What's Happening 7-29-09

Cornville American Legion meets

Aug. 3

The new American Legion Post 135 in Cornville is doing well and continuing to grow daily according to Carol Hamburger of Phoenix, State Legion Commander. The Legion next meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Fire Department located at 1130 S. Page Springs Road, Cornville. All veterans interested in becoming a charter member of Post 135 are asked to call Commander Strande at (928) 649-3374 and/or attend the meeting.

Bingo twice a week

July 29

Bingo is every Wednesday and Saturday, 7-10 p.m. at American Legion Post 25, 480 Calvary Way, Cottonwood. Every first Wednesday is $100 night. Call Manager Duane Olk at (928) 634-3004.

Non-Smoking, with smoking breaks. Bring a sweater due to A/C during the summer. Food available from Vince's Kitchen. Dark Sept. 26 and Oct. 3, due to other events at the Post.

It's the Ghost Town Gala

Aug. 1

Starting at 6:30 p.m., the Jerome Tattoo Company will be hosting The Ghost Town Gala at Spook Hall, 260 Hull Avenue in Jerome. There will be live music by Suicide Driver and Dog of the Moon, live art installations, tattoos aplenty, and $1 beer. Help celebrate a love for tattoos, art, music, and Jerome. For more information call (928) 649-2143.

Change for summer at NAMI for Family

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - for Family Members of Persons with Mental Illness - Cottonwood: Second and fourth Saturdays, 9:30 a.m., Cottonwood Public Library, 100 S. Sixth St., Cottonwood, 300-0172. Sedona: First and third Fridays, 9:45 AM, Sedona Guidance Clinic, 2880 Hopi Drive, Sedona, 282-5940 or 282-1931.

Change for summer at NAMI Connection

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - NAMI Connection for Adults with Mental Illness - Cottonwood: Every Monday, 1 p.m., Cottonwood Public Library, 100 Sixth St., Cottonwood, 646-3584. Note: The meetings in Cottonwood will not take place during the month of August and Sept. 7. The regular weekly schedule will resume on September 14. Sedona: Every Wednesday - 10 a.m., Sedona Guidance Clinic, 2880 Hopi Drive, Sedona, 282-5709 or 254-1062.

Pierce to address GOP meeting

Aug. 11

The Mingus Mountain Republican Club will hold its August meeting at 11:30 a.m. at Murphy's Grill, 747 E. Main St., Cottonwood. The public is invited. Lunch is available for $12-$15. The luncheon speaker will be State Sen. Steve Pierce. For reservations contact Janice Johnston, (928) 634-3992 or e-mail at grniz51@hotmail.com

Old Time Fiddlers meeting cancellation

The Cottonwood Chapter of Arizona Old Time Fiddlers will not meet on Aug. 2 for their usual first Sunday of the month gathering at the Senior Citizen Center in Cottonwood.

The meeting is cancelled due to the State Fillers Camp Out at Willard Springs south of Flagstaff. The public is invited to this camp out for lots of good music, potlucks, games and hikes. The camp out is on the west side of Willard Springs I-17 exit south of Flagstaff. All are welcome. For further information call Noreen at (928) 853-3577.

Hospital volunteers needed

Verde Valley Medical Center is seeking volunteers for its Sedona campus, and EntireCare Sports Medicine locations in West Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek. Volunteering is a great way to get involved and stay active. A commitment of four hours per week is suggested.

Volunteers are matched with assignments that fit their personality, abilities and schedule. The diversity of volunteers - from homemakers to professionals, students to retirees, young to old - makes VVMC stronger and better able to serve the healthcare needs of the community. Key qualifications for volunteers are a helpful, caring attitude and a respect for confidentiality.

Along with the satisfaction of helping others, some additional benefits of volunteering at VVMC include discounted meals, discounted use of the EntireCare Rehab Services fully-equipped gym, and continuing education classes.

For more information please call the Volunteer Services department at (928) 639-6550.

Rev up for Thunder Valley Rally

Sept. 19-20

The annual charity fund-raiser Thunder Valley Rally is 130-mile motorcycle run from Cliff Castle Casino through the rim country. The weekend includes a bike show, live music, prize raffle and vendors. Proceeds will be donated to Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters. For more information call 800-381-SLOT or visit cliffcastlecasino.net.

Register now for V Bar V Ranch Explorers Day

Ranch Explorers Day is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 22. The event, held by the University of Arizona V Bar V Ranch Agricultural Experiment Station, again will be at the east end of the ranch at Mahan Park, a meadow in the pines near Happy Jack.

This year, ranch personnel will present an educational program entitled, "Estrous Cycle Synchronization/Artificial Insemination in Beef Cattle." Ranch activities, including "Seeing" Range Forage Quality with Infrared Light, Training Horses, and Chuck Wagon Cooking, will be demonstrated. A variety of range plants will be on display.

And there will be opportunities to take a guided nature walk, pet farm animals, play ranch games and ride on a hay wagon.

Call (928) 567-6954, ext. 12.

ersday.html. Registration deadline is Aug. 14.

Camp Verde

Meet your child's teacher

Aug. 3

Camp Verde Elementary School is hosting an Open House, Meet-the-Teacher! from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more information, call (928)-567-8065.

Give blood at Bashas'

Aug. 3

There will be a Blood Drive at Bashas' from noon to 5 p.m. It will be in the Blood Mobile in the Bashas' parking lot. If you want to make an appointment please contact Irene Peoble at (928) 567-9227 or do it online at bloodhero.com and use the code word bashas. Feel free to contact Irene with any questions you might have.

Get your basic Hunter Education

Aug. 3-24

The Arizona Game & Fish Basic Hunter Education Class runs Mondays and Thursdays. The class is at Camp Verde Middle School from 6 to 8:30 p.m. each class night. The Field Day will be Aug. 15, which is mandatory. Registration is at the door the first night and cost is $7 per person or $15 per family. Family participation is encouraged whether you hunt or not. Firearm safety is a big part of the class. The class is required for any kids ages 10-14 that want to hunt big game in Arizona. Contact Kevin at (928) 567-0023.

Discover Soul Food Bible Study

Aug. 4

Soul Food Bible Study meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at New Beginnings Church of Nazarene, 644 S. Seventh St. Camp Verde. All are welcome. For info call (928) 567-9489.

Chester Newton hosts open house

Aug. 5

Chester Newton/ Sunnyside Charter and Montessori Schools host a back-to-school open house 6-7:30 p.m. on the school campus, 30 E. 260 at Salt Mine Road intersection. The public is welcome. A few student places are available. Registration is still open. School begins Aug. 10. For more information call (928) 567-2363.

Hypnotist James Kellogg Jr. at Cliff Castle Casino (photo in Camp Verde folder: James Kellogg)

Aug. 5-6

James Kellogg Jr., the Amazing Hypnotist, will perform at Cliff Castle Casino's Dragonfly Lounge with two shows each night, at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $20 for preferred seating and are available at (877) 840-0457 at www.ticketforce.com. Kellogg has made numerous TV and radio appearances, including LA INK, "The Original Gong Show," The Discovery Channel, Fox News, "Who's Line is it Anyway?," Court TV, and NBC. He will also appear in an upcoming special on The Learning Channel Nov. 13-14.

Kellogg incorporates humor and an upbeat musical score while onstage, while volunteers from the audience become the stars of the show under hypnosis with hilarious results. He is not only an entertainer; he also is a certified/registered hypnotherapist with professional and corporate clients as well.

For more information, call Cliff Castle Casino's Castle Club at (928) 567-7999.

Apply now for Chester Newton

Chester Newton Charter and Montessori School for grades K-5 and Sunnyside Charter and Montessori Middle School for sixth, seventh and eighth grades are now accepting student applications for 2009-10 school year. Tuition is free. The school is located at 30 E. 260, at Salt Mine Road intersection. National School Breakfast/ Lunch program, transportation for Verde Lakes, Camp Verde and Rimrock. Respectful students, Montessori method0 individualized and hands on learning. Teachers are certified. School begins Aug. 10. Fee-paid Montessori Pre-school begins August 17. For more information call (928) 567-2363

Camp Verde Relay for Life

Sept. 18-19

The Camp Verde Relay for Life, a fund-raiser for the fight against cancer, a celebration of survivors and memorial for those who have passed on, starts at 6 p.m. Friday at the old high school field and pavilion. There will be food, music and fun. For more information on forming your own Relay Team or to register as a survivor for our Survivor's Dinner, contact Sara Eby at (928) 526-2896

Register for CCCVL Sustainable Weekend

Sept. 19-20

The Citizens Committee for a Camp Verde Library has begun registration for four of its sustainable living classes to be held in September. The four classes and their respective fees are: soap making ($30), rainwater harvesting ($20), beginning spinning ($55) and novice to expert backhoe operation ($65). Registration and additional details are available by calling (928) 567-7104 or on the CCCVL Web site: www.cccvl.org.

Verde Valley gets international exchange coordinator

Edie Miller of Pine has recently been named international exchange coordinator for EF Foundation for Foreign Study in the Camp Verde, Cottonwood and Sedona area, the highest position of responsibility on the local level. As a coordinator Edi will be giving local families and schools an opportunity to host talented, motivated high school exchange students eager to experience life in America for a semester or a year.

Edie is currently seeking families to open their hearts and homes to exchange students in the area. Host families provided room, board and a caring environment in exchange for a lifelong international friendship, an enriching experience for their family and plenty of opportunities for fun. Mrs. Miller is also looking for individuals interested in taking a leadership role in international exchange to become local coordinators.

"I can't wait to share these great students with families in the region," says Edie. "Having exchange students at our local high schools will really benefit our kids and our communities in general."

EF Foundation exchange students take part in an extensive application process and are selected based on their academic achievement, maturity, and adaptability. Students accepted to the EF Foundation program are fully insured, speak English, and bring their own spending money.

Since 1979, EF Foundation's dedicated team of local coordinators, volunteers, and staff has helped over 100,000 students from nearly 40 countries live and learn in America. EF Foundation's unique combination of local support and global reach has made it the largest facilitator of high school exchange for students coming to the United States.

To learn more about hosting an exchange student or becoming a local coordinator, please contact Edie Miller at (928) 476-4871, by e-mail at fralyntam@gmail.com or visit www.effoundation.org.

Apply for American Heritage Academy

American Heritage Academy is now accepting new enrollment applications for its Cottonwood and Camp Verde Campus's. There are a few openings remaining in grade 2-11 in Cottonwood and grades 3-8 in Camp Verde. The Academy is free. Uniforms are required. Some classes have waiting lists. For more information visit at 2030 E. Cherry St. Cottonwood and 132 General Crook Trail in Camp Verde. Call (928) 634-2144 or 567-0462, americanheritageacademy.org.

Time to register at Chester Newton/Sunnyside

Now accepting student applications for 2009-10 school year. Tuition free Chester Newton Charter and Montessori School for grades K-5 and Sunnyside Charter and Montessori Middle School for grades 6-8, at 30 E. 260, at Salt Mind Road intersection in Camp Verde. National School Breakfast/Lunch Program, transportation for Verde Lakes, Camp Verde and Rimrock. School beings Aug. 10, fee-paid Montessori pre-school begins Aug. 17. For information, call (928) 567-2363.

NRCS, Town of CV offers pampas grass eradication assistance

The Town of Camp Verde and the Verde NRCD (Natural Resources Conservation District) are working together to help eradicate non-native pampas grass and replace it with native ornamental species. The invasive grass, native to South America is beginning to impact stretches of the Verde River. For anyone who is willing to cut and haul off the plant, the NRCS will apply herbicide to the remaining root at no cost. The herbicide, however, must be applied within minutes of cutting the plant. For additional information call the NRCS at (928) 554-0463 or Jodi Allen at (928) 567- 3107.

Help available for veterans' claims

An American Legion Post 93 Service Officer will be available from 10 a.m. until noon for assisting veterans with claims. Medical eligibility, V.A. disability and other questions will be answered on any eligibility issues. Contact Jerry Towel at (928) 300-0580, Dave Stuart at 451-1664 or Post 93 at 567-6154. This will be a continuing service every second and fourth Monday of the month.

Horsemanship for Women Clinic

Karen Scholl Horsemanship for Women clinic coming to Camp Verde at Arena Del Loma. Scholl teaches a bit differently than other approaches. Women have experienced that it is not just about the horse; it's about women and the need to demonstrate techniques of "loving leadership" with our horses. If you have ever felt frustrated, confused or even been made to feel 'stupid' about your horsemanship, join the club. Bridge the gap, communicate in a language the horse understands.

Call Dee at (928) 300-3598 for any more information needed.

Clarkdale

Join Clarkdale Fire Board of Directors

July 31

The Clarkdale Fire District is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on the Board of Directors. The term ends Nov. 30, 2010. Candidates must meet the minimum state requirements to hold an elected office and must reside in, and be a registered voter of, the

Clarkdale Fire District. An application, letter of interest and résumé are required and must be received by 5 p.m. on July 31. Interviews will be conducted at a special Board meeting on Aug. 13. Applications are available at Clarkdale Fire District, 895 First South Street, Clarkdale, or at clarkdalefd.org. Electronic applications will not be accepted.

Call (928) 639-4591

Audition for Verde Valley Theatre

Aug. 4-6

Verde Valley Theatre is calling all actors to audition for the upcoming 2009-10 season. Auditions for the first play of the upcoming season will be at 7 p.m. at the Clark Memorial Clubhouse located at Ninth and Main streets in historic downtown Clarkdale. The community theater season opens on Oct. 9 with an Ellen Simons' play Moonlight and Valentino, a warm-hearted comedy about some hard facts of life.

Auditions for the second play of the season, a musical, Little Shop of Horrors, will be in early September. Auditions for the third play of the season, Vanities, will be in November. Veteran directors Guy Darland and Craig Hartley will be joined by Abby Fritts as the directors this season.

In addition to actors, Verde Valley Theatre, is looking for people interested in working behind the scene - stage manager, stage crew, lighting and sound technicians, set design and construction, producer and house manager.

For more information about the auditions and working behind the scenes, go to www.verdevalleytheatre.com or call (928) 649-0626.

Clarkdale Flea Market ongoing

The Clarkdale Flea Market is every Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. next to Su Casa Restaurant, 1000 Main St., Clarkdale. Vendor spaces are available for $10. For information, call (928) 634-3760.

Clark Memorial Library offers Storytime

The Town of Clarkdale is excited to announce a new program in the Clark Memorial Library: Storytime with Kathleen Ekholm. This program is for children ages 5-9 years. There is no sign-up or cost to attend. During Storytime children will listen to a story or two and create a craft to take home. Storytime will take place every Wednesday through the summer. Storytime for ages 5-6 years will be 3-4 p.m. and for ages 7-9 years will be at 4-5 p.m. Storytime will meet in the children's section of the library located at 39 N. Ninth St. in Clarkdale. If you would like additional information please contact the Clark Memorial Library at (928) 639-2480.

Sign up for Head Start

Yavapai Head Start and Early Head Start, an NAEYC accredited program is now accepting applications for the 2009-10 school year. Head Start is a federally funded free preschool program for income eligible families from prenatal to 5 years of age. We serve children at all developmental stages and meet their individual needs. You can pick up an application at Yavapai Head Start located at 601 Black Hills Drive in Clarkdale. For further information/ or applications call (928) 634-8308.

Time to register at Clarkdale-Jerome

Clarkdale-Jerome School District is now open for K-8 registration for the 2009-10 school year. Current immunization and birth certificate are required. Enrollment packets are in the District Office, 1615 Main St., Clarkdale, or call (928) 634-5035 for more information.

Contact your local school for children aged 3 through 21, if you are concerned about your child's development or performance in the areas that affect development and learning in school: vision and hearing; motor control and coordination; behavior or social skills; speech or language skills; thinking or performing tasks. Public schools use a screening process to check your child's development and academic progress.

View historical smelter photos

Newly discovered photos of the construction of the Clarkdale smelter are currently on display at the Clarkdale Heritage Center Museum, 900 First North St., Clarkdale. Discovered on EBay and secured by the Museum, the photos reveal the process of building the smelter from the ground up, in 1914. The smelter was built by William A. Clark and was the reason for the existence of the town. Clark built the town of Clarkdale exclusively for the housing of the smelter workers.

Learn more about the history of Clarkdale by visiting the Museum on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday for 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Future displays at the Museum will feature a Cinco De Mayo theme in May, construction of the cement plant in June and the story of the incorporation of the town of Clarkdale in July. For information, call (928) 634-5857

Cornville

Enjoy Harvest Festival at Page Springs

Sept. 6

That's right - fall is just around the corner and so is the fourth annual Page Springs

Cellars Harvest Festival. The Festival - brainchild of Page Springs owner Eric Glomski - has become a Northern Arizona staple. Designed to celebrate the end of the growing season and to give the community a chance to experience our beautiful winery and vineyard, the festival has grown in scope and popularity over the years.

This year's headliners are perennial Festival favorites City Folk, known for their seamless three part vocal harmonies and musical arrangements. Joining them will be popular singer/songwriter Alisa Fineman, named 'Best Folk Musician' four years running by the Monterey Bay newspaper. Opening the show will be Sedona's own Eric and Robin Miller.

In addition to music, there will be delicious food, and of course, Page Springs Cellars wines. There will also be a raffle, artist merchandise, festival shirts and more. As always, they will have fun things for the kids to do, too, including the hay bale maze and hay rides until dusk.

Tickets are $25 for Page Springs Cellars wine club members, $35 for the general public. Limited edition concert shirts will be available for $9 if purchased with advance tickets. If available, tickets will be $10 more day of show. Kids under 12 get in free. Limited camping is available for $20 (includes onsite parking) - reservations are required. Doors open at 5 p.m., music starts at 6 p.m.

Page Springs Cellars is at 1500 N. Page Springs Road. Call (928) 639-3004 or visit www.pagespringscellars.com.

Cornville Farmers Market opens

The second annual Farmer's Market has opened at Windmill Park on Cornville

Road. It is open every Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. Vendors may begin setting up at 4 p.m.

They will supply their own table, chair and provision for shade. They are required to set up and clean up. There will be a person in charge to answer questions. No charge for the space used.

Produce locally grown will be sold and all sorts of items to choose from. Eat healthy. If you have any questions, contact Lois Hook, chairman of Community Pride, Cornville Association, at (928) 649-3190 or loishoo@cableone.net.

Do you wanna party?

Nov. 11

Suggestions are needed for the Cornville Community Association end of year party at Oak Creek School. Some ideas already in hand: going pot luck with program; chili cook-off with entertainment; BBQ cook-off with entertainment going western; try a karoake night sharing your favorite snack; DJ for golden oldies with goodies to eat; have a good old-fashioned sock hop with eats; drawings on great prizes, entertainment, food and loads of fun. Start the holiday off by sharing this evening with friends.

Any ideas? You can mail them to the Cornville Community Association, Box 1452, Cornville AZ 86325, or e-mail Lois at loishoo@cableone.net or phone Lois at 649-3190. Check the Web site for upcoming information at www.greatercornville.org. Ideas are sought before the August meeting.

Cottonwood

Time for World Breastfeeding Week

Aug. 1

The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program at Yavapai County Community Health Services is participating in World Breastfeeding Week by offering breast feeding information to the Verde Valley at Cottonwood Public Library, 9 a.m. to noon.

WIC supports breastfeeding as "the gold standard" for mothers and their babies. Stop by the table for more information about the WIC and Breastfeeding programs.

Ride for a cause

Aug. 2

American Legion Riders are hosting the Annual Legacy Scholarship Run for the children of military personnel who have died in the war on terror. Sign up on Aug. 2 at American Legion Post 25, 480 Calvary Way, Cottonwood. Riders pay $15, passengers $10, which includes afternoon meal. Run through Mormon Lake and back through Oak Creek Canyon. Everyone is welcome. The afternoon meal served by the Sons of the American

Legion is spaghetti with meatballs, salad and garlic bread for $5. Music is by Happy Days Band. Call (928) 634-3004.

Breakfast with the Legion

Aug. 2

Sons of the American Legion Post 25 will be serving breakfast beginning 8 a.m. at 480 Calvary Way, Cottonwood. Meal includes eggs, sausage, bacon, biscuits and gravy, potatoes, milk, coffee or OJ for $5. Call (928) 634-3004.

Siegel's provides free back-to-school haircuts

Aug. 3

In order to help families during these tough economic times, Siegel's Hair and Nail Design wishes to help students start the 2009 school year looking their best. Siegel's is offering free back-to-school haircuts on for children grades K-12. Haircuts begin at 8 a.m. and kids must be signed in by 3:30 p.m. to receive a cut. Kids will also be treated to hotdogs, chips, and lemonade from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. No appointments will be taken, haircuts are on a first come first serve basis. Children should come with clean hair. If you are a licensed stylist and would like to donate your time as a gift to our community or for more information regarding this event, please call Nancy Siegel at Siegel's Hair and Nail Design at 646-0151. Siegel's is located at 2665 S. Village Drive in Cottonwood.

Time for HDY football

Aug. 3

High Desert Youth Football: First day of practice for all players will be held on Aug. 3 at 5 p.m. at Cottonwood Middle School. Late sign ups are still being accepted for ages 5-14. HDYF Board Meeting will be held on Aug. 12, at 7 p.m. in the COCSD Board Room located at 1 N. Willard St. in Cottonwood.

Meet your DDB teachers

Aug. 5

Dr. Daniel Bright School hosts an Open House 4:30-6 p.m. Meet the teachers and visit the classrooms.

Active Parenting Now

Aug. 5

Rosalie Malter teaches Active Parenting Now for ages 5-12 Wednesdays from Aug. 5 to Sept. 16, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Cost of $65 includes Parent's Guidebook. Learn how to: Discipline your child without violence; Prevent problems, such as violence and drug/alcohol involvement; Build a loving bond with your child; Feed your child healthy food; Use effective discipline and communication skills, appropriate for their age

Location: Healing Arts Center, Ste. B8, 753 N. Main St., Cottonwood.

Private school/home-school meeting

Aug. 13

Cottonwood Oak-Creek School District will host a meeting for administrators of private schools and parents of home-schooled children at 9 a.m. The meeting will be in the district office conference room.

The meeting will cover the types of services and allocation of funding available to serve students who are eligible for special education services.

For information contact the Special Services Department (928) 634-2288.

Hula classes for women

Aug. 17

Kehau Chrisman, Kumu Hula (Hula Master) from Hawaii, announces open enrollment for Beginning-Hula Women's Class, ages 15 and older, in Cottonwood from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost of each class is $8. Classes will be held every Monday at the Cottonwood Civic Center in Old Town Cottonwood, 801 N. Main Street. Participants should bring notepaper and a blank audiotape to class. This initial stage will run 6 weeks, and participants will have the option of continuing on a weekly basis.

Contact Barbara Armstrong at (929) 203-0857, or after Aug. 6, contact Kehau Chrisman at 639-4683.

Dive in Movie Teen Night features Twilight

Aug. 22

At 7 p.m. the Cottonwood Aquatic Center will be hosting the popular Dive in Movie Teen Night featuring Twilight. Tickets go on sale Aug. 10 for $4. Twilight is rated PG-13 and some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Twilight is based on the wildly popular book written by Stephenie Meyer. The Cottonwood Aquatic Center is located on 100 S. Paula St. For additional information please contact the Cottonwood Parks and Recreation Department at (928) 639-3200.

Cottonwood Antique Truck Show

Oct. 17

Call all old trucks! Be a part of the second annual Cottonwood Antique Truck Show sponsored by Oxendale Chrysler Dodge Jeep from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Reserve your space now for the Antique Truck Historical Society event. No fee. Call Joe Mount at (928) 634-3656, 634-8304 or 300-9807, or e-mail servicemanager@oxendale.com. You may also contact Monty Colucci of ATHS at 636-7555.

Plan for the Fall Arts and Crafts Sale

Nov. 7

Artists and Crafters, it's never too early to plan for your fall sales. Reserve a space now for the St. Thomas Episcopal Church 2009 Arts and Crafts Festival.

St. Thomas is looking for quality artists and artisans to add to the growing list of exhibitors. The goal is to make this the biggest and best craft event in the Verde Valley.

To reserve your space and for more information, call Shirley Smith at (928) 649-2154. St. Thomas Episcopal Church is located in Clarkdale across the street from the Post Office.

New Visions enrolling

New Visions Academy is now enrolling new students who will be in grades 9-12 for the 2009-10 school year. Students will enjoy the benefits of a traditional classroom-centered curriculum taught by an experienced and dedicated staff, but are also offered computer curriculum as a means to make up gaps in credits and accelerate progress. School will begin Aug. 12 with school hours from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday. New Visions has been serving the Verde Valley for the past 12 years and offers free transportation for students from all of the surrounding area including Camp Verde, Rimrock, Cornville, and Clarkdale as well as Cottonwood.

Office hours are currently from 8 to 4 Monday through Friday and will be 9 to 3 during the summer. Please call (928) 634-7320 for enrollment information or visit at 125 S. Sixth St. in Cottonwood across from the public library.

What's cookin' at the American Legion

Vince's Kitchen hosts its Famous Friday Night Fish Fry from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Guaranteed you will come back again and again.

The kitchen is open daily: Lunch Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Evenings Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 5-7p.m.

American Legion Post 25, 480 Calvary Way, Cottonwood. Call (928) 634-3004.

Bingo at the Legion

American Legion Post 25, 480 Calvary Way, Cottonwood, hosts regular bingo every Wednesday and Saturday, 7 to 10 p.m., and every first Wednesday is $100 night.

Non-smoking, with smoking breaks, Bring a sweater due to A/C during the summer. Food available from Vince's Kitchen.

Artists invited to Creativity Pool

Vic and Al's Creativity Pool of Resources (aka CPR for Artists) meets at Cottonwood Public Library at 6 p.m. every first, second and third Thursday. This growing network of local and visiting artisans welcomes new members, whatever their creative interest or skill level. No dues or fees. Adults must accompany minors. Call (928) 646-3888.

Jerome

Dress up for the Coppertown Ball

Sept. 12

The Jerome Historical Society Presents, the second annual Coppertown Ball from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. This black-tie event will be a magical fall evening under the stars. This year there will be limited seating of 150 people - $90 per person.

Included in the price will be a sit-down dinner with your choice of prime rib, half chicken or vegetarian, potato and vegetable. Also included, $1,000 in funny money to be used in the casino and a photo coupon for a memento of the event.

This year's entertainment is once again the Sentimental Journey 16-piece orchestra, an Underground Casino, Silent Auction using Casino Money, Raffle and a Grand Prize Drawing. There is no reserved seating. Tables seat 6 or 8 people and the Society will try to seat people together if requested and if possible. Contact The Jerome Historical Society to purchase tickets with credit card, check or cash. Tickets will be held for 4 business days only. Confirmation will be sent by mail. (928) 634-1066.

Sedona

Elks eat roast beef

July 31

Come one, come all to the Sedona Elks' Lodge, 110 Airport Road. What's the attraction? John and Mira's delicious, mouth-watering tri-tip roast beef dinner, with potato, vegetable, salad and dessert, all for only $9 per person. Dinner is served from 5:30 until 7 p.m., or when the food runs out.

All-you-can-eat, build-your-own tacos plus dessert for $5 per person are served every Wednesday in the Lounge, from 6 p.m. until they are gone. Don't forget Bingo every Sunday afternoon from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. (doors open at noon), and Tuesday from 7-10 p.m. (doors open at 6). Sixteen games per session, including progressive and specialty games. Free popcorn water and coffee, plus a snack bar selling hamburgers, fries, grilled cheese sandwiches, dessert and candy bars.

All events take place at the Lodge, 110 Airport Road in Sedona, and everyone, Elk or not, is invited. For more information or to lease the Lodge for an event, call (928) 282-3030, or contact Don Waggoner at 282-7571.

Healthcare Reform Forum

Aug. 9

You are invited to a Forum on Healthcare Reform, 4-6 p.m., at the Sedona Community Center, Melody Lane, West Sedona.

This forum will feature State Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, Dr. Robert Bell, and other experts. The interactive forum will deal with the myths and realities regarding healthcare and proposals for reform. All are welcome to join us for this timely event. Visit www.dovv.org for further information or call (928) 399-0999.

Red Rocks Music Festival

Aug. 30-Sept. 6

Come to the Red Rocks Music Festival for three exciting summer concerts at the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley. Aug. 30 will be Steinway piano artists Yuki and Tomoko Mack performing works by Gershwin, Piazzolla, Smetana, Brahms, Debussy. Sept. 6 at 3 p.m., Classical Meets Jazz Part II - The Russell Schmidt Jazz Trio and Festival Artists David Ehrlich, violin, Nancy Buck, viola, Jan Simiz, cello, Theresa Ehrlich, piano performing works by G. Faure, piano quartet in C minor, P. Schoenfeld, café music, H. Arlen, H. Carmichael, A. Carlos Jobim and V. Young.

Sept. 5 at 7 p.m., is the Mendelssohn's Birthday Celebration - performed by professor at Curtis Music Institute Shmuel Ashkenasi, violin, Virginia Tech Fellow David Ehrlich, violin, Associate Concertmaster of the Phoenix Symphony Magdalena Martinic-Jercic, Conductor Zagreb Soloists Borivoj Martinic-Jercic, Indiana University professor Nokuthula Ngwenyama, viola, Arizona State University faculty Nancy Buck, viola, Arizona State University faculty Thomas Landschoot, cello, and Phoenix Symphony Assistant Principal cellist Jan Simiz performing Octet Opus 20 and J. Brahms sextet No. 1 in B flat major.

For more information please visit www.redrocksmusicfestival.com, e-mail redrocksmusic@cox.net or call toll free (877) 733-7257

Inaugural Celtic Harvest Festival

Sept. 18-19

Sedona residents are launching the Celtic Harvest Festival, including a Pub Night at Fork in the road American Bistro, 7000 SR 179, Village of Oak Creek, (284-9322) with music by Oceans Apart. Saturday, the events run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hilton Sedona Resort and Tequa, 7000 SR 179, with entertainment from Oceans Apart, the Phoenix Pipe Band and the Phoenix Irish Step Dancers, with storytelling, poetry, and food as well. The event is topped off with a Ceilidh (dance) at Hilton Sedona's Tequa Ballroom. The first-year theme is "A Celebration of the Changing Light."

Festival director is Dorothy O'Brien at festivaldirector@celticharvestfestival.com. Visit www.celticharvestfestival.com.

Bite into Slide Rock Apple Fest

Sept. 19

"What's Old is New Again" - A celebration of Oak Creek's agricultural and farming history, the fifth annual Slide Rock Apple Fest is a two-day event with live music, activities for children and adults, food, arts & crafts, natural exhibitions, educational booths, homesteading demonstrations and lectures about sustainability. Activities from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. include apple-sorting demonstrations, cornhole and a beer garden, hay maze, face painting, children's arts & crafts, apple-themed activities, history walks, live demonstrations, apple recipe contests and music including performances by Red Rock Country Band and Porchlights. Proceeds benefit Friends of Slide Rock State Park - protecting, preserving and promoting appreciation and enjoyment of the historical, ecological, scientific, recreational and cultural resource of Slide Rock State Park.

Contact Heather Weisberger, Friends of Slide Rock State Park, at (760) 643-9448 or twinfish3272@yahoo.com.

Sedona Professionals

Sedona Professionals is a nonprofit business referral organization that provides a relationship-building and networking environment to its members each week. The group meets every Wednesday morning at Orchards for a breakfast meeting at 7:15 a.m.

For information on attending a meeting visit the Web site at www.sedonaprofessionals.org or contact Lee Congdon at (928) 300-5050.

Verde Valley

County hosts Truth in Taxation Hearing

Aug. 3

In compliance with §42-17107, Arizona Revised Statutes, Yavapai County is notifying its property taxpayers of Yavapai County's intention to raise its share of primary property taxes over last year's level. Yavapai County is proposing an increase in its share of primary property taxes of $852,587 or 2.1 percent.

All interested citizens are invited to attend the public hearing on the tax increase that is scheduled for 10 a.m., in the Board of Supervisors' Hearing Room, 1015 Fair St., Prescott.

The proposed tax increase will cause Yavapai County's primary property taxes on a $100,000 home to decrease from $136 to $128. Although the property tax rate is going down next year, the amount of money the County will receive will increase because property values have increased. State law requires us to provide this notice any time we expect an increase in total property tax revenue, even if it results in a lower tax rate to individual homeowners.

This proposed increase is exclusive of increased primary property taxes received from new construction. The increase is also exclusive of any changes that may occur from property tax levies for tax refund judgments and voter approved bonded indebtedness, or budget and tax overrides.

Judicial opening in Yavapai County

Sept. 1

Arizona Gov.Jan Brewer announced she will appoint a new judge to the Superior Court of Yavapai County. Applications for the open seat are currently being taken and will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Sept. 1. On or about that date, a list of applicants will be announced, with public comment accepted until Sept. 18. A copy of the application and instructions for applying can be downloaded from www.azgovernor.gov.

Yavapai Cattle Growers 77th annual Calf Sale & BBQ

Sept. 26

The Yavapai Cattle Grower's Association will hold their Annual Calf Sale & BBQ for the 77th year. The roster of activities is enormous this year. Activities begin in Peeples Valley with the Maughan Ranches quarter horse sale at 8 a.m. A 4-H and FFA Calf Judging Workshop will begin with sign-ups at 8 a.m. Western art, crafts, and jewelry as well as industry information booths will open at 10 a.m. Arizona Game & Fish in cooperation with Adobe Mountain Wildlife Rehab Center is providing kids sunfish fishing and an Arizona Wildlife Display. In addition there will be gold panning, a petting zoo, mutton busting (for kids 60 pounds and under), a horseshoeing demonstration, roping demonstration, KDDL radio live remote, a quilt drawing and of course the best BBQ beef in the state.

Take a scenic drive to beautiful Peeples Valley, bring a chair or blanket, spend the day at a historic ranch, meet a real cowboy and get to know your political candidates. From Prescott take Highway 89 for 30 miles to Peeples Valley and Maughan Ranch West Fork, look for the white fencing and banners-you can't miss it. Admission is free; the BBQ is $10 and $5 for children 12 and under. Contact Gretchen Groseta at (928) 634-2366 or ggroseta@gmail.com.

Funding available for Verde River property owners

The Verde Natural Recourse Conservation District (Verde NRCD) would like to help the Verde River property owners, take care of their part of the Verde River. The Verde River has a problem with invasive weeds -- Tamarisk, giant reed, Tree of Heaven, Russian Olive, to name just a few. These are a huge problem for the private property owners. Funding is now available to help you take control of your riverbank and to prevent these invasive weeds from spreading downstream.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife has a program for "improving wildlife habitat" that has available funds to help eradicate some of these weeds. These funds are for hiring of technical/ conservation assistance and purchase of herbicides to improve this fragile wildlife habitat while helping the natural growth to exist.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife, will walk you through the steps to secure these funds and the Verde NRCD will help field questions, offer a list of names and numbers of businesses who you may hire, and any other assistance you may require. Call for information at (928) 567-3107.

DES Certified Child Care Home Provider Program in Yavapai County

Family child care providers care for children in the provider's own home. They play an important role in children's development by caring for them when their family is at work, school or away for other reasons. In addition to attending to children's basic needs, family child care provider's encourage children's physical, emotional, intellectual and social growth.

Become a professional child care provider working in the comfort of your own home. Complete the requirements to become a DES Certified Home Provider with the Arizona Department of Economic Security. Certified providers, provide professional care for up to 4 children at one time, meet or exceed health and safety standards, provider quality child care and early childhood learning activities in their home and are professionally self- employed.

A Recruitment Specialist will help you through the process, from fingerprints to home inspections. For more information and to request an application, contact Buena Vista Children's Services at (928) 451-5755 or 1-866-646-5200.

Buena Vista Preschool enrolling

Both Buena Vista Preschools, Clarkdale and Dr. Daniel Bright, and Bright Futures Child Care are accepting applications for enrollment. Buena Vista Preschool is administered by Buena Vista Children's Services, a local non-profit committed to the safety and well-being of children 0-12 years of age through-out the Verde Valley and Yavapai County.

For information about registration and programming in Clarkdale please call Erin Lamb at (928) 301-9105, ask about special promotions and offers. For information about registration and programming at DDB please call Sandy at 451-4376.

Buena Vista's Discovery Connection Program is also open for registration. The Discovery Connection is a school-age program serving children in Kindergarten through 8th grade. For registration information in Camp Verde call, 567-9300, in Clarkdale call, 301-9105, and in Cottonwood call, 451-4376.

For information about Buena Vista Children's Services and the programs they offer please call, 646-5200.

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