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What's Happening 12-22-10

Camp Verde hearings set for military surveillance company

Jan. 6 & Jan. 26

The Town of Camp Verde will host public hearings on a application for a use permit from Dateland Proving Grounds, allowing for research, development and training for persistent ground surveillance systems for the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division.

The portable powered surveillance trailers and aerostats will help protect U.S. Troops operating in remote areas of Afghanistan. Dateland Proving Grounds is requesting a three-year lease with an option for five-year lease.

The property, a 15-acre portion of parcel 404-30-368A, is located on property currently owned by the Sanitary District off of State Route 260 and is leased to the Town.

The Camp Verde Planning & Zoning Commission will hear this application on Jan. 6, 2011. Town Council will hear this application on Jan. 26, 2011.

These meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers, 473 S. Main Street, Room 106, Camp Verde.

Meeting dates are tentative and are subject to change.

Dance classes return to Camp Verde

Yavapai College registration for ballroom and country western class is open. Schedule:

Beginning level Rhythm Dances - Rumba, Cha Cha, and East Coast Swing. DAN 136 210 CRN 13479. Class is held on Wednesdays, Jan 19-May 10, 2011, 6-7:55 p.m. Class is held at the Camp Verde American Legion, Post 93 on Third Street in downtown Camp Verde.

Beginning level Country & Western Dances - 2 Step, C&W Waltz, and C&W Swing (East Coast Swing). DAN 198 210 CRN 13526. Class is held on Tuesdays, Jan 19-May 10, 2011, 6-7:55 p.m.

Class is held at the Camp Verde old school on Main Street in downtown Camp Verde.

Please contact Yavapai College on Black Hills Road in Clarkdale for more information at (928) 634-7501.

Please register online.

Space is limited.

Sentimental Journey returns

Jan. 8

The Big Band sound dances featuring the great band Sentimental Journey will be continued for January, February and March 2011. The first dance of the 2011 season will be held Saturday January 8, at the Clarkdale clubhouse on Ninth Street in Clarkdale. Dancing begins at 7:00 pm and runs until 10:00 pm. This is a non-alcoholic event and refreshments are available. Admission is only $7.50 per person and you can dance the night away. For further information call the Clarkdale Town Hall at (928) 639-2441, Pat Williams at 649-9672 or check the town web site at

OLLI announces winter schedule and registration for 2011

Jan. 18

Yavapai College’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) of Sedona and the Verde Valley has begun registration for its winter 2011 session. The winter term begins on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011. Offerings include over 100 learning groups, workshops, and presentations from which to choose. OLLI offers its presentations at the Yavapai College campuses in Sedona and Clarkdale as well as in classroom facility in the Big Park School in the Village of Oak Creek. OLLI learning groups meet weekly for six to eight weeks in length. There are traditional learning group favorites that are being offered such as the Elders Wisdom Circle, Out to Lunch Book Club, Exploring the Verde Valley, Arts of Spain, News & Views, Exploring Sedona, Meditative Hikes, Facebook, Beginning Computer Class, and International Travel on a Shoestring.

The winter session will also be premiering a number of new learning group offerings, including but not limited to: Tarot Card Reading, Handwriting Analysis, Making Sense of Medicare, Big Band Era, America’s First Ladies, Living Amongst the Muslims, Veterans of WWII Stories, Geopolitics of the Future, Fun Bridge, Law for Dummies, and much more.

OLLI is accepting facilitator proposals until Jan. 10 for the spring semester, which begins April 11, 2011. For more information, to request a catalog or request a facilitator proposal form, please call (928) 649-4275. Visit OLLI on the web and view the winter 2011 catalog at

Yavapai College Zumba classes set for interim and spring

Spring 2011 Zumba fitness classes (1 credit) are set to begin at Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus on Jan. 20 for $62 per credit hour. In addition, the college has also scheduled Flex Pass interim semester Fitness and Zumba opportunities from Dec. 13 to 23 and/or Jan. 3 to 18. The Flex Pass fee is $20 per pass.

Roxanne Wessel, a Zumba certified instructor who has been teaching the Latin-rhythm interval aerobics classes for three years, will be teaching both interim and spring classes.

The 50-minute spring Zumba classes are scheduled Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, and Zumba Tone with light weights on Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

For more information about spring classes and Flex Passes, please contact Yavapai College at, or call (928) 634-7501.

Legion hosts New Year’s party

Dec. 31

The American Legion 480 S. Calvary Way, Cottonwood is having a big party on New Year’s Eve. The tickets are selling for $17 each and they include the band featuring Charlie Allen along with the Buddy Moeck Trio. They will be playing swing music which is one of the favorites around town.  Prime rib will be on the menu with all the trimmings.  Champagne will be on the table for the midnight celebration.  It will be a big time for all to enjoy along with your friends.  For members and guests.

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Meeting

Caregivers of Alzheimer’s Disease patients are invited to participate in an Alzheimer’s Association Support Group which meets at the Verde Valley Presbyterian Church, every Wednesday morning. The Mission Committee of the church chose this project as a way of offering service to the community. Mission Committee members who serve as Facilitators of the group have been trained by the Alzheimer’s Association. Confidentiality is an essential part of the process as Caregivers are given the opportunity to share their concerns and their experiences of caring for patients with Alzheimer’s Disease.

The Caregivers Support Group meets at VV Presbyterian Church, 1500 E. Hombre Drive, on Wednesdays 10-11:30 a.m. For more information, and for registration to participate, please call either Fran at (928) 634-6495, or Diane at 634-8034.

Tax volunteers are needed

Catholic Charities Community Services and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are looking for community volunteers to provide free tax help in Cottonwood and the Verde Valley area. IRS trained and certified community volunteers provide free tax help to their neighbors and other area residents who cannot afford to pay for tax help.

Tax volunteers need no prior experience. Materials and tax instruction are provided at no cost. Volunteers learn how to electronically file tax returns, both federal and state, using IRS tax preparation software. Volunteers are asked to provide tax help three to four hours a week, from February through April 15.

For more information about becoming a community tax volunteer in the greater Verde Valley area, call Tania Simms at 928-634-4254, ext. 54119 or send an e-mail to:

Time to buy a leash

The Animal Control section of the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office will be patrolling Verde Village 1 early in the mornings for stray dogs.

Take charge of your financial future

Learn to take charge of your finances with this free four-part series on healthy money management, saving, debt reduction, and asset building. Classes are open to the community as space allows.

Participants must attend all four classes in order to receive certificate of completion.

Drawing for a $50 savings bond at the end of each class.

► Jan. 4 - Banking Basics

► Jan. 11 - Building a Better Budget

► Jan. 18 - Choosing and Using Credit Wisely

► Jan. 25 - Taking Charge of Your Credit

Classes are 6-8 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club, 817, N. Second St., Cottonwood. Classes are part of Paths of HOPE, Catholic Charities’ program to help motivated individuals and families permanently improve their financial situation.

Light meal & childcare provided.

To register: call Rita Bramley at (928) 634-4254, ext. 54126, or e-mail Visit

How to be Effective in Teaching Children

Jan. 6

Calling all educators and child mentors. Are you interested in knowing how to engage children and get them excited in learning? If you are, then we have a free workshop, being offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Yavapai County Annex in Cottonwood at 10 S. Sixth St. in the Verde Room. This free workshop is designed to assist you in facilitating learning with children.

Perhaps you may want to know how to get children excited about “The True Story of the Three Pigs” from the wolf’s point of view. This is a workshop about how to engage children in reading, understanding how children really learn and developing lessons that cross the curriculum from reading to math.

Jo Burke, a certified educator with 42 years of experience, is offering the workshop titled “How to Facilitate the Child’s Learning Process”. Burke has a master’s degree in educational administration, an undergraduate degree in HPER/Dance, and Montessori certification. The workshop is interactive and hands-on. Participants will also receive handouts to utilize in the classroom. A light lunch will be provided.

The workshop is sponsored by Northern Arizona University RSVP Program. There is no fee for the workshop but donations will be accepted to cover cost of materials. To reserve your space call Shana Smith at (928) 202-8261.

AARP Driver Safety Class offered

Jan. 8

The American Association of Retired Persons has scheduled a driver safety class from 8 a.m. to noon at the Verde Valley Senior Center, 500 E. Cherry St., Cottonwood. It is open to all licensed drivers.

A driver safety program is a four-hour refresher that is available to drivers of any age. The class focuses on the physical changes that accompany aging, and teaches drivers to compensate for these changes. There is a $14 charge for this class, and AARP members get a $2 discount.

Class participation is limited to 25. Call Liz Roland at (928) 567-5288.

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