Chili cooks and tasters needed
The fourth annual Cornville Chili Cook-Off is scheduled Saturday, June 2, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Windmill Park. It’s time to get cookin’.
Dazzle everyone with your specialty, watch the preparation, taste the chili and vote for your favorite. It all takes place in Cornville.
The chili cook-off is sanctioned by CASI, the Chili Appreciation Society International, Yavapai Chili Society.
To register, contact Lois Hook at 649-3190 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Last year, Lois says about 15 cooks joined the Cornville Cook-off competition. All the proceeds return to the Cornville Community Association.
A small fee of $3 is charged for a tasting cup and spoon. Lois says you may taste as much as you like. But be sure to vote for your favorite.
There are two awards. The People’s Choice award is granted to the cook that gathers the most votes from the general competition, but special judges chose the Competition Red Chili is awarded to the Red Chili Chefs contestants.
There is a $10 entrance fee for Red Chili Chefs only, but no entrance fee to enter the People’s Choice competition.
Cornfest returns to Camp Verde in July
Camp Verde’s 21st Cornfest is right around the corner, July 20-21. Vendor spaces are available for this fun event. There will be a beer garden, lots of fun activities for the family and entertainment as well. There also will be lots of roasted corn along with other delights to satisfy your taste senses. Call Camp Verde Promotions at 928-300-7077 or email to email@example.com if you’re looking for a vendor space or if you just have questions.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7400 Memorial Day observance
On Friday, May 25, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7400 will place crosses on veterans’ graves in cemeteries from Jerome to Sedona. These crosses are in tribute to all veterans who have served and are no longer with us. They will remain through Monday, May 28. If you visit the grave of a veteran over the Memorial Day period, and there is no cross, PLEASE, do not move one from another deserving veteran’s grave, but call 634-9769 or 649-2129 to report the oversight, and we will get one placed there. We also ask that you not take the crosses, as we will need them for following years.
The Post will be serving our S.O.S. breakfast on Saturday, May 26, at 705 E Aspen St, Cottonwood, beginning at 8:30 a.m. For a donation of $5 you get a substantial serving of S.O.S. or pancakes and sausage. This is open to anyone who wishes to contribute toward helping our Valley Veterans and their families.
The annual Memorial Day Ceremony will take place at Clarkdale’s Valley View Cemetery, May 28, beginning at 11 a.m. Shade, some seating (you may bring your own), and water will be available. Bring the family, and help us honor our departed comrades and loved ones.
Hawaiian Luau dinner at American Legion Post 93
The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 93, 286 S. Third St., in Camp Verde, is hosting the third annual Hawaiian Luau Dinner on Saturday, May 19. Dinner will be served from 5-7 p.m. Enjoy a Hawaiian Dinner for only $10 per plate.
Live music for listening and dancing will be provided by Charleah’s Happy Days Band starting at 5:30 p.m. Come early and enjoy the special entertainment preformed by the Junior Auxiliary Girls just prior to the Happy Days Band at 5:30 p.m.
Beginner hula classes for women
Kehau Chrisman, Kumu Hula (Hula Master) from Hawaii, announces open enrollment for Beginning-Hula Women’s Class, ages 16 and older, in Cottonwood on June 4, 7-8 p.m.
The cost for this six-week workshop is $48, payable at the first session. Classes will be held every Monday at the Cottonwood Civic Center in Old Town Cottonwood, 805 N. Main Street. Participants should bring notepaper, and wear something comfortable. This initial stage will run 6 weeks, and participants will have the option of continuing on a weekly basis after that.
Chrisman, formerly of Hawaii and now a Cottonwood resident, has been teaching hula in Cottonwood since early 2004. Halau (school) members now number over 50, and spans from Prescott Valley to Flagstaff. Chrisman has 30 years of hula experience and has been fully trained as a Kumu Hula (Hula Master), graduating with formal ceremonies in 2000. Her hula lineage of teaching includes an integration of Hawaiian dance, music, language and culture. Hula has great depth and is more than just dance movement.
For more information, visit www.arizonahula.com. You can also call Kehau Chrisman at 639-4683.
Snow White and Seven Dwarfs
The students of Central Arizona Dance Company will present Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs children’s ballet. The performance will be presented at the Camp Verde Multi-plex Theater, Saturday May 19. Show time is 7 p.m., and doors open at 6:15 p.m. The cost for tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children 11 and younger.
For more information call Lucy Couch (928) 567-4778
Dive in and help
the Cottonwood Clippers
The 31st annual Cottonwood Clippers Swim Team Booster’s membership drive is under way! Local businesses and swim families are encouraged to show their support of the swim team by joining the Clipper Boosters. There are four different levels of participation available. Some of the business booster advantages are: seasonal banner at the pool all season, year-round web ad link to your business website, and more. The Clippers swim team was implemented to aid, encourage, and assist in the support of a competitive swimming program. If interested, please contact Terry at 634-8633.
Democrats of the Verde Valley host Angela LeFevre
On May 24, Democrats of the Verde Valley will host Angela LeFevre, candidate for AZ Legislature, and Marsha Busching, candidate for AZ Corporation Commission, at their monthly meeting.
The location is Randall’s Restaurant, 891 S. Main St., Cottonwood, 6:30 pm. All are welcome. Bring a friend, and enjoy the refreshements. Bring a non-perishable food item for the Food Bank. Call 639-3688 or 634-7563 or see www.dovv.org
Support group for caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients meets June 6
Alzheimer’s disease is increasingly prevalent as people live longer, and their caregivers are often in need of support and helpful resources. The first Wednesday of each month, Verde Valley Presbyterian Church hosts a support group for caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients from 10-11 a.m. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, June 6, at Verde Valley Presbyterian Church, 1500 E. Hombre Drive, in Cottonwood. This support group is open to all. For information, call Barbara at (928) 634-2638 or Fran at (928) 634-6495.
Zumbathon to benefit Northern Arizona Hospice
Looking to practice your dance moves and support a great cause? Then join the Zumbathon to benefit Northern Arizona Hospice patients and the building of the new Verde Valley Hospice Home. The fun-filled event is 2-4 p.m., Saturday, June 2, at the Cottonwood Civic Center, 805 N. Main St.
The suggested donation for the two-hour event is $15.
For more information call 928-639-6676.
Verde Valley Computer Club Meeting
Saturday, May 19, 9:30 a.m., the Verde Valley Computer Club General Meeting will have Judy Young with the presentation of “Remote Assistance.” Free. Clemenceau Building, Willard Street at Mingus Avenue, Cottonwood. Call Dave, 639-0106
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at (928) 301-0394.
LMPOA Guest Speakers
The Lake Montezuma Property Owners meet the first Monday of each month at 5 p.m. in the Beaver Creek Adult Center, 4250 E, Zuni Way near the Lake Montezuma Post Office. The June guest will be Tom Thurman, candidate for the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors. The County proposed ordinance change allowing chickens on all property sizes will also be discussed. Everyone is welcome to attend. For further information contact Janet Aniol at (928) 592-2839.
Beaver Creek Fourth of July Vendor Call
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.
Clean up Day at Cemetery
There will be a clean up day at Middle Verde Cemetery. Gates will be open by 7 a.m. Bring your own tools.
Hawaiian luau dinner at Legion Post 93
The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 93, 286 S. Third St., in Camp Verde, is hosting the third annual Hawaiian Luau Dinner on Saturday.
Dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Enjoy a Hawaiian Dinner for only $10 pr plate.
Live music for listening and dancing will be provided by Charleah’s Happy Days Band starting at 5:30 p.m.
Come early and enjoy the special entertainment preformed by the Junior Auxiliary Girls just prior to the Happy Days Band at 5:30 p.m.
Verde Valley Friends of NRA Banquet
There will be a Verde Valley Friends of NRA Banquet from 4:30 to 10 p.m. The event, to be held at the Clarkdale Elk’s Lodge, 100 S. Broadway Road, will feature a prime rib dinner, bucket raffles for prizes, early bird drawings for special prizes, live auctions, silent auctions, and multiple games for guns, optics, extra raffle tickets, etc. As an added bonus this year, raffle ticket packages purchased by May 31 will be doubled. Seating is limited to just 200 participants so buy your tickets early at Smoke-N-Guns in Cottonwood, 322 S. Main St., or contact Gari Basham at (928) 451-1251.
Clarkdale P&R offers Zumba with Rose
Clarkdale Parks & Recreation is proud to offer Zumba with Rose. Come dance yourself fit. Great music, good company and lots of fun. Classes are held on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9 a.m. and Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. in the Clark Memorial Clubhouse Auditorium located at 19 N. Ninth St., Clarkdale. The first class is free. Cost is $5 per class or a 10-class pass may be purchased for $40. For more information contact Rose at (928) 639-1554 or email: email@example.com.
Fish dinner with the Moose
Loyal Order of Moose, a nonprofit organization, has a fish dinner each Friday. The menu includes baked fish, fried fish, shrimp, chicken, and combo plates. The kitchen is clean and inspected by Yavapai County, and the volunteer kitchen helpers have health cards. Dinner is 5-7 p.m. Moose Lodge, 1051 S. Broadway, Clarkdale. Call (928) 634-8668 if you have any questions.
Historic markers at Cornville PO sites
There will be a dedication of historic markers at the original sites of the Cornville Post Office & Store at 1 p.m. at Windmill Gardens, 9550 E. Cornville Road, Cornville. Guest speaker is Chip Davis, Yavapai County supervisor, with honored guests Margaret Chick Miller and Chick Family Members. There will be refreshments. The event is hosted by Cornville Historical Society in cooperation with Windmill Gardens and Banker Insulation.
Fill your baskets with CSA
May 23-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 www.localharvest.org/verde-valley-csa-M19008
Legion Post sets Memorial Day observance
The American Legion Post 135 in Cornville proudly announces their second annual Memorial Day weekend event, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Cornville Windmill Park. The public is invited and welcome to attend. Keynote speaker is Chip Davis, Yavapai County Supervisor for District 3.
Old Corral Bar is permitting participants to park at 11375 E. Cornville Road. The Verde Valley Veterans Van is providing a shuttle. For more information contact Merl Floyd at 399-0901 or Jim Strande at 649-3374.
VVPOA spaghetti dinner
The VVPOA will offer another spaghetti dinner on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the VVPOA clubhouse. To find the clubhouse turn off 260 toward the river on Del Rio. From there just follow the blue signs. There will be meat or meatless sauce, salad and garlic bread.
They offer soft drinks for 50 cents. Water, tea and coffee are free. The charge is $7 per person with children 3 and under free. All are welcome. Bring your own wine.
Alexander at Bent River
Sedona Alexander returns with a guitar-oriented show featuring his warm vocals and considerable musicianship. The set starts at 6 p.m. at Bent River Books & Music, 1010 N. Main St., Cottonwood. Call (928) 634-8332.
Renowned author explains ancient cranial deformation
Why have so many ancient civilizations around the world used head-binding or cranial deformation? This question, largely avoided by archeologists and historians, has finally been addressed in a new book by David Childress and Brian Foerster. Author David Childress explores the research that has taken him to Egypt, Peru, Mexico, Malta and China. He will give a short talk and slide show at Adventures Unlimited Books, 1020 N. Main St., Cottonwood from 2 to 5:30 p.m.
For further information call Adventures Unlimited Books at (928) 639-1664.
Cottonwood Contra Dance
Join in the fun for our last contra dance of the season on Saturday. Contra dancing is moving, active, aerobic exercise -- it’s dancing to live traditional fiddle music (such as jigs and reels...) as a caller teaches and calls each dance. This month our band is Updraft from Flagstaff, with calling by Deb Comly. Beginners and newer dancers should be sure to come at 6:30 for a pre-dance lesson; regular contra dancing is 7-10 p.m. No partner or experience is necessary. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. The dance is at the Cottonwood Civic Center, 805 N. Main Street in Old Town Cottonwood. Cost is $7 per dancer, $5 for students and $4 for ages 16 and under. Call (928) 634-0486 for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.azwedance.org.
SPAM tasting contest
Get out your favorite Spam recipe and join us on Sunday at 1 p.m. for the first Spam tasting contest, Spamorama.
Entry Fee is $5; tasting fee is $5 (for all entries). There will be prizes, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 25, 480 Calvary Way.
To enter, or if you have questions, call Diane Sommers, 634-3947
Chat ‘n’ Chew to expose the ego
Join Dr. Marta Adelsman for her monthly Chat ‘n’ Chew discussion 2:45-4 p.m. entitled “The Ego’s Tricks.” It will be held at Jerona Café in Cottonwood (located on Mingus Avenue across from the Post Office).
The fee for the event is $10 per person, and the establishment requests that participants purchase coffee or food. Discussion begins at 3, with the first 15 minutes available to purchase something to eat or drink. Call (928) 451-9482 or e-mail email@example.com for more details.
Candidates to address Democrats
Democrats of the Verde Valley (DOVV) will host AZ Legislative candidate Angela LeFevre and Corporation Commissioner candidate Marsha Busching at their next meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Randall’s Restaurant, 891 Main St., Cottonwood. Come hear from these dynamic candidates. All are welcome. Refreshments provided. Bring a non-perishable food item for the Food Bank. For info call 639-3688, 634-7563 or see www.dovv.org.
Solo show by Chicky
Verde Valley favorite Chicky plays a solo show at 6 p.m. at Bent River Books & Music, 1010 N. Main St., Cottonwood. Call (928) 634-8332.
Cottonwood Dances of Universal Peace
Dances of Universal Peace 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. The next dance is from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Old Town Center for the Arts, Studio B, 633 N. Fifth St. at North Main. More info: www.dup-naz.org.
Austin recording artist Cara Marie
Austin recording artist Cara Marie returns with her great voice and original songs at 6 p.m. at Bent River Books & Music, 1010 N. Main St., Cottonwood. Call (928) 634-8332.
New songs from Cactus Cats
Popular country duo Cactus Cats returns with a new batch of originals and traditional songs at 6 p.m. at Bent River Books & Music, 1010 N. Main St., Cottonwood. Call (928) 634-8332.
King Daddy at Bent River
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
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.