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    WHAT? There's an aphrodisiac in my coffee?

    Aphrodisiac: a drug or food that arouses sexual desire. Ok, knock it off. We are not Masters and Johnson; we are The Dunnery, known for our desire to share good news about good dining on good food and good wine.

    Brilliant Bites: Village dines out for Big Park Community School

    It’s a win-win! Everyone loves a good meal out! Dine at one (or more) of the fabulous Brilliant Bites participating restaurants with your Brilliant Bites coupon any time on Friday, February 24th and you are not only supporting local business, but a percentage of your food bill goes directly to classroom needs at Big Park Community School.

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    Villager newest member of College Board

    A self-proclaimed “bridge builder,” Dr. Connie Harris decided last November to pursue a place on the Yavapai College’s District Governing Board to replace District 3 Representative Al Filardo, who resigned in part due to the board’s elimination of the Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee.

    Villagers asked to help improve Verde Valley continuing education and job training

    With a goal of improving access to education/training in the Verde Valley, a meeting is planned for Wednesday, February 15th, from 6 to 7:30 pm at the multi-purpose room at Big Park Community School.

    Make an incredible difference in a person’s life -- donate a crisis care kit

    The Village of Oak Creek community is once again invited to participate in the collection and packaging of Crisis Care Kits (CCK’s). The Church of the Nazarene is facilitating this effort with assistance from several local individuals and troop members from the Boy, Girl and Cub Scouts. Last year’s donations of $3,500 enabled the purchase of enough supplies to send 360 CCK’s to California’s wildfire victims and Philippines’ flood victims.

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    Big Park Council begins 20th anniversary year of service

    On January 12, 2017, I gaveled the beginning of the annual meeting of the Big Park Regional Coordinating Council (“Council”) and advised the Council Representatives and others in attendance that this was the commencement of the Council’s 20th anniversary year.

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    Election season arrives for VOCA

    Although the election for officers to the Board of Directors of VOCA is a few months away, the deadline for candidates electing to run is fast approaching.

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    Big Park teachers take it to next level thanks to Education Foundation grants

    Congratulations to the following teachers who have received mini-grants from the Yavapai County Education Foundation: Christine Walter, Diane Schumacher and Christine Alagna.

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    Hitchcock – the heartfelt journey for sustainability

    Darcy Hitchcock eats, sleeps, and breathes sustainability. She’s so passionate about sustainability education that she dedicated her career, then her life and now her retirement to it. And for good reason. With over 7.5 billion people on this planet and limited resources (and people looking for more ways to profit from them) someone has to champion a reasonable solution. According to Darcy, education is the first step. She’s authored/co-authored 10 books on the subject, including a novella.

    Challenge grant update and fall fundraiser for Big Park Community School

    Last summer, our Big Park Community School took the first step toward becoming an International Baccalaureate World School. That first step was teacher training, and the community came together with donations sufficient to train our Big Park Community School teachers for the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program.

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    Oakcreek Country Club Women’s Golf Assn: 2017 promises to be exciting year

    Michelle Stoor, president of OCCWGA for 2017, is leading an enthusiastic group of women golfers who want to enjoy the game, play better golf and support our great golf course. We all feel lucky to live and play in such a beautiful area and we want to invite other women to join in this experience.

    Call for candidates: VOCA Board of Directors; deadline for applications is Friday, February 10th

    The Village of Oakcreek Association (VOCA) announces that applications are being accepted for the Board of Directors ballot. There will be two vacancies to be filled in the April 2017 election. The two positions are 3-year terms of office. Following the election, the Board will be comprised of seven Directors.

    Heart to Heart Women's Conference Feb. 4

    Celebrating its 18th year, Heart to Heart is a Women's Conference that is always held in February. This year's Conference will be held on February 4, 2017, and this year's theme "Changed Lives" will feature inspiring Women in our Community whose lives have been changed, and now they are impacting the lives of others!

    Board of Adjustments rejects setback variance for storage units

    The Yavapai County Board of Adjustments and Appeals unanimously rejected a Jan. 17 request by Big Idea, LLC, for a 10-foot easement variance for a self-storage facility along Cortez Drive in the Village of Oak Creek. The property is currently vacant.

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    Funding 35-40 years of retirement

    If you live to 100, can you avoid outliving your money?

    Will you live to 100? Your odds of becoming a centenarian may be improving. Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control reported that the population of Americans aged 100 or older rose 44 percent between 2000-2014. The Pew Research Center says that the world had more than four times as many centenarians in 2015 as it did in 1990.1,2

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    Canyon Mesa Golf Course ranked #19 in country

    If you play golf, or even if you don't, no doubt you have heard of the 19th hole. The number 19 now holds a different reason to be happy at Canyon Mesa Country Club. Golf Advisor, your go-to golf information website, has ranked our Village 9-hole course the 19th best short course in the United States!

    Growing issue of obesity in cats and dogs

    Obesity is becoming more and more of an issue in cats and dogs, and can lead to significant medical issues. Feel around your pet’s midsection while they are standing.

    Red Rose plans art shows in 2017

    As we at Red Rose Inspiration For Animals look forward to 2017 we are prepared for our 8 Annual Art Shows that take place exclusively at the Olde Sedona Bar and Grill and Redrock Precision Motors on 89A in West Sedona. Our shows are not affiliated with any other events in town and benefit animal welfare through our organization. For the first time we will be starting our show season as early as February. We will also be promoting 5 shows in the spring and 3 in the fall.

    KSB program to focus on ' How Early Days Made Us What We Are Today'

    “Sedona’s non-indigenous history may not be hundreds of years old, but it is rich and unique in its own way”, says Janeen Trevillyan, of the Sedona Heritage Museum. Please join Keep Sedona Beautiful on Wednesday, February 8th for its Preserving the Wonder™ Speaker Series to hear about the colorful characters and events of Sedona’s early days.

    Changing of the guard for Sedona Village Business Assn.

    Something to think about: We will be electing our new board at our May meeting. If you are interested in helping the Village residents and businesses, please consider running. Pleases email me at with your name, contact information, and what about the business association interests you.

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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.