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Supervisor race akin to electing Village mayor
The Big Park/Village Community is losing a longtime trusted and valuable member of its community, often fondly referred to as its "Mayor."

For 20 years, Chip Davis has been the District 3 Supervisor on the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors but is leaving that position to run for the Arizona State House of Representatives, District 1.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Sedona Intergrated Preschool newest feature at Big Park Community School
Talk with Sonia Feldtkeller and you will find yourself becoming very enthused about the new Sedona Integrated Preschool at Big Park Community School. This will be the only preschool in the area which assimilates children with special needs into a mainstream classroom, with a director certified in Preschool Special Education. "This setting is best for the children, both conventional and special education," said Feldtkeller.
Monday, August 1, 2016

Volunteers needed as Big Park begins new school year
We are so excited! School starts very soon. Are you ready? We are embarking on a new journey this year and beginning the implementation of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program.
Monday, August 1, 2016

VOCA's tennis court reconstruction should be ready mid-August for tennis, pickleball
The tennis court reconstruction is almost complete; schedules and reserving courts are being worked on and should be completed soon.

When completed they will be available on the VOCA website or email the VOCA office at

Monday, August 1, 2016

Big Park Council sponsors county supervisor candidates forum
Two new Executive Board members, water issues, plus an election forum planned for Yavapai County Board of Supervisors candidates Diane Joens and Randy Garrison topped the chart of discussion items at the July 14th meeting of the Big Park Regional Coordinating Council.
Monday, August 1, 2016

Library receives Spirit of Sedona Award
The Sedona Public Library has received the 2016 Spirit of Sedona Community Collaborator Award from the Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona. This award recognizes the Library's successful work in bringing groups together to benefit the community.
Monday, August 1, 2016

Helping your pet get through monsoon season
With monsoon season finally kicking off, it is the perfect time to discuss our pets' storm phobias. We all either have a pet or know someone who has one with a storm phobia.

Classic signs when the thunder starts to roll are: panting, pacing, hiding, clinging to the owner, destructiveness, excessive vocalization, trembling, elimination, excessive salivation and self-trauma.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Village couple leaders in fight against local hunger
There's great news for the Yavapai Food Neighbors Project, the community building program that has provided over 225,000 meals to date - to local food banks, pantries, senior centers, hot meals, and weekend food for students programs. Many of our local Villagers support the Project with their generous bi-monthly food donations. One of our own, Villager Mike Newcomb, has been selected as the new Yavapai Food Neighbors Project Coordinator.
Monday, August 1, 2016

Village People: Rene Russell's float therapy allows you to 'live in that place between'
Meet Rene Russell who owns and operates True REST Float Spa in West Sedona, and you'll soon realize her passion for float therapy -- a therapeutic floating in pods filled with 180 gallons of water and 1,000 lbs. of salt. It was a horrific tragedy that led Rene to open the spa, and it was done as a way to help others. We'll get back to that soon enough.
Monday, August 1, 2016

Local Village student recaps Verde Valley School experience
Throughout these past four years, I established the most concrete understanding of community at Verde Valley School. It was in that secluded paradise where I was freed from the boundaries of a public school education and allowed to truly dive into the hands-on, experiential learning that has helped shape my understanding of the world as it is today. It was at Verde Valley School that I was able to let my devotion for language flourish in all aspects of academia. The memories I've built surrounding this passion are endless. From 10th grade in U.S. History analyzing primary source documents from the Civil War, or performing on the worn wooden stage of Brady Hall, and reflecting on my time there through the form of a poem sparked by this red mountainous landscape-I was given an outlet where I could further my personal growth through language. I came to realize that language takes on many forms; whether through the melody of a grand piano, or in the form of the words on this page.
Monday, August 1, 2016

Welcome Center hosts 1st 'Caturday'
Events, workshops and parties are coming to your Sedona Village Welcome Center (SVWC). As you have come to expect, we are the hub of Village activity and information, so stop by soon for the latest on Village happenings here at the SVWC and The Collective. Come see the 3-D printer, now operational and amazing to watch as it "prints" 3-dimensional objects!
Monday, August 1, 2016

Are you motivated enough?
Dreams don't come true unless you do -- the work. But many people find it difficult to get and stay motivated to reach their goals. Generally speaking, there are two main types of motivation: intrinsic and extrinsic.
Monday, August 1, 2016

Why the Brexit should not rattle investors
Uncertainty is the hobgoblin of financial markets. Right now, investors are contending with it daily as the European Union contends with the United Kingdom's apparent exit.

Globally, many institutional investors have responded to this uncertainty by selling. Should American retirement savers follow their lead?

Monday, August 1, 2016

National Park Service celebrates centennial
This year, 2016, the National Park Service (NPS) celebrates its centennial (100th) anniversary of its founding in 1916.

The centennial will be celebrated across the nation and in the 400-plus parks and historical sites maintained by the U.S. government.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Chris Knightly is new executive chef at Hilton Resort at Bell Rock
New life is happening and recently installed Executive Chef Chris Knightly is at the helm. Energizing the Hilton Resort at Bell Rock and particularly the ShadowRock dining room has become a major emphasis with recent management changes.
Monday, August 1, 2016

How to find perfect wine for Labor Day barbecue
I hold this truth to be self-evident, not all wines are created equal! However, if you're going to enjoy a summer or Labor Day picnic or barbecue, there are several Northern Arizona wines that should be at the top of your list.
Monday, August 1, 2016

Sedona Village Business Association needs you
Once again the Sedona Village Business Association will be "lighting the Village" over the holidays, but because we are not incorporated, the Village has no tax dollars to spend for lighting.
Monday, August 1, 2016

Red Rose brings families together with new pets
Red Rose Re-Tails Thrift, the pop-up store that opened its doors in August of 2015 in Cottonwood, has closed. Prior to closing regular shoppers, and community members voiced their sadness, to see one of their favorite thrift stores leaving. When told the reasons why, they understood completely. "It's about the animals, and it always has been."
Monday, August 1, 2016

New ownership for Village Frame Shop
Renewed, refurbished, repaired, and reinvented: The Village Frame Shop has been transformed into a fine art experience, as this spring sprouted a new owner. My name is Holly Hughes, and I am delighted to be your new custom picture framer.

As with many of my neighbors, I vacationed here in the 90's, fell in love with Sedona and dreamed of living here someday.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Westberg-Welch joins Stratos Wealth Partners
Wealth Advisor Dawna Westberg-Welch has officially joined Stratos Wealth Partners, an independent, hybrid Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) with offices in 22 states nationwide. She joins the firm as a partner and will operate from her office in the Village of Oak Creek La Plaza Building.
Monday, August 1, 2016

Village Gallery hosts wood sculptor Ray Jonas
The Village Gallery of Local Artists proudly features Ray Jonas as their Guest Artist for the months of August and September. The public is invited to meet Ray Jonas -- and his elegant free-form wood sculptures -- on August 5th from 5-8pm, as well as the Village Gallery's September First Friday reception. Refreshments will be served and many of the gallery's member artists will attend.
Monday, August 1, 2016

Health spa to open in Collective Sedona
The Sedona Health Spa, a full-service luxury spa at The Collective Sedona here in the Village announces its Grand Opening this month, featuring Northern Arizona's first and only salt therapy room! The spa uses a modernized approach to traditional and non-traditional treatments utilizing western and eastern practices and offering a diverse range of services from massage therapy and Reiki to facials and fitness classes.
Monday, August 1, 2016

Walters Ice Cream & Hot Dogs
Hi. I'm Walter of Walter's Ice Cream and Hotdogs, new at 6586 SR 179 near Minami's Sushi. Yes, I'm a Miniature Dachshund, a real live wiener dog...
Monday, August 1, 2016

Verde Valley Forum on education
The 2016 Verde Valley Forum on education is set for Sept. 9-10 at the Yavapai-Apache Nation Conference Center. About 100 people from all parts of the Verde Valley will discuss the post-secondary education needs, and formulate recommendations for action.
Monday, August 1, 2016

Sheriff's Office issues warning on cable service billing fraud
The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office has recently received complaints regarding email fraud targeting Cable One subscribers.

In the email, titled "Your Monthly Bill," there is a claim that payment to Cable One was recently declined. This fraudulent email provides a valuable lesson to help potential victims understand how to easily detect the scam.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Learning about 'Sharing Life' -- at 80
Learning how to share the gift of life with others is, for me, what life is all about.

During my childhood and teen years, I watched many western movies. Most often, those movies were based on a Hollywood image of the conflict between the Cowboys and the Indians.

Monday, August 1, 2016

County Flood Control District ready to help in monsoon season
Flood Control? Here in arid Arizona? Yes, it does rain enough here that flooding will happen with some regularity. Sometimes it occurs on a small scale following high intensity, summer thunderstorms.
Monday, August 1, 2016

Sgt. Dan Winslow, Village top cop, to retire
Sgt. Dan Winslow is retiring after 30 years of service with the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office. Sgt. Winslow has been in charge of the VOC Substation since it was fully staffed in 2012. There are five deputies plus the sergeant.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Summer Colony Community Potlucks come to Village
The Verde Valley School and Sedona Arts Center partnership to establish a new American residency program for artists and cultural managers has begun.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Yavapai College Committee comes to Village for July 13 meeting
This July 13 meeting of the Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee is open to the public and residents are strongly encouraged to attend.
Friday, June 24, 2016

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