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International Baccalaureate may be in future for Big Park School
SEDONA - Barely two months ago, Big Park Community School was down to its last out, when it was saved as hundreds of community members nearly begged the Sedona Oak Creek Unified School District board to keep the neighborhood school open.


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Village now 1 of 14 in world with Dark Sky Community designation
The Astronomers of Verde Valley and the Big Park/Village of Oak Creek Dark-Sky Committee are hosting a star party to celebrate Big Park/Village of Oak Creek becoming the world's 14th dark-sky community.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Quarterly report shows healthy real estate market in VOC
2016 First Quarter Year over Year Comparison Report for Village of Oak Creek.


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Changing of the guard for VOCA
I want to thank the members of the Board of Directors of the Village of Oak Creek Association for their trust in me to lead our association this coming year.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

It's law: Local government cannot prohibit vacation rentals, but HOAs can
In a measure that some feel will damage local communities and others believe will affirm property rights, Gov. Doug Ducey signed SB 1350 on May 12, a law which includes a provision prohibiting local governments from banning vacation rentals.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Big Park Council's effectiveness based on community participation
Though I've been at the helm of the Big Park Regional Coordinating Council for a short time, one very pleasant surprise has come to light. This community is filled with many talented, greatly accomplished people that possess tremendous gifts who are willing to give time and knowledge.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Big Park School has provided unique challenges, wonderful memories
All good things must come to an end, and my time here at Big Park Community School is no exception. I only regret that my tenure has been so short.


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Welcome Center off to bustling start
Welcome from the Sedona Village Welcome Center. There is much to report after our first month with open doors here at the Culture Center located in The Collective Sedona.


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Verde Valley School, Art Center welcome artists to Sedona Summer Colony
An exciting summer of creative visual artists, writers, composers, choreographers, scholars, filmmakers, community artists, architects, and more - from here and around the world, are about to arrive in our Village Community.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Helping hands make your library essential part of Village community
The Village of Oak Creek is a great place to live, work, and play. The best way to make new friends here is to get involved.


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Yes, you can take an IRA distribution in the form of an investment
This may surprise you: you can take an IRA distribution in a form other than cash. This may seem unorthodox, but it can make financial sense for some older IRA owners as well as IRA heirs.


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Teree Settembrino a living testimony to Celebrate Recovery program
I met Theresa Antionette Colaianni Settembrino (Teree) while she was in her 18th year of Methadone addiction, all 80 pounds of her, and months from death.


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

It really is a 'Verb Garden'
I was reading a gardening blog and there was a spelling error where "herb garden" had been written "verb garden." After my initial moment of mirth I thought, "Indeed, lots of verbs grow in our gardens!"


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Laetitia Winery Dinner at Up the Creek Grill in Page Springs a soul-satisfying experience
Our son Patrick, a Laetitia Wine Club member, told us about the Winery dinner at Up the Creek Grill (1945 N. Page Springs Road, 928-634-9954) and we're sure glad he did.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Meals on Wheels program the ultimate good neighbor
Living longer often means more years spent with the struggles that accompany old age. Perhaps it's becoming homebound or having difficulty shopping and cooking healthy meals or finding oneself recovering from an accident, surgery, or illness.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Adrenal fatigue really does exist
Let's talk today about something that does not exist: adrenal fatigue. Many of us do or will suffer from it. However, the mainstream medical community does not recognize it as a disease, so there is no official treatment protocol.


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Protecting your pet with vaccinations: facts to consider
There are a variety of vaccinations on the market, which are all affective, but not all are equal. Technological advances make some vaccinations safer than others. There are still vaccinations that use thiomersal (mercury), especially rabies vaccines. Antibiotics, such as gentamicin, are still used as a preservative in some vaccines.


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Red Rose - more inspired than ever
People find inspiration through a number of different things. Driven by inspiration, people throughout history have been able to create, and accomplish amazing and seemingly impossible things.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Verde Valley School celebrates 66th commencement
Twenty-eight seniors graduated from the Class of 2016 from Verde Valley School on Saturday, May 28th.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Lori Zaun's Hole in One highlight of Lady's Tournament
Three flights of serious women golfers competed for two successive weeks on April 26th and May 3rd, as the Oakcreek Country Club Women's Golf Association held its Partners Better Ball Tournament.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

MCT Aladdin auditions scheduled June 6
An audition will be held for the Missoula Children's Theatre production of ALADDIN Monday, June 6, 2016 at Verde Valley School's Brady Hall from 10 a.m. to noon.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Backpack, school supply donations sought
Due to the economic struggles some of our families are experiencing many of the students in our Village are unable to start the new school year with proper school supplies.


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

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


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