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What's Happening: July 4, 2014

23rd annual Cornfest returns to Camp Verde

For the last 22 years the Camp Verde Cornfest has celebrated the annual sweet corn crop produced on the banks of the Verde River by Hauser Farms. But the Cornfest has always been much more than that. It is a celebration of summer, a celebration of Camp Verde's rich agricultural history and a celebration of what makes life in a small town so special.

Festivities will take place in downtown Camp Verde from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday July 18 and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday July 19. There will be plenty of fire roasted, hot buttered (if you choose) sweet corn to gnaw on, bags of corn to stock up the fridge at home and a long list of generally corny activities for family and friends.

Among the competitive events this year will be the annual Corn Hole contest (singles and doubles) Friday evening, with cash prizes for the winners, and vintage base ball (old fashioned spelling) games at Fort Verde State Historical Park at 10 a.m. and noon on Saturday. Speaking of Fort Verde, the Park will offer free admission throughout the event.

The Verde Valley Archaeology Center will host free presentations on Hopi corn farming on Saturday at the Archaeology Center, 385 S. Main Street, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. There will also be two free Verde River birding excursions, one at 6 a.m. and the other at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday. Please call 480-242-1996 to register for a birding excursion.

Mention the Cornfest while you are making plans and you will receive discounts at Out of Africa Wildlife Park, Camp Verde Days Inn, Comfort Inn, Arizona Offroad Tours and Verde River Adventures. Visit for more information or call 928-301-0922.

CV Community Church to celebrate 4th of July

July 4

From 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Camp Verde Community Church will celebrate the Fourth of July with a free community celebration. A non-motorized patriotic-themed parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. Parade participants are to meet at the church at 10 a.m. After the parade, festivities will begin, including a patriotic program, watermelon-eating contest and games for children. Camp Verde Community Church will also provide free hot dogs and sno cones. Everyone is welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Camp Verde Community Church is located at 480 First St.

Farmer's Market Jamboree debuts with The Mods

The Cottonwood Famers Market Jamboree starts Thursday July, 10, at the Old Town Activities Park and runs each Thursday through Oct. 2. Plan to be there from 5 p.m. to dark enjoying fresh produce and all the other local offerings. To kick off the Cottonwood Farmer's Market Jamboree, The MODS will be taking the stage. The MODS are a rock group, based locally out of the Verde Valley. Originally formed in 2004, the band consists of Travis Eaton (guitar, vocals), Louis Occhiline (bass, vocals), & Gabe Rhodes (drums, vocals).

The band was formed in 2004 and started playing out of Rhodes Garage when they found their chemistry. Since then they have traveled together to destination venues such as Sturgis and Buffalo Chip.

The band line up for July is as follows: The Mods 7/10/2014, Robin Dean Salmon and the Blackbird Band 07/17/2014, Black Forest Society 07/24/2014, and the Johnny Lingo Trio 07/31/2014. Local sponsors for the Farmers Market include Pepe's Cafe, Chocolate Blond Salon, Red Rooster Café, R.I.O.T. in Old Town, Fire Mountain Wines, ACME Pizzaria, Hog Wild BBQ, Dr Jana Long DMD of Cottonwood Smiles, #1 SANDWHICH SHOP, and the Old Town Association.

Fibromyalgia Support Group meets July 12

Fibromyalgia/Arthritis /OtherPain Diseases Support Group will meet at 10 am Saturday, July 12, in Conference Room A at Verde Valley Medical Center.

This will be a sharing meeting so come and share your experiences with pain, what works and what doesn't help to relieve pain.

Hopefully those of you who took advantage of our last presenter's offer will share your experience with us and all those who attended Suz's presentation will also share what they learned at our last meeting.

Networking is so helpful, especially when you are suffering with chronic pain. Coffee, tea and water are provided by VVMC. Questions? Call Barbara @ 649-0248 or Del @ 554-7066.

Park Archeologist to speak at Beaver Creek Adult Center

July 11, 9 am, in the Beaver Creek Adult Center the BCP&HS will have monthly programs. The first guest speaker of this series will be Matthew Guebard, Park Archeologist for the National Park Service.  

He will present information about current and future park projects and the Rock School Building. 

The BCP&HS meets every month on the second Friday at 9 am in the Adult Center. All meetings are open to all members and nonmembers.  Come and check out these programs each month!

Page Springs Cellars to present Cork Boat Race

Page Springs Cellars 5th Annual Cork Boat Race: July 19: Wondering what to do with all those corks you've been hoarding? Build a boat and race it down Oak Creek of course! Get ready for food, wine, live music and some fun in the sun!

Construct a seaworthy vessel and you could win some amazing prizes! For details go to,

Audition call for Red Earth Theatre

Red Earth Theatre holds an open call on 6 pm Wednesday, July 9, for TWO unique shows to play in September - The Wine Show and The Recycle Show. Seeking actors, singers, dancers, musicians, acrobats and others. Also calling for material from poets and other writers along the theme of Recycling. Please phone 928-399-0997 OR email for more information. See  for details

Pink Heals/Slice of Hope annual fundraiser

Calling all fellow crafters, Acme Pizzaria is now in the midst of planning the 2014 annual Pink Heals/Slice of Hope fundraiser to benefit the Verde Valley Pink Heals foundation.

Oct. 4 Hours: 9am-3pm, Early Bird Booth Fees: 6' X 10' $15.00 or 10' X 10' $25.00.

E-mail: for applications

Space is limited, and going quickly, so get your application & payment in today

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 coming to 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.

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 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

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