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    Big Park Community School Butterfly Garden wins awards

    The Arizona Federation of Garden Clubs selected the Sedona Area Garden Club for an award of $1000 in recognition of their commitment to restore the Butterfly Garden at Big Park Community School as an educational tool. The pollinator garden was originally conceived and created by SAGC in 2003, accompanying a fourth grade BPCS classroom program called “From Seeds to Trees”.

    The Collective Sedona planting edible gardens for community’s enjoyment

    The Collective Sedona are proud to announce an innovative edible garden project that will bring organic fruits, vegetables and herbs to beds dispersed throughout the property … AND they will be free for visitors to pick and enjoy, as they explore the shops and restaurants.

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    Camera buffs: Yavapai Library Network offers resources

    Whether you’re a camera buff or simply like to admire photos taken by others, the Yavapai Library Network (YLN) offers a wealth of resources to help you appreciate the wonders of photography. May is National Photo Month and a great time to see what YLN has to offer.

    Big Park School plans open house, pre-school through 6th-grade registration

    Registration for preschool through grade 6 at Big Park Community School will be held through May 5, 2017. Big Park Community School is in the process of becoming an International Baccalaureate (IB) program.

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    Community owes debt of gratitutde to former Big Park President Bert Berkshire

    Do you know the history of the Pledge of Allegiance? Colonel George Balch, a Civil War veteran, originally composed it in 1887. Francis Bellamy wrote a Christian socialist minister a competing Pledge in 1892. The two versions existed until the National Flag Conference in 1923 at which the Bellamy version won out.

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    Election season for Sedona Village Business Association

    Something to think about: We will be electing our new board at our May meeting (May 16 at 4 p.m. at the Hilton). If you are interested in helping the Village residents and businesses, please consider running. Please email me at with your name, contact information, and what it is about the business association interests you. We will be electing 4 new board members for 2-year terms.

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    Village community steps up again to help two great causes

    Big Park teachers’ supplies and Crisis Care Kits benefit from big hearts

    The Village of Oak Creek community once again demonstrated its big heart and overwhelming generosity by helping with two major needs the past three months. The Church of the Nazarene (VOC NAZ) reached out and asked Village residents for funds to buy MUCH-needed classroom supplies for teachers at Big Park Community School and to donate supplies or finances to purchase supplies and then help fill 500 Crisis Care Kits.

    Mother’s Day Art Show to benefit animal welfare

    Red Rose Inspiration For Animals has been promoting Art Shows to benefit animal welfare since the fall 2009. Red Rose provides many free services throughout the community such as spay and neuter, sponsoring homeless pet owners, and assisting pet owners that are financially in over 75 felines/canines without a facility, many surrendered out of desperation.

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    New organization dedicated to saving Red Rocks

    Save Our Ancient Redrocks (SOAR) has taken on the effort to establish permanent protection status for 80,000 acres of the Red Rock Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest. SOAR is a non-profit 501c-3 that supports all efforts to permanently protect public lands that are beautiful, fragile and threatened. SOAR endeavors to financially help the Red Rock Ranger District protect its natural and cultural resources as well as monitor those in government and in the public sector who seek to privatize these public lands for commercial gain.

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    Human trafficking: 'People don’t think it happens here'

    Human trafficking is happening everywhere now, even in small rural areas like the Village of Oak Creek. Because larger cities’ police departments have done a good job of educating larger communities, traffickers are now also targeting small towns where there may be more of a sense of complacency and safety.

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    Federal Reserve raises benchmark interest rate

    Monetary policy is normalizing due to economic improvement

    On March 15, the Federal Reserve raised the benchmark interest rate by a quarter-point to a range of 0.75-1.00%. The increase was widely expected, and it represented a vote of confidence in the economy.1 This was the central bank’s second rate hike in three months, and Wall Street took it in stride, with the S&P 500 rising nearly 15 points on the day. One reason for that may have been the Fed’s latest dot-plot forecast, which remained as it was when the last interest rate adjustment was made in December. The Fed still projects a total of three hikes for 2017.

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    Young Life the path to a fulfilled life for Emily Bailey

    Emily Bailey’s mom was an alcoholic, which caused Dad to avoid being around. Midway through third grade Dad took a job in Sedona and they checked Mom into rehab. Emily’s older brother and sister (Raymond and Rachelle), had been her and her sister Karli’s primary care givers up to that point. Emily said her mom came home a new person.

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    Missoula Children's Theatre to present Rapunzel June 5-10

    Sedona’s 30th annual tuition free, Missoula Children’s Theatre will be Rapunzel held June 5-10, 2017 at Verde Valley School’s Brady Hall, 3511 Verde Valley School Road, Sedona, Az.

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    Free BBQ at Kiwanis Park promises fun, food, music and more May 13

    In what has become a tradition of celebrating friendship, family, community and the coming summer, Sedona and Village of Oak Creek neighbors will gather together for a good ole fashioned Community BBQ, free to all, on Saturday, May 13th, Noon to 4pm, at Kiwanis Park on Bell Rock Blvd.

    Fall Festival fundraiser planned for Big Park School

    And what a festival it will be, to be sponsored by the Sedona Rotary Club, The Collective, Sedona Golf Resort and Sedona Helicopter Tours. Community volunteers, together with the new Sedona Rotary International chapter in the Village, are organizing a major event to build Village community spirit, to support our Big Park School, and to promote the local businesses making donations for the Live and Silent Auction.

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    History, Hilarity and Heartbreak: A new book of local history by Loretta Benore

    Loretta Benore wrote the popular “In Days of Yore” column for The Villager for roughly 10 years, and has now published a new book based upon many of those stories from the early days in Big Park and Sedona, “History, Hilarity and Heartbreak”.

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    Annual meeting a look back, and forward, for VOCA

    On Saturday, April 15 VOCA held its Annual Membership Meeting. Approximately 75 people attended the meeting at the VOCA community center. The results of the election for the two new board members were announced along with the By-Law and Master Declaration amendments that were put forth for membership vote.

    Two big events on calendar at Big Park Community School

    Big Park Community School is abuzz with end of year activities. Two special events are just around the corner and we hope you’ll join us at Big Park for some of the fun!

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    Oakcreek 'Men's Club' sets course for ambitious year of golf

    “The Men’s Club” is already under a full head of steam for 2017! The Oakcreek Country Club Men’s Golf Association (OCCMGA), also known as The Men’s Club, is the largest (about 240 members) and oldest (49 years) golf league at the Oakcreek Country Club (OCC).

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    Becky Rubin Wins President’s Cup!

    Oakcreek Country Club Women’s Golf Association held its two-day low net tournament March 28th and April 4th. The tournament had three flights with winners in each flight and the overall President’s Cup winner which went to Becky Rubin.

    Enrollment begins for Emerson Theater Summer Youth Theater Camp

    A six-week Summer Youth Theatre Camp for ages 4 -17 will be held at the Sedona United Methodist Church from June 19-29, 2017. Activities Include: Acting, improv, lighting design, costume design, arts & crafts, creative writing, directing, day trips, workshops and more!

    Dark Skies in the LED Era at KSB May 10

    Join Keep Sedona Beautiful on Wednesday, May 10th for its Preserving the Wonder™ Speaker Series to hear Jeffrey Hall, Director of Lowell Observatory, discuss what we as individuals and as a global community can do to preserve the richness of Sedona’s dark skies.

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    Red Rock Trails: the Community’s Greatest Asset

    Ask any Village resident or visitor, “What’s the main attraction to our area?” The response is obvious: “The red rock formations, plants and animals that make it such a wonderfully unique environment.” Then ask: What’s the greatest man-made asset in the area?” The answer might not be as obvious.

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    Putting the rumors to rest, Mall to be exciting new Village center

    The Outlet Mall has sold! The news is official, and the swirl of speculative rumors can finally be laid to rest. Our Village is about to have an exciting and beautiful new retail and lodging center. Negotiations are underway, though not quite signed on the dotted line, for a new-concept boutique hotel, three restaurants and a theater for live-performances, music and classic movies. Most of our popular existing shops will remain.

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    Keeping up with today’s technology; it's not your mother's library any more

    While it is true that libraries transform people’s lives, libraries have changed to keep up with the demands of technology in today’s world. Drop by Sedona Library in the Village during the week of April 9 through 15 to help us celebrate National Library Week -- and enter a drawing for a Kindle -- and discover the theme of this year’s National Library Week: “Libraries Transform.”