News Bursts, Oct. 26, 2005

Cottonwood Design Review Board to meet

The Cottonwood Design Review Board meets Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. in the Public Safety Multi-Purpose Room 199 S. Sixth St.

Items on the agenda include a review of the proposed Thurston Professional Complex on Cove Parkway, review of a proposal to expand the Cottonwood Library, and signage at the Verde Valley Senior Center.

Zeke Taylor BBQ Nov. 12

Feast on generous servings of mouth-watering beef, slow-roasted overnight in pit filled with mesquite coals, served with all the trimmings, dessert and beverage, along with ongoing entertainment provided by talented local folks.

The annual bash is sponsored by the Verde Historical Society to support the Clemenceau Museum. Tickets are $9 adults, $5 children, and can be purchased beforehand at the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce or the Clemenceau Museum (Wednesdays 9 a.m.-noon, Friday-Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.)

Tickets will also be available at the event, which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Nov. 12 at the Clemenceau School gym, on the corner of Mingus and Willard inCottonwood.

Join the fun, enjoy a great meal and help preserve local history. Call (928) 634-2828 for more information.

100th birthday party

The Cottonwood Roadrunners Square and Round Dance Club will host a 100th birthday celebration for Alta Ward, one of its lifetime members. This will be at 8 p.m. after lessons on Nov. 8 at the Cottonwood Civic Center, 805 N. Main St. in Old Town Cottonwood. The club invites all current and past dancers and any friends of Alta to stop by and wish her a happy birthday.

Any questions, call Peggy at 592-0699

VOC Health Center open house

Verde Valley Medical Center invites the community to attend a celebration of the opening of the new Village of Oak Creek Health Center. The center is located at 67 Bell Rock Plaza, Arizona 179, in the Village of Oak Creek, and encompasses approximately 8,000 square feet. Tahirih Jensen, D.O., specializing in Family Practice, is the full-time primary care physician located at the health center. Visiting physician specialists are available on a rotating basis and laboratory services operated by Alliance Laboratories are provided at the one-story facility.

The open house is Nov. 3, 4-6 p.m. This is an opportunity to tour the new facility, meet Dr. Jensen; Warren Zeitlin, M.D., cardiologist; Charles Rolle, M.D., obstetrician/gynecologist; and Alliance Lab personnel. Other practitioners may be available to meet as well. Light refreshments will be served.

Verde Family Network Council meets

The next Verde Family Network Council general meeting is Nov.3, at Yavapai College's Verde campus (601 Black Hills Drive in Clarkdale) room M-137 from 8-9:30 a.m. This is in the community room in the newest building on campus, with parking located in the rear. If you need detailed driving directions, call Linda Evans at 634-6596. The speaker for November will be Jennifer Hernandez, from the American Cancer Society's AZ Health Links Program. Jennifer promotes employee wellness and assists worksites with nutrition and tobacco policy development throughout Apache, Navajo, Coconino, Yavapai and Mohave Counties.

The Verde Family Network Council is a non-profit networking organization seeking to increase awareness of local resources for referrals and collaboration between local agencies, schools, healthcare providers, social services, volunteers, and emergency services. Upcoming meetings include Jan. 5, when the speaker will be Babs Kittle from the Betty Turner Youth Foundation, which provides group homes for adolescents in trouble. March 2, the speaker will be Sgt. Tim Pierce of the Cottonwood Police Department, who will speak about the methamphetamine issues in the Verde Valley. Location and time will be the same for these two meetings as the November meeting.

Nifty Fifties Bash

The Cottonwood Road Runners Square and Round Dance Club will host a Nifty Fifties Bash on Nov. 12 at the Cottonwood Civic Center, 805 N. Main Street in Old Town Cottonwood. Grace Wheatley will be the caller and Barbara Lopez will cue. Pre-Rounds start at 7 p.m.; Squares at 7:30 p.m. Come dressed '50s Style if you like and bring a picture of you in the '50s.

Questions, call Roses 649-1015 or Evelyn 639-1405.

Toastmasters Club starts up

Verde Valley residents are invited to come to an organization meeting Nov. 14 at the Cottonwood Public Library, 100 S. Sixth St., from noon to 1 p.m. to plan a new Toastmasters Club. Call Coleen Moore, 284-1079 to RSVP or ask questions. The Club is forming in response to requests for a Cornville/Cottonwood Club meeting later in the day.

What is Toastmasters? The simple answer is that it develops communication and leadership skills for a very low cost, following a program that has been successful for 81 years and in many countries. Visit the Web site for more information.

To experience Toastmasters in action, visit Toastmasters of Sedona, a President's Distinguished Club, which meets every Wednesday, 7 a.m., at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 100 Arroyo Pinon, West Sedona. You can also visit for a glimpse of their activities.

Not a morning person? Help plan the new club. Show up and let your wishes be known.

Return the Body to Balance

The Arizona School of Integrative Studies (A.S.I.S.) announced a special workshop called a "Return to Balance" presented by Hugh Gilbert. This unique workshop will allow you to gently identify and remove perceived physical restrictions in the body.

Loss of mobility or restrictions in range of motion often follows injury, or comes as part of the natural aging process. Once these restrictions have been identified and released, the body will immediately feel more free and less stressed. Based on a system called Postural Energetics tm, the "Return to Balance" workshop will let you experience gentle and persistent repositioning that will reawaken the mental awareness of the true and natural state of balance in the body.

The workshop will be Nov. 19-20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the A.S.I.S. campus at 701 S. Broadway in Clarkdale. Cost for the two-day workshop is $295. Further information may be obtained by contacting the school at 639-3455.

WWII Speaker Series Wraps up

The Sedona Heritage Museum's popular series of talks by veterans of World War II wraps up Nov. 2, with a woman's perspective. Nell Bright served as a WASP in the Army Air Corps and was qualified to fly many aircraft including the B-25. She flew stateside missions in support of combat training.

These talks are open to the public with free admission. There will be an opportunity for questions after the talks and refreshments will be served. The speakers often bring photographs and memorabilia.

The Society Historical Society operates the Sedona Heritage Museum on the Jordan Farmstead at 735 Jordan Road in Uptown Sedona. The Museum is open daily at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 282-7038. Visit the Society's Web site at


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