Residents interested in art and volunteer activities are encouraged to attend a special event. The Prescott Art Docents organization is hosting its annual Membership Coffee, “Passport to Art” at 10 Monday morning in the Prescott Public Library Founders Room on East Goodwin Street. Attendees can meet the docents and learn what it is to be part of this organization. Representatives note new volunteer members are needed so they can continue to share the love of art with school children and adults in the Quad City area. Volunteers don’t need to be an artist or teacher to join and all training is provided. Prescott Art Docents was founded in 1971 and is affiliated with the Phoenix Art Museum.
The 10th annual Prescott Jazz Summit kicks off at noon today with a free concert at the Prescott Courthouse Plaza. The concert will be followed by a Meet the Musicians scholarship fundraising dinner with music at the Hassayampa Inn from 5:30 to 7:30. From 7:30 to 10:30, 2 simultaneous concerts will occur at the Hassayampa’s Arizona and Marina Ballrooms and music and dancing will take place at the Hotel St. Michael’s historic ballroom. Tomorrow from 1 to 4, another concert will be held in the Arizona Ballroom and dancing will continue at Hotel St. Michael. At 7:30, a gala concert will be held at the Ruth Street Theater that will be a tribute to the great Big Bands. The summit wraps up Sunday with a jazz brunch in the Arizona and Marina Ballrooms from 10 to 12:30 and concerts in both ballrooms from 1 to 3. For more information on activities and ticket prices, go online to prescottjazz.com.
From 10 am to 9 pm, the 5th annual End of Summer Blast will take place in Prescott Valley’s downtown Entertainment district. This free event will feature a Flip City Gymnastics performance at noon, a trade show featuring 40 booths, 4 shows by the Prescott Regulators and their Shady Ladies starting at 10:20 and continuing every 2 hours until 4:20, a karate demonstration, a volleyball demonstration from the Bradshaw Mountain High School Lady Bears, Arizona Sundogs representatives and music by MacDaddy starting at 6:30.
The annual Punt, Pass and Kick competition for boys and girls ages 8 to 15 will be held at Bradshaw Mountain High School, Bob Pavlich Field. Registration is 8 to 11 and competition runs from 9 to noon. There is no charge to participate and winners will advance in this national competition.
Chino Valley will be celebrating Territorial Days. A Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast runs from 6 to 10 at the Town Senior Center on Butterfield Road. Cost is 5 dollars for adults and 4 dollars for children under 12. At 9:30, the 24th annual Territorial Capitol Days Parade starts at Heritage Middle School and will continue down Road One West, concluding at Memory Park. Those who can’t make it to the parade can hear it broadcast live on Cattle Country, 94.3 FM KDDL. From 11 to 3, residents and visitors can enjoy some of Chino Valley’s history with a variety of interactive booths. Sunday’s activities include an Equistar horse show at Freeman Farms on East Road 3 South and a roping event at 5-M Ranch on West Road 1 South. Both events run from 8 to 6.
A Childs resident has been arrested following an alleged shooting incident at the Verde River. On Wednesday afternoon, a man kayaking down the river in the Childs campground area reported he and 2 fellow kayakers were shot at and ordered out of the river at gunpoint by a man with a rifle. A Yavapai County Sheriff’s Deputy assigned to Forest Patrol responded and located the shooter, 70 year old Samuel Phariss. Sheriff’s Office spokesman Scott Reed explains why Phariss shot at the men from about 50 yards away:
Deputies did not locate the rifle but did find empty shell casings near the river. Phariss faces 1 count of attempted 2nd degree murder, 2 counts of aggravated assault and 3 counts of kidnapping.
A suspicious substance found in Cottonwood has tested negative for toxins. On Tuesday afternoon, employees at Nutri-health supplements on Justin Drive notified police of a piece of mail that contained a white powdery substance. The Camp Verde Fire Department Hazardous Materials crew tested it and found it was not harmful and may have been a common household product. Police have received notification from the Arizona Department of Public Safety Lab the substance did not contain any toxins. Sergeant Gareth Braxton says they still want to determine how it got into the business:
It appears a direct marketing envelope that contained a return address for the business and a pre-paid postage stamp was used.