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home : the villager October 19, 2014 

County officials: Jail sales tax is preferable to property tax hike
Yavapai County officials repeatedly stressed Tuesday that tourists will pay a sizable portion of the sales tax they want to double so they can build and staff a new Prescott jail.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

VOCA always strives for 'Organizational Effectiveness'
Whether a company is a privately or publicly held corporation, or a non-profit entity, the key to sustainability and profitability is to have an effective organizational structure. Since some may contend that this does not apply to homeowners associations such as VOCA, I would like to start with the definition of organization: According to my electronic dictionary, an organization is defined as a body of people with a particular purpose; a business, society, association, etc.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Never miss the chance to give back to your community
Hello from the Big Park Regional Coordinating Council (BPRCC). With Steve Nelson on vacation this month, it falls on me to report.
Thursday, September 25, 2014

VOCA/Village Calendar of Events
October 6: Big Park Reg. Coordinating Council Executive Board


October 9: Big Park Reg. Coordinating Council, 9 AM, Fire Station (2nd Thursday of Month) www.bigparkcouncil.org

October 22: VOCA REGULAR BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING at 3: 00PM VOCA Community Center, 690 Bell Rock Blvd. www.vocaonline.com


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Village to host Verde Valley Walk to End Alzheimer's
More than 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer's disease. And now, there's a great way to get involved in the fight to end Alzheimer's in the Village of Oak Creek.
Thursday, September 25, 2014

The only thing constant in life is change
Thursday, September 25, 2014

New home for Village Library
As many of you know, Sedona Public Library in the Village (SPL-V) recently moved to another location across the courtyard in Tequa Plaza, just a few steps away from the previous site.
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Warning: Check those 9-volt batteries
Gary Johnson of the Sedona Fire District in his recent appearance at the Big Park Regional Coordinating Council, reported that there have been several incidents caused by of all things, little 9 volt batteries.
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Restaurant neighbors to join Yavapai Food Neighbors Project
New exciting developments continue to unfold at the Yavapai Food Neighbors Project (YFNP). As the First Anniversary of the successful and growing organization is celebrated on Oct. 11, an additional way to help our local hungry has been announced by Project Executive Director, Amy Aossey: Restaurant Neighbors will be joining the Project family.
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Musings of a Purtymun wife
Clara Thompson was born in 1887, the third child of J.J. and Maggie Thompson. J.J. (or Jim) was the original homesteader in Oak Creek Canyon.

Albert Purtymun, born in 1881, was the son of Stephen and Mattie Purtymun, and the grandson of "Bear" Howard.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

To spay or not to spay ... an old question revisited
So many people are in an uproar about a newer study out of UC Davis, veterinary college that states that spaying and neutering early will cause cancer later in life in Golden Retrievers.
Thursday, September 25, 2014

New location for Famous Pizza
Steve Buysse. owner of Famous Pizza, has been in a small location in Bell Rock Plaza for the past 10 years. He had 700 square feet and needed a place were families and groups could come. On Aug. 15, Famous Pizza moved to its new location off of SR 179 still in Bell Rock Plaza with more visibility.
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Return to Hideaway House to find out what is 'Curious Country Italian'
Late in June we first visited Hideaway House, located at 231 SR 179 (approaching the "Y") during its "soft opening." Our good neighbors, Art and Nancy Brault ventured there with us.
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fall is prime time for event planning
Every year fall makes its presence well known in Sedona. It is not a set date but one day in September or October pumpkin everything abounds and thoughts of a mid-day hike finally seems feasible. It is also when we begin looking to the calendar for an update of the festivals and events that are coming to town.
Thursday, September 25, 2014

What's Happening: October
Red Rock Loop History Tours

Slide Rock Fall Festival

Audition for Sedona Christmas production

Thursday, September 25, 2014

4 Pawz Pet Grooming opens doors in Village
4 Pawz Pet Grooming offers full service pet grooming at 6586 State Route 179 #C-4, across from the outlet Mall in the Village of Oak Creek.
Thursday, September 25, 2014

VOC entrepreneur is out to quench your thirst
VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK - Craig Sullivan opened Liquid Vortex in early August to bring alkaline water, pressed juices and fruit smoothies to the Village of Oak Creek.
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Red Rose Inspiration for Animals Coats for Cubs Drive
Red Rose Inspiration for Animals is best known for the work we do to benefit canines and felines in need here in the Sedona area.
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fitness for life - leading by example
Most of you know that I am passionate about Fitness-Over-Fifty. I preach that it is never too late to start working out, and I spend my days whipping seniors into shape!
Thursday, September 25, 2014

How to win at the fitness game
"You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win." - Zig Ziglar
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Two events remain on Interclub and Team Play Series
It's the beginning of October, and the season is winding down. The Interclub series has two events remaining, Oct. 7 at Talking Rock, and Nov. 4 at Verde Santa Fe. The Interclub events are good value for players looking for a fun time.
Thursday, September 25, 2014

The importance of heirloom seeds
How many lessons we can learn from the back of a seed packet! I used a packet of "Cherry Belle" radish seeds with a group of elementary school teachers to introduce lessons aligned to a range of subjects that they could teach their students from information found there. The object of this staff training was to inspire teachers to use the school garden as an outdoor classroom.
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Celtic Harvest Festival returns to Village Sept. 20
The sixth annual Celtic Harvest Festival Sedona will be held on September 20th from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Verde Valley School. Known for its strong focus on Celtic tradition and culture, this will be the first year that the Highland Games will be included in the Sedona Celtic Harvest Festival.
Friday, August 22, 2014

New signage approved for Tequa Plaza
Summertime can be a rather laid back time for your Big Park Regional Coordinating Council, and its business typically moves slowly, as many representatives are off gallivanting in cooler climes. At the Aug. 14 Regular Meeting, however, most representatives were very present and ready to get down to some exciting business.
Friday, August 22, 2014

Yavapai County Jail Tax up for discussion for Big Park Council
Recently, there have been various articles about the Yavapai County Jail Tax proposal that will be on this coming November ballot.

Our Supervisor, Chip Davis, has been a leading spokesperson for the county on this matter. We are pleased to announce that at the next Big Park Regional Coordinating Council on Sept. 11, Chip will be in attendance to fully explain the reasons for this increased tax.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Food Neighbors connect the community and help hungry
A gorgeous Saturday, Aug. 9, could not have been a more perfect morning to celebrate the first anniversary of the Yavapai Food Neighbors Project.
Friday, August 22, 2014

VOCA/Village Calendar
Community Calendar

September 8: Big Park Reg. Coordinating Council Executive Board

September 11: Big Park Reg. Coordinating Council, 9 AM, Fire Station (2nd Thursday of Month) www.bigparkcouncil.org

See the article for more events!

Friday, August 22, 2014

A tale of two Villages
For the last few weeks, I've been visiting our second home in San Jose, California, ironically called the Villages.

This community is comparable in size and constituency to the Village of Oakcreek Association. Similar to VOCA, the community has a golf course, tennis courts, and a restaurant and bistro.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Red Rose now focuses on rehab and healing center
Red Rose Inspiration for Animals was founded 5 years ago and has primarily been known for bringing to the community a variety of organized special events for the benefit of animal rescue: art and craft shows, pet adoptions, motorcycle runs and rummages for rescue.
Friday, August 22, 2014

Get ready to 'Light the Village'
Holiday talk in September? You better believe it! Back a few months ago, the Sedona Village Business Association held a meeting with business owners. We wanted to find out what we all could do to promote business here in the Village.

Friday, August 22, 2014

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