What's Happening 3-28-12

Friday Night Dances

April 6

The High Desert Kickers invite everyone to the next once-a-month Friday Night Dance at the Cottonwood Civic Center in Old Town Cottonwood. The dance is 7-10 p.m. Cost is $5. Both line and couples dancers are welcome, or just watch for free.

For more information, call Dent t (928) 202-1603 or Jean at 567-5874.

Theosophical Society meets

April 14

Looking to join an alternative spiritual study group based on ageless wisdom teachings? The Theosophical Society in the Verde Valley meets 2-4:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month at the Mystic Realm in Camp Verde. For more information, call (928) 567-0011 or email mysticalrealm01@gmail.com.

Digital Camera SIG

March 29

The Verde Valley Computer Club will hold their Digital Camera Special Interest Group (SIG) meeting Thursday at 6 p.m. Topic will be ‘Basic Editing of Pictures’. Should you need help with your camera bring your questions, camera and manual.

The public is invited to attend this free meeting. We are Users Helping Users and meet at the Clemenceau Building, Willard Street at Mingus Avenue, Cottonwood. Dave (928) 639-0106

Birding Festival in the wind

April 26-29

The Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival is at Dead Horse Ranch State Park. Saturday is a free “Family Nature Fair“ with presentations, activities and games for the whole family. If you have Scouts working on nature related merit badges, they have a workshop titled “Scouting for Butterflies.”

They are also an official Centennial event and will have special presentations that Saturday on the early naturalists, the planting of a Centennial tree, and dedication of a new flagpole. The keynote banquet is held on Friday. You must register for festival field trips.

Find more festival information and registration at www.birdyverde.org.

Rising Star concert in Cottonwood

April 1

The Verde Valley Concert Association’s “Rising Star” concert takes place on Sunday at Peace Lutheran Church, 1450 E. Fir Street, Cottonwood, at 3 p.m. The winners of the Scholarship Competition will perform and receive their awards at the concert.

Select officer candidates for VVPOA

April 9

The VVPOA will hold a special general meeting aimed at selecting candidates for all open officers and village directors. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. All residents are welcome to attend, dues paid members are the only ones who may vote.

Learn practical communication skills

April 9-30

Rachel Garmon and Doris Ehrler are offering an introductory course to learn practical communication skills that improve the quality of relationships at home, at work, and in the community. The model that is being used during this course is based on Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication (NVC), the purpose of which is to build relationships of trust where everyone’s values are equally respected and people are inspired to cooperate with each other.

The course will be Mondays at 2:15 p.m. at the Osher Life Long Learning Institute (OLLI) on the Sedona Campus of the Yavapai Community College. For registration call OLLI at (928) 649-5550 or 649-4275.

Beaver Creek Egg Hunt

April 7

The Beaver Creek Easter Egg Hunt registration starts at 9 a.m. on the Ranch House Restaurant grounds, 4250 N. Montezuma Ave. in Lake Montezuma. The hunting starts promptly at 10 a.m. Children 12 years old and under may participate. The first race will be for those ages 0 to 3, followed by 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. They have lots of eggs stuffed with candies and trinkets and also some larger prizes. This free event is sponsored by the K-Kids Club at Beaver Creek School and the Beaver Creek Kiwanis. Please bring your children to enjoy this tradition.

Buzzard Bonfire

March 31

The Buzzard Bonfire will be held behind the Ranch House Restaurant from 5 to 7 p.m.  S’mores packets will be sold by the Key Club to benefit The Eliminate Project. Music, Storytelling, and poetry will be enjoyed around the fire.  For further information, please call Carol Keeton at (928) 606-4050.

Open Book Club meets

April 2

The Open Book Club will meet at 1:30 p.m. at Beaver Creek Adult Center in Lake Montezuma. They will each discuss a non-fiction book we’ve recently read. If you’re a reader looking for new ideas, authors or titles, they would love to have your input and your presence. For more information, call (928) 301-3484.

Spring cleanup in Beaver Creek

This year the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors has really made available excellent spring cleanup opportunities to the residents of the Beaver Creek area. Residents may dump household goods for free on April 4, 6, & 7 at the Camp Verde Transfer Station and may use the transfer station for free slash drop off through June 1. Also there is a special free Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Event on April 14, 8 a.m.-noon only, at the Verde Valley Roads Dept on 4000 Cherry Creek Road.

Montezuma Well by Moonlight

April 6

Park rangers invite the public to get out and enjoy Montezuma Well after dark. Enjoy the sunset, and watch the full moon rise over the Mogollon Rim.

Guests will have the opportunity to see the Well in a special light and even see the moon at high magnification through a large, ten-inch telescope.

Gates will be open from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Rangers will be along the trails.

Flashlights are allowed as long as the lens is covered with a red filter.

The Park Service will have red cellophane and a rubber band for those who do not have this.

The program is free, and no reservations are necessary.

For more information, please call the Montezuma Well ranger station at (928) 567-4521.

Meet the Camp Verde Marshal

March 28

The Camp Verde Marshal’s Office would like to extend an Invitation to all Camp Verde residents to come meet the new Town Marshal, Nancy Gardner, on Wednesday 5-6 p.m. at the Marshal’s Office located at 646 S First St.

Camp Verde Women Taking Action

March 28

Camp Verde Women Taking Action has undertaken the renovation of Rezzonico Park, located near the Camp Verde Library. On Wednesday, they will move forward with the project plan and timeline to create a community park for all to enjoy.

Meet at Sweet Grace’s Restaurant, 37 W. Hollamon St., from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to be part of this important planning session.

For information, contact Charlotte Chase at (928) 227-2992.

Denim & Lace seeks donations for auction

April 14

The Camp Verde Library Endowment Board would like to announce that preparations are underway for the 11th Denim & Lace Dinner and Auction to be held in April.

The board would like to invite Camp Verde Chamber members to participating with us by making a donation of goods, services, gift cards, or other appropriate donations, which might be used for the live and/or silent auctions.  If you would be inclined to make such a donation to the 501(c)(3) organization please contact Jim Ash (928) 567-6362 or Charlie German 567-3596. 

They can provide you with additional information and make arrangement for pick up of donations.  

Iris Society meeting

March 28

The Verde Valley Area Iris Society (VAIS) is will be holding its March meeting in Cottonwood, 5:30-7 p.m., at the Yavapai County Building, 10 S. Sixth St., Supervisor’s Room, first floor. Nora Graf, MG, will do a presentation on “The Iris Show.”

It will include information on preparing for an iris show and how to do a simple iris arrangement.

The Verde Valley is so unique; it can grow almost any type of iris.

For more info, contact Linda at (928) 567-7470 or irisgrower@cableone.net.

Dan Engler folk music Friday at Clemenceau Museum

March 30

Cornville’s Dan Engler will provide original folk music as well as gems from the deepest corners of the Americana-Folk treasure chest Friday, March 30, at the Clemenceau Heritage Museum March 30, 11 a.m. to noon.

Engler’s self-penned songs tap into his own life experiences and his reflections on having lived in Arizona for more than 40 years and the Verde Valley for 26 years.

The Clemenceau Heritage Museum is located at 1 N Willard St. in Cottonwood. (928) 634-2868

Uncork your inner artist with wine party classes

March 31

Bring your friends, open a bottle of Verde Valley wine and reconnect with your artistic side with a new, entertaining experience as the Verde Valley Wine Trail hosts the first series of Wine pARTy classes.

Wine pARTy classes are for anyone who has wanted to learn to paint and express their creativity, all while sipping on great wine in a relaxed, social atmosphere. The first class will take place in the courtyard at Crema Café in Old Town Cottonwood.

For a complete list of courses and additional information, visit VVWineTrail.com/winepARTy.

Loven Family Run to benefit VVMC Hospice Home

March 31

The inaugural Loven Family Run to benefit the building of the Verde Valley Medical Center Hospice Home is set at the Blazin’ M Ranch in Cottonwood. Sponsored by the Loven family and hosted by the Verde Valley Medical Center Foundation, the event features a family 2K run/walk, a 5K run/walk and a 10K run.

Participants ‘take their mark’ at 8 a.m., and after crossing the finish line are treated to an old-fashioned country breakfast. Registration fees are $30 for the 5K and $35 for the 10K; fees for the 2K family run are $50 for up to four family members or $20 for individual participants. Spectators and bystanders may join participants at breakfast for just $8. For more information or to register, visit virtualroster.com or call (928) 773-2135.

Auto show at Mingus Union

March 31

Mingus Union High School students will sponsor the annual auto show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Entry fees are $20 per vehicle and $2 for spectators. All categories of vehicles may be entered on the day of the show, including classic, antique, truck and motorcycle.

Food and T-shirts will be available for purchase. Judging will be done by students. The show will be in the parking lot at 1801 E. Fir St. in Cottonwood. For information, email jnaef@muhs.com.

Mayors March-A-Mile for Meals

March 31

The fourth annual “Mayors’ March-a-Mile for Meals” sign-in is at 8 a.m., with the 2-mile walk from Verde Valley Senior Center, 500 E. Cherry St., Cottonwood beginning at 9 a.m.

Pancake & sausage breakfast provided by Randall’s & Denny’s Restaurant will prepared by the Clarkdale-Verde Kiwanis Club at 9 a.m. Entrants submitting pledges of $25 or more will receive a complimentary breakfast. All other attendees will be charged $5. Reservations for breakfast must be made in advance by non-participants.

Registration & Pledge sheets are available at the Verde Valley Senior Center 500 E. Cherry St. or at the website www.verdevalleyseniorcenter.org. For more information call Debbie Moore at (928) 634-5450.

Ham radio club offers testing session

March 31

The Verde Valley Amateur Radio Association is sponsoring an Amateur Radio License testing session at 9 a.m. at the Cottonwood Public Safety Building.  The cost $15.  

Knowing Morse Code is no longer a requirement, so becoming a HAM is easier than ever.  

Anyone interested in learning about Ham radio or becoming a technician is encouraged to visit www.vvara.org or call Tim Henriksen, (928) 204-6410.  Pre-registration for the testing is recommended, but walk-ins are allowed.

Cottonwood Dances of Universal Peace

March 31

Dances of Universal Peace are 7 to 9 pm, at the Old Town Center for the Arts, Studio B, 633 N. Fifth St. at North Main. These dances are spiritual meditative circle dances, inspired by chants and mantras from the world’s spiritual traditions. These simple dances, accompanied by live music, are all taught as we do them. Suggested donation $8. More info: www.dup-naz.org.

Apply to Head Start

Cottonwood Head Start and Early Head Start ate currently accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year. Head Start is a federally funded program for income eligible children from 0 to 5 years of age. We also serve children with special needs. Questions? Call (928) 634-8236.

Verde River Citizens Alliance events

The Verde River Citizens Alliance has several events coming up this spring.

• April 1 - The Backyard Garden Expo sponsored by The Verde Thumbs Garden Club at the Old Town Center for the Arts 2-6 p.m. is offering another opportunity to present the scale model rain water catchment system to the public.

April 26-28 - The Verde Valley Birding Festival at Dead Horse Ranch State Park provides a display of the scale model rain water catchment system. As always the VRCA will be sponsoring and staffing canoe rides to promote the Verde River.

May 19 - Tour the Waste Water Treatment plant in Camp Verde. Come and see how the dedicated staff of the Sanitary District use cutting edge technology to protect the Verde River.

Back Yard Garden Expo

April 1

The Back Yard Garden Expo, presented by The Verde Thumbs Garden Club, concludes the week long activities of Gardens For Humanity’s Spring Planting Festival from 2 to 6 p.m. at The Old Town Center for the Arts, 633 N. Fifth St, Cottonwood. Speakers include Janice Montgomery, Bob Burke and Jan Albright.

This event is free to the public. For more information visit the web site at www.gardensforhumanity.org.

Operation Graduation meeting

April 2

The next organizational meeting for 2012 Mingus Union High School Operation Graduation Committee is at 6 p.m. in the MUHS library. Parents of Mingus seniors are urged to attend.

Operation Graduation is a drug and alcohol free, fully chaperoned event specifically organized to keep the Class of 2012 graduates and their friends in a safe but fun environment to celebrate their successful completion of high school. It will be held at the Cottonwood Recreation Center from 10 p.m. Friday, May 25, until 4 a.m. Saturday, May 26.

Prize donations from the community are being accepted. A raffle fundraiser is under way offering a grand prize of $2012, as well as five $100 prizes. Tickets are $5 a piece or five for $20.

If you would like to donate food to help feed a crowd of hungry teenagers, please contact Mary Sanders at (928) 639-0681. Community members and local businesses can also contribute though monetary donations, prizes and/or gift certificates. Checks can be made payable to “Operation Graduation” and mailed or delivered directly to Mingus Union High School, 1801 E. Fir St., Cottonwood, AZ 86326.

Local author at Cottonwood Public Library

April 4

Meet Arizona author Ina Gesell Sovereign and hear her story of losing three sons and suffering abuse from two husbands. She will be at the Cottonwood Public Library from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In “The Potter and the Clay: Surviving Life’s Hardest Blows with Faith and a Smile,” Sovereign chronicles her physical and emotional journey. Her travels include moves from Alaska to the South Pacific and back.

The library is located at 100 S. 6th St. in Cottonwood.

Join computer beginners class

April 4

The Verde Valley Computer Club has openings available for the next Beginners Class Series. There are six weekly classes in each series. The classes are designed for beginning computer users and are at the hands-on learning center at Cottonwood Middle School from 4:15 to 6:15 p.m. There is a refundable charge for the textbook. Donations accepted.

For more information, call Barbara Wall at (928) 567-4222.

Easter Egg Hunt in Cottonwood

April 7

Cottonwood Parks & Recreation sponsors the annual Old-Fashioned Easter Egg Hunt starting at 10 a.m. at Riverfront Park with the youngest of five age divisions.

Contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (928) 639-3200.

Discuss late-life depression

April 12

Verde Valley Medical Center (VVMC) is sponsoring the Take Note Cottonwood Lecture Series. The next lecture, “Tarnishing the Golden Years – Late Life Depression,” will feature Donald Curran, D.O. The lecture begins at 5 p.m. in VVMC’s Conference Room B, 269 S. Candy Lane. To R.S.V.P. or for more information on this free event, call (928) 639-6551.

Sign up now for Children’s Celebration

April 14

Sign up now to be part of the Verde Valley’s 19th Children’s Celebration from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Sponsored by Buena Vista Children’s Services, the annual event is held as part of Child Abuse Prevention month and is held at the Cottonwood Civic Center in Old Town.

Call (9280 646-5200.

Trail ride benefits Relay for Life

April 15

Everyone has somehow been affected by cancer. Honor someone you love and have fun too on the Rio Verde Roverettes Trail Ride to benefit Relay for Life of the Verde Valley.

Be ready to ride at 10 a.m.

Bring your own horse. Donation is $20, and lunch will be provided.

From Cottonwood, take 89A toward Sedona. A quarter-mile past the Scenic Overlook, at milemarker 364, turn right on 89B. A parking lot is on the right less than a quarter-mile in.

For information, call Pam at (928) 202-9427 or Janet at (928) 925-6990.

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