Volunteer recruitment for Fort Verde Park
Fort Verde State Historic Park invites interested volunteers to an “Introduction to Volunteering” informational session on Saturday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. to noon at the park.
Volunteers are needed to assist with basic operations of the park, including greeting visitors, taking entry fees, discussing the history of the Fort, and selling gift shop items. Volunteers can also assist with maintenance projects, groundskeeping, and historical reenactment. The informational session will primarily consist of an introduction to the park’s volunteer program, but will also include a tour of the park and discussion of the park’s history.
Fort Verde State Historic Park was a base for General Crook’s U.S. Army scouts and soldiers in the 1870s and 1880s. From 1865 - 1891 Camp Lincoln, Camp Verde and Fort Verde were home to officers, doctors, families, enlisted men, and scouts. The park is the best-preserved example of an Indian Wars period fort in Arizona. Several of the original buildings still stand and living history programs are scheduled periodically, giving visitors a glimpse into Arizona’s history.
For more information, please call the State Park at (928) 567-3275 or stop by at 125 E. Hollamon Street.
For information about Arizona State Parks call (602) 542-4174 (outside of the Phoenix metro area call toll-free (800) 285-3703) or visit the website at azstateparks.com or Facebook/Twitter (AZStateParks).
Flu shot clinic at Beaver Creek Adult Center
A flu shot clinic will be held at the Beaver Creek Adult Center in Lake Montezuma on Tuesday, Oct. 19 from 1-3 p.m. The clinic is being offered by Elizabeth Dudney, Family Nurse Practitioner, at Cherry Family Practices. Bring insurance cards to the clinic. With the exception of Cigna all other forms of insurance will be accepted. Cigna insureds and non-insureds will need to pay a $30 fee. Reservations are not required.
Annual Memory Walk
Sedona and Verde Valley community members are invited to become Champions by participating in the annual Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk in support of eliminating Alzheimer’s disease. This fun event will be held Saturday, Oct. 30, at Tequa Plaza in the Village of Oak Creek.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. with walks starting at 9 a.m. Choose the shorter one-mile walk, or the complete three-mile walk. Participants are encouraged to dress in their Halloween attire for an opportunity to win prizes for best costume. There also will be activities, team photos, and prizes for levels of money raised.
The Memory Walk is the nation’s largest event to raise funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research, having raised more than $300 million since 1989. Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic that is now the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. It is estimated that every 70 seconds someone develops Alzheimer’s disease. There currently are more than 5.3 million individuals living with the illness, with numbers expected to increase to as many as 16 million by the year 2050.
This year’s local sponsors of the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk include Cottonwood Village, Home Instead Senior Care, Hospice Compassus, Kachina Point Health Care, KVRD Country 107.7 FM Radio, Sedona Sunrise Center for Adults, Sedona Winds, The Caring Presence and Verde Valley Medical Center.
To register to become a Champion for this year’s Memory Walk, start a team, join a team, or to make a donation, please log on to www.alz.org/memorywalk/ or contact Patty Winkels at 928- 771-9257 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn to cook
healthy holiday dishes
Verde Valley Medical Center’s (VVMC) Diabetes Education Program is reaching out to embrace the diabetic community and their loved ones by hosting monthly diabetes support groups. These local groups provide a supportive and sharing environment for all individuals, family members and friends affected by the disease.
The October support group is 5-7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 25, in VVMC’s Conference Rooms B and C. Guest speakers are from VVMC’s Nutritional Services Department and include Chef Rich Crowell, director; Registered Dietitian Julie Brennenman; and Cook Laurie Handley. Together they will present “Healthy Holiday Cooking.” This exciting holiday preview allows participants to learn to cook healthy versions of popular holiday dishes and taste the creations. “Healthy Holiday Cooking” is co-sponsored by NovoNordisk and a representative will be available to answer questions regarding diabetes-related products. To R.S.V.P., call VVMC at 928-639-6346.
VVMC hosts the diabetes support groups the fourth Monday of each month. Meetings focus on diabetes management and education. Patients, families and those affected by diabetes are welcome to participate. To learn more about the programs and services offered at Verde Valley Medical Center, visit VerdeValleyMedicalCenter.com.
Kim Gould to speak at Mountain View United Methodist Church
Kim Gould, Cottonwood Nurse Practitioner, will share some of her experiences in Haiti on Oct. 10 at both the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services at Mtn. View UMC, 901 S. 12th St., Cottonwood.
Working with Omaha Rapid Relief, Kim has been to Haiti seven times in the last two years. Most of her work has been in Jubilee Blanc, a small community on the outskirts of Gonaives, Haiti –140 miles north of Port au Prince. In February, after the January earthquake, Kim worked with a team of doctors and nurses from throughout the world in a tent hospital established by the University of Miami in Port au Prince.
Everyone who would like to hear Kim’s story is welcome!
FBCL Yard and Book Sale
Friends of Beaver Creek Library invites everyone to our first FBCL Yard and Book Sale on Fri./Sat., Oct. 15-16. The fun goes from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day at 3890 E. Sycamore Lane in Lake Montezuma. Many new and quality items are featured. Great books. Please no early birds. All proceeds go to the new Beaver Creek Library.
Ask the Neurologist
Verde Valley Medical Center (VVMC) is hosting a free Parkinson’s disease support group from 4-5:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 8, in Conference Room C. The meeting is open to patients, family members, caregivers and anyone interested in learning about Parkinson’s disease.
This meeting, “Ask the Neurologist,” is presented by Neurologist Maria Cristina Ospina, M.D., and is a collaboration between VVMC and the American Parkinson Disease Association. Dr. Ospina is trained in the administration of botulinum toxin, commonly know as Botox. Botox has been found to decrease the pain and muscle spasms contributed with Parkinson’s. She also is trained in deep brain stimulation, which allows for certain parts of the brain to be “shut off” without being damaged. Deactivating the globus pallidus, a structure in the brain which regulates voluntary movement, is normally done when deep brain stimulation is performed as a treatment for the disease. Dr. Ospina also promotes in an individualized patient-centered approach to Parkinson’s treatment.
Parkinson’s disease belongs to a group of conditions called movement disorders. It is both chronic and progressive, meaning its symptoms grow worse and continue over time. Some common symptoms of Parkinson’s are tremors of the hands, arms, legs or jaw; rigidity or stiffness of the limbs and trunk; slowness of movement; and postural instability or impaired balance and coordination.
As many as 1 million Americans suffer from Parkinson’s disease, and 40,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. On average, the onset age for Parkinson’s disease is 60 years old; however, an estimated 15 percent of Parkinson’s disease patients are diagnosed before the age 50.
To learn more about the programs and services offered at Verde Valley Medical Center, visit VerdeValleyMedicalCenter.com. For more information about VVMC’s Parkinson’s support groups or to learn about other support groups held at VVMC, please call 928 639-6383.
CCCVL seeks rummage sale donations
The Citizen’s Committee for a Camp Library, the group of residents working to build a new library building, is seeking donations of salable items from the community, for their rummage sale on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 23-24. All donations are tax deductible. Call Linda Harkness, (928) 567-3893.
The Camp Verde Senior Center will have a fundraiser spaghetti and meatball diner on Saturday Oct. 16 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy all you can eat dinner complete with salad and garlic bread for just $7 a person. All proceeds help fund activities at the Senior Center. The Senior Center’s thrift store is also open Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 9 to 1.
Volunteer Training at Connections Equine Therapy Program
Connections Equine Therapy Program in Cornville is seeking volunteers. Connections is a program that works with horses to help people with physical, emotional and behavioral challenges. Prior experience is not necessary. There will be a volunteer training Oct. 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call to register and get directions 639-0791. For more information go to connectionsaz.com
Breakfast at the VFW
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7400 will be serving eggs, meat side, hashbrowns, toast, coffee, and orange juice for a donation of $5. Biscuits and gravy, and pancakes are also available as sides or an entree.
The Post is located at 705 E Aspen St. in Cottonwood. Come enjoy a fine breakfast and take a tour of the Post and absorb some of our history.
Toys for Tots golf tournament
The Annual Toys for Tots golf tournament will take place Saturday, Oct. 16 at Verde Santa Fe Golf Course. Cost is $95, which includes golf, lunch, goodie bag, cart, and a raffle ticket with a toy brought worth $10. Lots of prizes, raffles, and a great silent auction with art, trips, and beautiful gifts. Format is a 4-person scramble beginning at 8:30 AM (shotgun). Larry Green has furnished a car for a hole-in-one on #4. If you don’t have a team, that’s fine; we’ll put you on one! Call Krys at 649-3747 or Jan at 634-7563.
Mingus Mountain Republican Club
The Mingus Mountain Republican Club will hold its next luncheon meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 12, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7400, 705 E. Aspen St., Cottonwood, AZ. The meeting starts at 11:30 am. The program will be an update on the plan for victory through the election with various exciting speakers, including candidates and proposition updates.
Lunch (pork loin) will be available for $10. If you do not plan to eat lunch, it is not necessary to respond.
For lunch reservations contact Jean Morris at 634-2338 or e-mail email@example.com. Please try to respond no later than noon on Saturday, Oct. 9.
The Internet Special Interest Group (SIG) will meet Friday, Oct. 8, at 4 p.m.
The public is invited to attend this free meeting.
Learn Safe Shopping on the Internet.
Need help with Internet or Email? Bring your questions and see if we can help.
There are several different SIG’s throughout the month. See our website www.vvcclub.com, select calendar.
We are Users Helping Users and meet at the Clemenceau Building, Willard Street at Mingus Avenue, Cottonwood. Dave 639-0106
The Verde Valley Republican Women will hold our regular monthly luncheon meeting, beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at Los Abrigados Resort and Spa, located on Hwy. 179 and El Portal Lane in Sedona.
Speakers are State Senator Steve Pierce from Prescott and three hopefuls running for our new local Fire Board: Dave Blauert, Phyllis Erich and Joe Demme.
Please come, bring a friend, and enjoy lively discussion and a delicious lunch. RESERVATIONS PLEASE call or E-mail 284-4248, firstname.lastname@example.org; and explore the news on our new website at