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What's Happening: 2-20-15

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Highway 260 Clean-Up

Feb. 21

The Verde Village Property Owners' Association will meet at the One in Christ Church parking lot at 8 a.m. It is recommended that volunteers bring their own water, wear long sleeves, gloves and long pants.

There will be grabbers and nail sticks, and ADOT is providing plastic bags and vests. Call Mal at (928) 634-9785 for more information.

Relay for Life yard sale

March 18

Relay for Life is looking for good, clean yard sale items to be sold at the group's mid-March fundraiser. Contact Pam for pick up at (928) 202-9427 or Terre at (928) 634-8133.

March-A-Mile for Meals

March 28

Check-in for the seventh annual event is at 8 a.m. The 2-mile walk starts at 9 a.m. at the Verde Valley Senior Center at 500 East Cherry Street in Cottonwood. Denny's and Randall's are sponsoring a pancake and sausage breakfast after the walk. Put a spotlight on the plight of senior citizens. Registration and pledge sheets are available at the VV Senior Center, or at For more information, call Debbie Moore at (928) 634-5450 or email her at

Old Town Blues Fest

March 28

The fifth annual event will be held from 2-10 p.m. at the Old Town Center for the Arts in Cottonwood. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to

Pecan and Wine Fest

March 28-29

The 2015 Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival will take place in downtown Camp Verde on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday March 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year's event will, among other things, launch Camp Verde's yearlong Sesquicentennial celebration, commemorating the community's founding in 1865. The festival includes the Verde Valley Archaeology Fair, the Verde River Runoff canoe and kayak race, and a host of activities surrounding Arizona State Parks Archaeology and heritage Awareness month. Admission to all events is free. Charges apply for wine tasting and race participants. Additional information and a complete event list will be posted on and

Free children's clinic


Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church continues to provide free exams and treatment for children who are not insured or who are under-insured on Saturdays 9 a.m.-noon. On Feb 28., shop in the newly-organized Revolve, which has children's clothing for infants to teens. Bring a new or gently used item you can no longer use and trade it for something extra-nice. We have shoes, dressy clothes, warm winter wear and much more. Call (928) 634-4102 or see www.http://sojaz for further information. Spirit of Joy is located at 330 Scenic Drive in Clarkdale.

Sharing Photos

Feb. 20

The Verde Valley Computer Club Digital Camera group meets at 5 p.m. Jody Wheeler will present "Sharing Photos." Clemenceau Building, Willard Street at Mingus Avenue, Cottonwood. Call Dave at (928) 639-0106 for more information.

Computer Club meeting

Feb. 21

The Verde Valley Computer Club's general meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. The topic is "Graphic Designs," presented by Kirsten Hastings with the City of Cottonwood Parks and Recreation Department. Donations accepted to help defray costs. Clemenceau Building, Willard Street at Mingus Avenue, Cottonwood. Call Dave at (928) 639-0106 for more information.

Coffee with a Vet

Feb. 20

Everyone is welcome to attend "Coffee with a Vet," a Veterans History Project event, on Friday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sedona Public Library. Author Steven Snyder will be the special guest speaker.

Camp Verde Dark Sky Advocates

Feb. 20

Join the first meeting of the Camp Verde Dark Sky Advocates from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Verde Valley Archaeology Center at 385 South Main Street in Camp Verde. The group's mission is to preserve Camp Verde's night skies and enhance local appreciation and enjoyment of these special resources. RSVP to Mary McCarthy by Feb. 17 at (847) 525-6137, or by emailing

OLLI Special Program

Feb. 20

Discover the Verde Valley Archeological Center with Director Ken Zoll. The 2 p.m. event is sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and will be held at the Verde campus of Yavapai College in Room M-137. Open to the public, this event offers an opportunity to learn about the ancient peoples who made their homes in the Verde Valley, their lifestyles, dwellings, and use of resources by observing many rock art sites and astronomical observation points providing insights into the beliefs and practices of these ancient people. For more information about OLLI or this special program, please call (928) 649-5550.

Chili and Pie Dinner

Feb. 20

From 5-7 p.m. at the Montezuma Rimrock Fire Station located at 3240 East Beaver Creek Road, the event is sponsored by the Beaver Creek Kiwanis, K-Kids, Builder's Club and Key Club.

Proceeds support safety and school and community projects. Donations of $3 to $5 are suggested.

Please contact Carol Keeton for further information at (928) 606-4050.

Cottonwood Contra Dance

Feb. 21

Dance to the live music by Just Desserts, the house band for Flagstaff contra dances, with calling by Kari Usher. Come alone or with friends, no experience or partner needed. 

The pre-dance lesson begins at 6:30 p.m., with dancing from 7-10 p.m. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing; snacks to share are always appreciated. Cottonwood Civic Center is at 805 N. Main Street, Old Town Cottonwood.

Donations are $9 per dancer and $7 for students. Contact Mark Alexander for more information: (928) 699-5456 or  

Verde Valley Archaeological Society meeting

Feb. 22

February's 7 p.m. meeting features speaker J. Scott Wood, Forest Archaeologist and Heritage Program Manager, Tonto National Forest at the Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road. Scott attended U of A and ASU, and received his MA from ASU. He is currently retired from the Tonto, after spending nearly 40 years in the Forest Service.  Scott will speak about Goat Camp Ruin: Excavation, Stabilization, and Interpretation. Included will be material on what is being learned about the prehistory of Payson. For further information, please contact Dr. Ron Krug, at

Red Earth Auditions

Feb. 22

On Feb. 22 at 4 p.m. and Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m. in Sedona for original 'Shakespeare Jazz' production. Plays April 24-26. Seeking 4-5 female actors and 4-5 male actors, age 15-60s. Also seeking musicians. Prepare to read a Shakespearian piece, musicians prepare a jazz-style piece. Cold readings from Shakespeare texts. Rehearsal process will include Shakespearian acting workshops. Contact Kate at (928) 399-0997 or email: for location and to book a time.

Read on Arizona

Feb. 24-27

The Camp Verde Community Library is celebrating Read on Arizona with four days of fun activities for all ages, starting with Baby Brain Time at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. Contact Dianna Manasse at (928) 544-8387 for more information, or visit

Lenten Season Fellowship

Feb. 25

Camp Verde Community Church kicks off its Lenten Season Fellowship with testimonials and dinner on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, 480 First Street in Camp Verde. Programs run each Wednesday night through April 1. Bring along a favorite soup to add to a potluck dinner and evening of spiritual enlightenment that will include an array of soups to feed the soul. Beverages will be served. For additional information, please call the church office, (928) 567-3447, Monday thru Thursday, 9 a.m. - noon.

Alpha Course

Feb. 25

Spirit of Joy will begin an Alpha Course open to all on Wednesdays 6-8:15 p.m. at the church campus, 330 Scenic Drive, Clarkdale. Each week begins with an informal meal followed by a discussion. To register, call the church office at (928) 634-4102, or or check the website at

Friends of the Beaver Creek Library Speaker Series

Feb. 26

The Friends of the Beaver Creek Library features board member and author Carol Grieshaber, who will present a slideshow on "The Verde River, an Endangered Treasure." From 4-5 p.m. at the beaver Creek School Public Library in Rimrock.

Women and Heart Disease

Feb. 26

"Women and Heart Disease" is the topic of the February Take Note: Cottonwood lecture, which is sponsored by Northern Arizona Healthcare's Verde Valley Medical Center. The lecture will feature interventional cardiologist Steven Heilbrunn, M.D., and be held Thursday from 5-6 p.m. at Verde Valley Medical Center, 269 S. Candy Lane, Conference Rooms B and C. To R.S.V.P. or for more information about this event, call (928) 639-6551.

Erev Shabbat service

Feb. 27

Friday at 7:30 p.m., join the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley for Erev Shabbat service. For further information or to learn about the rest of the events for the week, call the office from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday - Friday, at (928) 204-1286, or visit

Concert association scholarship competition

Feb. 28

The Verde Valley Concert Association is holding its annual Scholarship Competition on Saturday at Peace Lutheran Church on Fir Street in Cottonwood. First, second and third place winners in the piano, voice and instrument categories are awarded cash prizes. Students in grades 7-12 can participate. The top prize is $1,000 for the musician the judges say has the most talented. Winners also perform at a "Rising Start" concert at Peace Lutheran on March 1 at 3 p.m. The public is welcome to attend these free events. For more information about the scholarship competition, call Arleen Wright at (928) 567-3306.

Benefit and Bike Run for Doug Cannon

Feb. 28

Doug Cannon had a serious motorcycle accident and, after surgical complications, he has had his leg amputated. The Chaparral Bar, friends of Cannon and the Verde Valley MMA is hosting the run, starting at Nate's Cowboy Café in Clarkdale. Registration at 9 a.m. Kickstands up at 10 a.m. $15 per poker sheet. Run ends at the Chaparral bar in Cottonwood at noon, followed by a party. Everyone welcome. Music at 1 and 6 p.m. by the Cheap Sunglasses & Friends. For donation or run information, contact Beth at (928) 274-3443.

Pawz on Main Customer Appreciation

Feb. 28

Pawz on Main is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a customer appreciation day, and a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Light lunch will be served. The storefront is located at 918 North Main Street in Cottonwood.

Cottonwood Roadrunners Square Dance Club

Feb. 28

Square Dance from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Cottonwood Civic Center, 805 North Main Street. Jerry Junck will be calling & Ronnie Fontaine will be cueing. Pre-rounds start at 7 p.m. with alternating mainstream and plus tips from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. with two rounds in between. For more info call Connie (928) 300-2448.

Cottonwood Meteorite Added to Exhibit

March 1-Aug. 31

The Verde Valley Archaeology Center located at 385 S. Main Street in Camp Verde will add the Cottonwood Meteorite to an exhibit running from March 1 to Aug. 31.

The loan of these meteorites from the Arizona State University Center for Meteorite Studies was arranged with the cooperation of Dr. Lawrence Garvie, Research Professor at the ASU School of Earth & Space Exploration.

The Center will be hosting Dr. Garvie for a free talk on meteorites on March 3, at 7 p.m., in the Phillip England Center for the Performing Arts, 210 Camp Lincoln Road in Camp Verde. The Center will also give monthly talks on the importance and uses of meteorites among ancient Native American cultures during the span of the exhibit. Visit or call (928) 567-0066 for more information.

Vino di Sedona presents Jill Cohn

March 9

Seattle artist Jill Cohn is giving a 7 p.m. performance at Vino di Sedona, 2575 W. State Route 89A.

Teens Laser Tag

March 14

The City of Sedona Parks and Recreation Department is excited to host its first ever laser tag for teens only event on Saturday, March 14, 2015, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Posse Grounds Park lower softball field, 525 Posse Ground Road. An outdoor obstacle course will be set up on the ball field.  Players rotate every eight minutes with 20 players allowed on the field at a time. All necessary equipment is provided for the players. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Sedona Red Rock High School and the Parks and Recreation office, or the day of the event at the gate. The cost is $10 per player, teens only (you must show student ID and signed waiver). 

The amount of games you get to play depends on how many tickets are sold. For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation office at (928) 282-7098 or visit