What's Happening 9-17-10

Anne James at Beaver Creek Bookstore<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Sept. 17<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Anne James will be performing at the Beaver Creek Bookstore&#8217;s Friday Folk Music Night. The event begins at 7 p.m. featuring one hour of local open mic entertainers followed by Anne around 8.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Anne James is a singer and songwriter from Payson who performs on various stringed instruments and harmonica. Her style is pretty unique and may be best described as jazzy-bluesy-folk with country thrown in here and there. Anne is also known for her finger style guitar picking. She is a member of the Phoenix based trio The Artichoke Sisters and the Payson based band Section 8.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Suggested donation is $5. Beaver Creek Bookstore is at 545 S. Main St., Camp Verde. Call (928) 567-4377.

Anne James at Beaver Creek Bookstore<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Sept. 17<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Anne James will be performing at the Beaver Creek Bookstore&#8217;s Friday Folk Music Night. The event begins at 7 p.m. featuring one hour of local open mic entertainers followed by Anne around 8.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Anne James is a singer and songwriter from Payson who performs on various stringed instruments and harmonica. Her style is pretty unique and may be best described as jazzy-bluesy-folk with country thrown in here and there. Anne is also known for her finger style guitar picking. She is a member of the Phoenix based trio The Artichoke Sisters and the Payson based band Section 8.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Suggested donation is $5. Beaver Creek Bookstore is at 545 S. Main St., Camp Verde. Call (928) 567-4377.

Head Start accepting applications

Yavapai Head Start and Early Head Start, and NAEYC accredited program is now accepting applications for the 2010-11 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 you call (928) 634-8308

Learn about Sustainability Park

Curious about the Clarkdale Sustainability Park? Want to hear the latest information about the Clarkdale Sustainability Park? Please join Mayor Von Gausig and Town Manager Gayle Mabery to learn about the Clarkdale Sustainability Park concept. A series of public presentations have been ongoing at different dates and times so as many people as possible can attend. There will be a Power Point shown with time afterwards for open discussion of comments and questions. Upcoming events:

· Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 3 p.m.

· Wednesday, Oct. 27, at 6 p.m.

The Aug. 31 presentation will be held in the Clarkdale Administration Building (located below the Library), located at 39 N. Ninth St. in Clarkdale.

Faculty Exhibition at Verde Gallery

Thru Sept. 30

David Woof is happy to join an invitational exhibition of art works created by fellow Yavapai College Faculty and Staff at the Verde Gallery on the Verde Valley Campus.

Virginia Pates, Gallery Manager and 3D Department Head, in concert with her gallery management team, Catherine Kubu and Taylor Hellmann, is bringing together the creative vision of the Art Faculty as well as delightful and diverse contributions from the Faculty and Staff of all disciplines on the Verde Valley Campus of Yavapai College.

Visit the new Vineyard flourishing just up the path behind the Gallery.

For additional information please contact: Virginia.Pates@yc.edu or (928) 649-5466

Fire & Steel Bike Run fundraiser

Oct. 9

Verde Valley Fire District is hosting the fifth annual Fire & Steel Run to benefit Trauma Intervention Programs of Arizona. The run starts at Verde Valley Medical Center in Cottonwood and ends at the Moose Lodge in Clarkdale. Kickstands up at 10 a.m.

Cost for the full event is $25 per rider, $20 per passenger. Registration for the run includes dinner, run card, and entertainment by the Cadillac Angels. No bike? Then join us for dinner and entertainment for just $15. First 100 registered receive a bike pin. There will be raffle prizes and a 50/50 drawing.

TIP provides volunteers who respond to emergency situations, offering support and practical help to those impacted by loss from fire, death, accidents, illness, or other emergency situations.

You can register for this run on-line at www.TIPofAZ.org, register the day of the event, or pick up a registration form at Verde Valley Fire Station 31, 2700 Godard Road, in Cottonwood. For more information call Sue at (928) 445-4655.

 

Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition needs volunteers

Sept. 23

Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition will hold a training class for new volunteers willing to answer the call to help seniors and adults in need of assistance in maintaining their independence and quality of life at home. The organization serves communities throughout the Verde Valley.

Training will take place 10-11:30 a.m. at the organization’s headquarters, 1210 Western Drive, Cornville Plaza at the intersection of Cornville Road and Page Springs Road in Cornville.

To sign up, call Kent Ellsworth at (928) 204-1238.

Benefit for Sylar Newton funeral

Sept. 25

A special benefit concert to raise funds to help pay the funeral expenses of little Sylar Newton will be from 3 p.m. to close at The Old Corral Bar, 11375 E. Cornville Road in Cornville. \

The event is sponsored by the Sara Cares Foundation and will feature performances by Chris Berry & The Retrofitters plus Friends. Proceeds from the concert will go directly to pay for Sylar’s funeral and any monies left over will be donated to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The Sara Cares Foundation is a nonprofit charitable trust that among other things helps children and their families who have suffered catastrophic injury or death primarily by fundraising. Sara cares can be contacted at: (928) 227-3236, saracaresfoundation@hotmail.com.

Adopt for Life annual meeting

Sept. 17

The Verde Valley Humane Society “Adopt for Life” Center for Animals announces their annual meeting to be at 5 p.m. in the Community Room at the Verde Valley Guidance Center located at 8 E. Cottonwood St. Cottonwood. The meeting is open to the public.

Rosie Flores opens season at OTCA

Sept. 17

Austin legend Rosie Flores makes her Verde Valley debut with the mesmerizing and sultry Ruby James and the Austin Trio at the Old Town Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. The Well Red Coyote Bookstore is sponsoring this concert with owner and local blues great Joe Neri, on hand to introduce the show.

Old Town Center for the Arts is located at Fifth Street & Main in Old Town Cottonwood. Tickets for Rosie, Ruby and the Trio are $18 advance, $23 Priority Seating in first three rows, $22 door. Tickets are available online at showtix4u.com. Tickets are also available in Cottonwood at: La Bella Café (right next to OTCA), Jerona Java Café, Desert Dancer; and in Sedona at: The Well Red Coyote, Crystal Magic, and Golden Word Bookstore. For upcoming events, visit www.oldtowncenter.org. For further information, contact Elena Bullard at (928) 634-0940.

Paws for Patients training

Sept. 18-19

Recognizing the healing benefits of animals, Verde Valley Medical Center (VVMC) developed the Paws for Patients program, which offers inpatients special visits with therapy dogs. The Delta Society Pet Partners is sponsoring a two-day team training course for handlers to learn the skills needed to safely visit in hospitals, retirement and nursing homes, schools and other facilities. Successful completion of this course or the home-study training course is required for registration as a Pet Partner.

The next two-day course is 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 18 and Sunday, Sept. 19, in VVMC’s Conference Room B. The cost of the course is $100 and includes the Pet Partners Team Training Course Manual.

Additionally, VVMC is hosting 30-minute team evaluations 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, in Conference Room A, by appointment. The cost of the evaluation is $20.

To register for the two-day training, schedule an evaluation appointment or for more information, contact Dee Chadwick at 928 284-5757 or by e-mail at chadee@esedona.net. To learn more about programs and services offered at Verde Valley Medical Center, visit VerdeValleyMedicalCenter.com or call (928) 634-2251.

Music at the Legion

The American Legion at 480 S. Calvary, Cottonwood, has music every Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Happy Days with Charlie as the lead singer is at the Legion on the first and third Sunday. The Renegade band is on the second and fourth Sunday. The Renegade band is mostly made up of Stars from Happy Days. You will love the music and all your friends will be there. The Legion is open at 10 a.m. for members and their guests.

56 Paintings

Sept. 22

Fifty-six paintings by Alice “Daena” Hickey will be on display at the Jerona Java Café at 677 E. Mingus Ave in Cottonwood. The show will begin on Sept. 22 and run through Nov. 23. The public is invited to the reception at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Sept, 25.

Alice “Daena” has been a professional artist since 1962 when she displayed her work on 5th Avenue in Scottsdale. She has been showing nationally and internationally for the last seven years. Her work may be seen at Amsterdam Whitney Fine Arts in Chelsea, New York and locally in Sedona and Cottonwood.

The public may view her work by going to Google and typing in Alice “Daena” Hickey.

Free prostate screening

Sept. 23

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and the Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare at Verde Valley Medical Center (VVMC) is sponsoring a free prostate screening. The prostate screening will be from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Verde Valley Medical Center, 269 S. Candy Lane, enter at VVMC’s Main Entrance. Screenings are by appointment and include a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test and physical examination by an urologist. To schedule a prostate cancer screening appointment, call 928 204-4933, walk-ins will be seen as time allows.

Learn about the propositions

Sept. 23

Do you understand the propositions well enough to vote on Nov. 2? The Democrats of the Verde Valley are hosting a debate on several controversial ballot measures, including Prop. 203, Arizona Medical Marijuana.

The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at Pine Shadows Club House card room, 2050 W. 89A, Cottonwood. Special guest speakers are Bob Donahue, LD1 Senate candidate, and Lindsay Bell, LD1 House candidate.

Music at the Clemenceau

Sept. 24

Museum goers are in for a special treat when Dave Rentz will be the featured musician at this month’s Last Friday event at the Clemenceau Heritage Museum.

Dave will be at the Museum from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and it’s sure to be a lot of fun. He improvises as he goes along, combining music, percussion, audience participation and some comedy into his presentations.

The Clemenceau Heritage Museum is located on the corner of Willard and Mingus in Cottonwood; admission is free, donations welcome. Telephone (928) 634-2868, www.ClemenceauMuseum.org on the web.

Make plans for Verde River Day

Sept. 25

The goal of Verde River Days is to foster a renewed sense of awareness, interest and concern for the Verde River as a community resource that should be protected and used wisely. If you have a special interest in the Verde River or if you are a nonprofit organization and are interested in being an exhibitor, call (928) 634-7594 or email christian@cottonwoodchamberaz.org.

Here II Here in concert at OTCA

Sept. 25

The popular Florida band Here II Here returns to Cottonwood’s Old Town Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. The passionate and original lyrics of this ‘Conscious Pop’ band will be accentuated by the graceful moves of Holly Luky and the D.O.L.L.S Bellydance Fusion. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

For more information, call (928) 634-0940 or visit www.oldtowncenter.org.

Blue Star Mother’s Tea

Sept. 26

The American Legion 480 S. Calvary Way, Cottonwood is hosting a Blue Star Mother’s Tea. If you are or know anyone that have a son/daughter or grandchild that is on active duty and would like to attend our tea function, please contact Post 25 at 634-3004. The tea will be held on Sept. 26 at Post 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

DORR/DOVV annual picnic

Sept. 26

The annual Democrats of the Red Rocks and Democrats of the Verde Valley picnic is 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Living Springs Campground in Oak Creek Canyon (at the Trout Farm). Join fellow Democrats and winning primary candidates for great food, cold drinks and a fun-filled day.

Bring the family, friends and your fishing pole. For directions and information at DORR, call (928) 203-5858. For a ride from the Verde Valley, call 639-3688.

Compassionate Friends chapter meeting

Compassionate Friends is self-help, nonprofit for families who have experienced the death of a child. The meeting is for Parents, and siblings. They meet at Mountain View United Methodist Church, 901 S. 12th St., Cottonwood, the second Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. For more information contact Janet Kelly (928) 301-1739 or Kristina Bonfoey at 649-5889.

Free basic computer class

Sept. 27

The Camp Verde Adult Reading Program is offering a free adult education class in “Basic Computer Skills” for those who speak English as a second language or who just want the very basics of computer skills, The class is 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays for 10 weeks. The program is at 395 S. Main St., Room305, in Camp Verde.

Become a hospice volunteer

Sept. 28

Volunteers are the heart and soul of a community and at Northern Arizona Hospice, volunteers are an integral part of the care team. Volunteers work closely with patients and families to provide comfort and ease during the final stages of life. The three areas volunteers are needed include family support, office support and fund-raising.

Volunteers are required to complete a five-week training course to ensure ease into the position; training sessions are held twice a year. The next five-week volunteer training session begins Tuesday, Sept. 28, and ends Wednesday, Nov. 3, with a graduation and award ceremony. Classes are scheduled for 1 – 4 p.m., each Tuesday and Thursday.

To sign up for training classes, learn more about Northern Arizona Hospice or to make a donation, call (928) 639-6676 or visit NorthernArizonaHospice.com.

Rhythm & Ribs returns

Oct. 2

The City of Cottonwood’s Parks and Recreation Department is hosting its fifth annual Rhythm & Ribs event at the Cottonwood Kids Park featuring the Grammy-nominated Gin Blossoms. Their latest album, No Chocolate Cake, will be released Sept. 28.

For more information contact the Cottonwood Parks and Recreation Department at (928) 639-3200.

Senior Center Golf Tourney

Oct. 2

The Verde Valley Senior Center is holding its third annual Golf Tournament at the Verde Santa Fe Golf Club. Sign in at 8 a.m.; 9 a.m. shotgun. Sign Up Now!

Early Bird Special run until Sept. 24: Single player - $85; Foursome - $320.

Late Birds after Sept. 24: Single player - $95; Foursome - $380.

Fees include green fee, cart fee, Mexican buffet and goodie bags. Hole in One wins a 2010 Jeep Wrangler from Oxendale.

Contact: Debbie Moore, activities/events coordinator at (928) 634-5450 or dmoorevents@yahoo.com.

Early-bird tickets to 2010 Harvest Moondance

Oct. 2

Dust off your dancing slippers and prepare to learn the latest grooves as Verde Valley Presbyterian Church celebrates its 25th anniversary with the “2010 Harvest Moondance” 7-9 p.m. This all-ages community outreach gala coincides with the inaugural “Bright Heart Awards” to be presented to two Verde Valley residents (and one posthumously) who have provided outstanding examples of volunteerism or acts of humanitarianism to area citizens. Several local dignities are expected to attend the awards presentation to be held during the Harvest Moondance.

Early-bird tickets to the Harvest Moondance are still available but going fast. Suggested donation is $5 and up ($10 at the door, if space is available). For advance tickets, call (928) 649-6599. A portion of event proceeds will be donated to each of the three award recipient’s charity of choice.

All events will be held at Verde Valley Presbyterian Church, 1500 E. Hombre Drive, in Cottonwood. For more information, contact the church office at vvpchurch@gmail.com or (928) 634-0019.

Time for Early Settlers’ Day

Oct. 2

Come celebrate Early Settlers’ Day at the Clemenceau Heritage Museum. It’s a day of festivities celebrating the lives of the early settlers in the Verde Valley. The event takes you back to a bygone era with hands-on fun, demos and exhibits including honey gathering, corn grinding, wood carving and whittlin’, antique fly wheel engines, cattle branding, quilting, spinning, weaving and lots more.

There will be hot Dutch Oven biscuits, fresh off the chuck wagon, along with homemade butter, hand-churned ice cream to sample, and musical entertainment to set the feet a-tapping.

Hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on the corner of Mingus and Willard in Cottonwood. It’s all free, so round up family and friends and come enjoy a day of old-fashioned fun.

Seventh annual Pet-A-Palooza

Oct. 9

Meet your new best friend at the seventh annual Pet-A-Palooza at the Children’s Park on the Verde Valley Fairgrounds in Cottonwood from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 150 homeless cats and dogs from humane societies and rescue groups around Northern Arizona will be looking for forever homes. Please open your hearts and homes to these loving animals. Remember to always spay and neuter your pets. There aren’t enough homes for them all.

Live disease-free

Oct. 9

Aajonus Vonderplanitz, PhD, author of “We Want to Live” and a leading nutritionist, offers a free lecture at 11 a.m. on how to live disease-free with more clarity, strength and energy. The lecture will be followed by a workshop from 1 to 7 p.m. Cost of the workshop is $95. It will be in the auditorium at Westcott Funeral Home, 1013 E. Mingus Ave., Cottonwood. Call (928) 646-0297.

Seasonal Flu Shot Clinics

Yavapai County Community Health Services will offer eight walk-in clinics for seasonal flu shots in October. Clinics are scheduled at the clinic site in Prescott and Cottonwood, as well as two clinics at the Prescott Rowle P. Simmons Community Center. The cost is $30 in cash or by personal check with photo ID. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicare or Medicare Advantage insurance cards are the only insurance plans accepted; AHCCCS patients will need to refer to their physician.

Oct. 9 Cottonwood Board Of Supervisors Room 9 a.m.-noon

Oct. 16 Cottonwood Board Of Supervisors Room 9 a.m.-noon

Oct. 23 Cottonwood Board Of Supervisors Room 9 a.m.-noon

The seasonal flu vaccine protects against three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. The 2010-11 flu vaccine will protect against 2009 H1N1, and two other influenza viruses.

Visit the website at www.yavapaihealth.com for flu consent forms, vaccine information sheets and walk-in clinic schedules. If you cannot attend one of the scheduled walk-in clinics, please call (928) 639-8132 to make an appointment. Appointments are limited.

Get ready for ‘Toys for Tots’ golf

Oct. 16

It’s time to “save the date” for the fifth annual “Toys For Tots” golf tournament with proceeds going to the local youngsters here in the Verde Valley. The Marine Corps League provides Christmas toys at parties, and this fundraiser supplements what is collected in boxes at many Verde Valley businesses.

The event is at the beautiful Verde Santa Fe Golf Club off Cornville Road. Shotgun start is at 8 a.m. The fee is $95 per player, with a $5 discount for signups before Oct. 8. This includes a scramble format, green fees, golf cart, range balls, lunch and free promotional items.

A new car from Larry Green dealership is being offered for a hole-in-one on #4, and prizes will be given for other holes-in-one. There is an opportunity to win a purse for the 3 winning teams, as well as individual prizes for long drives, etc. Wonderful raffle prizes will again be available, and a huge silent auction featuring trips, art, local excursions, Ping golf clubs, and restaurant certificates.

Put a team together, or enter as a single and get on a team. Bring a new unwrapped $10 toy for a raffle ticket, or purchase tickets at check-in. Entry forms will be available at Verde Santa Fe Golf Club, and by calling (928) 649-3747. Sponsorships are also available.

AirFest & Wine Tasting

Oct.16

The AirFest & Wine Tasting is at Cottonwood Airport, 1001 W Mingus Ave, Cottonwood, (928) 634-8033, 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m. Relive the glory days with World War II Airmen, enjoy a pancake breakfast, vintage airplanes, classic cars, hang gliders, hot air balloons, food and vendors, airplane rides and wine in the beautiful Verde Valley. Adults $3; children under 12 free.

Car Show at the Legion

Oct. 16

The Sons of the American Legion Post 25 is having the inaugural Car Show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission, music, beer garden, hamburgers and hot dog; drawings for raffle prizes. There are 40 spaces available on a first come first serve bases. The $20 entry fee per car includes ticket for free lunch.  Judging will be at 1:30 p.m. for trophies.

American Legion Post 25 is located at 480 Calvary Way, Cottonwood.

Call Carl Whitacre at (928) 567-7409 for pre-registration information and/or donation information. The event will benefit the veterans programs through the American Legion Post 25.

ICC third annual Arts & Craft Fair

Oct. 23-24

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church hosts the third annual Arts & Crafts Fair Oct. 23 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Parish Hall.

The Arts & Craft Fair & Homemade Pie sale will bring artisans from all over displaying their creativity. There is also a Chinese Auction, which will include some high-end items that have been donated by the Artists and Crafters for this event.

The Knights of Columbus will be grilling & selling hamburgers & hot dogs, for lunch from 11 am to 3 pm. Come shop early for the best selections for Christmas or a gift for that special someone.

Proceeds to benefit the Ministries & Outreach Programs of Immaculate Conception Church. Crafters, we still have space available for your booth. For information please call Christine Soliz 634-1960

Trauma Intervention Program to hold training academy

Nov. 2

Are you interested in helping traumatized victims? If it’s not in your nature to walk away from someone experiencing the worst moment of their life and if you would like to work with police officers, firefighters, and nurses on emergency scenes, consider becoming a Certified Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) Volunteer. TIP is a group of specially trained citizen volunteers who provide emotional and practical support to victims of traumatic events. Volunteers are called to a crisis by authorized police officers, firefighters, and hospital personnel. Training starts Nov. 2 in Cottonwood. For more information visit www.TIPofAZ.org or call Sue at (928) 713-6625.

Horseshoes in VVPOA

The VVPOA is going to hold horseshoe pitching every Friday at 6 p.m. at the clubhouse on Broken Saddle Drive. There will be a prize pot. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be available. For further information please call James at 646-5598.

Vets: Take vans to VA

American Legion Post 25 Cottonwood has Transportation vans to VA appointments, Disabled American Veterans DAV. Call (928) 214-8170 Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon.

If you get a message leave your name, phone number, date of appointment, and at what clinic.

They are also looking for volunteer drivers, one day a week or a month. If you want to help our veterans please call (928) 634-3004 to sign up now.

Volunteers needed to teach financial education

Catholic Charities Community Services is seeking volunteers to teach financial education to people in need. Catholic Charities provides training to those interested in volunteering to teach financial education. Financial education classes include Banking Basics, Building a Better Budget, Choosing and Using Credit Wisely, and Taking Charge of Your Credit. The classes are conducted in partnership with Arizona Saves. The financial education classes are part of Project HOPE, a Catholic Charities program that helps low- to moderate-income families and individuals improve their financial situation and live the life of their dreams through a continuum of education, resource building and mentorship. To learn more about becoming a financial education volunteer, call (928) 634-4254 or e-mail tsimms@cc-az.org.

Clemenceau Museum seeking photos for book

The Clemenceau Museum is looking for photos relating to the history of Cottonwood for an upcoming book. Any photographs showing people, places, events, relevant to ranching, dairies, the Clemenceau smelter, railroads, kilns and brick-making, sawmills and lumber, the Marcus D. Lawrence hospital and staff, the airport, the early commercial district (now Old Town Cottonwood), the town of Clemenceau, or virtually any aspect of life in the Cottonwood area from the early 20th century through the 1980s are welcome.

Photos will be carefully scanned and returned to owners, with credit given to donors for any published photos. It is hoped the book, covering the history of Cottonwood, will be ready for publication in the autumn of 2010.

If you do have photos, please contact Museum Director Helen Killebrew at (928) 634-5414, or leave a message at the museum, 634-2868 or email: clemenceauheritagem@qwestoffice.net.

Parkinson Water Aerobics begin

New Parkinson Water Aerobics Class now being held each Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Resource Physical Therapy, 825 W. Mingus, Cottonwood. Call (928) 451-4949.

Parkinson Exercise Classes, sponsored by Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, are held each Friday, 11 a.m., at Verde Valley Medical Center in Cottonwood. Call (928) 451-4949.

Get a military welcome home

The Verde Valley American Legion Riders are trying to contact all family members in the Verde Valley that have a loved one in the military at this time. The objective is not only to meet the families of these veterans but also to ask to be a part of their homecoming. Past homecomings have been accomplished by providing a parade through the area that the veteran is from and then ending at the American Legion either in Cottonwood Post 25 or Camp Verde Post 93 with the support of the honor guard and flag column. Some family members have the ceremony end at their homes. Just call and give the Legion Riders the date of the return. John: (928) 567-0224.

Buena Vista recruits childcare providers

Buena Vista Children’s Services, Inc. is here to assist you through the process to become a DES-certified child-care provider. Applications are processed at no charge. As a self-employed professional, receive ongoing training, provide quality care with early childhood learning activities and consistently meet or exceed health and safety standards.

From fingerprints to home inspections, a recruitment specialist is there for you. For more info, or to start your free application, call Buena Vista Children’s Services, Inc. at (928) 451-5755 or 1-866-646-5200; or email js.bvcs@gmail.com.

Get help with your taxes

For 26 years AARP/IRS has provided a program for those in our community to have their taxes prepared and filed. They will be at the Verde Valley Senior Center, 500 E. Cherry St., Cottonwood Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

There is no age limit and you do not have to be a member of AARP. Call (928) 634-5450 or you can just drop by the Senior Center and make the appointment in person.

Verde Valley Singles meet

The Verde Valley Singles have Meet & Greet on Second Saturday only from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For information, visit the Web site at www.verdevalleysingles.com, e-mail verdevalleysingles@yahoo.com or call Marge at (920) 723-2335 or Charlie at (928) 274-2345.

Learn to play Horse Soccer

Verde Valley teams of the Arizona Horse Soccer League meet to play Horse Soccer the fourth Sunday of every month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds. Cost is $10 a match for members or $15 if you are not. Membership is $35 a year. Practice is every Sunday at 11 a.m. Men, women and youth are invited. Just bring a horse.

For more information, visit www.azhorsesoccerleague.info/ or contact Monika Snyder at Monika@azhorsesoccerleague.info or call or text Holly at (928) 300-4132.

Get the seniors moving

According to the results of a recent national survey of seniors and adult children, staying physically active is a major challenge for seniors. Lack of activity can lead to a downward spiral of poor health resulting in frailty, a condition that threatens the mind, body and social life of older adults.

Family caregivers who can encourage and integrate physical, mental and social activities in seniors’ lives are helping them ward off frailty and stay healthy. With that in mind, local HISC senior care experts are launching a program designed to help keep seniors engaged and fit. Resources include a specially designed Website: www.GetMomMoving.com with practical and educational tools for seniors and their families.

For more information, please call Ann Weaver, community service representative, Home Instead Senior Care at 649-3316.

International Business Networking

BNI, the Verde Valley Difference, is an international business networking and referral organization that meets every Wednesday at 7 a.m. at Sweet Jill’s Restaurant in Cottonwood. For more information contact Alan Freedman at (928) 639-3828.

Sweats for Vets

The American Legion Auxiliary Post 25, 480 Calvary Way, Cottonwood, is collecting Sweats for Vets, a program to obtain new sweats for Vets that have become disabled with a loss of a limbs.

They will be delivered to the VA Hospital in Prescott and other Veterans facilities where the need exist. Just in time for the cold winter that is approaching Please drop off your contribution to Post 25, there is a large box marked Sweats for Vets. Call 634-3004.

City Council meetings get televised

The Cottonwood City Council meetings are now televised. CableOne Channel 20 is now the City of Cottonwood Government Channel. Yavapai Broadcasting has been recording Cottonwood Council meetings since the beginning of September 2009 and has the Oct. 6 regular City Council meeting available on their web site www.myradioplace.com. As of Oct. 20, Yavapai Broadcasting will not only have them available on-line but has been working in conjunction with local cable company CableOne, who is now broadcasting the meetings live on channel 20 and will replay them at various times throughout the week.

As this channel develops, more programs will be broadcast, such as local news, public service announcements, special events, etc.

Work your baby’s brain

Cloy Dellaripa, M.C. presents Baby Brain Time at the Cottonwood Library Kids Zone. Bring your baby to play, socialize, learn, and have lots of fun every Tuesday at noon.

Baby Brain Time at the Cottonwood Library Kids Zone is a program designed to enhance your baby’s sensory development and to promote attention, bonding, and communication between babies and toddlers, from birth to 24 months, and their parents or caregivers.

It’s free. No registration required.

2010 Verde Valley calendars

Remaining 2010 Verde Historical Society Calendars, featuring Verde Valley nonprofit organizations, have been reduced to only $5. They make great stocking stuffers and reasonably priced gifts, while proceeds assist the Clemenceau Heritage Museum in preserving and showcasing our local history at no cost to the public.

Each month features a different organization with photos and a description of its activities. Included are the Lions and Rotary Clubs, the Old Town Mission, the Humane Society, Caballos del Sol, Boys and Girls Club, El Valle Artists, the 4-H and the FFA, and the Old Town Association, among others.

The calendars are available at the Museum during regular hours: 11 – 3 Fridays – Sundays, and 9 – noon Wednesdays. The Museum is located on the corner of Willard and Mingus in Cottonwood. Tel: 928-634-2868.

Bingo at the VFW

The VFW Post 7400 at 705 E Aspen St., Cottonwood has bingo every Thursday 7:-10 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m. Doors open two hours before start, and the kitchen begins selling food one and a half hours before bingo starts. There are 10 regular games with a cashball, and seven special games, including two progressive games, and a $1,000 blackout in 50 numbers. Sunday also features three speed bingo games beginning at 12:30 to get you warmed up. Call (928) 649-2129.

Volunteers train at Hospice Compassus

Volunteer training by Hospice Compassus is continuing at the public library in Cottonwood every Wednesday and Friday afternoon for the next five weeks. Classes run from 1 until 4 p.m. in the Meeting Room. After completion of the classes, volunteers will become a Certified Non-Medical Volunteer and be qualified to do volunteer activities with any hospice agency.

In an effort to make this vital training available to the most people in the upper Verde Valley, registration will continue for the next two weeks. To register for these classes, call the Hospice Compassus Volunteer Coordinator at (928) 284-0180, ext. 111.

After-School Reading Club starts

Join the after-school Reading Club in the Kids Zone at the Cottonwood Public Library. You don’t even have to read…they’ll read to you. The club meets Mondays (except holidays) 3:30-4:15 p.m. All elementary school-age children are welcome. For more info, call Youth Services at (928) 634-7559.

What’s cookin’ at the American Legion

Vince’s Kitchen hosts its Famous Friday Night Fish Fry from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Guaranteed you will come back again and again.

The kitchen is open daily: Lunch Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Evenings Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 5-7p.m.

American Legion Post 25, 480 Calvary Way, Cottonwood. Call (928) 634-3004.

Depression Support group starts

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Yavapai County has added Cottonwood to its many locations. They offer free, open, confidential peer support groups. Call (928) 925-3578

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.

Jerome

Free legal services for seniors in Jerome

Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG), Area Agency on Aging’s Legal Advocacy for Seniors Program is at the Jerome Fire Department the third Thursday of the month. The Legal Program serves seniors 60 and older or married to someone 60 and older whom other wise cannot obtain council. The Legal Program provides services in the areas of civil and administrative Law - no criminal law. They prepare legal documents such as: Wills, Beneficiary Deeds, Quit Claim Deeds, Powers of Attorney, Living Wills/Advance Directives, Special Needs Trusts, Income only Trusts and, Codicils. We can assist with Social Security disputes, consumer complaints, and bill payment issues. There are no fees, this service is provided for donations only. If you have any further questions or to schedule an appointment please call Kelly O’Donnell at (928) 213-5246 or 1-877-521-3500 or by e-mail at kodonnell@nacog.org .

Sedona

High School Photography Contest

Sept. 24

Sedona Photo invites you to enter your special summer photos in a student photography competition for Sedona, Cottonwood and Camp Verde high schools. The subject is “Summer Fun.” There is no entry fee,

Entries are to be matted color or black-and-white, 5-by-7 or 8-by-10 photos. Please print your name, address, phone and title on the back of the photo.

First place is a 20-by-30 print. Second place is a 10-by-15 matted print. Third place is a 10-by-15 unmatted print.

Submit your entries by Sept. 24. Judging will be Sept. 28. Photos will be on display at Sedona Photo until Oct. 22. Contact Sedona Photo Express at 150 SR 179 Suite 9, (928) 282-6606 or sedonaphoto@adayinthewest.com.

Cancer survivors’ dinner in Sedona

Sept. 24

All cancer survivors and their caregivers are invited to the free dinner at 5 p.m. at the Relay for Life in Sedona. There is still time for new teams to join the Relay but the deadline is fast approaching. This year’s Relay will be Sept. 24-25 at Red Rock High School. Contact Sam Blom at (928) 300 4905 or simonblom@aol.com for information and details on the cancer survivors dinner. Donations may be made to Sedonarelay.com.

Relay for Life in Sedona

Sept. 24-25

The Relay For Life of Sedona will be at Red Rock High School. Cancer survivors and their caregivers will attend a free dinner at the Relay starting at 5 p.m. Anyone who would like to attend should contact the event chair Sam Blom at (928) 300-4905 or email him at simonblom@aol.com. Opening ceremonies for the Relay begin at 6 p.m.

Entertainment includes the Sammy Davis Band, JJ Corcoran and her band, Flip City Gymnastics, Tao Kwon Do Unlimited, Tom and Shondra Jepperson, and even a mime. Many activities and games are planned including a yogurt eating contest, a PJ contest and many more.

The Red Rock High School Key Club members will be selling luminaria bags to honor those who have been touched by cancer and remember loved ones lost to the disease.

 

Imagery in Music at SPL

Sept. 24-25

Sedonans are in for a treat Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Sedona Public Library Si Birch community room when pianist James Nalley will be presenting a piano recital with works by Takemitsu, Liszt, and Monteague entitled “Imagery in Music.” Then Sept. 25 at 10 a.m., James will be presenting a workshop, “Using Music to Inspire and Create.”

A popular master class clinician and adjudicator, Nalley has presented in over 75 academic programs around the world and has been a juror of the International Young Artist Piano Competition in Washington D.C., and the International Artist Competition in South Korea.

Ancient Astronomy of the Sinagua

Sept. 24

Recreation Resource Management will once again host a free “under the stars” presentation at the Oak Creek Visitor Center featuring Ken Zoll, who will be speaking on “Ancient Astronomy of the Sinagua,” at 6:15 p.m. Individuals will need to bring their own chairs.

Zoll is a former Chicago information officer for 35 years, retired with his wife to Sedona in 2004. He soon developed an interest in archaeology that blossomed into a passion, especially in the area of archaeoastronomy. His volunteer work with Friends of the Forest and his work as a docent at the V-V Heritage Site southeast of Sedona led to some intriguing observations about the petroglyphs there.

The Oak Creek Visitor Center, located in Oak Creek Canyon at Indian Gardens is approximately three miles north of uptown Sedona on State Route 89A.

Zoll’s publications will be available for purchase and signing. For further information, please contact Dori Clark with Recreation Resource Management at (928) 203-0624.

God’s Healing Gifts Workshop

Sept. 25

God’s Healing Gifts, a special one-day workshop on personal happiness and healing, will be presented in Sedona. Participants will be introduced to four individual sessions: Healing Touch, Sign Chi Do, Hilarious Laughter, and Pondering Prayer.

The workshop includes Judy Asman, RN, of Honolulu; Dr. Anne Borik, Janet Wilson, RN, of Flagstaff, and the Rev. Phyllis Averill of Sedona. The gathering of these four women with unique talents and expertise in health and healing will provide a unique experience for individual participants.

The workshop will be from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., at the Sedona United Methodist Church. Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided. Registrations prior to Aug. 15 are $20 per person. After August 15, $30 per person. Call (928) 282-1780 or e-mail sedonaumc@earthlink.net your request for a brochure or for registration information. Additional information can be found by visiting www.sedonaumc.org.

Sedona Police Department collects unwanted medications

Sept. 25

Join the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Sedona Police Department in a community effort to turn in unwanted medications. Collection sites will be set up nationwide from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This “Take-Back” initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Bring your unused, unneeded and expired prescription medications – no questions asked – to the Sedona Police Department at Sedona City Hall, 102 Roadrunner Drive, for proper disposal.

This is a free, anonymous service that will help keep your home safe and could save lives. For more information, visit www.dea.gov.

Call for OLLI facilitators

Sept. 27

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute announces a call for facilitators and proposals for 2011 in the Village of Oak Creek at the Big Park School. OLLI of Sedona & the Verde Valley is a dynamic organization within Yavapai College created to meet the needs of intellectually active mature adults. What makes OLLI a unique learning experience is that there is no pressure of tests, grades, or papers. It is a warm gathering of people who are endlessly curious and love to learn.

OLLI of Sedona and the Verde Valley has campuses at Yavapai College on the Sedona and Clarkdale campuses and is looking to expand class offerings in the Village of Oak Creek at the Big Park School. From astronomy to astrology, from politics to Wabi Sabi, from belly dancing to chair yoga, there is a class or workshop to meet the curiosity of everyone. You do not have to be a retired professor from a university to facilitate a class. If you feel that you have valuable life experience, have researched a topic well in your life, are a professional that might have valuable information for mature adults, or have a passion for a craft or hobby, you can be an OLLI facilitator

OLLI is accepting facilitator proposals until September 27 for the Winter Semester, which begins January 18 and ends March 11. For more information, and to request a facilitator proposal form, please call (928) 649-4275. Visit OLLI on the web and view the Fall 2010 facilitators’ biographies at www.yc.edu/lifelonglearners.

Walk-A-Hound, Lose-A-Pound

Oct. 2

The City of Sedona Parks and Recreation Department cordially invites all animal lovers and dog owners to support this third annual event by participating in our Dog Walk. Families, neighbors, and community members are encouraged to register for the Walk-A-Hound, Lose-A-Pound event. Entry fee is $10 a dog (not per person) in advance, or $15 the day of the event (cash and check only) and this registration fee includes a commemorative backpack and an event bandana. Bring the entire family to walk the dog.

The Dog Walk will begin at the ramadas at Posse Grounds Park at 8 a.m. The walking trail (1 mile) will lead you through both paved and dirt trails of beautiful Posse Grounds Park, 525 Posse Ground Road. After the walk, vendors will be on site for viewing until 11 a.m.

The Sedona Humane Society will be organizing fun competitions including a doggy costume contest, best dog trick and a look-a-like contest. Small prizes will be awarded. See an agility dog demonstration as well as a demo from Sedona’s newest K9 Officer Dalan.

Register today at Parks and Recreation, located at Sedona City Hall, 102 Roadrunner Drive. For more information, please contact Parks and Rec at 282-7098 or (928) 203-5011 or online at www.SedonaAZ.gov/Parks.

Sign up now for October Swap Meet

Oct. 16

Is stuff piling up in your garage? Bring those unwanted items to the Community Swap Meet Extravaganza and forget the hassle of holding your own garage sale. The event will be held on the upper field at Posse Grounds Park, 525 Posse Ground Road, in Sedona, from 9 a.m. to 2.p.m. The Swap Meet (aka garage sale, flea market, tag sale, etc.) is free and open to the public.

Anyone can reserve a 12-by-15-foot space for a small fee of $30 ($25 for Sedona Recycles members). All fees are tax-deductible and benefit Sedona Recycles, the Verde Valley’s nonprofit recycling center.

To reserve a space or for more information, call 204-1185 or visit www.sedonarecycles.org.

Sedona Museum Fall Arts & Crafts Show

Oct. 23

Registration for the Sedona Heritage Museum‘s annual Fall Arts & Crafts Show is now open for new vendors. The show is scheduled at the Museum in Uptown Sedona from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Remaining spaces are limited and only for artists and craftspeople offering hand-made items.

Registration forms can be emailed, mailed by USPS or picked up at the Sedona Heritage Museum at 735 Jordan Road in Uptown Sedona 11 a.m.-3 p.m. any day of the week.  For more information or to request a registration form, call the Museum at (928) 282-7038. 

Crash course in guitar and piano

Oct. 26

Sedona Parks and Recreation offers two unique workshops, Instant Guitar & Piano for Hopelessly Busy People, for those in our community that are interested in learning to play a musical instrument.

The “Instant Guitar for Hopelessly Busy People” workshop will be Oct. 26 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. “Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People” is Oct. 28 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. to learn to play the piano the workshops are at the Recreation Room located in Posse Grounds Park, 525 Posse Ground Road in Sedona. Each workshop has a $25 registration fee that must be paid in advance at the Parks and Recreation office, as well as a $29 materials fee for the workbook and practice DVD collected in class by the instructor. Everything covered in the class is also covered on this DVD, which is designed for home practice and study.

For more information on the instructor and these workshops, you may want to reference the website www.justonceclasses.com. Both workshops can be registered for by contacting the Sedona Parks and Recreation office at 928-282-7098 or by walking in at 102 Roadrunner Drive. For more information on upcoming Parks and Recreation events, please reference the City website at www.SedonaAZ.gov/Parks.

Free Therapy on the Rocks

Therapy on the Rocks, John F. Barnes Western Myofascial Release Treatment Center in affiliation with the Heart Space is participating in the In One Peace Project. In One Peace Project is a once per month series of free treatment sessions for returning troops from the current War suffering from symptoms of trauma and/ or head injury.

Anyone returning from the War and suffering from symptoms such as anxiety, insomnia, flashbacks, headaches, a sense of not belonging, depression, appetite disturbance, memory problems may find this program beneficial.

The free treatments are a way to give back to those risking their lives for our country in this way. If services beyond the monthly free treatments are desired, discounts are available for military personnel to continue therapy.

Therapy on the Rocks is a Physical Therapy practice that is located at 676 N. 89A, in Sedona. The free sessions are available by appointment only. Call (928) 282-3002.

Sedona Parks & Rec offers Red Rock Walks

Sedona Parks and Recreation is now offering Red Rock Walks at Posse Grounds Park. These unique fitness classes combine walking, strength training and stretching for those individuals 18 and older that would like to try it out. Resistance bands will be provided, so participants need only wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes and bring water and sunscreen.

Classes are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. Classes have begun and will continue on through the fall as long as the weather is pleasant and participation is consistent. Participants will meet at the Recreation Room located near the multi-use field in Posse Grounds Park, 525 Posse Ground Road in Sedona.

Contact the Parks and Recreation office at 928-282-7098 to register for these classes. Classes are $10 per person and you may purchase on a day by day basis or purchase up to12 classes at a time for $120.

Tennis lessons at Sedona P&R

Let the cool fall breeze lead you to the tennis courts at Posse Grounds Park. The City of Sedona Parks and Recreation is continuing their tennis program with the assistance of USTA Professional Eric Meyers. Regardless of age, 4 years to 100, they have a class appropriate for you.

Classes begin in August and will run through the fall. There is no session start or ending date. For your convenience you simply purchase your classes in advance (four classes for $40, eight classes for $80) and then use them up, when it works with your schedule. Private lessons are available as well.

For a complete list of classes and class times, please reference the Tennis webpage at www.SedonaAz.gov/Parks or call the Parks and Recreation office at (928) 282-7098 with your questions. The instructor biography is also available for you on the website. Payment for tennis lessons is accepted at the Parks and Recreation office at 102 Roadrunner Drive in Sedona or over the phone by calling 282-7098.

Sedona Rangers looking for dedicated volunteers

Do you have an interest in assisting at community events, learning new skills, helping to protect Sedona’s parks and open spaces? Do you enjoy meeting and greeting people from around the world? Are you interested in being a member of a small group of individuals dedicated to public service?

If you do, the Sedona Department of Parks and Recreation invites you to consider joining the Sedona Volunteer Park Rangers.

For the past three years, the rangers have become a familiar icon in Uptown, answering visitor questions, having their picture taken, chatting with merchants, responding to incidents and assisting with community events. They are also frequently seen patrolling the city parks and assisting with city parks and recreation programs.

Rangers are required to provide a minimum number of volunteer hours per week, undergo fingerprinting and a background check, be willing to be trained in basic medical emergency services and have a passion for helping visitors and the community.

If you are interested in learning more about the Sedona Park Ranger program or think you might want to join, we invite you to pick up an informational packet and application at the Department of Parks and Recreation office located at City Hall, 102 Roadrunner Drive, Sedona.

Sedona Parks & Rec water aerobics

The City of Sedona Parks & Recreation Department hosts water aerobics Monday through Friday mornings from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Villas of Sedona indoor swimming pool. Located at 55 Northview Drive in Sedona, it’s conveniently located for the community to attend a great class. Class fees for 2010 are $5 drop-in fee, or discounted punch passes. Save 20 percent by purchasing an $80 pass, good for 20-visits, or a $40 pass, good for 10-visits. Passes do not expire until the punches have been used up.

For more information please contact Parks and Recreation at 282-7098 or reference our website at www.SedonaAz.gov.

Sedona Professionals

Sedona Professionals is a nonprofit business referral organization that provides a relationship-building and networking environment to its members each week. The group meets every Wednesday morning at Orchards for a breakfast meeting at 7:15 a.m.

For information on attending a meeting visit the Web site at www.sedonaprofessionals.org or contact Lee Congdon at (928) 300-5050.

Hospital volunteers needed

Verde Valley Medical Center is seeking volunteers for its Sedona campus, and EntireCare Sports Medicine locations in West Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek. Volunteering is a great way to get involved and stay active. A commitment of four hours per week is suggested.

Volunteers are matched with assignments that fit their personality, abilities and schedule. The diversity of volunteers – from homemakers to professionals, students to retirees, young to old – makes VVMC stronger and better able to serve the healthcare needs of the community. Key qualifications for volunteers are a helpful, caring attitude and a respect for confidentiality.

Along with the satisfaction of helping others, some additional benefits of volunteering at VVMC include discounted meals, discounted use of the EntireCare Rehab Services fully equipped gym, and continuing education classes.

For more information please call the Volunteer Services department at (928) 639-6550.

Verde Valley

YCGA’s 78th annual Calf Sale & BBQ

Sept. 25

Yavapai Cattle Growers’ Association is thrilled and honored to have NCBA President Steve Foglesong in attendance to celebrate its 78th year at the traditional Calf Sale & BBQ. Gov. Jan Brewer will be in attendance along with many candidates for public office. The roster of activities is enormous this year. Activities begin with the Maughan Ranches Quarterhorse sale at 8 a.m. A 4-H and FFA Livestock Judging Workshop will begin with sign-ups at 8 a.m. Western art, crafts, and jewelry as well as industry information booths will open at 10 a.m. Arizona Game & Fish in cooperation with Adobe Mountain Wildlife Rehab Center is providing a sports shooting trailer and an Arizona Wildlife Display. In addition there will be gold panning, mutton busting (for kids 60 pounds and under, weigh-in begins at 10 a.m.), a horseshoeing demonstration, KVRD radio live remote with “Mark in the Morning,” old fashioned homemade ice cream, the Yavapai Cowbelle Scholarship Quilt drawing and of course the best BBQ beef in the state.

Take a scenic drive to beautiful Peeples Valley, bring a chair or blanket, spend the day at a historic ranch, meet a real cowboy and get to know your local, county, and state politicians and candidates.

From Prescott take Highway 89 30 miles to Peeples Valley and Maughan Ranch West Fork, look for the white fencing and banners - you can’t miss it. Admission is free; the BBQ is $10 and $5 for children 12 and under.

For more information call (928) 634-2366 or visit www.ycgacalfsale.com.

Become a Recovery Coach Volunteer

Oct. 20

Are you interested in helping youth or adult Drug Court probationers by serving as a volunteer personal guide and mentor?

If so, MATForce, the Yavapai County Substance Abuse Coalition, is offering a free Recovery Coach Certification Program that will teach you the skills to work one-on-one, helping these individuals through their recovery process. No experience, prior qualifications or education is needed. All that is needed is the desire to help.

The Verde Valley program will begin Oct. 20 with classes scheduled from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

To register please contact Gwen Henderson at hendersong5@sbcglobal.net.

New veterans services schedule

The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars veterans’ service officer will now be available from 9 a.m. to noon on the second and fourth Monday of each month. All services are completely confidential, stress free and free to all vets. For additional information, or to make an appointment, call Jerry Towle at (928) 300-0580 or Dave Stewart at (928) 451-1664.

Apply to be a Volunteer in Protection

The Yavapai County Volunteers in Protection (VIPs) is a 501-C3 nonprofit organization working under the umbrella of the Yavapai County Sheriffs Office. The VIP program is looking for Volunteer Candidates to apply for the newly designed VIP program. Volunteer positions in Administration and Patrol are currently available. No previous law enforcement experience is required. Positions are available in the Verde Valley, VOC, Rimrock, and throughout Yavapai County. Candidates must be residents of Yavapai County, and over 18 years old; both men and women are urged to apply. For more information, contact Y.C.S.O. Volunteer Services @ 928-771-3281. See us on the web at www.ycvip.org

Free pH Soil Analysis

The University of Arizona, Yavapai County Cooperative Extension offers free pH soil analysis. The weather is warming up and it is time to get gardens ready for planting. To increase your chances for a successful harvest, knowing the pH of your soil could make all the difference. Soil pH is most critical with respect to nutrient availability. In this area our soils tend to be more alkaline (ph of 8 or higher) and vegetable gardens prefer a pH in the range of 5.5 to 7.5.

To have your soil tested, take samples from various sections of your garden. Mix the samples together. Bring no more than 8 ounces in a glass jar, plastic bag, or paper bag to the Cooperative Extension Office in Cottonwood at 2657 Village Drive. Office hours are Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.

The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension has publications and information on gardening and pest control. Call (928) 646-9113 ext. 14.

Victim advocate volunteers needed

The Victim Services Division of the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office is looking for volunteers to serve as victim advocates. Volunteers provide support to victims of crime. Volunteers provide victims’ rights information, victim input to judges, courtroom advocacy as well as some clerical assistance within the Victim Services Division.

A comprehensive training program is provided. Qualifications include: Good listening, communication and people skills, and a desire to help people in need. A criminal background/fingerprint check is required. For more information, or to obtain a volunteer application, please contact Linda at (928) 777-7179.

Join the Lions for great cause

The Clarkdale/Jerome Lions Club, Cottonwood Lions Club, Camp Verde Lions Club need your help and new members for these activities in our community.

Clarkdale/Jerome Lions Club does White Cane days (money collected goes toward eye glasses for children and adults), Concerts in Clarkdale Park (selling pop, water, brownies), Halloween (selling pop, hot cocoa, water, and give away candy). Monies from these fund raising programs goes back into the community.

Donations are made to Police Department, Fire Department, Mingus Union High School Graduation Party, flags to Clarkdale, Oak Creek School on Veterans Day, Camp Tatiyee (a camp for special needs children and adults), Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation of Arizona, Arts and Crafts Summer Program in Jerome.

For more info on Clarkdale Lions Club call Dave Andrews at 634-8207, Cottonwood Lions Club call Ron Black at 639-4602, Camp Verde Lions Club call Gary Greeson at 567-0342 or Wesley Girard at 567-5343.

Meet the Professionals

Sedona Professionals is a nonprofit business referral organization that provides a relationship-building and networking environment to its members each week. The group meets every Wednesday morning at Orchards for a breakfast meeting at 7:15 a.m.

Healthy changes to the WIC Food Program

Yavapai County Community Health Services (YCCHS) administers the Federal program, Women, Infants and Children’s (WIC) through a grant with Arizona Department of Health Services for eligible participants. The program began in the 1970s as a health prevention program for young children by providing foods with essential nutrients, such as protein, iron, calcium and vitamins A and C. However, many of the foods were also high in calories and fat. The food package has just recently changed to promote healthier eating by including fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grain foods such as whole wheat bread, brown rice and corn tortillas and switching to low-fat milk

To find out about eligibility for this program, call Cottonwood at (928) 639-8134.

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