Verde River Day returns it’s all free. Arizona State Parks waives park entrance fees for all visitors attending the event at Dead Horse Ranch State Park. All activities are at no cost, thanks to many exhibitors and sponsors. Verde River Day promotes preservation and care of the environment by showcasing informative exhibits on the Verde’s unique riparian habitat. Some of the day’s events include a Sculptural Hands on Earth’s Art Gallery, speakers, a Climbing wall, organized canoe and kayak rides, sand castle building, and nature-based exhibits. Guests of all ages are welcome to fish in the lagoon loaded with hundreds of pounds of catfish. Poles, bait and tackle are provided for all ages and no fishing license is needed.
Digital Camera SIG
The Verde Valley Computer Club will hold their Digital Camera Special Interest Group (SIG) meeting Thursday at 6 p.m. Topic will be ‘Moving Your Pictures from the Camera to the Computer’. Should you need help with your camera bring your camera and manual.
The public is invited to attend this free meeting.
We are Users Helping Users and meet at the Clemenceau Building, Willard Street at Mingus Avenue, Cottonwood. Dave 639-0106.
Cancer dinner benefit at VFW
The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 6739 in Camp Verde will be hosting dinner on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. They will be serving prime rib, potatoes, vegetables, green salad, roll & desert for a cost of $12 a plate. Music will be provided by Dave Joslin starting at 5 p.m.
Come on in for great food & music. Proceeds go to Cancer Aid & Research. Members & guests welcome.
Get carnival tickets for Yavapai Fair
The Yavapai Fair is just around the corner, and tickets are available now in Camp Verde at Laid-Back Jewelers, 567 Main St. Carnival ride tickets are available $18 for unlimited rides for one day. Single tickets are $1.50 each - carnival rides require one to three tickets or a pay-one-price hand stamp.
The Yavapai Fair, celebrating the Arizona Centennial, will be at Tim’s Toyota Center in Prescott Valley. Fair admission is $5 for adults (age 20 and up) all four days. Senior citizens (60 and up) can get in for $3 on Thursday and Friday.
Children up through 12th grade get in free on Thursday and Friday, but pay $3 on Saturday and Sunday if they are age 6-19.
If you have an entry for the fair, booklets are available in Camp Verde at the library, Circle K, Laid-Back Jewelers and the Feed Store, among other locations. Visit yavapaifair.com.
See what’s new at the Clemenceau
The Clemenceau Museum, 1 N. Willard St., Cottonwood, encourages the community to come view their exciting changes. Thanks to a generous donation, the Museum was able to put down new carpeting throughout the building. There are also two new displays. The first features historic toys. The second exhibit entitled, “Things That Keep Our Clothes Lookin’ Good,” presents viewers with a glimpse at early laundry tools. The Museum would also like to invite everybody to participate in their “Last Friday of the Month,” talks beginning in September. Clemenceau Museum is open Wednesday from 9-noon, Friday from 11-3, and Saturday and Sunday from 11-3. Visit online at ww.clemenceaumuseum.org or on Facebook.
Labor Day Ribfest at Post 25
Cottonwood American Legion Post 25 will be hosting Vince’s third annual Ribfest and potluck for members and guests on Monday from 1 to 3 p.m. (or until the food runs out). Donations will be accepted. Bring your favorite potluck dish to go along with the ribs and be ready to have some fun. There will be live music from the duo Livas/Gonzalez. Call (928) 634-3004 for information.
VVMC’s Surgical Services Tour and Open House
Verde Valley Medical Center is inviting the public to tour its Surgical Services Department. The informative tour and open house is from 9 a.m. to noon. The tour and open house is intended to give the public a ‘behind-the-doors’ tour of VVMC’s state-of-the-art surgical suites and pre- and post-surgical units.
Enter at VVMC’s Main Entrance, 269 S. Candy Lane, and follow the signs to Surgical Services. For more information call 639-6144.
Free Adult Education Class
The Camp Verde Adult Education and Enrichment Center is pleased to announce the following Free Adult Education Class in Camp Verde at 395 S. Main St., Room 305: Office Word 2010 and Excel. This class is for 15 weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Sept. 11, 9 a.m.-noon.
The computer class has a 12-student limit, so call the Center at 567-3187 to register.
Prepare for your GED
The Camp Verde Adult Education and Enrichment Center continues to offer Pre-GED LEARN Center hours as follows:
Camp Verde - Daytime 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Camp Verde - Evening 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
Cottonwood (DES Building) – Daytime 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.
The GED test is changing soon and now is the time to get your GED. All classes are free for U.S. legal residents who are 16 years of age and above and who are not currently enrolled in school. Call 567-3187 to register.
Love & Logic Parenting Class available
Camp Verde Elementary School is hosting Love and Logic Parenting Classes again this October for five consecutive Mondays beginning Oct. 1. The classes will be taught by Mrs. Darcy Evans, teacher and coach, and will be held in the Camp Verde Elementary Art Room from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The classes are free and will include a parent book and free child care if needed. For questions or information, please call Jane Mathews at 567-8039.
KC’s Family Tae Kwon Do hosts fund-raising carwash
KC’s Family Tae Kwon Do is starting a college mentoring program - KC’s Upward Bound - which includes regular visits to college. It’s first visitation will be to Arizona State University in Tempe on Sept. 8. The kids will visit the campus and attend the ASU vs. Illinois Football Game. The students will be holding a fundraiser carwash this Saturday to raise money for their game tickets. The carwash is 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and will be held at the KC’s Family Tae Kwon Do Cottonwood location, 280 S. Main St., right next to Acme Pizzeria. The community is invited to help keep these kids inspired for college, by stopping by to make a contribution and get their car squeaky clean.
For more information on KC’s Upward Bound or KC’s Family Tae Kwon Do Programs, please contact Karen Conover at (928) 634-5165 or visit the KC’s website at www.kcfamilytkd.com.
Steak dinner at the Legion
The American Legion Post 93, 286 S. Third St., Camp Verde, presents a great steak dinner by Randy and Suzie Bruce. Marinated steaks grilled to perfection with all the fixin’s for a great dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday. For music they will have Dave Joslin starting at 5:30 p.m. Members and guests are welcome.
BC Farmer’s Market returns
The Beaver Creek Farmers Market at the Ranch House Restaurant returns Wednesday and every Wednesday through Oct. 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. For more information, call (928) 301-0394.
Ranch House Grand Opening
The long awaited historic Ranch House Restaurant of Lake Montezuma will open its doors for a Grand Opening Celebration, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m., followed by an outdoor barbecue and all day music. Evening entertainment will be provided by the renowned Dina Preston Band as the restaurant serves up their steak house style dinner menu.
For more information, contact the restaurant at (928) 567-4492 or visit the restaurant website at www.TheRanchHouseRestaurant.com and the Coalition website at www.RanchHouseCoalition.com.
Locals TEAM together for food, wine and literature
Local authors, the Javelina Leap Winery and the Manzanita Restaurant are joining talents to present a delightful evening called TEAM Night (Taste the wine, Enjoy the Dinner And Meet the Local Authors). The event will be at 5:30 p.m. at the Manzanita Restaurant, 11425 E. Cornville Road.
Authors Val Chanda, Amber Polo, and Kris Neri (also of the Well Read Coyote) will read excerpts and autograph their books while participants enjoy a 5-course dinner paired with wines from the Javelina Leap Winery. Autographed Copies of Books, Gift Card for The Manzanita, and Wine from Javelina Leap will be given to random diners, so bring your luck with you!
The cost is $60 per person, tax and gratuity included.
Reservations required as seating is limited. Call (928) 634-8851.
Page Springs Cellars preps Harvest Festival
For Page Springs Cellars’ seventh annual Harvest Festival, doors open at 2:30 p.m. and music starts at 3 p.m. The band Wicked Koalition headlines, with music also provided by Alisa Fineman and Kimball Hurd, Decker; City Folk and Redland. For the kids there will be hay bale mazes, face painting, magicians, clowns and balloon twisters. Also look for games of horseshoes and bocce. The event is at the Estate Vineyard on Cornville Road.
Tickets for this year’s event are $28 for Page Springs Cellars wine club members, $38 for the general public – all of which include a reusable GoVino glass. If available, tickets will be $10 more on the day of the event. Admission for children 12 and under is free.
Tickets can be ordered online at http://store.pagespringscellars.com or by calling Etta at (928) 639-3004.
Alpha Course at Spirit of Joy
Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church invites all in the community to an Alpha Course. The class begins at 10 a.m. with a continental breakfast and ends at noon each Wednesday for 10 weeks. Alpha is a course that covers the basics of Christianity and answers questions like “Who is Jesus?” and “Why did he die?”
Alpha is a worldwide phenomenon and is found in over 160 countries.
To register, call the church office at 634-4102, or a registration form can be found on the website at http://sojaz.co. The new church campus of Spirit of Joy is located at 330 Scenic Drive in Clarkdale(corner of Old Jerome Hwy and Scenic Drive).
Homeless Coalition meets
The Verde Valley Homeless Coalition meets at 2 p.m. in the Community Room at Verde Valley Guidance Clinic on 8 E. Cottonwood St.
A coalition Focus Group is prepared to present their finding to all at the September meeting. Your presence and your responses are what will determine the success of this meeting and of this Coalition and it will be your opportunity to make your thoughts known.
They will also take a close look at the progress of the Severe Weather Shelter and how their plans are taking place.
Support group for caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients meets
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, one in eight older Americans suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the nation that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.
As the disease becomes increasingly prevalent as people live longer, their caregivers often find themselves in need of support and resources.
Each month Verde Valley Presbyterian Church hosts a free support group to address such issues.
Meetings for caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients are held the first Wednesday of each month from 10 to 11 a.m.
The next meeting will be held Wednesday, September 5. Verde Valley Presbyterian Church is located at 1500 E. Hombre Drive in Cottonwood.
This free support group is open to all. For details, call Barbara at (928) 634-2638 or Fran at (928) 634-6495.
Author Eli Galla Book Signing at Library
Meg Hoopes’ book, “Spirited Clearings: Negative Program Removal” that she started before she passed on has been edited, updated and published by her student, Eli Galla.
Mr. Galla will be on hand at the Cottonwood Public Library from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. to speak and sign copies of his new book.
Learn how to take back your life, remove negative programming based in fear, and stop behavior patterns that don’t serve you.
The library is located at 100 S. Sixth St. in Cottonwood.
For more information about local author Eli Galla, go to www.spiritedclearings.com or www.oholful.com.
Beginning line dance lessons
The High Desert Kickers Line Dance Group starts a new Beginner Line Dance class from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Civic Center in Old Town Cottonwood.
Everyone is welcome. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Come join the fun.
For more information, call Evelyn at 634-7738 or Jan at 301-7301.