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When you retire, you hope that you’ll be able to anticipate the events that could cause you financial challenges down the road.

By Submitted by Mary Millar, Edward Jones advisor, VOC August 1, 2023
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Jewelry Artist Mickey McCarthy will be the Featured Artist at the Village Gallery of Local Artists for the month of August 2023. A reception will be held on Friday, Aug. 4, 5-8 p.m. to showcase her work. McCarthy will be present to explain her process and discuss her jewelry creations.

August 1, 2023
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A proposed lease agreement between Yavapai County and Sedona-Oak Creek Unified School District for the use of the former Big Park School is scheduled to be on the July 11 agenda of the school’s governing board.

July 1, 2023
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Chief Dori Booth, fire marshal from the Sedona Fire District (SFD) presented timely home wildfire protection information to the Big Park Council.

By By Mary Pope, Secretary, BPRCC July 1, 2023
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We all like bargains, right?

By By John Wichert, BPC President July 1, 2023
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In March, the Big Park Council’s Art in the Roundabouts (AiR) Committee launched a dedicated website (ourvillageart.org) for the purpose of keeping the public apprised about the project’s purpose and progress, and to gather community input for selection of the artworks.

By BPC Art in the Roundabouts Committee July 1, 2023
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Following presentations by Yavapai County Supervisor Donna Michaels, Yavapai Director of Planning & Development, Jeremy Dye and Sedona Fire District Fire Marshal Chief Dori Booth, President John Wichert called the meeting to order with 14 Member Organizations and 6 guests present.

By By Mary Pope, Secretary, BPRCC July 1, 2023
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Yavapai County Planning & Development Director Jeremy Dye began his presentation to the Big Park Council by saying that he has 72 full-time staff members (50 in Prescott, 22 in Cottonwood) covering 8100 square miles of Yavapai County.

By By Mary Pope, Secretary, BPRCC July 1, 2023
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Last week, the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau met with various business sectors in the community to discuss our overarching direction with membership and marketing for this upcoming fiscal year.

By By Michelle Conway, President/CEO Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau July 1, 2023
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Crisis Care Kits have become one of the biggest charitable opportunities of the year here in the Village. For several years Village of Oak Creek Church of the Nazarene has facilitated the bulk purchase and packing of much needed hygiene products to be sent to disaster victims.

July 1, 2023
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How do you move 70,000 pounds of rock to build a trail with 740 feet of elevation gain?

By By Jennifer Burns, Sedona Red Rock Trail Fund director July 1, 2023
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My wife Nancy told me she was taking me out to dinner for Father’s Day along with our friends, Dana and John Jacko. Given Nancy’s family name of Battaglini and John’s Italian heritage through his mom as a Larocca, I was pretty sure I was in for a night of pasta and red sauce.

By By Edd Zielinski, Special to the Villager July 1, 2023
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Big Park Council President John Wichert welcomed Guest Speaker District 3 Yavapai County Supervisor Donna Michaels at the Council’s June 8 regular meeting.

By By Mary Pope, Secretary, BPRCC July 1, 2023
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The early summer garden is a magnet in the morning before it gets too hot. It inspires a “to do” list of both garden delights, and work to be done. It is really about relishing each day the beautiful relationship that we have helped create.

By Richard Sidy July 1, 2023
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Village of Oak Creek Church of the Nazarene (VocNaz) will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross on August 31st from 10am to 3pm at 55 Rojo Drive in the Village of Oak Creek. Rojo Drive is ¼ mile south of the Hilton/Collective round-a-bout.

July 1, 2023
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Earlier today, I was pumping iron and listening to “Dreams” by The Cranberries…

By Magdalena Romanska July 1, 2023
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Save the date for the second annual Novel Night, a unique fundraiser for the Village Library, on Sept. 30.

By By Anne Marie Mackler, Development Director July 1, 2023
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Fiber Artist Florence Johns Vezie will be the Featured Artist at the Village Gallery of Local Artists for the month of July 2023. A reception will be held on Friday, July 7, to showcase her work.

July 1, 2023
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Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the Sedona Referrals Club (SRC), which has been serving the professional business community of Sedona and the Verde Valley since 1993, recently announced its new Board of Directors for 2023-24.

July 1, 2023
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Fire season defies added moisture
'Living in Yavapai County, you are accepting living with wildfire'

Hurray for all that winter moisture. It may have taken the edge off the so-called "fire season" in eastern Yavapai County temporarily, but residents still need to be in full preparation mode.

June 1, 2023
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President’s Report: John Wichert announced Dennis Bauman as the new Chair of the Membership committee, Tom Binnings as Chair of the Community Plan committee and Fred Lenz as Technical Consultant.

By By Mary Pope, Secretary, Big Park Council June 1, 2023
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When founded in 1997, the Big Park Council was meant to be useful to the residents of the Big Park/VOC area. For those of you who choose to partake of the information provided and subscribe to our blog, the Council remains useful to you. I wish to announce that we are now attempting to become indispensable for the rest of you. How?

By John Wichert, BPC President June 1, 2023
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Sedona Public Library’s fifth annual Library Giving Day was a success with nearly a thousand people stopping by our libraries, 250 people attending programs, and over 130 donors giving more than $55,000. Whoa! And best of all, 39 of those donors gave directly to Sedona Public Library in the Village – to the tune of nearly $12,000.

By Anne Marie Mackler, Development Director June 1, 2023
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The Sedona-based Red Rockers Meetup group is all about outdoor fun and making new friends – from kayaking, hiking and yoga to alfresco wine or beer tasting at local venues.

June 1, 2023
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While hiking or running, I often look at my weary shoes and think of the concept of the “step.”

By Magdalena Romanska June 1, 2023

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