What's Happening 3-28-10

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Spring clothing sale for BCAC

April 15-17

The Beaver Creek Adult Center in Lake Montezuma, AZ is having its annual Spring Clothing Sale at the center from Thursday, noon to 6 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Please note that the Thursday date and times have been added this year.  

The proceeds of this sale are used to pay the mortgage on the center's building and facilities as well as to provide activities for members and guests. Donations of clothing, jewelry and linens are now being accepted at the center. For more information, please contact the center at (928) 567-4556 or Karin at 592-9483.


Sedona Relay For Life meeting

March 31

The Sedona Relay For Life committee will meet at noon at National Bank, 1470 W. 89A, Sedona.  

Relay For Life is the largest annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and Relays are held throughout the country.  Anyone interested in becoming a member of this organizing committee or forming a new team should contact Sam Blom at (928) 300-4905 or simonblom@aol.com.

Sign up now for Swap Meet

May 15

Is stuff piling up in your garage? Bring those unwanted items to the Community Swap Meet Extravaganza on Saturday, May 15, and forget the hassle of holding your own garage sale.

The event will be held on the upper field at Posse Grounds Park, 525 Posse Ground Road, in Sedona, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Swap Meet (aka garage sale, flea market, tag sale, etc.) is free and open to the public.

Anyone can reserve a 12-by-15-foot space for $30 ($25 for Sedona Recycles members). All fees are tax-deductible and benefit Sedona Recycles, the Verde Valley's nonprofit recycling center.

To reserve a space or for more information, call (928) 204-1185 or visit www.sedonarecycles.org.

Join Judicial Review Board

April 14

The City of Cottonwood is seeking volunteers to serve on the seven-member Judicial Review and Appointment Advisory Board.

There are currently two seats available to fill expired terms; each will run for three years.

Members will be appointed by the City Council. The purpose of the Board is to recommend to the City Council the best qualified persons to become full-time or part-time city magistrates, to evaluate the performance of incumbent city magistrate(s), and to advise the City Council about retaining them for office.

Applications may be obtained from the Human Resources (HR) office at 816 N. Main St., or from the City Web site: www.cottonwoodaz.gov.

Applications must be returned to the HR office no later than 3 p.m., April 14.

CCA annual meeting

April 14

The Annual Meeting of the Cornville Community Association will be 7-9 p.m. at Oak Creek Elementary School in Cornville. There is a new Board of Directors and Annual Budget to be approved.  

Special guest speaker of the evening will be Tom Pitts, chairman of the Verde Valley Wine Consortium.  

He will provide us with an update on what the Group is doing and how it affects the Verde Valley and Cornville.

For further information on the Cornville meetings, projects and special events go to www.greatercornville.org.

Arvel Bird performs at MUHS

April 17

Arvel Bird, Native American musician and storyteller, and two dancers will be performing at the Mingus Union High School Auditorium at 7 p.m.

Accelerated Learning Charter School (ALCS) is excited to offer a limited supply of Arvel Bird Concert Tickets at a cost of $10 each ($15 at the door). ALCS will receive $5 from each discounted ticket sale to fund programs. You can purchase your specially priced tickets at ABC Body Shop, Accelerated Learning Charter School, Clear Vision Eye Institute, Country Bank, Orion Bread, Western Heritage Furniture and Wild West Express. Support a local school by purchasing discounted tickets to a great concert!

Torah Walk and Talk

April 4

Members of the public who may connect better with God in the Sedona environment than they do indoors are invited to join a group of people interested in Jewish ideas and being outdoors who will walk and talk as they meander through the red rocks.

They will hold their third meeting Sunday, April 4, at 2 pm, gathering  at the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley, 100 Meadowlark Drive. Then they will carpool to a nearby trailhead. Larry Rosenberg and  Rabbi  Alicia Magal will facilitate the conversation.  Everyone is welcome.  Participants are advised to wear walking shoes and bring water.

Hunt Easter eggs in Lake Montezuma

April 3

Easter Egg Hunt in Sycamore Park (next to the bridge in Lake Montezuma).  Registration is from 9:15 a.m. and the hunting starts at 10 a.m. Children 12 years old and under may participate. The first race will be for those ages 0 to 3, followed by 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. We have lots of eggs stuffed with candies and trinkets, and other nice prizes. This event is free. Please bring your children to enjoy this tradition.

Birding Festival celebrates 10th anniversary

April 22-25

The 2010 Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival is celebrating its 10th Anniversary April 22 through 25 at Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood. Registration is now under way. Although some of the most popular trips have already filled up, there are still many available, so make your plans and register now for the events you want. The event is made up of field trips, workshops including daily Lunch & Learn programs, guided walks, exhibit hall and vendors. There is a $10 registration fee plus additional fees for field trips. Check www.birdyverde.org for details. For more information, call Barbie at 928-282-2202

Kabbalah - The Mystical Tradition of 'Receiving'

April 6-27

Kabbalah, a Hebrew word, literally meaning "receiving," contains many mystical elements hinted at in the Bible and developed through meditation and one-on-one oral transmission for many hundreds of years.  Rabbi Alicia Magal, spiritual leader of the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley, is offering a course exploring some of the aspects of the study and practice of Kabbalah.  The four classes will meet on April 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the synagogue.

If you have heard about Kabbalah and want to learn more about this ancient, yet very relevant, body of wisdom, please contact the JCSVV office at 928 204-1286, and register for the course.  The fee is $40 for non-members, and no charge for members of the JCSVV.

Verde NRCD Election

April 30

The Verde Natural Resource Conservation District (Verde NRCD) will conduct a mail-in election to elect its Board of Supervisors. The District will provide a mail ballot to all qualified District Electors for which it has a first-class mailing address. Qualified electors of the District who wish to vote by mail ballot must provide a first-class mailing address to the District at least 30 days prior to the date of the election (by March 31). Mail your ballot request with your mailing address to: P.O. Box 280, Camp Verde AZ 86322. Alternatively, you may e-mail the District with your verifiable mailing address; send e-mail to verdenrcd@yahoo.com. A person who is not already a District cooperator may obtain a cooperative agreement form from the Board of Supervisors of the District at the address above or online at http://www.verde.org. To be counted, completed mail ballots must be received by the District Election Board at the following address no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, April 30, 2010: P.O. Box 280, Camp Verde AZ 86322. To become a candidate for Supervisor of the Verde NRCD, an individual must, at a minimum, be 18 years or older, be a registered voter in AZ, and have a real property interest or an interest in natural resource management in the District supported by a signed cooperative agreement. Nomination Petitions may be obtained from the District Board of Supervisors. Completed petitions must be filed with the Natural Resource Conservation Commissioner of the State Land Department, 1616 W. Adams, Phoenix, AZ 85007 at least 30 days prior to the election.

Get a military welcome home

The Verde Valley American Legion Riders are trying to contact all family members in the Verde Valley that have a loved one in the military at this time. The objective is not only to meet the families of these veterans but also to ask to be a part of their homecoming. Past homecomings have been accomplished by providing a parade through the area that the veteran is from and then ending at the American Legion either in Cottonwood Post 25 or Camp Verde Post 93 with the support of the honor guard and flag column. Some family members have the ceremony end at their homes. Just call and give the Legion Riders the date of the return. John: (928) 567-0224.

GriefShare Recovery Seminar

GriefShare recovery seminar and support group: Meets at Parkside Community Church in Camp Verde each Wednesday at 6 p.m. The church is located at 401 Camp Lincoln Road (across from Camp Verde schools)

GriefShare features nationally recognized experts on grief and recovery topics. There is a registration fee of $20. Scholarships are available for those who qualify. Pre-registration is advisable because of limited space and seating.

For more information call Bonny at Parkside Community Church, (928) 567-3577.

Post 93 to assist veterans

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

Service officer for veterans

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

Get on an Artist Trading Card

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


Sustainability Park presentation

March 29

The next public presentation on the Clarkdale Sustainability Park will be 10 a.m. in the Clark Memorial Clubhouse Men's Lounge at 19 N. Ninth St. Mayor Doug Von Gausig and Town Manager Gayle Mabery will present the concept of a sustainable industrial area. Open discussion will follow a PowerPoint presentation.

Artists Wanted

April 1

The Yavapai College Verde Art Club hosts workshops on the Verde Valley Campus to provide expanded arts education in the arts to students and the community. The Verde Art Club is seeking workshop presenters for the fall 2010 semester. Workshops are scheduled one semester in advance, Verde Art Club members receive a 20 percent discount and 10 percent of the proceeds. Workshops are scheduled for no more than six hours and a maximum of two sessions. To apply to teach a workshop, please contact Virginia Pates at Virginia.Pates@yc.edu for application materials. Submission deadline is April 1.

Call to artists in the Verde Valley

Seeking artists for the Birdy Verde Art Affair in historic downtown Clarkdale for several art events during the month of April: "Windows on Main" is a free art exhibit in historic downtown Clarkdale storefront windows. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. On the evening of April 22, downtown Clarkdale will offer its first art walk. Clarkdale Galleries and businesses will participate with art, music, food and beverage from 5 to 7 p.m.

"A Fair on the Square" is scheduled for Sunday, April 25, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the Clarkdale Town Park. Entry fee to reserve a 10-by-10 booth space for exhibition and sale of art, books, CDs, etc. is $20. The theme for both events is "Nature at Its Best." Sponsored by the Clarkdale Chamber of Commerce, these events are held in partnership with the Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival. Applications for participation are available at the Caboose Visitor Center on the corner of Main and Ninth streets, which is open Thursday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and are also posted on the Chamber of Commerce bulletin boards at the Gallery at Main Street Cafe & Pizzeria and Miller's Market. The Clarkdale Chamber of Commerce offers an Artist membership in its organization. The Chamber seeks participation from applied arts, visual arts, literary arts, musical arts and culinary arts as well. Membership information is available at the same locations listed previously. Join with those whose vision is "partners promoting a vibrant Clarkdale."

See old Clarkdale

Clarkdale's Main Street was built in 1914 as one long continuous block, as the town was being constructed. Senator William A. Clark, mine and smelter owner, was in the process of building a town for his workers, and designed Main Street for their convenience. He ordered varied store fronts for visual interest and leased the buildings to merchants most needed by the community. Honoring this fascinating history, the Clarkdale Heritage Center Museum has assembled a display of photos and artifacts from the earlier days of Main Street. The display will remain through the Walking On Main celebration during the month of April.

If anyone has relics of the Main Street businesses and would like to have them added to the display on a temporary basis, please call (928) 649-1198 during Museum hours; Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 1 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.



Music at the Legion

American Legion Post 25, at 480 Calvary Way, Cottonwood, hosts live music every Sunday 2-5 p.m. for your dancing pleasure. March 28 - Rich & Wayne


Car Wash for motocross champs

March 28

This Sunday there will be a car wash and raffle at the Fry's Shopping Center to raise money for a couple of local motocross boys Shane Allen (Bike #33), 15 years old, and Jay Kessner (Bike #209), 16 years old, to go to the World Mini Grand Prix World Champion Motocross Event in Mesquite, Nev., on April 12-18. It is a weeklong event that gives riders from all over the world a chance to showcase their talents to the factories pertaining to sponsorship and support rides. This is a chance of a lifetime for these boys to show what they have worked so hard for all year. They both race pretty much weekly all over Arizona and are currently members of both AMX and NMA Motocross Associations. They rank up towards the top so far in the State Championships and placed first and second overall in the 2010 AMX EZ-Up Dealer Series. This was a series of four races and riders had to be at all of the races to be eligible for awards. They have not missed a race this year and are very dedicated to their sport. Shane is currently locally sponsored by D&K Service, Chris Connolly Electric, Moseng Chiropractic, and Diamond Creek Flooring. Jay is sponsored locally by D&K Service and is still looking for more sponsors. Every person that has a car washed will be entered into a raffle to win many great prizes donated by local businesses including Regal Nails, Teasers Hair Salon, Biker Babes and Beyond, D&K Service, and many more including lots of great restaurants. They would really appreciate it if you could come out and meet and support them.

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.

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

Word Processing SIG

March 29

The Word Processing Special Interest Group (SIG) will meet Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. The main topic for discussion will be Placing Objects Into Documents.

The public is invited to attend this free meeting. Donations are accepted to help defray costs. A short Question and Answer will start the meeting so bring any questions or problems and see if we can help.

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

Iris Society to meet

March 31

Verde Valley Area Iris Society The Verde Valley Area Iris Society (VAIS) will sponsor its second meeting of the year at the Cottonwood Public Safety Building (corner of Sixth and Aspen) at 5:30 p.m. Topic: Artistic Design with Flowers The American Iris Society has put together a unique presentation of making interesting flower arrangements. You may have hands-on experiences. Please bring any flowers and a vase and you will have the opportunity to try out what you learn. This will help you have an idea of how to make an arrangement with iris for the upcoming "Iris Display" presented by VAIS on April 24. This is a vote by the public and is a lot of fun. You may bring individual irises also to be voted on by the public to the display event in April. There will be some potted iris available for sale. RSVP: Linda Smith (928) 567-7470 or e-mail irisgrower@cableone.net

Bookmarks Book Sale

Thru March

The Cottonwood Bookmarks/Friends of the Library organization is holding a half-price sale on all books in their area located just inside the door from the parking lot at 100 S. Sixth Street. All paperback, hard cover fiction and non-fiction books, National Geographic and Arizona Highways magazines will be half off the marked price through the entire month of March. Volunteers will restock the shelves on a daily basis. Proceeds will be used to support the library budget.

Chat 'n' Chew for better parenting

March 31

Dr. Marta Adelsman, Life Coach in Communication and Consciousness, will lead a discussion entitled "Parenting for Self-Esteem" at Jerona Café (across from the Cottonwood post office on Mingus Avenue) 9:45-11 a.m.

As parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, we often relate to the children in our lives without thought or consideration for how we affect them. This doesn't serve our children. Come to this discussion and learn practical ways to build the confidence and self-esteem of both you and your children. You also might have experiences to share that will support someone else to be a better parent/grand-parent.

To reserve your space for this event, call (928) 451-9482. Minimum donation: $8.

Get a military welcome home

The Verde Valley American Legion Riders are trying to contact all family members in the Verde Valley that have a loved one in the military at this time. The objective is not only to meet the families of these veterans but also to ask to be a part of their homecoming. Past homecomings have been accomplished by providing a parade through the area that the veteran is from and then ending at the American Legion either in Cottonwood Post 25 or Camp Verde Post 93 with the support of the honor guard and flag column. Some family members have the ceremony end at their homes. Just call and give the Legion Riders the date of the return. John: (928) 567-0224.

Buena Vista recruits childcare providers

Buena Vista Children's Services, Inc. is here to assist you through the process to become a DES-certified child-care provider. Applications are processed at no charge. As a self-employed professional, receive ongoing training, provide quality care with early childhood learning activities and consistently meet or exceed health and safety standards.

From fingerprints to home inspections, a recruitment specialist is there for you. For more info, or to start your free application, call Buena Vista Children's Services, Inc. at (928) 451-5755 or 1-866-646-5200; or email js.bvcs@gmail.com.

Get help with your taxes

For 26 years AARP/IRS has provided a program for those in our community to have their taxes prepared and filed. They will be at the Verde Valley Senior Center, 500 E. Cherry St., Cottonwood Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

There is no age limit and you do not have to be a member of AARP. Call (928) 634-5450 or you can just drop by the Senior Center and make the appointment in person.

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.

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.

Get the seniors moving

According to the results of a recent national survey of seniors and adult children, staying physically active is a major challenge for seniors. Lack of activity can lead to a downward spiral of poor health resulting in frailty, a condition that threatens the mind, body and social life of older adults.

Family caregivers who can encourage and integrate physical, mental and social activities in seniors' lives are helping them ward off frailty and stay healthy. With that in mind, local HISC senior care experts are launching a program designed to help keep seniors engaged and fit. Resources include a specially designed Website: www.GetMomMoving.com with practical and educational tools for seniors and their families.

For more information, please call Ann Weaver, community service representative, Home Instead Senior Care at 649-3316.

C-OC now enrolling

April 1

Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District will be enrolling K-8th grade students for the 2010-11 school year at the district office located at 1 N. Willard St., Cottonwood. Please bring immunization records, birth certificate. Enrollment will begin 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. For details please call (928) 634-2288.

Verde Valley Computer Club April Calendar

April 1, Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

April 2, Windows SIG, 4 p.m.

April 5, Shutterbug SIG, 6 p.m.

April 9, Internet SIG, 4 p.m.

April 16, Word Processing SIG, 4 p.m.

April 17, General Meeting, 9:30 a.m.

Visitors are welcome to attend all events. They are Users Helping Users. Visit the Web site at www.vvcclub.com. All events will be at the Clemenceau Building on Willard Street at Mingus Avenue, Cottonwood.

Cottonwood Easter Egg Hunt

April 3

The Ledbetter Law Firm in conjunction with the City of Cottonwood's Parks and Recreation Department is inviting you to this years' Easter Egg Hunt. All festivities will take place at Riverfront Park at 10 a.m. All children from 1 month to 8 years old can participate. Ledbetter Law Firm is a local firm that is community minded, and has generously agreed to sponsor the Easter Egg Hunt. The Ledbetter Law firm "believes that the formula for success is as simple as it is demanding. Achieving success is not altered by trends or technology. Success comes from hard work, inspiration, and attention to detail." The Easter Egg Hunt has been a staple in the community for over 17 years. For additional information contact Cottonwood Parks and Recreation Department at (928) 639-3200.

'Ukulele classes offered

April 5

Kehau Chrisman, Kumu Hula (hula master) from Hawaii, announces open enrollment for "Learn to Play the Hawaiian 'Ukulele" Class, for participants ages 14 and older, in Cottonwood from 5 to 6 p.m.  The cost of each class is $8.  Classes will be held every Monday at the Civic Center in Old Town Cottonwood, 805 N. Main St., for seven weeks.  Participants should bring their own 'ukulele and a tuner, notepaper and writing utensil to class.  The class will be taught by a former Hawaii resident and 'ukulele maker from the Big Island of Hawaii. Participants will learn basic chords, Hawaiian strumming, and learn some simple Hawaiian songs.

For more information, visit www.arizonahula.com.  You can also call Chrisman at (928) 639-4683.

Beginners hula for women

April 5

Kehau Chrisman, Kumu Hula (hula master) from Hawaii, announces open enrollment for Beginning Hula Women's Class, ages 16 and older, in Cottonwood from 7 to 8 p.m.  The cost for this six-week workshop is $48.  Classes will be held every Monday at the Cottonwood Civic Center in Old Town Cottonwood, 801 N. Main St.  Participants should bring notepaper and a blank audiotape to class.  This initial stage will run six weeks, and participants will have the option of continuing on a weekly basis after that.  

Chrisman, formerly of Hawaii and now a Cottonwood resident, has been teaching hula in Cottonwood since early 2004.  Halau (school) members now number over 50, and span from Prescott Valley to Flagstaff.  Chrisman has 27 years of hula experience and has been fully trained as a Kumu Hula (Hula Master), graduating with formal ceremonies in 2000.  Her hula lineage of teaching includes an integration of Hawaiian dance, music, language and culture.  Hula has great depth and is more than just dance movement.

For more information, visit www.arizonahula.com.  You can also call Kehau Chrisman at (928) 639-4683.

Local Attorney and Funeral Home offer free seminar

April 14

The law firm of Gordon & Gordon, PLLC, and Bueler Cottonwood Funeral Home will be offering a free seminar focusing on important end of life issues. Attorney Lonnie K. McDowell will present information on estate planning, including basic trusts and wills. Local funeral director and funeral home owner, Ben Bueler will cover preplanning and prefunding options for funerals, as well as veteran's benefits. The seminar will be held at the Cottonwood Public Library from 6 to 7 p.m. For more information please call (928) 649-8609 or email info@gordonlawaz.com.

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

St. Joseph's Catholic School Open House

April 17

St. Joseph's Catholic School and Pre-K - Kindergarten Montessori will be holding an Enrollment Open House for PreK-8th grade from noon to 2 p.m. All parents and students that appreciate the value of a faith based education, small classroom sizes, one on one instruction and a quality academic education are invited. You will have an opportunity to meet the teachers and administration staff. The school prepares students to become morally responsible leaders who think critically and value service within our community through a partnership with students, parents and staff. Scholarships are available based on financial need and availability. Most students receive a substantial scholarship. A private school education can be a choice and option. The school is located at 2715 E. 89A or call (928) 649-0624 with any questions. Come see what we have to offer.

Mickelson Memorial Run/Walk

April 17

Come run or walk the second annual Brian Mickelsen Memorial Half-Marathon, 10K, 2-Mile Run/Walk. This race is a tribute to Brian Mickelsen, Cottonwood's beloved city manager, who passed away suddenly on a training run in 2007. Come share two of his passions - running and the Verde Valley - while experiencing this memorable and scenic course.

Registration for the half-marathon is $50 by April 2, $60 from April 3 to April 9, or $70 on race day. Registration for the 10K is $30 by April 2, $40 from April 3 to April 9, or $50 on race day. Registration for the 2-Mile is $20 by April 2, $25 from April 3 to April 9, or $30 on race day.

For more information or to register go to arizonarunningevents.com or Active.com by April 9 or call (928) 639-3200. Registration on race day begins at 6:15 a.m.

Cottonwood Gun & Knife Show at fairgrounds

April 17-18

Firing Pin Enterprizes, Inc. presents the ninth Cottonwood Gun and Knife Show at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds, 800 S. Cherry St, on the corner of 12th Street and Cherry. Vendors from around the state will be in attendance to buy, sell and trade. New, used and antique firearms, knives and western memorabilia will be available to see, touch and buy. Also on hand will be ammunition, books, coins and a variety of shooting, hunting and outdoor accessories.

The public may bring firearms and related items to sell, trade or have appraised. All applicable local, state and federal laws will be observed.

Gun show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. A map to the show is available at the Web site www.firingpin.com. For additional information visit www.firingpin.com or call (928) 485-0437.

Verde Valley Voices in concert

April 24

The Verde Valley Voices are busy practicing to present their annual Spring Concert, "Friends," under the direction of Beverly Hall and accompanied by Nancy Bright, to be held at the Verde Baptist Church at 3 p.m. There will be more than 100 singers of all ages, and from throughout our Verde Valley, participating in this concert.

They will be joined by the Cottonwood Community Band under the direction of Neil Manzenberger, and the Lobo Pups Choir from the Cottonwood-Oak Creek Elementary School under the direction of Karen Steele. This will be a fun filled concert for all ages, with many familiar songs (and a few new).

VFW Ladies Auxiliary seeks Verde crafters

April 30-May

The Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW Post 7400 is seeking crafters to participate in a Spring Arts and Crafts Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The show will be at the VFW hall located at 705 E. Aspen St. in Cottonwood. Twenty-one eight-foot selling tables and spaces are available at $10 per day or crafters can provide their own table and save $5 a day. Tables will be reserved on a first-come-first-served basis and are open to all types of specialty items (except fresh foods). Along with the cost of the individual tables, each crafter will be asked to bring a canned food item to be given to local food bank. Along with the craft show, the Auxiliary will offer a bake sale for those with a "sweet tooth." Proceeds from the event will go to support 2009-10 Auxiliary projects.

Interested participants should call Jeri Strande at (928) 649-3374 in order to make reservations or for more information. Application packages will be mailed to prospective crafters upon request. Due to limited space, crafters are encouraged to make reservations as soon as possible.

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.

Verde Valley Job Fair seeks exhibitors and sponsors

May 12

Yavapai Workforce Connection, Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce, and Yavapai College are teaming up again to host the fifth annual Verde Valley Job, Career & Education Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds. The event will allow employers to engage in a face-to-face format to discuss career opportunities with job seekers, network, and showcase their company to a wide-range audience of business professionals.

A limited number of openings are available for exhibitors and sponsorships. Interested businesses should register early to guarantee a booth at the Job Fair. Cost is only $35 for registrations received before April 9, and $45 for registrations received after. The Job Fair is co-hosted by Camp Verde Chamber of Commerce, Sedona Chamber of Commerce, Verde Valley Newspapers, and Yavapai Broadcasting. For more information on how to become an exhibitor and/or sponsor, contact, Christian Oliva Del Rio at the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce, at (928) 634-7593.

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.


Free legal services for seniors in Jerome

Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG), Area Agency on Aging's Legal Advocacy for Seniors Program is at the Jerome Fire Department the third Thursday of the month. The Legal Program serves seniors 60 and older or married to someone 60 and older whom other wise cannot obtain council. The Legal Program provides services in the areas of civil and administrative Law - no criminal law. They prepare legal documents such as: Wills, Beneficiary Deeds, Quit Claim Deeds, Powers of Attorney, Living Wills/Advance Directives, Special Needs Trusts, Income only Trusts and, Codicils. We can assist with Social Security disputes, consumer complaints, and bill payment issues. There are no fees, this service is provided for donations only. If you have any further questions or to schedule an appointment please call Kelly O'Donnell at (928) 213-5246 or 1-877-521-3500 or by e-mail at kodonnell@nacog.org .


Prehistoric World of Agave Presentation

March 28

The Arizona Natural History Association is hosting a series of special event presentations, including the "Prehistoric World of Agave" at 1 p.m. at the Forest Service, Red Rock District Visitor Information Office. Al Cornell will share the many valuable ways in which agave was used hundreds of years ago. In addition, "Prehistoric Skills" demonstrations will be held on the patio of the Red Rock Visitor Information Office from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. These presentations are open to the general public and free of charge. The Red Rock District office is located one mile south of the Village of Oak Creek, on State Route 179.

For information about this and upcoming events, please contact Emma Peschke or Genny Riner at (928) 203-2900.

Water Awareness month starts with LWV Breakfast

March 31

The League of Women Voters Sedona-Verde Valley is having a kick off water awareness month breakfast on Wednesday, March 31, 8-10 a.m. at The Old Sedona Bar & Grill, 1405 W. 89A, Sedona. The cost is $10, payable at the door. The breakfast will be honoring Dorothy Hores, deceased, who was an active member of the League of Women Voters Sedona-Verde Valley and responsible for leading the public discussion of water issues in Northern Arizona. Barbara Litrell will be speaking about Dorothy and her passion for the issue, and former State Senator, Tom O'Halleran will be speaking about the Verde River Basin Partnership. Please respond your attendance to the breakfast by Monday, March 22, to Fran Levengood at (928) 554-4509.

Sedona Rangers looking for dedicated volunteers

Do you have an interest in assisting at community events, learning new skills, helping to protect Sedona's parks and open spaces? Do you enjoy meeting and greeting people from around the world? Are you interested in being a member of a small group of individuals dedicated to public service?

If you do, the Sedona Department of Parks and Recreation invites you to consider joining the Sedona Volunteer Park Rangers.

For the past three years, the rangers have become a familiar icon in Uptown, answering visitor questions, having their picture taken, chatting with merchants, responding to incidents and assisting with community events. They are also frequently seen patrolling the city parks and assisting with city parks and recreation programs.

Rangers are required to provide a minimum number of volunteer hours per week, undergo fingerprinting and a background check, be willing to be trained in basic medical emergency services and have a passion for helping visitors and the community.

If you are interested in learning more about the Sedona Park Ranger program or think you might want to join, we invite you to pick up an informational packet and application at the Department of Parks and Recreation office located at City Hall, 102 Roadrunner Drive, Sedona.

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.

Mysteries of the Mogollon

April 3

Mike Peach performs Mysteries of the Mogollon, a historical narrative and first-person presentation, at 1:30 p.m. at Sedona Heritage Museum. Cost is $6. Call (928) 282-7038.

Dog Obedience is back

April 5

Sedona Parks and Recreation has gone to the dogs! Dog obedience, that is. The very popular fall classes are back in action for the spring. The instructor is Starr Ladehoff.

The Mini-Course (4 weeks) is Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. or on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. This class is $50 per dog and will begin April 6 and April 10 and is held at Sunset Park.

Basic Obedience-Novice (7 weeks) is Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. This class is $75 per dog and will begin April 7 and is held at Sunset Park.

Every Day & Emergency Recall Workshop (4 weeks) is Mondays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. This class is $50 per dog and will begin April 5 and is held at Posse Grounds Park upper softball field.

Registration is being accepted for all classes through the Parks and Recreation Department. You may walk in to register, 102 Roadrunner Drive, or call (928) 282-7098.

Wine appreciation at College

April 5-May 3

Yavapai College Sedona Center offers Wine Appreciation evenings 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. 
Put your nose to the glass and taste something new. Learn to navigate the world of wine with the knowledge of wine producing regions and winemaking styles. Learn about food and wine pairings, explore wine lists, and learn to serve wine.

You must be 21 years or older to enroll. Fee is $90. Register for Wine Appreciate (VCE 008) at www.yc.edu, click on the link for Community Education classes. Class meets at Yavapai College - Sedona Center for Arts & Technology, 4215 Arts Village Drive, Sedona.

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.

Native Plant Workshop in Sedona

April 10 

Keep Sedona Beautiful has planned for their 31st annual Native Plant Workshop, "Getting the Most Out of Your High Desert Garden and Landscape", which will be 8:45 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Sedona Red Rock High School.  In addition to two keynote speakers, participants will be able to select two workshops from a list of seven.  Besides free plants, a silent auction and raffle, lunch is included in the price. Advance tickets are $25.

With limited space along with so many different and interesting topics, the workshop is expected to sell out early. Reservations and more information can be found at: http://keepsedonabeautiful.org.

Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards Luncheon

May 14

Mark your calendars for The Sedona-Verde Valley chapter of National Association of Women Business Owners seventh annual Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards Luncheon at Poco Diablo Resort.

NAWBO is always celebrating the contributions of women business owners in our community. Please take time to honor and recognize the role of these women by filling out an EEA nomination form found on the Web site at www.nawbosvv.org.

The Business of Film Distribution

April 17-18

Study the post-production release requirements and management of film distribution for the entertainment industry with Daniel Helberg at the Zaki Gordon Institute for Independent Filmmaking (ZGI) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Yavapai College's Sedona Center for Arts & Technology.

Helberg, an adjunct faculty member for ZGI is vice president of Business and Legal Affairs for The Weinstein Company, where he focuses on the development, production and distribution of scripted and non-scripted television programming, and the distribution of feature films to television and new media outlets. The Weinstein Company's recent release Inglourious Basterds has garnered an Oscar for best supporting actor.

Before The Weinstein Company, Helberg headed up the business and legal affairs for Stone & Company Entertainment, a leading producer of non-scripted and non-fiction television shows such as "The Mole" and "Popstars."

Yavapai College's Zaki Gordon Institute for Independent Filmmaking is located at the Sedona Center for Arts & Technology, 4215 Arts Village Drive in Sedona. For more information about this upcoming workshop (DFM 109) or for general information regarding ZGI call 649-4279 or visit www.zgi.yc.edu.

Poco Diablo hosts Sedona Psychic/Holistic Fair

April 18

The new Sedona Psychic/Holistic Fair promises a full day of fun in connecting energy pathways, 9 a.m-5 p.m. at Poco Diablo Resort, 1752 SR 179 in Sedona. Experience unique and high level healing modalities, along with toe reading, energy healing, soul painting, aura photography, Ki Healing, Sound Healing, Multi-Dimensional healing, EFT, Psychic Mediums, Polarity Therapy and EFT, astrology, chakra balancing, tarot, numerology and more. Admission is $5. Call (517) 214-4592.

Camp Soaring Eagle now accepting camper applications

May 3

This summer, Camp Soaring Eagle will once again continue its "Flying with Camp Soaring Eagle Travel Programs" and provide free of charge residential camp experiences to 45 children from Arizona. This year's travel programming consists of two different trips: from June 9-15, 25 children with either: a-plastic anemia, cancer, hemophilia, HIV, metabolic syndrome or sickle cell anemia will attend Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford, Conn., for six days, and 15 children with chronic-asthma will attend the Center for Courageous Kids in Scottsville, Ky., July 6-11.

Applications are being accepted for the "Flying with Camp Soaring Eagle Travel Programs" until May 3rd. Campers must be between the ages of 7 and 15. For complete program information and applications contact Juan Morales, Director of Operations at (702) 218-7034 or jmorales@CampSoaringEagle.org.

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

MATForce announces annual Youth Poster Contest

April 8

MATForce invites area youth to help raise awareness about substance abuse risks by participating in its annual Youth Poster Contest. Yavapai County youth ages 5 to 18 are invited to participate in the contest by creating a poster that depicts an anti-drug message.

There will bee $25 cash gift cards awarded for the winner of each age category. All entries will receive a participation prize. An overall winner will be selected and will receive a game system or cash equivalent. The winning poster will also be used in MATForce's 2010 promotional materials.

For contest guidelines, call Renee Pirante of the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office at (928) 777-7230 or visit the MATForce website at www.matforce.org. Contest deadline is April 8.

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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