What's Happening 9-4-11

Cottonwood Community Band seeks new members<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Sept. 19<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Dust off your instrument and come join the Cottonwood Community Band, a 45-member concert band that rehearses Monday evenings beginning Sept. 19, 7-9 p.m. at the Mingus Union High School band room. The band has an exciting fall season planned. First is a performance at Verde River Days at Dead Horse Ranch State Park on Sept. 24. The fall season will conclude with four concerts of holiday music during December that attract large audiences.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Members of the band range from middle school age to retirees. They hail from Sedona and throughout the Verde Valley. Julie Smith, who teaches music in the Cottonwood/Oak Creek School District, conducts the band. All instrumentalists who read music, especially clarinetists and trombonists, are welcomed. There is no audition and one does not need to play every concert to participate in the band.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->The Cottonwood Community band was founded in 1980 and originally consisted of eight members, some of who still perform with the band today. It was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2001. For more information about the band, visit the band&#8217;s website at http://cottonwoodcommunityband.org.   Photo by Bryan Chambers

Cottonwood Community Band seeks new members<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Sept. 19<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Dust off your instrument and come join the Cottonwood Community Band, a 45-member concert band that rehearses Monday evenings beginning Sept. 19, 7-9 p.m. at the Mingus Union High School band room. The band has an exciting fall season planned. First is a performance at Verde River Days at Dead Horse Ranch State Park on Sept. 24. The fall season will conclude with four concerts of holiday music during December that attract large audiences.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Members of the band range from middle school age to retirees. They hail from Sedona and throughout the Verde Valley. Julie Smith, who teaches music in the Cottonwood/Oak Creek School District, conducts the band. All instrumentalists who read music, especially clarinetists and trombonists, are welcomed. There is no audition and one does not need to play every concert to participate in the band.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->The Cottonwood Community band was founded in 1980 and originally consisted of eight members, some of who still perform with the band today. It was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2001. For more information about the band, visit the band&#8217;s website at http://cottonwoodcommunityband.org. Photo by Bryan Chambers

Camp Verde Little League meeting

Sept. 22

The Camp Verde Little League announces the 2011 General Meeting and Elections will be at 6 p.m. at Camp Verde Middle School, Room 105. In you are interested in being part of the board, call Coco Minner at 300-6765.

Buena Vista Children’s Services Parenting Class

Sept. 13

Buena Vista Children’s Services presents Love and Logic. This free parenting program will help you make parenting and teaching your child fun and rewarding instead of stressful and chaotic. Provide limits in a loving way.

Teach consequences and healthy decision making. Come join us for practical skills to achieve respectful, healthy relationships with your child. Support for Buena Vista Children’s Services Love and Logic classes are provided by a grant from First Things First.

Introduction to Love and Logic is 6-8:30 p.m. at 19. E. Beech St in Cottonwood. Includes a light meal, free child care and raffle prizes for those who register. To register contact: Buena Vista Children’s Services (928) 646-5200 or email us at parenting.bvcs@gmail.com.

Cornville Community Association meeting

Sept. 14

Cornville Community Association’s general meeting will be 7-9 p.m. at Oak Creek Elementary School.

Ken Zoll, treasurer and a founding Board Member of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center, will provide an overview of the Center, its programs, goals and ambitions, including how Cornville can become a part of the heritage tourism program being developed.

People have lived in the Verde Valley for more than 12,000 years. For almost 11,500 of those years there is no written history -- but there is an incredible archaeological record that yields fascinating and important insights into our shared past.

The Verde Valley Archaeology Center was established in October 2010 with the intent of protecting existing archaeological sites, establishing new archaeological preserves and retaining prehistoric artifacts still being found the Verde Valley.

Join the members in learning about this new exciting Center here in the Verde Valley. Also on the agenda is Steve Estes, Community Outreach director for Verde Valley Land Preservation and the Friends of the Verde River Greenway. Steve’s presentation is a call for community action on a particular invasive plant, the Giant Reed, on Oak Creek. “

For more information regarding the CCA go to the web page www.greatercornville.org

St. Joseph’s 9/11 memorial

St. Joseph’s Catholic School, 2715 E. 89A, Cottonwood, will be having a memorial service for the victims of 9/11 at 10:30 a.m. at the school. Veterans, police officers and Fireman have been invited to attend. Students will present a program with singing and a wreath ceremony to honor the victims of 9/11.

Join the Board of Adjustments

Sept. 16

The City of Cottonwood is seeking volunteers to fill three vacancies on the Council appointed five-member Board of Adjustment. Each seat is for a three-year term. This Board is a quasi-judicial decision-making body that hears variance requests and appeals of decisions of the Zoning Administrator. Training is available. The Board meets on an as-needed basis on the third Wednesday of each month in the Council Chambers at 6 p.m.

If you are a resident of the City of Cottonwood interested in serving your community, please considering volunteering. Commission/Board member applications are available at the Human Resources office, 816 N. Main St., or by calling 340-2713, or on-line at www.cottonwoodaz.gov. Completed applications should be returned to 816 N Main St. no later than 3 p.m. on Sept. 16.

For further information, contact Community Development Director George Gehlert at 634-5505, ext. 3321.

Strive for .5 at Mingus

Sept. 28

Mingus Union High School’s Strive for .5 program continues its 24th year with an awards ceremony at 10:40 a.m. in the auditorium. The goal of this project has been to focus on recognizing academic improvement for the entire student body. The guest speaker for Fall 2011 is Ms. Oouida Dorr, MUHS Art teacher and National Honor Society sponsor.

Recognition programs traditionally focus on students achieving at the upper end of the spectrum in academics, athletics, or activities. Many students do not excel in the above categories and receive little, if any, recognition during the course of an academic year. It is for this reason Mingus is committed to Strive for .5.

All students are eligible – those at the upper end as well as those at the lower end of the academic scale. All have the same opportunity and may be recognized for their academic improvement.

Students can be recognized either by raising their GPA’s .5 above the previous semester or by maintaining a cumulative 3.5+ GPA for any two consecutive semesters.

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