Dust off your instrument and come join the Cottonwood Community Band, a 45-member concert band that rehearses Monday evenings beginning Jan. 23 from 7-9 p.m. at the Mingus Union High School band room. The band has several performances planned for spring 2012. All instrumentalists who read music, especially trumpeters, percussionists, trombonists, and clarinetists, are welcomed. There is no audition.
Members of the band range from middle school age to retirees. They hail from Sedona and throughout the Verde Valley. Julie Smith, who teaches music in the Cottonwood/Oak Creek School District, conducts the band. The Cottonwood Community band was founded in 1980 and originally consisted of eight members, some of who still perform with the band today. It was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2001. For more information about the band, visit the band’s website at http://cottonwoodcommunityband.org.
Free Fourth Friday kicks off in Camp Verde
Volunteers from Fort Verde State Park and “Hold the Fort,” the Verde Valley Archaeology Center, Camp Verde Historical Museum, Jail and Hance House, and the Town of Camp Verde have joined efforts to coordinate a monthly community event, held every fourth Friday of the month throughout 2012 in downtown Camp Verde. Admission will be free to each of the venues from 5 to 8 p.m.
The first event will include a presentation and viewing of a private collection of firearms from the 1800s at Fort Verde, a ceramic identification presentation at the Archaeology Center and a special display at the museum, in addition to hay rides, dutch oven cobbler and hot chocolate. At the Historical Society, George Hance re-enactor Ron Bratain will give talks on his life and times as the justice of the peace of Camp Verde from the 1860s to the 1920s. You can also get your photo taken behind bars at the old jail.
There will be a free van shuttle to transport visitors to the various locations as well as the hay wagon.
Sweet Grace, Horn Saloon, Casa Antigua, Healthy Thymes, Ming House, Thanks a Latte, White Hills Gallery will all be open and supporting the events.
For more information about Free Fourth Fridays, please visit: www.visitcampverde.com or call the Camp Verde Visitor Center at (928) 567-9294.
Learn to write grants
The Business Assistance Center presents “Introduction to Grantwriting” from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. as part of its Lunch-n-Learn Series.
The free workshop is at 821 N. Main St., Cottonwood. Call (928) 634-0260.
Transformational Tales course by Rabbi Magal
For centuries, spiritual teachers have told stories to convey lessons about God and perceptions of the world around us. Rabbi Nachman of Bratislav, a Hassidic rabbi in 18th century Poland, perfected this teaching method through his entertaining stories that are filled with biblical, mystical, and Kabbalistic insights.
Rabbi Alicia Magal will lead a series of discussions on some of the best known works of Rabbi Nachman, including The Lost Princess and The Seven Beggars. The class will meet on 12 Tuesday afternoons from January through May of 2012.
To register, and to receive fee information and exact schedule, call the JCSVV office: (928) 204-1286.
VVPC hosts Alzheimer’s support group
The first Wednesday of each month Verde Valley Presbyterian Church hosts a support group for caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients from 10 to 11 a.m. The next meeting will be at Verde Valley Presbyterian Church, 1500 E. Hombre Drive, in Cottonwood. All are welcome.
Free tax preparation available
AARP TaxAide Volunteers will be available this tax season to provide free tax preparation and e-filing services here in the Verde Valley. This service is available to all clients, not just senior citizens or AARP members. They do not do complex tax filing such as those with rental depreciation, business expenses in excess of $10,000 and similar situations. Low-income tax payers and the elderly are the priority but the welcome all clients except as indicated above.
Volunteers do not accept any payments or tips for this service. It is a free service.
There are three locations here in this area: Verde Valley Senior Center in Cottonwood, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., (928) 634-5450; The Senior Center in Camp Verde, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday 8:15 a.m.-noon and Tuesdays 5-8 p.m., (928) 567-6356; The Sedona Library has walk-in appointments only, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
You can find times, locations and phone numbers of all sites at the following website:
Saturday at 9:30 a.m. the Verde Valley Computer Club General Meeting will have Dr. Carolyn Martin from the Southwestern Eye Center. This presentation is free and will be held at the Clemenceau Building, Willard Street at Mingus Avenue, Cottonwood. Visit the website www.vvcclub.com, call Dave (928) 639-0106.
Sunday lunch at VFW Post
The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 6739 in Camp Verde will be having a lunch on Sunday at noon. They will be serving baked chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy and lots of sides for a cost of $6 a plate.
Jam session starts at 2 p.m. Come in and enjoy the food, fun and music. Proceeds go to National Military Services. Members and guests welcome.
Dinner at the VFW Post
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7400 at 705 E Aspen St., Cottonwood, will be serving chicken-fried steak with sides, salad, dessert and coffee 5:30-7 p.m., for a donation of $8 per person. Proceeds allow us to provide assistance to local veterans and their families who are in need.
Dr. Marta to hold Chat `n` Chew
Dr. Marta Adelsman’s Chat `n` Chew talks have been on vacation and will begin again from 9:45 to 11 a.m. at Jerona Café in Cottonwood. This month’s talk is entitled “Living Above Your Patterns.”
Dr. Marta will discuss how you can live free from patterns that developed as a result of your parents’ treatment of you or by the circumstances and events that have occurred in your life. Fee for the event is $10 per person, and the establishment requests that participants purchase at the door. Call (928) 451-9482 with questions or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Return of Speed Networking
From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Yavapai College on Black Hills Drive, local business owners are invited to the newly re-launched QC Speed Networking event. Growing in popularity over the last four years, this event brings together local businesses and offers education on more effective business networking, and the chance to meet 15 to 20 people in the course of an evening.
For details, contact Coordinator Trapper Moore at TrapperMoore@gmail.com or see the event page at www.tinyurl.com/VerdeValleyJan31
Archaeology of Arizona talk
The January meeting of the Verde Valley Archaeological Society will be at the Sedona Public Library, at 7 p.m. The speaker will be archaeologist Allen Dart, who will summarize and interpret the archaeology of Arizona, from the earliest Paleoindians through Archaic period hunters and foragers, the transition to true village life, and the later prehistoric archaeological cultures. He will also discuss connections between archaeology and history, and provide an overview of the Native American, European, Mexican, African, and Asian peoples who formed our state’s more recent history. Dart is a principal investigator for EcoPlan Associates, Inc., an environmental and cultural resources consulting firm and a founder of the Old Pueblo Archaeology Center in Tucson.
Campbell to address Democrats
Arizona Rep. Chad Campbell (Phoenix) is the featured speaker at the Democrats of the Red Rocks’ annual general meeting. The event will be at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 100 Arroyo Pinon Drive, West Sedona, 5-8 p.m.
Campbell, current Minority Leader of the State Legislature, will speak on “Moving Arizona Forward.” The event is also the annual general meeting of the Democrats of the Red Rocks, and will include a short business meeting, election of new board members, and a raffle. The public is invited to attend, and a light buffet will be served. There is no charge for this event, but the club requests food or a donation for the Sedona Food Bank. For more information, call (928) 203-5858, or visit the website at www.democratsoftheredrocks.org.
Join the Verde Valley Voices
It’s not too late to join the Verde Valley Voices this semester as they practice for their upcoming Spring Concert honoring our Arizona Centennial to be presented the latter part of April. This promises to be such a fun-filled concert program for all ages, and the choir is having a wonderful evening learning the music. They always welcome new members so, if you love to sing and can carry a tune, please consider joining the non-audition choir of now more than 100 singers from throughout the Verde Valley and beyond (you do not have to be able to read music).
They do have dues per semester that assist in paying for all the music. The dues are $40 per adult, $35 each for members of the same household, and $20 for students. Practices are held at the Presbyterian Church on Hombre Street in Cottonwood every Tuesday evening 6:30-8:30.
For additional information please call: (928) 649-3172 or (928) 639-2611.
Attention: Actors and Actresses
The New Verde Valley Theatre Company announces auditions for William Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet,” a modern condensed version. They are seeking 12 actors/actresses 15 to 70 years old. All ethnicities, veterans and disabled actors encouraged. Readings are from the script. Auditions are at The American Legion 480 S. Calvary Way, Cottonwood. All rehearsals and performances are at the American Legion in Cottonwood. Rehearsals start in January. All proceeds and donations go directly to The American Legion. Any questions or inquiries please call the director, Terra, at (928) 649-8229.
‘Green Ranger’ Program at Montezuma Well
The National Park Service’s free “Green Rangers” program will be resuming in February. The Green Ranger program is for kids 9-12 years old and teaches about native plants and habitat restoration. Kids will be working with park natural resource staff at Montezuma Well. The “Green Rangers” program meets following Saturdays:
Feb. 11 and Feb. 25 - Plants
March 3 and March 17 - Pollinators
April 7 and April 21 - Earth Day topics
May 12 - Habitats
Each session will have up to 15 kids enrolled on a first-come-first-serve basis. Kids must be signed in with the youth coordinator (email@example.com or 928-821-0745) prior to attending.