What's Happening 5-26-10

Home Instead Senior Care donates to libraries<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->In celebration of 10 years of providing in-home, nonmedical care to Yavapai County seniors, the local Home Instead Senior Care office recently made donations to nine libraries in the Yavapai County Library Network. This includes Camp Verde, Clarkdale, Cottonwood and Sedona. A cash donation of $1,000 also was provided to the network for purchase of additional senior resource materials.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->A variety of senior care informational booklets and a book, Stages of Senior Care, by Paul and Lori Hogan, founders of HISC, is now available to local community members at the libraries or through the network&#8217;s book request service.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->The Home Instead Senior Care network of locally owned and operated franchises is the largest, and one of the most trusted, networks of home care worldwide. With more than 850 locations in the United States and 14 other countries, HISC is dedicated exclusively to helping seniors stay in their homes as they age. A wide range of nonmedical and personal care services are offered, and can be customized to meet individual needs. CAREGivers are local community residents who are screened, insured and bonded professionals, extensively trained in elder care, including Alzheimer&#8217;s and other dementias.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->&#8220;We want to show our appreciation to our communities for their trust and confidence in us the past 10 years,&#8221; said Susan Abbott, local franchise owner. &#8220;We are pleased to provide these educational resources to assist seniors and their families in the aging process.&#8221;<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->For more information, call 649-3316 or log on to www.homeinstead.com/318.

Home Instead Senior Care donates to libraries<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->In celebration of 10 years of providing in-home, nonmedical care to Yavapai County seniors, the local Home Instead Senior Care office recently made donations to nine libraries in the Yavapai County Library Network. This includes Camp Verde, Clarkdale, Cottonwood and Sedona. A cash donation of $1,000 also was provided to the network for purchase of additional senior resource materials.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->A variety of senior care informational booklets and a book, Stages of Senior Care, by Paul and Lori Hogan, founders of HISC, is now available to local community members at the libraries or through the network&#8217;s book request service.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->The Home Instead Senior Care network of locally owned and operated franchises is the largest, and one of the most trusted, networks of home care worldwide. With more than 850 locations in the United States and 14 other countries, HISC is dedicated exclusively to helping seniors stay in their homes as they age. A wide range of nonmedical and personal care services are offered, and can be customized to meet individual needs. CAREGivers are local community residents who are screened, insured and bonded professionals, extensively trained in elder care, including Alzheimer&#8217;s and other dementias.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->&#8220;We want to show our appreciation to our communities for their trust and confidence in us the past 10 years,&#8221; said Susan Abbott, local franchise owner. &#8220;We are pleased to provide these educational resources to assist seniors and their families in the aging process.&#8221;<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->For more information, call 649-3316 or log on to www.homeinstead.com/318.

Controlled Burning at Posse Grounds Park

May 26

The City of Sedona maintenance department will be conducting periodic controlled burning of small landscape and green waste slash piles at Posse Grounds Park. Depending on weather, the burning will take place between Wednesday, May 26, and Friday, June 4. The Sedona Fire District (SFD) has issued a burn permit, and all open burning requirements will be followed. Only one or two days will be needed during that period to complete the burn. Daily approval from the fire department is required prior to start up. Fires are required to be attended at all times by a maintenance staff member.

For questions, please contact Dan Neimy, City Maintenance Superintendent, Public Works, at (928) 204-7109.

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.

Car Wash for new uniforms

May 29

Calling all cars! Come to KC’s Family Tae Kwon Do in Camp Verde this Saturday between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon. The “karate kids” will be holding a Car Wash to raise funds for new team uniforms. The students on the X-Team have performed all over the Verde Valley these past three weeks entertaining and inspiring school kids of all ages. Let’s reward their hard work by supporting their Car Wash fund-raiser. KC’s is located at 155 S. Montezuma Castle Highway across from Babe’s. For more information call (928) 554-0140.

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.

Grand Opening of Cocopah North gallery

May 28

Ann Fabricant is the long time Sedona business owner of Cocopah in Tlaquepaque. Her new location, Cocopah North, is having a Grand Opening on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. Drop by and have something to munch and a glass of wine and meet the artists.

Cocopah North is in the Creekside Plaza (across from Tlaquepaque and next door to Ken’s Creekside Restaurant) at 251 SR 179.

Camp Verde Crawdad Festival

June 4-5

The Verde Valley Rangers Mounted Sheriff’s Posse is again sponsoring the annual Crawdad Festival in downtown Camp Verde near the town’s Main Street gazebo. Entrance fee is $5, 12 and under free. Half price entrance tickets for Friday night will be available from local merchants two weeks prior.

Enjoy steaming crawdads and shrimp served with red taters and roasted sweet corn, live entertainment, crawdad races, vendors, games for the kids, burgers on the grill, a beer garden, crawdad etoufee, and alligator. Dinner is $15 per person.

There will be a costume party Saturday night. All costumes must be appropriate for a family event. Sign up at the festival free, costumes will be judged and prizes awarded.

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.

 

Jerome Elks Free Memorial Day Cookout

May 30

The Jerome Elks, located in Clarkdale and serving the Verde Valley, invite all Elks and guests to a free cook out. The Lounge will open at 3 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. All Elks honor and recognize the contribution that our servicemen and women have made to our country. They will honor the memory of loved ones who served in our nation’s armed forces in a short ceremony.

The menu includes bratwurst, hotdogs, and all the fixings. Donations will be accepted. Contact Mike (928) 634-5611 at the Lodge for details. The lodge is located at 100 S. Broadway in Clarkdale. Contact: (928) 634-5611 or debmunro2010@hotmail.com.

Chili Cook Off in Cornville

June 5

Cornville will host its second annual Chili Cook Off, sponsored by Yavapai Chili Society at Windmill Park, 9950 E. Cornville Road. Red Chili will be judged by a panel, People’s Choice Chili will be judged by the public. Rules for each type of chili are attached. All chili must be cooked on site. Prizes will be awarded.

People’s Choice chili tasting starts at 11 a.m. Red chili turn in for judging is at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $12 for red chili or $10 if you also cook People’s Choice. Entry fee will be waived for first time competition (Red) chili cooks and they do  not charge to cook only peoples chili.

Proceeds benefit the Cornville Community Association. Make Checks payable to YCS. For more information contact Jerry Lee at (623) 388-9748 or alchemistchili@gmail.com.

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.

Cottonwood

Free Seminar sponsored by local attorney and funeral home

May 26

The law firm of Gordon & Gordon, PLLC, and Bueler Cottonwood Funeral Home will be offering a free seminar focusing on important end of life issues. Attorney Lonnie K. McDowell will present information on estate planning, including basic trusts and wills. Local funeral director and funeral home owner, Ben Bueler will cover pre-planning and pre-funding options for funerals, as well as Veteran’s benefits. The seminar will be held at the Verde Valley Senior Center, 500 E. Cherry St., Cottonwood, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Open for questions and answers as time permits. Light refreshments will be served. For more information please call (928) 649-8609 or email info@gordonlawaz.com.

Young speaks to DOVV

May 27

Democrats of the Verde Valley will welcome speaker Harriet Young at 6:30 p.m. at Pine Shadows Clubhouse in Cottonwood (toward Clarkdale on 89A). Young is currently first vice chair of the Arizona Democratic Party. She is a PhD in political science (Rice University) who has taught at Northern Arizona University as well as other universities, and is well-versed in state politics. Also on the agenda will be Penny Kotterman, candidate for State Supt. of Public Instruction, who will present her views on educational reform for Arizona. All are welcome to hear and meet these dynamic women.

For further info or a ride, call (928) 649-0847. Please bring non-perishable food for the Food Bank or Mission.

Home Arts Demo at the Clemenceau

May 28

The Last Friday of the Month series of Home Arts Demos at the Clemenceau Heritage Museum continues in May with a presentation on lacemaking. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., come see handmade lace begin created and learn about the long and fascinating history of lacemaking when some local experts will be at the museum to demonstrate various lace-making techniques. It’s a time-consuming art form, demanding skill and patience, and an art that has almost disappeared with the advent of machine-made lace.

The Clemenceau Heritage Museum is at the corner of Willard and Mingus in Cottonwood. Call (928) 634-2868 or visit www.ClemenceauMuseum.org.

Dances of Universal Peace - Cottonwood

May 29

Dances of Universal Peace are a joyous, multi-cultural way to touch the spiritual essence within ourselves and others, using chants and mantras from around the world. These simple circle dances are all taught as we do them. Meet at 7 p.m. at Old Town Center for the Arts, Studio B, 633 N. Fifth St. at N. Main. Suggested donation $8. Info: Cathryn - shakura@commspeed.net or (928) 634-1696.

C-OC hosts Summer Food Program

June 1-30

The Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Lunch will be provided to all children 18 years and younger without charge and regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. Lunch will be provided at Cottonwood Elementary throughout June from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (928) 639-4703.

AARP Driver Safety Class

June 2

The American Association of Retired Persons has scheduled a Driver Safety Class from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Yavapai County Building (Verde Room) located at 10 S. Sixth St. in Cottonwood.  This is a four-hour refresher course that is open to all licensed drivers. The focus is on the physical changes that accompany aging and how to compensate for these. There is a $14 charge for this class, and AARP members get a $2 discount. Class participation is limited to 25 people. Please call instructor Marianne Alicki at (928) 634-7975 if you are interested in at tending this class.

Airport Commission Vacancies

June 2

The City of Council is seeking applicants for three (3) openings on the Airport Commission. These positions are voluntary and non-paid. These appointments will be for three-year terms, beginning July 1, 2010.

Applicants for two of the seats must be tenants/lessees of the Cottonwood Municipal Airport, or shall have a working knowledge of aviation matters. Applicants for the third seat shall not be required to have a working knowledge of airport matters; they shall, however, be required to live within the corporate limits of the City of Cottonwood and shall represent the general public interest

Commission application forms and a copy of the duties of the commission are available at the City of Cottonwood website: www.cottonwoodaz.gov, or from the Human Resources office, 816 N. Main St., or by calling (928) 634-0060, ext. 217. Applications will be accepted at the HR office through 3 p.m., June 2.

Copper Ball benefits Fit Kids of Arizona

June 5

Verde Valley Medical Center’s eighth annual Copper Ball, this year with the theme “Copper and Crystal,” will take place at the beautiful Tlaquepaque Courtyard & Crafts Village in Sedona. The event kicks off with cocktails at 6:30 p.m., followed by an elegant dinner and dancing to the live music of the C.C. Jones Orchestra. In addition, there will be live and silent auctions and door prizes.

The 2010 Copper Ball will benefit Fit Kids of Arizona, a unique program that addresses one of the largest healthcare concerns facing our country – childhood obesity.

To purchase tickets for the ball, become a sponsor or donate an auction item, call the Verde Valley Medical Center Foundation at 928 639-6036. To learn more about Fit Kids of Arizona or the programs and services offered at Verde Valley Medical Center, visit VerdeValleyMedicalCenter.com.

Free Amateur Radio Technician License class

June 5

The Verde Valley Amateur Radio Club hosts a free Amateur Radio License course to be at the Cottonwood Public Safety building conference room on Sixth Street and Aspen. The course will start at 8 a.m. and will finish about 4:30 p.m. there will be morning and afternoon comfort breaks and a half-hour break for lunch. A bag lunch would be advisable. This course will be a one-day session that will cover all of the material required to pass the FCC license exam for the Technician class Amateur Radio license. Note that being able to send and receive Morse Code is no longer a requirement to get your Amateur Radio license.

The recommended textbook for this course is the ARRL Ham Radio Technician License Manual, 1st edition, 2006-2009. Textbooks are optional, but we are attempting to obtain sufficient manuals from previous students for this course as this manual will be updated in July 2010 and a new question pool will be used after that date.

Exams for all Amateur Radio license classes will be conducted at the cottonwood Public Safety Building conference room on the following Saturday, June 12, from 9 a.m. until noon. The cost of the license exam is $15. Additional details on the exam will be made available to those attending the Technician License course.

Registration for this class is requested. Please send an email to: Jack Crabtree, W7JLC, Volunteer Instructor Coordinator, Prescott, call (928) 771-2344 or e-mail to jscra@cableone.net. If you have any questions about the course or exams, you may contact Mr. Rod Rosenbarger by phone at 649-1866.

VBS and Cooking School

June 7-11

Vacation Bible/Cooking School for all future chefs and cooks 5-12 years old. Make your own bread, granola, beans, soups and much more. Follow directions given by a chef from Vinnie’s New York Pizza parlor to create your very own pizza, including how to throw your dough in a spinning motion into the air.

Learn abut your body and how to keep it healthy from an environmental biologist. The three class groups are limited to 25 per class. Pre-register by calling the Seventh-day Adventist Church at 634-2821, e-mail sdachurch@cableone.net or call Nancy Burnett at 634-2017 or 301-5394.

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.

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

It’s Casino Night at Relics

May 26

Relic’s Restaurant and Nightclub will be holding a casino night 7-10 p.m. Plan to attend for a night of free blackjack, networking and fun - plus a chance at the grand prize - a night at Cliff Castle Casino-Hotel. Relics will also be offering a drink special during the night.

“This is a business to business opportunity and a chance to showcase entertainment options in Sedona and the Verde Valley,” said Tony Averitt, Cliff Castle Casino-Hotel Marketing Director.

A free round trip Cliff Castle Casino-Hotel shuttle will be available for those who wish to visit casino during the evening.

Relics is located at the historic Rainbows End in the Red Rocks of Sedona and is the town’s oldest operating restaurant. For more information about Casino Night, please call the Castle Club at (928) 567-7999 or visit www.cliffcastlecasino.net.

Sedona Community Farmers Market

May 28-Oct. 1

The Sedona Community Farmers Market is located at the Sedona Airport in the parking lot by the overlook. The market begins its Summer Season on Friday, May 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market will be open weekly until Oct. 1. This year the market will also be open weekly on Sundays 9 a.m.–1 p.m. starting July 4 through Sept. 19. Sedona residents and visitors alike are invited to meet local food growers, producers, backyard gardeners and artisans. Offerings include freshly farmed fruits and vegetables, herbs, fresh cut flowers, goat milk, eggs, pecans, fresh breads, gluten free, pecans, tamales, honey, grass fed beef, artisan foods like marmalades, salsas, sauces, falafel and hummus. Contact Katrin Themlitz at (928) 821-1133 or e-mail her at sedonamarket@gmail.com for more information, vending and volunteer opportunities.

‘Combining Art with Literature’ workshops

June 1

“Combining Art with Literature” workshops for elementary school age youth entering first through fifth grades are being held this summer during June and July beginning Tuesday, June 1. June classes will be lead by Elizabeth Platte, a certified elementary teacher who has taught in Oak Creek School District classrooms the past 3 years as well as leading arts and crafts classes at the Library in past summers.  July classes will be taught by local painter and muralist Carol Hildebrand.  Carol is also an educator who has worked in schools in Seattle and Arizona, and has been an instructor with the Artists-in-the-Classroom program in local schools in the Verde Valley. 

Please call (928) 282-7714. 

Dog obedience classes begin in June

June 2

Sedona Parks and Recreation is offering the popular dog obedience classes, with classes starting in June. There are three different types of courses to choose from, all being taught by Instructor Starr Ladehoff who has over 23 years experience in training animals.

The Mini-Course (three weeks) is designed for those who do not wish to take a full seven-week basic obedience course but want to teach the necessary and most popular commands for a well-mannered dog: loose leash walking, recall (come) and stay. This class will be held on Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. starting June 2 at Sunset Park. Cost is $40 per dog.

Basic Obedience-Novice (seven weeks) is a great opportunity to teach your dog all of the basic commands: heel, sit, sit-stay, down, down-stay recall (come) and stand for examination. For those who want to show their dogs, or for those who want to have a dog that knows several basic commands, this is the course to start with. This class will be held on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. starting June 2 at Sunset Park. Cost is $80 per dog.

Every Day & Emergency Recall Workshop (four weeks) is the beginning to training your dog to come to you no matter what the situation is. This is an accelerated workshop to get you started. The conditioned response may take up to a year to be highly effective but after going through the workshop, you will have all of the tools and knowledge to complete the training. Dogs who have been through obedience class may have quicker results but it is not necessary to take obedience lessons first. This class is held Mondays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. beginning June 7 at Posse Grounds Park upper softball field. Cost is $60 per dog.

Registration is being accepted for all classes through the Parks and Recreation Department. You may register at Sedona City Hall, 102 Roadrunner Drive, or call (928) 282-7098 to register over the phone. Minimum age of participants is 10 years of age and children must be accompanied by an adult. Minimum age of dog is 4 months with current vaccinations. Required equipment for the class is 5 to 6 foot leash, 30-foot lead, and a regular collar. For more detailed class descriptions, please reference the City website at www.SedonaAz.gov/Parks.

The King’s Magician Magic Show

June 2

Magician Daniel Kopf will present a magical show to thrill all ages at Sedona Public Library for our “kick-off” for the “Make a Splash….READ” Summer Reading Program!. Since 1988, Daniel Kopf, “The King’s Magician” has been performing comedy magic across the United States and around the world.  Live birds are part of the show, and with animals the stars of the show, Daniel Kopf is their pet magician. There will be two shows: the Kick-off  show for all ages 10:30-11:30 a.m. and an evening family program 7-8 p.m.  Children under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult or older sibling. Pre-registration is required, as there is limited seating for both performances. This program is supported by the Arizona Reading Program, with funds provided by the Sedona Friends of the Library. Please call 282-7714.  This program is free to all, although your donation to support the Library’s programming efforts is appreciated.

Sedona Relay For Life kick off

June 3

The kick off for the Sedona relay for life will be 6-8 p.m. at Agave of Rosalie’s of Sedona, 1146 W. 89A, Sedona. Celebrate, register teams, welcome cancer survivors, luminaria, entertainment. Contact Sam Blom at (928) 300-4905 or simonblom@aol.com or visit www.sedonarelay.com.

Sedona selected as site for museum conference 

June 3-5

The Museum Association of Arizona (MAA) announces that it has chosen Sedona as the site for their 28th Annual Meeting. MAA members will meet at the Poco Diablo Resort for a three-day conference, hosted by the Sedona Heritage Museum.

“Speaking Up for Museums: Institutional Advocacy” is the conference theme and through workshops, panel discussions, sessions, and peer networking, conference-goers will focus on becoming effective advocates for their institutions and for the museum community at large. The keynote speaker for the conference is Dennis Kavanaugh, City of Mesa councilman. For more information, contact Janeen at the Sedona Heritage Museum (928) 282-7038.

Dynamite Diva Night

June 4

Get ready for the third annual Dynamite Diva Night at 7 p.m. at the Creative Life Center in Sedona. This year’s performers Jeanie Carroll, Shondra Jepperson and Susannah Martin plus a five-piece band. Tickets are $25 and are available in advance from The Jazz Bouquet, (next to Basha’s), the 3 Divas directly or by contacting Steve Douglas, (928) 202-0761. Cash or checks only. Tickets will also be available at the show

but remember, it was nearly sold out last year, so get them early if you can.

Copper Ball benefits Fit Kids of Arizona

June 5

Verde Valley Medical Center’s eighth annual Copper Ball, this year with the theme “Copper and Crystal,” will take place at the beautiful Tlaquepaque Courtyard & Crafts Village in Sedona. The event kicks off with cocktails at 6:30 p.m., followed by an elegant dinner and dancing to the live music of the C.C. Jones Orchestra. In addition, there will be live and silent auctions and door prizes.

The 2010 Copper Ball will benefit Fit Kids of Arizona, a unique program that addresses one of the largest healthcare concerns facing our country – childhood obesity.

To purchase tickets for the ball, become a sponsor or donate an auction item, call the Verde Valley Medical Center Foundation at 928 639-6036. To learn more about Fit Kids of Arizona or the programs and services offered at Verde Valley Medical Center, visit VerdeValleyMedicalCenter.com.

Free skin cancer screenings

June 5

You don’t have to be a sun lover to be at risk for skin cancer; you just have to live in Arizona. With summer quickly upon us, more people will be in the sun and spending more time outdoors. When people begin to be outside more often, it is important to remember that skin cancers are a serious risk. And, in Arizona, that risk is heightened. In fact, Arizona has the second-highest incidence of skin cancers in the world.

The Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare, Angela Wyatt Dermatology and Northern Arizona Dermatology Center, have teamed up to provide a free skin cancer screening community clinic. Scheduled for 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturday, June 5, at the Sedona Medical Center, 3700 SR 89A, the screening will provide free skin cancer screenings to those unable to afford one otherwise. Services provided in the screening include a full-body skin cancer screening, skin cancer education and additional information on sun safety. Any follow-up appointments or procedures requested after the free screening will require a scheduled visit to a dermatologist of the patient’s choosing.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (928) 774-5074 or visit CCNAH.com. Walk-ins will be seen as time allows. The last walk-in will be taken at noon.

Clean/Green Energy Day at Sedona Library

June 5

Join your friends and neighbors at the Clean & Green Energy Expo at the Sedona Public Library, 3750 White Bear Road, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. brought to you by Sustainable Arizona. See the latest in solar energy systems for the home. Discover how you can qualify for free or subsidized home energy audits and weatherization that can help you stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter while saving you money.

It’s all free thanks to a grant from the Sedona Community Foundation and funding from APS. Contact John Neville at (928) 282-2690 or jneville@sustainablearizona.org or visit www.sustainablearizona.org.

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 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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