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CVMS Family Fun Night

April 23

The Camp Verde Middle School is hosting a Family Fun Night from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Multi-Use Complex. The evening will include a talent show, book fair and a school dance. Admission is $3, and there will be hot dogs for sale. All proceeds benefit the Adopt-a-Smile program. For information, contact the school at (928) 567-8014.

Easter Egg Hunt in Cottonwood

April 11

The Ledbetter Law Firm in conjunction with the City of Cottonwood Parks & Recreation Department is inviting you to this year's Easter Egg Hunt. All festivities will take place at Riverfront Park at 10 a.m. All children from 1 month to 8 years old can participate. Ledbetter Law Firm is a local firm that is community minded, and has generously stepped forward to sponsor the Easter Egg Hunt, which has been a staple of the community for more than 17 years. Thanks to Ledbetter Law Firm the City of Cottonwood can continue to provide quality programming to the citizen's of Cottonwood by building community through partnerships in this economic downturn.

BC Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt

April 11

The Veaver Creek Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt comes to Sycamore Park, next to the bridge in Lake Montezuma. Registration starts at 9:15 a.m. and the hunting begins at 10 a.m. Children age 12 and under may participate, with four age groups. Lots of candies and prizes. The event is free; donations appreciated.

Bennett talks to Mingus GOP

April 14

The Mingus Mountain Republican Club meets at Murphy's Grill, 747 Main St., Cottonwood, at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon speaker will be Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett.  The public is invited.  Lunch is provided for an assorted menu for either $12 or $15.   For reservations contact Janice Johnston, (928) 634-3992 or e-mail at grniz51@hotmail.com.

VVPOA yard sale

April 24-25

In view of the economic stresses on our communities the Verde Villages Property Owners Association (VVPOA) is offering a mass yard sale at the Clubhouse parking lot at 4855 Broken Saddle Dr. in Verde Villages. The event date is7 a.m.-3 p.m.

The idea is to help both buyers and sellers. Buyers save gas and time; sellers gain a bigger audience and an increased opportunity to show their wares. Food and drinks will be available for sale at the clubhouse.

If you are interested in presenting your goods at this community yard sale please call the caretakers at (929) 646-5598.

Rimrockers Yard Sale

April 3-4

The Rimrockers are hosting a Yard Sale 8 a.m.-3 p.m. to benefit veteran and animal projects. The event is at 5070 N. Stevenson Drive, just east of the fire station.

Litter Pickup Party

April 4

The Beaver Creek Kiwanis and Friends of the Well are hosting a Litter Pickup Party from 9 a.m. to noon to clean up Beaver Creek Road and Bice Road. Safety vests and orange bags will be handed out at McGuireville and in the Beaver Creek Baptist Church parking lot. Water and snacks will also be available at the church. For more information, call (602) 316-9134.

Kachina Retired Teacher's Association

April 20

The Kachina Retired Teacher's Association (KRTA) will hold its April meeting at Fort Verde in Camp Verde at 11 a.m. The Fort is on Hollamon Street off of Main Street. The Fort was built in 1870 and was active for 20 years during the Indian Wars. Volunteers who work at the Fort are dressed in period clothing, including one volunteer who impersonates General Crook. The tour will be led by members Barbara and David Perriman who will be dressed in period clothes.

After the tour of Fort Verde, the group will have lunch at The Gathering in the Lodge at Cliff Castle Casino on Middle Verde Road.

Membership in KRTA is open to all former teachers or school employees from Arizona or from any other state. Qualified residents of all Verde Valley communities are invited to attend and join. Lunches usually cost about $10 to $13, including gratuity.

Qualifying non-members having an interest to learn more about KRTA, its programs and activities, may call Mary Rubel, President, at 284 9614

VVPOA election set

April 13

The Verde Village Property Owners Association is holding their annual elections at the next general meeting. It is very important for all dues paying members to be present to ensure a quorum. The nominees for directors are: Marty Earl for Unit 1, Ruth Johnson and Carolyn Paddock for Unit 2, Clark Paddock for Unit 3, John Wiseman for Unit 4, Dorothy Vest for Unit 5, Mal Otterson for Unit 6, Chester Rau for Unit 7, and Dale Mortensen for Unit 8. Additionally, Sheree Earl has volunteered to run for president.

Jr. Ranger Program

April 10

National Park Service rangers and volunteers instruct the hands-on Jr. Ranger program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The program is open to the first 15 registered area students, age 8 to 15.

The event will start at the park at Montezuma Well in Rimrock. It covers area history, bird habitats, medicine and edible herbs, a tour of the Hopi Garden and other sessions. To register, contact Eileen Conn, K-Kids coordinator for Beaver Creek School at (928) 300-6072 or Bella Donna, NPS volunteer Jr. Ranger coordinator, at bellabhbh@aol.com.

Tax Day TEA Party comes to Cottonwood

April 15

Fed up with Washington, bailouts and deficits? Cottonwood will join the nationwide TEA party rally (Taxed Enough Already) at noon at the corner of State Routes 260 and 89A.

Park in the Fry's parking lot or Sizzler's Bring a can of pork and beans for a food donation and bring your protest signs (keep it clean).

For more information contact Bob Windsor at windsorbob@msn.com. Also visit teapartyday.com.

Absolute Beginners Mountain Biking

April 15

The Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition is sponsoring instructional mountain bike rides for those new to the sport. Rides are every first and third Wednesday of the month through May 20. Meet at 5 p.m. at the Cooper's Hawk/Raptor Hill trail-head in Dead Horse Ranch State Park. Bring your bike, helmet, gloves and fun. Riders may attend one or as many rides as they wish. The instructional rides are free, but an Arizona State Park Pass of $6 entrance fee is required. Contact (928) 301-1190 or probike@npgcable.com.

Verde River Citizens Alliance April General Meeting

April 4

The Verde River Citizens Alliance in conjunction with the Center for Biological Diversity will present a panel discussion with knowledgeable professionals to explore the topic: 'Big Chino pipeline and the Verde River: Your Water, Your River, Your Future.' Questions to be asked and answered will be: Why should we protect the Verde River? Why would the pumping of the Big Chino aquifer threaten the Verde River? Why would monitoring and mitigation be an absolute requirement? Do Prescott and Prescott Valley need water from the Big Chino aquifer? If so, when? What is the economic justification for the Big Chino pipeline? What are the threats to the Verde River? We urge everyone interested in learning more about possible threats to the Verde River and our valuable riparian habitat to attend and participate in this discussion.

The meeting is 10 a.m.-noon. At Yavapai College Verde Campus Room M-137, 601 Black Hills Drive, Clarkdale. Contact (928) 300-2386 or allbright.jan@gmail.com.

Hip Hop at Boler's

April 4

Boler's Bar, 525 Main St., Camp Verde, hosts a hip hop show featuring Jesse Allgood, aka Young F.L.A.W., returning to town to release his first album. The show is 6-8 p.m. Contact (602) 741-0409 or barbara@valasek.org.

El Valle Artists' Meeting

April 9

El Valle Artists Association meets at 12:30 p.m. in the Art Building, Verde Valley Fairgrounds, 800 E. Cherry St., Cottonwood. Local artist Gwen Salmon uses an alternate process, painting directly onto the silk, and creates a beautiful piece of fabric art. Her initial demo is intended to intrigue her workshop, April 18th, will delve much deeper into both the dye and painting processes, so that students will be able to use either with equal confidence. Please join us for what promises to be a fascinating demonstration. Call (928) 634-7427 for more information.

Mass Band Festival

April 16

The 13th annual Cottonwood area Mass Band Festival begins at 6 p.m. The festival will be held at Cottonwood Middle School this year, and will include students of all ages from several schools in the Cottonwood area. For more info, contact Karen Steele at Cottonwood Elementary School, (928) 634-2191 or ksteele@cocsd.k12.az.us.

DDB School Community Book Fair

April 25

Dr. Daniel Bright School, 1500 Monte Tesoro, Cottonwood, is inviting the community to the school to 'shop' for inexpensive books. Please drop off any donation of books to the school between now and April 23 at our school office, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, contact (928) 634-7039 or stephbloniarz@kachina.net.

Cottonwood Village cookie contest

April 18

Cottonwood Village will hold its second annual Cookie Contest to raise money for Lightheart Foundation. It takes four dozen cookies to enter the contest and have a shot at some great prizes. Cookie entries are due by 9 a.m. and judging will begin at 10. A bake sale will follow the judging. First prize is dinner and golf at Verde Santa Fe. Second prize is two tickets to Canyon Moon Theater & Dinner Market Place, and third prize is dinner at Murphy¹s Grill in Cottonwood. There will be other prizes and frequent raffle drawings.

Judges will be Diane Joens, mayor of Cottonwood; Barbara U¹Ren, superintendent of Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District; and Lana Tollesen, interim director of Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce.

Jerome Town Hall to close on Fridays

Beginning April 3, Jerome Town Hall will close on Fridays. New hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

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