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What's Happening Oct. 28, 2016: Newspaper seeks photos, stories from local veterans

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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.

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.

Blood Drive at Rainbow Acres

There is a Short Supply of Life Saving Blood. Please give blood and help save lives!

Please donate from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5, in the Palmer Community Center at Rainbow Acres. The public is welcome and encouraged to participate. After you donate, you can relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of our ranch. Sample our fresh-baked cookies, coffee and juice.

To save time and make it easy on yourself, reserve your appointment by contacting United Blood Services at and entering “Rainbow Acres” as the sponsor code. You may also just drop in and fill out the necessary forms when you get there.

Rainbow Acres is a 50-acre ranch-style community that provides caring homes and lives of purpose for adults with developmental disabilities. You will find it just two miles from I-17, off Middle Verde Road at 2120 W. Reservation Loop Road in Camp Verde. Give the gift of life at Rainbow Acres on Saturday, July 16th! Call 928-567-5231 for additional information. Visit:

Spring semester open registration starts Oct. 31 at Yavapai College

Open registration for Yavapai College (YC) spring semester classes begins at 7 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 31. Classes start Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017.

Whether you’re preparing for transfer to a 4-year university, pursuing a technical career, or just curious about a particular subject, you can find plenty of options at six Yavapai College campuses throughout the county. 

Visit the website at to browse YC’s online catalog which features dozens of degree and certificate programs and hundreds of courses ranging from anthropology to Zumba.  Classes are offered in-person, online, and in a combination known as “hybrid.”

Financial aid is still available—students should apply for the 2016-17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at Students who are awarded aid will be notified by the Yavapai College Office of Financial aid within one to two weeks of applying.

Registration must be completed online at  Assistance with registration is available by calling the Yavapai College Answer Center at 928-445-2149 or 928-634-6520.

YC Arts & Humanities presents public health lecture series Nov. 2-4

Yavapai College faculty members and guests will step outside of the classroom in early November and present ten enlightening lectures for everyone interested in public health issues past and present. The lectures on both the Prescott and Verde YC campuses collectively comprise the Yavapai College Arts & Humanities’ Public Heath Symposium.

The series of interdisciplinary lectures are the culmination of hours of research and preparation by YC faculty members who volunteered to present at the forthcoming symposium as a community service. Admission to each lecture in the series is free. Lecture topics are as varied as modern medications, medical ethics, domestic violence and genetic enhancement.

At the Verde campus, symposium lectures also are at 3 and 4:30 p.m., Nov. 2 and Nov. 3; at 3 p.m. Nov. 4. The lectures will be presented in Building M, Room 137, 601 Black Hills Drive, in Clarkdale.

Following is the YC Public Health Symposium schedule:

Wednesday, Nov. 2:

The Good, Bad and the Ugly of Medications, Stephanie Scovill, registered nurse and nursing professor, 3 p.m., Prescott

Trust, Belief and Belonging: The Social Impact of Rumor on Public Health Efforts, Dr. Suzanne Waldenberger, humanities professor, 4:30 p.m., Prescott.

Florence Nightingale – Founder of Modern Nursing, Dr. Selina Bliss, nursing professor, 3 p.m. Verde campus

Judeo Christian Constructs and American Health Care, Dr. Amy Stein, history professor, 4:30 p.m., Verde campus

Thursday, Nov. 3:

Medical Ethics and the Tuskegee Study, Debbie Roberts, history professor, 3 p.m. Prescott

Domestic Violence as a Public Health Issue, Erin Whitesitt, sociology instructor, 4:30 p.m., Prescott

Pastoral Care and Health Care: Can a Pastor Really Help People Stay and Become Well? Guest lecturer Rev. Ed Womack, 3 p.m., Verde campus

Nursing in Africa: Two Experiences: Guest lecturer Kim Fawcett, registered nurse, 4:30 p.m., Verde Campus

Friday, Nov. 4

What the Ancient Greeks and Jews Might Have Said About Genetic Enhancement, Dr. Aaron Rizzieri, philosophy professor, 3 p.m., Prescott

Domestic Violence as a Public Health Issue, Erin Whitesitt, sociology instructor, 3 p.m., Verde campus

Yavapai College invites community to Verde Valley Campus

Members of the public are invited to attend “Explore YC: Verde Valley Campus” on Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Clarkdale campus (601 Black Hills Dr.).

The free, open house event will provide an opportunity for visitors to tour the campus; speak with Yavapai College faculty and staff; enjoy barbecue and live music in the newly renovated Mabery Pavilion; and learn about the college’s educational programs, resources, services and more.

“We are anxious to both show off renovations of our campus and to have past, present, and future students explore what we have available in terms of programs, certificates, and degrees,” said Associate Dean of the Verde Valley Campus, Dr. Barbara Waak. “We look forward to engaging with the community. Please join us to learn about your community college and learn what we have to offer.”

While all buildings on campus will be open to visitors, featured areas include the Answer Center, the Southwest Wine Center, Library, Learning Center, Computer Lab, Art Gallery, Community Room, and Mabery Pavilion.

To learn more about the Verde Valley Campus at Yavapai College, please visit

Yavapai College’s Verde Valley Campus Hosts Shakespeare’s Hamlet Nov. 5

An anguished prince, a kingdom in peril, a ghost on the ramparts and conspiracies everywhere. Yavapai College brings it all together under the starry skies of the Verde Valley in a compelling night of entertainment. William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, presented by Yavapai College, takes the outdoor stage at YC’s Verde Valley Campus, Saturday, November 5 at 5:30 p.m.

Produced by Laark Productions, Hamlet is Shakespeare’s masterpiece of palace intrigue and personal doubt. As the seventeen year-old Danish prince discovers his father’s death was more than merely bad fortune, he embarks on a course of revenge that throws family, love and the nature of life itself into question. He battles demons, internal and external, in his quest to act righteously against his family’s corrupted and patricidal regime.

Laark Productions is a Prescott Valley-based artistic troupe dedicated to bringing Shakespeare to the Arizona highlands. The production stars Duncan Burkitt as Hamlet, Robb Andersen as Claudius, Reva Sherrard as Gertrude and Cameo Richter as Ophelia.

Tickets for Hamlet are $15 general admission and $5 for students. Yavapai College’s Verde Valley Campus is located at 601 Black Hills Drive, in Clarkdale. Tickets are available at the door of the campus’ Southwest Wine Center on performance night, or by emailing Helen Stephenson at

Halloween Party at Legion Post 25

There will be Halloween Party at Legion Post 25, 480 S. Calvary Way, Cottonwood.

Legion members and guests are invited to join in a great party and costume contest starting at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 28th. Costume judging starts at 10:00 p.m. - 1st Prize $100.00, 2nd Prize $50.00, 3rd Prize $25.00.

Bring a snack to share and later enjoy some karaoke entertainment.

For additional information call 928-634-3004.

River Church to re-open Oct. 30

Seven long months have passed since there was a fire in our building, and we are rejoicing to be home again. Come celebrate with us on Sunday, October 30th at 9:30 a.m. Dr. Rik Danielsen, Transitional Pastor, will be sharing a message about God’s hope. After our joy-filled service, you are invited to share dinner with us. This will be a great opportunity to greet old friends and make new ones. River Church (home of the three crosses) is located at 497 South Willard in Cottonwood on the hill southeast of Willard and 89A.

Arts and crafts show at Pine Shadows

Arts and crafts show, featuring local artists, to be held at Pine Shadows, 2050 West St. Rte 89A, Cottonwood on November 12 from 9am to 3pm, Giant hot dog lunch.

Medicare seminar at Mary Fisher Theater Nov. 15

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 a Nov. 15 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 Nov. 15, 10 a.m. to noon, at the Mary Fisher Theater, 2030 W. 89A, in Sedona.

Please RSVP, 928-300-0172.

Get ready to hit the road for 7th annual Fit Kids Fun Run 5K

The 7th annual Fit Kids Fun Run 5K

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 9 a.m. Riverfront Park Cottonwood AZ

5K RUN: $25

REGISTRATION: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

START TIME: 9 a.m.

AWARDS WILL BE GIVEN to the overall men’s and women’s winner and to the top three men’s and women’s age group winner. Please, no pets.

ONLINE registration: For more information and to register, visit

Spooktacular happenings in Beaver Creek

Halloween Spooktacular, Monday, October 31. Lake Montezuma Property Owners Association, Beaver Creek Kiwanis, Businesses, Organizations, & Neighbors are sponsoring the popular event in Lake Montezuma from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM in Rollins Park at the Village Square in Lake Montezuma. Trunk ’n Treat, music, games, free hotdogs, popcorn and witch’s brew are featured. All free. Please escort your children to the Spooktacular. Bring flashlights since most parking is not lighted.

Free support group for caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, one in eight older Americans suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the nation that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. As the disease becomes more prevalent as people live longer, their caregivers often find themselves in need of support and resources. The free support group program addresses such issues. These meetings for caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients are held the first Wednesday of each month from 10 to 11 a.m. (please arrive by 9:45 a.m.) The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016.

Spirit of Joy Church is located at 330 Scenic Drive in Clarkdale. This support group is open to everyone, and we are extending an invitation especially to people who have not been able to attend before. Vast amounts of information is available, so if you have ANY interest in memory disorders, please come check us out. For information, call Barbara at (928) 634-2638 or Fran at (928) 301-3852.

Speech-language pathology and wound care

November’s Take Note: Cottonwood lecture, sponsored by Northern Arizona Healthcare, will feature several presenters from two of NAH’s EntireCare Rehab & Sports Medicine service lines − speech-language pathology and wound care.

The free presentation will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10, at Verde Valley Medical Center, 269 S. Candy Lane, Conference Room B, in Cottonwood. Speech therapist Sue Robinson, M.S., CCC-SLP, will present “Understanding Swallowing Therapy,” an overview of swallowing treatment from the perspective of the patient and caregiver. She will discuss signs and symptoms; diagnostic procedures; and treatment modalities for dysphagia − more commonly known as swallowing disorders, − and how dysphagia relates to neurogenic diseases. Almost all patients with progressive degenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis – as well as many patients after a stroke – benefit from diagnosis and treatment for a variety of swallowing difficulties.

Katherine Trujillo, M.S., CF-SLP, will present “Warning Signs of Communication Disorders in Children.” She will give an overview of speech and language disorders in children, including early warning signs; when to seek professional help; and what speech therapy treatment might look like for your child. Early detection is key to faster recovery, shorter treatment periods and reduced costs. 

Julia Trainor, A.R.N.P.; Anne Wakefield-Bittick, P.T., D.P.T.; and Christy Romfo, P.T., will present “What’s New in Wound Care in Verde Valley?” They will give an overview of wound care, including signs and symptoms of wounds needing special care; commonly-treated conditions; management programs; and available treatment options. They will also provide recommendations about when you should ask your primary care provider for advanced wound care.

To R.S.V.P. or for more information about this event, call 928-707-2965.

For more information on Northern Arizona Healthcare programs and services, visit “Like” NAH at

Jerome Elks Lodge Arts and Craft Fair

The Jerome Elks Lodge will present their 21th Annual Arts and Craft Fair which features quality handmade items on Saturday November 5th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for your early Christmas shopping pleasure. This year’s items include jewerlry, scarfs, painted items, greeting cards, denim items, baked goods, ceramic angels, knit and crochet apparel something for everyone.

Any questions about the event, call Janet Leuer at 634-5611 . Proceeds from the sale go to the Elks Charity fund which in turn gives help to the community.

Trunk or Treat Main Street Halloween

Camp Verde Parks & Recreation announces our annual Halloween Trunk or Treat Main Street Festival. This popular event will be this Monday October 31st from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Main Street will be closed down from the Circle K store to the Camp Verde Feed Store to allow for a safe environment for families to enjoy the activities.

Businesses, organizations and individuals will be passing out candy to costumed children while they enjoy entertainment, food and other activities. Businesses and community groups go all out to decorate and make this a memorable event. Parks & Recreation takes the lead on providing candy for this event by accepting donated funds to purchase candy to be parceled out for distribution.

This year the Town has 26 cases of candy which when combined with candy from businesses, groups and individuals should satisfy any sweet cravings! In addition to the Trick or Treat activities, various groups will be providing other entertainment.

These include haunted houses, musical entertainment, games and food. South Verde High School will be having a haunted house, AZ Central Land Realty will be doing their Halloween decoration extravaganza and plenty of decorated businesses and cars will line the street. Returning again this year with costumed adults and decorated cars in the Town Hall lot is Parkside Community Church.

Other participants will be the Town Council, Kiwanis, Lions, and the National Park Service. For more information contact Shawna Figy at Camp Verde Parks and Recreation (928)554-0829.

Legion 135 offers rides to rural voters

On Election Day, Nov. 8, American Legion Post 135 will again offer free rides that day to voters in Cornville and Rimrock/Beaver Creek vicinity from 9am to 4pm. All drivers are volunteers; they will pick-up and return voters home. Rides are free, however, donations will be graciously accepted and used to off-set the cost of post community service programs.

Unfortunately, no handicapped transportation is available; ambulatory voters are asked to schedule their “free” ride, by calling John Maddox at 760-964-2651, no later than Nov. 7 by 4pm.

Community cleanup at Clear Creek Cemetery

The Clear Creek Cemetery Association is sponsoring a community cleanup at the cemetery on Saturday, Oct. 29 beginning at 9 a.m.

According to Linda Callahan, president of the Clear Creek Cemetery Association, volunteers are needed to help pick up trash and trim mesquite trees.

“Adult Probation Center will do the weed cutting,” Callahan said. “So we want to get the trash out of their way. We’re always looking for people to help.”

Callahan also said that the Clear Creek Cemetery Association is looking for a “computer savvy person out there [who] would be willing to donate their time to help us set up a GoFundMe account and maybe a Facebook and twitter account.”

Donations can be mailed to The Clear Creek Cemetery Association at P.O. Box 1042, Camp Verde, AZ 86322.