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What's Happening 10-17-07

Big Park Community Meeting

Oct. 22

Supervisor Chip Davis hosts a community meeting for Big Park at 6:30 p.m. at the VOCA Clubhouse, 690 Bell Rock Blvd., in the Village of Oak Creek. This fall the topics will include the Budget Process, presented by County Administrator Julie Ayers; Verde Valley Multimodal Transportation Study, presented by Assistant Public Works Director Mike Willet and Assistant Transportation Planner Chris Bridges; Capital Improvements, presented by Capital Improvements Coordinator Jim Holst; Local Road Information, presented by Area Roads Superintendent Verl Cook.

Davis will conclude the meeting with a general update on the state of District 3 and field questions on topics not covered previously. Each person attending the meetings is asked to sign in and provide contact information. Please provide an e-mail address as this is the easiest way to provide updates on the progress of topics of concern.

Scout fund-raising dinner

Oct. 20

There will be a Boy Scout fund-raising dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the LDS church house, corning of Hollamon and Fifth streets in Camp Verde. A $5 donation buys an Indian Taco Dinner. Walk-ins are welcome.

Auxis host steak dinner

Oct. 20

The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 6739 in Camp Verde will serve a Steak Dinner 4-7 p.m. Donation $11. There will be raffle prizes and music by Larry Jorgensen. Proceeds go to help fund a representative in Washington's efforts to protect and enhance veterans affairs. For more info call 567-4642.

Fire District, College offer scholarship for 'Management Problems' class

Oct. 27

Montezuma Rimrock Fire District has partnered with Yavapai College to offer BSA-229, "Management Problems." The course emphasizes effective problem solving. Actual situations and case studies are explored to see interrelationships of various functional areas of business. This three-credit-hour course is offered by the Yavapai College Partnership Program and is transferable into the Management Certificate and AAS Management degree. Cheryl Wischmeyer, a member of Y.C. Business Faculty is the instructor. First day of class is Saturday, Oct. 27. There are four "sponsored-scholarship" seats available to anyone desiring to take this class, but you must register with and be sponsored by Montezuma Rimrock Fire District to take advantage of this great opportunity.

To receive more information on the Yavapai College Partnership Program, contact Jim Brugger at 649-4281. To register for classes, call Yavapai College Sedona Center for Arts & Technology at 649-4265 or Verde Valley Campus at 634-7501. However, if you are interested in being considered for a "sponsored scholarship" seat in the "Management Problems" class, you must register at Montezuma Rimrock Fire District. For additional details, call Gwen Baxter at 567-7428.

Taste of Home Cooking School returns

Nov. 5

Taste of Home Cooking School is ready to present something healthy and something sweet at the Mingus Union High School auditorium, 1801 E. Fir in Cottonwood, at 6:30 p.m. as Verde Valley Newspapers hosts an evening of "Great Gatherings."

Culinary specialist Jamie Dunn will prepare 12 flavorful fast-to-fix recipes perfect for brunch and dinner as well as appetizer or dessert gatherings. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Ticket are $8 and can be purchased at the Verde Independent, 116 S. Main, Cottonwood, or at the Bugle, 283 Third St., Camp Verde. For more information, call 634-2241, ext. 26.

Spike the Super Ball in Jerome

Oct. 27

Spike the Super Ball, mascot for Arizona Super Bowl XLII, will make a stop during a 42-city, 12-month swing throughout the state of Arizona at Jerome's annual Halloween Ball at Spook Hall.

Spike will ride the Jerome fire truck as grand marshal of a Halloween parade through this mountain town followed by costumed revelers starting at 8:45 p.m. at the Jerome Fire Station. He will arrive at the dance at Spook Hall at about 9 p.m. The Super Bowl ball will be presented to Mayor Bob Bouman, and then let the partying begin at this famous Jerome event. The Ball will be on display in the Spook Hall window for the month of November.

For more information contact Donna at 634-0774.

Going, going, gone

Oct. 27

Love to buy, sell, save, or just hunt for bargains before the shopping season begins? Learn how to use America's favorite and largest online auction house by participating in two Saturday workshops at the Yavapai College Camp Verde School Complex from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 27 and Nov. 3. The class, Buying and Selling on eBay (WEB 105), is $24.50 and includes all the basics on how you can join the millions already making money or locating bargains on eBay. To register call 634-6520 or go online at

Steak with Family Pillars

Oct. 19

Family Pillars Foundation, a newly formed nonprofit corporation, has been organized to provide the Verde Valley with meeting facilities for all members of our community. Group activities for public services, churches, and other civic groups are welcome to participate. A family steak dinner will be served with all the fixings on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at 948 Palisades Drive in Clarkdale. Donations for the fund-raising event are $10 for adults and $5 for children. RSVP Dave and Cyndy Lowry at 639-0090 for more details.

Attention Teenagers

Oct. 29

The City of Cottonwood is currently accepting applications for one opening in the Cottonwood Youth Advisory Commission. If you are between the ages of 14-18 and want to make a difference in your community here is your opportunity. Commission Appointees will be selected by the City Council, and elected to a term of one year. The objective of the commission is to deal with issues that directly affect teens in the community. The commission will report directly to the city council. Service in this commission will look very good on college and scholarship applications and additionally, allow you to have a representative voice in municipal government. The commission is considered service and action oriented and will spend time getting involved with service projects and community agencies. So if you are interested in making a difference for your peers and the community, please contact The Cottonwood Parks and Recreation Department for an application at 639-3200. Deadline for applications is Oct. 29.

Library book sale

Oct. 19-20

What happens to old library books? They find good homes with you when you buy your favorites for a fantastic price and help the Cottonwood Library, too. The Cottonwood Bookmarks (Friends of the Library) are having their semi-annual book sale Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. All discarded fiction books will be the sold for the amazing price of 25 cents per copy. There are many other great books for sale too at extremely reasonable prices, as well as VHS tapes, CDs and DVDs.

Also, it may be time to renew your Bookmarks membership or become a new member. A $5 donation allows you to shop at the boutique in the library (at any time other than a sale) and get half off the already low prices for great new and used donated books. Call 634-7559.

Fish Fry at the American Legion

Oct. 19

The American Legion at 480 Calvary Way, Cottonwood, is having a Fish Fry from 5 to 7 p.m. Alaskan Cod, fantail shrimp and chicken tenders are on the menu. Chef Keith Hanson will be on hand and cooking up the fish. For members and guests. Karaoke will be after the fish fry with all your favorite songs and some great singers from around the area.

SAL cooks up Mexican dinner

Oct. 21

The Sons of the American Legion, 480 Calvary Way, Cottonwood, will have a Mexican Dinner from 2 to 5 p.m. A.J Baker, the commander of the Sons, will be the chef. The dinner will be $5 and it's for members and guests.

Halloween with the Legion

Oct. 30

The American Legion, 480 Calvary Way, Cottonwood, is having a Halloween Party on from 4 to 6 p.m. for all children from 0-12 years old. It will be outside. Beverages and games with lots of candy will be provided. Bring your kids down to the Legion for a fun afternoon.

See Restoration of Fossil Creek

Oct. 20

On Saturday, the Verde River Citizens Alliance will present a PBS documentary on the restoration of Fossil Creek at 10 a.m. on the Clarkdale campus of Yavapai College (Building M, Room 137), 60l Black Hills Drive. "A River Reborn - The Restoration of Fossil Creek" tells the story of the decommissioning of Arizona's first hydroelectric dam and the restoration of a unique and biologically significant tributary of the Verde River. Following the screening, Jason Williams of the Arizona Wilderness Coalition will answer questions and provide information on the campaign to add Fossil Creek to the Wild and Scenic portion of the Verde River. Refreshments will be served at 9:30. All students and members of the public are welcome to attend.

Call for Board Members for the Cottonwood Old Town Association

Oct. 22

The Cottonwood Old Town Association is having annual elections for the board of directors. This year they have five open seats. The job will require attending monthly meetings to administer the Cottonwood Main Street Program. The main purpose of the program is to help in the revitalization process of the main street district.

Revitalization projects can include everything from promotions, design to economic restructuring. The program is currently responsible for planning and carrying out events such as the annual Chocolate Lover's Walk, Art Walk and Safe Night. The current Main Street Program in Cottonwood is a non-profit organization receiving some funding from the City of Cottonwood. The association operates on a strictly volunteer basis and all the association's income is used to enhance the historic district in Cottonwood. Call 634-9468.

Group Study Exchange Opportunity

Oct. 21

Rotary International District 5490, which covers the northwest one-third of the State of Arizona, is currently looking for young professionals who would like to participate as members of a team which will travel to the Grand Cayman Islands from April to Ma, 2008.

Group Study Exchange is a Rotary International Program, which promotes international understanding through a cultural and vocational exchange. Young professionals who have been in their careers two years or longer, and are between the ages of 25 and 40, who live or work in District 5490 are invited to apply. Applicants cannot be directly related to a current Rotarian.

Team members will stay in the homes of Rotarians and travel throughout the host district, covering the Grand Cayman Islands, Nassau, Bahamas and possibly Haiti. They will be immersed in the culture, and have the opportunity to observe professionals in similar vocations to their own, so they can see the similarities and differences in the ways their career is practiced in the local culture and economy.

Group Study Exchange (GSE) is an experience of a lifetime. Individuals who have the opportunity to participate consistently come home feeling their lives have been enriched and their perspectives broadened citizens of the world.

Applications can be obtained by contacting, Rotarian, Don Schiller, at 717-1000 or e-mail Don will be glad to answer any questions about the exchange. Interviews will be conducted on Sunday, Oct. 21, and will be in the Phoenix area.

Arts & Crafts at the Ranch

Oct. 27

The Fall 2007 Arts & Craft Fair sponsored by the Art Workshop of Cottonwood Ranch Community will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The site is the Cottonwood Ranch Community Park-Playground off Silver Spur Circle. This year will see more vendors with an increased collection of fine art and homemade items available for purchase. It will be a great time for holiday shopping.

For information, contact Bill Dwyer at 634-2011.

Seeking Candy

Oct. 31

The Town of Camp Verde Parks & Recreation Department is seeking candy donations in support of the Trick or Treat Main Street event on Halloween. Candy donations can be delivered to any of the following Camp Verde locations: Bashas', Alco, CVS, Family Dollar or he Parks & Rec office. Just look for the bins marked "Trick of Treat Main Street." Contact Parks & Rec at 567-0535 or e-mail

Free Fall Carnival

Oct. 31

The annual Free Fall Carnival for the whole family is 6-9 p.m. in the Old Town Activity Park, behind Cottonwood City Hall. An alternative to trick-or-treating, the carnival has inflatable rides, a petting zoo, costume contest and free candy passed out by Verde Valley Hot Rods. There will also be a Halloween costume contest.

Safe Street Trick or Treat

Oct. 31

For a safe solution on Halloween, Old Town Cottonwood merchants will stay open late, 5-8 p.m., and pass out candy and treats to your little trick-or-treaters.

Day of the Dead Masquerade Ball

Nov. 3

Major Lingo hosts the annual all-ages concert and dance Day of the Dead Masquerade Ball at the Cottonwood Civic Center, 805 N. Main St. Great prizes for great costumes. Doors open at 8 p.m. No alcohol, no smoking. This year's theme: Heroes & Villains (Super or Otherwise.)

Shareholders meeting of Verde Ditch this evening

Oct. 17

The annual shareholders meeting of the Verde Ditch Company will take place this evening at 6 p.m. at 432 S. First St., Camp Verde. The meeting will cover the ditch Company's finances, work schedule and other matters for 2008. All shareholders are invited. Any questions call Rhonda at 567-4212.

Morey at the Comedy Spot

Oct. 18

Stand-up Ron Morey headlines the Comedy Spot at Cliff Castle Casino. Seating for the 90-minute show starts at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. The show is free to casino guests. Cal 567-7999.

Camp Verde Library Book Sale coming

Nov. 1-3

Mark your calendar for the Camp Verde Library Fall Book Sale. Nov. 1-2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the former Marshal's Office next to the library.

Donations of used books are more welcome than ever. Children's DVDs in good condition are especially needed for the Library's children's DVD Collection. Library staff also welcomes music CDs to expand the Library's audio collection.

Children's books in good condition and audiobooks are always popular. If you have a large number of donations, call the library first. Receipts for income tax purposes are available.

The Camp Verde Community Library is located off Montezuma Castle Highway on Black Bridge Loop Road. For more information about the book sale or to volunteer to help, call the Library at 567-3414.

Village Craft/Rummage Sale

Nov. 3

Cottonwood Village hosts its annual Craft & Rummage Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Loof for the signs.