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What’s Happening 12-2-09

Penny Kotterman

Penny Kotterman

Verde Valley Computer Club December Calendar

No Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings scheduled for December

Dec. 3 Board Meeting 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 19 General Meeting 10 a.m. December is a Pot Luck meal. Bring some food and bring someone else with some food.

Visitors are welcome to attend all events. Users Helping Users. Visit the Web site at

All events will be at the Clemenceau Building, Willard Street at Mingus Avenue, Cottonwood.

Democrats hear from candidates

Dec. 17

Democrats of the Verde Valley (DOVV) will meet 6:30 p.m. at Pine Shadows Clubhouse card room, 2050 SR 89A, Cottonwood. Sam Wercinski, 2010 candidate for Secretary of State, and Penny Kotterman, candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction, will speak and answer questions.

There will be a holiday finger food potluck, and an opportunity to bring canned food for the food bank and mission. All are welcome. Call (928) 649-0847 for further info, directions or a ride.

Charity drive for Old Town Mission

Dec. 18-19

There will be a charity function to collect food, clothing, and other donations for the Old Town Mission from 5 to 9 p.m.

There will be goodies and sounds of the holiday season, and Santa Claus will be present at 1352 S. Navajo Drive in Cottonwood. Call (928) 639-0515.

American Legion Post 93 Steak Dinner & December Birthdays

Dec. 5

American Legion Post 93 in Camp Verde will have a monthly Steak Dinner Saturday. Also they will be celebrating members’ birthdays that occur in December.  

Steaks will be prepared and cooked by Randy Bruce, along with Sharon Hollamon’s famous cowboy beans, baked potatoes, salad and desserts. Dinner will be served 5–7 p.m.  

Entertainment will be music for dancing and listening by The Rusty Zipper Band.

Spring Fitness Workshops at Yavapai College

Fitness workshops at Yavapai College are a great way to try something new.

These half-credit, PHE 105 workshops are just $29 and a fun way to get in shape and stay in budget.

On the Verde Valley Campus join fitness instructor Sherry Kennedy-Cameron Friday mornings for 50 minutes of Pilates from 8 to 8:50 a.m. or Yoga from 9 to 9:50 a.m. to focus on core strength, flexibility, balance, and stress reduction.

Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9 to 9:50 a.m. get together with fitness instructor Roxanne Wessel to dance and sway in Zumba Gold, the low-impact version of Zumba and a perfect choice for seniors and those new to exercise. Looking for evening fitness options?

On Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 to 7:20 p.m. try Zumba Tone, a fun and effective way to get strong from the inside out while enjoying great Latin rhythms.

For more information contact Kenedy-Cameron at (928) 634-0064, or Wessel at 634-1660.

To view and register for classes go to

International Business Networking

BNI, the Verde Valley Difference, is an international business networking and referral organization that meets every Wednesday at 7 a.m. at Sweet Jill’s Restaurant in Cottonwood. For more information contact Alan Freedman at (928) 639-3828.

University Women talk ID theft

Dec. 7

The University Women of Sedona will hold their third meeting of the 2009-2010 year at 9:30 a.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Hall. The speaker for this month’s meeting is Donna Tina Charles, an identity theft expert. After witnessing the proliferation of identity theft and its devastating effects on individuals and businesses, she realized that this crime affects everyone and is impossible to avoid.

Guests and prospective members are welcome at all monthly meetings, held on the first Monday of each month November through June. For more information, call Pat Whitfield at (928) 282-0922.

Kiwanis Christmas trees arrive today

Dec. 2

Purchasing your Christmas tree from the Camp Verde Kiwanis Club is the perfect way to both give and receive for the holidays. The club will be selling trees from its lot in the Bashas’ parking lot from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. They have a wide selection of noble fir, Douglas fir, grand fir, Scotch pine and Nordman pine (like a noble but shinier), all at reasonable prices. Proceeds from the tree sale go toward youth activities and scholarships in the Camp Verde area.

Fund-raiser for cancer victim

Dec. 5

A fundraiser is being held at Camp Verde Town Hall Park (behind the old high school) to benefit Amber Morton, who is currently fighting cancer. The time of the event is noon-5 p.m. There will be raffles, silent auction, children’s Jump Zone and music. Pizza and drinks will be for sale. All proceeds raised will go to Amber and her family. She is a 35-year-old woman with seven children who range in age 3 to 19. She has no immediate family. Her mother was taken by a drunk driver when she was in eighth grade. Her grandparents raised her and now both are deceased.

An account has been set-up at Bank of America if you would like to donate. The account is Christy L. Stover for Amber Morton. If you would like to donate or need more information please contact: Christy Stover (928) 600-0176.

Get ready for Santa Express

Dec. 2-23

Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday afternoons in December, St. Nick is riding the rails of the Verde Canyon Railroad’s Santa Claus Express. Eagle-decorated FP7 engines pull coaches filled with gleeful passengers away from the station at 1 p.m. for a round trip through the wonderland of Verde Canyon to the old Perkinsville Ranch, returning at about 5 p.m.

Mrs. Claus will be there too with cookies and Elfie will be helping out. There will be storytelling, caroling and all sorts of fun.

Call 1-800-293-7245 or book on-line at

Made in Clarkdale an art adventure

Dec. 4-13

The 23rd annual Made in Clarkdale exhibit, featuring the work of artists living or working in Clarkdale returns to the Clark Memorial Clubhouse and will be a cornerstone of all of the town’s Christmas festivities. The opening reception is Dec. 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. Visit

Moose Lodge Annual Holiday Dinner

Dec. 6

The Verde Valley Moose Lodge in honoring all Senior Citizens of the Verde Valley with a free holiday dinner. Seating begins at noon. This 30-year tradition is a gift to Senior Citizens and will include a full turkey and ham holiday dinner, including pumpkin pie furnished by the Women of the Moose. Shut-in delivery of the holiday meal will be provided by Meals On Wheels. Note: There will be no Dec. 4 Fish Fry in order to prepare for the dinner. Call (928) 634-8668 to schedule delivery of your Holiday meal if you are unable to attend the celebration. The Verde Valley Moose Lodge #1449 is located at 1051 S Broadway in Clarkdale.

Get Ready, Get Set, Shop

Dec. 4-5

With less than 30 days until Christmas, the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW Post 7400 are lining up Valley crafters for the “just in time for Christmas Arts and Crafts Show” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the VFW hall located at 705 E. Aspen St. in Cottonwood.

Featuring lots of long-time, local crafters with crafts such items as handmade Indian jewelry, Christmas angels, wickless candles (prefect for candle lovers without the mess or danger of traditional candles) and lots of other unique gifts to delight even the person “who has everything.”

VVPOA highway cleanup

Dec. 5

The next Arizona 260 highway cleanup will be at 8 a.m. at the One in Christ Church parking lot, across the highway from the Verde Valley Fire Station. ADOT will provide the blue bags and vests.

All volunteers should bring their own gloves and should wear long pants. They have several nail sticks. The more volunteers they can get the cleaner the highway gets and the quicker the job gets done.

Join your neighbors and help keep Arizona beautiful. If you have any questions please call Mal at (928) 634-9785.

Savor another Chocolate Lovers’ Walk

Dec. 5

The 16th annual Chocolate Lover’s Walk is 4-8 p.m. in Old Town Cottonwood. This special evening of holiday lights and a bag full of homemade chocolates, presented by the Old Town Association of Cottonwood, will take place along Historic 89A.

Old Town Main Street merchants stay open late, the shops are full of the scents of hot cocoa and mint, and the glow of holiday cheer abounds. Stroll down the avenue as merchants compete for the best chocolate award. The Cottonwood Community Band plays at 5 p.m., followed by the choir from Cottonwood Elementary School and then the Verde Valley Voices and the Christmas Tree lighting at 6 p.m.

Contact: or call (928) 639-0676 or visit

Marines host Toys for Tots

Dec. 5

Marine Corps Verde Valley Toys for Tots hosts its annual Wal-Mart Toy Drive on from noon to 4 p.m. They will have representation from all the local law enforcement, fire departments, and Marines with their HUM-V to fill up with toys. Toys for Tots has many drop off boxes in banks, firehouses, grocery stores, offices, and other businesses in Cottonwood, Camp Verde, Cornville, Clarkdale, and Jerome. The following additional businesses have boxes/cans for $10 toys and/or donations: Cliff Castle Casino, Community Tire, Larry Green, Cottonwood Super Storage, Wells Fargo, Arizona Credit Union, Camp Verde Fire, Family Dollar of Camp Verde and Lake Montezuma, Montezuma-Rimrock Fire District, Clarkdale Fire District, Oak Creek School, The Barber Shop, Chase Bank of Cottonwood, Metro Hair, Vaughn & Vaughn Law Firm, Rent-a-Center, Country Bank, Hansen Enterprises Fleet Repair, KC’s Corner, Merchantile Market, Cornville Fire, Acme Pizza, Verde Valley Senior Center, Cottonwood Police Department, Cottonwood Fire, Fry’s, Sherwin Williams, National Bank, Verde Valley Fire, Maurice’s, Verde Valley Hospice and Reece’s Tire. They especially need toys for the 7-12 year old group this year, and anticipate over 1400 children receiving toys at our toy parties in December or by delivery. Every child deserves a little Christmas - see

Cottonwood Christmas Parade

Dec. 5

The 55th annual Cottonwood Christmas Parade starts at 11 a.m. with the theme “Old-Fashioned Christmas.” Non-perishable food items will be collected along the route, starting from the Verde Valley Fairgrounds parking lot and proceeding to Main Street and on to Old Town Waterworks. Entry Fee is $25. Nonprofits pay $5. Check in at 9 a.m. Call (928) 634-7593.

Lower Your Stress, Send Holiday Cards

Dec. 5

If you’d like to decrease your stress and increase your enjoyment of the holidays, you might want to attend Judy O’Higgins holiday card seminar from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Jerona Café in Cottonwood. Sending holiday cards is a yearly activity that, let’s be honest, most people dread.  Judy will be sharing tips on ways to make the tradition more personal with less work.

The seminar is free to all in attendance.  For questions, or to RSVP, contact Judy O’Higgins at (928) 634-2991.

Santa Paws is coming to town

Dec. 5

Greyhounds of the Verde Valley and Morning Starr Animal Sanctuary present the seventh annual Santa Paws event. All pets are welcome, dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, you name it. Santa loves animals. The event is at Olsen’s Grain in Clarkdale 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A Walgreens photographer will be taking pictures of your family pets and Santa. All the proceeds will go toward the care of the animals. The day includes free raffles, treats, goodie bags and more.

Volunteers are still needed for this event. If you love animals then come and help out. Contact Donna at (928) 646-3467 or Fran at 821-2420 for more information.


Toys for Tots drive at Wal-Mart

Dec. 5

From noon to 4 p.m. the Marines, local fire fighters and police will help Toys for Tots reach their goal for the upcoming toy parties and deliveries to needy children in the Verde Valley. Look for fire engines, a Humvee, and lots of action by the Garden Shop area as you come into the Wal-Mart parking lot. Children will be invited into the fire trucks and Humvee. There will be lots of boxes to fill with $10 value toys. The need is greater this year, so remember “Every child deserves a little Christmas.” Call Krys at (928) 649-3747.

Donate a kennel to the school

Mingus Union High School FFA Agriscience program is seeking a donation of a large chain link dog kennel. Your donation could be tax deductible as a charitable contribution on your Arizona or federal income taxes. You will receive a receipt indicating your donation to the FFA program.  If you have a chain link dog kennel that you are not using and are interested in making a donation, please contact Mingus Union CTE at 649-4426.

SAL Christmas Food Drive

Sons of the American Legion Squadron 25, 480 Calvary Way, Cottonwood, is helping veterans families in need especially during the Christmas season. A large box is located in the American Legion in Cottonwood for donations. They need turkeys (any size), canned yams, corn, green beans or mixed veggies, gravy mix, instant potatoes - anything that will help to make a traditional Christmas dinner.

Boxes will be delivered to families in time for Christmas. If you know of a veteran family in need please call (928) 634-3004 and tell the Legion. Toys are being donated by the Verde Valley Toy Run.

Host your holiday party at VVPOA clubhouse

Having a party this Holiday Season? Have it at our place, we’ll do the cooking and cleaning. The VVPOA clubhouse can accommodate up to 180 people with a commercial kitchen available. A large party or small, they can handle them all at reasonable rates. Call 646-5598. Check us out at 4855 E. Broken Saddle Drive, from Del Rio follow the blue clubhouse signs.

SAL Squadron starts Food Drive

The Sons of the American Legion Squadron 25 at 480 Calvary Way, Cottonwood, is having its seventh annual Food Drive for the needy in the Verde Valley during the Christmas Holidays. They have a box at the American  Legion in Cottonwood for donations of food. They need turkeys (any size), canned yams, canned corn, canned green beans, mixed vegetables, gravy mix, instant potatoes, anything you think would go with a turkey dinner.

The Sons of the American Legion will take these boxes out to the families before Christmas along with toys that will be donated by the annual Toy Run that is held in Cottonwood every year.

Cottonwood Band in holiday concert

Dec. 6

The Cottonwood Community Band, under the direction of Julie Smith, presents its annual holiday concert at 3 p.m. at the Mingus Union High School Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

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