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What's Happening 7-24-09

Car Seat Clinic at fire station

July 24

Verde Valley Fire District will be hosting a car seat clinic at Station 31, 2700 Godard Road in Cottonwood. The station is at the corner of Highway 260 and Godard Road, 1 mile south of Wal-Mart. Parents are encouraged to stop by to have their car seats installed, to ask questions about car seat safety, or simply check to see if your car seat is safely installed to properly protect their child. You must have the child with you to assure that they are in an appropriate seat for their size. This clinic will run from 3 to 6 p.m., they will have three certified technicians available, and no appointment is necessary.

For more information call Jennifer at (928) 634-2578.

Private school/

home-school meeting

Aug. 13

Cottonwood Oak-Creek School District will host a meeting for administrators of private schools and parents of home-schooled children at 9 a.m. The meeting will be in the district office conference room.

The meeting will cover the types of services and allocation of funding available to serve students who are eligible for special education services.

For information contact the Special Services Department (928) 634-2288.

Camp Verde Relay For Life teams forming now

July 27

The first Team Captain's Meeting for the 2009 Camp Verde Relay For Life is at 6:30 p.m. The Relay is an American Cancer Society overnight camp-out and walk-a-thon that brings together people from all walks of life with the common goal of eliminating cancer. The Team Captain's Meeting will be in Camp Verde at KC's Family Tae Kwon Do. Anyone interested in forming a team or joining a team in the fight against cancer is welcomed. Cancer survivors are encouraged to join us! For more information call Tracey Oium (928) 300-1526.

Register now for V Bar V Ranch Explorers Day

Ranch Explorers Day is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 22. The event, held by the University of Arizona V Bar V Ranch Agricultural Experiment Station, again will be at the east end of the ranch at Mahan Park, a meadow in the pines near Happy Jack.

This year, ranch personnel will present an educational program entitled, "Estrous Cycle Synchronization/Artificial Insemination in Beef Cattle." Ranch activities, including "Seeing" Range Forage Quality with Infrared Light, Training Horses, and Chuck Wagon Cooking, will be demonstrated. A variety of range plants will be on display. And there will be opportunities to take a guided nature walk, pet farm animals, play ranch games and ride on a hay wagon.

Buses will transport participants from Prescott and Camp Verde to the Ranch for the day of education and fun on the ranch, and to enjoy a V Bar V Ranch beef barbecue lunch with fresh-from-the-coals Dutch oven cobbler for dessert. Cost to attend Ranch Explorers Day is $30 for adults and $15 for students, and includes lunch and the bus ride. Participants may also drive to the site.

To register or for more information call the V Bar V Ranch office in Rimrock at (928) 567-6954, ext. 12, or visit Registration deadline is Aug. 14.

Elks eat roast beef

July 31

Come one, come all to the Sedona Elks' Lodge, 110 Airport Road. What's the attraction? John and Mira's delicious, mouth-watering tri-tip roast beef dinner, with potato, vegetable, salad and dessert, all for only $9 per person. Dinner is served from 5:30 until 7 p.m., or when the food runs out.

All-you-can-eat, build-your-own tacos plus dessert for $5 per person are served every Wednesday in the Lounge, from 6 p.m. until they are gone. Don't forget Bingo every Sunday afternoon from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. (doors open at noon), and Tuesday from 7-10 p.m. (doors open at 6). Sixteen games per session, including progressive and specialty games. Free popcorn water and coffee, plus a snack bar selling hamburgers, fries, grilled cheese sandwiches, dessert and candy bars.

All events take place at the Lodge, 110 Airport Road in Sedona, and everyone, Elk or not, is invited. For more information or to lease the Lodge for an event, call (928) 282-3030, or contact Don Waggoner at 282-7571.

Audition for Verde Valley Theatre

Aug. 4-6

Verde Valley Theatre is calling all actors to audition for the upcoming 2009-10 season. Auditions for the first play of the upcoming season will be at 7 p.m. at the Clark Memorial Clubhouse located at Ninth and Main streets in historic downtown Clarkdale. The community theater season opens on Oct. 9 with an Ellen Simons' play Moonlight and Valentino, a warm-hearted comedy about some hard facts of life.

Auditions for the second play of the season, a musical, Little Shop of Horrors, will be in early September. Auditions for the third play of the season, Vanities, will be in November. Veteran directors Guy Darland and Craig Hartley will be joined by Abby Fritts as the directors this season.

In addition to actors, Verde Valley Theatre, is looking for people interested in working behind the scene - stage manager, stage crew, lighting and sound technicians, set design and construction, producer and house manager.

For more information about the auditions and working behind the scenes, go to or call (928) 649-0626.

Working on defensible space

In an effort to create defensible space around their properties, homeowners in the Quail Springs Ranch area met with Ivan Anderson, wildland coordinator for Verde Valley Fire District, and Brian Steinhardt, district management officer for the Forest Service. Concerns over possible wildfire, vacant lots in the area, the number of homes outside the fire protection area and the distance from the Fire Station, as well as creating a safer environment for the community, prompted the joint effort to educate homeowners about Firewise techniques.

After this initial meeting, Fire District and Forest Service representatives met individually with homeowners to assess individual properties. Fire representatives explained the ladder effect and how the continuity of brush impacted fire spread and speed. Homeowners were asked to prune or pick up any dead foliage around plants and bushes. It was suggested that junipers and mesquites be limbed to 6 feet above the ground, and plants like scrub oak be thinned out to provide spacing between individual bushes. Each homeowner was provided with a checklist, which they can use for their records and future reference.

Both Verde Valley Fire District and the Forest Service hope to work with other homeowners in this area, suggesting clean up, as well as landscape techniques, to help people to develop the best defense possible for their own safety, as well as that of their neighbors. The more risks individuals eliminate, the better prepared they are to protect themselves, but also help mitigate dangerous situations for both Fire and Forest personnel during a wild fire incident. It is surprising how a few simple changes can make a significant impact on decreasing fire dangers.

While the District is initiating these efforts in the Quail Ranch area, anyone interested in assessing their own property can contact Verde Valley Fire District at (928) 634-2578 for more information.

Enjoy Harvest Festival at Page Springs

Sept. 6

That's right - fall is just around the corner and so is the fourth annual Page Springs

Cellars Harvest Festival. The Festival - brainchild of Page Springs owner Eric Glomski - has become a Northern Arizona staple. Designed to celebrate the end of the growing season and to give the community a chance to experience our beautiful winery and vineyard, the festival has grown in scope and popularity over the years.

This year's headliners are perennial Festival favorites City Folk, known for their seamless three part vocal harmonies and musical arrangements. Joining them will be popular singer/songwriter Alisa Fineman, named 'Best Folk Musician' four years running by the Monterey Bay newspaper. Opening the show will be Sedona's own Eric and Robin Miller.

In addition to music, there will be delicious food, and of course, Page Springs Cellars wines. There will also be a raffle, artist merchandise, festival shirts and more. As always, they will have fun things for the kids to do, too, including the hay bale maze and hay rides until dusk.

Tickets are $25 for Page Springs Cellars wine club members, $35 for the general public. Limited edition concert shirts will be available for $9 if purchased with advance tickets. If available, tickets will be $10 more day of show. Kids under 12 get in free. Limited camping is available for $20 (includes onsite parking) - reservations are required. Doors open at 5 p.m., music starts at 6 p.m.

Page Springs Cellars is at 1500 N. Page Springs Road. Call (928) 639-3004 or visit

County hosts Truth in Taxation Hearing

Aug. 3

In compliance with §42-17107, Arizona Revised Statutes, Yavapai County is notifying its property taxpayers of Yavapai County's intention to raise its share of primary property taxes over last year's level. Yavapai County is proposing an increase in its share of primary property taxes of $852,587 or 2.1 percent.

All interested citizens are invited to attend the public hearing on the tax increase that is scheduled for 10 a.m., in the Board of Supervisors' Hearing Room, 1015 Fair St., Prescott.

The proposed tax increase will cause Yavapai County's primary property taxes on a $100,000 home to decrease from $136 to $128. Although the property tax rate is going down next year, the amount of money the County will receive will increase because property values have increased. State law requires us to provide this notice any time we expect an increase in total property tax revenue, even if it results in a lower tax rate to individual homeowners.

This proposed increase is exclusive of increased primary property taxes received from new construction. The increase is also exclusive of any changes that may occur from property tax levies for tax refund judgments and voter approved bonded indebtedness, or budget and tax overrides.

Time for World Breastfeeding Week

Aug. 1

The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program at Yavapai County Community Health Services is participating in World Breastfeeding Week by offering breast feeding information to the Verde Valley at Cottonwood Public Library, 9 a.m. to noon.

WIC supports breastfeeding as "the gold standard" for mothers and their babies.

Stop by the table for more information about the WIC and Breastfeeding programs.

Hypnotist James Kellogg Jr. at Cliff Castle Casino (photo in Camp Verde folder: James Kellogg)

Aug. 5-6

James Kellogg Jr., the Amazing Hypnotist, will perform at Cliff Castle Casino's Dragonfly Lounge with two shows each night, at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $20 for preferred seating and are available at (877) 840-0457 at Kellogg has made numerous TV and radio appearances, including LA INK, "The Original Gong Show," The Discovery Channel, Fox News, "Who's Line is it Anyway?," Court TV, and NBC. He will also appear in an upcoming special on The Learning Channel Nov. 13-14.

Kellogg incorporates humor and an upbeat musical score while onstage, while volunteers from the audience become the stars of the show under hypnosis with hilarious results. He is not only an entertainer; he also is a certified/registered hypnotherapist with professional and corporate clients as well.

For more information, call Cliff Castle Casino's Castle Club at (928) 567-7999.

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