What's Happening: March 20, 2016

(Courtesy photo)

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Gem, Jewelry and Mineral Show returns to Cottonwood this weekend

Mingus Union High School will be the venue for this weekend's annual Cottonwood Gem, Jewelry and Mineral Show and Sale.

The annual Cottonwood Gem, Jewelry and Mineral Show and Sale will be held at the Mingus Union High School , 1801 East Fir Street in Cottonwood, March 19-20.

Saturday, the show will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, the show hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Our planet has many amazing treasures that are hidden, in many cases, just beneath our feet. Almost every country in the world has been able to unearth unique specimens specific to their locale, and the earth's bounty from much of the world will be on display and available for sale at the show.

Vendors from across the region will be offering unique and interesting mineral specimens, crystals, gemstones, jewelry, findings, beads, fossils, and cutting material at competitive prices. Many of our artisans have created original jewelry designs, and our gem and mineral vendors will have specimens on display in both the rough and cut-and-polished states.

An hourly raffle will be held for a chance to win one of many beautiful prizes to be offered throughout the show. Food will be provided throughout the show by the Mingus Union High School Theatre Club. Funds raised from the food court, as well as part of the proceeds from our raffle, will assist in the troupes' spring production of "Footloose: The Musical."

Admission is $3 for adults, and children under the age of 12 are free.

How to save vegetable seeds

Have you ever grown some really great tasting tomatoes and wished you could grow them again next season? Learn how you can save seeds from those delicious tomatoes, and lots of other veggies, the way our ancestors did.

Cottonwood Library, the home of The Verde Valley Seed Library, has a free class in seed saving. You will learn how to save seeds so they can become adapted to our high desert environment. Class starts at 10 am in the Cottonwood Library, 100 S. 6th St., Cottonwood. Call 634-7559 to register. Class is limited to 20 people!

'We the Kids' to Celebrate America

American Heritage Academy is hosting "We The Kids," a patriotic performance event on Thursday, March 31, 6:30 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Cottonwood campus located at 2030 East Cherry Street in Cottonwood.

Approximately 150 American Heritage Academy students from kindergarten to sixth grade will be taking part in this unique event to pay tribute to our great nation - the United States of America.

The event will begin at 6:30 pm with the local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Auxiliary 7400 chapter presenting of the colors to kick off the performance. Also invited to the event are Diane Joens, Cottonwood Mayor and Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar.

"We The Kids" is an event to celebrate our American heritage and national patriotism and emphasize the importance of understanding how our great nation was established by our founding fathers. Children from American Heritage Academy will sing patriotic songs; recite historical passages and famous quotes, in addition to memorable poetry performances about the principles of liberty.

For additional local information or to RSVP, please call 1-928-634-2144.

Local author to read from new novel Hooked on Books

Writer Will Michelet aka Richard M. Grimsrud will read from his newly published novel Mata Naveena in the coffee shop at Hooked on Books, 56 S. Main St., at the corner of Ash and South Main in Cottonwood on Wednesday, April 6, at 4 p.m. Copies of the book will be available for purchase after the reading, and the author will inscribe them as requested and answer questions about the book and his process.

Mata Naveena tells the life story of Shashi (Chaudry) Verma, born into a rural Hindu family in the State of Bihar, north of the Ganges in eastern India. Bihar, culturally rich from the prehistory era of Sita and Ram as the principal locale of the Buddha's teaching through the empires of Ashok and Akbar to the genesis of Sikhism and Mahatma Gandhi's non-violent resistance movement against British rule, is today India's poorest and most densely populated state.

In 2005, Michelet completed a M.A in English with an emphasis in Creative writing/fiction at NAU. Over the years, he has written a number of short stories, novels, travel articles, and other non-fiction pieces, and he has previously published a half-dozen short stories and law-review articles.

Debut presentation for Sedona Book & Arts Festival 2016

The Sedona Book & Arts Festival 2016 announces the event debut reception and presentation at Yavapai College -Sedona Olli Campus, Room 34, Friday, April 8, 5-8 p.m.

The festival event will be Sept. 9-11.

This debut reception will reveal the realm of a new Signature Event for Sedona and Yavapai and Coconino Counties.

Attend this event to learn how you may wish to participate in the four exhibit rooms as an Author, Actor or Artist, or as a Teacher, Director, Speaker, Panel guest or Moderator, Presenter, or Artist's Demos; with 52-hours of workshops.

As a volunteer, you will receive benefits for hours of participation.

As a sponsor you will receive recognition in the festival guide as supporting the education opportunities of Yavapai College, Sedona Olli Campus.

Join in the unveiling event and understand why it will take 16-months of planning, revising, and charting the events to be ready for opening: Sept. 9-11.

For more information or to volunteer for pre-festival activities: www.SedonaBookandArtsFestival.com - E-Mail: bookfestivalinfo@gmail.com please RSVP as appetizers will be served. or call Mary Pallais 714 398-8511

Verde Valley Medical Center's Fantastic Voyage

Would you like to see what's behind the operating room doors at Verde Valley Medical Center? Now's your chance: stop by VVMC's free, family-friendly Fantastic Voyage event from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 2. The medical center is located at 269 S. Candy Lane in Cottonwood; please enter through the main entrance. Guardian Air's helicopter will be available from noon to 2 p.m. for kids and families to see up close.

Fantastic Voyage is part of the weeklong Verde Valley SciTech Festival hands-on celebration of science, technology, engineering, art and math designed to interest children, youth and adults.

For more information on VVMC's Fantastic Voyage, call 928-639-6086.

Trek for Tech 5K/10K at Beaver Creek

Friends of Beaver Creek Library is hosting the third annual Trek for Tech 5K/10K Fun Run/Walk Saturday, March 19, Rollins Park in Lake Montezuma.

Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. 10K Fun Run begins at 8 a.m. and the 5K Fun Run begins at 8:30. All participants will be eligible for great prizes donated by local businesses.

This is a great non- competitive, healthy event in beautiful Lake Montezuma.

Registration packets are available throughout the Beaver Creek community or you can register on-line at: https://sites.google.com/site/trekfortech/

Any questions? Call 928-567-4648.

Cottonwood Area Transit has new Website, App

In an effort to provide better information to riders, CAT, in conjunction with RouteMatch Software and the City of Cottonwood IT Department, is pleased to announce a new way to find out where the bus is and when it will arrive at your stop. The app for Android and IOS based smart phones and tablets is called RouteShout. It was developed by RouteMatch for use by all their clients to provide real-time bus information to bus riders. The app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or from the Apple store.

Also, a new website shows where the buses are and times for the stops. The web address is http://cottonwoodaz.gov/wheres-the-bus/. You can access through any web browser, although Google Chrome is the recommended browser. .

You may contact the CAT office at (928) 634-2287 or by email at cat@cottonwoodaz.gov.

Cottonwood Area Transit provides ADA Paratransit and four fixed routes serving Cottonwood, Clarkdale and Verde Villages, with commuter service to Sedona via Verde Lynx. CAT also connects to Camp Verde and Greyhound through our agreement with the Yavapai-Apache Nation Transit.

Verde Valley Cyber Connection Events

The Digital Camera Workshop is March 18 at 5 p.m. The General Meeting is Saturday, March 19, at 9:30 a.m. Topic: 'Computer Applications in Rangeland Ecology & Management' presented by Doug Tolleson, Rangeland Specialist for University of Arizona, Cooperative Extension. Also, Saturday is the PC Tune-up Clinic at 11:00 a.m. Sign up required at http://tinyurl.com/lw3vjwo prior to Mar 17. Public is invited to have your computer or Android device tuned up by qualified techs. No hardware work. Bring laptop/power cord, PC tower only or Android device. Tutoring also available for programs and/or Android devices causing problems. Clinic fee is $25 per hour (minimum 1 hour). Cash or check only. Public invited to all events. Bring a friend. Events are No Charge with exception of PC Tune-up Clinic. Clemenceau Building, Willard Street at Mingus Avenue, Cottonwood. Dave 639-0106.

Movie night offered at Restoration Church

The movie, Grace Card, starts Friday, March 18, 6 p.m. at Restoration Church located at 1100 S Hwy 260, Suite #12 in Cottonwood in the Fry's Shopping Center. Movie and popcorn are free. In the movie, Mac McDonald, a policeman loses his son in an accident resulting in 17 years of bitterness. However, never underestimate the power of God's love.

Nominations sought for Women In Business Awards due March 30

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Sedona-Verde Valley Chapter is now accepting nominations for their Shining Stars - Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards celebrating women in business in the Sedona-Verde Valley area. These awards will be presented at their annual benefit luncheon taking place at the Poco Diablo Resort and Conference Center in Sedona on Friday, May 6.

Nominations are open to the public. The organization is seeking applications naming women business owners whose business are located in the Verde Valley and who exemplify leadership and success is the following categories, Trailblazer, Customer Service, Non-Profit, Community Involvement, and Humanitarian - (non-business owner nominees also accepted). They're the bright lights of our community.

"This is a true celebration of women who are making their mark in business and our hometown" Janice Dahl, Shining Stars Co-Committee Chair. "This event gives us an opportunity to put the spotlight on some amazing ladies."

Nominations forms are available on the chapter website, https://nawbo.org/sedona-verde-valley/events/shining-stars-celebration-entrepreneurial-excellence. Applications require biographical information on the nominee and a brief narrative denoting why the nominee should be awarded. All nominees will be honored at the event and will be recognized for their accomplishments.

Tickets will go on sale soon for this benefit via their website. In additional to the Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards, this benefit will showcase the winner of the NAWBO-SVV annual scholarship and presentation of the chapter non-profit grant. Sponsorship opportunities are available and the community is invited to attend.

About NAWBO: Founded in 1975, NAWBO propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide. More than 30 years later, NAWBO is still the only organization that solely represents the interest of women entrepreneurs in all industries. The organization's mission is to strengthen the wealth-creating capacity of its members and promote economic development; to create innovative and effective change in the business culture; to build strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations; and to transform public policy and influence opinion makers.

Dinner for Hope

Dinner for Hope fundraiser for Steps to Recovery Homes 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.

A listening journey class

Marta Adelsman, Psy.D. and Life Coach in Communication and Consciousness, will teach a class entitled "Listening: A Journey from Conflict to Connection" on Saturday, March 26, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Jerona Café in Cottonwood.

Many people have been accused of not listening well, and they feel confused as to why others become upset with them. This class will offer: Three ways of listening and which two don't work; what kind of listening contributes to upsets in a conversation; how to become an excellent conversationalist without saying a word; how to diminish judgment and awaken compassion; and how to be heard.

Cost is $15 per person. Participants can pre-order lunch for an additional $7. E-mail drmartacoach@gmail.com and request the link to register, or call 928-451-9482.

Classes for ukulele and all things Hawaiian

Beginners Ukulele Class - Learn chords, strumming techniques, and songs from the islands. Wednesdays from 4 to 5pm, beginning March 23, through April 13. Fee is $9 per class. Bring your own `ukulele.

Beginner Women's Hula Class - Open to those 15 and older. Learn basic hula and feet movements, plus language, culture, and values. Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m., beginning June 27, through Aug. 1. Fee is $48 for the six-week session, payable at the first class.

Hawaiian Language Class - Open to those 16 and older. Learn Hawaiian pronunciation, simple sentence structures, and Hawaiian vocabulary. Wednesdays from 4 to 5pm beginning June 29, through Aug. 17. Fee is $8 per class.

All Cottonwood classes are held at the Civic Center located at 805 N. Main Street.

For more information, visit www.arizonahula.com, call Chrisman at (929) 639-4683, or email her at kumuhula@halauhulailima.com

Contra dance returns to Old Town Cottonwood

Put that spring back in your step at this month's Cottonwood contra dance, Saturday, March 19. Michael Barraclough will call the dances to the tunes of the Phoenix-based Elastic Band, with Rhonda Hotop on fiddle, Gayla Golusin on piano and accordion, and Dave Wildermuth playing guitar and electric bass.

The pre-dance lesson begins at 6:30 p.m, with dancing from 7-10 p.m. If you can walk, you can contra -- no experience or partner is needed. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing and bring a snack donation if possible. Cottonwood Civic Center is at 805 N. Main Street, Old Town Cottonwood. Donations are $10 per dancer and $8 for students. Contact Sandy Boothe for more information: 928-634-0486 or sandy@ringsforever.com.

A bonus contra dance takes place this month at Spook Hall in Jerome, Friday March 18, with music provided by Just Desserts and calling by Michael Barraclough. In honor of Charlie Fellows, there is a potluck at 6:30 with music by the Jerome Ukulele Orchestra. The contra dance starts at 7:30 and is free. Contact bonitafee3@gmail.com for more information.

Verde Valley Weavers and Spinners Guild

The Verde Valley Weavers and Spinners Guild we meet on Thursday, March 17 at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in West Sedona. The meeting will start at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and a large selection of yarn for sale. At 10 a.m. our Program Speaker, Jill Holbrook, President of the Tucson Handweavers and Spinners Guild and noted instructor, will give an informative presentation of the history of spinning. She will also have tools and fiber for sale. Our guild meeting and show and tell will follow at 11 a.m. All are welcome.

Call to Artists - Become an Artist Member in Made In Clarkdale

Live, work or attend Yavapai College as an art student? Made In Clarkdale is holding a jurying session for artists interested in becoming an artist member in Made In Clarkdale. The session will take place Saturday, March 26. Artists must live, work, or be taking art classes in Clarkdale to be eligible. Previously accepted artists do not have to re-jury if they still live or work in Clarkdale. Those eligible only as students taking art classes must re-jury each year.

All art media will be considered. Art must be original, and conceived and created by the artist. No kits or crafts made from the patterns of others will be accepted.

Jurying is held at the Yavapai-Apache Learning Center, 1630 Beecher St. in upper Clarkdale. Follow MIC signs at Main St. and S. 16th St. to the round building down the hill on the Clarkdale reservation. Applicants should arrive between 9 and 11 a.m.

Applicants should bring actual work if possible, at least three pieces or however many are practical to transport and show the jurors the range and depth of the artist's body of work. Resumes or bios are also encouraged as are photos if the actual pieces are not available for jurying. Questions about jurying can be directed to Sandy Boothe at 928-634-0486 or sandy@ringsforever.com.

Annual Michigan Potluck Picnic March 19

It's time once again to reunite with old Michigan friends and neighbors who live (or are seasonal residents) in Central Arizona and the Phoenix metro area.

The Annual Michigan Potluck Picnic will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2016, at 12:00 at the Pine Shadows Clubhouse, 2050 W. 89A, Cottonwood, AZ. Please bring a dish to pass, along with your place setting, something to drink, and stories to share. There will be coffee and door prizes.

Back by popular demand, there will be a 'White Elephant" game. So that the game doesn't take too long to play, each single person or couple is asked to bring just one wrapped gift. The White Elephant should be something fun, funky, possibly used, and inexpensive.

Come and visit your friends from 'back home', and make some new ones, too!

Donation is $3.00 per person.

For questions and to RSVP, call Lynn or Jon at 928-284-2657 or email lojcloudwalker@yahoo.com.

In the Phoenix metro area, call Cheryl or Dennis at 623 910.1522 or email cherylwine1@cox.net.

Pecan and Wine Festival

Camp Verde Promotions, the Town of Camp Verde and their partners are pleased to announce that the 3rd Annual Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival will take place in downtown Camp Verde on Saturday March 19th and Sunday March 20th, 2016.

The Festival is a combination of several events rolled into one, the Pecan and Wine Festival, Verde Valley Archaeology Fair, Verde River Runoff and a host of activities surrounding the Arizona State Park, Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month celebration.

Admission to all events is free. Charges will apply for wine tasting, the river run and Fort Verde State Historical Park.

For additional information, please visit the following websites: visitcampverde.com or campverdepromotions.org

Haven of Camp Verde Easter egg hunt March 26

The Haven of Camp Verde, 86 W. Salt Mine Rd, Camp Verde, AZ 86322 is holding a free community Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 26th at 10 a.m.

Cornville Easter egg hunt March 26

The Cornville Community Association annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place March 26, 10:30 a.m., at Windmill Park, 9950 East Cornville Road.

The Easter egg hunt is offered for youngsters up to third grade.

Easter Hat Parade for all ages, please see details at: http://cornvilleaz.org/home

Introduction to Autism talk at Camp Verde Library

Camp Verde Community Library: Saturday, March 26 from 10:30 a.m. - Noon, Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) gives a free talk on "Introduction to Autism: Research & Diagnosis" at Camp Verde Community Library. Parents, teachers, family members, and anyone facing Autism will benefit from this first of many Autism-support workshops running March through August.

This series of workshops is made possible by a Library Services & Technology Act grant from Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records a division of the Secretary of State. For more information about this program, or any of the other upcoming library events visit our website at http://www.cvlibrary.org or contact the Camp Verde Community Library at 928-554-8380.

Mental Health Monday focuses on challenges faced by women vets

The Veterans and Families Task Force of The Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley is dedicating the Mental Health Monday program on March 28 to the needs and challenges of women military and veterans. In partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Mental Health Monday takes place at Yavapai College Sedona Campus, 4215 Arts Village Dr. The free program is open to the public and consists of three parts: speaker, Joan E. Sisko, United States Marine Corps Veteran and Founder and CEO of Veterans First, LTD, will address "Unique and Challenging Issues Facing Military and Veteran Women" from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

The Coalition business meeting will take place from 10:30-Noon. The film Lioness will be shown in the evening from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Lioness tells the story of a group of female Army support soldiers who were part of the first program in American history to send women into direct ground combat.

The film follows five Lioness women who served together for a year in Iraq. With captivating detail, this probing documentary reveals the unexpected consequences that began by using these Army women to defuse tensions with local civilians, but resulted in their fighting alongside Marine combat units in the streets of Ramadi. Together the women's candid narratives describing their experiences in Iraq and scenes from their lives back home form a portrait of the emotional and psychological effects of war from a female point of view.

The community is invited to discuss the message of the film afterward. For more information, contact Barbara Litrell, 649-0135 or blitrell@aol.com.

David Wells addresses Arizona Prison System

David Wells, Ph.D., professor at ASU and Research Director of the Grand Canyon Institute, will speak to the topic, "Prison Crisis: Why is Arizona in the Top 10 States in Incarceration?" on March 21 as part of the League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley monthly voter education program on critical Arizona election issues.

The monthly series, presented in partnership with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Yavapai College, is free, open to the public and will be presented twice on March 21, 9-10:30 a.m. at Yavapai College in Sedona Room 34, and Noon-1:30 p.m. at Yavapai College in Clarkdale, Room G 106. According to Dr. Wells, "In 2002, Arizona spent 40 percent more on higher education than it did on prisons. Today Arizona spends almost 60 percent more on incarceration than for higher education. Private prison contracts lock the state into 20 year occupancy agreements. The state guarantees to nearly fill the facility or pay as if it were nearly full. Meanwhile, states like New York have half the incarceration rate of Arizona and have cut crime rates at the same time. Arizona needs to rethink its priorities to focus more on alternatives and transition services aimed to reduce recidivism, especially for nonviolent offenders and drug-induced crime."

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

Camp Verde and Cottonwood March-a-Mile for Meals-on-Wheels!

Hunger knows no boundaries!

Saturday, March 19, get ready to walk! Join the Verde Valley Senior Center as they continue their efforts to "step on hunger" in the Verde Valley. The Meals-on-Wheels program is dependent upon the generosity of local businesses and private individuals to offset the cost of serving our elderly neighbors who are struggling with hunger.

Free Pancake Breakfast for anyone collecting $25 or more in Pledges or $6 for non-walkers.

The breakfast sponsored by Randall's and Denny's Restaurants. Check in at 8 a.m. Walk starts at 9 a.m. Breakfast will be served after the walk (approx. 10 a.m.)

Four ways to help: WALK - individuals or team walkers collect pledges; EAT breakfast; SPONSOR a walker or DONATE to the VVSC; VOLUNTEER at the event.

Team up on March 19th. Mobilize the Verde Valley to raise awareness of the plight of the elderly! Pledge to support Meals-on-Wheels. Two walks at two locations. You can choose to walk from either the Cottonwood or Camp Verde location. SPONSOR! PLEDGE! WALK! SUPPORT! Every $ donated counts toward feeding our hungry home bound seniors.

Registration deadline: Wednesday, March 16th. Pledge sheets are due prior to the start of the walk on Saturday, March 19th, 2016. If you are personally unable to walk, consider asking a friend or family member to walk on your behalf. Call Pam at (928) 634-5450 or Marie at (928) 554-1059 for more information. Web site: verdevalleyseniorcenter.org

Mental Health First Aid Class March 18

The Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley and Spectrum Healthcare Group are offering a full-day session on Mental Health First Aid training on Friday, March 18, 8AM-5PM at the Center for Positive Living, 45 Castle Rock Rd, #1A in the Village of Oak Creek, The training is free and open to the public.

According to Barbara Litrell, Facilitator of the Coalition, "One of the education goals of the Coalition is to bring this training into our Verde Valley communities. In January we hosted a class in Clarkdale. This one is in the Village. Each class is limited to 24 participants and our goal is to have 6 trainings this year. That will give us 144 more community members trained to recognize the signs of addiction and mental illness and to know the 5 step action plan to assess a situation and offer assistance. We would never walk away from someone having a heart attack or choking. In the case of mental illness we should not walk away from someone experiencing a mental health crisis."

The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness in a given year. But fear and stigma can often blind us to the signs of mental illness and paralyze us just when we could be of help to another person. Mental Health First Aid teaches members of the public how to respond in a mental health emergency.

Professional instructors from Spectrum Healthcare Group teach the course, which includes lecture, videos, group activities and reference materials. The course covers first aid for developing mental health problems including depression, anxiety disorders, psychosis, substance use disorders, and eating disorders. The course also teaches about local resources and where to turn for help. Spectrum Healthcare Group has trained over 600 community members in Mental Health First Aid.

Continuing education credit may be available to those attending the 8-hour session and everyone receives a certificate of completion. The session begins at 8 am. Beverages and lunch will be provided with a free-will donation appreciated to cover costs. Class size is limited to 24. Please register early by contacting Barbara Litrell 649-0135 or blitrell@aol.com.

Revolve Clothing exchange at Spirit of Joy

Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church holds its Revolve Clothing exchange every Saturday 9 a.m. to noon. It will be closed Easter Saturday, March 26. Bring a next-to-new item and exchange it for something you can use. The Free Children's clinic is held on the first Saturday of each month. The next one is April 2, 9 a.m. to noon. Come to 330 Scenic Drive, Clarkdale. Call 634-4102 with questions.

AZ Flywheelers return to Fairgrounds March 18-19

Arizona Flywheelers 32nd Annual Engine and Tractor show, Friday, March 18 through Saturday March 19, 2016, 9am-4pm at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds, 800 E Cherry St., Cottonwood.

Tractor pulling, Antique gas engine displays, Garden tractor pulling, Model engine display, Swap meet, Silent auction, Book sale. $5 donation. Contact Gary Covert 928-639-1453 or gcovert3@gmail.com.

Paddlers show support for Arizona River at Verde River Runoff

Every year when the snow melts from northern Arizona's Mogollon Rim, it brings greater flows to the tributaries that feed the Verde River. For regional river runners, it is prime season to enjoy the excitement these waterways can offer. The increased river flow is celebrated each year by kayakers, canoers and stand-up boarders at the Verde River Runoff in Camp Verde.

On March 19, Prescott National Forest has permitted 200 boaters to participate in this year's Runoff event that will begin at White Bridge near old town Camp Verde, for a 10-mile race to Beasley Flats, or at the Clear Creek access point for the 5-mile race to Beasley.

"People come-out and get on the river because it is fun and they appreciate having the Verde River," said Bob Rothrock, who leads planning for the event for the Verde River Valley Nature Organization.

Anyone interested in boating in this event is encouraged to register online, as long as they have a basic understanding and skill at maneuvering a boat by paddle in water.

The event has been going on for 16 years. Northern Arizona University Parks and Recreation students and faculty created the River Runoff in March of 2000, but was adopted by VRVNO in 2014.

"VRVNO decided to continue the Runoff because - whether some enjoy it for the competition, fun or solitude on the river - they are likely to become advocates for the preservation for the Verde River, which is threatened," Rothrock said.

This year, the Runoff has been moved to an earlier date in March to take advantage of the Spring runoff or snowmelt. With expected flows, it may offer class I - III rapids (weather depending). Class III rapids are rapids that push boaters quickly, but do not require the maneuvering like class IV.

Safety boaters will be stationed along points of the river to assist boaters if there are any issues.

This stretch of the Verde River is adjacent to much farmland and Forest Service lands; home to wildlife that can be seen along the river. Many race participants come just to see nature and have a good time with their friends.

Rothrock is glad to see the event on an earlier date, especially now that that it will be in-conjunction with the Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival in old town Camp Verde from 10am - 7pm. Runoff boaters are encouraged to reconnect after the race at the Camp Verde festival for food and drinks.

Participant cost is $25 for 5-mile, and $50 for the 10-mile. To register for the Verde River Runoff, visit www.VRVNO.org

Coffee Talk with Mayor March 30

What is going on in the City of Cottonwood? Do you have some concerns or ideas about your city? Visit and talk with Mayor Diane Joens who wants to hear your thoughts and ideas about the City of Cottonwood by attending the Mayor's Coffee Talk on March 30th at 9 a.m. at the Cottonwood Recreation Center in the Mingus Mountain Room located at 150 S. 6th Street in Cottonwood.

Her special guest speaker will be the new Police Chief Steve Gesell. With over 25 years of police experience, Chief Gesell brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our city. He served in the Atascadero, California Police Department as Commander and Acting Chief. He served in San Luis Obispo, California as the Chief of Police and took the lead to educate the public and find solutions for homeless issues. He has a wide variety of police experience to include five years as the commander of SWAT.

He has attained a Bachelor of Science Degree, Justice Studies, Arizona State University and Master of Education, Educational Leadership, Northern Arizona University. He has graduated from the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.

Chief Gesell began his service to the community on Jan. 20.

For questions or more information, contact Diane Joens at 634-4112 or email djoens@cottonwoodaz.gov.

Cottonwood Gem, Jewelry and Mineral Show and Sale March 19-20

The Annual Cottonwood Gem, Jewelry and Mineral Show and Sale will be held at the Mingus Union High School , 1801 East Fir Street in Cottonwood, Arizona on March 19th and 20th, 2016.

On Saturday the show will be open to the public 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday the show hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Our planet has many amazing treasures that are hidden, in many cases, just beneath our feet. Almost every country in the world has been able to unearth unique specimens specific to their locale, and the earth's bounty from much of the world will be on display and available for sale at the show. Vendors from across the region will be offering unique and interesting mineral specimens, crystals, gemstones, jewelry, findings, beads, fossils, and cutting material at competitive prices.

Many of the artisans have created original jewelry designs, and our gem and mineral vendors will have specimens on display in both the rough and cut-and-polished states. An hourly raffle will be held for a chance to win one of many beautiful prizes to be offered throughout the show. Food will be provided throughout the show by the Mingus Union High School Theatre Club. Funds raised from the food court, as well as part of the proceeds from our raffle, will assist in the troupes' spring production of "Footloose: The Musical."

This is a fun and educational event the entire family will enjoy. Admission is $3 for adults, and children under the age of 12 are free. Contact Information: For more information, please contact Greg Capatch of CKM Productions, LLC at (928) 554-4615. Email: gregcapatch@yahoo.com. Website: https://www.facebook.com/CKMProductionsLLC/

Celebration of Easter 2016

EF Productions presents the 17th annual Celebration of Easter. This spectacular Easter production is a festive musical drama that takes the audience back in time to Jerusalem to Jesus' final days here on earth. The Triumphal entry, The Last Supper, Judas' betrayal in the garden, and many more scenes are portrayed including the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. And as the grand finale, the glorious ascension of our Lord!

Celebration of Easter has a cast & crew of over 100 people, a live orchestra & choir, exciting music, beautiful costumes, pageantry, Jerusalem sets, The "Living" Lord's Supper, live animals, spectacular lighting, and special effects. This is a Passion Play you're sure to never forget and that will change your life. Audiences of all ages will enjoy Northern Arizona's largest and most spectacular live theatrical Easter production.

Celebration of Easter runs Friday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 26 at 2pm.

Guests can take advantage of multiple levels of seating that makes the show affordable for anyone. There are four levels of seating for all three performances- Gold Circle, Silver Circle, Bronze Circle, and Copper Circle. Gold Circle are special reserved assigned seats for $15 (ages 4+), Front Orchestra Left & Right sections and guarantees your seat no matter what time you arrive. Children 3 and under are free when they sit on a lap of a paying adult.

Silver Circle are special reserved assigned seats for $12 (ages 4+), Front Orchestra Left & Right sections and guarantees your seat no matter what time you arrive. Children 3 and under are free when they sit on a lap of a paying adult.

Bronze Circle are special reserved section; non-assigned seats for $9 (ages 4+), Mid House Left &

Right sections. Children 3 and under are free when they sit on a lap of a paying adult.

Copper Circle are special reserved section; non-assigned seats for $6 (ages 4+), Rear House Left &

Right sections. Children 3 and under are free when they sit on a lap of a paying adult.

Gold Circle, Silver Circle, Bronze Circle, & Copper Circle seats eliminate the need to wait in long lines prior to the doors opening. Tickets can be purchased through the box office, over the phone (888)-71-TICKETS, or on the web at www.efproductions.org. Cash, check, and major credit cards are accepted. There are no additional fees or taxes on top of the ticket price. Ticket prices are now all inclusive. Get your tickets now at these special "early show" discount prices. Tickets prices will increase $2 per ticket when you purchase them the day of show at the door.

The doors will open 1 hour before each performance. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door at each show. Everyone is asked to bring a non-perishable canned food donation to give at the door to benefit local charities.

Come experience The Greatest Story Ever Told! You will laugh, you will cry, and you will forever be changed as the beautiful story of Easter is told as you have never seen it before.

On Easter Sunday, March 27 at Emmanuel Fellowship. There will be a special Easter Sunrise Service at 7:30am. Following that, we will be serving a FREE Pancake breakfast from 8:30am-9:30am. Come early and then stick around for our special Easter Service at 10:15am when we will be presenting a special Illustrated Sermon, "The 3 Empty Promises of Easter". No ticket is needed for either Easter Services or the breakfast.

For more information please call the box office at EF Productions at (928)-634-3034 Ext 102 Monday through Thursday 9am to 3pm. EF Productions is located at 1580 East Fir Street in Cottonwood (1 block west of Mingus Union High School). Be sure to visit on the web at www.efproductions.org for lots more information about the show, seating diagram, and to watch the trailer.

Applicants sought for new leadership class

Are you aspiring to become a leader in the Verde Valley or are you new here and seeking to expand your community networks? Then the Verde Valley Leadership Program is for you.

Presently, VVL is accepting applications for Class XI from individuals aspiring to become leaders or those just starting their leadership careers. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Verde Valley Leadership Program (VVL) was built by professionals from various businesses and disciplines throughout the area. With over 100 program graduates, VVL provides skills to an array of valuable contributors in private, public and non-profit organizations throughout our community. Participants come from many walks of life, from CEO's to administrative personnel and those seeking to advance their careers.

The Verde Valley Leadership Program was founded by local leaders who stay involved and connected. Board members guiding the program development are graduates of the program who care about their community and believe in the vision of the organization: "Inspiring Individuals to Action".

If you are interested in joining Verde Valley Leadership, Class XI, or have business associates you believe may benefit from this leadership program, please contact Krishan Ginige, Recruitment Committee Chairperson, for applications and more information. Krishan may be reached at Krishan@sec-landmgt.com or (928) 202-6310. You can also visit the website at VVleadership.org. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2016.

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.

Vietnam Veterans Day Celebration

March 29

The Camp Verde VFW, Post 6739 cordially invites all Vietnam Veterans to lunch on 29 March 2016 from 11 to 1:30. It does not matter if you are a member of the Post or not if you are a Vietnam veteran you are welcome. A Patty Melt Lunch is provided, not including beverages. All that is required is that you sign in with your name and the unit you were assigned to in Vietnam. For more information, contact Thomas Noble at 510-396-7499 or e-mail nobletc@aol.com.

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.

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