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Doug Von Gausig

Von Gausig address future of water

Monday, August 15, the monthly Voter Education Program of the League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley, in partnership with OLLI, will feature Clarkdale Mayor and local water guru Doug Von Gausig speaking about "The Future of Water in the Verde Valley: We Know the Problem, Now What Can We Do About It?" Von Gausig will provide a concise examination of what we must do to meet future water demands of a growing population, including a menu of options that will allow our economy to prosper while, at the same time, stewarding a healthy river.

According to Barbara Litrell, President of the local League and former chair of the League's Water Committee, "Monsoon season can lull us into forgetting that we are in a drought. The recession is over and development is becoming robust again, and we need to be asking our elected officials about water issues and developing community plans to be wise about water."

Von Gausig, third-generation native Arizonan, is currently Mayor of the Town of Clarkdale. He graduated from ASU with a B.S. in Biology and then joined the U.S. Air Force, serving 6 years as a pilot. He has served on the Boards of the Yavapai County Water Advisory Committee, the Northern Arizona Municipal Water Users Association, the Verde River Basin Partnership and is the immediate past President of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns. He also served as a Vice-Chair of Arizona Forward and is a member of the Arizona State Committee in Trails (ASCOT). Doug graduated as a fellow of the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy in the fall of 2011 and is also Executive Director of the Verde River Institute, which strives to promote policy solutions for Verde River issues.

The free presentation will take place twice on Monday August 15, from 9-10:30 a.m. at Yavapai College Sedona, 4215 Arts Village Drive, and noon-1:30 p.m. at Yavapai College Clarkdale at 601 W. Black Hills Drive, Rm M202.

For information, contact 649-0135 or

Mingus cross country practiced begins Monday morning

Mingus Union High School cross country coach Katie Wolff announced that practice for the fall season begins Monday, 6 a.m. Athletes should meet with Coach Wolff at the high school, At the high school, 1801 E Fir St, Cottonwood.

"We will probably be moving practices to the afternoon beginning at 3:30 after next week," said Coach Wolff.

The Marauders first race of the season will be over the Labor Day weekend.

Better Breathers Club®/A.W.A.K.E. support group meets Aug. 17

Northern Arizona Healthcare's Better Breathers Club and A.W.A.K.E. support groups − for people with lung disease or sleep issues, and their caregivers − have combined into one group.

The group meets from 6 to 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of every other month at VVMC, 269 S. Candy Lane in Cottonwood, Conference Rooms B and C.

The topic for the Aug. 17 meeting is "Sleep Disorders and Your Lungs," featuring speaker Leonard Moss, M.D. 

Come for an hour of socializing and snacks, and learn skills to help manage your condition and improve your quality of life. To R.S.V.P., call Pamela Diffin at 928-639-5391, or email or

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Traditional stone bead manufacturing and beadwork demonstrations 

Several programs are scheduled at Montezuma Castle National Monument in commemoration of the National Park Service celebrating its 100th anniversary.  From Aug. 25-28, the 421 national parks, monuments and historic sites across the United States will be fee-free in honor of the NPS Centennial.

The continuing legacy of Native arts and crafts will be demonstrated Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.   NPS employees and volunteers will showcase the multifaceted process of fashioning stone disc beads and beadwork. Also on display will be a selection of traditional playthings, basketry and artifacts created from plant materials found in northern Arizona.  

Zachary Curcija of Phoenix, who received his Master's degree in anthropology from Northern Arizona University, will demonstrate the complex steps in manufacturing prehistoric-style Southwestern disc beads.  Mr. Curcija specializes in argillite bead production and he will also have a display of replica jewelry that would have been familiar to pre-contact residents of Northern Arizona.  His thesis research included an assessment of possible bead production techniques used at sites across the Southwest, including Tuzigoot National Monument. 

NPS employees Demetria Grant and Donald McLaughlin will explain the fabrication of the intricate beadwork that became popular when European-made glass and ceramic beads were brought to North America and introduced through trade.   This cross-cultural artistic tradition is practiced by Native American people from all areas of the country, with regional variation in styles and technique. Ms. Grant and Mr. McLaughlin studied beadwork design and fabrication at the Flandreau Indian School in South Dakota.

The Organic Act, signed by President Woodrow Wilson on Aug. 25, 1916, established the National Park Service as an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior.  The NPS system includes 421 areas covering 84 million acres in every state, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.  Over 20,000 National Park Service employees help create close-to-home recreational and cultural opportunities.

Montezuma Castle is located off Interstate 17, exit 289, at 2800 N. Montezuma Castle Highway. The trail is a 1/3-mile, flat, paved loop that is accessible to wheelchairs, strollers, and walkers. For additional information, call the Montezuma Castle Visitor Center at 928-567-3322, extension 0; find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; or visit

Parkinson Support Group meets Aug. 12

The lazy days of summer make August a good month to relax and talk candidly about living with Parkinson disease. At its Aug. 12 meeting, the Verde Valley Parkinson Support Group will meet from 3:00-4:30 p.m. simply to get together and talk about whatever topics those attending are interested in discussing. It's a time to ask questions of each other, hear helpful tips, share experiences, and explore resources.

PD has been called the most complex neurological disease for good reason. After Alzheimer's, it is the most prevalent neurological diagnosis, and like Alzheimer's, its impact on both the person with PD, their care partners, family and friends is profound and long lasting.

In addition to coping with the motor symptoms of tremor, slowness, rigidity and balance instability, an extensive list of non-motor symptoms that affect almost every aspect of daily life (such as chronic constipation, sleep disorder, depression, anxiety, and cognitive decline) make this progressive neurologic disease increasingly difficult over time. Thanks to various medications and better medical treatment, people with PD are now living for decades; however, the disease's progression and multiple symptoms make staying connected, finding sound and helpful information, and connection with other people with PD more and more difficult.

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 Parkinson & Movement Disorder Alliance Program Director, Judy Talley at (928) 202-7952 or

Registration begins for adult co-ed volleyball at Camp Verde Parks and Recreation

Camp Verde Parks and Recreation announces registration for its fall co-ed volleyball season. The season starts Sept. 25 in the Community Center Gym at 51 E. Hollamon Street. We are hoping for enough teams to form an A and B league this year. Games will be played Sunday afternoons through Nov. 20. Registration is $150 per team. Gather your friends, form your team and have some fun. For more information contact Shawna Figy at Camp Verde Parks and Recreation (928) 554-0829.

Camp Verde Parks and Recreation announces Friday Day Trips

The Camp Verde Parks and Recreation Department announces its next round of Friday Day Trips. Our first trip is Aug. 19 to Tonto Natural Bridge and the Pine-Strawberry Museum. Marvel at this beautiful natural bridge that has been in the making for over a thousand years. You can stand on top, hike below, or just enjoy the scenery. You can also visit the historic lodge and gift shop. Then we are off to grab some lunch and peruse the Pine-Strawberry Museum.

Prices are adults and seniors $21, children $16. The shuttle bus leaves the Community Center at 9 a.m. and returns at 4 p.m. Pre-registration is required and seating is limited.

Other trips this fall include Zane Grey Cabin and Rim Country Museum in Payson, the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff Snowbowl Skyride and the Arizona State Fair. We have also added a Sunday performance of "Little Women" at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center and a fun-filled Saturday trip to watch the NAU Lumberjacks play their homecoming football game against Idaho State. All trip participants must be 16 years old OR have a parent with them. Pre-registration is required and can be done at Camp Verde Parks and Recreation at 395 S. Main St.

For more information call Parks and Recreation at (928) 554-0829 or check out or like us on Facebook.

Aug. 27 Arizona Diamondbacks trip by Camp Verde Parks and Recreation

Watch the Diamondbacks alumni game and then watch the Arizona Diamondbacks play the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, Aug. 27. The Diamondbacks alumni game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. with open seating, plus the first 20,000 in the stadium get a free Diamondbacks pull-over jersey. Travel to and from the game and park just a short walk from your seat. Seats are field level with a great view. This trip leaves the Community Center at 12:30 p.m. for the games at Chase Field. Cost is $50 per person for game tickets and bus ride. Sign up by August 15 for best seats. If you miss this trip, join us for our last game this season on October 1. If you have your own tickets you can ride the bus with us for only $10. To register, bring cash or check payable to Town of Camp Verde, to the Parks and Recreation office at 395 S. Main St. For questions call Parks and Recreation (928) 554-0829.

Registration begins for Adult Co-ed Volleyball at Camp Verde Parks and Recreation

Camp Verde Parks and Recreation announces registration for its fall Adult Co-ed Volleyball season. The season starts Sept. 25 in the Community Center Gym at 51 E. Hollamon Street. We are hoping for enough teams to form an A and B league this year. Games will be played Sunday afternoons through Nov. 20. Registration is $150 per team. Gather your friends, form your team and have some fun. For more information contact Shawna Figy at Camp Verde Parks and Recreation (928) 554-0829.

Verde Thumbs Garden Club to meet Aug. 9

Come join the Verde Thumbs Gardeners Aug. 9 for the monthly meeting at Pine Shadows Mobile Home Park, 2050 W. Hwy 89a. New and experienced gardeners are welcome. Come at 6 pm for our 'get acquainted time' and program at 6:30 pm. Our question and answer session is always informative when we share what works and what doesn't. This summer has been such a challenge so there will be lots of sharing. For more information, contact Janice Montgomery at 634-7172.

League declares August Voter Rights Month

The League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley has declared August as Voter Rights Month in Sedona and the Verde Valley and will mark the occasion with a Voter Rights Film Series August 15-17 and a "Happy Hour" Celebration of Women's Right to Vote on August 18. 

After spending the month of July doing voter registration at 9 locations in Sedona, the Village of Oak Creek, Cottonwood and Camp Verde, and hosting  9 Candidate and Local Ballot Measure Forums, the focus in August will be on voting itself, that most precious and  fundamental right of our American democracy, according to local League president, Barbara Litrell.  Early voting began August 3 with mail ballots and will continue until the August 30 primary at the polls  when a number of races locally and throughout Arizona will be determined if there is no challenger from the opposite party to go on the November ballot.

The League has partnered with the Sedona International Film Festival to show three important films on August 15-17 at Mary Fisher Theatre followed by a discussion lead each evening by NAU Professors Andrea Houchard and Harriet Young. The Series will include "Iron Jawed Angels" on Monday, Aug. 15; "Recount" on Tuesday, Aug. 16; and "Selma" on Wednesday, Aug. 17. Each film will be shown at 7 p.m. on the respective evening, and tickets for each film will be a special encore price of $7. 

"Iron Jawed Angels" tells the remarkable and little-known story of a group of passionate and dynamic young women, led by Alice Paul (Hilary Swank) and her friend Lucy Burns (Frances O'Connor), who put their lives on the line to fight for American women's right to vote.  "Recount" follows the bizarre 36-day struggle from Election Day 2000 to the Supreme Court decision to determine which candidate won Florida - and the presidency in Bush vs. Gore. 

In "Selma", Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo shines as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who rallied his followers on the historic march from Selma to Montgomery in the face of violent opposition - an event that became a milestone victory for the civil rights movement.

On August 18, 4-6 p.m., the League invites all members of our community to celebrate our democracy, our citizenship, and our right to vote at a "Happy Hour" honoring the American Suffragettes who fought over 70 years for women to have the right to vote. Their victory came about when, on August 18, 1920, Tennessee passed the proposed 19th Amendment to the US Constitution by a one-vote margin becoming the 36th state to ratify the measure and clearing the way for its official adoption eight days later. The deciding vote hinged on Harry Burn, a 24 year old representative from East Tennessee who was opposed to the Amendment but he had an 11th hour change of heart when his mother, Phoebe Ensminger Burn,  sent him a note which is in the Tennessee state archives saying "Hurrah, and vote for suffrage! Don't keep them in doubt. I notice some of the speeches against. They were bitter. I have been watching to see how you stood, but have not noticed anything a good boy and help Mrs. Catt put the 'rat' in ratification." He defended his vote the next day saying "I know that a mother's advice is always safest for her boy to follow," he explained, "and my mother wanted me to vote for ratification." The story also emphasizes that every vote matters and one vote can change history.

 The August 18 "Happy Hour"  will be 4-6PM at Vino di Sedona, 2585 SR 89A in West Sedona. The program will include  "Voices of Women Celebrating Women" featuring singer Katherine LaTorraca, artist Jennifer Epperson, author and performer Shaeri Richards, poet Elizabeth Oakes. There is no charge for the event and food and drinks will be available at Happy Hour prices. For more information, contact Barbara Litrell 649-0135 or

National Park Service Centennial Observance

The Sedona Academy of Chamber Singers will deliver a performance of patriotic and inspirational songs Thursday, August 18, 10 a.m., at Montezuma Castle National Monument.   This special event initiates a week of activities and observances in commemoration of the 2016 National Park Service Centennial.

The Chamber Singers will also be keynote performers at the August 20 commemorative "Parks in the Pines" event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the City Hall parking lot in Flagstaff, AZ.   The fee-free festival will highlight the national parks, monuments, historic sites and heritage of Arizona with information booths, activities and entertainment for the whole family.  The local choir will perform at 10:30 a.m.

The Sedona Academy of Chamber Singers, under the direction of Northern Arizona University professor Dr. Ryan Holder, was created in 2010 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Church of the Red Rocks in Sedona, and 25th anniversary of Rev. Dr. George Ault.  This collaboration gives voice and choral students from around the Southwest an opportunity to experience singing in a semi-professional choir.

The choir has served as vocal back-up for multi-platinum recording artist Josh Groban, and in recent years has performed for the Arizona State Music Educators convention and the Arizona Choral Directors Association Conference.

The National Park Service celebrates its 100th Anniversary in 2016. Over 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 408 national parks and monuments and create close-to-home recreational and cultural opportunities.  

Montezuma Castle is located off Interstate 17, exit 289, at 2800 N. Montezuma Castle Highway. The trail is a 1/3 mile flat, paved loop that is accessible to wheelchairs, strollers and walkers. Regular fees apply but there is no charge for children age 15 and under, and all Federal recreation passes are accepted.

Intro to home canning class at Library

Whether a newcomer or an experienced home canner, proper equipment, ingredients and techniques are essential to ensuring safer and better quality food at home.  This presentation reviews canning basics and home-canning practices for fruits, vegetables, proteins, jellied products and pickles. 

Participants will be able to identify appropriate canning methods for different food items, proper packing and headspace, altitude adjustments, processing times and more.  This session will discuss how and when to use both water bath and pressure canners to preserve foods at home. The class will be held on Saturday, August 20th from 12 to 1:30 p.m. in the Cottonwood Public Library meeting room. 

Verde Christian Books & Gifts Kids Crafts meet 2nd Saturday of Month

Verde Christian Books & Gifts is holding monthly kid's crafts in their store the second Saturday of each month. This is a chance for children to come attend an event and to create something that is simple and wholesome fun.

The next event is held on Aug. 13 from 10-11:30 a.m. The shop is located near the intersection of Willard & 89 A, near Y.E.S. The Arc in the Selna Professional Plaza. All children are handled on a first come first served basis. While they guarantee there will be enough crafts for at least 10 children, often they will have additional kits available. There is no charge for children to participate in these crafts and all are welcome to attend.

For August, the craft is a popscicle stick castle, led by local children's author Miss Christy.

To learn more about this event, or for any questions you may have, please call Verde Christian Books & Gifts at 928-451-8217. You may also direct questions to

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