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What's Happening 12-9-12

Northern Arizona Hospice annual memorial Tree of Lights

Thru Jan. 4

The holiday season is here! Amidst family gatherings and festive celebrations, our thoughts naturally go to loved ones who are no longer with us. Northern Arizona Hospice offers the opportunity to honor the life and memory of loved ones and family members by donating to the annual memorial Tree of Lights. The tree is located in the main lobby of Verde Valley Medical Center and will be on display through Jan. 4, 2013.

All donations of $10 or more places an ornamental tag with your loved one’s name on the memorial tree. Individuals who donate $25 or more also will receive a personalized holiday ornament for their own holiday display. Donations of $50 or more will light be recognized with a tree-top light, as well as a personalized holiday ornament for their personal use.

Donation slips are available at the Hospice office located at 203 S. Candy Lane suite 10A, by calling (938) 639-6676 or on the display adjacent to the Tree of Lights at VVMC.

Mingus Mountain Republican Club Meeting

Dec. 11

This month the Mingus Mountain Republican Club will enjoy a special Christmas and Holiday meeting complete with a prime rib dinner. The doors will open at 11 a.m. and lunch will be served beginning at 11:15.

After the wonderful and special meal they will enjoy the fellowship of kindred spirits and take care of a few business needs. For meal reservations contact Rose at (928) 639-4753. Cost is $15. Everyone is welcome.

Christmas Dinner at Senior Center

Dec. 21

The Christmas dinner at Camp Verde Senior Center, 263 W. Maryvale Drive, is Friday starting at 11:30 a.m. They will be serving ham and yams with all the trimmings for $6. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance, too. Sign up now so they know how many to expect. Call (928) 567-6356.

Northern Arizona Hospice announces winter volunteer training

Jan. 11

Northern Arizona Hospice announces its winter training program for individuals interested in becoming a hospice volunteer. The 20-hour program is taught over the course of five days with four-hour sessions taking place Jan. 11, 12, 13, 14 and 17. Each class builds upon previous classes, and potential volunteers must attend all five classes to graduate. Classes will be in Conference Room B at Verde Valley Medical Center, 269 S. Candy Lane, Cottonwood.

For more information about the Northern Arizona Hospice Volunteer program, or to request an application, please call (928) 639-6676.

AARP Driver Safety Class

Jan. 5, 2013

AARP has scheduled a Driver Safety Class for Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Check with your insurance company regarding a possible discount for attending this class. Open to all licensed drivers, the course will take place at the Verde Valley Senior Center, 500 E. Cherry Street, Cottonwood.

The Driver Safety program is a four-hour refresher that is available to drivers of any age.  The class focuses on the physical changes that accompany aging, and teaches drivers to compensate for these changes.  There is a $14 charge for this class, and AARP members will get a $2 discount.

Class participation is limited. Please call instructor Liz Roland at (928) 567-5288 if you are interested in attending this class.

Sunday Bird Walks at Montezuma Well

Dec. 23

Beginning Dec. 23, the National Park Service will offer guided bird walks at the Montezuma Well unit of Montezuma Castle National Monument. Montezuma Well is located 11 miles north of Montezuma Castle, at 5525 East Beaver Creek Road in Rimrock.

Bird walks will take place each Sunday at 9 a.m. through mid-April, weather permitting.

The park ranger will meet visitors at the ­­­­­­picnic area and help identify birds around the site, while interpreting different species and their roles in the local environment.

Participants should bring water and binoculars, if they have them, and wear clothing and footwear appropriate for an easy to moderate hike. Programs last approximately two hours.

There is no entry fee at the Montezuma Well location, and the program is free.

Visitors may call the Montezuma Castle Visitor Center at (928) 567-3322, ext. 221, for more information.

Verde Valley Optimist Club meetings

“Bringing Out the Best in Kids,” the Verde Valley Optimist Club is a service organization to help our youth. Come and visit with them at an informational meeting to learn how they help the kids in the community.

Join them for a meal, a cup of coffee or just a glass of water on one of the following dates and times in Camp Verde:

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 6 p.m., Valley View Restaurant

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 8 a.m., Camp Verde Café

Wednesday, Dec. 12, noon, Sweet Grace Restaurant

For more information, contact Irene Ortega: (602) 228-0533,; or Mark Manell (new club builder): (928) 474-5957; or Dean Gibboney (Arizona District governor): (623) 308-7212.

Nutcracker, The Musical

Dec. 13

Join the Camp Verde Elementary Fifth Grade classes as they present the musical “Nutcracker” on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Multi-Use Complex Theater, 280 Camp Lincoln Road, at Camp Verde Unified School District. Admission is free.

Donations are greatly appreciated.

Blood Drive at Rainbow Acres

Dec. 14

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 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.

Caroling in the Park

Dec. 14

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. Song lyrics will be provided.

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:

Taste of Christmas at Spirit of Joy

Dec. 15

Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church invites the community to the annual “Taste of Christmas” to be held on Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Come to the church at 330 Scenic Drive, Clarkdale, to pick up last-minute gifts for friends, neighbors, hostess gifts, and just to add to a sumptuous Christmas dinner. Here’s your chance to taste goodies before purchasing them from a wide array of jams, cookies, pies, ethnic foods, and more! There will also be an assortment of crafts, jewelry, art, and decorations.

Thrivent Financial has promised to provide matching funds. Proceeds go to Spirit of Joy Building Fund and World Hunger. Call 634-4102 for further info or see www.

Post 135 sets Christmas Party

Dec. 9

The American Legion Post 135 and recently formed Ladies Auxiliary announced that both memberships will join together for the 2012 Post Christmas party. The party will be held at Brandi’s Kitchen located at 660 East Mingus Avenue on Sunday beginning at 3 p.m. Guests have a choice of two entrees: cordon bleu or Salisbury steak - sides include: mashed potatoes, vegetable, salad, dinner roll, coffee, tea or soda. The per person plate cost is $15, which includes tax and gratitude and paid at the event.

Along with the dinner, each organization will have a short business meeting and for fun, there will be a “regifting-gift” exchange. Additionally, members have been asked to contribute either or both a people or pet food. Donated food items will be given to the Cornville Food Bank or the Cornville Morning Starr Animal Sanctuary. Call Jeri Strande before Dec. 5 at (928) 649-3374 to make reservations.

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