The Villager


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    Forest volunteer Dr. Ronald Krug receives Governor’s Award for Avocational Archaeology

    Village of Oak Creek resident Dr. Ronald Krug is the recipient of the 2017 Governor’s Archaeology Advisory Committee’s Award in Public Archaeology. He received the award in the category of Avocational Archaeologist. Dr. Krug has volunteered for the Coconino National Forest and has been an Arizona Site Steward for over 15 years.

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    Collective Sedona to host July 4 community barbecue

    The Collective Sedona, 7000 Arizona 179 in the Village of Oak Creek, will host a free community barbecue Tuesday, July 4, 4-8 p.m. Locals and tourists are invited to come out and sample delicious barbecue fare while listening to music and enjoying a beer garden with wine and beer for sale. Rocky Rd Ice Cream Co. will be on hand selling vanilla and chocolate ice cream with a sundae bar of toppings. Bring the entire family and enjoy games and entertainment for the kids and a warm, inviting and patriotic atmosphere.

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    Be prepared: lightning-caused wildfires happen every year

    The arrival of summer is the time to seriously get “Firewise.” Jon Davis of the Sedona Fire District wants you to know that with the helpful information at, you can save both lives and property from lightning caused wildfire.

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    Community asked to step up for school supply/backpack drive

    Communities need to stand together and the people of those communities should assist one another when times are tough. We have done so often in our Village. Due to the economic struggles some of our local families are experiencing currently, many of our students are unable to start the new school year with proper school supplies.

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    Customer first, community first: VOCA is here to serve

    The Village of Oakcreek Association is the largest homeowner association in the Village with 2,345 properties, which represent the membership base of the association. VOCA’s mission statement reads, “We will strive to protect and promote Association Member common interests and provide our Membership with reasonable and affordable recreational and social amenities and activities.”

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    Right nutrition is crucial for healthy cat

    Nutrition is one of the most important preventative measures we have to help our pets stay healthy. There are many diseases that we can treat with proper nutrition. With this month’s article I’d like to discuss feline nutrition in particular. Cats are obligate carnivores. This means the physiology and anatomy of the cat are suited to eating a high protein, meat diet.

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    Traffic jam the result of man-made bottlenecks in Sedona

    For the past several months, the No. 1 topic of conversation in the Village is the traffic congestion on SR 179 and 89A, originating at the double-roundabouts at the “Y." Many have commented that they now do not drive on 179 or 89A to Sedona for fear of being caught up in a 45-60 minute traffic jam in the northbound lane of each highway.

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    What's in your basket this week?

    It’s that time of year when we have the luxury of purchasing quality food, grown in an organic and sustainable manner, from farmers we know or get to know face to face. It’s right in our backyard! Just this past week, we picked up our basket at the Verde Valley CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) which has been running since 2007. In our basket were quality braising greens, broccolini, cabbage, carrots, kale, radishes, summer squash and Vidalia onions.

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    New bookstore supports Sedona and Village libraries

    In case you haven’t heard, there’s a new bookstore in town. Friends of the Sedona Library (FOL) recently opened their bookstore at 3270 White Bear Road in the house adjacent to Sedona Public Library. This ongoing fundraising campaign replaces book sales that were held throughout the year at the Library. Now, the entire inventory is available all year long. Regular store hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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    What do teachers do during summer? They re-invest

    It has mystified parents, community members and students for years -- what do teachers do with all that time they have over the summer? When it comes to teaching there are some definite positives that come with a profession that allows a little time in the summer months to recover, recoup and recharge for the next year. The intensity and stress of working with so many young people is hard to imagine unless this is something that you have done yourself.

    Emerson Theater Collaborative seeks adult actors for Summer Youth Theater production

    Emerson Theatre Collaborative (ETC) seeks two adult character actors one male and one female to perform in Stolen Fire, the retelling of a Native American folk tale. Age range 20 – 50. All ethnicities should apply.

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    Sedona Vista Village breathes new life into retail center

    Sedona Vista Village is set to transform the faltering 90,000-square-foot Sedona Village Factory Outlets with a renovation and by adding the town’s first Westin hotel to anchor the newly purchased 9-acre development located on SR 79 in the Village of Oak Creek.
 The new owners of Sedona Vista Village will be demolishing a portion of the existing buildings on the north end of the property to make room for the hotel, Element by Westin.

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    Bob Alcorn reflects on a life fully lived

    In 1938, as Bob Alcorn’s family was moving from Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Long Beach, California they took a side trip down the newly paved Oak Creek Canyon heading to Sedona. The family only went as far south as Slide Rock, but Bob remembers the tunnels they passed through and how beautiful he found the red rocks. There were many trips to Sedona in the years after and his love for its beauty grew with each visit.

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    Collective Sedona to host tantalizing musical evening

    The Collective Sedona, a mixed-use shopping, dining and entertainment plaza, announces a new live music show, Sunday July 16th, September 17th and November 19th in the beautiful Vista Hall event center on the second floor of The Collective Sedona. The Heartline Cafe will treat guests to a tantalizing musical evening with a live show, dance floor and amazing food.

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    Camp Verde school board considers, does not offer revised contract to superintendent

    Since April, the Camp Verde Unified School District’s governing board has met twice in executive session to consider revising the contract of Superintendent Dr. Dennis Goodwin.

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    Preventative measures: Verde Valley implements Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

    Due to conditions both dry and windy, the Prescott and Coconino national forests have announced that they will implement Stage 1 fire restrictions effective 8 a.m. June 1.

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    New owners for Weber’s IGA Food & Drug

    It’s official! As of June 1st, Weber’s IGA, our “Hometown Proud” Market, is now a Clark’s Market. This is the first Arizona store for the Clark’s Market family, which is headquartered in Aspen, Colorado. They own and manage six other locations in Colorado and one in Utah, all in rural and/or resort communities. Clark Markets are affiliated with the network of Associated Food Stores.

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    At every level, Village of Oak Creek a remarkable community

    Pardon me while I brag a bit. This community makes me so proud in so many ways. When there was a threat to close Big Park Community School last spring, an overwhelming crowd (a large number of whom are retirees with no family in the school district) showed up to plead to keep it open, asking for better communications when there are issues and ways in which they can help. Just a year later, we have shown that we meant what we said.

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    4th annual community barbecue thanks community sponsors

    The organizers of the 4th Annual Community BBQ would like to thank its community sponsors and members who spent their Saturday afternoon with us.

    Bearcloud Gallery partners with Emerson Theater summer production of Stolen Fire

    Emerson Theatre Collaborative announces its partnership with Bearcloud Gallery on their late summer production of Stolen Fire. ETC’s Summer Youth Theater Program is a six-week journey through the world of theatrical production, and they are honored for the opportunity to collaborate with prominent Sedona artist, Bearcloud.

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    Collective Sedona to unveil 'pop up' farmer's market this summer

    The Collective Sedona, a mixed-used shopping, dining and entertainment plaza, is pleased to announce a new indoor “Pop-Up” Farmer’s Market beginning June 14th and continuing throughout the summer and into the Fall.

    Join Library’s Adult Summer Reading Program for fun and prizes

    The lazy days of summer are here. As a kid growing up, what did you do to beat the heat? Did you run through the sprinkler? Did you operate a lemonade stand? Did you participate in your library’s summer reading program?

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    Big Park School the perfect example of how it takes a Village to raise a child

    At this time of year, in the schools, it seems we accelerate to the end! It is an exciting time with the conclusion of assessments, end of the year programs, fieldtrips, promotion of our 6th graders to junior high and the wrap of a great year. We could not do everything we do, without the support of this great community!

    Big Park School adopts vision and mission statements

    In a meeting of the Big Park Community School Site Council on April 20, the Site Council formally adopted new Vision and Mission Statements for the school.

    International educator donates books to Big Park School

    Dr. Rosemary Papa, a 10-year resident of our Village, enjoys a worldwide reputation as a game changer in Educational Leadership. Dr. Papa currently serves as The Del and Jewel Lewis Endowed Chair in Learning Centered Leadership and Professor of Education Leadership in the College of Education at Northern Arizona University, a position she had held since 2007.