What's Happening 1-12-10

Old Time Fiddlers Campout<br/>March 19-21<br/>The Arizona Old Time Fiddlers Association (AOTFA) will hold the annual campout at the Cornville School. The event is open to the public. There will be a sign up for mic stage performances Friday and Saturday evenings. There will be a band scramble Saturday afternoon. <br/>A lunch of hot dogs ($3) or chili dogs ($5) along with chips will be served around noon on Saturday. Acoustic instruments only, no horns, keyboards or drums. Contacts are Noreen Johnston (928) 853-3577 or Fran Judd at 634-7963.

Old Time Fiddlers Campout<br/>March 19-21<br/>The Arizona Old Time Fiddlers Association (AOTFA) will hold the annual campout at the Cornville School. The event is open to the public. There will be a sign up for mic stage performances Friday and Saturday evenings. There will be a band scramble Saturday afternoon. <br/>A lunch of hot dogs ($3) or chili dogs ($5) along with chips will be served around noon on Saturday. Acoustic instruments only, no horns, keyboards or drums. Contacts are Noreen Johnston (928) 853-3577 or Fran Judd at 634-7963.

'New' Machines at Historical Society

The Camp Verde Historical Society Museum's featured display for February of old office equipment has acquired a "new" machine. Mario Auito donated the old cash register used at the Verde Lea Dairy to the Museum to display. Among the other articles loaned by Museum members and local residents there is a rotary phone, manual typewriters, fountain pens, a ditto machine and more. The Museum will be open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the Pecan, Wine and Antique Festival. There will be members available during this time to discuss the exhibits and other interesting subjects about the early years of the Verde Valley. Admission is free and is located at 435 S. Main St. in Historical Downtown Camp Verde. Regular Museum hours are Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and by appointment. Call the Museum at (928) 567-9560 for information.

Arts scholarships available

March 24

The Sedona Arts Festival is pleased to announce the availability of student scholarships for graduating high school seniors.

The Sedona Arts Festival board is offering scholarships to students pursuing a career in the arts, including visual art, dance, theatre, film and photography. High school seniors at VOC's Verde Valley International High School, Cottonwood's Mingus High School, or Sedona Red Rock High School should contact their school-based counselor to obtain an application.

A completed application with either a CD or DVD documenting the student's work is due March 24.

Further questions can be answered, or an application can be obtained by calling Susann Gage, Sedona Arts Festival Scholarship Chairperson at 282-0811.

Middle School in concert

Feb. 24

Enjoy an inexpensive evening of dining and entertainment for the entire family. Cottonwood Middle School Lobos Concert Band will be providing music and hosting their annual spaghetti dinner on February 24, 2010 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cottonwood Elementary School Cafeteria. Tickets may be purchased at the Cottonwood Middle School Office and the Cottonwood Elementary School office or at the door. Band members will also be selling tickets. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for children 4-11year sold and children 3 years and younger are free. The spaghetti dinner is also free to anyone who donates an instrument to the band program.

Partner Yoga Workshop at HAC

Feb. 13

For four Saturdays, there will be a partner yoga workshop at Healing Arts Center in Cottonwood at noon. Rosalie Malter, RYT and Carol Oveross, RYT will be leading this workshop. Partner yoga is a fun way to interact and get some exercise as well. The cost for the four weeks is $40 for an individual or $50 for a couple. No previous yoga experience required. You can come alone or with a friend or partner. Space is limited so please call to reserve your place. Call Carol at (928) 646-0148 or Rosalie at 649-9343.

Verde Valley Senior Center hosts Mardi Gras

Feb. 16

Partnering with Tender Hearts Senior Care, the Verde Valley Senior Center is hosting a Mardi Gras Party from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 500 E. Cherry St. Cottonwood. Musical entertainment will be provided by jazz pianist Janis Paul. A special menu of jerk chicken, red beans & rice, ginger glazed carrots, whole wheat rolls and the famous Mardi Gras "king" cake. Find the baby in the cake and you can be crowned King or Queen of the Mardi Gras. To make a reservation for this event please call the Verde Valley Senior Center at (928) 634-5450.

Psychic/Holistic Fair

March 7

At the Sedona Psychic Fair, psychics will be on hand and merge their energies for an unforgettable day with premier psychics, healers, readers and metaphysicians from Sedona, Phoenix, and Tucson. There will be toe reading, astrology, soul reading, face reading, psychic medium readings, chakra readings, tarot, numerology, palmistry and more.

The fair is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Poco Diablo Resort, 1752 State Road 179, Sedona. Cost is $5 each for admission and individual psychics available at an additional charge if you choose to have a reading. Lectures throughout the day every hour are free. Visit www.sedonapsychicfair.com or call (517) 214-4592.

El Valle Artists encaustic workshop

Feb. 19

El Valle Artists' Association will meet 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Yavapai College, Verde Valley Campus, 601 Black Hills Drive, Building G, Room 107, Clarkdale, for a workshop on encaustic by art Professor Carolyn T. Ensley. There is more to encaustic than hot wax. Reintroduced to a modern audience by American painter Jasper Johns in 1954, encaustic painting has a humble - and surprising - history.

It is one of the oldest known archival media, and predates oil paint. It is not a fragile medium; wax paintings are known to have survived from AD 100 to the present day. Thought to have its beginning with Greek ship builders, who used hot wax to patch cracks in their ships, the practice of painting with wax was further developed by the Etruscans, who lived in what is now Tuscany in present day Italy.

The workshop is hosted by the YC Art Club. The fee is just $65. For more information and to register, call (928) 634-7427.

Genealogy meets technology

Feb. 22

Anyone interested in genealogy is welcome to attend the meeting of the Sedona Genealogy Club at 1:30 p.m. at the Sedona Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 160 Mormon Hill Road, off of Brewer Road.

Technology now allows us to present family history in many more ways than the traditional hardbound books we have used for years. Cindy Rovey, a member of the genealogy club, will share her project using Microsoft PowerPoint to tell the story of immigrant ancestors arriving in America. This is one way of combining documents, pictures, facts and stories in a digital format that can easily be shared with family members.

Contact Betsy Feinberg, president, at (928) 203-0676, ext. 11, for further information.

Wanna play soccer?

Annika Head, the Vista representative at Beaver Creek School District, is interested in starting a small-sided soccer league for all ages in the spring of 2010 and is looking for volunteers to help with game scheduling, field supervision and refereeing. Please call Annika at (928) 567-4631, ext 1003, or e-mail her at annika.head@ycvp.org by the end of January.

Pecan & Wine Festival returns

Feb. 12-14

Camp Verde will have three days to enjoy a variety of tasty pecan dishes, glorious Verde Valley wines, wonderful historical antiques, and Arizona artisans at the 10th annual Pecan, Wine and Antiques Festival. Also, the Lions Club will be putting on a car show on that Saturday in the parking lot on the corner of Head and Main streets.

Times are Friday: noon-6 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $12.50 and includes your entrance fee, tasting coupons and a commemorative wine glass. The festival will be on Main Street in Downtown Camp Verde. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Citizens Committee for Camp Verde Library

Call Stephen Goetting at (800) 827-1160 or visit us at www.verdeentertainments.com.

Buffalo Soldiers return

Feb. 13-14

As part of the Pecan, Wine and Antiques Festival, Fort Verde State Historic Park presents the return of the Buffalo Soldiers, with living history presentation and military encampments, riding demonstrations and 1870s period equipment and uniforms. Many members of these re-enactment troops have appeared in feature films, commercials, historical videos, parades and more. Entry to Fort Verde, 125 E. Hollamon St. in Camp Verde is $3 for adults, $1 for ages 7-13, and free for youth 6 and under. For more information, call (928) 567-3275.

Lions Club hosts Classic Car Show

Feb. 13

Verde Valley Lion's Club in conjunction with the Pecan, Wine & Antique Festival will be sponsoring a Classic Car Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the corner of Main Street and Fain Street, Camp Verde. Enjoy the display of antique and classic cars for show and tell.

If you would like to join the show contact Gary Greeson of the Lion's Club at (928) 567-0342

VFW hosts Valentine Dinner/Dance

Feb. 13

VFW Post 6739 in Camp Verde hosts the third annual Valentine Dinner/Dance, serving pork ribs and all the trimmings 4-7 p.m. Dinner is $8,with proceeds going to the youth program. There will be a raffle, door prizes and music by Happy Days, 5-8 p.m.

Big weekend with Wild Boomer Women

Feb. 13

Wild Boomer Women Sedona has two fun events this weekend. Feb. 13 at 11 a.m. they are going to carpool to the 10th annual Pecan, Wine & Antiques Festival n Camp Verde. On Valentine's Day at 11 a.m. they are celebrating the day with brunch at Ken's Creekside and the usual getting to know you routine. You might even win your very own tiara. All women over 40 are welcome, but pre-registration is required.

Go to meetup.com/wild-boomer-women-sedona. It's free to register. For more information about the group, go to www.wildboomerwomen.com and don't forget to sign up for the newsletter.

Bowling Tournament benefits veterans

Feb. 20-21

The inaugural BeneVet Bowling Tournament is three non-sanctioned events at Cliff Castle Casino's Shake, Rattle & Bowl in Camp Verde. Everyone can participate. The event honors and benefits combat veterans at the Prescott Rehabilitation Center.

Entry forms must be received by Feb. 15. Cash prizes for singles events; non-cash prizes for team event winners. Singles cost $20. Team cost is $15 per person. Make checks payable to American Legion Post 93. Mail to Tournament Director Mike Jacobson, 502 Pheasant Run Circle, Camp Verde AZ 86322. For information or an entry form, call Jacobson at (928) 567-9125 or 592-9137.

Free tax assistance in Camp Verde

AARP Tax-Aide volunteers, trained in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service, will again be offering help with personal income tax returns. This free tax counseling and preparation service is offered to all taxpayers with middle and low income, with special attention to those aged 60 and older. Tax Counselors will be available Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, between 8 a.m. and noon at Camp Verde Senior Center.

Tax returns will be computerized and E-filed with both the IRS and the Arizona Department of Revenue. To schedule an appointment, please call the Camp Verde Senior Center at (928) 567-6356, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Clarkdale Chamber Mixer

Feb. 16

The Clarkdale Chamber of Commerce cordially invites members and guests of all area Chambers (Sedona, Cottonwood, Camp Verde and Jerome, and of course, Clarkdale) to a mixer from 6 to 8 p.m. at the 10-12 Lounge and the Main Street Cafe & Pizzeria on Main Street. Cost is $5.

Local restaurants will provide food and beverages will be sold at Happy Hour prices. Representatives of the Sedona Verde Valley Tourism Council will be on hand to discuss projects, progress and programs Chamber members can benefit from, often at no charge.

If you would like to showcase your business by contributing a prize, please contact Lisa O'Neill:  877-674-3836, or lisa@verdecanyonrr.com. 

Jerome Elks Lodge hosts Sweetheart Dinner Dance

Feb. 20

The annual Sweetheart Dinner Dance hosted by the Jerome Elks Lodge in Clarkdale will include dancing to DJ Music by Jox in the Box (requests welcome) and a dinner served at 6:30 p.m. for $12.50 per person. Tickets are on sale at the Lounge (open at 5 p.m.) Bring your sweetie for an evening of friendship and fun. Proceeds benefit AZ Elks Major Projects. For more information, call Ed Leuer at (928) 567-6415 or the Lodge at 634-5611.

Jane Austen's Lady Susan in readers theater

March 3-7

The Verde Valley Theatre presents a Readers Theatre production of Lady Susan dramatized from a Jane Austen piece by director Michelle Lambeau. This production will be a first for VVT: A rehearsed reading of one of its members' original scripts. The staging will be contemporary: they will forgo the traditional sets of so many shows and rely on lighting and sound to engage the audience's imagination while keeping up a strong pace as the action unfolds. They will be inviting viewers' input to improve the script.

The show will run from March 3,4, 5, 6, 7, 2010 at the Clark Memorial Clubhouse located at Ninth and Main streets in historic downtown Clarkdale.

For more information on this upcoming performance, please call Verde Valley Theatre at (928) 649-0626 or go to our website at www.verdevalleytheatre.com.

County offices have new hours

March 18

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors approved new hours of operation, on a 90-day trial basis, for Development Services, Public Fiduciary, and Flood Control.

The new hours, beginning March 8, will be Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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

Stewards of Public Lands to conduct Beaverhead Flat Gravel Pit Cleanup

Feb. 13

The Stewards of Public Lands are seeking volunteers for a cleanup project near Beaverhead Flat Road from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The project includes a gravel pit and surrounding area on Coconino National Forest. The pit is located near State Route 179, just off Beaverhead Flat Road, where chronic dumping has been a problem for years. Heavy equipment will be brought in early in the morning to load large material into a dumpster. Later, volunteers will arrive to clean up smaller debris and disperse outward over the surrounding area to get scattered junk and litter.

The project is made possible through the cooperation of the Coconino National Forest, groups and businesses. Red Rock Ranger District personnel will provide direction, equipment and supplies. The Stewards of Public Lands volunteer group, in cooperation with Yavapai County, is providing a 40-yard dumpster from Taylor Hauling. Uni-Source Energy is bringing a loader and volunteer operators. Volunteer assistance is also welcomed from Friends of the Forest, Keep Sedona Beautiful, and Central Arizona Sportsmen. Some equipment will be provided; but volunteers are particularly asked to bring buckets, flat shovels and/or rakes to handle small debris.

To reach the project site from Cornville Road, drive northeast 5.25 miles on Beaverhead Flat Road (CR 120). From State Route 179, drive 3/4 mile southwest on Beaverhead Flat Road. Watch for signs. Volunteers should wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, hats, gloves and sturdy shoes. Eye protection such as goggles, glasses or sunglasses is needed. Participants should bring water, a snack, sunscreen, and cleanup tools (e.g. rake, hoe, shovel, grabbers). For information about the cleanup, contact coordinators Dave or Judy Miller at 649-1916.

"Stewards of Public Lands" is a volunteer action group that coordinates cleanups throughout the Verde Valley. The Stewards bring together concerned individuals, businesses, local governments, State agencies and the Forest Service to provide the dumpsters, equipment, and other resources necessary to clean up and maintain public lands and enforce the laws that govern them. More information is available at www.verdestewards.org or by calling Stewards of Public Lands Co-Chairs Diane Joens at 634-4112 or Jess Tyler at 649-0023.

LOC Mission finds home

In order to better serve the increasing needs of the families in Cornville, LOC Mission has recently rented a space to use as a food bank, resource center and ministry hub. The owner of the building has given it to the mission for half the rent he was asking. The space is located next to Vince's Little Star Restaurant in Cornville and is owned by them.

Along with the space they have sent in the application to become a member of the St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance. If approved this will give access to more food distribute and allow them to serve more hot meals to those in need.

They are looking for monthly sponsors for our ministry. Expenses have increased with the addition of the rent and increased fuel costs and at the present time all expenses are being net by those running the ministry and their precious volunteers. H4HH and LOC Mission operate under 501c-3 tax-exempt status and all donations are tax deductible.

Cottonwood

VVMC offers Parkinson's disease support group

Feb. 12

Verde Valley Medical Center is hosting a Parkinson's disease support group in Conference Room C, from 4-6 p.m. The meeting is open to patients, family members, caregivers and anyone interested in learning about Parkinson's disease. The special guest speaker this Friday will be Elle Nyre, RPT, from the Village of Oak Creek EntireCare Facility. Nyre will be offering information on "Big" progressive therapy techniques, based on Lee Silverman's Voice Therapy (LSVT).

A certified "Big" therapist, Nyre will demonstrate how making exaggerated steps and stretches can compensate for the restricted, smaller movements of those with Parkinson's disease.

VVMC is located at 269 S. Candy Lane, Cottonwood. Kim Mills, CCC-SLP, a speech/language pathologist with VVMC's EntireCare Rehab & Sports Medicine department facilitates this support group. There's no charge to attend. For more information, please call Mills, 639-6383.

Internet Special Interest Group meets

Feb. 12

The Internet Special Interest Group (SIG) will meet at 4 p.m. This will be an Open Question & Answer session. The public is invited to attend this free meeting. Donations are accepted to help defray costs. Having some concerns with the Internet or email? Bring your questions and see if we can help.

There are several different SIGs throughout the month. See the Web site www.vvcclub.com, select calendar. They meet at the Clemenceau Building, Willard Street at Mingus Avenue, Cottonwood.

Arts & Crafts American Style at Clemenceau

Feb. 13

Arts and Crafts American Style is coming to Cottonwood just in time for Valentine's Day. Sponsored by the Verde Historical Society, the event features unique gift items by area artists and craftsmen in stained glass, jewelry, dolls, pottery, gourds, woodwork, quilts, paintings, and more. Now in its 14th year, it's one of the best arts & crafts fairs of the Verde Valley and the perfect place to find a special gift for the special person in your life.

Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Clemenceau School, located at the corner of Mingus and Willard. Coffee. Tea and light refreshments will be available. A $1 donation is asked at the door, which helps the all-volunteer Clemenceau Museum to preserve and display the area's history.

Celebration of Easter casting call

Feb. 13

Emmanuel Fellowship Productions presents the 11th annual Celebration of Easter. Casting call will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will be held in the auditorium of Emmanuel Fellowship. Auditions include speaking parts, non-speaking parts for extras, singing, choir, and dance/choreography. Participants should come prepared for their audition for acting, singing, and dancing. To request a copy of the script, please e-mail info@efproductions.org. For those interested in participating in the many technical crews, they should also stop by during the casting call times to meet with the directors and producer. The production stages April 2-4.

For more information please call the production office of Emmanuel Fellowship at (928)-634-3034 ext 102 Monday through Thursday 10am to 4pm. Emmanuel Fellowship is located at 1580 East Fir St. in Cottonwood (one block west of Mingus Union High School).

Deals at Second Saturday in Old Town

Feb. 13

Come one, come all, and enjoy a Second Saturday Event in Old Town Cottonwood, monthly through the end of 2010, by the Old Town Association. Many participating merchants will be offering 20 percent off during the hours of 5-8 p.m. on each Second Saturday. 

Join the Couples Workshop

Feb. 13

Relationship Coach Lori Rubenstein and her partner Kevin Mauck host at workshop for couples, "Forget the Flowers, Fix the Relationship, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Learn things about each other you didn't know. Gain a greater sense of respect and appreciation for the other. Understand why he/she acts the way he/she does. The class is offered in a private comfortable home. Cost is $36 per couple and the class is limited to eight couples.

For more information on classes, workshops or coaching, please contact Lori Rubenstein at (928) 634-0252, www.LoveAdviceCoach.com or by e-mail at lori@attorney-coach.com.

Invasive Plants Removal on Verde

Feb. 13

Have you ever wanted to "get your hands dirty" helping out the Verde River? Friends of Verde River Greenway will sponsor a cleanup day aimed at removing invasive pest plants near the water's edge. Tamarisks and paradise trees are notorious for crowding out natives and sucking up precious water while providing little habitat for wildlife.

They will be cleaning up the Jail Trail beginning at Dead Horse Ranch State Park. The public is invited to bring gloves, loppers and pruning saws beginning at 9 a.m. Look for signs directing you to the project as you approach the bridge on 10th Street. Snacks and water for refilling bottles will be provided. For more information contact Marsha at (928) 634-8738.

Loss Survivors Group to Meet

Feb. 13

After a loss, despair, loneliness and the question of "how do I get through this?" is common. Steve and April Palmer of Westcott Funeral Home will host their spring seminar on "Living with Loss" at 10 a.m. provide a safe, caring small group setting where individuals can learn skills and receive support while dealing with their grief and loss experiences. A light luncheon will served following the seminar

There will be a presentation followed by small group sessions for sharing or listening. Each person participates at their own comfort level. The seminar will be held at the Cottonwood Senior Center, 500 E. Cherry St. (at 6th St.) Cottonwood. For more information, call Steve Palmer at Westcott Funeral Home, 928-634-9566. There is no cost, and reservations are not necessary.

Mingus Connection hosts Casino Night

Feb. 13

Mingus Connection hosts "Sweetheart of a Deal" Casino Night at the Cottonwood VFW from 7 to 10 p.m. The event is an opportunity for you to share some fun with your sweetheart, your good friends, and your new friends from Mingus Connection. Your Casino Night will feature 13 game tables, Texas Hold 'Em, silent auction, cash bar, door prizes and more.

Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. Each ticket includes $1,000 in chips. For more information, to purchase tickets, or to sponsor, please call (928) 399-7012

Cleanup on Highway 260

Feb. 13

The next Arizona State Route 260 cleanup by the Verde Valley Property Owners Association will start at 8 a.m. at the One in Christ Church parking lot, across the highway from the Verde Valley Fire Station. ADOT provides the bags and colored vests. Volunteers should bring their own gloves and wear long pants. They have a few nail sticks. If you have any questions please call Mal at (928) 634-9785 or Beth at 646-9441.

Central Arizona Sports Association Member Shoot

Feb. 13

February's Central Arizona Sports Association shoot will be at the range on USFS road #9571, off State Route 89A, across the highway from the junction of Page Springs Road and 89A. The shoot will be from noon until 4 p.m. There will be no charge to shoot. Ear protection and safety glasses are available for purchase. There will be certified range safety officers present. Guests of members are welcome as well.

Call Dave Monson, public relations director (928-821-2482), or Skip Heyer, president (928639-4205)

Music at the Legion

American Legion Post 25, 480 Calvary Way, Cottonwood, hosts live music every Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. for your dancing pleasure. Feb. 14 - Rio Verde; Feb. 21 - Happy Days; Feb. 28 - Rich & Wayne. Call (928) 634-3004.

Verde Valley Singles meet

The Verde Valley Singles have Meet & Greet on Second Saturday only from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For information, visit the Web site at www.verdevalleysingles.com, e-mail verdevalleysingles@yahoo.com or call Marge at (920) 723-2335 or Charlie at (928) 274-2345.

Family History Discussion Group sets schedule

The Family History Discussion Group meets at the Cottonwood Stake Center of the LDS Church. These free discussions are held every Monday 10-11:30 a.m. It is open to anyone interested in genealogical research.

Feb. 15 Foreign Languages

Feb. 22 Any State Research: Northern - Southern-Western

March 1 European History

March 8 German Migrations

March 15 German Sites

March 22 Mennonites

March 29 Boolean Searches

April 5 Storage and Backup Devices

April 12 Preparing for a Research Trip

April 19 Persi & Periodical Research

April 26 Brick Walls

Kachina Retired Teacher's Association meets

Feb. 16

The Kachina Retired Teacher's Association (KRTA) will hold its February meeting at 11 a.m. at the Clemenceau Heritage Museum at the intersection of Mingus and Willard in Cottonwood. The meeting is on Tuesday this month because the Museum is closed on Mondays, the regular meeting day.

Lunch will be held after the meeting and tour of the Museum at "A Scoop Above" at 109 South Main in Cottonwood.

Membership in KRTA is open to all former teachers or school employees from Arizona or any other state. Qualified residents of all Verde Valley communities are invited to join and attend. Annual membership dues are $10 and payable at any meeting. Lunches, including beverage and gratuity, usually cost about $12.

For additional information about KRTA, call Mary Rubel, President, at (928) 284-9614.

Kids After-School Yoga Workshop

Feb. 19

Children age 5-12 can join Carol Oveross, for a five-week after-school yoga workshop through the Cottonwood Parks & Recreation Department. Learn different fun poses using the theme earth, wind, fire, water and air. Bring bottled water and wear comfortable clothes.

Spring After-School Session runs Fridays, Feb. 19-March 19, 2:45-3:45 p.m. at the Cottonwood Civic Center, 805 N. Main St., Old Town. Fee is only $40 for entire workshop. Pre-enrollment is requested. For more information or to register, please contact Carol Oveross, at 646-0148 or e-mail: Carolsgentleyoga@yahoo.com.

Learn to play Horse Soccer

Verde Valley teams of the Arizona Horse Soccer League meet to play Horse Soccer the fourth Sunday of every month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds. Cost is $10 a match for members or $15 if you are not. Membership is $35 a year. Practice is every Sunday at 11 a.m. Men, women and youth are invited. Just bring a horse.

For more information, visit www.azhorsesoccerleague.info/ or contact Monika Snyder at Monika@azhorsesoccerleague.info or call or text Holly at (928) 300-4132.

Gentle Yoga for Men and Women

Feb. 19

Carol Oveross, RYT, Integrative Yoga Therapist, and Cottonwood Parks and Recreation present an eight-week Gentle Yoga Workshop for Men and Women of beginner and intermediate levels. Jump-start your weekend for a joy-filled spring season with deep breathing, gentle stretches and asanas (postures), where all the systems of the body are revitalized. Bring mats and bottled water and wear comfortable clothes.

The 75-minute classes run each Friday Feb. 19-April 9 from 1 to 2:15 p.m. Classes are at the Cottonwood Civic Center, 805 N. Main St. in Old Town. Cost for classes is $12 each for drop-ins or just $75 for the series if paid the first day of class. Please contact Carol at (928) 646-0148 or email carolsgentleyoga@yahoo.com.

Help children donate to Haiti

Thru Feb. 19

The Cottonwood Elementary Fifth Grade Leadership Club is hosting a donation drive to benefit the people of Haiti. Each teacher has a "bucket" in which students may donate any amount of money they can. If you would like to donate please drop off your donation at the CES office.

Proceeds will be given to "Chances for Children" an organization which already helps the people children of Haiti, and has set aside a special donation for the Earthquake survivors to obtain daily life necessities such as food, water, and medicine.

The donation drive will continue until Feb. 19. If you have any questions please contact Ms. Kimber Marquez, Leadership Club Sponsor Teacher, at CES (928) 634-2191. 

O'Halleran speaks to Verde River Alliance

Feb. 20

Tom O'Halleran will address the Verde River Citizens' Alliance at 10 a.m. He will explain the present status and future goals of the Verde River Basin Partnership, which was created by the Ruskin land exchange bill. Its purpose is to conduct studies that "fulfill water resource planning and management needs for the Verde Basin."

Former state Sen. O' Halleran is an expert on Arizona's water laws and resources. The public is invited to come and be informed. The meeting will be at the Greenway Studio in Dead Horse Ranch State Park. Admission to the park is free for attendance at this event.

Interview and hire the right employee

Feb. 24

InHouse Trainer Services will conduct a four-hour workshop on "How to Interview and Hire the Right Job Candidate," at Jerona Java Café, 677 E. Mingus Ave., across from the post office. The workshop will be from 1 to 5 p.m., and is open to all. Seating is limited.

The workshop is designed for employers and will focus on basic topics such as: Evaluating applications and resumes to find the best job candidate; developing an effective questioning plan using behavior-based questions; and recognizing discriminatory questions that should never be asked during the interview process.

The speakers are Karolyn Ericson, Owner of InHouse Trainer Services a 9-year-old business-training company that offers various workshops, customized training and mystery shopping; and Gioia Goodrum, M.B.A., Career Services Coordinator for Student Affairs at Yavapai College.

The cost of the workshop is just $40 for pre-paid participants, and $50 at the door. Refreshments are included. For more information, call Karolyn Ericson at InHouse Trainer Services, at (928) 649-9524.

Rabago, Kotterman to address Democrats

Feb. 25

Democrats of the Verde Valley meet at 6:30 p.m. at Pine Shadows Clubhouse (off 89A). Vince Rabago, candidate for Arizona Attorney General, will speak. Penny Kotterman, candidate for State Superintendent of Instruction, will present her ideas for improving education in Arizona. All are welcome. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Mission or Food Bank. Call (928) 649-0847 or 634-7563 for further info or a ride.

BYU Young Ambassadors coming to Cottonwood

March 5

The Brigham Young University Young Ambassadors bring their song-and-dance program "The New Music Makers" featuring the music of pop, rock and Broadway, from the '60s to today. The Verde Valley Concert Association presents the program at 7 p.m. at Minugs Union High School Auditorium, 1801 E. Fir St., Cottonwood. Cost is $15/adults; $5/students. Call (928) 639-0636.

Electronics Recycling Day planned

March 6

The Verde Valley Fire District is supporting the Electronics Recycling Day planned by TIP, offering residents a spot to recycle any electronic machines, computer, and cell phones-or anything with a plug. This event is scheduled at Wal-Mart. Individuals can also drop off these recycle items at either of the Verde Valley Fire Stations prior to this date. Stations are located on Godard Road in Cottonwood, or Page Springs Road in Cornville. For information, call Verde Valley Fire District at (928) 634-2578.

Join the Spring Thaw Craft Show

April 17

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 25 in Cottonwood is seeking vendors for the Spring Thaw Craft Show set for one day. Call Shirley to reserve your table now at (928) 567-7409

Cottonwood Rec Center to open

May 1

The new Cottonwood Recreation Center opens to the public Saturday, May 1. Some of the amenities included at the new facility are an indoor leisure pool, large fitness area with cardio and strength training equipment, climbing wall, banquet rooms, game room, sport gymnasium, large exercise/dance classroom and baby-sitting capabilities. This new facility will be open seven days a week and will allow the Cottonwood Parks and Recreation department to offer year round swimming, open gym time for basketball and volleyball, after school programs and much more.

Yearly memberships for the facility are on sale now at the Parks & Recreation office, 791 N. Main St. in Old Town. Membership rates are posted on the City of Cottonwood website (www.cottonwoodaz.gov) and on the "Cottonwood Recreation Center" page on Facebook. For more information, call (928) 639-3200 or e-mail rbabbitt@cottonwoodaz.gov.

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.

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

Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball

Feb. 13

The Arizona Chapter of the Mystical Order of Misfits presents the Masquerade Mardi Gras Ball at Spook Hall, 260 Hull Ave., Jerome, to benefit the Jerome Fire Department. Starting at 7:30 p.m., there will be beer, wine, spirits, hurricanes, crawfish, jambalaya, vegi red beans and rice, and vegi jambalaya. The band "The DelRayz come on at 9 p.m. Prizes for best costume - fancy dress or outrageous costume is absolutely encouraged. Cost is $10 at the door. For more information, call (928) 649-3034.

Sedona

Dances of Universal Peace

Feb. 13

Dances of Universal Peace are a joyous, multi-cultural way to touch the spiritual essence of love within ourselves and others, using chants and mantras from around the world. These simple circle dances are all taught as we do them, 7 p.m. at the Sedona Community Center, 2615 Melody Lane. Suggested donation is $8. Info: Cathryn at (928) 634-1696 or shakura@commspeed.net.

Youth dance auditions

Feb. 13

Light Vibe is calling all dancers age 8-12 for a troop audition from 8 to 11 a.m. at Priya Pilates Studio, 2050 Yavapai Drive, Suite 3A, in West Sedona. Dress the part; they want to see your style. No dance experience is required.

For registration information, call (820 274-2226, e-mail lightvibe@live.com, or visit www.lightvibeproductions.com.

Hound Playdate at Dog Park

Feb. 14

Have a heart for your hound and bring him or her to the Hound Playdate at 1 p.m. in the Sedona Dog Park. This free event is open to any hound owners in the Verde Valley and surrounding areas. For more information or questions, please call 639-0207. Sedona Dog Park is located off State Route 89A in West Sedona, at the intersection of Soldiers Pass Road and Carruth Drive. For more information, go to www.SedonaDogPark.com.

Sedona Prop. 400 up for discussion

Feb. 16

Proposition 400 - Confused! Not sure which way to vote! The League of Women Voters Sedona-Verde Valley is holding a forum on this important ballot measure from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sedona Community Center, 2615 Melody Lane, Sedona.

Come hear a concise and clear presentation on Proposition 400 from the League of Women Voters, hear comments from the supporters and opponents of this proposition, and be able to ask your questions about this proposition. Proposition 400 is on the March 9 Primary and Special Mail Ballot Election.

Proposition 400 is officially titled "Repeal of the Direct Election of the Mayor." The ballot proposition is seeking voter approval to allow the selection of the mayor by and from members of the Sedona City Council.

Sandra Goodwin, past president of the League of Women Voters Central Yavapai County will be moderating the forum. The speaker in support of this proposition is Anita McFarlane and the speaker in opposition to this proposition is Ernie Strauch.

Election ballots will be sent out first class mail to all registered voters in Sedona beginning the week of Feb. 15. Ballots can be returned by mail, handed delivered to the Sedona City Clerk, 102 Roadrunner Road, Sedona, or dropped off in the Yavapai County Early Ballot Drop Off Box located in the Sedona City Hall parking lot. Completed ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day, March 9.

For additional information, contact the League of Women Voters Sedona-Verde Valley at lwvsvv@yahoo.com

Lunch with the Mayor

Join Sedona Mayor Rob Adams for lunch and to talk about issues you think are important for the City Council to consider. Lunches are noon to 1 p.m.

Lunch Schedule and Locations:

Feb. 16: Poco Diablo - Radisson Resort, 1752 S. 179

March 16: Red's - Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa, 2250 W. 89A

This is a no-host lunch and those joining the Mayor will be responsible for their own lunch costs. However, lunch is optional, so feel free to join the informal lunch with the Mayor.

For more information, please call the City Manager's office at (928) 204-7127.

Series on Jewish Creative Arts

Feb. 16

The second series of Rabbi Magal's Adult Learning Circle continues Tuesdays through March 16, from 2-4 p.m. The series is entitled "Hiddur Mitzvah: Beautification of Commandments through Art and Creativity." Rabbi Magal will lead the participants in a unique form of interactive learning, which includes text study and discussion, and culminates in an easy hands-on project. No artistic skill is needed, but a willingness to experiment and explore will yield results.

In addition to going home with a finished artistic product, participants will learn about the history, symbolism, and values attached to the object they made. Rabbi Magal served as the Museum Educator for the Skirball Museum in Los Angeles for several years, and was responsible for programming based on exhibits of Judaic ceremonial objects. She trained the museum docents to give interactive, engaging tours through the museum in the permanent exhibits on Immigration, and Ceremonial Art, and for many temporary exhibits.

Classes will be held at the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley, 100 Meadowlark Drive, off route 179 just south of the Chapel Road roundabout. Materials fee of $25 for everyone; $25 additional fee for non-members for the series. To register call the JCSVV office (928) 204-1286.

GOP Women meet Jim Deakin

Feb. 17

The Verde Valley Republican Women will hold its regular monthly luncheon meeting beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Los Abrigados Resort and Spa, located on State Route 179 and El Portal Lane in Sedona. They have planned an exciting and lively political discussion with Jim Deakin, candidate for the U.S. Senate.

Bring your spouse or friend and enjoy a delicious lunch. Please make a reservation by calling or e-mailing Erna Sesek at (928) 284-4248, sesek@msn.com. To receive the monthly newsletter, The Elephant Stampede, e-mail Joni Dahlstrom at jonid@esedona.net.

Caring for your septic system

Feb. 20

Yavapai County Development Services presents a free homeowners septic education program from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at VOCA Community Center, 690 Bell Rock Blvd., Village of Oak Creek. Learn how to properly care for and maintaining your system while saving money, extend the life of your system and enhance your property's value. Reserve your seat. Contact Nancy at (928) 284-1820 or nshelley@vocaonlline.com.

Two openings on Parks & Recreation Commission

Feb. 26

Do you enjoy the outdoors, swimming, or other recreation activities? The City of Sedona Parks & Recreation Commission has two openings on the Parks & Recreation Commission for two-year terms ending Dec. 31, 2012. Here is a chance to make a real difference in your community, help design the future of our parks and recreation programs, take an active part in your city government, meet new people, have fun, and have a positive influence on the future of Sedona. Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26.

For more information and an application, visit the City's website at www.SedonaAZ.gov under the Your Government drop down menu and click on Commissions and select Apply or stop by the City Clerk's office at Sedona City Hall, 102 Roadrunner Drive.

Tolle publisher to speak at Unity

Feb. 28

David Robert Ord, editorial director of Canadian publisher Namaste Publishing, publishers of acclaimed spiritual author and teacher Eckhart Tolle, will speak at Unity Church of Sedona from 1:30 until 3:30 p.m. A suggested donation for the workshop is $20.

"At the dawn of the twenty first century," David says, "I have come to realize that the real Jesus speaks with a relevance that's astounding. This spiritual master shows us not only how to be fully present in each moment of our life, instead of riddled with past guilt or anxiety about the future, but also how we can truly be ourselves in each and every situation that arises."

Unity of Sedona is located at 65 Deer Trail Drive, Sedona. For more information, visit: www.namastepublishing.com.

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.

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.

St. Patrick's Day Parade greens Sedona

March 6

The 40th annual Sedona St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival will be in Uptown the first Saturday in March. Enter the parade or come watch it, become a sponsor of the event or volunteer a few hours to make it happen. Make sure to save the date for fun at the Parade & Festival. If you want to be in the Parade, the entry application forms will be available by the end of January. If you can volunteer an hour or two either before or on March 6, please call Holly or Anne at (928) 204-2390or send an email to info@sedonamainstreet.com. This event is coordinated and presented by Sedona Main Street Program in partnership with NAU Park & Recreation Management Program.

Big Park School hosts Black & White fund-raiser

March 6

Big Park Community School P.T.S.A. announced that the 10th annual Black and White Fundraiser will be The Fork in the Road, owned by Big Park parents Brenda and Al McLean. Local entertainers will be Greg Aitken, Big Park teacher, and Tom & Shondra.

This year's event will be centered on the theme of community supporting community. Tickets to "The Black and White 2010 Celebration" will be $40 per person and include a glass of champagne and Chef Alan's sumptuous Tapas Bar. A specially priced dinner menu will also be available. Sponsorships are still available for the event

Tickets go on sale on Feb. 1 and will be available at Weber's IGA, Big Park School Office and Bashas'. For more information on the Black and White Ten-Year Celebration, please contact event chairs: Christine Alagna (928) 300-5119 or Kim Hollenback at (928) 301-0209.

Documentary Interview Techniques

March 6-7

Yavapai College's Zaki Gordon Institute for Independent Filmmaking (ZGI) is offering the workshop "Documentary Interview Techniques," 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $118.

This informative workshop will provide interviewers with strategies to elicit useful and dynamic responses from subjects. The workshop will also include guidance on professional lighting, information about sound and camera equipment used in documentary filmmaking and special guest speaker Ronald Tobias. The author of six books including "Insider's Guide for Writing for Screen & Television," Tobias is a producer, writer, and director of more than 30 films. His clients include PBS, National Geographic, Animal Planet, The Discovery Channel, The Travel Channel, and international broadcasting systems in Tokyo, Sweden and Germany. Go to www.yc.edu to register.

Prophecy from the stars

March 14

Golden Word Books hosts a book signing at 2 p.m. with Ann Eller, the author of "Dragon in the Sky: Prophecy from the stars." She was personal assistant to the late Dr. J. Allen Hynek, the Dean of UFOlogy. She will discuss her own ET encounters.

Learn about Zero Waste

March 27

Learn How to Keep Sedona Beautiful
 In 2008 the Sedona City Council became Arizona's first city to unanimously approve a Zero Waste resolution. In response to local businesses, institutions, individuals and governments interests in Zero Waste strategies, Yavapai College's Sedona Center for Arts & Technology will offer three sessions leading to a Zero Waste Certificate Saturday, March 27, and Friday and Saturday April 23-24. 
Led by instructor Richard Anthony, an experienced, world-respected leader and consultant on Zero Waste, the certificate includes nine hours of instruction including: An Introduction to Zero Waste, Waste Assessment and Implementing Zero Waste at Your Business. To register for these YC Community Education courses go to www.yc.edu, click on Lifelong Learners, the Community Education - Verde. 
Three Zero Waste Sessions this spring! 
Tuition: $35 per session
Session 1: Introduction to Zero Waste, March 27, 9 a.m.-noon 
Session 1: Introduction to Zero Waste, April 23, 5:30-8:30 p.m. 
Sessions 2 & 3: Zero Waste Assessment and Implementing Zero Waste at Your Business April 24, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Casino Royale returns

April 3

Las Vegas comedienne Rita Rudner stars in the third annual Casino Royale fund-raiser, a partnership of Sedona Red Rock High Scorpion Booster Club, the Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks and Rotary Club of Sedona. The event is set for 6 to 11 p.m. at Enchantment

Resort in Sedona. In addition to an exciting gaming evening of blackjack, craps, poker and roulette, a fabulous auction will be held that will include fine wine, jewelry, exquisite art, vacations and much more. For information, call (928) 821-2800.

Developing your small business plan the easy way

April 7

The Yavapai College Business Plan for Small Business (SBE 212) course can put it all together. Using easy step-by-step small business plan software, you can learn how to write a professional, detailed, and complete narrative and financial plan ready for banks, investors, or your personal planning. The evening course begins April 7 followed by four consecutive Wednesdays: April 14, 21, 28 and May 5. Each of the five course sessions is from 6 to 8:45 p.m. Course location: Room 15, Sedona Center for Arts and Technology in Sedona (4215 Arts Village Drive). To register, go online at www.yc.edu. Tuition is $58 for the 15-hour course. Required Business Plan Software is available at a special price ($60) from the Yavapai College bookstore. The course is co-sponsored by Yavapai College and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). For additional information, contact A. Roy Horn at (928) 649-4587.

Sedona selected as site for museum conference 

June 3-5

The Museum Association of Arizona (MAA) announces that it has chosen Sedona as the site for their 28th Annual Meeting. MAA members will meet at the Poco Diablo Resort for a three-day conference, hosted by the Sedona Heritage Museum.

"Speaking Up for Museums: Institutional Advocacy" is the conference theme and through workshops, panel discussions, sessions, and peer networking, conference-goers will focus on becoming effective advocates for their institutions and for the museum community at large. The keynote speaker for the conference is Dennis Kavanaugh, City of Mesa councilman. For more information, contact Janeen at the Sedona Heritage Museum (928) 282-7038.

Sedona Parks & Rec water aerobics

The City of Sedona Parks & Recreation Department hosts water aerobics Monday through Friday mornings from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Villas of Sedona indoor swimming pool. Located at 55 Northview Drive in Sedona, it's conveniently located for the community to attend a great class. Class fees for 2010 are $5 drop-in fee, or discounted punch passes. Save 20 percent by purchasing an $80 pass, good for 20-visits, or a $40 pass, good for 10-visits. Passes do not expire until the punches have been used up.

For more information please contact Parks and Recreation at 282-7098 or reference our website at www.SedonaAz.gov.

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

County Spelling Bee approaches

Feb. 17

The annual Yavapai County Spelling Bee will be at Glassford Hill Middle School. Public, charter and private schools from across the county will be sending their school winner in hopes of becoming the next spelling champion who will represent the county in the state spelling bee. M&I Bank and the Education Service Agency will give special recognition to first, second, third, and fourth place winners. All participants will receive a complimentary lunch along with other goodies. The winner of the state spelling bee will then participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee held in Washington, D.C., in May.

Victim advocate volunteers needed

The Victim Services Division of the Yavapai County Attorney's Office is looking for volunteers to serve as victim advocates. Volunteers provide support to victims of crime. Volunteers provide victims' rights information, victim input to judges, courtroom advocacy as well as some clerical assistance within the Victim Services Division.

A comprehensive training program is provided. Qualifications include: Good listening, communication and people skills, and a desire to help people in need. A criminal background/fingerprint check is required. For more information, or to obtain a volunteer application, please contact Linda at (928) 777-7179.

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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