Sat, Feb. 22

What's Happening: March 9, 2016

Clarkdale Historical Society, Museum hosts Sentimental Journey Big Band

The Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum invites you to the last Big Band Dance of the season on Saturday, March 12, 6:30-9:30 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Clark Memorial Clubhouse at 19 N. Ninth Street in Clarkdale.

Great music will be provided by local favorite Sentimental Journey, a 14-piece swing-band. Admission is $10 at the door. Light refreshments, including tasty treats from local chefs, will be available for sale.

The theme for this dance is a celebration of the 1950's so wear your poodle skirts, saddle shoes and pomade.

Dance lessons by Dana De Luz of Sedona Studio will be offered before the dance from 5:30 - 6:30. Cost is $12 which includes admission to the dance.

The night includes a 50/50 raffle and a preview of some very special auction items.

This is a no-alcohol event.

To help get your '50's groove on plan to attend the 6th annual Lion's Club Clarkdale Car Show at Clarkdale Town Hall at 19 N. Ninth Street from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. A chili cook-off, sponsored by the Clarkdale Downtown Business Alliance, will accompany the car show this year.

Contact the Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum at (928) 649-1198 for more information.

David Wells addresses Arizona Prison System in OLLI presentation

David Wells, Ph.D., professor at ASU and Research Director of the Grand Canyon Institute, will speak to the topic, "Prison Crisis: Why is Arizona in the Top 10 States in Incarceration?" on March 21 as part of the League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley monthly voter education program on critical Arizona election issues.

The monthly series, presented in partnership with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Yavapai College, is free, open to the public and will be presented twice on March 21, 9-10:30 a.m. at Yavapai College in Sedona Room 34, and  Noon-1:30 p.m. at Yavapai College in Clarkdale, Room G 106.  

According to Dr. Wells, "In 2002, Arizona spent 40 percent more on higher education than it did on prisons. Today Arizona spends almost 60 percent more on incarceration than for higher education. Private prison contracts lock the state into 20 year occupancy agreements. The state guarantees to nearly fill the facility or pay as if it were nearly full. Meanwhile, states like New York have half the incarceration rate of Arizona and have cut crime rates at the same time.  Arizona needs to rethink its priorities to focus more on alternatives and transition services aimed to reduce recidivism, especially for nonviolent offenders and drug-induced crime." 

For more information, contact Barbara Litrell, 649-0135 or 

Dinner for Hope at Moose Lodge March 19

The Dinner for Hope fundraiser for Steps to Recovery Homes will be a prime rib dinner with over-the-top raffle items and door prizes, along with silent auction items, testimonies of hope, and top-of-the-line entertainment. Dinner for Hope is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19 at the Moose Lodge, located at 1051 S. Broadway in Clarkdale.

Plenty of time to mark it in your calendar.

To order tickets, call 928-649-0077, go online at (a secure PayPal) or visit Miracles Happen, located at 541 N. Main St. in Cottonwood.

Anyone who cannot attend who would like to contribute may make a donation that would go directly to purchase tickets for individuals that otherwise would not be able to attend.

Cornville Easter egg hunt scheduled March 26

The Cornville Community Association annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place March 26, 10:30 a.m., at Windmill Park, 9950 East Cornville Road.

The Easter egg hunt is offered for youngsters up to third grade.

Easter Hat Parade for all ages, please see details at:

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:

Fairgrounds to host Antique and Collectible Show and Sale

The 2nd annual Antique and Collectible Show and Sale is coming. The event will be held at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds, 800 E. Cherry Street, Cottonwood and will have vendors from the southwest. It is a wonderful show with great prices, a wide variety of offerings and a very friendly atmosphere.

Past shows included primitives, western items, jewelry, glass, porcelain and ceramics, quilts, paintings, furniture and many collectibles.

Show hours are Friday March 11; 9-5, Saturday March 12; 9-4, for more information call 634-3290 or check out the website at

There will be an appraiser on hand to appraise your items, there is a $5 per item fee to have it appraised.

The food booth will be open from 10 am to 2 pm, grab a hamburger or nachos after checking out the amazing Antiques.

Shimko, Talley to address Parkinson Support Group

Bonnie Shimko, Certified Senior Adviser and owner of Arizona Care Management Solutions, and Judy Talley, MA Gerontology and Program Director for the Parkinson & Movement Disorder Alliance, will discuss the housing and care options that older adults often need to consider at the Parkinson Support Group meeting in Conference Room B at Verde Valley Medical Center, Friday, March 11, 3-4 p.m. They will explore how an individual with Parkinson disease can create an optimum residential and care situation for themselves (and their spouse) by gathering relevant information, planning for the future, and recognizing that aging creates its own lifestyle changes in addition to living with PD. The conversation will be relaxed and include time for questions and answers.

Well known in the Verde Valley, Shimko has worked in the Sedona-Verde Valley area for many years. She knows local resources, Arizona elder law, and the features and benefits of many residential communities and facilities. Talley has almost two decades of management experience in various residential and healthcare settings, including retirement communities, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and at a rehabilitation hospital.

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

Introduction to Autism talk at Camp Verde Library

Camp Verde Community Library: Saturday, March 26 from 10:30 a.m. - Noon, Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) gives a free talk on "Introduction to Autism: Research & Diagnosis" at Camp Verde Community Library. Parents, teachers, family members, and anyone facing Autism will benefit from this first of many Autism-support workshops running March through August.

This series of workshops is made possible by a Library Services & Technology Act grant from Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records a division of the Secretary of State. For more information about this program, or any of the other upcoming library events visit our website at or contact the Camp Verde Community Library at 928-554-8380.

Mental Health Monday focuses on challenges faced by women vets

The Veterans and Families Task Force of The Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley is dedicating the Mental Health Monday program  on March 28 to the needs and challenges of women military and veterans.   In partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Mental Health Monday takes place at Yavapai College Sedona Campus, 4215 Arts Village Dr. The free program is open to the public and consists of three parts: speaker, Joan E. Sisko, United States Marine Corps Veteran and Founder and CEO of Veterans First, LTD, will address "Unique and Challenging Issues Facing Military and Veteran Women" from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

The Coalition business meeting will take place from 10:30-Noon. The film Lioness  will be shown in the evening from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Lioness tells the story of a group of female Army support soldiers who were part of the first program in American history to send women into direct ground combat.

The film follows five Lioness women who served together for a year in Iraq. With captivating detail, this probing documentary reveals the unexpected consequences that began by using these Army women to defuse tensions with local civilians, but resulted in their fighting alongside Marine combat units in the streets of Ramadi. Together the women's candid narratives describing their experiences in Iraq and scenes from their lives back home form a portrait of the emotional and psychological effects of war from a female point of view. 

The community is invited to discuss the message of the film afterward. For more information, contact Barbara Litrell, 649-0135 or 

Professional Women's Group after hours event

The local Chapter of Professional Women's Group will hold their Business After Hours Event Wednesday, March 16, at Nic's Italian Steak and Crab House, 925 North Main St., in Old Town Cottonwood from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The speaker for the evening is founder and executive director of Y.E.S. The Arc, Penny Stillman. She's been at the helm of this non-profit in Cottonwood for the past 41 years. Founded on the belief that all people are capable of growth and learning, they provide training and opportunities through art, sporting activities and theater for persons with developmental disabilities. Penny will share her positive learning experiences and her passions as a leader in the community and share the blessings it has brought her along the way.

There will be a raffle drawing for a free luncheon in April.

Pre -registration for this event is NOT necessary.

Get involved and Join the PWG Board. Contact

See our website for further details at

El Valle Artists Association to meet March 10

The monthly El Valle Artists Association meeting will start at 1 p.m. on March 10th at a new location for the group:  Pine Shadows Club House, 2050 W. St. Rt. 89A in Cottonwood, AZ.  Betty Carr, one of the foremost painters of the Southwest, will demonstrate watercolor in introduction to her one-day workshop on March 26. Come to the meeting to sign up and/or find out what other artistic opportunities are available to EVAA members. Visitors are always welcome;

Camp Verde and Cottonwood March-a-Mile for Meals-on-Wheels

Hunger knows no boundaries!

Saturday, March 19, get ready to walk! Join the Verde Valley Senior Center as they continue their efforts to "step on hunger" in the Verde Valley. The Meals-on-Wheels program is dependent upon the generosity of local businesses and private individuals to offset the cost of serving our elderly neighbors who are struggling with hunger.

Free Pancake Breakfast for anyone collecting $25 or more in Pledges or $6 for non-walkers.

The breakfast sponsored by Randall's and Denny's Restaurants. Check in at 8 a.m. Walk starts at 9 a.m. Breakfast will be served after the walk (approx. 10 a.m.)

Four ways to help: WALK - individuals or team walkers collect pledges; EAT breakfast; SPONSOR a walker or DONATE to the VVSC; VOLUNTEER at the event.

Team up on March 19th. Mobilize the Verde Valley to raise awareness of the plight of the elderly! Pledge to support Meals-on-Wheels. Two walks at two locations. You can choose to walk from either the Cottonwood or Camp Verde location. SPONSOR! PLEDGE! WALK! SUPPORT! Every $ donated counts toward feeding our hungry home bound seniors.

Registration deadline: Wednesday, March 16th. Pledge sheets are due prior to the start of the walk on Saturday, March 19th, 2016. If you are personally unable to walk, consider asking a friend or family member to walk on your behalf. Call Pam at (928) 634-5450 or Marie at (928) 554-1059 for more information. Web site:

Doggie Fashion Show needs dogs

Free Doggie fashion show to be held on Earth Day April 22. Cottonwood Village is looking for Dogs and owners to participate.

Free table space to all vendors. Open to the public contact Carla at 928-634-4229 of Cottonwood Village.

The show will include a free BBQ lunch.

Cottonwood Village is a pet friendly Senior Retirement community at 201 E. Mingus in Cottonwood with independent and assisted living.

Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which day events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection.

It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.

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