The Jerome Chamber of Commerce presents the annual Polar Express Party Friday at Spook Hall, 260 Hull Ave., beginning at 6 p.m.
The Polar Express has become a favorite Christmas tradition for more than 5 million readers. Join the Jerome Chamber of Commerce as they host a cozy holiday party where kids can participate in lots of fun activities, including writing a letter to Santa, making an ornament, hot chocolate, a great cookie and a reading of the classic children’s story. Anyone with the book can bring it and read along. Pajamas are welcome and encouraged. Tickets should be purchased in advance at Mooey Christmas on Jerome Avenue in Jerome or credit card sales by phone at 634-2604. Only 160 tickets will be sold. And…who knows…there may be a surprise visit from Santa.
Blood Drive at Rainbow Acres
Be a hero – a blood hero! Rainbow Acres will host a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday 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 make it easy, 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.
Rainbow Acres is a 27-acre ranch-style community that provides Homes with Heart and Lives of Purpose for adults with developmental disabilities. You will find it just two miles from I-17, off Middle Verde Road at 2120 W. Reservation Loop Road in Camp Verde. Call 928-567-5231 for additional information.
Thanksgiving with Grace Lutheran
The members of Grace Community Lutheran Church invite you to a free traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. Date: Thursday 2-4 p.m.
Please come and bring your friends! Location: 5100 Stevenson Dr. Behind the fire station in Rimrock.
Thanksgiving Day Potluck at Post 25
Cottonwood American Legion Post 25 will be having a Thanksgiving Day Potluck on Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. The turkey will be provided so bring your special dish to share with everyone and be ready to have a good time. There is a signup sheet in the lounge. Smoking and non-smoking areas are available. The Post is located at 480 S. Calvary Way in Cottonwood. For more information call (928) 634-3004.
Holiday Craft Fair in Cornville
The Holiday Craft Fair in Cornville will be Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Windmill Garden Nursery, 9550 E. Cornville Road. There will be all local artists, food, fun, music and a raffle, plus gifts and games for children. Call (858) 361-9971.
Kiwanis Christmas trees on sale
The Christmas trees will be here by Wednesday. For more than 30 years, the Kiwanis Club of Camp Verde has sold Christmas trees as one of its major fundraisers. Once again, they are offering highest quality, freshly cut trees from Oregon. There are three types of trees available, Douglas, Noble, and Nordmann, in various sizes from 2 to 9 feet tall. Prices for the trees range from $20 to $60, the same prices as last year. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 1-6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, noon-5 p.m., at the Outpost Mall/Bashas’ Shopping Center in Camp Verde.
All proceeds from the sale of these trees are used to fund a wide variety of community projects. For more information about these programs or about the Kiwanis Club in general, stop by the tree lot after Nov. 27, or come join them for breakfast any of the first three Thursdays of the month at Denny’s Restaurant at 7 a.m. Or call Dave Kaminsky at 567-6203.
UCS wants to treat tax preparers
Calling all tax preparers! United Christian School in Camp Verde will be hosting a free lunch for all locl accountants to talk about tax credits, recent changes in the law and how to utilize the program this tax season. Meet at Beto’s Corner Thursday at noon.
Jerome Art Walk for the holidays
The holidays are just around the corner and what better gift is there than original art? First Saturday Jerome Art Walk is the perfect night to start the season’s shopping for the perfect present. Twenty-five galleries and studios will be welcoming visitors from 5 to 8 p.m. with beautiful art, music and refreshments. From blown glass to lovely jewelry, there is a treasure to be found for every budget this year. Call (928) 649-2277.
St. Vincent de Paul Craft Fair
The St. Vincent de Paul Conference will be holding their inaugural Craft Fair on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Diehl Hall at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 781 S. Cliffs Parkway, Camp Verde.
All money raised is used to help needy families throughout Camp Verde, Rimrock and Lake Montezuma areas. Many individuals and groups will be offering art and craft items for sale. There will also be baked goods for sale. Food and drinks will be available for lunch. Anyone wishing to participate in the craft fair should contact the St. Vincent de Paul office at (928) 567-9471 for an application. The cost for a selling space for the day is $10.
Santa is coming Clarkdale!
Kick off the holiday season with Santa Claus and Clarkdale Community Services as they celebrate the season on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Children of all ages can visit with Santa and have their photo taken with the guest of honor, drink hot chocolate with cookies, and create an ornament to hang on the Town’s tree.
There is no cost for this very special event, it is provided by the Town of Clarkdale as a wonderful holiday tradition for children (and parents) to enjoy.
All activities will be in the Men’s Lounge located in the Clark Memorial Clubhouse, 19 N. Ninth St. Doors close promptly at 1 p.m. so please arrive prior to closing so the little ones are not disappointed.
For additional information contact Community Services - Parks and Recreation at 639-2490 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Art of Motion Holiday Showcase
The Art of Motion is presenting its annual “Holiday Showcase” Saturday. This fun-filled dance production is being held in the Camp Verde Multi-Use Complex Theater at 4 p.m. Dancers of all ages, from the Cottonwood Parks & Recreation dance classes and Copper Canyon Academy will delight the audience with their movement interpretations including the styles of tap, ballet, hip hop, jazz dance and the country two-step. A very special guest joining this showcase is the Sedona Sacred Dance Guild, under the direction of Eliane Hanson.
Tickts are $8 for adults, $5 for ages 7-13; children 6 and under are free. The MUC theater is at 410 Camp Lincoln road in Camp Verde. For ticket information and reservations call (928) 592-9114.
Mental Health First Aid classes
Dec. 10 & 17
The Verde Valley Guidance Clinic will offer another round of training in Mental Health First Aid, with the next class scheduled for successive Mondays in December. The free class is offered December 10th and 17th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Clinic’s Cottonwood office, 8 E. Cottonwood St.
Mental Health First Aid is an international program designed to educate people about the signs and symptoms of mental illness, and how to respond to persons in crisis. The class is offered free of charge, and includes a certificate of completion and a book which participants can keep for future reference. To register, call Sharon Stingerie at 634-2236.
Open House at new Chakra Healing Arts Center
Massage has made its way Uptown Sedona with the added benefit of chakra balancing. Try it yourself on Wednesday at the Grand Opening of the Chakra Healing Arts Center. You’ll be in for a relaxing treat, perched above Sedona Story at the start of Uptown, 207 N. 89A. Chair and table massages will be offered at 15-minute intervals for $10 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. More than a dozen Licensed Massage Practitioners work at the Chakra Healing Arts Center’s five-room setting, and many will be on hand
Visit www.sedonachac.com. Call (928) 204-1047.
Creative writing class at Cottonwood Village
Cottonwood Village Retirement Community has a new creative writing class that takes place bi-weekly on Mondays at 1 p.m. Barbara Wilson Hahn (penname Barclay Franklin), who is currently working on her 25th novel, volunteers to teach the class.
If you are a senior adult and are a writer or interested in writing and would like to attend the class please call LeAnne Gregory, Activities Director at 634-7019 for information on dates and times.
Caroling in the Park
Celebrate with friends and family singing traditional holiday songs in front of the festively decorated historic gazebo in the Clarkdale Town Park. Caroling will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. Come be a part of this new holiday tradition.
Please help spread the word - invite your family, friends, and neighbors to attend.
The Town Park is located in the center of the town’s historic district on Main Street, between 10th and 11th Streets. For additional information contact Clarkdale Community Services - Parks and Recreation at (928) 639-2490 or email: email@example.com.
Page Spring Cellars Gruel & Grog
Join winemaker and director of wine growing Eric Glomski for Page Springs Cellars’ eighth annual winter event featuring warm crusty bread provided by Orion Bread Co. paired with wines pulled directly from the barrel. Tickets are $35 for non wine members and includes a full meal plus wine education with Eric.
The event is 3-5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. or 3-5 p.m. on Sunday. Call:(928) 639-3004.
Arizona Centennial ‘Last Hurrah’
The Cornville Historical Society is pleased to announce that noted Arizona historian and author Jim Turner will present “Arizona Statehood’s Last Hurrah: Celebrating the Centennial in the Verde Valley”, at 6:00 pm, Saturday, December 1, at Oak Creek School, 11490 East Purple Sage Road in Cornville. The seventh annual holiday fundraiser event will feature holiday refreshments and the popular gift basket drawing. All proceeds will support the Cornville Historical Society.
The public is invited to see Turner’s power point presentation about Arizona’s first 100 years, weaving in stories and anecdotes relating to the State in general and Verde Valley in particular. The program is made possible through the Arizona Humanities Council.
Thanksgiving Dinner with Old Town Mission
A traditional thanksgiving dinner will be served to Old Town Mission clients on Wednesday at noon at the Mission at 116 E Pinal St. For more information, call (928) 634-7869 or visit www.oldtownmission.org.
Corey signs books at Cottonwood Public Library
Lilly decided she needs to save her six puppies from a life of being taught to fear and hate everything, and bring to an end their future of being security dogs. Richard Estrada Corey, author of “Bloodline: The Doberman Family,” has been writing for 30 years and now lives in Camp Verde.
He will be signing copies of his book on Wednesday from 11: 45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Youth Services Program Room at the Cottonwood Public Library.
The library is located at 100 S. Street St. in Cottonwood.
Inaugural Bea Richmond ‘Walk with a Child’
Camp Verde Kiwanis Club invites you to participate in the inaugural Bea Richmond Memorial “Walk with a Child”; motivating children to get out and exercise for one morning to help start a new good habit. Bea Richmond was a model for her teaching and belief in enriching children’s/people’s minds so they carried their learning throughout their lives. Bea walked 3 miles a day. All proceeds from this event will be awarded to fund the Camp Verde Kiwanis Children’s Music Program. Come out and support your music program
For more information, contact Ele Espinoza at (928) 300-8088 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hammes signs books at Jerona
Local author Tim Hammes of Camp Verde will be signing copies of his book “The Morula Ruse, Second Edition” on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Jerona Java Cafe & Gifts, 677 East Mingus Ave., Cottonwood.
For more information, contact James Branscum at 888-361-9473 or email@example.com.
Christmas decoration contest at Cottonwood Village
To kick off the holidays, Cottonwood Village is having a Holiday open House on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a craft show & sale, appetizers, live music, a visit from Santa, the Resident Bell Choir will perform and there will be warm drinks and holiday sweets.
There will also be a Holiday Decorating Contest judged by residents and visitors. Organizations are invited to come and decorate an area. For more information email Leanne@cottonwoodvillage.org.
Toys for Tots signup
Toys For Tots Christmas parties and bags are given to children ages 0-12 who are on school, Head Start, and agency lists sent to us. If families wish to be included and are, for some reason, not included in these lists, we are offering a one-time sign up on Saturday 2-4 p.m. at the Cottonwood Recreation Center.
This is after the annual Christmas Parade in Cottonwood. We must have current ACCCS card in order to include these children. Parties where toys are presented and raffles take place will be held Dec, 21 and 22 this year, and require a ticket for entry.