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Community events and announcements, Feb. 13, 2020

Now in her 16th year, Kumu Hula master teacher Kehau Chrisman has announced her 2020 class schedules. To learn more about her dance, music and language classes, visit www.arizonahula.com, call Chrisman at (928) 639-4683, or email HulaIsAloha@gmail.com. Courtesy photo

Now in her 16th year, Kumu Hula master teacher Kehau Chrisman has announced her 2020 class schedules. To learn more about her dance, music and language classes, visit www.arizonahula.com, call Chrisman at (928) 639-4683, or email HulaIsAloha@gmail.com. Courtesy photo

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COTTONWOOD — Now in her 16th year, kumu hula (master teacher) Kehau Chrisman announces her 2020 class schedule in Beginner Hula, Hawaiian Ukulele, and Hawaiian language. Here’s your opportunity to try something new, exercise and have fun, all while becoming immersed in the culture of Hawai`i.

Chrisman first started teaching hula in Hawaii in 1997 and has been teaching in northern and central Arizona since 2004.

Since opening the Cottonwood hula school in 2004, Chrisman has been teaching Hawaiian culture, including music, dance, and language. Students travel from all over the Verde Valley, Flagstaff and Prescott seeking her Hawaiian cultural knowledge.

A recent study, mentioned in the AARP Bulletin June 2019 suggests that learning new dances is superior to repetitive exercises in increasing neural connections in older peoples’ brains, plus other health benefits.

New 2020 classes include beginner women's Hula, a beginners `Ukulele, Hawaiian language.

Many classes are held at the Cottonwood Recreation Center, 150 South Sixth Street, Cottonwood. Monthly hula classes are also available in Prescott Valley. For exact dates, times and class prices and other information, visit arizonahula.com, call Chrisman at 928-639-4683, or email HulaIsAloha@gmail.com.

March 21

Only 200 spaces left for Verde River Runoff

CAMP VERDE — Friends of the Verde River presents the eighth annual Verde River Runoff, Saturday, March 21 in Camp Verde.

The five-mile fun float and 10-mile kayak, canoe and stand-up boarder race draws novice and seasoned paddlers alike.

Participants can select from multiple entry categories to challenge themselves. This engages every type of boater with trained safety personnel stationed at hazard locations.

The races are a family-friendly celebration of nature and boating during prime spring runoff season for river running in the Verde Valley. The river winds through public lands set against the picturesque white gypsum cliffs of Camp Verde.

The 10-mile race starts at the river’s White Bridge access point, the five-mile fun float at the Clear Creek access point. Both races end at Beasley Flat. The river has a nice current with Class I-II rapids making this an adventure for all.

After the race, join Friends for the after-party and awards ceremony held in conjunction with the Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival.

Friends will pull the winning ticket for the Run the Verde River Raffle at the festival. You can purchase raffle tickets online until 5 p.m. March 20 and in person at the Festival until 2 p.m., unless all 500 tickets have been sold.

Both Verde River Runoff and the Run the Verde River Raffle support Friends of the Verde River and outdoor recreation in the Verde Valley.

Registration fees are $25 for the five-mile Fun Float, $50 for the 10-mile race. Online registration opens on Feb. 14. The event is limited to 200 registrants. Visit verderiver.org/verde-river-runoff to register or to purchase raffle tickets,

Arrive at 7 a.m. to complete in one of the two races, events are from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

For more information, call Jeri Higgins for registration at 928-282-2202 or email registrar@verderiver.org; or call Event Coordinator Laura Jones at 928-451-6860 or email lauraj@verderiver.org.

Through April 3

Cottonwood library’s friends group offers scholarship

COTTONWOOD — Friends of the Cottonwood Library will offer a $1,000 scholarship to be awarded to a college or technical school bound student.

Applications are available at friendsofctwazlibrary.org or at the Cottonwood Public Library, 100 S. 6th St.

Deadline for applications is April 3.

Thursdays, through March 5

Free Healthy Basics cooking classes at Northern Arizona Healthcare

COTTONWOOD — Northern Arizona Healthcare’s healthy basics cooking classes are here to help kick-start a healthy new lifestyle in 2020.

This six-week series is free to community members. The next class is from noon until 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, at Verde Valley Medical Center, 269 S. Candy Lane in Cottonwood, Conference Room B.

Healthy basics classes help participants understand the value of choosing economical, plant-based foods that mean savings on grocery and medical bills.

Eating a nutritious diet can greatly reduce risk of chronic non-communicable diseases and protect against heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Each one-hour class includes information about how certain foods and nutrients work to promote health, along with a live cooking demonstration highlighting simple and nutritious recipes that anyone can easily recreate at home. All classes end with sampling the flavorful dishes prepared.

Local culinary instructor Chris Kalinich will facilitate. Kalinich is a certified Food for Life instructor with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

Classes are held weekly on Thursdays from Jan. 30 through March 5. For more information or to register for classes, call 928-214-2877.

Sundays in February

Clergy Letter Project

CLARKDALE — The popular and thought-provoking series of programs for the Science and Religion Lecture Series, part of the Clergy Letter Project, will take place on each of Sundays in February at 2:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary, 330 Scenic, Clarkdale.

Guest speakers for the series are as follows:

-Feb. 16, Samantha Gorney, deputy director of education, Lowell Observatory

-Feb. 23, Georgia Braithwaite, Spirit of Joy Church member and botanist

Lectures are free. Refreshments in the Fellowship Hall will follow each program. Call 928-634-4102 for more information.

Feb. 16, 23

Science, religion lectures at Spirit of Joy

CAMP VERDE — Spirit of Joy Church’s science and religion series will continue at 2:30 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 16 and 23, at 330 Scenic Dr. in Clarkdale.

Ken Zoll, executive director of the Verde Valley Archeological Society, will talk about ancient Native American astronomical practices.

On Feb. 16 Samantha Gorney of Lowell Observatory will present: We are the same, only different. On Feb. 23, Georgia Braithwaite, botanist, will present: Influence of religious scholars on botany and medicine.

For more information, call 928-634-4102. Refreshments follow each lecture.

Through April 14

AARP Tax-Aide Services

CAMP VERDE — Come to Camp Verde Community Library’s Founders Room from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesdays through April 14 for no-cost tax preparation and e-filing services for taxpayers of all ages by AARP Tax-Aide IRS-certified volunteers.

You need to bring the following items to help you prepare your tax return: previous year’s tax return; social security cards and/or ITIN notices/cards or other official documentation that show the taxpayer identification numbers for every individual on your return; government-issued photo ID for each taxpayer; checking or savings account information if you want to direct deposit any refund or direct debit any amounts due; Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) for each individual if applicable; income documents such as W-2 1099; deduction documents if doing itemized deductions, and 1095-A forms if you purchased insurance through the Marketplace (Exchange). Other forms may be necessary depending on your situation.

Camp Verde Community Library is located just off of Montezuma Castle Highway at 130 Black Bridge Road.

For more information, visit the library’s website at cvlibrary.org or call 928-554-8380.

Feb. 14

Parkinson Disease & Sleep: Sometimes It’s a Midnight Madness

COTTONWOOD — Learn how Parkinson disease affects your sleep at the Feb. 14 meeting of the Verde Valley Parkinson Support Group, from 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. in Conference Room B at Verde Valley Medical Center, 269 S. Candy Lane, Cottonwood.

View a video discussion, then discuss various experiences and solutions with sleep challenges. Meetings are always open to the public. Topics range from specific information about various symptoms to discussions of health and lifestyle choices.

Individuals with Parkinson disease, their family, care partners, and friends are always invited to attend the Verde Valley Parkinson Support Group monthly meetings.

The group meets the second Friday of every month. For more information, or to receive the group's monthly notices via email, call Judy Talley at 928-202-7952 or email Judy@PMDAlliance.org.

Feb. 14

Help with housing and more

CAMP VERDE — At 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14, Camp Verde Community Library, 130 Black Bridge Road, hosts Help with Housing and More where you can meet one-to-one with knowledgeable representatives from area agencies to get help with housing, healthcare, food, employment assistance, birth certificates and other important documents.

A partnership with Yavapai Outreach, representatives from the Coalition for Compassion and Justice, U.S.VETS, Veterans Affairs, Catholic Charities, Stepping Stones, Goodwill, Veterans Resource Center and other agencies play a role in Help with Housing and More, whose mission is to end homelessness in Yavapai County.

These representatives work together to help you navigate community resources and get the help you need.

This service will also continue on March 13 and April 10.

For more information, visit cvlibrary.org or call 928-554-8380.

Feb. 14

Lovers Day at The Muse Gallery

COTTONWOOD — From 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 at The Muse Gallery in Old Town Cottonwood, a night of art, food, wine, and reading on Love – on Valentine’s Day

While top Arizona winemaker Sam Pillsbury pours his decadent wines, nibble through delights from vegan to meat lovers’ options, plus Gayle's Chocolates, all while being surrounded by fine art displays, hearing readings on love, and other entertaining surprises. Adults Only.

Email Annabel Sclippa for more information at art@the-muse-gallery.com or visit the-muse-gallery.com. The Muse Gallery is at 735 N. Main St.

Feb. 14

Singing valentines are back

Harmony on the Rocks, Sedona’s chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, brings singing valentines to Sedona and the Verde Valley again this year.

What better way to make this Valentine’s Day memorable and sweet for special someone?

Barbershop quartets from Harmony on the Rocks – HOTR – will be available from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 to deliver singing valentines in person to lucky sweethearts – at home, in the office, or at a favorite restaurant.

In addition to the serenade, your special person will receive a beautiful, long-stemmed red rose and a hand-made Valentine card with your personal message. What a wonderful way to leave your special someone speechless.

Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis and will be accepted through Thursday, Feb. 13. The Singing Valentine package is $40. For more information, and to make your reservation, call 928-203-1156, or e-mail curtis.hinsley@nau.edu.

The Barbershop Harmony Society is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization.

Feb. 15

Sonoran Dogs at Performing Arts Center

The Phillip England Center for the Performing Arts Foundation will host Tucson-based bluegrass band the Sonoran Dogs for a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Phillip England Center for the Performing Arts, 210 Camp Lincoln Road, in Camp Verde.

Formed in 2011, The Sonoran Dogs have performed and headlined many festivals and concert venues in the southwestern United States. The band has also toured Australia. The Sonoran Dogs play with expertise, often improvising and showcasing original songs, traditional and contemporary music as well as an eclectic mix of Bluegrass, Folk, Americana, Celtic, and Newgrass.

The Phillip England Center for the Performing Arts Foundation is a non-profit performing arts organization whose mission is to present culturally diverse arts programming.

For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit pecpaf.com. Tickets for children and students are always free.

Feb. 15

Just Desserts perform at Cottonwood Contra Dance

COTTONWOOD — The next Cottonwood Contra Dance will be Saturday, Feb. 15 and will feature the Flagstaff band, Just Desserts, with calling by Kari Usher.

Come to the Clemenceau gymnasium, 1 N. Willard St. in Cottonwood, at 6:30 p.m. to learn basic moves, then dance until 10 p.m.

You don’t need a partner or experience — all dances are taught and called. If you can walk, you can contra. Donation is $10 for dancers, $7 for students. All Cottonwood-Oak Creek students are free with a paid adult.

Contra dance has some similarities to square dancing, as well as English and Scottish folk dancing. You can see examples on YouTube. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes that you can move in. Bring a snack to share if possible.

The dance is sponsored by the Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music. For more information, call 928-634-0486 or email sandy@ringsforever.com.

Feb. 15

So … Is This A Date?

COTTONWOOD — Yavapai College Performing Arts’ Verde Valley Series will present ‘So … Is This A Date?’, a funny musical look at the terrors of dating in the digital age, Saturday night, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Old Town Center for the Arts in Cottonwood.

Created by its New York-based performers, soprano Carmen Cancél and pianist/singer Jean Sophie Kim, So … Is This a Date? is a musical call for the return of old-fashioned romance.

Cancél is a critically acclaimed operatic soprano, known locally for her appearances in Handel’s Messiah and Let the Season Begin.

Here, she and Kim – a gifted pianist, vocalist and solo performer – turn their considerable talents to more contemporary fare.

Yavapai College Performing Arts’ Verde Valley Series is designed to share the widest variety of touring musicians and artists with audiences across Yavapai County. Now in its fourth season, the series has presented singers, dancers, orchestras, solo musicians and acrobats in a range of venues all over the Verde Valley.

The next, and final event of this Verde Valley season will be The World-Famous Glen Miller Orchestra, playing at the Sedona Performing Arts Center on Friday, March 6.

Tickets for So … Is This A Date? are from $20-$25. The Old Town Center for the Arts is at 633 N. Fifth St., in Cottonwood.

For reservations and more information, call 928-634.0940 or visit oldtowncenter.org.

Feb. 15

Stop bullying workshop Feb. 15 in VOC

Get involved in the stop bullying movement by attending a free workshop in the Village of Oak Creek in Sedona Feb. 15, 11 a.m.

The workshop is completely free and will be hosted at Raven’s Call Healing Center at 25 Bell Rock Plaza Suite A, Sedona.

Donations are welcome. For questions, call 928-254-1879.

Learn the signs and signals of bullying from Anke Otto-Wolf, an expert in the child education field with more than 30 years of education and hands-on experience.

In this workshop, Anke will present unique, essential tools to stop bullying, and how parents, grandparents, and teachers as well, can learn to create fear-free surroundings for their children.

Participants will also learn about Anke’s non-profit foundation which focuses solely on offering the specific Toley Ranz Stop Bullying project to schools and families.

The staggering facts and figures of the bullying epidemic call for action.

February is “International STAND UP to Bullying” month. This global initiative is represented on a local level by this workshop on Feb. 15.

Feb. 15

Fruit tree pruning demonstrations

CAMP VERDE — It’s fruit tree pruning season and the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Yavapai County is offering two free deciduous fruit tree pruning demonstrations conducted by Extension Agent Jeff Schalau.

Come and learn why, when, and how to prune your backyard fruit trees. Demonstrations will cover apples, pears, plums, peaches, nectarines, cherries, and more. Fertilization, irrigation and fruit thinning will also be discussed.

Two pruning demonstrations are scheduled. The first will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday Feb. 15 at the Marmaduke Orchard, 3435 S. Silver Road, Camp Verde. It is not necessary to register – just come and learn.

Maps and directions to these workshops are available on the Yavapai County Cooperative Extension web site: cals.arizona.edu/yavapai/pruning/.

Signs will be posted prior to the workshops to help participants find the locations. Follow Extension Agent, Jeff Schalau on Twitter (@jeffschalau) for timely information such as cancellations due to inclement weather.

Feb. 15

Oak Creek Apples

SEDONA — Instead of its monthly meeting, the Oak Creek Apples Macintosh Users Group will hold an informal social gathering at 9 a.m. Feb. 15 at the Golden Goose Restaurant, 2545 W. State Route 89A, in Sedona.

At this gathering, there will not be any planned coverage nor Q&A about technical issues related to Apple products. Attendees will have the opportunity to order from the restaurant menu and self-pay. Anyone with a fondness for Apple computers and/or the users group is welcome.

The group will also not meet in March. The next regular meeting will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 18 at the Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road.

The Oak Creek Apples Macintosh Users Group is an educational institution for the public on the use of Apple computers and other iOS devices, including maintenance, security, and software applications. Oak Creek Apples Macintosh Users Group is a 501 (c) (3) organization, donations are tax deductible. Membership in the Oak Creek Apples group is open to anyone. For more information, ask at the meeting greeting table.

Saturday, Feb. 15

Steak dinner at American Legion Post #25

COTTONWOOD — American Legion Post #25 will hold its monthly steak dinner at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 at 480 S. Calvary Way in Cottonwood.

Meal includes a 14 oz. hand-cut ribeye steak with baked potato, green beans and dessert. Cost is $18.00. First responders’ meals at a discounted cost. First responders on duty that evening, meal free. Open to the public.

Call Gary Wilharm at 928-300-2242 for more information.

Saturday, Feb. 15

Verde Village highway cleanup

VERDE VILLAGE — The Verde Village Property Owners Association will complete its quarterly State Route 260 cleanup on Saturday, Feb. 15, starting at 8 a.m.

A group will start at the Hillside Community Church, across SR 260 from the fire station. Its two-mile section of the highway runs from mile markers 207 to 209.

The VVPOA provides nail sticks and grabbers. The Arizona Department of Transportation provides bags and safety vests.

It’s recommended volunteers wear long sleeves and pants and bring gloves (some of the vegetation is not friendly) and their own water.

Sunday, Feb. 16

Performing Arts Center hosts Linda Ronstadt tributes

CAMP VERDE — On Sunday, Feb. 16, the Phillip England Center for the Performing Arts Foundation will host a tribute to Arizona-native Linda Ronstadt with a concert by the Big Zephyr Band at 3 p.m. and the documentary film Sound of My Voice at 6 p.m. at the Phillip England Center for the Performing Arts, 210 Camp Lincoln Road, Camp Verde.

Blue Bayou is the title of The Big Zephyr Band’s tribute to the music of Linda Ronstadt and the Eagles. The band is headed by Bill Babin who began playing drums in the early sixties. In 1974, Bill moved to Tucson for graduate school and left drumming behind.

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, was the winner of the 2019 Best Music Documentary of the Critic’s Choice Documentary Awards. Since bursting onto the music scene in 1967, Ronstadt’s vocal range and ambition created unforgettable songs across rock, pop, country, folk ballads, American standards, classic Mexican music and soul.

Tickets for the concert and the documentary are sold separate. Visit pecpaf.com for tickets or for more information. Tickets for children and students are always free. Tickets will also be available at the door.

The Phillip England Center for the Performing Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports the Phillip England Center for the Performing Arts.

Tuesday, Feb. 18

Climate Change: What’s gender got to do with it?

COTTONWOOD — Tuesday, Feb. 18, learn how women will lead us to a more sustainable future.

Frances Julia Riemer, Ph.D., will present Climate Change: What’s gender got to do with it? This special discussion will be held at Red Rooster Cafe, 901 N. Main St.

Riemer will look at change and issues of equity and access, gender, development and sustainable communities, and cultural difference and the social organization of community, school, and workplace.

A professor of educational foundations and associate faculty/former director of women’s and gender studies at Northern Arizona University, Riemer is author of Working at the Margins: Moving off Welfare in America, as well as other text chapters and journal articles.

Social Hour is from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m. Riemer will begin her presentation at 5 p.m.

For more information, call Kat Ginzel at 928-699-3417.

Third Tuesdays beginning Feb. 18

Sign language class offered at Cottonwood library

COTTONWOOD — The Cottonwood Public Library will offer a free beginners class in American Sign Language for patrons ages 11 to 18 from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m. Feb. 18.

The class which is held on the third Tuesday of the month, will be in the upstairs study room of the teen zone.

American Sign Language – ASL – is a natural language that serves as the predominant sign language of deaf communities. The purpose of the class is to learn how to communicate with the deaf, as well as each other. If the program is successful, the program could be offered to adults and younger patrons.

The Cottonwood Library is located at 100 S. 6th St. and is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday, from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday.

For more information on upcoming teen programing, contact teen librarian specialist Jan Marc Quisumbing at jquisumbing@cottownoodaz.gov.

Feb. 19

Secret life of Howard Hughes

CAMP VERDE — At 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, Mark Musick will talk about his book: Boxes: The Secret Life of Howard Hughes.

Musick will talk about his book at the Camp Verde Community Library, 130 Black Bridge Road.

After eight years of extensive research, the book was published as a true story of intrigue and mystery that rewrites history.

The mystery is unveiled as Eva McLelland, Howard’s wife for 31 years, reveals intricate details of the life she shared with Hughes and his continued dealing in government affairs.

Married in Panama on May 13, 1970, McLelland realized there was extreme mystery in her new husband’s existence. But several years passed before she learned that she was married to Hughes.

Even with Hughes’ idiosyncrasies, McLelland was loyal to the end, as she preserved his secret while living a semi-nomadic existence.

The publication of the first edition lead to new pictures, evidence, and information. The second edition was released in 2016. The book will be available for purchase by the Friends of Camp Verde Library.

For more information, visit cvlibrary.org or call 928-554-8380.

Feb. 20

Verde Valley Weavers and Spinners Guild

SEDONA — The Verde Valley Weavers and Spinners Guild meets the third Thursday of every month at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church 100 Arroyo Pinon Dr. in West Sedona. The next meeting is Thursday, Feb. 20. Felting Fiber Artist Patty Barker will be the presenter.

Barker Is the Arizona Federation of Weavers and Spinners 2020 traveling artist. She will be visiting guilds throughout the state in February and we were fortunate to get some time with her. She will be speaking to us about her inspiration and felting process.

Coffee social is at 9:30 a.m., program is at 10 a.m., and then at 11 a.m., it’s the business meeting and the show and tell.

Feb. 20

Oxfam Hunger Banquet at Verde Valley School

SEDONA — A night of dinner, discussion and performance, Verde Valley School’s annual hunger banquet shouldn’t be missed.

The event is Thursday, Feb. 20 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the school’s Brady Hall, 3511 Verde Valley School Road in Sedona.

During this interactive dinner, the school’s theater students perform vignettes that touch on some of the issues that contribute to poverty and hunger worldwide, such as natural disasters, armed conflict, migration and lack of access to education.

Now in its 11th year, 100% of the proceeds of the hunger banquet are used to fight local hunger and provide educational opportunities for girls in Malawi, Africa, where VVS students work each summer.

There are more than $5,000 in raffle prizes from generous local businesses. You do not need to be present to win.

Funds raised through this event have allowed Verde Valley School to distribute more than 8600 weekend meal packs to food insecure children in local elementary schools, pack 20,000 meals for the Tewa and Hopi tribes, provide secondary school tuition for 220 girls in Malawi and provide 600 menstrual hygiene kits to Malawian girls to help them stay in school.

Tickets are $15 each, raffle tickets are $5 each or $20 for five tickets. Tickets are on sale at Clark's Market, Oak Creek Espresso and Starbucks on the weekends, and can be purchased online at tinyurl.com/hungerbanquet2020.

For more information, call Caroline Diehl at 928-231-0086 or email carolined@vvsaz.org.

Friday, Feb. 21

'For the love of turquoise’

CLARKDALE — The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Arizona Humanities Council present Carrie Cannon whose topic is, “For the Love of Turquoise.” This free community event is open to the public and takes place Friday, Feb. 21, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Room M-137, on the Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus, 601 Black Hills Drive, Clarkdale.

Turquoise has a long standing tradition amongst Native cultures of the Southwest, holding special significance and profound meanings to specific individual tribes.

Even before the more contemporary tradition of combining silver with turquoise, cultures throughout the southwest used turquoise in necklaces, earrings, mosaics, fetishes, medicine pouches, and made bracelets of basketry stems lacquered with piñon resin and inlaid turquoise.

Found on six continents across the world, turquoise forms in arid regions through the process of water seeping through rock and interacting with copper, aluminum, and iron deposits. In the southwest, used decoratively for millennia, this iconic art form has a compelling story all its own

This talk explores a long tradition of distinctive cultural styles, history, and transition of this wondrous stone.

Cannon is a member of the Kiowa tribe of Oklahoma and is also of Oglala Lakota descent.

For information about OLLI at Sedona/Verde Valley, call 928-649-4275, email ollisv@yc.edu or visit yc.edu/ollisedonaverde.

Friday, Feb. 21

Volunteer game day in Clarkdale

CLARKDALE — The Town of Clarkdale volunteers would like to invite all volunteers in the Verde Valley to Volunteer Game Day, Friday, Feb. 21, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Clark Memorial Clubhouse Ladies Lounge, 39 N. Ninth St, Clarkdale.

Volunteers of all stripes are welcome to bring a game or snack to share, or nothing at all.

This is an opportunity to mix and mingle with like-minded individuals from your community. Volunteer Game Day is a free event sponsored by the Town of Clarkdale Parks & Recreation Department and those who volunteer. View the Town website www.clarkdale.az.gov for current event details.

RSVP to the Parks & Recreation Department at 928-639-2460 or parks.rec@clarkdale.az.gov.

Saturday. Feb. 22

Explore Baha’i Faith teachings

COTTONWOOD — The Baha’i Faith has often been called the scientific religion. Baha’is believe that a religion which does not conform with the postulates of science is merely superstition.

For Baha’is, science and religion go hand in hand, and should exist in complete harmony with each other.

The Cottonwood Bahá'í community will host the essential harmony of science and religion from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Cottonwood Public Library, 100 S. 6th St.

This meeting is free to the public. Sponsored by the Cottonwood Bahá'í community.

For more information, call 928-274-6289 or email cottonwoodbahais@gmail.com.

Saturday. Feb. 22

Adult volleyball deadline is Feb. 22

COTTONWOOD — Registration for the coed 2020 City of Cottonwood Parks & Recreation Adult Volleyball League ends Saturday, Feb. 22.

League play will begin in early March at the Cottonwood Recreation Center. The “A” League teams will play on Monday and Wednesday evenings, and “B” League teams will play on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

The team sponsorship fee is $325. There are no players’ fees this season.

Team captains can register a team at the Cottonwood Recreation Center.

If you don’t have a team, sign up on the “wants to play” list and teams looking for additional players can contact you.

Sunday, Feb. 23

Blazin’ for Books is fundraiser for Imagination Library

COTTONWOOD —Blazin’ for Books is a fundraiser for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in the Verde Valley, to be held Feb. 23, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Blazin’ M Ranch, 1875 Mabery Ranch Rd, Cottonwood.

Tickets are $50 per person and include a chuckwagon dinner, special entertainment, raffle, silent and live auctions, and more. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Verde Valley Imagination Library.

Tickets are now available at vvilbooks.com or by contacting Jennette Bill at 928-301-1363 or JLBill@outlook.com.

Each month, 2000 Verde Valley children ages 0 to 5 receive a free age-appropriate book labeled with their names, mailed directly to their home. The program costs $30 per child, per year for 12 quality books chosen by an advisory panel of educators.

VVIL is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. To register a child in the program, visit vvilbooks.com.

Sunday, Feb. 24

Talking circle

SEDONA — The Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley will host a talking circle as an experiential Mental Health Monday program from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24 at Yavapai College Sedona Center, 4215 Arts Village Drive.

The program is free and open to the public and is a partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Recognizing science-based research that human connection is important to physical, mental and emotional health, and inspired by our community's call for more relationship and connection, attendees will come together in a circle to see and hear each other.

The Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley is an all-volunteer non-profit formed in 2013 to raise the level of dialogue surrounding mental health and to build support for families and individuals challenged by mental health issues through education, advocacy, community conversations and support services.

For more information, email blitrell@aol.com or call 300-5839.

Monday, Feb. 24

Toastmasters open house

COTTONWOOD —The Cottonwood Toastmasters Club invites the public to attend an open-house event Monday, Feb. 24, 12:00-1:00 PM, at Cottonwood Village, 201 E. Mingus Ave., Cottonwood.

Attendees will observe Toastmasters members develop self-confidence as they learn to express themselves clearly and smoothly. Members become comfortable communicating, developing leadership skills, and leaving a good impression on others.

Meetings provide a warm, non-judgmental environment in which members and guests receive positive feedback if they choose to speak.

To RSVP and for more information, contact Sharon Sherman at 773-769-7435. Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, Feb. 25

Economic development hacks

SEDONA — Economic Development hacks will be the topic at the Arizona Association for Economic Development’s February Northern Arizona Symposium.

The symposium will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 at Yavapai College’s Sedona Center, 4215 Arts Village Dr. room SED-34.

Experts will share clever and innovative hacks to save organization or community funds while allowing for expansion of programming. The focus of the symposium will be on how to find entrepreneurs, build your team and promote your community on a limited budget.

Sedona Mayor Sandy Moriarty will also provide an economic overview of Sedona.

The cost of the symposium is $55 for AAED members and $65 for non-members if registered by noon on Feb. 18. Late registration is $70. To register or for more information, call 602-240-2233 or visit aaed.com. Vegetarian meals must be requested in advance.

AAED, founded in 1974, has a mission to serve as Arizona’s unified voice advocating for responsible economic development through an effective program of professional education, public policy, and collaboration.

Tuesday, Feb. 25

Brain Time, Cottonwood Library

COTTONWOOD — A free parenting workshop — “Brain Time: Bonding with your 0-3-year-old” is set for 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 25, Cottonwood Public Library, 100 S. 6th St. Cottonwood.

Brain Time is a fun, interactive setting where parent/caregiver and child learn together. This workshop is taught in three sessions and follows a basic library-style 'story time' format, but includes one-on-one time for the parent/caregiver and child to work and play together.

Brain Time utilizes Carrington Brain Research's patented Brain Box learning system. Help prepare your child's brain for school. This includes free children's book and materials.

Register by calling 928-443-1991, ext. 2040 or FESSYavapai@ArizonasChildren.org.

Or visit arizonaschildren.evanced.info/signup.

Tuesday, Feb. 25

Clarkdale-Jerome kindergarten enrollment, open house

CLARKDALE — Kindergarten enrollment is now open at Clarkdale-Jerome School, 1615 Main St. in Clarkdale.

Clarkdale-Jerome offers a full-day kindergarten program with art, music, physical education, and field trips for all students.

School counselor and resource officer on site.

Also, Clarkdale-Jerome is a Capturing Kids Hearts school.

To register your child, bring birth certificate, immunization records and proof of residency. Out-of-district students are accepted.

For more information, call 928-634-5035.

Clarkdale-Jerome School will hold its open house from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25.

Tuesday, Feb. 25

‘How to write memoirs’ at Clark Library

CLARKDALE — We all have stories to tell. Learn about memoir writing from author, book coach, mentor, performance poet and visionary artist Elizabeth Martins Bishop, Ph.D. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2019, 1:30 p.m., at Clark Memorial Library, 39 N. Ninth St. in the Clarkdale Town Center.

Bishop takes the mystery out of memoir writing by sharing her process for telling your own story. She has written and published books of poetry, prose and memoir.

Light refreshments will be provided by Friends of Clark Memorial Library.

Call the library at 928-634-5423 to RSVP. Go to friendsofcml.org for more information.

Wednesday, Feb. 26

How gilded and red-shafted flickers respond to their own voice

SEDONA — Learn how gilded and red-shafted flickers respond to their own voice. Join us at the Sedona Public Library on Wednesday, Feb. 26 as Becky Lausch, a PhD student at Northern Arizona University, talks about her research on the differences in flicker species here in Arizona.

You’ll hear how the birds respond to voice playbacks in areas where the two woodpeckers should be completely separated and in areas of potential overlap.

You’ll learn a whole lot about flickers in this scientific talk. Sedona Public Library is at 3250 White Bear Road. Join us at 5:30 p.m. for social time, the program begins at 6 p.m.

For more information, visit northernarizonaaudubon.org or email nancearmstrong@gmail.com.

Wednesday, Feb. 26

Learn how to grow herbs, create spicy blends

SEDONA — The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, in conjunction with Sedona the Public Library, present “Spice It Up.” The Yavapai County Extension Program Coordinator, along with trained chef Aimee Novak and a master gardener, collaborate to provide a free food demonstration about fresh herbs and spices, Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Si Birch Community Room of the Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona.

During the 90-minute presentation, Novak will demonstrate tips and tricks for creating customized spice blends, the use of herb sachets for seasoning and how spices enhance the flavor of food.

The master gardener will present ideas and information about growing edible herbs in the home garden.

Feb. 27

Garrison, Bateman talk upcoming legislative session

CLARKDALE — At 12:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s Brown Bag Brain Buzz will host Yavapai County District 3 Supervisor Randy Garrison and Brandi Bateman, executive assistant to Garrison, as they talk about the upcoming legislative session, as well as Yavapai County proposals including taxation and other initiatives.

Garrison and Bateman's presentation will address the upcoming legislative session, in particular legislative policies proposed by the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors.

These proposals include regulation on short term rentals, Title 36, a bed tax for the incorporated in the counties, and property tax exemptions for seniors and the disabled. Garrison and Bateman will also answer questions regarding Verde Valley projects.

Garrison, a fifth-generation son of Verde Valley pioneers, currently serving on seven boards and committees and has served on 13 others including Cottonwood City Council.

Also a long-time Verde Valley resident, Bateman is on the Beaver Creek School and Copper Canyon Fire boards, and is president of the Clarkdale-Verde Kiwanis.

Bring your brown bag or purchase lunch at the snack bar at Yavapai College Verde campus, 601 Black Hills Dr. in Clarkdale on Thursday, Feb. 27. The meeting will be held in Room G-106 and is sponsored by Yavapai College.

For information about Osher Lifelong Learning Institute – OLLI at Sedona/Verde Valley, call Linda Shook, associate dean Sedona Center and OLLI director Sedona/Verde Valley, at 928-649-4275 or email ollisv@yc.edu.

Or visit yc.edu/ollisedonaverde.

Feb. 27

Trails public meeting

CAMP VERDE — Help the town of Camp Verde create an urban upland trails plan and discuss trails on nearby U.S. Forest Service lands.

From 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 at Camp Verde Middle School’s cafeteria, help provide input on new trail connections, trailheads and future trail system. Camp Verde Middle School is at 370 Camp Lincoln Road. Can’t attend the meeting? Comment at surveymonkey.com/r/CampVerdeTrails.

Friday-Sunday, Feb. 28-March 1

Clarkdale Rocks Gem & Mineral Show

CLARKDALE — The next semi-annual Clarkdale Rocks Gem & Mineral Show and Sale is set to take place Feb. 28 through March 1.

The Mingus Gem & Mineral Club will host the event at the Clark Memorial Clubhouse Auditorium, 19 N. Ninth St., Clarkdale.

On Feb. 28-29, the show will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday, March 1, the show hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no charge for admission.

Dealers, wire-wrapping and geode-splitting demonstrations, agates, fossils, gems, beads, findings, cabochons, crystals, geodes, rock slabs, tumble-polished minerals, handcrafted jewelry, carvings and unique gift items will be available. There will be a “Kids' Corner,” offering free mineral specimens for children 12 and under, and children can play the Spin-n-Win Wheel.

Get your mineral specimens identified while experiencing great family fun for everyone from youths to seniors.

Daily raffles will be held for a chance to win one of many beautiful prizes to be offered throughout the show.

Contact Bill Hedglin for information at billkarin3@q.com or 928-634-0269 or Mike Kavanagh at kavanagh1368@yahoo.com or 928-451-9193. Also, visit the club website for information at mingusgem.club.

Feb. 28

Sedona Beer Co. hosts monthly Drink and Draw

SEDONA — The Uptown Drink and Draw, a new free art event hosted by Sedona cartoonist Jan Marc “The Janimal" Quisumbing, will be held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 at Sedona Beer Co.

The event serves as a way for amateur, casual and professional artists of all media to come together to network, catch up and draw in a fun, family friendly environment.

Attendees are invited to bring their own supplies to draw with, but there will be paper, pencil and markers available.

Follow Instagram with the hashtags #UPTWNDD and #uptowndrinkanddraw to see what’s created.

The drink and draw is typically held on the last Friday of the month. Kitchen service ends at 8 p.m. Quisumbing recommends calling an hour before drink and draw start to make sure it’s happening because of the brewery’s popularity with locals and tourists.

Sedona Beer Co. is at 465 Jordan Road in Uptown Sedona. Call 928-862-4148 for more information or email Jan Marc Quisumbing, president of the Northern Arizona Cartoonist Association, at holla@thejanimal.com for more information.

Feb. 24-28

Read Across America

COTTONWOOD — Dr. Daniel Bright School will celebrate Read Across America the week of Feb. 24-28.

On the Greens Seniors will read to students throughout the week. There will also be a door decorating contest, the public library will be set up Friday morning, and Starbucks will donate coffee and tea for the green eggs and ham breakfast on the morning of Feb. 28, and local real estate agents will also read to children.

Thursday, Feb. 27

Deadline for river outfitters is Feb. 27

CLARKDALE — The Town of Clarkdale is accepting applications from outfitters who are interested in becoming permitted to operate commercially on the Verde River from Clarkdale in 2020.

Applications from interested outfitters are due by Thursday, Feb. 27 at noon.

Interested outfitters should be willing to provide safe and enjoyable commercial recreational opportunities to visitors and residents on the Verde River along the Clarkdale stretch that runs from Lower TAPCO River Access Point to the Tuzi River Access point locations.

Beyond the recreational aspect of river-running, the town expects outfitters to promote protecting, preserving and restoring the Verde River and its habitat at all times.

The 2020 outfitter applications are available on the Town of Clarkdale’s website, clarkdale.az.gov, under the “Verde River @ Clarkdale” link.

Questions can be answered by the Clarkdale Parks and Recreation Department, 928-639-2460 or parks.rec@clarkdale.az.gov.

March 6

Stay Healthy youth essay contest

The theme for this year’s MATForce youth essay contest is “Stay Healthy.” The contest is open to all high school students in Yavapai County.

Entrants are invited to write an essay 750 words or less that answers one of the following questions:

  1. If you were the president of the United States, what would you do to solve our country’s drug epidemic and encourage people to #StayHealthy?

  2. How does social media influence your thoughts and opinions on using drugs and alcohol? What do you wish was different in social media? How could you use social media to #StayHealthy?

  3. How do your peers affect you and your decision to use or not to use drugs? How do you effectively deal with peer pressure to #StayHealthy?

  4. What would you tell your 10-year-old self to better prepare yourself for high school and how to #StayHealthy through the challenges of life?

The first place entry will win $500, second place $300, third place $100 and honorable mentions will win $50. Deadline to enter the contest is Friday, March 6. For guidelines and contest rules, visit matforce.org.

MATForce is a coalition of community members who work together to reduce substance abuse in Yavapai County. The primary focus of the coalition is to prevent youth from ever beginning to use drugs and or alcohol.

Thursdays, March 5 through May 7

Juvenile Court Institute

CAMP VERDE — Juvenile Court Institute is a free 10-week community educational opportunity to explore the inside of the juvenile justice court system and to discover effective ways to make a difference in the lives of our youth.

The Spring Juvenile Court Institute classes run from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursdays from March 5 through May 7.

Anyone interested in attending these class sessions will need to complete the Juvenile Court Institute application. For more information, please contact Diana Berra, volunteer coordinator, at 928-771-3156 and register today.

Classes are free to all in the community and will be held at the Yavapai County Superior Court, 2840 N. Commonwealth Dr. in Camp Verde.

March 5

Speculations on artificial intelligence

CLARKDALE — Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s Brown Bag Brain Buzz will host Jayana Clerk, “Speculations on Artificial Intelligence, from 12:45 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. Thursday, March 5 in Room G-106 at Yavapai College’s Verde Valley campus, 601 Black Hills Drive in Clarkdale.

Clerk taught world literature and world religions at The City University of New York. In her teachings, Clerk emphasized the emerging global reality.

Clerk earned her Doctorate at Columbia University in New York, where she specialized in literature, religions, and international studies. Her earlier degrees were in English Literature from the University of London and from India.

Bring your brown bag or purchase lunch at the snack bar and join us at this free lunchtime forum, sponsored by Yavapai College.

For information about Osher Lifelong Learning Institute – OLLI at Sedona/Verde Valley, call Linda Shook, associate dean Sedona Center and OLLI director Sedona/Verde Valley, at 928-649-4275 or email ollisv@yc.edu.

Or visit yc.edu/ollisedonaverde.

March 6

Mysteries at Clarkdale Museum

CLARKDALE — Delve into the secret stories of selected artifacts in First Friday in their own words living history presentation sponsored by the Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum at 10 a.m. March 6.

However fascinating, an object can provide only a piece of the puzzle that makes up its story. A local Clarkdale historian will fill in the missing parts that paint the whole picture. As time permits, tales will be told of a receipt book from the Club Aeronatico Hispaño, a steel ingot sourced from the slag pile for the proposed Clarkdale Steel Mill in the 1960s, branding irons from the Clarkdale Dairy, a badge from the 1916 Clarkdale Volunteer Fire Department and an ice pick from the Clarkdale Ice Company.

First Friday is a monthly event that meets in the Clark Memorial Clubhouse, 19 N. 9th St. in Clarkdale. There is no charge, although donations are always welcome.

For more information, visit ClarkdaleMuseum.org. Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday, hours vary.

March 7

Camp Verde announces spring Phoenix Rising trip

CAMP VERDE — Camp Verde Parks and Recreation will offer a bus trip to see the Phoenix Rising against the Portland Timbers 2 on Saturday, March 7.

The home opener will be played at the Casino Arizona Field in Scottsdale. Both teams are part of the United Soccer League.

The bus will leave the Camp Verde Community Center Gym, 51 E. Hollamon St., at 5 p.m. and will return after the game. Tickets are $36 for adults (ages 18 and older) and $34 for youth (ages 17 and younger). Tickets are greatly discounted. Camp Verde’s bus can accommodate as many as 40 people on this trip.

Register on-line at campverde.sportsites.com/player or the click the blue “Book Now” link on Town of Camp Verde Parks and Recreation Facebook page, or find a link on our homepage at campverde.az.gov.

Register early to guarantee your spot. Registration deadline is March 1.

Camp Verde Parks and Recreation is at 395 S. Main St. Email parks@campverde.az.gov or call 928-554-0827 for more information or reservations.

March 9

Important Clarkdale election cycle dates

CLARKDALE — The Town of Clarkdale will hold mayoral and council elections in 2020 and some important dates in the process have been announced. In order to be on the Aug. 4, 2020 primary election ballot, completed packets and petitions must be filed with Town Clerk Mary Ellen Dunn between 8 a.m. Monday, March 9, and 5 p.m., Friday, April 6.

Candidate petitions must have a minimum of 40 signatures and not more than 80. A canvass of the Aug. 4 election results will determine if the Nov. 3 general election for local candidates will be required.

The voter registration deadlines are July 6 for the primaries and Oct. 5 for the general election.

Seats available on the Aug. 4 primary ballot are the four-year term mayoral seat, held by Doug Von Gausig, the four-year council seats held by Richard Dehnert and Scott Buckley and the two-year council seat currently held by Debbie Hunseder.

This year, each potential candidate must first file a statement of interest prior to receiving candidate nomination packet. Statements of interest and packets are available at the clerk’s office, 39 N. Ninth Street, at the Town Hall complex, or on the website clarkdale.az.gov.

Nomination packets are available Monday through Thursday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and Friday between 8 a.m. and noon. The town clerk’s office can be contacted at 928-639-2453 for additional information.

March 13-15

Cottonwood Gem, Mineral, Jewelry and Wellness Festival

COTTONWOOD — The annual Cottonwood Gem, Mineral, Jewelry and Wellness Festival will be held at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds, 800 Cherry St. in Cottonwood, March 13-15.

On Friday and Saturday, the show will be open to the public from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., on Sunday show hours are from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission is free.

From near and far, vendors will sell crystals, beads, fossils, meteorites, metaphysical items and jewelry.

Also, the Made in Clarkdale art show will take place in the art building at the fairgrounds on March 14. Admission to this event is free.

Food will be available. This is a fun and educational community event the entire family will enjoy. For more information, call Charlie Macias at 619-920-0464 or visit karmicbeadsandgems.rocks.

March 14

Free VIN etching at Camp Verde Marshal’s Office

CAMP VERDE — Camp Verde Marshal’s Office will offer free vehicle VIN number window etching from 8 a.m. until noon March 14 at the Marshal’s office, 646 S. 1st St.

According to Sgt. Tim Wiggle of the department’s Volunteers in Policing program, VIPs, a “similar service through the dealerships can run in excess of $300.”

Although the Marshal’s volunteers will do this for free on March 14, they will accept donations to support the program.

According to Wiggle, Marshal’s VIPs worked 4320 hours in a volunteer capacity in 2019. For 2020, Wiggle said he would like to add another five volunteers to the program which would make 18 VIPs.

“One of the things the program needs funding for is to purchase the needed clothing and equipment for the VIPs as well as obtaining additional safety equipment for the VIPS vehicles,” Wiggle said. “This would assist in reducing the cost to the town budget.”

For more information, call the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office at 928-554-8300.

Saturday, March 14

Tenth annual Clarkdale car show, chili cook-off

CLARKDALE — Main Street in downtown Clarkdale will be the site of the 10th annual Car Show & Chili Cook-off, sponsored by the Clarkdale Downtown Business Alliance and the Clarkdale Foundation. The event is free to spectators.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., cars, trucks and motorcycles will be featured on Main Street, competing in four different categories, plus a People's Choice award. Each category’s award is $100.

Registration is $29 through Feb. 29 and $30 thereafter, limited to the first 150 vehicles. No early departures; the event ends at 2 p.m.

A beer booth will be available.

Local chefs will compete in a chili cook-off, vying for an award for the best chili.

For information, to volunteer or to register your vehicle, visit clarkdalecarshow.com.

Monday, March 16

Foundation provides student instruments, cinema screen

CAMP VERDE — The Phillip England Center for the Performing Arts Foundation has donated almost $5,000 in musical instruments to Camp Verde Unified School District.

Thanks to the Daniel and Victoria Bresnan Family Charitable Fund, three clarinets, two saxophones, a euphonium and bongos were purchased for the district’s sixth-grade band class “to provide an appreciation of music that may ultimately lead to a musical career,” according to a press release from the Phillip England Center for the Performing Arts Foundation – PECPAF.

According to the press release, “many individual donations” have also made it possible for the Foundation to purchase a professional 18-foot cinema screen to replace the England Center’s smaller screen, as well as a large canvas screen installed more than 20 years ago.

“The new screen meets today’s standards for cinema projection,” the release stated. The new screen was first used for the Wild and Scenic Film Festival on Jan. 11.

The Foundation also plans to offer a variety of films starting with the Linda Ronstadt documentary, Sound of My Voice, at 6 p.m. March 16. A summer film festival is also being planned.

The Foundation has additional plans to improve the sound system within the venue as well as beautification projects for the lobby and exterior. Tax-deductible donations for these projects can be made through their website at www.pecpaf.com.

For additional information on the Phillip England Center for the Performing Arts Foundation, visit pecpaf.org or email pecpaf@pecpaf.org.

March 21

Trek for Tech in Lake Montezuma

LAKE MONTEZUMA — Friends of Beaver Creek Library will host the seventh annual Trek for Tech 5K/10K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, March 21.

Check in at Rollins Park, 4235 E. Zuni Way, Lake Montezuma, at 7:30 a.m. The 10K begins at 8 a.m. and 5K begins at 8:30 a.m.

All participants are eligible for great prizes donated by local businesses. Trek for Tech is a non-competitive, healthy event for the whole family.

Registration packets are available throughout the Beaver Creek community, or register online at trekfortech.com. All proceeds will go to support the love of learning and reading and the Beaver Creek Public Library.

Register by March 11 to be guaranteed a Trek for Tech t-shirt. Call 928-567-4648 for more information.

Saturday, March 21

Loven Family run, walk

COTTONWOOD — This year’s Loven Family Run & Walk is scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday, March 21 at Blazin’ M Ranch, 1875 Mabery Ranch Road in Cottonwood.

This race is great for all ages and skill levels, as the Loven Family Run & Walk features a 2K run/walk, 5K run/walk and 10K run through Riverfront Park and Dead Horse Ranch State Park.

Proceeds support Valley View Care and EntireCare Rehab & Sports Medicine, both programs of Northern Arizona Healthcare.

Pre-registration is us through March 18 and includes t-shirt and breakfast. The 2K Run/Walk is $25, the 5K Run/Walk is $30 and the 10K Run is $35. Register early at lovenfamilyrun.com. Please, no pets.

Awards will be presented to the men’s & women’s 10K & 5K overall winners, as well as top three finishers in each age category.

Age categories: 9 and younger, 10-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and older.

March 21-22

Parks and Recreation helps non-profits for annual Pecan and Wine Festival

CAMP VERDE — Camp Verde Parks & Recreation encourages community groups to participate in the Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival, March 21-22. Parks & Recreation hopes to develop opportunities to help reduce the planning and logistics work required of groups to participate.

The first booth space for non-profit organizations will be at no charge and a reduced rate for more spaces. With an expected attendance of nearly 5,000 people, “this is a great exposure opportunity,” Parks and Recreation Division Manager Mike Marshall said.

Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival is Camp Verde’s signature spring event. Enjoy the spring weather and free admission in downtown Camp Verde adjacent to historic Fort Verde. Saturday hours are 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The wine tasting tent will be operated in cooperation with the Verde Valley Wine Consortium and will feature wineries from across the Verde Valley.

Verde Valley Questers will sell homemade pecan pies as a fundraiser for the Historic Hance House. The festival will offer multiple food vendors, a wide range of products for sale, live music and a tent full of wineries.

Camp Verde Parks and Recreation is at 395 S. Main St.

Visit visitcampverde.com/events, email parks@campverde.az.gov or call 928-554-0828 or for more information.

March 21-22

Vendor space available for Camp Verde’s Pecan and Wine Festival

CAMP VERDE — Applications are open for vendors for Camp Verde’s annual Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival, March 21-22.

Showcase your products to a crowd of around 5,000, as both inside craft vendor space in the gymnasium and outside vendor spaces on the Community Center field are available for this warm spring weather event.

This year, the Verde Valley Wine Consortium will host the wine tent with local wineries and space available for select vendors.

More information about the event and vendor applications is at visitcampverde.com/events, and includes a link to the wine tent registration.

Camp Verde Parks and Recreation is at 395 S. Main St.

Visit visitcampverde.com/events, email parks@campverde.az.gov or call 928-554-0828 or for more information or for a vendor application.

Thursday, March 26

CPD Citizens Academy starts March 26

COTTONWOOD — The Cottonwood Police Department’s next Citizen Police Academy will run for 10 Thursday evenings, beginning March 26.

Applications can be obtained in the front lobby of the Cottonwood Police Department, 199 S 6th Street, Cottonwood, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.

A minimum of 20 people must sign up in order for the academy to take place.

The 10-week program designed to help Cottonwood residents increase their understanding of how a police department works within our community.

Participants have the opportunity to meet and learn about the men and women who are protecting their community and gain insight into the daily decisions the officers must make and the reasons behind those decisions. The academy includes courses on patrol operations, K-9, SWAT, patrol procedures, drugs, use of force, and other topics.

These classes are taught by CPD personnel. There will also be tours of the Cottonwood Police Department and the opportunity to ride with an officer on patrol.

Citizens eligible to apply for the academy must be 18 or older and live and/or work in the Verde Valley Area. Participation includes a commitment to attend all the training sessions.

The classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Cottonwood Public Safety Building.

There will be a culmination dinner in the eleventh week. There is no cost to participate in the academy.

For information, contact sergeants Tod Moore or Josh Fradette, tmoore@cottonwoodaz.gov or jfradette@cottonwoodaz.gov, or call 928-634-4246, ext. 2216 or ext. 2212.

Deadline is March 27

MATForce youth poster contest

MATForce and the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office have teamed up for the annual MATForce youth poster contest. There are many cash prizes and many ways to win.

Yavapai County youth ages 5 to 18, are invited to create an original poster that depicts an anti-drug message. Winning posters will be used in official MATForce materials, such as printed posters, school prevention workbooks, websites, and local or state media releases.

Two grand prize winners will be selected from the contest’s two main categories: grades K-6 and grades 7-12. Each grand prize winner will receive $250. Also, $25 Amazon gift cards will be awarded to the winners in each of seven other age categories. Honorable mention winners will receive a $10 Amazon gift card.

For contest guidelines, visit matforce.org or contact Deputy Scott Reed at the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office: scott.reed@yavapai.us or call 928-777-7253. Contest deadline is 3 p.m. March 27.

Saturday, March 28

Sedona food truck festival

SEDONA — “Grub, Brews and Tunes” is the name of a Saturday, March 28, food truck event at Posse Grounds Park in West Sedona. The fourth annual festival has no admission charge and will include live music from the Invincible Grins.

Food trucks will be on-site. Each truck will have a $5 sampler menu and much more. There will be $5 beer and wine for sale.

For information, contact Ali Baxter at 928-282-7098 or abaxter@sedonaaz.gov.

Sunday, March 29

Steps to Recovery annual fundraiser

COTTONWOOD — Steps to Recovery Homes are preparing for its sixth annual Dinner for Hope fundraiser, which raises awareness about addiction issues and solutions in our community while also offering a fun afternoon.

This year’s event is Sunday, March 29 at the Blazin’ M Ranch, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

This includes a great buffet, musical entertainment, testimonies from graduates of our recovery program, raffles, door prizes, and auction items.

Addiction affects everyone. This dilemma affects our neighborhoods, our children, and our schools. Nationally, only about 11 percent of individuals who meet the Substance Use Disorder criteria receive treatment.

You can help. Ninety percent of Steps to Recovery clients come in with no money or family support. The center take them off the streets and teach them how to be accountable, finding a new way to live while being productive to society.

The center offers job development and teaches behavioral skills that start them on a path to real recovery to become an asset to themselves and their families — providing that guidance in a safe structured environment.

Donating professional services and/or retail items for a raffle, auctions and/or door prizes or sponsoring this event would all be supportive.

Tickets can be purchased at stepstorecoveryhomes.org. An individual ticket is $75; a 14-seat table is $1,000. Sponsorships are available at the various levels. To get involved, call 928-649-0077.

Deadline is March 30

Equestrian club offers scholarships

In honor of founder and equestrian activist Diane C. Lovett, the Rio Verde Roverettes equestrian club – RVR – is offering four $500 scholarships to any college, university, or vocational school for female students.

In order to apply for the scholarship, applicants must be in their junior or senior year of high school or freshman year of college, be a resident of the Verde Valley, must fill out an application, must submit official high school and/or college transcripts from the fall semester, must submit a letter of intent and two letters of recommendation, and must supply a current photo.

Application, details about each of the requirements, and conditions of the scholarship are at rioverderoverettes.org.

Applications must be postmarked by March 30.

Rio Verde Roverettes are an all-women’s drill and equestrian team that promotes good horsemanship, sportsmanship and health, and promotes the Verde Valley and the western way of life.

The club sponsors equestrian-based activities, provides volunteers for community services and events, and contributes to charitable organizations.

Wednesday, April 8

Job and Career Fair at VV Fairgrounds

The 2020 Verde Valley Job and Career Fair is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 8, at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds, 800 E. Cherry St., Cottonwood. There is no charge for admission; anyone can attend.

Employer booths are $50 if registering by Feb. 28; it increases to $95 thereafter.

There will be 3:30 p.m. admission for veterans, job seekers who are 55 and older and those with disabilities.

Bring lots of resumes, but also know that a copier will be available to job seekers on-site.

Contact Tracie Schimikowsky for information at tracie@cottonwoodchamberaz.org.

Ongoing

Tell your taxes where to go – literally

VERDE VALLEY — Want to tell your taxes where to go? You can, with a donation to the United Food Bank.

While helping families facing hunger, you can receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit of as much as $400 for individuals or as much as $800 if filing jointly.

Did you know that $400 can provide 80 backpacks of food to feed hungry kids on weekends? Or that $800 can help feed a family of four for nearly an entire year?

Help end hunger in your community by making a donation to the United Food Bank.

Visit give.unitedfoodbank.org for more information.

Through April 15

Individual ADOR income tax filing now open

PHOENIX — The State of Arizona’s individual income tax filing season for tax year 2019 has opened. The deadline to file is April 15.

The Arizona Department of Revenue encourages taxpayers to file electronically and have refunds direct deposited to help reduce errors and the potential for tax fraud. During last tax filing season, about 83 percent of the 3.4 million Arizona income tax returns were e-filed.

Taxpayers can view a list of software providers certified to submit electronically filed returns with the department and access Arizona tax forms and instructions — including instruction booklets — on the Department of Revenue’s website, azdor.gov. Instruction booklets will also be available at ADOR offices and local libraries.

Saturday, April 18

Rocks in the Park

CORNVILLE — Verde River Rockhounds present Rocks in the Park V, the group’s rock and mineral sale, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, April 18 at Windmill Park, 9950 E. Cornville Road, in Cornville.

Members from three rock and gem clubs as well as outside vendors will sell everything from mineral specimens to yard rock, cabochons, crystals, rough rock, slabs, loose gems, jewelry, rock art and lapidary equipment.

Well-known wildlife artist Tony Znaniecki will be one of 30 vendors at Rocks in the Park. Znaniecki paints stunning scenes on agate and petrified wood.

Admission and parking are free. For more information, email jaelav334@gmail.com or visit verderiverrockhounds.com.

Sponsored by the Cornville Community Association.

Monday, April 27

‘100+ Women Who Care’ chapter forms

SEDONA — The mission of the recently launched organization chapter is making a significant financial impact for a chosen nonprofit organization by raising $10,000 in an easy, efficient manner.

Cottonwood's first Giving Circle Meeting of The 100+ Women Who Care Sedona-Verde Chapter is Monday, April 27, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Relics Restaurant, 3235 W. State Route 89A in Sedona.

Three times yearly, members can nominate a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and three are randomly selected to deliver a presentation at a Giving Circle Meeting. The recipient is determined by a majority vote.

Also, 100 women each write a check directly to the chosen nonprofit in the amount of $100 and collectively donate a total of $10,000. This has a major impact on both the organization and the community.

There are no dues, only a commitment to meet for an hour and contribute three times a year. One hundred percent of donations go directly to a local nonprofit.

By joining with other women, a meaningful sum of money is made available and has an immediate, powerful impact on the community.

For further information, please contact Judy Reichert at 317-432-8996.

Mondays

Origami for beginners

CAMP VERDE — Visit the Camp Verde Community Library at 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27 for the next class in a series of origami classes for beginners.

Have you always wanted to learn how to do origami but didn't know where to start? Levi, a seventh grader, will teach you the things you need to know to get started. Origami is a very easy hobby to pick up and it’s a lot of fun.

Class is for ages 8 and older. Classes are Mondays at 4 p.m.

Camp Verde Community Library is at 130 Black Bridge Road. For more information, visit cvlibrary.org or call 928-554-8380.

Mondays

Toastmasters teaches public speaking with fun, creativity

Verde Valley residents don’t need to make a New Year resolution to improve their communication, leadership or speaking abilities in 2020. All they have to do is join Toastmasters and participate.

Meetings are held every Monday (except holidays) from noon to 1 p.m. at Cottonwood Village, 201 E. Mingus Ave., Cottonwood.

The Cottonwood Toastmasters Club does much more than help people overcome fear of speaking in front of others. It also supports success in corporate and business settings. It boosts confidence for people who simply want to tell a story, a joke, or give a toast.

The Cottonwood Toastmasters Club is known for the fun and creativity that characterize the meetings. In a friendly, non-judgmental environment, Toastmasters changes lives.

Guests are welcome to attend as non-members for a while before joining. With a minimal financial commitment, members reap maximum results.

For information, email the Club at cottonwood.az.toastmasters@gmail.com, or call Noah Blough at 626-376-7637.

Wednesdays

Qi-Gong classes in Camp Verde

CAMP VERDE — Camp Verde Parks & Recreation is holding weekly Qi-Gong for Health classes Wednesdays at 6 p.m. at Town Hall Room 204, at 435 S. Main St.

Classes cover slow Qi-Gong energy movements and meditation to keep you centered and motivated. Participants will learn and experience a simple and effective system that can be done anywhere and anytime by anyone. No previous experience or special equipment is required, just wear comfortable clothing for moving.

Rick Blough and Nancy Rodman have taught these classes for several years throughout the Verde Valley as part of the Yavapai College OLLI program. These classes are now offered through Camp Verde Parks & Recreation.

Cost is $5 per person per session payable at each class by cash or check.

For more information, contact Camp Verde Parks and Recreation at 928-554-082 #3 or parks@campverde.az.gov.

Wednesdays

Learn to square dance

COTTONWOOD — Learn to square dance with the Cottonwood Roadrunners Square Dance Club. Square dancing is great exercise, and you can meet new friends.

Cottonwood Roadrunners Square Dance Club hold their beginning dance classes at American Heritage Academy, 2030 E. Cherry St. in Cottonwood.

Classes are from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesdays starting Jan. 15. First Lesson is free for beginners, then $8 per person for 15 weeks. Plus dance/workshop following the beginner class.

Call Robert at 928-821-1400 for more information.

Second Monday of each month

Camp Verde Quilter’s Group

CAMP VERDE — The Camp Verde Quilter’s Group will meet at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13 at Denny’s restaurant in Camp Verde, 1630 State Route 260.

Join the group to discuss quilts and quilting, and to share ideas and plans for the biennial quilt show, held in even-numbered years during Fort Verde Days.

The next quilt show will be in October. The quilt group also shares quilt projects members are working on or have completed, so please bring your projects to share with the group. All quilters are welcome.

Our next meeting is on Monday, Jan. 13.

The Camp Verde Quilter’s Group meets the second Monday of each month.

Tuesdays

Verde Valley Voices sing songs that inspire

COTTONWOOD — The Verde Valley Voices are starting again with songs that inspire, music that will raise your spirits and just make you happy.

The Verde Valley Voices is a non-audition choir. According to choir conductor Joy Simons, the only requirement is that you love to sing.

Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 700 N. Bill Gray Road in Cottonwood, off State Route 89A.

Registration is $45 and includes the use of a personal folder until and through the concert, opportunities to sing extra community concerts, and the joy of singing with others who just love the experience.

For more information visit verdevalleyvoices.org or call 623-518-8218.

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Cottonwood Public Library offers free tutoring

COTTONWOOD — To further connect with the community it serves, students in first through sixth grades can now receive free tutoring at the Cottonwood Public Library.

The free tutoring is offered in reading and math and is typically held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the Youth Services department of the library or upstairs in the reopened Teen Zone study room.

Parents may sign their child up for the free tutoring sessions by calling 928-340-2788. Parents must attend the first session with the tutor to determine which areas the tutor will need to focus on.

The student being tutored is expected to bring their own homework and school supplies such as paper, pencils, class materials, homework and books. Tutored students are also welcome to choose books housed in the library for reference.

The Cottonwood Public Library is located at 100 S. 6th St. and is open 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 9a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday.

The Cottonwood Public Library is closed Sundays and major holidays.

Ongoing

MATForce warns against Coricidin abuse

MATForce, JPO and YCESA encourage caregivers to warn youth of the risks of abusing Coricidin tablets

Due to recent increases in youth abusing the over the counter medication Coricidin, MATFORCE, the Yavapai County Juvenile Probation Office (JPO) and the Yavapai County Education Service Agency (YCESA) are encouraging parents and caregivers to discuss the dangers of this drug with youth.

Coricidin is an over-the-counter cold remedy which contains Dextromethorphan also known as DXM. Often teens naively assume that Coricidin and other cough and cold products containing DXM are not dangerous but this assumption can be deadly.

Large quantities of Coricidin can cause individuals to go into a coma or even lead to death.

Some of the signs of Coricidin use are similar to alcohol intoxication. These signs include confusion, drowsiness, convulsions, difficulty walking and vomiting. Long term Coricidin use can lead to mental illness (psychosis), high blood pressure and heart disease.

MATFORCE is also encouraging retailers who sell Coricidin to consider only allowing sales of Coricidin to individuals who are 18 years of age or older.

To prevent recent shop lifting and to protect area youth, Walmart adopted this age restriction policy.

Treatment for drug dependence is available in Yavapai County. For available resources, call the Steward Health Choice Crisis line at 1-877-756-4090 or visit the MATFORCE website at matforce.org.

Ongoing

Census Bureau visits Yavapai County

The Census Bureau is visiting Yavapai County as part of the 2020 Decennial Census. The decennial census counts everyone in the U.S., including people who live or stay in nontraditional living situations such as RV parks, marinas, campgrounds, racetracks, carnivals and hotels/motels.

The Census Bureau data collected determines how more than $675 billion of federal funding are spent on infrastructure, programs, and services each year.

Please allow the census interviewers access to your location to knock on the doors of the occupied units at this location, so that they may attempt to speak with the residents of those units. The census interviewers will work efficiently with minimal disruptions to the residents. Each interview will take approximately 10 minutes.

Census workers will always wear a badge. If you are not sure you are dealing with an official employee, to call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative.

The Census Bureau is required by law to protect your information (Title 13, U.S. Code, and Section 9). The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in a way that could identify anyone at your facility.

We are conducting this survey under the authority of Title 13, U.S. Code, sections 141, 193, 221 and 223. Federal law protects your privacy and keeps your answers confidential (Title 13 U.S. Code, Section 9).

Per the Federal Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2015, your data is protected from cybersecurity risks through screening of the systems that transmit your data. All web data submissions are encrypted to protect your privacy.

For more information about how we protect your information, please visit our website at census.gov and click on "Data Protection and Privacy Policy" at the bottom of the home page.

This page also includes information about the collection, storage, and use of these records; click on System of Records Notices (SORN) and look for Privacy Act system of Records Notice COMMERCE/CENSUS-5, Decennial Census Program.

Please visit the Census 2020 Web site at.2020census.gov for more information.

Wednesdays

Square dance lessons

Square dancing is easier and lots more fun than the new television series. No need to rehearse, a caller serves as music coordinator and choreographer. During a 15-week class, dancers learn to listen to calls and respond. Experienced dancers help newbies until they get the hang of things.

Four sets of couples form a square. Although you dance several dances with one partner, you interact with everyone in the square. Every 20 minutes there is a break to socialize and snack. Unlike on television, there are no worries about not getting to dance again. The next tip will shuffle you to another partner to create a new square.

The Cottonwood Road Runners Club hosts monthly dances and welcomes participants from neighboring areas, travelers, or anyone who has mastered the basics.

New classes are from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesdays starting Jan. 15 at American Heritage Academy, 2030 E. Cherry St. in Cottonwood.

The first lesson is free for beginners, then $8 per person. Plus dance/workshop follows the beginner class. Call Robert at 928-821-1400 for more information.

Ongoing

Volunteer at Montezuma Castle, Well national monuments

SEDONA — The National Park Service is looking for dedicated local volunteers to help with seasonal visitor programming at Montezuma Castle and Montezuma Well February through May 2020.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about the National Park Service and try out volunteering on a temporary assignment with a minimum commitment of four hours a week.

National Park Service has a variety of positions available to accommodate any interest and/or ability. Several training opportunities will be available in January and February 2020.

Winter is a great time to train and become confident in your knowledge before our busiest season of the year starts mid-February through May.

Each position will have two shifts, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Please indicate your availability and shift preference in your application.

To apply, please see our website at nps.gov/moca/getinvolved/volunteer.htm.

For more information, email Krystina_isaac@nps.gov.

Montezuma Castle is at 2800 Montezuma Castle Hwy in Camp Verde.

Montezuma Well is at 5525 Beaver Creek Road in Rimrock. For more information, call 928-567-3322, extension zero, visit nps.gov/moca.

Sundays

Red Rock State Park walks and hikes

SEDONA — February will be filled with hikes and walks at Red Rock State Park, 4050 Red Rock Loop Road, Sedona.

Sunday, Feb. 16 is an archaeology hike and Feb. 23 is an ethnobotany hike, respectively.

Every Wednesday and Saturday, there is a guided bird walk, and every single day at 10 a.m., staff hosts a guided nature hike.

Ongoing

Call for artists to display artwork

COTTONWOOD — The City of Cottonwood has created a rotating artist program to display artwork on a monthly basis in the city’s council chambers building.

Artists in the Cottonwood area who are interested in participating in the program may call the City Clerk Marianne Jiménez at 928-340-2727, or email mjimenez@cottonwoodaz.gov for more information.

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