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What's Happening 2-17-12
Sean Williams & Dan Engler at Bent River BooksFeb. 18Cottonwood’s Sean Williams and Cornville’s Dan Engler will provide new original Americana-folk-blues music at 6 p.m. Jan. 28 and Feb. 18, at Bent River Books & Music, 1010 N. Main St., in Old Town Cottonwood. It is a live acoustic music venue every Friday & Saturday night. Call (928) 634-8332 or visit
Sean Williams & Dan Engler at Bent River Books

Feb. 18

Cottonwood’s Sean Williams and Cornville’s Dan Engler will provide new original Americana-folk-blues music at 6 p.m. Jan. 28 and Feb. 18, at Bent River Books & Music, 1010 N. Main St., in Old Town Cottonwood.

It is a live acoustic music venue every Friday & Saturday night. Call (928) 634-8332 or visit

Get Early Childhood training

March 30

Yavapai College, in conjunction with Arizona Department of Economic Security, will conduct a no-cost intensive introductory course, titled “Early Child Care Professional Training.” The class will meet at Yavapai College, Verde Campus, Building I Room 122, 601 Black Hills Drive in Clarkdale

The 60-hour course is designed for those interested in pursuing careers working in child-care centers, pre-schools, Head Start programs or in-home child care. The 10 modules cover pertinent topics, such as child development, appropriate learning environments, nutrition/menu planning and early reading and math activities to encourage skill development.

The classes meet Fridays and Saturdays, March 30–April 21 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Seating is limited to 20 participants, register online AT CRN# 15667. If you have any questions, call toll free 1-866-219-1021 or email:

1930s Excavation of Tuzigoot

Feb. 26

The Verde Valley Archaeology Center’s Archaeology Sunday Series presents Dr. Todd Bostwick, who will describe local Arizona archeology during the great Depression with “Byron Cumming’s 1930s Excavation of Tuzigoot.

The free event is at Boler’s Red Barn Hall, 325 S. Main St., Camp Verde. There will be light refreshments. Call (928) 567-0066.

Preschool Storytime at the Clarkdale Library

March 1

The Clark Memorial Library is very pleased to announce the start of the annual children’s reading program. This year, the Story Lady is coming to the library Thursdays, from 11:30 a.m. to noon starting March 1. This program is for preschool children, ages 2-5 years old. Children should be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Older or younger siblings are also welcome. The Story Lady will emphasize fun, love of books, and reading readiness. The library is located at 39 N. Ninth St., Clarkdale. For information please contact or (928) 639-2441.

Cottonwood Contra Dance with Privy Tippers

Feb. 18

It’s always a great time when The Privy Tippers come to town. Join the contra dance fun Saturday night at the Cottonwood Civic Center, 801 N. Main St. in Old Town Cottonwood, 6:30 p.m.

Hailing from Tucson, the Privy Tippers are a rock-solid dance band steeped in the Southern string band tradition. Over the past 16 years they kept one foot in the South while they stepped into several other musical traditions, such as French Canadian, New England and music of the Southwestern Borderlands. Jacquie Wohl leads the band with her driving melodic fiddling. Dave Firestine is an exceptional lead and back-up mandolin player who adds a danceable punch to each and every note. On string bass, Jerry Ray Weinert lays the rhythmic foundation for the musical dance of the fiddle and mandolin. Jesse Jacob Anderson, from Flagstaff joins the Tippers on guitar and clawhammer banjo.

Deb Comly will call the dance and lead a teaching session at 6:30 for newcomers and those interested in a refresher course; the dance runs 7-10 p.m.  Please consider bringing a snack to share. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. The cost is $7 per dancer, $5 for students, and $4 for those 16 and under.  Call Sandy Boothe (928) 634-0486 for more information, email or visit

Denim & Lace seeks donations for auction

April 14

The Camp Verde Library Endowment Board would like to announce that preparations are underway for the 11th Denim & Lace Dinner and Auction to be held in April. The board would like to invite Camp Verde Chamber members to participating with us by making a donation of goods, services, gift cards, or other appropriate donations, which might be used for the live and/or silent auctions.  If you would be inclined to make such a donation to the 501(c)(3) organization please contact Jim Ash (928) 567-6362 or Charlie German 567-3596.  They can provide you with additional information and make arrangement for pick up of donations.  

Copper Canyon Trailhead opening celebration

Feb. 22

Celebrate the opening of the Copper Canyon Trailhead with a recognition ceremony at noon in Camp Verde. The location, coming from Interstate 17 and 260 heading southeast, it off of the 260 bypass, south on Oasis road, turn right on the Copper Canyon road over the cattle guard, pass the millings/shooting area and the trailhead will be on the right just past the second cattle guard. 

This was one of several trailheads identified on the Camp Verde Trails map in the ‘90s, endorsed by Voters on Camp Verde’s first and second general plan[s] supported by the USFS and promoted by citizens, councils, committees, commissions, mayors, town managers, employees, county and state. 

Sustainable Economic Development Initiative group meets

Feb. 22

The Town of Camp Verde is privileged to host the next board meeting for the Sustainable Economic Development Initiative (SEDI) group on Wednesday.  This public meeting will be held in rooms 206/207 at the Public Works Building, 395 S. Main St., by noon.  Enter the main building and go through the double doors, and you will be directed to rooms 206/207. 

After the meeting, approximately 1:45 p.m., there will be a tour of historic downtown. Bring a jacket and wear comfortable walking shoes. You will enjoy visiting Fort Verde Historic State Park, the best-preserved fort in the state, the historical museum and jail, Hance House, the Archeology Center, and of course, the Visitors Center.  At the conclusion of the tour, the group will be guided to the Horn Saloon,

Sunday lunch at the VFW

Feb. 19

The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 6739 in Camp Verde will be having lunch at noon. They will be serving meatloaf, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables & lots of sides all for a cost of $6 a plate.

Jam session starts at 2 p.m. with Dave Rice & Friends. Come in and enjoy the great food, fun and good music. Proceeds go to youth activities. Members and guests welcome.

MATForce Announces Annual Youth Poster Contest

April 4

MATForce and the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office invite area youth to help raise awareness about substance abuse risks by participating in the annual MATForce Youth Poster Contest.  Yavapai County youth ages 5 to 18 are invited to participate in the contest by creating a poster that depicts an anti-drug message. Prizes of $25 cash gift cards will be awarded to the winner of each age category.  An overall Grand Prize winning poster will be chosen and the winner may select one of the following prizes:  a 16 GB iPad 2, $500 cash or an Xbox 360 with a choice of game. The winning poster will be used in MATForce’s 2012 promotional materials.

For contest guideline, please go online to or call Scott Reed at the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office at (928) 777-7253.  Contest deadline is April 4.

Free Workshop for Private Well Owners

March 10

The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Yavapai County will be offering a Private Well Owner’s Workshop 1-5 p.m. in the Camp Verde Unified School District Multi-Use Complex, 280 Camp Lincoln Road, Camp Verde.

In Arizona there are no water quality regulations for domestic wells. Therefore it is in the interest of the private well owner to know how to best protect their own well water. Experts from the University of Arizona and the Arizona Water Well Association will cover the basics of well construction, safeguarding your well against contamination, recommended water quality tests, interpretation of the test results and well water treatment options.

For further information contact: Edessa Carr, Program Coordinator, Water Resource Education, Cooperative Extension, Yavapai County, (928) 445-6590 ext. 227 or

Cottonwood VFW hosts dinner

Feb. 18

At 705 E Aspen St., Cottonwood, the VFW will be serving beef medallion filets with sides, dessert, coffee, etc., for a donation of $8.  the lounge will be open for a before, during, or after dinner drink.

Proceeds allow us to provide assistance to valley veterans and their families through various projects.  Come, have a good meal in a pleasant atmosphere, with the satisfaction that you are helping those who have served our country.

Free Electronic Recycling

Feb. 19-26

Recycle your unwanted electrical equipment from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rimrock Mercantile across the street from the Montezuma-Rimrock Fire Station. Please drop off computer & office equipment, radios, small TVs, small appliances, phones, video game equipment, VCRs, any type of battery, satellite equipment, cameras, tapes, circuit boards, lab equipment, etc. Call Janet at (928) 592-2839 for other drop off times or with questions.

Free cleaning and service of hearing aids

Feb. 23

Ron Kuglitsch, BC-HIS of Verde Mobile Hearing Solutions will be at Beaver Creek Community Center in Lake Montezuma beginning at 10 a.m. for free cleaning and service of all makes of hearing aids.

These services are free of charge. Verde Mobile Hearing Solutions provides hearing services to clients in their homes, businesses and other facilities in the Verde Valley. Mr. Kuglitsch is a member of the Hearing Healthcare Providers of Arizona and the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce. He has been serving the hearing needs of Arizona and the Verde Valley for the past eight years.

For further information please call Verde Mobile Hearing Solutions at 634-2077.

or contact the facilities listed above.

Pecan, Wine and Antique Festival returns

Feb. 17-19

The 12th annual Pecan, Wine and Antique Festival has become a Verde Valley tradition. The three-day event will have an assortment of Arizona wines to be tasted, as well as pecan and pecan pie contests, pecan goods for sale, loads of antiques, entertainment and vendors.

The festival is at the Camp Verde Community Center on Friday from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission ins $12.50, including wine glass and tasting tickets.

For more information visit

Pecan Pancake Breakfast

Feb. 18

In conjunction with the Pecan, Wine and Antique Festival, the Kiwanis Club of Camp Verde is serving a pancake breakfast. They will be in the Community building kitchen (next to the Gazebo on Main Street) on Saturday from 7 to 10 a.m. with pancakes (pecan topping if desired), sausage, piping hot coffee, milk or juice.

The breakfast will be $5 for adults and $3 for children. Proceeds go to children’s activities in Camp Verde.

A Return to Camelot

Feb. 19

Rainbow Acres Fine Arts Series 2012 presents “A Return to Camelot. The evening of music features Linda and Darrell Rowader, with David Knight and Peter Bower, accompanied by Barbara Knight on piano and Pam Bower on harp.

The event is at 2 p.m. in the Palmer Community Center at Rainbow Acres, 2120 W. Reservation Loop Road, Camp Verde. Refreshments will follow.

For more information, call Kelli Kowalski at (928) 567-5231.

Jerome Elks Lodge Sweetheart Dinner Dance

Feb. 18

Jerome Elks Lodge, located at 100 S. Broadway in Clarkdale will host their annual Sweetheart Dinner Dance. The Lounge will open at 5 p.m., a pork loin dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and dancing to Jox in the Box will follow dinner.

Call Ed or Steve at-634-5611 at the Lodge for information.  Tickets will be $15 at the door on the night if the event. There will be lithographic artwork by popular area artist Luis Romero for raffles. Proceeds of the event will be donated to the Arizona Major Projects.


Clarkdale Town Council & Mayoral Candidate Forum

Feb. 22

The League of Women Voters of Sedona-Verde Valley is sponsoring a primary election forum with the mayoral and council candidates running for the Clarkdale Town Council.

The forum will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Clarkdale-Jerome School gymnasium, 16th and Main streets, Clarkdale.

Remember – Election Day is March 13.

For additional information, contact Ruth Kiessel, Voter Services Chair, at (928) 634-5827 or

Unknown Flour of the Desert

Feb. 18

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

Love Is the Answer

Feb. 25

“Love is the Answer” dinner will be held at the spectacular Indian Creek Ranch, 1385 Loy Road in Cornville, 6-9 p.m. The notorious chef Al Kramer will be serving lamb or chicken, ratatouille, brown rice/potato, salad, vegetables, desserts, and awesome beverages. Live and delightful music will again fill the Opera House, as you are invited to stroll through the local artists’ tables of crafted items donated for our silent auction. Tickets are $50, and seats are limited. All proceeds are tax deductible and will benefit “Hearts for the Hungry and the Homeless” and the Cornville Mission Food Bank.

For tickets or more information, contact Greg Roeller at (928) 254-7069.

Author Cynthia Reay Book Signing Event

Feb. 18

Cynthia Reay, a resident of Wikieup, will be available to sign copies of her fiction novel, “He Remembers,” 1-3 p.m. at Jerona Java Café & Gifts, 677 E. Mingus Ave., Cottonwood.

“It was on a cold wintry day with the wind blowing hard when Roman, my horse, and I saw the animal stumbling toward us. Before me was a beaten elk king. I could only imagine what happened to this majestic creature...”

For more information, contact Traci Jones at 888-361-9473 or

Help VPOA clean up

Feb. 18

The Verde Village Property Owners Association will be doing its quarterly Highway 260 cleanup on Saturday. They will meet at the One in Christ Church parking lot, across 260 from the fire station, at 8 a.m. Volunteers should bring their own gloves and water. ADOT has provided vests and bags. Home Depot has provided several grabbers. VVPOA has several nail sticks. It is suggested that hats and long sleeves and pants be worn.

Join your friends and neighbors and help keep Arizona beautiful. If you have any questions please call Mal at 928-634-9785.

Computer Club discusses today’s gadgets

Feb. 18

Saturday at 9:30 a.m. the Verde Valley Computer Club General Meeting will have Matt Shires with the presentation of ‘Today’s Gadgets’. Free. Clemenceau Building, Willard Street at Mingus Avenue, Cottonwood. Visit our website, call Dave (928) 639-0106.

Kickstands Up for Sweetheart Run

Feb. 19

Calling all bikers, trikers and folks who own a “road worthy” motorized vehicle and want to participate in the sixth annual Sweetheart Run. Along with having lots of fun, the purpose of the annual benefit run is to financially assist a Verde Valley resident.

This year’s proceeds will be donated for the existing and future expenses for the medical treatment of Emily Kissick. Emily, a 17 year old, was born with Shone’s Syndrome (a heart defect) and although she has previously undergone heart valve repairs, she still faces more surgeries. Her mother, Denise Kissick, is a veteran of the US Army, member of American Legion Post 135 and serves as a Service Officer at the Cottonwood VFW.

Registration starts at 9 a.m. at Brandi’s Kitchen (formerly Hobo Joes on Mingus) - kickstands up at 10:30 a.m. There is no early registration. The run will consist of approximately 55 miles throughout the Verde Valley with five scheduled stops. For more information contact Ed Vanlandingham at (928) 300-9046.

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