What's Happening: 4-10-15

Dump the Drugs Event April 25 at seven locations<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->A Dump the Drugs event will be held on Saturday, April 25, at seven locations countywide, including: Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, Cottonwood, Sedona, Camp Verde and Clarkdale.  MATFORCE and area law enforcement are sponsoring the event to help reduce prescription drug abuse by gathering and safely disposing of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medication.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->In 2011, MATFORCE made reducing prescription drug abuse its top priority. In 2012, Yavapai County was chosen by the Governor’s Office to serve as the first site in the state to implement the Arizona Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse Reduction Initiative.  This community health project brought law enforcement, community leaders and concerned citizens together under MATFORCE’s leadership.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->To date over 16,000 pounds of unwanted medication has been collected at Dump the Drug events and at ten law enforcement drop boxes.  Properly disposing of unwanted medication has kept potentially dangerous drugs from getting into the wrong hands. Safe disposal also keeps medications from getting into our water systems. <br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Sheila Polk, Yavapai County Attorney and MATFORCE Co-chair, said, “Those who bring unwanted medications to Dump the Drugs events are directly helping to reduce substance abuse in our communities.  We have seen the successful results. Prescription drug abuse among youth is down by 36.8% since 2012, according to the most recent Arizona Youth Survey.  Also, we have seen a 300% decrease in overdose deaths since 2011.”<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->In the greater Prescott area, prescription and over-the-counter medications can be dropped off between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM at the following locations:  Prescott Police Department, 222 S. Marina; Prescott Valley Police Department, 7601 E. Civic Circle; and the Chino Valley Police Department, 1950 Voss Drive.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->In the Verde Valley, prescription and over-the-counter medications can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the following locations:  Sedona Police Department at 100 Roadrunner Drive; Cottonwood Police Department, 199 S. 6th Street;  the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office at 646 S. First Street; and the Clarkdale Police Department at 49 N. Ninth Street.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->MATFORCE encourages everyone to look through their medicine cabinet for expired or unwanted medication and bring it to one of the drop-off locations.  For more information call 928-708-0100 or visit the MATFORCE website at matforce.org.

Dump the Drugs Event April 25 at seven locations<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->A Dump the Drugs event will be held on Saturday, April 25, at seven locations countywide, including: Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, Cottonwood, Sedona, Camp Verde and Clarkdale. MATFORCE and area law enforcement are sponsoring the event to help reduce prescription drug abuse by gathering and safely disposing of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medication.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->In 2011, MATFORCE made reducing prescription drug abuse its top priority. In 2012, Yavapai County was chosen by the Governor’s Office to serve as the first site in the state to implement the Arizona Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse Reduction Initiative. This community health project brought law enforcement, community leaders and concerned citizens together under MATFORCE’s leadership.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->To date over 16,000 pounds of unwanted medication has been collected at Dump the Drug events and at ten law enforcement drop boxes. Properly disposing of unwanted medication has kept potentially dangerous drugs from getting into the wrong hands. Safe disposal also keeps medications from getting into our water systems. <br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Sheila Polk, Yavapai County Attorney and MATFORCE Co-chair, said, “Those who bring unwanted medications to Dump the Drugs events are directly helping to reduce substance abuse in our communities. We have seen the successful results. Prescription drug abuse among youth is down by 36.8% since 2012, according to the most recent Arizona Youth Survey. Also, we have seen a 300% decrease in overdose deaths since 2011.”<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->In the greater Prescott area, prescription and over-the-counter medications can be dropped off between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM at the following locations: Prescott Police Department, 222 S. Marina; Prescott Valley Police Department, 7601 E. Civic Circle; and the Chino Valley Police Department, 1950 Voss Drive.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->In the Verde Valley, prescription and over-the-counter medications can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the following locations: Sedona Police Department at 100 Roadrunner Drive; Cottonwood Police Department, 199 S. 6th Street; the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office at 646 S. First Street; and the Clarkdale Police Department at 49 N. Ninth Street.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->MATFORCE encourages everyone to look through their medicine cabinet for expired or unwanted medication and bring it to one of the drop-off locations. For more information call 928-708-0100 or visit the MATFORCE website at matforce.org.

Mingus presents Thoroughly Modern Millie

April 18-26

Gloria Alcala plays small-town girl Millie Dillmount, who heads to New York City in 1922 to start a new life in a city filled with intrigue, jazz and a whole new set of rules for love. Shows are Saturday, April 18 and 25 at 7 p.m., Sunday April 19 and 26 at 3 p.m., and Friday April 24 at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at www.showtix4u.com, in the MUHS bookstore from 7:30-3:30 p.m. every day, or by calling the box office at (928) 649-4466. Advanced tickets are $11 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $8 for students and children. All tickets are an additional $2 at the door. If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail the director, James Ball, at jball@muhs.com.

VVN/Vyto Starinskas

Time to sign up for Cottonwood Clippers

Registration for Cottonwood Clippers Swim team will be on Thursday, April 23, 6 p.m., at the Cottonwood outdoor pool. Discount for early registration. Download your forms at www.cottonwoodclippers.webs.com complete them and bring them with you.

AlterNative Plant Festival

Verde River Growers in association with the Verde Natural Resource Conservation District will be having the AlterNative Plant Festival at Verde River Growers located at 300 S. Rocking Chair Ranch Road in Cottonwood on Saturday, April 18, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Jeff Schalau, County Director and Agent, Arizona Natural Resources and other speakers will be talking about gardening in the Verde Valley. For further information call Verde River Growers at 928-639-0122.

Coffee talk with Mayor Joens

Coffee Talk with the Mayor, Wednesday, April 22, 6 p.m. at Denny's Restaurant, 2211 E. State Route 89A, Cottonwood. Coffee will be provided.

What is going on in your city of Cottonwood? Mayor Diane Joens would like to meet with you and hear your ideas and views about your city. She has included guest speaker Berrin Nejad, Program Manager in the Community Development Department. Nejad oversees Cottonwood's development as a healthy, balanced and livable community through its Planning and Building divisions. Construction permits and code and ordinance enforcement cross her desk daily. Her mission is to assure our city remains attractive and healthy, contributing to a strong and vital economy. At the Mayor's Coffee Talk, Nejad will provide explanations and updates on our building projects. She will also discuss our economy and compare this and last year's data.

The Mayor's Coffee Talk will be held at Denny's Restaurant, 2211 E. State Route 89A, Cottonwood, at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22. Coffee will be provided.

Law Day 2015 at Cottonwood Public Library

President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1st to be Law Day, U.S.A. in 1958. Law Day was originally the idea of Charles S. Rhyne, Eisenhower's legal counsel for a time, who was serving in 1957-1958 as president of the American Bar Association.

To celebrate Law Day, the Cottonwood Public Library is hosting "Law Day 2015" on Wednesday, April 29, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The public is welcome to come in and ask local attorneys one on one about legal issues and get advice and/or a referral to an attorney. The library is partnering with Community Legal Services from Prescott and the Yavapai County Bar Association.

Topics that can be addressed include debt collection, elder law, tenant issues, personal injury, general civil litigation, contract disputes, estate planning, foreclosure, construction law, bankruptcy, judgments/harassment, wills/trusts/probate, home ownership, employment law, and family law.

Appointments are not necessary. People are seen on a first come first serve basis and all consultations are confidential. This is a great opportunity to receive legal counsel at no cost to you.

The library is located at 100 S 6th Street in Cottonwood. Call 928-634-7559 for more information.

Mingus Mountain Republicans meet April 14

Starting at noon, Mingus Mountain Republicans will meet Tuesday, April 14, at the VFW Post #7400 located at 701 E. Aspen Street in Cottonwood and host Yavapai Country School Superintendent Tim Carter. Raised in Southern Arizona, Tim started his teaching & coaching career in 1973 and has had various teaching, coaching and school administration positions in Arizona. He plans to run for re-election in 2016. DISCUSSION beginning noon: "The Facts & Myths of AZ Common Core"

Lunch consisting of Beef Tips and Noodles, Salad, Roll and Desert, Coffee or Iced tea will be served prior to the meeting beginning at 11:15 am. Please RSVP by email to Mingus_Mountain@hotmail.com on or before Friday, April 10, or call Niles Haton at (928)649-1643.

Northern Arizona Watercolor Society meets April 24

The next meeting of Northern Arizona Watercolor Society will be Friday, April 24, 9 a.m. After a short business meeting, NAWS members Chrys Cordivin and Lynn Overend will team up to share their pouring method.

Monthly meetings are held at the Sedona United Methodist Church, located at 110 Indian Cliffs Road, just off State Route 179 in the Chapel area and artists and guests of all skill levels are welcome to attend, and encouraged to become a part of the Watercolor Society's activities.

Then, for perhaps the last time, NAWS members will hang the Student Art Show at Red Rock High School for the weekend show featuring a number of area schools' art students offering a delightful and wide array of media. Support our students by attending and watch their delight when awards are presented on Sunday.

Finally, what better way to celebrate Spring than with a display of beautiful watercolor paintings! The Northern Arizona Watercolor Society's 21st annual Spring Member's Juried Exhibition will be up at The Sedona Special Exhibition Gallery on April 30th through May 18th.10 a.m. - 5 p.m. A later reception with the juror, Ms. Fealing Lin will be from 5 to 8 on May 15th.

Please join us and vote for your favorite painting in the People's Choice Award. Additional NAWS information regarding meetings, workshops, and activities, as well as webpages of members' art displays, can be found on our website at www.NAWS-AZ.org.

Furever Family Foto Shoot

The Verde Valley Humane Society is holding a Furever Family Foto Shoot on Saturday, April 25, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Professional photographer Dale Maas is donating his time and talent to the shelter. Prints of you and your pets (5x7 for $10) and a CD of your entire session ($10) or both ($20) will be available for pickup at the shelter from May 1-9.

The shelter is located at 1520 W. Mingus Ave, Cottonwood, AZ.

Verde Thumbs Garden Club

The Verde Thumbs Garden Club April 14 speaker will be Chris Anderson, who is one of the best sources of information on permaculture and rainwater harvesting in the area. He has been gardening in the Sedona area since 2005 and is an expert on Permaculture, native and ornamental plants, and gardening supplies. He is a recent recipient of the Norman B. Herkenham award for furthering education about native plant landscaping.

Get acquainted time at 6 p.m. and meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Meet at Pine Shadows Mobile Home Park, 2050 W. 89A, across from Nate's Cowboy Café.

Cottonwood Contra Dance

Finn MacCool is this month's contra dance band featuring Ron & Kari Barton and friends playing traditional Irish fiddle tunes, with calling by Mike Barraclough. Come to the Cottonwood Civic Center on Saturday, April 18th, 805 N. Main Street in old town. The lesson is at 6:30 with dancing until 10 pm. You don't need experience or a partner but do wear comfortable clothes and shoes that you can move in. Donations are $9 per dancer and $7 for students; snacks to share are always appreciated. Contact Mark Alexander for more information: 928-699-5456 or mtalexander@yahoo.com.

Clarkdale Historical Society meets April 15

Clarkdale Historical Society & Museum announces its quarterly board meeting which is open to all members and non-members alike of the Verde Valley. Once each quarter we welcome the public to come find out what we've been doing in our museum and in the community.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 15, at 4 p.m. at the museum which is located at 900 First North in Clarkdale. Call 928-649-1198 for further information or directions.

American Legion dance April 11-12

Dance music at the Cottonwood American Legion April 11- 12.

April 11 - The 5-Piece Rock Band Creosote 7 PM. Public Welcome.

April 12-Charleah and her Happy Days Band, 2-5 PM. Public Welcome.

KC's Family Tae Kwon Do Black Belt Test & Show

Saturday, April 11th at 3 p.m., KC's will hold a public display of martial arts at the Camp Verde Multi-Use Auditorium as eleven Candidates test for Black Belt, as well as some of the school's top Black Belts will perform. This public "Black Belt Extravaganza" show will include demonstration of martial arts skills, as well as breath-taking showmanship and high flying acrobatics. Tickets are available to the public for $7 in Advance and can be purchased at either KC's location. They will be $8 at the door. Due to the length of the program and quiet/focus needed on behalf of the candidates during the testing portion, it is not recommended for children under the age of 6. For more information, please contact KC's Family Tae Kwon Do -- Cottonwood 634-5165 or Camp Verde 554-0140.

Cornville Wine Food and Craft Festival

The Cornville Community Association is hosting its 1st Cornville Wine Food and Craft Festival, April 25 at Windmill Park between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. There will be music and soft-drinks. Food will be provided by Chef Wayne's creations as well as Jersey J's E. Coast Cuisine. Admission $10, includes six wine-tasting flights and an event souvenir glass.

Living single in Christ

If you are interested in joining an adult singles fellowship whose purpose is to support you in your Christian growth and practical living skills plus enjoy social activities, trips, guest speakers and more, please come to a meeting at River Community Fellowship, 497 S. Willard St. in Cottonwood, April 26, 4 p.m. Following an orientation meeting, there will be a barbecue potluck and time of fellowship. For more information, call 203-6305.

Acupuncturist to speak at chronic pain meeting

The fibromyalgia/arthritis/chronic pain support group will meet Saturday, April 11, 10 a.m., in Conference

Room A at the Verde Valley Medical Center. Kim McMaster, M.Ed., MSOM, L.Ac. of Verde Valley Acupuncture will present a general overview of her specialty, after which she will answer your questions. You will surely come away from the meeting with valuable information to process. Meetings are free and open to all who are interested in learning and sharing experiences of chronic pain, whatever its cause. Coffee, tea and water are provided by our award-winning hospital. See you there. Questions? Call Barbara at 649-0248.

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