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A well-planned garden is a beautiful thing

  • A colorful flower garden designed by Bridge Nursery in Greenwich. Photo: Contributed Photo / Connecticut Post contributed



In April 1967, my husband and I moved our family to a lovely 90-year-old Dutch Colonial in Greenwich’s backcountry. The house was charming, with a screened porch, a breakfast nook and arched ceilings in some of the upstairs rooms. But the landscape was dismal.

To the left of the front door was a very old yew whose head had been chopped off so it sat there, misshapen and sad. On the right was an andromeda with more dead branches than delicate white bell-shaped flowers it should have had at that time of year.

A week later, I ushered my four young children into the car, and drove down North Street to a driveway with the sign Sam Bridge Nursery, down the hill and along the long narrow road to what could possibly pass as a parking lot in front of a lone greenhouse. In we trooped to the back of the building, where a cheerful man with big glasses and even a bigger smile greeted us with a gentle “Hello.” The man was Sam Bridge Jr., and this was his nursery. I had gone there to buy begonias to plant in a sun-splashed garden bed, but Mr. Bridge suggested some robust red geraniums instead for that heat-drenched spot.

To this day, gardeners buy geraniums at Bridge’s by the hundreds every summer. That small greenhouse gave way to a 10,000-square-foot greenhouse and 10 hoop houses when his three children, Mary Jo, Sam III and Ron, joined their dad in running the nursery. They greatly expanded the selection of plants in every conceivable plant category — perennials, annuals, tropical, etc. The nursery is one of the top 100 independent garden centers in the country, selling more plants — trees, shrubs, vegetables, flowers, indoor plants and herbs — than any other garden nursery in Fairfield County. One million a year, to be exact, with 500,000 of them started from seed, plugs or cuttings.

Then in 1991, the Bridges introduced a critical aspect in the world of gardening: design, from a full landscape encompassing several acres to a cottage garden bed near a front gate. Design is the most intensive of all horticultural disciplines, since it requires extensive knowledge of trees, shrubs and plants, of soil, microclimates, of plant zones and their variables.

What you want when it comes to good garden design, says Mary Jo Bridge Palmer, “are good bones,” a fundamental approach long practiced by English gardeners, but ignored by many homeowners.

Good bones is a course unto itself. It strives for a comprehensive unity of design between house and garden with an underlying pattern in the landscape. For example, if the house is classic, you would plan a stately, dignified outdoors, where the plants descend big to small (trees to ground cover). If the house is contemporary, then you would want a relaxed, almost free-flowing look on the land with masses of a single plant (don’t plant just one or two Russian sages in the garden bed, for example, plant 15, even 20). Repetition is a good thing, as it is in a house, where an arch on one side may be twinned with one on another wall. Pathways should lead the visitor from one “garden room” to another. And to make that perennial border symmetrically pleasing, the width needs to be narrower than the length, not equal to it (landscape designers use a mathematical formula to figure ratios).

A well-planned landscape conveys a pleasing sense of balance and sequence with hardscapes like tennis courts, pools and patios blending seamlessly into the grounds. And finally, good bones take into consideration texture, color, scale and form. If that sounds like a lot to achieve on your own, then it’s wise to bring in a landscape designer.

Steve Johnson has been with Bridge Nursery since 1991 and holds to his profession’s mantra: design, install, maintain. I have had him do a few jobs for me over the years. When I wanted a perennial border at the edge of one long stretch of lawn, Johnson suggested I put in a row of arborvitae at the perimeter to give structural backbone to the garden. Rhododendrons and azaleas ease the transition from those evergreens to a mixed annual and perennial border.

Like Johnson, Jay Nathans, another staff landscaper designer at Bridge’s, can visualize a landscape in his mind and often has no need to draw up plans. “I paint the picture in my head,” he says. “I know what I can do.” Then he jokes, “I could be like Moses, 500 years old and still don’t know all there is to know in this field.

“There is a misconception out there,” Nathans continues, “that Bridge does all this big new construction projects, but 90 percent of our work are renovations of existing gardens, some very old.” Like the cottage garden he filled to exuberance with astilbe, heuchera, butterfly bush, echinacea, coral bells and Knockout roses.

With the abundance of plant material available to gardeners today, there comes a caveat: Don’t go crazy. Overplanting is as detrimental in landscape design as it is in out-of-proportion scale in interior design.

“That’s why I like to come in from the beginning,” Johnson says. “I want to talk to the owner, to the architect. I’ll work with the masons, landscape architects and even the construction crew. I want to know maintenance tolerance, where the pool will go, what hardscapes are planned and strive to save existing beautiful trees. We work from what’s realistic for the property.”

“(What) People don’t realize,” Nathans says, “is that if you do it right, a garden will look good right from the start.”

Rosemarie T. Anner is a freelance writer and an addicted gardener.

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Leading garden designer for Kells conference next week

 Leading garden designer for Kells conference next week Leading garden designer for Kells conference next week

One of Ireland’s leading garden designers, Mary Reynolds, has been confirmed as a guest speaker at the forthcoming ‘Greening of Kells’ conference which takes place in Kells on Thursday 12th May in the local Church of Ireland.
Ken Murray, chairman of Kells Local Heroes, the organisers of the event, said they were “absolutely delighted with the confirmation that Mary Reynolds will attend and speak.
“Her track record is extraordinary and for people interested in this area, her contribution is not to be missed”.
Wexford-based Mary Reynolds has emerged as a master designer having accumulated a number of major international awards.
In 2002, she became the youngest person to win a gold medal at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show in London.
Following this success, the British Department of the Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) invited her in 2003 to design and construct a wild garden at the Kew Royal Botanical Gardens in London.
This was followed with an invitation by BBC to build a garden for the TV series ‘Small Town Gardens’.
“Mary Reynolds was recently listed in the top 10 female garden designers in the world by the Landscape Architects Network and that says something significant about her talent and creativity,” said Mr Murray.
A number of other high-profile experts in the areas of urban greenery, horticulture and agri-science will be confirmed for the event in the next 10 days.
The Greening of Kells Conference is the latest of similar events held in Kells since last May under the title of ‘The Bigger Picture’. The previous two events looked at planning as well as infrastructure and how development of the arts can benefit the economy of a local town.


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How to start a career in gardening

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Sam Ovens in his garden The Sky’s The Limit, designed by Sam Ovens. PA Photo/RHS/Lee Beel


Anyone who thinks gardening is strictly for people of a certain age, think again. A growing stream of young talent is now making its way into major shows and hitting the headlines in horticultural competitions.

MA13 RBC Waterscape Garden designed by Hugo Bugg. PA Photo/RHS/Annabelle Taylor

Ones to watch at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show include Sam Ovens, 27, who is designing his first Chelsea show garden for Cloudy Bay; and Hugo Bugg, 29, already a Chelsea Gold Medal winner, designing his second Chelsea show garden for the Royal Bank of Canada.

Both studied garden design at Falmouth University and both are previous winners of the RHS’ prestigious Young Garden Designer of the Year competition, which continues to provide a platform for young horticultural talent at the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park in Cheshire, which this year runs from July 20-24.

Ovens grew up on a working farm in Cornwall, which spawned his interest in nature, while Bugg – the youngest ever winner of gold for a large show garden at Chelsea (in 2014) – grew up helping his father in the big family garden in Devon.

“In the summer holidays I worked for a local landscape firm, so I was out there doing both hard landscaping and planting every holiday. I learned loads. I worked really hard and learned a lot from contractors and I really learned my plants as well.”

Matthew Pottage as he collects material for a hand tried posy, at RHS Garden Wisley. PA Photo/RHS/Tim Sandall

But you don’t have to be at a prestigious garden show to find amazing young talent. Take 29-year-old Matthew Pottage, the youngest ever RHS curator who, since December, has been in charge of the society’s flagship garden at Wisley, Surrey. He landed the job less than 12 years after arriving at Wisley as a trainee and now oversees 75 gardening staff.

So, what advice would they give young people looking for a career in horticulture?

“The RHS garden competitions and shows are a great way to start out and to gain initial publicity,” says Ovens. “My advice to young gardeners would be to set themselves apart, find a niche and focus on what really makes them different.”

Bugg adds: “Just keep as many doors open as possible. When I graduated, a lot of people felt you could just go straight out and be a self-employed garden designer, but that’s very difficult because you haven’t got a portfolio of live projects.

Hugo Bugg. PA Photo/Handout

“I was open to everything. I was doing graphic design, worked for different people and some of those projects not related to gardens turned into garden design projects the following year. Work hard, but don’t close any doors.”

Bugg says he’d recommend university to anyone wanting a career in garden design.

“Personally, I feel it’s important to study garden design at a professional level because you can take on bigger jobs and can understand the process better.”

Pottage says: “The Grow Careers website is a really good place to start ( I started off working in a garden centre alongside my college training and it was definitely a good way to start.

“One of our most important missions at the RHS is to change the image of horticulture as a low-paid, unskilled career choice – it’s really one of the most inspirational, life-enriching and rewarding careers you can choose. We want to attract more great people into the profession, through our campaign for school gardening, by appointing young gardeners and with the help of well-known ambassadors like Alan Titchmarsh. There are also so many gardening careers you can choose – you could be a botanist, an arboriculturist, a landscape designer or a garden manager – the options are endless.”

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Garden of the week: Wow Waikato garden created in just seven years

Garden of the week: Wow Waikato garden created in just seven years

The knot garden at Ann and Graeme Sutton’s Matangi property is fed blood and bone in spring and autumn and trimmed twice a year with a hedge trimmer “before a glass of wine not after,” says Ann, who now has someone to cut it for her.

Tinks the cat in the sun next to a concrete tub of geraniums; a terracotta French roof tile makes an rustic candleholder.

Ann and Graeme on the long verandah leading to the knot garden.

The knot garden has 1200 buxus plants creating three individual patterns, with the centre pattern being the most complex; the garden is based on 16th century Tudor designs.

Star jasmine ramps up over a tepee frame; extensive hedging of Corokia ‘Cheesemanii’ is dotted with old wooden doors.

Clipped cones of Teucrium fruticans in the central potager, old gates, rusty laundry buckets and bamboo tepees provide interest in winter when the vegetables are put to sleep with a thick layer of pea straw; low-growing hedges of Myrtus ugni (Chilean guava) surround clipped double balls of bay leaf.

Star jasmine ramps over a teepee frame and the topiary chooks hang out in the background.

Tinks reclines on a living couch made of buxus.

Ann’s “small wall of China”.

Topiary chooks grow in terracotta drain pipes filled with soil.

An avenue of Thuja occidentalis conifers leads away from the house, flanked by rows of newly planted ‘Arabian Night’ lavender.

Fresh pickings for the vases are one of the pleasures of the Suttons’ garden.

The avenue ends at a gabled pavilion with a comfy day bed and mass plantings of white hydrangeas; Ann thought she would spend afternoons here with a good book, but garden duties often get in the way.

When Ann and Graeme Sutton were planning their new home at Matangi, near Hamilton, they intended to have swathes of lawn and keep the garden to a minimum. That was seven years ago, and now the garden occupies their entire half-hectare property. Ann admits she couldn’t rein herself in. “I’m not very good with blank spaces, but we never envisaged anything on this scale.”

She’s sitting on the front porch and everywhere the eye alights there is lush planting, carefully placed walls, hedging and edging. It is all done with a light and confident touch.

Ann has been influenced by her upbringing on a well-planted quarter-acre section in Morrinsville and later by visiting inspirational gardens on her travels in Europe. Her early gardens, she says, tended to be about circles and curves. Then she moved into right angles and straight lines – once even buying a neighbour’s sheep paddock to expand her garden. “As you grow and gain confidence, you are prepared to experiment more.”

Ann and Graeme Sutton’s knot garden in Matangi has 1200 buxus plants creating three individual patterns, with the centre pattern being the most complex; the garden is based on 16th century Tudor designs.

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Graeme is in charge of lawns, the vegetable garden, and takes instruction on hedge-trimming. When Ann decided this time she’d like an elaborate knot garden, she sold Graeme on it by promising it would save him a lot of lawn-mowing time. As he suspected, however, the knot garden actually turned out to be quite fiddly to mow around.  

Twelve rectangular plots positioned within Boston ivy-covered brick walls are rotated with seasonal vegetables and annuals; lemons, limes, mandarins and oranges line two of the walls, and blue hollies are dotted along the north-facing wall.

Ann and Graeme have been gardening together for 25 years, and the Matangi property is their third from-scratch project. For each of their gardens, they’ve enjoyed the services of Cambridge husband-and-wife design team Sheryn and Glen Brownlee. Sheryn is the landscaper, working with Ann, and Glen has designed their houses.

It is a partnership that’s worked well for both couples, and the lovely lines of the low-slung home on this property meld neatly with the elegantly structured garden that flows around it.

Ann’s starting brief included a Cotswolds-style walled potager; a lavender field flanking a 28m green aisle; a tranquil, enclosed Japanese courtyard; and a mass display of silver birches, underplanted with mondo grass. All this has been achieved.  And more, because Ann can’t really stick to the script.

The graceful silver birches (Betula utilis var jacquemontii) – 42 of them – were definitely in the script, and they make a splendid opening statement at the entrance to the property. Ann says they create a stunning effect in winter when they shed their leaves and are in skeletal form. “The white trunks glow like wands.”  

Topiary chooks grow in terracotta drain pipes filled with soil.

There is more pleasure as you step out from the house onto a gabled porch that looks directly down a velvety green aisle. The aisle – anchoring the garden’s extensive north face – is lined by Thuja occidentalis conifers with delicate scalloped, lacy foliage, and the conifers are flanked by beds of Ann’s favourite long-stemmed lavender, ‘Arabian Night’. 

The green aisle was not planned for weddings, but it provided the perfect entrance for bridal parties when the Suttons hosted these in earlier times.

From their porch, the Suttons also enjoy their walled Cotswolds-style garden; they’re pretty much sitting in the middle of it. To their right, are rectangular potagers bursting with seasonal vegetables and flowers; to the left, there is a more structured potager layout of buxus and rosemary hedging, clipped holly and star jasmine, annuals, citrus, and Boston ivy covering the walls.

A touch of whimsy is provided here by five tubby topiary buxus chooks, perched on ceramic columns, with ostrich eggs (located on Trade Me by Ann) nestled in the underplanting of rain lilies.

The avenue ends at a gabled pavilion with a comfy day bed and mass plantings of white hydrangeas; Ann thought she would spend afternoons here with a good book, but garden duties often get in the way.

There is more whimsy towards the rear of the property, where Ann went off-script and planted ‘Kaizuka’ conifers, trimmed and coaxed into the style of the fluffy-headed trees from The Lorax by Dr Seuss. “I like a bit of silliness,” she says.  

As well as some silliness, there is her folly – the knot garden she’s developed more recently, based on a 16th-century design she saw during a visit to Sudeley Castle in the Cotswolds. Ann spent weeks planning how to make the intricate knot pattern work for her. Then it took three days to mark it out, 1200 tiny buxus were planted and a landscaping tradition from Elizabethan England is now thriving in the Waikato.

There is a meticulously styled Japanese courtyard that bows to the influences of the East, and for pickable perennials Ann has created a charming flower bed of “nana plants”. Everything has its place in the rich tapestry of this garden.

Ann and Graeme marvel that it’s only taken them seven years to achieve a mature property. They praise the Waikato climate, with its bountiful sunshine and moisture, and Ann also feeds her plants well. In the winter, she beds them down with pea straw, and she and Graeme take time out for travel, and fresh inspiration.

Already, she’s thinking about their next garden, sometime in the future. Maybe, she says, they may genuinely downsize to a walled city courtyard, which would give them more time to spend with granddaughter Ava. But with Ann Sutton, you can’t really be too sure what lies down the garden path.  


Most significant plant in the garden: A rose my grandfather propagated and named after me when I was a child (‘Ann McKerrow’). It won first prize in a Te Awamutu rose competition. Over the past 30 years I have taken cuttings and left behind a rose bush in each garden we’ve developed. 

Favourite plant combination: I absolutely love purple salvia ‘Victoria’ with soft, buttery lemony cream marigolds.

Most-used tool: My battery-powered hedge trimmer. There’s always a spare battery on charge. 

Plants that grow well here: Pretty much everything, apart from peonies, just seems to flourish. Sheep pellets and blood and bone super-charge everything. 

Best edible crop: This year it’s been blueberries. Our 20-month-old granddaughter has devoured every berry in sight – particularly if they are in a pikelet. 

Do you open your garden to the public?  We enjoy hosting garden clubs, tours and groups of six plus. It’s such a pleasure to share our space, swap ideas and learn new things. Visits are by appointment, contact;

Ann Sutton 

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Young entrepreneurs gather for CEO trade show

KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) — Landscaping, interior design and locally produced and sold honey were just some of the businesses on display at the second Kokomo CEO trade show Wednesday.

“In the course of the year they’ve learned how to create a business plan; they’ve learned how to work the process of ideation, where they come up with a concept and they’ve learned how to work that through fruition,” said CEO facilitator Morgan Young, speaking of the 18 students involved in this year’s Kokomo CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) trade show.

The students, who come from high schools in several counties, are chosen each year to participate in the program, which is aimed at developing young entrepreneurs while increasing economic development and sustainability in the Kokomo region.

“We’re not trying to find necessarily the kid who is the best scholastically, but we’re trying to find that kid who has that heart for entrepreneurship,” Young said.

The students chosen for the program have been preparing for two hours at the start of their school day for the entire school year. They’ve developed and executed their own business plans, culminating in the display of their ideas for the community and potential business investors to see.

Young, who owns Morgan Young Photos and the popular Main Street Café in downtown Kokomo with his wife, Sandra, is a prominent business owner in the community in his own right.

“One of the biggest things they’re taking away from Kokomo CEO is how to be a successful adult, more so than just a successful business person,” Young said. “They’re learning the skills that you need to be successful in life.”

In addition to marketing techniques and developing business plans, students learn how to interact with the public, provide great customer service, and foster meaningful business relationships.

Abigail Gerig, a student at Tri-Central High School in Sharpsville, is a testament to that.

“Probably the biggest thing that CEO has taught me is more about how to actually talk to adults and have better conversations,” Gerig said. “And I’ve just gained a lot of connections from CEO, which has helped me to understand a lot more in a lot of different ways.”

Gerig owns Dragonwood, a honey and syrup maker business that she has run for seven years now. Her family also owns a beekeeping business in Tipton County.

“(We’re) primarily focused on providing natural sugars to local markets,” Gerig said. “We sell honey and maple syrup. We’ve been beekeepers for about 12 years now and maple syrup makers for four years and we just focus on providing local products.”

Gerig sells many products through her honey and maple syrup business, like liquid and cream honey, local and wildflower honey, traditional maple syrup and maple candy.

And although her family has been in the honey business for years, Gerig found Kokomo CEO helpful in many ways, which is why she encourages students who may not be entrepreneurial-minded to consider joining the class.

“It’s a fantastic program, not just for entrepreneurs, but for any high school student that wants to grow personally,” Gerig said.

Throughout the school year, students visit anywhere from one to three businesses each week. The goal is to expose them to businesses at every level, from the local businesses just starting out, to major companies, Young said.


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Tropical Gardening: May Day is Lei Day

Today is May Day — and Lei Day in Hawaii.

We celebrate flowers of all kinds. Traditionally, everyone should be wearing flowers. Fragrant plumeria, pikake, tuberose and orchid leis are appropriate gifts today and for that matter all week through Mother’s Day, May 8. Gals and even guys can wear flowers in their hair at this time.

Of course in islands to the south such as Tahiti, Samoa and Tonga, you will see islanders adorned with flowers all year long. Tropical Polynesia is well-known for using flowers instead of expensive jewels for self-adornment. That is why folks fill their gardens with flowering shrubs and trees, so they will have an abundant supply all year long.

There was a time when forests covered much of the lands that are now grassland and desert in Hawaii. However, with the introduction of grazing animals in the late 18th century, our forests began to shrink. The vast koa forests of the Kohala Mountains, Mauka Kona and East Hawaii are now mere remnants of their past glory.

Loss of forests affects the climate, making hot even hotter, dry drier and windy areas windier. Even places such as Hilo experience extremes of flood and drought when forests in the area are removed.

Lucky for us, some folks know the value of forests and windbreaks. Our progressive ranchers are planting koa and other hardwoods at higher elevations.

Then, there are groups such as the Outdoor Circles, 4-H, Scouts and Rotary, Path and Lions clubs doing what they can to reforest our roadsides and communities. Of course, native plants are important such as hibiscus species, wiliwili, ohia, and greenery including maile and palapalai fern.

However many of the more spectacular flowers have been introduced in the last 200 years. These include royal poinciana, jacaranda, the cassias or shower trees, many species of tabebuia, and fragrant trees such as the ylang ylang and plumeria. The list is so long it covers more than a hundred species.

Well-planned areas such as Kukio, Hualalai, Mauna Lani, Waiakoloa, and Mauna Kea resorts are literally being transformed into tropical oases.

A new project to create safe walking and bike paths is now underway in North Kona. Hundreds of trees are planned for all along Ane Keohokalole Highway. Recently, more than 100 trees were planted through the efforts of Hawaii County, PATH, HELCO, Kaiser, Ironman and the Rotary clubs of West Hawaii.

Another street showing signs of urban beautification is Kaiminani in Kona Palisades now that the road construction is finished. Residents are doing a great job of landscaping their road frontage and the overall effect is impressive. Kudos to all.

These are examples of how individuals can help beautify and make our environment more enjoyable. Folks also can get involved in the state Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Divison of Forestry and Wildlife’s Forest Stewardship Program and agriculture/forest dedication programs through Hawaiian Islands Land Trust and Hawaii County. The latter gives local landowners certain tax savings and benefits our island residents by protecting these lands from urban development.

So, we see even the smallest efforts add up. By planting trees in your garden, you can actually change the microclimate and make your surroundings several degrees cooler in the summer. If you place your trees just right, you can even create a garden climate that is milder during cool, windy periods.

It’s really interesting when you expand these basic principles. What happens when everyone in your neighborhood or community plants shade trees? Well, you can actually change the climate in fairly large areas. Foresters have research data that supports the theory that reforestation might increase local rainfall and modify temperature extremes. By the way, urban reforestation is what is happening when lots of folks in a neighborhood or town plant trees.

Let’s look at the tree planting from another angle.

Visitors bring millions of dollars to Hawaii each year. Our sunny winter skies are a big attraction. It used to be our beaches and tropical woodlands were part of that appeal. Now, with urban sprawl on some of our best beaches, our main salvation from endless asphalt alleys is abundant landscaping.

Planting trees to give shade and beautify our communities isn’t the complete answer, but it can help. Shopping is miserable when streets are barren and parking lots are hot and uncomfortable. Hotels, restaurants and gas stations that are attractively landscaped with shade trees, shrubs and grass attract customers. Even grocery and department stores are finding landscaping pays off.

In tree-planting activities, remember, proper planting is important, as well as a knowledge of the tree’s requirements. Maintenance is the limiting factor as to whether or not street planting is practical. Be sure to choose trees that fit the space where they will grow.

Of course, we need to improve even our best examples of landscaping as we become more sensitive to the regreening of our island.

In some new community developments, underground utilities are installed. This allows freedom from wires and poles. In such well-planned tracts, street side shade trees can be planted to minimize the negative impact of asphalt and concrete. Where utility lines are overhead, it is important to plant trees that stay small, no more than 15 to 20 feet in most cases. This will minimize the problem of maintaining utility services.

In Hawaii, we have a wide variety of native and non-native plants. Therefore, we have a wide variety for beauty and food sources for humans and wildlife. By keeping abundant vegetation as an integral part of our communities, we actually find a constant connection with our natural world.

This information is supplied by the University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. For further information about gardening and landscaping, contact one of our master gardeners at 322-4892 in Kona or 981-5199 in Hilo.

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Volunteer Opportunities: Week of May 2

The Prescott Highland Games is looking for volunteers, May 14 and May 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Watson Lake Park, “Loch Watson.” You will receive free admittance and a tee shirt for your services! Visit For additional information, call 928-642-0020.

If you are a happy, high-energy, positive person and you like working with people, Stepping Stones Thrift Stores need you. Greet customers and donors, fill out donor receipts and help customers find that special treasure. Volunteers also assist with pricing, merchandising, and much more. Proceeds provide 24/7/365 helpline, emergency services and advocacy to serve women and children. Call Denise Merritt at 928-772-4184 or email

Stepping Stones Agencies is looking for volunteers for the human resources and administrative office, community awareness program, and at the bookstore and gift shop. Stepping Stones provides 24/7/365 helpline, emergency services and advocacy for women and children in the West Yavapai County communities. Contact Denise Merritt at 928-772-4184 or email

The Mental Health Veterans Advocacy Council seeks new members. Are you conscientious and interested in helping develop a true partnership between veterans with mental health issues, their families, VA Mental Health staff and the community in order to improve the quality of VA mental health services? Membership in the council is open to veterans with mental health concerns, their family members and agencies/organizations servicing such veterans. A once a month commitment to attend all meetings is required. Meetings take place at the Prescott VA Medical Center every 3rd Wednesday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact Nancy Devine at 928-445-4860 ext. 5281 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Yavapai Food Neighbors Project is in need of an events coordinator to manage the bi-monthly collection for the Prescott area Food Neighbors Project. While this is an important and necessary volunteer opportunity, it only requires six to eight hours every two months. Call Bob Painter at 928-443-5069 for more information.

Az. Origin Science Association (AzOSA) is in need of a volunteer who is able to create and maintain a web site and further the creationist cause. They must be willing to take over the web site maintenance. For information, contact David McNabb at 928-771-1218 or email

The Yavapai County 4-H Youth Development Program is a looking for individuals to serve as resource volunteers. Do you have an interest in teaching a group of youth about your area of specialty? We are looking for individuals who have knowledge in forestry, knitting and everything in between. Give us a call at 928-445-6590 ext. 229 to discuss how we can work together to make a difference in the youth of Yavapai County.

Prescott Meals on Wheels is looking for two prospective volunteers to deliver meals to Prescott’s homebound seniors. Our volunteer drivers serve once a week, providing a friendly face and a hot, nutritious meal. It is an invaluable service that helps keep our older adults safely in their homes, and for many of our homebound clients, our driver may be the only friendly face that they see that week. Interested individuals are encouraged to call Sarah Kime, Volunteer Coordinator, at 928-445-7630 ext. 602

The Heart Song Center for Grieving Children is seeking volunteers. The Heart Song Center offers a safe, supportive environment for youth and families who are dealing with the grief associated with the death of a loved one. Volunteer training will be provided. Tasks include assisting with group meetings and facilitating activities. Meetings take place once per month. Make a difference in the life of a child and in the ability of their family to begin to heal. Interested persons please call Heart Song at 928-642-2969. The Heart Song Center is sponsored in part by The Good Samaritan Society Prescott Hospice.

Margaret T. Morris Center, a residential, memory care community, is looking for compassionate, patient people to assist staff with activities, one on one visits, bingo or working in the horticultural program. For information, contact John Proffer, Director of Life Enrichment/Volunteers at 928-445-6633 ext. 115.

Blankets 4 Kids needs two drivers to pick up blankets from the donation bins in Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley and bring to the warehouse. For information, call Ron at 928-541-0483 and leave a message.

Launch Pad Teen Center is looking for energetic people who want to make a difference in the lives of teens in the Prescott area. Volunteers would be a part of the centers drop-in hours facilitating programing with teens, tutoring, and simply being a positive adult influence. If you feel this experience is right for you, email

The Prescott Chamber Orchestra is seeking an extraordinary individual to lead and direct fundraising and development activities for this 501c-3 charitable organization. The orchestra, which has been known for 30 plus years as the Prescott Strings, is expanding its scope of operations to provide the community with live performances of classical music and to foster the development of young musicians through scholarships and experience in performing as soloists and members of the orchestra. A job description is available on their website, For more information, call Joe Cotten at 928-636-0229 or Fran Willes at 928-443-8462.

The Prescott Chamber Orchestra is seeking a well organized individual to coordinate and direct the work of a corps of volunteers who support the orchestra with a variety of behind-the-scenes activities. Typical examples include assistance with ticket sales and concession operations at the concerts, distribution of advertising pieces publicizing the concerts, assistance with planning and implementing fund raising events and other special functions. A job description is available on their website, For more information, call Joe Cotten at 928-636-0226 or Fran Willes at 928-443-8462.

Community Cats at The Catty Shack is looking for volunteers to socialize, foster and be available for adoption days for our adoptable kitties. We are open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at 609 S. Granite St. in Prescott. Come by and look at what we are doing and see if you would like to be involved! We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization taking homeless or abandoned cats and kittens from the streets.

Yavapai Regional Transit, a growing public transit system is looking for volunteers to become Board Members, Transit Advisory Committee Members or drivers to drive buses between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The program provides public bus service in Chino Valley, Prescott and Prescott Valley five days per week. Volunteer drivers’ schedules can be accommodated. Contact our dispatcher at 928-636-3602 or the website

GMO-Free Prescott, a community educational organization, is accepting volunteers to help with all facets of our mission to raise awareness and increase understanding about genetically engineered foods (GMOs) and related pesticides. Call 928-221-2533 or email

Adult Center of Prescott needs volunteers in order to provide services for their members and the community. Come find a place to serve that is of interest to you! For information, call 928-778-3000, or stop by at 1280 E. Rosser St., Prescott, in the Rowle P. Simmons Community Center.

Dog Big Dog Charitable Foundation (501C3) is looking for volunteers to help with community and fundraising events. The Prescott Dog is also looking for volunteers to help with two big events as well as some smaller community events; Dogtoberfest in October; and Woofstock in May. For more information, call 928-445-4811 or email Ann Herrington at

Prescott Litter Lifters have been cleaning up “Everybody’s Hometown Litter” since 1981. They never run out of work and welcome you to participate. For information, call Don at 928-771-2690.

Citizens Tax Committee, incorporated 1977, needs volunteers to attend governmental agencies’ meetings to bring for the Committee’s attention and oversight, items of importance related to budgeting and expenditure of tax monies. Email:

Blankets 4 Kids needs a person to help on the first Saturday of the month in Prescott Valley. We will be collecting blankets, hats, scarves and stuffed animals for the less-fortunate kids in the Quad-City areas. The location will be in the Goodwill parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drivers to pick up blankets once a week from our donation bins in Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley and bring to the warehouse are also needed. Call Ron at 928-541-0483 and leave a message!

The Town of Prescott Valley is seeking volunteers for the following positions. Hours and days are flexible. Training provided. For more information on volunteer positions or how to apply, call Heidi Dahms Foster at Prescott Valley Volunteer Central, 928-759-3123.

Library Security. This position is part of Prescott Valley’s Police Volunteers in Protection program. For more information on volunteer positions or how to apply, call Heidi Dahms Foster at Prescott Valley Volunteer Central, 928-759-3123.

Small machine maintenance. We are looking for someone who can maintain and repair small engines and landscaping equipment for our Neighborhood Tool Box, which is available for loan to residents who want to clean up their neighborhoods but lack the necessary equipment. For more information on volunteer positions or how to apply, call Heidi Dahms Foster at Prescott Valley Volunteer Central, 928-759-3123.

Facilities Assistant. This volunteer opens, closes and secures the Library Crystal Room before and after meetings and special events on Saturdays between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. For more information on volunteer positions or how to apply, call Heidi Dahms Foster at Prescott Valley Volunteer Central, 928-759-3123.

Library Drive-Up Window. This volunteer or volunteers will man the library drive-up window Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on volunteer positions or how to apply, call Heidi Dahms Foster at Prescott Valley Volunteer Central, 928-759-3123.

Court assistant. This volunteer helps with filing and other tasks in the Municipal Court. For more information on volunteer positions or how to apply, call Heidi Dahms Foster at Prescott Valley Volunteer Central, 928-759-3123.

Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary needs you! If you love animals, then we have the best and most rewarding volunteer job for you. HPZS is seeking caring and dedicated individuals who want to help our non-profit rescue and education facility. We are seeking volunteers for all departments, such as animal care, docents, facilities/maintenance and gift shop. If interested, contact Becky Salazar at 928-778-4242 ext. 17, come by the zoo and fill out a volunteer application or email

United Way of Yavapai County is looking for conscientious volunteers to help with various office tasks, special events and programs. If you want to be part of something that significantly impacts our communities call our United Way offices at 928-778-6605! We would love to have you on our team!

Sharlot Hall Museum seeks tour guides, building docents, and other volunteers assisting with events, assisting in research and archival projects, preserving collections, gardens and grounds, and store merchandising at 415 W. Gurley, Prescott. Training available; flexible hours. Call 928-445-3122, ext. 18 for details.

Fort Whipple Museum encourages volunteers to become docents for visitors and guests, by sharing the history and impact of this cultural center located on the Bob Stump Memorial Veterans Hospital grounds (500 N. Highway. 89). Get involved by becoming a ‘Living History’ interpreter and enjoy docent opportunities Thursday through Saturdays. Training is available. Call 928-445-3122 ext. 18 for details.

The Salvation Army of Prescott is seeking dedicated and energetic volunteers to help us in “Doing the Most Good” for our community! Volunteer support is needed in a wide range of areas including youth programs, Thrift Store, food pantry/soup kitchen and clerical support. Contact 928-778-0150 for more information and to share your talents, or register online at

Gabriel’s Angels Pet Therapy is in need of volunteer teams in Prescott and Prescott Valley. A therapy dog can make a positive impact on the lives of at-risk children who are the victims of abuse and neglect. You and your dog can be a team that makes a difference! Visit and click on volunteer tab or call 309-531-0875 for local information.

The Food Neighbors Project is seeking people to mobilize their friends and neighbors in alleviating hunger in our community. This involves only four to six hours every two months and is immensely beneficial to local food banks. Contact Bob Painter at 928-443-5069 or go to

The Council for Educational Travel, USA is seeking caring families to host one of our international high school students–for one or two semesters, during the 2015-16 school year. If interested, contact Bridget at 928-713-4518 or

Come volunteer at N.O.A.H., a 501(c) (3) nonprofit thrift store that benefits animals, from Miss Kitty’s cat shelter to equine rescue to the Heritage Park Zoo. N.O.A.H., located a mile from the courthouse, needs volunteers for a three-hour time period once a week. Call N.O.A.H. at 928-708-0545, Monday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The mission of Coalition for Compassion and Justice (CCJ) is to provide vital services, education and advocacy for those living in poverty, leading to self-sufficiency and a fair and just community for all. To volunteer, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, at, or by calling 928-445-8382, ext. 100.

The “Copper State” Detachment 906 of the Marine Corps League meets the 4th Wednesday of each month at the Elks Lodge, Prescott Valley. Social Hour is from 6 to 7 p.m. The group participates in VA Volunteer Services, Young Marines and Toys for Tots, and provide Color Guard for parades; flag posting for patriotic events; and Honor Guard at veteran services. Visit for information.

Blue Rose Heritage and Culture Center, located at 7200 2nd Street, Prescott Valley, needs volunteers to teach in the performing arts field and in all phases of theater and live music. Call Jody Drake at 928-899-5472.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Arizona is looking for retired teachers and others to assist youths ages 6-18 with their reading and homework in the afternoon at the Prescott and Prescott Valley sites. Call 928-776-8686 or 928-287-1377.

Prescott YMCA’s Youth Flag Football League needs volunteer coaches and referees. Come by the YMCA at 750 Whipple St., Prescott, or call 928-445-7221 ext. 33.

The Area Agency on Aging/Northern Arizona Council of Governments is seeking individuals interested in volunteering for their Ombudsman program as well as for their Medicare Benefits Counselor. If you are a good listener, enjoy working through issues that contribute to a senior’s quality of life who is a resident at a State licensed long-term care facility, the Ombudsman program is for you! We will train and certify Ombudsman who will become the advocates for seniors who reside in either long-term care or skilled nursing facilities. Reliable transportation and computer skills are a plus. We are also seeking volunteer Medicare Benefits Counselors who can assist eligible recipients navigate the often confusing Medicare process as well as provide direction towards supplemental insurance options. This program also will train and certify you as a Medicare Benefits Counselor. Due to the confidential information, both programs require a background and DPS Fingerprint Clearance check. Information on either program can be obtained by calling 1-877-521-3500, e-mail at, Bruce Reed at 928-776-7871 or Jana Bays at 928-537-6403. You can learn more about NACOG and the Area Agency on Aging by also going to their website

Yavapai Regional Medical Center – Prescott and Prescott Valley campuses have opportunities for you that engages your willingness to serve. Gift Shop volunteers are needed for daytime, early evenings and weekend hours. At the Prescott campus, we are looking for Snack Cart volunteers as well. Other opportunities from clerical to transportation and more; we have a variety of options available. Call us today to experience the joys of service. Prescott campus: 928-771-5678, Prescott Valley campus: 928-442-8678.

The Susan J. Rheem Adult Day Centers (SJRC) in Prescott, Prescott Valley Cottonwood need volunteers! Are you interested in sharing your time and unique abilities with adults in our community who face physical and cognitive challenges? The Susan J. Rheem Adult Day Centers are currently looking for volunteers to help enrich the lives of participants in our adult day services programs! Volunteers can help in a variety of ways – leading games, assisting with activities, men’s hobbies, clerical help, assisting with Horticultural therapy, kitchen help, cleaning and organizing, answering telephones in the afternoon, sharing stories, leading classes and much more! Volunteers choose how often they would like to help and in what area. Any and all help is greatly appreciated! If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at The Susan J. Rheem Adult Day Center closest to you, contact Joy Travers, Activity Director of the Prescott SJRC at 928-445-6384, ext. 106; Patricia Roberts, Activity Director of the SJRC in Prescott Valley at 928-775-3563, ext. 216; or Matthew Karow, Activity Director of the SJRC in Cottonwood at 928-648-0788 ext. 301. The Susan J. Rheem Adult Day Center is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that provides socialization, health monitoring, personal care, transportation and a nutritious food program for adults over the age of 18 in Prescott, Prescott Valley, Cottonwood and the surrounding quad city areas. For more information, visit

Good Samaritan Society Prescott Hospice volunteers are trained to make a difference in many capacities: providing companionship and respite to patients and families facing end-of-life issues, sharing music and other talents in homes/facilities, and supporting staff via assisting in office work. Call 928-778-5655 for more information.

Yavapai Food Bank needs volunteers able to drive to pick up food, do routine office work or help stock shelves and distribute food. Contact Lynn at 928-775-5255.

People Who Care assists individuals in Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley by helping with rides to healthcare appointments, grocery shopping, and much more. Volunteers help people who can no longer drive remain independent in their own homes. For further information, call 928-445-2480. Volunteers do make a Big Difference. Our “Neighbors” are so very appreciative of their Volunteers. Please consider coming to an Orientation so you too can feel the wonderful circle of “Making a Difference.”

Prescott Area Shelter Services is for women, families and veterans who need a hot meal and a place to sleep in safety. The shelter needs office, laundry and kitchen supplies, quarters for laundry, bus passes/tickets and easy breakfast foods. Donors may contribute the items or money to buy them. Financial donations also go to help pay the rent and utilities. All donations are tax-deductible. The shelter is always in need of volunteers to be advocates, meal providers and overnight supervisors; there is a $25 volunteer stipend pay for any overnight volunteer. Call Katee Norris at 928-778-5933 or email

The Foster Care Review Board is seeking volunteer board members in the Cottonwood area to oversee the progress of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. No experience is required. Upon completing a background check, volunteers are appointed to a five-member board by the Juvenile Court for a three-year term. Call Carissa at 602-452-3400, toll-free at 1-866-320-1959, or visit

Dewey-Humboldt Museum needs volunteers for events. For information, call Doris at 928-632-5521.

The Highlands Center for Natural History is seeking volunteers to help children and adults discover the wonders of nature. Other opportunities available include writing, event planning, videography, administrative support, committee leadership, gardening and maintenance. For information, call 928-776-9550 or visit for information and an application.

Every day, senior adults help increase joy and meaning in the lives of other older adults. How can you do this? By serving as a Senior Peer Volunteer. You can lift adults up when they feel down, help them decrease loneliness, or assist them in creating purpose in their lives. If you want to make this kind of impact in an older adult’s life, call the Senior Peer Volunteer Program of West Yavapai Guidance Clinic at 928-445-5211, ext. 2601.

The Prescott Center for the Arts is looking for volunteers to help with theater and visual art exhibits. Visit and select the volunteer tab or, call Jon Meyer at 928-541-0209. PCA is also looking for men who can sing. Call Mary Ann Dutton at 928-776-8992.

Yavapai Toy Makers needs more toy makers. We have grown to donating wood toys to some 22 hospitals, clinics and shelters from Flagstaff to Phoenix. The toys go to “children who are ill through no fault of their own and to kids in crises.” If you have a home wood shop and a computer and would like to be part of a fun group this it the project. No pressure, no quotas, just fun and enjoy 40 guys who make up the team. Call Ed at 928-776-9193.

Prescott Valley’s Good Works Crew needs volunteers to help citizens physically unable to maintain their property because of age, disability or circumstance. To volunteer, arrange for a volunteer packet or for placement on the service waiting list, call 928-759-3050.

The Arizona Pioneers’ Home Foundation is looking for people who would like to participate with fundraising events, which include a fall rummage sale, Christmas bazaar and spring rummage sale. Call Virginia at 928-445-3216 or Beth at 928-445-7135.

The Sunshine Stitchers group is looking for volunteers to crochet, knit, quilt and sew. We donate to local organizations and meet twice a month on Mondays from 12:45 to 3 p.m. in Prescott. For information, call Lynne at 928-778-7748.

Boys to Men Mentoring Network is looking for men to be mentors to teenage boys. For information, call Charles at 928-499-0522 or visit

Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters is looking for volunteers who want to positively impact the lives of children in our community. YBBBS needs volunteers to work in the office, plan agency events and help with graphic design/photography projects. YBBBS also needs mentors to become Big Brothers, Big Sisters and family matches. YBBBS has over a hundred children waiting and a large percentage of our waiting youth are boys. Couples and family matches can also take on a child and statistically these types of matches last the longest as the support from a partner or family helps the match flourish. Matching at risk children in our community with a positive role model can drastically increase the child’s ability to make better choices in the classroom, amongst peers, the pursuit of higher education, as well as staying out of jail and prison and away from drugs and alcohol. Please call 928-778-5135 or sign up at

The Chino Valley Animal Shelter needs volunteers to walk dogs in Memory Park and to play with them in the exercise yard. Volunteers are also needed on weekends to transport and show adoptable dogs at off-site locations, and to work at events to raise funds for veterinary care and other animal-related needs. To schedule a short orientation, call Danielle or Launi at 928-636-4223, ext. 7.

Animal Disaster Services (ADS) is seeking volunteers to create and maintain an emergency shelter for animals during disasters when evacuations are required. Call Becky Salazar at 928-445-3347 or email

Are you interested in helping traumatized victims? If it’s not in your nature to walk away from someone experiencing the worst moment of their life and if you would like to work with police officers, firefighters and nurses on emergency scenes, consider becoming a Certified Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) volunteer. TIP is a group of specially trained citizen volunteers who provide emotional and practical support to victims of traumatic events. For information, call Sue at 928-445-4655.

The Yavapai County Search Rescue Team (YCSRT) is looking for volunteers to serve as drivers and observers in the 4×4 Unit. A 4X4 vehicle is not needed to serve an observer. Volunteers are also wanted to serve in the Quad, Search Dog, Backcountry, Mounted and Communication Units. If you like helping people and learning new skills and can commit to responding any time of the day to help those in need, go to Yavapai County Search and Rescue Team ( website and click on contact us. A representative will contact you shortly.

Judian Society needs volunteers to help with the gift store in downtown Prescott; collect items for Sr. Peter’s Closet; and/or help with spiritual development projects and “Women in Crisis” programs. If you would like to make a difference in the lives of women and children in the community, call 928-778-2725.

The Yavapai County Volunteers in Protection program is looking for individuals interested in joining the Sheriffs Auxiliary Force Patrol Group. Patrol Group members are armed and drive YCSO patrol vehicles. All training, including defensive tactics and firearms, is provided. Visit or call Richard at 928-443-0607.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Arizona is looking for volunteers to work with youths from 6 to 18 years of age after school and during the summer. Do you have a special hobby or interest and would like to share or teach to kids? We have club sites in Prescott and Prescott Valley. If your specialty is in the arts, sports, fitness, health, life skills or leadership, call 928-776-8686 or 928-237-1377.

The Prescott Police Department’s Citizens on Patrol Program is recruiting individuals who wish to join a team of dedicated citizens willing to donate their time to better our community. Citizens on Patrol assist with traffic control, crime scene security, vacation watches, city code enforcement, sex offender notifications, radar deployment and speed enforcement programs, school and park watches, and more. Contact Kevin Rother at 928-777-1967.

The Spot… A Child’s Museum, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit located in the Gateway Mall, is looking for volunteers to assist in presenting quality hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) exhibits and activities for children of all ages. Visit or call 928-713-9796.

The Elks Opera House Guild needs docent volunteers to work in the beautifully restored historic theater. The Elks Opera House is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for tours and ticket purchases. Call Maxine at 928-778-5236 or email

Community Partnership for Comfort Care volunteers are trained to educate local people on formulating advanced directives and planning for end-of-life care. Visit our website at or call Adam Bissell at 928-776-5655 for more information.

Prescott Audubon Society is looking for volunteers to help remove non-native invasive weeds at the Highlands Center for Natural History. Email Cathy at

Find out how you can broaden your life experiences by becoming a Smoki Museum Volunteer. Museum is located at 147 N. Arizona Ave., Prescott, for information call 928-445-1230, or visit our web site:

The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Resource Center has various volunteer opportunities available in the Prescott area. For information, call 928-526-7345.

Arizona Department of Public Safety is accepting applications for a chaplain volunteer representing different faith groups to provide assistance to employees, their families and citizens during critical times. To apply, visit or call 602-223-2290.

Life Connections, a pro-life Christian pregnancy center offering support and resources to women facing an unplanned pregnancy, needs volunteers passionate about serving with love and understanding. The organization gives free pregnancy tests, offers education in the area of sexual responsibility and provides referrals to doctors’ offices and community resources. The center is located at 7875 E. Florentine, Suite C, Prescott Valley. Contact Diane or Donna at 928-227-3130.

The Chino Valley and Paulden Area Ministerial Association works in conjunction with St. Vincent De Paul Society and the Salvation Army to help people in need. Volunteers staff the organization, and they welcome any help from new volunteers. The association helps people with various critical housing and living conditions. Referrals are strictly confidential. For more information, to make a donation or volunteer, call 928-636-0276. The office is located behind the Chino Valley Community Church, 1969 N. Highway 89.

Prescott Art Docents have shared their love of art with children and adults since 1971 by offering classroom and community art presentations. Docent training is provided, so it’s not necessary to have artistic skills or a background in art history or teaching. Continuing education is offered through our Monday morning program series, held during the school year and open to the public. For more information call Pam at 928-830-5646 or contact Joslyn on email at Visit the Prescott Art Docents calendar at

The Elks Opera House Foundation seeks a retired (or active pro bono) volunteer Certified Public Accountant to record monthly bank statements on five accounts in QUICKBOOKS and produce a financial statement for the board of directors. Also, a cumulative report at the end of the fiscal year (Sept. 30) is needed for the foundation’s accountant in filing the 990 tax return for the non-profit corporation. Email or call 928-445-1298 for further information, or to volunteer.

The Arizona Pioneers Home Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization which that assists residents of the home by helping to provide needed amenities and repairs; such as new televisions and necessary repairs to the donated community bus, used for outings and excursions. The group is also in need of monetary donations and items for its spring and fall rummage sales.If you are interested in joining the monthly meeting, call Virginia at 928-445-3216 or Beth at 928-445-7135.

Prescott Valley Food Bank, 9360 Manzanita Circle, needs volunteers from noon to 2:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays. For information, call 928-772-4490.

The Highlands Center for Natural History is seeking volunteers to serve as Highlands Hosts in our Benson Family Nature Store for 3-4 hours per week. Host duties include operating the Point of Sale computer cash register, keeping the store neat and stocked. Additionally, Hosts greet visitors to the Highlands Center, explain our mission, our LEED gold certified green building structure, membership and volunteer opportunities and community programs. Some administrative work possible, need phone skills, willingness to take visitors on short tours of the facilities. Must have basic computer skills, and enjoy meeting and talking with the public. Other volunteer positions available; check our website at Contact 928-776-9550 for more information and to RSVP your attendance.

Good Samaritan Society – Hospice, a nonprofit organization, needs volunteers as part of the team to assist with patients and families. The volunteers are formally trained in an 8-week comprehensive program so that they can provide respite for caregivers and enhance the end-of-life support for patients. Contact Susan Lohn at 928-778-5655 for more information.

Prescott Area Shelter Services needs volunteers for overnight advocates from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. This volunteer position offers a stipend of $25 a night. If interested in this position contact Katee Norris at 928-778-5933 or email

The Phippen Museum currently seeks individuals who love Western Art, meeting new people and enjoy working in a museum. Phippen Museum volunteers help in almost every area of the museum from greeting visitors to helping in the office. If interested, contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Katie Cornelius, at 928-778-1385 or email

The Bob Stump VA Medical Center currently seeks volunteers to assist veteran patients in the hospice unit. This unique position requires a compassionate individual willing to make a difference during the veteran’s final hours. Volunteer’s schedules may vary, but they’ll be happy to know they’re making a difference at a time when it’s needed most. For more information or to register, contact Carole Marmo, Hospice Palliative Care Coordinator, at 928-445-4860 ext 7514.

United Animal Friends (UAF) is looking for volunteers to change the lives of local cats and, dogs and rabbits. UAF needs foster homes and will pay vet bills. UAF has a variety of animal-related and administrative volunteer opportunities available. Volunteers meet at 12:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at Red Arrow Real Estate, 1107 E. Gurley St., Prescott. Interested animal lovers should contact UAF volunteer coordinator Jann at at 928-759-3848 or leave a message at 928-778-2924 or visit

Yavapai County Jeep Posse is dedicated to serving the needs of the citizens of Yavapai County. Working under the direction of the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, the Posse provides the 4X4 mobile units required for Search and Rescue, Fire Evacuation and other Natural Disasters. We also provide a Command and Communication Vehicle to assist the YCSO missions. We are looking for motivated and dedicated volunteers to assist the Posse in fulfilling its mission. The Posse provides all necessary training demanded by this Life Saving work. A four-wheel drive vehicle is ‘NOT’ required. Visit our web site at ( to view our history, video and mission statement. Contact Recruiter Forrest Allen at 928 925-5803 or write to for more information.

The Y.C.S.R.T. Search Rescue 4X4 unit is accepting volunteers as drivers or observers. A 4WD vehicle is not required to be an observer. If you like helping people, learning new skills and can commit to responding any time of the day to help those in need, contact Art at 928-717-9350 or Jim at 928-925-2224.

Yavapai Humane Society Thrift Shop, 1601 Iron Springs Road in Prescott, needs volunteers with experience in electronics. General help is also needed in a variety of areas such as cashiers, sorting and cleaning. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Donation drop off hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For information, call the store at 928-445-5668.

The Adult Center of Prescott is a nonprofit organization looking for volunteer tap dancers. If you were ever a tap dancer and would like to learn new dances and dance monthly at retirement homes, join in January at the center on Monday and Wednesday mornings. Call Goldie at 928-778-0787 for details.

Hospice Family Care is recruiting volunteers for all of Yavapai County. Shopping, respite, reading to the patient, holding a hand or listening are some of the ways in which a volunteer can care for patients and their families experiencing life-limiting illness. A two-hour visit each week in home care or scheduled time in the inpatient unit at the Crossings is asked of all volunteers. Training and paid mileage is provided. For information, call Kristy Snyder at 928-541-1740.

The Prescott Online Church Directory needs a volunteer from each church to update worship services and gatherings listings at E-mail to get updated instructions. For more information, visit or call 928-499-8306.

Catholic Charities has openings for instructors for financial education workshops. Instructors are trained in the Arizona Saves curriculum to help low- and middle-income individuals and families learn to manage their finances. For information, call 928-778-2531.

Catholic Charities has openings for VITA volunteers. These volunteers assist low- and middle-income people file their state and federal taxes. Training is provided. For information, call 928-778-2531.

Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary needs volunteers who love animals and wants to spend some time working around lions and tigers and bears. They need help with a sanctuary project, building fences and welding. This is an opportunity to volunteer somewhere fun and help at the same time. Contact Becky Salazar at 928-778-4242, Ext. 17, or e-mail The sanctuary also needs someone to take on the volunteer role of Zoo Teen Coordinator to mentor 13- to 15-year-olds. Training will be provided. Must be able to work weekends. For more information, call Nina Bricko, education coordinator, at 928-778-4242, Ext. 18, or stop by the gift shop for an application.

Prescott Area Celtic Society (PACS) promotes the preservation and education of Scottish and Celtic culture. They also put on the Highland Games at Watson Lake in Prescott every year. The 12th annual Highland Games will take place May 14 and 15, 2016. Meetings are at 5:30 p.m. the third Monday of each month. Call Jill Nelson at 928-443-1422 for additional information and location.

Prescott Community Access Channel, Inc. is looking for creative individuals who are interested in serving on the PR and Marketing Committee. The committee meets once a month and is responsible for coming up with creative ideas to help promote awareness of the station and upcoming events. If interested, call Monika Bishop, Executive Director at 928-445-0909.

Search and Rescue Quad Unit has volunteer opportunities for those who want to learn new skills, assist the community or help those lost or injured. If you own a Qquad/ATV, UTV or RZR, call Paul at 928-775-3298.

The Raw Spirit Festival seeks volunteers for a raw vegan music eco-peace celebration Sept. 24-26 at Prescott’s Watson Lake Park in the areas of children’s program coordination, registration, peace and harmony services, set up and take down, raw chef assistance and more. To apply, call 928-308-2146, e-mail or visit

New Hope Ranch, a horse rescue, rehabilitation and relocation organization in Chino Valley, is looking for volunteers to help with grooming, cleaning of water troughs and stalls, groundskeeping and general maintenance that may include painting of animal pens and repairs of corrals. Call 928-636-2230.

Prescott National Forest is looking for volunteers to work in the forest. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Bruce Maurer at 928-443-8230.

Project Linus is a national non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization whose mission is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer blanketeers. We are looking for quilters, knitters and crocheters to make new handmade blankets and afghans to be distributed to children and young adults in our area. Donations of fabric (cotton, flannel and fleece) and yarn are always needed. Meetings are on the third Wednesday of the month. Call Julie at 928-759-2760 for more information.

The Prescott Fine Arts Gallery has volunteer opportunities helping curate shows, assisting the gift shop manager and hosting at the gallery. Training will be provided. Call Maria Lynam at 928-443-8854.

The Alzheimer’s Association is now accepting applications for support group facilitators. Call 928-771-9257 for more information.

PEACE4KIDS (P4K), a nonprofit high school foreign exchange organization, is currently looking for community supervisors to find host families and work with exchange students during the school year. Individuals must enjoy working with teenagers and have good communication skills. Community supervisors receive a stipend for their work. Call 1-877-381-4739 or visit

Prescott Valley’s Good Works Crew needs volunteers to help citizens physically unable to maintain their property because of age, disability or circumstance. To volunteer, arrange for a volunteer packet or for placement on the service waiting list, call the Community Development Department at 928-759-3050.

Miss Kitty’s Cat House Adoption Center is looking for dedicated volunteers who love cats. You can be a foster home and provide that extra one-on-one attention so many cats and kittens need to find their permanent homes. If you want to enjoy a variety of cats, you could join our team of house crew volunteers to help care for resident cats and kittens. Or perhaps you have another skill that would help Miss Kitty’s to provide homes for our feline friends. So if you are ready to lend a helping paw, call 928-445-5411.

Senior Peer Program has volunteer opportunities for men and women over age 55. Volunteers are trained to support other older adults in achieving and maintaining a healthy emotional life. To learn more, call 928-445-5211, ext 2671 or 2672.

The Lucky Club Animal Rescue Group is looking for volunteers who love dogs. We need people who can foster dogs in their homes, people who can transport dogs to veterinary appointments and adoption events, and people to help show dogs at weekend adoption events. The Lucky Club pays for veterinary bills and medical care. Please Information: call 928-778-5507 or 1-800-364-9454.

Horses With H.E.A.R.T. (Hands-on Equine Assisted Riding Therapy) provides therapeutic riding for people with physical, mental and emotional disabilities. We are always looking for volunteers to help with riding lessons, horse care and committee work. For more information, call 928-533-9178.

The Yavapai Humane Society (YHS) is looking for animal lovers to make a difference in the lives of companion animals. Needed are foster parents, dog-walkers, cat caretakers, special event and fundraising assistance and help in the new thrift store. Please call 928-445-2666 or visit

The Prescott Chamber of Commerce is seeking qualified volunteers to work at the Visitors Center, 117 W. Goodwin St. Volunteers work one or two four-hour shifts per week assisting tourists, fellow and citizens and chamber members in a pleasant, informal environment. Qualifications include a friendly, outgoing personality, good general knowledge of Prescott and the surrounding communities, genuine interest in helping others, good computer skills and ability to navigate the internet, good communication skills, both in person and on the phone, willingness to learn new skills and adaptability. Volunteers should be proud of their town and ready to show it off. To apply, send a letter of inquiry to the Prescott Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1147, Prescott, AZ 86302, Attn: Robert Coombs or call 928-445-2000, ext. 122.

City of Prescott Parks and Recreation Department is recruiting volunteers for ranger positions. Individuals who enjoy hiking and biking and value an environmentally clean park and trails system can join the team to become the “eyes and ears” of the city. Rangers will work with park staff, the police department and fire department on park, safety and first aid training. Call 928-777-1588.

United Animal Friends (UAF) has a variety of opportunities for volunteers. Foster parents are needed for homeless cats and dogs. Other volunteers are needed at weekly adoption events and to provide transportation to adoption sites, vet appointments, etc. Help is also needed with fundraising, answering phones and marketing. Call 928-778-2924.

The Victim Services Division of the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office is looking for volunteers to serve as victim advocates and provide support to victims of crime. Volunteers provide victims’ rights information, victim input to judges, and courtroom advocacy, as well as some clerical assistance within the Victim Services division. A comprehensive training program is provided. Qualifications include good listening, communication, people skills and a desire to help people in need. A criminal background/fingerprint check is required. For more information or to obtain a volunteer application, contact Stacy at 928-777-7956;

The Prescott POPS Symphony seeks energetic, vibrant volunteers to serve on its board of directors and to help in a variety of areas supporting this civic treasure. If you are passionate about this great symphony, call Dianne Kuzminski at 928-778-5536.

The local Red Cross office is looking for disaster and outreach volunteers. Red Cross disaster volunteers help meet the immediate emergency needs of disaster victims such as locating a safe place to sleep, food and emotional support. Outreach volunteers are needed to help lead safety activities for children, participate in fire prevention campaigns and organize recruitment events. To learn more or complete an application, visit and click on “Volunteer.”

The Prescott Valley Police Department is seeking people for its Prescott Valley Police volunteer program. Duties include citizen patrols day and night, animal control, criminal investigations, evidence assistance, records and special events. Applications are available at the PVPD records window. People with questions about the program may contact 928-772-5144. You can find more volunteer opportunities with the PVPD at

N.O.A.H., a nonprofit thrift store that supports local animal organizations, needs volunteers. Morning (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) or afternoon (1 to 4 p.m.) shifts Mondays through Saturdays are available. No experience is necessary. Come by N.O.A.H., 603 S. Granite St., and to sign up, or call 928-708-0545 for more information.

The Highlands Center has volunteer opportunities in its Habitat Garden Program at Coyote Springs School in Prescott Valley, Territorial School in Chino Valley, Granville Elementary School in Prescott Valley, Mountain View Elementary in Prescott Valley, Lake Valley Elementary in Prescott Valley, Glassford Hill Middle School in Prescott Valley, and Lincoln Elementary in Prescott. Volunteer tasks include handling instructional materials, refocusing children as they explore plants and insects in the garden, guiding children as they draw in nature journals and sharing your interest and wonder about nature. Time commitment is 12 days during the 9-month school year, three hours per day. Call 928-776-9550.

Hacienda de los Milagros (Home of Miracles), a nonprofit teaching and healing animal sanctuary, has volunteer opportunities to clean and fill water, clean pens, assist with events, plan events and do fundraising. The organization is also looking for volunteers to join the board of directors. Interested parties should love animals, have good community connections and be willing to find new donors. For information, or to schedule a visit, call Wynne at 928-533-0684.

Hospice of the Pines needs volunteers who would make home visits, do office jobs or help with deliveries. The time commitment is one or two hours every one or two weeks. A free orientation class takes place from 9 a.m. to noon every Tuesday at Step One meeting room, 3343 N. Windsong Drive, 6719 E. 2nd Street, Suite C, Prescott Valley. The class is eight weeks long but modular in format, so interested parties can begin at any time. For further information, please call 928-632-0111.

Trauma Intervention Programs of Arizona Inc. (TIP) works in cooperation with local emergency service providers, including hospitals, law enforcement agencies, fire departments and districts to support crime victims, family members after a death, survivors of a suicide, children left alone after a death or injury of their parents, disoriented persons or any situation where emergency responders feel there is a need. For more information about volunteering, visit or call Sue at 928-445-4655.

Prescott Valley Old Town preserves and promotes the past for future generations. The organization is raising money to build the Old Town Park and needs more people to help with the mission to preserve and promote the historic district of Prescott Valley. Meetings are at 8:30 a.m. every Wednesday at Pony Espresso. For more information, call 928-420-4373 or e-mail

Community Pregnancy Center has a variety of volunteer opportunities including front desk assistance, sorting clothes in the baby store, or being trained to be a mentor/peer counselor. For more information or to apply, call Mary KayEllen Swanson at 928-778-7654. CPC is located at 1124 E. Gurley St., Prescott.

Volunteer positions are available in Granite Gate Senior Living Community’s activity department. Call Barbara at 928-771-8200 for additional information.

Grants To You, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, is seeking a skilled marketing person to lead the way in creating and implementing a national program that will attract student volunteers to take our online grant research and writing class and to establish new chapters throughout the U.S. The chapters of Grants To You have graduated more than 600 volunteers who have helped in winning $1.1 million for nonprofit organizations selected by the volunteer graduates of our program. Visit or call Paul at 928-776-7976.

Stitches from the Heart needs volunteers to knit, crochet or quilt blankets, sweaters and hats for babies in need. These items are donated to hospitals all over the country. Patterns are available. Donated yarn is appreciated. For information, call 1-877-985-9212, mail to 4572 Telephone Road, #909, Ventura, CA 93003, e-mail or visit

Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary is seeking a caring, dedicated, driven individual who wants to help the nonprofit rescue and education facility raise money by managing and directing the grant writing projects to continue the goal of “Conservation through Education.” Call Becky at 928-778-4242, Ext. 17, or e-mail

The Arizona Pioneers Home Foundation is looking for people who are interested in enhancing residents’ lives by providing new ideas and hands-on involvement to raise money for new equipment, help pay for activities, and décor, and help with rummage sales, book sales, the Christmas bazaar, music events, etc. The foundation also needs participants for a speakers bureau. Further information is available by calling Beth Moser at 928-445-7135 or Virginia Bristow at 928-445-3216.

Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity has a need for volunteers at the ReStore on Commerce Drive. If you enjoy thrift stores, you may enjoy working in one. We need men and women who work well as a team and would like to contribute to a worthwhile cause. You determine your hours. Most volunteers work 3 to 4 hours a week. An hour-long orientation for new volunteers is held on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 5 p.m., where you will have the opportunity to fill out the necessary paper work. Call Gail Martin at 928-445-8003 ext. 14 for further information.

Good Samaritan Society – Prescott Hospice volunteers touch the lives of many community members by sharing their time, compassion and expertise. They are gifted with a generosity of spirit that allows them to open their hearts to those in pain: the terminally ill, their families and all those who grieve the loss of someone special in their lives. Help us help those in need. Call 928-778-5655 to register.

The Center for Adult Days Services is a nonprofit licensed day offering activities and recreation, nutritious meals, musical programs and social services for adults dealing with strokes, Alzheimer’s, memory loss, confusion or head injuries, and in need of socialization and health monitoring. Volunteers are needed to help in many areas including arts and crafts classes, musical and other entertainment, educational presentations, etc. The center, at 826 Sunset Ave., Prescott, is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Call Laura Hughes at 928-445-6384 for more information.

Yavapai County Ares/Races, a volunteer amateur radio organization working with the Yavapai County Office of Emergency Management to provide emergency communications, is in need of public-service minded amateur radio operators who would like to serve their communities. Technician class and higher licensees are eligible to join. For additional information, visit or call Bud Semon at 928-899-7400.

Rainbow Acres, a faith-based, assisted-living facility located in Camp Verde, is actively seeking volunteers to work in a new program for an adult population who are developmentally disabled adults. The right candidates will have a desire to work with very special “Ranchers” and be available for a minimum of three hours weekly. For more information, call Dee Whitt at 928-567-5231, ext. 1045.

The Circle L Ranch in Prescott Valley is looking for volunteers who want to help dogs become adoptable. Circle L runs an in-house rehabilitation program overseen by a professional dog behaviorist. As a volunteer, you will learn about dog behaviors and acquire the tools to train these dogs for life in an adoptive home. Whatever level of experience you have, this is your opportunity to learn and make difference. If you are interested in learning more, please call Connie at 928-237-9532. Visit to learn more about Circle L and the PIP training program.

Birthline needs volunteers to keep the facility open and answer the phone. The facility is located at 719 Hillside, Prescott. The shifts are two hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays. Please contact Donna Bennett at 928-445-7903 or Ginger Gresham at 928-778-5669 to volunteer or for more information. Any mother needing help for a pregnancy crisis situation or anyone wishing to donate an item may call 928-778-5683 or visit the facility.

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Quad Unit has openings for volunteers. If you enjoy helping people, like a challenge, want to learn new skills and are willing to respond when called out day or night in sun or rain, call Art Klein at 928-717-9350.

The Prescott Valley Historical Society welcomes anyone interested in helping preserve the heritage of the area by participating in its monthly meetings and other activities of the society. Volunteers are needed to staff exhibit tables at special events and to help in the office and archives located in the Prescott Valley Civic Center. Please call the office at 928-759-5524 and leave a message.

Good Samaritan Society — Prescott Hospice seeks volunteers to make a difference in the newly licensed nonprofit hospice program. Volunteer training takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday at 1065 Ruth St. in the Oakley/Ritter Building. Volunteers are used to support ancillary, administrative and/or patient care services. Training is ongoing. For more information, call 928-778-5655.

The Yavapai County Volunteers in Protection (VIPs), a nonprofit organization, which operates under the direction of the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, is looking for volunteers in administration and armed patrol. Previous law enforcement experience is not required; all training is provided free of charge. Males and females are urged to apply. For more information, contact Volunteer Services at Call 928-771-3281 or VIP recruiter Richard Vencill at 928-443-0607.

Yavapai Regional Medical Center needs a volunteer in the Family Resource Center’s First Steps Program. After training, the volunteer will make visits to new moms requesting parenting education and one-on-one support in the privacy of the parent’s own home. Bilingual as well as just English- speaking volunteers needed. For information, call Bonnie Mari at 928-771-5651.

Meadow Park Care Center has volunteer opportunities for people at least 18 years of age. Volunteer positions include interacting with residents during periods of arts, crafts, games, music, reading and reminiscing. For more information, call Ashley at 928-778-9777.

The J.S. Acker Music Park Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of musical culture in the community, is looking for volunteers to help with the annual Acker Musical Showcase. Share your talent for organization and ability to bring in sponsorship money and help committee members put on this annual December event. E-mail your interest to or call Marion at 928-771-1520. Read more about the showcase at

The Civil Air Patrol, Prescott Squadron 206, a non-profit all-volunteer organization, is seeking men, women and youth with an interest to help and train in the areas of emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs. Senior members and pilots meet the first, second and third Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. in the Civil Air Patrol Hut at the airport, 6508 Janine Lane. Cadets meet every Thursday at 6 p.m. on the second floor of the Airport Administration Building at the airport. Call 928-415-1506, 928-445-3745 or 928-443-8854 for more information.

Pioneer Park Equestrian Center Association seeks volunteers to help with various fundraising events, mailings and publicity. General meetings are held monthly on the first Wednesday of the month at Extension Building C on the Prescott Rodeo grounds. For information, call Frank or Carrie Deak at 928-830-2883 or 928-830-2882 or e-mail Visit our website at

Prescott Chapter of National Oregon-Style Right-to-Die Movement is seeking a volunteer chapter leader. Responsibilities include organizing chapter meetings, building membership, lobbying, public speaking, attending state board meetings and related matters. You must have e-mail, organizational experience, PR and leadership skills, be willing to give 10 hours a week and have a passionate commitment to the right of terminally ill, mentally competent adults to exercise a choice to hasten their death with prescription medication. Send a summary of your background to

Open Space Alliance of Central Yavapai County needs a marketing expert who would like to help preserve open space and the community’s quality of life. The group also needs someone with web design skills to upgrade its website to recruit new members and offer people the ability to make online contributions. Call Nancy Hans at 928-717-1116;

Volunteer at Parenting Arizona needs volunteers to help parents and teens in strengthening their family relationships. Training provided. For information, call 928-776-9409.

Northern Arizona VA Health Care System needs volunteers – men, women and young people – every day. Information, 928-776-6013.

AARP needs volunteers for the AARP Driver Safety Program. Participants will receive initial training and participate in annual or semiannual instructor workshops to maintain and enhance their skills. Instructors are required to teach a minimum of three classes each year. The schedule can be very flexible. Volunteers are reimbursed for approved out-of-pocket expenses. For further information, call 1-888-227-7669 or e-mail

Granite Mountain Home Care and Hospice is looking for volunteers to provide companionship to our hospice. Your visits brighten their days and offer much needed relief to their family caregivers. We also have some office work including sending out bereavement letters and cards. Training is flexible and some can be completed at home. For information, call Kelly at 928-445-2522.

Department of Veterans Affairs is asking youths in the tri-city area to donate their time and talents to helping veterans. For information, about volunteer opportunities, contact the Voluntary Services office at the Bob Stump Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center at 928-776-6013.

Parenting Arizona needs volunteer childcare workers for a couple of hours a week. Monetary compensation is available. For further information, call 928-776-9409.

The Center Adult Day Services in Prescott needs a volunteer (or couple) to work one half-day a week to keep its small patio garden neat and clean. Small raised beds and flowerpots make it easy to manage. Call Pam Catlin at 928-445-6384.

Disabled American Veterans is looking for volunteer drivers. If interested or for more information, call Ruebe Oscarn at 928-776-6064, between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Yavapai Family Advocacy Center needs volunteers. Pick one or more three- to four-hour shifts Mondays through Fridays. Help at the front desk, answer phones, greet clients and help with children. Please call 928-775-0669.

Northern Arizona Vision and Hearing Loss Center needs volunteers for a variety of jobs. Help Assist the vision-impaired with ceramics and help coordinate special events. Information: Call Doris or Carol at, 928-778-0055.

SCORE, a group of volunteer counselors to small businesses in Yavapai County, is seeking men and women with business experience to help new and existing entrepreneurs become more successful. SCORE volunteers not only provide free, confidential, one-on-one counseling to new and existing small businesses, but also and teach more than 10 low-cost seminars on a variety of business topics in Prescott. Those interested in becoming a counselor should contact Northern Arizona SCORE at or 928-778-7438 from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays. The office is located at 1228 Willow Creek Road, Suite 2, in Prescott.

New Horizons Disability Empowerment Center needs your help. Take our mentoring courses and become a mentor where your knowledge and experience could be of help to another. Your skill and ability to overcome challenges such as brain injury, stroke, MS and various other disabilities can and will help others see the light at the end of their tunnel. Come and join our three day training class at New Horizons DEC and become a mentor. Call Mary at 772-1266 for more information.

North Star Youth Partnership needs volunteers to help with special events, educational training, after-school programs, life skills classes, mentoring, coaching, office duties, writing/editing, and much more. For further information, contact Diane DeLong at 928-708-7214.

The Prescott Fine Arts Gallery has volunteer opportunities for curating shows, assisting the gift shop manager and hosting at the gallery. Call Maria at 928-443-8854.

Prescott Churches Online needs volunteers to help churches write up their spiritual growth opportunities into a free listing at Email or call 928-499-8306.

Prescott Area Tennis Association, a local nonprofit, is seeking part-time tennis volunteers to assist with tennis clinics. We offer low-cost instruction to elementary-age children in the greater Prescott area. If you are energetic, enthusiastic, enjoy working with children, and have a positive attitude, we can use your help. Call Patty at 860-608-6822 or email

Prescott Area Celtic Society promotes the preservation and education of Scottish and Celtic culture. The group needs volunteers to help with the Highland Games that take place at Watson Lake in Prescott every year. Call Gary or Roslyn at 928-237-1113.

AARP Tax-Aide, an IRS-certified program, is seeking greeters, facilitators and counselor volunteers to assist with preparation of federal and state tax returns for low- to moderate-income individuals in Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley. Contact Janelle at

Volunteer Center of Yavapai County has a complete list of volunteer opportunities. For more information or to sign up for its monthly newsletter via e-mail, call 928-778-6605 or e-mail

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Colonial Williamsburg Landscapers Take Advantage of Off-Season for Updates to Gardens, DoG Street is your source for free news and information in Williamsburg, James City York Counties.

The Governor's Palace formal gardens were the site of some landscaping renovations this winter. (Courtesy Joseph Straw/Colonial Williamsburg)
The Governor’s Palace formal gardens were the site of some landscaping renovations this winter. (Courtesy Joseph Straw/Colonial Williamsburg)

Visitors to Colonial Williamsburg may notice some changes to the historic area’s landscaping as the flowers start to bloom and the trees sprout their leaves this spring.

Colonial Williamsburg has traditionally used the quiet season in January and February – when tourism is at its slowest and numerous attractions are temporarily shut down – to work on maintenance and landscaping projects, and this year was no exception.

The major areas of focus for Laura Viancour, Colonial Williamsburg’s manager of landscape services, were the Governor’s Palace formal gardens and the curbs along Duke of Gloucester Street.

Throughout the first quarter of the year, operations staff and contractors set to work in the formal gardens of the Governor’s Palace. Several features in the garden were causing maintenance issues for both other plants and the building itself.

The beech trees along the center footpath on the north side of the garden, which Viancour estimates were between 5 and 10 years old when they were planted in the 1940s, were removed because they had grown so large their canopies were shading the smaller plants beneath them, stifling their ability to thrive.

“People forget trees are living organisms like us. They have a finite time,” Viancour said. “A building, if you take care of it, will stay there forever, but these trees had reached the end of their time.”

Besides having visually grown out of scale with the rest of the garden, the trees’ extensive roots systems were starving other plants of water.

As they continued to compete with the beech trees for both sun and water, Viancour said the other topiaries and flowers were “literally and figuratively having the life sucked out of them” and were starting to decline drastically.

Though the health of the other plants in the garden was a major concern, the safety of the gardeners themselves trumped even that issue.

“Arborists are constantly evaluating our trees because safety is the number one concern with us,” said Viancour. “Some trees might look fine on outside but they are sick on the inside, and that poses a risk for dropping limbs and other safety problems.”

The landscaping department decided to replace the beech trees with flowering dogwoods, which also happen to be the state tree of Virginia. These trees are much smaller and will not compete with the surrounding plants, with the added bonus that the garden has clearer views that are more similar to how it would have looked upon its original planting.

“That whole garden was to reflect status for the governor. He wanted to show off his wealth through the garden,” Viancour said. “When you came out the back door [before we removed the beech trees] you couldn’t see the garden, and the governor never would have intended that. He wanted your mouth to drop open when you walked out of the door.”

Viancour is hopeful the flowers and topiaries that have struggled because of the beech trees will be successfully rehabilitated this spring and summer. If not, replanting them will be a project for next winter.

Tree and shrubs in the Governor's Palace garden underwent some maintenance this winter. (Courtesy Joseph Straw/Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)
Tree and shrubs in the Governor’s Palace garden underwent some maintenance this winter. (Courtesy Joseph Straw/Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)

Another change guests at the Governor’s Palace may notice is the removal of 12 columns of yaupon holly. The landscaping team removed two clusters of six plants they deemed overgrown.

One of the clusters of six has been replanted with younger, smaller versions of the same plants, but the other has been permanently removed because conservators determined their proximity to the building was trapping moisture and causing the building to deteriorate.

Though the major projects in the garden are mostly completed now, work continues on another landscaping undertaking over on Duke of Gloucester Street.

Long-term, incremental work began in January to repair and restore the grass plots between the sidewalks and curbs along the length of the street. This project also includes the reconditioning of some of the cobblestone gutters, which have become stained with soil runoff and eroded by exposed tree roots in some places.

Viancour estimates that each year Colonial Williamsburg will work on refurbishing just one section of the street, with this year’s work focusing on the block between Queen and Colonial streets in front of and across from the Prentis Store.

“We have to focus on one section at a time because of the scope of the work,” Viancour said.

Though some of the work there began as early as January, landscapers had to wait for the return of warm weather to continue with most of what needed to be done. Currently they are in the process of trying to re-establish grass between the street and sidewalk; work on the south side of that block is done and work on the north side begins this week.

Just one block of Duke of Gloucester is receiving this level of detailed attention this season, but one other major change has already taken place along the length of the entire street. Landscapers were out in January pruning the trees back so from any point on the street guests have a clear view all the way to both ends.

“Now, especially with the night lighting, it’s really neat that you can see the Capitol from Merchants Square,” Viancour said.

Viancour is excited for tourists and locals wandering downtown to take advantage of the nice weather to see the changes and updates her team has made to continuously improve the plant life in the historic area. She said she is thankful Colonial Williamsburg is willing to provide the resources and give the time and space needed in the off-season to make sure the landscaping is kept in top condition.

“We were able to be out there all day every day [during the limited programing time], which was huge,” Viancour said. “It let us get done what we need to do.”

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Gardening: Tips on growing vegetables, A to Z

It’s time to start thinking about the vegetable garden. We had frost recently, and will again, but this is a good time to think about what to plant. I can’t cover all plants I will grow — or have in the past — but I’d like to share a few tips on plants I love, starting with artichoke and going to zucchini.

Twenty years ago it was unheard of to grow artichokes in a New England garden. The first time I grew an artichoke from seed it developed into a huge plant, but didn’t start to produce “chokes” until cold weather came in the fall. So I built a little plastic-sheathed hoop house over it, and harvested my one and only artichoke in October — after snow! The local paper sent a reporter and a photographer.

Here’s what I’ve learned since that first effort: start early. I planted seeds March 3 this year in six-packs and transplanted seedlings into bigger plastic pots in mid-April. Now the plants have four large leaves, and are ready to go to my cold basement (45 degrees) where I will set them up under lights on a timer, giving only 10 hours of light per day for the next 10 days. This will fool those poor artichokes into thinking they have gone through a winter. Artichokes, you see, usually only produce in their second year. I’ll plant mine outside in early June. In California, artichokes are perennial — though I’ve never succeeded in overwintering them here.

Now locally grown artichokes are sold at farm and seedlings are sold, too, in case you haven’t started any. They will produce lovely foliage plants — and a few small artichokes. Some farms grow them in unheated greenhouses to stimulate them to produce their first year.

“B” is for beans. There are many varieties; all can be placed in one of two categories: bush beans or pole beans. Bush beans produce a nice yield of beans over a three to four week period, and are done. Pole beans, once they start producing, will continue to produce some beans until fall — if you keep picking them. Not only that, pole beans are better for casual gardeners, as many varieties still are yummy even if the beans are not picked on time and get large. Bush beans that get large, get woody. My favorite pole bean is Kwintus from Cook’s Garden Seeds. Kentucky Wonder is also great, and available everywhere.

Beans are legumes, and have nodules in their roots that can harbor nitrogen-fixing bacteria. These bacteria take nitrogen from the atmosphere and fix it in the soil — transforming it into nitrogen usable by plants. Free fertilizer, if you will. You can buy a packet of inoculant at garden centers. Wet your beans at planting time, then sprinkle the inoculant on the beans, and plant. A packet of inoculant will do a lot of beans, but won’t work next year, so share your leftovers with another gardener. And if you don’t get any in time, you can sprinkle it over the soil and water it in.

“B” is also for broccoli. I start mine by seed, but it’s getting a bit late for that now if you want early broccoli. But it is plentiful at garden centers, and quite cold-tolerant once hardened off and well established. You can plant seeds outdoors by seed in mid-July for a fall crop.

My favorite broccoli substitutes are two relatives that don’t ever produce a big head, but are quick-growing and produce very numerous mini-heads, what we would call side-shoots on broccoli. One is called piracicaba, and is available from Hudson Valley Seed Library ( It’s actually a tropical broccoli, so does well in the heat so summer when many others are feeling wilted and sad.

The other is Happy Rich, a hybrid sold by Johnny’s Selected Seeds ( Like piracicaba, it has a lovely flavor — and you can eat the leaves and stems if you are so inclined. It produces all summer and well into the fall.

The last of the “B” vegetables, for today, at least, is Brussels sprouts. This vegetable is not universally well loved — too many cooks and lunch counters over cook it, serving mushy sprouts. But they are wonderful if lightly steamed and served with butter or vinegar.

Some gardeners never get big Brussels sprouts because they let the plants grow taller and taller, putting all their energy into growing tall. So here is what you need to do: cut off the top of the plant in early September. Labor Day at 10 a.m., to be precise. Cut off the top three to four inches, which is where upward growth occurs. Then the plant will use its energy to create big sprouts.

Skipping forward to “Z” as promised, my favorite zucchini is one called Romanesco. It has a striped, ridged exterior and firm flesh that is very tasty. What’s wonderful about it is that, unlike many summer squash and other zucchini, the flesh is still tasty and usable even if the squash goes unnoticed and develops into a big fruit.

Romanesco zucchini plants are rarely found at garden centers, but seeds are readily available. Buy the seeds now, plant outdoors in June or early May indoors in four-inch pots.

Sorry I skipped a few vegetables in this year’s tips, but there will be more in future columns. Meanwhile, I’m going outside to plant some carrots —they come after the “Bs.”

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Garden Q&A: Tips for planting in clay soil

Can I plant in clay soil?

Clay soil is usually fertile enough to plant in, but minute particles are packed so close together that they restrict root growth, aeration and water drainage in or out of the soil. (In good soil, almost 50 percent of volume should be pore space for oxygen and water.) That’s the bad news. The good news is that, once wet, clay dries slowly — which can be good in droughty times. To overcome clay’s drawbacks, simply add organic soil amendments such as composted manure or yard waste. Their large particles will greatly improve the structure of your soil over time and add even more nutrients.

For months, I’ve been finding bugs in my bed (NOT bedbugs) on sheets, even pillows. It’s getting to where I hesitate to go to bed! I saw some in the kitchen, but I don’t allow food in the bedroom. Only crackers and cereal. Now the bugs are in the bathroom! They are slim and black with black antlers.

Please send a photo to the Home and Garden Information website, and we’ll identify your unwanted visitor. Be sure to place the insect beside a ruler or coin for size perspective. We suspect grain beetles have come into your home on products such as cereals, grain-based snacks, pasta, etc. They can also arrive in potpourri or dried flowers. Eggs hatch and go through a larval (wormlike) stage, then the adults disperse. They’re attracted to light, so they spread to any room with windows. Search “pantry pests” on the HGIC website. The solution basically is clean, clean, clean, vacuum, vacuum, vacuum. No insecticides necessary.