What's Happening 9-18-09

Scholarship quilt raffle at museum

Sept. 22

The Camp Verde Historical Society continues its summer hours through September. The Museum is open Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Yavapai Cowbelles Scholarship Quilt is on display at the Museum through Sept. 22.

Quilts have been made since 1957 for this fund-raiser. It is always a "Brand" quilt and participants have to be a Yavapai Cowbelle to have their brand on the quilt. Tickets are on sale at the Museum for $1 each or 6 for $5.

The drawing for the quilt will be on Sept. 26 at the Calf Sale at Hays Ranch in Peoples Valley. Visit the Camp Verde Historical Society Museum to view this beautiful work of art, the rotating display and the permanent collections to learn more about the history of Camp Verde and the Verde Valley. The Museum is located at 435 S. Main Street and is open to the public free of charge. For information call (928) 567-9560 during Museum hours.

Donate your high school yearbook

Have you hung on to your high school yearbooks until you no longer have room to store them? The Clarkdale Heritage Center Museum is looking for some of certain years to fill out their collection. If you have any you could part with, please call the Museum at 649-1198 to find out if yours are the ones needed.

Also, the Museum staff would like copies of the school census for any years. School history is a large part of the history of the Town of Clarkdale. Any help residents can give to the Museum in compiling a complete record of the schools would be greatly appreciated.

Quilters to meet

Sept. 24

Quail Country Quilters will have a special program - Kurt will give tips on Sewing Machine Maintenance and there will be a "trunk show" of items that will be available in the boutique at the up coming Quilt Show on Oct. 16-17 at the Cottonwood Middle School.

This year's theme is "Pieces of the Verde Valley." There will be a quilt raffled at the show, plus a vendors mall along with quilts made by the members, some will be for sell. They are also working on charity quilts as a group.

The group meets the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 7400, 705 E. Aspen Street, Cottonwood. Visitors are welcomed.

VFW holds POW/MIA Recognition Day

Sept. 18

Annually, on the days leading up to Sept. 21, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States conduct POW/MIA Recognition ceremonies at posts throughout our nation. Today, at 11 a.m., Bert Black Jr. Post 7400, at 705 E Aspen St., Cottonwood, will hold this very solemn service. The public is welcome to attend and are urged to take part in the remembrance part of the ceremony. Charles Moore, a WWII POW in Europe, will be the honored guest at the ceremony. He will have much memorabilia on display, related to his time as a POW.

The ceremony lasts about 30 minutes and there will be refreshments provided afterward. Come help us remember those men and women who have not yet been returned to the land under whose flag they served.

For information, call (928) 649-2129.

Swap Meet Extravaganza

Oct. 24

Sedona Recycles will host the Community Swap Meet Extravaganza on the upper field at Posse Grounds Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Swap Meet (a.k.a. garage sale, flea market, tag sale, etc.) is free and open to the public and will include activities for all ages.

Is stuff piling up in your garage? Bring those unwanted items to the Swap Meet and forget the hassle of holding your own garage sale. Anyone can reserve a space for a small fee of $30 ($25 for Sedona Recycles members). All fees benefit your nonprofit recycling center, Sedona Recycles, and will fund the opening of additional recycling drop-off sites in the Sedona area.

To reserve a swap meet table or for more information, call (928) 204-1185 or visit www.sedonarecycles.org

Parenting class available

Sept. 23

Active Parenting of Teens, a class for parents of 12 to 18 year olds will be offered on Wednesdays 3:30-5:30 p.m., beginning on Sept. 23 and continuing for seven weeks. In this class, parents will learn to communicate better with their teens, discipline without violence, and hopefully prevent their teens becoming involved with drugs/alcohol. They'll also deal with sexual concerns, peer pressure and involvement with violent or delinquent behavior.

The classes will be held at the Healing Arts Center, 753 N. Main St., Suite B8, in Cottonwood. Led by Rosalie Malter M.A., a local parenting expert who is certified to teach Active Parenting classes, the classes require pre-registration. For more information or to register, please call Rosalie at (817) 726-1085 or e-mail RMParentinginfo14@gmail.com.

Practice with Verde Valley Voices

The Verde Valley Voices practice each Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the On The Greens Clubhouse, 969 W. On the Greens Blvd., off of historic 89A (on the way to Clarkdale). This is anon-audition choir open to all. For more information, call 649-3172.

Adult Children and Aging Parents

Oct. 13

Cottonwood Village is partnering with Verde Valley Caregivers to present a series of four caregiver support meetings. The topics will center on improving communication and ways to help your loved one make good decisions.

The meetings will be Tuesdays, Oct. 13, 20, 24 and Nov. 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The address is Cottonwood Village, 201 E. Mingus Ave., Cottonwood. A light complimentary diner will be served. Robert Wheaton, PhD, a marriage, family and child counselor, will be the facilitator. Wheaton is a long-time Verde Valley counselor.

Reserve your place with Karen Wahl at (928) 634-2956 or Barbara Litrell at 204-1238.

Potluck at the Old Corral

Sept. 27

There will be a live music potluck party at the Old Corral in Cornville from 1 to 6 p.m. Whoever would like to bring a dish is encouraged to do so but it is definitely not required. There will be plenty of food for everyone and all are welcome.

There will be horseshoes, dancing and plenty of fun for all tastes.

The music will be by the Neon Raiders with special guests. No cover charge and unlimited parking.

Jazz It Up

Sept. 18

Dust off those dancing shoes for a jazz dance class designed for the over-50 group at the Beaver Creek Adult Community Center in Lake Montezuma, specializing in those dance moves and fads of the '50s and '60s. Learn simple routines utilizing early rock 'n' roll tunes from this time period. Class will begin at 8 a.m. The cost of the class is $5 per class or $25 for six classes. Class is under the direction of Jo Burke, a retired educator with a physical education/dance background. Begin classes and make a commitment to your body to feel "nifty after fifty." For more information and to enroll in the class contact Jo Burke at (928) 301-0395 or e-mail joburke@commspeed.net.

Eat for the kids

Sept. 25

The Kiwanis Donation Spaghetti Dinner will be served at the Montezuma-Rimrock Fire Station from 5 to 7 p.m. Donations help to support the preschool and after-school care for the children of working parents and grandparents. This year Kiwanis Clothes Closet will have a fine selection of sweatshirts and sweatpants available for sale, most for $1, at the event. Kiwanis K-Kids and Builders Club students are decorating the tables with a recycle, reduce, and reuse theme, and there will be other information displays as well.

Bank-style BBQ

Sept. 26

National Bank of Rimrock invites all Beaver Creek residents to a free community barbecue in Sycamore Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the branch office. Pam Whitney and Karen DuFresne look forward to seeing all their friends outdoors in our lovely park. Join them for burgers, hotdogs, popcorn, cotton candy, and face painting for the kids. Call 567-4062 for more information.

Verde Valley's Got Talent

Sept. 27

Do you like to sing or play an instrument? Hold jam sessions with your friends? The Lake Montezuma Property Owner's Association seeks guest musicians who wish to give back to the community by performing for the residents of the Beaver Creek area at concerts in Rollins Park.

These outdoor concerts, held in the fall and spring, provide the perfect opportunity for emerging local talent to be discovered. Some suggestions are country western, bluegrass, rock and roll, and golden oldies. Vocal or instrumental. Amateur or professional. . Church choirs or barbershop quartet. This is the chance of a lifetime for locals to showcase their talent to a small, but appreciative audience.

 By popular demand, the Rimrockers from the Rimrock Public High School will play on Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. Performers are needed for the Oct. 25 concert. Contact Carole at (928) 301-0285

Beaver Creek Adult Center hosts semi-annual rummage sale

Oct. 2-3

The Beaver Creek Adult Center will have its Semi-Annual Rummage Sale Oct. 2 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Oct. 3 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Center, 4250 Zuni Way in Lake Montezuma.

This sale will have something for everybody. A wide selection of new and used items will be available. A portion of the proceeds from this sale will be used to help pay the Center's mortgage. Please call the BCAC hosts at (928) 567-4556 from 9 a.m. to noon for more information about the rummage sale.

All hard items will be accepted: household goods, linens, furniture, tools, etc., but no clothing, shoes or hats. Donated items will only be accepted at the Center, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon.

BCAC Fall Festival Arts and Crafts Sale

Nov. 7-8

The 16th Annual Beaver Creek Adult Center's Fall Festival Arts and Crafts Sale will be held at the Center, 4250 Zuni Drive, Lake Montezuma on Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Vendor applications have already been sent out and slots are beginning to fill up. There will be a huge selection of affordable holiday items and gifts from which to choose. Quality, handcrafted specialties range from stained glass creations and jewelry to candles, paintings and textiles.

The Annual BCAC Bake Sale will also be held in conjunction with the arts and crafts sale. Please call Jan at (928) 592-0814 or Lylia at 567-4698 for more information about the arts and crafts sale.

Camp Verde Relay for Life

Sept. 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 behind the Community Center. There will be food, music and fun. For more information, call (928) 554-0140.

Blacksmith demonstration

Sept. 19

The Arizona Artist Blacksmiths Association (AABA) will hold an art blacksmithing (metal smithing) demonstration from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 195 Fort McDowell Place in Camp Verde. Mark Finn, an accomplished blacksmith from Sedona, will be the demonstrator. While working with clients in the Sedona area, Mark has developed some interesting quick and easy techniques for creating "steel trees."

Mark will demonstrate several of these in the morning followed by hands-on work in the afternoon. Materials will be provided allowing attendees to gain practical experience in creating bark textures, knots, tree rings, and other botanical effects.

There is a $10 registration fee for AABA members; the fee for non-member attendees is $15. For more information, view the AABA website: http://www.az-blacksmiths.org

Take a class; help the library

Sept. 19-21

To help the library building fund, the Citizen's Committee for the Camp Verde Library is hosting classes geared to help make you more independent. So they are calling them sustainable classes.

Want to spend a couple hours to learn how to operate a backhoe? Have you ever wanted to learn to spin? Make your own soap? Make your own cheese? Learn gourmet cooking from a professional chef? Make a solar oven, plant fruits and vegetables productively, harvest rainwater?

You can take your whole family, because they will have day care facilities, discounts on hotels and restaurants, other attractions like a bird show, Thunder Rally at the casino, Relay for Life and the Townwide Rummage Sale at Hauser's Corn Stand on Montezuma Castle Highway.

Hit the Web site at cccvl.org and sign up or call (928) 567-7104 and leave a message if you have any questions.

Rev up for Thunder Valley Rally

Sept. 19-20

The annual charity fund-raiser Thunder Valley Rally is a 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. Set up is at 7 a.m., with departures starting at 9 a.m.

For more information call 800-381-SLOT. or visit cliffcastlecasino.net.

Music for Tots Fall Classes begin

Sept. 21

Music for Tots is an early childhood music program for children under 5 and their families. This program uses the developmentally appropriate and research-based curriculum of Music Together, a nationally renowned early childhood music and movement program. These programs have been shown to help stimulate children's brain development, motor skills and pre-literacy skills, support socialization skills and prepare children for formal music lessons all through musical play.

The fall 10-week series begins the fourth week in September with classes being offered in Sedona (7 Centers Yoga), VOC (Sedona Winds), Camp Verde (Parks & Rec. Building) and Cottonwood (Healing Arts Center). For class days, times and locations, or to register for classes, please visit the Web site at musicfortots.org or call Kelly Cole at 202-2787. The registration deadline for fall classes is Sept. 14.

Lunch Around the World

Sept. 26

The Camp Verde ramada is host to Sedona's Lunch Around the World from 3 to 8 p.m. For only $12 per person we offer: salad, grilled salmon, dutch-oven prime rib roast, baked potatoes and sour cream, dutch-oven cherry/apple cobbler and ice cream,

homemade bread, bottled water and lemonade - followed with a silent auction. All proceeds for the benefit of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Information can be found at www.sedonalunch.org. Tickets are also available at the Camp Verde Chamber of Commerce, (928) 567-9294.

Country and Western 2 Step

Sept. 26

The community is invited to a one-hour lesson in the Country and Western 2 Step, plus an hour of dance practice with various country & western music tracks in the Camp Verde community gym (the old school gym) on the corner of S. Main Street and Hollamon Street, 295 S. Main St., Camp Verde. The evening starts at 7 p.m. Cost is $7 per person. No partner needed. Call (928) 821-0213.

Who will be the Colonel's Daughter?

Sept. 27

The Colonel's Daughter contest, under the direction of the Camp Verde Cavalry, will take place at Fort Verde at 2 p.m. The young lady who wins this contest, equal points scored for personality and horsemanship, will ride at the head of the Fort Verde Days parade with her Cavalry escort on Oct. 10. Call Bea Richmond, 567-1988.

Get on an Artist Trading Card

Beaver Creek Books and Artisans Gallery invites artists of all ages and abilities to participate in an "Artist Trading Cards" exchange, an on going event at their store in Camp Verde. The cards have to be original art work, in any medium, on 2.5-by-3.5-inch paper. Bring in cards and exchange them for an equal amount of cards by other artists. On the back of your work write your contact information and what medium you used to complete your work. This is a great way to collect original art from artists all over the Verde Valley. Beaver Creek Books and Artisans Gallery currently has openings for artists who wish to display their work in their store. The store is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Starting Sept. 22 the hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Beaver Creek Books and Artisans Gallery is located at 545 S. Main St. in Camp Verde. For further information call the store at (928) 567-4377.

Contest to find Lil' Guy & Lil' Gal

Oct. 3

The Fort Verde Days Little Guy/Little Gal Contest, open to tots age 3-6, will take place at the Town Gazebo on Main Street 4-6 p.m. No advance application form is needed. The children's dress will be in keeping with this year's theme, Keeping Traditions Alive. Typically, little boys wear western clothing, little girls wear period dresses. The winners will ride in the parade the following Saturday, Oct. 10. Any questions may be addressed to Bea Richmond, 567-1988.

Clarkdale

Learn all about Clark

A new display at the Clarkdale Heritage Center Museum features photos and information about William A. Clark, founder of Clarkdale. Clark, owner of the United Verde mine in Jerome, built the smelter down on the Verde River to process the copper ore from that mine. He built the town of Clarkdale to house the workers in the smelter. Starting as a peddler of milk and eggs to miners in Montana, he rose to become one of the richest men in the country. Visit the Museum and learn more about this fascinating man. Museum hours are Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am until 1pm. For special group tours you may call the Museum during those hours at 649-1198.

Free prep for your GED

Yavapai College is committed to helping students attain their GED with convenient classes or online instruction. Orientations are available on the Verde Valley Campus in Clarkdale or the Camp Verde School Complex. During the orientation students will learn how the GED study program works, complete reading and math assessments and make choices regarding locations and times for instruction. Students earn college credit when they attend GED classes regularly and receive a satisfactory passing grade. Classes meet two days a week for three hours each day, and online instruction is available. To register for the GED orientation (AED 010) go online at www.yc.edu. For more information on the Free GED study program, or registration assistance, call (928) 634-6544.

Get ready for Santa Express

Dec. 2-23

Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday afternoons in December, St. Nick is riding the rails of the Verde Canyon Railroad's Santa Claus Express. Eagle-decorated FP7 engines pull coaches filled with gleeful passengers away from the station at 1 p.m. for a round trip through the wonderland of Verde Canyon to the old Perkinsville Ranch, returning at about 5 p.m.

Mrs. Claus will be there too with cookies and Elfie will be helping out. There will be storytelling, caroling and all sorts of fun.

Call 1-800-293-7245 or book on-line at www.verdecanyonrr.com.

Cornville

MMA Community BBQ, car seat clinic

Sept. 26

The third annual Community BBQ sponsored by the Verde Valley District of the Modified Motorcycle Association of Arizona includes Classic Cars, various vendors and a Bike Show along with great BBQ brisket, pork and turkey. The Verde Valley Fire District will also be holding a Car Seat Clinic. BBQ begins at noon at the Grasshopper Grill in Cornville, with live music by the Retros from 2 to 6 p.m. For more information contact Eric at (928) 301-2620, or for information regarding the car seat clinic call the Verde Valley Fire District at 634-2578.

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 karaoke 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

Verde Valley Computer Club September Calendar

Sept. 18, Spreadsheet SIG, 4 p.m.

Sept. 19, General Meeting, 9:30 a.m.

Sept. 24, Photography SIG, 6 p.m.

Visitors are welcome to attend all events. Visit the Web site at www.vvcclub.com. All events will be at the Clemenceau Building, Willard Street at Mingus Avenue, Cottonwood.

House of Ruth hosts Open House

Sept. 18

The staff and board members of the House of Ruth are hosting an Open House 5:30-7:30 p.m. A supper will be served. This will also be the kick-off for the organization's Walk for Life walk-a-thon. Anyone who is interested in the Walk or the work of the House of Ruth is invited. There will be tours of the facility, food, music, and worship.

The Walk for Life is the House of Ruth's yearly fundraiser and will be held Oct. 17 at the Verde Baptist Church Gymnasium located at 102 S. Willard St. in Cottonwood.

Please contact the House of Ruth at 634-0212 for more information.

It's a Cowboy Cruiz-In

Sept. 19

The Old Town Association hosts its third Car Cruiz-In of 2009 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Old Town Jail on Historic 89A. This Cruiz-In has as cowboy theme, so the OTA is looking to round up folks for a good ol' fashioned lasso of loot. This is a fund-raiser to renovate the Old Town Jail and provide new public restrooms and a cleaner, more informative tourist kiosk.

Cowboys and Cowgirls, come any way you can ride on in: by car, horse, tractor, 1/2 ton or other. The People's Choice Award for best vehicle includes an Old Town Shopping Spree and a trophy. Some event activities include mock arrests, horseshoes, Dump a Cop, a 50/50 Raffle and photos with "The Duke" or Mae West.

Concurrent with this event, at Old Town Center for the Arts, Tom & Shondra will be presenting Cowboys on Broadway at 7:30 p.m.

Walk-A-Thon benefits seniors, disabled

Sept. 19

There will be a Benefit Walk-A-Thon from 9 a.m. to noon at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds as a fund-raiser benefiting participating Verde Valley nonprofit corporations providing services and/or programs for seniors and/or disabled individuals.

Mobility challenged individuals using wheelchairs, canes, crutches, walkers, electric scooters, assistive animals, etc., are encouraged to participate along with all seniors and disabled persons who are not mobility challenged. No walking distance is required.

Al Slusser, 70-yar-old Coast-to-Coast walker, will lead the walk around the track.

Only Verde Valley nonprofit corporations providing services or programs for seniors and/or disabled persons are eligible to set up information tables or receive donations. Participating nonprofit organizations must register no later than Aug. 31 by call (928) 451-6859.

Health & Safety Awareness Fair

Sept. 19

Learn first hand about medical, safety, health and drug related issues from various professional Verde Valley organizations during a Health & Safety Awareness Fair 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Verde Village Clubhouse, 4855 E. Broken Saddle Drive. Emergency response vehicles, fire, police and sheriff units will be on. Meet emergency and safety personnel and pick up MatForce materials. There will also be demonstration of emergency first aid procedures, food, snacks and treats. Call (928) 646-5598.

USO Style Dance & Fundraiser

Sept. 19

Verde Valley Senior Center, 500 E. Cherry St. Cottonwood, host a "Salute to Our Troops," a dance and soup dinner USO style from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be great music from the Buddy Moeck Swing Band, old-fashioned soup line, breaking bread and swilling wine. Soups are presented by Randall's Restaurant, Manzanita Inn, Georgie's Café, Murphy's Grill, Grasshopper Grill, Sizzler's. Bread donated by The Orion Bread Co. Desserts by the chef at Verde Valley Senior Center. Wine by various local wineries.

There will be raffles and prizes for best '40s outfit. Admission is $15 per person. RSVP by Sept. 15. Bring a small item to be placed in packages and sent to troops overseas.

For more information contact Debbie Moore, activities/events coordinator at (928) 634-5450.

Contra dance in the Verde Valley

Sept. 19

There will be two opportunities for contra dancing at the Cottonwood Civic Center, 805 N. Main St., Old Town Cottonwood. English Country Dance (slower than contra) is 3-5 p.m. and then the regular monthly contra dance with the following schedule: Potluck dinner 5:30-6:30; Dance instruction 6:30-7; Evening dance 7-10. Cost is $6 per dancer.

The live band this month is Updraft and the caller will be Peg Hesley. Call Deb Comly at (928) 774-5936 or Chris or Sandy Boothe at 634-0486 to learn more.

What Is Radiation Oncology?

Sept. 19

At 9:30 a.m. the Verde Valley Computer Club presents Gina Harris, community outreach liaison for Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare, who will show the process a patient goes through when undergoing radiation therapy. You will be introduced, via the presentation, to team members including physicians you may meet, and the technology you may encounter.

This event is Free and open to the public. As always, they will meet in the Clemenceau Building, Willard Street at Mingus Avenue, in Cottonwood.

Dance at the VVPOA

Sept. 19

The VVPOA is offering a dance on Saturday evening. Doors open at 7 p.m., music starts at 7:30. This is a chance to meet your neighbors and remember the oldies. Food will be available at a nominal price. For further information please call Ken and Dawn at (928) 646-5598.

Celebration for Voices for Recovery

Sept. 19

Join the Voices for Recovery Celebration at Cottonwood River Front Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Food, music, information and speakers highlight this annual national event honoring the lives, families and communities that have been and can be healed through recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. For more information, please contact Marcos Benites at mbenites@cc-az.org or call 928-634-4254 extension 54114.

Get the Smartest Card @ your library®

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, and the Cottonwood Library Youth Services Department wants to make sure that all the youth and families of Cottonwood have the smartest card of all - a library card.

Observed since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month is a time when libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all.

For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit the Cottonwood Library Kids and Teen Zone at 100 South 6th Street, call (928) 634-7559 or visit the library online at www.ctwpl.info.

Young Marine unit sought

The Young Marines are looking for a few good adults to assist in establishing a Young Marine unit in the Cottonwood area. The Young Marine program is a premier nonprofit national youth education and service organization that has been in existence since 1959. This program is dedicated to developing responsible citizenship in the nation's youth and promotes a healthy, drug-free, gang-free lifestyle in their membership. For more information on this program, visit www.youngmarines.com, call (800) 717-0060, or contact the Young Marine Division 6 Commander at division6co@youngmarines.com or POB 220205 Milwaukie OR 97269-0205

Earn free stuff and help the kids

Verde Valley Christian School, 102 S. Willard St., is participating in Food City's "For My School" program. Pick up a key tag at the school office and scan it whenever you shop at Food City to earn free stuff for the school - from pencils to computers. For more information, call 634-4281.

Run off to the Circus

Sept. 21

The Jordan World Circus returns to Cottonwood for two performances, 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Each show is approximately two hours at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds. Look for free kids tickets at area merchants. Tickets can be purchased one hour before show time at the gate. Cost is $16 for adults, $14 for military and seniors, and $12 for children. Call (928) 634-3290.

CASA meets in Cottonwood

Sept. 21

Central Arizona Sports Association meets at 7 p.m. in Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Meeting Room on Sixth Street in Cottonwood. The director's meeting starts at 6 p.m. Thy will finalize plans for the first Sight-in Day, Oct. 4. If you are a hunter, sportsperson, shooter or enthusiast, you are needed.

Questions? Call Skip Heyer, president, at (928) 639-4205 or Vice President Gari Basham at 451-1251.

Family History Discussion Group schedule

Sept. 21 - Names & Naming Patterns

Sept. 28 - Did your Ancestor Live There?

The Genealogy Discussion Group meets on Monday mornings at the LDS Family History Center located at 1377 Hombre Drive in Cottonwood. The discussion goes 10-11:30 a.m. and topics vary. The Center is open on Monday mornings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., for your use before and/or after the group meets. The Fall Session will meet weekly except the last two weeks in November and December due to the holiday season. This group is free to anyone who is looking for help in finding their ancestors. The phone for the Center is (928) 649-0116, on Monday mornings and Tuesday - Thursday through the day.

Free RESEP Workshop

Sept. 23

On Oct. 5, 1990, Congress passed the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act, providing for compassionate payments to individuals who contracted certain cancers and other serious diseases as a result of their exposure to radiation released during above-ground nuclear weapons tests or as a result of their exposure to radiation during employment in underground uranium mines.

Northern Arizona Radiation Exposure Screening & Education Program (RESEP) through North Country HealthCare is set up to provide education to the public concerning the effects of nuclear radiation due to nuclear fallout or nuclear materials such as uranium.

There will be a workshop in Cottonwood at 6 p.m. in the Cottonwood Public Library, 100 S. Sixth St., for those who wish to learn more. Admission is free.

For more information on the North Country HealthCare RESEP Program, visit www.northcountrychc.org/services/outreach/resep.asp or call Emery Toehe (928) 522-2466 and Cornelia Todecozy (928) 774-6299.

Join Fall Archery League

Sept. 24

Join The Rim Country Bowhunters Association in the Fall Archery League. It runs Sept. 24 thru Dec. 17 on Thursday evenings at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds. Bring your partner or find one of our members to join you. The Cost is $6 member and $9 non-member per night. It's a great time to join the Club for $30. Call Steve Dockray (928) 634-4896 with questions or to sign up. It's a great place to make friends with other shooters.

Verde Valley Dems meet

Sept. 24

Democrats of the Verde Valley will hold their general monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Pine Shadows Clubhouse (Card Room) 2050 W. 89A in Cottonwood.  Call for further info or a ride (928) 649-0847.  Topics for discussion include the local school district override election in November.  Guest speakers include Barbara U'Ren, superintendent of Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District., Tim Foist, Mingus Union High School, and Bob Donohue from Partners in Education.  Whether you have children in these districts or not, every vote will impact the quality of education here.  Bob Donohue will also present an update on the Annexation issue.  Voter registration will be available, and all are welcome.  Bring a non-perishable food item for the food bank or mission.

Swing for the Dance Team

Sept. 25

Learn the East Coast/Country western Swing with a one-hour lesson plus an hour of dance practice with various ballroom and rhythm music tracks. Cost of $7.00 per person benefits the American Heritage Academy dance team. The evening starts at 6:30 p.m. in the AHA gym, 2030 E. Cherry St., Cottonwood. No partner needed. Sodas and bottled water will be provided at an additional cost. Call (928) 821-0213.

Pet Partners training at VVMC

Sept. 26-27

Recognizing the healing benefits of animals, Verde Valley Medical Center developed the Paws for Patients program, which offers inpatients special visits with therapy dogs. All therapy dogs are certified by the Delta Society and must pass behavioral testing to be licensed.

Pet Partners is scheduling appointments for a two-day Team Training Course for handlers to learn the skills needed to safely visit in hospitals, nursing homes, schools and other facilities. Successful completion of this course (or home study of the Pet Partners Team Training Course Manual) is required for registration as a Pet Partner. The course will be at VVMC from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Conference Room B. Cost of the course is $100, and includes the Pet Partners Team Training Course Manual.

To sign up for the two-day training or for more information, contact Dee Chadwick at (928) 284-5757, or chadee@esedona.net.

Canoe trips on the Verde River

Sept. 27

Experience the Verde River from the best view possible. Canoe trips are being offered as part of Verde River Days by the Verde River Citizens Alliance. Trips start from Dead Horse Ranch State Park at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. For more information or to make a reservation call Marsha Foutz at (928) 634-8738.

Preschool screening at C-OC

Sept. 30

The Cottonwood Oak-Creek School District offers free developmental screenings for preschool children between the ages of 3 to 5 years who live in the school district and are not already receiving special education services or enrolled in kindergarten.  The screenings are typically held on a monthly basis.  The screenings will check a child's speech, motor, cognitive, adaptive, and social development.  The dates of the next screenings are Sept. 30 and Oct. 28.  For an appointment call 928-634-6743.

The Arizona Early Intervention Program also offers developmental screenings for children age birth to 3 years.  For an appointment call 800-841-5201.

Cottonwood Rhythm & Ribs is back

Oct. 2-3

The City of Cottonwood Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting its fourth annual Rhythm & Ribs event at the Kids Park. Bands include Tramps & Thieves, Stephen Ashbrook, Rudy "Boy" Experiment, Knuckleheads and Major Lingo.

The music starts at 5 p.m. on Friday and at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Call Cottonwood Parks & Recreation at (928) 639-3200.

Early Settlers' Day returns in October

Oct. 3

 Don't miss Early Settlers' Day at the Clemenceau Heritage Museum.  It's a day of festivities celebrating the lives of the early settlers in the Verde Valley - the farmers, ranchers, miners, shopkeepers, teachers and professionals who made the Verde Valley home in the latter years of the 19th century and early 1900s, before TV, frozen foods, credit cards, cell phones, computers, e-mail and twitter.

The event takes you back to a bygone era with hands-on fun, demos and exhibits including honey gathering, corn grinding, wood carving and whittlin', antique fly wheel engines, cattle branding, quilting, spinning, weaving and lots more.

There will be hot Dutch Oven biscuits, fresh off the chuck wagon, along with homemade butter, hand-churned ice cream to sample, and musical entertainment to set the feet a-tapping. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on the corner of Mingus and Willard in Cottonwood.  It's all free, so round up family and friends and come enjoy a day of old-fashioned fun.

Golf fund-raiser for VVSC

Oct. 3

The Verde Valley Senior Center has its second annual Golf Tournament at the Verde Santa Fe Golf Club. Sign in at 8 a.m., with 9 a.m. shotgun start.

Early bird special through Sept. 18 is $85 for single and $340 for foursome. Late birds pay $95 for singles and $380 for a foursome. All entries must be received by Sept. 28.

Fee includes green & cart fees, continental breakfast and a Mexican buffet prepared by Terrace Bar & Grill.

There will be prizes, raffles a silent auction and the chance to win a 2009 Jeep Wrangler from Oxendale Chrysler Dodge Jeep with a hole-in-one.

For more information on signing up for golf or to become a sponsor please contact: Debbie Moore, activities/events coordinator, at (928) 634-5450 or dmoorevents@yahoo.com

Cowboy Night Dinner & Dance

Oct. 3

The American Legion Auxiliary of Post 25, 480 Calvary Way, Cottonwood, hosts a Cowboy Night Dinner and Dance. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. with BBQ chicken or pork and all the fixin's. Dancing begins at 8 p.m., with music by the Cornville Philharmonic. Door prizes and lots more. Cost is $15 to benefit veterans. Tickets are available at the Post or from an auxiliary member. Call (928) 634-3004 or 634-3947.

Therapy dog team evaluations

Oct. 10

Verde Valley Medical Center is hosting half-hour Team Evaluations for Pet Partners 9 a.m.-5 p.m., by appointment only, in Conference Room A. The Team Evaluation process evaluates the animal/handler team in a simulated hospital setting. Cost of the evaluation is $20.

The evaluations will be conducted by Dee Chadwick, a Delta-licensed team evaluator and instructor. To schedule an evaluation appointment or for more information, contact Chadwick at 284-5757, or chadee@esedona.net.

Petapalooza moves to Verde Valley Fairgrounds

Oct. 10

Petapalooza, the one-day event where you can meet your new best friend, will be held this year at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds. The annual adopt-a-pet event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In recent years, the event has been held at Sedona Red Rock High School and at Mingus Union High School.

The event offers hundreds of homeless pets, including cats and dogs and the occasional bunny, a chance at being adopted. The animals have all been spayed or neutered and vet checked.

Several humane societies bring animals for adoption, including Verde Valley, Sedona, Yavapai County, Coconino County, Second Chance, Payson and the Greyhound Rescue League. Each agency has its own adoption forms and fees.

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.

Toys for Tots Golf Tourney

Oct. 17

It's time for the fourth annual Toys for Tots golf tournament, sponsored by the Verde Valley Detachment of the Marine Corps League. The event is at the Verde Santa Fe Golf Course off Cornville Road. Shotgun start is 8:30 a.m. The fee is $90 per player and $95 after Oct. 9. This includes a scramble format, green fees, golf cart, range balls and lunch. Put a team together, or enter as a single and get on a team. Bring a new unwrapped toy worth at least $10 and be eligible for many raffle prizes. Entry forms are now available at Verde Santa Fe Golf Course, and by calling (928) 649-3747 or at www.verdevalleytoysfortots.org

Amateur Radio Technician License Class

Oct. 31

The Verde Valley Amateur Radio Association hosts a free Amateur Radio License course, a great opportunity to obtain your Technician level FCC Ham Radio License.

This course will consist of an intensive one-day presentation that will cover the material required to pass the FCC license exam for the Technician class amateur radio license. (There is no longer a requirement to learn Morse Code to pass the exam.)

The class sessions will take place at the Cottonwood Public Safety Building, Sixth Street and Aspen. The course will start at 8 a.m. and will be complete about 4:30 p.m. There will be a few breaks and a half-hour for lunch. Bag lunch is advised.

The recommended, but optional, text book for this course is The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, 1st edition, 2006-2009, ($20). Please note the ordering deadline is Oct. 20, 2009 Textbook details are available from www.arrl.org.

You may register by sending an e-mail to jscra@cableone.net. Please indicate if you wish to order the optional License Manual. You will be placed on an email list, which will be used to disseminate further information course location, and updates. Contact Jack Crabtree, W7JLC, Volunteer Instruction Coordinator, Prescott, (928) 771-2344.

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

Meet the Ghosts of Jerome

Oct. 9-10

The annual Jerome Ghost Walk will be two nights, with show times every half hour from 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 each. To purchase tickets, call the Jerome Historical Society at (928) 634-1066 or visit the website: www.jeromehistoricalsociety.com/events.html

Sedona

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.

Relay for Life in Sedona

Sept. 18-19

Teams from across Sedona will gather at the Red Rocks High School for Relay for Life to raise awareness in the fight against cancer and to celebrate those who have survived.  There will be a silent auction, food for sale, entertainment (including the Heavenly J's, JJ Corcoran and The Midnight Blue). This is your only chance to camp out in Sedona, and the entire community is invited.  Any businesses who would like to help sponsor the event or donate a silent auction item, or if you are interested in joining a team or helping in any way, contact Deb Staats at (928) 203-9190.

 

NAMI Peer-to-Peer Education Course

Sept. 18

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Sedona and the Verde Valley will sponsor a NAMI Peer-to-Peer Education Program specifically for persons diagnosed with a serious mental illness. The nine-week series of classes will start in Sedona on Sept. 18, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Sedona extension of the Verde Valley Guidance Clinic at 2880 Hopi Drive, behind the West Sedona central fire station.

This course is designed for any person with serious mental illness (bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety disorders, etc.) who is interested in establishing and maintaining wellness. Registration is required as class space is limited. For more information or to register, please contact Carmen at (928) 284-1829, cgriffin@esedona.net or Anita at (928) 646-3584, anitacharvey@yahoo.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.

Relics hosts Sedona Pride

Sept. 19

The first ever Sedona Pride, at Relics, 3235 W. 89A, Sedona, will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with dance to follow at 9 p.m. Entry fee for Pride is $15, cost of dance is $5.

Gay-La Dance Party and Fund-raiser is Aug. 22 at Relics. Admission is $10 at the door. For more info call (928) 301-1443.

Kachina Retired Teachers Association meets

Sept. 21

The Kachina Retired Teacher's Association (KRTA) will begin its 2009-10 meeting year at 11 a.m. at Mulligan's Patio, The Village of Oak Creek Clubhouse, 690 Bell Rock Blvd., the Village of Oak Creek.

Membership in KRTA is open to all former teachers or school employees from Arizona or any other states. Qualified residents of all Verde Valley communities are invited to join and attend.

Barbara Litrell, executive director of the Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition, will discuss "The Golden Years, or The Challenges of Growing Older in the Verde Valley."

Qualified persons having an interest to learn more about K. R. T. A. and its activities may call Mary Rubel, President, at 284 9614.

Red Rock State Park seeks volunteers

Sept. 21

Become a volunteer at Red Rock State Park, a preeminent center for environmental education in the Arizona State Parks system. Enjoy sharing in a community of volunteers who are making a difference.

Red Rock State Park's annual volunteer training class starts Sept. 21 from 1 to 5 p.m. New volunteers receive four hours of training each week for six weeks. Training covers all aspects of the work in the park. An orientation meeting will be Sept. 16, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Hummingbird classroom at the Park.

Attend the orientation meeting, or call the Park at 928-282-6907, to learn more about the volunteer program. Red Rock State Park is located at 4050 Lower Red Rock Loop Road, Sedona.

Apache Elder to Speak at Keep Sedona Beautiful

Sept. 26

Keep Sedona Beautiful will kick off this season's "Preserving the Wonder" speaker series with the former chairman of the Yavapai-Apache Nation, Tribal Elder Vincent Randall. Featuring a variety of topics all related to the amazing diversity and rich history of the region, this popular series dates back to the early KSB organization. Recent programs have ranged in topic from conservation issues, photography tips, geology, nature, and performances of one-man shows.

The evening begins at 5:30 with a wine and cheese welcome reception. At 5:45 the program will begin. Randall will answer questions at the end of the evening, which concludes at 7 p.m. The speaker series takes place at the KSB headquarters, the historic Pushmataha Center, 360 Brewer Road in Sedona.

For more information on Keep Sedona Beautiful, go to www.keepsedonabeautiful.org or call 282-4938.

Police v. Fire basketball charity

Sept. 26

Join the Sedona-Verde Valley Firefighters Charities non-profit organization, in conjunction with the Sedona-Verde Valley Firefighters Association, as they host the annual Police vs. Fire charity basketball game. This game will be at the Sedona Red Rock High School. Tipoff is at 5 p.m., with quarterly and half-time raffles during the event. All proceeds from admission, T-shirt sales and raffle drawings, will be donated directly to the Verde Valley Meals on Wheels and local food banks throughout the Verde Valley. Admission at the door is $6 for adults and $3 for children. Individuals wishing to contribute to the canned food drive, assisting with donations to the local food banks, will receive a $1 reduction in admission by donating two cans of food, per individual, at the entrance to the event.

For more information or to help out, contact David Rodriguez at (928) 254-9235 or at drodriguez@local3690.org.

Attention, Entrepreneurs

Sept. 30

The Yavapai College Small Business Marketing (SBE 202) entrepreneurship course provides direction through the marketing maze of ideas with direct, simple, and a proven step-by-step unconventional "Guerilla Marketing" plan especially for rural small businesses. Attend five consecutive Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8:45 p.m., Sept. 30 through Oct. 28, and learn how to determine real customer needs, a niche that works, unconventional methods for one-on-one customer effectiveness, and a clear path to small business profitability. Classes are scheduled at the YC Small Business Development Center at The Sedona Center for Arts and Technology. Go online to register at www.yc.edu. For additional information, call 649-4587.

Readers, speakers at Book Festival

Oct. 3

The first Sedona Book Festival will take place at the Well Red Coyote from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be speakers, including keynote speaker Barbara Peters of Poisoned Pen Press, readers and, of course, books in this celebration of literature. The day before, Oct. 2, will be a launch barbecue. For more information, call (928) 282-2284.

Picnic with Democrats

Oct. 4

Democrats of the Verde Valley and Democrats of the Red Rocks will co-host their annual picnic at Living Springs Camp (off 89A) north of Sedona in Oak Creek Canyon. Luis Heredia, executive director of the AZ Democrats, will speak. The cost is a nominal $5 per vehicle to park. There will be raffles, and a fantastic silent auction. The time is 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., with lunch (free) served at noon. There will be baked goods and desserts for sale. All are welcome. See www.democratsoftheredrocks.org.

Free Chamber Music at the Library

Chamber Music Sedona has announced its schedule for the Sedona Public Library Community Room, featuring Northern Arizona artists, ensembles and guests. All programs begin at 7 p.m.

Oct. 8 - Richard Viglucci, clarinet, Brian Lockard, piano.

Nov. 5 - Quick Piano Performers

Jan. 20 - Curtis and Juilliard Graduate Piano Trio

Feb. 10 - Thomas Sheeley, guitar

March 4 - Fry Street Quartet

May 5 - Tony Trischka Territory

Admission is two cans of non-perishable food per person or $5 per person to benefit Sedona Community Food Bank, Sedona Community Center and Verde Valley Sanctuary.

Friends of the Sedona Library Fall Book Sale

Oct. 17-25

It's autumn, the days are getting shorter, the leaves are starting to turn colors and the book crew volunteers are hard at work preparing for the Fall Book Sale. Preview Night for Friends members, volunteers and invited guests is Oct. 16, 5 p.m. The sale opens to the general public at 10 a.m. Oct. 17 and will run through Oct. 25. The sale promises to have lots of goodies for every taste and budget, including music and movies.

Call the library at (928) 282-7714 and leave a message for Char if you are able to help.

Time for Pumpkin Splash

Oct. 24

Bring your bathing suit and join your friends at the best pumpkin patch in Sedona. From 1 to 3 p.m., the Sedona Community Pool will be home to 120 pumpkins ready for the picking. Out of the water, that is. This event is limited to the first 120 participants and is $2 per person.

There will be organized games and prizes, pumpkin painting, goodie bags and afterwards everyone participating will be able to take home one pumpkin. The Sedona Community Pool is located at 570 Posse Ground Road behind West Sedona School. For more information feel free to contact Sedona Parks & Recreation at (928) 282-7098.

Create a business plan with SBDC

Nov. 4

The Yavapai College Business Plan for Small Business (SBE 212) course can put it all together Wednesday evenings, 6-8:45 p.m. Nov. 4 - Dec. 2 (no class on Nov. 25) at the SBDC at the Sedona Center for Arts & Technology. Using easy step-by-step small business plan software, students learn how to write a professional, detailed, and complete narrative and financial plan ready for banks, investors, or starting up your own small business. Go online to register at www.yc.edu. For additional information, contact 649-4587.

Do the Turkey Trot

Nov. 26

The inaugural Sedona Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run/Walk is Thanksgiving morning starting at 8. Start and finish at Posse Ground Park. Pre-registration is $20. Proceeds benefit Music for Tots program. For information, visit www.sedonaturkeytrot.com

Prepare for Festival of Trees

Nov. 27

One of Sedona's newest events now in its second year is the Festival of Trees in Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village. This year's theme is The Art Inspired Tree and the event starts the day after Thanksgiving and runs through Dec. 6.

Select artists will each be given a tree to unleash their whimsy, creativity, and boldness upon. And the lucky bid winners get a one-of-a-kind, pre-decorated, artistically inspired Christmas tree in time for the holidays. After public viewing the trees will be auctioned off and the proceeds will go to local (and nationally affiliated) charities.

For additional information please contact Mally Paquette, the event coordinator, at (772) 643-2742. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Tlaquepaque is located at 336 SR 179 in Sedona. Visit www.tlaq.com.

Verde Valley Sinfonietta auditions

The Verde Valley Sinfonietta is seeking to hold auditions for all instruments prior to an exciting 2009-10 season. VVS is a nonprofit, paid-per-service chamber orchestra, and the music director is David Cripps. The orchestra is based in Sedona and will give concerts in Sedona, Cottonwood and Flagstaff during the season. All rehearsals are in Sedona, usually Thursday evenings, but occasionally Tuesday evenings, for the five weeks preceding performances. Please note that preference is given to residents of Sedona, Cottonwood and the Verde Valley, and the music director's decisions are final. More information about the orchestra and music director can be found on the Web site: www.verdevalleysinfonietta.org.

Interested and qualified musicians should send a résumé and letter of interest to: P.O. Box 4672, Sedona, AZ 86340 or e-mail: director@verdevalleysinfonietta.org.

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.

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.

Verde Valley

Meet the 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.

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.

Seasonal Flu Shots available in September

Yavapai County Community Health Services will offer walk-in clinics for seasonal flu shots beginning in September this year. Clinics will be scheduled throughout Yavapai County at locations in Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, and Cottonwood. Visit the Web site at www.yavapaihealth.com for flu consent forms, vaccine information sheets and walk-in clinic schedules. YCCHS recommends that you take the opportunity to fill out necessary forms before coming to a walk-in clinic.

If you cannot attend one of the scheduled walk-in clinics, call (928) 639-8132 in Cottonwood to make an appointment. Appointments are limited.

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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