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Clarkdale's Concerts in the Park
Clarkdale's Concerts in the Park

Final Concert in the Park

Sept. 7

Clarkdale's Concerts in the Park series comes to a close for the season with the Prescott band Rio Flamenco on Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Clarkdale Town Park gazebo. The concert is free.

The park is located in the center of the town's historic district on Main Street, between 10th and 11th Streets. There is a playground for the kids to enjoy while the adults listen and dance to the music. There is a 50/50 raffle which all proceeds benefit the Concerts in the Park.

For more information please visit: or contact Clarkdale Parks and Recreation at (928) 639-2490 or email:

Senior Carnival Day

Aug. 30

Cottonwood Village is having a "Senior Carnival Day" Friday at 10 a.m., when they will have an electric wheelchair competition in front of the building. From 1:45 to 4 p.m. there will be carnival games in the Auditorium with prizes and carnival food served in the afternoon.

It's day of fun and a chance to enjoy being a "kid" again. Seniors in the Verde Valley are invited to attend.

Benefit for teenage cancer victim

Aug. 31

Natalie Cleveland is a 14 year old battling a cancerous brain tumor. Her mother Joy works at Old Town Café. To help defray costs, Cindi Bee Boutique has organized Blues & Brews for Natalie on Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Rendezvous in Old Town, 777 N. Main St., Cottonwood.

Old Town merchants are supplying prizes for the $2 raffle. A donation of $1 will be made for every brew purchased. Music will be presented by Sweet Baby Ray's Back Porch BBQ Blues Band.

You can also make a donation at National Bank of Arizona in the name of Natalie Cleveland or drop off any raffle or money donations to 1014 N. Main St. Contact Cindi at (602) 430-6740 or Cindi Bee Boutique at (928) 634-0419.

Live snake exhibit at Ranger District Visitor Center

Aug. 31-Sept. 1

The Red Rock District of the Coconino National Forest is hosting a live snake display Saturday and Sunday at the Red Rock Visitor Center. The district and The Arizona Natural History Association invite local residents and visitors to learn more about native snakes during the Labor Day weekend. The display will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and Arizona Game and Fish volunteers will be on hand to educate the public about the important role snakes play in our environment.

The Red Rock Visitor Center is located in Sedona on highway 179, one mile south of the Village of Oak Creek. For more information please call the Red Rock Ranger District at (928) 203-2900.

Moonlight Madness & Sidewalk Sales

Aug. 31-Sept. 2

Sedona Main Street's 27th annual Moonlight Madness Event & Sidewalk Sales in Uptown and the Main Street District of Sedona will start Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. and continue through the Labor Day weekend. Come enjoy free music, entertainment and activities for all ages, plus sidewalk sales along the sidewalks and plazas of Sedona Main Street.

This free event is coordinated by Sedona Main Street Program and presented by area businesses. For information, call (928) 204-2390 or visit

Free Labor Day barbecue at The Haven

Sept. 2

The Haven of Camp Verde will celebrate Labor Day with its annual barbecue from noon to 2 p.m. Monday. Besides serving hamburgers, hot dogs, sides, drinks and desserts, The Haven will offer games and music for entertainment. The Labor Day barbecue is free and open to the public. The Haven of Camp Verde is located at 86 West Salt Mine Road. For more information, contact activity director Jan Myers at 567-5253, ext. 2041.

Alpha Course at Mtn. View UMC

Sept. 4

The Alpha Course is billed as a practical introduction to the Christian faith that gives guests an opportunity to explore the meaning of life. This learning experience will be offered beginning Wednesday at Mountain View United Methodist church at sessions beginning at 10:30 a.m. and again at 6 p.m. There is no cost, and meals and child care will be provided.

The 10-week course will be in Mountain View Fellowship Center's Verde Hall, 901 S. 12th St., Cottonwood. Those wanting to take the course should call Bob Reese at 821-4298, or the Church Office, 634-8857, no later than noon, Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Casting call for Celebration of Christmas

Sept. 6-8

Casting call for EF Productions' 19th annual Celebration of Christmas is Friday, 5-10 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-6 p.m. The casting call will be held at Emmanuel Fellowship in Cottonwood. Participants should stop by anytime during the hours listed for an audition. Call Backs will be Monday, Sept. 9, 6-9 p.m.

This spectacular Christmas production, scheduled for December, is a Broadway style musical production where a little angel named Lucy is sent to earth to help show Eliza, a lonely and hopeless young lady, the true meaning of Christmas. Produced by Mikel Swank & EF Productions, Celebration of Christmas requires a cast and crew of over 200 people in addition to the live orchestra.

To register, download scripts, or more information please visit us online at or call production office at (928) 634-3034 ext 102 Monday.

The Facts Keep Gettin' in the Way

Sept. 7

The Sedona Heritage Museum presents Michael Peach in "The Facts Keep Gettin' in the Way of the Story" on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. But before and after the show, Peach will be signing copies of his first book, a collection of his original short stories and cowboy poetry.

The event starts at noon. The museum is at 735 Jordan Road, Sedona. The Charge is $6 for adults. For more information, call (928) 282-7038,

Surviving Your Loss

Sept. 7

After a loss, despair, loneliness and the question of "how do I get through this?" is common. Steve & April Palmer of Westcott Funeral Home will host their fall seminar on "Surviving Your Loss." This will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Cottonwood Senior Center, Cherry Street and Sixth streets, Cottonwood. There will be a lunch served.

Following that seminar and group support, for six weeks on Tuesdays there will be a safe, caring small group setting where individuals can learn skills and receive support while dealing with their grief and loss experiences. A light supper will served following the meetings.

For more information, call Steve Palmer at Westcott Funeral Home, 928-634-9566. There is no cost, and reservations are not necessary.

Dedication of Chuck Mabery Pavilion

Sept. 10

A public ceremony to name the Yavapai College Verde Valley campus pavilion for Charles "Chuck" Mabery, a former District Governing Board member, will be held Tuesday at 5 p.m. Mabery was a popular Verde Valley community icon who passed away earlier this year.

The community event will feature guest speakers including Yavapai College President, Dr. Penelope Wills, Verde Campus Dean James Perey, District Governing Board member Herald Harrington and members of the Mabery family.

Light refreshments will be available following the ceremony along with an invitation to tour the campus. The Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus is at 601 Black Hills Dr., Clarkdale. Call Alex Helm-Correa at 928 634-6511 or email

NAWBO: Taking Your Leadership to the Next Level

Sept. 12

The Sedona - Verde Valley chapter of The National Association of Women Business Owners will hold their monthly meeting Thursday at 11:15 a.m. at the Barking Frog Grille in West Sedona. Come to lunch and enjoy two powerhouse speakers, Martha Mertz and Sue Ellen Allen, discussing the ATHENA Women's Leadership model. In addition to the fabulous speakers, NAWBO will shine the spotlight on member Janice Dahl of Great Story and Corporate Partner Matt Uhler of WCI Brokers.

Please make your reservation by visiting for more information or to purchase your ticket.

Bashas' Flu shot clinic

Sept. 14

Bashas' food store at 650 Finnie Flats Road in Camp Verde will have a flu shot clinic on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for information, call (480) 968-1886 or visit

AARP Driver Safety Class

Sept. 14

AARP has scheduled a Driver Safety Class for Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Verde Valley Senior Center, located at 500 E. Cherry St. in Cottonwood. This is a four-hour refresher course and will have a 30-minute lunch break. The class is open to all but is tailored to address the changes that accompany aging as it relates to driving and how to compensate for these. The fee is $14 for nonmembers and AARP members pay $12. Many insurance companies offer discounted premiums for drivers who have taken this course. Check with your insurance agent. Please contact instructor Marianne Alicki at (928) 634-7975 for more information or to register.

Michael Peach at Beaver Creek Library

Sept. 19

At 3:45 p.m., Beaver Creek Public Library presents award-winning actor, historian and cowboy poet Michael Peach. He'll offer his original cowboy poetry, jokes and stories, mostly based on true events from the Southwest's territorial period. Peach has entertained audiences at museums, universities, & state and national parks. This event is takes place at BC Public Library (on the campus of Beaver Creek School, 4810 Beaver Creek Road), 567-4034, and is free to the public.

Celtic Harvest Festival

Sept. 21

The Poco Diablo Resort in Sedona will be the host site for the Celtic Harvest Festival on Saturday celebrating traditional celtic Arts. Enjoy music, dance, piping, storytelling, falcons, sheepdog trials, fairy village, whiskey tasting, vendors, clans and a Scottish Tea Room from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (928) 282-7333 or visit

Art & Science of Kitchen & Bathroom Design

Sept. 24

Instructor Paolo Scardina's course "The Art & Science of Kitchen and Bathroom Design" is now posted for enrollment a Yavapai College Sedona Campus. You must enroll ahead through Yavapai Community College. Enrollment deadline is Sept. 17.

This series of four interior design classes is being offered Tuesdays Sept. 24-Oct. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Sedona Room 28 as part of the Yavapai Community Education program at the Sedona Campus. Classes cover materials, finishes, lighting, green building, and of course space planning.

Call (928) 634-6577.

Verde River Day celebrates silver anniversary

Sept. 28

Dead Horse Ranch State Park will celebrate the 25th anniversary Verde River Day on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free activities during Verde River Day promote preservation and care of the environment by showcasing informative exhibits on the Verde's riparian habitat. For more information call (928) 634-5283.

Heart & Soul volunteers needed

The Verde Valley Senior Center is in need of "Heart & Soul" volunteers to deliver Meals-on-Wheels to homebound and nutritional-at-risk senior citizens. One hour, one day a week. For more information contact Geri Manzella at (928) 634-5450.

Keep Sedona Beautiful seeks 'Excellence' nominees

Oct. 15

Keep Sedona Beautiful is seeking nominees for its annual "Awards of Excellence." The public and members alike are invited to submit nominations to honor those organizations and businesses that have worked very hard to keep Sedona beautiful without compromising future needs. The theme for this year's celebration is "Sustainable Maintainable."

KSB will recognize an individual, business or organization that has demonstrated outstanding public or commercial architectural design, exceptional Xeriscaping, lighting, signage, or conservation or has provided exceptional service to the community. The awards will honor those who have most contributed to the mission to "Keep Sedona Beautiful." Winners will be honored at a special Keep Sedona Beautiful Awards of Excellence Celebration Luncheon on Jan. 25, 2014, at the Sedona Elks Club.

Applications must be received by the KSB Awards Committee by Oct. 15, as follows: by mail to KSB, 360 Brewer Road, Sedona, AZ 86336, fax (866) 579-6011, or email to Nomination forms are available on the organization's website or calling 282-4938.

Children's Ballet classes in Camp Verde

Sept. 3

New children's ballet classes are starting Tuesday. Pre-ballet 4 1/2 to 6 and Elementary 7-9, Intermediate class 9 thru teen and Bunhead class for pre-pointe class on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Classes meet at Camp Verde Parks and Recreation, Room 204 on Main Street, Camp Verde. Very reasonable rates. Please call Lucy Couch for times and information (928) 567-4778.

Share the Harvest Day

Sept. 7

This year's Share the Harvest Day at the Verde Valley Farmers' Market will be held Saturday. This will be the fourth year collecting food. This year, the recipient will be Seventh-day Adventist Community Services in Camp Verde. Millie Thompson, the assistant director for the program, says that each week, they provide food for more than 500 people in Camp Verde.

They will collect the donations, and the church will pick up the goods. They also try to have it a nutrition day, providing healthy recipes, a cooking demonstration, blood pressure screening.

A representative from the Verde Food Council will be there to let the public know about all of the resources available to them, such as food banks in the Verde Valley.

The Verde Valley Farmers' Market is held in Camp Verde, at the Town Ramada next to Fort Verde State Park. It runs from 8 a.m. until noon. Visit them on Facebook.

Get Cornville art fundraiser tickets now

Now is the time to get tickets for a chance to win a local art print and help with Cornville history projects. Two beautifully matted and framed 23-by-29-inch prints will be awarded. One is titled "Local Honey" with a fall theme; and the other is "Dressed for the Holidays," with a winter theme.

Tickets can be purchased at the Mercantile for $2 each or three for $5; and they will be awarded to two lucky people at a special Society meeting on Oct. 9, at the Cornville Fire Station.

For information, contact Janet Cassagio at 649-1426 or; or Diana Stipek at 639-3632.

Thunderbeat book release

Sept. 19

Multi-award winning author, musician, Native American Devara ThunderBeat is pleased to announce the release of her new book "Look Up: My Encounters with ETs & Angels," in which she tells of how she and her mother were transported onboard a spacecraft when she was 4 years old.

She will preview her book and share her close encounters at 7 p.m. at Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road. Call (928) 282-7714.

3 on 3 Basketball Tournament to support MATForce

Sept. 20-21

Caleb Krebbs, a 17-year-old Rimrock Public High School student, launched a 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament called "Shoot for Drug Awareness," that is set for Friday and Saturday in Cottonwood. Youth and adults are invited. Proceeds from the event will go toward MATForce's various drug prevention programs.

The tournament will be at Cottonwood Middle School. Start times are 5 p.m. on Friday, and continuing at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Sign up for either the sixth-to-eighth grade division or for the high school-to-adult division. Participants can register a team of four players for a total of $40. Those who pre-register by Sept. 10 will also receive a participant T-shirt.

Register by emailing or by calling (928) 708-0100.

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