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9/17/2013 12:45:00 PM
What's Happening: 9-18-2013

Art Workshop with Rose Moon

Sept. 28

Local artist and teacher Rose Moon leads an all-day workshop, "Drawing, Then Painting" Saturday at the American Heritage Academy in Cottonwood. This will be a "back to basics" approach, suitable for seasoned artists and for those just taking up the brush.

The morning session is all about drawing, using #2 pencil, white and black charcoal stick and charcoal pencil. After lunch, students will learn how to work from these drawings to create a painting, using colored pencil, acrylic or watercolor paints. Throughout, the class focus will be on composition and gaining expertise working with the student's chosen media.

The class fee is $50, payable to El Valle Artists Association, which sponsors the workshop. Class begins at 9:30 at the Academy, 2030 E. Cherry St. If you wish a more complete materials list, or have any other questions, please contact the instructor by phone (928) 282-7730 or email:

VV Computer Club Meetings

Sept. 20-21

The Verde Valley Computer Club Digital Camera Special Interest Group (SIG) meeting is Friday at 4 p.m. Free. Topic: 'Picasa 101 - Basic Photo Editing'.

This is a one-time SIG with Jody Wheeler. The General Meeting is Saturday, Sep 21 at 9:30 a.m. Free. Topic 'Computers and Fire Departments' presented by Nazih Hazime. The PC Tune-up Clinic is Saturday at 11 a.m.

Cost is $25 per hour (min 1 hour) donation. Cash or check. Certified techs. Focus: 'Securing Your Browser'. Owner must stay with computer, No hardware work will be done. Other software concerns can be addressed.

The public is welcome to all three events. Clemenceau Building, Willard Street at Mingus Avenue, Cottonwood. Dave 639-0106

Indoor/Outdoor Sale at Mtn. View UMC

Sept. 20-21

Mission ministries will be among the beneficiaries when Mountain View United Methodist Church has its annual indoor/outdoor garage sale Friday and Saturday.

Sponsored by the church's United Methodist Women and United Methodist Men's groups, the sale will be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, with Saturday hours from 7 a.m. to noon.

Hundreds of items, ranging from books to tools to furniture and clothing will be for sale in the Cottonwood church's Verde Hall and parking lot at 901 S. 12th St.

Celtic Harvest concert Sunday at Rainbow Acres

Sept. 22

Let the Celtic Music Masters sweep you off to the Highlands, the Lowlands, Wales and Ireland, with a free fine arts series concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Palmer Community Center at Rainbow acres.

From Irish lilts to Scottish kilts, from bagpipes to harps and from bodhrans (handheld drums) to stories and song, and light refreshments will be served following the performance. Palmer Community Center at Rainbow acres is located at 2120 W. Reservation Loop Road in Camp Verde.

Truth-telling talk at Jerona

Sept. 24

Join Dr. Marta Adelsman, Life Coach in Communication and Consciousness, for her monthly Chat 'n' Chew discussion on Tuesday, 3-4 p.m., entitled "How To Tell the Truth." It will be held at Jerona Café in Cottonwood (across from the Cottonwood Post Office).

Are you afraid of hurting other peoples' feelings with what you want to say? Do you wish you could talk about what's really on your mind? Participants are requested to arrive 15 minutes early to purchase from Jerona's delicious variety of beverages or food, which the establishment requests of participants. $10 per person. Discussion begins at 3. Call (928) 451-9482 or e-mail for more details. 

Weekly meeting of Baha'i Faith

Sept. 25

In honor of the International Day of Peace (observed on Sept. 21) the Cottonwood and local area Baha'i's invite the public to reflections and prayers for peace at their weekly meeting at the Cottonwood Public Library on Wednesday 4:30-5:30 p.m. Their goal is to assist in "strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples."

If you plan to attend, please, bring a quote or prayer to share about some element of peace.

Grant Writing Training

Oct. 2-Nov. 20

The Business Assistance Center in Cottonwood presents a Grant Writing Certificate Training Program, a workshop series that will take place on Wednesdays.

Workshop recipients who complete all five classes will receive: "Finding & Funding Grants" manual; Flash drive with funding and other essential resources; Certificate of completion; and two free hours of technical assistance toward preparation of a grant proposal.

All classes will be held at the Cottonwood Recreation Center. Reservations are required and class size is limited! Lunch and refreshments will be provided for daylong workshops. For more information, call (928) 340-2740.

Sedona Sunrise Center Golf Tournament

Play golf at the fifth annual Sedona Sunrise Center Golf Tournament on Sept. 21, Saturday, at the Oak Creek Country Club in the Village of Oak Creek.

Registration is at 7am for the Shotgun, (4 person Scramble), 18 holes of fun golf. Prizes awarded to men's and women's winning teams as well as players closest to the pin and the longest drive, in addition to $10,000 for anyone making a hole in one on hole #7. Other prizes include a set of Callaway irons, domestic airline flight for two, and a flat screen TV. All players will receive a $10 Golfsmith certificate, an opportunity for a free golf club offered by Dixon Golf, and a Sedona Sunrise logo golf hat.

Fees are $35 for members of the Oak Creek Country Club, and $100 for non members. Players and members of the public are invited to the buffet luncheon, awards ceremony and the Raffle and Silent Auction. There are over 130 items for the Silent Auction and Raffle, each worth between $25 and $400. The event is open to the public. All proceeds go to the non-profit Sedona Sunrise Center for Adults, the only adult day health care program in the area that cares for seniors and disabled adults during the day.

To register for golf, go to: or call Tournament Chair, David Baron at: 928-284-9623.

NYT Bestselling Author J.A. Jance at The Well red Coyote

National bestselling and locally popular author, J.A. Jance, will be speaking at The Well Red Coyote bookstore in West Sedona on Monday, September 23, at 1:00 pm, to debut her newest novel her J.P. Beaumont mystery series - Second Watch.

J. A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the J. P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, the Ali Reynolds series, and four interrelated thrillers about the Walker Family. Over twenty million copies of her books are in print. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.

Second Watch has extra special meaning to Jance. Not only is it the 21st book in her original series, the one that made her a nationally prominent author, but it is also her homage to those veterans who served in Vietnam.

Jance tells us, " is a literary thank you note to all the people who served during that era - the ones who came back as well as the ones who didn't - and to their loved ones, too.... It is high time this country said a sincere thank you to all those folks. I hope Second Watch will serve as my contribution to that conversation."

Jance will also be celebrating the reissue of her highly personal book of poetry - After the Fire.

Only copies of Second Watch purchased at The Well red Coyote will be signed by Jance. Please contact the bookstore to reserve your copy.

The Well Red Coyote is located at 3190 W. Highway 89A, at the corner of 89A and Dry Creek Road. For more information, call 282-2284 or go to

Wine tasting and film premiere event

Wine lovers take note! This is an event not to be missed! The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present a one-night-only premiere event and wine tasting on Sunday, Sept. 22 with the Northern Arizona debut of "SOMM". There will be two screenings of the film at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the festival's Mary D. Fisher Theatre. This special event will include a wine tasting at both screenings.

Four men will do anything to pass the most difficult test you've never heard of.

"SOMM" takes the viewer on a humorous, emotional and illuminating look into a mysterious world - the Court of Master Sommeliers and the massively intimidating Master Sommelier Exam.

The Court of Master Sommeliers is one of the world's most prestigious, secretive, and exclusive organizations. Since its inception almost 40 years ago, less than 200 candidates have reached the exalted Master level. The exam covers literally every nuance of the world of wine, spirits and cigars.

"SOMM" will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. with a wine tasting at both shows. Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona.

For more information, visit:

USO 1940s Music Review at Sedona Airport Family Fun Day

Every year Sedona locals as well tourists look forward to enjoying the annual Sedona Airport Family Fun Day, which is always free admission in which this year is on Saturday, Sept. 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

At noon, the USO Kid's Officer's Club stage will come alive with a very special 30 minute USO music review with featured performances by dancer Dana DeLuz, singer entertainer Tom Jepperson of the popular duo Tom & Shondra and Sedona Dynamite Divas - Jeanie Carroll, Shondra Jepperson and Susannah Martin. Songs will transport everyone back in time from the 1920's through the 1940's which will include the Divas singing several Andrew Sisters tunes such as Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B, Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree, Rum & Coco Cola and many other tunes of the era. Whether you remember these songs from way back when or are new to them, this special show will be fun for everyone! The stage faces the outdoors so hundreds of fun-day visitors will be able to enjoy the show just like many did in the days of the old USO shows.

Although the review is at noon, everyone will also want to arrive early to watch cadets from the local chapter of Civil Air Patrol raise the American flag at 10 a.m. while Tom Jepperson sings the national anthem. A fly-by of aircraft including the historic B-25 Mitchell bomber and a squadron of aircraft is planned at the same time. Tom will also be performing in the music review at noon with some songs that will be recognized by many older veterans.

Professional dancer and owner of Dana DeLuz Dance Studio will open the show with a rousing dance to Sing Sing Sing and will be returning directly after the show to teach the Lindy to anyone who'd like to learn. Dana mentioned, "I'm truly hoping that all of the ballroom dancers out there who know the Lindy will dress up in 1940's attire and join us for 30 minutes of dancing after the show."

Sedona Dynamite Divas, who normally only perform together annually in June are excited to be reunited and included in one of Sedona's most popular events of the year. Shondra commented, "Jeanie, Susannah and I are thrilled to be singing together again this year and we're hoping for a huge turnout of our fans as well as folks who have missed our concerts these past six years. Most all of the tunes we'll be singing in this show are new to us as a trio so we've had a lot of fun preparing and learning the harmonies. We're also incredibly grateful to EF Productions of Emmanuel Fellowship for loaning their costumes and all their American themed décor to us for this show, the stage and the USO Kid's Officer's Club tent."

For more information on Sedona Airport's 2013 Family Fun Day visit

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