Sun, Dec. 15

What's Happening: 11-12-14

Free concert at Yavapai College<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Nov. 19<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->On Wednesday, Yavapai College’s new adjunct faculty member Brian Lockard will perform a free concert entitled “From Bach to Rock.” The concert is being given to announce that Mr. Lockard will be teaching both Piano and Music Appreciation at the Verde Valley campus in spring of 2015. The performance will take place at 7 p.m. in room 137 of building M, on a Steinway concert-grand currently on loan from the Verde Valley Concert Association. With a lively program touching on classical, popular, film and folk music, the concert will include guest performers Dr. Stephen Dunn - trumpet, Edward Altherr - French horn and Staci Dickens – soprano.

Free concert at Yavapai College<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Nov. 19<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->On Wednesday, Yavapai College’s new adjunct faculty member Brian Lockard will perform a free concert entitled “From Bach to Rock.” The concert is being given to announce that Mr. Lockard will be teaching both Piano and Music Appreciation at the Verde Valley campus in spring of 2015. The performance will take place at 7 p.m. in room 137 of building M, on a Steinway concert-grand currently on loan from the Verde Valley Concert Association. With a lively program touching on classical, popular, film and folk music, the concert will include guest performers Dr. Stephen Dunn - trumpet, Edward Altherr - French horn and Staci Dickens – soprano.

Cornville author reads from award-winning book

Nov. 13 & 20

Cornville author and artist Rosemary Corneto will read from her award-winning children's book "Grandma's Magic Box" at the Cottonwood Public Library at 3:45 p.m. on consecutive Thursdays. The library is located at 100 S. Sixth St. in Cottonwood.

Corneto's book, which she wrote and illustrated, was honored with a second prize in the children's literature category of the 2014 Arizona Authors Association Literary Contest. For more information on Corneto's reading, call 928-634-7559.

Benefit concert for Buck Helton

Nov 16

There is a benefit concert for Buck Helton Nov 16 at 4pm at Canyon Trails Cowboy Church. Learn about Buck at Helton. Concert with Jim and Jeanne Martin, Songs and Testimony with Buck Helton. Bake Sale and Meet and Greet (after concert). Buck Helton is a Western singer and cowboy poet who has an inspirational testimony of the challenging transformational journey he is on, losing 150 pounds this past year and working toward a major spinal surgery in December. He needs our help now. CDs for sale from Jim and Jeanne and Buck. All proceeds from CDs and Bake Sale to Buck. Canyon Trails Cowboy Church, 3132 White Bear Rd, Sedona AZ 86336, 1 Block west on Dry Creek Rd. off Hwy 89A. (928) 282-7463.

Computer Club Meetings

Nov. 14-15

Verde Valley Computer Club Internet Special Interest Group meets Friday at 5 p.m. SIG presented by Rob Schottland. The General Meeting is Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Topic: 'Yavapai County GIS Mapping', presented by Terri Nelson of the Yavapai County GIS Department. An overview of Interactive Mapping Tool and the Outdoor Recreation Website, two applications available to the public. Also Saturday is the PC Tune-up Clinic at 11:00 a.m. Cost is $25 per hour (min 1 hour). Cash or check. Owner must stay with computer, No hardware work will be done. Software concerns will be addressed. Tutoring also available should there be a program causing you some difficulty. Meetings are No Charge, except PC Tune-up Clinic. Bring a friend. Donations accepted to help defray costs. Clemenceau Building, Willard Street at Mingus Avenue, Cottonwood. Dave 639-0106

Get the resources to unlock the past

Nov. 14

The Beaver Creek Preservation & Historical Society (BCPHS) is proud to announce Glenda Farley, a leading Verde Valley researcher, as the November meeting presenter. The meeting is Friday at 9 a.m. at the Beaver Creek Adult Center. Glenda Farley writes a blog for the Verde Valley Independent called "Verde Heritage" and will talk about basic historic research, resources and information that is available. Have you always wanted to do research, but never knew where to start? Find out at this meeting.

Angels' Attic Craft Sale

Nov. 14-15

With the holidays approaching, Angels' Attic will have its annual craft sale Friday and Saturday at Mountain View United Methodist Church, 901 S. 12th St., Cottonwood. Quality hand-made goods crafted by the women's group will be for sale both days from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Among the holiday crafts will be aprons, table runners, quilts, needle boxes, adult bibs, wreaths, jewelry, many baby items and hand-painted wood items ideal for gifts.

Baked goods and other homemade edibles also will be featured, as well as a lunch to be served both days from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A section called Granny's Treasures will feature "gently-used" items. Proceeds from the sale are used for the purchase of unbudgeted needs at Mountain View UMC.

VVPOA Highway 260 litter cleanup

Nov. 15

The VVPOA will be doing its quarterly Highway 260 cleanup on Saturday. They will start at 8 a.m. and hope to be completed by 10 a.m. They will meet at the One in Christ Church parking lot across the highway from the fire station. Volunteers should bring their own gloves, wear long pants (some of the bushes are not very friendly) and bring water. We have grabbers, bags and nail sticks. The more volunteers we get the quicker and more completely the job gets done.

Join your neighbors and help keep Arizona beautiful! If you have any questions please call Mal at 634-9785.

Jack Brenner Bar Mitzvah

Nov. 15

Saturday morning, the family and friends of Jack Brenner will celebrate his becoming a Bar Mitzvah at the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley. Jack is the son of Terry Brenner and Beth Lamb, and the grandson of Lenny and Marcia Klompus and Jerry and Joanie Cherner. Jack will be called to the Torah to chant from this week's portion, Chayei Sarah - Genesis 23:1 - 25:18, and will speak about his understanding of this week's story of Abraham, Sarah, and their son Isaac, and will also share about his Mitzvah project which was part of his Bar Mitzvah preparation. There will be no separate Torah study this week, but all are invited to attend the morning service which begins at 10 a.m.

JCSVV is at 100 Meadowlark in Sedona. For further information, call the office at (928) 204-1286, or visit

Bookkeeping for Small Business

Nov. 18

The Cottonwood Business Assistance Centers hosts the workshop Bookkeeping for Small Business, instructed by Charlene Zack, on Tuesday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the BAC, 821 N. Main St. The only fee is the purchase of a required book, "A Simplified Management System for Staying Current with Your Accountant and the IRS."

Once you purchase your book, join us for a 2 hour seminar in which Zack will discuss how to use the book and explain the entire table of contents. Discussion will include: Business Organization, Income, Assets, Expenses, Labor, Annual Reports and more. Reserve a place by calling (928) 340-2740.

Mac-User group to meet

Nov. 19

The Oak Creek Apples Macintosh User Group Monthly Meeting is Wednesday at  6:15 p.m. This month the feature presentation will be: APPLE NEW THINGS - Update on Apple Products. Mike Dudley, Manager of the Apple Scottsdale Store returns by popular request to talk about the new developments from Apple. New releases including the Yosemite OS are expected. Ample time will be provided for questions related to the presentation and other things Apple. 

Free. Public Invited. Elks Lodge, 110 Airport Road in West Sedona. Contact: (928) 821-3395

Apply for Toys for Tots program

Nov. 20

Verde Valley Toys for Tots provides holiday gifts for children in need throughout the Verde Valley. Evidence of AHCCCS, free-lunch or similar eligibility is required. If any of your children are attending public school, we should receive all your age 12 and younger children's names from the school. Check with your day care or private school provider to see if they are submitting applications. For those with no children in school or participating day care, you may apply online at

In-person applications will also be accepted on Nov. 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. at 435 S Main St, Room 206/207 in Camp Verde or Nov. 22 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Cottonwood Recreation Center. Eligibility evidence must be presented with applications.

Northern AZ Watercolor Society Meeting

Nov. 21

The next meeting of NAWS (Northern Arizona Watercolor Society) will be on Friday at 9 a.m. After a short business meeting the Cottonwood critique group will present their recent work, followed by Flagstaff artist Marsha Owen sharing a wealth of information about materials and techniques for framing your own work.

Monthly meetings are held at the Sedona United Methodist Church, located at 110 Indian Cliffs Road, just off State Route 179 in the Chapel area. Artists and guests of all skill levels are welcome to attend, and encouraged to become a part of the Watercolor Society's activities. Additional NAWS information regarding meetings, workshops, and activities, as well as webpages of members' art displays, can be found on our website at

Chemicals in our bodies

Nov. 23

The documentary "Unacceptable Levels" will be shown Sunday at the Verde Valley Medical Center, Conference Room B at 4 p.m. The documentary opens the door to conversations about the chemical burden our bodies carry so that we can make informed decisions now and in the future.

The documentary is hosted by GMO Free Verde Valley, admission is free but a donation would be appreciated. 

GMO Free Verde Valley is a group of dedicated volunteers whose mission is to share factual information to our communities about GMOs and related issues.

Sedona's Tree Lighting & Santa Visit

Dec. 5

Come hear seasonal favorites from local music groups and watch Sedona's tree lighting and Santa's arrival. 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 at Canyon Breeze Plaza on State Route 89A in Uptown. (928) 204-2390,

Pearl Harbor Day Concert

Dec. 6

In remembrance of Pearl Harbor Day, the band Frontline will be in concert on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 490 Calvary Way, Cottonwood.

This is a special benefit for disabled veterans of Northern Arizona.

Admission is free. Come and thank our vets.

Taste of Christmas at SOJ

Dec. 6

Come to taste and buy at a Taste of Christmas Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m. It will take place at the church campus of Spirit of Joy, 330 Scenic, Clarkdale.

here will be breads, cookies, cakes, pies, and home canned items. Fair trade coffee and tea will be available for purchase, as well as small crafts and wood carvings . Enjoy an opportunity to create an ornament with Marlene and Micah. Watch abelskivers being prepared by Yona and Jim.

Thrivent will contribute come matching funds to the proceeds. Call 634-4102 or see www.http://sojaz for further information.

Made in Clarkdale Poetry Slam

Dec. 7

Poets are invited to compete at the Made in Clarkdale Poetry Slam at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Clark Memorial Clubhouse, 19 N. Ninth St, Clarkdale. Slam poetry is an art form that allows written page poets to share their work alongside theatrical performers, hip-hop artists and lyricists.

While many people may think of poetry as dull and laborious, a poetry slam is like a series of high-energy, three-minute one-person plays.

The poets will be judged Olympics-style by five members of the audience selected at random at the beginning of the slam. Poets of all ages are welcome to compete for the cash prizes for first, second and third place. The slam will be hosted by Sedona poet Christopher Fox Graham. Contact Graham at to sign up to slam.

Sedona Community Farmers Market

The Sedona Community Farmers Market is weekly on Sundays noon-4 p.m. in West Sedona at Wells Fargo Bank parking lot. Local and regional producer's market offering fresh fruits, veggies and artisan farm products! Live music with Ron Drago. Contact (928) 821-1133 or visit

Public meetings on Montezuma Castle/Tuzigoot fees

Nov. 12-15

 Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments will hold three public meetings in November to discuss possible fee increases in 2015. The first meeting will be held at the Monument's headquarters located at 527 S. Main St., Camp Verde on Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m. The second meeting will be at Tuzigoot National Monument located at 25 W. Tuzigoot Road, Clarkdale on Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m.

A third meeting will be held at the Board Room of the Beaver Creek School 4810 E. Beaver Creek Road, Rimrock on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you are unable to attend any of these meetings, comments may be made at the following website:

Blood drive at Rainbow Acres

Nov. 15

Rainbow Acres will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday in the Palmer Community Center, off Middle Verde Road at 2120 W. Reservation Loop Road in Camp Verde. The public is welcome and encouraged to participate. To save time and make it easy on yourself, reserve your appointment by contacting United Blood Services at and entering "Rainbow Acres" as the sponsor code. You may also just drop in and fill out the necessary forms when you get there, but plan to spend a little extra time. Call (928) 567-5231 for additional information.

Spaghetti dinner at St. Thomas

Nov. 14

St. Thomas Episcopal Church of Clarkdale is continuing their traditional spaghetti dinner, wine and dessert auction on Friday. The Men of St. Thomas, the MOST, prepare and serve the dinner. The Episcopal Church Women, ECW, serve the wine and have the dessert auction. This is a fun event and is expected to attract a large number of diners.

Doors open at 5:30 with dinner including spaghetti, salad and bread being served beginning at 6:30. We are located directly across from the Post Office in Clarkdale on First South Street.

Dinner is $8 per person and wine by the glass is $5. Pay at the door. The dessert auction will begin after dinner.

Past is the Key to the Present

Nov. 15

Ever wondered what all those stripes and colors in the rocks around us in the Verde Valley mean? Paul Handverger, a local geologist and historian, will guide a tour on Saturday and tell us what it all means. Paul is a 50-year resident of the area, well known and well respected. The tour will begin at the Clarkdale Historical Society & Museum, located at 900 First North St. at 8 a.m. Departure from museum at 8:30 am in a van generously donated by Salt River Materials Group. Please bring a snack, water and hat. Tour will end at the museum at 11:30-noon.

Cost is $25 for CHSM members and $30 for non-members. Reservations are suggested. This tour sells out quickly because we limit the group to 13. Please call to reserve your space. Please call 928-649-1198 for more information.

Jerome Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot Contest

Nov. 15

The Jerome Elks Lodge # 1361 will be hosting their annual Hoop Shoot - Free Throw Contest on Saturday at the Clarkdale-Jerome Elementary School gym. The Shoot will take place at 10 a.m. after registration. The school is located at 1615 Main Street, Clarkdale.

The contest is open to all children age 8-13. Contestants must be 8 years old as of April 1, 2014. This Free Throw Contest is divided into divisions, one for boys and one for girls. It is further divided into categories by age, age 8-9, 10-11, 12-13. Basketball or tennis shoes are necessary. Winners advance to the Arizona State North District Contest to be held in Camp Verde in January, then to State and onward to the National Contest in Springfield, Mass. For information, call the Jerome Elks Lodge #1361 at 928-634-5611

Community Pot Luck in Cornville

Nov. 12

Cornville Community Association hosts the Annual Community Pot Luck on Wednesday. The event will be at Oak Creek School, 11490 Purple Sage Road, Cornville, beginning at 6 p.m. and it's free and open to the public. Dom Giazzon will provide some music. Bring a dish to share of any type (meat, non-meat, vegetable, salad, dessert, etc.) and the Association will provide place settings, soft drinks & water.

Contact Elayna at or (928) 301-3471 or Stephen at or (928) 649-1426 to donate an item for our raffle or to help with set up. Additional information is available at

CAT/Lynx helps U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's Toys For Tots

Thru Dec. 12

CAT/Lynx buses will be opening their doors for folks to drop off their unwrapped toys for the Toys for Tots campaign by the US Marine Corps Reserve. Toys may be left with the drivers in all CAT and Lynx buses or may be dropped off at the CAT Offices at 340 Happy Jack Way, just west of the Cottonwood Airport, from now until Dec. 12. Please make sure to let the drivers know that the toys are for the Toys for Tots campaign. Please have them in a bag for our drivers.

The CAT/Lynx administrative offices are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. There is a donation box in the lobby for your toys.

Location change for November Chamber Breakfast

Nov. 13

The location for the Cottonwood Chamber Breakfast scheduled for Thursday has changed to the Quality Inn on State Route 89A.

The breakfast will begin at 7 a.m. in the Event Hall. Doug Bartosh will make a presentation for MatForce, Marijuana Safe? Think Again.

The cost is $9 for breakfast or $2 for coffee only. The Dec. 11 breakfast will be held in the regular location, Verde Valley Medical Center conference rooms. For more information, please call the Chamber at 634-7593.

DeLong to speak to El Valle Artists meeting

Nov. 13

El Valle Artists Association Meeting is Monday, 10 a.m.

The speaker this month is Cody DeLong, who will show us how he creates an oil on canvas that is technically proficient as well as painterly, with great color and sense of light and drama.

If you'd like to take his Nov. 22 class, call our workshops chair at 928-301-1929 or sign up on line:

Join us for the Thursday meeting at Evangel Worship Center, 1380 E Mingus Avenue, Cottonwood. Visitors always welcome; information and directions, 928-649-0884.

Senior Center Fall & Christmas Craft Fair

Nov. 15

There will be a Fall & Christmas Craft Fair at the Verde Valley Senior Center on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come early for the best selection of homemade, one-of-a-kind items at this great sale.

The center is at 500 E. Cherry St. at the corner of Cherry and Sixth streets. For more information contact: Mary Nordstrom at 567-6951, Debbie Moore at 634-5450,

Fall & Christmas Craft Fair

Nov. 15

The Verde Valley Senior Center, 500 E. Cherry St., Cottonwood, hosts a Fall & Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come early for the best selection of homemade, one-of-a-kind items at this great sale.

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