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What's Happening: 12-22-13

'A River Runs Thru Us' at Clark Memorial Library

Thru Jan. 3

If you're looking for something to do with your family and guests over the holiday break, stop in at the Clark Memorial Library to view "A River Runs Thru Us." The exhibit features works of art inspired by a three-day trip on the Verde River. The results are spectacular, come out and see this unique show.

"A River Runs Thru Us" will be on display through Jan. 3 and can be viewed during library hours: 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 8 a.m.-noon on Friday. The library will close at noon on Dec. 24 and be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

The original art will be sold in an online auction, along with sales of posters, prints, calendars and greeting cards to fund ongoing education, and conservation of the valuable and precious habitat of the Verde River. For a list of artists and samples of their work and the exhibition/event calendar, visit the website: and their Facebook Page Challenge. Call (928) 639-2480.

Erev Shabbat at JCSVV

Dec. 27

On Friday, Erev Shabbat services at the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley begin at 7:30 p.m. led by Rabbi Alicia Magal. The Erev (Eve of) Shabbat service is a journey that everyone takes, following the "ladder" of the service through blessings, prayers, songs, and silent prayer, climbing "up the mountain" and returning to a state of groundedness with a sense of peace and a joyful heart. The Oneg refreshments are sponsored by the current Board of Directors.

The JCSVV synagogue is at 100 Meadowlark in Sedona. Call the office at (928) 204-1286 or visit for more information.

Coaches needed for youth football

Red Rock Youth Football needs coaches and volunteers for the 2014 season. Please contact Coach Chuck at (815) 529-1048 or

Strengthening Families program

Jan. 4-Feb. 22

Cottonwood Public Library, 100 S. Sixth St., presents "Strengthening Families," a program for youth age 10-14 and their parents. The free program is Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon, with a free light breakfast provided.

A strong family is the best defense against youth violence, alcohol, drug use, early sexual activity and other risky decisions. Creating a strong family doesn't have to be work; it should be fun.

For details, call Rebecca Southall (928) 692-5889.

Alpha Course at Immaculate Conception

Jan. 20

The first 2014 Alpha course will be hosted by Immaculate Conception Catholic Church located on SR89A and Bill Gray Road, Cottonwood, beginning Monday at 9:30 a.m. with free breakfast and the Introductory Session.

Are you searching for meaning in life? You are cordially invited to join us as we explore life and faith. The Alpha course is interdenominational, relaxed, friendly and fun. The course consists of 10 weekly sessions in the parish hall. There is no charge for the Alpha course and babysitting is provided free on-site.

For information and registration contact Ruthanne at 649-2497 or email Carol at

Make and play your own Native American flute at Montezuma Castle

Dec. 28

On Saturday, Don Decker from the Yavapai-Apache Nation will be at Montezuma Castle National Monument, showing how the Dilzhe'e or Western Apache people made traditional reed flutes. From 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., while the materials last, Mr. Decker will show visitors how to make and play their own reed flutes.

There is no additional charge for the special program. The fee for Montezuma Castle National Monument is $5 per adult 16 years of age or older. There is no charge for children 15 and younger. Montezuma Castle is located off Interstate 17, exit 289, 2800 N. Montezuma Castle Highway. For additional information, call 928-567-3322, extension zero.

Bi-Monthly Bird Walks at Montezuma Well

Jan. 4

Beginning Saturday, the National Park Service will offer winter bird walks at the Montezuma Well unit of Montezuma Castle National Monument. Visitors can join Ranger Melinda McFarland to explore the diverse bird life inhabiting the different ecosystems around the Well.

Bird walks will begin at 8:30 a.m. every first and third Saturday through April, weather permitting. The park ranger will meet visitors at the ­­­­­­picnic area and help identify birds around the site, while interpreting different species and their roles in the local environment.

Montezuma Well is located 11 miles north of Montezuma Castle, at 5525 East Beaver Creek Road in Rimrock, Arizona. There is no entry fee at the Montezuma Well location, and the program is free. Call (928) 567-3322 ext. 221 for more information.

Prepare now for Camp Verde Relay for Life

May 30-31, 2014

Yes, I know it's only the middle of November, but it is never too early to start thinking about Relay for Life 2014. What is this all about? Well, Relay for Life is an event that raises money for cancer patients across the state of Arizona. This is accomplished by forming teams that will then walk all night, May 30 and 31 at the Camp Verde High School Track. There will be contests among the teams to see who can raise the most money, come up with the most ideas for themes for laps, the teams that have the most participation walking these theme laps, and teams that have someone walking the track all night long.

The 2013 event had the lowest level of participation ever. So, for 2014, we want to kick it up a notch. I would like to challenge sports teams, the Fire Dept., Police and Fire volunteers, High School clubs and societies from all of our high schools, youth groups, church groups, local civic groups, local businesses, families, and any one who has been hit by cancer to give this a try. If you are interested, please feel free to call Marissa Griffin at (928) 526-7344 to get more information or to sign up your team. Keep an eye on this paper as we keep you informed as the date draws closer.

Children's clinic, clothing exchange

Dec. 28

Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church will provide a free children's clinic and the Revolve Clothing Exchange on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the church, 330 Scenic Drive, Clarkdale. Trade in gently used outgrown clothing for new or gently used items.  Bring the child for whom the clothing is needed. See www.http://sojaz or call 634-4102 for further information.

Elks host Hoop Shoot

Dec. 29

On Sunday, Jerome Elks Lodge #1361 will sponsor their annual Hoop Shoot at Clarkdale/Jerome Elem. School gym, 1615 Main St., Clarkdale, from noon to 3 p.m.

The Hoop Shoot is a free throw contest for boys and girls ages 8 to 13. Winners from this shoot will advance to district, state and regional. For more information call Bill Frazier at 300-7297.

VVFF Sweethearts Dinner Dance fund-raiser

Feb. 8

The Sweethearts Dinner Dance fund-raiser for Verde Valley Fire Foundation will be at the Moose Lodge, 1501 S. Broadway, Clarkdale. Doors open at 6 p.m. Dinner is served at 7 p.m. and includes a choice of chicken, steak or vegetarian. Dance is from 8 to 10 p.m.

Dress business casual/cocktail. Cost is $40 per person or $75 per couple. For tickets, contact Amy Bayless at (928) 639-0121 or email or contact any VVFF board member or the Verde Valley Fire Station.

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