The Verde Independent and Camp Verde Bugle newspapers are looking for photographs of Verde Valley veterans for inclusion in our Veteran’s Day special section, which will publish Friday Nov. 11, 2016.
Please email photographs to firstname.lastname@example.org as large-format, high resolution jpeg attachments.
In addition, please send a story up to 100 words in length describing your military service to our country. Information must include your name, branch of military service, rank, years of service, connection to the Verde Valley and a summary of your military service.
Or, if you would prefer to mail or drop off a copy of your photograph and story, please use the following address: Salute to Veterans, The Verde Independent, 116 S. Main St., Cottonwood, AZ 86326; or the Camp Verde Bugle, 283 S. 3rd St. Camp Verde, AZ 86322.
Photographs and information need to be delivered to the newspaper before Friday, Nov. 4.
Spooktacular happenings in Beaver Creek
Halloween Spooktacular, Monday, October 31. Lake Montezuma Property Owners Association, Beaver Creek Kiwanis, Businesses, Organizations, & Neighbors are sponsoring the popular event in Lake Montezuma from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM in Rollins Park at the Village Square in Lake Montezuma. Trunk ’n Treat, music, games, free hotdogs, popcorn and witch’s brew are featured. All free. Please escort your children to the Spooktacular. Bring flashlights since most parking is not lighted.
Free support group for caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, one in eight older Americans suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the nation that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. As the disease becomes more prevalent as people live longer, their caregivers often find themselves in need of support and resources. The free support group program addresses such issues. These meetings for caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients are held the first Wednesday of each month from 10 to 11 a.m. (please arrive by 9:45 a.m.) The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016.
Spirit of Joy Church is located at 330 Scenic Drive in Clarkdale. This support group is open to everyone, and we are extending an invitation especially to people who have not been able to attend before. Vast amounts of information is available, so if you have ANY interest in memory disorders, please come check us out. For information, call Barbara at (928) 634-2638 or Fran at (928) 301-3852.
Speech-language pathology and wound care
November’s Take Note: Cottonwood lecture, sponsored by Northern Arizona Healthcare, will feature several presenters from two of NAH’s EntireCare Rehab & Sports Medicine service lines − speech-language pathology and wound care.
The free presentation will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10, at Verde Valley Medical Center, 269 S. Candy Lane, Conference Room B, in Cottonwood.Speech therapist Sue Robinson, M.S., CCC-SLP, will present “Understanding Swallowing Therapy,” an overview of swallowing treatment from the perspective of the patient and caregiver. She will discuss signs and symptoms; diagnostic procedures; and treatment modalities for dysphagia − more commonly known as swallowing disorders, − and how dysphagia relates to neurogenic diseases. Almost all patients with progressive degenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis – as well as many patients after a stroke – benefit from diagnosis and treatment for a variety of swallowing difficulties.
Katherine Trujillo, M.S., CF-SLP, will present “Warning Signs of Communication Disorders in Children.” She will give an overview of speech and language disorders in children, including early warning signs; when to seek professional help; and what speech therapy treatment might look like for your child. Early detection is key to faster recovery, shorter treatment periods and reduced costs.
Julia Trainor, A.R.N.P.; Anne Wakefield-Bittick, P.T., D.P.T.; and Christy Romfo, P.T., will present “What’s New in Wound Care in Verde Valley?” They will give an overview of wound care, including signs and symptoms of wounds needing special care; commonly-treated conditions; management programs; and available treatment options. They will also provide recommendations about when you should ask your primary care provider for advanced wound care.
To R.S.V.P. or for more information about this event, call 928-707-2965.
For more information on Northern Arizona Healthcare programs and services, visit NAHealth.com. “Like” NAH at Facebook.com/NorthernArizonaHealthcare.
Jerome Elks Lodge Arts and Craft Fair
The Jerome Elks Lodge will present their 21th Annual Arts and Craft Fair which features quality handmade items on Saturday November 5th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for your early Christmas shopping pleasure. This year’s items include jewelery, scarfs, painted items, greeting cards, denim items, baked goods, ceramic angels, knit and crochet apparel something for everyone.
The snack bar will be serving pancakes and sausage for breakfast and a variety of luncheon items for lunch.
Any questions about the event, call Janet Leuer at 634-5611 . Proceeds from the sale go to the Elks Charity fund which in turn gives help to the community.
Trunk or Treat Main Street Halloween
Camp Verde Parks & Recreation announces our annual Halloween Trunk or Treat Main Street Festival. This popular event will be this Monday October 31st from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Main Street will be closed down from the Circle K store to the Camp Verde Feed Store to allow for a safe environment for families to enjoy the activities.
Businesses, organizations and individuals will be passing out candy to costumed children while they enjoy entertainment, food and other activities. Businesses and community groups go all out to decorate and make this a memorable event. Parks & Recreation takes the lead on providing candy for this event by accepting donated funds to purchase candy to be parceled out for distribution.
This year the Town has 26 cases of candy which when combined with candy from businesses, groups and individuals should satisfy any sweet cravings! In addition to the Trick or Treat activities, various groups will be providing other entertainment.
These include haunted houses, musical entertainment, games and food. South Verde High School will be having a haunted house, AZ Central Land Realty will be doing their Halloween decoration extravaganza and plenty of decorated businesses and cars will line the street. Returning again this year with costumed adults and decorated cars in the Town Hall lot is Parkside Community Church.
Other participants will be the Town Council, Kiwanis, Lions, and the National Park Service. For more information contact Shawna Figy at Camp Verde Parks and Recreation (928)554-0829.
Free developmental screenings for preschool children
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, November 2, 2016. Arizona Early Intervention Program also offers developmental screenings for children age birth to three years. For an appointment call 800-841-5201
Legion 135 offers rides to rural voters
On Election Day, Nov. 8, American Legion Post 135 will again offer free rides that day to voters in Cornville and Rimrock/Beaver Creek vicinity from 9am to 4pm. All drivers are volunteers; they will pick-up and return voters home. Rides are free, however, donations will be graciously accepted and used to off-set the cost of post community service programs.
Unfortunately, no handicapped transportation is available; ambulatory voters are asked to schedule their “free” ride, by calling John Maddox at 760-964-2651, no later than Nov. 7 by 4pm.
Community cleanup at Clear Creek Cemetery
The Clear Creek Cemetery Association is sponsoring a community cleanup at the cemetery on Saturday, Oct. 29 beginning at 9 a.m.
According to Linda Callahan, president of the Clear Creek Cemetery Association, volunteers are needed to help pick up trash and trim mesquite trees.
“Adult Probation Center will do the weed cutting,” Callahan said. “So we want to get the trash out of their way. We’re always looking for people to help.”
Callahan also said that the Clear Creek Cemetery Association is looking for a “computer savvy person out there [who] would be willing to donate their time to help us set up a GoFundMe account and maybe a Facebook and twitter account.”
The Clear Creek Cemetery Association is also “always looking for donations,” Callahan said.
Donations can be mailed to The Clear Creek Cemetery Association at P.O. Box 1042, Camp Verde, AZ 86322.
For more information, contact Clear Creek Cemetery Association President Linda Callahan at email@example.com or 928-821-1052.
Montezuma Castle, Tuzigoot to honor Native American Heritage Month
Each weekend in November, Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot national monuments will host special events to commemorate National Native American Heritage Month.
Each event is sponsored by Western National Parks Association, a non-profit education partner of the National Park Service.
There is no charge for the special programs, though regular admission fees apply to enter Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot national monuments.
Free admission for children age 15 and younger. All Federal recreation passes are accepted, including the annual, access, senior and military pass.
Events will take place from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. unless otherwise noted. The schedule of events are as follows:
Nov. 5 – Yavapai-Apache Nation Celebration at Montezuma Castle from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. with beading and weaving demonstrations. Bird Dancers and Gourd Singers will demonstrate traditional Yavapai dancing at 11 a.m. and the Little Warriorettes will dance at 2 p.m.
Nov. 5-6 – Old-style katsina carving demonstration at Tuzigoot on Saturday, Nov. 5 and at Montezuma Castle on Sunday, Nov. 6.
Nov. 12-13 – Traditional Hopi weaving demonstration at Tuzigoot on Saturday, Nov. 12 and at Montezuma Castle on Sunday, Nov. 13.
Nov. 12-13 – Hopi basket demonstration at Montezuma Castle on Saturday, November 12 and at Tuzigoot on Sunday, November 13.
Nov. 19-20 – Pottery-making demonstration at Tuzigoot on Saturday, Nov. 19 and at Montezuma Castle on Sunday, Nov. 20.
Nov. 19-20 – Yavapai-Apache demonstration of silversmithing with Hopi symbolism at Montezuma Castle on Saturday, Nov. 19 and at Tuzigoot on Sunday, Nov. 20.
Nov. 26-27 – Demonstration of the rare tradition of paddle and anvil pottery at Tuzigoot on Saturday, Nov. 26 and at Montezuma Castle on Sunday, Nov. 27.
Montezuma Castle National Monument is located at 2800 Montezuma Castle Road in Camp Verde. Tuzigoot National Monument is located at 25 Tuzigoot Road in Clarkdale. Call 928-634-5564 for more information.
Montezuma Castle celebrate Bat Week
From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. both Saturday, Oct. 29 and Sunday, Oct. 30, Montezuma Castle National Monument will celebrate Bat Week with an informational program as part of its regular admission.
Informational posters, bat surveying equipment and wildlife videos will be on display, and customers can take home their own bat mask.
According to a press release from the National Park Service, this celebration is “in coordination with government agencies and conservation groups from across the United States and Canada.”
Bat Week is celebrated each year during the final week of October. For more information, visit www.batweek.org.
Montezuma Castle National Monument is located at 2800 Montezuma Castle Road in Camp Verde. For more information, call 928-567-3322 ext. 0 or visit www.nps.gov/moca.
Clarkdale HOWL-O-WEEN 2016 - Spooktacular at the Park for Pets
The Clarkdale Downtown Business Alliance and Made In Clarkdale are organizing the 1st Annual HOWL-O-WEEN event for our fur friends (dogs) and their owners on Saturday, October 29, 2016 from10am to 1pm at the Clarkdale Town Park located at 11th and Main in historic downtown Clarkdale.
The pet festival and costume contest will include the following doggie activities – Bobbing for hot dogs, Cornhole toss, Nail painting for dogs, Take a Photo with your fur friend and Yappy hour! We will also have dog training demonstrations and speakers on best dog leashes to use, safe holidays for dogs, dog health, and more!
Several of our local vendors – Paws on Main, Olsen’s Grain, Pet Sense, and TimberWoof Pet Boutique & Accessories will be there too with special treats for your pet.
Clarkdale Market will be there offering their wonderful food treats and drinks to those who get hungry during the event! Dress up in your best Halloween costume of you and your pet and be a part of the Costume contest where you can win Best of Show prizes.
For more information about Howl-o-ween – Spooktacular at the Park go to http://clarkdaledog.com or Facebook@ ClarkdaleHOWLoween.