Events 11/16 - 11/22
Bird Walks - Thru 11/30, 8am (Wed & Sat): Bird enthusiasts can join a naturalist for a guided hike. Wear appropriate clothing, bring binoculars. Red Rock State Park, 4050 Lower Red Rock Loop Road. (928) 282-6907.
Happy Christmas to Elderly - Thru 12/8: A gift-giving program for the elderly throughout the Verde Valley is in its eighth year. Practical, heart-warming gifts needed. Place in brown paper grocery bag and drop off. Metro Hair, 109 S. Main St., Cottonwood, or Cosse & Wallace CPA, 40 Tortilla Drive, Sedona. (928) 282-1524.
English Cheese Tasting - 11/17, 4-7pm: Enjoy samples of Double Gloucester with chive and onion, White Stilton with lemon zest and Red Dragon cheddar with mustard seeds. New Frontiers Natural Marketplace, 1420 W. 89A in Old Marketplace, Sedona. (928) 282-6311.
Holiday Craft Fair - 11/18-11/19, 9am-4pm: Verde Village Property Owner's Association hosts vendors at the clubhouse. 4855 Broken Saddle, Cottonwood. Mal: (928) 634-9785.
Holiday Vendor Fair - 11/19, 10am-5pm: Holiday merchandise on display for sale, food, gift cards. Booths available ($15 donation, new toy, nonperishable food items go to help local families). Wingfield Plaza, 564 Main St., Camp Verde. (928) 567-0202.
Jerome Elks Winter Charity Ball - 11/19, 6pm: Prime rib dinner, dancing to music of Happy Days, raffles, door prizes. Benefits Elks charity causes. Elks Lodge, 100 S. Broadway, Clarkdale. (928) 634-5611.
Contra Dance - 11/19, 6:30pm: Dance to a live band, Just Desserts; all dances are taught and called. No partner necessary. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. $6. Cottonwood Civic Center, 805 N. Main St. (928) 774-5936 or 634-0486.
Passionista Holiday Luncheon - 11/20, 11:30am: Sedona International Film Festival combines food from Lisa Dahl and fashion from Ronnie Claire Edwards for an autumn fund-raiser. $50/$55. Cucina Rustica, Tequa Marketplace, 7000 SR 179, Village of Oak Creek. (928) 282-1177.
Thanksgiving Ecumenical Celebration - 11/23, 7pm: Verde Valley Faith Communities hosts a celebration. All are welcome. Bring a non-perishable food item. St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 889 First South St., Clarkdale. (928) 634-8593.
Sedona Turkey Trot 5K - 11/24, 8am: Third annual race raises money for Camp Soaring Eagle. $25/$30.Starts and ends at Posse Grounds Park, 525 Posse Ground Road. Adam: (928) 282-6956, www.virtualroster.com.
Jerome Lights Up the Mountain - 11/26, 5-9pm: The official lighting of the town park includes entertainment, reading of "The Night Before Christmas," hundreds of luminaria and even Santa Claus. Main Street, Jerome. (928) 649-3847, jeromechamber.com.
Dances of Universal Peace - 11/26, 7-9pm: Special celebration evening of thankfulness with spiritual meditative circle dances. $8 donation. Old Town Center for the Arts, Studio B, 633 N. Fifth St., Cottonwood. (928) 301-9686, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holiday Tree Lighting & Santa Visit - 12/2, 5-7pm: Hear holiday favorites from music groups and watch tree lighting and Santa's arrival. Free. Sedona Center, 270 N. 89A, Sedona. (928) 204-2390, www.sedonamainsreet.com.
Jerome Polar Express Party - 12/2, 6pm: Jerome Chamber of Commerce presents the annual event where children can listen to a reading of the classic children's story, write a letter to Santa, make an ornament, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Pajamas welcome. $5/person - tickets at Mooey Christmas or Gisele's Café and Bakery. Spook Hall (Lawrence Memorial Hall), 260 Hull Ave., Jerome. (928) 634-2604.
Sedona Charter School Winter Gala - 12/2, 6-9:30pm: The public is invited to this semi-formal event (with optional Masquerade theme). $45. Los Abrigados Resort and Spa ballroom, 160 Portal Lane, Sedona. (928) 204-6464.
Chocolate Lover's Walk - 12/3, 4-8pm: Tickets are on sale for the annual event that lets you collect chocolates in Old Town shops, live music, tree lighting, trolley transport, store decorating contest. Main Street, Cottonwood. (877) 928-4682.
Santa is Coming to Clarkdale - 12/3, 11am-1pm: Children can visit with Santa and have their photo taken, drink hot chocolate with cookies and create an ornament for the Town tree. Free. Men's Lounge, Clark Memorial Clubhouse, 19 N. Ninth St., Clarkdale. (928) 639-2490.
Loving Bowls - 12/10, 2-5pm: Ceramics artists have been volunteering their skills to create bowls for this annual fund-raising event, this year including a recognition of local heroes, in an always surprising silent auction. Sedona Arts Center, Special Exhibition Gallery & Theater Classroom, 15 Art Barn Road, Sedona. (928) 282-3809.
Clarkdale Centennial Home and Building Tour - 12/10, 9am-3pm: The Clarkdale Historical Society kicks off the town's centennial celebration by featuring five homes and three historic buildings on the annual tour. $15 includes lunch ($20 after 12/1). Clarkdale Historical Society & Museum, 900 First North St., Clarkdale. (928) 649-1198.
Sedona Welcomers Craft Fair & Luncheon - 12/14: Reservation check for $25 sent to Evelyn Cashman, P.O. Box 21158, Sedona AZ 86341 before 12/9. Sedona Hilton Canyon Ballroom, 90 Ridge Trail Drive, Village of Oak Creek. www.sedonawelcomers.wordpress.com.