House of Ruth Walk for Life adds Verde Valley Life Run 5K, 10K
The House of Ruth will be holding its 23rd Walk for Life and their 1st Verde Valley Life Run on Saturday, October 27th at the Verde Baptist Church located at 102 S. Willard Street in Cottonwood. This is the ministries largest fundraiser for the year and it offers fun, food, and entertainment for the entire family. Several activities from Arizona Jumps will provide fun for the children and there will be face painting and homemade ice cream.
A breakfast will be served from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. to say thank you to the faithful walkers, runners, supporters and their families.
Registration for the Walk and the Run will be available at the church on Friday evening, Oct. 26 5-7 p.m. On the morning of the event, runners can register at 7 a.m. and walkers starting at 7:30 a.m.
New this year is a pool party for the youth groups that participate in the Walk for Life. It is being held at the Cottonwood Recreation Center on 6th street. The event begins 5:30 on Friday evening, Oct. 26.
Packets are available at the House of Ruth, 1198 E. Mingus Ave. in Cottonwood and several of the local churches. Packets also can be picked up at three locations in the Verde Valley: Healthy Thymes in Camp Verde at 545 S. Main Street, Quilter’s Store and Gallery in Sedona at 3075 West Highway 89A, and in Cottonwood at Planet Video in the Safeway shopping center.
The Verde Valley LifeRun offers a 5K and 10K race this year. For more information, or to register online go to www.VerdeLifeRun.org. You can register on line for the run until October 25th 11:59 p.m.
Prizes will be awarded to the walkers in three categories based on the amount raised. Church groups and service organizations are invited to participate. There will be prizes for the winners of the races, too.
The House of Ruth is a non-profit organization that provides free and confidential pregnancy testing, mentoring, and referrals. Through involvement in our parenting classes, families receive assistance with maternity and baby clothing, diapers, formula and baby furnishings.
Please contact the House of Ruth at 634-0212 for more information.
Last Friday of the Month at the Clemenceau Museum
Oct. 26 the Clemenceau Museum will present Faye Johnson and Betty Gaudy speaking on “Growing up in the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl and World War ll.” Gaudy grew up in Washington State, while Johnson grew up in Colorado along the Kansas-Oklahoma border, right in the heart of the dust bowl.
In the 1940’s when Faye’s husband Don was drafted, Faye worked for the Defense Air research in what was considered “men only” jobs. This is a free presentation to the public.
The presentation will be held at the Museum located at 1 North Willard in Cottonwood.
For questions or anyone who would like to give a presentation please call 634-2868. Don’t forget to mark your calendar Nov. 10, for the annual Zeke Taylor Barbeque.
Community forum on local food hub
The Verde Valley Agricultural Coalition in partnership with the City of Cottonwood will be hosting a food forum focusing on local food hubs.
The USDA explains that, “Regional food hubs are key mechanisms for creating large, consistent, reliable supplies of mostly locally or regionally produced foods (USDA, 2012).” The potential for such a facility in the Verde Valley is great. However, networking and idea sharing on behalf of the region is necessary to take this idea to the next level. Therefore, the forum will provide expert panel speakers and allow for questions and discussion.
The community forum will further discuss the food hub model as well as explore other ideas, potential barriers and next steps. The forum will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the Cottonwood Recreation Center from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pre-registration is $15. The price for admittance at the door will be $20. A local lunch will be provided. Space is limited so please register at www.yc.edu/foodhub or contact the Business Assistance Center at 928-340-2740.
Verde Valley Toys for Tots Golf Tourney Oct. 21
Oct. 21, Verde Valley Toys for Tots organization will host its annual golf tournament at Oak Creek Country Club in the Village of Oak Creek.
Check in is 8 a.m., tee off in a scramble format at 9 a.m. Cost is $90, which includes green fees, cart, lunch, promotional items, water ... and if you bring a $10 toy, a free raffle ticket. There will be a car (Larry Green Chevrolet) awarded for a hole-in-one on one of the par 3s and prizes for other holes-in-one. Also, there will be cash awards for winning four-person teams, men, and women.
A silent auction of art, entertainment, wine, and handmade items will be available for all, including non-golfers. There are dozens of raffle prizes, too.
Join the fun by calling 649-3747(Kris) or 634-7563(Jan) or register at the course.
This tournament provides added toys needed for our Christmas parties in December, and bicycles for the drawings held then.
Be an angel for the Giving Angels
Do you own your own sewing machine? Would you to like to help The Giving Angels sew a simple project as a donation?
The Giving Angels is dedicated to delivering gifts during the holiday season to the many low income, aging seniors in the Verde Valley of Northern Arizona. Our all-volunteer force has been active for eight years. We have filled gift bags with over 6,000 items delighting more than 450 seniors each year, many who have no one to remember them.
This year we formalized our effort by becoming a non-profit corporation to allow donors to receive a tax deduction for their generous giving.
This holiday season we would like all 500 seniors on our list to receive a cozy neck wrap. These will be included in the gift bags distributed in December.
Our goal is to have as many tubes sewn as possible and ready to be filled by November 11 for Mitzvah Day. We will continue to make them until delivery of the gift bags in December. Please let us know if you would like to help honor our seniors by making neck wraps to warm them this winter.
Contact Brenda Cosse at 928-254-3930 for more information on this project or for other ways you can help.
Book sale at Cottonwood Library
The Cottonwood Bookmarks/Friends of the Public Library organization is holding a half price sale during the month of October. Their book boutique area is located just inside the door from the library parking lot at 100 S. Sixth St. All books and magazines are 50 percent off. Volunteers will be stocking the area on a daily basis. Bookmarks members who bring their current membership card receive an additional discount. The library is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Monday and Saturday.
For additional information, please call the library at 928-634-7559.
Jewish Community plans Friday night Shabbat Service
The Jewish Community of Sedona and Verde Valley will host a Social Action Shabbat service at their synagogue on Friday, Nov. 2, starting at 7:30 p.m. with dessert reception to follow.
The synagogue is located at 100 Meadowlark Drive near Chapel roundabout on State Route 179. Rabbi Alicia Magal will lead the service which highlights liturgy and music that inspire us to seek social justice through social action.
Community members of all faiths are invited. Leaders from social action and community organizations will be present to talk about volunteer opportunities.
For more information, call 928-204-1286
Coffee Talk Oct. 18 at Rec Center
Cottonwood Mayor Diane Joens and city planners will meet with the public for Coffee Talk at the Cottonwood Recreation Center on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 8 a.m. Cottonwood community members are encouraged to attend and participate in small group exercises to discuss the topics related to the city’s 2025 General Plan update.
The General Plan acts as a blueprint for future growth and development in the city. Coffee and Danish will be served.
The Cottonwood Recreation Center is located at 150 South 6th Street. Residents with questions regarding the General Plan may call Nikki Arbeiter, Planner, at 928-634-5505, Ext. 3322, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jerome Halloween Ball
The Jerome Fire Department Auxiliary will hold its 38th annual Halloween Ball at Spook Hall Oct. 27 beginning at 9 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. Los Guys will entertain. Tickets are $10 at the door. A full cash bar will be available. You must be 21, and an I.D. will be required. Also there will be a costume contest with prizes.
Taste of Home Cooking School coming to Cottonwood
The famed Taste of Home Cooking School, attended by nearly 5 million people over the last 20 years, is coming to Cottonwood. So grab your spatula, as well as family, friends and neighbors, and join us for a fun-filled cooking experience on Saturday, Oct. 27, doors open at 4 p.m., Mingus Union High School, 1801 E. Fir Ave.
To order tickets, call 634-2241, ext. 6012, or stop by The Verde Independent at 116 S. Main St., or the Camp Verde Bugle, 281 S. 3rd St. in Camp Verde.
Every year, more than 300 Taste of Home Cooking School events attract up to 300,000 people. With cooking demonstrations by the Taste of Home team, led by Jamie Dunn, attendees will learn seasonal recipes that are perfect for every holiday and occasion, and every skill level. Like all Taste of Home recipes, these recipes were shared by people who cook at home as a way to bring family and friends together, and can be made with readily available ingredients to create memorable meal moments. Plus, learn tips and tricks that will help you save time and make the most of your cooking experience. It’s no wonder why 50 percent of Cooking School attendees return annually, and one in ten seek out more than one Cooking School each year.
Come early to the show to visit booths hosted by local vendors. You’ll receive a gift bag with coupons and samples, and have the opportunity to register for door prizes and even win the dishes prepared on stage during the show!
For more information about the Taste of Home Cooking School, visit us at: www.tasteofhome.com/Cooking-Schools. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter. Please also visit verdenews.com
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute workshops offered
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is offering some informative workshops to the general public for only $15.
Workshops are held at the Yavapai College campus locations. To enroll, call Sedona 649-4275 or Clarkdale 649-5550
• Making sense of Medicare on Tuesday - Oct. 16 and 23 from 10 a.m. to noon-in Sedona and 2-4 p.m. in Clarkdale
• Emergency Preparedness on Friday Oct. 26 from 1-4 p.m. in Sedona
• Medicare 101 on Wednesday Nov. 7 & 14 from 4-6 p.m. in Sedona and 2:30-4 p.m. in Clarkdale
• Writing the Bible’s Stories on Friday Nov. 9 & 16 from 1-4 p.m. in Sedona
Walkin’ on Main returns to Old Town Nov. 10
The City of Cottonwood is celebrating Historic 89A and the Verde Valley with “Walkin’ on Main” Nov. 10 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A juried art show surrounded by the charming galleries, shops and local restaurants of Old Town Cottonwood will fill the streets of this historic section of town. Walkin’ on Main also includes wine tasting, historic displays, classic car show and jazz/blues music.
Live music will play throughout the day featuring some of the state’s best entertainers: Hans Olson, Carvin Jones, and the Tommy Dukes Band. Hans Olson has opened up for The Allman Brothers, Chuck Berry, Joe Cocker and many more. He also has hit show tunes on The George Lopez Show, Ghost Whisperer, Criminal Minds, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Hans will play from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Carvin Jones will be playing shortly after from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eric Clapton stated, “Carvin Jones is a young cat out of Phoenix who I think is the next up-and-coming blues player.” In addition Buddy Miles commented, “The New King of Strings is Carvin Jones.” Our last act is the Tommy Dukes Band wrapping it up from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tommy has won many blues competitions in 2003 & 2004 he placed second in the Phoenix Blues Society Blues Contest, 2005 Tommy placed second in the Sonny Boy Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas and in 2006, Tommy Dukes & the Soul Kings won second place in Phoenix.
Verde Valley winemakers and vineyards will host an outdoor wine tasting on a closed off portion of historic 89A. Cost is $10 and with that each person will receive multiple taste of wine and a glass. Participating wineries and vineyards include: Alcantara Vineyards, Page Springs Cellars, Javelina Leap Winery, Pillsbury Winery, AZ Stronghold, Burning Tree Cellars and Dionysian Winery. This port ion of the program is brought to you by the Verde Valley Wine Consortium. The mission of the Verde Valley Wine Consortium nonprofit organization is for the overall advancement of the wine industry, tourism, economic development and education in the Verde Valley.
The Mingus Union Art Club will be creating art live before your eyes on the street sidewalks. Rounding out the event will be displays from local historical societies, antique and classic cars organized by the Mingus Union Hot Rod Club, and self-guided historic tours of Old Town Cottonwood provided by the Cottonwood Hotel.
Also, on Nov. 10, don’t forget about the Zeke Taylor Barbecue hosted by the Clemenceau Heritage Museum just up the road at Willard Street and Mingus Avenue.
For more information contact the Cottonwood Parks and Recreation Department at (928) 639-3200 or check out the city website at http://cottonwoodaz.gov/parksrec/walkin.php. Artist applications can be picked up at the Cottonwood Recreation Center front desk. Special Thanks: Edward Jones, and the Old Town Association.
Tourism Summit coming to Sedona
The Sedona Lodging Council and the Sedona Tourism Bureau is pleased to announce its partnership with Nichols Tourism Group in effort to create a long-range tourism plan for Sedona. The first meeting is Thursday, Nov. 1, 9 a.m. to noon at Los Abrigados Resort & Spa. There is no cost to attend and it is open to the public. Call 204-1123 to RSVP.
Nichols Tourism Group, Inc. (NTG) is a national leader in providing strategic planning, marketing and research services to the travel and tourism industry. A sample list of destination clients served by NTG include Scottsdale CVB, Arizona Office of Tourism, Sonoma County CVB, and Ashville CVB North Carolina.
The strategic process for the Sedona Tourism Plan is a three-pronged approach that begins with a State of the Industry research phase focusing on Sedona’s competitiveness in the marketplace. The second phase is to hold a Tourism Summit with the goal being to bring together industry and interested citizens to provide input as to future goals and vision for the visitor industry in Sedona. This three hour session will bring diverse perspectives to help clarify critical issues and key opportunities. Key findings from the State of the Industry will help provide a foundation for dialog.
The third strategic phase will utilize findings from earlier efforts to develop prioritized goals and objectives for the industry. These findings will be a key input into broader Community Planning efforts which are in progress.
Fit Kids of Arizona hosts 5K Fun Run and 10K Autumn Dash
In an effort to help children and their families lead healthier and more active lives, Fit Kids of Arizona is sponsoring the 3rd annual Fit Kids 5K Fun Run and 10K Autumn Dash. This year’s event is set for Saturday, Nov. 3, in Cottonwood’s Riverfront Park. Walkers and runners of all ages and abilities are encouraged to attend this fun-filled event. To pre-register, visit VirtualRoster.com and select Fit Kids of Arizona 2012. Check in and day-of registration is 8-8:45 a.m.
The 10K begins at 9 a.m.; 5K begins at 9:15 a.m. Awards will be given to the top-three winners in different age and gender groups. T-shirts are provided for all registered participants.
Participants will be treated to an after-event award ceremony with snacks and drinks provided for all participants, as well as information about Fit Kids of Arizona programs, services and upcoming events.
Fit Kids of Arizona is a regional community health initiative developed by Northern Arizona Healthcare, with programs at Verde Valley Medical Center and Flagstaff Medical Center, addressing the very common health concern of obesity in children. Additionally, services are offered in Camp Verde, at Killip Elementary School in Flagstaff, and plans are underway to open a clinic in Williams.
The clinical programs at each location assist children and their families in developing healthy lifestyles while reducing the problems and illnesses associated with excess weight.
The Fit Kids team takes a preventive community approach to help families live healthier lives. Since opening in 2009, more than 1,400 children have been referred to Fit Kids of Arizona. For more information on the Fit Kids of Arizona program, call 928-214-3537 or visit NAHealth.com/Our Services/FitKidsofArizona; become a friend of Fit Kids of Arizona facebook.com/FitKidsofArizona
VFW Ladies host dinner and forum
The Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7400 is hosting an Oktoberfest dinner combined with a Candidates Forum on Oct. 20. Dinner will be served from 5-6 p.m. and held at the VFW Post located at 705 E. Aspen Drive in Cottonwood.
A donation of $8 per person is being asked for each plate. Donations can be made at the door.
On the menu are brats, sauerkraut, hot German potato salad, a variety of German desserts along with coffee or tea.
Following the dinner, there will be a short intermission and at 6:15pm the forum will begin.
The meal donations will be used to support better legislation for our veterans and their families.
The purpose of the forum is to help citizens of the new Legislative District 6 become familiar with the individuals who are currently running for the Arizona State Legislature along with providing voters an opportunity to pose questions concerning current issues. Each candidate will have a limited time to respond to each inquiry.
Participating in the forum are both Democrat and Republicans: Tom Chabin, Brenda Barton, Robert Thorpe, Angela LeFevre, Doug Ballard and Chester Crandall.
Individuals present for the forum only will be asked to donate $3 to cover available beverages.
Questions concerning the dinner or forum may be directed to: Pamela Van Winkle at 928-300-6968, Rose Sperry 928-639-4753 or Linda Walker at 928-202-1869.
New display at Camp Verde Historical Society Museum
The Camp Verde Historical Society Museum has a new display case full of gems and minerals of the Verde Valley and other Arizona locations. The exhibit is on loan from the Mingus Gem and Mineral Club.
The Arizona Official Neckwear exhibit is continuing at the Museum with it’s collection of over 40 examples of bola ties made from silver, turquoise, coral, bone, beads, thread and fossil. The bola ties were made by the Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, Papago and various other North American tribes.
The CVHS Museum is open free to the public on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 435 S. Main Street in Historic Downtown Camp Verde.