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Election Q&A: Red Rock Road Enhancement Maintenance District
The Villager Editorial Committee asked each of the candidates running for a position on the Red Rock Road Enhancement Maintenance District board to give us a short bio and answer the following questions: Why do you want to serve your community on the RRREMD? What skills, experience, or education prepare you for the position?
Friday, September 30, 2016

Garrison claims 1422-vote win over Joens in District 3 race
Former Cottonwood City Council member Randy Garrison will become the new District 3 County Supervisor in January, as he defeated former Cottonwood Mayor Diane Joens by gaining 62.2 percent of the vote versus Joens' 37.61 percent in the Aug. 30 county primary.
Friday, September 30, 2016

VOCA proposes home rental restrictions
The Arizona State Legislature passed a law, effective January 1, 2017, that prohibits Cities and Counties from restricting the amount of time a homeowner can rent their property. VOCA has always relied on Yavapai County law that restricts residential home rentals to 30 days or more. (All property owners in VOCA received notice of this County law in their information packet when they purchased their property.)
Friday, September 30, 2016

Toxin-Free RRREMD candidate meet & greet Oct. 12 at Oak Creek Espresso
Join Red Rock Road Enhancement Maintenance District (RRREMD) Board candidates Ann Crossland, Debra Emmanuelle and Barb Gordon on Wednesday, October 12th, from 6:30-8 p.m., at Oak Creek Espresso, 6500 SR 179, Sedona, 86351 (at Cortez Drive, behind the Village Gallery).
Friday, September 30, 2016

Verde Valley School students learn by giving in Malawi
One thing I've learned while being at Verde Valley School is that so many stories are love stories. Verde Valley School (VVS) was founded on the love of two people, Ham and Babs Warren. The school's Malawi program is no different in its roots.
Friday, September 30, 2016

SVBA shows holiday spirit with 'Light the Village'
The Sedona Village Business Assn. again will sponsor "Light The Village" again this year. Last year, residents, businesses and visitors enjoyed the Holiday-Christmas lights along Highway 179 in The Village. Many people in our community suggested we double the lights in 2016. So we're doing that!
Friday, September 30, 2016

Unconditional love a way of life for Village 'Bird Lady'
Friends spoke about "The Bird Lady" in warm tones and loving words: she was sweet, kind, generous, knew how to care for sick and wounded birds, did the same for people and gave generously to her community.
Friday, September 30, 2016

Grand opening for VOCA tennis-pickleball courts planned Oct. 15
The VOCA House & Grounds Committee is planning a Grand Opening event for Saturday October 15 to formally open the courts and to acquaint the community with this fantastic new amenity in VOCA-Kiwanis Park.
Friday, September 30, 2016

There's a new sheriff in town; Sgt. Brandon Rumpf selected to succeed retired Sgt. Dan Winslow
There's a new sheriff in town; Sgt. Brandon Rumpf selected to succeed retired Sgt. Dan Winslow
Friday, September 30, 2016

State of the Red Rocks at KSB Oct. 12
Nicole Branton, our Red Rock Forest District Ranger, will discuss "The State of the Red Rocks in 2016" at Keep Sedona Beautiful's Preserving the Wonder Speaker Series on Wednesday, October 12, 5:30pm at KSB's historic Pushmataha Center on 360 Brewer Road.
Friday, September 30, 2016

Big Park Council considers special district to levy lodging tax
Here in the Village/Big Park community we face the same issues that every community does: how do we maintain and improve the quality of life for ourselves and our children as it pertains to roads, education, housing, jobs as well as taxes that are collected here but spent in places where we don't live? These are but a sampling of the topics we will seek to address at our next Big Park Regional Coordinating Council (BPRCC) meeting.
Friday, September 30, 2016

Grand Canyon state history comes alive at Library-sponsored speaker programs
Since October has been designated as National Arts and Humanities Month, this article will focus on the Library's partnership with Arizona Humanities.

Sedona Public Library has had a long-standing partnership with Arizona Humanities to provide educational and enjoyable speaker programs for our community.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Big Park Community School Advisory Board reorganized, active
A group of committed parents, staff and community members serve as an advisory board to the school's principal and this Board is called Big Park Community School's "Site Council." This Council is not only a communication link to the community but committed to the school's long range planning and to short-term issues that may impact the School's long-term goals.
Friday, September 30, 2016

Yavapai College Governing Board blindsides local efforts, suspends Verde Valley Advisory Committee
Much has happened since my last article about the progress of the Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee to the Yavapai College District Governing Board. Friday evening and all day Saturday, Sept. 9-10, about 100 people attended the Verde Valley Forum on "The Future of Post-Secondary Education in the Verde Valley." It was a tremendous gathering of stakeholders from school districts, businesses, cities and towns, Yavapai College staff, students and interested citizens from around the county.
Friday, September 30, 2016

Pump House Station Urban Eatery & Market a welcome addition to area's dining options
Imagine eating breakfast in the house you grew up in, only 30 years later. "The nostalgia bombards me!" exclaimed Danni Duersen Barker, who from age 5-23 lived with her family in what is now the new Pump House Station Urban Eatery & Market in Tlaquepaque North.
Friday, September 30, 2016

Alzheimer's Association walks coming to VOC
Once again, the Village of Oak Creek/Big Park will be the setting for the colorful and fun Walk to End Alzheimers on Saturday, November 5th.
Friday, September 30, 2016

Alzheimers Walk gets strong support from Sedona Winds
A very special benefit for The Alzheimer's Association entitled "Forget Me Not" was held August 18 at Sedona Winds Retirement Community.
Friday, September 30, 2016

IRS scam epidemic urges Sheriff's 'Code Red' notification
Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher has authorized the use of the "Code Red" Emergency Notification System to warn residents throughout the county of a high-pressure IRS phone scam epidemic. Numerous reports of residents victimized by an Internal Revenue Service impersonation scam have been received. The 35-second "Code Red" message states that the IRS will NEVER call to demand tax payment by way of gift cards, ITune cards, or similar payment methods.
Friday, September 30, 2016

Volunteers always needed at Big Park School
The last time I submitted a piece to the Villager was late last winter. We understood that our school was about to be closed and we asked you, our community, to rise up in support of Big Park Community School.
Friday, September 30, 2016

New home for Bearcloud Gallery and Native Cultural Center
Bearcloud Gallery has been a Sedona landmark, located in Tlaquepaque for 27 years. This year marks a milestone for the gallery, as it has moved into The Collective Sedona shopping plaza, the Village's newly revitalized arts and entertainment venue.
Friday, September 30, 2016

Computer fixes a common target for scam artists
Microsoft will never initiate unsolicited phone calls or web "alert" screen notifications regarding computer repair! Watch out for fake websites claiming a "fix." Check the address bar!

Last year, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office received several complaints regarding an ongoing scam involving fraud suspects representing themselves as "Microsoft" technical support employees.

Friday, September 30, 2016

League of Women Voters host SOCUSD candidate forum Oct. 5
The League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley, in partnership with Big Park Community School PTSA, West Sedona School PTA, and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, will host a second forum for candidates seeking election to the Sedona-Oak Creek Unified School District School Board on Wednesday, October 5, 12:30-2 p.m.
Friday, September 30, 2016

Village Gallery to host guest artist Evelyn Gholson
The Village Gallery of Local Artists will display the eclectic mosaics of Guest Artist Evelyn Gholson in October and November. A festive reception featuring her work will take place Friday, October 7th from 5-8 p.m.
Friday, September 30, 2016

How sustainability can make businesses more competitive
Major accounting firms like Deloitte, pollsters like Gallup, investors like Domini and universities like Oxford agree: Sustainability is smart business. Focusing on the "triple bottom line" (People/Planet/Prosperity) can improve a company's image, attract customers, reduce risks, spur innovation and save money.
Friday, September 30, 2016

How do you eat an elephant? One piece at a time
Goals are like elephants: they can easily become overwhelming and seem too big and unwieldly to control. So to succeed at your goals, especially in fitness, you need to break them down into manageable bites.
Friday, September 30, 2016

Labor Day Cleanup
The Labor Day cleanup of Oak Creek at Red Rock Crossing was a success with members of both the Oak Creek Watershed Council and Sedona Village Business Association participating in a 3-hour cleanup of Oak Creek which began at Red Rock Crossing and finished at what we locals call Buddha Beach.
Friday, September 30, 2016

Businesses contribute to local economy without footprint
Many Village Businesses don't have storefronts, yet make a significant impact on our local economy. Dollars are earned and spent here, and taxes are paid locally.
Friday, September 30, 2016

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


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