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    Meet your Big Park Council representative: Rebecca Miller

    I represent Sedona Village Business Association (SVBA), which has about 40 members. I am the Vice President of the SVBA, which is a group of local business owners here in the Village who are interested in promoting their local business and community.

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    Major steps taken toward becoming IB World School

    The start of a new year is always a great time to review the old and look forward to what lies ahead. It’s been an amazing year for Big Park Community School. Our accomplishments have continued to accrue and we are grateful to all those who have helped us to get where we are, so far.

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    Collective rings in the new year

    The New Year kicks off with The Collective Sedona’s free monthly Second Saturday Art Walk on January 13th from 5-8 p.m.

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    What to know if your pet needs anesthesia

    A lot of advances have been made in veterinary medicine over the last 10 to 15 years to make anesthesia safer for pets.

    Village residents to receive KSB Awards of Excellence

    Keep Sedona Beautiful (KSB) proudly announces the winners of its Awards of Excellence.

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    Library Humanities Series highlights Northern Arizona pioneer

    Sedona Public Library, in partnership with Arizona Humanities, is pleased to kick off the 2018 Arizona Humanities speaker series on Wednesday, January 10, when Dr. John Westerlund will present “Flagstaff Pioneer John Elden: Murder, Mystery, Myth, and History.”

    Sedona Fire District announces board vacancy

    The Sedona Fire District is looking for an individual to fill a board vacancy for a term through November 2018.

    Coconino Forest announces 2018 free days

    Forest will waive fees associated with many recreation sites

    The Red Rock Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest will waive fees associated with many recreation sites and amenities on New Year’s Day and for 11 other special occasions throughout 2018.

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    Sheriff's Office issues alert on 'Top 10' scams

    The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department reminds you that scams take no holiday and are constantly evolving and returning over & over like a bad penny. Here is a list of scams that the Yavapai County Sheriff’s office calls “The Top 10.”

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    Sustainable businesses 'Grow Smart' in Verde Valley

    Reducing toxins, waste improves business performance

    More and more businesses are discovering what we’ve been saying all along: your environmental footprint increases your competitive advantage. Sustainable businesses have reduced waste, energy & water expenses with increases in employee productivity, market share and revenues.

    Regain your focus: Volunteer in 2018

    Volunteering in the community creates ongoing intangible benefits for me, plus a bit of social interaction I've missed since retiring.

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    Blended learning options at Big Park Community School

    Students are preparing for blended learning options and living in our high tech world starting in kindergarten at Big Park. How exciting to see children who cannot wait to get to their assignments! We have begun the process of getting Chrome books into the hands of all students at Big Park.

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    Barking Frog is no more; Quality Kitchen and Bar obviously puts emphasis on quality

    What’s in a name? Quality Kitchen and Bar --- in our opinion, that name leaves something to be desired.

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    Why life insurance will always matter in estate planning

    Every few years, predictions emerge that the estate tax will sunset. Even if it does, that will not remove the need for life insurance in estate planning. Why? The reasons are numerous.

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    Village of Oak Creek Blood Drive

    Sedona Athletic Club and Verde Valley Medical Center VOC Clinic are sponsoring a Village of Oak Creek Blood Drive to help with post Holiday blood donations. The holidays typically bring a 25% decrease in blood donations yet blood usage goes up January-March. The drive takes place at Sedona Athletic Club at the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock – 90 Ridge Trail Drive. All January 1 – 15 donors will receive a voucher for a free general admission ticket to the Waste Management Phoenix Open, courtesy of The Thunderbirds (up to a $40 value).

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    The Collective has your magical holiday merriment all wrapped up

    In addition to all the fine dining & shops, The Collective Sedona in the Village of Oak Creek is proud to host many festive holiday happenings for you to enjoy this December!

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    Potter's Hand Productions presents 'The Perfect Tree'

    Part of Holiday Central Sedona, "The Perfect Tree" is a brand-new FREE Community Musical performed at both Historic Wayside Bible Chapel, Uptown Sedona on December 8, 9 & 10, 2017, and again at the Village of Oak Creek Church of the Nazarene, 55 Rojo Drive, Sedona 86351 on December 15 and 16.

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    End of Year Memorials: Remembering Villagers who have passed on

    As our year draws to a close, we look back at those Village friends, neighbors and co-workers who have passed on. The Villager honors each of them.

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    Creating art through the Potter's Hand

    If you’ve been to a Sedona theater production around the Christmas or Easter season you’ve seen Lynne’s handiwork. A private person, Lynne is an accomplished musician, watercolor artist (displayed in the VOCA clubhouse), former homeschool mom of three, and theatre graduate from the University of Arizona.

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    New golf course superintendent coming to Oakcreek Country Club

    Oakcreek Country Club is proud to introduce its new golf course Superintendent, Robert Walton. Robert has worked in the golf maintenance field for the past 28 years, serving most recently for nine years at Double Arrow Golf Resort in Seeley Lake, Montana.

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    Want to know about your community? Attend Big Park Council meetings

    If you want to know what is happening in your Community (the word “Community” for this article means if you live or own property in what is variously called “Big Park”, “Village of Oak Creek”, “VOC” or “Sedona Village”), the best thing to do is attend the monthly meetings of the Big Park Regional Coordinating Council (normally referred to as the “Big Park Council” or just the “Council”).

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    Still time to make donation to Sedona Kids Tax Credit Initiative

    Winter is definitely here! Big Park students are busy with homework, sports and after school programs. The holidays are close and it is getting closer to tax season!

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    Donors support scholarships for early childhood learning at Big Park School

    Two years ago, our community’s prestigious public Big Park School created a separate early-childhood learning center, the Sedona Integrated Preschool at Big Park. While the school itself continues to be a public school with Arizona State funding, the preschool program receives no state funding for typical preschool children.

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    It's time to make your fur family resolutions for 2018

    With 2018 upon us comes New Year Resolutions. Now would be a great time to include your fur family in these resolutions and start 2018 off right. Below I will discuss some resolutions that you can do with your fur baby.

    Red Rose a small organixzation making a big difference

    Red Rose Inspiration For Animals a local Sedona based 501c3 nonprofit is a very small group of volunteers. Inspired by a determined, independent, full of life, rescue pup named Rosey.