What's Happening 4-15-16

Cottonwood Community Band presents Spring Concerts

Come join the Cottonwood Community Band as it welcomes back regular band director, Will Norris, after a short leave of absence during the fall season. He has selected upbeat music from the genre of "pop music," which is certain to keep your toes tapping. The many favorite tunes that everyone will remember and enjoy include a little jazz, movie themes and of course a march or two.

The band will play their first concert, Sunday May 1, 3 p.m, in the Cottonwood Recreation Center, 150 South 6th Street in Cottonwood. The second presentation will be on Sunday, May 8, 3 p.m., at the Multi-Use Theater, 210 Camp Lincoln Road in Camp Verde. The music will be the same for both concerts and admission is free.

The May 8th concert is on "Mother's Day," so what a nice gift for that special person in your life. The music has appeal that ranges from the young to the older set. Children are welcome.

Cottonwood Community Band is always extending an invitation to people in the area who have missed playing their instrument on a regular basis and would have the time for practice and meeting once a week for group rehearsals. For further information, contact Cottonwood Community Band.org

Cornville to host Wine & Food & Craft Festival

The annual Cornville Community Association Wine & Food & Craft Festival will be April 16 at Windmill Gardens Nursery, 9550 E. Cornville Road.

You can enjoy winetasting for $10 per person, which includes six tastings and a glass. Live music from 1-5 p.m.

Food vendors:Chef Wayne's Creations and Jersey Jay's

Wineries: Page Springs Cellars, Javalina Leap, & Oak Creek

For more information go to:  http://cornvilleaz.org/calendarevents/april

Buena Vista Children's Celebration this weekend

As part of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Buena Vista Children's Services is sponsoring their Annual Children's Celebration in the Verde Valley on Saturday, April 16, 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the Civic Center in Old Town Cottonwood, 805 N. Main Street.

The Children's Celebration is an annual event sponsored by Buena Vista Children's Services to highlight Child Abuse Prevention Awareness month.

The purpose of the Children's Celebration is to focus public attention on the needs of young children, from birth to 12 years of age, their families, and to support early childhood programs. It also gives parents the opportunity to discover the various types of programs available to their children.

Cottonwood Contra Dance Saturday

This month's Cottonwood Contra Dance is Saturday, April 16. Michael Barraclough will call the dances to the tunes of Just Desserts, Flagstaff's open band. With a strong core of fiddles, whistles, guitars, keyboards and a dulcimer, the open band has a different makeup for each dance.  The band brings the dancers a range of common contra dance tunes from many genres - old time, celtic, American fiddle tunes, and more. 

Michael Barraclough has been dancing and calling for nearly 50 years, including many UK festivals and dances. He is an authority on many dance styles but we particularly love his astute calling style for our contra dances.

The pre-dance lesson begins at 6:30 p.m, with dancing from 7 until 10 p.m. If you can walk, you can contra-no experience or partner is needed.  Wear comfortable shoes and clothing and bring a snack donation if possible.  Cottonwood Civic Center is at 805 N. Main Street, Old Town Cottonwood.  Donations are $10 per dancer and $8 for students. Contact Sandy Boothe for more information: 928-634-0486 or sandy@ringsforever.com.

Cub Scout 7029 Dice Run

Registration for the April 23 Cub Scout 7029 Dice Run is from 9-10:30 a.m. at Nate's Cowboy Café. Nate's will be serving breakfast burritos and donating $2 for every one sold. Kick stands up at 10:30 a.m. First stop is Grasshopper Grill in Cornville. Second stop is RR BBQ in Rimrock. Third stop is Verde Brewing Company in Camp Verde. The end party is at RIOT from 2-5 p.m. There will be a prize for the highest roll and the lowest roll. Raffle prizes, 50/50, silent auction, food and music by RIOT.

Drought in Arizona: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Headed?

Dr. Michael Crimmins, Climate Science Specialist and Associate Professor at the University of Arizona, will be speaking in the Verde Valley on Tuesday, April 19th at 3:00 p.m. at Yavapai College in Clarkdale, 601 Black Hills Drive, Building M, Room 137.

Dr. Crimmins will review how our current El Niño event has evolved from 2015 into early 2016 including its impact on the weather and climate of Arizona. He will discuss how drought has improved in the short term, but that longer-term drought conditions, years in the making, will continue to linger. He will also review current temperature trends, seasonal forecasts, and longer-term prospects for the Southwest.

In his work, Dr. Crimmins provides climate science support to resource managers across Arizona by assessing information needs, synthesizing, and transferring relevant research results, as well as conducting applied research projects. This work aims to support managers by increasing climate science literacy as well as developing strategies to adapt to a changing climate. He also serves as a drought-monitoring expert on the Arizona Governor's Drought Task Force and has worked with counties across Arizona to implement drought preparedness and impact monitoring plans.

This public presentation is part of the Verde River Basin Partnership's free educational program series and will be preceded by an update on Partnership activities. It is free and no RSVP is required. The Partnership wishes to thank Yavapai College for helping secure venues to continue community education. For more information visit www.vrbp.org.

Moose Lodge Governor & Senior Regent Ball

The Verde Valley Moose Lodge Governor & Senior Regent Ball will be Sunday April 24.

Cocktail Hour 5-6 p.m.

Dinner 6-7 p.m.

Menu: Stuffed Chicken Breast,

Potato, Veg', Salad and Roll

Dance to the music of the Retros Band, 7-11 p.m.

Cost: $15 per person

Open to all members and qualified guests

Tickets for sale from lodge bartender or lodge and chapter officers.

Montezuma Well to host Centennial BioBlitz

To celebrate 100 years of stewardship, the National Park Service is planning a shared nation-wide quest to discover and document biodiversity. You are invited to be part of the celebration as Montezuma Well hosts a BioBlitz on Saturday, May 21

The Montezuma Well BioBlitz will focus on collecting and identifying invertebrates. Invertebrates can be anything from spiders and butterflies to aquatic dwellers such as snails. Collected data from concurrent BioBlitzes will be gathered and broadcast at the Biodiversity Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Montezuma Well is looking for several volunteers ages 14 and up to join us as citizen scientists in the Blitz! Volunteers will be divided into teams of five and guided by researchers and park rangers. Each team will try to collect and identify as many species as possible. Volunteers can choose to collect water dwellers or stay on dry land. Volunteers can sign up for a morning session from 9 am to 12 pm or an afternoon session from 1 pm to 4 pm. Reservations will be accepted from April 20th through May 14 on a first-come, first-served basis. To sign up, visit www.eventbrite.com and search for Montezuma Well to register. An informational packet with what to expect and how to prepare for your scientific adventure will be emailed to each participant upon reservation. Online reservations are mandatory for participation.

The National Park Service celebrates its 100th Anniversary in 2016. Over 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 410 national parks and monuments and create close-to-home recreational and cultural opportunities. 

Montezuma Well, a detached unit of Montezuma Castle National Monument, is a fee free location and is located at 5525 Beaver Creek Road, Rimrock, AZ. For additional information, call 928-567-3322 x 0 or visit www.nps.gov/moca.

Senior Love Story Book Signing April 23 at Cottonwood Library

Saturday, April 23 from 10:30 a.m. to noon, noted local author Richard Estrada Corey will hold a book reading/book signing at the Cottonwood Public Library for his latest work, A Senior Love Story: Love Never Dies? By delving into two very different literary genres -- a love story and a story of the effect of alcohol on a relationship -- -his book explores the positives and the negatives within a senior love story. 

Throughout the challenges faced, Richard talked with God, seeking healing--a solution to her addiction. While being in love with Elaine again awakened his heart to feel joy after so many years and opened him up to the roses of love, it also meant he had to deal with the very sharp thorns of the circumstances he faced. Come hear more about this fascinating life journey from Richard Corey on Saturday, April 23 from 10:30 AM-12 noon. The library is located at 100 S 6th St, Cottonwood, AZ 86326.

The event is free! 

Philosophy and Physics of Forgiveness

Being unforgiving is like drinking poison - and waiting for the other person to die. But what is forgiveness? What does it mean? Four Fridays, 1-2:30p.m., 4/15 - 5/6, the philosophy and physics of the virtue and attitude of forgiveness as it applies to everyday life will be discussed at the OLLI class, Room 310, Camp Verde Town Complex.

Pre-registration is recommended. For more information about this event, call 928-649-5550, or go to http://tinyurl.com/OLLI-PPoF 

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