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Fran Banish headlines Old Town Blues Fest

March 29

Back by popular demand, Fran Banish returns to Cottonwood, headlining the fourth annual Old Town Blues Fest on Saturday at the old Town Center for the Arts. Banish appeared here for the first time two years ago and brought the house down with his performance.

Go to for more information about the Old Town Blues Fest and to purchase tickets online.

Dan Engler returns to Living Room Concert Series

April 2

Cornville singer-songwriter Dan Engler will return to the Living Room Concert Series April 2 with his "Simply Stated and Simply Played" program. In his second performance in the living room music series in the Village of Oak Creek, Engler will perform his original folk music and talk about folk music origins and his own song-writing process.

The Living Room Concert Series takes place every Wednesday at the Center for Positive Living Sedona in the Village of Oak Creek at 45 Castle Rock Road from 7-8:15 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for tea and coffee with the concerts starting promptly at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 cash only.

Pain support group meeting

March 8

Fibromyalgia/Arthritis/Other Pain Diseases Support Group will meet on Saturday at 10 a.m. in Conference Room at the Verde Valley Medical Center in Cottonwood. Lyn Dilbeck, Qi Gong Master and author, is the

guest speaker. Lyn is a dedicated teacher with great experience in helping to achieve relief from chronic pain.

All are welcome so bring your spouses, caregivers, friends, relatives, neighbors. Coffee, tea and water will be provided by VVMC. Questions? Call Barbara at 649-0248.

History of Archaeology

March 12

As part of Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month, Montezuma Castle National Monument, 2800 Montezuma Castle Road, Camp Verde, hosts the "History of Archaeology at Montezuma Castle" on Wednesday at 2 p.m., a lecture by Matt Guebard, Chief of Resource Management and Lead Archaeologist for Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monument. Meet at the Montezuma Castle Interpretive Circle located near the main viewing area. Regular entrance fees apply. Contact (928) 649-6195, ext. 225, or

Cultural demonstrations at Tuzigoot

March 15

Two cultural demonstrators from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community will exhibit the techniques used to make traditional paddle and anvil ceramics and etched marine shell jewelry and figurines on Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Tuzigoot National Monument, Clarkdale. Ron Carlos and Jacob Butler continue to make artistic creations in the manner of the Hohokam people of southern Arizona, using ancient skills and hand-collected materials.

 Butler 'etches' Hohokam-style designs in marine shell using fermented saguaro juice and creates shell mosaic pieces using inlay that he has cut by hand. Carlos creates ceramic vessels without the use of a potter's wheel. For more information, call (928) 634-5564.

Car, Truck & Bike Show at Clarkdale/Jerome Lions Club

March 15

The Clarkdale/Jerome Lions Club is hosting the fourth annual car, truck and bike show on Saturday at the town hall parking lot in Clarkdale. They have all years, makes and models of cars, trucks, bikes, sports cars, antique cars, and muscle and street rods, foreign and classics. Saturday registration is $20.

The show is free to all spectators, with hot dogs, sub sandwiches, chips, pop & water, coffee and doughnuts available for purchase, plus a raffle and a silent auction and items to bid for, donated by local merchants from the Verde Valley. Music will be playing during the day for everyone's enjoyment. Registration starts at 8 a.m. The show runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information call Davie Andrews at (928)634-8207.

Cornville Historical Society to meet

March 19

The Cornville Historical Society will hold its 10th annual meeting from 2 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, at the Cornville Fire Station, 1120 S. Page Springs Road, in Cornville. Members, friends, business owners and anyone interested in local history are invited and welcome to attend. The program, "A Conversation with the McMenamins", will feature Emmitt McMenamin, along with his niece Darlene (McMenamin) Moreno and nephew Dean McMenamin. Refreshments will be served.

Yavapai College Master Plan forum

March 20

The League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley hosts a forum from 7:to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Sedona Public Library on Yavapai College's Master Plan and Capital Improvements. The speakers will be Clint Ewell, Vice President, Finance & Administrative Services at Yavapai College and Herald Harrington, member of Yavapai College's Board of Governor and Board Spokesperson.

Sedona Public Library is at 3250 White Bear Road.

McKinnon to speak at DORR breakfast

March 20

The next Democrats of the Red Rocks Breakfast will be on Thursday at8 am at Olde Sedona Family Restaurant Bar and Grill, 1405 W. 89A, Sedona. The featured speaker will be Taylor McKinnon, director of Energy, Grand Canyon Trust, who will speak on Destructive Development: Safeguarding the Colorado Plateau.

Basic computer class offered at Camp Verde Adult Learn Center

March 24

Starting Monday, the Camp Verde Adult Learn Center will be offering a "basic computer" class. It is scheduled for 10 weeks, Monday and Wednesday morning from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

They also offer ongoing GED prep instruction for anyone wanting to get ready to take the GED for a high school equivalency diploma We also have ongoing classes in English as a second language for those wishing to improve their speaking and comprehension of English. All instruction is free.

The Center is at 395 S. Main St., Room 305, Camp Verde. Call (928) 567-3187.

A walking tour with Clarkdale Historical Society

March 26

As part of Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month, the Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum hosts a walking tour, "History of Archaeology at Tuzigoot National Monument." The tour is on Wednesday at 2 p.m.

Learn about the Sinagua, a Native American culture that inhabited the Verde Valley between the years AD 1100 - AD 1425. Bring water, hiking shoes, hat, and sunscreen. Meet at the visitor center at Tuzigoot National Monument Museum, 25 W. Tuzigoot Road, Clarkdale. Regular entrance fees apply. Contact (928) 649-6195, ext. 225, or

What's in the Hospital Laboratory?

March 26

"What's in the Hospital Laboratory?" is the topic of the March Take Note: Cottonwood lecture, sponsored by Verde Valley Medical Center. The Wednesday lecture features pathologist Gregory Novak, M.D. The free presentation is at 5 p.m. at VVMC, Conference Rooms B and C, 296 S. Candy Lane, Cottonwood. To R.S.V.P. or for more information on this event, call (928) 639-6551.

Call for Artists

Grand Canyon National Park is inviting Northern Arizona artists to help celebrate Earth Day. This year the theme of Earth Day is water conservation and the Grand Canyon Green Team is calling all artists to create an art piece comprised of 75-percent recycled materials with a focus on water bottles.

Submitted pieces will be displayed during Earth Day events, which will be held between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on April 20 at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center. This art show is open to artists of all ages. All art pieces must be delivered to park headquarters on April 18 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and any art left after 2 p.m. on April 20 will be recycled.

For requirements, contact Cynthia Valle at or Ian Ferris at

CV Kiwanis sponsor Bea Richmond 5K Walk/Run

April 5

Camp Verde Kiwanis is sponsoring the second Bea Richmond 5K Walk/Run on Saturday.

At 8 a.m., check in and park at the ramada next to Fort Verde State Park for the 3.1-mile trek.

Shuttle service will be available from the Ramada to the start of the race at Copper Canyon Trailhead, where the walk/run will begin at 9 a.m.

From the trailhead, participants will walk down Salt Mine Road, up Main Street and returning to the ramada. Cost is $10 (or a minimum $10 in pledges) for children ages 12 and younger; adults $20 (or a minimum $20 in pledges).

All proceeds to help fund the Camp Verde Kiwanis Children's Music Program, to benefit all Camp Verde schools.

With registration, each participant will receive a ticket for prize drawing. You do not need to walk/run to donate to this worthy cause. Contact Lynn Sweitzer at or call (928) 567-3010.

Take a bus to see the Dbacks

April 13

Camp Verde Parks & Recreation announces our first bus trip of the new season to see the Arizona Diamondbacks play the LA Dodgers on Sunday. Travel in chauffeured comfort to and from the game and park a short walk from your seat. Seats are field level with a great view!

This trip leaves the Community Center at 10:30 a.m. for the game at Chase Field. Cost is $45 per person for game tickets and bus ride. Sign up by March 31 for best seats.

To register, cash or check payable to Town of Camp Verde, at the Parks & Recreation office 395 S. Main St. Call Michael Marshall at Parks & Recreation (928) 554-0828.

Local families needed for exchange students

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs 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. 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.

Cottonwood Police Department Looking for COP volunteers

Cottonwood Police Department is currently accepting applications from individuals who are interested in volunteering for the challenge of being a Citizen on Patrol (COP) with the Cottonwood Police Department. They are actively working to assist the Cottonwood Police Department staff in many ways.

COP participants are asked to commit to a minimum of four hours per week of their time after they complete training. After an extensive background investigation and acceptance into the program, COP personnel receive training in patrol procedures, defensive driving, traffic control, crime scene control, and prisoner transport in addition to other duties.

The initial training will last about eight to ten weeks depending upon the size of the class. COP volunteers will meet one day each week for about four hours until training is completed. Training is expected to begin in mid-May.

If anyone is interested in becoming a COP please contact COP coordinator Krys Vogler at (928) 649-3747 or for more information.

You may also contact Commander Gary Eisenga at the Cottonwood Police Department at (928) 634-4246 ext. 116 or Applications may be picked up at the Cottonwood Police Department.

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