What's Happening 6-3-09

Saturday Mountain Bike Ride
June 6
Join a couple of loosely organized, fun rides around the "Thumper Loop" to commemorate local rider Lee Gorby's 365th consecutive day riding the local loop. Lee (aka Whiskey Rider) has ridden through ice-cold rain and blazing heat, cloudy days and sunny, every single day since June 6, 2008. 
It'll be a great chance to meet a few other riders, swap stories, and discuss the recent damage on the Thumper Trail, as well as the need for new single-track in Cottonwood.
Meet up at the Raptor Trailhead at the top of Roadrunner Road at Dead Horse Ranch State Park twice that day: 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. More info: (928) 301-1190.

Saturday Mountain Bike Ride June 6 Join a couple of loosely organized, fun rides around the "Thumper Loop" to commemorate local rider Lee Gorby's 365th consecutive day riding the local loop. Lee (aka Whiskey Rider) has ridden through ice-cold rain and blazing heat, cloudy days and sunny, every single day since June 6, 2008. It'll be a great chance to meet a few other riders, swap stories, and discuss the recent damage on the Thumper Trail, as well as the need for new single-track in Cottonwood. Meet up at the Raptor Trailhead at the top of Roadrunner Road at Dead Horse Ranch State Park twice that day: 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. More info: (928) 301-1190.

Feed Your Soul

June 9

Feed your Soul Bible Study is Tuesday at 10 a.m. at New Beginnings Church of the Nazarene, 644 S. Seventh St., Camp Verde. All are welcome. For info call (928) 567-9489.

VVPOA Jr. Lifeguard Program

The Verde Village Property Owners Association will be having a Junior Lifeguard program during the summer for ages 11-15. Cost is $30, which includes T-shirt and lessons. Participants will be given the opportunity to develop teamwork and leadership, increase swimming skills, perform rescue techniques, and understand responsibilities of aquatic personnel and first responders.

If you have any questions or want to join the program talk to Phillip or call (928) 634-5605 or 646-5598

Check out Yavapai-Apache archives

Thru June 30

The artifacts from the Yavapai-Apache Archives will continue to be on display at the Camp Verde Historical Society Museum during the month of June. For the first time in our Museum the public is able to view a water carrier basket, yucca sandals, prehistoric woven cotton fabric, Gan Dancer carvings, polychrome winnowing basket, and much more.

The museum has assumed it's summer hours of Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Memberships can be obtained at the Museum during business hours. CVHS Museum is located in Camp Verde at 435 S. Main St. For information call (928) 567-9560.

Music at the Legion

The American Legion at 480 S. Calvary Way, Cottonwood, is hosting the following bands. All bands play from 2 to 5 p.m. June 7 Quick Draw; June 14 Happy Days; June 21 Bill Barnes; June 28 J&B on the Rocks.

Hospice Welcome Program

Austin House is pleased to announce the Verde Valley Community Hospice Welcome Program. Come join Austin House Assisted Living Facility in welcoming Verde Valley Community Hospice to the Verde Valley.

Verde Valley is the one and only JACHO accredited hospice available in the Verde Valley to provide these services.

Verde Valley Community Hospice commitment is to provide quality care for patients faced with a life limiting illness. The staff will be providing a program to assist in understanding their services, eligibility, values and their customer service guarantee. Please join us in welcoming this outstanding Hospice Agency to the Verde Valley at Austin House on June 3 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Refreshments and snacks will be served.

Learn East Coast swing

June 6

Get a one hour lesson plus an hour of dance practice with various ballroom and rhythm music tracks to learn East Coast swing. Lesson starts at 7 p.m. in the Cottonwood Civic Center, 805 N. Main St., in Old Town Cottonwood.

No partner needed. Cost is $7 per person. Sodas and bottled water provided at an additional cost. (Refreshment money goes toward youth student dance education.) Call (928) 821-0213 if more information is needed.

Book Reading for all ages

June 13

Beaver Creek Books & Artisan's Gallery will host a book reading of "I'll Be Back" at 11 a.m. Everyone has a story and "I'll Be Back" was written by local artist Vada Lovato about her grandmother. Although the book was self published for Vada's family and school age children, it appeals to all ages who have an interest in family history and stories. There is no charge to attend the book reading and questions will be answered about self-publishing.

Beaver Creek Books is at 545 S. Main St., Camp Verde. For further information call (928) 567-4377.

Children's Art Class

June 20

Beaver Creek Books & Artisan's Gallery, 545 S. Main Street, Camp Verde, is sponsoring a watercolor class for children in grades 1 through 6. The two-hour class will be from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $20, which includes all supplies (paint, paper, brushes) for students to take home and practice the skills they learn in the class. The instructor is Vada Lovato, an exhibiting artist in the Artisan's Gallery.

For further information, call (928) 567-4377.

Calling All Hounds

June 14

Bassets, Beagles, Blood Hounds, Foxhounds, Treeing Walkers, Coon Hound, or hound mix: Bring your owner and join the fun at a Hound Playdate at 11 a.m. in Sedona Dog Park (corner of Soldiers Pass Road and Carruth Drive). Parking is available on Carruth. All hound breeds and hound mixes welcome.

VVPOA Highway Cleanup

June 6

The Arizona 260 Cleanup will be on Saturday, June 6. ADOT provides the blue bags and orange vests. Bring your own gloves and wear long pants. They have a few nail sticks. Meet at 7 a.m. at the One in Christ Church parking lot, across the highway from the

Verde Valley Fire Station.

The more willing workers they have the quicker the job gets done. Join your neighbors and help keep Arizona beautiful. If you have any questions please call Mal at (928) 634-9785.

Bashas' Blood Drive

June 5

Find the Hero in you -- give blood three times a year. Bashas' blood drive will be 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Outpost Mall parking lot, West Finnie Flat Road, Camp Verde. For more information or to make an appointment contact Irene Peoble at (98) 567-9227 or visit www.BloodHero.com (sponsor Code: Bashas) Please bring photo ID and donor card. Free cholesterol testing for every donation.

Free concert from 36th Army Band

June 6

The 36th Army Band of Fort Huachuca is giving a free concert in Camp Verde. The only active duty military band in Arizona will be performing pieces such as 'American in Paris' & 'Four Scottish dances'. Hosted by the Verde Valley Concert Association at the Multi-Use Complex, 210 Camp Lincoln Road, Camp Verde. For more information contact Mark Tufte, president of Verde Valley Concert Association, at markt@countryaz.com or 639-0020.

Grace Lutheran VBS

June 8-12

Vacation Bible School at Grace Community Lutheran Church in Rimrock, 5100 Stevenson Drive, is 6-8 p.m. daily. Registration starts at 5:30 on June 8. Come meet Skeeter at Crocodile Dock in Hokeybadjokey Swamp, play games, make crafts and have snacks. They will have our Jolly Jumper and a BBQ on the last night.

Prepare for Crawdad Festival

June 5-6

The Crawdad & Shrimp Festival, brought to you by the Verde Valley Rangers, returns to Camp Verde June 5, 5-11 p.m., and June 6, 4-11 p.m. This New Orleans-style Cajun affair takes place near the Town's gazebo. Enjoy steaming crawdads (served Saturday), shrimp (served Friday), potatoes, corn on the cob, salad and savory alligator treats. There will also be live music from local bands, kids games and, for the grownups, a beer garden. Admission is $5, 12 & under are free. Cost per plate is $15.

 For additional details on the upcoming Crawdad Festival please contact Jim Williams at (928) 567-6107. Interested vendors, please contact Tim Roth at (928) 202-2269.

Audition for Missoula Children's Theatre

June 8

Local students who have finished kindergarten through 12th grade are encouraged to audition for the Missoula Children's Theatre production of Cinderella, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Camp Verde Multi-Use Complex theater. They are casting 65 youth. Performances are June 13. For more information, call Helen Freeman at (928) 567-9220 or Kitty Jalving at 567-5345.

Register for Summer Youth Program

June 8

The Camp Verde Parks & Recreation is now accepting registration for our 2009 Summer Program.  This is a wonderful program for children ages 6 to 14. The program will run the duration of six weeks starting June 8, 2009 until July 16.  Each child is $120 to enroll in the program. This cost will cover the price of a field trip a week. Any additional children enrolled in the program will be a $20 reduction in price. The format of the program allows each child to participate in classes like: Cooking, Arts & Crafts, Archery, Model Cars, Dance, Cheerleading, Life on the Verde, Sports & the Activity Center.

This year's program will run from 8 a.m. until noon. Monday through Thursday at the Camp Verde Community Center. The location is 395 S. Main St. Check in is at 7:30 a.m. daily and pick up is at 12:15 p.m. daily.

For more information call 567-0535 x 132 or email Joseph Perez at jperez@cvaz.org. Summer program registration sheets can also be printed off the web at www.cvaz.org under Parks & Recreation Home Page and Youth Programs.

Kindergarten registration

Camp Verde School District is conducting Kindergarten Registration. You will need to bring the student's immunization record, certified birth certificate, and proof of residency. Proof of residency could include a phone, electric or gas bill that verifies your physical address. The student must be age 5 by Sept. 1, 2009. The registration office is located at 410 Camp Lincoln Road, Camp Verde. Summer hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. If you have any questions please call 567-8012 or 567-8011.

Al-Anon Family Group Meeting starting in Camp Verde

A new Al-Anon Family Group Meeting is Mondays noon to 1 p.m. at Camp Verde United Methodist Church, Jewel House in back of church on the northeast corner of Second Street and Head. Contact Norma (928) 567-6780 or Su 203-4664.

Apply for American Heritage Academy

American Heritage Academy is now accepting new enrollment applications for its Cottonwood and Camp Verde Campus's. There are a few openings remaining in grade 2-11 in Cottonwood and grades 3-8 in Camp Verde. The Academy is free. Uniforms are required. Some classes have waiting lists. For more information visit at 2030 E. Cherry St. Cottonwood and 132 General Crook Trail in Camp Verde. Call (928) 634-2144 or 567-0462, americanheritageacademy.org.

Time to register at Chester Newton/Sunnyside

Now accepting student applications for 2009-10 school year. Tuition free Chester Newton Charter and Montessori School for grades K-5 and Sunnyside Charter and Montessori Middle School for grades 6-8, at 30 E. 260, at Salt Mind Road intersection in Camp Verde. National School Breakfast/Lunch Program, transportation for Verde Lakes, Camp Verde and Rimrock. School beings Aug. 10, fee-paid Montessori pre-school begins Aug. 17. For information, call (928) 567-2363.

NRCS, Town of CV offers pampas grass eradication assistance

The Town of Camp Verde and the Verde NRCD (Natural Resources Conservation District) are working together to help eradicate non-native pampas grass and replace it with native ornamental species. The invasive grass, native to South America is beginning to impact stretches of the Verde River. For anyone who is willing to cut and haul off the plant, the NRCS will apply herbicide to the remaining root at no cost. The herbicide, however, must be applied within minutes of cutting the plant. For additional information call the NRCS at (928) 554-0463 or Jodi Allen at (928) 567- 3107.

Verde Valley Farmers Market starts

June 13

The fifth annual Verde Valley Farmers Market runs from June 13 until Oct. 3. The hours are 8 a.m. to noon at the ramada next to Fort Verde State Park, off of Main Street on Hollamon in Camp Verde. The Market provides fresh seasonal produce grown within a 50-mile radius of Camp Verde.

Market Manager is Jane Davie. Call her at (928) 634-7077.

Records due for destruction

July 1

The Camp Verde Unified School District would like to inform all parents of students and former students who have been in special education programs of the destruction of records that are more than 5 years old. All special education data and information regarding students who have withdrawn, transferred, or graduated from the district will be kept for no more than five years. Records that are more than five years old of students no longer attending special education programs will also be destroyed. Parents of former students who have reached the age of 18 have the right to review the records and obtain copies of information needed. To schedule an appointment, call (928) 567-8071.

Regional Chamber Mixer

July 16

The Chambers of Commerce for Camp Verde, Cottonwood and Sedona have a regional mixer from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Dragonfly Lounge at Cliff Castle Casino, 555 Middle Verde Road. Cost is $8 each. Call Tracie at (928) 567-9294. 

 

Clarkdale

Free Concerts in the Park

June 6

The Town of Clarkdale is pleased to announce the 2009 Concerts in the Park series. Clarkdale Parks and Recreation annually hosts a series of concerts in the Clarkdale Town Park which begin at the end of May and continue throughout the summer months. These concerts are performed from the gazebo on Saturday evenings and are free to the public. This year seven concerts are offered representing a wide variety of genres. They will be performing from 6-8 p.m. at the Clarkdale Town Park gazebo.

June 6, 6-8 p.m., Blues Dawg

June 20, 6-8 p.m., Headless Charlie

July 18, 7-9 p.m., Sentimental Journey

Aug. 8, 7-9 p.m., In Harmony

Aug. 22, 7-9 p.m., Junction 87

Sept. 12, 6-8 p.m., Hwy 61

For additional information please contact Clarkdale Parks and Recreation at (928) 639-2490 or by e-mail: dawn.norman@clarkdale.az.gov.

Missoula Children's Theatre in Clarkdale

June 8

The Verde Valley Concert Association is proud once again to present Missoula Children's Theatre throughout the Verde Valley this summer. The Clarkdale Jerome School will host the 2009 production of The Princess and the Pea in the gym June 8-13. There will also be free theater workshops.

For information regarding Clarkdale MCT please call Betsy Williams at 639-1693.

Sign up for Head Start

Yavapai Head Start and Early Head Start, an NAEYC accredited program is now accepting applications for the 2009-10 school year. Head Start is a federally funded free preschool program for income eligible families from prenatal to 5 years of age. We serve children at all developmental stages and meet their individual needs. You can pick up an application at Yavapai Head Start located at 601 Black Hills Drive in Clarkdale. For further information/ or applications call (928) 634-8308.

I need a hero

Verde Valley Concert Association seeks a few heroes to underwrite all or part of the Missoula Children's Theatre programs in Cottonwood and Clarkdale. Please call Betsy Williams to discuss at (928) 639-1693 or (928) 202-8546.

Time to register at Clarkdale-Jerome

Clarkdale-Jerome School District is now open for K-8 registration for the 2009-10 school year. Current immunization and birth certificate are required. Enrollment packets are in 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: vision and hearing; motor control and coordination; behavior or social skills; speech or language skills; thinking or performing tasks. Public schools use a screening process to check your child's development and academic progress.

View historical smelter photos

Newly discovered photos of the construction of the Clarkdale smelter are currently on display at the Clarkdale Heritage Center Museum, 900 First North St., Clarkdale. Discovered on EBay and secured by the Museum, the photos reveal the process of building the smelter from the ground up, in 1914. The smelter was built by William A. Clark and was the reason for the existence of the town. Clark built the town of Clarkdale exclusively for the housing of the smelter workers.

Learn more about the history of Clarkdale by visiting the Museum on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday for 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Future displays at the Museum will feature a Cinco De Mayo theme in May, construction of the cement plant in June and the story of the incorporation of the town of Clarkdale in July. For information, call (928) 634-5857

Cornville

Chili Cook-Off for Cornville

June 6

The Cornville Community Association announces a CASI-sanctioned Chili Cook-Off at Windmill Park in Cornville.  There will be two Chili divisions, all of it prepared on-site: People's Choice Chili includes whatever ingredients are usually found in your chili. Judging will be by the tasting public. Competition Red Chili is to be prepared from scratch, with no prepared mixes or marinades, and no fillers. A panel of tasters will judge the Red Chili entries.

The Cook-off is open to Chili Cooks of all ages for the people's choice chili, (competition Red chili cooks must be 18 to participate) and open to the public for tasting. The Entry Fee, payable the day of the event, for Competition Red Chili Cooks is $10, with checks made payable to YCS (Yavapai Chili Society). Cups and spoons will be provided to tasters, for a small fee. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Cornville Community Association

There is no entry fee for tasters or People's Choice Chili Cooks.

Cooks must provide all ingredients (purchased from a supermarket or other approved source) plus: propane stove (or other cooking device able to heat the chili to 165 degrees); cooking pot & utensils to cook & serve; an ice chest with ice for raw meat only; bleach water for 3-station sanitizing; and a canopy. On site cooking must be done under the canopy.

Come watch the preparations beginning at 10 a.m. People's Choice Chili tasting & voting begins at 11 a.m. Competition chili tasting at 1 p.m.

Contact Lois Hook at (928) 649-3190 or e-mail loishoo@cableone.net for either set of chili rules and to pre-register.

Cornville goes green

June 10

The Cornville Community Association will hold its second annual community Green Fair from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Oak Creek Elementary School gymnasium. The school is located at 11490 E. Purple Sage Drive in Cornville, off Page Springs Road.

Cornville Community Association will have a raffle for donated prizes, and will provide cold water to attendees. Call President Deanna King at (928) 649-0725 or via email at deannaking@commspeed.net.

Cottonwood

Hula classes for children

June 3

Kehau Chrisman, Kumu Hula (Hula Master) from Hawaii, will start Summer Hula classes for children ages 6 to 12 in Cottonwood starting June 3, 2009, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., with the last class being on June 24. Classes will be every Wednesday at the Cottonwood Civic Center at 805 North Main Street (Old Town Cottonwood). Registration fee for this four-week course is $25.00, and participants can come 10 minutes early to the first class to complete registration.

The children will learn to dance a simple hula with basic hula hands and feet movement.

Chrisman, formerly of Hawaii and now a Cottonwood resident, has been dancing hula for 26 years and has been fully trained as a Kumu Hula (Hula Master). Her Hula School has performed previously at the Parks and Recreation's Summer Lu'au held at the Cottonwood Pool.

For more information, visit www.arizonahula.com, or call Kehau Chrisman at (928) 639-4683, or Robin at the Parks and Recreation Office at 639-3200.

Verde Valley Computer Club June Calendar

June 4 , Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

June 5 , Windows SIG, 5 p.m.

June 12, Internet SIG, 4 p.m.

June 19, Spreadsheet SIG, 4 p.m.

June 20, General Meeting, 9:30 a.m.

Visitors are welcome to attend all events. This is not "high tech," just users helping users. Visit the Web site at www.vvcclub.com. All events will be at the Clemenceau Building, Willard Street at Mingus Avenue, Cottonwood.

Parent and Tot Water Awareness Classes

June 6

Help your child, ages 6 months to 3 years old, learn to enjoy the water while having a safe aquatics experience at the Cottonwood Aquatics Center, 100 S. Paula Street. Classes will be offered Saturday, June 6 and Saturday, June 13 at noon. Pre-registration required at the Cottonwood Parks and Recreation office, 791 N. Main Street, Old Town Cottonwood. Cost is $7.50 for each parent/child couple per class. Sign up for one or both class dates. Fee is payable to the instructor on the day of class.

Please pick up a pool guide at the Cottonwood Parks and Recreation office, City Hall or Library for more information. For specific questions, call the office at 639-3200 or email rbabbitt@ci.cottonwood.az.us.

Missoula Children's Theatre in Cottonwood

June 8

The Verde Valley Concert Association is proud once again to present Missoula Children's Theatre throughout the Verde Valley this summer. Cottonwood is pleased to announce the 2009 production of Rumplestiltskin hosted by Cottonwood Middle School in the gym the week of June 15-20. There will also be free theater workshops.

For information regarding Cottonwood MCT please call Shelly Mullins at 202-1628.

VVMC offers monthly cardiac education

June 8

Verde Valley Medical Center invites the community to its "Heart of the Matter" cardiac education topic 6:30-7:30 p.m. Cardiac Catheterization - Does It Really Hurt? will be presented by Bruce Peek, M.D., interventional cardiologist.

Cardiac catheterization is a diagnostic procedure used to give cardiologists a clear picture of the coronary arteries and heart function. A thin, flexible tube called a catheter is inserted into a vein or artery in the leg or arm, and guided to the coronary arteries. Real-time X-rays are taken of the heart arteries, showing narrowing and blockages. Images are taken of the heart's main pumping chamber to check its functions.

Learn more about the procedure of cardiac catheterization in June's free lecture. The program will be presented at VVMC, 269 S. Candy Lane, Cottonwood, in Conference Rooms B & C. Please call 639-6322 to reserve a seat. Walk-in attendance also is welcome.

Free Early Child Care Training

June 15

Yavapai College, in conjunction with Arizona Department of Economic Security, will conduct a no-cost intensive introductory course, titled "Early Child Care Professional Training" beginning Monday June 15. Classes meet at the Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus at 601 Black Hills Drive, Building M, Room 202 in Clarkdale.

Learn to Swim

June 15

Opening Day for the 2009 Season at the Cottonwood Aquatics Center is Monday, June 15. Cottonwood Parks & Recreation is currently taking registrations for this year's American Red Cross "Learn to Swim" program at the pool. Four levels of swimming are available for children ages three to 15. Sessions are two weeks long and start June 16, June 30 and July 14. The half-hour classes start at 8:30 am, 9:15 am or 10:00 am. All classes cost $35 (additional children of the same family are $30 within the same session). More detailed information is available in the 2009 Cottonwood Aquatics Center Guide. Register with payment at the Cottonwood Parks & Recreation office, 791 N. Main Street in Old Town, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5pm. Space is limited. Registration deadlines for open classes will be the Thursday before each session begins. Please pick up a pool guide at the Cottonwood Parks and Recreation office, City Hall or Library for more information. For specific questions call the office at 639-3200 or e-mail rbabbitt@ci.cottonwood.az.us.

Swimming lessons at Village pool

June 15

Verde Village Clubhouse Swimming Pool will be offering swimming lessons. There will be two-week sessions for beginning and intermediate lessons. Sessions start June 15, and June 29. Lessons are $30 for each two-week session.

Beginners will be Monday-Thursday, 10-10:45 a.m. Intermediates will be Monday-Thursday 11-11:45 a.m. Please contact the Verde Village Pool for more information and to sign up at (928) 634-5605.

Daddy Daughter Date Night

June 19

Express your love and appreciation for your special father by taking him out for an evening of fine dining and dancing. Las Palapas Bar & Grill and Cottonwood Parks & Recreation present the ninth annual Daddy/Daughter Date Night from 6 to 8:30pm. This event is for girls ages 5 to 17 and their dads. This year's event will be held at Las Palapas Bar & Grill, 1481 E. 89A in Clarkdale. Tickets are on sale at the Cottonwood Parks and Recreation office, 791 N. Main Street in Old Town, for $30 per couple. Ticket price includes meal, photo and corsage for the young ladies. Chef Christopher Smith is providing this year's amazing dinner choices. They are Roasted Pork Loin, Stuffed Acorn Squash or Grilled Salmon. Each meal is accompanied by a fresh field green salad, side dish and chocolate torte with berry sauce for dessert.

Seating is limited and advance ticket reservations are required. Please call (928) 639-3200 or stop by the Cottonwood Parks and Recreation office for more details or to purchase your tickets.

Kids Yoga Workshop

June 19

Learn how Yoga can be fun for ages 6-12. Join Cottonwood Parks and Recreation for a five-week program with Carol Oveross, a gentle yoga instructor. In today's mechanized modern society --- with TV, video games and competitive sports --- it is becoming difficult for some children to get the exercise they need in a natural, healthy and enjoyable way. This summer's theme is the 5 Elements. Children will learn different fun poses that help to increase muscular coordination, maintain flexibility and provide a balance of quiet and relaxation. Yoga is essentially non-competitive with no physical peak or goal to be reached. Children of widely differing physical abilities can enjoy doing it together. This is a fun way to let out their energy in a safe, health-promoting way.

The Kids Yoga Workshop is every Friday from June 19 through July 17 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Cottonwood Civic Center, 805 N. Main St. in Old Town. Cost is $40 for the 5-week workshop and is due by the first class.

To pre-register or get more information on this class, contact Carol Oveross, RYT, yoga instructor, at (928) 646-0148.

New Visions enrolling

New Visions Academy is now enrolling new students who will be in grades 9-12 for the 2009-10 school year. Students will enjoy the benefits of a traditional classroom-centered curriculum taught by an experienced and dedicated staff, but are also offered computer curriculum as a means to make up gaps in credits and accelerate progress. School will begin Aug. 12 with school hours from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday. New Visions has been serving the Verde Valley for the past 12 years and offers free transportation for students from all of the surrounding area including Camp Verde, Rimrock, Cornville, and Clarkdale as well as Cottonwood.

Office hours are currently from 8 to 4 Monday through Friday and will be 9 to 3 during the summer. Please call (928) 634-7320 for enrollment information or visit at 125 S. Sixth St. in Cottonwood across from the public library.

Apply for American Heritage Academy

American Heritage Academy is now accepting new enrollment applications for its Cottonwood and Camp Verde Campus's. There are a few openings remaining in grade 2-11 in Cottonwood and grades 3-8 in Camp Verde. The Academy is free. Uniforms are required. Some classes have waiting lists. For more information visit at 2030 E. Cherry St. Cottonwood and 132 General Crook Trail in Camp Verde. Call (928) 634-2144 or 567-0462, americanheritageacademy.org.

I need a hero

Verde Valley Concert Association seeks a few heroes to underwrite all or part of the Missoula Children's Theatre programs in Cottonwood and Clarkdale. Please call Betsy Williams to discuss at (928) 639-1693 or (928) 202-8546.

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.

Flea market benefits humane society

June 20-21

The Verde Valley Dog Agility Club is hosting a flea market to benefit the Verde Valley Humane Soceity building fund. Anyone having something they would like to donate to the sale can call (928) 639-4884 to make arrangement for pick up or drop off.

Calling All Brides

June 27

The Verde Historical Society is planning a Bridal Show for June, featuring bridal gowns from the past to the present. If you still have your great-grandmother's, grandmother's, mother's or your own gown, and would be willing to lend it for the occasion, it will be very carefully cared for. Most gowns will be modeled, but those that are too fragile to be worn, will be put on display for the afternoon's event. Should you not be able to still squeeze into your gown, there might be a daughter, niece or other relative who would be willing to model it. If not, we will have college students on hand to model.

For further inquiries about the event, please call the museum at (928) 634-2868 and leave a message, or call Betty Gaudy at 634-8615.

Sock Hop Cruiz-In

June 27

The Old Town Association and Randall's Restaurant of Cottonwood are sponsoring a 1950s Doo-Whoppin' Sock Hop Cruiz-In along Historic 89A, starting at Bing's Burger Station, 794 N. Main St. From 3 to 4 p.m. hang at the ice cream social or spin those poodles during free dance lessons. From 4 to 6 p.m. continue dancing during the Sock Hop, hula contest and costume contest or meander the Old Town trivia hunt. From 6 p.m. on, enjoy a free dance or mosey on over to the Civic Center for unstAble youth in an event to support the Boys and Girls Club.

Call (928) 639-0676 for more information.

Sponsorship opportunities for Chamber 2009 Golf Tournament

July 18

It's tee time! Planning for the sixth annual Cottonwood Chamber Golf Tournament is well under way. The tournament is scheduled at Verde Santa Fe. If history is any indication, the tournament is expected to sell out all 120 spots.

Committee members are inviting area businesses to join major sponsor RHi-PEO in sponsoring this fun community event.  Northern Arizona Rehab and Coldwell Banker will be sponsoring again this year as well.

Each Gold ($500) includes one foursome, company name on golf cart and name on banner) or Silver Sponsor ($250) includes one two some, company name on golf cart and name on banner.

New this year, both sponsorship levels will be allowed a business table opportunity for product promotion on a tee box as well. For $50. you can get a tee/cart/green sign on the day of the event.

To participate as a sponsor or to donate a prize, please contact the Cottonwood Chamber office at 928-634-7593.

Jerome

Cool time for hot dancers

July 17-19

The Rhythm Rollers (Cathie Whitesides, Laurie Andres and Bob McQuillen) with caller Bob Isaacs, featuring Arizona talent Updraft, Peg Hesley and Laila Lewis, will play for the Ghost Town Chill Down: a cool dance weekend for hot dancers. The event is at Spook Hall in Jerome.

Sedona

Write Your Memoirs

June 3, 10, 17, 24

A four-week class on writing memoirs is being offered during the month of June, on Wednesday afternoons, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley. The class will be facilitated by Annette Star Lustgarten.  The agenda will consist of writing for short periods of time, sharing what you have written in a non-judgmental, non-critical environment.  Various methods of preserving personal and family history will be explored:  video tapes, DVDs, photograph journals, scrapbooking and family trees.  The main emphasis shall be on writing. The methodology of Natalie Goldberg's  'writing practice'  will be the model for the course. All you need is a notebook and pen that is comfortable in your hand.  Enrollment shall be limited.  The class is free for members of the JCSVV and $25.00 for non-members for the entire course. If you are interested or have questions call Annette: 282-3845, or the JCSVV: 204-1286.

Canyon Moon Theatre presents 'Chapter Two'

Thru June 7

When a grudging five-minute meeting between two love-shy adults blossoms into a passionate, witty romance, you know that playwriting genius Neil Simon has his pen in hand. His romantic comedies have delighted theatre and movie-goers for decades with their fundamentally funny and engagingly honest view of the relationships between men and women. Chapter Two, which runs now through June 7 at Canyon Moon Theatre, is a fascinating semi-autobiographical piece that tells the story of Simon's romance with his second wife, actress Marsha Mason.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $19 for General Admission and $11 for Full-time students. Canyon Moon Theatre is located in the Oak Creek Factory Outlets, three doors down from The GAP, on State Route 179 in the Village of Oak Creek.

To purchase tickets please call Brown Paper Tickets' 24-hour hotline at

1-800-838-3006. Tickets are also available at Rycus' Corners and Marketplace Café in the VOC and at Bashas' in West Sedona.

Mulvaney speaks to NAWBO

June 11

Maureen Gail Mulvaney, the best selling author of "The Women's Millionaire Club," will present success secrets of top performing millionaires at the Sedona Verde Valley chapter of National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. The luncheon is at Agave of Sedona. Tickets purchased one week in advance are $25 for members, $30 for nonmembers.  Please make reservations by visiting www.nawbosvv.org and click on Events for more information and to purchase tickets.

Community VBS in Sedona

June 8-12

Four Sedona churches are cooperating in a community Vacation Bible School. The churches are Christ Center Wesleyan, Sedona United Methodist Church, St. John Vianney Catholic Church and The Church of the Red Rocks. The Vacation Bible School will be 5-8 p.m. each day at St. John Vianney Church on Soldier Pass Road in Sedona.

The cost is $10 for one child with $15 being charged for a family unit of more than one child in a family. Enrollment is limited due to space, staffing, and materials needed so pre-registration is a good idea. Contact Betty McGinnis at St. John Vianney (928) 282-7545.

Ceramics on the Wheel Camp for Kids

June 15

Calling all children ages 9-13. Beat summer heat and boredom by throwing clay on the wheel with Sedona's Dennis Ott. The one-week ceramics-intensive camp begins June 15.

Ceramics on the Wheel meets Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to noon at the Sedona Arts Center ceramic studio. Students will have their own wheel and will throw several pieces with some help from Ott.

Forms are available online (www.sedonaartscenter.com) or in person at Sedona Art Supply in W. Sedona, or Sedona Arts Center Uptown. Or call (928) 821-2875.

Missoula Children's Theatre in Sedona

June 15

The Verde Valley Concert Association is proud once again to present Missoula Children's Theatre throughout the Verde Valley this summer. Sedona will host The Princess and the Pea the week of June 15-20 in the gym at Big Park School. There will also be free theater workshops.

For info regarding Sedona MCT please call Nicole Davis at 301-2814.

Summer Theater Classes at Canyon Moon

June 15-July 24

Canyon Moon Theatre hosts limited classes to help your children improve their confidence level, fulfill a long-standing dream or just enjoy their summer. Taught by professional theater people, CMT mixes fun and excitement with learning.

Kids Play is for ages 7-8 and runs June 29-July 3, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and is $49.50 for the week. Acting for Young People is for ages 9-12 and runs June 15-26, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.- 1p.m. and is $199 for the two weeks. Acting for Teens is also a two-week course for ages 13-17 and runs July 13-24, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and is $199.

For more information, contact Canyon Moon Theater, 6601 SR 179 (Oak Creek Outlets) in the Village of Oak Creek at (928) 282-6212.

Red Rocks Music Festival

Aug. 30-Sept. 6

Come to the Red Rocks Music Festival for three exciting summer concerts at the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley. Aug. 30 will be Steinway piano artists Yuki and Tomoko Mack performing works by Gershwin, Piazzolla, Smetana, Brahms, Debussy. Sept. 6 at 3 p.m., Classical Meets Jazz Part II - The Russell Schmidt Jazz Trio and Festival Artists David Ehrlich, violin, Nancy Buck, viola, Jan Simiz, cello, Theresa Ehrlich, piano performing works by G. Faure, piano quartet in C minor, P. Schoenfeld, café music, H. Arlen, H. Carmichael, A. Carlos Jobim and V. Young.

Sept. 5 at 7 p.m., is the Mendelssohn's Birthday Celebration - performed by professor at Curtis Music Institute Shmuel Ashkenasi, violin, Virginia Tech Fellow David Ehrlich, violin, Associate Concertmaster of the Phoenix Symphony Magdalena Martinic-Jercic, Conductor Zagreb Soloists Borivoj Martinic-Jercic, Indiana University professor Nokuthula Ngwenyama, viola, Arizona State University faculty Nancy Buck, viola, Arizona State University faculty Thomas Landschoot, cello, and Phoenix Symphony Assistant Principal cellist Jan Simiz performing Octet Opus 20 and J. Brahms sextet No. 1 in B flat major.

For more information please visit www.redrocksmusicfestival.com, e-mail redrocksmusic@cox.net or call toll free (877) 733-7257

Verde Valley

Yavapai College to increase property tax

June 16

Yavapai County Community College District is notifying its property taxpayers of its intention to raise its primary property taxes over last year's level. The Yavapai County Community College District is proposing an increase in primary property taxes of $743,961 or 2.06 percent.

For example, the proposed tax increase will cause Yavapai County Community College District's primary property taxes on a $100,000 home to increase from $110.23 (total taxes that would be owed without the proposed tax increase) to $112.50 (total proposed taxes including the tax increase).

This proposed increase is exclusive of increased primary property taxes received from new construction. The increase is also exclusive of any changes that may occur from property tax levies for voter approved bonded indebtedness or budget and tax overrides.

All interested citizens are invited to attend the public hearing on the tax increase that is scheduled for June 16, at 1 p.m. in the Rock House located on the Yavapai College Prescott Campus, 1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott.

Funding available for Verde River property owners

The Verde Natural Recourse Conservation District (Verde NRCD) would like to help the Verde River property owners, take care of their part of the Verde River. The Verde River has a problem with invasive weeds -- Tamarisk, giant reed, Tree of Heaven, Russian Olive, to name just a few. These are a huge problem for the private property owners. Funding is now available to help you take control of your riverbank and to prevent these invasive weeds from spreading downstream.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife has a program for "improving wildlife habitat" that has available funds to help eradicate some of these weeds. These funds are for hiring of technical/ conservation assistance and purchase of herbicides to improve this fragile wildlife habitat while helping the natural growth to exist.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife, will walk you through the steps to secure these funds and the Verde NRCD will help field questions, offer a list of names and numbers of businesses who you may hire, and any other assistance you may require. Call for information at (928) 567-3107.

DES Certified Child Care Home Provider Program in Yavapai County

Family child care providers care for children in the provider's own home. They play an important role in children's development by caring for them when their family is at work, school or away for other reasons. In addition to attending to children's basic needs, family child care provider's encourage children's physical, emotional, intellectual and social growth.

Become a professional child care provider working in the comfort of your own home. Complete the requirements to become a DES Certified Home Provider with the Arizona Department of Economic Security. Certified providers, provide professional care for up to 4 children at one time, meet or exceed health and safety standards, provider quality child care and early childhood learning activities in their home and are professionally self- employed.

A Recruitment Specialist will help you through the process, from fingerprints to home inspections. For more information and to request an application, contact Buena Vista Children's Services at (928) 451-5755 or 1-866-646-5200.

Buena Vista Preschool enrolling

Both Buena Vista Preschools, Clarkdale and Dr. Daniel Bright, and Bright Futures Child Care are accepting applications for enrollment. Buena Vista Preschool is administered by Buena Vista Children's Services, a local non-profit committed to the safety and well-being of children 0-12 years of age through-out the Verde Valley and Yavapai County.

For information about registration and programming in Clarkdale please call Erin Lamb at (928) 301-9105, ask about special promotions and offers. For information about registration and programming at DDB please call Sandy at 451-4376.

Buena Vista's Discovery Connection Program is also open for registration. The Discovery Connection is a school-age program serving children in Kindergarten through 8th grade. For registration information in Camp Verde call, 567-9300, in Clarkdale call, 301-9105, and in Cottonwood call, 451-4376.

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

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