What's Happening 12-27-09

Basic Hunter Education Class

Jan. 4

There will be a Hunter Education Class at the Camp Verde Middle School Jan. 4-28, 2010, on Mondays and Thursdays 6-8:30 p.m. The field day is on Jan. 16 and is mandatory to pass the class. You can only miss one class to be certified. This class is required for hunters 14 years of age and under. Families are encouraged to attend. The cost is $7 per person or $15 for a family. Call Kevin for further information at (928) 567-0023.

Free Adult Education classes

Jan. 4

The Camp Verde Adult Reading Program offers "English and Stretching Your Dollars" (English, naturalization, banking, budgeting, shopping, etc.) for persons who speak English as a second language at 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondys and Thursdays. "Computer Skills Class" for persons wanting "basic" computer knowledge is 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. The free classes are at 395 S. Main St., Room 305, in Camp Verde. Call (928) 567-3187.

General Lab Hours for Pre-GED and English as a Second Language Training are:

Monday (Daytime) 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Evening) 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday (Daytime) 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Evening) 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Thursday (Daytime) 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Evening) 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Registration for Spring English classes begins

Jan. 4

Registration for English classes for adults whose first language is not English is Jan. 4-14. Registration will be held in the Learning Center in the Camp Verde Community Center at 395 S. Main St., in Room 305.

The Camp Verde Adult Reading Program asks new and returning students to come in to the Learning Center the week of January 4 on Monday and Thursday. Evening registration will be January 4, 7, 11 and 14 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Students will enroll and be given a placement test during registration time. They should allow at least an hour for this process. New students will be expected to attend the four orientation classes on Jan. 4, 7, 11 and 14. Regular classes for all students will begin Jan. 18 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will be held at that hour each Monday and Thursday of the following sixteen weeks. For this spring session "Stretching Your Dollars"(practical math) will be included with English and Civics.

For further information, call (928) 567-3187.

Blackjack lessons offered

Cliff Castle Casino is offering free Blackjack lessons daily on the casino floor at 10 a.m. and noon for guests to learn basic Blackjack rules and strategy. The $3 Blackjack will also be available every day.

In casino blackjack, the dealer faces one to six players from behind a kidney-shaped table. Each player plays his hand independently against the dealer. At the beginning of each round, the player places a bet in and receives an initial hand of two cards. The object of the game is to get a higher card total than the dealer, but without going over 21.

Those interested in participating in Blackjack lessons at Cliff Castle Casino are encouraged to call the Castle Club at (928) 567-7999 for more information and details.

What's new at Camp Verde Historic Society

The Camp Verde Historical Society Museum's "Featured Display" for December is "Greetings From the Charles Ward Family" at the time they owned the Rancho Roca Rojo. The greeting card collection is on loan from Ernestine and Walt Murdock faithful members and volunteers of the Historical Society. This is the first time the collection has been on exhibit and can only be seen at the Museum during the month of December. If you are looking for a gift for that hard to please person, consider a membership at the Camp Verde Historical Society. Their gift shop also contains articles not found anywhere else. A visit to the Museum is free and open to the public on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The CVHS is located at 435 S. Main Street in Historical Downtown Camp Verde. Call (928) 567-9560 for information.

Post 93 to assist veterans

Two American Legion Post 93 service officers will be available from 10 a.m. until noon for assisting veterans with claims, medical eligibility, V.A. disability and other questions on any eligibility issues. Contact Jerry Towle at (928) 300-0508, Dave Stuart at 451-1664 or Post 93 at 567-6154. This is a continuing service every second and fourth Monday of every month.

Service officer for veterans

American Legion Post 93 Service Officer is available every second and fourth Monday from 10 am. to noon to help veterans with any question they may have on V.A. benefits, from hospital services to disability claims. Contact Jerry Towle at (928) 300-0580 or Dave Stewart at (928) 451-1664 or leave a message at the Post, 567-6154.

Get on an Artist Trading Card

Beaver Creek Books and Artisans Gallery invites artists of all ages and abilities to participate in an "Artist Trading Cards" exchange, an on going event at their store in Camp Verde. The cards have to be original art work, in any medium, on 2.5-by-3.5-inch paper. Bring in cards and exchange them for an equal amount of cards by other artists. On the back of your work write your contact information and what medium you used to complete your work. This is a great way to collect original art from artists all over the Verde Valley. Beaver Creek Books and Artisans Gallery currently has openings for artists who wish to display their work in their store. The store is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Starting Sept. 22 the hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Beaver Creek Books and Artisans Gallery is located at 545 S. Main St. in Camp Verde. For further information call the store at (928) 567-4377.

Camp Verde gets defibrillators

In an effort to promote and improve the general safety of Town facilities, the Town has acquired five Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). AEDs are used in cases of life threatening cardiac arrhythmias, which have led to cardiac arrest, and in tandem with Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR); they should only be used by people who are both certified in CPR and AED operation. In the interest of promoting public safety, the Camp Verde Fire District has graciously offered to provide this certification training to town employees at no cost.

The AEDs have been strategically placed at the following locations: town hall administration building, public works building, the library and the marshal's office building. For more information, please contact Special Project Administrator Matt Morris at (928) 567-6631, ext. 115, or by email at mmorris@cvaz.org.

State of the Verde Valley

Jan. 8

Verde Valley Regional Economic Organization hosts the inaugural symposium, State of the Verde Valley, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Verde Campus of Yavapai College, 6-1 Black Hills Drive, Clarkdale, Building M Room 137.

The symposium will discuss the VREO and its mission, Verde Valley-wide projects like the Wine Consortium, broadband and Housing Task Force, and will include lunch with wine tasting (no cost). Seating is limited and reservations are required by Dec. 30. For more information, e-mail vvreo2009@gmail.com or visit http://www.campusce.net/yc/course/EventDetail.aspx?486

GED & ESOL Classes at Yavapai College

Jan. 11-14

FREE GED, GED ONLINE and ESOL classes offered at the Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus and Camp Verde School Complex. Enroll in one of three orientations for GED preparation classes: Jan. 11 & 13, 5-8 p.m., Jan 12 & 14, 9 a.m. to noon, or Jan. 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Apply and register at Yavapai College. Call 634-6544 for info.

FREE ESOL classes after attending a FREE orientation Jan. 14 & 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. on the Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus. Register for orientation at 649-4564.

Take a Sentimental Journey in Clarkdale

Time to gear up for the 2010 Season with the big band sound featuring Sentimental Journey, a live 16-piece orchestra. The Clarkdale Heritage Conservancy Board and the Clarkdale Heritage Center continue to host these dances.

The dance is held in the Clarkdale Clubhouse on Ninth Street in Clarkdale. Dancing begins at 7 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m.

This is a non-alcoholic event and refreshments are available. Admission is only $7.50 per person and you can dance the night away.

For further information call the Clarkdale Town Hall at 928-634-2400 or Pat Williams at 928-649-9672.

Art in Public Places

Thru Jan. 31

The Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus is now featuring the breathtaking watercolors of Jeanne Jones through Jan. 31, 2010. Jones is a member of the Arizona Watercolor Association and a juried member of the Northern Arizona Watercolor Association. "I'm drawn to the luminosity and transparency of colors that happens in watercolor," said Jones. "My goal is to produce artwork that satisfies me and creates an emotional connection with viewers." Jones work appears in many private collections and is on exhibit in various venues throughout Northern Arizona. The Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus library hosts Art in Public Places throughout the year.

Introduction to massage therapy

Jan. 8

The Arizona School of Integrative Studies (A.S.I.S.) plans a special Introduction to Massage Therapy Class intended for anyone who would like to learn massage to use at home, or for someone who is considering a deeper training, but would like a "sample" of what to expect. The class will include basic massage techniques you can use right away. The class is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost for the class is $25 and if you decide to enroll in our 750-hour Massage Therapy Training Program, attending this Intro Class will waive your $50 application fee.

For more information or to reserve your space, please feel free to contact ASIS at 701 S. Broadway, Clarkdale, (928) 639-3455.

Spring Fitness Workshops at Yavapai College

Fitness workshops at Yavapai College are a great way to try something new. These half-credit, PHE 105 workshops are just $29 and a fun way to get in shape and stay in budget. On the Verde Valley Campus join fitness instructor Sherry Kennedy-Cameron Friday mornings for 50 minutes of Pilates from 8 to 8:50 a.m. or Yoga from 9 to 9:50 a.m. to focus on core strength, flexibility, balance, and stress reduction. Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9 to 9:50 a.m. get together with fitness instructor Roxanne Wessel to dance and sway in Zumba Gold, the low-impact version of Zumba and a perfect choice for seniors and those new to exercise. Looking for evening fitness options? On Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 to 7:20 p.m. try Zumba Tone, a fun and effective way to get strong from the inside out while enjoying great Latin rhythms. For more information contact Kenedy-Cameron at (928) 634-0064, or Wessel at 634-1660. To view and register for classes go to www.yc.edu

Fish dinner with the Moose

Loyal Order of Moose, a nonprofit organization, has a fish dinner each Friday. The menu includes baked fish, fried fish, shrimp, chicken, and combo plates. The kitchen is clean and inspected by Yavapai County, and the volunteer kitchen helpers have health cards. Dinner is 5-7 p.m. Moose Lodge, 1051 S. Broadway, Clarkdale. Call (928) 634-8668 if you have any questions.

Cornville

Cottonwood

New Year's Eve with the Legion

Dec. 31

Come celebrate the coming of 2010 with the third annual New Year's Eva Gala at the American Legion Family Post 25, 480 Calvary Way, Cottonwood. Due to the economy they are reducing ticket prices this year to $16.50 per ticket. The night includes prime rib dinner with all the trimmings, Live music with Quick Draw. There are only 200 tickets available. Get them now while they last. Call (928) 634-3004.

Get in on Genealogy Discussions

Genealogy Discussions to be held at the LDS Family History Center located at 1377 Hombre Drive in Cottonwood. The times are 10-11:30 a.m. The Family History Center will be open before and after the meeting. Discussions will continue weekly, except for the last two weeks of November and December.

Dec. 21-28 Christmas Holiday, Spring Sessions Begins Jan. 4, 2010

Spaghetti Dinner with Squadron 25

Jan. 3

The Sons of the American Legion at 480 S. Calvary Way, Cottonwood, is sponsoring a spaghetti dinner for membership and their guests from 2 to 5 p.m. Cost is $5 per plate and takeout is allowed. The band Happy Days will be playing for your enjoyment, so come on down and visit with friends and meet new ones. For further information (928) 634-3004.

Vineyard hosts 'Dare to Dream' Ladies Luncheon

Jan. 9

Vineyard Christian Fellowship Ladies Luncheon "Dare to Dream" will be Saturday, Jan. 9 at noon. Celebrate the new year.

Guest speaker, Dina Beauvais, 810-B West Mingus Ave. Call 928-634-2459

Youth Football meeting

Jan. 13

High Desert Youth Football Board Meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the COCSD Board Room located at 1 N. Willard St. in Cottonwood. Open to the public.

Tax help volunteers needed for Yavapai County

Jan. 20

Catholic Charities Prescott has partnered with Yavapai County Long Term Care, the city of Cottonwood, Beaver Creek School, Northern Arizona Council of Governments, New Horizons, United Way Yavapai County and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in recruiting community volunteers to provide free tax help to area residents. 

Tax volunteers need no prior experience.  Materials and tax instruction are provided at no cost and volunteers become IRS certified to prepare taxes.  Volunteers learn how to electronically file tax returns, both federal and state, using IRS tax preparation software.  Volunteers are asked to provide tax help four to six hours a week, from Jan. 20 through April 15.

Training is in December and January. For more information about volunteering, contact Tania Simms at (928) 634-4254 ext. 54119 or e-mail at tsimms@cc-az.org.

C-OC Preschool Screenings

Jan. 27

The Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District offers free developmental screenings for preschool children between the ages of 3 to 5 years who live in the school district and are not already receiving special education services or enrolled in kindergarten. The screenings are typically held on a monthly basis. The screenings will check a child's speech, motor, cognitive, adaptive and social development. The dates of the next screenings are Jan. 27 and Feb. 24, 2010. For an appointment call (928) 634-6743. The Arizona Early Intervention Program also offers developmental screenings for children age birth to 3 years. For an appointment call (800) 841-5201.

Music at the Legion

American Legion Post 25 hosts an afternoon of dancing to live music every Sunday 2-5 p.m. Scheduled Bands: Jan. 3 Happy Days; Jan. 10 Rio Verde; Jan. 17 Happy Days; Jan. 24 Rick and Richard; Jan. 31 Rick and Richard. The post is at 480 Calvary Way, Cottonwood. Call (928) 634-3004.

Sunday Music at the Post

American Legion Post 25, 480 Calvary Way, Cottonwood, hosts music each Sunday. This month's bands are Happy Days on Dec. 20, and Rick & Richard on Dec. 27.

There will be a New Year's Eve Party Thursday, Dec. 31, at 6 p.m. with Quick Draw and a prime rib dinner. A cab will be available for those who need a ride home. Call (928) 567-5012.

What's new in the Legion kitchen

American Legion Post 25 has new kitchen staff. Friday Night Steak and Fish Fry with fresh beer battered or gourmet breaded fish or center cut top sirloin steak grilled - guaranteed to bring you back every Friday 5-7 p.m. The post is at 480 Calvary Way, Cottonwood. Call (928) 634-3004. Friday Night Karaoke begins at 7:30 p.m. Come out for a fun Friday night.

New Year's Eve Gala at Legion 25

Dec. 31

Again this year American Legion Post 25 will host a New Year's Eve Party. Quick Draw will be the band this year, and there will be prime rib for dinner with all the trimmings, party favors and lots of fun. Tickets are on sale in the lounge for $16 person and there will be rides home for those who would like it (don't forget to tip your driver). Only 200 tickets will be sold so hurry and be one of the few to see 2010 come in dancing. The post is at 480 Calvary Way, Cottonwood. Call (928) 634-3004.

Spaghetti with SAL 25

Jan. 3

Sons of the American Legion presents a Sunday spaghetti dinner 2-5 p.m. for $5 per plate. Takeout is available. Happy Days will be the band playing for your enjoyment. American Legion Post 25 is at 480 Calvary Way, Cottonwood. Call (928) 634-3004.

Dinner with Legion 25

Jan. 17

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 25 invites you to Sunday Dinner 1-4 p.m. with open face hot roast beef with all the trimmings for $5 including desert and music by Happy Days. The post is at 480 Calvary Way, Cottonwood. Call (928) 634-3004.

Cherney, Williams to address Democrats of the Verde Valley

Jan. 28

Democrats of the Verde Valley invite interested voters to their general meeting on Jan, 28 at Pine Shadows Clubhouse off SR 89A, Cottonwood, at 6:30 p.m..

Andrei Cherney, candidate for State Treasurer, and Jason Williams, candidate for State Supt. of Public Instruction, will speak.  Call 649-0847 for further info or a ride.  Bring non-perishable food for the mission/food bank.

International Business Networking

BNI, the Verde Valley Difference, is an international business networking and referral organization that meets every Wednesday at 7 a.m. at Sweet Jill's Restaurant in Cottonwood. For more information contact Alan Freedman at (928) 639-3828.

Rockhounds form new club

 A group of enthusiastic rockhounds and jewelry makers has formed a new club in the Verde Valley. Calling their club Verde River Rockhounds they will concentrate on trips into the Arizona countryside to collect interesting rock and semi precious stones and practice lapidary techniques to produce high-class jewelry. At their monthly meetings they plan the opportunity to discuss their hobby while hearing from invited speakers. Verde River Rockhounds may be contacted at (928) 274-3369.

Sweats for Vets

The American Legion Auxiliary Post 25, 480 Calvary Way, Cottonwood, is collecting Sweats for Vets, a program to obtain new sweats for Vets that have become disabled with a loss of a limbs.

They will be delivered to the VA Hospital in Prescott and other Veterans facilities where the need exist. Just in time for the cold winter that is approaching Please drop off your contribution to Post 25, there is a large box marked Sweats for Vets. Call 634-3004.

City Council meetings get televised

The Cottonwood City Council meetings are now televised. CableOne Channel 20 is now the City of Cottonwood Government Channel. Yavapai Broadcasting has been recording Cottonwood Council meetings since the beginning of September 2009 and has the Oct. 6 regular City Council meeting available on their web site www.myradioplace.com. As of Oct. 20, Yavapai Broadcasting will not only have them available on-line but has been working in conjunction with local cable company CableOne, who is now broadcasting the meetings live on channel 20 and will replay them at various times throughout the week.

As this channel develops, more programs will be broadcast, such as local news, public service announcements, special events, etc.

Work your baby's brain

Cloy Dellaripa, M.C. presents Baby Brain Time at the Cottonwood Library Kids Zone. Bring your baby to play, socialize, learn, and have lots of fun every Tuesday at noon.

Baby Brain Time at the Cottonwood Library Kids Zone is a program designed to enhance your baby's sensory development and to promote attention, bonding, and communication between babies and toddlers, from birth to 24 months, and their parents or caregivers.

It's free.  No registration required.

2010 Verde Valley calendars

Remaining 2010 Verde Historical Society Calendars, featuring Verde Valley nonprofit organizations, have been reduced to only $5. They make great stocking stuffers and reasonably priced gifts, while proceeds assist the Clemenceau Heritage Museum in preserving and showcasing our local history at no cost to the public.

Each month features a different organization with photos and a description of its activities. Included are the Lions and Rotary Clubs, the Old Town Mission, the Humane Society, Caballos del Sol, Boys and Girls Club, El Valle Artists, the 4-H and the FFA, and the Old Town Association, among others.

The calendars are available at the Museum during regular hours: 11 - 3 Fridays - Sundays, and 9 - noon Wednesdays. The Museum is located on the corner of Willard and Mingus in Cottonwood. Tel: 928-634-2868.

Bingo at the VFW

The VFW Post 7400 at 705 E Aspen St., Cottonwood has bingo every Thursday 7:-10 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m. Doors open two hours before start, and the kitchen begins selling food one and a half hours before bingo starts. There are 10 regular games with a cashball, and seven special games, including two progressive games, and a $1,000 blackout in 50 numbers. Sunday also features three speed bingo games beginning at 12:30 to get you warmed up. Call (928) 649-2129.

Volunteers train at Hospice Compassus

Volunteer training by Hospice Compassus is continuing at the public library in Cottonwood every Wednesday and Friday afternoon for the next five weeks. Classes run from 1 until 4 p.m. in the Meeting Room. After completion of the classes, volunteers will become a Certified Non-Medical Volunteer and be qualified to do volunteer activities with any hospice agency.

In an effort to make this vital training available to the most people in the upper Verde Valley, registration will continue for the next two weeks. To register for these classes, call the Hospice Compassus Volunteer Coordinator at (928) 284-0180, ext. 111.

After-School Reading Club starts

Join the after-school Reading Club in the Kids Zone at the Cottonwood Public Library. You don't even have to read...they'll read to you. The club meets Mondays (except holidays) 3:30-4:15 p.m. All elementary school-age children are welcome. For more info, call Youth Services at (928) 634-7559.

Sing with Verde Valley Voices

The Verde Valley Voices practice each Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the On The Greens clubhouse located at 969 W. On The Greens Boulevard off historical State Route 89A (on the way to Clarkdale). This is a non-audition choir open to all. For more information call (928) 649-3172.

What's cookin' at the American Legion

Vince's Kitchen hosts its Famous Friday Night Fish Fry from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Guaranteed you will come back again and again.

The kitchen is open daily: Lunch Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Evenings Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 5-7p.m.

American Legion Post 25, 480 Calvary Way, Cottonwood. Call (928) 634-3004.

Depression Support group starts

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Yavapai County has added Cottonwood to its many locations. They offer free, open, confidential peer support groups. Call (928) 925-3578

Artists invited to Creativity Pool

Vic and Al's Creativity Pool of Resources (aka CPR for Artists) meets at Cottonwood Public Library at 6 p.m. every first, second and third Thursday. This growing network of local and visiting artisans welcomes new members, whatever their creative interest or skill level. No dues or fees. Adults must accompany minors. Call (928) 646-3888.

Jerome

Sedona

Sedona Christmas Tree Recycling Begins

Dec. 26

The City of Sedona is participating in this year's 'Tis The Season To Treecycle program sponsored by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality's Recycling Program and Earth 911.

Dec. 26-Jan. 25, the City of Sedona will be accepting Christmas trees for recycling into chips. Trees can be dropped off in the lot at the corner of Saddlerock Circle and State Route 89A. No yard debris please. Please remove all stands, ornaments, nails, lights and tinsel from the trees. The trees will be chipped on Jan. 26 and taken to the Camp Verde Transfer Station.

Free Chamber Music at the Library

Chamber Music Sedona has announced its schedule for the Sedona Public Library Community Room, featuring Northern Arizona artists, ensembles and guests. All programs begin at 7 p.m.

Jan. 20 - Curtis and Juilliard Graduate Piano Trio

Feb. 10 - Thomas Sheeley, guitar

March 4 - Fry Street Quartet

May 5 - Tony Trischka Territory

Admission is two cans of non-perishable food per person or $5 per person to benefit Sedona Community Food Bank, Sedona Community Center and Verde Valley Sanctuary.

Sedona Professionals

Sedona Professionals is a nonprofit business referral organization that provides a relationship-building and networking environment to its members each week. The group meets every Wednesday morning at Orchards for a breakfast meeting at 7:15 a.m.

For information on attending a meeting visit the Web site at www.sedonaprofessionals.org or contact Lee Congdon at (928) 300-5050.

Hospital volunteers needed

Verde Valley Medical Center is seeking volunteers for its Sedona campus, and EntireCare Sports Medicine locations in West Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek. Volunteering is a great way to get involved and stay active. A commitment of four hours per week is suggested.

Volunteers are matched with assignments that fit their personality, abilities and schedule. The diversity of volunteers - from homemakers to professionals, students to retirees, young to old - makes VVMC stronger and better able to serve the healthcare needs of the community. Key qualifications for volunteers are a helpful, caring attitude and a respect for confidentiality.

Along with the satisfaction of helping others, some additional benefits of volunteering at VVMC include discounted meals, discounted use of the EntireCare Rehab Services fully equipped gym, and continuing education classes.

For more information please call the Volunteer Services department at (928) 639-6550.

Verde Valley

Join the Lions for great cause

The Clarkdale/Jerome Lions Club, Cottonwood Lions Club, Camp Verde Lions Club need your help and new members for these activities in our community.

Clarkdale/Jerome Lions Club does White Cane days (money collected goes toward eye glasses for children and adults), Concerts in Clarkdale Park (selling pop, water, brownies), Halloween (selling pop, hot cocoa, water, and give away candy). Monies from these fund raising programs goes back into the community.

Donations are made to Police Department, Fire Department, Mingus Union High School Graduation Party, flags to Clarkdale, Oak Creek School on Veterans Day, Camp Tatiyee (a camp for special needs children and adults), Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation of Arizona, Arts and Crafts Summer Program in Jerome.

For more info on Clarkdale Lions Club call Dave Andrews at 634-8207, Cottonwood Lions Club call Ron Black at 639-4602, Camp Verde Lions Club call Gary Greeson at 567-0342 or Wesley Girard at 567-5343.

Meet the Professionals

Sedona Professionals is a nonprofit business referral organization that provides a relationship-building and networking environment to its members each week. The group meets every Wednesday morning at Orchards for a breakfast meeting at 7:15 a.m.

Healthy changes to the WIC Food Program

Yavapai County Community Health Services (YCCHS) administers the Federal program, Women, Infants and Children's (WIC) through a grant with Arizona Department of Health Services for eligible participants. The program began in the 1970s as a health prevention program for young children by providing foods with essential nutrients, such as protein, iron, calcium and vitamins A and C. However, many of the foods were also high in calories and fat. The food package has just recently changed to promote healthier eating by including fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grain foods such as whole wheat bread, brown rice and corn tortillas and switching to low-fat milk

To find out about eligibility for this program, call Cottonwood at (928) 639-8134.

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