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Happy Days Band

Happy Days Band

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Happy Days Band

The annual Sedona Elks Lodge #2291 New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance will be Saturday, Dec. 31, 6 p.m. to midnight. The Sedona Elks Lodge is located at 110 Airport Road in Sedona (928-282-7571).

Proceeds from the event help support Sedona Elks Lodge #2291.

The evening’s music will be provided by Happy Days, a popular band performing pop songs and country hits popular in the 1950s and ‘60s.

Band members include Rich Van Tillborg, Linda Van Tillborg on guitar, Charleah Allen on lead vocals, Jim Hannah on piano, Steve Mercer on drums and Rod Rodriguez on saxophone.

The evening will feature cocktails and hor d’orves, buffet style dinner, raffles, music, dancing, party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight. $30 per person; tickets must be purchased in advance.

For reservations and ticket sales, contact Kim, secretary at the Elks Lodge at 928-282-7571, or Ray Stueve at 928-821-3300.

CAT/LYNX service for Christmas, New Year’s holidays

CAT is pleased to announce that it will be operating regular service on Monday, 26 and Monday, January 2. Neither CAT nor LYNX will be in service on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. This will give our drivers time to be home with their families for the holidays. LYNX will be running a SATURDAY schedule for both Mondays.

Any ADA riders that want a ride on Monday, December 26, are encouraged to call the CAT office no later than 5pm on Friday, Dec. 23. For ADA rides on Monday, Jan. 2, please call no later than 5pm on Friday, Dec. 30. The CAT office will open at its usual time of 8:00 am on Tuesday, December 27 and Tuesday January 3. CAT offices may be contacted at 928-634-2287.

CAT provides four fixed routes and ADA Paratransit serving Cottonwood, Clarkdale and Verde Villages and Verde Lynx provides commuter service between Cottonwood and Sedona.

Free Community Dinner on St. Thomas Day

The community is invited to join St. Thomas Episcopal Church for a Free Community Dinner on St. Thomas Day, December 21, 2016 at 5:30 PM.

As we approach the 100th Anniversary of St. Thomas Episcopal Church building in Clarkdale, we offer a free dinner to the community. We will begin serving dinner at 5:30 PM and serve as long as there are customers or until the food is gone. Please join us in celebration of St. Thomas and our church. Dinner will be prepared at the church with our Priest Julie Williams cooking the spaghetti noodles. A free will offering basket will be available to help defray costs, however no payment is required. We will serve spaghetti, salad, bread and beverages.

Our church is located at 889 First South Street in Clarkdale. We are right in front of the Post Office. For more information, please call the church at 634-8593.

Future of Computer Club to be discussed

The Verde Valley Computer Club is just about to shut down after 26-plus years of helping Microsoft computer users learn and advance their skills. As a former Club member who left Windows Vista for a Mac, it has been disappointing not to find any class training here in Cottonwood. I attended a number of the Club’s Windows classes and always came away with additional knowledge of how to do more things with my computer. We could ask questions and get answers from an expert.

Are there Windows users who are thinking of moving to a Mac or Mac users who’d like to have the opportunity to further their computer skills by going to classes taught by an expert? The Club Board is on the verge of closing it down because of the lack of interest by Window’s members. The Club President is trying to save the Club by broadening the membership with Apple/Mac users. She has a very qualified teacher willing to share his skill. What is needed are the students.

If you would like to attend some classes and increase you Mac knowledge and skill, e-mail this address

Classes are held in the Clemenceau Building at Mingus & Willard on Fridays, 5-7 p.m.

Alpha Course at Immaculate Conception Church

Are you searching for meaning in life? You are cordially invited to join us as we explore life and faith. Over 69 million persons worldwide have experienced Alpha. There’s something in Alpha for everyone: The faithful, the questioning, those on the fringe of faith and even the person who is outside the faith but wants to learn more.

The Alpha course is interdenominational, relaxed, friendly, & fun. Sharing a meal at the beginning of each session provides an opportunity to get to know each other. Then we watch a DVD presentation on topics such as “Is there more to life than this?” or “Who is Jesus.” After each talk we divide into small groups for discussion. The philosophy of Alpha is listen, learn, discuss, discover. And ask anything. No question is too simple or too hostile. It is a respectful environment where your questions are valued and your opinions respected.

The course consists of 10 weekly sessions in the parish hall. There is no charge for the Alpha course and babysitting is provided free on-site. The first 2017 Alpha course will be hosted by Immaculate Conception Catholic Church located on SR89A and Bill Gray Rd. beginning Tuesday, January 10th at 6:00PM with a free catered dinner and the Introductory Session. For information and registration contact John at 254-8137, the parish office at 634-2933 or email Carol at

Holiday Contra Dance at Civic Center

Cottonwood’s Holiday Contra Dance takes place Saturday, Dec. 17th, at the Cottonwood Civic Center, 805 N. Main St. in Old Town. The band Updraft plays the tunes, with Judy Francis, Mary Anne Mcleod, and Mike Reddig, while caller Kari Usher keeps us all on track. Check out contra dancing on Youtube for a peek at this fun dance form. No partner or experience is required—wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Those new or needing a refresher should be sure to arrive at 6:30 p.m. for the half hour lesson; regular dance is 7-10 p.m.  All dances are taught and called. Cost is $10/dancer and $7 for students. Bring a snack if possible. Contact Sandy Boothe for more information at 928-634-0486 or

Last chance to buy Christmas Brick for old Cornville Post Office

The Cornville Historical Society invites donors to purchase memorial bricks for a new path to the historic Cornville Post Office at Windmill Gardens. The bricks can be a thoughtful memorial to a loved one, honor a person or family, support local history, advertise a business or organization, commemorate an event, and be a thoughtful Christmas gift!

Construction begins next year on a path that will meander from a parking area past an interpretive sign to the end of the front porch. Memorial bricks will be interspersed with old used bricks.

The memorial bricks are dark red, with black letters; each can be engraved with three lines of text with up to 18 spaces per line; and the cost is $50 per brick. The deadline for placing orders is December 31, 2016.

Orders must be accompanied by payment and one order form per brick. Forms are available at Windmill Gardens, 9550 East Cornville Road, and at

All proceeds go to post office restoration. For information, call Cindy Snyder at 649-9177, or write Cornville Historical Society, P.O. Box 1200, Cornville, AZ 86325.

Circle of Friends concert Sunday at Mingus

The annual Circle of Friends Holiday Concert, a Verde Valley tradition, is set to gather folks of all ages together for what promises to be another evening of seasonal song and cheer. 

The Circle of Friends is a way for old and new friends to gather and share their music with the community.

Many local performers will join musician John Ziegler on Sunday, December 18th at Mingus Union High School Auditorium.  The songs and music will be seasonal, spiritual, and at times eclectic, so come prepared to have your spirits lifted as these entertainers share their simple gifts with the community.

Mount Hope Foods sponsors this event every year.  The concert is free, as well as the holiday refreshments. 

Also, Mount Hope will match all donations, dollar for dollar, (cash only) to our local Meals On Wheels.

The concert begins at 5:30. Doors open at 4:30.

Applications open for Yavapai College free student transition program

Yavapai College is now accepting applications from local high school students who wish to participate in Lead, the college’s free high school-to-college transition program.

Students involved in the Lead program experience two college courses, off-campus activities and receive books and meals--all at no charge.

Additionally, participants can earn up to six college credits and participate in college preparation activities. The program runs from June 5 through July 27, 2017.

“LEAD is a great opportunity for students across Yavapai County to bolster their confidence as it relates to academic preparedness while developing the skills they’ll need to prepare for the college environment,” said Dean of Student Development Tania Sheldahl.

“We cover areas such as academic and technology skills, campus resources, career exploration, time management and success strategies.

The LEAD program application is available online at Program space is limited. Early applications are encouraged. The application deadline is March 10, 2017.

From the Heart Music and Dance presents The Nutcracker Ballet

Saturday December 17th at 3 pm

Sunday December 18th at 4 pm

At the Phillip England Center for the Performing Arts, 410 Camp Lincoln Rd Camp Verde AZ 86322.

Tickets available at From the Heart Music and Dance, 470 S. Main Street in Cottonwood

Or at the door the day of performance.

Adults $15.00, Students/Military w/ID $10.00

This highly acclaimed production is under the direction of Artistic Director Shalane Moore, and is known for it’s highly trained dancers, colorful costumes, as well as creative and exciting storytelling through Ms. Moore’s eye for detail.

She loves to provide an experience the dancers love to perform, and thus the audiences loves to see.

The story of The Nutcracker Ballet begins with a Christmas party, a special gift of a nutcracker, and a magical dream by a girl named Clara.

After an exciting battle with the terrible Mouse King, Clara and her Nutcracker Prince begin their enchanted journey through a snowy forest to the Land of the Sweets, where they are greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy and her friends from around the world.

From the Heart Music and Dance * 470 So Main Street, Cottonwood AZ * 928-300-5234

‘Chat ‘n’ Chew’ with Dr. Marta

Dr. Marta Adelsman, Life Coach in Communication and Consciousness, will lead a short discussion entitled “Holiday Gatherings: A Breeding Ground for Communication Collisions” at Jerona Café in Cottonwood on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 10:30-11:30 AM.

With the stress of holiday busy-ness, keeping family conversations full of peace and goodwill can prove challenging.

This short “Chat-‘n’-Chew” class allows participants to drop in for a break from holiday shopping to warm up with a hot drink and to receive tips from a communication expert.

They will also have a chance to ask questions about how to handle specific issues they anticipate in their holiday relating.

$15 per person. To register, call 928-451-9482 or email by Thursday, Dec. 15.

Child Find program offered by Camp Verde schools

The Camp Verde Unified School District participates in a “Child Find” process to identify parentally placed children with disabilities attending private and home schools who may be eligible for special education or other related services.

You are invited to attend an informational meeting on Friday, December 16, 2016 at 9:00 AM at the CVUSD Student Services office located at 321 Apache Trail.

To register for the meeting or for more information contact Kim Peaslee, CVUSD Director of Student Services, at 928-203-2655.

Learn about Arizona Minimum Wage and Paid Sick

The Camp Verde Chamber of Commerce will host a presentation on the new Arizona Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave law.

The presentation will be led by Dr. Alexandria Wright, Regional Economic Development Center Director at Yavapai College. The meeting is open to the public. 

It will be held in the Copper Room at the Camp Verde Community Library, at 11am on Monday, December 19th.

The library is located at 130 Black Bridge Road. Light refreshments will be served.

For questions, contact Stephen Goetting 703-298-3579.

Cornville extends Farmers’ Market schedule

The Cornville Community Association is adopting an extended schedule for their Farmer’s Market. The extended schedule will begin Monday, January 16, 2017.

The Market will be held at Windmill Park each Monday from 2 PM until dusk. New for 2017 is the requirement for vendors to register their booth with Edwin Zummallen by calling prior to market day. Booth space can be pre-arranged by the week or for the entire 2017 season.

Interested vendors should call Edwin at 928-821-6382 for details. The Camp Verde Chamber of Commerce will host a presentation on the new Arizona Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave law. The presentation will be led by Dr. Alexandria Wright, Regional Economic Development Center Director at Yavapai College.

The meeting is open to the public.  It will be held in the Copper Room at the Camp Verde Community Library, at 11am on Monday, December 19th.

The library is located at 130 Black Bridge Road. Light refreshments will be served.

Cookie Walk at Mountain View United Methodist Church

Mountain View United Methodist Church is hosting a cookie walk from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Dec. 17. Buy cookies by the pound. Also, more tasty treats.

Mountain View United Methodist Church is located at 901 S. 12th St. in Cottonwood

Celebrate the holidays with Verde Valley Voices

Dec. 18, the Voices will present their Christmas Concert at Immaculate Conception Church on 89A. Doors will open at 2:15 and the concert will start at 3 p.m.

The Verde Valley Voices started 20 years ago under the direction of Joy Simons, the conductor of the Voices.  Since then Beverly Hall led the choir for 15 years and Caleb Nihira directed the 2014-2015 season.  Through the years, the Voices have become a vibrant part of our community; presenting concerts small and large across the Verde Valley.

This year’s concert features some fun songs like a Doo-Wop Rudolf and “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas,” some classics like “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and “Silent Night,” with some beautiful choral features like “Candlelight Carol” and “O Magnum Mysterium.”

Tickets are $10.  Children 12 and under are free. Tickets can be bought in advance in Cottonwood at Mount Hope Foods, Verde Floral, and Desert Dancer; and in Camp Verde at Sweet Grace Consignment Shop.

Lake Montezuma Women’s Civic Club Holiday Home Tour

The Lake Montezuma Women’s Civic Club is sponsoring a Holiday Home Tour as a fundraiser for scholarships and community support. The tour will take place Saturday, Dec. 17 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets are $10 each (ages 12 and under are free) and may be purchased from Civic Club members, businesses with gingerbread signs or purchased at the door.

The tour will start at the Beaver Creek School Board Room, 4810 E Beaver Creek Road in Rimrock or Betty Hart’s Home at 3765 E Montezuma Avenue in Lake Montezuma.

The tour includes the 1932 Rock School House, carolers, bake sale, raffle (with items from participating Beaver Creek businesses) and five decorated homes. Come celebrate the holidays with us.

For more information, contact the Betty Hart, Fund Raising Committee Chair at 928-567-2946 or Karin Ward, President LMWCC 928-567-4631

Camp Verde Community Library holiday hours

During the holidays, the Camp Verde Community Library will be closed on Saturday, Dec. 24, Monday, Dec. 26 and Monday, Jan. 2.

For questions or more information about library hours, call 928-554-8380 or visit

Holiday Home Tour in Lake Montezuma

The Lake Montezuma Women’s Civic Club will sponsor a Holiday Home Tour as a fundraiser for scholarships and community support.  The tour will take place on Saturday, December 17 from 2-5 p.m.  Tickets are $10 each (ages 12 and under are free) and may be purchased from Civic Club members, businesses with Gingerbread signs or purchased at the door.  The tour will start at the Beaver Creek School Board Room, 4810 E Beaver Creek Rd. in Rimrock or Betty Hart’s Home at 3765 E Montezuma Ave. in Lake Montezuma.  The tour includes the 1932 Rock School House, Carolers, Bake Sale, Raffle (items from participating Beaver Creek Businesses) and five decorated homes.  

Caroling in the Clarkdale Town Park

Join your friends and neighbors Friday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. at Clarkdale Town Park for this festive community sing-along of all the favorite carols of the season.

Song lyrics and hot chocolate to warm your bones will be provided. Please bring a flashlight and dress according to the weather.

The event is free. Carolers are asked to meet at the Clarkdale Town Park Gazebo, 1001 Main St. For more information, call 928-639-2460.

Dump the Drugs event Dec. 17 in Lake Montezuma

A “Dump the Drugs” event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 17, in Lake Montezuma at the Beaver Creek Adult Center. The Beaver Creek Community Action Team, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and MATFORCE are hosting this event.

Seventy-eight people die each day in the nation from opioid overdose. The CDC reports that prescription pain relievers are the driving force behind those deaths. Proper disposal of unwanted medication will help keep potentially dangerous drugs out of the wrong hands and also from getting into our water systems.

Unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications can be dropped off between 10:00 AM and noon at Beaver Creek Adult Center, 4250 E. Zuni Way in Lake Montezuma.

For more information call 928-708-0100 or online at

12th annual Sedona Marathon Feb. 4 

Register for the 12th Annual Sedona Marathon Event taking place on February 4, 2017. Sign-up with your family and friends before December 31, 2016, to save on registration with Early Bird pricing!

The boutique destination race event is expected to host more than 3,000 runners and walkers who will participate in one of these breathtaking panoramic races: 5K, 10K, Half Marathon or Full Marathon race.

The course will take registrants through the scenic Coconino National Forest District.

Spectators, supporters and participants will be treated to an Expo and Packet Pick-Up at the classic Elk Lodge of Sedona. The Expo will feature vendors that will inspire and entertain both locals and visitors alike. All registrants will also have access to a fully loaded Virtual Goodie bag, a gender specific tech running t-shirt, and all finishers will receive a Finishers Medal.  

Sign up before December 31, 2016, to save on registration with Early Bird pricing!

For details and to register, visit

Camp Verde Parks and Recreation call for Christmas Craft Bazaar

Camp Verde Parks and Recreation is accepting registrations for the annual Christmas Craft Bazaar and the Parade of Lights. This year’s bazaar will be held Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Community Center Gym on Hollamon Street. We are looking to showcase locally and regionally made quality products for this show. If you are a crafter of gifts or Christmas decorations don’t miss this opportunity to show off your talents. This is a chance for local residents and visitors alike to browse a selection of unique gift and decorating ideas. Crafters will not be required to provide individual liability insurance. Booth space is $25 per vendor with limited electric availability and includes two 8 foot tables in an L shape. The Town’s annual Parade of Lights will also be held that evening at 6 p.m. just outside the Gym. Registration for the parade is free. After the parade Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in the Gym to meet children and hear their Christmas wishes. Vendors and parade entrants can contact Camp Verde Parks and Recreation with questions or to register at 395 S. Main St. or (928) 554-0829 or

Camp Verde Parks and Recreation announces Winter Co-ed Volleyball

Camp Verde Parks and Recreation announces registration for Winter Co-Ed Volleyball season. The season will start Sunday, Jan. 22 in the Community Center Gym at 51 E. Hollamon Street. Games will be played Sunday afternoons through March 29. Registration is $150 per team. Gather your friends, form your team and have some fun. Due to the increased interest in co-ed volleyball, we are also looking for an additional official. If you or someone you know is interested in being a paid volleyball official, please contact us. For more information contact Shawna Figy at Parks and Recreation (928) 554-0829.

Give more to your Verde Valley charities

Taxpayers can give more to their favorite Arizona tax credit eligible nonprofits. The State of Arizona has increased the Arizona Charitable Tax Credits, allowing taxpayers to keep more of their tax dollars local by donating up to $400 for single person or $800 for couples filing jointly to qualifying nonprofits.

The Verde Valley Tax Credit Coalition is a membership organization that has formed to create awareness and provide a portal for qualifying nonprofits that help low-income families and individuals meet basic needs.

Member nonprofits in our communities include: Angie’s House, Steps to Recovery Homes, Cottonwood House of Ruth, Lions Club Foundation, Old Town Mission, Rainbow Acres, Verde Valley Caregivers, Verde Valley Sanctuary, Verde Valley Habitat for Humanity, and Verde Valley Senior Center.

Taxpayers can make donations to the above charities by going to: The state also extended the deadline to make tax credit donations to April 15, 2017. These donations will qualify for your 2016 tax returns. And you don’t need to itemize.

Please visit and see how you can help local nonprofits impact the lives of Verde Valley families, seniors, and children.

Volunteers sought for Mounted Unit Search and Rescue

The Yavapai County Search and Rescue Team’s ( YCSRT ) Mounted Unit is looking for experienced equestrians who own a trailer and a well-trained horse.

Applicants will undergo background checks and attend the Basic Search and Rescue Academy.

The Mounted Unit holds monthly meetings and/or trainings which include beginner through advanced GPS use, map reading, first aid, wilderness survival, tracking and many other facets of search and rescue. For more information go online to or contact Craig Stevens, Mgr. YCSRT Mounted Unit or by emailing

Volunteers needed for Camp Verde Adult Reading Program

The Camp Verde Adult Reading Program is seeking 7 tutors/mentors to assist adults in learning skills needed to obtain their GED or become proficient in English and gain their citizenship. Each tutor is asked to work a few hours a day for one day per week.

Please contact Doug Watson @ CVARP

P.O. Box 733

473 S. Main Street

Camp Verde, AZ 86322

928 567-3187 or

Online dog licensing program offered by county

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office launched a website last year providing dog owners the ability to obtain licenses, maintain pet records, and even report an animal missing. Take advantage of this convenient program and apply. This service is provided free of charge to any dog owner in Yavapai County. Once you create an account, the following tools are available:

Dog License tools online – you can purchase a 1 to 3 year license. A description of Arizona dog licensing requirements may be viewed on the homepage.

You can renew your license online now for the same period as your rabies vaccination. Pay by the year or up to 3 years of the vaccination period via Pay Pal or a credit card through Pay Pal.

The current Yavapai County tag on your dog is a permanent tag which requires a yearly registration fee being paid (just like your car). Email notification will be sent after the due date.

Receive email notifications on rabies vaccinations and licenses.

You can appoint secondary people for co-guardianship which allows lost and found along with licensing and rabies notification.

County wide Lost and Found web page – with one click of a button, you can label your dog lost and one click of a button to label the dog found. The website can be searched for lost dogs in your area.

To register for your account, simply click on the ‘Create a login’ link in the left hand menu of the home page at and fill in the requested information.

Non-account holders can access limited portions of the website such as the Lost and Found page and Calendar of Events.

If you have any questions about the website content, please call the YCSO Animal Control Unit, Sgt. Deb Dean at 928-777-7285. For technical issues involving registration and account set-up, contact Ron Castle at 928-777-7403.

For those without computer access, dog licenses may be purchased from Humane Societies, Sheriff’s offices, and low cost spay and neuter clinics and through the mail for new or renewal.

Cancer Survivor Support Group

Cancer Survivor Support Group meets on the second Tuesday of every month at the Community Room at the Pine Shadows Mobile Park in Cottonwood located at 2050 West State Route 89A at 1:30 pm. This is a support group which is geared to help individuals to provide the opportunity to meet and share information plus provide moral support. We are here to help you connect with others who have faced the same challenges while adding friendship and support.

For more information please call: Julie @ 928-899-9498

Catholic Charities Drop-in Center

The Loft is a day drop-in center that has been serving our homeless neighbors for five years now. The Loft is a part of Catholic Charities Community Services in Cottonwood.

The Loft is open 1-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. It serves as a safe haven where visitors can access the resources they need to regain self-sufficiency. Visitors can shower; do laundry and access mail, phone (including long distance), internet services and cook in our kitchen.

The Loft provides clothing vouchers, water, hygiene kits, as well as information and referrals to local resources and in-house programs.

The LOFT functions off donations and community support. We are grateful each day for all we receive and are able to pass on to those who are in vulnerable situations. If you would like to donate, we are always looking for furniture, bedding, hygiene supplies, laundry detergent, clothing, camping gear and nonperishable foods.

For more information please contact Priscilla at (928) 634-4254 ext. 54135 or email:

Fostering can make world of difference in animal’s life

Most of us equate late summer/early fall with vacations, barbecues, and relaxation.  At the Verde Valley Humane Society, we look forward to that as well, but also know that this is the time of the year when the shelter usually reaches a space issue and is in need of foster homes.

Sometimes the greatest gift you can give an animal is time, love and a place to call home.  Foster homes are essential to the VVHS as they give the shelter the ability to open up their kennels and cages for even more animals in need. The VVHS always require foster homes for animals with special needs, including:

● Animals too young to be adopted.

● Animals recovering from a medical condition or a surgical procedure.

● Animals who are long-term residents who need extra TLC and a break from the shelter environment.

● Animals who are shy, scared and stressed in the shelter and who need extra love, attention, and socialization.

● Senior animals who have a tendency to be less hopeful than younger ones when they find themselves confined to a shelter and they may become depressed. They need to be in a home to help them maintain good emotional and physical health.

Every animal is unique and the time in a foster home will vary depending on the needs of the animal. Some may only need a week or two, while others may need a few months.

When you choose to give from the heart and foster, you are saving animals’ lives.  You only need to provide the love and care, and the VVHS will provide everything else (including, food, bowls, medications, crates, litter, etc,).

Becoming a foster parent can be a wonderfully fulfilling experience. For more details, and an application form, please call Angie Hare, Shelter Manager, at (928) 634-7387 or send an email to You are welcome to apply in person at the shelter at 1520 W. Mingus Avenue, Cottonwood, Monday through Saturday, between 10a.m. and 5p.m.

Survivors of Suicide Support Group

Survivors of Suicide Support Group for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. 6:30-8:30PM. Christ Lutheran Church, 25 Chapel Road, Sedona. Group meets last Tuesday of each month. For more information call Karen @ (928)554-4169.

TOPS meets every Tuesday in Camp Verde

Tops Club (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), Camp Verde, AZ, Chapter AZ#0291, meets every week every Tuesday at 8 a.m., at Camp Verde Christian Church, 621 Howards Road, in the Fellowship Hall. Visitors are always welcome (preteens, teens, and adults - male and female). First meeting is free.

TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is an affordable, nonprofit, weight-loss support and wellness education organization with thousands of associate chapters in the United States and Canada. Members learn about nutrition, portion control, food planning, exercise, motivation, and more at weekly meetings. For details, call Suzanne Carlson, at 928-821-3184, visit or call TOPS Headquarters at 1-800-932-8677.

Verde Valley Business Referral Club

The Verde Valley Business Referral Club is a group of local business owners and professionals that exists to help its members grow their businesses through increased awareness of and generation of referrals to each member business.

The Referrals Club meets at Denny’s in Cottonwood for breakfast and business at 7 a.m. each Wednesday of the month except for the first Wednesday. Meetings are one hour long and include breakfast.

The Referral Club invites all business owners and professionals interested in growing their business through referrals to visit one of our meetings and network with the members.

To learn more about the Verde Valley Business Referrals Club, visit our website at Contact Judy O’Higgins at 202-2557 or to ask questions or schedule a visit.

Cottonwood Public Library seeks new volunteers

Looking for something fun and rewarding to do this summer? Volunteer at the library! The Cottonwood Public Library currently has over 80 volunteers on its roster, but a portion of those are snow-birds who return back to their second homes for the summer.

What does a volunteer do at the library? You might work the Circulation desk, checking in and shelving books, helping patrons find what they need and building relationships with wonderful members of the community. The Audio/Visual room is also an option, where you can help shelve DVDs, audiobooks, VHS tapes and music CDs. If you like children you might want to look into the Youth Services department where there are always many fun children’s activities happening. Teens ages 11-18 are also welcome to volunteer, and this is a great resume building opportunity.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer come in to the library and pick up an application. For more information contact Kyle Smith at 928-340-2782. The library is located at 100 S 6th St in Cottonwood.

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