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Safe River Recreation Introductory workshops May 13

The first of two Safe River Recreation Introductory workshops will be held on Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m/to 3 p.m., at lower TAPCO recreation area just off of Sycamore Road.

This popular event is sponsored by VRVNO Learn to kayak the Verde River.  Meet with local experts and river runners and learn which boats are appropriate for the area. 

You will also learn about equipment and safety procedures. We’ll practice getting in and out of a kayak, how to read river currents and use various paddle strokes to navigate river waters.  You will also learn how to avoid flips, how to self-rescue if you do, and swimming in moving water. After a break for lunch it is time to paddle down a section of the Verde River.

Join expert kayaker Dylan Anderson with South by Southwest Adventures, as he leads this workshop. All river-related gear will be provided including kayaks, paddles and life jackets - bring your own boat and gear if you wish.

Must be 12 yrs old - if under 18 accompanied by an adult. Limited to 20 people. If event is full, get on the waitlist and also watch for our next workshop in October.

Contact & Info: 928-300-3880

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Lake Montezuma to host Dump the Drugs event May 20

A “Dump the Drugs” event will be held on Saturday, May 20th, in Lake Montezuma at the Beaver Creek Adult Center. The Beaver Creek Community Action Team, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and MATFORCE are hosting this event.

Ninety one people die each day in the nation from opioid overdose. The CDC reports that prescription pain relievers are the driving force behind those deaths.

Proper disposal of unwanted medication will help keep potentially dangerous drugs out of the wrong hands and also from getting into our water systems.

Unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and noon at Beaver Creek Adult Center, 4250 E. Zuni Way in Lake Montezuma.

For more information call 928-708-0100 or online at

Reading, book-signing by Joe Wise May 5

Friday May 5th at The Old Town Center for the Arts in Studio B, Cottonwood author Joe Wise will present a reading and signing event to celebrate the release of his newest work, The Truth in Plenty. Wise is a multimedia artist working in words, music and painting.

Joe’s music has been known and sung around the world since the mid 60’s. His four degrees are in Philosophy, Theology, Education, and Counseling and Guidance. For the first 22 years of his work life he wrote music, recorded it and performed it; gave lectures and conducted workshops, and facilitated retreats -- in Canada, the U.S., Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

Wise has been a resident of Arizona since 1995. Before that he lived 55 years in Louisville, KY where he offered a variety of workshops on writing and video story telling, including as facilitator with other artists at the Visual Artist Association and Bellarmine College where he worked with gifted children.

His painting career has included studies with many accomplished artists including Ed Hermann and Joe Fettingis.  His primary mentor is Dick Phillips. Joe is a member of the Sedona Visual Artists Coalition and a charter and juried member of the Northern Arizona Watercolor Society.  His paintings have received numerous awards and hang in corporate headquarters and private collections across the U.S.

He has written, produced and recorded 22 albums of music, published 5 books and scored a film.  He has worked for twelve years teaching writing as a therapeutic tool in a treatment centers for addictions and conducts retreats using the journal as a tool for spiritual awareness and clarity.

Joe Wise’s first book, a collection of poetry and essays was titled “Through a Glass Lightly.”  This book, his 5th, is titled The Truth in Plenty and is volume two of his “rolling memoir” and companion to The Truth in Twenty. The back cover of “Plenty” hints at some of the terrain therein: 

“Peanut butter and jelly, the enshrinement. Letting the nap take you. Farewell to an old T-shirt. A handful of seeds. Sitting still…sometimes. God, by the cup. Dealing with depression. Soup line sonata. Hiding pens. Kneading erasers, more than ever. Frisbees in the Louvre. Renegade wigs. And, Dinosaurs and Grandpa’s. On the way to becoming a child again. Finding ourselves, literally, awash in the sea of everyday sacraments.” New in this volume, Joe reflects, for the first time in writing, on some of his lyrics, music and songs.

Joe Wise will be sharing his life experiences and eclectic writings at the Old Town Center for the Arts, Studio B, May 5th at 6:30 P.M. Treat yourself.

Who: Joe Wise

What: Reading and book signing,newly released The Truth in Plenty.

When: Friday, May 5th

Where: Old Town Center for the Arts, Studio B, Cottonwood, 5th and Main

How much: $5 at the door.

Where was Camp Verde and where were you when … ?

Where were you when man landed on the moon? What was going on in Camp Verde at the time? Is it true that Camp Verde paved Main Street for the first time the same day that Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon? Join Camp Verde Historical Society members, Nancy Tackitt and Jan Klann Monday, May 8 at 5:30pm at Camp Verde Community Library for an informal discussion around highlights on NASA’s timeline as they relate to Camp Verde’s history.

Included in the Discover NASA: From Our Town to Outer Space exhibition is a timeline showing significant dates in NASA’s history. Thanks to Camp Verde’s Historical Society, we have put together a similar timeline showing what was happening in our town around those same dates. But, no timeline is complete without people who remember “those days” telling their stories. Anyone with memories of Camp Verde is welcome to come and share them with the rest of us.

Camp Verde Community Library is located at 130 Black Bridge Road, Camp Verde AZ. The Discover NASA exhibition is free and open to the public during library hours, MON 9:00a - 8:00p, TUE-WED 9:00a-5:30p, THU-FRI 9:00a-8:00p, SAT 9:00a - 5:30p. For a full schedule of events, visit or call 928-554-8380.

DISCOVER NASA: From Our Town to Outer Space, a traveling exhibit for libraries, s part of the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) led by the National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute. Discover NASA is supported through a grant from NASA.

Law Day 2017 June 9 at Cottonwood Library

Law Day is an event in which local volunteer lawyers provide free legal advice to local residents as a way to improve access to justice and to show that lawyers are willing to help others in need without always being paid.

President Eisenhower first proclaimed May 1 to be known as “Law Day, U.S.A.” in 1958. On April 7, 1961, 36 United States Code§ 113 was enacted, stating: Law Day, U.S.A., is a special day of celebration [in] the U.S.-

(1) in appreciation of our liberties and the reaffirmation of our loyalty to the United States and of our rededication to the ideals of equality and justice under law; and

(2) for the cultivation of the respect for law that is so vital to our democratic way of life.

Community Legal Services and the Yavapai County Bar Association sponsor Law Day to show our appreciation for the people we serve and for all the freedom, equality and justice we share under the law in the U.S.

Verde Valley: 10:00 am-3:30 pm, Friday, June 9th@ Cottonwood Public Library 100 S. 6th Street, Cottonwood, Arizona 86326

Local Volunteer Lawyers will be available to give you free legal advice on any topic including domestic relations, debt collection, criminal, DUI, wills and estate planning, accident injuries and landlord/tenant (and a lot more).

Camp Verde Community Library Friday S.T.E.A.M. Schedule

Informal out-of-school learning to reinforce science, technology, engineering, art and math concepts

Camp Verde Community Library: Every Friday from 1:00p to 2:30p, the Library’s first floor Terracotta Room becomes a STEM learning lab. Informal out-of-school learning reinforces science, technology, engineering, (we add the arts), and math concepts through hands-on projects for kids of all ages.

With the Discover NASA: From Our Town to Outer Space exhibition in the library and participation from local students, May’s S.T.E.A.M. Time schedule is as follows:

May 5 Tell Time by the Sun: CVHS Astronomy students present the sun dial project they worked on this year. The program provides children the opportunity to make and customize their own working sundial.

May 12 Beautifully Engineered: CVUSD Librarian, Lisa Mina and Kathy Bohannon show how the art of paper folding is related to engineering designs and concepts. Children should be prepared to listen, learn and follow instructions.

May 19 Battle of the Bots: CVMS Cyber Cowboys demonstrate their prowess with Lego Robotics. A presentation focusing on Mars will follow a 10-15 minute snack break.

May 26 Meteorite Hunt: Using detective tools, Library Specialist, Zack Garcia, leads a hunt to find micrometeorites around the library grounds and in Rezzonico Family Park. Children should wear shoes for walking and may need sun protection.

The Discover NASA exhibition features interactive displays and hands-on activities throughout the library. Camp Verde Community Library is located at 130 Black Bridge Road, Camp Verde AZ. The exhibition is free and open to the public during library hours, MON 9:00a - 8:00p, TUE-WED 9:00a-5:30p, THU-FRI 9:00a-8:00p, SAT 9:00a - 5:30p. For a full schedule of programs, visit or call 928-554-8380.

Verde Thumbs Gardeners to meet May 9

It’s Spring Planting time!  Come join the Verde Thumbs Gardeners on Tuesday, May 9. We’ll be sharing tips on starting, planting and care of all our delicious spring veggies. We can help you identify the bugs and critters eating your plants and offer suggestions on controlling them. How to enrich your soil? We can help. And of course, there will be lots of tips on all the tomatoes, squash, peppers, eggplant, beans, etc. that grow so well here in the Verde Valley.

We meet at Pine Shadows Mobile Home Park Clubhouse, 2050 West SR 89A, Cottonwood at 6 pm. Bring a friend and we’ll see you on Tuesday, May 9. Questions? Call Janice Montgomery, 634-7172.

Hospice 101 presentation at Camp Verde Library

Camp Verde Community Library: Join Julie Keeney from Hospice of the Pines for a presentation of Hospice 101 at Camp Verde Community Library on Wednesday, May 17th from 10-11 a.m. in the library’s Copper Room.

Health Care Professionals, Caregivers and individuals are invited to attend this free training which is an overview of the Hospice Care and eligibility requirements along with a true view of what hospice care is for the patient, family and Care Providers.

You may register by phone or e-mail by contacting Julie Keeney from Hospice of the Pines at 928-899-9498 or or Carson at the library at 928-554-8391 or

Camp Verde Community Library is located at 130 Black Bridge Road.   For more information on this program or any other program in the library call 928-554-8391.​

Bike to Work Week kick off at Garrison Park

May is Bicycle Awareness Month. The City of Cottonwood and Yavapai County Community Health Services (YCCHS) are teaming up to encourage members of our community to, as Freddie Mercury once said, “Get on your bikes and ride!”.

To kick off Bike to Work Week, Garrison Park will be the scene of a host of bicycle-related events on Saturday May 13th from 8:00 to 11:30am.

Beginning at 8:00am the annual Mayor’s Ride will debuting a new route. The 2.7 mile loop will begin and end at Garrison Park and will travel through Old Town and parade down Main Street.

Immediately following the YCCHS team is hosting their Bike Rodeo promoting bike safety and fun! Children of all ages are encouraged to bring their bikes, wear their helmets and venture through a bicycle obstacle course.

Also new this year will be a Bicycle Buy & Sell. Have a bike to sell? Bring it to the Buy & Sell! Sellers: bike check in is 8:30am to 9:00am.  Twenty percent of bike sale proceeds benefit Chain Reaction- a non-profit organization who is up-cycling donated bikes and giving them to people in need. From 9:30-11:30 staff from Zoomer’s Bike & Gear will be at Garrison Park to help set up new bikes, and conduct minor repairs to old ones.

All events are free to the public. To find out more go to

Verde Valley Special Needs Support Group meets every third Thursday

The Verde Valley Special Needs Support Group - a core group of people personally connected to the autism community – has been expanded to welcome and offer support to parents, family members, and caregivers of people with all special needs.

A support group is the lifeline that can bring emotional respite and assistance to those struggling. Those in the support group are walking the path too, some of them have for several years, and can offer empathy, insight, and suggestions for professional help and resources.

The Group meets every third Thursday of the month at the Camp Verde Library from 6-7:30 p.m. We welcome you to join us. No family should have to walk this path alone. Come to a meeting and share, learn, and connect with others who understand.

Cottonwood Community Band Spring Concert 2017

The spring concert theme this year is “Cottonwood Community Band Goes to the Movies”. A concert will be presented both in Cottonwood and Camp Verde. The first performance will be Saturday, May 6th from 3-4 pm at the Cottonwood Recreation Center located at 150 South 6th Street. The second performance will be Sunday, May 14th from 3-4 pm at the Camp Verde Multi-Use Theater located at 210 Camp Lincoln Road on the campus of the Camp Verde schools.

The volunteer band members under the direction of Will Norris will be playing thirty-five of the most popular and familiar movie tunes in the past few decades. What a great way to make the weekends of “Cinco de Mayo” and “Mother’s Day” an even more special occasion by attending a live afternoon concert. All ages are welcome to attend free of charge.

An invitation is always open to local musicians who would like to join. Additional information may be found on the website, or chat with a band member after the concert with your questions or concerns.

Gospel Truth Seminar at New Hope Church

Join us at Gospel Truth Seminar Friday May 19 at 6 pm at New Hope Christian Fellowship 1760 Villa Drive in Cottonwood located near Cork and Catch. Seminar topics covered will be: What does it mean to be born again, learn how to hear God’s voice, learn how to receive peace, joy and health, and how to live without fear. Audience participation with question and answers will follow the one hour presentation. Prayer for healing will also be available. For more information contact

Camp Verde Parks & Recreation Summer Day Camp

Camp Verde Parks & Recreation is excited to announce the return of its Summer Day Camp. This camp is going to be fun and educational for all involved. Programming will include weekly field trips, guest speakers, walking trips to the library, movies, games, indoor and outdoor activities, arts and crafts, and much more. The camp is for youth who attended kindergarten-5th grade during the 2016-2017 school year. Cost for the camp is $18 per day, or a discounted price of $80 per week per child. Payment is due prior to the child starting camp. Preference will be given to those registering for whole weeks. Camp will begin June 5th and commence on July 28th running Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will be dropped off at the Community Center Gym on Hollamon Street every day. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Registration information is available at the Parks & Recreation office at 395 S. Main St or call Michael Marshall at (928)554-0828.

United Christian Theatre presents science fiction show

That’s right! United Christian Theatre is a doing science fiction show!  

Join us for a mind-bending, pleasantly disturbing, alternate reality experience!  Enjoy original stage-plays written by the UCT cast and crew!  Ask yourselves: what does it mean to be human?  Is this reality really real?  Where did that llama go?  The answers you seek shall be revealed in the . . .SCI - FY SHOW!!!!!  May 5th, 7 PM @ Parkside Church!



$5 (pre-pay at UCS office)

$7 (at the door)


$3 (pre-pay at UCS office)

$5 (at the door)

Ages 6 & under: Free!

Verde Valley Leadership now accepting applications for Class XII

Are you aspiring to enhance and improve your personal and professional leadership skills? Are you new to the Verde Valley and would like to expand your community networks? Then the Verde Valley Leadership Program is for you!

VVL is currently accepting applications for Class XII from individuals aspiring to become leaders, those just starting their leadership careers, and those in positions of leadership that are looking to heighten their leadership acumen. Verde Valley Leadership Program (VVL) was built by profession-als from various businesses and disciplines throughout the area and is celebrating its 11th anniver-sary. With over 100 program graduates, VVL provides skills to an array of valuable contributors in private, public and non-profit organizations throughout our community. Participants come from many walks of life: from CEOs to administrative personnel and those seeking to advance their ca-reers.

The Filardo Group, for the 12th year in a row, will be conducting the leadership retreat taking place Sept. 8-9, 2017. Al and Jodie Filardo, two of six founders of VVL, are educated, trained and certified in their fields of organizational development, coaching, and economic development and have practiced and applied their leadership skills both in public and private entities in multiple cultures around the globe. Their degrees are from Stanford, ASU, and the University of San Francisco.

With leadership skills taught by the Filardo Group, our graduates are propelled to realize and reach their personal and professional goals. VVL opens doors by helping participants discover hidden talents inspiring servant leadership, their desires to give back to their community, and to make a difference or to leave their mark. Verde Valley Leadership has made a difference in the profession-al status of graduates, teaching skills they need to succeed in leadership.

Along with the Filardos’ teachings, class members also benefit from skill-building training days, in-cluding public speaking and presentation skills. Learning is further enhanced by the opportunity to attend field trips throughout the Verde Valley. Participants also have the opportunity to shadow a professional whose leadership quality and style they admire.

If you are interested in joining Verde Valley Leadership Class XII, or have business associates you believe may benefit from this leadership program, please contact Krishan Ginige, Recruitment Committee Chairperson, for applications and more information.

Krishan may be reached at or (928) 202-6310. The on-line application is available at

The deadline to apply has been extended to May 15, 2017.

Mingus Mountain Republican Club Luncheon

Everyone is invited to the Mingus Mountain Republican Club Luncheon May 9th, 2017 at 11am at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7400, 705 E. Aspen St., Cottonwood. Your local and state political representatives will be speaking on the latest issues that affect us . Lunch served will include main dish, salad and dessert with Coffee or Iced Tea @ $11.00. Without lunch, there is a meeting fee of $3, Sodas are $1 extra.

Lunch is Served at 11:15 AM. RSVP by email or call Carol Lucas at 928-301-2121

Fibromyalgia/Arthritis/Chronic Pain Support Group

The Fibromyalgia / Arthritis / Chronic Pain and Related Diseases Support Group May 2017 Meeting will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017 in Conference Room A at the Verde Valley Medical Center located at 269 S. Candy Lane, Cottonwood, AZ from 10 am - Noon.  This month we are pleased to have Kristi Crozier, OTS, CTRS, student Occupational Therapist at Entire Care, Camp Verde presenting the topics “Benefits of Gentle Yoga & Joint Protection for Fibromyalgia”.  

We welcome group members their family, friends and interested members of our community to our meetings. Refreshments will be provided by Verde Valley Medical Center. 

This will be our last meeting for the summer months, our meetings will resume on Saturday, September 9, 2017.

For further information please contact Barbara Baty at 928 649-0248.

The Fibromyalgia/Arthritis/Chronic Pain/Related Diseases Support Group is supported by NAU and Entire Care

Understanding Alzheimer’s dementia

Join Angels Care Home Health at Camp Verde Community Library on May 18th from 1-3 p.m. in the Terracotta Room for a supportive and informational program that will teach you how to handle/care for those living with Alzheimer’s Dementia. Some topics to be discussed include: the stages of Alzheimer’s Dementia, how to handle stress, and techniques for dealing with the behaviors.  Please RSVP by May11th by calling Ann Whalen at 216-789-9102.

Camp Verde Community Library is located at 130 Black Bridge Road, Camp Verde AZ 86322. For more information contact Ann Whalen at 216-789-9102 or contact Camp Verde Community Library at 928-554-8391.  ​

Special Story Time with local illustrator

Thursday, May 4, the Cottonwood Public Library welcomes local children’s book illustrator Jean Polowski Reilly. Reilly will be doing a special reading of her illustrated book called The Sun is Awake by Carol Paukstis. 

This is a loving, heartwarming story written from the author’s heart, encouraging all grandparents worldwide to spend time with their grandchildren, thus spreading sunshine in their lives.

Cheerful, endearing illustrations accompany the lyrical rhyme in this family story. As an educator and reading specialist for twenty-four years, Reilly has read and re-read hundreds of children’s books with her students.

Pre-school story time occurs every Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Youth Services Program Room. The library is located at 100 S 6th St in Cottonwood.

Spaghetti Dinner at Spirit of Joy

Spirit of Joy will host a spaghetti dinner(Free) to honor our First responders---Fire, police, EMT’s etc.  Come to the church campus, 300 Scenic, Clarkdale at 5:15 pm on May 6.

For further info call 634-4102.   

Spirit of Joy will host an “Alive and Aware” wellness workshop on Saturday May 27.  The site is the church at 300 Scenic, Clarkdale from 10 am till noon.  There will be chair massage and core strength exercises and lots of important information

Free!  Call 634-4102 for further information. 

Verde Valley Voices spring concert

Sunday, May 7, at 3 p.m. the Verde Valley Voices will present their spring concert.  Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church on 89A.  Tickets are $10 each (children 12 and under are free) and can be purchased at Mount Hope Foods, Verde Floral, Immaculate Conception Church, and Desert Dancer in Cottonwood; Thanks a Latte in Camp Verde; Jay’s Bird Barn in Sedona, or from any choir member you know.  Tickets are also available at the door.

“I love showing off this choir,” says Joy Simons, director.  “They work very hard throughout the year and it really shows at the concerts.  I can’t wait for you to hear them!  I know you’ll be happy you came.”

Camp Verde offers bus trip to DBacks vs Pirates May 13

Camp Verde Parks & Recreation’s next trip to see the Diamondbacks is Saturday May 13 against the Pittsburg Pirates. Don’t miss this chance to see the red hot Diamondbacks from great field level seats for only $50 for ticket and bus. Let us drive you to the game at air-conditioned Chase Field and drop you only minutes from your seats.

The trip leaves from Parks & Recreation at 2:30 pm for this evening game. Let us deal with traffic and parking while you relax. The Diamondbacks are off to a great start this season and need your support to continue. If you miss this trip or just want more, we have four other opportunities this year. Join us Sunday June 11 to take on the Milwaukee Brewers, Sunday July 9 against the Cincinnati Reds, Saturday August 12 we take on the World Champion Chicago Cubs and Saturday September 9 finish with the San Diego Padres.

Sunday games leave at 10:30 am and Saturday games leave at 2:30 pm. Return time depends on the game duration. For best seats register by May 1. For information contact Shawna Figy at (928)554-0829. To register come by the Camp Verde Parks & Recreation office 395 S. Main Street.

Legion 135 plans all vehicle dice-run fundraiser

On May 6, American Legion Post 135 and Auxiliary will host their 1st annual “All Vehicle Dice Run” fundraiser. Registration takes place at American Legion Post 93 located at 86 S. 3rd St. in Camp Verde beginning at 9 to 10:30am. The cost per drivers (motorcycle and/or other vehicles) is $20, while all pass

engers will be $5 – proceeds (minus expenses) will go to the construction of the future Post 135 home.

According to the Post Cmdr., Jeri Strande, “the theory behind the run is the same as a “motorcycle poker run” except, the run is open to all types of “licensed-roadworthy transportation”, not just motorcycles and the public

is welcome. Upon completion of registration, all drivers and passengers are given a map with various locations and addresses to drive to and stop, once they make that stop, they are given an opportunity to roll five dice – the total of the dice is recorded and then, they (the competitors) proceed on to the next stop to repeat the procedure. At the end location, participants are given one more opportunity to better their score. Based on that final run and previous rolls, the contestants who has the highest and the lowest totals are the winners.”

Strande went on to explain that there is no time restrictions to get from one stop to the other, so contestants can take their time seeing the various locations; therefore, resulting in a safe, but fun outing.” She concluded by saying that on the average rider/driver should complete the course in three hours without speeding!

The run consists of the starting location at American Legion Post 93 in Camp Verde; next stop - Robbie’s Grill in Rimrock; second stop - Main Stage in Cottonwood; third - 10-12 in Clarkdale, fourth - American Legion Post 25 and then, on to the End Party at American Legion Post 135 located at 11315 E. Circle Dr. in Cornville.

At the party, along with food, drinks, music and select games, the winners will be announced and prizes awarded. For more information concerning the event, please contact run coordinators Phil De Ruyter at 928-634-5179 or Patty Eames at 928-821-3894.

Camp Verde Library hosts Discover NASA: From Our Town to Outer Space

Camp Verde Community Library: Discover NASA: From Our Town to Outer Space, a national traveling exhibition will be on display at Camp Verde Community Library from May 6, 2017 to July 28, 2017. The exhibition covers six key NASA areas: Human Exploration, Earth Science, Mars Exploration, Solar System and Beyond, Aeronautics, and Technology.

Getting people interested in science can be a challenge, but Discover NASA: From Our Town to Outer Space, makes it fun. The exhibit includes stunning imagery, hands-on activities, and multimedia experiences such as a near real-time kiosk called, Eyes on Exoplanets; an immersive experience of astronauts living onboard the International Space Station; a touch table interactive where users can build their own solar systems; two large touchable meteorite samples, a wind tunnel interactive; and many more engaging activities. Camp Verde Community Library will offer a related series of public events to bring STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) programming to children, teens and adults.

“We are pleased that Camp Verde Community Library was selected to be one of eight sites nationwide to host the Discover NASA exhibit,” said Library Directory, Kathy Hellman. “People of all ages and backgrounds will find that the exhibition explores space science in a way that is understandable, captivating and relevant.”

The exhibition featuring interactive displays and hands-on activities will be accompanied by a series of programs and events, including Friday afternoon S.T.E.A.M. Time, Space Camp @the Library, presentations from Ken Zoll, Executive Director of Verde Valley Archaeology Center, night sky viewing and daytime solar viewing with Astronomers of the Verde Valley, programs from the Lowell Observatory outreach team, presentations from CVHS Astronomy teacher Matt Malloy, and much more. For a full schedule of events, visit or call 928-554-8380.

Camp Verde Community Library is located at 130 Black Bridge Road, Camp Verde AZ. The exhibition is free and open to the public during library hours, MON 9:00a - 8:00p, TUE-WED 9:00a-5:30p, THU-FRI 9:00a-8:00p, SAT 9:00a - 5:30p.

DISCOVER NASA: From Our Town to Outer Space, a traveling exhibit for libraries, s part of the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) led by the National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute. Discover NASA is supported through a grant from NASA.

Family Movies at the Library

On every third Saturday of the month the Cottonwood Public Library hosts family movies in the Youth Services Department. Family friendly movies begin at 10:30 a.m. and are free and open to parents and children of all ages. Please check the Library website at for this Saturday’s family movie title. The Library is located at 100 S 6th St in Cottonwood.

Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off

The Rotary Club of Sedona announces the seventh annual Great Sedona Chili Cook-off on Saturday, May 6, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. This fun event is a part of the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta weekend. Top chefs from Sedona restaurants are busy perfecting their special chili recipes, which can be sampled at festive booths in Tlaquepaque’s Calle de Independencia. The mayors of Sedona and Cottonwood, the Fire Chief of Sedona and Chefs from Verde Valley School are also fired up for their annual competition.

Come and cheer for your favorite “hot” chili cook-off restaurants: El Rincon Restaurante Mexicano, Café Paleo Brio, Garlands Oak Creek Lodge, Hideaway House, HP Café, Mesa Grill, Tamalisa Market, and Whole Foods, who will vie for the 2017 Restaurant Chili Championship. There are also a number of other awards including the Restaurant Judges’ Award and Peoples’ Choice Award plus cash prizes and trophies.

Sedona Mayor Sandy Moriarty and Cottonwood Mayor Tim Elinski are perfecting their own chili recipes. Michael Briggs and Mike Speilman, from Verde Valley School, and Kris Kazian, Chief of the Sedona Fire District, are also preparing to challenge the mayors. These community leaders will compete for the Municipal Judges’ Award. Prize money awarded to the winners will be donated to a charity of the winner’s choice. All competitors will also compete for the Best Booth Décor Award.

A panel of three judges, Jeff Smedstad, owner/Executive Chef of Elote, Sam Williams, chef of Garland’s Indian Café & Market, and Linda Goldenstein, owner of Goldenstein Gallery, will determine this year’s winners.

Proceeds collected from the Chili Cook-off are used to fund charitable Rotary programs and activities. The primary local charity benefiting from this event is the Verde Valley Imagination Library, which provides a free monthly age-appropriate book to approximately 1,200 children, ages 0 to 5.

Proceeds also support local scholarships and various international programs such as Rotary International’s signature project, END POLIO NOW, whose goal is to eradicate polio worldwide.

Please put Saturday, May 6 on your calendars now! The entrance fee is $15 with no charge for children under twelve. There is a $5 discount on event admission for parking at the Church of the Red Rocks. LOOK FOR EVENT PARKING SIGNS.

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