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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

Residents express frustration over Forest Service burn policies
All the decision makers for the Coconino National Forest, from Superintendent Laura Jo West on down, as well as state and local fire agencies were in Sedona last month.

The Forest Service held the public forum to air the dirty issue of smokey skies before many disgruntled area residents.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Big Park Regional Coordinating Council report
It looks like a very busy summer ahead. At the June 9th meeting of our Big Park Council, we listened to information regarding the existing IB (International Baccalaureate) program at Verde Valley School, fund-raising efforts to support implementation of a new Big Park Community School IB program, issue development on road and traffic improvement, a Village burglary, building relationships with providers of local infrastructure and, perhaps, inviting new members to join the Council.
Friday, June 24, 2016

November election for three positions on Red Rock Road Enhancement Maintenance District
In 2007, the citizens of Big Park/Village of Oak Creek area petitioned Yavapai County to create a special taxing district in order to maintain the enhancements installed by ADOT as part of the re-construction of SR179.
Friday, June 24, 2016

VOCA supports community's efforts for better school
As some of you may be aware, our Big Park Community School was on the brink of being closed.

Fortunately, the Sedona School Board voted to keep the school open, but with some modifications. Closing of the school would have been a devastating blow to our community.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Diverse volunteers keep Village Library vibrant resource
If you need reading recommendations, ask a Sedona Public Library volunteer. Many of our volunteers retired from exciting professions before coming on board with SPL. Careers included architecture, engineering, nursing, education, and libraries to name a few.
Friday, June 24, 2016

School supply-backpack drive and back to school give-a-way in Village
Communities need to stand together and the people of those communities should assist one another when times are tough.

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.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Community is emphasis of Big Park Community School
Community -- It's not just a group of people residing in the same location, as Webster's states. Community is about coming together with common goals, energy and focus to make things happen and better the future for those who live in an area.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Dual Layer Weed Barrier System deserves fair test
Facts about the Dual Layer Weed Barrier System that the City of Sedona is currently using and which was proposed for a pilot project in the Red Rock Road Enhancement Maintenance (RRREMD) District.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Don't keep family in dark about your plans
You might work diligently at building a financial roadmap for your retirement years and a comprehensive estate plan.

But you can't just create these strategies - you also have to communicate them. Specifically, you need to inform your spouse and your grown children what you have in mind for the future - because the more they know, the fewer the surprises that await them down the road.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Sedona Village Welcome Center fills needed void in VOC
Our doors have only been open for a couple of months, however we at the Sedona Village Welcome Center are meeting lots of new people, having fun and expanding our services.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Chinese artist opens Bell Rock Gallery
Cathy Sinclair was born "Hongying Zhu" during the Cultural Revolution in Beijing. Some of her family members were sent to labor camps for being "intellectuals," and some for getting crossways of the ruling elites, so Cathy was sent to live her first five years with her grandmother.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Bell Rock Veterinary Clinic gets animals adopted
When Dr. Rachelle Beth Jarvis purchased the practice of the Bell Rock Veterinary Clinic in January, she probably did not expect a cage full of kittens or a dog with deformed leg to become part of her office décor.
Friday, June 24, 2016

The Producers at The Collective coming sip by sip
The Producers is an area of The Collective (formerly Tequa on SR 179) that has been set aside for the tasting of wine, beer and spirits. The spaces have inside and outside seating, overlooking the inner lawn often bustling with activity. So far two establishments have opened with plans for another to join them by the end of summer.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Food Neighbors Project celebrates generous VOC donors
The June Collection results are in, and the total pounds of food collected, total number of bags collected, and total number of meals collected are slightly down, as expected, for a hot summer collection.

Many food donors still here for the summer, though, graciously gave and generously filled those green bags!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Local writer selected Arizona Professional Writers Communicator of Achievement
Village resident and former member of the Villager's Editorial Board, Lynda Exley was recently awarded APW's 2106 Communicator of Achievement, by Arizona Professional Writers, a.k.a. Arizona Press Women.
Friday, June 24, 2016

The 'Not So' Big Break Invitational
Oakcreek Country Club Women's Golf Association held its annual Invitational on May 18, 2016.

The partner's better ball game was called, The "Not So" Big Break Invitational due to the fun challenge events that took place on Monday.

Friday, June 24, 2016

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


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