What's Happening 7-2-08

Kids parade in Jerome

July 4

A parade featuring children from the Jerome Kids' Art Workshop will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tanya Downey, workshop director, said the parade is "for the kids and about the kids." Adults will take part also.

The parade will begin at the fire station and head down Main Street before it loops back toward the lower park. After the parade, a barbecue and potluck will be held in the Middle Park.

Info session for volunteering at Rainbow Acres

July 3

Rainbow Acres, a faith-based, assisted-living facility located in Camp Verde, is actively seeking volunteers to work in a new program for our adult population who are developmentally disabled. The right candidates will have a desire to work with our very special "Ranchers" and be available for a minimum of 3 hours weekly. Rainbow Acres will host an information session on this new and exciting program at 3 p.m. at 2120 W. Reservation Loop Road, Camp Verde. Please call Dee Whitt for more information at (928) 567- 5231, ext 1045.

Parents Raising Safe Kids"

July 16

Free eight-week class for parents, caregivers and educators

Classes Start July 16, 2008 and continue for eight weeks, till Sept. 3 Verde Valley Presbyterian Church, 1600 E. Hombre Drive, Cottonwood.

"Parents Raising Safe Kids" is a parent education program for adults who raise, care for, and/or teach children ages 0 to 8 years of age. It is designed to prevent violence by teaching adults to be positive role models for children through nonviolent communication and problem solving.

For further information and to register contact Rosalie at

Parenting Arizona 639-1227

Free Childcare (We make every attempt to provide on-site childcare)

Certificate of completion (participants must attend at least 7 of 8 classes)

Free gift upon completion - gas gift card

These classes are presented by Parenting Arizona

Funded by the American Psychological Association and

MetLife foundation

Parenting AZ is not affiliated with any church or 12-step group

Happy Jack Archery Shoot

Aug. 2-3

Rim Country Bowhunters Assoc. presents the 17th annual Happy Jack archery shoot Aug. 2-3, two miles north of ClintsWell. Come to the high country and shoot 3-D targets on four courses for fun or competition. Register on-site at 4 pm Friday or 6:30 am Saturday. Prices vary from $25 competitive adult down to free for Pee Wee class and reduced for non-competitive shooters and a special family rate of $45. Look for signs 2 miles north of Clints Well at FR3 then go west on FR road 122. Call 829-634-4896 or 928-567-3463 for more info.

Join Beaver Creek Fourth of July

July 4

Kiwanis donation pancake breakfast: 7-9 a.m.

Beaver Creek parade: 9:30 a.m. (Meet in Sycamore Park between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m. to line up)

Parade ribbons awarded and entertainment.

Free hot dogs from Beaver Creek Baptist Church. Dessert from Grace Lutheran Community Church. Children's games, face painting and raffle. Music and singing. Water donated by several groups and individuals. Beaver Creek Adult Center ice cream social throughout. Vendor and information tables. Call Carol at 567-0457. Duck race at Sycamore Park: 1 p.m., prizes awarded immediately following

Parade entry: Call Gwen at (928) 567-7428 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or stop by the Montezuma-Rimrock Fire Station. Please sign up by July 2.

Children's games and activities: Call Wyona at 567-4737.

Food, display tables, and entertainment: Call Carol at 567-0457.

Announcements and general inquiries: Call Bill at 567-7331.

Hopi Garden project continues

Every Saturday

Meet at the Friends of the Well Hopi Garden Project at Montezuma Well at 8 a.m. to do the weeding and check out the progress of the corn, beans, and melons in the rejuvenated ancient garden. After entering the Well, go the picnic area. The garden is straight past the toilets about 150 feet, then left through the trees about 150 feet. Look for the 'social path' beginning to take place near the power pole on the left.

Seeking Meals on Wheels drivers

The Meals on Wheels Program in Beaver Creek is desperate for more volunteer drivers. Once a week drivers or substitute drivers are needed for one hour. Pick up empty containers at the Adult Center, meet the driver from Cottonwood at the gas station in Beaver Hollow to get the hot meals, and deliver them at eight to 10 stops. At each stop pick up the previous day's empty container to drop off back at the Adult Center at the end of the run. Drivers are reimbursed for mileage and receive a free meal. If you can help out even occasionally, call Michelle at (928) 634-5450 at the Verde Valley Senior Center.

Clint Black in Camp Verde for Fourth of July

July 4

Country superstar Clint Black is scheduled to perform at Cliff Castle Casino's Stargazer Pavilion. The casino is hosting Independence Day events, culminating in the concert at 7:30 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m., and Amy Scruggs will open for Black. For ticket information, call (928) 567-7999.

Swim Lessons for all ages at Clarkdale Pool

July 4

The Clarkdale Pool is offering swim lessons for all ages and skill levels, beginning from infants 6 months and older. Class levels range from Aqua Tots, a program designed for infants 6 months and older, up to pre-competitive swim lessons for the more advanced swimmers. American Red Cross certified swim instructors will teach your child how to swim and how to be safe in and around any aquatic environment. Classes are designed to introduce new skills in progression, so each new skill builds on the previous skills learned. Classes are offered in sessions that consist of 10 30-minute classes and will be Monday through Friday. Session III, the final session, is July 14-25 and the deadline to register is Friday, July 4. The cost is $30 per child per session. Space is limited for all classes and are on a first come, first serve basis. For additional information please contact the Clarkdale Pool at (928) 639-2492.

Clarkdale Pool offers Senior Guard Start

July 7

The Clarkdale Municipal Pool offers Senior Guard Start lifeguard program, designed to guide youth ages 11-15 into Lifeguard Training by building a foundation of knowledge, attitudes and skills. Areas of focus are Prevention, Fitness, Response, Leadership and Professionalism. Participants 12 years and under must have completed a Junior Guard Start Program in order to register for this class. All participants will be required to meet at all five of the group dates: July 7-11 from 11 a.m. to noon. In addition to attending the group dates, each participant will be required to complete a minimum of 10 volunteer hours at the pool. The cost for each of the Guard Start Programs is $30 per participant.

Registration fee must be paid prior to the beginning of the program's first class. Class size is limited and is on a first come, first serve basis. For additional information contact the Clarkdale Pool at (928) 639-2492.

DES Early Childhood Professional Training

Through July 25

Child Care Professional Training is Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. This is a no-cost, 60-hour course funded by the Department of Economic Security (DES)/Child Care Administration. Yavapai College and DES designed this course for anyone interested in working with young children. The training is at Yavapai College (Clarkdale Campus), 601 Black Hills Drive (Room M-202). Seating is limited to 20, so call today to register: 1-866-219-1021.

New BV preschool program

Aug. 11

Buena Vista Children's Services is please to announce the opening of a new Preschool Program located on the Clarkdale-Jerome School campus, (in the old soccer building). The Buena Vista Preschool Program - Clarkdale will begin classes on Aug. 11 and will follow the school calendar. For information about registration and programming please call, Erin Lamb at (928) 301-9105.

Buena Vista Children's Services also administers a Preschool at Dr. Daniel Bright School. This program will also start on Aug. 11 and follow the school calendar. For information about the program or to register for the Preschool at DDB please call, (928) 451-4376.

For information about Buena Vista Children's Services and the programs they offer please call, (928) 646-5200.

Elks Lodge to raffle afghan

Sept. 20

The Jerome Elk's Lodge is so proud to offer an opportunity to the public, as well as members, a chance to win a beautiful afghan in hues of tan, which includes a wooden heart stand. This particular item was personally made by one of the Elks ladies and will enhance anyone's furnishings, making it a wonderful addition to your home. Tickets are on sale now at the lodge for $1. each or $5 for 6 chances to win. The raffle will take place on Sept. 20, during the Western Dance.

You'll receive your tickets and we will retain the portion of the ticket with your name and phone number. You need not attend to win. Should your ticket be drawn we will call the winner. There is a picture of the afghan and Stand posted at the lodge. You may purchase tickets every Monday night during Bingo or during our Thursday dinners located at 100 S. Broadway in Clarkdale. Questions? Call the lodge at (928) 634-5611.

Family Fun Fest

Oct. 4

The Clarkdale Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the Clarkdale Family Fun Fest at Clarkdale Town Park.

Make a scarecrow for a chance to win $100 cash prize. Enjoy entertainment at the gazebo, demonstrations, artists, crafters, local businesses and organizations. There will be games and prizes for kids and adults, to include a pie-eating contest. The 50/50 will last all day for money and prizes. The Food Court will satisfy your taste buds.

Ride the Antique Fire Truck or Horse & Carriage. Walk/Run for Breast Cancer Awareness and Compassionate Friends.

For vendor info and scarecrow contest contact Linda at (928) 649-0080.

Plan for fall arts & crafts sales

Nov. 1

Artists and crafters, it's never too early to plan for your fall sales. Reserve a space now for the St. Thomas of the Valley Episcopal Church, 2008 Arts and Crafts Festival to be held Nov. 1.

St. Thomas is looking for quality crafters and artisans to add to the growing list of exhibitors.

The goal is to make this the biggest and best craft event in the Verde Valley.

To reserve your space and for more information, call Shirley Smith at (928) 649-2154. St. Thomas of the Valley Episcopal Church is located in Clarkdale, across the street from the post office.

Early yoga classes stretch you out

Start the day right with a morning Yoga Stretch class. The Arizona School of Integrative Studies (ASIS) is pleased to announce regular Yoga classes. The Yoga classes are held 7:30-8:45 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the ASIS School at 701 S. Broadway in Clarkdale.

Yoga is a transformative fitness training for the mind, body and spirit, and can be practiced by everyone regardless of age or fitness. Yoga can be practiced by individuals with any body type, level of fitness, or disability.

The ASIS class is appropriate for all ages and abilities, and participants do not need to have any prior experience in Yoga. Please come dressed in comfortable clothes, bring a mat or blanket, and be prepared to enjoy yourself.

If you have questions or would like further information, call Elena Bullard at (928) 639-4321.

Kindergarten registration in Clarkdale

Clarkdale-Jerome School District is now open for kindergarten registration for the 2008-09 school year. Current immunization and birth certificate is required. Enrollment packets may be obtained at the District Office, 1615 Main St., Clarkdale, or call (928) 634-5035 for more information.

Contact your local school for children aged 3 through 21, if you are concerned about your child's development or performance in the areas that affect development and learning in school.

Public schools use a screening process to check your child's development and academic progress.

New Certificate Program at YC

If Administrative Professionals Day came and went and you didn't even receive a card maybe it's time you ramp up your skills so next year you get that gift basket you deserve.

The new Administrative Office Specialist certificate program at Yavapai College helps students learn faster and work smarter by offering 10 self-paced classes starting anytime throughout the semester with many available online. Students enrolled in the certificate program take keyboarding, business English, introductory accounting, document formatting, Microsoft Word, Excel for Widows, Advanced Microsoft Word, business financial applications and administrative office management.

Every course within the Administrative Office Specialist certificate program brings you closer to an associate's degree in Office Administration. Get started by registering online at www.yc.edu or contact Rebecca Chavez at (928) 649-4562 or by e-mail at Rebecca_chavez@yc.edu.

Bingo at the Lodge

The Jerome Elks Lodge welcomes you to join them for Bingo every Monday night. The snack bar opens at 5:30 p.m. and Bingo begins at 7 p.m. The Lodge is located at 100 S. Broadway in Clarkdale.

All-you-can-eat fish

Every Friday evening 5-7 p.m. the Verde Valley Moose Lodge presents their all-you-can-eat Beer Battered Fish Dinner. Chicken, baked cod and shrimp are available. Music by Len Bacon and Bill Burger will be provided during dinner for this month. The Verde Valley Moose Lodge is located at 1051 S Broadway, Clarkdale. Contact (928) 634-8668 for more information.

Cornville

Cottonwood

Farmers Market Jamboree

July 3

The Farmers Market Jamboree in Old Town Cottonwood kicks off July 3 from 5 p.m. to dark and runs every Thursday through Sept. 25. Enjoy your pick of local foods and products and hear the music of local favorite Major Lingo. For information, visit (928) 639-3200.

Fantastic Family Fourth of July

July 4

The City of Cottonwood hosts the annual free bash at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds, 800 E. Cherry St. There will be food, contests, games and fun, followed by a spectacular fireworks display. It all gets started at 3 p.m. For information call (928) 639-3200.

Fish Fry at the American Legion

It's back to the famous fish fry at the American Legion, 480 Calvary Way, Cottonwood, 5-7 p.m. with karaoke music at 7:30 p.m. They have a new chef in town from Sedona and he is good. Lunches from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The kitchen will be open for bingo on Wednesday and Saturday. Come on in and try the fish fry and you will never go somewhere else.

Mingus Mountain Republican Club

July 8

The Mingus Mountain Republican Club will hold its July meeting at Murphy's Grill, 747 S. Main St., Cottonwood, at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon speaker will be Judge Michael Bluff of the Yavapai County Superior Court. The public is invited. For those desiring lunch, we have three entres available: turkey club, rotisserie chicken and beef stroganoff for $15. For reservations contact Janice Johnston, (928) 634-3992 or her e-mail at grniz@hotmail.com.

West Mingus Ave. Construction

Thru July 20

Local contractor, Arizona Northern Equipment, is constructing a "spot improvement" on W. Mingus Avenue, west of State Route 89A. The purpose of the construction is to add a dedicated, right-turn lane on Mingus Avenue at Hwy. 89A. The improvement to the intersection is funded by the Mesquite Hills subdivision, located one mile west of the intersection on Mingus Avenue.

The construction effort will continue through July 20. There will be lane restrictions, so watch for flaggers and please be patient. When the paving begins watch for detour signs as lane closures will be necessary. During lane closures, please try to avoid the construction area by using other routes such as Blackhills Drive.

Thank you your cooperation during the project. For more information call Morgan Scott, Cottonwood Public Works at (928) 634-8033.

Coffee Talk Community Outreach Meetings

July 23

Have you got something on your mind? Cottonwood Mayor Diane Joens and Council Member Linda Norman will meet with community members at 5 p.m. at the Verde Valley Senior Center.

Future Coffee Talk out reach meetings are scheduled:

Aug. 13 at 10 a.m. - Verde Valley Manor on Godard Road

Sept. 20 at 9 a.m. Coffee Talk at the Old Town Substation Conference Room

October - Latin American Center, pending

Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. - Public Safety Building-Crestview area Block Watch

Community members with questions or comments may call Mayor Joens at (928) 634-4112 or e-mail mayor@dianejoens.com, or contact the city manager's executive assistant, Kyla Allen, e-mail kallen@ci.cottonwood.az.us, phone (928) 634-5526.

AARP Driver Safety Class

Aug. 2

The American Association of Retired Persons has scheduled a Driver Safety Class 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Open to all licensed drivers, the course will take place at the Verde Valley Senior Center, 500 E. Cherry St., Cottonwood, 86326.

The Driver Safety program is an eight-hour refresher that is available to drivers of any age. The class focuses on the physical changes that accompany aging, and teaches drivers to compensate for these changes. There is a $10 charge to cover a portion of the cost for the workbook. There will be 30 minutes for lunch, so you may want to bring a sack lunch.

Class participation is limited to 35. Please call instructor Liz Roland at 567-5288 if you are interested in attending this class.

Learn about the Dog Park

Cottonwood Riverfront Dog Park is looking for friends. They meet the first Wednesday of every month at the Cottonwood Safety Building at the corner of S. Sixth and Aspen at 6 p.m. For more info, check out http://cottonwooddogpark.com. Call (928) 634-5574, or e-mail Cottonwood-dog-park@googlegroups.com.

Venders Needed for Fall Craft Show

Oct. 11

Vendors are needed for the upcoming Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Arts & Crafts Show on Oct. 11, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Clemenceau Museum in Cottonwood. Tables cost $20 each, in addition to one donation of your craft, toward the Church sale table. To reserve space or for more information, contact Aggie Peterson,(928) 634-2891 or Mary Jewett, 646-5773.

Alano meetings for AA

Verde Valley Alano Club Meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous are every day in Cottonwood. Take 89A toward Jerome. Turn left a Justin Drive (one block before Maverik at Mingus Avenue) Turn right in front of Sedona Labs sign. Alano Club is the second building on the left. (928) 634-8664.

Schedule:

Monday-Friday daily 7 a.m. and noon

Monday-Thursday daily 5:30 p.m.

Thursday weekly 7 p.m.

Friday weekly 6 p.m. and 7:30 Speaker meeting

Saturday weekly 10 a.m., noon and 7 p.m.

Sunday weekly 10 a.m.

Summer Food Service Program

The Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District #6 announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program for Children. Meals will be made available free to all children 18 years and under within the approved geographical area without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Any person who believes that he/she has been discriminated against in any USDA related activity should write immediately to the Director, USDA Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 820-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

May 27 to June 27, Cottonwood Elementary School - Breakfast begins at 8 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Gentle adult yoga with Carol

Every Friday, Cottonwood Parks and Recreation offers an afternoon "adult yoga class" for beginners/intermediates 3-4:15 p.m., a 75-minute class. All classes are held in the Cottonwood Civic Center, 805 N. Main St. (the old stone building on the curve.) All classes are open to the public and are taught by Carol Oveross, certified yoga instructor, CPR trained. The first class is always free. Begin anytime. Cost for the classes is $12 each for drop-ins or discounted rates are available if you purchase a multi-class card of either 5 or 10 classes in advance.

Please contact Carol, E-mail: carolsgentleyoga@yahoo.com at (928) 646-0148 or Cottonwood Parks and Recreation (928) 639-3200 if you have any questions.

Verde Village Pool

The Verde Village Pool I open 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Saturday for adults and from 1 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. for everyone. Fee is $3 for adults and $1.50 for children. The pool is located behind the Verde Village Clubhouse.

Voice of Democracy Scholarship Program

Nov. 1

Commander Ronald Luce of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7400 announced the kick-off of this year's VFW and Ladies Auxiliary "Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition." High school students in this area have the opportunity to compete in the annual audio essay competition and win thousands of dollars in scholarships, a trip to Washington, D.C., as well as dozens of other awards. Students begin by competing at the local Post level. Deadline for entries at the Post is Nov. 1. Post winners advance to District.

Interested students and teachers should contact the Voice of Democracy Chairman at VFW Post 7400 by phone at 634-9769 or Beverley Luce at 649-2129 or Al Tobish at 649-1897 or write to the Post at P.O. Box 689, Cottonwood AZ 86326, for more information.

Enrolling at VV Christian School

Verde Valley Christian School is currently enrolling students for fall of 2008. Classes for preschoolers (3- and 4-year-olds), as well as kindergarten through sixth grade are provided. The curriculum is Bible-based, with special classes offered in computers, art, music, Spanish, and P.E. Class sizes are small, and space is limited, so call Karen at (928) 634-8113 for more information. You may also come by the school at 102 S. Willard St., Cottonwood, just north of the Verde Valley Medical Center.

Quail Country Quilters

Quail Country Quilters meet at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7400, 705 E. Aspen St., in Cottonwood. Meetings are at 9 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of the month. They welcome all quilters and wannabe quilters of all skill levels. For more information call (928) 282-2958 or (928) 567-7291

New office for Democrats

Democrats of the Verde Valley have opened an office upstairs at 830 S. Main St., Cottonwood. (Look for the banner). It is open Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m., to register voters, answer questions, and distribute information on candidates. See www.dovv.org for further info.

High Desert Youth Football

High Desert Youth Football board meetings will be held on the second Tuesday of every month at Little Lisa's at 7 p.m. Address to Little Lisa's: 1012 N. Main St., Cottonwood. Contact Becky Allred at (928) 451-5519.

Cottonwood Bicycle Friday Rides

Weekly

Join in a bike ride every Friday at 8 a.m. with the Verde Valley Cyclists. Weekly rides are informal. Helmets are required. Rides start at Jerona Cafe on Mingus Avenue. Easy going for all skill levels and age groups. Approximately 14 miles, several stops, some hills, average time 1.5 to 2 hours. Most folks enjoy a friendly drink and snack at the Jerona Cafe after the ride. Start times change seasonally. Go to www.vvcc.us and click on Rides for additional information.

Cottonwood Toastmasters

A new Toastmaster Club, the proven best method for learning to speak in public and advance in your career, is now forming to meet in the evening. If you are interested and would like more information about this unique opportunity to be a charter member, please contact Pat at (928) 634-7474 or Lee at (928) 634-1689.

Old Tool Collection for Lions Club

The Cottonwood Lions Club, in preparation for their annual Parking Lot Sale is collecting old tools in working order, good furniture and other items. Clothes, electronics and any other items deemed unsaleable will be denied.

Income tax documentation will be provided.

Call (928) 821-0231 or 639-4602 to schedule a pickup.

Cottonwood Head Start

Cottonwood Head Start is now accepting applications for the 2008-09 school year. Head Start is a federally funded program for income eligible children from 3-5 years of age. We also serve children with special needs. You may contact us at (928) 634-8236 or you can pick up an application at 270 E. Mingus Ave.

Meet the greyhounds

Greyhounds make "greyt" pets. Meet-and-Greet these retired racers and see if one can share your home, the last Friday of each month, noon-3 p.m. at Petkingdom in Cottonwood's Fry's Shopping Center

Visit the greyhounds online at www.greyhoundsverdevalley.org or call 646-3467 or 634-7250 to talk with a representative about these gentle, love-able, laid-back dogs.

Postpartum Depression Support Group

For women who may be experiencing depression during or after pregnancy, a Postpartum Depression Support Group meets Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the VVMC-Medical Plaza Building, Classroom #2, 294 W. 89A, Cottonwood. Childcare is available. For more information, call (928) 639-6157.

Cottonwood Head Start

Cottonwood Head Start is now accepting for the school year 2007-08. Head Start is a federally funded program for income eligible children from 3-5 years of age. We also serve children with special needs. You may contact us at (928) 634-8236, or you can pick up an application at 270 E. Mingus Ave.

Transformation through hypnotherapy

"Tools to Transform Your Beliefs and Life" is every Monday 7-8:30 p.m. Hypnotherapist Bill Regner discusses the conscious, subconscious and super-conscious minds and the nature of beliefs; what they are; how they form; and how to change them. Verde Valley Wellness Center, 291 S. Willard, Ste. 105. Cottonwood. (928) 634-9316, bill@azhypnosis.com, www.azhypnosis.com.

Caregivers seek volunteers

The Verde Valley Caregivers' Coalition helped more than 700 elders this year. The VVCC coordinated more than 200 volunteers who donated their services over 5,000 times. The Coalition has more than 320 Guardian Angel personal security units out on loan to those who medically qualify.

The VVCC needs even more volunteers to continue providing a helping hand to the growing number of Elders in our community. Services allow them to continue living independently and with dignity. There are many ways to volunteer including giving a senior a ride to the doctor or shopping, helping with a small home repair, stopping in to visit or telephoning a lonely elder, helping in their office or assisting with the Coalition's special events.

Nearly 50 percent of the seniors and persons with disabilities who receive VVCC services live in Cottonwood where only 27 percent of the volunteers are located. Your help is needed. Call to find out more about volunteering with the VVCC. Your commitment can be regular or periodic. They work with your availability and schedule. Call the VVCC at 204-1238 today. A neighbor's independence depends on you.

Quit smoking through hypnosis

A lot of people have used hypnosis to become non-smokers and free of all nicotine habits. If you have thought about hypnosis for smoking cessation or to free yourself of any unwanted habit or belief, consider this free opportunity. On Monday evenings at the Verde Valley Wellness Center, Suite 105, you can enjoy a free, no commitment presentation on how hypnotherapy can improve your life. Presentation starts at 7 p.m. Spend 90 minutes with experienced certified clinical hypnotherapist Bill Regner. Verde Valley Wellness Center, 291 S. Willard St. Ste. 105, Cottonwood. Contact 634-9316, bill@azhypnosis.com.

Recycling in Verde Village now available

Verde Village now has it's own recycle center. It's conveniently located next to the VVPOA parking lot by the clubhouse, 4855 Broken Saddle in Verde Village #5.

Women's Cancer Support Group - Happy Huggers

Join with other cancer survivors in the celebration of life. Meetings second Tuesday of every month, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Where VFW Post 7400, 705 E Aspen, Cottonwood. Call Marge at 282-5036 or Dorothy 634-4161.

Cottonwood Chapter of AARP

The Cottonwood Chapter of AARP invites you to attend monthly chapter meetings the fourth Wednesday of the month (no meetings June, July and August). Join us at the Elks Lodge in Clarkdale. Potluck lunch at 12:30 p.m. followed by business meeting and program. For more information call Wayne Pauli 301-6713 or Fran Twit 634-4953.

MUHS Gold Senior passes available

Gold Senior Passes are available at Mingus Union High School and may be picked up in the school office. Passes will allow seniors over 60 to attend certain high school activities and athletic events free. The card does not include events put on by the Verde Valley Community Concert Association, the Gem and Mineral Show or any AIA athletic events. Identification is required.

Bingo at the Legion

Join the American Legion in Cottonwood every Wednesday and Saturday at 7 p.m. for some great fun. Hamburgers, hot dogs and other great food at our snack bar. Prize drawings every session. Drop in at 480 Calvary Way, or call 634-3004 for more information.

Jerome

Sedona

Public meeting on 'Y' construction

July 2

The City of Sedona and ADOT will host a public meeting at the Sedona Public Library from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to detail the traffic plans during construction at the "Y", which will start after the Fourth of July weekend.

ADOT and the City of Sedona will outline the phasing plan for construction of the roundabout at the Y, which will be one of the more complex elements of this construction project. The sequencing plan is being designed to take as little time as possible at the Y. This construction will entail traffic impacts and will require community cooperation and patience. This must be done so traffic can continue to move in all directions and ultimately, provide less inconvenience.

For information, call (800) 529-2876.

Sedona Rotary Club meetings

Rotary Club of Sedona meets for community betterment, speaker, fellowship and buffet lunch every Tuesday, noon to 1:15 p.m., at Los Abridagos Resort, State Route 179. For more information, visit www.sedonarotary.org. Cost of lunch, $15. Join us.

Calling for Sedona residents

Local author Dee Beach is compiling unique and amazing stories from residents of Sedona for publication in her next book. Everyone has a story to tell; so, if you haven't told yours, here's your chance.

If you've lived in Sedona for five years or more and have a story you would like to tell that confirms your destiny as "being born to live in Sedona," Dee extends the opportunity to you or someone you may know. Call Dee to be a part of this historical event.

Contact dee55@npgcable.com or (928) 282-3293 to tell your story.

Writer's Group back in business

Willma Gore, VOC/Sedona resident, returned April 30 from a month-long book tour of California where she made eight appearances in five cities at writer clubs, retirement homes and a church, in the promotion of her latest book, Long Distance Grandparenting. Of the 60-plus grandparents interviewed for the wit and wisdom contained in the book, 10 are residents of Sedona and Prescott and a number of these were the sources of additional contacts across the country.

Although Willma's five writer workshops that have been meeting with her at Sedona Winds, her current residence, were suspended during her absence, all groups resume meeting in May with two of the groups, Village Writers and Sedona High Hopes, scheduled to gather at 10 a.m. Thursdays at Worm Books and Music in the VOC Outlet Mall. Those interested are invited to contact Willma at (928) 284-2703 or by e-mail, at willmagore@msn.com

Verde Valley

Model Airplane Open House

Every Sunday, (weather permitting) 8 a.m.-noon. watch a variety of gas and electric radio controlled model airplanes fly at the club field. Visit the Web site www.camodelers.com/ for driving directions or call (928) 203-0190.

Local student could win trip and $10,000

Nov. 1

Commander Ronald Luce of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7400 in Cottonwood announced the kick-off of this year's VFW & its Ladies Auxiliary "Patriot's Pen Essay Competition." Students in grades 6-8 in this area have the opportunity to compete in the VFW's annual essay competition and win thousands of dollars in U.S. Savings Bonds and a trip to be honored at the VFW & Ladies Auxiliary Community Service Conference. Students begin by competing at the local Post level. Post winners advance to District. District winners compete in the state competition. The state winners compete for more than $75,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds and an all-expenses trip to Washington, D.C.

Each year, more that 130,000 students participate in the Patriot's Pen Essay Competition. Students are invited to write a 300-400-word essay on a patriotic theme. This year's theme is "Why America's Veterans should be Honored." Deadline for student entries is Nov. 1. Interested students & teachers should contact their local VFW Post 7400 by phone at (928) 634-9769 or write to the Post at P.O. Box 689 Cottonwood AZ 86326 for more information.

File court cases at night

Effective immediately the Verde Valley public can file Superior Court adult cases at any time, day or night, by depositing them in the Night Depository Box at the Yavapai County Court Building in Camp Verde at 3505 W. 260. Even when the Clerk's office is closed, attorneys can meet filing deadlines and the public need not take time off work to file documents at the Customer Service counter.

Instructions for filing documents are posted on the box. If the instructions are followed accurately, the date and time stamped as "received" will be the date and time stamped as "filed" in the Clerk's office. The documents will be retrieved by the Clerk's Office throughout the day and processed as if filed at the Customer Service counter.

Any questions regarding the usage of this depository box should be directed to Angela Kinkead, Customer Service supervisor, at (928) 567-7741.

Water-testing kits still available

The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Office for Yavapai County still has water-testing kits available. The "basic" kit is a 5-parameter kit and it tests for pH, total alkalinity, total hardness, nitrite and nitrate and costs $8. The "arsenic" kit tests for arsenic and costs $24.

If you want your kit mailed to you please fill out the order form found at the following web site: http://cals.arizona.edu/yavapai/anr/water/ and send it along with your check made payable to the University of Arizona to: U.A-Cooperative Extension-Yavapai County, Attn: Well Water Testing, 840 Rodeo Dr., Bldg C, Prescott, AZ 86305.

You may also pick up your test kit(s) in person at the Cooperative Extension Office located at the Prescott location between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. The office is closed for lunch between noon and 1 p.m.

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