What's Happening 2-11-11

Verde River Canoe Challenge<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->March 26<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->The 11th annual Verde River Canoe Challenge will take place at 10 a.m. The ten-mile canoe/kayak race will begin at White Bridge Park (Verde River and Rte. 260) and end at Beasley Flats Recreation Area. A free shuttle service will be provided between Beasley Flats and White Bridge Park.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->There will be both men&#8217;s and women&#8217;s Competitive and Recreational Event Categories. Trophies will be given to the first and second place winners in each category.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Online Registration deadline is March 16. The entry fee is $20 per adult and $15 per child. Fee includes Verde River Canoe Challenge t-shirt and one-day participant insurance. <br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Register online at www.active.com. No day of race registration. <br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Participant check-in is located at the White Bridge Park between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. For more information contact: Charles Hammersley, NAU Parks and Recreation Department, Phone: (928) 523-6655, e-mail: charles.hammersley@nau.edu.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

Verde River Canoe Challenge<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->March 26<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->The 11th annual Verde River Canoe Challenge will take place at 10 a.m. The ten-mile canoe/kayak race will begin at White Bridge Park (Verde River and Rte. 260) and end at Beasley Flats Recreation Area. A free shuttle service will be provided between Beasley Flats and White Bridge Park.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->There will be both men&#8217;s and women&#8217;s Competitive and Recreational Event Categories. Trophies will be given to the first and second place winners in each category.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Online Registration deadline is March 16. The entry fee is $20 per adult and $15 per child. Fee includes Verde River Canoe Challenge t-shirt and one-day participant insurance. <br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Register online at www.active.com. No day of race registration. <br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Participant check-in is located at the White Bridge Park between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. For more information contact: Charles Hammersley, NAU Parks and Recreation Department, Phone: (928) 523-6655, e-mail: charles.hammersley@nau.edu.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

County Spelling Bee in Sedona

Feb. 16

The annual Yavapai County Spelling Bee will be at Sedona Red Rock High School Performing Arts Center. Public, charter and private schools from across the county will be sending their school winner in hopes of becoming the next spelling champion who will represent the county in the state spelling bee. M&I Bank and the Education Service Agency will give special recognition to 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place winners. All participants will receive a complimentary lunch along with other goodies. The winner of the state spelling bee will then participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee held in Washington, D.C., in May.

The three judges for the spelling bee, whom have generously volunteered their time are Ray Newton, NAU Professor Emeritus, Tammy Linn, Prescott Councilwoman, and Tom O’Halleran, former member of the Arizona House of Representative and the Arizona State Senate.

Healthy soil for vegetable gardening

Learn how to collect soil, water and vegetable samples to be used in a scientific study to determine if your proximity to the Iron King Mine and Humboldt Smelter Site affects the quality of your vegetables. Trainings by the University of Arizona in how to collect water, soil & vegetable samples from your garden for analysis will be held on:

- Thursday March 10, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Dewey-Humboldt Town Library, 2735 S. Corral St.

- Saturday March 12, 10-11:30 a.m. at the Lonesome Valley Wranglers 4-H Clubhouse, 13911 Quail Run, Dewey.

Directions: from the intersection of Hwy 69 and Hwy 169, go east on 169 for 1.2 miles to Foothill Dr, turn right (south) on Foothill Drive and continue 1.1 miles to Quail Run, turn right (west) on Quail Run and the clubhouse is a short distance on the right with a 4-H Clover on the mailbox.

Verde Valley Weavers & Spinners Guild

Feb. 17

The Verde Valley Weavers & Spinners Guild will hold their monthly meeting at St Andrews Episcopal Church on Arroyo Pinon Drive in Sedona.

Coffee and refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m., and the business meeting will begin at 10. The program this month will be presented by Nancy Wilson of Camp Verde. Nancy raises alpacas, llamas and sheep on her farm for their exotic wools. She processes the fibers and markets them for weavers, knitters and spinners. She is an expert spinner and knitter and will talk about her animals and fibers and demonstrate blending and using the wools in many creative ways.

After lunch, Nancy will lead a workshop on spinning with beads, a unique combination of fiber and glitz!

On-going activities in the Guild include the Tapestry group which meets once a month, the Spinners meet twice a month, and the First Sat. Group, a working get-together where members bring projects to share and work on.

Anyone interested in joining in with the Guild at their meetings or other activities is cordially welcome.

For more information, call: (928) 282-5134

How to Survive the Recession

Feb. 19

Sedona Chamber of Commerce will host a workshop, “How to Survive the Recession,” from 9 a.m. to noon. If the recession has given you the frets as you have seen your business shrink, this program will give you value ways for you not only to survive the current economy, but also help you to re-evaluate what you are doing and position yourself for the rebound. The program will be held at the upstairs meeting room above Rene’ Restaurant at Tlaquepaque. There is $25 cost for this program. You need to reserve your seat by calling the Sedona Chamber of Commerce at (928) 204-1123.

VVPOA meeting on foreclosures

Feb. 16

There will be an informational meeting regarding foreclosures at the VVPOA clubhouse from 7 until 9 p.m. The clubhouse is located at 4855 Broken Saddle Drive.

Take charge of your financial future

Learn to take charge of your finances with this free four-part series on healthy money management, saving, debt reduction, and asset building. Classes are 6-8 p.m. and are open to the public. There will be a light meal and childcare provided.

• March 8 - Banking Basics

• March 15 - Building a Better Budget

• March 22 - Choosing and Using Credit Wisely

• March 29 - Taking Charge of Your Credit

To register, call Rita Bramley (928) 634-4254, ext. 54126, e-mail rbramley@cc-az.org. The classes are at the Boys & Girls Club, 817 N. Second St., Cottonwood. Visit www.catholiccharitiesaz.org.

Classes are part of Paths of HOPE, Catholic Charities’ program to help motivated individuals and families permanently improve their financial situation, and held in partnership with Paths of HOPE.

Fast Pitch Softball tryouts

Feb. 26

The Verde Valley Heat Fastpitch Team will be holding open tryouts for a U-14 and U-12 Girls Fastpitch Club Teams. These teams will play in tournaments this spring and summer around Arizona. The tryouts will be held at the Riverfront Adult Softball Fields on Saturday February 26th at 10:00 am. For more information contact Manager John Brown at 300-4563.

Troubled times for turtles, tortoises and terrapins

Feb. 16

Dr. Jeff Lovich, Research Ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, Southwest Biological Science Center in Flagstaff, is the guest speaker for Wednesday’s Northern Arizona Audubon Society meeting. Dr. Lovich will talk about turtle diversity, threats and the life-history traits that allowed turtles to survive the extinction of the dinosaurs but make them vulnerable in the modern world.

The meeting will be held at the Sedona Public Library beginning at 7 p.m. with a social time. The formal meeting starts at 7:15 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Contra Dance in Cottonwood

Feb. 19

Everyone is welcome at the next Cottonwood Contra Dance. Come alone or with friends, no experience needed. Contra dancing is moving, active, aerobic exercise... it’s dancing to live traditional fiddle music (such as jigs and reels) as a caller teaches and calls each dance. This month, dance to the sounds of “Pick and Holler” with Flagstaff’s Deb Comly calling. There is a pre-dance lesson at 6:30, with dancing from 7:00 until 10 p.m. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Cost is $6 per dancer. Dance takes place at the Cottonwood Civic Center, 805 Main St., Old Town Cottonwood. Call (928) 774-5936 for more information or email azwedance@gmail.com.

Vyktoria at the bookstore

Feb. 19

Vyktoria Pratt Keating plays a concert of original music at Bent River Books & Music, 1124 N. Main St., in Old Town Cottonwood, from 6 to 8 p.m. Call (928) 634-8332.

Free tax preparation

Feb. 12 & 19

There will be free tax preparation at Beaver Creek School from 9 a.m. to noon for those earning less than $49,000. Call 634-4254 (then press 0) to schedule an appointment.

Free zumba classes Lake Montezuma

Feb. 12

There will be free Zumba classes at the Beaver Creek Adult Center in Lake Montezuma. The low impact class is at 10 a.m., and high impact at 1 p.m.

BC Valentine’s Dinner

Feb. 12

The annual Valentine Potluck Dinner is at 5 p.m. at the Beaver Creek Adult Center. Bring a friend. Bring a dish to share plus your place settings. Great food, conversation with friends.

Yavapai College to discuss budget cuts

Feb. 14

Yavapai College will host community forums to discuss state budget cuts to college funding from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Susan N. Webb Community Room (Bldg 19), 1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott.

Yavapai College has been targeted for a $3.4 million budget Reduction in the Governor’s 2011‐2012 budget. Officials will discuss the impact of the budget reduction on the College and will address their solutions to meet the crisis. They will open the forum for a Q&A session following the presentation.

Public workshop on restoring native plants at Montezuma Well

Feb. 19

The National Park Service, Natural Channel Design, Inc, a natural resource engineering firm in Flagstaff, and the Arizona Water Protection Fund, have been partnering to restore the Pasture area at Montezuma Well, a unit of Montezuma Castle National Monument. They will host a free workshop on restoration practices being used in this project, including a field tour of the project area and an opportunity for “hands on” participation in the restoration process. Please come prepared to participate in the fun; hat, gloves, sunscreen, drinking water and snacks/lunch are recommended, and if you have a favorite shovel or planting spade, please bring it along. Meet at 9 a.m. by the picnic area at Montezuma Well. The walking tour begins at 9:30, and the workshop will wrap up around 2 p.m. There is no charge to participate in either the tour or the workshop.

Montezuma Well is located in Rimrock. Take the I-17 exit #293 and follow the signs.

If you have questions or comments on the workshop or the project please contact either Dennis Casper, NPS Ecologist, (dennis_casper@nps.gov) or Allen Haden, Natural Channel Design, Inc. (allen@naturalchanneldesign.com).

Beaver Creek Groundbreaking

Feb. 24

The groundbreaking ceremony for the multi-purpose building at Beaver Creek School is at 1:30 p.m. The school property is at 4810 E. Beaver Creek Road in Rimrock. The voter-approved building will serve school and community needs, with a library, auditorium, offices and classrooms.

For more information, call (928) 567-4631.

Sunday Bird Walks at Montezuma Well

Thru April

The National Park Service offers guided bird walks at the Montezuma Well unit of Montezuma Castle National Monument. Montezuma Well is located 11 miles north of Montezuma Castle, at 5525 E. Beaver Creek Road in Rimrock.

Bird walks will take place each Sunday at 9 a.m. through mid-April, weather permitting. The park ranger will meet visitors at the ­­­­­­picnic area and help identify birds around the site, while interpreting different species and their roles in the local environment.

There is no entry fee at the Montezuma Well location, and the program is free. Participants should bring water and binoculars, if they have them, and wear clothing and footwear appropriate for an easy to moderate hike. Programs last approximately one hour. Visitors may call the Montezuma Castle Visitor Center at (928) 567-3322, ext. 0, for more information.

Open mic schedule at bookstore

The February schedule Beaver Creek Bookstore, 545 S. Main St., Camp Verde

Feb. 11 - Folk and blues music jam.

Feb. 18 - Bluegrass and country music jam.

Feb. 21 - Tina Collins and Quetzal Jordan are back for a special repeat performance.

Feb. 25 - Performance night with Reno and Sheila McCormick as the feature act.

Buffalo Soldiers, Vintage Baseball and Pecan Pie

Feb. 12-13

In conjunction with Verde Valley Promotion’s annual Pecan and Wine Festival, Fort Verde State Historic Park will host the Buffalo Soldiers, in addition to a pecan pie contest and vintage baseball demonstration.

Come over to Fort Verde State Historic Park and enjoy the pecan pie contest at 11a.m. There will also be games for the whole family. The Buffalo Soldiers will be dressed in period replica uniforms and equipment issued by the U.S. Army during the 1870s Indian War period and will host riding demonstrations and presentations. Members of this troop have appeared in feature films, commercials, historical videos, parades and reenactments.

For more information about the activities at Fort Verde State Historic Park call (928) 567-3275. The fort is at 125 E. Holloman St. Entry is $4 for adults and $2 for ages 13-17.

Valentine’s Dinner with Auxis

Feb. 12

The Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW Post 6793 located at 377 W. 260 in Camp Verde would like to invite you to their Valentine’s Dinner and Dance. Baby pictures contest and a picture booth will be set up to take you & your Sweeties picture.

Verde Valley Outlaws. Fun starts at 5 p.m. There will be good food, good dancing and good fun.

Tina & Her Pony play the bookstore

Feb. 21

Tina and Her Pony are an indie Appalachian duo that has delighted crowds across America. They comfortably switch between guitar, banjo, and ukulele as strong vocal harmonies and the foot stomping rumble of cello take the listener on a haunting journey through the smoking forests of Appalachia. Hear them perform at the Beaver Creek Bookstore, 545 S. Main St., Camp Verde, at 7 p.m. This vibrant duo is fresh out of Asheville, N.C. where they grew to love the mountains, honey wine and bluegrass music. Passing through their feet, heart and lips, Tina & Her Pony’s songs echo bluegrass and old-time melodies that have been sung by generations of women before them, while creating their own waves with their radical queer lyrics and intricate melodies. They draw inspiration from such artists as The Be Good Tanyas, Uncle Earl and Beirut, as well as the lush rivers and mountains that surround them. Tina & Her Pony are currently promoting Tina Collins’ debut album, Journey Onward and their anxiously awaited self-titled album. Find out more at www.myspace.com/tinacollinsmusic.

Workplace Employability Skills

Feb. 24

What workplace skills are essential for your entry-level employees? Which skills do you expect them to develop to continue to be successful in your industry?

Please join business and industry leaders in your region for a conversation about the skills needed for employment in Arizona. This free event is sponsored by ASU Workforce Education and Development Office in partnership with the Arizona Department of Education Career and Technical Education Division and hosted by regional Joint Technical Education Districts and Chambers of Commerce, local and state.

Registration is at 8:30 a.m. A complimentary lunch will be served. Meet in the Cliff Castle Hotel and Conference Center, exit 289 off Interstate 17 in Camp Verde.

RSVP for meeting and lunch no later than Feb. 18 to: Margie Beach at mbeach@q.com or (928) 254-7087.

Low-Cost spay-neuter Clinic at ramada

Feb. 24

A low-cost spay-neuter clinic hosted by Plateauland Mobile Veterinary Clinic (a division of Second Chance Center for animals) will be at the ramada on Hollamon Street in Camp Verde. Surgery check-in is at 8 a.m.

Surgery prices: dog spay = $75, dog neuter = $75; cat spay = $60, cat neuter = $40.

Call to schedule surgery (928) 567-7855.

Exodus Day Commemoration

Feb. 26

The Yavapai-Apache Nation will host its annual Exodus Day Commemoration Event at the Nation’s Veteran’s Memorial Park located below the Cliff Castle Casino.

The event commemorates the forced removal of the Yavapai and Apache People from their homeland in 1876 and the subsequent return of approximately 200 members to their homeland beginning in the early 1900s.

There will be Native American artist booths and food booth, a traditional luncheon free to the public and the commemorative walk (starting at 10 a.m.)

For additional information regarding any of the day’s events, contact the Yavapai-Apache Nation Public Relations Office at (928) 567-1006 or 567-1071.

Road closed for Commemoration Walk

Feb. 26

Montezuma Castle Highway will be closed between Interstate 17 and Arena Del Loma Road during the Yavapai-Apache Nation’s annual Exodus Day Commemoration Walk. The road is scheduled to be closed between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., but may reopen sooner if the walk is completed earlier than scheduled.

Traffic will be detoured around the road closure through Arena Del Loma to Middle Verde Road.

For more information regarding the road closure, contact the Camp Verde Roads Department at (928) 567-0534.

Free Party Bowl For Kid’s Sake 2011

Feb. 26-27

It’s a free party and you’re invited! Big Brothers Big Sisters will hold its Bowl For Kids Sake 2011 party at Cliff Castle Casino, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It’s a great time with free food, beverages, prizes, music. Over 100 teams and 500 participants from local businesses, clubs, organizations, schools, police & fire departments and more. Don’t miss out. Start your own team with friends or join an existing team. Check it out at www.azbigs.org. Call Dean at Big Brothers Big Sisters on (928) 634-9789 or email at dpaterson@azbigs.org for how you can participate, donate, or help out and staff the party.

Chester Newton revs up for NEA’s Read Across America

Feb. 28-March 2

Students at Chester Newton Charter Montessori will join millions of their peers across the country to celebrate the ninth annual National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America Day on March 2.

NEA’s Read Across America Day, which falls on or around Dr. Seuss’s birthday, expects more than 45 million readers, both young and old, to pick up a book and read.

To honor the good doctor and celebrate the fun and value of reading, Chester Newton Charter Montessori is asking you to join NEA and many of America’s leading literacy, youth, and civic groups in bringing a nation of readers together under one hat - the red and white stovepipe made famous by the Cat in the Hat - for a flurry (or furry) of reading excitement.

The event is Feb. 28-March 2 in each classroom at Chester Newton, 30 E. 260, Camp Verde.

If you are interested in reading to the students please contact the school office at (928) 567-2363.

Bachelor Auction helps ‘Liver for Kelsea’

March 10

Cliff Castle Casino will host a benefit and bachelor auction in the Dragonfly Lounge to support Liver for Kelsea. More than 15 bachelors have already agreed to be a part of the auction. Auction winners will be treated to a date experience that could include dinner, trail rides, jeep tours and much more. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. with the program and auction at 7:30.

The event will include raffles and other opportunities to support this very worthy cause. Tickets are $10 per person, which includes snacks and light hors d’oeuvres, soft drinks and one raffle ticket. A cash bar will be available. Tickets can be purchased online at liverforkelsea.com or at the door.

The funds raised from the event will be used to offset the $250,000 family contribution needed for Kelsea Freeman’s liver transplant. Kelsea Freeman is a 12-year-old resident of Camp Verde who was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis in 1999. As a result of the disease, her liver has now begun to fail. Cystic Fibrosis is the #1 Genetic killer of children and young adults in the United States.

For further information regarding the event, visit liverforkelsea.com or contact Amber J. Pitts at (928) 202-2308.

Free legal services for seniors in the Camp Verde area

Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG), Area Agency on Aging’s Legal Advocacy for Seniors Program is at the Camp Verde Senior Center the second and fourth Tuesdays 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 please call Kelly O’Donnell at (928) 213-5246 or 1-877-521-3500 or by e-mail at kodonnell@nacog.org . Or, to schedule an appointment, please call the Camp Verde Senior Center directly at (928) 567-6356.

Camp Verde Kindergarten registration

Camp Verde School District is conducting Kindergarten Registration. You will need to bring the student’s immunization record, certified birth certificate, and proof of residency. Proof of residency could include a phone, electric or gas bill that verifies your physical address. The student must be age 5 by Sept. 1, 2010. The registration office is located at 410 Camp Lincoln Road, Camp Verde. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. If you have any questions please call (928) 567-8012.

Sign up for Camp Verde Head Start

Free Preschool! Children who attend Head Start participate in a variety of educational activities. They also receive free healthy meals and snacks. Head Start helps all children from the ages of 0-5 succeed. Services are offered to meet the special needs of children with disabilities. Head Start staff members offer your child love, acceptance, understanding and the opportunity to learn and to experience success. Interested? Call Camp Verde Head Start at (928) 567-3182. They will be waiting to help you and your child.

Test your knowledge at the Museum

The new exhibit at the Camp Verde Historical Society Museum features a selection of old items, brought in by members, to test the public’s knowledge of what the function of these items were.  Visit the Museum at 435 S. Main Street in Historic Downtown Camp Verde and see if you recognize some of these items from a bygone era.  A memory may be sparked by something not seen since visiting Grandma and Grandpa long ago.  The Museum is open Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Admission is free and there is always someone in attendance who would love to discuss some of your memories and to answer questions.  Call (928) 567-9560 for further information during Museum hours.

AARP Tax-Aide Program offers free tax assistance

AARP Tax-Aide volunteers, trained in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service, will again be offering help with personal income tax returns. This free tax counseling and preparation service is offered to all taxpayers with middle and low income, with special attention to those aged 60 and older. Tax Counselors will be available Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon at the Camp Verde Senior Center.

Tax returns will be computerized and E-filed with both the IRS and the Arizona Department of Revenue. To schedule an appointment, please call the Camp Verde Senior Center at (928) 567-6356, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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.

GriefShare Recovery Seminar

GriefShare recovery seminar and support group: Meets at Parkside Community Church in Camp Verde each Wednesday at 6 p.m. The church is located at 401 Camp Lincoln Road (across from Camp Verde schools)

GriefShare features nationally recognized experts on grief and recovery topics. There is a registration fee of $20. Scholarships are available for those who qualify. Pre-registration is advisable because of limited space and seating.

For more information call Bonny at Parkside Community Church, (928) 567-3577.

Service officer for veterans

American Legion Post 93 Service Officer is available every second and fourth Monday from noon to 3 p.m. to help veterans with any question they may have on V.A. benefits, from hospital services to disability claims. Contact Jerry Towle at (928) 300-0580 or Dave Stewart at (928) 451-1664 or leave a message at the Post, 567-6154.

Clarkdale

Valentines and Sentimental Journey

Feb. 12

Come celebrate St. Valentine’s Day with the big band sound of Sentimental Journey, (a 16 piece band) for your dancing enjoyment at the Clarkdale Clubhouse on Ninth Street in Clarkdale. The Clarkdale Heritage Conservancy Board and the Clarkdale Heritage Center and Museum continue to host these dances. Dancing begins at 7 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m. This is a non-alcoholic event and refreshments are available. Admission is only $7.50 per person. Bring your sweetheart and dance the night away. For further information call the Clarkdale Town Hall at (928) 639-2441 or Pat Williams at 649-9672.

Yavapai College to Host Youth Connections Day

Feb. 15

Area teens in their freshman or sophomore year are invited to the Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for “Youth Connections Day.”

The day will focus on career exploration and is designed to inspire students to begin planning for their future. Chris Heyer, adjunct faculty coordinator, will lead students in “True Colors,” a personality assessment focusing on careers. The day will also feature a career self inventory exercise and a variety of guest speakers across a broad spectrum of careers. Complimentary lunch is provided courtesy of the Yavapai County Tech Prep

Interested students are encouraged to contact their high school counselor. For more information contact Cathy Gertsch at (928) 634-6526.

Sweetheart Dance with the Elks

Feb. 19

Jerome Elks Lodge, 100 S. Broadway in Clarkdale, will host their Annual Sweetheart Dinner Dance. The Lounge will open at 5 p.m., a pork loin dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and dancing to Jox in the Box will follow dinner.

Tickets are $12.50 per person in advance. Call Ed or Bill Weeks at (928) 634-5611 at the Lodge for questions. Tickets will be $15 at the door on the night if the event.

There will be lithographic artwork by popular area artist Luis Romero for raffles, along with a Sweetheart Basket for a door prize. Proceeds of the event will be donated to the Arizona Major Projects. The Arizona Elks Association provides support to the Steele Memorial Hospital in Tucson where they are pioneering treatment for premature babies.

Donate recycling materials to reopen Clarkdale pool

The Town of Clarkdale has received numerous donations and sponsorships bringing the total to over $23,000 towards its fundraising goal of $75,000 to open the Clarkdale Pool for the 2011 Swim Season.

In addition to cash donations individuals can now contribute to the pool by recycling materials. Roadrunner Recycling has offered the opportunity for individuals and businesses to drop off collected scrap metals, batteries, etc. All that you need to do is bring your items to Roadrunner Recycling and tell them you are donating to the Clarkdale Pool Fund. The value of your item(s) will be forwarded to the pool fund and you will be provided with a receipt of the transaction. Roadrunner Recycling is located at 6th Street & Cherry Road behind the Senior Center. Hours of operation are: Tuesday-Friday 8am - 4:30 pm and open Saturday 8am - noon. To find out more on what material can be accepted for recycling please contact Roadrunner Recycling at (928) 301-8839.

Apply for Head Start

Yavapai Head Start and Early Head Start, an NAEYC accredited program is now accepting applications for the 2011-12 school year. Head Start is a federally funded free preschool program for income eligible families from prenatal to 5 years of age. They serve children at all developmental stages and meet their individual needs. Transportation services are available. You can pick up an application at Yavapai Head Start located at 601 Black Hills Drive in Clarkdale. For further information/or applications you may call us at (928) 634-8308.

Fish dinner with the Moose

Loyal Order of Moose, a nonprofit organization, has a fish dinner each Friday. The menu includes baked fish, fried fish, shrimp, chicken, and combo plates. The kitchen is clean and inspected by Yavapai County, and the volunteer kitchen helpers have health cards. Dinner is 5-7 p.m. Moose Lodge, 1051 S. Broadway, Clarkdale. Call (928) 634-8668 if you have any questions.

Cornville

Fruit Tree Planting Workshops

Feb. 12 and March 5

Nothing beats fruit fresh off the tree. But how do you get started? Could you really get better yields by planting an apple tree in one part of your property vs. another? Yes! And which trees are best suited for your yard and your neighborhood? Join Chris Anderson & Janice Montgomery for a full-day workshop in Cornville featuring hands-on planting and your site design.

Find out where each kind of fruit tree prefers to live. Learn how to create happy trees and abundant yields with passive rainwater harvesting. Learn about natural pest control, companion plants and animals, pruning, mulching, what to put and what not to put in your planting holes, and how to best irrigate your trees.

Each workshop is $75 per person or $100 for two people. We encourage you to invite a relative, neighbor, or friend. Register three days in advance by calling Chris Anderson at (928) 202-6649 or email at catchthewater@gmail.com.

Cornville Food Bank Valentine’s Dinner

Feb. 13

Cornville Food Bank hosts a Valentine’s Dinner at Living Water Retreat, 595 N. Aspaas, from 5 to 7 p.m. Cost is $7 per person. Dinner is plated by Master Chef Albert Kramer (former owner of Manzanita Inn). There will be open mic hosted by Greg Tauriello and Dan Engler, raffle tickets $1 with great prizes.

Proceeds and donations support the Food Bank and are tax deductible.

See Yavapai County Comprehensive Plan

Feb. 17

A meeting will be held 6-8 pm in the gym at Oak Creek Elementary School for an update on the Comprehensive Plan for Yavapai County.  There will be refreshments and open discussion on what is going on in the County.  This is an updated version of the General Plan.

For further information visit  www.co.yavapai.az.us/

Rusty’s Morningstar Ranchers to pick up litter

Feb. 19-20

Rusty’s Morningstar Ranch is inviting all residents, communities and ADOT Adopt-A-Highway permittees to participate in the first of four scheduled litter recovery and recycling events.

RMR is part of the original Fence to Fence, Scenic Highway 89A, Cottonwood to Sedona litter recovery and recycling effort started in 2009. They wish to expand these efforts to include Scenic Highway 89A from Cottonwood to Jerome plus Highway 260 from Cottonwood to Camp Verde.

The immediate group goal is to gather and recycle all illegally dumped litter on Scenic Highway 89A between Cottonwood and Sedona. 

Rusty’s Morningstar Ranch provides a safe, nurturing environment for adults with autism in a “whole life” ranch setting, assuring quality and value to each individual according to his needs and abilities. If you wish to pledge funding to Rusty’s “Recycle trash for cash,” please contact (928) 634-4784, Rustys@rmr.org or visit the website at www.rmr.org.

MATForce hosts Dump the Drugs in Cornville

Feb. 19

A “Dump the Drugs” event will be in Cornville at the Verde Valley Fire Station. The event gives community members a chance to safely dispose of unwanted prescription or over-the-counter medication.

The Cornville Community Association, Verde Valley Fire District, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and MATForce are sponsoring “Dump the Drugs” to help keep potentially dangerous drugs out of the hands of our teens and out of our waters. Prescription and over-the-counter medications can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and noon at Verde Valley Fire Station #32, 1120 S. Page Springs Road, in Cornville. A sharps container will also be available for safe syringe disposal.

For more information call (928) 634-2578.

University of Arizona offers free fruit tree pruning demos

Feb. 19

It’s fruit tree pruning season and the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Yavapai County is offering three free deciduous fruit tree pruning demonstrations conducted by Extension Agent Jeff Schalau. Come and learn why, when, and how to prune your backyard fruit trees. Demonstrations will cover apples, pears, plums, peaches, nectarines, cherries, and more. Fertilization, irrigation and fruit thinning will also be discussed.

The pruning demonstrations are at 10 a.m. at the Kleck Orchard, 575 S. Gloria Lane in Cornville. Maps and directions are also available on the Yavapai County Cooperative Extension web site: cals.arizona.edu/yavapai/anr/hort/pruning/. Signs will also be posted prior to the workshop to help participants find the locations.

Cottonwood

Verde Valley Computer Club February Calendar

Feb. 11, Word Processing SIG, 4 p.m.

Feb. 18, Spreadsheet SIG, 4 p.m.

Feb. 19, General Meeting, 9:30 a.m.

Feb. 24 Shutterbug SIG, 6 p.m.

Visitors are welcome to attend these free events. Clemenceau Building, Willard Street at Mingus Avenue, Cottonwood. Dave (928) 639-0106; website www.vvcclub.com.

Musical evening of love songs

Feb. 11

Bent River Books & Music presents an “Acoustic Valentine,” 6-8:30 p.m. with solo performances on acoustic guitar, vocals, mandolin & percussion, with some spontaneous jamming and harmonizing. The evening features Dave Rentz, Dan Engler, Don Whitcher and Vyktoria Pratt Keating, with special guests. Suggested donation $7 ($10 couples). Bent River Books is at 1124 N. Main St., Old Town Cottonwood. Call (928) 634-8332 or visit www.bentriverbm.com.

Live Music at the Arizona Stronghold Tasting Room

The Arizona Stronghold Tasting Room is holding a series of live music events.

Feb. 11, 6-9 p.m. is music by singer/songwriter Connie Fisher. Enjoy inspirational and worldly music, including Celtic influenced sounds accompanied by the cedar flute.

Feb. 25, 6-9 p.m. is music by Mike “King Daddy” Morris, featuring a unique mix of guitar, harmonica and vocals.

Arizona Stronghold Tasting Room is located in Old Town Cottonwood at 1023 N. Main St., (928) 639-2789.

Old Town Center for the Arts in February

Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m., Guitar Summit III, featuring the Electric Harp Guitar Group William Eaton, Anthony Mazzella, Fitzhugh Jenkins video. $18 adv $20 door $25 priority.

Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m., Chuck Pyle, the Zen Cowboy, with 40 year career. John Denver, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Suzy Bogguss and Jerry Jeff Walker have recorded Chuck’s songs. $15 adv $20 door $25 priority.

Feb. 19, 7 p.m., John McEuen, founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, with Matt Cartsonis “sittin’ in.” $20 adv $25 door $30 priority

Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m. Dave Rentz: one-man world music orchestra. $12 adv $15 door $18 priority.

Old Town Center for the Arts is at 633 N. Fifth St., Cottonwood. Call (928) 634-0940 or visit www.oldtownceenter.org.

Karaoke Contest at Murphy’s

Feb. 11

Murphy’s Grill, 747 S. Main St., Cottonwood, hosts a karaoke contest presented by deejays entertainment. All ages invited. Sign up by 7 p.m. to participate. $5 entrance fee with pot o’ gold (sum collected for entrance fees) given to the winner. Call (800) 424-0294 or e-mail deejaysentertainment@yahoo.com.

Guitar Summit III at OTCA

Feb. 11

Old Town Center for the Arts, at the corner of Fifth Street and Main in Cottonwood, hosts Guitar Summit III from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Featured performers are William Eaton,

Anthony Mazzella, Fitzhugh Jenkins. For information contact (928) 634-0940 or oldtowncenter@gmail.com.

VVMC’s February Parkinson’s support group: Mobility

Feb. 11

Verde Valley Medical Center (VVMC) is hosting a free Parkinson’s disease support group from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Conference Room C. The meeting is open to patients, family members, caregivers and anyone interested in learning about Parkinson’s disease.

The topic, “Mobility,” is presented by Jean Day, physical therapist. Day’s presentation will focus on efficiency in movement for both the individual and anyone providing assistance. Day has been a physical therapist for 24 years, spending much of her career in Verde Valley. She specializes in geriatrics and enjoys teaching others how to move themselves and others safely and effectively.

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.

Word Processing SIG

Feb. 11

The Verde Valley Computer Club’s Word Processing Special Interest Group (SIG) will meet at 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend this free meeting.

Need help on Formatting documents? Attend this Special Interest Group at the Clemenceau Building at 1 N. Willard St., Cottonwood, and see if they can help. There are several different SIG’s throughout the month. See the website www.vvcclub.com, select calendar.

Call Dave at (928) 639-0106.

Arts & Crafts American Style

Feb. 12

It’s a look into the past by contemporary artists, presented by the Verde Historical Society. The show, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. features talented artists showcasing their stained glass, jewelry, dolls, pottery, wood working, western items, original paintings and photography and more.

It’s all a bargain price of $1 to benefit the Clemenceau Heritage Museum at 1 N. Willard, Cottonwood.

Promoting hearth health in February

In celebration of American Heart Month in February, Verde Valley Medical Center (VVMC), the Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona (HVCNA) and local businesses are sponsoring heart-healthy events throughout the month. The events include lectures and discussions with HVCNA cardiologists as well as fun activities to create awareness and interest in heart health.

· Saturday, Feb. 12 – Pecan, Wine and Antique Festival, Camp Verde Community Center. Interventional Cardiologist Samuel Butman, M.D., will provide information about the benefits of wine for heart health.

· Monday, Feb. 14 – Heart of the Matter: Metabolic Syndrome, 2 – 4 p.m., Conference Room C, VVMC. Cardiologist Kenneth Bescak, M.D., will discuss Metabolic Syndrome, a combination of conditions including increased blood pressure and abnormal cholesterol levels that may increase your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

· Tuesday, Feb. 22 – Natural Ways to Lower Cholesterol, 7 – 8 p.m., New Frontiers Natural Foods, 1420 W Hwy 89A, Sedona. Cardiologist Kenneth Bescak, M.D., will discuss how eating the right foods can lower cholesterol without the need for medication.

· Saturday, Feb. 26 – VVMC Heart Fair, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. The annual event will feature heart-related lectures by HVCNA cardiologists, a heart-healthy cooking demonstration and a Tai Chi class for those who wish to participate. For those who are interested in joint health, a Joint Replacement Seminar will follow the fair at 2 p.m. in the VVMC Main Lobby.

· Tweets-For-Beats: Follow VVMC on Twitter at Twitter.com/VerdeMedical to receive free daily heart-healthy tips.

Space is limited; to reserve your seat for these events, call (928) 639-6551.

Vyktoria plays Pillsbury

Feb. 12

Singer-songwriter Vyktoria Pratt Keating (folk, rock, Celtic) will perform at the Pillsbury Wine Co., 1012 Main St., in Old Town Cottonwood, from 3 to 6 p.m. For information, call (928) 639-0646.

Burnett Family Bluegrass performs

Feb. 12

The Verde Valley Concert Association hosts the award-winning Burnett Family Bluegrass band at the Mingus Union High School auditorium at 7 p.m. Don’t miss this exhilarating presentation. Tickets for this concert are $15 for adults, $5 for students, and no charge for children under the age of 12. For tickets and information, call (928) 639-0636.

VFW Ladies Auxiliary cooks ‘Just Because Dinner’

Feb. 12

The VFW monthly special dinner hosted by the Ladies VFW Auxiliary Post 7400 features chef Pam Van Winkle and her Auxiliary sisters. Dinner will be served 5–6:30 p.m.; the VFW hall located at 705 E. Aspen St. in Cottonwood.

Served in buffet style, Pam’s home cooked pot roast (with gravy) or lemon peppered chicken, taters, a veggie, roll and cherry crisp is bound to receive raves like “tastes just like my mom used to make” and at $10 per person, it’s almost as inexpensive as Mother used to make, only without the dirty dishes!

Tickets are limited, but can be currently purchased from the lounge week days from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; or ask an Auxiliary member or call Van Winkle at (928) 202-3660 to obtain them. Reserved seating is available for tables of 8 or more persons. If the tickets are not sold out in advance, they will be available at the door.

Food, fun and music by Russ Staley and his magical accordion will set the tone for an enjoyable evening with friends and guests, while supporting Auxiliary programs.

Valentine’s Brunch

Feb. 13

Cottonwood Village presents its first annual Valentine’s Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You may select from seating arrangements in both the dining room or secluded veranda (weather permitting). Enjoy made-to-order omelets, roast beef, Potatoes O’Brien, baked pastries and cinnamon rolls, desserts, bottomless mimosas and tasteful entertainment. There will be live dinner music for you to enjoy throughout the event. At various times you can expect classical guitarists, a violinist or a concert pianist. Even better, there is no cost for you or your guests. Call (928) 634-2956 to RSVP. Cottonwood Village, 201 E. Mingus Ave., Cottonwood.

VVPOA seeks feedback

Feb. 14

The Verde Village Property Owners’ Association is requesting feedback from its residents who are property owners. We would like suggestions from the residents with regard to what they would like to see the Association do for them or their neighborhoods. Input can be accomplished by telephone (928-634-9785), email online (vvpoa.org - click on contact) or by mail to Verde Village Property Owners’ Association, 4855 Broken Saddle Dr, Cottonwood, AZ 86326. Suggestions can also be made at the general meetings on the second Monday of each month. The next general meeting will be on February 14 at 7 p.m. at the clubhouse. The Association requests that the suggestions from any individual be limited to three.

Heart of the matter: Metabolic Syndrome

Feb. 14

In celebration of American Heart Month, Verde Valley Medical Center and the Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona are sponsoring Heart of the Matter: Metabolic Syndrome. This free, informative event is from 2 – 4 p.m., Monday, Feb. 14, in Conference Room C, VVMC.

Cardiologist Kenneth Bescak, M.D., will discuss Metabolic Syndrome, a combination of conditions including increased blood pressure and abnormal cholesterol levels that may increase your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Space is limited; to reserve your seat for this event, call (928) 639-6551.

We Love Our Farmers!

Feb. 14

If you count yourself among the 72,000 residents of the Verde Valley who eat, then you will be interested in a Valentine’s Day special event. Bringing together local food producers and representatives from farmers markets, grocery stores, restaurants, school lunch programs and hospital food programs, this round table and panel discussion entitled We Love Our Farmers! will emphasize targeting the barriers to and finding solutions for food sustainability in the Verde Valley.

To discover what this might mean for you personally, please attend the meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mingus Union High School Cafeteria, 1801 E. Fir Ave., Cottonwood.

For more information, call (928) 282-8738 or e-mail info@verdefood.org.

Become a recovery coach volunteer

Feb. 16

Are you interested in serving as a volunteer guide or mentor for youth or adults in recovery? If so, MATForce is offering a free Peer-2-Peer Recovery Coach training 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 next training will be held in Cottonwood on Wednesdays from 5 to 8:30 p.m., Feb. 16-March 16. Classes will be held at the Board of Supervisors Building Board Room at 10 S. Sixth St. in Cottonwood.

To register please contact Gwen Henderson be email at hendersong5@sbcglobal.net or call (928) 420-0135.

Evening with the Winemaker

Feb. 18

Arizona Stronghold Tasting Room hosts an evening exploring the aroma of wines with assistant winemaker “in training” Amy McCormick from 6 to 8 p.m. Amy will be on hand while guests have an opportunity to sample food and aroma extracts while unraveling the descriptions of some of our most popular wines. Ever wondered where they find blackberry in the “Nachise” or what cassis is? Come by and find out.

Arizona Stronghold Tasting Room is located in Old Town Cottonwood at 1023 N. Main St. Call (928) 639-2789.

Emergency Preparedness Fair scheduled

Feb. 19

An Emergency Preparedness Fair, a free family event, is set for 1-5 p.m. at 1377 Hombre Drive in Cottonwood. This fun and informative community event is hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Learn how to prepare your family for an emergency or natural disaster.

Information and items shared include: Food and water storage; canning skills; gardening skills; fuel storage; financial preparedness; natural and manmade disasters; emergency kits info; Cub Scouts of America; and families spiritual preparedness FHE.

The first 170 families will be able to can and take home a container of wheat. There will be refreshments and children’s activities.

Thirty-minute classes will be held on a select number of booths.

Zumba Fitness Master Class

Feb. 19

The Cottonwood Recreation Center and instructor Rose Ortiz will be offering a Zumba Fitness Master Class from noon to 2 p.m. Cost is $25 for CRC members and $30 for nonmembers. This two hour advanced format class is fun filled and action packed. Whether you regularly attend a Zumba class or if you would like to get started in a fitness program this will be a great opportunity. Sign up Feb. 4 and receive a free Zumba shirt. For more information contact the Cottonwood Recreation Center (928) 639-3200 or Ortiz 639-1554. Space limited, reserve your spot today.

Natural ways to lower cholesterol

Feb. 22

In celebration of American Heart Month, Verde Valley Medical Center (VVMC) and the Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona (HVCNA) are sponsoring “Natural Ways to Lower Cholesterol,” with Cardiologist Kenneth Bescak, M.D.

This free, informative heart-healthy event is 7–8 p.m. at New Frontiers Natural Foods, 1420 W. 89A, Sedona. Dr. Bescak will discuss how eating the right foods can lower cholesterol, reducing the need for medication. Space is limited; to reserve your seat for these events, call (928) 639-6551.

AARP Driver Safety Course

Feb. 23

The American Association of Retired Persons has scheduled a Driver Safety Course which is open to all licensed drivers. It will take place from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The location is at 10 S. Sixth St. in Cottonwood. Meet in the Verde Room at the Yavapai County Building. Please bring a sack lunch.

This is a four hour refresher course. The focus is on the physical changes that accompany aging and how to compensate for these. There is a $14 charge for this course, and AARP members get a $2 discount. Class participation is limited to 25 people. Please contact instructor Marianne Alicki at (928) 634-7975 or (928) 274-6377 if you are interested in attending this class.

Democrats of the Verde Valley meet

Feb. 24

Democrats of the Verde Valley will hold a meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Randall’s Restaurant, 891 S. Main St., Cottonwood. Guest speakers will be Past Yavapai County Chair Ben Furlong, and Lindsay Bell, new chair of the Yavapai County Democratic Party. For info or a ride, call (928) 649-0847.

Relay For Life fundraiser crop

Feb. 26

The Coldwell Banker Cancer Busters Team for Relay for Life is hosting a “cropping relay.” Do you have scrapbooking projects you’ve been putting off or haven’t had time to work on? Do you have some unfinished greeting cards lying around or want to get a stash made, or do you have any kind of papercraft project you’d like to work on? Then come join us for a fun-filled day.

There will be a few “Make & Take” projects featuring Stampin’ Up! products, fun door prizes(must be present to win), displays, 2 grand prize baskets of papercrafting supplies (one you must be present to win), socializing, making new friends and more.

Pack your sack lunch (we’ll supply the refreshments & snacks), Bring a friend and come over to the Verde Baptist Church - gym, 102 S. Willard St. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Call Nancy Inchausti - 634-7408 or Jen Mathe - 300-9727 to register. Cost is $25 for pre-registering and $30 at the door.

All proceeds go to Relay for Life/American Cancer Society.

For more information on Relay for Life go to VVRelay.com.

VVMC Heart Fair

Feb. 26

The Verde Valley Medical Center Heart Fair is 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., with lectures by cardiologists Kenneth Bescak, M.D. Samuel Butman, M.D. and James Dwyer, M.D. There will be cooking demonstration and a tai chi class. Following the fair, at 2 p.m., there will be a Joint Replacement Seminar. Seating is limited. Please call (928) 639-6551 to R.S.V.P.

Volunteer at Connections Equine

Do you have skills you would like to use helping others? Or, do you want to learn new skills? Connections Equine Assisted Therapeutic Riding Program needs volunteers for bookkeeping (Quick Books), horse care (early AM & PM), working with clients, in the office and therapeutic riding instruction. For more information call (928) 639-0791 or e-mail connections@commspeed.net.

Volunteer needed

The Verde Valley Senior Center is seeking an energetic and committed volunteer to lead a low impact, stretching, aerobic class for seniors on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10 to 10:45 a.m.

For more information please call Debbie Moore at 634-5450.

Call to local artists & craftsman

Verde River Growers is looking for local art/craftsmanship to showcase work in the garden center.

Items to be considered: (All must be able to 100 percent withstand outdoor conditions) Pottery, garden decor and outdoor furniture, garden sculpture/salvaged art, fountains, mosaic items, metal work ... surprise us.

Please submit, in person, a paper copy of the following: Your name and contact information, your artist/craftsman bio, prints/descriptions (CDs will not be accepted), and pricing of your work. Please include sizes and other details required for functionality (i.e. needs water attached or electricity, etc.).

Please do not bring item with you at time of submission. They will do call backs in February and March.

Please submit all required to Hillary, retail manager.

Questions? Please call (928) 639-0122. Verde River Growers, 2613 S. Rocking Chair Road, Cottonwood AZ 86326

Terri Hendrix concert rescheduled

March 11

For anyone that purchased a ticket, or was planning to attend the Terri Hendrix Concert at Old Town Center for the Arts on Friday, Jan. 14, Terri’s concert is being rescheduled for Friday, March 11, for medical reasons.

If you have purchased tickets to the Terri Hendrix Concert, you have three options: 1) keep your tickets for her concert on March 11; 2) receive tickets to any other upcoming concert at Old Town Center for the Arts; or 3) receive a refund. Please call (928) 634-0940 or email: oldtowncenter@gmail.com and let us know what option you prefer. For any other information about upcoming events at OTCA please visit www.oldtowncenter.org.

Gem & Mineral Show set

March 11-13

Mingus Gem and Mineral Club will be hosting the 36th annual Verde Valley Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds, 800 E Cherry St. in Cottonwood (at the intersection of 12th St. and E. Cherry St., 1 block north of State Route 89A).

The 2011 show will feature a variety of museum like educational displays including extensive specimen collections and creations from local artists. The show will also host a children’s area with multiple activities for kids of all ages.

The show hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2 per adult, and $1 for students with a valid ID. Children 13 and under get in free with paid adult. Parking is free. www.mingusclub.org.

Paws for Patients training course offered at VVMC

March 12-13

Recognizing the healing benefits of animals, Verde Valley Medical Center developed the Paws for Patients program, which offers in-patients special visits with therapy dogs. Currently, there are many openings for these specially trained dogs at VVMC.

The next two-day handlers’ course is from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in VVMC’s Conference Room A. The cost is $75 and includes the Pet Partners Team Training Course Manual to help teach handlers everything their dogs need to know to volunteer with Paws for Patients.

To register for the two-day training, schedule an evaluation appointment or for more information, contact Dee Chadwick at (928) 284-5757 or by e-mail at chadee8@gmail.com.

Inaugural Old Town Blues Fest announced

April 2

Joe Neri, of JoeNeriMusic Productions and The Well Red Coyote bookstore, and

William Eaton, of the Old Town Center for the Arts, have announced the first Old Town Blues Fest, to be held all day at the Old Town Center for the Arts in Cottonwood. The Old Town Blues Fest will be inside and outside, on the Old Town Center for the Arts property and will kick off at 1 p.m. and go all day and through the evening. Ticket information will be available soon at www.oldtowncenter.org. Individuals, organizations and businesses interested in sponsorship and promotional opportunities should contact Neri at (928) 274-1803 or joe12bar@gmail.com.

Brian Mickelsen Memorial Run/Walk

April 16

The Brian Mickelsen Memorial Run and Walk includes three courses, the half-marathon, the 10K and the 2-mile run/walk. All courses begin and end at Riverfront Park. The courses can be viewed at www.cottonwoodaz.gov

The half-marathon circuits through historic Old Town Cottonwood, Tuzigoot National Monument, returning to Dead Horse Ranch State Park. Start time is 7:30 a.m.

At 7:45, the 10K starts, looping through Dead Horse Ranch State Park.

Finally, run or walk the 2-mile beginning at 7:55 from the Riverfront ramadas to the park’s main gate and back.

Register by April 1. Pre-register online at Active.com or through the Parks and Recreation office through April 8. Race Day registration is 6:15-7 a.m.

Annual Children’s Celebration

April 16

From 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., Buena Vista Children’s Services will host it’s 18th annual Children’s Celebration in Cottonwood. It’s a most-anticipated activity day for the kids and a timely opportunity for parents to learn more about the opportunities for little ones.

There will be food and participating organizations will have hands-on activities and games for the kids, while adults learn about community organizations for the area’s families and children from birth through age 12.

Buena Vista sponsors this one-day event to honor Child Abuse Prevention. For more information call Gail or Roxanna at 646-5200 or email: go.bvcs@gmail.com.

Old Fashioned Easter Egg Hunt

April 23

Thousand of plastic Easter eggs, stuffed with candy, toys, videos, stuffed animals and food coupons will highlight Cottonwood’s 21st annual Easter Egg Hunt at Riverfront Park. Children up to age 8 will be invited to line up at 10 a.m. in five age categories to compete.

Egg-hunting sections are divided by age, divided in ages one-year through 17 months, 18 to 35 months, 3 to four years, five to six years, and seven to eight years of age. The separate age groups will be arrayed between the ramadas and the soccer field at the park.

This year, the event is made possible by donations from the Verde district Kiwanis Club, Wal-Mart Super Center, Pizza Hut, Jack-in-the-Box, Planet Video& Music, Arby’s, Sonic Drive-in, Taco Bell and others.

Blazin’ M hosts wildlife education programs

The Blazin’ M Ranch is pleased to announce plans to partner with Liberty Wildlife for the 2011 season. The goal of this partnership is to bring outreach programs to the Verde Valley that focus on wildlife education throughout Arizona. The Blazin’ M Ranch will host four events focusing specifically on raptor rescue and rehabilitation. Volunteers will be onsite with live birds and educational materials to share with the public.

May 7, 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dec.10, 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Liberty Wildlife Rehabilitation Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1981 by Dr. Kathryn Orr to provide care for sick, injured or orphaned native Arizona wildlife or migratory birds.

The Blazin’ M Ranch is located at 1875 Mabery Ranch Road, Cottonwood. Situated on the banks of the Verde River and adjacent to Dead Horse Ranch State Park, the Blazin’ M Ranch is just minutes from the Verde Canyon Railroad depot, 25 minutes from Sedona and two hours north of Phoenix. Hours of operation vary depending on the season; please visit the website at blazinm.com for the most current information.

Time change in Legion kitchen

The American Legion Post 25, Cottonwood announces time changes in the kitchen. The kitchen will now be open on Wednesday and Saturday for Bingo and for the Fish Fry on Friday 5-7 p.m. Steve will be serving a dinner on every other Sunday in the afternoon whenever the Happy Days Band with Charlie Allen is playing at the Legion, 480 S. Calvary Way. The kitchen could not make ends meet with not having a lot of participation from the members. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause our members. Please come and support your kitchen, it’s for you the Veteran. For members and guests.

Missoula Children’s Theatre needs your support

Every year for 25 years Missoula Children’s Theatre has visited the Verde Valley with as many as 5 tours per summer. This year the beloved tradition continues the second and third week of June. MCT is a week-long event sponsored by Verde Valley Concert Association which raises funds to host the tours. MCT is provided completely tuition free to area children and families. It is an opportunity for children ages K-12th grade to experience acting and directing in a real live theatre production from make up to costumes to lines. Often it boosts children’s confidence, leadership, and public speaking skills as well as develops a life-long love of performing arts.

This summer’s tours are in need of sponsorship. The cost of each tour is $3,500 with additional expenses incurred for venues, printing, housing, stage assistance, and DVD production. Donations of any size made to VVCA are tax deductible. Please call Betsy Williams at (928) 639-1693 or email barkdale@q.com if you or your business would like to come on board to benefit area children and families with an unforgettable experience. Donors are eligible to receive recognition in the show programs.

CRC After school program

The Cottonwood Recreation center After School Program (CRC ASP) is a drop-in after-school recreational program for school-age children throughout Cottonwood and the Verde Valley. Under supervision of professional recreational staff, youth are provided with a variety of age appropriate developmental group activities that are fun, stimulating and enriching as well as supervised free play.

In order to take part, a participant must be enrolled in grades one through eight, be able to follow instructions and facility rules, and expectations health, safety and fun. Must be able to participate in group settings and able to manage personal hygiene without direct assistance.

Costs range from $10 daily drop in, $40 weekly or $150 for monthly participation.

For more information, call the CRC at 639-3200 or email hallen@cottonwoodaz.gov.

Program benefits Alzheimer’s patients and families

Specialized nonmedical care is available in Yavapai County through Home Instead Senior Care, helping individuals with Alzheimer’s disease live safely and more comfortably both at home and in care facilities.

As many as 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, with numbers expected to increase to as many as 16 million by the year 2050. As a result, the demand for specialized care for patients and their family members is rapidly increasing. Home Instead offers an award-winning national training program to its CAREGiversSM to provide assistance to those with Alzheimer’s and related dementias, allowing them to continue living at home longer than ever before. To date, 65 CAREGivers have successfully completed the program to serve Yavapai County clients.

In the training, CAREGivers learn how to understand the symptoms of the illness, build positive relationships, manage the changing behaviors of clients with Alzheimer’s, and keep clients active and independent for as long as possible.

For more information, please contact the local Home Instead Senior Care office at (928) 649-3316.

Apply for Cottonwood Head Start

Cottonwood Head Start & Early Head Start is currently accepting applications for the 2010-11 school year. Head Start is a federally funded program for income eligible infants form six weeks to one year of age and for children from 3 to 5 years of age. They also serve infants and children with special needs. Call (928) 634-8236.

Voices welcome new members for spring season

The Verde Valley Voices consists of singers from the entire Verde Valley and beyond. They now begin practicing for the spring concert, which will be held the first part of May. They would like to invite anyone who loves to hum and sing to join. (You don’t have to read music.) Practices will be held at the Verde Valley Presbyterian Church, 1500 E. Hombre Drive in Cottonwood on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm. Please consider becoming a part of this enthusiastic non-audition community Choir. The spring concert promises to deliver a fun filled variety of music that all will enjoy - whether singing or hearing. For further information, please call (928) 649-3172 or (928) 284-2733

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Meeting

Caregivers of Alzheimer’s Disease patients are invited to participate in an Alzheimer’s Association Support Group which meets at the Verde Valley Presbyterian Church, every Wednesday morning. The Mission Committee of the church chose this project as a way of offering service to the community. Mission Committee members who serve as Facilitators of the group have been trained by the Alzheimer’s Association. Confidentiality is an essential part of the process as Caregivers are given the opportunity to share their concerns and their experiences of caring for patients with Alzheimer’s Disease.

The Caregivers Support Group meets at VV Presbyterian Church, 1500 E. Hombre Drive, on Wednesdays 10-11:30 a.m. For more information, and for registration to participate, please call either Fran at (928) 634-6495, or Diane at 634-8034.

Tax volunteers are needed

Catholic Charities Community Services and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are looking for community volunteers to provide free tax help in Cottonwood and the Verde Valley area. IRS trained and certified community volunteers provide free tax help to their neighbors and other area residents who cannot afford to pay for tax help.

Tax volunteers need no prior experience. Materials and tax instruction are provided at no cost. Volunteers learn how to electronically file tax returns, both federal and state, using IRS tax preparation software. Volunteers are asked to provide tax help three to four hours a week, from February through April 15.

For more information about becoming a community tax volunteer in the greater Verde Valley area, call Tania Simms at 928-634-4254, ext. 54119 or send an e-mail to: tsimms@cc-az.org

Time to buy a leash

The Animal Control section of the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office will be patrolling Verde Village 1 early in the mornings for stray dogs.

VVMC collects medical books for Afghanistan

Verde Valley Medical Center is collecting medical books and reference materials to donate to healthcare providers in Afghanistan in support Operation Medical Libraries. After decades of war, many of the medical libraries, clinics, hospitals and universities in Afghanistan have been severely depleted of health-related reference materials. This has forced many physicians and healthcare providers to practice medicine without up-to-date medical literature.

The mission of Operation Medical Libraries is to collect current medical textbooks and journals and distribute them to war-torn countries. To read more about this mission, visit nytimes.com and type in the search bar, “Doctors Heed Call for Books for Afghanistan.”

Operation Medical Libraries needs books pertaining to biology, chemistry, anatomy, medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacology and physical therapy. Books published since 2005 are preferable, however, books published since 1995 will be gladly accepted.

VVMC will be collecting books until April 2011, National Library Month. To donate to this program, call Karen Fanning, VVMC Medical Library, at (928) 639-6444.

Help the poor and help yourself

Reduce your state taxes and help Arizona’s working poor. Make a $400 donation to Catholic Charities Community Services and reduce your state taxes with a dollar-for-dollar tax credit. Learn more at www.catholiccharitiesaz.org/catholiccharities/400taxdonation.aspx

Senior Center seeks volunteer aerobics instructor

The Verde Valley Senior Center, 500 E. Cherry St., Cottonwood, is seeking an energetic and committed volunteer to lead a low impact, stretching, aerobic class for seniors on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10 to 10:45 a.m.

For more information please call Debbie Moore at (928) 634-5450.

Horseshoes in VVPOA

The VVPOA is going to hold horseshoe pitching every Friday at 6 p.m. at the clubhouse on Broken Saddle Drive. There will be a prize pot. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be available. For further information please call James at 646-5598.

Vets: Take vans to VA

American Legion Post 25 Cottonwood has Transportation vans to VA appointments, Disabled American Veterans DAV. Call (928) 214-8170 Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon.

If you get a message leave your name, phone number, date of appointment, and at what clinic.

They are also looking for volunteer drivers, one day a week or a month. If you want to help our veterans please call (928) 634-3004 to sign up now.

Volunteers needed to teach financial education

Catholic Charities Community Services is seeking volunteers to teach financial education to people in need. Catholic Charities provides training to those interested in volunteering to teach financial education. Financial education classes include Banking Basics, Building a Better Budget, Choosing and Using Credit Wisely, and Taking Charge of Your Credit. The classes are conducted in partnership with Arizona Saves. The financial education classes are part of Project HOPE, a Catholic Charities program that helps low- to moderate-income families and individuals improve their financial situation and live the life of their dreams through a continuum of education, resource building and mentorship. To learn more about becoming a financial education volunteer, call (928) 634-4254 or e-mail tsimms@cc-az.org.

Arizona Old Time Fiddlers meet first Sunday of month

The Cottonwood Chapter of the Arizona Old Time Fiddlers Association hold their regular meeting on the first Sunday of every month, 1-4 p.m., at the Senior Citizens Center on Sixth Street in Cottonwood. New members and players/singers are always welcome. For more information, contact: Billie Helm, president, 928-567-3108 or 928-301-8376.

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.

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

Keep Sedona Beautiful Awards of Excellence

Feb. 13

Each year since 1972, local people, businesses and organizations have been recognized by Keep Sedona Beautiful for their accomplishments in pursuit of the organization’s goal – in a variety of ways, to “keep Sedona beautiful.”

The 2010 honorees will be presented at KSB’s 39th annual Awards of Excellence Luncheon at Los Abrigados Resort,& Spa located at 160 Portal Lane in Sedona. Popular Sedona entertainers Tom and Shondra will emcee the program from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tickets are available at $35 for KSB members, $40 for non-members. For reservations (required) or information call (928) 282-4938. Keep Sedona Beautiful is a local non-profit organization dedicated to “Preserving the Wonder” of Sedona.

Chip Davis to talk redistricting at LWV Anniversary Luncheon

Feb. 14

The League of Women Voters of Sedona-Verde Valley will hold its anniversary luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Agave of Sedona, 1146 W. 89A, in West Sedona. (Turn north at the light at Airport Road; take immediate left to the Agave Event Center.)

The featured guest speaker will be Yavapai County Supervisor Chip Davis, accompanied by County Administrator Julie Ayers, who will talk about the Yavapai County redistricting process triggered by the 2010 Census. Because of population growth, Yavapai County is required by law to change its district boundaries and increase from three to five by 2012.

The luncheon is a special annual fundraiser for the League, generally attended by local government officials, civic leaders, League members and involved citizens. The public is always welcome. Cost of the luncheon is $30, including tax and gratuity. A gift raffle will also be held. Reservations and menu choices are requested no later than Feb. 7. Call Donna Pratt at (928) 282-6428 or dlpratt@esedona.net.

Ravens: Science and Art, Myth and Metaphor

Feb. 14

The second lecture in this year’s Sedona Muses/Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) series, Wings over the Colorado Plateau, will feature Sedona resident Loren Haury, retired biological oceanographer, photographer, poet, and raven aficionado. Haury will speak at the Sedona United Methodist Church, 110 Indian Cliffs Road and SR 179, at 7 p.m.

In his presentation, “Ravens: Science and Art, Myth and Metaphor,” Haury will discuss his interest in ravens, which began after encountering them frequently on hikes in Red Rock Country. As an ex-Navy fighter pilot, his admiration and envy were stirred by the ravens’ obvious love of flying and their consummate aerobatic skills.

Tickets for the 2011 Sedona Lecture Series are $7/lecture and available at Basha’s in Sedona, Weber’s IGA in the Village, MNA in Flagstaff, at the door, or by calling (928) 282-9781. Proceeds benefit the Museum of Northern Arizona.

Call for VOCA candidates for board of directors

Feb. 15

This is your chance to join a group of dedicated Village of Oakcreek Association members to insure that we continue the direction of making our association the very best it can be for the future.

There are two three-year terms of office and one two-year term openings for 2011.

This will create three openings for the Board of Directors. The requirements of office are that you are an active member of VOCA and have a desire to join a group of people who want only the best for our Association.

If you are interested, please request an application at the VOCA Administration Office, 690 Bell Rock Blvd. and return application, photo and bio by Feb.15.

For Application please contact: Nancy Shelley, Member/Board Relations Coordinator,

(928) 284-1820 or email address: nshelley@vocaonline.com.

Verde Valley Republican Women meet

Feb. 16

The Verde Valley Republican Women will be meeting at 11:30 a.m. at the Los Abrigados Resort, located on State Route 179 and El Portal Lane in Sedona. Speakers will be the Sedona City Council with a presentation about the proposed changes to 89A and questions regarding city takeover of this highway and Dave Blauert with an in-depth presentation of the Veterans Memorial Wall being built in Sedona.

Everyone is welcome. Please come, bring a friend and enjoy the informative speakers and a delicious buffet lunch for $16 all inclusive. Reservations please call or email at 284-4248 or sesek@msn.com. You can also visit our website at azfrw.org/clubs/verdevalley.htm

Lunch & Learn with OLLI

Feb. 16

Yavapai College’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) of Sedona and the Verde Valley invites members of the community to its Lunch and Learn series at 12:30 p.m. at the Yavapai College Sedona Campus. OLLI will be hosting speakers from the Creative Life Center and the Sedona Temple of the Arts. Nestled along 15 acres of Schnebly Hill, the Sedona Creative Life Center is is a nonprofit organization founded to celebrate the human spirit and provide a comfortable context for spiritually enhancing programs that foster spiritual growth and the healing and harmony of the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical bodies for people of all ages and beliefs.

OLLI is a dynamic organization within Yavapai College created to meet the needs of intellectually active mature adults. OLLI’s Lunch & Learn series is a free, informative, midweek event that is open to all members of the community. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunches to the event. For more information on OLLI, please call (928) 649-4275. Visit OLLI on the web and view the winter 2011 catalog at www.yc.edu/lifelonglearners.

Scholarships available for master watershed steward program

Feb. 18

The Oak Creek Watershed Council (OCWC) and the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension are pleased to announce that the Joe Swavely Watershed Education Fund is offering scholarships to a limited number of qualified applicants.   

The Master Watershed Steward Program is an intensive 16 week, adult-oriented course that will educate and train participants in all aspects of Oak Creek watershed issues. Classes begin March 3 and will be held every Thursday afternoon from 1 to 5 p.m. through June 16 at the KSB Pushmataha Center, 360 Brewer Road in Sedona.  Four classes will be Saturday field trips. The cost is $95, which includes the Master Watershed Steward guide and all handouts, as well as field trip transportation/expenses.   

Applications continue to come in and are due by February 18, but a maximum of 24 people will be accepted for this class.  Late applications will be added to a reserve list.  

The course outline is on our website at http://www.oakcreekwatershed.org/MWS-Course-Outline.pdf

Get trained in Oak Creek watershed issues

Feb. 18

The Oak Creek Watershed Council (OCWC) and the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension are seeking motivated applicants for the Oak Creek Master Watershed Steward Program to become highly valued volunteers interested in knowledge about watershed issues and sharing their experience with others.

This intensive 16-week, adult-oriented course will educate and train participants in all aspects of Oak Creek watershed issues. Participants will learn the basics of hydrology, climate, geology, ecology, water quality, and water management among other topics. No previous experience is required. Classes will be taught by University of Arizona faculty as well as other professionals from our area and around the state.

Classes begin Thursday, March 3 and will be held every Thursday afternoon from 1 to 5 p.m. through June 16 at the KSB Pushmataha Center, 360 Brewer Road in Sedona. Four classes will be Saturday field trips. The cost is $95, which includes the Master Watershed Steward guide and all handouts, as well as field trip transportation/expenses. A maximum of 24 people will be accepted for this class. Applications are due by Feb. 18.

For more information or to request an application, please contact: Barry Allan, Executive Director, Oak Creek Watershed Council, P.O. Box 732, Sedona AZ 86339. Call (928) 554-5460.

Wild West Dine & Dance

Feb. 25

The Sedona Parks and Recreation Department is offering a Western-themed dance for adults in the Verde Valley. From 6 to 9 p.m., the dance floor of Relics Restaurant & Nightclub will become the setting for our Wild West Dine & Dance experience.

Put on your cowboy boots and hat and join others at Relics, 3235 W. 89A in Sedona. The doors will open at 6 p.m. with an open dance floor and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. The DJ on site will be providing great music and atmosphere as well as a group 2-Stepping dance lesson around 7:30 p.m. After the lesson, we encourage all participants to enjoy the dance, great music and cash bar.

Tickets go on sale Feb. 1 and may be purchased at the Parks and Recreation office at 102 Roadrunner Drive or over the phone by contacting Parks and Recreation at (928) 282-7098. Ticket prices are $15 for singles and $25 per couple.

NAWS call to artists

March 2

The Northern Arizona Watercolor Society announces a call for entries for its Spring Membership Exhibition. This exhibition is open to all NAWS members whose dues are current, but nonmembers may enter by paying membership dues and entry fees.

Deadline for receipt of entries is March 2. Early entries are encouraged. Notification of acceptance will begin on March 25.

The exhibition is May 4-30 in the Special Exhibition Gallery at the Sedona Arts Center, 15 Art Barn Road. Receptions will be held May 6 for the First Friday Art Walk, and again on May 20 for the NAWS Special Awards Night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

All paintings must be executed in water media. Water media is defined as watercolor paints, inks, watercolor crayons, watercolor pencils, acrylic paints, casein, gouache, and egg tempera

Mail your entry form, DVD, or CD, a self-addressed stamped envelope (business size) and your check payable to NAWS to: Sandra Beck, 320 Coffee Pot Drive, Sedona, AZ 86336. Send email entries to: becksandra35@gmail.com. If you send entries via email, you must still mail the entry form, payment or proof of payment, and a SASE. If you want email notification, don’t mail the SASE.

All further requirements may be found on the NAWS web site, at www.naws-az.org.

Help keep St. Patrick’s Parade alive

March 5

Planning is already underway for the 41st Annual Sedona St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival scheduled for Saturday, March 5, 2011. Save the date on your new year’s calendar. This is a shout-out for help. Donations make this free community event possible and the Green Team (event planning committee) depends on the generous support of the community to finance the production of this event. Please help us with your support in the form of Details are available on the website at www.sedonamainstreet.com; just click on the link for the 41st Annual Sedona St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival Information. Of course, cash and service donations of any size are recognized and appreciated.

If you want to be in the Parade, the entry application forms will be available by the end of January. We will post the entry information and form on the website and also mail a copy to all entrants from the past few years.

Please call Holly or Anne at 204-2390 or send an email to info@sedonamainstreet.com. This event is coordinated and presented by Sedona Main Street Program in partnership with NAU Park & Recreation Management Program & the Green Team.

Nabhan, Hemenway part of Spring Planting Festival

March 13

Gardens for Humanity proudly presents two of the world’s leading visionaries of the slow-food and agricultural renaissance movements at St. John Vianney Church, 180 Soldiers Pass Road Sedona, from 7 until 9:30 p.m. This event is part of Gardens for Humanity’s third annual Spring Planting Festival.

Gary Paul Nabhan, PhD, is an internationally celebrated nature writer and educator, seed saver, conservation biologist and sustainable agriculture activist who has been called, “the father of the local food movement” by Mother Earth News. Toby Hemenway is the author of “Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture,” which for the last seven years has been the best-selling permaculture book in the world.

Admission is $20 in advance, $15 seniors/students, $25 at the door. Proceeds benefit Gardens for Humanity, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting environmental education through school and community gardens, to foster a healthy quality of life and sustainable communities. Tickets available at Desert Dancer and Jerona Café in Cottonwood, Golden Word Bookstore and Crystal Magic in Sedona, Flagstaff CSA Store on West Cottage, online at www.gardensforhumanity.org or by mail: Gardens for Humanity, P.O. Box 1202, Sedona, AZ 86339.

For a list of all events of the 2011Spring Planting Festival, go to www.gardensforhumanity.org or contact Ruth Hartung, Gardens for Humanity Vice President at vicepresident@gardensforhumanity.org or (928) 451-4632.

Getting to know Wild Boomer Women

Wild Boomer Women is an instant community of girlfriends, events and activities for baby boomer women.  The founder, Sue Barenholtz, Queen of the Wild Boomer Women, started the group in Phoenix in 2008.  The Sedona chapter opened in 2009.  They currently have four chapters in Arizona with almost 1,000 members.

The group meets frequently to have fun, meet new girlfriends and enjoy life.  One of the goals of the group is to show women how to have more fun in life, get out from behind their computers, take a break from work, family and responsibility and just be.  The long-term goal is to have chapters all over the country and the world.

Every Wednesday we gather at the Jazz Bouquet for High Tea at 2 p.m.  Reservations are required.  To register for this event and find out about future events, please go to www.wildboomerwomen.com and click on events.  

Cancer Center in Sedona offers support groups

Cancer impacts many individuals within our communities, either as a patient, family member or caregiver. When someone is coping with a cancer diagnosis they can find support and encouragement from others who have encountered similar situations. Patients, survivors as well as their families and caregivers are invited to participate in the Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare’s “Chat Room.”  The “Chat Room” is an informal gathering of individuals meeting at 1:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month at the Cancer Center of Northern Arizona Healthcare Sedona Campus, 3700 W. 89A.

The “Chat Room” is designed to support and encourage those affected by cancer. Because cancer affects more than just the patient, the setting provides patients, survivors, families and friends an opportunity to share their feelings and learn from one another as well as provide support to each other. Most people find that knowing others have had a similar experience is both empowering and healing. The “Chat Room” is facilitated by clinical social worker Virginia Viol, L.C.S.W.

For more information about the “Chat Room” or for other services offered at the Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare, visit CCNAH.com or call (928) 204-4160.

Verde Valley

Be a certified lactation counselor

March 14-18

Yavapai County WIC and Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program are hosting the Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) Training Program at Spring Hill Suites, 200 E. Sheldon St., Prescott.

Who should attend: Professionals and para-professionals involved in any aspect of breastfeeding promotion and support including Community Nutrition Workers, Nutrition Education Specialists, Breastfeeding Peer Counselors, Registered Dietitians, Nurses, and Nurse Practitioners.

Training will be provided by Healthy Children’s Center for Breastfeeding. Visit www.healthychildren.cc/. For more information contact Pam Montgomery, Yavapai County WIC, (928) 442-5421 or Pam.montgomery@co.yavapai.az.us.

Volunteers in Protection has openings

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Volunteers In Protection (VIP) program has several unique volunteering opportunities available. Current openings are in administration and armed patrol. Training is provided and computer skills a plus; 16 hours/month minimum commitment encouraged. Mature men and women are urged to apply. Call YCSO Volunteer Services, (928) 771-3281 for more information.

Free breast cancer/cervical cancer screening

An ongoing year around program, the Well Woman Healthcheck program offers free breast and cervical cancer screening to women 40-64 on a limited income with little or no medical insurance. Women receive a clinical breast exam, mammogram, pelvic exam and Pap test at no cost to them; call to see if you are eligible and to set up an appointment. Verde Valley (928) 634-6835.

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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