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What's Happening 5-27-09


Canyon Moon Theatre presents 'Chapter Two' 
Thru June 7
When a grudging five-minute meeting between two love-shy adults blossoms into a passionate, witty romance, you know that playwriting genius Neil Simon has his pen in hand. His romantic comedies have delighted theatre and movie-goers for decades with their fundamentally funny and engagingly honest view of the relationships between men and women. Chapter Two, which runs now through June 7 at Canyon Moon Theatre, is a fascinating semi-autobiographical piece that tells the story of Simon's romance with his second wife, actress Marsha Mason. 
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $19 for General Admission and $11 for Full-time students. Canyon Moon Theatre is located in the Oak Creek Factory Outlets, three doors down from The GAP, on State Route 179 in the Village of Oak Creek. 
To purchase tickets please call Brown Paper Tickets' 24-hour hotline at 
1-800-838-3006. Tickets are also available at Rycus' Corners and Marketplace Café in the VOC and at Bashas' in West Sedona.

Canyon Moon Theatre presents 'Chapter Two' Thru June 7 When a grudging five-minute meeting between two love-shy adults blossoms into a passionate, witty romance, you know that playwriting genius Neil Simon has his pen in hand. His romantic comedies have delighted theatre and movie-goers for decades with their fundamentally funny and engagingly honest view of the relationships between men and women. Chapter Two, which runs now through June 7 at Canyon Moon Theatre, is a fascinating semi-autobiographical piece that tells the story of Simon's romance with his second wife, actress Marsha Mason. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $19 for General Admission and $11 for Full-time students. Canyon Moon Theatre is located in the Oak Creek Factory Outlets, three doors down from The GAP, on State Route 179 in the Village of Oak Creek. To purchase tickets please call Brown Paper Tickets' 24-hour hotline at 1-800-838-3006. Tickets are also available at Rycus' Corners and Marketplace Café in the VOC and at Bashas' in West Sedona.

Camp Verde School District

Camp Verde School District is conducting Kindergarten Registration. You will need to bring the student's immunization record, certified birth certificate, and proof of residency. Proof of residency could include a phone, electric or gas bill that verifies your physical address. The student must be age 5 by Sept. 1, 2009. The registration office is located at 410 Camp Lincoln Road, Camp Verde. Our summer hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. If you have any questions please call 567-8012 or 567-8011.

Sock Hop Cruiz-In

June 27

The Old Town Association and Randall's Restaurant of Cottonwood are sponsoring a 1950s Doo-Whoppin' Sock Hop Cruiz-In along Historic 89A, starting at Bing's Burger Station, 794 N. Main St. From 3 to 4 p.m. hang at the ice cream social or spin those poodles during free dance lessons. From 4 to 6 p.m. continue dancing during the Sock Hop, hula contest and costume contest or meander the Old Town trivia hunt. From 6 p.m. on, enjoy a free dance or mosey on over to the Civic Center for unstAble youth in an event to support the Boys and Girls Club.

Call (928) 639-0676 for more information.

VVMC implements new patient warming system in Surgery

Verde Valley Medical Center recently introduced use of the Bair Paws patient adjustable warming system in the Surgical Services department. These one-use patient warming gowns allow patients to choose the temperature that is just right for them with an easy-to-use temperature controller.

The Bair Paws gown fits like a traditional cotton patient gown, and feels like soft flannel. It wraps completely around the body for full coverage and ties on the side and behind the neck. There are hose ports on the shoulder and at the bottom of the gown. A healthcare professional connects the warming unit hose to one of the ports and turns the warming unit on, allowing air to flow into the gown through tiny holes in the gown's air channels. The patient adjusts the air temperature by turning the knob on the temperature controller.

VVMC chose to introduce the disposable gowns into the Surgical Services area, which is kept at a cooler temperature than other areas of the hospital. The gowns offer advanced patient warming technology, which helps avoid unintended hypothermia, and increases patient comfort and satisfaction.

VVMC offers monthly cardiac education

June 8

Verde Valley Medical Center invites the community to its "Heart of the Matter" cardiac education topic 6:30-7:30 p.m. Cardiac Catheterization - Does It Really Hurt? will be presented by Bruce Peek, M.D., interventional cardiologist.

Cardiac catheterization is a diagnostic procedure used to give cardiologists a clear picture of the coronary arteries and heart function. A thin, flexible tube called a catheter is inserted into a vein or artery in the leg or arm, and guided to the coronary arteries. Real-time X-rays are taken of the heart arteries, showing narrowing and blockages. Images are taken of the heart's main pumping chamber to check its functions.

Learn more about the procedure of cardiac catheterization in June's free lecture. The program will be presented at VVMC, 269 S. Candy Lane, Cottonwood, in Conference Rooms B & C. Please call 639-6322 to reserve a seat. Walk-in attendance also is welcome.

Things Hidden at VBS

June 1-5

First Southern Baptist Church of Cottonwood, located at 1020 Camino Real (behind the Home Depot) is hosting Vacation Bible School from 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. with a free dinner served nightly. The entire family is welcome to stay for dinner. All children who have completed Kindergarten through 6th grade are encouraged to attend. This year's theme is "Things Hidden!" and will include music, crafts, Bible time, and games. Please call the church office with any questions at (928) 634-7388.

Seeking Frog

June 2

Personal Coach for Passionate Living Lori Rubenstein offers a complimentary class at Jerona Coffee Shop on Mingus Avenue across from the Cottonwood Post Office on Tuesday, June 2, at 4:30 p.m.

The class is called "Seeking Frog...Creating a Want Ad for all the Losers in Your Life!" This is for people who want not just a relationship, but a really great "spiritual partnership." If you find yourself asking why the "princes you find turn out to be frogs, then this is a great class for you!" Rubenstein says in this class you first get clear about what you don't want and then create a own personal want ad for what you don't want. Be prepared to laugh.

Ceramics on the Wheel Camp for Kids

June 15

Calling all children ages 9-13. Beat summer heat and boredom by throwing clay on the wheel with Sedona's Dennis Ott. The one-week ceramics-intensive camp begins June 15.

Ceramics on the Wheel meets Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to noon at the Sedona Arts Center ceramic studio. Students will have their own wheel and will throw several pieces with some help from Ott.

Forms are available online (www.sedonaartscenter.com) or in person at Sedona Art Supply in W. Sedona, or Sedona Arts Center Uptown. Or call (928) 821-2875.

Cornville goes green

June 10

The Cornville Community Association will hold its second annual community Green Fair from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Oak Creek Elementary School gymnasium. The school is located at 11490 E. Purple Sage Drive in Cornville, off Page Springs Road.

The Green Fair is free and open to the public. Please join us and learn how you too can go Green.

APS presents ideas for wind power, solar, and energy-saving lighting. Arizona Solar Power provides turnkey service for your solar electric generation needs. Eden on Earth will discuss ecological landscaping, grey water irrigation, rainwater harvesting and edible landscaping.

Greg Collins of Sedonix Solar will have his electric car on display and information on solar panels and inverters Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions about xeriscape, native plants, and water-wise gardening Russ Bottjer will represent the Adopt-a-Highway program and how keeping roads clean helps the environment. He will also answer questions about the upcoming switch to digital television.

Verde Biofuel will focus on their process for refining waste cooking oil into premium biodiesel fuel. Verde Earthworks will be on hand talking about curbside recycling.

Cornville Community Association will have a raffle for donated prizes, and will provide cold water to attendees.

Additional companies interested in participating may contact Association President Deanna King at (928) 649-0725 or via email at deannaking@commspeed.net.

VVPOA Swap Meet

May 29-30

In view of the economic stresses on our communities the Verde Villages Property Owners Association (VVPOA) is offering a mass yard sale at the Clubhouse parking lot at 4855 Broken Saddle Dr. in Verde Villages. The event date is May 29 and 30. Set-up time is 7 to 8 a.m. Vendors can stay outside as long as they wish. We'll be renting space inside also. Inside will stay open until 3 p.m.

The idea is to help both buyers and sellers. Buyers save gas and time, sellers gain a bigger audience and an increased opportunity to show their wares.

Food and drinks will be available for sale at the clubhouse.

If you are interested in presenting your goods at this community yard sale please call the caretakers at (928) 646-5598.

Ballroom Dance Lessons: Learn to swing

May 29

Learn to dance at the American Heritage Academy with the ballroom dance team fund-raiser group lessons, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost is $7. No need to register; just come and enjoy. AHA is at 2030 E. Cherry St., Cottonwood.

Beaver Creek Summer Food Service

June 2

Beaver Creek School announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program (Breakfast and Lunch) for Children starting June 2 through June 19, with June 22-26 lunch only. Meals will be made available free to all children 18 years of age and under (and those persons over age 18 who meet the State agency definition of mentally or physically disabled persons).

Breakfast is served 7:45-8:15 a.m. Lunch is served 12:10-12:45 p.m.

A bus pickup is scheduled Monday-Friday for lunch and activities. Bus times and pickup locations will be announced at a later date. Contact Beaver Creek School at (928) 567-4631, ext. 1503.

New hours for Adult Reading

The Camp Verde Adult Reading Program is offering new Summer Hours at 395 S. Main St., Room 305. They now have evening hours for those who want to use the Computer Assisted Learning Programs for Pre-GED and English as a Second Language.

Starting May 27, General Lab Hours at the Camp Verde LEARN Center Daytime Hours:

Monday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tuesday Closed

Wednesday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thursday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Friday Closed

Evening Hours:

Monday 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

General Lab Hours at the Cottonwood LEARN Center remain unchanged:

Daytime Hours only

Monday 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tuesday 1 to 4 p.m.

Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thursday 1 to 4 p.m.

Friday Closed

Yard Sale Fund-raider

May 29-30

There will be a mega-yard sale fund-raiser for summer camp 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at 997 Apache Trail, Camp Verde.

American Legion celebrate Memorial Day

May 30

This year's Memorial Day celebration, presented by Camp Verde American Legion Post 93, will take place on the traditional Memorial Day, starting at 11 a.m. at the Clear Creek Cemetery on Old Church Road. The ceremony will be followed by lunch at the Post, 276 S. Third St. Call (928) 567-6154 for details.

Learn to Mambo

May 30

Get a one-hour lesson plus an hour of dance practice with various ballroom and rhythm music tracks to learn the Mambo 7-9 p.m. in the Camp Verde community gym (the old school gym) on Hollamon Street at Main Street in downtown Camp Verde. No partner needed. Cost is $7 per person. Sodas and bottled water provided at an additional cost. (Refreshment money goes toward youth student dance education). Call (928) 821-0213 if more information is needed.

Marriage seminar

May 30

Love and Respect marriage seminar with the Rev. John Jenkins Saturday is 8 a.m.-5 p.m. DVDs by Dr. Emerson and Sarah Eggerichs based on Ephesians 5:33. Rodeo Camp, 1471 Salt Mine Road. No charge. Lunch provided. Limited seating. Reservations Patty at (623) 465-0716 or meb2138578@msn.com.

26th annual Catfish Contest

May 30-31

Camp Verde American Legion, Post 93 & Bashas' are sponsoring the 26th annual Catfish Contest. Sign in at Post 93, 286 S. Third St., Camp Verde from 9 a.m. until noon, May 30. Weigh-in is from 9 a.m. until noon May 31. Entry fee is $6. Prizes for first, second and third place for heaviest fish. Breakfast will be available Sunday Morning for $5. Fish the Verde River or its tributaries.

Al-Anon Family Group Meeting starting in Camp Verde

A new Al-Anon Family Group Meeting is Mondays noon to 1 p.m. at Camp Verde United Methodist Church, Jewel House in back of church on the northeast corner of Second Street and Head. Contact Norma (928) 567-6780 or Su 203-4664.

Apply for American Heritage Academy

American Heritage Academy is now accepting new enrollment applications for its Cottonwood and Camp Verde Campus's. There are a few openings remaining in grade 2-11 in Cottonwood and grades 3-8 in Camp Verde. The Academy is free. Uniforms are required. Some classes have waiting lists. For more information visit at 2030 E. Cherry St. Cottonwood and 132 General Crook Trail in Camp Verde. Call (928) 634-2144 or 567-0462, americanheritageacademy.org.

Time to register at Chester Newton/Sunnyside

Now accepting student applications for 2009-10 school year. Tuition free Chester Newton Charter and Montessori School for grades K-5 and Sunnyside Charter and Montessori Middle School for grades 6-8, at 30 E. 260, at Salt Mind Road intersection in Camp Verde. National School Breakfast/Lunch Program, transportation for Verde Lakes, Camp Verde and Rimrock. School beings Aug. 10, fee-paid Montessori pre-school begins Aug. 17. For information, call (928) 567-2363.

NRCS, Town of CV offers pampas grass eradication assistance

The Town of Camp Verde and the Verde NRCD (Natural Resources Conservation District) are working together to help eradicate non-native pampas grass and replace it with native ornamental species. The invasive grass, native to South America is beginning to impact stretches of the Verde River. For anyone who is willing to cut and haul off the plant, the NRCS will apply herbicide to the remaining root at no cost. The herbicide, however, must be applied within minutes of cutting the plant. For additional information call the NRCS at (928) 554-0463 or Jodi Allen at (928) 567- 3107.

Slash program continuing

Thru June 1

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors implemented a three-month free slash drop off program that began March 1 at all County Transfer Stations. These Transfer Stations are located in Bagdad, Black Canyon City, Camp Verde, Congress, Mayer, Seligman, and Skull Valley. This is a reminder that the program will end June 1. Free slash drop off will be held during normal operating hours.

This free slash drop off program will assist residents in developing necessary defensible space around their homes and other structures that could fuel fires. It is important for citizens to maintain defensible space around their property. Keeping fuels down is absolutely necessary to help avoid uncontrolled fires that can and do become extremely damaging.

Please take advantage of the free slash drop off program and clean up around your properties. For additional information contract Public Works Department at (928) 771-3183.

British Soccer Camps in CV

June 1-5

One of the most respected and experienced soccer training organizations in the United States, Challenger British Soccer Camps, has been invited to offer one of their highly praised training and coaching camps to the growing soccer region of Camp Verde. They have teamed up with British Soccer to offer a week-long camp at Butler Park running Monday through Friday.

Each player will be coached by a member of the professional British staff flown to the USA exclusively to perform a series of summer coaching camps for Challenger British Soccer. There will be a choice of 1-, 1.5-, 3- or 6-hour sessions each day and sessions will provide for players of both Recreational and Competitive abilities.

Early sign up is recommended to avoid disappointment. Brochures and registration forms are available from: Joseph Perez (928) 567-0535 or at jperez@cvaz.org or simply register direct at www.challengersports.com.

Challenger British Soccer will this year be responsible for coaching more than 65,000 players and more than 20,000 coaches in the USA. Their philosophy of age and ability specific training with maximum participation aims to develop players and take them to the next level. The camp will cover such areas as individual skill & foot development, game related techniques, tactical awareness and development, and coached match play.

Prepare for Crawdad Festival

June 5-6

The Crawdad & Shrimp Festival, brought to you by the Verde Valley Rangers, returns to Camp Verde June 5, 5-11 p.m., and June 6, 4-11 p.m. This New Orleans-style Cajun affair takes place near the Town's gazebo. Enjoy steaming crawdads (served Saturday), shrimp (served Friday), potatoes, corn on the cob, salad and savory alligator treats. There will also be live music from local bands, kids games and, for the grownups, a beer garden. Admission is $5, 12 & under are free. Cost per plate is $15.

For additional details on the upcoming Crawdad Festival please contact Jim Williams at (928) 567-6107. Interested vendors, please contact Tim Roth at (928) 202-2269.

Audition for Missoula Children's Theatre

June 8

Local students who have finished kindergarten through 12th grade are encouraged to audition for the Missoula Children's Theatre production of Cinderella, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Camp Verde Multi-Use Complex theater. They are casting 65 youth. Performances are June 13. For more information, call Helen Freeman at (928) 567-9220 or Kitty Jalving at 567-5345.

Register for Summer Youth Program

June 8

The Camp Verde Parks & Recreation is now accepting registration for our 2009 Summer Program. This is a wonderful program for children ages 6 to 14. The program will run the duration of six weeks starting June 8, 2009 until July 16. Each child is $120 to enroll in the program. This cost will cover the price of a field trip a week. Any additional children enrolled in the program will be a $20 reduction in price. The format of the program allows each child to participate in classes like: Cooking, Arts & Crafts, Archery, Model Cars, Dance, Cheerleading, Life on the Verde, Sports & the Activity Center.

This year's program will run from 8 a.m. until noon. Monday through Thursday at the Camp Verde Community Center. The location is 395 S. Main St. Check in is at 7:30 a.m. daily and pick up is at 12:15 p.m. daily.

For more information call 567-0535 x 132 or email Joseph Perez at jperez@cvaz.org. Summer program registration sheets can also be printed off the web at www.cvaz.org under Parks & Recreation Home Page and Youth Programs.

Verde Valley Farmers Market starts

June 13

The fifth annual Verde Valley Farmers Market runs from June 13 until Oct. 3. The hours are 8 a.m. to noon at the ramada next to Fort Verde State Park, off of Main Street on Hollamon in Camp Verde. The Market provides fresh seasonal produce grown within a 50-mile radius of Camp Verde.

Market Manager is Jane Davie. Call her at (928) 634-7077.

Regional Chamber Mixer

July 16

The Chambers of Commerce for Camp Verde, Cottonwood and Sedona have a regional mixer from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Dragonfly Lounge at Cliff Castle Casino, 555 Middle Verde Road. Cost is $8 each. Call Tracie at (928) 567-9294.

Clarkdale

Clarkdale Hometown Night at Chase Field

May 28

June 14 will be Clarkdale Hometown Night at Chase Field, where the Arizona Diamondbacks take on the Houston Astros. The ballgame starts at 1:10 p.m. The game is open to any resident of the Verde Valley, and $5 from each ticket will be donated to the Clarkdale-Jerome Lions Club.

Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Package deals, including a bus ride to and from the field, are available.

Diamond Level Reserved seats are $20, regularly $35. The package deal, including ticket and a seat on the bus are $25. May 28 is the last day to buy tickets.

Contact Clarkdale Parks & Recreation Department at 39 N. Ninth St. in Clarkdale or call Dawn Norman (928) 639-2490.

Free Concerts in the Park

May 30

The Town of Clarkdale is pleased to announce the 2009 Concerts in the Park series. Clarkdale Parks and Recreation annually hosts a series of concerts in the Clarkdale Town Park which begin at the end of May and continue throughout the summer months. These concerts are performed from the gazebo on Saturday evenings and are free to the public. This year seven concerts are offered representing a wide variety of genres. They will be performing from 6-8 p.m. at the Clarkdale Town Park gazebo.

May 30, 6-8 p.m., Major Lingo

June 6, 6-8 p.m., Blues Dawg

June 20, 6-8 p.m., Headless Charlie

July 18, 7-9 p.m., Sentimental Journey

Aug. 8, 7-9 p.m., In Harmony

Aug. 22, 7-9 p.m., Junction 87

Sept. 12, 6-8 p.m., Hwy 61

For additional information please contact Clarkdale Parks and Recreation at (928) 639-2490 or by e-mail: dawn.norman@clarkdale.az.gov.

Missoula Children's Theatre in Clarkdale

The Verde Valley Concert Association is proud once again to present Missoula Children's Theatre throughout the Verde Valley this summer. The Clarkdale Jerome School will host the 2009 production of The Princess and the Pea in the gym June 8-13. There will also be free theater workshops.

For information regarding Clarkdale MCT please call Betsy Williams at 639-1693.

Sign up for Head Start

Yavapai Head Start and Early Head Start, an NAEYC accredited program is now accepting applications for the 2009-10 school year. Head Start is a federally funded free preschool program for income eligible families from prenatal to 5 years of age. We serve children at all developmental stages and meet their individual needs. You can pick up an application at Yavapai Head Start located at 601 Black Hills Drive in Clarkdale. For further information/ or applications call (928) 634-8308.

I need a hero

Verde Valley Concert Association seeks a few heroes to underwrite all or part of the Missoula Children's Theatre programs in Cottonwood and Clarkdale. Please call Betsy Williams to discuss at (928) 639-1693 or (928) 202-8546.

Time to register at Clarkdale-Jerome

Clarkdale-Jerome School District is now open for K-8 registration for the 2009-10 school year. Current immunization and birth certificate are required. Enrollment packets are in the District Office, 1615 Main St., Clarkdale, or call (928) 634-5035 for more information.

Contact your local school for children aged 3 through 21, if you are concerned about your child's development or performance in the areas that affect development and learning in school: vision and hearing; motor control and coordination; behavior or social skills; speech or language skills; thinking or performing tasks. Public schools use a screening process to check your child's development and academic progress.

View historical smelter photos

Newly discovered photos of the construction of the Clarkdale smelter are currently on display at the Clarkdale Heritage Center Museum, 900 First North St., Clarkdale. Discovered on EBay and secured by the Museum, the photos reveal the process of building the smelter from the ground up, in 1914. The smelter was built by William A. Clark and was the reason for the existence of the town. Clark built the town of Clarkdale exclusively for the housing of the smelter workers.

Learn more about the history of Clarkdale by visiting the Museum on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday for 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Future displays at the Museum will feature a Cinco De Mayo theme in May, construction of the cement plant in June and the story of the incorporation of the town of Clarkdale in July. For information, call (928) 634-5857

Cornville

Cornville American Legion meets

June 1

Cornville American Legion Post 135 meets first Monday of the month at the Cornville Fire Department located at 1120 S. Page Springs Road, Cornville. For more info contact Duane Olk at (928) 634-0263.

Cottonwood

Dems to meet

May 28

At 6:30 p.m., Democrats of the Verde Valley will meet at Pine Shadows Clubhouse (Card Room), 2050 W. 89A in Cottonwood. For further directions call 649-0847. Topics will include: Rep. Kirkpatricks accepting applications for Service Academies, AZ Education & Economy, Land Trust Annexation and Environmental issues, Cottonwood City news, and AZ legislature update. All are welcome. Bring a non-perishable food item for local charities.

Democrats Hold General Meeting

May 28

At 6:30 p.m., Democrats of the Verde Valley will meet at Pine Shadows Clubhouse (Card Room), 2050 W. 89A in Cottonwood. For further directions call (928) 649-0847. Topics will include: Rep. Kirkpatrick's accepting applications for Service Academies, AZ Education & Economy, Land Trust Annexation and Environmental issues, Cottonwood City news, and AZ legislature update. All are welcome. Bring a non-perishable food item for local charities.

New Visions enrolling

New Visions Academy is now enrolling new students who will be in grades 9-12 for the 2009-10 school year. Students will enjoy the benefits of a traditional classroom-centered curriculum taught by an experienced and dedicated staff, but are also offered computer curriculum as a means to make up gaps in credits and accelerate progress. School will begin Aug. 12 with school hours from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday. New Visions has been serving the Verde Valley for the past 12 years and offers free transportation for students from all of the surrounding area including Camp Verde, Rimrock, Cornville, and Clarkdale as well as Cottonwood.

Office hours are currently from 8 to 4 Monday through Friday and will be 9 to 3 during the summer. Please call (928) 634-7320 for enrollment information or visit at 125 S. Sixth St. in Cottonwood across from the public library.

Apply for American Heritage Academy

American Heritage Academy is now accepting new enrollment applications for its Cottonwood and Camp Verde Campus's. There are a few openings remaining in grade 2-11 in Cottonwood and grades 3-8 in Camp Verde. The Academy is free. Uniforms are required. Some classes have waiting lists. For more information visit at 2030 E. Cherry St. Cottonwood and 132 General Crook Trail in Camp Verde. Call (928) 634-2144 or 567-0462, americanheritageacademy.org.

I need a hero

Verde Valley Concert Association seeks a few heroes to underwrite all or part of the Missoula Children's Theatre programs in Cottonwood and Clarkdale. Please call Betsy Williams to discuss at (928) 639-1693 or (928) 202-8546.

Artists invited to Creativity Pool

Vic and Al's Creativity Pool of Resources (aka CPR for Artists) meets at Cottonwood Public Library at 6 p.m. every first, second and third Thursday. This growing network of local and visiting artisans welcomes new members, whatever their creative interest or skill level. No dues or fees. Adults must accompany minors. Call (928) 646-3888.

Summer Day Camp

June 1

Create lifelong memories, have fun and even learn something at Cottonwood Parks & Recreation's Summer Day Camp for ages 7-12. This year's camp is being run by the Cottonwood Youth Advisory Commission. The camp will include canoeing and horseback riding at Dead Horse Ranch State Park, educational ventures to the Cottonwood Library and Clemenceau Museum and daily swimming trips to the Cottonwood Aquatics Center.

Two 2-week Sessions are being offered: June 1 through June 12 or June 15 through June 26. Times are 8 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Cost is $140 per child per session. Register at the Cottonwood Parks and Recreation office, 791 N. Main Street in Old Town. Camp is staged at Garrison Park. Sessions are limited to the first 20 campers who register and pay - so sign up NOW!

For more information, contact Cottonwood Parks & Recreation at (928) 639-3200 or e-mail Hezekiah at hallen@ci.cottonwood.az.us.

Summer Food Service Program

June 1

The Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Lunch will be provided to all children 18 years and younger without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Lunch will be provided at the site and time as follows: Cottonwood Elementary School, June 1-30from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write or call immediately to: USDA Director, Office of civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410. (800)795-3272 or (202)720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Hula classes for children

June 3

Kehau Chrisman, Kumu Hula (Hula Master) from Hawaii, will start Summer Hula classes for children ages 6 to 12 in Cottonwood starting June 3, 2009, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., with the last class being on June 24. Classes will be every Wednesday at the Cottonwood Civic Center at 805 North Main Street (Old Town Cottonwood). Registration fee for this four-week course is $25.00, and participants can come 10 minutes early to the first class to complete registration.

The children will learn to dance a simple hula with basic hula hands and feet movement.

Chrisman, formerly of Hawaii and now a Cottonwood resident, has been dancing hula for 26 years and has been fully trained as a Kumu Hula (Hula Master). Her Hula School has performed previously at the Parks and Recreation's Summer Lu'au held at the Cottonwood Pool.

For more information, visit www.arizonahula.com, or call Kehau Chrisman at (928) 639-4683, or Robin at the Parks and Recreation Office at 639-3200.

Parent and Tot Water Awareness Classes

June 6

Help your child, ages 6 months to 3 years old, learn to enjoy the water while having a safe aquatics experience at the Cottonwood Aquatics Center, 100 S. Paula Street. Classes will be offered Saturday, June 6 and Saturday, June 13 at noon. Pre-registration required at the Cottonwood Parks and Recreation office, 791 N. Main Street, Old Town Cottonwood. Cost is $7.50 for each parent/child couple per class. Sign up for one or both class dates. Fee is payable to the instructor on the day of class.

Please pick up a pool guide at the Cottonwood Parks and Recreation office, City Hall or Library for more information. For specific questions, call the office at 639-3200 or email rbabbitt@ci.cottonwood.az.us.

Missoula Children's Theatre in Cottonwood

The Verde Valley Concert Association is proud once again to present Missoula Children's Theatre throughout the Verde Valley this summer. Cottonwood is pleased to announce the 2009 production of Rumplestiltskin hosted by Cottonwood Middle School in the gym the week of June 15-20. There will also be free theater workshops.

For information regarding Cottonwood MCT please call Shelly Mullins at 202-1628.

Clarkdale Hometown Night at Chase Field

May 28

June 14 will be Clarkdale Hometown Night at Chase Field, where the Arizona Diamondbacks take on the Houston Astros. The ballgame starts at 1:10 p.m. The game is open to any resident of the Verde Valley, and $5 from each ticket will be donated to the Clarkdale-Jerome Lions Club.

Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Package deals, including a bus ride to and from the field, are available.

Diamond Level Reserved seats are $20, regularly $35. The package deal, including ticket and a seat on the bus are $25. May 28 is the last day to buy tickets.

Contact Clarkdale Parks & Recreation Department at 39 N. Ninth St. in Clarkdale or call Dawn Norman (928) 639-2490.

Free Early Child Care Training

June 15

Yavapai College, in conjunction with Arizona Department of Economic Security, will conduct a no-cost intensive introductory course, titled "Early Child Care Professional Training" beginning Monday June 15. Classes meet at the Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus at 601 Black Hills Drive, Building M, Room 202 in Clarkdale.

Learn to Swim

June 15

Opening Day for the 2009 Season at the Cottonwood Aquatics Center is Monday, June 15. Cottonwood Parks & Recreation is currently taking registrations for this year's American Red Cross "Learn to Swim" program at the pool. Four levels of swimming are available for children ages three to 15. Sessions are two weeks long and start June 16, June 30 and July 14. The half-hour classes start at 8:30 am, 9:15 am or 10:00 am. All classes cost $35 (additional children of the same family are $30 within the same session). More detailed information is available in the 2009 Cottonwood Aquatics Center Guide. Register with payment at the Cottonwood Parks & Recreation office, 791 N. Main Street in Old Town, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5pm. Space is limited. Registration deadlines for open classes will be the Thursday before each session begins. Please pick up a pool guide at the Cottonwood Parks and Recreation office, City Hall or Library for more information. For specific questions call the office at 639-3200 or e-mail rbabbitt@ci.cottonwood.az.us.

Daddy Daughter Date Night

June 19

Express your love and appreciation for your special father by taking him out for an evening of fine dining and dancing. Las Palapas Bar & Grill and Cottonwood Parks & Recreation present the ninth annual Daddy/Daughter Date Night from 6 to 8:30pm. This event is for girls ages 5 to 17 and their dads. This year's event will be held at Las Palapas Bar & Grill, 1481 E. 89A in Clarkdale. Tickets are on sale at the Cottonwood Parks and Recreation office, 791 N. Main Street in Old Town, for $30 per couple. Ticket price includes meal, photo and corsage for the young ladies. Chef Christopher Smith is providing this year's amazing dinner choices. They are Roasted Pork Loin, Stuffed Acorn Squash or Grilled Salmon. Each meal is accompanied by a fresh field green salad, side dish and chocolate torte with berry sauce for dessert.

Seating is limited and advance ticket reservations are required. Please call (928) 639-3200 or stop by the Cottonwood Parks and Recreation office for more details or to purchase your tickets.

Kids Yoga Workshop

June 19

Learn how Yoga can be fun for ages 6-12. Join Cottonwood Parks and Recreation for a five-week program with Carol Oveross, a gentle yoga instructor. In today's mechanized modern society --- with TV, video games and competitive sports --- it is becoming difficult for some children to get the exercise they need in a natural, healthy and enjoyable way. This summer's theme is the 5 Elements. Children will learn different fun poses that help to increase muscular coordination, maintain flexibility and provide a balance of quiet and relaxation. Yoga is essentially non-competitive with no physical peak or goal to be reached. Children of widely differing physical abilities can enjoy doing it together. This is a fun way to let out their energy in a safe, health-promoting way.

The Kids Yoga Workshop is every Friday from June 19 through July 17 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Cottonwood Civic Center, 805 N. Main St. in Old Town. Cost is $40 for the 5-week workshop and is due by the first class.

To pre-register or get more information on this class, contact Carol Oveross, RYT, yoga instructor, at (928) 646-0148.

Flea market benefits humane society

June 20-21

The Verde Valley Dog Agility Club is hosting a flea market to benefit the Verde Valley Humane Soceity building fund. Anyone having something they would like to donate to the sale can call (928) 639-4884 to make arrangement for pick up or drop off.

Calling All Brides

June 27

The Verde Historical Society is planning a Bridal Show for June, featuring bridal gowns from the past to the present. If you still have your great-grandmother's, grandmother's, mother's or your own gown, and would be willing to lend it for the occasion, it will be very carefully cared for. Most gowns will be modeled, but those that are too fragile to be worn, will be put on display for the afternoon's event. Should you not be able to still squeeze into your gown, there might be a daughter, niece or other relative who would be willing to model it. If not, we will have college students on hand to model.

For further inquiries about the event, please call the museum at (928) 634-2868 and leave a message, or call Betty Gaudy at 634-8615.

Sponsorship opportunities for Chamber 2009 Golf Tournament

July 18

It's tee time! Planning for the sixth annual Cottonwood Chamber Golf Tournament is well under way. The tournament is scheduled at Verde Santa Fe. If history is any indication, the tournament is expected to sell out all 120 spots.

Committee members are inviting area businesses to join major sponsor RHi-PEO in sponsoring this fun community event. Northern Arizona Rehab and Coldwell Banker will be sponsoring again this year as well.

Each Gold ($500) includes one foursome, company name on golf cart and name on banner) or Silver Sponsor ($250) includes one two some, company name on golf cart and name on banner.

New this year, both sponsorship levels will be allowed a business table opportunity for product promotion on a tee box as well. For $50. you can get a tee/cart/green sign on the day of the event.

To participate as a sponsor or to donate a prize, please contact the Cottonwood Chamber office at 928-634-7593.

Jerome

Cool time for hot dancers

July 17-19

The Rhythm Rollers (Cathie Whitesides, Laurie Andres and Bob McQuillen) with caller Bob Isaacs, featuring Arizona talent Updraft, Peg Hesley and Laila Lewis, will play for the Ghost Town Chill Down: a cool dance weekend for hot dancers. The event is at Spook Hall in Jerome.

Sedona

Archaeological society presents talk on WWII Flagstaff

May 28

The May meeting of the Verde Valley Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society will be at 7 p.m., at the Tlaquepaque Ballroom, above Rene's Restaurant. John S. Westerlund, will speak about his book "Arizona's War Town: Flagstaff, Navajo Ordnance Depot, and World War II." Westerlund is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a degree in Civil Engineering, as well as from the U. S. Army War College. He has published numerous articles in French and American journals, and in the Journal of American History. He is currently a seasonal ranger with the National Park Service at the Flagstaff Area National Monuments. Please note the change of location for the meeting. Contact Ken Zoll at (928) 284-1228 for further information

VOCA Country Western Night

May 29

From 6 to 9 p.m., the Village of Oakcreek Association will host its fourth Annual Country Western Night at Oakcreek Country Club. There is no cost to attend this event. This event is open to the public. Music is provided by J&B on the Rocks who have performed at this event for the past four years. There will be line dancing, as well as many of your Country favorites sung by Nanci Riazza Clark. A no host bar and a barbecue will be available if you wish to partake.

Sedona Women's Expo

May 30

Louise Gadberry is hosting another Sedona Women's Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to be held at the Wyndham-Sedona Resort in the Javalina Hall- Activities Center, 1500 Kestrel Cr., Sedona. This event will feature 30 vendors with health & wellness, fashion, art, crafts, metaphysical, spa, massage, etc. This is one of three events that she has planned for the Wyndham Resort. There will be a Psychic and Spiritual Healing Expo June 27, 2009, as well as a Health & Wellness Expo July 11, 2009. All of these events are free admission and open to the public. If you are interested in becoming a vendor or for more information please contact Louise Gadberry at (928) 300-3195 or request an application via email to gadberry143@yahoo.com

Write Your Memoirs

June 3, 10, 17, 24

A four-week class on writing memoirs is being offered during the month of June, on Wednesday afternoons, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley. The class will be facilitated by Annette Star Lustgarten. The agenda will consist of writing for short periods of time, sharing what you have written in a non-judgmental, non-critical environment. Various methods of preserving personal and family history will be explored: video tapes, DVDs, photograph journals, scrapbooking and family trees. The main emphasis shall be on writing. The methodology of Natalie Goldberg's 'writing practice' will be the model for the course. All you need is a notebook and pen that is comfortable in your hand. Enrollment shall be limited. The class is free for members of the JCSVV and $25.00 for non-members for the entire course. If you are interested or have questions call Annette: 282-3845, or the JCSVV: 204-1286.

Community VBS in Sedona

June 8-12

Four Sedona churches are cooperating in a community Vacation Bible School. The churches are Christ Center Wesleyan, Sedona United Methodist Church, St. John Vianney Catholic Church and The Church of the Red Rocks. The Vacation Bible School will be 5-8 p.m. each day at St. John Vianney Church on Soldier Pass Road in Sedona.

The cost is $10 for one child with $15 being charged for a family unit of more than one child in a family. Enrollment is limited due to space, staffing, and materials needed so pre-registration is a good idea. Contact Betty McGinnis at St. John Vianney (928) 282-7545.

Missoula Children's Theatre in Sedona

The Verde Valley Concert Association is proud once again to present Missoula Children's Theatre throughout the Verde Valley this summer. Sedona will host The Princess and the Pea the week of June 15-20 in the gym at Big Park School. There will also be free theater workshops.

For info regarding Sedona MCT please call Nicole Davis at 301-2814.

Summer Theater Classes at Canyon Moon

June 15-July 24

Canyon Moon Theatre hosts limited classes to help your children improve their confidence level, fulfill a long-standing dream or just enjoy their summer. Taught by professional theater people, CMT mixes fun and excitement with learning.

Kids Play is for ages 7-8 and runs June 29-July 3, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and is $49.50 for the week. Acting for Young People is for ages 9-12 and runs June 15-26, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.- 1p.m. and is $199 for the two weeks. Acting for Teens is also a two-week course for ages 13-17 and runs July 13-24, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and is $199.

For more information, contact Canyon Moon Theater, 6601 SR 179 (Oak Creek Outlets) in the Village of Oak Creek at (928) 282-6212.

Red Rocks Music Festival

Aug. 30-Sept. 6

Come to the Red Rocks Music Festival for three exciting summer concerts at the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley. Aug. 30 will be Steinway piano artists Yuki and Tomoko Mack performing works by Gershwin, Piazzolla, Smetana, Brahms, Debussy. Sept. 6 at 3 p.m., Classical Meets Jazz Part II - The Russell Schmidt Jazz Trio and Festival Artists David Ehrlich, violin, Nancy Buck, viola, Jan Simiz, cello, Theresa Ehrlich, piano performing works by G. Faure, piano quartet in C minor, P. Schoenfeld, café music, H. Arlen, H. Carmichael, A. Carlos Jobim and V. Young.

Sept. 5 at 7 p.m., is the Mendelssohn's Birthday Celebration - performed by professor at Curtis Music Institute Shmuel Ashkenasi, violin, Virginia Tech Fellow David Ehrlich, violin, Associate Concertmaster of the Phoenix Symphony Magdalena Martinic-Jercic, Conductor Zagreb Soloists Borivoj Martinic-Jercic, Indiana University professor Nokuthula Ngwenyama, viola, Arizona State University faculty Nancy Buck, viola, Arizona State University faculty Thomas Landschoot, cello, and Phoenix Symphony Assistant Principal cellist Jan Simiz performing Octet Opus 20 and J. Brahms sextet No. 1 in B flat major.

For more information please visit www.redrocksmusicfestival.com, e-mail redrocksmusic@cox.net or call toll free (877) 733-7257

Verde Valley

Yavapai College to increase property tax

June 16

Yavapai County Community College District is notifying its property taxpayers of its intention to raise its primary property taxes over last year's level. The Yavapai County Community College District is proposing an increase in primary property taxes of $743,961 or 2.06 percent.

For example, the proposed tax increase will cause Yavapai County Community College District's primary property taxes on a $100,000 home to increase from $110.23 (total taxes that would be owed without the proposed tax increase) to $112.50 (total proposed taxes including the tax increase).

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 voter approved bonded indebtedness or budget and tax overrides.

All interested citizens are invited to attend the public hearing on the tax increase that is scheduled for June 16, at 1 p.m. in the Rock House located on the Yavapai College Prescott Campus, 1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott.

Funding available for Verde River property owners

The Verde Natural Recourse Conservation District (Verde NRCD) would like to help the Verde River property owners, take care of their part of the Verde River. The Verde River has a problem with invasive weeds -- Tamarisk, giant reed, Tree of Heaven, Russian Olive, to name just a few. These are a huge problem for the private property owners. Funding is now available to help you take control of your riverbank and to prevent these invasive weeds from spreading downstream.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife has a program for "improving wildlife habitat" that has available funds to help eradicate some of these weeds. These funds are for hiring of technical/ conservation assistance and purchase of herbicides to improve this fragile wildlife habitat while helping the natural growth to exist.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife, will walk you through the steps to secure these funds and the Verde NRCD will help field questions, offer a list of names and numbers of businesses who you may hire, and any other assistance you may require. Call for information at (928) 567-3107.

DES Certified Child Care Home Provider Program in Yavapai County

Family child care providers care for children in the provider's own home. They play an important role in children's development by caring for them when their family is at work, school or away for other reasons. In addition to attending to children's basic needs, family child care provider's encourage children's physical, emotional, intellectual and social growth.

Become a professional child care provider working in the comfort of your own home. Complete the requirements to become a DES Certified Home Provider with the Arizona Department of Economic Security. Certified providers, provide professional care for up to 4 children at one time, meet or exceed health and safety standards, provider quality child care and early childhood learning activities in their home and are professionally self- employed.

A Recruitment Specialist will help you through the process, from fingerprints to home inspections. For more information and to request an application, contact Buena Vista Children's Services at (928) 451-5755 or 1-866-646-5200.

Buena Vista Preschool enrolling

Both Buena Vista Preschools, Clarkdale and Dr. Daniel Bright, and Bright Futures Child Care are accepting applications for enrollment. Buena Vista Preschool is administered by Buena Vista Children's Services, a local non-profit committed to the safety and well-being of children 0-12 years of age through-out the Verde Valley and Yavapai County.

For information about registration and programming in Clarkdale please call Erin Lamb at (928) 301-9105, ask about special promotions and offers. For information about registration and programming at DDB please call Sandy at 451-4376.

Buena Vista's Discovery Connection Program is also open for registration. The Discovery Connection is a school-age program serving children in Kindergarten through 8th grade. For registration information in Camp Verde call, 567-9300, in Clarkdale call, 301-9105, and in Cottonwood call, 451-4376.

For information about Buena Vista Children's Services and the programs they offer please call, 646-5200.

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