What's Happening: 12-28-14

Join the Cottonwood Community Band

Jan. 5

Dust off your instrument and come join the Cottonwood Community Band, a forty-member concert band that rehearses Monday beginning January 5 from 7-9 p.m. in the Cottonwood Middle School band room (Room 301). The band has several performances planned for spring 2015. All instrumentalists who read music, especially trumpeters, percussionists, and clarinetists, are welcomed. There is no audition. For more information about the band, email cottonwoodcommunityband@gmail.com or visit the band's website at http://cottonwoodcommunityband.org.

Christmas Tree Drop Off

The City of Cottonwood will be accepting old Christmas trees at 1490 W. Mingus Ave. beginning Dec. 24. Please follow the signs up W. Mingus Ave. to the turnaround at the reclaimed water station.

Contact Chris Biggs at (928)634-8033 x11 for more information.

Mental Health First Aid

Jan. 2

Spectrum Healthcare will resume offering Mental Health First Aid classes with the adult version of the class on Friday, on Friday, January 30. The classes are free, and include a booklet and certificate. The classes will be conducted at Spectrum Healthcare, 8 E. Cottonwood St. in Cottonwood. To register, call Richard Dehnert at (928) 634-2236.

Shabbat

Jan. 2

On Friday evening at 7:30 p.m., everyone is invited to join the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley in welcoming in Shabbat.  The service, led by Rabbi Alicia Magal, includes traditional Shabbat prayers, songs, healing blessings, a Torah reading, and Kaddish, the Mourner's prayer. The Oneg refreshments will be sponsored by Susan Broude and Tami Pivnick. For further information, call the office from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday - Friday, at 928 204-1286, or visit www.jcsvv.org. which contains the calendar and archived newsletters.  

Super Book Sale

Ends Jan. 2

The Clark Memorial Library Annual Book Sale is coming to an end and there is still a huge selection of books. Come in today and fill a plastic grocery bag for just $3. Hours are Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to noon. The library will be closed Jan. 1. All proceeds benefit the Clark Memorial Library. For more information, call (928) 639-2480, or email joni.westcott@clarkdale.az.gov.

Galley 527 Presents Ramona Stites

Jan. 3

New work will be on display at First Saturday, which runs from 5-8 p.m. every month. Gallery member Ramona Stites is most well known in the Verde Valley for her contemporary impressionistic landscapes. Now, the artist creates new textural color field abstract painting, which she calls her "string paintings." The paintings consist of many layers of paint built up to show a textile type effect. For more information, contact Donna at (928) 301-3004. Gallery 527 is located at 527 Main Street in Jerome. There is a free shuttle throughout the town on Art Walk night and plenty of parking.

Learn the ABCs of taking better photos

Beginning Jan. 8

The Beaver Creek Public/School Library presents the ABCs of Taking Better Photographs, a series of photography classes to help you to become more familiar with your camera, to be more creative with your photography and define your photographic style, to learn to use photo-editing software and to learn to email and post photographs online. Classes will be held the second and the fourth Thursday of each month, at 4 p.m. beginning Jan. 8. Camp Verde Bugle reporter/photographer Bill Helm will teach the photography classes. For the first class, please bring your digital camera and instruction manual, your camera's USB cable and a flash drive with five of your favorite photographs. For more information, visit the librarian desk or call (928) 567-4034. The Beaver Creek Public/School Library is located at 4810 E. Beaver Creek Road in Rimrock.

Why do we need detox?

Jan. 8

Choices Foundation for Health Education and Research presents the fourth talk of its 2014-2015 public health and wellness lecture series held Thursday evenings. Dr. Anna Wolyn will present on the topic of  "Why do we need detox?" on Thursday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Sedona Public Library located at 3250 White Bear Rd, Sedona, AZ 86336. For more information see us at www.choicesfoundation.us.com or call Peggi Cross at 928-963-0528. 

Cottonwood Public Library Seeking Board Member

Jan. 10

The Cottonwood Public Library is seeking applicants to fill four expiring seats on its Advisory Board. Each board member will serve a three-year term and must reside within the corporate limits of the City. This Board consists of seven members, at least five of who shall reside within the corporate limits of the City.

The Library Board is advisory in nature except in the area of adopting policies concerning patron/staff interaction, including a system of fines, developed by the library manager and presented to the board for a majority-vote approval. In order to accomplish the above tasks successfully, it is necessary for board members to stay current with library events. The manager reports happenings of the previous month to the board on the third Wednesday of the month at 4:30 PM from September through May. Most board members are or have been active library volunteers. This is a volunteer position; board members serve without pay.

Board application forms may be obtained from the City website: www. cottonwoodaz.gov. OR from the Human Resources office located at 816 N. Main Street, or by calling 928-340-2711. Applications must be received by 3:00 PM on January 10, 2015.

Free Children's Clinic

Jan. 24

From 9 a.m.-noon, Spirit of joy invites the community to its free children's clinic at 330 Scenic Drive in Clarkdale. Exams for school and sports are available for those who are uninsured or underinsured. In addition, there will be a Grand Re-Opening of Revolve, the children's clothing exchange. Bring an item in good condition that can be exchanged for one that fits better. Shoes, jackets, sweaters are available in sizes from infants to teens. Revolve is also open from 9 a.m.-noon. Call (928) 634-4102 for further info or see www.http://sojaz.

Beaver Creek rock school needs repair

Thru Jan. 1, 2015

Beaver Creek Preservation and Historical Society is seeking estimates from licensed contractors to repair the cracks in the 1932 rock school building on the Beaver Creek School campus. There is an engineer's report that is being used as a guide to what needs to be done. Interested? Contact Judy McBride at (928) 567-4648 on or before Jan. 1, 2015.

Coffee with a cop

Dec. 29

Camp Verde Marshal's Office will hold its monthly Coffee With a Cop from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 29 at Thanks a Latte. Join your neighbors and police officers for conversation - and a hot cup of joe. No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know the officers in your neighborhood. Coffee With a Cop is held the last Monday of each month, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., at Thanks a Latte, located at 348 S. Main St. in Camp Verde.

Free Slash Drop Off

Thru December

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors is continuing its free slash drop-off program at County transfer stations through Dec. 31. County transfer stations are located in Black Canyon City, Camp Verde, Congress, Mayer, Paulden, Seligman and Skull Valley. Free slash drop off will be held during normal operating hours. The following items only will be accepted: brush, branches, grass, leaves and yard trimmings. Items not accepted are: lumber, stumps, roots, cactus, metal and garbage. Small, loose items must be bagged or covered. All slash must be removed from bags when dumping at the transfer station. For additional information, please contact the Yavapai County Public Works Department at (928) 771-3183.

Yavapai College winter closure

Thru Jan. 4

Yavapai College will be closed Dec. 20-Jan. 4.

Weekly Ballroom Class

Jan. 7

Liberty Performing Arts, located at 662 E. Hwy 89A in Cottonwood, is starting a ballroom class on Jan. 7 at 6 p.m. and every Wednesday thereafter. $7 per person, per class.

Be a Quitter

Jan. 13

The breathe Free 2.0 Stop Smoking program will be hosted by the Cottonwood Seventh-Day Adventist Church at 51 W. Mingus in Cottonwood. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. for those with who need help quitting. For more information or to pre-register, not required, contact Al or Jeannie Scott at (417) 967-1054.

2015 Annual Dinner and Board Installation

Jan. 30

The 2014 board members will be honored and new board members will be welcomed at the annual Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce Dinner. The tailgating social hour starts at 5 p.m., followed by cork and catch and 6 p.m., and awards at 7 p.m. Register at the chamber's website. Contact Karen or Christian at (928) 634-7593 for more information.

City of Cottonwood Seeking Members for its Board of Adjustment

Jan. 30

The City of Cottonwood is seeking applicants to fill three vacancies on the Council- appointed five-member Board of Adjustment. One seat is for a two-year term, and two seats are for a three-year term. These are volunteer, non-paid opportunities. This Board is a quasi-judicial decision-making body that hears variance requests and appeals of decisions of the Zoning Administrator. Training is available. The Board meets on an as-needed basis throughout the year. If you are a resident of the City of Cottonwood interested in serving your community, please considering volunteering. Commission/Board member applications are available at the Human Resources office, 816 N. Main St., or by calling 340-2713, or on-line at www.cottonwoodaz.gov. Completed applications should be returned to 816 N Main St. no later than 3:00 PM, January 30, 2015. For further information, contact Community Development Manager Berrin Nejad at (928) 634-5505, x3322.

Free Women's Workshop

Jan. 4

Certified life coach Elizabeth Cornell and business expert Grace Kirkwood are holding the first meeting of a monthly women's group at 7 p.m. at the La Luna Birth and Women's Center, located at 703 S. Main Street in Cottonwood. Call (928) 593-9528 for more information.

Cottonwood One Stop Center offers free GED classes

Beginning Jan. 5

Cottonwood One-Stop Center will offer free classes to help you prepare for the GED exam. Classes are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Jan. 5, 2015. Cottonwood One-Stop Center is located in the DES Building, 1500 E Cherry St. Call (928) 567-3187 for more information.

Alzheimer's Caregivers Meeting

Jan. 7

Each month Verde Valley Presbyterian Church hosts a free support group. Meetings for caregivers of Alzheimer's patients are held the first Wednesday of each month from 10 to 11 a.m. (please arrive by 9:45 a.m.). Verde Valley Presbyterian Church is located at 1500 E. Hombre Drive in Cottonwood. This support group is open to everyone.

For information, call Barbara at (928) 634-2638 or Fran at (928) 634-6495.

Mentoring Circle & Networking

Jan. 5

'The Bottom Line in Business: Keeping the Books" to be held 4:30-7 p.m. on Monday at Jerona Café in Cottonwood, hosted by NAWBO - Sedona Verde Valley Chapter. Register at www.nawbo-svv.org by January 2. $5 for NAWBO members; $20 for all others.

Cottonwood Idol II

Jan. 11

Cottonwood Idol competition begins Sunday, Jan. 11 at 4 p.m. and continues Jan 18 and 25. This event is a fundraiser for the scholarship fund for the Susan J Rheem, Adult Care Center here in Cottonwood. The events will be held at Emmanuel Fellowship Church on Fir Street. Tickets are available at Country Bank, Mount Hope Foods and the Adult Care Center at 636 N. Main Street. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. 30 local singers are competing for the titles of Cottonwood Idol, Rising Star and Jr. Rising Star. For more information, contact Cindy Holcombe at (928) 300-9860 or cholcombe114@gmail.com.

Cottonwood One Stop Center offers free computer basics

Beginning Jan. 12

Cottonwood One-Stop Center will offer a free computer basics course from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Jan. 12, 2015. The class will cover basic computer components, creating documents, creating an email account, sending emails, searching the Internet and Microsoft Office. Cottonwood One-Stop Center is located in the DES Building, 1500 E Cherry St. Call (928) 567-3187 for more information.

Wounded Warrior Project raffle

Feb. 1

Win a framed autographed photo of Peyton Manning in a raffle to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Raffle tickets are on sale now at My Dobro Grill, Spirits and Music in the Fry's Plaza in Cottonwood. Cost is $1 each or six for $5.

The drawing will take place during half time of the Super Bowl. Call (928) 634-3800.

Expanding organized 'doubles' tennis in Cottonwood

If you are a tennis player with a tennis skill level between 3.5 and 4.0 consider joining a growing tennis group where matches are 'scheduled' via email on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Cottonwood public tennis courts. (November through April at 1 p.m. and May thru October mid-morning). If interested, or to learn more please call or text (928) 301-9268. This is not drop-in tennis! If you are scheduled you are always guaranteed to play three sets. Also, you determine which day(s) you are available to play.

Volunteer to lead the stretching

A volunteer instructor is needed to lead a Stretching Exercise class at the Verde Valley Senior Center in Cottonwood every Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. For more information call Debbie Moore, at (928) 634-5450.

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