What's Happening: Dec. 15, 2017

The Friends of Camp Verde Library held a holiday quilt raffle to benefit the Friends of the Camp Verde Library and the Camp Verde Quilters. Dottie Presmyk was the winner.

The Friends of Camp Verde Library held a holiday quilt raffle to benefit the Friends of the Camp Verde Library and the Camp Verde Quilters. Dottie Presmyk was the winner.

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Dottie Presmyk wins library quilt raffle

The Friends of Camp Verde Library held a holiday quilt raffle to benefit the Friends of the Camp Verde Library and the Camp Verde Quilters.

The CV Quilters run the bi-annual Ft. Verde Days Quilt Show. The winning ticket was drawn Dec. 11 at the monthly CV Quilters get together at Denny’s in Camp Verde.

Peg Miller, who pieced and donated the quilt, drew the winning ticket, one of six purchased by Dottie Presmyk of Camp Verde.

Vicki Norman, Peg’s daughter, machine quilted the quilt.

The Friends of Camp Verde Library supports library programs and services.

Christmas wreath auction raises $628 for Camp Verde library

After a few years hiatus, Camp Verde Community Library recently held its annual Christmas Wreath Auction.

We had 22 entries, of all types and varieties, the event experienced a successful return. We had everything from old-fashioned wood wreaths, boots, paint brushes, big and small.

The public voted on their top pick for first, second and third place. The winner was Ace Hardware, second was the Camp Verde Business Alliance, and third was Ambie Charles.

We raised $628 and this money goes directly to Friends of Camp Verde Library to help the library purchase items that the budget does not cover.

We are planning on doing this again next year, so keep your eyes peeled for notice of when and where as the time draws closer.

Cornville’s Secret Santa still seeking gifts

After a quick communique with the Cornville Secret Santa, it’s apparent that the local community has really stepped up to the plate this year in giving to the 9th annual toy drive; but with less than two weeks to go, Santa is still looking for gifts for teens who have been good this year.

As we all know (including Santa) teens present a special challenge in gift-giving – so much so that Santa has begun to do what many other gift-givers are doing – gift cards! According to Santa, “I know there’s no personal touch in a gift card, but the cards allow the receiver to purchase what they really want – whether it’s ITunes, games or clothes.”

In the past, Secret Santa says he first became aware of the need when he was out riding his motorcycle and saw for himself where folks live (in Cornville) who don’t have enough to meet their daily needs, much less the extra money it takes during the holidays. Nine years later, although he says the economy has overall improved, Christmas donations have not changed much in Cornville; he still sees deserving children of parents that still need a little extra during the holidays.

If you haven’t had an opportunity to drop off an unwrapped toy or gift card, you can still do that right up until Dec. 24, 2017 at either the Cornville Mercantile or the Old Corral. If you or your group would like to volunteer to help with this project please contact Secret Santa at 928-451-4895, I’m sure it will make him even “jollier” hearing from you.

Salvation Army looks for holiday volunteers

As many people get ready for the holidays, so do those who help those in need. Camp Verde Salvation Army is once again looking for volunteers to ring the bells in front of Bashas Grocery Store. The majority of the money raised from bell ringing stays to assist those living in the Lower Verde Valley communities. Your help is needed; we are looking for volunteers to ring the bells from Tuesday through Saturday during the times of 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1-3 p.m., and/or 3-6 p.m. From Nov. 22 through Dec. 23, except Thanksgiving Day. Please call and help us ring the bells. Call 928-300-3165 if you can give your time to ring the bells for Camp Verde Salvation Army.

Give the gift of time this holiday season

Most holiday celebrations center around being with family and friends but for children in the foster care system it can be a harsh reminder of what is missing.

There are nearly 16,000 children in Arizona spending the holidays away from their parents and often their siblings too. While caretakers may try to make the day special, all the excitement of the holidays can leave children in foster care feeling very alone. With the help of the community more kids could find a permanent home for the holidays.

This holiday season consider giving the gift of advocacy to a child in foster care. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA advocates) visit the child(ren) regularly and develop a relationship with them. They gather information on the case and report back to the judge to ensure each child has the resources and help they need while in the system and is on track to get into a permanent, loving home as soon as possible.

CASA volunteers are everyday community members who donate their time to be the eyes and ears of the judge in the community. Children with a CASA advocate spend less time in foster care and are half as likely to reenter care.

No specific background or training is needed to become a volunteer CASA advocate. Anyone 21 years of age or older, who can pass a thorough background check and complete 30 hours of free training, is welcome to apply.

For more information on the CASA Program visit CASAofYavapaiCounty.org.

Santa to visit Hillside Dec. 16

Hillside Canine has invited Santa to visit us during December and, we have just heard back from the North Pole – He is coming! Because of the high number of “nice” dogs and children in the vicinity of Camp Verde. Bring your dogs and/or children for a photo with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 16 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Hillside Canine Resort & Spa is located 874 N. Industrial Drive in Camp Verde. For more information, call 928-567-6304.

In consultation with Santa, we are running this as a fund raising event for Northern AZ Service Dogs (501c3). A donation of $10 (or more) would be appreciated. Northern AZ Service Dogs: https://www.northernazservicedogs.com/index.html Northern Arizona Service Dogs is dedicated to providing adults and children with service dogs in Arizona and throughout the United States. With over a century of combined experience, our expert support and training staff is second to none when it comes to providing you or your loved ones with high quality, reliable service dogs for many unique abilities and needs. As an official non-profit charity organization, we strive to empower the wonderful people we serve by providing service dogs that increase their independence and self-esteem, while promoting community understanding, involvement and support.

Reading, book signing with Joe Wise Dec. 15

Author Joe Wise will offer his annual Christmas evening - sharing readings and song, old and new, with a Winter theme at the Old Town Center for the Arts, Studio B, Friday, Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m. Old Town Center for the Arts, Studio B, is located at 5th and Main Streets Cost is $5 at the door.

Winter Holiday Market runs through Dec. 16

To the delight of many of the passionate Farmer’s Market attendees, a smaller Winter Holiday Market will be running on Saturdays, Nov. 18 thru Dec. 16.

Hours will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ramada by Fort Verde on Holloman Street.

Shoppers will find some of their “regular favorite” vendors, including Cowboy Honey, Fasteen Farms, Ramona Sanders, Oak Creek Apples, Plowing Ahead (beef), Frank Germinden (pecans) and Wingfield Bread. Farmer’s Market Board President, Tom Clark, is also reaching out to other market vendors so there will likely be some additional “surprise” guest vendors to spice up the event.

In addition, Jane Davie is issuing the call out for the 2018 market for new agricultural growers who would like to experience what has been called the “Mayberry Market of Arizona.”

As you’re planning your garden or farm this winter, consider growing extra and joining the fun and energy with other local growers and producers. For more information about becoming a vendor, Jane can be reached at jcdavie18@msn.com.

The Verde Valley Farmer’s Market is located in downtown Camp Verde on Hollaman Street in the Ramada across the street from Historic Fort Verde.

The 2018 Summer Market is slated to begin Saturday, May 19 and run through Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018.

United Way announces second grant cycle, submissions due Dec. 22

United Way of Yavapai County is excited to announce our second grant cycle for 2017-18.

The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, Dec 22. Applicants must be nonprofit organizations or educational institutions. Applications must align to the three United Way initiatives to reduce poverty, therefore the program must fall under the categories of Health, Education or Income (meaning employability / workforce development). The program requesting funds must only serve Yavapai County. You may download the application from our website at http://www.yavapaiuw.org/rfps. For questions, call or email 928.778.6605 or admin@yavapaiuw.org.

Cookie Walk held Dec. 16

The annual Cookie Walk will be held Dec. 16 from 8 a.m. to noon at Mountain View United Methodist Church, located 901 S. 12th Street in Cottonwood.

Cookies will be sold by the pound. Other goodies will be available too. Come in and get a chance to win a basket of bears. Free coffee and hot chocolate will available.

Is World Peace Possible? A Vision of a Unified World: A Bahá’í perspective. Class held Dec. 16

The Cottonwood Bahá’í community invites you to its final chapter of a Course in Life and Faith for 2017 to be held at the Cottonwood Public Library. We will explore a system of institutions designed to administer the affairs of the community while providing for the welfare of the community as a whole.

If you are wondering about the path our world is taking, the causes of political strife and economic instability, this may be for you. The twelfth and final class for this year will be held on Saturday, Dec. 16 at the Cottonwood Public Library from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

The Baha’i Faith teaches “the well-being of mankind, its peace and security, are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established.” - Baha’u’llah

It is sponsored by the Cottonwood Bahá’í community. No fee, no homework, all are welcome. For further information, please call 928-649-5845 or 928-274-6289.

December’s contra dance held Dec. 16

December’s contra dance will take place at the Clarkdale Memorial Clubhouse (auditorium,) 19 N. 9th St. (9th and Main) on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Dance to the live music of Under the Bridge, featuring Sonja Whisman and Emily Millhouse on fiddles and Ron Barton on guitar. Michael Barraclough will teach and call every dance. If you can walk, you can contra—no experience or partner needed. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes and bring a snack to share if possible. Be sure to arrive at 6:30 p.m. for the half hour lesson that covers the basics and then dance until 10 p.m. See examples of contra dance on Youtube. Donation is $10 per dancer and $7 for students. This dance is sponsored by the Clarkdale Historical Society and the Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music. Contact Sandy Boothe for more information at 928-634-0486 or sandy@ringsforever.com.

Verde Valley Holiday Concert Dec. 17

The annual Circle of Friends Holiday Concert, a Verde Valley tradition, is set to gather folks of all ages together for what promises to be an evening of seasonal song and cheer.

Many local performers will join musician and host John Ziegler on Sunday, Dec. 17 at the Mingus Union High School auditorium. Mount Hope Foods sponsors this event every year, and will once again provide free refreshments.

The songs and music will be seasonal, spiritual, and at times eclectic, so come prepared to have your spirits lifted as these entertainers share their simple gifts with the community. 

The Circle of Friends is a way for old and new friends to gather and share their music with the community. A variety of musical guests are set to perform, including The Mingus Union High School Choir and members The Johnny Lingo Trio.

The two-hour concert is free to the public. Come early. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with refreshments and the concert starts at 5:30.

Also, Mount Hope Foods will match donations, dollar for dollar (cash only) with all proceeds going to our local food bank. Call 634-8251 for more information.

Free Legal Talk Webinar ‘Family Court 101’ Dec. 18

Camp Verde Community Library: Join us in the Terracotta Room at Camp Verde Community Library from 2:45-3:45 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 18 for a free Legal Talk Webinar from AzCourtHelp.org. This legal talk takes place at the Coconino County Law Library and will be streamed live at Camp Verde Community Library. The presenters will talk about the steps in a divorce, legal separation, or custody case. Live Chat will be available for audience questions.

This service is offered by AzCourtHelp.org which can be accessed on the Camp Verde Community Library web site, the Yavapai Library Network online library catalog, or at http://www.azcourthelp.org/. This free online resource lets you find court locations, hours, policies, and parking information, allows you to ask questions to a law librarian over the Live Chat function, locate and print out forms that are related to your case, watch video tutorials and virtual court tours, and much more.

Camp Verde Community Library will offer these free legal talk webinars from AzCourtHelp.org as they become available. Camp Verde Community Library is located 130 Black Bridge Rd. Camp Verde. For more information about this program or any other program in the library, contact us at 928-554-8380.

The Era of the Big Bands: Christmas Memories Dec. 21

The Big Band era, 1930s and 1940s, came during turmoil in the United States with Prohibition, the Depression and World War II. People were anxious to temporarily forget their troubles and the insurgence of the Big Bands gave them that outlet. For many, dancing and romancing to the bands were some of the happiest moments of their youth, and this music brings back those memories, both to those who lived through the era and now their children who grew up listening to their parents’ music.

The Cottonwood Public Library is proud to present Erik Larson from Arizona Humanities as he brings original recordings of the bests of the bands and vocalists performing Big Band Christmas music from this era. He encourages his audiences to ask questions, identify the performers and share stories in an interactive environment. The presentation is free and open to the public and seating is limited.

Erik Larson earned a B. A. degree from San Diego State University in 1962 and served with Boys Clubs of America (now Boys & Girls Clubs) for thirty years as the director of five different Clubs throughout the Midwest and California. While in Aberdeen, South Dakota and Des Moines, Iowa he received a national award for creating outreach programs designed to help youth from single parent or otherwise disadvantaged families. Eventually he was asked to join the National Staff as a management consultant to individual Club staffs and boards of directors. For nearly two decades, he has been a volunteer docent at Riordan Mansion State Historic Park in Flagstaff.

This special holiday presentation takes place on Thursday, Dec. 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. in Library Meeting Room B. The library is located 100 S 6th St. This program is made possible by Arizona Humanities.

Grasshopper Basketball registration open until Dec. 21

Camp Verde Parks and Recreation reminds everyone that registration is open for our popular youth Grasshopper Basketball Program. This program for boys and girls in 5th thru 8th grade is a fun way to learn basketball and teamwork. Co-ed teams of boys and girls, led by volunteer coaches, are grouped by grade level and practice one night per week and compete on Saturday mornings. Smaller sized basketballs are used to make the game more enjoyable and successful for the younger grades.

Volunteer coaches are always needed for these teams. Finding enough coaches for the kids who want to play is always a challenge and community involvement is absolutely required. Coaching experience is not required, only the desire to help your kids and others have a good time. Parents interested in coaching should sign their kids up early and check the coaching box on the form.

Registration is only $40 per child and $35 for each additional child from the same family and includes a uniform shirt. Partial scholarships may be available to help those in need courtesy of funding provided by the Kiwanis Club of Camp Verde. Sign-up forms are available through the schools or can be picked up at Parks & Recreation. Return all registration forms to Parks & Recreation by Dec. 21. Games are scheduled to start Saturday, Jan. 20 and the Tournament will finish in early March. For more information or to register come to Parks & Recreation at 395 S. Main St. or call 928-554-0829 or email us at parks@campverde.az.gov.

Gift wrap extravaganza Dec. 18-22

The Village of Oak Creek Christmas Gift Wrapping Extravaganza opens Monday, Dec. 18 through Friday, Dec. 22 at The House Church, located at 49 Bell Rock Plaza, Suite B. Hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

We will spread holiday cheer by wrapping your gifts! Donations are accepted with the proceeds benefitting Free To Be Me Preschool, Precious Stones Preschool and The House Church Children’s Ministry.

If you would like to volunteer, morning, afternoon and evening shifts are available to wrap gifts throughout the week.

For more information, please call Pastor Phyllis Dixon at 928-300-1874.

Holiday Sing-Along held Dec. 19

The Camp Verde Community Library presents a Holiday Sing-Along Tuesday, Dec. 19 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Library, located 130 Black Bridge Rd.

The Sing-Along, held in the Fireside Room, will be led by Zack Garcia, Teen Librarian, and will feature classics such as Jingle Bells, Deck the Halls, and many more.

For more information, contact the Library at zachary.garcia@campverde.az.gov

Call to Artists for Smithsonian Exhibit Art Contest, submissions due Dec. 22

Local artists and photographers are invited to be a part of the Smithsonian traveling exhibition coming to Camp Verde Community Library. But that’s not all, one illustration will be chosen to be included in a takeaway coloring book that will be given to visitors to all 12 sites where the exhibit is displayed in Arizona.

Camp Verde Community Library in cooperation with Arizona Humanities, the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives and School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University, and Friends of Verde River Greenway will host Water|Ways, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program in 2019. The exhibition and companion programming will feature community water stories and examine water as an environmental necessity and an important cultural element.

Submitted by Friends of Verde River Greenway to represent the Verde Valley and surrounding communities, the Library was chosen from a group of competitive applications by Arizona Humanities and ASU to host Water|Ways as part of the Museum on Main Street program — a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. The exhibition will tour 12 communities in Arizona from June 2018 through April 2020.

Camp Verde Community Library is sponsoring a contest for community artists and photographers to submit designs for the Verde Valley’s page in the coloring book. The Verde Valley Water|Ways Art Contest is open to people of all ages who are residents, community members, or simply appreciate the Verde River. The purpose of the contest is to select one image that represents the Verde Valley in a coloring book to be handed out to visitors at all 12 venues during the course of the exhibit’s journey across Arizona. The coloring book takeaway is being designed by Arizona Humanities who will convert all winning images to a coloring book format. Credit will be given the artist on the page.

For entry forms and complete details of the Water|Ways art contest visit www.cvlibrary.org/vvwaterways or contact Kathy Hellman at 928-554-8381. To learn about Water|Ways in Arizona, please visit http://www.azhumanities.org/water-ways/ or call Arizona Humanities at 602-257-0335.

MMA VVD annual Frosty and Chilly run held Jan. 1

Modified Motorcycle Association Verde Valley District - MMA VVD Annual Frosty and Chilly Run will be held Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 with proceeds benefitting the Cottonwood Firefights Association. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. at American Legion Post 25 with KSU at 10:45 a.m. for a chilly ride thru the Verde Valley. End party will start at 1 p.m. at American Legion Post 25 with food, music, raffles and a fun time. Please join us as we raise money to help the CW Firefighters Association.

Local art exhibit at Beaver Creek library Jan. 6

Through Saturday, Jan. 6, the Beaver Creek Public/School Library will host a Holiday Arts Peace Show, a display of local artwork from the Rimrock community.

From homemade crafts to photography to art, come see – or purchase – the work of local artists Devon Artrip, Dena Crill, Mark Foltz, Tammie Gardner Williams, Jo Hufford, Eric Kaiser and Sunshower Rose.

Artrip, Crill, Williams, Hufford and Rose are also members of the Verde Valley Photographic Society.

The Beaver Creek Public/School Library is located at 4810 E. Beaver Creek Road in Rimrock.

Library hours are 10:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call 928-567-4034 for more information.

Alpha course begins Jan. 9

Are you searching for meaning in life? You are cordially invited to join us as we explore life and faith. Over 69 million persons worldwide have experienced Alpha. There’s something in Alpha for everyone: The faithful, the questioning, those on the fringe of faith and even the person who is outside the faith but wants to learn more.

The Alpha course is interdenominational, relaxed, friendly, & fun. Sharing a meal at the beginning of each session provides an opportunity to get to know each other. Then we watch a DVD presentation on topics such as “Is there more to life than this?” or “Who is Jesus.” After each talk we divide into small groups for discussion. The philosophy of Alpha is listen, learn, discuss, discover. And ask anything. No question is too simple or too hostile. It is a respectful environment where your questions are valued and your opinions respected.

The course consists of 10 weekly sessions in the parish hall. There is no charge for the Alpha course and babysitting is provided free on-site. The first 2018 Alpha course will be hosted by Immaculate Conception Catholic Church located on SR89A and Bill Gray Rd. beginning Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 6 p.m. with a free catered dinner and the Introductory Session. For information and registration contact John at 254-8137, the parish office at 634-2933 or email Carol at caroldej@gmail.com

Jan. 13 Workshop about Sexual Harassment and Assault: What You Need to Know to Stay Safe

The Verde Valley Sanctuary will be hosting a free workshop to discuss the issue of sexual harassment and sexual assault. Participants will receive practical advice on how to stay safe and handle a variety of scenarios where harassment and assault commonly occurs. The free two-hour workshop will be held on Saturday, Jan. 13 from 1-3 p.m. at the Sedona Public Library.

“The Me-Too Movement has brought the prevalence of sexual harassment and assault into the daily conversations of our nation and our community. Sixty-five percent of reported unwanted sexual encounters are perpetrated by someone the victim knows such as a current or former intimate partner, a family member, a person of authority or an acquaintance*,” states Jennifer Perry, Development Director for the Verde Valley Sanctuary. “It isn’t just happening on the news, it is happening here in Sedona and Verde Valley. The Verde Valley Sanctuary is dedicated to stopping family violence, exploitation and sexual assault in our community. We want to empower our residents with the knowledge and tools to handle these uncomfortable and often complex situations, so that they can stop before anyone gets hurt.”

The free workshop is open to men, women and teenagers. Participants will learn the following:

How to protect oneself from physical and psychological harassment. Practical tips for dealing with situations at school, work, and personal relationships.

The reality about the prevalence of sexual assault here in the Verde Valley.

What you need to know about the law, proper documentation, and when to get the police involved

Basic Self Defense

Presenters Include:

Lisa Davis, MAMFT, Outreach Director, Verde Valley Sanctuary

Johannah Rutschow, Victim Advocate, Cottonwood Police Department

Laura J. Hamblin, JD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Employment Law & Human Resources Consulting

Master Steve Wills, Traveling Master

To Register: e-mail development@verdevalleysanctuary.org and type “Workshop” in the subject line.

The Verde Valley Sanctuary is a non-profit 501c3 organization that is dedicated to stopping family violence, exploitation and sexual assault in our community.

Free Community Services include:

Emergency shelter

24-hour crisis hotline

Transitional housing

Community and youth outreach

Legal advocacy

The Verde Valley Sanctuary is the only shelter and domestic violence service agency in the Verde Valley, all programs and services are provided completely free of charge. The Emergency Shelter has approximately 28 beds. Each month 25 people receive free legal advocacy services and assistance with transitional housing. In addition to the shelter, 24-hour hotline and counseling services, the Sanctuary has a robust education and prevention program with dedicated employees working in the schools through the Youth Empowerment Program.

Funding for the Verde Valley Sanctuary Services comes from public and private grants, revenue from the Twice Nice store on 89A in Sedona, the Twice Nice Thriftique in Cottonwood and the generosity of private donors and businesses.

To learn more about the workshop or how you can support the important work of the Verde Valley Sanctuary please contact, Jennifer Perry at development@verdevalleysanctuary.org or call 928-301-0166.

*Source: The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, 2012

Join Camp Verde Parks and Recreation for trips to Phoenix area

Join Camp Verde Parks and Recreation for fun-filled trips on a 14 passenger shuttle bus. Trips leave from the Community Center Gym at 9 a.m. and return at 4 p.m. unless otherwise specified. Participants must be at least 16 years old or have an accompanying adult. Explore the secrets of Arizona and relax with plenty of opportunity for you to spend the day the way you want. Must pre-register for all trips

Saturday, Jan. 13: Barrett-Jackson Car Auction & Show in Scottsdale

Visit the World’s Greatest Collector Car Auction with luxury, antique, collectable and classic cars. Check out all the cars on display, watch items being auctioned, and enjoy seeing all of the auto related memorabilia. You can also catch a motorcycle drifting exhibition. Lunch is available from one of many vendors on site. Senior, Military & Student $26, Adult $31, Child (6-12) $26



Friday, Jan. 26: AZ Museum of Natural History & Mesa

Come tour the premier natural history museum in Arizona and learn about the natural and cultural history of the Southwest. Be amazed by Dinosaur Hall, explore ancient Seas, learn about Paleo-Indians and later Hohokam Native Americans. Explore the history of the Spanish Southwest and Territorial Arizona. Enjoy lunch at your choice of local restaurants, visit the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum and local shops. Adult $22, Senior (65 +)$20, Student (13+) $18, Child(0-12) $15.

Friday, Feb. 9 Butterfly Wonderland & OdySea Aquarium (Mix & Match) in Scottsdale.

Trip leaves early at 8 a.m. and returns at 4 p.m. Your choice of one or both attractions. At Butterfly Wonderland, walk through America’s largest butterfly atrium surrounded by thousands of beautifully colored butterflies! Learn about the fascinating life of butterflies in the 3D movie “Flight of the Butterflies.” At OdySea Aquarium, see the Rivers of the World, Otter Banks, Penguin Point and walk through the Great Barrier Reef tunnel under the water! Check out two stories of restaurants and shops around the huge circular plaza.

Cost for Butterfly Wonderland: Adult $42, Senior $40, Student $40, Children 3-12: $33.

Cost for OdySea Aquarium: Adult $55, Senior $53, Student: $49, Children 3-12: $44

Cost for both attractions: Adult: $75, Seniors: $69, Student: $66, Children 3-12: $55.

Friday, Feb. 23 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show

Watch your choice of several horse competitions at this premier event. This is the 63rd annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, with over 2,400 horses, top owners, trainers, and breeders from around the world competing to be the best. Explore the vendor hall with 200 plus exhibitors and lots of food options. Adult $19, Senior (55 +)$16, Child(0-12) $15

Friday, March 9 Phoenix Art Museum

Enjoy the largest art museum in the southwest with art from around the world. Enjoy the permanent collections as well as temporary exhibits such as the current “Selections from the Schorr Collection” of Old World & 19th century masters. Bring a lunch or enjoy creations from Palette restaurant at the museum. Adult $28, Senior $25, Student $23, Child (6 – 17) $19.

Friday, March 23 Wrigley Mansion Lunch & Tour in Phoenix

Join us for this unusual opportunity. Enjoy a wonderful lunch with your choice of menu options and a great view. Then take a guided tour through the Wrigley Mansion. Built by the Wrigley gum magnate William Wrigley between 1929 and 1931. It has 24 rooms and 12 bathrooms, spanning 16,000 square feet. This tour includes your lunch. All ages - $45

Register at Camp Verde Parks and Recreation at 395 S. Main St. Or call (928)554-0829 for more information.

Verde Valley writers group forming, meetings begin Jan. 19

Are you a published author looking to join a Verde Valley writers group that will fully critique your next work of fiction, memoir or creative nonfiction essay? The focus of the group is to give honest critiques in a positive climate of professionalism.

Weekly Friday morning meetings will begin on Friday, January 19, 2018, from 10 a.m. to noon in the upper meeting room at Jerona Café, 677 E. Mingus Ave., Cottonwood. There is no charge for the meeting room with group food purchase, so please be prepared to order drinks and/or food.

Requirements to join: writing that has been traditionally published by trade publishers or literary magazines. For those writers who have self-published novels, memoirs or a collection of non-fiction essays, self-published work must have been professionally edited. Members accepted need to understand English fundamentals and the mechanics of final editing.

This is not a group for beginning writers or for those who write about religion, politics or science fiction. Attention during critique will be paid to stylistic techniques such as structure, flow, rhythm, voice, storyline, dialogue, metaphor and imagery; meetings will not focus on grammar. Each writer should bring no more than 1,000 words to the weekly meetings with copies of the work to be supplied to the group of four to six writers.

Group leader is Geraldine Birch, a former newspaper reporter and editor for both small and metropolitan newspapers in the Los Angeles area, Birch moved to Sedona, Arizona in 1991 where she worked as a reporter and editor for a community newspaper and received a first place national award from the National Newspaper Association for her political column “Gerrymandering.” She is the author of two novels, Sedona: City of Refugees and The Swastika Tattoo. Her work has been published in the Arizona Republic, Christian Science Monitor, Fiction Attic Press, Six Hens, and Opium. Her essay “Taking the Census in Rural Arizona,” received a finalist award in the 2016 Missouri Review Jeffrey E. Smith Editor’s Prize competition and the 2016 Tucson Festival of Books writing competition.

“I’m hoping to form a group of published Verde Valley writers,” Birch said, “who are seeking valued critique for new work, emotional support for writing projects, and encouragement when the writing process seems like it is going nowhere.”

For more information, please email Geraldine Birch at talesbygeraldine@gmail.com.

Registration open for Grasshopper Basketball Program, games begin Jan. 20

Camp Verde Parks and Recreation announces that registration is open for our popular youth Grasshopper Basketball Program. This program for boys and girls in 5th thru 8th grade is a fun way to learn basketball and teamwork. Co-ed teams of boys and girls, led by volunteer coaches, are grouped by grade level and practice one night per week and compete on Saturday mornings. Smaller sized basketballs are used to make the game more enjoyable and successful for the kids. Volunteer coaches are always needed for these teams. Coaching experience is not required, only the desire to help your kids and others have a good time. Parents interested in coaching should sign their kids up early and check the coaching box on the form, preferably by Dec. 8. Cost is only $40 per child and $35 for each additional child from the same family and includes a uniform jersey. Partial scholarships may be available to help those in need courtesy of funding provided by the Kiwanis Club of Camp Verde. Teams will be assigned by Parks & Recreation. Sign-up forms are available through the schools or can be picked up at Parks & Recreation. Return all registration forms to Parks & Recreation. Games are scheduled to start Saturday, Jan. 20 and the Tournament will finish in early March. For more information or to register come to Parks & Recreation at 395 S. Main St. or call 928-554-0829.

Griefshare Support Group runs through Jan. 25

Struggling with grief? GriefShare support groups are led by caring people who have experienced grief and successfully rebuilt their lives.

GriefShare seminars feature nationally recognized experts on grief recovery topics, such as “Is This Normal?” “The Challenges of Grief,” “Grief and Your Relationships,” “Why?”, “Guilt” and Anger.”

These session are open to both those who have had a recent loss of a loved one or an earlier loss.

We will also have a special “Surviving The Holidays” Session on Tuesday, Nov. 14. This GriefShare support group will meet at Calvary Chapel Camp Verde, Tuesdays through Jan. 25, 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Calvary Chapel Camp Verde is located at 514 S. Main St.

For more information contact Julie Scott at 928-963-1085.

Survivors of Suicide support group

For every person who completes a suicide there are friends and family members intimately affected by the death. There is utter bewilderment that the loved one made such a decision. The survivors experience a sense of isolation, shock, anger, guilt, depression and often alienation due to the stigma attached to suicide. Survivors of Suicide is a local support program for those whose common bond is the loss of a loved one to suicide. Meetings are typically the last Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m/ at Christ Lutheran Church, 25 Chapel Rd, Sedona (the corner of 179 & Chapel). For additional information call Barbara Litrell at 928-649-0135 or email bprats@cableone.net.

Clarkdale’s 2018 Concerts in the Park call for performers

The Town of Clarkdale is currently seeking professional musical acts to entertain diverse crowds for the 2018 Concerts in the Park season. Concerts are free to the public and are offered June through September Saturday evenings from 7-9 p.m. in the Clarkdale Town Park gazebo.

The requirements to be considered in the selection process are available on the Town of Clarkdale’s website (www.clarkdale.az.gov) under the Concerts in the Park link. Interested bands/performers must submit all required materials and information no later than 8 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018.

The 2018 Concerts in the Park band lineup will be announced on or before Monday, Jan. 29, 2018.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Community Services Department at 928-639-2460 or by email: community.services@clarkdale.az.gov.

University of Arizona Yavapai County Cooperative Extension offers Master Gardener Volunteer Training in Camp Verde starting Feb. 6

The Master Gardener Volunteer training course provides research-based horticulture information you will use as a Master Gardener volunteer educator for the Yavapai County Cooperative Extension. Topics include basic botany, soils, fruit tree care, planting, staking, pruning, ornamental trees and shrubs, water/irrigation, wildlife in the garden, insects, integrated pest management, vegetables, weed management, natural resources, plant diseases and pesticide safety.

The 16-week course runs from Feb. 6, 2018 to May 22, 2018 and will be held on Tuesday mornings from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Camp Verde Community Library. The application and additional information is available on our website https://extension.arizona.edu/yavapai-county-master-gardener-volunteer-training-application or call Lydia at 928-445-6590 ext. 221. Applications are required and must be postmarked by Dec. 1, 2017.

VVMC Caregiver Support Group meets each Friday

Join other caregivers each Friday from 10 to 11 a.m at Verde Valley Medical Center located at 300 Willard St., Education Rooms in Cottonwood. Join us for sharing those difficult moments to celebrating precious memories while learning self-care from others that are living it.

Enjoy snacks and materials while gaining access to available supportive services and programs in your community.

For more information about the VVMC Caregiver Support Group or to inquire about other programs and services, call Area Agency on Aging NACOG toll-free at 1-877-521-3500.

Free bird walks at Montezuma Well, Tuzigoot National Monument through April

Continuing through April 2018, Montezuma Well and Tuzigoot national monuments will host bird walks.

On the first and third Saturdays of each month, walks will take place from 9-11 am at Montezuma Well. Each walk will begin at the Montezuma Well Picnic area.

On the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, walks will take place from 9-11 a.m. at Tuzigoot National Monument.

Each walk will begin at the Tuzigoot Visitor Center parking lot. Due to the holidays, there will be no bird walks on Nov. 25 or Dec. 23.

Participants are encouraged to bring water, binoculars, a hat, and to wear comfortable shoes for walking. The trails can be steep, rocky and uneven.

Montezuma Well is located at 5525 Beaver Creek Road, Rimrock, AZ 86335.

For more information, call 928-567-3322, extension zero, visit www.nps.gov/moca or follow us at www.facebook.com/MontezumaNPS.

Tuzigoot National Monument is located at 25 Tuzigoot Road in Clarkdale.

For more information, call 928-634-5564 or visit www.nps.gov/tuzi.

Verde Valley Special Needs Support Group meets every third Thursday

The Verde Valley Special Needs Support Group - a core group of people personally connected to the autism community – has been expanded to welcome and offer support to parents, family members, and caregivers of people with all special needs.

A support group is the lifeline that can bring emotional respite and assistance to those struggling. Those in the support group are walking the path too, some of them have for several years, and can offer empathy, insight, and suggestions for professional help and resources.

The Group meets every third Thursday of the month at the Camp Verde Library from 6-7:30 p.m. We welcome you to join us. No family should have to walk this path alone. Come to a meeting and share, learn, and connect with others who understand.

Family Movies at the Library

On every third Saturday of the month the Cottonwood Public Library hosts family movies in the Youth Services Department. Family friendly movies begin at 10:30 a.m. and are free and open to parents and children of all ages. Please check the Library website at www.ctwpl.info for this Saturday’s family movie title. The Library is located at 100 S 6th St in Cottonwood.

Volunteers needed for upcoming tax season

Your local AARP Foundation Tax Aide sites are seeking volunteers for the upcoming tax season. We have sites in Camp Verde, Cottonwood, and Sedona.

We provide free, confidential tax service for seniors and low income families. Experience is not required as training is provided for counselors, client facilitators, and receptionists. This is a wonderful way to give back to your community.

Please call Pat at 928 567-9251 for more information.

Registration open for 2018 Sedona Mountain Bike Festival

The Sedona Mountain Bike Festival will be back March 2-4, 2018 and registration is now open. This year, organizers say they are ready “to put on another amazing event with the same recipe of three days of bike demos, music, breweries, food trucks and shuttles. We are excited to continue our partnerships with Vida women’s skills clinic, as we are their first stop of the season, and with Hermosa Tours shuttle company.”

The festival is put on by real riders. We know what makes an event fun and what doesn’t. “Sedona Mountain Bike Festival is right in the middle of Sedona making it easy to access hundreds of miles of single track,” said organizers.

There are group rides going out all day every day, some lead by famous athletes. Those who want to ride alone can take advantage of the many trails.

Now until Feb. 2, three-day passes are $80. For the first 1,000 people, this price includes a free event t-shirt by TASCO MTB as the official soft goods sponsor, and pint glass. Sign up at www.sedonamtbfestival.com.

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