What's Happening: Oct. 11, 2017

Joseph R. Hockman (Courtesy Photo)

Joseph R. Hockman (Courtesy Photo)

Newspaper seeks veteran stories, photos for special section

The Verde Independent and Camp Verde Bugle newspapers are looking for photographs of Verde Valley veterans for inclusion in our Veteran’s Day special section, which will publish Friday Nov. 10, 2017.

Please email photographs to bhelm@verdenews.com as large-format, high resolution jpeg attachments.

In addition, please send a story up to 100 words in length describing your military service to our country. Information must include your name, branch of military service, rank, years of service, connection to the Verde Valley and a summary of your military service.

Or, if you would prefer to mail or drop off a copy of your photograph and story, please use the following address: Salute to Veterans, The Verde Independent, 116 S. Main St., Cottonwood, AZ 86326. Photographs and information need to be delivered to the newspaper before Friday, Nov. 3.

Big Band Dances Return to Clark Memorial Clubhouse

Bring your favorite partner November 4 to dance the night away at the Clark Memorial Clubhouse! Enjoy the sights and sounds of the 1940’s and 1950’s Big Band Era performed by popular Sentimental Journey. Doors open at 6:30 on Nov. 4 (sorry, no dance lessons that night.) However, on Feb. 10, 2018, Dana DeLuz will be back teaching basic steps at 6:00.  Bring your favorite Valentine that night. Admission is $10...with dance lessons $12.

Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum has sponsored these dances each year as a fundraiser for 20 years and the proceeds go to the museum located at 900 First North in Clarkdale. Due to low attendance last year, the number of dances has been reduced. If you want to see these dances continue, we need you to support them. We don’t want this historic tradition to fade away into the past. 

This is a non-alcohol event. Coffee, water and soda are available for purchase. The newly remodeled entrance to the auditorium is handicapped accessible. 

Events scheduled for 2017 National Friends of the Library Week

In celebration of 2017 National Friends of the Library Week, the following events will be held at the Cottonwood Library, located 100 S 6th St,  The Public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Monday, October 16 – The movie, “Dead Poet’s Society” will be shown in Meeting

Room B at 10:30 a.m. Popcorn will be served.

Wednesday, October 18 – A bag lunch book discussion will take place in Meeting Room A from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. Bring your bag lunch and join in an informal discussion of books that you currently are reading or have read. Share your thoughts with all the participants. Coffee and lemonade will be provided.

Fashion comes to the Pines Oct. 18

Fashion comes to the Pines. Pine Shadows Club House this is. Wednesday Oct. 18, the Pine Shadows Residents Assoc. is sponsoring “New Image Fashions” by Don Scott. Shop in the Fashion lobby from 10 am - 2:30 pm. 25%-75% off Retail Prices. Designer clothing by Ruby Road, Alfred Dunner, Euro, Cactus, Erin Long Creations & others. See the newest Fashions on Parade, which starts at 11:30 with Tea and Snacks. 2050 W. St. Rt 89A, Cottonwood, main entrance to 2nd stop sign. Admission to the “Fashion Show” is $3 . Contact 928-821-4988 for further information.

Mary Terese holds class based on book

Mary Terese is holding a class based on her book, “The Powers of the Right Brain” at Yavapai College, Clarkdale through OLLI. The class ‘Paint Like Monet’ has 3 open seats. It is held on Monday October 16 from 1p-4p. Also, another class on Thursday November 9 from 1p-4p. Contact Ginger at 928-649-5550 to register.

Renee Johanna hosts book signing, launch party Nov. 11

Renee Johanna, Intuitive Consultant, Inspirational Speaker and now Author, is hosting a book signing and launch party on Saturday, November 11 from 6pm to 10pm. The event will take place in the historic New State Motor Building, 110 Main St., Jerome, AZ 86331 (Take the outside staircase across the street from Grapes Restaurant). Free food, drinks and acoustic performance by Summer, an incredible singer and musician from Phoenix. This will be the first of many engagements as Renee prepares for a cross country publicity tour in 2018. Originally from Iowa, Renee found her calling in Jerome when she started writing about her experiences and insights after opening up to the public in 2014 to do psychic readings for tourists and the local community. Now, after 3 years, Renee has transformed her own life from the inside out and is sharing this “how to” information through her book, Welcome to Awakening. Welcome to Awakening is available now at the location above and online through Amazon or www.reneejohanna.com For more information, contact Renee Johanna at 623-236-5986.

Generation NeXt Fest III music festival set for Oct. 14

Generation NeXt Fest III is an all-ages music festival created by Syntheticide Entertainment that will be taking place at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds on Saturday, October 14th. Featuring six rock and metal bands from across Northern Arizona. Cottonwood local tattoo studio Ink Impressions will be present, setting up a flash tattoo booth, allowing patrons to pick from a selection of pre-made tattoos. Airbrush artist Ms. Conception, who has done from animal skulls and skate decks, all the way to motorcycles and cars, will join as well. This year will also be the first time a food truck will be present for the duration of the event for all those that want to feast during the event. As the festival falls in October this year, a Halloween theme has been presented, encouraging patrons to dress in costume with prizes awarded to some of the best dressed during the night. The event is substance free and all ages as we want to make sure everyone can enjoy their experience. Whether it’s the venue, the bands, your friends, or strangers that can enjoy the same music, Generation NeXt Fest is all about us supporting together. Tickets can be purchased through any of the bands featured on the event or from Syntheticide Entertainment directly. Live music will feature the likes of Belletrist (Flagstaff), Elysian Drive (Cottonwood), Oath To Ashes (Cottonwood), Mental Cases (Cornville/Sedona), and Dead In A Meadow (Prescott/Prescott Valley).

Haunted House sponsored by Cottonwood Youth Advisory Commission

It’s nightfall in Cottonwood...where will you be for Halloween? A dreadful fate awaits most who dare to enter the adrenaline pumping, heart racing...Terror in Old Town!! Cottonwood’s own Haunted House sponsored by the Cottonwood Youth Advisory Commission and located at 215 E Pima St (CYC). Open: Friday, Oct. 27, Saturday, Oct 28 and Halloween night, Tuesday, Oct 31. All 3 nights from 6PM - 10PM Under age 11 must be accompanied by an adult. $5 admission ($1 off for each can of nonperishable food up to 4 cans-expired food will not be accepted)

Cottonwood Fire and Medical Department hosts Open House

In honor of National Fire Prevention Week, Cottonwood Fire & Medical Department is hosting an OPEN HOUSE on October 13, 2017, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm. This event will be at Station 41 located at 191 S. 6th Street, Cottonwood.

The National Fire Protection Association’s theme for 2017 is “Every Second Counts”. Have an exit plan, identify 2 ways out of each room, designate a meeting place, and PRACTICE!

All are invited to a fun-filled evening at the Fire House to celebrate National Fire Prevention Week. There will be good food, door prizes, live fire demonstrations and much more.

Please contact Cottonwood Fire & Medical Department at 634-2741 if you have any questions.

Legion 135 plans Oktoberfest Car Show

Cornville American Legion Post 135 and Auxiliary in cooperation with the newly constructed GALPIN RV CENTER will host their inaugural Oktoberfest Car Show fundraiser on Sat. Oct. 21, 2017, at 925 E. State Hwy 89A Cottonwood - spaces are limited to 40. All drivers will receive a free lunch. Parking starts at 7:30am; the show opens at 9am, judging at 1pm followed by awarding prizes. Trophies will be given to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

Second and third place winners will be judged by participants, while the overall first place, Commander’s Cup, will be chosen by event coordinator, Jan Allbright. Mr. Allbright is a true “lover of classic cars”, not only does he respect and appreciate the cars, but also the owners. He is currently serving as the 2nd Vice Cmdr. for Cornville American Legion Post 135.

According to the Post 135 Cmdr., Jeri Strande, “we’re looking forward to a great show and truly appreciate the support from Robert, Sales Manager for Cottonwood – they (Galpin) have a perfect parking lot and I’m sure that all the “rides” will show flawlessly alongside the Galpin RV’s”.

Car show registration applications and other information concerning the event can be obtained at web site: www: azcarshows.com, by calling 928-649-3374 or email: sicily84@cableone.net.

Witches Brew event at Main Stage to benefit Sedona Firefighters Charity

On Friday, October 13 Main Stage will play host to the “Witches Night Out” at Main Stage, benefiting the Sedona Verde Valley Firefighters Charities. The unique event will raise funds to be dedicated to the Sedona Verde Valley Firefighters Emergency Relief Fund Program, which provides assistance to families that have suffered tragic loss of their homes due to fire and or flooding.

Witches Night Out will be one the year’s biggest fundraising events hosted by Main Stage and the Witches Brew Club, a group of women helping community.  The event will feature a host of various local artisans and craft vendors as well as local live artist, Autumn Zaun.

The evening will also feature a “Wicked Cute Fashion Show” showcasing clothing from local boutiques, along with a raffle and “Pointy Hat” silent auction. There will be a mystical tarot card reader throughout the evening and a variety of food vendors.

Guests are encouraged to dress as “Witch or Wizard” and participate in costume with the winner’s receiving a prize for “most whimsy”, “most wicked” and “hottest witch.” Panel judges for the costume contest include former Mayor Diane Joens, 2017 Woman of the Year recipient Penny Smith, Mr. Jack Van Rixel and Grand Dame Eunice Stashick.

After all of the witching festivities, local favorite DJ Johnny K will take the helms of the turntables, as well as the dance floor, for a witch-themed dance party, “The Witches Ball” at 9pm. Witches Night Out begins at 4pm , with The Witches Ball following at 9pm to close out the evening.

Locals are encouraged to come join all the witches and the firefighters for a evening of “pure magic.” 

Verde Valley Caregiver Symposium set for Nov. 30

November is National Family Caregiver Month and Area Agency on Aging NACOG is teaming up with community partners to provide the Verde Valley Caregiver Symposium.  Join us on November 30, 2017 at A Caring Place Adult Day Center located at 203 S. Candy Lane, Ste. 12A & 12B, Cottonwood, AZ 86326.  The Symposium will be held from 10am - 2pm!  Lunch is provided!  Please register by calling Toll-Free 1-877-521-3500. 

VVMC Caregiver Support Group meets each Friday

Join other caregivers each Friday from 10am – 11am at Verde Valley Medical Center located at 300 Willard St., Education Rooms, 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.

Northern Arizona VA Health Care System hosts Town Hall

The Northern Arizona VA Health Care System (NAVAHCS) is pleased to host a Town Hall Meeting for all Veterans in the Cottonwood/Verde Valley area.

The Town Hall is scheduled on Thursday, October 12 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Library Meeting Room B at the Cottonwood Public Library.

This event will offer Veterans the opportunity to speak with VA leadership, Service Line Managers and Subject Matter Experts in reference to their care at the VA Cottonwood Clinic. The Town Hall meeting will have information tables in the back of the room with literature, brochures and personnel ready to answer questions.

Northern Arizona VA Health Care System delivers Personalized, Proactive and Patient-Driven Healthcare to Veterans and they welcome the opportunity to listen to our Veterans’ feedback on their care and services. The library is located at 100 S 6th St in Cottonwood.

Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Chronic Pain Support Group Meeting set for Oct. 14

The Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Chronic Pain Support Group October 2017 Meeting will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017, in Conference Room A at the Verde Valley Medical Center located at 269 S. Candy Lane, Cottonwood, AZ from 10 am - Noon.  

This month’s presentation will be by Laura Vandegrift, Licensed Brain Gym® Instructor/Consultant.  She will share with us proven Brain Gym® activities to enhance mental alertness, body presence, and stress reduction.  Laura learned through her own physical issues, how Brain Gym® can help improve your sense of well-being and is helping people of all ages and abilities find balance in their lives. Join us for a fun and educational session as you give your mind and body a tune up!

Group members, Friends, Family and the public are welcome to attend. 

For further information or questions, please contact Barbara Baty at 928 649-0248.

The Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Chronic Pain Support Group is supported by NAU and Entire Care

Legion 135 plans Oktoberfest Car Show

Cornville American Legion Post 135 and Auxiliary in cooperation with the newly constructed GALPIN RV CENTER will host their inaugural Oktoberfest Car Show fundraiser on Sat. Oct. 21, 2017, at 925 E. State Hwy 89A Cottonwood - spaces are limited to 40. Proceeds from the event will go to building the future post home.

Registration fee before event date is $15 per vehicle, early entrants will also receive one free raffle ticket; registration at the door is $20. All drivers will receive a free lunch. Parking starts at 7:30am; the show opens at 9am, judging at 1pm followed by awarding prizes. Trophies will be given to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

In recognition of Oktoberfest, the menu will consist of grilled brats with kraut, potato salad and chips @ $4. Additionally, soft drinks/water will be available for purchase along with lots of raffle prizes.

Second and third place winners will be judged by participants, while the overall first place, Commander’s Cup, will be chosen by event coordinator, Jan Allbright. Mr. Allbright is a true “lover of classic cars”, not only does he respect and appreciate the cars, but also the owners. He is currently serving as the 2nd Vice Cmdr. for Cornville American Legion Post 135.

According to the Post 135 Cmdr., Jeri Strande, “we’re looking forward to a great show and truly appreciate the support from Robert, Sales Manager for Cottonwood – they (Galpin) have a perfect parking lot and I’m sure that all the “rides” will show flawlessly alongside the Galpin RV’s”.

Car show registration applications and other information concerning the event can be obtained at web site: www: azcarshows.com, by calling 928-649-3374 or email: sicily84@cableone.net.

Local Musicians do Music in the Stacks

Camp Verde Community Library:  Camp Verde Community Library announces the next Music in the Stacks, a free monthly concert series on Thursday, October 12th at 5:30 pm in the library’s Fireside Room.  Music in the Stacks is a showcase of local and national musicians who entertain regularly in Northern Arizona. There are 5-7 different performers during the show with a rotating variety each month.

October’s concert features the following musicians: Jo Berger, Ron McLain, Matt Fabritz, Gary Simpkins, Chris Seymour and Gregg Gould. This concert will be in Camp Verde Community Library’s Fireside Room on Thursday, October 12th at 5:30 pm and will continue the second Thursday of every month at the same time and location.

Camp Verde Community Library is located at 130 Black Bridge Road, Camp Verde AZ.  For more information about this or any other program at the library, call 928-554-8380.  

Sedona Artist Visits Cottonwood Public Library  

The Cottonwood Public Library’s Artist’s Corner program is an informal live-art demonstration held on the third Tuesday of the month from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The purpose of the program is to inspire patrons to create their own art while also promoting and supporting the wealth of talented local artists in the Verde Valley area. Tuesday, October 17 will feature artist Sunshower Rose demonstrating a technique she calls “Collaborative Art WORKS!” This method is completely digital and involves combining one piece of art with another to create a third, completely new piece of art.

On Saturday, October 21 Rose will be back at the library for a more formal, immersive workshop on the “Collaborative Art WORKS!” technique from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Library Meeting Room B. Both of these programs are free and open to the public.

Ms. Rose has been a professional artist for 40 years and began residing in Sedona in 1987. Within a year, when the town became a city, she won the state wide contest for the official logo, which can be seen to this day on official City documents, maps, vehicles and related printed matter. She is drawn to working with other artists, including musicians, photographers, sculptors, – anyone creative, in essence. Her fine art, with an emphasis on the face and figure, especially dance has developed to such a degree - that now the art of Sunshower Rose has been incorporated within over 300 collaborative works, since August, 2016. These collaborative pieces may be viewed at www.collaborativeartworks.com. The Cottonwood Public Library is located at 100 S 6th St in Cottonwood.

Great Conversations at the Library

Great Conversations is a PBS television series that showcases a diverse and fascinating array of authors and interviewers from a wide range of fields including politics, science, education, public journalism, and the arts.   

Starting Thursday, October 12 and continuing on the second Thursdays of each month the Cottonwood Public Library will be hosting a new discussion group facilitated by Velda Bice.

The group will be watching an episode of the program followed by a discussion of the featured author and their book, as well as topics covered in the episode. The group will meet in Library Meeting Room B from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.      

On Thursday, October 12 the group will watch and discuss the program featuring Kentucky Senator John Yarmuth interviewing author Thomas Friedman on his book Thank You for Being Late.   

On Thursday, November 9 the program will feature political columnist Joe Klein interviewing author Sebastian Junger on his newest book Tribe.

On Thursday, December 14 the program will feature NPR’s Robert Seigal interviewing author Erik Larson on his book In the Garden of Beasts.

Everyone is welcome to join the discussion on some fascinating books. The library is located at 100 S 6th St in Cottonwood.

Who: Joe Wise

What: Reading and book signing.

When: Friday, Oct. 13th

Where: Old Town Center for the Arts, Studio B, Cottonwood, 5th and Main

How much: $5.00 at the door.

OLLI program features executive director of Caregivers Coalition

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s (OLLI’s) weekly Lunch & Learn program will feature Kent Ellsworth, Executive Director of Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition on Wednesday, October 11, 12:30-2:00.

Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition is an organization that has risen to the pinnacle of national acclaim in its 25 years of providing services to older adults and adults with disabilities in 10 Verde Valley communities. VVCC’s transportation-providing efforts were recognized by the National Volunteer Transportation Center, whose panel of 20 judges chose them from among 140 applicants to receive the 2016 Grand Star Award and a brand new Toyota Sienna mobility vehicle. And all of their services are provided by over 300 dedicated volunteers at no cost to the clients to help these individuals maintain their independence and quality of life at home. These volunteers helped over 2300 adults in need, of whom 50% live at or below the poverty level, 65% are 85 years and older, and 1700 live alone. Their help included 14,000 rides and nearly 2000 friendly visits.

Bring your lunch to this free weekly community event or enjoy some coffee, tea or water with a little snack, 12:30-2:00 in Room 34 of Yavapai College Sedona Center (on Cultural Park Place, across Rt. 89A from Red Rock High School) and join us as Kent talks about how this highly effective organization manages to go the “extra mile” for their clients, especially those living alone without family or friends, to meet the challenges they face with activities crucial to their independence so they can remain in their homes, such as: transportation to medical and other appointments, rides to the grocery store, shopping, and other errands, business assistance such as bill paying and sorting, and handy person help. VVCC volunteers also provide respite assistance to in-home caregivers and patient scribe assistance during medical appointments, in addition to loaning Guardian Angel Medical Alert units to 920 households to help them be connected in case of an emergency. Kent offers a unique perspective on these people who are out of sight to most of us, who have experienced very little first-hand contact with the poor, the disabled, and the frail elderly people who live around us. For more information, call OLLI at 928-649-4275.

OLLI presents Wisdom, Beauty & Tea at Sedona Center Atrium

OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) presents a new weekly free event, Wisdom, Beauty & Tea, at Yavapai College Sedona Center Atrium, continuing this Wednesday, October 11 at 4:00.

Come and meet some of this community’s most insightful, creative people. Sip tea from a selection of exotic and healthy options accompanied by delicious pastries created by Yavapai College Sedona Culinary Institute’s staff and students.

At every session we will gain Wisdom from the local author of an especially thought-provoking book. And Beauty will be provided by an exceptional local artist. The two guests at each session will be interviewed by this program’s organizers: Paul Friedman and Shaeri Richards. With them, you will get to know, up-close and personal, some of our most knowledgeable and talented local residents.

This week will feature:

Lori Morrison, mystic, healer, inspirationalist, and author of the award-winning book, “The Disintegration of my Ordinary Reality,” a narrative non-fiction memoir that describes her spiritual awakening after the death of her husband, her struggles with others’ perceptions of her sanity, and her ongoing work to keep on foot in everyday reality and the other in the spirit world.

Cathy Gazda, artist, who says, “The act of creating affirms and enriches my life…and is the root from which I move through the world.” Her work has been displayed in numerous national shows and museum venues including the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum’s “Birds in Art.” She loves to combine representational and abstract elements, usually with experimental mediums.

Please join us at Yavapai College’s Sedona Center Atrium (on Cultural Park Place, across Rt. 89A from Red Rock High School) for this informal weekly gathering. For more information please call: 928-649-4275.

OLLI Brown Bag Brain Buzz hosts acupuncturist at forum

OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) Brown Bag Brain Buzz will host Jeanette Campbell, Dip. OM., L.AC, owner and sole acupuncturist at Verde Valley Acupuncture since 2005, on Thursday, October 12.

Jeanette will introduce foundational philosophy and practices in Chinese Medicine that is a modern yet ancient approach to health and vitality and is a currently practiced medical system. She is a diplomate of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, Massage Therapy, and lifestyle guidance) with an emphasis on combination Acupuncture and Massage treatments. Jeanette has practiced therapeutic massage and has taught for massage schools since 1995.

OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) Brown Bag Brain Buzz is a free lunchtime forum, sponsored by Yavapai College, Verde Valley Campus. Bring your brown bag to Room G-103 at 12:30 or purchase lunch at the Snack Bar in Building F at the Verde Valley Campus, located at 601 Black Hills Drive, Clarkdale and join us Thursday, October 12, as Jeannette takes your questions and gives answers about this ancient medicine that is relevant in today’s world. For more information, call OLLI at 928-649-5550.

Oct. 14 last day to get free seeds for garden

The last day to get free seeds for your Fall/Winter garden before the cold weather arrives is Oct. 14. The Verde Valley Seed Library still has a selection of free veggie seeds ready to be planted.  Come by and pick out free seeds for your favorite vegetables at the Seed Library at the Cottonwood City Library, 100 S. 6th St., from 11 am to 1 pm on Oct. 14. There will be experienced gardeners on hand to answer questions, show you planting guides and give you information on The Verde Thumbs Garden Club.

Do you know what The Verde Valley Seed Library is?  It is both a collection of free, open-pollinated seeds, which are seeds that can be saved, and a community of gardeners coming together to celebrate their hobby.

So come by the library on Saturday, Oct. 14 (LAST DAY TIL SPRING/SUMMER REOPENING) and check out some free seeds, grow the plants, save some of the seeds and return them at the end of the growing season.  Those seeds will then be available for another gardener to check out!  Saving locally grown seeds helps them become adapted to our soil and climate and they become more productive.

PWG Making a Difference Honors Nominees

Professional Women’s Group of Northern Arizona announces its first annual Making a Difference Award event. All nominees will be honored at the quarterly luncheon meeting on Oct. 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Cottonwood Recreation Center meeting rooms. The nominees are accomplished women who make a difference as leaders, mentors and advocates. The award will focus on women who volunteer their time, care for and nurture businesses, organizations, families, friends and communities,” says Alice Klies, chair of the Making a Difference Award committee.

The following women have been nominated this year:

Kathy Bazan of Business Assistance Center, Cottonwood

Maree Bradshaw of Bradshaw Color Studios and a Red Cross Nurse

Elaine Bremner of Verde Valley Senior Center

Anne Browning of Steps to Recovery Homes

Mitzie Christian of Pet Search and Rescue

Lynda Christopher, Self Defense Master, State Ranger & August 2017 Personal Fitness Trainer of the Month

Peggy Dickey of Camp Verde Unified School District’s Fifth Day programs

Audrey Dorfman, Mental Health Coalition Board Member & Criminal Justice Task Force Director                                                                                            

Fran Freedman of Morning Starr Animal Clinic

Linda Goldenstein of Goldenstein Gallery

Laura Jones of Friends of Verde Valley River Greenway

Kimber Lanning of Local First Arizona

Barbara Litrell of Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley

Michelle Lloyd of Sedona Paint Center and Verde Valley Humane Society 

Angie Lozano of Angie’s House

Erin Mabery of ACE –Adverse Childhood Experiences 

Melissa Robinson of One for the Verde

Penny Spillman of Y.E.S The ARC

On-line registration is $15 at www.pwgaz.org. The cost is $20 at the door without lunch. The event includes networking opportunities, a 50/50 raffle and amazing door prizes. Please come and support these women who make a difference in employees’ and community members’ lives.

PWG’s vision is to support, inspire and empower women to action. The purpose of the organization is to promote and enhance development and education of professional women in Sedona and the Verde Valley.

Book Fair Brings Together Local Authors

Mark your calendars, book lovers. The 2017 Cottonwood Book Fair is right around the corner. Sponsored by the Cottonwood Public Library, the Book Fair showcases over thirty participating local authors with books of all different genres. Everyone is invited to browse and purchase books for the entire family. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. during the Annual Fall Festival at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds on October 28th.

“This year we have fifteen nonfiction, eleven fiction and eight children’s writers,” Library Assistant II Kyle Smith says. “We will also have a special presentation and two writing workshops at the library the week of the Book Fair.”

On Wednesday, October 25 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. multi-award winning and bestselling author Gail Gaymer Martin will present a talk called “What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?” She will talk about how she made her dreams come true and eight steps to success for everyone to do the same. Martin is the author of 78 novels, her latest is a love story set in Sedona called Lost in Red Rock Country.  Originally from Michigan, Martin has sold over 4 million books and has been a writing workshop presenter and keynote speaker in many women’s events.

Two free writing workshops will be led by author Candice Courtney. Courtney is a published author who has been focused on bringing greater meaning into all of life’s passages for the last twenty-five years. She has studied ritual for those passages in cultures around the world and through history. Her articles have appeared in multiple national publications and she has taught workshops on a variety of related topics around the country. Her latest book, Healing Through Illness, Living Through Dying, addresses a wide range of practical and emotional issues faced by patients and caregivers.

On Tuesday, October 24 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Courtney will demonstrate a technique called “Wild Writing.” Creative exercises and writing prompts will invite you to explore different approaches to writing and discover new aspects of yourself as a writer.

On Thursday, October 26, also from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., she will present another workshop called “Story as Legacy.” Learn how writing down some of your family history in story form can hold meaning in the present, and be a treasured gift to the generations that follow. This workshop will help you begin preserving memories that deserve to be passed on. The workshops and presentation both take place at the library in Library Meeting Room B.

Library Clerk Rose Barnett is excited for the upcoming Book Fair as it gives her an opportunity to meet published authors. “As a writer, the Book Fair provides a wonderful atmosphere to discuss the craft of writing and network with other writers,” she says. “It’s an easy way to get a glimpse inside the life of a writer and what kind of work goes into your favorite books.”

The Book Fair takes place during the 5th Annual Fall Festival at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds. This free, family friendly event features arts and crafts booths, Pumpkin Chunkin’, a Family Fun Rodeo, SAILA (Southern Arizona International Livestock Association) show, food trucks and more. Bring the whole family along for this day of fun. The Fairgrounds are located at 800 E. Cherry Street in Cottonwood.

The Cottonwood Public Library invites you to meet some of the most talented local authors in the Verde Valley area, while also having the chance to browse and purchase their books. Most authors will be happy to sign a copy for you. Everyone is welcome to attend both writing workshops at the library as well as an inspiring presentation with bestselling novelist Gail Gaymer Martin.

Winter Veggies in the Verde Valley

It’s not too late to start growing cool-weather vegetables, and the Cottonwood Library will provide information and inspiration in a free, afternoon class on Oct. 17. 

Now is the start-up time for growing your own winter veggies that are so good for you and guaranteed organic because you did it yourself. 

From leafy greens to carrots to broccoli grown in containers, straw-bales, lasagna, or beds, there’s a variety to suit everyone, even if you have a black thumb. 

Whether you have a large area of good soil or a small spot of concrete, there is some way you can grow fresh veggies during the next few months. 

Rae Ebeling, The Tomato Lady, will have slides and handouts and loves to talk gardening. This free class will be in held in Meeting Room B on Tuesday, Oct.17 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The library is located at 100 S. 6th St.

Ebeling would also like to remind everyone that the City of Cottonwood has a Community Garden. Now is a particularly good time of the year to start a plot at the garden, which is located in Riverfront Park. For more information on the garden please contact City Clerk Marianne Jimenez at 928-340-2727.  

Rezzonico Park native grass planting volunteers needed

The Friends of Verde River Greenway, with support from The Nature Conservancy (TNC), will plant a native grass demonstration field to increase public interest in landscaping with drought tolerant native plants to increase water conservation efforts.

Partnering with the Town of Camp Verde at Rezzonico Park, located across from the library, we will grow a half-acre of wild-collected native grasses to showcase the production of drought tolerant native grasses for the public.

The proposed half-acre grass field will be comprised of wild-collected native grasses from the area, including Blue Gramma, Cane Bluestem, Sand Dropseed, Giant Sacaton and Bull Grass.

These grasses will increase wildlife habitat, including food for birds, nesting habitat for pollinators, reduce bare ground, and beautify Rezzonico Park with native plants.

Please join us to assist with planting, weeding and irrigating at Rezzonico Park on Friday, Oct. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

For more information, register at: https://tinyurl.com/y7q4hc94.

One for the Verde Community Kayak Day

Please join us for a kayaking trip on the Verde River on Saturday, Oct. 14. Clarkdale Kayak Company has partnered with One for the Verde to offer our community a special 50 percent off rate of $40 per-person.

All proceeds will support One for the Verde and our river conservation grant program. You can choose from guided trips at either 11 a.m. or 3 p.m.

We will be paddling from Lower TAPCO to Tuzigoot, so plan for trips to last two hours.

Only 25 spots are available, so reserve your spot today by calling Clarkdale Kayak Company at 800-478-4711.

Tamarisk Coalition luncheon

Come learn about Friends of Verde River Greenway and the Tamarisk Coalition’s efforts to address the issue of invasive plants in a collective effort to heal rivers in Arizona and how you can get involved.

Lunch will be held on Thursday, Oct. 19, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Cottonwood Recreation Center, in the Cottonwood room. This event is free.

For more information or to register, https://tinyurl.com/y9ocpbge.

Volunteers needed for Red Flats Meadow Restoration and Erosion Control Project

With Friends of Verde River Greenway and our partner the National Forest Foundation, volunteers will help implement the final stage of the erosion control work by moving down vegetation to gullies to catch and hold sediment.

This simple technique will go a long way to protect the Verde River and downstream water supply. Please join us to prevent erosion by hauling cut juniper logs and branches into the stream channel on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

We will be meeting at the Jerome Public Parking Lot, west of the Jerome Fire Station. For more information and to register visit: https://nff.wildapricot.org/event-2654004.

Verde Valley Seed Library

The last day to get free seeds for your Fall/Winter garden before the cold weather arrives is Oct. 14.

The Verde Valley Seed Library still has a selection of free veggie seeds ready to be planted. Come by and pick out free seeds for your favorite vegetables at the Seed Library at the Cottonwood Public Library, located at 100 S. 6th St., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 14.

There will be experienced gardeners on hand to answer questions, show you planting guides and give you information on The Verde Thumbs Garden Club.

The Verde Valley Seed Library is both a collection of free, open-pollinated seeds, which are seeds that can be saved, and a community of gardeners coming together to celebrate their hobby.

So come check out some free seeds, grow the plants, save some of the seeds and return them at the end of the growing season. Those seeds will then be available for another gardener to check out.

Saving locally grown seeds helps them become adapted to our soil and climate and they become more productive.

Verde River Rockhounds

Verde River Rockhounds will meet on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion, located on Calvary Way in Cottonwood.

The club’s purpose is to assist members in the identification and collection of rocks and minerals and develop lapidary arts knowledge and skills.

The speaker will be Kip Williams who will present a slide show on the Cave of the Crystals. This cave is connected to the Naica Mine in Chihuahua, Mexico.

It contains giant selenite crystals, some of the largest ever found. National Geographic produced a special on the mine that aired on the Discovery Channel in 2011.

Guests are welcome. Club memberships are available.

National Friends of the Library Week

In celebration of 2017 National Friends of the Library Week, the following events will be held at the Cottonwood Public Library.

Monday, October 16 – The movie, “Dead Poet’s Society” will be shown in Meeting Room B at 10:30 a.m. Popcorn will be served.

Wednesday, October 18 – A bag lunch book discussion will take place in Meeting Room A from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. Bring your bag lunch and join in an informal discussion of books that you currently are reading or have read. Share your thoughts with all the participants. Coffee and lemonade will be provided.

Search & Rescue Operations Protect Life and Enhance Safety

Please join The Sedona Women for their Oct. 11 program from 10 a.m. until noon, which will feature four local volunteers and one amazing dog who conduct search and rescue and recovery missions in the rugged terrain of Red Rock country.

Technical rescues are considered dangerous for both civilians and rescuers. Knowledge, skill, dedication and bravery in the face of saving lives becomes monumental as time, weather conditions and other factors play a role in both rescue and recovery efforts.

Hear amazing tales involving equipment such as helicopters, ropes and how water rescues differ from land rescues.

Learn about these amazing men and women who volunteer their time. Open to the public, this presentation will captivate all and provide valuable information for staying safe while enjoying our diverse terrain.

Hosted by The Sedona Women, “Dames Who Make a Difference” this event will be held at the Creative Life Center, located at 333 Schnebly Hill Road in Sedona.

For more information visit: www.thesedonawomen.com

Red Rooster Café now hosts open mic nights

The Red Rooster Café in Old Town Cottonwood presents the first in its series of monthly open mic nights on Friday, Oct. 13 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The open mic is for all ages and the patio is pet friendly. Hosted by two of the area’s favorite music girls, Christy Fisher and Nora Bolles, these events will feature an opening set by a spotlighted artist or group, followed by rotating acts on the open mic.

This week’s featured act is Reckoning Stone. A beautiful duo of Katie Immel on cello and Mark Wright on guitar.

The Red Rooster will have food and drink specials all night. Come play, sing, and bring your magic to the stage. Signups start at 5 p.m.

The Red Rooster Café is located at 901 North Main Street in Old Town Cottonwood.

VFW Post 7400 monthly breakfast

VFW Post 7400 will have its monthly breakfast, Saturday, Oct. 14.

Basic Breakfast: eggs your way, choice of ham, bacon or sausage, hash browns and toast. Donation of $7. Pancake Breakfast, with your choice of ham, bacon or sausage.

Donation of $4. Biscuits and Gravy with choice of ham, bacon or sausage. Donation of $4. Start serving 8:30 a.m. till 10 a.m.  Come on in enjoy breakfast and visiting.  

Classic Cars to line Old Town Cottonwood’s Main Street

The City of Cottonwood is celebrating Historic 89A and the Verde Valley with Walkin’ on Main, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Vintage and classic cars will line the street through Historic Old Town Cottonwood, making a perfect backdrop for an iconic photo.

The Mingus Union High School Hot Rod club will facilitate the show and all proceeds go to improve the program for area youth

The event is presented by your local Edward Jones offices. The cost to enter a car is $5.

Sound Sleep using Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

Enhance good sleep habits and correct poor ones using aromatherapy and essential oils. Learn how to promote a restorative and natural sleep cycle. All aspects of health and well-being are supported by the quality of your sleep.

Classes are Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2–5 p.m. at the Camp Verde Community Library (OLLI workshop CV-669-17) and Thursday, Nov. 2, 2-4 p.m. at the Verde Valley Yavapai College Campus in Clarkdale (OLLI workshop V-689-17).

To register, contact Olli at 649-4275, 649-5500 or online at www.yc.edu/ollisv. For more information, contact Honey Judith Rubin at 404-626-5535 or Sarah Jensen at 928-451-4847.

Four time-tested tools to increase your success

Add the tool of aromatherapy using carefully chosen essential oils to your work with visualizations, affirmations, and positive self-talk and increase your success! Smooth the way to the beautiful life you desire—and deserve.

Tuesdays, Oct. 10 through Nov. 14, from 2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Camp Verde Community Library’s Copper Room.

For information, call Honey Judith Rubin at 404-626-5535 or Sarah Jensen at 928-451-4847.

To register, contact Olli at 649-4275, 649-5500 or www.yc.edu/ollisv. This is learning group OLLI CV-615-17.

Civil Religion and Politics

The October Voter Education Program of the League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley will be Civil Religion and Politics presented by Ben Krueger, Ph.D., Lecturer, School of Communication, Northern Arizona University. 

The program will take place on Monday, Oct. 16, from 12:30-2 p.m. at Yavapai College, 4215 Arts Village Dr., in Sedona. The program is a partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and is free and open to the public. 

Dr. Krueger will be speaking on civil religion and the 2016 presidential election. Ben Krueger (PhD, University of Maryland) is a lecturer in the School of Communication at Northern Arizona University, where he teaches classes in communication theory and rhetoric.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization dedicated to public service in the field of government. It is a national organization -- open to both men and women -- whose purpose is to encourage political responsibility through informed and active participation in government.

For more information about League of Women Voters programs, contact Barbara Litrell 649-0135 or blitrell@aol.com.

EL Valle Artists Association monthly meeting

The EL Valle Artists Association will hold their monthly meeting on Oct. 12 at 1 p.m. The meeting is held at the Pine Shadows Club House, located at 2050 W. State Route 89A in Cottonwood.   

Monthly meeting fall on the second Thursday of each month, from September through May. The meetings are open to all artists and art lovers.

Claudia Hartley will demonstrate her art for the October meeting. She use color and shapes to capture the wonders of the world around her. Claudia’s demonstration will be a sample of her upcoming workshop, which will take place Oct 28, 2017.             

Please visit the EL Valle Artists Association website, elvalleartists.org, for more information on membership, future art shows, meetings and demonstrations.  

Or call 928-634-0076 for more information.

Historic Preservation Commission

The City of Cottonwood is seeking applicants to fill two seat on its Historic Preservation Commission. Candidates must be residents of the City of Cottonwood. 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.

If you are interested in serving your community, please consider volunteering. Commission/Board member applications are available at the Human Resources Office, 816 N. Main St., Cottonwood City Hall, 827 N. Main St., by calling 928-340-2732, or online at www.cottonwoodaz.gov.

Completed applications should be returned to the Human Resources Office or Cottonwood City Hall no later than 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13.

Baha’is of Cottonwood mark the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh, Founder of the Bahá’í Faith

Baha’is of Cottonwood are preparing to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, on October 22, 2017.

Bahá’u’lláh (1817-1892) was a spiritual teacher who announced in 1863 that He was the bearer of a new revelation from God. His teachings emphasizing the oneness of humanity and unity in diversity have spread around the world.

To commemorate this anniversary, the Baha’is of Cottonwood are sponsoring an Interfaith Panel to be held on:

Sunday, Oct. 22 from 2-4 p.m. at the Cottonwood Rec Center.

Topic and Presenters: The Oneness of Mankind, Dr. Jayana Clerk – Hinduism, Rabbi Bernie Kling – Judaism, Stephanie Peed – Buddhism, Deacon Jim Brown – Christianity, Susan Jones – Baha’i Faith.

The Light of Unity Festival is a celebration of the vision of Oneness which we believe is an antidote to the racial/religious prejudice and materialism that are corroding American society.

Join us on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. at the Cottonwood Rec Center. No fees, no homework, all are welcome. Support Unity in Diversity in the Verde Valley.

For further information contact: (928) 649-5845 or (928) 274-6289

Camp Verde Quilters

The Camp Verde Quilters Group meets the second Monday of each month at 8:30 A.M., at the Denny’s restaurant located at 1630 SR 260 in Camp Verde.

Please join us to discuss quilts and quilting. We meet monthly to share ideas and plans for the Bi-Annual Quilt Show which is held during the Fort Verde Days Celebration in October.

The next Quilt Show will be in 2018. We also share quilt projects we are working on or have completed, please bring your projects to share with us. All quilters are welcome! Our next meeting is on Monday, Oct. 9.

Fort Verde Days in need of volunteers

We are in need of volunteers for Fort Verde Days. We need help with the Parade, Set Up and Breakdown of Equipment on the field, Jail-A-Thon during the Parade and Gate Keepers.

You may sign up online or call 928-301-0922. We will also need volunteers for our Salsa Contest on Sunday, Oct. 15 from 10:30 a.m. through Clean up.

We can always find a job for you to do if you can’t find hours that will work for you for the above jobs.

We are looking forward to a great festival and will be thankful for any and all help.

Alzheimer’s support meeting

Alzheimer’s support group meetings for caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients are held the first Wednesday of each month from 10 to 11 a.m. Please arrive by 9:45 a.m.

The group meets at Verde Valley Medical Center in Cottonwood, Meeting Room A. Enter the hospital at the Outpatient Services Entrance.

The organizers are excited to host this support group at VVMC as it is a more central location. And, experts from the hospital will be asked to speak periodically. This support group is open to everyone, and we are extending an invitation especially to people who have not been able to attend before. Vast amounts of information is available, so if you have ANY interest in memory disorders, please come check us out. Bonnie Shimko from AZ Care Management Solutions is an official facilitator and will be making as many meetings as she can.

For information, call Bonnie at (928) 300-0172 or Barbara at (928) 634-2638 or Fran at (928) 301-3852.

City of Cottonwood Transfer Station no longer accepts cash

Due to recent counterfeit bills being accepted, the City of Cottonwood Transfer Station will no longer accept cash.

Credit and/or debit cards only will be accepted at the Transfer Station.

For more information, contact the City of Cottonwood Public Works Department at (928) 634-8033.

Walkin’ on Main

On Saturday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., the Verde Valley is celebrating Historic 89A and the area’s unique history with Walkin’ on Main.

Besides Old Town Cottonwood’s charming galleries, shops and restaurants, there will be an outdoor wine tasting hosted by the Verde Valley Wine Consortium, an antique and classic car show organized the Mingus Union Hot Rod Club, and live music.

Mingus Union Art Club will create live art on the street sidewalks and you can also take a self-guided historic tour of Old Town Cottonwood provided by the Cottonwood Hotel.

For more information, please see the Leisure Times, Parks & Recreation Dept., at cottonwoodaz.gov or contact Cottonwood Recreation Center at 928-639-3200.

Calling All Teens

The Teen Library Council (TLC) at the Cottonwood Public Library is actively looking for new members to join their team. TLC is a group of teens who volunteer their time to help out with various fun activities and library events while also providing valuable input towards what they would like to see happen in their library.

Not only do TLC volunteers gain excellent workplace experience that looks great on resumes and college applications, they also get inside access while working at library events such as the Cottonwood Comic Expo and the Sci-Tech Festival.

There is still time to help design and create a float and be a part of the Cottonwood Christmas Parade. Members will receive meaningful community service credits while meeting new friends at the same time.

Interested young adults ages 11-18 are invited to fill out a TLC application which can be found in the Youth Services Department. The application needs to be signed by a parent or guardian.

The Teen Library Council meets at the library every first and third Wednesday of the month at 4 p.m. after early release. The Cottonwood Public Library encourages all young adults to come in and discover that libraries are much more than just books these days. 

The library is located at 100 S. 6th St., next to the Recreation Center.

For more information please call Ceres at 928-634-7559, ext. 107.

Free bird walks at Montezuma Well, Tuzigoot National Monument

Beginning in October and 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.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

OLLI is expanding in Camp Verde. OLLI provides learning and teaching opportunities for intellectually active adults with curious minds and hearts. No educational requirements, no homework or grades— just a love of learning! To register, call Olli at 649.4275, 649.5500 or at www.yc.edu/ollisv

Except as noted, all Workshops and Learning Groups will be held at the Camp Verde Community Library.

October 12, 1 to 4 PM - Bass Fishing with Tim Smith in the Copper Room

October 13 OR November 10, 5:30 to 7:30 PM - New and Alternative Perspectives on Health with Naomi Brand in Copper room.

October 16, 1 to 4 PM - Best of the Web with Gerry Laurito in the Copper room.

October 19, 1 to 4 PM - Quilling Made Easy with Nancy Raistick in the Copper Room

November 9, 1 to 4 PM - Paint Like Monet with Mary Krigbaum in the Terracotta

room.

November 14, 9 AM to Noon - Introduction to Pickleball with John Parsons at the Camp Verde Community Center Gym.

To register, call Olli at 649.4275, 649.5500 or at www.yc.edu/ollisv

Camp Verde Unified School District participates in National School lunch, breakfast programs

Camp Verde Unified School District will be participating in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. As part of this program, Camp Verde Elementary, Camp Verde Middle, Camp Verde High, Accommodation, and South Verde Schools will offer healthy meals every school day. Breakfast will cost $1.50; lunch will cost $2.85. Your children may qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Reduced-price meals cost $0.30 for breakfast and $0.40 for lunch.

Qualifications for children to receive free or reduced price meals include: belonging to a household whose income is at or below the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines, belonging to a household that receives public assistance, or if the child is homeless, migrant, runaway, foster, or participates in a Head Start or Even Start pre-Kindergarten program.

To apply for free or reduced-price meals, households can fill out the application and return it to the school unless the household has already received notification that their children are approved for free meals this year. Application forms are being distributed to all households with a letter informing households of the availability of free and reduced-price meals for their children and what is required to complete on the application. Applications also are available at all school offices and at the cafeteria.

Only one application is required for all children in the household and the information provided on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and verification of data. Applications may be verified at any time during the school year by the school or other program officials. An application for free or reduced-price benefits cannot be approved unless it contains complete eligibility information as indicated on the application and instructions. In the operation of child feeding programs, no child will be discriminated against because of race, sex, color, national origin, age, or disability.

Under the provisions of the free and reduced-price policy, Fonda Hammond will review applications and determine eligibility. Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the ruling of the official may wish to discuss the decision with the determining official on an informal basis. Parents wishing to make a formal appeal for a hearing on the decision may make a request either orally or in writing to Rhonda Austin; 410 Camp Lincoln, Camp Verde, AZ 86322; 928.567.8011.

Households notified of their children’s eligibility must contact the school if the household chooses to decline the free meal benefits.

For more information, you may call Ida Pieratt at 928.567.8025 or e-mail at ipieratt@campverdeschools.org.

‘Innovation, Technology and the Future of Mental Health Therapy’ theme of Mental Health Summit in Camp Verde

“Innovation, Technology and the Future of Mental Health Therapy” is the theme of the Mental Health Summit on Friday, October 13, 8:30AM-3:00PM, at Cliff Castle Casino Hotel, 555 Middle Verde Rd, Camp Verde, just off Interstate 17 at exit 289. The Summit, organized by The Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley, is open to the public and costs $25 which includes lunch.

The Keynote Speaker is Dr. Leslie Korn, PhD, a Harvard trained traumatologist who specializes in mental health nutrition and integrative medicine for mental health and optimal brain function for people of all ages will address “Advances in Integrative Mental Health.” Dr. Korn has worked for over 35 years in private practice and community mental health specializing in integrating psychotherapy and complementary and alternative medicine for the treatment of traumatic stress and chronic physical illness.

Dr. Korn’s address will be followed by a panel addressing Integrative Approaches to Physical and Behavioral Health available in Arizona.

As part of the luncheon, the first Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley 2017 Innovation Awards will be presented to 4 recipients. Sheriff Scott Mascher will accept the award for the establishment of the Behavioral Health Unit at the Camp Verde Jail and the accompanying services that prepare individuals to return to the community. April Rhodes and Sarah School will accept the award for establishment of the Mobile Crisis Unit. The third award will be presented to Patrick Schweiss, Executive Director of the Sedona International Film Festival.

The afternoon panel features speakers addressing High Tech and Bioscience Innovation in Mental Health.

The Summit is made possible by donations from Spectrum Healthcare Group, Health Choices Integrated Care, the NARBHA Institute, Community Counts and Cliff Castle Casino. $25 includes lunch.

To register online go to www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3091286 or contact Barbara Litrell 649-0135, blitrell@aol.com

Free HIV screening offered

Beginning Oct. 12, free HIV Screening will be offered on Thursdays by appointment only at Yavapai County Community Health Center, located 51 Brian Mickelsen Pkwy., in Cottonwood. Results are available in 20 minutes.

To make an appointment, call 928-634-6860. The screenings are sponsored by Sponsored by Yavapai County Community Health Services and Northland Cares.

Kids Against Hunger meal-packing event returns Oct. 21

Manzanita Outreach is a local non-profit focused on delivering hope to those who need it most … locally and abroad.

Manzanita Outreach will host our fourth annual Kids Against Hunger packing event on Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds.

Utilizing the support of over 800 volunteers of all ages, assembly lines will be formed and the nutritious meals will be prepared for shipment. Kids Against Hunger’s meals have been formulated by food scientists to provide a rich source of easily digestible protein, carbohydrates, and vitamins needed by children suffering from malnutrition.

The meals offer all nine of the essential amino acids required for complete nutrition – something that can’t be said about other typical food relief sources such as rice or beans alone.

To volunteer for the event, register at www.ManzanitaOutreach.org.

Sponsorships and donations are needed to help pay for the food, packaging materials and shipping costs. Contributions are accepted online at www.ManzanitaOutrearch.org or by mailing a check to: Manzanita Outreach, P.O. Box 371, Cottonwood, AZ 86326.

Manzanita Outreach is a qualified organization for the AZ Tax Credit.

Give blood in Camp Verde

The next Camp Verde Community Blood Drive will be from noon until 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13 at the Camp Verde Bashas’ parking lot, located at 650 Finnie Flat Road. United Blood Services will hold the blood drive in its Bloodmobile, found in the parking lot.

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

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

Carnival coming to Camp Verde for Fort Verde Days

Our annual carnival is coming to town for Ft. Verde Days, Oct. 13-15. You can now purchase your tickets online at campverdepromotions.org and use your credit card. They are available at Bashas’ and Camp Verde Feed Stores for cash only. Buy early and avoid the last minute rush.

International Blues Competition returns to Clarkdale

The 3rd annual International Blues Competition (IBC) which will be held in Clarkdale, on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This free event, open to the public, will feature 12 acts, six bands and six solo/duo acts all competing for the right to represent Northern Arizona in the 2018 Blues Foundation IBC, held in Memphis Jan 16-20.

The Blues Foundation IBC hosts the winners of each of 125 Blues Foundation affiliates for both bands and solo/duo acts.

Acts are scored by a panel of judges on five separate criteria including Blues Content, Originality, Vocal Skills, Musicianship, and Stage Presence. NAZBA winners receive $1,000 (band) and $350 (solo/duo) toward expenses in order to compete in Memphis. Last year, NAZBA’s band winner went on to make the semi-final round, finishing in the top 40 bands from around the US and 20 other countries.

This year, we hope to send two acts also capable of making it into at least the semi-final round of the competition.

Fort Verde Days to feature salsa contest

Camp Verde Promotions will be sponsoring a Salsa Contest this year at Fort Verde Days.

There will be two categories Hot or Regular. For those that want to enter the contest please bring enough for 100 small samples.

We will furnish chips and little cups for samples. There will be cash prizes for the winners. The contest will take place in the Ramada, between noon and 1 p.m. Deliver samples to the Ramada between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Please call 928-301-0922 to enter.

Free developmental screenings for preschool children

The Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District offers free developmental screenings for preschool children between the ages of 3 to 5 years, who live in the school district, and are not already receiving special education services or enrolled in Kindergarten. 

These screenings are typically held on a monthly basis and the screenings will check a child’s speech, motor, cognitive, adaptive, and social development. 

For an appointment, please call 938-634-7039, ext. 4118.

Arizona Early Intervention Program also offers developmental screenings for children age birth to three years; for those appointments, please call 602-532-9960, or visit them online at www.azdes.gov/azeip. 

Camp Verde Community Library to host Indie Author Day

Camp Verde Community Library is proud to announce that it will be participating in the annual Indie Author Day celebration by hosting an event on Saturday, Oct. 14, that is free and open to the public. This event will offer 4 sessions, from 10 am to 2 pm, each starting on the hour:

10 am: Sharing stories jogged by historical artifacts

11 am: Author, Melissa Bowersock presents preserving and sharing family stories. Includes tips on how to get family members talking (especially with the holidays coming up), how to record them, then transcribe them

Noon: Indie author open mic with 5 minutes per reading and/or a chance to give a glimpse behind the scenes of the writing process

1 pm: Meet the indie authors, network, chat and browse the books

This event will be part of the second Indie Author Day event. Last year, nearly 300 libraries hosted thousands of authors across the United States and Canada. This year, high participation is expected again.

This is an opportunity for the indie community to come together in the library to help local self-published and independent authors get discovered and for readers to find new books written by fellow community members.

Beyond this annual event, the Indie Author Day community offers programming on the indieauthorday.com website to help libraries and authors stay connected throughout the year.

To learn more about Indie Author Day, visit www.indieauthorday.com

Camp Verde Community Library is located at 130 Black Bridge Road.  For more information about this or any other program at the library, contact us at 928-554-8391.

Camp Verde Lions Club hosting Fort Verde Days Car Show

The Camp Verde Lions Club is putting on their Annual Fort Verde Days Car Show on Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Verde Plaza on Fain and Main Street, in the town of Camp Verde.

All funds raised go to help children and adults with getting eye glasses and other eye care needs. Attached is the Flier and registration form for entering your vehicle.

If you would like to register your car early for the show. You can mail in you registration form and entry fee to Camp Verde Lions Club- via fort Verde days car show at P.O. Box 653, Camp Verde, Az. 86322. If you have any question please email us at cvlionsclub1950@gmail.com or call 928-301-9331.

Verde River Rockhounds meeting every second Thursday

Verde River Rockhounds meet every second Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion, Calvary Way in Cottonwood.

Guests are welcome. Speakers, field trips, good people. Visit www.verderiverrockhounds.com or find us on Facebook.

Toastmasters Club meets in Cottonwood

Of all the fears that humans experience, public speaking tops the list. In an atmosphere of fun and friendship, the Cottonwood Toastmasters Club helps people overcome their fear and become confident speakers and leaders. It meets every Monday from noon to 1 p.m. at Cottonwood Village, 201 E. Mingus Ave., Cottonwood, and is open to people who not only want to improve their speaking skills, but to have fun doing it.

Sooner or later, many who do not consider themselves public speakers may be called upon to give a presentation. The Cottonwood Toastmasters Club goes beyond teaching the necessary skills to succeed in corporate and business settings. It also boosts confidence for people who wish they could tell a story, recite a joke, give a pitch, or speak spontaneously in front of a group. In the warm and friendly environment of the Club, participants practice becoming confident speakers. In the words of one member, “Toastmasters changed my life!”

Guests are welcome to attend as non-members for as long as they wish before joining. With a minimal financial commitment, members reap maximum results. For more information, contact Lou Rangel at (928) 300-4945.

Heroes needed at Verde Valley Humane Society

The Verde Valley Humane Society needs volunteers to care for their wonderful kittens and cats.

Donating your time to be a cat socializer would have a positive and long-lasting effect on their well-being. The VVHS cats would love to receive one-on-one attention, an abundance of TLC, and the opportunity to exercise and play.

Volunteers can take the kitties to the play room; bring a blanket to sit on the cat room floor to cuddle and play; watch videos with them on a tablet; and read to them, as not only does it help with socialization, but also listening to our voice comforts and soothes them.

Available times for this vital and enjoyable role is between 10am and 5pm, Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday.

If you would like to join their team of dedicated volunteers and help make a huge difference in the lives of their kitties, you can either pick up a Volunteer Application (which includes their requirements) at the shelter, or you can print one out at verdevalleyhumane.org/volunteers.

If you have any questions, please contact their Volunteer Chair, Karla Horn, at 928.853.1251 or via email at karlahorn@msn.com.

The Verde Valley Humane Society is located at 1520 W. Mingus Avenue, Cottonwood. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Call 928-634-7387 for more information.

Camp Verde Halloween Trunk or Treat Planning

Camp Verde Parks & Recreation announces advance planning for our annual Main Street Trunk or Treat Halloween Festival. The popular event will be on Tuesday, Oct. 31 this year from 5-7 p.m.

Main Street will be closed down from the Circle K store to the Camp Verde Feed Store to allow for a safe environment for families to enjoy the activities.

Last year saw the crowd grow to an estimated 3,000 kids and parents! Businesses, organizations and individuals passed out tons of candy to costumed children strolling the street. Parks & Recreation takes the lead in providing candy for this event by accepting donated funds and then purchasing candy to be parceled out for distribution. Groups with funds to donate are asked to contact Parks & Recreation.

They also coordinate placement of booths and cars along the route to take advantage of this safe closed street area.

In addition to costumed candy gobbling, businesses and groups are invited to organize other activities. These might include a haunted house, musical entertainment or food. AZ Central Land Realty will be doing their Halloween decoration extravaganza and there will be plenty of other decorated businesses and cars. Parkside Community Church, Lions Club and the Kiwanis Club of Camp Verde are just some of the community groups that we expect will be joining us for this event.

This is an opportunity for businesses and organizations to participate in a fun community event. Does your business have a piece of big equipment that would look great decorated up? Do you have an employee who can walk Main Street on big stilts? Have a neighbor who juggles?

This is the chance to use your imagination and add a little bit more and create a great family festival. Individuals, organizations or businesses that would like to participate in some way are encouraged to contact Shawna Figy at Camp Verde Parks and Recreation (928)554-0829 to discuss possibilities.

Christmas Craft Bazaar Vendor call

Camp Verde Parks & Recreation is accepting crafter registrations for our annual Christmas Craft Bazaar. This year’s bazaar will be held on Saturday Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Community Center Gym on Hollamon Street. We are looking to showcase locally and regionally made quality products for this show. If you are a crafter of gifts or Christmas decorations don’t miss this opportunity to show off your talents.

This is a chance for local residents and visitors alike to browse a selection of unique gift and decorating ideas.

The Town’s annual Parade of Lights will also be held that evening at 6 pm just outside the Gym. After the parade Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in the Gym to meet children and hear their Christmas wishes. Crafters will not be required to provide individual liability insurance.

Booth space is $25 per vendor with limited electric availability and includes two 8 foot tables in an L shape. Vendors can contact Camp Verde Parks & Recreation to apply or with questions at 395 S. Main St. or (928)554-0829 or Shawna.figy@campverde.az.gov.

Vendor space available for artists, arts & crafts vendors, local businesses, non-profits

Clarktoberfest2017 is not really like Oktoberfest although there is beer involved. It’s Clarkdale’s unique event, a fall festival that is a street fair/concert/beer garden and a fun time for all and of course live music! This year we are merging “Howl-o-ween”, the Clarkdale dog event, with Clarktoberfest. There will be lots of fun for dogs, kids and adults with both events in one place and time. More information at our website: http://clarktoberfestaz.com/

Vendor space is available! Vendors will be provided a 10x10 space on the street – you will bring your own tent, tables, chairs, etc.  The cost of the booth space will be $25 with your business license or $30 for those without a business license.  If you are interested in a booth space you can go to http://clarktoberfestaz.com/  and “CLICK” on Participants Forms to complete our online application then mail a check to us or email us at madeinclarkdale2012@gmail.com   and we will email back to you a vendor application.  If you have any questions, also email us at madeinclarkdale2012@gmail.com.

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.

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