What's Happening March 11, 2016

Contra dance returns to Old Town Cottonwood

Put that spring back in your step at this month's Cottonwood contra dance, Saturday, March 19. Michael Barraclough will call the dances to the tunes of the Phoenix-based Elastic Band, with Rhonda Hotop on fiddle, Gayla Golusin on piano and accordion, and Dave Wildermuth playing guitar and electric bass.

The pre-dance lesson begins at 6:30 p.m, with dancing from 7-10 p.m. If you can walk, you can contra -- no experience or partner is needed. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing and bring a snack donation if possible. Cottonwood Civic Center is at 805 N. Main Street, Old Town Cottonwood. Donations are $10 per dancer and $8 for students. Contact Sandy Boothe for more information: 928-634-0486 or sandy@ringsforever.com.

A bonus contra dance takes place this month at Spook Hall in Jerome, Friday March 18, with music provided by Just Desserts and calling by Michael Barraclough. In honor of Charlie Fellows, there is a potluck at 6:30 with music by the Jerome Ukulele Orchestra. The contra dance starts at 7:30 and is free. Contact bonitafee3@gmail.com for more information.

Classes for ukulele and all things Hawaiian

Beginners Ukulele Class - Learn chords, strumming techniques, and songs from the islands. Wednesdays from 4 to 5pm, beginning March 23, through April 13. Fee is $9 per class. Bring your own `ukulele.

Beginner Women's Hula Class - Open to those 15 and older. Learn basic hula and feet movements, plus language, culture, and values. Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m., beginning June 27, through Aug. 1. Fee is $48 for the six-week session, payable at the first class.

Hawaiian Language Class - Open to those 16 and older. Learn Hawaiian pronunciation, simple sentence structures, and Hawaiian vocabulary. Wednesdays from 4 to 5pm beginning June 29, through Aug. 17. Fee is $8 per class.

All Cottonwood classes are held at the Civic Center located at 805 N. Main Street.

For more information, visit www.arizonahula.com, call Chrisman at (929) 639-4683, or email her at kumuhula@halauhulailima.com

Friends of Verde River Greenway community meeting in Camp Verde

Friends of Verde River Greenway will host a community meeting to share their efforts with partners to restore, preserve and promote the Verde River and its tributaries, Tuesday, March 15, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Camp Verde, Council Chambers, 473 South Main Street.

Presenters will include Steve Ayers from the Town of Camp Verde to discuss the sustainable recreation and newly approved Verde River Recreational Master Plan. David McKee with the City of Flagstaff and Jessica Gist with Arizona Game and Fish Department will present about Recreational Master Planning on the Rio De Flag. Anna Schrenk with the Verde Watershed Restoration Coalition and Molly McCormick from NAU will discuss habitat restoration through Monarch waystations and pollinator gardens.

There is a tremendous amount of exciting work being done for a healthy Verde Watershed! Come and how you can also be involved.

For more information contact Laura Jones at (928) 451-6860 or visit www.verderivergreenway.org.

Legion Post 93 sponsors 'sister post' fundraiser

March 12, 2016, American Legion Post 93 will host a Western Hoedown dinner/dance fundraiser for their "sister post," American Post 135 in Cornville.

In line with a western frontier celebration theme, planners specifically crafted decorations to add to the fun. Dinner will consist of a meaty, BBQ Country Style pork rib along with a 4-oz. skinless, boneless chicken breast, cowboy beans, coleslaw, cornbread muffin, dessert and ice tea or water - the entire meal will be made from "scratch" and all for only $10 per plate! Dinner will be served from 5-7 p.m.; DJ, Rafel Rosa will follow "spinning" a variety of tunes until 9 p.m.

According to 135 Post Cmdr. Jeri Strande, "Our post is excited about the opportunity to earn much needed funds for our post home, and we truly appreciate Post 93 and Auxiliary for allowing us to make the money at the expense of their own programs. Hopefully, in the future, Post 135 will be able to return the good deed," she concluded.

The event is open to all guests, of both posts and American Legion family members in the area. Children are welcome in the "smoke-free dining room."

Tickets maybe be purchased now at the post, or at the door; seating is limited to 75. This is a Post 135 and Auxiliary joint fundraiser with the auxiliary's net share of the profit going to the future Post 135 home, while the post portion will be split between the recently formed Post 135 Honor Guard and the Building Fund.

For more information or ticket purchases please call Cmdr. Jeri Strande at me at 928-649-3374 or Unit President, Patty Eames at 928- 821-3894.

Revolve Clothing exchange at Spirit of Joy

Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church holds its Revolve Clothing exchange every Saturday 9 a.m. to noon. It will be closed Easter Saturday, March 26. Bring a next-to-new item and exchange it for something you can use. The Free Children's clinic is held on the first Saturday of each month. The next one is April 2, 9 a.m. to noon. Come to 330 Scenic Drive, Clarkdale. Call 634-4102 with questions.

Legion Post 135 offers VA Benefits Presentation

Cornville American Legion, Post 135 will host a free information presentation concerning veteran's benefits that were earned as a result of their military service starting at 1 p.m. on April 9 at the Cornville Fire Station located at 1120 S. Page Springs Road (next to the Grasshopper Grill).

The free presentation is being offered by Jan Allbright, a certified local Veteran's Service Officer and member of Legion Post 135. Benefit topics to be discussed include, but not limited to: schooling, home loans, compensation and pensions, health care and burial. Additionally, attendees are requested to bring a copy of their DD-214 or like paperwork, so that the documents can be reviewed for any potential errors that may be preventing the veteran from receiving possible compensation.

This is the first of such gathering; beginning in May, concerned veterans are invited to meet every 2nd Saturday of the month at the same location noon to 3 p.m. Seating is limited due to room size, therefore, reservations are encouraged. Call Mr. Allbright at 928-300-2386 to reserve a place and/or for more information.

Verde Valley Weavers and Spinners Guild

The Verde Valley Weavers and Spinners Guild we meet on Thursday, March 17 at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in West Sedona. The meeting will start at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and a large selection of yarn for sale.

At 10 a.m. our Program Speaker, Jill Holbrook, President of the Tucson Handweavers and Spinners Guild and noted instructor, will give an informative presentation of the history of spinning. She will also have tools and fiber for sale.

The guild meeting and show and tell will follow at 11 a.m. All are welcome.

Call to Artists - Become an Artist

Member in Made In Clarkdale

Live, work or attend Yavapai College as an art student? Made In Clarkdale is holding a jurying session for artists interested in becoming an artist member in Made In Clarkdale. The session will take place Saturday, March 26. Artists must live, work, or be taking art classes in Clarkdale to be eligible. Previously accepted artists do not have to re-jury if they still live or work in Clarkdale. Those eligible only as students taking art classes must re-jury each year.

All art media will be considered. Art must be original, and conceived and created by the artist. No kits or crafts made from the patterns of others will be accepted.

Jurying is held at the Yavapai-Apache Learning Center, 1630 Beecher St. in upper Clarkdale. Follow MIC signs at Main St. and S. 16th St. to the round building down the hill on the Clarkdale reservation. Applicants should arrive between 9 and 11 a.m.

Applicants should bring actual work if possible, at least three pieces or however many are practical to transport and show the jurors the range and depth of the artist's body of work. Resumes or bios are also encouraged as are photos if the actual pieces are not available for jurying. Questions about jurying can be directed to Sandy Boothe at 928-634-0486 or sandy@ringsforever.com.

Breakfast at VFW March 12

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7400, at 705 E Aspen St, Cottonwood, will be serving up breakfast from 8:30-10 a.m. on Saturday.

Your $7 donation will get you 2 eggs to order, meat choice, hashbrowns, toast, juice and coffee. Biscuits and gravy, or pancakes also available as side or meal at a lesser donation. Funds realized help us provide for our veterans and their families, whether post members or not.

Come on down, enjoy a good meal, and leave the dishes to us. Bring the family and visit our museum of military memorabilia while here.

Sedona Military Service Park next inscription deadline is April 25

Veterans and families of veterans that wish to have their names or the names of their loved ones inscribed on the granite walls of the Sedona Military Service Park should contact the Sedona Parks and Recreation Department at 282-7098 to receive the inscription application before Monday, April 25. Information is also available at www.SedonaAZ.gov/Parks and it clearly explains what documentation needs to be provided with the application. Inscriptions are expected to be complete by the changing of the flags ceremony that takes place on Memorial Day, May 30.

The purpose of the park is to honor all our brave Sedona men and women who have honorably served their country in times of peace and during war. Completion of this project is a great addition to the Jack Jamesen Memorial Park and an asset to the community.

Annual Michigan Potluck Picnic March 19

It's time once again to reunite with old Michigan friends and neighbors who live (or are seasonal residents) in Central Arizona and the Phoenix metro area.

The Annual Michigan Potluck Picnic will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2016, at 12:00 at the Pine Shadows Clubhouse, 2050 W. 89A, Cottonwood, AZ. Please bring a dish to pass, along with your place setting, something to drink, and stories to share. There will be coffee and door prizes.

Back by popular demand, there will be a 'White Elephant" game. So that the game doesn't take too long to play, each single person or couple is asked to bring just one wrapped gift. The White Elephant should be something fun, funky, possibly used, and inexpensive.

Come and visit your friends from 'back home', and make some new ones, too!

Donation is $3.00 per person.

For questions and to RSVP, call Lynn or Jon at 928-284-2657 or email lojcloudwalker@yahoo.com.

In the Phoenix metro area, call Cheryl or Dennis at 623 910.1522 or email cherylwine1@cox.net.

Cottonwood-Oak Creek to offer preschool developmental screenings

The Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District offers free developmental screenings for preschool children between the ages of 3 to 5 years who live in the school district and are not already receiving special education services or enrolled in Kindergarten. The screenings are typically held on a monthly basis. The screenings will check a child's speech, motor, cognitive, adaptive, and social development. For an appointment call 634-2288. Our next screening date is Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Arizona Early Intervention Program also offers developmental screenings for children age birth to three years. For an appointment call 800-841-5201

Parkinson's Awareness Month Pancake Breakfast

The Verde Valley for a Cure's Pancakes for Parkinson's Breakfast in Verde Valley will be held on April 9. Alice Stephenson is the event organizer and as member of Team Fox, the proceeds will benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF).

Verde Valley for a Cure's Pancake for Parkinson's Breakfast aims to raise funds to enable MJFF to continue aggressively funding research programs to find better treatments and a cure for Parkinson's disease. Come out for yummy pancakes with all the trimmings at The Susan J. Rheem Adult Day Center, located at 636 N. Main Street, Cottonwood, AZ. Breakfast will be served from 8:00am to 11:00am. Stop by at any time during that timeframe. There will be a $5 suggested donation at the door.

If you have any questions or would like to make a donation, please contact Alice Stephenson, by phone at 928-634-1959 or email at anjsteph@cableone.net. You can also make a direct donation online at www2.michaeljfox.org/goto/AliceStephenson

Pecan and Wine Festival March 19-20

Camp Verde Promotions, the Town of Camp Verde and their partners are pleased to announce that the 3rd Annual Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival will take place in downtown Camp Verde on Saturday March 19th and Sunday March 20th, 2016.

The Festival is a combination of several events rolled into one, the Pecan and Wine Festival, Verde Valley Archaeology Fair, Verde River Runoff and a host of activities surrounding the Arizona State Park, Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month celebration.

Admission to all events is free. Charges will apply for wine tasting, the river run and Fort Verde State Historical Park.

For additional information, please visit the following websites: visitcampverde.com or campverdepromotions.org

Dinner for Hope

Dinner for Hope fundraiser for Steps to Recovery Homes will be a prime rib dinner with over-the-top raffle items and door prizes, along with silent auction items, testimonies of hope, and top-of-the-line entertainment. Dinner for Hope is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19 at the Moose Lodge, located at 1051 S. Broadway in Clarkdale.

Plenty of time to mark it in your calendar.

To order tickets, call 928-649-0077, go online at www.stepstorecoveryhomes.org (a secure PayPal) or visit Miracles Happen, located at 541 N. Main St. in Cottonwood.

Anyone who cannot attend who would like to contribute may make a donation that would go directly to purchase tickets for individuals that otherwise would not be able to attend.

Haven of Camp Verde Easter egg hunt

The Haven of Camp Verde, 86 W. Salt Mine Rd, Camp Verde, AZ 86322 is holding a free community Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 26th at 10 a.m.

Cornville Easter egg hunt March 26

The Cornville Community Association annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place March 26, 10:30 a.m., at Windmill Park, 9950 East Cornville Road.

The Easter egg hunt is offered for youngsters up to third grade.

Easter Hat Parade for all ages, please see details at: http://cornvilleaz.org/home

Cornville to host Wine & Food & Craft Fest

The annual Cornville Community Association Wine & Food & Craft Festival will be April 16 at Windmill Gardens Nursery, 9550 E. Cornville Road.

You can enjoy winetasting for $10 per person, which includes six tastings and a glass. Live music from 1-5 p.m.

Food vendors:Chef Wayne's Creations and Jersey Jay's

Wineries: Page Springs Cellars, Javalina Leap, & Oak Creek

For more information go to: http://cornvilleaz.org/calendarevents/april

Fairgrounds to host Antique and Collectible Show

The second annual Antique and Collectible Show and Sale is coming.

The event will be held at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds, 800 E. Cherry Street, Cottonwood and will have vendors from the Southwest. It is a wonderful show with great prices, a wide variety of offerings and a very friendly atmosphere.

Past shows included primitives, western items, jewelry, glass, porcelain and ceramics, quilts, paintings, furniture and many collectibles.

Show hours are Friday March 11, 9-5, Saturday March 12, 9-4, for more information call 634-3290 or check out the website at www.vvfair.com. There will be an appraiser on hand to appraise your items, there is a $5 per item fee to have it appraised.

The food booth will be open from 10 am to 2 pm, grab a hamburger or nachos after checking out the amazing Antiques.

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