Thu, May 23

What's Happening 5-1-13

Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off at Tlaquepaque<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->May 4<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->It&#8217;s hotter than ever and it&#8217;s coming soon --- The Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off. Chefs from throughout the Verde Valley are testing their favorite chili recipes in preparation for the third annual Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off on Saturday. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sedona, the chililicous event is a featured at the Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village Cinco de Mayo Fiesta in Sedona. Chili tasting will be from 11 a.m. through a 4 p.m. awards ceremony; admission is $10, children under 10 are free.

Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off at Tlaquepaque<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->May 4<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->It&#8217;s hotter than ever and it&#8217;s coming soon --- The Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off. Chefs from throughout the Verde Valley are testing their favorite chili recipes in preparation for the third annual Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off on Saturday. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sedona, the chililicous event is a featured at the Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village Cinco de Mayo Fiesta in Sedona. Chili tasting will be from 11 a.m. through a 4 p.m. awards ceremony; admission is $10, children under 10 are free.

Verde Valley Computer Club May Calendar

May 02 Board Meeting 6:30 p.m.

May 03 Windows, Etc. SIG 4:00 p.m.

May 06 Linux SIG 6:00 p.m. Topic: ‘Continuing to Install Debian Linux’.

May 09 Genealogy SIG 6:00 p.m. (meet at Family History Center, west side Mormon Church 1377 E Hombre Dr, Cottonwood).

May 10 Internet SIG 4:00 p.m. Topic: ‘How to Organize (clean-up) Your Internet Favorites ( or Bookmarks) List.’

May 17 Digital Camera SIG 4:00 p.m. Topic: ‘Advanced Photo Editors’.

May 18 PC Tune-up Clinic 9:00 a.m. $25 per hour (minimum 1 hour), also available a web browser that helps protect your Internet privacy.

May 18 General Meeting 9:30 a.m. Topic: ‘Your Call’ presented by Cassandra Killinsworth of AZCellular/Verizon.

Public is invited to attend. With exception of the PC Tune-up Clinic ($25 per hour) the meetings are Free. Clemenceau Building, Willard Street at Mingus Avenue, Cottonwood. Website Dave 639-0106.

Meet Lelija Roy at James Ratliff Gallery

May 3

James Ratliff Gallery invites you to meet artist Lelija Roy on Friday during the First Friday Gallery Tour. Roy brings a unique way of creating landscapes joining the high level of artists currently represented by the gallery now celebrating 30 years in Sedona.

James Ratliff Gallery is located in Hillside Sedona, 671 State Route 179. The artist reception is 5-8 p.m.

Lanning Gallery welcomes Gerald Moore

May 3

At Sedona’s Lanning Gallery the exciting spring season is in full swing as “Gerald Moore: Re-creation” opens. The season brings visits by notable national artists and this month multiple-award-winning Expressive Realist painter Gerald C. Moore will introduce new works during the gallery’s “1st Friday” reception 5-8 p.m.

Lanning Gallery is located at Hozho, 431 S.R. 179, Sedona. Contact (928) 282-6865,,

New artists unveiled at Goldenstein Gallery

May 3

On Friday, Goldenstein Gallery kicks off “The Inside Outside Show” with an opening reception during the Sedona Gallery Association Tour 5-8 p.m. This stunning exhibition celebrates the astonishing power that art has to transform the atmosphere of our surrounding environment. Painters Patricia Griffin and Rafe Terry, and

Cheston Trammel and Dwayne Cranford are among the artists represented in this dazzling show.

Goldenstein Gallery is located at 390 N. 89A in uptown Sedona. Call (928) 204-1765 for additional information.

Southwest landscapes at Mountain Trails Gallery

May 3

The exhibit “Betty Carr: The Movement of Light, Still Lifes and Landscapes from the West” opens with a reception on First Friday, 5-8 p.m. Joining Betty Carr will be a lively group of sculptors and painters from Mountain Trails Galleries, including guest artists Deon Duncan and Kraig Varner from Utah. Enjoy libations and lively conversation with this remarkable family of fine artists at this festive reception. Exhibition continues through May 28.

Mountain Trails Galleries is in Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, 336 SR179,

Suites A-201 & B-122, Sedona. Contact (928) 282-3225 or

Turquoise Tortoise Gallery welcomes Tony Abeyta

May 3

Visitors and art collectors can enjoy a rare treat as renowned contemporary artist Tony Abeyta returns to Sedona for a “1st Friday Gallery Tour” reception at Turquoise Tortoise Gallery 5-8 p.m. The solo exhibition will unveil many new pieces.

For information contact: Turquoise Tortoise Gallery, Hozho, 431 S.R. 179, Sedona, (928) 282-2262,,

AZADi Fine Rugs Features Milton Glaser

May 3

On Friday, AZADI Fine Rugs kicks off their newest show “Milton Glaser: An Exploration of Pattern Making and Color Effects in Textiles” with an opening reception during the SGA gallery tour 5-8 p.m.

The public is invited to the opening reception for this stunning exhibition on Friday. Local favorite singer Paolo Scardina will perform and refreshing beverages will be served. AZADI Fine Rugs has two Sedona locations, Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village and the Hillside Shops in Sedona. For more information please call

(928) 203-0400 or go to

Camp Verde students in performance

May 4

Performing Arts Studios and Camp Verde Unified School District are putting on two short plays and a dance performance on Saturday at 3 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. The opening one-act play “His Return” is followed by the PAS Dancers and then the play “The Day Boy and the Night Girl.”

Tickets are $3 per person or $10 per family. The performances are in the Camp Verde Multi-Use Complex theater.

YMCA Concert

May 4

The Sedona YMCA is hosting Rockers, Ballads & Bards on Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. featuring the band Dyslexia. They will be playing various musical pieces from classical to hard rock and many things in between. There will be poetry and stories read in between musical numbers.

Please contact Tatia Fick, Events Coordinator for the Sedona YMCA at (928)

282-1695 or email at

Poet ava bird at Gallery 527

May 4

Gallery 527 will host a special event on Saturday with poet ava bird and friends creating an evening of poetry and music mixed in with the usual lovely art, good food and fine wine at this Jerome favorite gallery. Jerome Art Walk is the first Saturday of every month from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information about Jerome Art Walk, contact Donna at (928) 649-2277.

Cottonwood Band presents ‘Spring Showcase’

May 5, May 12

A showcase of the band musicians and a wide variety of music will be the focus of the Cottonwood Community Band’s spring concert. This will be the first concert conducted by Will Norris, director of the Cottonwood Community Band since January. The concert will be presented in Sedona on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Rock of Ages Lutheran Church, 390 Dry Creek Road and in Cottonwood next Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Cottonwood Recreation Center, 150 S. Sixth St. Both concerts are free and open to the public although donations to support the band’s activities are requested. For more information, visit the Cottonwood Community Band on the web at

University Women to hear about ‘Indian Witch Purge’

May 6

The University Women of Sedona will hear author Martha Blue speak of a near forgotten event in Native American history: the Navajo Witch Purge of the late 19th century.  

They will meet from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Church of the Red Rocks, 54 Bowstring Drive, Sedona.

There is no charge. Call (928) 284-3187, Loretta Benore.

Prehistoric Heritage of Mata Ortiz Pottery

May 8

The Sedona Heritage Museum is hosting the next in its Living History speaker series on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Museum. “Prehistoric Heritage of Mata Ortiz Pottery” will feature archeologist John Bezy. Ceramicist and artist Oralia Lopez will show and sell her original pottery after the presentation.

The Museum is located at 735 Jordan Road in Jordan Historical Park in Uptown Sedona. Call (928) 282-7038.

Yavapai College Commencement Ceremonies

Yavapai College will hold five separate commencement ceremonies this spring as more than 1,230 students receive degrees or certificates during Yavapai College’s 43rd annual Commencement Ceremonies.

• Northern Arizona Regional Training Academy (NARTA) Graduation: Thursday, May 9, 11 a.m. at the Prescott Campus Performing Arts Center.

• Verde Valley Campus Commencement: Friday, May 10, 6 p.m. at the Pavilion on the Verde Valley Campus in Clarkdale.

• Nursing Commitment and Pinning Ceremony: Saturday, May 11, 1 p.m. at the Prescott Campus Performing Arts Center.

• Prescott Campus Commencement: Saturday, May 11, 6 p.m. at the Prescott Campus Performing Arts Center.

• GED Graduation: Saturday, May 25, 1 p.m. at the Prescott Campus Performing Arts Center.

 All ceremonies are open to the general public. Questions regarding these commencement exercises should be directed to Bob Hoskovec, director of student life at (928) 776-2148.

Hee Haw Cowboy Night

May 10

American Legion Post 25 at 480 S Calvary Way, Cottonwood, is hosting Hee Haw Cowboy Night on Friday. Enjoy dinner and dance to Happy Days. Tickets are available at the bar or Auxiliary member. The evening will include skits, prizes, lots of fun, starting at 6 p.m.

Call (928) 634-3947 or email

Church swap meet at SUMC

May 11

Sedona United Methodist Church will have an All Church Swap Meet on Saturday 8 a.m.-noon in the church parking lot. No early sales, please. Church members will sell their items individually and a portion of their proceeds will go to Imagine No Malaria.

In addition to all of the great deals, The Good Book Nook, the church library, will have used books for sale and the Sedona United Methodist Women will have a bake sale.

Sedona United Methodist Church is located at 110 Indian Cliffs Road, off State Route 179 at the Indian Cliffs round-a-bout in Sedona. For more information, please contact the church office at 282-1780 or visit the website

Sedona Verde Valley Firefighters Charity yard sale

May 11

Sedona Verde Valley Firefighters Charity is hosting a yard sale on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Verde Valley Fire Station # 31 (2700 E. Goddard Road, Cottonwood). They are raising money through this event to assist the families of the firefighters killed near Waco, Texas, in the fertilizer plant explosion. 

For more information, call (623) 341-5059.

80-voice Women’s Choir

May 11

Rainbow Acres, 2120 W. Reservation Loop Road, Camp Verde, hosts the 80-person Women’s Choir from California Baptist University at the Palmer Community Center at 3 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. Enjoy the varied repertoire including spirituals, gospel, contemporary Christian choral anthems, and the classics. Light refreshments will also be served.

Grand opening at White Hills Gallery’s new space

May 24

White Hills Gallery announced a grand opening of its new location at 325 S. Main St., in downtown Camp Verde on Friday, 5-8 p.m. They will be opening the new building with a solo show by Camp Verde artist Vada Lovato.

There will also be a ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration for one of the businesses the gallery will be sharing the space with, Verde Portal, a business incubator specializing in Cultural Entrepreneurship within the Verde Valley. For the night, there will be wine, hors d’oeuvres, music, beautiful art, a community art project, and more.

Help with Operation Graduation

Mingus Union High School’s Operation Graduation will be held immediately following the graduation ceremony on May 24, and organizers need your support to provide a safe, alcohol and drug-free environment for graduating seniors and their friends. 

Volunteers will be selling raffle tickets at the Verde Valley Fair on Friday and Saturday. To make a cash donation, make your check payable to “MUHS Operation Graduation” and mail it to: ATTN: Operation Graduation, 1801 E. Fir Street, Cottonwood, AZ 86326. Contact Tim Wills at (928) 300-3810 or Jan Wills at (928) 300-3820.

City of Sedona 5K Summer Series

May 29

The City of Sedona’s new 5K Summer Series includes three races during three months, kicking off May 29 at 6 p.m. at the Sedona Community Pool, 570 Posse Ground Road. Cost is $10 per person or $25 for all three races.

The other races are scheduled June 27 and July 25.

You may register ahead of time at Sedona Running Company, or arrive early the day of the race.  On site registration and the races themselves will begin and end at the Sedona Community Pool, located behind West Sedona School at 570 Posse Ground Road.  Run fast, run hard and then enjoy a cool dip in the pool to celebrate your finish.

Pre-season Concert in the Park

May 3

Clarkdale Parks and Recreation along with AZ We Dance presents the Groovemongers in a special pre-season performance on Friday, 6-7 p.m. at the Clarkdale Town Park gazebo. The concert is free.

The Groovemongers are a high-energy dance band who have been thrilling listeners with a world beat approach to dance music for 14 years. Visit The Clarkdale Town Park is on Main Street, between 10th and 11th Streets. For more information please contact Clarkdale Parks and Recreation at (928) 639-2490 or email:

Fiesta at Spirit of Joy

May 4

Spirit of Joy will host its annual Fiesta on Saturday at their Clarkdale campus, 300 Scenic Drive. Tickets are $15 adult, and children 10 and under are $7.  The fiesta will feature a traditional Mexican dinner, a Silent Auction, and a 50/50 drawing.  The proceeds benefit Spirit of Joy Ministries and World Hunger. Doors open at 5:30, with dinner served at 6 pm.  Call 634-4102 or see http://sojaz for further information.