Events 8/11-8/17

Summer Bird Walks - Wednesdays & Saturday in August, 7am: Bird enthusiasts can join a naturalist for a guided hike. Park admission $10/vehicle up to 4 adults. Red Rock State Park, 4050 Lower Red Rock Loop Road. (928) 282-6907.

Sedona Community Farmers Market - Fridays thru 10/1, 9am-1pm: Meet local food growers, backyard gardeners and artisans and find out what's in local gardens. Overlook, Airport Road, Sedona. (928) 821-1133.

Verde Valley Farmers Market - Saturdays thru 10/2, 8am-noon: Saturdays, find fresh seasonal produce like garlic, beets, tomatoes, squash, lettuce, corn, herbs, fruit, hone and more. Ramada next to Fort Verde State Park, Hollamon Street, Camp Verde. (928) 634-7077.

Cornville CSA - Wednesdays Thru 10/13, 4-6pm: The nonprofit Verde Valley Community Supported Agriculture includes vegetables, fruit, herbs, eggs, grass-fed beef and chicken. Windmill Park, 9950 E. Cornville Road, Cornville. (928) 203-1100, verdevalleycsa@gmail.com.

Back to School Tasting - 8/13, 2:30-5pm: Enjoy free tasting and pick up easy ideas for breakfast, lunch snacks, healthy nutrition and hygiene habits. New Frontiers Natural Marketplace, 1420 W. 89A in Old Marketplace, Sedona. (928) 282-6311.

Free Concert & Book Signing - 8/13, 4-7pm: Six local authors, including Mona Hodgson, will sign copies of their books, and the live band 4 Trinity will perform hip hop for Praise & Worship. Genesis 1:1 Christian Gifts, 885 S. Main St., Cottonwood. (928) 634-2659.

Friday Night Dance - 8/13, 7:15-10pm: Enjoy ballroom, Latin and swing dancing. Waltz lesson at 7:15. $7 with lesson. Open the public. Sedona Elks Lodge, 110 Airport Road, Sedona. (928) 274-7538.

Opening of the Buddha's Relics in Sedona - 8/20, 6pm: Interdenominational opening ceremony to exhibition of rare collection of precious holy relics, including those of the Buddha, some donated by Dalai Lama. Free. 7 Centers Yoga Arts, 2115 Mountain Road, Sedona. (928) 203-4400.

End of Summer Rock 'n' Roll Bash - 8/21, 6:30pm: The Jerome Chamber of Commerce hosts a community party with dinner of hot dogs, sloppy joes, beans, potato salad, ice cream sandwiches and snacks throughout the night, and music by the party band the Knuckleheads starting at 8 p.m. Spook Hall (Lawrence Memorial Hall), 260 Hull Ave., Jerome. (928) 649-3847.

Buddha's Relics in Sedona - 8/21, 10am-7pm; 8/22, 10am-5pm: Exhibition of rare collection of precious holy relics, including those of the historical Buddha, some donated by Dalai Lama. Individual blessings all day, pet blessings Saturday 4-6pm. Free. 7 Centers Yoga Arts, 2115 Mountain Road, Sedona. (928) 203-4400.

Moonlight Hike - 8/24, 6:30pm: Enjoy the sunset and moonrise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon. Covers two miles in 2.5 hours. Wear suitable clothes and shoes, bring water, a flashlight and insect spray. Reservations required. $2 plus admission fee of $10 per car of four adults. (928) 282-6907.

Arizona Grape Stomp 5K - 8/28, 7am: The Verde Valley leg in the race series by the Arizona Wine Growers Association. Prizes include wine, T-shirts and tickets - and a good time. Start in Old Town Cottonwood. Christy: (602) 793-4482, azgrapestomp.com.

Friends of NRA Dinner & Auction - 8/28, 6pm: An evening of fun for the whole family includes auction of firearms, artwork, jewelry, knives and more as a fund-raiser for NRA projects. $45/$55. Moose Lodge, 1051 S. Broadway, Clarkdale. Gari: (928) 451-1251.

Dances of Universal Peace - 8/28, 7pm: These dances are a joyous, multi-cultural way to touch the spiritual essence within ourselves. $8. Old Town Center for the Arts, Studio B, 633 N. Fifth St., Cottonwood. (928) 634-1696.

Raw & Vegan Food Potluck - 8/29, 11am: You don't have to be a raw foodie of vegan to enjoy this introduction to healthy foods and lifestyles. RSVP. Mago Healing Center, 340 Jordan Road, Sedona. (928) 274-2957 or 567-7897.

Moonlight Madness Street Festival - 9/4, noon-9pm: The 24th annual event features entertainment and activities, food booths and sidewalk sales along the Main Street District of Uptown Sedona. Free. Main Street Sedona Program. (928) 204-2390, www.sedonamainstreet.com.

Thunder Valley Rally - 9/18-9/19: The 10th annual charity poker run includes a bike giveaway, bike show and music, all to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters. Cliff Castle Casino, 555 Middle Verde Road, Camp Verde. (928) 567-7999.

Celtic Harvest Festival - 9/25: The second annual event will focus on the Celtic Arts in Education program, with music, dancers, pipers and storytellers from all over the country. $10/$8. Tequa Festival Marketplace, 7000 SR 179, Village of Oak Creek. www.celticharvestfestival.com.

Vietnamese Dinner & Film Benefit - 9/27, 5-9pm: An authentic Vietnamese dinner followed by a special screening of Graham Greene's The Quiet American, starring Michael Caine. Local author Hugh Scott will sign copies of his award-winning novel "Saigon Gold." $35 plus tax. Benefit for Canyon Moon Theatre. Market Place Café, Village Outlets, 645 SR 179, Village of Oak Creek. (928) 284-5478.

Sedona Jazz on the Rocks - 10/2: After a year's hiatus, the major music festival is returning with jazz, blues and R&B. Poco Diablo Resort, 1752 S. 179, Sedona. (928) 282-1985.

Sedona Book Festival - 10/2, 9am-5pm: Meet more than 100 authors and publishers and celebrate the pleasures of reading and writing. Free. Yavapai College, 4215 Arts Village Drive, Sedona. (928) 282-2284, www.sedonabookfestival.com.

Harvest Moondance - 10/2, 7-9pm: Help Verde Valley Presbyterian Church celebrate 25 years and welcome the Bright Heart Award honorees. Big Band music, ballroom dance entertainment (free lesson). By donation. 1500 E. Hombre Drive, Cottonwood. (928) 634-0019, vvpchurch@gmail.com.

Shalom Gift & Art Festival - 10/17, 10am-5pm: Fund-raiser includes beautiful art, hand-crafted or manufactured crafts, musicians, entertainers, authors, food and more. Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley, 100 Meadowlark Drive, Sedona. (928) 204-1286, info@purplepeople.com.

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