What's Happening: May 14, 2017

Summer Reading Program registration approaches

Registration for the Cottonwood Public Library’s 2017 Summer Reading Program begins on May 22. Patrons can register online at www.ctwpl.info or at the Library. Summer Reading Programs have been going strong in libraries nationwide since 1895. They have evolved through the years and now we have adult, teen and children’s Summer Reading Programs. The original intention was to keep kids reading and learning throughout the summer months when they are not in school. This year’s Summer Reading Program theme is “Build a Better World,” and the Cottonwood Public Library is excited to offer many fun and educational programs for patrons of all ages this summer. Please check the Library website for more information on upcoming Summer Reading Program events and activities, and don’t forget to register on May 22. Patrons may begin logging reading minutes on June 5 through July 22, and free books and other prizes will be awarded. Adults can participate in Bookshelf Bingo and win fun prizes as well. Registration can also be done at the Library, which is located at 100 S 6th St in Cottonwood.

Sons of the American Legion host Mother’s Day breakfast

Sons of The American Legion, Squadron 93 in Camp Verde, invites all members and guests to a Mothers’ Day breakfast, Sunday, May 14, from 9AM to 11AM, at American Legion Post 93, 3rd St. & Hollamon, Camp Verde. The menu will feature pork loin chops, eggs to order, potatoes O’Brien, fruit cup, milk, juice, and coffee. Mothers eat for free, everyone else, $5.00. 

Coffee With a Cop

For the past few years, the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office has held a public Q&A session the final Monday of each month. Called Coffee With a Cop, the event is held from 8 a.m. until 9 a.m. at Thanks a Latte, on Main Street.

Because of Memorial Day, this month’s gathering has been moved to May 22, according to Camp Verde Marshal Nancy Gardner.

Both Marshal Gardner and Sgt. Oscar Berrelez are expected to attend the May 22 Coffee With a Cop. Marshal Gardner plans to discuss budget request items, as well as “answer any questions citizens may have about the budget or other areas pertaining to the Marshal’s Office.”

The June Coffee With a Cop meeting will again be the final Monday of the month, which is June 26.

Thanks a Latte is located at 348 S. Main St. in Camp Verde.

Chronic Illness Support Group to begin meeting in June

A Chronic Illness Support Group forming. It will meet at the Cottonwood Public Library twice a month beginning in June 2017. There is no charge. Call Nancy T. at 928-203-6691 for more information.

Legion sets 7th annual Memorial Day program

On May 27, beginning at 11 am the American Legion Post 135 will host their 7th annual Memorial Day Observance held at Windmill Park. The park is located at 9950 E. Cornville Rd in Cornville and the public is invited.

The keynote speaker is Diane Joens who served as Mayor of Cottonwood for nine years, and was on the city council four years. She moved to Arizona in 1953 and was raised in Sierra Vista. Her family moved to Iowa where she met her husband, Paul, who is a Vietnam Veteran.

Always looking for ways to honor and serve Veterans, Diane played key roles in the Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home and Traveling Wall event in 2013, organized the fundraising for the Home for Our Troops Sgt. Jordan Maynard home, is on the Verde Valley Military Service Park committee and most recently collaborated with local Veterans by serving as chair of the 2017 Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day event in Cottonwood.

The Post and Auxiliary 135 Honor Guard will post the colors, preceded by Michael Donelson from Williams, AZ, who will perform favorite bagpipe songs. Donelson is a long-time bagpiper who began playing as a youth. This year, serving as Master of Ceremonies is Post 135 Cmdr., Jeri Strande.

Due to anticipated warm temperatures, participants are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and umbrella. Following the program, refreshments and cool water will be offered; both items were donated by the Cottonwood Wal-Mart.

For more information, the event, please contact Cmdr. Strande at 928-649-3374.

American Legion Post 93 in Camp Verde sponsors annual fishing contest

The American Legion Post 93 in Camp Verde will sponsor the 34th annual fishing contest that will be held over the Memorial Day weekend, May 27th and 28th.

Entrance fee is $6.00 per person, with both an adults and children’s 12 and under division. Cash prize for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd heaviest fish in each division. A raffle for fishing equipment will be held at noon on Sunday May 28. Tickets are available at $1.00 each or six for $5.00. All proceeds from the raffle are donated to a book bag drive for needy local school children.

The contest is held at American Legion Post 93, 3rd and Arnold Street in Camp Verde. Sign in is at 9 a.m. until noon Saturday May27th. The weigh-in is from 9 a.m. until noon on Sunday May 28th, and the kids coloring contest is Sunday morning.

Peace Officers Memorial Day, May 15

The Cottonwood Police Department invites our citizens and community partners to join us in paying tribute to our men and women of service.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the week in which that date falls as Police Week.

Every year since, our country has taken part in a national salute to honor law enforcement officers from across the Country who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, and to pay respect to those who dedicate their lives each day to serve our community.

Please join the Cottonwood Police Department and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7400, at the Cottonwood Public Safety building, 199 South 6 Street, on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 11:00 AM for a short ceremony to honor these brave men and women.

Summer Camp returns to Camp Verde Parks and Recreation

Camp Verde Parks & Recreation is excited to announce the return of our Summer Day Camp.

“This is the first year for Mike and Shawna. Parks and Recreation had a successful day camp program many years ago and with the addition of Shawna last year, we felt that we could bring it back to the community,” said the Department in an email.

This camp is going to be fun and educational for all involved. Programming will include weekly field trips, guest speakers, walking trips to the library, movies, games, indoor and outdoor activities, arts and crafts, and much more. The camp is for youth who attended kindergarten-5th grade during the 2016-2017 school year.

Cost for the camp is $18 per day, or a discounted price of $80 per week per child. Payment is due prior to the child starting camp. Preference will be given to those registering for whole weeks. Camp will begin June 5th and commence on July 28th running Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Participants will be dropped off at the Community Center Gym on Hollamon Street every day. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Registration information is available at the Parks & Recreation office at 395 S. Main St or call Michael Marshall at (928) 554-0828.

Transfer station hours of operation changing

Beginning June 1, 2017, the City of Cottonwood Transfer Station Hours of operation will change to the following:

WEDNESDAY – 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM (lunch 11:30 -12:00)

THURSDAY – 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

FRIDAY – 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

SATURDAY – 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM (lunch 11:30 -12:00)

CLOSED SUNDAY – TUESDAY

Reminder: The transfer station no longer accepts brush.

If you have any question, please call the Transfer Station Operator @

649-9733 or Public Works Office @ 634-8033

No fingerprinting May 15-May 19 at Cottonwood Police Station

During the week of May 15th through May 19th Cottonwood Police will not be fingerprinting do to staffing constraints. We are sorry for the inconvenience. However, if you contact other agencies they may be able to accommodate your needs. Those that provide fingerprinting are:

 Clarkdale Police (928) 649-7700

 Sedona Police (928) 282-3100

 Camp Verde Marshal’s Office (928) 554-3300

 Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (928) 771-3260

Again, sorry for the inconvenience but thanks for your understanding.

Weavers, Spinners Guild meets May 18

The Verde Valley Weavers and Spinners Guild will meet on Thursday, May 18, at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in West Sedona.  The meeting will start at 9:30am with coffee, treats and socializing.  At 10am we will have Our guild meeting and show and tell. Directly following is our STASH BUSTER SALE!!!!!!!  Clear out your closets and make room for new fiber to spur your creative juices. 20% of sales goes to the guild. Please be sure that all items are clearly marked and priced before the sale begins. All are welcome.

Democrats of the Red Rocks to host discussion on future of citizen initiatives

The Democrats of the Red Rocks will host a discussion about preserving the Arizona Citizens Initiative at its breakfast on Thursday, May 18, at 8AM at the Olde Sedona Family Restaurant, located at 1405 West State Route 89A. April Maldonado, Field Director for Arizona Wins, will be the guest speaker.

Several laws passed this year tighten the citizen initiative process. Arizona citizens may initiate legislation as either a state statute or constitutional amendment. Citizens also have the power to repeal legislation. Lawmakers made substantial changes to the system this legislative session, without input from voters. Citizen Initiatives have boosted both conservative and liberal causes. They are best known as tools for advancing causes that the public wants, but the Legislature does not. The Citizens Initiative has been part of the Arizona Constitution since statehood.  

Governor Ducey recently signed a bill banning initiative campaigns from paying petition gatherers. Critics say this potentially means voters will see fewer options on the ballot. He signed another bill that applies “strict” criteria to initiative paperwork. Petitions will be thrown out if they don’t have seven-point type instead of eight, have margins that are three-quarters of an inch at the top instead of half an inch, or meet other specific criteria. Previously, judges were able to determine “substantial compliance,” which allowed them to decide if thousands of valid voter signatures should be tossed in the trash or not when the format was imperfect. Voting rights groups have opposed these recent changes, and have called the bills an attack on citizens’ rights to enact their own laws.

Ms. Maldonado, of Arizona Wins, a 501(c)(4) formed in 2011 around issues of voter rights will speak about the future of the Citizens Initiative process. The breakfast is open to the public. There is a $12 fee to cover to cost of breakfast.

DORR is presenting the program as part of its critical issues breakfast series held on the third Thursday of the month. The organization presents a different issue at each. All breakfasts are open to the public.

Professional Women’s Group Networking event

Join us for our next PWG PM Networking Event on Tuesday, May 16th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Our host is the Page Springs Cellars Winery and Vineyards. Each PWG Woman will have the opportunity to promote her business or service. Let us know if you are interested by visiting our FaceBook Event Page: facebook.com/groups/azpwg/

Food: $16/person ($17 w/tax): Charcuterie spread consisting of a selection of locally produced cheeses, house cured meats and sausage, house-made pickles, Tuscan bean salad, orzo salad, house-made jam and mustard accompanied by crostini and house-made bread.

Wine: Selection of (2) whites and (2) red wines for purchase by the glass and bottle

Our own Elke Schreiber is our speaker, a retired registered nurse, massage therapist, and reflexologist. She has been practicing healing Reflexology for 20 years in her studio and making house calls.  As a member of the Arizona Reflexology Association, she keeps herself continuously educated and now offers Toe reading which shows us how we are walking our life path. Every organ of the body is accessible through the feet and opens the door to body and soul. Her topic is Soul to Sole.

There will be a raffle drawing for a free luncheon in July and some really great door prizes as well. Registration for this event is NOT necessary. Just “show up.” And remember PWG has no “dues”. We are supported by our sponsors and YOU.

The Professional Women’s Group is committed to igniting personal and professional growth with events focused on inspiring women through networking and education.

Contact info@pwgaz.org.

Less Stress? Oh Yes! Free class held

Would you like to successfully address and handle your stress? Once you learn about the intricate and reliable interaction between aromatherapy and essential oils—and your body and mind—you will have a powerful and scientifically proven tool for improving and maintaining your personal health and well-being. The free class will be held May 18 at the Camp Verde Community Library from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Pre-registration appreciated. Call or text Sarah at 928.451.4847 or Honey at 404.626.5535

Library Advisory Board Meeting scheduled

The Library Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 17 at 5:00 p.m. in the Cottonwood Public Library Meeting Room. This meeting is free and open to the public. The Library is located at 100 S 6th St in Cottonwood.

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