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Wed, April 01

Chocolate: Good for the soul

COTTONWOOD--Chocolate warm everyone's heart and soul, no matter the age. But the Chocolate Lovers Walk in Old town Cottonwood brings a rush of good cheer to the entire family. Gather up your love or loved one and take that popular stroll through Old Town Saturday evening, snatching up yummy chocolates to place in your brightly-decorated bag. It will have your name on it in glitter.

The chocolates promise to be worth every penny. Old Town Merchants keep open their delightful, quaint and fun shops late gaily decorated for the season. The shops are aglow and full of the scent of cocoa and mint and holiday cheer. Merchants will feverishly compete to whet your appetite for the "best chocolate" award. You get to judge the best and the best decorations, as well.

But, it is not just the sumptuous homemade chocolate gems that make the evening stroll special after the annual Cottonwood parade. It is also the lush atmosphere as the spirit of Christmas builds and moves people in a special way.

It is the music and carols. Enjoy plenty of the music. At 5 p.m. it's the Cottonwood Community Band will play. It's the 45-member Choir of the Cottonwood Elementary School at 5:30 p.m., and at 6 p.m. the Verde Valley Voices accompany the Christmas Tree lighting. Caroling continues into the evening with the Verde Valley Voices.

A trolley transport is available to the main parking areas including stops along the Chocolate Walk. Parking is plentiful at the turnaround points at opposite ends of the historic district, on N. Main St and N. Seventh St. and at No Main St and the Old Clarkdale Highway.

After the Chocolate Walk enjoy "Flying at Night" at 8 p.m. at the nearby Old Town Center for the Arts.

"Flying at Night" is the story of traveling into the unknown. While learning to trust new sensations we create new pathways to take us where we need to go. The impossible becomes the possible and we begin to fly. For details visit www.oldtowncenter.org.

For Chocolate Walk details and ticket purchases ($15), contact the Old Town Association (otacottonwood@yahoo.com), visit the Web site at www.oldtown.org or call 639-0676. Tickets are available at the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce, Little Lisa's and The Little Store of Uniquities.

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