Tanya Tucker tonight at Rix’s

Country Music legend and former Willcox resident Tanya Tucker will perform free, one night only in Willcox, Wednesday, Dec 19 at Rix Tavern at 176 S. Haskell.

Rix’s will start the evening with opening act Pacer at 5:30 p.m., followed by Pocket Change at 7 p.m., with Tanya Tucker and a mystery special guest taking the stage at 9 p.m.  

No cover charge, and the grill will be open early and closes at 6 p.m.

New Life’s Christmas dinner on Thursday

New Life Fellowship Church, on the corner of Cochise and Stewart Streets in Willcox, will  serve Christmas Dinner from Noon to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20. All are welcome.

Cochise County Republican Club

The Northern Cochise County Republican Club will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. at our regular meeting place, the SSVEC Board Meeting Room, 350 North Haskell Ave. This will be a Potluck meeting and year-end review.

We invite all interested people and our members to attend.

Relay for Life

meeting tonight

Get involved with the First Annual Relay For Life of Willcox.

Relay is an overnight event that brings together a community to Fight Back! against cancer.

Please join us at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19, in the SSVEC Board Room

Enjoy light snacks as we talk about joining the planning committee, forming a team and the services the American Cancer Society provides through your fundraising efforts.

For more information contact: Lisa Powers  520-35-23-4209 or lisa.powers@cancer.org

Susan Cazaux  602-741-5041 or scazaux@ncch.com

Crystal Hadfield 520-507-7400 or chadfield@ncch.com

Frank Smith 520-507-3236 or fsmith@ncch.com

Silent Night, Holy Night presentation

 Please mark your calendars and join us for the wonderful message of the season. The First Southern Baptist Church's Adult Choir will present "Silent Night, Holy Night" on Sunday, Dec. 23, from 11 a.m. to noon.

The presentation is the Christmas story of the birth of Christ Jesus and what Christmas really means. The Savior has been born! Because of His coming, Christmas means everything to us. So let the Silent Night be filled with singing, and let this Holy Night proclaim the story of what God has given – life, joy, hope, grace and so much more.

The church is located on the corner of Cochise and Wasson Street. For more information please call Pastor Kyle Duncan at 520-384-2910.

Free GED classes

in Willcox

Free GED classes are available at the Cochise College Willcox Center next semester.

Registration will be at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 8 and 9. Registration and placement testing will last two hours.

Classes begin Jan. 15 and are held Tuesday and Wednesday nights from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

For more information, call the Willcox Center at (520) 384-4502 or instructor Carol Thomas at (520) 507-3964.

Ash Creek

Christmas program

Ash Creek Elementary invites you to join us for our Christmas program at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19, with a potluck to follow. We will be celebrating our 103rd Christmas this year and are excited to have a very special guest joining us. Please contact the school at (520) 824-3340 if you would like more information.

Food Pantry needs food donations

Willcox Community Food Pantry is pleading for help in reaching our goal of 15,000 pounds. of food this season. Remember $1 is one pound of food.

Food boxes are placed all over town and checks can be mailed to Willcox Food Pantry, 200 W. Downen, Willcox, Ariz., 85643.

If you have any questions, please call Nell Warden at 520-253-0357. Please help us. We have collected 9,227 pounds.

Zarpara Winter Winederland

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 22 and Sunday, Dec. 23, Zarpara Vineyard is hosting a Winter Winederland Weekend. Enjoy a flight of fine Arizona wines paired with tasty nibbles and a warming cup of mulled wine for $10. Complimentary hot chocolate for the kids and the designated driver.

 Zarpara Vineyard is located at 6777 S. Zapara Lane in Willcox.  For further information, visit their website at www.zapara.com.

Wesleyan

Scholarships

Wesleyan Preschool has two full-time scholarships available for children ages three to five who are potty-trained.  First Things First awarded Wesleyan Preschool with 20 full-time scholarships to assist families for childcare.  Qualifications for receiving a scholarship are based on household size and income.  Thank you, First Things First!

School district   winter break hours

The Willcox Unified School District Office Holiday Office Hours will follow this schedule:

Dec. 24 – 25: Office Closed

Dec. 26 – 27:  8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Dec. 31 – Jan 1: Office Closed

Jan. 2 – 3: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Knights of Columbus Food Drive, raffle

The Knights of Columbus, Council 8105, will be collecting non-perishable food items and funds after the 5:30 p.m. Vigil mass on Saturday, and the 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Masses on Sunday, at Sacred Heart Church in Willcox, for the Christmas boxes through Dec. 22.

The Knights are also selling raffle tickets for an IPod Touch.  The tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5, also through Dec. 22. Any questions, please call Grand Knight Chuck Broeder at (520) 384-3732.

Gluten Intolerance Group meeting

The Gluten Intolerance Group of SE Arizona will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 11 a.m. at the Elsie S. Hogan Community Library in Willcox.  We will be discussing surviving the holidays gluten free and moving the meetings to evenings.  All are welcome.  

If you have any questions or suggestions contact Susan at 384-2785 or email at 1celiacsue@gmail.com or contact Mary Lou at 384-4453.

Give a gift through NCNH Angel Board

An angel board has been set up at the Northern Cochise Nursing Home. If anyone would like to pick an Angel and help make a resident at the nursing home have a meaningful Christmas, please come by. The party will be held on Friday, Dec. 21. Thank you to the community for continually making a difference in the world and in someone’s life.

National Park visitor center holiday hours

An All three National Park Service sites in Cochise County (Chiricahua National Monument, Coronado National Memorial, Fort Bowie National Historic Site) will close their visitor centers in observance of Christmas on Tuesday. All other park facilities, including picnic areas, hiking trails, and the Bonita Canyon Campground will remain open. The visitor centers will reopen on Wednesday, Dec. 26, at 8 a.m.

Please contact the Chiricahua National Monument Visitor Center at 520-824-3560 ext. 0 for more information.

Get coat at WASA office prior to Dec. 22

 The WASA Office will be closed from Saturday, Dec. 22 until Wednesday, Jan. 2.  If you need coats, please stop by the office before that time.

Salvation Army     Little Kettles

Over the next couple of months, the Willcox Service Extension of The Salvation Army will be placing a small red kettle, named the "Little Kettle That Could" in local businesses. This little red kettle will be a collection base for our holiday fund-raiser campaign.

Our local Salvation Army exists on monetary donations received during the year. All donations received stay in Willcox to help those in our community who are faced with an emergency or crisis situation and need a helping hand. Our mission is to never have to turn away someone in need, but we must have your support to make sure this is accomplished and we are able to stay true to our motto, "Doing The Most Good" for our community.

Look for our "Little Kettle That Could" in local businesses. Remember; your change can change lives in "Doing The Most Good" for those in need.

For questions,contact Penney Bell at (520) 766-4231.

Wing Over Willcox poetry contest

A poetry contest for youth and adults will be held during the 20th Annual Wings Over Willcox Birding and Nature Festival (WOW), Jan. 16-20, 2013.  The poetry contest theme is birds, nature or wildlife of Southeastern Arizona. The poem should not exceed 20 lines, should be original and unpublished, and submitted to the Wings Over Willcox by Jan. 2.

Judging categories for youth will be high school, middle school and elementary school.  1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes will be awarded in each category.  

For the adult poetry contest, one first-prize winner will be selected and will receive two tickets to the WOW Banquet on Saturday, Jan. 19 from 6 to 9 p.m.  In addition, the first-prize winner will be asked to read the winning poem at the banquet.  The contest will be judged by local judges the week of Jan. 7.  Prizes will also be awarded to the 2nd and 3rd place winners

The festival has added a haiku contest for 2013. The theme for the haiku contest is “Birds of Southeast Arizona.” Submit up to two unpublished haiku, not submitted for publication or to any other contest. Youth categories will include elementary through high school. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes will be awarded. The adult category will award one first prize. First prize in all categories will include a one-year membership to The Haiku Society of America.

There is no fee to enter either the poetry or haiku contest. Submit contest entries by Jan. 2, to the Wings Over Willcox at the Chamber office, 1500 N Circle I Rd, Willcox, AZ 85643 or info@wingsoverwillcox.com. For additional information regarding the WOW festival or to obtain contest forms see the WOW website at www.wingsoverwillcox.com or contact the Chamber office at 520-384-2272.

Exercise for

seniors Dec. 21

 The Senior Enrichment Center at Northern Cochise Community Hospital will present a lecture on Exercise for Health. The lecture will be held at the Senior Enrichment Center, located at 903 N. Bowie in Willcox (in the building across the street from Pizza Hut) on Friday, Dec. 21, from 11 a.m. to noon. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

The presenter will be Helene Rowe, PT. If you plan to attend, please RSVP the Senior Enrichment Center at (520) 384-8564. If you need transportation please call 520-384-8575 two days prior to Dec. 21 to arrange for a ride.

Cochise College Adult Education

Cochise College Adult Education, in partnership with Work Force Development, offers free health care and GED classes.

If you do not have a high school diploma or GED and want a career in the health care field, Cochise College Adult Education offers a free ongoing program to assist you in getting your GED and becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant or health care giver.

All classes and certifications are paid for under the IBEST grant. For more information, call Emilia at (520) 515-3692.

Volunteers needed for museum

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at the Rex Allen Museum, please come down to the Museum and pick up an application.   Completed applications can be dropped off or mailed to the Rex Allen Museum, P.O. Box 142, Willcox, Ariz. 85644.  

You must be at least 18 years of age to volunteer at the Museum.

The Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Sunday, and volunteers are needed to work three hours shifts – either 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers are needed most especially on weekends.

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