Sharron Vincent Porter exhibit at White Hills
White Hills Gallery will host "Landstracts," a solo show by local artist Sharron Vincent Porter. "Landstracts" will be on display starting Friday with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. "Landstracts" brings together Porter's collection of textured landscapes of the Southwest. The exhibit runs through July 7.
White Hills Gallery is located in downtown Camp Verde at 325 S. Main St. Call (928) 567-7033 or visit www.whitehillsgallery.com.
Take a trip to Pioneer Museum
Camp Verde Parks & Recreation will have the first in a series of Summer Trips on Thursday to the Pioneer Leving History Museum. This 90-acre site is filled with buildings from the early days of territorial Arizona. The trip leaves from the Community Center Gym on Hollamon Street at 9 a.m. and returns at 2 p.m. that afternoon.
Bring a lunch and eat in the shade of the Old West. Children must be 8 years old or have an accompanying adult.
In addition the first 6 children to sign up for this trip will receive a discount of $5 courtesy of the Kiwanis Club of Camp Verde. Pre-registration is required for this and all trips with Camp Verde Parks & Recreation at 395 S. Main St. Call Parks & Rec at (928) 554-0828 or check out www.cvaz.org.
Clarkdale book-signing this weekend
Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum announced a new book written by author Paul Handverger, local historian, geologist, and 50-year resident of Clarkdale. "Images of America-Clarkdale", published by Arcadia Publishing Co., will be available for purchase after May 12 at the Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum located at 900 First North in Clarkdale. A free booksigning and discussion will be held Saturday, May 2, at 2 p.m. at the museum with light refreshments. This event is sponsored by the Clarkdale Historical Society & Museum and the Copper Art Museum. Call 928-649-1198 for further information.
Bob Dylan Birthday Concerts
The ninth annual Bob Dylan Birthday Concerts will be held on Friday and Saturday, both at 7 pm, at the Old Town Center for the Arts in Cottonwood. This year's program once again features some of the best musicians in the area, (most veterans of previous Dylan shows and some newbies, too), all performing the music of Bob Dylan.
Go to www.oldtowncenter.org for more information and to purchase tickets.
What's Wrong with My Loved One?
MATForce Lunch 'n Learn for Tuesday is "What's Wrong with My Loved One: When Drugs and Alcohol Might Be a Problem and What to Do About It." This will explore changes in a child or loved one that can signal drug or alcohol abuse. Chemical Dependency Counselor John Schuderer, MA, LPC, LISAC, will explore the signs and symptoms of substance abuse, offering insights as to what steps you can take to help a loved one.
Meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Board of Supervisors Room, Yavapai County Administration Building, 1015 S. Fair St., Prescott and teleconferenced to the Yavapai County Cottonwood Annex, 10 S. Sxth St., Cottonwood. Brown-bag lunches are welcome. Call (928) 708-0100 or visit matforce.org.
Social Media Marketing with LinkedIn
Kristine Ketel of Yavapai College presents the workshop "Social Media Marketing with LinkedIn" at YC Sedona Center for Arts & Technology, Room #28, 4215 Arts Village Drive, Sedona, on Wednesday from noon to 3 p.m. Fee is $20.
Learn strategies for the use of LinkedIn in your business. By the end of class, you will have set up your own LinkedIn account. You will learn how to manage your account or integrate LinkedIn into your internet presence. Registration is required. If you would like to attend, please contact Andrea at (928) 340-2740.
Recent Research at Montezuma Castle
The May meeting of the Verde Valley Archaeological Society will be Thursday at the Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, at 7 p.m. The speaker will be Matthew Guebard, Chief of Resource Management and Head Archaeologist at Tuzigoot and Montezuma Castle National Monuments. He will speak about findings from recent archaeological research at Montezuma Castle.
Roadrunners square dance
The Cottonwood Roadrunners Square Dance Club will be hosting our Square Dance at the Cottonwood Civic Center, 805 N. Main St, Cottonwood. Dale Dockery will be calling & Ronnie Fontaine will be cueing. Pre-rounds start at 7 p.m. with alternating mainstream & plus tips from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. with two rounds in between. This will be our last dance before summer so come out and have some fun. For more info call Mari at (928) 300-5679.
Cardiology Town Hall: Comments & Questions
"Cardiology Town Hall: Comments and Questions" is the topic of the May Take Note: Cottonwood lecture, which is sponsored by Verde Valley Medical Center. The Wednesday lecture features Sam Butman, M.D., M.H.A., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I. The free presentation is at 5 p.m. at VVMC, 269 S. Candy Lane, conference rooms B and C. To R.S.V.P. or for more information on this event, call (928) 639-6551.
Free lunch for kids at Mingus this summer
May 28-June 24
Mingus Union High School is offering free Lunch to all children 18 years and under. The program runs for four weeks from Wednesday, May 28, through Tuesday, June 24. There are no income requirements or registration & any child 18 and under can eat a free lunch at the MUHS Café from 11 a.m. to noon.
MUHS is at 1801 E. Fir St., Cottonwood. For more information about the national Summer Food Service Program, call Pamela Iose at (928) 649-4447 or visit http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/summer.
Old Hours & Special Guests at The 406
Come to 406 S. Sixth St. on Friday at 8 p.m. as they kick off their first summer at The 406 with some great singer-songwriters. Featuring Old Hours, who is in the process of recording their first full-length album and will be playing their last show on the west coast for a long time. Other acts include Justin Moody, local favorite Sean Williams, and Kaitlin Dekkers. Tickets are $10 at the door.
Ditch the Drama Workshop
Dr. Marta Adelsman, life coach in Communication, will present a luncheon workshop entitled "Ditch the Drama" on Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at Jerona Java Café in Cottonwood. Participants will gain an understanding of five specific belief systems lies that drive the drama of relationship chaos. They will also learn a critical, proven tool to stop the drama in its tracks.
The cost for the workshop is $40 per person, $69 per couple. Pre-registration is required. Please call (928) 451-9482 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Lunch is $9 per person and will be provided from Jerona's delicious menu.
Verde Valley Wine Symposium in Clarkdale
Calling all wine enthusiasts, wine industry professionals, students and consumers. It's time for the third annual Verde Valley Wine Symposium, Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Verde Valley Campus of Yavapai College, Clarkdale. The Verde Valley Wine Consortium is a wine producers' trade organization that promotes, enhances and connects every part of the wine community in the Verde Valley. Participating Verde Valley wineries include; Page Springs Cellars, Arizona Stronghold, Caduceus Cellars, Merkin Vineyards, Four Eight Wine Works, Stage Stop Cellars, Oak Creek Vineyards, Burning Tree Cellars, Fire Mountain Wines, Cellar 433, Javelina Leap, Saeculum Cellars, Alcantara Vineyards and Winery, and Pillsbury Wine Company. From Southern Arizona's wine regions ; Callaghan Vineyards, Flying Leap Winery and Keif - Joshua Vineyards. This Year's Keynote speaker is Alan Everett, Director of the Arizona Department of Liquor.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, go to www.verdevalleywine.org. Yavapai College students interested in attending contact Nikki.Check@yc.edu.
JCSVV launches Extravaganza Raffle
The Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley synagogue has launched its second annual Extravaganza Raffle with prizes totaling more than $12,500. The drawing will occur on July 4 during the annual JCSVV picnic. Winners need not be present. This is a fund-raiser with proceeds to benefit the JCSVV operating expenses.
Prizes include luxurious accommodations, scrumptious dining opportunities, golf packages, helicopter and jeep tours, restaurant gift certificates, Arizona Diamondbacks tickets and much more. Purchase tickets now at $30 each or five for $100. Call the JCSVV office at (928) 204-1286.
Visual Journal Workshop
Maleita Wise offers a Visual Journal Workshop at Old Town Center for the Arts' Studio B, 633 N. Fifth St., Cottonwood. No art experience necessary. You will be offered time to create alone and to reflect on what your images have to tell you about your life's path. You will hear and see stories and images Maleita has lifted form her own journals.
The workshop is limited to 10 people. For days and times, call Maleita at (928) 634-3697.
Clean up Middle Verde Cemetery
Saturday will be a cleanup day at Middle Verde Cemetery in Camp Verde. Please come clean up and remark your grave plots. Unmarked grave plots may be given away. For more information, call (928) 567-3595.
Courtyard sale at Spirit of Joy
Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church invites all to its courtyard sale on Friday and Saturday. Come from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day for bargains in furniture, tools, household goods, books, clothing and much more. The address is 330 Scenic Drive in Clarkdale. Proceeds go to World Hunger and Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church. Call 634-4102 or see www.http://sojaz for more information.
Free chicken dinners for veterans
Harry's Hideaway Restaurant in Cornville is going to give away a whole roasted chicken dinner to the first 100 veterans or current members of the Armed Forces that show up at 11:30 a.m. on Armed Forces Day, when they open for lunch. Because they are such a small restaurant, they will run out! But they will pass out vouchers to those that don't get a chicken dinner on this day. This is just Harry's Hideaway's way of saying thanks to the people who have sacrificed so much for our country! Harry's Hideaway is located in Cornville in the Thistle and Thorn Plaza at 10990 E. Cornville Road (just west of Page Springs Road).
Volunteers needed during Bike MS: Ride the Vortex
You may not want to cycle up to 150 miles across the Verde Valley, but if you're looking for a great opportunity to assist those who are and also benefit multiple sclerosis research, programs and services, the Arizona Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is looking for volunteers for Bike MS: Ride the Vortex - Sedona Verde Valley.
Bike MS: Ride the Vortex starts and ends at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds, 800 E. Cherry St., Cottonwood. All proceeds directly benefit MS research and programs and services for women and men with MS in Arizona. For more information, visit www.bikeMSarizona.org.
Cottonwood Culture Challenge
AZ Culture, in partnership with the Cottonwood Economic Development Council, Old Town Center for the Arts, Old Town Association, and Local First AZ will present the Cottonwood Culture Challenge, which will take place in historic Old Town Cottonwood and will feature a scavenger hunt/reality video project and contest involving over 200 participants and will include activities such as, wine & beer tasting, skydiving and horseback riding (on a first come first serve basis), art demonstrations, historic tours, food sampling, and live music & entertainment.
The cost to participate in the Challenge is $150. This includes roundtrip bus transportation from Phoenix to Cottonwood on a luxurious coach bus, all activities from 9 to midnight, including meals, awards ceremony, and after party. Visit www.cottonwoodculturechallenge.com or call
Juliana Brutsche at (602) 882-5196.
Free MATForce seminar 'Zero Relapse'
MATForce is sponsoring a two-day seminar called "Zero Relapse." The no-cost seminar will be presented by Shawna Bowen M.A. and will be held in Cottonwood in the Board of Supervisors meeting room at 10 S. Sixth St. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. This seminar is designed for people wanting support with their own long-term sobriety, for the families or loved ones of people suffering from addictions, for service providers and law enforcement.
For more information about the Zero Relapse Seminar call Shawna Bowen at (928) 202-7538 or email ShawnaBowenSpeaker@gmail.com.
Fund-raiser Pancake Breakfast
The Verde Valley Fire Foundation will be hosting a fund-raising pancake breakfast on Saturday, 7-10 a.m., at Verde Valley Fire Station #31, 2700 Godard Road, Cottonwood.
The Foundation raises funds to supplement the Verde Valley Fire District buy purchasing needed equipment for the District. Past purchases have included flashlights for all fire suppression personnel, an off-road ambulance, and most recently an upgraded patient stretcher for the ambulance.
Quilters to benefit troops
May 17 & June 14
Quilters Quarter's and Bernina Too will be hosting Star-Spangled Saturdays to benefit "Homes for Our Troops."
The events are 9:30 a,m.-3 p.m. each day. Quilters Quarters is asking for donations of Red, White and Blue fabrics to make quilts.
Volunteers are asked to join in as they make patriotic quilts to benefit "Homes for Our Troops.
VVPOA to clean up 260
The Verde Villages Property Owners' Association will be doing their quarterly Highway 260 cleanup on Saturday.
Meet at the One in Christ Church parking lot at 7 a.m. The church is across 260 from the Verde Valley fire station. ADOT provides the safety vests and plastic bags.
They have some grabbers and nailsticks. They recommend wearing long sleeved shirts and pants. Volunteers should provide their own gloves and water.
The more people there are, the faster the work gets done.
If you have any questions please call Mal at 634-9785.
Night of Hope
Churches of the Verde Valley will present Night of Hope on Sunday at 7 p.m. at Mingus Union High School. There will be worship music and testimonies about community projects like Kids Against Hunger, House of Ruth, Young Lives, Old Town Mission, Rising Hope Food Pantry and the Emma Initiative. For more information call Ron at 963-0748 or David at 274-0131.
Teen Challenge at One in Christ Church
On Sunday, the One in Christ Church, 2080 S. 260, (across from the Verde Fire Department), Cottonwood, will host Teen Challenge during the morning service at 10:30 a.m. for music, praise, and testimonies. A potluck will follow the service. All are welcome.
Teen Challenge ministries provide youth, adults and families with an effective and comprehensive Christian Faith-based solution to life-controlling problems in order to become productive members of society. These centers are designed to help individuals learn how to live drug-free lives, and has grown into one of the largest and most successful programs of its kind in the world.
Promoting your Business with Facebook
Kristine Ketel of Yavapai College presents " Promoting your Business with Facebook," a workshop for the Business Assistance Center, 821 N Main St., Cottonwood. Are you struggling with what to post? Join us for a small group workshop to uncover specific articles, events, and photo ideas for your business. This 6-8 person group will work together with the aid of a facilitator to build marketing ideas and public interest.
The workshop will be 5-8 p.m. The fee is $15. Registration is required. Call Andrea at (928) 340-2740.
Mingus Operation Graduation
Mingus Union High School's 26th annual Operation Graduation is fast approaching, and more sponsors are needed. Operation Graduation provides a fun environment for graduates and their guests to celebrate in a drug- and alcohol-free environment at the Cottonwood Recreation Center after their graduation ceremony.
Operation Graduation is possible only through volunteer efforts and community support.
Please call 928-274-1533 (Stephanie Bloniarz), 928-821-1255 (Kristy Aston) or 928-300-9727 (Jen Mathe) to make arrangements to drop off or have a committee member pick up your donation.
Mask Making Workshop
Friday 6-9 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., there will be a Mask-Making Workshop at THE MANHEIM GALLERY, 747 N. Main St., Cottonwood, with mask-making, decorating and exploring.
Cost is $35-$50 for Saturday only, or $80-$125 for the complete workshop.
Reservations recommended. (928) 284-4021 www.unmaskit.com.