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Cottonwood Community Band salutes America

Come hear the Cottonwood Community Band as it provides music for Clarkdale’s Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration. The event will take place in Clarkdale’s Town Square and will also be the grand reopening of the park after having been closed for several weeks for soil remediation.

The day kicks off at 7 a.m. with the raising of the colors and a pancake breakfast followed by a parade down Main Street.

The musical program will begin at 9:30 AM and include patriotic favorites such as Sousa’s “El Capitan” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever”, plus Bob Lowden’s “Armed Forces Salute”, a medley of the songs of each branch of our armed forces. The band will also include a few surprises in the program.

For more information, please visit the band’s website at

Teen Taming Workshop in Camp Verde

Gain new skills in your parenting practices in a free presentation at Camp Verde Community Library on Saturday, June 30th, at 10 a.m.  The presentation focuses on “retro parenting practices” that focus on restoring a positive, healthy relationship with any teen. Parent coach Mark Axamit will describe how parenting practices have significantly changed over the past fifty years, and offers a step by step plan to help build a better life at home.

Mark Axamit has been a native of Arizona for 58 years. He and his wife Lauri have been married for 27 years and have raised three children ranging in ages from 20 to 24. Mark has been an employee for the Yavapai County Juvenile Probation Department as a juvenile restitution specialist as well as a graduate of the Juvenile Court Institute. He and his wife have a passion for assisting both parents and teens make positive life decisions.

Camp Verde Community Library is located at 130 Black Bridge Road, Camp Verde AZ.  For more information about this or any other program in the library, contact us at (928) 554-8391.

Abortion Ethics: Finding Points of Agreement

“Abortion Ethics: Finding Points of Agreement” is the subject of the League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley Philosophy and Politics program on Thursday, July 12, 6PM-7:30PM at Sedona Public Library, Si Birch Community Room, 3250 White Bear Rd., Sedona. The program is a partnership with the Sedona Library and is free and open to the public.

The featured speaker is Bertha Manninen, Ph.D., Arizona State University  

According to Manninen, “In the United States, the abortion issue has permeated public discourse, sometimes violently, for over 40 years.  In this session, we will discuss potential points of agreement between pro-choicers and pro-lifers in order to build dialogue.  An argument that pro-choice advocates would do well to acknowledge pro-life advocates’ concerns about the value of fetal life will be shared, as well as discussing how it is possible to defend abortion choice without dehumanizing nascent human life.”

Bertha Alvarez Manninen is an associate professor of philosophy in the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies in ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.  She was awarded her Ph.D. in philosophy from Purdue University in 2006.  Dr. Manninen earned her M.A. in philosophy in 2001 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Florida International University in 1999.  She joined the faculty at ASU’s West campus in 2006.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization dedicated to public service in the field of government. It is a national organization -- open to both men and women -- whose purpose is to encourage political responsibility through informed and active participation in government. The League influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League never supports or opposes political parties or candidates for elective offices. Philosophy and Politics is a regular program of the League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley and is a partnership with Sedona Public Library.  

For information contact Robyn Prud’homme Bauer, .

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute starts summer term June 25

Yavapai College Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) of Sedona and the Verde Valley is pleased to announce the start of the Summer 2018 Term beginning June 25th.  Please check out our webpage: where you can explore and register for OLLI classes, which include some traditional as well as new offerings, or you can find the catalogs at many public locations (e.g. libraries, supermarkets, etc.) For those who cannot commit to a learning group, fascinating and engaging workshops and presentations cover a wide array of themes.

OLLI also offers workshops on Social Security and Medicare for those of you trying to navigate the maize of choices available and what might work best for you. There are special interest groups for members that meet year round, such as the chess club on the first and third Wednesday of every month at the Sedona Center and the Out to Lunch Book Group which gets together off campus in Cottonwood the third Friday of every month. Integral Sedona is a special interest group that meets Thursdays at the Sedona Center to discuss human and evolutionary development. It examines the four quadrants, stages of growth, states of consciousness, lines of development and individual typologies from an Integral perspective. It supports and promotes integral life practices.

OLLI is a dynamic organization within Yavapai College created to meet the needs of intellectually active mature adults. What makes OLLI a unique learning experience is that it is based on the love of learning and there is no pressure of tests, grades, or papers. It is a gathering of people who are endlessly curious.

None of the learning groups, presentations, or workshops would be possible without the heart, passion, and steadfast dedication of the team of OLLI facilitators who volunteer to lead members in lively discussion and interaction. OLLI is always in search of individuals or groups that might be interested in sharing their knowledge, expertise, passion, or interests with others.

For more information or if you need help registering, call OLLI at 928-649-5550 or 928-649-4275.

Summer Day Camp in Camp Verde

The return of Summer Day Camp to Camp Verde Parks & Recreation is a success! After being gone for many years it has finally returned. Camp started on June 4 to positive reviews from kids and parents alike. Campers have been a mix of ages and daily dropins or weekly attendees.

Trips to the Pool, Tuzigoot National Monument and Page Springs Hatchery are just a few of the activities so far. Traditional arts and crafts, games, sports activities as well as movies and guest speakers help round out the activities. Camp Verde Parks & Rec Day Camp is for youth who attended kindergarten-5th grade during the 2017-2018 school year. Camp runs Monday through Friday 8 am to 4 pm except for July 4 until July 27. Cost per camper is $80 per week or $18 per day. Campers may attend on a daily basis but preference will be given to those registering for whole weeks and pre-registration is be required. Campers bring their lunch and snacks and staff brings the fun.

Parks & Recreation staff has been working with the American Camp Association to earn accreditation to ensure that we provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all campers and that all areas of concern are addressed.

The ACA is the only national organization offering accreditation for all types of camps. Their nearly 300 comprehensive standards covering all aspects of camp operation ensure a fun and safe camp experience.

Standards include site and program safety, staff screening and training, operational management as well as programming evaluation. On onsite visit from ACA professionals this summer and an extensive review of how Camp Verde addresses the standards means peace of mind for parents, kids and staff.

Come join us for weekly fieldtrips, games, guest speakers, sports, trips to the Library, movies, indoor and outdoor activities, arts & crafts and lots of camp fun.

There is a link for registration on our Parks & Recreation home page at or our Facebook page – Town of Camp Verde Parks & Recreation, just click the blue Book Now button. Registration is limited to 20 kids per day so don’t miss out.

More information is available at the Parks & Recreation office at 395 S. Main St or call Michael Marshall at (928)554-0828.

Erase the Stigma event 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. Solutions are available however first we need to give them the strength to reach out and resources to turn to!

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 5 featured speakers on subjects such as suicide awareness, gambling, trauma and community awareness. We are inviting organizations that have anything that can bring to this issue to set up an information booth. We want to talk openly about these issues and provide information on solutions. The more we, as a society, understand the unique challenges of mental health and addiction the more we can all help those that have these issues and the safer our communities will become. Please contact us at 928-649-0077 if you would like to reserve booth space.

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 pm 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, apple sauce cups, microwaveable macaroni and cheese cups, etc.

Come experience the nostalgia of this period in our nation’s history. You will laugh and cry as you relive the memorable moments of the greatest generation.

Celebrate America is proudly brought to you by Lawyers Title Betsy LeTarte, Mingus Mountain Real Estate Kris Anderson, Plaza Bonita, Randall’s Restaurant, Larry Green Cottonwood, Hyundai Cottonwood, Paul’s RV Service, Dave & Betsy LeTarte, Phoenix Cement, and Money InThe Mail.

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.

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.

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.

Those interested in participating must register beginning at 8:15 a.m. at the Clarkdale-Jerome School. There is no pre-registration prior to the day of the event nor a cost to enter.

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.

Summertime Book Sale moved to Clark Memorial Clubhouse July 7

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 Coalition

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.

Wednesday, July 11th from 11 a.m. to noon at the VVCC offices, 299 Van Deren in Uptown Sedona.

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.

Call 928-567-4121. The ranger station is located at 300 East Hwy 260 in Camp Verde.

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