Jazz Ensemble: The Cochise College Jazz Ensemble,“... back by popular demand,” returns to Cochise College Benson Center for the annual Winter Concert on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. There is no charge for admission. Benson Center is located at 1025 S. State Route 90. Call (520) 586-1981 for additional information.
Food & Toy Drive: The GFWC-AZ Benson Juniors are once again providing food and toys to families in need this holiday season. Applications to receive assistance are located at the Benson Hospital, the City of Benson Utility Office and the Fire Department. The deadline to submit an application is Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the same locations.
The Benson Juniors are working in conjunction with the Marine Corps Detachment and Benson Fire Department in collecting toys and donations to support the Christmas Assistance Program in the San Pedro Valley.
VFW Dinner: The next Friday dinner, Dec. 6, features beer-battered fish, french fries, coleslaw, cornbread, dessert, coffee or tea. Cost is $8. Dinner served 5-6 p.m. Call (520) 586-2197 for takeout or information.
Benson Lions Club: The Benson Lions breakfast, first and third Sunday monthly, is set for Dec. 15, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Serving pancakes, eggs, bacon, coffee/tea, juice for $6. Proceeds benefit local charities and schools.
Walk through Bethlehem: “Walk Through Bethlehem. See the events of this historic night through the eyes of those who were there. Come celebrate the birth of our Savior this Christmas season,” states the announcement release. The event will be held Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 381 N Pomerene Rd., Benson, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tours will run every 15 minutes.”
Benson Historical Museum: The new mastodon tusks exhibit, on-loan from the U of A Paleontology Dept., is a “knock-your-socks-off, can’t-miss” addition to the museum’s Curtis Flats Prehistoric Mammal Bones Exhibit, notes Museum Director Judy Lee. The exhibit joins an 1800s era parlor exhibit belonging to Andrew Jackson Ritter, a Tombstone undertaker, along with the DeGrazia art exhibit. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call them at 586-3134.
Word crafters: The San Pedro Valley Word Crafters is a writer’s group in town, meet and network with writers of all genres, skill levels, published and unpublished, on the second and fourth Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Benson Public Library, 300 S. Huachuca St. Contact Pat Myers at (405) 921-6627 for additional information.
Letters to Santa: Benson Pony Express will be carrying letters to Santa and Christmas mail on Saturday, Dec.7. Pony Express riders will depart Dragoon at 9 a.m. and hand off mail to Santa Claus at noon at Apache Park during Christmas Off Main. Drop off letters at the schools, Zearing’s Mercantile or Benson’s New Day Spa by Thursday Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. For more information, contact Cindy Allen 520-631-5507. Each piece of mail will be stamped with commemorative stamp noting delivery by Pony Express.
Festival of Trees: Now that Christmas off of main is the first weekend in December, the tree decorating will be free to participate. There will no longer be awards given for the best four trees, however, anyone is welcome to decorate a tree on Fourth Street across from Land Ave. The trees need to be undecorated by Jan. 5, 2020 or risk having a clean-up fee assessed. Contact Shannon Thola at 520-221-0687 for information.
Stockings for Soldiers: Pomerene Elementary School and the Parent Teacher Organization are collecting stockings for soldiers. “Please help the PTP stuff stockings to send to active military and veterans. We will be collecting items, cards, letters and stockings until Nov. 29,” states the announcement. A collection bin has been set up in the front office at Pomerene Elementary. No glass, hand sanitizer, sharp objects or aerosols. Donations of snacks, puzzle books, holiday themed items, notepads, beanies, etc. are being sought.
San Pedro Masonic Lodge #55, F&AM, meet the fourth Monday monthly, except July and August, at 7 p.m., at the lodge building, 623 Foothill Dr., Benson. Visit sanpedro55.com or call (520) 241-0438.
Order of Eastern Star: Pearl of Venus Chapter #6, AZ OES meets on the first and third Tuesday monthly, mid-September to mid-June, 1 p.m., at Benson Masonic Lodge, 623 Foothill Dr., Benson.
Hospital Auxiliary: The Benson Hospital Auxiliary is holding a membership drive. Anyone interested in joining can contact Membership Chairman Sue by calling (520)265-2536.
Bible study: Advent study, 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 3, 10 and 17) at Community Presbyterian Church. Study based on “Not a Silent Night: Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem” by Adam Hamilton. Call (520) 586-2771.
CPR classes: The Mescal-J6 Fire District offers CPR training classes are held monthly. Cost is $35 for Basic Heartsaver CPR or $40 for BLS Healthcare Providers. Proof of residency required; non-residents are welcome for an additional fee. Classes limited to eight students per session Call Firefighter Kearney at 520-468-1266 for information. Classes are held at the MJFD Administration, 98 Oak Dr., in Mescal.
Rotary: The Benson Rotary Club meets Wednesdays at noon at Benson Hospital, 450 S. Ocotillo Ave. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dealing with loss: Anyone experiencing some form of loss in their lives can meet with others who are enduring some type of loss. Meetings are held at St. Raphael Church, 730. S. Hwy. 80, Benson, Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.