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9/14/2013 1:04:00 PM
What's Happening: 9-13-2013
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Mingus ATORT to perform 'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown'

Sept. 20-29

The Mingus Union A.T.O.R.T. Theatre Company will open their 2013 season with the celebrated characters of Charles Schultz's comic strip as they present the classic musical "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" in six weekend performances.

Presented in its award-winning Broadway revival version, the musical snapshots Schultz at his best: Schroeder and Lucy at the piano, Charlie Brown and Lucy at the psychiatry booth, Linus with his blanket, Snoopy with his supper dish, and the whole gang at the baseball game. The show will be presented in the Mingus Auditorium at 1801 E. Fir St. in Cottonwood. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7 p.m., and Sunday matinees are at 3 p.m. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. Advanced tickets cost $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $7 for children and students. All tickets are $2 more at the door so visit or call (928) 649-4466.

Get an inside look at Cuba

Sept. 20

Enjoy an informative presentation on life in Cuba today. Ele Espinosa, born in Cuba, who came to the United States as a child and has returned many times, will show slides and give current information about life now for her relatives, what you would see if you traveled to Cuba, a history and cultural experience. Travel information available.

She will speak Friday at 10 a.m. at Jerona Café in Cottonwood. She will also give her presentation Oct. 2 at noon at Camp Verde Library. Further information, 928-634-1956.

Teen Dance

Sept. 21

The Verde Valley Youth Commission is sponsoring a teen dance, with DJ music at the Verde Valley Moose Lodge, 1051 S. Broadway, Clarkdale. Music from 6:30-10 p.m. Admission is $3 with student ID, $4 without ID. Food available for purchase beginning at 5:30 p.m., prior to dance.

Exploring Ancient Technologies at Montezuma Castle

Sept. 21

Saturday, Montezuma Castle National Monument will host a demonstration of Native American uses of the iconic saguaro cactus. The presentation will run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Amil Pedro of the Gila River Indian Community will offer a hands-on program showing the many uses of this emblem of Arizona.

There is no additional charge for the special program. The fee for Montezuma Castle National Monument is $5 per adult 16 years of age or older. For additional information, call 928-567-3322, extension zero.

Fort Verde Days vendor deadline near end

Deadline for vendors for Fort Verde Days is fast approaching. Applications must be in by the end of September. Please check the website to download the forms so you can get them to us on time.

The insurance forms usually take longer so it is imperative that you act now. We offer a blanket policy if you need insurance. We are looking forward to all the fun events that are planned. We will be getting presale tickets out soon at Bashas', Camp Verde Feed Store, Sweet Grace Restaurant and Emporium. Save $7 by buying them early. Carnival will be open at 4 p.m. on Oct. 11, 9 a.m. on the 12th and 13th.

Community Education at Cottonwood Public Library for October

Learn Spanish (for adults): Tuesdays at 2:00 pm led by Sandy Immerso (OLLI). Enhance your communication skills by learning conversational Spanish.

Oct. 8 through Nov. 26

ESL (English as a second language): Tuesdays @ 4:30 pm led by Gail Basham. Enhance your English speaking.

Oct. 1 through Nov. 19

Video Game Development: 1st & 3rd Wednesdays @ 3:30-5:30 led by Yavapai College instructors. Teens will learn how to create a video game in only two hours.

Oct. 2, 16

Digital Photography: 2nd & 4th Wednesday @ 3:00-5:00. The teen workshop includes taking pictures with cameras provided by the library and creating content using Adobe Photoshop.

Oct. 9, 23

Animation: 1st Saturday @ 11:00-1:00. Teens and younger children will be able to create their own animated stories using animation software.

Oct. 5, *Special Fall Break workshop* October 17 (Thurs. 3:00-5:00)

Lego Robots: Last Saturday of the month @11:00-1:00. Teens will collaborate on building and programming a Lego robot.

Oct. 26, *Special Fall Break workshop* October 18 (Fri. 3:00-5:00)

Sign up at the Reference Desk at the Cottonwood Public Library located at 100 S. Sixth St., Cottonwood. Call (928) 340-2785.

Word Weavers Writers Workshop

Oct. 12

The Northern Arizona Word Weavers group is holding their third annual writers workshop on Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church, 330 Scenic Drive, Clarkdale. The workshop is open to anyone interested in writing for the Christian market. Registration is $5 for members and $15 for nonmembers. For more information contact Joy Gage at (928) 646-6534.

All registrants can attend "How to Commit Publishing? Or, What Happens in the Publishing Process?" as well as "Constructing the Nonfiction Book Proposal" sessions. They can also choose between either "Keys to Writing Great Fiction" or "Anything Short of a Book."

Wine tasting fundraiser for Maynard, Homes for our troops

Oct. 19

At 2 p.m. on Saturday, Vintages Grill will host a wine tasting and silent auction to raise money for USMC Sgt. Jordan Maynard and Homes for our Troops. American Legion Post 135 members and Women's Auxiliary of Cornville will sponsor the fundraiser. Advance tickets cost $10 per person and include wine tasting and Hors d'oeuvres. For advance tickets, call (928) 592-9220 or (928) 301-0608, email or visit Vintages Grill is located at 5155 N. Dave Wingfield Road in Rimrock.

House of Ruth fund-raiser

Oct. 26

The 24th annual Walk for Life fund-raiser to support House of Ruth, the local Crisis Pregnancy Center, is Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to noon. Walk, celebration, prizes, lunch, kids activities. Details at

Nonprofit organization looking for community reps

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is seeking volunteers to serve as Area Representatives in your local community. ASSE provides academic year and semester exchange programs in the United States for high school students from around the world. Students are 15 to 18 years of age, have passed a series of academic and character requirements and are awaiting an opportunity to embark on their American Adventure.

Area Representatives recruit and screen prospective host families, interview students to study abroad and supervise the exchange students in their community. Area representatives are compensated based on the number of students they are supervising. There is also a great bonus opportunity.

For more information about ASSE or becoming an Area Representative, please call our Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or email us at

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.

Yarnell Fire survivor to speak in Camp Verde

Sept. 15

Special guest Brendan McDonough, lone Hotshot survivor of the Yarnell Fire, will be at Parkside Church on Sunday in a special time to honor our local firefighters and the heroes lost in the Yarnell Fire. McDonough will share his incredible story of life, loss, and dealing with tragedy.

Two service times are 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.: A contemporary service style with great music and relevant messages. Parkside Church is at 401 Camp Lincoln Road, Camp Verde. Call (928) 567-3577 or visit

SeptemberFest at Jackpot Ranch

Sept. 21

Septemberfest will be held Saturday at Jackpot Ranch in Camp Verde from noon to 10 p.m. The family-oriented one-day event features cowboy games, pony & hay rides, live music, scavenger hunt, family fun photos, pony-pie bingo, an outdoor movie, food, beer and more.

Admission is free, suggested donations benefit the Sedona Verde Valley Fire Fighter Charities and the Kara Ford Cancer Fund. Most activities, including the movie Apple Dumpling Gang, are also free of charge.

Budweiser and Western Destinations are sponsoring the event. Live music includes The Chromatics & Harley Davidson.

For more information, visit or email Deb Allenbaugh or Kristi Gagnon, festival directors at

Blacksmiths host Camp Verde demo

Sept. 21

The Arizona Artist Blacksmith Association (AABA) will hold an art blacksmithing demonstration on Saturday, September 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 195 Ft. McDowell Place in Camp Verde.

British blacksmith & blacksmithing instructor Adrian Legge will demonstrate the design and forging of a iron vessel using traditional techniques. A hands-on session will follow the demonstration.

There is a $10 registration fee for AABA members; the fee for non-member attendees is $15. AABA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating others and sharing information about the art of blacksmithing. For more information, visit the AABA website:

If you would like more information about this event, please call Bill Morris at (928) 567-2804 or e-mail Bill at

J.A. Jance coming to Camp Verde

Sept. 22

Camp Verde Community Library is proud to team up with White Hills Gallery to host popular mystery author, J.A. Jance on Sunday at noon at the Boler's Building, 325 S. Main St.

When Camp Verde Community Library Director Kathy Hellman heard Jance was scheduled for appearances in Prescott Valley, Cottonwood and Sedona the third weekend in September, she contacted the author's publicist, Megan Scwartz. Jance graciously agreed to make an appearance in Camp Verde that same weekend.

Jance is a much-loved author and speaker with a loyal following. If you are a fan, don't miss this opportunity to hear her in person, buy her latest book and/or have your copy signed! Call the library at (928) 554-8380.

Tour the Clark Memorial Clubhouse

Sept. 18

Built in 1926-27, at the bequest of William A. Clark, the Clark Memorial Clubhouse stands today as a landmark and symbol of the legacy left to his United Verde Copper Company smelter workers and their families. Enjoy a free tour of this elegant facility designed to host dances, plays, luncheons, sporting events, proms, banquets, funerals, poker games, billiards, swimming and even bowling. The tour is at 10 a.m. The tour will last approximately 90 minutes. Please meet at the Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum located at 900 First North to meet up with the guide and join the tour from there. Monthly tours will be held once a month with subsequent tours on Oct. 16 and Nov. 20. For further information, please call (928) 649-1198.

Torch Day at Clarkdale's Corner Gallery

Sept. 21

One of the favorite demonstration events of the Made In Clarkdale Art Show has been Michael Turner's glasswork. This year, the 'Corner Gallery' will be hosting this event as, "Torch Day" on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Turner will demonstrate his glass working techniques along with other special guest glassworkers. Michael will be making marbles, beads, and his mermaids, as well as discussing his process and methods in working with glass. The Corner Gallery is at the corner of 10th Street and Main.

For more information please see and send emails to And see more at For other questions call 928-239-4776.

AmeriCorps partners with United Blood Services to host blood drive

Sept. 15

In remembrance of the events of 9/11/2001, AmeriCorps is sponsoring the Cottonwood Community Blood Drive with United Blood Services from noon to 4 p.m. at the Cottonwood Recreation Center, 150 S. Sixth St., in the Mingus Mountain Room.

Janet Dews, AmeriCorps volunteer serving the NAU Civic Services Institute in the Verde Valley says that Senior Corps, RSVP and Foster Grandparent volunteers will be providing some baked goods. Juice for participants will be provided by Brandi's. United Blood Service will provide bring salty snacks and water to sustain those who donate blood. Dews serves the Verde Valley via the NAU Civic Service Institute and coordinated this "Days of Service" event.

To get your appointment to donate, please go to

Grief Share

Sept. 17-Dec. 10

Grief Share, a network of thousands of Grief Recover Groups around the world, meets Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Pine Shadows Clubhouse, off West 89A on Pine Shadows Boulevard between Groseta ad Lincoln roundabouts, Cottonwood. This is free to all, a place where hurting people find healing and hope.

For more information, call 284-1558 or 300-7917.

Chamber's 'rodeo' mixer focuses on Humane Society

Sept. 19

The Verde Valley Humane Society is saddling up to join the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce Rodeo Roundup, Thursday beginning at 6 p.m. The September Chamber Mixer will feature a mechanical bull, roping demonstrations, various target shooting events and much more. You can munch a treat from Hog Wild or the Mingus Union High School FFA while chatting with an Arizona Sundog Hockey Player. The Chamber Mixer is being hosted by Country Bank at their Professional Plaza at 89A & Sixth Street.

This mixer will be focusing on the Verde Valley Humane Society's Adopt for Life Wish List which includes hoses and spray attachments, cleaning and office supplies. A complete list is available at the website.

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