What's Happening: March 4, 2016

Miner's Cross dedication set at Haven United Methodist Church

Haven United Methodist Church in Jerome is dedicating its new cross on Palm Sunday, March 20. The Miner's Cross was donated to the church by artist Bernie Molaskey from Clarkdale and is made out of nails and mining tools donated by the people of Jerome. The church is dedicating the cross in honor of the miners, their families and those who supported them who helped to found the town of Jerome. Haven church members describe it as a beautiful testament to the faith of those who started the church and those who have kept it going all these years. The dedication ceremony will be at the foot of the cross just outside the church's front door at 10 a.m. following our 9 a.m. worship service.

Loven Family Run to benefit Valley View Care April 2

Lace up those shoes for Northern Arizona Healthcare's fifth annual Loven Family Run on Saturday, April 2, at the Blazin' M Ranch in Cottonwood. The event, which begins at 8 a.m., includes a 2K walk/run, a 5K walk/run and a 10K run. Participants will be served a free breakfast after the run.

To register, visit register.chronotrack.com/r/15933. Online registration ends at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30. To sponsor this event or make a donation, call the NAH Foundation at 877-527-5291.

The Loven Family Run benefits Valley View Care, which provides a variety of services and options to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families faced with the complexities of end-of-life care.

To learn more about the programs and services offered at Northern Arizona Healthcare, visit NAHealth.com. "Like" NAH at Facebook.com/NorthernArizonaHealthcare.

Hopi Corn Farming talk at Cottonwood Village

Rhode Scholar Chizomana Black will present a Cottonwood Village. Chizomana shares her Hopi heritage and culture. Join us for "Hopi Corn Farming" talk followed by slide show and Q&A . Saturday March 14th at 1:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Cottonwood Village Independent and Assisted Living Community at 201 E. Mingus Ave. Cottonwood AZ 86326. Free public event hosted by Cottonwood Village senior community.

Fibromyalgia/Arthritis/Chronic Pain Support Group Meeting

The Fibromyalgia/Arthritis/Chronic Pain/Related Diseases Support Group March 2016 Meeting will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Conference Room A at the Verde Valley Medical Center located at 269 S. Candy Lane, Cottonwood, AZ from 10 am - Noon. This meeting will be a sharing meeting please bring any information you would like to share with the group. Members, family, friends and the public are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be provided by Verde Valley Medical Center. For further information please contact Barbara Baty at 928 649-0248.

Celebrate with The Knockabouts March 12

Democrats of the Red Rocks presents the Celtic music of The Knockabouts and a corned beef and cabbage luncheon on Saturday, March 12, at 12:30 pm, at the Sedona Posse Grounds Hub, 525 B. Posse Grounds Road in Sedona, Arizona.

This Club fundraiser follows the Sedona Saint Patrick's Day Parade with a celebration of Irish music, food and dancing. Donations will help DORR finance a campaign election office in Sedona to assist Democratic Party candidates in their run for office. The entry fee is $10 and there is a $5 charge for lunch. All are welcome.

For more information, call 928-274-6541 or visit our website at democratsoftheredrocks.org.

March 17 dinner at Cottonwood American Legion Post 25

March 17, members and guests are invited to dinner Thursday, March 17: corned beef , cabbage, potatos, rolls and dessert starting at 4:30 p.m. $7 donation. Get your tickets now. See the bartender or call 634-3004.

Oak Creek Apples meet March 16

The Oak Creek Apples Macintosh User Group (OCAMUG) will meet on Wednesday, March 16, at the Elks Lodge off Airport Road in West Sedona.

Beginning at 5 p.m.: Continuing our regular sessions of "My Aching Mac!", local Mac/PC consultant Alan Gore will field any questions the audience might have about the Mac.

The Main Meeting starts at 6:15 PM: This month our feature presentation will be:

SMART HOMES: Technology In a Smart Manor

James (Jim) Brunen, owner of SmartHome Solutions, Scottsdale, AZ. Jim has over 20 years of system design and installation of custom residential systems that are meant to be intuitive and easy to use. He will discuss the ability to control everything in your home. As Jim likes to point out; "the possibilities are only limited by your imagination!" You may visit his company website: http://mysmartmanor.com.

Free. Public Invited. Elks Lodge, 110 Airport Road in West Sedona.

Brian Mickelsen Memorial - A Run for Everyone

April 16, at Riverfront Park in Cottonwood, there will be four running event types to choose from for the Eighth Annual Brian Mickelsen Memorial Run/Walk. A full marathon, a half marathon, a 10K and 2 Mile races will give runners of all calibers a chance to participate in the City of Cottonwood's 24th annual running event. Register now at http://cottonwoodaz.gov/parksrec/bmm or at the Cottonwood Recreation Center. Register by March 31 for the best rates.

This race is a tribute to Brian Mickelsen, Cottonwood's beloved former city manager, who passed away suddenly on a training run in 2007. Come share two of his passions - running and the Verde Valley - while experiencing this memorable and scenic course! Please check out the website or contact Cottonwood Parks and Recreation at 928-639-3200 or email rbigelow@cottonwoodaz.gov for more information. If running is not for you, but you would like to help support the event, please contact Ryan Bigelow for volunteer opportunities.

Relay for Life at Cottonwood Middle School May 13

Friday, May 13th at 6 p.m., the community will come together at Cottonwood Middle School for the annual Relay For Life of Verde Valley. Relay for Life is the signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society. It is a chance for the community to come together and Celebrate our cancer survivors and caregivers, Remember those who are no longer with us, and to Fight Back against this disease that has taken too much. The event starts at 6:00pm with our opening survivor and caregiver laps, and goes until 6 am with activities going on throughout the night. For more information or to register go to www.relayforlife.org/cottonwoodaz or contact Alexis at 928-526-7346 or alexis.knapp@cancer.org.

Clarkdale Jerome Lions Club host 6th annual car, truck and bike show

The Clarkdale Jerome Lions Club is hosting their 6th annual car, truck and bike show Saturday March 12th at the Town Hall Parking lot in Clarkdale Arizona.. We will have all makes and models of cars, trucks, bikes, sports, antique and muscle cars, street rods and classics. We anticipate around 100 vehicles in all, registration is $20, get there early to guarantee a spot.

The car show is free to spectators. There will be coffee, donuts, sub sandwiches, hot dogs, chips, pop and water available to purchase, as well as raffle and and silent auction items (donated by Verde Valley businesses) ..

Registration starts a 8AM-show time 9AM to 2PM. There will be a peoples Choice award to the top 3 vehicles during the day as well as a 50/50 raffle payoff at 1PM.

All proceeds go to Lions Club charities , and this year will benefit the Clarkdale-Jerome school with donation of funds to purchase a defibuillator to be placed in the school gymnasium.

Come out and join the fun at the car show and,the Clarkdale Downtown Business Alliancel chili cook off and beer stroll.

In case of rain this event will be one week later (3/19/16) for more information call David Andrews at 928-634-8207

Cornville Historical Society Annual Meeting March 16

The Cornville Historical Society will hold its annual membership meeting from 1-3 p.m., on Wednesday, March 16, at the Cornville Fire Station, 1120 S. Page Springs Road, in Cornville. The program will feature a PowerPoint presentation titled "Once Upon a Creek in Cornville", presented by board members Judy Miller and Janet Cassagio. The presentation will include an introduction about the Society, its mission, goals and activities. Then Janet will trace the area's history from the time the first settlers arrived in 1876, attracted by what was then known as Lower Oak Creek.

The business meeting will include the annual progress report, financial report, budget approval, and election of board members. Continuing board members are Cheryl Chamberlain, Veronica Moody and Muffy Vallely. Candidates for re-election for two-year terms are Janet Cassagio, Diana Stipek and Cindy Snyder.

There are three director vacancies; and nominations will be welcome at the annual meeting. The Society urgently needs members to step up and accept leadership roles. Duties of directors are to attend just five board meetings per year in October, November, January, February and March. The Board takes the summer off, then works from Fall through Spring on various projects like research, publications, old post office restoration, historic markers, oral histories, the popular holiday gift basket raffle, yard sales or community events. There is "something for everyone" to do and help out, according to individual interests. For more information, call 649-1916 or go to www.cornville_historical_society.org.

Help plan future of Clarkdale

The Clarkdale Planning Commission is sponsoring a series of meet and greet opportunities to discuss the SR 89A Focus Area Master Plan.

In 2013 the Clarkdale Town Council adopted the Sustainable Community and Economic Development Plan. Shortly after, the Clarkdale Planning Commission began work on a main goal of this document to create area-specific plans and infrastructure development plans for several undeveloped areas in the Town. Each of these areas is identified as having the potential to contribute to the economic prosperity of Clarkdale. These areas are adjacent to residential property that could benefit and would be impacted by increased commercial development.

The SR 89A Corridor was identified as the first focus area to be addressed. The Commission has hosted a series of property owner/stakeholder and community meetings to discuss development along the highway and hopes to present a master plan to the Town Council for consideration by June 2016. This plan will serve as a guiding document for development in the area.

The meet and greet events schedule is Friday, March 4th, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Chateau Tumbleweed and 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Nate's Cowboy Café and Saturday, March 5th, from 10:00 a.m. - noon at Olsen's. Residents, property owners and visitors are encouraged to stop by and learn more about the focus area planning process and provide input about what they would like to see along this important commercial corridor between Clarkdale and the City of Cottonwood.

For more information or for directions to any of the host businesses, contact the Community Development Department at 928-639-2500.

March a Mile for Meals on Wheels March 19

The Verde Valley Senior Center March a Mile for Meals on Wheels is scheduled Saturday, March 19, 8-10 a.m.

Community members are urged to register and collect pledges for individual walkers, families or teams. Corporate sponsorship opportunities also exist.

There will be a $6 breakfast after the walk at 10 a.m. Breakfast is free with $25 pledge.

Volunteer at Senior Center for this event or Meals on Wheels or other events.

Contact the Verde Valley Senior Center for more information: 634-5450.

Marine Corps League Spring 2016 Conference

The Verde Valley Detachment, Marine Corps League is Hosting the Dept. of Arizona Spring 2016 Conference, March 11-12, at Cottonwood American Legion Post 25, 480 So. Calvary Way. The League Meeting is at 0900 HRS March 12 at the Legion. Hospitality Room at the Quality Inn on March 11 from 1400 to 2200 HRS. Questions: call 928-301-7358. Semper Fi.

Mental Health First Aid Class

The Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley and Spectrum Healthcare Group are offering a full-day session on Mental Health First Aid training on Friday, March 18, 8AM-5PM at the Center for Positive Living, 45 Castle Rock Rd, #1A in the Village of Oak Creek, The training is free and open to the public.

According to Barbara Litrell, Facilitator of the Coalition, "One of the education goals of the Coalition is to bring this training into our Verde Valley communities. In January we hosted a class in Clarkdale. This one is in the Village. Each class is limited to 24 participants and our goal is to have 6 trainings this year. That will give us 144 more community members trained to recognize the signs of addiction and mental illness and to know the 5 step action plan to assess a situation and offer assistance. We would never walk away from someone having a heart attack or choking. In the case of mental illness we should not walk away from someone experiencing a mental health crisis."

The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness in a given year. But fear and stigma can often blind us to the signs of mental illness and paralyze us just when we could be of help to another person. Mental Health First Aid teaches members of the public how to respond in a mental health emergency.

Professional instructors from Spectrum Healthcare Group teach the course, which includes lecture, videos, group activities and reference materials. The course covers first aid for developing mental health problems including depression, anxiety disorders, psychosis, substance use disorders, and eating disorders. The course also teaches about local resources and where to turn for help. Spectrum Healthcare Group has trained over 600 community members in Mental Health First Aid.

Continuing education credit may be available to those attending the 8-hour session and everyone receives a certificate of completion. The session begins at 8 am. Beverages and lunch will be provided with a free-will donation appreciated to cover costs. Class size is limited to 24. Please register early by contacting Barbara Litrell 649-0135 or blitrell@aol.com.

Inaugural Verde Valley Wine Festival May 7

CLARKDALE -- The Verde Valley Wine Festival is Northern Arizona's premier Culinary and Wine festival of the year, presented by Four Eight Wineworks and the non-profit art organization, Made in Clarkdale. The event will be held on Saturday, May 7th at the historic Clarkdale Town Park from noon to 4 p.m.

The event will highlight the community of Clarkdale and the Verde Valley at large, with the goal of offering the finest wineries, breweries and restaurants committed to creating homegrown products and authentic experiences for locals and visitors to enjoy from around the world. To jury the integrity of the event, we are excited to announce that all wines featured by any winery at the Verde Valley Wine Festival will be made with only Arizona grapes.

The festival will be held in the heart of Arizona's first planned community Clarkdale, Arizona. Clarkdale is the epitome of American industrialism. While the industry of the town has shifted from copper mining to entertainment, the driving philosophy of hard-work and ingenuity remains intact.

Please join us on May 7th at the historic Clarkdale Park for a great day of wine, beer, spirits, food and art.

Tickets for the Verde Valley Wine Festival are available for purchase at www.verdevalleywinefestival.com .

Applicant sought for Historic Preservation Commission

The City of Cottonwood is seeking volunteers to fill two seats on its Historic Preservation Commission. Both seats are for 3-year terms. It is desirable that applicants have professional experience in the fields of architecture, planning, history, archeology, or construction.

The commission consists of seven members, five of whom shall be residents of the city, and two of whom need not be residents of the city, provided that the City Council finds at the time of their appointment that they have substantial ties within the corporate limits of the city, such as owning real property, owning a business, being employed within the city limits, or based on any other factors deemed relevant by the City Council.

Commission and board volunteer application forms and a copy of the powers and duties of the commission are available at the City of Cottonwood website: www.cottonwoodaz.gov, or from the Human Resources office, 816 N. Main St., or by calling 928-340-2730. Applications will be accepted at the HR office until 3 p.m. March 9.

Mercy Nelson Fundraiser March 5

Ernie's Smoke Shop is holding a healthcare fundraising benefit at the Camp Verde Gym 395 S. Main St. for 15-year employee Mercy Nelson.

The event features a raffle with numerous prizes, including $500 cash, 40-inch flat-screen TV, free tow by Arizona Recovery and 2 night stay at the Phoenix Hyatt Regency, to name a few.

Dinner will be served at 5 p.m. and includes enchilada casserole, beans and rice, dessert and drink.

Price is adults $10 and children $5. Menudo and tamales available ala carte.

Contact Priscilla Smith, Team Native Spirit at 928-567-2781 for more information.

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