Tue, April 07

Events 12/15-12/21

Christmas Pine Cones - Thru 12/31: See extraordinarily beautiful pine cones decked out in the spirit of the season. Cottonwood Public Library, 100 S. Sixth St., Cottonwood. (928) 634-7559.

Seasonal Holiday Marketplace - Thru 12/31: Meet local artists selling their art and crafts to benefit animal rescue. 2575 W. 89A, Sedona. (928) 282-5278.

Red Rock Fantasy - Thru 1/1/11, 5pm: The 20th anniversary event includes 1 million lights and 23 holiday light displays. Hot cocoa and cider along route. $5/adults; $2/children. Los Abrigados Resort & Spa, 160 N. Portal Lane, Sedona. (877) 444-8044,

Christmas Party Tango - 12/15, 7pm: Learn the Tango, join the dance and celebrate Christmas. $10. Relics Restaurant & Nightclub, 3235 W. 89A, Sedona. (928) 282-1593.

Ballroom Dancing - 12/17, 7-10pm: Enjoy ballroom, Latin and swing dancing. West Coast Swing lesson at 7pm. $8 with lesson. Elks Lodge, 110 Airport Road, Sedona. Sam: (928) 274-7538.

NAWS Holiday Party - 12/17, 9am: The meeting of the Northern Arizona Watercolor Society includes wacky watercolor carols, a slideshow from the Arizona Aqueous Show and senior residents in Green Valley, potluck buffet, door prizes and more. Sedona United Methodist Church, 110 Indian Cliffs Road, Sedona.

Candlelight Tours at the Fort - 12/17-12/18, 6-8:30pm: See the Victorian Christmas decorations at night with re-enactors in period clothing on a guided tour that includes hot chocolate and light refreshments. Fort Verde State Historic Park, 125 E. Hollamon, Camp Verde. (928) 567-3275.

Polar Express Model Train Show - 12/18-12/31, 11am-4pm (closed Christmas): The Sedona Railroaders display their extensive miniature holiday village lined with toy trains of all sizes and scales. Oak Creek Factory Outlets, 6600 SR 179, Village of Oak Creek.

Computer Club Potluck - 12/18, 10am: The public is invited to the general meeting of the Verde Valley Computer Club. Bring a favorite covered dish. Clemenceau Building, 1 N. Willard St., Cottonwood. Dave: (928) 639-0106.

Holiday Contra Dance - 12/18, 7-10pm: Dance to Tucson's Hand Sour with calling by Deb Comly, gift exchange, prizes awarded for holiday attire and appearance by Kris Kontra-Kringle. Pre-dance lesson at 6:30pm. $7. Cottonwood Civic Center, 805 N. Main St. (928) 774-5936,

Total Lunar Eclipse - 12/20-12/21, 11:15pm-1:15am: Sirius Lookers Astro Club hosts a free star party for all for a rare view of a total lunar eclipse their scopes and large binoculars. Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road. (928) 821-3520 or 282-7501.

Blue Christmas - 12/21, 7pm: A quiet, contemplative service designed to bring perspective and comfort to those who have experienced loss. Montezuma Chapel, 3450 Rusty Spurs Road, Rimrock. (928) 567-5951.

Christmas Breakfast - 12/25, 8:30-10:30am: Members of the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley prepare and serve a meal for those in need this holiday at the synagogue, 100 Meadowlark Drive. (928) 204-1286.

Indian Christmas - 12/25, noon-2:30pm: Chanting of sacred mantras, screening of movie Jesus in India, gourmet vegetarian feast. $10. Sedona Center of Vedic Culture, 3270 White Bear Road, (928) 204-4455.

New Year's Eve Party at the Castle - 12/31, 9pm: Live entertainment in the porte cochere and in Dragonfly Lounge, food served 9-11pm, champagne toast, casino gifts, hot seat cash prizes and a chance to win $10,000. Reservations recommended. $25/$35. Cliff Castle Casino, 555 W. Middle Verde Road, Camp Verde. (928) 567-7999.

Party with a Purpose - 12/31: Enjoy a gourmet meal and help Verde Valley Sanctuary this New Year's Eve. Heartline Café, Sedona. (928) 282-3365.

Geology Hike - 2/9, 2pm: Learn why the rocks are red, where they came from and where they are going. Prepare for more than two hours of hiking with appropriate clothing and water.

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