Red Rock State Park, located at 4050 Lower Red Rock Loop Road, offers a Star Gazing event entitled "Moons, Clusters and Tantalizing Nebulas" on Saturday at 7:15 p.m. Amateur stargazers can be part of an evening of viewing that includes a presentation by JD Maddy, president of the Astronomers of the Verde Valley.
Those attending the stargazing event should bring comfort items such as folding chairs, warm clothes, bottled water and snacks. If you decide to bring a flashlight to help with mobility, the Park asks that it have a red lens or be covered with red cellophane to minimize light interference with the viewing scopes.
Telescopes will be used from 8 to 10 p.m. The event will be held in the Twin Cypress picnic area near the Park entrance. The program itself has a fee of $5 per person after paying the entrance fee to the Park of $10 for a vehicle of up to four adults. Children under 14 are free. Parking is limited, so please call (928) 282-6907 to reserve your space.
Mingus Union Open House
Monday is Mingus Union High School's annual "Be Me for a Night" as parents follow student's schedules for the Open House, meet teachers and tour the campus. The night starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Mingus Auditorium.
Please call the Front Office at 634-7531 for further information.
Ballroom Dance Classes in Old Town
Ballroom Dance Classes are Thursdays 7:15-8:30 pm. at the Cottonwood Civic Center, 805 N. Main St., Cottonwood. Learn to dance even better than before. Groove to the music and rhythms of yesterday and today. Cost is $6 per class, $10 per couple. Men--first class is free! For information call (928) 592-9114.
Clark Memorial Library Preschool Storytime
Clark Memorial Library will be offering Preschool Storytime beginning August 30 on Fridays at 10 a.m. Preschool Storytime is a weekly "must"! Children from ages 3 to 6 (with a favorite adult) have fun with engaging books, songs and activities as they build their early literacy skills. Younger/older children are welcome to attend. Please understand that the lesson/activity may not be age appropriate for those falling outside of the targeted age group. There is no registration or fee to participate. For more information contact the Clark Memorial Library at (928) 639-2480 or email email@example.com.
Beginning Line Dance Lessons
The High Desert Kickers Line Dancers will start new Beginner Line Dance instruction on Thursday morning from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Cottonwood Civic Center in Old Town. Everyone is welcome. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Come join the fun.
Continuing classes for experienced dancers are from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursdays and from 9 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays at the same location. For more information, call Evelyn at (928) 634-7738 or Jan at 301-7301.
Decorate an Arty Bra
Verde Valley Medical Center and the Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare invite artists and crafters of all levels to participate in a project to raise awareness about breast cancer and early detection. Arty Bras returns with workshops in September to prepare bras for display at the Thunder Valley Rally Friday, Sept. 20, through Sunday, Sept. 22. Bras will be displayed in Old Town shops during the City of Cottonwood's annual event.
Two commissioned bras, created by well-known local artists, also will be auctioned during the event. Proceeds will benefit the Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare.
Three workshops giving residents an opportunity to create an Arty Bra include:
· Saturday, Sept. 7, from 1 to 3 p.m., Pine Shadows Club House, 2050 W. 89A
· Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m., Rendezvous in Old Town, 777 N. Main St.
· Saturday, Sept. 14, from 1 to 3 p.m., Art Glitter, 720 N. Balboa St.
Space is limited, so participants must RSVP to Linda by calling 928-204-4933.
Book Signing at Cottonwood Public Library
Local author John "Ole" Olson will be on hand Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a book signing at the Cottonwood Public Library. His book, Tales From the Wild Blue Yonder: Recipes for Disaster tells stories of Olson's misadventures in trike gliding. Filled with pictures of flying, stunts, and vistas from the air, the stories themselves are filled with humor that only a man who lives on the edge can create.
Join Olson in the Youth Services Program room for a lively chat. Listen to his tales of flying adventures and have him sign your copy of his book. Visit his web site at www.learntohangglide.com.
The Cottonwood Public Library is located at 100 S. Sixth St. in Cottonwood. Call (928) 340-2780 or go to www.ctwpl.info.
Ballroom Dance and Desserts
Liberty Performing Arts hosts Ballroom Dance and Desserts the fourth Friday of the month at 662 E. 89A, Cottonwood, beginning at 6:30 p.m. This month's lesson will be the Rumba (the dance of love).
Cost is $10 per person and includes the lesson and the open dancing and dessert. Call (928) 580-4975.
YCGA BBQ benefits Yarnell residents
The Yavapai Cattle Grower's Association will hold their annual Calf Sale & BBQ for the 81st year. A portion of all proceeds made through this event will be given to the residents of Yarnell to help with efforts to rebuild in the wake of the Yarnell Hill Fire in June. Proceeds will be donated in the Yarnell account through National Bank in Wickenburg.
Activities begin with the Maughan Ranches Quarterhorse sale at 8 a.m. A 4-H and FFA Livestock Judging Clinic will be provided by the University of Arizona Livestock Judging Team. There will be booths for western art, crafts, and jewelry as well as industry information. Arizona Game & Fish in cooperation with Adobe Mountain Wildlife Rehab Center is providing a sport shooting trailer and an Arizona Wildlife Display.
From Prescott take Highway 89 about 30 miles to Peeples Valley and Maughan Ranch West Fork, look for the white fencing and banners-you can't miss it. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Call Gretchen Groseta at (928) 310-4427 or visit www.ycgacalfsale.com.
Sedona Winefest request for volunteers
The fifth annual Sedona Winefest is bigger and better than ever this year. The coordinators of the Winefest are looking for volunteers to help with the event this year from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last year was a great success and we could not have done it without the help of the volunteers. Each shift is about two hours and there are shifts available on both Saturday and Sunday.
In appreciation of the volunteer efforts each person receives one free general admission ticket that includes six wine tasting tickets and a beautiful etched commemorative wine glass. If you are interested in learning more about the Sedona Winefest and signing up as a volunteer please visit http://sedonawinefest.com.