What's Happening 4-27-11

The talent of youth

May 4

Camp Verde High School and Middle School music students will show off what they’ve learned this year in a concert starting at 6 p.m. in the Multi-Use Complex theater. Instructor Mike Shower of Performing Arts Studios says there will be about 10 musical performances, including two or more dance numbers.

Students will be playing acoustic guitar, electric guitar, keyboard and drums, as well as singing, from aggressive rock to folk. The event is free, and the public is welcome.

Kindergarten Roundup at Beaver Creek

May 4-5

Beaver Creek School hosts a “Kindergarten Roundup” for the class of 2024, children who will turn 5 by Sept. 1, 2011. The event is May 4 from 8:30 to 6 p.m., and May 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a break for lunch.

Parents should bring their child’s shot records and a certified copy of the child’s birth certificate. Call (928) 567-4631 to schedule an appointment.

Free immunization will be given as needed for children entering Beaver Creek School kindergarten.

Swap meet comes to Cottonwood

May 7

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., vendors from across the Verde Valley will set up on the premises of The Garden Community Church located at the corner of Mingus and Main (1 S. Main St.). Vendors pay only $15 dollars for their space rather than eating up their profit with booth rental fees. The hope is that both the buyers and sellers benefit. The swap meet also provides the option of a smaller space rental to local businesses who want to be in the public eye and introduce their products or services to residents. The Garden is testing the waters to see if a local swap meet is an event the community will respond to. In addition to the vendor booths, there will be snacks and drinks offered at minimal prices by The Garden.

For information on space rental or information in general, call (928) 634-7283.

Find the biggest cottonwood in Cottonwood

Thru June 30

Fame and fortune can be yours (well, fortune is a bit of an exaggeration, but there will be prizes), so put on your walking shoes, pick up a tape measure and don’t forget a camera.

Cottonwood got its name from a circle of cottonwood trees near the location of the old jail, which became an overnight stop for area cattlemen and ranchers going to and coming from Jerome. As a project to celebrate Arizona’s Centennial, the Clemenceau Heritage Museum is sponsoring a contest to find the largest Cottonwood.

Here are the guidelines: Measure the circumference of the Cottonwood tree four feet above the ground, take a picture of the tree and submit it, together with an entry form, to the Clemenceau Heritage Museum. Oh, the location of the tree must be in the Cottonwood zip code area. Photos should be 8-by-10-inches with your name, address and telephone number on the back. Bring or mail your photo to the Museum, along with an entry form, which can be picked up at the museum or downloaded from www.ClemenceauMuseum.org

Museum hours are Wednesday 9-12 and Fridays through Sundays 11-3. If mailing entries, send to Clemenceau Heritage Museum, PO Box 511, Cottonwood AZ 86325. Deadline for submissions are June 30, 2011. In case of tie, the earlier submission will be the winner.

Digital Camera SIG

April 28

The Verde Valley Computer Club Digital Camera Special Interest Group (SIG) will meet Thursday at 6 p.m. The shutterbug meetings are about transferring camera photos to the computer and what can be done once there. Free. Clemenceau Building, Willard Street at Mingus Avenue, Cottonwood. Visit www.vvcclub.com, contact Dave (928) 639-0106.

Quail Country Quilters meet

April 28

The featured program for the Quail Country Quilters will be a trunk show by Beth Hawkins, National Teacher, from “Lizzie B Cre8ive” - West Coast Studio. For this special program they will ask for a $10 donation from non-members. They meet on the second and fourth Thursdays at 9 a.m. at the VFW Post, 705 E. Aspen in Cottonwood. Visitors are encouraged and always welcome. Any questions, call Bev at 634-9411.

Arizona Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics

April 27

Cottonwood Police Officers will again participate in the Annual Arizona Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics this Wednesday. Officers will receive the torch from representatives of the Sedona Police Department at Taco Bell located at the intersection of State Route 260 and State Route 89A at approximately 11:15 a.m. From there, officers will carry the torch approximately 13 miles to Camp Verde. This is an event that occurs around the world and the Cottonwood Police Department is certainly proud to be a part of that.

Further information can be found at www.arizonatorchrun.com.

Sustainability in Our Backyard

May 7

What fun there will be in Clarkdale from 8 a.m. until noon at the first Sustainability in Our Backyard event at the Town Hall Complex - 39 N. Ninth St. Everyone’s invited and the event is free - including the food thanks to the police and fire departments.

Learn what’s involved with adding solar power to your home. Learn about biofuels. Discover recycling and zero waste programs. Find out about geo-thermal heating and air conditioning systems. Learn about rainwater harvesting. Grab a bite to eat hosted and prepared by the police and fire departments. Learn about what you can do to help save and preserve the Verde River. Listen to some good music.

Questions? Contact Jodie Filardo at Jodie.Filardo@Clarkdale.AZ.gov or (928) 639-2542.

Brought to you by Sustainable Clarkdale.

Verde Valley Law Day

May 3

Verde Valley Law Day, which will take place at the Yavapai County Complex, 10 S. Sixth St., Cottonwood, is an event in which volunteer lawyers provide free legal advice to local residents as a way to improve access to justice and show that lawyers are willing to help others in need without always being paid.

Tina Roach of Community Legal Services, Chris Jensen of Jensen Law Firm, and Mike Gordon of Gordon & Gordon PLLC are working together to organize Verde Valley Law Day. Participating attorneys include Mike Gordon, Lonnie McDowell, Dave Gordon, Shiloh Hoggard, Linda Wallace, Michael Goimaric, Justin Vaughn, Mike Daniel and Chris Jensen.

Clemenceau: Hear De Rivas & Harris player piano

April 29

Stop by the Clemenceau Heritage Museum between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to enjoy some popular music from its recent acquisition of a De Rivas & Harris player piano. The early 20th century piano, along with over a hundred rolls of music, was a generous gift to the museum from Al Fortunato.

The Clemenceau Museum is on the corner of Willard and Mingus in Cottonwood. Admission is free, donations welcome. Telephone (928) 634-2868, www.ClemenceauMuseum.org on the web.

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