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What's Happening June 10, 2016

Learn cartooning from the Janimal

Camp Verde Community Library, Saturday, June 11, 2-4 p.m.,, Camp Verde Community Library is hosting the talented Jan Marc Quisumbing, better known as the Janimal.

Mr. Quisumbing will share the tricks of the cartooning trade with the audience. Come prepared to participate, laugh and learn as you earn points for Summer Reading. Camp Verde Community Library is located at 130 Black Bridge Road, Camp Verde.

For more information about this or any library program call (928)-554-8380.

USA Flag history presentation at Cottonwood Village

Cottonwood Village will celebrate Flag Day with a history of the American Flag presented by the Local Elks Club #1361. June 13, 10 a.m., free and open to the public.

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress. Flag Day is not an official federal holiday. Title 36 of the United States Code, Subtitle I, Part A, CHAPTER 1, § 110

Cottonwood Village is located at 201 E Mingus Ave.

Let's Do Si Do in Camp Verde

As part of this year's Summer Reading Program, the Camp Verde Community Library is offering a Square Dance on Wednesday June 15, 1 p.m., in the Town Gym, 395 S. Main Street.

The dance is designed for first-timers and dancers of all skill levels. Jack Peterson, affiliated with the Cottonwood Roadrunner's square dance club, will call the dancing.

The Cottonwood Roadrunners meet monthly, drawing dancers from Flagstaff, Prescott, and Tucson. Earn 400 points toward the Summer Reading Program with this event, equivalent to 400 minutes of reading.

Swing your partner round and round, burn some calories, and learn something new.

For more information, call Camp Verde Community Library at 928-554-8380 or visit

Celebrate America: 1940s USO Holiday Radio

Remember the fun swingin' music of the 1940's? Well, it's back! EF Productions presents the 16th Annual Celebrate America: 1940s USO Holiday Radio Show, June 24-26 at 7pm nightly. Join us as we take you back in time to December in the 1940s.

The show recreates a World War II USO canteen where soldiers would be fed and entertained. The production is done in the style of a live radio broadcast to the troops overseas.

The show features a full cast and crew of over 75, live big band orchestra, swing dancers, and comedy acts.

This year's show has been updated with some new scenes you will be sure to love! Back again by popular demand will be our special Dinner Theater Show on Saturday, June 25 at 7 p.m. Tickets for the dinner theater event are only $25 per person and include a 1940's dinner, live big band orchestra, dancing, and the presentation of the show.

Be sure to check out our multiple levels of seating that makes the show affordable for anyone. There are four levels of seating for all three performances- Gold Circle, Silver Circle, Bronze Circle, and Copper Circle.

Please refer to the seating diagram online.

Gold Circle are special reserved assigned seats for $15 (ages 4+), Front Orchestra Left & Right sections on the dance floor and guarantees your seat no matter what time you arrive.

Children 3 and under are free when they sit on a lap of a paying adult.

Silver Circle are special reserved assigned seats for $12 (ages 4+), Mid House Left & Right sections on the dance floor and guarantees your seat no matter what time you arrive. Children 3 and under are free when they sit on a lap of a paying adult.

Bronze Circle are special reserved section; non-assigned seats for $9 (ages 4+), Rear House Left & Right sections on the dance floor. Children 3 and under are free when they sit on a lap of a paying adult.

Copper Circle are special reserved section; non-assigned seats for $6 (ages 4+), Rear House & Front House Left & Right sections. Children 3 and under are free when they sit on a lap of a paying adult.

Gold Circle, Silver Circle, Bronze Circle, & Copper Circle seats eliminate the need to wait in long lines prior to the doors opening. Tickets can be purchased through the box office, over the phone (888)-71-TICKETS, or on the web at Cash, check, and major credit cards are accepted.

There are no additional fees or taxes on top of the ticket price. Ticket prices are now all inclusive. Get your tickets now at these special "early show" discount prices. Tickets prices will increase $2 per ticket when you purchase them the day of show at the door.

Everyone is asked to bring a non-perishable food donation to give at the door to benefit local foster children.

Suggested items are bottled water, granola bars, fruit snack, pudding cups, apple sauce cups, microwave able macaroni and cheese cups, etc.

Come experience the nostalgia of this period in our nation's history. You will laugh and cry as you relive the memorable moments of the greatest generation.

For more information please call the box office at EF Productions at (928)-634-3034 Ext 102 Monday through Thursday 9am to 3pm. EF Productions is located at 1580 East Fir Street in Cottonwood (1 block west of Mingus Union High School).

Be sure to visit on the web at for lots more information about the show, seating diagram, and to watch the trailer and don't forget to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Sugarloaf Trailhead reopens with 15 spaces

After two months of construction, the Sugarloaf Trailhead is now reopened, paved and ready for use.

In April 2016, the city of Sedona contracted McDonald Bros Construction, Inc. to improve the Sugarloaf Trailhead parking lot.

These improvements included increasing parking efficiency with delineated spaces, enlarging the lot to make room for 15 parking spaces, improving drainage so water flows correctly from the lot and making trail entrance improvements.

In addition, ADA accessible parking was added.

"We're excited to reopen this lot with so many improvements that will hopefully accommodate both locals' and visitors' trailhead needs," said Ryan Mortillaro, assistant engineer, city of Sedona.

For questions on the Sugarloaf Trailhead expansion project, contact Mortillaro at 928-203-5091 or email

Worldwide Elder Abuse Awareness Day June 15

Thursday, June 15, the Area Agency on Aging/Northern Arizona Council of Governments will be sponsoring the 10th annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). The purpose of WEAAD is to provide community members a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the culture, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect.

To mark this special day there will be three simultaneous events occurring in northern Arizona. Events will be held at the Senior Centers in Prescott (Adult Center of Prescott), Cottonwood (Verde Valley Senior Center) and Pinetop/Lakeside (Pinetop/Lakeside Senior Center). This year's theme topic will be Financial Exploitation and a representative from Adult Protective Services will be on hand to speak to attendees regarding this very important topic. These events will be in start after lunch at these participating senior centers with dessert provided by the Area Agency on Aging and AARP.

The Verde Valley Senior Center is located at 500 S. Cherry St. Cottonwood, Sue McCauley; Ombudsman. (928) 649-3763 Ext. 1

Each year, an estimated 5 million persons are abused, neglected and exploited. In addition, elders throughout the United States lose an estimated 2.6 billion dollars due to elder financial abuse and exploitation.

These are funds that could have been used to pay for basic needs such as housing, food, and medical care. Financial Exploitation can happen to anyone-a family member, a neighbor, even you. It is estimated that only one in five of these financial exploitation cases is reported to law enforcement.

For more information on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day go to their website at

Flag Day ceremony at Jerome Elks Lodge

Sunday, June 12, the Jerome Elks Lodge will hold their Annual Flag Day Ceremony.

This is a family event and all are invited to attend. The Cottonwood Community Band will provide the music.  Sunday 2 p.m. Call 928-634-5611 for further information. Jerome Elks Lodge is located at 100 Broadway in Clarkdale.  Refreshments will follow.

The Jerome Elks Lodge will also  hold The Flag Day Ceremony on June 14, Tuesday, 10 a.m., at the Verde Village Senior Center. 

In 1907, the BPO Elks Grand Lodge designated by resolution June 14 as Flag Day.

The Grand Lodge of the Order adopted mandatory observance of the occasion by every Lodge in 1911, and that requirement continues.

Inspired by these three decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day - the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 - was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916.

While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after Wilson's proclamation, it was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman, himself a member of the Elks, signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.

Summer Archaeology Film Fest kicks off June 10

The Verde Valley Archaeology Center is pleased to present a summer of free archaeology films shown Fridays at 6:30 p.m. in Sedona and Camp Verde.

The festival kicks-off June 10 in Sedona and June 17 in Camp Verde with the showing of Chocolate: Pathway to the Gods.

The film explores the 3,500 year-old history of this divine substance through ritual and obsession. From Mayan kings who were buried with it, to urban professionals who bathe in it, the film begins in ancient Mesoamerica and journeys throughout time to Europe's finest chocolate houses where chocolate is still revered as one of mankind's highest expressions of decadence.

Archeological and anthropological revelations expose the sacred realm of cacao and give the viewer a whole new perspective on chocolate.

The Sedona films are shown at the Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road. The Camp Verde films are shown in the Learning Center at the Verde Valley Archaeology Center, 385 S. Main Street. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited. No reservations. All films run about one hour. For information visit our website at or call 928-567-0066.

Verde Thumbs Gardeners Monthly Meeting

Verde Thumbs Gardeners Monthly Meeting at Pine Shadows Mobile Home Park, 2050 W. Hwy 89A, will be June 14, 6 p.m.

Everyone is invited to come join experienced and new gardeners as we talk about summer gardens: watering, insect control, disease control and harvesting.

Have you ever wondered where all our different veggies come from?  Did you know that tomatoes, the most widely grown vegetable in the U.S., originated in Peru?  Janice Montgomery will give a presentation on the origin of many of our vegetable crops. Questions, call Janice Montgomery, 634-7172

Magic show at Camp Verde Community Library

Camp Verde Community Library: Thursday, June 16, 1 p.m., Camp Verde Community Library presents local magician and funny man, Brett Fox. Mr. Fox will tickle your funny bone just before he makes it disappear during this sports-themed magic show. The show is for ladies, gentlemen and boys and girls of all ages. In addition to the entertainment, pick up valuable points in the Summer Reading Program. The magic words are, "Ready, Set, Read!!" Meet in the Children's room at Camp Verde Community Library, 130 Black Bridge Road. For more information about this or any library program call (928)-554-8380 or go to

Vacation Bible School at Calvary Chapel July 11-15

Children in grades K-6 are invited to attend this summer's Vacation Bible School at Calvary Chapel in Cottonwood. This year's VBS theme is B.O.O.T. Camp (Biblical Outlook & Outreach Training). Our VBS will be held during the evening hours, 6-8 p.m., Monday, July 11 through Friday, July 15.

This will be a fun and stimulating time of learning the Bible, and participating in exciting activities. Parents are encouraged to attend on the final evening, Friday, July 15, in order to share in their children's achievements.

Calvary Chapel is easy to find. The church is located at 465 Calvary Way (near the Quality Inn), off the 89A bypass in Cottonwood. For answers to questions, just call the church at 634-4100

Panel on Law Enforcement and Mental Illness 

To paraphrase Stanley Adams' popular 1934 song, "What A Difference A Day Makes," the Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley is hosting a panel discussion on "Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice and Mental Illness: What A Difference A Year Makes."

The panel will be part of Mental Health Monday on June 27 at 9 a.m. at Yavapai College Sedona.

According to Barbara Litrell, facilitator of the Coalition, "It's been very exciting to see the many new programs and changes implemented in the Yavapai County Detention System over the past year, ranging from Mental Health Court to a Behavioral Health Unit at the jail and other significant programs that address law enforcement's understanding and handling of situations and cases involving someone with mental illness. Our community needs to know about this good news." 

The panel will include Capt David Rhodes of the Yavapai County Sheriff's office; Steve Gesell, Police Chief of Cottonwood;  Mike Jordahl, Cottonwood City Prosecutor; Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Cele Hancock;  Kennedy Klagge, Deputy Public Defender; April Razo, CEO of Spectrum Healthcare Group; and Angie Lozano of Angie's House in Cottonwood.

The group will share the new programs that have been implemented and expanded over the past year to address the issues that occur at the intersection of criminal justice and mental illness in Yavapai County.  According to Capt. Rhodes, "Each day we are getting closer to the decriminalization of mental illness, we have a long way to go but we are moving in the right direction" 

Following the panel, the Coalition will conduct its monthly business meeting from 11-12:15. For more information contact Barbara Litrell 649-0135 or 

Sam Rotman piano concert at Verde Baptist

Verde Baptist Church welcomes the return of Sam Rotman, concert pianist.

When Sam Rotman made his debut at the age of 16 with the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra before an audience of 6,000 the Baldwin Keynote Magazine wrote, "Sam Rotman is a pianist with abundant potential".

Mr. Rotman received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School in N.Y.C. While a student, he was the recipient of nine awards in the form of grants, scholarships, and prizes. Subsequently, he has been among the winners in five piano competitions, both in the United States and Europe.

The most prestigious award was that of Laureate Winner in the 4th International Beethoven Competition in Vienna, Austria. In 1978, Mr. Rotman participated in the 6th International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow, Russia. He has given over 2600 performances in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, Eastern and Western Europe, Southeast Asia, India, China, Russia, and South Africa totaling 59 countries.

Mr. Rotman has devoted a specific area of his musical life to the study and performance of the works of Beethoven.

Beginning with a series of all Beethoven concerts in 1970 (the Beethoven bi centennial), he was presented on Public Broadcast System in a special Beethoven concert. Mr. Rotman continues to perform the works of Beethoven in recital and with orchestra.

Mr. Rotman has served on the jury of international piano competitions, both in the United States and Europe. For almost twenty years he was director of the Piano Department and served as Executive Director of the D'Angelo School of Music at Mercyhurst College for ten years.

In addition to his concert, Mr. Rotman will give his Christian testimony.

Join us Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 9:30 AM for this free concert. Verde Baptist Church is located at 102 S. Willard St. in Cottonwood (next to the hospital). For more information, please contact the church office at 928-634-3645.

Wedding music by Nancy Bright & Friends

Wedding music by Nancy Bright & Friends will be presented Saturday, June 11, 2 p.m., at Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church located at 330 Scenic Drive, Clarkdale.  

Free community event with Verde Valley musicians Nancy Bright, piano & organ; Dr. Tom Eder, trumpet; Mary Eder, flute; Kim Rice, violin; special guest Tracey Nelson; Rev. Dr. Mari Larson officiating.  

Traditional wedding music favorites are featured by Bach, Handel, Clarke, Beethoven, Mouret, Stanley, Malotte, Pachelbel, Melby and more.  

A signed wedding quilt will be on display with a time for sharing wedding memories.  

Refreshments will be served following this special program of timeless wedding music, all are welcome to attend.

Fundraiser for Verde Valley Military Service Park

Denny's of Cottonwood is hosting a Fundraiser for the Verde Valley Military Service Park on June 16, 5-9 p.m.  Have dinner at Denny's and mention Verde Valley Military Service Park and the VVMSP will receive 15 percent of your bill.

Help us get this off the drafting table and become a park to honor our wonderful veterans. 

Board and commission vacancies in Clarkdale

Volunteers are needed to apply for Board and Commission vacancies. Now is your chance to make a difference in your community and help guide the future of Clarkdale. We are requesting applications for the following Board and Commission appointments:

Board of Adjustment - Three (3) positions

Design Review Board - Two (2) positions

Community Services Commission - Four (4) positions

Planning Commission - Two (2) positions

Public Safety Personnel Retirement Board - Four (4) positions

Applicants must reside within the Clarkdale Town Limits. Boards and Commissions usually meet once per month but can meet more or less often depending on Town Business.

Please visit the Town of Clarkdale website under "Boards and Commissions" for a detailed description.

Applications are due by August 8, 2016 and may be downloaded from the Town's website at under "Boards and Commissions" and are also available at the Administration Building, 39 N. Ninth Street, Clarkdale, AZ 86324. Return completed applications to the Clarkdale Administration Building. For information please contact or 928-639-2400.

New hours for Tuzigoot National Monument

Beginning June 12, until further notice, Tuzigoot National Monument is changing the closing time from 5 p.m. to 4 p.m. The park will still open at 8 a.m.

The National Park Service celebrates its 100th Anniversary in 2016.

Over 20,000 National Park Service employees care for more than 400 of America's national parks and monuments and create close-to-home recreational and cultural opportunities.

Tuzigoot is located at 25 West Tuzigoot Road in Clarkdale.

For more information, please call 928-567-3322, extension 0 or visit and or follow us at and

Better Breathers Club support group meets June 15

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 June 15 meeting is "Exercise," featuring speaker Carrie Perkins, P.T.A. 

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 Michelle Thomas at 928-639-6382, or email or

Unexpected Side of Chocolate

Join Master Chocolatier Lee Perrotta-Fityo as she takes you through the unexpected side of chocolate .... the savory side! Explore goat cheese truffles, Italian cheese with smoked almond stuffed dates dredged in dark chocolate and mousse so chocolaty like you never had it!

One hour of unexpected chocolate bliss!

As space is limited, registration is required. Please call 928-634-7559 to sign up for this free program today.

Saturday, June 11th at 10:30 a.m. in the library meeting room.

The library is located at 100 S 6th St. in Cottonwood.

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