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What's Happening 5-20-11

Ed Dowling at Bent River June 11<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->June 11<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Bent River Books & Music presents Ed Dowling, Open Tuning Guitar, Dobro, 5 String Banjo, Slide Guitar, Contemporary Eclectic Acoustic, Organic Boogie Music. Dowling plays 6-8 p.m. The book store is at 1124 N. Main St., in Old Town Cottonwood.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 --><br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

Ed Dowling at Bent River June 11<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->June 11<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Bent River Books & Music presents Ed Dowling, Open Tuning Guitar, Dobro, 5 String Banjo, Slide Guitar, Contemporary Eclectic Acoustic, Organic Boogie Music. Dowling plays 6-8 p.m. The book store is at 1124 N. Main St., in Old Town Cottonwood.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 --><br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

Depression quilt on exhibit

The Camp Verde Historical Society Museum has a new exhibit featuring a “Depression Quilt” made in 1931 by Effie Hunt. The top of the quilt is made from “Bull Durham” sacks and is hand tied with the strings from the sacks. The quilt batting is hand-carded wool. Also on display are two quilts from the historical “M Diamond Ranch.” The Museum is located at 435 S. Main Street in Historical Downtown Camp Verde. Admission is free. Museum hours are Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and by appointment. Call CVHS Museum during business hours for information at (928) 567-9560.

Verde Valley Computer Club Meetings

Friday, May 20, at 4 p.m. the Spreadsheet SIG will meet with ‘Questions and Answers’ and Saturday, May 21, at 9:30 a.m. will be the General Meeting with the topic of ‘Printers, Inks and Papers.’ The events are free and will be held at the Clemenceau Building, Willard Street at Mingus Avenue, Cottonwood. Visit the website, contact Dave 639-0106.

Fout plays Friday music

May 20

Jay Fout provides this Friday’s music at Arizona Stronghold’s Tasting Room 1023 N. Main St., Cottonwood, from 7 to 9 p.m. Call (928) 639-2789.

Dave Rentz & Co. and Crema Café

May 22

Enjoy music Sunday mornings in Crema Cafe’s Courtyard with local favorite Dave Rentz -- often accompanied by his musically talented friends, 8-10 a.m. The café is at 917 N. Main St., in Old Town Cottonwood.

Contact (928) 649-5785 or

Studio Open Sew

Quilter’s Quarters, 51 N. Verde Heights Drive in Cottonwood, has an open sew every Tuesday morning from 9 a.m. to noon and every Tuesday evening from 5 to 8 p.m.

Do you dream of some uninterrupted sewing time? Maybe some focused time to finish those projects? Or maybe you just want to sew and enjoy good company. No matter your reasons, enjoy the camaraderie of both new and old stitching friends in a spacious classroom. Free. Call (928) 634-8161.

Kidney Disease Education Class

May 27

Fresenius Medical Care at Verde Valley Medical Center will offer its Treatment Options Program (TOPs) 2-4 p.m. This class is a free seminar to inform at-risk patients and their families about chronic kidney disease and treatments. Sessions are open to the public. A full schedule is available at (in English and Spanish)

VVMC is at 269 S. Candy Lane, Cottonwood.

Live Gypsy-Mystic Music

June 29

Ariana Saraha performs Mystic-Gypsy Music at ChocolaTree Organic Eatery and Marketplace, 1595 W. 89A, Sedona, from 7 to 10 p.m.

At once earthy and ethereal, Ariana’s lush voice and unique compositions are as unique as her gypsy roots, and flavored by the exotic sounds of Celtic, Classical Indian, and Middle Eastern music. Cover is $10. For more information contact,

(928) 282-2997 or

Verde Valley Chapter AEYC

June 2

Verde Valley Chapter of the Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children meets monthly to discuss community resources and professional development. Meetings are held at a different children’s center or agency each month. Meetings feature community speakers and potluck. They alternate between Cottonwood and Camp Verde, with meetings beginning at 4 p.m.

Call (928) 639-4335 for monthly meeting location.

Jam Session at VFW

Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 6739, 277 W. 260, Camp Verde, has a Jam Session every Sunday at 1 p.m. Dave Rice is hosting this rocking event with some of the valley’s best musicians. Come and rock with us. Call (928) 567-4642.

VVMC’s Diabetes Support group

May 23

Verde Valley Medical Center’s (VVMC) Diabetes Education Program is reaching out to embrace the diabetic community and their loved ones by hosting monthly diabetes support groups.

These local groups provide a supportive and sharing environment for all individuals, family members and friends affected by the disease.

This month’s meeting is 5–7 p.m., Monday, in VVMC’s Conference Rooms B and C. This meeting will feature Virginia Rodriguez, project coordinator for the Arizona Living Well Program.

Rodriguez will discuss the free Healthy Living workshops to be offered in the Cottonwood area.

The presentation offers insight on how to self manage many chronic conditions including diabetes.

This event is open to all members of the community.

To RSVP, call VVMC at (928) 639-6346; walk-ins welcome.

Last Friday at the Clemenceau

May 27

Stop by the Clemenceau Heritage Museum for some fun between 1 and 3 p.m. This month’s “Last Friday” features a sing-along with Fran Judd on the keyboard. The emphasis will be on songs from the 1930s through 1960s and printouts of the songs will be available.

The Clemenceau Museum is on the corner of Willard and Mingus in Cottonwood. Admission is free, donations welcome. Contact (928) 634-2868, on the web.

Thanks A Latte to host Dylan birthday bash open mic

May 23

Thanks A Latte Espresso Cafe, 348 S. Main St. in Camp Verde, will host a Bob

Dylan 70th birthday open mic Monday. Monday’s regular open mic, 5-8 p.m., hosted by Gary Simpkins, will be devoted exclusively to Bob Dylan songs.

Spiritual Divination class series begins

June 2

Would you like to learn how to use pendulums and dowsing rods to explore a wide variety of subtle phenomena? Learn to use pendulums and dowsing rods to explore auras, ley lines & vortexes, past life information, soul charts, and communication with your guides.

Rev. Larry Secor begins a 6 week series of classes every Thursday in June 7-9 p.m. at Crystal Enlightenment on the Creek, 313 SR 179, Sedona. Most of the classes, including Introduction to Spiritual Dowsing on June 2, Dowsing Spiritual Energies on June 9, Past Life Regression on June 16, and Communicating with Your Guides on June 30 are $30 per class.

To reserve your place, call Larry at (954) 376-1769 or stop in at Crystal Enlightenments on the Creek, across from Tlaquepaque, to sign up.

MATForce Dump the Drugs Event

May 21

A “Dump the Drugs” event will be in Lake Montezuma.

The event gives community members a chance to safely dispose of unwanted prescription or over-the-counter medication.

Prescription and over-the-counter medications can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and noon at Beaver Creek Adult Center, 4250 E. Zuni Way in Lake Montezuma.

For more information call (928) 567-4556 or visit the website at

Fiesta dinner, salsa contest

May 21

The American Legion Auxiliary Post 93, 286 S. Third St., in Camp Verde, is hosting a Fiesta Dinner and its fifth annual Salsa Challenge. All proceeds will benefit Adopt-a-Family. Dinner will be served 5-8 p.m. with live music starting at 5:30 p.m. Come and enjoy great food for only $8. Submit/deliver one quart of your homemade salsa with entry fee of $5 before 1 p.m. to the Legion Auxiliary. Cash prizes will be given to first, second & third best salsa winners from the salsa’s entry fee and donation proceeds. Tasting cups will be sold for $1 donation during the dinner.

America the Beautiful Anti-Trash clean up

May 21

The public is invited to participate in the Folksville, USA Anti-Trash cleanup scheduled for May 21. This event will litter clean ups on SR 260 from Cottonwood to Camp Verde, SR 89A from Cottonwood to Sedona, SR 169 from I-17 to SR 69. Appropriate clothing, water and vests are required. Participants must be at least 12 years old. Litterbags will be provided by ADOT or the Cottonwood Home Depot, as well as a limited number of vests. For meeting times, locations and other questions contact Gary Chamberlain (928) 202-1186 or Jade at Rusty’s Morningstar Ranch at (928) 634-4784.

Nutcracker Children’s Ballet in performance

May 21

The students of Central Arizona Dance Company will present The Nutcracker Ballet. The performance will be presented at the Camp Verde Multi-Use Complex Theater on Saturday at 7:15 p.m. Door will be open at 6:30 p.m. The cost for tickets is $6 for ages 12 through adult; children 11 and younger are free.

For more information call Lucy Couch (928) 567-4778.

Vyktoria at Bent River

May 20

Local singer-songwriter Vyktoria Pratt-Keating brings her popular Celtic music show back to Bent River on Friday night at 6 p.m. Vyktoria’s voice, sometimes called ethereal but we like to say it’s just really good, is ideally suited for her Celtic repertoire, especially our favorite - ‘The Dimming of the Day.’ Vyktoria has traveled extensively around the world with her award-winning music but has decided to settle in the Verde Valley due to the ever-burgeoning music scene. We are fortunate to have someone of her caliber play at the bookstore so please come out and support Vyktoria and Celtic music.

Bent River Books & Music is at 1124 N. Main in Old Town Cottonwood. Seating is limited, donations are suggested for the musicians and refreshments will be served. Call (928) 634-8332.

Bob Dylan Birthday Party & Concert

May 21

Old Town Center for the Arts in Old Town Cottonwood hosts the sixth annual Bob Dylan Birthday Party & Concert at 7 p.m. Featured acts include Joe Neri & the Mystery Tramps, Decker, William Eaton, Gary Every, Vyktoria Pratt Keating, Don Whitcher and many more.

Tickets: $12 in advance & seniors; $15 at the door.

Caring Hearts opens new location

May 21

Caring Hearts of Sedona and Caring Hearts of Cottonwood, providers of non-medical in-home care, will be hosting a “Meet and Greet” Grand Opening of our new Cottonwood Office, 830 S. Main St., Suite 2C. They will give away a minimum of $2,000 in free caregiving services for seniors and many other door prizes every 30 minutes during both events. They will serve complimentary food and beverages.

For more information please contact Nora or Theresa at 928-284-1948 or 928-649-6755

Last-chance free tax help

May 21

Catholic Charities Community Services is providing free tax preparation for those with low-moderate incomes who need to file a late or amended return. The agency’s goal is to maximum returns by helping people receive all their qualified credits and deductions, including the federal earned income tax credit.

Families with children and household incomes under $49,000, and individuals with incomes under $13,000, may qualify for the earned income tax credit, as well as other tax credits and deductions.

Free tax preparation is by appointment only at the Catholic Charities Cottonwood office, 736 N. Main St. For more information and to set an appointment, call.(928) 634-4254, ext. 0.

Verde Valley Kids Carnival

May 21

Verde Valley Montessori School in Cottonwood Arizona will hold a Kids Carnival at the Old Town Cottonwood Activity Park, 791 N. Main St, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The carnival will feature local arts and crafts, face painting, bounce houses, fun-slides, old-time carnival games and prizes, a watermelon eating contest, barbequed hamburgers and hotdogs and other delicious treats.

On the park’s stage lots of great entertainment has been lined up including Magical Michael Steel who will perform magic at 10:30, Major Lingo’s John Zeigler at 11am, demonstrations from local organizations, plus Dave Rentz’s one man musical oddity at 2 p.m.

Admission is free to the public. Tickets for the bounce houses, carnival games and raffles will be available at the event and proceeds will benefit Verde Valley Montessori School. For more information please call Melissa Alleyne at (928) 634-2601.

VVPOA to clean up highway

May 21

The VVPOA will be cleaning up its section of Highway 260 on May 21. They will meet at the One in Christ Church parking lot at 7 a.m. They have bags and vests and some nail sticks. Volunteers should bring their own water and wear long sleeve shirts and gloves. As usual, the more volunteers they have the quicker the job will get done. Please call Mal at 634-9785 if you have any questions.

Genealogy Group meets

May 23

The Sedona Genealogy Club will meet at 1:30 p.m. at the Sedona Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 160 Mormon Hill Road, off of Brewer Road. Anyone interested in genealogy is welcome to attend.

Everyone is asked to share a story or other memorabilia of a family member who served in the military. With Memorial Day only a week away, they would like to hear about someone on your family tree who served to protect our country.

For more about our meeting, contact Betsy Feinberg at (928) 203-0676 ext. 11.

Immigration Information Session

May 24

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services presents a session for legal permanent residents, naturalization applicants and the general public from 6 to 8 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 700 N. Bill Gray Road, Cottonwood.

Topics covered at the free session include the immigration process and “Don’t be a Victim of Immigration Fraud.”

Contact Rose Erivez-Arthur at

Action Meeting for Democrats

May 26

At 6:30 p.m., Democrats of the Verde Valley will host an Action Meeting at Randall’s Restaurant on South Main Street in Cottonwood. They will identify categories of concern and break into small groups. The goal is to end the meeting with at least six items that can be accomplished in the next month, as well as other ideas to implement throughout the year. They invite all those interested to attend. Refreshments provided. For further info call (928) 634-3688 (leave message), or see

Learn more at MATForce Lunch ‘n Learn

May 26

In honor of National Drug Court Month, MATForce is highlighting these programs at the ext Lunch ‘n Learn. The Lunch ‘n Learn is held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Board of Supervisors Room, Yavapai County Administration Building 1015 S. Fair St. Prescott and teleconferenced to the Yavapai County Cottonwood Annex, 10 S. Sixth St., Cottonwood.  Brown-bag lunches are welcome. 

The presentation will include a panel of professionals and drug court alumni. For more information contact MATForce at (928) 708-0100 or visit

MUHS graduation ceremony

May 27

The Mingus Union High School graduation ceremony for the class of 2011 begins at 7 p.m.

Shuttle buses from Fry’s and Faith Lutheran Church will begin at 5 p.m. The majority of handicapped parking will be in the east parking lot in front of the main entrance to the school. Seating on the field will be limited to guests with a ticket.

Cottonwood Dances of Universal Peace

May 29

Dances of Universal Peace are spiritual meditative circle dances, inspired by chants and mantras from the world’s spiritual traditions. These simple dances, accompanied by live music, are all taught as we do them. Suggested donation $8. at the Old Town Center for the Arts, Studio B, 633 N. 5th St. at N. Main. Info: or (928) 301-9696.

Art for Kids in Cottonwood

June 2

Register for children’s art classes with Maleita Wise for the summer session. Classes will begin the first Thursday in June and continue on Thursdays through the end of the month. They will meet in the multipurpose room within the Jerona Café Shop right across from the Post Office in Cottonwood.

Time is 2-3:30. Cost is $15 a class, which includes materials.

If you are interested in being registered, contact or 634-3697. Educational and professional background sent upon request or found on the under Meet Maleita. Deadline for registration is May 31. Class size limited to 12 children ages 8-12. No drop-ins. You must be registered to take part in the class.

Paws for Patients at VVMC

June 4

Recognizing the healing benefits of animals, Verde Valley Medical Center’s (VVMC) Paws for Patients program offers patients special visits with therapy dogs. VVMC is hosting 30-minute team evaluations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Conference Room A, 269 Candy Lane. The team evaluation involves observing the animal/handler team in a simulated hospital setting. Teams are scored on how well the handler interprets and manages the animal’s behavior, how well the animal responds to the handler, and how well the team relates to patients.

To schedule an evaluation or for more information, contact Dee Chadwick at (928) 284-5757 or by e-mail at

Missoula Children’s Theatre returns

June 13

The Verde Valley Concert Association is proud to announce that the Missoula Children’s Theatre is returning to the Verde Valley again in June. Shows are being staged in Cottonwood, Clarkdale and the Village of Oak Creek.

Both Cottonwood and the VOC will present King Arthur’s Quest. Clarkdale will present Cinderella. Cottonwood’s audition, rehearsals and shows are staged in the Civic Center in Old Town. Auditions will be held Monday morning June 13 at 9:45 a.m. The VOC audition, rehearsals and shows will be staged at the Verde Valley School. Auditions will be held Monday morning June 20 at 9:45 a.m. Clarkdale’s audition, rehearsals and shows are staged in the gym of the Clarkdale Jerome School. Auditions will be held in the CJS gym Monday morning June 20 at 9:45 a.m.

Younger students who are cast will rehearse till noon. Older students will need to bring lunch and plan to stay until 2 p.m.

For information about Cottonwood and Clarkdale productions please call Betsy Williams at (928)639-1693. For more info on the VOC production please call Nicole Davis at (928) 301-2814.

Find the biggest cottonwood in Cottonwood

Thru June 30

Fame and fortune can be yours (well, fortune is a bit of an exaggeration, but there will be prizes), so put on your walking shoes, pick up a tape measure and don’t forget a camera.

Cottonwood got its name from a circle of cottonwood trees near the location of the old jail, which became an overnight stop for area cattlemen and ranchers going to and coming from Jerome. As a project to celebrate Arizona’s Centennial, the Clemenceau Heritage Museum is sponsoring a contest to find the largest Cottonwood.

Here are the guidelines: Measure the circumference of the Cottonwood tree four feet above the ground, take a picture of the tree and submit it, together with an entry form, to the Clemenceau Heritage Museum. Oh, the location of the tree must be in the Cottonwood zip code area. Photos should be 8-by-10-inches with your name, address and telephone number on the back. Bring or mail your photo to the Museum, along with an entry form, which can be picked up at the museum or downloaded from

Museum hours are Wednesday 9-12 and Fridays through Sundays 11-3. If mailing entries, send to Clemenceau Heritage Museum, PO Box 511, Cottonwood AZ 86325. Deadline for submissions are June 30, 2011. . In case of tie, the earlier submission will be the winner.

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