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What’s Happening 11-27-09

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.
For Chocolate Walk details and ticket purchase, please contact:  otacottonwood@yahoo.com or call (928) 639-0676 or visit the Web site www.oldtown.org.

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. For Chocolate Walk details and ticket purchase, please contact:  otacottonwood@yahoo.com or call (928) 639-0676 or visit the Web site www.oldtown.org.

Dump The Drugs day

Dec. 5

MATFORCE, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and Beaver Creek Community Action Team are sponsoring “Dump the Drugs” Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Beaver Creek Adult Center located in the Lake Montezuma Village Square, 4250 E. Zuni Way.

This is an opportunity to clean out our medicine cabinets and dispose of any unused and expired prescriptions or over the counter medications, safely and easily. Medications flushed down a toilet end up in our lakes, rivers and ground water.

VFW Auxis host Auction & Dinner

Dec. 5

Camp Verde Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6739 Ladies Auxiliary will have an Auction and Dinner . The auction will be from noon to 4 p.m. Dinner will be spaghetti with the fixings served from 5 to 7 p.m. Heide will provide the music. The proceeds will go to benefit VFW political action committee to fund efforts by representatives in Washington, D.C., to protect and enhance the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. For more info call (928) 567-4642.

Dinner with the VFW Ladies

Nov. 28

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary of Post 6739 is having a pork roast dinner with mashed potatoes and gravy with lots of sides from 4 to 7 p.m. with music by the Rusty Zippers from 5-8 P.M. A donation of $7 goes to cancer aid and research. The post is at 277 W. 260 in Camp Verde.

Eureka and Verde ditches shut down for maintenance

Nov. 30

Both the Eureka and Verde Ditches will be shutting down after the Thanksgiving weekend to carry out annual maintenance. The Eureka Ditch will be turned back to the river on Monday Nov. 30. The Verde will shut down on Dec. 1. For questions or concerns about the Eureka Ditch contact John McReynolds at (928) 821-0205. For the Verde Ditch, call the ditch office at (928) 567-4212.

Mingus Mountain Republican Club

Dec. 8

The Mingus Mountain Republican Club will hold its next meeting at Murphy’s Grill, 747 S. Main St., Cottonwood, at 11:30 a.m. The public is invited.  Lunch is available for $12-15.  The luncheon speaker will be Tucson attorney and Republican candidate for governor, John Munger. For reservations, contact Janice Johnston, (928) 634-3992 or e-mail Grniz51@hotmail.com.

Service officer for veterans

American Legion Post 93 Service Officer is available every second and fourth Monday from 10 am. to noon to help veterans with any question they may have on V.A. benefits, from hospital services to disability claims. Contact Jerry Towle at (928) 300-0580 or Dave Stewart at (928) 451-1664 or leave a message at the Post, 567-6154.

Pet photos with Santa

Nov. 27

The Verde Valley Humane Society is sponsoring its fourth annual Holiday Photos with Santa.  Location is F-Stop Restaurant patio located in Historic Old Towne at 901 Main St. The hours are noon to 4 p.m. Start the traditional Holiday Shopping with the beloved four-legged members of your family. A $10 donation is requested and all proceeds go to the Verde Valley Humane Society.  Christmas is the time for giving and the animals at VVHS deserve a second chance, plus you will proudly display your quality pictures for years to come.

Dances of Universal Peace in Cottonwood

Nov. 28

Dances of Universal Peace are a joyous, multi-cultural way to touch the spiritual essence of love within ourselves and others, using chants and mantras from around the world. These simple Circle dances are all taught as you do them. Old Town Center for the Arts, Studio B, 633 N. Fifth St. at N. Main at 7 p.m. Suggested donation $8. Info: Marianna (928) 204-2608 or Cathryn - shakura@commspeed.net

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.

Spruce up your square dance clothing

Dec. 1 & Dec. 8

Attention Square Dancers: Do you need to spruce up your dance wardrobe? Are you a new dancer and would like to dress up a little more? The Cottonwood Roadrunners will hold a sale of gently used square dance clothes, shoes and accessories for guys and gals. The sale will be during the Tuesday night dances at the Cottonwood Civic Center, from 6 to 8 p.m. Anyone having square dance clothing items to donate, please call Evelyn at (928) 639-1405.

Extension offers Master Gardener training

Dec. 1

Apply now for the 2010 University of Arizona Master Gardener Training, to be held in Cottonwood, Tuesday mornings, Feb. 16 to May 25. The course provides research-based information on basic botany, soils, fruit tree care, planting, staking, pruning, ornamental trees and shrubs, water/irrigation, wildlife in the garden, insects, integrated pest management, vegetables, turf care, natural resources, plant diseases, pesticide safety, forest health, and fire-wise landscaping. Applications and full program description are available at http://ag.arizona.edu/yavapai/anr/hort/mastergardener/training.htm or call your closest Cooperative Extension office (Cottonwood 646-9113, Prescott 445-6590, ext. 221). Applications must be postmarked by Dec.1. A maximum of 40 applicants can be accommodated.

VFW Ladies Auxiliary promises special gifts

Dec. 4-5

The Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW Post 7400 are hosting a “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 nearly 30 local valley crafters with crafts such items as handmade quilts, wickless candles and other unique gifts.

.to delight even the most “finicky gift-getter”. Other special items to look for include graphite and colored pencil drawings, cement statues, various types of jewelry and many other treasures for that special person.

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 www.verdevalleytoysfortots.org

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.

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.

Spaghetti with SAL

Dec. 6

Sons of the American Legion Squadron 25 host a Spaghetti Dinner from 2 to 5 p.m. to benefit the Christmas Boxes. The cost will be $5, and Happy Days with Charlie Allen will be playing for your enjoyment. The post is at 480 Calvary Way. Call (928) 634-3004.

  

Get involved with Verde Front planning

Dec. 7

Share your interests, concerns and ideas for recreational projects. Help create a sustainable recreation future for the beautiful “Ridge to River” area that includes the Verde Front and Verde River Greenway (“Ridge”- Crest of the Black Hills and Mingus Mountain to the “River” - Verde River floodplain from Clarkdale to Beasley Flat south of Camp Verde).  

Community Workshop - Dec. 7, Cottonwood - Program begins at 6 p.m., ends at 8:30 p.m. Public Safety Building (199 S. Sixth St.)

All are welcome. Whether you are a general or special interest recreationist, a Verde Valley resident, or live elsewhere and are interested in the future of the Verde Valley, please join. Refreshments will be provided

For more information, please contact: Dee Hines, PNF Verde District ranger (928) 567-1130, dhines@fs.fed.us or Max Castillo, Verde River Greenway coordinator, 639-0312, scastillo@azstateparks.gov.

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