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What's Happening Oct. 21, 2016: Newspaper seeks photos, stories from local veterans

(Courtesy photo)

(Courtesy photo)

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.

Yard Sale to benefit Verde Valley Humane Society homeless pets 

The Verde Valley Humane Society is hosting a yard sale on October 21st and 22nd from 10 to 4 at the shelter at 1520 W. Mingus, Cottonwood.   

As the shelter gears up for the yard sale, they are collecting gently-used to new items, such as art and crafts, antiques, housewares, clothing, furniture, toys and games, appliances and tools, home and garden, jewelry and accessories, pet items and more.   

Donations can be dropped off at the VVHS Monday to Saturday from 10 to 5 (1520 W. Mingus Ave. - half a mile on the right from Cottonwood Airport) or at Sedona Paint Center Monday to Friday from 8 to 5 (2885 W. SR 89A - next to Big O Tires - 203-9500).  Please donate any items by Friday, October 14th. 

The Verde Valley Humane Society relies mostly on donations from the community to help them provide shelter and care for over 1,200 animals that come through their doors every year.   

All proceeds from the yard sale will directly benefit the homeless animals and help the VVHS provide all the services needed to enrich the lives of the animals and make their stay cleaner, healthier and happier while they await their forever homes. 

For any additional info, please call the shelter at (928) 634-7387 

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.

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)

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. It’s a great way to give back and have fun doing it in a group. In fact we invite groups and organizations to adopt a whole project.” 

Participants will check in at one of 3 places, St. Andrews Episcopal Church in West Sedona, Sedona United Methodist Church along 179 in Sedona, or Living Water Church on Mingus Ave. in Cottonwood. Check in is at noon. Volunteers will get their directions, a tee shirt and water, and will head of to their work site to work from 12:30-3:30. Then everyone is invited back to St. Andrews Episcopal Church social hall for the closing gathering, a pizza party and sharing of stories.  Every year for 10 years the closing gathering ends with everyone singing “Let There be Peace on Earth” which launches everyone into the holiday season of caring. An updated project list can be found at 

Cottonwood Book Fair to take place Oct. 29

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds in Cottonwood, 40 authors are set to sign, sell, and discuss their books with the community. Keynote speaker Val Chanda will give a short talk around 10: 15 a.m., according to the Cottonwood Public Library. The event will be held in conjunction with the Fall Festival.

Writing workshops and children’s storytimes with local authors will be held at the library the week of the Book Fair.

Rainbow Acres Family & Friends Open House

The Rainbow Acres Family & Friends Open House is schedule for Saturday, October 29th. The event starts at 9:00 AM and concludes at 1 p.m.

Enjoy a walking tour of Rainbow Acres, set on fifty acres of ranch in Camp Verde with majestic views. Visit the barn where our horses, goats, ducks and guinee pig live and see our new and refurbished greenhouses at our new Agricultural Center. For shoppers, we will have the Ranchers arts and crafts, patio stepping stones, as well as fine art displayed for your shopping pleasure. All proceeds benefit the Ranchers and the Rainbow Acres Art Program.

The Sax Appeal Saxophone Quartet will be on sight to serenade us with music and if one feels like singing or dancing, please follow your natural instinct to move to the sound of the music. They will be playing from 11:30 am until 12:30 pm. A grilled hot dog or hamburger lunch (for just $5.00) will be held on the lawn. Meet with family, friends and make new friends. Just a perfect way to spend the day!

Our Ranchers, individuals with developmental disabilities love to welcome new friends to their home. They are proud of where they live and like to meet new people. Stop by, say hello and enjoy the day with us. An unforgettable, contagious smile awaits you.

If You Go …

WHEN: Saturday, October 29th

WHERE: Rainbow Acres, 2120 W Reservation Loop Road. Camp Verde

TIME: 9 am until 1 pm

Beaver Creek Adult Center’s Arts & Crafts Festival

BCAC will host their Annual Fall Arts & Crafts Fair and Bake Sale on Friday and Saturday, November 4th and 5th from 9AM-3PM each day at the Adult Center and Rollins Park, located at 4250 Zuni Way in Lake Montezuma. On display will be: original artwork, mystery novels, homemade bath & body products, jewelry, and fabric art.

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