Beer-battered fish: The Benson Friday VFW Dinner on Feb. 7 features beer-battered fish, french fries, coleslaw and dessert. Cost is $8. Call 586-2197 for takeout or additional information. Open to the public.
USMC/Legion breakfast: The Marine Corps Detachment and Legion Riders monthly breakfast is held on the first Saturday monthly, March 7, 8 to 10 a.m., serving biscuits and gravy, eggs, sausage, coffee or juice. Cost is $6.
Benson Lions Club: The Benson Lions breakfast, first and third Sunday monthly, is set for Feb. 1, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Serving pancakes, eggs, bacon, coffee/tea, juice for $6. Proceeds benefit local charities and schools.
The 28th annual Cochise Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering is Friday and Saturday at Klein Center for the Performing Arts, 5225 E. Buena School Boulevard in Sierra Vista. With Riders in the Sky as the event’s headline act Saturday evening, stage performances start at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. For information, go to www.cowboypoets.com
FAFSA night: Free Application for Federal Student Aid Night at Benson High School. Prospective college students and their parents can receive on site professional assistance as they plan for secondary education.
Students are invited to participate in FAFSA Night at the Benson High School in the cafeteria on Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m., at 360 S. Patagonia St. Students can get assistance completing financial aid forms and discuss financial resources and receive instruction on how to apply. Cochise College financial aid experts will answer questions and assist students in applying for financial aid and scholarships. This event is free and open to the public. Bring your and your parent’s 2018 tax information.
Benson Historical Museum: The “Women of Note” exhibit is on display. The museum is also offering the Dr. Hesser and the 1800s era parlor that belonged to a Tombstone undertaker, along with the mastodon tusks excavated in Curtis Flats in a 1970s archeological dig. Call (520) 591-5327 for additional information.
Library Lectures: The Benson Public Library Guest Speaker and Lecture Series held Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. at the library, 300 S. Huachuca St., are free and open to the public. Feb. 13: Bob Nilson, “Old Apache Dynamite Factory Tour.” Join on a virtual tour of the Apache Dynamite Factory, before it was torn down. Feb. 20: Cosmo Baraona, “Space Station Power System.”See photos of the assembly sequence, power module, and the people who helped to engineer the space station. Feb. 27: Eric Kaldahl, “Indigenous Arts and Communities.”Our region is home to many different Indigenous communities. Learn about the arts and crafts produced by Native artists of the Southwestern U.S. and Northern Mexico.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Heart health: A Valentine’s Day celebration is set for Feb. 12, at 5:30 p.m., where focus will be on heart health and benefits of dark chocolate, presenting videos by cardiologist Joel Kahn, M.D., and a short video by Michael Greger, M.D. Call Dee (520) 224-4081 for information and directions.
Coffee & Lecture: Judianne Lee of the Benson Historical Museum will present a “A Century of Benson History” on Saturday, Feb. 22, from noon to 1:30 p.m., for the next Cochise College Benson Center’s coffee and free lecture. “Lee will share how Benson evolved from a rich past as a cowtown to a railroad town to a dynamite town to the present.” Call (520) 586-1981 for information.
Call to Artists: San Pedro River Arts Council seeks entries for its 11th Annual Open, judged Fine Arts Show and Sale to be held at Cochise College Benson Center during the month of March. The show is open to all artists working in any two-dimensional media (except Photography, a photography only show is held later in the year), with separate divisions for Youth, Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced/Professional entries. There will be ribbons and cash awards in each division, a rosette and $100 cash prize to the Best of Show Winner, as well as “Special Awards,” and a rosette and $50 cash award to the winner of the “People’s Choice voting. A reception and awards ceremony will be held at the Benson Center on Saturday afternoon, March 14 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. For further information about this show or to obtain entry packets visit www.sprarts.org and click on the “Celebrate the Arts” banner, or contact Linda Stacy at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (520) 586 2611.
Old West Grand Ball: Travel back in time and enjoy the sights and sounds of an Old West Grand Ball. The annual 1880s Historic Military Ball is always a popular event for all ages, with live music provided by the 4th Cavalry Regimental Band of Ft. Lowell, Arizona Territory. The event will be held Saturday, March 7, 6:30 – 10 p.m. at St. David School, Hwy 80, St. David. Dance to authentic music with easy dance instruction by prompter Jessica Lacy. Period dress preferred but not required. Admission (adults $10; youth $5) includes period refreshments. St. David Heritage Society members admitted free; memberships available at the door or online. Sponsored by St. David Heritage Society, Apache Nitrogen Products, Arizona’s G&T Cooperatives, and St. David Schools. Proceeds benefit St. David Schools’ Historic Auditorium Rehabilitation Project. For information, call Wilda, visit www.saintdavidheritage.org or email email@example.com or call Wilda at (520) 720-4990.