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What's Happening 11-9-08

Weavers & Spinners meet

Nov. 20

The Verde Valley Weavers and Spinners Guild will hold their monthly meeting at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church on Arroyo Pinon Road in Sedona.  Coffee and refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m. The business meeting will begin at 10, and the program will start at 11 a.m.

The program this month will be presented by member Mary Liggit, long-time tapestry weaver, and recipient of many awards in tapestry weaving.  Her topic will be the "Unicorn" tapestries woven in France in medieval times around the 1500s.

Anyone interested in Guild activities or meetings is cordially invited to attend. For more information, call (928) 282-5134.

Beaver Creek Baja Mexico Cruise

Dec. 1

Cabins are still available for the five-day Baja Group Cruise departing San Diego on Feb. 7, 2009, for Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada, Mexico. The cruise will benefit Beaver Creek Baptist Church, Beaver Creek Adult Center and Rimrock Public High School.

Final deadline to book cabins is Dec 1. Call Howard Hazelwood at (800) 266-6305 ext. 0 for full details.

Edward Jones financial advisor to host financial workshop

Dec. 3-Jan. 21

Edward Jones Financial Advisor Stephanie Stackhouse of Cottonwood will host a "Financial Workshop for Individual Investors." The six-week workshop will assist individuals in setting financial and investment goals.

Classes will meet once a week from 4:45-6 p.m. and will be held at Country Bank, 597 E. 89A in Cottonwood. The enrollment fee for the workshop is $10 per person, which includes all course materials.

For more information or to reserve a seat, contact Stackhouse at 634-1044 or Mark Tufte of Country Bank at 639-0020.

VVMC honors veterans

Nov. 11

Verde Valley Medical Center will have a celebration here in honor of Veterans Day and military colleagues (active and retired). It will be in the Willard Street parking entrance area, right outside the cafeteria at the flag, starting at 11 a.m. There will be a flag raising by the VFW Color Guard and lunch. (928) 639-6086.

Contra dance with Mars Hillbillies

Nov. 15

Dance away the evening to a live Celtic-style band -- the Mars Hillbillies -- at this month's contra dance at the Cottonwood Civic Center, 805 N. Main St., Old Town Cottonwood. Everyone is welcome for this fun, active, high energy dancing to traditional fiddle tunes.  No partner or experience needed.

There is a potluck dinner from 5:30-6:30 -- bring something to share. Or start with the pre-dance lesson from 6:30 to 7 p.m.  The regular dance is 7-10 p.m. There is a walk-through for each individual dance taught by our caller Deb Comley.

Families are welcome. No smoking--no alcohol. Suggested donation is $5 adults, half-price for dancers under 18. Call Deb Comly at (928) 774-5936 or Chris Boothe at 634-0486 to learn more.

Harmony on the Rocks performs

Nov. 12

Local barbershop harmony group, Harmony On The Rocks, will perform at Sedona Winds Retirement Community and Assisted Living unit beginning at 6 p.m. This group is a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society and competes in Society-sponsored contests. They perform around Sedona to benefit different charities and groups such as the local Elks club and yearly put on a show to a sold-out house at Church of the Red Rocks.

Photo contest cancelled

Cottonwood Parks and Recreation's ninth annual Photography Contest & Exhibit planned for December 2008 has been canceled due to necessary city-wide budget cuts. Organizers are hopeful that they will be able to bring back the program next year. Until then, keep snapping!

Square & Round Dance

Nov. 22

The Cottonwood RoadRunners Square and Round Dance Club will host a dance at the Cottonwood Civic Center, 805 N. Main St. in Cottonwood. Rounds by Barb Lopez will begin at 7 p.m. Alternating Mainstream and Plus squares by Elmer Claycomb will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Agency on Aging gets grant

Abuse and exploitation of our elderly occurs in our communities in many ways and often quietly. As the county's older population has grown, agencies have struggled to meet the ever escalating needs and issues of abuse, neglect and exploitation of seniors.

NACOG Area Agency on Aging has received a $10,000 grant from the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) to form a community collaboration with other agencies, organizations, and individuals that would focus their efforts on elder abuse detection, intervention, and prevention strategies. One of ten grantees in the nation, NACOG is planning a day of training for the Yavapai County Elder Abuse Task Force in November from NCEA representatives. The task force will decide upon the goals and format of their task force to address elder abuse issues in the county.

NACOG Area Agency on Aging provides several services and programs to seniors in Northern Arizona. The NCEA grant provides another avenue to creating safer communities for elders to live To contact NACOG Area Agency on Aging or if you are interested in further information on the Yavapai County Elder Abuse Task Force, call their toll free number 1-877-521-3500.

Live longer and healthier

Nov. 14

Debby Pool, MHN and Certified Wellness Coach, presents, a health education seminar on how to live longer -- "Live Stronger and Discover Your Fountain of Youth," passing along tips on making the correct choices for good health. Making the right choices can mean anti-aging, effective weight management, improving your family's overall health, stress management and minimizing your risk of cancer, heart disease and stroke.

Registration is at 11:30 a.m., with lunch at noon and the lecture at 12:30 p.m. For $15 your have your choice of chicken paillard or three-grain salad, both with dessert and a drink. Meet at the new Fork in the Road Restaurant (7000 SR 179, C-103) Tequa Plaza, Village of Oak Creek. To RSVP please contact, Marian Sjostrom at (928) 204-2330.

RoadRunners recycle sale

Dec. 2

The RoadRunners Square and Round Dance Club will be having its annual recycle sale at 6 p.m. All of you dance groups and theater groups, this is the time for you to get some great items for your upcoming productions. New dancers, this is a great time to start yourself a square dance wardrobe. All dancers can use this sale to refurbish your wardrobe.

This is an opportunity for ex-dancers to clean out your closets. Call Evelyn at (928) 639-1405 to make arrangements to get your items to her.

Reviewers of Note

Nov. 10

The Reviewers of Note will meet at the Beaver Creek Adult Center on Monday at 1:30 p.m. They meet the second Monday of each month, October-May, at the Beaver Creek Adult Center. Call (928) 567-4556.

Carlton speaks to Civic Club

Nov. 11

Lake Montezuma Women's Civic Club will be at 11:15 a.m. at the Ranch House Restaurant, Beaver Creek Golf Club in Lake Montezuma.  Christine Carlton of PGR Solutions, LLC, in Cottonwood, will discuss "Your Medicare Options after the New Law."  Lunch reservations are required by calling Karen Trask (928) 592-0447 or Rachel Ayars 567-5512.  Cost of lunch is $10.  All women of the community are invited.

Flagpole dedicated at McGuireville rest area

Nov. 15

This is an invitation to invite all patriots to attend the dedication ceremony of a flagpole at the McGuireville rest area. There will be the dedication of a new flagpole and raising of a flag that has flown over the nation's Capitol along with an Arizona state flag that has flown over the state capitol.

The program will include speakers, patriotic singing led by April Manchester, a flyover by the Commemorative Air Force, the Mesa Caledonia Pipe Band, the Girl Scouts of America and other guests.

For further information you may contact Jim Edgmon, AZ Veterans Highway Founder at (480) 962-7118.

Camp Verde

Veterans Day Parade

Nov. 9

Camp Verde American Legion Post 93 has begun signing up participants in this year's Veterans Day Parade. The parade will take place at 1 p.m. down Main Street. The theme is "Honoring Stars, Stripes, and Veterans." There is no entrance fee. Registration forms are available from Post 93, 267 S. Third St. (928) 567-6154, or by calling Keith Tucker at (928) 301-2618.

Wellness & Health Fair

Nov. 15

Full Moon Circle, Inc is a non-profit organization bringing the Healing Journey Wellness & Health Fair free to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cliff Castle Lodge off Interstate 17 exit 289, Sedona Room.  More than 30 professionals in alternative and preventive health will be on hand.  There will be forum talks every 15 minutes and door prizes.  This fair is an effort to let the public know what is available in Yavapai County.

Free adult education classes offered

Nov. 17

The Camp Verde Adult Reading Program is offering the following Free Adult Education Classes in Camp Verde at 395 S. Main St., Room 305.

"America-What is it all about?" (English, Naturalization) for persons who speak English as a second language at 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays.

"Computer Skills Class" for persons who speak English as a second language at 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Wednesdays.

"Stretching Your Dollars" (Banking, Budgeting, Shopping etc.) for Adult Basic Education Learners at 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays.

Bell ringers needed in Camp Verde

The Salvation Army needs bell ringers for the holiday season. If you can give a couple hours of your time each week between Thanksgiving and Christmas to help the less fortunate your help would be much appreciated. For more information call Jim Ash at (928) 567-6362.

Wreath & Gingerbread Contest

Dec. 13

The Citizen's Committee for the Camp Verde Library (CCCVL) is sponsoring the second annual Wreath & Gingerbread Contest in conjunction with the Camp Verde Parade of Lights and the Arts and Crafts Show on December 13th.

Wreaths and Gingerbread Sculptures will be on display Dec. 13 for silent auction. Winning bidders will take home wreaths and gingerbread sculptures made by friends and neighbors. All proceeds from the day to go to support the Camp Verde Library Construction Fund.

Entries will be accepted Dec. 10 in room 206 from 4-6 p.m. For more information contact event coordinator Linda Harkness at 567-7104.

Candlelight Tours of Fort Verde

Dec. 13, 19-20

Fort Verde State Historic Park will offer tours by candlelight for the holiday season with guides talking about Victorian Christmas traditions, parties, balls, invitations to ranchers and more.

Cider and cookies.

Call about volunteer opportunities. Fort Verde State Park, 125 E. Hollamon St., Camp Verde. (928) 567-3275.

Weekly Bluegrass Music Jam


Bluegrass music jam at Denny Restaurant in Camp Verde is every Tuesday at 7 p.m. Pickers and grinners welcome. For more information, call Mark at (928) 274-3738.

Understanding Annuities Workshop

Nov. 12

Join Anita Nickerson, a certified financial planner and investment advisor, for a workshop at the Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The workshop provides information on retirement assets, contractual guarantees of annuities, and how to best fund retirement income.

The noncredit workshop is $35.

To register, call (928) 634-6520.

Thirty Little Secrets

Nov. 14

Psst ... You're invited. If you have an eye for quality and a desire to support the arts in your community join us for "Thirty Little Secrets" at the Yavapai College Verde Art Gallery. While enjoying a glass of wine and sampling delicious hors d'oeuvres, bid on 30 pieces of original art by mystery artists. Will you discover a masterpiece? Proceeds benefit the Verde Art Gallery, which in turn supports Verde Valley and Arizona artists with a unique, non-profit, professional venue for exhibiting work; a space for community members to view local art; and interdisciplinary instructional support to Yavapai College and area schools. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Verde Art Gallery (Bldg. M., Room 200) Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus 601 Black Hills Drive, Clarkdale. For more information, call (928) 634-6536 or 649-5479.

A Traveling Dialogue

Thru Nov. 15

This free exhibition at the Verde Art Gallery brings together work by artists Clive and Virginia Rood Pates, who have spent the past five years traveling from Europe to the Gulf Coast, the Southwest and Mexico before finally landing in the Verde Valley. Clive's paintings are a Plein Air record of their travels, while Virginia's ceramics are constructed from the materials that created these same landscapes. Gallery hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursdays and Fridays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit the Verde Art Gallery at the Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus, 601 Black Hills Drive in Clarkdale, Building M, Room 200. For more information, call (928) 634-6536 or 649-5497.

Clarkdale Heritage Dance is back

Nov. 22

Dance to the Big Band sound of Sentimental Journey, a live 16-piece orchestra as the Clarkdale Heritage Conservancy Board and Heritage Center hosts the dances 7-10 p.m. at Clark Memorial Clubhouse, Ninth Street in Clarkdale. This is a non-alcoholic event; refreshments available. Admission $5. Call (928) 639-2400 or Pat at 649-9672.

Book sale in Clarkdale

Dec. 5-14

Clubhouse will once again be the scene of the Clark Memorial Library's annual book sale. It will be during the Made in Clarkdale art exhibit and sale. It will open on Dec. 5 at the time of the Artists' Reception, at 6 p.m.

The library volunteers will be on hand to accept donations at the Ladies' Lounge from Nov. 17, at 10 a.m. until noon on Tuesday and Thursday. Donations of books, both hardcover and paperback, picture puzzles, and magazines limited to National Geographic and Arizona Highways, will be welcome. Please, no Condensed Books.

For more information, call the Library at (928) 639-2480.


Cornville Potluck & Chili Cook-off

Nov. 12

The Cornville Community Association's annual potluck is at 7 p.m. in the Oak Creek Elementary Gym. There will be raffle prizes and entertainment from the Ricker Pickers. The Chili Cook-off will be judged by Chip and Karen Davis. This is the last meeting of the year so come out and join in the fun.


Neighborhood Watch Program in Verde Village

Because of several disturbing incidents that recently occurred in a neighborhood in Verde Village Five, a concerned resident decided to investigate the process of starting a Neighborhood Watch group to both help unite neighbors and send a message to potential criminals that people there were on the lookout for suspicious activity.

Dwight D'Evelyn, media relations coordinator for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, offers assistance and training for neighborhoods in the Verde Valley who are interested in organizing a Neighborhood Watch Group. He can be reached at (928) 777-7441 or via e-mail at:

For more information on Neighborhood Watch, please visit the Web site at .

Music at the Legion

The American Legion 480 S. Calvary Way, Cottonwood, is hosting the following bands for November:

Nov. 9 Double Take, Nov. 16 Canyon Country/ Nov. 23 Chaparral Gang, Nov. 30 Rio Verde.

Goof & Giggle classes offered

Goof & Giggle Parent/Tot Play Classes - Movement; Music; Art; Explore. Announcing new age groups: 3-6 month and 6-11 month olds. Taking November registrations all ages 3 months-3 years. Call (928) 301-7339 or online at

November genealogy meetings

The Genealogy Discussion Group is again meeting on Monday mornings at the LDS Family History Center located at 1377 Hombre Dr. in Cottonwood. The discussion goes from 10:00 - 11:30 and topics verily. The Family History Center is now open on Monday mornings from 9 am  - 1 pm, so you may also use the Center before and/or after the group meets. New this fall, the first Monday of each month will be devoted to beginning genealogy.

Nov. 10  Technology: Accessing the National Archives through

Nov. 17  Geographic Area: German/European Research

Nov. 24   Records: Finding and Using Property Records, Storing Your Documents

This group is free to anyone who is looking for help in finding their ancestors. You may come to any topics that interest you. For further information you may contact the Family History Center on Monday mornings or Tuesday - Thursday during the day at (928) 649-0116.

Seeking all Frogs

Nov. 11

Lori Rubenstein announces a free workshop, "Seeking all Frogs: Writing a Personals Want Ad" 5-6 p.m. at Jerona Coffee and Tea House, Mingus Avenue, across from the Post Office, Cottonwood. create your own personal want ad, based on what you always attracted. For more information on classes, workshops or coaching, contact Lori at (928) 634-0252, or by e-mail at

Relay For Life Planning

Nov. 12

The Planning Committee for the 2009 Relay For Life of the Verde Valley will meet at Murphy's Grill on Main St. at 6 p.m. Meeting time will be one hour. Some planning for the 2009 event has already started but more members are needed for the Planning Committee. This is truly life-saving work. Relay For Life is the primary fund-raising arm of the American Cancer Society (ACS) and Relay events are held in more than 5,000 communities in the USA and in 19 foreign countries. The American Cancer Society devotes more funding to cancer research than any organization other than the federal government, in addition to it's programs of Advocacy, Education and Patient Services.

For more information on the Verde Valley event and the Planning Committee, call Kerry Loftus (928) 301-4977.

VVMC offers Parkinson's disease support group

Nov. 14

Verde Valley Medical Center is hosting a Parkinson's disease support group in Conference Rooms B & C, from 4-6 p.m. The special topic will be swallowing and cognitive issues.

Parkinson's disease belongs to a group of conditions called movement disorders. It is both chronic and progressive, meaning its symptoms grow worse and continue over time. There is no charge for the support group, which will be facilitated by Kim Mills, one of the VVMC EntireCare Rehab & Sports Medicine department's speech language pathologists. The meeting is open to patients, family members, caregivers and anyone interested in learning about Parkinson's disease. For more information, call Mills at (928) 639-6383.

Ken & Lyn Mikell concert

Nov. 16

Ken & Lyn Mikell perform a concert with a Western flair for Verde Valley Concert Association's second concert at 3 p.m., at Mountain View United Methodist Church, 901 12th St., Cottonwood.  For information and tickets call (928) 649-0636.

Free adult education classes offered

Nov. 18

The Camp Verde Adult Reading Program is offering the following Free Adult Education Classes at the Boys and Girls Club in Cottonwood at 817 N. Second St.

"Stretching Your Dollars" (Banking, Budgeting, Shopping etc.) for Adult Basic Education Learners at 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

"Stretching Your Dollars" (Banking, Budgeting, Shopping etc.) for persons who speak English as a second language at 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Clothing drive for vets

Thru Nov. 18

In an effort to warm-up less fortunate veterans, the Verde Valley American Legion Post 25 is hosting their annual holiday "warm" clothing drive.

The drive begins immediately and will run through Nov. 18, just in time for Thanksgiving. All donations dropped off at Post 25 located at 480 Calvary Way should be marked "VA Holiday Clothing Drive attention Jeri Strande." For items that need to be picked up, please call 649-3374 after Nov. 13.

Items being sought include men's and women's (all sizes) jackets, sweaters, long sleeve shirts, trousers, caps, gloves and shoes. Please ensure all items are clean and. in good condition.

Camera Club Exhibit (photo-SedonaLibrary.jpg)

Thru November

The Sedona Camera Club is again hosting its yearly exhibition of photographs captured by its members. The exhibit of 100 photographs is now on display at the Cottonwood Library, 100 S. Sixth St. The exhibit will continue through November. For more information, contact Charles West,, or (928) 282-9007.

Cottonwood Library Book Sale

Dec. 5

From 9 a.m. until noon, the Bookmark storage room will be open in the Cottonwood Public Library located at 100 S. Sixth St. Everyone will be able to buy books at half off the marked price. Bookmark members get this bargain at the Book Boutique near the door every day as a benefit of their $5 annual membership.

Proceeds from the book sale are used to purchase items such as computers that are not included in the library budget, so this is a way for everyone to support the library. Come, browse and ask questions.

Democrats change meeting date

Nov. 20

Democrats of the Verde Valley will meet Thursday, Nov. 20, due to the Thanksgiving holiday on their usual meeting night. The meeting will debrief the election and be held at 6:30 PM at Pine Shadows Clubhouse. See for further info and directions. All are welcome.

Holiday trip to Botanical Garden

Dec. 11

Are there things you'd like to do and see in Phoenix, but hate the idea of driving down, fighting traffic, finding parking? Join the Verde Historical Society for a leisurely excursion to the Valley of the Sun. Check out Heritage Square and the Desert Botanical Garden. The luxury coach leaves from the Wal-Mart parking lot in Cottonwood, at 8 a.m., returning by 8:30-9 that evening. The cost is $62 pp, which includes roundtrip transportation, entrance fees and dinner. The tour, led by Sandie Nevel, benefits the Clemenceau Heritage Museum.

To reserve your place, send a check, payable to: Sandie Nevel, Verde Historical Trip, P.O Box 986, Clarkdale, AZ 86324. For more information, call Sandie at (928) 639-0864 or email:

Get ready, Get set, for the Run for Brian

April 18

The city of Cottonwood is pleased to announce the inaugural Brian Mickelsen Memorial Run. The event will be held on April 18, 2009, in Cottonwood. Mickelsen, a long-time city manager, died unexpectedly last August while pursuing his leisure time passion of distance running. Brian was actually on a training run for a half marathon and it is for this reason that Lin Mickelsen and the City of Cottonwood are introducing this half-marathon, 10K and 2 mile run/walk.

The event will start at Riverfront Park, continue through Old Town Cottonwood, up into Clarkdale around Tuzigoot National Monument, along the beautiful Verde River and on through to Dead Horse Ranch State Park and Blazin M Ranch to end back at Riverfront.

So start training now and participate in the run/walk in memory of Brian.  Proceeds for this event will provide trees throughout the City for the Cottonwood Beautification Project. 

Sponsors can contact Lin Mickelsen at (928) 634-9094,, or Ryan Bigelow at (928) 639-3200, You may register at


Mountain Mojo III Music Festival


The Mojo Farmers will host the third Mountain Mojo Music Festival at the Spirit Room in Jerome. The festival will feature a variety of music from some of Arizona's best bands. The line-up for the show includes Joy World Entertainment Company, The Overtones, Bargrass Revival, Mudwagon, Nacho Jesus, The Breadwinners, Mossy Rocks, Mojo Farmers and additional musical guests. The Spirit Room is located at 166 Main St. in Jerome. Music is scheduled for 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday, 1:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday and 1:30 to 6 p.m. on Sunday. There will be $3 cover on Friday and Saturday nights after 7 p.m. All shows are 21 and over only.

Additional information on the Mojo Farmers is available at


Planned Giving Seminar

Nov. 15

Learn strategies for giving meaningful charitable gifts to enhance your family's future, financial wellbeing during a Planned Giving Seminar from 10 a.m. to noon at the Yavapai College Sedona Center for Arts & Technology. Guests include Deb McCasland, director of major gifts for the YC Foundation, Bob Oliphant, president of the Greater Verde Valley Chapter of the YC Foundation, and representatives from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). The seminar is open to the public and includes coffee and light refreshments. For more information, call (928) 649-4275 or 649-5550.

Sedona Recycles' Annual Membership Drive

Sedona Recycles is in the middle of its annual membership drive. Come by the facility at 2280 Shelby Drive, Sedona, and pick up a form or visit and print one. You will receive free electronics recycling through 2009.

Your donation contributes to the service and maintenance of 24-hour drop-off sites in Sedona, Clarkdale, Cornville, Cottonwood, Camp Verde, Verde Village, Jerome, Lake Montezuma/Rimrock, and the Village of Oak Creek.

If you are interested in volunteering or need more information, call (928) 204-1185.


Genealogy Club meeting

Nov. 17 

The Sedona Genealogy Club will meet on the third Monday of November. The meeting will be at 1:30 p.m. at the Sedona Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 160 Mormon Hill Road, off of Brewer Road.

The program will be "Letters, Photos and Keepsakes from the Attic." Everyone is asked to come with something from their family history to share. This may be short excerpts of written materials, photos or other items of interest. It is always surprising what we find in tucked away in boxes, cupboards, in attics or basements.

Anyone interested in genealogy is welcome to attend and to meet others who are enthusiastic about their genealogy research. For more information, contact Betsy Feinberg, club president at (928) 203-0676 ext. 11.

Celebrate Education in Sedona

Nov. 18

Gov. Janet Napolitano is helping Yavapai College celebrate its 40 years of service to Yavapai County residents from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Sedona Center for Arts & Technology. Guests may sample wine from Verde Valley vineyards and delicious appetizers from local restaurants, and enjoy live music all for the benefit of the Yavapai College Book Scholarship Fund. The fund provides essential financial support to help pay for textbooks for Verde Valley, Camp Verde and Sedona students enrolled at Yavapai College. Make your reservations by calling (928) 776-2025. Donations are tax-deductible. Sponsored by the Yavapai College Foundation Verde Valley Chapter.

Step up to the plate for Barbara's Park

Nov. 18

Get ready to "step up to the plate" for the benefit of Barbara Antonsen Park in Sedona from 4 to 7 p.m.

These two events will take place at Imagine Art, 90 Brewer Road, hosted by owner Henry Wingfield.

A number of well known artists will be painting plates, supplied by Henry at a discount. These materials will be tax deductible to the artists. You too can paint a plate. Come in during store hours 11-5 Tuesday thru Sunday. For more info, call Henry at (928) 282-4236 or Marge Fallon at 203-0794.