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home : the villager May 22, 2015 

A Better Place to Play
Bobcat Bub and his trucks rolled into the Village April 20, ready to transform and modernize the playground at the VOCA-Kiwanis Park.
Sunday, May 3, 2015

Village moves forward with Dark-Sky designation
Less than 100 years ago, nearly everyone could look up at a spectacular starry night sky and see the Milky Way. Now, millions of children across the globe will never experience the natural wonder of the heavens.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Editorial Board forming for The Villager
To help The Villager prioritize articles and news according to what is most important to Village of Oak Creek residents, Villager Publisher Pam Miller is working with a group of VOC residents to create a new editorial board.
Sunday, May 3, 2015

New members welcomed to VOCA Board
The Village of Oakcreek Association held its Members Annual Meeting on April 18 where election results were announced. We welcome new board member Earl Svenningsen, in addition to our two incumbents Jim Kautz and Joe Jansen who were re-elected.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

VOCA/Village Community Calendar

MAY 4: Big Park Reg. Coordinating Council Executive Board

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Signs of business rebound strong
Spring is my favorite time of year. I love all of the changes that spring brings to Sedona. Planting the garden, putting out the humming bird feeders and spending more time out on the trails due to the longer days are just a few of the great things I enjoy about this time of the year.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Animal control, humane society keeps community from going to the dogs
At our April meeting we welcomed a number of guests. First, Steve Mauk, Director of Development Services for Yavapai County and Lt. Rick Martin, Yavapai Sheriff's Eastern Area Commander, spoke to us about canines.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Step-by-step approach can ease estate-planning process
Like many people, you may enjoy investing. After all, it can be invigorating to put away money for your future, follow the performance of your investments and track the progress you're making toward your long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Education funding crisis does not deter mission for excellence at Big Park School
I have a joke for you all this month, it's also an oxymoron: Arizona Education Funding.

Not very funny, is it? In fact, it has a lot people stressed out, including teachers, parents and administrators. Teachers wonder why they are not paid competitive wages and worry about paying their bills.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Village remains top community in food collection efforts
The results are in, and again a special thank you to all those wonderful Village/Big Park Neighborhood Coordinators and dedicated donors and their generous, food-laden green bags.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Accupuncture just as effective when treating animals
Once again I have traveled to Colorado to teach the medical acupuncture, rehabilitation, medical massage course at Colorado State University. Wow, how things change over the years..even just in the short time since I took the course in 2008.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Donations needed to support animal rescue in the Village
Spring cleaning any time soon and want to help animals in need by donating to support a worthy cause here in the Village? Please consider the new Red Rose Thriftique in the Bell Rock Plaza.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Spring's a poppin'! Don't let the image pass you by
It appears spring is rolling into the Village early again this year. This means flowers and trees are springing forth and strutting their stuff.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Author Anne Hillerman program comes to Village May 14
The adventures of Jim Chee, Joe Leaphorn and Bernadette Manuelito continue with Anne Hillerman's newest novel, "Rock with Wings." The book takes the crime solvers to Monument Valley, as well as the country near beautiful Shiprock.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

A Taste of Marrakech and so much more
Lucas G. Sena from New Mexico and Brian Wright from Chicago worked together at Webers IGA deli.) Both had dreams of having their own restaurants in Sedona.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Stable glycemic makes you feel energized, satiated, never hungry
Want a date?

If so, have just one, following a nutritious meal. The context of a healthy meal and the date's fibrous nature will reduce the impact it has on your body sugar levels.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

The pleasures of perennials
Now, after many years of gardening in the same place I am reaping the benefits of all the hard work invested in prior years. The perennial garden, once established is beautiful, resilient, low maintenance, and gives pleasure year-after-year.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Village moves forward with community dark sky designation
Many thanks for your letters stating you support the efforts of Big Park Council in pursuing a Dark-Sky Community designation for Big Park/Village of Oak Creek (Big Park/VOC) from the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA).
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Davis explains legislative impact on county budget
On March 12, Supervisor Chip Davis joined the Big Park Regional Coordinating Council at their regularly scheduled meeting to give them an update.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Community input needed on public transit service
This month, the Council welcomed Chip Davis, Yavapai County Supervisor, to our meeting. He discussed how the county has been recovering from the recession and how it compares favorability to national averages. County budget concerns continue as the state transfers greater cost responsibility to the county.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

VOCA 'springing' into action
The Village of Oakcreek Association and the Oakcreek Country Club wasted no time during this spring month in maintaining our forward momentum.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

KSB, Sedona present 'Bag It' April 8
Communities across the world and even entire countries have taken action to address the proliferation and rising impacts of disposable packaging and plastic waste, especially in the form of thin-walled plastic shopping bags which have been called "the most ubiquitous consumer item in the world."
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Major flood insurance cost increases coming April 1
Hundreds of Yavapai County residents will see their flood insurance costs increase April 1 because of new surcharges.

The surcharge will be $250 annually for all structures except primary residences, which will have only $25 surcharges. The surcharges continue until all flood insurance subsidies are phased out.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

VOCA/Village Community Calendar
April 6: Big Park Reg. Coordinating Council Executive Board

April 7: Village of Oakcreek Association "Meet the Candidates" 4:00 pm-6:00 pm VOCA Community Center- Banquet Room, 690 Bell Rock Blvd.


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

National Library Week celebrated April 12-18
What do Neil Gaiman, John Grisham, Brad Meltzer, and Judy Blume have in common? If you recognized these names as those of famous authors, you were correct.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Humane Society of Sedona 4th annual auction goes big time
The Humane Society of Sedona will hold its 4th annual "Help the Animals" auction this coming April 25 at the Sedona Elks Lodge.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

In the garden timing is everything
One of the great benefits of gardening is that it puts the gardener in tune with the rhythms of nature.

The gardening calendar in Sedona and the Verde Valley allows for some flexibility due to our long growing season, however there are some important times to observe in order to get the most help from nature.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Schoolhouse Restaurant comes to Village
In 2013, Christopher and Laura Fayette-Dobrowolski (pronounced Dobrowski) opened Schoolhouse Restaurant in the first and now historic grade school in Cottonwood, thus the name.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Village Food Neighbors need special coordinators' help
What a wonderful dilemma! Our Village of Oak Creek has SO many generous and caring neighbors that the amazing Yavapai Food Neighbors Project is seeking new volunteers to help coordinate its growing number of food Donors.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Village couple launches 'floating' therapy center
After their own personal confrontation with loss, Village of Oak Creek residents Chuck and Rene Russell are bringing floating therapy to Sedona.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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