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Sam Rotman

Sam Rotman

Sam Rotman in concert

July 6

Pianist Sam Rotman will performat Verde Baptist Church in Cottonwood on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Rotman received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School in New York City. He has received numerous wards through the years (including that of Laureate Winner in the fourth International Beethoven Competition in Vienna, Austria) and has given over 2,500 performances in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, Eastern and Western Europe, Southeast Asia, South Africa, India, China and Russian, totaling 58 countries.

In addition to his concert, Rotman will give his Christian testimony.

Planning for future care

July 11

Many of us will either live with or care for someone with a progressive disease (like Parkinson's) that requires increasing care over time. Maintaining one's quality of life into the future means identifying future needs and planning for them now.

This planning will create peace of mind now and a better future as it unfolds. Learning about care and financial assistance programs offered through Medicare, Medicaid, the State of Arizona, the Veterans Administration, as well as national and local non-profit organizations, is a good first step. Bonnie Shimko, Certified Senior Advisor, will speak to the Verde Valley Parkinson Support Group at its July 11th meeting about programs that are available, how they operate and how to apply for them.

Shimko, previously with Jackson White Elder Law and Abrio Family Services, has spent many years helping people throughout the Verde Valley and Sedona to identify and apply for a variety of benefits that help with direct services or pay for health care and daily living assistance in the home, in a residential facility, and when hospitalized.

In her newly formed service, Arizona Care Management Solutions, she focuses her efforts on assisting people who want the benefit of a knowledgeable advisor to help them plan and negotiate the increasingly complex health and elder care fields.

Individuals with Parkinson disease, their family, care partners and friends are always invited to attend the Verde Valley Parkinson Support Group monthly meetings.

The group meets the second Friday of every month, 3-4:30 p.m., at the Verde Valley Medical Center, Conference Room B, 269 S. Candy Lane, Cottonwood.

For more information, please contact group facilitator Judy Talley at (928) 202-7952, or

Navajo dance family to perform in Camp Verde

July 7

The Verde Valley Archaeology Center is pleased to host the Navajo Bee Chanah Hasin Dancers on Monday, July 7 at 7 p.m., in the Camp Verde Community Center, 395 S. Main St., Camp Verde.

This free event is part of the Center's Archaeology Summer for Kids activities.

The family of performers is led by Native American recording artist Jay Begaye from Steamboat Canyon, Arizona. Together with his two sons, they will do Hoop dancing and Native grass dancing.

Also performing will be Ziggy the puppet hoop dancer. Jay Begaye will also do some quick art drawing of horses while telling the story of Navajo horse training through music.

Also performing will be Tiinesha Begaye of Okanagan and Navajo descent. Her Father is Jay Begaye and her Mother is Lauren Terbasket from British Columbia Canada. Tiinesha was born in Keams Canyon, Arizona, and has resided both in Arizona and in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia over her 25 years.

Tiinesha composed her first song at the age of 9 at the Annual Arlee Montana Powwow, which is still one of her favorite powwows to attend every year. In 2010, Tiinesha was nominated and won Best Female artist of the year at the Native American Music Awards for her album "Horses are our Journey", which she recorded with her Father. Jay & Tiinesha will sing using hand drums. 

This event is free and open to the public. Additional information is available at or by calling the Center at (928) 567-0066.

Cornfest Needs Your Help

July 18-19  

Volunteers are needed Friday 2-10 p.m. and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Volunteers needed for corn prep, dip and serve and cashiering. Working in 2-hour shifts due to the heat. Please call 928-301-0922 or 928-300-0179 to reserve your spot.

Cancer support event at Spirit of Joy

July 13

Come to Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church on Sunday, July 13, to a cancer support event featuring Pamela Ing-Dabrota, registered dietician.

She will discuss appropriate diet for cancer patients and loss of appetite during treatment. The session begins at 12:30 p.m. at the church campus, 330 Scenic, Clarkdale. Refreshments provided.  

The group provides emotional support for patients, caregivers and families.

Linux SIG

July 7

Verde Valley Computer Club Linux Special Interest Group (SIG) meeting will be July 7 at 5 p.m. SIG presenter Rob Schottland. Learn about this free Operating System and you may find an alternate to the ever changing less featured popular operating system. Free and open to the public. Website Dave 639-0106

Why relationships don't work

July 8

Join Dr. Marta Adelsman, Life Coach in Communication and Consciousness, for a Chat 'n' Chew class and discussion on Tuesday, July 8, 10-11 a.m. at Jerona Java Café, 677 E. Mingus Ave., Cottonwood. 

Dr. Marta will talk about "Why Relationships Don't Work: A Simple Formula for Turn-Around." This class will focus on the psychological and spiritual mechanisms that fuel round-and-round communication that keeps people in upsets. 

Participants will learn how to shift out of the blame game to relieve the suffering in themselves and their relationships.  Contact 928-451-9482 or to register and to get more details.  Participants are requested to arrive 15 minutes early to purchase from Jerona's delicious variety of beverages or food.  $15 per person / $25 per couple.

Verde Valley Computer Club July Calendar

July 3 Board Meeting 6 p.m.

July 7 Linux SIG 5 p.m. SIG presenter Rob Schottland.

July 11 Internet SIG 5 p.m. SIG presenter Rob Schottland.

July 18 Digital Camera SIG 5 p.m. SIG presenter Jody Wheeler.

July 19 General Meeting 10 a.m. Pot Luck Lunch. Bring a covered dish to share. Grilled BBQ Chicken will be provided.

July 25 Fourth Friday SIG at 5 p.m. SIG presenter Jody Wheeler

Public is welcome to attend. The meetings are No Charge. Donations accepted to help defray costs. Clemenceau Building, Willard Street at Mingus Avenue, Cottonwood. Website Dave 639-0106

Cottonwood Public Library's Call to Authors

Through July 11

The Cottonwood Public Library is in search of local Verde Valley authors to participate in the 2014 Author's Forum. This second Author's Forum will be held on Saturday, Aug. 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cottonwood Parks and Recreation Center at 150 S. Sixth St. Author registration ends July 11.

The purpose of this forum is to gather several local authors in one place to bring attention to the fact that the Verde Valley offers excellent literary talent. As an author, you have the opportunity to sell your books, chat with patrons, and personalize their copy of your book with your signature. Call Krysta at 928-340-2782 or Mary at (928) 340-2781 or stop by the library. The library is located at 100 S. Sixth St. in Cottonwood.

Dive in Movie night in Cottonwood

July 12

The Cottonwood Youth Advisory Commission is hosting the free "Dive in Movies" at the Cottonwood Aquatics Center. The next feature is "Monsters University." Gates open at 7:45 p.m. and the movies start at dark. Concessions will be sold on site. All children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Please no inner tubes or other floatation devices.

The Aquatics Center is located directly across the parking lot from the Cottonwood Recreation Center. Tickets will be available one week prior to each event. You can pick up your tickets at the front desk of the Cottonwood Recreation Center for no charge one week prior to each movie; tickets are limited so get them while they last.

Free spay/neuter services

The City of Cottonwood Ordinance Enforcement team is partnering with the Verde Valley Veterinary Hospital to provide free spay/neuter services. This spay/neuter program is for low-income families who reside in the Cottonwood, Verde Village, and Bridgeport areas. Assistance for this program is partially funded by Arizona "pet friendly" license plates to help reduce pet overpopulation. This program is on a first-come first-serve basis.

If you are in need of financial assistance with spay/neuter costs, please contact the Cottonwood Police Department, 199 S. Sixth St., to fill out an application. For more information in regard to the program please contact Ordinance Enforcement Officer Autumn Durnez at (928) 634-4246, ext. 210.

Old Bags Tea Party at Senior Center

July 12

The Verde Valley Senior Center, 500 E. Cherry St., Cottonwood, Invites you to attend an "Old Bags" Tea Party & Fashion Show on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. Auctions, raffles, door prizes and a fun filled fashion show by Cindi Bee Bling. Prize for Best Dressed Tea Party Attire. A variety of hot teas, iced teas, finger sandwiches & desserts will be offered.

The event benefits the Meals-on-Wheels Program Tickets are $20, available at the VVSC or via PayPay, Please R.S.V.P. to Debbie Moore at (928) 634-5450 or by e-mail

Emmanuel Fellowship invites children to Weird Animals

July 14-18

A summer kids' event called Weird Animals Vacation Bible School will be hosted at Emmanuel Fellowship. At Weird Animals, kids will learn about some of God's most creative creations! They'll participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and dig into yummy treats, experience cool Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them they are one of a kind, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos they'll take home and play with all summer long.

Weird Animals VBS is for kids from age 4 to grade 6 and will run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day. For more information, call (928) 634-3034 or register your kids online at

Verde Valley Leadership celebration dinner

July 18

Verde Valley Leadership hosts a celebration dinner for Class VIII promotion to Year II and the Class VII graduation ceremony. Check in at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and ceremony at 6 p.m. at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds Art Building

Please RSVP at no later than Wednesday, July 9, with the number of guests who will be attending. Visit

Senior Savvy Real Estate

July 24

Selling a home can be a stressful event, no matter your age, and if you're a senior it may seem more overwhelming. Seniors are invited to free workshop presented by Karen Vaughn, real estate consultant of Keller Williams. 'Senior Savvy Real Estate" will be 10-11 a.m. in the auditorium of Cottonwood Village, 201 E. Mingus Ave. in Cottonwood. To R.S.V.P call 928-634-4229. Refreshments will be served.

Sponsorship opportunities for Chamber 2014 Golf Tournament

Aug. 2

Planning for the 12th annual Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce Cooler Golf Tournament is well underway. Committee members are inviting area businesses to join as major sponsors. Sponsorships are available with Gold $550 (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 $300 (includes one twosome, 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 $95, you can get a tee/green sign on the day of the event. Join early and commit along with: Larry Green Chevrolet, Northern Arizona Rehab and Fitness, Red Rock Rewards, Edward Jones, Coldwell Banker- Mabery Real Estate, Big-O Tires, Pack West and Butler-Leavitt Insurance Companies and Century 21-Sexton Realty.

To participate as a sponsor or to donate a prize, please contact Christian at, the Cottonwood Chamber office at (928) 634-7593.

National Night Out in Cottonwood

Aug. 5

Neighborhoods and citizens throughout the City of Cottonwood and the Verde Valley are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the "31st annual National Night Out" (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. From 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Cottonwood Children's Park (12th and Cherry Street) the Cottonwood Police Department will be hosting a variety of special events at the Children's Park once again this year.

Contact James Iacovacci, NNO coordinator, at (928) 202-8120 for more information or Sgt. Monica Kuhlt at 634-4246.

Clark Memorial Library Fourth of July Ice Cream Social

July 4

Volunteers from the Clark Memorial Library Advisory Board are gearing up to serve ice cream, cakes, cupcakes, brownies, pie and more at the annual Ice Cream Social during the Clarkdale Old Fashioned 4th of July celebration in the Clarkdale Park. This event is one of the main fundraisers for the Library and all proceeds directly benefit the Clark Memorial Library.

Donated baked goods are appreciated, please drop off items at the Ice Cream Social booth anytime between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. on July 4. All donors will receive a coupon for a free used book from the "Books Deals and Steals" section in the Library. For more information please contact Joni Westcott at 639-2441 or email

Patriotic Music Concert with Cottonwood Community Band

July 4

Come wave your flag and tap your foot as the Cottonwood Community Band plays a patriotic concert at Clarkdale's Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration. The band will be performing between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. in the town park. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Cottonwood Community Band, under the direction of Will Norris, consists of instrumentalists from the Verde Valley and Sedona. The members range in age from high school students to retirees. New Members are always welcomed. Visit the Cottonwood Community Band on the web at

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