Senior Showcase

YUMA, AZ – The Kofa High School Fine Arts Department will be presenting their “Senior Showcase” featuring works by the Kofa Fine Arts Graduating Class of 2023 on Tuesday, May 10, 2023.

“Senior Showcase” is bringing together all of the fine arts programs that Kofa offers such as an art walk featuring art and ceramics projects and performances by theater, dance, choir, orchestra, and band.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for the art walk and performances will begin at 6:45. Tickets are $5. All proceeds will be awarded to two student finalists in the form of a scholarship.

Arizona Cardinals Mini-Fan Festival

The Arizona Cardinals are coming to Yuma!

The community is invited to attend a mini-fan festival at Arizona Western College, featuring meet-and-greets with Cardinals players, cheerleaders, legends, and team mascot Big Red.

All AWC staff and students are also encouraged to attend.

• Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2023
• Time: 4:00 pm-6:00 pm
• Location: 3C Courtyard, Breezeway, and grassy area at the AWC Yuma Campus, 2020 S. Ave. 8E.
A campus map can be found here.

There will be interactive inflatables and games for the whole family to enjoy.

The inflatables will be the Cardinals Quarterback Toss, Field Goal Kick, Obstacle Course, and Big Red.

The games will include Cardinals cornhole and Connect 4.

There will also be tents and tables for giveaways and the Cardinals HR department to share career insight and current opportunities.

AWC will have student volunteers at the event and several tables set up to support AWC’s “Stress Less” event for Finals Week.

AWC students will receive Sunshine Bags filled with stress balls, candy, and information about the AWC Health and Wellness Department.

Additionally, AWC students will be providing snacks to attendees while supplies last, including cotton candy, popcorn, and water. AWC will also be hosting an outdoor barbecue in collaboration with Sodexo.

Event-goers will be able to purchase food, including burgers, hot dogs, barbecue chicken, coleslaw, lemonade, aguas frescas, and cookies.

The Yuma YMCA will volunteer at the event.

“We are excited to have the Arizona Cardinals Caravan at AWC. We appreciate the Yuma Community and the individuals we serve. Arizona Western College is committed to creating a thriving community that showcases local programming and services. We are thrilled and extend our appreciation to the Yuma community for allowing us the opportunity to serve as their choice for higher education for over 50 years,” said Dr. Nikki Hage, Dean of Students.

“In the future, Arizona Western College hopes to continue our commitment to the Yuma community by providing opportunities to highlight our diverse and transformative community. Arizona Western College is a college for the community and is dedicated to transforming the Yuma community one day at a time.”

Visit Yuma Open House

Visit Yuma Moves Travel Forward This National Travel and Tourism Week

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the annual industry celebration

National Travel and Tourism Week, (NTTW) the annual celebration of the contributions of the U.S. travel industry, will spotlight the essential role that travel will play in driving economic growth and innovation through the theme #TravelForward.

“The travel industry fuels every industry—our industry’s success is the nation’s success,” said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Geoff Freeman. “This week is a prime opportunity to elevate the message that travel is essential to moving America’s economy forward.”

Established in 1983, NTTW is an annual tradition to mark the U.S. travel industry’s role in our economy. The U.S. travel industry generated a $2.6 trillion economic output in 2022 and supported 15 million jobs, fueling communities, small businesses and working families across the country.

Travel spending also generated nearly $160 billion in federal, state and local taxes in 2022—revenue that helped fund critical public services while saving each U.S. household an average of $1,270 in taxes.

In Yuma the travel industry drives $200 million in direct local spending in Yuma County and supports over 1,600 jobs held by Yuma County residents.

Visit Yuma is recognizing travel’s essential contributions by opening its Visitor Information Center for a casual networking event and celebration on Wednesday May 10, 2023, from 3pm to 5pm. There will be local food, travel related giveaways, and conversation with your favorite travel experts.

Said Marcus Carney: “Travel is at the heart of Yuma, powering a strong economy, creating jobs and strengthening our community’s culture and identity. This National Travel and Tourism Week, we are proud to celebrate all that travel does for our community now, and all that it will contribute in the future.”

Art Smart Camp 2023 – Summer Camp

Come and explore the Arts!

June 6 to June 23, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Children’s imagination will grow by using paint, mixed media, ceramics, sculpture and understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures; they will end the day watching a movie in the Historic Yuma Theatre. Please provide snacks and lunch each day.

Session I: June 6 -June 9Session II: June 13 – June 16Session III: July 20- June 23Tuesday – FridayTime: 8:00 am – 5:00 pmAges: 6-15Fee: $80.00 per PersonLocation: Yuma Art Center | United Building, Classroom 1 & 2, TheatreRegister here.

Yuma Union High School District Mastery of the Arts Program

The new Yuma Union High School District Mastery of the Arts Program (MAP) is hosting its second informational night on Monday, May 1, 2023 from 6-7 p.m. at Snider Auditorium on the Yuma High School campus.

The event is open to all of Yuma County.

“Families can learn details about what the program is going to consist of, including basic details and logistics, possible class offerings, and much more,” MAP Executive Director Ginny Legros said. “We’re just excited to share these additional opportunities in the arts for YUHSD students.”

The program, which opens in the 2023-24 school year, is designed for all YUHSD students who have a purposeful interest within the arts.

The intent is to work collaboratively with each of the YUHSD high schools’ fine arts programs and community artists to grow, enhance, and refine a student’s skill sets within the art disciplines.

All program courses are designed to be an extension of a student’s fine arts high school experience.

The courses are open to 9-12th grade students interested in taking coursework beyond, and in addition to, their home high school offerings. All courses offered will fulfill elective credit only.

Pizza with the Police

Yuma Police Department to host Pizza with the Police on April 26, 2023

 On Wednesday, April 26, 2023, the Yuma Police Department is inviting community members to come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships and enjoy a slice of pizza. Police Chief Thomas Garrity, sworn officers and non-sworn personal will be on hand to answer questions or just sit and chat.

 The event will be held between 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, 2023 at Round Table Pizza, 2544 West 16th Street. All Community members are invited to attend.

 Pizza with the Police provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in the City of Yuma neighborhoods.

 The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Pizza with the Police breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

 The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one slice of pizza at a time.

Please contact Sgt. Johnny Vidrio with any questions. Johnny.Vidrio@yumaaz.gov

Yuma’s Moonlight Market

Free Admission

Bring the whole family!

  • Kids Zone
  • Shopping
  • Beer
  • Music
  • Food
  • Fun

For more information or to reserve a vendor space, contact (928) 328-1088 or at suzanne@edaisgroup.com.

EDW Live in Yuma, AZ at Yuma County Fairgrounds!

TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE!
Tickets available here: https://www.dwarfanators.com/tour-dates/
Age Restriction: 13 yrs old and below! General viewing but may require parental guidance and direction.
Doors open at 7:00 PM
Show Time: 8:00 PM
The venue’s bathroom will be limited to a number of people at a time.
TICKET PRICING:
$5 – Additional at the DOOR
$25 – General Admission* (Advanced)
$40 – Ringside**
*General admission pricing goes up by $5 at the door! Varies per venue, it is sometimes standing or seated.
**Ringside guarantees you a seat in this section. Seats are not numbered or reserved.
Extreme Dwarfanators Wrestling will shock and delight you!
We are the baddest little show on earth! Don’t miss this epic event!!!
NOTE: Tickets are non-refundable unless the show gets canceled. In some circumstances, the show might be rescheduled; the previously purchased tickets will be honored on the new date. We will send email blasts and post on our Facebook page ahead of time before the rescheduled date so you can clear out your appointments and make it to the event!
Follow the “Dwarfanators” elsewhere!
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DEA National Prescription Take-Back Day

The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 22, 2023 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Medications for disposal can be dropped off at the YCSO Foothills Substation at 13190 E. South Frontage Road. This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

This event provides the opportunity to prevent pill abuse, theft, and accidental poisoning by ridding households of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Agency will collect tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription drugs. We will also accept vaping devices and cartridges provided lithium batteries are removed.

Liquids, syringes and other sharps, and illegal drugs will not be accepted.

For more information regarding the YCSO Prescription Drug Take-Back Program, please visit https://yumacountysheriff.org/services-drug_disposal.html.

AWC Community Band presents Spring Concert

The Arizona Western College Community Band will be presenting its second concert of the spring semester on Monday, May 1.

A variety of musical styles will be performed during the event, which will be held at 7 p.m. in the Schoening Conference Center in the 3C Building at the AWC Yuma Campus, 2020 S. Ave. 8E. 

Bassoonist Matthew Dutczak will be the guest artist for the performance. A graduate student from the University of Arizona, Dutczak will solo with the band and perform trios with the band’s bassoonists.

The concert is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Professor Shawn Pollard at Louis.Pollard@azwestern.edu or (928) 344-7573.