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1/24/2012 1:01:00 PM
What's Happening 1-25-12

Camp Verde Women Taking Action meet

Jan. 25

Camp Verde Women Taking Action will meet today at 4 p.m. at Rezzonico Park. Join the group to determine what steps are next to create a community park that will honor our veterans. 

The following suggestions were tendered at the Jan. 16 meeting:

1. Parking

2. Exercise equipment

3. Picnic areas

4. Lighting

5. Walking trails

6. Access to the river for water sports

7. Landscaping

The goal is to have the park ready for dedication on Memorial Day weekend 2012 to celebrate Arizona’s 100th anniversary of statehood.

They need your help and community involvement to prioritize these areas and assist the Camp Verde Women Taking Action group members to create the park for all to enjoy. If you are unable to attend this Park meeting, please come to the next meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 29 at 5:30 p.m. at Sweet Grace’s Restaurant. Call Charlotte Chase at (928) 227-2992for more information.

VVMC’s Walking Group

Feb. 4

Verde Valley Medical Center’s (VVMC) Diabetes Education Department is encouraging those with diabetes to live a healthy, active lifestyle by sponsoring a walking group twice a week. This activity provides an opportunity for all individuals to exercise on a regular basis and meet others who also enjoy walking.

The walking group meets at the VVMC track, located near the southwest parking lot of VVMC, 269 S. Candy Lane. The walks are to encourage exercise and to help prepare those interested in participating in the Brian Mickelsen Memorial Run/Walk on Saturday, April 21.

VVMC’s walking group will start Saturday, Feb. 4, and will meet Wednesdays at 4 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. Exercise physiologist Joy Marimon, Cardiac Rehabilitation, will attend the walks to help with stretching and answer questions. Additionally, Martha Brown, registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, and Mary May, R.N., certified diabetes educator will attend to answer questions about blood sugar control, exercise and diet. For more information about VVMC’s Diabetes Education or about the walking group, call (928) 639-6346.

Readers’ Group Meets at Camp Verde Library

Jan. 31

Share your joy of reading and learn about books from other booklovers. The Camp Verde Library will offer three meetings of the Winter Readers’ Group. Tuesday, Jan. 31, Tuesday, Feb. 28, and Tuesday, March 27. All meeting will be from 2 to 4 in the afternoon.

Each meeting will give readers a chance to tell others about books they’ve enjoyed. Unlike some book clubs, attendees will not be asked to all read the same book and any adult may come to one or all of the meetings.

Come prepared to tell others about books you’ve read recently and would recommend to others and to share how you find and select the books you read.

Attendees will also learn new ways to select their next favorite book. At the first meeting on Jan. 31 Alice Gottschalk, library staff will demonstrate NoveList, a database available through the Library’s website which helps readers find books with particular plots (like Women Detectives, New York City), books that are part of a series you already like, award winners, and more by your favorite authors.

All meetings will take place in the Camp Verde Library’s Meeting Room (Children’s Room), 130 Black Bridge Loop Road. Light refreshments will be served. No children please. For more information call Alice at the Camp Verde Library (928) 567-3414.

Digital Camera SIG

Jan. 26

The Verde Valley Computer Club will hold their Digital Camera Special Interest Group (SIG) meeting Thursday at 6 p.m. Topic will be “An Introduction to Digital Photography.” Bring your questions, camera and manual.

The public is invited to attend this free meeting.

“We are Users Helping Users and meet at the Clemenceau Building, Willard Street at Mingus Avenue, Cottonwood.” Dave (928) 639-0106.

Iris Society meeting

Jan. 25

The Verde Valley Area Iris Society (VAIS) is holding its first meeting of the year in Cottonwood today at 5:30 p.m. at the Yavapai County Building, 10 S. Sixth St., Supervisor’s Room, first floor, Cottonwood. Nora Graf, MG, will present “Anyone Can Grow Iris.” It will cover the basics of growing iris in the Verde Valley. Some of the topics include planting, watering, fertilizers, pests and dividing. The Verde Valley is so unique, it can grow almost any type of iris. Iris will survive our heat, drought and frost plus, they like our alkaline soil. They are perfect for lining outside areas of flower gardens, vegetable gardens and vineyards. Sometimes they are called “the Orchid of the Desert.” VAIS welcomes anyone interested in iris, and bring a friend.

The American Iris Society national convention is April 16-21 in Ontario, Calif. This convention includes a trip to Huntington Gardens with over 450 iris cultivars and a trip to Holk Memorial Gardens with over 500 guest irises. There is also a convention June 7-9 in Lansing, Mich., for Siberian and Species Iris. For more info, contact Linda at (928) 567-7470 or

Sean Williams & Dan Engler at Bent River Books Saturday

Jan. 28 & Feb. 18

Cottonwood’s Sean Williams and Cornville’s Dan Engler will provide new original Americana-folk-blues music at 6 p.m. Jan. 28 and Feb. 18, at Bent River Books & Music, 1010 N. Main St., in Old Town Cottonwood.

It is a live acoustic music venue every Friday & Saturday night. Call (928) 634-8332 or visit

Free cleaning and service of hearing aids

Ron Kuglitsch, BC-HIS of Verde Mobile Hearing Solutions will be at the following locations for free cleaning and service of all makes of hearing aids:

Feb. 2: Camp Verde Senior Center beginning at 10 a.m.

Feb. 22: Verde Valley Senior Center in Cottonwood beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Feb. 23: Beaver Creek Community Center in Lake Montezuma beginning at 10 a.m.

March 28: Verde Valley Manor, Godard Rd., Cottonwood beginning at 10 a.m.

These services are free of charge. Verde Mobile Hearing Solutions provides hearing services to clients in their homes, businesses and other facilities in the Verde Valley. Mr. Kuglitsch is a member of the Hearing Healthcare Providers of Arizona and the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce. He has been serving the hearing needs of Arizona and the Verde Valley for the past eight years.

For further information please call Verde Mobile Hearing Solutions at 634-2077 or contact the facilities listed above.

Arizona Rangers Past and Present

Feb. 10

Capt. Rick Roda, Company Commander of the Verde Valley Company of Arizona Rangers, will speak on the history of the Arizona Rangers from its inception in 1901 to today. This free event, hosted by OLLI the Osher Lifelhong Learning Institute, is 2-4 p.m. at Yavapai College Verde Campus, Room M-137, at 601 Black Hills Drive, Clarkdale.

Insomnia and Sleep Apnea lecture

Feb. 8

Verde Valley Medical Center (VVMC) is sponsoring the “Take Note” Sedona Library Lecture Series. “Insomnia and Sleep Apnea” is the last of three lectures on sleep apnea and related conditions. This lecture will feature Jeffrey Arnold, M.D., and Donald Curran, D.O. The lecture begins at 5 p.m. at the Sedona Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona. To RSVP or for more information on this free event, call (928) 639-6551.

To learn more about the Sleep Center, visit or call (928) 639-6382.

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Camp Verde Co-Rec Softball League

April 19

Camp Verde Parks & Recreation is proud to announce the Camp Verde Co-Rec. Softball League. This is an adult league that will play every Monday evening at Butler Park. The league will play a minimum seven-game regular season with a double elimination tournament at the end of the season. First place will receive a trophy. Registration deadline is April 19.

Registration fee is $275. Get signed up today. For more information call Parks & Recreation, (928) 567-0535, ext. 136, or contact

Clarkdale celebrates Arizona Centennial

Feb. 14

The Town of Clarkdale celebrates the 100th birthday of Arizona at Clarkdale-Jerome School in the auditorium. There will be Centennial fair, 1-2:30 p.m. with presentations, entertainment, student poetry, art and music, and bell ringing to celebrate Clarkdale’s 100 years. Bring a bell to ring.

There will be a chuck wagon dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The meal includes salad, cowboy chili, beverage and dessert. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children.

Proceeds benefit “To Clothe a Child” and reading programs.

Free Fourth Friday kicks off in Camp Verde

Jan. 27

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 Tymes, Ming House, Thanks a Latte, White Hills Gallery will all be open and supporting the evening’s events.

For more information about Free Fourth Fridays, please visit: or call the Camp Verde Visitor Center at (928) 567-9294.

Fourth Friday dinner

Jan. 27

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.

Fund-raiser for Whitworths

Jan. 28

VFW Post 6739 in Camp Verde is hosting a lunch at noon with burgers, hot dogs and all the trimmings, plus pizza! Cost is $5 a plate. All proceeds go to Beck and Alexis Whitworth.

Clarkdale and the Verde River

Jan. 27

To commemorate Clarkdale’s Centennial, Verde Osher Lifelong Learning Institute hosts a presentation by Clarkdale Mayor Doug Von Gausig on “Clarkdale and the Verde River: Then and Now” at 2 p.m.

He will speak about the area’s relationship with the Verde, from the days of the Sinagua to the times of the smelter to the present. The river’s look, forma and role have changed with the times. Are the best of times coming?

The presentation is at Yavapai College’s Verde Campus, 601 Black Hills Drive, Room M-127. Call (928) 649-5559 or 649-4275.

Lindsay Bell to address Democrats

Jan. 26

Democrats of the Verde Valley (DOVV) will hold their monthly meeting at Randall’s restaurant, 801 S. Main St., Cottonwood, 6-8 p.m. Lindsay Bell, chair of Yavapai County Democrats, will give an update on strategies planned for 2012. The effects of redistricting on our area will be discussed. They invite all interested persons to attend. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Food Bank. Refreshments. Call 639-3688 or see for further info. Call 634-7563 if you need a ride.

Quail Country Quilters meet

Jan. 26

This week’s program will be “Garments, Bags, Quilts, and Class Samples,” with Jill Boyd and Liz Mulbarger. You won’t want to miss this. QCQ is sponsoring a bus trip to the Arizona Quilters Guild annual quilt show on March 9. For further information please call Judy at (928) 634-7189. They meet on the second and fourth Thursdays at 9 a.m. at the VFW Post, 705 E. Aspen in Cottonwood. Visitors are encouraged and always welcome. Any questions, call Bev at (928) 634-9411.

Last Friday at Clemenceau Museum

Jan. 27

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

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

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