52 years and running, Jerome Historic Home Tour this weekend

The Soule House is on the big curve as you come into Jerome. Photo by Michael Thompson.

The Soule House is on the big curve as you come into Jerome. Photo by Michael Thompson.

The Jerome Chamber of Commerce is ready for its yearly exploration of the back streets of this historic mining town with the 52nd Annual Home and Building Tour.

Save the dates of May 20-21 for a look at some never before shown gems in the mile-high town. This is the longest running home tour in Arizona.

This year’s lineup takes visitors to the industrial looking house on the curve by The Old Jerome High School.

When the current owner purchased the home in the 1980s, the old foundation was still there. The original structure was a 5-room motel with one bathroom to share. The original shower base is just off the studio deck near the entry.

To build on undisturbed soil, the owner had to dig down 12 feet below the basement on the NE corner. This makes the northern wall 45 feet tall. The Sky Suite was completed in 2008 and is built of Rastra Block.

The exterior finish is cement stucco done in the old-fashioned dash technique.

The Flatiron Building in Jerome also has this finish. The intent of the architecture was to emulate the style of the commercial buildings in town and to be compatible with The High School. This building was a labor of love and was built almost completely by the owner.

The building has over 6000 feet of floor space on three floors and spectacular views.

There will be plenty of parking out at the 300 level where a bus will pick you up to bring you to town for your tickets.

The Tour starts with ticket sales at Spook Hall on Hull Avenue. Adults will pay $20 and $10 for kids. Free for children under 3.

There will be lots of steps so wear comfortable shoes and prepare for an adventure.

Large vans will transport guests to the first stop at The Clubhouse, once the hospital in Jerome.

Two more stops are walking distance so prepare for some steps and a walk on The Boardwalk of Jerome. Then board a van to be driven to a home in The Gulch.

Back in the van, you will be driven to the North/Dundee area for a look at three more homes, all interesting one of a kind homes.

There will be live music in Spook Hall most of the day, featuring The Jerome Ukulele Orchestra, Tommy Anderson, Hank Ervin and Tom Bauer. The Tour is not handicapped accessible.

Visit jeromechamber.com for advance tickets sales or call the chamber at 928-634-2900.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 9:30 am 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 May 18

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.

Less Stress? Oh Yes! Free class held May 18

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 for May 17

The Library Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 17 at 5 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.

Cottonwood Head Start’s art show, open house set for May 18

The Cottonwood Head Start is hosting its annual art show and open house May 18 from 5-7 p.m. Stop by the center at 270 E. Mingus Ave. to meet the teaching teams, take a tour of the school and see firsthand the wonderful and talented artists we have attending our preschool program. The Cottonwood Head Start is an NAEYC accredited program. Contact the staff at 928-634-8236 with any questions.

Eeyore or Tigger? Feeling and transforming painful emotions discussion May 20

Dr. Marta Adelsman, Life Coach in Communication and Consciousness, will conduct a class entitled “Eeyore or Tigger? Feeling and Transforming Painful Emotions” on Saturday, May 20, 10:00 AM—12:00 noon at Jerona Café in Cottonwood.     

Participants will learn how to resolve emotional pain through a method designed by Dr. Adelsman to handle emotions quickly and thoroughly.  This method, called “Emotional Transmutation Process,” transforms the painful emotions of anxiety, anger and sadness, resulting in increased happiness.  Participants will also be introduced to “The Work” of Byron Katie (author of Loving What Is), to further the transformation of drama into joy.   

$20 per person.  Register by noon on Friday, May 19, by email (drmartacoach@gmail.com) or phone (928-451-9482). 

Dr. Marta received her Life Coach training from The Institute for Global Listening and Communication.  She earned a doctorate from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  Since moving to Arizona in 2003, she has practiced as a Life Coach

Missoula Children’s Theatre holding auditions for Rapunzel

Auditions will be held for the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) tuition free production of Rapunzel on Monday, June 5 at Verde Valley School’s Brady Hall located 3511 Verde Valley School Rd. in Sedona from 10 a.m. to noon.

Those auditioning should arrive between 9 and 10 a.m. to register and plan to stay for the full two hours. Some of the cast members will be asked to stay for a rehearsal immediately following the audition.

Among the roles to be cast include Rapunzel, the Princes, Madame Gothel, Rapunzel’s Parents, the Wood Elves, Ears of Corn and a Potato, Unicorns, Pixies, Gremlins, Billy Goats Gruff, a Troll, Three Bears, a Beaver, Ogres and Mushrooms. All students, entering 1st grade through 12th grade, are encouraged to audition. No advance preparation is necessary. Assistant directors will also be cast to assist with the technical aspects of the production.

This summer’s MCT week marks Sedona’s 30th anniversary in bringing tuition free theatre to Sedona’s children. Missoula Children’s Theatre touring productions are complete with costumes, scenery, props and makeup. MCT Tour Actor/Directors will conduct rehearsals throughout the week from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day.

Rapunzel will be presented on Saturday, June 10, 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at Verde Valley School’s Brady Hall. A silent auction and pizza dinner will be available for purchase between the two performances. The Missoula Children’s Theatre residency in Sedona is presented by The Rotary Club of Sedona and Verde Valley School with support from Pagos Pizzeria and local volunteers. For more information about sponsorship, tickets or participation call Nicole Davis at (928) 301-2814.

The Rotary Club of Sedona is an affiliate of Rotary International, a service organization that works to promote world health and eradication of polio, to support the education of young people and to make the community a better place through a variety of local service activities. The Club meets every Tuesday noon at Relics Restaurant in Sedona. Rotary Club of Sedona Village Satellite meets the second and fourth Thursdays of the month in Redstone Dining at Oakcreek Country Club. Visitors are welcome. For more information go to: www.sedonarotary.org.

Law Day 2017 June 9 at Cottonwood Library

Law Day is an event in which local volunteer lawyers provide free legal advice to local residents as a way to improve access to justice and to show that lawyers are willing to help others in need without always being paid.

President Eisenhower first proclaimed May 1 to be known as “Law Day, U.S.A.” in 1958. On April 7, 1961, 36 United States Code§ 113 was enacted, stating: Law Day, U.S.A., is a special day of celebration [in] the U.S.-

(1) in appreciation of our liberties and the reaffirmation of our loyalty to the United States and of our rededication to the ideals of equality and justice under law; and

(2) for the cultivation of the respect for law that is so vital to our democratic way of life.

Community Legal Services and the Yavapai County Bar Association sponsor Law Day to show our appreciation for the people we serve and for all the freedom, equality and justice we share under the law in the U.S.

Verde Valley: 10:00 am-3:30 pm, Friday, June 9th@ Cottonwood Public Library 100 S. 6th Street, Cottonwood, Arizona 86326

Local Volunteer Lawyers will be available to give you free legal advice on any topic including domestic relations, debt collection, criminal, DUI, wills and estate planning, accident injuries and landlord/tenant (and a lot more).

‘Wish to Dance’ at Phillip England Center for the Performing Arts May 20

From the Heart Music and Dance presents the 2017 Spring Dance Performance “Wish to Dance” Saturday May 20th at 2 pm and Sunday May 21th at 3 pm at the Phillip England Center for the Performing Arts, 410 Camp Lincoln Road, Camp Verde, AZ 86322

This enjoyable production is under the direction of Artistic Director/Owner Shalane Moore. The Spring Dance Performance is a special favorite featuring an assortment of dance styles such as ballet, hip hop, jazz, tap and contemporary from dancers ages 2 up through 18. With colorful costumes and entertaining music, this is a performance the audience will love to see!

You can purchase your tickets by Phone 928-300-5234 at the studio located at 470 S Main St Cottonwood or at the door the day of the performance. $15 for adults; $10 for students and military

Verde Valley Special Needs Support Group meets every third Thursday

The Verde Valley Special Needs Support Group - a core group of people personally connected to the autism community – has been expanded to welcome and offer support to parents, family members, and caregivers of people with all special needs.

A support group is the lifeline that can bring emotional respite and assistance to those struggling. Those in the support group are walking the path too, some of them have for several years, and can offer empathy, insight, and suggestions for professional help and resources.

The Group meets every third Thursday of the month at the Camp Verde Library from 6-7:30 p.m. We welcome you to join us. No family should have to walk this path alone. Come to a meeting and share, learn, and connect with others who understand.

Gospel Truth Seminar May 19 at New Hope Christian Church

Join us at Gospel Truth Seminar Friday May 19 at 6 pm at New Hope Christian Fellowship 1760 Villa Drive in Cottonwood located near Cork and Catch. Seminar topics covered will be: What does it mean to be born again, learn how to hear God’s voice, learn how to receive peace, joy and health, and how to live without fear. Audience participation with question and answers will follow the one hour presentation. Prayer for healing will also be available. For more information contact ty@cornerstoneranchaz.com.

Camp Verde Parks & Recreation Summer Day Camp starts June 5

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

Lake Montezuma to host Dump the Drugs event May 20

A “Dump the Drugs” event will be held on Saturday, May 20th, in Lake Montezuma at the Beaver Creek Adult Center. The Beaver Creek Community Action Team, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and MATFORCE are hosting this event.

Ninety one people die each day in the nation from opioid overdose. The CDC reports that prescription pain relievers are the driving force behind those deaths. Proper disposal of unwanted medication will help keep potentially dangerous drugs out of the wrong hands and also from getting into our water systems.

Unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications can be dropped off between 10:00 AM and noon at Beaver Creek Adult Center, 4250 E. Zuni Way in Lake Montezuma.

For more information call 928-708-0100 or online at matforce.org.

Understanding Alzheimer’s dementia; program May 18

Join Angels Care Home Health at Camp Verde Community Library on May 18th from 1-3 p.m. in the Terracotta Room for a supportive and informational program that will teach you how to handle/care for those living with Alzheimer’s Dementia. Some topics to be discussed include: the stages of Alzheimer’s Dementia, how to handle stress, and techniques for dealing with the behaviors.  Please RSVP by May11th by calling Ann Whalen at 216-789-9102.

Camp Verde Community Library is located at 130 Black Bridge Road, Camp Verde AZ 86322. For more information contact Ann Whalen at 216-789-9102 or contact Camp Verde Community Library at 928-554-8391.  ​

Family Movies at the Library

On every third Saturday of the month the Cottonwood Public Library hosts family movies in the Youth Services Department. Family friendly movies begin at 10:30 a.m. and are free and open to parents and children of all ages. Please check the Library website at www.ctwpl.info for this Saturday’s family movie title. The Library is located at 100 S 6th St in Cottonwood.

Montezuma Well needs volunteers for traditional use garden

Montezuma Well has reestablished their traditional use garden and is looking for a few regular volunteers to help keep it maintained on a weekly basis.  Volunteer opportunities are not limited to individuals.  Groups are also encouraged to participate.  Getting your hands dirty with fellow co-workers is a great team building exercise.  Educational programs will be offered to school and scout groups interested in assisting as well.

To learn more about the program, contact Volunteer Coordinator Krystina Isaac at (928) 567-3322x223 or email her at Krystina_Isaac@nps.gov.

Montezuma Well is a free site to visit every day from 8am to 5pm, with the exception of Christmas Day, when the site is closed.  The garden and picnic area close at 4pm.

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