What's Happening 6-6-10

Verde Valley Weavers & Spinners Guild

June 17

The Verde Valley Weavers & Spinners Guild will hold its monthly meeting at St. Andrews Episcopal Church on Arroyo Pinon Road in Sedona. Coffee and refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m. The business meeting will start at 10 and will include the installation of new officers for the next 2010-11 year.  There will be no meetings during the summer months, resuming in September on the third Thursday as usual, and at the same place.

This month’s program will be presented by Elaine Ross, expert spinner and weaver from Tucson. Elaine raised mohair goats in the past and will pass on her knowledge of mohair as well as other fibers and her expertise with handling and blending the fibers for spinning, and use in weaving and knitting.

To contact members of the Guild for more information about summer activities, call (928) 282-5134.

Summer meetings for young writers

June 15

The High Desert Young Writer’s Club will hold meetings every two weeks through June, July and August (until the fall semester starts). The initial meeting will be June 15, from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. at the Clarkdale-Jerome School Library. Students from sixth to 12th grade are welcome to attend. There is no charge for the meetings. Students will be encouraged to write short stories, poetry, essays or creative non-fiction pieces with an eye toward possible publication. For further information, call (928) 634-9228.

Free fishing day at Dead Horse

June 12

Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood his hosting a free fishing day 8 a.m.-noon.

For more information, call (928) 692-7700, ext. 2301.

Verde Valley Republican Women’s Club to meet

June 16

The Verde Valley Republican Women’s Club’s luncheon meeting is at Los Abrigados Resort and Spa, State Route 179 and El Portal Lane, Sedona, 11:30 am.  

Candidate for governor Buzz Mills, Yavapai County constable hopeful Jay Parkinson and Arizona State legislative District 1 candidate John Jenson will speak and answer the tough questions you are anxious to ask them.

Lunch is only $ 16 inclusive. Meetings are open to everyone. Reservations are strongly suggested by calling or e-mailing (928) 284-4248; sesek@msn.com.  

Check out the website at http://azfrw.org/clubs/VerdeValley.htm.

KC’s hosts Kickin’ Cancer Kick-A-Thon

June 7

Support the “Karate Kids” from KC’s as they raise funds in their Kickin’ Cancer Kick-A-Thon to benefit the American Cancer Society and the Camp Verde Relay for Life.  

The event is in conjunction with the Camp Verde Relay for Life’s Kick-Off Celebration 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the parking lot of KC’s Family Tae Kwon Do in Camp Verde, across from Babe’s on Montezuma Castle Highway.  

For more information call (928) 554-0140 or visit the Relay website at www.cvrelay.org.

Verde Valley Farmers’ Market returns

June 12

The Verde Valley Farmers’ Market is starting its sixth season, to run Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon from June 12 to Oct. 2. The market is again at the ramada next to Fort Verde State Park on Hollamon Street in Camp Verde.

They offer fresh seasonal produce grown within a 50-mile radius of Camp Verde. Offerings change through the season. Look for garlic, beets, tomatoes, squash, lettuce, corn, herbs, fruit, honey, beef, flowers and bread. There will be limited crafts and local music. For more information, contact Jane Davie, market manager, at (928) 634-7077.

 

Open Air Marketplace in Camp Verde

June 13

In an effort to help the people of Camp Verde increase business opportunities, and to bring a free family-friendly event to Sundays in the Verde Valley, New Thrift Store owner Pamela Bridgnell is hosting a free fun-time family festival-type event. The Open-Air Marketplace will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the large platform area in front of the New Thrift Store of Camp Verde, 1575 Road Runner Lane (past the Verde River Bridge and only 1.2 miles past Main Street in Camp Verde).

Vendor spaces are only $5 for the entire day. For the many local artists and artisans, the Sunday Marketplace is a unique, affordable venue for showcasing their talents.

There will be free parking, free admission, free WiFi, free seating, free balloons for kids, and tons of family friendly events like face painting, clowns, live music and child-oriented activities. Leashed pets are welcome.

For more information, contact: Pamela Bridgnell at the New Thrift Store (928) 567-5759.

Missoula brings the Wizard

June 14

Tryouts for the Clarkdale Missoula Children’s Theatre production of The Wizard of Oz is scheduled at the Clark Memorial Clubhouse at 9:45 a.m. Rehearsals are Monday–Friday at 10 a.m. The shows are Saturday June 19 at 3 and 7 p.m.

For more info everybody can call (928) 639-1693.

Farmer’s Market in Cornville

June 7

Cornville’s Windmill Park will start their Farmers Market on Monday, June 7. Vendors can start setting up at 4 p.m., and sales begin about 5 and run until dusk. They have had a great past in selling local products, and most of all it is a project that brings the community together. If you have questions contact Lois Hook at (928) 649-3190 or loishoo@cableone.net.

Green Fair in Cornville

June 9

Cornville Community Association’s third annual Green Fair is 6-8 p.m. at Oak Creek Elementary School Gym. This year vendors will include Eden On Earth, Sedonix Solar, Bob Burke from the Master Gardeners, Verde Sol-Air, Sedona Recycles, Cottonwood Window Tinting, Friends of the Well, and Hayman Home Center. Join us and learn about what is new in Solar energy, whether it been in panels, skylights, attic fans, geothermal energy or how to make your garden more energy and water efficient.

If you would like to be a vendor contact Deanna King at deannaking@commspeed.net or call 639-0725. Look for all information on the Cornville Association webstie at www.greatercornville.org.

Dollars for Doggies helps Humane Society

June 12

Mark your calendars June 12 for a fun day at the Garden Church located at the corner of Main and Mingus Avenue in Cottonwood. Hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This event is being sponsored for “Adopt For Life” Center for Animals. The proceeds will go for new equipment for the beautiful new adoption center of the Verde Valley Humane Society of Cottonwood.

It’s “Dollars for Doggies” day complete with a live band appropriately named Blues Dawg. Enjoy the music, various games, doggie food walk, owner/dog look-a-like contest, dog talent contest, and watermelon eating contest. All this in a carnival-like atmosphere with food, beverages, pet items for sale, prizes, and raffles for various items including a cat and/or dog basket.

Stars of the show will be dogs from the new adoption center who will be ready to go home with you the same day. These animals will be spayed/neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated for a nominal adoption fee.

Vacation Bible School

June 14-18

Mountain View United Methodist Church, 901 S. 12th St., Cottonwood, presents Vacation Bible School as an out-of-this-world adventure. VBS is for children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. Meet from 9 a.m. to noon each day.

For more information, call the church office at (928) 634-8857 or visit the Web site at www.mtnviewumc.com.

Heart of the Matter Seminar

June 14

In an effort to educate the community on cardiovascular disease, treatments and prevention, Verde Valley Medical Center (VVMC) and The Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona (HVCNA) have teamed up to present monthly educational seminars. The June Heart of the Matter Seminar will feature Internal Medicine and Geriatric Physician Cory Krueger, M.D. This free, informative event is 6:30-7:30 p.m. in VVMC Conference Rooms B and C.

, 269 S. Candy Lane. To RSVP, call 639-6551; walk-ins are welcome.

Verde Valley History Talk at the Clemenceau

June 15

Come hear more about Verde Valley history at the Clemenceau Museum, when John Tavasci Sr., former owner of the Clarkdale Dairy, will be reminiscing with his long time friend and local rancher Don Godard. The two will be talking about dairy farming, cattle ranching, trucking, busing and the changes they’ve seen over the past 60 years or so in our little corner of Arizona.

The public is invited to attend the Tavasci Sr./Godard conversation, which promises to hold many fascinating glimpses into Verde Valley history. Their talk will follow a very brief general meeting of the Verde Historical Society, beginning at 1 p.m. in the gym of the Clemenceau School at the corner of Mingus and Willard avenues in Cottonwood.

Cottonwood Public Library seeking board members

June 15

The Cottonwood Public Library is seeking applicants to fill three expired seats on its Board of Trustees. The library board of trustees’ members shall be residents of the city and shall serve a three-year term. The library board of trustees shall make recommendations to the city council and the city manager on the general policies of the library and such specific matters that may affect Cottonwood public library users as they see fit. The library board is advisory in nature except in the area of adopting policies concerning patron/staff interaction, including a system of fines, developed by the library director and presented to the board for a majority-vote approval.

This is a volunteer position; board members serve without pay.

Board application forms may be obtained from the City website: www.cottonwoodaz.gov or from the Human Resources (HR) office at 816 N. Main Street, or by calling (928) 634-0060, ext. 217. Applications will be accepted at the HR Office through 3 p.m., June 15.

Interviewing and Hiring Workshop offered in Cottonwood

June 17

InHouse Trainer Services will conduct a four-hour workshop on “How to Interview and Hire the Right Job Candidate,” at Jerona Java Café, located at 677 E. Mingus Ave., across from the post office. The workshop will be held from 1 to 5 p.m., and is open to all. Seating is limited.

The workshop is designed for employers and will focus on basic topics such as: Evaluating applications and resumes to find the best job candidate; developing an effective questioning plan using behavior-based questions; and recognizing discriminatory questions that should never be asked during the interview process.

The speakers are Karolyn Ericson, Owner of InHouse Trainer Services a 9-year-old business-training company that offers various workshops, customized training and mystery shopping; and Gioia Goodrum, M.B.A., Career Services Coordinator for Student Affairs at Yavapai College.

The cost of the workshop is just $40 for pre-paid participants, and $50 at the door. Refreshments are included. For more information, call Karolyn Ericson at InHouse Trainer Services, at (928) 649-9524.

VFW Auxiliary hosts early Fourth of July meal

June 19

The Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW Post 7400 are hosting a pre-Fourth of July celebration in the “Americana Red-White-and Blue” way starting at 5 p.m. at the VFW hall located at 705 E. Aspen St. in Cottonwood.

With a family pleasing barbeque buffet consisting of ribs, chicken, salad bar and lip smacking desserts, even Uncle Sam would find the menu worthy of celebrating. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased now in the lounge or at the door.

Along with a memorable meal, other fun activities planned are door prizes, a participation drawing, a silent auction, an old fashion cake walk and music by Dave Rice and the Prairie Band. Proceeds from the event will go toward the purchase of grave markers for deceased auxiliary members. For more information concerning the event call Auxiliary President, Beth Kennedy at (928) 202-4230.

Lunch & Learn: Living with Advanced Breast Cancer

June 19

In an effort to increase cancer knowledge and offer support to those affected by cancer, the Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare and Verde Valley Medical Center are hosting Lunch & Learn. The event aims to bring hope and encouragement to cancer patients, survivors and friends and family members of those affected by cancer.

The next Lunch & Learn is noon-2 p.m. at Verde Valley Medical Center, 269 Candy Lane, Conference Room B. Internationally known featured speaker Jody Pelusi, Ph.D., F.N.P., A.O.C.N., will discuss “Living with Advanced Breast Cancer.” Pelusi is recognized by the National Oncology Nursing Society for her research on long-term cancer survivorship as well as cancer symptom management. To reserve your seat, call (928) 204-4160.

Clemenceau Museum seeking photos for book

The Clemenceau Museum is looking for photos relating to the history of Cottonwood for an upcoming book. Any photographs showing people, places, events, relevant to ranching, dairies, the Clemenceau smelter, railroads, kilns and brick-making, sawmills and lumber, the Marcus D. Lawrence hospital and staff, the airport, the early commercial district (now Old Town Cottonwood), the town of Clemenceau, or virtually any aspect of life in the Cottonwood area from the early 20th century through the 1980s are welcome.

Photos will be carefully scanned and returned to owners, with credit given to donors for any published photos. It is hoped the book, covering the history of Cottonwood, will be ready for publication in the autumn of 2010.

If you do have photos, please contact Museum Director Helen Killebrew at (928) 634-5414, or leave a message at the museum, 634-2868 or email: clemenceauheritagem@qwestoffice.net.

Parkinson Water Aerobics begin

New Parkinson Water Aerobics Class now being held each Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Resource Physical Therapy, 825 W. Mingus, Cottonwood. Call (928) 451-4949.

Parkinson Exercise Classes, sponsored by Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, are held each Friday, 11 a.m., at Verde Valley Medical Center in Cottonwood. Call (928) 451-4949.

Get a military welcome home

The Verde Valley American Legion Riders are trying to contact all family members in the Verde Valley that have a loved one in the military at this time. The objective is not only to meet the families of these veterans but also to ask to be a part of their homecoming. Past homecomings have been accomplished by providing a parade through the area that the veteran is from and then ending at the American Legion either in Cottonwood Post 25 or Camp Verde Post 93 with the support of the honor guard and flag column. Some family members have the ceremony end at their homes. Just call and give the Legion Riders the date of the return. John: (928) 567-0224.

Buena Vista recruits childcare providers

Buena Vista Children’s Services, Inc. is here to assist you through the process to become a DES-certified child-care provider. Applications are processed at no charge. As a self-employed professional, receive ongoing training, provide quality care with early childhood learning activities and consistently meet or exceed health and safety standards.

From fingerprints to home inspections, a recruitment specialist is there for you. For more info, or to start your free application, call Buena Vista Children’s Services, Inc. at (928) 451-5755 or 1-866-646-5200; or email js.bvcs@gmail.com.

Get help with your taxes

For 26 years AARP/IRS has provided a program for those in our community to have their taxes prepared and filed. They will be at the Verde Valley Senior Center, 500 E. Cherry St., Cottonwood Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

There is no age limit and you do not have to be a member of AARP. Call (928) 634-5450 or you can just drop by the Senior Center and make the appointment in person.

Verde Valley Singles meet

The Verde Valley Singles have Meet & Greet on Second Saturday only from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For information, visit the Web site at www.verdevalleysingles.com, e-mail verdevalleysingles@yahoo.com or call Marge at (920) 723-2335 or Charlie at (928) 274-2345.

Learn to play Horse Soccer

Verde Valley teams of the Arizona Horse Soccer League meet to play Horse Soccer the fourth Sunday of every month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds. Cost is $10 a match for members or $15 if you are not. Membership is $35 a year. Practice is every Sunday at 11 a.m. Men, women and youth are invited. Just bring a horse.

For more information, visit www.azhorsesoccerleague.info/ or contact Monika Snyder at Monika@azhorsesoccerleague.info or call or text Holly at (928) 300-4132.

Get the seniors moving

According to the results of a recent national survey of seniors and adult children, staying physically active is a major challenge for seniors. Lack of activity can lead to a downward spiral of poor health resulting in frailty, a condition that threatens the mind, body and social life of older adults.

Family caregivers who can encourage and integrate physical, mental and social activities in seniors’ lives are helping them ward off frailty and stay healthy. With that in mind, local HISC senior care experts are launching a program designed to help keep seniors engaged and fit. Resources include a specially designed Website: www.GetMomMoving.com with practical and educational tools for seniors and their families.

For more information, please call Ann Weaver, community service representative, Home Instead Senior Care at 649-3316.

International Business Networking

BNI, the Verde Valley Difference, is an international business networking and referral organization that meets every Wednesday at 7 a.m. at Sweet Jill’s Restaurant in Cottonwood. For more information contact Alan Freedman at (928) 639-3828.

Sweats for Vets

The American Legion Auxiliary Post 25, 480 Calvary Way, Cottonwood, is collecting Sweats for Vets, a program to obtain new sweats for Vets that have become disabled with a loss of a limbs.

They will be delivered to the VA Hospital in Prescott and other Veterans facilities where the need exist. Just in time for the cold winter that is approaching Please drop off your contribution to Post 25, there is a large box marked Sweats for Vets. Call 634-3004.

City Council meetings get televised

The Cottonwood City Council meetings are now televised. CableOne Channel 20 is now the City of Cottonwood Government Channel. Yavapai Broadcasting has been recording Cottonwood Council meetings since the beginning of September 2009 and has the Oct. 6 regular City Council meeting available on their web site www.myradioplace.com. As of Oct. 20, Yavapai Broadcasting will not only have them available on-line but has been working in conjunction with local cable company CableOne, who is now broadcasting the meetings live on channel 20 and will replay them at various times throughout the week.

As this channel develops, more programs will be broadcast, such as local news, public service announcements, special events, etc.

Work your baby’s brain

Cloy Dellaripa, M.C. presents Baby Brain Time at the Cottonwood Library Kids Zone. Bring your baby to play, socialize, learn, and have lots of fun every Tuesday at noon.

Baby Brain Time at the Cottonwood Library Kids Zone is a program designed to enhance your baby’s sensory development and to promote attention, bonding, and communication between babies and toddlers, from birth to 24 months, and their parents or caregivers.

It’s free.  No registration required.

2010 Verde Valley calendars

Remaining 2010 Verde Historical Society Calendars, featuring Verde Valley nonprofit organizations, have been reduced to only $5. They make great stocking stuffers and reasonably priced gifts, while proceeds assist the Clemenceau Heritage Museum in preserving and showcasing our local history at no cost to the public.

Each month features a different organization with photos and a description of its activities. Included are the Lions and Rotary Clubs, the Old Town Mission, the Humane Society, Caballos del Sol, Boys and Girls Club, El Valle Artists, the 4-H and the FFA, and the Old Town Association, among others.

The calendars are available at the Museum during regular hours: 11 – 3 Fridays – Sundays, and 9 – noon Wednesdays. The Museum is located on the corner of Willard and Mingus in Cottonwood. Tel: 928-634-2868.

Bingo at the VFW

The VFW Post 7400 at 705 E Aspen St., Cottonwood has bingo every Thursday 7:-10 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m. Doors open two hours before start, and the kitchen begins selling food one and a half hours before bingo starts. There are 10 regular games with a cashball, and seven special games, including two progressive games, and a $1,000 blackout in 50 numbers. Sunday also features three speed bingo games beginning at 12:30 to get you warmed up. Call (928) 649-2129.

Volunteers train at Hospice Compassus

Volunteer training by Hospice Compassus is continuing at the public library in Cottonwood every Wednesday and Friday afternoon for the next five weeks. Classes run from 1 until 4 p.m. in the Meeting Room. After completion of the classes, volunteers will become a Certified Non-Medical Volunteer and be qualified to do volunteer activities with any hospice agency.

In an effort to make this vital training available to the most people in the upper Verde Valley, registration will continue for the next two weeks. To register for these classes, call the Hospice Compassus Volunteer Coordinator at (928) 284-0180, ext. 111.

After-School Reading Club starts

Join the after-school Reading Club in the Kids Zone at the Cottonwood Public Library. You don’t even have to read…they’ll read to you. The club meets Mondays (except holidays) 3:30-4:15 p.m. All elementary school-age children are welcome. For more info, call Youth Services at (928) 634-7559.

Sing with Verde Valley Voices

The Verde Valley Voices practice each Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the On The Greens clubhouse located at 969 W. On The Greens Boulevard off historical State Route 89A (on the way to Clarkdale). This is a non-audition choir open to all. For more information call (928) 649-3172.

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.

Depression Support group starts

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Yavapai County has added Cottonwood to its many locations. They offer free, open, confidential peer support groups. Call (928) 925-3578

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

Free legal services for seniors in Jerome

Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG), Area Agency on Aging’s Legal Advocacy for Seniors Program is at the Jerome Fire Department the third Thursday of the month. The Legal Program serves seniors 60 and older or married to someone 60 and older whom other wise cannot obtain council. The Legal Program provides services in the areas of civil and administrative Law - no criminal law. They prepare legal documents such as: Wills, Beneficiary Deeds, Quit Claim Deeds, Powers of Attorney, Living Wills/Advance Directives, Special Needs Trusts, Income only Trusts and, Codicils. We can assist with Social Security disputes, consumer complaints, and bill payment issues. There are no fees, this service is provided for donations only. If you have any further questions or to schedule an appointment please call Kelly O’Donnell at (928) 213-5246 or 1-877-521-3500 or by e-mail at kodonnell@nacog.org .

Sedona

Play golf for Sedona Humane Society

June 6

The Humane Society of Sedona is honored to have been chosen as the beneficiary of the “putts for pets” first golf tournament, a charity golf event proposed by a high school student of the Sedona Red Rock High School. All proceeds will help the Humane Society of Sedona generate funds for their new shelter and the welfare of animals in need of love and care in our community.

The action starts at 7:30 a.m. at Oak Creek Country Club on June 6. It is a four-player scramble, $85 per player. Price includes green fees, cart, lunch, tournament contests, cash prizes, raffle items and more. Entry forms are available at the offices of the Humane Society of Sedona, Oak Creek Country Club – Pro Shop or online at: www.humanesocietyofsedona.com.

If you want to help the Humane Society of Sedona by becoming a sponsor or want to make a gift /donation, please call event coordinator, Rosa V. Lemons (928) 202-4404 or Gina Miller (928) 308-1068. Please send registration forms and checks to: Humane Society Of Sedona – Golf, Attn “B” Skielvig – executive director, 2115 Shelby Drive, Sedona, AZ 86336. Telephone (928) 282-4679

Volunteer for Sedona Historic Preservation

June 11

The City of Sedona is currently seeking two volunteers to fill vacancies on the Historic Preservation Commission. If you are interested in local history, have some free time, and want to get involved in education, outreach, and helping to preserve Sedona’s past, this is the opportunity for you.

The commission meets just once a month on the second Monday at 4 p.m. The commission works to preserve significant buildings and sites, hosts special recognition events, and educates the community.

Interested individuals may call Kathy Levin at (928) 203-5035 for further information or e-mail KLevin@SedonaAZ.gov. Application packets are available from the City Clerk at Courthouse Plaza, 102 Roadrunner Drive, on the city website at www.SedonaAZ.gov under Board and Commission Vacancies, or by calling (928) 282-3113. Completed applications are due by Friday, June 11 by 5 p.m. to the City Clerk’s Office.

A Celebration of Native American Music and Dance

June 12

Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village in Sedona hosts the Nuvatukya’ovi Sinom Dance Group from the Hopi Nation and the Yellow Bird Indian Dancers during a special celebration 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featured performer is world champion hoop dancer Kevin Duncan. Free admission. Call (928) 282-4838 or visit www.tlaq.com.

Sedona Tea Party Rally

June 12

The Sedona Tea Party will rally at 2 p.m. at the Sedona City Hall. Bradley Beauchamp, U.S. Congress candidate will speak. They are celebrating America and rallying around the American flag.

Sedona Kids make a splash

June 17 

Mad Science, the world’s leading provider of hands-on science activities for children is coming to the Sedona Public Library. Kids of all ages will be able to touch, feel, and see what science is really all about. Junior Scientists will learn about water, most common molecules on our planet and what separates our planet from all others.  They will explore the different properties of H2O and how those properties relate to the world around us.  You can be sure water will do more than splash.

For information, contact the Youth Librarian at (928) 282-7714, ext. 19.

Music For Tots

June 21-July 14

Music for Tots is back in Sedona for the summer. This popular class is being offered again through Sedona Parks and Recreation. Benefiting children ages 9 months to 5 years old, this unique approach to music is sure to enrich your little one.

Class activities 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. In this 5-week series, children and their parents or caregivers experiment with rhythm and tone through playful chants, sing-a-longs, instrument play, dance and creative movement. 

Classes begin Monday, June 21 and are held every Monday through July 14 from 11 to 11:45 a.m. in the Recreation room located at Posse Grounds Park, 525 Posse Ground Road in Sedona. Registration fee is $55 for participants and $40 for a second child of the same family.

You can register for this class by contacting the Parks and Recreation Department at (928) 282-7098 or by walking in to our office at Sedona City Hall, 102 Roadrunner Drive.

Prepare for Fiesta del Tlaquepaque

Sept. 11

The 37th annual Fiesta del Tlaquepaque is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. celebrates Mexican Independence Day with dancing, folk music, fabulous food, strolling Mariachis, kids events and much more at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, 336 State Route 179 in Sedona. Admission is free. Call (928) 282-4838 or visit www.tlaq.com.

Sedona Rangers looking for dedicated volunteers

Do you have an interest in assisting at community events, learning new skills, helping to protect Sedona’s parks and open spaces? Do you enjoy meeting and greeting people from around the world? Are you interested in being a member of a small group of individuals dedicated to public service?

If you do, the Sedona Department of Parks and Recreation invites you to consider joining the Sedona Volunteer Park Rangers.

For the past three years, the rangers have become a familiar icon in Uptown, answering visitor questions, having their picture taken, chatting with merchants, responding to incidents and assisting with community events. They are also frequently seen patrolling the city parks and assisting with city parks and recreation programs.

Rangers are required to provide a minimum number of volunteer hours per week, undergo fingerprinting and a background check, be willing to be trained in basic medical emergency services and have a passion for helping visitors and the community.

If you are interested in learning more about the Sedona Park Ranger program or think you might want to join, we invite you to pick up an informational packet and application at the Department of Parks and Recreation office located at City Hall, 102 Roadrunner Drive, Sedona.

Sedona Parks & Rec water aerobics

The City of Sedona Parks & Recreation Department hosts water aerobics Monday through Friday mornings from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Villas of Sedona indoor swimming pool. Located at 55 Northview Drive in Sedona, it’s conveniently located for the community to attend a great class. Class fees for 2010 are $5 drop-in fee, or discounted punch passes. Save 20 percent by purchasing an $80 pass, good for 20-visits, or a $40 pass, good for 10-visits. Passes do not expire until the punches have been used up.

For more information please contact Parks and Recreation at 282-7098 or reference our website at www.SedonaAz.gov.

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

Become a Recovery Coach Volunteer

June 11

Are you interested in helping youth or adult Drug Court probationers by serving as a volunteer personal guide and mentor? If so, MATForce, the Yavapai County Substance Abuse Coalition, is offering a free Recovery Coach Certification Program that will teach you the skills to work one-on-one, helping these individuals through their recovery process. No experience, prior qualifications or education is needed. All that is needed is the desire to help.

The Recovery Coaching Academy was founded by the Connecticut Community for Addictions Recovery (CCAR) and developed with the Connecticut Certification Board.

The training program will begin June 11 and continue every Friday for five weeks from 8 a.m. until noon at the Chapter 5 Recovery Home in Prescott. To register please contact Yavapai County Probation: email Pat Robison at pat.robison@co.yavapai.az.us.

New veterans services schedule

The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars veterans’ service officer will now be available from 9 a.m. to noon on the second and fourth Monday of each month. All services are completely confidential, stress free and free to all vets. For additional information, or to make an appointment, call Jerry Towle at (928) 300-0580 or Dave Stewart at (928) 451-1664.

Apply to be a Volunteer in Protection

The Yavapai County Volunteers in Protection (VIPs) is a 501-C3 nonprofit organization working under the umbrella of the Yavapai County Sheriffs Office.  The VIP program is looking for Volunteer Candidates to apply for the newly designed VIP program.  Volunteer positions in Administration and Patrol are currently available.  No previous law enforcement experience is required.  Positions are available in the Verde Valley, VOC, Rimrock, and throughout Yavapai County.  Candidates must be residents of Yavapai County, and over 18 years old; both men and women are urged to apply. For more information, contact Y.C.S.O. Volunteer Services @ 928-771-3281.  See us on the web at www.ycvip.org

Free pH Soil Analysis

The University of Arizona, Yavapai County Cooperative Extension offers free pH soil analysis. The weather is warming up and it is time to get gardens ready for planting. To increase your chances for a successful harvest, knowing the pH of your soil could make all the difference. Soil pH is most critical with respect to nutrient availability. In this area our soils tend to be more alkaline (ph of 8 or higher) and vegetable gardens prefer a pH in the range of 5.5 to 7.5.

To have your soil tested, take samples from various sections of your garden. Mix the samples together. Bring no more than 8 ounces in a glass jar, plastic bag, or paper bag to the Cooperative Extension Office in Cottonwood at 2657 Village Drive. Office hours are Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.

The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension has publications and information on gardening and pest control. Call (928) 646-9113 ext. 14.

Victim advocate volunteers needed

The Victim Services Division of the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office is looking for volunteers to serve as victim advocates. Volunteers provide support to victims of crime. Volunteers provide victims’ rights information, victim input to judges, courtroom advocacy as well as some clerical assistance within the Victim Services Division.

A comprehensive training program is provided. Qualifications include: Good listening, communication and people skills, and a desire to help people in need. A criminal background/fingerprint check is required. For more information, or to obtain a volunteer application, please contact Linda at (928) 777-7179.

Join the Lions for great cause

The Clarkdale/Jerome Lions Club, Cottonwood Lions Club, Camp Verde Lions Club need your help and new members for these activities in our community.

Clarkdale/Jerome Lions Club does White Cane days (money collected goes toward eye glasses for children and adults), Concerts in Clarkdale Park (selling pop, water, brownies), Halloween (selling pop, hot cocoa, water, and give away candy). Monies from these fund raising programs goes back into the community.

Donations are made to Police Department, Fire Department, Mingus Union High School Graduation Party, flags to Clarkdale, Oak Creek School on Veterans Day, Camp Tatiyee (a camp for special needs children and adults), Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation of Arizona, Arts and Crafts Summer Program in Jerome.

For more info on Clarkdale Lions Club call Dave Andrews at 634-8207, Cottonwood Lions Club call Ron Black at 639-4602, Camp Verde Lions Club call Gary Greeson at 567-0342 or Wesley Girard at 567-5343.

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.

Healthy changes to the WIC Food Program

Yavapai County Community Health Services (YCCHS) administers the Federal program, Women, Infants and Children’s (WIC) through a grant with Arizona Department of Health Services for eligible participants. The program began in the 1970s as a health prevention program for young children by providing foods with essential nutrients, such as protein, iron, calcium and vitamins A and C. However, many of the foods were also high in calories and fat. The food package has just recently changed to promote healthier eating by including fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grain foods such as whole wheat bread, brown rice and corn tortillas and switching to low-fat milk

To find out about eligibility for this program, call Cottonwood at (928) 639-8134.

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