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What's Happening: Oct. 19, 2016, Newspaper seeks photos, stories from local veterans

The Verde Independent and Camp Verde Bugle newspapers are looking for photographs of Verde Valley veterans for inclusion in our Veteran’s Day special section, which will publish Friday Nov. 11, 2016.
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The Verde Independent and Camp Verde Bugle newspapers are looking for photographs of Verde Valley veterans for inclusion in our Veteran’s Day special section, which will publish Friday Nov. 11, 2016.

The Verde Independent and Camp Verde Bugle newspapers are looking for photographs of Verde Valley veterans for inclusion in our Veteran’s Day special section, which will publish Friday Nov. 11, 2016.

Please email photographs to as large-format, high resolution jpeg attachments.

In addition, please send a story up to 100 words in length describing your military service to our country. Information must include your name, branch of military service, rank, years of service, connection to the Verde Valley and a summary of your military service.

Or, if you would prefer to mail or drop off a copy of your photograph and story, please use the following address: Salute to Veterans, The Verde Independent, 116 S. Main St., Cottonwood, AZ 86326; or the Camp Verde Bugle, 283 S. 3rd St. Camp Verde, AZ 86322.

Photographs and information need to be delivered to the newspaper before Friday, Nov. 4.

Oct. 22 last day to get seeds for fall-winter garden

The last day to get free seeds for your Fall/Winter garden before the cold weather arrives is Oct. 22. The Verde Valley Seed Library still has a selection of free veggie seeds ready to be planted. Come by and pick out free seeds for your favorite vegetables at the Seed Library at the Cottonwood City Library, 100 S. 6th St., from 11 am to 1 pm on Oct. 22. There will be experienced gardeners on hand to answer questions, show you planting guides and give you information on The Verde Thumbs Garden Club.

Do you know what The Verde Valley Seed Library is? It is both a collection of free, open-pollinated seeds, which are seeds that can be saved, and a community of gardeners coming together to celebrate their hobby.

So come by the library on Saturday, October 22nd (LAST DAY TIL SPRING/SUMMER REOPENING) and check out some free seeds, grow the plants, save some of the seeds and return them at the end of the growing season. Those seeds will then be available for another gardener to check out! Saving locally grown seeds helps them become adapted to our soil and climate and they become more productive.

Success in Action: VVREO’s annual speakers series event

Verde Valley Regional Economic Organization (VVREO) is hosting its Annual Speakers Series – The Verde Valley – Success in Action, on October 21, 2016 at the Clark Memorial Clubhouse, 19 North Ninth Street, Clarkdale from 7:30 am to 10:30 am. The purpose of the event is to provide public and private sector leaders with information about major issues facing our region and a platform to influence critical issues affecting economic growth and quality of life in the Verde Valley.

Jim Rounds of Rounds Consulting, an expert on economics and policy will be our keynote speaker. Mr. Rounds is presenting an update on the regional and the state-wide economies to corporate, civic, and philanthropic leaders in the Verde Valley at a breakfast event, “The Verde Valley –Success in Action. “

In addition, we will be highlighting the success and expansion of the VVREO Revolving Loan Fund that was founded to assist small and emerging businesses in the Verde Valley in business growth, retention, and job creation.  It offers borrowers lower interest rates, long-term fixed rate financing, lower down payment requirements, and enhanced private lender risk. The RLF committee and staff analyze and structure the most attractive financing proposal based upon business needs, employment opportunities created, and the level of private sector participation.

VVREO’s goal is to heighten awareness among businesses, entrepreneurs, local professionals, nonprofit organizations, governments and other interested individuals that working together in partnership builds a sustainable economy for all in the Verde Valley.

There is still time to register for this event at or you can register at the door on October 21. For more information contact Mary Chicoine at

Friends of Beaver Creek Library plan barbecue

The Annual Meeting for all members of the Friends of Beaver Creek Library will be at the RR BBQ in Rimrock on Sunday, November 13 from 2- 4 p.m.  There will be a vote for the 2017 board of officer and othe guest speaker will be Victoria Clark who will impersonate the infamous Pearl Hart, Arizona’s woman stagecoach robber.  RSVP to Darla Melcher (928-592-0782 ) with your plans to attend by November 7 and your name will be entered in a special drawing.  If you have family or friends interested in becoming a member, please invite them and include them in your RSVP.

Medicare seminar at Christ Lutheran Church Oct. 28

Confused about Medicare? Don’t quite comprehend the Medicare vs. Medicare Advantage plans?

If you want to understand all your Medicare options simply and clearly, plan to attend an Oct. 28 presentation to make sense of Medicare options presented by Ryan Steinert of the Steinert Insurance Group and Bonnie Shimko of AZ Care Management.

The program will take place Oct. 28, 10 a.m. to noon, at the Christ Lutheran Church, 25 Chapel Road in Sedona.

Please RSVP, 928-300-0172.

Cottonwood Book Fair presents story times

As part of the upcoming 2016 Cottonwood Book Fair at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 29th, the Cottonwood Public Library is presenting story times with three local children’s authors the week before the event. These authors will be coming to read their books while helping to promote early literacy in the process.

Tuesday, October 25th 10 to 11 a.m.Twinkle the Bright-Eyed Puppy by Betty Ledbetter Skousen This book is about Santa’s little black puppy that has very bright glowing eyes. Twinkle is her name, and she is on a sleigh ride with Santa by her side. The journey goes through Saturn’s ring, swinging around Mars, way up high in the sky. Skousen is a resident of Camp Verde.

Thursday, October 27th 10 to 11 a.m. Paula Goes to the Pound by Bill Mann. A very gifted poodle teaches us that all dogs are special creatures, even if they live at the pound.  Add a very determined human ballerina, together with a war veteran who has a noble sense of purpose, and you get a charming adventure story for children and adults alike. Mann is currently a resident of Sedona, Arizona.

Friday, October 28th 10 to 11 a.m. Kenady’s Happiness World by Allen C. McKinzie

The fictional magical adventures of a real eight-year-old girl, her Veterinarian mother and a host of wacky animal friends. Other characters include real-life community members from Camp Verde, Arizona and the surrounding Verde Valley area. McKinzie was featured as the keynote speaker for last year’s Author’s Forum and currently has eight books in the Kenady’s Happiness World series. Story times will be held in the Youth Services program room in the Library. Parents and children ages 0 to 6 are welcome. The Library is located at 100 S 6th St in Cottonwood.

Angels’ Attic returns to Mountain View United Methodist Church

With the holidays approaching, Angels’ Attic will have its 22nd annual craft sale Friday and Saturday, Oct 21-22, at Mountain View United Methodist Church, 901 S. 12th St., Cottonwood.

Quality hand-made goods crafted by the women’s group will be for sale both days from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Among the holiday crafts will be aprons, table runners, quilts, needle boxes, adult bibs, wreaths, jewelry, many baby items and hand-painted wood items ideal for gifts.

Baked goods and other homemade edibles also will be featured, as well as a lunch to be served both days from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A section called Granny’s Treasures will feature “gently-used” items.

Proceeds from the sale will be used for unbudgeted needs at Mountain View United Methodist.

Verde River Mural Project

Create a community mural of the Verde River with all skill levels, ages 13 – 103. Inviting artists of all media: painters, graphic artists, crafters, photographers, welders, blacksmiths, woodworkers, fabric artists, tattoo artists, poets, musicians, jewelry makers, culinary artists, and performing artists. Kicks off Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. with lunch at Wingfield Plaza, 564 S. Main Street, Camp Verde. Anyone who appreciates creative expression is welcome to contribute to the project.

Support local art, inter-generational teamwork, and local businesses while celebrating the Verde River. This event is sponsored by Wingfield Plaza, Udderly Divine, ACE Hardware, local volunteer art mentors, and Town of Camp Verde. RSVP by 10/21 to Sebra at (928) 554-0008,

Cottonwood Book Fair Writing Workshops

The 2016 Cottonwood Book Fair is fast approaching. On Saturday, October 29th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 40 local authors will be gathered at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds in Cottonwood to sign, sell and discuss their books. Keynote speaker Val Chanda will give a short talk as well. The Book Fair is sponsored by the Cottonwood Public Library, who will be holding five writing workshops at the Library the week before the event. Here is the schedule of workshops:

Pathways to Publishing with Val Chanda. Tuesday, October 25th from 1 to 2:30 p.m. This free workshop will explore the differences between traditional publishing, old-style “vanity” publishing, and working with a full-service digital publisher. It will include a discussion of things to consider when going from manuscript to produced book, including publishing agreements, editing and decisions regarding cover and interior design.

Connecting with the Ultimate Creator with Luna Star Van Atta. Wednesday, October 26th from 11 to 12 p.m. Move past all the self-imposed obstacles that inhibit your creative endeavors in this experiential workshop.  Luna will help you to create your own sacred space away from all distractions to focus and bring in the ultimate creative energies that you need to move forward and stay focused.

Beyond Coloring with Amber Polo Wednesday, October 26th from 1 to 2 p.m. Why the popularity of coloring books for adults? This workshop will cover the history and the benefits for the release of stress in this nostalgic, guilty pleasure. And some “no-crayons” alternatives.

The Joys of Journaling with Laina Lloyd. Friday, October 28th from 10 to 12 p.m. How can you make journaling fun? Come to the Joys of Journaling Workshop to learn the joyful ways of journaling!

Writing from the Heart with Deb Karpek. Friday, October 28th from 1 to 3 p.m. Writing from the heart is not about grammar, spelling or punctuation, but what we long to express, deep down.  It’s about discovering that writing brings us joy.  Deb will share her experience and tools to help you get started. No grades, tests, competition or anxiety.  Classes are a safe haven where writing can be fun and liberating. Every level welcome, especially beginners! 

All workshops will be held in the Library meeting room and are free and open to the public. Please call 928-634-7559 to register or sign up at the reference desk in the Library. The Library is located at 100 S 6th St.

KC’s Bully Defense Free Community Workshop

For National Bully Prevention month, KC’s Family Tae Kwon Do invites you to join the team to end bullying in the Verde Valley by attending this great workshop designed for and open to kids, teens, parents, coaches, teachers and friends of our youth Oct. 22. We will demonstrate ways to combat verbal, social, cyber and physical bullying in a safe and friendly environment.  Attendees will learn basic self-defense, how to take away a bully’s power, how to build self-confidence, and how to take part in developing a respectful and safe community. The workshop is offered in 2 sessions: 9am-9:45am for Ages 4-7 and interested adults for this age group, and then at 10am-11:30am for Ages 8 & up.  All participants will receive a special gift.  Anyone who brings three friends will receive a “Live Your Life” t-shirt. Drinks and snacks will be served afterwards. Scout groups, teams and clubs are welcomed. Parents must accompany their children and sign a waiver upon check-in. Attendants should wear loose fitting workout-type clothing.  Call (928) 634-5165 or stop by 280 S. Main Street for more information.

Free Dental Screenings for Seniors

Northern Arizona University’s (NAU) Dental Health Department, in cooperation with Montezuma Family Dental, Lake Montezuma will provide free dental screenings from 9 am - 3 pm at the Beaver Creek Adult Center on Saturday, October 29th for Seniors, 60 years and older, who reside in the Beaver Creek Area and in Camp Verde. The Beaver Creek Adult Center is located at 4250 E. Zuni Way, in the Village Square, in Lake Montezuma. In addition to a free dental screening, participants will receive free oral health education and referrals for dental treatment. For convenience and to save on “wait times” on the day of the dental screenings, participants may obtain a Medical History Form at the Beaver Creek Adult Center prior to the day of the dental screenings. These Forms will be available at the receptionist’s desk in the Beaver Creek Adult Center from October 17th through October 29th, the day of the dental screenings. Jeannette Estes, Coordinator, Beaver Creek Community Action Team (BCCAT)

The Story Of Money: From Sea Shells To Bitcoins

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute presents a free lunchtime forum at the Verde Valley Campus (Clarkdale) in room G-106 on Thursday, October 20 at 12:30 p.m.

Money?  What actually is this stuff we call money?  It has had huge effects on society and individuals from earliest times to the present.  It sometimes takes weird forms; other times it’s formless, a “figment”. Currently it’s becoming something in and of the “cloud”; yet large stores of gold are being stored in underground vaults.  Is gold money?  How is the world becoming “cashless”?  Rae’s talk will focus on the various forms of money, with a few digressions into monetary curiosities. 

Rae Ebeling has a B.A. from Wellesley, majoring in history with particular emphasis on economics, and a masters from the SMFA (Fine Arts in Boston).  She has been a systems analyst and programmer, an artist, an investor and a gardener.  Rae has facilitated a number of OLLI classes and endeavors to have an entertaining and dynamic style.  

OLLI is a local, volunteer, peer-to-peer, adult education program (part of Yavapai College) that offers many learning groups and workshops each term for a nominal fee.  Its Fall term is underway, and over 140 classes and workshops are being offered. For more information about OLLI or the Lunch & Learn programs, please call 928-649-5550 or visit

Over 200 volunteers needed for Mitzvah Day

The 10th anniversary of Mitzvah (Good Deed) Day will be Sunday, November 6 and over 200 volunteers are needed to accomplish 30 projects. Mitzvah Day is an intergenerational, interfaith, spirit-led day of community service to organizations and neighbors in Sedona, the Village of Oak Creek, Cottonwood, Cornville, Camp Verde, and Clarkdale. 

There are indoor/outdoor projects including yard and landscape clean up for neighbors, painting pedestals at Sedona Art Center, painting rooms at Sedona Food Bank and the Old Town Mission, making animal toys at the Sedona Humane Society, organizing merchandise at thrift stores,  and building a “Mud Kitchen” at Buena Vista Children’s Services, to name a few. In addition there are crafts projects including stuffing and sewing teddy bears for Hospice patients, Feelie hearts for children in area hospitals, holiday cards for veterans, no sew blankets for women and children in shelters, and holiday snow globes for Meals on Wheels recipients. There are projects for every age and ability.

To participate in Mitzvah Day, call Barbara Litrell at 649-0135 or According to Barbara Litrell, co chair of the event, “For 10 years Mitzvah Day has been a spectacular day of community service, accomplishing over 400 projects and over 11,000 hours of service.

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