What's Happening 5-27-12
Bus Trip offered
Camp Verde Parks & Recreation is now taking reservations for a bus trip to the Arizona Diamondbacks, June 22nd game against the Chicago Cubs. Game time is 6:40 p.m. and the cost is $42 per person for bus trip and ticket. Seats are in section 112 and only 40 tickets are available, so hurry and reserve your seat today.
For more information call Parks & Recreation at 567-0535 ext. 136.
Buena Vista Children’s Services offers
Bullying Awareness. Learn why children bully, the warning signs that a child is being bullied and what to do if your child is being bullied. Bullying can take many forms, such as; hitting, kicking, threatening others, teasing, name calling and excluding others from a group. Joy Gallagher, Early Childhood Consultant, will be presenting this workshop.
This June 9 class is geared for families with children 5 years and younger. FREE child care is limited and available to those who register.
This workshop is hosted by Buena Vista Children’s Services and funded by Community Counts through a grant from First Things First.
The class is located at Bright Futures Child Care 19 E. Beech St. Cottonwood. June 9, 9-11 a.m.
To register, contact Joanne Schloeman at Buena Vista Children’s Services. 928-451-5755 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
coming to Camp Verde
June 1- 2, the Camp Verde Crawdad Festival returns at the Salt Mine Cellars, 212 Finnie Flat Road in Camp Verde. Crawdads will be served both evenings starting at 5:30.
Musical entertainment will be provided starting at 5 p.m. on Friday with Reno and Sheila, followed by the Out Lawz Band. On Saturday Black Leather Zydeco from Tucson will add a dose of Cajun flavor to the evening.
Admission includes a crawdad dinner with all the fixings, or if you are not a crawdad fan, a steak dinner or one of Salt Mine Cellars’ super pizzas.
Cost is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. There is free admission for children accompanied by a parent but the child’s meal is separate.
Advance tickets are on sale at Camp Verde Chamber of Commerce visitor Center, Horn saloon, Camp Verde feeds, Sweet grace, Camp Verde reality, Laidback jewelry, Golden Bone, thanks a latte, and Healthy Thymes.
They are also on sale at KA Cycle, the Barber Shop and Connection Concepts in Cottonwood.
New Farmer’s Market at Cornville Mission
Every Wednesday, 4-7 p.m., at the Cornville Mission Food Bank located at Cornville and Page springs roads. It will take place every Wednesday and 10 percent of all revenue that generated at the market will be donated each week to the Cornville Mission Food Bank.
Homeless coalition meeting set June 6
Verde Valley Homeless Coaliton is meeting on June 6, 2 p.m. at the Verde Valley Guidance Clinic in their Community Room. You will hear a progress report from the newly formed Board of Directors of the Cold Weather Shelter which is still scheduled to be running by fall. Since the last meeting, there have been a couple of options presented to the Homeless Coalition for consideration which everyone will find exciting and have opportunity to discuss. For more information, contact Marilyn Williams, 634-4254 X 54118. Public is welcome.
Medicare Home Health benefit
The Cottonwood Village Senior Living Community and Northern Arizona Homecare and Hospice are hosting a free lecture aimed at addressing questions, rules and regulations surrounding the Medicare Home Health benefit. The lecture begins at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 14 at the Cottonwood Village Auditorium, 201 E. Mingus Ave.
The event is open to the public as well as members of the healthcare community. Refreshments will be available. RSVPs are requested by calling 928 639-6675 or via email at email@example.com Over the years, Cottonwood Village has been the site of numerous special events, community meetings and even holiday-themed parties. Residents of the Verde Valley are accustomed to the sight of signs and balloons outside the facility, inviting them to come in and join the party!
When Marketing Director Mara Miller joined the Cottonwood Village team in November 2011, she sought to continue their community involvement, but with a new focus on education. In January, Miller launched the first in a series of interactive and collaborative lectures on topics relevant to senior’s healthcare needs.
“It’s not only seniors who need this information,” Miller said. “The rules and regulations related to healthcare can be very complicated. Caregivers, healthcare and senior care professionals all have questions regarding services. It’s very important that people understand eligibility and benefits before they need them.”
One of the most complex topics is the Medicare Home Health benefit. Individuals who have Medicare, AHCCCS and most private insurance plans have coverage for homecare services. These services may include part-time nursing care, physical therapy, speech language pathology services and occupational therapy -- but eligibility requirements must be strictly followed.
Susan Wall, MSW, LCSW, a licensed clinical social worker with Northern Arizona Homecare and Hospice, will address the Medicare Home Health Benefit. Wall’s presentation, “Taking the MYSTERY out of the Medicare Home Health Benefit” will include a question and answer period. Wall has been a social worker with Northern Arizona Homecare and Hospice since 1997, and worked in New Mexico in a similar capacity from 1993-1997. She has an additional 15 years experience in the field of healthcare, and describes her work as “a passion and a commitment”.
For more information about Northern Arizona Homecare and Hospice, call 928 639-6675 or visit NAHhealth.com/OurServices/NorthernArizonaHomecare.
For more information about this seminar, and about senior living opportunities, including independent and/or assisted living, please contact Mara Miller at Cottonwood Village at 634-4225.
Sponsorship opportunities for Chamber Golf Tourney
It’s tee time! Planning for the tenth Annual Cottonwood Chamber Golf Tournament is well under way. Committee members are inviting area businesses to join as major sponsors.
Sponsorships are available with Gold ($500 includes one foursome, company name on golf cart and name on banner, Business table for product promotion on tee box and two opportunities for flyers in Chamber Newsletter) or Silver Sponsor ($250 includes one two some, company name on golf cart, name on banner, Business table for product promotion on tee box and one opportunity to place flyer in Chamber Newsletter. For just $50 you can get a tee/cart/green sign on the day of the event.
Historically, sponsors return year after year to support the Cottonwood Golf Challenge. “There are always spots available for new sponsors,” notes event Chairperson, Phyllis McDaniel. Many levels of sponsorship are available, from Gold and Silver to tee and cart.
The tournament is scheduled July 21, at Verde Santa Fe. The tournament is expected to sell out all 120 spots.
In addition to sponsorship opportunities, Chamber volunteers will also be calling community businesses for prizes and for items to be included in the golfers “goodie bags.” There is no charge to promote your business by including a logo’d item in the goodie bags.
Several years ago, the Golf Challenge moved from October to July in order to attract more out of town players. “We hope that area businesses, particularly hotels and restaurants, will see this as an excellent marketing opportunity during a traditionally slow time,” explains McDaniel. “In addition to the application, prospective
golfers will be sent a list of other things to see and do in the Verde Valley, so they’ll be encouraged to make a family weekend out of it.”
For nine consecutive years the outpouring of generosity from the business community has been awesome and almost every participant goes home with a raffle or silent auction prize. To participate as a sponsor or to donate a prize, please contact the Cottonwood Chamber office at 928-634-7593.
Cottonwood Police to hold bike sale
On Saturday, June 2, the Cottonwood Police Department Property and Evidence Section will hold a bike sale, open to the public starting at 7 a.m. The sale will take place in the parking lot of the Cottonwood Police Department located at 199 S. 6th St., Cottonwood. An assortment of about 60 bikes will be available for purchase by the general public beginning at 7 a.m.
They are all part of an inventory of unclaimed bicycles that were impounded and held at the police department for over 90 days. The bikes are in varying conditions, and as such, prices will depend on the bike selected. The bikes will be pre-arranged in terms of condition and price and will be available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis.
Chili cooks and tasters needed
The fourth annual Cornville Chili Cook-Off is scheduled Saturday, June 2, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Windmill Park. It’s time to get cookin’.
Dazzle everyone with your specialty, watch the preparation, taste the chili and vote for your favorite. It all takes place in Cornville.
The chili cook-off is sanctioned by CASI, the Chili Appreciation Society International, Yavapai Chili Society.
To register, contact Lois Hook at 649-3190 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Last year, Lois says about 15 cooks joined the Cornville Cook-off competition. All the proceeds return to the Cornville Community Association.
A small fee of $3 is charged for a tasting cup and spoon. Lois says you may taste as much as you like. But be sure to vote for your favorite.
There are two awards. The People’s Choice award is granted to the cook that gathers the most votes from the general competition, but special judges chose the Competition Red Chili is awarded to the Red Chili Chefs contestants.
There is a $10 entrance fee for Red Chili Chefs only, but no entrance fee to enter the People’s Choice competition.
Cornfest returns to Camp Verde
Camp Verde’s 21st Cornfest is right around the corner, July 20-21. Vendor spaces are available for this fun event. There will be a beer garden, lots of fun activities for the family and entertainment as well.
There also will be lots of roasted corn along with other delights to satisfy your taste senses. Call Camp Verde Promotions at 928-300-7077 or email to email@example.com if you’re looking for a vendor space or if you just have questions.
Beginner hula classes for women
Kehau Chrisman, Kumu Hula (Hula Master) from Hawaii, announces open enrollment for Beginning-Hula Women’s Class, ages 16 and older, in Cottonwood on June 4, 7-8 p.m.
The cost for this six-week workshop is $48, payable at the first session. Classes will be held every Monday at the Cottonwood Civic Center in Old Town Cottonwood, 805 N. Main Street.
Participants should bring notepaper, and wear something comfortable. This initial stage will run 6 weeks, and participants will have the option of continuing on a weekly basis after that.
Chrisman, formerly of Hawaii and now a Cottonwood resident, has been teaching hula in Cottonwood since early 2004. Halau (school) members now number over 50, and spans from Prescott Valley to Flagstaff.
Chrisman has 30 years of hula experience and has been fully trained as a Kumu Hula (Hula Master), graduating with formal ceremonies in 2000.
Her hula lineage of teaching includes an integration of Hawaiian dance, music, language and culture. Hula has great depth and is more than just dance movement.
For more information, visit www.arizonahula.com. You can also call Kehau Chrisman at 639-4683.
Dive in and help the Cottonwood Clippers
The 31st annual Cottonwood Clippers Swim Team Booster’s membership drive is under way! Local businesses and swim families are encouraged to show their support of the swim team by joining the Clipper Boosters. There are four different levels of participation available. Some of the business booster advantages are: seasonal banner at the pool all season, year-round web ad link to your business website, and more. The Clippers swim team was implemented to aid, encourage, and assist in the support of a competitive swimming program. If interested, please contact Terry at 634-8633.
meets June 6
Alzheimer’s disease is increasingly prevalent as people live longer, and their caregivers are often in need of support and helpful resources. The first Wednesday of each month, Verde Valley Presbyterian Church hosts a support group for caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients from 10-11 a.m. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, June 6, at Verde Valley Presbyterian Church, 1500 E. Hombre Drive, in Cottonwood. This support group is open to all. For information, call Barbara at (928) 634-2638 or Fran at (928) 634-6495.
Zumbathon to benefit Northern Arizona Hospice
Looking to practice your dance moves and support a great cause? Then join the Zumbathon to benefit Northern Arizona Hospice patients and the building of the new Verde Valley Hospice Home. The fun-filled event is 2-4 p.m., Saturday, June 2, at the Cottonwood Civic Center, 805 N. Main St.
The suggested donation for the two-hour event is $15.
For more information call 928-639-6676.
New Farmers Market in Lake Montezuma
Growers are wanted for a new Farmers Market beginning in May at the historic Ranch House Restaurant in Beaver Creek. No charge for grower vendors.
Contact Bob Burke at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (928) 301-0394.
Verde Valley Friends of NRA Banquet
There will be a Verde Valley Friends of NRA Banquet from 4:30 to 10 p.m. The event, to be held at the Clarkdale Elk’s Lodge, 100 S. Broadway Road, will feature a prime rib dinner, bucket raffles for prizes, early bird drawings for special prizes, live auctions, silent auctions, and multiple games for guns, optics, extra raffle tickets, etc. As an added bonus this year, raffle ticket packages purchased by May 31 will be doubled. Seating is limited to just 200 participants so buy your tickets early at Smoke-N-Guns in Cottonwood, 322 S. Main St., or contact Gari Basham at (928) 451-1251.
Fill your baskets with CSA
Through Oct. 17
Spaces are now available for the Verde Valley Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) season. Shareholders meet every Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Windmill Park in Cornville to pick up their basket of locally grown, freshly picked produce from area family farms. This is a volunteer-run, nonprofit organization. Shareholders may pay for the season up front for $474 or make two payments of $242 preseason and midseason.
For more information, call Sandy Boyce at (928) 203-1100 or visit www.localharvest.org/verde-valley-csa-M19008
Cornville Chili Cook-Off
The Fourth annual Cornville Chili Cook-off is scheduled at Windmill Park at 9950 E Cornville Road. The Chili Appreciation Society International-sanctioned event includes two varieties of delicious home made chili, and offers a chance for you to vote on your favorite. Tasting of People’s Choice Chili begins at 11 a.m. Red Chili is turned in at 1 p.m. to a panel of judges. There is no fee to enter your favorite chili in the People’s Choice division and only $10 for the Red Chili contest. Chili tasters purchase a cup and spoon for $3, allowing them to taste each of the chilis and to vote for their favorite.
All proceeds benefit the Cornville Community Association. Rules for preparation of each type of chili are posted at www.greatercornville.org under Calendar of Events. Contact Jerry Lee (623) 388-9748 or email@example.com, or Lois Hook 649-3190 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Austin recording artist Cara Marie
Austin recording artist Cara Marie returns with her great voice and original songs at 6 p.m. at Bent River Books & Music, 1010 N. Main St., Cottonwood. Call (928) 634-8332.
New songs from Cactus Cats
Popular country duo Cactus Cats returns with a new batch of originals and traditional songs at 6 p.m. at Bent River Books & Music, 1010 N. Main St., Cottonwood. Call (928) 634-8332.
Annual Copper Ball benefits Cancer Centers
The theme of the 10th annual Cooper Ball is “A Trip Around the World,” sponsored by Dell Systems. The black-tie event will take place 6-11:30 p.m. at the beautiful Enchantment Resort in Sedona, and will benefit the Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare at the Verde Valley Medical Center Sedona Campus.
There will be live music, live and silent auctions, dinner and dancing. For more information call (877) 527-5291.
Dorothy and Ray sing the blues
Dorothy and Ray return with a new vocalist and Big Mike on guitar to also kick out the blues. If you caught their Christmas Eve Blues show we know you’ll be back to catch this show. The gig is at Bent River Books & Music, 1010 N. Main St., Cottonwood. Call (928) 634-8332.
Cancer Support Groups available
Cancer impacts many individuals within our communities, either as a patient, family member or caregiver. When someone is coping with a cancer diagnosis they can find support and encouragement from others who have encountered similar situations. Patients, survivors as well as their families and caregivers are invited to participate in the Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare’s “Chat Room.”
The “Chat Room” is an informal gathering of individuals meeting at 1:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month at the Cancer Center of Northern Arizona Healthcare Sedona Campus, 3700 W. 89A.
For more information about the “Chat Room” or for other services offered at the Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare, visit CCNAH.com or call 928 204-4160.
Bricks of Honor help humane society
“Adopt For Life” Center for Animals at the Verde Valley Humane Society is offering bricks for the Bricks Of Honor Walk to support the facility.
Large bricks are $100 each, and small bricks are $60.
Make check payable to the: Verde Valley Humane Society, P.O. Box 1429 (1520 W. Mingus Ave.) Cottonwood AZ 86326. This is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.
For more information, call (928) 634-7387.