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June 8, 2005

Girl Scouts camp

Camp Twilight 2005, Explore Your World, will be June 13-16, 6-8 p.m. at the Cottonwood Middle School Cafeteria. The cost is $10 per girl and parents are welcome and invited to attend at no charge. Registration forms are available at the Cottonwood Library or you may register the first night, June 13. For more information call Gwendolyn at 646-9536.

Verde Lakes Recreational Corp.

The quarterly meeting of the Verde Lakes Recreational Corp. will be June 11 at 10 a.m. at the ponds. New member sign up begins at 9:30 a.m.

All Verde Lakes residents are encouraged to attend and join. For more information call 567-3044.

Community Health Services offers free HIV testing

June 27, Yavapai County Community Health Services (YCCHS) is offering free HIV testing and counseling on a walk-in basis from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cottonwood clinic, 10 S. Sixth St., Building C, in Cottonwood. No appointments are necessary.

According to Gerry Garvey, HIV/AIDS program manager for YCCHS, "about 25 percent of the known HIV cases are discovered in people ages 18-25, and about 65 percent are found in people ages 25-40. It is very important to know your HIV status as soon as possible."

The new Rapid Oraquick HIV test provides results in 20 minutes. This test, which involves taking a droplet of blood from a finger, is conducted in their clinic lab.

HIV testing is typically offered by appointment in Cottonwood. For more information, contact Gerry Garvey at (928) 442-5498.

SAL breakfast

Sons of the American Legion Post 93 will be serving breakfast June 12, 8-11 a.m., at 286 S. Third St., in Camp Verde. $4 per person buys hotcakes or French toast, bacon and eggs to order plus coffee, milk or orange juice. The public is invited to enjoy our club and help us help our community.

Celebrate the Fourth

July 4, the Beaver Creek community will again gather for fun and celebration. BCAC will have an Ice Cream Social starting right after breakfast, till early afternoon.

A sing-a-long at 4:30 p.m. begins the evening events, followed at 5 p.m. by a Celebration Dinner to complete the day. Cost of dinner is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the Center prior to our Independence Day Celebration and also at the door that evening.

There will be a sign-up sheet for volunteers with preparation, serving, and clean up.

The Beaver Creek Adult Center is at 4250 Zuni Way, Lake Montezuma. For more information call 567-4556.

Catfish Dinner

The American Legion Post 93, 286 S. Third St., Camp Verde, is hosting a Catfish dinner on June 10, 5-7 p.m. The cost is $6 per person including coleslaw, fries, desert and live music. For more information call 567- 6151.

Summer recreational activities

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office is once again working with the Southwest Expedition Institute to raise funds to provide summer recreational activities for school-age children living in the Beaver Creek area. Many of these kids have few productive activities to occupy their time during summer vacation. A major pastime, swimming in Wet Beaver Creek, will probably be curtailed again this year due to polluted waters.

One potential plan to alleviate this problem is to operate a bus to transport some of these children to the nearby Camp Verde swimming pool and skate facility. Other activities may be planned. We estimate the cost of this operation to be around $600. The Beaver Creek Kiwanis and the Builders Club of Beaver Creek School have joined with Southwest Expedition Institute to raise money for this project.

We would like to request that any individual or business interested in helping these children make a donation to this worthy cause. Donations should be made out to "Southwest Expedition Institute", memo "Beaver Creed Youth Fund". Southwest Expedition is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. All donations are considered tax deductible by the IRS.

A heartfelt thank you goes out to all those that contributed last summer. If you would like more information or have any questions, call Bob McDonald of the Southwest Expedition Institute at (928) 567-0776 or Scott Reed, YCSO, (928) 777-7253.

Chili Cook-Off

Verde Valley residents need to get their taste buds in shape for the second annual Verde Valley Regional Chili Cook-Off at Cliff Castle Casino on June 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The world championship-qualifying event will attract chili chefs from Arizona and afar to compete in three categories: red chili, green chili and salsa. Nearly 50 judges will be present to taste and judge each chili entry to determine who has the best chili in the state. Verde Valley's

No. 1 alternative rock station, KZGL FM, will provide entertainment during the cook-off.

To enter, participants must select which category they'd like to compete in and pay the entry fee. Red chili is $35, green chili is $25 and salsa is $10. In addition, each chili chef is required to supply one gallon of his/her chili or salsa for the public to taste and vote on the "people's choice" award. All chili chefs must be International Chili Society (ICS) members; however, non-members can enter the cook-off upon becoming a member of ICS for $42, in which case the entry fee is waived. The Verde Valley Regional Chili Cook-Off was formerly known as the Arizona Hot Spot Regional.

The chili recipes are tasted through three rounds, and first, second and third place winners are chosen in each category. In the red chili category, first place wins $1,000, second wins $500 and third wins $250. In the green chili category, first place receives $500, second receives $250 and third receives $100. In the salsa category, first place wins $250, second wins $100 and third wins $50. The "people's choice" award, voted by the public, wins $100.

The Verde Valley Regional Chili Cook-Off is free to the public; however, it costs $3 to taste the chili, which includes a spoon, 2-ounce cup, a voting ballot and six tickets to redeem at the chili booths. Additional tickets can be purchased for 50 cents each.

Women for Women Learning Center presents June CoffeeTalk

The Women for Women Learning Center will hold this month's Coffee Talk on June 21 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Maddie's Café in Old Town Cottonwood. The talk is entitled "Putting Yourself First."

Join Carla Nelson, LCSW, and Dr. Marta Adelsman to discover ways to remove the roadblocks that keep women locked in patterns that don't serve them or bring lasting satisfaction. This fun, interactive talk will support women to overcome feelings of guilt and unworthiness that may be keeping them stuck.

A $5 tax-deductible donation is suggested. For reservations call 634-7600. This Coffee Talk is sponsored by Nancy Elkins, The Tour Lady.

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