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What’s Happening in the Verde Valley: June 22

Celebrate America 2018 at Emmanuel Fellowship

Remember the fun swingin’ music of the 1940’s? Well, it’s back! EF Productions presents the 18th Annual Celebrate America: 1940s USO Holiday Radio Show, June 29-July 1 at 7 p.m. nightly. Join us as we take you back in time to December in the 1940s. The show recreates a World War II USO canteen where soldiers would be fed and entertained. The production is done in the style of a live radio broadcast to the troops overseas. The show features a full cast and crew of over 75, live big band orchestra, swing dancers, and comedy acts. This year’s show has been updated with some new scenes & music you will be sure to love!

Back again by popular demand will be our special Dinner Theater Show on Saturday, June 30 at 7 pm. Tickets for the dinner theater event are only $25 per person and include a 1940’s dinner, live big band orchestra, dancing, and the presentation of the show.

Be sure to check out our multiple levels of seating that makes the show affordable for anyone. Please refer to the seating diagram online.

Ticket prices range from $6-$15 and can be purchased through the box office, over the phone (888)-71-TICKETS, or on the web at Cash, check, and major credit cards are accepted. There are no additional fees or taxes on top of the ticket price as they are all-inclusive. Tickets prices will increase $2 per ticket when you purchase them the day of show at the door.

Everyone is asked to bring a non-perishable food donation to give at the door to benefit local foster children. Suggested items are bottled water, granola bars, fruit snacks, pudding cups, applesauce cups, microwaveable macaroni and cheese cups, etc.

For more information please call the box office at EF Productions at (928)-634-3034 Ext 102 Monday through Thursday 9 am to 3 pm. EF Productions is located at 1580 East Fir Street in Cottonwood (1 block west of Mingus Union High School). Be sure to visit on the web at for lots more information about the show, seating diagram, and to watch the trailer and don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Erase the Stigma event planned June 30

Some 42 million people suffer from mental illness and 24 million suffer from addiction every day in this nation and the stigma surrounding these illnesses keeps them living in the dark, suffering alone.

Steps to Recovery Homes witnesses the battle every single day and is hosting Erase the Stigma event in collaboration with many other organizations in Arizona who are committed to helping those who suffer with mental health problems and addiction.

Erase the Stigma is being held on Saturday, June 30, at Cottonwood Recreation Center (150 S.6th Street Cottonwood Arizona) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event is a free event to public.

Food, Drinks and Day Passes to the Recreation Center will be given away for free. There will be five featured speakers on subjects such as suicide awareness, gambling, trauma and community awareness.

Call 928-649-0077 if you would like to reserve booth space.

Clarkdale’s Old-Fashioned 4th of July

Clarkdale’s Old-Fashioned 4th of July will take place Wednesday, July 4 at the Clarkdale Town Park. The Old Fashioned 4th of July festivities kick off at 7 a.m. and will conclude at 11 a.m. You’ll want to get to the park early so you don’t miss any of the activities.

The annual Kids’ Parade will start at 9 a.m. from the Clarkdale-Jerome School, down Main Street past Town Park and finish at Town Hall. Prizes will be issued for: Best Decorated Pet, Best Decorated Bicycle, Best Decorated Wagon, Most Patriotic, and Most Original. Parade rules and registration forms are available online at: Winners will be announced at the Town Park at 10:30 a.m.

The Town of Clarkdale is seeking volunteers to assist with the event. The list of volunteer opportunities are available on the Town’s website.

10’ x 10’ vending spaces are available. The fee for a vendor space is $15 with a current Clarkdale Business License. For an additional $5 you can purchase a one day business license to participate. The deadline to secure a permit and space is Wednesday, June 27.

If you would like to secure a vendor space, volunteer, or find out more on Clarkdale’s Old-Fashioned 4th of July contact Clarkdale Community Services at 928-639-2460, email or visit the town’s website:

Open mic at American Legion Post 25

The American Legion Post 25 in Cottonwood, hosts its next open mic on Sunday July 1, 6-8:30 p.m. The event is open to all performers, and features a large room with a big stage and a dance floor. A PA system is provided, complete with four microphones and five instrument plugins. Expect to hear many styles of music. Some of regular performers are from the Jerome Ukulele Orchestra and the Village Ukulele Group of Oak Creek, and often a local professional musician or two will come by. The sign-up sheet for performers opens at 5:30 p.m.

Explore the teachings of Baha’u’llah, June 23

The Cottonwood Bahá’í community will offer a presentation on:  the independent investigation of truth.

Not found in any sacred Book of the past, it abolishes the need for clergy and sets us free from imitation and blind adherence to unexamined, dogmatic beliefs. Baha’i’s believe that no soul should follow ancestral or traditional beliefs without first questioning and examining their own inner landscape. Instead, this Baha’i principle gives each individual the right and the duty to investigate and decide what they believe on their own.

This presentation on the independent investigation of truth will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the Cottonwood Public Library from 12:30-1:30 p.m. and is free to the public.

Sponsored by the Cottonwood Bahá’í community.  No fees, no homework, all are welcome. For further information, please call (928) 274-6289.

Summertime Book Sale moved to Clark Memorial Clubhouse

Saturday, July 7, to help the new grass survive in Clarkdale’s town park, Friends of Clark Memorial Library will hold its Summertime Reading Bag-A-Bargain Book Sale on the “View Deck” behind the Clark Memorial Clubhouse in the town complex.

The sale begins at 2 p.m. and continues until the Trotter’s Wake concert begins at 7 (also on the View Deck).

This Bag-A-Bargain offers a broad selection of contemporary novels, spiritual & self-help, health & fitness guides, literary classics, music (including records & CDs), and travel & foreign language books and manuals -- many like new, some collectors’ items, all at super savings. For only $12 per bag, book lovers can fill large paper shopping bags to overflowing. And as always, all proceeds benefit Clark Memorial Library.

One caveat: “This year,” say the Friends of CML, “we’re asking the community to take book donations to the library. Please don’t bring them to the concert.”

For more information, call the CML Friends Bookstore at (928) 634-5423, email, or visit the Friend’s website (

Dogs on the Catwalk charity fundraiser at Pawz on Main

Don’t miss the fourth annual Dogs on the Catwalk Red Carpet Fashion Show Charity Fundraiser and Adoption Event at Pawz On Main in Old Town Cottonwood.  High fashion four-legged friends will take to the Catwalk (or should we say dogwalk), strutting their stuff to raise funds for animal rescue.

It’s an all-day, fun-filled event. Adoption Event begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. Fashion show starts at noon. See you at Pawz On Main, 918 N. Main Street, in Old Town Cottonwood on July 14.

Volunteer for Verde Valley Caregivers

Want a rewarding, purposeful experience? Consider volunteering for Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition. Volunteers are critical in helping senior neighbors get to medical appointments, go grocery shopping and other important errands. And it’s up to you when and how often you help. Join us at one of our upcoming volunteer orientation sessions.

Thursday, June 21st and Wednesday, July 11th from 11 AM to 12 noon at the VVCC offices, 299 Van Deren in Uptown Sedona.

Tuesday, June 26th from 1:30 to 2:30 at the Cottonwood Library.

Wednesday, June 27th from 2 to 3:30 PM at the Camp Verde Community Library’s Key Lime room.

Please RSVP at (928) 204-1238.

Verde Valley Caregivers: creating a caring community for older adults in need.

Big July 4 celebration planned in Beaver Creek

Wednesday, July 4, the Beaver Creek Parade will leave the Sycamore Park area in Lake Montezuma at 9 a.m. and travel south on Montezuma Avenue past the Village Square. This year the Grand Marshal is Verna Shafer and Junior Marshal is Abigail Jensen.

Parade entrants (walkers, animals, vehicles, floats, etc) should sign up at the Montezuma Rimrock Fire Station or call 928-567-9401. The festivities and pancake breakfast will be in Rollins Park at the Lake Montezuma Village Square. The BC Kiwanis Duck Race will be on Wet Beaver Creek by Sycamore Park. For inquiries about display tables, entertainment and activities please call Carol Keeton, Kiwanis Past President, at 928-606-4050.

Cottonwood readies for July 4 Independence Day Extravaganza

Pre-show activities for Cottonwood’s Independence Day Extravaganza start at 4 p.m. with games, water slide, inflatable rides and watermelon eating contests at the Cottonwood Kids Park on 12th Street and adjacent to the Verde Valley Fairgrounds.

Free food will be provided courtesy of Fry’s Food & Drug and prepared by the Knights of Columbus from 4-6 p.m.

Wrist bands will be available for purchase on site for the kids’ games. Soft drinks, glow necklaces and other items will also be available for purchase during the event through the Cottonwood Youth Advisory Commission.

The countdown to Northern Arizona’s finest fireworks display begins at 7:45 p.m. with music, presentations, and a patriotic solute by the VFW Color Guard. At 8:45 p.m., grab a blanket or lawn chair and settle in for 35 minutes of lights, booms and ahhs.

Admission is free. Fair parking only $1 and benefits a local non-profit youth organization.

This event is co-sponsored by: Fry’s Food & Drug, Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce, Taylor Waste, Verde Valley Fair Association, Verde/Clarkdale Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus, Jennifer Griffin State Farm, Nice Jons, and Minerals Research.

Verde Ranger Station volunteers needed

The Prescott Nation Forest Verde Ranger Station in Camp Verde is looking for volunteers to help out with some inside work this summer and, perhaps, some outside work. According to customer service specialist Gary Lowrie, there is an immediate need for someone to come in at least one day a week for four or five hours to help process fee collections. Basically, the work would involve opening envelopes, counting cash and logging the receipts.

In addition, the Verde Ranger Station could use some help at the front desk, answering phones and greeting customers. And, there may be additional opportunities assisting in the field, depending on the individual. Please contact the Verde Ranger Station at 928-567-4121 to answer any questions, of feel free to stop in. The ranger station is located at 300 East Hwy 260 in Camp Verde, AZ, just across the Verde River Bridge off McCracken Lane.

Summer music workshops offered by Verde Valley Voices Tuesday evenings just got fun again.  Starting this June, the Voices will be presenting a series of workshops designed to keep you musically happy.  The workshops are open to anyone (you don’t even have to sing) and will meet at Cottonwood Village auditorium from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

These classes are designed for adults with or without musical experience.  A $5 donation is asked at the door.  All supplies and handouts are free.  .

The class meets in the auditorium at Cottonwood Village.  “They are so wonderful to let us use their facility.  It’s a lovely room and easy to get to.”  Trish Wood is the president of the Voices.  “I love these classes.  We’re inviting the Barbershop choir from Sedona to share their harmonies and history. We’re also learning about the history of Broadway; the successes and failures - even some off-Broadway shows that might surprise you.  It gives me something more to look forward to on Tuesday nights.  6:30 continues to be fun through the summer.”

Upcoming classes include June 26 Pitch 101, July 10 Pitch 201, July 17 Phonetics, July 24 “Reading the book” and July 31 On and off Broadway.  For a complete description of the schedule visit 

Weekly Trauma

Support Groups throughout Verde Valley

The Verde Valley Sanctuary is pleased to announce expanded support groups throughout the Verde Valley. Verde Valley Sanctuary Victim Advocates will conduct “A Time to Talk,” Violence Based Support Groups in Cottonwood, Camp Verde and Sedona every week.

“A Time To Talk” is open to all individuals who have experienced any form of violence and or trauma in their lifetime. The goal is to provide a safe, open space for survivors of violence and their families to talk about their common experience and enhance coping skills for dealing with trauma. The meeting has a non-judgmental and supportive environment that fosters self-empowerment and emotional healing.

Sessions are free of charge and no registration is necessary.

Cottonwood: Mondays, 10 am to 11:30 am, V.V.S. Outreach Center, 610 W. Mingus Ave.

Spanish Speaking Cottonwood: Mondays, 6 pm, V.V.S. Legal Office, 675 E. Cottonwood St.

Camp Verde: Tuesdays, noon to 1:30 pm, Camp Verde Library, 130 Black Bridge Loop Rd.

Sedona: Thursdays, 6:30 pm to 8 pm, ChocolaTree, 1595 West Hwy 89A

For more information call the Verde Valley Sanctuary Outreach Center (928) 634-6255.

For more information or to make a donation, visit .

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