The Villager


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    'Desert Dwellers' excursion an unforgettable field trip

    Every year, Verde Valley School students go on a two-week expedition into the surrounding deserts. These are called Field Trips, and can range from rock climbing, mountain biking, and backpacking to anthropological and religious focused programs.

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    Mr. O'Halleran goes to Washington

    Village resident claims AZ Congressional District 1 seat

    Tom O’Halleran, a local community leader and former Arizona State legislator, won the election to represent Arizona’s 1st District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Tom has lived in the Village of Oak Creek for over 2 decades, with not only a commitment to improving the lives of others but a track record of tackling tough problems and finding bipartisan solutions. Tom has never backed down from a challenge and he’s never lost sight of the hard work and community-service values he was raised with on his parents’ dairy farm in rural Illinois.

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    2016 successes for VOCA

    The New Year has started and a new fiscal year starts also. With the ending of 2016, VOCA finds its self in very good financial shape. We separate the Oakcreek Country Club operational accounting from the HOA finances, because the golf operations are a stand-alone entity, although wholly owned by the Village of Oakcreek Association.

    Design Review Overlay would further benefit Village of Oak Creek growth, planning decisions

    Here in the Village of Oak Creek, we are currently dependent on the Yavapai County Zoning Ordinance for our planning and zoning matters. That ordinance does not account for the fact that we are an emerging community with values that perhaps exceed those at the time the ordinance was created.

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    Dancing is dreaming on your feet for Village resident Dana De Luz

    Five minutes with Dana De Luz and you know she loves the news business. It’s her passion! Well, that and dance ... and her four kids, husband, grandson, and grandmother.

    Sedona Muses' Colorado Plateau Extremes series begins Jan. 9

    Join artists and scientists for informative and insightful discussions when the Sedona Muses of the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) presents “Colorado Plateau Extremes,” an annual monthly lecture series beginning January 9.

    Your help needed to open doors to improved post-secondary education

    Wake up, Village/Big Park neighbors -- do you know that part of your Yavapai County property taxes are funding post-secondary education in the Verde Valley? Even if you don’t own property, you pay these taxes indirectly through your rent.

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    A year in review for Big Park Community School

    Happy New Year! 2016 was a busy year at Big Park Community School. There was talk of the school closing and much anxiety about this at the school and in the community, at this time last year. The decision was made by the Board to move the 7th and 8th grades to a new space on the high school campus. They would share teachers with the high school and have access to new opportunities there. There were very vocal board meetings and community members who came together to create plans to support Big Park students, teachers and families.

    Sedona Vortex Center finds new home at The Collective

    Joya Comeaux, founder of Sedona Vortex Center, a Sedona-based shared event space for community events, workshops and classes, announced the opening of her creative life center at The Collective Sedona in the Village of Oak Creek.  

    Thanks to all for keeping Village beautiful in 2016

    As we say farewell to 2016 and celebrate a brand new year, I now have three new neighbors! If that’s any indication, it seems a lot of new residents and businesses are joining our uniquely wonderful Village community.

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    Village generosity sets records for holiday food collection

    Yep, you read it correctly. The Village Yavapai Food Neighbors Project team set several records during their last big Collection on December 10th, bringing Holiday comfort and joy to hungry families here and throughout our greater community.

    Big Park targeted for Toley Ranz Pilot School Project

    In November of 2016, the children at the Big Park Elementary School in the Sedona Village became the recipients of the Toley Ranz Pilot School Project, implementing successfully the Toley Ranz message of self-esteem and self-belief even in the youngest kids.

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    A grand time for all at Sedona Dine and Wine

    We had a great time at three of the 26 restaurants that participated in Sedona’s Dine and Wine event. Each establishment offered pre-fixed dinners with a choice of three appetizers, three entrees and three desserts and was classified as Elegant $45 per person, Classic $35 and Casual $25.

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    New Year's resolutions for you and your 'fur baby'

    Now would be the perfect time to include your furry family in these New Year resolutions and start 2017 off on the right foot -- or paw. Here are some resolutions you can do with your fur baby.

    Village Library hosts 17 great things to do in 2017

    Now that the holidays are over, January seems rather anti-climactic. If you are looking for things to do that won’t put a strain on your budget, look no further than your library. Most library services and programs are free. Here are 17 things that you can do in January to welcome 2017.

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    Reasonable plan key to achieving fitness goals

    Time for the time machine! December 1: The first day of the month when we typically gain many of t the surplus pounds around our waistline. The month of holiday parties and having no time for exercise or even a short walk out because we are so busy. (At least, that’s what we tell ourselves.)

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    Who are your beneficiaries? Do you know?

    Your choices may need to change with the times. When did you open your first IRA? When did you buy your life insurance policy? Are you still living in the same home and working at the same job as you did back then? Have your priorities changed a bit – perhaps more than a bit?

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    Speaker Series: 'People, Planet, Prosperity: Why KSB helped establish Sustainability Alliance' at KSB Jan. 11

    “Some people think that if they recycle aluminum cans and use LED bulbs, they're sustainable. Those are good first steps”, said Darcy Hitchcock. “But there is so much more we can do!”

    Rotary International expands to Village of Oak Creek

    Recognizing the already active spirit of volunteerism and community in the Village, and acknowledging a series of Rotary members based in the Village, Rotary International of Sedona has created a new and dynamic satellite organization to address service needs in the Village.

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    VOCA OK's 30-day limit on short-term rentals

    A special meeting of the VOCA membership was held on November 10 to announce the results of the Short Term Leasing and Schedule of Fines Amendments to the Master Declarations of VOCA. Approximately 80 people attended the meeting and a spirited debate ensued where both sides had a chance to voice their concerns.

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    Tom Graham hopes to become new Big Park Council president

    The current president publicly announced he was not running. The Council has difficulty getting members to serve as officers. Working with the nominating committee, I wanted to have a full slate to present to the Council.

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    Amadeus Larew hopes to retain seat as Big Park Council president

    Leadership is about understanding the importance of empowering people to be the best they can be. Deeds, not words is the measure.

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    Farewell: It's been one heck of a ride

    Can you believe it? It’s been 20 years since I became Supervisor for District 3. I have to say it’s been an awesome 20 years. I’ve seen a lot of changes in Yavapai County over the years, met and had the privilege to work with some of the best people and create partnerships to accomplish many community goals in District 3.

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    Shining a beautiful light on Village

    The Sedona Village Business Association (SVBA) will once again, with much help from donations of both members and residents, “Light the Village” for the holidays.

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    Myth and reality of Village's 'Country Club School'

    “You work at ‘that country club’ school, right?” Wow! That was the comment that a community member made when I said that I worked for Big Park Community School. What a misunderstanding!