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Governor's election rival throws his support behind school-funding measure
The man who tried to keep Doug Ducey from becoming governor is signing on to his signature education policy initiative: Proposition 123

Monday, May 2, 2016

League of Women Voters asks Arizonans to reject Prop 123
Saying the current education funding crisis was "manufactured' by the governor and Legislature, the League of Women Voters is urging Arizonans to reject Proposition 123 at the May 17 special election.
Monday, May 2, 2016

New leadership at Big Park, Sedona-Red Rock Junior High School
I am excited to use my column this month to celebrate the opening of the Sedona Red Rock Junior High School for the 2016-17 school year.
Monday, May 2, 2016

New leadership slate in place for Village of Oakcreek Assn.
Last month, on April 16th, the Village of Oakcreek Association held its annual meeting. The election officially confirmed the three candidates Rick Comfort, Jan Lisowski, and Kenneth Root, who ran for the three open board seats.
Monday, May 2, 2016

Big Park seeks Council secretary
As usual, a lot happened at the April 14th monthly meeting of your Big Park Regional Coordinating Council.

First up, unfortunately, was the resignation of Council Secretary, P.J. Kehoe. Though with us just briefly, she has done an outstanding job in taking the minutes of each meeting. Duties elsewhere command her full attention at this time.

Monday, May 2, 2016

JD Maddy presents 'Under the Dark Skies of Sedona'
"What is all the Hub-Bub about "dark skies?" asks JD Maddy. Come to Keep Sedona Beautiful's Wednesday, May 11, Preserving the Wonder Speaker Series to discover the wonder of dark skies during JD Maddy's presentation, which will be full of night-sky photographs along with a discussion on what to expect from dark-sky viewing.
Monday, May 2, 2016

Creating sustainable society a win-win for everyone
The Sedona Community Plan has sustainability as an inclusive goal and other communities in the Verde Valley are also pursuing sustainability to varying degrees. But what does that mean exactly?
Monday, May 2, 2016

Changing of the guard for SVBA
Although the Sedona Village Business Association was officially organized with Articles of Incorporation and bylaws almost 20 years ago, there were several years when the SVBA was inactive.
Monday, May 2, 2016

Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off May 7
The Rotary Club of Sedona announces the addition of the Mayors of Sedona, Cottonwood and Clarkdale as competitors in the Sixth Annual Great Chili Cook-off Saturday, May 7 at Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, a part of the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta weekend.
Monday, May 2, 2016

Village donors/businesses contribute to Humane Society Auction's huge success
The Humane Society of Sedona's 5th annual Auction was another great success thanks to our Sedona and Village of Oak Creek community!
Monday, May 2, 2016

Red Rose Inspiration for Animals making a difference
Red Rose Inspiration for Animals is the home to Red Rose Thriftique, at 41 Bell Rock Plaza in the Village, as well as their pop-up store, Red Rose Re-Tails Thrift, at 841 S. Main Street in Cottonwood.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Juan de las Palotes prepares real Mexican food: fresh ingredients, simple and delicious
At Juan's house, we have been served wonderful meals, always beginning with fresh squeezed orange juice and rich coffee. Our favorite dish is Chilaquiles En Salsa Tomatillo.
Monday, May 2, 2016

Village has new welcome center
Nearly 80 people christened the new Sedona Village Welcome Center, located at The Collective (formerly Tequa), with champagne and good wishes April 7th. Many became sponsors.
Monday, May 2, 2016

Wake up and smell the coffee at Diana's Oak Creek Espresso
Diana Hughmanick has always loved coffee! This romance took off during a trip to Tuscany with her husband, John, several years ago, where she came to appreciate beautiful coffee, especially the art of espresso! So in 2011, when she had a chance to work in a Village coffeehouse (Red Rock Coffeehouse at that time), she took it.
Monday, May 2, 2016

Proper nutrition essential to your pet's health: Cats are obligate carnivores
Nutrition is one of the most important preventative measures we have to help our pets stay healthy. There are many diseases that we can treat with proper nutrition. With this month's article I'd like to discuss feline nutrition in particular.
Monday, May 2, 2016

Fitness over 50: Now more than ever
In these times of economic hardship, sky-high gas prices, new leaders and the possibility of staying in the work force for longer than we originally thought, the importance of maintaining good health is more important than ever.
Monday, May 2, 2016

911 steel girder on display at Weber's Market
September 11, 2001. The day 2,977 souls perished - including 343 FDNY Firefighters, 37 Port Authority Police Officers, 23 New York City Police Officers, 8 EMT/Medics ... and 2,566 civilians.
Monday, May 2, 2016

What's your excuse for not reading?
Are you too busy? Does reading printed words make your eyes tired? Have you considered listening to a book? Audiobooks provide many benefits.
Monday, May 2, 2016

Big Park Community PTSA has a lot going on
Apex Fun Run: Wednesday, May 4th at 9am. We're not only raising funds for Big Park - we're teaching our kids about leadership and fitness! The ten-day program culminates in a Fun Run on May 4th and students are accepting pledges for laps they run on a course at Big Park.. If you missed this opportunity, but want to contribute to Big Park School, you can make a donation anytime to Big Park PTSA, 25 W. Saddlehorn Road, Sedona AZ 86351. Special thanks to SNAP Fitness, the Sedona Verde Valley Firefighter Charities and Katie Chorlton, LMT for sponsoring this year's Apex Fun Run.
Monday, May 2, 2016

Photo of the Month, May 2016.
Village photographer Mike Cadwell took this photograph of a juvenile Sharp-Shinned Hawk in Pine Valley on the outskirts of VOC. This is the smallest hawk in North America. Submit your Photo of the Month to
Monday, May 2, 2016

Food Neighbors Project poised for next collection
Great things are about to happen again in our town, so on the morning of Saturday, April 9th, keep an eye out for those beautiful bright green bags on the doorsteps of MANY of our Community's generous neighbors. Just know that those bags are filled with healthy nonperishable food donations that will be delivered to every single food bank in the Big Park/Village/Sedona area and even Camp Verde this month, which is just getting started with the program.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Keep Sedona Beautiful presents annual workshop on local plants, water, wildlife, ecology
Keep Sedona Beautiful will present its 37th Annual Native Plant Workshop on Saturday, April 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the West Sedona School. Doors open at 7:45 a.m.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Community support helps Big Park School to stay open ... Now what?
Make no mistake, attending the most recent Sedona Oak Creek Unified School District meeting was exciting and inspiring as the Village community rose up and let it be known: not our kids ... not our school ... not our community.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Preserving the Wonder: 'Rare Species in the Verde Valley'
Come and discover which species swoop, soar, slither, crawl and bloom around the diverse Verde Valley ecosystem.

On Wednesday, April 13, Janie Agyagos will talk about "Rare Species in the Verde Valley" at Keep Sedona Beautiful, Inc.'s Preserving the Wonder Speaker Series.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Sedona Arts Center heads south, opens VOC Arts Annex
Sedona Arts Center continues its mission to bring the arts community together and expand creative opportunities. The organization recently announced the opening of a satellite co-op gallery and community arts space in the Village of Oak Creek.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Humane Society of Sedona 5th annual auction goes big time
The Humane Society of Sedona will hold its 5th annual "Help the Animals" Auction April 16 at Relics Restaurant in west Sedona.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Community associations play valuable role in shaping public policy
I recently had the privilege of meeting the new president of the Big Park Regional Coordinating Council, Amadeus Larue. Throughout my tenure as Supervisor for District 3, I have had the distinct honor to work with many great community-minded leaders and wanted to welcome him aboard. I am sure that he will work diligently for the benefit of your area.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Christine Burdette takes top honors in Oakcreek Country Club's President's Cup
Christine Burdette is the winner of the President's Cup, an Oakcreek Country Club Woman's Golf Association yearly tournament.

This event is a low net competition held over two Tuesdays around President's Day! Christine took the prize with an overall low net score of 143.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Lifestyle prescription is the medicine your body craves
We are very powerful. With correct lifestyle choices, we can prevent about 80 percent of chronic conditions. This percentage will be even higher for our children's generation.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Warning: Toxic plants your pet must avoid
There are hundreds of plants that are toxic to our pets and many of these plants are in our homes and yards. To help identify these possible hazards, I have listed some of the most common toxic plants and the clinical signs they can cause.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

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