965 or Phyllis Willman 632-8010.
KASTOFF program begins again
The KASTOFF Program received such response when closing that they have restarted it with a new innovation. The knit scarves are still being made for winter, but for the summer head bands and helmet head-toppers are being created from camo fabric and filled with an agent that remains cool when wet. To learn more, contact the library at 632-5492.
Legion Casino trip is May 26
May 26 is the date for the American Legion Bus to Mazatlan Casino in Payson. For $10 you get transportation to and from the casino (starting at the Community Center), and $10 in gambling chips on arrival at the casino.
Call Caroline at 632-7819 to reserve a seat on the bus.
Cordes Lakes Hiking Club meets the first Monday of the month at the Cordes Lakes Community Center, 16357 S. Cordes Lakes Drive, at 8 a.m. Because of the warmer weather, the hikes will start earlier. Call Bill Slankard 632-9473 for the location of the next hike. Carpools will drive from the Center to the hike location. No registration necessary, just meet in the parking lot.
Cordes Lakes Library hours
The Cordes Lakes Library now is open Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 6 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The library is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Programs to benefit troops
The Cordes Lakes Library has ended the KASTOFF program. Thanks to everyone who supported this effort. (See related brief, above.)
The American Legion is still accepting donations for the "Something From Home" program. Contact Ron Johnson 928-632-7819.
Third Thursday Fun
Fun Night in Cordes Lakes is every third Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Cordes Lakes Community Center. Entry is free, but please bring a finger-food snack to share. There will be coffee and iced tea available. Please put a few coins in the kitty to pay for the cups, ice, and coffee.
Get your card groups together and enjoy the company of your neighbors at the center.
Legion Post #122 meets third Tuesdays
American Legion Post #122 meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m. in the Cordes Lakes Community Center.
Reaching Out in Love Ministry
Reaching Out in Love Ministry offers a help- ing hand to those in need of clothing, shoes, and other items, at no charge. If you would like to help, stop in with your donation of cash or gently used clothing. The ministry will be open May 21 and 22, then May 28 and 29 this month, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location is 14720 S. Stagecoach Trail in Cordes Junction in the mobile at the Extra Self Storage.
Cordes Lakes Food programs
There are four food programs in Cordes Lakes. Value Club is the second Wednesday and is payable at the Library the previous Friday. The 60-plus program (age and income restricted) is also on the second Wednesday. Commodities are on the third Wednesday, with produce on the fourth Thursday, May 27.
Tuesday Club open to new members
The Tuesday Club hosts many events in the community to raise money to maintain the community center and pay for other worthy projects as the baseball field, lake improvements and repair, etc.
This is an open group with no dues or formal membership; anyone can submit ideas for new events and projects.
Please join us on Tuesday mornings at 9 at the Cordes Lakes Community Center.
The Exercise Class is on Wednesdays and Fridays at 8 a.m. at the Cordes Lakes Community Center. Call Kimila, 713-3782, for information.
TOPS Club Cordes
TOPS will follow the exercise class on Fridays at 9:15 a.m. at the Cordes Lakes Community Center. Now you can make twice the effort on the same day to achieve your goals.
Drop off brush on third Saturdays
The Brush Yard, located on Fremont (west of Brahma and east of Cordes Lakes Drive), will be open on the third Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Next open date is May 15.
Remember, this is NOT a trash dump, just burnable brush. This is IN Cordes Lakes for Cordes Lakes residents only, and you will be asked for your name and address, as a count of users is being kept.
If you are unable to make it on the available day and hours, contact Ron Giguere at 632-7552 to make an appointment to drop off your brush.
Mayer Water District rate hearing on May 13
The Mayer Water District will conduct a public hearing on a proposed rate restructure at its next regular meeting on May 13 at 6 p.m. at the District office. 13193 Central Ave in Mayer.
For information call 928-632-4113.
Mayer Food Bank offers help
Mayer Food Bank is located at 10051 South 2nd Street in Mayer. It is open the last Saturday of the month from 8-11 a.m. Everyone in need is welcome. Springs Church sponsors the food bank. For information contact Art or Sharon Frame 713-5492.
Meet Grandma at the Library
Come to the library for story time. All preschool and kindergarten aged children are welcome. Mom and Dad, too. It's at 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays.
Next story time is May 13.
Mayer Elders Club events and news
A Fish Fry/Chicken BBQ will take place on Friday, May 14, starting at 4:30 p.m. Price is $7 adults and $4 children. Proceeds benefit Mayer Elder's Club.
June 19 is the Poker Run to benefit Mayer Elder's Club. More information will be coming. Cost is $20 each.
The Hospice of the Pines Loss Support Group meets at the Mayer Elder's Center each Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. Come and enjoy lunch at 11:30 a.m. provided by Meals on Wheels. Please join us if you've lost someone either recently or years ago, or if you are a full time caregiver.
Every Thursday afternoon, a beading class takes place at the Mayer Senior Center. Classes are taught by Myrna Bouchey and cost $3, which includes supplies. Beading is done from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and we enjoy lunch at the Center.
Mayer Exercise classes provided by Yavapai County Health Services are Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:30 a.m. at the Mayer Senior Center. For information, call Virginia at 442-5480. The Center is open from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Join the Mayer Area Meals on Wheels for lunch first and then attend the class.
The Mayer Area Meals on Wheels needs substitute drivers for the Cordes Lakes Area.
Boots 'n Spurs Saddle Club events
Boots n' Spurs Saddle Club will be hosting a Horse Show, at the Big Bug Stables Grand Opening at the Creekside Preserve & Lodge on Highway 69, Mayer. The show will take place Saturday, May 15, with a 9 a.m. signup. Judging starts at 10 a.m.
The entry fee is $10; ribbons and belt buckles will be awarded.
Two competition classes, Western Pleasure, & Trail Class. Age groups, 4-9, 10-15, & 16 over. Free ice cream cones! 928-308-1411
Boots n' Spurs Saddle Club meets the third Thursday of the month, 6 p.m., at the Charcoal Pit Restaurant, Mayer.The Club is open to all ages. Membership $7 individual, $15 family.
May 28, 29, 30 Dippity Do Trail Ride in the pines.
For information call 928-273-6461 or 928-308-1411.
Highway 69 Chamber
The Arizona Highway 69 Chamber General Membership Meeting will take place on May 11, 11:30 a.m. at Arcosanti. Guest speaker will be Cliff Hersted speaking about "Climate Trends of the Southwest, Arizona and Phoenix."
The Chamber will sponsor a Bluegrass Festival, which has a tentative date of March 26, 2011. The Chamber is currently looking for volunteers to help bring this together. The Arizona Highway 69 Chamber will be manning a booth and having a raffle at Mayer Daze on May 8, and encourages everyone to stop by and see what is new.
Stacey Morgan of Humboldt Activity Center is the Chamber's Business of the Month. Morgan works at the Center and said there are many activities going on there for the kids.
Tom Thurman was guest speaker this month. He is very informative about what is going on in the community and state. He talked about the I-17 interchange, water resources, NACOG, the proposed one-cent tax increase vote set for May 18, and I-17 resurfacing between Anthem and Black Canyon City from April 17 to the end of May that will close down northbound lanes.
Neighbor to Neighbor seeks volunteers
Neighbor to Neighbor is recruiting volunteers for a variety of opportunities to assist seniors and adults with disabilities who are no longer able to drive due to a medical or age related reason. If you are interested and live between Prescott Valley and Cordes Lakes please contact Neighbor to Neighbor.
Neighbor to Neighbor needs volunteers to assist with transportation to and from medical appointments from Prescott Valley to Cordes Junction.
This opportunity is on call and always based on your schedule. Please call 775-6145 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about our next informational orientation.
County offers free slash dropoff
The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors announces the continuation of a three-month free slash drop-off program at all county transfer stations continuing until June 1.
County transfer stations are located in Bagdad, Black Canyon City, Camp Verde, Congress, Mayer, Seligman and Skull Valley.
Free slash drop off will be during normal operating hours.
This free slash drop-off program will help residents in developing necessary defensible space around their homes and other structures that could fuel fires.
For additional information, contact the Yavapai County Public Works Department at 928-771-3183.
Water test kits available
The University of Arizona, Yavapai County Cooperative Extension Office is offering affordable well water testing kits. Test kits can be ordered by mail or they can be purchased and picked up at the office in Prescott at 840 Rodeo Drive, Building C or at our Cottonwood Office at 2657 Village Dr. in Cottonwood.
Order forms can be found on our website www.ag.arizona.edu/yavapai. For more information about the kits or other water related questions, contact Edessa Carr, Water Education Program Coordinator, at 445-6590, Ext. 227
If you are a property owner whose water supply comes from a private well it is up to you to make sure your water meets safe drinking water standards.
Law camp for kids
The State Bar of Arizona seeks students to participate in Summer Law Camp on June 25 and 26. Students in grades 8 through 10 can take part in the free program that is in its second year. The bar, which is co-sponsoring the camp with the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education along with the Phoenix School of Law, encourages minority students to apply.
The camp will introduce students to careers in the legal profession. Participants will learn about the law, experience a mock trial and chat with law students and attorneys.
For more information or to register call Rosie Figueroa at (602) 340-7393. Applications must be received by June 11.
'Woof Down Lunch' in Prescott
United Animal Friends (UAF) has tickets available for Woof Down Lunch, a festival for families and their cats or dogs. The second annual event is scheduled for Saturday, May 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the Courthouse Plaza in downtown Prescott.
Admission is $20, which includes lunch provided by local restaurants, a handcrafted pet bowl and pet food samples. Pet lovers can bring a blanket and enjoy games, demonstrations, contests, live music, vendors, UAF pet adoptions, Ask-a-Vet, Ask-a-Trainer, raffles, and much more!
For tickets and more information visit UnitedAnimalFriends.org or call 778-2924. All proceeds benefit UAF's spay/neuter and foster/adopt programs.
The event is sponsored by Olsen's Grain and other local businesses. Participating restaurants include Taj Mahal, Pasquale's Place, 129 1/2-An American Jazz Grille, El Gato Azul, Monk's, Firehouse Kitchen, Eddie's and other local restaurants."
All dogs must be friendly, on leash, and be up-to-date with vaccinations.