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1/10/2012 1:01:00 PM
What's Happening 1-11-12
Deidre Madsen
Deidre Madsen

Living Happily Ever After

Jan. 17

Deidre Madsen will present a six-week class beginning Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2:15-3:45 p.m., Room 34. The class takes place at OLLI (Osher LifeLong Learning Institute) through Yavapai College, Sedona Center for the Arts & Technology, 4215 Arts Village Drive, West Sedona.

Make your wildest dreams come true. Learn to experience a balanced mind-body-spirit and have it reflect in daily life through fun and easy techniques. Explore archetypal psychology and wisdom of the ancient cultures.

All are welcome to attend any and all of the interactive classes.

Deidre is a tenured life coach and facilitator for clients worldwide. She has lived in Sedona for 10 years and is an ordained interfaith minister and student of Native American culture. Through her work she also facilitates inner divine marriage retreats for individuals and couples through and

For more information, call (928) 649-4275 or to sign up Class #S-823-12)

Fish or rib dinner

Jan. 13

The American Legion Post 93, 286 S. Third St. Camp Verde, presents Fish or Rib Dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. and for your listening and dancing pleasure, you will be entertained by Charleah and the “Happy Days Band” starting at 5:30 p.m. Members of the American Legion family and their guests, we’re Looking forward to seeing you.

Zodeak plays Salt Mine Cellar

Jan. 14

Salt Mine Cellar presents the Zodeak, a progressive hip hop group, from 9 p.m. to midnight. The Cellar is at 212 W. Finnie Flat Road, Camp Verde. Call (928) 567-3126.

Test your knowledge

Back by popular demand the new exhibit at the Camp Verde Historical Society Museum features a selection of old items, brought in by members, to test the public’s knowledge of what the function of these items were.  Visit the Museum at 435 S. Main St. in Historic Downtown Camp Verde and see if you recognize some of these items from a bygone era.  A memory may be sparked by something not seen since visiting Grandma and Grandpa long ago.  There are several pieces that the CVHS members are unable to name or even know their function. The Museum is open Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Admission is free and there is always someone in attendance who would love to discuss some of your memories and answer questions.  Call (928) 567-9560 during Museum hours for further information.

NAWS call to artists

March 1

The Northern Arizona Watercolor Society announces a call for entries for its Spring Membership Exhibition.

This show is open to all NAWS members whose dues are current, but nonmembers may enter by paying membership dues and entry fees.

The show will open Thursday, May 10, in the Special Exhibition Gallery at the Sedona Arts Center, 15 Art Barn Road, and close on Sunday, May 27. An awards reception will be held on Friday, May 18, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

All paintings must be executed in water media. Water soluable oils are not acceptable. Paintings must be executed on paper, canvas, or clayboard, and must be original, not copied, and not worked on by an instructor. Source material must be based on your own designs or photos. Paintings must have been completed within the past two years and not previously shown in any NAWS exhibition.

Deadline for receipt of entries is Thursday, March 1. Early entries are encouraged. Notification of acceptance will begin on Friday, March 30.

Mail your entry form, DVD, or CD, a self addressed stamped envelope (business size) and your check payable to NAWS to: Sandra Beck, 320 Coffee Pot Drive, Sedona AZ 86336. Send email entries to: If you send entries via email, you must still mail the entry form, payment or proof of payment, and a SASE. If you want email notification, don’t mail the SASE.

All further requirements may be found on the NAWS web site, at, where a full prospectus may be downloaded

Breakfast at the VFW

Jan. 14

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7400, at 705 E Aspen St, will be serving breakfast from 8:30 to 10 a.m.  

For a donation of $6, you get eggs, a meat of your choice, hashbrowns, toast, coffee, and juice.  Biscuits & gravy, or pancakes are available as sides or meal for a smaller donation.

Our mission is to provide aid to valley veterans & their families, and this is one of our fund-raisers.  So, come out for a good meal, see our displays, and know you are helping those men and women who have, and are, serving.

Dave Rentz plays Bent River

Jan. 14

Dave Rentz brings his exceptionally popular one man show to the new Bent River stage on Saturday at 6 p.m. This show, known as “Bent Feathers,” is a slightly scaled-down version of his “A Ton of Feathers” show that he has performed at the Old Town Center for the Arts. Dave is known for his circular breathing technique on the didgeridoo, playing against his own loops recorded during the performance and just generally bringing a smile to everyone’s face with his percussive antics - sit too close and you will be conscripted into the show. Join us for a great evening of Dave and his toys. All performances are free, all music is original and donations are suggested for the musicians.

Bent River Books & Music is at 1010 N. Main in Old Town Cottonwood. Contact: (928) 634-8332.

Honor flight Arizona

Jan. 17

The Verde Historical Society invites the public to meet some of our World War II and Vietnam veterans at its first meeting of the New Year. The veterans will be speaking about their experiences visiting the World War II and Vietnam Memorials in Washington, D.C., as participants of the Honor Flights and Freedom Flights respectively.

The presentation will follow a brief business meeting, starting at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, in the auditorium of the Clemenceau Heritage Museum located at 1 N. Willard St., corner of Mingus, in Cottonwood. All are welcome to attend what promises to be a fascinating and inspirational program.

Verde Valley Weavers and Spinners Guild at Art in Public Places

The Clark Memorial Library is pleased to present the Verde Valley Weavers and Spinners Guild Exhibit for Art in Public Places during January and February 2012. A variety of hand-made fiber arts including jewelry, tapestry, basketry, felted and woven clothing, table runners and placemats can be seen along with intricate patterned hand-made rugs.

The Art in Public Places exhibit may be viewed at the Clark Memorial Library, 39 N. Ninth St., during regular library hours: Monday - Thursday 8:30 am -5:30 pm and Saturday 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm. The library is closed Friday, Sunday and holidays.

Still time to enter MATForce Youth Video Contest

Feb. 10

MATFORCE is seeking entries in its annual “My Voice Makes a Difference” Youth Video Contest.   Area youth ages 11 to 18 are invited to let their voices be heard by creating a video depicting how their voice makes a positive difference in helping to reduce drug and alcohol abuse. 

Youth can create a 15 to 30 second commercial announcement or a 1 to 2 minute video.  Winners will be chosen from two age categories:  middle school and high school.  Previous year’s winning entries can be viewed online on the Youth tab at

Cash card prizes will be awarded in the two age categories.  First place winners will receive $300, with second and third place winners receiving $200 and $100 respectively. The winning videos will be used by MATFORCE online, at schools and at community events.

The contest deadline is Feb. 10. For contest guidelines and entry form visit or call (928) 708-0100.

Community Art Show opens

Jan. 21

The third annual El Valle Artists Community Art Show opens at noon with a reception at Jerona Java Cafe and Gifts, 677 East Mingus Ave in Cottonwood.

Stop by for a chance to meet the artists, enjoy a snack, and see some new works—paintings, framed creations and photographs—by known and emerging artists who live in and around the Verde Valley. Who knows ... you might discover a new favorite artist! Most pieces are for sale at a great price (no gallery commissions). The exhibit will be up until March 20, 2012. For additional information, contact Rita Elkins, 301-1046 or

Cornville Association meets Wednesday

Jan. 11

Cornville Community Association is back from Christmas break and will hold their first meeting of 2012.  The meeting will be at Oak Creek Elementary School in Cornville 7-9 p.m.

The first guest speaker of the year will be Yavapai County Health Services Director Robert Resendes, along with new Public Information Officer Dave McAtee.  Resendes will be talking about the new medical/dental clinic in Cottonwood, bedbugs and preventable childhood killer diseases, which are on a come back. There is also a new swine flu, primarily in the East and Mid-west, H3N2.  No cases have been reported in Arizona and average age affected is 3 years old.   Steve Estes will also talk about upcoming events on plant clean up on Oak Creek.

The Association is currently collecting new membership applications for 2012.  If you did not receive yours in the December mailing you can pick one at the meeting, or go on line to the web page at and get your copy.  You need to be a paid member of the CCA to be eligible to run for a Board position or vote in the Annual meeting in April.  There will be 4 open board seats this year so become part of your community and the Association and get involved.  You have until March 1 to get your membership application in.

Join the Contra Dance

Jan. 21

Dance out the old and welcome the new with our first Cottonwood contra dance of 2012. Come alone or with friends, no experience or partner needed. Contra dancing is moving, active, aerobic exercise... it’s dancing to live traditional fiddle music (such as jigs and reels) and is a lot of fun. This month’s band is Just Desserts and our caller will be Deb Comly.

The pre-dance lesson begins at 6:30 p.m., with dancing from 7 until 10. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. The cost is $7 per dancer, $5 for students, and $4 for those 16 and under.  The dance is held at the Cottonwood Civic Center, 805 Main Street, Old Town Cottonwood.  Call 634-0486 for more information, email or visit

Invasive Plant Removal on Verde River

Jan. 14

Invasive plants are taking over the banks of the Verde at an alarming rate. Friends of the Verde River Greenway will tackle the Giant Reed (arundo donax) at river’s edge near Tuzigoot National Monument on Saturday beginning at 8:30 a.m. Late arrivals are welcome. Gloves, loppers, and water bottles are suggested. Snacks are provided. For more info call (928) 634-8738.

January Chamber Breakfast

Jan. 12

The Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce meets for breakfast on Thursday from 7 to 8 a.m. in Verde Valley Medical Center, Conference Rooms B & C. The topic will be the City of Cottonwood’s new drug ordinance.

Cost is $9 for the breakfast buffet and $2 for coffee only. There will be a 50/50 drawing for $1. Visit

Cottonwood Chamber Dinner Dance

Jan. 27

The annual Cottonwood Chamber Dinner Dance & Installation of Board Members is at the Blazin’ M Ranch, with social time at 6 p.m. and a catered dinner at 6:30 p.m. After-dinner music is provided by The Retros.

There will be a silent auction and raffle. Tickets are $35, available from Board Members, at Chamber Office and online at

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Jan. 16

Dozens of residents across the Verde Valley are expected to turn out on the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday to make the annual Day of Service “a day on, not a day off” by volunteering. The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Kickoff is at the Beaver Creek Adult Center in Lake Montezuma.

Breakfast & Sign-In: 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. Kickoff Celebration: 9:45 to 10:15 a.m. Projects: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Projects include Beautification of Beaver Creek School; Garden Cleanup with Friends of the Well; Neighborhood Canvassing; Beaver Creek Golf Course Facelift; and House Repair and Yard Work for the Homebound.

For more information, please contact Ashley Johns, VISTA member with Beaver Creek Adult Center, at (928) 451-4651.

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