What's Happening 3-6-11

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.

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.

Freshmen Open House at American Heritage

March 9

American Heritage Academy, Freshmen Open House, Wednesday, March 9, 6-7 p.m. Come tour AHA, meet the teachers and hear about the programs we have to offer. 8th grade students and families are invited. Teachers and students from all programs and high school grades will be available.

Get screened for diabetes

March 22

In an effort to educate the community about the symptoms and risks associated with diabetes, Verde Valley Medical Center’s Diabetes Education Department has joined with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) to host Diabetes Alert Day in the Verde Valley.

Alert Day activities and screenings will be held in Cottonwood and in Camp Verde. In Cottonwood, the event is from 8 to 11 a.m., in VVMC’s Conference Room C, 269 S. Candy Lane. In Camp Verde, the event is from 9:30 to noon, at the VVMC clinic, 460 Finnie Flat Road. Participants can receive a diabetes risk test, diabetes screenings by certified diabetes educators, blood sugar evaluation and additional information designed to educate the community about diabetes.

For more information call (928) 639-6346.

Fibro/Arthritis Group presents Beverly Coleman

March 12

Fibro/Arthritis and Other Pain Related Diseases Group members and visitors are encouraged to attend a special presentation by Beverly Coleman on Wellness at the regular meeting, Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon in conference room B at the Verde Valley Medical Center (use the old outatient entrance).

Coleman She will be sharing her skills and knowledge to the group and will gladly addre4ss our questions.

For further information about the Fibro/Arthritis and Other Pain Related Diseases Group please contact Bea (928) 649-3465.

Verde Thumbs Garden Club meets

March 8

Monthly meeting of the Verde Thumbs Garden Club will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 51 W. Mingus, Cottonwood. All gardeners and “would be gardeners” are cordially invited to attend.

They will be discussing spring planting of broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, etc.; also taking orders for organic product that helps control grasshoppers. Bring your questions and share your successes.

Native Plant Workshop

March 19

Keep Sedona Beautiful, Inc. is announced Bill McDorman and Jeff Schalau as the two keynote speakers for its 32nd Annual Native Plant Workshop. This popular workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at West Sedona School, 570 Posse Ground Road. This year’s Native Plant Workshop will focus on sustainability of our natural environment, and features an exciting and diverse line up of speakers.

In addition to the keynote speakers who will address everyone, attendees may choose to participate in two out of eight individual workshops.

Topics will cover xeriscaping with cacti and native plants, several different native plant workshops including identification, rainwater harvesting, management of invasive plants, attracting birds and butterflies into the garden, and how to make salves and tinctures using wild herbs.

All attendees will receive a complimentary lunch, free native plant, and the opportunity to bid on many fabulous silent auction items. The auction items are now available for online viewing at www.KeepSedonaBeautiful.org.

Genealogy SIG

March 7

The Genealogy Special Interest Group (SIG) will meet Monday at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend this free meeting. Discover how to find your lineage.

There are several different SIG’s throughout the month. See our website www.vvcclub.com, select calendar. Meet at the Clemenceau Building, Willard Street at Mingus Avenue, Cottonwood. Call Dave at (928) 639-0106.

Quail Country Quilters meet

March 10

Quail Country Quilters will begin with a business meeting, followed by a visit with Liz Mulbarger, a former member. She will have some interesting stories to tell about her work at a quilt store, and the quilts she and her husband make.

They meet on the second and fourth Thursdays at 9 a.m. at the VFW Post, 705 E. Aspen in Cottonwood. Visitors are encouraged and always welcome.

John Smith concert

at Thanks A Latte

March 6

Mike McReynolds is hosting a John Smith concert at Thanks A Latte Espresso Café, 348 S. Main St., Camp Verde, from 5 to 8 p.m. Call (928) 567-6450.

 

Preschool screening at C-OC

April 6

The Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District offers free developmental screenings for preschool children between the ages of 3 to 5 years who live in the school district and are not already receiving special education services or enrolled in kindergarten.

The screenings are typically held on a monthly basis. The screenings will check a child’s speech, motor, cognitive, adaptive and social development. F

or an appointment call (928) 634-6743.

The Arizona Early Intervention Program also offers developmental screenings for children age birth to 3 years. For an appointment call 800-841-5201.

Mardi Gras Bingo Special at the Legion

March 8

Play Bingo on Tuesday at the American Legion Post 93, 286 S. Third St. Camp Verde. Every Bingo Player will receive Mardi Gras Beads and one free early bird card game for Game 1. Bingo start time is at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. The Post’s Kitchen opens at 6 p.m. providing you with burgers and chips, quesadillas, drinks and much more by the post Women’s Auxiliary.

Adventures in the Wild 1870s Arizona Territory

March 16

Join award-winning author and entertaining lecturer Wayne Ranney as he recalls the harrowing travels of a refined New England woman in the wild Arizona Territory during the 1870s. The story of Martha Summerhayes will be the topic at Keep Sedona Beautiful, Inc.’s award winning monthly Preserve the Wonder Speaker Series. The doors will open with wine and hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m., and Wayne’s presentation will begin at 5:45 p.m.

The Speaker Series takes place at Keep Sedona Beautiful’s historic Pushmataha Center, 360 Brewer Road in Sedona. For more information on Keep Sedona Beautiful, call (928) 282-4938.

See Verde Valley’s

open-space study

March 8

The Verde Valley Land Preservation Institute has completed a study of open space in our region. Through collaboration with Arizona State Parks and Yavapai County a unique mapping tool has been created and named the Overlay Model.

Another result of this study is an online open space resource library, which can be found at verdevalleylpi.org. It contains information from organizations and agencies that manage our open spaces, including specific studies and contact information. It will be useful for mapping and policy planning.

This project will be presented to the public at local city and town council meetings at the following dates and times:

Clarkdale, March 8, 6 p.m.

Jerome, April 12, 7 p.m.

Cottonwood, April 19, 6 p.m.

Camp Verde, April 20, 6:30 p.m.

Sedona, April 26, 4:30 p.m. (tentative date)

V Bar B Discovery Days

March 12-13

The Coconino National Forest, Red Rock Ranger District is pleased to be part of the Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month, sponsored by the Arizona State Parks State Historic Preservation Office.

This year’s theme is “Arizona through Time, Stories of Stone.”

As part of this month’s celebration, the public is invited to the 11th annual V Bar V Discovery Days events scheduled for 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Hands-on demonstrations will include: the ancient technology of weaving sandals with yucca fibers, making fire by friction, throwing atl-atls, forming and firing pottery, and tasting traditional foods. Other highlights include: the Yavapai Apache Bird Dancers and Gourd Singers who will perform Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m.; and presentations by Archaeoastronomy speaker, Ken Zoll, Saturday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

V Bar V Cultural Heritage Site is located southeast of Sedona and State Route 179. From the Sedona I-17 exit, turn right or head east on Forest Road #618 approximately 21⁄2 miles.

Proceed past the Beaver Creek Campground and over the bridge until you see the V Bar V entrance sign on your right. A daily Red Rock Pass or equivalent is required per vehicle and is available at the cultural site for $5.

For more information concerning Arizona Archaeology Month or these events, please call the Red Rock Ranger District at (928)-203-2900 or go to www.redrockcountry.og or www.azstateparks.com/shpo/index.html

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