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Village moves forward with community dark sky designation
Many thanks for your letters stating you support the efforts of Big Park Council in pursuing a Dark-Sky Community designation for Big Park/Village of Oak Creek (Big Park/VOC) from the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA).
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Davis explains legislative impact on county budget
On March 12, Supervisor Chip Davis joined the Big Park Regional Coordinating Council at their regularly scheduled meeting to give them an update.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Community input needed on public transit service
This month, the Council welcomed Chip Davis, Yavapai County Supervisor, to our meeting. He discussed how the county has been recovering from the recession and how it compares favorability to national averages. County budget concerns continue as the state transfers greater cost responsibility to the county.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

VOCA 'springing' into action
The Village of Oakcreek Association and the Oakcreek Country Club wasted no time during this spring month in maintaining our forward momentum.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

KSB, Sedona present 'Bag It' April 8
Communities across the world and even entire countries have taken action to address the proliferation and rising impacts of disposable packaging and plastic waste, especially in the form of thin-walled plastic shopping bags which have been called "the most ubiquitous consumer item in the world."
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Major flood insurance cost increases coming April 1
Hundreds of Yavapai County residents will see their flood insurance costs increase April 1 because of new surcharges.

The surcharge will be $250 annually for all structures except primary residences, which will have only $25 surcharges. The surcharges continue until all flood insurance subsidies are phased out.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

VOCA/Village Community Calendar
April 6: Big Park Reg. Coordinating Council Executive Board

April 7: Village of Oakcreek Association "Meet the Candidates" 4:00 pm-6:00 pm VOCA Community Center- Banquet Room, 690 Bell Rock Blvd.


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

National Library Week celebrated April 12-18
What do Neil Gaiman, John Grisham, Brad Meltzer, and Judy Blume have in common? If you recognized these names as those of famous authors, you were correct.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Humane Society of Sedona 4th annual auction goes big time
The Humane Society of Sedona will hold its 4th annual "Help the Animals" auction this coming April 25 at the Sedona Elks Lodge.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

In the garden timing is everything
One of the great benefits of gardening is that it puts the gardener in tune with the rhythms of nature.

The gardening calendar in Sedona and the Verde Valley allows for some flexibility due to our long growing season, however there are some important times to observe in order to get the most help from nature.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Schoolhouse Restaurant comes to Village
In 2013, Christopher and Laura Fayette-Dobrowolski (pronounced Dobrowski) opened Schoolhouse Restaurant in the first and now historic grade school in Cottonwood, thus the name.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Village Food Neighbors need special coordinators' help
What a wonderful dilemma! Our Village of Oak Creek has SO many generous and caring neighbors that the amazing Yavapai Food Neighbors Project is seeking new volunteers to help coordinate its growing number of food Donors.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Village couple launches 'floating' therapy center
After their own personal confrontation with loss, Village of Oak Creek residents Chuck and Rene Russell are bringing floating therapy to Sedona.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Conditioned relation key to training your pet
Many people have heard of time outs for children, however, new behavioral research indicates that a 'time out' or 'pause' is helpful in training for dogs specifically, yet this could also be considered across species lines to other pets such as birds, cats and horses.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Committee provides door of communication on Yavapai College concerns
The Verde Valley Advisory Committee for Yavapai College's District Governing Board has been meeting twice a month and getting presentations from a variety of providers and users of Yavapai College education classes.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

ABCs of IRAs; retirement savings vehicle comes in several varieties
What don't you know? Many Americans know about Roth and traditional IRAs ... but there are other types of IRAs. Here's a quick look:
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

And then it was Spring!
Spring Break has come and gone. Blossoms, blooms and sprouts abound as Mother Nature hurries Her charges out into the world. It is colorful and noisy and stormy and bursting with life.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Never, ever give up: my story
When I was a teen, my body was lugging around 181 pounds -- the result of unhealthy eating habits and lack of exercise. Carb-loaded meals and minimal proteins, as well as my family's ignorance of proper nutrition and the benefits of daily exercise, all contributed to this.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Business not as usual: Arizona's early women entrepreneurs
Arizona's early reputation as a wild, untamed territory overshadows the contributions of numerous women to the state's development. During "Business Not As Usual: Arizona's Early Women Entrepreneurs," Jan Cleere shares the stories of five amazing women who confronted extraordinary circumstances while seeking new frontiers to explore, enrich and conquer:
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Spay/neuter is the key 'action' in animal rescue
For those of us in animal rescue, trying to make a difference, we know that the key ingredient to ending pet over-population is to spay and neuter. Those of us, within these rescue organizations for canines and felines, will often offer free programs to accomplish this!
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Esther! For Such A Time As This comes to Tequa Plaza April 17-19
Esther! For Such A Time As This, a visually stunning, original musical, will be brought to life April 17-19.

This is a FREE Community Event held outdoors at Tequa Festival Marketplace, 7000 SR 179, Sedona 86351.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

County hears pros, cons of vacation rentals
COTTONWOOD - Yavapai County officials agreed Wednesday, March 25, to continue to review controversial short-term vacation rental use permits on a case-by-case basis, after listening to citizens split on the issue.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Spring Fling & FUNdraiser for Big Park Community School April 24
What isn't black and white but is new all over? The Spring Fling & FUNdraiser for Big Park Community School, April 24, 6-10 p.m., the Big Park PTSA will present an all new event at the Sedona Hilton Resort & Spa in the Tequa Ballroom.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Star Party at Red Rock Ranger Station April 11
Your future is in the stars! The Forest Service and Arizona Natural History Association would like to invite everyone to a solar viewing/star party at the Red Rock Ranger Station at 8375 State Route 179, south of the Village of Oak Creek, on April 11.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Dark Sky support letters needed
The Big Park Regional Coordinating Council is pursuing a Dark-Sky Community designation for Big Park/Village of Oak Creek from the International Dark-Sky Association.

A Big Park/Village of Oak Creek Dark-Sky Committee was formed and is working on items needed for the IDA application.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Council bans mall U-Haul business parking
It was one of those days when, as the meeting room filled, one could feel the tension in the air. The business at hand was bringing out those neighbors who were girding for battle, and it didn't take long before the issue was on the table at the Feb. 12 meeting of the Big Park Regional Coordinating Council.
Thursday, February 26, 2015

VOCA/Village Community Calendar
Thursday, February 26, 2015

The time is now to preserve our dark skies
Good news for the Village! Thanks to the hard work by the Big Park/Village of Oak Creek Dark-Sky Committee led by Joanne Kendrick, the process of receiving the Dark-Sky Community Designation is moving forward.
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Short month, long days at VOCA
To say that this has been a busy month for VOCA is an understatement, and with only twenty-eight days in February, it makes it feel all the more as if we are just running out of time.
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Busy spring for Sedona Village Business Assn.
It is way too early to get confident but if February was any indicator of what spring 2015 is going to be like, I have a lot more preparing to do. Warm temps, a flurry of events and a brutal winter back east seem to be boding well for a busier than normal spring (and yes I'm knocking on wood as I write this).
Thursday, February 26, 2015

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