What's Happening 6-5-15

Yavapai Diaper Drive underway

The annual Yavapai Diaper Drive is sponsored by the Coalition for Compassion and Justice and benefits low-income families with babies or toddlers.

Diapers in sizes new born through 6 are being collected throughout Yavapai County and given to a variety of agencies within the county for distribution.

Donations can be dropped off now through Fathers' Day, June 21, at any of the following locations:

- Ash Fork Community Library, Ash Fork

- Prescott Valley Public Library, Prescott Valley

- Prescott Public Library, Prescott

- American Lutheran Church, Prescott

- Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Prescott

- Prescott United Methodist Church, Prescott

- Temple B'rith Shalom, Prescott

- Coalition for Compassion and Justice/Open Door, Prescott

- CCJ Thrift Shop, Prescott

- Verde Valley Medical Center, Cottonwood

- Cottonwood Public Library, Cottonwood

For more information, contact Diane Iverson at directoropendoor@gmail.com or call 928-445-8382, or visit http://yavapaiccj.org.

Mingus Mountain Republicans meet June 9

Mingus Mountain Republicans will meet Tuesday, June 9, at the VFW Post #7400 located at 701 E. Aspen Street in Cottonwood and host: Paul Babeu, Sheriff of Pinal County and nationally recognized leader on border security.

Lunch consisting of Beef Pot Roast, Mashed Potatoes w/Gravy, Normandy Veggies, Salad, Roll and Desert, Coffee or Iced tea will be served beginning at 11:15 am, Paul Babeu at noon.

Please RSVP by email to Mingus_Mountain@hotmail.com on or before Friday, 5 June or call Niles Haton at (928)649-1643.

Rim Country Bowhunters Association Carp Shoot

Rim Country Bowhunters Association will be having a Carp Shoot on Saturday, June 6.  Registration will be at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds between 5-6 a.m. The boundaries are the Verde River and all of its Tributaries. You must use bowfishing equipment only and have a valid fishing license.  Entry fee is $10. 

Weigh in is at 5 p.m.

The prizes will be: 1st place - $50 Gift Certificate; 2nd place - $30 Gift Certificate; Big Fish - $20 Cash; Smallest Fish - $20

Any questions, call (928) 821-0239

Children's Clinic and Revolve Clothing Exchange

Every Saturday there is a Children's Clinic and Revolve Clothing Exchange at Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church, 330 Scenic, Clarkdale, 9 am-noon.  Bring a gently used item or something that no longer fits and exchange it for something useable.  The Clinic gives sports physicals and school physicals to underinsured or uninsured children. Call 634-4102 for further info or see http://sojaz

American Legion Posts 25 and 135 join forces to recognize Flag Day

American Legion Posts 25 in Cottonwood and 135 in Cornville will host a joint flag disposal in recognition of Flag Day on June 14, 2015, beginning at approximately 5pm (following the Sunday band) in the parking lot of Post 25 located at 480 Calvary Way, Cottonwood.

Along with honoring our Nation's Flag, the ceremony will demonstrate one of the more common methods of disposing of an unserviceable American flag, which is by burning - the other way is by burial. The ceremony will take about 15 minutes and will include short readings by post officers followed by the disposal of the flags to include three volleys of rifle fire by the American Legion Post 135 Honor Guard and the playing of taps.

All veteran organizations, Civil Air Patrol, Boy and Girl Scout troops, Patriot Guard Riders, civic organizations, and schools - the community is invited to attend. Additionally, if you have any unserviceable flags that you would like to donate to the disposal, please bring them to the ceremony. For more information concerning this event, please call Post 25 Cmdr. Bill Tinnin (elect) at 928-634-3004.

Verde Thumbs Gardeners

Come join The Verde Thumbs Gardeners on Tuesday, June 9, to share and learn about gardening in the Verde Valley. Beginners and experienced gardeners will discuss care of your summer gardens. For example: How can I control insects and diseases on tomatoes, squash, cucumbers and all other delicious summer veggies?  When do I harvest all those zucchini? Can I save some seeds from a really delicious tomato? Bring your questions and solutions. Get acquainted time at 6 pm and meeting at 6:30 pm. Meet at Pine Shadows Mobile Home Park Clubhouse, 2050 W. 89A in Clarkdale, across from Nate's Cowboy Café. Bring a friend and we'll see you on June 9. Questions? Call Janice Montgomery, 634-7172.

Christian Care expands Assisted Living Services to Cottonwood

Christian Care, the Arizona non-profit senior housing organization, has announced the successful addition of Assisted Living services at Christian Care Cottonwood, located at 859 S. 12th Street, Cottonwood, AZ.

In 2013, Christian Care received an Assisted Living Conversion Grant in the amount of $2,013,660 from the U.S. Department of HUD to convert 20 independent housing units to 21 Assisted Living housing units. 

Now the project is near completion and a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house will be held at the campus on Tuesday, June 23, at 10:30 a.m. 

"We are looking forward to serving Senior's in Yavapai County with affordable assisted living services. The Christian Care reputation of quality services, along with exceptional staff members will allow the residents we serve to enjoy the continuum of care on the campus they call home," said Christian Care Cottonwood Executive Director Kathy Loscheider.

In addition to the housing units, a dining room and commercial kitchen were also added to the building to facilitate the delivery of services to the Assisted Living residents. 

The apartment unit conversions included removing bathtubs and installing accessible showers with grab bars; upgrading to new high efficiency mechanical units, Energy Star appliances and lighting as well as new Water Sense fixtures to help make the building energy efficient, environmentally friendly and healthy. 

The design of all units and common spaces is to be completely accessible to facilitate social interaction and encourage residents to maintain independence while providing for increased assistance as needed. 

Partners in the Assisted Living project included: Reece Angell Rowe Architects of Phoenix, MTV General Contractors of Mesa, NDA Consultants LLC of Maryland, and the U.S. Department of HUD, Phoenix office. 

Licensed for Supervisory and Personal care Assisted Living services by the Arizona Department of Health Services, a staff of certified caregivers, a service coordinator, environmental services and an assisted living manager provide assistance with the activities for daily living to residents who began moving into the facility in March of 2015. 

The facility is contracted with AHCCCS and accepts residents with private pay or ALTCS benefits.  Prospective residents must meet U.S. Department of HUD income limits for Yavapai County.

Summer Day Camp for Girls

Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine Council is hosting a summer day camp for girls entering kindergarten through 6th grade in fall of 2015. We will make toys, learn more about the science all around us and make new friends. Located at Cottonwood Elementary from 10-11:30 on June 24, 25, and 26 in room 507. Cost is $5 per girl. Financial assistance available to anyone who needs it, no questions asked. Girls do not need to be currently registered to participate. Please contact Makenzie Collie for more information, 480-318-7148. RSVPs essential!

June 25th - 'Caring for the Caregiver Tea'

On Thursday, June 25, will be a free event titled: "Caring for the Caregiver Tea - Caregivers Need Care too!" Enjoy a soothing massage, aromatherapy hand massage and hear about the health benefits of Acupuncture. An afternoon tea will be served. 1:30 to 3 pm - The Susan J. Rheem Adult Day Center - 636 N. Main Street Cottonwood - RSVP: 928-649-0788 - This is a free event.

Pure Living Expo to raise funds for Sedona Food Bank June 27 

The Pure Living Expo taking place July 23-27 at the Hilton Sedona is hosting an expo Pre-Party to benefit the Sedona Community Food Bank  on Saturday, June 27 at Agave of Sedona, located at 1146 West State Route 89A in Sedona. The Garden of Delights: A Pure Living Expo Pre-Party & Fundraiser will start at 6 p.m. Tickets for the evening are available at PureLivingEvents.com for $65 or $120 per couple. Proceeds support the Sedona Food bank, a 501(c)3 non-profit, in providing more organic, non-gmo and gluten free foods to the community.

Party-goers will enjoy a delicious, hearty organic, non-gmo vegetarian meal with gluten free, raw and vegan options. A sumptuous buffet will be prepared by Chef Gabriel Yonaa and team from Denver's The Highway Catering. A variety of tapas will be served by local Sedona chefs including Chef Walter Paulson of Rene´at Tlaquepaque, Chef Jennifer Jackson from Natural Spice, and Chef Jen Marie of Chocolatree, accompanied by an organic wine tasting.

Dessert will be a delicious assortment of local artisan chocolates from Lulu's Chocolates and Sedona Chocolate Superfoods.  Live entertainment with world famous harpist Peter Sterling, Native flautist Nova, pianist Sterling Raven, and eclectic musician Julian Forest will enliven the lovely environs of Agave of Sedona.

About the Pure Living Expo and Conference: Pure Living Expo & Conference will be held at the Hilton Sedona Resort and Spa starting on July 23 with a VIP Reception and other parties, then the full conference takes place July 24, 25 and 26. "Deep Dive" workshops take place on Monday, July 27. With over 40 presenters, the Pure Living Expo & Conference features professional chef demos, keynotes, workshops, the Best of Raw Awards gala, receptions, outdoor gardening skills, after parties, and more.

Open Mic Nite at Chae's Coffee Plus Friday nights, 6-8 pm

Friday open mic offered at Chae's Coffee Plus

Wake up your inner night owl with some strong coffee at Chae's Coffee Plus to get your Friday nights started! Sit and enjoy some great music by local singer-songwriters and poets. Hosted by Chae's barista and singer-songwriter, Sara Marcy, sign-ups start at 5:30 pm. Located in Cottonwood, in the Fry's Plaza between Verizon and Yogurt Emporium, right behind Jack in the Box.

For more information, call Chae's Coffee Plus at (928) 634-3885.

Missoula Children's Theatre returns to Cottonwood

Missoula Children's Theatre, the nation's largest touring children's theatre, returns to Cottonwood the week of June 8 with THE JUNGLE BOOK. Local students who have completed Kindergarten through 12th grade are encouraged to audition. Approximately 60 roles are available. Most students rehearse approximately 4 and one-half hours each day, Monday through Friday with two performances on Saturday. Please only audition if your schedule allows. No advance preparation is necessary and participation is free. Creativity, social skills, goal achievement, communication skills and self-esteem are all characteristics that are attained through the participation in this unique, educational project. MCT's mission is the development of lifeskills in children through participation in the performing arts. Tickets for the performances will be sold by the participants and available at the door before each show.

Cottonwood area students are invited to audition for the MCT production of THE JUNGLE BOOK Monday, June 8, at the Cottonwood Civic Center, 805 N. Main Street in Old Town. The performances for this production are at the same location, Saturday, June 13 at 3 pm and 7 pm.

Parents and those auditioning should arrive by 9:45 am and children should plan to stay until noon. Many of the older cast members will be asked to stay for a rehearsal immediately following the audition. It is suggested that all children bring water and older students bring a bag lunch in case they need to stay for rehearsal, as there will not be time to leave and get a lunch. Assistant Directors will be cast to aid in rehearsals throughout the week and to take on essential backstage responsibilities.

Please be aware that not all students will be assigned a role. For those children who do not get roles, they may still participate in the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:00 am workshops. The workshops are also open to students who do not wish to audition. All students may help sell show tickets and advertising. Prizes are awarded to top sellers.

THE JUNGLE BOOK is part of the Missoula Children's Theatre's unique international touring project. MCT touring productions are complete with costumes, scenery, props and makeup. This year's Cottonwood production is presented by the Cottonwood Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information on the Cottonwood production, please contact Cottonwood Parks and Recreation at 639-3200 or email rbabbitt@cottonwoodaz.gov.

For information on Yavapai College's presentation of the Clarkdale production of RED RIDING HOOD the week of June 15, please visit http://www.campusce.net/YC/category/category.aspx?C=&S=959 or call the Verde Campus at 634-6520.

Class on speaking clearly and directly

Join Marta Adelsman, Psy.D., Life Coach in Communication and Consciousness, for an Awake & Aware class on Saturday, June 13, 1-2:30 PM at Jerona Java Café, 677 E. Mingus Ave., Cottonwood.  The class is entitled "To Say or Not to Say."

Participants will learn how specific words and phrases either serve or don't serve a conversation.  As they learn how to communicate clearly and directly what they really want to say, students will increase their self-respect and their ability to be heard.  $15 per person.  To register, email drmartacoach@gmail.com or call 928-451-9482.

Dr. Adelsman will teach two other Awake & Aware classes this summer: 1) "Conscious Eating" on Saturday, June 27, 10:30 AM to noon, and 2) "The Gender Difference" on Saturday, July 18, 10:30 to noon.  $15 per person.

June 12th Verde Valley Parkinson Support Group meeting

Tomas Winn is a music therapist who understands Parkinson disease from a personal perspective. On June 12th he will bring his expertise and musical instruments to the Verde Valley Parkinson Support Group meeting to share his musical knowledge and personal story.

In addition to a BS in Music Therapy, Winn has a BS in Psychology and an MS in Counseling. When not working as a music therapist, he can be found at the Sanctuary of Sedona counseling people seeking rehabilitation for drug and alcohol addictions. As a volunteer, he teaches drumming to seventh graders.

After growing up in eastern Oregon and graduating from the University of Oregon, Winn spent five years in Los Angeles painting sets and backdrops for NBC and CBS productions. He then returned to Oregon to work as a business owner-operator until he found himself walking away from the passenger seat of an airplane crash, his only injury a broken tooth. This pivotal event sent Winn to Willamette University to study music therapy and in 2001, he moved to Verde Valley. Three years ago, a tremor in his right arm prompted a visit to a neurologist, there to hear the diagnosis that he had Parkinson disease.

Individuals with Parkinson disease, their family, care partners and friends are always invited to attend the Verde Valley Parkinson Support Group monthly meetings.

The group meets the second Friday of every month, 3-4:30 PM, at the Verde Valley Medical Center, Conference Room B, 269 S. Candy Lane, Cottonwood, AZ. For more information, please contact group facilitator and American Parkinson Disease Association Arizona Program Director, Judy Talley at (928) 202-7952 or jtalley@apdaparkison.com.

Fundraiser for Jennifer Yates

Help Jennifer Compete on Chef Gordon Ramsay's Ironman 70.3 Charity Team in England this June!

Come to the fundraiser for Jennifer Yates! On June 6th from 3 to 6 P.M. You and your friends are invited to an old fashioned fundraiser/block party. For a minimum donation of $10, you can enjoy food, drink, and entertainment. Bring your friends.

Enjoy the studio of Italian artist Reyne Treve. Meet Jennifer and share the experiences that have led her to compete for the causes she truly believes in.

You can make tax deductible donation through the Sedona Verde Valley Firefighters Charity http://svvfc.com/jennifer-yates and a regular donation through Just Giving UK http://www.justgiving.com/jennifer-yates3

What: Fundraiser/Block Party for Jennifer Yates

When: Saturday, June 6 from 3 to 6 P.M.

Where: Reyne Treve Studio, 44 Finley, Sedona

Cost: Minimum donation of $10

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