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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

Oak Creek Lady Niners put emphasis on fun on golf course
Every Thursday morning a group of women, who don't take themselves or their game too seriously -- but who do like to have fun -- meet to play golf.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Pickleball courts explored for Village
Pickleball is reportedly one of the fastest growing sports in the United States, and Sedona is no exception.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Help arrives for your local feathered friends
It's been a nervous time for many Village and Sedona pet bird owners, with the retirement of Bell Rock veterinarian and avian specialist, Dr. Christina Bertch Mumaw.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A time for passing the baton
It will soon be time to pass the baton and relinquish my responsibilities as President of the VOCA board.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Should you change your investment mix over time?
To be successful at investing, some people think they need to "get in on the ground floor" of the next "big thing." However, instead of waiting for that one "hot" stock that may never come along, consider creating an asset allocation - a mix of investments - appropriate for your needs, goals and risk tolerance.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Moscato Italian Restaurant well worth trip to Camp Verde
Executive Chef Salvatore Moscato and Sous Chef Jenny Robbins, formerly a team at ShadowRock at the Hilton Resort, have opened Moscato Italian Restaurant, 396 S. Main Street, Camp Verde.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Village Grind offers coffee, tea and ... much more
The new Village Grind, located in The Collective, offers a space for locals and visitors to relax with free Wi-Fi, live music, and a comfortable lounge with meeting spaces.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Get in the zone when designing your garden space
The main thing about gardening in our region with such a variety of natural features distinguishing our residential lots, is how we want to interact with them and create an environment that is inviting.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Work continues for better access, equity to Yavapai College
At the March 1st meeting of Yavapai College's (YC) District Governing Board (DGB), Al Filado, our District 3 member, made a motion that the DGB hire an independent consultant to look at options to improve the access and equity of YC classes in the Verde Valley to better serve Verde Valley residents.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Key to a community's artistic growth: 'Follow the Zen'
Like most other people, I was struck by the beauty and magical sense of place. I met warm and creative people, and already knew about the active artistic heritage here.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Call for volunteers for Collective Sedona
Our Sedona Village of Oak Creek is a unique community in which to live. It clearly is one of the most beautiful and livable "towns" in the United States. One of the reasons it is so outstanding is the reality of volunteer work, done by so many, to contribute to the continuing enrichment of our lives. Volunteers are at the very heart and soul of our Village Community.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

'The Ballad of Arizona' program coming April 11
Are you ready for some Arizona trivia? You probably know that Arizona, the Grand Canyon State, achieved statehood on February 14, 1912, the last of the 48 contiguous states to be admitted to the Union.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Garden anniversary remembered, celebrated!
On March 15, 2014, two years ago, residents, friends and families of the Sedona Winds Assisted Living Community gathered to dedicate a most remarkable place, "The People's Park".
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Rebecca Miller takes over local Edward Jones Branch Office
Rebecca Miller is an Edward Jones financial advisor in the Village of Oak Creek. Her branch office is located at 6050 SR 179 Suite 6 Sedona, AZ 86351.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Artist profile: Jerry McGlothlin
Jerry McGlothlin was born and raised in the Midwest. He relocated to Texas and Nevada via the Air Force and used the GI Bill to study art history, sculpture and ceramics at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. He graduated in 1980 with a BFA in Ceramics and in 1984 with an MA in Art Education.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Calling for more vital community communication -Your Villager needs YOU!
In an effort to reach out to our Big Park/Village readers, your Community newspaper continues to strive to be more relevant, diverse and improve residents' lives. We've come up with a number of issues that we think have not been adequately explored and would love to hear what you think.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Photo of the Month
Lunch time at the Sedona Winds Assisted Living attracted this handsome fellow, who in turn attracted quite a crowd of staff and resident onlookers, as all seemed to enjoy the beautiful February day.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Sedona board votes to keep Big Park School open
The board unanimously voted to keep Big Park Community School open, and also voted 4-1 to move the district's seventh- and eighth-grade students to Sedona Red Rock High School, beginning with the 2016-2017 school year.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Possibility of Big Park School closing very real
In last month's column I addressed the impending restructuring of the schools in the Sedona-Oak Creek School District.
Friday, February 26, 2016

Make your voice heard on school district restructuring
This past fall, the Sedona-Oak Creek Unified School District began a series of meetings to address the potential restructuring of our school district, the need of which has arisen because of a significant budget deficit due to declining enrollment and a switch to current year funding.
Friday, February 26, 2016

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