Thu, May 23

What's Happening 10-23-11

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Vyktoria performs Halloween Show<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Oct. 29<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Fall would not be complete without Vyktoria Pratt-Keating&#8217;s scary Halloween show. Featuring songs about spiders, UFOs, frogs and other errant thoughts that fly into her head, Vyktoria&#8217;s Halloween shows always get the audience into the right phantasmagoric mood, perfect for a weekend of tricks and scares.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->She will be at Bent River Books & Music, 1010 N. Main St., Cottonwood. Contact (928) 634-8332 or<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

Pet Adoption/Trick or Treat Halloween for Dogs

Oct. 29

The Wild West Warehouse at 2575 W. 89A, Sedona is hosting a Pet Adoption/Trick or Treat Halloween for Dogs with the Humane Society of Sedona and the RV that is ready to hit the road with animals in need of adoption or fostering. The RV will be on site at the Wild West Warehouse on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

They will have dogs and cats in need of foster homes. If you would like to explore the possibilities of fostering or adopting come meet us and talk to the volunteers who are familiar with the dogs and cats and can help you find the right pet that fits your needs. 

Bring your dog by in their Halloween Costume for a treat and show off their attire.

No Democrat meeting in October

Due to the many October events for County, DOVV and DORR, Democrats of the Verde Valley will not have a general meeting on the usual fourth Thursday. Watch for further announcements regarding November and December events. See

Winter clothing drive for vets and children

Thru Nov. 9

With the onset of winter, the American Legion Post 135 located in Cornville is hosting a winter clothing drive for local vets and children. Drop-off points are available at Food City located at 1501 E. Hwy 89A and the Super Clean Laundry located at 790 S. Main St., both in Cottonwood. The drive begins immediately and will run through Nov. 9, 2011, just in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas! Look for a large box covered in Christmas wrapping in those businesses to deposit your donations.

Distribution for the children’s items will be made at the Food City collection point on Nov. 21, 2011, from 10am – 2pm. or until the items have been given away. Adult things will be donated to less fortunate veterans at the new VA Clinic in Cottonwood or at the VA Hospital in Prescott. Items being sought are all types of warm washable outerwear for both adults and children. Super Clean Laundry has generously donated laundry services to clean the washable items. Dry cleanable items will be accepted, but due to the expense of cleaning those items, they will be redistributed as received. Items in the Cottonwood, Cornville or Clarkdale area may be picked up by calling (928) 649-3374 after Nov. 16.

For more information concerning the clothing drive or the American Legion please contact Cmdr. Sherie Mercier at (928) 856-2437 or 1st Vice Cmdr. Jim Strande at 649-3374.

Business Networking at NAWBO

Nov. 10

The Sedona – Verde Valley chapter of National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBOSVV) meeting at 11:15 a.m. at Poco Diablo in Sedona.

Susan Ratliff will be the guest speaker this month. Susan Ratliff has fought many battles and faced potholes and pitfalls on her way to the top.

But she ignored the naysayers and pushed past the pessimists to become: an award-winning entrepreneur, an enduring business owner, a published author, successful event producer, and inspiring speaker. She is here today to share 10 strategies to spark your entrepreneurial spirit.

As an added bonus, NAWBO Partner, the Sedona Chamber of Commerce will be featured.

For information on joining NAWBO SVV with its networking opportunities, go to and click Member Benefits.

Please make your reservation by visiting and click on Events for more information and to purchase your ticket. Member tickets are $25, non-member $35.

Iris Society to meet

Oct. 26

The Verde Valley Area Iris Society will hold its last meeting of the year on Wednesday. The meeting will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Supervisor’s room in the Yavapai County Building, 10 S. Sixth St. in Cottonwood. At this meeting attendees traditionally dress for Halloween in the color pattern of an iris.

For example, a self color is when you are dressed all in one color, or a plicata you dress with some type dotted shirt or pants. There are other patterns also.

If you just come as you are, you’ll probable be one of the color patterns known in the iris world.

Self-care strategies for healthy living

Nov. 10

In recognition of National Hospice Month held annually each November, Northern Arizona Homecare and Hospice is sponsoring a free seminar on reducing stress and increasing energy. The seminar begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Si Birch Community Room at the Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road.

Author, physical therapist, teacher and wellness instructor Kate Cronan-Sawert, M.A., will discuss “Self-care strategies for healthy living.”

Kate will share stress management techniques and help participants evaluate and improve their lifestyle balance.

To RSVP or for more information, please call (928) 639-6675.

RSVPs are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome.

Cross, Tracey exhibit for Art in Public Places

Art in Public Places welcomes artists Sallie Cross and Sandy Tracey to the Yavapai College Verde Campus in Clarkdale.

Sallie Cross is primarily a watercolor artist yet loves to experiment with a variety of media.

Her work may be enjoyed in the Library of the Verde Campus through Nov. 8.

Sandy Tracey’s work is being exhibited in the Yavapai College Student Services Building on the Verde Campus in Clarkdale. ‘Route 66’ is the series now on display and consists of large acrylic paintings depicting vibrantly colored vintage cars and trucks all from interesting angles.

This work of Sandy’s is now available to be viewed through Thanksgiving.

Art in Public Places, sponsored by the Yavapai College Art Department on the Verde Campus, is also offering exhibition opportunities to all artists and art students of the Verde Valley to show on campus in the Library or in the Student Services building.

Verde Valley Senior Center’s Oct. 24-29 Activities:

Monday, October 24th

11:30am – 12:30pm - Music w/Craig Johnson, Piano

12:00pm – 1:00pm - Lunch

1:00pm – 3:00pm - Popcorn & Movie “The Music Never Stops”

4:00pm - 6:00pm – Weight Watchers meeting

Tuesdays, October 25th

10:00am – 10:45am – Stretching Exercise Class

11:30am – 12:00pm – Music w/Pollyanna Sorenson, Piano

12:00pm – 1:00pm - Lunch

1:00pm – 2:00pm – Bingo

12:30pm – 2:00pm – Mobil Hearing Solution, Free Hearing Checked

Wednesday, October 26th

10:00am – 3:00pm – Nintendo Wii Games Available

11:30am – 12:30pm – Music w/Don Livingston & Fran Judd “Good ol’ Country”

12:00pm – 1:00pm – Lunch

1:00pm – 2:00pm – Grief Support Group w/Hospice of the Pines

Thursday, October 27th

10:00am – 10:45am – Stretching Exercise Class

11:30am – 12:00pm – Music w/Len & Louise “Desert Canteen”

12:00pm – 1:00pm – Lunch

1:15pm – 3:15pm – Texas Hold’em

Friday, October 28th

11:00am – 12:00am – Tino, Fran & Frank “Oldies but Goodies”

12:00pm – 1:00pm – Lunch

1:00pm – 3:00pm – Creative Friends Needle Crafts

Saturday, October 29th

7:00pm – 10:00pm – Halloween Dance & Costume Party

Attention: Camp Verde Women

Oct. 24

Please join us for the monthly meeting to promote Camp Verde business and civic opportunities, Monday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Sweet Grace’s Restaurant, 37 W. Hollamon St. Dinner will be available for $9.

The purpose of this meeting is to network, brainstorm ideas, and create momentum to increase the economic development of the community. The current plan is to undertake a park renovation project to celebrate Memorial Day, 2012.

For further information: Contact: Charlotte Chase at (928) 227-2992 or

Kingdom of the Spiders reunion

Oct. 29

Prepare for a cool and scary evening as the Kingdom of the Spiders returns to downtown Camp Verde. The movie, starring William Shatner, was filmed in Camp Verde in 1977.

It will again be screened outdoors on the soccer field behind Town Hall. The lawn opens at 3 p.m. and music will play until movietime after dark (approximately 6:30 p.m.) There will be food available for purchase. Bring your own chair or blanket. The movie is rated PG and is free.

For more information, visit

Guided tour of Verde Valley geology

Oct. 29

When the weather cools off, and we know it will eventually, please plan to join a guided tour of the marvels of the Verde Valley’s geology. Led by Paul Handverger, you will be enlightened by one of our very own geologist residents. Meet at the Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum at 900 First North St. at 8:45 a.m. They will return to the museum at noon. Please bring a light snack and water.

The cost for this first time event is $25 and must be paid in advance. Payment must be made at the museum by Sept. 30 to hold your spot. Tickets will be $35 the day of the event. There are only 10 seats available on the van. They may be scheduling more of these trips depending on your response. All proceeds go to the historical society and museum.

Please call the museum for further information (928) 649-1198 Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Jerome Elks Halloween Karaoke Party

Oct. 29

The Jerome Elks located at 100 S. Broadway in Clarkdale, are hosting a Halloween Karaoke Party starting at 5:30 p.m. The Past President’s Association is supplying baked potatoes, baked beans, salad and dessert. You are asked to bring whatever meat you want to grill and we will cook it for you or you can cook it yourself on the grill.

Come dressed in your finest Halloween outfits. Prizes will be awarded for the Best and the most Outlandish Costumes. Karaoke will start after dinner. Cost is $5. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Elks, please call the Lodge for details at (928) 634-5611.

AARP Tax-Aide Volunteers Needed for 2011 Tax Filing Season

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers file free tax returns for seniors and low income families. Last year, we served 116,811 clients by filing over 94,606 returns statewide. We are recruiting volunteers for sites throughout Arizona to serve as Greeters, Client Facilitators and Tax Counselors for the 2011 Tax Filing Season. In addition, volunteer Tax-Aide technical coordinators are needed to setup and maintain computers, networks and printers and local coordinators to organize and oversee individual tax sites among other leadership positions. It is not necessary that volunteers be a member of AARP to be a Tax-Aide volunteer. Please consider helping us provide this valuable service to citizens of our communities who need our help.

To join the team of volunteers, call Pat George at (928) 567-9251 or 202-7123 or register online at the AARP Volunteer Portal:

ATORT presents ‘You Can’t Take It With You’

Thru Oct. 30

The award winning Mingus Union High School A.T.O.R.T. (A Troupe of Ridiculous Thespians) proudly presents “You Can’t Take It With You” by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman. This crowd pleaser for the whole family is about the 1938 eccentric Sycamore famil. Enjoying every moment of life is exactly what this family does and it is exactly what our patrons will do while watching.

Don’t miss this fantastic show in the MUHS Auditorium at 1801 E. Fir St. in Cottonwood. This show is being performed on Oct. 21-22 at 7 p.m., Oct. 28-29 at 7 p.m., and Oct. 30 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $5-$9 and are now available a Click on Arizona, then on either “Mingus Union High School” or on the event “You Can’t Take it With You.”

Learn to cook healthy holiday dishes

Oct. 24

Verde Valley Medical Center’s Diabetes support group meets 5 ­­­­– 7 p.m., in VVMC’s Conference Rooms B and C. Space is limited so RSVP is required; call VVMC at (928) 639-6346. Guest speakers are from VVMC’s Nutritional Services and include culinary staff Laurie Handley and Jim Minter, and clinical dietitian Julie Brenneman. Together, they will present “Healthy Holiday Cooking.” This exciting holiday preview allows participants to learn to cook healthy versions of popular holiday dishes and taste the creations.


Creating Boundaries with Grace

Oct. 24

Certified Life Coach Lori Rubenstein will be presenting a workshop on “Creating Boundaries with Grace” at the Cottonwood Recreation Center (150 S. Sixth St.). Not knowing how to set boundaries and ask for what you want is a common problem in relationships. This one workshop can change how you interact with others and bring you the peace you would like in all your relationships. Class will run 4:30–6 p.m. and is $10. For more information, contact Lori at or call 634-0252.

Two-woman show at Jerona Cafe

Oct. 25

“See our World Through Landscapes” opens at Jerona Java Café & Gifts. The show features photographs and paintings by local artists Sue Davis and Bonnie Jellison.

Davis is a painter who works in watercolor and oil. In this show, she offers a set of plein aire works she painted in U.S. National Parks, along with a selection of oil and watercolor paintings of local features, and scenes from her trip to Italy.

Jellison is an artist and photographer; many of her works have a visionary quality. In addition to photos taken in Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks, of Sedona vistas and scenes from past Balloon Festivals in Albuquerque NM, she shares some very special pictures of Antelope Canyon. Many of these photos, she says, were “gifts” from the Canyon.

Jerona Java Café & Gifts is located in Cottonwood at 677 E Mingus Ave., Cottonwood. The show runs from Oct. 25 through Jan. 17, 2012. A “meet the artists’” reception is set for Saturday, Oct. 29, from noon to 2 p.m. For store hours and other information, please contact the Café at (928) 639-1234.

State of the County

Oct. 25

Yavapai District 3 Supervisor Chip Davis will present a “State of the County” address. The address is the keynote for the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Luncheon. Save a space to hear this informative and important address. The luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Cottonwood Recreation Center, 150 S. Sixth St. Call the Chamber office to reserve a space: (928) 634-7593.

Free cleaning and service of hearing aids

Ron Kuglitsch, BC-HIS of Verde Mobile Hearing Solutions will be at the following locations for free cleaning and service of all makes of hearing aids:

Oct. 25: Verde Valley Senior Center in Cottonwood, beginning at 12:30 p.m.

These services are all free of charge. Verde Mobile Hearing Solutions provides hearing services to clients in their homes, businesses and other facilities in the Verde Valley. Mr. Kuglitsch is a member of the Hearing Healthcare Providers of Arizona and the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce. He has been serving the needs of Arizona and Verde Valley residents for the past seven years. If you are interested in a free hearing test, please call 634-2077 to reserve a time.

Tara & Nate at Bent River

Oct. 28

The duo Tara and Nate make their debut in the Verde Valley by playing at Bent River Books & Music’s Fall Music Series at 1010 N. Main St., Cottonwood. They both play guitar, and Tara sings. For more information, call (928) 634-8332.

Paper Strip Folding at Clemenceau

Oct. 28

The “Last Friday of the Month Program” at Clemenceau Heritage Museum continues with the next presentation from 1 to 3 p.m. Paper Strip Folding of Frobel Stars will be demonstrated by Pollyanna and Heidi Sorensen. Creating these festive stars dates back to the 19th century and in Germany were favorite decorations during the Christmas season. Come and learn how to make these special stars for your own home decorations. It’s fun and easy. Clemenceau Heritage Museum is located at 1 N. Willard.

Police vs. Fire Basketball

Oct. 29

The Sedona Verde Valley Firefighter Charities invites you to the annual Police vs. Firefighter charity basketball game. Join them for quarterly and halftime raffles, along with T-shirts sales available for your family and friends to remember the event.

All proceeds from this event will be used to assist local organizations in need of assistance. Bring 2 cans of food, per person, and receive a $1 discount off each entrance admission.

The event is at Mingus Union High School at 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children.