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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.”

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    Mark your calendar for annual VOCA meeting April 15

    Spring is upon us and it’s time to get some projects completed now that our good weather has arrived. Weather permitting, starting the week of April 10, the parking lot at VOCA’s community center will be under repair and repaved. Hopefully the parking area should be completed for use at the annual meeting on Saturday, April15. If you are coming to the clubhouse to visit VOCA offices, dine at Redstone Bar & Grill, or play golf, please plan on parking on the street and expect a bit of a walk back to the community center. If you are a golfer, please drop off your clubs at the bag drop on the east side of Bell Rock Boulevard before you park your car.

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    All-American Road bike lines may be eliminated

    My name is Tom Graham and I have the privilege and pleasure of serving the Big Park/VOC Community as BPRCC President. Serving with me are Marc Fuller (Vice President), Rebecca Miller (Secretary) and Dave Norton (Treasurer). Our beautiful unincorporated Community, with approximately 6500 people, fans out along both sides of the Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), our “Main Street”, which has received the highest national designation, “All-American Road”, and is the first such highway in the State of Arizona to receive that prestigious award.

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    April Water Awareness Month: Learn how to make a difference

    Water is a serious subject in Arizona. The availability and quality of our water supply is critical to our quality of life and our state's status as a world-class destination. The Arizona Department of Water Resources, Arizona Municipal Water Users Association and our water conservation partners from around the state invite you, your family and your neighbors to join in the celebration of Water Awareness Month (WAM) in April. Go to www.waterawarenessmonth.com for all kinds of tips and activities.

    Yavapai Food Council to deliver 1 millionth meal for the hungry

    In 2009, two amazing Villagers, Harvey Grady and Ed Naylor founded a grass-roots nonprofit organization, Verde Food Council. They understood the need to educate the community regarding the staggering statistics of hunger in our Verde Valley. They were also aware of the importance of a sustainable local food system in preventing and eliminating hunger. During the early years, their organization supported communities and schools by planting gardens; they established a forum for local food banks to communicate with each other and the community, and launched the Weekend Backpacks of Food for Hungry Students programs.

    Upping the ante on Vision Alliance Challenge Grant

    Village volunteers working to support our Big Park Community School and its pursuit of authorization as an International Baccalaureate World School recently discovered that the annual fee will increase to $9500. Previously, the Vision Alliance had pledged one-half of the fee ($8500) provided that the balance was raised from members of the Big Park Community.

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    Feeling lucky & grateful as teachers work their magic

    Maybe because it is near St. Patrick’s Day or maybe it is just a feeling, but I’m both lucky and grateful as I write this article today. One of the joys of my position is that I get to visit classrooms almost daily. I get to see and hear the excitement when students are truly engaged in their learning and watch some of the light bulbs that turn on when they have made a new connection or discovery. I also get to witness teachers who work their magic, through extensive planning and preparation, to make those “ah-ha” moments happen.

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    SVBA promotes growth in Village

    The mission of the Sedona Village Business Association is to promote growth and development of member businesses by providing and assisting members with opportunities to increase customer traffic, network with other members, speak with a unified voice about issues affecting the business community, develop an attractive theme to enhance and market the community, and cooperate with other community organizations whose goals include the creation and maintenance of a vibrant community.

    New, clever credit card scam making the rounds

    There’s a clever credit card scam making the rounds in AZ and elsewhere; it’s clever because they already have your credit card number (skimmed from a gas station, restaurant, wherever) but they don’t have the 3 digit security code that’s on your card. The scammers pose very convincingly as the Fraud Dept. of VISA or MasterCard in an attempt to get those numbers.

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    Cyclists Coalition plans fund-raising drive to maintain SR-179 bike lanes

    When the bike lanes of SR 179 were completed in August 2010, the Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition sponsored a bike ride on the newly open lanes and signed up to sweep the Yavapai County portion – 5 miles – four times per year for what the VVCC thought was a three-year commitment. Six years later and the VVCC is still responsible for sweeping the bike lanes.

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    Verde Valley School hits all the right notes at NAU Jazz Festival

    The Verde Valley School Jazz Ensemble had an amazing opportunity to participate in the NAU Jazz Festival on Friday, February 24th. About 60 different bands from schools from all over Arizona played at this event. To prepare for the Jazz Festival, we practiced once every week since everyone returned from Winter Break.

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    Failed golf cart charging system cause of house fire in VOC

    Monday, January 15, shortly after 4 pm, Sedona Fire District was dispatched to a structure fire at 25 Creek Rock Circle. While initial units were responding, there were multiple 911 calls confirming a working fire. The Battalion Chief upgraded the alarm and activated additional resources to assist in fighting the fire.

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    Village People: Hard work a way of life for Curt and Dora Larson

    “Hard work pays off” is a phrase taught to young athletes by their coaches. Curt Larson was taught this lesson by his father, a farmer from Minnesota. After 19 years on that farm, working hard in the fields, driving tractor by age 6, baling hay, milking cows, etc., Curt left for Dunwoody Industrial School to learn to be a mechanic.

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    Dining out during 2017 Sedona Film Festival

    In addition to enjoying great food, another passion of the Dunnery is movies. We always enjoy attending the Sedona International Film Festival. This year we reserved 17 films and three live performances.

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    Are there really tax-free retirement plan distributions?

    Will you receive tax-free money in retirement? Some retirees do. You should know about some of your options for tax-free retirement distributions, some of which are less publicized than others.

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    Trail system offers gateway to best wildlife viewing

    Our trail system offers a healthy lifestyle AND watchable wildlife! Dawn and dusk are the best times to view wildlife. Spring is when baby animals including rabbits, fawns, young coyote, birds, and bear cubs (yes, in our higher side canyons) are most abundant. If you are lucky to glimpse them, do not disturb them by moving closer.

    Community Easter Sunrise Service April 16 at Kiwanis Park

    Easter Sunday is a day of traditions. Many people make this their annual day to attend a church service. Others like to go to an Easter Sunrise Service. In the Village of Oak Creek you can do both.

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    New Village shops opening at Collective Sedona

    The Collective Sedona in the Village of Oak Creek is proud to announce that several new shops have recently opened or will be opening during the month of April.

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    Leptospirosis: What every dog owner should know

    I am sure by now most of you have seen the news of the leptospirosis outbreak in Phoenix. This article is to touch on what leptospirosis is, how it can affect your dog, and what you can do to try and prevent it. Please contact your veterinarian or Bell Rock Veterinary Clinic if you have further questions.

    Six Sedona/Village businesses certified for sustainability

    The Sustainability Alliance is pleased to announce that the following local organizations have joined the ranks of Certified Sustainable Businesses, including one at the Silver/Innovator level: • Event venue—Vino di Sedona (Bronze) • Food—Karen’s Gluten Free Living (Bronze)  Realtor—Karen Dunlap/Coldwell Banker (Bronze) • Restaurant—A Taste of Marrakech (Bronze) • Retail—Sedona Vortex (Bronze) • Transportation/Tours—Pedego Sedona Electric Bikes (Silver)

    Climate change to be addressed at April KSB meeting

    “Human-caused climate change presents us with perhaps the most profound ethical dilemma ever to face humanity. As such, it is a deeply philosophical problem forcing us to honestly confront who we are and what we value,” said Dr. Matthew Goodwin, a Senior Lecturer in the Philosophy Department of Northern Arizona University (“NAU”).

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    VOC outlet mall to get hotel, expanded retail offerings

    VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK – The once-bustling Sedona Village Factory Outlet in the Village of Oak Creek has turned into something of a ghost town in recent years.

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    Trails system in VOC area get much-needed maintenance

    Great news -- a $37,000 grant will fund trail construction and maintenance on trails near Village of Oak Creek. These trails will be targeted for maintenance: Templeton, Baldwin, Highline, and Cathedral Rock trails. Funds will also build a 0.7-mile trail between Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock.

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    New fire marshal to serve Sedona District

    Jon Davis, previous Deputy Fire Marshal, is the new Fire Marshal. Jon began his Fire Service career in 1985 as a “sleeper” (Reserve) with the Lebanon Fire District in Oregon and was hired full time in 1988 as an Engineer/Paramedic.

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