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'Considerations on the Journey of Life'

Aug. 13

"Considerations on the Journey of Life" is the topic of the August Take Note: Sedona lecture, which is sponsored by Northern Arizona Healthcare's Verde Valley Medical Center. The lecture will feature interventional cardiologist Bruce Peek, M.D.

It's ironic: The only guarantee in life is death, and heart disease is its leading cause. Dr. Peek will discuss the most commonly asked questions about unexpected health events; how medical decisions are made for you when you can't make your own; and the importance of planning ahead when it comes to your health.

The free presentation will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, at the Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road. To R.S.V.P. or for more information about this event, call 928-639-6551.

Verde Valley Medical Center is a member of Northern Arizona Healthcare, which also provides healthcare services through Flagstaff Medical Center, Team Health, Verde Valley Medical Clinic, Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare, EntireCare Rehab & Sports Medicine, Fit Kids of Arizona, Guardian Air, Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona, Northern Arizona Homecare, Northern Arizona Hospice and Valley View Care.

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Call to local artists


The Cottonwood Public Library is developing a program for local artists to set up and make art while patrons can watch, ask questions and get inspired by the art making process.

All forms of art media will be considered.

A small spot will be provided by the parking lot door where they can display some of their art and practice their craft.

Two to three hour time slots will be available and there will be three artists throughout the day.

The program will be at least one Tuesday a month, possibly twice a month depending on artists' response. Contact Kyle Smith at the library at 928-340-2782 or

Potluck for Michigan Friends in Arizona

Aug. 12

Michigan Friends in Arizona will hold a potluck lunch from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12 at the Camp Verde home of Michigan/Arizona residents Dennis and Cheryl Cassady. Former Michigan residents or current/seasonal residents from Michigan are invited to attend.

Please bring a potluck dish and your favorite beverages and enjoy the company of other Michi-Zonans. Asking for $2.50 per person to help cover paper products, ice and water.

Please RSVP by: Aug. 9 with your name(s), address, email, phone number and city/cities where you lived in Michigan to:, Cheryl Cassady, Michigan Friends in Sun City Club President. For more information, please call Dennis or Cheryl at (928) 567.3270.

Also, we are forming a Michigan Friends group/club in mid-Arizona. For more information, email:

Red Cross Blood Drive

Aug. 12

The Red Cross will be holding a blood drive today, from noon until 5 p.m. at the VFW hall at 705 E Aspen St. in Cottonwood.

Please come donate for this highly important and necessary event. What you give will assuredly save a life, maybe that of someone you know.

Cottonwood Chamber breakfast meeting

Aug. 13

Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly breakfast meeting from 7 a.m. until 8 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 13 at Verde Valley Medical Center's Conference Rooms B and C.

The speaker will be Jody Fanning, Cottonwood Chief of Police, who will talk about, "Where are we at? And where are we going?"

RSVP is required. Please register at

Verde Valley Medical Center is located at 269 S. Candy Lane in Cottonwood.

Quail Country Quilters meeting

Aug. 13

Quail Country Quilters business meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Aug. 13 at the Cottonwood VFW, located at 705 E. Aspen. Please be sure to attend as continued plans will be made for our quilt show on Oct. 16 and 17. Packets for the Christmas Block Exchange will be available for $2, and members who participated in the Mystery Quilt will receive their instructions. 

Visitors Welcome.

Verde Valley Ballet auditions

Aug. 14

Verde Valley Ballet will be holding auditions for the Verde Valley Ballet Performing Arts Company on Friday, Aug. 14 at 5 pm for dancers between the ages of 13 to 19.

The company is designed to provide opportunities for dancers to perform and shine at their very best through weekly classes, conventions and master classes, competition and community involvement.

The Performing Arts Company performs in all styles of dance so dancers should have experience in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, or Contemporary dance.

Auditions will also be held for the Mini Performing Arts Company on Saturday August 15th at 10:30 am for dancers between the ages of 7 to 9 years.

Immediately following will be the Junior Performing Arts Company auditions at 11:00 am for dancers between the ages of 10 to 13 years.

No experience is required.

Dancers will be required to be present for all required classes, rehearsals, and performances.

Also, all dancers will be required to purchase a team uniform, pay monthly tuition, costume fees, and convention and competition fees.

Auditions will be held at Verde Valley Ballet, located at 470 South Main Street Suite A in Cottonwood.

If you are interested in auditioning for the company, but cannot make the auditions, please contact the studio to arrange an audition time.

Information is available on our website at or by calling the studio at 928.203-6999.

Beaver Creek Historical Society meeting

Aug. 14

The Beaver Creek Preservation and Historical Society (BCPHS) regular meeting will be held Friday, Aug. 14 at 9 a.m. at the Beaver Creek Adult Center at Rollins Park in Lake Montezuma. The guest speaker this month will be Judy McBride, who owns the historic Rimrock Ranch aka the Mafia House and the castle. This is a teaser for a tour which will be held this fall.   

Verde Valley Parkinson Support Group Meeting

Aug. 14

Sue Robinson, speech-language pathologist, will lead the Verde Valley Parkinson Support Group when it meets on August 14. Guest speaker Debra Kildahl, an occupational therapist, will present "Exercises to Maximize Continence Control," interventions that benefit many adults, including those with Parkinson disease. She will provide information about an exercise progression for lower back, core and pelvic floor musculature, all aimed at decreasing frequency of leaking and urgency, back pain, and loss of balance. Both therapists treat patients at EntireCare Rehab & Sports Medicine Experts.

Robinson, a member of the American Parkinson Disease Association's Arizona Chapter board of directors, is known in the Parkinson community for her eagerness to share her expertise to help those living with neurological conditions that make speech, swallowing, communication and cognition difficult.

She works at both the Verde Valley Medical Center and Sedona EntireCare facilities. Kildahl, in her work at the EntireCare Sedona outpatient clinic, specializes in treating adults whose health conditions limit their ability to perform daily activities, restricting their safety and independence.

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, 3:00-4:30 PM, at the Verde Valley Medical Center, Conference Room B, 269 S. Candy Lane, Cottonwood, AZ. For more information, please contact group facilitator and American Parkinson Disease Association Arizona Program Director, Judy Talley at (928) 202-7952 or

Kiwanis Club of Camp Verde presents Bret Fox - It's Magic!

Aug. 15

The Camp Verde Kiwanis' next Special Interest Saturday will be: "It's Magic!" Children 8-14 years of age are invited for an introduction to the interesting hobby of magic illusions. The fun begins at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 15 at the Old School Gymnasium. Children ages 8-10 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

This program is presented by Bret Fox, coordinator of the Camp Verde Adult Reading/G.E.D. Program. Fox became interested in the world of magic illusion at age 8 and loves performing for audiences. He continues to present shows for local organizations and restaurants.

Fox is the author of the book "Magic for Kids" which has more than 60 magic demonstrations especially for children 8-10 years old. He has taught magic illusion in summer programs at Yavapai College.

For this Kiwanis Special Interest Saturday, the children will have an opportunity to view a demonstration of magic tricks presented by Fox. Those who are interested also will be shown a newspaper trick and a rubber band trick, to delight their own families. The program will be approximately an hour long. For admission, attendees should bring one non-perishable food item which will be donated to local charities.

To register for this program, please send your name, and age; your parent/guardian's name, a contact phone number and/or e-mail address to: Camp Verde Kiwanis: It's Magic! - P.O. 974; Camp Verde, AZ 86322. You also may phone: 928-567-7137. Please speak very clearly when you phone and leave a phone number for a return call. Space is limited to 30 children, so please register early.

Mathews Resale Auction

Aug. 15

Mathews Resale will hold an auction on Saturday, Aug. 15 at 3 p.m. A preview will be available earlier in the day from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Items for auction include house hold items, furniture, vintage collectibles, and tools. Mathews Resale is located at 348 S. Main Street in Camp Verde.

Craft Fair

August 15

Verde Valley Senior Center will host a craft fair Aug. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Center is located at 500 E. Cherry Street in Cottonwood. All proceeds will benefit seniors in need. If interested in having an outside booth, please contact Mary Nordstrom with any questions at (928) 634-5450.

Sock Hop

Aug. 15

The Jerome Elks Lodge will be hosting a Sock Hop. Dinner will be a Blue Plate Special: Jim's Stuffed Chicken $12.60. Music will by Jox in the Box to follow. Dinner at 6 p.m. The evening will have games and contests including best dresses, hula hoop and car races. All are invited to attend. Call 928-634-5611 for advance tickets. Dress in your best '50s and bring your dancing shoes.

History of the Apache Presentation

Aug. 15

For 75 years, Elder Vincent Randall has watched the Verde Valley grow and change from no more than 100 feet from where he was born.

His ancestors had been force marched to the San Carlos Reservation in 1875 and upon return to the Verde Valley in 1900, found their land had been taken from them and other people were living there.

Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum is proud to host a presentation by Vincent Randall on Aug. 15, at 11 a.m. at the Clark Memorial Clubhouse. 

Please join us to hear the stories of his people and his life.

A Community Seed Library is ready to grow

Aug. 15 and Aug. 29

Do you know what a Seed Library is? It is both a collection of free, open-pollinated seeds, (which are seeds that can be saved), and a community of gardeners coming together to celebrate their hobby.  Won't it be interesting to check out seeds you can plant while you check out library books about growing your own garden? 

This is what a seed library is: a program to check out seeds, grow the plants, save some of the seeds and return them after the growing season.

Then someone else can check them out next growing season! Eventually these seeds become adapted to our soil and climate and are more productive.

Classes will be offered in seed saving on Aug. 15 at the library and again on Aug. 29 at the Recreation Center.

They will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 928-634-7559 to register or visit the reference desk in the library. Classes are free but limited to 20 people. They will be offered on an ongoing basis.

Grand Opening will be September 12th and free seeds will be available to be checked out from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

Volunteers will be available to answer questions and help with seed selection. Regular hours of operation will be Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This new program is supported by the Cottonwood Public Library and sponsored by The Verde Thumbs Gardeners, a program of Gardens For Humanity.


The Verde Valley Seed Library will provide a variety of free seeds appropriate for growing in the Verde Valley, where agriculture has a long, historic legacy. 

Citizens are invited to grow, save and return the seeds from plants that are adapted to our area.

Verde Valley Senior Center craft fair

Aug. 15

Verde Valley Senior Center will hold a craft fair on Saturday, August 15 from 9 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Come early for the best selection of homemade, one-of-a-kind items at this great sale. And don't forget to stop by the snack bar for doughnuts and coffee in the morning, as well as lunch in the afternoon.

For more information contact Mary Nordstrom at (928) 567-6951 or Debbie Moore at (928) 634-5450 or

The Verde Valley Senior Center is located at 500 E. Cherry St. in Cottonwood.

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