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Cyclists navigate golf course for Sedona Bike & Brew event
Leave your clubs at home, but bring your mountain bike for the second annual Sedona Bike & Brew Festival, held Friday and Saturday, Aug. 28 and 29, on the golf course of the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock, formerly Hilton Resort & Spa, at 90 Ridge Trail Drive off SR-179.
Monday, July 27, 2015

National Monument fallacies vs. facts
During a July 16 public meeting for the Sedona Red Rock Verde Valley National Monument there were skeptics who voiced their concerns on the benefits of the proposal to become a national monument.
Monday, July 27, 2015

YCSO Forest Patrol, Sedona Fire rescue injured Bell Rock hiker
Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Forest Patrol deputies were called to the south side of Bell Rock around 11:45 a.m. on July 19, regarding a female in her 40s who had fallen. As she and her husband were attempting to hike down from the trail she slipped, lost balance and fell 20 to 25 feet over the edge of a cliff section on Bell Rock and struck her head.
Monday, July 27, 2015

Food Neighbors next collection effort Aug. 8
Ready, get set, come on down to the next big Yavapai Food Neighbors Project collection. All are invited to stop by to see this amazing organization in action at the Weber's IGA parking lot, adjacent to the Eye Boutique from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 8.


Monday, July 27, 2015

Can Dark-Sky compliant lighting still be safe?
A question frequently asked is, "What lighting should be installed for security that does not cause light pollution?"
Monday, July 27, 2015

Can Dark-Sky compliant lighting still be safe?
A question frequently asked is, "What lighting should be installed for security that does not cause light pollution?"
Monday, July 27, 2015

Celebrating with our community
Growing up in Japan has probably been the greatest influencer for my appreciation to find an opportunity to gather and commemorate. From celebrations honoring the return of our ancestors' spirits, to doll festivals, to coming-of-age ceremonies for 20-year-olds, every month seemed steeped in a ritual that brought families and communities together.
Monday, July 27, 2015

Call for leadership to serve Village
The dedication of the Joan McClelland bench at Kiwanis Park in VOC is 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15. Everyone is invited to attend as we honor Joan for the extensive years of service she gave to this community. People like Joan, who are dedicated to our community, are needed!
Monday, July 27, 2015

Vet brings high-tech practice to VOC
The Village Vet Clinic has been open just one month at 48 W. Cortez Drive, and already Dr. Reed Scudder and wife Dyan O'Connor feel they've made a difference.
Monday, July 27, 2015

Movies can take the heat out of summer
The dog days of summer are definitely here. How do you deal with the hot, boring days of August? I watch movies I check out from the library.
Monday, July 27, 2015

SVBA thanks Pugliano for service as past president
For two years, Tony Pugliano provided outstanding leadership as president of the Sedona Village Business Association (SVBA).
Monday, July 27, 2015

Red Rose rolls out new spay-neuter program
Red Rose Inspiration For Animals proudly announces its newest program, Rosey's Party, which is focused on free canine spay and neuter -- any breed, any size and any need. Rosey's Party expands on our Pitty-Party efforts, which focused primarily on the spay/neuter of pitbulls and pit-mixes.
Monday, July 27, 2015

Explore two in-season garden goodies
We're talking about tomatoes and kale, whether it's from your garden or someone's garden within a 200 miles radius. We could add a boat load of vegetables and fruits to the list. This time it's tomatoes and kale.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Baldwin Loop leads to refreshing dip in creek
The Baldwin Trail is a good choice for summer hiking, biking and horseback riding. There's little shade, but early starters quickly cover the 2.1-mile loop, and then head for the nearby swimming hole on the east bank of Oak Creek.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Welcome to the Village... it can be a jungle out there!
We've been seeing many people with pets, who are new to the Village. One of the things I've noticed while speaking to them during their pets' physical exams is there are a lot of differences here--things they've never heard of back home.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Photography Corner: Tricks of the trade for perfect individual portraits
Let's talk individual portraits this month. The things that often look different in a professional portrait verses one taken by a consumer is usually lighting and depth of field (DOF) Professionals know the kind light and DOF that are most flattering to a subject because of years of experience and study. Let me share some of that with you.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

VOC eateries participate in Restaurant Week
Villager foodies can dine on a variety of specially priced meals offered by select VOC, Sedona and Cornville restaurants during Sedona Restaurant Week, Aug. 21 through 30.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

County Courthouse project earns National Governor's Heritage Award
Yavapai County Board of Supervisors recently received the National Governor's Heritage Award for the restoration of the Yavapai County Courthouse. The project, which began in 2002, was completed in 2014.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Big Park Academy for Advanced Learning launches
Are you seeking to stimulate your brain by participating in engaging discussions with others from your community?

If so, the Big Park Academy for Advanced Learning is your opportunity.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Be aware of Alzheimer's early signs
Alzheimer's is a progressive disease of the brain. In the early stages, people experience some memory loss which progresses to marked memory loss, then to a decrease in thinking ability such as decision making. Later, the disease leads to loss in the ability to perform activities of daily living or recognizing loved ones.


Saturday, July 25, 2015

The Fit Life -- Stay in the Now
We rarely seem comfortable staying in the moment to enjoy the here and now. Instead our minds are preoccupied with rehashing the past or worrying about the future.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Long-term investment truths; key lessons for retirement savers
You learn lessons as you invest in pursuit of long-run goals. Some of these lessons are conveyed and reinforced when you begin saving for retirement, and others you glean along the way.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

August means back to school
It's hard to believe the months of summer vacation have come and gone already. August is around the corner and with it the first days of the new school year. While I enjoy my leisure time as much as the next person, I am looking forward to the business of starting the school year.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

National Monument status sought for Red Rock Country
If you enjoy the unique beauty and rare ancient history of this remarkable place where you live and work, please act now! We need your help to preserve our Sedona Red Rock Country and nearby Verde Valley grasslands for generations to come.


Thursday, July 9, 2015

Big Park Council endorses national monument proposal
At the May Big Park Regional Coordinating Council meeting, Tom O'Halloran presented an exciting proposal for the creation of the Sedona Verde Valley Red Rock National Monument.


Thursday, July 9, 2015

VOCA grounds under repair
Thanks to the efforts of HOAMCO, our employees, committees and board, we have made excellent progress on repairs, and what a difference from one year ago.
Thursday, July 9, 2015

VOC church spearheads school supply drive
Communities need to stand together and assist one another when times are tough. Due to economic difficulties families in our community are experiencing, many students in the Village are unable to start the new school year with proper school supplies.


Thursday, July 9, 2015

Natura offers fun-filled dinner parties for 10
Curious about the activity at a former hair salon at 52 Cortez Drive across from the VOC post office and intrigued by pre-opening marketing, we met with Chef Jen (Jennifer Jackson) as she set up Natura Spice Cooking Studio.


Thursday, July 9, 2015

SVBA announces projects, new president
Sweltering in my office as I write this, it is apparent summer is upon us. Cooler temps mixed with lower gas prices saw a lot of travel traffic in May and June. I have noticed some new businesses and construction going on along SR-179 and hope it is a sign of even better economic times to come.


Thursday, July 9, 2015

Dark-Sky designation preserves star viewing for future generations
Preserving and protecting our nighttime environment is important -- not only for ourselves but for future generations, too.

Arizona Republic reporter Megan Finnerty wrote about vanishing darkness in September 2014. Excerpts from her article follow.

Thursday, July 9, 2015


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