Romance, wisdom and mystery are the topics of What the Heart Knows by award-winning author Mara Purl (www.MaraPurl.com) and resonate with women readers. Purl is on a Western States tour for “What the Heart Knows,” the first of her 12-book series based on her BBC radio drama which had 4.5 million U.K. listeners. Her Arizona portion begins in the Village of Oak Creek at the Worm Book & Music store (www.Sedonaworm.com) at 6645 Highway 179, Ste. C-1 on Tuesday from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.
In the first novel of her Milford-Haven novel series, you will meet Miranda Jones who is a wildlife artist plus a cast of characters that include a television journalist, an environmentalist, a Native American part-time student, a builder and an heir to an oil fortune in the fictional coastal town of Milford-Haven.
Janet Fagan to speak to NAWBO
Certified coach Janet Fagan is guest speaker for the Verde Valley chapter of National Association of Women Business Owners luncheon at 11:15 a.m. Reservations requested. Fagan specializes in career coaching as well as executive and organizational consulting. In addition to strategic planning and team development consulting, she has worked closely with business owners and entrepreneurs to recruit, hire and improve staff performance. The luncheon is at Poco Diablo, 1752 SR 179, Sedona. For momre information, visit www.nawbosvv.org.
Centennial at the Clemenceau
Always remember where you were Feb. 14, 2012, when Arizona celebrates its 100th birthday. Come to the lawn of one of the oldest buildings in Cottonwood, the Clemenceau School and Museum to join in the bell ringing at 2:14 p.m., along with all of Yavapai County. The Verde Valley Christian Church will be sending a class of students over to sing Rex Allen’s song Arizona. Share in a birthday cake and drinks from 1 to 3 p.m. What better way to celebrate Arizona’s Birthday than with the folks who are preserving the history of the Verde Valley. The Clemenceau Museum is at the corner of Mingus and Willard. For more information call (928) 634-2868.
Unknown Flour of the Desert
Learn about mesquite tree care, pruning and even trellising to produce a better mesquite pod crop. Mark Moody of the Arizona Mesquite Company will be at Page Springs Vineyard in the Verde Valley to talk about the local indigenous history of and beneficial uses for mesquite flour. It is surprisingly sweet and makes great pancakes. Come try some and learn how this food-source is our under-rated, most abundant crop in the Southwest.
Pancakes are served from 10 to 11 a.m., followed by the talk, all for free. Call (928) 308-5730 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn about the Arizona Rangers
The public is invited to learn about the Arizona Rangers from their inception in 1901 until now. Capt. Rick Roda of the Verde Valley Company of Arizona Rangers will speak on this all-volunteer group of dedicated individuals with a three-fold purpose. Discover how the Rangers, past and present, are a most valuable and important part of the historical heritage and honorable service to Arizona and its citizens.
The special presentation, open and free to the public, will be at 2 pm at Yavapai College’s Clarkdale campus, Room M 137. The campus is located off of Black Hills Drive. For more information, please call (928) 649-4275.
Get your Singing Valentine
Valentine’s Day can be made even more special for your loved ones this year with a Singing Valentine delivered by a barbershop quartet. The sound of four-part harmony will ring out in offices, restaurants, schools, and homes throughout Sedona and the Verde Valley as members of Harmony on the Rocks sing their hearts out to serenade your sweetheart. Recipients will also receive a beautiful red rose and a Valentine card.
Harmony on the Rocks chorus is Sedona’s chapter of the national Barbershop Harmony Society, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit group dedicated to fostering this truly American form of music.
For more information or to order a Singing Valentine to arrive at the destination of your choice on Valentine’s Day (for as little as $35) please call (928) 301-5943, 284-2972, or 284-3628.
Kid’s ‘Green Ranger’ Program returns to Montezuma Well
The National Park Service’s “Green Rangers” program will be resuming in February 2012. The Green Ranger program is for kids 9-12 years old and teaches kids about native plants and habitat restoration. Kids will be working with park natural resource staff at Montezuma Well to collect native seeds, learn about natural resources, and assist in the Native Pollinator and Traditional Use Garden areas at Montezuma Well.
The “Green Rangers” program meets following Saturdays 9-11 a.m.:
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. There is no cost for the program.
Readers’ Group Meets at Camp Verde Library
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.
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.
Quality Connections 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/VerdeValley Jan31
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.
Apply for Habitat for Humanity
Are you a U.S. Citizen? Are you unable to qualify for conventional loans? Been at your current job for at least 1 year? Lived in the Verde Valley for 2 consecutive years? Have debt that can be paid off within 12 months? Can you live in a 1000 – 1380 sq. foot home? Can you live anywhere in the Verde Valley? Are you willing to build your own home? Are you able to live in your current housing for 1 year?
If you answered yes to all the above you may qualify for a Verde Valley Habitat For Humanity Home. Habitat works in partnership with homebuyers, understanding that homeownership is a fundamental way for people to secure a better future for their family and their future generations.
Verde Valley Habitat for Humanity will be accepting applications through January 2012. For more information please call (928) 649-6788 or visit their website at www.vvhabitat.org.
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.
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.
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.
Volunteer Tax Preparer needed
Help those in need with free tax preparation. Catholic Charities is seeking volunteer tax preparers to help clients receive their maximum return.
No experience necessary. All training and materials provided.
Free tax preparation will be offered Feb. 1–April 15. To find out more about volunteering, contact Tania Simms (928) 634-4254 or email@example.com.
Tax prep volunteer screeners needed
Help those in need receive free tax preparation. Catholic Charities is seeking screening to help clients receive their maximum return by ensuring they have the necessary information required to complete his/her return.
Help the tax preparations process run smoothly for both the volunteer tax preparers and clients. All training and materials provided. Free tax preparation will be offered Feb. 1–April 15. To find out more about volunteering, Tania Simms (928) 634-4254 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tax assistance site coordinator needed
Help those in need receive free tax preparation. Catholic Charities is seeking volunteers to help with its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance efforts. Volunteers are needed as site coordinators. Provides coordination, organization and supervision for site operation and ensures a comfortable environment for our clients and site volunteers. All training and materials provided. Free tax preparation will be offered Feb. 1 – April 15. To find out more about volunteering, Tania Simms (928) 634-4254 or email@example.com.
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.
Grand opening of Paw Boutique
The Adopt For Life Center for Animals has found a new home for their thrift store, now located at 791 N. Main St. (the old Cottonwood Recreation Center building.) The community is invited to celebrate the grand opening and ribbon cutting for “The Paw Boutique” at 11 a.m.
The Paw Boutique will serving refreshments along with door-prize drawings every half hour, along with a raffle drawing for a great grand prize and will also be serving refreshments.