The Yavapai County Birth Circle is a free community meet-up and resource for pregnancy, birth and postpartum. They meet theh first Saturday of every month at 4 p.m. at the Shiva Shack in Old Town Cottonwood, 928 N. Main St. Monthly topics can be found on facebook at www.facebook.com/ycbirthcircle.
VV Computer Club Meetings
The Verde Valley Computer Club Digital Camera Special Interest Group (SIG) meeting is Thursday, at 4 p.m. Topic: ‘Emailing Photos’. The General Meeting is Friday at 9:30 a.m. Topic: Cleaning Up Those Computer Gigabytes’ presented by Richard Gohman. Clemenceau Building, Willard Street at Mingus Avenue, Cottonwood. The meetings are Free. Dave 639-0106.
Free admission during National Park Week
The National Park Service invites visitors to enjoy, explore, and share America’s national parks during National Park Week. Admission to all National Parks will be free from Monday through Friday. The theme of National Park Week this year will be “Did You Know?” Come learn about and enjoy the beauty and wonder of 84 million acres of the world’s most amazing scenery, historic places, and cultural treasures. There will many special events and activities during this celebration of our National Parks.
Visitors may call the Montezuma Castle Visitor Center at (928) 567-3322 ext. 221 for more information.
Caregiver Support Group
Caregiver Support Group meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month starting this Tuesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Cottonwood Village located at 201 East Mingus Ave, Cottonwood. Open to the Public and all Caregivers of the community. Sponsored by Hospice of the Pines and ABRiO Care. Info: Call Hospice of the Pines at 1-877-632-0111
Elizabeth McFarland to Speak at OLLI
Learn from Elizabeth McFarland, coordinator of the new “Senior Provider Network,” how we can “Prepare for the Expected and the Unexpected” as we grow older, so we can be sure our wishes are fulfilled.
On Wednesday, from 1 to 2 p.m., she will be the honored guest at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s (OLLI) Lunch and Learn: Keynote Speaker program, in room 34 of Yavapai College’s Sedona campus (on Cultural Park Road, across Rte 89A from Red Rock High School).
Bring your lunch (or come for complimentary coffee, tea, water, and a little snack). OLLI is a local, volunteer, peer-to-peer, adult education program. The Spring term is now underway and several workshops are still available for a nominal fee. For more information about OLLI or the Lunch & Learn program, please call (928) 649-4275.
Register for Clippers Swim Team
Calling all swimmers! The 2013 Cottonwood Clippers Swim Team Registration is Thursday at 6 p.m. at Cottonwood Aquatics Center Outdoor Pool. Fee is $120/swimmer at Registration Only (Discounts available for families with more than 1 swimmer).
The Clippers are open to all boys and girls ages 7 years old and up. New swimmers must know swimming basics and have completed Level 4 swimming lessons or be able to swim the length of the pool unassisted. For more information about the Cottonwood Clippers or to request registration forms, please visit our website at www.cottonwoodclippers.webs.com.
Wilderness of Ruins
The Verde Valley Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society is proud to sponsor an evening with nationally acclaimed author Scott Thybony on Thursday at 7 p.m. His topic will be “Wilderness of Ruins: A Story of Exploration and Disappearances.” This event will be held at the Great Room, Sedona Creative Life Center, 333 Schnebly Hill Road, Sedona. The program is free, and open to the public.
Arbor Day at Dead Horse
Friday the state of Arizona will celebrate Arbor Day. In observance of the holiday, students from the local High Schools will plant 75 native trees at Dead Horse Ranch State Park. Trees were grown locally by the Verde River Growers and donated by the National Wildlife Federation to improve the health of the Verde River and create wildlife habitat. The event is part of the National Park Foundation’s “Park Stewards” program, which allows students and teachers to work directly with National Park Service resource managers and scientists. Over the last year, students from Mingus Union and Camp Verde High Schools participated in several field restoration projects on National Park Service and Arizona State Park lands. This is the final field trip of the school year, so please stop by and offer your support.
Junior Ranger Day
Junior Ranger Day is from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Montezuma Well picnic area. Come to Montezuma Well for a day of free family fun. Learn about the National Parks, what Park Rangers really do, and why Montezuma Well is an amazing and unique place.
There will be a variety of hand-on activities including: Learning about artifacts, drawing petroglyphs, grinding corn with a mano & metate, using a pump drill, learning how to track animals, making a cordage bracelet, planting native foods, looking at strange creatures through a microscope and dressing up as a park ranger.
Various free prizes will be available upon completion of activities. There are no entry fees at Montezuma Well. Participants should bring water and wear clothing and footwear appropriate for an easy to moderate hike.
Close Encounters of the Reptilian Kind
Red Rock State Park’s Sunday Lecture Series at 2 p.m. is “Close Encounters of the Reptilian Kind.”
Dennis Jex will present hands-on and interactive opportunities with his program. The fun and educational presentation about snakes will be held in the Park theater. Dennis will talk about the many facts and myths associated with snakes. You will also learn how to treat (or better yet) avoid snakebites, and how to relocate a snake, if necessary.
Reservations are required because space is limited. Call the Park at 928-282-6907 to ensure a seat at this educational and enjoyable program. Red Rock State Park, 4050 Lower Red Rock Loop Road, Sedona.
Help with MUHS Operation Graduation
Mingus Union High School’s graduation is right around the corner (May 24th)! Don’t have time to serve on the Operation Graduation Planning Committee? That’s OK! We still need your help! Operation Graduation is an annual commitment from the community to provide a safe, alcohol and drug-free environment for our graduating seniors and their friends.
To volunteer to work a two-hour shift on the night of the event, contact Windy Mickle at (928) 301-2104. To make a cash donation, make your check payable to “MUHS Operation Graduation” and mail it to: ATTN: Operation Graduation, 1801 E. Fir Street, Cottonwood, AZ 86326. To donate an item that can be used as an event prize, contact Daniel Elliott at (928) 300-6516. If you’d like to donate a Gift Certificate, you can mail it to the address listed above. To help sell raffle tickets or to buy some (for a chance to win $2,013!), contact Vikki Church at (928) 821-3457. If you or your business would like to become a sponsor of the event, contact Tim Wills at (928) 300-3810 or Jan Wills at (928) 300-3820.
To get the latest Operation Graduation updates, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MUHSOperationGraduation.
Hawaiian Language Classes
Kehau Chrisman, Kumu Hula (Hula Master) from Hawaii, announces open enrollment for Hawaiian Language Class, for participants ages 16 and older, in Cottonwood from May 8 through June 26, from 4 to 5 p.m. The cost of each class is $8.00. Classes will be held every Wednesday for 8 weeks at the Civic Center in Old Town Cottonwood, 805 N. Main St.. Participants should bring notepaper and pen or pencil to class. Participants will learn correct Hawaiian pronunciation, simple sentence structure, and Hawaiian vocabulary.
For more information, visit www.arizonahula.com. You can also call Chrisman at 639-4683.
Cottonwood hosts Arizona Town Hall
The City of Cottonwood will host an Arizona Town Hall Community Outreach program on Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cottonwood Recreation Center, 150 S. Sixth St. The luncheon meeting is a presentation and discussion on recommendations from the 101st Arizona Town Hall.
Presenters include Cottonwood City Manager Doug Bartosh, Camp Verde Mayor Bob Burnside, ATH President Tara Jackson, Camp Verde community volunteer Chip Norton, Cottonwood Economic Development Director Casey Rooney and Prescott Valley Mayor Harvey Skoog.
Lunch is $10. Register and pay online at www.aztownhall.org/Events or call (602) 252-9600. Reserve a seat by Monday.
Cottonwood Chamber Mixer on Thursday
Cottonwood’s Chamber Mixer is Thursday, 6-8 p.m. at Cork & Catch, 1750 E. Villa Drive. Co-hosts are Cork & Catch, Verve Events & Tents and Verde Valley Rentals.
Bring Raffle prizes to promote your business. Mixer Admission: Members - $8; Non Members - $10. Admission includes two drink tickets.
Jackpot $150 this month - must be present to win. Call Karen 634-7593 to book your 2014 Mixer.
‘Simply Stated and Simply Played’ at Clemenceau Museum
Cornville singer-songwriter Dan Engler will provide the musical fare at the Clemenceau Heritage Museum Last Friday of the Month gathering Friday, 1-3 p.m.
Engler’s program is called “Simply Stated and Simply Played.”
He will perform his original folk music and talk about folk music origins and his own song-writing process.
This is a free event, open to the public, with refreshments.
The Clemenceau Heritage Museum is located at 1 N. Willard St. in Cottonwood.
Call (928) 634-2868.
Kids Against Hunger Verde Valley plans Open House
In celebration of a new facility, Kids Against Hunger Verde Valley is having an open house on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The new location is 406 S. Sixth St. in Cottonwood.
The public is invited to come tour the facility and enjoy live music and great food. Several events including a yard sale, bake sale and silent auction are planned throughout the day.
Additionally, they will have ongoing demonstrations of the assembly line used to package the food we ship and the important part our volunteers play in the process.
The Ribbon cutting ceremony is at 10 a.m. For more information, check the website www.kahverdevalley.com.
Kindergarten Registration at DDB
April 30-Ma 1
Kindergarten Registration at Dr. Daniel Bright Elementary School is Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3:30 p.m. (April 30 only, 5-7 p.m.)
Please Bring: *Current Immunization; *Utility Bill w/Physical Address; *Birth Certificate.
Child must be 5 years of age by Sept. 1, 2013. Note: Child will not be enrolled without up-to-date immunization record.