Pet Partners training course offered to benefit VVMC patients
Recognizing the healing benefits of animals, Verde Valley Medical Center (VVMC) developed the Pet Partners program, which offers patients special visits with therapy dogs.
The Delta Society Pet Partners is sponsoring a team training course for handlers to learn the skills needed to safely visit in hospitals, retirement and nursing homes, schools and other facilities. Successful completion of this course or the home-study training course is required for registration as a Pet Partner.
The next course is from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., in VVMC’s Conference Room C, 269 S. Candy Lane. The cost of the course is $75 and includes the Pet Partners Team Training Course Manual.
Additionally, VVMC is hosting 30-minute team evaluations by appointment, Sunday, March 25, in Conference Room A. The cost of the evaluation is $20.
To register for the two-day training, schedule an evaluation appointment or for more information, contact Dee Chadwick at (928) 284-5757 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Buena Vista Children’s Services offers a free parenting class
Buena Vista Children’s Services offers the free class on Young Children’s Behavior, what is expect, what is normal, and how to redirect undesirable behavior. This class is geared towards parents with children birth-5 years of age.
Facilitated by Rosalie Malter, M.A. Parenting Coach, RM, the class is 9-11 a.m. Bright Futures Child Care, 19. E. Beech St. Cottonwood (Willard/Beech St.).
Free childcare for those who pre-register. Childcare space is limited so register soon. These parenting classes are funded by First Things First, through Community Counts. To register please call (928) 451-5755 or email email@example.com.
A Unique Look at Marijuana Addiction
There are many varying medical and non-medical opinions on the question: “Is marijuana addictive?” MATForce’s Lunch ‘n Learn will look at the research and address marijuana’s potential for dependence or addiction. This presentation will outline a five-stage progression of addiction as seen from a treatment perspective. Presenters include John Schuderer, MA, LCP, LISAC from West Yavapai Guidance Clinic and Wayne P. Sisson, MA.
The Lunch ‘n Learn will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Board of Supervisors Room, Yavapai County Administration Building, 1015 S. Fair St., Prescott and teleconferenced to the Yavapai County Cottonwood Annex, 10 S. Sixth St., Cottonwood. It is free and open to the public. Brown-bag lunches are welcome.
For more information contact MATForce at (928) 708-0100 or online at matforce.org.
Verde Valley Computer Club February Calendar
Feb 02 Board Meeting 6:30 p.m.
Feb 03 Windows/Internet SIG 4:00 p.m.
Feb 18 General Meeting 9:30 a.m. Topic will be “Today’s Gadgets”.
Feb 23 Digital Camera SIG 6:00 p.m.
Visitors are welcome to attend these free meetings. Clemenceau Building, Willard Street at Mingus Avenue, Cottonwood. Website www.vvcclub.com Dave 639-0106.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Get free help with taxes
For 28 years AARP/IRS h as provided a free program for those with low to moderate income to have their taxes prepared and filed. This will be done at the Verde Valley Senior Center, 500 E. Cherry St., Cottonwood on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
There is no age limit, and you do not have to be a member of AARP. You do, however, have to make an appointment.
Call (928) 634-5450 or just drop by the Senior Center and made the appointment in person between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Dance with Sentimental Journey
The second dance of the 2012 season, with the music of the great band Sentimental Journey, is again at the Clark Memorial Clubhouse on Ninth Street in Clarkdale. The Clarkdale Heritage Center and Museum continues to host these dances.
Dancing begins at 6:30 p.m. and runs until 9:30 p.m. This is a non-alcoholic event, and refreshments are available. Admission is $10 per person. Bring your partner to dance the night away.
For further information, call Gail and Lee Daniels at (928) 634-9346 or Pat at 649-9672.
Reviews of Note to meet Monday
The Reviews of Note Book Club/Discussion Group meets at 1:30 p.m. at the Beaver Creek Adult Center in Lake Montezuma. If you’re a reader, we would love to hear about books or authors that you love. Please come and join the long-term group. For information, call (928) 301-3484.
Lake Montezuma POA Meeting
The next meeting for the Lake Montezuma Property Owners Association will be held at 5 p.m. on Monday, in the Beaver Creek Adult Center. Jody Nickerson, OHV Coordinator for the Red Rock Ranger District in Coconino National Forest, will be the featured guest. She will bring maps and explain how the new Travel Management Rule will be implemented in the vicinity of the community and answer questions. For more information please call Janet at (928) 592-2839.
Cornville Community Association to meet
The Cornville Community Association meets at 7 p.m. at Oak Creek Elementary School. The CCA is asking you to bring a canned good to the meeting for the Cornville Food Bank. This month Jody Nickerson from the Coconino National Forest Service, will be discussing the upcoming Travel Management Rule (TMR) that is coming to the Coconino NF. There are many ins and outs about TMR, but for the main message: No more cross country travel, and travel with a motorized vehicle must happen with a Motor Vehicle Use Map. They will also from hear from the Forest Service’s Janie Agyagos, who will be discussing the critters in around Cornville.
For more information regarding the Cornville Community Association go to their web page at www.greatercornville.org.
Celebration of 100 Years of Cycling
The Verde Valley Cycling Coalition would like to celebrate the centennial of the state at Verde River Days in Cottonwood. Archives will be searched for bicycle pictures and information of cycling history in the Verde Valley.
Also, the community is being asked to share pictures and stories of bikes of any kind. The bikes don’t have to be the center of any picture.
Stories and first person accounts would be very acceptable. If you have anything, please contact email@example.com or call (928) 649-5961.