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What's Happening 10-19-08

Free Fall Carnival

Oct. 31

Cottonwood Parks & Recreation sponsors an alternative to trick-or-treating with rides, costume contest, hayrides, classic cars and candy 6-9 p.m. Old Town Activity Park, 187 E. Pima St., Cottonwood. (928) 649-3200.

PTO Fall Carnival

Oct. 24

The Camp Verde Elementary School PTO will host a community carnival from 5 to 8 p.m. on the high school football field. The carnival will feature several bouncers and interactive games. The carnival will also have more than 20 old-fashioned carnival games for the kids to play and win prizes and candy.

Cost is $5 per child 3 years and over for unlimited activities. Food will also be available at a small fee. Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes as there will also be a costume contest.

Safe & Fun Trick or Treating

Oct. 31

Sedona Main Street Uptown Merchants welcome all good ghouls and ghosts 5-8 p.m. for Halloween after hours. Presented by Sedona Main Street Program. (928) 204-2390.

Day of the Dead

Nov. 1

This year's theme for the all-ages Major Lingo concert for Day of the Dead is "A Night in the Islands," so grab your grass skirts and cocoanuts and a memento of the dearly departed for the altar. 8 p.m.-midnight. Costume contest. Cottonwood Civic Center, 805 N. Main St.

OTA Safe Street Halloween

Oct. 31

The Old Town Association offers a safe place to trick or treat as shops stay open late for ghosts and ghouls along Main Street in Old Town Cottonwood, 5-8 p.m. (928) 634-9468.

Iris Society meets

Oct. 29

The Verde Valley Area Iris Society will have their last meeting of the year at 5:30 p.m., at the Public Safety Building in Cottonwood, 199 S. Sixth St., (corner of Sixth and Aspen streets.) The main aim of this Iris Society is to promote learning about and growing iris, a flower that is made for our area. The topic: Back to Basics with highlights of past years' treks. Please come and grow an iris with VAIS. All interested in adding a little color to your spring garden, now is the time to plant. For further info: contact Linda Smith at (928) 567-7470 or e-mail:

Invasive Plants Removal on Verde

Oct. 25

Have you ever wanted to "get your hands dirty" helping out the Verde River? Friends of Verde River Greenway will sponsor a cleanup day aimed at removing invasive pest plants near the water's edge. Tamarisks and paradise trees are notorious for crowding out natives, changing the soil chemistry and sucking up precious water while providing little habitat for wildlife. The public is invited to bring gloves, loppers and pruning saws to the 10th Street bridge (near Dead Horse Ranch State Park) beginning at 8 a.m. Snacks and water for refilling bottles will be provided. For more information contact Marsha (928) 634-8738.

Holiday trip to Botanical Garden

Dec. 11

Are there things you'd like to do and see in Phoenix, but hate the idea of driving down, fighting traffic, finding parking? Join the Verde Historical Society for a leisurely excursion to the Valley of the Sun. The morning will be spent at historic Heritage Square. The district will be decked out in its holiday finery and there will be ample time to explore the several homes, museums and shops and decide on a place for lunch among the many restaurants.

In the afternoon, the destination is the Desert Botanical Gardens and the spectacular Dale Chihuly exhibition of innovative glass sculptures, "Nature of Glass" and 7,000 Christmas luminaries, which at dusk, cast a magical glow on the garden's trails, turning the them into a wonderland of lights evoking the warmth of the holiday season. Topping off the evening is a delightful and delicious dinner at the Desert Botanical Gardens restaurant.

The luxury coach leaves from the Wal-Mart parking lot in Cottonwood, at 8 a.m., returning by 8:30-9 that evening. The cost is $62 pp, which includes roundtrip transportation, entrance fees and dinner. These popular tours, led by Sandie Nevel and benefiting the Clemenceau Heritage Museum, fill up quickly, so don't delay in signing up.

To reserve your place, send a check, payable to: Sandie Nevel, Verde Historical Trip, P.O Box 986, Clarkdale, AZ 86324. For more information, call Sandie at (928) 639-0864 or e-mail:

Elks Craft Faire

Nov. 1

The Jerome Elks Lodge is holding their 15th annual Craft Faire. There will be quilts, jewelry, all types of hand crafted items as well as delicious baked goods for sale. The snack bar will be open. Elks Lodge, 100 Broadway, Clarkdale. For information call (928) 634-5611.

Cottonwood Ranch Arts & Crafts

Oct. 25

The Cottonwood Ranch Fall Arts and Crafts Fair will be at the Park/Playground in Cottonwood Ranch. The Fair will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Park area off Silver Spur Circle. Follow directional signs to attend and support your neighbor's creative efforts. For information, contact Bill Dwyer at (928) 634-2011.

Haunted House in Old Church

Oct. 31-Nov. 1

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church youth group is having a Haunted House for two days, 6 p.m.- midnight at the old Church, 421 N Willard, Cottonwood. Cost $1. Fun and games for all. Food and drinks extra.

I-17 paving and guardrail project

Oct. 20-23

Crews will be paving and installing guardrail on both the exit and entrance ramps at the Middle Verde Traffic Interchange on Interstate 17 during overnight hours throughout the week. Additionally, crews will be paving and installing guardrail along I-17 southbound between McGuireville TI and General Crook Trail TI. Please be aware of the following impacts:

Oct. 20 -23, 7 p.m.-6 a.m., paving operations will occur during overnight hours along southbound lanes of I-17 through Camp Verde throughout the week.

Oct. 20 -23, 7 p.m.-6 a.m., paving and guardrail work on both exit and entrance of I-17 southbound at the Middle Verde TI will require periodic closures over the next week.  All closures will be signed with well-marked detours.  During off-ramp closures, traffic will detour to Camp Verde TI and northbound to Middle Verde TI.  

During on-ramp closures, traffic will detour to McGuireville TI to access I-17 southbound.  Closures will be intermittent during overnight hours throughout the week.