Sweet Grace in Camp Verde is presenting a Ladies (gentlemen welcome) Tea from 3 to 5 p.m. There will be lots of great food and a variety of teas to sample.
Cost is $20. Reservations are needed. Call (928) 567-7264.
On Wednesday, 1-3 p.m., Clarkdale Stories presents an opportunity to listen to the process that goes into collecting oral histories, the interview process, and provides the opportunity for those with stories to tell to come forward. Experience Clarkdale history through conversation and video recordings of residents significant to the history of our community led by Clarkdale Historical Society’s Oral History Project Coordinators Cindy Emmett and Ellie Diercksmeier.
This free program is held in the Clark Memorial Library. Space is limited and advance registration is requested by calling the Library at (928) 639-2480.
Last Friday at Clemenceau Museum
A book reading will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Clemenceau Heritage Museum. The book was written by the museum’s very own Zeke Taylor in 1987. Zeke was one of the last rough and tough old cowboys of the day. Born in 1913, Zeke lived in the Verde Valley until he passed away in 1994. Zeke owned a cattle ranch on Mingus, owned the Riverside Market and trailer park in Bridgeport and the famous cabin in Sycamore Canyon known to all as “Taylor Cabin” was first used in 1885 by his family. Come hear about Zeke’s adventures and vision how the area has changed. The event is Free to the public. The Museum is located on the Corner of Mingus Avenue and Willard, Cottonwood, call for more information (928) 634-2868
Verde Valley Relay for Life Kick-off Celebration
The Verde Valley Relay for Life is organizing for the 2012 campaign May 11-12 at Riverfront Park. A Kick-off Celebration is scheduled Jan. 23 and you are invited for free food, games and prizes, entertainment plus a tribute to those suffering cancer and area cancer survivors.
The Kick-off Celebration will be held Monday, Jan. 23, 5:30 p.m., at the Moose Lodge, 1051 S. Broadway in Clarkdale.
RSVP by Jan. 18 to Barb Meyer at CTS Office Supply, 300-2672, or barb@CTSofficesupply.com. You can also call Alyssa Franks at (928) 526-7346 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mini-Marauder Cheer Camp
Mingus High School Spiritline is hosting a Cheer camp for girls and boys age 4 through eighth grade. Come learn fun cheers, chants and a dance (age appropriate music used). All participants will receive a T-shirt.
Participants will be split into groups by age. Middle school girls and boys will have an opportunity to perform a special dance and stunt in addition to the group performance. Monday-Thursday 4-6 p.m. with a Special Performance on Friday, Feb. 3rd during the Mingus Girls Varsity Basketball game halftime.
The game starts at 7 p.m. Adult admission is $3. Performers get in free!
Early bird price of $30 - if you register your child before Jan. 30. Cost is $35 at the door. Checks can be made payable to MUHS Spiritline. Please drop off completed forms/payment to MUHS office. Registration forms will be coming home in your child’s backpack at most Verde Valley schools. Forms can also be picked up at the Mingus Union High School Office and Vinnie’s Pizza. Questions? Contact Stephanie Bloniarz (928) 274-1533 or Stephanie Foster (928) 575-5401.
Eighth Grade Parent Night
Mingus Union High School will host an Eighth Grade Parent Night starting at 6:30 p.m. The event takes place in the Large Gymnasium at Mingus Union High School, 1801 East Fir Street, Cottonwood. All eighth grade students and their parents in the Mingus Union High School District are welcome to attend this event, which will provide an opportunity to meet faculty and learn about extracurricular activities and the academic programs offered. Mingus Union High School is a Highly Performing High School that prepares local students to be the stars of tomorrow.
Storytelling and Music at Bent River
Gary Every, poet, journalist, nature writer and science fiction author, will read from his diverse career at Bent River Books in Old Town Cottonwood at 1:30 p.m.
That evening, the ever-popular Tommy & Chicky duo with J.R. Robusto and special guests perform at 6 p.m.
Bent River Books and Music is at 1010 N. Main, Old Town Cottonwood. Call (928) 634-8332.
Using Solar Power
“Using Solar Power” will be the topic at Keep Sedona Beautiful, Inc.’s monthly Preserving the Wonder™ Speaker Series on Wednesday. The evening will begin with offerings of wine and hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m., and the presentation will begin at 5:45 p.m.
As part of a general effort to preserve the beauty and environment of Sedona and the Verde Valley, many residents are turning to solar electricity as a responsible method of powering their needs.
Here in sunny Arizona, Sedona is an excellent location for solar efficiency, and if any city can achieve solar sustainability, we can. Join local solar installer, Greg Collins of Verde Solar Power, to learn about the current advantages to employing solar technology.
Subjects covered will be the Arizona Renewable Energy Standard, the APS rebate and tax credit incentives, how Grid-Tied solar electricity works, plus a question and answer time.
For more information about Keep Sedona Beautiful, please call (928) 282-4938.
Free Hearing Test
Crystal Clear Hearing is holding a Free Hearing Test from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at American Legion Post 25,480 S. Calvary Way, Cottonwood. Stop by the clinic and have your hearing checked! Bring in your hearing aids and they will clean and service them for you.
The staff at Crystal Clear Hearing has over 50 years combined experience in the industry. They have both an onsite clinical audiologist and hearing instrument specialist to better serve the needs of hearing aid customers. They are committed to educating the communities on the newest technologies available along with the best customer service. Crystal Clear Hearing also provides hearing aid services to patients from Maryvale Hearing.
Lunch for a good cause
Tired of ham and turkey? Come to lunch at VFW Post 6739 in Camp Verde from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with all proceeds going to benefit Becky and Alexis Whitworth.
The menu includes liver and onions or m eatloaf, mashed potatoes with gravy, vegetables and rolls, with yummy homemade lemon pie by Tina or yummy homemade apple pie by Vi. There will be live music by Dave Rice and friends donating their time and talents. Lunch is a $5 donation.
Ladies Auxiliary Benefit Dinner
The American Legion Auxiliary Post 93, at 286 S. Third St., in Camp Verde, is hosting a Benefit Dinner on Friday. All proceeds will be donated to a member’s son to help for much needed eye operation. Dinner will be served 5-7 p.m. with music provided by Steve Hick 5:30-7:30 p.m. Come and enjoy Mexican food for only $6 per plate.
Buying gold, silver, and diamonds
Currently on a global tour, the International Gold, Silver, and Diamond Buyers (IGSDB) is making a stop in Camp Verde at the Comfort Inn, 340 N. Goswick Way through Saturday. The IGSDB will be purchasing coins, paper currency, gold and silver on behalf of their global network of collectors, dealers and refineries. This special event is free and open to the public.
For more information contact the corporate office at (217) 726-7590 or email@example.com.
Fourth Friday at the Fort dinner
Sweet Grace in Camp Verde will be open for dinner for the first Fourth Friday at the Fort event, 5-8 p.m.
They have fried chicken or steak, cooked over open flam, with mashed potatoes, cowboy beans and cornbread and fruit cobbler for dessert, along with coffee or tea.
Bring your own beer or wine. Price is $12 in advance or $15 at the door. A portion of proceeds is donated to future Fourth Friday at the Fort events.
Call (928) 567-7264.
Verde Valley Weavers & Spinners Guild
The Verde Valley Weavers & Spinners Guild begins the New Year with an exhibit of their art at the Clarkdale Library. Examples of members’ work will be on display for the two months of January and February.
There will be tapestries, hand woven clothing and household items, handspun yarns, basketry and many other examples of the fiber arts.
The Guild’s first meeting of the year will be at St. Andrews Episcopal Church on Arroyo Pinon Road in Sedona. Coffee and refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m.
The business meeting will begin at 10. The program will start at 11.
The program this month will be presented by new member Debra Baker on Felting, the art of fulling and thickening wool fiber or fabrics, transforming the materials into creative art forms, clothing and accessories.
After lunch, Debra will conduct a felting workshop for anyone interested in participating. She will be teaching how to make “felted” soaps for decorative and personal uses.
Ongoing activities of the guild are monthly meetings of the Tapestry weavers, the Spinning group and the First Saturday discussion group.
Any one interested in attending the meetings or any of the other groups is cordially welcome.
For more information, call (928) 282-5134.
Verde Valley Human Resources Association meets
Verde Valley Human Resources Association from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Cottonwood Public Safety Building, 199 S. Sixth St., Cottonwood.
This month the speaker will be Marnie Green, principal consultant of the Management Education Group, Inc. Her presentation is, “Painless Performance Management: A Practical Approach to Day-to-Day Employee Performance.”
Performance management should be a productive and positive process for both leaders and employees. However, many performance evaluation systems set supervisors and employees up to fail. Most leaders have not been trained to manage performance regularly and productively.
For m ore information, contact Iris Dobler, (928) 634-0060 x217; firstname.lastname@example.org
Alan James to host Rendezvous open mic
Rendezvous In Old Town will become the Verde Valley’s newest open mic venue beginning Jan. 18. Veteran musician and music instructor Alan James will host the acoustic open mic every Wednesday beginning at 7 p.m.