What's Happening: 10-1-14

Volunteers needed at connections equine therapy program<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Connections Equine Therapy in Cornville needs volunteers for horse care and to assist clients in its Therapeutic Riding Program. No experience necessary – training provided. Minimum age 14. Must be physically fit. At least one shift per week; eight-week commitment required<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->For further information call 928-639-0791 or email: connections @commspeed.net.

Volunteers needed at connections equine therapy program<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Connections Equine Therapy in Cornville needs volunteers for horse care and to assist clients in its Therapeutic Riding Program. No experience necessary – training provided. Minimum age 14. Must be physically fit. At least one shift per week; eight-week commitment required<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->For further information call 928-639-0791 or email: connections @commspeed.net.

Glorious GEMS: From Beginning to End

Oct. 10

Come Wednesday at 10 a.m., to a free program with The Sedona Womenn. Hear Dr. Kennard Bork, geologist, and DeNise Bowers, gemologist, provide a broad understanding and appreciation of gems, from their ground-based genesis to their transformation into dazzling pieces of jewelry. A Meet-n-Greet begins at 9:30 at the Sedona Creative Life Center, 333 Schnebly Hill Road, Sedona. Visit www.thesedonawomen.com or call Karen at (928) 282-2525.

Verde Valley Computer Club October Calendar

Oct. 2 Board Meeting 6 p.m.

Oct. 6 Linux SIG 5 p.m. SIG presenter Rob Schottland.

Oct 9 Genealogy SIG 6 p.m. SIG presenter Marny Zuercher. Family History Center, Mormon Church (west side), 1377 East Hombre Drive, Cottonwood.

Oct. 10 Internet SIG 5 p.m. SIG presenter Rob Schottland.

Oct. 17 Digital Camera SIG 5 p.m. SIG presenter Jody Wheeler.

Oct. 18 General Meeting 9:30 a.m. Presentation 'Computing For Practical Applications' presented by Patricia Graff of Arizona Public Service (APS). Your personal finances, social media, hobbies, on-line shopping and store savings.

Oct. 24 Fourth Friday SIG at 5 p.m. SIG presenter Jody Wheeler.

Public is welcome to attend. The meetings are No Charge. Donations accepted to help defray costs. Clemenceau Building, Willard Street at Mingus Avenue, Cottonwood. Website www.vvcclub.com Dave 639-0106.

NAWBO meeting in Sedona

Oct. 9

The next National Association of Women Business Owners luncheon is Thursday at 11:15 a.m. at The Barking Frog Grill in West Sedona. The topic is "Women & Money: Heart & Soul & Just Plain Cents." Hear experts in investment and finance talk about the ins and outs of how women think about money, and how it translates to their businesses.

Tickets are available for members for $30, and non-members for $40 at: www.nawbosvv.org by Monday, Oct. 6; or at the door for $40. Details and registration at www.nawbosvv.org/events.php.

Local First Arizona mixer in Cottonwood

Oct. 15

The next Local First Arizona business mixer is Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Fire Mountain Wines in Old Town Cottonwood. Fire Mountain Wines will host the event and will feature food from local restaurant, SEED.

This event is free and is open to all Local First Members, and any local business or person interested in finding more about Local First Arizona. We'll be kicking off our 2015 Small Wonders Map for the Verde Valley and will be discussing other happenings coming up. More information and RSVP link is found here: http://localfirstaz.com/news/events/greater-arizona-events/

Contra Dance returns

Oct. 18

It's time once again for Contra Dance at the Cottonwood Civic Center, 805 N. Main St. in Old Town. Get an aerobic workout to the live music of the Cottonwood Contra Dance Band with calling by Steve Elliot. No partner or experience needed wear comfortable shoes. First-timers ALWAYS welcome-all dances are taught and called. Come at 6:30 for the teaching session and then dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Make new friends and have fun! Donations are $9 per dancer & $7 for students.

Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People

Oct. 20

Cottonwood Parks and Recreation brings in Craig Coffman to teach the nationally renowned "How To Play Piano in Three Hours" workshop on Monday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Coffman's approach reveals how the pros play. He has extensive experience as a professional pianist and music director.

Anyone interested in taking the workshop is welcome to send for a free pamphlet titled "How To Read Music Notation In Just 30 Minutes!" Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Innovative Keyboard Instruction, 2841 S. Southwind Drive, Gilbert, AZ 85295. For more information, the cost of the class, or to register please call the Cottonwood Parks and Recreation at (928) 639-3200.

Scott art exhibit at Cottonwood Village

Oct. 20-22

There will be a free art exhibit featuring James Godwin Scott's work Monday through Wednesday. There will be an opening wine and hors d'hoeuvres reception with the artist, Monday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Cottonwood Village, 201 E. Mingus Ave. The art exhibit will be open to the public 3-8 p.m.

A one-man show of Scott's paintings will be displayed with some works for sale. He painted for more than 25 years along the Mississippi River capturing life on the river and river boats such as 'The Paddle Wheeler Becky Thatcher.' For more information call Mara Miller at (928) 634-4229

Whispers among the Ruins

Oct. 24

Lori Hines, paranormal mystery author and "Under the Surface" digital radio host, will present a program for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) on the Yavapai College Verde campus in Clarkdale on Friday, 2-4 p.m. in room M-137.

The public is invited to explore "The Ancient Ones" mystery series of three books with the Goodyear author.

Hines, a paranormal investigator and archaeology enthusiast, draws from the prehistoric cultures of Arizona, her home state, including those of Tuzigoot, Montezuma Castle and Montezuma Well for her research, ideas and experiences for her books and radio discussions.

Al-Anon meetings

Al-Anon Top Priority meets Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. at the Alano Club, 1309 E Cherry St., Cottonwood.

Watershed Stakeholders Meeting

Oct. 1

The Verde Watershed Restoration Coalition invites you to attend the annual Stakeholder Meeting Wednesday.

Presentations will be at 2 p.m., followed by a reception at 4:30 p.m.

The coalition has just begun its third field season, implementing the Verde River Cooperative Invasive Plant Management Plan (CIPMP).

Meet in the Men's Lounge of the Clark Memorial Clubhouse, 39 N. Ninth St., Clarkdale. RSVP by calling Laurie Parker at (928) 301-4934, or emailingadmin@verderivergreenway.org.

Brown Bag Brain Buzz

Oct. 2

"Brown Bag Brain Buzz" is a new lunchtime discussion series on "Great People and Big Ideas" that have shaped the course of human history. OLLI (The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) of Sedona/Verde is offering this series to the public free of charge as part of their 10th anniversary celebration. There will be a different topic each week. Respected members of the OLLI community will make a short presentation followed by open discussion.

The series begins Thursday from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. at the Yavapai College Verde Valley campus, 601 Black Hills Drive, Clarkdale, in room M202. Dr. Shri Srikanth, who has a Ph. D. in Physics from Boston University, will discuss Isaac Newton and his impact on history. Details are available online at www.yc.edu/ollisv. For more information contact the OLLI office at (928) 649-4275 or pick up an OLLI catalog at local libraries.

Clarktoberfest Celebration an all day celebration

Oct. 4

Clarkdale's Entertainment District will be hoppin' on Saturday for the first Clarktoberfest. Beginning at noon and continuing until 9 p.m., Main Street will be blocked off in the Historic Business District between Ninth and 10th Street. A beer garden, wine area, food, arts and crafts booths, live music will make this a day-long destination for locals and visitors alike.

A Vendor Application can be obtained by contacting madeinclarkdale2012@gmail.com.

Verde Valley Teen Center Fundraiser

Oct. 4

The second annual Verde Valley Teen Center fund-raiser is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Verde Valley Moose Lodge, 1051 S Broadway, Clarkdale. There will be a hay ride, pumpkin patch, face painting, carnival games, Jolly Jump bounce houses, popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones, balloons and cake walk. Food Selections: Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks. Lots of prizes and fun for the whole family.

Get trained in kayaking

Oct. 4

Verde River Valley Nature Organization (VRVNO) is partnering with the American Canoe Association (ACA) to bring you five of their qualified instructors for an instructional day on the Verde River. This discounted ($50) workshop is the start of formal education on the river.

ACA - Essential of River Kayaking - Level 2: is Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Registrants meet at Tuzigoot RAP for introduction, with shuttle to Lower Tapco RAP for river put in. Participants will be separated by skill level; participants who don't complete the L2 certification may obtain L1.

Review requirements and register at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/12SKUXvS_cGbutAkD0BHDU73u95jnxmbXkW9xW7VavKA/viewform?c=0&w=1

Fall Arts & Crafts Fair on college campus

Oct. 11

All ages are invited to a free Fall Arts and Crafts Fair on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Yavapai College Campus in Clarkdale. Vendors will have numerous hand-made items on display, including stained glass, ceramics, watercolors, photographs, vintage furniture, woodcarvings, baskets, candles, jewelry, southwestern ornaments, and embroidered quilts. Popular local authors will be selling their books. There will be special activities for children in the Mabery Pavilion. Entertainment will be provided by local musicians David Rentz, Wendy and Jo, and the Sparkling Girls.

Proceeds from booth rentals will go to the Sedona Aubrey Mills Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Verde John Acker Memorial Scholarships Fund of OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute), an educational program serving hundreds of older adult learners in the Verde Valley and Sedona.

Fall Arts & Crafts Fair on college campus

Oct. 11

All ages are invited to a free Fall Arts and Crafts Fair on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Yavapai College Campus in Clarkdale. Vendors will have numerous hand-made items on display, including stained glass, ceramics, watercolors, photographs, vintage furniture, woodcarvings, baskets, candles, jewelry, southwestern ornaments, and embroidered quilts. Popular local authors will be selling their books. There will be special activities for children in the Mabery Pavilion. Entertainment will be provided by local musicians David Rentz, Wendy and Jo, and the Sparkling Girls.

Proceeds from booth rentals will go to the Sedona Aubrey Mills Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Verde John Acker Memorial Scholarships Fund of OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute), an educational program serving hundreds of older adult learners in the Verde Valley and Sedona.

Award-winning author/filmmaker teaches at writer workshop

Oct. 11

Although Bill Myers will be in the middle of filming his latest project in California, he will fly to Arizona and teach fiction and nonfiction sessions at the Northern Arizona WordWeavers annual teaching day Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church, 330 Scenic Drive, Clarkdale, Clarkdale.

As an author and filmmaker Myers' work has won 70 national and international awards including the C.S. Lewis Honor Award. For more information about Myers, visit www.billmyers.com. To register, contact Alice Klies at alice.klies@gmail.com or (928) 300-9700. Cost is $7 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

Clarkdale hosts Sustainability in Our Backyard

Oct. 18

The Clarkdale Community and Economic Development Department is sponsoring the second Sustainability in Our Backyard Event on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Town Center at 19 N. Ninth Street. This event is focused on celebrating community and individual wellness and will feature a variety of vendors offering assistance in maintaining a sustainable town and a sustainable lifestyle.

Among the vendors, Verde Natural Resource Conservation District will have educational, hands-on activities for kids from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free vendor spaces are still available. If you have a sustainable program or product, offer alternative or complementary health services, or would like to provide free yoga classes, contact the Community Development Department at (928) 639-2500 to sign up.

Forest Service Trails topic of Cornville meeting

Oct. 8

U.S. Forest Service officials from the Red Rock District will be guests of the Cornville Community Association at its monthly community meeting at 6 p.m., Wednesday, at Oak Creek School, 11490 Purple Sage Road, in Cornville. The meeting will provide an important opportunity for residents to meet Nicole Branton, new district ranger, along with Tony Papa and Miguel Macias, who will invite public dialogue about motorized (ATV, dirt bike) use on National Forest lands in the Cornville area. Of particular concern is the Green Gate area (FR 9205), which has been heavily damaged by unauthorized off-road use.

For information call 649-1916.

Toys for Tots Golf Tournament

Oct. 11

The annual Toys for Tots Golf Tournament takes place at Verde Santa Fe Golf Course. The format is a 4-person team scramble. $85 covers green fees, goodies, coffee and a great lunch. Bring a $10 (at least) unwrapped toy and receive a free raffle ticket. There are opportunities for more raffles, silent auction and a CAR for a hole-in-one! Proceeds provide more toys for the Christmas parties for our Verde Valley kids in need.

Organize your own team or enter as a single and we will put you on a team. Forms are available at the Verde Santa Fe course, or see verdevalleytoysfortots@gmailcom, or call Krys at 649-3747.

Square dancers seeks clothes for recycle sale

The Cottonwood Roadrunners Square Dance Club is looking for donations of slightly used clothing for their recycle sales. Donations of Square Dance apparel, men's western shirts, prairie skirts and women's blouses are requested. Items can be purchased at the Saturday night square dances held the second Saturday of each month from 7 to 9:30 at the Civic Center. For donations please call Gail 567-4189 or Connie 300-2448.

Support group from Alzheimer's caregivers

Oct. 1

Each month Verde Valley Presbyterian Church hosts a free support group for caregivers of Alzheimer's patients. Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month from 9:45 to 11 a.m. VVPC is located at 1500 E. Hombre Drive in Cottonwood. This month Bonnie Shimko, a Certified Senior Care Advisor with her own company Arizona Care Management Solutions, will speak on Proactive Legal Choices. She is an advocate for seniors, with a passion to educate seniors and professionals alike on choices available to them. If you are someone with Alzheimer's disease, caring for someone with a diagnosis or wish to learn more, come and join us or call (928) 771-9257 for more information.

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