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Celtic New Year concert Oct. 30 in Sierra Vista

SIERRA VISTA — The Cochise College Strong Oak Historical Club is hosting a free Samhain concert by Four Shillings Short to celebrate the Celtic New Year with music, poetry and storytelling from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in the Sierra Vista Campus Student Union.


Four Shillings Short.

Four Shillings Short performs traditional and original music from the Celtic lands, Medieval and Renaissance Europe, India and the Americas on a collection of world instruments, including the hammered and mountain dulcimer, mandolins, renaissance woodwinds, bouzouki, recorders, sitar, tin whistles, banjo, percussion and psaltery.

The husband-and-wife duo of Aodh Og O’Tuama from Cork, Ireland, and Christy Martin from California have toured locations across the U.S. and Ireland together as Four Shillings Short for 19 years. The independent folk-artists have 11 recordings, perform 150 concerts a year and live as the troubadours of old, traveling from town to town performing at music festivals, theaters and performing arts centers, coffee houses, folk societies, libraries and schools.

“The Celtic/Folk/World music duo performs on a bevy of unusual instruments and in myriad styles,” wrote Glen Starkey in the New Times in San Luis Obispo, Calif. “This is a great show for kids of all ages, who’ll be amazed by the duo’s thematic range.” Continue Reading »

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Multicultural Film Series offers free movie screenings

Cochise College’s Multicultural Film Series has announced its film screenings for 2014-15.

Free film screenings are offered at locations in Cochise County throughout the academic year, in collaboration with the City of Sierra Vista’s Arts and Humanities Commission and the Commission on Cultural Diversity, and the Central School Project in Bisbee.

  • Cesar Chavez
    Sierra Vista Campus: 6 p.m. Oct. 15 in room 900
    Douglas Campus: 6 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Little Theatre
    Bisbee: 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Central School Project
  • Smoke Signals
    Sierra Vista Campus: 6 p.m. Nov. 19 in room 900
    Douglas Campus: 6 p.m. Nov. 20 in the Little Theatre
    Bisbee: 7 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Central School Project
  • Mandela
    Sierra Vista Campus: 6 p.m. Feb. 11 in room 900
    Douglas Campus: 6 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Little Theatre
    Bisbee: 7 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Central School Project
  • Honor Diaries” (a documentary with some graphic violent scenes)
    Sierra Vista Campus: 6 p.m. March 18 in room 900
    Douglas Campus: 6 p.m. March 19 in the Little Theatre
    Bisbee: 7 p.m. March 20 at the Central School Project

Fore more information about the film series, contact Tanya Biami at (520) 515-5316 or biamit@cochise.edu.

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Literary Guild book discussions open to students, community

The Cochise College Literary Guild club for readers and lovers of books has announced its fall 2014 schedule of book discussions.

This semester’s theme is books set in the local area written by local authors:

Treiber, a Cochise College English instructor, will attend the November book discussion.

Literary Guild is free and open to all students and members of the community. Discussions are from 11 a.m. to noon in the Horace Steele Room in the library building of the Cochise College Sierra Vista Campus.

For more information, contact Mary B. Coyle at (520) 515-5499 or coylem@cochise.edu.

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Free Bowl-A-Thon this Saturday in Sierra Vista

JR Maynard

JR Maynard

The Cochise College Sierra Vista Art Department will be hosting its second Bowl-A-Thon of the year from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in conjunction with the Pottery Studio at Sierra Vista to make more bowls for Empty Bowls, a project that raises money for local food pantries, shelters, banks and kitchens.

The Bowl-A-Thon is free and open beginners or veteran potters. Participants will make as many bowls as they can on the potter’s wheel and by hand-building, as well as work on decorating the bowls made during the college-hosted Bowl-A-Thon this summer.

The annual Empty Bowls Project fundraiser is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Ethel Berger Center in Sierra Vista. Those who make a donation of $10 or more receive a handcrafted bowl, and all proceeds will be donated to food banks around Cochise County.

Potters have been making bowls to donate throughout the year and Empty Bowls Project organizers hope to have at least 2,000 bowls donated toward the October fundraiser. For more information about the Bowl-A-Thon at Cochise College, email art instructor Virginia Pfau Thompson at thompsonpfauv@cochise.edu.

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Dance Club presents Brazilian-themed Zumbathon Sept. 19

The Cochise College Dance Club was honored with the Club of the Year award at last year's Sierra Vista Student Government Association's Red and White Banquet. (Courtesy of the Dance Club)

The Cochise College Dance Club was honored with the Club of the Year award at last year’s Sierra Vista Student Government Association’s Red and White Banquet. (Courtesy of the Dance Club)

The Cochise College Dance Club invites students and the community to dance for fun and exercise at a benefit Zumbathon from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at the Sierra Vista Campus. All proceeds will be donated to Sierra Vista’s Domestic Crisis Shelter, the Forgach House.

To honor Hispanic heritage, this Zumbathon will focus on a Brazilian theme. Participants are encouraged to wear Brazilian colors (blue, yellow, green) along with colorful feathers. The club is asking for a $5 donation, which includes a raffle ticket and bottle of water. Continue Reading »

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Where can I find community service opportunities?

Natalie Hayashi, left, and Dr. Tierra Stimson work at a local farm during the 2013 Alternative Spring Break. (Photo by Jenn Wantz)

Natalie Hayashi, left, and Dr. Tierra Stimson work at a local farm during the 2013 Alternative Spring Break. (Photo by Jenn Wantz)

Cochise College students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members can take advantage of a number of community service events available in Cochise County to meet the 50-Hour Challenge Service Award Program this year.

Cochise College Student Government Associations on the Douglas and Sierra Vista campuses offer numerous community service opportunities throughout the academic year, including Alternative Spring Break, Holiday Mail for Heroes, Warm Up America, and many more. Visit www.cochise.edu/activities to check out the full calendar of events.

Service hours can be earned off campus, too. At the end of August, the Boys and Girls Club of Bisbee is holding its annual Car and Bike Show fundraiser from 9:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30. Volunteers are needed for the kids’ games event. For more information or to volunteer, call (520) 432-3010. Continue Reading »

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Native American lit course offered this fall

Explore American Indian culture through dance, poetry, biographies, film, and short stories in Cochise College’s Native American Literature (ENG 231) course to be offered this fall semester on the Sierra Vista Campus.

In addition to studying American Indian historical and contemporary views and perspectives, students will visit with guest speakers from nearby Native Nations. Students will also participate in the annual Native American Heritage Day in November, when the college will host a variety of Native dancers, artists, poets, and authors. Field trips to the Amerind Foundation in Dragoon and to a social powwow sponsored by the National Native American Co-Op in Tucson are also included in the course’s schedule.

Classes begin the week of Aug. 18, and students must register for the class by that day. Tanya Biami, who is of Lakota heritage, will teach the course on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. For more information, contact Biami at biamit@cochise.edu or (520) 515-5316.


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