What's Happening: 02-14-16

<b>No partner, no experience required for Contra Dance at Cottonwood Civic Center</b>

<b>No partner, no experience required for Contra Dance at Cottonwood Civic Center</b>

No partner, no experience required for Contra Dance at Cottonwood Civic Center

Ron Barton and Company play the tunes at the Saturday, Feb. 20, contra dance. With Ron on guitar, Sonja Whisman and Rhonda Hotop on  fiddle, and Dave Wildermuth on electric bass - and caller Michael Barraclough, will keep dancers on track. Check out contra dancing on Youtube for a peek at this fun dance form. No partner or experience is required. Those new or needing a refresher should be sure to arrive at 6:30 p.m. for the half hour lesson; regular dance is 7-10 p.m. at Cottonwood Civic Center, 805 N. Main St. in Old Town. Cost is $10/dancer, $9 for FFOTM members. Contact Sandy Boothe for more information at 928-634-0486 or sandy@ringsforever.com.

Legion Post 93 sponsors sister post fundraiser

March 12

On March 12, American Legion Post 93 in Camp Verde will host a Western Hoedown dinner/dance fundraiser for its sister post, American Post 135 in Cornville.

The event will take place at Post 93, located at 286 S. 3rd St. in Camp Verde.

In line with a western frontier celebration theme, planners specifically crafted decorations to add to the fun. Dinner will consist of a meaty BBQ country-style pork rib along with a four-ounce skinless, boneless chicken breast, with cowboy beans, coleslaw, cornbread muffin, dessert and ice tea or water - the entire meal will be made from scratch and all for only $10 per plate.

Dinner will be served from 5-7 p.m.; DJ, Rafel Rosa will follow and spin a variety of tunes until 9 p.m.

The event is open to all guests of both posts and American Legion family members in the area.

Children are welcome in the smoke-free dining room.

Tickets maybe be purchased now at the post, or at the door; seating is limited to 75.

This is a Post 135 and Auxiliary joint-fundraiser, with the auxiliary's net share of the profit going to the future Post 135 home, while the post portion will be split between the recently formed Post 135 Honor Guard and the Building Fund.

For more information or ticket purchases, please call Commander Jeri Strande at 928-649-3374 or Unit President Patty Eames at 928- 821-3894.

Childbirth preparation classes at VVMC

No partner, no experience required for Contra Dance at Cottonwood Civic Center

Beginning March 3

Northern Arizona Healthcare's Verde Valley Medical Center offers childbirth preparation classes for mothers who plan on delivering their babies at VVMC.

The next four-class series, which runs for four consecutive weeks, begins Thursday, March 3, at VVMC, 269 S. Candy Lane, in Cottonwood. All classes begin at 7 p.m. The total cost for the series is $25. Light refreshments are provided.

Each class covers different topics, including discomforts of pregnancy; complications of labor; newborn feeding; and general newborn care. Please bring your coach with you to each class and wear loose, comfortable clothing. For more information or to register, call 928-639-6437.

What to know - and do about psychiatric drugs

Feb. 18

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute presents a free lunchtime forum at the Verde Valley Campus in Clarkdale, in room G-104 on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 12:30 p.m.

Dr. Grace Jackson, a Board Certified Psychiatrist, will discuss the consequences of iatrogenic (treatment related) toxicity as it pertains to psychiatric drugs. 

She will discuss possible solutions for the individual patient, and for the medical profession as a whole.

OLLI is a local, volunteer, peer-to-peer, adult education program (part of Yavapai College) that offers many learning groups and workshops each term for a nominal fee. 

Its winter term is under way, and over 100 classes and workshops are available.  

For more information about OLLI or the Lunch & Learn programs, call 928-649-5550 or visit www.yc.edu/ollisv.

Suicide is a preventable tragedy

Feb. 22

Due to snow, he Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley rescheduled the launch of Mental Health Monday to Feb. 22 at Yavapai College's Sedona Campus, located at 4215 Arts Village Dr.

The new, free, monthly program is open to the public and consists of three parts: a speaker from 9:30-10:30 a.m., the Coalition business meeting from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and a film and community conversation in the evening from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The subject of the first Mental Health Monday is suicide. The guest speaker is John Schuderer, chairperson of the Yavapai Suicide Prevention Coalition. 

The Coalition will hold its business meeting 10:30-11:30 a.m. Community members interested in learning more about the Coalition are invited to attend the business meeting.

In the evening, at 6:30 p.m. the It's Kind of a Funny Story, will be shown. Stressed by adolescence, 16-year-old Craig Gilner (Keir Gilchrist) checks himself into a mental-health hospital.

The film will be followed by a discussion. For more information, contact Barbara Litrell, 649-0135 or www.mentalhealthcoalitionvv.org. 

Mental Health First Aid Class

March 18

Just as someone might be trained in the Heimlich maneuver to help a choking person, or in CPR to help someone having a heart attack, training is available to teach how to help and support someone experiencing a mental health crisis.

The Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley and Spectrum Healthcare Group are offering a full-day session on Mental Health First Aid training Friday, March 18 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Center for Positive Living, located at 45 Castle Rock Rd, #1A in the Village of Oak Creek.  

Training is free and open to the public. Everyone receives a certificate of completion.  

Class size limited to 24. Beverages and lunch are provided with a free-will donation appreciated. Please register by contacting Barbara Litrell at 649-0135 or blitrell@aol.com.

MATFORCE Lunch 'n Learn - Teen Lifeline: Teen Suicide and Depression Prevention

Feb. 25, MATFORCE will host an important community Lunch 'n Learn addressing teen suicide and depression prevention.

Teen Lifeline will conduct this presentation to help parents, teachers, coaches and any adult working with youth learn how to identify signs and intervene to prevent suicide.  Participants will learn risk factors and warning signs for suicide and depression, as well as different coping techniques.  The presentation will also include suggestions on how to appropriately approach youth and discuss issues in a safe manner.

The panel of presenters includes:  Emily Monson, LMSW, Outreach Specialist for Teen Lifeline; Laura Norman, Chief Development and Communication Officer for West Yavapai Guidance Clinic; Rob Petsche, MS, Children's Program Director Spectrum Healthcare; and John Schuderer, Chair of the Suicide Prevention Coalition.

The Lunch 'n Learn will be Thursday, Feb. 25, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Board of Supervisors Room, Yavapai County Administration Building, 1015 S. Fair St. in Prescott and teleconferenced to the Yavapai County Cottonwood Annex, 10 South 6th St. in Cottonwood. It is free and open to the public. Brown-bag lunches are welcome. 

For more information contact MATFORCE at 928-708-0100 or online at matforce.org.

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Training

March 4

Verde Valley Medical Center will partner with MATFORCE to host a free training for professionals on neonatal abstinence syndrome The training, which will be held on March 4, in Cottonwood, is designed to help medical providers and others working in the substance abuse field to address this growing problem among infants.

Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is a group of problems that occur in a newborn who was exposed to addictive opiate drugs while in the mother's womb. It occurs because a pregnant woman takes opiate or narcotic drugs such as heroin, codeine, oxycodone (OxyContin) methadone or buprenorphine.

As these substances pass through to the baby in the mother's womb, the baby becomes addicted along with the mother. At birth, the baby is still dependent on the drug. However, because the baby is no longer getting the drug after birth, symptoms of withdrawal may occur.

Speakers for the training include: Shefali Gandhi-List, M.D., OB/GYN Banner Thunderbird Medical Center; Rick Christensen, P.A., CAS, Chief Medical Officer Community Medical Services; and Deb Ledington, MSN, NNP-BC; Director Women & Infants Services, NAH.

Registration is required as seating is limited. To register, please visit matforce.org. CME's will be provided. For questions please contact Eileen Vachon-Vierra at 928-639-5262.

Location for the training is the Verde Valley Medical Center, 269 S. Candy Lane, in Cottonwood. Sign-in will begin at 11:30 a.m., with lunch following from noon to 1 pm. The conference will be held from 1-5 p.m.

Audition call for 'Letters from Luke'

Potter's Hand Productions (PHP) announces open auditions for Letters from Luke at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 21, 2016 at Historic Wayside Bible Chapel, 401 N SR 89A, Uptown Sedona 86336.  Actors and singers will be cast in speaking/singing or non-speaking/non-singing roles.  All ages are required to fill the cast, especially men. Rehearsals are on Sunday afternoons, and performances will be May 6-8. 

This year's event is a brand new drama based on the eye-witness accounts of Jesus, taken right from the pages of the book of Luke. Included is original music, which enhances the storyline and action. The characters in Letters from Luke relate how their lives were changed because of their personal encounter with Jesus Christ. Their first-hand testimony is convincing and life-changing. The cast and crew include talented actors and singers from Sedona and the entire Verde Valley. 

Potter' Hand Productions have been producing costumed events in Sedona since 2004. PHP is Sedona's Christian Community Theatre, now in its twelfth year, "Bringing God's Word to life to encourage the faithful and reach the world for Jesus Christ." Participants from all beliefs are welcome to join as part of the cast and crew of Letters from Luke.

For more information, please see  www.PottersHandProductions.com or call 928-300-8882. 

Paul Babeu to address GOP

The Verde Valley Republican Women's February meeting will feature guest speaker  Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, Candidate for Congress.  

The meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 16, 11:30 a.m. (doors open at 11 a.m. for meet and greet) at the Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa located at 2250 W. Highway 89A in Sedona.

Please come, bring a friend, enjoy a delicious lunch for $17 all inclusive (including dessert) and hear from our great speaker. Reservations needed, call or email 928-301-2121 or seaverlucas@aol.com. Or visit www.Azfrw.com.

(Click on Arizona Clubs and then Verde Valley Republican Women).

CAT plans regular service for President's Day

Cottonwood Area Transit will have regular service Monday, Feb. 15, President's Day. All ADA and Fixed Route Services will be running for the Red Line, Blue Line, Yellow Line, Green Line, Paratransit, and Lynx.

The CAT administrative offices will be closed on President's Day, as will the call center.

Any ADA riders that want a ride on Monday or Tuesday are encouraged to call the CAT office no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12. The CAT office will open at its usual time of 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16. CAT offices may be contacted at 928-634-2287.

CAT provides four fixed routes and ADA Paratransit serving Cottonwood, Clarkdale and Verde Villages and Verde Lynx commuter service between Cottonwood and Sedona.

City begins utility work on Mingus Avenue

Beginning this week and continuing through March 31, the City of Cottonwood will install a new reclaimed water line. The affected area will be the westbound lane of Mingus Avenue between Willard Street and Brian Mickelsen Parkway. There will be lane closures and intermittent traffic delays. Please exercise caution and obey all traffic control signs while in the area.

Sedona St. Patrick's Day

Parade entries due Feb. 22

Last call for entries in the 46th annual St. Patrick's Parade. It's a great opportunity for community exposure and promotion. Monday, Feb. 22 is the deadline for all applications to participate. Please submit your parade entry forms as soon as possible. Entry slots are limited and filled on a first-come first-served basis.

Entry forms for the Parade were sent out to all previous participants, and we would also love to see new faces! So, if you need an entry form, print it from Sedona Main Street Program's website (www.sedonamainstreet.com) or pick up a copy at the Chamber Visitor Center on Forest Road in Uptown Sedona. The business application fee is $100 per entry and $25 per non-profit or individual applicant.

The festivities will be on Saturday, March 12th in Uptown Sedona. The Parade begins at 10:30 a.m., starting at the Jordan Historical Park, making its way down Jordan Road and ending at Mesquite Avenue. A free Festival immediately follows until 3 p.m.

Call 928-204-2390 if you have questions.

Democrats of the Red Rocks meet Feb. 18

The next Democrats of the Red Rocks Breakfast will be on Thursday, Feb. 18, 8 am, at Olde Sedona Family Restaurant Bar and Grill, 1405 West Highway 89A, Sedona.

There will be two guest speakers.  Brent Bitz of the Verde River Basin Partnership will discuss the local issue of "The Verde River Our Desert Treasure: Will It Survive?" Paul Johnson, Chairman of The Nonpartisan Movement's 501(c)4 in Arizona: the Open Nonpartisan Elections Committee will discuss an issue of statewide importance, "The Open Primary Concept." This event is open to all. Admission is $12 per person, including a lavish buffet breakfast and gratuity. Doors open at 8 am.

RSVP by phone (928-274-6541) or e-mail to democratsoftheredrocksrsvp@gmail.com; democratsoftheredrocks.org.

OLLI presents National Issues Forums

OLLI at Yavapai College presents National Issues Forums - a program that is free and open to the public. Conducted by Andrea Houchard, the Director of Philosophy in the Public Interest and Northern Arizona University, the topic for the next discussion is Economic Security. The forum will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2:30 p.m., in Room 34 of the Yavapai College Sedona Center, 4215 Arts Village Drive, Sedona.

Informational handouts about the issue will be available on the Philosophy in the Public Interest website one week prior to the forum at www.nau.ecu/ppi.

For more information, call OLLI at 649-4275.

February Contra Dance at Civic Center

WITH PIX

Ron Barton and Company play the tunes at the Saturday, Feb. 20th, contra dance. Ron on guitar, Sonja Whisman and Rhonda Hotop on  fiddle, and Dave Wildermuth on electric bass will get you dancing and our caller, Michael Barraclough, will keep you on track. If you can walk, you can contra! Check out contra dancing on Youtube for a peek at this fun dance form.  No partner or experience is required. Those new or needing a refresher should be sure to arrive at 6:30 for the half hour lesson; regular dance is 7-10 p.m. at Cottonwood Civic Center, 805 N. Main St. in Old Town. Cost is $10/dancer, $9 for FFOTM members. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes and bring a snack to share if possible. Contact Sandy Boothe for more information: 928-634-0486 or sandy@ringsforever.com.

Health advocate and author to speak at Library

Karen Van Price's newly released book, God Made Organics, Not GMOs, informs readers about why genetically modified foods are dangerous to our health, and suggests what Americans need to do in  order to secure their right to have access to healthy foods.

Author Karen Van Price is eager to educate people in her community and around the nation about how to achieve optimal health in the face of adversity. Van Price is touring bookstores, GMO-Free restaurants, community centers and libraries to meet with members of the public and answer questions about approaches to healthy eating. Van Price's own health revolution began thirty years ago. She currently owns and operates a yoga studio in Prescott, AZ, where she encourages optimal living through diet and exercise.

VanPrice will be signing her books on Saturday, Feb. 13, 10:30 a.m. to noon, in the Cottonwood Public Library meeting room. The library is located at 100 S 6th St. in Cottonwood.

Historic Preservation Commission members needed

Through Feb. 23

The City of Cottonwood is seeking volunteers to fill two seats on its Historic Preservation Commission. Both seats are for three-year terms. It is desirable that applicants have professional experience in the fields of architecture, planning, history, archeology, or construction.

The commission consists of seven members, five of whom shall be residents of the city, and two of whom need not be residents of the city, provided that the City Council finds at the time of their appointment that they have substantial ties within the corporate limits of the city, such as owning real property, owning a business, being employed within the city limits, or based on any other factors deemed relevant by the City Council.

Commission and board volunteer application forms and a copy of the powers and duties of the commission are available at the City of Cottonwood website, www.cottonwoodaz.gov, or from the Human Resources office, located at 816 N. Main St., or by calling 928-340-2730.

Applications will be accepted at the HR office until 3 p.m. Feb. 23.

Rob Adams to speak at OLLI

Substance abuse is now a serious problem in the Sedona community.  Few people know this as well as Rob Adams, Sedona mayor for six years.

He's been especially aware of this issue for the 21 years he's been a recovering alcoholic himself.   

In 2005, he was a founding board member of MATForce to combat crystal methamphetamine use and manufacture in Yavapai County.   

As mayor, in 2010, he co-founded the Greater Sedona Substance Abuse Committee (GSSAC) to bring MatForce programming into Sedona.  Since leaving that office Adams has made decreasing substance abuse a personal mission.  

He points out an Arizona Criminal Justice Commission survey showing that Sedona students generally use drugs and alcohol at a higher rate than the State average.  And he has observed a permissive attitude among many parents about teen-age drug use here.

What are all the facets of this emerging local problem and what can be done about it? Get answers directly from Rob Adams at the weekly "Lunch & Learn Keynote Speaker Series" sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) in room 34 of the Sedona campus of Yavapai College on Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 12:30-2 p.m.

This enjoyable, informative midweek community event is free and open to all. 

Lunch & Learn is "town hall" for local residents who want to know the inside story on a wide range of topics.  Everyone is welcome and admission is free.  Bring your lunch (or come for complimentary coffee, tea, water, and a little snack) and join in informal conversation at 12:30 p.m., or come at 1 p.m. when the program will begin.   

Learn that:

· Over 50 percent of Sedona high school seniors had used alcohol in the 30 days before the ACJC survey was conducted.  

· They use marijuana at more than double the Arizona state average, and over-the counter drugs (without parental permission) at four times the state average.

· A third of our high school seniors have come to school drunk or high, and 15 percent have sold illegal drugs. 

· About 20 percent have driven a car while drinking, and 40% have been in a car with an impaired driver.

Adams has ideas about what we should do about this and related problems, and he wants to learn your ideas and experiences.  Come to participate in this dialogue

OLLI is a local, volunteer, peer-to-peer, adult education program.  The winter term has begun, but enrollment is still open for many workshops. 

The catalogue is available at www.yc.edu/lifelonglearners. For more information about OLLI or the Lunch & Learn program, please call: 928-649-4275.

New Research at Rock Art Ranch

Feb. 16

Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Cliff Castle Casino Hotel. The Verde Valley Archaeology Center hosts Dr. Charles Adams, Curator of Archaeology for the Arizona State Museum and Director of the Homolovi Research Program.

During the summer, Adams directs a field school at Rock Art Ranch south of Winslow for students on the analysis of material culture from surveys and excavations of sites and landscapes occupied from 6000 BCE to 1250 CE.  

The Rock Art Ranch is a cattle ranch and home to one of the best preserved and most extensive collections of ancient petroglyphs in the world.

Adams will be presenting his recent findings from his work near Rock Art Ranch. Call (928) 567-0066 or visit www.vvarchcenter.org for more information.

Verde Valley Caregivers in need of volunteers to visit older adults

Ongoing

Verde Valley Caregivers is in need of volunteers to visit older adults and also to provide respite services for in-home caregivers.

VVCC is in its 24th year of service to nearly 2,400 older adults throughout the Verde Valley who need assistance to live independently in their homes.

Volunteers transport neighbors to medical and other appointments, install and maintain Guardian Angel medical alert units, provide home safety checks, provide handy person help, shop for neighbors, provide business help, patient scribe, and pet assistance.

For more information and to volunteer, please contact Operations & Mobility Manager Kim Meller at (928) 204-1238 or email: kimmeller@vvcaregivers.org. Or visit www.vvcaregivers.org for a full list of volunteer opportunities.

Tavasci Marsh nature walks

First and third Sundays of the month, from Feb. 21 through April 17

Beginning on Sunday, Feb. 21 and continuing through April 17 on the first and third Sunday of the month (Feb. 21, March 6, March 20, April 3 and April 17), the National Park Service will provide free nature walks through the Tavasci Marsh wetland area. The walks will start at the visitor center at Tuzigoot National Monument at 9:30 a.m. and will last approximately 2 hours.

Experience the unique natural beauty of the marsh. Learn about the geological and human history of the area, the plants and animals that live in and around the marsh, and the current research projects that are being conducted here. Please come prepared to hike three miles through rocky areas and potentially muddy terrain. Participants should bring water, sun protection, and wear good shoes or boots.

There is no charge for the walks, but regular admission fees apply to visit the ruins and museum at Tuzigoot.

All Federal recreation passes are accepted, including the annual, access, senior and military pass; children age 15 and under are free.

Tuzigoot National Monument is located at 25 Tuzigoot Road in Clarkdale. For more information, call 928-634-5564 or visit www.nps.gov/tuzi.

Relating to adult children

Feb. 20

Marta Adelsman, Psy.D. and Life Coach in Communication and Consciousness will conduct a class called How to Get Along With Your Adult Children from 10:30 a.m. until noon Saturday, Feb. 20 at Jerona Café in Cottonwood.

This class will equip parents or grandparents of adult children to handle frustrating, dead-end conversations with their offspring in ways that result in peaceful, harmonious relationships.

Participants will learn how to initiate conversations about challenging topics, how to have adult-to-adult relationships with their grown children, how to communicate what they really want to say, and how to truly listen in ways that help their adult children remain present in the conversation.

Cost is $15 per person. To register, contact Dr. Marta at drmartacoach@gmail.com or 928-451-9482.

Jerona Café in Cottonwood is located at 677 E Mingus Ave. in Cottonwood.

Safety day and pancake breakfast

Feb. 20

Sedona Verde Valley Fire Fighter Charities and KC's Family Tae Kwon Do present Safety day and pancake breakfast fundraiser. Hosted by Verde Valley Fire District, located at 2700 Godard Road. Saturday, Feb. 20 from 8 a.m. until noon.

Enjoy a pancake breakfast. Suggested donation $5 per plate. Car seat technicians will be on hand to check car seats. Performances by KC's Family Tae Kwon Do's X Team. CPR Demonstrations. And more.

Free Community Celebration of Life

Feb. 18

Verde Valley Community Hospice is holding a Celebration of Life service to support community members in honoring loved ones who have passed on.

This free Community Celebration of song and remembrance will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18 at Cottonwood Village, located at 201 E. Mingus Avenue.

The Celebration of Life interfaith memorial service is a celebration hosted by Verde Valley Community Hospice each year to offer families who have experienced the loss of loved ones to honor their memory with song, celebration and a moment of silence. Participants are encouraged to bring photos and other treasured items which serve as a reminder of their loved ones.

MATFORCE announces annual youth poster contest

Through April 1

MATFORCE and the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office announce the annual MATFORCE Youth Poster Contest. The 2016 theme is "Stand With Me; Be Drug Free."

Yavapai County youth, from age 5 to 18, are invited to enter the contest. Winning posters will be used in official MATFORCE materials, such as school posters, prevention workbooks, website and for local or state media releases.

There are many cash prizes and ways to win. Two grand prize winners will be selected from the contest's main categories:  grades K-6 and grades 7-12. 

Each grand prize winner will receive $250. Additionally, $25 Amazon gift cards will be awarded to the winners in each of seven other age categories. Honorable mention winners will receive a $10 Amazon gift card.

For contest guidelines, please visit matforce.org or call MATFORCE at 928-708-0100. Or contact Deputy Scott Reed at the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, at scott.reed@yavapai.us or call (928) 777-7253. 

Contest deadline is Friday, April 1 at 3 p.m.

Mental Health Monday movie

Feb. 22

The Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley, in partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, is launching Mental Health Monday on Feb. 22 at Yavapai College Sedona Campus, located at 4215 Arts Village Drive.

The new, free, monthly program is open to the public and consists of three parts: a speaker from 9:30-10:30 a.m., the Coalition business meeting from 10:30-11:30 a.m., and a film and community conversation in the evening from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The subject of the first Mental Health Monday is suicide. The guest speaker from 9:30-10:30 a.m. is John Schuderer, chairperson of the Yavapai Suicide Prevention Coalition.

Community members interested in learning more about the Coalition are invited to attend the business meeting. Highlighting the new monthly series will be a free, open to the public film and community conversation held in Room 34 at Yavapai College from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The film It's Kind of a Funny Story, will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Stressed by adolescence, 16-year-old Craig Gilner (Keir Gilchrist) checks himself into a mental-health hospital. Unfortunately, the youth wing is closed, so he must spend his mandated five-day stay with adults. One of them, Bobby (Zach Galifianakis), quickly becomes his mentor -- and protege, while Craig finds himself drawn to a fellow teen, Noelle (Emma Roberts), who just may be the cure he needs to forget an unrequited crush.

No reservations needed. For information, contact Barbara Litrell at 649-0135 or blitrell@aol.com.

NAWBO to offer $1500 scholarship to high school female

May 6

The Sedona Verde Valley Chapter of NAWBO is accepting applications for its annual Young Woman Entrepreneur Scholarship, to be presented May 6 as part of Shining Stars, a Celebration of Entrepreneurial Excellence event at Poco Diablo Resort.

The $1500 scholarship goes annually to a female high school student from the Verde Valley who is enrolled in or has completed at least one business course and has been accepted to college. Students are asked to write a 500-word essay for the scholarship.

In 2015, applications were received from Red Rock, Mingus and Camp Verde High Schools. Sophia Harness, a senior from Red Rock High School won the scholarship.

To obtain an application, contact Scholarship Chair Rosemary Anderson at 480-720-6853 or email rosemary@bodydialog.com. The deadline for applications is March 30, 2016.

Fantasy Film Worlds at Sedona library

Feb. 18

Sedona Premiere of both "The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal" and "Puppetoons" on Feb 18 at the Sedona Public Library.

Two shows, at 4:30 p.m. and at 7 p.m. Director Arnold Leibovit, producer of the 2002 remake of Time Machine, will be in person for a Q & A session and Blu-ray signing.

Oscar winner Pal ("The Time Machine" "War of the Worlds") is profiled in this enjoyable award winning film. Stars Charlton Heston, Tony Curtis, Rod Taylor, Tony Randall, Barbara Eden, Russ Tamblyn, Ray Harryhausen, Gene Roddenberry, Ray Bradbury, Robert Wise, Joe Dante and Roy E Disney.

Professional Women's Group after hours event

Feb. 17

The local Chapter of Professional Women's Group is having their first After Hours Business Networking of 2016 on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at Moscato Restaurante Italiano, located at 396 S. Main St. in Camp Verde, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.

This is not just any ordinary mingle and mix event.  PWG After Hours Events provides the opportunity to promote your business or service.

Group member Susie Brighten will be speaking on "How Sound, Power and Vibrations Can Revolutionize Your Health and Success."

Learn scientific secrets behind this cutting edge healing therapy and how it can provide a successful life. 

There will be a raffle drawing for a free luncheon in April.

Pre-registration for this event is not necessary.

The Professional Women's Group is committed to igniting personal and professional growth with events focused on inspiring women through networking and education.

Get involved and join the PWG Board. Contact info@pwgaz.org or visit www.pwgaz for more information.

Why is Arizona Ground Zero in Education?

Feb. 15 

One of the key issues in the 2016 Arizona state elections will be the direction and funding of education in the state. From the special ballot measure election in May to the candidates who are elected to the Legislature in the August Primaries and the November General Election, the philosophy of public education and the resulting policies and priorities will chart the future course of education in Arizona. 

Award winning educator, administrator, author and Sedona resident, Dr. Rosemary Papa, Ed. D., will address education issues in Arizona on Monday, Feb. 15 at a free voter education meeting organized by the League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley in partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) of Yavapai College. This meeting is part of a League monthly series dedicated to 2016 Arizona Critical Election Issues. 

Dr. Papa's  presentation, "The State of Arizona Education: Ground Zero is Not the Goal," will highlight the current issues facing public education in Arizona, discuss education privatization efforts and outline efforts that voters can take to ensure that appropriate public education is provided for all children.  

Dr. Papa's program will be presented two times on Feb. 15. The first presentation will be from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. in room 34 at Yavapai College's Sedona campus, located at 4215 Arts Village Drive. The presentation will be repeated from noon until 1:30 p.m. in room G106, at Yavapai College's Clarkdale campus, located at 601 W. Black Hills Drive.

For more information about this program, contact Barbara Litrell at 649-0135 or blitrell@aol.com.

AARP Tax-Aide season helping taxpayers in need

Through April 15

Free tax help for taxpayer with low- and middle-income, with special attention and those ages 60 and older.

AARP is a free, quality service supported by friendly people.

Tax aides are available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays through April 15, between 8:15 a.m. and noon at the Camp Verde Senior Center, located at 263 W. Maryvale. Call 928-567-6356 for more information.

For additional locations, visit www.aztax-aide.org.

Dinner for Hope

March 19

Dinner for Hope fundraiser will be a prime rib dinner with over-the-top raffle items and door prizes, along with silent auction items, testimonies of hope, and top-of-the-line entertainment. Dinner for Hope is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19 at the Moose Lodge, located at 1051 S. Broadway in Clarkdale.

Plenty of time to mark it in your calendar.

To order tickets, call 928-649-0077, go online at www.stepstorecoveryhomes.org (a secure PayPal) or visit Miracles Happen, located at 541 N. Main St. in Cottonwood.

Anyone who cannot attend who would like to contribute may make a donation that would go directly to purchase tickets for individuals that otherwise would not be able to attend.

Verde Valley Cyber Connection meets in February Calendar

Throughout February

Verde Valley Cyber Connection has announced its schedule of meetings for February:

Feb. 19 is the Digital Camera Workshop at 5 p.m. Presenter is Jody Wheeler. The Feb. 20 general meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. Topic: 'Importance of Copper, Technology to Art' presented by Drake Meinke of Copper Museum in Clarkdale.

The Feb. 26 Fourth Friday Workshop will be held at 5 p.m. Presenter is Jody Wheeler.

The public is welcome to attend - and to bring a friend. Meetings are no charge, but donations are accepted to help defray costs.

Meetings are at the Clemenceau Building, located at Willard Street at Mingus Avenue in Cottonwood.

Visit website: www.vvcclub.com or call Dave at 639-0106 for more information.

Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers

Ongoing

The Verde Valley Military Service Park Committee, a 501 (c) (3) organization, has scheduled Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers to perform in concert at Mingus Union High School on April 30, as a fund-raiser to support the construction of the Service Park. All proceeds will go to the construction.

Tickets for the event are $50 general admission, and $150 VIP (includes meet and greet with the performers after the show).

Tickets are available now at the Cottonwood Recreation Center, and will also go on sale Friday, Feb. 5 at Bashas' in Sedona and Camp Verde, Food City in Cottonwood, and IGA in Village of Oak Creek.

Company Sponsorships are available through Promotional Manager Cinthia at 928-830-9933.

For more information, visit www.verdevalleymilitaryservicepark.com.

Journaling with Ann Metlay

Feb. 19

A two-part workshop from 9 a.m. until noon Feb. 5 and Feb. 19 at the Camp Verde Community Library, explore ways to get into a journaling frame-of-mind on a daily basis.

Come prepared to try several different modalities, both as meditation leading into journaling or the process of journaling itself.  

To register, stop by the Camp Verde Community Library or call (928) 554-8380.

Better Breathers Club/A.W.A.K.E. support group meeting

Feb. 17

Northern Arizona Healthcare's Better Breathers Club and A.W.A.K.E. support groups − for people with lung disease or sleep issues, and their caregivers − have combined into one group.

The group meets from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of every other month at Verde Valley Medical Center, located at 269 S. Candy Lane in Cottonwood, Conference Rooms B and C.

The topic for the Feb. 17 meeting is "Alpha-1 antitrypsin," featuring speaker Nancy Falkman. Alpha-1 tests will be available. 

Come for an hour of socializing and snacks, and learn skills to help manage your condition and improve your quality of life.

To R.S.V.P., call Pamela Diffin at 928-639-5391 or Michelle Thomas at 928-639-6382, or email Pamela.Diffin@NAHealth.com or Michelle.Thomas@NAHealth.com.

Camp Verde Community Blood Drive

Feb. 18

The next Camp Verde Community Blood Drive will be from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18 at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, located at 781 S. Cliffs Parkway.

Give blood. Save lives.

Contact Irene Peoble for more information at 928-567-9227.

Or visit www.Bloodhero.com (Sponsor code: stfranciscabrini).

Northern Arizona Watercolor Society exhibit

Through Feb. 18

From Feb. 2 through Feb. 18 at the main branch of the Sedona Public Library, Northern Arizona Watercolor Society (NAWS) will host an exhibit of water-media paintings created by members.

The Sedona Public Library is located at 3250 White Bear Road in West Sedona. NAWS has a membership of approximately 180 artists. These artists regularly exhibit their work in the Sedona area, as well as state and nationwide.

NAWS welcomes new members at any stage of their artistic careers.

Information about NAWS can be found at www.naws-az.org, at the library exhibit or by contacting Pamela Fox Klauser at (928) 282-3078.

Learn about Bahá'í Faith at Cottonwood Public Library

Feb. 20

There will be an exploration of the essential teachings of the Bahá'í Faith at the Cottonwood Public Library from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday February 20, 2016.  

Sponsored by the Cottonwood Bahá'í community. Questions and participation by the public is invited and welcome, please, bring a quote, poem, or prayer to share.

Mess hall night

Feb. 26

The Sedona Elks Lodge is holding Mess Hall Night as a fundraiser for Elks veterans' activities and to support the project to bring the mobile Vietnam War Memorial to Sedona in March/April of this year. Mess Hall Night will be Friday, Feb. 26 at the Sedona Elks Lodge. Cocktails from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. Mess Hall opens at 6 p.m. Cost $12 per person.

The Sedona Elks projects for veterans include supporting Honor Flights for WWII veterans, Pets for Vets for disabled and disadvantaged veterans, holiday support to hospitalized vets, support for the Veterans History Project, hosting the Sedona Marine League, Veterans Day meals for veterans and past support for the Sedona Veterans Park.

Executive chef and retired Army First Sergeant Rick Kimberly will prepare mess hall favorites, including spam burgers, Salisbury steak, beans and franks, fried potatoes, chipped beef on toast, biscuits and gravy and grits served with G.I. coffee and Kool Aide.

Bring the spouse or significant other to find out what military life was like.

Entertainment will be by Doublemint Twin, Terrie Frankel, who served as a USO entertainer in Vietnam and is currently Honorary Commander of the 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron at Luke Air Force Base.

Donations for the Wall project can be made thru the Sedona Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Facebook page. Mess Hall Night details will be available on the Sedona ELKS Facebook page.

ELKS contact is Glamunyon@aol.com.

Call for entries in Sedona St. Patrick's Parade

Entry forms for Sedona's 46th Annual St. Patrick's Parade & Festival have been mailed out to all previous participants. Anyone else who needs an entry form can print it from Sedona Main Street Program's website, www.sedonamainstreet.com. Entry application packets are also available for pick up at the Chamber Visitor Center in Uptown Sedona at 331 Forest Road.

The festivities will be on March 12 in Uptown Sedona. The St. Patrick's Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. starting at the Jordan Historical Park and making its way along Jordan Road to Mesquite Avenue. 

Immediately following the parade is the free St. Patrick's Festival, with fun family activities and food until 3 p.m. on the corner of Jordan Road and Apple Avenue.  

Monday, Feb. 22 is the parade entry form deadline. Parade entry slots will be filled on a first-come first-serve basis. The entry fee is $100 per business entry and $25 per non-profit or individual applicant.

Contact info@sedonamainstreet.com or 928-204-2390 for more information.

Volunteers needed at Connections Equine Therapy Program

Ongoing

Connections Equine Therapy is a non-profit organization located in Cornville, offering therapeutic riding and other services designed to improve the health and well-being of individuals with disabilities. 

This is an opportunity to get involved with a great group of people, get to know some wonderful horses and help a worth-while cause. Connections Equine Therapy needs volunteers for horse care and to assist clients in the Therapeutic Riding Program.

HORSE CARE: Duties include feeding, grooming, and cleaning pasture and barn areas.

No experience necessary - Training provided on the job.

THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSISTANTS:  Assist in tacking horses for sessions and walk alongside client and horse during sessions to ensure safety and assist client as needed.

Four-hour training session required.

Requirements for all volunteer positions:

· Minimum age 14

· Must be physically fit

· At least one shift per week

· 8-week commitment required

For more information, call 928-639-0791 or email connections@commspeed.net.

Register for the annual Brian Mickelsen run

Come run or walk the eighth annual Brian Mickelsen Memorial Full Marathon/Half-Marathon/10K/2-Mile Run/Walk on April 16, 2016.

This race is a tribute to Brian Mickelsen, longtime city manager of the City of Cottonwood. Share his passion for running and the Verde Valley while experiencing this scenic course. The four picturesque courses showcase the beauty of the Verde Valley.

The Full Marathon goes out and back on Sycamore Canyon Road then joins the half marathon course. Almost 600 racers registered in 2015.

Be a part of this growing Verde Valley tradition. Register by Jan. 1 at www.cottonwoodaz.gov/parksrec/bmm for the best fees.

Registration forms will be available at the Recreation Center beginning Jan. 1, 2016. Race amenities include a t-shirt or tech shirt to pre-registered participants, Friday evening carb-loading meal, post-race music, food and massages and running shoes to the male and female winners of the full and half marathons.

All four races begin and end at Riverfront Park in Cottonwood.

Make a difference in the lives of animals

Each year the Verde Valley Humane Society rescues, cares for, and finds homes for about 1,300 animals.  VVHS offers a safe refuge and makes sure they are adopted into a forever home with responsible pet owners.  At the cost of approximately $910 per day to run the shelter, VVHS rely on all different kinds of donations from generous people and businesses.

VVHS has announced its 2016 Corporate Sponsorship Package, an opportunity for businesses to receive numerous marketing benefits, visibility within the community, and media exposure.

All the animals and the VVHS team appreciate the compassion, support and generosity of people. For more information on both programs, please visit the donation page at www.verdevalleyhumanesociety.org, or email verdevalleyhs@gmail.com.

Hot chili and cool cars in Clarkdale

March 12

Clarkdale is where it's at on Saturday, March 12 as the Lions Club's 6th Annual Clarkdale Car Show expands to include Clarkdale Downtown Business Alliance's Chili Cook-off and Beer event. 

These events are held at the Town of Clarkdale compound and parking lot at 9th Street and Main.

Registration for the car show starts at 8 a.m., the show begins at 9 a.m. and wraps up at 2 p.m.

As many as eight area restaurants will compete for a cash prize and trophy in the chili cook-off. Clarkdale favorites such as Main Street Café and Pizzeria, Su Casa, Clarkdale Market, Verde Canyon Railroad and Nate's Cowboy Café will go toe-to-toe with Bobby D's, RIOT and Randall's. 

Tasters can chase the chili down with beer from Uncle Bear and Historic Brewing.

The car show is free to the public with tickets on sale for the silent auction and raffle. Car entry is $20.

Taste all of the chili for only $5. And $5 will also buy three four-ounce beers or one 12-ounce beer. Vote for your favorite. The Chili Cook-off begins at 10 a.m. and continues until 2 p.m.

Coriolanus at Yavapai College - Clarkdale

March 14

Features an Evening Standard Award-winning performance from Tom Hiddleston, 'Coriolanus' will be showing via satellite broadcast at Yavapai College's Clarkdale campus at 6 p.m. Monday, March 14.

The performance is Shakespeare's searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge. The full company includes Jacqueline Boatswain, Peter de Jersey, Alfred Enoch, Deborah Findlay, Hadley Fraser, Mark Gatiss, Birgitte Hjort Sorensen, Elliot Leavey, Rochenda Sandall, Helen Schlesinger, Mark Stanley, and Dwane Walcott.

The satellite broadcast will be from London's National Theatre, and will screen in room M-137 on the Verde Valley Campus, located at 601 Black Hills Drive in Clarkdale.

Purchase tickets at www.ycpac.com or by calling 877-928-4253, up to four hours prior to the event. On the day-of-show, patrons can purchase tickets in person at M-137, beginning one hour before curtain time.

Tickets cost $9-$15. Series ticket receives a 10 percent discount, and tickets purchased in groups of 10 or more receive a 10 percent discount.

Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day

March 30

Wednesday, March 30, marks the 5th Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day celebration in the Verde Valley.

The City of Sedona will serve as the host community for the 2016 Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Event. In honor of the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, the Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Committee has expanded this one-day event to include a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., also referred to as the "Wall," which will be in Sedona for public viewing from March 30 through April 3 at Posse Grounds Park.

All veterans attending the April 2 celebration will receive a commemorative pin.

Food, entertainment and other activities will be provided at the celebration for free.

This year's event will include a motorcycle escort for the Wall starting at 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30 in Camp Verde. It will proceed along SR 260 to SR 89A and end at Posse Grounds Park, located at 525 Posse Ground Road in Sedona.

On Thursday, March 31 at 1 p.m. the opening ceremony at the Wall takes place.

On Saturday, April 2 there will be a Ride of Honor at the Wall and a motorcycle procession throughout the Verde Valley. A celebration with food and entertainment begins at 11:30 a.m. at Posse Grounds Park.

To volunteer, or for more information, contact Monte MacConnell at (208) 860-2902 or by email at rmontemac@gmail.com. A schedule of events and times will be posted in the near future on the homepage of the city's website at www.SedonaAZ.gov.  

Suzy Bogguss to perform at Old Town Center for the Arts

March 31

Platinum-selling artist Suzy Bogguss is coming to perform in Cottonwood at the Old Town Center for the Arts Thursday, March 31 along with her critically acclaimed trio.

Bogguss is best known for her 1990s string of country radio hits. Bogguss has since released several projects on her own record label, Loyal Dutchess Records, including Sweet Danger, a top 5 jazz record, American Folk Songbook, a collaboration with Cracker Barrel, and most recently Lucky, which celebrates the songwriting of Merle Haggard.

Old Town Center for the Arts is located at 633 N. 5th St. in Cottonwood.

Annual Loven Family Run

April 2

The 2016 Loven Family Run for Valley View Care is at 8 a.m. April 2 at Blazin' M ranch in Cottonwood. The event is a 2K Run/Walk, 5K Run/Walk and a 10K Run. Verde Valley Medical Center's annual running event benefits Valley View Care, a service of Northern Arizona Healthcare.

To sponsor this event or to make a donation, call the NAH Foundation at 877-527-5291.

For more information, or to register for the run, visit https://register.chronotrack.com/r/15933.

The Beaux' Strategem

April 11

Simon Goodwin directs George Farquhar's wild comedy of love and cash with Jamie Beamish and Pippa Bennett-Warner in 'The Beaux' Strategem' at 6 p.m. Monday, Apr. 11, at Yavapai College's Verde Valley Campus.

The Beaus, Mr. Aimwell and Mr. Archer, two charming, dissolute young men who have blown their fortunes in giddy London. Shamed and debt-ridden, they flee to province Litchfield. The Strategem: to marry for money.

The performance is a satellite broadcast from London's National Theatre, with the screening in room M-137 on the Verde Valley Campus, located at 601 Black Hills Drive in Clarkdale.

Purchase tickets at www.ycpac.com or by calling 877-928-4253, up to four hours prior to the event. On the day-of-show, patrons can purchase tickets in person at M-137, beginning one hour before curtain time.

Tickets cost $9-$15. Series ticket receives a 10 percent discount, and tickets purchased in groups of 10 or more receive a 10 percent discount.

Verde Valley Equine Festival

April 15-17

The Verde Valley Equine Festival 2016 is designed to showcase and promote everything for the Arizona horse lover and owner, and will return to the Verde Valley Fair Arena in Cottonwood.

Offering the greatest opportunity for educating and networking, from western to English disciplines, dressage and more, the three-day schedule includes outstanding horse clinics, celebrated experts and professionals from all aspects of equine health and well-being. Vendor booths will provide a variety of information geared for today's equestrians, along with new innovations in products and accessories, trends and sciences, including nutrition.

Participation clinics will return this year, there will be several clinicians offering this rare opportunity to bring your horse and learn in a small group setting. Clinician names and information will be coming on the Verde Valley Equine Festival website.

The Arizona Horseman's Challenge, created and produced by Jody Swink's "No Sweat" Natural Horsemanship, will feature five exceptional Arizona horse trainers chosen from five Arizona regions.

The trainers compete throughout the weekend for the coveted title, each working a young colt eight hours over the course of the weekend.

Once again, the Verde Valley Equine Festival aims to be an extraordinary event that every horse lover will not want to miss.

For more information, visit www.verdevalleyequinefestival.com. The Verde Valley Equine Festival 2016 will take place April 15-17. Verde Valley Fair Arena in Cottonwood.

Sedona Open Studios tour

April 29-May 1

Working artists in the Verde Valley will be opening their private studios to the public at the end of April for the Sedona Visual Artists' Coalition's 13th annual Open Studios Tour. The festive event is free, self-guided and runs daily from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1, 2016.

The SVAC annual tour has become known as a golden opportunity for art lovers to visit with professional artists in authentic working environments, as well as purchase art while enjoying the lush landscape of the Verde Valley. It also offers a venue for local artists to shine, engaging visitors and fostering a community that values the arts.

This year there will be over 50 studios participating in Sedona, the Village of Oak Creek, Cornville, Cottonwood, Clarkdale and Camp Verde.

Brochures with a complete list of participating artists, including a map, will be conveniently available at numerous locations around the Verde Valley, including hotels and restaurants as well as the Sedona Arts Center and the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center in Uptown Sedona. For more information, visit the SVAC website: http://sedonaartistscoalition.org/.

For more information about the Sedona Visual Artists' Coalition, contact: Mike Upp at mjupp10@gmail.com or 503-789-4437.

Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off set for May 7

May 7

The Rotary Club of Sedona announces the addition of the Mayors of Sedona, Cottonwood and Clarkdale as competitors in the Sixth Annual Great Chili Cook-off Saturday, May 7 at Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, a part of the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta weekend. 

There are multiple awards and challenges. Awards include the Judges' Award and Peoples' Choice Award going to the restaurants. The winners receive cash prizes and trophies.  All competitors will vie for the Best Booth Décor Award with the winner receiving a trophy. 

Challenges include the newly created Mayors' Challenge.  The winning mayor will receive a chili trophy wall plaque proclaiming their community to be the Verde Valley's best chili destination and a cash prize to go to the charity of the Mayor's choice. 

Each year the proceeds collected from the Chili Cook-off are used to fund Rotary charitable programs and activities. The primary local charity benefiting from the proceeds goes to the Imagination Library which provides free books monthly to all children ages 0 to 5 residing in the greater Sedona area.

American Legion Law Enforcement Academy

July 24-30

American Legion Post 93 and American Legion Auxiliary have four scholarships available for July 24-30 to the Law Enforcement Officers and Military Cadet Academy.

Anyone between the ages of 11 and 18 who would like to spend an educational and physically challenging week this summer at the St. Joseph's Youth Camp (near Mormon Lake - Flagstaff) as 'Cadets' would be learning some of the basic skills of the Arizona Law Enforcement Officers and Military.

Applicants must have a good SPA and be in good physical health.

Please contact Coordinator Lettie Irons Connell at 928-567-5012, or see your school counselor, explorer Post advisor, or JROTC Instructor for more information and an application.

Looking for high school, home school, charter school students who are interested in law enforcement or the military.

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