Monday at 11 a.m. Jennifer Pharr will recount stories from her 46-day, record-breaking trek on the Appalachian Trail at a special presentation at the Hike House, 431 SR 179, in Sedona. Her rousing adventure through nature and ability to overcome all odds is guaranteed to leave listeners inspired. Jennifer is also the founder and owner of Blue Ridge Hiking Company where she strives "to make the wilderness accessible and enjoyable through written and spoken word, instruction and guiding." She is the author of five books.
Call (928) 282-5820.
Game & Fish volunteer training workshop
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is offering a training workshop for those interested in volunteering with the department. The workshop will be held on Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Flagstaff Game and Fish office located at 3500 S. Lake Mary Road.
During this workshop there will be a focus on certifying and training volunteers to assist with the sport fish education program, including fishing clinics, and the archery program. Space is limited, so all participants need to register on or before May 1 by 3 p.m. To register and gather more information about the workshop, call the Flagstaff Game and Fish office at (928) 774-5045. The office is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You will need to advise when calling if you will participate in the archery or fishing training on Saturday.
Blood Drive at Rainbow Acres
Give blood and save lives! Rainbow Acres, 2120 W. Reservation Loop Road, will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1p.m. on Saturday in the Palmer Community Center. The public is welcome and encouraged to participate. No boring hospital cubicle or stuffy trailer here - relax in a spacious room with beautiful Verde Valley views while you donate, and get free fresh-baked cookies and juice afterwards.
To save time and make it easy on yourself, reserve your appointment by contacting United Blood Services at www.bloodhero.com and entering "Rainbow Acres" as the sponsor code. You may also just drop in and fill out the necessary forms when you get there, but plan to spend a little extra time. Call (928) 567-5231 for additional information.
Deception, Lies & Alibis
The Sedona Heritage Museum presents Michael Peach in a performance of his new original show "Deceptions, Lies & Alibis" on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Peach's show features his unique blend of original cowboy poetry with a tongue-in-cheek look at Arizona and local history.
Tickets are $6, with children under 12 free. Museum admission is separate. The Sedona Heritage Museum is located at 735 Jordan Road in Jordan Park in Uptown. Call 928-282-7038.
Amigos del Verde Valley 'Lend a Hand' rescheduled
Amigos Del Verde Valley Volunteer Coalition's "Lend a Hand" Event," which was canceled by inclement weather last week, has been rescheduled for Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration and the complimentary volunteers' lunch will take place at the Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church, 330 Scenic Drive, Clarkdale.
Amigos community volunteers will revitalize and beautify yards (weed trimming, pruning and maintenance) for the elderly and persons with disabilities. Amigos volunteers will help eight homeowners residing in the city of Cottonwood, four homeowners in the Verde Villages, one homeowner in Clarkdale and one homeowner in Bridgeport at no cost.
Help clean up the Clear Creek Cemetery
The Clear Creek Cemetery is having a community clean up day on Saturday, May 3 starting at 9 a.m. If you aren't doing anything, come help make the cemetery look nice for Mother's Day and Memorial Day. Bring your garden tools and join us for the fun. If for any reason you can't help with the clean up, donations are always needed for upkeep. If you do come out and help us or make a donation to us on that Saturday, you can enter a drawing for a free eye exam at Camp Verde Eye Care.
Fiesta at Spirit of Joy
Come to the annual Fiesta Dinner at Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church on Saturday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. There will be a traditional Mexican dinner and virgin margaritas. A mariachi band will add to the festivities. A silent auction will benefit World Hunger and the Spirit of Joy Building Fund. Tickets are $15 adult, and $7.50 child.
The church is at 330 Scenic Drive, Clarkdale. Call 634-4102 for further info. Tickets are also available at the door.
Cottonwood Community Band performs 'Musical Tour of America'
May 4 & 11
Join the Cottonwood Community Band as it makes a Musical Tour of America with music about America and Americans when it presents its spring concert in Sedona and Cottonwood. The Sedona concert is May 4, 3 p.m. at the Rock of Ages Lutheran Church, 390 Dry Creek Road in Sedona. The band will repeat the concert on May 11 at 3 p.m. at the Mingus Union High School Auditorium 1801 E Fir St. in Cottonwood. Both concerts are free and open to the public. Visit the Cottonwood Community Band on the web at cottonwoodcommunityband.org for more information.
Slusser to walk 75 miles for Red Cross
Former United Christian School principal Al Slusser will walk 75 miles through the Verde Valley to raise money for the American Red Cross. It is his fourth long-distance trek. Slusser, 75 years of age, wants to give back to the Red Cross for helping his family after their Flagstaff mobile home was destroyed in a fire in the middle of the night.
Slusser's journey will begin at the Jerome Fire Station and end May 11 at the Verde Valley Fire District Station 31 in Cottonwood. Tax-deductible donations in honor of the Red Cross Verde Valley Benefit Walk may be made out to the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter and mailed to 6135 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix AZ 85015. Donations may be made online at www.crowdrise.com/verdevalleybenefitwalk.
Rummage sale at New Beginnings
The New Beginnings Church of the Nazarene in Camp Verde is holding their annual rummage/bake sale. Just in time for Mother's day. Sale to held on Saturday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Furniture, housewares, unique gifts for Mom, all sorts of things. And don't forget to pick up a gift of fresh, homemade baked goods for Mom. Let the ladies of the church bake for you. The church is located at 644 S. Seventh St. Camp Verde. For more info please contact Dee at 623-214-5100 or the church at 928-567-6336. Hope to see you there.
Thurman at Cornville meeting
Yavapai County District 2 Supervisor Tom Thurman will address the Cornville Community Association at their regular monthly meeting at Oak Creek School. With him will be several department directors who will update residents on their plans for the Verde Valley and listen to residents concerns. Please feel free to email Supervisor Thurman prior to the meeting with your thoughts and concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to redistricting, Thurman represents only part of Cornville, with some areas being in District 3.
Cornville Community Association meets on the second Wednesday of each month (except July, August and December) at 6 p.m. at Oak Creek School 11490 Purple Sage Rd, Cornville. Meetings and are free and open to the public. Additional information may be found at www.CornvilleAZ.org. Contact the association via phone: (928) 649-1426; postal mail: PO Box 1452, Cornville; or e-mail: email@example.com
Courtyard sale at Spirit of Joy
Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church invites all to its courtyard sale on Friday and Saturday. Come from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day for bargains in furniture, tools, household goods, books, clothing and much more. The address is 330 Scenic Drive in Clarkdale. Proceeds go to World Hunger and Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church. Call 634-4102 or see www.http://sojaz for more information.
Cottonwood Culture Challenge
AZ Culture, in partnership with the Cottonwood Economic Development Council, Old Town Center for the Arts, Old Town Association, and Local First AZ will present the Cottonwood Culture Challenge, which will take place in historic Old Town Cottonwood and will feature a scavenger hunt/reality video project and contest involving over 200 participants and will include activities such as, wine & beer tasting, skydiving and horseback riding (on a first come first serve basis), art demonstrations, historic tours, food sampling, and live music & entertainment.
The cost to participate in the Challenge is $150. This includes roundtrip bus transportation from Phoenix to Cottonwood on a luxurious coach bus, all activities from 9 to midnight, including meals, awards ceremony, and after party. Visit www.cottonwoodculturechallenge.com or call
Juliana Brutsche at (602) 882-5196.
Free chicken dinners for veterans
Harry's Hideaway Restaurant in Cornville is going to give away a whole roasted chicken dinner to the first 100 veterans or current members of the Armed Forces that show up at 11:30 a.m. on Armed Forces Day, when they open for lunch.
Because they are such a small restaurant, they will run out! But they will pass out vouchers to those that don't get a chicken dinner on this day. This is just Harry's Hideaway's way of saying thanks to the people who have sacrificed so much for our country! Harry's Hideaway is located in Cornville in the Thistle and Thorn Plaza at 10990 E. Cornville Road (just west of Page Springs Road).
Time to register for Adult Co-Ed Softball
Camp Verde Parks & Recreation announces the start of registration for another season of Adult Co-Ed Softball. This league plays Monday & Wednesday nights starting June 16. Each team fields an equal number or majority of women and plays for 7 innings or 55 minutes. Teams will play a minimum 9 game season followed by a playoff tournament. This is a great opportunity for adults to get outside and enjoy the exercise, camaraderie and competition. Play under the light at Butler Park with your friends and co-workers. Organize your team, find a sponsor and play ball! Registration costs are $275 per team and are due before registration closes on June 9. If you are interested in playing but don't have a team we will pass your name along to teams needing players. Register at Camp Verde Parks & Recreation 395 S. Main St. or call (928) 554-0828 for more information.
Register for British Soccer Camp
Registration for Camp Verde Parks & Recreation's British Soccer Camp June 2-6 is still available. This co-ed camp is available in either full or half day and ages 3-16. This opportunity is in partnership with Challenger Sports, the #1 soccer camp provider in the country. This is a unique opportunity for kids to have a fun and intensive learning experience to improve their soccer skills right here in Camp Verde. The instructors will work on key areas of technical development for each child and age group. Specific areas include passing/receiving, dribbling, shooting, heading and defense. Learn to improve your skills, be safe and win games. Camp will be held at Butler Soccer Field behind the school complex. Parks & Recreation has worked with Challenger Sports to make the camp cost as low as possible here in Camp Verde. Registration costs range from $72 - $173 depending on age & camp selected. Registration is on line at www.challengersports.com. For additional information stop by the Parks & Recreation office at 395 S. Main St or call Michael Marshall at the office (928) 554-0828.
House of Ruth hosts Baby Bottle Boomerang
Through May 11
House of Ruth Pregnancy Care Center is hosting a Baby Bottle Boomerang fund-raiser. When you insert a check into a baby bottle or fill a bottle with currency or coins, you are helping to provide free pregnancy testing, counseling, education, maternity and baby supplies and a hand of friendship to a woman in crisis.
Just stop by the House of Ruth, 1198 Mingus Ave., in Cottonwood, during office hours, pick up a baby bottle, fill it with your loose change or a check, and bring it back to the House of Ruth by May 11.
For more information, please call (928) 634-0212.
Cottonwood Public Library's Call to Authors
Through July 11
The Cottonwood Public Library is in search of local Verde Valley authors to participate in the 2014 Author's Forum. This second Author's Forum will be held on Saturday, Aug. 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cottonwood Parks and Recreation Center at 150 S. Sixth St. Author registration ends July 11.
The purpose of this forum is to gather several local authors in one place to bring attention to the fact that the Verde Valley offers excellent literary talent. As an author, you have the opportunity to sell your books, chat with patrons, and personalize their copy of your book with your signature. Call Krysta at 928-340-2782 or Mary at (928) 340-2781 or stop by the library. The library is located at 100 S. Sixth St. in Cottonwood.