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Newsbursts March 9, 2007

Construction begins on Aspen Street

Street construction on Aspen Street will start March 12. Cottonwood has awarded a $348,000 contract to Grady's Quality Excavating of Dewey Arizona to construct the project. The project limits are from west of 11th Street to Main Street. The work involves removing the existing pavement, placing a new curb, gutter and sidewalk on the north side and placing new pavement.

Monday, a specialized machine, a pavement breaker, will pulverize the existing pavement. The pulverized material will be removed so that the grade can be lowered for the new street. Once the curb is placed the pulverized material will be moved back into street to be used as the road base. This is cost effective way to recycle useable materials.

The street will be open to local traffic for the duration of the project, approximately 60-90 days. Expect delays and periods of no pavement. Avoid the construction area if possible by using other routes. For more information call Cottonwood Public Works at 634-8033.

St. Patrick's Dance

Tino and the Stardusters will provide the music for a Dance at Verde Village Clubhouse, March 17, 7-10 p.m. Listen to Irish tunes by the Stardusters. Follow the blue signs along Del Rio.

Sunday Breakfast

Sons of the American Legion Squadron 93 presents Sunday Breakfast on March 18, 8:30-11 a.m. Ham, eggs to order, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, milk, juice and coffee. $5. American Legion Post 93, Third Street and Arnold in Camp Verde.

Special speaker for support group

The Fibromyalgia/Arthritis/Related Diseases Support Group will meet from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, at the Verde Valley Medical Center in Cottonwood in Conference Room A.

The meeting will feature Tonya Fleisher, a spiritual counselor and artist from Clayton School of Natural Healing. Tonya will introduce an interactive process called Healing Art. She will facilitate left hand, right hand drawing through a meditation. According to Tonya, the process of Healing Art allows your subconscious mind to reveal what needs to be healed and released with clarity.

Bring a pad of paper and your favorite pens, pencils and crayons.

To find Conference Room A, enter the Outpatient entrance at VVMC, Highway 89A and Candy Lane in Cottonwood and take the second hallway on the right. For more information contact Bea Butler at 649-3465.

Southwest Indian Arts & Crafts Trade Fair

Southwest Indian Arts & Crafts Trade Fair and Arizona Folk Arts & Crafts, May 11-13. This event is sponsored by the Verde Valley Marine Corps League and will be held at the Camp Verde Community Center, 395 S. Main St.

The event includes Native American and American foods, Native American singers and dancers, Native American story telling and special guest Wade Fernandez-Menominee. Wade is a flute and contemporary recording artist best male artist of the year 2006 Native American Music Awards, Albuquerque, N.M.

Admission is $3/adult, $2/for65 and older, 12 and younger free. The hours are Friday 4-10 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Vendor space is $95 for the weekend or $75 a day. Security deposit required. For more information or to register as a vendor please contact Dr. J Boyd at 567-9048, (928) 533-2998 or jefferyboyd@hotmail.com

Second annual Old & Used Tool Sale

The Cottonwood Lions Club is now collecting old and used tools and used furniture for their second annual Used Tool Sale. Hand tools must be usable and power tools must be in working order. Persons wanting to donate hand or power tools may call 821-0231 or 639-4602 for quick pick up. Income tax documentation will be provided.

St. Patrick's Day Contra Dance

A special St. Patrick's Day Contra Dance will be March 17 at the Cottonwood Civic Center, 805 N. Main St., Old Town Cottonwood.

There is a potluck dinner from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The pre-dance lesson is from 6:30 to 7 and the dance from 7 to 10: p.m. There is a walk through for each individual dance accompanied by a live Celtic band. It is not necessary to bring a dance partner.

Contra dancing is easy; lessons aren't required. If you can walk and follow directions, you can contra dance. Contra dancing is moving, active, aerobic exercise, so wear comfortable clothing like T-shirts, shorts, skirts, and tennis or dance shoes.

Families are welcome. No smoking--no alcohol.

Cost is $5 per dancer. Call Deb Comly at (928) 774-5936 or Chris Boothe at 634-0486 to learn more.

Verde River Canoe Challenge 2007

The eighth annual Verde River Canoe Challenge is March 31 at 10 a.m. in Camp Verde. The 10-mile canoe/kayak race will begin at White Bridge Park (Verde River and 260) and end at Beasley Flats Recreation Area. A free shuttle service will be provided between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. running from White Bridge Park and Beasley Flats.

The event is being sponsored by Salt River Project and co-sponsored by Camp Verde Parks and Recreation Department and Northern Arizona University Parks and Recreation Management's.

Online pre-registration by March 19, at 5 p.m.: www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1416564.

Fees for pre-registration: Adult $10 per person plus $10 ACA event membership; Children 12 and under $5 per child plus $10 ACA event membership.

Fees for Race Day Registration: Adults $15 per person plus $10 ACA event membership; Children 12 and under $10 per child plus $10 ACA event membership.

Fees Include Verde River Canoe Challenge T-shirt and required insurance coverage.

For current Verde River Flow information: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/as/nwis/uv?site_no=09506000.

Participants must check in at the White Bridge Park between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m.

For more information contact Joseph Perez, Recreation supervisor, Camp Verde Parks & Recreation Department, 567-0535, ext. 132; e-mail: jperez@cvaz.org; or Charles Hammersley, NAU Parks & Recreation Department, (928) 523-6655; e-mail: charles.hammersley@nau.edu.

If special accommodations are required to participate, please notify officials during pre-registration.

New breakfast hours at VFW

VFW Post 7400 at 705 E. Aspen St., Cottonwood, has changed its serving hours for their breakfast on the second Saturday of every month. New hours are 9-l0:30 a.m. Bring a friend.

Lamplighters meet March 14

The Lamplighters, a support group for Women helping Women, is being held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Verde Valley Medical Center in the ER Conference Room on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month, starting March 14. There is no charge for attending this group. Please see the Lamplighters web page for further information at www.thelamplighters.org or you can call Marjorie McKinnon at 649-3826.

Help your neighbors with Caregivers

Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition, a Faith in Action program, coordinates the work of persons interested in helping homebound persons with transportation, shopping assistance, visiting services, handypersons, business help and respite assistance in all Verde Valley communities. Especially needed are persons willing to provide Transportation to healthcare appointments and the grocery story as well as Handypersons to do tasks about the home and install personal security units. VVC offers a very flexible volunteer opportunity: you pick the days, the hours and the amount of time that you wish to contribute to this effort that assists adults in need of assistance in maintaining their independence and quality of life at home.

Two orientations for persons interested in learning more about this volunteer opportunity are scheduled: 9 to 11:30 a.m. on March 28 at First Southern Baptist Church, Fifth and Hollamon, Camp Verde; and10 a.m.-noon April 14 at Faith Lutheran Church, 2021 E. Fir St., Cottonwood.

Faith in Action is a national interfaith volunteer caregiving initiative supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation's largest philanthropy devoted to health and health care.

It is not necessary, but you may RSVP or schedule an alternative time by calling the Verde Valley Caregivers at 204-1238.

Youth Cooking Class

March 21, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Sedona Public Library will be "Culinary Pleasures" as Lisa Hancock presents "Breakfast Favorites," a Youth Cooking Class open to ages 7-14. Enjoy eating what you make. Class fee of $5. per person required at least three days prior to class day to secure your reservation. Please register early at the circulation desk or by calling 282-7714, ext. 19, since this is a very popular class.

Business Women to meet Wednesday

The next American Business Women's Association, High Horizons Chapter, monthly meeting will be on Wednesday, March 14. Networking begins at 5:30 p.m. with the meeting following at 6 p.m.

The speaker for the evening will be Susan Ashe whose topic is "The Credit Challenged." She will be giving tips on improving your credit rating and dealing better with your credit accounts. All area business women and their guests are invited to attend.

The ABWA Mission Statement is: To bring together business women of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition.

For information and location contact Linda Colodner at 634-2421 or Jan Grogan at 399-0975.

Ride Arizona photo contest

Arizona is fortunate to have an abundance of outstanding off-highway vehicle (OHV) opportunities. To illustrate these OHV opportunities (rock crawler, 4x4, dirt bike, ATV, snowmobile, etc), Arizona State Parks wants your photographs. Submitted photos may be used on a statewide OHV trailer, Web pages, displays, advertisements and other efforts to promote responsible OHV recreation in Arizona.

The top three selected photos will receive one free admission to the motorized/nonmotorized Arizona State Trails Conference on Oct. 4-6 in Prescott (includes lodging and meals), an Arizona Off-Highway Vehicle cap, the photo will be displayed on the State OHV website for a limited time, and your photo may make it to a statewide OHV education trailer. Top selected photos will be those that comprise OHV activities, scenery in a photo, and promote safe and responsible OHV use.

How To Submit Your Photos

1. Submit your photos by March 19. Any individual should submit no more than three photos.

2. Digital images preferred to be 1800 x 1200 pixels (4x6) at 300dpi in .tiff or .jpg format (i.e., high resolution, smaller size). Photos or digital images become the property of Arizona State Parks and cannot be returned.

3. A submittal form must be completed for each photo entered. If individuals (other than the person entering the photo) are included and can be recognized in a photo, a consent form must be completed by each recognizable person in the photo. Submittal and consent forms can be found at www.azstateparks.com/partnerships/ohv/OHVindex.html.

4. Entries must be mailed to: Arizona State Parks, OHV Coordinator, 1300 W. Washington St., Phoenix AZ 85007. Digital photos can be sent on CD or e-mailed to ohv@azstateparks.gov. All e-mails must include OHV PHOTOS in the subject line and must provide the name and address of the entrant in the message box. A signed submittal form must also be submitted to the above address (and Consent Form if necessary).

For more information about the contest visit the Arizona State Parks OHV website at www.azstateparks.com/partnerships/ohv/OHVindex.html.

For information about Arizona State Parks call (602) 542-4174 (outside of the Phoenix metro area call toll-free (800) 285-3703) or visit the website at www.azstateparks.com.

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