Sun, Sept. 15

What's Happening 10-12-12

Fun open house at Clarkdale Fire Saturday  <br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->It&#8217;s good to know the men and women in charge of public safety when you need it. You will have a chance to meet them Saturday, Oct. 13 and learn a lot about fire fighting and home safety.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Meet your firefighters, tour the station and see and learn about the special equipment, get tips for protecting the family, try on those fire-protecting heavy turnouts. There are demonstrations. Its great fun and there is plenty of food and other free stuff. Come out Saturday to the Clarkdale Fire Open House.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Doors are open from 10 until 2 p.m. Saturday at the Clarkdale Fire House. Stop in, meet your community firefighters, get important life saving information .<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->The district station house is located at 895 First Street South in Clarkdale. For information call 639-4591 ... Courtesy Clarkdale FD

Fun open house at Clarkdale Fire Saturday <br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->It&#8217;s good to know the men and women in charge of public safety when you need it. You will have a chance to meet them Saturday, Oct. 13 and learn a lot about fire fighting and home safety.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Meet your firefighters, tour the station and see and learn about the special equipment, get tips for protecting the family, try on those fire-protecting heavy turnouts. There are demonstrations. Its great fun and there is plenty of food and other free stuff. Come out Saturday to the Clarkdale Fire Open House.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Doors are open from 10 until 2 p.m. Saturday at the Clarkdale Fire House. Stop in, meet your community firefighters, get important life saving information .<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->The district station house is located at 895 First Street South in Clarkdale. For information call 639-4591 ... Courtesy Clarkdale FD

Toys for Tots Golf Tournament Oct. 21

Oct. 21, Verde Valley Toys for Tots organization will host its annual golf tournament at Oak Creek Country Club in the Village of Oak Creek.

Check in is 8 a.m., tee off in a scramble format at 9 a.m.  Cost is $90, which includes green fees, cart, lunch, promotional items, water ... and if you bring a $10 toy, a free raffle ticket. There will be a car (Larry Green Chevrolet) awarded for a hole-in-one on one of the par 3s and prizes for other holes-in-one. Also, there will be cash awards for winning four-person teams, men, and women.  

A silent auction of art, entertainment, wine, and handmade items will be available for all, including non-golfers. There are dozens of raffle prizes, too.  

Join the fun by calling 649-3747(Kris) or 634-7563(Jan) or register at the course.  

This tournament provides added toys needed for our Christmas parties in December, and bicycles for the drawings held then.

Be an angel for

the Giving Angels

Do you own your own sewing machine? Would you to like to help The Giving Angels sew a simple project as a donation?

The Giving Angels is dedicated to delivering gifts during the holiday season to the many low income, aging seniors in the Verde Valley of Northern Arizona. Our all-volunteer force has been active for eight years. We have filled gift bags with over 6,000 items delighting more than 450 seniors each year, many who have no one to remember them. 

This year we formalized our effort by becoming a non-profit corporation to allow donors to receive a tax deduction for their generous giving.

This holiday season we would like all 500 seniors on our list to receive a cozy neck wrap. These will be included in the gift bags distributed in December.

Our goal is to have as many tubes sewn as possible and ready to be filled by November 11 for Mitzvah Day. We will continue to make them until delivery of the gift bags in December.

Please let us know if you would like to help honor our seniors by making neck wraps to warm them this winter.

Contact Brenda Cosse at 928-254-3930 for more information on this project or for other ways you can help.

Book sale at

Cottonwood Library

The Cottonwood Bookmarks/Friends of the Public Library organization is holding a half price sale during the month of October.

Their book boutique area is located just inside the door from the library parking lot at 100 S. Sixth St. All books and magazines are 50 percent off.

Volunteers will be stocking the area on a daily basis.

Bookmarks members who bring their current membership card receive an additional discount.

The library is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Monday and Saturday.

For additional information, please call the library at 928-634-7559.

Jewish Community plans special Friday night Shabbat Service

The Jewish Community of Sedona and Verde Valley will host a Social Action Shabbat service at their synagogue on Friday, Nov. 2, starting at 7:30 p.m. with dessert reception to follow.

The synagogue is located at 100 Meadowlark Drive near Chapel roundabout on State Route 179. Rabbi Alicia Magal will lead the service which highlights liturgy and music that inspire us to seek social justice through social action. 

Community members of all faiths are invited.  Leaders from social action and community organizations will be present to talk about volunteer opportunities.

For more information, call 928-204-1286

Cottonwood Coffee Talk Oct. 18 at Recreation Center

Cottonwood Mayor Diane Joens and city planners will meet with the public for Coffee Talk at the Cottonwood Recreation Center on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 8 a.m. Cottonwood community members are encouraged to attend and participate in small group exercises to discuss the topics related to the city’s 2025 General Plan update. The General Plan acts as a blueprint for future growth and development in the city. Coffee and Danish will be served.

The Cottonwood Recreation Center is located at 150 South 6th Street. Residents with questions regarding the General Plan may call Nikki Arbeiter, Planner, at 928-634-5505, Ext. 3322, or email

Jerome Halloween Ball

The Jerome Fire Department Auxiliary will hold its 38th annual Halloween Ball at Spook Hall Oct. 27 beginning at 9 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. Los Guys will entertain. Tickets are $10 at the door. A full cash bar will be available. You must be 21, and an I.D. will be required. Also there will be a costume contest with prizes.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute workshops offered

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is offering some informative workshops to the general public for only $15.

Workshops are held at the Yavapai College campus locations. To enroll, call Sedona 649-4275 or Clarkdale 649-5550

• Making sense of Medicare on Tuesday - Oct. 16 and 23 from 10 a.m. to noon-in Sedona and 2-4 p.m. in Clarkdale

• Emergency Preparedness on Friday Oct. 26 from 1-4 p.m. in Sedona

• Medicare 101 on Wednesday Nov. 7 & 14 from 4-6 p.m. in Sedona and 2:30-4 p.m. in Clarkdale

• Writing the Bible’s Stories on Friday Nov. 9 & 16 from 1-4 p.m. in Sedona

Gem & Mineral Show at the Elks Lodge Oct. 12-14


The Mingus Gem & Mineral Club is holding their 37th annual Gem & Mineral Show Oct. 12-14 at the Jerome Elks Lodge, 100 S Broadway in Clarkdale.  Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.  Admission is $2 for adults and children under 14 free with paid adult admission.

   There will be indoor and outdoor dealers, mineral identification on Friday and Saturday, a children’s education area with free rocks & fossils, a spinning wheel, daily raffle, lunch service, and, most importantly, fine jewelry & lapidary products made by local artisans.

Breakfast at the VFW Oct. 13

On Saturday, Oct. 13, 8:30 a.m., the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7400, at 705 E Aspen St., will be serving their monthly breakfast.  For your $6 donation, you’ll get two eggs cooked to order, meat choice, hash browns, toast, juice & coffee. Biscuits & gravy or pancakes also on the menu as sides or full meal.

   Your donations help the VFW to provide for the needs of our valley veterans and their families.  So, come in for a good meal, a visit to our military memorabilia museum, and the satisfaction derived from helping those veterans who served their country.

Gluten free symposium at Mount Hope Foods

Mount Hope Foods is family owned and operated and has been in Cottonwood since 1970. Now over 40 years later, they are the healthy heart of the Verde Valley. They strive to bring the highest quality foods and supplements to their customers, while empowering them with information to make healthy lifestyle choices.

When the owner’s daughter was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, it created the opportunity for Mount Hope to become a leader in providing food, supplements, cosmetics and information to people with gluten intolerance.

This passion culminates every year in their hugely successful Gluten Free Event. This year, the event will be held at the store on Saturday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In keeping with their mission to educate people about how wheat and gluten free diets can be beneficial for many health challenges, they have scheduled the following speakers:

• 10:30 a.m. Karen Masterson Koch, a Clinical Nutritionist, Radio Host and author of “Beyond Gluten Intolerance.”

• 11:45 a.m. Dr. Decker Weiss, ND, a Naturopath Cardiologist at the Arizona Heart Hospital

• 1 p.m. Dr. Shaida Sina, NMD, a local Naturopathic Medical Doctor

Walkin’ on Main returns to Old Town Cottonwood Nov. 10

The City of Cottonwood is celebrating Historic 89A and the Verde Valley with “Walkin’ on Main” Nov. 10 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A juried art show surrounded by the charming galleries, shops and local restaurants of Old Town Cottonwood will fill the streets of this historic section of town. Walkin’ on Main also includes wine tasting, historic displays, classic car show and jazz/blues music.

Live music will play throughout the day featuring some of the state’s best entertainers: Hans Olson, Carvin Jones, and the Tommy Dukes Band. Hans Olson has opened up for The Allman Brothers, Chuck Berry, Joe Cocker and many more. He also has hit show tunes on The George Lopez Show, Ghost Whisperer, Criminal Minds, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Hans will play from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Carvin Jones will be playing shortly after from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eric Clapton stated, “Carvin Jones is a young cat out of Phoenix who I think is the next up-and-coming blues player.” In addition Buddy Miles commented, “The New King of Strings is Carvin Jones.” Our last act is the Tommy Dukes Band wrapping it up from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tommy has won many blues competitions in 2003 & 2004 he placed second in the Phoenix Blues Society Blues Contest, 2005 Tommy placed second in the Sonny Boy Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas and in 2006, Tommy Dukes & the Soul Kings won second place in Phoenix.

Verde Valley winemakers and vineyards will host an outdoor wine tasting on a closed off portion of historic 89A. Cost is $10 and with that each person will receive multiple taste of wine and a glass. Participating wineries and vineyards include: Alcantara Vineyards, Page Springs Cellars, Javelina Leap Winery, Pillsbury Winery, AZ Stronghold, Burning Tree Cellars and Dionysian Winery. This port ion of the program is brought to you by the Verde Valley Wine Consortium. The mission of the Verde Valley Wine Consortium nonprofit organization is for the overall advancement of the wine industry, tourism, economic development and education in the Verde Valley.

The Mingus Union Art Club will be creating art live before your eyes on the street sidewalks. Rounding out the event will be displays from local historical societies, antique and classic cars organized by the Mingus Union Hot Rod Club, and self-guided historic tours of Old Town Cottonwood provided by the Cottonwood Hotel.

Also, on Nov. 10, don’t forget about the Zeke Taylor Barbecue hosted by the Clemenceau Heritage Museum just up the road at Willard Street and Mingus Avenue.

For more information contact the Cottonwood Parks and Recreation Department at (928) 639-3200 or check out the city website at Artist applications can be picked up at the Cottonwood Recreation Center front desk. Special Thanks: Edward Jones, and the Old Town Association.

Tourism Summit coming to Sedona  

The Sedona Lodging Council and the Sedona Tourism Bureau is pleased to announce its partnership with Nichols Tourism Group in effort to create a long-range tourism plan for Sedona.  The first meeting is Thursday, Nov. 1 9 a.m. to noon at Los Abrigados Resort & Spa. There is no cost to attend and it is open to the public. Call 204-1123 to RSVP.

Nichols Tourism Group, Inc. (NTG) is a national leader in providing strategic planning, marketing and research services to the travel and tourism industry. A sample list of destination clients served by NTG include Scottsdale CVB, Arizona Office of Tourism, Sonoma County CVB, and Ashville CVB North Carolina.

The strategic process for the Sedona Tourism Plan is a three-pronged approach that begins with a State of the Industry research phase focusing on Sedona’s competitiveness in the marketplace. The second phase is to hold a Tourism Summit with the goal being to bring together industry and interested citizens to provide input as to future goals and vision for the visitor industry in Sedona. This three hour session will bring diverse perspectives to help clarify critical issues and key opportunities. Key findings from the State of the Industry will help provide a foundation for dialog.   

The third strategic phase will utilize findings from earlier efforts to develop prioritized goals and objectives for the industry.  These findings will be a key input into broader Community Planning efforts which are in progress.

‘Sustainable Tourism’ networking luncheon    

Mark your calendar to attend a special presentation by the Sedona Chamber of Commerce and Arizona State University as they present “Sustainable Tourism” at a  Networking Luncheon at Poco Diablo Resort on Monday, Oct. 29, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Lunch and the presentation are $20 per person. Call the Chamber at 204-1123 to RSVP. 

The economic effects of tourism are critically important; travel and tourism is the world’s largest export industry, employs more workers, and contributes larger percentages to gross domestic products than any other industry. But tourism does much more for communities than generate jobs and revenue. Where appropriately implemented with a local community development focus, tourism directly and positively impacts quality of life, social structures, intercultural understanding, fiscal health and the environment. Indeed, few industries do more to enhance quality of life for community residents while providing much needed jobs and revenue.

Two leaders and faculty members from Arizona State University, Dr. Jonathan Koppell, Dean of the College of Public Programs, and Dr. Kathleen Andereck, Director of the School of Community Resources and Development, will discuss sustainable tourism as a community development strategy and a public necessity.

Fit Kids of Arizona hosts 5K Fun Run and 10K Autumn Dash

In an effort to help children and their families lead healthier and more active lives, Fit Kids of Arizona is sponsoring the 3rd annual Fit Kids 5K Fun Run and 10K Autumn Dash. This year’s event is set for Saturday, Nov. 3, in Cottonwood’s Riverfront Park. Walkers and runners of all ages and abilities are encouraged to attend this fun-filled event. To pre-register, visit and select Fit Kids of Arizona 2012.

Check in and day-of registration is 8-8:45 a.m.

The 10K begins at 9 a.m.; 5K begins at 9:15 a.m. Awards will be given to the top-three winners in different age and gender groups. T-shirts are provided for all registered participants.

Participants will be treated to an after-event award ceremony with snacks and drinks provided for all participants, as well as information about Fit Kids of Arizona programs, services and upcoming events.

Fit Kids of Arizona is a regional community health initiative developed by Northern Arizona Healthcare, with programs at Verde Valley Medical Center and Flagstaff Medical Center, addressing the very common health concern of obesity in children. Additionally, services are offered in Camp Verde, at Killip Elementary School in Flagstaff, and plans are underway to open a clinic in Williams.

The clinical programs at each location assist children and their families in developing healthy lifestyles while reducing the problems and illnesses associated with excess weight.

The Fit Kids team takes a preventive community approach to help families live healthier lives. Since opening in 2009, more than 1,400 children have been referred to Fit Kids of Arizona. For more information on the Fit Kids of Arizona program, call 928-214-3537 or visit Services/FitKidsofArizona; become a friend of Fit Kids of Arizona

VFW Ladies host dinner and forum

The Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7400 is hosting an Oktoberfest dinner combined with a Candidates Forum on Oct. 20. Dinner will be served from 5-6 p.m. and held at the VFW Post located at 705 E. Aspen Drive in Cottonwood. A donation of $8 per person is being asked for each plate. Donations can be made at the door.

On the menu are brats, sauerkraut, hot German potato salad, a variety of German desserts along with coffee or tea. Following the dinner, there will be a short intermission and at 6:15pm the forum will begin. The meal donations will be used to support better legislation for our veterans and their families.

The purpose of the forum is to help citizens of the new Legislative District 6 become familiar with the individuals who are currently running for the Arizona State Legislature along with providing voters an opportunity to pose questions concerning current issues. Each candidate will have a limited time to respond to each inquiry. Participating in the forum are both Democrat and Republicans: Tom Chabin, Brenda Barton, Robert Thorpe, Angela LeFevre, Doug Ballard and Chester Crandall. Individuals present for the forum only will be asked to donate $3 to cover available beverages.

Questions concerning the dinner or forum may be directed to: Pamela Van Winkle at 928-300-6968, Rose Sperry 928-639-4753 or Linda Walker at 928-202-1869.

New display at Camp Verde Historical Society Museum

The Camp Verde Historical Society Museum has a new display case full of gems and minerals of the Verde Valley and other Arizona locations.  The exhibit is on loan from the Mingus Gem and Mineral Club.  

The Arizona Official Neckwear exhibit is continuing at the Museum with it’s collection of over 40 examples of bola ties made from silver, turquoise, coral, bone, beads, thread and fossil.  The bola ties were made by the Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, Papago and various other North American tribes.

Also on display is an original wood carving hand made by Dee Flagg.  Dee Flagg was known for  his expertise in bringing the Old West uniquely alive in wood.

A number of collectible Arizona Highways magazines from the 40’s and 50’s has been donated to the Museum and are for sale for those who are collecting old issues of the magazine.  Come in to see if there are issues you may need to fill in your collection.

The CVHS Museum is open free to the public on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 435 S. Main Street in Historic Downtown Camp Verde.  

There is always someone in attendance who would love to talk to you about the exhibits and the history of the area.  Call (928) 567-9560 during Museum hours for further information.

Cottonwood Then & Now Calendars available

The Verde Historical Society proudly presents its new calendar for 2013, Cottonwood Then and Now.

Each month features an historic photo of a Cottonwood landmark, contrasted with a contemporary photo taken from the same or similar point of view. In some instances, there has been little change over the years, while in others there are surprising differences.

The calendars are only $10 and make great stocking stuffers and reasonably priced gifts. All proceeds go towards maintaining the Clemenceau Heritage Museum, our local showcase of Verde Valley history, run entirely by volunteers and completely dependent on donations and fund raisers.

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

Nov. 23 - Dec. 1: Sedona Festival of Trees

Local area artists and galleries will have over 45 Christmas trees and Gingerbread houses fully decorated in fun and exquisite ways. Kick of your holiday season with a beautiful themed tree already pre-decorated.

The trees will be on display inside the ballroom at Tlaquepaque accompanied with silent auction bid sheets. Viewers may visit Tlaquepaque and check their bids through 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1. Proceeds benefit Toys For Tots and the Sedona Community Center.

Nov. 30: Holiday Tree Lighting & Santa Visit

Sedona’s Holiday Tree Lighting and Santa Visit kicks off the holiday season on Friday, Nov. 30.  Live entertainment, activities and refreshments will be available from 5-7 p.m. at the plaza on SR 89A across from the Jordan Road intersection in Uptown. Come hear holiday favorites from musical and performing groups and let your youngsters tell Santa all their hopes and dreams. This free family event is presented by Sedona Main Street Program with Sedona Chamber of Commerce and the City of Sedona.    

Cottonwood Chamber board election

The Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce election ballots have been mailed out to chamber members

Ballots must be returned to the chamber office by Nov. 5, 5 p.m. The chamb er office is located at 1010 S. Main St.

Two Writing Workshops this weekend at The Well Red Coyote

The Well Red Coyote will host two workshops for writers this weekend.

On Friday, Oct. 12, 7 p.m., Southern California author Wendy Hornsby, author of The Hanging, will discuss how differences in approaches to writing – plotting vs. plodding – affect both the writer’s style and the nature of the work itself. This workshop could change the way you approach your writing, and radically affect your outcome.

Wendy Hornsby is one of Kris Neri’s favorite writers. She is the Edgar Award-winning author of the popular Maggie MacGowen series and many short stories. When she isn’t writing, Wendy teaches history at Long Beach City College.

On Saturday, Oct. 13, 2 p.m., Arizona author Matthew Marine, author of Devil’s Moon, will discuss the art and craft of good chapter endings, in other words, how to keep the reader turning the page. Chapter endings are the ugly stepchildren of writing – ignored and neglected. Most authors concentrate on setting the hook at the start of the book or chapter. And with good reason, if you don’t get readers interested, it’s game over.

Matthew Marine lives in Tucson. He loves to keep his readers in gut-wrenching suspense, but manages to throw himself into harms way on a regular basis with his popular outdoor adventure website, Experience Arizona.

Both workshops are free and open to the public.

The Well Red Coyote is located at 3190 W. Highway 89A, at the corner of 89A and Dry Creek Road. For more information, call 282-2284 or go to

Fish or Rib Dinner at American Legion

The American Leigon Post 93, 286 S. 3rd St., Camp Verde, presents a fish or rib dinner on Friday Oct. 12, 5-7 p.m. Members and guests welcome

Post 135 starts third annual clothing drive

The American Legion Post 135 recently began gathering “gently used” clean, warm garments for veterans, men and women, plus children.

The drive will run through Nov. 3. Drop off locations include the Cottonwood Food City Store and the Super Clean Laundry (Maytag) located at 790 S. Main, in Cottonwood.

A tub with a sign identifying the collection container is located in each store.

According to Post Cmdr. Sherie Mercier, “last year’s response to the drive was outstanding and this year, we’re hoping to do as well.” She went to explain, “that the distribution points for giving back to the communities has yet to be determined, but that information should be available in the near future.”

The clothing drive is only one community service project that the post accomplishes every year, some other events include hosting a deserving family during the holidays, assisting in the Cornville Easter Egg Hunt, hosting the Memorial Day ceremony, sponsoring boys to Arizona Boys State and actively participating the Welcome Home Viet Nam Veteran event.

To learn more about the American Legion, please call Keith Tucker, Post 135 1st Vice Cmdr at 928-301-2618 or attend a meeting held every second Wednesday of the month at the Cornville Fire Station located at 1120 S. Page Springs Road in Cornville starting at 6:30 pm.

Yavapai College Foundation

to host ‘French Flair in the Verde Countryside’

The public, friends and supporters of Yavapai College will enjoy a taste of theVerde countryside during Yavapai College Foundation - Greater Verde Valley Chapter’s third annual Art, Wine & Dine “French Flair in the Verde Countryside,” Thursday, Oct. 25, 5:30 p.m., in the new outdoor pavilion at YC’s Verde Valley Campus, 601 Black Hills Drive in Clarkdale.   

This year’s gala will begin with a Verde Valley wine tasting reception and a silent auction of fabulous artwork and exciting packages set to music of Arizona’s premier wind quintet, Thunder Mountain Winds.

Guests will experience an epicurean adventure featuring three courses created by Abbie’s Kitchen paired with wines presented by featured local vintners.

Musical stylings by violinist Jonathan Levingston will set the tone for a special evening under the stars.

Proceeds of the event will benefit the creation of the Southwest Wine Center at Yavapai College. Reservations are required at $100 per person. Sponsorships are encouraged and begin at $2,000. Tables seat eight people.

The event sells out every year, so guests are invited to make their reservations as soon as possible at

For more information, call Kim Flores, YCF Development Coordinator at (928) 776-2025 or e-mail


Local author George R. Warren at Cottonwood Library

The Cottonwood Library will host a book signing by local author George R. Warren. He will speak about his book First Cause: The Beginning of Wisdom on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Youth Services Program Room.

On the path to the discovery of life’s authenticity, Warren learned to think more carefully, intelligibly and more thoroughly after his study of Art in college and Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. He began to observe life with an improved appreciation.

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