The 12th annual Pecan, Wine and Antique Festival has become a Verde Valley tradition. The three-day event will have an assortment of Arizona wines to be tasted, as well as pecan and pecan pie contests, pecan goods for sale, loads of antiques, entertainment and vendors.
The festival is at the Camp Verde Community Center on Friday from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission ins $12.50, including wine glass and tasting tickets.
For more information visitpecanandwinefestival.com.
Judging pecans and pecan pies
From now until Feb. 18, numerous pecan growers from the region should bring 40 nuts from a single tree to the Camp Verde Chamber of Commerce, 385 S. Main St., to be judged for their quality by the Master Gardeners.
During the Pecan, Wine and Antique Festival, ribbons and awards are handed out for the best pecans; for more information on how to participate, contact the Camp Verde Chamber of Commerce at (928) 567-9294. Also, the Fort Verde State Historic Park will host its annual pecan pie contest again during the festival. For information on how to participate in the pecan pie contest, contact the Fort Verde State Park at 567-3275.
Local families needed for exchange students
ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE) is seeking local host families for international high school boys and girls. These students are 15 to 18 years of age, and are coming to this area for the upcoming high school year or semester. These personable and academically selected exchange students are conversant in English, bright, curious and anxious to learn about this country through living as part of a family, attending high school and sharing their own culture and language with their newly adopted host family.
The exchange students arrive from their home country shortly before school begins and return at the end of the school year or semester. Each ASSE student is fully insured, brings his or her own personal spending money and expects to contribute to his or her share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles.
The students are well screened and qualified by ASSE. Families can choose their students from a wide variety of backgrounds, nationalities and personal interests.
Those persons interested in obtaining more information about becoming a host family should call toll free: 1-800-733-2773.
Wanted: Facilitators for OLLI
Facilitators are wanted for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Yavapai College. Persons interested in teaching or facilitating classes or workshops are needed for the spring session, April and May. If you have a subject you would like to share, please contact OLLI at (928) 649-5550.
Join Cottonwood Parks & Recreation Commission
The City of Cottonwood is accepting applications from individuals who would like to serve on the seven-member Parks & Recreation Commission. There is currently one vacancy available. This is to fill the remainder of a three-year term that expires Jan. 5, 2014. This is a volunteer appointment; commissioners serve without pay, and are appointed by the City Council.
The Commission acts in an advisory/support capacity to the City Council and the Community Services General Manager. The Commission also assists in the establishment of general priorities and budget items relating to parks development, recreation programs, park land acquisition and capital improvements.
If you are a Cottonwood resident living within city limits, and are interested in serving your community as a member of the Commission, please consider volunteering. Commission/Board member applications are available at the Human Resources Office, 816 N. Main St., or by calling 340-2713, or on-line at www.cottonwoodaz.gov. Completed applications should be returned to 816 N. Main St., and must be received no later than 3 p.m. on Feb. 8.
You may contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (928) 639-3200 if you have any questions regarding this position.
Friday Night Dances with High Desert Kickers
The High Desert Kickers Line-Dance Club would like to invite everyone to the next once-a-month Friday night dance at the Cottonwood Civic Center on Main Street in Old Town Cottonwood. The dance is 7 to 10 p.m. Cost is $5 per person.
Subsequent dances will be held March 2 and April 6.
Both line and couples dancers are welcome. If you are interested n observing the dancers but are not yet ready to participate, please come and watch for no charge.
Sign up for Verde Valley Little League
Signups for Verde Valley Little League are Saturday from 8 a.m. To noon and the Cottonwood Recreation Center and the Cottonwood Middle School.
There will be another signup on Feb. .4 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Cottonwood Recreation Center and Wal-Mart.
Also, anyone interested in umpiring this year needs to attend the umpire clinic on Feb. 4 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Little League Fields.
Any questions, contact Jayne Lee at 300-4594.
Acoustic Valentine at Bent River
Bent River Books & Music, 1010 N. Main St., Old Town Cottonwood, hosts a musical evening of original love songs, Acoustic Valentine, from 6 to 8 p.m. Featured performers are Dan Engler, Chicky Brooklyn, Mike McReynolds and Vyktoria Pratt Keating, plus special guests.
Suggested donation $7 ($10 for couples), includes refreshments (and chocolate).
Dances of Universal Peace
Dances of Universal Peace are joyful meditative circle dances, inspired by chants and mantras from the world’s spiritual traditions. These simple dances, accompanied by live music, are all taught as we do them. Suggested donation $8. The Dances will be 7 to 9 p.m., at the Old Town Center for the Arts, Studio B, 633 N. Fifth St. at N. Main. Info: Cathryn (928) 301-9686 or email@example.com.
Book signing at RIOT
Cottonwood native Dana Lam has just published her first book, “Does This
Ponytail Make My Butt Look Big? Style & Beauty for Every Woman.” She will have a book signing at Rendezvous in Old Town in Cottonwood from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.doesthisponytail.com.
Sean Williams & Dan Engler at Bent River Books
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 www.bentriverbm.com.
Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop
Learn to correctly prune mature fruit trees for maximum production.
See how pruning will increase the size of the fruit. Handouts on organic insect control, correct fertilizing, watering and harvesting tips.
This is a ‘hands on’ demonstration. You will have the opportunity try some pruning yourself.
The workshop is 10 a.m.-noon at 1049 S. Fifth St., Cottonwood. Cost is $15.
Call (928) 634-7172 to register or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Class is limited to 20 students.
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.