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Family Fun & more in store at VOC Community Potluck in the Park
"'Y'all come' was an expression I loved hearing my father-in-law use," said Pastor Jim Cunningham, Jr. "It's just so inclusive.

No restrictions. No qualifications. No exclusions." That's the philosophy behind the 4th Annual "VOC Community Potluck in the Park" on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2:30-6:30 p.m., at the VOCA Kiwanis Park, 690 Bell Rock Blvd., next to the VOCA Clubhouse.

Friday, August 26, 2016

KSB presentation to explore health of Verde water quality
The topic of "Arizona Water Sentinels and Water Quality in the Verde Watershed" will be featured at KSB's Wednesday September 14th Preserving the Wonder Speaker Series.

Members, residents and visitors are all welcome to join Keep Sedona Beautiful ("KSB") at 5:30 p.m. at its historic Pushmataha Center on 360 Brewer Road. The evening will include complimentary appetizers donated by El Rincon Restaurante Mexicano and refreshments provided by KSB.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Redstone Bar and Grill under new management
We welcome Mr. Mike Smith to VOCA and the Village/Big Park community as he takes over the restaurant operation, which will operate as Redstone Bar and Grill.

The VOCA restaurant is located within the VOCA Community Center and Oakcreek Country Club clubhouse with beautiful views of the golf course.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Time to establish important partnership with new supervisor
The Yavapai County District Three Supervisor candidate forum with Randy Garrison and Diane Joens was a big success. Questions regarding transportation, water sustainability, education, taxes & reinvestment, planning & zoning and unincorporated areas were addressed.
Friday, August 26, 2016

Literacy Center helps kids for 28 years, invites new volunteers
The Sedona Literacy Center is about to start its 28th year of providing one-on-one help in a group setting for 2nd and 3rd grade students at Big Park School and West Sedona School.

As always, we are looking for volunteers who want to be a part of helping a student catch up with his/her classmates in reading and writing (and maybe a little simple arithmetic).

Friday, August 26, 2016

A year of change and growth at Big Park School
School is off to a great start! Students are busy learning new routines and curriculum.

Teachers are busy with the same. This is a year of a lot of change and growth at Big Park! We are beginning the process of training in the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program!

Friday, August 26, 2016

New tennis, pickleball courts serve Village
VOCA recently completed a major renovation of its two tennis courts with the installation of a post-tension concrete surface. In addition to improving the playability and safety of the courts, the renovation has allowed for the introduction of pickleball to the VOCA Community.
Friday, August 26, 2016

Village a cleaner, better community thanks to Bill and Justine Kusner
Drive South on Highway 179 early Saturday mornings, between the Jack's Canyon roundabout and the Red Rock Visitor Center & Ranger Station, and you'll spot Bill and Justine Kusner picking up trash. Saturday is their official day, but I've seen Bill out there other times. He has a passion for taking care of the natural beauty God entrusted to us.
Friday, August 26, 2016

Litter Lifters have rich history of community beautification
I was asked recently by several new Villagers about our wonderful Sedona area Litter Lifters and their history. Of course, I love to share the extraordinary story.

As one of its founding principles in 1971, Keep Sedona Beautiful (KSB) launched an organized plan to reduce roadside litter as an element of the overarching mission to preserve Sedona's scenic beauty.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Village Library awarded prestigious grant
The Arizona State Library has awarded a grant in the amount of $13,600 to Sedona Public Library in the Village (SPL-V). Funds from this grant were used to purchase a self-service Library Document Station (LDS), a laser printer, and software for wireless printing.
Friday, August 26, 2016

Adventures in Dining: St. Petersburg, Russia
You can tell much about a city by its food. This was especially true during my recent trip to St. Petersburg, organized by the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company in New York.

Immediately upon landing at the Pulkovo Airport, I was struck by the global food options, although you may not feel McDonald's, Starbucks, and a pizza place qualify. While the fast food restaurants in St. Petersburg were crowded, they did not represent the best or the only food available. St. Petersburg could possibly be considered a foodie haven.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Sedona-Red Rock Trail Fund smooths path for hikers
Locals know that the Red Rock Ranger District offers residents and visitors one of the finest trail systems in the country, making the Sedona area a unique experience for hikers, bikers, equestrians, walkers, and trail-runners.
Friday, August 26, 2016

SVBA to update community business brochure
The Sedona Village Business Association will reprint and update its brochure, available at Village businesses and the Welcome Center at the Collective Sedona, to add new businesses.

If you want your business included, please be sure to pay your dues before Oct. 15.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Bacchus Festival coming to Village Sept. 23
Many new and exciting events are planned by your Welcome Center for September.

The big event this month is The Bacchus Festival. We have partnered with Red Rose Inspiration for Animals in a fun event celebrating wine, music, and a very interesting contest to see who knows their wines.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Sedona: From pre-history to present visual tour
Would you like to take a visual tour of Arizona without ever leaving Sedona?

Join author Jim Turner for his presentation "A Pictorial History of Arizona from Prehistory to the Present" on Monday, September 12, at 1:30 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 55 Rojo Road in the Village of Oak Creek.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Food Neighbors Collection celebrates three years giving to local hungry
Three years ago in August of 2013, the Yavapai Food Neighbors Project was launched with a small pilot collection held at the old YMCA in Sedona.

Volunteers from the Village, Pine Valley and Sedona collected the first green bags of generously donated food, which provided enough food to fill the Y Youth Pantry for after school kids.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Junior Golfer Wins Back to Back
Marissa Flower won the 2016 Antigua Junior Prep Tour Championship in the 10-11 age group at Oak Creek Country Club for the second straight year. Marissa posted a 47-44 in the two-day final. Little brother Nicolas finished 4th in the 5-6 age group.
Friday, August 26, 2016

Vote for smart investment moves
The presidential election is little more than a month away. Like all elections, this one has generated considerable interest, and, as a citizen, you may well be following it closely.
Friday, August 26, 2016

Verde Valley Forum on education planned Sept. 9-10
The 2016 Verde Valley Forum for Public Affairs 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.
Friday, August 26, 2016

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

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