Thu, May 23

What's Happening 6-15-12

Beaver Creek Fourth of July Parade & Celebration<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->On Independence Day in Beaver Creek, the celebration starts at 7 a.m. with a Kiwanis donation pancake breakfast. The parade will leave the Ranch House in Lake Montezuma at 9:30 a.m. and travel Montezuma Avenue to Sycamore Park (4170 E Beaver Vista Road) next to the bridge. This year the Grand Marshals are Michael and Sheila Van Dyke, who invite all to join them in celebrating Independence Day. Parade entrants (walkers, animals, vehicles, floats) can sign up at the Montezuma-Rimrock Fire Station or call 567-7428. The festivities and the noon Kiwanis Duck Race will be in Sycamore Park. For inquiries about food, display tables, entertainment and activities, please call Carol Keeton, Kiwanis Coordinator, at (928) 606-4050.

Beaver Creek Fourth of July Parade & Celebration<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->On Independence Day in Beaver Creek, the celebration starts at 7 a.m. with a Kiwanis donation pancake breakfast. The parade will leave the Ranch House in Lake Montezuma at 9:30 a.m. and travel Montezuma Avenue to Sycamore Park (4170 E Beaver Vista Road) next to the bridge. This year the Grand Marshals are Michael and Sheila Van Dyke, who invite all to join them in celebrating Independence Day. Parade entrants (walkers, animals, vehicles, floats) can sign up at the Montezuma-Rimrock Fire Station or call 567-7428. The festivities and the noon Kiwanis Duck Race will be in Sycamore Park. For inquiries about food, display tables, entertainment and activities, please call Carol Keeton, Kiwanis Coordinator, at (928) 606-4050.

Cancer survivors’ annual celebration of life

June 24

The Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare – Sedona Campus is sponsoring “Taming Cancer in the Wild West” annual survivors’ celebration to honor individuals throughout the Verde Valley who are living with and beyond cancer. The celebration is 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., at the Pine Shadows Club House, 2050 W. 89A, Cottonwood. To R.S.V.P. or for more information, call the Cancer Center at 928 204-4933.

For more information on National Cancer Survivors Day, visit

Father’s Day Breakfast with the Legion

June 17

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 93 in Camp Verde will have their annual Father’s Day Breakfast. Post 93 Family (Post, Auxiliary and S.A.L.) Fathers will be treated to a free breakfast and all others will pay only $6. Breakfast will include Steak and Eggs to order, biscuits and gravy, orange juice, coffee and milk. Come and enjoy the Auxiliary’s Breakfast 9-11 a.m. at The American Legion Post 93, 286 S. Third St., Camp Verde.

Benefit for Rae Barnes

June 16

The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 6739 in Camp Verde will be hosting a benefit dinner for Rae Barnes an auxiliary member on Saturday at 4 p.m. She has been a member for two years and has always helped when asked. Ladies Auxiliary, Post members and guests, she needs our help. She is having surgery and will be off work for a while. The Legion is asking for help to raise money to help in her time of need.

The auxiliary will be serving baked chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables and sides all for a cost of $6 a plate. There will also be live music. Come in and enjoy great food and music and help raise money for Rae.

New Verde Valley Writers’ Workshop set to begin

June 28

A new writers group, the Verde Valley Writers’ Workshop is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. in the meeting room at the Business Assistance Center, 821 N. Main St., in Old Town Cottonwood (next to City Hall).

The Verde Valley Writers’ Workshop will be held the second and fourth Thursday of each month and will last approximately two hours. Please bring two copies of a writing sample no longer than five pages that will be read to the group and critiqued. Fiction, non-fiction, and poetry are welcome, as are new writers.

The workshop is limited to 10 people. Please call to register at 301-2663 or email Geraldine Birch at

Moonlight Hike at Red Rock

July 3

One of the most popular interpretive hikes at Red Rock State Park is the Moonlight Hike. An unforgettable experience, the Moonlight Hike is a naturalist-led interpretive program on the park’s beautiful trails. The hike lasts from two to 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles.

The Park recommends that you come through the gate approximately 30 minutes before starting time to insure your participation because no late arrivals can be allowed. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (928) 282-6907, and the starting time will also be given. Please wear suitable clothing and shoes (preparing for cool nights) and bring water, a flashlight, and insect spray. A $5 per person program fee will be charged at the time of the reservations. There is also a $10 entrance fee to the Park for a car of four adults. Program fees are non-refundable unless the Park must cancel the hike after your arrival.

Red Rock State Park is located at 4050 Lower Red Rock Loop Road, Sedona.

Dinner with the VFW

June 16

The Veterans of Foreign Wars, at 705 E Aspen St. in Cottonwood, will be serving up beef tips over noodles on Saturday, beginning at 5 p.m. For a donation of $8, you get the entree, salad, dessert and coffee. A before, during or after-dinner drink may be purchased in the lounge.

This is the last VFW monthly dinner until September, so make it a point to come in, enjoy a nice meal, visit the memorabilia museum, talk with veterans. If you are a veteran, and would like to join the VFW, bring in your DD-214, and they’ll sign you up.

A Cowboy’s Wife

June 19

Author and Arizona native, Mary Wyatt will be speaking at the Clemenceau Heritage Museum from 1 to 3 p.m. Mary has written two books, “Momma’s Diary” and “A Cowboy’s Wife”, both of which are available for purchase at the Clemenceau Museum Bookstore.

This is a free presentation and should prove to be fun and informative. The Clemenceau Museum is located at 1 N. Main St. For further information you can call the Museum at 634-2868.

New Farmers Market in Lake Montezuma

Growers are wanted for a new Farmers Market beginning in May at the historic Ranch House Restaurant in Beaver Creek. No charge for grower vendors.

Contact Bob Burke at or at (928) 301-0394.

Beaver Creek Fourth of July Vendor Call

July 4

The Beaver Creek Fourth of July Celebration is from 7 a.m. to noon in Sycamore Park in Lake Montezuma. Both non-profit and commercial vendors are welcome to have display or sales booths in the park for this occasion at no cost. To reserve your spot or for further information, please call Carol Keeton, Beaver Creek Kiwanis President, at (928) 606-4050.

New hours at BC library

The Beaver Creek Library at Beaver Creek Elementary has the new hours of Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Wednesdays, 2 to 6 p.m.; Thursdays, 2 to 6 p.m.; and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Book signing at Sweet Grace

June 16

Sweet Grace Restaurant on Hollamon Street in Camp Verde will host a book signing for two local writers at 10 a.m. Margaret McCoy and Julie McDonald will preview and sign their newly published books.

McDonald is a third generation native of Flagstaff. Her books “Farm Your Front Yard” and “Unbreakable Dolls” will be available. “Farm talks about the trials and success of gardening in our area. “Dolls” Speaks of some of the pioneer women. McCoy’s book, “Legalism - The Other Gospel,” talks about the legalism in many of today’s churches.

Refreshments will be served. Call (928) 567-7264 for more information.

Audition for The Secret Garden

June 18

Auditions will be held for the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) production of The Secret Garden at the Camp Verde Schools Multi-Use Complex theater beginning at 9 a.m. Those auditioning should arrive at 8:45 a.m. and plan to stay for the full two hours. Some of the cast members will be asked to stay for a rehearsal immediately following the audition.

All students who have completed kindergarten through 12th grade are encouraged to audition. No advance preparation is necessary. Assistant directors will also be cast to assist with the technical aspects of the production. There will also be workshops available for all students.

The Secret Garden will be performed June 23 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. For more information, call Helen Freeman at (928) 567-9220.

Diamondback Bus Trip

June 22

Camp Verde Parks & Recreation is now taking reservations for a bus trip to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ game against the Chicago Cubs. Game time is 6:40 p.m. and the cost is $42 per person for bus trip and ticket. Seats are in section 112 and only 40 tickets are available, so hurry and reserve your seat today.

For more information call Parks & Recreation at 567-0535 ext. 136.

Celebrate Flag Day with the Jerome Elks

June 16

The Jerome Elks will hold their annual Flag Day Ceremony. On Saturday, the ceremony will be held at the Jerome Elks located at 100 S. Broadway, Clarkdale. The program begins at 11 a.m. accompanied by music from the Cottonwood Community Band..

Please call the lodge for details at 634-5611.

Clarkdale’s 2012 Concerts in the Park Series:

• June 23, 7-9 p.m., Sentimental Journey sponsored by the Clarkdale-Jerome Lions Club

• July 14, 7-9 p.m., Knuckleheads

• July 28, 7-9 p.m., Janice Paul Quartet

• Aug. 11, 7-9 p.m., Aces N Eights

• Aug. 25, 7-9 p.m., Burnett Family Bluegrass

• Sept. 8, 7-9 p.m., Cadillac Angels - Sponsored by The Clarkdale Foundation

Fill your baskets with CSA

Through Oct. 17

Spaces are now available for the Verde Valley Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) season. Shareholders meet every Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Windmill Park in Cornville to pick up their basket of locally grown, freshly picked produce from area family farms. This is a volunteer-run, nonprofit organization. Shareholders may pay for the season up front for $474 or make two payments of $242 preseason and midseason.

For more information, call Sandy Boyce at (928) 203-1100 or visit

King Daddy at Bent River

June 16

Mike “King Daddy” Morris returns with his own group to kick out the blues at 6 p.m. at Bent River Books & Music, 1010 N. Main St., Cottonwood. Call (928) 634-8332.

Annual Copper Ball benefits Cancer Centers

June 16

The theme of the 10th annual Cooper Ball is “A Trip Around the World,” sponsored by Dell Systems. The black-tie event will take place 6-11:30 p.m. at the beautiful Enchantment Resort in Sedona, and will benefit the Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare at the Verde Valley Medical Center Sedona Campus.

There will be live music, live and silent auctions, dinner and dancing. For more information call (877) 527-5291.

VV Computer Club Meetings

June 16

The Verde Valley Computer Club’s General Meeting will be Saturday with the topic ‘Basics of Blogging’ presented by Kathy Jacobs. Free. Clemenceau Building, Willard Street at Mingus Avenue, Cottonwood. Call Dave 639-0106

Author to speak at Clemenceau

June 19

Two-time author Mary Wyatt will be speaking at the Clemenceau Heritage Museum from 1 to 3 p.m. This is a free event to the public. Wyatt was born and raised on a local ranch and lived in the area for over 80 years. She attended school in Oak Creek Canyon until there were too few students to make a school. Wyatt is both entertaining and informative. For more information, email

Kids Against Hunger host packing event

June 23

Verde Valley Kids Against Hunger will host a Verde Valley community packing event in Verde Valley Medical Center Conference Rooms A & B. The cost to participate in the event is $25 per person and there will be two packing times, 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 10:30-11:30 a.m.

To register, visit, click on the tab titled “Upcoming Events” then “Community Packing Event,” where you can select between the Session 1 or Session 2.

Free skin cancer screenings

June 23

The Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare (CCNAH), along with Northern Arizona Dermatology Center (NAZDC) have teamed up to offer a free skin cancer screening to those individuals who are unable to afford a thorough screening or those who are underinsured.

The screenings are from 9 a.m. to noon at the Verde Valley Medical Center – Sedona Campus, 3700 W. 89A.

Services provided during the clinic include a full-body skin cancer screening, skin cancer education and additional information on sun safety.

Walk-ins will be seen as time allows.

Early detection and being sun smart are the best protection against skin cancers.

The majority of skin cancers can be successfully treated if caught and diagnosed early.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (928) 204-4933 or visit

Awake & Aware Class

June 23

Dr. Marta Adelsman presents the Awake & Aware Class “Say What You Really Mean” from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Healing Arts Center, 753 N. Main St., Cottonwood. Due to its popularity, this class is being repeated. You will identify specific words and phrases that inadvertently spark a reaction in others. Learn alternate words and phrasing that communicate cleanly and clearly. Fee is $10 per person, registration required. Call (928) 451-9482 or email

Chat ‘n’ Chew with Dr. Marta

June 26

Dr. Marta Adelsman hosts the Chat ‘n’ Chew session, “Peace Maintained,” 2:45-4 p.m. at Jerona Java Café in Cottonwood. In this world of financial uncertainty, natural disasters, wars, etc., Marta believes you can maintain a continual sense of inner peace. Learn ways that you can nurture inner calm that stays with you through times of fear and stress. Cost is $10 per person. Call (928) 451-9482.

County recorder speaks to DOVV

June 28

Democrats of the Verde Valley will host Leslie Hoffman, Yavapai County recorder, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at Randall’s Restaurant, 891 S. Main St., Cottonwood. All are welcome to find out about this year’s election changes, where voter centers are located, procedures, etc. Voter registration will be available for anyone needing to register or to change their registration information. President Gary LaMaster will also preview his new book. Bring a non-perishable item for the food bank. Call 634-7563 or see for further info or a ride.

Airport Commission Vacancy

June 29

The City of Cottonwood is seeking applicants for one opening on the Airport Commission. Commission positions are voluntary and non-paid. This vacancy will fill the remainder of a three-year term, which will expire July 1, 2013. Applicants for all of the seats must be tenants/lessees of the Cottonwood Municipal Airport, or shall have a working knowledge of aviation matters. Applicants for these seats are not required to be residents within the corporate limits of the City of Cottonwood.

Commission application forms and a copy of the duties of the commission are available at the City of Cottonwood website:, or from the Human Resources office, 816 N. Main St., or by calling (928) 340-2717. Applications will be accepted at the HR office through 3 p.m., June 29.

Dorothy and Ray sing the blues

June 30

Dorothy and Ray return with a new vocalist and Big Mike on guitar to also kick out the blues. If you caught their Christmas Eve Blues show we know you’ll be back to catch this show. The gig is at Bent River Books & Music, 1010 N. Main St., Cottonwood. Call (928) 634-8332.

Awake & Aware with Dr. Marta

June 30

Dr. Marta Adelsman hosts the Awake & Aware Class, “Awakened Parenting and Grandparenting,” from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Healing Arts Center, 753 N. Main St., Cottonwood. Inevitable challenges come to children as they grow and mature. Learn relationship principles that will support you to instill high self-esteem and confidence in children that will equip them to face life successfully. Fee is $10 per person, pre-registration required. Call (928) 451-9482 or email

Benefit for Cottonwood Public Library

Throughout the month of June, The Manheim Gallery in Old Town Cottonwood is holding an art sale with the proceeds being donated to the Cottonwood Bookmarks/Friends of the Public Library to use for their children’s summer program.

Local artists donated their time and talent to create a theme around books on a 6-by-6-inches canvas. The unframed paintings which are priced at $45 each make especially unique gifts. Contributing artists are Joanne Agostinelli, Sallie Cross, Debbie Czarny, Christine Debrosky, Page Filson, Debbie Gallagher, Debra Geddie, Vada Lovato, Des Matthews, Grace McKee, Gary Melvin, Margo Mitchell, Natalia Moliva, Vic Roseberry, Patrick Whitehorst and Wanda Wood.

The paintings can be purchased from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Wednesdays thru Saturdays at the gallery located at 747 N. Main Street, Cottonwood. Call 928-649-0130 for more information about this opportunity to support the Cottonwood Public Library.

Cottonwood Recreation Center summer gym activities

The Cottonwood Recreation Center will host organized activities for all ages in the gym from 1-4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Mingus Union High School graduate and 3-sport athlete Andrew Hickey and Mingus Union High School Senior Varsity baseball player Robert Valentine will conduct games and tournaments such as, dodge ball, capture the flag, volleyball, basketball, whiffle ball, and ultimate Frisbee. Get off the couch and invite your friends for some good fun for the summer. The only cost to participate in these events is having a membership or purchasing a day pass to the CRC. There is a calendar for June’s gym events at the front desk or call 639-3200 for questions.

Summer break for Fibro/Arthritis Support Group

Sept. 8

The Fibro/Arthritis Support Group will NOT be meeting during the summer months, but will resume the regular second Saturday of the month meetings in September.

Cancer Support Groups available

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.

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

Bricks of Honor help humane society

“Adopt For Life” Center for Animals at the Verde Valley Humane Society is offering bricks for the Bricks Of Honor Walk to support the facility.

Large bricks are $100 each, and small bricks are $60.

Make check payable to the: Verde Valley Humane Society, P.O. Box 1429 (1520 W. Mingus Ave.) Cottonwood AZ 86326. This is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.

For more information, call (928) 634-7387.

Compassionate Friends meeting

The Compassionate Friends is a support group for parents and siblings after the death of a child. TCF meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month at Mountain View United Methodist Church, 901 S. 12th St. in Cottonwood. For more information contact Janet Kelly at (928) 301-1739 or Kristina Bonfoey at 451-1869.

Zumba Gold Fitness

Verde Valley Senior Center, 500 E. Cherry St., Cottonwood, hosts Zumba Gold Fitness with instructor Sue Wordinger on Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m. and Fridays at 10 a.m. The fee is $5 per class. Open to all ages. This is a moderate aerobic workout to Latino dance music and a great way to have fun and stay fit. No partner needed!

Call (928) 634-5450 or visit

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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